As we turn the page on the calendar to a new month, we remember the events of the first few weeks of the new school year as well as anticipate what the new month holds in store.
It was so nice to see so many of you at the two parent orientations that were held last month. Meeting your child’s teacher and learning about the expectations of a new grade is an important first step in the partnership that needs to exist between the school and the home in order for the student to be successful. Your support of our efforts to provide your child with the best education possible is truly appreciated.
Our optional food related fundraisers began last month and the students thoroughly enjoyed them. Pretzel Mondays and pizza Fridays occur every week with payment made by the previous day so we know how much to order. Cupcake sales occur just once a month. The 7th graders hosted the first one of the year and raised $233.00. Our 2nd graders will act as hosts for the October sale scheduled for October 14th. Ice cream sales are held periodically when the weather is warm. They are announced a day or two before, based on weather predictions. Our first one, held this week, was so popular that we sold out our supply!
I now have 3 parents who have volunteered to prepare hot dogs for a monthly Hot Dog Day requested by our students. The first one will be on Wednesday, October 21st. Order forms will be sent home the week before for any students who are interested.
We are beginning a new program this year for students in grades PK-4 through grade 8. It is called Latin and Greek Roots Challenge. The program’s goal is to engage students in unlocking the underlying meaning of over 60% of the English language, which is “rooted” in Latin and Greek. Students attended an assembly during which a gentleman from the program explained it to them. They seemed excited about it, especially when they realized they would be learning something valuable in a fun way. This program will ultimately strengthen their vocabulary and reading comprehension.
Now for a few date reminders in October. The time for the Blessing of the Animals on Monday, Oct. 5th, has been moved up to 6:00 pm. Students are encouraged to bring in their pets to receive a special blessing from Father in honor of St. Francis of Assisi. On Friday, October 9th, our school will be participating in the annual Lee Denim Day. The Lee jeans company has been organizing this national fundraiser for breast cancer research for many years. Sadly, most of us know of someone who has been affected by this disease. For a donation of $5.00, students, faculty and staff can dress in jeans that day. All funds raised are sent to the Lee organization with the fervent hope that a cure will soon be discovered. Our participation also serves to provide our students with an opportunity to practice what they are learning at SSKCA, namely, to care for others as Jesus did.
I hope to see you at our first Oktoberfest on Thursday, October 8th, at the Brooklyn Brewery. It is a fun-raiser where parents are not asked to do any volunteer work, just to come and enjoy an evening out and socialize with fellow parents. Last year parents had requested that we try off-site fundraisers and this is our first attempt. We would like to try other similar fun-raisers and welcome for consideration any ideas you may have.
Our Yankee Candle sale is in progress now until October 13th. The candles make great Christmas gifts for family and friends. Also, it is an opportunity for your neighbors and co-workers to help our school by purchasing these items.
The 3rd through 8th graders will be taking the annual Terra Nova tests this month. Terra Nova is a standardized test used for diagnostic purposes enabling teachers to see the areas of strength or weakness in their students. That knowledge will then be beneficial in determining their lesson planning.
There seems to be some confusion regarding the dates for the summer uniform. A few parents mentioned that they thought the summer uniform could not be worn after October 1st. Since the weather in October can be unpredictable, the handbook was revised and summer uniforms may be worn until October 30th. We ask that parents use their judgement, however, on days that are quite chilly. On days that a jacket needs to be worn then long pants should be worn as well. Also, a reminder that “kid-sitting” is only for those students who are dismissed at 2:00 pm but need to wait for an older sibling being dismissed at 3:00 pm or who are waiting for the after-school program or an after-school club to begin at 3:00 pm.
Currently there is a construction project occurring in the middle of our block and huge dump trucks have been parking in front of our school, as early as 6:30 am, with their engines idling as they wait to be called down to the site. I have gone out numerous times to ask them to turn off their engines since the noise and fumes have been awful. We called 311 to complain but were told that they have permits allowing them to park in front of our school due to the construction on the block. I have been putting cones along the length of the school building in the hope of keeping them away. I apologize for the inconvenience to parents who usually park in front of the school to drop off their child.
If anyone is doing some fall house cleaning and discovers toys in good condition but no longer used by their children, our after-school program would appreciate such donations. The toys need to be suitable for 3 – 5 year olds since they comprise the majority of students attending the program.