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June 2016 Letter to Parents

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June 1, 2016

Dear Parents,

As I write this last update letter of the current school year, I am amazed at how quickly it has passed!

May was another busy month here at SSKCA. Our bowling trip was a huge hit with our students. The May crowning of the Blessed Mother at our First Friday Mass was truly beautiful. Our 3rd graders received their First Holy Communion at a wonderful celebration of the Mass. The Drama Club members did a fantastic job during their performances of Peter Pan.

The lucky winners of our May tuition raffle are:

Leonard Penalba                        Grade PK-3A

James Koslab                                    Grade 6

Joshua Packard                        Grade 5

Emily Layden                                    Grade 4

Adam Tyborowski                        Grade 4

Nicolette Falce                        Grade PK-4A

Congratulations to all!

Our May Cupcake Sale raised $242.00. The class that raised the highest amount through their Cupcake Sale this year was Grade 4, with a total of $393.00. Congratulations!

SSKCA students in grades 1 – 8 will be taking their final exams the week of June 6-10. Teachers in those grades have sent home reminders of topics that will be covered on the exams so students know exactly what needs to be reviewed.

Our annual Family Fun Day will take place on Sunday, June 12th, as a celebration that finals are done and summer vacation will begin soon! However, we are still in need of parent volunteers for the event. If you need additional hours for this year or just would like to lend a helping hand, kindly sign up on the sheets outside of the school office or email me and I will add your name to the list. This is our last fundraiser of the year and a popular event with our students but it can’t be a success without the assistance of our parents. Also, since we are not having a June Cupcake Sale on a school day, we are asking moms who love to bake to donate cupcakes or donuts, etc. for Family Fun Day because those are the kinds of baked goods that the children enjoy most. If you are able to help us with this request, kindly complete the attached form and return it to school by Monday, June 6th.

There will be no school on Tuesday, June 14th, so that our faculty may have their last required Professional Development Day of the year.

On Friday, June 17th, we will have a Uniform Swap for interested parents from 8:00 am until 6:00 pm. If your child has outgrown their current uniform and you would like to swap it for one in a larger size, you are welcome to bring any laundered, gently used uniforms and exchange them for larger ones.

Monday, June 20th and Tuesday, June 21st will be half days of school with regular early dismissal. On Monday, we will be attending Mass at 10:15 am to offer thanks for the Lord’s many blessings throughout the school year as well as pray for a safe summer for all. Wednesday, June 22nd, is the last day of school for grades 1 -7. On that day, students will go up to their homerooms to receive their report cards and then come down to the auditorium for our traditional end of year awards. They will be dismissed at the conclusion of the presentations. Parents are invited to join us at the Mass as well as at the awards presentations.

During the summer, our Computer Lab will undergo a major renovation, including replacing the student desktop computers with updated all-in-one models. As a result, if anyone is interested in purchasing one of the current computers for a fee of $100.00 for tower only or $150.00 with monitor, keyboard and mouse, kindly call the office and let us know so we can put one aside for you. The computers are only 4 years old and have Intel Core i5 processors. If you need more info about the specific specs, please email me and I will gladly provide those details. The computers would be available for pick-up as of June 22.

We pray that the Lord will be extra good to us by keeping temperatures comfortable during these remaining weeks of school, especially when the students will be taking their final exams. Then we pray that all who are part of our SSKCA family will enjoy a much deserved, wonderful summer vacation and return in September refreshed and energized for a new school year!

Sincerely,

Mrs. C

 

 

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Students Speak! May 2016

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May 2016 Letter to Parents

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May 2, 2016

Dear Parents,

It seems we just returned from the Easter break but another month has already flown by. April was very busy with grades 4, 6, and 8 taking their NYS ELA and Math tests and the 8th graders receiving the sacrament of Confirmation. Congratulations to Romulus Czernisz in grade 4 for winning the Grades 2-4 Spelling Bee!

In the area of fundraising, we raised the following:

Chocolate Sale                        $3,315.00

Cupcake Sale                                       $393.00

There was an error in the amount reported last month for Breakfast with the Easter Bunny. The correct amount for our profit from that event is $1,816.00. Our students also did an amazing job in practicing what they are learning at SSKCA by showing they care for others with their dress down donation of $807.00 for Autism Speaks!

Important upcoming dates include:

  • May 5             Ascension Thursday Mass at 9:00 am followed by bowling trip
  • May 6             First Friday Mass at 8:00 am with Sodality girls crowning the Blessed Mother
  • May 14 First Holy Communion for 3rd graders, 9:30 am
  • May 16 Teachers’ Professional Day (students’ day off)
  • May 16 – June 1 Online Book Fair
  • May 18 Hot Dog Lunch
  • May 20 & 21 Drama Club performances of Peter Pan, 7:00 pm
  • May 25 Cupcake Sale hosted by Kindergarten students

In addition, our Girl Scouts are currently collecting donations of books in good condition that they will be sending to the country of Malawi as part of the African Library Project. As you do your spring cleaning, if you come across any gently used books that your children may have outgrown, kindly send them in. There are bins in the lobby where the books may be placed. The only books that cannot be sent are religious, cookbooks, and holiday themed such as Halloween, etc. The book drive will end on May 11th.

Also, the Fundraising Committee will be trying a new type of fundraiser, an online book fair. Details will be sent home next week. The fair will take place between May 16 and June 1.

On Friday, June 17th, there will be an opportunity for parents to take part in a uniform swap in our auditorium, from 8:00 am until 6:00 pm. You may bring in uniforms your child has outgrown as long as they are clean and in good condition and trade those uniforms for ones your child will be able to use next year.

I ask that, on rainy days, parents who escort their children upstairs to the classroom do not carry their wet umbrellas up the stairs. Doing so results in wet, slippery stairs and hallway floors which can be dangerous. There will be a gray trash can left in the lobby on such days for those wet umbrellas.

Parents of our junior high students in grades 5 – 8 are asked to check each of their child’s teachers’ homework postings on our website, not just the homeroom teacher.

Our last day of school this year is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, June 22nd. Let’s pray that any potential heat waves will wait until the summer so that our students will be able to get through these last weeks of classes and their final exams comfortably.

Sincerely,

Mrs. C

April 2016 Letter to Parents

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April 4, 2016

Dear Parents,

I hope that you and your family were able to enjoy a wonderful Easter and that the time off  from school proved to be a great opportunity to relax and spend quality time with each other.

Even though March was shorter than usual for us due to an early Easter this year, there were a variety of things happening at SSKCA. Academically, we held our annual Social Studies Fair where students in the odd numbered grades impressed everyone with their incredible projects.  Parents who attended our Art Show were amazed at the creativity and artistic ability of our students.  Our 3rd graders received the sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time and are now focusing on preparing for their First Holy Communion Day.

In the area of fundraising, we raised the following from our March events:

Supermarket Bingo/Penny Social                        $10,954.00

Talent Show                                                                   704.00

Breakfast with the Easter Bunny                           1,050.00

Disney Raffle                                                               4,525.00

Cupcake Sale                                                                   311.00

The April Cupcake Sale will be held on Tuesday, April 26th and will be hosted by grade 4.

Our profit numbers from the three dinner dances that were held this school year are:

Andrzejki                                                $13, 570.48

New Year’s Eve                                    $19,251.45

Ostatki/Mardi Gras                                    $14,478.52

The two parents who have been faithfully organizing these dances for the past 6 years have informed me that they will no longer be able to do so for a New Year’s Eve event. That news, though disappointing, is completely understandable. Therefore, if anyone would be willing to step up and take over that task, kindly let me know as soon as possible. Otherwise, we will not be able to have that event next year, which will mean a sizeable loss of revenue since that event has traditionally been our most profitable fundraiser.

The meeting to launch our Home Academy Association was held last month as well but only four parents attended! I had then emailed all parents the information about the mission of the association and the six committees that are available for parents to join. One parent responded by indicating which committee to add her name to while 6 parents personally added their names to the sign-up sheets on the table outside of the school office. If you have not already made a commitment to offer your assistance with one of the committees, kindly reconsider. The sign-up sheets are still on the table. Technically, just as with the previous Home/School Association, all families are automatically enrolled in the new Home Academy Association upon their registration of their child at SSKCA.   However, in order for the Association to be successful, we need parents to volunteer to serve on the specific committees so that they have an opportunity to get involved directly in making our great school even better! The date for the next HAA committee meetings is Tuesday, April 26th, at 7:00 pm. That is when the members of the different committees will begin planning their committee’s activities.

This month, our 4th, 6th and 8th graders will be taking the NYS ELA and Math tests. We pray that the Holy Spirit will enlighten them to do their very best. Our 8th graders will be receiving the sacrament of Confirmation on April 17th. Let’s keep them in our prayers as this momentous day in their lives approaches.

On Friday, April 8th, SSKCA will show our support of autism awareness by taking part in an optional dress down in blue for a minimum donation of $2.00 (the same as the cost for a slice of pizza or hot dog). Feel free to make an additional donation. All money raised will be sent to Autism Speaks, an organization dedicated to research, assisting affected families, advocating for legislation and spreading awareness. You can learn more about it on their website, AutismSpeaks.org. April is National Autism Awareness Month.

Please mark your calendars that Monday, May 16th, there will be no school due to our teachers having a Professional Day.

SSKCA’s Board of Directors will hold their annual State of the Academy meeting on Tuesday, April 19th, at 7:00 pm to which all parents are invited.

May the Risen Christ fill our hearts with hope, peace and joy, not just during this Easter season but all through the year. Happy Spring!

Sincerely,

Mrs. C

 

March 2016 Letter to Parents

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Dear Parents,

With the arrival of March, we at SSKCA are looking forward to spring and milder weather. We also look forward to the changing of clocks soon that will enable us to enjoy daylight longer each day.

February, even with an extra day this year, flew by, especially with an entire week off for winter break. The month began with our annual celebration of Catholic Schools Week. Fr. Jerry from St. Raphael’s parish did a wonderful job celebrating the CSW Mass with us to begin the week. We held our annual Science Fair which gave our students an opportunity to showcase their amazing projects. Students had their throats blessed in honor of the Feast of St. Blaise. They also enjoyed being able to come to school in their pajamas to celebrate Student Appreciation Day.

The results of our recent fundraising efforts include:

Walk-a-thon                                    $7,818.00

Cupcake sale                                       $254.00

We still have some boxes of chocolate left so if anyone could help us sell them, we would truly appreciate it! A Dress Down coupon will be awarded for every additional box sold.

Our next Cupcake Sale will be hosted by the 6th graders on Wednesday, March 16th.

Two of our students were winners in the Tablet’s Keep Christ in Christmas art contest. Gabriel Sokolowski won first place in the 3rd grade category and Aleksandra Skowron won honorable mention. Alexandra Czartoryjski was the winner of our Middle Grades Math Bee. Congratulations to all the winners!

Looking ahead to the month of March, I hope to see you at our annual Supermarket Bingo/Penny Social on Saturday, March 5th. It is a very popular fundraiser with great raffle prizes. Doors open at 12:30 pm. On Friday, March 11th, everyone is invited to attend our annual student Talent Show at 7:00 pm. This year, Fr. Jerry from St. Raphaels’ parish will be performing some of his magic tricks at the event. We also have a special surprise planned! Our popular Breakfast with the Easter Bunny is scheduled for Sunday, March 20th. If there are any parents who still need volunteer opportunities, the Penny Social and Easter Breakfast are great opportunities for that. Just contact the office to let us know when you can help.

There was a little confusion regarding the change in the tuition payment policy mentioned in last month’s update letter. Monthly payments for 2016-2017 will begin in June of 2016 with the last monthly payment due in February of 2017. Payments during the summer should be mailed to the school office.

For those of you who shop online at Amazon, they have a wonderful program called Amazon Smile. By choosing our school as your charity, Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases to our school. Every donation helps! Simply go to smile.amazon.com when you are ready to shop.

Easter vacation will begin after regular full day dismissal on Wednesday, March 23rd.  During these remaining days of Lent, may we help to make Christ’s cross lighter by being worthy of His ultimate sacrifice for us through our increased prayer and good deeds.

Sincerely,

Mrs. C

February 2016 Letter to Parents

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February 10, 2016

Dear Parents,

With the end of January, the current school year is already half over. Time is truly passing quickly.

During the month of January, we held a few of our annual school bees. The school champion of our National Geographic Society Bee was Filip Zajkowski in grade 8. Filip then had to take a test, administered online for the first time. We should know in March if Filip qualifies to move up to the state level of the bee. Our school champion in the Scripps National Spelling Bee was Alexandra Czartoryjski in grade 5. Alexandra will represent our school at the NYC Daily News Spelling Bee in March. Finally, Sarah Obrycki in grade 6 became our Math Bee champion for the upper grades. She will represent SSKCA this week at the diocesan level of the Math Bee. Congratulations to all of our finalists and winners for a great job!

In the area of fundraising, we raised the following:

Cupcake Sale                                    $357.20

Paint Night                                    $1,700.00

We are currently in the process of working on registration for the coming school year. If you have not yet done so, kindly return the re-registration form that you received indicating whether or not your child will be returning to SSKCA next year. We need this information as soon as possible in order to know how many seats will be available for new students. Also, please note that tuition payments for all families for the 2016-2017 school year are due beginning in June. This is a change from our previous policy.

Last year we sold for the first time raffle tickets for a Disney vacation. That fundraiser proved to be very popular so we are doing it again this year. Disney raffle tickets were sent home last week. They are $25.00 each but if you purchase 2 the third one is free. If, for whatever reason, you are unable to sell/purchase the tickets you received, kindly send them back to us so that they may be sold to others who are interested.

On Monday, March 14, 2016 at 7:00 pm there will be a meeting for all parents in our auditorium to launch the SSKCA Home/Academy Association. We have been granted permission by the diocese to establish such an association, to be comprised of parents, administration, faculty and staff. The mission of the HAA is to support and enrich the educational endeavors of the academy. It will work to promote a connection between the home and the academy through the work of its various committees. Please join us that evening to learn more about it.

A question was raised recently regarding service hours during lunch. Even though a letter assigning different grades to different events was not sent home this year, the policy of only being able to count lunch parent time for half of the service hours did not change. We also need parental assistance at our various fundraisers during the year. For those parents who are still in need of service hours, we have the Penny Social and Breakfast with the Easter Bunny coming up soon. Also, it was decided to have Family Fun Day again this year. The date for that event is June 12, 2016.

Best wishes for a wonderful and safe winter break next week!

Sincerely,

Mrs C

January 2016 Letter to Parents

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January 6, 2016

Dear Parents,

Happy New Year! I hope that you were able to enjoy a wonderful holiday break with your family. Now that we are back in school and a new year has begun, my wish is that our Lord will bless us all with health, happiness and grace.

The month of December was especially busy here at SSKCA. At our First Friday Mass, the newest members of the Sodality of the Blessed Mother were installed during a lovely ceremony. The first Parent/Teacher Conference of the year was held to distribute and discuss student report cards as well as standardized and state test scores. Our student stars did an amazing job so that our annual Christmas Show was a huge hit! I would like to thank all of our guests that night who refrained from loud talking during the performance so that the show could truly be enjoyed by all present.

Our fundraising results included:

  • Cupcake Sale                                     $272.00
  • Polar Express movie night             $306.00
  • Breakfast with Santa                         $2,520.00
  • Christmas Show                         $3,305.00

A grateful thank you to the parents who helped with the preparations for our most important and most profitable fundraiser of the year, the New Year’s Eve dinner dance. A special Thank You! to the following parents who sacrificed spending the night with their family in order to volunteer all evening and night at the dinner dance: Mr. and Mrs. Niewinski, Mr. and Mrs. Czartoryjski, Mr. and Mrs. Czyz, and Mr. Chmarzewski. We truly appreciate your sacrifice and dedication! All other necessary assistance at the event that night had to be hired, which will result in a decrease in our potential profit. A special Thank You! as well to Mrs. Grazyna Dabek, who, although her son has already graduated from our school, still comes to decorate the auditorium for these events!

A few important upcoming January 2016 dates follow:

  • 8 Early Dismissal – Faculty Meeting
  • 11 Geography Bee (gr. 4 – 8 finalists)
  • 12 school picture make-up day for anyone absent when pictures were taken
  • 13 Cupcake Sale hosted by 1st grade
  • 13 planning meeting for Mardi Gras/Ostatki dinner dance, 7:00 pm
  • 15 Spelling Bee (gr. 5-8 finalists)
  • 19 Open Forum Meeting
  • 25 Grades K and 8 cap and gown measuring
  • 29 Paint Night fundraiser

Re-registration forms for the coming school year, 2016-2017, will be sent home shortly. Kindly complete and return them to the office as soon as possible so that we will know how many seats we will have available for new families.

A special schedule of events here at SSKCA during Catholic Schools Week will be sent home later in the month.

May this gift of a new year be an opportunity for us to embrace our faith more fully so that the light of Christ might shine through each of us every day.

Sincerely,

Mrs. C

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

December 2015 Letter to Parents

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December 9, 2015

Dear Parents,

As the Christmas holiday draws near, I’d like to provide you with a recap of recent events here at SSKCA along with reminders for the new month.

Our school fundraisers in November raised the following:

Bingo                                                $106.00

Cupcake Sale                                    $271.00

Congratulations to the families of the students who were winners in our first mandatory tuition raffle drawings of this school year:

Mara Gonzalez                        Grade 2

Milan Jagielnicki                        Grade 1

Amelia Jurek                                    Grade K

Kyla Tabala                                    Grade 8

Annie Cocks                                    Grade PK-4B

Cian O’Riordan                        Grade PK-3

Their prize is a $500.00 tuition credit. The next drawing will be held in May.

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, our students rose to the occasion by sharing some of their blessings with those less fortunate. Our Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF campaign this year raised $740.00. The Girl Scouts had a very successful coat drive. The Toys for Tots box was overflowing with donations on pick-up day. Fr. Marek, our pastor, and I were amazed at the amount of food our students donated to the Thanksgiving food drive. We are sincerely grateful for your kindness and generosity.

With winter weather arriving soon, please remember that if the NYC public schools close then we automatically close as well. However, if public schools remain open, we do have the option to close if we believe it is necessary for the safety of our students and teachers. Should that decision be made, it will be posted on our website and an email blast will be sent to all those parents who have supplied us with their email address. If you have not yet done so and would like to be included, kindly send a note with your email listed to the office.

The next planning meeting for the New Year’s Eve Dinner/Dance fundraiser, our most profitable event of the year, will be held on Wed., Dec. 16th, at 7:00 pm. Decorating of the auditorium will be done at that time as well. Sign –up sheets for volunteer assignments are on the table outside of the secretary’s office. Please plan on lending a hand with this major fundraising event so that we will not need to hire outside help, since doing so will decrease our potential profits.

Our lower grades are in need of lunch parent/grandparent volunteers. With the cold weather approaching and our ability to have recess outdoors very often not possible, our teachers are truly in need of parents to supervise the children so that they may have a lunch break. We would truly appreciate any assistance you might be able to offer, even if only once or twice a week.

I look forward to seeing you at our annual Christmas Show next week. Best wishes for a blessed Advent season. May your Christmas celebration of the birth of our Lord be filled with peace, love and joy shared with family and friends.

Sincerely,

Mrs. C

November 2015 Letter to Parents

November 6, 2015

Dear Parents,

October was another busy month here at SSKCA and students are amazed that two months of school have already been completed.

Our NYS test scores have been released and once again our students, with the preparation they received from their dedicated teachers, did an incredible job. You can see that in the following graph:

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In the area of fundraising, we raised the following amounts:

Denim Day                                                $950.00

Cupcake Sale                                                $252.25

Yankee Candle sale                                    $2,642.40

Oktoberfest                                                $3,390.00

International Night                                    $3,854.00

For the Scholastic Book Fair, we were given the option of either $1,200.00 in cash profit or $2,500.00 in Scholastic points that teachers can use for items they need for their classrooms. We opted for the points that the four PK teachers will share.

Looking ahead to this month, on Wednesday, November 25th, the day before Thanksgiving, we traditionally have an early dismissal so that our faculty, staff and families can get a head start on their Thanksgiving travel and/or food preparation for the holiday dinner. Therefore, there will be no after school program that day. I am informing everyone now so that you have ample time to make any necessary arrangements.

This year, grades were not assigned for volunteer opportunities at our various fundraisers during the course of the year. Instead, as each event draws closer, a letter will be sent home asking for parent volunteers and mentioning approximately how many we need for that event. As soon as we reach that number, all other interested parents will be told that the spots have been filled and they will need to wait for the next fundraiser. The next planning meeting for our first major dinner/dance of the year is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 16th, at 7:00 pm. There are still volunteer positions available for that event.

Our sincerest thanks to Mr. Anthony Wala, grandfather of one of our students, for building fantastic cubbies for our new PK classes. The children love them and the teachers and I are very appreciative. Thanks also to Mrs. Jennifer Consolazio and Mrs. Michelle Falce for organizing an amazing Halloween party for our younger students. The children had a wonderful time and it was a great way to begin their Halloween celebration. Thank you to Mrs. Kathy Smith for once again organizing our annual Scholastic Book Fair. The students enjoy coming to the fair to shop. Thanks to Mrs. Beth Tardalo for suggesting and volunteering to take care of sending all of our leftover Halloween candy to our soldiers. She informed me that SSKCA collected a total of 136 lbs. of candy for this project! Also, thank you to Mrs. Ania Mirek for her dedication to following up on the project of getting a speed bump installed on Driggs Ave. for the safety of our students as they cross that street. It took many months of emails, letters and phone calls before finally achieving success and proves that persistence does pay when trying to “fight city hall”.

A reminder to all of our parents that if your child has received any immunizations after you had registered here at SSKCA, it is important that we receive a letter from your child’s doctor informing us which immunization had been administered as well as the date. We can then update your child’s medical records here at school so that the Department of Health will be satisfied should they audit us again.

Kindly check the expiration dates on your Box Tops before sending them in to school. Expired ones will not be accepted by the Box Tops organization so we have to check them before sending them to them. Last month we received an envelope of 25 from a student but all 25 had expired, with one having expired in 2009!

During this season of Thanksgiving, best wishes for abundant blessings from our Lord, especially health and happiness shared with loved ones.

Sincerely,

Mrs. C

October 2015 Letter to Parents

letterDear Parents,

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.

Sincerely,

Mrs. C