December 1, 2015

St. Stan’s Street Safety Interview on Currents TV

Currents Katie Breidenbach reports from outside St. Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Academy in Greenpoint, where residents are calling for safe pedestrian crossings around the school.

Prospective Students Learn About St. Stans With “Buddy Days”

buddySt. Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Academy welcomes prospective students for “Buddy Days.” Candidates interested in our Upper School (Grades 5, 6, 7, 8) are encouraged to schedule a classroom visit where they will shadow a student through a typical day at our Academy. Candidates will get to speak with the homeroom teacher as well as teachers in the special subjects on the day they are scheduled. Please contact the Academy at (718) 383-1970 for further details and to arrange a visit!20151014_154936

St. Stans Hosts Santa Claus December 13th!


Missed Our Open House? December Small Group Tour Dates Available

St. Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Academy hosts both Open Houses sskcaand pre-scheduled tours.

December tour dates:

Wednesday, December 2nd

Monday, December 7th

Tuesday, December 15th.

Please call (718) 383-1970 to schedule a date and check on the time.

The Academy has a highly sought-after PreK3 and PreK4 program and is one of the few schools in the Greenpoint/Williamsburg area to go through 8th grade. All of our graduates attend top high schools in NYC – see the list here.

Our mission is to enable all students to reach their full potential academically, spiritually and socially­ in a child-centered, nurturing environment.

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St. Stans Students Rock 2015 ELA and Math Tests

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:


Meet Christina Cronan, the new Pre-K 3B teacher


  1. Can you tell us a bit about your background? Where did you go grow up and where did you go to school?

I grew up in Bayside, Queens and went to Catholic school my whole life. I attended Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament then went on to St Agnes Academic High School then to Molloy College where I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology then went to St John’s University and received my masters in Childhood Education/Special Education.

  1. Can you tell us what drew you to early child education?

I always had a passion to work with children. Growing up I was always babysitting, tutoring or running basketball games at my Parish. The best part, I feel, working with early child education is being a part of the children’s first experience of school. I remember who my first teacher was in school and I hope the children I teach will remember me when they are older.

  1. What are some of the fun activities you plan to do this year?

Some fun activities that I have planned for this year are to make fun crafts based on the Letter of the Week and the Holidays. I am going to do many crafts that are hands on because I notice at this young age when the children are doing a craft or activity themselves they learn so much better.

  1. What is your favorite thing about St. Stan’s so far?

My favorite thing about St. Stan’s so far is how the whole stuff is very friendly and welcoming. Also the way the school involves the community and parents. Having such a great connection with the parents makes the school a more welcoming and comforting place to be.

  1. What is your favorite book recommendation for 3 and 4 year olds?

My favorite book recommendation for 3 and 4 year olds is “Brown Bear Brown Bear, What do you see?”bear

Meet Jennifer Moncino, the new Pre-K 4B teacher


  1. Can you tell us a bit about your background? Where did you go grow up and where did you go to school?

I grew up in Ridgewood, Queens in the same house that my father grew up in.  I went to St. Pancras, Archbishop Molloy, and St. Joseph’s College.

  1. Can you tell us what drew you to early child education?

From the time I was in third grade myself, I had a chalkboard in my room and I was “playing teacher.”  I would have my brother sit in front of the board and I would teach him different things.  I would even give him homework.  My mom was reading to me all the time, starting from when I was a baby, so before she knew it I was grabbing the book from her and doing read alouds for my family.

  1. What are some of the fun activities you plan to do this year?

Teaching is all about tricking children into learning (especially in Pre-K).  I try to turn most topics into a game or something ridiculous.  It often feels like I’m an actress for the kids.  Just today, I made an alphabet monster out of an old sock for a letter recognition game.  I hope to be the kind of teacher that turns all learning into a fun activity.  So far, it’s been successful and the students are excited to come in every day.  Granted, it’s only been two weeks…

  1. What is your favorite thing about St. Stans so far?

The atmosphere of support is one that I don’t believe I could find anywhere else.  Between the parents, teachers, and administration, everyone has done their part in guiding my transition into the school and making me feel welcome.  The teachers who have been here longer stop in every morning to say hello and make sure everything is okay.  My parents are wonderful and have also been such a help.  Of course the support from administration has been especially helpful.  They have made sure I have everything I need to be successful.

  1. What is your favorite book recommendation for 3 and 4 year olds?

Of course my favorite children’s books are changing all the time.  Currently, my favorite is “The Kissing Hand.”  It gives the children a chance to discuss how coming to school makes them feel, which leads to great discussions about different feelings and what causes these feelings.  It is a really sweet book.kissing

Thanksgiving Food Drive


Dear Parents,

On Wednesday, November 25th, our students will be attending a Thanksgiving prayer service in our church at 11:00 AM. They will be dismissed for the long holiday weekend at the conclusion of the service.

In following Jesus’ example of caring for others, it has been a tradition in our school to have the children bring in non-perishable food items to be donated to needy families. This year the food items will be donated to the food pantries in our neighborhood. That makes it possible for many of our neighbors who may be experiencing financial difficulties to be able to have a nice Thanksgiving.

We are requesting that students in different grades try to bring in specific items in order to ensure a variety. Therefore, if possible, please send your child to school that day with the following items:

PK3 pasta

PK4 Stove Top stuffing

K instant potatoes

Grade 1 coffee/tea

Grade 2 powdered milk

Grade 3 canned soup

Grade 4 canned fruit

Grade 5 rice

Grade 6 canned beans / canned pasta sauce

Grade 7 canned vegetables

Grade 8 canned vegetables

Thank you for your kindness and generosity. May the Lord reward you with bountiful blessings!


Mrs. C

Help Plant Trees and Bulbs Friday With Greening Greenpoint


On Friday at 3:00 dismissal, the Greening Greenpoint organization (part of Open Space Alliance for North Brooklyn) will be planting a tree on Driggs Ave. by the parking lot.  They are inviting students to then help plant daffodils by all the trees on Driggs Ave. between Newel St. and Humboldt St.  The bulbs and tools will be provided along with adults who will explain to the children exactly what to do.

Read more about this great initiative here and Open Space Alliance for North Brooklyn (OSA) below. OSA was “formed in 2003 to raise private funds to expand and improve open space in North Brooklyn. OSA is modeled after other successful conservancies, working with the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation, elected officials, and the community to maintain, activate, enhance, and expand local parks. Unlike traditional park conservancies, however, OSA is committed to improving ALL the parks in Community District 1 rather than focusing on a single park. In doing so, less advantaged areas of our community can be improved by leveraging resources from more affluent parts of the district.In 2008, OSA signed a formal operating agreement with the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation, and hired an Executive Director who serves a dual role as the North Brooklyn Parks Administrator. Today OSA has six staff members including two maintenance workers and one gardener, all working to make North Brooklyn parks the best they can be.”

Halloween Candy Hangover? Donate to Operation Shoebox!

HCPlease donate your candy by this Friday, November 6th for “Operation Shoebox”. (drop off in front hall of SSKCA)

“Operation Shoebox” is a group that is involved in sending care packages/letters to our soldiers.  More information about the program may be found on the group’s website,

They are collecting leftover Halloween candy as donations and mail the candy to our men and women serving our country.

This is a great cause and helps our children learn about sharing and caring…

Thank you!