May 24, 2016

Students Speak! May 2016

Welcome to Students Speak! A newsletter by students for the St. Stans community!

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Click here for the full version: StudentsSpeakVolumeI

Bishop Witold Mroziewski Leads Beautiful Confirmation Liturgy at St. Stans

On Sunday, April 17, 2016, The Most Reverend Bishop Witold Mroziewski led three parishes in welcoming a new Confirmation class. St. Stanislaus Kostka Parish, SS. Cyril & Methodius Parish and Our Lady of Consolation Parish joined in a beautiful service confirming 99 students, 24 of whom were from St. Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Academy. Congratulations to all and many thanks to The Most Reverend Bishop Witold Mroziewski and all those who helped us celebrate this special day.

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St. Stans Eighth Graders Accepted to Top-Tier NYC High Schools

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One of the key goals of St. Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Academy is to enable our students to excel intellectually and to pursue their passions with confidence and perseverance. As one of the few Middle Schools in North Brooklyn, we are particularly focused on supporting our Middle School students as they prepare for High School.

Once again our 8th graders have proven themselves worthy of our 120 year old educational tradition. Through their hard work and determination, our 2016 graduating class has been accepted at an impressive list of New York City high schools.

Congratulations to our students! And many thanks to our teachers and parents who made it happen!

HIGH SCHOOL ACCEPTANCES CLASS OF 2016

Marymount School
Loyola School
Dominican Academy
The Mary Louis Academy
Msgr. McClancy HS
St. Vincent Ferrer HS
St. John’s Preparatory School
Notre Dame School
St. Jean the Baptiste HS
Archbishop Molloy HS
Xavier HS
Christ The King Memorial HS
St. Agnes Academy HS
Cathedral HS
St. Joseph’s HS
LaSalle Academy
St. Francis Preparatory School
Xavieran HS

Townsend Harris HS
Bard HS Early College – Queens
Millennium Brooklyn HS
Williamsburg Preparatory School
Vanguard HS
HS of Arts & Technology
Urban Assembly NY Harbor School
Aviation Career & Technical Education HS
Academy of Young Writers
Veritas Academy
Quest To Learn

 

St. Stans Launches Home Academy Association

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SSKCA Home Academy Association

Mission

The Home Academy Association (HAA) is comprised of the parents of the students at SSKCA in partnership with the administration, faculty and staff. The mission of the HAA is to support and enrich the educational endeavors of the academy. In a faith-based environment dedicated to the education of our students, the HAA must mirror the tradition, standards, and teachings of the Catholic faith. Through fund raising, marketing, teacher recognition, support and school improvements, the organization works to promote a connection from home to academy. It is the objective and duty of the HAA to keep in mind the welfare of the students with regard to all issues. This includes:

  • Provide spiritual opportunities and fellowship to develop a strong and meaningful Christian community among academy families, faculty and administration.
  • Provide a vehicle of communication between parents and the academy.
  • Plan and co-ordinate fund-raising activities.
  • Provide ideas for interesting and informative programs relevant to the needs of the academy community.
  • Create a greater appreciation for Catholic education.

Structure

All parents of students of St. Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Academy (SSKCA) are members of the HAA and are encouraged to actively participate in the activities of the HAA.

The HAA will be overseen by the Principal. The Principal will designate a teacher as the education liaison to the HAA.

The HAA structure will include 2 parents per committee to serve as chairpersons/team co-captains of the committee. There are no officers, bank accounts or bylaws. General meetings will be held every other month. Separate committee meetings will be held as needed.

SSKCA HAA Committees:

Homeroom Parents Committee

The members of this committee work with the teacher of the class they are supporting to plan class events (holiday parties, etc.), to organize lunch parent volunteers on a weekly, bi-weekly or substitute basis, and to organize parent volunteers for the various school events. They also act as the communications link with parents in their respective class.

Publicity Committee

This committee is responsible for publicizing school activities and events to parents, parishioners and the local community. Additionally, they strive to obtain free publicity in local papers/ parent group websites by sending flyers or articles on school events.

Fundraising Committee

The responsibilities of this committee include handling the ongoing programs that raise money for the academy, such as Yankee Candle sale, Santa and Easter Bunny Breakfasts, Family Fun Day, etc.

Hospitality Committee

This committee will establish a program to welcome new families to SSKCA. The events they organize will allow school families to meet each other and new families to learn more about our academy.

Student Social Events Committee

This committee will co-ordinate any student social events, such as dances, movie nights, Bingo night, Halloween party, etc.

Trash to Cash/Uniform Exchange Committee

Members of this committee help to raise money all year by helping with the sorting and counting of donated items such as Box Tops. They will also handle the sorting of gently used donated school uniforms and work to fill requests from parents for those items as they come in during the school year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SSKCA School Tours: Sign Up Today!

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St. Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Academy hosts both Open Houses and pre-scheduled tours. Please call (718) 383-1970 to RSVP.

We are NOW accepting registrations for 2016-2017 academic term. 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. Our mission is to enable all students to reach their full potential academically, spiritually and socially­ in a child-centered, nurturing environment. All of our graduates attend top high schools in NYC – see the list here.

Find us on Facebook  https://www.facebook.com/ststansacademy and Twitter @StStansAcademy

Fighting to Improve Pedestrian Safety Around St. Stans

We are currently awaiting an update on our case for pedestrian improvements around St. Stans. We have been fighting for nearly two years and are awaiting to hear next steps.

As we have previously written, our formal appeal (Case# DOT-248593- P8N4) dated December 8, 2014, submitted to Brooklyn Borough Commissioner Bray, Councilman Levin, Assemblyman Lentol and Senator Squadron, 4tled “Re: Requesting immediate traffic safety improvements on the streets near St. Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Academy in Greenpoint, Brooklyn,” the streets surrounding SSKCA have been neglected for years and lack the traffic calming devices necessary to improve the safety of the street crossings used daily by hundreds of students traveling to school. This appeal is in response to letters received from the DOT rejecting our requests.

The following report (final#-sskca_trafficsafetyappeal_9june2015) is to help further illustrate the issues at hand and propose improvements to immediately rectify the issues to help ensure no child has to continue to risk his or her life by walking to school.

Sign the online petition to boost our efforts!

As our community has seen an influx of development and growth over the years, traffic has increased, which has made streets more congested and dangerous. We applaud Mayor Bill de Blasio’s “Vision Zero” plan for the City: “The City must take decisive and sustained action to reduce street fatalities each year until we have achieved “Vision Zero” – a city with zero fatalities or serious injuries caused by car crashes on the streets of New York.”

We urge you to help implement his vision by taking immediate action to improve the safety of the city streets near our school to avoid preventable traffic fatalities and serious injuries. Our proposals make sense and we will continue to appeal and fight for safer streets:

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On an almost daily basis, residents of the community witness near-collisions of vehicles and pedestrians. We echo Mayor de Blasio’s proclamation, “The City must invest in dramatic safety improvements targeted towards the most dangerous intersections and thoroughfares, particularly around schools…” (Visionary Street Safety Goal, 2013, 2)

This issue is very important to our school and community. Our children and their families face an unnecessary, dangerous situation that needs to be corrected urgently. Please do not wait for a fatal accident to illustrate the danger present near our school.

As Mayor de Blasio said, “New Yorkers deserve better.”

 

Catholic Schools Week Dedication for St. Stans Science Lab

After Summer 2015 of hard work transforming our science lab into a next generation facility for experiments and innovation, we are pleased to announce our Ribbon Cutting ceremony Monday, February 1st, 2016 at 11am in the newly renovated lab on 12 Newell Street.

We haven’t been sitting still since the lab’s completion. All of our students have been trying out experiments since September and have loved learning on all the new equipment. Students in the Mad Science programs have also been using the lab. Chemist and third grade parent, Mrs. Edyta Greer, did a special experimentation session for third graders in December as well.

Here are some before and after pictures that give you a sense of the scale of change. And there is more to come as SSKCA becomes the premier STEM school in the neighborhood! Help us spread the word!

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St. Stans Celebrates 120 Years of Shaping Tomorrow’s Leaders!

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St. Stans Hosts Mardis Gras February 6th

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St. Stans Catholic School Week Schedule

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Catholic Schools Week Schedule

February 1 – February 5, 2016

Learn more about National Catholic School’s week here: http://www.ncea.org/our-services/catholic-schools-week

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Our list of schedules is as follows. Please ask your teacher if you have any questions!

MONDAY      

Catholic Schools Week Mass, 10:00 AM

Science Lab Dedication, 11:00 AM

Older/Younger Student Buddy Activities, 12:30 PM

TUESDAY                           

Student Appreciation Day (Pajama Day, free pizza lunch)

 Science Fair – 7:00 PM

WEDNESDAY

Teacher Appreciation Day (early dismissal; no after school)

Crazy Hat, Tie and Socks Day

THURSDAY

Parent and Volunteer Appreciation Day

Open House – 10:15 AM – 11:30 AM

(Parents are invited to stop in to their child’s class to see their child working hard!)

Volunteer Thank You Reception, 1:00 PM

(for parents/grandparenst who volunteer at SSKCA)

FRIDAY                                  

Walk-a-thon

(School fundraiser activity for those students participating by bringing in donation)