January 18, 2017

Join Us In Celebrating Catholic Schools Week

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January 30 – February 3, 2017

Monday           

Catholic Schools Week Mass, 10:00 AM

Mad Science Assembly, 12:30 pm, grades K-6

Tuesday                                   

Student Appreciation Day (Pajama Day, free pizza lunch)

Science Fair – 7:00 PM

Wednesday           

Teacher Appreciation Day (early dismissal)

Crazy Hat, Tie and Socks Day

Thursday

Parent and Volunteer Appreciation Day

Open House – 10:15 AM – 11:30 AM (Parents are invited to to their child’s class to see their child working hard!)

Volunteer Thank You Reception, 1:00 PM (for parents/grandparents who volunteer at SSKCA)

Friday           

Walk-a-thon (after Mass; School fundraiser activity for    those students participating by bringing in donation)

Older/Younger Student Buddy Activities, 12:30 pm

 

 

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Principal’s Update: January 2017

Find important school updates here.


SSKCA To Host Communion Breakfast

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St. Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Academy’s

COMMUNION BREAKFAST

 DATE: January 29, 2017

WHERE: School Auditorium

WHEN: Right after 9AM Mass

The purpose of a Communion Breakfast is to bring everyone together as a faith community to learn “best practices” about raising a Catholic family. Our guest speaker, Sister Frances Smalkowski, CSFN will discuss how to raise a Catholic family during very busy/difficult times.

Ticket prices are $10 per family for adults & children that are 7 years and older. Ticket prices are $15 per family for adults and children that are 3 to 6 years old. Young children between the ages of 3 – 6 will be able to do a craft downstairs in the school basement while the older children and parents can listen to our guest speaker while enjoying a light breakfast.

Please RSVP by January 18, 2017 if you and your family would like to attend. Link and print form here.


Scenes from Christmas 2016 and A Wish for 2017

Our students, faculty and parents were treated to a host of wonderful events leading up to the Christmas holidays – and gave back in good measure as well. From the Thanksgiving Food Drive to the Girl Scout Coat Drive to the Toys for Tots campaign to singing carols to senior citizens at the Pete McGuinness Senior Center of St. Anthony’s parishcarolling, the St. Stans community proved that Giving is the reason for the season. We also gave a great big shout out to Sonny Mukhopadhyay who jump-started the effort to make sure Christmas lights illuminated Manhattan Avenue. He joined us on Friday, December 16th, for our wonderful Christmas pageant and was presented with a certificate of appreciation and a note of thanks signed by all of our St. Stans students.

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The Christmas show under the direction of Ms. Bozena and Ms. Magnano was a smashing production celebrating St. Stans 120th anniversary in 2016. We’ve been serving the community proudly since 1896 and hope to continue to do so into the next century. Currents TV even came by to do a look at our backstage production process – have a look at their great video if you haven’t seen it yet.

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The weekend festivities continued with the Nativity pageant at St. Stans parish where our students reenacted the Nativity in three separate masses.

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Santa also came to St. Stans TWICE – once for Breakfast with Santa and then to visit the students in their classrooms.

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Before school let out, our students had festive class celebrations where cards were exchanged and many cookies eaten!

Here is a link to some video shorts sent in by parents from some of our events. Please share your photos and stories with us!

We wish our families, teachers and staff a healthy, happy 2017 filled with much joy and success. See you in school on Tuesday, January 2nd.

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SSKCA Student Art Celebrated by New York State Senator Squadron

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Congratulations to all of our students who participated in New York State Senator Squadron’s “Thanksgiving Day Creative Celebration.” SSKCA students represented a majority of artists in the area responding to Senator Squadron’s call for “poems, essays, and artwork that exemplify the creativity of New York State’s young people.”

You can find the entries of our students at the link below. When you click on their name their entry appears:

https://www.nysenate.gov/newsroom/articles/daniel-l-squadron/thanksgiving-essays-creative-contributions

His office also sent letters and certificates to Mrs. C. for all the students.

Many thanks Senator Squadron. May we always remember the importance of art in education!

Principal’s Update: December 2016


St. Stans Academic Performance Highlighted on Currents Program


St. Stans Students Outperform Citywide on ELA and Math

St. Stans 4th, 6th and 8th grade students have once again demonstrated their ELA and Math strengths for 2016 by outperforming state public and charter schools, city public schools and Brooklyn diocesan schools. Congratulations students!2016results

St. Stans Thanks Officials for New Raised Crosswalk

St. Stans leaders and parents have been calling for improved traffic safety around St. Stans for over two years. Last year, a crossing guard was added on Nassau and Newel. This fall there were even more improvements. The DOT installed a raised crosswalk at the intersection of Driggs and Newel where many neighborhood families cross. In the short time it has been in place, speeding along the street has been reduced making all our streets safer for our students.

On November 9th at 10am, we are hosting a community event to thank all of our community constituents who have helped us in improving traffic safety. Assemblyman Lentol, Senator Squadron and officials from the DOT will attend. We’ll be presenting them with a certificate of appreciation.
Directly after, St. Stans students will participate in their first Catholic Identity parade. Students will march around our community to promote St. Stans.
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Principal’s Update: November 2016

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November 1, 2016

Dear Parents,

Happy November! The cooler, refreshing weather is finally here. Now we just have to hope that it is not followed too soon by snow!

We raised the following funds during the month:

Oktoberfest                                    $2,224.00

Denim Day                                    $900.00 (for breast cancer research)

Cupcake Sale                                    $249.00

International Night                        $2,975.00

Sincerest thanks to everyone who attended Oktoberfest and supported our Yankee Candle Sale. We depend on these fundraisers in order to bridge the gap between the actual cost to educate a child at SSKCA and the amount of tuition that our parents pay. Our next Cupcake Sale will be on Wednesday, November 16th, and will be hosted by the Kindergarten class. Also, if you have any extra Halloween candy that you would like out of the house, please send it in so we can donate it as a special treat to our troops through Treats for Troops – Operation Shoebox.

Starting this Friday, First Friday Masses will begin at 8:15 am instead of 8:00 am. Students, therefore, need to be in school on those days at their usual time of 8:00 am instead of 7:45 am. I am sure everyone will appreciate the extra 15 minutes of sleep!

Our annual Religion Fair will take place on Monday, November 7th at 7:00 pm. Then, on Wednesday, Nov. 9th, students from grades K – 8 will take part in our first Catholic Identity Parade here in the neighborhood. As a result, the dress down originally scheduled for that day is being changed to Wednesday, November 30th. The day of the parade, our assemblyman, Joseph Lentol, will be our special guest so that we may express to him our appreciation for his assistance in finally having the speed bumps on Driggs Ave. installed to help ensure our students’ safety when crossing that street. Also, the time for wearing summer uniforms has ended so polo shirts, shorts and skorts may not be worn again until May.

A reminder that school group photos will be taken on Tuesday, November 8th. All students are to be in full school uniform on that day. Those students who are having individual photos taken on Nov. 10th may dress in outfits chosen by their parents for that photo. Also, Monday, November 14th, there will be no school ONLY for students in grades K – 8. Then on Tuesday, November 15th, the next general HAA meeting of the year will be held at 7:00 pm.

We are continuing to collect Box Tops. They are found on the packages of many products that we use. A complete list may be found on their website, boxtops4education.com. However, please check the expiration dates on them before sending them in. Expired box tops will not be accepted from us so we cannot give credit to students for them. We had someone recently turn in an envelope of 25 but 18 were expired and another person sent in box tops that had expired in 2012! In addition, we recently learned of a program called Shoparoo. It involves a cell phone app that needs to be used to take a photo of store receipts after purchases have been made. After installing the app, select St. Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Academy at 12 Newel St. in Brooklyn. More information about the program may be found on their website, Shoparoo.com. Spread the word to family and friends as well. Those who regularly shop online at Amazon are asked to also register with the Amazon Smile program that helps to support schools, too.

A bulletin board with push pins has been hung above the steps leading to Hania’s office for parents to post any news/needs/wants/announcements. For best results be sure the writing is legible and your post includes contact information.

Our first major fundraising adult dinner/dance of the year is fast approaching. If anyone is able to donate items that can be used as raffle prizes at the event, such as bottles of wine, gift certificates to hair salons, etc., it would be greatly appreciated. Also, we are in need of volunteers to assist with the actual event. Sign – up sheets are located on the table outside of the secretary’s office. Every family that has opted to do volunteer service instead of the $750.00 additional fee is required to volunteer at one of the three dinner dances we have during the year (Andrzejki, New Year’s Eve, Valentine’s Day). They are the fundraisers that net the largest profit for SSKCA but they cannot be successful without the help of our parents. Otherwise, we will need to hire outside help and parents who do not volunteer will be charged a $75.00 fee at the end of the year to cover the cost of the hired help. We count on your understanding and cooperation.

Parents, please DO NOT park in the school parking lot during school events. The lot belongs to the parish and we are fortunate to be permitted to use it during regular school day hours from 7:00 am until 4:00 pm. In the evenings and on weekends the lot is reserved for people from the parish by arrangement with the rectory.

Our Girl Scouts will be collecting clean and in good condition winter jackets and coats this month for the needy. Please leave your donations in the box they will have in our lobby.

If any parent has some great photos from the Fall Festival or International Night, kindly email them to Sr. Joanne at jgoscicki@ststansacademy.org for use in next year’s school calendar.

During this season of thanksgiving, as we reflect on our many blessings, may our Lord continue to shower our SSKCA family with health and happiness. May He instill and nurture in us a desire to follow Jesus’ example of caring for one another, especially those less fortunate.

Sincerely,

Mrs. C