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From the Principal’s Desk

Saturday, February 20th, 2010

Principal’s updates on the successes of the student body in accomplishing their educational goals.

Dear Alumni,

Thank you for all your support over the years, your efforts are greatly appreciated.

Our school has expanded and grown by leaps and bounds. Enrollment is on an upward trajectory. We have approximately 80 students enrolled within our Universal Pre-K (UPK) program (which amounts to four classrooms). The new enrollment cycle has just begun and we hope to have up to two Kindergarten classes. SSS was awarded a special grant for our current Kindergarten classroom. With this grant, we could purchase classroom furniture, classroom materials, and secure additional personnel within our Kindergarten class. We are seeking support to acquire new materials for our new section of Kindergarten.

St. Simon Stock (SSS) is helping our students to: Learn. Lead. Inspire. That is the St. Simon Stock way! Since 1928 we have been inspiring responsible citizenship in the Catholic Tradition.

Over the years there have been many shifts and changes in education. However, SSS has been able to adapt and adjust to these changes. The value, quality, and benefit of a Catholic education has stood the test of time. We look forward to continuing to better the lives of the families we serve through a quality Catholic Education.

SSS has been an institution within this community. I was recently appointed to the Community Board. I will use this platform to advocate for students and families within this community. I will work with Community Board Members, Elected Officials, and non-profit groups to ensure that the needs of the community and our students are properly served.

Thank you again for your continued support. God Bless.

Sincerely,

Kinsley R. Jabouin,
MPA, M.S. Ed.

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Pastor’s Musings

Saturday, February 20th, 2010

The details of merging St Simon Stock and St Joseph are a little daunting at times. A small detail like opening up a bank account with a new parish name and ID number turned out to be a bank-changer. Our previous bank had all the data, including the new signed cards and the incorporation papers. Then the delay. Payday came. Delay. So we moved to another bank that could open an account immediately. Name, stationery, IDs for the staff – all has to be changed.

We hope that when St Joseph Church and rectory are demolished, that what will take its place will also serve the neighborhood and provide some space for meetings and school activities. Memories fade. Without the signposts. Some pieces of liturgical furniture (benches, statues, candelabras, etc) have gone to churches close and far (some of the benches went to Barahona, Dominican Republic this summer). We are also planning to bring the statues of Guadalupe and Juan Diego from the big garden on Washington to the smaller garden on 182nd Street. Symbols and signs: How do we combine the histories of two such long-standing parishes?

This year we have so many memories of alumni, even among the clergy. Fr Joseph Girzone (Sebastian), Fr Chris Byrne, Msgr Ansaldi. Norm Delaney, Gene Kramer, Danny Lyons, Helen Hill, John Dillon. All Souls Day or el dia de los muertos is a reminder to pray for each other in the communion of saints.

Congrats to some of our staff. Ms Letty Jacome completed her masters in nutrition education at Lehman and returned to Ecuador to change her visa from student to resident. Bro Paul is studying theology at Whitefriars Hall. Solanlly Hernandez has completed a course on computer technology. The director of religious education and one of our pastoral associates, Lourdes Victoria and Adelaida Ospina, completed their work and were enrolled as US citizens this summer. So we are pleased at the great work that is happening on staff too. St Simon Stock and St Joseph schools both harbor students from universal pre-k as well. We hope that some will also enroll in the school in the coming years. Thanks again to all the alumni who stay in contact. We cannot enroll online yet. We had problems a few years ago with names being hacked. The church is being repainted. God love you all. Merry Christmas

Fr. Nelson Belizario will comment on things in and around St. Simon Stock and share stories from alumni far and near. Check back often for a word or two from Father Nelson.


Welcome to the St. Simon Stock Alumni Blog

Saturday, February 20th, 2010

St. Simon Stock School Alumni Blog and web page is under construction.

Karen Argenti
SSS 1968 HS