Weekly Update #4 SFDS Week of October 4th

Dear Families,

October 4th is the feast day of Saint Francis Assisi.  Saint Francis is remembered as the patron saint of animals and the environment.  Saint Francis of Assisi chose a life of poverty, prayer, and peacemaking.  He cared for the poor, the sick, and all creation, and founded the Franciscan order. It is customary on the feast day of Saint Francis to bless the animals, in remembrance of his love for all creatures great and small.   All are welcome to join the Saint Francis de Sales and Blessed Trinity Parish communities in the blessing of animals on Monday 10/4 at 4 pm at St. Francis Parish, and 6:30 pm at St. Thomas More Church and Father Hession Hall. Feel free to bring your pets for a special blessing. 

Please, please please remember to fill out the daily health screening form each and every day. Although it is repetitive it does help families sometimes catch symptoms that could possibly be a symptom of COVID-19. Please note that this few second survey is required for all students.  Please click here for instructions to do the daily health screening form. If you are having an issue with the form please either email Mrs. Endall at hendall@stfrancisschoolbh.net or call Mrs. Endall at 718-634-2775. 

Now onto some announcements from the past week and the days ahead……

Congrats Greg Gentile: This weekend Mr. Greg Gentile, our custodian, will be getting married here at St. Francis de Sales Parish on Saturday 10/2 at 11 am. We wish him and his wife the best of luck. It is also bittersweet for Mr. Greg that Tuesday 10/5 will be his last day working for St. Francis de Sales. Mr. Greg last week got the call that he will be joining the FDNY in the next class of firefighters. We of course will miss him, yet are so happy for him in being a part of such a brave and noble career. We wish him the best of luck in the future. 

Pizza Day Thank You: Father Michael Gelfant and Father Jeremy Canna the Pastor and the Parochial Vicar of Blessed Trinity Parish were so touched and impressed by the cards for Priesthood Sunday last week. As a token of their appreciation they would like to treat the entire school (Pre-K-Grade 8 and staff) to a slice of pizza on Friday, October 15th. Please send in a drink with your child that day. If your child does not like Pizza they are more than welcome to bring lunch that day as well. 

Upcoming ½ Day: For planning purposes, Thursday 10/7 will be a half-day with 12n dismissal for all students due to our afternoon faculty meeting. 

School Closed for Professional Development on October 8th:  Just a reminder that Friday, October 8th is a scheduled day off for students. This is followed by Monday, October 11th being closed for Columbus Day. Enjoy the 4-day Fall weekend! 

I-Ready: This past week all students completed the I-Ready diagnostic test. On Monday (10/4) all of your children in Grades 1-8 will be sent home with their I-Ready beginning of the year diagnostic test in Reading and Math. There will be an email sent home on Monday that explains the purpose of the exam and the next steps both in the classroom and at home with the I-Ready program. Of course, if you have any questions please be in touch with your child’s teacher and/or the administration. Our Kindergarten students will take their diagnostic test during the week of October 12th. 

Enrichment Programs Starting: Just a reminder that many of our enrichment programs will begin over the next month.  Mad Science on October 13 and Crayola World of Design on October 14th. We anticipate that our band classes will either start on Tuesday 10/19 or Tuesday 10/26. More information will follow about the band in the coming two weeks. 

Winter and Summer Uniforms: A few families have reached out to the school over the past two weeks about major delays in the shipping of winter uniforms from Flynn and O’Hara. Due to these delays, we will be delaying the start of winter uniform for one week until 10/25. Please note that starting on Monday, October 25th, winter uniforms should be worn. If the temperature is stated to be above 75 degrees that day, summer uniforms may be worn. Please do not take advantage of this policy. 75 degrees does not mean  74 degrees, 73 degrees, etc. 

Just a reminder that winter uniforms can always be worn if your family chooses to do so. Summer uniforms are always optional. We will keep a close eye on this matter and adjust our uniform policy accordingly. 

Bikes: Please remind your child that if he/she is riding their bike to and from school they need to lock it up on the bike racks near the small hall entrance of the school.  The school cannot be responsible for bikes that go missing especially if they are not locked up each day. Thanks in advance for helping us out with this very simple safety measure. ​​

Emergency Connectivity Fund: We are very pleased that we had a great response to this summer’s survey. The Federal Government’s Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF) will be channeling an unprecedented $7.1B into the E-rate program in support of remote learning needs. ECF will fund 100% of the costs of laptops, Chromebooks, tablets and 100% of the costs for mobile Wi-Fi hotspots, for qualifying students.

If you are a family who did not complete a survey over the summer, there is now a second chance to do so!   Please click this link to the survey. We ask that surveys be completed no later than October 8, 2021. Please remember when answering these questions do not consider or include any school-provided laptops, tablets etc

Families that completed a survey during the summer need not submit a second one (doing so will complicate our initial filings). 


Fundraising Corner 

Football Frenzy: Football Frenzy is a fundraiser sponsored by St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy. All proceeds directly support the activities of St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy. The fundraiser is based on the 2021-2022 NFL football season with a donation of $20 per ticket. Each ticket includes a different set of three NFL teams each week of the regular season with a chance of winning cash prizes each week. For more information on this raffle please click here. 

School Sweatshirts: Each year in the past our school has sold sweatshirts and jackets this time of the year. This year we are placing an order for an SFDS quarter zip sweatshirt with a vendor that we used the past two years. If you would like to order a sweatshirt for your child please fill out the form below. Please note that the only sweatshirts that can be worn in school are these sweatshirts with the Saint Francis Logo, or past sweatshirts from the Jacket sale, or the Gym Sweatshirt. No CYO sweatshirts are allowed to be worn during the day as part of the uniform.

The price of the sweatshirt is $35.00. $39.00 for 2XL and 3XL.

Please fill out the form below by October 4th. You will be billed via your FACTS Account.

Any questions please email Mrs. Buckley at mbuckley@stfrancisschoolbh.net




Terranova’s: From October 13th-October 20th the Terra Nova assessment series will be administered to students in grades three through eight.  This assessment series is administered to all students attending Catholic elementary schools in the Diocese. The Terra Nova is designed to measure concepts, processes, and objectives taught throughout the nation.  Terra Nova results are used to: analyze strengths and weaknesses of a student’s achievement in each content area; plan for further instruction; plan for curriculum development; and to report progress to parents.

Socktober: On Friday, 10/15 don’t forget to bring in $1 and wear CRAZY socks.. 

AFA Meeting: The Academy Family Association Executive Board is having its first general meeting on Tuesday 10/26 at 7pm. Please see the information below about joining the meeting virtually. 

Saint Francis de Sales is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Academy Family Association Executive General Meeting

Time: Oct 26, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting


Meeting ID: 825 3713 4015

Passcode: AFA2021

Franny Fun Run: Please save the date for what we hope is a huge fundraiser for our school the 2nd Annual Franny Fun Run on Saturday, November 20th. If you are interested in being a part of the Franny Fun Run Committee please email your interest to afa@stfrancisschoolbh.net. There will be more information about this event in the coming weeks. 

Pizza Days: We are so happy that our bagel day is up and running. We would like to restart our Pizza days as well in the near future. Since the last time we had Pizza Days (March 2020) our coordinator Catherine Rose had her last child graduate. We are looking for a coordinator or two to help get this backup and running. If you are interested in being a coordinator please email your interest to afa@stfrancisschoolbh.net. Please note that you will need to be available during lunch periods on Thursdays and/or Fridays. 

Have a good weekend!