Happy Feast Day!
This Thursday 1/24 is the Feast Day of our Patron Saint: Saint Francis de Sales.
Born in France in 1567, Francis was a patient man. He knew for thirteen years that he had a vocation to the priesthood before he mentioned it to his family. When his father said that he wanted Francis to be a soldier and sent him to Paris to study, Francis said nothing. Then when he went to Padua to get a doctorate in law, he still kept quiet, but he studied theology and practiced mental prayer while getting into swordfights and going to parties. Even when his bishop told him if he wanted to be a priest that he thought that he would have a miter waiting for him someday, Francis uttered not a word. Why did Francis wait so long? Throughout his life he waited for God’s will to be clear. He never wanted to push his wishes on God, to the point where most of us would have been afraid that God would give up!
This weekend, we ask St. Francis de Sales to pray for us. Onto the rest of the week here at the Academy…
Just a reminder that tomorrow 1/18 kicks off a 4-day weekend with a day off for students as the faculty participates in a Diocesan wide professional development data day. Monday 1/21, St Francis de Sales Catholic Academy will be closed for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. School will reopen on Tuesday 1/22. Enjoy the long weekend!
Family Life Week: Next week in Grades 5-8 we will be taking a special moment out of our religion curriculum to look at Family Life. All schools in the Diocese of Brooklyn are mandated to teach this curriculum which focuses on God’s gift of Family, of Self, of Life, of Love, and of Community. We ask that you continue the conversation at home in regards to the Church’s teaching in regards to living a healthy and holy family life.
Dress Down Day Friday: On Tuesday each family will be sent home with a baby bottle. We are asking each family to return the bottle on Friday with a small donation (loose change is fine) for the Bridge to Life Inc. This group helps thousands of women and newborn children who were experiencing financial hardship. All families that turn in a bottle can dress down on Friday.
Re-Registration: Last week re-registration packets were sent home with one child in the family. Please be sure to send back the form no later than Friday January 26th. All registration fees will be added and paid through your FACTS account. Please note that if all students return that various grades will have waitlists.
Principal for a Day: Just a reminder that the Principal/Assistant Principal essay is due this coming Friday January 25th. It might be a great weekend activity to write an essay or work on a collage/multimedia project and enter our contest. For more information please click here.
Lunch Forms: Three weeks ago various Lunch Forms went sent home for the months of February-June.
Pizza Forms (Thursdays for Grades K-4 and Fridays for Grades 5-8)
Bagel Forms (Mondays for Grades K-8)
Chicken Finger Forms (Last Tuesday of every month for Grades 1-8)
All forms and money were due today. For anyone who needs a form please click here. Please when ordering both Chicken Fingers, Pizza and Bagels make seperate checks out. Any questions please call the main office.
Enrichment Programs: Continuing with Balanced Kidz this week we are starting our second round of enrichment programs here at St. Francis de Sales. Flyers have been sent home for various enrichment programs over the past month) and can be found on our website or by clicking here. Any questions please contact the main office at 718-634-2775.
8th Grade: Congratulations to our 8th grade on continuing to receive your High School decision letters! We are very proud of all of the accomplishments of our Class of 2019. If parents have any questions, feel free to get in touch with Mr. Scharbach firstname.lastname@example.org or Mrs. Martello email@example.com.
Chocolate Bar Sale: We will be selling World’s Finest Chocolate Products truly delicious chocolates that have been sold for years by schools and organizations.
This year we are hoping for All Families to assist with this sale in order to make it as successful as possible. If all 340 Families sell 1 box of chocolate, we will earn profit of over $10,000.00. This year we plan on using our profits to update SmartBoards and lighting throughout the building.
On February 4th, your oldest child will be given a box of chocolate to take home. If you cannot support us in the sale, please return the tear off on or before January 30th. For more information please click here.
This form was sent home as a hard copy early last week.
Box Tops for Education: Our next Box Tops for Education event has now begun. For every 20 Box Tops a student brings in between Monday December 10th and Friday February 15th they will get a raffle tickets to win a $50 Amazon Gift Card. There will be a 2nd place Amazon Gift card of $25 and a 3rd place Amazon Gift Card for $10. The more Box Tops you bring in, the more chances you have to win. Good luck.
You can use this handy collection sheet to help collect Box Tops over the next few weeks.
Card Party: We are 10 weeks away from our annual Card Party.
You may know that St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy’s Card Party is considered a premier Card Party in the area, and helps raise thousands of dollars for the school each year. This Wednesday 1/23/19 there will be a Card Party Meeting at 7pm in the school. Anyone interested in helping, please feel free to come by or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Have a great weekend! Keep warm!
PS: We are always in need of some parents to help volunteering for our lunch periods. If you are VIRTUS trained and are able to do the lunch duty, we certainly appreciate it. We are continuing to assign lunch duty using a web-based service called Sign Up. It enables those who want to do lunch duty to sign up for slots on specific days with email reminders. It is our hope this will help with the number of cancellations and no shows from families.
To sign up for lunch duty please use the website: Lunch Duty Sign Up
1) Click the link above to see our Sign-Up on Sign 2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.
3) Sign up! It’s Easy – you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on Sign Up
Volunteers, thank you so much for all of your help!