SFDS Week of September 17th 2018

Dear Families,

Another busy week comes to a close here at SFDS. Your children were hard at work this week; it was great to see everyone back in action. A special thank you to all who came out last night for our Back to School Night. Now onto the week ahead.

 

Catechetical Sunday:  Catechetical Sunday is when those designated to serve as catechists are called forth to be commissioned for their ministry.  Catechetical Sunday is a wonderful opportunity to reflect on the role that each person plays, by virtue of Baptism, in passing on the faith and being a witness to the Gospel.  All are welcome to join the Saint Francis faculty and Saint Francis Religious Education faculty at this very special liturgy at 9am on Sunday September 16th.

 

Bald on the Beach: Bald on the Beach will also be held on this Sunday September 16th here at St. Francis de Sales from 10:00am-1pm.

Join St. Francis de Sales Parish and our National Junior Honor Society for this special St. Baldrick’s event, and whether you decide to shave your head, volunteer, support, or donate, we hope you’ll be a part of the excitement!

The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is a volunteer-powered charity that funds more in childhood cancer research grants than any organization except the U.S. government. Get involved and you’ll be giving hope to infants, children, teens and young adults fighting childhood cancers! For more information, how to donate, or sign yourself or child up to be a shavee please click here.

 

We hope to see many academy families at both events this Sunday.

 

8th Grade Graduation Meeting: Please remember the special 8th Grade Parent Graduation/High School Meeting is this Monday September 17th at 6:00pm in the Small Hall. Please come to ask any last minute questions on the high school admissions process (Catholic High Schools and Public High Schools) and to have a conversation on what graduation will look like for the Class of 2019 (Graduation, Dinner Dance,  Graduation Trip, etc.)

Please note that this meeting is not in regard to planning the dinner dance, we will plan a meeting soon after the TACHS exam in early November.

 

Pizza Days: All pizza money and order forms should have been handed in by today. To guarantee your child getting Pizza this Thursday 9/20 (grades K-4) or Friday 9/21 (grades 5-8) the order form must be handed in no later than Monday morning. This order form will cover the 1st half of the school year. If you need an order form you can print one out by clicking here.

 

After School Program Begins: Saint Francis de Sales Catholic Academy’s Afterschool program will begin this Monday, September 17th 2018. Any questions about After School please give the main office a call. Please note that all after school registration should occur no later than the Friday before, only in a real emergency should an after school registration occur during the week of. Please help us with this to make our after school program run smoothly.

For more information including this week’s registration form please click here.

 

Lunch Duty: We are 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 Volunteer Spot. 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 Volunteer Spot

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 Volunteer Spot.

Volunteers, thank you so much for all of your help!

 

Fundraising Corner

Box Tops for Education: The first official contest for Box Tops has officially begun!  It will end on Halloween. There are many box tops that expire on 11/1/2018 so please make sure that those get brought into school.  Last year we collected over 750 expired box tops (mostly for the last contest) which were not counted towards class totals because box tops will not award money for expired box tops.  As always, please make sure your child’s name and class are on the submissions. Thanks to all those that have sent in submissions already.

For a collection sheet please click here.

 

Yankee Candle Fundraiser: The first fundraiser of the year begins this Monday students will be sent home with a packet from Yankee Candle for our annual fall Yankee Candle fundraiser. Please support St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy and at the same time pick up a something to make your home or car smell great. Yankee Candles make an excellent gift for any occasion. Also being sent home is a catalog called Believe with many items such as gift wrap and household items. Please use the separate order form and envelope if ordering from this catalog.

You can shop online as well at Yankee Candle

Click on the ‘Seller Login‘ button and fill out the ‘Signup to be a seller form‘.

Use the group number for our school 990009599.

Any questions feel free to contact the main office.

Thanks as always for supporting the school.

The sale ends on October 9th.  

 

Upcoming Events (Save the Date)

High School Night: On Monday September 24th at 7pm in the School Gym our 7th and 8th Grade Students and Families are invited to St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy Annual High School Night. Come and meet with representatives (Students and Faculty) from various High Schools such as Holy Cross, Sacred Heart, Hempstead, Xavier, St. Francis Prep, Notre Dame, Christ the King, Archbishop Molloy, The Mary Louis Academy, St. Saviour, St. Edmund Prep, Chaminade, McClancy, Fontbonne Hall Academy, Xaverian and Bishop KearneyA special thank you to Mrs. Rori Martello for putting this night together.

 

Have a great weekend! Hope to see you Sunday.

STEM Week 2018 (Professional Development)

After a long two years of both our students and teachers working diligently around STEM with Catapult Learning we celebrated STEM Week in June of 2018. Each grade level worked on a project that varied based on grade level and topics, but all were cross-curricular designed tasks that the students worked on through the course of the week. We were so excited when representatives from Catapult Learning came to see the finished products and all their hard work along the way! 

Please take a moment to view the following video and hear some of our teachers talk about their professional development experience and see our students in action.

Our Survivor Tree

A Callery pear tree became known as the “Survivor Tree” after enduring the September 11, 2001 terror attacks at the World Trade Center. In October 2001, the tree was discovered at Ground Zero severely damaged, with snapped roots and burned and broken branches.

The tree was removed from the rubble and placed in the care of the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation. After its recovery and rehabilitation, the tree was returned to the Memorial in 2010. New, smooth limbs extended from the gnarled stumps, creating a visible demarcation between the tree’s past and present. Today, the tree stands as a living reminder of resilience, survival and rebirth.

The Survivor Tree embodies our nation’s spirit of hope and healing, strength and resilience in the wake of the 9/11 attacks.

Each year, the 9/11 Memorial gives seedlings from the Survivor Tree to three communities that have endured tragedy in recent years. The Survivor Tree seedling program was launched on September 11, 2013, in partnership with Bartlett Tree Experts, of Stamford, Conn., and John Bowne High School in the Flushing neighborhood of Queens.

In 2013, St. Francis de Sales Parish was given a seedling due to the community being affected by Superstorm Sandy in 2012. The seedling is planted outside St. Francis de Sales Church in honor of all those Rockaway residents whose lives were lost on September 11th, 2001. Their names are listed below.

  • Firefighter Joe Agnello
  • Firefighter Eric Allen
  • Firefighter Richie Allen
  • Michael Andrews
  • Ezra Aviles
  • Firefighter Steve Belson
  • Gennady Boyarsky
  • Pamela Boyce
  • Captain Vincent Brunton
  • Brandon Buchanan
  • Matthew Burke
  • Captain Frank Callahan
  • Liam Callahan
  • Marcia Carter
  • Paul Cascio
  • Mandy Chang-Burke
  • Anthony Coladonato
  • Carlo Commisso
  • Kevin P. Conroy
  • Firefighter Tom Cullen
  • Firefighter Jerry Dewan
  • Matthew Diaz
  • Lieutenant Kevin Dowdell
  • Mary Dowling
  • John Farrell
  • 1st Deputy Commissioner William Feehan
  • Mark Gilles
  • Kerene Gordon
  • Chris Grady
  • Florence Gregory
  • Charles Heeran
  • Firefighter John Heffernan
  • Joe Henry
  • Clara Hinds
  • Captain Walter Hynes
  • Firefighter Billy Johnston
  • Lisa King-Johnson
  • Fire Marshal Vincent Kane
  • Thomas Kennedy
  • Brendan Lang
  • Roseann Lang
  • Stephan Lefkowitz
  • Firefighter Michael Lynch
  • Firefighter Thomas McCann
  • John McDonnell
  • Ann Walsh McGovern
  • Edmund McNally
  • Firefighter Terry McShane
  • Peter Teague Milano
  • Firefighter Henry Miller, Jr.
  • Manuel Molina
  • Brian Monahan
  • Frank Monahan
  • Mark Morall
  • Chief John Moran
  • Jim Morgan
  • Nancy Morgenstern
  • Peter Mulligan
  • Firefighter Dennis Mulligan
  • Terry Munson
  • Firefighter Kevin O’Rourke
  • James Robert Ostrowski
  • Tommy Palazzo
  • William Peterson
  • LT Kevin Pfiefer
  • James Francis Quinn
  • Gregory Reda
  • Linda Rivera
  • Firefighter Michael Roberts
  • Firefighter Stephen Russell
  • Rob Scandole
  • Mark Schwartz
  • Angelo Sereno
  • Vincent Slavin
  • Firefighter Danny Suhr
  • Patrick Sullivan
  • Raquel Tamares
  • Firefighter John Tierny
  • Richard Todisco
  • Firefighter Eugene Whelan
  • Ken White
  • Jimmy Woods
  • John W. Wright Jr.
  • Firefighter Raymond York

SFDS Week of September 10th 2018

Dear Families,

We had a wonderful first week here at the school! Your children arrived on Wednesday with big smiles across their faces. The first couple of days were filled with excitement, introductions, and reuniting with friends, teachers and peers.  As we walked around the building, it was so nice to see both our students and teachers hard at work. And of course, we began the 2018-2019 school year with a joyful Opening of School Mass. I know next week we will hit the ground running for our first full week of school.

September 11th Day of Remembrance Prayer Service: All are invited to join us at 1:15 on Tuesday September 11th to pray as a community and remember the tragic events of September 11, 2001. Weather permitting, we will be gathering in the Prayer Garden, located on the Southeast corner of Rockaway Beach Blvd and Beach 129th Street. If we have inclement weather, we will be meeting at St. Francis de Sales Church. Please also take a look at the new plaque that is next to our Survivor Tree outside of Church.

Meet the Teacher Night K-8: On Thursday September 13th at 7pm, you will have the opportunity to meet your child’s teachers and to get an overview of their child’s educational program. Mark your calendars for this great night to spend time with your child’s teachers and learn about the day in the life of a St. Francis de Sales student.  

The schedule of the night is as follows:

6:50pm Doors Open

7:00pm-7:25pm: General Session for entire school in the school gym. We will be trying our best to start on time so not to delay the two teacher sessions.

7:30pm-7:55pm: Teacher Session #1

8:00pm-8:25pm: Teacher Session #2

Please note that Grades 5-8 have a different schedule so parents can see all four teachers.  

This night is an information night. If there are any pressing issues or matters that need to be discussed with the teachers please make an appointment to see them at another date. Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate individual conversations on Meet the Teacher night, but would be more than happy to set up a time to discuss your child(ren). The teachers will be presenting the same information twice to accommodate those families that may have more than one child in the school.

Catechetical Sunday:  Catechetical Sunday is when those designated to serve as catechists are called forth to be commissioned for their ministry.  Catechetical Sunday is a wonderful opportunity to reflect on the role that each person plays, by virtue of Baptism, in passing on the faith and being a witness to the Gospel.  All are welcome to join the Saint Francis faculty and Saint Francis Religious Education faculty at this very special liturgy at 9am on Sunday September 16th.

Summer Uniform: This week we were very accepting of students out of uniform yet do expect that corrections be made by next Monday. Just a reminder that summer uniform consists of the following:

Boys and Girls Grades 1-8

Tan uniform shorts, blue golf shirts with the school emblem, black or brown shoe (sneakers and sandals are not permitted; Sperrys/Boat shoes without design or bright colors may be worn with white/black socks), white/black socks and a black or brown belt.

Shorts are to be worn just above the knee. Short shorts are not acceptable.

Pre-K and Kindergarten

Uniform mesh shorts and t-shirts with school emblem, (Pre-K: Maroon, Kindergarten: Gray) white socks, sneakers with velcro or shoelace closures

For more information about uniforms including our winter uniform policy please click here.

Please check with our uniform policy before buying shoes, socks and belts for the 2018-2019 school year.  

Pre-K and Nursery Start: This week Pre-Kindergarten and Nursery both begin here at St. Francis. All week Pre-K is in school from 7:55am to 11:50am. Our Nursery program meets on Monday for 30-45 minutes at their assigned time and than begin their regular scheduled time on Wednesday September 12th.

Lunch Duty: We are 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 Volunteer Spot. 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 Volunteer Spot

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 Volunteer Spot.

Volunteers, thank you so much for all of your help!

VIRTUS Training: Just a reminder  about a VIRTUS training this Monday September 10th 2018 at St. Francis de Sales Parish. Virtus training is mandated by the Diocese as a requirement for anyone who would like to volunteer to help with the children in the school (lunch parent, class parent, trip helper, etc.). For a list of upcoming sessions and information on how to register, log on to virtus.org. This training must be completed prior to starting your volunteer service.

Peanut/Nut Free: St. Francis de Sales has been and will continue to be a peanut-free environment because of the increasing number of students with severe allergies. This means that every child is asked to bring snacks and lunches free of any peanuts or nuts. For more information please click here.

Enrichment Programs: We are proud to offer various enrichment opportunities exclusively to the students of St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy. Enrichment program offerings and registration forms will be distributed next Monday. This year will we will be offering the following enrichment opportunities:

Mondays: Mad Science (Grades K-5)

Tuesdays: Paul Effman Band (Grades 2-8) and Lego (Grades K-1)

Wednesdays: School House Chess (Grades K-5) and Abrakadoodle Art (K-4)

Thursdays: Lego (Grades 2-5) and Balanced Kidz (Grades K-3)

Please be aware that registration for these sessions is limited.

For registration information and forms for all of our enrichment programs please click here.

Afterschool Program: Saint Francis de Sales Catholic Academy’s Afterschool program will begin on Monday, September 17th 2018. Afterschool registration forms and information is available on our website or by clicking here.

Early Morning Drop Off Program: Starting on Monday September 10th we will be offering an Early Morning Drop off program from 7am-7:40am each day. For more information about this program please click here.

Change of Plans: We all know that life gets in the way at times and plans change. For your child’s safety, please inform the office if there is a change of pickup or usage of the bus by note or email (before 9am). If it is last minute it will have to be by office phone.

Bald on the Beach: Finally save the date for Bald on the Beach here at St. Francis de Sales on Sunday September 16th from 10am-pm. Join St. Francis de Sales Parish and our National Junior Honor Society for this special St. Baldrick’s event, and whether you decide to shave your head, volunteer, or donate, we hope you’ll be a part of the excitement! The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is a volunteer-powered charity that funds more in childhood cancer research grants than any organization except the U.S. government. Get involved and you’ll be giving hope to infants, children, teens and young adults fighting childhood cancers! For more information, how to donate, or sign yourself or child up to be a shavee please click here.

Please note we will be having a dress down day for a $1 on Friday 9/14 where students will “Go Gold” for Childhood Cancer Research. All proceeds will be donated to St. Baldrick’s. Children are encouraged to wear yellow or gold.

Have a great weekend!

SFDS Week of September 4th 2018 (Back to School)

Dear Families, 

 

I hope everyone is having a great start to his or her Labor Day Weekend. 

I have so enjoyed reading all of your children’s postcards over the last few weeks. It seems that all have had an exciting summer.

We too have had an exciting summer as well. In a few days St. Francis de Sales will open its doors for the 106th year to over 545 students. Teachers have been hard at work and the hallways and classrooms look spectacular. The floors are shiny and are ready for a new school year. Most importantly the administration, faculty, and staff here at St. Francis look forward to greet your children on Wednesday for that all-important first day of school. 

The main office of the school will be open Tuesday 9/4  from 10:30am-12:30pm. As always if there any questions before the school year begins please give us a call or send us an email. Please see below for a detailed schedule on the first week of school.

 

On the first day of school, many papers will go home with your children; some need to be returned in a timely manner. It is the belief of the St. Francis community that establishing and maintaining open lines of communication between school and family strengthens the feeling of support all children need to be successful in school. We have assembled some notices and information pertinent to the start of a new school year.

Many of these notices are available now on our school website and can filled out ahead of time. They can be found in the lists and forms section .

First Week of School Schedule

Wednesday, September 5th 2018 7:55am – 12:00noon

  • This is the first official school day for all students in grades one through eight. Beginning at 7: 40am until 7:55 am, Students in grades 1 through 4 are to report to the playground (gym if there is inclement weather) and grades 5 through 8 are to line up on 129th street (gym if there is inclement weather). Students are to come to the School in full school summer uniform, with their supplies.
  • Kindergarten children are invited to visit the classrooms with a parent/guardian from either 9:30am to 10:15am (Last Name A-M) or 10:30am to 11:15am (Last Name N-Z)
    • Kindergarten students can dress down or up on this day
  • Families are welcome to join the St Francis community at our Opening of School liturgy (Grades 1-8) at 11:00am, in Saint Francis de Sales Church.
  • No NYC Yellow Bus Service
  • Faculty Professional Development 12:30pm-2:45pm

Thursday, September 6th 2018 7:55am – 12:00noon

  • This is the first official school day for students entering Kindergarten. Kindergarten students begin at 9:30am and are to report to the schoolyard (small hall if there is inclement weather) and will be dismissed at 11:55am in the schoolyard . Students are to come to the School in full summer school uniform.
  • Beginning at 7:40am until 7:55 am, Students in grades 1 through 8 are to report to the gym.
  • Parents are invited to breakfast, from 10:00am-11:00am, in the small hall. Come and have a bagel and a cup of coffee. This will be an opportunity for all of our families new and old to mix and mingle with the St. Francis community.
  • NYC Yellow Bus service begins
  • Faculty Professional Development Meeting from 12:30pm-2:45pm for Faculty
  • Early Childhood Meet the Teacher Night for Nursery and Pre-K Parents at 6:30pm

Friday, September 7th 2018 7:55am – 2:30pm

  • Beginning at 7:40am until 7:55 am, Students in grades K through 8 are to report to the gym.
  • Full day instruction begins today for students in Grade 1 through Grade 8. St. Francis’s day begins promptly at 7:55am. Students will be marked late if they arrive in the building after 8:00am. Kindergarten is dismissed at 12:00n on this day. 

Summer Packets: Please use these last few days to make sure that your children have kept up with their summer reading and work. For all summer assignments and supply lists please click here. 

Summer Uniform: Just a reminder that on the first day of school students are in their summer uniforms; the summer uniform consists of the following:

Boys and Girls Grades 1-8

Tan uniform shorts, blue golf shirts with the school emblem, black or brown shoe (sneakers and sandals are not permitted; Sperrys/Boat shoeswithout design or bright colors may be worn with white/black socks), white/black socks and a black or brown belt.

Shorts are to be worn just above the knee. Short shorts are not acceptable.

Pre-K and Kindergarten

Uniform mesh shorts and t-shirts with school emblem, (Pre-K: Maroon, Kindergarten: Gray) white socks, sneakers with velcro or shoelace closures

For more information about uniforms including our winter uniform policy please click here. 

Please check with our uniform policy before buying shoes, socks and belts for the 2018-2019 school year.  

After School Program: Saint Francis de Sales Catholic Academy’s Afterschool program will begin on Monday, September 17th 2018. Instructional program offerings and registration forms will be distributed during the first week of school. After School registration forms and information is available on our website or by clicking here. Any questions about After School please give the main office a call.

 

Early Morning Drop Off Program: Starting on Monday September 10th we will be offering an Early Morning Drop off program from 7am-7:40am each day. For more information about this program please click here. This information will be sent home on the first day of school as well.

 

Yellow Bus Service: All those students who are planning on riding the yellow bus should receive a letter on the first day of school with their NYC OPT ID Number and information on how to look up your child’s bus route.  Just a reminder there is no NYC Bus Transportation on Wednesday 9/5/18. NYC Bus service begins on Thursday 9/6/18.

 

Tuition Accounts: Starting a few weeks ago all families should of begun to pay their families tutiton through our FACTS system. Tuition payments for the 2018-2019 school year can be paid online, by phone, or by mail. You may also sign up for auto pay as well. Only in an emergency will payment be accepted in the school building and/or rectory.

For those families that have an Invoice Payment Plan, each month, 20 days before your payment due date, FACTS will send you an email or mail invoice letting you know that your invoice is ready.  If you want to mail in a payment, you will need to log into their FACTS account and click on the Actions button and choose the Mail In a Payment link.

Any questions please feel free to call FACTS at 1-866-441-4637

Any questions about your account please reach out to our Bookkeeper Mrs. Marguerite Kazalski at mkazalski@stfrancisschoolbh.net

 

Enjoy those last days of summer and have a great weekend!

SFDS Week of August 13th 2018

Dear Families,

I hope everyone is enjoying and having fun with the last weeks of summer and getting ready for the 2018-2019 School Year.

In a few weeks St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy will continue the traditions of Saint Francis de Sales Parish School of opening its doors for the 106th year to over 545 students. Teachers have begun work and the hallways and classrooms are beginning to look spectacular. Most importantly the administration, faculty, and staff here at St. Francis look forward to greet your children for that all-important first day of school.

On the first day of school, many papers will go home with your children; some need to be returned in a timely manner. It is the belief of the St. Francis community that establishing and maintaining open lines of communication between school and family strengthens the feeling of support all children need to be successful in school. We have assembled some notices and information pertinent to the start of a new school year.

Many of these notices are available now on our school website and can filled out ahead of time. They can be found in the lists and forms section .

Main Office Hours: The main office will be open Monday-Thursday from now until Wednesday August 29th. On Thursday 8/30 and Friday 8/31 the office will be closed due to cleaning and maintenance work that needs to be done. We are sorry for any inconvenience. The office will reopen at 10:30am-12: 30pm on Tuesday 9/4. As always if there any questions before the school year begins please give us a call.

Summer Packets: Please use these last few weeks to make sure that your children have kept up with their summer reading and work. Reading everyday is essential to all children’s development. For all summer assignments and supply lists please click here.

  

Early Morning Drop Off Program: I am happy to announce that continuing on Monday September 10th we will be offering an Early Morning Drop off program from 7am-7:40am each day. For more information about this program please click here. This information will be sent home on the first day of school as well.

Yellow Bus Service: All those students who are planning on riding the yellow bus should receive a letter on the first day of school with their NYC OPT ID Number and information on how to look up your child’s bus route.  Just a reminder there is no NYC Bus Transportation on Wednesday 9/5/18. NYC Bus service begins on Thursday 9/6/18.

Lunch Duty: 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 below

Lunch Duty Sign Up

We’re using Sign Up.com  (the leading online Sign-up and reminder tool) to organize our upcoming Sign-ups.

Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:

1) Click the link above to see our Sign-Up on Signup.com

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 Signup.com.

Note: Signup.com does not share your email address with anyone.

8th Grade TACHS Registration: 8th Grade Parents starting next Monday (8/20) you can begin to register your child for the TACHS exam. If your child will take the TACHS exam (entrance exam for Catholic High Schools) please register as soon as possible. For more information including how to register please click here.

Any questions please contact Mrs. Martello at rmartello@stfrancisschoolbh.net

Immunization: We wanted to inform you of important vaccination requirements from the New York State and New York City Departments of Health that must be completed before your child(ren) return to school this September 2018. Please use the reference sheet as a guide for the immunizations required for returning to school this coming September.

Unfortunately, noncompliance with this vaccination requirement will result in a $1,200.00 fine on the school from New York State for each noncompliant student. Noncompliance may also require administration to no longer allow the student(s) to attend St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy.

We thank you in advance for your cooperation with this matter.

Summer Uniform: Just a reminder that the summer uniform consists of the following

Boys and Girls Grades 1-8

Tan uniform shorts, blue golf shirts with the school emblem, black or brown shoe (sneakers and sandals are not permitted; Sperrys/Boat shoeswithout design or bright colors may be worn with white/black socks), white/black socks and a black or brown belt.

Shorts are to be worn just above the knee. Short shorts are not acceptable.

Pre-K and Kindergarten

Uniform mesh shorts and t-shirts with school emblem, (Pre-K: Maroon, Kindergarten: Gray) white socks, sneakers with velcro or shoelace closures

For more information about uniforms including our winter uniform policy please click here. Please check with our uniform policy before buying shoes, socks and belts for the 2018-2019 school year.  

Enrichment Programs: We are proud to offer various enrichment opportunities exclusively to the students of St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy. This year will we will be offering the following enrichment opportunities:

Mondays: Mad Science (Grades K-5) and Balanced Kidz (Grades 4-6)

Tuesdays: Paul Effman Band (Grades 2-8) and Lego (Grades K-2)

Wednesdays: School House Chess (Grades K-5)

Thursdays: Lego (Grades 3-6) and Balanced Kidz (Grades K-3)

Please be aware that registration for these sessions is limited.

For registration information and forms for all of our enrichment programs please click here.

After School Program: Saint Francis de Sales Catholic Academy’s Afterschool program will begin on Monday, September 18th 2017. Instructional program offerings and registration forms will be distributed during the first week of school. After School registration forms and information is available on our website or by clicking here. Any questions about After School please give the main office a call.

SAVE THE DATES

Back to School Night (Meet the Teacher): On Thursday September 13th all parents (Grades K-8) are invited to meet their child’s teacher(s) on this important night. The evening begins at 7pm and should run to about 8:30pm. Each teacher will host two sessions to accommodate those parents with more than one child. We hope to have 100% attendance to this all-important night of the school year.

Catechetical Sunday: Catechetical Sunday is when those designated to serve as catechists are called forth to be commissioned for their ministry. Catechetical Sunday is a wonderful opportunity to reflect on the role that each person plays, by virtue of Baptism, in passing on the faith and being a witness to the Gospel. All are welcome to join the Saint Francis faculty and Saint Francis Religious Education faculty at this very special liturgy at 9:00am on Sunday September 16th.

Bald on the Beach: Also please save the date for Bald on the Beach here at St. Francis de Sales on Sunday September 16th. Join St. Francis de Sales Parish and our National Junior Honor Society for this special St. Baldrick’s event, and whether you decide to shave your head, volunteer, or donate, we hope you’ll be a part of the excitement! For more information please click here.

The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is a volunteer-powered charity that funds more in childhood cancer research grants than any organization except the U.S. government. Get involved and you’ll be giving hope to infants, children, teens and young adults fighting childhood cancers!

SFDS Summer Update-July 25th 2018

Dear Families,

 

We hope you have had a great summer so far!

 

This promises to be a year filled with opportunities for all of our students as we strive to find ways that we can be even better than we have before!  We embark on this journey that this will be a year of engaging, meaningful and rigorous work in our classrooms, combined with special events and activities, certain to encourage our students to be involved and stay connected! Our staff of highly qualified professional educators and support personnel is committed to providing our students many opportunities both inside and outside of the classroom.

 

I would like to extend a warm welcome to all of the new families who have joined our Academy community, and say welcome back to all who are already part of our Saint Francis family.  We have much to celebrate and look forward to this school year…

 

I’d like to welcome some new staff members to St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy. We welcome: Mrs. Kelly Schmitt (2nd Grade), Ms. Elizaebth Meittinis (3rd Grade), Mrs. Gayle Norton (5th and 6th grade Science), Ms. Nancy Re (5th and 6th Grade ELA), Mr. Randy Neiswenter (Physical Education), and Mr. Nicholas Amster (Spanish)

 

The main purpose of this letter is to inform you of opening school procedures for students. For more information about the 1st week of school please click here.  

 

 

School hours effective September 2018:

Dismissal on half days will be at 12:00n

Pre-3:                   AM Session 8:00 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.                                                        

                              PM Session 11:30 a.m. – 2:20 p.m.

Pre-K:                  7:55 a.m. – 2:20 p.m.

Kindergarten:       7: 55 a.m. – 2:25 p.m.

Grades 1-8:          7: 55 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

 

Morning arrival for students in Pre-Kindergarten – Grade 8 is from 7:40 – 7:55 a.m. 

Morning Arrival for Nursery is from 7:55am-8:00am.

 

Attendance and Lateness Policy

Regarding Absence: If a student is absent from school, parents are expected to call or use the report an absence section on the school website the school before 9 a.m. to report the absence.  On the day the student returns to school, the child must submit a note from a parent stating the days absent and the reason for the absence.  New York State requires that these notes be kept on file for a period of five years.

Regarding Lateness:  Students who arrive at school late will receive a late pass. Those students in grades 5-8 who are late three times in a trimester will be given detention.   Lateness for a valid reason (such as a doctor’s visit) must be verified by submission of a doctor’s office or parent note when the child arrives at school.

St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy continues to be a peanut/nut free school. Peanut and nut allergies are potentially life threatening for some of our children.  All students are asked to bring snacks and lunches free of any peanuts or nuts, including no peanut butter sandwiches, crackers or cookies.  Please read the labels of foods such as muffins, granola bars and cereals before you put them in your child’s lunch box.  Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

 

Afterschool Program

Saint Francis de Sales Catholic Academy’s afterschool program will begin on Monday, September 17th 2018.  Instructional program offerings and registration forms will be distributed during the first week of school.

 

Early Drop Off

Saint Francis de Sales Catholic Academy’s early drop off program will begin on Monday, September 10th 2018. 

 

For more information about our After School Program and our Early Morning Drop off program please click here.

 

FACTS Tuition Management

You should have received an email invite from FACTS with information necessary to enroll.   Included in the invite will be the website you will need to access. If you have yet to receive this email, please email mkazalski@stfrancisschoolbh.net to let her know. She will be sure to respond to your request in a timely fashion. Tuition payments for the 2018-2019 school year can be paid online, by phone, or by mail. You may also sign up for auto pay as well. Only in an emergency will payment be accepted in the school building and/or rectory. As we go into this new system, we ask for patience as we work out the kinks. We understand that you will be learning a new system as well.

 

Uniforms

When school starts in September we will all be in summer uniform. With that being said we know many families will be begin to buy new shoes, socks, uniforms, etc. for the school year. Please use the following link as a guide to your children’s uniform for the next school year.

 

Postcards

As your family visits new places, send the school a postcard to share your experiences! This will give the students a fun opportunity to work on their writing skills over the summer. When we return back to school in September, your postcards will be displayed in the school. We look forward to hearing from you over the summer!

 

Please mail postcards to:

 

St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy

219 Beach 129th Street

Belle Harbor, NY 11694

 

Hold the date….

 

Saint Francis de Sales will be hosting Back to School Night (Grades K-8) on Thursday,

September 13th 2018 at 7:00 pm. This will be an opportunity for you to meet your child’s teachers and see the world your child inhabits every day.  It is one of the best ways to begin to build that all-important home-school connection.  A detailed correspondence including the meeting agenda will be sent out the first week of school.

 

We look forward to a very productive year together!  We extend a special, yearlong invitation to our families to join us at school activities and events whenever possible. Please know that we highly value home/school communication here at St. Francis.  It is vital and plays an integral role in each student’s success.  We encourage you to contact us if/when the need arises, and to stay in the know about your child’s studies, assignments, assessments, and school activities, as well as other events and happenings.

Here’s to a great new school year as we work together to make our school a great place to work and learn each day! 

Sincerely in Christ,

Christopher Scharbach

Happy Summer

Dear Families,                                                                                       

Summer is now upon us, and I am sure that each of you have some plans to enjoy the weather and the extra time. I pray that you will have some great family time and will return safely and refreshed.  We are blessed to have just finished another wonderful year filled with great memories.

We want to thank you, parents, for your support. We couldn’t teach your students to this degree without a good school/home partnership. The work the students and teachers have done this year was focused on our children, and it makes me proud to be a part of this very special place. We look forward to opening our doors next year to about 545 students. But remember, summer does not mean we take a vacation from the Lord! I encourage you, wherever you may be this summer, to make time to come to Mass on Sundays and to pray every day!

Please make note of the following:

  • A list of tuition fees for the 2018-2019 school year can be found by clicking here. Tuition is due by the 15th of the month, July through April. One of our primary goals this year at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy is to concentrate our efforts on improving the business side of our school. By taking advantage of the security and convenience of payment processing and information technology offered by FACTS, we remain committed to this goal. Tuition payments for the 2018-2019 school year can be paid online, by phone, or by mail. You may also sign up for auto pay as well. Only in an emergency will payment be accepted in the school building and/or rectory.

    You should have received an email invite from FACTS with information necessary to enroll.   Included in the invite will be the website you will need to access. If you have yet to receive this email, please email mkazalski@stfrancisschoolbh.net to let her know. She will be sure to respond to your request in a timely fashion. As we go into this new system, we ask for patience as we work out the kinks. We understand that you will be learning a new system as well.
  • The summer office hours along with the calendar for next year are already posted on our website. Throughout the summer check the calendar for any updates. Although the school office may be closed at times, we are always available with any question or concern through email at admin@stfrancisschoolbh.net.
  • Flynn & O’Hara continues to be our only uniform supplier. If you need anything for next year, I suggest that you visit the store early in the summer to avoid the crowds.  The store location is The Shops at Atlas Park, 8000 Cooper Avenue, Lower Level, Glendale, NY 11385. Uniforms can also be ordered online at www.flynnohara.com, or by phone at 718-326-2704.
  • Virtus training is mandated by the Diocese as a requirement for anyone who would like to volunteer to help with the children in the school (lunch parent, class parent, trip helper, etc.).  For a list of upcoming sessions and information on how to register, log on to www.virtus.org.  This training must be completed prior to starting your volunteer service.
  • School will officially begin Wednesday 9/5 for students in Kindergarten – Grade 8.  Children in the Nursery and Pre-K will begin on Monday 9/10.

 

Summer Assignments and Supply Lists are available on the main page of our website at https://stfrancisacademybh.org/. Every student is expected to have all supplies as well as a school bag on the first day of school. All Summer Assignments should be completed by the first day of school as well.

 

This year we will be working with The Write Stuff to host a supply kit sale.

 

Go to http://www.write-stuff.com/storefront/school/stfrancisny and start shopping. Kits will be delivered directly to our school. Free shipping to school ends on July 8th. Any order between July 9th and August 1st will have to be sent to your home. If you choose the delivery to school method your child’s supplies will be in their classroom the first day of school. Please note that you can choose not to buy certain items from the list if you already have purchased or will purchase elsewhere.

 

The following supplies are not included in the school supply sale and would have to be purchased separately. Any questions please email us at admin@stfrancisschoolbh.net.

 

Nursery-Grade 8: Bookbag

Nursery: Lysol Wipes (Boys) and Lysol Spray (Girls)

Pre-K: Lysol Spray

3rd Grade: Tennis Balls

Grades 1-4: Pan set of 36 colors Watercolor Paints (Available on Amazon or at Michael’s)

As you know, this week, sadly, we say farewell to Mrs. Elaine Smith, Ms. Helene Hamilton, Ms. Amanda Finlayson and Mrs. Maribel Chanona. We are also saying farewell to Mrs. Kelly Watters, who is moving to a public nursery school next year, and to Mrs. Jaclyn Tenreiro, who is leaving us this year to stay closer to her young children. While we wish them the best of luck in their future endeavors, we certainly will miss them here at St. Francis.  

I am also happy to announce the following changes to our current faculty:

  • Mrs. Jeannine Stathis will be moving down to Kindergarten.
  • Mrs. Christina Troia will be moving to Nursery.
  • Ms. Heather Killian will be moving to grade 3.

 

After we finalize our staff for next year, we will inform families of our new additions.

We remain dedicated to advancing your child’s academic, social and spiritual development in a supportive, safe and challenging learning environment. We welcome your active participation in your child’s education, and we urge you to be proactive in communicating with our administration and teachers, and, as time allows, to volunteer in our various programs and events. By working together, we will ensure success for your children.

I hope we all return in September with new energy and with renewed commitments to this very special Academy.

Enjoy the summer, and we will see you in the Fall!

Christopher Scharbach

Principal

PS: Please keep in mind that one of our first charity events will be St. Baldrick’s “Bald on the Beach” on September 16th. You might consider holding off on that back to school haircut until then…

For more information please click here.