SFDS Week of March 25th 2019

Dear Families,

Let’s hope the frigid temperatures are gone for good as we move into the last week in March. I know we are all ready for sun shining days! We had another successful Parent Teacher Conference Day/Night this week. Thanks to all families for coming in to discuss your children’s great successes thus far. We look forward to a wonderful third trimester as we begin to wind down the 2018-2019 school year.

 

Now onto next week…

 

Second Grade Communion Meeting: There is a Mandatory Parents Meeting  for all those making First Holy Communion here at St. Francis de Sales on Monday March 25th 2019 at 6:30 pm in the small hall. We look forward to seeing you. Materials for the ceremony will be provided. Any questions please reach out to the Religious Education Office at St. Francis de Sales.

 

Chicken Finger Day: This Tuesday 3/26 is a Chicken Finger Day for grades 1-8. If you ordered chicken fingers for your child, you do not need to send in a full lunch on Tuesday March 26.

 

St. Vincent de Paul: As we are now officially into the third trimester, please remember that the 6th, 7th and 8th grade are asked to complete 10, 15, and 20 service hours respectively before the end of each school year. Students must complete a log and reflection, and submit both to Mrs. Martello for approval in order to meet the requirement. For more information and to print the necessary documents, please click here. Any questions please email Mrs. Martello at rmartello@stfrancisschoolbh.net

 

Math-a-thon All permission slips and booklets have been handed out to students who are looking to participate in this year’s Math-A-Thon. All money raised goes directly to supporting St. Jude and their work with children with pediatric cancer. For several years, we have been a top 100 school in fundraising across the country. We hope to continue our great work for this year as well. To register and donate online, click here. All money is due by Friday, March 29th. Any questions please email Mrs. Foti at sfoti@stfrancisschoolbh.net

 

Card Party: Dust off your Cowboy Hats and Put On Your Dancin’ Boots!

St. Francis de Sales Card Party Committee Presents  “The Blue Jean Ball” Friday, March 29th, 2019, 7PM – 11PM Doors open at 6:30pm in the Gym, Complimentary Coffee and Cake, BYOB.

 

There are limited tickets available (Less than 15 seats)

 

Anyone interested in helping to set up for the card party please feel free to come to the school this Thursday 3/28 at 6pm.

 

One of the most anticipated and biggest prizes every year at the Card Party is the Tuition Raffle for one student for the 2019-2020 school year. Please think about supporting this raffle and get a chance of winning a free tuition for one child. (Winner need not be present). Tickets can be bought in the main office or by handing in tickets found on the order from by clicking here.

 

PDHP Parent Workshop: Please try to join us on Tuesday April 9th at 7pm for  a parent workshop entitled #Parents-Social Media and your child. Learn about social media trends and tips to keep your child connected safely.

 

Advanced Ed Visit:  As mentioned at Back to School Night and many times this year our school will be going through AdvanceED Accreditation this year. (similar to Middle States Accreditation) The Accreditation Process helps institutions make the most of their talents and resources. On April 9th and 10th, a team of evaluators will be visiting our school to work through the Accreditation process. They will be interviewing various students, teachers, Board members, administrators, etc. as well as visiting classrooms for observations. We have prepared extensively for their visit and look forward to a successful few days.  

 

State Exams: In a few weeks, the New York State English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics Tests will be administered to students. We will continue Computer Based Testing for grades 6 and 7 this year, while 4th grade will continue to take paper-based tests. The computer-based test will have the same questions as the paper version but students will take the test on their Chromebooks. Below you will find a summary of the changes that were made to the English Language Arts and Mathematics Tests over the past several years.

  • Fewer testing sessions. Last year, the ELA and Math Tests were reduced from three test sessions per subject to only two sessions per subject, meaning each subject will have two days of testing instead of three. With fewer test sessions, each test will have fewer questions than in past years, lessening test fatigue for students and better enabling them to demonstrate what they know and are able to do.
  • The tests continue to be untimed so students who are still working on their exams will be allowed to continue to work, within the confines of the regular school day. Students who finish may be permitted to hand in their test materials (or submit the test if testing on computer) and leave the room. If so, students should exit quietly so they do not disturb any students still working.
  • Test questions reviewed and written by New York State Teachers. Hundreds of New York State educators were involved in creating and reviewing questions for 2019 ELA and Math Tests and selecting the questions for the test forms..

 

State of the Academy: Please join us on Tuesday April 30th at 7pm for the annual Board of Directors’ State of the Academy. Our Board Members will be providing specific updates on various facets of the Academy including finances, facilities, academics and many more.

 

Spring Concert: Members of the Paul Effman Band, please save the date! Tuesday May 28th at 7pm is our sixth annual St Francis de Sales School Band Spring Concert. Good luck again to those playing in this years Honor Band.  

 

Summer Uniform: Starting on Monday May 6th students can begin to wear their summer uniforms. This is just a reminder if anyone needs to purchase summer uniforms you should think about ordering them soon. Save the Date! On June 7th 2019, Flynn and O’Hara will be at school to measure students for their uniforms for the 2019-2020 school year.

 

Fundraising Corner

Cookbook: St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy is preparing a wonderful custom cookbook featuring favorite recipes from our students, faculty, staff, and families. Include those favorite family recipes that have been passed down so you can share them too.  Feel free to include your own recipes, published recipes, maybe you have a favorite recipe from a local restaurant they would share. The cookbook will be professionally published, and it is certain to become a treasured keepsake. For more information, please click here.

 

Babysitting Night: The 8th Grade will be organizing a fun night for our Pre-K through 4th grade students . This SFDSCA 8TH Grade Dinner Dance Fundraiser allows you to enjoy two and a half hours kid free! Friday, April 5th, 2019 from  6:30pm-9pm. Open to kids PreK- 4th grade. This opportunity is open to SFDSCA families ONLY.

 

Your kids will be supervised by school staff, 8th grade students, and 8th grade parent volunteers (VIRTUS trained). Children will be treated to a movie, games, crafts, and organized sports and activities. We will provide the children with a snack (drinks and chips, etc.). Please be sure your child has dinner prior to coming

 

The fee is $25 for the first child and each additional child is $5. Please submit the form below with payment in an envelope marked “8th Grade Babysitting Night”. Please RSVP BY March 29, 2019.  We cannot accept registration after the 29th for planning reasons. You will NOT be able to pay the night of the event. Thank you for supporting the 8th Grade in our fundraising efforts! To download the Babysitting Night Registration Form, please click here.

 

Save the Date: Our 16th Annual Golf Outing will be held on Friday May 10th 2019 at the Marine Park Golf Course. Get those foursomes ready so we can have a great year! More information to follow.

 

Box Tops for Education: The last contest of the year is officially beginning.  

What better way to celebrate the June heat than with ice cream?!  The grade that brings in the most box tops will win an ice cream party in June (specific date to be determined).  Please make sure your child’s name and class is on the submission so that the correct class can be credited. Submitting your box tops in a ziploc bag is the easiest way to hand in.  Keep clipping and submitting and let’s double our total from they year so far which is just over $900.

 

Have a great weekend.

 

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!

 

Financial Aid for 2019-2020 School Year: Financial aid is available for students in Grades Pre-K to 8, who attend a Brooklyn or Queens Catholic School or Academy.

 

THE SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION PROCESS OPENS JANUARY 14, 2019 FOR BROOKLYN AND QUEENS CATHOLIC ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS (K – 8)!

Step 1: Register your child(ren) in a Catholic elementary academy or school (K – 8) in Brooklyn or Queens.

Step 2: Fill out the online application and submit with required supporting documentation. Please note that there is a non-refundable $30 application processing fee payable by credit card or check. Only one application per family is required.

2019 Scholarship Deadline

March 29, 2019 – Families who received an award last academic year.                                                                                                                 April 29, 2019 – New families.

Only completed applications submitted with all required supporting documents will be considered. Completed applications received on or before this date will be considered for the maximum award amount. Completed applications received after this date will still be considered but will not be given priority for the 2019-2020 school year. To apply click below

https://futuresineducation.org/scholarships/

Have a great weekend.

SFDS Week of March 18th 2019

Dear Families,

 

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

 

It’s hard to believe that we are officially in Trimester 3. The year continues to fly by! On Wednesday March 20th, report cards will be sent home with your child(ren). Parent Teacher Conferences are scheduled for Thursday March 21 from 12:45-2:45 for our afternoon session and from 6-7:30 for our evening session. We will assume that families who did not sign up by the 3/15/19 deadline are not coming to either session. You will not be able to confer with your child’s teacher that afternoon or evening.

 

Since parents of students in 5th Grade through 8th Grade sometimes need to see multiple teachers (not always their child’s homeroom teacher) due to this we do not schedule conferences. All teachers will be available on a first come first serve basis at the above listed times.

 

This week final tuition arrears reports went out for those families that are in arrears. Please be mindful of keeping your account up to date for all outstanding tuition or fees. Please remember that report cards are not distributed unless your account is up to date as of 2/15/19. Any issues please feel free to be in touch.  

 

Just remember that Thursday 3/21 is a half day with a 12 noon dismissal.

 

$1 Dress Down: On Tuesday March 19th, all students are welcome to dress down, wearing RED, for $1. All proceeds will go to Hemophilia research.

 

Math-a-thon All permission slips and booklets have been handed out to students who are looking to participate in this year’s Math-A-Thon. All money raised goes directly to supporting St. Jude and their work with children with pediatric cancer. For several years, we have been a top 100 school in fundraising across the country. We hope to continue our great work for this year as well. To register and donate online, click here. All money is due by Friday, March 29th. Any questions please email Mrs. Foti at sfoti@stfrancisschoolbh.net

 

Honor Band: Congratulations to Emma Bodnar, Isabelle McLoughlin, Claire Mehta, Christian Murray, and Katherine Rudolph for being selected to join the New York City Catholic School Honor Band Concert. Claire will perform at St. Francis Prep on March 24th. The New York City Catholic School Honor Band represents the “best of the best” from all the Catholic School in the Diocese of Brooklyn and Archdiocese of NY.

 

Haircuts: Just a reminder from our Family Handbook: “Both boys and girls are to have moderate, neat hairstyles. Boys may not have hair covering

their ears.” Please keep these guidelines in mind when we get ready for our spring haircuts.

 

Card Party: Dust off your Cowboy Hats and Put On Your Dancin’ Boots!

St. Francis de Sales Card Party Committee Presents  “The Blue Jean Ball” Friday, March 29th, 2019, 7PM – 11PM Doors open at 6:30pm in the Gym, Complimentary Coffee and Cake, BYOB.

 

There are limited tickets available (Less than 20 seats)

 

Anyone interested in helping or donating a prize to be raffled off, please feel free to come to our last meeting on March 20th at 7PM at the school or send an email to sfdscardparty@aol.com.

 

One of the most anticipated and biggest prizes every year at the Card Party is the

Tuition Raffle for one student for the 2019-2020 school year. Please think about supporting this raffle and get a chance of winning a free tuition for one child. (Winner need not be present). Tickets can be bought in the main office or by handing in tickets found on the order from by clicking here.

 

PDHP Parent Workshop: Please join us this Monday March 18th for our reschedule Family Fun Night! Looking for a way to spend some quality time with your children? Look no further! Join us for Family Fun Night For Grades K-6,  hosted by The Program for the Development of Human Potential. (PDHP) Families will participate in enjoyable cooperative games and low impact activities designed to help parents and children play, work, and communicate better.

 

Mother-Son Bowling: This is the last call for any Kindergarten through fifth graders to attend the Mother-Son bowling event in two weeks. This event will take place on Saturday, March 23, 2019 at 1:30 pm at Woodmere Lanes. There are just a few spots available.  The cost is $20/per bowler and it includes light fare & photo booth. Please send in CASH to Monica Spaeth (4A) to reserve a spot; please include name(s) and grade(s). For more information please click here

 

State Exams: In a few weeks, the New York State English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics Tests will be administered to students. We will continue Computer Based Testing for grades 6 and 7 this year, while 4th grade will continue to take paper-based tests. The computer-based

test will have the same questions as the paper version but students will take the

test on their Chromebooks. Below you will find a summary of the changes that were made to the English Language Arts and Mathematics Tests over the past several years.

  • Fewer testing sessions. Last year, the ELA and Math Tests were reduced from three test sessions per subject to only two sessions per subject, meaning each subject will have two days of testing instead of three. With fewer test sessions, each test will have fewer questions than in past years, lessening test fatigue for students and better enabling them to demonstrate what they know and are able to do.
  • The tests continue to be untimed so students who are still working on their exams will be allowed to continue to work, within the confines of the regular school day. Students who finish may be permitted to hand in their test materials (or submit the test if testing on computer) and leave the room. If so, students should exit quietly so they do not disturb any students still working.
  • Test questions reviewed and written by New York State Teachers. Hundreds of New York State educators were involved in creating and reviewing questions for 2019 ELA and Math Tests and selecting the questions for the test forms.

 

Greybeards vs. Harlem Magic Masters: Just a reminder that next Friday 3/22 is the annual Graybeards Basketball Event in the school gym. The event begins at 6:30; hope to see you all there! Information went home last week.

 

Spring Concert: Members of the Paul Effman Band, please save the date! Tuesday May 28th at 7pm is our sixth annual St Francis de Sales School Band Spring Concert.

 

Summer Uniform: Starting on Monday May 6th students can begin to wear their summer uniforms. This is just a reminder if anyone needs to purchase summer uniforms you should think about ordering them soon. Save the Date! On June 7th 2019, Flynn and O’Hara will be at school to measure students for their uniforms for the 2019-2020 school year.

 

Fundraising Corner

Cookbook: St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy is preparing a wonderful custom cookbook featuring favorite recipes from our students, faculty, staff, and families. Include those favorite family recipes that have been passed down so you can share them too.  Feel free to include your own recipes, published recipes, maybe you have a favorite recipe from a local restaurant they would share. The cookbook will be professionally published, and it is certain to become a treasured keepsake. For more information, please click here.

 

Babysitting Night: The 8th Grade will be organizing a fun night for our Pre-K through 4th grade students . This SFDSCA 8TH Grade Dinner Dance Fundraiser allows you to enjoy two and a half hours kid free! Friday, April 5th, 2019 from  6:30pm-9pm. Open to kids PreK- 4th grade. This opportunity is open to SFDSCA families ONLY.

 

Your kids will be supervised by school staff, 8th grade students, and 8th grade parent volunteers (VIRTUS trained). Children will be treated to a movie, games, crafts, and organized sports and activities. We will provide the children with a snack (drinks and chips, etc.). Please be sure your child has dinner prior to coming

 

The fee is $25 for the first child and each additional child is $5. Please submit the form below with payment in an envelope marked “8th Grade Babysitting Night”. Please RSVP BY March 29, 2019.  We cannot accept registration after the 29th for planning reasons. You will NOT be able to pay the night of the event. Thank you for supporting the 8th Grade in our fundraising efforts! To download the Babysitting Night Registration Form, please click here.

 

Save the Date: Our 16th Annual Golf Outing will be held on Friday May 10th 2019 at the Marine Park Golf Course. Get those foursomes ready so we can have a great year! More information to follow.

 

Fundraising Update: This year St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy has a goal of raising $150,000 throughout the school year. We are happy to say we are well on our way of meeting our goal and have already raised over $45,000. For more information on how this year’s fundraising have done please click here.

 

Have a great weekend.

 

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!

 

Financial Aid for 2019-2020 School Year: Financial aid is available for students in Grades Pre-K to 8, who attend a Brooklyn or Queens Catholic School or Academy.

 

THE SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION PROCESS OPENS JANUARY 14, 2019 FOR BROOKLYN AND QUEENS CATHOLIC ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS (K – 8)!

Step 1: Register your child(ren) in a Catholic elementary academy or school (K – 8) in Brooklyn or Queens.

Step 2: Fill out the online application and submit with required supporting documentation. Please note that there is a non-refundable $30 application processing fee payable by credit card or check. Only one application per family is required.

2018 Scholarship Deadline

March 29, 2019 – Families who received an award last academic year.                                                                                                                 April 29, 2019 – New families.

Only completed applications submitted with all required supporting documents will be considered. Completed applications received on or before this date will be considered for the maximum award amount. Completed applications received after this date will still be considered but will not be given priority for the 2019-2020 school year. To apply click below

https://futuresineducation.org/scholarships/

Have a great weekend.

SFDS Week of March 11th 2019

Dear Families,

 

Hopefully we’ve made it through the last of this year’s winter weather. I know that we are all longing for some warmth and sunshine! Good luck to our second grade students from Blessed Trinity Parish who will be receiving first Penance this Saturday. A special word of thanks to both Mrs. Schmitt and Mrs. O’Malley for preparing our second graders for this important sacrament. We will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers as you continue on your spiritual journey and prepare for receiving the Eucharist for the first time.

 

Reminder: Tomorrow is a day off for a Faculty Professional Day! Enjoy the long weekend!

 

Now onto the week of March 11th, our RESPECT Week….

 

RESPECT Week: This Monday we kick off our 4th annual RESPECT Week here at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy. During this week we come together as a school to focus on kindness and respect for ourselves and others through prayer, classroom lessons, assemblies, contests, and various presentations in different grade levels that highlight and build upon meaningful lessons that focus on preventing bullying and unkind behavior. We are all created in God’s likeness and image and we are called to love one another. We hope that through the week to inspire students to follow that message of love and respect.

 

Please see below for some special events:

 

RESPECT Week Presentation of Ryan’s Story: During this year’s RESPECT Week, we have recruited Mr. John Halligan to conduct two presentations. Mr. Halligan did similar presentations during the Spring of 2015.  One will be for parents on Tuesday March 12th  7-8:30pm.  The student presentation for Grades 5-8 will be held during the school day on Tuesday March 12th as well.   Mr. Halligan will relay his own tragic experience as a Dad whose 13 year old son took his own life in 2003, after incessant bullying by peers since the 5th grade, both in school and online. His story is riveting and powerful, and reminds students that there is a face, a person, a heart, on the other end of the computer screen.

 

His presentation will begin with a short video collection of home movie clips and still pictures of Ryan.  John will then begin to tell the story of Ryan and the factors that led up to his son’s suicide. The students will gain a perspective from inside a family of a child who is a victim of bullying and cyberbullying. They will also gain awareness about the signs and risk of teenage suicide and how best to help a friend. As part of Mr. Halligan’s presentation, students will have the chance to ask him questions. We encourage you to visit a website named for his son: www.ryanpatrickhalligan.org for more information.  

 

RESPECT Week Prayer Service: Finally please join us as we gather as a school community on Friday March 15th at 11am. This prayer service will be the culmination of a wonderful week celebrating each other and the respect we have for ourselves, our peers, and our communities.

Stations of the Cross: Over the course of this Lenten season, each individual class will pray the Stations of the Cross. Please see the school calendar for individual grade times.  

 

$1 Dress Down: On Tuesday March 19th, all students are welcome to dress down, wearing RED, for $1. All proceeds will go to Hemophilia research.

 

Tuition Arrears: This week final tuition arrears reports will be going out for those families that are in arrears. Please be mindful of keeping your account up to date for all outstanding tuition or fees. Please remember that report cards are not distributed unless your account is up to date as of 2/15/19. Any issues please feel free to be in touch.  

 

Honor Band: Congratulations to Emma Bodnar, Isabelle McLoughlin, Claire Mehta, Christian Murray, and Katherine Rudolph for being selected to join the New York City Catholic School Honor Band Concert. Claire will perform at St. Francis Prep on March 24th. The New York City Catholic School Honor Band represents the “best of the best” from all the Catholic School in the Diocese of Brooklyn and Archdiocese of NY.

 

Haircuts: Just a reminder from our Family Handbook: “Both boys and girls are to have moderate, neat hairstyles. Boys may not have hair covering

their ears.” Please keep these guidelines in mind when we get ready for our spring haircuts.

 

Report Cards: It’s hard to believe that our second trimester is coming to an end, but we have some important dates and information regarding Report Cards coming up in a couple of weeks:

 

On Wednesday March 20th, report cards will be sent home with your child(ren). Parent Teacher Conferences are scheduled for Thursday March 21 from 12:45-2:45 for our afternoon session and from 6-7:30 for our evening session. All families in grades Nursery through 4 are able to sign up for their conference time until Friday March 15th. To sign up for a conference, please click here and visit the website listed above your child’s class to sign up for a time for your conference. You will need to enter your name and an email address, but you do not need to create an account.We will assume that families not signed up by 3/15/19 are not coming to either session. You will not be able to confer with your child’s teacher that afternoon or evening. If you have daytime availability, please consider signing up for a daytime slot, and leave the nighttime slots for families with limited availability,

 

Since parents of students in 5th Grade through 8th Grade sometimes need to see multiple teachers (not always their child’s homeroom teacher) due to this we do not schedule conferences. All teachers will be available on a first come first serve basis at the above listed times.

 

PDHP Parent Workshop: Please join us this Monday March 18th for our reschedule Family Fun Night! Looking for a way to spend some quality time with your children? Look no further! Join us for Family Fun Night For Grades K-6,  hosted by The Program for the Development of Human Potential. (PDHP) Families will participate in enjoyable cooperative games and low impact activities designed to help parents and children play, work, and communicate better.

 

Mother-Son Bowling: This is the last call for any Kindergarten through third graders to attend the Mother-Son bowling event in two weeks. This event will take place on Saturday, March 23, 2019 at 1:30 pm at Woodmere Lanes. There are just a few spots available.  The cost is $20/per bowler and it includes light fare & photo booth. Please send in CASH to Monica Spaeth (4A) to reserve a spot; please include name(s) and grade(s).

 

Terranova Testing: This Spring, we are implementing TerraNova testing in Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd  grades. From May 16th-May 23rd the Terra Nova assessment series will be administered to students in grades Kindergarten  through Grade 2. It is important that all academy families understand the rationale behind administering a standardized assessment.  The word test means different things to different students.  Some students embrace the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge; other students become apprehensive and fearful at the prospect of taking a test.  There is a difference between testing and assessing.  An assessment is an educational tool to measure the present status of a student’s skills.  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.

 

In closing, I ask families to keep the Terra Nova testing in perspective.  While the information provided from the test scores is important, we sometimes forget that a child is far greater than the sum of their percentile scores.  Luckily, all we have to do is look into their familiar eyes, or sneak a peek at night when they’re closed, to remember why we care so much in the first place…

 

The assessments will be done over the course a few days, and will be guided by your students’ classroom teachers. As always, please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have an issue, or question.  We are only a phone call or email away.

 

Fundraising Corner

 

Chocolate Sale: A big thank you to all who participated in our World’s Finest Chocolate Bar Sale! If you purchased a box and have not yet sent in the money raised, please make sure that all chocolate sale payments are sent into school as soon as possible, as the sale ended on Tuesday February 26th.

 

Save the Date: Our 16th Annual Golf Outing will be held on Friday May 10th 2019 at the Marine Park Golf Course. Get those foursomes ready so we can have a great year! More information to follow.

 

Card Party: Dust off your Cowboy Hats and Put On Your Dancin’ Boots!

St. Francis de Sales Card Party Committee Presents

The Blue Jean Ball” Friday, March 29th, 2019, 7PM – 11PM

Doors open at 6:30pm in the Gym, Complimentary Coffee and Cake, BYOB,

Ticket & Table Requests will be available on March 11, 2019 and will sell out fast!!

 

Anyone interested in helping or donating a prize to be raffled off, please feel free to come to our next meeting on March 6th at 7PM at the school or send an email to sfdscardparty@aol.com.

 

One of the most anticipated and biggest prizes every year at the Card Party is the

Tuition Raffle for one student for the 2019-2020 school year. Please think about supporting this raffle and get a chance of winning a free tuition for one child. (Winner need not be present). Tickets can be bought in the main office or by handing in tickets found on the order from by clicking here.

 

Have a great weekend.

 

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!

SFDS is Closed on Monday March 4th 2019

Dear Academy Families,

 

St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy will be closed Monday March 4th 2019 due to the impending storm. The school will reopen on Tuesday March 5th 2019.

 

Please note as per Diocesan Policy whenever the NYC public schools close due to weather all Catholic schools in the Diocese of Brooklyn are also closed.

 

Some schedule changes to be aware of due to tomorrow’s closing:

-The NJHS meeting that was scheduled for tomorrow will now take place on Monday March 11th at 2:30pm.

-The Mad Science After School Class will be made up on Monday March 25th 2019

-Bagel Day for Kindergarten through Grade 8 will now be made up on Monday June 10th 2019.

-The PDHP Family Fun Night is postponed and will be made up on a later date.

Please be safe and stay warm. Don’t forget that Grades 3-8 can work on the Respect Week Contest Entries as they are due on Thursday 3/7.

 

Heed the advice of our city officials and remain off the roads and indoors. Enjoy your snow day. Let’s hope this is the last sign of Winter and we can get ready to be on the beach on Friday June 21st.

SFDS Week of March 4th 2019

Dear Families,

We hope everyone has a safe and fun day for Rockaway St. Patrick’s Day on Saturday. Please remember that this coming week, we have a half day (12n dismissal) on Thursday 3/7 for a Faculty Meeting and closed on Friday 3/8 for a Professional Day. Enjoy the long weekend!

 

Now onto the week of March 4th…..

 

Each year, the Church gives us the season of Lent to prepare ourselves for the joyful celebration of Easter.  Over the centuries, the themes of this forty-day period have remained amazingly consistent: renewal, change, turning to Christ, starting over.  The very term, Lent comes from an Old English word meaning spring, which gives clear indication of the newness to which we are called during this annual observance.  The season of Lent gives us as Catholics the time to reflect on the great sacrifice of Jesus Christ, and how His resurrection gives us the belief of eternal life.   Let our next few weeks be a time of renewal and growing closer to Jesus Christ and his cross.

 

Ash Wednesday: Families are welcome to join the Academy at our Ash Wednesday Prayer Service this Wednesday March 6th at 10:15am. Please be aware that there will be very limited seating for parents in the back and in the choir loft.  

 

Grade 6 Family Mass: Our 6th grade is cordially invited to join the St. Francis de Sales Parish and Religious Education grade 6 families for 9am mass on Sunday March 3rd. After the celebratory mass, there will be bagels and light refreshments in the Small Hall for the 6th grade students and their families from both the Academy and Parish. We hope to see you there.

 

Family Bingo: Don’t forget to join us for our make up of Family Bingo night on Tuesday March 5th at 6pm. We will have great prizes; this night is always a very fun one! A special thank you to Maura Buckley for planning this event for us.

 

First Penance: Good luck to our  second grade students from Blessed Trinity Parish who will be receiving first Penance next Saturday 3/9. A special word of Thanks to both Mrs. Schmitt and Mrs. O’Malley for preparing our second graders for this important sacrament. We will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers as you continue on your spiritual journey and prepare for receiving the Eucharist for the first time.

 

Elementary School Math Bee: Congratulations to Thomas Porcella and Shane Fitzpatrick for becoming the winner and runner up for the grades 3, 4, and 5 Math Bee. Thomas  will be representing St. Francis at the Diocesan Math Bee on April 2nd. Good luck, Thomas!

 

RESPECT Week: In two weeks we kick off our 4th annual RESPECT Week here at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy. During this week we come together as a school to focus on kindness and respect for ourselves and others through prayer, classroom lessons, assemblies, contests, and various presentations in different grade levels that highlight and build upon meaningful lessons that focus on preventing bullying and unkind behavior. We are all created in God’s likeness and image and we are called to love one another. We hope that through the week to inspire students to follow that message of love and respect.

 

RESPECT Week Presentation of Ryan’s Story: During this year’s RESPECT Week, we have recruited Mr. John Halligan to conduct two presentations. Mr. Halligan did similar presentations during the Spring of 2015.  One will be for parents on Tuesday March 12th  7-8:30pm.  The student presentation for Grades 5-8 will be held during the school day on Tuesday March 12th as well.   Mr. Halligan will relay his own tragic experience as a Dad whose 13 year old son took his own life in 2003, after incessant bullying by peers since the 5th grade, both in school and online. His story is riveting and powerful, and reminds students that there is a face, a person, a heart, on the other end of the computer screen.

His presentation will begin with a short video collection of home movie clips and still pictures of Ryan.  John will then begin to tell the story of Ryan and the factors that led up to his son’s suicide. The students will gain a perspective from inside a family of a child who is a victim of bullying and cyber bullying. They will also gain awareness about the signs and risk of teenage suicide and how best to help a friend. As part of Mr. Halligan’s presentation, students will have the chance to ask him questions. We encourage you to visit a website named for his son: www.ryanpatrickhalligan.orgfor more information.  

 

RESPECT Week Contest: This week information on the Essay and Poster Contest for Grades 3-8 was sent home. All submissions must be in by Thursday March 7th.

 

RESPECT Week Prayer Service: Finally please join us as we gather as a school community on Friday March 15th at 11am. This prayer service will be the culmination of a wonderful week celebrating each other and the respect we have for ourselves, our peers, and our communities.

 

Mother-Son Bowling: This week a flyer went home to our  Kindergarten through fifth grade boys to attend the Mother-Son bowling event. This event will take place on Saturday, March 23, 2019 at 1:30 pm at Woodmere Lanes.  The cost is $20/per bowler and it includes light fare & a photo. Please send in CASH to Monica Spaeth (4A) to reserve a spot; please include name(s) and grade(s). For more information please click here.

 

Advanced Ed Accreditation: As mentioned at Back to School Night our school  will be going through AdvanceED Accreditation this year. (similar to Middle States Accreditation) The Accreditation Process helps institutions make the most of their talents and resources. On April 9th and 10th, a team of evaluators will be visiting our school to work through the Accreditation process. They will be interviewing various students, teachers, Board members, administrators, etc. as well as visiting classrooms for observations. We have prepared extensively for their visit and look forward to a successful few days.

 

Terranova Testing: This Spring, we are implementing TerraNova testing in Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd  grades. From May 16th-May 23rd the Terra Nova assessment series will be administered to students in grades Kindergarten  through Grade 2. It is important that all academy families understand the rationale behind administering a standardized assessment.  The word test means different things to different students.  Some students embrace the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge; other students become apprehensive and fearful at the prospect of taking a test.  There is a difference between testing and assessing.  An assessment is an educational tool to measure the present status of a student’s skills.  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.

 

In closing, I ask families to keep the Terra Nova testing in perspective.  While the information provided from the test scores is important, we sometimes forget that a child is far greater than the sum of their percentile scores.  Luckily, all we have to do is look into their familiar eyes, or sneak a peek at night when they’re closed, to remember why we care so much in the first place…

 

The assessments will be done over the course a few days, and will be guided by your students’ classroom teachers. As always, please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have an issue, or question.  We are only a phone call or email away.

 

Fundraising Corner

 

Box Tops for Education: Thanks to everyone who participated in our winter raffle!  Congratulations to our winners of our Amazon Gift cards.

1st Place: Maeve Grace

2nd Place: Sophia Millet

3rd Place: Ryan Wiley

 

We will be announcing our Spring Contest in the next few weeks. Keep collecting those Box Tops!!!

 

Save the Date: Our 16th Annual Golf Outing will be held on Friday May 10th 2019 at the Marine Park Golf Course. Get those foursomes ready so we can have a great year! More information to follow.

 

Card Party: Dust off your Cowboy Hats and Put On Your Dancin’ Boots!

St. Francis de Sales Card Party Committee Presents

The Blue Jean Ball” Friday, March 29th, 2019, 7PM – 11PM

Doors open at 6:30pm in the Gym, Complimentary Coffee and Cake, BYOB,

Ticket & Table Requests will be available on March 11, 2019 and will sell out fast!!

 

Anyone interested in helping or donating a prize to be raffled off, please feel free to come to our next meeting on March 6th at 7PM at the school or send an email to sfdscardparty@aol.com.

 

One of the most anticipated and biggest prizes every year at the Card Party is the

Tuition Raffle for one student for the 2019-2020 school year. Please think about supporting this raffle and get a chance of winning a free tuition for one child. (Winner need not be present). Tickets can be bought in the main office or by handing in tickets found on the order from by clicking here.

 

Have a great weekend.

 

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!

SFDS Week of February 25th 2019

Dear Families,

 

Congrats Gold Team! Great job breaking a five year streak of Blue winning.

 

What a week we had here at St. Francis de Sales. From our opening mass all the way to Blue and Gold Day, it has been an eventful and memorable Catholic Schools Week. Weeks like this make us realize why St. Francis is so special.

 

We hope you all have a restful winter break and we will see you on Monday February 25th for what will be a very busy week.

 

Math Bee: Congratulations to our 3rd-5th graders who have qualified for the school Math Bee on Wednesday 2/27 at 1pm. The parents of the children who will be participating in the Math Bee are welcome to join us in the Gym to root them on.

 

Grade 3

Gabriella Casares

Adison Heeran   

Brady Gallagher

Emma Minson                

Daniel McLoughlin

Matthew Mandala

Mary Shaw        

Timothy Nichtern

Elle Manley

Grade 4

Nicholas Donovan

Richard Aiken

Anthony Gennaro      

Thomas Porcella

James McMahon       

Gina Rock

 

Grade 5

Nora Heegan

Timothy Dwyer

Shane Fitzpatrick

Dylan Ehret

Matthew McKnight

Travis Mitterway

 

Conversation with the Principal:  Please join me for our Conversation with the Principal on Friday March 1 at 9:30am. We will be running these meetings a little differently than in years past. I would like to utilize the time to answer questions, hear feedback, and listen to any concerns that parents might have, there will be no set agenda. All are welcome!

 

Class of 2020 Ring Order Form: Two weeks ago, the 7th grade was given an order form for their Class of 2020 Ring. All orders are due back to the office by Friday March 1. More information is available by clicking here.

 

Mobile App: Just a reminder that our Mobile APP celebrates its one year anniversary. To download search for ST. FRANCIS DE SALES ACADEMY in the App Store or Google Play. This is a great way to stay current with school events, your child’s HW, tuition account, and child’s grades.

 

New Phone System: Over the next two weeks our school will be undergoing a major overall in our phone system which will include adding phones in every room for emergencies and easier communication throughout the building. We do ask for your patience as we undergo these changes. If you ever have any difficulty getting in touch with the school feel free to email us at admin@stfrancisschoolbh.net

 

Family Fun Night: Looking for a way to spend some quality time with your children? Look no further! Join us for Family Fun Night For Grades K-6,  hosted by The Program for the Development of Human Potential. (PDHP) Families will participate in enjoyable cooperative games and low impact activities designed to help parents and children play, work, and communicate better. This night will take place on Monday March 4th, 2019 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm. For more information please click here.

 

Chicken Finger Day: Just a reminder that the Tuesday 2/26 when we return from break is a special lunch day. If you ordered chicken fingers for your child(ren), you will not need to send them in with a lunch that day.

 

Faculty Professional Day: School will be closed for students on Friday March 8th  Our faculty will be joined by 9 other schools for a day of study concluding our work with Mathematics Instruction for the past year.

 

Fundraising Corner

 

Box Tops for Education: Thanks to everyone who participated in our raffle!  We will be pulling the winner on the Monday we return from break. Good luck!

 

Chocolate Sale: At this point anyone who did not want to sell their box of candy should have brought it back to school unopened to be returned to World’s Famous. If you kept a box, Happy Selling! We kindly ask that all money ($60 a box) be returned to school by Tuesday February 26th.

 

Save the Date: Our 16th Annual Golf Outing will be held on Friday May 10th 2019 at the Marine Park Golf Course. Get those foursomes ready so we can have a great year!

 

Card Party: Dust off your Cowboy Hats and Put On Your Dancin’ Boots!

St. Francis de Sales Card Party Committee Presents

The Blue Jean Ball” Friday, March 29th, 2019, 7PM – 11PM

Doors open at 6:30pm in the Gym, Complimentary Coffee and Cake, BYOB,

Ticket & Table Requests will be available on March 11, 2019 and will sell out fast!!

 

Anyone interested in helping or donating a prize to be raffled off, please feel free to come to our next meeting on March 6th at 7PM at the school or send an email to sfdscardparty@aol.com.

 

Have a great week. We will see everyone on the 25th.

 

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!

Bingo Night and Band Classes Postponed Due to Weather

Dear Academy Families,
 
With the inclement weather that we are still having and the unknown of if roads and walkways will be icy tonight we are postponing tonight’s Family Bingo. The new date will be Tuesday March 5th for a very special Mardi Gras addition of Family Bingo from 6pm-8pm.
 
If any family that bought tickets cannot make the new date and time we do ask that you send an email to admin@stfrancisschoolbh.net so a refund can be processed.
 
We will continue to sell raffle tickets for Camelback up until the event on March 5th.
 
We also just received word that both of our Band teachers will not be able to make it to school today due to the weather. So we will be canceling band and violin lessons. If your band child needs to stay for after school or take the bus please call the school at 718-634-2775.
 
Thanks as always for your consideration.

SFDS Week of February 10th 2019 (Catholic Schools Week)

Dear Families,

 

Here’s what you need to know about the last week before Winter Recess!

 

It is finally here. Catholic Schools Week 2019.  This is a week of a celebration of our Faith. Our families commit themselves to the mission of Catholic education; celebrating Catholic Schools Week is a part of that. We take time out to celebrate our Faith, family, friendships, morals and service.

This week is also the perfect time to recognize the contributions that Catholic schools make to students all across our country.  Students here at St. Francis de Sales are part of the 2 million students in the United States who are currently attend Catholic schools.  The education they receive builds on a tradition of academic excellence older than the United States itself, dating back nearly four centuries.

As we begin Catholic Schools Week this week, I am very proud to be in the company of a stellar faculty and staff and the best kids in the world.

 

Have a Happy Catholic Schools Week!

 

Catholic Schools Week: Click here for a schedule of events for Catholic Schools Week (Learn, Lead, Serve, Succeed!) here at St. Francis de Sales. (February 10th-February 15th). Parents are invited to the our Catholic Schools Week Mass on 2/13 at 1:30pm, “A Time to Shine” Show on 2/13 at 1pm and on Blue and Gold Day on 2/15 (all day) We hope to see many parents at all our school events.

For more instructions about each day please see our Parent’s Guide to Catholic School Week by clicking here.

 

We also hope to see many families at our Opening Mass on 2/10 at 9:00 am here at St. Francis de Sales Parish.

We do ask that all students wear their school uniform.

 

If you have any questions about any of the dates or events please feel free to reach out to the main office at 718-634-2775.

Class of 2020 Ring Order Form: Earlier this week, the 7th grade was given an order form for their Class of 2020 Ring. All orders are due back to the office by Friday March 1. More information is available by clicking here.

 

Mobile App: Just a reminder that our Mobile APP celebrates its one year anniversary. To download search for ST. FRANCIS DE SALES ACADEMY in the App Store or Google Play. This is a great way to stay current with school events, your child’s HW, tuition account, and child’s grades.

 

New Phone System: Over the next two weeks our school will be undergoing a major overall in our phone system which will include adding phones in every room throughout the building for emergencies and easier communication throughout the building. We do ask for your patience as we undergo these changes. If you ever have any difficulty getting in touch with the school feel free to email us at admin@stfrancisschoolbh.net

 

Family Fun Night: Looking for a way to spend some quality time with your children? Look no further! Join us for Family Fun Night For Grades K-6,  hosted by The Program for the Development of Human Potential. (PDHP) Families will participate in enjoyable cooperative games and low impact activities designed to help parents and children play, work, and communicate better. This night will take place on Monday March 4th, 2019 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm. For more information please click here.

 

Fundraising Corner

 

Box Tops for Education: This is the final week for the Box Tops Raffle for the Winter. For every 20 Box Tops a student brings in before 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. To date, this contest has brought in 2402 unexpired box tops and almost 500 expired box tops.  This means that the school has raised just over $240 and nearly $50 that were wasted. There are many box tops that expire on 3/1/19 so they need to be postmarked.  Please send your box tops in before the end of this contest on February 15th. Thanks to all those that have been submitting and keep them coming!

 

You can use this handy collection sheet to help collect Box Tops over the next few weeks.

 

Chocolate Sale: At this point anyone who did not want to sell their box of candy should have brought it back to school unopened to be returned to World’s Famous. If you kept a box, Happy Selling! We kindly ask that all money ($60 a box) be returned to school by Tuesday February 26th.

 

Save the Date: Our 16th Annual Golf Outing will be held on Friday May 10th 2019 at the Marine Park Golf Course. Get those foursomes ready so we can have a great year!

 

Card Party: We are 7 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. Please help make this card party the best one ever. Over the next few weeks there will be many opportunities to help support the Card Party even if you are not attending (Tuition Raffle, Chance books, donation to grade level baskets) As always thank you for your generosity and support.

 

Have a great weekend! Hope to see you Sunday!

 

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!