SFDS@HOME: Week of April 5th 2020

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Dear St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy Families,

 

For the past three weeks, we have been living in a surreal world, filled with fear, anxiety, trying to understand what will lie ahead, not only in the days to come, but in the weeks and months.

 

In the midst of all this uncertainty tomorrow is Palm Sunday. For us, this Palm Sunday will be different, but in the end, this Palm Sunday still marks the beginning of Holy Week and the Easter Tridium. We need these upcoming days for our own self-renewal, as well as to serve as a time for us to spiritually reflect on the importance of our own faith, during these very difficult times.

 

As best as we could, let us pause this weekend to spend time in a prayerful space, and ask for continued strength to get through the weeks and months ahead.

 

Our journey these past three weeks seems endless, but one thing is for sure, our faith has given us the strength to lead and make a difference in the lives of those entrusted to us. I have experienced the many positive comments from parents, the creativity displayed by your students, the spirit and energy conveyed by our teachers, and the efforts of our communities to come together during a time of crisis. Yes, we have moved into the digital age for sure, but so has our Catholic faith.  No matter what lies ahead, we know that this Palm Sunday and Holy Week will provide us with renewed strength and faith. Don’t forget that Blessed Trinity’s Palm Sunday Mass is at 9am tomorrow and St. Francis de Sales Parish Palm Sunday Masses are 7:30pm tonight and 10am tomorrow.

 

We all believe that in one week we will be celebrating the Resurrection of Our Lord on Easter Sunday. Let us pray that there will be renewed life following Easter.

 

My prayers for each of you this Palm Sunday.  A sincere “thank you” for everything you are doing each day. You are truly making a difference with our teachers in making a difference in our children’s lives.

 

As we near the end of our third week of distance learning, I would like to share again my sincere thankfulness and appreciation for your enduring support and faith through these uncertain times. We are all facing many challenges these days, but together in faith we will endure.

 

Just a reminder that in an effort to improve system practices, Saint Francis de Sales Catholic Academy is conducting a short survey. We value your opinion and ask that you take the time to complete this survey. This is a new experience for all of us. Your input and insights are important and will help develop the instructional plan when we return from Easter Break. Please fill this form no later than Sunday April 5th. Thank you in advance for completing this form. We will do our best to take the responses in consideration as we plan for the immediate future. 

 

Please this Wednesday look on our website and our Academy Facebook to watch our annual Stations of the Cross. This will be narrated by some of our students in Grades 6, 7, and 8.

 

Let’s take a look at some common questions from the third week and some exciting new things for a short week four of SFDS @HOME

 

Do we know if and when St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy may open again?

In accordance with state and federal guidelines regarding social distancing, St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy will remain closed, and distance learning will continue through at least until April 30, 2020. Decisions about opening school after this date will depend on local, state, and federal guidelines.  St. Francis de Sales will be observing Easter break, commencing Holy Wednesday, April 8, 2020 through Friday, April 17, 2020. For the Easter break (4/13-4/17), St. Francis de Sales Catholic will be sharing creative virtual resources later this week.  Additional support for parents can be found at: https://news.catholicschoolsbq.org/

 

Does this work count for the third trimester report card?

I know we said that the faculty would be flexible if problems arise, but I wanted to remind the students that the work that they’re doing now is not just busywork. These assignments and assessments will be counted towards their third trimester grades, and they should be taking it seriously. We are reaching out to you now, to make sure that you have that conversation with your child as well. As always, we ask if something is stopping your child from completing their work or attending their class sessions, that they reach out to their teacher and let them know. Our teachers worry when they don’t hear from their students for days at a time. Please note that we are finalizing with the Diocese of Brooklyn a revised report card for the third trimester and we hope to share that in our next communication.

 

What about Physical Education, STEM, Spanish, and Art classes?

Please note that each week there are resources and activities posted for the above classes for our younger grade students at the following link. Please note Grade 3-8 are to go to all of their scheduled classes. These classes are not optional.   Teachers of these classes have begun and will continue to reach out to families for those students that do not check in. Also please look out for a new SFDS Art Gallery Instagram page that we have set up for families to look at some of the at home art work our students are working on.

On a happier note … since we started remote schooling, we have seen only three to four students absent on any given day.

 

 

I don’t understand Google Classroom is there any resource for a parent?

Please see the following resource to help parents navigate with Google Classroom in grades 3-8.

 

What is My Catholic Faith Delivered for Grades 1-4?

This week we sent out emails out to all 1st-4th graders inviting them to My Catholic Faith Delivered. It is recommended that students work on this for 10-15 minutes each day (3-4 times a week).  The teachers will make note of this on their class pages as well. The courses are designed to make learning convenient and fun. They feature engaging lessons, interactive activities, and real-time feedback. Please note that this curriculum is self-paced meaning that students will be at different lessons based on how quickly they complete the lessons.  Any questions about this curriculum or how to log on please email Mr. Scharbach at admin@stfrancisschoolbh.net

 

Are there any counseling supports or resources to use at home that the school is providing at this difficult time?

PDHP, under the leadership of Norwood Keaton, Executive Director of PDHP, has outlined the services available to all students and parents in the Catholic Academies and Parish Schools within the Diocese of Brooklyn. Any parent or student that feels a student needs counseling services should reach out to Mr. Scharbach. Please note in the request a parent or guardian need to give consent that allows their child to speak to a PDHP counselor via a private distance learning platform (Google Voice).

Also, please find the following resources provided by that can help at this difficult time. These resources are also available under the Resources tab of the SFDS@Home website.

 

My child has an IESP can they receive their special education services?

At this point, our Special Education Department is up and running. We have been in constant contact with the Department of Education and all providers. All providers have a link on our web page SFDS@HOME and have a schedule. The SETSS providers are using Zoom and the Related Service Providers (Speech and OT) are using Google Meet.

We have already had annual meetings and have more scheduled for Monday. Mrs. Buckley will be representing the teacher at the conference meetings, so if there is anything you would like stress please feel free to let her know.

If you have any questions or concerns about any of the Special Education Department or Students, please do not hesitate to email Mrs. Buckley at mbuckley@stfrancisschoolbh.net

 

What do I do if I have questions regarding this effort of SFDS@HOME or something else?

Please, as always, start with the classroom teacher by emailing him or her via his or her school email address between the hours of 8am-4pm.  If you need more assistance, you may always email your question or concern to myself at admin@stfrancisschoolbh.net.

 

Be Well and Stay Healthy!

Nursery-Grade 2 Virtual Learning Update

Dear N-2 Families,

Many of you have expressed an interest in connecting with your child’s class through Zoom. We will experiment using Zoom in grades Nursery through 2nd grade over the end of this week and beginning of next week.  Please refer to the schedule below for your Nursery-Grade 2 child’s designated Zoom time. Attendance is not mandatory, but we would encourage your child to join if it’s possible so they can interact with their classroom teacher and see their friends.  

To join, simply click on your child’s virtual zoom room link which will be posted on the SFDS@HOME Nursery-2nd grade page.  Please note you need to have the Zoom program installed on your device. Our K-2 Ipads already have it installed on their device. For more information on installing Zoom please click here. 

Please reach out to Mrs. Faughnan mfaughnan@stfrancisschoolbh.net or Mr. Scharbach admin@stfrancisschoolbh.net if you have any questions.

Wednesday, April 1st

9:00-9:20: Nursery AM with Mrs. Troia

9:30-9:50: Nursery PM with Mrs. Troia

10:00-10:20: PreKA with Mrs. Caruso

11:15-11:35: PreKB with Mrs. Schmitt

Thursday, April 2nd

9:00-9:20: KA with Mrs. Quinn

9:30-9:50: KB with Mrs. Stathis

10:00-10:20: 2A with Mrs. O’Malley

10:30-10:50: 2B with Mrs. Cronin

Monday April 6th  

8:45-9:05: 1C with Mrs. Surgot

9:30:-9:50: 1A with Mrs. Lindner

10:00-10:20: 1B with Mrs. Davan

SFDS@HOME WEEK 3 (3/30-4/3)

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Dear St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy Community,

Today please take a few moments to keep many in our prayers.

This weekend Catholic Education in Brooklyn and Queens had a loss with the passing of Mr. Joseph Lewinger- Assistant Principal of TMLA. The diocese also lost Father Jorge Ortiz Garay- Pastor of St. Brigid parish in Ridgewood. Please we are asked in a special way to pray for their families and the communities that they served that the Lord will give them the strength to overcome the loss of a very loved one.

There are also quite a few parents and grandparents who are also sick right now with the COVID-19 virus some who are hospitalized. Please let’s pray for them to have a speedy recovery and for those taking care of them.

 

As we enter our third week of Online Learning, I would like to take this opportunity to reflect on events of the past two weeks. 

 

On Friday March 13 at 8:30am, the Diocese closed school for the next Monday, making it a Professional Development Day for teachers, and then announced an hour later, the schools would be closed for the entire week as we would begin Online Learning. Our teachers who were already planning immediately went into action that day, getting books ready to send home, and the school community worked together to send home over 600 devices that were essential for the days ahead. 

 

Our teachers met on Monday March 16th in good spirits and ready to take on the unknown and unprecedented challenge ahead. After a short presentation of resources, they went to work immediately to plan lessons that would begin the next day. We launched on Tuesday morning and the hard work and commitment of everyone progressed to a successful and impressive series of lessons throughout the week. 

 

First, I would like to thank all the parents for their support, well wishes, and work with the students as home. Keep in mind, this system would not even be possible, if many families had not signed-up for the Tablet last fall. We are certainly seeing the benefits now and I want to thank DeSales Media for the Grant opportunity and each of you whose subscription helped bring in the devices to our school.  

 

Parents, your work with your students at home these past two weeks and communication with us has been extraordinary. We feel that we have set the bar extremely high with our start, but please realize and understand that this system creates more work for teachers than the regular school day. Many parents have asked countless questions to teachers for help and support which is great but when this is done by many in the same class, it becomes overwhelming.  Please be patient and realize the teachers have to plan, correct/assess student work, and answer your questions, as well as support families of their own in a troubling time.  They are all fully onboard to make this model work.  And now I would like to reflect on what I’ve seen and heard about our teaching staff.

 

Many teachers have created a blended system of activities that allow the students to use online programs but have put their own touch on personal instruction. Under online learning, many schools will only schedule activities that involve learning sites and use their framework to create assignments that will be returned the next day. In a new learning frontier, this would be a safe and understandable approach. However, over the past two weeks, I have seen instruction that has gone above and beyond. Teachers have demonstrated their personality and creativity from utilizing approaches that incorporate more advanced applications such as Google Meet, Zoom, and online video platforms like Class Dojo, to make the lessons more engaging for the students. I have the privilege and honor to watch all these learning activities take place through the dashboards of Class Dojo and Google Classroom.

 

Online learning can be fun, but it will never replace the environment and community that has been created in the Saint Francis de Sales Catholic Academy classrooms. Teachers, we thank you for all you have done for our students, and we are extremely grateful for your dedication to your profession in this very challenging time. 

 

Students. I want to thank you for your overall effort in our launch. Even though our grade 5-8 students had a good introduction to Google Classroom over the past few years, they now see the continued importance of sticking to a learning schedule each day. Whereas many students across the nation may see online learning as a vacation or “days off”, we have students who continue to get up at 7am each day to be ready for their 8:30am sign-in. Our students are demonstrating the greatness that we expect at St Francis and we commend them for their efforts. 

 

We soon begin Week Three and our framework and schedule system will continue to improve. We are proud to offer a very strong online learning program and we will continue to utilize effective aspects of this framework well beyond these next few weeks.  It’s really become an exciting opportunity and we are glad you are a part of it.   As we continue, parents, please send photos of your online learning experience to admin@stfrancisschoolbh.net. It has been exciting to see students in action and we look forward to seeing photos of more of you. Since the Diocese has officially closed the school buildings, we all will continue to be working remotely yet we are able to answer the office phones each day between 8am and 1pm. If you need anything, please send me a message at admin@stfrancisschoolbh.net

 

Our world is definitely struggling but our parents, family members, teachers, and students, have shown great resolve and initiative to provide the hope that is needed for us all. I look forward to more greatness as we journey onward in online learning.

 

Let’s take a look at some common questions from the second week and some exciting new things in week three of SFDS @HOME

 

  1. How can I help at home?

You can help students at home in the following ways

  • Provide an environment conducive to learning (access to technology, safe and quiet space during daytime)
  • Engage in conversations on posted materials, assignments; however, work should be completed independently for the most part;
  • Monitor time spent engaging in online and offline learning. Monitor your child’s time on social media, and their playing on game devices, etc.
  • Support emotional balance by providing ample room and time for prayer, reflection, physical activity, conversation, and play;
  • Children should be dressed in casual clothes similar to a dress down day.

2) Does this work count for the third trimester report card?

I know we said that the faculty would be flexible if problems arise, but I wanted to remind the students that the work that they’re doing now is not just busywork. These assignments and assessments will be counted towards their third trimester grades, and they should be taking it seriously. We are reaching out to you now, to make sure that you have that conversation with your child as well. As always, we ask if something is stopping your child from completing their work or attending their class sessions, that they reach out to their teacher and let them know. Our teachers worry when they don’t hear from their students for days at a time.

 

3) What about Physical Education, STEM, Spanish, and Art classes?

Please note that each week there are resources and activities posted for the above classes for our younger grade students at the following link. Please note Grade 3-8 are to go to all of their scheduled classes. These classes are not optional.   

 

4) I don’t understand Google Classroom is there any resource for a parent?

Please see the following resource to help parents navigate with Google Classroom in grades 3-8.

 

5) What is My Catholic Faith Delivered for Grades 1-4?

This week we sent out emails out to all 1st-4th graders inviting them to My Catholic Faith Delivered. It is recommended that students work on this for 10-15 minutes each day (3-4 times a week).  The teachers will make note of this on their class pages as well. The courses are designed to make learning convenient and fun. They feature engaging lessons, interactive activities, and real-time feedback. Please note that this curriculum is self-paced meaning that students will be at different lessons based on how quickly they complete the lessons.  Any questions about this curriculum or how to log on please email Mr. Scharbach at admin@stfrancisschoolbh.net

 

 

6) Are there any counseling supports or resources to use at home that the school is providing at this difficult time?

PDHP, under the leadership of Norwood Keaton, Executive Director of PDHP, has outlined the services available to all students and parents in the Catholic Academies and Parish Schools within the Diocese of Brooklyn. Any parent or student that feels a student needs counseling services should reach out to Mr. Scharbach. Please note in the request a parent or guardian need to give consent that allows their child to speak to a PDHP counselor via a private distance learning platform (Google Voice).

 

Also, please find the following resources provided by some of our families that can help at this difficult time. These resources are also available under the Resources tab of the SFDS@Home website.

 

 

7) Are there any television shows that can help educate my child?

Beginning Monday, March 30, WLIW21 will be airing educational programing from 6:30 am to 4 pm with instructional content for grades K-12, including math and science, aligned to the New York state curriculum. Check out the March 30-April 3 schedule for WLIW21.

 

Educational programming for grades 6-12 continues from noon – 5pm next week on WLIW WORLD. Find next week’s schedule here: WLIW WORLD March 30 – April 4.

 

THIRTEEN will continue its regular schedule of PBS Kids programming for preK-2nd grade from 6am until 4pm.

 

Check out our viewing guides for Elementary and Middle and High School students for tips on making TV time learning time.

 

8) What do I do if I have questions regarding this effort of SFDS@HOME or something else?

Please, as always, start with the classroom teacher by emailing him or her via his or her school email address between the hours of 8am-4pm.  If you need more assistance, you may always email your question or concern to myself at admin@stfrancisschoolbh.net.

Don’t forget that this week is Franny’s Virtual Spirit Week. All students in all grade levels are encouraged to participate. For more information on what students should wear each day please click here.

 

Have a great week. Stay Healthy and Stay Safe!

Parent Letter from the Superintendent’s Office

Dear Parents and Guardians of Catholic Academy and Parish School Students,

 

We have just completed another week during an unimaginable situation that is affecting everyone.  For each of us, we have been faced with many changes and challenges.  During these difficult times, we need to ensure that we all remain safe and healthy.  Our continued prayers are needed for the health and safety of everyone.

 

We appreciate you as partners in Catholic education, as we work together to maintain meaningful, faith-filled learning for our children during this crisis.   The teachers, principals and school staff have responded in the most admirable and commendable ways, to continue the education our students deserve.  Their efforts to provide ongoing distance and digital learning is incredible and the support of you, our families, is greatly appreciated.

 

The following is an update addressing recent questions and concerns. Many things are still uncertain.  We will continue to communicate as frequently as possible throughout this crisis as the situation changes.

 

Attendance Expectations and Classwork

  • Teachers are taking daily attendance.
  • All assignments provided to the students by the teachers need to be completed in a timely fashion.
  • Parents are asked to ensure that their child(ren’s) work is completed and submitted, according to the policies and procedures outlined by the administration of the Catholic Academy and Parish School.
  • All assignments and assessments will continue to be graded. Additional information regarding 3rd trimester and final report card grading will be provided shortly.

 

Holy Week and Easter Break will be maintained as a break week for the children and teachers.

  • Classes will not take place on April 8th 2020, April 9, 2020 (Holy Thursday), April 10, 2020 (Good Friday), and the week of Monday April 13 through Friday April 17th. No formal instruction or classes will take place during this time.  Resources for parent and family-led activities will continue to be provided, to support you and your children through the blog page: https://news.catholicschoolsbq.org/category/parent-resources/
  • Our teachers have embraced this challenge of shifting to distance learning and have worked around the clock to migrate their lessons to these new forms of delivery, to maintain meaningful instruction and connection with their students.
  • Teachers and staff will do their best to reply to emails as quickly as possible. While we know you may need to send a message in the late evening or overnight hours, please expect a reply within 24 hours.  Our teachers are working an increased amount of time to create online lesson plans and will make every effort to reply in a timely fashion.

 

Internet usage by children

  • In this time where everyone is online more than usual, we need to increase our monitoring of our children’s online behavior, to protect them and ensure they understand safe and appropriate online behavior. Information from the Office of Safe Environment, and a copy of the Diocesan Acceptable Use policy can be found here Parent Resources.

 

PDHP and Counseling Services

  • Even though the offices of the Program for the Development of Human Potential (PDHP) are closed, ongoing support is available for prevention and crisis resources. You may call 718-550-0025 for support. (Please use 911 for critical and life-threatening health and safety emergencies).   Support and connection is also available through the PDHP Facebook

 

May God continue to watch over each of you, your children and family!

 

Sincerely,

 

Thomas Chadzutko

 

Thomas Chadzutko, Ed.D.

Superintendent~Catholic School Support Services

 

 

Queens Daily Eagle Features SFDS for Perseverance and Innovation

Queens Daily Eagle logoDuring these tough times, it’s nice to see our school featured in this article about how we’ve adapted to the coronavirus crisis. Nice work by our staff, students, parents, and entire school community!


Catholic churches and schools across Queens are closed in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, causing massive disruptions in the daily routines of thousands of borough residents. Though few could have foreseen a pandemic of this magnitude hitting New York, one Belle Harbor school was more prepared than most.

The St. Francis de Sales Academy is no stranger to hardship. In 2012, Hurricane Sandy ravaged Belle Harbor and the rest of the Rockaway Peninsula, bringing massive flooding, fires and destruction to the beachfront community. Read the Complete Article

SFDS@HOME Week #2 (March 23rd-March 27th)

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Good Afternoon to our Saint Francis de Sales Catholic Academy Families,

Please know that we understand that none of what is occurring is at all easy for any family.  We are embarking on SFDS@HOME in an effort to continue the educational opportunities for your child(ren) now that we are closed for a minimum of four weeks. 

These few weeks are a time for our school population to assist our communities in not adding to the spread of a disease.  Therefore, students should be home engaged in academics that we are providing. 

You know that the “snow day” is one where the school must make up that day to comply with the 180- day school year mandate.  However, during this “social distancing” multi-week school closure, we are providing the student the educational assignments, through SFDS@HOME to be marked present for the day.

Attendance is achieved by the student being actively engaged in the learning assignments and completing the assignments provided by the teacher each day.

It is also good for your child to have a set schedule for the day, a time to wake up, a time to engage in learning and a time to relax at home. Below you will find some suggestions for setting up a work location and a schedule for engagement in the educational opportunities provided by our teachers.

Embarking on SFDS@HOME is not easy for you, as it is new to you and your child.  But, most of the platforms we shall be using are ones your student(s) have been engaged in within our school. 

If there are any issues with Wi-Fi at home please remember that all iPads and the majority of Chromebooks in Grades 5-7 can access the Sprint Data Plan and get the internet through that. Any major technology issues please email Mr. Scharbach at admin@stfrancisschoolbh.net

Teachers over the past week have been posting assignments the first few days to get students comfortable with our new efforts of SFDS@HOME.  So, there will be a learning curve.  But, again, your child must be actively engaged and must complete the assignments. 

Let’s take a look at some common questions from the first week and some exciting new things in week two of SFDS @HOME

  1. What will assignments look like from teachers, following are examples:

              Bulleted lists of assignments given on a class page

              Narratives

Videos posted to Webpages or Class Dojo

Classroom Zoom or Meet Meetings

              Some PDF Worksheets

              Reading Assignments

Journaling assignments

STEM, Spanish, Physical Education, Art assignments

 

  1. What will the Daily Schedule look like?

 

In grades Nursery-Grade 2 assignments will be posted at 8:30 am daily.

The assignments are recommended to be started at 8:45 am. We understand circumstances may deem that difficult especially with working parents please email the teacher if there are any issues.

In grade 3-8 all students have their first Google Meet or Zoom meeting at 8:45am. Please follow the schedule on your class page.

 

  1. How will assignments be turned in?

 

Students in Grades 3-8 will be told where and when to post to sites most of the time this will occur through Google Classroom.

Younger students will need parents to send an email or post on the Classroom Dojo to the teacher when work is completed.

 

  1. When will Special Education Services start?

Once we are approved by the NYC Department of Education and the individual agencies we believe that majority of Special Education services will start during the middle of this week.

All services will take place through an App called Zoom. Your individual provider will reach out to you about a schedule. Please note that in Grades 3-8 students will not be pulled during their Meet or Zoom session with their teachers. You can find your child’s provider’s classroom from our SFDS@HOME page or by clicking here.

Any questions please reach out to Mrs. Buckley at  mbuckely@stfrancisschoolbh.net. Please note that Mrs. Buckley will also be reaching out to a few families that have annual meetings to schedule them in the upcoming weeks as well.

 

  1. What events are postponed or canceled due to the mutli-week school closing?

In terms of cancellations and postponements please click here for more information.

 

  1. Where does Wit and Wisdom (Grades K-2 ELA curriculum) fit in my child’s day?

As you may know we started this year a new ELA curriculum called Wit and Wisdom. This literacy program goes hand in hand with the Wilson Fundation phonics program. Wit & Wisdom is a English curriculum that brings rich, knowledge-building content into your classroom. Wit & Wisdom helps us meet the expectations of the new standards while celebrating the joy of reading and writing with our students. We will be starting this week posting 15-20 minutes Wit and Wisdom lessons from Great Minds on each of the class pages. We do ask that the K-2 students watch each of these lessons and work on the activities given. Please note they are breaking up the lessons into two parts to give students a quick 5 min break. The videos can always be paused if needed. Any questions please email Mrs. Faughnan at mfaughnan@stfrancisschoolbh.net

 

  1. How do I receive my child’s Report Cards?

As of this morning all report cards have been posted and digitally distributed through Option C. Please see the attached document  that will walk through the process of how to retrieve your child(ren)’s report cards for the second trimester. Of course, if there are any issues or if you need to check in with a teacher please email them and they will do their best to set up a phone conference during the week of March 23rd. Please note you must sign in as a parent not a student to retrieve the report cards.   

 

  1. How should my child approach a Zoom or Google Meet classroom?

Please use the following recommendations for etiquette for your child in a Google Meet or Zoom classroom. It would be recommended that every parent sit down with their child in Grades 3-8 and review with them this etiquette. Please remind your child(ren) that none of the online platforms are an extension of their social media accounts or a texting situation. 

The posts on the online platforms must be posted applying good communication and writing lessons taught over the years. That means full sentences with good grammar and punctuation. Please follow all of our school rules and policies as they are still in effect. Please note that moving forward that teachers will be calling home/emailing if there is any issue in the classroom. This includes to calling out, not staying on task, fooling around with the Zoom/Google Meet platform, making faces. If this behavior cannot be corrected your child may be asked to not join their classmates on the Zoom/GoogleMeet platform for a set of time.

 

  1. Are there any resources for me to use at home with my child?

Please continue to use the resources page on our SFDS@HOME website. Here you will find many resources that can be used at home with your help. The teachers will also be using many of these resources as a tool in their classroom.

 

10. How will teachers be available to communicate with parents individually?

 

Teachers will be accessible by emailing them at their school email addresses.

Teachers will be watching their emails throughout the day (8am-4pm), and will respond as soon as they are able.

You also know that the Mr. Scharbach and Mrs. Faughnan are also available for concerns or questions at admin@stfrancisschoolbh.net and mfaughnan@stfrancisschoolbh.net

 

11. Will teachers track online assignments and grade assignments?

Yes, this is a plan by each teacher to monitor work on Option C, etc.

Teachers will grade work and add grade to Option C, so continue to look at that.

 

12. Is Attendance being taken?

 

As stated above, attendance must be taken by teachers, daily.

This may be in the form of a Classroom Dojo from the parent of younger students with an assignment.

This may be accomplished by students making themselves known that they are in the Zoom or Google Meet classroom at the start of the day, and they are posting assignments to the teacher as requires. But, remember that attendance is achieved by a student completing all assignments given.

 

13. Is there Faith Formation during this multi-week closure?

 

As you would expect, a portion of each of our school days is spent engaged in Religious education.  It is infused within our entire curriculum, and we do have a subject period for Religion Education.  We are very happy to share that that will continue via SFDS@HOME.

In addition, it is the principal’s plan to create a video posted each day to our SFDS@HOME Landing page and on Facebook Live that will include opening exercises such as our Prayer, and pledge. This will occur each day at about 8:30am.

Also, this week we will be sending emails out to all 1st-4th graders inviting them to My Catholic Faith Delivered. It is recommended that students work on this for 15-20 minutes each day. The courses are designed to make learning convenient and fun. They feature engaging lessons, interactive activities, and real-time feedback.

Please note that this curriculum is self-paced meaning that students will be at different lessons based on how quickly they complete the lessons.  Any questions about this curriculum please email Mr. Scharbach at admin@stfrancisschoolbh.net

  

14. What do I do if I have questions regarding this effort of SFDS@HOME or something else?

 

Please, as always, start with the classroom teacher by emailing him or her via his or her school email address between the hours of 8am-4pm.  If you need more assistance, you may always email your question or concern to myself at admin@stfrancisschoolbh.net.

 

15. Will anyone be at the school for parents to pick up books or something my child forgot and needs?

 

Please note that as of Friday March 20th at 5pm the school building is closed until further notice by order of the Governor and Bishop DiMarzio.  

 

16. Will, I have contact with the principal during this multi- week school closure?

 

Continue to know that I am always available via my email admin@stfrancisschoolbh.net  If you send an email, I usually answer it very quickly.  I can tell you now, that I will respond at my earliest convenience.  You, our parents, teachers, staff and students continue to be my top priority.

 

Please know that I will be walking the virtual hallways of our teachers’ Remote Learning Classrooms.  I will be looking at student work and engagement. I will, as always, continue to keep you informed and I shall share articles and items of interest throughout the next few weeks.

 

In closing for now: Please know we are praying that there is an end to the spread of COVID-19. We are also praying for our St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy families and our entire community, our country and our world. This is new territory for us and together we shall make it work.  We may need to make adjustments along the way.  Again, we will accomplish this together. SFDS@HOME still going strong! But remember this is a marathon, not a sprint!!!

 

May God continue to hold each of you, your family, your friends and everyone in our world very close.

 

Christopher Scharbach, Ed.D.

 

PS: Don’t forget to catch mass throughout the week on either St. Francis de Sales Parish’s or Blessed Trinity Parish’s Facebook page. We are working with Father Bill and Father Jim in trying to set up a school mass for this week.

Letter from Superintendent-March 21st 2020

Dear Parent and Guardians,

 

For everyone, this has been a challenging week! Adjusting to new routines for you and your children, keeping your family safe and healthy and managing your work-related responsibilities has been difficult. Through it all, you have been able to provide your children with the comfort and safety of your home.

 

Change is not easy for anyone and the uncertainty of what lies ahead is very daunting for each of us. Know that your Catholic Academy/Parish School Principals, Teachers and Staff are available to assist you during this time. Please continue to keep the lines of communication open between and among them.

 

Our principals and teachers are committed to provide your child/children with ongoing Catholic education through various digital and distance learning platforms. Making the transition to a new way of teaching and learning is not easy but our dedicated principals and teachers completed this transition within a couple of days! I know that many parents have already communicated their appreciation to the principals and teachers for this new way of teaching and learning. I ask that you continue to express gratitude for all that they are doing!

 

Parents and guardians are the essential partners in Catholic education. For your partnership, now and always, we are most appreciative!

 

I ask that you pray the following prayer with your family each day for continued good health and safety:

 

Holy Virgin of Guadalupe, Queen of the Angels and Mother of the Americas.
We fly to you today as your beloved children.
We ask you to intercede for us with your Son, as you did at the wedding in Cana.

Pray for us, loving Mother,
and gain for our nation and world,
and for all our families and loved ones,
the protection of your holy angels,
that we may be spared the worst of this illness.

For those already afflicted,
we ask you to obtain the grace of healing and deliverance.
Hear the cries of those who are vulnerable and fearful,
wipe away their tears and help them to trust.

In this time of trial and testing,
teach all of us in the Church to love one another and to be patient and kind.
Help us to bring the peace of Jesus to our land and to our hearts.

We come to you with confidence,
knowing that you truly are our compassionate mother,
health of the sick and cause of our joy.

Shelter us under the mantle of your protection,
keep us in the embrace of your arms,
help us always to know the love of your Son, Jesus. Amen

 

May God continue to watch over each of you, your children and family!

 

Sincerely,

Thomas Chadzutko, Ed.D.

Superintendent~Catholic School Support Services

A Special Message from Futures in Education Regarding the COVID-19 Crisis

 
Thursday, March 19, 2020
 
 
Dear Parents and Guardians:
 
We would like to take a moment to update you on steps Futures in Education is taking to assist our families and schools during the COVID-19 health crisis. First, we pray for your well-being and that of your children and loved ones.
 
To ease the process for our families, we have extended the deadline for financial aid applications to May 31, 2020. As always, we strongly encourage returning families to apply and finish applications as soon as possible to accelerate the award process.
 
Families who participate in our Angel program, must still send in their Easter letter to their Angel sponsor immediately. This correspondence will go a long way in keeping our faithful donors engaged. The next and final letter to your Angel is due in early May, the End of Year Thank You letter. Please begin submitting your letters, which can be written by student or parent.
 
We are also doing what we can to accelerate the scholarship payments to the schools to fulfill our award obligations for this school year. We are also planning fundraising initiatives to help further assist families during this challenging time. We hope to share more information soon.
 
The staff at Futures in Education are working remotely, so if you need to reach us, please send an email to Scholarships@FuturesinEducation.org or leave a message at 718.965.7340 and we will call you back during business hours.
 
During this unprecedented time, Catholic Charities, Diocese of Brooklyn (Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens) is available to assist parishioners in need. If you or someone you know needs assistance, please call the Catholic Charities Call Center (718) 722-6001 Monday to Friday from 9:00 AM to 6:00PM. Catholic Charities is continuing operations, especially emergency food pantries and mental health services; please be aware that our mental health clinics have the capacity for offering counseling over the phone.
 
Please know that if you, a family member or elderly neighbor need pastoral care, please reach out to your local pastor for assistance. As our priests pray for your intentions, you may add yours by clicking this link: Cfbq.org/Intentions
 
You remain in our prayers.
 
 
Sincerely,
 
Futures in Education Staff

Report Cards- Digital Release

 
Hello St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy Community, 

I hope all is well with everyone. We are officially finished with our second day of digital learning today. Overall I couldn’t be more proud of the entire faculty, students, and families. What was able to be put together in literally a few days time is a testament to everyone’s commitment in making St. Francis de Sales the best we can. Distance Learning is new to all of us, and there is a learning curve. We are all in different places and we are all learning together. I think as we get to the end of week 1 we can began to assess at the end of the week what is working and not working and begin to adjust.

As all of this was being put out in place teachers were also finishing up report cards as well. We have now set up a system and under the circumstances been approved by the Diocese to digitally distribute our Report Cards. Please see the attached document  that will walk through the process of how to retrieve your child(ren)’s report cards for the second trimester. Of course if there are any issues or if you need to check in with a teacher please email them and they will do their best to set up a phone conference during the week of March 23rd.   

Report Cards will be posted at 8pm on the designated night. Please note that they are being staggered to make sure there are no hiccups in the system.

Wednesday March 18th- Pre-K and Kindergarten

Thursday March 19th- 1st and 2nd Grade

Friday March 20th- 3rd and 4th Grade

Saturday March 21st- 5th and 6th Grade

Sunday March 22nd- 7th and 8th Grade

 

Of course if there are any questions please be in touch. Be Well!