And they who for their country die shall fill an honored grave, for glory lights the soldier’s tomb, and beauty weeps the brave.
— Joseph Rodman Drake, To the Defenders of New Orleans
Memorial Day has come to signify the start of summer for many Americans and is often celebrated with cookouts, family get-togethers, road races and concerts. But the real meaning of Memorial Day has, for too many Americans, gotten lost in holiday hoopla. Memorial Day was created as an occasion to honor those who have paid the ultimate price to ensure our freedom. It is our opportunity to stop and give thanks for the many who have died protecting that freedom. Let us this weekend keep all those who have died for this country in our prayers.
Memorial Day Parade: Please join us this Monday May 28th and join the Academy community and our Mascot Franny to march in the Memorial Day Parade. St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy will be marching in the parade at 11:30am in the morning following the Memorial Day Mass at 10:30am. The parade starts right here on 129th street. We would love to see everyone come out for this special event. All students are encouraged to wear their uniform on this day. We will be marching until 120th street.
Class of 2019 Ring/Pin Service: The Class of 2019 (7th graders) will receive their class rings and pins in St. Francis de Sales Church on Tuesday 5/29 at 7pm. A small reception will follow in the Small Hall. All 7th graders are asked to report to the Small Hall at 6:30pm.
Chicken Finger Day: This coming Tuesday May 29th is our last Chicken Finger special lunch day of the year. If your child is scheduled to receive chicken fingers, they do not need a full lunch brought from home that day! Thanks again to Mrs. Spaeth for coordinating these days.
Art Show: Please join us on Wednesday May 30th at 6pm for our 2nd annual Art Show! Ms. Mangano and our students have worked tirelessly in preparation for a truly superb art gallery display. We hope to see many of you there. To get a sneak peak of some of our students artwork please click here to see our digital art gallery.
Tuition Rates for 2018-2019 School Year: As officially stated at our annual State of the Academy meeting on May 1, our updated tuition and fee rates–as well as the schedule of due dates–is accessible on our school website, and will also be sent home in letter form to each family. Please refer to our Tuition and Financial Aid page on our school website by clicking here.
Paperwork: If any child is transferring from St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy for the 2018-2019 school year, most likely their records will need to be sent to their new school. Please request that as soon as possible as many schools are closed for the summer and ask for that information before the end of June.
Confirmation for Blessed Trinity: Save the date! Thursday December 6th will be the Sacrament of Confirmation for students being confirmed at Blessed Trinity. We are looking forward to celebrating this special day!
Brooklyn Cyclone Night: Did you miss your chance to join us for our annual SFDS night at MCU Park to cheer on the Brooklyn Cyclones? There is another chance on June 25th! It’s Catholic Schools Night at MCU Park with the Brooklyn Cyclones! Tickets are $10. Join us as we celebrate our school’s valedictorian with Bishop Raymond Chappetto!
**Plus don’t miss the exciting pregame: Collars vs. Scholars. Mr. Scharbach along with other Catholic School Principals will be facing off against Father Sean Suckiel and other Diocesan priests in a pregame softball game.
Watch the principals take the mound to try and defeat the priests!
To buy tickets please click below
Lunch Duty: If you are VIRTUS trained and are able to do the lunch duty, we certainly appreciate it.
To sign up for lunch duty please use the website below
Lunch Duty Sign Up We’re using Volunteer Spot (the leading online Sign-up and reminder tool) to organize our upcoming Sign-ups.
Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:
1) Click the link above to see our Sign-Up on Volunteer Spot
2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.
3) Sign up! It’s Easy – you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on Volunteer Spot.
Note: Volunteer Spot does not share your email address with anyone. For more information about VIRTUS and how to be trained click here.
We are most grateful to the parents who are able to assist in our lunch program.
Please note that you can sign up for lunch duty from now until the end of the school year.
There are many dates and spots that are open for parents to volunteer.
Save the Dates
Early Childhood Information Nights: On Monday June 4th, we will be hosting Nursery and Pre-K information night, and on Wednesday June 6th, we will invite our incoming Kindergarten parents to join us for the Kindergarten Information Night. On both evenings, the early childhood teachers will be sharing all the details of what is in store for your children who are entering their early childhood years. Parents will be receiving supply lists and summer ideas during this meeting as well. We hope to see everyone there.
Uniform Measurement Day: On Thursday June 7th, Flynn & O’Hara will be here at St. Francis to measure students for next year’s uniform. Order forms were sent out this week and can be found by clicking here.
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 close to $124,000. Thanks again to all who make that event such a success each year.
For more information on how this year’s fundraising have done please click here.
Box Tops for Education:
The spring Ice Cream box tops contest is in full gear. Here’s the current totals with 5th grade in the lead and Pre-K, and 7th Grade right behind. Get those box tops in by Thursday May 31st so they can be counted for your class’ total. Just a note… box tops that are expired are not counted towards the collection as they cannot be submitted.
As of 5/25/18
Have a great Memorial day weekend!