SFDS Summer Update

Dear Families,

 

We hope you have had a great summer so far!

 

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

 

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

 

I wanted all to know of a few staff changes that have occurred over the past few weeks. You may have heard that we are saying farewell to Ms. Eileen Scahill (7th and 8th Grade Social Studies), who is moving to a public school next year on the Upper West Side and to Mrs. Kim Thompson (Pre-K), who is leaving us this year as well. While we wish them the best of luck in their future endeavors, we certainly will miss them here at St. Francis. 

I’d like to welcome some new staff members to St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy. We welcome:

  • Michele Surgot who will be one of our 1st grade teachers, Mrs. Surgot comes to us from St. Francis Xavier School and has been a dedicated Catholic School educator for over 10 years.
  • Margaret Cronin who will be one of our 2nd grade. Mrs. Cronin comes to us with over 15 years of educational experience in both New Jersey and New York. Mrs. Cronin recently has been teaching Kindergarten at St. Anselm’s Catholic Academy
  • Maureen Hayes will be rejoining the staff as our 7th and 8th grade Social Studies Teacher. Mrs. Hayes returns to her role as a teacher after a few years as one of our SETTS providers.

 

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

 

School hours effective September 2019:

Dismissal on half days will be at 12:00n

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

Attendance and Lateness Policy

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

 

Families are encouraged to schedule vacation days in accordance with the school calendar. This includes leaving early on a school day. Please note that vacations are illegal absences. It is the responsibility of the child to make up assignments, projects and tests missed during any absence due to a vacation. Please note the more than 20 days absent not due to an illness could result in your child not being promoted to the next grade level. 

 

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

 

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

 

Afterschool Program

Saint Francis de Sales Catholic Academy’s afterschool program will begin on Monday, September 16th 2019.  Instructional program offerings and registration forms will be distributed during the first week of school. You can however can a sneak peak at some of the enrichment programs being offered for next year by clicking here.

 

Early Drop Off

Saint Francis de Sales Catholic Academy’s early drop off program will begin on Monday, September 9th 2019. 

 

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

 

FACTS Tuition Management

All families should be enrolled in FACTS Tuition Management.   The first tuition payment was due on July 15th. Tuition payments for the 2019-2020 school year can be paid online, by phone, or by mail. You may also sign up for auto pay as well. Only in an emergency will payment be accepted in the school building and/or rectory.

 

Uniforms

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

 

Postcards

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

 

Please mail postcards to:

 

St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy

219 Beach 129th Street

Belle Harbor, NY 11694

 

Hold the date….

 

Saint Francis de Sales will be hosting Back to School Night (Grades K-8) on Thursday, September 12th 2019 at 7:00 pm. This will be an opportunity for you to meet your child’s teachers and see the world your child inhabits every day.  It is one of the best ways to begin to build that all-important home-school connection.  A detailed correspondence including the meeting agenda will be sent out the first week of school.

 

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

 

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

 

Sincerely in Christ,

Christopher Scharbach 

What to Expect During the First Week at St. Francis de Sales
 Catholic Academy

 

Wednesday, September 4th 2019 7:55am – 12:00noon

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

 

Thursday, September 5th 2019 7:55am – 2:30pm

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

 

Friday, September 6th 2019 7:55am – 2:30pm

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

 

Monday, September 9th 2019 7:55am – 2:30 pm

  • Full day instruction begins today for students in Kindergarten. St. Francis’s day begins promptly at 7:55am. Students will be marked late if they arrive in the building after 8:00am.
  • Pre-K students begin today from 7:55am-11:50am, this schedule continues until Monday September 16th 2019 when Pre-K students will be in school from 7:55am until 2:20pm. Students are to come to the School in full school summer uniform.
  • Nursery children are invited to visit the classrooms with a parent/guardian
    • AM session (8:30am-9:15am)
    • PM session (11:30am-12:15pm)

 

Wednesday, September 11th 2019 7:55am – 2:30 pm

  • Families are welcome to join the St Francis community at our 9-11 Prayer Service (Grades 1-8) at 1:15pm, in the Saint Francis de Sales Prayer Garden
  • Nursery children start at their normal time 8:00am- 10:50am (AM session) or 11:30am-2:20pm (PM session)

 

Thursday, September 12th 2019: Back to School Night (K-8): St. Francis will be hosting Back to School Night on Thursday September 12th 2019 at 7:00 pm This will be an opportunity for you to meet your children’s teachers and see the world your child inhabits every day. It is one of the best ways to begin to build that all-important home-school connection. A detailed correspondence including the meeting agenda will be sent out the first week of school.

 

Sunday, September 15th 2019: Catechetical Sunday 9am Mass
Catechetical Sunday is when those designated to serve as catechists are called forth to be commissioned for their ministry. Catechetical Sunday is a wonderful opportunity to reflect on the role that each person plays, by virtue of Baptism, in passing on the faith and being a witness to the Gospel. All are welcome to join the Saint Francis faculty and Saint Francis Religious Education faculty at this very special liturgy.

 

Monday, September 23rd 2019: High School Night for 7th and 8th Grade Families

Updates to Immunization Requirements for the 2019-2020 School Year

Dear Parent/Guardian,

As of June 13, 2019, public, private and parochial schools and child care programs in New York can no longer accept requests for religious exemptions from school immunization requirements. This law applies to students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade and to all child care settings. Schools and child care programs will continue to accept medical exemptions. 

 

Children who had a religious exemption and who will be returning in the 2019-20 school year must meet immunization requirements in order to attend school. Children who have not received all required immunizations must receive the first dose in each immunization series within 14 calendar days after the first day of school or enrollment in child care. Within 30 calendar days of the first day of school, parents or guardians of such children will also need to show that they have scheduled appointments for all follow-up doses.

 

A list of the new school immunization requirements for the 2019-20 school year is summarized below.

immunization-requirements-chart-for-school-year-2019-2020

 

All students in child care through grade 12 must meet the requirements for the following vaccines:

• DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus and acellular pertussis or whooping cough)

• Poliovirus

• MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella)

• Varicella (chickenpox)

• Hepatitis B

 

Children under age 5 who are enrolled in child care and pre-kindergarten must also meet the requirements for these vaccines:

• Hib (Haemophilus influenza type b)

• PCV (pneumococcal disease)

• Influenza (flu): Children must receive the flu vaccine by December 31, 2019

 

Children in grades 6 through 12 must also meet the requirements for these vaccines:

• Tdap booster (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis)

• MenACWY (meningococcal disease)

Please review your child’s immunization history with their health care provider. Their provider can tell you whether additional doses of one or more vaccines are required for your child to attend or remain in school. Visit schools.nyc.gov and search for “immunizations” for a full list of required vaccines. If it is not possible for your child to receive their vaccines from their health care provider, the Department of Health has one walk-in immunization clinic (www1.nyc.gov/site/doh/services/immunization-clinics.page). If you have questions about these requirements, please contact the main office.

St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy receives Accreditation from AdvancedED

St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy is pleased to announce that as of June 19 2019, we have earned accreditation from AdvancED.

Accreditation demonstrates to our students, parents, and community that we are focused on raising student achievement, providing a safe and enriching learning environment, and maintaining an efficient and effective operation staffed by highly qualified educators.

Dedicated to advancing excellence in education through accreditation, research and professional services, AdvancED is the world’s largest education community, serving and engaging 30,000 public and private schools and school systems in more than 70 countries and serving over 16 million students. AdvancED is the parent organization of the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI), Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI).

Parents and interested community members can learn more about accreditation at www.advanc-ed.org.

Happy Summer

Dear Families,                                                                                       

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

To those that are leaving St. Francis de Sales this June we wish you the best of luck in your new schools.

We want to thank you, parents, for your support. We couldn’t teach your students to this degree without a good school/home partnership. The work the students and teachers have done this year was focused on our children, and it makes me proud to be a part of this very special place. We look forward to opening our doors next year to about 555 students. But remember, summer does not mean we take a vacation from the Lord! I encourage you, wherever you may be this summer, to make time to come to Mass on Sundays and to pray every day!

Please make note of the following:

  • A list of tuition fees for the 2019-2020 school year can be found by clicking here. Tuition is due by the 15th of the month, July through April. By taking advantage of the security and convenience of payment processing and information technology offered by FACTS. Tuition payments for the 2019-2020 school year can be paid online, by phone, or by mail. You may also sign up for auto pay as well. Only in an emergency will payment be accepted in the school building and/or rectory. You should have received an email invite from FACTS with information necessary to enroll if new to the school.   Included in the invite will be the website you will need to access. If you have yet to receive this email, please email mkazalski@stfrancisschoolbh.net to let her know. She will be sure to respond to your request in a timely fashion.
  • The summer office hours along with the calendar for next year are already posted on our website. Throughout the summer check the calendar for any updates. Although the school office may be closed at times, we are always available with any question or concern through email at admin@stfrancisschoolbh.net.
  • Flynn & O’Hara continues to be our only uniform supplier. If you need anything for next year, I suggest that you visit the store early in the summer to avoid the crowds.  The store location is The Shops at Atlas Park, 8000 Cooper Avenue, Lower Level, Glendale, NY 11385. Uniforms can also be ordered online at www.flynnohara.com, or by phone at 718-326-2704.
  • Virtus training is mandated by the Diocese as a requirement for anyone who would like to volunteer to help with the children in the school (lunch parent, class parent, trip helper, etc.).  For a list of upcoming sessions and information on how to register, log on to www.virtus.org.  This training must be completed prior to starting your volunteer service.
  • School will officially begin Wednesday 9/4 for students in Kindergarten – Grade 8.  Children in the Nursery and Pre-K will begin on Monday 9/9.

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

This year we will be working with schooltoolbox.com too to host a supply kit sale.

Right now our school online store is live and can be found by clicking here. We are excited to be able to offer this convenience to you. We have worked very hard to make the process as easy as possible. The online store will be open through the summer for parents to shop from their homes. Orders leave the warehouse within 10 days of ordering, so please keep that in mind to order with enough time before school starts. I would suggest that you order the boxes by August 20th to make sure that your boxes arrive in time for school.  

Please note that you can choose not to buy certain items from the list if you already have purchased or will purchase elsewhere.

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

Nursery-Grade 8: Bookbag

Pre-K: Lysol Spray and Brown Lunch Bags

Grade 7: Clorox/Lysol Spray

Grades 1-8: Pan set of 36 colors Watercolor Paints (Available on Amazon or at Michael’s)

As you know, this week, sadly, we say farewell to Mrs. Martello our assistant principal.  While we wish her the best of luck in their future endeavors, we certainly will miss her here at St. Francis.  

We are happy to announce that our new Assistant Principal, Mrs. Megan Faughnan, will be joining the St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy family on August 15th. Mrs. Faughnan is a certified Literacy Specialist and School Building Leader, and joins us from Partnership Schools—a network of Catholic schools in Manhattan. Over her last five years at Partnership, she served as their head of academics in a school setting and most recently, the Curriculum Manager for all seven networked schools. Her fifteen years of professional experience in education also spans from Dean of Student Learning and Support and Learning Specialist at Cristo Rey High School to an AmeriCorp teacher in South Dakota. Mrs. Faughnan is extremely excited to start her new chapter here in Belle Harbor and I look forward to you meeting her in September.

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

  • Ms. Meittinis is moving up to our 4th grade
  • We welcome Mrs. Surgot as one of our new 1st grade teachers.

Mrs. Surgot is currently teaching at St. Francis Xavier School and has been a dedicated Catholic School educator. Welcome, Mrs. Surgot, to St. Francis and to our 1st grade team!

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

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

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

Christopher Scharbach

Principal

PS: Please keep in mind that one of our first charity events will be St. Baldrick’s “Bald on the Beach” on September 15th. You might consider holding off on that back to school haircut until then…

For more information please click here.

Summer Supply Lists and Summer Assignments

Dear Academy Families,

 

Summer Assignments and Supply Lists are available on the main page of our website at https://stfrancisacademybh.org/

 

Every student is expected to have all supplies as well as a school bag on the first day of school. All Summer Assignments should be completed by the first day of school as well.

 

This year we will be working with schooltoolbox.com too to host a supply kit sale.

 

Right now our school online store is live and can be found by clicking here. We are excited to be able to offer this convenience to you. We have worked very hard to make the process as easy as possible. The online store will be open through the summer for parents to shop from their homes. Orders leave the warehouse within 10 days of ordering, so please keep that in mind to order with enough time before school starts. I would suggesting that you order the boxes by August 20th to make sure that your boxes arrive in time for school.  

 

Please note that you can choose not to buy certain items from the list if you already have purchased or will purchase elsewhere.

 

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

 

Nursery-Grade 8: Bookbag

 

Pre-K: Lysol Spray and Brown Lunch Bags

 

Grade 7: Clorox/Lysol Spray

 

Grades 1-8: Pan set of 36 colors Watercolor Paints (Available on Amazon or at Michael’s)

SFDS Week of June 17th 2019 (Last Week of School)

Dear Families,

 

What Is A Dad?

A dad is someone who wants to catch you before you fall but instead picks you up,brushes you off, and lets you try again.

A dad is someone who wants to keep you from making mistakes but instead lets you find your own way, even though his heart breaks in silence when you get hurt.

A dad is someone who holds you when you cry, scolds you when you break the rules, shines with pride when you succeed, and has faith in you even when you fail…

– Unknown

 

Happy Father’s Day to all the Fathers, Grandfathers, Godfathers, Uncles, and special men in all of our academy family. Don’t forget that this Sunday at 9am is the annual Father’s Day Beach Mass on Beach 129th Street. Don’t forget to bring a beach chair.

 

The long awaited last day of school is fast approaching! The 2018-2019 school year is drawing to a close, and from all indications, it has been a very productive one. Thank you for placing your faith in Saint Francis and for entrusting your children, your prized treasures, to our care.  On behalf of the entire school community, we wish you a very happy, healthy and safe, fun-filled summer vacation. The school offices will be open on various days over the summer, please refer to the calendar on the website for hours.

Congrats to the Class of 2019 who graduate from St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy tonight. We wish them all the best as they move into the next chapter of their lives.

 

Farewell Mrs. Martello:  It is with mixed emotions that we say farewell to our Assistant Principal Mrs. Martello who will be leaving St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy in August 2019.  Mrs. Martello and I have been working closely together over the past five years to educate your children. While I am saddened to see her leave, we wish her will in her future.   

 

Please rest assured that we have already begun the process of searching for Mrs. Martello’s replacement.  We have been working closely with the Board of Directors to ensure that we hire a strong candidate to succeed Mrs. Martello, who will be working closely with the school to ensure a smooth transition.

I would like to take this opportunity to ask that you all join me in wishing Mrs. Martello  success in her future.

 

Box Tops: This week a ziploc bag went home with your child to begin to start collecting box tops over the summer for our fall contest during the 2019-2020 school year. We had a very successful collection this year and know next year we will do even better. As always thank you for all your support. Thanks again to Mrs. Henning for coordinating this year’s Box Tops contests.

 

FACTS Management: One of our primary goals at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy is to concentrate our efforts on improving the business side of our school. By taking advantage of the security and convenience of payment processing and information technology offered by FACTS, we remain committed to this goal. Tuition payments for the 2019-2020 school year can be paid online, by phone, or by mail. You may also sign up for autopay as well. Only in an emergency will payment be accepted in the school building and/or rectory. Email invites will be going out to returning families next week.

You will realize these benefits by using FACTS for your tuition payment plan:

Payment Dates: Automatic payments can be made from a checking or savings account.

Enrolling in FACTS: You should have received an email invite this week from FACTS with information necessary to enroll.   Included in the invite will be the website you will need to access.

Convenience & Security: Along with multiple payment plan options, your payments are processed securely through a bank to bank transaction.

Consumer Account: You may check your personal account or make payments online from the convenience of your home or office anytime.

With FACTS, the school maintains decision-making control. As always, we will continue to work with families should special circumstances or “hardship” cases arise during the school year.

On to what is going on this week at St. Francis…

Final Week Schedule

Monday 6/17

 

3rd and 4th Grade Beach Parties

 

Pre-K Step up at 10am in the School Gym

Tuesday 6/18

 

Kindergarten Step up at 10am in the School Gym

1/2 Day (Dismissal at 12pm) for Grades 1-7

 

Wednesday 6/19

1/2 Day (Dismissal at 12pm) for Grades 1-7

Red, White, and Blue Dress Down Day- All students can dress down with a patriotic flair, however, please remember that all students must be dressed appropriately during these warmer months. Sandals/flip flops, very short shorts, open back shirts, tank tops, etc are not appropriate school attire

Algebra Regents at 12pm

Thursday 6/20

1/2 Day (Dismissal at 11am) for Grades 1-7

Report Cards Distributed

Parent-Teacher Conferences (11:15am-12pm)

End of the Year Mass at 9:45am

Earth Science Regents at 12pm

 

We do expect to see all children in Grades 1-7 in school on Thursday. Any child not in school is marked with an illegal absence. We hope to have a packed church with students and families to celebrate another wonderful school year.

 

Have a great summer!

SFDS Week of June 10th 2019

Dear Families,

 

Congratulations! Today is your day.

You’re off to Great Places! You’re off and away!

You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes.

You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You’re on your own.

And you know what you know. You are the guy who’ll decide where to go.

Dr. Seuss, “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!”

Congrats to the Class of 2019 who will be graduating next Friday at 6pm from St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy. We wish them all the best as they move into the next chapter of their lives.

 

On to what is going on this week at St. Francis…

 

Class Placement: Myself, Mrs. Martello and our faculty work diligently to make sure each and every child is placed with a teacher that best fits their needs. No matter which classroom your child is placed in, they are in supremely good hands. Every one of our teachers is intelligent, loving, and hardworking. As stated each year before, we cannot take requests for class placement. Writing emails or making phone calls to request a specific classroom all receive the same response: we are not able to honor any requests for placement and that your child will be in very good hands wherever they are placed. We thank you for your cooperation.

 

Step Up: This week our Nursery (Wednesday 6/12) students will be wowing us all in their Step Up Ceremonies in the small hall. Please follow the directives given by Mrs. Troia and the main office for this special day.

 

Ballroom Bash: Just a reminder to our 6th grade families that on Friday June 14th at 10:45am all are invited to view our annual Ballroom Bash in the School Gym.

 

Conversation with the Principal: It currently costs in excess of $7,100 to educate each child that attends Saint Francis thus all children receive an excellent education at a discounted rate.  Our fund-raising activities are a key component of our ability to provide a Catholic education at an affordable price. It is imperative that all families continue to support our fundraising efforts through active participation in their execution and their attendance at as many events as possible. I invite you to attend a fundraising meeting on Wednesday June 12th at 7pm to discuss new or reinvented fundraising ideas. If you can’t attend, but have an idea please email us at admin@stfrancisschoolbh.net

 

Beach Parties: As we come to the home stretch of the end of the year we have our end of the year beach parties to celebrate the close of another year of learning. This week Grades K, 1, 2, 3,  5 and 6 will have their Beach Parties. Please follow the directives that were given out by the classroom teacher and class captains in earlier correspondences.

 

Special Lunch Days: Monday (6/10) is the last bagel day of the school year. Thanks again to all the parents that come on a weekly basis for helping coordinate this special lunch. This Friday 6/14 is a makeup pizza day for Grades 2, 5, and 6.  Thanks to all the parents who make our special lunches a huge success each and every year.

 

Catholic Grandparents Association: St. Francis de Sales Parish is starting a new ministry the Catholic Grandparents Association. The first meeting will be Monday 6/10 at 7pm. Being a Grandparent is a joyous and noble vocation. In 2013, the role of Grandparents was clarified in the Catholic Church to the CGA by the Pontifical Council for the Family as “Preeminent Collaborators” in the upbringing and instruction of their Grandchildren. It is an increasingly important role and status of Grandparents, helping them to work together with their children to seek out the very best for our grandchildren. The Catholic Grandparents Association (CGA) exists to promote the awareness of the vocation of Grandparents and to support and value them in their great task of passing on the faith, not an easy job in this day and age! The world today is much different from the one many Grandparents grew up in. Grandparents instinctively understand the great human, moral and spiritual challenges children face today in the world in which they are growing up. For many children today, their Grandparents may be the only practicing Catholic members of their family. However, even those children growing up with the blessing of devout Catholic parents must grow to maturity in a highly secularised world which radically competes for their hearts and minds and denies the need for God.

 

Fundraising Corner

Box Tops for Education: Congratulations to our Pre-K and Kindergarten classes who both were awarded with an ice cream party next week. Please note the Pre-K class will have an ice cream party on Wednesday, while the Kindergarten class will have theirs on Friday. Thanks again to all who make our Box Tops collection so successful.  

 

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!

 

Have a great weekend!

SFDS Week of June 3rd 2019

Dear Families,

This weekend is the big event! The cast and crew of Seussical Jr. have worked tirelessly to put on three fantastic shows on Saturday June 1 and Sunday June 2. We are beyond excited to see our inaugural Performing Arts Club play unfold! To our director, Ms. Mangano, and the amazing cast and stage crew: break a leg! You are going to do great!

 

More good luck wishes are in order for our students in grades 5-7 who will be using this weekend to finish up their studying for next week’s finals. We know they will do the best they can.

On to what is going on this week at St. Francis…

Science State Exam: On Monday June 3rd, both grades 4 and 8 will be taking the written New York State Science exam. We encourage each child to eat a healthy breakfast and get a good night’s sleep the night before.

 

Class of 2020 Ring/Pin Service: The Class of 2020 (7th graders) will receive their class rings and pins in St. Francis de Sales Church on Tuesday 6/4 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.  

 

Early Childhood Information Nights: On Monday June 3rd at 6pm, we will be hosting Nursery and Pre-K information night, and on Wednesday June 5th at 6pm, 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 Friday June 7th, Flynn & O’Hara will be here at St. Francis to measure students for next year’s uniform. Order forms have been sent out and are available on our website by clicking here.

 

Art Show: Please join us on June 5th at 6pm for our 3rd 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.

 

½ Day: We will be having a 12n dismissal on Friday  June 7th. Students may dress down on this day but please be mindful that no sandals, flip flops, short shorts, tank tops, sleeveless jerseys, etc. will be allowed. Please remind your children when they leave on Friday as we want to avoid having a child call home to have a change of clothes delivered before they can go up to class.

 

Beach Parties: As we come to the home stretch of the 2018/2019 school year, I know everyone is looking forward to our end of the year beach parties. Please follow the directives that were given out by the classroom teacher and class captains in earlier correspondences.

 

Class of 2019 Graduation Mass and Dinner Dance: On Friday June 7th, the 8th grade will kick off their final graduation exercises with a Mass of Thanksgiving and Dinner Dance at 6pm.  A separate email was sent to 8th grade families with all final details earlier this week. Please feel free to be in touch with any questions.   

 

Special Lunch Days: Monday (6/10) is the last bagel day of the school year. Thanks again to all the parents that come on a weekly basis for helping coordinate this special lunch. This Thursday 6/6 is also our last pizza day for Grades K-4.  Grades 5-7 will have their last pizza day on 6/14.

 

Catholic Grandparents Association: St. Francis de Sales Parish is starting a new ministry the Catholic Grandparents Association. The first meeting will be Monday 6/10 at 7pm. Being a Grandparent is a joyous and noble vocation. In 2013, the role of Grandparents was clarified in the Catholic Church to the CGA by the Pontifical Council for the Family as “Preeminent Collaborators” in the upbringing and instruction of their Grandchildren. It is an increasingly important role and status of Grandparents, helping them to work together with their children to seek out the very best for our grandchildren. The Catholic Grandparents Association (CGA) exists to promote the awareness of the vocation of Grandparents and to support and value them in their great task of passing on the faith, not an easy job in this day and age! The world today is much different from the one many Grandparents grew up in. Grandparents instinctively understand the great human, moral and spiritual challenges children face today in the world in which they are growing up. For many children today, their Grandparents may be the only practicing Catholic members of their family. However, even those children growing up with the blessing of devout Catholic parents must grow to maturity in a highly secularised world which radically competes for their hearts and minds and denies the need for God.

 

Fundraising Corner

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 $138,000. 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.

 

Please join us for a fundraising planning meeting for the 2019-2020 school year on Wednesday June 12th at 7pm.

 

Box Tops for Education: The last contest of the year is officially ending on June 5th.  It’s not too late to help your class win that ice cream party! Please make sure your child’s name and class is on the submission so that the correct class can be credited.   

 

The standings are as follows

Nursery 24

Pre-K 967

K 766

1 213

2 95

3 193

4 67

5 257

6 40

7 37

8 0

 

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!

 

Have a great weekend!

SFDS Week of May 27th 2019

Dear Families,

 

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 27th 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.

 

Ascension Thursday:  Forty Days after the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, the Acts of the Apostles records Jesus’ ascension into heaven.  In the Roman Catholic Church, it is one of the universally celebrated feasts, ranking with the feasts of the Passion, of Easter, and Pentecost. The Academy community will gather at 10am this Thursday to celebrate liturgy.  Families are invited to join the Academy at this special mass.

 

2019-2020 Calendar: A tentative calendar for the next school year has been posted to our website. As always the calendar is subject to change if necessary. Please check periodically for more details about next year’s school events over the next few weeks.

 

Science Fair Winners: The annual Junior High Science Fair went off without a hitch on Wednesday 5/22. Thank you to Mrs. Gigliello, Mrs. Foti, and Mrs. Norton for their guidance in the science and Religion projects that were presented during the Fair. And, of course, congratulations to our winners:

 

Grade 5

1st Place: Olivia Zukauskas, Michaela Gennaro, and Lauren Owens

2nd Place: Maeve Grace and Nora Heegan

3rd Place: Shane Fitzpatrick, Ryan Cunningham, Matthew Barrett and John Thuilot

 

Grade 6

1st Place: Caitrina Mullaly, Noelle Polanco, Julia Turchiano, and Megan Youngberg

2nd Place: Mary Kate Corrigan

3rd Place: Karli O’Brien

 

Grade 7

1st Place: Andrew Clark, John Fitzgerald and Liam Murphy

2nd Place: Claire Mehta

3rd Place: Rick Carioti, Brendan Mullen and  Sean O’ Malley

 

Seussical Tickets: St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy middle school students will unlock the imaginations of Rockaway citizens when they bring the Cat in the Hat, Horton the Elephant, Gertrude McFuzz, Mayzie La Bird, the Whos in Whoville and other Seuss favorites to life with their production of Seussical JR., it was announced today by the Cat in the Hat.

“Now, I’m here, there is no telling what may ensue with a Cat such as me, and a Thinker like you!,” says the Cat in the Hat.

Horton will hear a Who and cheerful chaos will ensue when St. Francis de Sales presents Seussical JR. on Saturday June 1st at 1:30pm and 6:30pm and on Sunday June 2nd at 1:30pm at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy Gym (219 Beach 129th Street, Belle Harbor, NY 11694) Tickets are now on sale. An order form can be found by clicking here.

Tickets are $10 for all adults, $5 for children under 14 and $3 for all SFDS Students. More information to follow.

For more information on how to watchering-watch the performance please call the main office at 718-634-2775.

We hope to see you next weekend.

 

Grade 4 and 8 Science Exams: Grade 4 &  8 will be completing their Science Performance exams this Tuesday May 28th. We encourage the students to get a good night’s sleep and eat a hearty breakfast on the mornings of their exams.

 

Spring Concert: This Tuesday May 28th at 7pm is our annual St Francis de Sales School Band Spring Concert.There is no fee for admission into the concert. Don’t forget that this Tuesday continues the special  schedule for lessons as they students prepare for their concert. Please make sure that you bring your

 

Chicken Finger Day: This coming Tuesday May 28th 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.

 

Paperwork: If any child is transferring from St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy for the 2019-2020 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.

 

Conversation with the Principal:  Please join me for our Conversation with the Principal on Wednesday May 29th at 7pm.  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!

 

Tuition Rates for 2019-2020 School Year: As officially stated at our annual State of the Academy meeting on May 14th, 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.

 

SAVE THE DATES

 

Class of 2020 Ring/Pin Service: The Class of 2020 (7th graders) will receive their class rings and pins in St. Francis de Sales Church on Tuesday 6/4 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.  

 

Early Childhood Information Nights: On Monday June 3rd at 6pm, we will be hosting Nursery and Pre-K information night, and on Wednesday June 5th at 6pm, 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 Friday June 7th, Flynn & O’Hara will be here at St. Francis to measure students for next year’s uniform. Order forms will be sent out next week.

 

Art Show: Please join us on June 5th at 6pm for our 3rd 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.

 

Fundraising Corner

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 $138,000. 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 last contest of the year is officially ending on June 5th.  It’s not too late to help your class win that ice cream party! Please make sure your child’s name and class is on the submission so that the correct class can be credited.   

 

The standings are as follows

Nursery 24

Pre-K 842

K 687

1 181

2 95

3 193

4 67

5 234

6 40

7 37

8 0

 

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!

 

Have a great Memorial day weekend!