SFDS August 15th 2017 Summer Update

One benefit of summer was that each day we had more light to read by.?Jeannette Walls

 

Dear Families,

 

I hope everyone is enjoying and having fun with the last weeks of summer and getting ready for the 2017-2018 School Year.

 

In a few weeks St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy will continue the traditions of Saint Francis de Sales Parish School of opening its doors for the 105th year to over 545 students. Teachers have begun work and the hallways and classrooms are beginning to look spectacular. Most importantly the administration, faculty, and staff here at St. Francis look forward to greet your children for that all-important first day of school.

 

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

 

These notices along with the St. Francis Family-Student Handbook, is our way of keeping everyone in the loop.

 

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

 

Main Office Hours: The main office will be open Monday-Thursday from now until Wednesday August 30th from 9am until 3pm. On Thursday 8/31 and Friday 9/1 the office will be closed due to cleaning and maintenance work that needs to be done. We are sorry for any inconvenience. The office will reopen at 10:30am-12: 30pm on Tuesday 9/5. As always if there any questions before the school year begins please give us a call.

 

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

 

Tuition Accounts: Starting today all returning families have access to their billing account through the Option C parent portal. Here you can see how much is owed, dates when tuition or other fees are due, past payments, etc. For new families a user name and password will be given on the first day of school.  Due to the fact that we are no longer using the envelope system all  record keeping will be done digitally. Due to this we ask that all payments be sent in with the name of your oldest child and grade. We are still exploring automatic withdrawal and credit card payments as we move forward. Any questions about your account please reach out to our Bookkeeper  Mrs. Marguerite Kazalski at mkazalski@stfrancisschoolbh.net

 

Early Morning Drop Off Program: I am happy to announce that continuing on Monday September 11th we will be offering an Early Morning Drop off program from 7am-7:40am each day. For more information about this program please click here. This information will be sent home on the first day of school as well.

 

Yellow Bus Service: All those students who are planning on riding the yellow bus should receive a letter on the first day of school with their NYC OPT ID Number and information on how to look up your childs bus route.  Just a reminder there is no NYC Bus Transportation on Wednesday 9/6/17. NYC Bus service begins on Thursday 9/7/17.

 

Lunch Duty: We are continuing to assign lunch duty using a web-based service called Sign Up. It enables those who want to do lunch duty to sign up for slots on specific days with email reminders. It is our hope this will help with the number of cancellations and no shows from families.

To sign up for lunch duty please use the website below

Lunch Duty Sign Up

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

 

Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:

 

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

2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.

3) Sign up! It’s Easy – you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on Signup.com.

 

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

 

8th Grade TACHS Registration: 8th Grade Parents starting next Monday (8/21) you can begin to register your child for the TACHS exam. If your child will take the TACHS exam (entrance exam for Catholic High Schools) please register as soon as possible. For more information including how to register please click here.

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

 

Immunization: We wanted to inform you of important vaccination requirements from the New York State and New York City Departments of Health that must be completed before your child(ren) return to school this September 2017. Please use the reference sheet as a guide for the immunizations required for returning to school this coming September.

 

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

 

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

 

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

Boys and Girls Grades 1-8

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

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

Pre-K and Kindergarten

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

For more information about uniforms including our winter uniform policy please click here. Please check with our uniform policy before buying shoes, socks and belts for the 2017-2018 school year.  

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

 

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

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

Wednesdays: School House Chess (Grades K-5)

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

Please be aware that registration for these sessions is limited.

 

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

 

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

 

SAVE THE DATES

 

Back to School Night (Meet the Teacher): On Thursday September 14th all parents (Grades K-8) are invited to meet their child’s teacher(s) on this important night. The evening begins at 7pm and should run to about 8:30pm. Each teacher will host two sessions to accommodate those parents with more than one child. We hope to have 100% attendance to this all-important night of the school year.

 

Catechetical Sunday: Catechetical Sunday is when those designated to serve as catechists are called forth to be commissioned for their ministry. Catechetical Sunday is a wonderful opportunity to reflect on the role that each person plays, by virtue of Baptism, in passing on the faith and being a witness to the Gospel. All are welcome to join the Saint Francis faculty and Saint Francis Religious Education faculty at this very special liturgy at 10:30am on Sunday September 17th.

 

Bald on the Beach: Also please save the date for Bald on the Beach here at St. Francis de Sales on Sunday September 17th. Join St. Francis de Sales Parish and our National Junior Honor Society for this special St. Baldrick’s event, and whether you decide to shave your head, volunteer, or donate, we hope you’ll be a part of the excitement!

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

SFDS Week of August 7th 2017

Dear Families,

 

I hope you are all having a wonderful summer filled with; sun, travel, seeing friends and family, captivating books, exciting movies, leisurely walks, fun bike rides, catching  a baseball game and most importantly opportunities to relax.  I too am having a terrific summer, and cannot believe it is already the month of August!!!!

 

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

 

Id like to welcome some new staff members to St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy. We welcome: Mrs. Jaclyn Tenreiro (Nursery), Mrs. Patricia Attanasio (5th and 6th Grade Social Studies and Mrs. Cathy Kenny who will be joining Mrs. Endall in the main office. 

 

The main purpose of this email is to inform you of opening school procedures for students.

 

School hours effective September 2017:

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-8:05am.

 

Attendance and Lateness Policy

Regarding Absence: If a student is absent from school, parents are expected to call or email the school between 7:45am and 9 a.m. to report the absence.  On the day the student returns to school, the child must submit a note from a parent stating the days absent and the reason for the absence.  New York State requires that these notes be kept on file for a period of five years.

 

Regarding Lateness:  Students who arrive at school late will receive a late pass. Those students in grades 5-8 who are late three times in a trimester will be given detention.   Lateness for a valid reason (such as a doctors visit) must be verified by submission of a doctors 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 childs lunch box.  Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

 

Afterschool Program

Saint Francis de Sales Catholic Academys afterschool program will begin on Monday, September 18th 2017.  Instructional program offerings and registration forms will be distributed during the first week of school.

 

Early Drop Off

Saint Francis de Sales Catholic Academys early drop off program will begin on Monday, September 11th 2017. 

 

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

 

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 childrens uniform for the next school year.

 

Hold the date.

 

Saint Francis de Sales will be hosting Back to School Night on Thursday,

September 14th 2017 at 7:00 pm. This will be an opportunity for you to meet your childs 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.

 

Saint Francis is an extraordinary community.  We have a highly skilled teaching staff that is dedicated and passionate about teaching and learning, providing an excellent academic program fostered in Christs values, rooted in faith and committed to service.  We have a parent body that supports our staff in teaching children in a way we believe prepares them to become life-long learners.  Most importantly we have the best students in the world who are motivated and enthusiastic about learning. This combination of faculty, staff, parents and students make Saint Francis the special place it is.  All involved look forward to a terrific school year!!!!

 

Enjoy the last weeks of summer vacation.

 

Sincerely in Christ,

Christopher Scharbach

Happy Summer

Dear Families,                                                                                       

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

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

Please make note of the following:

  • A list of tuition fees for the 2017-2018 school year can be found by clicking here. Tuition is due by the 15th of the month, July through April. You will receive envelopes for you to send the July and August payments to the school/parish. Beginning in September, we will eliminate the manila tuition envelope and parents will be asked to submit tuition in a plain envelope on the fifteen of the month in the name of their oldest child.  Confirmation of tuition payments and fee balances will be available via the Parent Portal of Option C. We are still looking into the possibility of Automatic Electronic Withdrawal for tuition payments as well. Hopefully more information will be available regarding this topic over the summer.
  • 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.
  • 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 textbooks need to be covered with a BookSox.
  • Flynn & OHara continues to be our 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 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 virtus.org. This training must be completed prior to starting your volunteer service.
  • School will officially begin Wednesday 9/6 for students in Kindergarten ? Grade 8. Children in the Nursery and Pre-K will begin on Monday 9/11.

 

Students in Kindergarten through Sixth Grade at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy will be able to advance their knowledge with their new STEM lab this September, all made possible through a grant from the Diocese of Brooklyn. The $85,000 grant will be used to install a $125,000 LabLearner System over the summer, which will provide hands-on weekly lab instruction to the students with the start of the new semester in the fall. LabLearner is in place in many schools throughout the United States, and St. Franics de Sales Catholic Academy is excited to be among them. The LabLearner curriculum was developed after years of neurocognitive research by scientist Dr. Keith Verner and his associates at the Cognitive Learning Institute. As Dr. Verner has stated, Given that we cannot perfectly predict future scientific problems and opportunities, our best bet is to prepare our students with a good grasp of basic science facts, principles, concepts, and thinking so that they can evolve along with the technology that will define their adult lives.

 

STEM Education (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) is on the learning forefront for schools across the country. In keeping with the schools mission, this new STEM lab and advancement in education will continue to develop young minds and shape values. For more information about LabLearner please click here.

 

This year, sadly, we say farewell to Ms. Maeghan Edwards and Mrs. Maureen Hayes. While we wish them the best of luck in their future endeavors, we certainly will miss them here at St. Francis. And of course, we cannot thank our Ms. Lograno enough for the many years of service and dedication to our school. We wish her a blessed retirement.

Mrs. Cathy Kenny will be joining our Office staff as our Administrative Assistant beginning in August. Prior to joining St. Francis Mrs. Kenny has been an Administrative Assistant in the Superintendents Office and a former secretary in another catholic school in the diocese. We look forward to welcoming Mrs. Kenny to SFDS as well.

Along with Mrs. Kenny, please join me in welcoming two new faculty members to the St. Francis de Sales family. First, Mrs. Patricia Attanasio will be joining our 5th and 6th grade team and 6-B homeroom. Mrs. Attanasio taught for 29 years in the NYC Department of Education and in the Diocese of Brooklyn since 2014. We give another warm welcome to, Mrs. Jaclyn Tenreiro, who will be beginning her 10th year of teaching elementary grades in the Diocese of Brooklyn, as our new Nursery teacher for the 2017/2018 school year. We look forward to the new additions to our already dedicated and stellar staff here at St. Francis.

 

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

  • Jeannine Stathis will be moving up to 2nd grade.
  • Trisha OMalley will be moving up to 2nd grade.
  • Amanda Finlayson will be moving to the 3rd grade.
  • Heather Killian will be moving to grade 5/6 ELA.
  • Laura Sullivan will be moving up to the 4th grade.
  • Gabby Mangano will be returning as our full time Art teacher

 

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

 

PS: Please keep in mind that one of our first charity events will be St. Baldricks Bald on the Beach on September 17th. You might consider holding off on that back to school haircut until then

 

SFDS Week of June 19th

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 Fathers Day to all the Fathers, Grandfathers, Godfathers, Uncles, and special men in all of our academy family. Just a reminder that this Sunday at 9am St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy will be having their annual Fathers Day Mass on the beach. Hope to see many families there.

 

The long awaited last day of school is fast approaching! The 2016-2017 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 2017 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.

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

Final Week Schedule:

Monday 6/19

Full day of school for Grades 1-7

Grade 8 Graduation Trip

Grade 7 Confirmation Retreat

Grade 5-6 Beach Party (Weather permitting)

Kindergarten Step-Up at 10am

 

Tuesday 6/20

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

SFDS Night at the Brooklyn Cyclones at 7pm at MCU Park

 

Wednesday 6/21

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.

Swim Strong/Water Safety Assembly at 10am for Grades 5-7

7:30pm Outdoor Movie Night-School Yard: Please join us for our 2nd annual Outdoor Movie Night, being held on Wednesday June 21st in our schoolyard. We will be showing the movie Moana beginning at dusk. The gates to the schoolyard will be open at 7:30pm. Please note that an adult must accompany each child for the duration of the movie. Bring your own beach chairs!

 

Thursday 6/22

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

Report Cards Distributed

End of the Year Mass at 9:45am (You are cordially invited to the schools closing mass, on Thursday June 22nd at 9:45am.This mass will be a special way of us saying Thank You to Mrs. Lograno as the Mass will be in her honor. We hope many families can join us.)

Parent-Teacher Conferences (11:15am-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 12th

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 2017 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…

Step Up: This week our Nursery (Wednesday 6/14) and Pre-K (Friday 6/16) students will be wowing us all in their Step Up Ceremonies. Please follow the directives given by each teacher/office for these special days.

 

Ballroom Bash: Just a reminder to our 6th grade families that on Thursday June 15th all are invited at 11am to view our third annual Ballroom Bash in the School Gym.

Regents: On Tuesday and Thursday of this week some of our 8th graders will be taking the New York State Regents in Earth Science and Algebra. Please make sure your child gets a good night sleep, eats breakfast and arrives at school on time for the exam (11:30am). It will give them time to settle down and get comfortable before the test. Please note, any student found to have a cell phone on them during the test will result in the test being invalidated for that student as per State regulations. ?If a child finishes before the allotted completion time, has checked over their work and handed in their test paper, they will be given permission to read independently. Use of electronics (iPads, nooks, etc.) is NOT allowed at this time, as per State regulation.

Coffee with the Principal: This Wednesday (6/14) ?at 6pm we will be having our final Coffee with the Principal for year. The entire meeting will be focused on Fundraising for this year and fundraising plans for next year. All are welcome.

 

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 1, 2, 3 and 7 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: Grades K-4 still have one more pizza day this week (6/15) to makeup from a snow day earlier this school year. A very special thank you to Mrs. Rose for coordinating our pizza days all year long.

Movie Night: Please join us for our 2nd annual Outdoor Movie Night, being held on Wednesday June 21st in our schoolyard. We will be showing the movie Moana beginning at dusk. The gates to the schoolyard will be open at 7:30pm. Please note that an adult must accompany each child for the duration of the movie. Bring your own beach chairs!

 

Box Tops: Today a ziploc bag went home with your child to begin to start collecting box tops over the summer for our fall contest during the 2017-2018 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.

 

Paperwork: ?If any child is transferring from St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy at the end of this academic year, their records will most likely 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. To guarantee this paperwork is sent before the end of the year the latest the request can be made is June 16th 2017. Any requests after that date will be done in a timely manner.

 

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 06/16/17.

There are many dates and spots that are open for parents to volunteer.

 

Have a great weekend!

SFDS Week of June 5th 2017

Dear Families,

 

Congratulations to our faculty and students on a wonderful volleyball game today! It was an exciting tournament; everyone brought their A-games.

Good Luck to our students in grades 5-7 who will be using this weekend to finish up their studying for next weeks 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 5th, 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 nights sleep the night before.

 

1/2 Day: We will be having a 12n dismissal on Wednesday June 7th for a Teacher Professional Development in the afternoon. 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 Wednesday as we want to avoid having a child call home to have a change of clothes delivered before they can go up to class.

 

Kindergarten Information Night: On Monday June 5th all incoming Kindergarten parents are invited for a short information session at 6pm in the Small Hall. We again hope that many families both new and old will be able to join us.

Beach Parties: As we come to the home stretch of the 2016/2017 school year, I know everyone is looking forward to our end of the year beach parties. This week Kindergarten and Fourth Grade have their Beach Parties. Please follow the directives that were given out by the classroom teacher and class captains in earlier correspondences.

Class of 2017 Graduation Mass and Dinner Dance: On Friday June 9th, 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.

 

Box Tops: Wow! We had such amazing participation in our Box Top contest. We were able to raise just under $1000. Thank you so much to everyone who brought in Box Tops throughout the year; your donations are much appreciated! Congratulations to our 6th and 3rd grades who will be enjoying an ice cream party on June 13th, and a very special thank you to Mrs. Henning for coordinating the Box Tops throughout the year.

Special Lunch Days: Monday (6/5) 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. Friday 6/9 is also our last pizza day for Grades 5-7. Grades 1-4 still have one more pizza day the following week (6/15) to makeup from a snow day that had pizza day canceled earlier this school year. A very special thank you to Mrs. Rose for coordinating our pizza days all year long.

Movie Night: Please join us for our 2nd annual Outdoor Movie Night, being held on Wednesday June 21st?in our schoolyard. We will be showing the movie Moana beginning at dusk. The gates to the schoolyard will be open at 7:30pm. Please note that an adult must accompany each child for the duration of the movie. Bring your own beach chairs!

 

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 06/16/17.

There are many dates and spots that are open for parents to volunteer.

 

Have a great weekend!

SFDS Week of May 29th 2017

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 29th and join the Academy community 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 121st street.

 

Msgr. Bracken 50th Anniversary: Memorial Day weekend marks a very significant anniversary for our Administrator, Msgr. Bracken. Monsignor has devoted the last 50 years to the priesthood and for that we sincerely congratulate him! Please join the Parish family for a celebratory 12pm mass followed by a Block Party on Beach 129th. There will be music, food, and a visit from Roger the Clown!

 

Tomorrow, Friday May 26th is a Professional Day for Teachers. Enjoy your long, 4-day weekend! Now onto some exciting things happening in the upcoming week of May 29th:

 

Class of 2018 Ring/Pin Service: The Class of 2018 (7th graders) will receive their class rings and pins in St. Francis de Sales Church on Tuesday 5/30 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.

 

Grade 4 Science: Grade 4 will be completing their Science Performance exams this week  on Tuesday May 30. We encourage the students to get a good night’s sleep and eat a hearty breakfast on the mornings of their exams.

 

Pre-K/Nursery Information Night: All incoming Pre-Kindergarten and Nursery parents are invited for a short information session at 6pm in the Small Hall next Wednesday May 31st. We hope that many families both new and old will be able to join us.

 

Paperwork: If any child is transferring from St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy for the 2017-2018 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.

 

Art Showcase: The St. Francis de Sales artists have been hard at work all year. We will be having an Art Show on Thursday, June 1st in the Auditorium from 6-8pm. The SFDS “gallery” will exhibit work from every student from every grade. Please invite all your family and friends to stop by and check out what each student has created. Creations are inspired by artists such as Pablo Picasso and Vincent Van Gogh and art genres such as Impressionism, Pop-Art and Surrealism and range from painting, oil pastels, drawing, watercolors and more.

 

Strategic Plan: One of the main agenda points on Wednesday’s State of the Academy meeting was our Strategic Plan. St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy Board members served as task force co-chairs for five domains consisting of six to eight members that represented a broad spectrum of people including St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy administration, faculty, parents, alumni, and local business professionals, each bringing a specific expertise to the work. The St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy Strategic Planning Committee approved a three-year action plan accompanying the Board-approved Strategic Plan and submitted it for approval to the Superintendent of Catholic Schools, Dr. Thomas Chadzutko, in February of 2017. The Diocese approved the Strategic Plan in April 2017. To view our goals and objectives for the next three years, please click here.

 

Box Tops: Wednesday 5/31 is the last day of our May Box Top Competition for a grade wide ice-cream party. Thank you to everyone that has brought them in.  Let’s keep them coming! Current standings: 6th grade is in the lead with 1125 box tops and in a close second is 3rd  grade with 1048 right behind them is 4th grade with 931.  This competition is far from over so keep bringing them in! Just a note… box tops that are expired are not counted towards the collection as they cannot be submitted.

 

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 06/16/17.

There are many dates and spots that are open for parents to volunteer.
Have a great Memorial day weekend!

SFDS Week of May 22nd 2017

Dear Families,

 

What a busy week we’ve had at St. Francis! It ended today with a very successful NJHS sponsored Spring Carnival. Thank you to all of the students and teachers that helped make the event a success. A special thank you to Ms. Edwards for coordinating the event and to Mrs. Gigliello for taking care of our scheduling.

 

Now onto some exciting things happening in the upcoming week of May 22nd:

 

2017 St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy Family Survey: The following is a short anonymous family survey. Please take a few moments before Monday May 22nd  to give some feedback on your experience this year here at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy. We appreciate your time and all responses. Please note that the responses from this survey are helpful for the academy to make decisions for the 2017-2018 school year. As of today about 12% of families have participated. For access to the survey please click here.  Thanks again.

 

May Crowning: On Tuesday May 23rd, the 2nd Grade Class will be taking part in the school’s annual May Crowning. Students  will also be photographed and have a special Communion breakfast. Our 2nd grade parents are invited to join their children and the St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy Community for the May crowning at 1:30pm in St. Francis de Sales Church. We are asking that all 2nd grade students to come to school dressed in their Communion attire. Please send in a large shirt to wear over their clothing. Students will still need to bring lunch to school on this day. There will be a SFDS Parish May Crowning this Sunday May 21st at the 12pm Mass as well. The children who just received First Holy Communion are invited to come and be part of the processions to crown Mary in the Grotto.

 

State of the Academy: On Wednesday May 24th at 7p, the St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy’s Board of Directors will be sharing updates on the various facets of our school’s programs, finances, facility, Catholic identity, and fundraising. We hope that you can join us.

 

Strategic Plan: One of the main agenda points on Wednesday’s State of the Academy meeting will be our Strategic Plan. St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy Board members served as task force co-chairs for five domains consisting of six to eight members that represented a broad spectrum of people including St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy administration, faculty, parents, alumni, and local business professionals, each bringing a specific expertise to the work. The St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy Strategic Planning Committee approved a three-year action plan accompanying the Board-approved Strategic Plan and submitted it for approval to the Superintendent of Catholic Schools, Dr. Thomas Chadzutko, in February of 2017. The Diocese approved the Strategic Plan in April 2017. To view our goals and objectives for the next three years, please click here.

 

Google Chromebook Fee: Over the past few weeks the Office has received some calls/emails with questions regarding the Chromebook fee for families in grades 5-8. To clarify, the Chromebook Fee does not pay for the cost of the Chromebook itself, but rather covers IT maintenance, textbooks online, various apps for education, email account, etc. The fee is $50 per student and was due by April 1st, 2017, and although communicated in a letter in June 2016 and in the School Handbook, we will be sure to better ensure families understand all fees and fee schedules before the beginning of a new academic year.

 

Car Wash: St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy’s 8th Grade will be having their final dinner dance fundraiser on Saturday, May 20th at the Belle Harbor Yacht Club.  Bring your wheels and have the students suds up your car!  Car wash will be open from 10am until 1pm.  Donation of $8 per car suggested.    Thank you for all of your support!

 

Spring Concert: Family members of the Paul Effman Band please join us this Tuesday May 23rd at 7pm for the fourth annual St Francis de Sales Catholic Academy Band Spring Concert. There is no fee for admission into the concert.

 

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 10:15am in to celebrate liturgy.  Families are invited to join the Academy at this special mass.

 

Professional Day: Just a reminder that students will be off from school this Friday May 26th. This will be a professional day for our faculty. Have a great Memorial Day Weekend!

 

Grade 8 Science Performance Exam: Grade 8 will be completing their Science Performance exams this week  on Wednesday May 24. We encourage the students to get a good night’s sleep and eat a hearty breakfast on the mornings of their exams.

 

Msgr. Bracken 50th Anniversary: Memorial Day weekend marks a very significant anniversary for our Administrator, Msgr. Bracken. Monsignor has devoted the last 50 years to the priesthood and for that we sincerely congratulate him! Please join the Parish family for a celebratory 12pm mass followed by a Block Party on Beach 129th. There will be music, food, and a visit from Roger the Clown!

 

Memorial Day Parade: Please save the date for Monday May 29th and join the Academy community 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.

 

Paperwork: If any child is transferring from St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy for the 2017-2018 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.

 

Art Showcase: The St. Francis de Sales artists have been hard at work all year. We will be having an Art Show on Thursday, June 1st in the Auditorium from 6-8pm. The SFDS “gallery” will exhibit work from every student from every grade. Please invite all your family and friends to stop by and check out what each student has created. Creations are inspired by artists such as Pablo Picasso and Vincent Van Gogh and art genres such as Impressionism, Pop-Art and Surrealism and range from painting, oil pastels, drawing, watercolors and more.

 

Box Tops: This week we saw a huge increase in the number of box tops brought in.  Thank you to everyone that has brought them in.  Let’s keep them coming! Current standings: 3rd grade is in the lead with 1038 box tops and in a close second is 6th grade with 931 right behind them is 4th grade with 801.  This competition is far from over so keep bringing them in! Just a note… box tops that are expired are not counted towards the collection as they cannot be submitted.

 

Congratulations Volleyball Champions:  Congratulations to our St. Francis de Sales 8th grade girls CYO Volleyball team for winning the Diocesan Championship. Also Congratulations to the 6th Grade Girls Blessed Trinity team as well for being champions this year. Great job girls.

 

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 06/16/17.

There are many dates and spots that are open for parents to volunteer.
Have a great weekend!