Summer Update #2 and Academy Family Association Update

Dear Families of Saint Francis de Sales Catholic Academy,

I hope everyone is enjoying the time off and having fun so far this summer. In just over six weeks St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy will continue the traditions of Saint Francis de Sales Parish School of opening its doors for the 109th year to over 620 students. Teachers will begin to come back next month to help make those hallways and classrooms begin to look spectacular. Most importantly the administration, faculty, and staff here at St. Francis look forward to greeting your children for that all-important first day of school.

 

We are so happy that we will be having all students returning for in-person learning for this next school year. We anticipate hearing from our superintendent’s office over the next two to three weeks in regard to final health directives in regards to September 2021.

 

Since our school year ended, we did say farewell to two teachers this summer. Both Ms. Suarez and Ms. Meittinis will be moving on from St. Francis de Sales. We wish both Ms. Suarez (NYC Department of Education-Teacher) and Ms. Meittinis (Campus Minister at The Mary Louis Academy) good luck in their future endeavors.  We look forward to introducing our new faculty members in our next update in two weeks.

 

As previously announced, the 2021-2022 school year will see the creation of an Academy Family Association. The mission of the Academy Family Association (AFA) is to support and enrich the academic, spiritual, and community programs of St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy. Mirroring the traditions and teachings of the Catholic faith, parents work in partnership with the school to ensure students have the very best in education. The goals of the AFA are to: Support the spiritual events and create opportunities to develop a strong and meaningful Christian community for students, families, faculty, and administration, Provide a vehicle of communication between parents and the school, Plan and coordinate fund-raising activities that support school programs, and offer interesting and informative programs that are relevant to students and the school community.

We are beginning the process of putting together a slate of candidates for the four officers of the AFA over the next month. The four positions are the 1) President, 2) Vice-President, 3) Secretary, and 4) Treasurer. For more information about each position and the AFA as a whole please click here. Please note to qualify for an officer your child(ren) must have attended St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy for at least one full school year. 

After taking a look at the roles and responsibilities, if any parent is interested in being considered to be a candidate for any of the above positions you are asked to email Dr. Scharbach at admin@stfrancisschoolbh.net with your name, grades your child(ren) are entering, and position you are considering no later than Friday, August 6th, 2021. Dr. Scharbach will be reaching out during the week of August 9th to explain the duties and determine the candidate’s willingness to serve. Please note the election of officers will take place at the various Back to School Nights in September 2021.

 

Some reminders as the calendar turn from July to August.

  • A list of tuition fees for the 2021-2022 school year can be found by clicking here. Tuition is due by the 15th of the month, August through May. 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 2021-2022 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. For those families that have an Invoice Payment Plan, each month, 20 days before your payment due date, FACTS will send you an email or mail invoice letting you know that your invoice is ready.  If you want to mail in a payment, you will need to log into their FACTS account and click on the Actions button and choose the Mail-In a Payment link.

 

  • 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/Just a reminder that all summer assignments are due when we return to school on September 8th and can be found by clicking here. The most important assignment is that of reading each night. The more your child reads and is read to, the more your child’s network of knowledge strengthens. It not only is “preparing them for the next grade,” but also improves their listening skills, builds early literacy skills, and strengthens their ability to make connections, draw conclusions, and better understand the world around them. Reading with a child each day is an investment for a lifetime.
  • We also shared that every student is expected to have all supplies as well as a school bag on the first day of school. This year we will be working with schooltoolbox.com 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 23rd 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: Bookbags

Kindergarten-Grade 8: Art Supplies

  • 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 flynnohara.com,or by phone at 718-326-2704. Just a reminder that next school year we will be back to dress uniform. For more information on uniforms please click here

We did hear that some families may have had an issue with getting a patch for the jumper (girls). If that is the case please contact the store and they will make sure that you get one for each jumper purchased, free of charge. Any issues please let the school know.

  • 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, AFA Board member, etc.).  For a list of upcoming sessions and information on how to register, log on to virtus.org. This training and background check must be completed prior to starting your volunteer service.
  • Finally, just a reminder to our incoming 8th graders that registration for the TACHS exam will begin on Monday, August 23rd. 

Our next update will be during the week of August 9th. In the update will be all of the Back to School Forms and Special Lunch order forms. Until then have a great few weeks.

Sincerely in Christ, 

Christopher Scharbach, Ed.D

Principal

Happy Summer 2021 (Summer Update #1)

Dear Families,                                                                                      

Summer is now upon us, and I am sure that each of you has 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 different yet wonderful year filled with great memories.

We want to thank you, parents, for your support and flexibility over the last 18 months. 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 over the last eight years. We look forward to opening our doors next year to about 630 students. The school year will officially begin Wednesday 9/8 for students in Grade 1 – Grade 8. Children in Kindergarten will begin on Friday 9/10 and children in the Nursery and Pre-K will begin on Monday 9/13.

 

It is with sadness that today we say farewell to Mrs. Christina Troia. Mrs. Troia will not be returning next school year. Mrs. Troia has worn many hats over the past few years from teaching 5/6 Science, to Nursery, and most recently Spanish. We will miss her yet we know we will see her from time to time as a substitute hopefully.

 

At this time, I am happy to announce three new faculty members for the 2021-2022 school year.

  1. Ms. Abigail Loughlin: Ms. Abigail Loughlin will be teaching Grade 1 next school year. Ms. Loughlin has recently been teaching Grade 4 in Our Lady of Fatima in Modesto, California. Ms. Loughlin will be moving to NY this summer where she will be living in community with The Sisters of St. Joseph at the Immaculate Conception Convent in Jamaica NY.
  2. Mr. Richard Diffendale: Mr. Richard Diffendale will be teaching Grade 6 SS and Science next school year. Mr. Diffendale prior to coming to St. Francis has taught Junior High for 12 years at St. Ephrem Catholic Academy and has recently been teaching Junior High SS in the St. Thomas Aquinas Distance Learning Program.
  3. Ms. Mollie Kulhmann: Ms. Kulhmann will be teaching Grade 2 next year. Ms. Kulhmann is an alumnus of St. Francis de Sales Parish School Class of 2013 and is a recent graduate of Delaware University.

Please join me in welcoming to St. Francis de Sales Ms. Loughlin, Mr. Diffendale, and Ms. Kulhmann.

 

Please also note the following grade changes in faculty next year.

1)   Mrs. Cronin will be moving down to teach Kindergarten for the 2021-2022 school year.

2)   Mrs. Gannon will be moving up to teach Grade 2 for the 2021-2022 school year.

3)   Mrs. Meittinis will be moving down to teach Grade 3 for the 2021-2022 school year.

 4) Our 5th and 6th grades will look a little different as well next year. Next year our 5th graders will have two core teachers. Mrs. Attanasio will be teaching 5th Grade ELA, Social Studies and Religion while Mrs. Norton will be teaching 5th Grade Math, Science, and Religion. Our 6th-grade team will be Mrs. Fountaine teaching 6th Grade Math and Religion, Ms. Re will be teaching 6th Grade ELA and Religion, and Mr.Diffendale will be teaching 6th Grade SS and Science.

 

A list of tuition fees for the 2021-2022 school year can be found by clicking here. Tuition is due by the 15th of the month, August through May. 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 2021-2022 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. For those families that have an Invoice Payment Plan, each month, 20 days before your payment due date, FACTS will send you an email or mail invoice letting you know that your invoice is ready.  If you want to mail in a payment, you will need to log into their FACTS account and click on the Actions button and choose the Mail-In a Payment link. You should have received an invite to set up a payment plan from FACTS in June of 2021. If you do not receive this invite please email Mrs. Marguerite Kazalski at mkazalski@stfrancisschoolbh.net

 

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/ Just a reminder that all summer assignments are due when we return to school on September 8th and can be found by clicking here. The most important assignment is that of reading each night. The more your child reads and is read to, the more your child’s network of knowledge strengthens. It not only is “preparing them for the next grade,” but also improves their listening skills, builds early literacy skills, and strengthens their ability to make connections, draw conclusions, and better understand the world around them. Reading with a child each day is an investment for a lifetime.

Recommended Amount of Reading Each Day

Grades PK and K: Read to a child each day/night

Grades 1-2: 20 minutes each day

Grades 3-4: 25 minutes each day

Grades 5-6: 30 minutes each day

Grades 7-8: More than 30 minutes each day

When looking at your summer schedules and trying to balance it all, please remember to make reading a priority.

 

We also shared that every student is expected to have all supplies as well as a school bag on the first day of school. This year we will be working with schooltoolbox.com 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 23rd 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: Bookbags

Kindergarten-Grade 8: Art Supplies

 

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. Just a reminder that next school year we will be back to dress uniform. For more information on uniforms please click here

 

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 and background check must be completed prior to starting your volunteer service.

 

Finally just a reminder to our incoming 8th graders that registration for the TACHS exam will begin on Monday, August 23rd. 

 

I hope we all return in September with new energy and with renewed commitments to this very special Academy. We look forward to hearing about your summers and pray that each of us, our families, and friends are held closely by God for good health and peace. Please stay tuned for another update around July 19th.

 

Sincerely in Christ, 

Christopher Scharbach, Ed.D

Principal

SFDS Week of June 21st 2021 (Last Week of School)

Dear Academy Families, 

 

In this Sunday’s Gospel we hear, The wind ceased and there was a great calm. Then he asked them, “Why are you terrified? Do you not yet have faith? (Mk 4:35-41)

This passage describes the fear of the disciples during a tumultuous storm. In a panic, they wake Jesus and ask why he is not worried or afraid. Jesus offers strength, guidance, and calm. He sets the seas at peace and reminds the disciples they should have had faith all along. Jesus’ presence in this passage calls to mind the way in which a father guides a child, with strength and calm.

 

Fathers and father figures have the ability not only to quiet the “storm” but to serve as a model for faith. As we celebrate Father’s Day, we should call to mind the father figures who had led us through various storms and have been a beacon of faith. These men are extensions of Jesus in our daily lives.

 

Happy Father’s Day to all the Fathers, Grandfathers, Godfathers, Uncles, and special men in all of our academy family.

 

The long-awaited last day of school is fast approaching! The 2020-2021 school year is drawing to a close, and what a memorable one it was. We are so happy that overall we were able to stay open in this period of uncertainty and look forward to the 2021-2022 school year being one of the best “normal” school years. 

 

Thank you as always 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 2021 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.

 

Finally, it is with sadness that we say farewell to Mrs. Christina Troia who will be leaving St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy in August 2021.  Mrs. Troia has worn many hats over the past few years to educate your children.  While I am saddened to see her leave, we wish her well in her future and hope to see her as a substitute teacher in the 2021-2022 school year. 

 

Now onto the week of June 21st here at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy. 

 

Kindergarten Step Ups: The Kindergarten students will be stepping up to the 1st grade this Monday. Please follow the directives given by your child’s teacher for this special day. Please note that step up is the last day of school for your child. Your child’s report card will be posted on Option C by 3 pm on the day of their step up.   

 

Last Week of School Calendar: The last few days of school have Step-Ups, End of Year School Masses, and ½ days. Please see below a detailed list of all the items on the calendar. 

 

Monday 6/21

  • Dress Down Day for Grades 1-7 (Wear Orange for Kidney Cancer Awareness)
  • Kindergarten A Step Up: 10am-11am in SFDS Church
  • Kindergarten B Step Up: 12pm-1pm in SFDS Church
  • 7pm Meeting to discuss fundraising  and the Academy Family Association for the 2021-2022 School Year

Tuesday 6/22

  • ½ Day dismissal: All grades 1-7 will be dismissed at 12 pm
  • Brooklyn Cyclones Night: All those who bought tickets will be cheering on the Brooklyn Cyclones at 6:30 pm in Coney Island

Wednesday 6/23

  • ½ Day dismissal: All grades 1-7 will be dismissed at 12 pm
  • Integrated Algebra Regents: Those 8th-grade students who are taking the Integrated Algebra exam should come to school at 8am
  • End of the School Year Mass for Grades 1-4 at 11 am- Please note that we can still not have visitors for these school masses.

Thursday 6/24

  • Last Day of School
  • 11 am dismissal: All grades 1-7 will be dismissed at 11 am
  • Report Card Distribution: All Report Cards will be posted on Option C at 11 am for Grades 1-7. Any issues please contact the teacher at their email address by Friday 6/25. 
  • Earth Science Regents: Those 8th-grade students who are taking the Earth Science Regents exam should come to school at 8 am
  • End of the School Year Mass for Grades 5-7 at 10 am- Please note that we can still not have visitors for these school masses.

 

Conversation with the Administration: Join us this Monday at 7 pm for a meeting to overview various fundraising opportunities for the 2021-2022 school year. There will also be an overview of the Academy Family Association that we plan to kick off in the Fall of 2021. An overview of its purpose, committees and the procedure to elect an executive board will be explained. 

 

Chris Scharbach is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: 2021-2022 Fundraising and Academy Family Association Meeting
Time: Jun 21, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84189120358?pwd=allnMisvM2RDUVgwaXV0S3NidUFSQT09

Meeting ID: 841 8912 0358
Passcode: SFDS2021

 

2021-2022 School Year: As we come to the end of this school year we begin to share information about the upcoming 2021-2022 school year. On our website, there is a landing page for all information about the next school year (Calendar, tuition,  supply lists, yellow bus, uniform, etc.) In the coming days, this landing page will be updated to include information on summer assignments, and the first days of school. 

 

2021-2022 School Supplies 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 23rd 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.

 

After School: We are happy to announce that starting September of 2021 the After School Program will be back up and running. The goal of the After School Program is to provide a safe, nurturing, fun environment for your children who need care after the regular school day. On most days the program will include time for play, snack, homework help, and an activity for the day (arts & crafts, board games, etc.).

It will be in session Monday through Thursday on most days when school is in session and will be staffed by members of the faculty assisted by 6th, 7th & 8th Grade students. Children in Grades PreK-6 may attend. After school is not in session on 1/2 day dismissals. For more information please click below. 

After School Handbook

After School Information for 2021-2022

After School Registration Form for 2021-2022

 

2021-2022 Yellow School Bus: Please fill out the following form if you are a parent of a new student, a returning Kindergarten student, or a student who needs to take the NYC Yellow Bus for the first time next school year.

Bus Request Form for the 2021-2022 School Year

All bussing questions can be directed to Mrs. Kenny at ckenny@stfrancisschoolbh.net

 

I-Ready End of the Year Diagnostic Test Results: Last week, your child’s i-Ready results from the 2021 Spring Diagnostic Assessment were shared with you. 

i-Ready diagnostic assessments are computer-based assessments that adjust to each child’s mathematics and reading ability levels.  If your child took an i-Ready diagnostic assessment this school year, this end-of-year check will start with content based on those prior results and adapt from there.  As your child answers each question, the test adapts based upon your child’s responses.  The questions become easier if the answers are incorrect and get more challenging as correct answers are provided.  Students will see challenging questions.  By finding what students can do, and not do yet, the system is able to provide a more accurate description of your child’s instructional level. This type of assessment individualizes every testing experience so that it more accurately measures your child’s ability.  

The assessment data is to help understand where your child is in relation to grade-level standards, provide for practice and assignments at your child’s academic level, and monitor academic growth this school year. 

i-Ready will remain available to students through August 20th, 2021.  Students and families can decide if they would like to continue to use the MyPath lessons in i-Ready this summer. 

If you choose to continue to use i-Ready in the summer the recommendation is for students to complete up to one lesson per week in reading and/or math again this summer work is highly recommended to be done.

In August of 2021, the school needs to roll over the i-Ready system and roster students for the upcoming school year.  At this time, students will no longer be able to log in.  This is a function of the system as we set up rosters for the next academic year.  Once the school year begins and the fall diagnostic assessment is administered each student’s MyPath will be re-established.

 

Uniforms: As mentioned in the past the 2021-2022 school year will have our students in a more traditional dress uniform. Of course it is early yet for those families looking to begin to order uniforms for next here, please click here.  It is recommended that all orders are placed no later than August 1st 2021 to make sure that uniforms are delivered for the first day of school. 

 

2021-2022 School Year Volunteering: We anticipate that parent/family volunteers will be allowed once again in our building on a more consistent basis in the next school year.For the safety and well being of each and every child in our school, all volunteers must go through the following process:

1) Read and sign a code of conduct

2) Have a background check

3) Take part in the VIRTUS program. (Register at virtusonline.org. Download the registration guide.)

After completing the VIRTUS Program we ask that you please bring to the office a copy of your certificate for us to keep track of in our database. We hope that this is not an inconvenience for anyone, but we need to be sure that all adults who interact with students are in compliance.

Have a great week and a wonderful end of the school year.

SFDS Week of June 14th 2021

Dear Academy Families, 

 

In this Sunday’s reading, we hear. We are ambassadors for Christ as if God were appealing through us. (2 Cor 5:14-21)

 

This Sunday’s reading reminds us of our role as ambassadors. When we are baptized in the faith, we are not simply asked to practice it in isolation. Faith is meant to be shared. The simplest route is to share the faith with like-minded individuals. To be true ambassadors, however, we must carry the faith into the world and allow everyone to experience the knowledge and love of Christ. This will look different for each person. To be an ambassador of Christ can mean sharing His words or living through His actions. We are each called in different ways to bring Christ to the World. 

 

Catholic education prepares students to carry the faith into adulthood (statistically more likely to be practicing Catholic, raise a family in the faith, volunteer, become involved in the community). As we think about the graduating class of 2021, it is full of hope to send the graduates to their next adventure having taught them to be ambassadors of Christ. We believe they will shine the light of Christ as they begin the next chapter.

 

Just a reminder that last weekend the dispensation from attending mass that has been in effect since March 2020 has been lifted. Although live streaming of the mass will still be in effect, a dispensation is only for those who are ill, feel sick, care for the sick, and those most at risk. 

 

Now onto the week of June 14th here at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy. 

 

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 2021 who will be graduating next Friday 6/18 at 6 pm from St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy. We wish them all the best as they move into the next chapter of their lives.

 

Step-Up Ceremonies: This week our Nursery (Wednesday 6/16)  and Pre-K (Thursday 6/17) students will be wowing us all in their Step Up Ceremonies in the church. Please follow the directives given by your child’s teacher for this special day. Please note that step up is the last day of school for your child. In Nursery your child’s Progress report will be in the envelope that is given at Step Up. In Pre-K your child’s report card will be posted on Option C by 3 pm of the day of their step up.   

 

Last Week of School Calendar: The Last few days of school have Graduations, Step-Ups, and ½ days. Please see below a detailed list of all the items on the calendar. 

 

Friday 6/18

  • ½ Day dismissal: All grades K-7 will be dismissed at 12 pm
  • Class of 2021 Graduation: The Class of 2021 will be graduating from St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy at 6 pm. All are welcome to watch on the dedicated live stream available on our website and our school Facebook page. 

 

Monday 6/21

  • Dress Down Day for Grades 1-7 (Wear Orange for Kidney Cancer Awareness)
  • Kindergarten A Step Up: 10am-11am in SFDS Church
  • Kindergarten B Step Up: 12pm-1pm in SFDS Church

 

Tuesday 6/22

  • ½ Day dismissal: All grades 1-7 will be dismissed at 12 pm
  • Brooklyn Cyclones Night: All those who bought tickets will be cheering on the Brooklyn Cyclones at 6:30 pm in Coney Island

 

Wednesday 6/23

  • ½ Day dismissal: All grades 1-7 will be dismissed at 12 pm
  • Integrated Algebra Regents: Those 8th-grade students who are taking the Integrated Algebra exam should come to school at 8 am
  • End of the School Year Mass for Grades 1-4 at 11 am- Please note that we can still not have visitors for these school masses.

 

Thursday 6/24

  • Last Day of School
  • 11 am dismissal: All grades 1-7 will be dismissed at 11 am
  • Report Card Distribution: All Report Cards will be posted on Option C at 11 am for Grades 1-7. Any issues please contact the teacher at their email address by Friday 6/25. 
  • Earth Science Regents: Those 8th-grade students who are taking the Earth Science Regents exam should come to school at 8 am
  • End of the School Year Mass for Grades 5-7 at 10 am- Please note that we can still not have visitors for these school masses.

 

2021-2022 School Year: As we come to the end of this school year we begin to share information about the upcoming 2021-2022 school year. On our website, there is a landing page for all information about the next school year (Calendar, tuition,  supply lists, yellow bus, uniform, etc.) In the coming weeks, this landing page will be updated to include information on summer assignments, and the first days of school. 

 

2021-2022 School Supplies Sale: In a few weeks we will be sending out information about summer assignments and school supplies for the next school year. 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 23rd 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.

 

                                                                                                                                                                  

I-Ready End of the Year Diagnostic Test (Week of 6/1): Early next week, your child’s i-Ready results from the 2021 Spring Diagnostic Assessment will be shared with you. 

i-Ready diagnostic assessments are computer-based assessments that adjust to each child’s mathematics and reading ability levels.  If your child took an i-Ready diagnostic assessment this school year, this end-of-year check will start with content based on those prior results and adapt from there.  As your child answers each question, the test adapts based upon your child’s responses.  The questions become easier if the answers are incorrect and get more challenging as correct answers are provided.  Students will see challenging questions.  By finding what students can do, and not do yet, the system is able to provide a more accurate description of your child’s instructional level. This type of assessment individualizes every testing experience so that it more accurately measures your child’s ability.  

The assessment data is to help understand where your child is in relation to grade-level standards, provide for practice and assignments at your child’s academic level, and monitor academic growth this school year. 

i-Ready will remain available to students through August 20th, 2021.  Students and families can decide if they would like to continue to use the MyPath lessons in i-Ready this summer. 

If you choose to continue to use i-Ready in the summer the recommendation is for students to complete up to one lesson per week in reading and/or math again this summer work is highly recommended to be done.

In August of 2021, the school needs to roll over the i-Ready system and roster students for the upcoming school year.  At this time, students will no longer be able to log in.  This is a function of the system as we set up rosters for the next academic year.  Once the school year begins and the fall diagnostic assessment is administered each student’s MyPath will be re-established.

5th- 7th Grade Finals: Finals continue early next week for Grade 5-7. Please be sure that students in 5th-7th grade do not wait until the night before to begin to study and put in the effort that is needed for these exams. 

 

Uniforms: As mentioned in the past the 2021-2022 school year will have our students in a more traditional dress uniform. Of course, it is early yet for those families looking to begin to order uniforms for next here, please click here.  It is recommended that all orders are placed no later than August 1st, 2021 to make sure that uniforms are delivered for the first day of school. 

 

Class Placement: Myself, Mrs. Faughan, 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. 

 

2021-2022 School Year Volunteering: We anticipate that parent/family volunteers will be allowed once again in our building on a more consistent basis in the next school year.For the safety and well being of each and every child in our school, all volunteers must go through the following process:

1) Read and sign a code of conduct

2) Have a background check

3) Take part in the VIRTUS program. (Register at virtusonline.org. Download the registration guide.)

After completing the VIRTUS Program we ask that you please bring to the office a copy of your certificate for us to keep track of in our database. We hope that this is not an inconvenience for anyone, but we need to be sure that all adults who interact with students are in compliance.

Have a great week. Be safe and stay healthy. 

SFDS Week of June 7th 2021

Dear Academy Families, 

 

In this Sunday’s Gospel, we hear “Take it; this is my body.” Then he took a cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them, and they all drank from it. He said to them, “This is my blood of the covenant, which will be shed for many. Mk 14:12-16, 22-26

 

As Catholics, we have the unique opportunity to receive the Eucharist, consecrated as the body and blood of Christ. Each mass focuses our attention on the Eucharist and the presence of Christ. This feast remembers the meal shared on Holy Thursday, but the mood is much more joyful as we focus on the gift of the Eucharist versus the coming death of Jesus. We are also reminded, through the Eucharist, that we are “one Body” in the Church of Christ. We are unified in the Communion of Christ to other believers as well as to Christ Himself. Our participation in this sacrament invites the Trinity to live within us. It also serves as a reminder of Jesus’ redemptive actions to save us from sin and how we must participate in it.

 

The Eucharist is at the center of our Mass and the idea of “communion” conveys our connection to each other in our faith as well as connection to Jesus. While many families attend Mass and receive the Eucharist, students in our school are fortunate to partake in the Eucharist as a school community. This experience with the Eucharist is incredibly important as it strengthens student’s connection with Christ and with each other.

 

Just a reminder that this weekend the dispensation from attending mass that has been in effect since March 2020 has been lifted. Although live streaming of the mass will still be in effect, a dispensation is only for those who are ill, feel sick, care for the sick, and those most at risk. 

 

Now onto the week of June 7th here at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy. 

 

Graduation Mass: On Friday, June 4th, the 8th grade will kick off their final graduation exercises with a Mass of Thanksgiving at 6 pm.  A separate email was sent to 8th-grade families with all final details as well.  Please feel free to be in touch with any questions. All other school families please feel free to watch the Livestream of the mass on 6/4/21 at 6 pm by clicking here.  

 

4th and 8th Grade NY State Science Exam: On Monday, June 7th, 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. Good luck. 

 

Tablet Fundraiser: As posted earlier this week on Facebook a special thanks to all who helped us reach our goal of 75% of families selling subscriptions to “The Tablet.” We sold 262 subscriptions of The Tablet, which helped us raise $4,310 for our school. There has been so much made about the media over the last few years, and it is excellent for our students and their families to know that there are outlets such as The Tablet. Last summer, Pope Francis was quoted as saying, “We need media that can help people, especially the young, to distinguish good from evil, to develop sound judgments based on a clear and unbiased presentation of the facts, and to understand the importance of working for justice, social concord and respect for our common home.” It is significant our school families have access to this type of media via The Tablet. 

 

Virtual Art Show: Please if you have yet to do so take a look at this year’s Once Upon an Art Show. There are three videos for you to enjoy. A special thank you to Ms. Mangano for continuing to foster a love of the arts in our students.

 

Outdoor Movie Night: Thanks to all the families that signed up for next week’s Movie Night for Toy Story 4. Just a reminder that next Friday 6/11 at 8:15 pm is the showing of Toy Story 4. We currently have reached capacity for the event and will be confirmed with families that signed up their intent to attend early next week.  Just a reminder that there is a $5.00 admission fee per person collected at the gate; Snacks will be sold. An adult must be present for each student for the duration of the movie. Please bring a beach chair or blanket to sit on. All NY State Health Guidelines will be followed.

 

Brooklyn Cyclone Night: On Tuesday, June 22nd, Saint Francis de Sales Catholic Academy is planning a School Spirit Night fundraiser at Maimonides Park, Home of Brooklyn Cyclones Baseball.   Come to historic Coney Island to see The Brooklyn Cyclones take on The Jersey Shore Blueclaws. The game starts at 6:30 p.m.

Please see the attached flyer for full details.  If you would like to attend, send the cut-off at the bottom of the flyer with your payment to the school office.  

Please click here to read more about the Brooklyn Cyclones COVID-19 guidelines. Please note that this is an outside organization and their requirements supersede any St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy or Diocese of Brooklyn guidelines.

ALL ORDERS MUST BE RECEIVED BY MONDAY, June 7th- No later as the order is going in that morning.

This night will be a great way to celebrate the start of summer with family and friends.  Come join the fun.

 

2021-2022 School Year: As we come to the end of this school year we begin to share information about the upcoming 2021-2022 school year. On our website, there is a landing page for all information about the next school year (Calendar, tuition,  yellow bus, uniform, etc.) In the coming weeks, this landing page will be updated to include information on Supply Lists, summer assignments, and the first days of school. 

                                                                                                                                                                  

I-Ready End of the Year Diagnostic Test (Week of 6/1): All students in Kindergarten-7th grade will be finishing the third round of the diagnostic test during the week of June 7th. Students will complete both the i-Ready Math Diagnostic and the Reading i-Ready Diagnostic. This will be the third and final time that the students are taking the diagnostic test and we look forward to sharing their results and your child’s growth with you once we have completed the test for all students. 

 

5th- 7th Grade Finals: Starting on Tuesday, June 8th Finals begin for Grade 5-7. Please be sure that students in 5th-7th grade do not wait until the night before to begin to study and put in the effort that is needed for these exams. 

 

Bagel Day: Just a reminder that this Monday (6/7) is a bagel day for Grades 1-4 only and is our last bagel day of the school year. We look forward to next school year continuing our Bagel Mondays and our Pizza Thursday/Fridays along with our monthly chicken finger days. Stay tuned this summer for more information. 

 

Uniforms: As mentioned in the past the 2021-2022 school year will have our students in a more traditional dress uniform. Of course, it is early yet for those families looking to begin to order uniforms for next here, please click here.  It is recommended that all orders are placed no later than August 1st 2021 to make sure that uniforms are delivered for the first day of school. 

 

Class Placement: Myself, Mrs. Faughan, 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. 

 

2021-2022 School Year Volunteering: We anticipate that parent/family volunteers will be allowed once again in our building on a more consistent basis in the next school year.For the safety and well being of each and every child in our school, all volunteers must go through the following process:

1) Read and sign a code of conduct

2) Have a background check

3) Take part in the VIRTUS program. (Register at virtusonline.org. Download the registration guide.)

After completing the VIRTUS Program we ask that you please bring to the office a copy of your certificate for us to keep track of in our database. We hope that this is not an inconvenience for anyone, but we need to be sure that all adults who interact with students are in compliance.

Have a great week. Be safe and stay healthy.

SFDS Week of June 1st 2021

Dear Academy 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. 

 

In this Sunday’s Gospel we hear, Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.” (Mt 28:16-20

 

Sunday’s passage highlights the significance of the celebration of the Trinity. In our Baptism, we are united through the healing waters to the Trinity. God is always with us through the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The Trinity is one of the fundamental beliefs of Catholicism. While Sunday is the Solemnity of the Holy Trinity, consider how often we are reminded of the three entities (in the Creed, prayers throughout the school day, and of course, the sign of the cross.

 

Now onto the week of June 1st here at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy. 

 

I-Ready End of the Year Diagnostic Test (Week of 6/1): All students in Kindergarten-7th grade will be taking the third round of the diagnostic test during the week of June 1st. Students will complete both the i-Ready Math Diagnostic and the Reading i-Ready Diagnostic. This will be the third and final time that the students are taking the diagnostic test and we look forward to sharing their results and your child’s growth with you once we have completed the test for all students.

 

Learn more about i-Ready by watching this video!

 

Graduation Mass: On Friday, June 4h, the 8th grade will kick off their final graduation exercises with a Mass of Thanksgiving at 6 pm.  A separate email was sent to 8th-grade families with all final details as well.  Please feel free to be in touch with any questions. All other school families please feel free to watch the live stream of the mass on 6/4/21 at 6 pm from our school website. 

 

Ring Night: The Class of 2022 (7th graders) will receive their class rings and pins in St. Francis de Sales Church on Tuesday 6/1 at 7 pm. A small reception will follow in the schoolyard. All 7th graders are asked to report to the Gym at 6:45 pm.  

 

Family Survey: Thanks to all who participated in this year’s Family Survey. We had a participation level of 41%. We appreciate the feedback as we continue to grow as a school community. To see the results of this year’s survey please click here.

 

Brooklyn Cyclone Night: On Tuesday, June 22nd, Saint Francis de Sales Catholic Academy is planning a School Spirit Night fundraiser at Maimonides Park, Home of Brooklyn Cyclones Baseball.   Come to historic Coney Island to see The Brooklyn Cyclones take on The Jersey Shore Blueclaws. The game starts at 6:30 p.m.

Please click here for full details.  If you would like to attend, send the cut-off at the bottom of the flyer with your payment to the school office.  

Please click here to read more about the Brooklyn Cyclones COVID-19 guidelines. Please note that this is an outside organization and their requirements supersede any St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy or Diocese of Brooklyn guidelines.

ALL ORDERS MUST BE RECEIVED BY FRIDAY, June 4th

This night will be a great way to celebrate the start of summer with family and friends.  Come join the fun.

 

2021-2022 School Year: As we come to the end of this school year we begin to share information about the upcoming 2021-2022 school year. On our website, there is a landing page for all information about the next school year (Calendar, tuition,  yellow bus, uniform, etc.) In the coming weeks, this landing page will be updated to include information on Supply Lists, summer assignments, and the first days of school. 

                                                                                                                                                                

5th- 8th Grade Finals: Just a reminder to the Class of 2021 that Finals continue this week for Grade 8. Please be sure that the 8th-grade students put in the effort that is needed to do well on these exams.  Starting on Tuesday June 8th Finals begin for Grade 5-7. Please be sure that students in 5th-7th grade do not wait until the night before to begin to study for these exams. 

 

Records for Next Year:  If any child is transferring from St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy for the 2021-2022 school year, most likely their records will need to be sent to their new school. Please request that as soon as possible yet no later than the end of May as many schools are closed for the summer and ask for that information before we break for summer.  

 

Bagel Day: Just a reminder that next Monday (6/7) is a bagel day for Grades 1-4 only and is our last bagel day of the school year. We look forward to next school year continuing our Bagel Mondays and our Pizza Thursday/Fridays along with our monthly chicken finger days. Stay tuned this summer for more information. 

 

Uniforms: As mentioned in the past the 2021-2022 school year will have our students in a more traditional dress uniform. Of course, it is early yet for those families looking to begin to order uniforms for next here, please click here.  It is recommended that all orders are placed no later than August 1st 2021 to make sure that uniforms are delivered for the first day of school. 

 

2021-2022 School Year Volunteering: We anticipate that parent/family volunteers will be allowed once again in our building on a more consistent basis in the next school year.For the safety and well being of each and every child in our school, all volunteers must go through the following process:

1) Read and sign a code of conduct

2) Have a background check

3) Take part in the VIRTUS program. (Register at virtusonline.org. Download the registration guide.)

After completing the VIRTUS Program we ask that you please bring to the office a copy of your certificate for us to keep track of in our database. We hope that this is not an inconvenience for anyone, but we need to be sure that all adults who interact with students are in compliance.

Have a great week. Be safe and stay healthy.  

Brooklyn Cyclones Night- June 22nd 2021 @6:30pm

On Tuesday, June 22nd, Saint Francis de Sales Catholic Academy is planning a School Spirit Night fundraiser at Maimonides Park, Home of Brooklyn Cyclones Baseball.   Come to historic Coney Island to see The Brooklyn Cyclones take on The Jersey Shore Blueclaws. The game starts at 6:30 p.m.

Please see the attached flyer for full details.  If you would like to attend, send the cut-off at the bottom of the flyer with your payment to the school office.  

Please click here to read more about the Brooklyn Cyclones COVID-19 guidelines. Please note that this is an outside organization and their requirements supersede any St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy or Diocese of Brooklyn guidelines.

ALL ORDERS MUST BE RECEIVED BY MONDAY, June 7th

This night will be a great way to celebrate the start of summer with family and friends.  Come join the fun.

SFDS Week of May 24th 2021

Dear Academy Families, 

 

As we begin to come into the final weeks of the 2020-2021 school year we know we have so much to look forward to in the final month. We look forward to our Class of 2021 Graduation, Early Childhood Step Up ceremonies, May Crowning, and Ring Night just to name a few. 

 

Next week we look forward to sharing some of our students’ artwork through a Virtual Art Show. We hope that all families will take some time to watch the presentation when it premieres on Tuesday June 1st.

 

In this Sunday’s Psalm, we hear Lord, send out your Spirit, and renew the face of the earth. 

Pentecost Sunday is a time of great hope in our faith. We remember the Disciples who are filled with the gifts of the Holy Spirit and sent into the world in Jesus’ name. Pentecost reminds us that we are all able to receive the gifts of the Holy Spirit if we are open in our faith to the possibility. The disciples were regular people. They made mistakes, lost faith, and even lost hope after the death of Jesus yet in this great moment, they were transformed. The gifts of the Holy Spirit are not given only to the saintly. They are given to ordinary men and women through Baptism and Confirmation. We all can embrace the gifts of the Holy Spirit that are given to us each day at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy. 

 

Now onto the week of May 24th here at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy. 

 

2021-2022 School Year: As we come to the end of this school year we begin to share information about the upcoming 2021-2022 school year. On our website, there is a landing page for all information about the next school year (Calendar, tuition,  yellow bus, uniform, etc.) In the coming weeks, this landing page will be updated to include information on Supply Lists, summer assignments, and the first days of school. 

 

Family Survey: In an effort to improve system practices, Saint Francis de Sales Catholic Academy is conducting a Family Survey.  We value your opinion and ask that you take the time to complete this survey. This survey is similar to the survey that was given last year before we had to switch to remote learning.  

In order to complete the survey, please go to: http://www.advanc-ed.org/survey/public/6103633

Please be assured that your responses to this survey will be anonymous.  Your honest opinion is appreciated. Thank you for your time and attention to this matter. Just a reminder that this survey will close on Monday 5/24. 

 

 

First Communion and May Crowning: Congratulations and God bless to those scheduled to receive First Holy Communion on Saturday, May 22, 2021, at 1:00 pm. 

Just a reminder that St. Francis de Sales Parish will be having a May Crowning on Sunday 5/23 at the 10 am Mass. They would love to see those children who received Holy Communion sit in the reserved section in the front of church. We all should  be thankful for the guidance of the Blessed Mother over this past year and honor her by crowning her. The children in attendance will be asked to participate in the procession, wearing their communion outfits is encouraged, but not mandatory. 

Finally, this Tuesday 5/25 at 1:30 pm is the academy’s annual May Crowning at 1:30 pm being led by our second graders. Just a reminder to all second-grade families that only two guests can attend this special prayer service. Everyone else is invited to tune into the live stream on our school website and Facebook. 

                                                                                                                                                                   

 

Outdoor Movie Night: Thanks to all the families that signed up for next week’s Movie Night for Toy Story 4. We currently have reached capacity and are now creating a waitlist. To put your family on the waitlist please click here. 

Just a reminder that there is a $5.00 admission fee per person collected at the gate; Snacks will be sold.

All those families that RSVP’ed will be emailed on Wednesday 5/26 to confirm that you are still attending. At that time those families on the waitlist will be reached out to if room allows. 

An adult must be present for each student for the duration of the movie. Please bring a beach chair or blanket to sit on. All NY State Health Guidelines will be followed.

 

 

Dress Down Day: On Friday, May 28th we are having a Dress Down Day. It is $1 or a Donation to help two SFDS Alumni Robert Shaw and Jamie Franchock from the Class of 2019. They are off to Tennessee to build homes and support those in need and their families through the Companions of St. Francis Xavier Service and Immersion Program (CFX) Red, White, and Blue is the Dress Down Theme. We thank you in advance for your generosity! Robert and Jamie (Class of 2023) will be attending the CFX service trip to Tennessee with Xavier High School in August.

 

 

8th Grade Finals: Just a reminder to the Class of 2021 that next Thursday will begin Finals for Grade 8. Please be sure that the 8th-grade students put in the effort that is needed to do well on these exams.  

 

 

Records for Next Year:  If any child is transferring from St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy for the 2021-2022 school year, most likely their records will need to be sent to their new school. Please request that as soon as possible yet no later than the end of May as many schools are closed for the summer and ask for that information before we break for summer.  

 

 

Bagel Day: Just a reminder that this upcoming Monday is a bagel day for Grades 1-4 only. Grades 5-8 Bagel Day are finished for the year. We will still have one more bagel day on Monday 6/7 for Grades 1-4. We look forward to next school year continuing our Bagel Mondays and our Pizza Thursday/Fridays along with our monthly chicken finger days. Stay tuned this summer for more information. 

 

 

Uniforms: As mentioned in the past the 2021-2022 school year will have our students in a more traditional dress uniform. Of course, it is early yet for those families looking to begin to order uniforms for next here, please click here.  It is recommended that all orders are placed no later than August 1st 2021 to make sure that uniforms are delivered for the first day of school. 

 

2021-2022 School Year Volunteering: We anticipate that parent/family volunteers will be allowed once again in our building on a more consistent basis in the next school year.For the safety and well being of each and every child in our school, all volunteers must go through the following process:

1) Read and sign a code of conduct

2) Have a background check

3) Take part in the VIRTUS program. (Register at virtusonline.org. Download the registration guide.)

After completing the VIRTUS Program we ask that you please bring to the office a copy of your certificate for us to keep track of in our database. We hope that this is not an inconvenience for anyone, but we need to be sure that all adults who interact with students are in compliance.

 

 

Financial Aid for the 2021-2022 School Year: Futures in Education is proud to administer several scholarship programs, providing partial tuition assistance for families demonstrating financial need, and who meet eligibility requirements, to attend a Catholic academy or school in Brooklyn or Queens. To apply or get more information please click here. Just a reminder that the deadline for returning families who received an award in the previous academic year has passed. The deadline for new families (students who did not receive an award in the previous academic year) is May 31st. Applications will continue to be accepted beyond the deadline; those who have a completed application by May 31st will receive priority.

We are excited to share that awarding has started for returning families with completed applications. New families will begin to receive decision notifications as of June 1st, on a rolling basis until funding is exhausted.

Applications will only be considered completed when all required supporting documents have been submitted.  Awards will begin with applications that were completed by the deadline and will continue on a rolling basis as available funding allows.

 

Have a great week. Be safe and stay healthy.  

SFDS Week of May 17th 2021

Dear Academy Families, 

 

Congratulations to the Blue team. Although different it was great to see the kids have a great time in the schoolyard for Blue and Gold Day and keep that tradition alive. Thanks again to Mr. Neiswenter for making it happen. 

 

On Thursday we celebrated the Solemnity of the Ascension of Jesus to Heaven. “Jesus said to his disciples: “Go into the whole world and proclaim the gospel to every creature. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved…But they went forth and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the word through accompanying signs.”There is a misconception that this is a sad time as He is leaving the earthly world, but it is a joyful time as we celebrate His triumph over death and return to the Father.

 

Jesus tells the disciples that the Holy Spirit will come upon them to baptize them, allowing them to fully proclaim the Word of God. The Gospel leaves us with an important message about the disciples’ purpose. The disciples were tasked to go into the world and share the Gospel with everyone; “every creature.” Jesus does not tell the disciples that His words only apply to some, He wants to everyone to have the opportunity to hear His words. The Gospel reading demonstrates the need to evangelize not only to Baptized individuals but to all so that they might have the knowledge of Christ to be baptized.

 

Catholic Schools welcome students of all faiths and cultures and we believe that everyone should have the experience of knowing and loving Christ whether they are baptized or not in the hope that unbaptized students will one day join us in the faith. Like the early disciples, we are blessed with teachers who seek to spread the message of the Gospel to all students. As we come to the end of the Easter season let us give thanks for the gift of a Catholic education. 

 

Now onto the week of May 17th here at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy. 

 

State of the Academy: Thank you again to the over 100 attendees who came to our annual State of the Academy on Tuesday night. Just a reminder that we did send out a recording of the meeting on Wednesday morning that will be available to watch until Tuesday 5/18. To see the PowerPoint presentation from Tuesday night please click here

 

Family Survey: In an effort to improve system practices, Saint Francis de Sales Catholic Academy is conducting a Family Survey.  We value your opinion and ask that you take the time to complete this survey. This survey is similar to the survey that was given last year before we had to switch to remote learning.  

 

In order to complete the survey, please go to: http://www.advanc-ed.org/survey/public/6103633

 

Please be assured that your responses to this survey will be anonymous.  Your honest opinion is appreciated. Thank you for your time and attention to this matter.

 

Altar Servers: Last weekend the Diocesan Guidelines once again allowed for Altar Servers to serve. We were so happy to have some of our students serve last weekend’s First Communion and this week’s Holy Day. Father Jim from St. Francis de Sales Parish is beginning to ask students in Grades 4-7 if they would like to be trained to be an altar server for the next school year. If your child would like to be apart of this ministry please send a note into your child’s homeroom teacher or email Mrs. Endall at hendall@stfrancisschoolbh.net no later than Tuesday 5/18. Father Jim will be in touch about a training schedule soon after. Current altar servers will be contacted soon about a summer schedule of Sunday masses. 

 

First Communion and May Crowning: Congratulations and God bless to those children who received First Holy Communion the last two weekends. Those second graders scheduled to receive First Holy Communion on Saturday, May 22, 2021  at 1:00pm have practice on Tuesday May 18, 2021 at 3:30-4:30 pm in church. Please bring your child’s banner to practice. 

 

St. Francis de Sales Parish will be having a May Crowning on Sunday 5/23 at the 10 am Mass. They would love to see those children who received Holy Communion sit in the reserved section in the front of church. We all should be thankful for the guidance of the Blessed Mother over this past year and honor her by crowning her. The children in attendance will be asked to participate in the procession, wearing their communion outfits is encouraged, but not mandatory. 

 

Finally, next Tuesday 5/25 at 1:30pm is the academy’s annual May Crowning at 1:30pm being led by our second graders. Just a reminder to all second-grade families that only two guests can attend this special prayer service. Everyone else is invited to tune into the live stream on our school website and Facebook. 

 

Dress Down Day: On Friday, May 28th we are having a Dress Down Day. It is $1 or a Donation to help two SFDS Alumni

Robert Shaw and Jamie Franchock from the Class of 2019. They are off to Tennessee to build homes and support those in need and their families through the Companions of St. Francis Xavier Service and Immersion Program (CFX)

Red, White, and Blue is the Dress Down Theme. We thank you in advance for your generosity! Robert and Jamie (Class of 2023) will be attending the CFX service trip to Tennessee with Xavier High School in August.

 

Records for Next Year:  If any child is transferring from St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy for the 2021-2022 school year, most likely their records will need to be sent to their new school. Please request that as soon as possible yet no later than the end of May as many schools are closed for the summer and ask for that information before we break for summer.  

 

Tuition: Just a reminder that this week on Monday 5/17 the final tuition payment is due for the 2020-2021 school year.  We do ask that all tuition arrears are settled over the next few weeks. We will continue the payment schedule of tuition for the 2021-2022 school year from August 2021-May 2022. Any tuition questions please contact our bookkeeper Marguerite Kazalski at mkazalski@stfrancisschoolbh.net

 

Bagel Day: Just a reminder that this upcoming Monday is the last bagel day for Grades 5-8. Grades 1-4 will still have two more bagel days on Monday 5/24 and 6/7. We look forward to next school year continuing our Bagel Mondays and our Pizza Thursday/Fridays along with our monthly chicken finger days. Stay tuned this summer for more information. 

 

Financial Aid for the 2021-2022 School Year: Futures in Education is proud to administer several scholarship programs, providing partial tuition assistance for families demonstrating financial need, and who meet eligibility requirements, to attend a Catholic academy or school in Brooklyn or Queens. To apply or get more information please click here. Just a reminder that the deadline for returning families who received an award in the previous academic year has passed. The deadline for new families (students who did not receive an award in the previous academic year) is May 31st. Applications will continue to be accepted beyond the deadline; those who have a completed application by May 31st will receive priority.

 

We are excited to share that awarding has started for returning families with completed applications. New families will begin to receive decision notifications as of June 1st, on a rolling basis until funding is exhausted.

 

Applications will only be considered completed when all required supporting documents have been submitted.  Awards will begin with applications that were completed by the deadline and will continue on a rolling basis as available funding allows.

 

Have a great week. Be safe and stay healthy.