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 couldn’t teach your students to this degree without a good school/home partnership. The work the students and teachers have done this year was focused on our children, and it makes me proud to be a part of this very special place. We look forward to opening our doors next year to about 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 2018-2019 school year can be found by clicking here. Tuition is due by the 15th of the month, July through April. One of our primary goals this year 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 2018-2019 school year can be paid online, by phone, or by mail. You may also sign up for auto pay as well. Only in an emergency will payment be accepted in the school building and/or rectory.

    You should have received an email invite from FACTS with information necessary to enroll.   Included in the invite will be the website you will need to access. If you have yet to receive this email, please email mkazalski@stfrancisschoolbh.net to let her know. She will be sure to respond to your request in a timely fashion. As we go into this new system, we ask for patience as we work out the kinks. We understand that you will be learning a new system as well.
  • The summer office hours along with the calendar for next year are already posted on our website. Throughout the summer check the calendar for any updates. Although the school office may be closed at times, we are always available with any question or concern through email at admin@stfrancisschoolbh.net.
  • Flynn & O’Hara continues to be our only uniform supplier. If you need anything for next year, I suggest that you visit the store early in the summer to avoid the crowds.  The store location is The Shops at Atlas Park, 8000 Cooper Avenue, Lower Level, Glendale, NY 11385. Uniforms can also be ordered online at www.flynnohara.com, or by phone at 718-326-2704.
  • Virtus training is mandated by the Diocese as a requirement for anyone who would like to volunteer to help with the children in the school (lunch parent, class parent, trip helper, etc.).  For a list of upcoming sessions and information on how to register, log on to www.virtus.org.  This training must be completed prior to starting your volunteer service.
  • School will officially begin Wednesday 9/5 for students in Kindergarten – Grade 8.  Children in the Nursery and Pre-K will begin on Monday 9/10.

 

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

 

This year we will be working with The Write Stuff to host a supply kit sale.

 

Go to http://www.write-stuff.com/storefront/school/stfrancisny and start shopping. Kits will be delivered directly to our school. Free shipping to school ends on July 8th. Any order between July 9th and August 1st will have to be sent to your home. If you choose the delivery to school method your child’s supplies will be in their classroom the first day of school. Please note that you can choose not to buy certain items from the list if you already have purchased or will purchase elsewhere.

 

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

 

Nursery-Grade 8: Bookbag

Nursery: Lysol Wipes (Boys) and Lysol Spray (Girls)

Pre-K: Lysol Spray

3rd Grade: Tennis Balls

Grades 1-4: Pan set of 36 colors Watercolor Paints (Available on Amazon or at Michael’s)

As you know, this week, sadly, we say farewell to Mrs. Elaine Smith, Ms. Helene Hamilton, Ms. Amanda Finlayson and Mrs. Maribel Chanona. We are also saying farewell to Mrs. Kelly Watters, who is moving to a public nursery school next year, and to Mrs. Jaclyn Tenreiro, who is leaving us this year to stay closer to her young children. While we wish them the best of luck in their future endeavors, we certainly will miss them here at St. Francis.  

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

  • Mrs. Jeannine Stathis will be moving down to Kindergarten.
  • Mrs. Christina Troia will be moving to Nursery.
  • Ms. Heather Killian will be moving to grade 3.

 

After we finalize our staff for next year, we will inform families of our new additions.

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

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

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

Christopher Scharbach

Principal

PS: Please keep in mind that one of our first charity events will be St. Baldrick’s “Bald on the Beach” on September 16th. You might consider holding off on that back to school haircut until then…

For more information please click here.

Get your supplies for 2018-2019 delivered to your child’s classroom

This year we will be working with The Write Stuff to host a supply kit sale.

Go to http://www.write-stuff.com/storefront/school/stfrancisny and start shopping. Kits will be delivered directly to our school. Free shipping to school ends on July 8th. Any order between July 9th and August 1st will have to be sent to your home. If you choose the delivery to school method your child’s supplies will be in their classroom the first day of 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

Nursery: Lysol Wipes (Boys) and Lysol Spray (Girls)

Pre-K: Lysol Spray

3rd Grade: Tennis Balls

Grades 1-4: Pan set of 36 colors Watercolor Paints (Available on Amazon or at Michael’s)

SFDS Week of June 18th (Last Week of School)

Dear Families,

What Is A Dad?

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

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

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

– Unknown

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

The long awaited last day of school is fast approaching! The 2017-2018 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 2018 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.

A Few Farewells: Congratulations are in order for our Kindergarten teacher of 19 years, Mrs. Elaine Smith who will be retiring at the end of this school year. We know she will have a wonderful time being with her grandchildren, but we will miss seeing her each day!

We also would like to wish good luck to Ms. Helene Hamilton on her next chapter. Ms. Hamilton is semi-retiring and hanging up her whistle here at St. Francis, but we wish her the best of luck as she continues at St. Mark’s.

Good luck and best wishes to one of our 3rd grade teachers, Ms. Amanda Finlayson, who at the end of this year will be returning home to her family in Colorado. We know she will continue to positively influence the lives of so many students, just as she did here. We will miss you, Ms. Finlayson!

Box Tops: This week a ziploc bag went home with your child to begin to start collecting box tops over the summer for our fall contest during the 2018-2019 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.

FACTS Management: One of our primary goals next year 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 2018-2019 school year can be paid online, by phone, or by mail. You may also sign up for autopay as well. Only in an emergency will payment be accepted in the school building and/or rectory. Email invites will be going out to returning families next week.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Final Week Schedule

Monday 6/18

Class of 2018 Graduation Trip to Great Adventure at 7:30am

2nd and 4th Grade Beach Parties for 2nd and 4th Grade

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

Tuesday 6/19

Ballroom Bash for Grade 6 at 1pm in the School Gym. We are asking that the 6th grade get dressed up for this event. (No Heels for girls)

Beach Parties for 3rd and 7th Grade

Kindergarten Step up at 10am in the School Gym

Wednesday 6/20

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

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

Thursday 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.

 

Friday 6/22

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

Report Cards Distributed

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

End of the Year Mass at 10am

We do expect to see all children in Grades 1-7 in school on Friday. 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 11th 2018

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 2018 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…

 

STEM Week: After a long two years of both our students and teachers working diligently around STEM, next week, each grade level will be working on a culminating STEM project. The project varies based on grade level and topics, but most are cross-curricular designed tasks that the students will work on through the course of June 11-June 15. We are so excited to see the finished products and all their hard work along the way!

 

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

 

Step Up: This week our Nursery (Wednesday 6/14) students will be wowing us all in their Step Up Ceremonies in the small hall. 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 Tuesday June 19th all are invited at 1pm to view our fourth 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. 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, phones, etc.) is NOT allowed at this time, as per State regulation.

Coffee with the Principal: It currently costs in excess of $9,100 to educate each child that attends Saint Francis thus all children receive an excellent education at a discounted rate.  Our fund-raising activities are a key component of our ability to provide a Catholic education at an affordable price. It is imperative that all families continue to support our fund-raising efforts through active participation in their execution and their attendance at as many events as possible. I invite you to attend a fundraising meeting on Wednesday June 13th at 6pm to discuss new or reinvented fundraising ideas. If you can’t attend, but have an idea please email us at admin@stfrancisschoolbh.net

 

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

 

Paperwork: If any child is transferring from St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy for the 2018-2019 school year, most likely their records will need to be sent to their new school. Please request that as soon as possible as many schools are closed for the summer and ask for that information before the end of June.

 

CPR Training: St. Francis de Sales Parish will be sponsoring a Friend and Family CPR Course on Wednesday June 13th, 2018 from 7- 9:30pm at Msgr. Reddy Hall.

Performing CPR in an emergency can triple the chance of survival. American Heart Association is sponsoring the training that will give you the skills and confidence necessary to save lives.

Pre-registration is required. Please call the Religious Education office at 718.945.6911 The deadline to register is Tuesday June 12, 2018. There will be a suggested donation of $ 10.00. All donations for the evening will go directly to the American Heart Association.

Please join us for this important training.

 

Brooklyn Cyclone Night: Did you miss your chance to join us for our annual SFDS night at MCU Park to cheer on the Brooklyn Cyclones? There is another chance on June 25th! It’s Catholic Schools Night at MCU Park with the Brooklyn Cyclones! Tickets are $10. Join us as we celebrate our school’s valedictorian with Bishop Raymond Chappetto!

**Plus don’t miss the exciting pregame: Collars vs. Scholars. Mr. Scharbach along with other Catholic School Principals will be facing off against Father Sean Suckiel and other Diocesan priests in a pregame softball game.

Watch the principals take the mound to try and defeat the priests!

To buy tickets please click below

https://fevo.me/2rIAq7i

 

Ukraine Orphanage Fundraiser: Kateryna Thomas, the mother of Polina in our 1st grade, and her family will be visiting Ukraine for a few weeks this summer. They plan to visit orphanages with children ages 0-2 years old. These children are in desperate need of diapers, wipes, clothes, and medications. If you would like to donate, just $1 can buy at least 5 diapers in the Ukraine. If you wish to support the cause, please send in a donation of any amount into school in a sealed, labeled envelope. Thank you in advance for your generosity.

Lunch Duty: If you are VIRTUS trained and are able to do the lunch duty, we certainly appreciate it.

To sign up for lunch duty please use the website below

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

Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:

1) Click the link above to see our Sign-Up on Volunteer Spot

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

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

Note: Volunteer Spot does not share your email address with anyone. For more information about VIRTUS and how to be trained click here.

We are most grateful to the parents who are able to assist in our lunch program.

Please note that you can sign up for lunch duty from now until the end of the school year.

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

 

Fundraising

This year St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy has a goal of raising $150,000 throughout the school year. We are happy to say we are well on our way of meeting our goal and have already raised close to $149,000. Thanks again to all who make that event such a success each year.

For more information on how this year’s fundraising have done please click here.

 

Have a great weekend!

2018-2019 Tuition will be paid through FACTS Management

Since the stability of our school and the quality of its programs are of the utmost importance, we are always seeking ways to make improvements to benefit everyone. After much research and investigation, we have partnered with FACTS Management Company to help us manage our tuition payment program and financial aid assessment. FACTS is used by many schools locally and over 6,500 schools nationally. We are excited to be working with them and are confident this program will offer greater efficiency and financial stability for the school while providing convenience to families.

 

One of our primary goals this year 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 2018-2019 school year can be paid online, by phone, or by mail. You may also sign up for auto pay as well. Only in an emergency will payment be accepted in the school building and/or rectory.

 

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

 

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

 

  1. Enrolling in FACTS: You will receive an email invite from FACTS with information necessary to enroll.   Included in the invite will be the website you will need to access.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Thank you for your continued loyalty and support for St. Francis de Sales. We depend on your support in our efforts to provide the highest quality of education for your children. Your continued support and cooperation is appreciated, as we remain committed to our mission.

 

SFDS Week of June 4th 2018

Dear Families,

 

Congratulations to our faculty and students on a wonderful volleyball game today! It was an exciting tournament; everyone brought their A-games. Congratulations to the 8th grade on the win.

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

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

Science State Exam: On Monday June 4th, 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.

 

½ Day: We will be having a 12n dismissal on Friday  June 8th. Students may dress down on this day but please be mindful that no sandals, flip flops, short shorts, tank tops, sleeveless jerseys, etc. will be allowed. Please remind your children when they leave on Friday as we want to avoid having a child call home to have a change of clothes delivered before they can go up to class.

 

Beach Parties: As we come to the home stretch of the 2017/2018 school year, I know everyone is looking forward to our end of the year beach parties. Please follow the directives that were given out by the classroom teacher and class captains in earlier correspondences.

 

Class of 2018 Graduation Mass and Dinner Dance: On Friday June 8th, 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 7th and 5th grades who will be enjoying an ice cream party on June 18th, and a very special thank you to Mrs. Henning for coordinating the Box Tops throughout the year.

Special Lunch Days: Monday (6/4) 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. Thursday 6/7 is also our last pizza day for Grades K-4.  Grades 5-8 had their last pizza day today. A very special thank you to Mrs. Rose for coordinating our pizza days all year long.

 

Paperwork: If any child is transferring from St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy for the 2018-2019 school year, most likely their records will need to be sent to their new school. Please request that as soon as possible as many schools are closed for the summer and ask for that information before the end of June.

 

Brooklyn Cyclone Night: Did you miss your chance to join us for our annual SFDS night at MCU Park to cheer on the Brooklyn Cyclones? There is another chance on June 25th! It’s Catholic Schools Night at MCU Park with the Brooklyn Cyclones! Tickets are $10. Join us as we celebrate our school’s valedictorian with Bishop Raymond Chappetto!

**Plus don’t miss the exciting pregame: Collars vs. Scholars. Mr. Scharbach along with other Catholic School Principals will be facing off against Father Sean Suckiel and other Diocesan priests in a pregame softball game.

Watch the principals take the mound to try and defeat the priests!

To buy tickets please click below

https://fevo.me/2rIAq7i

 

Lunch Duty: If you are VIRTUS trained and are able to do the lunch duty, we certainly appreciate it.

To sign up for lunch duty please use the website below

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

Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:

1) Click the link above to see our Sign-Up on Volunteer Spot

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

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

Note: Volunteer Spot does not share your email address with anyone. For more information about VIRTUS and how to be trained click here.

We are most grateful to the parents who are able to assist in our lunch program.

Please note that you can sign up for lunch duty from now until the end of the school year.

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

 

Early Childhood Information Nights: On Monday June 4th, we will be hosting Nursery and Pre-K information night, and on Wednesday June 6th, we will invite our incoming Kindergarten parents to join us for the Kindergarten Information Night. On both evenings, the early childhood teachers will be sharing all the details of what is in store for your children who are entering their early childhood years. Parents will be receiving supply lists and summer ideas during this meeting as well. We hope to see everyone there.

 

Uniform Measurement Day: On Thursday June 7th, Flynn & O’Hara will be here at St. Francis to measure students for next year’s uniform. Order forms were sent out last week and can be found by clicking here.

 

Fundraising

This year St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy has a goal of raising $150,000 throughout the school year. We are happy to say we are well on our way of meeting our goal and have already raised close to $149,000. Thanks again to all who make that event such a success each year.

For more information on how this year’s fundraising have done please click here.

 

Please join us for a fundraising planning meeting for the 2018-2019 school year on Wednesday June 13th at 6pm.

 

Have a great weekend!

SFDS Week of May 29th 2018

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 28th and join the Academy community and our Mascot Franny to march in the Memorial Day Parade. St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy will be marching in the parade at 11:30am in the morning following the Memorial Day Mass at 10:30am. The parade starts right here on 129th street.  We would love to see everyone come out for this special event. All students are encouraged to wear their uniform on this day. We will be marching until 120th street.

 

Class of 2019 Ring/Pin Service: The Class of 2019 (7th graders) will receive their class rings and pins in St. Francis de Sales Church on Tuesday 5/29 at 7pm. A small reception will follow in the Small Hall. All 7th graders are asked to report to the Small Hall at 6:30pm.  

 

Chicken Finger Day: This coming Tuesday May 29th is our last Chicken Finger special lunch day of the year. If your child is scheduled to receive chicken fingers, they do not need a full lunch brought from home that day! Thanks again to Mrs. Spaeth for coordinating these days.

 

Art Show: Please join us on Wednesday May 30th at 6pm for our 2nd annual Art Show! Ms. Mangano and our students have worked tirelessly in preparation for a truly superb art gallery display. We hope to see many of you there. To get a sneak peak of some of our students artwork please click here to see our digital art gallery.

 

Tuition Rates for 2018-2019 School Year: As officially stated at our annual State of the Academy meeting on May 1, our updated tuition and fee rates–as well as the schedule of due dates–is accessible on our school website, and will also be sent home in letter form to each family. Please refer to our Tuition and Financial Aid page on our school website by clicking here.

 

Paperwork: If any child is transferring from St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy for the 2018-2019 school year, most likely their records will need to be sent to their new school. Please request that as soon as possible as many schools are closed for the summer and ask for that information before the end of June.

 

Confirmation for Blessed Trinity: Save the date! Thursday December 6th will be the Sacrament of Confirmation for students being confirmed at Blessed Trinity. We are looking forward to celebrating this special day!

 

Brooklyn Cyclone Night: Did you miss your chance to join us for our annual SFDS night at MCU Park to cheer on the Brooklyn Cyclones? There is another chance on June 25th! It’s Catholic Schools Night at MCU Park with the Brooklyn Cyclones! Tickets are $10. Join us as we celebrate our school’s valedictorian with Bishop Raymond Chappetto!

**Plus don’t miss the exciting pregame: Collars vs. Scholars. Mr. Scharbach along with other Catholic School Principals will be facing off against Father Sean Suckiel and other Diocesan priests in a pregame softball game.

Watch the principals take the mound to try and defeat the priests!

To buy tickets please click below

https://fevo.me/2rIAq7i

 

Lunch Duty: If you are VIRTUS trained and are able to do the lunch duty, we certainly appreciate it.

To sign up for lunch duty please use the website below

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

Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:

1) Click the link above to see our Sign-Up on Volunteer Spot

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

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

Note: Volunteer Spot does not share your email address with anyone. For more information about VIRTUS and how to be trained click here.

We are most grateful to the parents who are able to assist in our lunch program.

Please note that you can sign up for lunch duty from now until the end of the school year.

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

 

Save the Dates
Early Childhood Information Nights: On Monday June 4th, we will be hosting Nursery and Pre-K information night, and on Wednesday June 6th, we will invite our incoming Kindergarten parents to join us for the Kindergarten Information Night. On both evenings, the early childhood teachers will be sharing all the details of what is in store for your children who are entering their early childhood years. Parents will be receiving supply lists and summer ideas during this meeting as well. We hope to see everyone there.

 

Uniform Measurement Day: On Thursday June 7th, Flynn & O’Hara will be here at St. Francis to measure students for next year’s uniform. Order forms were sent out this week and can be found by clicking here.

 

Fundraising

This year St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy has a goal of raising $150,000 throughout the school year. We are happy to say we are well on our way of meeting our goal and have already raised close to $124,000. Thanks again to all who make that event such a success each year.

For more information on how this year’s fundraising have done please click here.

 

Box Tops for Education:

The spring Ice Cream box tops contest is in full gear.  Here’s the current totals with 5th grade in the lead and Pre-K, and 7th Grade right behind.   Get those box tops in by Thursday May 31st so they can be counted for your class’ total.  Just a note… box tops that are expired are not counted towards the collection as they cannot be submitted.

 

As of 5/25/18

Grade  
Nursery 33
PreK 957
Kindergarten 289
1 240
2 878
3 212
4 386
5 1178
6 139
7 1095
8 176

 

Have a great Memorial day weekend!

2018-2019 Tuition Rates

Dear Families,

2018-2019 Tuition and Fees

The registration process for the 2018/2019 school year of Saint Francis de Sales Catholic Academy is well under way. We welcome our returning families and look forward to welcoming many new families to our Saint Francis de Sales community. The administration, faculty, staff, Board of Directors and I are committed to provide the best Catholic education for all of our students.  Evidence of this commitment is demonstrated by: 

 

  • An average 23:1 student to teacher ratio
  • Every student in grades 5-8 receives a Google Chromebook to use both in school and at home.
  • iPads for Kindergarten through Grade 4
  • Terranova and State test scores at or above City, State, and Diocesan levels
  • 100% of eighth grade students being accepted to their choice of Catholic high schools
  • Full Time Art Program within the school day.
  • An Early Childhood wing dedicated to the needs of our youngest students
  • A leading program for students with special needs including a Creative Learning Center staffed by a full time special education/literacy teacher, in addition to the special education services supplied by the NYC Department of Education
  • An environment focused on celebrating and living Catholic values and morals, supported by the priests and staff of St. Francis de Sales and Blessed Trinity Parishes, as well as sacrament instructional preparation, and service projects provided by our faculty
  • Full time Security Guard(s)
  • A technology enabled environment, including a fully equipped computer lab, SMART Boards and computers in every classroom, including the Early Childhood wing, laptops for all teachers to work on technology integrated lessons
  • An interactive website and Mobile App that will help families stay connected and engaged
  • A high school level Integrated Algebra and Earth Science program for selected 8th graders

 

We recognize that our work is never done. There are plans to further enhance our programs through your child’s years here at St. Francis de Sales. Please take a look at our 2017-2020 Strategic Plan on our school website for more information.

 

For the past several months, through collaborative efforts between the finance committee, administration, and the board of directors, tuition and fees for our next school year have been discussed and researched at great length. While we recognize any increase in tuition will impact our school families, such increases are necessary to maintain the quality of our academic programs, our teachers, and to ensure our long-term viability.

 

When determining tuition, we try to keep a balance between affordability for our families and the strategic needs of the school. After careful review of all considerations, the tuition for the 2018-2019 school year has been set.

 

In order to maintain the quality of our program and achieve our goals in a financially responsible manner, The Board of Directors has decided it is necessary to implement modest increases in tuition for the 2018/2019 school year. Please see attached for more information on tuition rates for 2018-2019. The Directors recognize that these are difficult economic times, and recognize the sacrifices families make to provide a Catholic education. As a result, we wish to provide an education that is both affordable and meets the standards of excellence that the students deserve.

 

It currently costs in excess of $9,100 to educate each child that attends Saint Francis thus all children receive an excellent education at a discounted rate. Our fundraising efforts directly impact our tuition, which is why we waited to finalize the tuition rate until after the Card Party and Golf Outing. In order to keep tuition increases to a minimum, we need to work together to find new ideas for mid to large sized fundraisers. Our fund-raising activities are a key component of our ability to provide a Catholic education at an affordable price. It is imperative that all families continue to support our fund-raising efforts through active participation in their execution and their attendance at as many events as possible. I invite you to attend a fundraising meeting on Wednesday June 13th at 6pm to discuss new or reinvented fundraising ideas. If you can’t attend, but have an idea please email us at admin@stfrancisschoolbh.net

 

The Directors, Principal and Staff of Saint Francis welcome the opportunity to educate your children. We believe strongly in the benefits of a Catholic education, but recognize that you have a choice regarding where to send your child. We thank you for choosing Saint Francis de Sales Catholic Academy. If you have friends, neighbors or colleagues with young children, we encourage you to share the gift of our school community with them as well. Supporting future enrollment is one of the most important ways of ensuring an active, vibrant future for St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy.

 

As always, thank you for everything you do for the school. St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy is a great community as a result of all of the individual efforts and talents that each of you brings to the school each and every day.

 

Sincerely in Christ,

Christopher Scharbach

SFDS Week of May 21st 2018

Dear Families,

Rain, rain, go away! I know I am not alone when I say we are ready for some sunshine! We have so many great events planned for the next couple of weeks. Let’s hope Mother Nature starts cooperating..

 

Now onto some exciting things happening in the upcoming week of May 21st and beyond:

 

May Crowning: This week on Tuesday May 22rd, 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 Brunch. 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.

 

There will be a SFDS Parish May Crowning this Sunday May 20th at the 10:30am 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 (weather permitting).

 

Spring Concert: Family members of the Paul Effman Band please join us this Tuesday May 22nd at 7pm for the fifth  annual St Francis de Sales Catholic Academy Band Spring Concert. There is no fee for admission into the concert.

 

Grade 4 and 8 Science: Grade 4 &  8 will be completing their Science Performance exams this week on Wednesday May 23. We encourage the students to get a good night’s sleep and eat a hearty breakfast on the mornings of their exams.

 

Spring Carnival: The National Junior Honor Society is sponsoring our annual Spring Carnival to be held on Friday May 25th, 2018. Nursery through Grade 5 are invited to participate in the activities created and operated by the 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students. Admission to the carnival will be $1.00 per child, and there will be snacks and drinks available for purchase for $1.00 each on that day. Please send in a dollar in an envelope labeled with your child’s name and class and the word’s “Spring Carnival” on it. Due to space and time limitations, this carnival is open to students only. Thank you to Ms. Killian for coordinating this fun event! All students may dress down this day. Please refer to our handbook on what is appropriate to wear on dress down days.

 

Outdoor Movie Night: On Friday May 25th, we will be hosting another Outdoor Movie Night. We will be showing the Pixar Movie “Inside Out” (Rated PG). Gates open at 7:45, and movie starts promptly at 8:15. Come celebrate the start of Memorial Day weekend with us! Snacks will be sold. Don’t forget to bring your own beach chair or towel!

 

Mathathon Money: Thank you to everyone who participated in our annual St. Jude Math-a-Thon. We raised a very generous $12,413! A special thank you to Mrs. Foti for coordinating this fundraiser each year. I think we are well on our way to being a Top 100 School for the 4th year in a row.

 

8th grade Raffle: Congratulations to our winner of the $1000 8th grade raffle, Anthony Castellano! Thank you to all who helped support this ongoing fundraiser for our 8th graders’ Graduation Dinner Dance. Your generosity is much appreciated!

 

Confirmation Save the Date: We’ve received word that our current 7th graders will be receiving the sacrament of Confirmation at St. Francis de Sales Parish on Thursday October 25, 2018. We have yet to hear about Blessed Trinity Parish. As soon as we are informed, we will pass on the information.

 

Paperwork: If any child is transferring from St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy for the 2018-2019 school year, most likely their records will need to be sent to their new school. Please request that as soon as possible as many schools are closed for the summer and ask for that information before the end of June.

 

Brooklyn Cyclone Night: Did you miss your chance to join us for our annual SFDS night at MCU Park to cheer on the Brooklyn Cyclones? There is another chance on June 25th! It’s Catholic Schools Night at MCU Park with the Brooklyn Cyclones! Tickets are $10. Join us as we celebrate our school’s valedictorian with Bishop Raymond Chappetto!

**Plus don’t miss the exciting pregame: Collars vs. Scholars. Mr. Scharbach along with other Catholic School Principals will be facing off against Father Sean Suckiel and other Diocesan priests in a pregame softball game.

Watch the principals take the mound to try and defeat the priests!

To buy tickets please click below

https://fevo.me/2rIAq7i

 

Family Survey: In an effort to improve system practices, Saint Francis de Sales Catholic Academy conducted a Family Survey in the Spring of 2018. 44% of the families of our school participated. Please click here for Summarized counts of responses to the 2018 Family Survey.


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 2018-2019 school year.

Lunch Duty: If you are VIRTUS trained and are able to do the lunch duty, we certainly appreciate it.

To sign up for lunch duty please use the website below

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

Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:

1) Click the link above to see our Sign-Up on Volunteer Spot

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

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

Note: Volunteer Spot does not share your email address with anyone. For more information about VIRTUS and how to be trained click here.

We are most grateful to the parents who are able to assist in our lunch program.

Please note that you can sign up for lunch duty from now until the end of the school year.

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

 

Save the Dates

Memorial Day Parade: Please save the date for Monday May 28th and join the Academy community and Franny our Mascot to march in the Memorial Day Parade. More information will be given in the next week.  We would love to see everyone come out for this special event.

 

Art Show: Please join us on May 30th at 6pm for our 2nd annual Art Show! Ms. Mangano and our students have worked tirelessly in preparation for a truly superb art gallery display. We hope to see many of you there. To get a sneak peak of some of our students artwork please click here to see our digital art gallery.

 

Early Childhood Information Nights: On Monday June 4th, we will be hosting Nursery and Pre-K information night, and on Wednesday June 6th, we will invite our incoming Kindergarten parents to join us for the Kindergarten Information Night. On both evenings, the early childhood teachers will be sharing all the details of what is in store for your children who are entering their early childhood years. Parents will be receiving supply lists and summer ideas during this meeting as well. We hope to see everyone there.

 

Uniform Measurement Day: On Thursday June 7th, Flynn & O’Hara will be here at St. Francis to measure students for next year’s uniform. Order forms will be sent out next week.

 

Fundraising

This year St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy has a goal of raising $150,000 throughout the school year. We are happy to say we are well on our way of meeting our goal and have already raised over $123,000. Thanks again to all who make that event such a success each year.

For more information on how this year’s fundraising have done please click here.

 

Box Tops for Education:

The spring Ice Cream box tops contest is in full gear.  Here’s the current totals with 5th grade in the lead and 2nd grade, Pre-K, and 7th Grade right behind.   Get those box tops in so they can be counted for your class’ total.  

 

As of 5/17/18

Grade  
Nursery 33
PreK 774
Kindergarten 286
1 192
2 775
3 199
4 217
5 804
6 67
7 702
8 176

SFDS Week of May 14th 2018

Dear Families,

 

This weekend, we take some time to honor and say thank you to the special women in our lives. A mother’s love can take many shapes and forms, but no matter what, remains unwavering and unconditional. Thank you to all of the wonderful ladies who help raise the children of St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy; you are so appreciated.

 

Now onto some exciting things happening in the upcoming week of May 14th:

 

Sacrament of First Holy Eucharist: Congratulations to the rest of the 2nd graders who will be receiving their First Holy Communion tomorrow! We look forward to their May Crowning in two weeks. Thank you to Mrs. Watters, Mrs Stathis and Mrs. O’Malley for preparing our students to receive the Body of Christ.

 

Brooklyn Cyclone Night: Join us for our third annual night with the Brooklyn Cyclones! St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy is participating in School Spirit Night fundraiser at MCU Park on June 20th at 7pm. If you would like to attend, send the cut off at the bottom of the flyer  with your payment of $15 per ticket to the school office. While we cannot guarantee any seating arrangements, we suggest you send one order to cover everyone in your group. This way, it is more likely that all of your seats will be together. All orders must be received by Monday, May 15.

 

PDHP Parent Workshop: Join us for Preventive Parenting at 6pm on Monday May 14 What you should know about drug trends and how and when to speak to your child about them. (Geared towards parents of students in Grades 6,7, and 8)

 

Pop-Hop: Join us for a night celebrating girls and their special dad, grandfather, uncle or caregiver at our second annual Pop Hop on Friday May 18th from 6-8:30pm. The $30.00 ticket ($5 each additional daughter) includes dinner, a photo keepsake and a fun night of dancing. Please click here for an order form.

Paper Panda Florist on 116th Street will be selling corsages, 1 carnation for $5 or 1 rose for $10 and have decided to donate all profits to SFDS, so stop by Paper Panda Florist on your way to school! A special thanks to both Mrs. Moriarty and Mrs. Shaw for coordinating this year’s big event.

Science Fair: The annual Junior High Science Fair went off without a hitch on Wednesday 5/10. Thank you to Mrs. Gigliello, Mrs. Foti, and Mrs. Troia for their guidance in the science and Religion projects that were presented during the Fair. And, of course, congratulations to our winners:

 

 

Family Survey: In an effort to improve system practices, Saint Francis de Sales Catholic Academy conducted a Family Survey in the Spring of 2018. 44% of the families of our school participated. Please click here for Summarized counts of responses to the 2018 Family Survey.

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 2018-2019 school year.

Spring Concert: Members of the Paul Effman Band please save the date Tuesday May 23rd at 7pm for the fourth annual St Francis de Sales Catholic Academy Band Spring Concert.

Please note: Continuing this Tuesday May 15th, please follow the special band schedule that has been given out. Any questions feel free to call the office.

Also please make sure that all Band instruments come into school during the morning this Tuesday as the band members will be giving the school a sneak peak concert.

 

Lunch Duty: If you are VIRTUS trained and are able to do the lunch duty, we certainly appreciate it.

To sign up for lunch duty please use the website below

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

Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:

1) Click the link above to see our Sign-Up on Volunteer Spot

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

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

Note: Volunteer Spot does not share your email address with anyone. For more information about VIRTUS and how to be trained click here.

We are most grateful to the parents who are able to assist in our lunch program.

Please note that you can sign up for lunch duty from now until the end of the school year.

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

 

Save the Dates

 

Outdoor Movie Night: On Friday May 25th, we will be hosting Outdoor Movie Night. Gates open at 7:45, Movie starts promptly at 8:15. Come celebrate the start of Memorial Day weekend with us! Snacks will be sold. Don’t forget to bring your own beach chair or towel!

 

Memorial Day Parade: Please save the date for Monday May 28th and join the Academy community and Franny our Mascot to march in the Memorial Day Parade. More information will be given in the next week.  We would love to see everyone come out for this special event.

 

Art Show: Please join us on May 30th at 6pm for our 2nd annual Art Show! Ms. Mangano and our students have worked tirelessly in preparation for a truly superb art gallery display. We hope to see many of you there. To get a sneak peak of some of our students artwork please click here to see our digital art gallery.

 

Spring Carnival: The National Junior Honor Society is sponsoring our annual Spring Carnival to be held on Friday May 25th, 2018. Nursery through Grade 5 are invited to participate in the activities created and operated by the 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students. Admission to the carnival will be $1.00 per child, and there will be snacks and drinks available for purchase for $1.00 each on that day. To purchase a ticket, please send in a dollar in an envelope labeled with your child’s name and class and the word’s “Spring Carnival” on it. Tickets will be given to the teachers to distribute the day of the Carnival. Due to space, and time limitations, this carnival is open to students only. Thank you to Ms. Killian for coordinating this fun event!

 

Fundraising

This year St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy has a goal of raising $150,000 throughout the school year. We are happy to say we are well on our way of meeting our goal and have already raised over $123,000. 

For more information on how this year’s fundraising have done please click here.

 

Stop and Shop: A big thank you to Mrs. Grace for coordinating our Stop and Shop fundraiser throughout this year. Because of Mrs. Grace and all of you, we raised a total $4974 for our school! Thank you!

 

Box Tops for Education:

The spring Ice Cream box tops contest is in full gear.  Here’s the current totals with 5th grade in the lead and 2nd grade right behind.   Get those box tops in so they can be counted for your class’ total.  

 

As of 5/11/18

Grade  
Nursery 33
PreK 634
Kindergarten 70
1 170
2 619
3 199
4 185
5 713
6 53
7 438
8 176