SFDS Week of October 23rd

Dear Families,

 

Congratulations and God Bless! On Wednesday October 25th 2017, many members of St. Francis de Sales Grade 8 will be blessed by the Holy Spirit.

Due to the ceremonies being at 1pm and 4pm, the 8th Grade class is off on Wednesday the 25th. The rest of the school has an early dismissal at 12pm.

May the gifts of the Holy Spirit be with our 8th grade and lead them to be the future leaders of the church. Please also keep in your prayers some of our 8th graders who later in December will be receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation at Blessed Trinity Parish.

Now onto next week:

 

Picture Day: This  Monday 10/23 is picture day. For our Nursery through 7th graders. All those students who are getting pictures may remain in their school uniform or dress up for their picture. Please remind your child that dressing up for pictures is very different than dressing down. All those students who are not getting pictures taken are to be in their full school uniform. If your child has gym on picture day please have them wear sneakers if they are dressing up or bring a change of shoes so they can participate in gym.  

8th grade students will have their individual Graduation pictures taken Monday December 11th. Class Picture day is Monday November 6th.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the school office.

Book Fair: This year our Book Fair is being held on Tuesday 10/24, Wednesday 10/25 and Thursday 10/26. Parents of students in grades K-3 are welcome to meet their children in the gym to help shop for books during their child’s assigned time.

We have some special events planned that we hope your children will participate in

  • All for Books: Our school will be collecting funds for our All for Books program. By donating some loose change or just one dollar we will be able to donate books and classroom libraries  to children in need through organizations such as Kids in Need Foundation. All money raised at our book fair will be matched by Scholastic Book Fairs. Your families act of kindness helps bring more knowledge, imagination, and love for reading into the lives of students across the country. We will be sending books to Catholic Schools affected by the Hurricanes earlier in the school year.
  • Family Day at the Book Fair- Tuesday October 24th @2:45pm-4:45pm: Children can come with members of their family. (Grandparents, aunts, uncles, parents, and younger siblings) All items that were for sale at the book fair will be available to purchase. Mrs. Martello will be reading a book to the children at 3:15pm and Mr. Scharbach will be reading a book to the children at 3:45pm. There will be some light refreshments available.

A very special thank you to Rita Martin for coordinating this year’s fall Book Fair.

Halloween Dance: Next Friday October 27th, there will be a Halloween Dance for the 6th, 7th and 8th graders from 7pm-10pm. This year’s theme is Stars from Pop Culture! Students are asked to dress as their favorite TV and Movie characters! Students will be directed about the appropriateness of their costumes on that night. We are looking to have a fun and safe evening for our children. Please note: this dance is for St. Francis de Sales students only.

Yearbook: We will be selling our yearbooks during the month of October as our team of 8th graders begin to work on the yearbook in the Winter of 2017-2018. To order a yearbook please print out the following Yearbook-Order-Form

 

If you would like to order a school yearbook, (delivery in May) please put your payment of cash or check (made payable to SFDS, with  SFDS yearbook on memo line) return it to school with the order form no later than  Wednesday, November 1st. There will be no orders accepted after this date. The  yearbook is a nice way to remember the school year since each class has an individual page.

 

Father Bill Sweeney Installed as Pastor: On Sunday October 29th Father Bill Sweeney will be installed at Pastor here at St. Francis de Sales Parish. The Parish is in need of adult volunteers to assist with set-up and clean up. If anyone would like to volunteer they can contact Father Jim via email at Jim1950@aol.com

 

Lunch Duty:   We are in need of some parents to help volunteering for our lunch periods. If you are VIRTUS trained and are able to do the lunch duty, we certainly appreciate it. We are continuing to assign lunch duty using a web-based service called Sign Up. It enables those who want to do lunch duty to sign up for slots on specific days with email reminders. It is our hope this will help with the number of cancellations and no shows from families.

 

To sign up for lunch duty please use the website: Lunch Duty Sign Up

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

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

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

Volunteers, thank you so much for all of your help!

 

Fundraising Corner

Box Tops for Education: Currently PreK is leading the pack, slightly in front of Kindergarten.  It is still anybody’s race but all submissions need to be turned in by 10/27 to count towards this fall competition.  Try and collect some over the weekend!    Many box tops expire on November 1, 2017, so please make sure to check your pantries and submit those box tops.  Another way to earn extra box tops is to download the Box Tops Bonus App, set up an account and submit receipts for offerings.  It’s a great way to multiply earnings.  If you begin using the app, you can print out the screenshot of your earnings and the credit will be giving to your child.

For a collection sheet please click here.

Box Tops for Education Product List


Here are the standings as of 10/20/17…

Nursery 16
Pre-K 507
K 495
1 295
2 226
3 228
4 257
5 102
6 175
7 136
8 96

 

Sherwood Wreaths: This year our school is selling Christmas Evergreens as a fundraising project. This project will be offering evergreens to decorate your home and also the opportunity to send a gift item across the country or across town. Our sale kicked off this week and the last day we will be able to accept an order is November 3, 2017. You can contact Kim Rudden at (917) 558-0304 with any questions. All checks should be made payable to Saint Francis de Sales Catholic Academy. For more information and/or an order form please click here.

 

$15,000 Raffle: Jump on this chance to win up to $15,000! Please see attached a special raffle that the academy is holding this Fall (11/26/17). If you’d like to contact the sellers directly to purchase your ticket, their contact information can be found below. You can call or text.

John Martin    718-344-7274 holding tickets   1   to 10   

Patrick Hayden    347-539-0437    holding tickets   11 to 20   

Rita Hayden    718-570-7908     holding tickets    21 to 30

Billy Kelly    917-209-3634     holding tickets    31 to 40

Jennifer LaPrice    917-723-8834    holding tickets   41 to 50

Terrance Moriarity   917-685-0134     holding tickets   51 to 60

Brynn Heegan     917-495-7779     holding tickets    61 to 70

JoJo O’Grady     917-417-4532     holding tickets   71 to 80   

Rita Hayden       718-570-7908     holding tickets    81 to 90

Dina Tammero        718-207-1398    holding tickets    91 to 100

Any questions about the raffle can be directed to Rita Hayden at  718-570-7908.

Good Luck!

Stop and Shop: Stop and Shop Rewards have begun. Through the A+ School Rewards Program, parents and supporters can help simply by registering their Stop & Shop Card to our school’s ID number 09270 and then shopping at any Stop & Shop store. To register, go to http://stopandshop.com/aplus/register-card/ or dial 1-877-275-2758 to register your card over the phone. At the end of the program our school is presented with a check. We are looking forward to another successful year of A+ SCHOOL REWARDS!

 

Please note that we will be having a Dress Down Day on 11/17/17 for all students whose families have registered.

 

Have a great weekend!

Wild West Fall Book Fair (10/24-10/26)

Dear Families,

This year our Book Fair is being held on Tuesday 10/24, Wednesday 10/25 and Thursday 10/26. Parents of students in grades K-3 are welcome to meet their children in the gym to help shop for books during their child’s assigned time. Please see below for the schedule. 

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We have some special events planned that we hope your children will participate in

  • All for Books: Our school will be collecting funds for our All for Books program. By donating some loose change or just one dollar we will be able to donate books and classroom libraries  to children in need through organizations such as Kids in Need Foundation. All money raised at our book fair will be matched by Scholastic Book Fairs. Your families act of kindness helps bring more knowledge, imagination, and love for reading into the lives of students across the country. We will be sending books to Catholic Schools affected by the Hurricanes earlier in the school year.
  • Family Day at the Book Fair- Tuesday October 24th @2:45pm-4:45pm: Children can come with members of their family. (Grandparents, aunts, uncles, parents, and younger siblings) All items that were for sale at the book fair will be available to purchase. Mrs. Martello will be reading a book to the children at 3:15pm and Mr. Scharbach will be reading a book to the children at 3:45pm. There will be some light refreshments available.

A very special thank you to Rita Martin for coordinating this year’s fall Book Fair.

SFDS Week of October 16th 2017

Dear Families,

 

Although a short week, we were very busy with field trips, Terranova testing, and our regular instructional time over these last four days! We were so impressed with our 3rd through 8th graders hard work throughout a tough week of TerraNova testing. Our 1st and 2nd graders had a great day trip to the pumpkin patch, while our early childhood grades learned a great deal about the importance of fire safety. We have a lot to update this upcoming week:

Confirmation Proximate Preparation: Please note that tomorrow 10/14 all students receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation here at St. Francis are expected to attend their Proximate Prep Session at 8:30am. Any questions please contact Mrs. AnneMarie Greene at the Religious Education Office.

 

Ridgewood Savings Bank Smart Savers: Starting October 17, our weekly Ridgewood Banking Day will take place. This is a great way to teach our kids the importance of saving and using their money wisely. This week your child was sent home information on how to sign up for this program. If you are a current smart saver participant all you need to do is send in your passbook along with a completed school banking deposit slip on Tuesday.

If you need an order form please click here.

 

Yankees Dress Down Day: How ‘bout those Yankees?! Students and teachers can celebrate their big win in the ALDS by dressing down in Yankee shirts, or in blue and white, this Monday October 16th.

 

Winter Uniform: Now that we are back in the swing of things, we must make sure that our Winter Uniforms are complete each day. Starting on Tuesday October 17th, winter uniforms should be worn. If the temperature is stated to be above 75 degrees that day, summer uniforms may be worn.  Please have black tied shoes and a black or brown belt, and shirts should always remain tucked in.

 

Stages on the Sound: Starting this week, Teaching Artists from Stages on the Sound will teach students in grades 4, 6 and 8 over a 17-week period from October until March, culminating a final presentation of the students work.

– 4th grade will be working on stop-motion animation films

– 6th grade will be writing their Persuasive Speeches

– 8th grade will be studying and acting the works of William Shakespeare

Through the year, we will provide lesson plans and discussion starters for parents as well as information on upcoming performances that the students are attending as well as details on the final performance. The Residency program provides opportunities for all students to attend original productions, a Shakespeare play and other special events throughout the school year to engage students creativity and imagination.

Rosary Rally: Bishop DiMarzio has again asked that we join with other dioceses throughout the country by scheduling our school-wide Rosary Rally for Thursday October 19, 2017 at 11:00am in the Church. Students in grades Kindergarten through eight will be participating in this very special service. Students are asked to bring their rosary beads for this special service. I hope you will be able to attend!

 

Book Fair: This year our Book Fair is being held on Tuesday 10/24, Wednesday 10/25 and Thursday 10/26. Parents of students in grades K-3 are welcome to meet their children in the gym to help shop for books during their child’s assigned time. (A schedule will be sent home next week)

 

We have some special events planned that we hope your children will participate in

  • All for Books: Our school will be collecting funds for our All for Books program. By donating some loose change or just one dollar we will be able to donate books and classroom libraries  to children in need through organizations such as Kids in Need Foundation. All money raised at our book fair will be matched by Scholastic Book Fairs. Your families act of kindness helps bring more knowledge, imagination, and love for reading into the lives of students across the country. We will be sending books to Catholic Schools affected by the Hurricanes earlier in the school year.
  • Family Day at the Book Fair- Tuesday October 24th @2:45pm-4:45pm: Children can come with members of their family. (Grandparents, aunts, uncles, parents, and younger siblings) All items that were for sale at the book fair will be available to purchase. Mrs. Martello will be reading a book to the children at 3:15pm and Mr. Scharbach will be reading a book to the children at 3:45pm. There will be some light refreshments available.

A very special thank you to Rita Martin for coordinating this year’s fall Book Fair.

Halloween Dance: In two weeks on  Friday October 27th, there will be a Halloween Dance for the 6th, 7th and 8th graders from 7pm-10pm. This year’s theme is Stars from Pop Culture! Students are asked to dress as their favorite TV and Movie characters! Students will be directed about the appropriateness of their costumes on that night. We are looking to have a fun and safe evening for our children. Please note: this dance is for St. Francis de Sales students only.

Coffee with the Principal: On Thursday October 19th at 6pm you are welcome to join us for our first evening Coffee with the Principal meeting of the year. The morning session will be on Friday October 20th at 9:30am. For those families that are new, both the morning and evening sessions will have the same agenda. You may join us for whichever date and time works best for you.

 

Picture Day: In two weeks, on Monday 10/23 is picture day. For our Nursery through 7th graders. All those students who are getting pictures may remain in their school uniform or dress up for their picture. Please remind your child that dressing up for pictures is very different than dressing down. All those students who are not getting pictures taken are to be in their full school uniform. If your child has gym on picture day please have them wear sneakers if they are dressing up or bring a change of shoes so they can participate in gym.  

Yearbook: We will be selling our yearbooks during the month of October as our team of 8th graders begin to work on the yearbook in the Winter of 2017-2018. To order a yearbook please print out the following Yearbook-Order-Form

 

If you would like to order a school yearbook, (delivery in May) please put your payment of cash or check (made payable to SFDS, with  SFDS yearbook on memo line) return it to school with the order form no later than  Wednesday, November 1st. There will be no orders accepted after this date. The  yearbook is a nice way to remember the school year since each class has an individual page.

 

$15,000 Raffle: Jump on this chance to win up to $15,000! Please see attached a special raffle that the academy is holding this Fall (11/26/17). If you’d like to contact the sellers directly to purchase your ticket, their contact information can be found below. You can call or text.

John Martin    718-344-7274 holding tickets   1   to 10   

Patrick Hayden    347-539-0437    holding tickets   11 to 20   

Rita Hayden    718-570-7908     holding tickets    21 to 30

Billy Kelly    917-209-3634     holding tickets    31 to 40

Jennifer LaPrice    917-723-8834    holding tickets   41 to 50

Terrance Moriarity   917-685-0134     holding tickets   51 to 60

Brynn Heegan     917-495-7779     holding tickets    61 to 70

JoJo O’Grady     917-417-4532     holding tickets   71 to 80   

Rita Hayden       718-570-7908     holding tickets    81 to 90

Dina Tammero        718-207-1398    holding tickets    91 to 100

Any questions about the raffle can be directed to Rita Hayden at  718-570-7908.

Good Luck!

Lunch Duty:   We are in need of some parents to help volunteering for our lunch periods. If you are VIRTUS trained and are able to do the lunch duty, we certainly appreciate it. We are continuing to assign lunch duty using a web-based service called Sign Up. It enables those who want to do lunch duty to sign up for slots on specific days with email reminders. It is our hope this will help with the number of cancellations and no shows from families.

 

To sign up for lunch duty please use the website: Lunch Duty Sign Up

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

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

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

Volunteers, thank you so much for all of your help!

 

Fundraising Corner

Box Tops for Education: We are about two weeks from the end of the Box Tops Fall Competition.   There is a tight race and it’s still anyone’s game.  Many box tops expire on November 1, 2017, so please make sure to check your pantries and submit those box tops.  Another way to earn extra box tops is to download the Box Tops Bonus App, set up an account and submit receipts for offerings.  It’s a great way to multiply earnings.  If you begin using the app, you can print out the screenshot of your earnings and the credit will be giving to your child.

For a collection sheet please click here.

Box Tops for Education Product List


Here are the standings as of 10/12/17…

Nursery 16
Pre-K 467
K 435
1 239
2 171
3 144
4 257
5 99
6 76
7 136
8 42

 

Stop and Shop: Stop and Shop Rewards began last week.Through the A+ School Rewards Program, parents and supporters can help simply by registering their Stop & Shop Card to our school’s ID number 09270 and then shopping at any Stop & Shop store. To register, go to http://stopandshop.com/aplus/register-card/ or dial 1-877-275-2758 to register your card over the phone. At the end of the program our school is presented with a check. We are looking forward to another successful year of A+ SCHOOL REWARDS!

 

Please note that we will be having a Dress Down Day on 11/17/17 for all students whose families have registered.

 

Upcoming Events (Save the Date)

Father Bill Sweeney Installed as Pastor: On Sunday October 29th Father Bill Sweeney will be installed at Pastor here at St. Francis de Sales Parish. The Parish is in need of adult volunteers to assist with set-up and clean up. If anyone would like to volunteer they can contact Father Jim via email at Jim1950@aol.com

Please stay tuned for more details about this special mass at 12pm on 10/29.

Have a great weekend!

SFDS Week of October 10th 2017

Dear Families,

And just like that, the first week of October has flown by! Next week we kick off our Terranova testing for grades 3-8. Students must be prepared with sharpened pencils each day.  Testing will run for approximately two hours a day from Tuesday, October 10 until Friday October 13th.  Students are encouraged to be well rested and eat a good breakfast before the test.  While students should not be overly anxious or nervous about this exam, it is important to keep in mind that these scores (Grades 6-8) are sent to the high schools during the application process.

Please take a look at this weeks blast as their is a lot of important information.

On to the next week here at the academy.

Columbus Day: Just a reminder that we are off this Monday October 9th. Enjoy your long weekend!

Grades 1 and 2 Field Trip: As our third through eighth graders are busy this week with Terranovas, our 1st and 2nd graders will have a break from their books as they go on their Field trip to Green Meadows Farm. Please refer to the permission slip about this field trip this Thursday 10/12.

Winter and Summer Uniform: Due to the unusually warm forecast (multiple days over 75 degrees) predicted for next week and Grades 3-8 taking the Terranovas, we are allowing students to continue wearing full summer uniform from October 10th-October 13th. Students may choose to wear their winter uniform if they would rather, but it cannot be a combination of the two. Your child(ren) can either wear full summer uniform or full winter uniform. You may decide which would be best for your child.

Jacket Orders: Last week you received our school jacket order forms. Get ready for the cold weather and help support St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy by ordering a St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy jacket or sweatshirt. Absolute FINAL orders are due next Friday October 13th. Thank you as always for supporting St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy.

Option C Gradebook: As we finish the 1st month of the school year please if you haven’t already, log on to the parent portal of Option C to check on how your child is progressing this year. This is a great way to see if your child is missing any assignments. You should have already received usernames and passwords. Please contact the main office via email at ckenny@stfrancisschoolbh.net if you have any questions.

Books and Materials Fee: Just a friendly reminder that all Book and Materials Fees are due by Monday October 16th along with the 4th tuition payment. The fee is $150 for each student (PreK-4) and $200 for each student in Grades 5-8. Please remember you can also look at your tuition balance through the Option C parent portal as well.

Yearbook: We will be selling our yearbooks during the month of October as our team of 8th graders begin to work on the yearbook in the Winter of 2017-2018. To order a yearbook please print out the following Yearbook-Order-Form

If you would like to order a school yearbook, (delivery in May) please put your payment of cash or check (made payable to SFDS, with  SFDS  yearbook on memo line) return it to school with the order form no later than Wednesday, November 1st. There will be no orders accepted after this date. The  yearbook is a nice way to remember the school year since each class has an individual page.

Lockdown Drill: Next week we will be having out second lockdown drill of the school year.  Please have a conversation with your children on the importance and reasoning of these important drills.

$15,000 Raffle: Jump on this chance to win up to $15,000! Please see attached a special raffle that the academy is holding this Fall (11/26/17). If youd like to contact the sellers directly to purchase your ticket, their contact information can be found below. You can call or text.

John Martin    718-344-7274 holding tickets   1   to 10   

Patrick Hayden    347-539-0437    holding tickets   11 to 20   

Rita Hayden    718-570-7908     holding tickets    21 to 30

Billy Kelly    917-209-3634     holding tickets    31 to 40

Jennifer LaPrice    917-723-8834    holding tickets   41 to 50

Terrance Moriarity   917-685-0134     holding tickets   51 to 60

Brynn Heegan     917-495-7779     holding tickets    61 to 70

JoJo O’Grady     917-417-4532     holding tickets   71 to 80   

Rita Hayden       718-570-7908     holding tickets    81 to 90

Dina Tammero        718-207-1398    holding tickets    91 to 100

Any questions about the raffle can be directed to Rita Hayden at  718-570-7908.

Good Luck!

Lunch Duty:   We are in need of some parents to help volunteering for our lunch periods. If you are VIRTUS trained and are able to do the lunch duty, we certainly appreciate it. We are continuing to assign lunch duty using a web-based service called Sign Up. It enables those who want to do lunch duty to sign up for slots on specific days with email reminders. It is our hope this will help with the number of cancellations and no shows from families.

To sign up for lunch duty please use the website: Lunch Duty Sign Up

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

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

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

Volunteers, thank you so much for all of your help!

 

Fundraising Corner

Box Tops for Education: We are rocking and rolling with the first contest of this school year.  Hopefully you got a head start on collecting over the summer. The first contest will be a grade competition with the winning grade winning a pizza party. Start sending those box tops in. The contest will end on Friday, October 27th.  Please make sure your name and class are on your submissions or they cannot be tallied for your grade. Good luck!

For a collection sheet please click here.

Box Tops for Education Product List

The standings as of 10/6 are: 

Nursery: 6

Pre-K: 277

K: 359

1st Grade: 239

2nd Grade: 126

3rd Grade: 118

4th Grade: 154

5th Grade: 86

6th Grade: 76

7th Grade: 119

8th Grade: 42

 

Amazon Smile: AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support St. Francis DeSales Catholic Academy every time you shop, at no cost to you.

When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to our Academy.

To shop at AmazonSmile, go to smile.amazon.com from the web browser on your computer or mobile device. You may also want to add a bookmark to smile.amazon.com to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at AmazonSmile.

 

Yankee Candle Fundraiser: Please support St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy and at the same time pick up a something to make your home or car smell great. Yankee Candles make an excellent gift for any occasion. Also sent home was a catalog called Believe with many items such as gift wrap and household items. Please use the separate order form and envelope if ordering from this catalog.

You can shop online as well at Yankee Candle

Click on the ‘Seller Login‘ button and fill out the ‘Signup to be a seller form‘.

Use the group number for our school 990009599.

Any questions feel free to contact the main office.

Thanks as always for supporting the school.

The sale ends on October 10th.

A special thank you to Mrs. Heeran for coordinating this fundraiser.   

 

Stop and Shop: Stop and Shop Rewards begin today. Through the A+ School Rewards Program, parents and supporters can help simply by registering their Stop & Shop Card to our school’s ID number 09270 and then shopping at any Stop & Shop store. To register, go to http://stopandshop.com/aplus/register-card/ or dial 1-877-275-2758 to register your card over the phone. At the end of the program our school is presented with a check. We are looking forward to another successful year of A+ SCHOOL REWARDS!

 

Please note that we will be having a Dress Down Day on 11/17/17 for all students whose families have registered.

 

Upcoming Events (Save the Date)

Confirmation Proximate Preparation: Please note that next Saturday 10/14 all students receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation here at St. Francis are expected to attend their Proximate Prep Session at 8:30am. Any questions please contact Mrs. AnneMarie Greene at the Religious Education Office.   

 

Halloween Dance: On Friday October 27th, there will be a Halloween Dance for the 6th, 7th and 8th graders from 7pm-10pm. Tickets are $10 a child and must be bought in advance (No later than Tuesday 10/24). A flyer will be sent home next week in regard to costumes.

 

Father Bill Sweeney Installed as Pastor: On Sunday October 29th Father Bill Sweeney will be installed at Pastor here at St. Francis de Sales Parish. Please stay tuned for more details about this special mass at 12pm on 10/29.

Have a wonderful 3-day weekend! Before you know it, it will be Thanksgiving.

SFDS Week of October 2nd 2017

Dear Families,

 

Another busy few days have come to an end here at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy. We had a great end of the week as many of our students celebrated the new Magic School Bus Series on Netflix that debuts today. I hope each of you has a great weekend, as we rest up for what should be an exciting week at school.

 

Grade K and 1 Family Mass: Grades Kindergarten and 1st will be participating in the first of monthly grade?level Masses this Sunday, October 1, 2017 at the 9:00am Mass. The parish will have a reserved section of the Church upfront for your families.  A light fellowship will follow after the Mass and I hope you can join our parish in celebrating the Kindergarten and 1st graders in our programs at St. Francis de Sales. All families of the Kindergarten and 1st graders are invited to come to Mass and the fellowship.

 

Parish Mission: This week St. Francis de Sales parish will be having a parish mission with Father John Collins. Father will be speaking to the parish at all masses this weekend and at the 9am mass and at 7pm on 10/2, 10/3, and 10/4. Our students will have the opportunity to hear from Father Collins on Monday (Grades 1-4) and Wednesday (Grades 5-8)

 

Enrichment Programs Starting: This Monday, 10/2 is the start of our Mad Science Enrichment Program (Grades K-5) from 2:45-3:45, our Lego program for grades (K-1) starts on Tuesday (10/3), 10/03 is also the start of Paul Effman Band lessons (Grades 2-8). If you have a child who is staying after school to wait for their band lesson, please let the office know. Please do so no later than Monday October 2nd by emailing the office at hendall@stfrancisschoolbh.net Thank you for your cooperation.

Finally on Wednesday our Abrakadoodle program for grades K-4 beings this Wednesday 10/4 from 2:45pm-3:45pm. Please note that there is no more space available in our Abrakadoodle program.

Any questions about any of our enrichment programs please call the office.

Winter and Summer Uniform: Please note that starting on Tuesday October 10th, winter uniforms should be worn. If the temperature is stated to be above 75 degrees that day, summer uniforms may be worn. Please do not take advantage of this policy. 75 degrees does not mean  74 degrees, 73 degrees, etc.

 

Option C Gradebook: As we finish the 1st month of the school year please if you haven’t already, log on to the parent portal of Option C to check on how your child is progressing this year. This is a great way to see if your child is missing any assignments. You should have already received usernames and passwords. Please contact the main office via email at ckenny@stfrancisschoolbh.net if you have any questions. Please remember you can also look at your tuition balance through the Option C parent portal as well.

 

Books and Materials Fee: Just a friendly reminder that all Book and Materials Fees is due by Monday October 16th. The fee is $150 for each student (PreK-4) and $200 for each student in Grades 5-8.

Blessing of the Animals: In honor of the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, St. Francis de Sales Parish will have the annual blessing of the animals on Thursday 10/5 at 4pm in the Parish Prayer Garden. Please bring your family pets for a special blessing.

 

Socktober: This Friday, 10/6, don’t forget to bring in $1 and wear CRAZY socks! The money is going the to help raise funds for the Alzheimers Association. A special thank you to the National Junior Honor Society for putting this event together.

 

Lunch Duty:   We are in need of some parents to help volunteering for our lunch periods. If you are VIRTUS trained and are able to do the lunch duty, we certainly appreciate it. We are continuing to assign lunch duty using a web-based service called Sign Up. It enables those who want to do lunch duty to sign up for slots on specific days with email reminders. It is our hope this will help with the number of cancellations and no shows from families.

 

To sign up for lunch duty please use the website: Lunch Duty Sign Up

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

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

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

Volunteers, thank you so much for all of your help!

 

Fundraising Corner

Box Tops for Education: We are rocking and rolling with the first contest of this school year.  Hopefully you got a head start on collecting over the summer. The first contest will be a grade competition with the winning grade winning a pizza party. Start sending those box tops in. The contest will end on Friday, October 27th.  Please make sure your name and class are on your submissions or they cannot be tallied for your grade. Good luck!

For a collection sheet please click here.

Box Tops for Education Product List

 

The standings as of 9/29 are:

Nursery: 0

Pre-K: 202

K: 305

1st Grade: 35

2nd Grade: 39

3rd Grade: 30

4th Grade: 61

5th Grade: 26

6th Grade: 71

7th Grade: 0

8th Grade: 11

 

Amazon Smile: AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support St. Francis DeSales Catholic Academy every time you shop, at no cost to you.

 

When you shop at smile.amazon.com, youll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to our Academy.

To shop at AmazonSmile, go to smile.amazon.com from the web browser on your computer or mobile device. You may also want to add a bookmark to smile.amazon.com to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at AmazonSmile.

 

Yankee Candle Fundraiser: Please support St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy and at the same time pick up a something to make your home or car smell great. Yankee Candles make an excellent gift for any occasion. Also sent home was a catalog called Believe with many items such as gift wrap and household items. Please use the separate order form and envelope if ordering from this catalog.

You can shop online as well at Yankee Candle

Click on the ‘Seller Login‘ button and fill out the ‘Signup to be a seller form‘.

Use the group number for our school 990009599.

Any questions feel free to contact the main office.

Thanks as always for supporting the school.

The sale ends on October 10th.  

 

Stop and Shop: Stop and Shop Rewards begins on 10/6. Through the A+ School Rewards Program, parents and supporters can help simply by registering their Stop & Shop Card to our school’s ID number 09270 and then shopping at any Stop & Shop store. To register, go to http://stopandshop.com/aplus/register-card/ or dial 1-877-275-2758 to register your card over the phone. At the end of the program our school is presented with a check. We are looking forward to another successful year of A+ SCHOOL REWARDS!

 

Please note that we will be having a Dress Down Day on 11/17/17 for all students whose families have registered.

 

Upcoming Events (Save the Date)

On Friday October 27th, there will be a Halloween Dance for the 6th, 7th and 8th graders from 7pm-10pm. More information will follow in the upcoming weeks.  

Have a great weekend!

Barrels by the Bay (Press Release)

For Immediate Release:

September 22, 2017

Schools across Queens and Brooklyn Embark on Program to Build, Decorate and Donate Rain Barrels for their Communities

(New York) Barrels by the Bay, a non-profit organization committed to educating individuals about conservation and sustainability, has teamed up with The Coca-Cola Company, Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics, and the NYCEF Newtown Creek Fund sponsored by the City Parks Foundation and Hudson River Foundation to launch the Barrels by the Bay Hudson Project on Saturday, September 23. Seventy-five classrooms throughout Brooklyn, Queens, and surrounding boroughs will participate in the school program to convert recycled Coca-Cola syrup drums into rain barrels and paint them for the local community.

Syrup drums and rain barrel conversion kits will be distributed to 75 registered classrooms in Brooklyn, Queens, and surrounding boroughs at Coca-Colas Maspeth, Queens distribution center, kicking-off on World Rivers Day weekend, Saturday, September 23 from 9AM until 12PM. The Hudson Project gives students of all ages the opportunity to learn more about their local waterways and how stormwater runoff concerns can be minimized through the use of rain barrels. In addition to the barrels, participating teachers will be provided all painting, education, and installation materials for the project. All barrels will be installed into local infrastructure of the classrooms choosing, helping to protect their communitys water resources.

Launching the Hudson Project during the weekend of World Rivers Day is symbolic for our organization that is engaging and inspiring classrooms and communities throughout the Hudson River region. Our program emphasizes the positive change students can ignite to improve water conservation efforts and sustainability throughout the boroughs in which they live, stated Dr. Elizabeth Rosenberger, Executive Director.

The Barrels by the Bay team is excited for the impact 100 rain barrels will have in the Hudson River region. We are aimed at teaching the next generation of environmental proponents about our worlds water resources as thousands of students will learn more about their local waterways with our program this fall. stated Founder and President, Megan Rosenberger.

“Water stewardship and recycling education are important issues for Coca-Cola and we are proud to partner with Barrels by the Bay on this program,” said Tom Sagliano, Distribution Center Manager for Coca-Colas Maspeth and Staten Island facilities. “This is a really fun way

for us to give back to communities across Queens and Brooklyn, where so many of our associates are proud to live and work.”

Please visit www.barrelsbythebay.org to learn more about the Barrels by the Bay Hudson Project.

Participating Schools Queens Schools

Brooklyn Schools

Edward Bleeker Junior High (JHS 185)

Alejandrina B. De Gautier (PS/IS 377)

Louis Armstrong Middle School (IS 227)

Alfred De B.Mason (PS 226)

Nathaniel Hawthorne (MS 74)

Cypress Hills Community School (PS/IS 89)

Dorothy Bonawit Kole (PS/IS 49)

Fort Greene Preparatory Academy (K691)

Queens School of Inquiry (Q252)

Gateway Intermediate School (IS 364)

Russell Sage Junior High (JHS 190)

John D. Wells (MS 50)

Sacred a Heart Catholic Academy

Jos De Diego School (PS 84)

Springfield Gardens Intermediate (IS 59)

Mary White Ovington School (PS/IS 30)

St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy

Poly Prep Country Day School

St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Academy

Roland Hayes Junior High (JHS 291)

St. Kevin Catholic Academy

Shell Bank Junior High (IS 14)

The Bay School (PS/MS 105)

Sunset Park Prep (MS 821)

The Holliswood School (PS/IS 178)

The Conselyea School (PS 132)

The Howard Beach School (PS/MS 146)

The Fort Hamilton School (PS/IS 104)

The Kew-Forest School

The Young Womens Leadership School

The Lowell School

W.A. Cunningham (JHS/ IS 234)

The Steinway School (IS 141)

Walter Crowley Intermediate School (IS 005)

East Fordham Academy for the Arts (Bronx)

William Carr Junior High (JHS 194)

Highbridge Green School (Bronx)

The William W. Niles School (Bronx)

Benjamin Altman School (Manhattan)

Jessie Isador Straus School (Manhattan)

SFDS Week of September 25th 2017

Dear Families,

 

Happy Fall! I am pleased to report that our students have joyfully embraced the rhythms of a productive and engaging school day.  We look forward to the last week of September next week:

 

Congratulations!: A very big Congratulations to our Pre-K teacher, Mrs. Marianne Caruso and her family on the birth of her daughter, Violet, who arrived today weighing in at 7 lbs 13 oz. We wish them all the best with their new little blessing.

 

Bagel Day: Just a reminder that this Monday 9/25 will begin our bagel lunches for Grades K-8.

 

Nut Free: St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy has been and will continue to be a peanut-free environment because of the increasing number of students with severe allergies. This means that every child is asked to bring snacks and lunches free of any peanuts or nuts. Please be sure to follow this regulation as you put children with allergies in danger.

 

Lego: We begin STEM Challenge with Lego enrichment activity this Thursday 9/28 for Grades 2-5. The program begins right after school and ends at 4pm.  For more information please click here.

 

Tuition: Just a reminder that the third tuition payment was due at the beginning of this week. As communicated in prior correspondences, billing is now done through OptionC so you will no longer be receiving the manila envelopes. You can check your balance, due dates, etc. by logging in through the Parent Portal on OptionC. After much consideration, we will not be able to have credit card payments this year. After looking into it, the fees that go along with credit card payments are too high to be feasible. You can, however, set up automatic bank payments through your checking account, in which case sending in a physical check would not be necessary.

School Yard/Parking Lot: As discussed at a few different times last year, we are asking all parents to please watch your children in the school yard after they have been dismissed from school. We have had several instances about children on scooters riding into other children. There should be no bike riding or scooter riding in the schoolyard until after all classes have been dismissed. In the past, weve also had issues with families parking their cars in the lot. Please understand that we use the school yard for recess and dismissal, so if you could please try to find street parking, that would be very much appreciated. If parking in the school yard is needed please do so in the 129th and Rockaway Beach Blvd Corner.  

High School Fair:  On Monday September 25th at 7pm in the School Gym our 7th and 8th Grade Students and Families are invited to St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy Annual High School Night. Come and meet with representatives (Students and Faculty) from various High Schools such as Holy Cross, Sacred Heart (Hempstead), Xavier, St. Francis Prep, Notre Dame, Christ the King, Archbishop Molloy, The Mary Louis Academy, St. Saviour, St. Edmund Prep, Chaminade, McClancy, Fontbonne Hall Academy, Xaverian and Bishop Kearney …A special thank you to Mrs. Martello for putting this night together.

Ridgewood Banking Day: Starting Tuesday 9/26, our weekly Ridgewood Banking Day will take place. This is a great way to teach our kids the importance of saving and using their money wisely. Next week your child will be sent home information on how to sign up for this program. If you are a current smart saver participant all you need to do is send in your passbook along with a completed school banking deposit slip on Tuesday.

Parish Affiliation Form: There are still many families that have not returned the Parish Affiliation Form, please do this as soon as possible as we try to keep all of our records up to date. If you need another form please click here.

Please remember this form is necessary to keep an affiliated tuition rate.

Lunch Duty:   We are in need of some parents to help volunteering for our lunch periods. If you are VIRTUS trained and are able to do the lunch duty, we certainly appreciate it. We are continuing to assign lunch duty using a web-based service called Sign Up. It enables those who want to do lunch duty to sign up for slots on specific days with email reminders. It is our hope this will help with the number of cancellations and no shows from families.

 

To sign up for lunch duty please use the website: Lunch Duty Sign Up

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

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

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

Volunteers, thank you so much for all of your help!

 

Fundraising Corner

Box Tops for Education: We are rocking and rolling with the first contest of this school year.  Hopefully you got a head start on collecting over the summer. The first contest will be a grade competition with the winning grade winning a pizza party. Start sending those box tops in. The contest will end on Friday, October 27th.  Please make sure your name and class are on your submissions or they cannot be tallied for your grade. Good luck!

For a collection sheet please click here.

 

Yankee Candle Fundraiser: The first fundraiser of the year began this week. Please support St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy and at the same time pick up a something to make your home or car smell great. Yankee Candles make an excellent gift for any occasion. Also sent home was a catalog called Believe with many items such as gift wrap and household items. Please use the separate order form and envelope if ordering from this catalog.

You can shop online as well at Yankee Candle

Click on the ‘Seller Login‘ button and fill out the ‘Signup to be a seller form‘.

Use the group number for our school 990009599.

Any questions feel free to contact the main office.

Thanks as always for supporting the school.

The sale ends on October 10th.  

 

Upcoming Events (Save the Date)

Just a reminder that Friday October 6th 2017 is the last day that students are allowed to wear their summer uniforms. Starting on Tuesday October 10th students need to be in complete winter uniform.  

Have a great weekend!

SFDS Week of September 18th 2017

The Lord is always nearby, lifting you up after you fall and pushing you to grow and to make even better choices, with great courage and generosity with magnanimity for the greater glory of God.- Pope Francis

 

Dear Families,

Another busy week comes to a close here at SFDS. Your children were hard at work this week; it was great to see everyone back in action. A special thank you to all who came out last night for our Back to School Night. Now onto the week ahead.

 

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

 

Bald on the Beach: Bald on the Beach will also be held on this Sunday September 17th here at St. Francis de Sales from 8:30am-1:30pm.

Join St. Francis de Sales Parish and our National Junior Honor Society for this special St. Baldrick’s event, and whether you decide to shave your head, volunteer, support, or donate, we hope you’ll be a part of the excitement!

The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is a volunteer-powered charity that funds more in childhood cancer research grants than any organization except the U.S. government. Get involved and you’ll be giving hope to infants, children, teens and young adults fighting childhood cancers! For more information, how to donate, or sign yourself or child up to be a shavee please click here.

 

We hope to see many academy families at both events this Sunday.

 

Go Gold for Childhood Cancer: As many people know September is pediatric cancer awareness month. This Friday all students may dress down for a $1 and Go Gold for Childhood Cancer. Students are asked to wear Gold or yellow shirts on this dress down day. All proceeds from the dress down day are going to the St. Baldricks Foundation.

 

Pay it Forward Victims of Hurricane Harvey: As a community, we all know the unimaginable feeling of what it is like, to go through a natural disaster, with the effects of Superstorm Sandy, that hit, right here in our own backyard.  With the help of neighbors, near and far, our community was able to find hope and get back to our lives, despite the challenges many of us faced.  

There was one particular school community that helped us here at St. Francis de Sales school community tremendously.  This was St. Ambrose, from Houston, Texas. Now, they need our help. Hurricane Harvey left much destruction to their community. The Sr. Maura Clarke National Junior Honor Society of St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy is asking for assistance for their Pay It Forward program.  The members will be collecting gift cards or a monetary donation of any size. If you are making a monetary donation over $20 please do so by check. We ask that you make a check out to the Academy, and we will send one large check to St. Ambrose.  As a school community, we will continue to keep ALL those affected by the national disasters throughout the world, especially Hurricane Harvey and Irma.  We pray, families find hope and the love of Christ, to get them through.

 

 

8th Grade Graduation Meeting: Please remember the special 8th Grade Parent Graduation/High School Meeting is this Monday September 18th at 6:00pm in the Small Hall. Please come to ask any last minute questions on the high school admissions process (Catholic High Schools and Public High Schools) and to have a conversation on what graduation will look like for the Class of 2018 (Graduation, Dinner Dance,  Graduation Trip, etc.)  

Please note that this meeting is not in regard to planning the dinner dance, we will plan a meeting soon after the TACHS exam in early November.

Pizza Days: All pizza money and order forms should of been handed in by today. To guarantee your child getting Pizza this Thursday (grades K-4) or Friday (grades 5-8) the order from must be handed in no later than Monday morning. This order from will cover the 1st half of the school year. If you need an order form you can print one out by clicking here.

 

After School Program Begins: Saint Francis de Sales Catholic Academy’s Afterschool program will begin this Monday, September 18th 2017. Any questions about After School please give the main office a call. Please note that all after school registration should occur no later than the Friday before, only in a real emergency should an after school registration occur during the week of. Please help us with this to make our after school program run smoothly.

For more information including this weeks registration form please click here.

 

Balanced Kidz: This week the 1st of our enrichment programs begins. This Monday  (grades 4-6) and Thursday (Grades K-3) begin Balanced Kidz in the Small Hall. Please refer to the registration flyer and school calendar to future dates this Fall.

 

Lunch Duty: We are in need of some parents to help volunteering for our lunch periods. If you are VIRTUS trained and are able to do the lunch duty, we certainly appreciate it. We are continuing to assign lunch duty using a web-based service called Volunteer Spot. It enables those who want to do lunch duty to sign up for slots on specific days with email reminders. It is our hope this will help with the number of cancellations and no shows from families.

 

To sign up for lunch duty please use the website: Lunch Duty Sign Up

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

Volunteers, thank you so much for all of your help!

 

Fundraising Corner

Box Tops for Education: This is the official start to the first contest of this school year.  Hopefully you got a head start on collecting over the summer. The first contest will be a grade competition with the winning grade winning a pizza party. Start sending those box tops in. The contest will end on Friday, October 27th.  Please make sure your name and class are on your submissions or they cannot be tallied for your grade. Good luck!

For a collection sheet please click here.

 

Yankee Candle Fundraiser: The first fundraiser of the year begins this Monday students will be sent home with a packet from Yankee Candle for our annual fall Yankee Candle fundraiser. Please support St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy and at the same time pick up a something to make your home or car smell great. Yankee Candles make an excellent gift for any occasion. Also being sent home is a catalog called Believe with many items such as gift wrap and household items. Please use the separate order form and envelope if ordering from this catalog.

You can shop online as well at Yankee Candle

Click on the ‘Seller Login‘ button and fill out the ‘Signup to be a seller form‘.

Use the group number for our school 990009599.

Any questions feel free to contact the main office.

Thanks as always for supporting the school.

The sale ends on October 10th.  

 

Upcoming Events (Save the Date)

High School Night: On Monday September 25th at 7pm in the School Gym our 7th and 8th Grade Students and Families are invited to St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy Annual High School Night. Come and meet with representatives (Students and Faculty) from various High Schools such as Holy Cross, Sacred Heart, Hempstead, Xavier, St. Francis Prep, Notre Dame, Christ the King, Archbishop Molloy, The Mary Louis Academy, St. Saviour, St. Edmund Prep, Chaminade, McClancy, Fontbonne Hall Academy, Xaverian and Bishop KearneyA special thank you to the St. Francis de Sales National Junior Honor Society along with Mrs. Rori Martello for putting this night together.

 

Have a great weekend! Hope to see you Sunday.

SFDS Week of September 11th 2017

The attacks of September 11th were intended to break our spirit. Instead we have emerged stronger and more unified. We feel renewed devotion to the principles of political, economic and religious freedom, the rule of law and respect for human life. We are more determined than ever to live our lives in freedom.”  Rudy Giuliani

Dear Families,

We had a wonderful first week here at the school! Your children arrived on Wednesday with big smiles across their faces. The first couple of days were filled with excitement, introductions, and reuniting with friends, teachers and peers.  As we walked around the building, it was so nice to see both our students and teachers hard at work. And of course, we began the 2017-2018 school year with a joyful Opening of School Mass.  I know next week we will hit the ground running for our first full week of school.

September 11th Day of Remembrance Prayer Service: All are invited to join us at 1:15 on Monday September 11th to pray as a community and remember the tragic events of September 11, 2001. Weather permitting, we will be gathering in the Prayer Garden, located on the Southeast corner of Rockaway Beach Blvd and Beach 129th Street. If we have inclement weather, we will be meeting at St. Francis de Sales Church.

Meet the Teacher Night (K-8): On Thursday September 14th at 7pm, you will have the opportunity to meet your child’s teachers and to get an overview of their child’s educational program.

Mark your calendars for this great night to spend time with your child’s teachers and learn about the day in the life of a St. Francis de Sales student.  

The schedule of the night is as follows:

6:50pm Doors Open

7:00pm-7:25pm: General Session for entire school in the school gym. We will be trying our best to start on time so not to delay the two teacher sessions.

7:30pm-7:55pm: Teacher Session #1

8:00pm-8:25pm: Teacher Session #2

Please note that Grades 5-8 have a different schedule so parents can see all four teachers.  

This night is an information night. If there are any pressing issues or matters that need to be discussed with the teachers please make an appointment to see them at another date. Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate individual conversations on Meet the Teacher night, but would be more than happy to set up a time to discuss your child(ren). The teachers will be presenting the same information twice to accommodate those families that may have more than one child in the school.

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

Summer Uniform: This week we were very accepting of students out of uniform yet do expect that corrections be made by next Monday. Just a reminder that summer uniform consists of the following:

Boys and Girls Grades 1-8

Tan uniform shorts, blue golf shirts with the school emblem, black or brown shoe (sneakers and sandals are not permitted; Sperrys/Boat shoes without design or bright colors may be worn with white/black socks), white/black socks and a black or brown belt.

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

Pre-K and Kindergarten

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

For more information about uniforms including our winter uniform policy please click here.

Please check with our uniform policy before buying shoes, socks and belts for the 2017-2018 school year.  

Pre-K and Nursery Start: This week Pre-Kindergarten and Nursery both begin here at St. Francis. All week Pre-K is in school from 7:55am to 12pm. Our Nursery program meets on Monday for 30 minutes at their assigned time and than begin their regular scheduled time on Wednesday September 13th.

Lunch Duty: We are in need of some parents to help volunteering for our lunch periods. If you are VIRTUS trained and are able to do the lunch duty, we certainly appreciate it. We are continuing to assign lunch duty using a web-based service called Volunteer Spot. It enables those who want to do lunch duty to sign up for slots on specific days with email reminders. It is our hope this will help with the number of cancellations and no shows from families.

To sign up for lunch duty please use the website: Lunch Duty Sign Up

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

Volunteers, thank you so much for all of your help!

Peanut/Nut Free: St. Francis de Sales has been and will continue to be a peanut-free environment because of the increasing number of students with severe allergies. This means that every child is asked to bring snacks and lunches free of any peanuts or nuts. For more information please click here.

Enrichment Programs: We are proud to offer various enrichment opportunities exclusively to the students of St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy. Enrichment program offerings and registration forms will be distributed next Monday. This year will we will be offering the following enrichment opportunities:

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

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

Wednesdays: School House Chess (Grades K-5)

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

Please be aware that registration for these sessions is limited.

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

Afterschool Program: Saint Francis de Sales Catholic Academy’s Afterschool program will begin on Monday, September 18th 2017. Afterschool registration forms and information is available on our website or by clicking here.

Early Morning Drop Off Program: Starting on Monday September 11th we will be offering an Early Morning Drop off program from 7am-7:40am each day. For more information about this program please click here.

Change of Plans: We all know that life gets in the way at times and plans change. For your child’s safety, please inform the office if there is a change of pickup or usage of the bus by note or email (before 9am). If it is last minute it will have to be by office phone.

Bald on the Beach: Finally save the date for Bald on the Beach here at St. Francis de Sales on Sunday September 17th from 8:30am-1:30pm. Join St. Francis de Sales Parish and our National Junior Honor Society for this special St. Baldrick’s event, and whether you decide to shave your head, volunteer, or donate, we hope you’ll be a part of the excitement! The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is a volunteer-powered charity that funds more in childhood cancer research grants than any organization except the U.S. government. Get involved and you’ll be giving hope to infants, children, teens and young adults fighting childhood cancers! For more information, how to donate, or sign yourself or child up to be a shavee please click here.

Please note we will be having a dress down day on Friday 9/22 where students will Go Gold for Childhood Cancer Research. All proceeds will be donated to St. Baldricks.

Have a great weekend!