SFDS Week of June 19th

Dear Families,

 

What Is A Dad?

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

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

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

– Unknown

 

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

 

The long awaited last day of school is fast approaching! The 2016-2017 school year is drawing to a close, and from all indications, it has been a very productive one. Thank you for placing your faith in Saint Francis and for entrusting your children, your prized treasures, to our care. On behalf of the entire school community, we wish you a very happy, healthy and safe, fun-filled summer vacation. The school offices will be open on various days over the summer, please refer to the calendar on the website for hours.

Congrats to the Class of 2017 who graduate from St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy tonight. We wish them all the best as they move into the next chapter of their lives.

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

Final Week Schedule:

Monday 6/19

Full day of school for Grades 1-7

Grade 8 Graduation Trip

Grade 7 Confirmation Retreat

Grade 5-6 Beach Party (Weather permitting)

Kindergarten Step-Up at 10am

 

Tuesday 6/20

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

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

 

Wednesday 6/21

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

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

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

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

 

Thursday 6/22

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

Report Cards Distributed

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

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

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

Have a great summer!

SFDS Week of June 12th

Dear Families,

 

Congratulations! Today is your day.

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

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

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

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

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

Congrats to the Class of 2017 who will be graduating next Friday at 6pm from St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy. We wish them all the best as they move into the next chapter of their lives…

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

Beach Parties: As we come to the home stretch of the end of the year we have our end of the year beach parties to celebrate the close of another year of learning. This week Grades 1, 2, 3 and 7 will have their Beach Parties. Please follow the directives that were given out by the classroom teacher and class captains in earlier correspondences.

 

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

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

 

Box Tops: Today a ziploc bag went home with your child to begin to start collecting box tops over the summer for our fall contest during the 2017-2018 school year. We had a very successful collection this year and know next year we will do even better. As always thank you for all your support.

 

Paperwork: ?If any child is transferring from St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy at the end of this academic year, their records will most likely need to be sent to their new school. Please request that as soon as possible as many schools are closed for the summer and ask for that information before the end of June. To guarantee this paperwork is sent before the end of the year the latest the request can be made is June 16th 2017. Any requests after that date will be done in a timely manner.

 

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

To sign up for lunch duty please use the website below

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

Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:

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

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

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

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

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

Please note that you can sign up for lunch duty from now until 06/16/17.

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

 

Have a great weekend!

SFDS Week of June 5th 2017

Dear Families,

 

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

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

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

Science State Exam: On Monday June 5th, both grades 4 and 8 will be taking the written New York State Science exam. We encourage each child to eat a healthy breakfast and get a good nights sleep the night before.

 

1/2 Day: We will be having a 12n dismissal on Wednesday June 7th for a Teacher Professional Development in the afternoon. Students may dress down on this day but please be mindful that no sandals, flip flops, short shorts, tank tops, sleeveless jerseys, etc. will be allowed. Please remind your children when they leave on Wednesday as we want to avoid having a child call home to have a change of clothes delivered before they can go up to class.

 

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

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

Class of 2017 Graduation Mass and Dinner Dance: On Friday June 9th, the 8th grade will kick off their final graduation exercises with a Mass of Thanksgiving and Dinner Dance at 6pm. A separate email was sent to 8th grade families with all final details earlier this week. Please feel free to be in touch with any questions.

 

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

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

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

 

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

To sign up for lunch duty please use the website below

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

Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:

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

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

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

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

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

Please note that you can sign up for lunch duty from now until 06/16/17.

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

 

Have a great weekend!

SFDS Week of May 29th 2017

Dear Families,

 

And they who for their country die shall fill an honored grave, for glory lights the soldier’s tomb, and beauty weeps the brave.

— Joseph Rodman Drake, To the Defenders of New Orleans

 

Memorial Day has come to signify the start of summer for many Americans and is often celebrated with cookouts, family get-togethers, road races and concerts. But the real meaning of Memorial Day has, for too many Americans, gotten lost in holiday hoopla. Memorial Day was created as an occasion to honor those who have paid the ultimate price to ensure our freedom. It is our opportunity to stop and give thanks for the many who have died protecting that freedom. Let us this weekend keep all those who have died for this country in our prayers.

Memorial Day Parade: Please join us this Monday May 29th and join the Academy community to march in the Memorial Day Parade. St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy will be marching in the parade at 11:30am in the morning following the Memorial Day Mass at 10:30am. The parade starts right here on 129th street.  We would love to see everyone come out for this special event. All students are encouraged to wear their uniform on this day. We will be marching until 121st street.

 

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

 

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

 

Class of 2018 Ring/Pin Service: The Class of 2018 (7th graders) will receive their class rings and pins in St. Francis de Sales Church on Tuesday 5/30 at 7pm. A small reception will follow in the Small Hall. All 7th graders are asked to report to the Small Hall at 6:30pm.

 

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

 

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

 

Paperwork: If any child is transferring from St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy for the 2017-2018 school year, most likely their records will need to be sent to their new school. Please request that as soon as possible as many schools are closed for the summer and ask for that information before the end of June.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

To sign up for lunch duty please use the website below

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

Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:

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

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

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

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

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

Please note that you can sign up for lunch duty from now until 06/16/17.

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

SFDS Week of May 22nd 2017

Dear Families,

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Ascension Thursday: Forty Days after the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, the Acts of the Apostles records Jesus’ ascension into heaven.  In the Roman Catholic Church, it is one of the universally celebrated feasts, ranking with the feasts of the Passion, of Easter, and Pentecost. The Academy community will gather at 10:15am in to celebrate liturgy.  Families are invited to join the Academy at this special mass.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Memorial Day Parade: Please save the date for Monday May 29th and join the Academy community to march in the Memorial Day Parade. St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy will be marching in the parade at 11:30am in the morning following the Memorial Day Mass at 10:30am. The parade starts right here on 129th street.  We would love to see everyone come out for this special event. All students are encouraged to wear their uniform on this day.

 

Paperwork: If any child is transferring from St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy for the 2017-2018 school year, most likely their records will need to be sent to their new school. Please request that as soon as possible as many schools are closed for the summer and ask for that information before the end of June.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

To sign up for lunch duty please use the website below

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

Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:

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

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

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

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

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

Please note that you can sign up for lunch duty from now until 06/16/17.

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

SFDS Week of May 15th

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 15th:

 

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 and Ms. Finlayson for preparing our students to receive the Body of Christ.

 

2017 St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy Family Survey: The following is a short anonymous family survey. Please take a few moments before Monday May 22nd  to give some feedback on your experience this year here at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy. We appreciate your time and all responses. Please note that the responses from this survey are helpful for the academy to make decisions for the 2017-2018 school year. As of today about 8% of families have participated. For access to the survey please click here.

Thanks again.

 

Summer Uniform: Last Monday students began to wear their summer uniforms. Just a reminder that summer uniform (grades 1-8) consists of the school blue polo shirt and khaki shorts. Students should be wearing shoes (Black or Brown). Students should not be wearing sneakers or sandals. Socks should be regular white/black socks. Please be sure that your child(ren) are following our school uniform policies

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

 

5th Grade

1st Place: Bobby L, Matty M John O’, Kevin G

2nd Place: Patrick M

3rd Place: Andrew C, Timothy H, John F

 

6th Grade

1st Place: Logan B Kyle F Tim Fischer, Matt T

2nd Place: Julia T Catherine D, Brigit B

3rd Place: Grace B, Lily O

 

7th Grade

1st Place: Elizabeth C

2nd Place: Emily B Annie M, Lucy O’Brien, Elizabeth Z

3rd Place: Kristen M, Allyn R

 

Congrats to winner of 8th Grade Raffle: Theresa O’Sullivan was the winner of the big 8th Grade Raffle! Thank you to all who supported this fundraiser over the last couple of months. All money raised will be used for the 8th Grade Dinner Dance.

 

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

 

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 19th 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.

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 16th, 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.

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

 

Memorial Day Parade: Please save the date for Monday May 29th and join the Academy community to march in the Memorial Day Parade. More information will be given in the next week.  We would love to see everyone come out for this special event.

 

Spring Carnival: The National Junior Honor Society is sponsoring our annual Spring Carnival to be held on Friday May 19th, 2017. 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. Edwards and Ms. Killian for coordinating this fun event!

 

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

 

Box Tops: This week we saw a huge increase in the number of box tops brought in.  Thank you to everyone that has brought them in.  Let’s keep them coming! Current standings: 1st grade is in the lead with 619 box tops and in a close second is 4th grade with 539.  This competition is far from over so keep bringing them in! Just a note… box tops that are expired are not counted towards the collection as they cannot be submitted.

 

Cyclones: Join us for our second 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 $17 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.

 

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

To sign up for lunch duty please use the website below

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

Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:

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

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

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

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

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

Please note that you can sign up for lunch duty from now until 06/16/17.

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

SFDS Week of May 1st 2017

Dear Families,

Hopefully we can leave the rain and gloomy weather behind as we, unbelievably, begin the month of May in just a few days. The end of the year is always a very busy time, and before we know it, we’ll be on the beach for summer vacation.

 

Lots of exciting things are happening in the upcoming week of May 1st:

 

Bittersweet News: A few weeks ago, Ms. Lograno let me know that the 2016-2017 school year was going to be her last here at St. Francis. Whether you’ve been a part of the SFDS family for many years or just a few months, I’m sure you realize what an important person Ms. Lograno is to our school community. Her dedication and hard work on behalf of the children and each one of us has been unwavering during her time as our school secretary. She is truly a one-of-a-kind person and it goes without saying that she will be sorely missed here at St. Francis.

 

Congratulations Mrs. Lograno!

 

Math State Exams: On Tuesday May 2, Wednesday May 3 and Thursday May 4, grades 4, 6 and 8 will be taking their Math New York State Exams. The best way to prepare for these tests is getting a good night’s sleep each night before, and eating a well-rounded and nutritious breakfast the morning of. We know students are going to be doing their very best. Unless your child is ill or their is a family emergency please make sure that they attend school that day.

 

First Communion: Our second grade’s special sacrament is fast approaching. They’ve worked and prayed all year in preparation for their First Holy Communion. We know it will be a wonderful day for all our second grade families. On Saturday May 6, SFDS Parishioners in 2A will be receiving First Holy Communion at 11a at St. Francis de Sales Parish and SFDS Parishioners in 2B will be receiving it on May 13th at 11a at St. Francis de Sales Parish. Those receiving the sacrament at Blessed Trinity Parish will receive it either at St. Thomas More on May 6 at 12n or St. Genevieve’s on May 13th at 12n

 

Book Fair and Golf Outing Thank You: We’d like to make a point to publicly thank two parents who have worked on two of our school fundraisers, the Scholastic Book Fair and the Annual Golf Outing. Mrs. Rita Martin and Mr. Jamie Agoglia have dedicated their time year after year and we are very appreciative of all their hard work. We could not have this wonderful school without the help of all of our fantastic parent volunteers. Thank you!

 

½ Day Wednesday 5/3: Just a reminder that Wednesday May 3rd is a 12:00n dismissal. There is no After School available. All students can dress down, 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.

 

Stop and Shop: Our Stop and Shop fundraiser was a great success this school year. With your help, the school received $3550! A very special thank you to Mrs. Lori Grace who coordinates this fundraiser over the course of the year.

 

Spring Carnival: The National Junior Honor Society is sponsoring our annual Spring Carnival to be held on Friday May 19th, 2017. 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. Edwards and Ms. Killian for coordinating this fun event!

 

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

 

Box Tops: The Box Tops ice cream party competition is well underway.  Currently, the 4th grade is leading by a small margin ahead of the 6th and 3rd grades.  There’s still plenty of time to get those box tops in.  Please remember to put your name and class on your submissions.  Currently there are over 100 box tops that have been turned in that can’t be credited to a class.  Check out the poster in the main hallway to see how your class is doing!

 

Cyclones: Join us for our second 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 $17 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.

 

Spring Fling: On Friday May 12th we will be hosting our last dance of the year for our 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. Tickets are $10, and no tickets will be sold at the door.

 

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

To sign up for lunch duty please use the website below

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

Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:

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

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

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

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

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

Please note that you can sign up for lunch duty from now until 06/16/17.

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

St. Francis de Sales Night at the Brooklyn Cyclones: June 20th 2017

On Tuesday, June 20, 2017, Saint Francis de Sales Catholic Academy is planning a School Spirit Night fundraiser at MCU Park, Home of Brooklyn Cyclones Baseball. Come to historic Coney Island to see The Brooklyn Cyclones take on The Staten Island Yankees.  The game starts at 7 p.m.

 

Please see the below flyer for full details. If you would like to attend, send the cut-off at the bottom of the flyer with your payment of $17 per ticket to the school office. We are aware from past baseball park fundraisers that many families like to sit together. While we cannot guarantee any seating arrangements, we suggest that you send one order to cover everyone in your group.

 

ALL ORDERS MUST BE RECEIVED BY MONDAY, MAY 15.

 

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

 

SFDS Week of April 24th

Dear Families,

 

Happy Easter! The days of Lent and the winter weather are now gone and we look forward to warmer days and the new life that the Risen Lord has brought us. It is unbelievable that in two weeks we begin the month of May, and will be in the home stretch of the 2016- 2017 school year.

During this time of year many events have been planned; the celebration of the sacrament of the First Eucharist, Grade 7 Ring/Pin celebration, band recital, Graduation, just to name a few….  It is a joyful time to be around Saint Francis!  At the same time, it is tempting to get into the summer mindset prematurely. We still have a lot to accomplish!  Please remind your children that the hard work of being a student does not decrease when the temperature increases.  Also, the high expectations of respect in our interactions with each other knows no season, takes no holiday.

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

 

Golf Outing: On Thursday April 27th  we will be having our Annual Golf Classic held at the Hempstead Golf and Country Club.

Please consider taking a hole sponsorship with your family name displayed or a special cause or business you may wish to advertise. A beautiful sign will be displayed on a given golf hole or two displaying your support for our great school. More details are in the brochure. This is truly appreciated.

Lastly, please jump in on a great day on the golf course where we enjoy fellow neighbors & friends for a full day of golf followed up by great eats and drinks on the course & post-golf dinner. Put your foursomes together as soon as possible to help secure a successful fundraiser and your foursome on this truly special day. Anyone may drop off monies at the rectory as well.  Thank You.

The success of this day, April 27th, requires all of us even if you do not golf.  As we rely on fundraisers such as the Annual Golf Classic to help support the education and growth of our students here at St. Francis de Sales. If anyone has any questions, concerns or inquiries, please contact Jamie Agoglia -Golf Chairman at 516-316-0807

 

Spring Book Fair: The Book Fair is coming back! Each class will have a scheduled time to visit the Fair (please see attached) in the School Gym throughout the 3 days it will be here: April 25-27th. But you don’t have to wait until then to get ahead of your shopping! Our Online Sale will be open and ready for business beginning on April 20th. You can find our Online Book Fair by clicking here. Thanks to all our book Fair volunteers for their help, especially our Coordinator, Mrs. Rita Martin.

 

Holocaust Remembrance Day: On Monday April 24th, our 5th through 8th graders will be participating in a Holocaust Remembrance Day through an online field trip, hosted by the Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County.

 

Coffee with the Principal Rescheduled: Due to a Parish event in Fr. Reddy Hall on Friday April 7th, Coffee with the Principal scheduled for that day had to be moved to Friday April 28th at 9:30am. I hope we will have a good crowd to discuss some upcoming events and exciting initiatives here at the academy.

 

Dress Down Day for Chocolate Sale: Any student who participated in the World’s Finest Chocolate Sale are invited to dress down on Friday April 28th. Students who can dress down will receive a No Uniform Today pass from their homeroom teacher when we return from break.

 

6th Grade Trip: The 6th Grade will be seeing Charlie and the Chocolate Factory on Broadway on Wednesday April 26th. Students, teachers, and chaperones will be leaving school by bus at 11a and should be returning by 5p.

 

Pop Hop Volunteer: We are very excited for our 2nd Annual Pop Hop on Friday May 19th. Mrs. Moriarty and Mrs. Shaw, our Pop Hop coordinators, have already begun the planning process. If any mom is interested in volunteering, please reach out to Mrs. Shaw at glifeofreilly@aol.com

 

Box Tops: We will be starting our last contest when we return from Easter break. This last contest is a group contest. The grade that brings in the most Box Tops between now and May 31st will receive an ice cream party toward the end of the year. A special thank you to Mrs. Henning for coordinating our box top fundraiser this year.

 

Summer Uniform: Starting on Monday May 8th students can begin to wear their summer uniforms. This is just a reminder if anyone needs to purchase summer uniforms you should think of ordering them soon. Also please note that students may wear their summer uniform any day the temperature is above 75 degrees (Click here to check weather)

 

Save the Date: June 14th 2017 Flynn and O’Hara will be at school to measure students for their uniforms for the 2017-2018 school year.

 

Spring Fling: On Friday May 12th we will be hosting our last dance of the year for our 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. Tickets are $10, and no tickets will be sold at the door.

 

Spring Concert: Members of the Paul Effman Band, please save the date! Tuesday May 23rd at 7pm is our fourth annual St Francis de Sales School Band Spring Concert.

 

St. Vincent de Paul: As we are now officially into the third trimester, please remember that the 6th, 7th and 8th grade are asked to complete 10, 15, and 20 service hours respectively before the end of each school year. Students must complete a log and reflection, and submit both to Mrs. Martello for approval in order to meet the requirement. For more information and to print the necessary documents, please click here. Any questions please email Mrs. Martello at rmartello@stfrancisschoolbh.net

 

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

To sign up for lunch duty please use the website below

Lunch Duty Sign Up

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

Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:

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

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

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

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

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

Please note that you can sign up for lunch duty from now until 06/16/17.

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

 

Have a great week we will see everyone on the 24th!