Dear St. Francis de Sales Catholic Family,
As the calendar turns to June and we head into the final month of the school year it is with heartfelt words that I write this to inform you that at the end of the school year one of our Kindergarten teachers Mrs. Sally Quinn and one of our 1st grade teachers Mrs. Tara Davan will be retiring from Catholic Education.
I know I speak for everyone when I say it has been a pleasure to work with Mrs. Quinn. For almost forty years the children of the Diocese of Brooklyn have had the good fortune to experience a wonderful woman who gave her all to the students, staff and families in our community. Most importantly she is a living example of Christ’s message of love. She will be most remembered for her 25 years of being a Kindergarten teacher here at St. Francis, a program that she helped build. We wish Mrs. Quinn a wonderful retirement both here on the beaches of Rockaway and in her 2nd home, Walt Disney World.
Mrs. Davan has taught for over twenty years in the Diocese of Brooklyn most recently for over ten years here at Saint Francis de Sales. Throughout that time she has always shown a knowledgeable approach to the material that she taught and worked so hard for all of her students. Although we will miss Mrs. Davan with our school family, we wish her luck and relaxation in her retirement.
On behalf of the current and past administrations I would like to thank Mrs. Quinn and Mrs. Davan for serving the children of Saint Francis all these years. We wish them the best of luck in their retirement.
See below some issues and topics that will help all be successful during the week of June 1st.
Congrats on Completing My Catholic Faith Delivered: We would like to recognize the following students who have completed the My Catholic Faith Delivered Program for their grade level.
- Anthony Capek
- Mackenzie Capek
- Mairead Henning
- Erik Johnson
- Bianka Dynak
- Charlotte Long
- Charles Cozeolio
- Brendan Rudolph
Please note that the My Catholic Faith Delivered program will be available to all students in Grades 1-4 from now until the end of the summer.
Class of 2020 Updates: This Wednesday the Class of 2020 will have the opportunity to participate in a Graduation Retreat. This will include activities, talks, breakout rooms, and worship. We do ask that you remind your 8th grader about finding a quiet place at home where they can participate in this retreat. Your 8th grader should be dressed appropriately (no pajamas). On Friday, all 8th graders and their immediate families are invited to join us for our Graduation Drive-Thru Event on 129th street in front of the school and our parking lot at 6pm. Click here to see the route that families should follow. This route will be updated after conferring with the NYPD Community Affairs Office this week on where cars should line up. I can say on behalf of all the teachers that we are so excited to see everybody.
Remember to wear your SFDS Class of 2020 Shirt! Feel free to decorate your car with window paint, banners, balloons, and more! We are very much looking forward to seeing our 8th graders and their families on Friday. Please note that this event is only for the Class of 2020 and the Faculty and Staff so we can keep to the State, City, and Diocesan Guidelines.
Finally, just a reminder of the two Virtual events that are upcoming as well.
- Friday June 12th at 7pm (VIRTUAL EVENT) Baccalaureate Mass, Class of 2020 Slideshow Debut and Service Awards Ceremony
- Friday June 19th at 6pm (VIRTUAL EVENT) Commencement Ceremony
Please note that further details about these events will be forthcoming in the next two weeks. We are also finalizing plans of distributing the diplomas in person to the Class of 2020 for Saturday Morning June 20th. As always, any questions please be in touch.
Step Up: Heading to the next grade is a big step and we like to celebrate it at St. Francis! At the close of our school year our Nursery, Pre-K, and Kindergarten classes are invited to “Step-Up” to their next grade level. It’s a tradition to end the school year and the students love moving up to the next grade. Although we will not be able to have these ceremonies in person this year we are currently planning very special virtual Step-Up ceremonies and want families to save the date. Your child’s teacher has begun to give more information and details about the ceremony. Early next week your child’s teacher will share the link and password for the Step Up ceremony. We do ask that you keep that link and password to yourself. We will be posting each step up a few hours after for all of your friends and family to see. It will be overwhelming if we have more than the 25-30 invited guests to the zoom Step up ceremonies. Any questions feel free to reach out to Mr. Scharbach. We look forward to celebrating this wonderful milestone in your child’s education.
Nursery AM: Monday June 15th at 9am
Nursery PM: Monday June 15th at 11am
Pre-K A: Tuesday June 16th at 9am
Pre-K B: Tuesday June 16th at 11am
Kindergarten A: Thursday June 18th at 9am
Kindergarten B: Thursday June 18th at 11am
Refunds for Various Items: Refunds were made for all canceled events, trips, and after school enrichment programs. If you did not receive your refund please email Mrs. Endall at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This week we continued to make refunds for Bagel Mondays, Pizza and Chicken Finger days.
Refunds will be made through Venmo if that is how you originally paid. All other refunds will come in the form of a check. If you have not received your refund for special lunches by Friday June 5th please let Mrs. Endall know. Any questions in regards to the status of refunds please email Mrs. Endall at email@example.com.
One of our largest fundraisers of the year the Card Party has been postponed until the next school year. All ticket orders, tuition raffles, and chance raffle books have been accounted for. As soon as we can announce a date we will; yet we are planning for the Late Winter of 2021 (March) If you would like to request a refund for a ticket orders, tuition raffles, and chance raffle books please reach out to Fran Brenna at (347) 246-7153 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
2020-2021 School Year: Although there are so many unknowns right now about the next school year we will be doing our best to make sure we are ready for the first day of school in September 2020. As a school we are beginning to inventory subscriptions, workbooks and materials so that we can be ready to go in the Fall. The school website also has a landing page for information regarding the next school year. You can find it by clicking here. We will be building the webpage over the next few weeks so please continue to check it for more information. Presently information in regard to ordering uniforms for next year is posted. The Board of Directors expects to announce and post next year’s tuition schedule by the end of this week.
It has been almost three months since St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy closed its physical buildings in accordance with stay-at-home orders to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. As states across the nation are gradually opening up, institutions are planning and preparing for a return to school in September.
This week I became part of a cross-functional Return to School Task Force of the Diocese of Brooklyn to develop a comprehensive plan for the safe and gradual return to school of our students and employees in the coming academic year. Guided by local, state and federal public health guidelines, the diocese and our school will focus on developing social distancing strategies, health and safety measures, outbreak responses, communication plans and mental health counseling initiatives. As always, the health and safety of students, faculty, administrators, and staff will remain our highest priority in developing plans for reopening the school in September.
During the next three months, the preliminary timeline of activities and plan of work are as follows:
- Continue ongoing development of strategies and action steps for school reopening.
- Communicate plan of action and provide updates to the academy community.
- Initiate return to school plans, particularly those that will require lead time to implement.
- Closely monitor implementation, seek feedback, and adjust strategies as necessary.
As we continue planning we will provide the academy community with regular updates and relevant information regarding reopening plans for September. I pray and hope that we can welcome all members of the St. Francis de Sales community, most especially our incoming and returning students, to school in September.
Paperwork: If any child is transferring from St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy for the 2020-2021 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. This request can be made directly to Mrs. Kenny at email@example.com
Please note all 8th grade records are sent to their high school during the week of June 22nd.
Early Childhood Information Nights: We will be shifting our annual Early Childhood information nights to a digital platform . Starting next week on Tuesday June 9th at 6pm we will be hosting Pre-K information night, on Wednesday June 10th we will be hosting Nursery information night, and on Wednesday June 17th at 6pm, we will invite our incoming Kindergarten parents to join us for the Kindergarten Information Night. On all evenings, the early childhood teachers will be sharing all the details of what is in store for your children who are entering their early childhood years. Parents will be receiving supply lists and summer ideas during this meeting as well. We hope to see everyone there.
Postponements and Cancelations: Just a reminder that due to the school closure and regulations from New York State in regard to bans on large crowds there will be many postponements and cancellations. Please click here for more information. It is our hope to make up many of the events in the next school year when appropriate.
As always for the most up to date school information and calendar please use our website at www.stfrancisschoolbh.org.
Have a great week!