2nd Annual Franny Fun Run/Walk: Saturday November 20th (11am-1pm)

Franny Fun Run

 

The Academy Family Association is proud to announce the second annual 2021 Franny Fun Run/Walk scheduled for Saturday, November 20th, 2021.  The run/walk will take place on Rockaway Beach Boulevard from Beach 129th to Beach 139th Street and back.  Smaller courses will be set up for the younger classes.  The Academy Family Association is currently planning for what should be a fun morning run/walk and a small post-celebration.  The schedule of events for the day includes:

11:00 AM:             Mini Race  (Run or Walk) for Nursery, Pre-K, and Kindergarten students

11:15 AM:             One Mile  (Run or Walk) for Students in Grades 1-8

12:00 – 1:00 PM Post Celebration in the SFDS Schoolyard

***  Please Note: All participants must be accompanied by at least one parent/guardian. 

 

We ask you to join us in supporting our 2nd Annual Franny Fun Run/Walk Fundraiser to help us achieve our goal of school-wide air conditioning. We hope you can help, volunteer, and enjoy this wonderful school event!  Our challenge of $60,000 in donations is attainable if everyone can do their part. All students with any donation by Thursday 11/18 will be able to participate and receive a T-Shirt to wear during the Run/Walk on 11/20.

  • Step 1, on October 20th our families, received an email providing a link to your child’s web-based donation page. If you did not receive your link via email, please search your student’s page here: https://independent.pledgebrite.org/fund/frannyrun21
  • Step 2, Share your donation page via Facebook, Twitter, and Social Media. Also, use the email and text link on the invite and reach out to as many family and St. Francis De Sales Catholic Academy friends requesting their support.   Donations are made via a secure credit card site. We will continue to accept cash or checks, send them to school in an envelope, Attn: Franny Fun Run.  Please include the student’s name and grade along with the donor’s name and if available email.
  • Step 3, check-in often and follow SFDS and your child’s progress as we strive to reach and surpass our goal of $60,000!
  • Reach out again as a reminder to family and friends.

 

Thank you in advance for your cooperation and support!!!

 

Prizes:

1st Prize: Sony PlayStation 5 for the student with the top amount donated

2nd Prize: $400 Kalahari Gift Card for the student with the 2nd highest amount donated

3rd Prize: $200 to Harry Potter store or $200 to American Girl store or Nintendo Lite for the student with the 3rd highest amount donated (winner gets to choose)

 

The Class with the most money donated will earn a party at Callie’s at a date to be determined

 

There will be a Dress Down Day on Friday, December 2nd for reaching your personal goal of $50.00!

2021 Franny Fun Run Sponsorship Opportunities

Dear Friends of St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy:

The Academy Family Association is proud to announce sponsorship opportunities for the second annual 2021 Franny Fun Run/Walk scheduled for Saturday, November 20th, 2021.  The run/walk will take place on Rockaway Beach Boulevard from Beach 129th to Beach 139th Street and back.  Smaller courses will be set up for the younger classes.  The Academy Family Association is currently planning for what should be a fun morning run/walk and a small post-celebration.  The schedule of events for the day includes:

  • 11:00AM:             Mini Race  (Run or Walk) for Nursery, Pre-K and Kindergarten students
  • 11:15AM:             One Mile  (Run or Walk) for Students in Grades 1-8
  • 12:00 – 1:00PM Post Celebration in the SFDS Schoolyard

***  Please Note: All participants must be accompanied by at least one parent/guardian. 

This event is the first major Academy fundraising event of the 2021/21 Academic Year.  All proceeds from event sponsorships will go towards the expense of installing and maintaining new air conditioning systems throughout the entire school building.

Below is a listing and description of the sponsorship opportunities available:

If you are interested in a sponsorship, please reach out to the Academy Family Association at AFA@stfrancisschoolbh.net or you can contact AFA President, Lisa Hayden at (917) 881-1771 or AFA Vice President, Tim Henning at (917) 714-7734. We would kindly ask you to please commit to any sponsorships by Thursday, October 21st.  Thank you.

We thank you in advance for considering sponsoring this important event for us.  We look forward to having a great day with our school community to raise funds for a great cause and have fun as well.

Weekly Update #6 SFDS Week of October 18th

Dear Families,

 

Congratulations and God Bless! On Friday, October 22nd, 2021, and Saturday, October 23rd, 2021, many members of St. Francis de Sales Grade 8 will be blessed by the Holy Spirit. 

Due to the ceremony on 10/22 being at 1 pm the 8th Grade class is off on Friday 10/22. The rest of the school has 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 this year will be receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation at Blessed Trinity Parish.

For those students receiving the sacrament of Confirmation at St. Francis on  10/23, there is a mandatory practice upcoming. For those students receiving at the 11 am Ceremony on 10/23 their Confirmation practice is on Tuesday 10/19 at 6:30 pm. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Greene the Director of Religious Education of St. Francis de Sales Parish. 

Our students in Grades 3-8 have also been hard at work on their Terranova exams this week. They have two more short days of testing on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week. Please note any children absent this past week (Wednesday-Friday) in Grades 3-8 will need to make up the parts they missed early this next week. 

Please take a look at this week’s blast as there is a lot of important information. 

Franny Fun Run: Please save the date for what we hope is a huge fundraiser for our school, the 2nd Annual Franny Fun Run on Saturday, November 20th. If you are interested in being a part of the Fanny Fun Run Committee please email your interest to afa@stfrancisschoolbh.net. Over the weekend we will be emailing information on how you or your business can sponsor this event. Please stay tuned for more information on registration, pledging, prizes, etc.  

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 21, 2021, at 11:00am in the Parish prayer garden.. Students in grades one through eight will be participating in this very special service. Students are asked to bring their rosary beads for this special service. We also ask that all students in Grades 1-8 wear their gym uniforms on this day.  

Pizza Days: We are happy again to offer Pizza Thursdays (Grades K-4) and Fridays (Grades 5-8) from Plum Tomatoes by La Sorrentina every Thursday/Friday this school year for grades K-8. 

Every Thursday or Friday students have the option to purchase pizza for lunch. Each slice is $2.50.

Grades K-4 Order Form: https://forms.gle/6kMgRJu9Nr4xagwt5

Grades 5-8 Order Form:https://forms.gle/u9DXTwJzEaSxXbLw8

NOTE: Please fill out a SEPARATE order form for each child.

After you submit your order you will be charged on your FACTS account. Payment is expected within 20 days of posting. The completed form(s) is due by Friday 10/22. No refunds will be issued if a child is absent.

 

Paul Effman Band: We are so happy that our school band program for 2nd-8th graders will be back up and running this Tuesday. This has been one of the afterschool activities we have wanted to start up again since having to shut down in March of 2020. It will be great to hear music in the halls after school once again. 

Ms. Coon has emailed all families that have registered with their assigned lesson times each week. 

Students have two options for their lessons.

1) Students may go home, get changed, work on HW and return to the school via the Small Hall five minutes before their lesson. (ie. Students who have a 3:45 pm lesson would get dropped off at the Small Hall at 3:40 pm.) 

2) Students may stay in the school in the Small Hall until their lesson time to work on HW. Students will be supervised by an SFDS staff member at this time. Please note there is no fee for this service yet we do ask that students who are using this service are picked up after their lesson or attend our after-school program if they cannot be picked up at that time. 

If you would like to take advantage of this service please email Mrs. Endall at hendall@stfrancisschoolbh.net no later than Sunday 10/17 so we can plan accordingly. If you do not sign up for this service your child will be dismissed at 2:30 pm.  Please note if your child is in the 2:45 pm lesson they must stay and report to the small hall at dismissal. 

Of course if you have any questions please feel free to be in touch. 

Kindergarten and Grade 1 Family Mass: St. Francis de Sales Parish would like to welcome EVERYONE to their first monthly Family Mass of the  2021/2022 Academic Year at 10:00AM on Sunday, October 24th.  Each month they will have specific grades participate in the liturgy. For October, we extend an extra warm welcome to the children of the parish in Kindergarten and First Grade. 

If you have a child that is in Kindergarten or First Grade that would like to volunteer to participate in the liturgy, please complete the form below. Some of the volunteer opportunities that the children may be chosen to assist us with include: bringing up the offertory gifts, serving as greeters before Mass, handing out the bulletins after Mass, and participating in the Prayer of the Faithful.

 All children that volunteer must participate in a brief rehearsal on Friday, October 22, 2021, at 4:30PM in the Church.  Children must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.  

 If your child is interested in volunteering, please complete the form below. 

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScFxmLT5Uo42r2tlPJ-yovkJwak7pB5yf5QD69ZnoE2kFHTrA/viewform?usp=sf_link

 Should you have any questions, please contact the SFDS Family Mass chairs: Lisa Hayden at lisa.c.hayden@gmail.com or Tim Henning at timothyghenning@gmail.com.

2021-2022 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 2021-2022.

To order a yearbook please print out the following Yearbook-Order-Form and send it back to school by Monday  11/1/21. 

If you would like to order a school yearbook, (delivery in June) please put your payment of cash or check (payable to SFDSCA & yearbook on memo line, please do not VENMO) in a sealed envelope and return it to school no later than MONDAY,  NOV 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. 

Safety Around the School: We are asking for your help during drop-off and pickup. Safety is our number one priority at St. Francis and we do not want to see any of our students hurt. What can you do to help?

Please Do Not: 

  • Double park
  • Block driveways of our neighbors
  • Park in no parking zones 
  • Block crosswalks
  • Block school entrances 
  • Honk your horn repeatedly
  • Drive aggressively 
  • Drive fast

Thanks in advance for your cooperation with these safety guidelines. 

I-Ready: Over the last two weeks students in Grades K-8 brought home the results of their beginning of the year i-Ready diagnostic test. Please remember that these results are just a snapshot and one piece of the puzzle they are not the entire picture of where a child is as a learner. 

The i-Ready Diagnostic will provide results that help us identify your child’s strengths and determine the next steps for instruction. We look forward to sharing these results with you now at the end of January and at the end of the year in June providing a learning experience that will engage your child while teaching important skills and concepts. If you have any questions about i-Ready, we recommend that you take a look at a presentation that was given last school year in regard to I-Ready and next steps after the diagnostic test.  https://stfrancisacademybh.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/I-READY-Parent-Meeting-3.2.21.pdf

Winter and Summer Uniforms: A few families have reached out to the school over the past three weeks about major delays in the shipping of winter uniforms from Flynn and O’Hara. Due to these delays, we will be delaying the start of winter uniform until 11/1. This will be the last time we are delaying the start. If you still do not receive your uniform by the week of Monday 10/25 you will need to email Mr. Scharbach at admin@stfrancisschoolbh.net. In your email please include what items you are waiting for, the date of your order, and the student(s) who are affected. We will work on each matter on a case-by-case basis.  

Please note that starting on Monday, November 1st, winter uniforms must be worn. Just a reminder that winter uniforms can always be worn if your family chooses to do so. Summer uniforms are always optional. 

On a separate note, all families that ordered a quarter-zip sweatshirt will be receiving their orders during the upcoming week. 

8th Grade High School Information: Just a quick reminder for our 8th-grade families that high school information has been sent out many times this past month.  Many schools are advertising open houses that will occur during the month of October many this weekend and some next weekend. Also last week the academy pushed the extension “Proctorio” on all school devices. Just a reminder this extension is needed to take the TACHS exam. Please begin to have a discussion with your child this weekend of what device he or she will use for the TACHS exam next month. Please note that the device must meet certain requirements and have a working microphone and camera. Any technical questions should be directed to Mr. Scharbach ASAP. 

 

Fundraising Corner 

Football Frenzy: Football Frenzy is a fundraiser sponsored by St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy. All proceeds directly support the activities of St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy. The fundraiser is based on the 2021-2022 NFL football season with a donation of $20 per ticket. Each ticket includes a different set of three NFL teams each week of the regular season with a chance of winning cash prizes each week. For more information on this raffle please click here.  Please note that all tickets bought in person need to be purchased by Friday 10/22. All tickets ordered online need to be purchased by Friday 10/29. Thanks for your support as always. 

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SAVE THE DATE

AFA Meeting: The Academy Family Association Executive Board is having its first general meeting on Tuesday 10/26 at 7pm. Please see the information below about joining the meeting virtually. 

Saint Francis de Sales is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

 

Topic: Academy Family Association Executive General Meeting

Time: Oct 26, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

 

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82537134015?pwd=bWpZUkpROHBIQ0FOVDRIOE12elpqQT09

 

Meeting ID: 825 3713 4015

Passcode: AFA2021

Orange and Black Dress Down Day: On Friday 10/29 all students will be able to dress down in Orange and Black or their favorite Halloween shirt. 

Picture Day: On Wednesday 11/3 students in Grades 1-7 will be photographed for individual pictures. Class Photos for all classes (Nursery-Grade 8) will be on Wednesday 11/10. More information will be sent home in the coming weeks.  Please note that individual photos for Nursery-Kindergarten and 8th grade will take place after Thanksgiving. 

 

Have a good weekend!

Pizza Day Order Form Grades K-8 Fall/Winter 2021

We are happy again to offer Pizza Thursdays (Grades K-4) and Fridays (Grades 5-8) from Plum Tomatoes by La Sorrentina every Thursday/Friday this school year for grades K-8. 

Every Thursday or Friday for the dates indicated below, students have the option to purchase pizza for lunch.
Each slice is $2.50.
Students in Kindergarten can order one slice (Please note that the slices are cut in half for the children to make it easier to eat)
Students in Grades 1-8 can order up to two slices.

Grades K-4: 11 Pizza Days

Order Form: https://forms.gle/6kMgRJu9Nr4xagwt5
November: 4th and 18th
December: 2nd, 9th, and 16th
January: 6th, 20th, and 27th
February: 3rd, 10th, and 17th

Grades 5-8: 10 Pizza Days

Order Form:https://forms.gle/u9DXTwJzEaSxXbLw8

November: 5th and 19th
December: 3rd, 10th, and 17th
January: 7th, 21st, and 28th
February: 4th, and 18th

NOTE: Please fill out a SEPARATE order form for each child.

After you submit your order you will be charged on your FACTS account. Payment is expected within 20 days of posting.

The completed form(s) is due by Friday 10/22.

No refunds will be issued if a child is absent.

Weekly Update #5 SFDS Week of October 12th

Dear Families,

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 90 minutes a day from Wednesday, October 13th until Wednesday, October 20th. On Monday, October 18th there will be no testing except for makeup exams.  This assessment series is administered to all students attending Catholic elementary schools in the Diocese. The Terra Nova is designed to measure concepts, processes, and objectives taught throughout the nation.  Terra Nova results are used to: analyze strengths and weaknesses of a student’s achievement in each content area; plan for further instruction; plan for curriculum development; and to report progress to parents. 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 week’s blast as there is a lot of important information. 

On to the next week here at the academy. 

Upcoming 4 Day Weekend:  Just a reminder that Friday, October 8th is a scheduled day off for students. This is followed by Monday, October 11th being closed for Columbus Day. Enjoy the 4-day Fall weekend! 

Socktober: On Friday, 10/15 don’t forget to bring in $1 and wear CRAZY socks.

Pizza Day Thank You: Father Michael Gelfant and Father Jeremy Canna the Pastor and the Parochial Vicar of Blessed Trinity Parish were so touched and impressed by the cards for Priesthood Sunday last week. As a token of their appreciation, they would like to treat the entire school (Pre-K-Grade 8 and staff) to a slice of pizza on Friday, October 15th. Please send in a drink with your child that day. If your child does not like Pizza they are more than welcome to bring lunch that day as well. 

Enrichment Programs Starting: Just a reminder that many of our enrichment programs will begin over the next month.  Mad Science on October 13 and Crayola World of Design on October 14th. We anticipate that our band classes will either start on Tuesday 10/19 or Tuesday 10/26. More information will be emailed directly to families that signed up for the band. 

2021-2022 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 2021-2022.

To order a yearbook please print out the following Yearbook-Order-Form and send it back to school by Monday  11/1/21. 

If you would like to order a school yearbook, (delivery in June) please put your payment of cash or check (payable to SFDSCA & yearbook on the memo line, please do not VENMO) in a sealed envelope and return it to school no later than MONDAY,  NOV 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. 

Winter and Summer Uniforms: A few families have reached out to the school over the past two weeks about major delays in the shipping of winter uniforms from Flynn and O’Hara. Due to these delays, we will be delaying the start of winter uniform for one week until 10/25.  Please note that starting on Monday, October 25th, 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. 

Just a reminder that winter uniforms can always be worn if your family chooses to do so. Summer uniforms are always optional. 

We will keep a close eye on this matter and adjust our uniform policy accordingly. 

Upcoming Confirmation Practices: For those students receiving the sacrament of Confirmation at St. Francis on 10/22 and 10/23 there are mandatory practices upcoming. For those students receiving at the 1 pm Ceremony on 10/22, their Confirmation practice is on Thursday 10/14 at 6:30 pm. For those students receiving at the 11 am Ceremony on 10/23 their Confirmation practice is on Tuesday 10/19 at 6:30 pm. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Greene the Director of Religious Education of St. Francis de Sales Parish. 

8th Grade High School Information: Just a quick reminder for our 8th-grade families that high school information has been sent out many times this past month.  Many schools are advertising open houses that will occur during the month of October some this weekend and many next weekend. Also yesterday the academy pushed the extension “Proctorio” on all school devices. Just a reminder this extension is needed to take the TACHS exam. Please begin to have a discussion with your child this weekend of what device he or she will use for the TACHS exam next month. Please note that the device must meet certain requirements and have a working microphone and camera.

 

Fundraising Corner 

Football Frenzy: Football Frenzy is a fundraiser sponsored by St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy. All proceeds directly support the activities of St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy. The fundraiser is based on the 2021-2022 NFL football season with a donation of $20 per ticket. Each ticket includes a different set of three NFL teams each week of the regular season with a chance of winning cash prizes each week. For more information on this raffle please click here. 

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.

Good news! AmazonSmile is now available in the Amazon Shopping App to all AmazonSmile customers using supported Android devices. You can use the below copy and instructions to share the news with your supporters!

If you are an AmazonSmile customer, you can now support St Francis deSales Catholic Academy in the Amazon shopping app on your Android device! Simply follow these instructions to turn on AmazonSmile and start generating donations.

  1. If you have the latest version of the Amazon Shopping App, open the App on your Android device.
  2. View Settings and select AmazonSmile.
  3. Follow the in-App instructions to complete the process.

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AmazonSmile is not currently available for iOS users. 

SAVE THE DATE

½ Day on October 22nd: For planning purposes, we want to remind all families that students have a ½ day 12n dismissal on Friday 10/22. The purpose of this ½ day is for many of our 8th graders to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. All 8th graders are off from school on Friday 10/22. 

AFA Meeting: The Academy Family Association Executive Board is having its first general meeting on Tuesday 10/26 at 7 pm. Please see the information below about joining the meeting virtually. 

Saint Francis de Sales is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Academy Family Association Executive General Meeting

Time: Oct 26, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82537134015?pwd=bWpZUkpROHBIQ0FOVDRIOE12elpqQT09

Meeting ID: 825 3713 4015

Passcode: AFA2021

Franny Fun Run: Please save the date for what we hope is a huge fundraiser for our school, the 2nd Annual Franny Fun Run on Saturday, November 20th. If you are interested in being a part of the Fanny Fun Run Committee please email your interest to afa@stfrancisschoolbh.net. There will be more information about this event in the coming weeks.

Picture Day (Grades 1-7): On Wednesday 11/3 students in Grades 1-7 will be photographed for individual pictures. More information will be sent home in the coming weeks.  

Have a good weekend!

2021-2022 Yearbook Order Form

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 2021-2022.

To order a yearbook please print out the following  YearBook Order Form and send it back to school by Monday  11/1/21. 

If you would like to order a school yearbook, (delivery in June) please put your payment of cash or check (payable to SFDSCA & yearbook on the memo line, please do not VENMO) in a sealed envelope and return it to school no later than MONDAY,  NOV 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.

Weekly Update #4 SFDS Week of October 4th

Dear Families,

October 4th is the feast day of Saint Francis Assisi.  Saint Francis is remembered as the patron saint of animals and the environment.  Saint Francis of Assisi chose a life of poverty, prayer, and peacemaking.  He cared for the poor, the sick, and all creation, and founded the Franciscan order. It is customary on the feast day of Saint Francis to bless the animals, in remembrance of his love for all creatures great and small.   All are welcome to join the Saint Francis de Sales and Blessed Trinity Parish communities in the blessing of animals on Monday 10/4 at 4 pm at St. Francis Parish, and 6:30 pm at St. Thomas More Church and Father Hession Hall. Feel free to bring your pets for a special blessing. 

Please, please please remember to fill out the daily health screening form each and every day. Although it is repetitive it does help families sometimes catch symptoms that could possibly be a symptom of COVID-19. Please note that this few second survey is required for all students.  Please click here for instructions to do the daily health screening form. If you are having an issue with the form please either email Mrs. Endall at hendall@stfrancisschoolbh.net or call Mrs. Endall at 718-634-2775. 

Now onto some announcements from the past week and the days ahead……

Congrats Greg Gentile: This weekend Mr. Greg Gentile, our custodian, will be getting married here at St. Francis de Sales Parish on Saturday 10/2 at 11 am. We wish him and his wife the best of luck. It is also bittersweet for Mr. Greg that Tuesday 10/5 will be his last day working for St. Francis de Sales. Mr. Greg last week got the call that he will be joining the FDNY in the next class of firefighters. We of course will miss him, yet are so happy for him in being a part of such a brave and noble career. We wish him the best of luck in the future. 

Pizza Day Thank You: Father Michael Gelfant and Father Jeremy Canna the Pastor and the Parochial Vicar of Blessed Trinity Parish were so touched and impressed by the cards for Priesthood Sunday last week. As a token of their appreciation they would like to treat the entire school (Pre-K-Grade 8 and staff) to a slice of pizza on Friday, October 15th. Please send in a drink with your child that day. If your child does not like Pizza they are more than welcome to bring lunch that day as well. 

Upcoming ½ Day: For planning purposes, Thursday 10/7 will be a half-day with 12n dismissal for all students due to our afternoon faculty meeting. 

School Closed for Professional Development on October 8th:  Just a reminder that Friday, October 8th is a scheduled day off for students. This is followed by Monday, October 11th being closed for Columbus Day. Enjoy the 4-day Fall weekend! 

I-Ready: This past week all students completed the I-Ready diagnostic test. On Monday (10/4) all of your children in Grades 1-8 will be sent home with their I-Ready beginning of the year diagnostic test in Reading and Math. There will be an email sent home on Monday that explains the purpose of the exam and the next steps both in the classroom and at home with the I-Ready program. Of course, if you have any questions please be in touch with your child’s teacher and/or the administration. Our Kindergarten students will take their diagnostic test during the week of October 12th. 

Enrichment Programs Starting: Just a reminder that many of our enrichment programs will begin over the next month.  Mad Science on October 13 and Crayola World of Design on October 14th. We anticipate that our band classes will either start on Tuesday 10/19 or Tuesday 10/26. More information will follow about the band in the coming two weeks. 

Winter and Summer Uniforms: A few families have reached out to the school over the past two weeks about major delays in the shipping of winter uniforms from Flynn and O’Hara. Due to these delays, we will be delaying the start of winter uniform for one week until 10/25. Please note that starting on Monday, October 25th, 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. 

Just a reminder that winter uniforms can always be worn if your family chooses to do so. Summer uniforms are always optional. We will keep a close eye on this matter and adjust our uniform policy accordingly. 

Bikes: Please remind your child that if he/she is riding their bike to and from school they need to lock it up on the bike racks near the small hall entrance of the school.  The school cannot be responsible for bikes that go missing especially if they are not locked up each day. Thanks in advance for helping us out with this very simple safety measure. ​​

Emergency Connectivity Fund: We are very pleased that we had a great response to this summer’s survey. The Federal Government’s Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF) will be channeling an unprecedented $7.1B into the E-rate program in support of remote learning needs. ECF will fund 100% of the costs of laptops, Chromebooks, tablets and 100% of the costs for mobile Wi-Fi hotspots, for qualifying students.

If you are a family who did not complete a survey over the summer, there is now a second chance to do so!   Please click this link to the survey. We ask that surveys be completed no later than October 8, 2021. Please remember when answering these questions do not consider or include any school-provided laptops, tablets etc

Families that completed a survey during the summer need not submit a second one (doing so will complicate our initial filings). 

 

Fundraising Corner 

Football Frenzy: Football Frenzy is a fundraiser sponsored by St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy. All proceeds directly support the activities of St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy. The fundraiser is based on the 2021-2022 NFL football season with a donation of $20 per ticket. Each ticket includes a different set of three NFL teams each week of the regular season with a chance of winning cash prizes each week. For more information on this raffle please click here. 

School Sweatshirts: Each year in the past our school has sold sweatshirts and jackets this time of the year. This year we are placing an order for an SFDS quarter zip sweatshirt with a vendor that we used the past two years. If you would like to order a sweatshirt for your child please fill out the form below. Please note that the only sweatshirts that can be worn in school are these sweatshirts with the Saint Francis Logo, or past sweatshirts from the Jacket sale, or the Gym Sweatshirt. No CYO sweatshirts are allowed to be worn during the day as part of the uniform.

The price of the sweatshirt is $35.00. $39.00 for 2XL and 3XL.

Please fill out the form below by October 4th. You will be billed via your FACTS Account.

Any questions please email Mrs. Buckley at mbuckley@stfrancisschoolbh.net

 https://forms.gle/oJBnFXn2k97iZQ4e7

 

SAVE THE DATE

Terranova’s: From October 13th-October 20th the Terra Nova assessment series will be administered to students in grades three through eight.  This assessment series is administered to all students attending Catholic elementary schools in the Diocese. The Terra Nova is designed to measure concepts, processes, and objectives taught throughout the nation.  Terra Nova results are used to: analyze strengths and weaknesses of a student’s achievement in each content area; plan for further instruction; plan for curriculum development; and to report progress to parents.

Socktober: On Friday, 10/15 don’t forget to bring in $1 and wear CRAZY socks.. 

AFA Meeting: The Academy Family Association Executive Board is having its first general meeting on Tuesday 10/26 at 7pm. Please see the information below about joining the meeting virtually. 

Saint Francis de Sales is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Academy Family Association Executive General Meeting

Time: Oct 26, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82537134015?pwd=bWpZUkpROHBIQ0FOVDRIOE12elpqQT09

Meeting ID: 825 3713 4015

Passcode: AFA2021

Franny Fun Run: Please save the date for what we hope is a huge fundraiser for our school the 2nd Annual Franny Fun Run on Saturday, November 20th. If you are interested in being a part of the Franny Fun Run Committee please email your interest to afa@stfrancisschoolbh.net. There will be more information about this event in the coming weeks. 

Pizza Days: We are so happy that our bagel day is up and running. We would like to restart our Pizza days as well in the near future. Since the last time we had Pizza Days (March 2020) our coordinator Catherine Rose had her last child graduate. We are looking for a coordinator or two to help get this backup and running. If you are interested in being a coordinator please email your interest to afa@stfrancisschoolbh.net. Please note that you will need to be available during lunch periods on Thursdays and/or Fridays. 

Have a good weekend!

Football Frenzy Fundraiser

What is Football Frenzy?

Football Frenzy is a fundraiser sponsored by St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy. All proceeds directly support the activities of St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy. The fundraiser is based on the 2021-2022 NFL football season with a donation of $20 per ticket. Each ticket includes a different set of three NFL teams each week of the regular season with a chance of winning cash prizes each week.

 

Total Prizes $4,000

  • $400 per Week for 10 Weeks (Weeks 9-18) of the 2021-2022 NFL regular football season
  • Weekly Prizes for Highest Three-Team Total $200
  • Second Highest $100
  • Third Highest $50
  • Lowest Team Total $50

 

Here are the rules:

  1. Your ticket ($20 each) is valid for 10 weeks (Weeks 9-18) of the 2021-2022 NFL regular football season.
  2. Each ticket has three different teams each week. These team scores added together determine winners. Each team’s score in the three-team set is totaled for that week only. This total does not include the scores of the opponent of those three teams. This total also does not include the previous week’s team scores.
  3. In the case of ties, prizes will be combined and split.
  4. Winners will be posted on the school’s Facebook account each Tuesday. Please do not call the office!
  5. No other ticket has the same combination of teams as this one. Minimum odds of winning: 1 in 72 (4,960 combinations).
  6. If the ticket with the winning combination is not sold, the tickets sold with the next closest combination will be determined winners.
  7. See the attached flyer for more information

 

How to Buy

Please note that purchasing online is the preferred way of ordering

 

Online- For every 2 tickets you buy online you get a 3rd ticket free (The deadline to order online is 10/29)

  1. Go to footballsweeps.com
  2. Click: Order Tickets Online
  3. Enter the Code: FB21FRANCIS
  4. Register or Log in

 

or

 

Send in the order form by October 22nd

Any questions please reach out to the school via email at admin@stfrancisschoolbh.net

Weekly Update #3 SFDS Week of September 27th 2021

Dear Families,

Another busy few days have come to an end here at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy. I hope each of you has a great weekend, as we rest up for what should be an exciting week at school. 

After three weeks of school, there is no doubt that we have had a  “closer to normal” beginning of the school year than last year with all students in for in-person instruction each day and after-school activities getting back to full swing. With that being said we are reminded each time the school notifies the school community of a positive case that our world is not back to normal yet. 

During our first weeks of school, we reviewed our procedures and safety protocols. During morning announcements we have spoken about proper mask-wearing and safe hand washing and sanitizing. In our classrooms, and hallways we continue to have hand sanitizing stations, with additional stations located at the entry points leading in and out of recess. All classrooms in our elementary and junior high have individual desks spaced at a minimum of three feet apart. Finally, when necessary we continue to employ additional staff in order to intensify our daily cleaning and disinfecting efforts. Everyone has contributed in preparing the building for our students’ safe return. 

I like to take this opportunity to be completely transparent, every time a confirmed positive case is reported to the school we take it very seriously. We discuss each case individually with the family first to determine where the exposure may have come from. Many times the exposure is known to the family and is reported to the school. Then the Diocesan Office is consulted who also at times brings in the Department of Health (DOH) for guidance as well. Our first concern of course is always how the positive case is feeling, followed by trying to determine if any student, teacher, or staff member is determined to be a close contact. If in our conversations it is determined that there are close contacts we notify the close contact and follow the DOH guidelines for the close contact to return to school. In most cases that we look into we determine that a small number of students and/or staff had close contact with the positive case and therefore must serve a precautionary quarantine (unless they are vaccinated or have had COVID-19 in the past 90 days.) This small number of students and staff receive a separate notification from the school. No one returns to school unless they follow the DOH protocol. We will continue to notify the school community when cases come into the school building, yet no other information will be given as it would be a violation of HIPPA laws.

We ask that everyone please stay vigilant, talk to your family pediatrician about your child if over the age of 12 about receiving the vaccine, wear a mask when near people outside of your household when indoors, and sanitize your hands. We will continue to do our best to keep our school open and hopefully, our school community does not experience a spike in positive COVID-19 cases. 

Finally please, please please remember to fill out the daily health screening form each and every day. Although it is repetitive it does help families sometimes catch symptoms that could possibly be a symptom of COVID-19. Please note that this few second screening is required for all students.  Please click here for instructions to do the daily health screening form. If you are having an issue with the form please either email Mrs. Endall at hendall@stfrancisschoolbh.net or call Mrs. Endall at 718-634-2775. 

Now onto some announcements from the past week and the days ahead……

 

I-Ready: This past week all students began the I-Ready diagnostic test. Towards the end of this week or early next week, all of your children in Grades 1-8 will be sent home with their I-Ready beginning of the year diagnostic test in Reading and Math. There will be a letter that explains the purpose of the exam and the next steps both in the classroom and at home with the I-Ready program. Of course, if you have any questions please be in touch with your child’s teacher and/or the administration. Our Kindergarten students will take their diagnostic test during the week of October 12th. 

 

Enrichment Programs Starting: Just a reminder that many of our enrichment programs will begin over the next month.  Mad Science on October 13 and Crayola World of Design on October 14th. 

We received word from our Superintendent’s office this week that we can move forward with starting up once again one of our after-school programs, The Paul Effman Band. 

As in the past, the lessons will be after school on Tuesday afternoons. We are asking all families that would like to register their children for this after-school activity to do so by Tuesday 9/28. This will allow us to plan accordingly for the number of students who would like to join this activity. If you have already registered over the summer please note that you do not need to do anything at this time. 

For more information including a registration form please click below. 

www.pemusic.com/join

To see a short video about many of the instruments that a child can learn please click below.  

https://vimeo.com/580337515/03219818a5

We are so excited about restarting this program and hope our young musicians are just excited. If you have any questions you can call Paul Effman Band at (800) 921-4543.

 

Winter and Summer Uniform: Please note that starting on Monday, October 18th, 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. 

 

School Yard/Parking Lot: As discussed at a few different times last year, we are asking all parents to please watch their children in the schoolyard after they have been dismissed from school. We have had several instances of 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, we’ve also had issues with families parking their cars in the lot. Please understand that we use the schoolyard for recess and dismissal, so if you could please try to find street parking, that would be very much appreciated. If parking in the schoolyard occurred for some reason please remember that no one should be leaving the parking lot until after 2:45 pm. Finally, at no time should any child be climbing a fence or bleachers from the parish basketball program, this is a safety issue and of course, we do not want to see anyone hurt. 

 

Fundraising Corner

Bagel Mondays: Just a reminder that Bagel Mondays begin this Monday. Please note that all FACTS accounts were billed over the past few days. Payment will be automatic if you have selected that preference when you set up your FACTS account. If you are not on automatic payment we do expect payment within 20 days. Thanks for your support.  

School Sweatshirts: Each year in the past our school has sold sweatshirts and jackets this time of the year. This year we are placing an order for an SFDS quarter zip sweatshirt with a vendor that we used the past two years. If you would like to order a sweatshirt for your child please fill out the form below. Please note that the only sweatshirts that can be worn in school are these sweatshirts with the Saint Francis Logo, or past sweatshirts from the Jacket sale, or the Gym Sweatshirt. No CYO sweatshirts are allowed to be worn during the day as part of the uniform.

 The price of the sweatshirt is $35.00. $39.00 for 2XL and 3XL.

 Please fill out the form below by October 4th. You will be billed via your FACTS Account.

Any questions please email Mrs. Buckley at mbuckley@stfrancisschoolbh.net

 https://forms.gle/oJBnFXn2k97iZQ4e7

Fall Flower Sale: We are partnering up with Shannon’s Florist in Brooklyn to have a Fall Mum, Cabbage, Corn Stalk, and Hay Bale sale. Please see below the order form.

https://forms.gle/B1YYe9bPpLJZ4oPn7

Please for each item pick a quantity even if it is zero. All order forms are due by Sunday, September 26th.  We need to have the order to the florist no later than Monday, September 27th. You will be billed the amount you order through your FACTS account during the week of September 27th. At that time you can pay through FACTS or send in payment to the main office. The completed form is due by Sunday, September 26th, 2021  The items will be delivered to the school on Friday, October 1st, and will be available to be picked up at dismissal on the 1st.

 

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.

Good news! AmazonSmile is now available in the Amazon Shopping App to all AmazonSmile customers using supported Android devices. You can use the below copy and instructions to share the news with your supporters!

If you are an AmazonSmile customer, you can now support St Francis deSales Catholic Academy in the Amazon shopping app on your Android device! Simply follow these instructions to turn on AmazonSmile and start generating donations.

  1. If you have the latest version of the Amazon Shopping App, open the App on your Android device.
  2. View Settings and select AmazonSmile.
  3. Follow the in-App instructions to complete the process.

If you do not have the latest version of the Amazon Shopping App, update your App. Click here for instructions.

AmazonSmile is not currently available for iOS users. 

SAVE THE DATE

Blessing of the Animals: October 4th is the feast day of Saint Francis Assisi.  Saint Francis is remembered as the patron saint of animals and the environment.  Saint Francis of Assisi chose a life of poverty, prayer, and peacemaking.  He cared for the poor, the sick, and all creation, and founded the Franciscan order. It is customary on the feast day of Saint Francis to bless the animals, in remembrance of his love for all creatures great and small.   All are welcome to join the Saint Francis de Sales and Blessed Trinity Parish communities in the blessing of animals on Monday 10/4 at 4 pm at St. Francis Parish, and 6:30 pm at St. Thomas More Church and Father Hession Hall. Feel free to bring your pets. 

Upcoming ½ Day: For planning purposes, Thursday 10/7 will be a half-day with 12n dismissal for all students due to our afternoon faculty meeting. 

School Closed for Professional Development on October 8th:  Just a reminder that Friday, October 8th is a scheduled day off for students. Enjoy the 4-day Fall weekend! 

Terranovas: From October 13th-October 20th the Terra Nova assessment series will be administered to students in grades three through eight.  This assessment series is administered to all students attending Catholic elementary schools in the Diocese. The Terra Nova is designed to measure concepts, processes, and objectives taught throughout the nation.  Terra Nova results are used to: analyze strengths and weaknesses of a student’s achievement in each content area; plan for further instruction; plan for curriculum development; and to report progress to parents.

Socktober: On Friday, 10/15 don’t forget to bring in $1 and wear CRAZY socks as we celebrate the last day of summer uniform. 

Have a good weekend!

 

Sweatshirt Sale

Each year in the past our school has sold sweatshirts and jackets this time of the year. This year we are placing an order for an SFDS quarter zip sweatshirt with a vendor that we used the past two years. If you would like to order a sweatshirt for your child please fill out the form below. Please note that the only sweatshirts that can be worn in school are these sweatshirts with the Saint Francis Logo, or past sweatshirts from the Jacket sale, or the Gym Sweatshirt. No CYO sweatshirts are allowed to be worn during the day as part of the uniform.
 
The price of the sweatshirt is $35.00. $39.00 for 2XL and 3XL.
 
Please fill out the form below by October 4th. You will be billed via your FACTS Account.
Any questions please email Mrs. Buckley at mbuckley@stfrancisschoolbh.net