SFDS Week of January 21st 2019

Dear Families,

Happy Feast Day!

 

This Thursday 1/24 is the Feast Day of our Patron Saint: Saint Francis de Sales.

Born in France in 1567, Francis was a patient man. He knew for thirteen years that he had a vocation to the priesthood before he mentioned it to his family. When his father said that he wanted Francis to be a soldier and sent him to Paris to study, Francis said nothing. Then when he went to Padua to get a doctorate in law, he still kept quiet, but he studied theology and practiced mental prayer while getting into swordfights and going to parties. Even when his bishop told him if he wanted to be a priest that he thought that he would have a miter waiting for him someday, Francis uttered not a word. Why did Francis wait so long? Throughout his life he waited for God’s will to be clear. He never wanted to push his wishes on God, to the point where most of us would have been afraid that God would give up!

This weekend, we ask St. Francis de Sales to pray for us. Onto the rest of the week here at the Academy…

 

Just a reminder that tomorrow 1/18 kicks off a 4-day weekend with a day off for students as the faculty participates in a Diocesan wide professional development data day.  Monday 1/21, St Francis de Sales Catholic Academy will be closed for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. School will reopen on Tuesday 1/22. Enjoy the long weekend!

 

Family Life Week: Next week in Grades 5-8 we will be taking a special moment out of our religion curriculum to look at Family Life. All schools in the Diocese of Brooklyn are mandated to teach this curriculum which focuses on God’s gift of Family, of Self, of Life, of Love, and of Community. We ask that you continue the conversation at home in regards to the Church’s teaching in regards to living a healthy and holy family life.

 

Dress Down Day Friday: On Tuesday each family will be sent home with a baby bottle. We are asking each family to return the bottle on Friday with a small donation (loose change is fine) for the Bridge to Life Inc. This group helps thousands of women and newborn children who were experiencing financial hardship. All families that turn in a bottle can dress down on Friday.

 

Re-Registration: Last week re-registration packets were sent home with one child in the family. Please be sure to send back the form no later than Friday January 26th. All registration fees will be added and paid through your FACTS account. Please note that if all students return that various grades will have waitlists.

 

Principal for a Day: Just a reminder that the Principal/Assistant Principal essay is due this coming Friday January 25th. It might be a great weekend activity to write an essay or work on a collage/multimedia project and enter our contest. For more information please click here.

 

Lunch Forms: Three weeks ago various Lunch Forms went  sent home for the months of February-June.

Pizza Forms (Thursdays for Grades K-4 and Fridays for Grades 5-8)

Bagel Forms (Mondays for Grades K-8)

Chicken Finger Forms (Last Tuesday of every month for Grades 1-8)

All forms and money were due today. For anyone who needs a form please click here. Please when ordering both Chicken Fingers, Pizza and Bagels make seperate checks out. Any questions please call the main office.

 

Enrichment Programs: Continuing with Balanced Kidz this week we are starting our second round of enrichment programs here at St. Francis de Sales. Flyers have been sent home for various enrichment programs over the past month) and can be found on our website or by clicking here. Any questions please contact the main office at 718-634-2775.

 

8th Grade: Congratulations to our 8th grade on continuing to receive your High School decision letters! We are very proud of all of the accomplishments of our Class of 2019. If parents have any questions, feel free to get in touch with Mr. Scharbach cscharbach@stfrancisschoolbh.net or Mrs. Martello rmartello@stfrancisschoolbh.net.

 

Fundraising Corner

Chocolate Bar Sale: We will be selling World’s Finest Chocolate Products truly delicious chocolates that have been sold for years by schools and organizations.

This year we are hoping for All Families to assist with this sale in order to make it as successful as possible. If all 340 Families sell 1 box of chocolate, we will earn profit of over $10,000.00. This year we plan on using our profits to update SmartBoards and lighting  throughout the building.

On February 4th, your oldest child will be given a box of chocolate to take home. If you cannot support us in the sale, please return the tear off on or before January 30th. For more information please click here.

This form was  sent home as a hard copy early last week.

Box Tops for Education: Our next Box Tops for Education event has now begun.  For every 20 Box Tops a student brings in between Monday December 10th and Friday February 15th they will get a raffle tickets to win a $50 Amazon Gift Card. There will be a 2nd place Amazon Gift card of $25 and a 3rd place Amazon Gift Card for $10. The more Box Tops you bring in, the more chances you have to win. Good luck.

 

You can use this handy collection sheet to help collect Box Tops over the next few weeks.

 

Card Party: We are 10 weeks away from our annual Card Party.

You may know that St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy’s Card Party is considered a premier Card Party in the area, and helps raise thousands of dollars for the school each year. This Wednesday 1/23/19 there will be a Card Party Meeting at 7pm in the school. Anyone interested in helping, please feel free to come by or send an email to sfdscardparty@aol.com  for more information.

 

Have a great weekend! Keep warm!

 

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

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

1) Click the link above to see our Sign-Up on Sign 2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.

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

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

Principal/Assistant Principal of the Day Contest

ATTENTION: STUDENTS IN GRADES 5-8!

Here’s how to participate in our annual Catholic Schools Week Principal for the Day Contest!

You can do either of the following to enter the contest…

  • Write an essay that answers the prompt “If I were Principal of St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy, I would…”
    • Tell why you would want to be Principal and what you would do.
  • Create a Multimedia Presentation that answers the prompt “If I were Principal of St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy, I would…”
    • Google Slides, Prezi, short movie, etc. are all appropriate multimedia platforms for the presentation. Be sure that no matter what you decide to create, that the work is wholly focused on what you would do as Principal and why.

All essays or multimedia presentations are due no later than Friday January 25th to cscharbach@stfrancisschoolbh.net. A panel of judges will read/view each entry and determine the winner.

 

ATTENTION: STUDENTS IN GRADES 1-4!

Here’s how to participate in our annual Catholic Schools Week Assistant Principal for the Day Contest!

You can do either of the following to enter the contest…

  • Write an essay that answers the prompt “If I was Assistant Principal of St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy, I would…”
    • Tell why you would want to be Assistant Principal and what you would do.
  • Create a collage that answers the prompt “If I was Assistant Principal of St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy, I would…”
    • Decorate an 8.5×11 piece of paper with images and/or illustrations that show why you would want to be Assistant Principal and what you would do. Include captions underneath each picture or a blurb on the back that explains each picture.

All essays or collages are due no later than Friday January 25th to your homeroom teacher. A panel of judges will read each entry and determine the winner.

SFDS Week of January 14th 2019

Dear Families,

 

Hello and Happy Friday! Just a reminder that next Friday 1/18 kicks off a 4-day weekend with a day off for students as the faculty participates in a Diocesan wide professional development data day.  The following Monday 1/21, St Francis de Sales Catholic Academy will be closed for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. School will reopen on Tuesday 1/22. Enjoy the long weekend!

Now onto the rest of the upcoming week.

Lunch Forms: Two weeks ago various Lunch Forms went  sent home for the months of February-June.

Pizza Forms (Thursdays for Grades K-4 and Fridays for Grades 5-8)

Bagel Forms (Mondays for Grades K-8)

Chicken Finger Forms (Last Tuesday of every month for Grades 1-8)

All forms and money are due on Thursday January 17th 2019. For anyone who needs a form please click here. Please when ordering both Chicken Fingers, Pizza and Bagels make seperate checks out. Any questions please call the main office.

First Penance: Good luck to our Saint Francis second graders who will be receiving first Penance this Wednesday 1/16 at 6:30pm.

We will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers as you continue on your spiritual journey and prepare for receiving the Eucharist for the first time.

Enrichment Programs: Starting with Mad Science and School House Chess this week we are starting our second round of enrichment programs here at St. Francis de Sales. Flyers have been sent home for various enrichment programs over the past month (Mad Science, Chess, Lego, and Balanced Kidz) and can be found on our website or by clicking here. Any questions please contact the main office at 718-634-2775. Please note that all spots have been filled for Mad Science.

Re-Registration: This week re-registration packets were sent home with one child in the family. Please be sure to send back the form no later than Friday January 26th. All registration fees will be added and paid through your FACTS account. Please note that if all students return that various grades will have waitlists.

8th Grade: Congratulations to our 8th grade on beginning to receive your High School decision letters! All Catholic schools in NYC will send out their decision letters this Wednesday 1/16. We are very proud of all of the accomplishments of our Class of 2019. If parents have any questions, feel free to get in touch with Mr. Scharbach cscharbach@stfrancisschoolbh.net or Mrs. Martello rmartello@stfrancisschoolbh.net.

Student Illness: As we are now in the heart of winter we many times see more and more children who become ill. A child who is sick will not be able to perform well in school and is likely to spread the illness to other children and staff. If your child is ill, before sending them back to school please clear it with your child’s pediatrician. Please call the school’s nurse or main office if you have any questions or concerns. Please note we do our best to sanitize the building (doorknobs, bathrooms, desks, etc ) on a daily basis.

If your child is absent due to illness please send your child in when they return with an absent note. A sample note can be found by clicking here.

If your child returns without a note, they are than marked illegally absent until a note is received by the classroom teacher.

School Yard: Although our school yard acts as a parking lot during the day, please understand that no parents should be moving their cars while students are outside at recess. Teachers have been instructed by the Administration to enforce this at recess time. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Option C Parent Portal: We are now at the halfway point of the 2nd trimester. If you haven’t already, log on to the parent portal of Option C to check on how your child is progressing this trimester. This is a great way to see if your child is missing any assignments. You should have already received usernames and passwords. Please contact the main office via email admin@stfrancisschoolbh.net if you have any questions.

Dinner Dance Meeting: Just a reminder to all parents of our 8th graders that there is a meeting this Tuesday 1/15 at 6pm to discuss ongoing plans for the 8th Grade Dinner Dance in June. Here it is our hope to finalize fundraisers and the main theme of the dance.

Fundraising Corner

Chocolate Bar Sale: We will be selling World’s Finest Chocolate Products truly delicious chocolates that have been sold for years by schools and organizations.

This year we are hoping for All Families to assist with this sale in order to make it as successful as possible. If all 340 Families sell 1 box of chocolate, we will earn profit of over $10,000.00. This year we plan on using our profits to update SmartBoards and lighting  throughout the building.

On February 4th, your oldest child will be given a box of chocolate to take home. If you cannot support us in the sale, please return the tear off on or before January 30th. For more information please click here.

This form was  sent home as a hard copy early last week.

Box Tops for Education: Our next Box Tops for Education event has now begun.  For every 20 Box Tops a student brings in between Monday December 10th and Friday February 15th they will get a raffle tickets to win a $50 Amazon Gift Card. There will be a 2nd place Amazon Gift card of $25 and a 3rd place Amazon Gift Card for $10. The more Box Tops you bring in, the more chances you have to win. Good luck.

 

You can use this handy collection sheet to help collect Box Tops over the next few weeks.

Card Party: We are 11 weeks away from our annual Card Party.

You may know that St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy’s Card Party is considered a premier Card Party in the area, and helps raise thousands of dollars for the school each year. On Wednesday 1/23/19 there will be a Card Party Meeting at 7pm in the school. Anyone interested in helping, please feel free to come by or send an email to sfdscardparty@aol.com  for more information.

 

Have a great weekend! Keep warm!

 

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

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

1) Click the link above to see our Sign-Up on Sign 2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.

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

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

 

SFDS Week of January 7th 2019

Dear Families,

Our students hunkered down for some challenging work after a lengthy vacation on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. We hope you and your family stay warm this coming weekend as we look forward to next week’s events at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy.

 

Yearbook Ads: This is the last chance to please submit ad(s) with a check made payable to St. Francis de Sales. Ads will be considered on time & accepted until Wed. January 9th. Late Ads will be accepted on 1/10 & 1/11, however, a $10.00 late fee per ad must be added to your total remitted. Please see the flyer here for further instructions.

 

Last chance to sign up for Paint Night: On Friday January 11th at 7pm join Betty Cole of offyourwallart.com in a fun night where you will get step by step instructions to create a beautiful pair of winter theme wine glasses. Enjoy dips chips and soda and of course enter for a chance to win one of our amazing raffle prizes. This event is for adults 21 and over. For more information please click here. Monday is the absolute last day to register for this event.

 

Last chance to Sign up for PDHP Parent Workshops: There is a great chance for parents of students in Grades 4-8 to sign up for a five week workshop called Guiding Good Choices on Tuesdays 1/8, 1/15, 1/22, 1/29, and 2/5 (7pm-8pm)

 

Are you a parent of a “tween?” A “tween” is a youngster who is too old to be called a child and too young to be called a teenager; they are certainly “be-tween.” If you are the parent of a “tween,” then this workshop is for you. Guiding Good Choices is a five session workshop designed to: Empower parents, Support each other, Learn tools, Strengthen family connections, and help children develop healthy behavior as they approach adolescence. Our presenter will be Cary Anne Fitzgerald, the Parent and Community Outreach Coordinator for the Program for the Development of Human Potential (PDHP). You may remember Cary Anne from her presentation last year, Is it Bullying or Bad Behavior? Please consider making this commitment to these five sessions. Space is limited and filling up quickly. Please call the school office if you are interested in attending – 718-634-2775

 

Early Childhood Registration: As we begin to prepare for the 2019-2020 school year, we want to ensure that our plans maximize the benefit to your child/children. We will begin open registration in Nursery, Pre-K and Kindergarten on January 7th. For more information on registration please click here. Please note we already have a waiting list in Pre-K for next school year.

 

Re-Registration: On January 10th re-registration packets will be sent home with the oldest child in the family. Please be sure to send back the re-registration from no later than Friday January 25th. All re-registration fees will be added to your FACTS account.

 

Fourth Grade Family Mass: Fourth Grade will be participating in the monthly grade–level Mass this Sunday, January 6 2019 at the 9:00am Mass. We hope you take this opportunity to share in the element of our faith that feeds us with your family and your family in Christ. Parents have a significant part to play in shaping the faith identity of children and engaging them in religious activities such as receiving the Eucharist, Reconciliation and service to others. We will have a reserved section of the Church upfront for your families.  A light fellowship will follow after the Mass and I hope you can join our parish in celebrating the 4th grade programs at St. Francis de Sales. We invite all families of the 4th graders to come to Mass and our fellowship.

 

Lunch Forms: Over the last week various Lunch Forms went  home for February-June.

Pizza Forms (Thursdays for Grades K-4 and Fridays for Grades 5-8)

Bagel Forms (Mondays for Grades K-8)

Chicken Finger Forms (Last Tuesday of every month for Grades 1-8)

All forms and money are due on Thursday January 17th 2019. For anyone who needs a form please click here. Please when ordering both Chicken Fingers, Pizza and Bagels make seperate checks out. Any questions please call the main office.

 

Faculty Professional Day: Just a reminder that in two weeks our students have a 4 day weekend that gets kicked off on Friday 1/18 as the faculty participates in a Diocesan wide professional development data day.  

 

First Penance: Good luck to our Saint Francis second graders who will be receiving first Penance on Wednesday 1/16 at 6:30pm.

We will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers as you continue on your spiritual journey and prepare for receiving the Eucharist for the first time.

 

Enrichment Programs: Starting with Mad Science and School House Chess in two weeks we are starting our second round of enrichment programs here at St. Francis de Sales. Flyers have been sent home for various enrichment programs over the past month (Mad Science, Chess, Lego, and Balanced Kidz) and can be found on our website or by clicking here. Any questions please contact the main office at 718-634-2775. Please note that all spots have been filled for Mad Science.

 

Illness and Absent Notes: The cold and Flu season has begun and many parents ask, “When is my child sick enough to stay home from school?” This is not always an easy question to answer!  We hope that these tips can help.

A child who is sick will not be able to perform well in school and is likely to spread the illness to other children and staff.  We suggest making a plan for childcare ahead of time so you will not be caught without a comforting place for your child to stay if he/she is ill.

Our school policy states that you should not send your child to school if he/she has:

  • Fever in the past 24 hours
  • Vomiting in the past 24 hours
  • Diarrhea in the past 24 hours
  • Chills
  • Sore throat
  • Strep Throat (must have been taking an antibiotic for at least 24 hours before returning to school)
  • Bad cold, with a very runny nose or bad cough, especially if it has kept the child awake at night
  • Head lice – until your child has been treated according to the nurse or doctor’s instructions

If your child becomes ill at school and the teacher or school nurse feel the child is too sick to benefit from school or is contagious to other children, you will be called to come and take him/her home from school.  It is essential that your child’s teacher have a phone number where you can be contacted during the day and an emergency number in the event you cannot be reached. Please be sure that arrangements can be made to transport your child home from school and that childcare is available in case of illness.  If your daytime or emergency phone number changes during the year, please notify your child’s teacher immediately.

Please call the school’s nurse or main office if you have any questions or concerns.

 

If your child is absent due to illness please send your child in when they return with an absent note. A sample note can be found by clicking here.

If your child returns without a note, they are than marked illegally absent until a note is received by the classroom teacher.

 

Option C Parent Portal: We are now getting close to the  halfway point of the 2nd trimester. If you haven’t already, log on to the parent portal of Option C to check on how your child is progressing this trimester. This is a great way to see if your child is missing any assignments. You should have already received usernames and passwords. Please contact the main office via email at admin@stfrancisschoolbh.net if you have any questions.

 

Fundraising Corner

Chocolate Bar Sale: We will be selling World’s Finest Chocolate Products truly delicious chocolates that have been sold for years by schools and organizations.

This year we are hoping for All Families to assist with this sale in order to make it as successful as possible. If all 340 Families sell 1 box of chocolate, we will earn profit of over $10,000.00. This year we plan on using our profits to update SmartBoards and lighting  throughout the building.

On February 4th, your oldest child will be given a box of chocolate to take home. If you cannot support us in the sale, please return the tear off on or before January 30th. For more information please click here.

This form will be sent home as a hard copy early next week.

 

Box Tops for Education: Our next Box Tops for Education event has now begun.  For every 20 Box Tops a student brings in between Monday December 10th and Friday February 15th they will get a raffle tickets to win a $50 Amazon Gift Card. There will be a 2nd place Amazon Gift card of $25 and a 3rd place Amazon Gift Card for $10. The more Box Tops you bring in, the more chances you have to win. Good luck.

 

Card Party: We are 12 weeks away from our annual Card Party.

You may know that St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy’s Card Party is considered a premier Card Party in the area, and helps raise thousands of dollars for the school each year. On Wednesday 1/23/19 there will be a Card Party Meeting at 7pm in the school. Anyone interested in helping, please feel free to come by or send an email to sfdscardparty@aol.com  for more information.

 

Have a great weekend! Keep warm!

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

SFDS Week of January 2nd 2019

Dear Families,

Happy New Year! We hope this correspondence finds you well and ready to tackle the second half of the school year.

A few items as we begin the first week of the new year on Wednesday January 2nd.

Early Childhood Registration/Open House: Early Childhood Registration: As we begin to prepare for the 2019-2020  school year, we want to ensure that our plans maximize the benefit to your child/children. We will begin open registration in Nursery, Pre-K and Kindergarten on January 7th. For more information on registration and our Early Childhood Open Houses please click here.

 

Re-Registration: On January 10th re-registration packets will be sent home with the oldest child in the family. Please be sure to send back the envelope with the necessary documents no later than Friday January 25th. Please note that all re-registration fees will be added to your FACTS account.  

 

Yearbook Ads: Just a reminder that on Wednesday (1/9) all yearbook ads/dedications are due. For more information including instructions and an order form please click here.

 

Please note there is a $10 late fee charged for any order handed in on 1/10 or 1/11. No orders can be taken after 1/11/19.

 

Mad Science/School House Chess/Legos:  Two weeks ago, flyers for the next round of Legos, Mad Science and School House Chess were distributed. If you’d like to sign your child up, please follow the directions on the flyer as soon as possible. These programs will begin again when we return from Christmas Recess. For more information please click here. When we return from Christmas break flyers will go home for the winter and spring sessions of Balanced Kidz and Abrakoodle Art.

 

Paint Night: On Friday January 11th at 7pm join Betty Cole of offyourwallart.com in a fun night where you will get step by step instructions to create a beautiful pair of winter theme wine glasses. Enjoy dips chips and soda and of course enter for a chance to win one of our amazing raffle prizes. This event is for adults 21 and over. For more information please click here.

 

First Penance: Good luck to our Saint Francis second graders who will be receiving first Penance on Wednesday 1/16 at 6:30pm.

We will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers as you continue on your spiritual journey and prepare for receiving the Eucharist for the first time.


PDHP Parent Workshops: There is a great chance for parents of students in Grades 4-8 to sign up for a five week workshop called Guiding Good Choices on Tuesdays 1/8, 1/15, 1/22, 1/29, and 2/5 (7pm-8pm)

 

Are you a parent of a “tween?” A “tween” is a youngster who is too old to be called a child and too young to be called a teenager; they are certainly “be-tween.” If you are the parent of a “tween,” then this workshop is for you. Guiding Good Choices is a five session workshop designed to: Empower parents, Support each other, Learn tools, Strengthen family connections, and help children develop healthy behavior as they approach adolescence. Our presenter will be Cary Anne Fitzgerald, the Parent and Community Outreach Coordinator for the Program for the Development of Human Potential (PDHP). You may remember Cary Anne from her presentation last year, Is it Bullying or Bad Behavior? The Guiding Good Choices workshop can accommodate up to 15 participants. Please consider making this commitment to these five sessions. Space is limited and filling up quickly. Please call the school office if you are interested in attending – 718-634-2775

 

Fundraising Corner

Box Tops for Education: Our next Box Tops for Education event has now begun.  For every 20 Box Tops a student brings in between Monday December 10th and Friday February 15th they will get a raffle tickets to win a $50 Amazon Gift Card. There will be a 2nd place Amazon Gift card of $25 and a 3rd place Amazon Gift Card for $10. The more Box Tops you bring in, the more chances you have to win. Good luck.

 

Have a great weekend and we will see everyone in 2019 on Wednesday.


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

 

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

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

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

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

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

SFDS Week of December 17th 2018

Dear Families,

Nativity scenes usually show Mary and Joseph calmly kneeling beside Jesus’s crib surrounded by adoring shepherds and tame animals. Mary and Joseph travelled in the last stages of her pregnancy from Nazareth to Bethlehem, a trip that took a few days to a week of straight travel.  On foot or by donkey, it was an exhausting journey. Once there, they could not find room at an inn and had to lay the newborn in a manger. After a short time, the family fled from Israel to Egypt to escape danger.

The Holy Family had its share of pain and difficulties, much like our own experience.  Yet scripture tells us that Mary and Joseph found strength from their faith in God and were guided by His word.  We can do the same. We tell our children that Jesus’ birth and the Holy Family’s escape to Egypt is further proof that God keeps His promises.  When we lean on Him, God promises to lead us to safety…

The entire St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy Faculty and Staff join me in wishing God’s light, love, and peace to each of our school families. May the love and peace that was born that night be with you throughout the Christmas season.

On to the week ahead…

 

Christmas Show: Please refer to the email that preceded this email today about all final instructions for the show.  

 

Dress Rehearsals: All students should be ready in costume on Monday 12/17 (B Classess) and on Tuesday 12/18 (A and C Classes) for our dress rehearsal. Some students just need to dress up while others have a costume. Children may wear there gym uniform or dress down clothes under their costume on the day of their dress rehearsal.

Any questions please feel free to get in touch.

 

The dress rehearsals serves as a chance for elderly relatives who are unable to come out at night or handle a large crowd to see the show. The rehearsals will begin at 12:45pm. This dress rehearsals do not serve as a way to get a sneak peek or another viewing of the show. Thanks in advance for your cooperation.

 

Christmas School Mass and 1/2 day on Friday 12/21: I invite all families to join us in our Christmas Liturgy at 11am on Friday December 21st at St. Francis de Sales Church. Dismissal will follow mass at 12pm.  

 

School Yard/Parking Lot: Just a reminder that from 11am-12:30pm most days the parking lot is used by the children for recess. Please note that if you park in the lot against the gate you will not be able to leave until all Recess periods are finished. Thanks in advance for your cooperation with this policy.

 

Mad Science/School House Chess/Legos:  This week, flyers for the next round of Legos, Mad Science and School House Chess were distributed. If you’d like to sign your child up, please follow the directions on the flyer as soon as possible. These programs will begin again when we return from Christmas Recess. For more information please click here. When we return from Christmas break flyers will go home for the winter sessions of Balanced Kidz and Abrakoodle Art.

 

Paul Effman Band: Experienced musicians will perform at the Christmas Show on December 17th and December 19th. This Monday the 17th not the 18th, Experienced Violin will practice from 2:45-3:30 and Experienced Band will practice from 3:30pm-4:30pm  to prepare for our Christmas concert. This practice will replace the small group lessons on Tuesday the 18th. Beginners will be performing in the Spring Concert and will keep their regular scheduled lessons this Tuesday the 18th.  Thank you!

PDHP Parent Workshops: There is a great chance for parents of students in Grades 4-8 to sign up for a five week workshop called Guiding Good Choices on Tuesdays 1/8, 1/15, 1/22, 1/29, and 2/5 (7pm-8pm)

 

Are you a parent of a “tween?” A “tween” is a youngster who is too old to be called a child and too young to be called a teenager; they are certainly “be-tween.” If you are the parent of a “tween,” then this workshop is for you. Guiding Good Choices is a five session workshop designed to: Empower parents, Support each other, Learn tools, Strengthen family connections, and help children develop healthy behavior as they approach adolescence. Our presenter will be Cary Anne Fitzgerald, the Parent and Community Outreach Coordinator for the Program for the Development of Human Potential (PDHP). You may remember Cary Anne from her presentation last year, Is it Bullying or Bad Behavior? The Guiding Good Choices workshop can accommodate up to 15 participants. Please consider making this commitment to these five sessions. Space is limited and filling up quickly. Please call the school office if you are interested in attending – 718-634-2775

 

Fundraising Corner

Box Tops for Education: Our next Box Tops for Education event has now begun.  For every 20 Box Tops a student brings in between Monday December 10th and Friday February 15th they will get a raffle tickets to win a $50 Amazon Gift Card. There will be a 2nd place Amazon Gift card of $25 and a 3rd place Amazon Gift Card for $10. The more Box Tops you bring in, the more chances you have to win. Good luck.

 

Have a great weekend! Our next email blast will be on Friday December 28th. Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

Christmas Show Final Directives

Hello Families,

 

This email serves as a last minute reminder about Monday’s and Wednesday’s Christmas Show.

 

Dress Rehearsal: All students should be ready in costume on Monday 12/17 (B classes) and on Tuesday 12/18 (A and C Classes) for our dress rehearsal.

Some students just need to dress up while others have a costume. Children may wear there gym uniform or dress down clothes under their costume on the day of their dress rehearsal.

Any questions please feel free to get in touch.

 

The dress rehearsals serve as a chance for elderly relatives who are unable to come out at night or handle a large crowd to see the show. These dress rehearsals do not serve as a way to get a sneak peek or another viewing of the show. The rehearsals will begin at 12:45pm. Thanks in advance for your cooperation.

 

Ticket Orders: We are sold out of tickets for Monday and Wednesday. We know many are disappointed that they cannot get more tickets yet we have to limit the amount of people in the gym for the safety of all.

We are asking that anyone who is not using all of their tickets to please drop them off at the main office. If there is any issue with tickets at this point please let us know first thing in the morning on Monday so that we may try and handle them.

 

Dress Attire:

Kindergarten- are asked to wear their holiday best. (Dress up with a festive feel!)

 

1st Grade– Please wear anything red, green and/or white. Festive accessories encouraged!

 

2nd Grade– Please wear all brown.

 

3rd Grade Please wear red, green and/or white shorts, t-shirts and skirts. Think Hawaiian or Californian Christmas.

 

4th Grade– Please wear something fancy and festive. Gentlemen can wear suits and Fedora style hats. Ladies can wear sparkly dresses, etc. Think Frank Sinatra and Billie Holiday.

 

5th Grade– Please wear something with an Irish/countryside feel. Ivory sweaters, newsboy hats, scarves, etc.

 

6th Grade– Please wear something festive, fun & trendy. Think Modern Christmas.

 

7th Grade– Please wear jeans and a Christmas sweater or plaid shirt.

 

8th Grade– Please wear all black if you are on Stage Crew. Please wear something festive if you’re in Set Design.

 

Coming and Going on Show Nights: The children have been practicing for many weeks and they are expected to be present for the show on the night their class is performing. Students who are in the play should arrive no earlier than 6:00pm and should enter the CYO entrance. They will be directed to their rooms from there. Members of the audience will enter through the main door. All Band students need to report to the Small Hall no later than 6:10pm as they are the opening act.

Please note that if a child is sick on the day of their show he or she should not be sent into school for the show. With Christmas and break around the corner, we would like to try our best for students to not spread more germs than necessary. It’s okay to miss the show if they are sick. 

For safety reasons, every child in Grade 1-8 in the show must remain in school with his/her class until the play is over. Please do not ask for your child to be dismissed early. Thanks in advance for your cooperation with this matter.

 

Following are instructions for the children to follow at the end of the show. When the show is over, the older children in each family should get their coats and go to the classroom of the youngest sibling. We will ask that one parent go to the youngest child’s classroom to pick up the children. Further instructions will be explained at the end of each show. All families should leave through the main entrance.

 

 Special Kindergarten Instructions:

  1. The shows will begin at 6:30pm.  Children are asked to be at school at 6:00pm.  You may drop your child off at the small hall.  Parents should then proceed to the main entrance.  The doors will not open before 6:00pm, so please do not come early.

 

  1. After the performance, you are asked to pick up your child outside the Pre-K classrooms (1st floor).  Please wait until instructed to pick up your child. In order to keep the show running smoothly, it is necessary for you to exit the building using the main entrance doors. You may either leave at that time or return to the gym to watch the other classes perform using the main entrance.  You must have already purchased a ticket to the show in order to enter the auditorium.

 

  1. Please be aware that you may not be able to exit the parking lot if you wish to leave after the Kindergarten/Band performs in the show.  The parking lot gets very crowded on the nights of the Christmas show so, if you cannot stay until the show is over, you should try to find parking on the street in the area of the school.

SFDS Week of December 10th 2018

Dear Families,

 

In the midst of the Christmas rush, may you find some quiet moments to see more clearly the priceless gifts of God’s love and family bonds.  As you shop for Christmas presents, join us in acknowledging the real Gift of this season. Remember to take God into everyday; by acts of kindness, words of forgiveness, gestures of comfort and gifts of peace. May you and your families experience many blessings this Advent and Christmas.  May God grant you and yours the joy, hope, and peace of this Holy season.

 

A special thank you again to all the parents that came out for Family/Teacher Conferences this week. Please take a look below to see what is going on for the week of December 11th here at SFDS.

 

Immaculate Conception: Saturday December 8th is a Holy Day of Obligation for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. Please remember that as Catholics, we are asked to go to mass on this day.

 

Graduation and Make up Pictures: On Monday December 10th, the 8th grade will be taking their individual graduation pictures. If your child was absent on the original picture day, please know your child can dress up or wear their uniform for their picture on 12/10 as well. Today all pictures were sent home. Any issues please let us know by email over the weekend as Monday 12/10, could be a makeup day if there was something wrong with your child’s pictures. If you need to have a retake please send the original pictures with a note asking for a retake with your child on Monday.

 

Chicken Finger Day: This Tuesday December 11 is Chicken Finger day, so if you have signed your child up for this special lunch, a packed lunch is not needed on this day.

 

Advent Penance Service: This Thursday (12/13) Grades 3-8 will be joining together to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation. This weekend, please discuss the importance of this Sacrament and welcoming the Christ Child with a ready heart.  

 

Christmas Boutique: On Wednesday, children received an envelope with information regarding this year’s Christmas Boutique, which is being held on Wednesday 12/12, Thursday 12/13, and Friday 12/14. Your child(ren) should come to school that day with whatever money they need to purchase items that day. Please know that parents are not permitted to help their children during the Boutique so the students can purchase Christmas presents for the family, including Mom and Dad!

Please see below for the schedule:

 

Terranova Results: We have recently received our Terranova scores compared to the rest of the schools in the Diocese. I am pleased to say that across all grade levels and across all three components (Reading, Language, and Math) we scored above the Diocesan and Queens South Averages. To see how our students did as a school please click here to view those reports. All individual reports were sent home with your child’s report card.  

A special congratulation to all students and teachers on doing so well on these Common Core Terranovas.

 

SFDS Festival of Lights: Please join St. Francis de Sales Parish this Tuesday 12/11 at 6:30pm for an annual tradition, the lighting of trees in our prayer garden. There will be Hot Chocolate for all with Christmas Carols sung. Please be there for what is a great tradition here at St. Francis.

 

Christmas Show: It is amazing that when we return next Monday we only have two weeks of school until Christmas. Any questions about tickets please call the office. An order form for tickets can be found here. Please note that all ticket orders were due by today.

Any questions about costumes or dress please contact Ms. Mangano at gmangano@stfrancisschoolbh.net

If available, they will be sold at a first come first served basis starting Tuesday December 11th. No tickets will be sold at the door. A separate email will be sent out on Monday to explain in more detail.  

 

Dress Rehearsals: All students should be ready in costume on Monday 12/17 (B Classes) and on Tuesday 12/18 (A and C Classes) for our dress rehearsal.

 

The dress rehearsal serves as a chance for elderly relatives who are unable to come out at night or handle a large crowd to see the show. The rehearsal will begin at 12:45pm. This dress rehearsal does not serve as a way to get a sneak peek or another viewing of the show. Thanks in advance for your cooperation.

 

Early Childhood Registration: As we begin to prepare for the 2019-2020 school year, we want to ensure that our plans maximize the benefit to your child/children. Four weeks ago we sent home letters of intent for any current Nursery and Pre-K student here at St. Francis who plans on attending St. Francis in 2019 as a Pre-K or Kindergarten student. Those forms are now past due  As always, we thank you for your dedication and support to St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy. If you have any concerns that we may address, please do not hesitate to call us or email us.

 

Two weeks ago a letter was sent home to families of current students to see if any siblings of current students will be joining our Early Childhood. Please send in all letters of intent no later than Monday  as we will begin open registration in Nursery, Pre-K and Kindergarten early in January. This is especially important to do for next year’s Pre-K class.

 

Dress Down Day:  This Friday (12/14) students can bring in a $1.00 for a Dress Down Day! Students are encouraged to dress in their Pajamas or wear Red and Green. All proceeds are going to Pietrofight. Pietrosfight was created to raise awareness and funds for potential treatments and hope of a cure for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Pietro was part of a clinical trial of a drug named Exdonys, previously called Eteplirsen, which was the first treatment approved by the FDA for DMD. Pietro is currently receiving an infusion once a week as apart of his Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy treatment. We ask you to join us December 14th by wearing your pajamas and making a donation of at least $1. We will wear PJs to celebrate the spirit of childhood that we hope to preserve for Pietro Joseph and other children diagnosed with DMD. It’s never too early to teach our children the importance of giving.

 

Paul Effman Band: Experienced musicians will perform at the Christmas Show on December 17th and December 19. December 11th and 17th, Experienced Violin will practice from 3:45-4:30 and Experienced Band will practice from 4:15pm-5:15pm  to prepare for our Christmas concert.This practice will replace the small group lessons. Beginners will be performing in the Spring Concert and will keep their regular scheduled lessons on Tuesdays. .  Thank you!

 

Toys for Tots: With the Christmas season approaching, as we look forward to the birth of our Lord, we should remember those less fortunate than us. In the spirit of giving, we are asking that students donate a gift for other children. Please bring in an unwrapped toy or game as soon as possible. All donations will go to children in need. Thank you for your generosity.

 

PDHP Parent Workshops: We were sad to have to cancel the Family Fun Night for Grades 7-8 the other night due to lack of interest. However there is a great chance for parents of students in Grades 4-8 to sign up for a five week called Guiding Good Choices on Tuesdays 1/8, 1/15, 1/22, 1/29, and 2/5 (7pm-8pm)

 

Are you a parent of a “tween?” A “tween” is a youngster who is too old to be called a child and too young to be called a teenager; they are certainly “be-tween.” If you are the parent of a “tween,” then this workshop is for you. Guiding Good Choices is a five session workshop designed to: Empower parents, Support each other, Learn tools, Strengthen family connections, and help children develop healthy behavior as they approach adolescence. Our presenter will be Cary Anne Fitzgerald, the Parent and Community Outreach Coordinator for the Program for the Development of Human Potential (PDHP). You may remember Cary Anne from her presentation last year, Is it Bullying or Bad Behavior? The Guiding Good Choices workshop can accommodate up to 15 participants. Please consider making this commitment to these five sessions. Space is limited and filling up quickly. Please call the school office if you are interested in attending – 718-634-2775

 

Fundraising Corner

Box Tops for Education: Our next Box Tops for Education event is about to begin. For every 20 Box Tops a student brings in between Monday December 10th and Friday February 15th they will get a raffle tickets to win a $50 Amazon Gift Card. There will be a 2nd place Amazon Gift card of $25 and a 3rd place Amazon Gift Card for $10. The more Box Tops you bring in, the more chances you have to win. Good luck.

 

Have a great weekend!

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

SFDS Week of December 3rd 2018

Dear Academy Families,

 

In the month of December, we spend time preparing children for concerts, decorating classrooms and hallways, making preparations for Christmas at home, shopping, baking, attending parties and sharing joy. As you know, Advent is the time for waiting, praying, and preparing ourselves for the birth of Christ. By taking a step away from the hustle and bustle, asking kids to slow down and reflect on what the birth of Christ means to them, the world, and our faith, such a richness will be added to this time of waiting.

Please take a look below to see what is going on for the week of December 3rd here at SFDS.

 

Blessed Trinity Confirmation: Congratulations and God Bless! On Thursday December 6th at 5pm, many members of St. Francis de Sales Grade 8 will be blessed by the Holy Spirit at Blessed Trinity Parish. May the gifts of the Holy Spirit be with our 8th grade and lead them to be the future leaders of the church.

 

Report Cards: All report cards will be sent home on Tuesday 12/4. Teachers are available to meet on both Tuesday 12/4 from 6pm-7:30pm and on Wednesday 12/5 from 12:45pm-2:45pm. For families in Grades N-4 please keep to the appointments that you signed up for. In Grades 5-8 please feel free to go to your child’s individual teacher(s) at the assigned times. If anyone made an appointment and needs to cancel please email your child’s  teacher directly.

 

Immaculate Conception: Saturday December 8th is a Holy Day of Obligation for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. Please remember that as Catholics, we are asked to go to mass on this day.

2nd Grade Proximate Prep (SFDS): Just a reminder to all 2nd grade families of students who are receiving the sacrament of communion here at St. Francis that there there is Proximate Prep on Sunday December 2, 2018. Children receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation and Holy Communion in 2019 and their Parents are asked to join us by sitting in the reserved section in the front of church for Mass. Following the Mass the parish will have a light fellowship and a presentation in the gym for the parents and children until 11am.

 

PDHP Parent Workshops: We were sad to have to cancel the Family Fun Night for Grades 7-8 the other night due to lack of interest. However there is a great chance for parents of students in Grades 4-8 to sign up for a five week called Guiding Good Choices on Tuesdays 1/8, 1/15, 1/22, 1/29, and 2/5 (7pm-8pm)

 

Are you a parent of a “tween?” A “tween” is a youngster who is too old to be called a child and too young to be called a teenager; they are certainly “be-tween.” If you are the parent of a “tween,” then this workshop is for you. Guiding Good Choices is a five session workshop designed to: Empower parents, Support each other, Learn tools, Strengthen family connections, and help children develop healthy behavior as they approach adolescence. Our presenter will be Cary Anne Fitzgerald, the Parent and Community Outreach Coordinator for the Program for the Development of Human Potential (PDHP). You may remember Cary Anne from her presentation last year, Is it Bullying or Bad Behavior? The Guiding Good Choices workshop can accommodate up to 15 participants. Please consider making this commitment to these five sessions. Space is limited and filling up quickly. Please call the school office if you are interested in attending – 718-634-2775

 

Graduation and Makeup Pictures: On December 10th, the 8th grade will be taking their individual graduation pictures. If your child was absent on the original picture day, please know your child can dress up or wear their uniform for their picture on 12/10. If you would like your child to retake their picture, please send in your original pictures with a note before Thursday December 6th. We will call down the students whose pictures we have the next school day for make ups.

 

SFDS Festival of Lights: Please join St. Francis de Sales Parish on Tuesday  12/11 at 6:30pm for an annual tradition, the lighting of trees in our prayer garden. There will be Hot Chocolate for all with Christmas Carols sung. Please be there for this great tradition here at St. Francis.

Student Illness: As the colder weather begins, we see more and more children who become ill. A child who is sick will not be able to perform well in school and is likely to spread the illness to other children and staff. If your child is ill, before sending them back to school please clear it with your child’s pediatrician. Please call the school’s nurse or main office if you have any questions or concerns.

 

Early Childhood Registration: As we begin to prepare for the 2019-2020 school year, we want to ensure that our plans maximize the benefit to your child/children. Three weeks ago we sent home letters of intent for any current Nursery and Pre-K student here at St. Francis who plans on attending St. Francis in 2019 as a Pre-K or Kindergarten student. Those forms are now past due  As always, we thank you for your dedication and support to St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy. If you have any concerns that we may address, please do not hesitate to call us or email us.

 

This week a letter was sent home to families of current students to see if any siblings of current students will be joining our Early Childhood. Please send in all letters of intent as soon as possible  as we will begin open registration in Nursery, Pre-K and Kindergarten early in January. This is especially important to do for next year’s Pre-K class.

 

Christmas Show: It is amazing that when we return next Monday we only have three weeks of school until Christmas. Any questions about tickets please call the office. An order form for tickets can be found here. Please note that all ticket orders are due by next Friday December 7th.

Any questions about costumes or dress please contact Ms. Mangano at gmangano@stfrancisschoolbh.net

Paul Effman Band: Experienced musicians will perform at the Christmas Show on December 17th and December 19. December 4th, 11th and 18th, Experienced Violin will practice from 3:45-4:30 and Experienced Band will practice from 4:15pm-5:15pm  to prepare for our Christmas concert.This practice will replace the small group lessons. Beginners will be performing in the Spring Concert and will keep their regular scheduled lessons.  Thank you!

Movie Night: All students (K-3) are invited to join us on Friday December 7th for Movie Night. The movie is “The Polar Express” All children can bring their sleeping bag, pillow, favorite teddy, and wear their P.J.’s.  The Doors open at 5:45pm and the Movie starts 6:10 sharp. There is a $5 Admission charge and all Students will receive a cup of Hot Chocolate and Cookies with Admission.

This is a KID ONLY event.

 

Toys for Tots: With the Christmas season approaching, as we look forward to the birth of our Lord, we should remember those less fortunate than us. In the spirit of giving, we are asking that students donate a gift for other children. Please bring in an unwrapped toy or game as soon as possible. All donations will go to children in need. Thank you for your generosity.

 

Fundraising Corner

$15,000 Raffle Winners

Congratulations to the winners of our $15,000 Raffle.

1st Place ($15,000): Sal and Eileen Amadeo (Ticket #93)

2nd Place ($5,000): Chris Long (Ticket #10)

3rd Place ($2,500): Kim Rudden (Ticket #34)

4th Place ($1,500): Gallagher Girls (Ticket #15)

5th Place Place: ($1,000): Tara Stackpole and Pete Brady (Ticket #88)

 

A special Thank you to Mrs. Rita Hayden for coordinating this event along with the ticket sellers. Also a special thank you to Jamerson’s for hosting the ticket drawing party.

 

We were able to raise over $20,000 due to this event.

 

Have a great weekend!

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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