SFDS Week April 19th

Dear Academy Families, 

In this Sunday’s reading from the Letter of Saint John we hear “But whoever keeps his word, the love of God is truly perfected in him” 1 Jn 2:1-5a

This verse highlights the significance of keeping God’s word. It is vital that we do not keep the word in voice only. Our actions must also be those of love. Through our love of others, we are giving the love of God. The greatest honor to God’s love for us is to in turn provide that same love to others. Children who receive a Catholic education are more likely to be accepting of others and embrace differences. The concept of loving others as God loves us translates into accepting, empathetic adults. We continue to Thank God for the Gift of a Catholic Education. 

 

This week the administration had a meeting with the Diocese and also attended a meeting with the State Health Department about some of the new health guidelines in regard to distancing within our classrooms. We are hopeful that in the near future we will be able to have more of our students daily in our junior high classrooms (Grades 5-8). Please note that our number one priority at this time is getting our junior high students to be in school much like their younger peers as much as possible. We will continue to try as much as possible this school year to bring everyone back to a normal school situation, yet some grade levels may not look fully normal until the Fall. We hope by the end of next week to update families for the week of April 26th or May 3rd. Although some distancing guidelines may be changing all other health guidelines such as wearing masks, washing hands, deep cleaning of the building each night, ventilation, limiting visitors, etc. will stay in place. 

 

Now onto the week of April 19th here at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy. 

 

ELA State Exam Update: This year, the ELA and Mathematics exams for grades 3 through 8 will be multiple choice only. The test will be one day only and session 1 will be shortened by eliminating the field questions. We will continue Computer Based Testing for grades 6 and 7 this year, while 4th grade will continue to take paper-based tests. The computer-based test will have the same questions as the paper version but students will take the test on their Chromebooks.All we ask is that our students are focused and we know everyone will give their very best.

Grades 4,6, and 7 ELA and Math Exams will be one day of testing rather than the usual two. The ELA state exam is scheduled as follows 

Wednesday April 21st – Grade 4

Monday April 26th -Grades 6 and 7 (Groups 1 and 3) 

Tuesday April 27th – Grades 6 and 7 (Group 2)

 

Please make sure that your children get a good night sleep and are well rested the night before. 

 

St. Jude Math-a-thon: Thank you to everyone who participated in our annual St. Jude Math-a-Thon. We raised a very generous $23,000! A special thank you to Mrs. Foti for coordinating this fundraiser each year. I think we are well on our way to being a Top 100 School for St. Jude’s. Just a reminder that all who participated in this year’s Math-a-thon may dress down on Monday April 19th. 

 

Mrs. Foti also wanted to let all know that those students who qualified for a prize from St. Jude’s should be receiving an email to redeem their prize from Halo. If you do not receive an email by April 23rd please email us at admin@stfrancisschoolbh.net and we will do our best to help. 

 

Spring Flower Sale: As the weather gets nicer it is always great to plant a little bit and make our home even more beautiful. 

We are partnering up with Shannon’s Florist in Brooklyn to have a Spring Flower Sale. Please see the attached form for pictures and prices of the items. All order forms are due by Friday, April 23rd.  We need to have the order to the florist no later than Friday, April 23rd. 

All payments must come through Venmo. Please make your family’s payment to “@SFDSCACADEMY”. Please be sure to include your family name Spring Flower Sales in the notes section. Please note that your order is not complete until payment is made and the order form is submitted. 

The completed form(s) and payment is due by Friday the 23rd.  

The items will be delivered to the school early on April 28th  and will be available to be picked up at dismissal. 

 

State of the Academy: Please save the date and join us on  Tuesday May 4th at 7pm for the annual Board of Directors’ State of the Academy. Our Board Members will be providing specific updates on various facets of the Academy including finances, facilities, , enrollment, academics and many more. Please note that this meeting will be a Zoom meeting. The invitation is below. 

 

Topic: State of the Academy

Time: May 4, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

 

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89830328797?pwd=Y0hlQ05QUFRhSXNIWC9GNVZEcmEyQT09

 

Meeting ID: 898 3032 8797

Passcode: SFDS2021

 

5th-8th Grade Hybrid Learning Schedules

5th, 6th Grade, and 7th Grade are on a Week 1 Schedule

Monday 4/19: Groups 1 and 2 in School; Group 3 Remote; Bagel Day for Group 1 and 2 Students

Tuesday 4/20: Groups 2 and 3 in School; Group 1 Remote

Wednesday 4/21: Groups 1 and 3 in School; Group 2 Remote

Thursday 4/22:Groups 1 and 2 in School; Group 3 Remote 

Friday 4/23: Groups 2 and 3 in School; Group 1 Remote

 

8th Grade is on a Week 2 Schedule

Monday 4/19:  Gold Group in School; Blue Group at Home Learning. Gold Group Bagel Monday

Tuesday 4/20: Blue Group in School; Gold Group at Home Learning

Wednesday 4/21:  Gold Group in School; Blue Group at Home Learning

Thursday 4/22: Blue Group in School; Gold Group at Home Learning 

Friday 4/23:  Gold Group in School; Blue Group at Home Learning 

 

Financial Aid for the 2021-2022 School Year: Futures in Education is proud to administer several scholarship programs, providing partial tuition assistance for families demonstrating financial need, and who meet eligibility requirements, to attend a Catholic academy or school in Brooklyn or Queens. To apply or get more information please click here. Just a reminder that the deadline for returning families who received an award in the previous academic year has passed. The deadline for new families (students who did not receive an award in the previous academic year) is May 31st. Applications will continue to be accepted beyond the deadline; those who have a completed application by May 31st will receive priority.

We are excited to share that awarding has started for returning families with completed applications. New families will begin to receive decision notifications as of June 1st, on a rolling basis until funding is exhausted.

Applications will only be considered completed when all required supporting documents have been submitted.  Awards will begin with applications that were completed by the deadline and will continue on a rolling basis as available funding allows.

 

PDHP Parent Workshop: Saint Francis de Sales Catholic Academy invites you to join us for a PDHP Parents as a Resource (PAR) workshop to discuss Family Dynamics During, Within and Following Crises on Thursday April 29th at 6pm. This workshop is for parents & caregivers of all age groups This is an RSVP event Please register by April 16th, 2021 so we can plan accordingly.

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAocuiupzojEtYdkexHs7z5ezKxiRZdwRTX

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

 

Summer Uniform: Starting on Monday, May 3rd students can begin to wear their summer gym uniforms. This is just a reminder if anyone needs to purchase summer uniforms you should think about ordering them soon. Please note that starting in the fall of 2021 all students will be required once again to wear the dress uniform 4 days a week with them wearing their gym uniform on their gym day. More information on ordering uniforms will come in the following weeks. 

 

Have a great week. Be safe and stay healthy.  

SFDS Week of April 12th

Dear Academy Families, 

 

Happy Easter! The days of Lent and the winter weather are now gone and we look forward to warmer days and the new life that the Risen Lord has brought us. It is unbelievable that in a few weeks we begin the month of May, and will be in the home stretch of the 2020- 2021 school year. During this time of year many events have been planned; the celebration of the sacrament of the First Eucharist, Grade 7 Ring/Pin celebration, Blue and Gold Day, Graduation, just to name a few….  It is a joyful time to be around Saint Francis!  At the same time, it is tempting to get into the summer mindset prematurely. We still have a lot to accomplish!  Please remind your children that the hard work of being a student does not decrease when the temperature increases.  Also, the high expectations of respect in our interactions with each other know no season, takes no holiday. Reinforcements of these ideals at home can be a great help to your child’s success here at school. 

 

In this Sunday’s readings we hear in the Acts of the Apostles “The community of believers was of one heart and mind, and no one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they had everything in common (Acts 4:32-35)  We are blessed to be part of a strong faith community here at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy.   Individuals who are engaged with others in their faith are more likely to practice this faith and to share it with others. As we share in the Eucharist, we are united in our understanding of Jesus. The understanding of fellowship is vital in the strengthening of our faith. Students in St.. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy are surrounded by a community of the faithful in staff, teachers, other students, and families. This fellowship of faith is an incredible opportunity. We continue to Thank God for the Gift of a Catholic Education. 

 

As we come back from Easter Recess we wanted to take this opportunity to remind families about the process for students to be remote. Students may be remote only if he or she is out of school because of COVID-19 related symptoms; COVID-19 exposure (see below), or some other long term pressing medical issue. Once the student is cleared to come back to school, he or she must return to school or be considered absent. Students on vacation or out of school for other non-COVID or medical reasons cannot be remote and are marked absent. Please note that you must contact the office first for permission to be a part of remote learning. Thanks in advance for your cooperation in following this protocol. 

A question that gets asked many times is how do I know if my child was a close contact with someone who has COVID-19. A Close Contact as defined by the NYC DOH is someone who has been within 6ft. for at least 10 minutes over a 24-hour period of time with someone who has COVID-19 during their infectious period, regardless of face-covering use or the presence of a barrier. The infectious period is when someone with COVID-19 may potentially spread it to others. The start date is two days before the person had their first symptom or two days before their COVID-19 test date if they never had symptoms. 

 

Now onto the week of April 12th here at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy. 

 

Congratulations: Congratulations and God Bless! On Wednesday, April 14th, many members of St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy 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. 

 

Autism Awareness Month: April is National Autism Awareness Month. The first National Autism Awareness Month was declared by the Autism Society in April 1970. The aim of this month is to educate the public about autism. Autism, or autism spectrum disorder (ASD), refers to a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech, and nonverbal communication. According to the Centers for Disease Control, autism affects an estimated 1 in 54 children in the United States today. Join us in learning about autism and increasing our empathy for others.

 

St. Jude Math-a-thon: Thank you to everyone who participated in our annual St. Jude Math-a-Thon. We raised a very generous $23,000! A special thank you to Mrs. Foti for coordinating this fundraiser each year. I think we are well on our way to being a Top 100 School for St. Jude’s. Just a reminder that all who participated in this year’s Math-a-thon may dress down on Monday April 19th. Mrs. Foti also wanted to let all know that those students who qualified for a prize from St. Jude’s should be receiving an email to redeem their prize from Halo. If you do not receive an email by April 23rd please email us at admin@stfrancisschoolbh.net and we will do our best to help. 

 

School Yard After School: As the weather has changed and Spring is officially in the air we have been keeping the schoolyard open to about 3:30 pm each day. Please be mindful of your children playing after school. Everyone must remember to social distance or wear a mask and treat each other with kindness and respect. We hope that everyone can follow these guidelines so we can keep the schoolyard open for our students when the school is open. 

 

State of the Academy: Please save the date and join us on  Tuesday, May 4th at 7pm for the annual Board of Directors’ State of the Academy. Our Board Members will be providing specific updates on various facets of the Academy including finances, facilities, enrollment, academics, and many more. Please note that this meeting will be a Zoom meeting. The invitation is below. 

 

Topic: State of the Academy

Time: May 4, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89830328797?pwd=Y0hlQ05QUFRhSXNIWC9GNVZEcmEyQT09

Meeting ID: 898 3032 8797

Passcode: SFDS2021

 

5th-8th Grade Hybrid Learning Schedules

5th, 6th Grade, and 7th Grade are on a Week 3 Schedule

Monday 4/12: Group 2 and 3 In-Person; Group 1 Remote Bagel Day for Groups 2 and 3

Tuesday 4/13: Group 1 and 3 In-Person; Group 2 Remote

Wednesday 4/14: Groups 1 and 2 in Person; Group 3 Remote

Thursday 4/15: Group 2 and 3 In-Person; Group 1 Remote

Friday 4/16: Group 1 and 3 In-Person; Group 2 Remote

 

8th Grade is on a Week 1 Schedule

Monday 4/12:  Blue Group in School; Gold Group at Home Learning. Blue Group Bagel Monday

Tuesday 4/13: Gold Group in School; Blue Group at Home Learning

Wednesday 4/14:  Blue Group in School; Gold Group at Home Learning.

Thursday 4/15: Gold Group in School; Blue Group at Home Learning

Friday 4/16:  Blue Group in School; Gold Group at Home Learning

 

Financial Aid for the 2021-2022 School Year: Futures in Education is proud to administer several scholarship programs, providing partial tuition assistance for families demonstrating financial need, and who meet eligibility requirements, to attend a Catholic academy or school in Brooklyn or Queens. To apply or get more information please click here. Just a reminder that the deadline for returning families who received an award in the previous academic year has passed. The deadline for new families (students who did not receive an award in the previous academic year) is May 31st. Applications will continue to be accepted beyond the deadline; those who have a completed application by May 31st will receive priority.

We are excited to share that awarding has started for returning families with completed applications. New families will begin to receive decision notifications as of June 1st, on a rolling basis until funding is exhausted. Applications will only be considered completed when all required supporting documents have been submitted.  Awards will begin with applications that were completed by the deadline and will continue on a rolling basis as available funding allows.

 

ELA State Exam Update: This week we have been given the following guidelines in regards to State exams and Regents exams for our students for this school year. This year, the ELA and Mathematics exams for grades 3 through 8 will be multiple choice only. The test will be one day only and session 1 will be shortened by eliminating the field questions. 

 

The ELA state exam is scheduled as follows 

Wednesday, April 21st – Grade 4

Monday, April 26th -Grades 6 and 7 (Groups 1 and 3) 

Tuesday, April 27th – Grades 6 and 7 (Group 2).

 

Tablet’s Covid Relief Fundraiser for Catholic Schools: Three weeks ago information went home with all children in regard to the “The Tablet” COVID Relief Fundraiser. The Fundraiser takes place between March 15 – April 16, 2021. We really need your help in trying to make this fundraiser a huge success to our academy. If each family does their part we will be able to keep St. Francis a 1:1 school both now and in the immediate future. 

The Tablet has organized a subscription drive to help our academy offset the additional cost of COVID compliance. They also wanted to recognize the financial challenges many of our families face as a result of the pandemic.. This campaign will also support The Tablet’s work in reporting important news for Catholics. We believe it’s a win, win, win! You’ll be happy to know that our school can apply all of our students’ sales toward our DeSales Technology Grant requirements. Our participation in the DeSales Technology Grant in the past was one of the main reasons we were able and still are able to provide a device to all students in our school. This was very helpful especially last spring when we had to go to a 100% remote model. We hope that all of our families think to participate in this fundraiser as it helps us keep technology current in our school building. We have asked in the new grant for over 400 devices. 

The program is easy, can be done entirely online, and has great incentives for the schools and students.

https://thetablet.org/CovidReliefFundraiser/SchoolPage/?school=st-francis-de-sales-catholic-academy

Each subscription (new or renewal) helps raise money for an individual student ($10 a subscription after a student sells three subscriptions) and our school ($5 a subscription). Help us reach our goal of 500 subscriptions sold to help us continue to keep our 1:1 I-pad/Chromebook program up to date.

Share the above link with family and friends. Please remember that even a renewal subscription counts. Remember to share the following information with the subscriber and remind them to enter it when placing their order to ensure your school and child gets the proper credit for the subscription:

The student’s first name

The student’s last name

The student’s grade

 

PDHP Parent Workshop: Saint Francis de Sales Catholic Academy invites you to join us for a PDHP Parents as a Resource (PAR) workshop to discuss Family Dynamics During, Within and Following Crises This workshop is for parents & caregivers of all age groups This is an RSVP event Please register by April 16th, 2021 so we can plan accordingly.

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAocuiupzojEtYdkexHs7z5ezKxiRZdwRTX

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

 

Summer Uniform: Starting on Monday, May 3rd students can begin to wear their summer gym uniforms. This is just a reminder if anyone needs to purchase summer uniforms you should think about ordering them soon. Please note that starting in the fall of 2021 all students will be required once again to wear the dress uniform 4 days a week with them wearing their gym uniform on their gym day. More information on ordering uniforms will come in the following weeks. 

 

Have a great week. Be safe and stay healthy. 

2021 Passion Play

As we come to the end of our Lenten Journey and get ready for the Triduum join some of our 7th graders for this year’s version of the Passion Play.

A special thank you to the 7th grade, Mrs. Hayes, Mrs, Buckley, and Mrs. Mangano for putting this video together.

 

Easter Letter from Superintendent Thomas Chadzutko, Ed.D

Dear Families,

 

This year has been one of struggling to rise up; rising up above negativity, stress, worry, doubt, and often fear. The story of Easter parallels our lives in incredible ways this year. While we cannot compare our difficulties to the agony of Christ, this year has indeed challenged our hearts. As Easter approaches and we feel the sorrow that comes from the knowledge of the death of Jesus, we must remember the joy that will follow. In difficult times, experiences of joy cannot be overlooked or diminished. The words of Luke, He is not here; He has risen! is one of the most joyful verses we can experience. Let us celebrate this Easter season with the hope that comes from the risen Lord.

 

As we celebrate Easter, the greatest focus is on the Resurrection, which of course is one of the most important tenets of our faith, in our salvation through Jesus’ death and Resurrection. I would encourage you to also take time and reflect on Jesus’ journey to the Resurrection. The way Jesus chose to follow God’s path and accept his fate teaches us the true meaning of following the path of righteousness. Jesus, with the knowledge of the difficulties that would lie ahead, made the choice to continue demonstrating the love of God. We see his humility in riding the humble donkey into Jerusalem and quietly looking for a room to celebrate Passover. We see his forgiveness as he breaks bread knowing the disciples would turn away from him. We witness his service in the washing of the disciple’s feet. Even when faced with death, Jesus chose to react, not in anger but with compassion saying, Father, forgive them.

 

For us and especially for our children, Jesus’ choices to continue in love, compassion, and forgiveness even in the face of death provide us the example we need for our own lives. Each day we will face challenges, some small, but some that are seemingly insurmountable. The story of Jesus’ death and Resurrection shows us that God’s grace is always present. As Jesus was man, he was presented with choices, as we are. We can choose to turn away from God in our actions or we can choose to follow the path of the Lord. With the acceptance of God’s grace, we can choose to follow His path. As we read the Passion this Holy Week, ask yourself and ask your children, “How will I show compassion today?” “How can I serve others as Jesus washing the feet of the disciples?” “What burdens am I carrying that can be released through forgiveness?”

 

The choices we make enable us to walk with Jesus. Let us celebrate this Easter season with compassion, forgiveness, and love. This has been a challenging year and making such choices are often difficult but, in these actions, we are preparing our hearts to embrace the joys that lie ahead. Engage with your children in reading the Gospel. Celebrate the ways you have walked the path of the Lord together. Above all, embrace the hope and joy that comes from the Risen Lord. We have been delivered from the darkness and will stand in the light of Christ.

 

Wishing you a Blessed and Joyous Easter!

 

In Christ,

 

Thomas Chadzutko, Ed.D.

Superintendent ~ Catholic School Support Services

SFDS Week of March 29th 2021

Dear Academy Families, 

 

Happy Friday!

 

This coming Sunday is Palm Sunday and marks the beginning of Holy Week.  This most holy week reminds Catholics of the last week of Jesus’ life. He was welcomed as a prophet and wise man into Jerusalem, but by the end of the week, He was forsaken by his followers, arrested, scourged, and crucified. Over the past week many classes began preparing for the closing of Lent and the celebration of Christ’s resurrection through special prayer services and lessons getting them ready for Holy Week. Over the past few weeks, our students participated in a special grade level mass and prayed the Stations of the Cross. As we approach this Holiest time of the year, it is our hope that many families are able to join us for our school-sponsored Stations of the Cross tonight at 7 pm in the schoolyard. 

Please also see links to Holy Week Schedules for both  St. Francis de Sales and Blessed Trinity.

Finally this weekend we hear in the first reading from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah, The Lord GOD has given me a well-trained tongue, that I might know how to speak to the weary a word that will rouse them. This reading describes a willingness to open one’s heart to truly hear the calling of God. It speaks of the continued work to share the word of God with others despite hardships that teachers may endure. This calls to mind the work of teachers throughout our school. While many may be weary of the struggles of the past year, they wake up every morning prepared to continue sharing the word of God. It is through their action that students can engage in knowing and loving Christ, we are blessed through God’s grace with teachers who “morning after morning, open their ears so they might hear.”

Let us continue this week to Thank God for the gift of a Catholic Education. 

 

Now onto the week of March 29th here at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy

Passion Play: Please join us for our annual Passion Play on Tuesday 3/30 where many of our 7th-grade students reenact the solemn events that occurred through Jesus’s journey towards death and resurrection. This year’s Passion Play was filmed in advance and will be posted to our school website and our Facebook page on Tuesday 3/30 at 11:30 am. Thanks again Mrs. Hayes, Ms. Mangano, and Mrs. Buckley for coordinating this special event. 

CDC Guidelines: Last Friday news broke that the CDC has begun to change their guidelines of social distancing in a classroom from 6 feet to 3 feet. Of course, this guideline would cause a huge shift in schools all throughout the country. In our own school alone it more than likely would mean students in grade 5-8 would be in person more days each week if not every day in many cases. It also may mean some of our two class cohorts possibly going back to one classroom. However, at this time the school has not received any guidance from the Diocese, State and City Health departments on these new guidelines. If anything changes families will be notified as soon as that information is given. 

Regardless, in preparing for the next academic year, St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy will continue to prioritize the health and safety of our community as we plan for a full return to the robust classroom experiences that are the hallmark of a Catholic education

 

5th-8th Grade Hybrid Learning Schedules

5th, 6th Grade and 7th Grade are on a Week 2 Schedule

Monday 3/29: Groups 1 and 3 in School; Group 2 Remote Bagel Day for Group 1 and 3 Students

Tuesday 3/30: Groups 1 and 2 in School; Group 3 Remote; ½ Day dismissal at 12 noon

8th Grade is on a Week 2 Schedule

Monday 3/29:  Gold Group in School/Blue Group Remote; Gold Group Bagel Day

Tuesday 3/30: Blue Group in School/Gold Group Remote; ½ day dismissal

 

Financial Aid for the 2021-2022 School Year: Futures in Education is proud to administer several scholarship programs, providing partial tuition assistance for families demonstrating financial need, and who meet eligibility requirements, to attend a Catholic academy or school in Brooklyn or Queens. To apply or get more information please click here. Just a reminder that the deadline for returning families who received an award in the previous academic year is March 31st 2021. The deadline for new families (students who did not receive an award in the previous academic year) is April 30th 2021. Applications will only be considered completed when all required supporting documents have been submitted.  Awards will begin with applications that were completed by the deadline and will continue on a rolling basis as available funding allows.

 

Report Cards Conferences Sign Up: Click Below for Nursery-Grade 8 Appointments.

When signing up for an appointment please leave the phone number the teacher should call.  Please note due to COVID-19 all report card conferences are being done via telephone. Please note that this is the time that the school has blocked off for conferences. Please make every effort to find a time on Tuesday 3/30 to meet with your child’s teacher. These conferences are done via phone call this year due to COVID which does make them convenient for busy schedules or parents who cannot be in the school building physically.  Parents are asked not to ask teachers for another time due to a vacation. Thanks in advance for your cooperation. 

Grades Nursery-Grade 4

  • Please visit the website listed above your child’s class to sign up for a time for your conference. You will need to enter your name, an email address, and phone number to be contacted on but you do not need to create an account.
  • Please sign up for a conference by Monday, March 29th at 12 pm.
  • We will assume that families not signed up by 03/29/21 are not expecting a phone call.
  • You will not be able to confer with your child’s teacher that afternoon or evening.

Grades 5-8

  • You will need to enter your name, an email address, and phone number to be contacted on but you do not need to create an account.
  • Please note in Grade 5-8 your child has 4 to 5 teachers.
  • If your child has failed (under 70) you are required to sign up for a conference with the teacher who teaches that subject.
  • If your child has received a grade from 70-79 it is highly recommended that you make an appointment to receive a phone call from the teacher who teaches that subject.
  • If your child has received a grade from 80-89 and think there may be some valuable points to discuss with the teacher please sign up for a conference.
  • If your child has received a 90 or above in a subject area please only sign up for a conference if that teacher has room in their schedule.
  • Please remember our 5th-6th grade teachers have 120 students and our 7th and 8th-grade teachers have 108 students, due to the fact we need to have conferences remotely with a schedule to accommodate everyone would be impossible. As always all teachers are always available to answer any questions you may have via email. 
  • Please sign up for a conference by Monday, March 29th at 12 pm.

 

State Exam Update: This week we have been given the following guidelines in regards to State exams and Regents exams for our students for this school year. 

Grades 4,6, and 7 ELA and Math Exams will be one day of testing rather than the usual two. The ELA state exam is scheduled now the week of April 19th. The Math state exam is scheduled now the week of May 3rd. 

The Science Exam given in Grades 4 and 8 will only have a written part which will be given the week of June 7th. The performance exam has been canceled. 

Finally, the Regents exams for the 8th graders that take those classes are as follows. Wednesday, June 23rd the Algebra Regents exam will take place at 8:30 am and Thursday, June 24th the Earth Science Regents exam will take place at 8:30 am. 

We anticipate getting further clarification from the Diocese of Brooklyn closer to the Easter vacation. 

 

Easter Recess Travel: Governor Cuomo announced a few weeks ago that domestic travelers will no longer be required to quarantine after entering New York from another U.S. State or U.S. Territory starting April 1st. Mandatory quarantine remains in effect for international travelers.

Please note for students who are traveling outside the United States or U.S. Territories for more than 24 hours:

  • Students must obtain a test within three days of departure, prior to arrival in New York (United States).
  • The student must, upon arrival in New York, quarantine for three days.
  • On day 4 of their quarantine, the student must obtain another COVID test. If both tests come back negative, the student may exit quarantine early upon receipt of the second negative diagnostic test.

If you are planning on international travel please let the school know so we can assist in helping you know when your child can return to school for in-person learning.  Until April 1st the previous travel guidelines are still in effect.  Please note that these guidelines are subject to change at any time. As always any questions or concerns please be in touch.

 

Tablet’s Covid Relief Fundraiser for Catholic Schools: Two weeks ago information went home with all children in regard to the “The Tablet” COVID Relief Fundraiser. The Fundraiser takes place between March 15 – April 16, 2021. We really need your help in trying to make this fundraiser a huge success to our academy. 

The Tablet has organized a subscription drive to help our academy offset the additional cost of COVID compliance. They also wanted to recognize the financial challenges many of our families face as a result of the pandemic.. This campaign will also support The Tablet’s work in reporting important news for Catholics. We believe it’s a win, win, win! You’ll be happy to know that our school can apply all of our students’ sales toward our DeSales Technology Grant requirements. Our participation in the DeSales Technology Grant in the past was one of the main reasons we were able and still are able to provide a device to all students in our school. This was very helpful especially last spring when we had to go to a 100% remote model. We hope that all of our families think to participate in this fundraiser as it helps us keep technology current in our school building. We have asked in the new grant for over 400 devices. 

The program is easy, can be done entirely online, and has great incentives for the schools and students.

https://thetablet.org/CovidReliefFundraiser/SchoolPage/?school=st-francis-de-sales-catholic-academy

Each subscription (new or renewal) helps raise money for an individual student ($10 a subscription after a student sells three subscriptions) and our school ($5 a subscription). Help us reach our goal of 500 subscriptions sold to help us continue to keep our 1:1 I-pad/Chromebook program up to date.

Share the above link with family and friends. Please remember that even a renewal subscription counts. Remember to share the following information with the subscriber and remind them to enter it when placing their order to ensure your school and child gets the proper credit for the subscription:

The student’s first name

The student’s last name

The student’s grade

The student’s ID number (We also included in the information sent home yesterday your child’s ID number, it is not required yet helps in identifying the order)

Financial Aid for the 2021-2022 School Year: Futures in Education is proud to administer several scholarship programs, providing partial tuition assistance for families demonstrating financial need, and who meet eligibility requirements, to attend a Catholic academy or school in Brooklyn or Queens. To apply or get more information please click here. Just a reminder that the deadline for returning families who received an award in the previous academic year is March 31st 2021. The deadline for new families (students who did not receive an award in the previous academic year) is April 30th 2021. Applications will only be considered completed when all required supporting documents have been submitted.  Awards will begin with applications that were completed by the deadline and will continue on a rolling basis as available funding allows.

 

Summer Uniform: Starting on Monday, May 3rd students can begin to wear their summer gym uniforms. This is just a reminder if anyone needs to purchase summer uniforms you should think about ordering them soon. Please note that starting in the fall of 2021 all students will be required once again to wear the dress uniform 4 days a week with them wearing their gym uniform on their gym day. More information on ordering uniforms will come in the following weeks. 

 

Haircuts: Just a reminder from our Family Handbook: Both boys and girls are to have moderate, neat hairstyles. Boys may not have hair covering their ears. Neither boys nor girls may dye their hair. Avoid extremes in hairstyles. A moderate crew cut is acceptable. Lines, designs engraved in hair, Mohawk styles, or dyed hair is not permitted. Extreme contrasts in the length of hair are not acceptable. If a student or parent has any questions about the hair code, they should speak to the schools before getting a hair cut/styled. If there is a question concerning hairstyles, the decision will be up to the principal’s discretion.

 

St. Jude’s Math-a-thon: It is that time of year that St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy participates in St. Jude’s Math-A-Thon program.  Last year we raised over $16,000. We are happy to announce that we already have raised over $19,000 this year. A lot of children are helped by the generosity of our school community. This year you can do your donations online and order your prizes online and have them delivered to your door or you can send in your donations to Mrs. Foti and she will take care of the paperwork and get the prizes sent to the school.

 

Important dates

All Money is due by 3/30. All students who participate may dress down on Monday, April 19th.

You can also easily register online by clicking below. This is a great way to raise money via Social Media.

https://fundraising.stjude.org/site/TR/Events/Events;jsessionid=00000000.app20122a?pg=entry&fr_id=130889&NONCE_TOKEN=EB137E11109A1501EF05CFFFAA41F243 

Thank you in advance for your kindness and generosity to children in need.  Any questions, please contact Mrs. Foti at sfoti@stfrancisschoolbh.net .

 

Have a great week. Be safe and stay healthy.  Our next email blast will not be until the Week of April 5th. Have a Happy Easter. 

“The Tablet” COVID Relief Fundraiser (March 15 – April 16, 2021)

Dear Academy Families, 

Last week information went home with all children in regard to the “The Tablet” COVID Relief Fundraiser. The Fundraiser takes place between March 15 – April 16, 2021.

The Tablet has organized a subscription drive to help our academy offset the additional cost of COVID compliance. They also wanted to recognize the financial challenges many of our families face as a result of the pandemic.. This campaign will also support The Tablet’s work in reporting important news for Catholics. We believe it’s a win, win, win! You’ll be happy to know that our school can apply all of our students’ sales toward our DeSales Technology Grant requirements. Our participation in the DeSales Technology Grant in the past was one of the main reasons we were able and still are able to provide a device to all students in our school. This was very helpful especially last spring when we had to go to a 100% remote model. We hope that all of our families think to participate in this fundraiser as it helps us keep technology current in our school building. We have asked in the new grant for over 400 devices. 

The program is easy, can be done entirely online, and has great incentives for the schools and students.

https://thetablet.org/CovidReliefFundraiser/SchoolPage/?school=st-francis-de-sales-catholic-academy

Each subscription (new or renewal) helps raise money for an individual student ($10 a subscription after a student sells three subscriptions) and our school ($5 a subscription). Help us reach our goal of 500 subscriptions sold to help us continue to keep our 1:1 I-pad/Chromebook program up to date.

Great Prizes and Rewards for Students & Schools:

The top-selling students in the Diocese will win big prizes. The grand prize is $3,000, the second-place prize is $2,000, and third-place is $1,000. All other students who sell three or more subscriptions earn $10 for each subscription sold up to $500.

How to participate:

While we have included paper subscription slips that will be returned at the end of the program with a check, we are encouraging everyone to take advantage of the ONLINE subscription option.

https://thetablet.org/CovidReliefFundraiser/SchoolPage/?school=st-francis-de-sales-catholic-academy

Share the above link with family and friends. Please remember that even a renewal subscription counts. Remember to share the following information with the subscriber and remind them to enter it when placing their order to ensure your school and child gets the proper credit for the subscription:

The student’s first name

The student’s last name

The student’s grade

The student’s ID number (We also included in the information sent home yesterday your child’s ID number, it is not required yet helps in identifying the order)

SFDS Week of March 22nd 2021

Dear Academy Families, 

 

Happy Friday!

 

It’s hard to believe that we are officially in Trimester 3. The year continues to fly by! Please note that all report cards are digitally distributed on Wednesday 3/24 at about 3 pm through your Option C account. This year all conferences will have to be done remotely and will take place on Tuesday 3/30 via phone conferences. More information about signing up for these conferences will be forthcoming on Wednesday 3/24. We will assume that families who do not sign up by the 3/29/21 deadline are not meeting with teachers. Please remember that report cards are not distributed unless your account is up to date as of 2/22/21. Any issues please feel free to be in touch.

As we get closer to Easter Recess we wanted to take this opportunity to remind families about the process for students to be remote. Students may be remote only if he or she is out of school because of COVID-19 related symptoms; COVID-19 exposure, or some other pressing medical issue. Once the student is cleared to come back to school, he or she must return to school or be considered absent. Students on vacation or out of school for other non-COVID or medical reasons cannot be remote and are marked absent. Please note that you must contact the office first for permission to be a part of remote learning. Thanks in advance for your cooperation in following this protocol. 

Finally this weekend we hear in the responsorial psalm “Create a clean heart in me, O God.”. The Responsorial Psalm emphasizes the repentant spirit of Lent. During this time, we prepare our hearts through Reconciliation. Students within our school are given the opportunity to prepare for the Sacraments through their religion instruction with their classmates. In addition to class preparation, they have more opportunities to receive Reconciliation and the Eucharist with school-wide masses. Let us continue this week to Thank God for the gift of a Catholic Education. 

Onto the week of March 22nd 2021…………

Ordering of School Pictures: All students in Grades Nursery-Grade 1 and Grades 5-7 were photographed last week, this is in addition to Grades 2-4 and Grade 8 who were photographed in the fall.  If you would like to order pictures please click here. This is your last chance to order pictures for this school year. Full payment MUST be received by Harisch Studios no later than Friday, March 19th, 2021. Please contact Harisch Studios and not the school with any questions at 718-821-2390 or e-mail us at info@harischstudios.com

 

Continuing on our Lenten Journey: We are continuing our Lenten journey of giving alms with our annual collection of mite boxes for the Propagation of Faith. We sent home each student with a mite box and asked that students return them no later than Friday March 26th. It is not about how much is given in the box, it is about the children learning to give a little bit to those who are less fortunate than we are. Every penny is helpful. 

 

Continuing this week all grade levels will be praying the Stations of the Cross in our schoolyard. Please save the date for Friday March 26th at 7pm for a school-sponsored Stations of the Cross for students and families. We hope to see many families (parents and students) joining us for this special moment of prayer. 

 

Speaking of the Stations of the Cross, many of our 7th-grade students and faculty members have been working very hard to produce this year’s Passion Play that our entire school community will be able to watch on the morning of March 30th. A special thank you to Mrs. Buckley, Mrs. Hayes, and Mrs. Mangano for helping to put this year’s version together. This year’s Passion Play will be available to view on both the school website and the school Facebook page.  

 

5th-8th Grade Hybrid Learning Schedules

5th, 6th Grade and 7th Grade are on a Week 1 Schedule

Monday 3/22: Groups 1 and 2 in School; Group 3 Remote Bagel Day for Group 1 and 2 Students

Tuesday 3/23: Groups 2 and 3 in School; Group 1 Remote

Wednesday 3/24: Groups 1 and 3 in School; Group 2 Remote

Thursday 3/25:Groups 1 and 2 in School; Group 3 Remote

Friday 3/26: Groups 2 and 3 in School; Group 1 Remote

8th Grade is on a Week 1 Schedule

Monday 3/22:  Blue Group in School/Gold Group Remote; Blue Group Bagel Day

Tuesday 3/23: Gold Group in School/Blue Group Remote

Wednesday 3/24:   Blue Group in School/Gold Group Remote

Thursday 3/25: Gold Group in School/Blue Group Remote

Friday 3/26: Blue Group in School/Gold Group Remote

Please note that all Spanish and STEM classes will be live for Grades 5-8 students who are remote. If your child is home please make sure that they login for those classes just as they would for their Core Subjects. 

 

State Exam Update: This week we have been given the following guidelines in regards to State exams and Regents exams for our students for this school year. 

 

Grades 4,6, and 7 ELA and Math Exams will be one day of testing rather than the usual two. The ELA state exam is scheduled now the week of April 19th and April 26th. The Math state exam is scheduled now the week of May 3rd and May 10th. 

 

The Science Exam given in Grades 4 and 8 will only have a written part which will be given the week of June 7th. The performance exam has been canceled. 

 

Finally, the Regents exams for the 8th graders that take those classes are as follows. Wednesday, June 23rd the Algebra Regents exam will take place at 8:30am and Thursday, June 24th the Earth Science Regents exam will take place at 8:30am. 

 

We anticipate getting further clarification from the Diocese of Brooklyn closer to the Easter vacation. 

 

Easter Recess Travel: Governor Cuomo announced last Thursday that domestic travelers will no longer be required to quarantine after entering New York from another U.S. State or U.S. Territory starting April 1st. Mandatory quarantine remains in effect for international travelers.

Please note for students who are traveling outside the United States or U.S. Territories for more than 24 hours:

  • Students must obtain a test within three days of departure, prior to arrival in New York (United States).
  • The student must, upon arrival in New York, quarantine for three days.
  • On day 4 of their quarantine, the student must obtain another COVID test. If both tests come back negative, the student may exit quarantine early upon receipt of the second negative diagnostic test.

If you are planning on international travel please let the school know so we can assist in helping you know when your child can return to school for in-person learning.  Until April 1st the previous travel guidelines are still in effect.  Please note that these guidelines are subject to change at any time. As always any questions or concerns please be in touch.

 

Tablet’s Covid Relief Fundraiser for Catholic Schools: Earlier this week information went home with all children in regard to the “The Tablet” COVID Relief Fundraiser. The Fundraiser takes place between March 15 – April 16, 2021.

The Tablet has organized a subscription drive to help our academy offset the additional cost of COVID compliance. They also wanted to recognize the financial challenges many of our families face as a result of the pandemic.. This campaign will also support The Tablet’s work in reporting important news for Catholics. We believe it’s a win, win, win! You’ll be happy to know that our school can apply all of our students’ sales toward our DeSales Technology Grant requirements. Our participation in the DeSales Technology Grant in the past was one of the main reasons we were able and still are able to provide a device to all students in our school. This was very helpful especially last spring when we had to go to a 100% remote model. We hope that all of our families think to participate in this fundraiser as it helps us keep technology current in our school building. We have asked in the new grant for over 400 devices. 

The program is easy, can be done entirely online, and has great incentives for the schools and students.

https://thetablet.org/CovidReliefFundraiser/SchoolPage/?school=st-francis-de-sales-catholic-academy

Each subscription (new or renewal) helps raise money for an individual student ($10 a subscription after a student sells three subscriptions) and our school ($5 a subscription). Help us reach our goal of 500 subscriptions sold to help us continue to keep our 1:1 I-pad/Chromebook program up to date.

Share the above link with family and friends. Please remember that even a renewal subscription counts. Remember to share the following information with the subscriber and remind them to enter it when placing their order to ensure your school and child gets the proper credit for the subscription:

The student’s first name

The student’s last name

The student’s grade

The student’s ID number (We also included in the information sent home yesterday your child’s ID number, it is not required yet helps in identifying the order)

 

Financial Aid for the 2021-2022 School Year: Futures in Education is proud to administer several scholarship programs, providing partial tuition assistance for families demonstrating financial need, and who meet eligibility requirements, to attend a Catholic academy or school in Brooklyn or Queens. To apply or get more information please click here. Just a reminder that the deadline for returning families who received an award in the previous academic year is March 31st 2021. The deadline for new families (students who did not receive an award in the previous academic year) is April 30th 2021. Applications will only be considered completed when all required supporting documents have been submitted.  Awards will begin with applications that were completed by the deadline and will continue on a rolling basis as available funding allows.

 

Summer Uniform: Starting on Monday, May 3rd students can begin to wear their summer gym uniforms. This is just a reminder if anyone needs to purchase summer uniforms you should think about ordering them soon. Please note that starting in the fall of 2021 all students will be required once again to wear the dress uniform 4 days a week with them wearing their gym uniform on their gym day. More information on ordering uniforms will come in the following weeks. 

 

Haircuts: Just a reminder from our Family Handbook: “Both boys and girls are to have moderate, neat hairstyles. Boys may not have hair covering their ears.” Please keep these guidelines in mind when we get ready for our spring haircuts. 

 

St. Jude’s Math-a-thon: It is that time of year that St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy participates in St. Jude’s Math-A-Thon program.  Last year we raised over $16,000. We are happy to announce that we already have raised over $13,000 this year. A lot of children are helped by the generosity of our school community. This year you can do your donations online and order your prizes online and have them delivered to your door or you can send in your donations to Mrs. Foti and she will take care of the paperwork and get the prizes sent to the school.

 

Important dates

 

All Permission slips (registration forms) were due back by 3/15 so we know who is participating. All Money is due by 3/26. All students who participate may dress down on Monday, April 19th.

 

You can also easily register online by clicking below. This is a great way to raise money via Social Media.

 

https://fundraising.stjude.org/site/TR/Events/Events;jsessionid=00000000.app20122a?pg=entry&fr_id=130889&NONCE_TOKEN=EB137E11109A1501EF05CFFFAA41F243 

 

Thank you in advance for your kindness and generosity to children in need.  Any questions, please contact Mrs. Foti at sfoti@stfrancisschoolbh.net .

 

Have a great week. Be safe and stay healthy.  

SFDS Week of March 15th 2021

Dear Academy Families, 

 

Happy Weekend and Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

 

Hopefully, this week will be the last of this year’s winter weather. I know that we are all longing for some warmth and sunshine! Looking forward to the days of 70 degrees. 

 

This weekend also marks one year since all schools in our area had to shift to a remote learning approach. It is difficult to believe that a year ago today, St. Francis along with all schools in the Diocese took the extraordinary step of suspending face-to-face instruction to protect the academy community from the threat of the COVID-19 virus. Over the past year, the pandemic has upended virtually every aspect of our lives. We especially keep in our prayers this weekend everyone who has lost a loved one this year. 

 

Our school although open to in-person instruction has looked different this year with different classroom configurations and methods of instruction. Yet it does look like brighter days are ahead, as safe and effective vaccines are rapidly being distributed locally, nationally, and globally.

 

One question that I am asked multiple times a week is when will this end? When can our school go back to normal? I am pleased to share with you the news that St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy is preparing to offer the full range of in-person instruction and resumption of early morning drop-off and after-school programs no later than September 2021.  The CDC now projects that every adult in the United States will have access to the COVID-19 vaccine by this summer. Therefore, we anticipate that many of the COVID-19 constraints under which we operate today will be relaxed as the pandemic subsides following mass vaccination efforts. If it is any earlier than next September we will let families know as soon as possible. Of course, this is always subject to change based on guidance from state and local authorities. 

In preparing for the next academic year, St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy will continue to prioritize the health and safety of our community as we plan for a return to the robust classroom experiences that are the hallmark of a Catholic education. Please be assured that, as has been the case during the current academic year, our planning efforts will be fully informed by guidance from local and state Department of Health officials along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 

In the meantime, please know that I am deeply grateful to and proud of all our teachers and students have done and continue to do to make the current academic year as successful as it is. I am especially grateful for the many sacrifices you have made to protect our teachers, staff, and students. I believe the finish line is in sight, and I ask you to be mindful of COVID-19 precautions for the next few months. 

Finally this weekend in the second reading we hear St. Paul say “For we are his handiwork, created in Christ Jesus for the good works that God has prepared in advance,”

This phrase calls to mind two practices that are alive within our Catholic academy. First, we are created by God in His image. Second, we are created to live through good works and in the spirit of Jesus. Children in our Catholic Academy are taught from a young age that God has designed each of us in a special way. Each of us is perfectly made in His image. Through this, we celebrate the differences that make us unique but also connect us all together in the likeness of God. Last students are also prepared to live through good works by participating in projects and activities that are centered on helping others. Let us continue this week to Thank God for the gift of a Catholic Education. 

 

Onto the week of March 15th, 2021…………

 

Congratulations Mrs. Faughan: We are so happy to announce that Mrs. Faughnan and her husband will be expecting their third child this August. Congratulations to the Faughnan family, we can’t wait to meet Baby Fuaghan next school year. 

 

Ordering of School Pictures: All students in Grades Nursery-Grade 1 and Grades 5-7 were photographed this week, this is in addition to Grades 2-4 and Grade 8 who were photographed in the fall.  If you would like to order pictures please click here. This is your last chance to order pictures for this school year. Full payment MUST be received by Harisch Studios no later than Friday, March 19th, 2021. Please contact Harisch Studios and not the school with any questions at 718-821-2390 or e-mail us at info@harischstudios.com

 

Report Cards: It’s hard to believe that next week we are officially in Trimester 3. The year continues to fly by! Please note that all report cards are digitally distributed on Wednesday 3/24 at about 3pm. This year all conferences will have to be done remotely and will take place on Tuesday 3/30. More information about signing up for these conferences will be sent out in a separate correspondence prior to the 24th. This week final tuition arrears reports went out for those families that are in arrears. Please be mindful of keeping your account up to date for all outstanding tuition or fees. Please remember that report cards are not distributed unless your account is up to date as of 2/22/21. Any issues please feel free to be in touch. 

 

Tablet’s Covid Relief Fundraiser for Catholic Schools: On Monday the school will be sending out information about “The Tablet’s Covid Relief Fundraiser for Catholic Schools.” We’re excited about this new campaign because our school and students will directly benefit. This campaign will also support The Tablet’s work in reporting important news for Catholics. We believe it’s a win, win, win! You’ll be happy to know that our school can apply all of our students’ sales toward our DeSales Technology Grant requirements. Our participation in the DeSales Technology Grant in the past was one of the main reasons we were able and still are able to provide a device to all students in our school. This was very helpful especially last spring when we had to go to a 100% remote model. We hope that all of our families think of participating in this fundraiser as it helps us keep technology current in our school building. 

 

Lenten Journey: We continue our Lenten journey of giving alms with our annual collection of mite boxes for the Propagation of Faith. We sent home each student with a mite box and asked that students return them no later than Friday, March 26th. It is not about how much is given in the box, it is about the children learning to give a little bit to those who are less fortunate than we are. Every penny is helpful. 

 

Continuing this week all grade levels will be praying the Stations of the Cross in our schoolyard. Please save the date for Friday, March 26th at 7 pm for a school-sponsored Stations of the Cross for students and families. Speaking of the Stations of the Cross, many of our 7th-grade students and faculty members have been working very hard to produce this year’s Passion Play that our entire school community will be able to watch on the morning of March 30th. A special thank you to Mrs. Buckley, Mrs. Hayes, and Mrs. Mangano for helping to put this year’s version together. 

 

5th-8th Grade Hybrid Learning Schedules

5th, 6th Grade, and 7th Grade are on a Week 3 Schedule

Monday 3/15: Groups 2 and 3 in School; Group 1 Remote- Bagel Day for Group 2 and 3 Students

Tuesday 3/16: Groups 1 and 3 in School; Group 2 Remote

Wednesday 3/17: Groups 1 and 2 in School; Group 3 Remote

Thursday 3/18:Groups 2 and 3 in School; Group 1 Remote- Group 2 students that sold a box of chocolate may dress down. 

Friday 3/19: Groups 1 and 3 in School; Group 2 Remote- All students that sold a box of chocolate may dress down. 

 

8th Grade is on a Week 2 Schedule

Monday 3/15:  Gold Group in School; Blue Group at Home Learning. Gold Group Bagel Monday

Tuesday 3/16: Blue Group in School; Gold Group at Home Learning

Wednesday 3/17:  Gold Group in School; Blue Group at Home Learning

Thursday 3/18: Blue Group in School; Gold Group at Home Learning- Blue Group students that sold a box of chocolate may dress down. 

Friday 3/19:  Gold Group in School; Blue Group at Home Learning- Gold Group students that sold a box of chocolate may dress down. 

Please note that all Spanish and STEM classes will be live for Grades 5-8 students who are remote. If your child is home please make sure that they login for those classes just as they would for their Core Subjects. 

 

Haircuts: Just a reminder from our Family Handbook: “Both boys and girls are to have moderate, neat hairstyles. Boys may not have hair covering their ears.” Please keep these guidelines in mind when we get ready for our spring haircuts. 

 

Chocolate Sale Dress Down Day: All students of families selling a box of Chocolate will be able to dress down on Friday, March 19th (March 18th if your child is remote on March 19th) Thank you again for helping to fundraise for our school. 

 

If you haven’t paid for your chocolate boxes yet we do ask that you make payment no later than next Monday, March 15th. After that date, all outstanding payments will be added to your FACTS account. 

 

Stop and Shop A+ Rewards: Thank you to all of our school families for your continued support of our school. This year through your purchases at Stop and Shop we were able to raise over $5003 through the A+ Program. Thanks also to Stop and Shop for continuing to help raise funds for schools all across the country.

 

 

St. Jude’s Math-a-thon: It is that time of year that St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy participates in St. Jude’s Math-A-Thon program.  Last year we raised over $16,000. We are happy to announce that we already have raised over $7,000 this year. A lot of children are helped by the generosity of our school community. This year you can do your donations online and order your prizes online and have them delivered to your door or you can send in your donations to Mrs. Foti and she will take care of the paperwork and get the prizes sent to the school.

 

Important dates

 

All Permission slips (registration forms) are due back by 3/15 so we know who is participating. All Money is due by 3/26. All students who participate may dress down on Monday, April 19th.

 

You can also easily register online by clicking below. This is a great way to raise money via Social Media.

 

https://fundraising.stjude.org/site/TR/Events/Events;jsessionid=00000000.app20122a?pg=entry&fr_id=130889&NONCE_TOKEN=EB137E11109A1501EF05CFFFAA41F243 

 

Thank you in advance for your kindness and generosity to children in need.  Any questions, please contact Mrs. Foti at sfoti@stfrancisschoolbh.net .

 

Have a great week. Be safe and stay healthy.  Don’t forget to “Spring Ahead” those clocks on Saturday evening.

SFDS Week of March 8th 2021

Dear Academy Families, 

Happy Weekend!

In this week’s first reading, we listen to the Ten Commandments; the basis for our moral pathway to God.

The 10 Commandments are more than a list of things we should not do. These are moral tenets that also point us toward the way we should live.

Students in St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy learn about the Commandments but also learn about how these can really be put into practice. We hear “honor your mother and father” but how can we live this out within our lives? Catholic education is an opportunity to make tangible the lessons of the Bible. Students learn through reading the Bible but also see their fellow classmates and teachers acting in appropriate and faithful ways.

In a special way keep the rest of our 2nd graders in your prayers this week. Many of our students will be receiving the sacrament of reconciliation for the first time in St. Francis de Sales Parish this Wednesday. All children can be accompanied by one or two parents to the prayer service on Wednesday at 6:30 pm. The parish is also offering an alternative date to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation for those who would prefer a smaller group on Saturday, March 13, 2021, at 3:00 pm. in church. Any questions or concerns please be in touch with Mrs. Greene at 718-945-6911.

We will keep all of our second graders in our thoughts and prayers as they continue on their spiritual journey and prepare for receiving the Eucharist for the first time.

Onto the week of March 8th 2021…………

Tablet’s Covid Relief Fundraiser for Catholic Schools: This weekend in the Tablet you may read about “The Tablet’s Covid Relief Fundraiser for Catholic Schools.” We’re excited about this new campaign because our school and students will directly benefit. This campaign will also support The Tablet’s work in reporting important news for Catholics. We believe it’s a win, win, win! More information on this campaign will be sent out towards the end of this week with your children. You’ll be happy to know that our school can apply all of our students’ sales toward our DeSales Technology Grant requirements. Our participation in the DeSales Technology Grant in the past was one of the main reasons we were able and still are able to provide a device to all students in our school. This was very helpful especially last spring when we had to go to a 100% remote model. 

Lenten Journey: Each day during morning prayers we hear the song of Hosea. In this Lenten hymn, we hear the call, to “come back to me with all your heart.” Here at St. Francis, we are on this journey through prayer, sacrifice, and almsgiving. Starting this past week all grades 1-8 started to go to mass in person at least once during the Lenten season. This past week our 2nd and 3rd graders went to mass with Father Bill. I had the opportunity to join the students and teachers for these masses and Father Bill was great at explaining the parts of the mass and giving a tour of the church. It is our hope that all of our students and families continue to come back to mass during this season of Lent.  

We also continue our lenten journey of giving alms with our annual collection of mite boxes for the Propagation of Faith. We sent home each student with a mite box and asked that students return them no later than Friday March 26th. It is not about how much is given in the box, it is about the children learning to give a little bit to those who are less fortunate than we are. Every penny is helpful. 

Finally, starting this week all grade levels will be praying the Stations of the Cross in our schoolyard. Please save the date for Friday, March 26th at 7pm for an academy-sponsored Stations of the Cross for students and families. Speaking of the Stations of the Cross, many of our 7th-grade students and faculty members have been working very hard to produce this year’s Passion Play that our entire school community will be able to watch on the morning of March 30th. 

 

5th-8th Grade Hybrid Learning Schedules

5th, 6th Grade, and 7th Grade are on a Week 2 Schedule

Monday 3/8: Groups 1 and 3 in School; Group 2 Remote- Bagel Day for Groups 1 and 3

Tuesday 3/9: Groups 1 and 2 in School; Group 3 Remote

Wednesday 3/10: Groups 2 and 3 in School; Group 1 Remote; Group 3 Picture Day. Group 3 students may “Dress Up” for picture day

Thursday 3/11: Groups 1 and 3 in School; Group 2 Remote

Friday 3/12:Groups 1 and 2 in School; Group 3 Remote; Groups 1 and 2 Picture Day. Groups 1 and 2 students may “Dress Up” for picture day

8th Grade is on a Week 2 Schedule

Monday 3/8:  Blue Group in School; Gold Group at Home Learning. Blue Group Bagel Monday

Tuesday 3/9: Gold Group in School; Blue Group at Home Learning

Wednesday 3/10:  Blue Group in School; Gold Group at Home Learning.

Thursday 3/11: Gold Group in School; Blue Group at Home Learning

Friday 3/12:  Blue Group in School; Gold Group at Home Learning. 

Please note that all Spanish and STEM classes will be live for Grades 5-8 students who are remote. If your child is home please make sure that they login for those classes just as they would for their Core Subjects. 

 

Picture Day for Nursery-Grade 1 and Grades 5-7: Next week will be picture day for Grades Nursery-Grade 1 and Grades 5-7.  

Tuesday 3/9- Nursery, Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten A

Wednesday 3/10- Kindergarten B, 1st Grade, and Grades 5-7 (Group 3)

Friday 3/12- Grades 5-7 (Groups 1 and 2) and Makeups

Our photographer Harisch Studios is also offering portraits at their Ridgewood, NY studios this year. Book here to have the portrait taken at their studios INSTEAD of school. You must book PRIOR to 8 PM the evening BEFORE your child’s scheduled school portraits, otherwise, the photographs will be taken at school. To do that please click here.

Once your child is photographed you will have the ability to purchase pictures in the following weeks.

All students on their picture day are able to dress up day for pictures. Please remember that dressing up for pictures is very different than a dress-down day.  

Please note all students are photographed each year. 

 

Yearbooks Ads: We are now selling ads for this year’s yearbook. On Wednesday (3/10) 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 3/11 or 3/12. No orders can be taken after 3/12/21. 

 

Chocolate Sale: Congratulations to the winners of this year’s Candy Bar Sale. 

1st Place: Madison Friedman

2nd Place: The Cozza Family  

3rd Place: The Allocco Family

All students of families selling a box of Chocolate will be able to dress down on Friday March 19th (March 18th if your child is remote on March 19th) Thank you again for helping to fundraise for our school. 

If you haven’t paid for your chocolate boxes yet we do ask that you make payment no later than next Friday March 12th. After that date all outstanding payments will be added to your FACTS account. 

 

St. Jude’s Math-a-thon: It is that time of year that St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy participates in St. Jude’s Math-A-Thon program.  Last year we raised over $16,000. A lot of children are helped by the generosity of our school community. This year you can do your donations online and order your prizes online and have them delivered to your door or you can send in your donations to Mrs. Foti and she will take care of the paperwork and get the prizes sent to the school.

 

Important dates

All Permission slips (registration forms) will be given out in school next week and are due back by 3/12 so we know who is participating. All Money is due by 3/26. All students who participate may dress down on Monday, April 19th.

 

You can also easily register online by clicking below. This is a great way to raise money via Social Media.

 

https://fundraising.stjude.org/site/TR/Events/Events;jsessionid=00000000.app20122a?pg=entry&fr_id=130889&NONCE_TOKEN=EB137E11109A1501EF05CFFFAA41F243 

 

Thank you in advance for your kindness and generosity to children in need.  Any questions, please contact Mrs. Foti at sfoti@stfrancisschoolbh.net .

 

Calling All Alumni: As valued members of our school community, we want to keep our alumni updated on the amazing work being accomplished by students, staff, and alumni like you.

If you graduated from St. Francis de Sales please complete the form below so we can keep in touch!

https://stfrancisacademybh.org/alumni/

Alumni: Please share this on your own pages to help spread the word.

 

Have a great week. Be safe and stay healthy.