SFDS@HOME: Week of June 1st

Dear St. Francis de Sales Catholic Family,

 

As the calendar turns to June and we head into the final month of the school year it is with heartfelt words that I write this to inform you that at the end of the school year one of our Kindergarten teachers Mrs. Sally Quinn and one of our 1st grade teachers Mrs. Tara Davan will be retiring from Catholic Education.

 

I know I speak for everyone when I say it has been a pleasure to work with Mrs. Quinn. For almost forty years the children of the Diocese of Brooklyn have had the good fortune to experience a wonderful woman who gave her all to the students, staff and families in our community. Most importantly she is a living example of Christ’s message of love. She will be most remembered for her 25 years of being a Kindergarten teacher here at St. Francis, a program that she helped build. We wish Mrs. Quinn a wonderful retirement both here on the beaches of Rockaway and in her 2nd home, Walt Disney World.

 

Mrs. Davan has taught for over twenty years in the Diocese of Brooklyn  most recently for over ten years here at Saint Francis de Sales. Throughout that time she has always shown a knowledgeable approach to the material that she taught and worked so hard for all of her students. Although we will miss Mrs. Davan with our school family, we wish her luck and relaxation in her retirement.

 

On behalf of the current and past administrations I would like to thank Mrs. Quinn and Mrs. Davan  for serving the children of Saint Francis all these years. We wish them the best of luck in their retirement. 

 

See below some issues and topics that will help all be successful during the week of June 1st. 

 

Congrats on Completing My Catholic Faith Delivered: We would like to recognize the following students who have completed the My Catholic Faith Delivered Program for their grade level. 

 

Grade 1

  1.  Anthony Capek
  2. Mackenzie Capek
  3. Mairead Henning
  4. Erik Johnson

 

Grade 2

  1. Bianka Dynak
  2. Charlotte Long

 

Grade 4

  1. Charles Cozeolio
  2. Brendan Rudolph

 

Please note that the My Catholic Faith Delivered program will be available to all students in Grades 1-4 from now until the end of the summer. 

 

Class of 2020 Updates: This Wednesday the Class of 2020 will have the opportunity to participate in a Graduation Retreat. This will include activities, talks, breakout rooms, and worship. We do ask that you remind your 8th grader about finding a quiet place at home where they can participate in this retreat. Your 8th grader should be dressed appropriately (no pajamas). On Friday, all 8th graders and their immediate families  are invited to join us for our Graduation Drive-Thru Event on 129th street in front of the school and our parking lot at 6pm. Click here to see the route that families should follow. This route will be updated after conferring with the NYPD Community Affairs Office this week on where cars should line up. I can say on behalf of all the teachers that we are so excited to see everybody.

Remember to wear your SFDS Class of 2020 Shirt! Feel free to decorate your car with window paint, banners, balloons, and more! We are very much looking forward to seeing our 8th graders and their families on Friday. Please note that this event is only for the Class of 2020 and the Faculty and Staff so we can keep to the State, City, and Diocesan Guidelines. 

Finally, just a reminder of the two Virtual events that are upcoming as well.

  • Friday June 12th at 7pm (VIRTUAL EVENT) Baccalaureate Mass, Class of 2020 Slideshow Debut and Service Awards Ceremony
  • Friday June 19th at 6pm (VIRTUAL EVENT) Commencement Ceremony

Please note that further details about these events will be forthcoming in the next two weeks. We are also finalizing plans of distributing the diplomas in person to the Class of 2020 for Saturday Morning June 20th. As always, any questions please be in touch. 

 

Step Up: Heading to the next grade is a big step and we like to celebrate it at St. Francis! At the close of our school year our Nursery, Pre-K, and Kindergarten classes are invited to “Step-Up” to their next grade level. It’s a tradition to end the school year and the students love moving up to the next grade. Although we will not be able to have these ceremonies in person this year we are currently planning very special virtual Step-Up ceremonies and want families to save the date. Your child’s teacher has begun to give more information and details about the ceremony. Early next week your child’s teacher will share the link and password for the Step Up ceremony. We do ask that you keep that link and password to yourself. We will be posting each step up a few hours after for all of your friends and family to see. It will be overwhelming if we have more than the 25-30 invited guests to the zoom Step up ceremonies. Any questions feel free to reach out to Mr. Scharbach. We look forward to celebrating this wonderful milestone in your child’s education. 

Nursery AM: Monday June 15th at 9am

Nursery PM: Monday June 15th at 11am

Pre-K A: Tuesday June 16th at 9am

Pre-K B: Tuesday June 16th at 11am

Kindergarten A: Thursday June 18th at 9am

Kindergarten B: Thursday June 18th at 11am

 

Refunds for Various Items: Refunds were made for all canceled events, trips, and after school enrichment programs. If you did not receive your refund please email Mrs. Endall at hendall@stfrancisschoolbh.net

This week we continued to make refunds for Bagel Mondays, Pizza and Chicken Finger days. 

Refunds will be made through Venmo if that is how you originally paid. All other refunds will come in the form of a check. If you have not received your refund for special lunches by Friday June 5th please let Mrs. Endall know. Any questions in regards to the status of refunds please email Mrs. Endall at hendall@stfrancisschoolbh.net

 

One of our largest fundraisers of the year the Card Party has been postponed until the next school year. All ticket orders, tuition raffles, and chance raffle books have been accounted for.  As soon as we can announce a date we will; yet we are planning for the Late Winter of 2021 (March) If you would like to request a refund for a ticket orders, tuition raffles, and chance raffle books please reach out to Fran Brenna at (347) 246-7153 or at sfdscardparty@aol.com

 

2020-2021 School Year: Although there are so many unknowns right now about the next school year we will be doing our best to make sure we are ready for the first day of school in September 2020. As a school we are beginning to inventory subscriptions, workbooks and materials so that we can be ready to go in the Fall. The school website also has a landing page for information regarding the next school year. You can find it by clicking here. We will be building the webpage over the next few weeks so please continue to check it for more information. Presently information in regard to ordering uniforms for next year is posted. The Board of Directors expects to announce and post next year’s tuition schedule by the end of this week. 

 

It has been almost three months since St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy closed its physical buildings in accordance with stay-at-home orders to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. As states across the nation are gradually opening up, institutions are planning and preparing for a return to school in September. 

 

This week I became part of a cross-functional Return to School Task Force of the Diocese of Brooklyn to develop a comprehensive plan for the safe and gradual return to school of our students and employees in the coming academic year. Guided by local, state and federal public health guidelines, the diocese and our school will focus on developing social distancing strategies, health and safety measures, outbreak responses, communication plans and mental health counseling initiatives. As always, the health and safety of students, faculty, administrators, and staff will remain our highest priority in developing plans for reopening the school in September. 

 

During the next three months, the preliminary timeline of activities and plan of work are as follows:

  • Continue ongoing development of strategies and action steps for school reopening.
  • Communicate plan of action and provide updates to the academy community.
  • Initiate return to school plans, particularly those that will require lead time to implement.
  • Closely monitor implementation, seek feedback, and adjust strategies as necessary.

As we continue planning we will provide the academy community with regular updates and relevant information regarding reopening plans for September. I pray and hope that we can welcome all members of the St. Francis de Sales community, most especially our incoming and returning students, to school in September. 

 

Paperwork: If any child is transferring from St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy for the 2020-2021 school year, most likely their records will need to be sent to their new school. Please request that as soon as possible as many schools are closed for the summer and ask for that information before the end of June. This request can be made directly to Mrs. Kenny at ckenny@stfrancisschoolbh.net

Please note all 8th grade records are sent to their high school during the week of June 22nd. 

 

Early Childhood Information Nights: We will be shifting our annual Early Childhood information nights to a digital platform . Starting next week on Tuesday June 9th at 6pm we will be hosting Pre-K information night, on Wednesday June 10th we will be hosting Nursery information night, and on Wednesday June 17th at 6pm, we will invite our incoming Kindergarten parents to join us for the Kindergarten Information Night. On all evenings, the early childhood teachers will be sharing all the details of what is in store for your children who are entering their early childhood years. Parents will be receiving supply lists and summer ideas during this meeting as well. We hope to see everyone there. 

 

Postponements and Cancelations: Just a reminder that due to the school closure and regulations from New York State in regard to bans on large crowds there will be many postponements and cancellations. Please click here for more information. It is our hope to make up many of the events in the next school year when appropriate.

 

As always for the most up to date school information and calendar please use our website at www.stfrancisschoolbh.org

 

Have a great week!

SFDS@HOME: Week of May 25th 2020

Dear St. Francis de Sales Catholic Family,

 

Happy Memorial Day!

 

It is hard to believe that we have just finished our tenth week of distance learning. Ten long weeks since the last time we have learned inside the walls of our beloved school or gathered together as a school community. As the weather improves and the days get longer, I can understand the struggle with managing children’s’ distance learning requirements,  parents workload, and maintaining social distance guidelines. Since the governor has said that NYC will remain under a “pause” order which means continuing to follow the current guidelines, we remain limited in the work and activities we can safely do. I hope you have been able to take advantage of the many resources for reducing stress and carving out much needed relaxation time (for parents and students) that we have been posting.

 

Our emotional and spiritual well-being are just as important as our physical state. In the days and weeks to come, I will continue to pray for all of you. I hope that we can continue to find ways to be “together” with those we love during this time. Remain hopeful, prayerful, strong, and healthy.

 

See below some issues and topics that will help all be successful during the week of May 25th. 

 

Report Cards: On Friday guidelines were sent out about the third trimester report card. Thank you for your continued understanding and support during this unprecedented time. Prior to making any decision for our school, all factors have been weighed and discussed thoroughly. Every careful decision and modification we have made while in distance learning has been under the guidance and direction of the Diocese of Brooklyn. Since each Catholic school in our Diocese serves varied communities, we have each been navigating into these uncharted waters to meet the needs of our own school community at our own pace. I am in constant and regular communication with fellow principals and leadership across the Diocese. While assessing for student learning informs understanding and mastery, grading refers to the reporting of a student’s final proficiency.   Since two-thirds of the academic year has been completed and teachers have recorded data on student progress, a final grade average will be determined by the averaging of the First and Second Trimester grades and factoring in the progress a student makes during the Third Trimester.  The recommendation on grading is based upon the belief of no educational harm to any child.  COVID 19 and the suspension of on-school-site instruction, the first in modern history, has impacted our entire society. For more information please click here. 

 

Class of 2020 Graduation Plans: Earlier this week The Superintendent of Schools for the Diocese of Brooklyn Dr. Thomas Chadzutko shared and discussed with principals the diocesan guidelines for graduation. In the guidelines he states, “A decision has been made to move to a virtual graduation ceremony, considering the current orders regarding stay-at-home orders, social distancing requirements and restrictions on large gatherings. This very difficult decision was made with the safety of our students, staff, families and community in mind.” Our goal is to provide multiple opportunities to celebrate this outstanding class and to recognize that the uncertainty of the situation may mean many families will be unable to attend some of our celebration events, live or virtual. We take heart in knowing that as students and parents reach out to each other for pictures and mementos, we are confident everyone’s St. Francis Pride will shine through and we will all participate in making each of these events meaningful for the class of 2020! Your light will show in each of these opportunities to celebrate the class of 2020! Please see below the Important Class of 2020 Graduation Dates.

  • Friday May 30th at 7pm (VIRTUAL EVENT) Faculty vs. 8th Grade Students Family Feud
  • Wednesday June 3rd at 9am (VIRTUAL EVENT) Class of 2020 Graduation Retreat
  • Friday June 5th at 6pm (LIVE EVENT) Drive Through Pick up Cap/Gowns, Yearbooks, Graduation Gifts, and Service Awards Distribution
    • Please note that further details about this event will be forthcoming in the next two weeks. However, the rules of social distancing will have to be strictly followed. This event is only open to the Class of 2020. 
  • Friday June 12th at 7pm (VIRTUAL EVENT) Baccalaureate Mass, Class of 2020 Slideshow Debut and Service Awards Ceremony
  • Friday June 19th at 6pm (VIRTUAL EVENT) Commencement Ceremony
    • Please note that further details about this event will be forthcoming in the next two weeks. 

 

Step Up: Heading to the next grade is a big step and we like to celebrate it at St. Francis! At the close of our school year our Nursery, Pre-K, and Kindergarten classes are invited to “Step-Up” to their next grade level. It’s a tradition to end the school year and the students love moving up to the next grade. Although we will not be able to have these ceremonies in person this year we are currently planning very special virtual Step-Up ceremonies and want families to save the date. 

Nursery AM: Monday June 15th at 9am

Nursery PM: Monday June 15th at 11am

Pre-K A: Tuesday June 16th at 9am

Pre-K B: Tuesday June 16th at 11am

Kindergarten A: Thursday June 18th at 9am

Kindergarten B: Thursday June 18th at 11am

 

Your child’s teacher has begun to give more information and details about the ceremony. About a week before the administration will send out digital invites so our students can participate and families can watch. 

Any questions please be in touch. We look forward to celebrating this wonderful milestone in your child’s education. 

 

Refunds for Various Items: Refunds were made for the following events that were canceled: 5th and 6th Grade Trip to the Intrepid, 8th Grade Graduation Trip, Abrakadoodle Art, Afterschool, and the Mother-Son Bowling Event

This week we continued to make refunds for Bagel Mondays, Pizza and Chicken Finger days. Any questions in regards to the status of refunds please email Mrs. Endall at hendall@stfrancisschoolbh.net

Refunds will be made through Venmo if that is how you originally paid. All other refunds will come in the form of a check. If you have not received your Venmo refund by Friday May 29th please let Mrs. Endall know. If you have not received your check refund by June 5th please let Mrs. Endall know. 

 

One of our largest fundraisers of the year the Card Party has been postponed until the next school year. All ticket orders, tuition raffles, and chance raffle books have been accounted for.  As soon as we can announce a date we will yet we are planning for the Late Winter of 2021 (March) If you would like to request a refund for a ticket orders, tuition raffles, and chance raffle books please reach out to Fran Brenna at (347) 246-7153 or at sfdscardparty@aol.com

 

$1000 Raffle fundraiser for the 8th Grade: Congratulations to Mrs. Judy Rose who won this year’s $1000 Raffle. This raffle is a fundraiser for the 8th grade graduation which occurred before we switched over to digital learning. Thanks to all who supported the Class of 2020.  

 

Financial Aid for the 2020-2021 School Year: As we go through this crisis together, there are so many needs that continue to grow. We are continually praying for you and your loved ones so that we may heal and emerge from these difficult times. We recognize the financial burden many have experienced as the school endures its own financial struggles. As we look forward to the next school year we encourage you to apply for the regular financial aid program administered by Futures in Education for the 2020-21 academic year now, by going to  www.futuresineducation.org/scholarships. This application is due by this Sunday May 31st as Futures will begin to award scholarships on June 1st. There is a period for late applications that is due by July 24th yet there is limited funding for that round. If you are interested in applying please do so as soon as possible. 

 

Note: Returning Teddy J. Forstmann recipients should apply for regular tuition assistance for 20-21 through Children’s Scholarship Fund/Civicore. Instructions have been emailed to you.

 

Please contact Futures in Education at 718.965.7340 or by email: Scholarships@FuturesinEducation.org if you have any questions or need assistance.

 

May Special Events- This week we will be posting all pictures on our social media in one album labeled SFDS@HOME Week #11

Tuesday May 26th: Red/White/Blue Day or Camo Day- What a great way to continue the Memorial Day Holiday by dressing down and supporting our great country and our troops. 

Wednesday May 27th: Teacher Appreciation Day- Today will be a day the administration gets to say Thank You publicly to the great faculty we have here at St. Francis. We know many classes have already said thank you in so many ways to our teachers over the last ten weeks and are asking that you share some of them for us to post. 

Thursday May 28th: Throwback Thursday- All students are invited to dress up like they are living in the 90’s.  

Friday May 29th: Tune into Facebook and SFDS@HOME for the 8th Grade vs. the Faculty in Family Feud. 

Saturday May 30th: Tune into Facebook and SFDS@HOME for a short video featuring the cast of Shrek Jr. 

 

2020-2021 School Year: Although there are so many unknowns right now about the next school year we will be doing our best to make sure we are ready for the first day of school in September 2020. As a school we are beginning to inventory subscriptions, workbooks and materials so that we can be ready to go in the Fall. The school website also has a landing page for information regarding the next school year. You can find it by clicking here. We will be building the webpage over the next few weeks so please continue to check it for more information. Presently information in regard to ordering uniforms for next year is posted. 

 

Paperwork: If any child is transferring from St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy for the 2020-2021 school year, most likely their records will need to be sent to their new school. Please request that as soon as possible as many schools are closed for the summer and ask for that information before the end of June. This request can be made directly to Mrs. Kenny at ckenny@stfrancisschoolbh.net

Please note all 8th grade records are sent to their high school during the week of June 22nd. 

 

Early Childhood Information Nights: We will be shifting our annual Early Childhood information nights to a digital platform . On Tuesday June 9th at 6pm we will be hosting Pre-K information night, on Wednesday June 10th we will be hosting Nursery information night, and on Wednesday June 17th at 6pm, we will invite our incoming Kindergarten parents to join us for the Kindergarten Information Night. On all evenings, the early childhood teachers will be sharing all the details of what is in store for your children who are entering their early childhood years. Parents will be receiving supply lists and summer ideas during this meeting as well. We hope to see everyone there. 

 

Postponements and Cancelations: Just a reminder that due to the school closure and regulations from New York State in regard to bans on large crowds there will be many postponements and cancellations. Please click here for more information. It is our hope to make up many of the events in the next school year when appropriate.

 

As always for the most up to date school information and calendar please use our website at www.stfrancisschoolbh.org

 

Have a great week!

Report Card Guidelines for June 2020

Dear St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy Families,

Thank you for your continued understanding and support during this unprecedented time. Prior to making any decision for our school, all factors have been weighed and discussed thoroughly. Every careful decision and modification we have made while in distance learning has been under the guidance and direction of the Diocese of Brooklyn. Since each Catholic school in our Diocese serves varied communities, we have each been navigating into these uncharted waters to meet the needs of our own school community at our own pace. I am in constant and regular communication with fellow principals and leadership across the Diocese.

This is a unique time and it is new and different for all of us. Our school community focus for this last trimester has been on the learning process, not just the grades. All teachers have examined their grade-level curriculum standards and have identified the major critical concepts that would yield the most leverage for increasing student achievement and help prepare them for the next grade.

Teachers have been working tirelessly providing students with instructional work tasks and activities, however, grading student assignments, tasks and projects completed online at home is inequitable. Translated, grades collected are likely to be an inaccurate reporting of student learning.  There are factors outside of the control of the student and the school, with learning being moved off site; therefore, the aim is that student grades would be flexibly calculated as a result of remote learning.

While assessing for student learning informs understanding and mastery, grading refers to the reporting of student’s final proficiency.  For the third trimester report card grading, the Office of the Superintendent~ Catholic School Support Services will be moving to a Pass/Fail model.  Since two-thirds of the academic year has been completed and teachers have recorded data on student progress, a final grade average will be determined by the averaging of the First and Second Trimester grades and factoring in the pass/fail progress a student makes during the Third Trimester.  The recommendation on grading is based upon the belief of no educational harm to any child.  COVID 19 and the suspension of on-school-site instruction, the first in modern history, has impacted our entire society. 

Report Card Guidelines

The Nursery report card continues to be a narrative, developmental report card.

 

The Early Childhood report cards in Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, and First and Second Grade will continue to reflect the Progress Codes (1-4) for the standards and an “X” code for “Not Introduced or Assessed” for the Third Trimester Report Card. When students receive their final report card, it will reflect their cumulative grade for each subject and in-class direct instruction. Detailed teacher narratives, based on the assessment of learning of specific and critical concepts, will be noted on the final report card.

 

Grade 3-4 Report Cards

The Grade 3-4 report cards will reflect the Progress Codes (1-4) for the standards and an “X” code for “Not Introduced or Assessed” for the Third Trimester Report Card. The yearly average (AVG) on the Student Report Card will be the average of the First Trimester and Second Trimester, while factoring in the (1-4) level for the Third Trimester, for the major Subject areas and Special Subject areas. No child’s year average will change more than a +/- 1 or 2 points. When students receive their final report card, it will reflect their cumulative grade for each subject and in-class direct instruction. Detailed teacher narratives, based on the assessment of learning of specific and critical concepts, will be noted on the final report card.

Grade 5-8 Report Cards

Grades 5-8 will shift to a Pass/Fail model, with the following levels of reporting for the Third Trimester:

 

High Pass, Pass, Low Pass, Fail for the major subject areas of: Religion, ELA, Math, Science and Social Studies.

 

  • The level of High Pass (HP) correlates with the numerical grades of 90-100
  • The level of Pass (P) correlates with the numerical grades of 80-89
  • The level of Low Pass (LP) correlates with the numerical grades of 70-79
  • The level of Fail (F) correlates with the numerical grades of 69 and below

 

The yearly average (AVG) on the Student Report Card will be the average of the First Trimester and Second Trimester, while factoring in the passing or failing level for the Third Trimester, for the major Subject areas and Special Subject areas. No child’s year average will change more than a +/- 1 or 2 points.

 

All specials (Physical Education, Art, STEM, Spanish) will reflect the Progress Codes (1-4) for the standards and an “X” code for “Not Introduced or Assessed” for the Third Trimester Report Card.

 

Thank you again for your continued support and cooperation. We are all in this together and God will see us through because God is good. Continued prayers for your health and safety.  May God, Our Father, provide us with the faith, hope and love, we all need to see this through.

 

Sincerely in Christ,

 

Christopher Scharbach, Ed.D

Principal

SFDS@HOME: Week of May 18th 2020

Dear St. Francis de Sales Catholic Family,

 

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

— Joseph Rodman Drake, To the Defenders of New Orleans

 

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

 

See below some issues and topics that will help all be successful during the week of May 18th. 

 

Ascension Thursday: Forty Days after the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, the Acts of the Apostles records Jesus’ ascension into heaven.  In the Roman Catholic Church, it is one of the universally celebrated feasts, ranking with the feasts of the Passion, of Easter, and Pentecost. The Academy community will gather at 12pm on Thursday to celebrate liturgy on Facebook Live and our school website.  

 

Father Jim’s  25th Anniversary of his Ordination: This Wednesday we gather as a school community at 12pm for Mass. In a special way on this day we celebrate Father Jim Cunningham’s 25th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood. A more formal celebration is planned for the fall. Congratulations Father Jim and God Bless!  

 

Step Up: Heading to the next grade is a big step and we like to celebrate it at St. Francis! At the close of our school year our Nursery, Pre-K, and Kindergarten classes are invited to “Step-Up” to their next grade level. It’s a tradition to end the school year and the students love moving up to the next grade. Although we will not be able to have these ceremonies in person this year we are currently planning very special virtual Step-Up ceremonies and want families to save the date. 

 

Nursery AM: Monday June 15th at 9am

Nursery PM: Monday June 15th at 11am

Pre-K A: Tuesday June 16th at 9am

Pre-K B: Tuesday June 16th at 11am

Kindergarten A: Thursday June 18th at 9am

Kindergarten B: Thursday June 18th at 11am

 

Your child’s teacher will give more information and details in the coming weeks about the ceremony. About a week before the administration will send out digital invites so our students can participate and families can watch. 

Any questions please be in touch. We look forward to celebrating this wonderful milestone in your child’s education. 

 

Refunds for Various Items: Last week refunds were made for the following events that were canceled: 5th and 6th Grade Trip to the Intrepid, 8th Grade Graduation Trip, Abrakadoodle Art Afterschool, and the Mother-Son Bowling Event. If your refund is being made by check please be on the lookout this week in the mail. 

This week we started to make refunds for Bagel Mondays, Pizza and Chicken Finger days. We hope to make all refunds by Tuesday May 26th. Any questions in regards to the status of refunds please email Mrs. Endall at hendall@stfrancisschoolbh.net

Refunds will be made through Venmo if that is how you originally paid. All other refunds will come in the form of a check. 

 

One of our largest fundraisers of the year the Card Party has been postponed until the next school year. All ticket orders, tuition raffles, and chance raffle books have been accounted for.  As soon as we can announce a date we will yet we are planning for the Late Winter of 2021 (March) If you would like to request a refund for a ticket orders, tuition raffles, and chance raffle books please reach out to Fran Brenna at (347) 246-7153 or at sfdscardparty@aol.com

 

Financial Aid for the 2020-2021 School Year: As we go through this crisis together, there are so many needs that continue to grow. We are continually praying for you and your loved ones so that we may heal and emerge from these difficult times. We recognize the financial burden many have experienced as the school endures its own financial struggles. As we look forward to the next school year we encourage you to apply for the regular financial aid program administered by Futures in Education for the 2020-21 academic year now, by going to  www.futuresineducation.org/scholarships. This application is due by May 31st as Futures will begin to award scholarships on June 1st. There is a period for late applications that is due by July 24th yet there is limited funding for that round. If you are interested in applying please do so as soon as possible. 

 

Note: Returning Teddy J. Forstmann recipients should apply for regular tuition assistance for 20-21 through Children’s Scholarship Fund/Civicore. Instructions have been emailed to you.

 

Please contact Futures in Education at 718.965.7340 or by email: Scholarships@FuturesinEducation.org if you have any questions or need assistance.

 

May Special Events- This week we will be posting all pictures on our social media in one album labeled SFDS@HOME Week #10

May 18th: Super Hero Day- Dress up as your favorite superhero or wear your favorite super hero t-shirt. 

May 19th: Twinning Tuesday- Coordinate with a sibling or classmate to dress like twins for the day. 

May 20th: Tie-dyed or Neon Day- A day to wear your wacky tie-dyed or neon color gear. 

May 21st: Throwback Thursday- The 1980’s- Look forward to some activities that are based on the Rad times of the 1980’s.

May 22nd- Ugly Sweater/Red and Green Dress Down Day- There is never a bad time to be in the Christmas spirit. All can dust off those ugly Christmas shirts or sweaters. If you don’t have that you can always wear Green or Red. 

2020-2021 School Year: Although there are so many unknowns right now about the next school year we will be doing our best to make sure we are ready for the first day of school in September 2020. As a school we are beginning to inventory subscriptions, workbooks and materials so that we can be ready to go in the Fall. The school website also has a landing page for information regarding the next school year. You can find it by clicking here. We will be building the webpage over the next few weeks so please continue to check it for more information. Presently information in regard to ordering uniforms for next year is posted. 

 

Paperwork: If any child is transferring from St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy for the 2020-2021 school year, most likely their records will need to be sent to their new school. Please request that as soon as possible as many schools are closed for the summer and ask for that information before the end of June. This request can be made directly to Mrs. Kenny at ckenny@stfrancisschoolbh.net

 

Class Rings/Pin for the Class of 2021: In the next few weeks we will be celebrating the graduation of the Class of 2020. As we celebrate that occasion we also look forward to the Class of 2021 with a tradition that we have here at the St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy a Class Ring/Pin ceremony. The class ring is a symbol of school wide pride and a reminder of their academic achievement. Please note that the Class of 2021 Ring Night scheduled for 6/1/20 is now scheduled for 10/6/20. Please note that any family that ordered a ring and did not pay will have the fee added onto their FACTS account this week. 

 

Early Childhood Information Nights: We will be shifting our annual Early Childhood information nights to a digital platform . On Tuesday June 9th at 6pm we will be hosting Pre-K information night, on Wednesday June 10th we will be hosting Nursery information night, and on Wednesday June 17th at 6pm, we will invite our incoming Kindergarten parents to join us for the Kindergarten Information Night. On all evenings, the early childhood teachers will be sharing all the details of what is in store for your children who are entering their early childhood years. Parents will be receiving supply lists and summer ideas during this meeting as well. We hope to see everyone there. 

 

Option C Grades: Although school has moved to a distance learning approach this last trimester, teachers have been assigning, collecting, and assessing student work. As we finish the 2nd month of distance learning please 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 ckenny@stfrancisschoolbh.net if you have any questions. As soon as the Diocese finalizes the report card for this trimester we will share with families. 

 

Postponements and Cancelations: Just a reminder that due to the school closure and regulations from New York State in regard to bans on large crowds there will be many postponements and cancellations. Please click here for more information. It is our hope to make up many of the events in the next school year when appropriate.

 

We hope to announce our plans in regard to our 8th Grade Graduation in next week’s update. 

 

As always for the most up to date school information and calendar please use our website at www.stfrancisschoolbh.org

 

Have a great week!

SFDS@HOME: Week of May 11th

Dear St. Francis de Sales Catholic Family,

 

This weekend, we take some time to honor and say thank you to the special women in our lives. A mother’s love can take many shapes and forms, but no matter what, remains unwavering and unconditional. Thank you to all of the wonderful ladies who help raise the children of St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy; you are so appreciated. 

 

Please take a look at a special MOMtage that was put together featuring the students of SFDS. 

I know the last two months have been difficult. This is hardly the way any of us envisioned the school year when it began last summer. Thank you for your faith in our school community, and thank you for enduring the hard work and frustration I’m sure you’ve experienced adding “teacher” to your list of jobs. I hope you and your family are in good health as we hope to finally begin to see the end of the coronavirus tunnel.

Whether we are gathered together in virtual classrooms or participating in a live-stream school Mass, the past months have proven that our Catholic schools can continue to deliver quality learning and  faith formation, even in a temporarily virtual world.

The key word here is “temporary.” While we are steeped in the present moment with all of its challenges, frustrations, worries and doubts, we need to remind ourselves that this will not last forever. We know that eventually St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy will open its doors again. 

We have two priorities as we plan for opening the 2020-2021 school year: 1) maximizing student learning & integrated faith formation, and 2) minimizing any health risk. As soon as we are given State, City, and Diocesan guidelines we will fully develop those plans. 

In 2016, Pope Francis began a catechetical series on Christian hope. At the time, he wrote a line that strikes profound resonance during this COVID-19 crisis, “Hope opens new horizons, making us capable of dreaming what is not even imaginable.” Catholic schools are illuminating that same horizon with hope, to be sure, but also courage. As people of faith, may we be filled with the hope of the Risen Christ as we carefully plan and courageously dream for the future of our Catholic schools. 

Know that we miss you all tremendously.  Although we cannot share the same physical space, I keep all of our students, families, and teachers close to my heart where no social distance is needed.  Through your love and support, we will return to our beloved school stronger than ever.  Until then, be assured of our prayers and gratitude.  Be healthy and safe.  Please let us know if there is anything we can do to support you or your children.

 

See below some issues and topics that will help all be successful during the week of May 11th. 

 

Refunds for Various Items: This week refunds were made for the following events that were canceled: 5th and 6th Grade Trip to the Intrepid, 8th Grade Graduation Trip, Abrakadoodle Art Afterschool, and the Mother-Son Bowling Event. If your refund is being made by check please be on the lookout this week in the mail. This week we will start to make refunds for Bagel Mondays and in the following weeks we will be making refunds for Pizza and Chicken Finger days. We hope to make all refunds by Friday May 22nd. Any questions in regards to the status of refunds please email Mrs. Endall at hendall@stfrancisschoolbh.net

 

COVID-19 Relief Fund: As we go through this crisis together, there are so many needs that continue to grow. We are continually praying for you and your loved ones so that we may heal and emerge from these difficult times. We recognize the financial burden many have experienced as the school endures its own financial struggles.

 

Our partner scholarship organization, Futures in Education, has established a Relief Fund to assist families affected by the COVID-19 health crisis in completing their 2019/20 tuition payments.

 

You are invited to complete this form ONLY if your family has been directly impacted by the COVID-19 health crisis, resulting in a reduction or loss of income, and you are seeking tuition relief for the 2019/2020 academic year. Funding is very limited, and it is critical that we are able to assist those most affected by this crisis. Please only apply if your family has been affected in a way that it will not be possible for you to complete this year’s tuition payments.

 

We will work with Futures in Education to assess the overall need and funding received to determine how we may best help our families. The application will be open from now through this Friday May 15, 2020 and may be found at www.futuresineducation.org/covid19app.

Please alert us directly if you need this assistance so we are aware of your situation. This is a requirement of the fund.

 

In addition, we encourage you to apply for the regular financial aid program administered by Futures in Education for the 2020-21 academic year now, by going to  www.futuresineducation.org/scholarships

 

Note: Returning Teddy J. Forstmann recipients should apply for regular tuition assistance for 20-21 through Children’s Scholarship Fund/Civicore. Instructions have been emailed to you.

 

Please contact Futures in Education at 718.965.7340 or by email: Scholarships@FuturesinEducation.org if you have any questions or need assistance.

 

May Special Events: 

 

Save the Dates

May 11th: Crazy Sock Day- Wear your favorite crazy socks to class 

May 12th: Thankful Tuesday- On this day we encourage our students to express their gratitude to someone, their family, their priests, an essential worker, another classmate, a teacher, etc. by sending them personal messages of appreciation. If you want to share your gratitude with our school community, here’s how: 

  1. Write what you are grateful for on a post-it note
  2. Take a picture of it
  3. Post it and tag us on social media, or send it to admin@stfrancisschoolbh.net

We encourage our St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy community to practice gratitude to help us get through these challenging times. 

May 13th: yaD sdrawkcaB yppaH- From your dress, to your walk maybe even to your talk this day is the day to do things backwards. 

May 14th: Throwback Thursday- The 1970’s- Look forward to some activities that are based on the Disco times of the 1970’s.

May 15th: Name that Tune (6pm-7:30pm) 

You are invited to a Zoom webinar.

When: May 15, 2020 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Topic: St. Francis de Sales Name that Tune- Disney Edition

 

Please click the link below to join the webinar:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86133988214?pwd=clhZb3lubEN6cWxsajBtZ1JvVFlPdz09

Password: SFDSTUNE!

May 16th and 17th: Lego Masters Challenge- Information will be sent out on Friday May 15th. 

Week of May 18th: Christmas Family Feud- We will be looking for 26 families (4-5 members) to participate in various “episodes”. More information to be emailed this week. 

 

Grade 8 Parent Meeting: We will have one more 8th Grade Parent Virtual Meeting this Tuesday 5/12 at 7pm. The feedback from this meeting in conjunction with directives from the State/City and the Diocese will help us make final decisions in regard to the graduation events. When: May 12, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Topic: Class of 2020 Parent Meeting

Please click the link below to join the webinar:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82651096834?pwd=bzBFOXg5a3RmOElXSkhsNmExeXlGZz09

Password: SFDS2020

 

2020-2021 School Year: Although there are so many unknowns right now about the next school year we will be doing our best to make sure we are ready for the first day of school in September 2020. As a school we are beginning to inventory subscriptions, workbooks and materials so that we can be ready to go in the Fall. The school website also has a landing page for information regarding the next school year. You can find it by clicking here. We will be building the webpage over the next few weeks so please continue to check it for more information. Presently information in regard to ordering uniforms for next year is posted. 

 

Early Childhood Information Nights: We will be shifting our annual Early Childhood information nights to a digital platform . On Tuesday June 9th at 6pm Pre-K information night, on Wednesday June 10th we will be hosting Nursery information night, and on Wednesday June 17th at 6pm, we will invite our incoming Kindergarten parents to join us for the Kindergarten Information Night. On all evenings, the early childhood teachers will be sharing all the details of what is in store for your children who are entering their early childhood years. Parents will be receiving supply lists and summer ideas during this meeting as well. We hope to see everyone there. Formal invitations to follow. 

 

Option C Grades: Although school has moved to a distance learning approach this last trimester, teachers have been assigning, collecting, and assessing student work. As we finish the 2nd month of distance learning please 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 ckenny@stfrancisschoolbh.net if you have any questions. As soon as the Diocese finalizes the report card for this trimester we will share with families. 

 

Final Exams (Grades 5-8): Just to clarify there will not be final exams for Grades 5-8 this school year. The main reason we are not taking final exams is because we do not need to unnecessarily cause more stress and anxiety during a very difficult time. Teachers will focus on the most important skills and concepts of the course units left in the year. In grades 5-7 there may be an ending project assigned that can be completed at home over the final month of the school year. Grade 8 will have their last day of classes on Tuesday June 9th. 

 

Re-Registration and New Registration: Although we are not physically present in school, we continue to register students for the upcoming school year beginning in September 2020. As of today we have over 555 students registered for next year.  This week we continue our Virtual Tours. For more information about them please click here. 

 

Last Chance: IESP Students/Free iPads: The NYC DOE is making iPads available to all students who have an IESP.  Please see the form below from the NYC DOE Office of Nonpublic Schools regarding the iPad distribution for students who have an IESP.

https://coronavirus.schools.nyc/RemoteLearningDevices

Please note that you, the parent, can apply online to receive an iPad for your child. The iPad will be shipped directly to your  home. Please review the Device Agreement (attached to this email) specifically in regards to the use, care and that the device is on loan and the expectation is that it will be returned when we return to in class lessons. This tablet is intended to allow students to participate in remote learning during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the students are required to return the tablets to the NYCDOE when schools reopen. The tablets may be used by the students only for participation in instruction required pursuant to the Education Law and not for religious instruction.

Although we know St. Francis has already given a device to every child in Grades K-8 we wanted all of our Special Education Families to know what you are entitled to. 

Any questions please let us know at mbuckley@stfrancisschoolbh.net

 

Postponements and Cancelations: Just a reminder that due to the school closure and regulations from New York State in regard to bans on large crowds there will be many postponements and cancellations. Please click here for more information. It is our hope to make up many of the events in the next school year when appropriate.

 

We hope to announce our plans in regard to our Early Childhood step ups in next week’s update. 

 

Have a great week!

SFDS @HOME: Week of May 4th 2020

Dear St. Francis de Sales Catholic Families,

 

We have officially finished week seven of distance learning and we are 1/2 of the way there until the end of the school year!  I know that this has been a difficult time for all and the transition to working & learning from home is a difficult one.  I just want to thank all of the parents & guardians who have reached out to provide positive comments, suggestions/ideas for improvements or just general comments especially all who came to our first ever virtual conversations with the administration.   I am fairly certain that this is every one’s first experience with a true pandemic and I am so impressed with how our teachers, students, parents and community has responded. 

I just wanted to take some time to provide all of our stakeholders with a few important updates:

  • Per the Governor’s announcement on 5/1/20, distance learning will continue for the rest of the 2019-2020 school year.  We will continue the current model and finish out the year on distance learning.  Our entire team was saddened to hear that our kids would not be returning to the building but we know that decisions are made with the health and safety of the community in mind.  
  • Please continue to reach out to your student’s teacher and let them know of any struggles or health issues that are occurring in your home.   This is our teachers’ first experience with a pandemic and going to remote learning but they really do have our kid’s best interest in mind.  They have the delicate job of providing standards-based curriculum that is meeting the intent of the state standards while also balancing the notion of not overwhelming their students.  A difficult balance but one they are committed to.   
  • I have been sharing the feedback received from parents which includes reminding our teachers to limit the number of places to find information and to also be mindful of the workload for our kids.  
  • Please do not be afraid to share any positive comments or words of encouragement with your child’s teachers if you feel things are going well!  I have spoken with so many of our faculty who are working nights, weekends and many more hours than a traditional day to make this happen for our kids.  Don’t be shy about giving them a “pat on the back” if you feel they deserve it!
  • End of year “Tasks” – With school being closed for the remainder of the year, the admin team will be formulating plans and processes for common “end of year” tasks.  Examples include desk and locker clean outs, and a few other tasks to “close out the year”.  We will be sure to communicate those processes once we have more information on how they will happen.  Challenges include ensuring the 6 feet social distancing rule, keeping rooms sterile and many other challenges but we will have a safe and simple solution for all tasks. 
  • Please know that we have already been in collaboration with the diocesan office  in planning “meaningful (albeit, creative) ways to honor our students in their ceremonial end-of-year events.” We will continue to update you once plans are finalized. It is still our hope to have an in person graduation for our 8th graders even if it needs to be a later date. 
  • If you have a question or concern. Start with an email to the classroom teacher. They know the specifics of instruction and their own procedures best for their particular class/grade level. If the concern or question is not resolved after this step, please contact Mr. Scharbach or Mrs. Faughnan 

For parents, please know that you are doing all you can for your kids and that this is a truly unique time for everyone.  It is trying for even the most organized professionals to fulfill their work duties from home, juggle finances, monitor your new “homeschool students”, provide childcare and do all you can to keep your family safe during this pandemic.  I encourage you to show “Grace & Flexibility” on yourself at home during this time in addition to your children, their teachers and the community.  I would also encourage you to take this time with your children to really explore new areas of their interests or partake in family activities that you may not have had the luxury of time to do before.  A silver lining can always be found if we look hard enough!

Also, rest assured that teachers across our diocese are ready to “meet students where they are” in their learning when they return for the 2020-2021 school year.  I know that for St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy our mission will be to look for any learning gaps that occurred during this trimester, formulate lessons and resources to address them and make our students even better than they already are!  Have a great week and stay SFDS Strong!

See below some issues and topics that will help all be successful during the week of May 4th. 

 

SFDS Mother’s Day Video: St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy will continue to collect pictures of children holding a flower, an image of our Lady, holding a sign that says Happy Mother’s Day, I Love You, etc. All these pictures will be included in a school Mother’s Day Video for all the Moms, Grandmothers, aunts, godmothers, and other special women in our lives. We hope to get participation from all families over the next two weeks. 

Details: 

1) The pictures need to be clear. We ask that the picture be of the child or children holding flowers or a Mother’s Day message. 

2) The orientation of the picture needs to be vertical. 

3) Send all images to admin@stfrancisschoolbh.net by May 8th at 3pm. 

4) You will receive a confirmation email that says the picture was received within 24 hours. 

 

May Special Events

May 2nd and 3rd- Star Wars STEM Challenge

May 4th: Star Wars Day- Wear your favorite Star Wars Shirt/item to class 

May 5th: Thank Our Essential Workers Day- St. Francis de Sales wants to thank each and every person that is an Essential Worker. We made this day so that our students would hopefully get a better understanding of what you do to make this time in their lives better. The definition of a hero is simple- a person admired for courage. That is what you are. For all those working in the healthcare field, custodial staff, drivers, stock persons, store clerks, emergency responders, government officials and so many more- Thank you! We pray for your health, so that you can continue to help others. If you are an essential worker please send a picture to admin@stfrancisschoolbh.net for our essential worker montage no later than Tuesday May 5th at 3pm so we can display our montage later than night. 

May 6th: Sunglasses Day- Wear your sunglasses to class day. 

May 7th: Throwback Thursday- The 1960’s- Look forward to some activities that are based on the Groovy times of the 1960’s.

May 8th: Fun and Furry Friday- We all love your pets and we love to see them so let your furry friends shine. Stuffed Animals and drawings are fine as well. 

May 9th: Dance Parties

When: May 9, 2020 10:30 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Topic: Dance Party (Grades N-1) 

Please click the link below to join the webinar: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83476487354

When: May 9, 2020 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Topic: Dance Party (Grades 2-4) 

Please click the link below to join the webinar: 

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89124015410

May 10th: Happy Mother’s Day

 

Save the Dates

Friday May 15th: Name that Tune (6pm-7:30pm) More information to follow. 

Week of May 23rd: Christmas Family Feud- We will be looking for 26 family (4-5 members) to participate in various “episodes” . More information to follow. 

 

My Catholic Faith Delivered: A great way to enrich your child’s faith formation throughout the week in Grades 1-4 is My Catholic Faith Delivered. About a month ago we sent out emails out to all 1st-4th graders inviting them to My Catholic Faith Delivered. It is recommended that students work on this for 10-15 minutes each day (3-4 times a week).  The courses are designed to make learning convenient and fun. They feature engaging lessons, interactive activities, and real-time feedback. Please note that this curriculum is self-paced meaning that students will be at different lessons based on how quickly they complete the lessons.  Any questions about this curriculum or how to log on please email Mr. Scharbach at admin@stfrancisschoolbh.net

I want to congratulate the following students all who have completed 25% of the My Catholic Faith Delivered Curriculum. Great job!

Grade 1: Erik, Anthony, Mackenzie,  Quinn, Sean, Nathaniel, Jenna, Jacqueline, Caroline, CJ, Saoirse, and Mairead

Grade 2: Charlotte, Bianka, Molly, Silas, Adriana, Preston, Molly, Anna, Brendan, Kassidy, and Colin 

Grade 3: Logan, Sadie, Matthew and Gennaro

Grade 4: Charles, Emma, Brendan, Hannah, Lucas, and Ashlee

 

Financial Questions: During these challenging times, I am sure that many families have obvious concerns regarding tuition.  I know that we all are in different places, some more capable than others to help in these unusual times. As we state each year in our State of the Academy, approximately 85% of our school income is tuition & fees. We are aware that we are not all able to meet our commitments in the same way as we might have in the past. We are committed to continuing to support our teachers and staff in the work they are continuing to do. We want to support families as much as possible, but are also limited in resources as well. Please contact us right away if your family is experiencing a change in your financial position. Changing payment schedule or tuition assistance (see below)  is available.

 

Together we can ensure that Saint Francis de Sales remains open and strong, both as we pray to return to our building soon and for the future to come.  If you have additional questions or concerns regarding tuition, please email me. 

 

COVID-19 Relief Fund: As we go through this crisis together, there are so many needs that continue to grow. We are continually praying for you and your loved ones so that we may heal and emerge from these difficult times. We recognize the financial burden many have experienced as the school endures its own financial struggles.

 

Our partner scholarship organization, Futures in Education, has established a Relief Fund to assist families affected by the COVID-19 health crisis in completing their 2019/20 tuition payments.

 

You are invited to complete this form ONLY if your family has been directly impacted by the COVID-19 health crisis, resulting in a reduction or loss of income, and you are seeking tuition relief for the 2019/2020 academic year. Funding is very limited, and it is critical that we are able to assist those most affected by this crisis. Please only apply if your family has been affected in a way that it will not be possible for you to complete this year’s tuition payments.

 

We will work with Futures in Education to assess the overall need and funding received to determine how we may best help our families. The application will be open from now through May 15, 2020 and may be found at www.futuresineducation.org/covid19app.

Please alert us directly if you need this assistance so we are aware of your situation. This is a requirement of the fund.

 

In addition, we encourage you to apply for the regular financial aid program administered by Futures in Education for the 2020-21 academic year now, by going to  www.futuresineducation.org/scholarships

 

Note: Returning Teddy J. Forstmann recipients should apply for regular tuition assistance for 20-21 through Children’s Scholarship Fund/Civicore. Instructions have been emailed to you.

 

Please contact Futures in Education at 718.965.7340 or by email: Scholarships@FuturesinEducation.org if you have any questions or need assistance.

 

 

Re-Registration and New Registration: Although we are not physically present in school, we continue to register students for the upcoming school year beginning in September 2020.  This week we continue our Virtual Tours. For more information about them please click here. 

 

IESP Students/Free iPads: The NYC DOE is making iPads available to all students who have an IESP.  Please see the form below from the NYC DOE Office of Nonpublic Schools regarding the iPad distribution for students who have an IESP.

https://coronavirus.schools.nyc/RemoteLearningDevices

Please note that you, the parent, can apply online to receive an iPad for your child. The iPad will be shipped directly to your  home. Please review the Device Agreement (attached to this email) specifically in regards to the use, care and that the device is on loan and the expectation is that it will be returned when we return to in class lessons. This tablet is intended to allow students to participate in remote learning during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the students are required to return the tablets to the NYCDOE when schools reopen. The tablets may be used by the students only for participation in instruction required pursuant to the Education Law and not for religious instruction.

Although we know St. Francis has already given a device to every child in Grades K-8 we wanted all of our Special Education Families to know what you are entitled to. 

Any questions please let us know at mbuckley@stfrancisschoolbh.net

 

Postponements and Cancelations: Just a reminder that due to the school closure and regulations from New York State in regard to bans on large crowds there will be many postponements and cancellations. Please click here for more information. It is our hope to make up many of the events in the next school year when appropriate.

 

Have a great week!