SFDS Week of February 24th 2020

Dear Families,

 

Congrats Blue Team! 

 

What a week we had here at St. Francis de Sales. From our opening mass all the way to Blue and Gold Day, it has been an eventful and memorable Catholic Schools Week. Weeks like this make us realize why St. Francis is so special.

 

We hope you all have a restful winter break and we will see you on Monday February 24th for what will be a very busy week. 

 

100th Day of School Celebration: On Tuesday 2/25 we will be celebrating the 100th day of school in Pre K through -Grade 4. Students in Grades Pre-K through Grade 4 and invited to wear a shirt that celebrates a 100 Days of School. 

 

Class of 2021 Ring Order Form: Two weeks ago, the 7th grade was given an order form for their Class of 2021 Ring. All orders are due back to the office by. More information is available by clicking here. 

 

Ash Wednesday: Each year, the Church gives us the season of Lent to prepare ourselves for the joyful celebration of Easter.  Over the centuries, the themes of this forty-day period have remained amazingly consistent: renewal, change, turning to Christ, starting over.  The very term, Lent comes from an Old English word meaning spring, which gives clear indication of the newness to which we are called during this annual observance.  The season of Lent gives us as Catholics the time to reflect on the great sacrifice of Jesus Christ, and how His resurrection gives us the belief of eternal life.   Let our next few weeks be a time of renewal and growing closer to Jesus Christ and his cross.

 

Families are welcome to join the Academy at our Ash Wednesday Prayer Service this Wednesday February 26th  at 10:15am. Please be aware that there will be very limited seating for parents in the back and in the choir loft.  

 

Math Bee: Congratulations to our 3rd-5th graders who have qualified for the school Math Bee on Wednesday 2/26 at 1pm. The parents of the children who will be participating in the Math Bee are welcome to join us in the Gym to root them on. 

 

3A:  Anne McCormick 3B:  Gregory Brenna

        Ryan McKeefrey         Rafael Campos-Gatjens

        Teagan O’Rourke         Joyce Geraci

 

4A:  Hank Brucella 4B:  Gabriella Casares 4C:  Lucas Allen

        Brady Gallagher         Jack Hayes                 Emma Minson

        Matthew Mandala         Kacper Ostrowski                 Daniel McLoughlin

 

5A:  Sean McDonagh 5B:  Nicholas Donovan

        Peter Murray Anthony Gennaro

        Jake Price             Bryan Henry

 

Family Fun Night: Looking for a way to spend some quality time with your children? Look no further! Join us for Family Fun Night For Grades K-6,  hosted by The Program for the Development of Human Potential. (PDHP) Families will participate in enjoyable cooperative games and low impact activities designed to help parents and children play, work, and communicate better. This night will take place on Thursday March 5th, 2020 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm. For more information please click here. 

 

Conversation with the Principal:  Please join me for our Conversation with the Principal on Friday February 28th  at 9:30am. I would like to utilize the time to answer questions, hear feedback, and listen to any concerns that parents might have, there will be no set agenda. All are welcome! 

 

Chicken Finger Day: Just a reminder that Tuesday 2/25 when we return from break is a special lunch day. If you ordered chicken fingers for your child(ren), you will not need to send them in with lunch that day. 

 

Save the Date: On Tuesday May 26th at 7pm. St Francis de Sales Catholic Academy will be hosting a presentation. Prevention Starts WITH ALL- The Chris Herren Story. Chris Herren is a former professional basketball player, a voice on the topic of substance use prevention and a wellness advocate. Since 2009, Chris has spoken to over one million students, athletes and community members, sparking honest discussions on the topics of substance use disorder and wellness. A person in long-term recovery, Chris continues to share his story nationally with a renewed focus on prevention education and challenging audiences to rethink how we look at the disease of addiction – changing the focus from the last day to the first. 

 

Over the coming months more information will follow. 

 

Have a great week. We will see everyone on the 24th. 

 

Fundraising Corner

 

Chocolate Sale: At this point anyone who did not want to sell their box of candy should have brought it back to school unopened to be returned to World’s Famous. If you kept a box, Happy Selling! We kindly ask that all money ($60 a box) be returned to school by Tuesday February 25th. 

 

 

Card Party: SAVE THE DATE!!- St. Francis de Sales Card Party Committee Presents “A Totally 80’s Party”: Dust off your leg warmers and tease up your hair!!

Friday, March 27th, 2020, 7PM – 11PM Doors open at 6:30pm in the Gym, Complimentary Coffee and Cake, $10pp, BYOB, Ticket & Table Requests will be available on March 9, 2020 and will sell out fast!

Anyone interested in donating a prize to be raffled off at our Event, please send an email to sfdscardparty@aol.com.

 

Box Tops for Education: Our next Box Tops for Education event is in full swing.  

For the next Box Tops contest all Box Tops need to be in by Thursday 2/27. The grade level that brings in the most Box Tops will get a Dress Down Day of there choice during the month of March. Also any family that uses the Box Tops App to submit Box Tops between now and 2/27 will automatically be entered into a raffle for a  $25 Amazon gift card. For more information on the Box Tops App please click here. Good luck.

The standings as of 2/14/20 are as follows:

Nursery: 0

Pre-K: 109

Kindergarten: 112

1st Grade: 155

2nd Grade: 5

3rd Grade: 2

4th Grade: 43

5th Grade: 0

6th Grade: 25

7th Grade: 0

8th Grade: 8

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

 

Lunch Duty:   We are in need of some parents to help to volunteer for our lunch periods. If you are VIRTUS trained and are able to do lunch duty, we certainly appreciate it. Parents, we appreciate all of you signing up for Lunch Duty. 

We can always use help!

Please be aware you are not guaranteed to have your child’s class every time you sign up.  We do our best to accommodate whenever possible, however there will be times you will be assigned other classes when you sign up.  There are also many times our teacher like to stay with their class for lunch.

Please keep this into consideration.

 Thank you once again for all your help.

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

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

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

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

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

SFDS Week of February 9th 2020 (Catholic Schools Week 2020)

Dear Families,

 

Here’s what you need to know about the last week before Winter Recess! 

 

It is finally here. Catholic Schools Week 2020.  This is a week of celebration of our Faith. Our families commit themselves to the mission of Catholic education; celebrating Catholic Schools Week is a part of that. We take time out to celebrate our Faith, family, friendships, morals and service.

 

This week is also the perfect time to recognize the contributions that Catholic schools make to students all across our country.  Students here at St. Francis de Sales are part of the 2 million students in the United States who are currently attending Catholic schools.  The education they receive builds on a tradition of academic excellence older than the United States itself, dating back nearly four centuries.

 

As we begin Catholic Schools Week this week, I am very proud to be in the company of a stellar faculty and staff and the best kids in the world.

 

Have a Happy Catholic Schools Week!

 

Catholic Schools Week: Click here for a schedule of events for Catholic Schools Week (Learn, Lead, Serve, Succeed!) here at St. Francis de Sales. (February 9th-February 14th). Parents are invited to our Catholic Schools Week Mass on 2/12 at 1:30pm, “A Time to Shine” Show on 2/13 at 1pm and on Blue and Gold Day on 2/14 (all day) We hope to see many parents at all our school events. 

For more instructions about each day please see our Parent’s Guide to Catholic School Week by clicking here. 

 

We also hope to see many families at our Opening Mass on 2/9 at 10:00 am here at St. Francis de Sales Parish.

We do ask that all students wear their school uniform. 

 

If you have any questions about any of the dates or events please feel free to reach out to the main office at 718-634-2775.

Class of 2021 Ring Order Form: Earlier this week, the 7th grade was given an order form for their Class of 2021 Ring. All orders are due back to the office by. More information is available by clicking here. 

 

Mobile App: Just a reminder that our Mobile APP celebrates its two year anniversary. To download search for ST. FRANCIS DE SALES ACADEMY in the App Store or Google Play. This is a great way to stay current with school events, your child’s HW, tuition account, and child’s grades. 

 

Family Fun Night: Looking for a way to spend some quality time with your children? Look no further! Join us for Family Fun Night For Grades K-6,  hosted by The Program for the Development of Human Potential. (PDHP) Families will participate in enjoyable cooperative games and low impact activities designed to help parents and children play, work, and communicate better. This night will take place on Thursday March 5th, 2020 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm. For more information please click here. 

 

Financial Aid Application: Financial aid is available for students in Grades Pre-K to 8, who attend a Brooklyn or Queens Catholic School or Academy.

 

Step 1: Register your child(ren) in a Catholic elementary academy or school (K – 8) in Brooklyn or Queens.

Step 2: Fill out the online application and submit with required supporting documentation. Please note that there is a non-refundable $35 application processing fee payable by credit card or check. Only one application per family is required.

2020 Scholarship Deadline

March 31, 2020 – Families who received an award last academic year.                                                                                                                 April 30, 2020 – New families.

Only completed applications submitted with all required supporting documents will be considered. Completed applications received on or before this date will be considered for the maximum award amount. Completed applications received after this date will still be considered but will not be given priority for the 2020-2021 school year.

To apply click below 

https://futuresineducation.org/scholarships/

 

Save the Date: On Tuesday May 26th at 7pm. St Francis de Sales Catholic Academy will be hosting a presentation. Prevention Starts WITH ALL- The Chris Herren Story. Chris Herren is a former professional basketball player, a voice on the topic of substance use prevention and a wellness advocate. Since 2009, Chris has spoken to over one million students, athletes and community members, sparking honest discussions on the topics of substance use disorder and wellness. A person in long-term recovery, Chris continues to share his story nationally with a renewed focus on prevention education and challenging audiences to rethink how we look at the disease of addiction – changing the focus from the last day to the first. 

 

Over the coming months more information will follow. Thanks again to all who came out this Monday to watch the screening of “The First Day.”

 

Fundraising Corner

 

Chocolate Sale: At this point anyone who did not want to sell their box of candy should have brought it back to school unopened to be returned to World’s Famous. If you kept a box, Happy Selling! We kindly ask that all money ($60 a box) be returned to school by Tuesday February 25th. 

 

Card Party: We are now 7 weeks away from our annual Card Party.

You may know that St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy’s Card Party is considered a premier Card Party in the area, and helps raise thousands of dollars for the school each year. Please help make this card party the best one ever. Over the next few weeks there will be many opportunities to help support the Card Party even if you are not attending (Tuition Raffle, Chance books, donation to grade level baskets) As always thank you for your generosity and support. This week chance books will be going home to each family. This is a great way to support the card party even if you are not attending. 

 

Box Tops for Education: Our next Box Tops for Education event is in full swing.  

For the next Box Tops contest all Box Tops need to be in by Thursday 2/27. The grade level that brings in the most Box Tops will get a Dress Down Day of there choice during the month of March. Also any family that uses the Box Tops App to submit Box Tops between now and 2/27 will automatically be entered into a raffle for a  $25 Amazon gift card. For more information on the Box Tops App please click here. Good luck.

The standings as of 2/7/20 are as follows:

Nursery: 0

Pre-K: 106

Kindergarten: 47

1st Grade: 77

2nd Grade: 0

3rd Grade: 2

4th Grade: 43

5th Grade: 0

6th Grade: 0

7th Grade: 0

8th Grade: 0

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

 

 Amazon Smile: AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support St. Francis DeSales Catholic Academy every time you shop, at no cost to you.

When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to our Academy.

To shop at AmazonSmile, go to smile.amazon.com from the web browser on your computer or mobile device. You may also want to add a bookmark to smile.amazon.com to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at AmazonSmile.

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

AmazonSmile is not currently available for iOS users.

 

Have a great weekend! Hope to see you Sunday!

 

Lunch Duty:   We are in need of some parents to help to volunteer for our lunch periods. If you are VIRTUS trained and are able to do lunch duty, we certainly appreciate it. Parents, we appreciate all of you signing up for Lunch Duty. 

We can always use help!

Please be aware you are not guaranteed to have your child’s class every time you sign up.  We do our best to accommodate whenever possible, however there will be times you will be assigned other classes when you sign up.  There are also many times our teacher like to stay with their class for lunch.

Please keep this into consideration.

 Thank you once again for all your help.

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

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

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

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

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

SFDS Week of February 3rd 2020

Dear Families,

 

We’ve made it through this extremely cold week, and thankfully the weather seems to be looking up as we head into the weekend. Mr. Eduardo continued to disinfect all surfaces today, particularly door knobs, stair handrails, light switches, bathrooms, etc. We encouraged all students to thoroughly wash their hands multiple times throughout the day and our teachers made sure students cleaned their desks with Lysol wipes more than the usual after-lunch wipedown. We are hoping this will keep the germs at bay, but also ask to please keep your children home if they are not fully recovered from their ailments. Thanks for your help!

 

Teacher Appreciation and Half Day: On Wednesday February 5th, we will be celebrating all the hard working and selfless teachers who we are blessed to have teaching the students of St. Francis de Sales. We will have a half day with a 12 noon dismissal as the teachers are treated to a luncheon in their honor. Just a reminder that Wednesday is a dress down day for all students as well. 

 

Congratulations to Anthony Gennaro for winning the Principal of the Day contest and to Colin Mundy and Madeline Gallagher for winning the Co-Assistant Principal of the Day contest! We look forward to this special day during Catholic Schools Week! We had over 130 entries this year and there were so many great ideas. Thanks to all who entered. 

 

If you have any questions about any of the dates or events of Catholic Schools Week please feel free to reach out to the main office at 718-634-2775. Feel free to refer to the parents guide to Catholic Schools Week on our website as well. 

 

“First Day” Movie Screening: Come join us on Monday 2/3/20 at 7pm to watch “The First Day” Chris Herren, former professional basketball player, author and wellness advocate, has shared his story of recovery with over 1 million people nationwide. The First Day film chronicles this journey revealing Herren’s vulnerability and his profound connections with high school students who, in turn, have shared their stories of struggle and strength. Through the power of storytelling, The First Day addresses issues that school systems, communities and people across the country are impacted by, directly or indirectly, each day including substance use, other harmful behaviors and mental wellness.

 

Please note this film will be shown in the Spring to our 6th, 7th, and 8th graders before Chris Herren comes to speak to them on May 26th 2020.

 

On May 26th 2020 Chris Herren will also be here at 7pm to talk to parents as well so please save the date.

 

For a trailer of the film please click below

https://vimeo.com/ondemand/thefirstdayrental/345980302

 

Family Bingo: Don’t forget to join us for Family Bingo night on Tuesday February 11th at 6pm. We will have great music and prizes; this night is always a very fun one! A special thank you to Maura Buckley for planning this event for us. For a copy of the order form that was sent home, click here. 

 

In addition to our usual Bingo fun we will be holding a drawing/raffle that evening as well for a 1 Night Stay at Camelback Lodge Aquatopia Indoor Water Park.

 

The winner will receive a Gift Certificate good for a 1 Night Stay in a Double Queen Suite (2 Queen Beds with pullout queen sofa sleeper) for up to 6 guests.  Includes passes to Aquatopia Indoor Water Park for the day you arrive/check-in and the day you leave/check-out. Valid any day of the week, subject to availability (not valid on Holiday’s and some black-out dates).

 

Tickets will be sold $20.00 per ticket or 3 for $50.00.  Please fill out the tickets by clicking here and return with payment by 2/7/20.  Raffles will also be sold at Family Bingo on February 11th, 2020.  Please send all tickets and payments (any checks should be made payable to SFDS), in to Family Bingo Raffle.

 You do not have to be present to win.

 

 

Math Bee: Congratulations to Thomas McMorrorow and Danielle Tansey who were Upper School Winner and Runner Up respectively in our school wide Math Bee. Thomas will be representing our school at the Diocesan Math Bee on 2/4. Congratulations to all the classroom champions and great job, Thomas and Danielle! 

 

Carnation Drive A random act of kindness, no matter how big or small, can make a HUGE difference in the lives of others.  The National Junior Honor Society of SFDS Academy will be running, “Valentine Kindness.” We will be visiting the Residents of the Beacon Rehabilitation Center, right here in Rockaway Park, on Valentine’s Day, to deliver carnations to the residents and staff, as a surprise, random act of kindness.  Our goal is to deliver 200 carnations, so that ALL the residents and staff receive a little bit of love that day.  

If you would like to participate, the donated cost is $4.00 

Please submit your donation in an envelope, with the EXACT amount, with your name on it, to your teacher by Monday February 3rd.  Orders for the flowers need to be submitted by then, to assure we get the correct amount, for the Residents and Staff at the Beacon.  

We appreciate all your support.  

  

Re-Registration: Three weeks ago re-registration packets were sent home with one child in the family. Please be sure to send back the registration form no later than Monday February 3rd. All forms were due a week ago. We have begun open registration for the 2020-2021 school year this week and want to make sure that all of the current families are guaranteed a seat for next school year. 

 

Souper Bowl Sunday: St. Francis de Sales Parish Saint Vincent De Paul Society is having “Souper” Bowl Sunday on February 2. They are asking people to bring canned soup to church that day to give to the food pantries.

 

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 $20,000. 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

On 1/21 Permission slips were given out in school and are were due back last week.  All Money is due by 2/13. Thank you in advance for your kindness and generosity to children in need.  Any questions, please contact Mrs. Foti at sfoti@stfrancisschoolbh.net .

 

Radio Bingo: On Friday February 7th SFDS parish is hosting a Radio Bingo event. Tickets are $40 each or $350 for a table of ten. Admission includes soda, snacks, coffee, tea, dessert and of course Radio Bingo Fun. Tickets are available at SFDS rectory and online by clicking here. 

 

Lunch Duty:   We are in need of some parents to help to volunteer for our lunch periods. If you are VIRTUS trained and are able to do lunch duty, we certainly appreciate it. Parents we appreciate all of you signing up for Lunch Duty. 

We can always use help!

Please be aware you are not guaranteed to have your child’s class every time you sign up.  We do our best to accommodate whenever possible, however there will be times you will be assigned other classes when you sign up.  There are also many times our teacher like to stay with their class for lunch.

Please keep this into consideration.

 

Thank you once again for all your help.

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

Have a great weekend! Enjoy the Super Bowl. 

 

Fundraising Corner

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

This year we are hoping for All Families to assist with this sale in order to make it as successful as possible. If all 400 Families sell 1 box of chocolate, we will earn profit of over $10,000.00. This year our goal is to install hand dryers in all bathrooms to help reduce waste and do our part for the environment. On February 3rd, your oldest child will be given a box of chocolate to take home. If you cannot support us in the sale, please return the tear off on or before today. On Monday your oldest child will be given a box of chocolate to take home. For more information please click here. 

 

Box Tops for Education: Our next Box Tops for Education event has now begun.  

For the next Box Tops contest all Box Tops need to be in by Thursday 2/27. The grade level that brings in the most Box Tops will get a Dress Down Day of there choice during the month of March. Also any family that uses the Box Tops App to submit Box Tops between now and 2/27 will automatically be entered into a raffle for a  $25 Amazon gift card. For more information on the Box Tops App please click here. Good luck.

 

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

 

Card Party: We are now 8 weeks away from our annual Card Party.

You may know that St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy’s Card Party is considered a premier Card Party in the area, and helps raise thousands of dollars for the school each year. This week a note went home in regard to donations. In order to make the prizes a reality we are requesting a donation of $50.00 per family by Friday February 7th. This donation helps us to fund the card party prizes, decorations, food, etc. Kindly return the form with your donation to the school main office in an envelope marked SFDS Card Party Donation. You can now also pay through Venmo. Please make your family’s payment to “@SFDSCACADEMY”. Please be sure to include what you are making payment for in the notes section. Thanks in advance. 

Please note there is a card party planning meeting this Wednesday February 5th at 7pm for all who want to assist in this important fundraiser. 

 

 Amazon Smile: AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support St. Francis DeSales Catholic Academy every time you shop, at no cost to you.

When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to our Academy.

To shop at AmazonSmile, go to smile.amazon.com from the web browser on your computer or mobile device. You may also want to add a bookmark to smile.amazon.com to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at AmazonSmile.

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

AmazonSmile is not currently available for iOS users.

A Parent’s Guide to Catholic Schools Week (2/9/20-2/14/20)

Catholic Schools Week Parents Guide (2/9-2/14)

 

Sunday 2/9

  • Families are invited to join the parish, administration, and teacher for the Opening of Catholic Schools Week Mass at 10am here at St. Francis de Sales Parish. Please note that there will be a small reception in the small hall following the mass.

 

Monday 2/10

 

  • Share a-Game: Students from older grades (5-8) bring in a board game from home that they can play to their younger counterparts. The game should be grade appropriate for the younger student (Candy Land, Chutes and Ladders, etc). Any questions please email Ms. Farragher at dfarragher@stfrancisschoolbh.net

 

  • 8th Grade students have their dress rehearsal for their Variety Show from 2:30pm-4pm

 

  • National Junior Honor Society Induction Ceremony at 7pm in the SFDS Church followed by a small reception in Small Hall for new members and their families.

 

Tuesday 2/11

  • Students in Grades Pre-K though Grade 4 and invited to dress up as their favorite fictional literary character. They are encouraged to bring a book their character is a part of.
    • No masks and no weapons. Students must be able to walk throughout the day and be able to get up and down the stairs.

 

  • Students in Grades 5-8 are able to wear flannel pajama/pants to school.

 

  • Those students selected for the “Time to Shine Show” have their dress rehearsal from 2:30pm-3:30pm

 

  • Family Bingo is at 6pm in the School Gym. All orders are due on Wednesday February 5th. This event is recommend for Grades K-6.

 

 

Wednesday 2/12

  • Students are asked to wear a SFDS Shirt (Catholic Schools Week Shirt, Gym Shirt, etc.)

 

  • All students grades K-8 will be attending our Catholic Schools Week Mass at 1:30pm. Families are more than welcome to join us.

 

 

Thursday 2/13

  • All students can dress down by bringing some loose change in a baby bottle to be handed out on Monday 2/10.

 

  • Various students from all grade levels will perform in “The Time to Shine Show” at 1pm.  Please note there is limited seating for families in the back of the gym.  

 

  • The Class of 2020 has their Variety Show at 7pm. All are invited to come out and support. Tickets are sold at the door and are $5 for adults and $3 for students and high school alumni.

 

 

Friday 2/14

  • Blue and Gold Day in the school Gym. Students dress down in their team color.
    • Grades K, 1 and 2: 8:30am-10:15am
    • Grades 3,4, and 5: 10:30am-12:00pm
    • Grades 6, 7, and 8: 12:45pm-2: 15pm

 

  • All parents who are coming to cheer the students on are asked to enter in the Small Hall no earlier than 8:15am.  There will be bagels and coffee served until 12pm.  We do ask that all families park on the street (legally) and on the south side of the school yard. Please no not park on north side (where the kids are dismissed and use for recess)
  • Parents are asked to sit on the stage or the first section of the bleachers closet to the stage to cheer their children on. The rest of the bleachers are reserved for the students. We will have a schedule of events posted in the small hall so parents can gauge when their children will be competing.

SFDS Week of January 27th 2020

Dear Families,

 

It’s hard to believe we’ve already come to the last few days of January. February is sure to be a busy and exciting month here at St. Francis de Sales, most especially Catholic Schools Week! Take a look and what is on the docket for this week… 

 

Tablet Jr.: Extra Extra! Yesterday representatives from DeSales Media came by to visit our school and give our students/reporters a sneak peak to the first issue of Tablet Jr. which was primarily written by the students of St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy. Stay tuned this weekend for the digital copy and access to all of our student entries. 

 

The digital copy can be found by clicking here starting Saturday 1/25. 

 

A special thank you to DeSales Media, Ms. Re, Mrs. McMahon, and Ms, Mangano for helping to gather all the entries for this project. 

 

Math Bee: Congratulations to our classroom Math Bee winners from grades 6-8! The parents of each of the following winners are invited to watch our school-wide Math Bee on Wednesday, January 29th at 1pm. 

 

6th Grade

Callie Mullin                                                 Dylan Ehret

Katherine Rudolph                                Lukas Lourde

Christian Van Brakle                                      Travis Mitterway

 

7th Grade

James Nichtern                                               Logan Monahan

Michael Valenti                                              Peter Glynn

Karli O’Brien                                                Lily Casares

 

8th Grade

Ian Erhard                                                     Thomas McMorrow

Taylor Mahoney                                             Danielle Tansey

Samantha Murray                                           Abby Urciuoli

 

Catholic Schools Week: Click here for a schedule of events for Catholic Schools Week (Learn, Lead, Serve, Succeed!) here at St. Francis de Sales. (February 9th-February 14th). Parents are invited to our Catholic Schools Week Mass on 2/12 at 1:30pm, “A Time to Shine” Show on 2/13 at 1pm and on Blue and Gold Day on 2/14 (all day) We hope to see many parents at all our school events. 

We also hope to see many families at our Opening Mass on 2/9 at 10:00 am here at St. Francis de Sales Parish. This will be followed by a small reception in the Small Hall after mass.

 

If you have any questions about any of the dates or events please feel free to reach out to the main office at 718-634-2775.

 

“First Day” Movie Screening: Come join us on Monday 2/3/20 at 7pm to watch “The First Day” Chris Herren, former professional basketball player, author and wellness advocate, has shared his story of recovery with over 1 million people nationwide. The First Day film chronicles this journey revealing Herren’s vulnerability and his profound connections with high school students who, in turn, have shared their stories of struggle and strength. Through the power of storytelling, The First Day addresses issues that school systems, communities and people across the country are impacted by, directly or indirectly, each day including substance use, other harmful behaviors and mental wellness.

 

Please note this film will be shown in the Spring to our 6th, 7th, and 8th graders before Chris Herren comes to speak to them on May 26th 2020.

 

On May 26th 2020 Chris Herren will also be here at 7pm to talk to parents as well so please save the date.

 

For a trailer of the film please click below

https://vimeo.com/ondemand/thefirstdayrental/345980302

 

Family Bingo: Don’t forget to join us for Family Bingo night on Tuesday February 11th at 6pm. We will have great music and prizes; this night is always a very fun one! A special thank you to Maura Buckley for planning this event for us. For a copy of the order form that was sent home, click here. 

 

Chicken Finger Day: Just a reminder that this Tuesday, January 28th is a Chicken Finger day. If you’ve signed your child(ren) for this Special Lunch, you do not need to send them in with a packed lunch that day.

 

Re-Registration: Two weeks ago re-registration packets were sent home with one child in the family. Please be sure to send back the form no later than Monday January 27th. All registration fees will be added and paid through your FACTS account. Please note that if all students return that various grades will have waitlists. We will begin open registration for new students in Grades 1-8 this week. 

 

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 $20,000. 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

On 1/21 Permission slips were given out in school and are were due back by today.  Math A Thon books will be given out as permission slips are handed in.

All Money is due by 2/13. Thank you in advance for your kindness and generosity to children in need.  Any questions, please contact Mrs. Foti at sfoti@stfrancisschoolbh.net .

 

Flash Sale-Catholic Schools Week Shirt and PJ Pants: During Catholic Schools Week we will be asking the children to wear a T-shirt with a SFDS logo on it on Wednesday 2/12! Any T-shirt they may have is fine (Gym shirt, Past CSW Shirts) We will also be selling a St. Francis DeSales “Catholic Schools Week” T-shirts, that can be worn on that day.

They will be available in long and short sleeves. The cost of the shirts are Long Sleeve $15.00 and Short Sleeve $10.00

We will have adult sizes as well, so parents can show their pride on Blue and Gold Day and support both sides!

If you would like to order a shirt, please fill out the form and return to school first thing Monday morning. Any order that come in after monday morning will not be able to be processed. No exceptions can be made. by.

Also during Catholic Schools Week on Tuesday 2/11 Grades 5-8 will be allowed to wear their favorite flannel/pajama pants. We are also having a flash sale of SFDS Pajama pants. The cost of the PJ pants is one for $30 and two for $50. 

If you would like to order PJ Pants, please fill out the form and return to school first thing Monday morning. Any order that come in after monday morning will not be able to be processed. No exceptions can be made. by.

All checks are made payable to St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy or Venmo @SFDSCACADEMY. 

 

Radio Bingo: On Friday February 7th SFDS parish is hosting a Radio Bingo event. Tickets are $40 each or $350 for a table of ten. Admission includes soda, snacks, coffee, tea, dessert and of course Radio Bingo Fun. Tickets are available at SFDS rectory and online by clicking here. 

 

Lunch Duty:   We are in need of some parents to help to volunteer for our lunch periods. If you are VIRTUS trained and are able to do lunch duty, we certainly appreciate it. Parents we appreciate all of you signing up for Lunch Duty. 

We can always use help!

Please be aware you are not guaranteed to have your child’s class every time you sign up.  We do our best to accommodate whenever possible, however there will be times you will be assigned other classes when you sign up.  There are also many times our teacher like to stay with their class for lunch.

Please keep this into consideration.

 

Thank you once again for all your help.

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

Have a great weekend! 

 

Fundraising Corner

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

This year we are hoping for All Families to assist with this sale in order to make it as successful as possible. If all 400 Families sell 1 box of chocolate, we will earn profit of over $10,000.00. This year our goal is to install hand dryers in all bathrooms to help reduce waste and do our part for the environment. On February 3rd, your oldest child will be given a box of chocolate to take home. If you cannot support us in the sale, please return the tear off on or before January 30th. On February 3rd, your oldest child will be given a box of chocolate to take home. For more information please click here. 

 

Box Tops for Education: Our next Box Tops for Education event has now begun.  

For the next Box Tops contest all Box Tops need to be in by Thursday 2/27. The grade level that brings in the most Box Tops will get a Dress Down Day of there choice during the month of March. Also any family that uses the Box Tops App to submit Box Tops between now and 2/27 will automatically be entered into a raffle for a  $25 Amazon gift card. For more information on the Box Tops App please click here. Good luck.

 

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

 

Card Party: We are now 9 weeks away from our annual Card Party.

You may know that St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy’s Card Party is considered a premier Card Party in the area, and helps raise thousands of dollars for the school each year. This week a note went home in regard to donations. In order to make the prizes a reality we are requesting a donation of $50.00 per family by Friday February 7th. This donation helps us to fund the card party prizes, decorations, food, etc. Kindly return the form with your donation to the school main office in an envelope marked SFDS Card Party Donation. You can now also pay through Venmo. Please make your family’s payment to “@SFDSCACADEMY”. Please be sure to include what you are making payment for in the notes section. Thanks in advance. 

 

 Amazon Smile: AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support St. Francis DeSales Catholic Academy every time you shop, at no cost to you.

When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to our Academy.

To shop at AmazonSmile, go to smile.amazon.com from the web browser on your computer or mobile device. You may also want to add a bookmark to smile.amazon.com to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at AmazonSmile.

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

AmazonSmile is not currently available for iOS users.

SFDS Week of January 20th 2020

Dear Families,

 

Happy Feast Day!

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

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

 

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

 

Just a reminder that tomorrow 1/17 kicks off a 4-day weekend with a day off for students as the faculty participates in a Diocesan wide professional development data day.  In recent tradition, it has been a day for our staff to look at and dig through school data (Terranova, state exams, classroom exams, etc.) This year we are going to deviate and have a focus on school safety. In June, I had the chance to attend an active shooter training from a team of law enforcement individuals out of Boston. Tomorrow this team will be coming to St. Francis to do a similar training/discussion with our teachers. Monday 1/21, St Francis de Sales Catholic Academy will be closed for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. School will reopen on Tuesday 1/22. Enjoy the long weekend!

 

First Penance: Good luck to our Saint Francis second graders who will be receiving first Penance on Wednesday 1/22 at 6:30pm.

We will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers as you continue on your spiritual journey and prepare for receiving the Eucharist for the first time. A special thank you to Mrs. Cronin and Mrs. O’Malley along with Mrs. Greene for preparing the children for this sacrament. 

 

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 $20,000. 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

On 1/21 Permission slips are given out in school and are due back by 1/24.  Math A Thon books will be given out as permission slips are handed in.

All Money is due by 2/13. Thank you in advance for your kindness and generosity to children in need.  Any questions, please contact Mrs. Foti at sfoti@stfrancisschoolbh.net .

 

Flash Sale-Catholic Schools Week Shirt and PJ Pants: During Catholic Schools Week we will be asking the children to wear a T-shirt with a SFDS logo on it on Wednesday 2/12! Any T-shirt they may have is fine (Gym shirt, Past CSW Shirts) We will also be selling a St. Francis DeSales “Catholic Schools Week” T-shirts, that can be worn on that day.

They will be available in long and short sleeves. The cost of the shirts are Long Sleeve $15.00 and Short Sleeve $10.00

We will have adult sizes as well, so parents can show their pride on Blue and Gold Day and support both sides!

If you would like to order a shirt, please fill out the form and return to school by Friday, January 24th. We need to get the order to printer by Friday the 24th.

Also during Catholic Schools Week on Tuesday 2/11 Grades 5-8 will be allowed to wear their favorite flannel/pajama pants. We are also having a flash sale of SFDS Pajama pants. The cost of the PJ pants is one for $30 and two for $50. 

If you would like to order PJ Pants, please fill out the form and return to school by Friday, January 24th. We need to get the order to the manufacturer by Friday the 24th.

All checks are made payable to St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy or Venmo @SFDSCACADEMY. 

 

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

 

8th Grade: Congratulations to our 8th grade on beginning to receive your High School decision letters! All Catholic schools in NYC have sent out their decision letters this week. We are very proud of all of the accomplishments of our Class of 2020. If parents have any questions, feel free to get in touch with Mr. Scharbach cscharbach@stfrancisschoolbh.net or Mrs. Faughnan mfaughnan@stfrancisschoolbh.net

 

Re-Registration: This week re-registration packets were sent home with the oldest child in the family. Please be sure to send back the envelope with the necessary documents no later than Monday January 27th. Please note that all re-registration fees will be added to your FACTS account. 

 

Principal for a Day: Just a reminder that the Principal/Assistant Principal essay/poster/presentations is due this coming Friday January 24th. It might be a great weekend activity to write an essay or work on a collage/multimedia project and enter our contest. For more information please click here.

 

Lunch Forms: Last week various Lunch Forms were sent home for the months of February-June. 

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

Bagel Forms (Mondays for Grades K-8) 

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

All forms and money are due on Tuesday January 21st 2020. For anyone who needs a form please click here. Please when ordering both Chicken Fingers, Pizza and Bagels make seperate checks out. Any questions please call the main office. 

 

Early Childhood Registration/Open House: Early Childhood Registration: As we begin to prepare for the 2020-2021  school year, we want to ensure that our plans maximize the benefit to your child/children. We have begun open registration in Nursery, Pre-K and Kindergarten on January 8th. For more information on registration please click here. For those new students who are siblings registration forms are being sent home as well. Please note that the AM nursery class is now full and the Kindergarten class is closed to being filled.  

 

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

 

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

 

Lunch Duty:   We are in need of some parents to help to volunteer for our lunch periods. If you are VIRTUS trained and are able to do lunch duty, we certainly appreciate it. Parents we appreciate all of you signing up for Lunch Duty. 

We can always use help!

Please be aware you are not guaranteed to have your child’s class every time you sign up.  We do our best to accommodate whenever possible, however there will be times you will be assigned other classes when you sign up.  There are also many times our teacher like to stay with their class for lunch.

Please keep this into consideration.

 

Thank you once again for all your help.

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

 

Have a great weekend! Keep warm! Stay tuned for next week’s blast which will include a calendar of all the events Catholic Schools Week 2020. 

  

Fundraising Corner

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

This year we are hoping for All Families to assist with this sale in order to make it as successful as possible. If all 400 Families sell 1 box of chocolate, we will earn profit of over $10,000.00. This year our goal is to install hand dryers in all bathrooms to help reduce waste and do our part for the environment. On February 3rd, your oldest child will be given a box of chocolate to take home. If you cannot support us in the sale, please return the tear off on or before January 30th. On February 3rd, your oldest child will be given a box of chocolate to take home. For more information please click here. 

 

Box Tops for Education: Our next Box Tops for Education event has now begun.  

For the next Box Tops contest all Box Tops need to be in by Thursday 2/27. The grade level that brings in the most Box Tops will get a Dress Down Day of there choice during the month of March. Also any family that uses the Box Tops App to submit Box Tops between now and 2/27 will automatically be entered into a raffle for a  $25 Amazon gift card. For more information on the Box Tops App please click here. Good luck.

 

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

 

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

You may know that St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy’s Card Party is considered a premier Card Party in the area, and helps raise thousands of dollars for the school each year. This Wednesday there was a Card Party Meeting. Anyone interested in helping, please send an email to sfdscardparty@aol.com  for more information. 

 

Amazon Smile: AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support St. Francis DeSales Catholic Academy every time you shop, at no cost to you.

 

When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to our Academy.

To shop at AmazonSmile, go to smile.amazon.com from the web browser on your computer or mobile device. You may also want to add a bookmark to smile.amazon.com to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at AmazonSmile.

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

AmazonSmile is not currently available for iOS users.

Principal/Assistant Principal of the Day Contest

ATTENTION: STUDENTS IN GRADES 5-8!

Here’s how to participate in our annual Catholic Schools Week

Principal for the Day Contest!

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

Write an essay that answers the prompt “If I were Principal of St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy, I would make the school “Greener” by…”

    • Tell why you would want to be Principal and what you would do to make our school more environmentally friendly.

Create a Multimedia Presentation that answers the prompt “If I were Principal of St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy, I would make the school “Greener” by…”

    • Google Slides, Prezi, short movie, etc. are all appropriate multimedia platforms for the presentation. Be sure that no matter what you decide to create, that the work is wholly focused on what you would do as Principal and why.

All essays or multimedia presentations are due no later than Friday January 24th to cscharbach@stfrancisschoolbh.net.

A panel of judges will read/view each entry and determine the winner.

 

ATTENTION: STUDENTS IN GRADES 1-4!

Here’s how to participate in our annual Catholic Schools Week

Assistant Principal for the Day Contest!

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

Write an essay that answers the prompt “If I was Assistant Principal of St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy, I would…”

    • Tell why you would want to be Assistant Principal and what you would do.

Create a collage that answers the prompt “If I was Assistant Principal of St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy, I would…”

    • Decorate an 8.5×11 piece of paper with images and/or illustrations that show why you would want to be Assistant Principal and what you would do. Include captions underneath each picture or a blurb on the back that explains each picture.

All essays or collages are due no later than Friday January 24th to your homeroom teacher. A panel of judges will read each entry and determine the winner.

SFDS Week of January 13th 2019

Dear Families,

 

Hello and Happy Friday! Just a reminder that next Friday 1/17 kicks off a 4-day weekend with a day off for students as the faculty participates in a professional development day.  In recent tradition, it has been a day for our staff to look at and dig through school data (Terranova, state exams, classroom exams, etc.) This year we are going to deviate and have a focus on school safety. In June, I had the chance to attend an active shooter training from a team of law enforcement individuals out of Boston. Next Friday this team will be coming to St. Francis to do a similar training/discussion with our teachers. 

 

The following Monday 1/20, St Francis de Sales Catholic Academy will be closed for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. School will reopen on Tuesday 1/21. Enjoy the long weekend! 

 

Now onto the rest of the upcoming week. 

 

Lunch Forms: This week various Lunch Forms went  sent home for the months of February-June. 

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

Bagel Forms (Mondays for Grades K-8) 

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

All forms and money are due on Tuesday January 21st 2020. For anyone who needs a form please click here. Please when ordering both Chicken Fingers, Pizza and Bagels make seperate checks out. Any questions please call the main office. 

 

Early Childhood Registration/Open House: Early Childhood Registration: As we begin to prepare for the 2020-2021  school year, we want to ensure that our plans maximize the benefit to your child/children. We have begun open registration in Nursery, Pre-K and Kindergarten on January 8th. For more information on registration please click here. For those new students who are siblings registration forms are being sent home as well. 

 

8th Grade: Congratulations to our 8th grade on beginning to receive your High School decision letters! All Catholic schools in NYC will send out their decision letters this week. We are very proud of all of the accomplishments of our Class of 2020. If parents have any questions, feel free to get in touch with Mr. Scharbach cscharbach@stfrancisschoolbh.net or Mrs. Faughnan mfaughnan@stfrancisschoolbh.net

 

Re-Registration: During the week of January 13th re-registration packets will be sent home with the oldest child in the family. Please be sure to send back the envelope with the necessary documents no later than Monday January 27th. Please note that all re-registration fees will be added to your FACTS account. 

 

Parent/Student Traffic Safety: Saint Francis de Sales Catholic Academy urges you to support our priority of student and traffic safety around our school. Safe driving around the school improves the safety for all children, including yours. Please consider the following tips:  

  1. Please drive slowly around Saint Francis de Sales Catholic Academy while children are present.  
  2. U-turns and K-turns increase the likelihood a child may get struck and significantly disrupt the orderly flow of traffic. They should be avoided, especially when children are present. 
  3. Drivers must STOP for pedestrians crossing at a marked crosswalk.
  4. Pedestrians must use marked crosswalks to cross the street. Never leave your car unattended.   
  5. Do not block crosswalks, driveways, or fire hydrants.   
  6. Be courteous to fellow parents and neighbors.  
  7. Remain alert and encourage others to follow these safe driving tips. 

 

Thank you in advance for your help with improving the safety of your children.

 

First Penance: Good luck to our Saint Francis second graders who will be receiving first Penance on Wednesday 1/22 at 6:30pm.

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

 

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

 

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

 

Lunch Duty:   We are in need of some parents to help volunteering for our lunch periods. If you are VIRTUS trained and are able to do lunch duty, we certainly appreciate it. Parents we appreciate all of you signing up for Lunch Duty. 

We can always use help!

Please be aware you are not guaranteed to have your child’s class every time you sign up.  We do our best to accommodate whenever possible, however there will be times you will be assigned other classes when you sign up.  There are also many times our teacher like to stay with their class for lunch.

Please keep this into consideration.

 

Thank you once again for all your help.

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

 

Fundraising Corner

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

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

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

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

Box Tops for Education: Our next Box Tops for Education event has now begun.  

For the next Box Tops contest all Box Tops need to be in by Thursday 2/27. The grade level that brings in the most Box Tops will get a Dress Down Day of there choice during the month of March. Also any family that uses the Box Tops App to submit Box Tops between now and 2/27 will automatically be entered into a raffle for a  $25 Amazon gift card. For more information on the Box Tops App please click here. Good luck.

 

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

 

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

You may know that St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy’s Card Party is considered a premier Card Party in the area, and helps raise thousands of dollars for the school each year. On Wednesday 1/15/20 there will be a Card Party Meeting at 7pm in the school. Anyone interested in helping, please feel free to come by or send an email to sfdscardparty@aol.com  for more information. 

 

Amazon Smile: AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support St. Francis DeSales Catholic Academy every time you shop, at no cost to you.

 

When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to our Academy.

To shop at AmazonSmile, go to smile.amazon.com from the web browser on your computer or mobile device. You may also want to add a bookmark to smile.amazon.com to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at AmazonSmile.

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

AmazonSmile is not currently available for iOS users. 

 

Have a great weekend!

SFDS Week of January 6th 2019

Dear Families,

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

 

A few items as we begin the first week of the new year on Monday, January 6th, 2020. 

 

Early Childhood Registration/Open House: Early Childhood Registration: As we begin to prepare for the 2020-2021  school year, we want to ensure that our plans maximize the benefit to your child/children. We will begin open registration in Nursery, Pre-K and Kindergarten on January 8th. For more information on registration and our Early Childhood Open Houses please click here. 

 

Re-Registration: During the week of January 13th re-registration packets will be sent home with the oldest child in the family. Please be sure to send back the envelope with the necessary documents no later than Monday, January 27th. Please note that all re-registration fees will be added to your FACTS account. 

 

Parent/Student Traffic Safety: Saint Francis de Sales Catholic Academy urges you to support our priority of student and traffic safety around our school. Safe driving around the school improves the safety for all children, including yours. Please consider the following tips:  

  1. Please drive slowly around Saint Francis de Sales Catholic Academy while children are present.  
  2. U-turns and K-turns increase the likelihood a child may get struck and significantly disrupt the orderly flow of traffic. They should be avoided, especially when children are present. 
  3. Drivers must STOP for pedestrians crossing at a marked crosswalk.
  4. Pedestrians must use marked crosswalks to cross the street. Never leave your car unattended.   
  5. Do not block crosswalks, driveways, or fire hydrants.   
  6. Be courteous to fellow parents and neighbors.  
  7. Remain alert and encourage others to follow these safe driving tips. 

Thank you in advance for your help with improving the safety of your children.

 

Last chance to Sign up for PDHP Parent Workshops: There is a great chance for parents of students in Grades 4-8 to sign up for a five-week workshop called Guiding Good Choices on Thursdays 1/9, 1/16, 1/23, 1/30, and 2/6 (7pm-8pm)

We tried to run this workshop in the fall and had to cancel due to poor turnout. We hope that we will be able to run in now. 

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

 

Faculty Professional Day: Just a reminder that in two weeks our students have a 4 day weekend that gets kicked off on Friday 1/17 as the faculty participates in a Diocesan wide professional development data day.   

 

Yearbook Ads: Just a reminder that on Wednesday (1/8) all yearbook ads/dedications are due. For more information including instructions and an order form please click here. 

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

 

First Penance: Good luck to our Saint Francis second graders who will be receiving first Penance on Wednesday 1/22 at 6:30pm.

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

Lunch Duty:   We are in need of some parents to help to volunteer for our lunch periods. If you are VIRTUS trained and are able to do lunch duty, we certainly appreciate it. Parents we appreciate all of you signing up for Lunch Duty. 

We can always use help!

Please be aware you are not guaranteed to have your child’s class every time you sign up.  We do our best to accommodate whenever possible, however there will be times you will be assigned other classes when you sign up.  There are also many times our teacher like to stay with their class for lunch.

Please keep this into consideration.

 

Thank you once again for all your help.

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

Have a great weekend! We will see everyone fully rested when we return on January 6th. 

 

Fundraising Corner 

Amazon Smile: AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support St. Francis DeSales Catholic Academy every time you shop, at no cost to you.

When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to our Academy.

To shop at AmazonSmile, go to smile.amazon.com from the web browser on your computer or mobile device. You may also want to add a bookmark to smile.amazon.com to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at AmazonSmile.

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

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

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

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

AmazonSmile is not currently available for iOS users.