SFDS Week of January 19th 2021

Dear Academy Families, 

 

This week we as Christians are asked to pray for Christian Unity. The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity has a history of over 100 years, in which Christians around the world have taken part in an octave of prayer for visible Christian unity.  By annually observing the WPCU, Christians move toward the fulfillment of Jesus’ prayer at the Last Supper “that they all may be one.”  (cf. John 17:21) 

 

As we begin the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, let us today pray for God to help Christian Churches, and all people of goodwill, to seek common ground and an appreciation for each other.

 

Loving God, we ask that you grant us the spirit of wisdom and unity, so that we may be one, even as you are one with our Lord Jesus Christ – and he with you.

Enable all the members of the body of Christ to live together in unity and fellowship with one another, and lead us into the paths of peace and righteousness so that we may be well-pleasing in your sight.

We ask you to teach us how to love one another as Christ loved us and help us to show one another the unusual kindness that can only come from knowing your Son, Jesus. May the Spirit stir up in our hearts a desire to be united as one, in the bond of peace and fellowship. This we ask in Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

Onto the Week of January 19th 2021…..

 

5th-8th Grade Hybrid Learning Schedules

 

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

Monday 1/18: MLK Day (School Closed)

Tuesday 1/19: Groups 1 and 2 in School; Group 3 Remote

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

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

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

8th Grade is on a Week 1 Schedule

Monday 1/18:  MLK Day (School Closed)

Tuesday 1/19: Gold Group in School/Blue Group Remote

Wednesday 1/20:   Blue Group in School/Gold Group Remote

Thursday 1/21: Gold Group in School/Blue Group Remote

Friday 1/22: Blue Group in School/Gold Group Remote

 

Re-Registration 2021-2022: Over the last week, your child should have brought home a 2021-2022 School Year Re-Registration Form. 

Please return this signed re-registration form no later than 1/22/21.  All Fees (Re-Registration fee- $100 per child and lunch fee- $100 per family) will be added to your FACTS account in the month of January.  At that time you will have the option of paying through your checking account or being invoiced. Please note that all fees are non-refundable. 

Please note for your re-registration to be complete you must fill out and return this form and pay the registration fee no later than 2/22/21 and be up to date on all tuition payments for the 2020-2021 school year. We do expect to have a waiting list in various grade levels once we open registration and cannot hold a seat unless your re-registration is complete. If there are any financial issues please let the school administration know as soon as possible. 

Please note that all families that have a sibling (brother/sister) and filled out the intent form to register for the next school year will be receiving an email this week with a link to the registration portal for the 2021-2022 school year. 

 

Parking at Dismissal: Just a reminder to please be respectful of everyone. Please do not double park or block our neighbor’s driveways at dismissal time. It causes issues for thru traffic as well as can create a dangerous situation for our children. Thank you for your consideration.

 

Chocolate Bar Sale: Our school will be conducting a fund-raising candy sale in order to raise needed money. We will be selling World’s Finest Chocolate Products – truly delicious chocolates that have been sold for years by schools and organizations. One taste will tell you where they got their name and you will find people in your neighborhood who have been World’s Finest fans for years.

This year we are hoping for All Families to assist with this sale in order to make it as successful as possible. If all 341 Families sell 1 box of chocolate, we will earn a profit of over $10,000.00. Due to our inability to fundraise as in the past please consider purchasing a box this year.

On February 8th, your oldest child will be given a box of chocolate to take home. If you cannot support us in the sale, please return the form on or before January 29th.

All Students of families selling a box of Chocolate will receive be able to dress down on Friday, March 19th (March 18th if your child is remote on March 19th)

Masks for Sale: As you know we are currently selling St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy Masks.

To order please click here. 

There are two options to choose from. Feel free to mix and match in your order.

Please note an order is not complete until payment is made via Venmo.

All payment must come through Venmo. Please make your family’s payment to “@SFDSCACADEMY”. Please be sure to include what children (full name) and class you are making payment for in the notes section. Please note that your order is not complete until payment is made and the order form is submitted.

Prices are as follows:

1 Mask for $15

2 Masks for $30

3 Masks for $40

4 Masks for $45

5 Masks for $50

Any questions please email Mr. Scharbach at admin@stfrancisschoolbh.net

 

I-Ready Diagnostic Test (Week of 1/25): All students in Kindergarten-8th grade will be asked to take the second round of the diagnostic test during the week of January 25th. Students will complete both the i-Ready Math Diagnostic and the Language Arts i-Ready Diagnostic. This will be the second time that the students are taking the diagnostic test and we look forward to sharing their results with you once we have completed the test for all students. 

i-Ready allows your child’s teacher(s) to meet your student exactly where they are and provides data to increase your student’s learning gains. i-Ready consists of two parts: Diagnostic and Personalized Instruction. The i-Ready Diagnostic is an adaptive assessment that adjusts its questions to suit your student’s needs. Each item a student sees is individualized based on their answer to the previous question. For example, a series of correct answers will result in slightly harder questions, while a series of incorrect answers will yield slightly easier questions. 

i-Ready Personalized Instruction provides students with lessons based on their individual skill level and needs, so your student can learn at a pace that is just right for them. These lessons are fun and interactive to keep your student engaged as they learn.

Learn more about i-Ready by watching this video!

How can parents help their child prepare for an iReady assessment? 

Explain and Encourage

Explain to your student how working on i-Ready will help them continue their learning while they are away from school, prepare them and their teachers for coming back to school, and help ensure they are ready for their next grade level. Encourage your student to take each lesson and quiz question seriously. Emphasize “thinking before clicking,” because just clicking through will not be a productive use of their time nor reflect what your student actually knows. Remind your student to read passages in their entirety, use paper and pencil to solve math problems, and use the tools that appear at the bottom of the screen in some lessons.

 

Bagel Order Form for Grades 5-8: The last day of the Fall and Winter Bagel Order for Grades 5-8 is Monday 1/25. This form will cover every Monday until Monday 5/3 for Grades 5-8.  Please note that if we are able to have full-time learning between now and May we will send out a new form to the Grade 5-8 families to sign up for bagels on the days not paid for. 

Form: https://forms.gle/xEEHhaSJEW3fzGyKA  

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

All payment must come through Venmo. Please make your family’s payment to “@SFDSCACADEMY”. Please be sure to include what children (full name) and class you are making payment for in the notes section. Please note that your order is not complete until payment is made and the order form is submitted. 

The completed form(s) and payment to guarantee no interruption in Bagel service is this Tuesday. Please stay tuned for a new form for  March-May for Grades K-4 in 1 week.   

 

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. 

 

New Breezy Point Bus: Because of concerns with social distancing on one of our buses, we have worked to get another bus.  The DOE has granted our request and starting on TUESDAY, JANUARY 19, 2021, stop #0112 – 8th Avenue and 207 Street will have its own bus picking up students in the morning and taking students home.. Again this is only for those students who use the 8th Avenue and 207 Street stop.

 

IN THE MORNING:

 NEW BUS #2741 – will pick up students at 8th Avenue and 207 Street at 7:19 AM.  Please make sure you are at the stop at least 5 minutes before the scheduled pickup time. The bus will depart at that time and come directly to the school for arrival by 7:45 am.

 

IN THE AFTERNOON:

NEW BUS #9747 – will pick up students at St. Francis de Sales CA and depart at around 2:40 pm. The bus will go directly to 8th Avenue and 207 Street and should arrive by 3 PM.

 

Again, these times are estimates. We ask that students using the bus be at the bus stop at least 5 minutes before the scheduled pick up in the morning and parents should be at the bus stop at least 5 minutes before scheduled drop off. Any questions or concerns, please contact Mrs. Kenny or Mr. Scharbach.

 

Have a great rest of the weekend.

Inquiry Form for the 2021-2022 School Year

St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy will be opening registration for new students and families for the 2021-2022 School Year on February 12th, 2021. The Academy is currently in the process of re-registering our current students and registering siblings (brothers and sisters) during the month of January.

However, to help us make decisions for the next school year and know of the interest of our school for next year we ask you fill out the following inquiry form.

http://stfrancisacademybh.schooladminonline.com/portal/new_inquiry

Please be sure to fill out an inquiry form for each child you are interested in possibly registering.

By filling out our inquiry form you also guarantee that you will receive admission information first.

Please note that completion of this inquiry form does not guarantee registration at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy.

For more information on the admissions process please click here.

Thank you for your interest in St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy!

SFDS Week of January 11th 2021

Dear Academy Families, 

 

Today at mass we celebrate the Baptism of Jesus when the season of Christmas officially ends. Then we move on to the next phase in the liturgical year, which is called “Ordinary Time.”  Ordinary Time is in fact the ordered life of the Church—the period in which we live our lives neither in feasting (as in the Christmas and Easter seasons) or in more severe penance (as in Advent and Lent), but in watchfulness and expectation of the Second Coming of Christ.  In this season of endings as well as of new beginnings, we are assured of God’s ever-abiding presence. He remains to guide and protect us.  

 

Let us today pray for a wonderful new year and a great 2nd half of our school year. 

 

Prayer for the Baptism of Our Lord

Open the heavens almighty Father and pour out Your Spirit upon Your people.  Renew the power of our baptismal cleansing and fill us with zeal for good deeds. Let us hear Your voice once again, that we may recognize in Your beloved Son our hope in inheriting eternal life. Grant this through Jesus Christ, Your Word made flesh, who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit, in the splendor of eternal light, God forever and ever. Amen.

 

Onto the Week of January 11th 2021…..

 

½ Day and Faculty Professional Day: Just a reminder that this week is a short week and our students have a 4 day weekend that gets kicked off on Thursday 1/14 with a 12pn dismissal. On Friday 1/15 our faculty will participate in a professional development day.   Finally next Monday all schools are off for Martin Luther King Day. Please remember to follow the New York State Travel Guidelines if traveling. Any questions on when your child can return to school please contact the main office or email us at admin@stfrancisschoolbh.net

 

5th-8th Grade Hybrid Learning Schedules

 

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

Monday 1/11: Groups 1 and 2 in School; Group 3 Remote Bagel Day for Group 1 and 2 Students; 7th Grade is Remote until Tuesday 1/19

Tuesday 1/12: Groups 2 and 3 in School; Group 1 Remote; 7th Grade is Remote until Tuesday 1/19

Wednesday 1/13: Groups 1 and 3 in School; Group 2 Remote; 7th Grade is Remote until Tuesday 1/19

Thursday 1/14:Groups 1 and 2 in School; Group 3 Remote; 12pm dismissal; 7th Grade is Remote until Tuesday 1/19

Friday 1/15:Professional Day (School Closed) 

 

8th Grade is on a Week 2 Schedule

Monday 1/11:  8th Grade is Remote until Tuesday 1/19

Tuesday 1/12: 8th Grade is Remote until Tuesday 1/19

Wednesday 1/13:   8th Grade is Remote until Tuesday 1/19

Thursday 1/14: 8th Grade is Remote until Tuesday 1/19; 12pm classes end

Friday 1/15: Professional Day (School Closed) 

 

Re-Registration 2021-2022: Over the last few days, your child should have brought home a 2021-2022 School Year Re-Registration Form. 

Please return this signed re-registration form no later than 1/22/21.  All Fees (Re-Registration fee- $100 per child and lunch fee- $100 per family) will be added to your FACTS account in the month of January.  At that time you will have the option of paying through your checking account or being invoiced. Please note that all fees are non-refundable. 

Please note for your re-registration to be complete you must fill out and return this form and pay the registration fee no later than 2/22/21 and be up to date on all tuition payments for the 2020-2021 school year. We do expect to have a waiting list in various grade levels once we open registration and cannot hold a seat unless your re-registration is complete.

If there are any financial issues please let the school administration know as soon as possible. 

 

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 2021. If parents have any questions, feel free to get in touch with your child’s homeroom teacher, Mr. Scharbach cscharbach@stfrancisschoolbh.net or Mrs. Faughnan mfaughnan@stfrancisschoolbh.net  

 

Masks for Sale: As you know we are currently selling St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy Masks.

To order please click here. 

There are two options to choose from. Feel free to mix and match in your order.

Please note an order is not complete until payment is made via Venmo.

All payment must come through Venmo. Please make your family’s payment to “@SFDSCACADEMY”. Please be sure to include what children (full name) and class you are making payment for in the notes section. Please note that your order is not complete until payment is made and the order form is submitted.

Prices are as follows:

1 Mask for $15

2 Masks for $30

3 Masks for $40

4 Masks for $45

5 Masks for $50

Any questions please email Mr. Scharbach at admin@stfrancisschoolbh.net

 

Grade 8 Public High School Application: 8th-grade parents if you would like to have your child apply to any NYC Public High School please let the school administration know no later than this weekend. As soon as the school is notified, we will forward a welcome letter so that you can create a My Schools account. Once that account is created you will have two types of schools (General High Schools and Specialized High Schools) that your child can apply to. 

 

I-Ready Diagnostic Test (Week of 1/25): All students in Kindergarten-8th grade your child will be asked to take the second round of the diagnostic test during the week of January 25th. Students will complete both the i-Ready Math Diagnostic and the Language Arts i-Ready Diagnostic. This will be the second time that the students are taking the diagnostic test and we look forward to sharing their results with you once we have completed the test for all students. 

For those who are not sure i-Ready is an online program for reading and mathematics that will help your student’s teacher determine your student’s needs, personalize their learning, and monitor progress throughout the school year. i-Ready allows your child’s teacher to meet your student exactly where they are and provides data to increase your student’s learning gains

Learn more about i-Ready by watching this video!

How can parents help their child prepare for an iReady assessment? 

Your child’s teacher administering the assessment uses pre-assessment instructions to explain the assessment to students. It is important for parents to encourage their children to try their best on the assessment. Since iReady is a general measure of student ability in mathematics, students perform best on the assessment in the same way they perform best in school—when they have had plenty of rest, attend school regularly, and have eaten.

 

Stay tuned for next week’s email blast for more information. 


Bagel Order Form for Grades 5-8: The last day of the Fall and Winter Bagel Order for Grades 5-8 is Monday 1/25. This form will cover every Monday until Monday 5/3 for Grades 5-8.  Please note that if we are able to have full-time learning between now and May we will send out a new form to the Grade 5-8 families to sign up for bagels on the days not paid for. 

Form: https://forms.gle/xEEHhaSJEW3fzGyKA  

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

All payment must come through Venmo. Please make your family’s payment to “@SFDSCACADEMY”. Please be sure to include what children (full name) and class you are making payment for in the notes section. Please note that your order is not complete until payment is made and the order form is submitted. 

The completed form(s) and payment is due by Thursday, January 14th, 2021. Please stay tuned for a new form for March-May for Grades K-4 in 2 weeks.   

 

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. 

 

Have a great Sunday! We look forward to sharing all the information about Catholic Schools Week 2021 in next week’s email blast. 

Happy New Year and Week of January 4th 2021

Dear Academy Families, 

 

We hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and want to wish all a Happy New Year! We look forward to 2021 and all that it brings us. 

 

Just a reminder that whether you’re visiting family members one state over or across the globe, travel makes up a huge part of the holiday season. There’s always a risk of getting sick while traveling because of the inherent stress of traveling, interacting with frequently touched surfaces in public places, and changes in climate and environment. But this year brings different considerations because of the Coronavirus Pandemic and the New York State Travel Advisory.

Things to consider as we enjoy this time with Family.

NYS COVID-19 Travel Advisory: The NYS COVID-19 travel advisory requires individuals who have traveled out of New York State to non-contiguous states for more than 24 hours to either quarantine for 10 days upon return to New York State or “Test to Exit” quarantine.

For students who were out-of-state for more than 24 hours:

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

The Office of the Superintendent of Schools for the Diocese of Brooklyn has expanded the International Travel Advisory to include all International Travel.

Full Information on the NYS COVID-19 Travel Advisory can be found at: https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/covid-19-travel-advisory

Full Information on the CDC Recommendations for Holiday Celebrations and Travel can be found at:  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/holidays.htm

 

Please if you have traveled this Christmas season and have to quarantine or test out of quarantine please let the school know as soon as possible so we can advise you of the exact dates of testing and return to school in January. 

 

Please note that failure to follow these guidelines can result in forfeiture of attending St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy. 

 

Also as we enter the new year we like to take a moment to remind all of the following protocols we have in place to make sure that St. Francis is a healthy and safe environment:

  1. Quarantine and Report Positive Cases- If any student of St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy tests positive for COVID-19 the school needs to be notified as soon as possible so we can notify any possible contacts in the school and make decisions on classes staying open. If any student is exposed to a positive case they need to quarantine for at least 10 days and can only return to school if they are symptom-free. (Please note that this guideline just changed on Tuesday 12/29 from a 14 day quarantine)
  2. Wear a facemask: Face coverings are a proven effective tool in preventing the spread of COVID-19 and are a necessary component for school opening once again and for ensuring the safety of students and staff. As face coverings contribute to slowing the transmission of COVID-19, face coverings will be required inside St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy at all times except while eating or taking a mask break. Masks need to be worn at all times on school grounds this includes the school yard as well. Security will be around with extra masks if necessary, at both arrival and dismissal. 
  3. Social distance:  St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy will comply with the COVID-19 health and safety protocols including maintaining at least six feet of physical distancing. Signage is posted, including but not limited to signs to remind individuals to remain six feet apart, signs to support appropriate movement protocols, and floor markers that show six feet in distance
  4. Hand Sanitizing and Hand Washing: Hand sanitizing dispensers were installed in all classrooms and throughout high traffic areas. There are increased opportunities for students and staff to wash hands or use hand sanitizer throughout the day. 
  5. Sanitizing the School Building: The Academy undergoes deep cleaning and sanitizing utilizing CDC approved foggers and disinfectants. A cleaning company with COVID-19 disinfecting and sanitizing capabilities has been retained and our cleaning staff will use disinfecting foggers nightly. Continuous cleaning of high-touch surfaces, i.e. handrails, doorknobs, light switches, bathrooms, etc. will take place throughout the day.
  6. Daily Health Screenings for Students: Daily health screenings, including temperature checks, must be completed at home by families. This is done through the MyTempTracker App. Please note failure to complete this daily 20-second questionnaire will result in your child having to be picked up from school and they cannot return to school until the next day. 
  7. Temperature Screenings: Every morning, prior to entering the school, students and staff will have their temperatures taken using non-touch thermometers. Any student who has a temperature of 100.0 or over will be sent to the nurse for further evaluation. Please make sure that you are bringing your child to the correct entrance at the correct arrival time each morning. For more information please see our website. 

 

Please note that failure to follow these guidelines can result in forfeiture of attending St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy. St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy continues to follow New York State and City protocols regarding COVID. We encourage our families  to do the same outside of the school setting as well.

Onto the week ahead……

 

5th-8th Grade Hybrid Learning Schedules

 

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

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

Tuesday 1/5: Groups 1 and 3 in School; Group 2 Remote

Wednesday 1/6: Groups 1 and 2 in School; Group 3 Remote

Thursday 1/7:Groups 2 and 3 in School; Group 1 Remote. 

Friday 1/8: Groups 1 and 3 in School; Group 2 Remote 

 

8th Grade is on a Week 1 Schedule

Monday 1/4:  Blue Group in School; Gold Group at Home Learning. Blue Group Bagel Monday

Tuesday 1/5: Gold Group in School; Blue Group at Home Learning

Wednesday 1/6:   Blue Group in School; Gold Group at Home Learning.

Thursday 1/7: Gold Group in School; Blue Group at Home Learning

Friday 1/8:   Blue Group in School; Gold Group at Home Learning.

 

Re-Registration 2021-2022: As we begin to prepare for the 2021-2022  school year, we want to ensure that our plans maximize the benefit to your child/children. We will begin open registration in the winter of 2021. During the week of January 11th re-registration packets will be sent home with the oldest child in the family. Please be sure to complete the necessary documents no later than Friday  January 22nd. Please note that all re-registration fees will be added to your FACTS account during the week of January 25th. We do expect to have waitlists in certain grade levels so it will be very important that all families planning on returning to St. Francis de Sales Cathiolic Academy keep up to date with the paperwork and fees in regard to re-registration. 

 

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.

  

Masks for Sale: As you know we are currently selling St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy Masks.

To order please click here. 

There are two options to choose from. Feel free to mix and match in your order.

Please note we only have a limited amount of these masks. Once we sell out we will not restock.

Please note an order is not complete until payment is made via Venmo.

All payment must come through Venmo. Please make your family’s payment to “@SFDSCACADEMY”. Please be sure to include what children (full name) and class you are making payment for in the notes section. Please note that your order is not complete until payment is made and the order form is submitted.

Prices are as follows:

1 Mask for $15

2 Masks for $30

3 Masks for $40

4 Masks for $45

5 Masks for $50

Any questions please email Mr. Scharbach at admin@stfrancisschoolbh.net

 

Picture Day: Please note we are still working on getting individual pictures taken of our students in Grades Nursery thru Grade 1 and Grades 5 thru 7. As soon as we get approval we will let families know. Please note that for the 2020-2021 school year there will be no whole class pictures. 

 

Christmas Card Collection: During the week of January 4th St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy will be collecting old Christmas Cards for Saint Judes Children’s Hospital. There will be boxes at the entrances for children to drop off any front of the cards which are then sent to Saint Judes Children’s Hospital and they use them for their own arts and crafts projects.  (No Picture Cards).  Please note it is not only for Christmas cards but for all occasion cards.  Please note that all cards are used except for Hallmark, American Greetings, and Disney which are unable to be used due to copyright laws. 

Have a great New Year’s and weekend!  We will see everyone fully rested when we return on January 4th.

St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy will be remote on Thursday 12/17 due to inclement weather

Dear St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy Community,

Thursday 12/17 will be a remote day to inclement weather. We will be ending the instructional day at 12 pm for all grade levels so those who would like to go out and enjoy the snow have that chance. Please feel free to share pictures of sledding and those snowmen that you make with us at admin@stfrancisschoolbh.net after 12pm.  Please note that all schools in the Diocese of Brooklyn that are closed due to inclement weather are asked to have remote learning as per the Superintendent’s Office. 

 

All students can either dress down in Red or Green or their favorite Christmas shirt or have their gym uniform shirt on for live instruction. 

 

Please note the morning announcements will be posted by 7:45 am tomorrow. As of today, we do plan on opening the school on Friday 12/18, yet we will see what mother nature has in store for us before making a final decision. 

 

Just as we did a few weeks ago when we go remote please use the following link below for all important information. Just a reminder this is where you can also find links for various teacher’s Zoom Rooms in Grades Nursery-Grade 4. If anyone needs a link or a password please email Mrs. Faughnan at mfaughnan@stfrancisschoolbh.net 

SFDS@HOME

The schedule for the various grade levels based on our remote plan for tomorrow is as follows.

Nursery and Pre-K via Zoom and Seesaw

  • A 30-40-minute zoom session followed by two seesaw activities.

Kindergarten- 2nd Grade via Zoom and Seesaw

  • 8:30-8:40 Whole class announcements & morning meeting
  • 8:45-9:15 Whole Class ELA Zoom Meeting
    • 9:20-9:50 Blue Pod Independent Work
    • 9:20-9:50 Gold Pod Zoom Meeting
  • 9:55-10:15 Snack break/Brain break
    • 10:15-10:45 Blue Pod Zoom Meeting
    • 10:15-10:45 Gold Pod Independent Work
  • 10:50-11:30 Whole Class Math Zoom Meeting
  • 11:30-12:00 Whole Class Independent Work

3rd and 4th Grade via Zoom and Google Classroom

  • 8:15-10:15 Whole class instruction ELA/SS Zoom Meeting
  • 10:15-11:15 Independent Work
  • 11:15-12:00 Whole class instruction Math Zoom Meeting

 

5th-6th Grade- Log in via Google Meet

7th-8th Grade- Login via Google Meet

SFDS Week of December 14th 2020

Dear Academy Families, 

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

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

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

On to the week ahead…

Please be reminded of the following protocols to stay healthy and safe:

  1. Wear a facemask: Face coverings are a proven effective tool in preventing the spread of COVID-19 and are a necessary component for school opening once again and for ensuring the safety of students and staff. As face coverings contribute to slowing the transmission of COVID-19, face coverings will be required inside St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy at all times except while eating or taking a mask break. Masks need to be worn at all times on school grounds this includes the school yard as well. Security will be around with extra masks if necessary, at both arrival and dismissal. 
  2. Social distance:  St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy will comply with the COVID-19 health and safety protocols including maintaining at least six feet of physical distancing. Signage is posted, including but not limited to signs to remind individuals to remain six feet apart, signs to support appropriate movement protocols, and floor markers that show six feet in distance
  3. Hand Sanitizing and Hand Washing: Hand sanitizing dispensers were installed in all classrooms and throughout high traffic areas. There are increased opportunities for students and staff to wash hands or use hand sanitizer throughout the day. 
  4. Sanitizing the School Building: The Academy has undergone deep cleaning and sanitizing utilizing CDC approved foggers and disinfectants. A cleaning company with COVID-19 disinfecting and sanitizing capabilities has been retained and began cleaning in the summer and they continue throughout the year. Our cleaning staff will use disinfecting foggers nightly. Continuous cleaning of high-touch surfaces, i.e. handrails, doorknobs, light switches, bathrooms, etc. will take place throughout the day.
  5. Daily Health Screenings for Students: Daily health screenings, including temperature checks, must be completed at home by families. This is done through the MyTempTracker App. 
  6. Temperature Screenings: Every morning, prior to entering the school, students and staff will have their temperatures taken using non-touch thermometers. Any student who has a temperature of 100.0 or over will be sent to the nurse for further evaluation. Please make sure that you are bringing your child to the correct entrance at the correct arrival time each morning. For more information please see our website. 

St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy continues to follow New York State and City protocols regarding COVID. We encourage our families to do the same outside of the school setting as well.

 

5th-8th Grade Hybrid Learning Schedules

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

Monday 12/14: Group 1 and 3 In-Person; Group 2 Remote; Group 1 and 3 Bagel Monday; 6th Grade Group 1 and 3 should dress in their Holiday Best for the filming of the Christmas Show

Tuesday 12/15:  Group 1 and 2 In-Person; Group 3 Remote; 6th Grade Group 2 and 7th Grade Groups 1 and 2 should dress in their Holiday Best for the filming of the Christmas Show

Wednesday 12/16: Group 2 and 3 In-Person; Group 1 Remote; ½ Day Dismissal at 12pm; 7th Grade Group 3  should dress in their Holiday Best for the filming of the Christmas Show

Thursday 12/17:  Group 1 and 3 In-Person; Group 2 Remote; Group 3 May Dress Down for $1 (Please wear Red/Green or Christmas Theme)

Friday 12/18:  Group 1 and 2 In-Person; Group 3 Remote Groups 1 and 2 May Dress Down for $1 (Please wear Red/Green or Christmas Theme)

 

8th Grade is on a Week 2 Schedule

Monday 12/14:  Gold Group in School; Blue Group at Home Learning. Gold Group Bagel Monday

Tuesday 12/15: Blue Group in School; Gold Group at Home Learning

Wednesday 12/16:  Gold Group in School; Blue Group at Home Learning; ½ Day Dismissal at 12 pm; Gold Group May Dress Down for $1 (Please wear Red/Green or Christmas Theme)

Thursday 12/17: Blue Group in School; Gold Group at Home Learning Blue Group May Dress Down for $1 (Please wear Red/Green or Christmas Theme)

Friday 12/18:  Gold Group in School; Blue Group at Home Learning. Blue Group is invited to join their grade mates for mass at 1:30 pm, please follow homeroom teachers’ instructions. 

On to a busy week here at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy…..

 

Gingerbread Challenge: During the weekend of December 11th, 12th, and 13th all students and families can participate in a special Gingerbread house STEM Challenge. We hope to see many pictures and videos to share with our school community.

The challenge is as follows:

  • Your gingerbread friend needs a new home that can withstand the harsh winter winds of Candy Land.
  • Your gingerbread friend (2 inches tall) must fit inside the house.
  • The house must be built using only the materials you buy.
  • The house must have a base, walls, a roof, and an entrance for your gingerbread friend.
  • Your house must withstand a winter storm (as tested by a hairdryer).

Remember to try and use the following process

  1. ASK- What is the problem? What are the constraints?
  2. IMAGINE-Brainstorm ideas and choose the best idea to try!
  3. PLAN-Draw a design and gather your materials.
  4. CREATE-Use your plan to test your design. Try it out.
  5. EVALUATE Ask: What can be BETTER?

We ask that you send all photos and videos to admin@stfrancisschoolbh.net on Friday 12/11, Saturday 12/12, and Sunday 12/13

 

Christmas School Mass: I invite all families to join us in our Christmas Liturgy via live stream at 1:30 pm Friday, December 18th. The mass will be available via our website and School Facebook. Please note that Friday 12/18 is a full day of school. Our 8th graders will be in attendance for this special Mass. 

 

½ Day Wednesday 12/16: Just a reminder that this Wednesday 12/16 is a ½ day with a 12pm dismissal. This is to allow teachers to meet for Report Card Conferences. 

 

Yearbook Order Due Date Extended to Wednesday 12/16: If you would like to order a school yearbook, (delivery in June) please put your payment of cash or check (payable to SFDSCA & yearbook on memo line) in a sealed envelope with the following form and return it to school no later than Wednesday, December 16th. There will be no orders accepted after this date.

The yearbook is a nice way to remember the school year since each class has an individual page.

 

Report Cards: Please note that all report cards were digitally distributed on Wednesday 12/9 through your Option C account. This year all conferences will have to be done remotely and will take place on Wednesday 12/16 via phone conferences. 

Click Here for Nursery-Grade 8 Appointments starting on December 9th at 3 pm

When signing up for an appointment please leave the phone number the teacher should call in the comment box.  

 

Grades Nursery-Grade 4

  • Please visit the website listed above your child’s class to sign up for a time for your conference. You will need to enter your name, an email address, and phone number to be contacted on but you do not need to create an account.
    • Please sign up for a conference by Monday, December 14th at 12 pm.
    • We will assume that families not signed up by 12/14/20 are not expecting a phone call.

Grades 5-8

  • You will need to enter your name, an email address, and phone number to be contacted on but you do not need to create an account.
    • Please note in Grade 5-8 your child has 4 to 5 teachers.
      • If your child has failed (under 70) you are required to sign up for a conference with the teacher who teaches that subject.
      • If your child has received a grade from 70-79 it is highly recommended that you make an appointment to receive a phone call from the teacher who teaches that subject.
      • If your child has received a grade from 80-89 and think there may be some valuable points to discuss with the teacher please sign up for a conference.
      • If your child has received a 90 or above in a subject area please only sign up for a conference if that teacher has room in their schedule.
      • Please remember our 5th-6th grade teachers have 120 students and our 7th and 8th-grade teachers have 108 students, due to the fact we need to have conferences remotely with a schedule to accommodate everyone would be impossible. As always all teachers are always available to answer any questions you may have via email. 
    • Please sign up for a conference by Monday, December 14th at 12 pm.

 

Dress Down Day Friday: Friday 12/18 is a dress down day for a $1. Students are asked to wear Red or Green or dress with a Holiday flair. Please note that some groups in Grades 5-8 are allowed to dress down on other days for a $1 since they will not be in school on Friday or going to mass on Friday. 

 

Christmas Show Take 2: We are on our way to making the first-ever SFDS Christmas Mega Music Video! Listed below are the new dates we plan on filming each grade. Please look over it carefully. Students are asked to come into school wearing their holiday best. Please no pajamas. Also, keep in mind that some grades will be filmed outside- so dress appropriately (winter coats, hats, gloves, mittens etc.) If there are any questions, please do not hesitate to email Ms. Mangano at gmangano@stfrancisschoolbh.net .

 

 

Monday, December 14th

1A

2B

6A & 6B Groups 1 & 3

 

Tuesday, December 15th

6A & 6B Group 2

7A & 7B Groups 1 & 2

4A

 

Wednesday, December 16th

2A

1B

7A & 7B Group 3

4B

 

Christmas Decorating Contest: We know how much many of our families love to decorate the outside of their homes and we can’t wait to see some of the entries for our Christmas Decorating Contest.

Participation is open to all families, faculty, and staff of St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy. Entry is free; no cost or fees apply.

Registration Form: https://forms.gle/BGnpLq5AGGSJGF1D8

The contest is for exterior decorations only, including decorations in windows that are visible from the exterior. Judging will be based on “curb appeal” as viewed from the street only. Therefore, only those decorations located on the street side of the property will be judged (corner lots will be judged from both streets).

Judging criteria will include the following categories:

  1. Unique design and creative use of lights and decorations
  2. Storyline or theme
  3. Display and placement of decorations, animated objects, etc.;
  4. Overall presentation.

Judging will be done from:

Friday, December 18th, Saturday, December 19th, or Sunday, December 20th from 5:30 pm-8:30 pm. Participants should ensure that all lights, animations, and decorations are in place and activated for the judging period no later than Friday, December 18th by 5PM.

Each winner will receive bragging rights, a custom yard sign, and name recognition on the school website and Social Media outlets. There will be 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners along with two special awards, “Best in the Eyes of a Child Theme” and “Best Religious Theme” All winners will be announced on Monday, December 21st.

Registration for the Contest will close on Tuesday December 15th

 

Raffle Winners: Congratulations to the winners of our annual raffle

$15,000- Ticket Number 58- Lynn and Brian Duffy

$5,000- Ticket Number 1- Kieran Burke

$2,500- Ticket Number 24- Kerry and Jack Hayden

$1,500- Ticket Number 2- Dave and Donna Graves

$1,000- Ticket Number 19- Erhard Family

 

A special thank you to Rita Hayden, Joanna Ostrander, Dina Tammaro, Terrance Moriarty, Rob and Jen Laprice, Brynn Heegan, John Martin, and Patrick Hayden for helping in coordinating this fundraiser that helps raise $25,000 for St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy.

 

Toys for Tots: With the Christmas season approaching, as we look forward to the birth of our Lord, we should remember those less fortunate than us. In the spirit of giving, we are asking that students donate a gift for other children. Please bring in an unwrapped toy or game no later than Wednesday 12/16. All donations will go to children in need. Thank you for your generosity.

 

Early Childhood Registration: As we begin to prepare for the 2021-2022 school year, we want to ensure that our plans maximize the benefit to your child/children. About a month ago we sent out a Google Form of intent for any current Nursery and Pre-K student here at St. Francis who plans on attending St. Francis in 2021 as a Pre-K or Kindergarten student. Those forms are now past due.  As always, we thank you for your dedication and support to St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy. If you have any concerns that we may address, please do not hesitate to call us or email us. 

Two weeks ago an email was sent to families of current students to see if any siblings of current students will be joining our Early Childhood. Please fill out all letters of intent as soon as possible as we will begin open registration in Nursery, Pre-K and Kindergarten early in the winter of 2021.  This is especially important to do with our current enrollment numbers. 

 

Have a great weekend! Our next email blast will be on Thursday, December 31st. Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! We will see everyone fully rested when we return on January 4th. 

Mask Order Form

Dear Academy Community,

Christmas is right around the corner. This year the perfect stocking stuffer will be these brand new masks. 

To order please click here. 

There are two options to choose from. Feel free to mix and match in your order. 

Please note we only have a limited amount of these masks. Once we sell out we may not restock. 

Please note you can choose to have the masks sent home with your children or if you choose to pick up from security the next day between 9 am and 2 pm. Please note an order is not complete until payment is made via Venmo. 

All payment must come through Venmo. Please make your family’s payment to “@SFDSCACADEMY”. Please be sure to include what children (full name) and class you are making payment for in the notes section. Please note that your order is not complete until payment is made and the order form is submitted. 

Prices are as follows:
1 Mask for $15
2 Masks for $30
3 Masks for $40
4 Masks for $45
5 Masks for $50

Any questions please email Mr. Scharbach at admin@stfrancisschoolbh.net

SFDS Week of December 7th 2020

Dear Academy Families, 

 

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

 

On Monday 12/7 St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy will continue remote instruction for one more day.  After consultation with the NYC DOHMH as of 12/6/20 we are set to reopen for in-person and hybrid learning on Wednesday 12/9/20. This of course is subject to change with new information on cases in our school community. Please note that if your child or anyone in your family is showing symptoms of COVID-19 please keep your child home until you confirm with your family doctor that all are clear. As we do return to school it is important that all families complete the Health Screening each morning from home. If you answer “YES” to any question you must keep your child home and call the school for more information. Each case is handled on a case to case basis due to different circumstances. 

The school will be hosting a brief parent meeting on Monday 12/7 at 7pm via Zoom (See Below) to review once again all the measures that we have taken to make sure that our school can reopen safely. 

Please click the link below to join the webinar:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84677635692?pwd=ZXBlMkFZaktKVkpuTURiVEFEeGFvZz09

 

Passcode: SFDS2020

 

Please be reminded of the following protocols to stay healthy and safe:

  1. Wear a facemask: Face coverings are a proven effective tool in preventing the spread of COVID-19 and are a necessary component for school opening once again and for ensuring the safety of students and staff. As face coverings contribute to slowing the transmission of COVID-19, face coverings will be required inside St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy at all times except while eating or taking a mask break. Masks need to be worn at all times on school grounds this includes the schoolyard as well. Security will be around with extra masks if necessary, at both arrival and dismissal. 
  2. Social distance:  St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy will comply with the COVID-19 health and safety protocols including maintaining at least six feet of physical distancing. Signage is posted, including but not limited to signs to remind individuals to remain six feet apart, signs to support appropriate movement protocols, and floor markers that show six feet in distance
  3. Hand Sanitizing and Hand Washing: Hand sanitizing dispensers were installed in all classrooms and throughout high traffic areas. There are increased opportunities for students and staff to wash hands or use hand sanitizer throughout the day. 
  4. Sanitizing the School Building: The Academy has undergone deep cleaning and sanitizing utilizing CDC approved foggers and disinfectants. A cleaning company with COVID-19 disinfecting and sanitizing capabilities has been retained and began cleaning in the summer and they continue throughout the year. Our cleaning staff will use disinfecting foggers nightly. Continuous cleaning of high-touch surfaces, i.e. handrails, doorknobs, light switches, bathrooms, etc. will take place throughout the day.
  5. Daily Health Screenings for Students: Daily health screenings, including temperature checks, must be completed at home by families. This is done through the MyTempTracker App. 
  6. Temperature Screenings: Every morning, prior to entering the school, students and staff will have their temperatures taken using non-touch thermometers. Any student who has a temperature of 100.0 or over will be sent to the nurse for further evaluation. Please make sure that you are bringing your child to the correct entrance at the correct arrival time each morning. For more information please see our website. 

 

St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy continues to follow New York State and City protocols regarding COVID. We encourage our families to do the same outside of the school setting as well.

5th-8th Grade Hybrid Learning Schedules

 

Just a reminder that the 7th grade begins their new schedule this week. Please see below for more details. 

 

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

Monday 12/7: Remote Day of Instruction

 

Tuesday 12/8: No School- Feast of the Immaculate Conception

 

Wednesday 12/9: Groups 1 and 3 are in school; Group 2 is at home for at-home learning. 

Thursday 12/10: Groups 1 and 2 are in school; Group 3 is at home for at-home learning. 5th Grade students in Groups 1 and 2 should be dressed up for their Christmas Show Filming. (Holiday Best)  

Friday 12/11: Groups 2 and 3 are in school; Group 1 is at home for at-home learning. 5th Grade students in Group 3 should be dressed up for their Christmas Show Filming. (Holiday Best)  

 

8th Grade is on a Week 1 Schedule

Monday 12/7: Remote Day of Instruction

Tuesday 12/8: No School- Feast of the Immaculate Conception

Wednesday 12/9: Blue Group in School; Gold Group at Home Learning

Thursday 12/10: Gold Group in School; Blue Group at Home Learning. 8th Grade students in Gold Group should be dressed up for their Christmas Show Filming. (Holiday Best)  

Friday 12/11: Blue Group in School; Gold Group at Home Learning.  8th Grade students in Blue Group should be dressed up for their Christmas Show Filming. (Holiday Best)  

 

On to a busy week here at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy…..

 

Immaculate Conception: Tuesday, December 8th is a Diocesan Holiday for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. This is a Diocesan Holiday so just a reminder that St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy is closed on Tuesday. 

 

Report Cards: Please note that all report cards are digitally distributed on Wednesday 12/9 at about 3 pm through your Option C account. This year all conferences will have to be done remotely and will take place on Wednesday 12/16 via phone conferences. More information about signing up for these conferences will be forthcoming on Wednesday. 

 

Our report cards are linked to New York State standards for the quality of work students do. As we move forward this school year, it is important for us to share the Schools’ way of evaluating student progress and the thinking behind it: 

 

  • Nursery will receive three progress reports throughout the school year. 

 

  • The Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten report card measures progress in terms of not demonstrating, beginning, developing, and secure. 

 

  • Grades 1-4 will implement the use of a standards-based report card. These report cards will look very similar to the report cards in the past as they will continue to provide information on a student’s developmental abilities and progress in relation to the learning standards outlined in each subject. The one major difference will be that this report card will use a scale of 1-4 rather than an Alpha Scale (A-F) or number to indicate progress on the grade level standards for each trimester in the five subject areas of Math, ELA, SS, Science, and Religion. Performance Level scores are not based on one assessment experience. Teachers design multiple assessment tasks and collect evidence of student learning throughout the grading period. Evidence may include teacher observations, student work samples, projects, tests, quizzes, and district assessments. Teachers review these items for evidence of learning when grading student progress for the report card. It is important to note that the Performance Level is based on the units of study and concepts and skills taught for that trimester. It is quite possible for a child to achieve a 3 or 4 the first trimester and then achieve a 2 the next. 

 

  • Grades 5-8 will have a more traditional report card that uses a numerical scale. How these grades are determined will differ by subject and by the teacher. Individual grading policies were shared with families at the beginning of the school year.

 

Advent Prayer Service: Families are invited to join us for an Advent Prayer Service via Zoom on Wednesday 12/9 from 6:30 pm-7 pm. The booklet of the prayer service will be emailed out closer to the prayer service. Hope to see you there. 

Topic: Advent Prayer Service

Time: Dec 9, 2020 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

 

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88470360775?pwd=QzloT1p1MGJLK1ZTS0VWUEtwaDlRdz09

 

Meeting ID: 884 7036 0775

Passcode: ADVENT

 

Christmas Show Take 2: We are on our way to making the first ever SFDS Christmas Mega Music Video! Listed below are the new dates we plan on filming each grade. Please look over it carefully. Students are asked to come into school wearing their holiday best. Please no pajamas. Also, keep in mind that some grades will be filmed outside- so dress appropriately (winter coats, hats, gloves, mittens etc.) If there are any questions, please do not hesitate to email me at gmangano@stfrancisschoolbh.net .

 

Thursday, December 10th

5A, 5B, 5C – Groups 1 & 2

8A & 8B – Gold

 

Friday, December 11th

5A, 5B, 5C – Group 3

8A & 8B  – Blue

3rd Grade

 

Monday, December 14th

1A

2B

6A & 6B Groups 1 & 3

Kindergarten A and B

 

Tuesday, December 15th

6A & 6B Group 2

7A & 7B Groups 1 & 2

4th Grade

 

Wednesday, December 16th

2A

1B

7A & 7B Group 3

 

Gingerbread Contest: During the weekend of December 11th, 12th, and 13th all students and families can participate in a special Gingerbread house STEM Challenge. We hope to see many pictures and videos to share with our school community.

The challenge is as follows:

  • Your gingerbread friend needs a new home that can withstand the harsh winter winds of Candy Land.
  • Your gingerbread friend (2 inches tall) must fit inside the house.
  • The house must be built using only the materials you buy.
  • The house must have a base, walls, a roof, and an entrance for your gingerbread friend.
  • Your house must withstand a winter storm (as tested by a hairdryer).

Remember to try and use the following process

  1. ASK- What is the problem? What are the constraints?
  2. IMAGINE-Brainstorm ideas and choose the best idea to try!
  3. PLAN-Draw a design and gather your materials.
  4. CREATE-Use your plan to test your design. Try it out.
  5. EVALUATE Ask: What can be BETTER?

We ask that you send all photos and videos to admin@stfrancisschoolbh.net on Friday 12/11, Saturday 12/12, and Sunday 12/13

Christmas Decorating Contest: We know how much many of our families love to decorate the outside of their homes and we can’t wait to see some of the entries for our Christmas Decorating Contest.

Participation is open to all families, faculty, and staff of St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy. Entry is free; no cost or fees apply.

Registration Form: https://forms.gle/BGnpLq5AGGSJGF1D8

The contest is for exterior decorations only, including decorations in windows that are visible from the exterior. Judging will be based on “curb appeal” as viewed from the street only. Therefore, only those decorations located on the street side of the property will be judged (corner lots will be judged from both streets).

Judging criteria will include the following categories:

  1. Unique design and creative use of lights and decorations
  2. Storyline or theme
  3. Display and placement of decorations, animated objects, etc.;
  4. Overall presentation.

Judging will be done from:

Friday, December 18th, Saturday, December 19th, or Sunday, December 20th from 5:30 pm-8:30 pm. Participants should ensure that all lights, animations, and decorations are in place and activated for the judging period no later than Friday, December 18th by 5PM.

Each winner will receive bragging rights, a custom yard sign, and name recognition on the school website and Social Media outlets. There will be 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners along with two special awards, “Best in the Eyes of a Child Theme” and “Best Religious Theme” All winners will be announced on Monday, December 21st.

Registration for the Contest will close on Tuesday, December 15th

 

Toys for Tots: With the Christmas season approaching, as we look forward to the birth of our Lord, we should remember those less fortunate than us. In the spirit of giving, we are asking that students donate a gift for other children. Please bring in an unwrapped toy or game no later than Wednesday 12/16. All donations will go to children in need. Thank you for your generosity.

 

Early Childhood Registration: As we begin to prepare for the 2021-2022 school year, we want to ensure that our plans maximize the benefit to your child/children. Three weeks ago we sent out a Google Form of intent for any current Nursery and Pre-K student here at St. Francis who plans on attending St. Francis in 2021 as a Pre-K or Kindergarten student. Those forms are now past due.  As always, we thank you for your dedication and support to St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy. If you have any concerns that we may address, please do not hesitate to call us or email us. 

 

Last week an email was sent to families of current students to see if any siblings of current students will be joining our Early Childhood. Please fill out all letters of intent as soon as possible as we will begin open registration in Nursery, Pre-K and Kindergarten early in the winter of 2021.  This is especially important to do with our current enrollment numbers. 

 

Have a Great Week. We look forward to seeing everyone back in school starting on Wednesday.   Thank you as always for your support! Please be safe and do our best following the Core Four.