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.

Christmas Show Final Directives

Dress Rehearsal: All students should be ready in costume on Monday 12/16 (A and C classes) and on Tuesday 12/17 (B Classes) for our dress rehearsal.

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

Any questions please feel free to get in touch.

 

 

The dress rehearsals serve as a chance for elderly relatives who are unable to come out at night or handle large crowds to see the show. These dress rehearsals do not serve as a way to get a sneak peek or another viewing of the show. The rehearsals will begin at 12:30pm. Thanks in advance for your cooperation.

 

  

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

 

Dress Attire:

Kindergarten are asked to dress up with a Christmas flair.

 

1st Grade will be dressed as Deer. Please wear anything brown. Brown shirts, pants, leggings, dresses, skirts, vests, etc. We will provide antlers. If your child is wearing a dress or skirt, please make sure they are wearing leggings/stockings.

 

2nd Grade will be dressed as Snowflakes. Please wear anything white and silver. Please feel free to get festive, white furry jackets, sparkly leggings, sparkly silver bow tie, white sweater etc. If you do not have white or silver/grey shoes, black are fine.

 

3rd Grade will be dressed as the Nativity. Any questions please ask Ms. Farragher & Ms. Killian about specifics.

 

4th Grade will be dressed as Carolers. Please wear anything festive but including outwear- a sweater, jacket, vest, hat, scarf, mittens, gloves, earmuffs etc.

 

5th Grade will be dressed as Country Christmas. Please wear something festive and country inspired. Christmas plaid, boots, jeans, overalls, denim skirts, etc.

 

6th Grade will be dressed as 1980s Christmas. Please wear something festive but with an 80s flair. Big hair, side ponytails, Christmas patterned leggings, leg warmers, maybe some fun sunglasses, funny sweaters, aviator jackets, sweat bands, track suits etc.

 

7th Grade will be dressed as College kids. Please wear jeans and nice Christmas sweater.

 

8th Grade have a few different roles. They should follow their individual instructions

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

Special Kindergarten Instructions:

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

 

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

 

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

 

SFDS Week of December 16th 2019

Dear Families, 

 

Nativity scenes usually show Mary and Joseph calmly kneeling beside Jesus’s crib surrounded by adoring shepherds and tame animals. Mary and Joseph travelled in the last stages of her pregnancy from Nazareth to Bethlehem, a trip that took a few days to a week of straight travel.  On foot or by donkey, it was an exhausting journey. Once there, they could not find 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…

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

Dress Rehearsals: All students should be ready in costume on Monday 12/16 (A and C Classes) and on Tuesday 12/17 (B Classes) for our dress rehearsal. 

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

Paul Effman Band: Just a reminder that there is a special band practice time over the next few weeks. 

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

Graduation and Makeup Pictures: On December 16th, the 8th grade will be taking their individual graduation pictures. Also if your child was absent on the original picture day, please know your child can dress up or wear their uniform for their picture on 12/16. 

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

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

Christmas School Mass: I invite all families to join us in our Christmas Liturgy at 11am on Friday December 20th at St. Francis de Sales Church. Please note that Friday 12/20 is a full day of school. 

 

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

Early Childhood Registration: As we begin to prepare for the 2020-2021 school year, we want to ensure that our plans to maximize the benefit to your child/children. A month ago we sent home letters of intent for any current Nursery and Pre-K student here at St. Francis who plans on attending St. Francis in 2020 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 a letter was sent home to families of current students to see if any siblings of current students will be joining our Early Childhood. Please send in all letters of intent as soon as possible  as we will begin open registration in Nursery, Pre-K and Kindergarten early in January. 

Yearbook Ads: We are now selling ads for this year’s yearbook. 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 1/9 or 1/10. No orders can be taken after 1/10/20. 

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!

 

Have a great weekend! Our next email blast will be on Friday January 3rd. Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! 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. 

SFDS Week of December 9th 2019

Dear Families, 

 

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

 

A special thank you to all the parents that came out for Family/Teacher Conferences this week. Please take a look below to see what is going on for the week of December 9th here at SFDS.

 

Immaculate Conception: Monday December 9th 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. 

 

2nd Grade Proximate Prep (SFDS): Just a reminder to all 2nd grade families of students who are receiving the sacrament of communion here at St. Francis that there there is Proximate Prep this Sunday December 8, 2019 at 9am. Children receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation and Holy Communion in 2020 and their Parents are asked to join us by sitting in the reserved section in the front of the church for Mass at 9am. Following the Mass the parish will have a light fellowship and a presentation in the gym for the parents and children until 11am. 

 

Graduation and Makeup Pictures: On December 16th, the 8th grade will be taking their individual graduation pictures. Also if your child was absent on the original picture day, please know your child can dress up or wear their uniform for their picture on 12/16. If you would like your child to retake their picture, please send in your original pictures with a note before Thursday December 12th. We will call down the students whose pictures we have the next school day for make ups. 

 

Chicken Finger Day: This Tuesday December 10th is Chicken Finger day, so if you have signed your child up for this special lunch, a packed lunch is not needed on this day. 

 

Christmas Boutique: Today, children received an envelope with information regarding this year’s Christmas Boutique, which is being held on Wednesday 12/11, Thursday 12/12, and Friday 12/13. Your child(ren) should come to school that day with whatever money they need to purchase items that day. Please know that parents are not permitted to help their children during the Boutique so the students can purchase Christmas presents for the family, including Mom and Dad!

 

Please see below for the schedule:

 

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

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

 

SFDS Christmas Tree Lighting: Please join St. Francis de Sales Parish this Tuesday 12/10 at 6:30pm for an annual tradition, the lighting of trees in our prayer garden. There will be Hot Chocolate for all with Christmas Carols sung. Please be there for what is a great tradition here at St. Francis. 

 

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

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

 

If available, they will be sold at a first come first served basis starting Tuesday December 10th. No tickets will be sold at the door. A separate email will be sent out on Monday to explain in more detail.  

 

Dress Rehearsals: All students should be ready in costume on Monday 12/16 (A and C Classes) and on Tuesday 12/17 (B Classes) for our dress rehearsal. 

 

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

 

Dress Down Day:  This Friday (12/13) students can bring in a $1.00 for a Dress Down Day! Students are encouraged to wear Red and Green. 

 

Paul Effman Band: Just a reminder that there is a special band practice time over the next few weeks. 

Experienced musicians will perform at the Christmas Show on December 17th and December 18th. December 10th and 17th, Experienced musicians will practice from 4:15pm-5pm  to prepare for our Christmas concert. This practice will replace the small group lessons. Beginners will be performing in the Spring Concert and will keep their regular scheduled lessons.  Thank you!

 

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

 

Early Childhood Registration: As we begin to prepare for the 2020-2021 school year, we want to ensure that our plans to maximize the benefit to your child/children. A month ago we sent home letters of intent for any current Nursery and Pre-K student here at St. Francis who plans on attending St. Francis in 2020 as a Pre-K or Kindergarten student. Those forms are now past due  As always, we thank you for your dedication and support to St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy. If you have any concerns that we may address, please do not hesitate to call us or email us. 

 

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

 

Yearbook Ads: We are now selling ads for this year’s yearbook. 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 1/9 or 1/10. No orders can be taken after 1/10/20. 

 

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!

 

Have a great weekend!

 

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.

SFDS Week of November 25th 2019

Dear Academy Families, 

 

Happy Thanksgiving! 

 

A houseful of noisy people, cousins playing together after not seeing each other since the last holiday, lots of food served on fancy plates and silver.  Thanksgiving is the universal holiday. It welcomes all. We gather together, not out of media hype or commercial conditioning, but from a personal, conscious need to acknowledge all that we are thankful for and treasure.

 

My hope for you and your families is that your Thanksgiving will be safe and enjoyable.  Best wishes as you celebrate this holiday.

 

Please take a look below to see what is going on for the week of November 25th. 

 

Thanksgiving Mass and ½ Day: Please join us on Wednesday 11/27 at 11:00am in St. Francis de Sales Parish Church for a mass of Thanksgiving. Just a reminder that Wednesday is also a ½ day with a 12pm dismissal. Please note that due to Kindergarten through Grade 8 attending this mass there will be minimal seating available for parents in the church.  

 

Chicken Finger Day: Just a reminder that this Tuesday 11/26 is our monthly Chicken Finger Day.

 

U2 Concert: Just a reminder that tomorrow night Unforgettable Fire, the longest running U2 tribute band in the world, will perform in the St. Francis de Sales Auditorium on Saturday, Each ticket costs $40. Doors open at 7:00 pm, and there will be a cash bar serving wine, beer, soda and water. Unforgettable Fire will begin to play at 8pm. As an added bonus, DJ Mouse will perform throughout the night. There will be limited tickets available to purchase at the door. 

 

Christmas Show: It is amazing that when we return after Thanksgiving we only have three weeks of school until Christmas. Any questions about tickets please call the office. An order form for tickets can be found here. Please note that all ticket orders are due by Friday December 6th. 

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

 

Tuition Arrears: This Tuesday tuition arrears reports will be going out for those families that are in arrears. Please be mindful of the fact to keep your account up to date for all tuition or any outstanding fees. Please remember that report cards are not distributed unless your account is up to date as of 11/14/19. Any issues please feel free to be in touch. Please remember that all accounting of tuition is done through FACTS.  

 

Movie Night: All students (K-4) are invited to join us on Friday December 6th for Movie Night. The movie is “The Polar Express” All children can bring their sleeping bag, pillow, favorite teddy, and wear their P.J.’s.  The Doors open at 5:45pm and the Movie starts 6:10 sharp. There is a $5 Admission charge and all Students will receive a cup of Hot Chocolate and Cookies with Admission. 

This is a KID ONLY event. 

 

Report Cards: Last week an email  went out explaining report cards. All report cards will be sent home on Wednesday 12/4. Teachers are available to meet on both Wednesday 12/4 from 6pm-7:30pm and on Friday 12/6 from 12:45pm-2:45pm. Please remember that this Monday 11/25 is the last full day that you can sign up for appointments (Nursery-Grade 4) on our school website.

 

Early Childhood Registration: As we begin to prepare for the 2020-2021 school year, we want to ensure that our plans to maximize the benefit to your child/children. Two weeks ago we sent home letters of intent for any current Nursery and Pre-K student here at St. Francis who plans on attending St. Francis in 2020 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. 

 

After Thanksgiving  a letter will be sent home to families of current students to see if any siblings of current students will be joining our Early Childhood. Please send in all letters of intent as soon as possible  as we will begin open registration in Nursery, Pre-K and Kindergarten early in January. 

 

We are happy to announce that starting in September 2020 our Nursery program will be a 5-day half-day program. More information will be following in the coming weeks. 

 

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

 

Yearbook Ads: We are now beginning to sell ads for this year’s yearbook. 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 1/9 or 1/10. No orders can be taken after 1/10/20. 

 

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!

 

Have a wonderful weekend. 

 

 

Fundraising Corner 

Christmas Raffle: You are invited to take a chance on winning a cash prize in our Christmas Raffle. In fact by taking a chance you actually have the opportunity to win 31 cash prizes. In the calendar on the order form you will see a dollar amount in each box. The amount is the prize for the day. The winning ticket will be re-entered in the drawing for each of the following days during the month, so you’ll have 31 chances to win. Chances are $10 each or 3 for $20. Thank you for your generosity and continued support. 

 

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 November 18th 2019

Dear Academy Families, 

 

Although it was a short week here at the Academy, next week has many different events and meetings to be aware of…..

 

Check out the Art: We were so excited to continue art in our academic program this school year. Please check out Ms. Mangano’s digital art gallery to see what our students have been creating in Art classes since September. Their work has been beautiful and we are so proud to have it displayed throughout the building and on our school website. Thank you to Ms. Mangano for all of her great work! 

 

Christmas Show: Yesterday a note was sent home explaining this year’s Christmas show. Any questions about tickets please call the office. Any questions about costumes or dress please contact Ms. Mangano at gmangano@stfrancisschoolbh.net 

 

Report Cards: Also yesterday an email went out explaining report cards. All report cards will be sent home on Wednesday 12/4. Teachers are available to meet on both Wednesday 12/4 from 6pm-7:30pm and on Friday 12/6 from 12:45pm-2:45pm. Please remember that this Monday at 3pm you can begin to sign up for appointments (Nursery-Grade 4) on our school website.

 

Early Childhood Registration: As we begin to prepare for the 2020-2021 school year, we want to ensure that our plans to maximize the benefit to your child/children. Last week we sent home letters of intent for any current Nursery and Pre-K student here at St. Francis who plans on attending St. Francis in 2020 as a Pre-K or Kindergarten student. Those forms are due next week.  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. 

 

After Thanksgiving  a letter will be sent home to families of current students to see if any siblings of current students will be joining our Early Childhood. Please send in all letters of intent as soon as possible  as we will begin open registration in Nursery, Pre-K and Kindergarten early in January. 

 

We are happy to announce that starting in September 2020 our Nursery program will be a 5-day half-day program. More information will be following in the coming weeks. 

 

Confirmation Grade 7 Proximate Prep (SFDS): Just a reminder to the 7th graders who are receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation next year here at St. Francis that your journey in preparation for the Sacrament  begins with a Proximate Preparation on Sunday, November 17th, 2019 from 9:00-11:00 am. The students and parents will participate in the 9:00 Mass and follow with a light breakfast in Msgr. Reddy Hall. There will be a presentation and the candidates will receive their red folders. The folders contain all the necessary forms and information for Confirmation. If anyone would like to participate in the Liturgy:  readers, gifts or ushers, please contact the Religious Education office 718-945-6911. We look forward to seeing everyone on November 17, 2019, at 9:00 am Mass.

 

Thanksgiving Donation: St. Francis de Sales parish is collecting money again this year to sponsor Thanksgiving dinners for those in need. Last year, with the help of your generosity, the parish was able to purchase 90 Thanksgiving dinners for families in need. If you’d like to help out, please send a $25 check (made out to St. Francis de Sales Church) or $25 cash in an envelope. Thank you again for your unwavering generosity. 

 

Little Sisters of the Poor Drive: St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy is sponsoring a Thanksgiving Drive for the Queen of Peace Residence for the elderly poor. Each year we ask classes to bring in assigned personal and food items, which are requested by the Little Sisters of the Poor who care for the residents. If you feel you can donate one or more of the requested items please send it to school no later than Friday November 22nd. 

 

The following items are needed:

 

8th Grade: Tomato Products and Tissues

7th Grade: Toilet Paper and Cranberry Sauce

6th Grade: Mouthwash and Tomato Products

5th Grade: Baby Wipes and Mayonnaise

4th Grade: Clorox Wipes and Sugar

3rd Grade: Purell and Applesauce

2nd Grade: Body Lotion and Coffee

1st Grade: Hand Soap and Flour

Kindergarten: Paper Towels and Jam

Pre-Kindergarten and Nursery: Mild Body Wash and Canned Food

 

 

Save the Date PDHP Parent Workshop: Join us for Preventive Parenting at 7pm on Thursday November 21st. What you should know about drug trends and how and when to speak to your child about them. (Geared towards parents of students in Grades 5, 6,7, and 8)

 

Yearbook Ads: We are now beginning to sell ads for this year’s yearbook. On Wednesday (1/8) all yearbook ads/dedications are due. For more information including instructions and an order form please click here or see attached. Please note there is a $10 late fee charged for any order handed in on 1/9 or 1/10. No orders can be taken after 1/10/20. 

 

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!

 

Have a wonderful weekend. 

 

 

Fundraising Corner 

Christmas Raffle: You are invited to take a chance on winning a cash prize in our Christmas Raffle. In fact by taking a chance you actually have the opportunity to win 31 cash prizes. In the calendar on the order form you will see a dollar amount in each box. The amount is the prize for the day. The winning ticket will be re-entered in the drawing for each of the following days during the month, so you’ll have 31 chances to win. Chances are $10 each or 3 for $20. Thank you for your generosity and continued support. 

 

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. 

 

Unforgettable Fire Concert:  We are thrilled to announce that Unforgettable Fire, the longest running U2 tribute band in the world, will perform in the St. Francis de Sales Auditorium on Saturday, November 23, 2019.  Each ticket costs $40. Doors open at 7:00 pm, and there will be a cash bar serving wine, beer, soda and water. Unforgettable Fire will begin to play at 8pm. As an added bonus, DJ Mouse will perform throughout the night. 

Please return the order form that can be found by clicking here, along with payment (cash, check or indicate that you have paid by Venmo).  If you pay by Venmo, please make your payment to @SFDSCACADEMY and include “Unforgettable Fire” in the notes section. Thank you in advance for making the Unforgettable Fire concert a huge success for St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy.