2018 SFDS Christmas Spectacular

Dear Families,

With the Thanksgiving holiday fast approaching, we can’t help but look forward to the warmth and love that surrounds us during this special time. It is unlike any other celebration; families gather together–without gifts–to spend time laughing, eating, and giving thanks for all of the blessings in their lives. This day teaches us to remember the most powerful aspects of this life: the time we share with those we love, appreciation for all of the blessings the Lord has given to us, and of course, a delicious spread of turkey and all the fixings! 

When we return on November 26th, we will be in the midst of preparing for the birth of the Christ Child. One of the presents that we give him is our gift of song for our annual Christmas Show on December 17th and 19th at 6:30 pm. A ticket order form can be found by clicking here. 

One of the reasons for sending this note home before we break is to make sure that all parents are aware of the Christmas Show procedure and dress attire or costumes that are expected for that night.

This year our Christmas Show “The St. Francis de Sales Christmas Spectacular” will be a show created especially for our students. Each class is going to take part in a scene of the play. With the use of the entire stage for each scene, we must split our performance days.

  • The A classes and 3C will perform on December 19th
  • The B classes will perform on December 17th
  • The school band will still perform in the beginning of each performance on both nights.
  • Each night that your child(ren) are performing, families are entitled to two Adult tickets. Those ticket orders are due by Friday December 7. Starting on Tuesday December 11, we will sell any extra tickets (limit 4 additional per family) until we sell out. Please do not send in any orders for extra tickets until Tuesday 12/11 (if available)
  • Please note, if a St. Francis de Sales student who is not performing would like to see the shows, discounted SFDS student tickets are available to purchase for $3.

 

Any questions feel free to get in touch with Ms. Mangano at gmangano@stfrancisschoolbh.net

 

Band students and Kindergarten students will receive instructions in the following weeks about arrival and dismissal on the show nights. Students arrive no earlier than 6pm and should enter the door on Newport Avenue side of the school. 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.

 

Please note that if a child is sick on the day of their show he or she should not be sent into school 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. 

 

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.

 

Have a Happy Thanksgiving,

 

Christopher Scharbach

 

SFDS Week of November 12th 2018

Dear Families,

 

Just a reminder that St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy is closed on Friday  November 9, as teachers will be gathering for a day of professional development.

St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy is also closed on Monday November 12th for Veterans Day. During your rest and relaxation, let us reflect on all of the men and women who have served our amazing country in order to maintain our freedoms. We are forever indebted to them for their bravery, sacrifice, and selflessness. Happy Veterans’ Day.

 

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

 

Class Picture Day: Just a reminder that on Wednesday November 14, Class Picture day will be held for all grades and classes, Nursery through grade 8. Students should be in full winter uniform for this day.

 

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.

 

8th Grade Dinner Dance Meeting: Eighth grade families are invited to join Mrs. Martello and myself to the first Dinner Dance meeting on Thursday November 15th at 6pm. It’s our hope that we can decide chair people for various committees, kick off fundraising for the event, and choose the theme of the event.

 

Paul Effman Band: The music program is off to a great start this school year! This is a just a reminder that it is still not too late to join. If your child has never participated before, there is still plenty of time to get them enrolled and caught up with the classes. If your child has participated, and would still like to join, we’d love to see them back again. Oftentimes our lives are so busy and packed with work and family commitments that we forget how important music is to us, to our community, and to our culture. We are all impacted by music, every day of our lives. I personally believe if there were more musicians in this world, we’d be a smarter and happier world. So many of the musicians that we now listen to as adults have gotten their start in their school’s music program – school music programs are the starting point! Please encourage your children to continue to learn to play an instrument. I promise that it will become something far more than just a hobby. It will become a part of who they are. Again, if you haven’t registered yet, it is not too late! Please embrace this opportunity for them to make music with their peers. If they don’t, they may never have this opportunity again. For more information please click here.

 

Grades 7 and 8 PDHP Family Fun Night: Parents of Grades 7-8 students are invited to join their student(s) for a night of Interactive Activities and Games to Enhance Social Skills, Physical Literacy, Cooperation, Communication, and Family Bonding. This will take place on Thursday 11/29 at 6pm. If you are interested please RSVP by emailing Mrs. Endall at hendall@stfrancisschoolbh.net.

We hope to make this night a great success.

 

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 of Confirmation begins there will be a Proximate Preparation on Sunday, November 18, 2018 from 9:00-11:00am. The students and their families will participate in the 9:00 Mass and follow with a light breakfast. 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 18, 2018 at 9:00am Mass.

 

Turkey: 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 80 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 17th.

The following items are needed:

8th Grade: Purell and Tissues

7th Grade: Toilet Paper and Cranberry Sauce

6th Grade: Mouthwash and Tomato Products

5th Grade: Fixodent/Poligrip and Mayonnaise

4th Grade: Clorox Wipes and Sugar

3rd Grade: Dove Soap and Applesauce

2nd Grade: Body Lotion and Coffee

1st Grade: Liquid Hand Soap and Flour

Kindergarten: Paper Towels and Jam

Pre-Kindergarten and Nursery: Mild Body Wash and

Canned Food

 

Fundraising Corner

Stop and Shop: Stop and Shop Rewards began on 9/7. Through the A+ School Rewards Program, parents and supporters can help simply by registering their Stop & Shop Card to our school’s ID number 09270 and then shopping at any Stop & Shop store. To register, go to http://stopandshop.com/aplus/register-card/ or dial 1-877-275-2758 to register your card over the phone. At the end of the program our school is presented with a check. We are looking forward to another successful year of A+ SCHOOL REWARDS!

 

Please note that we will be having a Dress Down Day on 11/16/18 for all students whose families have registered.

Card Party Committee Meeting: For those who are helping out with the huge task of planning and preparing for our annual Card Party, the next committee meeting is going to be on Wednesday November 14th (Date Change) at 7pm. Thank you to all who lend a hand with our biggest fundraiser of the year.

 

Have a great weekend.

 

PS: We are always in need of some parents to help volunteering for our lunch periods. If you are VIRTUS trained and are able to do the lunch duty, we certainly appreciate it. We are continuing to assign lunch duty using a web-based service called Sign Up. It enables those who want to do lunch duty to sign up for slots on specific days with email reminders. It is our hope this will help with the number of cancellations and no shows from families.

 

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

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

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

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

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

SFDS Week of November 5th 2018

Dear Families,

 

As we look towards the first full week of November, it’s hard to believe that Halloween has already come and gone. We had some fun Halloween celebrations and were able to accomplish lots of great work this week as well. We will be keeping the 8th grade in our prayers this weekend as they set off to take their TACHS exam tomorrow morning. Best of luck, 8th Grade! We know you will do your very best.

 

Professional Day & Veterans Day: Remember that next week is a short week with a half day on Thursday November 8th for our Faculty Meeting, a day off for students on Friday  November 9 for a Faculty Professional Day, and school is closed on Monday November 12 in observance of Veteran’s Day.

Please note that Thursday 11/8 is a dress down day for all students.

Enjoy the long weekend.

 

Class Picture Day: Just a reminder that on Wednesday November 14, Class Picture day will be held for all grades and classes, Nursery through grade 8. Students should be in full winter uniform for this day.

 

Grade 3 Family Mass: Please join St. Francis de Sales Parish in celebration of our third graders and their families this Sunday November 4th at 9am mass. A small fellowship will follow the mass for the third grade and their families in Father Reddy Hall after mass.

 

Turkey 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 80 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.

 

Smoke Alarms Installation: This Wednesday 11/7/18 the FDNY will be outside of school looking for parents to sign up their household for smoke alarms and installation of the smoke alarms. They will be outside of school from 2pm-5pm for anyone to sign up. We hope that many families take advantage of this service being offered by the ciy to make sure our homes are safe.

 

Conversation with the Principal: Please join Mr. Scharbach on Tuesday 11/6 at 6pm and on 11/8 at 9:30am. We will be discussing curriculum changes, upcoming fundraisers, school events, and an update about our accreditation process.

 

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 17th.

The following items are needed:

8th Grade: Purell and Tissues

7th Grade: Toilet Paper and Cranberry Sauce

6th Grade: Mouthwash and Tomato Products

5th Grade: Fixodent/Poligrip and Mayonnaise

4th Grade: Clorox Wipes and Sugar

3rd Grade: Dove Soap and Applesauce

2nd Grade: Body Lotion and Coffee

1st Grade: Liquid Hand Soap and Flour

Kindergarten: Paper Towels and Jam

Pre-Kindergarten and Nursery: Mild Body Wash and

Canned Food

 

Looking for Yarn Donations: Pauleen Brown, a resident of Breezy Point and a Blessed Trinity parishioner, knits afghans for sick veterans in the VA hospital in Brooklyn. This special act is her way of showing the veterans that someone cares about them. Our school is collecting rolls of yarn to help her continue to make afghans for the sick veterans. If you would like to help, please send a ball of yarn to school by Monday November 5th.

 

Fundraising Corner

Box Tops for Education: Congratulations to our Box Top Winners the Kindergarten classes. We will be scheduling their Pizza Party with their teachers. It was a close competition through the first two months of the school year. We look forward to kicking off our next competition soon, be on the lookout for more information.

 

Stop and Shop: Stop and Shop Rewards began on 9/7. Through the A+ School Rewards Program, parents and supporters can help simply by registering their Stop & Shop Card to our school’s ID number 09270 and then shopping at any Stop & Shop store. To register, go to http://stopandshop.com/aplus/register-card/ or dial 1-877-275-2758 to register your card over the phone. At the end of the program our school is presented with a check. We are looking forward to another successful year of A+ SCHOOL REWARDS!

 

Please note that we will be having a Dress Down Day on 11/16/18 for all students whose families have registered.

 

Thanksgiving/Holiday Pie Sale: This sale is through Cascon Cheesecake.  Cascon Cheesecake Corp is a full-service bakery located in Whitestone, New York. Since opening its doors in 1975, this family owned business has provided over 40 years of dedicated service to its loyal customers.

 

These pies and cheesecakes will be delivered on Tuesday November 20th  just in time for Thanksgiving. They come frozen so if you are using them for Thanksgiving you can keep them out for the big day, if you like to save a few for Christmas or just to have you can put them right in the freezer.

Click here for an order form.  All money and orders are due no later than Tuesday November 6th.

Card Party Committee Meeting: For those who are helping out with the huge task of planning and preparing for our annual Card Party, the next committee meeting is going to be on Thursday November 15 at 7pm in the Small Hall. Thank you to all who lend a hand with our biggest fundraiser of the year.

 

Have a great weekend. Don’t forget to turn your clocks back on Saturday Night.

 

PS: We are always in need of some parents to help volunteering for our lunch periods. If you are VIRTUS trained and are able to do the lunch duty, we certainly appreciate it. We are continuing to assign lunch duty using a web-based service called Sign Up. It enables those who want to do lunch duty to sign up for slots on specific days with email reminders. It is our hope this will help with the number of cancellations and no shows from families.

 

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

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

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

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

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

SFDS Week of October 29th 2018

Dear Families,

 

Many of our 8th graders from St. Francis de Sales Parish were blessed with the Gifts of the Holy Spirit during their Confirmation this past Thursday. Both ceremonies were beautiful and we are so proud of all of our 8th graders during this very special time in their lives. We very much look forward to seeing our students from Blessed Trinity parish become Confirmed in the Spirit on December 6th as well. A special thank you to Mrs. Foti, Mrs. Gigliello, Mrs. McMahon and Ms. Scahill for helping to form the students faith in their preparation for this special Sacrament. Thank you to our Parish Religious Education Director, Mrs. AnneMarie Greene, for organizing the ceremonies as well.

 

This Monday marks the 6th anniversary of Superstorm Sandy. We hope to take time this weekend to reflect on the hope and blessings that arose after the devastation our school and community experienced during those months and years following October 29, 2012. We continue to pray for those who are still in the midst of dealing with the effects from that day all these years later.

 

Picture Day: This Monday 10/29 is individual picture day. For our Nursery through 7th graders. All those students who are getting pictures may remain in their school uniform or dress up for their picture. Please remind your child that dressing up for pictures is very different than dressing down. All those students who are not getting pictures taken are to be in their full school uniform. If your child has gym on picture day please have them wear sneakers if they are dressing up or bring a change of shoes so they can participate in gym.  

 

Happy Halloween! We hope you have a fun and safe time Trick or Treating with your children. Please remind our older students about the importance of respecting everyone’s property and making safe decisions on Halloween.

On Wednesday, Grades K-4 of our classes will be celebrating Halloween with a party after lunch. Grades K-8 may dress down wearing black and orange. Pre-K is allowed to wear bathroom-friendly costumes for their parade. Our school will be open for trick or treaters from 2:45pm-4:15pm. (We will be participating in the Teal Pumpkin Project) We hope to see you there! Don’t forget to stop by the rectory as well from 4pm-6pm.

 

Allergies: This week, Halloween celebrations and candy will no doubt be abundant. With this fun and exciting time comes a significant safety concern for many students in our school building. It is important that there is strict avoidance to this food in order to prevent a life-threatening allergic reaction. We are asking your help to provide the student with a safe school environment. Any exposure to peanuts/nuts may cause a life-threatening allergic reaction that requires emergency medical treatment.

To reduce the chance of this occurring, we are asking that you do not send any peanut or nut containing products to school with your child. If your child has eaten peanuts/nuts before coming to school, please be sure your child’s hands and face have been thoroughly washed before entering the school. We appreciate your support of these procedures.

 

All Saints Day: All Saint’s Day is on Thursday November 1st. Our 2nd Grade Saints will be leading us in our All Saints Day mass at 11am. You are more than welcome to join us.

Upcoming Fees: A quick reminder that several fees are coming due in addition to the monthly tuition payment.  Those are the Book & Materials fee, the Technology fee and the Security fee. As a matter of information, you can login to your FACTS  account and request email reminders for upcoming fees if you have not done so already.

 

Mix-it Up at Lunch Day:  Tuesday and Wednesday is Mix it up at Lunch Day. A national campaign launched by Teaching Tolerance in 2002, Mix It Up at Lunch Day encourages students to identify, question and cross social boundaries. All schools are asked to participate on the last Tuesday in October each school year!  In research, students have identified the cafeteria as the place where divisions are most clearly drawn. So for just a day, we will ask students to move out of their comfort zones and connect with someone new over lunch. It’s a simple act with profound implications.

 

CHAMPS Assembly: PDHP is sponsoring an assembly this Tuesday 10/30 for our 6th-8th graders. This assembly will be featuring a motivational speaker Mr. Chris Romulo. Chris Romulo is a Queens, New York native who always yearned for growth.In his early twenties, he transformed himself from a street kid into a Muay Thai Champion with over 40 fights and 6 titles under his belt.Today, he’s a coach at his gym CROM Physical Culture and mindset speaker to both youth and adults. Chris has taken what he’s learned in the ring and turned it into a practical curriculum, U.P.R.I.S.E. The curriculum shows you how to tap into your natural abilities and become the champion of your life. In May of 2017, Chris co-authored and published his memoir, Champions Uprising, which displays his unwavering mindset of determination, grit, and perseverance of spirit. Chris has taken his focus from performing in the ring to jumping on stage to motivate, educate and inspire the masses. He has been featured in Yahoo News, The NY Daily News and Men’s Journal, to name a few. We thank PDHP for making this opportunity happen.

 

Chicken Finger Day: Just a reminder that this Tuesday 10/30 is our monthly Chicken Finger Day.

 

Looking for Yarn Donations: Pauleen Brown, a resident of Breezy Point and a Blessed Trinity parishioner, knits afghans for sick veterans in the VA hospital in Brooklyn. This special act is her way of showing the veterans that someone cares about them. Our school is collecting rolls of yarn to help her continue to make afghans for the sick veterans. If you would like to help, please send a ball of yarn to school by Monday November 5th.

 

Book Fair: Another wonderful Book Fair has come to a close here at St. Francis de Sales. A very special thank you to Rita Martin, Louann Mannino and all of the fantastic volunteers for their hard work in setting up and running the event for the last three days. If you were unable to get to the Book Fair, or the book you were interested in was sold out, our Online Book Fair will be open through November 1st. You can shop by clicking here

Thank you again for your continued generosity!

 

Yearbook: This Thursday 11/1 is the LAST day to place Yearbook orders! If you would like to order a school yearbook, (delivery in May) please put your payment of cash or check (made payable to SFDS, with  SFDS yearbook on memo line) return it to school with the Yearbook-Order-Form no later than  Thursday, November 1st. 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.

 

Fundraising Corner

Box Tops for Education: . We have one more week until  the contest will end on Wednesday October 31st.  The winning grade will be treated to a Pizza Party. Please make sure your name and class are on your submissions or they cannot be tallied for your grade. Good luck!

For a collection sheet please click here.

Box Tops for Education Product List

 

The standings as of 10/25 are:

Nursery: 0

Pre-K: 140

K: 785

1st Grade: 295

2nd Grade: 430

3rd Grade: 312

4th Grade: 271

5th Grade: 452

6th Grade: 65

7th Grade: 70

8th Grade: 838

 

Sherwood Wreaths: Welcome to our 4th Annual Sherwood Farms Wreath Sale!  

Our students, at St Francis de Sales Catholic Academy are selling fresh Holiday Evergreens again this year as a fundraising effort. We would appreciate it if you would please take a minute to look over our catalog. Our program will be offering evergreens to decorate your own home and also the opportunity to send a Gift Item across the country or across town

We are offering two options to family and friends to choose from. The first buying option is Local Group Delivery, items purchased from this selection will delivered to the school. When choosing this option, simply fill out the GREEN highlighted side of the order envelope. The second buying option is Direct Delivery, these items will be delivered to the recipient of your choice. If choosing this delivery option, please fill out the direct delivery gift item shipping labels (enclosed in envelope) as well as the RED highlighted side of the order form envelope. Please make all checks payable to: St. Francis deSales Catholic Academy, and include your child’s class in the memo line on the check.

Sherwood Wreaths Order Form

 

Our sale kicked off on October 16, and the last day that we can accept orders will be November 2, 2018. All school delivery items will be available for pick up the week after Thanksgiving . All Direct Delivery items will be delivered to respective recipients during that same week. You will be notified via email/text when delivery arrives. Please ask a group member for assistance in ordering or to answer any questions. You can contact Kim Rudden at (917)558-0304.

Please spread the word about our sale to your friends, neighbors, and family as well! We appreciate your help with our sales drive.

 

Thank you for your support!

Stop and Shop: Stop and Shop Rewards began on 9/7. Through the A+ School Rewards Program, parents and supporters can help simply by registering their Stop & Shop Card to our school’s ID number 09270 and then shopping at any Stop & Shop store. To register, go to http://stopandshop.com/aplus/register-card/ or dial 1-877-275-2758 to register your card over the phone. At the end of the program our school is presented with a check. We are looking forward to another successful year of A+ SCHOOL REWARDS!

 

Please note that we will be having a Dress Down Day on 11/16/18 for all students whose families have registered.

 

Thanksgiving/Holiday Pie Sale: This sale is through Cascon Cheesecake.  Cascon Cheesecake Corp is a full-service bakery located in Whitestone, New York. Since opening its doors in 1975, this family owned business has provided over 40 years of dedicated service to its loyal customers.

 

These pies and cheesecakes will be delivered on Tuesday November 20th  just in time for Thanksgiving. They come frozen so if you are using them for Thanksgiving you can keep them out for the big day, if you like to save a few for Christmas or just to have you can put them right in the freezer.

Click here for an order form.  All money and orders are due no later than Tuesday November 6th.

Card Party Committee Meeting: For those who are helping out with the huge task of planning and preparing for our annual Card Party, the next committee meeting is going to be on Thursday November 15 at 7pm in the Small Hall. Thank you to all who lend a hand with our biggest fundraiser of the year.

 

Have a great weekend. Stay Dry!

 

PS: We are always in need of some parents to help volunteering for our lunch periods. If you are VIRTUS trained and are able to do the lunch duty, we certainly appreciate it. We are continuing to assign lunch duty using a web-based service called Sign Up. It enables those who want to do lunch duty to sign up for slots on specific days with email reminders. It is our hope this will help with the number of cancellations and no shows from families.

 

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

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

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

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

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

SFDS Week of October 22nd 2018

Dear Families,

 

Congratulations and God Bless! On Thursday October 25th 2018, many members of St. Francis de Sales Grade 8 will be blessed by the Holy Spirit. Due to the ceremonies being at 1pm and 4pm, the 8th Grade class is off on Thursday the 25th. The rest of the school has an early dismissal at 12pmMay the gifts of the Holy Spirit be with our 8th grade and lead them to be the future leaders of the church. Please also keep in your prayers some of our 8th graders who later in December will be receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation at Blessed Trinity Parish.

 

Upcoming Confirmation Practices: Students in 8B will be joining Mrs. Greene and our parish Religious Education for their Confirmation practice on Monday 10/22 and 10/23 from 7pm-8pm. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Greene.

 

State Exams: As we enter the second half of the first trimester, we would like to convey to parents, a Diocesan-wide change to our participation in the New York State Testing Program for the Spring of 2019. A decision has been made by the Office of the Superintendent~Catholic School Support Services to administer the Grade 7 ELA and Math tests in the Spring of 2019 and eliminate testing -Grade 8 ELA and Math.

 

Academies and Schools within the Diocese of Brooklyn will be administering the following state tests in the Spring of 2019:

ELA Grades 4, 6, and 7

Math Grades 4, 6, and 7

Science Grades 4 and 8

 

Book Fair: This year our Book Fair is being held on Tuesday 10/23 and Wednesday 10/24. Parents of students in grades K-3 are welcome to meet their children in the gym to help shop for books during their child’s assigned time. A schedule can be found by clicking here.

 

We have some special events planned that we hope your children will participate in

  • Family Day at the Book Fair- Tuesday October 23rd @ 2:30pm-4:30pm: Children can come with members of their family. (Grandparents, aunts, uncles, parents, and younger siblings) All items that were for sale at the book fair will be available to purchase. Mrs. Martello will be reading a book to the children at 3:15pm and Mr. Scharbach will be reading a book to the children at 3:45pm. There will be some light refreshments available and a very special appearance by our very own Franny!

A very special thank you to Rita Martin for coordinating this year’s fall Book Fair.

 

Halloween Dance: This Friday October 26th, there will be a Halloween Dance for the 6th, 7th and 8th graders from 7pm-10pm. This year’s theme is Comic Con! Students are asked to dress as their favorite Superhero or comic book character. Students will be directed about the appropriateness of their costumes on that night. We are looking to have a fun and safe evening for our children. Please note: this dance is for St. Francis de Sales students only. Tickets are $10 and we ask that all tickets are bought by Wednesday 10/24.

 

Dress Down Friday: This Friday 10/26 will be a $1 Dress Down Day. Our 7th and 8th graders are helping out a family in need.

 

Upcoming Fees: A quick reminder that several fees are coming due in addition to the monthly tuition payment.  Those are the Book & Materials fee, the Technology fee and the Security fee. As a matter of information, you can login to your FACTS  account and request email reminders for upcoming fees if you have not done so already.

 

Picture Day: In one week, on Monday 10/29 is individual picture day. For our Nursery through 7th graders. All those students who are getting pictures may remain in their school uniform or dress up for their picture. Please remind your child that dressing up for pictures is very different than dressing down. All those students who are not getting pictures taken are to be in their full school uniform. If your child has gym on picture day please have them wear sneakers if they are dressing up or bring a change of shoes so they can participate in gym.  

 

Yearbook: We will be selling our yearbooks during the month of October as our team of 8th graders begin to work on the yearbook in the Winter of 2018-2019. To order a yearbook please print out the following Yearbook-Order-Form

       

If you would like to order a school yearbook, (delivery in May) please put your payment of cash or check (made payable to SFDS, with  SFDS  yearbook on memo line) return it to school with the order form no later than Thursday November 1st. 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.

 

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 the lunch duty, we certainly appreciate it. We are continuing to assign lunch duty using a web-based service called Sign Up. It enables those who want to do lunch duty to sign up for slots on specific days with email reminders. It is our hope this will help with the number of cancellations and no shows from families.

 

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

Box Tops for Education: . We have one more week until  the contest will end on Wednesday October 31st.  The winning grade will be treated to a Pizza Party. Please make sure your name and class are on your submissions or they cannot be tallied for your grade. Good luck! Kindergarten has a slim lead on the 8th grade right now.

For a collection sheet please click here.

Box Tops for Education Product List

 

The standings as of 10/18 are:

Nursery: 0

Pre-K: 140

K: 595

1st Grade: 227

2nd Grade: 400

3rd Grade: 254

4th Grade: 246

5th Grade: 42

6th Grade: 65

7th Grade: 63

8th Grade: 582

 

Sherwood Wreaths: Welcome to our 4th Annual Sherwood Farms Wreath Sale!  On Tuesday more information will be sent home.

Our students, at St Francis de Sales Catholic Academy will be selling fresh Holiday Evergreens again this year as a fundraising effort. We would appreciate it if you would please take a minute to look over our catalog. Our program will be offering evergreens to decorate your own home and also the opportunity to send a Gift Item across the country or across town

We are offering two options to family and friends to choose from. The first buying option is Local Group Delivery, items purchased from this selection will delivered to the school. When choosing this option, simply fill out the GREEN highlighted side of the order envelope. The second buying option is Direct Delivery, these items will be delivered to the recipient of your choice. If choosing this delivery option, please fill out the direct delivery gift item shipping labels (enclosed in envelope) as well as the RED highlighted side of the order form envelope. Please make all checks payable to: St. Francis deSales Catholic Academy, and include your child’s class in the memo line on the check.

Sherwood Wreaths Order Form

 

Our sale kicked off on October 16, and the last day that we can accept orders will be November 2, 2018. All school delivery items will be available for pick up the week after Thanksgiving . All Direct Delivery items will be delivered to respective recipients during that same week. You will be notified via email/text when delivery arrives. Please ask a group member for assistance in ordering or to answer any questions. You can contact Kim Rudden at (917)558-0304.

Please spread the word about our sale to your friends, neighbors, and family as well! We appreciate your help with our sales drive.

 

Thank you for your support!

Stop and Shop: Stop and Shop Rewards began on 9/7. Through the A+ School Rewards Program, parents and supporters can help simply by registering their Stop & Shop Card to our school’s ID number 09270 and then shopping at any Stop & Shop store. To register, go to http://stopandshop.com/aplus/register-card/ or dial 1-877-275-2758 to register your card over the phone. At the end of the program our school is presented with a check. We are looking forward to another successful year of A+ SCHOOL REWARDS!

 

Please note that we will be having a Dress Down Day on 11/16/18 for all students whose families have registered.

 

Have a great weekend!

Fall Book Fair (10/23 and 10/24)

Did you know? Reading just 20 minutes a day exposes your child to about 1.8 million words per year. Reading helps students develop a stronger vocabulary, and in addition, students who read for pleasure average higher grades in English, mathematics, science, and history!

Encourage your child to read books for fun by attending our upcoming Scholastic Book Fair. Allow your child to choose the books they want to read! It’s a wonderful selection of engaging and affordable books for every reading level.

Mark your calendar!

Book Fair dates: Tuesday October 23rd and Wednesday October 24th

 

Shopping hours: 

 

  • Special activities: Family Day at the Book Fair- Tuesday October 23rd @ 2:30pm-4:30pm: Children can come with members of their family. (Grandparents, aunts, uncles, parents, and younger siblings) All items that were for sale at the book fair will be available to purchase. Mrs. Martello will be reading a book to the children at 3:15pm and Mr. Scharbach will be reading a book to the children at 3:45pm. There will be some light refreshments available and a very special appearance by our very own Franny!

If you are unable to attend the Fair in person, we invite you to visit our Online Fair at scholastic.com/fair. Our Online Fair is available from 10/18 to 10/31.

 

We look forward to seeing you and your family at our Book Fair! Remember, all purchases benefit our school. Thank you for supporting our readers!

SFDS Week of October 15th 2018

Dear Families,

 

Although a short week, we were very busy with field trips, Terranova testing, and our regular instructional time over these last four days! We were so impressed with our 3rd through 8th graders hard work throughout a tough week of TerraNova testing. Our 1st and 2nd graders had a great day trip to the pumpkin patch, while our early childhood grades learned a great deal about Fire Safety and life cycles of animals. We have a lot to update this upcoming week:

Upcoming Confirmation Practices: Students in 8A will be joining Mrs. Greene and our parish Religious Education for their Confirmation practice on Monday 10/15 and 10/22 from 7pm-8pm. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Greene. Students in 8B will have their practices next week.

 

Ridgewood Savings Bank Smart Savers: Our weekly Ridgewood Banking Day will continue to take place. This is a great way to teach our kids the importance of saving and using their money wisely. If you are a current smart saver participant all you need to do is send in your passbook along with a completed school banking deposit slip on Tuesday.

If you would like to sign your child up and need information please click here. You can also call the main office and talk to Ms. Endall to have information sent home with your child as well.

 

Winter Uniform: Now that we are back in the swing of things, we must make sure that our Winter Uniforms are complete each day. Starting on Monday October 15th, winter uniforms should be worn. Please have black tied shoes and a black or brown belt, and shirts should always remain tucked in.

 

Rosary Rally: Bishop DiMarzio has again asked that we join with other dioceses throughout the country by scheduling our school-wide Rosary Rally for Thursday October 18, 2018 at 11:00am in the Church. Students in grades Kindergarten through eight will be participating in this very special service. Students are asked to bring their rosary beads for this special service. I hope you will be able to attend!

 

Book Fair: This year our Book Fair is being held on Tuesday 10/23 and Wednesday 10/24. Parents of students in grades K-3 are welcome to meet their children in the gym to help shop for books during their child’s assigned time. (A schedule will be sent home next week)

 

We have some special events planned that we hope your children will participate in

  • Family Day at the Book Fair- Tuesday October 23rd @ 2:30pm-4:30pm: Children can come with members of their family. (Grandparents, aunts, uncles, parents, and younger siblings) All items that were for sale at the book fair will be available to purchase. Mrs. Martello will be reading a book to the children at 3:15pm and Mr. Scharbach will be reading a book to the children at 3:45pm. There will be some light refreshments available and a very special appearance by our very own Franny!

A very special thank you to Rita Martin for coordinating this year’s fall Book Fair.

Calendar Changes: The half day that was scheduled for Tuesday 12/4 is now being held on Wednesday 12/5. Dismissal will be at 12 noon on Wednesday 12/5, and a regular full day of instruction will take place on Tuesday 12/4. The Abrakadoodle that was scheduled for 12/5 is canceled and rescheduled for December 19th. All updates have been to our school calendar as well.

 

Halloween Dance: In two weeks on  Friday October 26th, there will be a Halloween Dance for the 6th, 7th and 8th graders from 7pm-10pm. This year’s theme is Comic Con! Students are asked to dress as their favorite Superhero or comic book character. Students will be directed about the appropriateness of their costumes on that night. We are looking to have a fun and safe evening for our children. Please note: this dance is for St. Francis de Sales students only.

 

Picture Day: In two weeks, on Monday 10/29 is individual picture day. For our Nursery through 7th graders. All those students who are getting pictures may remain in their school uniform or dress up for their picture. Please remind your child that dressing up for pictures is very different than dressing down. All those students who are not getting pictures taken are to be in their full school uniform. If your child has gym on picture day please have them wear sneakers if they are dressing up or bring a change of shoes so they can participate in gym.  

Yearbook: We will be selling our yearbooks during the month of October as our team of 8th graders begin to work on the yearbook in the Winter of 2018-2019.

To order a yearbook please print out the following Yearbook-Order-Form

       

If you would like to order a school yearbook, (delivery in May) please put your payment of cash or check (made payable to SFDS, with  SFDS  yearbook on memo line) return it to school with the order form no later than Thursday November 1st. 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.

 

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 the lunch duty, we certainly appreciate it. We are continuing to assign lunch duty using a web-based service called Sign Up. It enables those who want to do lunch duty to sign up for slots on specific days with email reminders. It is our hope this will help with the number of cancellations and no shows from families.

 

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

Box Tops for Education: We are rocking and rolling with the first contest of this school year.  Hopefully you got a head start on collecting over the summer. Start sending those box tops in. The contest will end on Wednesday October 31st.  The winning grade will be treated to a Pizza Party. Please make sure your name and class are on your submissions or they cannot be tallied for your grade. Good luck!

For a collection sheet please click here.

Box Tops for Education Product List

 

The standings as of 10/11 are:

Nursery: 0

Pre-K: 140

K: 576

1st Grade: 227

2nd Grade: 214

3rd Grade: 241

4th Grade: 136

5th Grade: 367

6th Grade: 52

7th Grade: 63

8th Grade: 303

 

Sherwood Wreaths: Welcome to our 4th Annual Sherwood Farms Wreath Sale!  On Tuesday more information will be sent home.

Our students, at St Francis deSales Catholic Academy will be selling fresh Holiday Evergreens again this year as a fundraising effort. We would appreciate it if you would please take a minute to look over our catalog. Our program will be offering evergreens to decorate your own home and also the opportunity to send a Gift Item across the country or across town

We are offering two options to family and friends to choose from. The first buying option is Local Group Delivery, items purchased from this selection will delivered to the school. When choosing this option, simply fill out the GREEN highlighted side of the order envelope. The second buying option is Direct Delivery, these items will be delivered to the recipient of your choice. If choosing this delivery option, please fill out the direct delivery gift item shipping labels (enclosed in envelope) as well as the RED highlighted side of the order form envelope. Please make all checks payable to: St. Francis deSales Catholic Academy, and include your child’s class in the memo line on the check.

Sherwood Wreaths Order Form

 

Our sale kicks off on October 16, and the last day that we can accept orders will be November 2, 2018. All school delivery items will be available for pick up the week after Thanksgiving . All Direct Delivery items will be delivered to respective recipients during that same week. You will be notified via email/text when delivery arrives. Please ask a group member for assistance in ordering or to answer any questions. You can contact Kim Rudden at (917)558-0304.

Please spread the word about our sale to your friends, neighbors, and family as well! We appreciate your help with our sales drive.

 

Thank you for your support!

Stop and Shop: Stop and Shop Rewards began on 9/7. Through the A+ School Rewards Program, parents and supporters can help simply by registering their Stop & Shop Card to our school’s ID number 09270 and then shopping at any Stop & Shop store. To register, go to http://stopandshop.com/aplus/register-card/ or dial 1-877-275-2758 to register your card over the phone. At the end of the program our school is presented with a check. We are looking forward to another successful year of A+ SCHOOL REWARDS!

 

Please note that we will be having a Dress Down Day on 11/16/18 for all students whose families have registered.

 

Have a great weekend!

SFDS Week of October 8th 2018

Dear Families,

 

And just like that, the first week of October has flown by! Next week we kick off our Terranova testing for grades 3-8. Students must be prepared with sharpened pencils each day.  Testing will run for approximately two hours a day from Tuesday, October 9 until Friday October 12th.  Students are encouraged to be well rested and eat a good breakfast before the test. While students should not be overly anxious or nervous about this exam, it is important to keep in mind that these scores (Grades 6-8) are sent to the high schools during the application process.

 

Please take a look at this week’s blast as there is a lot of important information.

On to the next week here at the academy.

 

Columbus Day: Just a reminder that we are off this Monday October 8th. Enjoy your long weekend!

 

Parish Mission: Starting this Sunday, St. Francis de Sales Parish will be running a Parish Mission until Thursday. For more information about the mission please click here.

 

Grades 1 and 2 Field Trip: As our third through eighth graders are busy this week with Terranovas, our 1st and 2nd graders will have a break from their books as they go on their Field trip. Please refer to the permission slip about this field trip this Wednesday 10/10.

 

Winter and Summer Uniform: Due to the unusually warm forecast (multiple days over 75 degrees) predicted for next week and Grades 3-8 taking the Terranovas, we are allowing students to continue wearing full summer uniform from October 9th-October 12th. Students may choose to wear their winter uniform if they would rather, but it cannot be a combination of the two. Your child(ren) can either wear full summer uniform or full winter uniform. You may decide which would be best for your child.

 

Option C Gradebook: As we finish the 1st month of the school year please if you haven’t already, log on to the parent portal of Option C to check on how your child is progressing this year. This is a great way to see if your child is missing any assignments. You should have already received usernames and passwords. Please contact the main office via email at ckenny@stfrancisschoolbh.net if you have any questions.

 

Yearbook: We will be selling our yearbooks during the month of October as our team of 8th graders begin to work on the yearbook in the Winter of 2018-2019.

To order a yearbook please print out the following Yearbook-Order-Form

       

If you would like to order a school yearbook, (delivery in May) please put your

payment of cash or check (made payable to SFDS, with  SFDS

yearbook on memo line) return it to school with the order form no later than

Thuesday, November 1st. 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.

 

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 the lunch duty, we certainly appreciate it. We are continuing to assign lunch duty using a web-based service called Sign Up. It enables those who want to do lunch duty to sign up for slots on specific days with email reminders. It is our hope this will help with the number of cancellations and no shows from families.

 

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!

 

Enrichment Programs Starting: We are now in full swing with our enrichment programs. This Wednesday our Abrakoodle program begins. Moving forward please use the school calendar to check dates and times of all enrichment program.

 

Survey: In an effort to improve system practices, Saint Francis de Sales Catholic Academy is conducting a Family Survey. We value your opinion and ask that you take the time to complete this survey.

As mentioned at Back to School Night our school l will be going through AdvanceED Accreditation this year. (similar to Middle States Accreditation) The Accreditation Process helps institutions make the most of their talents and resources. One of the required policies is to have families complete this survey. In order to complete the survey, please go to click here.

We are really asking for the success of our accreditation that we have as many families complete this survey. As of today we have had 170 out 334 families (51%) complete the survey. Please be assured that your responses to this survey will be anonymous. Your honest opinion is appreciated. Thank you for your time and attention to this matter. Please take a few moments before Tuesday October 9th to give some feedback on your experience here at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy.

We appreciate your time and all responses. Please note that the responses from this survey are helpful for the academy to make decisions for the future and for the Accreditation process.  Thanks again.

 

Fundraising Corner

Box Tops for Education: We are rocking and rolling with the first contest of this school year.  Hopefully you got a head start on collecting over the summer. Start sending those box tops in. The contest will end on Wednesday October 31st.  The winning grade will be treated to a Pizza Party. Please make sure your name and class are on your submissions or they cannot be tallied for your grade. Good luck!

For a collection sheet please click here.

Box Tops for Education Product List

 

The standings as of 10/4 are:

Nursery: 0

Pre-K: 140

K: 449

1st Grade: 146

2nd Grade: 214

3rd Grade: 171

4th Grade: 136

5th Grade: 325

6th Grade: 52

7th Grade: 52

8th Grade: 248

 

Yankee Candle Fundraiser: Please support St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy and at the same time pick up a something to make your home or car smell great. Yankee Candles make an excellent gift for any occasion. Also sent home was a catalog called Believe with many items such as gift wrap and household items. Please use the separate order form and envelope if ordering from this catalog.

You can shop online as well at Yankee Candle

Click on the ‘Seller Login‘ button and fill out the ‘Signup to be a seller form‘.

Use the group number for our school 990009599.

Any questions feel free to contact the main office.

Thanks as always for supporting the school.

The sale ends this Tuesday October 10th.  

 

Stop and Shop: Stop and Shop Rewards began on 9/7. Through the A+ School Rewards Program, parents and supporters can help simply by registering their Stop & Shop Card to our school’s ID number 09270 and then shopping at any Stop & Shop store. To register, go to http://stopandshop.com/aplus/register-card/ or dial 1-877-275-2758 to register your card over the phone. At the end of the program our school is presented with a check. We are looking forward to another successful year of A+ SCHOOL REWARDS!

 

Please note that we will be having a Dress Down Day on 11/16/18 for all students whose families have registered.

 

Upcoming Events (Save the Date)

On Friday October 26th, there will be a Halloween Dance for the 6th, 7th and 8th graders from 7pm-10pm. More information will follow in the upcoming weeks.  

 

Have a wonderful 3-day weekend! Before you know it, it will be Thanksgiving.

Terranova Week (October 9th-October 12th)

Dear 3rd -8th Grade Families,

 

The weather has changed and we are starting to see the days of Fall begin. The first weeks have gone smoothly, routines are being established and expectations set. As I visit classrooms I am impressed at the thoughtful, scholarly room environments teachers have created to enable students to have comfort in structure and clear routines.

During the week of October 9h the Terra Nova assessment series will be administered to students in grades three through eight. This assessment series is administered to all students attending Catholic elementary schools in the Diocese. It is important that all academy families understand the rationale behind administering a standardized assessment. The word test means different things to different students. Some students embrace the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge; other students become apprehensive and fearful at the prospect of taking a test. There is a difference between testing and assessing. An assessment is an educational tool to measure the present status of a student’s skills. The Terra Nova is designed to measure concepts, processes, and objectives taught throughout the nation. Terra Nova results are used to: analyze strengths and weaknesses of a student’s achievement in each content area; plan for further instruction; plan for curriculum development; help the school determine students who may need remediation, and to report progress to parents.

It is important that home and school work together in order to promote a positive assessment experience. Parents should see that their children get plenty of rest each night, and eat a nutritious breakfast each morning. Students should have at least THREE sharpened #2 pencils each day.

In closing, I ask families to keep the Terra Nova testing in perspective. While the information provided from the test scores is important, we sometimes forget that a child is far greater than the sum of their percentile scores. Luckily, all we have to do is look into their familiar eyes, or sneak a peek at night when they’re closed, to remember why we care so much in the first place…

As always, please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have an issue, or question. We are only a phone call or email away.

 

Sincerely in Christ,

Christopher Scharbach

 

SFDS Week of October 1st 2018

Dear Families,

Another busy few days have come to an end here at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy. I hope each of you has a great weekend, as we rest up for what should be an exciting week at school.

½ Day: This Wednesday, 10/3 will be a half day with 12n dismissal for all students due to our afternoon faculty meeting. Only the AM Nursery class will meet on 10/3. All students may dress down on Wednesday.

Enrichment Programs Starting: This Monday, 10/1 is the start of our Mad Science Enrichment Program (Grades K-5) from 2:45-3:45, 10/2 is also the start of Paul Effman Band lessons (Grades 2-8). If you have a child who is staying after school to wait for their band lesson, please let the office know. Please do so no later than Monday, October 1st by emailing the office at hendall@stfrancisschoolbh.net Thank you for your cooperation.

Finally, unfortunately, the Grades 2-5 LEGO program that was scheduled to start on Thursday 10/4 is being canceled due to a lack of interest.

Any questions about any of our enrichment programs, please call the office.

School Jackets: The absolute FINAL orders for school jackets has to be Monday 10/1 in the morning. All orders will be put in on Monday morning. For more information, please click here. Thank you as always for supporting St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy

Winter and Summer Uniform: Please note that starting on Tuesday, October 9th, winter uniforms should be worn. If the temperature is stated to be above 75 degrees that day, summer uniforms may be worn. Please do not take advantage of this policy. 75 degrees does not mean  74 degrees, 73 degrees, etc.

Option C Gradebook: As we finish the 1st month of the school year please if you haven’t already, log on to the parent portal of Option C to check on how your child is progressing this year. This is a great way to see if your child is missing any assignments. You should have already received usernames and passwords. Please contact the main office via email at ckenny@stfrancisschoolbh.net if you have any questions.

Blessing of the Animals: In honor of the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, St. Francis de Sales Parish will have the annual blessing of the animals on Thursday 10/4 at 3:30pm in the Parish Prayer Garden. Please bring your family pets for a special blessing.

Survey: To improve system practices, Saint Francis de Sales Catholic Academy is conducting a Family Survey. We value your opinion and ask that you take the time to complete this survey.

As mentioned at Back to School Night our school l will be going through AdvanceED Accreditation this year. (similar to Middle States Accreditation) The Accreditation Process helps institutions make the most of their talents and resources. One of the required policies is to have families complete this survey. To complete the survey, please click here.

We are really asking for the success of our accreditation that we have as many families complete this survey. As of today we have had 154 out 334 families (46%) complete the survey. Please be assured that your responses to this survey will be anonymous. Your honest opinion is appreciated. Thank you for your time and attention to this matter. Please take a few moments before Tuesday October 9th to give some feedback on your experience here at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy.

We appreciate your time and all responses. Please note that the responses from this survey are helpful for the academy to make decisions for the future and for the Accreditation process.  Thanks again.

Socktober: This Friday, 10/5, don’t forget to bring in $1 and wear CRAZY socks! A special thank you to the National Junior Honor Society for putting this event together.

Gift Card Collection: Just a reminder that one group is asking for our help in a Gift Card Collection. Operation Kid Comfort is helping communities who have been affected by Hurricane Florence. They are collecting Gift Cards that will be sent to various relief centers & Organizations on the ground in the Carolina’s (such as Habitat For Humanity, Cajon Navy/Triton Relief Group, KW Cares, Various Parishes & Firehouses that they are being connected too, etc.).

The gift cards can be from anywhere, but Home Depot, Walmart, Target, and Visa are highly recommended. If you would like to donate all gift cards can be dropped off at the main office up until Monday October 1st.

Lunch Duty:   We are in need of some parents to help can for our lunch periods. If you are VIRTUS trained and are able to do the lunch duty, we certainly appreciate it. We are continuing to assign lunch duty using a web-based service called Sign Up. It enables those who want to do lunch duty to sign up for slots on specific days with email reminders. It is our hope this will help with the number of cancellations and no-shows from families.

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

Box Tops for Education: We are rocking and rolling with the first contest of this school year.  Hopefully, you got a head start on collecting over the summer. Start sending those box tops in. The contest will end on Wednesday, October 31st.  Please make sure your name and class are on your submissions, or they cannot be tallied for your grade. Good luck!

For a collection sheet, please click here.

Box Tops for Education Product List

The standings as of 9/28 are:

Nursery: 0

Pre-K: 202

K: 305

1st Grade: 35

2nd Grade: 39

3rd Grade: 30

4th Grade: 61

5th Grade: 26

6th Grade: 71

7th Grade: 0

8th Grade: 11

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 same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the 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.

Yankee Candle Fundraiser: Please support St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy and at the same time pick up a something to make your home or car smell great. Yankee Candles make an excellent gift for any occasion. Also sent home was a catalog called Believe with many items such as gift wrap and household items. Please use the separate order form and envelope if ordering from this catalog.

You can shop online as well at Yankee Candle

Click on the ‘Seller Login‘ button and fill out the ‘Signup to be a seller form.’

Use the group number for our school 990009599.

Any questions feel free to contact the main office.

Thanks as always for supporting the school.

The sale ends on October 10th.  

Stop and Shop: Stop and Shop Rewards began on 9/7. Through the A+ School Rewards Program, parents and supporters can help simply by registering their Stop & Shop Card to our school’s ID number 09270 and then shopping at any Stop & Shop store. To register, go to http://stopandshop.com/aplus/register-card/ or dial 1-877-275-2758 to register your card over the phone. At the end of the program, our school is presented with a check. We are looking forward to another successful year of A+ SCHOOL REWARDS!

Please note that we will be having a Dress Down Day on 11/16/18 for all students whose families have registered.

Upcoming Events (Save the Date)

On Friday October 26th, there will be a Halloween Dance for the 6th, 7th and 8th graders from 7pm-10pm. More information will follow in the upcoming weeks.  

Have a great weekend!