Shop with Scrip

Shop with Scrip

This year SFDS is beginning to use a new fundraising platform, called Shop with Scrip. This is a gift card fundraising opportunity where you can purchase gift cards for yourself and as gifts for others. It is really easy to use and can be very rewarding for our school.

Electronic gift cards can be purchased through the Shop with Scrip app called Raise Right and are immediately available for use so gift cards can be purchased to use on items you are already buying anyway. It is easy to link your bank account which would cost 15 cents per transaction as a handling fee. Purchasing with credit cards has a 2.6% fee. To send electronic gift cards to others currently needs to be purchased through the website, http://shopwithscrip.com

Physical gift cards can also be ordered and will ship to school so thinking ahead to gifts in the coming months would be a great idea! This option takes a little more time. If you are intending to purchase physical gift cards, the first order is due on October 31st and once the order is placed, gift cards will be received within a week. Your recipients will receive a full valued gift card and a percentage will be donated to SFDS!

How to Get started
Create an account on the RaiseRight app or at ShopWithScrip.com using Saint Francis de Sales Catholic Academy’s enrollment code that was emailed out. 

If you have questions do not hesitate to reach out to Mrs. Kelly Henning at kellyahenning@gmail.com

Parent Letter from the Superintendent- 10/19/20

October 17, 2020

 

Dear Catholic Academy and Parish School Families,

 

Since September, our Catholic Academies and Parish Schools have been open and operating safely and efficiently. Thank you for your support in ensuring our guidelines for health and safety have been followed. Every person in our extended Catholic Academy and Parish Schools’ community has the responsibility to observe social distancing and wear a mask. This is what will keep the doors to our Catholic Academies and Parish Schools open; this is what will continue to keep everyone at our Catholic Academies and Parish Schools safe and healthy. Our principals, teachers and health aides have rigorously enforced health and safety protocols in our Catholic Academy and Parish Schools. For all this is being done on a daily basis, we are most grateful.

 

However, as students’ participation in outside extracurricular activities increases, the possibility of exposure to individuals who are positive for COVID may increase for both the students and their families. The same outcome can be true for attending any event with large numbers of people. This past week we have seen a very slight uptick in positive cases, and every positive case has been traced back to exposures at gatherings, parties, and events outside of the Catholic Academy/Parish School. We are sending this letter as a stark reminder COVID protocols do not end at the end of the school day and/or take the weekends off!

 

With that being said, it is crucial that every family completes the daily self-screening checklist, prior to sending their children to the Catholic Academy/Parish School.

 

If you can answer YES to any of the questions, your child may NOT enter the Catholic Academy/Parish School building. You MUST contact a health professional for guidance and notify the Catholic Academy/Parish School principal.

 

As a reminder, the questions are:

 

1.          If your child has any of the following symptoms, that indicates a possible illness, which may decrease the student’s ability to learn and put them at risk for spreading illness to others. Does your child have any of these symptoms?

 

·       Temperature 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit

·       Sore Throat

·       New uncontrolled cough that causes difficulty breathing (for students with chronic allergic/asthmatic cough, a change in their cough from baseline)

·       Diarrhea, vomiting, or abdominal pain

·       New onset of severe headache, especially with a fever

·       Shortness of breath

·       Fatigue

·       Muscle or body aches

·       New loss of taste or smell

·       Congestion or runny nose

·       Nausea or vomiting

 

 

2.    To the best of your knowledge, in the past 14 days, has your child been in close contact (within 6 feet for at least 10 minutes) with anyone who has tested positive through a diagnostic test for COVID-19 or who has or had symptoms of COVID-19?

 

3.    Has your child or a member of your household traveled internationally or from a state with widespread community transmission of COVID-19 per the New York State Travel Advisory in the past 14 days.

 

According to the New York State Department of Health, your child will need to receive a note of medical clearance and a negative PCR COVID test to return to school, should they develop any symptoms or be sent home from school. 

 

What else can we all be doing to maintain a safe environment for all? We can limit our exposure to large groups of people, continue to practice good hand hygiene, have a supply of masks on hand so that the fabric masks can be washed daily, and ensure everyone in your family receives a flu shot and all immunizations are kept up-to-date.

 

We truly appreciate everyone’s honesty, cooperation and dedication, to keeping our schools safe and healthy places of learning. During the month of the Most Holy Rosary, we continue to entrust our students, teachers, principals and staff to our Lady; the cause of our hope and joy.

 

Sincerely,

 

Thomas Chadzutko

 

Thomas Chadzutko, Ed.D.

Superintendent ~ Catholic School Support Services

2020 Franny’s Fun Run

 
Dear Academy Families,
 
Thank you so much for participating in our Fall Nursery Sale. What a great success it was in raising over $2,200.
 
A special thank you to both Mrs. Rasmussen and Shannon Florist & Nursery for helping us make it a great success.
 
We are so excited about our first major fundraiser of the 2020-2021 school year.
 
We ask you to join us in supporting our Virtual Franny Fun Run 5K Run/Walk Fundraiser. We hope you can help and enjoy this wonderful school event! We ask each child to complete a 5K walk/run between Nov. 6th through Nov. 12th. Send video/pictures to be posted on our school web page and Facebook page! Please note that both November 6th and the 11th are scheduled days off for students and are great days to partake in this virtual event.
 
Our challenge is $30,000 in donations! Our goal is attainable if everyone can do their part ($50.00 per student).
 
Step 1: On Monday October 19th, our parents will receive an email providing a link to your child’s web based donation page.
Step 2: IMPORTANT…. share your donation page via Facebook, Twitter and Social Media. Also use the email and text link on the invite and reach out to as many family and St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy friends requesting their support. Donations are made via secure credit card site.
Step 3: Check in often and follow SFDSCA and your child’s progress as we strive to reach and surpass our goal of $30,000!
Reach out again as a reminder to family and friends.
 
We will also still continue to accept Venmo. Please make sure the donation payment is sent to “@SFDSCACADEMY”. Please include student’s name and class name along with donor’s name and if available email along with ATTN: Franny’s Fun Run.
 
If you do not receive your link via email, please search your student’s page here:
 
Thank you in advance for your cooperation and support!!!
 
Incentives:
1. PlayStation 5 for the student with top amount of money donated!
2. Fitbit for student with top number of donations!
3. Grade with most money donated will earn a Pizza party!
4. Any students with meeting their goal of by November 3rd will receive a T-Shirt and Bib to wear during the Run/Walk.
5. Dress Down Day on Thursday/Friday November 12th/13th for any student who has at least one donation of any amount.

SFDS Week of October 19th 2020

Dear Families, 

 

Congratulations and God Bless! On Wednesday, October 21st, many members of St. Francis de Sales Grade 8 will be blessed by the Holy Spirit. 

Due to the ceremonies being at 1 pm and 4 pm, the 8th Grade class is off on Wednesday the 21st. The rest of the school has early dismissal at 12 pm this Wednesday

 

May 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 this school year will be receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation at Blessed Trinity Parish. A special thank you to Mrs. Foti, Mrs. Gigliello, Mrs.McMahon, and Mrs. Hayes who have prepared the conframndi from our academy over the past 14 months. 

 

Although a short week, we were very busy, and our regular instructional time over these last four days! We were so impressed with our Kindergarten through 8th graders hard at work throughout a tough week of IReady assessments. The New York Learning standards are designed to ensure students are prepared to enter and succeed in career opportunities or postsecondary education and ensuing careers. To assist teachers in meeting the demands of these rigorous standards, St. Francis has started to utilize a program called i-Ready®, an innovative adaptive assessment and engaging personalized instruction program for reading and math. Adaptive tests match the difficulty of test questions to the ability of each student. As students answer questions correctly, the test gets more difficult. As students answer questions incorrectly, the test gets easier. In both cases, the test adapts to find the precise ability of the test taker. i-Ready helps teachers assess the needs of each and every student in their class while monitoring progress throughout the school year. It also provides differentiated, individualized online and classroom instruction based on the skills that each student needs. i-Ready Diagnostic is given three times during the school year: at the beginning of the school year (which we just finished) , middle of the year, and end of the year. The results of the adaptive assessment provide teachers with an instructional course of action personalized for each student. Immediately following each assessment, i-Ready places your child into Online Instruction to support his or her progress in mastering essential skills in reading and math. The Online Instruction, if used more than 45 minutes per subject, per week, has been proven to help students grow academically. Over the next month, you will find out how you can help your child at home access this instruction beyond the hours of formal class instruction.

 

We have a lot to update this upcoming week:

 

COVID-19 Health Updates: Every student who comes into school each day has to have a health screening completed each and every day. There can be no exceptions to this. Please note that future failure to fill out this daily health screen for your child could mean that your child will have to be sent home. We should have all 435 students health screening each day for students in Nursery-Grade 8. Thanks in advance for your cooperation. 

Please click here for instructions on how to fill out the daily health screen for your child(ren) Any issues please reach out to Mrs. Endall at hendall@stfrancisschoolbh.net 

Also as stated in our back to school plan, there are over 40 hand sanitizer stations that have been installed in the school. At all entrances, all classrooms, and hallways. It is a suggestion that if a child has a small bottle of sanitizer that they bring it to school to place on their desk. This will help us in two ways. First, it will limit the amount of students who may need to get up to get sanitizer, it will also help us not go through the school stockpile as quickly. 

By all of us doing a daily health screening and making sure we are practicing hand hygiene we can continue to keep our school community healthy and safe. 

 

5th-8th Grade Hybrid Learning: We are on a Week 2 Schedule. (See Below)

 

Monday 10/19: Gold Group in School; Blue Group online

 

Tuesday 10/20: Blue Group in School; Gold Group online

 

Wednesday 10/21: Gold Group in School; Blue Group online- No School Grade 8; 12n dismissal for all other grades

 

Thursday 10/22: Blue Group in School; Gold Group online

 

Friday 10/23: Gold Group in School; Blue Group online

 

Winter and Summer Uniform: Please note that starting on Monday, October 19th, winter uniforms should be worn. Just a reminder that students who are wearing their gym uniforms most days must have their gym sweatpants along with their gym shirt starting Monday 10/19. If you choose to wear the dress uniform the full winter dress uniform is what would be required. 

 

As you know our students will have the opportunity to play outside on most days throughout the year. We will soon see seasonal weather and the Academy’s policy is to go outside as long as the temperature is above freezing. We will be doing our best this year to get the children out as much as possible. 

As the weather cools down we find that many of our students arrive at school in sweatshirts or sometimes not even a sweatshirt on days that clearly require heavier jackets. There’s a big difference from walking from the car into the school building than being outside for 30 minutes for recess or 45 minutes for physical education. Please make sure your children dress weather appropriate. You would be surprised at how quickly our lost and found bins fill up. Please label all jackets, sweatshirts, and coats. 

 

 

8th Grade High School Information: Just a quick reminder for our 8th-grade families that high school information is being updated regularly on our website.  Many schools are advertising virtual open houses that will occur during the month of October many this weekend. Please make sure you are checking the “TACHS Exam and high school information” page weekly for updated dates and events. 

 

Also last week the academy pushed the extension “Proctorio” on all school devices. Just a reminder this extension is needed to take the TACHS exam. Please begin to have a discussion with your child this weekend of what device he or she will use for the TACHS exam next month. Please note that the device must meet certain requirements and have a working microphone and camera.

 

Ocktoberfest: St. Francis de Sales Parish is hosting an Octoberfest 50/50 Raffle. Tickets are $100 and a winner will be drawn on October 31st. Tickets are available at the SFDS rectory. 

 

Rosary Rally: Bishop DiMarzio has again asked that we join with other dioceses throughout the country by scheduling our school-wide Rosary Rally for Tuesday, October 27, 2020 at 11:00am. Students in Kindergarten through Grade eight will be participating in this very special service. Students are asked to bring their rosary beads for this special service. Our third graders will lead us in prayer from the church while the rest of the school participates virtually from their classroom or at home. 

 

Graduation Picture Day: We are moving up-graduation pictures to next Monday (Gold Group) and Tuesday (Blue Group) for the Class of 2021. Boys are asked to bring or wear a white hopefully pressed button-down shirt, we will provide the Gold tie. Girls should wear something flat – no bulky sweatshirt or sweater. Please note it is a dress down day for Grade 8 next Monday/Tuesday to hopefully make life easier. Everyone should remember that the cap has to go on the head for some of the photos – hairstyles are important, and shouldn’t be “big hair”. 

Our photographer Harisch Studios is also offering 8th-grade graduation portraits at their Ridgewood, NY studios this year. Book here to have the portrait taken at their studios INSTEAD of at school. You must book PRIOR to 8 PM the evening BEFORE your child’s scheduled school portraits, otherwise, the photographs will be taken at school. To do that please click here.

Please note makeups will be planned at a later date. 

Once your child is photographed you will be emailed proofs and have the ability to purchase pictures in the following weeks.

We will be working or arranging other days for the other grades in the coming weeks. 

 

Virtual Fall Book Fair: 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 shopping at our Virtual 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.

We invite you to visit our Online Fair by clicking here starting Monday.  Our Online Fair is available from 10/19 to 11/2. Remember, all purchases benefit our school. Thank you for supporting our readers!

Have a wonderful weekend.  Thank you as always for your support!

 

Ongoing Fundraisers

Shop with Scrip: This year SFDS is beginning to use a new fundraising platform, called Shop with Scrip.  This is a gift card fundraising opportunity where you can purchase gift cards for yourself and as gifts for others.  It is really easy to use and can be very rewarding for our school. 

Electronic gift cards can be purchased through the Shop with Scrip app called Raise Right and are immediately available for use so gift cards can be purchased to use on items you are already buying anyway.  It is easy to link your bank account which would cost 15 cents per transaction as a handling fee.  Purchasing with credit cards has a 2.6% fee.  To send electronic gift cards to others currently needs to be purchased through the website, http://shopwithscrip.com.   

 

Physical gift cards can also be ordered and will ship to school so thinking ahead to gifts in the coming months would be a great idea!  This option takes a little more time.  If you are intending to purchase physical gift cards, the first order is due on October 31st and once the order is placed, gift cards will be received within a week. Your recipients will receive a full valued gift card and a percentage will be donated to SFDS! 

 

How to Get started

Create an account on the RaiseRight app or at ShopWithScrip.com using Saint Francis de Sales Catholic Academy’s  enrollment code: 82CE5FEL58894

 

If you have questions do not hesitate to reach out to Mrs. Kelly Henning at kellyahenning@gmail.com

Stop and Shop: Stop and Shop Rewards have begun again. 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/ to register your card over the phone. You may select up to two (2) schools. 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! 

  • If you need assistance, Call Customer Care at 877-366-2668 OPTION #1

Please note that we will be having a Dress Down Day on either 11/19/20 or 11/20/20 for all students whose families have registered.

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.

Virtual Book Fair 10/19-11/2

This week would usually be our in-person Fall Book Fair. Due to COVID-19 restrictions and the use of our school gym, we will be hosting a 2-week virtual Book Fair. Please note all orders are shipped directly to your homes. Any order over $25 qualifies for free shipping.

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 shopping at our Virtual 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.

We invite you to visit our Online Fair by clicking below. Our Online Fair is available from 10/19 to 11/2. Remember, all purchases benefit our school. Thank you for supporting our readers!

https://bookfairs.scholastic.com/bookfairs/cptoolkit/homepage.do?method=homepage&url=stfrancisdesalesschool10

SFDS Week of October 12th 2020

 

Dear Academy Community, 

This week our diocese has been affected by decisions of local government officials that have resulted in eight of our sixty-six schools having to go remote for at least two weeks some just a few miles away in Brooklyn.  As you know first hand our teachers and staff have worked too hard, and you, our families have provided too much support, that we cannot allow government officials to derail the education of your children. If you agree, please continue to let your elected officials know how you feel, by taking a moment to call and email Governor Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio. Please call Governor Cuomo directly at 1-518-474-8390 and Mayor de Blasio at 212-788-3000. 

On Wednesday Father Bill and I were also informed that all prayer services and masses planned with the school will have to be postponed for the time being. 

The Diocese of Brooklyn’s Superintendent’s office has made the following decision in consultation with Bishop Chappetto, Msgr. Cassato, Msgr. Hernandez, Msgr. Aguggia and Fr. Keating:

Effective immediately out of the continued concern and abundant caution for the health, safety, and wellbeing of the entire Catholic Academy/Parish School Communities, all class Masses and Prayer Services will be postponed until further notice. We are closely monitoring the situation and will provide you with additional details as they are made available. 

Due to this the Class of 2021 Ring/Pin Prayer Service is postponed until a later date. As soon as we have a window to have this special prayer service/tradition we will reschedule. We are unsure what this means for our planned Rosary Rally on 10/27 and will be discussing that this week with the Diocesan Office. 

As more information is shared, we will provide you with more details. 

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

Columbus Day: Just a reminder that we are off this Monday, October 12th. Enjoy your long weekend!

5th-8th Grade Hybrid Learning: We are on a Week 1 Schedule. (See Below)

 

Tuesday 10/13: Gold Group in School; Blue Group online

 

Wednesday 10/14: Blue Group in School; Gold Group online

 

Thursday 10/15: Gold Group in School; Blue Group online (Gold Group- Crazy Socks for $1)

 

Friday 10/16: Blue Group in School; Gold Group online (Blue Group- Crazy Socks for $1)

 

 

Winter and Summer Uniform: Please note that starting on Monday, October 19th, winter uniforms should be worn. Just a reminder that students who are wearing their gym uniforms most days must have their gym sweatpants along with their gym shirt starting next Monday 10/19. 

As you know our students will have the opportunity to play outside on most days throughout the year. We will soon see seasonal weather and the Academy’s policy is to go outside as long as the temperature is above freezing. We will be doing our best this year to get the children out as much as possible. 

As the weather cools down we find that many of our students arrive to school in sweatshirts on days that clearly require heavier jackets. There’s a big difference from walking from the car into the school building than being outside for 30 minutes. Please make sure your children dress weather appropriate. You would be surprised at how quickly our lost and found bins fill up. Please label all jackets, sweatshirts, and coats. 

Upcoming Confirmation Practices: For those students receiving the sacrament of Confirmation at St. Francis on 10/21 there are mandatory practices later this week. For those students receiving the sacrament at the 1pm Ceremony, their Confirmation practice is on Thursday 10/15 at 6:30pm. For those students receiving the sacrament at the 4pm Ceremony, their Confirmation practice is on Friday 10/16 at 6:30pm. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Greene. Please note all 8th graders this week will receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation as they continue to welcome the Holy Spirit over the next few weeks.  

8th Grade High School Information: Just a quick reminder for our 8th-grade families that high school information is being updated regularly on our website.  Many schools are advertising virtual open houses that will occur during the month of October some this weekend and many next weekend. Please make sure you are checking the “TACHS Exam and high school information” page weekly for updated dates and events. 

Also yesterday the academy pushed the extension “Proctorio” on all school devices. Just a reminder this extension is needed to take the TACHS exam. Please begin to have a discussion with your child this weekend of what device he or she will use for the TACHS exam next month. Please note that the device must meet certain requirements and have a working microphone and camera.

Socktober: On Friday, 10/16 (Thursday 10/15 for Grade 5-8 Gold Group), don’t forget to bring in $1 and wear CRAZY socks as we celebrate the last day of summer uniform. 

Option C Gradebook: As we reach the halfway point of the 1st trimester 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. 

Fall Nursery Sale: We are now partnering up with Shannon’s Florist in Brooklyn to have a Fall Mum, Cabbage, Corn Stalk, and Hay Bale sale. Please click here for pictures of the items which is followed by an order form. Please for each item pick a quantity even if it is zero. All order forms are due by Sunday, October 11th. We need to have the order to the florist no later than Monday, October 12th.

All payment must come through Venmo. Please make your family’s payment to “@SFDSCACADEMY”. Please be sure to include your family name Fall Nursery Sal in the notes section. Please note that your order is not complete until payment is made and the order form is submitted.

The completed form(s) and payment is due by Sunday, October 11th, 2020

The items will be delivered to the school on Friday, October 16th, and will be available to be picked up at dismissal on the 16th.

Ocktoberfest: St. Francis de Sales Parish is hosting an Octoberfest 50/50 Raffle. Tickets are $100 and a winner will be drawn on October 31st. Tickets are available at the SFDS rectory and of course from Father Jim. Just a reminder that Father Jim did sell the winning ticket from a year ago. All proceeds will go directly to benefit St. Francis de Sales parish. 

Fundraiser Corner:

Next week we will be rolling out two brand new fundraisers that we are so excited about. 

First, a brand new ongoing fundraiser calling Shop with Scrip which will be a way of buying Gift Cards while helping support St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy. 

Second, Franny is so excited to be leading the first-ever Franny 5K Virtual Fun/Run Walk from Friday, November 6th until Wednesday, November 11th. Stay tuned for more information. 

Stop and Shop: Stop and Shop Rewards have begun again. 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/ to register your card over the phone. You may select up to two (2) schools. 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! 

  • If you need assistance, Call Customer Care at 877-366-2668 OPTION #1

Please note that we will be having a Dress Down Day on either 11/19/20 or 11/20/20 for all students whose families have registered.

 

 

Fall Nursery Sale

Thanks again for helping make our sweatshirt sale such a success. As soon as the sweatshirts come in we will send them home with your children. 

We are now partnering up with Shannon’s Florist in Brooklyn to have a Fall Mum, Cabbage, Corn Stalk, and Hay Bale sale. Please click here for pictures of the items which is followed by an order form. Please for each item pick a quantity even if it is zero. All order forms are due by Sunday, October 11th. We need to have the order to the florist no later than Monday, October 12th.

All payment must come through Venmo. Please make your family’s payment to “@SFDSCACADEMY”. Please be sure to include your family name Fall Nursery Sal in the notes section. Please note that your order is not complete until payment is made and the order form is submitted.

The completed form(s) and payment is due by Sunday, October 11th, 2020

The items will be delivered to the school on Friday, October 16th, and will be available to be picked up at dismissal on the 16th.

 

SFDS Smiles

As we finish our first full month of school and although these times may be difficult NOTHING can mask our smiles. Have a great weekend.

 

SFDS Week of October 5th 2020

Dear Academy Community, 

 

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

Just a few health reminders as we enter our second month of school that any individual who is sent home ill and Nurse Peggy requires to submit medical clearance signed by a licensed NYS Medical Professional clearly stating the individual can return to school, and either indicate a diagnosis or that the illness was not COVID-related must do so to return to school. There are no exceptions to this requirement. 

The medical clearance must be emailed to Mrs. Endall at hendall@stfrancisschoolbh.net. If a COVID test is administered according to the doctor recommendation, students must remain home while awaiting results, and a copy of the negative COVID test result should accompany the medical clearance letter.

Also, any individual who calls out ill is required to submit medical clearance signed by a licensed NYS Medical Professional clearly stating the individual can return to school, and either indicate a diagnosis or that the illness was not COVID-related. There are no exceptions to this requirement. 

The medical clearance must be emailed to Mrs. Endall at hendall@stfrancisschoolbh.net. If a COVID test is administered according to the doctor recommendation, students must remain home while awaiting results, and a copy of the negative COVID test result should accompany the medical clearance letter.

We would also like to draw your attention to “The COVID-19 Report Card”, an online dashboard that tracks real-time COVID-19 infections and testing operations of every New York school and school district. 

To access Saint Francis de Sales’ report card please click below.  

Daily COVID-19 Report Card Saint Francis De Sales Catholic Academy

The COVID-19 Report Card will provide parents, teachers, students, and all New Yorkers with comprehensive data updated on a daily basis, including:

  • Positive infections by date of students & staff by school & school district
  • Whether school/district (& student and staff) are remote, in-person, or hybrid
  • Number of students and staff on-site
  • Percentage of on-site students & staff who test positive
  • Number of tests administered by the school, test type, lab used and lag time
  • Date of last submission/update

Any questions about the report card please be in touch. 

On to the week ahead……

5th-8th Grade Hybrid Learning: We are on a Week 2 Schedule. (See Below)

 

Monday 10/5: Gold Group in School; Blue Group online

 

Tuesday 10/6: Blue Group in School; Gold Group online

 

Wednesday 10/7: Gold Group in School; Blue Group online

 

Thursday 10/8: Blue Group in School; Gold Group online

 

Friday 10/9: Gold Group in School; Blue Group online. (½ day schedule) 

 

i-Ready: I am excited to share that our Kindergarten through 8th grade is implementing a Mathematics and Reading program called i-Ready. Below, you will find information about the program and how we will be using it in the classroom.

What is i-Ready?

i-Ready is an online program that will help us determine your child’s strengths and areas for growth, personalize their learning, and monitor their progress throughout the school year. i-Ready allows us to meet your child where they are and provides us with data to inform instruction.

The i-Ready Diagnostic that students will begin to take next week (Week of October 5th) is an adaptive assessment that adjusts its questions to suit your child’s needs. Each item a student receives is based on their answer to the previous question. For example, a series of correct answers will result in slightly harder questions, while a series of incorrect answers will yield slightly easier ones. The purpose of this is not to give your child a score or grade but to determine how to best support their learning.

What can I do to help?

To help prepare your child for the i-Ready Diagnostic, encourage them to:

·   Get a good night’s sleep and eat a full breakfast each day 

·   Try their best on each question and try not to rush.

·   Try not to worry about questions to which they do not know the answers—remind them that it is expected that they will only get about half of the questions correct.

·   Be respectful of other students who take longer to finish.

What happens next?

The i-Ready Diagnostic will provide results that help us as a school to identify your child’s strengths and determine the next steps for instruction. I look forward to sharing these results with you throughout the year and providing a learning experience that will engage your child while teaching important skills and concepts.

If you have any questions about i-Ready, please do not hesitate to contact me or the school. You can also learn more about i-Ready by visiting i-ReadyCentral.com/FamilyCenter.

As always, thank you for your continued support and for being a partner in your child’s learning! It is much appreciated.

8th Grade High School Information: Just a quick reminder for our 8th-grade families that high school information is being updated regularly on our website.  Many schools are advertising virtual open houses that will occur during the month of October some this weekend. Please make sure you are checking the “TACHS Exam and high school information” page weekly for updated dates and events.  

Blessing of the Animals: October 4th is the feast day of Saint Francis Assisi.  Saint Francis is remembered as the patron saint of animals and the environment.  Saint Francis of Assisi chose a life of poverty, prayer, and peacemaking.  He cared for the poor, the sick and all creation, and founded the Franciscan order. It is customary on the feast day of Saint Francis to bless the animals, in remembrance of his love for all creatures great and small.   All are welcome to join the Saint Francis de Sales and Blessed Trinity Parish communities in the blessing of animals on Sunday 10/4 at 1pm at St. Francis Parish, St. Thomas More Church, and Father Hession Hall. Feel free to bring your pets and your masks. 

 

Class of 2021 Ring Night: A little later this school year the 8th-grade students will be the graduating class of 2021 from St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy.  To mark this special event, we will be gathering on October 13th for the schools’ 8th grade Class Ring and Pin Prayer Service, at 7pm in Saint Francis de Sales Church. This is usually an event that we have in June of 7th grade. 

The 8th graders and two guests are invited to this event. Please note this event is subject to cancelation based on New York State Guidelines. All students and guests will have to wear masks for the entire prayer service. Please let us know by Monday October 5th if you are not attending so we can create a seating chart. Please note we do hope to have all of our upcoming graduates and their families in attendance on this special night yet we do understand for various reasons why a child/family is not able to attend. Please note that the dress code for the students on this night is to dress up. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 restrictions, there is no reception after the ceremony. Further instructions along with the seating chart will be sent out closer to the ceremony. 

 

Catholic High School Fair at Saint Francis de Sales Catholic Academy: This Monday October 5th 2020 (Rain Date Wednesday October 7th 2020) from 6pm-8pm in the School Yard. 7th and 8th Grade Students and Families are invited to St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy Annual Catholic High School Night. Please note this is an outdoor event and masks are required to enter the event- No Exceptions!!! Please see below the schedule of entrance in the schoolyard. Please adhere to this schedule as it is crucial in minimizing the number of people in the schoolyard at a given time.  

 

6pm Arrival for Students from 8A and students from neighboring schools with last name starting with A-F

6:30pm Arrival for Students from 7A and students from neighboring schools with last name starting with G-L

7pm Arrival for Students from 8B and students from neighboring schools with last name starting with M-S

7:30pm Arrival for Students from 8B and students from neighboring schools with last name starting with T-Z

Bagel Mondays: We are happy to report that Bagel Mondays will continue!  Every Monday for the dates indicated in the forms below, students have the option to purchase bagels for lunch. 

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

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

There are three different forms to fill out based on what Grade and or Cohort your child(ren) are apart of.

Kindergarten-Grade 4: https://forms.gle/K5b6KFpXMyoai7UY7

Grades 5-8 Blue Cohort: https://forms.gle/XoXPqEsMsTaXFnyA7

Grades 5-8 Gold Cohort: https://forms.gle/16Dn3JsZo51YJqgF6

The completed form(s) and payment are due by Monday, October 5th, 2020. Please note that the forms will be closed on Tuesday October 6th and you may not be able to order bagels after that date. 

School Sweatshirts: In the past, our school has sold sweatshirts and jackets this time of the year. The company we used in the past has gone out of business. This year we are placing an order for an SFDS quarter zip sweatshirt with a vendor that we used last year. If you would like to order a sweatshirt for your child please fill out the form below. Please note that the only sweatshirts that can be worn in school are these sweatshirts with the Saint Francis Logo, or past sweatshirts from the Jacket sale, or the Gym Sweatshirt. No CYO sweatshirts are allowed to be worn during the day as part of the uniform. 

The price of the sweatshirt is $35.00. $39.00 for 2XL and 3XL. 

Please fill out the following form ​https://forms.gle/x7QemDLsVohM1dYWA by Sunday October 4th.  You may only pay by Venmo. When you pay through Venmo please make your family’s payment to “@SFDSCACADEMY”. Please be sure to include what children (full name) and class you are making payment for in the notes section. Please note that your order is not complete until payment is made and the order form is submitted or handed in. We will be submitting the order on Monday 10/5 and late orders will not be accepted. 

Any questions please email Mrs. Buckley at mbuckley@stfrancisschoolbh.net

½ Day: This Friday 10/9 will be a half-day with 12n dismissal for all students due to our afternoon faculty meeting. Have a great early start to Columbus Day Weekend. 

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. 

Virtual Mad Science: Please see the following message from our friends at Mad Science 

Hello potential Mad Scientists and Imaginative Artists,

We miss having the opportunity to see you all and share in fun learning.  To that end, we are offering two special sessions this fall especially for our Catholic Schools community.  We invite you to join us on Mondays at 4:15-5:00PM for our Imagine Arts: Wild World Drawing club or on Wednesdays from 4:00-4:45PM for our Mad Science Crazy Chemworks club.  Both programs run for 8-weeks beginning the week of Oct 19th, and can be done with simple supplies sourced from home.  Each week we’ll send a supply list along with other fun activity sheets before the class occurs.  Join us with participants from the following schools:

Immaculate Conception in Jamaica Estates

Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament in Bayside

Divine Wisdom in Douglaston

St. Stanislaus Kostka in Greenpoint

Sacred Heart in Bayside

And Sacred Heart in Hartsdale

Click here (https://conta.cc/3l44EL8) for info about this special offer or feel free to call or email Mad Science/Crayola Imagine Arts directly at 914-948-8319 or info@madsciencenyc.com

Thank you for supporting small local businesses at this time and allowing us to enrich the lives of your children.

Fundraiser Corner:

Stop and Shop: Stop and Shop Rewards have begun again. 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/ to register your card over the phone. You may select up to two (2) schools. 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! 

  • If you need assistance, Call Customer Care at 877-366-2668 OPTION #1

Please note that we will be having a Dress Down Day on either 11/19/20 or 11/20/20 for all students whose families have registered.

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. 

Save the Date

Socktober: On Friday, 10/16 (Thursday 10/15 for Grade 5-8 Blue Group), don’t forget to bring in $1 and wear CRAZY socks as we celebrate the last day of summer uniform. 

Winter and Summer Uniform: Please note that starting on Monday October 19th, 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. Please note this applies to those students who are wearing their Gym uniforms as well.