SFDS Week of November 18th 2019

Dear Academy Families, 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

The following items are needed:

 

8th Grade: Tomato Products and Tissues

7th Grade: Toilet Paper and Cranberry Sauce

6th Grade: Mouthwash and Tomato Products

5th Grade: Baby Wipes and Mayonnaise

4th Grade: Clorox Wipes and Sugar

3rd Grade: Purell and Applesauce

2nd Grade: Body Lotion and Coffee

1st Grade: Hand Soap and Flour

Kindergarten: Paper Towels and Jam

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

We can always use help!

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

Please keep this into consideration.

 

Thank you once again for all your help.

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

Have a wonderful weekend. 

 

 

Fundraising Corner 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

AmazonSmile is not currently available for iOS users. 

 

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

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

Christmas Show (December 17th and 18th)

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 December 2nd, 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 18th at 6:30 pm. A ticket order form is attached to this letter.

 

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 Christmas Road Trip” 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 and C classes will perform on December 17th
  • The B classes will perform on December 18th
  • The school band and 5th Grade Sign Language Club will perform at 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 6th. Starting on Tuesday December 10th 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 12/10 (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, Sign Language Club Students in Grade 5 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.

 

 

SFDS Week of November 11th 2019

Dear Families, 

 

Just a reminder that St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy is closed on Friday  November 8th, as teachers will be gathering for a day of professional development. 

St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy is also closed on Monday November 11th 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…..

 

8th Grade Dinner Dance Meeting: Eighth grade families are invited to join Mrs. Faughnan and myself to the first Dinner Dance meeting on Tuesday November 12th 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.

 

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

 

Fall Harvest Dance: Just a reminder to all 6th-8th Grade Families that we are having a dance next Friday from 7pm-10pm. Tickets are $15 and include a pizza dinner. We do ask that all tickets are bought no later than Wednesday 11/13. 

 

3rd Grade Trip: Grade 3 families don’t forget that this Wednesday 11/13 is the third grade trip. Any questions please ask your child’s homeroom teacher directly.

 

Card Party Committee Meeting: For those who are helping out with the huge task of planning and preparing for our annual Card Party, the first committee meeting is going to be on Wednesday November 13th at 7pm. . Thank you to all who lend a hand with our biggest fundraiser of the year.

 

Stop and Shop Dress Down: Stop and Shop Rewards began on 9/6. 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 Days on 11/15/19 for all students whose families have registered over the past few years. 

 

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

 

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

 

The following items are needed:

 

8th Grade: Tomato Products and Tissues

7th Grade: Toilet Paper and Cranberry Sauce

6th Grade: Mouthwash and Tomato Products

5th Grade: Baby Wipes and Mayonnaise

4th Grade: Clorox Wipes and Sugar

3rd Grade: Purell and Applesauce

2nd Grade: Body Lotion and Coffee

1st Grade: Hand Soap and Flour

Kindergarten: Paper Towels and Jam

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

 

 

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

 

Yearbook Ads: Just a reminder that all orders for the 2019-2020 Yearbook were due. We can no longer accept any orders for this year’s yearbook. 

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

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

We can always use help!

Please be aware you are not guaranteed to have your child’s class every time you

sign up.  We do our best to accommodate whenever possible, however there will be times you will be assigned other classes when you sign up.  There are also many times our teacher like to stay with their class for lunch.

Please keep this into consideration.

 

Thank you once again for all your help.

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

Have a wonderful weekend. 

 

Fundraising Corner 

 

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. 

 

Box Tops for Education: Congratulations to the 5th grade who were our winners of a Pizza Party for the Fall Box Tops Contest. 

 

Final Standings

 

We will be starting another contest in a few weeks so keep those Box Tops close by. As you may have noticed, Box Tops is moving to a more digital program, though there are still many products on shelves with Box Tops on them.  Keep clipping those and send them into school. In addition, if you download the Box Tops app, you can also scan that receipt for box tops. Once the receipt is scanned, fill in your child’s name and class in the field for Credit.   Stores are constantly running different promotions. For example, BJs Wholesale is running a special that if you purchase two box tops products, you will get $5.00 (that’s the equivalent to 50 box tops for your child’s class!). You do not need to scan any of your personal information provided that you have the date of purchase included in the scanned receipt.  Receipts need to be scanned within 14 days of purchase. This is such a fast, easy way to support our school.

 

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

Please return the order form that can be found by clicking here, along with payment (cash, check or indicate that you have paid by Venmo) by November 12th.  If you pay by Venmo, please make your payment to @SFDSCACADEMY and include “Unforgettable Fire” in the notes section. Thank you in advance for making the Unforgettable Fire concert a huge success for St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy.  

 

SFDS Week of November 4th 2019

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 as well as next weekend they set off to take their TACHS exam. Best of luck, 8th Grade! We know you will do your very best. 

 

Don’t forget to turn those clocks back on Saturday night. Enjoy the extra hour of sleep. 

 

Professional Day & Veterans Day: Remember that next week is a short week a day off for students on Friday November 8th for a Faculty Professional Day, and the school is closed on Monday  November 11th in observance of Veteran’s Day. Enjoy the long weekend. 

 

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

 

Class Picture Day: Don’t forget that class picture day is Monday November 4th all students should be in Dress Uniform as their Gym classes will be in the classroom on  Monday 11/4.

 

You can order pictures in advance on mylifetouch.com with our school picture ID of: OV449012Q0

 

For anyone that missed individual pictures this week on Monday, please note that our makeup picture day is on Monday December 16th. For all those that were absent you will be reminded closer to the date. 

 

7th and 8th Grade Trip: Grade 7 and 8 families don’t forget that this Thursday 11/7 is the 7th and 8th Grade trip. Any questions please ask your child’s homeroom teacher directly.

 

Conversation with the Administration: Please join Mr. Scharbach and Mrs. Faughnan on Tuesday 11/5 at 7pm or 11/6 at 9:30am. We will be discussing curriculum changes, upcoming fundraisers, school events, and the results of the 2019 Family Survey. 

 

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

 

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

 

The following items are needed:

8th Grade: Tomato Products and Tissues

7th Grade: Toilet Paper and Cranberry Sauce

6th Grade: Mouthwash and Tomato Products

5th Grade: Baby Wipes and Mayonnaise

4th Grade: Clorox Wipes and Sugar

3rd Grade: Purell and Applesauce

2nd Grade: Body Lotion and Coffee

1st Grade: Hand Soap and Flour

Kindergarten: Paper Towels and Jam

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

NJHS Pediatric Cancer Event: Thanks to all who supported the NJHS event two weeks ago. I am happy to say that the event raised over $1650 for the Pediatric Cancer Foundation. 

Very special thank you to Jonathan Lazo (Grade 8) for organizing this event from start to finish. 

 

Upcoming Fees: A quick reminder that several fees were due today. 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 if you have not done so already.  

 

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

 

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

We can always use help!

Please be aware you are not guaranteed to have your child’s class every time you

sign up.  We do our best to accommodate whenever possible, however there will be times you will be assigned other classes when you sign up.  There are also many times our teacher like to stay with their class for lunch.

Please keep this into consideration.

 

Thank you once again for all your help.

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

Have a wonderful weekend. 

 

Fundraising Corner 

 

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. 

 

Box Tops for Education: Congratulations to the 5th grade who were our winners of a Pizza Party for the Fall Box Tops Contest. 

 

Final Standings

We will be starting another contest in a few weeks so keep those Box Tops close by. As you may have noticed, Box Tops is moving to a more digital program, though there are still many products on shelves with Box Tops on them.  Keep clipping those and send them into school. In addition, if you download the Box Tops app, you can also scan that receipt for box tops. Once the receipt is scanned, fill in your child’s name and class in the field for Credit.   Stores are constantly running different promotions. For example, BJs Wholesale is running a special that if you purchase two box tops products, you will get $5.00 (that’s the equivalent to 50 box tops for your child’s class!). You do not need to scan any of your personal information provided that you have the date of purchase included in the scanned receipt.  Receipts need to be scanned within 14 days of purchase. This is such a fast, easy way to support our school.

 

Stop and Shop: Stop and Shop Rewards began on 9/6. 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 in two weeks on 11/15/19 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 26th  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 this Monday November 4th.

 

Pie/Cake Order Form

 

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

Please return the order form that can be found by clicking here, along with payment (cash, check or indicate that you have paid by Venmo) by November 7th.  If you pay by Venmo, please make your payment to @SFDSCACADEMY and include “Unforgettable Fire” in the notes section. Thank you in advance for making the Unforgettable Fire concert a huge success for St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy. 

SFDS Week of October 28th 2019

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 today. 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 5th 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 over the past two years. Thank you to our Parish Religious Education Director, Mrs. AnneMarie Greene, for organizing the ceremonies as well. 

 

Picture Day: On Monday 10/28 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.

 

Don’t forget that class picture day is Monday November 4th all students should be in Dress Uniform as their Gym classes will be in the classroom on  Monday 11/4.

 

You can order pictures in advance on mylifetouch.com with our school picture ID of: OV449012Q0

 

Technology Grant: I have great news to share. Thanks to the over 250 families that took a subscription to “The Tablet” over the past month. I recently received news that we reached our goal and will be overhauling all of our teacher and student devices here at St. Francis. During the Winter of 2020 if not sooner we will be switching out over 600 devices for all of our students and teachers in Grades K-8. As we all know, technology is a great tool yet it is constantly updating and getting better. From this joint effort we will be able to keep St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy up to date for the next years to come.  Thanks again. 

 

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 Thursday, 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-4pm. (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. 

 

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 Friday 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. Please note that we will have limited seating in the choir loft for parents. 

 

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:  Thursday and Friday 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. 

 

Chicken Finger Day: Just a reminder that this Tuesday 10/29 is our monthly Chicken Finger Day.

 

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 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 Friday 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  Friday, 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. 

 

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

 

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

We can always use help!

Please be aware you are not guaranteed to have your child’s class every time you

sign up.  We do our best to accommodate whenever possible, however there will be times you will be assigned other classes when you sign up.  There are also many times our teacher like to stay with their class for lunch.

Please keep this into consideration.

 

Thank you once again for all your help.

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

Have a wonderful weekend. 

 

Fundraising Corner 

 

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. 

 

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. A Pizza party to the grade that brings in the most Box Tops before October 30th, 2019.

 

Standings as of 10/10/19

Nursery-50

Pre-K-20

Kindergarten- 220

1st Grade- 137

2nd Grade- 218
3rd Grade- 30

4th Grade- 57

5th Grade-444

6th Grade- 6

7th Grade- 34

8th Grade- 29

 

As you may have noticed, Box Tops is moving to a more digital program, though there are still many products on shelves with Box Tops on them.  Keep clipping those and send them into school. In addition, if you download the Box Tops app, you can also scan that receipt for box tops. Once the receipt is scanned, fill in your child’s name and class in the field for Credit.   Stores are constantly running different promotions. For example, BJs Wholesale is running a special that if you purchase two box tops products, you will get $5.00 (that’s the equivalent to 50 box tops for your child’s class!). You do not need to scan any of your personal information provided that you have the date of purchase included in the scanned receipt.  Receipts need to be scanned within 14 days of purchase. This is such a fast, easy way to support our school.

 

Stop and Shop: Stop and Shop Rewards began on 9/6. 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 11/15/19 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 26th  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 Monday November 4th.

 

Pie/Cake Order Form

 

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

Please return the order form that can be found by clicking here, along with payment (cash, check or indicate that you have paid by Venmo) by November 7th.  If you pay by Venmo, please make your payment to @SFDSCACADEMY and include “Unforgettable Fire” in the notes section. Thank you in advance for making the Unforgettable Fire concert a huge success for St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy.  

 

Sherwood Wreaths: Welcome to our 5th Annual Sherwood Farms Wreath Sale!  

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 kicked off on October 16, and the last day that we can accept orders will be November 1 2019. 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!

SFDS Week of October 21st 2019

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. We have a lot to update this upcoming week:

 

Congratulations and God Bless! On Friday October 25th 2019, 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 Friday the 25th. The rest of the school has an early dismissal at 12pm. Students are expected to be in full winter uniform on Friday 10/25. 

 

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 in December will be receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation at Blessed Trinity Parish.

 

Upcoming Confirmation Practices: Students in 8A (4pm ceremony)  will be joining Mrs. Greene and our parish Religious Education for their Confirmation practice on Monday 10/21 and 10/22 from 7pm-8pm. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Greene. 

 

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 24, 2019 at 11:00am in the Church. Students in grades 1st grade 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!

 

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. 

 

2020 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 2019-2020.

To order a yearbook please print out the following Yearbook-Order-Form and send back to school by Friday 11/1/19. 

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 

Friday 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. 

 

Picture Day: In one week, on Monday 10/28 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.  

 

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 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 22nd and Wednesday October 23rd

Shopping hours: 

  • Special activities: Family Day at the Book Fair- Tuesday October 22nd @ 2:30pm-3:30pm: 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. Faughnan will be reading a book to the children at 3pm and Mr. Scharbach will be reading a book to the children at 3:15pm. 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 10/17 to 10/30. 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!

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

 

Ghana Book Collection:  During our book fair and all of next week we will be collecting gently-used books to send to schools in Ghana. During the week of Oct. 21st – 25th, members of the NJHS will collect the books at the end of each day. We ask that as you may buy a few new books this week at the book fair you think of donating a few gently used ones to this cause. There will be collection boxes in the classrooms and at the book fair as well. A special thank you to 8th grade student Danielle Tansey for coordinating this NJHS service project. 

 

Pre-K Trip: Pre-K families don’t forget that this Thursday 10/24 is the Pre-K trip. For more information please check your classroom dojo or ask your child’s teacher directly. 

 

2019-2020 Family Survey: In an effort to improve system practices, Saint Francis de Sales Catholic Academy conducted a Family Survey in the Fall of 2019. 34% of the families of our school participated. 

Please click here for Summarized counts of responses to the 2019 Family Survey. This survey used a Likert scale with the following ratings. 

5.0: Strongly Agree

4.0: Agree

3.0 Nuetral

2.0: Disagree

1.0: Strongly Disagree 

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 2019-2020 school year and beyond. Please note that many of the short responses that families answered  will be addressed at our next set of Conversation with the Administrative Team on November 5th (7pm) or November 6th (9:30am) 

Thanks again.

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

Please return the order form that can be found by clicking here, along with payment (cash, check or indicate that you have paid by Venmo) by November 7th.  If you pay by Venmo, please make your payment to @SFDSCACADEMY and include “Unforgettable Fire” in the notes section. Thank you in advance for making the Unforgettable Fire concert a huge success for St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy.  

 

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

We can always use help!

Please be aware you are not guaranteed to have your child’s class every time you

sign up.  We do our best to accommodate whenever possible, however there will be times you will be assigned other classes when you sign up.  There are also many times our teacher like to stay with their class for lunch.

Please keep this into consideration.

 

Thank you once again for all your help.

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

Have a wonderful weekend. 

 

Fundraising Corner 

 

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. 

 

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. A Pizza party to the grade that brings in the most Box Tops before October 30th, 2019.

 

Standings as of 10/10/19

Nursery-50

Pre-K-20

Kindergarten- 220

1st Grade- 137

2nd Grade- 218
3rd Grade- 30

4th Grade- 57

5th Grade-444

6th Grade- 6

7th Grade- 34

8th Grade- 29

 

As you may have noticed, Box Tops is moving to a more digital program, though there are still many products on shelves with Box Tops on them.  Keep clipping those and send them into school. In addition, if you download the Box Tops app, you can also scan that receipt for box tops. Once the receipt is scanned, fill in your child’s name and class in the field for Credit.   Stores are constantly running different promotions. For example, BJs Wholesale is running a special that if you purchase two box tops products, you will get $5.00 (that’s the equivalent to 50 box tops for your child’s class!). You do not need to scan any of your personal information provided that you have the date of purchase included in the scanned receipt.  Receipts need to be scanned within 14 days of purchase. This is such a fast, easy way to support our school.

 

Stop and Shop: Stop and Shop Rewards began on 9/6. 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 11/15/19 for all students whose families have registered.

 

Sherwood Wreaths: Welcome to our 5th Annual Sherwood Farms Wreath Sale!  

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 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!

SFDS Week of October 15th 2019

Dear Families, 

 

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 15th until Friday October 18th.  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 14th. Enjoy your long weekend!

 

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 10/16. 

 

NJHS Event: On October 18th, from 4pm-5:00pm, The National Junior Honor Society will be hosting “Shooting for Pediatric Cancer” for students in Grades 5-8. Those students are asking family and friends to be a sponsor for an amount pledged for each basket made. The total number of baskets will be 30. 

For example, if your uncle sponsors $0.50 per basket, and the student gets in 15 baskets, the total pledge owed is $7.50. 

Referees will be recording the baskets made by students. 

There is a $5.00 entry fee for each student entering the event.

Thank you for all your support. All proceeds are going to the Pediatric Cancer Foundation.

 

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 of today we have had 95 out 345 families (28%) 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 15th 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.

 

Winter and Summer Uniform: Please note that starting on Tuesday October 15th, winter uniforms should be worn. 

 

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. 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 25 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. 

 

Tablet Subscriptions =Technology for St. Francis: As discussed at the Back to School Night Meeting. The Diocese of Brooklyn is looking for all families to subscribe to the weekly newspaper of the Diocese “The Tablet”.

Through a special grant from DeSales Media Group these subscriptions will allow our school to receive 500 brand new chrome books/iPad to keep our school technology up to date. 

Each subscription is $22 for a year. You can subscribe or renew by clicking here. 

The best part is that each family that takes a subscription will get a $22 tuition credit on their FACTS account meaning that for our families this will be a free subscription.

As of today we have had 242 families that signed up  and need another 19 families to sign up to qualify for the grant.

We do ask that all families take a subscription no later than this weekend. Thanks in advance for helping us with this grant. 

 

2020 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 2019-2020.

To order a yearbook please print out the following Yearbook-Order-Form and send back to school by Friday 11/1/19. 

 

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. 

 

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

 

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 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 22nd and Wednesday October 23rd

 

Shopping hours: 

 

  • Special activities: Family Day at the Book Fair- Tuesday October 22nd @ 2:30pm-3:30pm: 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. Faughnan will be reading a book to the children at 3pm and Mr. Scharbach will be reading a book to the children at 3:15pm. 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 10/17 to 10/30.

 

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!

 

Upcoming Confirmation Practices: Students in 8B (1pm Ceremony) will be joining Mrs. Greene and our parish Religious Education for their Confirmation practice on Tuesday 10/15 and Thursday 10/17 from 7pm-8pm. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Greene. Students in 8A (4pm Ceremony) will have their practices next week. 

 

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

Please return the order form attached or that can be found by clicking here, along with payment (cash, check or indicate that you have paid by Venmo) by November 7th.  If you pay by Venmo, please make your payment to @SFDSCACADEMY and include “Unforgettable Fire” in the notes section. Thank you in advance for making the Unforgettable Fire concert a huge success for St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy.  

 

Picture Day: In two weeks, on Monday 10/28 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.  

 

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

We can always use help!

Please be aware you are not guaranteed to have your child’s class every time you

sign up.  We do our best to accommodate whenever possible, however there will be times you will be assigned other classes when you sign up.  There are also many times our teacher like to stay with their class for lunch.

Please keep this into consideration.

 

Thank you once again for all your help.

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

Fundraising Corner 

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

AmazonSmile is not currently available for iOS users. 

 

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. A Pizza party to the grade that brings in the most Box Tops before October 30th, 2019.

 

Standings as of 10/10/19

Nursery-50

Pre-K-20

Kindergarten- 220

1st Grade- 137

2nd Grade- 218
3rd Grade- 30

4th Grade- 57

5th Grade-444

6th Grade- 6

7th Grade- 34

8th Grade- 29

 

As you may have noticed, Box Tops is moving to a more digital program, though there are still many products on shelves with Box Tops on them.  Keep clipping those and send them into school. In addition, if you download the Box Tops app, you can also scan that receipt for box tops. Once the receipt is scanned, fill in your child’s name and class in the field for Credit.   Stores are constantly running different promotions. For example, BJs Wholesale is running a special that if you purchase two box tops products, you will get $5.00 (that’s the equivalent to 50 box tops for your child’s class!). You do not need to scan any of your personal information provided that you have the date of purchase included in the scanned receipt.  Receipts need to be scanned within 14 days of purchase. This is such a fast, easy way to support our school.

 

Stop and Shop: Stop and Shop Rewards began on 9/6. 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 11/15/19 for all students whose families have registered.

 

Sherwood Wreaths: Welcome to our 5th Annual Sherwood Farms Wreath Sale!  On Wednesday 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 16th, and the last day that we can accept orders will be November 1st. . 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!

Fall Book Fair (Tuesday October 22nd and Wednesday 23rd)

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 22nd and Wednesday October 23rd

 

Shopping hours: 

 

  • Special activities: Family Day at the Book Fair- Tuesday October 22nd @ 2:30pm-3:30pm: 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. Faughnan will be reading a book to the children at 3pm and Mr. Scharbach will be reading a book to the children at 3:15pm. 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 10/17 to 10/30.

 

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 7th 2019

Dear Families, 

 

And just like that, the first week of October has flown by! 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. 

 

Wit and Wisdom Parent Meeting: As you know St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy this year is beginning the implementation and rollout rollout of curricular and instructional materials and supports for grades K-2 English Language Arts (ELA) to maintain high levels of teaching and learning for all students. Parents are encouraged to come learn more from Mrs. Faughnan our assistant principal on Monday 10/7 at 7pm. There will be a presentation of the Wit and Wisdom/Fundations ELA curricular and instructional materials and supports, and an opportunity to ask questions. 

 

Socktober: On Friday, 10/11, 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.

 

Yankee Candle Fundraiser: The first fundraiser of the year is coming to an end. Please support St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy and at the same time pick up 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 Tuesday October 8th.  

 

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 of today we have had 66 out 345 families (6%) 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 15th 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.

 

Enrichment Programs Starting: Just a reminder that many of our enrichment programs will begin this week.  

Mad Science on October 7, Legos on October 8, Legos and Abrakadoodle on October 9 and Balanced Kidz on October 10.

Moving forward please use the school calendar to check dates and times of all enrichment program. 

 

If you have a child who is staying after school to wait for their band lesson, please let the office know if you have yet to do so. Please do so no later than Monday October 7th by emailing the office at hendall@stfrancisschoolbh.net Thank you for your cooperation. Any questions about any of our enrichment programs please call the office. 

 

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. Our biggest seller every year is the hooded sweatshirt. We are placing an order for SFDS Academy Hooded Sweatshirts with a new vendor. 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 the blue and gold sweatshirt 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.  We have a sample in the office if you would like to see it.

Please fill out the form by October 7. This will be the last day that we take orders.  You may pay by check, cash or venmo. If 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 if using Venmo your order is not complete until payment is made and order form is handed in. 

 

Winter and Summer Uniform: Please note that starting on Tuesday October 15th, 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. 

 

Tablet Subscriptions =Technology for St. Francis: As discussed at the Back to School Night Meeting. The Diocese of Brooklyn is looking for all families to subscribe to the weekly newspaper of the Diocese “The Tablet”.

Through a special grant from DeSales Media Group these subscriptions will allow our school to receive 500 brand new chrome books/iPad to keep our school technology up to date. 

Each subscription is $22 for a year. You can subscribe or renew by clicking here. 

The best part is that each family that takes a subscription will get a $22 tuition credit on their FACTS account meaning that for our families this will be a free subscription.

We have had 199 families that signed up  and need another 62 families to sign up to qualify for the grant.

We do ask that all families take a subscription no later than Friday 10/11. Thanks in advance for helping us with this grant. 

 

2020 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 2019-2020.

To order a yearbook please print out the following Yearbook-Order-Form and send back to school by Friday 11/1/19. 

 

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. Parents we appreciate all of you signing up for Lunch Duty. 

We can always use help!

Please be aware you are not guaranteed to have your child’s class every time you

sign up.  We do our best to accommodate whenever possible, however there will be times you will be assigned other classes when you sign up.  There are also many times our teacher like to stay with their class for lunch.

Please keep this into consideration.

 

Thank you once again for all your help.

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

Fundraising Corner 

 

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. 

 

Box Tops for Education: We are ready to kick off our first Box Tops contest for the year. A Pizza party to the grade that brings in the most Box Tops before October 30th, 2019.

 

Standings as of 10/3/19

Nursery-0

Pre-K-14

Kindergarten- 77

1st Grade- 119

2nd Grade- 141

3rd Grade- 0

4th Grade- 40

5th Grade-55

6th Grade- 5

7th Grade- 2

8th Grade- 29

 

As you may have noticed, Box Tops is moving to a more digital program, though there are still many products on shelves with Box Tops on them.  Keep clipping those and send them into school. In addition, if you download the Box Tops app, you can also scan that receipt for box tops. Once the receipt is scanned, fill in your child’s name and class in the field for Credit.   Stores are constantly running different promotions. For example, BJs Wholesale is running a special that if you purchase two box tops products, you will get $5.00 (that’s the equivalent to 50 box tops for your child’s class!). You do not need to scan any of your personal information provided that you have the date of purchase included in the scanned receipt.  Receipts need to be scanned within 14 days of purchase. This is such a fast, easy way to support our school.

 

Stop and Shop: Stop and Shop Rewards began on 9/6. 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 11/15/19 for all students whose families have registered.

 

Have a great weekend!