SFDS Week of May 1st 2017

Dear Families,

Hopefully we can leave the rain and gloomy weather behind as we, unbelievably, begin the month of May in just a few days. The end of the year is always a very busy time, and before we know it, we’ll be on the beach for summer vacation.

 

Lots of exciting things are happening in the upcoming week of May 1st:

 

Bittersweet News: A few weeks ago, Ms. Lograno let me know that the 2016-2017 school year was going to be her last here at St. Francis. Whether you’ve been a part of the SFDS family for many years or just a few months, I’m sure you realize what an important person Ms. Lograno is to our school community. Her dedication and hard work on behalf of the children and each one of us has been unwavering during her time as our school secretary. She is truly a one-of-a-kind person and it goes without saying that she will be sorely missed here at St. Francis.

 

Congratulations Mrs. Lograno!

 

Math State Exams: On Tuesday May 2, Wednesday May 3 and Thursday May 4, grades 4, 6 and 8 will be taking their Math New York State Exams. The best way to prepare for these tests is getting a good night’s sleep each night before, and eating a well-rounded and nutritious breakfast the morning of. We know students are going to be doing their very best. Unless your child is ill or their is a family emergency please make sure that they attend school that day.

 

First Communion: Our second grade’s special sacrament is fast approaching. They’ve worked and prayed all year in preparation for their First Holy Communion. We know it will be a wonderful day for all our second grade families. On Saturday May 6, SFDS Parishioners in 2A will be receiving First Holy Communion at 11a at St. Francis de Sales Parish and SFDS Parishioners in 2B will be receiving it on May 13th at 11a at St. Francis de Sales Parish. Those receiving the sacrament at Blessed Trinity Parish will receive it either at St. Thomas More on May 6 at 12n or St. Genevieve’s on May 13th at 12n

 

Book Fair and Golf Outing Thank You: We’d like to make a point to publicly thank two parents who have worked on two of our school fundraisers, the Scholastic Book Fair and the Annual Golf Outing. Mrs. Rita Martin and Mr. Jamie Agoglia have dedicated their time year after year and we are very appreciative of all their hard work. We could not have this wonderful school without the help of all of our fantastic parent volunteers. Thank you!

 

½ Day Wednesday 5/3: Just a reminder that Wednesday May 3rd is a 12:00n dismissal. There is no After School available. All students can dress down, however, please remember that all students must be dressed appropriately during these warmer months. Sandals/flip flops, very short shorts, open back shirts, tank tops, etc are not appropriate school attire.

 

Stop and Shop: Our Stop and Shop fundraiser was a great success this school year. With your help, the school received $3550! A very special thank you to Mrs. Lori Grace who coordinates this fundraiser over the course of the year.

 

Spring Carnival: The National Junior Honor Society is sponsoring our annual Spring Carnival to be held on Friday May 19th, 2017. Nursery through Grade 5 are invited to participate in the activities created and operated by the 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students. Admission to the carnival will be $1.00 per child, and there will be snacks and drinks available for purchase for $1.00 each on that day. To purchase a ticket, please send in a dollar in an envelope labeled with your child’s name and class and the word’s “Spring Carnival” on it. Tickets will be given to the teachers to distribute the day of the Carnival. Due to space, and time limitations, this carnival is open to students only. Thank you to Ms. Edwards and Ms. Killian for coordinating this fun event!

 

State of the Academy: On Wednesday May 24th at 7p, the St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy’s Board of Directors will be sharing updates on the various facets of our school’s programs, finances, facility, Catholic identity, and fundraising.

 

Box Tops: The Box Tops ice cream party competition is well underway.  Currently, the 4th grade is leading by a small margin ahead of the 6th and 3rd grades.  There’s still plenty of time to get those box tops in.  Please remember to put your name and class on your submissions.  Currently there are over 100 box tops that have been turned in that can’t be credited to a class.  Check out the poster in the main hallway to see how your class is doing!

 

Cyclones: Join us for our second annual night with the Brooklyn Cyclones! St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy is participating in School Spirit Night fundraiser at MCU Park on June 20th at 7pm. If you would like to attend, send the cut off at the bottom of the flyer  with your payment of $17 per ticket to the school office. While we cannot guarantee any seating arrangements, we suggest you send one order to cover everyone in your group. This way, it is more likely that all of your seats will be together. All orders must be received by Monday, May 15.

 

Spring Fling: On Friday May 12th we will be hosting our last dance of the year for our 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. Tickets are $10, and no tickets will be sold at the door.

 

Lunch Duty: If you are VIRTUS trained and are able to do the lunch duty, we certainly appreciate it.

To sign up for lunch duty please use the website below

Lunch Duty Sign Up We’re using Volunteer Spot (the leading online Sign-up and reminder tool) to organize our upcoming Sign-ups.

Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:

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

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 Volunteer Spot.

Note: Volunteer Spot does not share your email address with anyone. For more information about VIRTUS and how to be trained click here.

We are most grateful to the parents who are able to assist in our lunch program.

Please note that you can sign up for lunch duty from now until 06/16/17.

There are many dates and spots that are open for parents to volunteer.
Have a great weekend!

St. Francis de Sales Night at the Brooklyn Cyclones: June 20th 2017

On Tuesday, June 20, 2017, Saint Francis de Sales Catholic Academy is planning a School Spirit Night fundraiser at MCU Park, Home of Brooklyn Cyclones Baseball. Come to historic Coney Island to see The Brooklyn Cyclones take on The Staten Island Yankees.  The game starts at 7 p.m.

 

Please see the below flyer for full details. If you would like to attend, send the cut-off at the bottom of the flyer with your payment of $17 per ticket to the school office. We are aware from past baseball park fundraisers that many families like to sit together. While we cannot guarantee any seating arrangements, we suggest that you send one order to cover everyone in your group.

 

ALL ORDERS MUST BE RECEIVED BY MONDAY, MAY 15.

 

This night will be a great way to celebrate the start of summer with family and friends. Come join the fun!

 

SFDS Week of April 24th

Dear Families,

 

Happy Easter! The days of Lent and the winter weather are now gone and we look forward to warmer days and the new life that the Risen Lord has brought us. It is unbelievable that in two weeks we begin the month of May, and will be in the home stretch of the 2016- 2017 school year.

During this time of year many events have been planned; the celebration of the sacrament of the First Eucharist, Grade 7 Ring/Pin celebration, band recital, Graduation, just to name a few….  It is a joyful time to be around Saint Francis!  At the same time, it is tempting to get into the summer mindset prematurely. We still have a lot to accomplish!  Please remind your children that the hard work of being a student does not decrease when the temperature increases.  Also, the high expectations of respect in our interactions with each other knows no season, takes no holiday.

Now onto the week of April 24th here at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy

 

Golf Outing: On Thursday April 27th  we will be having our Annual Golf Classic held at the Hempstead Golf and Country Club.

Please consider taking a hole sponsorship with your family name displayed or a special cause or business you may wish to advertise. A beautiful sign will be displayed on a given golf hole or two displaying your support for our great school. More details are in the brochure. This is truly appreciated.

Lastly, please jump in on a great day on the golf course where we enjoy fellow neighbors & friends for a full day of golf followed up by great eats and drinks on the course & post-golf dinner. Put your foursomes together as soon as possible to help secure a successful fundraiser and your foursome on this truly special day. Anyone may drop off monies at the rectory as well.  Thank You.

The success of this day, April 27th, requires all of us even if you do not golf.  As we rely on fundraisers such as the Annual Golf Classic to help support the education and growth of our students here at St. Francis de Sales. If anyone has any questions, concerns or inquiries, please contact Jamie Agoglia -Golf Chairman at 516-316-0807

 

Spring Book Fair: The Book Fair is coming back! Each class will have a scheduled time to visit the Fair (please see attached) in the School Gym throughout the 3 days it will be here: April 25-27th. But you don’t have to wait until then to get ahead of your shopping! Our Online Sale will be open and ready for business beginning on April 20th. You can find our Online Book Fair by clicking here. Thanks to all our book Fair volunteers for their help, especially our Coordinator, Mrs. Rita Martin.

 

Holocaust Remembrance Day: On Monday April 24th, our 5th through 8th graders will be participating in a Holocaust Remembrance Day through an online field trip, hosted by the Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County.

 

Coffee with the Principal Rescheduled: Due to a Parish event in Fr. Reddy Hall on Friday April 7th, Coffee with the Principal scheduled for that day had to be moved to Friday April 28th at 9:30am. I hope we will have a good crowd to discuss some upcoming events and exciting initiatives here at the academy.

 

Dress Down Day for Chocolate Sale: Any student who participated in the World’s Finest Chocolate Sale are invited to dress down on Friday April 28th. Students who can dress down will receive a No Uniform Today pass from their homeroom teacher when we return from break.

 

6th Grade Trip: The 6th Grade will be seeing Charlie and the Chocolate Factory on Broadway on Wednesday April 26th. Students, teachers, and chaperones will be leaving school by bus at 11a and should be returning by 5p.

 

Pop Hop Volunteer: We are very excited for our 2nd Annual Pop Hop on Friday May 19th. Mrs. Moriarty and Mrs. Shaw, our Pop Hop coordinators, have already begun the planning process. If any mom is interested in volunteering, please reach out to Mrs. Shaw at glifeofreilly@aol.com

 

Box Tops: We will be starting our last contest when we return from Easter break. This last contest is a group contest. The grade that brings in the most Box Tops between now and May 31st will receive an ice cream party toward the end of the year. A special thank you to Mrs. Henning for coordinating our box top fundraiser this year.

 

Summer Uniform: Starting on Monday May 8th students can begin to wear their summer uniforms. This is just a reminder if anyone needs to purchase summer uniforms you should think of ordering them soon. Also please note that students may wear their summer uniform any day the temperature is above 75 degrees (Click here to check weather)

 

Save the Date: June 14th 2017 Flynn and O’Hara will be at school to measure students for their uniforms for the 2017-2018 school year.

 

Spring Fling: On Friday May 12th we will be hosting our last dance of the year for our 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. Tickets are $10, and no tickets will be sold at the door.

 

Spring Concert: Members of the Paul Effman Band, please save the date! Tuesday May 23rd at 7pm is our fourth annual St Francis de Sales School Band Spring Concert.

 

St. Vincent de Paul: As we are now officially into the third trimester, please remember that the 6th, 7th and 8th grade are asked to complete 10, 15, and 20 service hours respectively before the end of each school year. Students must complete a log and reflection, and submit both to Mrs. Martello for approval in order to meet the requirement. For more information and to print the necessary documents, please click here. Any questions please email Mrs. Martello at rmartello@stfrancisschoolbh.net

 

Lunch Duty: If you are VIRTUS trained and are able to do the lunch duty, we certainly appreciate it.

To sign up for lunch duty please use the website below

Lunch Duty Sign Up

We’re using Volunteer Spot (the leading online Sign-up and reminder tool) to organize our upcoming Sign-ups.

Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:

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

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 Volunteer Spot.

Note: Volunteer Spot does not share your email address with anyone. For more information about VIRTUS and how to be trained click here.

We are most grateful to the parents who are able to assist in our lunch program.

Please note that you can sign up for lunch duty from now until 06/16/17.

There are many dates and spots that are open for parents to volunteer.

 

Have a great week we will see everyone on the 24th!

 

SFDS Week of April 10th 2017

Dear Families,

 

This coming Sunday, Palm Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week.  This most holy week reminds Catholics of the last week of Jesus’ life. He was welcomed as a prophet and wise man into Jerusalem, but by the end of the week, He was forsaken by his followers, arrested, scourged, and crucified.

 

Over the past week many classes began preparing for the closing of Lent and the celebration of Christ’s resurrection through special prayer services and lessons getting them ready for Holy Week. Over the past few weeks our students participated in Lenten Penance Services. As we approach this Holiest time of the year, it is our hope that many families are able to join us for our Passion Play and Stations of the Cross.

 

Now onto the week of April 10th here at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy

 

Passion Play: Please join us for our annual Passion Play this Tuesday 4/11 at where many of our 6th grade students reenact the solemn events that occurred through Jesus’ journey towards death and resurrection.  Thanks again Mrs. Hayes, Mrs. Buckley and Mrs. Sullivan to for coordinating this special event. Please join us on Tuesday at 1:15pm.

Stations of the Cross: On Wednesday 4/12 we will be praying the Stations of the Cross as a school community at 1:30pm. All families are invited to join us in this special prayer.

 

No Yellow Bus Service on Wednesday: Please be aware that we will not have morning or afternoon Yellow Bus Service on Wednesday April 12th because our Easter holiday break and public schools’ Spring Break do not match this year. OPT bus company asked us to choose one of the days where we would not receive the bus service and we decided Wednesday April 12th would be this day. Any questions please call the main office.

 

Pop Hop Volunteer: We are very excited for our 2nd Annual Pop Hop on Friday May 19th. Mrs. Moriarty and Mrs. Shaw, our Pop Hop coordinators, have already begun the planning process. If any mom is interested in volunteering, please reach out to Mrs. Shaw at glifeofreilly@aol.com

 

8th Grade Bake/Plant Sale: The 8th grade will be selling baked goods and plants after all masses here at St. Francis on Sunday April 9th. Stop by Fr. Reddy Hall and help support the 8th Grade’s Graduation Dinner Dance!

 

Parish Easter Egg Hunt: Tomorrow at 10am, all students in Nursery through Grade 4 are invited to participate in the St. Francis de Sales Parish Easter Egg Hunt in the Prayer Garden.

 

Box Tops: We will be starting our last contest when we return from Easter break. This last contest is a group contest. The grade that brings in the most Box Tops between now and May 31st will receive an ice cream party toward the end of the year. A special thank you to Mrs. Henning for coordinating our box top fundraiser this year.

 

Summer Uniform: Starting on Monday May 8th students can begin to wear their summer uniforms. This is just a reminder if anyone needs to purchase summer uniforms you should think of ordering them soon.

Save the Date: June 14th 2017 Flynn and O’Hara will be at school to measure students for their uniforms for the 2017-2018 school year.

 

Spring Concert: Members of the Paul Effman Band, please save the date! Tuesday May 23rd at 7pm is our fourth annual St Francis de Sales School Band Spring Concert.

 

St. Vincent de Paul: As we are now officially into the third trimester, please remember that the 6th, 7th and 8th grade are asked to complete 10, 15, and 20 service hours respectively before the end of each school year. Students must complete a log and reflection, and submit both to Mrs. Martello for approval in order to meet the requirement. For more information and to print the necessary documents, please click here. Any questions please email Mrs. Martello at rmartello@stfrancisschoolbh.net

 

Golf Outing: On Thursday April 27th  we will be having our Annual Golf Classic held at the Hempstead Golf and Country Club.

Please consider taking a hole sponsorship with your family name displayed or a special cause or business you may wish to advertise. A beautiful sign will be displayed on a given golf hole or two displaying your support for our great school. More details are in the brochure. This is truly appreciated.

Lastly, please jump in on a great day on the golf course where we enjoy fellow neighbors & friends for a full day of golf followed up by great eats and drinks on the course & post-golf dinner. Put your foursomes together as soon as possible to help secure a successful fundraiser and your foursome on this truly special day. Anyone may drop off monies at the rectory as well.  Thank You.

The success of this day, April 27th, requires all of us even if you do not golf.  As we rely on fundraisers such as the Annual Golf Classic to help support the education and growth of our students here at St. Francis de Sales. If anyone has any questions, concerns or inquiries, please contact Jamie Agoglia -Golf Chairman at 516-316-0807

 

Water Test: I am happy to report that we recently had our drinking water tested for lead and are happy to report that there were no exceedances found in all samples collected. Any questions please call the main office.

 

Chocolate Sale Winners: Congratulations to our Chocolate Sale winners! The Bodnar family won first place ($150 TD Gift Card), Amelia Masula is our second place winner ($50 TD Gift Card), Siobhan Fitzgerald & Michael Salerno are our third place winners ($25 TD Gift Card)! Thank you for all of your hard work supporting our school! And congratulations to Thomas Murgolo who won our $25 Best Buy gift card raffle!

 

Lunch Duty: If you are VIRTUS trained and are able to do the lunch duty, we certainly appreciate it.

To sign up for lunch duty please use the website below

Lunch Duty Sign Up

We’re using Volunteer Spot (the leading online Sign-up and reminder tool) to organize our upcoming Sign-ups.

Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:

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

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 Volunteer Spot.

Note: Volunteer Spot does not share your email address with anyone. For more information about VIRTUS and how to be trained click here.

We are most grateful to the parents who are able to assist in our lunch program.

Please note that you can sign up for lunch duty from now until 06/16/17.

There are many dates and spots that are open for parents to volunteer.

 

Have a great week!

SFDS Week of April 3rd 2017

Dear Families,

As I write this email, we are now only a few hours away from our annual Card Party (Doors Open at 6:30pm). A special thank you to all the families that have made this wonderful event happen. From the volunteers who help put the Card Party together, to all the families that have donated for prizes, and for all the families that have taken a raffle, a chance, and/or attending tonight’s event. A special thank you especially to our chairs, Fran Brenna and Alice Rodkin.

 

Now onto the week of April 3rd here at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy

 

Math Bowl: The Math Bowl is a friendly Mathletics competition between Brooklyn and Queens schools in the Diocese of Brooklyn.  It is a fun way to sharpen skills before the NYS exams as well as motivate students in Mathematics through technology. All students in grades K-8 have a Mathletics login and password.

 

Please encourage your child this week to work on their Math skills at home as we will be focusing here at school on them as well.

 

To login into Mathletics please click here.

 

Last Chance VIRTUS Workshop: Sister Pat Hudson will offer the VIRTUS WORKSHOP on Sunday, April 2 at 1 p.m. in St. Camillus Springman Hall (180 Beach 100 Street).  Pre Registration is required. Please call Mary Kay Flynn at 718-634-8229. Please remember to volunteer in our school (lunch duty, chaperone field trips, etc) you need to be VIRTUS trained and have a background check.

 

St. Jude Math-A-Thon: WOW! I am so amazed by the generosity of many of our students and their family and friends this month. We as a school have raised over $20,000 for St. Jude’s Children Hospital. We spoke to representative from St. Jude’s this week and they let us know that our donation went to pay for 14 chemotherapy treatments.  All money raised goes directly to supporting St. Jude and their work with children with pediatric cancer. All who have donated will be able to dress down this Friday April 7th.

 

A very special Thank You to Mrs. Foti who coordinates the Math-A-Thon each year.

 

Coffee with the Principal: Please join us for Coffee with the Principal, either at 6pm on Thursday 4/6 or 9:30am on Friday 4/7. We will be discussing various topics as we move towards the end of the year.

 

Lenten Penance Services: During these final weeks of Lent, Grades 3-8 will be going to a Lenten Penance Service this Wednesday 4/5 at 10am. Please reinforce the importance of this prayerful sacrament at home as we move closer to Holy Week.

 

Summer Uniform: Starting on Monday May 8th students can begin to wear their summer uniforms. This is just a reminder if anyone needs to purchase summer uniforms you should think of ordering them soon.

Save the Date: June 14th 2017 Flynn and O’Hara will be at school to measure students for their uniforms for the 2017-2018 school year.

 

Spring Concert: Members of the Paul Effman Band, please save the date! Tuesday May 23rd at 7pm is our fourth annual St Francis de Sales School Band Spring Concert.

 

St. Vincent de Paul: As we are now officially into the third trimester, please remember that the 6th, 7th and 8th grade are asked to complete 10, 15, and 20 service hours respectively before the end of each school year. Students must complete a log and reflection, and submit both to Mrs. Martello for approval in order to meet the requirement. For more information and to print the necessary documents, please click here. Any questions please email Mrs. Martello at rmartello@stfrancisschoolbh.net

 

Golf Outing: On Thursday April 27th  we will be having our Annual Golf Classic held at the Hempstead Golf and Country Club.

Please consider taking a hole sponsorship with your family name displayed or a special cause or business you may wish to advertise. A beautiful sign will be displayed on a given golf hole or two displaying your support for our great school. More details are in the brochure. This is truly appreciated.

Lastly, please jump in on a great day on the golf course where we enjoy fellow neighbors & friends for a full day of golf followed up by great eats and drinks on the course & post-golf dinner. Put your foursomes together as soon as possible to help secure a successful fundraiser and your foursome on this truly special day. Anyone may drop off monies at the rectory as well.  Thank You.

The success of this day, April 27th, requires all of us even if you do not golf.  As we rely on fundraisers such as the Annual Golf Classic to help support the education and growth of our students here at St. Francis de Sales. If anyone has any questions, concerns or inquiries, please contact Jamie Agoglia -Golf Chairman at 516-316-0807

 

Lunch Duty: If you are VIRTUS trained and are able to do the lunch duty, we certainly appreciate it.

To sign up for lunch duty please use the website below

Lunch Duty Sign Up

We’re using Volunteer Spot (the leading online Sign-up and reminder tool) to organize our upcoming Sign-ups.

Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:

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

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 Volunteer Spot.

Note: Volunteer Spot does not share your email address with anyone. For more information about VIRTUS and how to be trained click here.

We are most grateful to the parents who are able to assist in our lunch program.

Please note that you can sign up for lunch duty from now until 06/16/17.

There are many dates and spots that are open for parents to volunteer.

 

Have a great week!

 

PS: Blessed Trinity Basketball Camp

BLESSED TRINITY BASKETBALL CAMP IF YOU MISSED REGISTRATION

ON TUESDAY MARCH 28, 2017

CONTACT CATHY CROCKETT

BY TEXT 718-757-4667 or EMAIL

Cath4663@aol.com

WEEKS ARE FILLING UP

LIMITED TO 45 CAMPERS PER WEEK

Week of March 27th 2017

Dear Families,

Let’s hope the frigid temperatures are gone for good as we move into the last week in March. I know we are all ready for sun shining days! We had another successful Parent Teacher Conference Day/Night this week. Thanks to all families for coming in to discuss your children’s great successes thus far. We look forward to a wonderful third trimester as we begin to wind down the 2016-2017 school year.

 

Now onto the week of March 27th

 

State test: On March 28, 29, and 30th, the grades 4, 6, and 8 will be taking the ELA New York State Exam. This year, the 6th grade will be taking the test on their Chromebooks, which they have been working on and practicing for the last couple of months. Please remember that the best recipe for success on those days is for your children to get a good night’s rest, eat a healthy breakfast each morning, and remember to be calm and try their best. We will begin testing at 8:30am, and plan to go to around 10:30am; however, the tests are untimed. As long as a child is productively working, he/she may take longer time if needed. Any questions about the state exams please feel free to reach out.

 

Card Party: We are now just ONE week away from our annual Card Party.

You may know that St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy’s Card Party is considered a premier Card Party in the area, and helps raise thousands of dollars for the school each year. Over the past few weeks Class Captains have been reaching out to parents to help create grade baskets to be raffled off at the Card Party. Card Party tickets are on sale and close to selling out. If you would like to purchase tickets please fill out the ticket order form

 

One of biggest prizes of the annual Card Party is the Tuition Raffle for one student for the 2017-2018 school year. Please think about supporting this raffle and get a chance of winning a free tuition for one child. (Winner need not be present). Tickets can be bought in the main office or by handing in tickets found on the order from by clicking here.

 

VIRTUS Workshop: Sister Pat Hudson will offer the VIRTUS WORKSHOP on Sunday, April 2 at 1 p.m. in St. Camillus Springman Hall (180 Beach 100 Street).  Pre Registration is required. Please call Mary Kay Flynn at 718-634-8229. Please remember to volunteer in our school (lunch duty, chaperone field trips, etc) you need to be VIRTUS trained and have a background check.

 

Summer Uniform: Starting on Monday May 8th students can begin to wear their summer uniforms. This is just a reminder if anyone needs to purchase summer uniforms you should think of ordering them soon.

Save the Date: June 14th 2017 Flynn and O’Hara will be at school to measure students for their uniforms for the 2017-2018 school year.

 

St. Jude Math-A-Thon: WOW! I am so amazed by the generosity of many of our students and their family and friends this month. We as a school have raised over $18,000 for St. Jude’s Children Hospital.  All money raised goes directly to supporting St. Jude and their work with children with pediatric cancer. To register and donate online, click here. All who have donated will be able to dress down on Friday April 7th.

 

A very special Thank You to Mrs. Foti who coordinates the Math-A-Thon each year.

 

Honor Band: Congratulations to Mark M, Claire M, and Juliann B all for being selected to join the New York City Catholic School Honor Band Concert. These students will perform at St. John’s Prep on April 2nd. The New York City Catholic School Honor Band represents the “best of the best” from all the Catholic School in the Diocese of Brooklyn and Archdiocese of NY.

Spring Concert: Members of the Paul Effman Band, please save the date! Tuesday May 23rd at 7pm is our fourth annual St Francis de Sales School Band Spring Concert.

 

Lunch Duty: If you are VIRTUS trained and are able to do the lunch duty, we certainly appreciate it.

To sign up for lunch duty please use the website below

Lunch Duty Sign Up

We’re using Volunteer Spot (the leading online Sign-up and reminder tool) to organize our upcoming Sign-ups.

Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:

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

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 Volunteer Spot.

Note: Volunteer Spot does not share your email address with anyone. For more information about VIRTUS and how to be trained click here.

We are most grateful to the parents who are able to assist in our lunch program.

Please note that you can sign up for lunch duty from now until 06/16/17.

There are many dates and spots that are open for parents to volunteer.

 

Have a great week!

SFDS Week of March 20th 2017

Dear Families,

 

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

 

It’s hard to believe that we are officially in Trimester 3. The year continues to fly by! Second trimester report card conferences are scheduled for this Thursday March 23th 2017. These conversations are one of the best ways to provide information on how your child is doing in school.  Sharing information about your child’s progress enables us to effectively bridge school and home, as we are always mindful of meeting the academic needs of your child.

 

Please join us for the afternoon session from 12:45pm-2:45pm or the evening session from 6:00pm-7:30pm. (Nursery families please follow the schedule sent home from Mrs. O’Malley. Just a reminder that all accounts have to be up to date to receive your child(ren)’s report card.

 

Now onto the week of March 20th

 

St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy has launched a Facebook page! To keep up with all of the events in and around SFDS, like and/or follow our page. You can see what happened this week by clicking here.

 

Card Party: We are now less than 2 weeks away from our annual Card Party.

You may know that St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy’s Card Party is considered a premier Card Party in the area, and helps raise thousands of dollars for the school each year. Over the past few weeks Class Captains have been reaching out to parents to help create grade baskets to be raffled off at the Card Party. Starting on Monday March 20th, Card Party tickets will be on sale please look in your child’s folder and return promptly as tickets sell out quickly.

 

One of biggest prizes of the annual Card Party is the Tuition Raffle for one student for the 2017-2018 school year. Please think about supporting this raffle and get a chance of winning a free tuition for one child. (Winner need not be present). Tickets can be bought in the main office or by handing in tickets found on the order from by clicking here.

 

Bake Sale 8th Grade: A special thank you to the 8th grade who on Sunday 3/12 held a bake sale after masses at St. Francis.  The sale was a great success. Thanks to all who supported.

 

VIRTUS Workshop: Sister Pat Hudson will offer the VIRTUS WORKSHOP on Sunday, April 2 at 1 p.m. in St. Camillus Springman Hall (180 Beach 100 Street).  Pre Registration is required. Please call Mary Kay Flynn at 718-634-8229. Please remember to volunteer in our school (lunch duty, chaperone field trips, etc) you need to be VIRTUS trained and have a background check.

 

Radio Bingo: Please join us for a fun night of Radio Bingo, country style next Friday March 24th at 7pm at the Rockaway Council 2872. This great fundraiser will support revamping the SMART Boards throughout our building. For more information on how to buy tickets to the event, click here. This is an adults-only event.

 

Dress Down Friday: Next Friday we are having a $1.00 Dress Down to help support the New York City Hemophilia Chapter (NYCHC). NYCHC provides a range of programs and events that foster a sense of community amongst affected families through the sharing of experiences and mutual support. NYCHC also provides families with information and education, and supports and advocates for access to quality medical care, better treatments, and ultimately a cure.

 

Summer Uniform: Starting on Monday May 8th students can begin to wear their summer uniforms. This is just a reminder if anyone needs to purchase summer uniforms you should think of ordering them soon.

Save the Date: June 14th 2017 Flynn and O’Hara will be at school to measure students for their uniforms for the 2017-2018 school year.

 

St. Jude Math-A-Thon: All permission slips and booklets have been handed out to students who are looking to participate in this year’s Math-A-Thon. All money raised goes directly to supporting St. Jude and their work with children with pediatric cancer. For several years, we have a been a top 100 school in fundraising across the country. We hope to continue to our great work for this year as well. To register and donate online, click here. All who donate will be able to dress down on Friday April 7th.

 

Honor Band: Congratulations to Mark M, Claire M, and Juliann B all for being selected to join the New York City Catholic School Honor Band Concert. These students will perform at St. John’s Prep on April 2nd. The New York City Catholic School Honor Band represents the “best of the best” from all the Catholic School in the Diocese of Brooklyn and Archdiocese of NY.

Spring Concert: Members of the Paul Effman Band, please save the date! Tuesday May 23rd at 7pm is our fourth annual St Francis de Sales School Band Spring Concert.

 

2nd Grade Communion Parent Meeting: This Monday parents of those students who are receiving First Communion at SFDS are asked to attend a parent meeting with Mrs. Greene (Director of Religious Education of SFDS) at 7pm. Any questions please call the Religious Education Office at 718-945-6911.

 

7th Grade Proximate Prep Meeting: This Wednesday 3/22 there is a proximate prep meeting for those 7th graders and their parents who are expecting to receive Confirmation at SFDS next Fall. The meeting begins at 6:30pm. Any questions please call the Religious Education Office at 718-945-6911.

 

Lunch Duty: If you are VIRTUS trained and are able to do the lunch duty, we certainly appreciate it.

To sign up for lunch duty please use the website below

Lunch Duty Sign Up

We’re using Volunteer Spot (the leading online Sign-up and reminder tool) to organize our upcoming Sign-ups.

Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:

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

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 Volunteer Spot.

Note: Volunteer Spot does not share your email address with anyone. For more information about VIRTUS and how to be trained click here.

We are most grateful to the parents who are able to assist in our lunch program.

Please note that you can sign up for lunch duty from now until 06/16/17.

There are many dates and spots that are open for parents to volunteer.
Have a great week!

School Closed due to Snow on 3/14/17

Dear Academy Families,

After taking a look at the weather report for tomorrow (Snowfall starting at 3am and continuing until 7pm with 8-12 inches of snow predicted) and conferring with other principals in the Diocese it has been decided that tomorrow Tuesday March 14th 2017 will be a Snow day here at Saint Francis de Sales Catholic Academy.

Due to the snow day the following changes will be made

  • Ninjaneering using Lego for Grades K-2 scheduled for 3/14/17 will now be scheduled for Tuesday 4/4/17
  • Paul Effman Band scheduled for 3/14/17 will now be scheduled for Tuesday 5/23/17
  • Mommy/Daddy and Me for Tuesday 3/14 will be canceled

Any child who is registered for Afterschool will have a credit to their account to be used on a future date.

All Students may wear their gym uniform on Wednesday. If a child wears snow boots to school they must bring a change of sneakers/shoes.

If you have any questions about scheduling changes you can call the main office or email us at admin@stfrancisschoolbh.net.

It is our hope that we will be open on Wednesday March 15th yet please either check our website at www.stfrancisacademybh.org or check for an email blast.

SFDS Week of March 13th 2017

Dear Families,

What a wonderful Respect Week we’ve had over the last five days. First, our students in grades K through 8 signed a pledge to not bully or stand by when someone else is being bullied after our Power of One assembly. We also received many awesome entries for the Poster/Essay contest. Congratulations to our essay winners  and our poster winners. Finally, Mrs. Fountaine directed a fantastic version of a “ Speak Life” video, which was presented to the school today during our Respect Week Prayer Service. We are so blessed to have this wonderful community of students, teachers, and staff to show what respecting oneselves and each other truly looks and feels like.

 

Now onto the week of March 13th

 

St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy has launched a Facebook page! To keep up with all of the events in and around SFDS, like and/or follow our page. You can see what happened this week by clicking here.

 

First Penance: Good luck to our  second grade students from Blessed Trinity Parish who will be receiving first Penance tomorrow. A special word of Thanks to both Mrs. Watters and Ms. Finlayson for preparing our second graders for this important sacrament. We will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers as you continue on your spiritual journey and prepare for receiving the Eucharist for the first time.

 

Card Party: We are now less than 3 weeks away from our annual Card Party.

You may know that St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy’s Card Party is considered a premier Card Party in the area, and helps raise thousands of dollars for the school each year. Over the past 2 weeks Class Captains have been reaching out to parents to help create grade baskets to be raffled off at the Card Party. Starting on Monday March 20th, Card Party tickets will be on sale. Look in next week’s email blast for more information.

 

One of biggest prizes of the annual Card Party is the Tuition Raffle for one student for the 2017-2018 school year. Please think about supporting this raffle and get a chance of winning a free tuition for one child. (Winner need not be present). Tickets can be bought in the main office or by handing in tickets found on the order from by clicking here.

 

Tuition Arrears: This week final tuition arrears reports will be going out for those families that are in arrears. Please be mindful of the fact to keep your account up to date for all tuition or any outstanding fees. Please remember that report cards are not distributed unless your account is up to date as of 2/15/17. Any issues please feel free to be in touch.

 

Radio Bingo: Please join us for a fun night of Radio Bingo, country style on Friday March 24th at 7pm at the Rockaway Council 2872. This great fundraiser will support revamping the SMART Boards throughout our building. For more information on how to buy tickets to the event, click here. This is an adults-only event.

 

St. Jude Math-A-Thon: All permission slips and booklets have been handed out to students who are looking to participate in this year’s Math-A-Thon. All money raised goes directly to supporting St. Jude and their work with children with pediatric cancer. For several years, we have a been a top 100 school in fundraising across the country. We hope to continue to our great work for this year as well. To register and donate online, click here.

 

Math Bee: Good Luck to Patrick M who will be representing St. Francis at the Diocesan Math Bee (Grades 3,4, and 5) on March 14th (Pi Day!). Good luck, Patrick!

 

Mother-Son Bowling: Our Mother-Son Bowling Event for Grades K-3 is all set for tomorrow at 1:30 pm at Woodmere Lanes. No tickets will be sold at the bowling alley. A special thanks to Mrs. Gannon and Mrs. Spaeth for planning this event.

 

St. Patrick’s Day: On Friday, March 17th all students are invited to dress down wearing green to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

 

Lunch Duty: If you are VIRTUS trained and are able to do the lunch duty, we certainly appreciate it.

To sign up for lunch duty please use the website below

Lunch Duty Sign Up

We’re using Volunteer Spot (the leading online Sign-up and reminder tool) to organize our upcoming Sign-ups.

Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:

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

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 Volunteer Spot.

Note: Volunteer Spot does not share your email address with anyone. For more information about VIRTUS and how to be trained click here.

We are most grateful to the parents who are able to assist in our lunch program.

Please note that you can sign up for lunch duty from now until 06/16/17.

There are many dates and spots that are open for parents to volunteer.

 

Have a great week!