Congratulations and God Bless! On Friday, October 22nd, 2021, and Saturday, October 23rd, 2021, many members of St. Francis de Sales Grade 8 will be blessed by the Holy Spirit.
Due to the ceremony on 10/22 being at 1 pm the 8th Grade class is off on Friday 10/22. The rest of the school has early dismissal at 12pm.
May the gifts of the Holy Spirit be with our 8th grade and lead them to be the future leaders of the church. Please also keep in your prayers some of our 8th graders who later this year will be receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation at Blessed Trinity Parish.
For those students receiving the sacrament of Confirmation at St. Francis on 10/23, there is a mandatory practice upcoming. For those students receiving at the 11 am Ceremony on 10/23 their Confirmation practice is on Tuesday 10/19 at 6:30 pm. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Greene the Director of Religious Education of St. Francis de Sales Parish.
Our students in Grades 3-8 have also been hard at work on their Terranova exams this week. They have two more short days of testing on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week. Please note any children absent this past week (Wednesday-Friday) in Grades 3-8 will need to make up the parts they missed early this next week.
Please take a look at this week’s blast as there is a lot of important information.
Franny Fun Run: Please save the date for what we hope is a huge fundraiser for our school, the 2nd Annual Franny Fun Run on Saturday, November 20th. If you are interested in being a part of the Fanny Fun Run Committee please email your interest to firstname.lastname@example.org. Over the weekend we will be emailing information on how you or your business can sponsor this event. Please stay tuned for more information on registration, pledging, prizes, etc.
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 21, 2021, at 11:00am in the Parish prayer garden.. Students in grades one through eight will be participating in this very special service. Students are asked to bring their rosary beads for this special service. We also ask that all students in Grades 1-8 wear their gym uniforms on this day.
Pizza Days: We are happy again to offer Pizza Thursdays (Grades K-4) and Fridays (Grades 5-8) from Plum Tomatoes by La Sorrentina every Thursday/Friday this school year for grades K-8.
Every Thursday or Friday students have the option to purchase pizza for lunch. Each slice is $2.50.
Grades K-4 Order Form: https://forms.gle/6kMgRJu9Nr4xagwt5
Grades 5-8 Order Form:https://forms.gle/u9DXTwJzEaSxXbLw8
NOTE: Please fill out a SEPARATE order form for each child.
After you submit your order you will be charged on your FACTS account. Payment is expected within 20 days of posting. The completed form(s) is due by Friday 10/22. No refunds will be issued if a child is absent.
Paul Effman Band: We are so happy that our school band program for 2nd-8th graders will be back up and running this Tuesday. This has been one of the afterschool activities we have wanted to start up again since having to shut down in March of 2020. It will be great to hear music in the halls after school once again.
Ms. Coon has emailed all families that have registered with their assigned lesson times each week.
Students have two options for their lessons.
1) Students may go home, get changed, work on HW and return to the school via the Small Hall five minutes before their lesson. (ie. Students who have a 3:45 pm lesson would get dropped off at the Small Hall at 3:40 pm.)
2) Students may stay in the school in the Small Hall until their lesson time to work on HW. Students will be supervised by an SFDS staff member at this time. Please note there is no fee for this service yet we do ask that students who are using this service are picked up after their lesson or attend our after-school program if they cannot be picked up at that time.
If you would like to take advantage of this service please email Mrs. Endall at email@example.com no later than Sunday 10/17 so we can plan accordingly. If you do not sign up for this service your child will be dismissed at 2:30 pm. Please note if your child is in the 2:45 pm lesson they must stay and report to the small hall at dismissal.
Of course if you have any questions please feel free to be in touch.
Kindergarten and Grade 1 Family Mass: St. Francis de Sales Parish would like to welcome EVERYONE to their first monthly Family Mass of the 2021/2022 Academic Year at 10:00AM on Sunday, October 24th. Each month they will have specific grades participate in the liturgy. For October, we extend an extra warm welcome to the children of the parish in Kindergarten and First Grade.
If you have a child that is in Kindergarten or First Grade that would like to volunteer to participate in the liturgy, please complete the form below. Some of the volunteer opportunities that the children may be chosen to assist us with include: bringing up the offertory gifts, serving as greeters before Mass, handing out the bulletins after Mass, and participating in the Prayer of the Faithful.
All children that volunteer must participate in a brief rehearsal on Friday, October 22, 2021, at 4:30PM in the Church. Children must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.
If your child is interested in volunteering, please complete the form below.
Should you have any questions, please contact the SFDS Family Mass chairs: Lisa Hayden at firstname.lastname@example.org or Tim Henning at email@example.com.
2021-2022 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 2021-2022.
To order a yearbook please print out the following Yearbook-Order-Form and send it back to school by Monday 11/1/21.
If you would like to order a school yearbook, (delivery in June) please put your payment of cash or check (payable to SFDSCA & yearbook on memo line, please do not VENMO) in a sealed envelope and return it to school no later than MONDAY, NOV 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
Safety Around the School: We are asking for your help during drop-off and pickup. Safety is our number one priority at St. Francis and we do not want to see any of our students hurt. What can you do to help?
Please Do Not:
- Double park
- Block driveways of our neighbors
- Park in no parking zones
- Block crosswalks
- Block school entrances
- Honk your horn repeatedly
- Drive aggressively
- Drive fast
Thanks in advance for your cooperation with these safety guidelines.
I-Ready: Over the last two weeks students in Grades K-8 brought home the results of their beginning of the year i-Ready diagnostic test. Please remember that these results are just a snapshot and one piece of the puzzle they are not the entire picture of where a child is as a learner.
The i-Ready Diagnostic will provide results that help us identify your child’s strengths and determine the next steps for instruction. We look forward to sharing these results with you now at the end of January and at the end of the year in June providing a learning experience that will engage your child while teaching important skills and concepts. If you have any questions about i-Ready, we recommend that you take a look at a presentation that was given last school year in regard to I-Ready and next steps after the diagnostic test. https://stfrancisacademybh.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/I-READY-Parent-Meeting-3.2.21.pdf
Winter and Summer Uniforms: A few families have reached out to the school over the past three weeks about major delays in the shipping of winter uniforms from Flynn and O’Hara. Due to these delays, we will be delaying the start of winter uniform until 11/1. This will be the last time we are delaying the start. If you still do not receive your uniform by the week of Monday 10/25 you will need to email Mr. Scharbach at firstname.lastname@example.org. In your email please include what items you are waiting for, the date of your order, and the student(s) who are affected. We will work on each matter on a case-by-case basis.
Please note that starting on Monday, November 1st, winter uniforms must be worn. Just a reminder that winter uniforms can always be worn if your family chooses to do so. Summer uniforms are always optional.
On a separate note, all families that ordered a quarter-zip sweatshirt will be receiving their orders during the upcoming week.
8th Grade High School Information: Just a quick reminder for our 8th-grade families that high school information has been sent out many times this past month. Many schools are advertising open houses that will occur during the month of October many this weekend and some next weekend. Also last week the academy pushed the extension “Proctorio” on all school devices. Just a reminder this extension is needed to take the TACHS exam. Please begin to have a discussion with your child this weekend of what device he or she will use for the TACHS exam next month. Please note that the device must meet certain requirements and have a working microphone and camera. Any technical questions should be directed to Mr. Scharbach ASAP.
Football Frenzy: Football Frenzy is a fundraiser sponsored by St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy. All proceeds directly support the activities of St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy. The fundraiser is based on the 2021-2022 NFL football season with a donation of $20 per ticket. Each ticket includes a different set of three NFL teams each week of the regular season with a chance of winning cash prizes each week. For more information on this raffle please click here. Please note that all tickets bought in person need to be purchased by Friday 10/22. All tickets ordered online need to be purchased by Friday 10/29. Thanks for your support as always.
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.
- If you have the latest version of the Amazon Shopping App, open the App on your Android device.
- View Settings and select AmazonSmile.
- Follow the in-App instructions to complete the process.
If you do not have the latest version of the Amazon Shopping App, update your App. Click here for instructions.
AmazonSmile is not currently available for iOS users.
SAVE THE DATE
AFA Meeting: The Academy Family Association Executive Board is having its first general meeting on Tuesday 10/26 at 7pm. Please see the information below about joining the meeting virtually.
Saint Francis de Sales is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: Academy Family Association Executive General Meeting
Time: Oct 26, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 825 3713 4015
Orange and Black Dress Down Day: On Friday 10/29 all students will be able to dress down in Orange and Black or their favorite Halloween shirt.
Picture Day: On Wednesday 11/3 students in Grades 1-7 will be photographed for individual pictures. Class Photos for all classes (Nursery-Grade 8) will be on Wednesday 11/10. More information will be sent home in the coming weeks. Please note that individual photos for Nursery-Kindergarten and 8th grade will take place after Thanksgiving.
Have a good weekend!