Weekly Update #12 SFDS Week of November 29th

Dear St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy Community,

This weekend we begin the beautiful season of Advent. According to the General Norms for the Liturgical Year, Advent has a twofold nature: It prepares us for Christmas when we recall Christ’s first coming among us, and it is also a time when we look forward to His second coming at the end of the ages. Advent is the season of joyful expectation. As a school community, we will be exploring many avenues during Advent amidst the frantic energy of preparing for December 25. For example, we will be learning about the season of advent, having a special Advent prayer service on Tuesday 11/30, and having our students visit the relic of Blessed Carlos Acutis on 12/6. How wonderful it is that as Christians, we do not liturgically celebrate Christmas until December 25 and after, giving us the opportunity to focus our attention on the true meaning of the season! Of course, there will also be opportunities to have fun as well with the return of our Polar Express, making ornaments for our Christmas Tree in the lobby, and making Christmas crafts as well. 

I also begin this week’s email blast with some news. As you may be aware our Assistant Principal Mrs. Faughnan has been out on Maternity leave since August. Mrs. Fuaghnan has decided to not return after her leave is up at the end of December and will be pursuing other avenues in the educational field. We wish her and baby Enya the best during this season of firsts and we wish Mrs. Faughan the best of luck in the future. I would be remiss if I didn’t say thank you to Mrs. Faughan for her two years of service to St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy helping me, the teachers, and the school navigate through a Pandemic.  The Academy Board of Directors along with myself will begin to investigate the next steps for the administrative team in the coming weeks as we plan not only for the rest of this school year, yet for future years as well. 

Onto some of the upcoming events next week and in the near future 

 

Advent Prayer Service: Please join us on Tuesday, November 30th at 6:30 pm in St. Francis de Sales Church for a special Academy Family Advent Prayer Service. All Academy families and their children are invited to attend this special prayer service as we get ready for the coming of the Baby Jesus once again. We hope to see you there. 

We are looking for about 4 volunteers, (child and parent)  to read at the prayer service. If you are interested in volunteering for this please email Mr. Scharbach at admin@stfranicsschoolbh.net

 

Polar Express (Grades K-4): We are so excited to announce that we will have our Annual Polar Express Night this year in the school Gym on Friday, December 3rd. We will be having two sessions this year. The 1st session will be only for Kindergarten and 1st-grade students from 4 pm-6 pm. Our second session will be for 2nd-4th graders from 6:30 pm-8:30 pm. We are looking forward to this night. The price for each child is $5 and will include Oreo Cookies and Hot Chocolate. All children will need to wear masks during the Polar Express Event. All Aboard!

 

Picture Day: Please note that individual photos for Nursery-Kindergarten will be on 12/1 and 8th grade will be on 11/30. A separate order form for Nursery-Kindergarten students was sent out and can be found by clicking here. 

Students in Grade 8 will receive their order forms when they receive their proofs in a few weeks. 

All students in Grades 1-7 who were absent on individual picture day will have their makeup picture taken on Wednesday 12/1. 

 

Franny Fun Run: Again, I can’t say thank you enough for the support of last week’s Franny Fun Run. It is one of the most successful fundraisers we have ever had. 

Thank you to all of our sponsors for their support, to the NYPD for keeping our children safe today especially on the racecourse,  to Keith Goldberg, and the Edwards and Murphy Families for helping the AFA set up this event, to the AFA executive board and their volunteers. A special thank you to Mrs. Hayden and Mr. Henning, our Fun Run Chairpersons. All of your hard work does not go unnoticed. Finally, thanks so much to the students who participated in this fundraiser and to all the families, their friends, and families who made pledges for this event.  We were able to raise over $65,000. Thanks again.

Don’t forget that all who donated and met their goal are allowed to Dress Down on Friday 12/3. Please note that pledges still can occur up until 12/3/21.  

 

Christmas Show: Last week an email was sent home explaining this year’s Christmas show. Any questions about costumes or dress please contact Ms. Mangano at gmangano@stfrancisschoolbh.net.  To take another look at the information sent in the email please click here. 

 

Early Childhood Registration: As we begin to prepare for the 2022-2023 school year, we want to ensure that our plans maximize the benefit to your child/children. In the past few weeks, we issued a Google Form of intent for any current Nursery and Pre-K student here at St. Francis who plans on attending St. Francis in 2022 as a Pre-K or Kindergarten student. Those forms are due by Monday, November 29th.  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, an email will be sent home to families of current students to see if any siblings of current students will be joining our Early Childhood. Please fill out all letters of intent as soon as possible as we will begin open registration in the winter of 2022.  This is especially important to do with our current enrollment numbers. 

 

Report Cards: Please note that all report cards are digitally distributed on Monday 12/6 at about 3 pm via the FACTS Parent Portal. This year all conferences will be done in person and will take place on Tuesday 12/7 from 12:45 pm-2:45 pm and from 6 pm-7:30 pm. On Monday 11/29 we will send out information on signing up for time slots for conferences. All families will have until Sunday 12/5 to sign up for the conferences on Tuesday 12/7. Please note that all conferences will be in person and all health guidelines will be followed. This includes that all attendees must wear a mask regardless of their vaccination status. 

 

Toys for Tots: With the Christmas season approaching, as we look forward to the birth of our Lord, we should remember those less fortunate than us. In the spirit of giving, we are asking that students donate a gift for other children. Please bring in an unwrapped toy or game as soon as possible. All donations will go to children in need. Thank you for your generosity. All donations need to be made by Friday 12/17. 

 

$25,000 Raffle: This weekend the raffle that gives away $25,000 in prizes will be drawn.  For those who bought a ticket (tickets are sold out), the drawing will take place at Jamerson’s on Sunday 11/28 from 4 pm-6 pm.  Thanks again to all who support our academy. 

 

PDHP Handouts: Thanks again to all who came to the Zoom Meeting two weeks ago to discuss “A Mindful Student” For those who were there and for those who missed the meeting please click below for some of the handouts. https://stfrancisacademybh.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/A-Mindful-Student-Handouts.pdf

 

Fundraising Corner 

Christmas Wreath and Poinsettia Sale: We are partnering up with Shannon’s Florist in Brooklyn to have a limited Christmas  Wreath and Poinsettia Nursery Sale. The order form can be found here. All order forms are due by Monday, November 29th at 8am. Please note that no payment is due at this time all families will be billed via their FACTS account. We need to have the order to the florist that morning for delivery on Wednesday (12/1)/Thursday (12/2) of that week.  Thanks to Mrs. Rasmussen for coordinating this sale. 

SAVE THE DATE

½ Day Tuesday 12/7: Just a reminder that report card day and night is on Tuesday, December 7th. The times for conferences are as follows:

Afternoon Session: 12:45pm-2:45pm

Evening Session: 6:00pm-7:30pm

It is a half-day for students and there is no after-school available on this day. 

 

Immaculate Conception Day: Wednesday December 8th is a Diocesan Holiday for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. This is a Diocesan Holiday so just a reminder that St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy is closed. 

 

SFDS Parish Tree Lighting: Please save the date for Thursday 12/9 at 7 pm as St. Francis de Sales Parish lights their Christmas Trees, Angels, and Nativity. We hope you join us for this great tradition. 

 

Christmas Boutique: We are also happy to announce the return of our Christmas Boutique in person this year. The Christmas Boutique for our students will be December 15th- December 17th. When we return from Thanksgiving break a schedule of when classes will be attending the boutique will be given out. 

 

Have a Happy Thanksgiving! We will see everyone back in school on Monday 11/29.

Thanksgiving Letter from Thomas Chadzutko, Ed.D. Superintendent

Dear Families,

 

The end of October and the beginning of November is often the start of the “holiday season.” For many parents, this is a time of tremendous stress, as you scramble to complete Halloween activities, prepare for family gatherings, and squirrel away the coveted Christmas gifts. This time of year can be very secular in nature and while that should not be the focus, it is difficult to avoid getting caught up in the frenzy of toy lists and Instagram expectations.

 

The month of November provides us two focal points to center ourselves in gratitude, All Saints Day and Thanksgiving. We begin the month with All Saints Day on November 1st.  During this celebration, the Catholic Church recognizes the saints who have come before us, as well as the saints who are not yet known to us.  All Saints Day is a multi-faceted opportunity to share stories of the saints with your child, but also to remind them about the humanity of the saints. The saints are often viewed as holy, almost to the point of being inaccessible.

 

One of the greatest lessons we can learn from the saints is that they were ordinary people who were blessed with extraordinary faith. Children can see this in the actions of Blessed Carlos. While he has not yet achieved sainthood, his actions remind us that anyone can be blessed along the path to sainthood and a relationship with God should be our constant goal. By studying the saints, we remind our children to be grateful for all the individuals who provide us with the example of living our faith. I encourage you to take time this month and read about the saints with your child. A short passage can be coupled with a discussion for even the youngest learners. How did this saint show their faith? How did this saint show gratitude? What can this saint teach us about living a faithful life?

 

The conversation of faith and the saints can be a continuous reminder through the month of November about the practice of gratitude leading to the celebration of Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is often watered down to a single day or less and rarely encompasses a true sense of gratitude. In the wake of a long-term pandemic, there is a great sense of fatigue and despair in the world. Our faith reminds us that God’s presence in all things provides us strength and hope if we seek it. Activities such as offering a family prayer of gratitude each day or creating a “gratitude tree” throughout the month of November provide the opportunity for families to share in the daily expression of gratitude. In doing this, you are modeling a positive approach to seeing the world as well as cultivating a relationship with God that is built upon the understanding that He is the provider of all our needs.

 

In this season of gratitude, I pause and consider the importance of the families that create our school communities. Your commitment to the faith and educating your child in a faith-filled environment is vital to the sustainability of schools and parishes. It is through the parents and families that children embark on a rich and vibrant faith journey. I thank you for your continued presence in our school communities, understanding the choices and sacrifices that are made to partake in a Catholic education.

 

 

 

 

May you and your family enjoy a blessed Thanksgiving, filled with the abundance provided from our Creator. Take the time to reflect on the greatest blessings of children, family, and friends.

 

In Christ,

Thomas Chadzutko

Thomas Chadzutko, Ed.D.

Superintendent ~ Catholic School Support Services

  1. C. Diocese of Brooklyn

Weekly Update #11 SFDS Week of November 22nd

Dear St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy Community,

A houseful of noisy people, cousins playing together after not seeing each other since the last holiday, lots of food served on fancy plates and silver.  Thanksgiving is the universal American holiday.  It welcomes all.  We gather together, not out of media hype or commercial conditioning, but from a personal, conscious need to acknowledge all that we are thankful for and treasure.

My hope for you and your families is that your Thanksgiving will be safe and enjoyable.  Best wishes as you celebrate this holiday.

Now onto a short but busy week at the academy…..

Franny Fun Run: The 2nd Annual Franny Fun Run/Walk is this Saturday, November 20th! The run/walk will start in the schoolyard and then take place along Rockaway Beach Boulevard from Beach 129th to Beach 139th Street and back. Smaller courses will be set up for the younger classes in the schoolyard.

The Academy Family Association is currently planning for what should be a fun morning run/walk and a post-celebration pizza party for all participating students.

All donations up until Tuesday 11/23 will count towards individual and class prizes.

The schedule of events for the day includes:

  • 10:15 AM: Registration Begins in the School Yard – All Participants should arrive early to check-in and pick up their race bibs. (Registration closes at 10:50 AM)
  • 11:00 AM: Mini Race (Run or Walk) for Nursery, Pre-K, and Kindergarten students
  • 11:15 AM: One Mile (Run or Walk) for Students in Grades 1-8
  • 12:00-1:00 PM Post Celebration Pizza Party in the SFDS Schoolyard

*** Please Note: All participants must be accompanied by at least one parent/guardian.

 

A special thank you to our sponsors for tomorrow’s event. 

 

Thanksgiving Holiday: Just a reminder that St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy has a half-day on Wednesday 11/24 with 12-noon dismissal. This is then followed by Thanksgiving Recess on 11/25 and 11/26. Grades 1-8 will be going to Mass on Wednesday at 11 am. 

 

Christmas Show: Earlier today an email was sent home explaining this year’s Christmas show. Any questions about costumes or dress please contact Ms. Mangano at gmangano@stfrancisschoolbh.net  To take another look at the information sent in the email please click here. 

 

Early Childhood Registration: As we begin to prepare for the 2022-2023 school year, we want to ensure that our plans maximize the benefit to your child/children. In the past few weeks, we issued a Google Form of intent for any current Nursery and Pre-K student here at St. Francis who plans on attending St. Francis in 2022 as a Pre-K or Kindergarten student. Those forms are due by Monday, November 29th.  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, an email will be sent home to families of current students to see if any siblings of current students will be joining our Early Childhood. Please fill out all letters of intent as soon as possible as we will begin open registration in the winter of 2022.  This is especially important to do with our current enrollment numbers. 

 

Report Cards: Please note that all report cards are digitally distributed on Monday 12/6 at about 3 pm via the FACTS Parent Portal. This year all conferences will be done in person and will take place on Tuesday 12/7 from 12:45 pm-2:45 pm and from 6 pm-7:30 pm. On Monday 11/29 we will send out information on signing up for time slots for conferences. All families will have until Sunday 12/5 to sign up for the conferences on Tuesday 12/7. Please note that all conferences will be in person and all health guidelines will be followed. This includes that all attendees must wear a mask regardless of their vaccination status. 

 

Toys for Tots: With the Christmas season approaching, as we look forward to the birth of our Lord, we should remember those less fortunate than us. In the spirit of giving, we are asking that students donate a gift for other children. Please bring in an unwrapped toy or game as soon as possible. All donations will go to children in need. Thank you for your generosity. All donations need to be made by Friday 12/17. 

 

Polar Express: We are so excited to announce that we will have our Annual Polar Express Night this year in the school Gym on Friday, December 3rd. We will be having two sessions this year. The 1st session will be only for Kindergarten and 1st-grade students from 4 pm-6 pm. Our second session will be for 2nd-4th graders from 6:30 pm-8:30 pm. We are looking forward to this night. The price for each child is $5 and will include Oreo Cookies and Hot Chocolate. All children will need to wear masks during the Polar Express Event. All Aboard!

 

$25,000 Raffle: There is one more opportunity (ticket)  to win up to $15,000 in the annual raffle. The ticket is $500. If interested please contact Mrs. Rita Hayden at 718-570-7908. The drawing is next Sunday 11/28. 

 

SFDS Family Mass: St. Francis de Sales Parish invites all families to the November Family Mass this Sunday, November 21, 2021, at 10:00 AM. Each month they will have specific grades participate in the liturgy.  For November, they extend an extra warm welcome to the children of the parish in Third Grade. We hope to see you on Sunday. 

 

Picture Day: Please note that individual photos for Nursery-Kindergarten will be on 12/1 and 8th grade will be on 11/30. A separate order form will be sent home for those grade levels closer to their picture day. 

Just a reminder that families with students in Grades 1-7 who already have taken their individual pictures please use the following order form to purchase photos: https://fs24.formsite.com/orderforms/8k2hz6zybx/index.html

All students in Grades 1-7 who were absent on individual picture day will have their makeup picture taken on Wednesday 12/1. 

 

Fundraising Corner 

Christmas Wreath and Poinsettia Sale: We are partnering up with Shannon’s Florist in Brooklyn to have a limited Christmas  Wreath and Poinsettia Nursery Sale. The order form can be found here. All order forms are due by Monday, November 29th at 8am. Please note that no payment is due at this time all families will be billed via their FACTS account. We need to have the order to the florist that morning for delivery on Wednesday (12/1)/Thursday (12/2) of that week.  Thanks to Mrs. Rasmussen for coordinating this sale. 

 

SAVE THE DATE

Advent Prayer Service: Please save the date of Tuesday, November 30th at 6:30 pm for a special Academy family Advent Prayer Service. All Academy Parents and their children are invited to attend this special prayer service as we get ready for the coming of the Baby Jesus once again. 

 

Christmas Boutique: We are also happy to announce the return of our Christmas Boutique in person this year. The Christmas Boutique for our students will be December 15th- December 17th. When we return from Thanksgiving break a schedule of when classes will be attending the boutique will be given out. 

 

Have a great weekend, we hope to see you at the Franny Fun Run!

Weekly Update #10 SFDS Week of November 15th

Dear St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy Community,

 

Just a quick reminder that school is closed on Thursday, November 11th for Veteran’s Day and a day off for students on Friday, November 12th for a Faculty Professional Day. Enjoy the 4 day weekend!

 

Now onto some important reminders, news, and events at the academy in the upcoming days….

 

Early Childhood Registration: As we begin to prepare for the 2022-2023 school year, we want to ensure that our plans maximize the benefit to your child/children. In the past few days, we issued a Google Form of intent for any current Nursery and Pre-K student here at St. Francis who plans on attending St. Francis in 2022 as a Pre-K or Kindergarten student. Those forms are due by Monday, November 29th.  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, an email will be sent home to families of current students to see if any siblings of current students will be joining our Early Childhood. Please fill out all letters of intent as soon as possible as we will begin open registration in the winter of 2022.  This is especially important to do with our current enrollment numbers. 

Tuition Arrears: This Monday 11/15  the 4th tuition payment is due.  Please be mindful of the fact to keep your account up to date on FACTS for all tuition or any outstanding fees. Please remember that report cards are not distributed unless your account is up to date as of 11/15/21. Any issues please feel free to be in touch. 

Report Cards: Please note that all report cards are digitally distributed on Monday 12/6 at about 3 pm via the FACTS Parent Portal. This year all conferences will be done in person and will take place on Tuesday 12/7. More information about signing up for these conferences will be forthcoming.  

Our report cards are linked to New York State standards for the quality of work students do. As we move forward this school year, it is important for us to share the Schools’ way of evaluating student progress and the thinking behind it: 

  • Nursery will receive three progress reports throughout the school year. 
  • The Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten report card measures progress in terms of not demonstrating, beginning, developing, and secure. 
  • Grades 1-4 will implement the use of a standards-based report card. These report cards will look very similar to the report cards in the past as they will continue to provide information on a student’s developmental abilities and progress in relation to the learning standards outlined in each subject. The one major difference will be that this report card will use a scale of 1-4 rather than an Alpha Scale (A-F) or number to indicate progress on the grade-level standards for each trimester in the five subject areas of Math, ELA, SS, Science, and Religion. Performance Level scores are not based on one assessment experience. Teachers design multiple assessment tasks and collect evidence of student learning throughout the grading period. Evidence may include teacher observations, student work samples, projects, tests, quizzes, and district assessments. Teachers review these items for evidence of learning when grading student progress for the report card. It is important to note that the Performance Level is based on the units of study and concepts and skills taught for that trimester. It is quite possible for a child to achieve a 3 or 4 in the first trimester and then achieve a 2 in the next. 
  • Grades 5-8 will have a more traditional report card that uses a numerical scale. How these grades are determined will differ by subject and by the teacher. Individual grading policies were shared with families at the beginning of the school year.

As we have said in the past the FACTS Family portal is a great way to see how your child is progressing throughout the school year. 

 

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 19th. 

8th Grade

  • Shampoo
  • Baby Wipes

7th Grade

  • mouthwash 
  •  liquid hand soap

6th Grade

  • deodorant (roll-on, solid or gel – no spray)
  • Body wash

5th Grade 

  •  toothpaste
  •  bar soap.  (Dove, Lever or Olay)

4th Grade 

  • Cake mixes 

3rd Grade

  • Canned fruit
  • Canned Juice

2nd Grade

  • Dry cereals ( NO sugar)
  • Oatmeal

1st Grade 

  • Soups
  • Canned fish (tuna or salmon)

Kindergarten

  • Coffee 
  • Tea

PreK

  • Facial tissue
  • Toilet tissue

Nursery

  • Paper towels

 

SFDS Family Mass: St. Francis de Sales Parish invites all families to the November Family Mass next Sunday, November 21, 2021, at 10:00 AM. 

Each month they will have specific grades participate in the liturgy.  For November, they extend an extra warm welcome to the children of the parish in Third Grade. Any parish children in third grade that would like to participate in our liturgy are encouraged to sign up. There will be a practice next Friday afternoon. Thank You!  Sign Up Here: https://forms.gle/b6wYauw8khUqD5LC6

 

VIRTUS Training: For the safety and well being of each and every child in our school, all volunteers must go through the following process:

1) Read and sign a code of conduct

2) Have a background check

3) Take part in the VIRTUS program. (Register at virtusonline.org. Download the registration guide.)

After completing the VIRTUS Program we ask that you please bring to the office a copy of your certificate for us to keep track of in our database. We hope that this is not an inconvenience for anyone, but we need to be sure that all adults who interact with students are in compliance.

We wanted to let all families know that there will be a VIRTUS training session taking place at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy on Thursday, November 18th at 7:00 pm.  The session will last three hours.  Any adult who has contact with children must be VIRTUS trained.  This applies to fundraising activities that involve contact with children, as well as volunteering in our building as guidelines begin to allow. We do anticipate having parent volunteers in our building in the very near future and this is an absolute must for any parent that would like to come into the building while children are present. 

Many of you are new to the St. Francis Family this year; therefore, I would strongly encourage you to sign up for this session to ensure you are not excluded from any activities going forward.  Although sessions are held monthly at other locations throughout Queens and online and you may attend any VIRTUS program, this may be the only opportunity that will exist at the Academy during this school year. 

You must register in advance for this workshop as there are only 30 spots encouraged to go to the VIRTUS website, www.virtus.org, and register.  The registration directions can be found on the back of this correspondence. No walkup registration will be accepted. 

The VIRTUS training is important because it helps protect all of our children. Thank you for your continued assistance and support.  If you have any questions, please feel to get in touch.

 

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 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. 

 

AFA Mass of Thanksgiving: Please note that the AFA Mass of Thanksgiving for parents and guardians originally scheduled for next Wednesday 11/17 has been postponed till the Winter of 2022. Thanks so much for your understanding. 

 

Picture Day: Please note that individual photos for Nursery-Kindergarten will be on 12/1 and 8th grade will be on 11/30. A separate order form will be sent home for those grade levels closer to their picture day. 

Just a reminder that families with students in Grades 1-7 who already have taken their individual pictures please use the following order form to purchase photos: https://fs24.formsite.com/orderforms/8k2hz6zybx/index.html

All students in Grades 1-7 who were absent on individual picture day will have their makeup picture taken on Wednesday 12/1. 

 

Fundraising Corner 

Franny Fun Run: The Academy Family Association is proud to announce the second annual 2021 Franny Fun Run/Walk scheduled for Saturday, November 20th, 2021.  The run/walk will take place on Rockaway Beach Boulevard from Beach 129th to Beach 139th Street and back.  Smaller courses will be set up for the younger classes.  The Academy Family Association is currently planning for what should be a fun morning run/walk and a small post-celebration.  The schedule of events for the day includes:

11:00 AM:         Mini Race  (Run or Walk) for Nursery, Pre-K, and Kindergarten students

11:15 AM:         One Mile  (Run or Walk) for Students in Grades 1-8

12:00 – 1:00 PM Post Celebration in the SFDS Schoolyard

***  Please Note: All participants must be accompanied by at least one parent/guardian. 

We ask you to join us in supporting our 2nd Annual Franny Fun Run/Walk Fundraiser to help us achieve our goal of school-wide air conditioning. We hope you can help, volunteer, and enjoy this wonderful school event!  Our challenge of $60,000 in donations is attainable if everyone can do their part. We are just over $37,000 All students with any donation by Thursday 11/18 will be able to participate and receive a T-Shirt to wear during the Run/Walk on 11/20. All donations up until Tuesday 11/23 will count towards individual and class prizes. Finally to qualify for the dress down day on Friday 12/3 a child must meet their goal of $50 by Thursday 12/2. 

All families should have received an email providing a link to their child’s web-based donation page. If you did not receive your link via email, please search your student’s page here: https://independent.pledgebrite.org/fund/frannyrun21

 

Christmas Wreath and Poinsettia Sale: We are partnering up with Shannon’s Florist in Brooklyn to have a Christmas  Wreath and Poinsettia Nursery Sale. An order form will be sent out early next week. All order forms are due by Monday, November 22nd.  We need to have the order to the florist no later than Tuesday, November 23rd. The items will be delivered to the school early during the week of November 29th and will be available to be picked up at dismissal. Thanks to Mrs. Rasmussen for coordinating this sale. 

 

SAVE THE DATE

Thanksgiving Holiday: Just a reminder that St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy has a half-day on Wednesday 11/24 with 12-noon dismissal. This is then followed by Thanksgiving Recess on 11/25 and 11/26. Happy Thanksgiving. 

Advent Prayer Service: Please save the date of Tuesday, November 30th at 6:30 pm for a special Academy family Advent Prayer Service. All Academy Parents and their children are invited to attend this special prayer service as we get ready for the coming of the Baby Jesus once again. 

Toys for Tots: With the Christmas season approaching, as we look forward to the birth of our Lord, we should remember those less fortunate than us. In the spirit of giving, we are asking that students donate a gift for other children. Please bring in an unwrapped toy or game as soon as possible. All donations will go to children in need. Thank you for your generosity. All donations need to be made by Friday 12/17.  

Polar Express: We are so excited to announce that we will have our Annual Polar Express Night this year in the school Gym on Friday, December 3rd. We will be having two sessions this year. The 1st session will be only for Kindergarten and 1st-grade students from 4 pm-6 pm. Our second session will be for 2nd-4th graders from 6:30 pm-8:30 pm. We are looking forward to this night. More information will be forthcoming about price and health guidelines that need to be followed. All Aboard!

Christmas Boutique: We are also happy to announce the return of our Christmas Boutique in person this year. The Christmas Boutique for our students will be December 15th- December 17th. 

Have a great 4 day weekend!

Weekly Update #9 SFDS Week of November 8th

Dear St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy Community,

 

As we look towards the second week of November, it’s hard to believe that Halloween has already come and gone. We started this week with a beautiful mass led by our 2nd graders for All Saint’s Day and were able to accomplish lots of great work as well. We will be keeping the 8th grade in our prayers this weekend as they set off to take their TACHS exam tomorrow morning. Best of luck, 8th Grade! We know you will do your very best. 

Now onto some important reminders, news, and events at the academy in the upcoming days….

Professional Day & Veterans Day: Remember that next week is a short week with the school being closed on Thursday, November 11th for Veteran’s Day and a day off for students on Friday, November 12th for a Faculty Professional Day. Enjoy the 4 day weekend. 

 

Birthdays: Starting on Monday 11/8 the way we celebrate birthdays in our school will go back to pre-covid guidelines, please read below. As always please check with your child’s homeroom teacher before sending in anything. As in the past families with students with allergies such as dairy should send in a treat that the teachers can keep on days when birthday treats are given out. As always all treats must be nut-free. 

There are a variety of ways in which we celebrate birthdays at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy.  Celebrations are at the discretion of the teacher.

Please communicate with the homeroom teacher beforehand.  Families/guardians may drop off party goods (cookies, cupcakes, small plates, napkins, etc.) with Security at the beginning of the school day.  

The Diocese asks that all food items shared be store-bought. The reason for this rule is strictly to serve as a safety precaution, allowing the school to know the ingredients of any item.  We ask that no toys, lollipops, goody bags, frozen treats, or drinks be brought into school.

 

Parking: 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. Please make sure we are not blocking any of our neighbor’s driveways. This includes the rectory and convent driveways on 130th street Thanks in advance for your cooperation with these safety guidelines.

 

School Yard: As discussed a few different times last year, we are asking all parents to please watch their children in the schoolyard after they have been dismissed from school. We have had to correct more than a few children in the past two weeks for climbing the bleachers for summer classic and the fence we also have had several instances of children on scooters riding into other children. There should be no bike riding or scooter riding in the schoolyard until after all classes have been dismissed. We need your help in making sure that our students stay safe on school property. 

 

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 them to school no later than Friday, November 19th. 

8th Grade

  • Shampoo
  • Baby Wipes

 

7th Grade

  • mouthwash 
  •  liquid hand soap

 

6th Grade

  • deodorant (roll-on, solid or gel – no spray)
  • Body wash

 

5th Grade 

  •  toothpaste
  •  bar soap.  (Dove, Lever or Olay)

 

4th Grade 

  • Cake mixes 

 

3rd Grade

  • Canned fruit
  • Canned Juice

 

2nd Grade

  • Dry cereals ( NO sugar)
  • Oatmeal

 

1st Grade 

  • Soups
  • Canned fish (tuna or salmon)

 

Kindergarten

  • Coffee 
  • Tea

 

PreK

  • Facial tissue
  • Toilet tissue

 

Nursery

  • Paper towels

 

State Exam Results: We have received word from the State of New York that in the next few days the results of the Spring 2021 New York State Test ELA and Math will be released. Once they are released we will send home parent reports to our current 5th, 7th, and 8th graders who took the test at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy last spring. If your child was in another school last year and took the state tests, please reach out to them directly to receive your child’s score. 

 

Class Picture Day: On Wednesday, November 10th, Class Picture day will be held for all grades and classes, Nursery through grade 8. Students should be in full winter uniform for this day. This past Wednesday students in Grades 1-7 were photographed individually. Just a reminder that families with students in Grades 1-7 please use the following order form to purchase photos: https://fs24.formsite.com/orderforms/8k2hz6zybx/index.html

All students in Grades 1-7 who were absent on Wednesday will have their makeup picture taken on Wednesday 12/1. 

Please note that individual photos for Nursery-Kindergarten will be on 12/1 and 8th grade will be on 11/30. A separate order form will be sent home for those grade levels closer to their picture day. 

 

Franny Fun Run: The Academy Family Association is proud to announce the second annual 2021 Franny Fun Run/Walk scheduled for Saturday, November 20th, 2021.  The run/walk will take place on Rockaway Beach Boulevard from Beach 129th to Beach 139th Street and back.  Smaller courses will be set up for the younger classes.  The Academy Family Association is currently planning for what should be a fun morning run/walk and a small post-celebration.  The schedule of events for the day includes:

11:00 AM:         Mini Race  (Run or Walk) for Nursery, Pre-K, and Kindergarten students

11:15 AM:         One Mile  (Run or Walk) for Students in Grades 1-8

12:00 – 1:00 PM Post Celebration in the SFDS Schoolyard

***  Please Note: All participants must be accompanied by at least one parent/guardian. 

We ask you to join us in supporting our 2nd Annual Franny Fun Run/Walk Fundraiser to help us achieve our goal of school-wide air conditioning. We hope you can help, volunteer, and enjoy this wonderful school event!  Our challenge of $60,000 in donations is attainable if everyone can do their part. We are just over $27,000 which is just under ½ of our goal. All students with any donation by Thursday 11/18 will be able to participate and receive a T-Shirt to wear during the Run/Walk on 11/20.

  • Step 1, on October 20th our families, received an email providing a link to your child’s web-based donation page. If you did not receive your link via email, please search your student’s page here: https://independent.pledgebrite.org/fund/frannyrun21
  • Step 2, Share your donation page via Facebook, Twitter, and Social Media. Also, use the email and text link on the invite and reach out to as many family and St. Francis De Sales Catholic Academy friends requesting their support.   Donations are made via a secure credit card site. We will continue to accept cash or checks, send them to school in an envelope, Attn: Franny Fun Run.  Please include the student’s name and grade along with the donor’s name and if available email.
  • Step 3, check-in often and follow SFDS and your child’s progress as we strive to reach and surpass our goal of $60,000!
  • Reach out again as a reminder to family and friends.

 

PDHP Parent Workshop: PDHP will be offering a parent workshop A Mindful Student: Set Your Child Up For Academic Success this Monday 11/8 at 7pm via Zoom. This session will address how anxiety affects our children (& us), Ways Mindfulness can help, What we can do at home to support our children’s academic performance, and strategies to foster communication.

Register in advance for this meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYpcOyvpjMqGtB4wcZ2KyDCaPbJiGIeULR8  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

 

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 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. 

 

Mass of Thanksgiving: The Academy Family Association would like to invite all parents and guardians to attend a Mass of Thanksgiving on Wednesday 11/17 at 7pm at St. Francis de Sales Church.  We hope that many parents and guardians will be able to attend. 

 

SAVE THE DATE

VIRTUS Training: For the safety and well being of each and every child in our school, all volunteers must go through the following process:

1) Read and sign a code of conduct

2) Have a background check

3) Take part in the VIRTUS program. (Register at virtusonline.org. Download the registration guide.)

After completing the VIRTUS Program we ask that you please bring to the office a copy of your certificate for us to keep track of in our database. We hope that this is not an inconvenience for anyone, but we need to be sure that all adults who interact with students are in compliance.

We wanted to let all families know that there will be a VIRTUS training session taking place at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy on Thursday November 18th at 7:00pm.  The session will last three hours.  Any adult who has contact with children must be VIRTUS trained.  This applies to fundraising activities which involve contact with children, as well as volunteering in our building as guidelines begin to allow. We do anticipate having parent volunteers in our building in the very near future and this is an absolute must for any parent that would like to come into the building while children are present. 

Many of you are new to the St. Francis Family this year; therefore, I would strongly encourage you to sign up for this session to ensure you are not excluded from any activities going forward.  Although sessions are held monthly at other locations throughout Queens and online and you may attend any VIRTUS program, this may be the only opportunity that will exist at the Academy during this school year. 

You must register in advance for this workshop as there are only 30 spots encouraged to go to the VIRTUS website, www.virtus.org and register.  The registration directions can be found on the back of this correspondence. No walkup registration will be accepted. 

The VIRTUS training is important because it helps protect all of our children. Thank you for your continual assistance and support.  If you have any questions, please feel to get in touch.

 

Grade 3 Family Mass: Please join St. Francis de Sales Parish in celebration of our third graders and their families Sunday, November 21st at the 10 am mass. 

 

Advent Prayer Service: Please save the date of Tuesday, November 30th at 6:30 pm for a special Academy family Advent Prayer Service. More information about this special prayer service will be available in next week’s email blast. 

 

Have a great weekend. 

Weekly Update #8 SFDS Week of November 1st

Dear St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy Community,

 

Happy Halloween! 

Although Halloween has been embraced by the secular world, its foundations are firmly rooted in the Catholic tradition. Halloween actually has significant Catholic roots. The name itself comes from All Hallow’s Eve –that is, the Vigil of All Saints’ Day, when Catholics remember those who have gone before us to enter our heavenly home. 

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. Don’t forget to stop by the St. Francis de Sales Rectory as well from 1:30 pm-3:30 pm to see what Father Bill and Father Jim are dressed up as. 

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 bringing in any treats with peanuts/nuts in order to prevent a life-threatening allergic reaction. We are asking for 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.

Finally, just a reminder that Winter Uniform begins this Monday. All students should be in full winter dress uniforms. Any issues with a delay in shipment should have been addressed in the past two weeks. 

Now onto another busy week of events at the academy….

All Saints Day: All Saint’s Day is on Monday, November 1st. Our 2nd Grade Saints will be leading us in our All Saints Day mass at 11 am. Due to space limitations and all grade levels having to go over to the church as it is a Holy Day of Obligation this mass is for students and faculty only. We will live stream the mass on the SFDS Parish and school Facebook along with a link on our school website as well. 

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. Families with students in Grades 1-7 please use the following order form to purchase photos: https://fs24.formsite.com/orderforms/8k2hz6zybx/index.html

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. 

Please note that individual photos for Nursery-Kindergarten and 8th grade will take place after Thanksgiving. A separate order form will be sent home for those grade levels closer to their picture day. 

Franny Fun Run: The Academy Family Association is proud to announce the second annual 2021 Franny Fun Run/Walk scheduled for Saturday, November 20th, 2021.  The run/walk will take place on Rockaway Beach Boulevard from Beach 129th to Beach 139th Street and back.  Smaller courses will be set up for the younger classes.  The Academy Family Association is currently planning for what should be a fun morning run/walk and a small post-celebration.  The schedule of events for the day includes:

11:00 AM:         Mini Race  (Run or Walk) for Nursery, Pre-K, and Kindergarten students

11:15 AM:         One Mile  (Run or Walk) for Students in Grades 1-8

12:00 – 1:00 PM Post Celebration in the SFDS Schoolyard

***  Please Note: All participants must be accompanied by at least one parent/guardian. 

We ask you to join us in supporting our 2nd Annual Franny Fun Run/Walk Fundraiser to help us achieve our goal of school-wide air conditioning. We hope you can help, volunteer, and enjoy this wonderful school event!  Our challenge of $60,000 in donations is attainable if everyone can do their part. We are just under $20,000 which is ⅓ of our goal. All students with any donation by Thursday 11/18 will be able to participate and receive a T-Shirt to wear during the Run/Walk on 11/20.

  • Step 1, on October 20th our families, received an email providing a link to your child’s web-based donation page. If you did not receive your link via email, please search your student’s page here: https://independent.pledgebrite.org/fund/frannyrun21
  • Step 2, Share your donation page via Facebook, Twitter, and Social Media. Also, use the email and text link on the invite and reach out to as many family and St. Francis De Sales Catholic Academy friends requesting their support.   Donations are made via a secure credit card site. We will continue to accept cash or checks, send them to school in an envelope, Attn: Franny Fun Run.  Please include the student’s name and grade along with the donor’s name and if available email.
  • Step 3, check-in often and follow SFDS and your child’s progress as we strive to reach and surpass our goal of $60,000!
  • Reach out again as a reminder to family and friends.

Pizza Days: Just a reminder that this Thursday 11/4 for Grades K-4 and Friday 11/5 for Grades 5-8 start our weekly Pizza days for those students who have ordered. 

Last Chance for the 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  individual page. 

 

PDHP Parent Workshop: PDHP will be offering a parent workshop A Mindful Student: Set Your Child Up For Academic Success on Monday 11/8 at 7pm via Zoom. This session will address how anxiety affects our children (& us), Ways Mindfulness can help, What we can do at home to support our children’s academic performance, And strategies to foster communication.

Register in advance for this meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYpcOyvpjMqGtB4wcZ2KyDCaPbJiGIeULR8  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

 

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 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. 

 

SAVE THE DATE

Mass of Thanksgiving: The Academy Family Association would like to invite all parents and guardians to attend a Mass of Thanksgiving on Wednesday 11/17 at 7pm at St. Francis de Sales Church.  We hope that many parents and guardians will be able to attend. 

 

VIRTUS Training: For the safety and well being of each and every child in our school, all volunteers must go through the following process:

1) Read and sign a code of conduct

2) Have a background check

3) Take part in the VIRTUS program. (Register at virtusonline.org. Download the registration guide.)

After completing the VIRTUS Program we ask that you please bring to the office a copy of your certificate for us to keep track of in our database. We hope that this is not an inconvenience for anyone, but we need to be sure that all adults who interact with students are in compliance.

We wanted to let all families know that there will be a VIRTUS training session taking place at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy on Thursday November 18th at 7:00pm.  The session will last three hours.  Any adult who has contact with children must be VIRTUS trained.  This applies to fundraising activities that involve contact with children, as well as volunteering in our building as guidelines begin to allow. 

Many of you are new to the St. Francis Family this year; therefore, I would strongly encourage you to sign up for this session to ensure you are not excluded from any activities going forward.  Although sessions are held monthly at other locations throughout Queens and online and you may attend any VIRTUS program, this may be the only opportunity that will exist at the Academy during this school year. 

You must register in advance for this workshop as there are only 30 spots encouraged to go to the VIRTUS website, www.virtus.org and register.  The registration directions can be found on the back of this correspondence. No walkup registration will be accepted. 

The VIRTUS training is important because it helps protect all of our children. Thank you for your continual assistance and support.  If you have any questions, please feel to get in touch.

 

Veterans Day Weekend: Please note that St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy is closed on Thursday 11/11/21 to honor all those brave men and women who served in our armed forces on Veterans day. We are also closed on Friday 11/12 for a Faculty Professional Day. We hope our students and families will enjoy the 4 day weekend!

 

Have a Happy Halloween!

Weekly Update #7 SFDS Week of October 25th

Dear St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy Community,

Many of our 8th graders from St. Francis de Sales Parish were blessed with the Gifts of the Holy Spirit during their Confirmation yesterday and 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 later this year as well. 

A special thank you to Mrs. Foti, Mrs. Gigliello, Mrs. McMahon, and Ms. Hayes for helping to form the students’ faith in their preparation for this special Sacrament. Thank you to SFDS Parish Religious Education Director, Mrs. AnneMarie Greene, for organizing the ceremonies as well. 

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

Franny Fun Run: The Academy Family Association is proud to announce the second annual 2021 Franny Fun Run/Walk scheduled for Saturday, November 20th, 2021.  The run/walk will take place on Rockaway Beach Boulevard from Beach 129th to Beach 139th Street and back.  Smaller courses will be set up for the younger classes.  The Academy Family Association is currently planning for what should be a fun morning run/walk and a small post-celebration.  The schedule of events for the day includes:

11:00 AM:         Mini Race  (Run or Walk) for Nursery, Pre-K, and Kindergarten students

11:15 AM:         One Mile  (Run or Walk) for Students in Grades 1-8

12:00 – 1:00 PM Post Celebration in the SFDS Schoolyard

***  Please Note: All participants must be accompanied by at least one parent/guardian. 

We ask you to join us in supporting our 2nd Annual Franny Fun Run/Walk Fundraiser to help us achieve our goal of school-wide air conditioning. We hope you can help, volunteer, and enjoy this wonderful school event!  Our challenge of $60,000 in donations is attainable if everyone can do their part. All students with any donation by Thursday 11/18 will be able to participate and receive a T-Shirt to wear during the Run/Walk on 11/20.

  • Step 1, on October 20th our families, received an email providing a link to your child’s web-based donation page. If you did not receive your link via email, please search your student’s page here: https://independent.pledgebrite.org/fund/frannyrun21
  • Step 2, Share your donation page via Facebook, Twitter, and Social Media. Also, use the email and text link on the invite and reach out to as many family and St. Francis De Sales Catholic Academy friends requesting their support.   Donations are made via a secure credit card site. We will continue to accept cash or checks, send them to school in an envelope, Attn: Franny Fun Run.  Please include the student’s name and grade along with the donor’s name and if available email.
  • Step 3, check-in often and follow SFDS and your child’s progress as we strive to reach and surpass our goal of $60,000!
  • Reach out again as a reminder to family and friends.

 

Academy Family Association Meeting: The Academy Family Association Executive Board is having its first general meeting on Tuesday 10/26 at 7 pm. Please see the information below about joining the meeting virtually. This is a great opportunity to hear about exciting events, fundraising efforts, and more about our school. 

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 

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82537134015?pwd=bWpZUkpROHBIQ0FOVDRIOE12elpqQT09

Meeting ID: 825 3713 4015

Passcode: AFA2021

 

FACTS Gradebook: As we are now ½ way through the 1st trimester of the school year please if you haven’t already, log on to the Family portal of FACTS to check on how your child is progressing this year. This is a great way to see if your child is missing any assignments. Please contact the main office via email at ckenny@stfrancisschoolbh.net if you have any questions. Please remember you can also look at the yearly calendar and your tuition balance through the FACTS parent portal as well. 

 

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) was due yesterday 10/22. This Sunday 10/24 will be the absolute last chance to order Pizza for this go-around. No refunds will be issued if a child is absent.

 

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. Families with students in Grades 1-7 please use the following order form to purchase photos: https://fs24.formsite.com/orderforms/8k2hz6zybx/index.html

All those students who are getting pictures may remain in their school uniform or dress up for their pictures. 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. 

Please note that individual photos for Nursery-Kindergarten and 8th grade will take place after Thanksgiving. A separate order form will be sent home for those grade levels closer to their picture day. 

 

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. Just a reminder that students cannot wear costumes. 

 

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. 

 

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 individual page. 

 

Winter and Summer Uniform: A few families have reached out to the school over the past month about major delays in 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. We have 

obtained a master list of the now handful of orders that are outstanding and when the orders were placed.  If you still do not receive your uniform by the week of 

Monday 10/25 you will need to email Mr. Scharbach at 

admin@stfrancisschoolbh.net. In your email please include what items you are 

waiting for, the date of your order, and the student(s) who ar affected. We will 

cross reference that with the master list and work on a solution for 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 up until 11/1/21.  

 

Haircuts: Just a reminder from our Family Handbook: “Both boys and girls are to have moderate, neat hairstyles. Boys may not have hair covering their ears.” Please keep these guidelines in mind when we get ready for our next haircuts. 

 

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.  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. 

 

State Exams: As we enter the second half of the first trimester, we would like to convey to parents about our participation in the New York State Testing Program for the Spring of 2021.

Academies and Schools within the Diocese of Brooklyn will be administering the following state tests in the Spring of 2021

ELA Grades 4, 6, and 7

Math Grades 4, 6, and 7

Science Grades 4 and 8

 

Fundraising Corner 

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.  All tickets ordered online need to be purchased by Friday 10/29. Thanks for your support as always. 

 

SAVE THE DATE

All Saints Day: All Saint’s Day is on Monday, November 1st. Our 2nd Grade Saints will be leading us in our All Saints Day mass at 11 am. Due to space limitations and all grade levels having to go over to the church as it is a Holy Day of Obligation this mass is for students and faculty only. We will live stream the mass on the SFDS Parish and school Facebook along with a link on our school website as well. 

 

VIRTUS Training: For the safety and well being of each and every child in our school, all volunteers must go through the following process:

1) Read and sign a code of conduct

2) Have a background check

3) Take part in the VIRTUS program. (Register at virtusonline.org. Download the registration guide.)

After completing the VIRTUS Program we ask that you please bring to the office a copy of your certificate for us to keep track of in our database. We hope that this is not an inconvenience for anyone, but we need to be sure that all adults who interact with students are in compliance.

We wanted to let all families know that there will be a VIRTUS training session taking place at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy on Thursday November 18th at 7:00pm.  The session will last three hours.  Any adult who has contact with children must be VIRTUS trained.  This applies to fundraising activities which involve contact with children, as well as volunteering in our building as guidelines begin to allow. 

Many of you are new to the St. Francis Family this year; therefore, I would strongly encourage you to sign up for this session to ensure you are not excluded from any activities going forward.  Although sessions are held monthly at other locations throughout Queens and online and you may attend any VIRTUS program, this may be the only opportunity that will exist at the Academy during this school year. 

You must register in advance for this workshop as there are only 30 spots encouraged to go to the VIRTUS website, www.virtus.org and register.  The registration directions can be found on the back of this correspondence. No walkup registration will be accepted. 

The VIRTUS training is important because it helps protect all of our children. Thank you for your continued assistance and support.  If you have any questions, please feel to get in touch.

 

PDHP Parent Workshop: PDHP will be offering a parent workshop A Mindful Student: Set Your Child Up For Academic Success on Monday 11/8 at 7 pm via Zoom. This session will address how anxiety affects our children (& us), Ways Mindfulness can help, What we can do at home to support our children’s academic performance, And strategies to foster communication.

Register in advance for this meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYpcOyvpjMqGtB4wcZ2KyDCaPbJiGIeULR8  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

 

Veterans Day Weekend: Please note that St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy is closed on Thursday 11/11/21 to honor all those brave men and women who served in our armed forces on Veterans Day. We are also closed on Friday 11/12 for a Faculty Professional Day. We hope our students and families will enjoy the 4 day weekend!

 

Have a good weekend!

2nd Annual Franny Fun Run/Walk: Saturday November 20th (11am-1pm)

Franny Fun Run

 

The Academy Family Association is proud to announce the second annual 2021 Franny Fun Run/Walk scheduled for Saturday, November 20th, 2021.  The run/walk will take place on Rockaway Beach Boulevard from Beach 129th to Beach 139th Street and back.  Smaller courses will be set up for the younger classes.  The Academy Family Association is currently planning for what should be a fun morning run/walk and a small post-celebration.  The schedule of events for the day includes:

11:00 AM:             Mini Race  (Run or Walk) for Nursery, Pre-K, and Kindergarten students

11:15 AM:             One Mile  (Run or Walk) for Students in Grades 1-8

12:00 – 1:00 PM Post Celebration in the SFDS Schoolyard

***  Please Note: All participants must be accompanied by at least one parent/guardian. 

 

We ask you to join us in supporting our 2nd Annual Franny Fun Run/Walk Fundraiser to help us achieve our goal of school-wide air conditioning. We hope you can help, volunteer, and enjoy this wonderful school event!  Our challenge of $60,000 in donations is attainable if everyone can do their part. All students with any donation by Thursday 11/18 will be able to participate and receive a T-Shirt to wear during the Run/Walk on 11/20.

  • Step 1, on October 20th our families, received an email providing a link to your child’s web-based donation page. If you did not receive your link via email, please search your student’s page here: https://independent.pledgebrite.org/fund/frannyrun21
  • Step 2, Share your donation page via Facebook, Twitter, and Social Media. Also, use the email and text link on the invite and reach out to as many family and St. Francis De Sales Catholic Academy friends requesting their support.   Donations are made via a secure credit card site. We will continue to accept cash or checks, send them to school in an envelope, Attn: Franny Fun Run.  Please include the student’s name and grade along with the donor’s name and if available email.
  • Step 3, check-in often and follow SFDS and your child’s progress as we strive to reach and surpass our goal of $60,000!
  • Reach out again as a reminder to family and friends.

 

Thank you in advance for your cooperation and support!!!

 

Prizes:

1st Prize: Sony PlayStation 5 for the student with the top amount donated

2nd Prize: $400 Kalahari Gift Card for the student with the 2nd highest amount donated

3rd Prize: $200 to Harry Potter store or $200 to American Girl store or Nintendo Lite for the student with the 3rd highest amount donated (winner gets to choose)

 

The Class with the most money donated will earn a party at Callie’s at a date to be determined

 

There will be a Dress Down Day on Friday, December 2nd for reaching your personal goal of $50.00!