Weekly Update #34 SFDS Week of May 23rd 2022

Dear Academy Families,

 

On Thursday we celebrate the Solemnity of the Ascension of Jesus to Heaven. Out students will be attending the 10 am Mass on this day. 

“Jesus said to his disciples: “Go into the whole world and proclaim the gospel to every creature. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved…But they went forth and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the word through accompanying signs.”There is a misconception that this is a sad time as He is leaving the earthly world, but it is a joyful time as we celebrate His triumph over death and return to the Father.

Jesus tells the disciples that the Holy Spirit will come upon them to baptize them, allowing them to fully proclaim the Word of God. The Gospel leaves us with an important message about the disciples’ purpose. The disciples were tasked to go into the world and share the Gospel with everyone; “every creature.” Jesus does not tell the disciples that His words only apply to some, He wants everyone to have the opportunity to hear His words. The Gospel reading demonstrates the need to evangelize not only to Baptized individuals but to all so that they might have the knowledge of Christ to be baptized.

Catholic Schools welcome students of all faiths and cultures and we believe that everyone should have the experience of knowing and loving Christ whether they are baptized or not in the hope that unbaptized students will one day join us in the faith. Like the early disciples, we are blessed with teachers who seek to spread the message of the Gospel to all students. As we come to the end of the Easter season let us give thanks for the gift of a Catholic education. 

Speaking of Thanks. A special thank you to Mr. Mike Brenna for helping organize this year’s Golf and Tennis Outing. Mr. Brenna along with the Golf and Tennis Committee (Cass Boggiano, Sean Fitzgerald, Pat Hayden, Jay Youngberg, Kynn Duffy, Meg Riley and Fran Brenna) put together a great day of Golf and Tennis and helped raise over $15,000 for our academy. Thanks again for all your hard work and support of our Catholic Academy. 

Onto to some important updates for our school for the Week of May 23rd 2022.  

 

Updated COVID Report: This past week (5/13-5/19) St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy had 1 positive COVID case.  You can also always see how many cases the school has had since September, the last 14 days, and the last 7 days by clicking here. 

If your child is ever showing symptoms of COVID-19 or is in a class with a positive case parents are asked to test their kids before returning to school. Thanks as always for helping keep everyone safe. If you are ever in need for more at home kits please contact Mrs. Endall at hendall@stfrancisschoolbh.net and we will send them home right away. 

 

Family Survey: In an effort to improve system practices, Saint Francis de Sales Catholic Academy is conducting a Family Survey until Tuesday May 24th.  We value your opinion and ask that you take the time to complete this survey. This survey is similar to the survey’s given over the past two years to compare results. We also have a 2nd survey that we are asking families to complete to help us gauge our academy’s Catholic Identity. 

In order to complete the surveys , please go to: 

Family Survey:

https://eprovesurveys.advanc-ed.org/surveys/#/action/193773/40084

And Catholic Identity Survey

https://eprovesurveys.advanc-ed.org/surveys/#/action/193779/40084

Please be assured that your responses to this survey will be anonymous.  Your honest opinion is appreciated. Thank you for your time and attention to this matter.

 

Prevention Starts WITH ALL- The Chris Herren Story: On Tuesday, May 24th at 7 pm. St Francis de Sales Catholic Academy will be hosting a presentation for all adults of our community. Prevention Starts WITH ALL- The Chris Herren Story. Chris Herren is a former professional basketball player, a voice on the topic of substance use prevention, and a wellness advocate. Since 2009, Chris has spoken to over one million students, athletes, and community members, sparking honest discussions on the topics of substance use disorder and wellness. A person in long-term recovery, Chris continues to share his story nationally with a renewed focus on prevention education and challenging audiences to rethink how we look at the disease of addiction – changing the focus from the last day to the first. We hope to have a packed gymnasium on this night. Our 6th-8th graders will be meeting with Mr. Herren during their school day on May 24th as well. 

 

Spring Cleaning: Time to tidy up and support the 8th Grade SFDS 8th Grade Spring Clothing Drive on Monday, May 23rd from 4pm-7pm in the Small Hall. 

Donations may include: gently used clothing, coats, bedding, towels, curtains, pocketbooks, backpacks, stuffed animals, toys. Please keep shoes, boots, sneakers & sports cleats separate from clothing. **Please NO books or kitchen cookware/appliances**

 

Grade 4 and 8 Science: Grade 4 &  8 will be completing their Science Performance exams on Tuesday, May 24th. We encourage the students to get a good night’s sleep and eat a hearty breakfast on the mornings of their exams. 

 

Blue and Gold Day: This Wednesday, May 25th, and Friday, May 27th are this year’s Blue and Gold Days. Our Kindergarten-Grade 4 students will be competing on Wednesday 5/25 and our 5th-8th graders will be competing on Friday 5/27. Both days of the competition are scheduled to be in the school gymnasium. Students on the day of their competitions are able to dress down in their team colors. Just a reminder that no child should have their hair colored or face painted. Thanks in advance for your cooperation. Parents are invited to cheer their children on at their assigned times. All parents who are coming to cheer the students on are asked to enter using the CYO entance no earlier than 15 minutes before their child’s sessions. We do ask that all families park on the street (legally) The schoolyard is not in use most of the day so our students can use it for recess. Parents are asked to sit on the stage or the first section of the bleachers closest to the stage to cheer their children on. The rest of the bleachers are reserved for the students. We will have a schedule of events posted so parents can gauge when their children will be competing.

Wednesday 5/25

9am-10am- Kindergarten

10:30am-12:00pm- Grades 1 and 2

12:30pm-2pm- Grades 3 and 4

Friday 5/27

10am-11:45am- Grades 5-6

12:30pm-2:15pm- Grades 7 and 8

 

Outdoor Movie Night: Please join us for our Annual Outdoor Movie Night on May 27th, 2022 in St. Francis de Sales Schoolyard. 

Gates will open at 7:45 pm- No earlier

The movie will begin at about 8:15 pm

The movie will end at about 9:45 pm 

Featuring the movie Encanto (Sing-a-long Version) Rated PG

$5.00 admission fee per person collected at the gate. Snacks will be sold.

Please note this is an RSVP event- All families that would like to attend will have to RSVP how many adults and children will attend by Wednesday 5/25. Please RSVP by using the following form:

https://forms.gle/jHkSnce221vxczibA

We will email all RSVPs on Thursday 5/26 to confirm that you are still attending. An adult must be present for each student for the duration of the movie. Please bring a beach chair or blanket to sit on.

 

Last Call for Records for Next Year:  If any child is transferring from St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy for the 2021-2022 school year, most likely their records will need to be sent to their new school. Please request that as soon as possible yet no later than the end of May as many schools are closed for the summer and ask for that information before we break for summer.  

 

Memorial Day Parade: Please save the date for Monday, May 30th and join the Academy community and Franny our Mascot to march in the Memorial Day Parade. We start the day off with mass at 10:30am which is followed with a short march to 121st street. We would love to see everyone, especially our students come out for this special event.

 

SAVE THE DATE

Class of 2023 Ring/Pin Service: The Class of 2023 (7th graders) will receive their class rings and pins in St. Francis de Sales Church on Tuesday 5/31 at 7pm. A small reception will follow in the Small Hall. All 7th graders are asked to report to the Small Hall at 6:40 pm.  

1/2 Day Dismissal: Friday, June 3rd is a half-day.Please remember that dismissal is at 12pm and that there is no after school service on half days

5th Annual Art Night: Please join us on June 8th at 5 pm for our annual Art Show! Ms. Mangano and our students have worked tirelessly in preparation for a truly superb art gallery display. We hope to see many of you there. To get a sneak peak of some of our students’ artwork please follow our artists on Instagram at (sfds_art)

Early Childhood Information Nights: On Monday, June 6th at 6 pm, we will be hosting Nursery and Pre-K information night, and on Monday June 13th at 6pm, we will invite our incoming Kindergarten parents to join us for the Kindergarten Information Night. On both evenings, the early childhood teachers will be sharing all the details of what is in store for your children who are entering their early childhood years. Parents will be receiving supply lists and summer ideas during this meeting as well. We hope to see everyone there. 

Spring Concert: Members of the Paul Effman Band: please save the date Tuesday June 14th at 7pm for the second annual St Francis de Sales Catholic Academy Band Spring Concert. 

Catholic Schools Night with the Brooklyn Cyclones: On Tuesday, June 21st, St. Francis De Sales Catholic Academy is planning a “School Spirit Night” at Maimonides Park, home of the Brooklyn Cyclones. Come to historic Coney Island and watch the Cyclones take on the Jersey Shore Blueclaws. Pregame activities include the priests taking on the principals and teachers in the Collars vs Scholars softball game. There will be a ceremony celebrating the Valedictorians and Salutatorians from Catholic schools throughout the diocese.

Tickets are just $15 for St. Francis De Sales Catholic Academy students, teachers, friends, and family members! Front Gates Open to the public at 6:00 pm. First Pitch is scheduled for a 7:00 PM start.

Each ticket is priced at $15.00. Each ticket comes with a free Brooklyn Cyclones hat. This night is a great way to fundraise for your school, boost that school spirit, hang with family and friends, and celebrate the end of the school year and the countdown to summer vacation.

For additional information, you can call (718)-634-2775 or send an email to Helen Endall at hendall@stfrancisschoolbh.net

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Have a good weekend.

 

Weekly Update #33 SFDS Week of May 16th 2022

Dear Academy Families,

Congratulations and God bless to those children who received First Holy Communion last weekend and this upcoming weekend. This Tuesday 5/17 at 11:00 am is the academy’s annual May Crowning led by our second graders. We all should be thankful for the guidance of the Blessed Mother over this past year and honor her by crowning her. Parents of our 2nd graders are welcome to attend, yet please note there is limited seating in the last row or two of the church along with the choir loft. 

Onto to some important updates for our school for the Week of May 16th, 2022.  

Updated COVID Report: This past week (5/6-5/12) St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy had 3 positive COVID cases.  You can also always see how many cases the school has had since September, the last 14 days, and the last 7 days by clicking here. 

If your child is ever showing symptoms of COVID-19 or is in a class with a positive case parents are asked to test their kids before returning to school. Thanks as always for helping keep everyone safe. If you are ever in need of more at-home kits please contact Mrs. Endall at hendall@stfrancisschoolbh.net and we will send them home right away. 

State of the Academy/Tuition 2022-2023: Thanks to all who came out for this week’s State of the Academy. Please click here for the presentation that was given by the Board of Directors. Some of the announcements discussed were next year’s tuition schedule, which can be found by clicking here

Family Survey: In an effort to improve system practices, Saint Francis de Sales Catholic Academy is conducting a Family Survey until Tuesday May 24th.  We value your opinion and ask that you take the time to complete this survey. This survey is similar to the survey’s given over the past two years to compare results. We also have a 2nd survey that we are asking families to complete to help us gauge our academy’s Catholic Identity. 

In order to complete the survey’s , please go to: 

Family Survey:

https://eprovesurveys.advanc-ed.org/surveys/#/action/193773/40084

And Catholic Identity Survey

https://eprovesurveys.advanc-ed.org/surveys/#/action/193779/40084

Please be assured that your responses to this survey will be anonymous.  Your honest opinion is appreciated. Thank you for your time and attention to this matter.

Prevention Starts WITH ALL- The Chris Herren Story: On Tuesday, May 24th at 7 pm. St Francis de Sales Catholic Academy will be hosting a presentation for all adults of our community. Prevention Starts WITH ALL- The Chris Herren Story. Chris Herren is a former professional basketball player, a voice on the topic of substance use prevention, and a wellness advocate. Since 2009, Chris has spoken to over one million students, athletes, and community members, sparking honest discussions on the topics of substance use disorder and wellness. A person in long-term recovery, Chris continues to share his story nationally with a renewed focus on prevention education and challenging audiences to rethink how we look at the disease of addiction – changing the focus from the last day to the first. We hope to have a packed gymnasium on this night. Our 6th-8th graders will be meeting with Mr. Herren during their school day on May 24th as well. 

Dress Down Day: On Friday May 20th we are having a Dress Down Day. It is $1 or a Donation to help two SFDS Alumni Daniel (2019) and Sean (2020) O’Malley. They are off to Tennessee to build homes and support those in need and their families through the Companions of St. Francis Xavier Service and Immersion Program (CFX)Red, White, and Blue is the Dress Down Theme. We thank you in advance for your generosity! Daniel and Sean (Class of 2023 and 2024) will be attending the CFX service trip to Tennessee with Xavier High School in August.

Spring Book Fair: A special thank you to all the parent volunteers who helped make this Book Fair one of our most successful. A special Thank You to Mrs. Rita Martin our book fair chairperson for coordinating this event. If anyone is interested in helping to chair next Fall’s Book Fair please email the Academy Family Association at afa@stfrancisschoolbh.net 

Our ONLINE Book Fair will be available until May 22nd. If you forgot to purchase something, you can still complete it before then! 

Last Call for Babysitting Night: (Grades K-3) The Graduating Class of 2022 will be organizing a fun night for our Kindergarten through 3rd-grade students. This SFDSCA 8th Grade Babysitting Night allows you to enjoy two and a half hours kid-free on Friday, May 20th, 2022 from  6 pm-8:30 pm open to kids Kindergarten- 3rd grade. This opportunity is open to SFDSCA families ONLY.

Your kids will be supervised by school staff,  8th-grade students, and 8th-grade parent volunteers (VIRTUS trained). Children will be treated to a movie, games, crafts, and organized sports and activities. We will provide the children with a snack (drinks and chips, etc.). Please be sure your child has dinner prior to coming. The fee is $20 for the first child and for each additional child is $5. Please submit the form and send in payment separately to the main office. in an envelope marked “8th Grade Babysitting Night”. 

Please RSVP BY May 12th, 2022. We cannot accept registration after the 12th for planning reasons. You will NOT be able to pay the night of the event.

Final Tuition Payment/Tuition 2022-2023: Just a reminder that next week on Monday 5/16 the final tuition payment is due for the 2021-2022 school year.  We do ask that all tuition arrears are settled over the next few weeks. We will continue  the payment schedule of tuition for the 2022-2023 school year from August 2022-May 2023. Any tuition questions please contact our bookkeeper Marguerite Kazalski at mkazalski@stfrancisschoolbh.net

Summer Concert: On Thursday, July 7, 2022, the SFDSCA Academy Family Association will be hosting an outdoor concert by Jimmy Kenny and the Pirate Beach Band, a wildly popular cover band playing the likes of Jimmy Buffett, Kenny Chesney, and the Zac Brown Band.

Tickets will go on sale exclusively for SFDSCA Families on Monday, May 16, 2022. Each family can purchase up to two tickets by completing the form that will be sent out on Monday before Wednesday, May 18th. Tickets are $50 each and will be billed to your FACTS account. Depending on availability, additional tickets may go on sale at a later date. The ONLY way to guarantee your tickets is to order them before the May 18th SFDSCA Family Deadline.

St. Vincent de Paul Service Requirement: As we are almost ½ way 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 by May 13th. For more information about the log sheet students can ask their homeroom teacher. Please note that this service can count towards confirmation hours as well. It cannot count towards NJHS hours. If a child has a question or needs assistance in getting hours completed they can see Mr. Scharbach in the main office. 

SAVE THE DATE

Spring Cleaning: Time to tidy up and support the 8th Grade SFDS 8th Grade Spring Clothing Drive on Monday, May 23rd from 4pm-7pm in the Small Hall. 

Donations may include: gently used clothing, coats, bedding, towels, curtains, pocketbooks, backpacks, stuffed animals, toys. Please keep shoes, boots, sneakers & sports cleats separate from clothing. **Please NO books or kitchen cookware/appliances**

Grade 4 and 8 Science: Grade 4 &  8 will be completing their Science Performance exams on Tuesday May 24th (Grade 4) and Wednesday May 25th (Grade 8). We encourage the students to get a good night’s sleep and eat a hearty breakfast on the mornings of their exams. 

Blue and Gold Day: Please save the dates for Wednesday May 25th and Friday May 27th for this year’s Blue and Gold Days. Our Kindergarten-Grade 4 students will be competing on Wednesday 5/25 and our 5th-8th graders will be competing on Friday 5/27. Both days of competition are scheduled to be in the school gymnasium. 

Wednesday 5/25

9am-10am- Kindergarten

10:30am-12:00pm- Grades 1 and 2

12:30pm-2pm- Grades 3 and 4

Friday 5/27

10am-11:45am- Grades 5-6

12:30pm-2:15pm- Grades 7 and 8

Outdoor Movie Night: On Friday May 27th, we will be hosting another Outdoor Movie Night. This year we will be showing Encanto (Sing-a-long Version). Gates open at 7:45am, Movie starts promptly at 8:15. Come celebrate the start of Memorial Day weekend with us! Snacks will be sold. Don’t forget to bring your own beach chair or towel!

Class of 2023 Ring/Pin Service: The Class of 2023 (7th graders) will receive their class rings and pins in St. Francis de Sales Church on Tuesday 5/31 at 7pm. A small reception will follow in the Small Hall. All 7th graders are asked to report to the Small Hall at 6:40pm.  

1/2 Day Dismissal: Friday June 3rd is a half-day.Please remember that dismissal is at 12pm and that there is no after school service on half days

5th Annual Art Night: Please join us on June 8th at 5pm for our annual Art Show! Ms. Mangano and our students have worked tirelessly in preparation for a truly superb art gallery display. We hope to see many of you there. To get a sneak peak of some of our students artwork please follow our artists on Instagram at (sfds_art)

Math Curriculum Early Childhood Information Nights: On Monday June 6th at 6pm, we will be hosting Nursery and Pre-K information night, and on Monday June 13th at 6pm, we will invite our incoming Kindergarten parents to join us for the Kindergarten Information Night. On both evenings, the early childhood teachers will be sharing all the details of what is in store for your children who are entering their early childhood years. Parents will be receiving supply lists and summer ideas during this meeting as well. We hope to see everyone there. 

Catholic Schools Night with the Brooklyn Cyclones: On Tuesday, June 21st, St. Francis De Sales Catholic Academy is planning a “School Spirit Night” at Maimonides Park, home of the Brooklyn Cyclones. Come to historic Coney Island and watch the Cyclones take on the Jersey Shore Blueclaws. Pregame activities include the priests taking on the principals and teachers in the Collars vs Scholars softball game. There will be a ceremony celebrating the Valedictorians and Salutatorians from Catholic schools throughout the diocese.

Tickets are just $15 for St. Francis De Sales Catholic Academy students, teachers, friends, and family members! Front Gates Open to the public at 6:00pm. First Pitch is scheduled for a 7:00PM start.

Each ticket is priced at $15.00. Each ticket comes with a free Brooklyn Cyclones hat. This night is a great way to fundraise for your school, boost that school spirit, hang with family and friends, and celebrate the end of the school year and the countdown to summer vacation.

For additional information, you can call (718)-634-2775 or send an email to Helen Endall at hendall@stfrancisschoolbh.net

https://offer.fevo.com/cyclones-vs-jersey-shore-dvyukpq-6ac9664?fevoUri=cyclones-vs-jersey-shore-dvyukpq-6ac9664%2F

Have a good weekend.

 

Weekly Update #32 SFDS Week of May 9th 2022

Dear Academy Families,

Over the next two weeks, all of our second graders will be receiving the Sacrament of First Holy Eucharist. We know they are preparing both here in school and at home with their families and parishes. What a special time for our second graders as they come to the Lord’s Table to receive the Holy Eucharist for the first time. 

Also during the month of May, a month both named for and dedicated to Mary, our Blessed Mother, we honor her in many ways.  One way is by holding a May Crowning, where our second-grade students lead us in this most beautiful and reverent celebration.  Please join us at the May Crowning ceremony, scheduled for May 17th at 11:00 am. 

I’d also like to share with you all the importance of children attending school and arriving on time daily.  Time on learning matters and makes a significant difference in student learning and social-emotional development.  As you can imagine, multiple absences and tardiness create significant learning gaps, making it increasingly difficult for a child to keep up with the class routines and curriculum.  This link clearly outlines how absences and tardiness add up.  We need your help in getting students to school every day on time. Here are a few practical tips to help support regular attendance:

  • Make sure your child(ren) keeps a regular bedtime and morning routine.
  • Layout clothes and pack backpacks the night before school.
  • Ensure your children go to school every day unless they are truly sick.
  • Avoid scheduling vacations or doctor’s appointments when school is in session.
  • Talk to teachers, counselors, or school administration for advice if your child(ren) feels anxious about going to school.

Just a reminder that if your child is reported sick for three or more consecutive days a doctor’s note of clearance is required to return. 

Onto to some important updates for our school for the Week of May 9th, 2022.  

Updated COVID Report: This past week (4/29-5/5) St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy had 4 positive COVID cases.  You can also always see how many cases the school has had since September, the last 14 days, and the last 7 days by clicking here. 

We will once again be sending home At-Home COVID Testing kits with children early next week. If your child is ever showing symptoms of COVID-19 or is in a class with a positive case parents are asked to test their kids before returning to school. Thanks as always for helping keep everyone safe. If you are ever in need of more at-home kits please contact Mrs. Endall at hendall@stfrancisschoolbh.net and we will send them home right away. 

State of the Academy: Please save the date and join us on Tuesday, May 10th at 7 pm for the annual Board of Directors’ State of the Academy. Our Board Members will be providing specific updates on various facets of the Academy including finances, facilities, enrollment, academics, and many more.

You are invited to a Zoom webinar.

When: May 10, 2022, 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Topic: 2022 State of the Academy

Please click the link below to join the webinar:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87039094354?pwd=UVpIYW1NT1ZNa1NIZFhqUmNTYm5Ndz09

Passcode: SFDS2022

Spring Book Fair: We are so excited once again to be hosting an in-person Book Fair on Tuesday, May 10th and Wednesday, May 11th (see schedule below) Parents of students in grades K-2 are welcome to meet their children in the gym to help shop for books during their child’s assigned time. Any questions please email your child’s teacher.

A special thank you to Mrs. Rita Martin for chairing this event. If you are unable to attend the Fair in person, we invite you to visit our Online Fair at: https://bookfairs.scholastic.com/bookfairs/cptoolkit/homepage.do?method=homepage&url=stfrancisdesalesschool10

Our Online Fair is available from 5/9 to 5/22. Remember, all purchases benefit our school. Thank you for supporting our readers!

Babysitting Night: (Grades K-3) The Graduating Class of 2022 will be organizing a fun night for our Kindergarten through 3rd-grade students. This SFDSCA 8th Grade Babysitting Night allows you to enjoy two and a half hours kid-free on Friday, May 20th, 2022 from  6 pm-8:30 pm open to kids Kindergarten- 3rd grade. This opportunity is open to SFDSCA families ONLY.

Your kids will be supervised by school staff,  8th-grade students, and 8th-grade parent volunteers (VIRTUS trained). Children will be treated to a movie, games, crafts, and organized sports and activities. We will provide the children with a snack (drinks and chips, etc.). Please be sure your child has dinner prior to coming.

The fee is $20 for the first child and for each additional child is $5. Please submit the form and send in payment separately to the main office. in an envelope marked “8th Grade Babysitting Night”. 

Please RSVP BY May 12th, 2022. We cannot accept registration after the 12th for planning reasons. You will NOT be able to pay the night of the event.

NJHS Spring Carnival: The National Junior Honor Society is sponsoring our annual Spring Carnival to be held on Friday, May 13th, 2022. Nursery through Grade 5 is 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 “Spring Carnival” on it. Students may dress down. Tickets will be given to the teachers to distribute on the day of the Carnival. Due to space, and time limitations, this carnival is open to students only. Thank you to Ms. Killian and Ms. Farragher for coordinating this fun event!

Records for Next Year:  If any child is transferring from St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy for the 2022-2023 school year, most likely their records will need to be sent to their new school. Please request that as soon as possible yet no later than the end of May as many schools are closed for the summer and ask for that information before we break for summer.  

Tuition: Just a reminder that next week on Monday 5/16 the final tuition payment is due for the 2021-2022 school year.  We do ask that all tuition arrears are settled over the next few weeks. We will continue the payment schedule of tuition for the 2022-2023 school year from August 2022-May 2023. If you have any tuition questions please contact our bookkeeper Marguerite Kazalski at mkazalski@stfrancisschoolbh.net

Summer Uniform: Starting on Monday, May 9th students can begin to wear their summer uniforms. The summer uniform is as follows. If your child is not able to wear this they are also able to continue to wear the winter dress uniform as well. 

Boys and Girls Grades 1-8

Tan uniform shorts or skorts for girls, blue golf shirts with the school emblem, black or brown shoes (sneakers and sandals are not permitted; Sperrys/Boat shoes without design or bright colors may be worn with white/black socks), white/black socks and a black or brown belt. Shorts are to be worn just above the knee. Short shorts are not acceptable.

Pre-K and Kindergarten

Uniform mesh shorts and t-shirts with school emblem (Pre-K: Maroon, Kindergarten: Gray) white socks, sneakers with velcro or shoelace closures

SFDS 2022 Golf & Tennis Outing: At this time, Golf registration is closed.  There are a few spots left for Tennis and Dinner at the Belle Harbor Yacht Club.  50/50 raffle tickets are still available!  Please reach out to Mike Brenna at (646) 644-3741 with any questions. Looking forward to a fun day in the sun next Friday. 

 St. Vincent de Paul Service Requirement: As we are almost ½ way into the third trimester, please remember that the 6th, 7th and 8th grades 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 by May 13th. For more information about the log sheet, students can ask their homeroom teacher. Please note that this service can count towards confirmation hours as well. It cannot count towards NJHS hours. If a child has a question or needs assistance in getting hours completed they can see Mr. Scharbach in the main office. 

SAVE THE DATE

Dress Down Day: On Friday, May 20th we are having a Dress Down Day. It is $1 or a Donation to help two SFDS Alumni Daniel (2019) and Sean (2020) O’Malley. They are off to Tennessee to build homes and support those in need and their families through the Companions of St. Francis Xavier Service and Immersion Program (CFX)Red, White, and Blue is the Dress Down Theme. We thank you in advance for your generosity! Daniel and Sean (Class of 2023 and 2024) will be attending the CFX service trip to Tennessee with Xavier High School in August.

Spring Cleaning: Time to tidy up and support the 8th Grade SFDS 8th Grade Spring Clothing Drive on Monday, May 23rd from 4 pm-7 pm in the Small Hall. 

Donations may include: gently used clothing, coats, bedding, towels, curtains, pocketbooks, backpacks, stuffed animals, and toys. Please keep shoes, boots, sneakers & sports cleats separate from clothing. **Please NO books or kitchen cookware/appliances**

Prevention Starts WITH ALL- The Chris Herren Story: On Tuesday, May 24th at 7 pm. St Francis de Sales Catholic Academy will be hosting a presentation. Prevention Starts WITH ALL- The Chris Herren Story. Chris Herren is a former professional basketball player, a voice on the topic of substance use prevention, and a wellness advocate. Since 2009, Chris has spoken to over one million students, athletes, and community members, sparking honest discussions on the topics of substance use disorder and wellness. A person in long-term recovery, Chris continues to share his story nationally with a renewed focus on prevention education and challenging audiences to rethink how we look at the disease of addiction – changing the focus from the last day to the first. Over the coming weeks, more information will follow. 

Blue and Gold Day: Please save the dates for Wednesday, May 25th and Friday, May 27th for this year’s Blue and Gold Days. Our Kindergarten-Grade 4 students will be competing on Wednesday 5/25 and our 5th-8th graders will be competing on Friday 5/27. Both days of the competition are scheduled to be in the school gymnasium. 

Wednesday 5/25

9am-10am- Kindergarten

10:30am-12:00pm- Grades 1 and 2

12:30pm-2pm- Grades 3 and 4

Friday 5/27

10am-11:45am- Grades 5-6

12:30pm-2:15pm- Grades 7 and 8

Class of 2023 Ring/Pin Service: The Class of 2023 (7th graders) will receive their class rings and pins in St. Francis de Sales Church on Tuesday 5/31 at 7 pm. A small reception will follow in the Small Hall. All 7th graders are asked to report to the Small Hall at 6:40 pm.  

5th Annual Art Night: Please join us on June 8th at 5 pm for our annual Art Show! Ms. Mangano and our students have worked tirelessly in preparation for a truly superb art gallery display. We hope to see many of you there. To get a sneak peak of some of our student’s artwork please follow our artists on Instagram at (sfds_art)

Early Childhood Information Nights: On Monday, June 6th at 6 pm, we will be hosting Nursery and Pre-K information night, and on Monday, June 13th at 6 pm, we will invite our incoming Kindergarten parents to join us for the Kindergarten Information Night. On both evenings, the early childhood teachers will be sharing all the details of what is in store for your children who are entering their early childhood years. Parents will be receiving supply lists and summer ideas during this meeting as well. We hope to see everyone there. 

Catholic Schools Night with the Brooklyn Cyclones: On Tuesday, June 21st, St. Francis De Sales Catholic Academy is planning a “School Spirit Night” at Maimonides Park, home of the Brooklyn Cyclones. Come to historic Coney Island and watch the Cyclones take on the Jersey Shore Blueclaws. Pregame activities include the priests taking on the principals and teachers in the Collars vs Scholars softball game. There will be a ceremony celebrating the Valedictorians and Salutatorians from Catholic schools throughout the diocese.

Tickets are just $15 for St. Francis De Sales Catholic Academy students, teachers, friends, and family members! Front Gates Open to the public at 6:00pm. First Pitch is scheduled for a 7:00PM start.

Each ticket is priced at $15.00. Each ticket comes with a free Brooklyn Cyclones hat. Also, for an additional $5.00 you can add a limited edition Msgr. Cassato bobblehead to your ticket package. This night is a great way to fundraise for your school, boost that school spirit, hang with family and friends, and celebrate the end of the school year and the countdown to summer vacation.

For additional information, you can call (718)-634-2775 or send an email to Helen Endall at hendall@stfrancisschoolbh.net

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Have a good weekend and Happy Mother’s Day!

Weekly Update #31 SFDS Week of May 2nd 2022

Dear Academy Families,

Next weekend our second graders begin to receive their special sacrament at Blessed Trinity and St. Francis de Sales Parishes. They’ve worked and prayed all year in preparation for their First Holy Communion. These students will be followed on May 14th by students receiving the sacrament at St. Francis de Sales Parish. We know that whatever day it is it will be a wonderful day for all our second-grade families. We will keep them in our prayers for this very special and important moment in their life. A very special thank you to Mrs. O’Malley, Mrs. Gannon, and Mrs. D’Alessandro for preparing the children for this special day. 

Onto to some important updates for our school for the Week of May 2nd, 2022.  

Updated COVID Report: This past week (4/21-4/28) St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy had 1 positive COVID case.  You can also always see how many cases the school has had since September, the last 14 days, and the last 7 days by clicking here. 

Calendar Changes: Due to the school being closed on Friday 4/29, the following changes have been made to the school calendar. 

  • The 2022 Card Party scheduled for Friday 4/29 is being moved to Saturday, June 4th, 2022. 
  • The Pizza day for Grades 5-8 scheduled for Friday 4/29 is now being moved until Wednesday 6/1. 
  • Sign Language Club for Grade 5 will not occur on Friday 4/29 instead Sign Language Club will now be extended until Friday 5/20. 

½ Day Dismissal: Please note that next Friday, May 6th is a ½ day with a 12 pm dismissal. 

Spring Plant Sale: As the weather gets nicer it is always great to plant a little bit and make our home even more beautiful.

We are partnering up with Shannon’s Florist in Brooklyn to have a Spring Flower Sale. Please see the form for pictures of the items which is followed by an order form. Please for each item pick a quantity even if it is zero. All order forms are due by Monday, May 2nd.  We need to have the order to the florist no later than Monday, May 2nd.

All money will be collected through FACTS. Your account will be billed during the week of May 2nd.

The items will be delivered to the school on either May 5th or 6th  and will be available to be picked up at dismissal. Thanks for your support.

Babysitting Night: (Grades K-3) The Graduating Class of 2022 will be organizing a fun night for our Kindergarten through 3rd-grade students. This SFDSCA 8th Grade Babysitting Night allows you to enjoy two and a half hours kid-free on Friday, May 20th, 2022 from  6 pm-8:30 pm open to kids Kindergarten- 3rd grade. This opportunity is open to SFDSCA families ONLY.

Your kids will be supervised by school staff,  8th-grade students, and 8th-grade parent volunteers (VIRTUS trained). Children will be treated to a movie, games, crafts, and organized sports and activities. We will provide the children with a snack (drinks and chips, etc.). Please be sure your child has dinner prior to coming.

The fee is $20 for the first child and for each additional child is $5. Please submit the form and send in payment separately to the main office. in an envelope marked “8th Grade Babysitting Night”. 

Please RSVP BY May 12th, 2022. We cannot accept registration after the 12th for planning reasons. You will NOT be able to pay the night of the event.

State of the Academy: Please save the date and join us on  Tuesday, May 10th at 7 pm for the annual Board of Directors’ State of the Academy. Our Board Members will be providing specific updates on various facets of the Academy including finances, facilities, enrollment, academics, and many more.

Spring Book Fair: We are so excited once again to be hosting an in-person Book Fair on Tuesday, May 10th, and Wednesday, May 11th (see schedule below) We are also asking any parent that is VIRTUS trained and would like to volunteer a day or two at the book fair to please email Mrs. Lisa Hayden at afa@stfrancisschoolbh.net no later than Sunday 5/1/22. A special thank you to Mrs. Rita Martin for chairing this event. 

If you are unable to attend the Fair in person, we invite you to visit our Online Fair at: https://bookfairs.scholastic.com/bookfairs/cptoolkit/homepage.do?method=homepage&url=stfrancisdesalesschool10

Our Online Fair is available from 5/9 to 5/22. Remember, all purchases benefit our school. Thank you for supporting our readers!

Summer Uniform: Starting on Monday, May 9th students can begin to wear their summer uniforms. The summer uniform is as follows. If your child is not able to wear this they are also able to continue to wear the winter dress uniform as well. 

Boys and Girls Grades 1-8

Tan uniform shorts or skorts for girls, blue golf shirts with the school emblem, black or brown shoes (sneakers and sandals are not permitted; Sperrys/Boat shoes without design or bright colors may be worn with white/black socks), white/black socks and a black or brown belt. Shorts are to be worn just above the knee. Short shorts are not acceptable.

Pre-K and Kindergarten

Uniform mesh shorts and t-shirts with school emblem (Pre-K: Maroon, Kindergarten: Gray) white socks, sneakers with velcro or shoelace closures

 

Golf Outing: Our 17th Annual Golf Outing will be held on Friday, May 13th 2022 at the Marine Park Golf Course. More information can be seen below. 

 

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 that was sent home.  This is truly appreciated.

Lastly, please jump in on a great day on the golf course or at the Belle Harbor Yacht Club for some Tennis where we enjoy fellow neighbors & friends for a full day of golf and tennis followed up by great eats and drinks. 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, May 13th, 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 Mike Brennan -Golf Chairman at 646-644-4513

St. Vincent de Paul: As we are almost ½ way 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 by May 13th. For more information about the log sheet students can ask their homeroom teacher. Please note that this service can count towards confirmation hours as well. It cannot count towards NJHS hours. If a child has a question or needs assistance in getting hours completed they can see Mr. Scharbach in the main office. 

SAVE THE DATE

Prevention Starts WITH ALL- The Chris Herren Story: On Tuesday, May 24th at 7 pm. St Francis de Sales Catholic Academy will be hosting a presentation. Prevention Starts WITH ALL- The Chris Herren Story. Chris Herren is a former professional basketball player, a voice on the topic of substance use prevention, and a wellness advocate. Since 2009, Chris has spoken to over one million students, athletes, and community members, sparking honest discussions on the topics of substance use disorder and wellness. A person in long-term recovery, Chris continues to share his story nationally with a renewed focus on prevention education and challenging audiences to rethink how we look at the disease of addiction – changing the focus from the last day to the first. Over the coming weeks, more information will follow. 

2022 Blue and Gold Day: Please save the dates for Wednesday May 25th and Friday May 27th for this year’s Blue and Gold Days. Our Kindergarten-Grade 4 students will be competing on Wednesday 5/25 and our 5th-8th graders will be competing on Friday 5/27. Both days of competition are scheduled to be in the school gymnasium. 

Wednesday 5/25

9am-10am- Kindergarten

10:30am-12:00pm- Grades 1 and 2

12:30pm-2pm- Grades 3 and 4

Friday 5/27

10am-11:45am- Grades 5-6

12:30pm-2:15pm- Grades 7 and 8

Class of 2023 Ring/Pin Service: The Class of 2023 (7th graders) will receive their class rings and pins in St. Francis de Sales Church on Tuesday 5/31 at 7pm. A small reception will follow in the Small Hall. All 7th graders are asked to report to the Small Hall at 6:40pm.  

Annual Art Show: Please join us on June 8th at 5pm for our annual Art Show! Ms. Mangano and our students have worked tirelessly in preparation for a truly superb art gallery display. We hope to see many of you there. To get a sneak peak of some of our students artwork please follow our artists on Instagram at (sfds_art)

Catholic Schools Night with the Brooklyn Cyclones: On Tuesday, June 21st, St. Francis De Sales Catholic Academy is planning a “School Spirit Night” at Maimonides Park, home of the Brooklyn Cyclones. Come to historic Coney Island and watch the Cyclones take on the Jersey Shore Blueclaws. Pregame activities include the priests taking on the principals and teachers in the Collars vs Scholars softball game. There will be a ceremony celebrating the Valedictorians and Salutatorians from Catholic schools throughout the diocese.

Tickets are just $15 for St. Francis De Sales Catholic Academy students, teachers, friends, and family members! Front Gates Open to the public at 6:00pm. First Pitch is scheduled for a 7:00PM start.

Each ticket is priced at $15.00. Each ticket comes with a free Brooklyn Cyclones hat. Also, for an additional $5.00 you can add a limited edition Msgr. Cassato bobblehead to your ticket package. This night is a great way to fundraise for your school, boost that school spirit, hang with family and friends, and celebrate the end of the school year and the countdown to summer vacation.

For additional information, you can call (718)-634-2775 or send an email to Helen Endall at hendall@stfrancisschoolbh.net

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Have a good weekend. 

 

Please Read: SFDSCA April 29th 2022

Dear St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy Family,

The prayers of the St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy family are with the FDNY and the family of Firefighter Timothy Klein (Class of 2004), who tragically lost his life battling a fire in Brooklyn yesterday. We give thanks for his service to the city of New York and ask God to comfort his family and his FDNY brothers and sisters. We also ask for God’s blessing on the eight other firefighters who were injured in the blaze, and that He bring them all complete healing.

Firefighter Klein’s funeral mass will take place this Friday April 29th at 11am here at St. Francis de Sales Parish. After speaking with the Superintendent’s office and Father Bill (Pastor of St. Francis) due to the funeral there will be no school this Friday 4/29 for all students.

The following changes are also being made to our school calendar as well

  • The 2022 Card Party scheduled for Friday 4/29 is being moved to Saturday June 4th More information will be sent to ticket holders directly in the coming days.
  • The Pizza day for Grades 5-8 scheduled for Friday 4/29 is now being moved until Wednesday 6/1.
  • The NJHS Meeting scheduled for after school on Friday 4/29 will now take place afterschool on Thursday 4/28.
  • Sign Language Club for Grade 5 will not occur on Friday 4/29 instead Sign Language Club will now be extended until Friday 5/20.

Over these next few days please keep our thoughts and prayers with the Klein family and friends. We pray for Timothy’s soul and for the consolation of his family as they mourn his tragic death.

Sincerely in Christ,

Christopher Scharbach
Principal

Weekly Update #30 SFDS Week of April 25th 2022

Dear Academy 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 a few days we begin the month of May, and will be in the home stretch of the 2021- 2022 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, Blue and Gold Day, 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 and takes no holiday. Reinforcements of these ideals at home can be a great help to your child’s success here at school   

Onto to some important updates for our school for the Week of April 25th, 2022.  

Updated COVID Report: This past week (4/8-4/13) St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy had 1 positive COVID case.  You can also always see how many cases the school has had since September, the last 14 days, and the last 7 days by clicking here. 

COVID At Home Tests/Return from Easter Recess: To help keep schools safe it is recommended students get tested for COVID-19 before returning to school after Easter Recess on Monday, April 25th, regardless of vaccination status. 

The testing can be through a PCR, lab-based rapid test, or a home test kit. Each student was given two COVID-19 home tests before we left for Easter Recess.  The test kits come with printed instructions that you should follow when administering the test.

Recommendations for At-Home Testing:

Please help your child take one of the COVID tests provided on the evening of Sunday, April 24th, or the morning of Monday, April 25th. 

Please help your child take the second test on Day 3, Wednesday, April 27th. 

  • If your child tests negative and feels well, they should come to school on Monday, April 25th.
  • Please note, if your child has recovered from a confirmed case of COVID-19 since January 25th, it is not recommended to take a test and if they feel well should come to school on Monday, April 25th.

If your child tests positive on one of the tests?

  • Please inform Dr. Scharbach, your child should stay home and follow the recommendation of your healthcare provider for isolation protocols.  

Math State Test:  This week when we return from Easter recess, the New York State Mathematics Tests will be administered to students. We will continue Computer-Based Testing for grades 6 and 7 this year, while 4th grade will continue to take paper-based tests. The computer-based test will have the same questions as the paper version but students will take the test on their Chromebooks. Below you will find a summary of the changes that were made to the Mathematics Tests over the past few years.

  • Fewer testing sessions. Three years ago, the Math Tests were reduced from three test sessions per subject to only two sessions per subject, meaning each subject will have two days of testing instead of three. With fewer test sessions, each test will have fewer questions than in past years, lessening test fatigue for students and better enabling them to demonstrate what they know and are able to do.
  • The tests continue to be untimed so students who are still working on their exams will be allowed to continue to work, within the confines of the regular school day. Students who finish may be permitted to hand in their test materials (or submit the test if testing on the computer) and leave the room. If so, students should exit quietly so they do not disturb any students still working.
  • Test questions reviewed and written by New York State Teachers. Hundreds of New York State educators were involved in creating and reviewing questions for the 2022 Math Tests and selecting the questions for the test forms.

Please make sure your child in Grades 4, 6, and 7 get a good night sleep for Tuesday April 26th and Wednesday April 27th. 

Dress Down Day for St. Jude’s Math-a-thon: All students who participated in this year’s St. Jude’s Math-a-thon should have received a Dress Down Ticket for Monday 4/25 the week before Easter Recess  week. Thanks again for participating and helping us raise over $30,000 for St. Jude’s Children Hospital. 

Golf Outing: Our 17th Annual Golf Outing will be held on Friday, May 13th 2022 at the Marine Park Golf Course. More information can be seen below. 

 

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 that was sent home.  This is truly appreciated.

Lastly, please jump in on a great day on the golf course or at the Belle Harbor Yacht Club for some Tennis where we enjoy fellow neighbors & friends for a full day of golf and tennis followed up by great eats and drinks. 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, May 13th, 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 Mike Brennan -Golf Chairman at 646-644-4513

Card Party Tuition Raffle: One of the most anticipated and biggest prizes every year at the Card Party is the Tuition Raffle for one student for the 2022-2023 school year. Please think about supporting this raffle and getting a chance of winning 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 form by clicking here.

Tablet’s Covid Relief Fundraiser for Catholic Schools: Three weeks ago we once again kicked-off “The Tablet’s Covid Relief Fundraiser for Catholic Schools.” We’re excited about this campaign because our school and students will directly benefit. This campaign will also support The Tablet’s work in reporting important news for Catholics. We believe it’s a win, win, win!. You’ll be happy to know that our school can apply all of our students’ sales toward our DeSales Technology Grant requirements. Our participation in the DeSales Technology Grant in the past was one of the main reasons we were able and still are able to provide a device to all students in our school. This was very helpful especially last spring when we had to go to a 100% remote model. We hope that all of our families think to participate in this fundraiser as it helps us keep technology current in our school building. The program is easy, can be done entirely online, and has great incentives for the schools and students.

https://thetablet.org/CovidReliefFundraiser/SchoolPage/?school=st-francis-de-sales-catholic-academy#

Help us reach our goal of 500 subscriptions sold to help us continue to keep our 1:1 Ipad/Chromebook program up to date.

Share the above link with family and friends. Please remember that even a renewal subscription counts. Remember to share the following information with the subscriber and remind them to enter it when placing their order to ensure your school and child gets the proper credit for the subscription:

The student’s first name

The student’s last name

The student’s grade

Financial Aid for the 2022-2023 School Year: The Diocese of Brooklyn and Futures in Education are working together to make Catholic Education a possibility for ALL students! Applications are now being accepted for need-based tuition assistance through the Futures in Education program!

Time is running out for new families to apply!

Log on to www.FuturesinEducation.org for details and application information!

SAVE THE DATE

½ Day Dismissal: Please note that Friday May 6th is a ½ day with a 12pm dismissal. 

State of the Academy: Please save the date and join us on  Tuesday May 10th at 7pm for the annual Board of Directors’ State of the Academy. Our Board Members will be providing specific updates on various facets of the Academy including finances, facilities , enrollment, academics and many more.

Spring Book Fair: Did you know? Reading just 20 minutes a day exposes your child to about 1.8 million words per year. Reading helps students develop a stronger vocabulary, and in addition, students who read for pleasure average higher grades in English, mathematics, science, and history!

Encourage your child to read books for fun by attending and supporting our upcoming Scholastic Book Fair. Allow your child to choose the books they want to read! It’s a wonderful selection of engaging and affordable books for every reading level.

Mark your calendar!

Book Fair dates: Tuesday, May 10th and Wednesday, May 11th a more detailed schedule will be included in next week’s email blast. 

If you are unable to attend the Fair in person, we invite you to visit our Online Fair at: https://bookfairs.scholastic.com/bookfairs/cptoolkit/homepage.do?method=homepage&url=stfrancisdesalesschool10

Our Online Fair is available from 5/9 to 5/22.

Remember, all purchases benefit our school. Thank you for supporting our readers!

Summer Uniform: Starting on Monday, May 9th 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. 

Prevention Starts WITH ALL- The Chris Herren Story: On Tuesday, May 24th at 7 pm. St Francis de Sales Catholic Academy will be hosting a presentation. Prevention Starts WITH ALL- The Chris Herren Story. Chris Herren is a former professional basketball player, a voice on the topic of substance use prevention, and a wellness advocate. Since 2009, Chris has spoken to over one million students, athletes, and community members, sparking honest discussions on the topics of substance use disorder and wellness. A person in long-term recovery, Chris continues to share his story nationally with a renewed focus on prevention education and challenging audiences to rethink how we look at the disease of addiction – changing the focus from the last day to the first. Over the coming weeks, more information will follow. 

Blue and Gold Day: Please save the dates for Wednesday May 25th and Friday May 27th for this year’s Blue and Gold Days. Our Kindergarten-Grade 4 students will be competing on Wednesday 5/25 and our 5th-8th graders will be competing on Friday 5/27. Both days of competition are scheduled to be in the school gymnasium. After Easter Recess we will share the exact times grades will be competing so parents can plan accordingly if they plan on attending to cheer on the students. 

Catholic Schools Night with the Brooklyn Cyclones: On Tuesday, June 21st, St. Francis De Sales Catholic Academy is planning a “School Spirit Night” at Maimonides Park, home of the Brooklyn Cyclones. Come to historic Coney Island and watch the Cyclones take on the Jersey Shore Blueclaws. Pregame activities include the priests taking on the principals and teachers in the Collars vs Scholars softball game. There will be a ceremony celebrating the Valedictorians and Salutatorians from Catholic schools throughout the diocese.

Tickets are just $15 for St. Francis De Sales Catholic Academy students, teachers, friends, and family members! Front Gates Open to the public at 6:00pm. First Pitch is scheduled for a 7:00PM start.

Each ticket is priced at $15.00. Each ticket comes with a free Brooklyn Cyclones hat. Also, for an additional $5.00 you can add a limited edition Msgr. Cassato bobblehead to your ticket package. This night is a great way to fundraise for your school, boost that school spirit, hang with family and friends, and celebrate the end of the school year and the countdown to summer vacation.

For additional information, you can call (718)-634-2775 or send an email to Helen Endall at hendall@stfrancisschoolbh.net

https://offer.fevo.com/cyclones-vs-jersey-shore-dvyukpq-6ac9664?fevoUri=cyclones-vs-jersey-shore-dvyukpq-6ac9664%2F

Have a great weekend.

 

Easter Letter from Thomas Chadzutko, Ed.D. Superintendent ~ Catholic School Support Services

Dear Families,

The transition from winter to spring inspires a feeling as though the earth breathes a sigh of relief, releasing the cold and dark of winter, to the new life of spring. The celebration of Easter is wonderfully interconnected to the rebirth that we experience during spring. We are provided a physical reminder in new growth and life, of the promise of Christ’s salvation.

The word Easter has roots in both Old English and German with meanings of “East” and “dawn” respectively. This is the perfect visual of Christ’s presence in our lives through the Resurrection. When we consider the idea of dawn and the sunrise, it recalls steadfastness. There is nothing more consistent than the understanding that the sun will rise each day. The rising of the sun is central in our secular lives, critical in the growth and the harvest. The sun provides our warmth, sustenance, and light, and even benefits our outlook on the day. Just like the sun, Christ is our light. He provides, sustains us through our faith, and is a light in the darkness. Like the sun, His love is steadfast and endless. The rising sun serves as a daily reminder of how a single entity, Jesus, can have the greatest impact on our lives.

These parallels and symbols are wonderful opportunities to help children make connections between their faith and the world around them. Too often, the world of faith and religion stand separate to our daily lives.  Yet, there are endless ways to remind ourselves of the connections if we choose to look for them. Children have an incredible capacity through their active minds and imaginations to see faith in the ordinary. As you celebrate Easter, encourage your family to join together and identify symbols of Christ that may be less obvious. What symbols of new life surround us? How do our Easter traditions remind us of the true meaning of this celebration?

I wish you all a safe and blessed Easter celebration and would like to share the following prayer for your families. This prayer is another reminder of how we can see our faith in all things and make connections for our children, even with a simple bag of jellybeans.

 

The Jellybean Prayer

Red is for the blood He gave

Green is for the grass He made

Yellow is for the sun so bright

Orange is for the edge of night

Black is for the sins we’ve made

White is for the grace that He gave

Purple is for His hour of sorrow

Pink is for the new tomorrow

A bag full of jelly beans, colorful and sweet, a prayer, a promise, and an Easter treat.

Best wishes for a Blessed and Joyous Easter!

 

In Christ,

Thomas Chadzutko, Ed.D.

Superintendent ~ Catholic School Support Services

Weekly Update #29 SFDS Week of April 11th 2022

Dear Academy Families,

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 the last two weeks of lent. As we approach this Holiest time of the year, please also remember that throughout this season of lent all of us school-wide are asked to stop each night at 6:30 (set your alarm) to say 3 Hail Marys. We can unite in prayer for peace in Ukraine and in our world. Please see below the schedule of masses, morning prayer, and Stations of the Cross for Holy Week at Blessed Trinity and St. Francis de Sales Parishes. 

Finally, we are looking forward to our Passion Play on Tuesday 4/12 at @1:30pm where many of our 7th-grade students reenact the solemn events that occurred through Jesus’s journey towards death and resurrection. All parents of the 7th graders who are in this year’s passion play are invited to join us and watch their child’s performance.   

Onto to some important updates for our school for the Week of April 11th, 2022.  

Updated COVID Report: This past week (4/2-4/8) St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy has had 2 positive COVID cases.  You can also always see how many cases the school has had since September, the last 14 days, and the last 7 days by clicking here. 

At-Home COVID Tests: To help keep schools safe it is recommended students get tested for COVID-19 before returning to school after Easter Recess on Monday, April 25th, regardless of vaccination status. 

The testing can be through a PCR, lab-based rapid test, or a home test kit. Each student was given two COVID-19 home tests on Thursday or Friday of this week. The test kits come with printed instructions that you should follow when administering the test.

Recommendations for At-Home Testing:

Please help your child take one of the COVID tests provided on the evening of Sunday, April 24th or the morning of Monday, April 25th. 

Please help your child take the second test on Day 3, Wednesday, April 27th. 

  • If your child tests negative and feels well, they should come to school on Monday, April 25th.
  • Please note, if your child has recovered from a confirmed case of COVID-19 since January 25th, it is not recommended to take a test and if they feel well should come to school on Monday, April 25th.

If your child tests positive on one of the tests?

  • Please inform Dr. Scharbach, your child should stay home and follow the recommendation of your healthcare provider for isolation protocols.  

2022-2023 Tentative Calendar: A tentative calendar for the next school year has been posted on our website. As always the calendar is subject to change if necessary. Professional Days, ½ days, report card conferences, etc. have yet to be determined. Please check periodically for more details about next year’s school events over the next few weeks. 

Math State Test:  In three weeks when we return from Easter recess, the New York State Mathematics Tests will be administered to students. We will continue Computer-Based Testing for grades 6 and 7 this year, while 4th grade will continue to take paper-based tests. The computer-based test will have the same questions as the paper version but students will take the test on their Chromebooks. Below you will find a summary of the changes that were made to the Mathematics Tests over the past few years.

  • Fewer testing sessions. Three years ago, the Math Tests were reduced from three test sessions per subject to only two sessions per subject, meaning each subject will have two days of testing instead of three. With fewer test sessions, each test will have fewer questions than in past years, lessening test fatigue for students and better enabling them to demonstrate what they know and are able to do.
  • The tests continue to be untimed so students who are still working on their exams will be allowed to continue to work, within the confines of the regular school day. Students who finish may be permitted to hand in their test materials (or submit the test if testing on the computer) and leave the room. If so, students should exit quietly so they do not disturb any students still working.
  • Test questions reviewed and written by New York State Teachers. Hundreds of New York State educators were involved in creating and reviewing questions for the 2022 Math Tests and selecting the questions for the test forms.

Please make sure your child in Grades 4, 6, and 7 get a good night sleep for Tuesday April 26th and Wednesday April 27th. 

Dress Down Day for St. Jude’s Math-a-thon: All students who participated in this year’s St. Jude’s Math-a-thon should of received a Dress Down Ticket this week. If they did not receive their ticket please email Mrs. Endall no later than Tuesday 4/12 so we can rectify the situation. Thanks again for participating and helping us raise over $30,000 for St. Jude’s Children Hospital. 

Golf Outing: Our 17th Annual Golf Outing will be held on Friday, May 13th 2022 at the Marine Park Golf Course. More information was sent home this week and can be seen below. 

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 that was sent home.  This is truly appreciated.

Lastly, please jump in on a great day on the golf course or at the Belle Harbor Yacht Club for some Tennis where we enjoy fellow neighbors & friends for a full day of golf and tennis followed up by great eats and drinks. 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, May 13th, 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 Mike Brennan -Golf Chairman at 646-644-4513.

Academy Family Association General Meeting: Thanks to all who tuned in for last night’s meeting. For those who missed the meeting a recording of the meeting is available by clicking here. 

Card Party Tuition Raffle: One of the most anticipated and biggest prizes every year at the Card Party is the Tuition Raffle for one student for the 2022-2023 school year. Please think about supporting this raffle and getting a chance of winning 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 form by clicking here.

 Tablet’s Covid Relief Fundraiser for Catholic Schools: Three weeks ago we once again kicked-off “The Tablet’s Covid Relief Fundraiser for Catholic Schools.” We’re excited about this campaign because our school and students will directly benefit. This campaign will also support The Tablet’s work in reporting important news for Catholics. We believe it’s a win, win, win!. You’ll be happy to know that our school can apply all of our students’ sales toward our DeSales Technology Grant requirements. Our participation in the DeSales Technology Grant in the past was one of the main reasons we were able and still are able to provide a device to all students in our school. This was very helpful especially last spring when we had to go to a 100% remote model. We hope that all of our families think to participate in this fundraiser as it helps us keep technology current in our school building. The program is easy, can be done entirely online, and has great incentives for the schools and students.

https://thetablet.org/CovidReliefFundraiser/SchoolPage/?school=st-francis-de-sales-catholic-academy#

Help us reach our goal of 500 subscriptions sold to help us continue to keep our 1:1 Ipad/Chromebook program up to date.

Share the above link with family and friends. Please remember that even a renewal subscription counts. Remember to share the following information with the subscriber and remind them to enter it when placing their order to ensure your school and child gets the proper credit for the subscription:

The student’s first name

The student’s last name

The student’s grade

Records for Next Year:  If any child is transferring from St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy for the 2022-2023 school year, most likely their records will need to be sent to their new school. Please request that as soon as possible yet no later than the end of May as many schools are closed for the summer and ask for that information before we break for summer. 

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. Neither boys nor girls may dye their hair. Avoid extremes in hairstyles. A moderate crew cut is acceptable. Lines, designs engraved in hair, Mohawk styles, or dyed hair are not permitted. Extreme contrasts in length of hair are not acceptable. If a student or parent has any questions about the hair code, they should speak to the school before getting a hair cut/styled. If there is a question concerning hairstyles, the decision will be up to the principal’s discretion.

SAVE THE DATE

½ Day Dismissal: Please note that Friday May 6th is a ½ day with a 12pm dismissal. 

Summer Uniform: Starting on Monday, May 9th 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. 

Prevention Starts WITH ALL- The Chris Herren Story: On Tuesday, May 24th at 7 pm. St Francis de Sales Catholic Academy will be hosting a presentation. Prevention Starts WITH ALL- The Chris Herren Story. Chris Herren is a former professional basketball player, a voice on the topic of substance use prevention, and a wellness advocate. Since 2009, Chris has spoken to over one million students, athletes, and community members, sparking honest discussions on the topics of substance use disorder and wellness. A person in long-term recovery, Chris continues to share his story nationally with a renewed focus on prevention education and challenging audiences to rethink how we look at the disease of addiction – changing the focus from the last day to the first. Over the coming weeks, more information will follow. 

Blue and Gold Day: Please save the dates for Wednesday May 25th and Friday May 27th for this year’s Blue and Gold Days. Our Kindergarten-Grade 4 students will be competing on Wednesday 5/25 and our 5th-8th graders will be competing on Friday 5/27. Both days of competition are scheduled to be in the school gymnasium. After Easter Recess we will share the exact times grades will be competing so parents can plan accordingly if they plan on attending to cheer on the students. 

Have a Happy Easter! Our next update will be on Friday April 22nd.

Weekly Update #28 SFDS Week of April 4th 2022

Dear Academy Families,

Over the past week, all of our 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 the last two weeks of lent. As we approach this Holiest time of the year, please also remember that throughout this season of lent all of us school-wide are asked to stop each night at 6:30 (set your alarm) to say 3 Hail Marys. We can unite in prayer for peace in Ukraine and in our world.

Onto to some important updates for our school for the Week of April 4th, 2022.  

Updated COVID Report: This past week (3/26-4/1) St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy has had 1 positive COVID case.  You can also always see how many cases the school has had since September, the last 14 days, and the last 7 days by clicking here. 

Golf Outing: Our 17th Annual Golf Outing will be held on Friday, May 13th, 2022 at the Marine Park Golf Course. More information was sent home this week and can be seen below. 

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 that was sent home.  This is truly appreciated.

Lastly, please jump in on a great day on the golf course or at the Belle Harbor Yacht Club for some Tennis where we enjoy fellow neighbors & friends for a full day of golf and tennis followed up by great eats and drinks. 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, May 13th, 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 Mike Brenna- Chairman at 646-644-4513.

 

Autism Awareness Day: April is National Autism Awareness Month. The first National Autism Awareness Month was declared by the Autism Society in April 1970. The aim of this month is to educate the public about autism. Autism, or autism spectrum disorder (ASD), refers to a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech, and nonverbal communication. According to the Centers for Disease Control, autism affects an estimated 1 in 54 children in the United States today. This Friday all students may dress down for $1 and are encouraged to wear a blue shirt. All proceeds from Friday’s Dress Down Day will be donated to the Brooklyn Autism Center. Our students in Grades 3-8 will also be attending a short assembly on Friday to learn more about Autism and the unique and complex challenges on the spectrum experience with Ms. Julie Russell and Ms. Bianca Bocconi of the Brooklyn Autism Center

 

Academy Family Association: The Academy Family Association Executive Board is having its third general meeting on Thursday 4/7 at 7pm. Please join the AFA board to hear updates about fundraising, summer events, book fair and other matters.  We also will be having a PDHP Preventive Parent workshop given that night as well. We hope you can join us. 

Topic: AFA General Meeting and PDHP Preventive Parent workshop

Time: Apr 7, 2022 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86721820877?pwd=UGhTYXhoWnJ4QmtEZkEzN2NnQ0Z5Zz09

Meeting ID: 867 2182 0877

Passcode: SFDS2022

 

Passion Play: We are looking forward to our Passion Play on Tuesday 4/12 @1:30pm where many of our 7th grade students reenact the solemn events that occurred through Jesus’s journey towards death and resurrection. All parents of the 7th graders who are in this year’s passion play are invited to join us and watch their child’s performance.   

 

Family Mass: We welcome everyone to our April Family Mass this Sunday 4/3 at 10am here at St. Francis de Sales Parish where we celebrate the 5th Sunday of Lent. Each month we have specific grades in our liturgy. For April we extend an extra warm welcome to all children in the 7th grade. We hope to see you and your family this Sunday as we get ready for the holiest of times in the liturgical calendar. 

 

Easter Egg Hunt: St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy and Religious Education Easter Egg Hunt will be sponsoring an Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 9th, 2022 at 9:30am in the Parish Prayer Garden and Academy Gym.

The Easter Egg Hunt will have a staggered start as follows:

1–3-year old’s                           9:30  AM start

Pre K and Kindergarten         10:00 AM start

1st and 2nd grades                  10:30 AM start

To register click below for the school website or you can register by calling the Parish House at 718-945-6911.

https://forms.gle/8FEoQ9GwxWNB8q4x7

There will be supervised activities, face painting, and simple crafts as well as an opportunity for a picture with the Easter Bunny in the Academy gym for the children to enjoy after their Hunt. We look forward to seeing the children for this fun, Spring event.

 

Card Party Tuition Raffle: One of the most anticipated and biggest prizes every year at the Card Party is the Tuition Raffle for one student for the 2022-2023 school year. Please think about supporting this raffle and getting a chance of winning 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 form by clicking here.

 

Easter Recess: This year our Easter Recess begins on Wednesday April 13th and will last until Sunday, April 24th. We look forward to celebrating the Resurrection of the Lord when we all return to school on Monday April 25th. 

 

Tablet’s Covid Relief Fundraiser for Catholic Schools: Last week we once again kick-off “The Tablet’s Covid Relief Fundraiser for Catholic Schools.” We’re excited about this campaign because our school and students will directly benefit. This campaign will also support The Tablet’s work in reporting important news for Catholics. We believe it’s a win, win, win!. You’ll be happy to know that our school can apply all of our students’ sales toward our DeSales Technology Grant requirements. Our participation in the DeSales Technology Grant in the past was one of the main reasons we were able and still are able to provide a device to all students in our school. This was very helpful especially last spring when we had to go to a 100% remote model. We hope that all of our families think to participate in this fundraiser as it helps us keep technology current in our school building. The program is easy, can be done entirely online, and has great incentives for the schools and students.

https://thetablet.org/CovidReliefFundraiser/SchoolPage/?school=st-francis-de-sales-catholic-academy#

Help us reach our goal of 500 subscriptions sold to help us continue to keep our 1:1 Ipad/Chromebook program up to date.

Share the above link with family and friends. Please remember that even a renewal subscription counts. Remember to share the following information with the subscriber and remind them to enter it when placing their order to ensure your school and child gets the proper credit for the subscription:

The student’s first name

The student’s last name

The student’s grade

 

Records for Next Year:  If any child is transferring from St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy for the 2022-2023 school year, most likely their records will need to be sent to their new school. Please request that as soon as possible yet no later than the end of May as many schools are closed for the summer and ask for that information before we break for summer.  

 

St. Jude’s 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 $25,000 for St. Jude’s Children Hospital.  All money raised goes directly to supporting St. Jude and their work with children with pediatric cancer.

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

Over the past nine years Mrs. Foti and the students/families of St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy has raised over $150,000 for St. Jude’s Children Hospital.

 

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. Neither boys nor girls may dye their hair. Avoid extremes in hairstyles. A moderate crew cut is acceptable. Lines, designs engraved in hair, Mohawk styles, or dyed hair are not permitted. Extreme contrasts in length of hair are not acceptable. If a student or parent has any questions about the hair code, they should speak to the school before getting a hair cut/styled. If there is a question concerning hairstyles, the decision will be up to the principal’s discretion.

 

SAVE THE DATE

Summer Uniform: Starting on Monday, May 9th 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. 

Prevention Starts WITH ALL- The Chris Herren Story: On Tuesday, May 24th at 7 pm. St Francis de Sales Catholic Academy will be hosting a presentation. Prevention Starts WITH ALL- The Chris Herren Story. Chris Herren is a former professional basketball player, a voice on the topic of substance use prevention, and a wellness advocate. Since 2009, Chris has spoken to over one million students, athletes, and community members, sparking honest discussions on the topics of substance use disorder and wellness. A person in long-term recovery, Chris continues to share his story nationally with a renewed focus on prevention education and challenging audiences to rethink how we look at the disease of addiction – changing the focus from the last day to the first. Over the coming weeks, more information will follow. 

Blue and Gold Day: Please save the dates for Wednesday May 25th and Friday May 27th for this year’s Blue and Gold Days. Our Kindergarten-Grade 4 students will be competing on Wednesday 5/25 and our 5th-8th graders will be competing on Friday 5/27. Both days of competition are scheduled to be in the school gymnasium. After Easter Recess we will share the exact times grades will be competing so parents can plan accordingly if they plan on attending to cheer on the students. 

Have a great weekend.