Final Christmas Show Directives

Hello Families,

 

This email serves as a last minute reminder about Wednesday and Thursday’s Christmas Show.

 

Dress Rehearsal: All students should be ready in costume on Monday 12/18 (A and C classes) and on Tuesday 12/19 (B Classes) for our dress rehearsal.

Some students just need to dress up while others have a costume. Children may wear there gym uniform or dress down clothes under their costume on the day of their dress rehearsal.

Any questions please feel free to get in touch.

 

 

The dress rehearsals serve as a chance for elderly relatives who are unable to come out at night or handle a large crowd to see the show. These dress rehearsals do not serve as a way to get a sneak peek or another viewing of the show. The rehearsals will begin at 12:30pm. Thanks in advance for your cooperation.

 

  

Ticket Orders: We are sold out of tickets for Wednesday and Thursday. We are asking that anyone who is not using all of their tickets to please drop them off at the main office. If there is any issue with tickets at this point please let us know first thing in the morning on Monday so that we may try and handle them.

 

Dress Attire:

  • Kindergarten are asked to wear their holiday best. (Dress up with a festive feel!)
  • 1st Grade will be dressed as Elves. Please wear anything red, green and white with black shoes.
  • 2nd Grade will be dressed as Christmas Carolers. Please wear winter jackets, scarves, gloves, hats, etc. Bright colors encouraged.
  • 3rd Grade will be dressed as busy New Yorkers in Midtown Manhattan. Please wear jackets, scarves, gloves, etc. No bright colors: black, gray, brown, beige, navy, etc. 
  • 4th Grade will be dressed as New Yorkers in Rockefeller Center. Please wear winter jackets, scarves, gloves, etc. Any colors are fine. 
  • 5th Grade will be dressed as New Yorkers in Central Park. Please wear winter jackets, scarves, gloves, etc. Any colors are fine.
  • 6th Grade will be dressed as Macy’s Employees and Shoppers. Employees please wear a white shirt, black pants and black shoes. Shoppers please wear jeans and a white, red or green shirt. Any shoes are fine.
  • 7th Grade ensemble will be dressed as The Greenway Press Office Staff. Please wear dress pants, blazers, collared shirts, anything you would wear to an interview.
  • 8th Grade ensemble will be dressed as New Yorkers. Please wear anything black, white and or gray. No outerwear.

 

 

Coming and Going on Show Nights: The children have been practicing for many weeks and they are expected to be present for the show on the night their class is performing. Students who are in the play should arrive no earlier than 6:00pm and should enter the CYO entrance. They will be directed to their rooms from there. Members of the audience will enter through the main door.

 

For safety reasons, every child in Grade 1-8 in the show must remain in school with his/her class until the play is over. Please do not ask for your child to be dismissed early. Thanks in advance for your cooperation with this matter.

 

Following are instructions for the children to follow at the end of the show. When the show is over, the older children in each family should get their coats and go to the classroom of the youngest sibling. We will ask that one parent go to the youngest child’s classroom to pick up the children. Further instructions will be explained at the end of each show.

 

 

Special Kindergarten Instructions:

  1. The shows will begin at 6:30pm.  Children are asked to be at school at 6:00pm.  You may drop your child off at the small hall.  Parents should then proceed to the main entrance.  The doors will not open before 6:00pm, so please do not come early.

 

  1. After the performance, you are asked to pick up your child outside the Pre-K classrooms (1st floor).  Please wait until instructed to pick up your child. In order to keep the show running smoothly, it is necessary for you to exit the building using the main entrance doors. You may either leave at that time or return to the gym to watch the other classes perform using the main entrance.  You must have already purchases a ticket to the show in order to enter the auditorium.

 

  1. Please be aware that you may not be able to exit the parking lot if you wish to leave after the Kindergarten/Band performs in the show.  The parking lot gets very crowded on the nights of the Christmas show so, if you cannot stay until the show is over, you should try to find parking on the street in the area of the school.

SFDS Week of December 18th 2017

Dear Families,

Nativity scenes usually show Mary and Joseph calmly kneeling beside Jesus’s crib surrounded by adoring shepherds and tame animals. Mary and Joseph travelled in the last stages of her pregnancy from Nazareth to Bethlehem, a trip that took a few days to a week of straight travel.  On foot or by donkey, it was an exhausting journey.  Once there, they could not find room at an inn and had to lay the newborn in a manger.  After a short time, the family fled from Israel to Egypt to escape danger.

The Holy Family had its share of pain and difficulties, much like our own experience.  Yet scripture tells us that Mary and Joseph found strength from their faith in God and were guided by His word.  We can do the same.  We tell our children that Jesus’ birth and the Holy Family’s escape to Egypt is further proof that God keeps His promises.  When we lean on Him, God promises to lead us to safety…

The entire St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy Faculty and Staff join me in wishing God’s light, love, and peace to each of our school families. May the love and peace that was born that night be with you throughout the Christmas season.

On to the week ahead…

Christmas Show: Please refer to the email that preceded this email today about all final instructions for the show.  

Dress Rehearsals: All students should be ready in costume on Monday 12/18 (A and C classes) and on Tuesday 12/19 (B Classes) for our dress rehearsal. Some students just need to dress up while others have a costume. Children may wear there gym uniform or dress down clothes under their costume on the day of their dress rehearsal.

Any questions please feel free to get in touch.
The dress rehearsals serves as a chance for elderly relatives who are unable to come out at night or handle a large crowd to see the show. The rehearsals will begin at 12:30pm. This dress rehearsals do not serve as a way to get a sneak peek or another viewing of the show. Thanks in advance for your cooperation.

Christmas School Mass and 1/2 day on Friday 12/22: I invite all families to join us in our Christmas Liturgy at 11am on Friday December 22nd at St. Francis de Sales Church. Dismissal will follow mass at 12pm.  

Math-a-thon: For the third consecutive year St. Francis de Sales was one of the Top 100 schools in donations to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital though the Annual Math-A-Thon. For the 2016-2017 School year St. Francis de Sales helped raise $22,617 (#9 in the country). This is following up a year (2015-2016 school year) where St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy was the #40 school in the country in terms of donations.

A special thank you to Mrs. Suellen Foti for coordinating this special event each year.

For more information about St. Jude’s Math-a-thon please click here.

School Yard/Parking Lot: Just a reminder that from 11am-12:30pm most days the parking lot is used by the children for recess. Please note that if you park in the lot against the gate you will not be able to leave until all Recess periods are finished. Thanks in advance for your cooperation with this policy.

Mad Science/School House Chess/Balanced Kidz: Last week, flyers for the next round of Balanced Kidz, Mad Science and School House Chess were distributed. If you’d like to sign your child up, please follow the directions on the flyer as soon as possible. These programs will begin again when we return from Christmas Recess. For more information please click here. When we return from Christmas break flyers will go home for the winter sessions of Lego’s and Abrakoodle Art.

Early Childhood Registration: As we begin to prepare for the 2018-2019 school year, we want to ensure that our plans maximize the benefit to your child/children. About a month ago a letter was sent home to families of current students to see if any siblings of current students will be joining our Early Childhood. All letters of intent were due today as we will begin open registration in Nursery, Pre-K and Kindergarten early in January.

All those siblings who sent in a letter of intent will be receiving a registration packet with instructions on how to make a registration appointment for when we return from Christmas break.

Paul Effman Band: Experienced musicians will perform at the Christmas Show on December 20th and December 21st. Tuesday the 19th, Experienced Violin will practice from 3:45-4:30 and Experienced Band will practice from 3:45-4:45  to prepare for our Christmas concert.This practice will replace the small group lessons. Beginners will be performing in the Spring Concert and will keep their regular scheduled lessons.  Thank you!

Water Testing Results: I’m delighted to update you on our school ongoing, proactive approach to water testing of lead. On August 2nd, we conducted our latest round of testing on a total of 29 drinking water sources (water fountains as well as sinks) in our school. After evaluating our 2016 tests – and with input from school staff about additional locations that could potentially be used as drinking water – we added additional sources to this year’s sampling. The official results are extremely positive with all 29 fixtures through 58 samples falling beneath the exceedance level. I am happy to report we have zero exceedances. If anyone would like to look at the report it is available in the main office.

Lunch Duty:   We are in need of some parents to help volunteering for our lunch periods. If you are VIRTUS trained and are able to do the lunch duty, we certainly appreciate it. We are continuing to assign lunch duty using a web-based service called Sign Up. It enables those who want to do lunch duty to sign up for slots on specific days with email reminders. It is our hope this will help with the number of cancellations and no shows from families.

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

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

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

3) Sign up! It’s Easy – you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on Sign Up Volunteers, thank you so much for all of your help!

Fundraising Corner

Box Tops for Education: Hopefully you have been clipping box tops at home as our second contest is set to begin.  This contest’s prize will be a movie party for the winning class.  What’s a movie without popcorn?  The contest begins now and will run through February 27th.  Let’s try and double our last contest!  If you use the Box Tops app, those tabulations will be counted.

Here’s the current numbers:

Grade  
Nursery 8
PreK 48
Kindergarten 18
1 110
2 45
3 9
4 38
5 54
6 15
7 306
8 55

 

PS:  Our next email blast will be on Friday December 29th. Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy named a Top 10 Fundraising School by St. Jude’s Children Hospital

For the third consecutive year St. Francis de Sales was one of the Top 100 schools in donations to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital though the Annual Math-A-Thon. For the 2016-2017 School year St. Francis de Sales helped raise $22,617 (#9 in the country). This is following up a year (2015-2016 school year) where St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy was the #40 school in the country in terms of donations.

A special thank you to Mrs. Suellen Foti for coordinating this special event each year.

For more information about St. Jude’s Math-a-thon please click here.

SFDS Week of December 11th 2017

Dear Families,

In the midst of the Christmas rush, may you find some quiet moments to see more clearly the priceless gifts of God’s love and family bonds.  As you shop for Christmas presents, join us in acknowledging the real Gift of this season.  Remember to take God into everyday; by acts of kindness, words of forgiveness, gestures of comfort and gifts of peace.

May you and your families experience many blessings this Advent and Christmas.  May God grant you and yours the joy, hope, and peace of this Holy season.

A special thank you again to all the parents that came out for Family/Teacher Conferences yesterday.

Please take a look below to see what is going on for the week of December 11th here at SFDS.

Advent Penance Service: This Thursday (12/14) Grades 3-8 will be joining together to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation. This weekend, please discuss the importance of this Sacrament and welcoming the Christ Child with a ready heart.  

Christmas Boutique: On Wednesday, children received an envelope with information regarding this year’s Christmas Boutique, which is being held on Wednesday 12/13, Thursday 12/14, and Friday 12/15. Your child(ren) should come to school that day with whatever money they need to purchase items that day. Please know that parents are not permitted to help their children during the Boutique so the students can purchase Christmas presents for the family, including Mom and Dad!

Please see below for the schedule:

Terranova Results: We have recently received our Terranova scores compared to the rest of the schools in the Diocese. I am pleased to say that across all grade levels and across all three components (Reading, Language, and Math) we scored above the Diocesan and Queens South Averages. To see how our students did as a school please click here to view those reports.

It is our hope that individual reports will be available before the end of next week. As soon as we receive them we will make sure that they are communicated home.

A special congratulation to all students and teachers on doing so well on these Common Core Terranovas.

Graduation and Make up Pictures: On Monday December 11th, the 8th grade will be taking their individual graduation pictures. If your child was absent on the original picture day, please know your child can dress up or wear their uniform for their picture on 12/11. If you would like your child to retake their picture, please send in your original pictures with a note on Monday. We will call down the students whose pictures we have the next school day for make ups.

SFDS Festival of Lights: Please join St. Francis de Sales Parish this Tuesday 12/12 at 6:30pm for an annual tradition, the lighting of trees in our prayer garden. There will be Hot Chocolate for all with Christmas Carols sung. Please be there for what is a great tradition here at St. Francis.

Mad Science/School House Chess/Balanced Kidz: Earlier this week, flyers for the next round of Balanced Kidz, Mad Science and School House Chess were distributed. If you’d like to sign your child up, please follow the directions on the flyer as soon as possible. These programs will begin again when we return from Christmas Recess. For more information please click here.

Christmas Show:  It is amazing that next Monday we only have two weeks of school until Christmas. The order form that went home three weeks ago for the Christmas Show can be found by clicking here. Any questions about tickets please call the office. Any questions about costumes or dress please contact your child’s teacher directly.

All Christmas Show ticket orders must be in by Monday Morning December 11th. As of yesterday there are about 70 families that have yet to buy tickets. If any extra tickets are available, they will be sold at a first come first served basis starting Tuesday December 12th. No tickets will be sold at the door.

Dress Rehearsals: All students should be ready in costume on Monday 12/18 (A and C classes and on Tuesday 12/19 (B Classes) for our dress rehearsal.

The dress rehearsal serves as a chance for elderly relatives who are unable to come out at night or handle a large crowd to see the show. The rehearsal will begin at 12:30pm. This dress rehearsal does not serve as a way to get a sneak peek or another viewing of the show. Thanks in advance for your cooperation.

Red and Green Dress Down Day:  This Friday (12/15) students can bring in a $1.00 for a Dress Down Day! Students are encouraged to dress in Red and Green!

All proceeds will be used to purchase items to be donated to help the people of Uganda! One of our St. Francis DeSales Alumni currently is a nursing student at the University of Scranton will be traveling to Uganda to work in a hospital.

Early Childhood Registration: As we begin to prepare for the 2018-2019 school year, we want to ensure that our plans maximize the benefit to your child/children. Two weeks ago a letter was sent home to families of current students to see if any siblings of current students will be joining our Early Childhood. Please send in all letters of intent as soon as possible  as we will begin open registration in Nursery, Pre-K and Kindergarten early in January. This is especially important to do for next year’s Nursery and Kindergarten class.

Paul Effman Band: Experienced musicians will perform at the Christmas Show on December 20th and December 21st. Tuesday’s December 12th and 19th, Experienced Violin will practice from 3:45-4:30 and Experienced Band will practice from 3:45-4:45  to prepare for our Christmas concert.This practice will replace the small group lessons. Beginners will be performing in the Spring Concert and will keep their regular scheduled lessons.  Thank you!

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.

Lunch Duty:   We are in need of some parents to help volunteering for our lunch periods. If you are VIRTUS trained and are able to do the lunch duty, we certainly appreciate it. We are continuing to assign lunch duty using a web-based service called Sign Up. It enables those who want to do lunch duty to sign up for slots on specific days with email reminders. It is our hope this will help with the number of cancellations and no shows from families.

To sign up for lunch duty please use the website

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

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

3) Sign up! It’s Easy – you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on Sign Up Volunteers, thank you so much for all of your help!

Fundraising Corner

Box Tops for Education: Hopefully you have been clipping box tops at home as our second contest is set to begin.  This contest’s prize will be a movie party for the winning class.  What’s a movie without popcorn?  The contest begins now and will run through February 27th.  Let’s try and double our last contest!  If you use the Box Tops app, those tabulations will be counted.

 

Have a great 3 day weekend!

SFDS Week of December 4th 2017

Dear Academy Families,

 

In the month of December, we spend time preparing children for concerts, decorating classrooms and hallways, making preparations for Christmas at home, shopping, baking, attending parties and sharing joy. As you know, Advent is the time for waiting, praying, and preparing ourselves for the birth of Christ. By taking a step away from the hustle and bustle, asking kids to slow down and reflect on what the birth of Christ means to them, the world, and our faith, such a richness will be added to this time of waiting.

Please take a look below to see what is going on for the week of December 4th here at SFDS.

Blessed Trinity Confirmation: Congratulations and God Bless! On Thursday December 7th at 5pm, many members of St. Francis de Sales Grade 8 will be blessed by the Holy Spirit at Blessed Trinity Parish. May the gifts of the Holy Spirit be with our 8th grade and lead them to be the future leaders of the church.

Report Cards: Just a reminder that report card day and night is on Thursday, December 7th, which is a half-day for students and there is no after-school available this day.

The times for conferences are as follows:

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

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

More information about Report Card Night will be emailed out next Monday.

Immaculate Conception: Friday December 8th is a Holy Day of Obligation for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. Please remember that as Catholics, we are asked to go to mass on this day. School is closed on Friday, as it is the Feast Day of the United States and for our Brooklyn Diocese.

First Communion Proximate Prep: This Sunday 12/3 at 9:30am, all second graders receiving their First Holy Communion in St. Francis de Sales Parish are asked to join Mrs. Greene and Religious Education for their Proximate Prep mass and meeting. We will continue to pray for our second graders as they continue their journey to receive First Penance and Communion.

Graduation and Make up Pictures: On December 11th, the 8th grade will be taking their individual graduation pictures. If your child was absent on the original picture day, please know your child can dress up or wear their uniform for their picture on 12/11. If you would like your child to retake their picture, please send in your original pictures with a note before Thursday December 7th. We will call down the students whose pictures we have the next school day for make ups.

SFDS Festival of Lights: Please join St. Francis de Sales Parish on Tuesday  12/12 at 6:30pm for an annual tradition, the lighting of trees in our prayer garden. There will be Hot Chocolate for all with Christmas Carols sung. Please be there for what is a great tradition here at St. Francis.

Student Illness: As the colder weather begins, we see more and more children who become ill. A child who is sick will not be able to perform well in school and is likely to spread the illness to other children and staff. If your child is ill, before sending them back to school please clear it with your child’s pediatrician. Please call the school’s nurse or main office if you have any questions or concerns.

Early Childhood Registration: As we begin to prepare for the 2018-2019 school year, we want to ensure that our plans maximize the benefit to your child/children. Two weeks ago we sent home letters of intent for any current Nursery and Pre-K student here at St. Francis who plans on attending St. Francis in 2018 as a Pre-K or Kindergarten student. Those forms are now past due  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.

This week a letter was sent home to families of current students to see if any siblings of current students will be joining our Early Childhood. Please send in all letters of intent as soon as possible  as we will begin open registration in Nursery, Pre-K and Kindergarten early in January. This is especially important to do for next year’s Kindergarten class.

Christmas Show: It is amazing that when we return next Monday we only have three weeks of school until Christmas. Any questions about tickets please call the office. An order form for tickets can be found here. Please note that all ticket orders are due by Thursday December 7th.

Any questions about costumes or dress please contact Ms. Mangano at gmangano@stfrancisschoolbh.net

Paul Effman Band: Experienced musicians will perform at the Christmas Show on December 20th and December 21st. Tuesday’s December 5th, 12th and 19th, Experienced Violin will practice from 3:45-4:30 and Experienced Band will practice from 3:45-4:45  to prepare for our Christmas concert.This practice will replace the small group lessons. Beginners will be performing in the Spring Concert and will keep their regular scheduled lessons.  Thank you!

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.

Lunch Duty:   We are in need of some parents to help volunteering for our lunch periods. If you are VIRTUS trained and are able to do the lunch duty, we certainly appreciate it. We are continuing to assign lunch duty using a web-based service called Sign Up. It enables those who want to do lunch duty to sign up for slots on specific days with email reminders. It is our hope this will help with the number of cancellations and no shows from families.

 

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

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

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

3) Sign up! It’s Easy – you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on Sign Up Volunteers, thank you so much for all of your help!

Fundraising Corner

Box Tops for Education: Hopefully you have been clipping box tops at home as our second contest is set to begin.  This contest’s prize will be a movie party for the winning class.  What’s a movie without popcorn?  The contest begins now and will run through February 27th.  Let’s try and double our last contest!  If you use the Box Tops app, those tabulations will be counted.

 

$15,000 Raffle Winners: Congratulations to the winners of our $15,000 Raffle.

1st Place ($15,000): Otton, Regan, Otton, and Doyle Families (Ticket #81)

2nd Place ($5,000): Billy and Cathy Egan (Ticket #33)

3rd Place ($2,500): Ameruso, Tomassetti, and Tammaro Families (Ticket #97)

4th Place ($1,500): Franchock and McNight Families (Ticket #79)

5th Place Place: ($1,000): Lynn and Sean Heeran and Allen Family (Ticket #87)

A special Thank you to Mrs. Rita Hayden for coordinating this event along with the ticket sellers.

 

Have a great weekend.

Happy Thanksgiving and Week of November 27th 2017

Dear Academy Families,

Happy Thanksgiving!

 

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 holiday.  It welcomes all.  It is the least cynical holiday.  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.

Please take a look below to see what is going on for the week of November 27th.

 

Save the Date PDHP Parent Workshop: Please join us on Tuesday November 28th at 6pm for a special PDHP parent workshop. The topic of this workshop is Claim the Name: Bullying or Bad Behavior.  The Workshop will have discussions and activities for parents designed to recognize the difference, protect their children, and effectively address a bullying and cyber-bullying scenario.

 

Movie Night: All students (K-3) are invited to join us on Friday Dec 1st for Movie Night. The movie is “The Polar Express” All children can bring their sleeping bag, pillow, favorite teddy, and wear their P.J.’s.  The Doors open at 5:45pm and the Movie starts 6:10 sharp. There is a $5 Admission charge and all Students will receive a cup of Hot Chocolate and Cookies with Admission.

This is a KID ONLY event.

 

Tuition Arrears: This week tuition arrears reports went out to those families that are in arrears. Please be mindful of the fact to keep your account up to date for all tuition or any outstanding fees. Please remember that report cards are not distributed unless your account is up to date as of 11/15/17. Any issues please feel free to be in touch.

 

Early Childhood Registration: As we begin to prepare for the 2018-2019 school year, we want to ensure that our plans maximize the benefit to your child/children. Two weeks ago we sent home letters of intent for any current Nursery and Pre-K student here at St. Francis who plans on attending St. Francis in 2018 as a Pre-K or Kindergarten student. Those forms are now past due  As always, we thank you for your dedication and support to St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy. If you have any concerns that we may address, please do not hesitate to call us or email us.

 

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

 

Christmas Show: It is amazing that when we return next Monday we only have four weeks of school until Christmas. Any questions about tickets please call the office. An order form for tickets can be found here. Please note that all ticket orders are due by Thursday December 7th.

Any questions about costumes or dress please contact Ms. Mangano at gmangano@stfrancisschoolbh.net

Paul Effman Band: Experienced musicians will perform at the Christmas Show on December 20th and December 21st. Tuesday’s November 28th, December 5th, 12th and 19th, Experienced Violin will practice from 3:45-4:30 and Experienced Band will practice from 3:45-4:45  o prepare for our Christmas concert.This practice will replace the small group lessons. Beginners will be performing in the Spring Concert and will keep their regular scheduled lessons.  Thank you!

 

STEM: We were so excited to add STEM in our curriculum this school year. Please check out Mrs. Powers class page to see what our students have been doing in STEM classes since September.. Thank you to Mrs. Powers for all of her great work!

 

Report Cards: Just a reminder that report card day and night is on Thursday 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 this day.

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.

 

Lunch Duty:   We are in need of some parents to help volunteering for our lunch periods. If you are VIRTUS trained and are able to do the lunch duty, we certainly appreciate it. We are continuing to assign lunch duty using a web-based service called Sign Up. It enables those who want to do lunch duty to sign up for slots on specific days with email reminders. It is our hope this will help with the number of cancellations and no shows from families.

 

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

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

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

3) Sign up! It’s Easy – you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on Sign Up Volunteers, thank you so much for all of your help!

Fundraising Corner

Box Tops for Education: Hopefully you have been clipping box tops at home as our second contest is set to begin.  This contest’s prize will be a movie party for the winning class.  What’s a movie without popcorn?  The contest begins now and will run through February 27th.  Let’s try and double our last contest!  If you use the Box Tops app, those tabulations will be counted.

 

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

 

Have a Blessed Thanksgiving!

SFDS Week of November 20th 2017

Dear Academy Families,

Next week might be a short one but we do have many things going on! Please take a look below to see what’s happening:

Thanksgiving Mass: Please join us on Wednesday 11/22 at 11:00am in St. Francis de Sales Parish Church for a mass of Thanksgiving. Just a reminder that Wednesday is also a ½ day with a 12pm dismissal.

Tuition Arrears: This Tuesday tuition arrears reports will be going out for those families that are in arrears. Please be mindful of the fact to keep your account up to date for all tuition or any outstanding fees. Please remember that report cards are not distributed unless your account is up to date as of 11/15/17. Any issues please feel free to be in touch.  

Confirmation Proximate Preparation: Please note that tomorrow 11/18 all 7th grade students receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation in 2018 here at St. Francis are expected to attend their Proximate Prep Session at 5:30pm mass followed by presentation and dinner. Any questions please contact Mrs. AnneMarie Greene at the Religious Education Office.

Special Performances: This week our students have the opportunity to see theatre in action.  Grades Pre-K through Grade 4 will be seeing Willy Wonka on Tuesday while on Wednesday Grades 5-8 will be seeing Shakespeare in ACTion. The junior high preformance is apart of our Stages on the Sound Artists in Residency.

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

Save the Date PDHP Parent Workshop: Please join us on Tuesday November 28th at 6pm for a special PDHP parent workshop. The topic of this workshop is Claim the Name: Bullying or Bad Behavior.  The Workshop will have discussions and activities for parents designed to recognize the difference, protect their children, and effectively address a bullying and cyber-bullying scenario.

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

Early Childhood Registration: As we begin to prepare for the 2018-2019 school year, we want to ensure that our plans maximize the benefit to your child/children. Last week we sent home letters of intent for any current Nursery and Pre-K student here at St. Francis who plans on attending St. Francis in 2018 as a Pre-K or Kindergarten student. Those forms are due next week.  As always, we thank you for your dedication and support to St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy. If you have any concerns that we may address, please do not hesitate to call us or email us.

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

Lunch Duty:   We are in need of some parents to help volunteering for our lunch periods. If you are VIRTUS trained and are able to do the lunch duty, we certainly appreciate it. We are continuing to assign lunch duty using a web-based service called Sign Up. It enables those who want to do lunch duty to sign up for slots on specific days with email reminders. It is our hope this will help with the number of cancellations and no shows from families.

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

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

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

3) Sign up! It’s Easy – you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on Sign Up Volunteers, thank you so much for all of your help!

Fundraising Corner

Box Tops for Education: Hopefully you have been clipping box tops at home as our second contest is set to begin.  This contest’s prize will be a movie party for the winning class.  What’s a movie without popcorn?!  The contest begins now and will run through February 27th.  Let’s try and double our last contest!  If you use the Box Tops app, those tabulations will be counted.

$15,000 Raffle: Final call to jump on this chance to win up to $15,000! The winners will be called at a drawing at Jamerson’s on Sunday 11/26 from 4pm-6pm. We have two tickets left. Any questions about the raffle can be directed to Rita Hayden at  718-570-7908.

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

Christmas Show Directives, Tickets, and Costumes

Dear Families,

With the Thanksgiving holiday fast approaching, we can’t help but look forward to the warmth and love that surrounds us during this special time. It is unlike any other celebration; families gather together–without gifts–to spend time laughing, eating, and giving thanks for all of the blessings in their lives. This day teaches us to remember the most powerful aspects of this life: the time we share with those we love, appreciation for all of the blessings the Lord has given to us, and of course, a delicious spread of turkey and all the fixings! 

When we return on November 27th, we will be in the midst of preparing for the birth of the Christ Child. One of the presents that we give him is our gift of song for our annual Christmas Show on December 20th and 21st at 6:30 pm. A ticket order form can be found by clicking here.

One of the reasons for sending this note home before we break is to make sure that all parents are aware of the new Christmas Show procedure and dress attire or costumes that are expected for that night.

This year our Christmas Show will be run slightly differently than in years past. With the addition of Ms. Mangano as our full time Art teacher this year, we have the wonderful opportunity to teach our students about the art of musical theatre and drama. Ms. Mangano is going to direct Elf the Musical Jr. and each class is going to take part in a scene of the play. With the use of the entire stage for each scene, we must split our performance days.

  • The A classes and 2C will perform on December 20th
  • The B classes will perform on December 21st.
  • The school band and Kindergarten will still perform in the beginning of each performance on both nights.
  • Each night that your child(ren) are performing, families are entitled to two Adult tickets. Those ticket orders are due by Thursday December 7. Starting on Monday December 11, we will sell any extra tickets (limit 4 additional per family) until we sell out. Please do not send in any orders for extra tickets until Monday 12/11 (if available)
  • Please note, if a St. Francis de Sales student who is not performing would like to see the shows, discounted SFDS student tickets are available to purchase for $3.

Attire for the Show

  • Kindergarten are asked to wear their holiday best. (Dress up with a festive feel!)
  • 1st Grade will be dressed as Elves. Please wear anything red, green and white with black shoes.
  • 2nd Grade will be dressed as Christmas Carolers. Please wear winter jackets, scarves, gloves, hats, etc. Bright colors encouraged.
  • 3rd Grade will be dressed as busy New Yorkers in Midtown Manhattan. Please wear jackets, scarves, gloves, etc. No bright colors: black, gray, brown, beige, navy, etc. 
  • 4th Grade will be dressed as New Yorkers in Rockefeller Center. Please wear winter jackets, scarves, gloves, etc. Any colors are fine. 
  • 5th Grade will be dressed as New Yorkers in Central Park. Please wear winter jackets, scarves, gloves, etc. Any colors are fine.
  • 6th Grade will be dressed as Macy’s Employees and Shoppers. Employees please wear a white shirt, black pants and black shoes. Shoppers please wear jeans and a white, red or green shirt. Any shoes are fine.
  • 7th Grade ensemble will be dressed as The Greenway Press Office Staff. Please wear dress pants, blazers, collared shirts, anything you would wear to an interview.
  • 8th Grade ensemble will be dressed as New Yorkers. Please wear anything black, white and or gray. No outerwear.

Any questions feel free to get in touch with your child’s teacher.

Band students and Kindergarten students will receive instructions in the following weeks about arrival and dismissal on the show nights. Students arrive no earlier than 6pm and should enter the door on Newport Avenue side of the school. They will be directed to their rooms from there. Members of the audience will enter through the main door.

For safety reasons, every child in Grade 1-8 in the show must remain in school with his/her class until the play is over. Please do not ask for your child to be dismissed early. Thanks in advance for your cooperation with this matter.

When the show is over, the older children in each family should get their coats and go to the classroom of the youngest sibling. We will ask that one parent go to the youngest child’s classroom to pick up the children. Further instructions will be explained at the end of each show.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving,

Christopher Scharbach

SFDS Week of November 13th 2017

Dear Academy Families,

 

Just a reminder that St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy is closed on Thursday November 9, as teachers will be gathering for a day of professional development.

St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy is also closed on Friday November 10th for Veterans Day. During your rest and relaxation, let us reflect on all of the men and women who have served our amazing country in order to maintain our freedoms. We are forever indebted to them for their bravery, sacrifice, and selflessness. Happy Veterans’ Day.

 

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

 

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

 

Chicken Finger Day: On Tuesday November 28th, we are going to have a trial Chicken Finger lunch day. A form was sent home last week with all of the pertinent information and we are asking for it along with payment to be returned to the office by November 17th if you are interested in taking part in this trial day. If we receive a good turnout, we will continue the Chicken Finger Tuesday either monthly, biweekly, or weekly for the rest of the school year. Chicken fingers and fries will be $7 and you can also purchase a water for $1. Thank you to Mrs. Spaeth for helping to organize this special lunch day.

 

8th Grade Dinner Dance Meeting: Eighth grade families are invited to join Mrs. Martello and myself to the first Dinner Dance meeting on Thursday November 16th at 6pm. It’s our hope that we can decide chair people for various committees, kick off fundraising for the event, and choose the theme of the event.

 

Yarn: Pauleen Brown, a resident of Breezy Point and a Blessed Trinity parishioner, knits afghans for sick veterans in the VA hospital in Brooklyn. This special act is her way of showing the veterans that someone cares about them. Our school is collecting rolls of yarn to help her continue to make afghans for the sick veterans. If you would like to help, please send a ball of yarn to school by Monday November 13th.

 

Turkey: 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 40 Thanksgiving dinners for families in need. If you’d like to help out, please send a $25 check (made out to St. Francis de Sales Church) or $25 cash in an envelope. Thank you again for your unwavering generosity.

 

Little Sisters of the Poor Drive: St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy is sponsoring a Thanksgiving Drive for the Queen of Peace Residence for the elderly poor. Each year we ask classes to bring in assigned personal and food items, which are requested by the Little Sisters of the Poor who care for the residents. If you feel you can donate one or more of the requested items please send it to school no later than Friday November 17th.

The following items are needed:

8th Grade: Lotion

7th Grade: Body Wash

6th Grade: Purell

5th Grade: Liquid Hand Soap

4th Grade: Clorox or Lysol Wipes

3rd Grade: Paper Towels

2nd Grade: Toilet Paper

1st Grade: Mouthwash

Kindergarten: Fixodent/Poligrip

Pre-Kindergarten and Nursery: Polident/Efferdent

 

Paul Effman Band: The music program is off to a great start this school year! This is a just a reminder that it is still not too late to join. If your child has never participated before, there is still plenty of time to get them enrolled and caught up with the classes. If your child has participated, and would still like to join, we’d love to see them back again. Oftentimes our lives are so busy and packed with work and family commitments that we forget how important music is to us, to our community, and to our culture. We are all impacted by music, every day of our lives. I personally believe if there were more musicians in this world, we’d be a smarter and happier world. So many of the musicians that we now listen to as adults have gotten their start in their school’s music program – school music programs are the starting point! Please encourage your children to continue to learn to play an instrument. I promise that it will become something far more than just a hobby. It will become a part of who they are. Again, if you haven’t registered yet, it is not too late! Please embrace this opportunity for them to make music with their peers. If they don’t, they may never have this opportunity again. For more information please click here.

 

Save the Date PDHP Parent Workshop: Please join us on  Tuesday November 28th at 6pm for a special PDHP parent workshop. The topic of this workshop is Claim the Name: Bullying or Bad Behavior.  The Workshop will have discussions and activities for parents designed to recognize the difference, protect their children, and effectively address a bullying and cyber-bullying scenario.

 

Lunch Duty:   We are in need of some parents to help volunteering for our lunch periods. If you are VIRTUS trained and are able to do the lunch duty, we certainly appreciate it. We are continuing to assign lunch duty using a web-based service called Sign Up. It enables those who want to do lunch duty to sign up for slots on specific days with email reminders. It is our hope this will help with the number of cancellations and no shows from families.

 

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

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

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

3) Sign up! It’s Easy – you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on Sign Up Volunteers, thank you so much for all of your help!

Fundraising Corner

 

$15,000 Raffle: Jump on this chance to win up to $15,000! The winners will be called at a drawing at Jamerson’s on Sunday 11/26 from 4pm-6pm. There are only 3 more tickets left.

Any questions about the raffle can be directed to Rita Hayden at  718-570-7908.

Stop and Shop Card Dress down day: Stop and Shop Rewards began on 10/6. We are going to host a free dress down day this Friday November 17th for every student that has a Stop and Shop rewards card linked to our school.  In order to participate, students will need to submit a copy of the account that is linked.  You can simply follow these steps to get your print out.

  • Go to www.stopandshop.com.
  • Log in to your account.
  • Click on Savings and Rewards then A+ school rewards.
  • Click on Confirm Your Schools.
  • Print the screen that lists St. Francis de Sales under My Schools.
  • Please list all students that are in the family and their classes on one sheet.
  • It would also be great if you registered some family members cards.

Please return the sheet no later than Wednesday November 15th 2017 to the main office. If you have not already registered, to participate:

Visit www.stopandshop.com/aplus and scroll down to the center of the page to select REGISTER YOUR CARD from the red box on the right marked FOR CUSTOMERS; or:

  • Call the A+ School Rewards Hotline at 1-877-275-2758 for assistance; or,
  • Email the A+ Hotline.  Please include the last name associated with your Stop & Shop Card, your 13-digit Stop & Shop Card number and our school name and school ID number* of our school (or the name, city and state in which the school is located) to: askaplus@cranecommunications.com.

SFDS Week of November 6th 2017

Dear Families,

 

As we look towards the first full week of November, it’s hard to believe that Halloween has already come and gone. We started this week with fun Halloween celebrations 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.

 

Professional Day & Veterans Day: Remember that next week is a short week with a half day on Wednesday November 8th for our Faculty Meeting, a day off for students on Thursday November 9 for a Faculty Professional Day, and school is closed on Friday November 10 in observance of Veteran’s Day.

 

Class Picture Day: On Monday November 6, 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. Reminder to the Fourth and Sixth graders who have gym scheduled on this day: please be in full winter dress uniform as well.

 

Vocation Awareness Week: Bishop DiMarzio has declared this year the Year of Vocations throughout the Brooklyn Diocese. Here at St. Francis, we will be marking this year in a special way with a Vocation Awareness Week from November 1st through November 8th. During these dates, all Religion classes will be centered around Vocations. On Wednesday November 8th, we will end this important week with the 6th, 7th and 8th graders attending an assembly Bishop Sanchez and Father Sean Suckiel, as well as a special school mass celebrated by Bishop Sanchez at 11am. We encourage any family who can attend to please join us for this Vocations liturgy.

 

Chicken Finger Day: On Tuesday November 28th, we are going to have a trial Chicken Finger lunch day. A form was sent home this week with all of the pertinent information and we are asking for it along with payment to be returned to the office by November 17th if you are interested in taking part in this trial day. If we receive a good turnout, we will continue the Chicken Finger Tuesday either monthly, biweekly, or weekly for the rest of the school year. Chicken fingers and fries will be $7 and you can also purchase a water for $1. Thank you to Mrs. Spaeth for helping to organize this special lunch day.

 

Grade 3 Family Mass: Please join St. Francis de Sales Parish in celebration of our third graders and their families this Sunday November 5th at 9am mass. A small fellowship will follow the mass for the third grade and their families in Father Reddy Hall after mass.

 

Blessed Trinity Confirmation Retreat: This Wednesday November 8th, our 8th graders who will be Confirmed at Blessed Trinity Parish will be taking a day of special prayer and reflection at their Confirmation Retreat. We hope you all have a wonderful, prayerful day!

 

Donations of Yarn: Pauleen Brown, a resident of Breezy Point and a Blessed Trinity parishioner, knits afghans for sick veterans in the VA hospital in Brooklyn. This special act is her way of showing the veterans that someone cares about them. Our school is collecting rolls of yarn to help her continue to make afghans for the sick veterans. If you would like to help, please send a ball of yarn to school by Monday November 13th.

 

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 40 Thanksgiving dinners for families in need. If you’d like to help out, please send a $25 check (made out to St. Francis de Sales Church) or $25 cash in an envelope. Thank you again for your unwavering generosity.

 

Little Sisters of the Poor Drive: St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy is sponsoring a Thanksgiving Drive for the Queen of Peace Residence for the elderly poor. Each year we ask classes to bring in assigned personal and food items, which are requested by the Little Sisters of the Poor who care for the residents. If you feel you can donate one or more of the requested items please send it to school no later than Friday November 17th.

The following items are needed:

8th Grade: Lotion

7th Grade: Body Wash

6th Grade: Purell

5th Grade: Liquid Hand Soap

4th Grade: Clorox or Lysol Wipes

3rd Grade: Paper Towels

2nd Grade: Toilet Paper

1st Grade: Mouthwash

Kindergarten: Fixodent/Poligrip

Pre-Kindergarten and Nursery: Polident/Efferdent

 

Lunch Duty:   We are in need of some parents to help volunteering for our lunch periods. If you are VIRTUS trained and are able to do the lunch duty, we certainly appreciate it. We are continuing to assign lunch duty using a web-based service called Sign Up. It enables those who want to do lunch duty to sign up for slots on specific days with email reminders. It is our hope this will help with the number of cancellations and no shows from families.

 

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

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

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

3) Sign up! It’s Easy – you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on Sign Up Volunteers, thank you so much for all of your help!

Fundraising Corner

Thanksgiving/Holiday Pie Sale: This sale is through Cascon Cheesecake.  Cascon Cheesecake Corp is a full-service bakery located in Whitestone, New York. Since opening its doors in 1975, this family owned business has provided over 30 years of dedicated service to its loyal customers.

These pies and cheesecakes will be delivered on Tuesday November 21st  just in time for Thanksgiving. They come frozen so if you are using them for Thanksgiving you can keep them out for the big day, if you like to save a few for Christmas or just to have you can put them right in the freezer.

Click Here for an order form. All money and orders are due no later than Tuesday November 7th.

 

$15,000 Raffle: Jump on this chance to win up to $15,000! The winners will be called at a drawing at Jamerson’s on Sunday 11/26 from 4pm-6pm. If you’d like to contact the sellers directly to purchase your ticket, their contact information can be found below. You can call or text. Good Luck!

John Martin     718-344-7274 holding tickets   1   to 10   

Patrick Hayden     347-539-0437    holding tickets   11 to 20   

Rita Hayden     718-570-7908     holding tickets    21 to 30

Billy Kelly     917-209-3634     holding tickets    31 to 40

Jennifer LaPrice     917-723-8834    holding tickets   41 to 50

Terrance Moriarity   917-685-0134       holding tickets   51 to 60

Brynn Heegan     917-495-7779       holding tickets    61 to 70

JoJo O’Grady     917-417-4532       holding tickets   71 to 80   

Rita Hayden       718-570-7908       holding tickets    81 to 90

Dina Tammero        718-207-1398        holding tickets    91 to 100

Any questions about the raffle can be directed to Rita Hayden at  718-570-7908.

Stop and Shop Card Dress down day: Stop and Shop Rewards began on 10/6. We are going to host a free dress down day on Friday November 17th for every student that has a Stop and Shop rewards card linked to our school.  In order to participate, students will need to submit a copy of the account that is linked.  You can simply follow these steps to get your print out.

  • Go to www.stopandshop.com.
  • Log in to your account.
  • Click on Savings and Rewards then A+ school rewards.
  • Click on Confirm Your Schools.
  • Print the screen that lists St. Francis de Sales under My Schools.
  • Please list all students that are in the family and their classes on one sheet.
  • It would also be great if you registered some family members cards.

Please return the sheet no later than Wednesday November 15th 2017 to the main office. If you have not already registered, to participate:

Visit www.stopandshop.com/aplus and scroll down to the center of the page to select REGISTER YOUR CARD from the red box on the right marked FOR CUSTOMERS; or:

  • Call the A+ School Rewards Hotline at 1-877-275-2758 for assistance; or,
  • Email the A+ Hotline.  Please include the last name associated with your Stop & Shop Card, your 13-digit Stop & Shop Card number and our school name and school ID number* of our school (or the name, city and state in which the school is located) to: askaplus@cranecommunications.com.