SFDS Week of May 20th 2019

Dear Families,

Rain, rain, go away! I know I am not alone when I say we are ready for some sunshine! We have so many great events planned for the next couple of weeks. Let’s hope Mother Nature cooperates like she did for our Spring Carnival.

 

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, the exciting news of opening up a third 1st grade class, and the sad news that our Assistant Principal, Mrs. Martello, will be leaving at the end of this school year. It goes without saying that Mrs. Martello will be greatly missed here at St. Francis. Over the past 5 years, she has helped grow our Literacy curriculum, helped us become a 1:1 school and has been a huge part of our school community. We wish her all the luck in her future endeavors. St. Francis de Sales will always be a home for her.

 

Now onto some exciting things happening in the upcoming week of May 20th and beyond:

 

May Crowning: This week on Thursday May 23rd, the 2nd Grade Class will be taking part in the school’s annual May Crowning. Students will also be photographed and have a special Communion Brunch. Our 2nd grade parents are invited to join their children and the St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy Community for the May crowning at 1:30pm in St. Francis de Sales Church. We are asking that all 2nd grade students to come to school dressed in their Communion attire. Please send in a large shirt to wear over their clothing. Please remember all students should have dress shoes.

 

There will be a SFDS Parish May Crowning this Sunday May 19th at the 10:30am Mass as well. The children who just received First Holy Communion are invited to come and be part of the processions to crown Mary in the Grotto (weather permitting).

 

Science Fair: On Wednesday May 22nd, our students in grades 5-7 will be displaying their projects at our annual Science Fair, while our 8th grade students will be presenting their final religion projects on the novel, “The Shack”  Families are invited to look at our students’ work from 10:00am-12:00pm and 1pm-2pm. A special Thank you to Mrs. Gigliello, Mrs. Foti, and Mrs. Norton for coordinating this annual event.

 

Diocesan Oratorical Contest: This Wednesday, May 22nd Mary Kate Corrigan will be representing our school at the Diocesan Oratorical Contest. We wish her lots of luck and we know she has been well prepared by Mrs. Re and Mrs. Schmitt.

 

Outdoor Movie Night: On Friday May 24th, we will be hosting another Outdoor Movie Night. This year we will be showing Ralph Wrecks the Internet. Gates open at 7:45, 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!

 

Seussical Tickets: St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy middle school students will unlock the imaginations of Rockaway citizens when they bring the Cat in the Hat, Horton the Elephant, Gertrude McFuzz, Mayzie La Bird, the Whos in Whoville and other Seuss favorites to life with their production of Seussical JR., it was announced today by the Cat in the Hat.

“Now, I’m here, there is no telling what may ensue with a Cat such as me, and a Thinker like you!,” says the Cat in the Hat.

Horton will hear a Who and cheerful chaos will ensue when St. Francis de Sales presents Seussical JR. on Saturday June 1st at 1:30pm and 6:30pm and on Sunday June 2nd at 1:30pm at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy Gym (219 Beach 129th Street, Belle Harbor, NY 11694) Tickets are now on sale. An order form can be found by clicking here.

Tickets are $10 for all adults, $5 for children under 14 and $3 for all SFDS Students. More information to follow.

For more information on how to watchering-watch the performance please call the main office at 718-634-2775.

We hope to see you in June!

 

Paperwork: If any child is transferring from St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy for the 2019-2020 school year, most likely their records will need to be sent to their new school. Please request that as soon as possible as many schools are closed for the summer and ask for that information before the end of June.

 

8th grade Raffle: Congratulations to our winner of the $1000 8th grade raffle Maureen Fiero! Thank you to all who helped support this ongoing fundraiser for our 8th graders’ Graduation Dinner Dance. Your generosity is much appreciated!

 

Conversation with the Principal:  Please join me for our Conversation with the Principal on Friday May 1 at 9:30am or Thursday May 30th at 7pm.  We will be running these meetings a little differently than in years past. I would like to utilize the time to answer questions, hear feedback, and listen to any concerns that parents might have, there will be no set agenda. All are welcome!

 

SAVE THE DATES

 

Early Childhood Information Nights: On Monday June 3rd at 6pm, we will be hosting Nursery and Pre-K information night, and on Wednesday June 5th 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.

 

Uniform Measurement Day: On Friday June 7th, Flynn & O’Hara will be here at St. Francis to measure students for next year’s uniform. Order forms will be sent out next week.

 

Grade 4 and 8 Science: Grade 4 &  8 will be completing their Science Performance exams on Tuesday May 28th. We encourage the students to get a good night’s sleep and eat a hearty breakfast on the mornings of their exams.

 

Spring Concert: Members of the Paul Effman Band, please save the date! Tuesday May 28th at 7pm is our annual St Francis de Sales School Band Spring Concert.There is no fee for admission into the concert. Don’t forget that this Tuesday continues the special  schedule for lessons as they students prepare for their concert.

 

Memorial Day Parade: Please save the date for Monday May 27th 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 come out for this special event.

 

Art Show: Please join us on June 5th at 6pm for our 3rd 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 click here to see our digital art gallery.

 

Fundraising Corner

This year St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy has a goal of raising $150,000 throughout the school year. We are happy to say we are well on our way of meeting our goal and have already raised over $138,000. Thanks again to all who make that event such a success each year.

 

For more information on how this year’s fundraising have done please click here.

 

Box Tops for Education: The last contest of the year is officially beginning.  

What better way to celebrate the June heat than with ice cream?!  The grade that brings in the most box tops will win an ice cream party in June (specific date to be determined).  Please make sure your child’s name and class is on the submission so that the correct class can be credited.   Submitting your box tops in a ziploc bag is the easiest way to hand in.  

 

The standings are as follows

Nursey 24

Pre-K 665

K 587

1 181

2 95

3 193

4 43

5 234

6 40

7 37

8 0

Have a great weekend.

 

PS: We are always 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 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!

SFDS Week of May 13th 2019

Dear Families,

This weekend, we take some time to honor and say thank you to the special women in our lives. A mother’s love can take many shapes and forms, but no matter what, remains unwavering and unconditional. Thank you to all of the wonderful ladies who help raise the children of St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy; you are so appreciated.

 

Now onto some exciting things happening in the upcoming week of May 13th:

 

State of the Academy: Please join us on Tuesday May 14th 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, academics and many more.

 

Family Survey: In an effort to improve system practices, Saint Francis de Sales Catholic Academy conducted a Family Survey in the Spring of 2019. 34% of the families of our school participated.

Please click here for Summarized counts of responses to the 2019 Family Survey. This survey used a Likert scale with the following ratings.

5.0: Strongly Agree

4.0: Agree

3.0 Nuetral

2.0: Disagree

1.0: Strongly Disagree

We appreciate your time and all responses. Please note that the responses from this survey are helpful for the academy to make decisions for the 2019-2020 school year. Thanks again.

 

Terranovas Grades K-2: This week, we are implementing TerraNova testing in Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd  grades. From May 15th-May 23rd the Terra Nova assessment series will be administered to students in grades Kindergarten  through Grade 2. It is important that all academy families understand the rationale behind administering a standardized assessment.  The word test means different things to different students.  Some students embrace the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge; other students become apprehensive and fearful at the prospect of taking a test.  There is a difference between testing and assessing.  An assessment is an educational tool to measure the present status of a student’s skills.  The Terra Nova is designed to measure concepts, processes, and objectives taught throughout the nation.  Terra Nova results are used to: analyze strengths and weaknesses of a student’s achievement in each content area; plan for further instruction; plan for curriculum development; and to report progress to parents.

 

The assessments will be done over the course a few 3-4 days for about 30 minutes each day, and will be guided by your students’ classroom teachers. As always, please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have an issue, or question.  We are only a phone call or email away.

 

Spring Carnival: The National Junior Honor Society is sponsoring our annual Spring Carnival to be held on Friday May 17th, 2019. Nursery through Grade 5 are invited to participate in the activities created and operated by the 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students. Admission to the carnival will be $1.00 per child, and there will be snacks and drinks available for purchase for $1.00 each on that day. To purchase a ticket, please send in a dollar in an envelope labeled with your child’s name and class and the word’s “Spring Carnival” on it. Tickets will be given to the teachers to distribute the day of the Carnival. Due to space, and time limitations, this carnival is open to students only. It is a dress down day. However, tanks, sleeveless jerseys, short shorts, flip flops or sandals will not be allowed. Please be sure that your child comes in dressed correctly on Friday as it will help reduce the office’s morning phone calls. ALL students should have sunscreen on before coming to school. Thank you to Ms. Killian for coordinating this fun event!

 

Seussical Tickets: St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy middle school students will unlock the imaginations of Rockaway citizens when they bring the Cat in the Hat, Horton the Elephant, Gertrude McFuzz, Mayzie La Bird, the Whos in Whoville and other Seuss favorites to life with their production of Seussical JR., it was announced today by the Cat in the Hat.

“Now, I’m here, there is no telling what may ensue with a Cat such as me, and a Thinker like you!,” says the Cat in the Hat.

Horton will hear a Who and cheerful chaos will ensue when St. Francis de Sales presents Seussical JR. on Saturday June 1st at 1:30pm and 6:30pm and on Sunday June 2nd at 1:30pm at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy Gym (219 Beach 129th Street, Belle Harbor, NY 11694) Tickets are now on sale. An order form can be found by clicking here.

Tickets are $10 for all adults, $5 for children under 14 and $3 for all SFDS Students. More information to follow.

For more information on how to watchering-watch the performance please call the main office at 718-634-2775.

We hope to see you in June!

 

Brooklyn Cyclone Night: Just a reminder that Monday 5/13 is the last chance for your family to join us for our annual night with the Brooklyn Cyclones! St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy is participating in School Spirit Night fundraiser at MCU Park on June 17th at 7pm. If you would like to attend, send the cut off at the bottom of the flyer with your payment  to the school office. While we cannot guarantee any seating arrangements, we suggest you send one order to cover everyone in your group. This way, it is more likely that all of your seats will be together. The order form is attached to this email or can be found by clicking here.

 

Plus don’t miss the exciting pregame: Collars vs. Scholars II. Mr. Scharbach along with other Catholic School Principals will be facing off against Father Sean Suckiel and other diocesan priests in a pregame softball game. Watch the principals take the mound to try and revenge last years loss to the priests!

 

Pop Hop: We are very excited for our Annual Pop Hop on Friday May 17th. A very special thank you to both Mrs. Shaw and Mrs. Morairty for coordinating this memorable event.  We can’t wait till Friday.

 

SAVE THE DATES

Parish May Crowning: Please join SFDS Parish as we celebrate Mary on Sunday, May 19, 2019 at the 10:30am Mass. All children who received First Holy Communion are invited to wear their Communion attire and sit up front of the church.

 

Science Fair: On Wednesday May 22nd, our students in grades 5-7 will be displaying their projects at our annual Science Fair, while our 8th grade students will be presenting their final religion projects on the novel, “The Shack”  Families are invited to look at our students’ work from 10:00am-12:00pm and 1pm-2pm.

 

Outdoor Movie Night: On Friday May 24th, we will be hosting another Outdoor Movie Night. This year we will be showing Ralph Wrecks the Internet. Gates open at 7:45, 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!

 

Spring Concert: Members of the Paul Effman Band, please save the date! Tuesday May 28th at 7pm is our annual St Francis de Sales School Band Spring Concert. Don’t forget that this Tuesday continues the special  schedule for lessons as they students prepare for their concert.

 

Memorial Day Parade: Please save the date for Monday May 27th 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 come out for this special event.

 

Art Show: Please join us on June 5th at 6pm for our 3rd 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 click here to see our digital art gallery.

 

Fundraising Corner

This year St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy has a goal of raising $150,000 throughout the school year. We are happy to say we are well on our way of meeting our goal and have already raised over $118,000. Thanks again to all who make that event such a success each year.

 

For more information on how this year’s fundraising have done please click here.

 

Box Tops for Education: The last contest of the year is officially beginning.  

What better way to celebrate the June heat than with ice cream?!  The grade that brings in the most box tops will win an ice cream party in June (specific date to be determined).  Please make sure your child’s name and class is on the submission so that the correct class can be credited.   Submitting your box tops in a ziploc bag is the easiest way to hand in.  

 

The standings are as follows

Nursery- 9

Pre-K-559

Kindergarten- 515

1st Grade- 157

2nd Grade- 95

3rd Grade- 193

4th Grade- 43

5th Grade-234

6th Grade-39

7th Grade-0

8th Grade-0

 

Have a great weekend.

 

PS: We are always 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 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!

 

SFDS Week of May 6th 2019

Dear Families,

In the Catholic faith, the month of May is traditionally dedicated to Mary, our Blessed Mother.  There are many ways to celebrate this particular devotion. We honor our Blessed Mother in a special way during the annual May Crowning prayer service. Our second grade students lead the entire community in this very special service. Please join the SFDS community on Thursday May 23rd at 1:30pm for this special prayer service.

 

Now onto some exciting things happening in the upcoming week of May 6th:

 

Sacrament of First Holy Eucharist: Congratulations to all of our 2nd graders who will receive the sacrament of Eucharist for the first time this weekend. We are so proud of all of our 2nd graders who are now closer to Jesus. A special thank you to their teachers Mrs. Schmitt and Mrs. O’Malley for preparing them for this special moment.  

 

Summer Uniform: Starting on Monday May 6th students can begin to wear their summer uniforms. This is just a reminder if anyone needs to purchase summer uniforms you should think about ordering them soon. Save the Date! On June 7th 2019, Flynn and O’Hara will be at school to measure students for their uniforms for the 2019-2020 school year.

 

½ Day: Just a reminder that Wednesday May 8th is a half day so that we can meet with teachers for a Faculty Meeting. Students will be dismissed at 12 noon. Students may dress down. The PM Nursery has no class.

 

8th Grade Clothing Drive: Just a reminder that the 8th grade is doing a Clothing Drive on Monday 5/6 from 2pm-3pm and 6pm-8pm in the Small Hall.  Donations can include clothing, bedding, towels, stuffed animals, etc. Please place shoes, boots, sneakers, etc. in a separate bag.

 

Suessical Tickets: St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy middle school students will unlock the imaginations of Rockaway citizens when they bring the Cat in the Hat, Horton the Elephant, Gertrude McFuzz, Mayzie La Bird, the Whos in Whoville and other Seuss favorites to life with their production of Seussical JR., it was announced today by the Cat in the Hat.

“Now, I’m here, there is no telling what may ensue with a Cat such as me, and a Thinker like you!,” says the Cat in the Hat.

Horton will hear a Who and cheerful chaos will ensue when St. Francis de Sales presents Seussical JR. on Saturday June 1st at 1:30pm and 6:30pm and on Sunday June 2nd at 1:30pm at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy Gym (219 Beach 129th Street, Belle Harbor, NY 11694) Tickets are now on sale. An order form can be found by clicking here.

Tickets are $10 for all adults, $5 for children under 14 and $3 for all SFDS Students. More information to follow.

For more information on how to watchering-watch the performance please call the main office at 718-634-2775.

We hope to see you in June!

 

Nursery Mother’s Day Tea: Just a reminder that our Nursery moms are invited to a Mother’s Day tea on Friday May 10th. You should have already received the invitation and reminder from Mrs.Troia. The Nursery students are very excited to shower their moms with a special song and gifts!

 

Spring Book Fair: Another wonderful Book Fair has come to a close here at St. Francis de Sales. A very special thank you to Rita Martin, Louann Mannino and all of the fantastic volunteers for their hard work in setting up and running the event for the last three days. If you were unable to get to the Book Fair, or the book you were interested in was sold out, our Online Book Fair will be open through May 8th. You can shop by clicking here

Thank you again for your continued generosity!

 

State of the Academy: Please join us on Tuesday May 7th (Date Change) 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, academics and many more.

 

Brooklyn Cyclone Night: Just a reminder that Friday 5/10 is the last chance for your family to join us for our annual night with the Brooklyn Cyclones! St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy is participating in School Spirit Night fundraiser at MCU Park on June 17th at 7pm. If you would like to attend, send the cut off at the bottom of the flyer with your payment  to the school office. While we cannot guarantee any seating arrangements, we suggest you send one order to cover everyone in your group. This way, it is more likely that all of your seats will be together. The order form is attached to this email or can be found by clicking here.

 

Plus don’t miss the exciting pregame: Collars vs. Scholars II. Mr. Scharbach along with other Catholic School Principals will be facing off against Father Sean Suckiel and other diocesan priests in a pregame softball game. Watch the principals take the mound to try and revenge last years loss to the priests!

 

2019 St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy Family Survey: In an effort to improve system practices, Saint Francis de Sales Catholic Academy is conducting a Family Survey. We value your opinion and ask that you take the time to complete this survey.

 

Just a few weeks ago we went through the AdvanceED Accreditation. This Accreditation Process helps us make the most of their talents and resources. The AdvancED Performance Accreditation requires that institutions must:

  •     Meet the AdvancED Standards and accreditation policies.
  •     Demonstrate quality assurance through internal and engagement reviews.
  •     Engage in continuous improvement.

 

It is helpful to the academy board of directors and administrative team to have families complete this survey.

 

In order to complete the survey, please click here.

 

Last year we had about 40% of our families complete our annual survey. We are really asking that we have as many families complete this survey.

 

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.

 

Please take a few moments before Monday May 6th to give some feedback on your experience this year here at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy.

 

We appreciate your time and all responses. Please note that the responses from this survey are helpful for the academy to make decisions for the 2019-2020 school year. Thanks again.

 

Spring Fling: On Friday May 10th we will be hosting our last dance of the year for our 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. Tickets are $15 and will include a Pizza Dinner. All tickets need to be bought before Wednesday May 8th.

 

Pop Hop: We are very excited for our Annual Pop Hop on Friday May 17th. Tickets for the Pop Hop are on sale and we are asking that all orders come in no later than Monday May 6th.  The order form for tickets can also be found by clicking here.

 

SAVE THE DATES

 

Spring Carnival: The National Junior Honor Society is sponsoring our annual Spring Carnival to be held on Friday May 17th, 2019. Nursery through Grade 5 are invited to participate in the activities created and operated by the 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students. Admission to the carnival will be $1.00 per child, and there will be snacks and drinks available for purchase for $1.00 each on that day. To purchase a ticket, please send in a dollar in an envelope labeled with your child’s name and class and the word’s “Spring Carnival” on it. Tickets will be given to the teachers to distribute the day of the Carnival. Due to space, and time limitations, this carnival is open to students only. Thank you to Ms. Killian for coordinating this fun event!

 

Science Fair: Wednesday May 22nd, our students in grades 5-7 will be displaying their projects at our annual Science Fair, while our 8th grade students will be presenting their final religion projects on the novel, “The Shack”  Families are invited to look at our students’ work from 10:00am-12:00pm and 1pm-2pm.

 

Outdoor Movie Night: On Friday May 24th, we will be hosting another Outdoor Movie Night. This year we will be showing Ralph Wrecks the Internet. Gates open at 7:45, 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!

 

Spring Concert: Members of the Paul Effman Band, please save the date! Tuesday May 28th at 7pm is our annual St Francis de Sales School Band Spring Concert. Don’t forget that this Tuesday begins the special  schedule for lessons as they students prepare for their concert.

 

Memorial Day Parade: Please save the date for Monday May 27th 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 come out for this special event.

 

Art Show: Please join us on June 5th at 6pm for our 3rd 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 click here to see our digital art gallery.

 

Fundraising Corner

This year St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy has a goal of raising $150,000 throughout the school year. We are happy to say we are well on our way of meeting our goal and have already raised over $118,000. Thanks again to all who make that event such a success each year.

For more information on how this year’s fundraising have done please click here.

 

Box Tops for Education: The last contest of the year is officially beginning.  

What better way to celebrate the June heat than with ice cream?!  The grade that brings in the most box tops will win an ice cream party in June (specific date to be determined).  Please make sure your child’s name and class is on the submission so that the correct class can be credited.   Submitting your box tops in a ziploc bag is the easiest way to hand in.  

 

The standings are as follows

Nursery- 9

Pre-K-390

Kindergarten- 444

1st Grade- 157

2nd Grade- 81

3rd Grade- 94

4th Grade- 43

5th Grade-37

6th Grade-23

7th Grade-0

8th Grade-0

 

Have a great weekend.

 

PS: We are always 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 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!

SFDS Week of April 29th 2019

Dear Families,

 

Happy Easter! The days of Lent and the winter weather are now gone and we look forward to warmer days and the new life that the Risen Lord has brought us. It is unbelievable that in two weeks we begin the month of May, and will be in the home stretch of the 2018- 2019 school year.

 

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

 

Now onto the week of April 29th here at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy

 

State Tests: On Wednesday May 1 and Thursday May 2, the 4th, 6th, and 7th grade will be taking the Math State Tests. Remember to get a good night’s sleep and eat a nutritious breakfast on the days of the test. We know each student will do their very best!

 

First Communion: Our second grade’s special sacrament is fast approaching. They’ve worked and prayed all year in preparation for their First Holy Communion on Saturday May 4th. We know 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.

 

Chicken Finger Day:  On Tuesday April 30th we will be having our monthly Chicken Finger lunch. If you have signed up your child(ren) to receive chicken fingers, they will not need their lunches on that day.

Option C Grades: We are now past the halfway point of the third trimester. If you haven’t already, please log on to the parent portal of Option C to check on how your child is progressing this year. This is a great way to see if your child is missing any assignments. Please contact the main office via email at admin@stfrancisschoolbh.net if you have any questions.

 

Nursery Mother’s Day Tea: Just a reminder that our Nursery moms are invited to a Mother’s Day tea on Friday May 10th. You should have already received the invitation and reminder from Mrs.Troia. The Nursery students are very excited to shower their moms with a special song and gifts!

 

Spring Book Fair: The Book Fair is coming back! Each class will have a scheduled time to visit the Fair (see below) in the School Gym throughout the 2 days it will be here: April 30th and May 2nd. Thanks to all our book Fair volunteers for their help, especially our Coordinator, Mrs. Rita Martin.

 

State of the Academy: Please join us on Tuesday May 7th (Date Change) 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, academics and many more.

 

Brooklyn Cyclone Night: Just a reminder that Friday 5/10 is the last chance for your family to join us for our annual night with the Brooklyn Cyclones! St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy is participating in School Spirit Night fundraiser at MCU Park on June 17th at 7pm. If you would like to attend, send the cut off at the bottom of the flyer with your payment  to the school office. While we cannot guarantee any seating arrangements, we suggest you send one order to cover everyone in your group. This way, it is more likely that all of your seats will be together. The order form is attached to this email or can be found by clicking here.

 

Plus don’t miss the exciting pregame: Collars vs. Scholars II. Mr. Scharbach along with other Catholic School Principals will be facing off against Father Sean Suckiel and other diocesan priests in a pregame softball game. Watch the principals take the mound to try and revenge last years loss to the priests!

 

2019 St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy Family Survey: In an effort to improve system practices, Saint Francis de Sales Catholic Academy is conducting a Family Survey. We value your opinion and ask that you take the time to complete this survey.

 

Just a few weeks ago we went through the AdvanceED Accreditation. This Accreditation Process helps us make the most of their talents and resources. The AdvancED Performance Accreditation requires that institutions must:

  •     Meet the AdvancED Standards and accreditation policies.
  •     Demonstrate quality assurance through internal and engagement reviews.
  •     Engage in continuous improvement.

 

It is helpful to the academy board of directors and administrative team to have families complete this survey.

 

In order to complete the survey, please click here.

 

Last year we had about 40% of our families complete our annual survey. We are really asking that we have as many families complete this survey. 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. Please take a few moments before Monday May 6th to give some feedback on your experience this year here at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy. We appreciate your time and all responses. Please note that the responses from this survey are helpful for the academy to make decisions for the 2019-2020 school year. Thanks again.

 

Spring Fling: On Friday May 10th we will be hosting our last dance of the year for our 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. Tickets are $15 and will include a Pizza Dinner. All tickets need to be bought before Wednesday May 8th.

 

Pop Hop: We are very excited for our Annual Pop Hop on Friday May 17th. Tickets for the Pop Hop will go on sale the day we return from Easter Break. The order form for tickets can also be found by clicking here.

 

Golf Outing: Our 16th Annual Golf and Tennis outing will be held on Friday May 10th 2019 at the Marine Park Golf Course and Belle Harbor Yacht Club

 

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

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

The success of this day, May 10th, 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 -Golf Chairman at 347-246-7153 or by email at sfdsgolfouting@aol.com

 

SAVE THE DATES

 

Spring Carnival: The National Junior Honor Society is sponsoring our annual Spring Carnival to be held on Friday May 17th, 2019. Nursery through Grade 5 are invited to participate in the activities created and operated by the 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students. Admission to the carnival will be $1.00 per child, and there will be snacks and drinks available for purchase for $1.00 each on that day. To purchase a ticket, please send in a dollar in an envelope labeled with your child’s name and class and the word’s “Spring Carnival” on it. Tickets will be given to the teachers to distribute the day of the Carnival. Due to space, and time limitations, this carnival is open to students only. Thank you to Ms. Killian for coordinating this fun event!

 

Outdoor Movie Night: On Friday May 24th, we will be hosting another Outdoor Movie Night. Gates open at 7:45, 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!

 

Spring Concert: Members of the Paul Effman Band, please save the date! Tuesday May 28th at 7pm is our annual St Francis de Sales School Band Spring Concert.

 

Summer Uniform: Starting on Monday May 6th students can begin to wear their summer uniforms. This is just a reminder if anyone needs to purchase summer uniforms you should think about ordering them soon. Save the Date! On June 7th 2019, Flynn and O’Hara will be at school to measure students for their uniforms for the 2019-2020 school year.

 

Memorial Day Parade: Please save the date for Monday May 27th and join the Academy community and Franny our Mascot to march in the Memorial Day Parade. More information will be given in the next week.  We would love to see everyone come out for this special event.

 

Art Show: Please join us on May 21st at 6pm for our 3rd 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 click here to see our digital art gallery.

 

Fundraising Corner

 

Box Tops for Education: The last contest of the year is officially beginning.  

What better way to celebrate the June heat than with ice cream?!  The grade that brings in the most box tops will win an ice cream party in June (specific date to be determined).  Please make sure your child’s name and class is on the submission so that the correct class can be credited.   Submitting your box tops in a ziploc bag is the easiest way to hand in.  

 

The standings are as follows

Nursery- 9

Pre-K-324

Kindergarten- 267

1st Grade- 95

2nd Grade- 78

3rd Grade- 67

4th Grade- 43

5th Grade-27

6th Grade-23

7th Grade-0

8th Grade-0

 

Have a great weekend.

 

PS: We are always 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 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!

 

Financial Aid for 2019-2020 School Year: Financial aid is available for students in Grades Pre-K to 8, who attend a Brooklyn or Queens Catholic School or Academy.

 

THE SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION PROCESS OPENS JANUARY 14, 2019 FOR BROOKLYN AND QUEENS CATHOLIC ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS (K – 8)!

Step 1: Register your child(ren) in a Catholic elementary academy or school (K – 8) in Brooklyn or Queens.

Step 2: Fill out the online application and submit with required supporting documentation. Please note that there is a non-refundable $30 application processing fee payable by credit card or check. Only one application per family is required.

2019 Scholarship Deadline                                                                                                              April 29, 2019 – New families.

Only completed applications submitted with all required supporting documents will be considered. Completed applications received on or before this date will be considered for the maximum award amount. Completed applications received after this date will still be considered but will not be given priority for the 2019-2020 school year. To apply click below

https://futuresineducation.org/scholarships/

2019 Family Survey

Dear Academy Families,

 

The following is a short anonymous family survey.

 

In an effort to improve system practices, Saint Francis de Sales Catholic Academy is conducting a Family Survey. We value your opinion and ask that you take the time to complete this survey.

 

Just a few weeks ago we went through the AdvanceED Accreditation. This Accreditation Process helps us make the most of their talents and resources. The AdvancED Performance Accreditation requires that institutions must:

  • Meet the AdvancED Standards and accreditation policies.
  • Demonstrate quality assurance through internal and engagement reviews.
  • Engage in continuous improvement.

 

It is helpful to the academy board of directors and administrative team to have families complete this survey.

 

In order to complete the survey, please click here.

 

Last year we had about 40% of our families complete our annual survey. We are really asking that we have as many families complete this survey.

 

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.

 

Please take a few moments before Monday May 6th to give some feedback on your experience this year here at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy.

 

We appreciate your time and all responses. Please note that the responses from this survey are helpful for the academy to make decisions for the 2019-2020 school year. Thanks again.

St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy Week of April 15th

Dear Families,

 

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

 

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

 

Now onto the week of April 15th here at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy

 

Accreditation: A special thank you to our students, teachers, and families who were so cooperative with the AdvancED Accreditation visit this week. The evaluators were impressed with all that they observed. We will receive our official report before the end of the school year and will share the results with our school community.

 

Passion Play: Please join us for our annual Passion Play on Tuesday 4/16 where many of our 6th grade students reenact the solemn events that occurred through Jesus’s journey towards death and resurrection.  Thanks again Mrs. Hayes and Mrs. Sullivan to for coordinating this special event. Please join us on Tuesday 4/16 at 1:10pm.

 

Lenten Soup Dinner:  On Monday, April 15th at 6pm in Msgr. Reddy Hall will be a simple dinner as well as a Lenten Reflection and celebration of the coming Resurrection. To join, it will be $5 a person with a maximum of $20 per family.  All proceeds will go to the WISH.

 

Oratorical Contest:  Congratulations to MaryKate Corrigan and Mary Youngberg who were the winner and runner up of our first annual Oratorical Contest. All participants did an amazing job memorizing and reciting a 3-6 minute speech. A special thank you to Ms. Re and Mrs. Schmitt for coordinating this contest. Good luck to MaryKate who will represent our school at the Diocesan Oratorical Contest on May 22nd.

 

8th Grade Bake/Plant Sale: The 8th grade will be selling baked goods and plants after all masses here at St. Francis and in Blessed Trinity on Sunday April 14th. Stop by Fr. Reddy Hall at St. Francis de Sales Parish and the Breezy Stores at Blessed Trinity and and help support the 8th Grade Graduation Dinner Dance!

 

Spring Book Fair: The Book Fair is coming back! Each class will have a scheduled time to visit the Fair (see below) in the School Gym throughout the 2 days it will be here: April 30th and May 2nd. Thanks to all our book Fair volunteers for their help, especially our Coordinator, Mrs. Rita Martin.

Pop Hop Volunteer: We are very excited for our 4th Annual Pop Hop on Friday May 17th. Tickets for the Pop Hop will go on sale the day we return from Easter Break. The order form for tickets can also be found by clicking here.

 

Golf Outing: Our 16th Annual Golf and Tennis outing will be held on Friday May 10th 2019 at the Marine Park Golf Course and Belle Harbor Yacht Club

 

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

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

The success of this day, May 10th, 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 -Golf Chairman at 347-246-7153 or by email at sfdsgolfouting@aol.com

 

Parish Easter Egg Hunt: Tomorrow at 10am, all students in Nursery through Grade 4 are invited to participate in the St. Francis de Sales Parish Easter Egg Hunt in the Prayer Garden. If there is bad weather the hunt will take place in the school gym.

 

SAVE THE DATES

 

State of the Academy: Please join us on Tuesday April 30th 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, academics and many more.

 

Spring Fling: On Friday May 10th we will be hosting our last dance of the year for our 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. Tickets are $15 and will include a Pizza Dinner. All tickets need to be bought before Wednesday May 8th.

 

Spring Concert: Members of the Paul Effman Band, please save the date! Tuesday May 28th at 7pm is our sixth annual St Francis de Sales School Band Spring Concert. Good luck again to those playing in this years Honor Band.  

 

Summer Uniform: Starting on Monday May 6th students can begin to wear their summer uniforms. This is just a reminder if anyone needs to purchase summer uniforms you should think about ordering them soon. Save the Date! On June 7th 2019, Flynn and O’Hara will be at school to measure students for their uniforms for the 2019-2020 school year.

 

Fundraising Corner

 

Box Tops for Education: The last contest of the year is officially beginning.  

What better way to celebrate the June heat than with ice cream?!  The grade that brings in the most box tops will win an ice cream party in June (specific date to be determined).  Please make sure your child’s name and class is on the submission so that the correct class can be credited.   Submitting your box tops in a ziploc bag is the easiest way to hand in.  

 

The standings are as follows

Nursery- 9

Pre-K-216

Kindergarten- 157

1st Grade- 69

2nd Grade- 35

3rd Grade- 53

4th Grade- 43

5th Grade-22

6th Grade-23

7th Grade-0

8th Grade-0

 

Have a great weekend.

 

PS: We are always 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 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!

 

Financial Aid for 2019-2020 School Year: Financial aid is available for students in Grades Pre-K to 8, who attend a Brooklyn or Queens Catholic School or Academy.

 

THE SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION PROCESS OPENS JANUARY 14, 2019 FOR BROOKLYN AND QUEENS CATHOLIC ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS (K – 8)!

Step 1: Register your child(ren) in a Catholic elementary academy or school (K – 8) in Brooklyn or Queens.

Step 2: Fill out the online application and submit with required supporting documentation. Please note that there is a non-refundable $30 application processing fee payable by credit card or check. Only one application per family is required.

2019 Scholarship Deadline                                                                                                              April 29, 2019 – New families.

Only completed applications submitted with all required supporting documents will be considered. Completed applications received on or before this date will be considered for the maximum award amount. Completed applications received after this date will still be considered but will not be given priority for the 2019-2020 school year. To apply click below

https://futuresineducation.org/scholarships/

SFDS Week of April 8th 2019

Dear Families,

As mentioned at Back to School Night and many times this year our school will be going through AdvanceED Accreditation, which is similar to Middle States Accreditation beginning Monday April 8th and going through Wednesday April 10th. The Accreditation Process helps institutions make the most of their talents and resources. On Tuesday and Wednesday of this coming week, a team of evaluators will be interviewing various students, teachers, Board members, administrators, etc. as well as visiting classrooms for observations. We have prepared extensively for their visit and look forward to a productive few days.  Thanks to all in advanced for making this important visit successful.

 

Now onto the week of April 8th here at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy

 

State Exam: Congratulations to Grades 4, 6, and 7 which did a wonderful job completing the first round of New York State Testing this week. Students were focused and we know everyone gave their very best. Our Math State Test will be held on May 1 and 2.

 

Lenten Penance Services: During these final weeks of Lent, Grades 3-8 will be going to a Lenten Penance Service this Friday April 12th. Please reinforce the importance of this prayerful sacrament at home as we move closer to Holy Week.

 

PDHP Parent Workshop: Please try to join us on Tuesday April 9th at 7pm for  a parent workshop entitled #Parents-Social Media and your child. Learn about social media trends and tips to keep your child connected safely.

 

Dress Down Day: This Thursday 4/11 is a $1 dress down day. Students are asked to wear Blue shirts for Autism Awareness Month. All proceeds will be donated to the Brooklyn Autism Center. BAC is non-profit organization that has been providing high-quality education to individuals with autism since 2007. The Brooklyn Autism Center runs a full day, twelve-month program for children 5-21 years of age utilizing evidence based practices. The school creates a community that embraces the unique abilities of each student and provides solutions and support giving them the opportunity to learn, contribute and live life to their full potential.

 

Oratorical Contest:  Congratulations to our 6th-8th  graders who have qualified for the school Oratorical Contest on Thursday 4/11 at 12:45pm. The parents of the children who will be participating in the Oratorical Contest  are welcome to join us in the Gym to root them on. Congratulations again to Mary Youngberg, Caitrina Mullaly, Delaney Summerville, Julia Turchiano, Scarlette Markle, Caragh McMorrow, Lily Casares, Holly Murray, Mary Corrigan,  and Megan Youngberg.

 

A special thank you to Ms. Re and Mrs. Schmitt for coordinating this contest.

 

Shelilgh Law Concert:  We are now only a week away from a new fundraiser here at our school a Spring Concert. Please notes that Doors Open at 6:30pm next Friday with the DJ starting at 7pm and Shilelagh Law beginning at 8pm A special thank you to all the parents that have made this wonderful event happen. A special thank you especially to Mr. Keith Sullivan for coordinating. There are less than 20 tickets left that can be purchased through the main office.  

 

St. Jude Math-a-thon: Thank you to everyone who participated in our annual St. Jude Math-a-Thon. We raised a very generous $17,000! A special thank you to Mrs. Foti for coordinating this fundraiser each year. I think we are well on our way to being a Top 100 School for the 6th year in a row.

 

Spring Book Fair: The Book Fair is coming back! Each class will have a scheduled time to visit the Fair ( schedule to be sent home closer to the date) in the School Gym throughout the 3 days it will be here: April 30th-May 2nd. Thanks to all our book Fair volunteers for their help, especially our Coordinator, Mrs. Rita Martin.

 

Golf Outing: Our 16th Annual Golf and Tennis outing will be held on Friday May 10th 2019 at the Marine Park Golf Course and Belle Harbor Yacht Club

 

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

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

The success of this day, May 10th, 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 -Golf Chairman at 347-246-7153 or by email at sfdsgolfouting@aol.com

 

Parish Easter Egg Hunt: Next Saturday at 10am, all students in Nursery through Grade 4 are invited to participate in the St. Francis de Sales Parish Easter Egg Hunt in the Prayer Garden. If there is bad weather the hunt will take place in the school gym.

 

SAVE THE DATES

Passion Play: Please join us for our annual Passion Play on Tuesday 4/16 where many of our 6th grade students reenact the solemn events that occurred through Jesus’s journey towards death and resurrection.  Thanks again Mrs. Hayes and Mrs. Sullivan to for coordinating this special event. Please join us on Tuesday 4/16 at 1:10pm.

 

State of the Academy: Please join us on Tuesday April 30th 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, academics and many more.

 

Spring Concert: Members of the Paul Effman Band, please save the date! Tuesday May 28th at 7pm is our sixth annual St Francis de Sales School Band Spring Concert. Good luck again to those playing in this years Honor Band.  

 

Summer Uniform: Starting on Monday May 6th students can begin to wear their summer uniforms. This is just a reminder if anyone needs to purchase summer uniforms you should think about ordering them soon. Save the Date! On June 7th 2019, Flynn and O’Hara will be at school to measure students for their uniforms for the 2019-2020 school year.

 

Fundraising Corner

 

Box Tops for Education: The last contest of the year is officially beginning.  

What better way to celebrate the June heat than with ice cream?!  The grade that brings in the most box tops will win an ice cream party in June (specific date to be determined).  Please make sure your child’s name and class is on the submission so that the correct class can be credited.   Submitting your box tops in a ziploc bag is the easiest way to hand in.  Keep clipping and submitting and let’s double our total from they year so far which is just over $900.

 

Pop Hop Volunteer: We are very excited for our 4th Annual Pop Hop on Friday May 17th. Mrs. Moriarty and Mrs. Shaw, our Pop Hop coordinators, have already begun the planning process. If any mom is interested in volunteering, please reach out to Mrs. Shaw at glifeofreilly@aol.com or Mrs. Moriarty at nmoriarty@mineola.k12.ny.us

 

Have a great weekend.

 

PS: We are always 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 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!

 

Financial Aid for 2019-2020 School Year: Financial aid is available for students in Grades Pre-K to 8, who attend a Brooklyn or Queens Catholic School or Academy.

 

THE SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION PROCESS OPENS JANUARY 14, 2019 FOR BROOKLYN AND QUEENS CATHOLIC ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS (K – 8)!

Step 1: Register your child(ren) in a Catholic elementary academy or school (K – 8) in Brooklyn or Queens.

Step 2: Fill out the online application and submit with required supporting documentation. Please note that there is a non-refundable $30 application processing fee payable by credit card or check. Only one application per family is required.

2019 Scholarship Deadline                                                                                                              April 29, 2019 – New families.

Only completed applications submitted with all required supporting documents will be considered. Completed applications received on or before this date will be considered for the maximum award amount. Completed applications received after this date will still be considered but will not be given priority for the 2019-2020 school year. To apply click below

https://futuresineducation.org/scholarships/

SFDS Week of April 1st 2019

Dear Families,

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

 

Now onto the week of April 1st here at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy

 

State Exams: This Tuesday and Wednesday the New York State English Language Arts (ELA) 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 English Language Arts and Mathematics Tests over the past several years.

  • Fewer testing sessions. Last year, the ELA and 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 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 2019 ELA and Math Tests and selecting the questions for the test forms.

 

Babysitting Night: The 8th Grade will be organizing a fun night for our Pre-K through 4th grade students . This SFDSCA 8TH Grade Dinner Dance Fundraiser allows you to enjoy two and a half hours kid free! Friday, April 5th, 2019 from  6:30pm-9pm. Open to kids PreK- 4th 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 $25 for the first child and each additional child is $5. Please submit the form below with payment in an envelope marked “8th Grade Babysitting Night”. Please RSVP BY Monday April 1, 2019.  We cannot accept registration after the 1st  for planning reasons. You will NOT be able to pay the night of the event. Thank you for supporting the 8th Grade in our fundraising efforts! To download the Babysitting Night Registration Form, please click here.

 

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

 

Math-a-thon All permission slips and booklets have been handed out to students who are looking to participate in this year’s Math-A-Thon. All money raised goes directly to supporting St. Jude and their work with children with pediatric cancer. For several years, we have been a top 100 school in fundraising across the country. We hope to continue our great work for this year as well. To register and donate online, click here. All money is due by Monday April 1st. Any questions please email Mrs. Foti at sfoti@stfrancisschoolbh.net

 

Absence Notes: Just a reminder as we continue into the third trimester, please make sure that you are sending your child(ren) in with a written absence note/doctor’s note when they return to school after being out sick. If your child is on a Buddy Day, documentation from the school visited is required. Calling the main office to let us know is great, but a paper trail of sorts is also required by law.

 

Cookbook:  We have extended the recipe submission until Monday 4/1/19. If not enough recipes come in we will have to cancel this idea. Please help us with sharing some of your recipes from home.

 

St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy is preparing a wonderful custom cookbook featuring favorite recipes from our students, faculty, staff, and families. Include those favorite family recipes that have been passed down so you can share them too.  Please help us create it by including your own recipes, published recipes, maybe you have a favorite recipe from a local restaurant they would share.  The cookbook will be professionally published, and it is certain to become a treasured keepsake. For more information, please click here.

 

Elementary School Math Bee: We’d like to wish Thomas Porcella (4th Grade) good luck as he competes in the Diocesan Regional Math Bee this week . We’re so proud of you, Thomas! Good Luck!

 

Lenten Penance Services: During these final weeks of Lent, Grades 3-8 will be going to a Lenten Penance Service next Friday April 12th. Please reinforce the importance of this prayerful sacrament at home as we move closer to Holy Week.

 

PDHP Parent Workshop: Please try to join us on Tuesday April 9th at 7pm for  a parent workshop entitled #Parents-Social Media and your child. Learn about social media trends and tips to keep your child connected safely.

 

Advanced Ed Visit:  As mentioned at Back to School Night and many times this year our school will be going through AdvanceED Accreditation this year. (similar to Middle States Accreditation) The Accreditation Process helps institutions make the most of their talents and resources. On April 9th and 10th, a team of evaluators will be visiting our school to work through the Accreditation process. They will be interviewing various students, teachers, Board members, administrators, etc. as well as visiting classrooms for observations. We have prepared extensively for their visit and look forward to a successful few days.  

Balanced Kidz: Earlier this week information about the Spring Session of Balanced Kidz was sent out. This after-school enrichment program focuses on wellness, nutrition and fitness and is fun and engaging way for your child to spend their Thursday afternoons! Registration is now open through April 12th. For more information, please click here.

 

SAVE THE DATES

Passion Play: Please join us for our annual Passion Play on Tuesday 4/16 where many of our 6th grade students reenact the solemn events that occurred through Jesus’s journey towards death and resurrection.  Thanks again Mrs. Hayes and Mrs. Sullivan to for coordinating this special event. Please join us on Tuesday 4/16 at 1:10pm.

 

State of the Academy: Please join us on Tuesday April 30th 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, academics and many more.

 

Spring Concert: Members of the Paul Effman Band, please save the date! Tuesday May 28th at 7pm is our sixth annual St Francis de Sales School Band Spring Concert. 

 

Summer Uniform: Starting on Monday May 6th students can begin to wear their summer uniforms. This is just a reminder if anyone needs to purchase summer uniforms you should think about ordering them soon. Save the Date! On June 7th 2019, Flynn and O’Hara will be at school to measure students for their uniforms for the 2019-2020 school year.

 

Fundraising Corner

 

Golf Outing: Our 16th Annual Golf and Tennis outing will be held on Friday May 10th 2019 at the Marine Park Golf Course and Belle Harbor Yacht Club

 

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

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

The success of this day, May 10th, 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 -Golf Chairman at 347-246-7153 or by email at sfdsgoldouting@aol.com

 

Box Tops for Education: The last contest of the year is officially beginning.  

What better way to celebrate the June heat than with ice cream?!  The grade that brings in the most box tops will win an ice cream party in June (specific date to be determined).  Please make sure your child’s name and class is on the submission so that the correct class can be credited. Submitting your box tops in a ziploc bag is the easiest way to hand in.  Keep clipping and submitting and let’s double our total from they year so far which is just over $900.

 

Pop Hop Volunteer: We are very excited for our 4th Annual Pop Hop on Friday May 17th. Mrs. Moriarty and Mrs. Shaw, our Pop Hop coordinators, have already begun the planning process. If any mom is interested in volunteering, please reach out to Mrs. Shaw at glifeofreilly@aol.com or Mrs. Moriarty at nmoriarty@mineola.k12.ny.us

 

Have a great weekend.

 

PS: We are always 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 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!

 

Financial Aid for 2019-2020 School Year: Financial aid is available for students in Grades Pre-K to 8, who attend a Brooklyn or Queens Catholic School or Academy.

 

THE SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION PROCESS OPENS JANUARY 14, 2019 FOR BROOKLYN AND QUEENS CATHOLIC ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS (K – 8)!

Step 1: Register your child(ren) in a Catholic elementary academy or school (K – 8) in Brooklyn or Queens.

Step 2: Fill out the online application and submit with required supporting documentation. Please note that there is a non-refundable $30 application processing fee payable by credit card or check. Only one application per family is required.

2019 Scholarship Deadline                                                                                                              April 29, 2019 – New families.

Only completed applications submitted with all required supporting documents will be considered. Completed applications received on or before this date will be considered for the maximum award amount. Completed applications received after this date will still be considered but will not be given priority for the 2019-2020 school year. To apply click below

https://futuresineducation.org/scholarships/

SFDS Week of March 25th 2019

Dear Families,

Let’s hope the frigid temperatures are gone for good as we move into the last week in March. I know we are all ready for sun shining days! We had another successful Parent Teacher Conference Day/Night this week. Thanks to all families for coming in to discuss your children’s great successes thus far. We look forward to a wonderful third trimester as we begin to wind down the 2018-2019 school year.

 

Now onto next week…

 

Second Grade Communion Meeting: There is a Mandatory Parents Meeting  for all those making First Holy Communion here at St. Francis de Sales on Monday March 25th 2019 at 6:30 pm in the small hall. We look forward to seeing you. Materials for the ceremony will be provided. Any questions please reach out to the Religious Education Office at St. Francis de Sales.

 

Chicken Finger Day: This Tuesday 3/26 is a Chicken Finger Day for grades 1-8. If you ordered chicken fingers for your child, you do not need to send in a full lunch on Tuesday March 26.

 

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

 

Math-a-thon All permission slips and booklets have been handed out to students who are looking to participate in this year’s Math-A-Thon. All money raised goes directly to supporting St. Jude and their work with children with pediatric cancer. For several years, we have been a top 100 school in fundraising across the country. We hope to continue our great work for this year as well. To register and donate online, click here. All money is due by Friday, March 29th. Any questions please email Mrs. Foti at sfoti@stfrancisschoolbh.net

 

Card Party: Dust off your Cowboy Hats and Put On Your Dancin’ Boots!

St. Francis de Sales Card Party Committee Presents  “The Blue Jean Ball” Friday, March 29th, 2019, 7PM – 11PM Doors open at 6:30pm in the Gym, Complimentary Coffee and Cake, BYOB.

 

There are limited tickets available (Less than 15 seats)

 

Anyone interested in helping to set up for the card party please feel free to come to the school this Thursday 3/28 at 6pm.

 

One of the most anticipated and biggest prizes every year at the Card Party is the Tuition Raffle for one student for the 2019-2020 school year. Please think about supporting this raffle and get a chance of winning a free tuition for one child. (Winner need not be present). Tickets can be bought in the main office or by handing in tickets found on the order from by clicking here.

 

PDHP Parent Workshop: Please try to join us on Tuesday April 9th at 7pm for  a parent workshop entitled #Parents-Social Media and your child. Learn about social media trends and tips to keep your child connected safely.

 

Advanced Ed Visit:  As mentioned at Back to School Night and many times this year our school will be going through AdvanceED Accreditation this year. (similar to Middle States Accreditation) The Accreditation Process helps institutions make the most of their talents and resources. On April 9th and 10th, a team of evaluators will be visiting our school to work through the Accreditation process. They will be interviewing various students, teachers, Board members, administrators, etc. as well as visiting classrooms for observations. We have prepared extensively for their visit and look forward to a successful few days.  

 

State Exams: In a few weeks, the New York State English Language Arts (ELA) and 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 English Language Arts and Mathematics Tests over the past several years.

  • Fewer testing sessions. Last year, the ELA and 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 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 2019 ELA and Math Tests and selecting the questions for the test forms..

 

State of the Academy: Please join us on Tuesday April 30th 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, academics and many more.

 

Spring Concert: Members of the Paul Effman Band, please save the date! Tuesday May 28th at 7pm is our sixth annual St Francis de Sales School Band Spring Concert. Good luck again to those playing in this years Honor Band.  

 

Summer Uniform: Starting on Monday May 6th students can begin to wear their summer uniforms. This is just a reminder if anyone needs to purchase summer uniforms you should think about ordering them soon. Save the Date! On June 7th 2019, Flynn and O’Hara will be at school to measure students for their uniforms for the 2019-2020 school year.

 

Fundraising Corner

Cookbook: St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy is preparing a wonderful custom cookbook featuring favorite recipes from our students, faculty, staff, and families. Include those favorite family recipes that have been passed down so you can share them too.  Feel free to include your own recipes, published recipes, maybe you have a favorite recipe from a local restaurant they would share. The cookbook will be professionally published, and it is certain to become a treasured keepsake. For more information, please click here.

 

Babysitting Night: The 8th Grade will be organizing a fun night for our Pre-K through 4th grade students . This SFDSCA 8TH Grade Dinner Dance Fundraiser allows you to enjoy two and a half hours kid free! Friday, April 5th, 2019 from  6:30pm-9pm. Open to kids PreK- 4th 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 $25 for the first child and each additional child is $5. Please submit the form below with payment in an envelope marked “8th Grade Babysitting Night”. Please RSVP BY March 29, 2019.  We cannot accept registration after the 29th for planning reasons. You will NOT be able to pay the night of the event. Thank you for supporting the 8th Grade in our fundraising efforts! To download the Babysitting Night Registration Form, please click here.

 

Save the Date: Our 16th Annual Golf Outing will be held on Friday May 10th 2019 at the Marine Park Golf Course. Get those foursomes ready so we can have a great year! More information to follow.

 

Box Tops for Education: The last contest of the year is officially beginning.  

What better way to celebrate the June heat than with ice cream?!  The grade that brings in the most box tops will win an ice cream party in June (specific date to be determined).  Please make sure your child’s name and class is on the submission so that the correct class can be credited. Submitting your box tops in a ziploc bag is the easiest way to hand in.  Keep clipping and submitting and let’s double our total from they year so far which is just over $900.

 

Have a great weekend.

 

PS: We are always 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 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!

 

Financial Aid for 2019-2020 School Year: Financial aid is available for students in Grades Pre-K to 8, who attend a Brooklyn or Queens Catholic School or Academy.

 

THE SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION PROCESS OPENS JANUARY 14, 2019 FOR BROOKLYN AND QUEENS CATHOLIC ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS (K – 8)!

Step 1: Register your child(ren) in a Catholic elementary academy or school (K – 8) in Brooklyn or Queens.

Step 2: Fill out the online application and submit with required supporting documentation. Please note that there is a non-refundable $30 application processing fee payable by credit card or check. Only one application per family is required.

2019 Scholarship Deadline

March 29, 2019 – Families who received an award last academic year.                                                                                                                 April 29, 2019 – New families.

Only completed applications submitted with all required supporting documents will be considered. Completed applications received on or before this date will be considered for the maximum award amount. Completed applications received after this date will still be considered but will not be given priority for the 2019-2020 school year. To apply click below

https://futuresineducation.org/scholarships/

Have a great weekend.