Weekly Update #2 SFDS Week of September 20th 2021

Dear Families,

This Sunday, we celebrate Catechetical Sunday. This is the day that we recognize those who serve in the official role of catechist to children, youth, and adults. In our school, we have approximately 40 individuals who have said yes to call to help young people encounter Christ and grow in their Catholic faith through religious education. There are many more who teach in Catholic schools, lead adult faith formation programs and preparation for marriage and baptism, and prepare adults for the Rite of Christian Initiation. We are grateful for their service and commitment to the people of God.

As we saw in two emails, we had our first confirmed cases of COVID-19 this week at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy. Of course, anytime we hear this news we get concerned first about the health and safety of our children, faculty, and staff, and second, how will this affect in-person learning for our children. Of course, each case is looked at individually so it is hard to say what will happen in the future. In the cases this week we were able to have minimal effect on in-person instruction mainly because of two reasons (1) following the New York State Mask mandate, (2) and the exposure of the virus was believed to have occurred outside of our school building. We hope to see in-person instruction continue if any more cases should possibly arise, yet the final decision comes from the Diocesan Office with consolation from the NYS and NYC Departments of Health. 

It is also important for all families to note that remote learning for those who have to be quarantined will look very different than it did last year. As we communicated in our Reopening Plan for this school year, individual remote instruction will be a combination of synchronous (live) and asynchronous (not live) activities; this will include the 1st day of remote instruction being completely asynchronous to allow family, student, teacher(s), and administration to plan accordingly. In case of a school-wide or class-wide closure, classes will switch to full remote classes similar to what was the case in the 2020-2021 school year

Just a reminder as a school we are focused on the health and safety of all members of our community.  During the school day we follow Public Health Tenets:

  1. Stay Home if Sick- Although it is never ideal to miss school, we want to keep everyone healthy and the best way to do that is by having sick children stay home.
  2. Keep Physical Distance-Stay at least 3 feet away from other people, especially when indoors in a classroom
  3. Keep Hands Clean-Wash your hands often with soap and water.  Use sanitizer if soap and water are not available
  4. Wear a Face Covering-You can be contagious without symptoms.  Protect those around you by wearing a face covering.

It is also important that you the parents help us maintain a healthy environment as much as possible.

Now onto some announcements from the past week and the days ahead

 

Back to School Nights (Meet the Teacher): A special thank you to all who came out the past few nights for our In-Person Back to School Nights. For those who were not able to join us please click here for all the handouts that were given by the teachers.  

 

i-Ready: I am excited to share that our Kindergarten through 8th grade is continuing to implement Mathematics and Reading program called i-Ready. Below, you will find information about the program and how we will be using it in the classroom.

What is i-Ready?

i-Ready is an online program that will help us determine your child’s strengths and areas for growth, personalize their learning, and monitor their progress throughout the school year. i-Ready allows us to meet your child where they are and provides us with data to inform instruction.

The i-Ready Diagnostic that students will begin to take next week (Week of September 20th) is an adaptive assessment that adjusts its questions to suit your child’s needs. Each item a student receives is based on their answer to the previous question. For example, a series of correct answers will result in slightly harder questions, while a series of incorrect answers will yield slightly easier ones. The purpose of this is not to give your child a score or grade but to determine how to best support their learning.

What can I do to help?

To help prepare your child for the i-Ready Diagnostic, encourage them to:

  •   Get a good night’s sleep and eat a full breakfast each day 
  •   Try their best on each question and try not to rush.
  •   Try not to worry about questions to which they do not know the answers—remind them that it is expected that they will only get about half of the questions correct.
  •   Be respectful of other students who take longer to finish.

What happens next?

The i-Ready Diagnostic will provide results that help us as a school identify your child’s strengths and determine the next steps for instruction. I look forward to sharing these results with you throughout the year and providing a learning experience that will engage your child while teaching important skills and concepts.

If you have any questions about i-Ready, please do not hesitate to contact me or the school. You can also learn more about i-Ready by visiting i-ReadyCentral.com/FamilyCenter.

As always, thank you for your continued support and for being a partner in your child’s learning! It is much appreciated.

 

Academy Family Association: We are happy to introduce the 2021-2022 Academy Family Association Executive Board

President: Lisa Hayden

Vice President: Tim Henning

Treasurer: Pete Mullen

Secretary: Jennifer Burke

 

The executive board will be meeting in the upcoming two weeks for the first time and look forward to working on various fundraisers this school year. The first major fundraiser they will be working on is the 2nd Annual Franny Fun Run in November. I also will be looking for them to assist the school and the Board of Directors explore the feasibility of and assistance in raising funds to air conditioner all classrooms in St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy in the future. 

 

Dress Down Day: Please note we will be having a dress down day for $1 on Friday 9/24  where students will “Go Gold” for Childhood Cancer Research. 

 

Important Forms: We have assembled some websites, information, and digital forms pertinent to the start of a new school year.  These links along with the Family-Student Handbook and our Acceptable Use Policy are our way of keeping everyone “in the loop.”  

Please note that some digital forms are optional and others are mandatory to be filled out. They are noted next to the name of the form. Any questions please call the main office. 

 

Digital Forms

Please note that the Family Portal is needed both to see who your child’s academic information is and is needed to fill out the daily health screening form. Please click here for instructions to do the daily health screening form.

 

Peanut/Nut Free: We Are a NUT Aware School! Unfortunately, our school cannot guarantee a nut, milk or “allergen-free” environment. The risk of exposure is always present. Instead, we have an “allergy aware” policy, which empowers everyone. Children with allergies become aware of what they can and cannot eat, and school staff is alert and careful about each student’s allergies. As we have students with SEVERE LIFE THREATENING ALLERGIES, we ask all families to avoid bringing in items such as nut butters, Nutella, or any other nut based products. We ask that you be very aware of any items brought into our school which: may contain nuts/may have been processed or manufactured in a facility which uses/contains nuts. Finally, please remind your children to never share snacks, food, or drinks with anyone.

 

Afterschool Program: Saint Francis de Sales Catholic Academy’s Afterschool program will begin on Monday, September 20th, 2021. Afterschool registration forms and information are available on our website or by clicking here. 

Due to COVID, we have new regulations and procedures that MUST be followed:

  1. Because After School is predominantly indoors, please remind your children that masks must be kept on, except while eating snacks.  This includes ALL children, even PK and K.
  2. We hope to give After School students some outside play this year.  While outside, children may remove their masks to play.  Indoor play will be limited, and again, masks must be kept on during inside play.

 

For those that have registered for afterschool as a reminder, when completing the After School sheets, please let us know if your child will be attending any other in-school enrichment programs and whether they will return to After School when the program is over.  Listing this information helps us to keep your child supervised while in our school building. Any concerns or questions, please feel free to contact me.

 

Early Morning Drop Off Program: Starting on Monday, September 20th we will be offering an Early Morning Drop off program from 7 am-7:40 am each day. For more information about this program please click here. 

 

Paul Effman Band: Unfortunately due to health guidelines and Diocesan regulations we have to wait to start up the Paul Effman Band once again. It was our plan to start registration this week and to have lessons again on Tuesday after Columbus Day. At this time we do not have a tentative date as to when this program can begin again.  

 

Fundraising Corner

 

Bagels: We are happy again to offer Bagel Mondays from Boardwalk Bagels every Monday this school year. This form will cover every Monday until Monday 1/31 for Grades K-8.  NOTE:  Please fill out a SEPARATE order form for each child. 

After you submit your order you will be charged on your FACTS account. Payment is expected within 20 days of posting. 

The completed form is due this Monday September 20th.  

No refunds will be issued if a child is absent.

 

Fall Flower Sale: We are partnering up with Shannon’s Florist in Brooklyn to have a Fall Mum, Cabbage, Corn Stalk, and Hay Bale sale. Please see below the order form.

https://forms.gle/B1YYe9bPpLJZ4oPn7

Please for each item pick a quantity even if it is zero. All order forms are due by Sunday, September 26th.  We need to have the order to the florist no later than Monday, September 27th. You will be billed the amount you order through your FACTS account during the week of September 27th. At that time you can pay through FACTS or send in payment to the main office. The completed form is due by Sunday, September 26th, 2021  The items will be delivered to the school on Friday, October 1st, and will be available to be picked up at dismissal on the 1st.

 

Amazon Smile: AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support St. Francis DeSales Catholic Academy every time you shop, at no cost to you.

When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection, and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to our Academy.

To shop at AmazonSmile, go to smile.amazon.com from the web browser on your computer or mobile device. You may also want to add a bookmark to smile.amazon.com to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at AmazonSmile.

Good news! AmazonSmile is now available in the Amazon Shopping App to all AmazonSmile customers using supported Android devices. You can use the below copy and instructions to share the news with your supporters!

If you are an AmazonSmile customer, you can now support St Francis deSales Catholic Academy in the Amazon shopping app on your Android device! Simply follow these instructions to turn on AmazonSmile and start generating donations.

  1. If you have the latest version of the Amazon Shopping App, open the App on your Android device.
  2. View Settings and select AmazonSmile.
  3. Follow the in-App instructions to complete the process.

If you do not have the latest version of the Amazon Shopping App, update your App. Click here for instructions.

AmazonSmile is not currently available for iOS users. 

 

SAVE THE DATE

Upcoming ½ Day: For planning purposes, Thursday 10/7 will be a half-day with 12n dismissal for all students due to our afternoon faculty meeting. 

School Closed for Professional Development on October 8th:  Just a reminder that Friday, October 8th is a scheduled day off for students. Enjoy the 4-day Fall weekend! 

Have a good weekend!

Bagel Day Order Form Grades K-8 Fall/Winter 2021-2022

We are happy again to offer Bagel Mondays from Boardwalk Bagels every Monday this school year. This form will cover every Monday until Monday 1/31 for Grades K-8.  

https://forms.gle/qRNM8wqeV5ohzYeL8

Every Monday for the dates indicated below, students have the option to purchase bagels for lunch. 
16 Bagel Days ($32)
 
September: 27th 
October: 4th, 18th, 25th 
November: 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th
December:6th, 13th, 20th
January: 3rd, 10th, 24th, 31st

NOTE:  Please fill out a SEPARATE order form for each child. 

After you submit your order you will be charged on your FACTS account. Payment is expected within 20 days of posting. 

The completed form(s) and payment is due by Monday, September 20th.  

No refunds will be issued if a child is absent.

Weekly Update #1 SFDS Week of September 13th 2021

Dear Families,

We had a wonderful first week here at the school! Your children arrived on Wednesday with big smiles across their faces. The first couple of days were filled with excitement, introductions, and reuniting with friends, teachers, and peers.  As I walked around the building, it was so nice to see both our students and teachers hard at work. And of course, we began the 2021-2022 school year with a joyful Opening of School Mass.  I know next week we will hit the ground running for our first full week of school. 

We are so happy that you have chosen what we feel is the best investment a parent can make in a child’s future; a catholic education. That choice and investment don’t end each week on Friday afternoon. We as parents are all called at our children’s baptism to be primary caretakers of our children’s faith formation. When our kids go to Mass, they are physically in the presence of Christ. When our kids go to Mass, they hear the word of God and prayers praising Him. Those precious phrases expressing the foundations of our faith are repeated week after week, and they will stay with our kids forever. When our kids go to Mass, they will see that the Communion of Saints is made up of real people all united in the same act of worshipping God. It’s invaluable to see that reality played out in person every week. 

Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, do not stop them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.” Mk 10:13-14

As parents, we are called to ensure that our children come to Mass every Sunday and educate them in participating in the main divine worship event of the Church’s week and help them celebrate and learn about their faith. Please know that the Pastoral Staff of both Blessed Trinity and St. Francis de Sales invite and encourage your families to participate in the mass each and every weekend. 

 

Back to School Nights (Meet the Teacher): On Tuesday, September 14th at 6 pm (Grades 1-4) and on Thursday, September 16th at 6 pm (Grades 5-8 all parents are invited to meet their child’s teacher(s). 

To help limit the number of people in our building we do ask that on Tuesday 9/14 for Grades 1-4 that only one parent comes to the Back to School meeting. The teachers are scheduled to do the same presentation twice on the scheduled night. We ask that if your last name ends from A-L that you attend the 6 pm meeting and we ask that if your last name ends from M-Z that you attend the 6:30 pm meeting. All families will need to enter the main entrance and follow all health guidelines including the wearing of a mask inside the school building.  If you have children in two grade levels in Grades 1-4 please feel free to attend one meeting at 6 and the other at 6:30 pm. 

 

As you know students in Grades 5-8 have more than one teacher. More information will be mailed out directly in regard to Back to School Night for Grades 5-8 on Thursday 9/16.

 

This night is an information night. If there are any pressing issues or matters that need to be discussed with the teachers please make an appointment to see them at another date. Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate individual conversations on Meet the Teacher night, but would be more than happy to set up a time to discuss your child(ren). The teachers will be presenting the same information twice to accommodate those families that may have more than one child in the school. 

 

Summer Uniform: This week we were very accepting of students out of uniform yet do expect that corrections will be made by Monday. Just a reminder that summer uniform consists of the following:

Boys and Girls Grades 1-8

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

Shorts (Skorts) are to be worn just above the knee. Short shorts are not acceptable.

Pre-K and Kindergarten

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

For more information about uniforms including our winter uniform policy please click here.  Please check with our uniform policy before buying shoes, socks, and belts for the 2021-2022 school year.  

 

Pre-K and Nursery Start: This week Pre-Kindergarten and Nursery both begin here at St. Francis. Monday and Tuesday Pre-K is in school from 7:55 am to 11:50 am. Our Nursery program meets at their normal time each day this week for both AM and PM sessions. Families are asked to follow the drop-off and pick-up guidelines that were discussed at Back to School Night this week. 

 

Important Forms: We have assembled some websites, information, and digital forms pertinent to the start of a new school year.  These links along with the Family-Student Handbook and our Acceptable Use Policy are our way of keeping everyone “in the loop.”  

Please note that some digital forms are optional and others are mandatory to be filled out. They are noted next to the name of the form. Any questions please call the main office. 

 

Digital Forms

 

FACTS Student Information System: We’re excited to announce our new school management system – FACTS SIS (Student Information System). We have now set up the FACTS Family Portal – a private and secure online platform that will allow you to see academic information specific to your children while protecting their information from others. All you need is an internet-capable device to view information such as Attendance, Daily Grades, Transcripts, Discipline Issues, School calendar, and Tuition Accounts. This replaces OptionC. Please have patience with us as we learn the system. You will find the Family Portal link on the school website under the STUDENT/FAMILY RESOURCES section or by following the steps below:

FACTS Family Portal Login Instructions

  • Click on “Parent Log In” at the top, then “FACTS Family Portal.”
  • If you already have an account, enter district code, username, and password and click Login.
  • Create New Family Portal Account if you have not set this up yet
  • Enter thE email address that you gave when registering your child, and our District Code

Our District Code is SFDS-NY

  • You will receive an email from SIS Customer Support containing a link that will allow you to create your username and password.  For security purposes, the link will remain active for six hours.
  • Please click on the link.  A Change/Create Password screen will open.  You may use the default username provided, or create a new username.  Then type in your desired password into the Password field and Confirm Field
  • Click on the Save Username and/or Password button
  • Close the window.
  • Log into FACTS Family Portal as instructed above

To see a video that explains this process please click the link below:https://vimeo.com/152634570. Please note the password for the video is Portal 

Please note that the Family Portal is needed both to see who your child’s academic information is and is needed to fill out the daily health screening form. Please click here for instructions to do the daily health screening form. 

 

High School Meeting: There is a special 8th Grade Parent High School Meeting on Monday, September 13th via a Zoom Webinar. Please come to ask any last-minute questions on the high school admissions process (Catholic High Schools and Public High Schools). This meeting is scheduled to be recorded in case any family cannot attend. 

Topic: 8th Grade High School Meeting

Time: Sep 13, 2021 06:00 PM 

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89129349628?pwd=dHRVUHNBUDlHbElEQjlxSG1SRnNGdz09

Meeting ID: 891 2934 9628

Passcode: SFDS2022

 

Academy Family Association: We are happy to announce the slate of candidates for our inaugural Academy Family Association Executive board.  To see the bio’s of the candidates please click here. 

Each Family has the opportunity to vote for one candidate for President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary.  All ballots have been distributed. Families can submit their ballot at the main office on Back to School Night or any day after school from 2:30 pm-3:30 pm. Those families can submit their completed ballots into the main office during their respected Back to School Night on Tuesday 9/14 or Thursday 9/16.  If a family is not attending Back to School Night their ballot can be submitted at the main office any day after school from 2:30 pm-3:30 pm until Thursday 9/16/21.

If you lose your ballot please contact Mrs. Endall at hendall@stfrancisschoolbh.net to obtain a replacement ballot. The Academy Family Association Executive Board will be announced in the 9/17/21 Family Update.  A special thank you again to all the parents who volunteered to run for the executive board.

 

Peanut/Nut Free: We Are a NUT Aware School! Unfortunately, our school cannot guarantee a nut, milk or “allergen-free” environment. The risk of exposure is always present. Instead, we have an “allergy aware” policy, which empowers everyone.

Children with allergies become aware of what they can and cannot eat, and school staff is alert and careful about each student’s allergies. As we have students with SEVERE LIFE THREATENING ALLERGIES, we ask all families to avoid bringing in items such as nut butters, Nutella, or any other nut-based products.

 

We ask that you be very aware of any items brought into our school which: may contain nuts/may have been processed or manufactured in a facility that uses/contains nuts. Finally, please remind your children to never share snacks, food, or drinks with anyone.

 

Afterschool Program: Saint Francis de Sales Catholic Academy’s Afterschool program will begin on Monday, September 20th, 2021. Afterschool registration forms and information are available on our website or by clicking here. 

 

Early Morning Drop Off Program: Starting on Monday, September 20th we will be offering an Early Morning Drop off program from 7 am-7:40 am each day. For more information about this program please click here. 

 

Change of Plans: We all know that life gets in the way at times and plans change. For your child’s safety, please inform the office if there is a change of pickup or usage of the bus by note or email (before 9 am). If it is last minute it will have to be by office phone. 

 

Tuition Accounts: Starting a few weeks ago all families should have begun to pay their families tuition through our FACTS system. Tuition payments for the 2020-2021 school year can be paid online, by phone, or by mail. You may also sign up for autopay as well. The second payment of the year is due this Wednesday 9/15. 

For those families that have an Invoice Payment Plan, each month, 20 days before your payment due date, FACTS will send you an email or mail invoice letting you know that your invoice is ready.  If you want to mail in a payment, you will need to log into their FACTS account and click on the Actions button and choose the Mail-In a Payment link.

Any questions please feel free to call FACTS at 1-866-441-4637

Any questions about your account please reach out to our Bookkeeper Mrs. Marguerite Kazalski at mkazalski@stfrancisschoolbh.net

 

Special Education Services: We do anticipate that majority of students’ special education services will start this week. Please note that if you are new to the school and your child has an IEP or IESP please make sure that is sent in to Mrs. Buckley as soon as possible. Also if any IESP’s were updated over the summer we do ask that an updated copy be sent to Mrs. Buckley as well. 

 

NYC Yellow Bus Service: The New York City Department of Education provides transportation to all eligible New York City students in public, charter, and non-public schools. This includes the students of Saint Francis de Sales Catholic Academy. This year NYC Yellow bus service will start on Monday, September 13th. Those students who applied and qualified for busing received routes yesterday. Please note that times and stops are determined by the NYC Office of Pupil Transportation, of course if there are issues with the times and stop please contact Mrs. Kenny, we will do our best to let OPT know of the concerns and advocate for any changes, yet please know we are at the mercy of OPT and their regulations. 

 

SAVE THE DATE

Dress Down Day: Please note we will be having a dress down day for $1 on Friday 9/24  where students will “Go Gold” for Childhood Cancer Research. More information to follow. 

Catechetical Sunday: Catechetical Sunday is when those designated to serve as catechists are called forth to be commissioned for their ministry. Catechetical Sunday is a wonderful opportunity to reflect on the role that each person plays, by virtue of Baptism, in passing on the faith and being a witness to the Gospel. All are welcome to join the Saint Francis faculty and Saint Francis Religious Education faculty at this very special liturgy at 10:00 am on Sunday, September 19th. 

Have a good weekend!

The Survivor Tree

A Callery pear tree became known as the “Survivor Tree” after enduring the September 11, 2001 terror attacks at the World Trade Center. In October 2001, the tree was discovered at Ground Zero severely damaged, with snapped roots and burned and broken branches. The tree was removed from the rubble and placed in the care of the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation. After its recovery and rehabilitation, the tree was returned to the Memorial in 2010. New, smooth limbs extended from the gnarled stumps, creating a visible demarcation between the tree’s past and present. Today, the tree stands as a living reminder of resilience, survival and rebirth.

The Survivor Tree embodies our nation’s spirit of hope and healing, strength and resilience in the wake of the 9/11 attacks.

 

Each year, the 9/11 Memorial gives seedlings from the Survivor Tree to three communities that have endured tragedy in recent years. The Survivor Tree seedling program was launched on September 11, 2013, in partnership with Bartlett Tree Experts, of Stamford, Conn., and John Bowne High School in the Flushing neighborhood of Queens.

In 2013, St. Francis de Sales Parish was given a seedling due to the community being affected by Superstorm Sandy in 2012. The seedling is planted outside St. Francis de Sales Church in honor of all those Rockaway residents who lives were lost on September 11th 2001. 

Firefighter Joe Agnello

Firefighter Eric Allen

Firefighter Richie Allen

Michael Andrews

Ezra Aviles

Firefighter Steve Belson

Gennady Boyarsky

Pamela Boyce

Captain Vincent Brunton

Brandon Buchanan

Matthew Burke

Captain Frank Callahan

Liam Callahan

Marcia Carter

Paul Cascio

Mandy Chang-Burke

Anthony Coladonato

Carlo Commisso

Kevin P. Conroy

Firefighter Tom Cullen

Firefighter Jerry Dewan

Matthew Diaz

Lieutenant Kevin Dowdell

Mary Dowling

John Farrell

1st Deputy Commissioner William Feehan

Mark Gilles

Kerene Gordon

Chris Grady

Florence Gregory

Charles Heeran

Firefighter John Heffernan

Joe Henry

Clara Hinds

Captain Walter Hynes

Firefighter Billy Johnston

Lisa King-Johnson

Fire Marshal Vincent Kane

Thomas Kennedy

Brendan Lang

Roseann Lang

Stephan Lefkowitz

Firefighter Michael Lynch

Firefighter Thomas McCann

John McDonnell

Ann Walsh McGovern

Edmund McNally

Firefighter Terry McShane

Peter Teague Milano

Firefighter Henry Miller, Jr.

Manuel Molina

Brian Monahan

Frank Monahan

Mark Morall

Chief John Moran

Jim Morgan

Nancy Morgenstern

Peter Mulligan

Firefighter Dennis Mulligan

Terry Munson

Firefighter Kevin O’Rourke

James Robert Ostrowski

Tommy Palazzo

William Peterson

LT Kevin Pfiefer

James Francis Quinn

Gregory Reda

Linda Rivera

Firefighter Michael Roberts

Firefighter Stephen Russell

Rob Scandole

Mark Schwartz

Angelo Sereno

Vincent Slavin

Firefighter Danny Suhr

Patrick Sullivan

Raquel Tamares

Firefighter John Tierny

Richard Todisco

Firefighter Eugene Whelan

Ken White

Jimmy Woods

John W. Wright Jr.

Firefighter Raymond York

Summer Update 2021 #6 (September 5th 2021)

Dear Academy Community, 

 I hope everyone is having a great  Labor Day Weekend. 

Welcome back to the 2021-2022 school year!!!!  If this is your first year at St. Francis de Sales, welcome to our school, and to our returning families, welcome home.  It is the belief of the St. Francis community that establishing and maintaining open lines of communication between school and family strengthens the feeling of support all children need to be successful in school.  We have assembled some websites, information, and digital forms pertinent to the start of a new school year.  These links along with the Family-Student Handbook and our Acceptable Use Policy are our way of keeping everyone “in the loop.”  

Please note that some digital forms are optional and others are mandatory to be filled out. They are noted next to the name of the form. Any questions please call the main office. 

Digital Forms

FACTS Student Information System: We’re excited to announce our new school management system – FACTS SIS (Student Information System). We have now set up the FACTS Family Portal – a private and secure online platform that will allow you to see academic information specific to your children while protecting their information from others. All you need is an internet-capable device to view information such as Attendance, Daily Grades, Transcripts, Discipline Issues, School calendar, and Tuition Accounts. It will replace OptionC. Please have patience with us as we learn the system. You will find the Family Portal link on the school website under the STUDENT/FAMILY RESOURCES section or by following the steps below:

FACTS Family Portal Login Instructions

  • Please go to the website https://www.factsmgt.com/ 
  • Click on “Parent Log In” at the top, then “FACTS Family Portal.”
  • If you already have an account, enter district code, username, and password and click Login.
  • Create New Family Portal Account if you have not set this up yet
  • Enter thE email address that you gave when registering your child, and our District Code

Our District Code is SFDS-NY

  • You will receive an email from SIS Customer Support containing a link that will allow you to create your username and password.  For security purposes, the link will remain active for six hours.
  • Please click on the link.  A Change/Create Password screen will open.  You may use the default username provided, or create a new username.  Then type in your desired password into the Password field and Confirm Field
  • Click on the Save Username and/or Password button
  • Close the window.
  • Log into FACTS Family Portal as instructed above

To see a video that explains this process please click the link below:https://vimeo.com/152634570. Please note the password for the video is Portal 

Please note that the Family Portal is needed both to see who your child’s homeroom teacher is and is needed to fill out the daily health screening form. More information will be sent out Tuesday on how to fill out the daily form each day. 

First Week of School Schedule

Wednesday, September 8th, 2021 7:55 am – 12:00noon 

  • This is the first official school day for all students in grades one through eight.
  • Students in Grades 1-4 will line up in the schoolyard (weather permitting) from 7:45 am until 7:55 am. There will be signs with the teachers’ names to help families know where to line up. 
  • Students in Grades 5-8 will line up from 7:40 am until 7:50 am on the 129th street sidewalk (weather permitting) close to the school main entrances. There will be signs with the teachers’ names to help students know where to line up. 
  • Students are to come to the school in full school uniform, with their supplies. 
  • No NYC Yellow Bus Service 
  • Faculty Professional Development 12:30pm-2:45pm 

Thursday, September 9th, 2021 7:55 am – 2:30 pm

  • Beginning at 7: 40am until 7:55 am, students in grades 1 through 8 are to report in their assigned entrances.
  • Full-day instruction begins today for students in 1st Grade through Grade 8. St. Francis’s day begins promptly at 7:55 am. Students will be marked late if they arrive in the building after 8:00 am.
  • No NYC Yellow Bus Service 
  • Early Childhood Meet the Teacher for Nursery, Pre-K, and Kindergarten Parents at 6 pm (More information below)

Friday, September 10th 2021 7:55am – 2:30pm 

  • Beginning at 7: 40am until 7:55 am, students in grades 1 through 8 are to report in their assigned entrances.
  • This is the first official school day for students entering Kindergarten. Kindergarten students begin at 9 am and are to report to the playground (gym if there is inclement weather) and will be dismissed at 12:00 pm. 
  • Families are welcome to join the St Francis community at our 9-11 Prayer Service (Grades 1-8) at 1:15 pm, in Saint Francis de Sales Prayer Garden. Please note if attending you will need to stand on the sidewalk around the prayer garden
  • No NYC Yellow Bus Service 

Just a reminder that Nursery and Pre-K will start on Monday, September 13th. Pre-K will attend half-day in-school until Wednesday, September 15th. 

As we start the 1st trimester, it is critically important for us to provide the school community with regular and timely updates about the status of any positive COVID-19 cases and our efforts to contain community spread when such cases occur. We will actively monitor all positive cases and consult with the diocesan office and the NYC Department of Health evaluating and responding to these situations. 

As part of the DOH guidelines, in accordance with the Commissioner’s Determination issued pursuant to 10 NYCRR 2.60, any person over the age of 2 (including all students, personnel, teachers, administrators, contractors, and visitors) must wear masks at all times indoors in P-12 school buildings, regardless of vaccination status. Students should come to school with multiple masks on hand.  Of course, we will provide disposable masks to any student who forgets, loses,or breaks their mask during the day.  

The academy over the summer has invested resources and continues to have hand sanitizer stations in classrooms, entrances, and hallways. With that being said it is recommended if possible to send in hand sanitizer with your child for them to keep on their desk or in their bookbag. Thanks in advance.   

As we reopen, we are counting on every member of the St. Francis community to do their part to keep each other safe and contain the spread of COVID-19. We are asking everyone to undertake daily self-monitoring of any symptoms by using the daily screening form,  wear a face-covering in the school building, and wash their hands with soap/sanitizer regularly throughout the day. We know that with cooperation and compassion, we will successfully navigate these challenging times. We pray for God’s blessing and protection for you and your families.

 

Please take a look at some of the important items for the first week of school.

 

Main Office Open on Tuesday: The main office of the school will be open Tuesday 9/7  from 10:30 am-1:30 pm. As always if there are any questions before the school year begins please give us a call or send us an email. 

 

Summer Reading and Assignments: Summer Assignments are available on the main page of our website at https://stfrancisacademybh.org/ Just a reminder that all summer assignments are due when we return to school on September 8th and can be found by clicking here. 

 

Academy Family Association: We are happy to announce the slate of candidates for our inaugural Academy Family Association Executive board.  To see the bio’s of the candidates please click here. 

Each Family has the opportunity to vote for one candidate for President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary.  All ballots in Nursery-Kindergarten will be distributed on Back to School Night. (9/9/21) Families can submit their ballot at the main office on Back to School Night or any day after school from 2:30 pm-3:30 pm until Thursday 9/16/21. All ballots in Grades 1-8 will be distributed during the 1st week of school. Those families can submit their completed ballots into the main office during their respected Back to School Night on Tuesday 9/14 or Thursday 9/16.  If a family is not attending Back to School Night their ballot can be submitted at the main office any day after school from 2:30 pm-3:30 pm until Thursday 9/16/21.

The Ballot will be given/sent home to the youngest sibling in the school. If you lose your ballot please contact Mrs. Endall at hendall@stfrancisschoolbh.net to obtain a replacement ballot. The Academy Family Association Executive Board will be announced in the 9/17/21 Family Update.  A special thank you again to all the parents who volunteered to run for the executive board. 

 

After School and Early Morning Program: We are happy to announce that starting September 20th, 2021 the After School Program will be back up and running. The goal of the After School Program is to provide a safe, nurturing, fun environment for your children who need care after the regular school day. On most days the program will include time for play, snacks, homework help, and an activity for the day (arts & crafts, board games, etc.).

It will be in session Monday through Thursday on most days when school is in session and will be staffed by members of the faculty assisted by 6th, 7th & 8th Grade students. Children in Grades PreK-6 may attend. After school is not in session on 1/2 day dismissals. For more information on our Afterschool program and our registration form for those that are interested in using the service please click the links below. 

After School Information for 2021-2022

After School Registration Form for 2021-2022

We are also happy to announce that continuing on Monday, September 20th we will be offering an Early Morning Drop off program from 7 am-7:40 am each day. For more information about this program please click here.  This information will be sent home on the first day of school as well.

Please note that all health protocols that are followed during the school day will be in effect during all before and after school activities. 

 

Back to School Nights (Meet the Teacher): On Thursday, September 9th at 6 pm all parents (Grades Nursery- Kindergarten), on Tuesday, September 14th at 6 pm (Grades 1-4) and on Thursday, September 16th at 6 pm (Grades 5-8 all parents are invited to meet their child’s teacher(s). 

We ask that parents of Nursery-Kindergarten students bring all supplies for their children to Back to School Night in a labeled bag. We ask that students in Grades 1-8 to bring their supplies on the 1st day of school. If there are too many supplies to bring in one day, please feel free to have your child bring the supplies on the first few days of school. 

To help limit the number of people in our building we do ask that on Thursday 9/9 for grades N-K and on Tuesday 9/14 for Grades 1-4 that only one parent comes to the Back to School meeting. The teachers are scheduled to do the same presentation twice on the scheduled night. We do ask that if your last name ends from A-L that you attend the 6 pm meeting and we ask that if your last name ends from M-Z that you attend the 6:30 pm meeting. All families will need to enter the main entrance and follow all health guidelines including the wearing of a mask inside the school building.   

More information will be in next week’s update in regard to Back to School Night for Grades 5-8 on Thursday 9/16. 

 

NYC Yellow Bus Service: The New York City Department of Education provides transportation to all eligible New York City students in public, charter, and non-public schools. This includes the students of Saint Francis de Sales Catholic Academy. This year NYC Yellow bus service will start on Monday, September 13th. On the first few days of school information about routes will be sent home with those students that have signed up for bussing in the past and for those students who have signed up and qualified for bussing for the first time this school year. 

Please note that due to the city not being able to provide bussing on the first three days of school students who are eligible for & entitled to curb-to-school busing attending a school whose school year begins earlier than the DOE’s first day of school have the following transportation options through and ending on 09/10:

Reimbursement

Families can pay out of pocket and then request reimbursement for the cost of travel from the school to the student’s residence by taxi/car service or personal vehicle. To request reimbursement, families should follow this process:

  • Pick up your child at school and travel back to your residence by taxi/car service/rideshare or personal vehicle.
  • Request a receipt for any fares or tolls.
  • Fill out the Travel Reimbursement Form and upload receipts

Please note:

  • Families may request reimbursement for the cost of travel from the school to the student’s residence.
  • The maximum cost for any one day may not exceed $200.
  • Ride no-show fees (i.e. rideshare vehicle is called but then the parent/guardian does not show) is not covered by reimbursement.
  • Gratuity (or tip) paid to the driver is not covered by reimbursement.

Immunization: We wanted to inform you of important vaccination requirements from the New York State and New York City Departments of Health that must be completed before your child(ren) return to school this September 2021. Please use the reference sheet as a guide for the immunizations required for returning to school this coming September. Please note that any student over the age of 12 is strongly encouraged to speak to their pediatrician and to receive the COVID-19 Vaccination.

 

SAVE THE DATE

High School Meeting: There is a special 8th Grade Parent High School Meeting on Monday, September 13th via a Zoom Webinar. Please come to ask any last-minute questions on the high school admissions process (Catholic High Schools and Public High Schools). This meeting is scheduled to be recorded in case any family cannot attend. 

Topic: 8th Grade High School Meeting

Time: Sep 13, 2021 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89129349628?pwd=dHRVUHNBUDlHbElEQjlxSG1SRnNGdz09

Meeting ID: 891 2934 9628

Passcode: SFDS2022

Catechetical Sunday: Catechetical Sunday is when those designated to serve as catechists are called forth to be commissioned for their ministry. Catechetical Sunday is a wonderful opportunity to reflect on the role that each person plays, by virtue of Baptism, in passing on the faith and being a witness to the Gospel. All are welcome to join the Saint Francis faculty and Saint Francis Religious Education faculty at this very special liturgy at 10:00 am on Sunday, September 19th. 

 

.Have a great rest of your weekend. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Academy Family Association 2021-2022 Executive Board Candidates

Each Family has the opportunity to vote for one candidate for President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary

All ballots in Nursery-Kindergarten will be distributed on Back to School Night. (9/9/21) Families can submit their ballot at the main office on Back to School Night or any day after school from 2:30 pm-3:30 pm until Thursday 9/16/21.

All ballots in Grades 1-8 will be distributed during the 1st week of school. Those families can submit their completed ballots into the main office during their respected Back to School Night on Tuesday 9/14 or Thursday 9/16.  If a family is not attending Back to School Night their ballot can be submitted at the main office any day after school from 2:30 pm-3:30 pm until Thursday 9/16/21.

The Ballot will be given/sent home to the youngest sibling in the school. If you lose your ballot please contact Mrs. Endall at hendall@stfrancisschoolbh.net to obtain a replacement ballot. 

The Academy Family Association Executive Board will be announced in the 9/17/21 Family Update.  

 

Academy Family Association 2021-2022 Executive Board Candidates

President

Candidate #1: Lisa Hayden

My name is Lisa Hayden and I would be proud to serve on the Academy Family Association Executive Board as President for the 2021-2022 school year. My husband, Patrick & I were married in 2008 in St. Francis de Sales Church and happily chose to raise our four children here who all currently attend St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy: Patrick-6th Grade, Brendan-5th Grade, Olivia-2nd Grade, and Joseph-Pre-Kindergarten. I currently serve on the Parish Council where I partner with select members from our community to help support and raise funds for the Church. In March of 2016, I founded RBNY Family Support, a group dedicated to supporting parents/caregivers who have children with Special Needs. In addition, for the past 7 years, I have been an active volunteer at the school as a Class Captain and you can often find me helping out in my children’s classrooms, working book fairs, and organizing beach parties! My professional background is specifically in Public Relations & Special Event Planning in the Fashion & Auto Industries. The many skills I obtained from working in that field for over 15 years will help benefit my role on the Executive Board as communication, organization, partnership, delegation and follow-through were key components of my success. I truly look forward to collaborating with the other members of the Board as well as Dr. Scharbach, Mrs. Faughnan, faculty, and staff to create an effective partnership with our parents and children to keep us all connected, involved, informed, and most of all happy in the coming school year.  I look forward to having this opportunity to serve the school community and I promise to do everything in my power to be a fair and hard-working liaison between the school and our parents. I look forward to seeing you all at upcoming meetings and events. God Bless. 

Vice President

Candidate #1: Tim Henning

My wife, Kelly, and I are the proud parents of two girls: Caleigh (Grade 1) and Mairead (Grade 3).  I myself am a graduate of SFDS, Class of ‘94.  I then attended Archbishop Molloy HS before earning my degree from New York University. 

In my professional career, I serve as the Associate Director of the Heisman Trophy Trust where my responsibility areas include the marketing, sponsorship sales, and activations, event execution, media and public relations for the Heisman Memorial Trophy; the oversight of the staffing, operational and logistical aspects of the Heisman Trophy weekend and office and spearheading our charitable giving program which annually donates more than $2.5M to worthwhile charities, predominantly youth development organizations. I am confident that my experience in these areas can be an asset to the Academy Family Association.

Personally, I currently serve on the Fundraising Committee and Parish Council for St. Francis de Sales Parish.  Of relevant experience, I previously served as Vice-Chair of the former St. Camillus Catholic Academy Board of Directors, President of my Alumni Association at NYU as well as a member of the NYU All Alumni Board of Directors.

I am a staunch advocate of Catholic Education. I have long felt that the Academy is on an amazing trajectory and look forward to supporting our school leaders to further cement the mission of our great school.

 

Treasurer

Candidate #1: Pete Mullen

​​Pete Mullen is a 20+ year St. Francis de Sales parishioner and father of four, all of whom have been educated at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy (Sean Peter ’17, Fiona ’18, Brendan ’20, and Niamh ’25).  Professionally, Pete has 25+ years of experience in financial services holding a number of leadership positions across consumer banking product, segment, client experience, marketing, and relationship management roles. 

Pete holds a number of St. Francis de Sales Parish leadership positions. He is a member of the Parish Finance Council and leader of the Fundraising Committee, hosting marquee events such as Oktoberfest. Pete is a founding member of the ROCK Youth Ministry Program.  He and his wife, Moira, lead the SFDS Pre-Cana Program and are active Eucharistic Ministers.  Pete has coached a number of CYO teams through the years and has led keySt. Francis de Sales Sales Catholic fundraising efforts including the Shilelagh Law and Unforgettable Fire concerts.

As this is the inaugural year of the SFDS Academy Family Association (AFA), it is critically important that proper financial reports, records, routines, and procedures are put in place from the outset.  Pete intends to leverage his vast experience and expertise in finance and banking as AFA Treasurer and (1) ensure the right controls, checks and balances are in place at all times and (2) deliver constant and complete financial transparency to the AFA executive committee, SFDSCA administration, and general membership of the SFDS Catholic Academy.

Candidate #2: Yvonne Teich

Yvonne Teich and her husband Fred moved to Rockaway from Brooklyn in 2002.  They have 3 wonderful and keep-you-on-your-toes children:  Olivia, who is in 7th grade, Julia now in her Junior year at Fontbonne Academy, and Freddy, a Senior at Regis High School.  This will be her 14th year, (yes 14!!) as a St Francis De Sales parent, many of which she’s been a class parent.  Throughout the years, Yvonne has been an active supporter of the SFDCA family.  Following Superstorm Sandy, she spearheaded a wishlist/donation drive for our Nursery and Pre-K classrooms, linking the generosity within and beyond our community directly with the “essentials” needed for our students.  Yvonne has also served as captain and co-captain on several school-sponsored fundraisers and events such as our Annual Card Party, book sales, Christmas boutiques, and various graduation events. 

Professionally, Yvonne is a Client Delivery Executive for a global IT organization.  She manages several multimillion-dollar accounts and is responsible for overall account P&Ls while facilitating revenue growth and cost reductions through technology solution delivery and revenue cycle processes.

In her spare time, Yvonne enjoys spending time with her family and friends, staying active, traveling, and appreciating her carpools. Having raised their children within the halls of St Francis De Sales has been an absolute blessing for Fred and Yvonne.  She looks forward to further supporting our school, parish, and community in the years to come.

 

Secretary

Candidate #1: Jennifer Burke

I am the mother of two boys Kieran (Grade 5) and Matthew (Grade 3). We are members of Blessed Trinity Parish. 

I earned a Master of Science in Applied Physiology and Nutrition and a Master of Education in Community Nutrition from Columbia. With my education, I was able to work as a research dietitian early in my career and then was able to move into the pharmaceutical world. I have been working at Bayer HealthCare for the past fourteen years in various roles where I currently work as an Associate Director of study management. I have managed internal employees as well as external employees and contractors. I have been responsible for numerous successful studies, oftentimes managing several studies at one time. I have also managed multi-millionaire dollar study budgets. I facilitate meetings on a daily basis, ensuring the flow of the meetings and meet all of the objectives. For most meetings, I provide a summary of meeting minutes within 24 hours or less of the meeting. 

Much of my volunteer work has been as the Chair for Bayer’s Making Science Make Sense program which provides a hand’s-on STEM experience for elementary students. In addition to organizing the program, I schedule various volunteer activities, meet with local organizers to plan events, and volunteer at the events.

I was very excited to see that St. Francis will have the Academy Family Association giving us additional opportunities to volunteer and to be involved in our children’s growth.

Letter from the Superintendent’s Office -8/31/21

Dear Catholic Academy and Parish School Parents and Guardians,

The Catholic Academies and Parish Schools of the Diocese of Brooklyn remain committed to opening the academic year on time, in person, for every student.  The Administration, Faculty, and Staff of our Catholic Academies and Parish Schools are committed to doing everything possible to support the education, faith formation, and health and safety of every member of our school communities.

The New York City Department of Health’s (NYC DOH) “Core Four” and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended layering of preventive strategies at this time as an effective way to reduce the transmission of COVID-19 and the Delta variant. Everyone is reminded of the following in helping to stop the spread of COVID-19 and the Delta variant.

NYC DOH “Core Four”

  1. Stay home if you are sick. Anyone experiencing Covid-19 or Flu-like symptoms should stay at home until their healthcare provider clears them to safely return to school.
  2. Physical Distance: Maintain social distance. Where possible maintain a social distance of 3-6 feet while on school property.
  3. Wear a Face Covering:  Protect those around you. You can be contagious without symptoms and spread the disease when you cough, sneeze or talk. Face coverings help reduce the spread of COVID-19. Do not provide face coverings to children 2 years of age or younger and carefully supervise pre-school age children when they are wearing face coverings. (NYS DOH: Effective August 27, 2021, in accordance with the Commissioner’s Determination issued pursuant to 10 NYCRR 2.60, any person over the age of 2 (including all students, personnel, teachers, administrators, contractors, and visitors) must wear masks at all times indoors in school buildings, regardless of vaccination status.)
  4. Practice Healthy Hand Hygiene: Wash your hands often with soap and water or use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available; clean frequently touched surfaces regularly; avoid touching your face with unwashed hands; and cover your cough or sneeze with your arm, not your hands, and help your child to do the same.

CDC Layered Approach of Preventive Strategies:

  • Promoting Vaccination
  • Consistent and correct mask use
  • Physical Distancing
  • Ventilation
  • Handwashing and respiratory etiquette
  • Staying home when sick and getting tested
  • Contact tracing, in combination with isolation and quarantine
  • Cleaning and disinfection

 COVID-19 Vaccinations: Office of the Superintendent ~ Catholic School Support Services strongly encourages all eligible individuals to get vaccinated except for individuals with documented medical exemptions. For individuals with documented medical exemptions layered preventive strategies will be implemented. Due to privacy concerns individual vaccination status is not made public. At this time there is no New York State Vaccine Mandate for school faculty or staff. If or when New York State issues a vaccine mandate, updated information will be shared with the school communities.

The COVID-19 vaccination does not guarantee that a vaccinated individual will not get COVID-19 or spread the virus it is however a critical tool in protecting you and your school community from severe COVID-19 illness, hospitalization, and death. COVID-19 vaccines are proven safe and are now protecting millions of vaccinated New Yorkers from COVID-19.

We appreciate your support and cooperation with these health and safety guidelines intended to ensure in-person instruction and protect our school communities. These guidelines will be monitored and updated as city and state guidance continues to evolve.

May God continue to bless all our Catholic Academy and Parish School communities!

Thank you.

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

Joan McMaster Deputy Superintendent ~ Catholic School Support Services

SFDS Summer Update #5 (August 25th 2021)

Dear Academy Community, 

As you may be aware, research shows that family involvement and open lines of communication promote student success. Positive interaction between teacher and parent strengthens the feeling of support all children need for success in school. Our goal at St. Francis is to foster and promote an atmosphere of open communication regarding your child’s progress and behavior in both home and school.

It is our hope that email blasts like these and by creating additional ways to open lines of communication such as our Mobile App, our robust school website, and our Facebook page families will find out a little more of what is happening in school and therefore, have additional opportunities to be part of their child’s learning experience.  I am confident that by working together we will be able to best meet the needs of the students at St. Francis.

Speaking of communication, we like to take this opportunity to communicate the opening health guidelines that we need to follow. Please click here for the 2021-2022 Reopening Handbook. Thank you for taking the time to read through this important information for September which includes arrival and dismissal procedures. Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact the school office at (718) 634-2775.

The past year and a half have been a trying time for our students and faculty. However, our entire school community faced that adversity head-on, and they did a wonderful job. Some uncertainty still lies ahead, but I’m confident our Saint Francis de Sales Academy community will once again rise to the occasion. 

FACTS Student Information System: We’re excited to announce our new school management system – FACTS SIS (Student Information System). We’re in the process of setting up FACTS Family Portal – a private and secure online platform that will allow you to see academic information specific to your children while protecting their information from others. All you need is an internet-capable device to view information such as Attendance, Daily Grades, Transcripts, Discipline Issues, School calendar, and Tuition Accounts. FACTS has created a five-minute Family Portal Overview video to introduce you to the system. Please watch it at your convenience by clicking here. The password to access the video is Portal. Once we have Family Portal up and running, we’ll provide you with instructions for logging in and viewing information. We look forward to your participation. Together, we can improve our children’s academic development and the communication between our school and your home. Please look for information to sign up over Labor Day Weekend. 

Enrichment Programs: We are delighted to once again partner with our friends at Mad Science to offer their Junior Explorers after-school program for our students in Grades K-5! We are also adding the Crayola World of Design program for students who want to explore their creative side in Grades K-5! We are also happy to restart our Afterschool Band Program on Tuesday afternoons starting on October 12th.  

For more information about the programs and to register, please use the following links:

Mad Science: https://newyorkcity.madscience.org/parents-register-a.aspx

Crayola:https://newyorkcity.imagineartsacademy.com/parents-register-a.aspx

Band: https://ed.pemusic.com/join/

If you have any questions, please send an email to hendall@stfrancisschoolbh.net.

First Week of School: The first week of school is less than two weeks away. As we know early on there are many dates, ½ days, and meetings that all should know about. Please click here to stay current with the schedule for all grades levels for the first days of school. 

Back to School Nights (Meet the Teacher): On Thursday, September 9th at 6 pm all parents (Grades Nursery- Kindergarten), on Tuesday, September 14th at 6 pm (Grades 1-4) and on Thursday, September 16th at 6 pm (Grades 5-8 all parents are invited to meet their child’s teacher(s). We do anticipate that this night will be in person with all health guidelines being followed, including all attendees required to wear a mask.  We hope to have 100% attendance on this all-important night of the school year. We ask that parents of Nursery-Kindergarten students bring all supplies for their children to Back to School Night in a labeled bag. We ask that students in Grades 1-8 bring their supplies on the 1st day of school. If there are too many supplies to bring in one day, please feel free to have your child bring the supplies on the first few days of school. 

NYC Yellow Bus Service: The New York City Department of Education provides transportation to all eligible New York City students in public, charter, and non-public schools. This includes the students of Saint Francis de Sales Catholic Academy. This year NYC Yellow bus service will start on Monday, September 13th. On the first few days of school information about routes will be sent home with those students that have signed up for bussing in the past and for those students who have signed up and qualified for bussing for the first time this school year. 

Please note that due to the city not being able to provide bussing on the first three days of school students who are eligible for & entitled to curb-to-school busing attending a school whose school year begins earlier than the DOE’s first day of school has the following transportation options through and ending on 09/10:

Reimbursement

Families can pay out of pocket and then request reimbursement for the cost of travel from the school to the student’s residence by taxi/car service or personal vehicle. To request reimbursement, families should follow this process:

  • Pick up your child at school and travel back to your residence by taxi/car service/rideshare or personal vehicle.
  • Request a receipt for any fares or tolls.

Please note:

  • Families may request reimbursement for the cost of travel from the school to the student’s residence.
  • The maximum cost for any one day may not exceed $200.
  • Ride no-show fees (i.e. rideshare vehicle is called but then the parent/guardian does not show) is not covered by reimbursement.
  • Gratuity (or tip) paid to the driver is not covered by reimbursement.

 

8th Grade TACHS Registration: 8th Grade Parents starting this week you can begin to register your child for the TACHS exam. If your child will take the TACHS exam (entrance exam for Catholic High Schools) please register as soon as possible. For more information including how to register please click here. Any questions please contact Mr. Scharbach at admin@stfrancisschoolbh.net. Just a reminder that this fall, the TACHS exam will be administered as an online, remote, at-home test.

Immunization: We wanted to inform you of important vaccination requirements from the New York State and New York City Departments of Health that must be completed before your child(ren) return to school this September 2021. Please use the reference sheet as a guide for the immunizations required for returning to school this coming September. Please note that any student over the age of 12 is strongly encouraged to speak to their pediatrician and to receive the COVID-19 Vaccination.

After School Program: We are happy to announce that starting September 20th 2021 the After School Program will be back up and running. The goal of the After School Program is to provide a safe, nurturing, fun environment for your children who need care after the regular school day. On most days the program will include time for play, snack, homework help, and an activity for the day (arts & crafts, board games, etc.).

It will be in session Monday through Thursday on most days when school is in session and will be staffed by members of the faculty assisted by 6th, 7th & 8th Grade students. Children in Grades PreK-6 may attend. After school is not in session on 1/2 day dismissals. For more information on our Afterschool program and our registration form for those that are interested in using the service please click the links below. 

After School Information for 2021-2022

After School Registration Form for 2021-2022

Early Morning Drop Off Program: I am happy to announce that continuing on Monday, September 20th we will be offering an Early Morning Drop off program from 7am-7:40am each day. For more information about this program please click here.  This information will be sent home on the first day of school as well.

Summer Reading and Assignments: Summer Assignments are available on the main page of our website at https://stfrancisacademybh.org/ Just a reminder that all summer assignments are due when we return to school on September 8th and can be found by clicking here. The most important assignment is that of reading each night. The more your child reads and is read to, the more your child’s network of knowledge strengthens. It not only is “preparing them for the next grade,” but also improves their listening skills, builds early literacy skills, and strengthens their ability to make connections, draw conclusions, and better understand the world around them. Reading with a child each day is an investment for a lifetime.

SAVE THE DATE

Catechetical Sunday: Catechetical Sunday is when those designated to serve as catechists are called forth to be commissioned for their ministry. Catechetical Sunday is a wonderful opportunity to reflect on the role that each person plays, by virtue of Baptism, in passing on the faith and being a witness to the Gospel. All are welcome to join the Saint Francis faculty and Saint Francis Religious Education faculty at this very special liturgy at 10:00 am on Sunday, September 19th.

SFDS Summer Update #4 (August 16th 2021)

Dear Academy Community, 

 

I hope this letter finds you and your family healthy and well and enjoying the beautiful warm summer days.  I know we have all spent the summer anticipating the reopening of our beloved school for its 109th year.  

As you know, St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy along with all Catholic schools in the Diocese of Brooklyn opened on time for in-person instruction in September 2020, and successfully and safely remained open for the school year. After intensive study and preparation for the school year starting this September,  it has been determined that, based on last year’s success and what is best for our students, the academic year in September will be totally “in-school” instruction, with no hybrid or remote learning option. As seen in Diocesan guidelines shared last week, all faculty, staff, and students will be required to wear a mask throughout the school day, with the exception of socially distant mask breaks and meals/snacks. Students should come to school with multiple masks on hand.  Of course, we will provide disposable masks to any student who forgets, loses, or breaks their mask during the day.  The decision to return to in-person learning requires adherence to this policy.  Of course, there are no measures that Saint Francis or any other institution can put into place that will one hundred percent guarantee that all will be safeguarded against Covid 19.  

If parents have questions or concerns regarding the policy, we will be sure to forward them to the Superintendent’s Office. Please note that the Diocese will continue to revisit these guidelines weekly and adjust them accordingly. 

We remain dedicated to advancing your child’s academic, social and spiritual development in a supportive, safe and challenging learning environment. We welcome your active participation in your child’s education, and we urge you to be proactive in communicating with our administration and teachers, and, as time allows, to volunteer in our various programs and events. By working together, we will ensure success for your children. I go back to a quote I saw last year from a Catholic school in Ohio that said “Do not let perfect be the enemy of good.”  Of course, this may not be the perfect way to reopen school this school year, yet I pray with the faculty’s help to create the best possible learning environment for our students and staff.  I continue to ask for your prayers for the new school year and as always, you can be assured of mine. 

 

Congratulations Mrs. Faughnan:  We like to introduce to our St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy Enya James Faughnan. Enya was born on  August 13th at 5lbs 14 oz. Both baby Enya and Mrs. Faughnan( Assistant Principal)  are doing great. Congrats again to Mrs. Faughnan, her husband, and her family on their bundle of joy.

 

FACTS Student Information System: We’re excited to announce our new school management system – FACTS SIS (Student Information System). We’re in the process of setting up FACTS Family Portal – a private and secure online platform that will allow you to see academic information specific to your children while protecting their information from others. All you need is an internet-capable device to view information such as Attendance, Daily Grades, Transcripts, Discipline Issues, School calendar, and Tuition Accounts. 

FACTS has created a five-minute Family Portal Overview video to introduce you to the system. Please watch it at your convenience by clicking here. The password to access the video is Portal. Once we have Family Portal up and running, we’ll provide you with instructions for logging in and viewing information. We look forward to your participation. Together, we can improve our children’s academic development and the communication between our school and your home.

 

Enrichment Programs: We are delighted to once again partner with our friends at Mad Science to offer their Junior Explorers after-school program for our students in Grades K-5! We are also adding the Crayola World of Design program for students who want to explore their creative side in Grades K-5! We are also happy to restart our Afterschool Band Program on Tuesday afternoons starting on October 12th.  

For more information about the programs and to register, please use the following links:

Mad Science: https://newyorkcity.madscience.org/parents-register-a.aspx

Crayola: https://newyorkcity.imagineartsacademy.com/parents-register-a.aspx

Band: https://ed.pemusic.com/join/

If you have any questions, please send an email to hendall@stfrancisschoolbh.net.

 

First Week of School: The first week of school is less than a month away. As we know early on there are many dates, ½ days, and meetings that all should know about. Please click here to stay current with the schedule for all grades levels for the first days of school. 

 

Confirmation Holy Hour:  Just a reminder to those 8th graders scheduled to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation this Fall at St. Francis that this Wednesday, August 18, 2021 there is a Confirmation Holy Hour where each Confirmation Student and Sponsor/Parent are asked to be in St. Francis Church at 6:20 pm, where there will be plenty of room to sit together throughout the Church. For anyone who will be submitting required paperwork and or payments, a basket will be left on the front pew as you enter the Church on the 129th Street side. For those who are unable to attend we will stream the Holy Hour. Go to St. Francis de Sales Church Facebook page and you will be able to connect.

 

8th Grade TACHS Registration: 8th Grade Parents starting next Monday (8/23) you can begin to register your child for the TACHS exam. If your child will take the TACHS exam (entrance exam for Catholic High Schools) please register as soon as possible. For more information including how to register please click here. Any questions please contact Mr. Scharbach at admin@stfrancisschoolbh.net. Just a reminder that this fall, the TACHS exam will be administered as an online, remote, at-home test.

 

Immunization: We wanted to inform you of important vaccination requirements from the New York State and New York City Departments of Health that must be completed before your child(ren) returns to school this September 2021. Please use the reference sheet as a guide for the immunizations required for returning to school this coming September. Please note that any student over the age of 12 is strongly encouraged to speak to their pediatrician and to receive the COVID-19 Vaccination.

 

IEP’s and Special Education: We do ask that all parents of a new student who has an IEP please arrange for a time to speak with Mrs. Buckley at mbuckley@stfrancisschoolbh.net about the special education services that are offered at St Francis de Sales Catholic Academy. Please note that majority if not all of the services for our junior high students occur before or after school and most of the time outside of our school building. All IEP’s must be transferred to an IESP for services to be provided. 

 

Tuition: Just a reminder that today (8/16) is the first tuition payment. All families should have a FACTS account. (https://factsmgt.com/) Here you can see how much is owed, dates when tuition or other fees are due, past payments, etc. Any questions about your account please reach out to our Bookkeeper Mrs. Marguerite Kazalski at mkazalski@stfrancisschoolbh.net

Now more than ever planning is so important and we will need to know as close as possible the exact amount of students in each grade level. By not paying tuition we may not be able to hold a seat for your child. If there are any issues paying on 8/16 please let us know in advance so we can plan for your child(ren) to be joining us.

 

School Supplies: At the beginning of the summer we shared that every student is expected to have all supplies as well as a school bag on the first day of school. This year we will be working with schooltoolbox.com to host a supply kit sale. Right now our school online store is live and can be found by clicking here. Orders leave the warehouse within 10 days of ordering, so please keep that in mind to order with enough time before school starts. I would suggest that you order the boxes by August 23rd to make sure that your boxes arrive in time for school. Please note that you can choose not to buy certain items from the list if you already have purchased or will purchase elsewhere.

The following supplies are not included in the school supply sale and would have to be purchased separately. Any questions please email us at admin@stfrancisschoolbh.net

Nursery-Grade 8: Bookbags

Kindergarten-Grade 8: Art Supplies

 

Summer Reading and Assignments: Summer Assignments are available on the main page of our website at https://stfrancisacademybh.org/ Just a reminder that all summer assignments are due when we return to school on September 8th and can be found by clicking here. The most important assignment is that of reading each night. The more your child reads and is read to, the more your child’s network of knowledge strengthens. It not only is “preparing them for the next grade,” but also improves their listening skills, builds early literacy skills, and strengthens their ability to make connections, draw conclusions, and better understand the world around them. Reading with a child each day is an investment for a lifetime.

 

Main Office Hours: The summer office hours along with the calendar for next year are already posted on our website. Throughout the summer check the calendar for any updates. Although the school office may be closed at times, we are always available with any question or concern through email at admin@stfrancisschoolbh.net

 

SAVE THE DATES

Back to School Nights (Meet the Teacher): On Thursday, September 9th at 6 pm all parents (Grades Nursery- Kindergarten), on Tuesday, September 14th at 6 pm (Grades 1-4) and on Thursday, September 16th at 6 pm (Grades 5-8 all parents are invited to meet their child’s teacher(s). More information to follow on this special event in the coming weeks. We do anticipate that this night will be in person. We hope to have 100% attendance on this all-important night of the school year.

 

Catechetical Sunday: Catechetical Sunday is when those designated to serve as catechists are called forth to be commissioned for their ministry. Catechetical Sunday is a wonderful opportunity to reflect on the role that each person plays, by virtue of Baptism, in passing on the faith and being a witness to the Gospel. All are welcome to join the Saint Francis faculty and Saint Francis Religious Education faculty at this very special liturgy at 10:00 am on Sunday, September 19th.