Weekly Update #27 SFDS Week of March 28th 2022

Dear Academy 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 2021-2022 school year. 

Congratulations and God Bless! On Monday, April 4th many members of St. Francis de Sales Grade 8 will be blessed by the Holy Spirit at Blessed Trinity Parish. May the gifts of the Holy Spirit be with our 8th grade and lead them to be the future leaders of the church.

Please also remember that throughout this season of lent all of us school-wide are asked to stop each night at 6:30 (set your alarm) to say 3 Hail Marys. We can unite in prayer for peace in Ukraine and in our world.

Finally please join us on Friday, April 1st at 7 pm for a school-sponsored Stations of the Cross for students and families at St. Francis de Sales Parish. We hope to see many families (parents and students) joining us for this special moment of prayer.

Onto to some important updates for our school for the Week of March 28th, 2022.  

Updated COVID Report: This past week (3/19-3/25) St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy has had 1 positive COVID case.  You can also always see how many cases the school has had since September, the last 14 days, and the last 7 days by clicking here. 

State Exams: This Tuesday and Wednesday 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. 

All we ask is that our students are focused and we know everyone will give their very best. Please make sure that your children get a good night’s sleep, have their Chromebook fully charged (Grades 6 and 7), and are well rested the night before. 

Card Party Tuition Raffle and Ticket Sales: One of the most anticipated and biggest prizes every year at the Card Party is the Tuition Raffle for one student for the 2022-2023 school year. Please think about supporting this raffle and getting a chance of winning free tuition for one child. (Winner need not be present). Tickets can be bought in the main office or by handing in tickets found on the order form by clicking here.

Tickets for the big event on 4/29 will go on sale this Wednesday 3/30. More information on how to buy tickets/tables will be emailed on Monday. 

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. 

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

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

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

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

The student’s first name

The student’s last name

The student’s grade

Financial Aid for the 2022-2023 School Year: Futures in Education is proud to administer several scholarship programs, providing partial tuition assistance for families demonstrating financial need, and who meet eligibility requirements, to attend a Catholic academy or school in Brooklyn or Queens. To apply or get more information please click here. Just a reminder that the deadline for returning families who received an award in the previous academic year is March 31st 2022. The deadline for new families (students who did not receive an award in the previous academic year) is April 30th, 2022. Applications will only be considered completed when all required supporting documents have been submitted.  Awards will begin with applications that were completed by the deadline and will continue on a rolling basis as available funding allows.

St. Jude’s Math-a-thon: It is that time of year that St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy participates in St. Jude’s Math-A-Thon program. We are happy to announce that we already have raised over $16,000 this year. A lot of children are helped by the generosity of our school community. This year you can do your donations online and order your prizes online and have them delivered to your door or you can send in your donations to Mrs. Foti and she will take care of the paperwork and get the prizes sent to the school.

Important dates

All Permission slips (registration forms) are due back ASAP so we know who is participating. All Money is due by 3/31. 

All students who participate may dress down on Monday, April 25th.

You can also easily register online by clicking below. This is a great way to raise money via Social Media.

https://fundraising.stjude.org/site/TR/Math/Math?pg=entry&fr_id=132111

Thank you in advance for your kindness and generosity to children in need.  Any questions, please contact Mrs. Foti at sfoti@stfrancisschoolbh.net .

SAVE THE DATE

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

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

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

Pre K and Kindergarten         10:00 AM start

1st and 2nd grades          10:30 AM start

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

https://forms.gle/8FEoQ9GwxWNB8q4x7

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

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

Topic: AFA General Meeting and PDHP Preventive Parent workshop

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

Join Zoom Meeting

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

Meeting ID: 867 2182 0877

Passcode: SFDS2022

Passion Play: We are looking forward to our Passion Play on Tuesday 4/12 @1:30pm where many of our 7th-grade students reenact the solemn events that occurred through Jesus’s journey towards death and resurrection.  

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

Summer Uniform: Starting on Monday, May 9th students can begin to wear their summer uniforms. This is just a reminder if anyone needs to purchase summer uniforms you should think of ordering them soon. 

Golf Outing: Our 17th Annual Golf Outing will be held on Friday, May 13th, 2022 at the Marine Park Golf Course. Get those foursomes ready so we can have a great year! More information is to be sent home this week. 

Prevention Starts WITH ALL- The Chris Herren Story: On Tuesday, May 26th at 7 pm. St Francis de Sales Catholic Academy will be hosting a presentation. Prevention Starts WITH ALL- The Chris Herren Story. Chris Herren is a former professional basketball player, a voice on the topic of substance use prevention, and a wellness advocate. Since 2009, Chris has spoken to over one million students, athletes, and community members, sparking honest discussions on the topics of substance use disorder and wellness. A person in long-term recovery, Chris continues to share his story nationally with a renewed focus on prevention education and challenging audiences to rethink how we look at the disease of addiction – changing the focus from the last day to the first. Over the coming weeks, more information will follow. 

Have a great weekend.

Weekly Update #26 SFDS Week of March 21st 2022

Dear Academy Families, 

It’s hard to believe that we are officially in Trimester 3 next week. The year continues to fly by! On Tuesday, March 22nd, report cards will be sent via email at about 3 pm. Parent-Teacher Conferences are scheduled for Thursday, March 24th in person from 12:45-2:45 for our afternoon session and from 6:00-7:30 for our evening session. To sign up for conferences please click here. We will assume that families who did not sign up by the 3/22/22 deadline (4 pm) are not coming to either session. You will not be able to confer with your child’s teacher that afternoon or evening. 

Please also remember that throughout this season of lent all of us school-wide are asked to stop each night at 6:30 (set your alarm) to say 3 Hail Marys. We can unite in prayer for peace in Ukraine and in our world.

Onto to some important updates for our school for the Week of March 21st, 2022.  

 

Updated COVID Report: This past week (3/12-3/18) St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy has had 0 positive COVID cases.  You can also always see how many cases the school has had since September, the last 14 days, and the last 7 days by clicking here. 

 

COVID-19 Screening Forms: As we can see from the above our school (0 cases in the past 6 weeks) along with all schools in the Diocese (11 cases in the past 6 weeks) have had minimal to no cases over the last month in a half. Starting Monday 3/21 there will no longer be a need to fill out the daily health screening each day. Please note that there is always the chance that this screening will return if cases should spike. 

All families are asked to continue to Test at Home if their child is not feeling well. Even if negative, the best course of action if your child is not feeling well (fever, throwing up, bad cough, etc.)  is to keep them home for at least 24 hours. If a family is in need of more at-home tests, please reach out to Mrs. Endall at hendall@stfrancisschoolbh.net to request them. 

Finally, just a reminder to please use this form if your child receives a positive COVID-19 diagnosis or is unvaccinated and exposed to a positive case of COVID-19. If you have multiple children who need to be reported please fill out this form for each child.  

 

Second Grade Communion Meeting: There is a mandatory parents meeting for all those making First Holy Communion here at St. Francis de Sales on Tuesday, March 22 2022  at 6:30 pm. Materials for the mass will be provided. Any questions please reach out to the Religious Education Office at St. Francis de Sales. 

 

State Exams: In two 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 few years.

  • Fewer testing sessions. Three years ago, 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 the computer) and leave the room. If so, students should exit quietly so they do not disturb any students still working.
  • Test questions reviewed and written by New York State Teachers. Hundreds of New York State educators were involved in creating and reviewing questions for the 2022 ELA and Math Tests and selecting the questions for the test forms.

 

Paul Effman Band: Just a reminder to all students who participate in the Paul Effman Band program that there are no lessons this week on Tuesday, March 22nd. Lessons will begin at their normal time again on Tuesday, March 29th. 

 

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

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

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

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

The student’s first name

The student’s last name

The student’s grade

 

Financial Aid for the 2022-2023 School Year: Futures in Education is proud to administer several scholarship programs, providing partial tuition assistance for families demonstrating financial need, and who meet eligibility requirements, to attend a Catholic academy or school in Brooklyn or Queens. To apply or get more information please click here. Just a reminder that the deadline for returning families who received an award in the previous academic year is March 31st 2022. The deadline for new families (students who did not receive an award in the previous academic year) is April 30th, 2022. Applications will only be considered completed when all required supporting documents have been submitted.  Awards will begin with applications that were completed by the deadline and will continue on a rolling basis as available funding allows.

 

St. Jude’s Math-a-thon: It is that time of year that St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy participates in St. Jude’s Math-A-Thon program. We are happy to announce that we already have raised over $12,000 this year. A lot of children are helped by the generosity of our school community. This year you can do your donations online and order your prizes online and have them delivered to your door or you can send in your donations to Mrs. Foti and she will take care of the paperwork and get the prizes sent to the school.

Important dates

All Permission slips (registration forms) are due back ASAP so we know who is participating. All Money is due by 3/31. 

All students who participate may dress down on Monday, April 25th.

You can also easily register online by clicking below. This is a great way to raise money via Social Media.

https://fundraising.stjude.org/site/TR/Math/Math?pg=entry&fr_id=132111

Thank you in advance for your kindness and generosity to children in need.  Any questions, please contact Mrs. Foti at sfoti@stfrancisschoolbh.net .

 

Family Stations of the Cross: During the season of Lent all grade levels will be praying the Stations of the Cross in church. Please save the date for Friday, April 1st at 7 pm for a school-sponsored Stations of the Cross for students and families. We hope to see many families (parents and students) joining us for this special moment of prayer.

 

SAVE THE DATE

 

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

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

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

Pre K and Kindergarten         10:00 AM start

1st and 2nd grades          10:30 AM start

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

https://forms.gle/8FEoQ9GwxWNB8q4x7

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

 

Passion Play: We are looking forward to our Passion Play on Tuesday 4/12 @1:30pm where many of our 7th-grade students reenact the solemn events that occurred through Jesus’s journey towards death and resurrection.  

 

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

 

Summer Uniform: Starting on Monday, May 9th students can begin to wear their summer uniforms. This is just a reminder if anyone needs to purchase summer uniforms you should think of ordering them soon. 

 

Golf Outing: Our 17th Annual Golf Outing will be held on Friday, May 13th 2022 at the Marine Park Golf Course. Get those foursomes ready so we can have a great year! More information to follow. 

 

Prevention Starts WITH ALL- The Chris Herren Story: On Tuesday, May 26th at 7 pm. St Francis de Sales Catholic Academy will be hosting a presentation. Prevention Starts WITH ALL- The Chris Herren Story. Chris Herren is a former professional basketball player, a voice on the topic of substance use prevention, and a wellness advocate. Since 2009, Chris has spoken to over one million students, athletes, and community members, sparking honest discussions on the topics of substance use disorder and wellness. A person in long-term recovery, Chris continues to share his story nationally with a renewed focus on prevention education and challenging audiences to rethink how we look at the disease of addiction – changing the focus from the last day to the first. Over the coming weeks, more information will follow. 

 

Have a great weekend.

Weekly Update #25 SFDS Week of March 14th 2022

Dear Academy Families, 

As we now enter the second week of Lent we at school continue our lenten journey of giving alms with our annual collection of mite boxes for the Propagation of Faith. We sent home each student with a mite box and asked that students return them no later than Friday April 1st. It is not about how much is given in the box, it is about the children learning to give a little bit to those who are less fortunate than we are. Every penny is helpful. 

Also starting this week grade levels began praying the Stations of the Cross in our church as well with Father Jim. Please save the date for Friday April 1st at 7pm for a school-sponsored Stations of the Cross for students and families. Speaking of the Stations of the Cross, many of our 7th-grade students and faculty members have been working very hard to produce this year’s Passion Play that our entire school community on Tuesday, April 12th.

Finally, We are supporting a Service Project to send first aid supplies directly to the Ukraine through the NYPD. They are asking for donations of:

  • Band-aids
  • Gauze
  • Tape
  • First Aid Kits
  • Tourniquets 

Any donations can be brought to school up until Wednesday 3/16. Please consider the people of the Ukraine and assist us in sending medical supplies to them in this time of need. Please also remember that throughout this season of lent all of us school-wide are asked to stop Each Night at 6:30 (set your alarm) to say 3 Hail Marys. We can unite in prayer for peace in Ukraine and in our world.

Don’t forget about the clocks on Saturday night to spring ahead! Onto to some important updates for our school for the Week of March 14th 2022.  

 

Updated COVID Report: This past week (3/5-3/11) St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy has had 0 positive COVID cases.  You can also always see how many cases the school has had since September, the last 14 days, and the last 7 days by clicking here. 

 

Calendar Changes and Additions: As we move into the final trimester of the 2021-2022 school year there are some calendar changes and additions that we wanted to make all families aware of so that they can prepare accordingly. 

    1. SFDS Parish First Holy Communion Proximate Prep has been moved to March 22, 2022 at 6:30 PM in Church. The children receiving the Sacrament at St. Francis de Sales Parish and at least one parent must attend. 
    2. Blue and Gold Day: We are so happy that our Blue and Gold Day can return to the school gym once again with parents being able to come and cheer on their children. We still will need to spilt Blue and Gold over two days and have scheduled Grades K-4 on Wednesday May 25th and Grades 5-8 on Friday May 27th. More specific times will be shared as we get closer to the the big days. 
    3. Last Day of School: The last day of school is scheduled presently for Thursday 6/23. However, due to the fact we did build into the calendar one traditional snow day that has yet to be used there is a strong possibility that the last day of school may be moved to Wednesday 6/22. A final decision will be made after the winter season ends closer to Easter Recess. 
    4. Early Childhood Step Ups: One of the events we always look forward to each June our the Early Childhood Step Ups. This year our Step Ups are scheduled as follows
      • Nursery AM- Thursday 6/16 at 8:30am in the Small Hall
      • Pre-K Step Up- Thursday 6/16 at 10am in the School Gym
      • Nursery PM- Thursday 6/16 at 11:30am in the Small Hall
      • Kindergarten- Friday 6/17 at 10am in the School Gym

St. Jude’s Math-a-thon: It is that time of year that St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy participates in St. Jude’s Math-A-Thon program. We are happy to announce that we already have raised over $3,800 this year. A lot of children are helped by the generosity of our school community. This year you can do your donations online and order your prizes online and have them delivered to your door or you can send in your donations to Mrs. Foti and she will take care of the paperwork and get the prizes sent to the school.

Important dates

All Permission slips (registration forms) are due back ASAP so we know who is participating. All Money is due by 3/31. 

All students who participate may dress down on Monday, April 25th.

You can also easily register online by clicking below. This is a great way to raise money via Social Media.

https://fundraising.stjude.org/site/TR/Math/Math?pg=entry&fr_id=132111

Thank you in advance for your kindness and generosity to children in need.  Any questions, please contact Mrs. Foti at sfoti@stfrancisschoolbh.net .

 

Basketball Slam Fundraiser: We are selling Basketball Slam tickets for our fundraiser. This fundraiser follows the Men’s March Madness tournament in March/April. You’ll receive 4 different NCAA teams on your ticket. If your 4 teams combined score is the Highest or Lowest after all rounds, you win a cash prize! Total prizes being given away are $2,000! Prizes are mailed.

You can support us by clicking on the link below, then create a simple account to purchase or log in to a previous account from football. Cards are $20 each. Buy 2 Get 1 FREE (must purchase in multiples of 2 in one transaction.). Orders will be emailed to you and there’s nothing else you have to do to win! Order Online Now! The last day to order online is March 16, 2022.

Thank you for your continued support of St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy!

https://www.basketballsweeps.com/…/org/StFranci_14_2022

 

$1 Dress Down Day (Wear Green): This Thursday 3/17 students can dress down for $1 and are encouraged to wear Green. As many of us know Father Jim was donated a Kidney six years ago and just recently had surgery as well. Thankfully he is back home and is on the mend.  All money raised that day will be donated to the Columbia Nephrology Program in honor of Father Jim. Thanks to Anthony in Grade 7 for this great idea

 

AFA Fundraiser Updates: The Academy Family Association is so excited to be moving forward with this year’s Card Party on Friday, April 29th. In the coming weeks, there will be a lot of information shared in regard to ticket sales, tuition raffle tickets, and the ability to pre-purchase raffles for select prizes. The months of May, June, and July also see us turning our heads to two important fundraisers and fun events that our academy has planned. The annual golf outing is set for Friday, May 13th and a summer concert in our schoolyard on Thursday, July 7th. If any parent is willing to serve on the planning committees for these events please email the Academy Family Association at afa@stfrancisschoolbh.net. Thanks to all who continue to help us fundraise. 

 

Report Cards: Please note that all 2nd-trimester report cards will be digitally distributed on Tuesday 3/22 at about 3pm via the FACTS Parent Portal. This year all conferences will be done in person and will take place on Thursday 3/24 (12 noon dismissal). Early next week an email will be sent out to all families in regards to signing up for parent teacher conferences on 3/24. We will assume that families not signed up by 3/22/22 are not coming to either session. You will not be able to confer with your child’s teacher that afternoon or evening. If you have daytime availability, please consider signing up for a daytime slot, and leave the nighttime slots for families with limited availability. Please be mindful of keeping your account up to date for all outstanding tuition or fees. Please remember that report cards are not distributed unless your account is up to date as of 2/15/22. Any issues please feel free to be in touch.  

 

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

 

Calling All Alumni: As valued members of our school community, we want to keep our alumni updated on the amazing work being accomplished by students, staff, and alumni like you. If you graduated from St. Francis de Sales please complete the form below so we can keep in touch!

https://stfrancisacademybh.org/alumni/

Alumni: Please share this on your own pages to help spread the word.

 

SAVE THE DATE

Family Stations of the Cross: During the season of Lent all grade levels will be praying the Stations of the Cross in church. Please save the date for Friday April 1st at 7pm for a school-sponsored Stations of the Cross for students and families. We hope to see many families (parents and students) joining us for this special moment of prayer.

 

Easter Egg Hunt: Please save the date of Saturday Morning April 9th. St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy and Parish will be sponsoring an Easter Egg Hunt. Join us gathering Easter Eggs and taking a picture with the Easter Bunny. More details to follow. 

 

Prevention Starts WITH ALL- The Chris Herren Story: On Tuesday, May 26th at 7 pm. St Francis de Sales Catholic Academy will be hosting a presentation. Prevention Starts WITH ALL- The Chris Herren Story. Chris Herren is a former professional basketball player, a voice on the topic of substance use prevention, and a wellness advocate. Since 2009, Chris has spoken to over one million students, athletes and community members, sparking honest discussions on the topics of substance use disorder and wellness. A person in long-term recovery, Chris continues to share his story nationally with a renewed focus on prevention education and challenging audiences to rethink how we look at the disease of addiction – changing the focus from the last day to the first. Over the coming weeks, more information will follow. 

 

Have a great weekend.

Weekly Update #24 SFDS Week of March 7th 2022

Dear Academy Families, 

Happy Rockaway St. Patrick’s Day!

Hopefully, we’ve made it through the last of this year’s winter weather. I know that we are all longing for some warmth and sunshine! This weekend may be close to 65 degrees. 

Good luck to our second-grade students from Blessed Trinity Parish who will be receiving their First Penance next Saturday (3/12). A special word of thanks to both Mrs. Gannon, Mrs. D’Alessandro, and Mrs. O’Malley for preparing our second graders for this important sacrament. We will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers as you continue on your spiritual journey and prepare for receiving the Eucharist for the first time. 

 

Updated COVID Report: This past week (2/26-3/4) St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy has had 0 positive COVID cases.  You can also always see how many cases the school has had since September, the last 14 days, and the last 7 days by clicking here. 

 

Lenten Journey: Each day during morning prayers we hear the song of Hosea. In this Lenten hymn, we hear the call, to “come back to me with all your heart.” Here at St. Francis, we are on this journey through prayer, sacrifice, and almsgiving. Starting this past week all grades 1-8 started to go to mass in person at least once during the Lenten season. It is our hope that all of our students and families continue to come back to mass during this season of Lent.  

We also continue our lenten journey of giving alms with our annual collection of mite boxes for the Propagation of Faith. We sent home each student with a mite box and asked that students return them no later than Friday, April 1st. It is not about how much is given in the box, it is about the children learning to give a little bit to those who are less fortunate than we are. Every penny is helpful. 

Also starting next week all grade levels will be praying the Stations of the Cross in our church as well. Please save the date for Friday, April 1st at 7 pm for a school-sponsored Stations of the Cross for students and families. Speaking of the Stations of the Cross, many of our 7th-grade students and faculty members have been working very hard to produce this year’s Passion Play that our entire school community on Tuesday, April 12th. 

Finally, We are supporting a Service Project to send first aid supplies directly to the Ukraine through the NYPD. They are asking for donations of:

  • Band-aids
  • Gauze
  • Tape
  • First Aid Kits
  • Tourniquets 

Any donations can be brought to school next week. Please consider the people of the Ukraine and assist us in sending medical supplies to them in this time of need. Consider your donation as an act of kindness toward others during Lent.

 

Chocolate Sale: Congratulations to the winners of this year’s Candy Bar Sale. 

1st Place: William Corning ($150 Gift Card)

2nd Place:  Lucas Vilar ($50 Gift Card)

3rd Place: Cozza Family ($25 Gift Card)

All students of families selling a box of Chocolate will receive their dress-down card next week. Thank you again for helping to fundraise for our school. 

 

Bishop Brennan Visit to the Rockaways: The parishes of the Rockaways invite you to join us for a mass to welcome out new Bishop, Bishop Robert Brennan this Tuesday night (3/8/22) at 7pm here at St. Francis de Sales Church. All are welcome, please join us.  

 

Calling All Alumni: As valued members of our school community, we want to keep our alumni updated on the amazing work being accomplished by students, staff, and alumni like you. If you graduated from St. Francis de Sales please complete the form below so we can keep in touch!

https://stfrancisacademybh.org/alumni/

Alumni: Please share this on your own pages to help spread the word.

 

Class of 2023 Ring Order Form: Last week, the 7th grade was given an order form for their Class of 2023 Rings. All orders are due back to the office by March 9th. More information is available by clicking here. 

 

Basketball Slam Fundraiser: We are selling Basketball Slam tickets for our fundraiser. This fundraiser follows the Men’s March Madness tournament in March/April. You’ll receive 4 different NCAA teams on your ticket. If your 4 teams combined score is the Highest or Lowest after all rounds, you win a cash prize! Total prizes being given away are $2,000! Prizes are mailed.

You can support us by clicking on the link below, then create a simple account to purchase or log in to a previous account from football. Cards are $20 each. Buy 2 Get 1 FREE (must purchase in multiples of 2 in one transaction.). Orders will be emailed to you and there’s nothing else you have to do to win! Order Online Now! The last day to order online is March 16, 2022.

Thank you for your continued support of St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy!

https://www.basketballsweeps.com/…/org/StFranci_14_2022

 

7th Grade Parent Meeting: We would like to invite all Grade 7 parents to a short yet we feel important meeting about the high school process for next Fall. We have learned many different aspects of the ever-changing process these past few months and we think it is important for all parents to hear before the spring when families begin to finalize their three choices. This meeting will take place virtually Monday March 7th at 7pm. We hope you can make it. 

Topic: Grade 7 Parent Meeting (High School Process) 

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

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85327766417?pwd=cnBOd2I4V3p2eCtzYU9rbHk5YVlYUT09

Meeting ID: 853 2776 6417

Passcode: SFDS2023

 

SAVE THE DATE

Report Cards: Please note that all 2nd-trimester report cards are digitally distributed on Tuesday 3/22 at about 3 pm via the FACTS Parent Portal. This year all conferences will be done in person and will take place on Thursday 3/24 (12-noon dismissal). More information about signing up for these conferences will be forthcoming.  

 

Family Stations of the Cross: During the season of Lent all grade levels will be praying the Stations of the Cross in church. Please save the date for Friday, April 1st at 7 pm for a school-sponsored Stations of the Cross for students and families. We hope to see many families (parents and students) joining us for this special moment of prayer.

 

Easter Egg Hunt: Please save the date of Saturday Morning April 9th. St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy and Parish will be sponsoring an Easter Egg Hunt. Join us gathering Easter Eggs and taking a picture with the Easter Bunny. More details to follow. 

 

Prevention Starts WITH ALL- The Chris Herren Story: On Tuesday, May 26th at 7 pm. St Francis de Sales Catholic Academy will be hosting a presentation. Prevention Starts WITH ALL- The Chris Herren Story. Chris Herren is a former professional basketball player, a voice on the topic of substance use prevention, and a wellness advocate. Since 2009, Chris has spoken to over one million students, athletes, and community members, sparking honest discussions on the topics of substance use disorder and wellness. A person in long-term recovery, Chris continues to share his story nationally with a renewed focus on prevention education and challenging audiences to rethink how we look at the disease of addiction – changing the focus from the last day to the first. Over the coming weeks, more information will follow. 

 

Have a great weekend.

NYS DOH School Mask Mandate

Governor Hochul announced on Sunday, February 27, 2022, that the NYS School Mask Mandate would be lifted as of Wednesday, March 2, 2022. For all the Catholic Academies and Parish Schools within the Diocese of Brooklyn effective Wednesday, March 2 the face-covering mitigation strategy will be a recommended mitigation strategy. Face coverings will be an individual choice for school personnel and a parental choice for all students. However, please note that the New York City-funded Pre-K-3 and Pre-K-4 programs (UPK) must continue to wear masks as required by the New York City Department of Education.

The Catholic Academies and Parish Schools of the Diocese of Brooklyn remain committed to offering safe in-person instruction. In September 2021 the decision was made by the Office of the Superintendent ~ Catholic Schools Support Services to temporarily implement the face-covering mitigation strategy with the intent to monitor the COVID-19 impact on the return to schools and reevaluate on October 1, 2021. During that reevaluation period, the New York State Department of Health (NYS DOH) and Governor Hochul issued a Face Mask mandate requiring all individuals over the age of two to wear a face mask while on school property.

Beginning September 2020, the Catholic Academies and Parish Schools of the Diocese of Brooklyn have been compliant with the COVID-19 health and safety guidelines of both the NYS DOH and NYC DOH. The Catholic Academy and Parish School communities working together successfully keep their schools safely open for in-person instruction by implementing a layered approach of multiple preventive mitigation strategies.

As the pandemic evolved and public health officials learned more about the COVID-19 virus and its variants, we experienced many changes in the NYS DOH and NYC DOH COVID-19 Safety and Health protocols. The Catholic Academies and Parish schools continued to adapt their COVID-19 safety and health protocols as new guidelines and information was shared by city and state health officials.

Governor Hochul announced on Sunday, February 27, 2022, during a rare weekend press briefing that the NYS School Mask Mandate would be lifted as of Wednesday, March 2, 2022. The Catholic Academies and Parish Schools will adapt our COVID-19 safety and health guidelines in alignment with this update. Effective Wednesday, March 2 the face-covering mitigation strategy will be a recommended mitigation strategy. Face coverings will be an individual choice for school personnel and a parental choice for all students. However, please note that New York City-funded Pre-K-3 and Pre-K-4 programs (UPK) must continue to wear masks as required by the New York City Department of Education.

As we continue to adapt the COVID-19 mitigation strategies we are mindful that other mitigation preventive strategies will continue to be implemented:

Speaking with your Healthcare Provider regarding Vaccination

Staying home when sick and getting tested

Recommended face covering

Physical Distancing

Ventilation

Handwashing and respiratory etiquette

Isolation and quarantine protocols in combination with Test to Stay Strategy

Cleaning and disinfection

We respect all faculty, staff, and parents of differing opinions, and we understand the concern on both sides of the issue. No individual, faculty, staff, or student will be discouraged from wearing a face-covering at school, and face coverings will remain a recommended mitigation strategy. If you have questions or concerns it is recommended you speak with your or your child’s healthcare provider. However, the Catholic Academies and Parish Schools will continue to adapt their COVID-19 Safety and health protocols as new guidelines and information is shared by city and state health officials.

Together our Catholic Academies and Parish Schools have safely guided their school communities from the beginning of the pandemic and together will continue to safely guide their school communities to the end of the pandemic.

We appreciate your support and cooperation with the updated COVID-19 health and safety guidelines. These guidelines will continue to 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

Joan McMaster

Deputy Superintendent

Weekly Update #23 SFDS Week of February 28th 2022

Dear Academy Families, 

What a Catholic Schools Week we had here at St. Francis de Sales last week. From our opening mass, Literacy Day, Radio Bingo, and our Pizza lunch. It was an eventful and memorable Catholic Schools Week. Weeks like this make us realize why St. Francis is so special. 

We hope you all have had a restful winter break and we will see you on Monday, February 28th. Please continue to keep Father Gelfant (Pastor of Blessed Trinity) in your prayers as he begins his battle with Multiple Sclerosis. 

 

Ash Wednesday: Each year, the Church gives us the season of Lent to prepare ourselves for the joyful celebration of Easter.  Over the centuries, the themes of this forty-day period have remained amazingly consistent: renewal, change, turning to Christ, starting over.  The very term, Lent comes from an Old English word meaning spring, which gives a clear indication of the newness to which we are called during this annual observance.  The season of Lent gives us as Catholics the time to reflect on the great sacrifice of Jesus Christ, and how His resurrection gives us the belief in eternal life.   Let our next few weeks be a time of renewal and growing closer to Jesus Christ and his cross. The Pope has announced March 2, 2022, as a Day of Prayer and Fasting for Ukraine. Pope Francis says his heartaches over the situation in Ukraine and announces a “Day of Fasting for Peace” on Ash Wednesday. As the situation in Ukraine grows worse we unite ourselves in prayer for the people of Ukraine in this troubling time. 

Both Blessed Trinity and St. Francis de Sales Parishes have numerous masses and services for Ash Wednesday 3/2. Please check the Blessed Trinity and St. Francis de Sales Parish Facebook accounts and websites. Our students will all receive ashes on Wednesday with Grades 1-8 going to church for a prayer service at 11 am. 

 

COVID-19 Update: To help keep schools safe Governor Hochul is recommending students get tested for COVID-19 before returning to school after Winter Recess on Monday, February 28, regardless of vaccination status. 

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

Recommendations for Testing:

Please help your child take one of the COVID tests provided on the evening of Sunday, February 27 or the morning of Monday, February 28. 

Please help your child take the second test on Day 3, Wednesday, March 2. 

  • If your child tests negative and feels well, they should come to school on Monday, February 28.
  • Please note, if your child has recovered from a confirmed case of COVID-19 since November 28th, it is not recommended to take a test and if they feel well should come to school on Monday, February 28.

If your child tests positive on one of the tests?

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

As most of us know before we left for break New York State lifted the mask mandate for private businesses yet not schools. When we return from Mid-Winter Recess, students and staff  may lower/remove their masks when attending mass (church) with their class, stations of the cross, etc. This will be similar to how many staff and students remove their mask during recess, outdoor physical education classes, and dismissal. Students must continue to wear their masks in the school as protocol directs. Families are asked to have conversations with children about what they feel comfortable with in regard to their children wearing a mask in church when they go to mass weekly in Grades 1-8. 

It is our sincere hope that the COVID positivity rate continues to fall, so that the decision to mask in school will be an individual one and it be a decision we can all embrace with faith and security, and that once the masks are off the faces of our students and staff, they remain off.

Governor Hochul is expected to reevaluate the mask mandate for schools when we return from Mid-Winter Recess. Parents and families wishing to voice their opinion on the schoolmask mandate and voice their concerns are encouraged to email state lawmakers Governor Hochul, State Senator Addabbo and State Assemblywoman  Pheffer-Amato over the next few days. 

Governor Hochul: https://www.governor.ny.gov/content/governor-contact-form

Senator Joseph P. Addabbo Jr: addabbo@nysenate.gov

Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato: amatos@nyassembly.gov

 

Updated COVID Report: These past two weeks (2/11-2/25) St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy has had 0 positive COVID cases.  You can also always see how many cases the school has had since September, the last 14 days, and the last 7 days by clicking here. 

 

Class of 2023 Ring Order Form: Last week, the 7th grade was given an order form for their Class of 2023 Rings. All orders are due back to the office by March 9th. More information is available by clicking here. 

 

“First Day” Movie Screening: Come join us on Monday 2/28/22 at 7pm virtually  to watch “The First Day” Chris Herren, former professional basketball player, author and wellness advocate. Chris  has shared his story of recovery with over 1 million people nationwide. The First Day film chronicles this journey revealing Herren’s vulnerability and his profound connections with high school students who, in turn, have shared their stories of struggle and strength. Through the power of storytelling, The First Day addresses issues that school systems, communities and people across the country are impacted by, directly or indirectly, each day including substance use, other harmful behaviors and mental wellness.

You are invited to a Zoom webinar.

When: Feb 28, 2022 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Topic: “First Day” Movie Screening

Please click the link below to join the webinar:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84636662046?pwd=TFBYc2pYYzV4alc2bno4dmdTMUxudz09

Passcode: FIRSTDAY

Please note this film will be shown in the Spring to our 6th, 7th, and 8th graders before Chris Herren comes to speak to them on May 24th 2022.

On May 24th 2022 Chris Herren will also be here at 7pm to talk to parents as well so please save the date.

For a trailer of the film please click below

https://vimeo.com/ondemand/thefirstdayrenta l/345980302

 

Dress Down Day Friday: Students are able to dress down for a $1 on Friday 3/4. All students are asked to wear the color purple as we raise money for Rett Syndrome Awareness. 

 

Basketball Slam Fundraiser: We are selling Basketball Slam tickets for our fundraiser. This fundraiser follows the Men’s March Madness tournament in March/April. You’ll receive 4 different NCAA teams on your ticket. If your 4 teams combined score is the Highest or Lowest after all rounds, you win a cash prize! Total prizes being given away are $2,000! Prizes are mailed.

You can support us by clicking on the link below, then create a simple account to purchase or log in to a previous account from football. Cards are $20 each. Buy 2 Get 1 FREE (must purchase in multiples of 2 in one transaction.). Orders will be emailed to you and there’s nothing else you have to do to win! Order Online Now! The last day to order online is March 16, 2022.

Thank you for your continued support of St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy!

https://www.basketballsweeps.com/…/org/StFranci_14_2022

 

7th Grade Parent Meeting: We would like to invite all Grade 7 parents to a short yet we feel important meeting about the high school process for next Fall. We have learned many different aspects of the ever-changing process these past few months and we think it is important for all parents to hear before the spring when families begin to finalize their three choices. This meeting will take place virtually Monday March 7th at 7pm. We hope you can make it. 

Topic: Grade 7 Parent Meeting (High School Process) 

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

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85327766417?pwd=cnBOd2I4V3p2eCtzYU9rbHk5YVlYUT09

Meeting ID: 853 2776 6417

Passcode: SFDS2023

 

SAVE THE DATE

First Penance: Good luck to many of our Saint Francis second graders who will be receiving first Penance in two weeks on Saturday 3/12 at Blessed Trinity Parish. We will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers as you continue on your spiritual journey and prepare for receiving the Eucharist for the first time.

 

Report Cards: Please note that all 2nd trimester report cards are digitally distributed on Tuesday 3/22 at about 3pm via the FACTS Parent Portal. This year all conferences will be done in person and will take place on Thursday 3/24. More information about signing up for these conferences will be forthcoming.  

 

Family Stations of the Cross: During the season of Lent all grade levels will be praying the Stations of the Cross in church. Please save the date for Friday April 1st at 7pm for a school sponsored Stations of the Cross for students and families. We hope to see many families (parents and students) joining us for this special moment of prayer.

 

Have a great weekend. 

 

Weekly Update #22 SFDS Week of February 14th 2022 (Catholic Schools Week)

Dear Families,

Here’s what you need to know about the last week before Winter Recess! 

This week we have an opportunity to celebrate Catholic education throughout the United States. But in a special way, we celebrate Catholic education within the Diocese of Brooklyn and especially here at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy.  As we celebrate Catholic Schools Week, let us remember how important our work is to the Mission of the Catholic Church in educating children. Students here at St. Francis de Sales are part of the 2 million students in the United States who are currently attending Catholic schools. The education they receive builds on a tradition of academic excellence older than the United States itself, dating back nearly four centuries.

This year Catholic Schools we once again get the opportunity to celebrate that Catholic Academies and Parish Schools are unparalleled in their faith, excellence, values, discipline, and service. This theme is the lens through which Catholic Schools Week will be celebrated. It is fitting that the foundation of Catholic education will not only be celebrated but strengthened as we continue to move through the 2021-2022 school year.

Please click here for the final schedule for this year’s Catholic School Week. Please make note of the different dress-down days and different events that we are hosting for each grade level after school. We especially hope to see many of our students in dress uniforms with their families this Sunday for our opening Catholic Schools Week Mass on Sunday 2/13 at 10 am at St. Edmund’s (Blessed Trinity) and 12 pm at St. Francis de Sales. Let’s make this the best Catholic Schools Week ever!

As we begin Catholic Schools Week this week, I am very proud to be in the company of a stellar faculty and staff and the best kids in the world. Have a Happy Catholic Schools Week!

Updated COVID Report: This week (2/4-2/11) St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy has had 2 positive COVID cases.  You can also always see how many cases the school has had since September, the last 14 days, and the last 7 days by clicking here. 

Catholic Schools Week Principal/Assistant Principal for a Day: Congratulations to our winners of this year’s Principal and Assistant Principal of the Day. This year we had over 240 entries (a record amount). 

Principal of the Day

-Madeline Youngberg (Grade 7)

-Niamh Mullen (Grade 5)

Assistant Principal of the Day

-Savannah Last (Grade 4)

-Bianna Wittrock (Grade 2)

These young ladies will be leading our school on Thursday 2/17. Congratulations again. 

“First Day” Movie Screening: Come join us on Monday 2/28/22 at 7pm virtually  to watch “The First Day” Chris Herren, former professional basketball player, author and wellness advocate. Chris  has shared his story of recovery with over 1 million people nationwide. The First Day film chronicles this journey revealing Herren’s vulnerability and his profound connections with high school students who, in turn, have shared their stories of struggle and strength. Through the power of storytelling, The First Day addresses issues that school systems, communities and people across the country are impacted by, directly or indirectly, each day including substance use, other harmful behaviors and mental wellness.

You are invited to a Zoom webinar.

When: Feb 28, 2022 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Topic: “First Day” Movie Screening

Please click the link below to join the webinar:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84636662046?pwd=TFBYc2pYYzV4alc2bno4dmdTMUxudz09

Passcode: FIRSTDAY

Please note this film will be shown in the Spring to our 6th, 7th, and 8th graders before Chris Herren comes to speak to them on May 24th 2022. On May 24th 2022 Chris Herren will also be here at 7pm to talk to parents as well so please save the date.

For a trailer of the film please click below

https://vimeo.com/ondemand/thefirstdayrenta l/345980302

Mobile App: Just a reminder that our Mobile APP celebrates its four year anniversary. To download, search for ST. FRANCIS DE SALES ACADEMY in the App Store or Google Play. This is a great way to stay current with school events, your child’s HW, tuition account, and child’s grades. 

7th Grade Parent Meeting: We would like to invite all Grade 7 parents to a short yet we feel important meeting about the high school process for next Fall. We have learned many different aspects of the ever changing process these past few months and we think it is important for all parents to hear before the spring when families begin to finalize their three choices. This meeting will take place virtually Monday March 9th at 7pm. We hope you can make it. 

Topic: Grade 7 Parent Meeting (High School Process) 

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

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85327766417?pwd=cnBOd2I4V3p2eCtzYU9rbHk5YVlYUT09

Meeting ID: 853 2776 6417

Passcode: SFDS2023

 

SAVE THE DATE

2/21-2/25: Winter Recess- School Closed

3/2: Ash Wednesday- Prayer Service at 11am

3/4: $1 Dress Down for Rett Syndrome Research Trust (Wear Purple)

 

Have a great weekend. Stay Warm and Enjoy the game!

Weekly Update #21 SFDS Week of February 7th 2022

Dear Families,

We seem to have begun organizing Catholic School Week for the 2021-2022 school year as soon as we returned to school in January. With our re-registration and new registrants, we’re also starting to think about next year. While it is vital to plan for the future and look ahead, it is also crucial to enjoy the present and live in the moment. Every day, the students at our school remind me of this. The way they enjoy simple pleasures that we often take for granted, as well as the sound of their laughter while they play at recess, are wonderful treasures. That’s probably why it’s called the “present.” Now that I’m a father, I can honestly state what you all know: “they grow up far too quickly.” Because it feels like this month has flown by, I felt compelled to pause and think about everything that we have here at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy. We are extremely fortunate.

We’ve made it through this gray and rainy week, and thankfully the weather seems to be looking up next week.

Updated COVID Report: This week (1/28-2/3) St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy had 1 positive COVID case.  You can also always see how many cases the school has had since September, the last 14 days, and the last 7 days by clicking here. 

Re-Registration 2022-2023: Two weeks ago we sent out instructions to re-register for the 2022-2023 school year. All re-registration forms will be done via the FACTS Family Portal. Please note that all re-registration fees ($125 re-registration fee and $100 lunch fee) will be paid via FACTS. Please note that all fees are non-refundable. 

Please note for your re-registration to be complete you must fill out the form by 2/6/22 and be up to date on all tuition payments for the 2021-2022 school year. We do expect to have a waiting list in many grade levels once we open registration and cannot hold a seat unless your re-registration is complete. We will not be taking any new families in Grades 3,6, and 8 for next year. If there are any financial issues please let the school administration know as soon as possible. 

Please note that all families that have a sibling (brother/sister) and filled out the intent form to register for the next school year have received an email with a link to the registration portal for the 2022-2023 school year which officially opens on 2/11/22. 

Catholic Schools Week: Last week we shared on our website and social media accounts this year’s schedule for Catholic Schools Week. Please click here for the final schedule for this year’s Catholic School Week. Please make note of the different dress-down days and different events that we are hosting for each grade level after school. We especially hope to see many of our students in dress uniform with their families next week for our opening Catholic Schools Week Mass on Sunday 2/13 at 10am at St. Edmund’s (Blessed Trinity) and 12pm at St. Francis de Sales. Let’s make this the best Catholic Schools Week ever!

Don’t forget that this Friday 2/11 is a ½ day with a 12 noon dismissal. 

Catholic Schools Week Principal/Assistant Principal for a Day: One of our favorite Catholic Schools Week traditions is our Principal and Assistant Principal of the Day contest.  This year the Principal/Assistant Principal essay is due on Monday February 7th. It might be a great weekend activity  to write an essay or work on a collage/multimedia project and enter our contest. For more information please click here. 

I-Ready: On Friday all of your children in Grades K-8 were home with their I-Ready mid-year diagnostic test in Reading and Math. Please remember that these results are just a snapshot and one piece of the puzzle they are not the entire picture of where a child is as a learner. The i-Ready Diagnostic will provide results that help us identify your child’s strengths and determine the next steps for instruction. We look forward to sharing these results with you now and at the end of the year in June 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 the classroom teacher or the school.

You will notice on your child’s Reading report that they have been given a Lexile Level. A Lexile measure is a valuable tool for teachers, parents, and students. It serves two unique functions: it is the measure of how difficult a text is or a student’s reading ability level. The Lexile Framework was developed by MetaMetrics, an educational assessment and research team, funded originally by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. 

Discuss these results with your child and celebrate their strengths and progress and collaborate with them on planning how they will reach their goals. Please remember that national Norms are percentiles, comparing each student’s performance with that of a nationally representative sample of students in the same grade level who took the test at the same time of year. For example, a student who has a Norm of 60% on the test scored better than 60% of a nationally representative group of students who took the test. 

The following video can be helpful in understanding some of the data that is being sent home. https://i-readycentral.com/videos/video-understanding-i-ready-diagnostic-data-for-families/ In the past, we have used Fountas & Pinnell to level students. Please see the following chart to correlate your child’s Lexile level https://stfrancisacademybh.org/sfds-reading-level-correlation-chart/ Of course if you have any questions please be in touch with your child’s teacher and/or the administration.  

Gym Uniforms: Just a reminder from last weeks update that over the past few weeks there have been many mornings where the main office has been flooded with questions if students are able to wear their gym uniform due to cold weather. Due to the confusion effectively immediately students will only be able to wear their gym uniform if given permission by the administration the night before. We thank you in advance for following this uniform policy. 

Dinner Dance Meeting: There will be one more general meeting on Monday,, February 7th at 7 pm in the school; all parents are asked to use the main entrance. We will meet in a classroom TBD yet ask that you use the main entrance. We hope to leave that night with a theme for this year’s dinner dance and then hand over the planning to the chairpeople. There will also be a virtual option for those parents that cannot physically attend that will be sent out on Monday. 

Birthdays: There are a variety of ways in which we celebrate birthdays at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy.  Celebrations are at the discretion of the teacher but may include handmade cards, storytelling, the sharing of a book, etc. Please communicate with the homeroom teacher beforehand.  Families/guardians may drop off party goods (cookies, cupcakes, small plates, napkins, etc.) with Security at the beginning of the school day.  The Diocese requires that all food items shared be store-bought. The reason for this rule is strictly to serve as a safety precaution, allowing the school to know the ingredients of any item.  We ask that no toys, lollipops, goody bags, frozen treats, or drinks be brought into school.

Winter and Spring Pizza Order: We are happy again to offer Pizza Thursdays (Grades K-4) and Fridays (Grades 5-8) from Plum Tomatoes by La Sorrentina every Thursday/Friday this school year for grades K-8. 

Every Thursday or Friday students have the option to purchase pizza for lunch. Each slice is $2.50.

Grades K-4 Order Form: Winter/Spring Pizza Form (Grades K-4)

Grades 5-8 Order Form: Winter/Spring Pizza Form (Grades 5-8)

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(s) is due by Friday 2/4. No refunds will be issued if a child is absent.

SAVE THE DATE

2/11-2/18: Catholic Schools Week

2/21-2/25: Winter Recess- School Closed

Have a great weekend. 

Weekly Update #20 SFDS Week of January 31st 2022

Dear Families,

Today, we celebrate the feast of St. Thomas Aquinas.  As you might know, St. Thomas Aquinas is the patron saint of Catholic schools and students. St. Thomas Aquinas believed in the Lord, helping others in need, learning each day of our lives, and being respectful to all that we meet each day.  St. Thomas Aquinas goes on to say in his writings, that without faith, we can achieve nothing.  For it is our faith, which will get us through the difficult times in our lives. 

Let us also keep in our prayers this weekend also the NYPD and the families of Police Officers Jason Rivera and  Wilbert Mora, as they mourn their tragic loss. We ask God to protect all those who risk their lives to protect us all and we ask Him to help us bring an end to this senseless violence.

Updated COVID Guidelines: Over the past few weeks, all school districts in New York State were given additional guidance from the NYS Department of Health concerning masking, contact tracing, and quarantine protocols. Please consider these guidelines (found by clicking here) to be in place immediately at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy. Protocols are evolving. We will make sure to provide updates as changes are put into effect. 

Also please note that moving forward all reporting of COVID-19 positive cases and/or COVID-19 exposures must use the following form found on our home page of the website. 

Our goal remains to keep the school open for all students and maintain the pre-virus quality of instruction and learning in an environment that protects the physical and emotional health of our community. It will take the effort of our entire school community to continue to maintain a safe environment for our students and staff to attend school in person. Please continue to keep your child home if they are showing any symptoms of infection and follow up with your health care provider. Thank you for your continued support and patience as we work through this challenging time.  We will do our best to keep you informed with additional updates. 

This week (1/21-1/27) St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy had 6 positive COVID cases.  You can also always see how many cases the school has had since September, the last 14 days, and the last 7 days by clicking here. 

Congratulations to Mr. Sullivan: St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy sends sincere congratulations and best wishes to Mr. Keith Sullivan, Chair of the Board of Trustees of our academy for being honored with the Don “DH” Hart Memorial Award at next Saturday’s Annual Greybeards Gala. We are very proud of this honor for Mr. Sullivan and for all of his work behind the scenes to make our academy so successful. 

Gym Uniforms: Over the past few weeks there have been many mornings where the main office has been flooded with questions if students are able to wear their gym uniform due to cold weather. Due to the confusion effectively immediately students will only be able to wear their gym uniform if given permission by the administration the night before. We thank you in advance for following this uniform policy. 

Catholic Schools Week: Last week we shared on our website and social media accounts this year’s schedule for Catholic Schools Week. More information will be coming in the next few weeks about the dress-down days and events of the week. 

Catholic Schools Week T-Shirt: During Catholic Schools Week we will be asking the children to wear a T-shirt with a SFDS logo on it on Friday 2/18! Any old CSW T-shirt or gym shirt they may have is fine. We will also be selling a 2022 St. Francis DeSales “Catholic Schools Week” T-shirt, that can be worn on that day.

They will be available in short sleeves only. The cost of the shirts are $13.00

We will have adult sizes as well, for parents.

If you would like to order a shirt, please fill out the form below by Wednesday, February 2nd. We need to get the order to the printer by Wednesday the 2nd.

https://forms.gle/5F82qk4NM53mY5Hd9

You will be charged via your FACTS account about a week after the sale ends. All shirts will be given out on or before Wednesday 2/16.

Any questions please email Mrs. Buckley at mbuckley@stfrancisschoolbh.net

Catholic Schools Week Principal/Assistant Principal for a Day: One of our favorite Catholic Schools Week traditions is our Principal and Assistant Principal of the Day contest.  This year the Principal/Assistant Principal essay is due on Monday February 7th. It might be a great weekend snow day activity to write an essay or work on a college/multimedia project and enter our contest. For more information please click here. 

I-Ready Mid-Year Diagnostic Test: This past week all students in Grades K-8 began the I-Ready mid-year diagnostic test. Towards the end of next week all of your children in Grades K-8 will be sent home with their I-Ready mid-year diagnostic test results in Reading and Math. One of the components that we as a school will be focusing on is growth. The i-Ready growth model offers two complementary growth measures for every student that show how much growth is expected, as well as how much students should grow to help them achieve their goals. These measures help teachers set goals, see how much their students have progressed, and make informed instructional decisions to help put all students on a path toward proficiency or advanced proficiency levels. For more information please click here. Of course if you have any questions please be in touch with your child’s teacher and/or the administration. 

Family Life Religion Curriculum: This week in Grades 5-8 we will be taking a special moment out of our religion curriculum to look at Family Life. All schools in the Diocese of Brooklyn are mandated to teach this curriculum which focuses on God’s gift of Family, of Self, of Life, of Love, and of Community. We ask that you continue the conversation in regards to the Church’s teaching in regards to living a healthy and holy family life.

If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch with either you child’s religion teacher. 

NJHS Carnation Drive A random act of kindness, no matter how big or small, can make a HUGE difference in the lives of others.  The National Junior Honor Society of SFDS Academy will be running, “Valentine Kindness.” We will be visiting the Residents of the Beacon Rehabilitation Center, right here in Rockaway Park, on Valentine’s Day, to deliver carnations to the residents and staff, as a surprise, random act of kindness.  Our goal is to deliver 200 carnations, so that ALL the residents and staff receive a little bit of love that day.  

If you would like to participate, the donated cost is $5.00 

Please submit your donation in an envelope, with the EXACT amount, with your name on it, to your teacher by Friday February 4th.  Orders for the flowers need to be submitted by then, to assure we get the correct amount, for the Residents and Staff at the Beacon.  

We appreciate all your support.  

Re-Registration 2022-2023: Last week we sent out instructions to re-register for the 2022-2023 school year. All re-registration forms will be done via the FACTS Family Portal. Please note that all re-registration fees ($125 re-registration fee and $100 lunch fee) will be added to your FACTS account and be paid based on the financial agreement that you have chosen in the past. Please note that all fees are non-refundable. 

Please note for your re-registration to be complete you must fill out the form by 2/4/22 and pay the registration fee no later than 2/27/22 and be up to date on all tuition payments for the 2021-2022 school year. We do expect to have a waiting list in many grade levels once we open registration and cannot hold a seat unless your re-registration is complete. If there are any financial issues please let the school administration know as soon as possible. 

Please note that all families that have a sibling (brother/sister) and filled out the intent form to register for the next school year will be receiving an email prior to 2/11/22 with a link to the registration portal for the 2022-2023 school year which officially opens on 2/11/22. 

Chocolate Bar Sale: Our school will be conducting a fund-raising candy sale during the month of February. We will be selling World’s Finest Chocolate Products – truly delicious chocolates that have been sold for years by schools and organizations.

This year we are hoping for All Families to assist with this sale in order to make it as successful as possible. If all 374 Families sell 1 box of chocolate, we will earn a profit of over $11,000.00

On February 1st,  your oldest child will be given a box of chocolate to take home. If you cannot support us in the sale, please return the form that was sent out this week on or before January 28th.

All Students of families selling a box of Chocolate will receive a dress-down ticket to use on a day of their choice. 

Winter and Spring Pizza Order: We are happy again to offer Pizza Thursdays (Grades K-4) and Fridays (Grades 5-8) from Plum Tomatoes by La Sorrentina every Thursday/Friday this school year for grades K-8. 

Every Thursday or Friday students have the option to purchase pizza for lunch. Each slice is $2.50.

Grades K-4 Order Form: Winter/Spring Pizza Form (Grades K-4)

Grades 5-8 Order Form: Winter/Spring Pizza Form (Grades 5-8)

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(s) is due by Friday 2/4. No refunds will be issued if a child is absent.

PDHP Family Fun Night: Please join us for PDHP’s big borough family fun night. A cozy and fun night of family bonding, through games and gratitude right in your own home! For Queens Catholic Schools and Academies K-8

Where: Zoom

When: Thursday, February 3, 2022

Time: Starts at 7pm

Register at: https://forms.gle/TZWaQzHKYyBuVuUUA

 

SAVE THE DATE

2/11: Beginning of Catholic Schools Week and a ½ day with 12n dismissal

2/21-2/25: Winter Recess- School Closed

 

Have a great weekend. Good luck with the snow. 

Principal of the Day/Assistant Principal of the Day Contest

ATTENTION: STUDENTS IN GRADES 5-8!

Here’s how to participate in our annual Catholic Schools Week Principal for the Day Contest!

You can do either of the following to enter the contest…

  • Write an essay that answers the prompt “If I were Principal of St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy, I would…”
    • Tell us why you would want to be Principal and what you would do.
  • Create a Multimedia Presentation that answers the prompt “If I were Principal of St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy, I would…”
    • Google Slides, Prezi, short movie, etc. are all appropriate multimedia platforms for the presentation. Be sure that no matter what you decide to create, the work is wholly focused on what you would do as Principal and why.

All essays or multimedia presentations are due no later than Monday, February 7th, 2022 to cscharbach@stfrancisschoolbh.net. A panel of judges will read/view each entry and determine the winner.

 

ATTENTION: STUDENTS IN GRADES 1-4!

Here’s how to participate in our annual Catholic Schools Week Assistant Principal for the Day Contest!

You can do either of the following to enter the contest…

  • Write an essay that answers the prompt “If I was Assistant Principal of St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy, I would…”
    • Tell why you would want to be Assistant Principal and what you would do.
  • Create a collage that answers the prompt “If I was Assistant Principal of St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy, I would…”
    • Decorate an 8.5×11 piece of paper with images and/or illustrations that show why you would want to be Assistant Principal and what you would do. Include captions underneath each picture or a blurb on the back that explains each picture.

All essays or collages are due no later than Monday, February 7th, 2022 to your homeroom teacher. A panel of judges will read each entry and determine the winner.