First, let me thank you for your support and understanding as we, as a nation, state and community, responded to the unexpected pandemic of COVID-19 in March. I am very proud of the way our St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy students, parents, faculty, and staff handled the demands we were faced to educate our students during the most unusual of circumstances. As you know, there continues to be concerns and questions related to how schools plan to reopen in September 2020. While we are in the business of educating, our first priority is the safety of our students and our faculty and staff. Be assured, we have been working diligently on our 2020-2021 SFDS STRONGer Together Reopening Plan.
Due to all the factors and information needed to plan as COVID-19 issues unfold, the comprehensive Plan will be released around July 31st 2020. Our desire is to return to school as normal (traditional) with enhanced safety and cleaning procedures. However, we must be proactive and be prepared during these ever-changing times to continue educating our students if and when circumstances change, as predicted, throughout the year related to the health and safety of our students and employees.
We are working on three scenarios:
- Enhanced Traditional Plan-We would continue school as normal with enhanced safety precautions in place such as increased hand sanitizer availability, increased frequency of cleaning of high touch areas, limited visitation to our school by visitors in order to possibly prevent the transition to a hybrid or full distance learning option. (Again, this is our plan for September pending more restrictive guidance from the Governor.)
- Social Distancing/Hybrid Plan-Hybrid would be a combination of distance and face-to-face instruction with increased safety and disinfecting measures as listed above, which could be done in a variety of configurations. This would only be enacted if the Governor’s Executive Order or guidelines required us to.
- Full Distance Learning Plan-All students would participate in the learning of new material, continued standard pacing, interactive lessons, graded assignments, and assessments. This would be enacted if the Governor’s Executive Order or guidelines closed schools again due to health concerns.
I encourage our parents to frequently visit our webpage and follow our social media for up to date and accurate information. There are many false rumors being disseminated which leads to unnecessary confusion. Our priority is to keep everyone safe while not making life more difficult for our parents. Each family situation is uniquely different. We fully understand your varied concerns about health and safety, distance learning, the importance of face-to-face instruction, parents needing to work, the economy, and all of the other unexpected consequences of not being in school or being in school in a traditional method. If for some reason, we can’t be in a traditional school situation, our goal is to find the best way to have our students safely in our buildings as frequently as possible to ensure the health and well-being of all.
As we continue the 2020-2021 SFDS STRONGer Together Reopening Plan planning process, we will keep you updated. Thank you for your continued support and positivity as we strive to do what is best for ALL of our students and employees during these challenging times.
Please make note of the following:
- A list of tuition fees for the 2020-2021 school year can be found by clicking here. Tuition is due by the 15th of the month, August through May. By taking advantage of the security and convenience of payment processing and information technology offered by FACTS. Tuition payments for the 2020-2021 school year can be paid online, by phone, or by mail. You may also sign up for auto pay as well. Only in an emergency will payment be accepted in the school building and/or rectory. You should have received or will be receiving an email invite from FACTS with information necessary to enroll if new to the school. Included in the invite will be the website you will need to access. If you do receive this invite by June 26th, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to let her know. She will be sure to respond to your request in a timely fashion.
- 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 email@example.com.
- Summer Assignments and Supply Lists are available on the 2020-2021 School year tab on our website and can be found by clicking here. 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 again with comto to host a supply kit sale. Please note that this will not be available until early July. Please note that you can choose not to buy certain items from the list if you already have purchased or will purchase elsewhere.
- Flynn & O’Hara continues to be our uniform supplier. First and foremost, they are excited to announce that they have begun shipping online and phone orders from their Philadelphia distribution center! Please note that delivery times will be delayed as they work back up to full operational capacity. FlynnO’Hara will continue to offer Free Shipping on all online and phone orders as long as our stores remain closed. The store location is The Shops at Atlas Park, 8000 Cooper Avenue, Lower Level, Glendale, NY Uniforms can be ordered online at www.flynnohara.com, or by phone at 718-326-2704.
- My Catholic Faith All of our students who are returning to 2nd-5th grade can continue to complete the curriculum of My Catholic Faith Delivered. It is recommended that students work on this for 10-15 minutes each day (3-4 times a week). The courses are designed to make learning convenient and fun. They feature engaging lessons, interactive activities, and real-time feedback. Any questions about this curriculum or how to log on please email Mr. Scharbach at firstname.lastname@example.org We have had quite a few students already complete the curriculum and looking forward to celebrating a few more.
- Virtus training is mandated by the Diocese as a requirement for anyone who would like to volunteer to help with the children in the school (lunch parent, class parent, trip helper, etc.). For a list of upcoming sessions and information on how to register, log on to virtus.org. This training must be completed prior to starting your volunteer service.
- School will officially begin Wednesday 9/9 for students in Kindergarten – Grade 8. Children in the Nursery and Pre-K will begin on Monday 9/14.
This week, sadly, we say farewell to Mrs. Tara Davan and Mrs. Sally Quinn. While we wish them the best of luck in their future endeavors, we certainly will miss them here at St. Francis.
I am also happy to announce the following changes to our current faculty:
- Ms. Meittinis will be moving up to join her students as a new 5th and 6th Grade team member
- Mrs. Bodnar will be teaching our Nursery PM class while Mrs. Troia continues to teach the Nursery AM class.
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 hope we all return in September with new energy and with renewed commitments to this very special Academy. We look forward to opening our doors next year to about 550 students. But remember, summer does not mean we take a vacation from the Lord! I encourage you, wherever you may be this summer, to make time to watch or come to Mass on Sundays and to pray every day!
Enjoy the summer, and we will see you in the Fall! Don’t forget to have your child(ren) read each day.
Christopher Scharbach, Ed. D
Dear Class of 2020 Families,
Now that the school year has finished and the students are completed with their classes and have their report cards in hand it is time to get ready for our in-person Graduation next week on Friday Night 6/26 at 6pm. If we have to postpone to Saturday morning due to weather that decision will be made by 8am on 6/26. This event will take place in the school yard.
The graduates need to attend a mandatory Zoom Meeting this Wednesday at 10am. Here the administration will discuss with students what they need to wear, what time to arrive, where they are sitting, the process if their name is called for an award, and how they will receive their diplomas.
The Zoom meeting link and information is below. Please make sure your child attends.
Topic: Graduation Student Practice
Time: Jun 24, 2020 10:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 898 1089 6506
Some basic guidelines about next Friday’s ceremony:
- All attendees at the gathering are required to remain six feet apart from other attendees at all times, excluding immediate family members or household members.
- All attendees at the gathering must wear a mask or face covering at all times, if they are able to medically tolerate a covering. Individual students may temporarily remove their masks or face coverings while crossing the stage when they are receiving their diploma and having their individual photo taken off stage.
- The graduate can bring up to two parents to graduation as guests. Please note that no one can be in the school yard, around the gate, or on the school grounds before, during, and after the ceremony except the graduate, his/her parents, 7th/8th grade faculty, school administration, school security, and graduation staff. This will be strictly enforced by our security. Please note that any gathering around the school yard will add to our numbers and mean that we will have to either delay or cancel the outdoor graduation. We need all families to help us with this and ask your families and friends to stay home and watch the graduation on the livestream. No exceptions will be made.
- There will be an area of portable bathrooms and hand sanitizer stations at the entrances and exits that have been generously donated by the Howard Family of our school in the school yard.
- Please note that the graduation will be filmed and live streamed for all those family and friends who could not attend to watch.
- Please also note that there maybe be a few times in the ceremony where the podium will have to be wiped down.
What time should we arrive? We ask all families to arrive between 5:45pm and 5:50pm. There will be limited parking on the streets so we recommend that all who live close please walk. Graduation will begin at 6pm and should run about 60 minutes.
What should the graduates wear? The Graduates need to wear their Graduation Gown and Cap with 2020 Tassel. The graduates will be provided a Gold Stole with the words “SFDS 2020” when they enter. The graduates are asked not to decorate their caps for the Graduation exercise. We appreciate your cooperation with that request.
How will the Graduates receive their diplomas? The graduate’s names will be called at which point they will walk to the right-hand side of the stage, take their mask off walk on stage and be handed their diploma. There must not be person-to-person contact during the celebration. Individuals may not shake hands. Sharing or exchanging materials of any kind poses an increased risk of transmission of COVID-19. After they receive their diploma, they will walk off the stage on the left have their picture taken with their diploma and then return to their seat.
How will the Graduates be seated? Graduates will be seated with their parent(s). Each family will be separated by at least 6 feet in each direction There will be three chairs for each graduate family, four for our 3 pairs of siblings. The graduate is asked to sit on the right-hand side of the chairs. For our pairs of siblings, the graduates will sit on the ends with their parent(s) in the middle. A map will be distributed closer to the graduation once the school yard is set up yet we will be seated this year alphabetically starting with the 20th letter of the alphabet which is “T” and going to Z before beginning with A and going all the way to S. Please note that there will be a stage and screen to help everyone’s viewing experience.
How will graduates receive awards? If your graduates name is called for an award during the ceremony the graduate is asked to stand at their seats where they will be recognized. After the ceremony is finished your graduate is asked to go to the assigned table where awards will be given out. Please remind your graduate they will need to be socially distanced when waiting on the awards line. Your graduate can have their picture taken with their award at the designated photo spot after the graduation.
Once the graduation is complete the administration, clergy, and faculty will leave. We do ask that after you take a few pictures that you exit the school yard in a timely fashion. Security will use best judgement in clearing out the school yard after the ceremony. Please stay socially distanced when in the schoolyard at all times. This includes the graduates.
Much time and planning has gone into this ceremony and we want it to be the best of the best for our graduates yet we really do need full cooperation with the above guidelines. I thank you in advance
Of course, if you have any questions you can email us at email@example.com. Have a great weekend.
Please click below for a letter from Dr. Chadzutko, Ed.D. the Superintendent ~ Catholic School Support Services for the Diocese of Brooklyn
For instructions on how to view report cards on Option C please click below
Please note Report Cards are being released as follows
Tuesday June 16th- Pre-K and 8th Grade
Thursday June 18th- Kindergarten
Friday June 19th- 1st Grade through 7th Grade
All report cards should be available no later than 3pm on the assigned day. Any issue retrieving your child’s report card please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Any questions in regard to your child’s grade please email your child’s teacher directly. Have a great summer.
Dear Academy Families,
Starting on Thursday we are asking that one adult member of each family come to the school to drop off the items below for each of their children. Also at that time you will have the opportunity to pick up your child’s belongings that they left in school back in March along with any yearbooks. that were ordered. Please see below the dates, procedures and items to be returned for each grade level.
Dates and Times
Thursday 6/18: Device Collection Day #1- Family Last Name A-L (9am-12pm)
Friday 6/19: Device Collection Day #2- Family Last Name M-Z (9am-12pm)
Monday 6/22: Device Collection Day #3- Family Last Name A-L (9am-2pm)
Tuesday 6/23: Device Collection Day #4- Family Last Name M-Z (9am-2pm)
Wednesday 6/24: Device Collection Day #5- Family Last Name A-Z (9am-12pm)
- Please enter through the main door on Beach 129th Street.
- Everyone who enters the building must be wearing a mask, no exceptions can be made
- There will be markers throughout the line and outside to make sure while you are online you are socially distancing yourself from other individuals.
- Only 5-6 individuals will be allowed in the building at a given time
- After you drop off your materials in the lobby you will go into the gym where you will be able to pick up belongings that were left behind by your children.
- You are asked to leave using the CYO exit.
- If you feel that an item is missing from you bag please email us email@example.com and we will do our best to investigate
Items to be Returned
Ipad and Charger (Please note that this may have already occurred during the distribution of Kindergarten Certificates)
2 Ipads and 1 Charger
2 Ipads and 1 Charger
“Ruby Bridges Goes To School My True Story” by Ruby Bridges
“Martin Luther King Jr. and the March on Washington” (Penguin Young Readers Level 3)
- 2 Ipads and 1 Charger
2.- Science Text
3 – Who is Malala Yousafzai? novel
4 – Math fraction tiles
5 – Peter Pan novel
- 2 Ipads and 2 Chargers
- Science textbook
- Peter Pan novel
- Who is Jane Goodall novel
- Fraction tiles
- 2 Ipads and 1 Charger
- Science textbook
- SS textbook
- Secret Zoo
- 2 Ipads and 1 Charger
- Science textbook
- SS textbook
- Wayside School is Falling Down
- 2 Ipads and 1 Charger
- Science textbook
- Chromebook, Chromebook bag, and charger
- Brian’s Winter novel
- McMillan/McGraw: Our Nation
- Chromebook, Chromebook bag, and charger
- The Giver novel,
- My World History: Early Ages
Chromebook, Chromebook bag, and charger
Algebra Regents Textbook (Regents Class only)
1st-3rd Grade Show@11am
4th-7th Grade Show at 1pm
The show will be broadcast on these links.
If you do not receive a card by Tuesday 6/16 at 10am please email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Just a reminder that participation in this event is optional and that afternoon classes in Grade 3-7 are canceled.
If you have any questions please let us know.
Dear St. Francis de Sales Catholic Family,
The long awaited last day of school is fast approaching! The 2019-2020 school year is drawing to a close, this year of course is highlighted by the COVID-19 Pandemic and the move to duatrance learning. Yet it is also highlighted by the response of a resilient student body, a dedicated staff and a supportive community of families and parishes. Thank you again for placing your faith in Saint Francis and for entrusting your children, your prized treasures, to our care. On behalf of the entire school community, we wish you a very happy, healthy and safe, fun-filled summer vacation. The school offices will be open on various days over the summer, please refer to the calendar on the website for hours.
Congrats to the Class of 2020 who graduate from St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy on June 26th. We wish them all the best as they move into the next chapter of their lives.
A Few Farewells: Congratulations are in order to one our Kindergarten teachers Mrs. Sally Quinn and one of our 1st Grade teachers Mrs. Tara Davan who are both giving their last homework assignments this week. As these two dedicated teachers of catholic education retire this year let’s continue to say congratulations and thank you for over 60 years of service to Catholic education.
See below some issues and topics that will help all be successful during the last week of the school year.
2020-2021 School Year: St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy, in partnership with our pastors and Board of Directors, is looking to the future with confidence and planning for the day that our students will return to our building in September. We look forward to hallways and classrooms that are bustling with the noise, smiles and energy that make our school feel like home to our students. Come September our school will be ready with new resources and protocols that will be needed to ensure the health and safety of our students. Let’s remember that we are in this together and that the learning will continue.
This Thursday I will be hosting a Zoom Webinar at 7pm to discuss the guidelines that we have been given so far and how we expect to plan this summer to address the forthcoming guidelines presented to us by the State, city, and Diocese.
You are invited to a Zoom webinar.
When: Jun 18, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Topic: SFDS STRONGer Together- The 2020-2021 School Year
Please click the link below to join the webinar:
End of the Year Calendar: As we come into the homestretch please use the following calendar to stay up to date.
- Nursery AM and PM Step up Ceremonies- Please see below for more information
- Pre-Kindergarten home visits
- Pre-K Step up Ceremonies- Please see below for more information
- SFDS Radio Bingo for Grade 1-Grade 3 at 11am and Grade 4-Grade 7 at 1pm. More information will be sent out on Monday.
- Kindergarten home visits
- Pre-K and 8th Grade Report Cards Available on Option C
- Last day of Remote Learning – Kindergarten to Grade 7
- Kindergarten Information Night at 6pm- Please use the link that was sent out and that is available on our school calendar.
- Kindergarten Step up Ceremonies- Please see below for more information
- Kindergarten Report Cards Available on Option C
- Grade 1-7 Virtual Field Day- More Information to follow
- Device Collection Day #1- Family Last Name A-L (9am-12pm) Students/families pick up student belongings at school and return school devices. Email will be sent out on Tuesday with what items have to be brought and the process of returning items and picking up personal belongings
- Conversation with the Principal at 7pm- SFDS STRONGer Together 2020-2021 School Year
- Device Collection Day #2- Family Last Name M-Z (9am-12pm) Students/families pick up student belongings at school and return school devices. Email will be sent out on Tuesday with what items have to be brought and the process of returning items and picking up personal belongings
- No later than 3pm all report cards will be available on Option C and will be able to be seen using the same procedure from the 2nd trimester report cards in March.
Monday 6/22: Device Collection Day #3- Family Last Name A-L (9am-2pm) Students/families pick up student belongings at school and return school devices. Email will be sent out on Tuesday with what items have to be brought and the process of returning items and picking up personal belongings
Tuesday 6/23: Device Collection Day #4- Family Last Name M-Z (9am-2pm) Students/families pick up student belongings at school and return school devices. Email will be sent out on Tuesday with what items have to be brought and the process of returning items and picking up personal belongings
Wednesday 6/24: Device Collection Day #5- Family Last Name A-Z (9am-12pm) Students/families pick up student belongings at school and return school devices. Email will be sent out on Tuesday with what items have to be brought and the process of returning items and picking up personal belongings
Congrats on Completing My Catholic Faith Delivered: We would like to recognize the following students who have completed the My Catholic Faith Delivered Program for their grade level.
- Jenna O’Brien
- Molly O’Neil
- Mary Thuilot
- Ashlee Ferriola
Please note that the My Catholic Faith Delivered program will be available to all students in Grades 1-4 from now until the end of the summer. We encourage you to continue working on lessons that help your child grow in their faith.
Early Childhood Information Nights: We will be shifting our annual Early Childhood information nights to a digital platform . Continuing this week on Wednesday June 17th at 6pm, we will invite our incoming Kindergarten parents to join us for the Kindergarten Information Night. On all evenings, the early childhood teachers will be sharing all the details of what is in store for your children who are entering their early childhood years. Parents will be receiving supply lists and summer ideas during this meeting as well. We hope to see everyone there. Please use the link that was sent out by email to attend these meetings. They are also available on our school calendar as well.
Yearbooks: We received the delivery of the 2020 Yearbooks this week. For all those who ordered yearbooks in the Fall they will be distributed when families drop off devices, textbooks, and pick up belongings starting on Thursday 6/18.
Step Up: Heading to the next grade is a big step and we like to celebrate it at St. Francis! At the close of our school year our Nursery, Pre-K, and Kindergarten classes are invited to “Step-Up” to their next grade level. It’s a tradition to end the school year and the students love moving up to the next grade. Although we will not be able to have these ceremonies in person this year we are currently planning very special virtual Step-Up ceremonies. Please find below the dates, times, and Zoom links for your child’s step up. Please note that only the child and his/her family should use this link. The step-up will be recorded and shared with families so other family members can see it after the ceremony. There will be a waiting room in which you will need to be approved to come in so please use either the child’s name or family name to enter the room. Please note the password for all of the Step Up Ceremonies will be “SFDS2020”
Nursery AM: Monday June 15th at 9am- https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82898240218?pwd=eWRkSXQvVmlKV3N4NVhkTjRpVFp5UT09
Nursery PM: Monday June 15th at 11am- https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81045704961?pwd=dlZoZUlyMUExRndMek9KNzFHeWltUT09
Pre-K A: Tuesday June 16th at 9am- https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85267470223?pwd=aHdETXZ2UnpBWnlpUmRFanEwMWkxZz09
Pre-K B: Tuesday June 16th at 11am- https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84195004972?pwd=WEVjVkxZbTdGeHZGQUg2cWdZb1dhUT09
Kindergarten A: Thursday June 18th at 9am- https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84989294536?pwd=K0R6LzJwOFRDeXNaNCt4VlE0cWxmdz09
Kindergarten B: Thursday June 18th at 11am- https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86109488433?pwd=OGRaSzZveWlPVmVpQjF4Tjdaazc5QT09
Any questions please be in touch. We look forward to celebrating this wonderful milestone in your child’s education. A very special thank you to the teachers and Mrs. Faughnan for planning such memorable virtual experiences.
NYC OPT Bussing: Although we have yet to hear word if there will be NYC bussing next September or not it is that time of the year where we begin to plan for next year’s busses and routes. If your child is new to our school or is entering kindergarten and you would like to request NYC OPT bussing please use the following form. Please note that all bus requests are approved by the City of New York and are based on their guidelines of distance, age, and number of stops. Any questions please call Mrs. Kenny at 718-634-2775 or email her at email@example.com
As always for the most up to date school information and calendar please use our website at www.stfrancisschoolbh.org.
Have a great week! We will be sending out a welcome to summer email on Monday June 22nd to all returning and new families.
While our students have not even begun summer vacation, we have started meeting to plan for September 2020 school opening. A diocesan task force has been created to begin discussing how to proceed in the fall. While all final determinations will be predicated on New York City, New York State, Federal and CDC mandates, the task force has been researching how countries around the globe have been moving into the next phase of normalcy to open school at 100% and what systems would need to put into place. As we move forward, information will continue to be shared. It is our goal and plan to fully re-open St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy in September 2020. With that being said the Board of Directors can now release a tuition schedule for the 2020-2021 School Year. For the past several months, through collaborative efforts between the finance committee, administration, and the board of directors, tuition and fees for our next school year have been discussed and researched at great length. While we recognize any increase in tuition will impact our school families, such increases are necessary to maintain the quality of our academic programs, our teachers, invest in the school facility that it meets the CDC regulations and to ensure our long-term viability.
When determining tuition, we try to keep a balance between affordability for our families and the strategic needs of the school. After careful review of all considerations, the tuition for the 2020-2021 school year has been set. In order to maintain the quality of our program and achieve our goals in a financially responsible manner, The Board of Directors has decided it is necessary to implement modest increases ($100 per student) in tuition for the 2020/2021 school year. Please click here for more information on tuition rates for 2020-2021. The Directors recognize the sacrifices families make to provide a Catholic education. As a result, we wish to provide an education that is both affordable and meets the standards of excellence that the students deserve.
Please also note two major changes in terms of tuition collection.
- Starting with the 2020-2021 School year Tuition will be collected from the months of August-May rather than that months of July-April.
- The Book & Materials Fee, Technology Fee and Security Fee will be bundled with the tuition charges and invoiced in ten equal amounts from August 2020 to May 2021. This will hopefully help families from not having 2 large payments in the Fall.
We will continue to partner with FACTS Management Company to help us manage our tuition payment program and financial aid assessment. FACTS is used by many schools locally and over 6,500 schools nationally. Tuition payments for the 2020-2021 school year can be paid online, by phone, or by mail. You may also sign up for auto pay as well. Only in an emergency will payment be accepted in the school building and/or rectory.
You will realize these benefits by using FACTS for your tuition payment plan:
- Payment Dates: Automatic payments can be made from a checking or savings account.
- Convenience & Security: Along with multiple payment plan options, your payments are processed securely through a bank to bank transaction.
- Consumer Account: You may check your personal account or make payments online from the convenience of your home or office anytime.
With FACTS, the school maintains decision-making control. As always, we will continue to work with families should special circumstances or “hardship” cases arise during the school year.
Thank you for your continued loyalty and support for St. Francis de Sales. We depend on your support in our efforts to provide the highest quality of education for your children. Your continued support and cooperation is appreciated, as we remain committed to our mission.
The Directors, Principal and Staff of Saint Francis welcome the opportunity to educate your children. We believe strongly in the benefits of a Catholic education, but recognize that you have a choice regarding where to send your child. We thank you for choosing Saint Francis de Sales Catholic Academy and being so supportive during this uneasy time. If you have friends, neighbors or colleagues with young children, we encourage you to share the gift of our school community with them as well. Supporting future enrollment is one of the most important ways of ensuring an active, vibrant future for St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy.
As always, thank you for everything you do for the school. St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy is a great community as a result of all of the individual efforts and talents that each of you brings to the school each and every day this was never more evident over the last three months. Continued prayers for you, your family!
Sincerely in Christ,
Christopher Scharbach, Ed. D