SFDS Week of March 15th 2021

Dear Academy Families, 

 

Happy Weekend and Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

 

Hopefully, this week will be the last of this year’s winter weather. I know that we are all longing for some warmth and sunshine! Looking forward to the days of 70 degrees. 

 

This weekend also marks one year since all schools in our area had to shift to a remote learning approach. It is difficult to believe that a year ago today, St. Francis along with all schools in the Diocese took the extraordinary step of suspending face-to-face instruction to protect the academy community from the threat of the COVID-19 virus. Over the past year, the pandemic has upended virtually every aspect of our lives. We especially keep in our prayers this weekend everyone who has lost a loved one this year. 

 

Our school although open to in-person instruction has looked different this year with different classroom configurations and methods of instruction. Yet it does look like brighter days are ahead, as safe and effective vaccines are rapidly being distributed locally, nationally, and globally.

 

One question that I am asked multiple times a week is when will this end? When can our school go back to normal? I am pleased to share with you the news that St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy is preparing to offer the full range of in-person instruction and resumption of early morning drop-off and after-school programs no later than September 2021.  The CDC now projects that every adult in the United States will have access to the COVID-19 vaccine by this summer. Therefore, we anticipate that many of the COVID-19 constraints under which we operate today will be relaxed as the pandemic subsides following mass vaccination efforts. If it is any earlier than next September we will let families know as soon as possible. Of course, this is always subject to change based on guidance from state and local authorities. 

In preparing for the next academic year, St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy will continue to prioritize the health and safety of our community as we plan for a return to the robust classroom experiences that are the hallmark of a Catholic education. Please be assured that, as has been the case during the current academic year, our planning efforts will be fully informed by guidance from local and state Department of Health officials along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 

In the meantime, please know that I am deeply grateful to and proud of all our teachers and students have done and continue to do to make the current academic year as successful as it is. I am especially grateful for the many sacrifices you have made to protect our teachers, staff, and students. I believe the finish line is in sight, and I ask you to be mindful of COVID-19 precautions for the next few months. 

Finally this weekend in the second reading we hear St. Paul say “For we are his handiwork, created in Christ Jesus for the good works that God has prepared in advance,”

This phrase calls to mind two practices that are alive within our Catholic academy. First, we are created by God in His image. Second, we are created to live through good works and in the spirit of Jesus. Children in our Catholic Academy are taught from a young age that God has designed each of us in a special way. Each of us is perfectly made in His image. Through this, we celebrate the differences that make us unique but also connect us all together in the likeness of God. Last students are also prepared to live through good works by participating in projects and activities that are centered on helping others. Let us continue this week to Thank God for the gift of a Catholic Education. 

 

Onto the week of March 15th, 2021…………

 

Congratulations Mrs. Faughan: We are so happy to announce that Mrs. Faughnan and her husband will be expecting their third child this August. Congratulations to the Faughnan family, we can’t wait to meet Baby Fuaghan next school year. 

 

Ordering of School Pictures: All students in Grades Nursery-Grade 1 and Grades 5-7 were photographed this week, this is in addition to Grades 2-4 and Grade 8 who were photographed in the fall.  If you would like to order pictures please click here. This is your last chance to order pictures for this school year. Full payment MUST be received by Harisch Studios no later than Friday, March 19th, 2021. Please contact Harisch Studios and not the school with any questions at 718-821-2390 or e-mail us at info@harischstudios.com

 

Report Cards: It’s hard to believe that next week we are officially in Trimester 3. The year continues to fly by! Please note that all report cards are digitally distributed on Wednesday 3/24 at about 3pm. This year all conferences will have to be done remotely and will take place on Tuesday 3/30. More information about signing up for these conferences will be sent out in a separate correspondence prior to the 24th. This week final tuition arrears reports went out for those families that are in arrears. 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 2/22/21. Any issues please feel free to be in touch. 

 

Tablet’s Covid Relief Fundraiser for Catholic Schools: On Monday the school will be sending out information about “The Tablet’s Covid Relief Fundraiser for Catholic Schools.” We’re excited about this new 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 of participating in this fundraiser as it helps us keep technology current in our school building. 

 

Lenten Journey: We 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, March 26th. 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. 

 

Continuing this week all grade levels will be praying the Stations of the Cross in our schoolyard. Please save the date for Friday, March 26th 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 will be able to watch on the morning of March 30th. A special thank you to Mrs. Buckley, Mrs. Hayes, and Mrs. Mangano for helping to put this year’s version together. 

 

5th-8th Grade Hybrid Learning Schedules

5th, 6th Grade, and 7th Grade are on a Week 3 Schedule

Monday 3/15: Groups 2 and 3 in School; Group 1 Remote- Bagel Day for Group 2 and 3 Students

Tuesday 3/16: Groups 1 and 3 in School; Group 2 Remote

Wednesday 3/17: Groups 1 and 2 in School; Group 3 Remote

Thursday 3/18:Groups 2 and 3 in School; Group 1 Remote- Group 2 students that sold a box of chocolate may dress down. 

Friday 3/19: Groups 1 and 3 in School; Group 2 Remote- All students that sold a box of chocolate may dress down. 

 

8th Grade is on a Week 2 Schedule

Monday 3/15:  Gold Group in School; Blue Group at Home Learning. Gold Group Bagel Monday

Tuesday 3/16: Blue Group in School; Gold Group at Home Learning

Wednesday 3/17:  Gold Group in School; Blue Group at Home Learning

Thursday 3/18: Blue Group in School; Gold Group at Home Learning- Blue Group students that sold a box of chocolate may dress down. 

Friday 3/19:  Gold Group in School; Blue Group at Home Learning- Gold Group students that sold a box of chocolate may dress down. 

Please note that all Spanish and STEM classes will be live for Grades 5-8 students who are remote. If your child is home please make sure that they login for those classes just as they would for their Core Subjects. 

 

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. 

 

Chocolate Sale Dress Down Day: All students of families selling a box of Chocolate will be able to dress down on Friday, March 19th (March 18th if your child is remote on March 19th) Thank you again for helping to fundraise for our school. 

 

If you haven’t paid for your chocolate boxes yet we do ask that you make payment no later than next Monday, March 15th. After that date, all outstanding payments will be added to your FACTS account. 

 

Stop and Shop A+ Rewards: Thank you to all of our school families for your continued support of our school. This year through your purchases at Stop and Shop we were able to raise over $5003 through the A+ Program. Thanks also to Stop and Shop for continuing to help raise funds for schools all across the country.

 

 

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.  Last year we raised over $16,000. We are happy to announce that we already have raised over $7,000 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 by 3/15 so we know who is participating. All Money is due by 3/26. All students who participate may dress down on Monday, April 19th.

 

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/Events/Events;jsessionid=00000000.app20122a?pg=entry&fr_id=130889&NONCE_TOKEN=EB137E11109A1501EF05CFFFAA41F243 

 

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

 

Have a great week. Be safe and stay healthy.  Don’t forget to “Spring Ahead” those clocks on Saturday evening.

SFDS Week of March 8th 2021

Dear Academy Families, 

Happy Weekend!

In this week’s first reading, we listen to the Ten Commandments; the basis for our moral pathway to God.

The 10 Commandments are more than a list of things we should not do. These are moral tenets that also point us toward the way we should live.

Students in St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy learn about the Commandments but also learn about how these can really be put into practice. We hear “honor your mother and father” but how can we live this out within our lives? Catholic education is an opportunity to make tangible the lessons of the Bible. Students learn through reading the Bible but also see their fellow classmates and teachers acting in appropriate and faithful ways.

In a special way keep the rest of our 2nd graders in your prayers this week. Many of our students will be receiving the sacrament of reconciliation for the first time in St. Francis de Sales Parish this Wednesday. All children can be accompanied by one or two parents to the prayer service on Wednesday at 6:30 pm. The parish is also offering an alternative date to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation for those who would prefer a smaller group on Saturday, March 13, 2021, at 3:00 pm. in church. Any questions or concerns please be in touch with Mrs. Greene at 718-945-6911.

We will keep all of our second graders in our thoughts and prayers as they continue on their spiritual journey and prepare for receiving the Eucharist for the first time.

Onto the week of March 8th 2021…………

Tablet’s Covid Relief Fundraiser for Catholic Schools: This weekend in the Tablet you may read about “The Tablet’s Covid Relief Fundraiser for Catholic Schools.” We’re excited about this new 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! More information on this campaign will be sent out towards the end of this week with your children. 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. 

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. This past week our 2nd and 3rd graders went to mass with Father Bill. I had the opportunity to join the students and teachers for these masses and Father Bill was great at explaining the parts of the mass and giving a tour of the church. 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 March 26th. 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. 

Finally, starting this week all grade levels will be praying the Stations of the Cross in our schoolyard. Please save the date for Friday, March 26th at 7pm for an academy-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 will be able to watch on the morning of March 30th. 

 

5th-8th Grade Hybrid Learning Schedules

5th, 6th Grade, and 7th Grade are on a Week 2 Schedule

Monday 3/8: Groups 1 and 3 in School; Group 2 Remote- Bagel Day for Groups 1 and 3

Tuesday 3/9: Groups 1 and 2 in School; Group 3 Remote

Wednesday 3/10: Groups 2 and 3 in School; Group 1 Remote; Group 3 Picture Day. Group 3 students may “Dress Up” for picture day

Thursday 3/11: Groups 1 and 3 in School; Group 2 Remote

Friday 3/12:Groups 1 and 2 in School; Group 3 Remote; Groups 1 and 2 Picture Day. Groups 1 and 2 students may “Dress Up” for picture day

8th Grade is on a Week 2 Schedule

Monday 3/8:  Blue Group in School; Gold Group at Home Learning. Blue Group Bagel Monday

Tuesday 3/9: Gold Group in School; Blue Group at Home Learning

Wednesday 3/10:  Blue Group in School; Gold Group at Home Learning.

Thursday 3/11: Gold Group in School; Blue Group at Home Learning

Friday 3/12:  Blue Group in School; Gold Group at Home Learning. 

Please note that all Spanish and STEM classes will be live for Grades 5-8 students who are remote. If your child is home please make sure that they login for those classes just as they would for their Core Subjects. 

 

Picture Day for Nursery-Grade 1 and Grades 5-7: Next week will be picture day for Grades Nursery-Grade 1 and Grades 5-7.  

Tuesday 3/9- Nursery, Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten A

Wednesday 3/10- Kindergarten B, 1st Grade, and Grades 5-7 (Group 3)

Friday 3/12- Grades 5-7 (Groups 1 and 2) and Makeups

Our photographer Harisch Studios is also offering portraits at their Ridgewood, NY studios this year. Book here to have the portrait taken at their studios INSTEAD of school. You must book PRIOR to 8 PM the evening BEFORE your child’s scheduled school portraits, otherwise, the photographs will be taken at school. To do that please click here.

Once your child is photographed you will have the ability to purchase pictures in the following weeks.

All students on their picture day are able to dress up day for pictures. Please remember that dressing up for pictures is very different than a dress-down day.  

Please note all students are photographed each year. 

 

Yearbooks Ads: We are now selling ads for this year’s yearbook. On Wednesday (3/10) all yearbook ads/dedications are due. For more information including instructions and an order form please click here. Please note there is a $10 late fee charged for any order handed in on 3/11 or 3/12. No orders can be taken after 3/12/21. 

 

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

1st Place: Madison Friedman

2nd Place: The Cozza Family  

3rd Place: The Allocco Family

All students of families selling a box of Chocolate will be able to dress down on Friday March 19th (March 18th if your child is remote on March 19th) Thank you again for helping to fundraise for our school. 

If you haven’t paid for your chocolate boxes yet we do ask that you make payment no later than next Friday March 12th. After that date all outstanding payments will be added to your FACTS account. 

 

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.  Last year we raised over $16,000. 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) will be given out in school next week and are due back by 3/12 so we know who is participating. All Money is due by 3/26. All students who participate may dress down on Monday, April 19th.

 

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/Events/Events;jsessionid=00000000.app20122a?pg=entry&fr_id=130889&NONCE_TOKEN=EB137E11109A1501EF05CFFFAA41F243 

 

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

 

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.

 

Have a great week. Be safe and stay healthy. 

SFDS Week of March 1st 2021

Dear Academy Families, 

 

Good Afternoon and Happy Friday!

 

This Sunday we hear in the second reading: Brothers and sisters: If God is for us, who can be against us? Rom 8:31b-34

Let us be reminded this weekend that in our humanity, we are often overwhelmed by the earthly challenges that we face; health, finances, social anxieties and our children are no different from facing their challenges as well. The second reading highlights the intercession of God through his son. We are delivered from sin through the sacrifice of Jesus. God will provide for all that we need in the same way that he provided for our salvation.

Let’s all take some time this weekend to think how can we provide for those who are struggling? God works through us as instruments of his grace. In what ways this weekend can we help others connect to God?

In a special way keep many of our 2nd graders in your prayers this weekend. Many of our students will be receiving the sacrament of reconciliation for the first time in Blessed Trinity Parish. We will keep all of our second graders in our thoughts and prayers as they continue on their spiritual journey and prepare for receiving the Eucharist for the first time.

 

Finally,  I like to remind all families that there is a high correlation between academic success and school attendance. Prompt, regular attendance has a marked influence on student achievement. Parents are encouraged to schedule vacation days and appointments in accordance with the school calendar. Also please be mindful of lateness. When a child is late it becomes a bad way to start the day for the child and a disruption to the teacher and other students in the class. 

 

We have a lot going on as the calendar turns from February to March. So let’s see what is going for the Week of March 1st, 2021……..

 

100th Day of School Celebration: On Monday 3/1 we will be celebrating the 100th day of school in Nursery through -Grade 4. Students in Grades Nursery through Grade 4 and invited to wear a shirt that celebrates a 100 Days of School. Can’t wait to see all of our students’ creativity on display. 

 

1/2 Day on Friday: Friday, March 5th is a half-day with a 12n dismissal, and it also a dress-down day for all students. Although the Rockaway St. Patrick’s Day Parade is canceled this year, we still would like to celebrate by wearing green. 

 

Please note that students who are in Grades 5-8 and who are remote on Friday, March 5th are invited to dress down on Thursday, March 4th instead. Again those students are asked to wear green. 

 

Mite Boxes: Next week we continue our Lenten journey of giving alms with our annual collection of mite boxes for the Propagation of Faith. We will be sending home each student with a mite box and ask that students return them no later than Friday, March 26th. 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. 

 

5th-8th Grade Hybrid Learning Schedules

5th, 6th Grade, and 7th Grade are on a Week 1 Schedule

Monday 3/1: Groups 1 and 2 in School; Group 3 Remote; Bagel Day for Group 1 and 2 Students

Tuesday 3/2: Groups 2 and 3 in School; Group 1 Remote

Wednesday 3/3: Groups 1 and 3 in School; Group 2 Remote

Thursday 3/4:Groups 1 and 2 in School; Group 3 Remote (Group 1 may dress down, students are asked to wear Green)

Friday 3/5: Groups 2 and 3 in School; Group 1 Remote (Groups 2 and 3 may dress down, students are asked to wear Green)  ½ day 12pm dismissal

8th Grade is on a Week 2 Schedule

Monday 3/1:  Gold Group in School; Blue Group at Home Learning. Gold Group Bagel Monday

Tuesday 3/2: Blue Group in School; Gold Group at Home Learning

Wednesday 3/3:  Gold Group in School; Blue Group at Home Learning

Thursday 3/4: Blue Group in School; Gold Group at Home Learning (Blue Group may dress down, students are asked to wear Green)

Friday 3/5:  Gold Group in School; Blue Group at Home Learning (Gold Group may dress down, students are asked to wear Green) ½ day 12pm dismissal

Please note that starting this week all Spanish and STEM classes will be live for Grades 5-8 students who are remote. If your child is home please make sure that they log in for those classes just as they would for their Core Subjects. 

 

I-Ready: Before February break students in Grades K-8 your child(ren) brought home the results of their mid-year i-Ready diagnostic test. 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.

We will be having a Virtual meeting to discuss the home reports that were sent home and I-Ready here at St. Francis on Tuesday 3/2 at 6pm please see below for more information. 

Topic: I-Ready Parent Meeting

Time: Mar 2, 2021 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84656450394?pwd=MVA5dFo1NFZyTGdFQmp1UXBqZDZkdz09

Meeting ID: 846 5645 0394

Passcode: SFDS2021

You can also learn more about I-Ready by visiting www.i-ReadyCentral.com/FamilyCenter. As always, thank you for your continued support and for being a partner in your child’s learning! It is much appreciated.

 

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.  Last year we raised over $16,000. 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) will be given out in school next week and are due back by 3/12 so we know who is participating. All Money is due by 3/26. All students who participate may dress down on Monday, April 19th.

 

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/Events/Events;jsessionid=00000000.app20122a?pg=entry&fr_id=130889&NONCE_TOKEN=EB137E11109A1501EF05CFFFAA41F243 

 

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

 

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 2022 Ring Order Form: A few weeks ago, the 7th grade was given an order form for their Class of 2022 Rings. All orders are due back to the office by March 3rd. More information is available by clicking here. 

 

Yearbooks Ads: We are now selling ads for this year’s yearbook. On Wednesday (3/10) all yearbook ads/dedications are due. For more information including instructions and an order form please click here. Please note there is a $10 late fee charged for any order handed in on 3/11 or 3/12. No orders can be taken after 3/12/21. 

 

Have a great weekend. Be safe and stay healthy. Don’t forget to attend mass in person or stream from home reverently. We need your help in making sure our children and the future of the church know how important weekly mass is. 

SFDS Week of February 22nd 2021

Dear Academy Families, 

What a week we had here at St. Francis de Sales. From our opening mass, Literacy Day, Name the Tune Night, and today’s surprise Pizza lunch. It has been an eventful and memorable Catholic Schools Week. Weeks like this make us realize why St. Francis is so special. We look forward to continuing other traditions like Blue and Gold Day, the 8th Grade Variety Show, and Teacher Appreciation Day in the Spring.

 

We hope you all have a restful winter break and we will see you on Monday, February 22nd for what will be a very busy week. 

 

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.

 

Both Blessed Trinity and St. Francis de Sales Parishes have numerous masses and services for Ash Wednesday 2/17. Please check the Blessed Trinity and St. Francis de Sales Parish Facebook accounts and websites. 

 

As we look forward to the Winter Recess many of us are making plans for the Winter Recess Whether you’re visiting family members one state over or across the globe, travel makes up a huge part of the Winter Recess.  There’s always a risk of getting sick while traveling because of the inherent stress of traveling, interacting with frequently touched surfaces in public places, and changes in climate and environment. But this year brings different considerations because of the Coronavirus Pandemic and the New York State Travel Advisory.

Things to consider as we enjoy this time with Family.

NYS COVID-19 Travel Advisory

The NYS COVID-19 travel advisory requires individuals who have traveled out of New York State to non-contiguous states for more than 24 hours to either quarantine for 10 days upon return to New York State or “Test to Exit” quarantine.

For students who were out-of-state for more than 24 hours:

  • Students must obtain a test within three days of departure, prior to arrival in New York.
  • The students must, upon arrival in New York, quarantine for three days.
  • On day 4 of their quarantine, the student must obtain another COVID test. If both tests come back negative, the student may exit quarantine early upon receipt of the second negative diagnostic test.

The Office of the Superintendent of Schools for the Diocese of Brooklyn has expanded the International Travel Advisory to include all International Travel.

Full Information on the NYS COVID-19 Travel Advisory can be found at: https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/covid-19-travel-advisory

 

Any questions regarding travel and returning to school please contact Mr. Scharbach at admin@stfrancisschoolbh.net

 

Vacation and Remote Learning Availability: As we have stated since our reopening plan was published in August it is our collective effort that will keep us open. A reminder that we must all observe all the guidelines:  If you find yourself in a large gathering, take extra precautions; if you travel outside the state, you must follow the NY state quarantine guidelines before returning to school. 

 

We only offer distance learning to those students who are in quarantine due to COVID exposure, to those students who have tested positive, to those students who are home awaiting an end to their quarantine, and to students who are homesick (including their siblings if necessary).

If you choose to travel/vacation on school days– joining a live-streamed class will not be available. Please note those absences are illegal.  All other absences will be treated as regular absences and work can be completed after returning to school.

 

5th-8th Grade Hybrid Learning Schedules

5th, 6th Grade, and 7th Grade are on a Week 3 Schedule

Monday 2/22: Group 2 and 3 In-Person; Group 1 Remote Bagel Day for Groups 2 and 3

Tuesday 2/23: Group 1 and 3 In-Person; Group 2 Remote

Wednesday 2/24: Groups 1 and 2 in Person; Group 3 Remote

Thursday 2/25: Group 2 and 3 In-Person; Group 1 Remote

Friday 2/26: Group 1 and 3 In-Person; Group 2 Remote; Group 3 Pizza Day

 

8th Grade is on a Week 1 Schedule

Monday 2/22:  Blue Group in School; Gold Group at Home Learning. Blue Group Bagel Monday

Tuesday 2/23: Gold Group in School; Blue Group at Home Learning

Wednesday 2/24:  Blue Group in School; Gold Group at Home Learning.

Thursday 2/25: Gold Group in School; Blue Group at Home Learning

Friday 2/26:  Blue Group in School; Gold Group at Home Learning. Pizza Day for Gold Group. 

 

I-Ready: This week in Grades K-8 your child(ren) brought home the results of their mid-year i-Ready diagnostic test. 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/

 

After February break we will be sharing information on how your child can use I-Ready at home as well. We will be having a Virtual meeting on Tuesday 3/2 at 6pm stay tuned for more information. You can also learn more about I-Ready by visiting www.i-ReadyCentral.com/FamilyCenter. 

 

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

 

100th Day of School Celebration: On Monday 3/1 we will be celebrating the 100th day of school in Nursery  through -Grade 4. Students in Grades Nursery through Grade 4 and invited to wear a shirt that celebrates a 100 Days of School. 

 

Class of 2022 Ring Order Form: This week, the 7th grade was given an order form for their Class of 2022 Rings. All orders are due back to the office by March 3rd. More information is available by clicking here. 

 

Yearbooks Ads: We are now selling ads for this year’s yearbook. On Wednesday (3/10) all yearbook ads/dedications are due. For more information including instructions and an order form please click here. Please note there is a $10 late fee charged for any order handed in on 3/11 or 3/12. No orders can be taken after 3/12/21. 

 

7th and 8th Grade Parent Meetings: When we return from break the administration would like to host two important informational meetings for parents of our current 7th and 8th-grade students. 

 

The 7th-grade parents are invited to attend a zoom meeting to begin to talk about the high school process for next school year. 

Topic: Class of 2022 High School Information Night

Time: Feb 24, 2021 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

 

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88104057002?pwd=ZHVHUVBtQ1BqeEtQZHhNNG8zSERvdz09

 

Meeting ID: 881 0405 7002

Passcode: HIGHSCHOOL

 

Our 8th grade parents are invited to attend a zoom meeting to begin to talk about the special graduation events for the Class of 2021. 

 

Topic: Class of 2021 Graduation Parent Meeting

Time: Feb 24, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

 

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86324457302?pwd=eXZYTFJneS9za1RCUjBrQXFKeUczdz09

 

Meeting ID: 863 2445 7302

Passcode: SFDS2021

 

Have a great week. Be safe and stay healthy. 

SFDS Week of February 8th 2021 (Catholic Schools Week)

Dear Academy Families, 

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

 

It is finally here. Catholic Schools Week 2021.  This is a week of celebration of our Faith.  Our families commit themselves to the mission of Catholic education; celebrating Catholic Schools Week is a part of that. We take time out to celebrate our Faith, family, friendships, morals, and service.

 

This week is also the perfect time to recognize the contributions that Catholic schools make to students all across our country.  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 majority of them in-person. 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 also get the opportunity to celebrate that Catholic Academies and Parish Schools are unparalleled in their faith, excellence, and service. This theme is the lens through which Catholic Schools Week will be celebrated. It is also the framework that guides A Year of Renewal for Catholic Education. It is fitting that the foundation of Catholic education will not only be celebrated but strengthened as we continue to move through the 2020-2021 school year.

 

Click here for a schedule of events for Catholic Schools Week here at St. Francis de Sales. (February 7th-February 12th). There is a lot of information on the different dress down days, nighttime events, and other special events. We hope that all of our students and families think of participating in the fun events we have planned for this special week 

 

We also hope to see many families at our Opening Mass on 2/7 at 10:00 am here at St. Francis de Sales Parish. If you can’t make it in person at this time please feel free to watch at home both on the St. Francis Parish Facebook and Academy Facebook. Please note there is limited space in Church. 

 

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!

 

5th-8th Grade Hybrid Learning Schedules

5th, 6th Grade, and 7th Grade are on a Week 2 Schedule

Monday 2/8: Groups 1 and 3 in School; Group 2 Remote- Bagel Day for Groups 1 and 3

Tuesday 2/9: Groups 1 and 2 in School; Group 3 Remote

Wednesday 2/10: Groups 2 and 3 in School; Group 1 Remote

Thursday 2/11: Groups 1 and 3 in School; Group 2 Remote

Friday 2/12:Groups 1 and 2 in School; Group 3 Remote

 

8th Grade is on a Week 2 Schedule

Monday 2/8:  Gold Group in School; Blue Group at Home Learning. Gold Group Bagel Monday

Tuesday 2/9: Blue Group in School; Gold Group at Home Learning

Wednesday 2/10:  Gold Group in School; Blue Group at Home Learning

Thursday 2/11: Blue Group in School; Gold Group at Home Learning 

Friday 2/12:  Gold Group in School; Blue Group at Home Learning

 

Vacation and Remote Learning Availability: As we have stated since our reopening plan was published in August it is our collective effort that will keep us open.  This week we heard a lot of chatter about upcoming ski vacations, trips, and vacations out-of-state. A reminder that we must all observe all the guidelines:  If you find yourself in a large gathering, take extra precautions; if you travel outside the state, you must follow the NY state quarantine guidelines before returning to school. 

We only offer distance learning to those students who are in quarantine due to COVID exposure, to those students who have tested positive, to those students who are home awaiting an end to their quarantine, and to students who are homesick (including their siblings if necessary).

If you choose to travel/vacation on school days– joining a live-streamed class will not be available. Please note those absences are illegal.  All other absences will be treated as regular absences and work can be completed after returning to school.

 

I-Ready: Next week all of your children in Grades K-8 will be sent home with their I-Ready mid-year diagnostic test in Reading and Math. There will be a letter that explains the purpose of the exam and the next steps both in the classroom and at home with the  I-Ready program. Of course, if you have any questions please be in touch with your child’s teacher and/or the administration.  

 

Registration 2021-2022: Please note that all families that have a sibling (brother/sister) and filled out the intent form to register for the next school year should have received an email three weeks ago with a link to the registration portal for the 2021-2022 school year. 

All sibling registrations need to be fully completed by 2/5/21 to guarantee a spot for the 2021-2022 school year. 

 

Yearbooks Ads: We are now selling ads for this year’s yearbook. On Wednesday (3/10) all yearbook ads/dedications are due. For more information including instructions and an order form please click here. Please note there is a $10 late fee charged for any order handed in on 3/11 or 3/12. No orders can be taken after 3/12/21. 

 

Mobile App: Just a reminder that our Mobile APP celebrates its three 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 and 8th Grade Parent Meetings: During the month of February the administration would like to host two important informational meetings for parents of our current 7th and 8th-grade students. 

 

The 7th-grade parents are invited to attend a zoom meeting to begin to talk about the high school process for the next school year. 

Topic: Class of 2022 High School Information Night

Time: Feb 24, 2021, 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

 

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88104057002?pwd=ZHVHUVBtQ1BqeEtQZHhNNG8zSERvdz09

 

Meeting ID: 881 0405 7002

Passcode: HIGHSCHOOL

 

Our 8th-grade parents are invited to attend a zoom meeting to begin to talk about the special graduation events for the Class of 2021. 

 

Topic: Class of 2021 Graduation Parent Meeting

Time: Feb 24, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

 

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86324457302?pwd=eXZYTFJneS9za1RCUjBrQXFKeUczdz09

 

Meeting ID: 863 2445 7302

Passcode: SFDS2021

 

Chocolate Bar Sale: Our school will be conducting a fund-raising candy sale in order to raise the needed money. We will be selling World’s Finest Chocolate Products – truly delicious chocolates that have been sold for years by schools and organizations. One taste will tell you where they got their name and you will find people in your neighborhood who have been World’s Finest fans for years.

This year we are hoping for All Families to assist with this sale in order to make it as successful as possible. If all 341 Families sell 1 box of chocolate, we will earn profit of over $10,000.00. Due to our inability to fundraise as in the past please consider purchasing a box this year.

On February 8th, your oldest child will be given a box of chocolate to take home unless you opted out.

All Students of families selling a box of Chocolate will receive be able to dress down on Friday, March 19th (March 18th if your child is remote on March 19th)

 

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 making a delivery of cards to the Residents of the Beacon Rehabilitation Center, right here in Rockaway Park, right before Valentine’s Day, and to deliver carnations to the residents and staff.  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 Monday, February 8th.  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.  

 

Bagel Order Form for Grades K-4: The last day of the Fall and Winter Bagel Order for Grades K-4 is Monday 3/8. This form will cover every Monday until June 7th  for Grades K-4.  

Form: https://forms.gle/JzVhXH5AffWnuoADA

All payment must come through Venmo. Please make your family’s payment to “@SFDSCACADEMY”. Please be sure to include what children (full name) and class you are making payment for in the notes section. Please note that your order is not complete until payment is made and the order form is submitted. 

The completed form(s) and payment is due by the absolute last day of Monday 2/8/21. 

No refunds will be issued if a child is absent.

 

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

Catholic Schools Week 2021 Schedule of Events

Catholic Schools Week (February 7th-February 12th)

 

All events are subject to cancelation or postponement due to school closure.

 

Sunday 2/7

All are invited to join the parish, administration, faculty students and families for the Opening of Catholic Schools Week Mass at 10 am here at St. Francis de Sales Parish. Space is limited and all are invited to watch the live stream on the school website, and school and parish Facebook account. 

 

Monday 2/8 (Jersey Day)

    • All students can wear their favorite sports jersey
    • All students are asked to bring in a canned good for the “SOUPer Bowl of Caring” All donations are going to the St. Rose of Lima Church Food Pantry. Donations also can be made https://map.tacklehunger.org/donate/stfrancis or by using the QR code below. Students who are remote on 2/8 can bring a canned good on 2/9. 

    • National Junior Honor Society Induction Ceremony at 7pm in St. Francis de Sales Church. New inductees and two adults are invited to join us in church all other guests are encouraged to watch the live stream on the school website, and school and parish Facebook account. 

 

Tuesday 2/9 (Literacy Day)

  • Students in Nursery –Grade 4 are asked to dress as their favorite Literary Character 
  • Students in Grades 5-8 can wear flannel pajama pants
  • Students in Grades K-4 will work on a storyboard activity to create a background story for Franny our Mascot
  • Virtual Literacy Night at 6 pm

When: Feb 9, 2021 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Please click the link below to join the webinar:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85871709566?pwd=VDA2b2duSTBTSmMrRkt2Vm9SNENTdz09
Passcode: CSW2021

 

Wednesday 2/10 

  • All students can dress down
  • School Mass at 11:00 am in St. Francis de Sales Church- First Grade will attend the mass in Church while the rest of the school will watch the live stream. Parents are invited to watch the live stream on the school website, and school and parish Facebook account. 
  • Virtual Name that Tune (TV and Movie Edition) Event at 6 pm

Please click the link below to join the webinar:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82421017436?pwd=cHZ5d0RDdTU4OGQrK2FFTlVESkZhdz09
Passcode: CSW2021

 

Thursday 2/11 (Wacky Tacky Thursday)

  • Students are invited to dress for fun in mismatched clothes, socks, and sneakers or crazy colors

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82726192430?pwd=NzhUWHp0OGFBMHcvUkJKdDBaclZGQT09

Meeting ID: 827 2619 2430
Passcode: CSW2021

 

Friday 2/12 

  • All students are asked to wear a St. Francis de Sales Shirt (2021 CSW Shirt or past CSW Shirt.) If a student does not own a CSW Shirt they are able to wear their Gym Shirt as usual.  
  • Students in K-4 will create Valentine’s Card for Beacon Nursing Home Residents
  • Students in Grades 5-8 will create prayer cards for parishioners of SFDS and Blessed Trinity.  
  • Literacy Door Decorating Contest Judging
  • Students will find out if they are on the Blue or Gold Team for 5/14 Blue and Gold Day
  • Virtual Time to Shine Show to be watched in class  

 

Please note that traditional events like Blue and Gold Day, Teacher Appreciation Day and the 8th Grade Variety show are planned for the month of May. 

 

St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy will be remote on Tuesday 2/2 due to inclement weather

Dear St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy Community,

 

Tuesday 2/2 will be a remote day to inclement weather. We will be ending the instructional day at about 12 pm for all grade levels so those who would like to go out and enjoy the snow have that chance. Also we hope that many of our Junior High Students pitch in to help in the afternoon to shovel their parents and elderly neighbors sidewalks and steps. STEM, Spanish, Physical Education, and Art will be posting some Snow Day activities on your child’s SeeSaw or Google Classroom accounts to work on in the afternoon as well after lunch.  All students in Grades 6 and 7 should complete 25-30 minutes of Spanish instruction on Rosetta Stone.  

 

All students can dress down for live instruction. 

 

Please note the morning announcements will be posted by 7:45 am tomorrow. St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy is scheduled to be open on Wednesday 2/3. 

Just a reminder that the Principal/Assistant Principal essay is due this coming Wednesday 2/3. It might be a great snow day activity to write an essay or work on a collage/multimedia project and enter our contest. For more information please click here. 

Also speaking of Catholic School’s Week on Thursday night 2/11 we will be having a fun family activty. Netflix’s hit series Nailed It! pits amateur bakers against each other to see who makes the least disastrous creation… and now it’s your turn to fail your way to the top! Cakes will overflow, the frosting will melt and everything might just fall apart… but a ridiculously good time will be had by all! Let’s have a fun time trying to “Nail” Mrs.Faughnan’s creation. 

For more information on what materials are needed to compete in this challenge please click here. 

 

Just as we did yesterday when we go remote please use the following link below for all important information. Just a reminder this is where you can also find links for various teacher’s Zoom Rooms in Grades Nursery-Grade 4. If anyone needs a link or a password please email Mrs. Faughnan at mfaughnan@stfrancisschoolbh.net 

The schedule for the various grade levels based on our remote plan for tomorrow is as follows.

Nursery and Pre-K via Zoom and Seesaw

  • A 40-45-minute zoom session followed by two seesaw activities.

Kindergarten- 2nd Grade via Zoom and Seesaw

  • 8:10-8:30 Whole class announcements & morning meeting
  • 8:30-9:15 Whole Class ELA Zoom Meeting
    • 9:20-9:50 Blue Pod Independent Work
    • 9:20-9:50 Gold Pod Zoom Meeting
  • 9:55-10:15 Snack break/Brain break
    • 10:15-10:45 Blue Pod Zoom Meeting
    • 10:15-10:45 Gold Pod Independent Work
  • 10:45-11:30 Whole Class Math Zoom Meeting
  • 11:30-12:00 Whole Class Independent Work

3rd and 4th Grade via Zoom and Google Classroom

  • 8:10-10:15 Whole class instruction ELA/SS Zoom Meeting
  • 10:15-11:15 Independent Work
  • 11:15-12:00 Whole class instruction Math Zoom Meeting

 

5th-6th Grade- Log in via Google Meet

All students in Grades 6 should work on 25-30 minutes of Rosetta Stone by 8pm on Tuesday 2/2.

7th-8th Grade- Login via Google Meet

All students in Grades 7  should work on 25-30 minutes of Rosetta Stone by 8 pm on Tuesday 2/2.

St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy will be remote on Monday 2/1 due to inclement weather

Dear St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy Community,

 

Monday 2/1 will be a remote day to inclement weather. We will be ending the instructional day at about 12:15 pm for all grade levels so those who would like to go out and enjoy the snow have that chance. STEM, Spanish, Physical Education, and Art will be posting some Snow Day activities on your child’s SeeSaw or Google Classroom accounts to work on in the afternoon as well after lunch.  All students in Grades 5, 7 and 8 should complete 25-30 minutes of Spanish instruction on Rosetta Stone.  Please note that all schools in the Diocese of Brooklyn that are closed due to inclement weather are asked to have remote learning as per the Superintendent’s Office. 

 

All students can dress down for live instruction. 

 

Please note the morning announcements will be posted by 7:45 am tomorrow. As of today, the plan is to open the school on Tuesday 2/2, yet we also see some forecasts of snow into Tuesday or large amounts of snow into Monday night. We will wait and see what mother nature has in store for us before making a final decision. 

 

Just a reminder that the Principal/Assistant Principal essay is due this coming Wednesday 2/3. It might be a great snow day activity to write an essay or work on a collage/multimedia project and enter our contest. For more information please click here. 

Also speaking of Catholic School’s Week please complete the online entry form/permission slip for the Virtual Time to Shine Show if your child will like to particpate by Monday, February 1st

https://forms.gle/YU61B9X9kmkAv9AE9

The online show will be watched in school on Friday, February 12th. It will also be posted on our school website so families can enjoy them. 

After completing the entry form/permission slip, email your performance video to timetoshine@stfrancisschoolbh.net. If the video is too large, contact us and we can share where you can upload it. We hope to have a fun virtual event where kids can shine & connect with classmates & the St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy community!

 

Due to the remote day this week’s bagel day is canceled. Bagel day will be made up for Grades K-4 on March 8th. Bagel day will be made up for Grades 5-8 on May 17th. The new bagel form for Grades K-4 will now run from March 15th and end on June 7th. 

 

Just as we did a few weeks ago when we go remote please use the following link below for all important information. Just a reminder this is where you can also find links for various teacher’s Zoom Rooms in Grades Nursery-Grade 4. If anyone needs a link or a password please email Mrs. Faughnan at mfaughnan@stfrancisschoolbh.net 

SFDS@HOME

The schedule for the various grade levels based on our remote plan for tomorrow is as follows.

Nursery and Pre-K via Zoom and Seesaw

  • A 40-45-minute zoom session followed by two seesaw activities.

Kindergarten- 2nd Grade via Zoom and Seesaw

  • 8:15-8:35 Whole class announcements & morning meeting
  • 8:35-9:15 Whole Class ELA Zoom Meeting
    • 9:20-9:50 Blue Pod Independent Work
    • 9:20-9:50 Gold Pod Zoom Meeting
  • 9:55-10:15 Snack break/Brain break
    • 10:15-10:45 Blue Pod Zoom Meeting
    • 10:15-10:45 Gold Pod Independent Work
  • 10:50-11:45 Whole Class Math Zoom Meeting
  • 11:45-12:15 Whole Class Independent Work

3rd and 4th Grade via Zoom and Google Classroom

  • 8:15-10:15 Whole class instruction ELA/SS Zoom Meeting
  • 10:15-11:15 Independent Work
  • 11:15-12:15 Whole class instruction Math Zoom Meeting

 

5th-6th Grade- Log in via Google Meet

All students in Grades 5 should work on 25-30 minutes of Rosetta Stone by 8pm on Monday 2/1.

7th-8th Grade- Login via Google Meet

All students in Grades 7 and 8 should work on 25-30 minutes of Rosetta Stone by 8 pm on Monday 2/1.