SFDS Week of September 16th 2019

Dear Families,

 

Another busy week comes to a close here at SFDS. Your children were hard at work this week; it was great to see everyone back in action. A special thank you to all who came out last night for our Back to School Night. Now onto the week ahead. 

 

Catechetical Sunday:  Catechetical Sunday is when those designated to serve as catechists are called forth to be commissioned for their ministry.  Catechetical Sunday is a wonderful opportunity to reflect on the role that each person plays, by virtue of Baptism, in passing on the faith and being a witness to the Gospel.  All are welcome to join the Saint Francis faculty and Saint Francis Religious Education faculty at this very special liturgy at 9am on Sunday September 15th. 

 

Bald on the Beach: Bald on the Beach will also be held this Sunday September 15th here at St. Francis de Sales from 10:00am-1pm.

Join St. Francis de Sales Parish and our National Junior Honor Society for this special St. Baldrick’s event, and whether you decide to shave your head, volunteer, support, or donate, we hope you’ll be a part of the excitement!

The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is a volunteer-powered charity that funds more in childhood cancer research grants than any organization except the U.S. government. Get involved and you’ll be giving hope to infants, children, teens and young adults fighting childhood cancers! For more information, how to donate, or sign yourself or child up to be a shavee please click here. 

 

We hope to see many academy families at both events this Sunday. 

 

8th Grade Graduation Meeting: Please remember the special 8th Grade Parent Graduation/High School Meeting is Monday September 16th at 6:00pm in the Small Hall. Please come to ask any last minute questions on the high school admissions process (Catholic High Schools and Public High Schools) and to have a conversation on what graduation will look like for the Class of 2020 (Graduation, Dinner Dance,  Graduation Trip, etc.)  

Please note that this meeting is not in regard to planning the dinner dance, we will plan a meeting soon after the TACHS exam in early November. 

 

Special Lunch Days Pizza Days: All pizza money and order forms should have been handed in by today. To guarantee your child getting Pizza this Thursday 9/19 (grades K-4) or Friday 9/20 (grades 5-8) the order form must be handed in no later than Monday morning. This order form will cover the 1st half of the school year. If you need an order form you can print one out by clicking here. 

Just a reminder that Bagel Mondays and our monthly Chicken Finger Day begin the week of 9/23. 

 

After School Program Begins: Saint Francis de Sales Catholic Academy’s Afterschool program will begin this Monday, September 16th 2019. Any questions about After School please give the main office a call. Please note that all after school registration should occur no later than the Friday before, only in a real emergency should an after school registration occur during the week of. Please help us with this to make our after school program run smoothly. 

For more information, including this week’s registration form please click here

 

Lunch Duty: We are in need of some parents to help volunteering for our lunch periods. If you are VIRTUS trained and are able to do the lunch duty, we certainly appreciate it. We are continuing to assign lunch duty using a web-based service called Volunteer Spot. It enables those who want to do lunch duty to sign up for slots on specific days with email reminders. It is our hope this will help with the number of cancellations and no shows from families. 

 

To sign up for lunch duty please use the website: Lunch Duty Sign Up

 

1) Click the link above to see our Sign-Up on Volunteer Spot

2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.

3) Sign up! It’s Easy – you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on Volunteer Spot.

Volunteers, thank you so much for all of your help!

Upcoming Events (Save the Date)

High School Night: On Monday September 23rd at 7pm in the School Gym our 7th and 8th Grade Students and Families are invited to St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy Annual High School Night. Come and meet with representatives (Students and Faculty) from various High Schools such as Holy Cross, Sacred Heart, Hempstead, Xavier, St. Francis Prep, Notre Dame, Christ the King, Archbishop Molloy, The Mary Louis Academy, St. Saviour, St. Edmund Prep, Chaminade, McClancy, Fontbonne Hall Academy, and Xaverian.A special thank you to Mrs. Megan Faughnan for putting this night together.

 

Fundraising Corner 

 

Yankee Candle Fundraiser: The first fundraiser of the year begins this Monday students will be sent home with a packet from Yankee Candle for our annual fall Yankee Candle fundraiser. Please support St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy and at the same time pick up a something to make your home or car smell great. Yankee Candles make an excellent gift for any occasion. Also being sent home is a catalog called Believe with many items such as gift wrap and household items. Please use the separate order form and envelope if ordering from this catalog. 

You can shop online as well at Yankee Candle

Click on the ‘Seller Login‘ button and fill out the ‘Signup to be a seller form‘.

Use the group number for our school 990009599. 

Any questions feel free to contact the main office. 

Thanks as always for supporting the school. 

The sale ends on October 8th.  

 

Hurricane Dorian Relief Effort:  As a community, we all know the unimaginable feeling of what it is like to go through a natural disaster, with the effects of Superstorm Sandy, that hit, right here in our own backyard.  With the help of neighbors, near and far, our community was able to find hope and get back to our lives, despite the challenges many of us faced.  

 

Operation Kid Comfort will be collecting gift cards to assist with the Hurricane Dorian relief efforts. We are asking for gift cards such as AMEX, VISA, MasterCard, Home Depot, Target, Walmart, Bed Bath & Beyond, etc. This way the gift cards can be used at many places or at stores that offer a variety of items that they will need when starting over.  We will be collecting for the month of September. The gift cards will be distributed to the Bahamas and then other areas within the US that are impacted by this storm. For more information about Operation Kid Comfort they can visit: https://www.facebook.com/OperationKidComfort/ 

 

All gift cards can be sent to the main office. 

 

Have a great weekend! Hope to see you Sunday.

The Survivor Tree

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

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

 

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

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

SFDS Week of September 9th 2019

Dear Families,

 

We had a wonderful first week here at the school! Your children arrived on Wednesday with big smiles across their faces. The first couple of days were filled with excitement, introductions, and reuniting with friends, teachers and peers.  As we walked around the building, it was so nice to see both our students and teachers hard at work. And of course, we began the 2019-2020 school year with a joyful Opening of School Mass. I know next week we will hit the ground running for our first full week of school. 

 

September 11th Day of Remembrance Prayer Service: It is difficult to believe that so much time has passed — it seems like yesterday — since we heard those first unbelievable reports that a plane, then another plane had crashed into the buildings of the World Trade Center. The anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, offers a time to remember, to reflect about this unforgettable moment in history, and to reconsider the effect that September 11 has had on our country and the world. 

All are invited to join us at 1:15 on Wednesday September 11th to pray as a community and remember the tragic events of September 11, 2001. Weather permitting, we will be gathering in the Prayer Garden, located on the Southeast corner of Rockaway Beach Blvd and Beach 129th Street. If we have inclement weather, we will be meeting at St. Francis de Sales Church. 

 

Meet the Teacher Night K-8: On Thursday September 12th at 7pm, you will have the opportunity to meet your child’s teachers and to get an overview of their child’s educational program. Mark your calendars for this great night to spend time with your child’s teachers and learn about the day in the life of a St. Francis de Sales student.  

 

The schedule of the night is as follows:

6:50pm Doors Open

7:00pm-7:25pm: General Session for entire school in the school gym. We will be trying our best to start on time so not to delay the two teacher sessions.

7:30pm-7:55pm: Teacher Session #1

8:00pm-8:25pm: Teacher Session #2

 

Please note that Grades 5-8 have a different schedule so parents can see all four teachers.  

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

 

Catechetical Sunday:  Catechetical Sunday is when those designated to serve as catechists are called forth to be commissioned for their ministry.  Catechetical Sunday is a wonderful opportunity to reflect on the role that each person plays, by virtue of Baptism, in passing on the faith and being a witness to the Gospel.  All are welcome to join the Saint Francis faculty and Saint Francis Religious Education faculty at this very special liturgy at 9am on Sunday September 15th. 

 

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

 

Boys and Girls Grades 1-8

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

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

Pre-K and Kindergarten

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

For more information about uniforms including our winter uniform policy please click here. 

Please check with our uniform policy before buying shoes, socks and belts for the 2019-2020 school year.  All shoes should be tie shoes for winter uniform in Grades 1-8. 

Pre-K and Nursery Start: This week Pre-Kindergarten and Nursery both begin here at St. Francis. All week Pre-K is in school from 7:55am to 11:50am. Our Nursery program meets on Monday for 30-45 minutes at their assigned time and then begin their regular scheduled time on Wednesday September 11th. 

 

Lunch Duty: We are in need of some parents to help volunteering for our lunch periods. If you are VIRTUS trained and are able to do lunch duty, we certainly appreciate it. We are continuing to assign lunch duty using a web-based service called Volunteer Spot. It enables those who want to do lunch duty to sign up for slots on specific days with email reminders. It is our hope this will help with the number of cancellations and no shows from families. 

 

To sign up for lunch duty please use the website: Lunch Duty Sign Up

 

1) Click the link above to see our Sign-Up on Volunteer Spot

2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.

3) Sign up! It’s Easy – you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on Volunteer Spot.

Volunteers, thank you so much for all of your help!

 

Fall Concert Fundraising Meeting: On Tuesday 9/10 at 7pm there will be an opening meeting for any parent who would like to help organize the fall concert on Saturday November 23rd. This year the school has booked an U2 cover band “Unforgettable Fire” All are welcome to make this school fundraiser a great success. 

 

Bald on the Beach: Finally save the date for Bald on the Beach here at St. Francis de Sales on Sunday September 15th from 10am-1pm. Join St. Francis de Sales Parish and our National Junior Honor Society for this special St. Baldrick’s event, and whether you decide to shave your head, volunteer, or donate, we hope you’ll be a part of the excitement! The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is a volunteer-powered charity that funds more in childhood cancer research grants than any organization except the U.S. government. Get involved and you’ll be giving hope to infants, children, teens and young adults fighting childhood cancers! For more information, how to donate, or sign yourself or child up to be a shavee please click here. 

 

Please note we will be having a dress down day for a $1 on Friday 9/13  where students will “Go Gold” for Childhood Cancer Research. All proceeds will be donated to St. Baldrick’s. Children are encouraged to wear yellow or gold. 

 

Hurricane Dorian Relief Effort:  As a community, we all know the unimaginable feeling of what it is like to go through a natural disaster, with the effects of Superstorm Sandy, that hit, right here in our own backyard.  With the help of neighbors, near and far, our community was able to find hope and get back to our lives, despite the challenges many of us faced.  

 

Operation Kid Comfort will be collecting gift cards to assist with the Hurricane Dorian relief efforts. We are asking for gift cards such as AMEX, VISA, MasterCard, Home Depot, Target, Walmart, Bed Bath & Beyond, etc. This way the gift cards can be used at many places or at stores that offer a variety of items that they will need when starting over.  We will be collecting for the month of September. The gift cards will be distributed to the Bahamas and then other areas within the US that are impacted by this storm. For more information about Operation Kid Comfort they can visit: https://www.facebook.com/OperationKidComfort/ 

 

All gift cards can be sent to the main office. 

 

Peanut/Nut Free: St. Francis de Sales has been and will continue to be a peanut-free environment because of the increasing number of students with severe allergies. This means that every child is asked to bring snacks and lunches free of any peanuts or nuts. For more information please click here. 

 

Enrichment Programs: We are proud to offer various enrichment opportunities exclusively to the students of St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy. Enrichment program offerings and registration forms will be distributed next Monday. This year we will be offering the following enrichment opportunities:

 

Mondays: Mad Science (Grades K-5)

Tuesdays: Paul Effman Band (Grades 2-8) and Lego (Grades K-1)

Wednesdays: Lego (Grades 2-5) , SchoolHouse Chess (Grades K-5) and Abrakadoodle Art (K-4)

Please be aware that registration for these sessions is limited.

For registration information and forms for all of our enrichment programs please click here.

 

Afterschool Program: Saint Francis de Sales Catholic Academy’s Afterschool program will begin on Monday, September 16th 2019. Afterschool registration forms and information are available on our website or by clicking here. 

 

Early Morning Drop Off Program: Starting on Monday September 9th we will be offering an Early Morning Drop off program from 7am-7:40am each day. For more information about this program please click here. 

 

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

 

SFDS Parish Oktoberfest: St. Francis de Sales Parish Oktoberfest event scheduled for Friday, October 4th, 2019 from 6:00 – 11:00 pm. The event will be held under the tents in the schoolyard and will include German food, beer, music and dancers.  This is strictly a 21+ year old event. 

Each ticket costs $65 through September 15 (the cost increases to $75 after September 15th).  In addition to cash or check, credit card payments will be accepted for this event. As the main fundraiser for the parish in 2019, we ask you to consider sponsoring the event for your business or as a family.  There are a number of sponsorship options available for your consideration. If anyone else is interested in becoming a sponsor, please indicate on the order form below or contact Pete Mullen at 347.204.9286. Thank you for making Oktoberfest a huge success.

SFDS Parish Oktoberfest Information and Ticket Order Form 

 

Have a great weekend!

SFDS Parish Oktoberfest

SFDS Parish Oktoberfest Information and Ticket Order Form 

St. Francis de Sales Parish Oktoberfest event scheduled for Friday, October 4th, 2019 from 6:00 – 11:00 pm. The event will be held under the tents in the schoolyard and will include German food, beer, music and dancers.  This is strictly a 21+ year old event. 

 

Each ticket costs $65 through September 15 (the cost increases to $75 after September 15th).  In addition to cash or check, credit card payments will be accepted for this event.  

 

As the main fundraiser for the parish in 2019, we ask you to consider sponsoring the event for your business or as a family.  There are a number of sponsorship options available for your consideration:

 

Berlin

Sponsorship:

$1,000

Hamburg

Sponsorship:

$500

Munich

Sponsorship:

$250

Cologne

Sponsorship:

Donations for Auction

– Sponsor logo on the commemorative stein given to all attendees.

– Sponsor logo will be displayed prominently the day of the event and within advertising leading up to the event.

– Sponsor will receive two (2) complimentary tickets to Oktoberfest ($150 value)

– Sponsor logo will be displayed on multiple assets the day of the event.

– Sponsor will receive one  (1) complimentary entry into the Grand Prize raffle ($100 Value)

 

 

– Sponsor logo / family name will be included within select assets the day of the event.

– Sponsor will receive five (5) complimentary entries into 50/50 raffle ($20 Value)

 

 

– Sponsor donates their products or services to the “German Auction” to be held the night of the event.  – Sponsor name to be published in a flyer provided to all attendees.

– Examples of appropriate donations: gift certificates, baskets, sports memorabilia, travel vouchers. 

 

If anyone else is interested in becoming a sponsor, please indicate on the order form below or contact Pete Mullen at 347.204.9286.  Thank you for making Oktoberfest a huge success.

 

SFDS Week of September 3rd 2019 (Back to School)

Dear Families, 

I hope everyone is having a great start to his or her Labor Day Weekend. 

I have so enjoyed reading all of your children’s postcards over the last few weeks. It seems that all have had an exciting summer.

We too have had an exciting summer as well. In a few days St. Francis de Sales will open its doors for the 107th year to over 560 students. Teachers have been hard at work and the hallways and classrooms look spectacular. The floors are shiny and are ready for a new school year. Most importantly the administration, faculty, and staff here at St. Francis look forward to greet your children on Wednesday for that all-important first day of school. 

The main office of the school will be open Tuesday 9/3 from 10:30am-12:30pm. As always if there any questions before the school year begins please give us a call or send us an email. Please see below for a detailed schedule on the first week of school.

 

On the first day of school, many papers will go home with your children; some need to be returned in a timely manner. It is the belief of the St. Francis community that establishing and maintaining open lines of communication between school and family strengthens the feeling of support all children need to be successful in school. We have assembled some notices and information pertinent to the start of a new school year.

Many of these notices are available now on our school website and can filled out ahead of time. They can be found in the lists and forms section .

 

 

First Week of School Schedule

 

Wednesday, September 4th 2019 7:55am – 12:00noon

  • This is the first official school day for all students in grades one through eight. Beginning at 7: 40am until 7:55 am, Students in grades 1 through 4 are to report to the playground (gym if there is inclement weather) and grades 5 through 8 are to line up on 129th street (gym if there is inclement weather). Students are to come to the School in full school summer uniform, with their supplies.
  • Kindergarten children are invited to visit the classrooms with a parent/guardian from either 9:30am to 10:15am (Last Name A-M) or 10:30am to 11:15am (Last Name N-Z)
Uniforms are not necessary.
  • Families are welcome to join the St Francis community at our Opening of School liturgy (Grades 1-8) at 11:00am, in Saint Francis de Sales Church.
  • No NYC Yellow Bus Service
  • Faculty Professional Development 12:30pm-2:45pm

Thursday, September 5th 2019 7:55am – 2:30pm

  • This is the first official school day for students entering Kindergarten. Kindergarten students begin at 9:30am and are to report to the playground (small hall if there is inclement weather) and will be dismissed at 12:00pm.
 Students are to come to the School in full summer school uniform.
  • Beginning at 7:40am until 7:55 am, Students in grades 1 through 8 are to report to the gym.
  • Full day instruction begins today for students in Grade 1 through Grade 8. St. Francis’s day begins promptly at 7:55am. Students will be marked late if they arrive in the building after 8:00am.
  • Parents are invited to breakfast, from 10:00am-11:00am, in the small hall. Come and have a bagel and a cup of coffee. This will be an opportunity for all of our families new and old to mix and mingle with the Francis community.
  • NYC Yellow Bus service begins
  • Early Childhood Meet the Teacher for Nursery and Pre-K Parents at 6:30pm

 

Friday, September 6th 2019 7:55am – 2:30pm

  • Beginning at 7:40am until 7:55 am, Students in grades K through 8 are to report to the gym.
  • Full day instruction continues today for students in Grade 1 through Grade 8. St. Francis’s day begins promptly at 7:55am. Students will be marked late if they arrive in the building after 8:00am. Kindergarten is dismissed at 12:00n on this day.

 

Summer Packets: Please use these last few days to make sure that your children have kept up with their summer reading and work. For all summer assignments and supply lists please click here. 

 

Summer Uniform: Just a reminder that on the first day of school students are in their summer uniforms; the summer uniform consists of the following:

Boys and Girls Grades 1-8

Tan uniform shorts, blue golf shirts with the school emblem, black or brown shoe (sneakers and sandals are not permitted; Sperrys/Boat shoes without design or bright colors may be worn with white/black socks), white/black socks and a black or brown belt. Shorts are to be worn just above the knee. Short shorts are not acceptable.

Pre-K and Kindergarten

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

For more information about uniforms including our winter uniform policy please click here. 

Please check with our uniform policy before buying shoes, socks and belts for the 2019-2020 school year.  

 

After School Program: Saint Francis de Sales Catholic Academy’s Afterschool program will begin on Monday, September 16th 2019. Instructional program offerings and registration forms will be distributed during the first week of school. After School registration forms and information is available on our website or by clicking here. Any questions about After School please give the main office a call.

 

Early Morning Drop Off Program: Starting on Monday September 9th we will be offering an Early Morning Drop off program from 7am-7:40am each day. For more information about this program please click here. This information will be sent home on the first day of school as well.

 

Yellow Bus Service: All those students who are planning on riding the yellow bus should receive a letter on the first day of school with their NYC OPT ID Number and information on how to look up your child’s bus route.  Just a reminder there is no NYC Bus Transportation on Wednesday 9/4/19. NYC Bus service begins on Thursday 9/5/19.

 

Tuition Accounts: Starting a few weeks ago all families should of begun to pay their families tuition through our FACTS system. Tuition payments for the 2019-20120 school year can be paid online, by phone, or by mail. You may also sign up for auto pay as well through your bank account or credit card.  Only in an emergency will payment be accepted in the school building and/or rectory.

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

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

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

 

Enjoy those last days of summer and have a great weekend!

SFDS Week of August 19th 2019

Dear Families,

I hope everyone is enjoying and having fun with the last weeks of summer and getting ready for the 2019-2020 School Year.

In a few weeks St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy will continue the traditions of Saint Francis de Sales Parish School of opening its doors for the 107th year to over 555 students. Teachers are about to begin to come back to help make those hallways and classrooms begin to look spectacular. Most importantly the administration, faculty, and staff here at St. Francis look forward to greet your children for that all-important first day of school.

On the first day of school, many papers will go home with your children; some need to be returned in a timely manner. It is the belief of the St. Francis community that establishing and maintaining open lines of communication between school and family strengthens the feeling of support all children need to be successful in school. We have assembled some notices and information pertinent to the start of a new school year.

Many of these notices are available now on our school website and can filled out ahead of time. They can be found in the lists and forms section.

 

Main Office Hours: The main office will be open Monday-Thursday from now until Wednesday August 28th. On Thursday 8/29 and Friday 8/30 the office will be closed due to cleaning and maintenance work that needs to be done. We are sorry for any inconvenience. The office will reopen at 10:30am-12: 30pm on Tuesday 9/3. As always if there any questions before the school year begins please give us a call.

 

Summer Packets: Please use these last few weeks to make sure that your children have kept up with their summer reading and work. Reading everyday is essential to all children’s development. For all summer assignments and supply lists please click here.

  

Early Morning Drop Off Program: I am happy to announce that continuing on Monday September 9th we will be offering an Early Morning Drop off program from 7am-7:40am each day. For more information about this program please click here.  This information will be sent home on the first day of school as well.

 

Yellow Bus Service: All those students who are planning on riding the yellow bus should receive a letter on the first day of school with their NYC OPT ID Number and information on how to look up your child’s bus route.  Just a reminder there is no NYC Bus Transportation on Wednesday 9/4/19. NYC Bus service begins on Thursday 9/5/19.

 

Lunch Duty: We are continuing to assign lunch duty using a web-based service called Sign Up. It enables those who want to do lunch duty to sign up for slots on specific days with email reminders. It is our hope this will help with the number of cancellations and no shows from families.

To sign up for lunch duty please use the website below

Lunch Duty Sign Up

We’re using Sign Up.com  (the leading online Sign-up and reminder tool) to organize our upcoming Sign-ups.

Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:

1) Click the link above to see our Sign-Up on Signup.com

2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.

3) Sign up! It’s Easy – you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on Signup.com.

Note: Signup.com does not share your email address with anyone.

 

8th Grade TACHS Registration: 8th Grade Parents starting on Monday (8/26) you can begin to register your child for the TACHS exam. If your child will take the TACHS exam (entrance exam for Catholic High Schools) please register as soon as possible. For more information including how to register please click here.

Any questions please contact Mr.Scharbach at admin@stfrancisschoolbh.net

 

Immunization: We wanted to inform you of important vaccination requirements from the New York State and New York City Departments of Health that must be completed before your child(ren) return to school this September 2019. Please use the reference sheet as a guide for the immunizations required for returning to school this coming September.

Unfortunately, noncompliance with this vaccination requirement will result in a $1,200.00 fine on the school from New York State for each noncompliant student. Noncompliance also requires administration to no longer allow the student(s) to attend St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy.

We thank you in advance for your cooperation with this matter.

 

Summer Uniform: Just a reminder that the summer uniform consists of the following

Boys and Girls Grades 1-8

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

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

Pre-K and Kindergarten

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

For more information about uniforms including our winter uniform policy please click here. Please check with our uniform policy before buying shoes, socks and belts for the 2019-2020 school year.  

 

Enrichment Programs: We are proud to offer various enrichment opportunities exclusively to the students of St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy. This year will we will be offering the following enrichment opportunities (more may follow at a later date):

Mondays: Mad Science (Grades K-5)

Tuesdays: Paul Effman Band (Grades 2-8) and Lego (Grades K-1)

Wednesdays: Art, (Grades K-4), School House Chess (Grades K-5) and Lego (Grades 2-5)

Please be aware that registration for these sessions is limited.

For registration information and forms for all of our enrichment programs please click here.

After School Program: Saint Francis de Sales Catholic Academy’s Afterschool program will begin on Monday, September 16th 2019. Instructional program offerings and registration forms will be distributed during the first week of school. After School registration forms and information is available on our website or by clicking here. Any questions about After School please give the main office a call.

SAVE THE DATES

Back to School Night (Meet the Teacher): On Thursday September 12th all parents (Grades K-8) are invited to meet their child’s teacher(s) on this important night. The evening begins at 7pm and should run to about 8:30pm. Each teacher will host two sessions to accommodate those parents with more than one child. We hope to have 100% attendance to this all-important night of the school year.

 

Catechetical Sunday: Catechetical Sunday is when those designated to serve as catechists are called forth to be commissioned for their ministry. Catechetical Sunday is a wonderful opportunity to reflect on the role that each person plays, by virtue of Baptism, in passing on the faith and being a witness to the Gospel. All are welcome to join the Saint Francis faculty and Saint Francis Religious Education faculty at this very special liturgy at 9:00am on Sunday September 15th.

 

Bald on the Beach: Also please save the date for Bald on the Beach here at St. Francis de Sales on Sunday September 15th. Join St. Francis de Sales Parish and our National Junior Honor Society for this special St. Baldrick’s event and whether you decide to shave your head, volunteer, or donate, we hope you’ll be a part of the excitement!

The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is a volunteer-powered charity that funds more in childhood cancer research grants than any organization except the U.S. government. Get involved and you’ll be giving hope to infants, children, teens and young adults fighting childhood cancers!