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 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:
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:
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

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. 


Letter from Dr. Chadzutko- Superintendent of Brooklyn Diocese

Dear Families,


We have been blessed throughout previous academic years with families who understand the importance of our mission for Catholic Education and who are committed to working alongside us to accomplish these goals. This year, while unbelievably challenging, has demonstrated the level of commitment our families have to supporting the Catholic Academies and Parish Schools within the Diocese of Brooklyn. It is incredible to witness. I find it inadequate to simply say thank you, as those words don’t even begin to cover my gratitude for your unending support but nonetheless, I will try.


Thank you for your patience. This year has been the most challenging, regarding opening the Catholic Academies and Parish Schools that I have seen in over 40 years in Catholic Education. The phrase “unprecedented times” has been used endlessly, but it really encompasses the experience.  Families have encountered tremendous uncertainty; from questioning health and safety to wondering if their Catholic Academy/Parish School will even open tomorrow. I thank you for your patience this year that undoubtedly has been stretched to its breaking point in the shifting regulations and constant barrage of information. Thank you for continuing to weather this storm. 


Thank you for your time. I know in the life of families even extra minutes of preparation can tip the scales for the day. Wellness checks, symptom monitoring, packing extra masks and sanitizer, adjusting to shifting schedules, and facilitating online learning have dramatically altered your day to day lives. Your diligence in shifting your own schedules to adjust to this “new normal” has been paramount in helping our Catholic Academies and Parish Schools reopen and your children succeed. 


Thank you for adjusting to new roles. Being a parent or guardian, while wonderful, is a constant job. You wear many hats daily, and this academic year has added even more. As you have navigated through fears and worry, you have also worked with your children to help them process this experience. You are constantly providing for the emotional needs of your children in typical times. This situation has amplified those needs, but you have continued to provide. While shifting between in-person, hybrid, and remote learning, families have been tasked with increased supervision and education roles. You have selflessly stepped into these roles, despite your other commitments and jobs, to make learning a priority.


Above all, thank you for the gift of your precious children. You have entrusted your children to our Catholic Academies and Parish Schools.  This is something we do not take for granted.  Being a parent myself, I understand that nothing is a quick decision, especially when you must weigh the risks associated with COVID-19. We are honored that you continue to choose the path of Catholic Education. 


As you prepare for your Thanksgiving celebration, however different that may look this year, know that prayers are being said throughout the Diocese for you and your family. I pray this short break provides you a much-needed opportunity to unwind and decompress. I pray for your continued health, safety, happiness, and peace. 


In Gratitude,

Thomas Chadzutko, Ed.D.

Superintendent ~ Catholic School Support Services 

Back to School Night (Grades 1-8) Opening Video and Zoom Links- 9/17/20

Opening Video by Dr. Scharbach


Please note all meetings will be recorded and can be watched over the weekend of 9/18-9/20. The recording links will expire on Sunday 9/20/20.

2020-2021 Back to School Packets and Zoom Links

Nursery Back to School Night

Pre-K Back to School Night

Kindergarten Back to School Night


1st Grade

First Grade Back to School Night


Passcode: SFDS2020


2nd Grade

Second Grade Back to School Night


Passcode: SFDS2020


3rd Grade

Third Grade Back to School Night


Passcode: SFDS2020


4th Grade

Fourth Grade Back to School Night


Passcode: SFDS2020


5th and 6th Grade

Fifth Grade Back to School Night

Sixth Grade Back to School Night

6:30pm-6:55pm- 5th and 6th Grade ELA and Math

7:00pm-7:25pm- 5th and 6th Grade Religion, SS, and Science


7th and 8th Grade

Seventh Grade Back to School Night

Eighth Grade Back to School Night

5:15-5:55pm- 8th Grade Religion and 7th and 8th Grade Math and Science

6:00-6:25pm- 7th Grade Religion and 7th and 8th Grade SS and ELA


Art Back to School Night

Physical Education Grades 1-3 Grading Rubric

Physical Education 4-8 Grading Rubric

STEM Grading Rubric

Nut Aware School

We Are a NUT Aware School! Unfortunately, our school cannot guarantee a nut, milk or “allergen-free” environment.

The risk of exposure is always present. Instead, we have an “allergy aware” policy, which empowers everyone.

Children with allergies become aware of what they can and cannot eat, and school staff is alert and careful about each student’s allergies.

As we have students with SEVERE LIFE THREATENING ALLERGIES, we ask all families to avoid bringing in items such as nut butters, Nutella, or any other nut based products.

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

Radio Bingo

Tuesday 6/16/20

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 

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.

Uniform Information


First and foremost, we are excited to announce that we have begun shipping online and phone orders from our Philadelphia distribution center!  Please note that delivery times will be delayed as we 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.


As of now, all 34 of our retail stores remain closed; we do not anticipate any locations opening to the public until mid-June at the earliest.  Reopening dates will be determined on a state-by-state basis according to local guidelines, along with an internal company evaluation of safety and readiness.  We are doing everything in our power to resume normal business operations as soon as we can, but we will not reopen our stores to foot traffic until we are confident that the proper measures are in-place, and that our staff is trained to ensure the safety of both customers & employees.

At the very least, we know that when we reopen, it will be with reduced capacity and highly modified in-store processes (for example, most stores will only be able to accommodate a fraction of normal foot traffic, and it’s unlikely that it will be safe for customers to try on products for size).  As such, it is critical that we encourage families to shop online if they can, and to shop earlier in the season to avoid an August rush.  We are asking for your support in relaying this message to school families.


In order to relieve some of the financial burden of back-to-school shopping, FlynnO’Hara will be offering discounts ranging from 5%-20% off during the months of May, June & July.  These discounts will be offered online only and will be tiered in order to incentivize customers to shop early, and to shop online

If you haven’t done so already, please make sure to encourage your incoming families to opt-into our FlynnO’Hara emails & follow us on social media by sharing the attached flyer.  We will begin releasing discount information within the coming weeks; the earlier families shop, the more they’ll save!


After 50 years in business, and almost two decades of ecommerce, we know the reasons why some families prefer in-store shopping to ordering online, namely: sizing concerns, shipping costs, discomfort navigating online, and an inability to receive packages to their homes.  Knowing that remote shopping will be the safest options for families this summer, we’ve implemented the following initiatives to these address customer concerns:


One of the biggest challenges our customers face in shopping online is how to choose the right sizes for their child. So, we’ve developed the following measuring resources to help parents make accurate, informed decisions from home:

    • At-Home Measuring Tutorial: This short video shows parents how to measure their child for his / her clothing dimensions using either a soft measuring tape or a piece of string. The video then offers guidance on where to find – and how to use – FlynnO’Hara’s size charts to choose the right garment sizes for each of our uniform products!  These videos will be live on our website early next week; in the meantime, view Our girls video HERE!
    • At-Home Measuring Kit: Parents who don’t already have a measuring tape at home can easily order an at-home measuring kit from our website.  The kit is free and will arrive at their doorstep in just a few days!  The order form for this kit will be available on our site early next week.
    • Size Charts: Finally, each uniform item at now has a product-specific size chart linked beneath the website product listing for parent reference.
    • Please note: These resources will live on our website, but we will be sharing them with families via email and our social media accounts as they become available.  Once again, it’s important that families opt-into our emails and follow us on social to stay in the loop!

For customers who prefer a personal touch or are uncomfortable navigating our ecommerce platform, our customer service team is available Monday-Friday from 9AM-5PM to take orders over the phone.  These hours will be expanding to evenings and weekends as we move back into the summer season. Up-to-date customer service hours can be found HERE.  Please note, discounts will be applied to phone orders!


For customers who have trouble receiving deliveries at home, FlynnO’Hara will be offering the option to buy online and pick-up orders at one of our local stores.  Although our stores are currently closed, it’s likely that this in-store pick-up option will become available to families before our stores reopen to foot traffic.  We will communicate directly with schools and customers as soon as we activate this option, which will be available to choose as a shipping method at check-out on our ecommerce site.


As outlined above, while our stores remain closed, FlynnO’Hara is offering free shipping on all online and phone orders with promotion code FREESHIP.  Once our stores reopen their doors, we will continue to offer free shipping over a minimum order value threshold.


Our sincere hope is that our generous product warranty and return policy will provide some peace of mind to families shopping earlier this year.  As always, FlynnO’Hara will accept returns / exchanges on any unworn products (with tags) up to one year from their date of purchase.  Additionally, our school year guarantee remains in effect: if families aren’t satisfied with the way their uniforms are holding up, we’ll replace them up to one year from the date of purchase – no questions asked!

SFDS @HOME: Week of May 4th 2020

Dear St. Francis de Sales Catholic Families,


We have officially finished week seven of distance learning and we are 1/2 of the way there until the end of the school year!  I know that this has been a difficult time for all and the transition to working & learning from home is a difficult one.  I just want to thank all of the parents & guardians who have reached out to provide positive comments, suggestions/ideas for improvements or just general comments especially all who came to our first ever virtual conversations with the administration.   I am fairly certain that this is every one’s first experience with a true pandemic and I am so impressed with how our teachers, students, parents and community has responded. 

I just wanted to take some time to provide all of our stakeholders with a few important updates:

  • Per the Governor’s announcement on 5/1/20, distance learning will continue for the rest of the 2019-2020 school year.  We will continue the current model and finish out the year on distance learning.  Our entire team was saddened to hear that our kids would not be returning to the building but we know that decisions are made with the health and safety of the community in mind.  
  • Please continue to reach out to your student’s teacher and let them know of any struggles or health issues that are occurring in your home.   This is our teachers’ first experience with a pandemic and going to remote learning but they really do have our kid’s best interest in mind.  They have the delicate job of providing standards-based curriculum that is meeting the intent of the state standards while also balancing the notion of not overwhelming their students.  A difficult balance but one they are committed to.   
  • I have been sharing the feedback received from parents which includes reminding our teachers to limit the number of places to find information and to also be mindful of the workload for our kids.  
  • Please do not be afraid to share any positive comments or words of encouragement with your child’s teachers if you feel things are going well!  I have spoken with so many of our faculty who are working nights, weekends and many more hours than a traditional day to make this happen for our kids.  Don’t be shy about giving them a “pat on the back” if you feel they deserve it!
  • End of year “Tasks” – With school being closed for the remainder of the year, the admin team will be formulating plans and processes for common “end of year” tasks.  Examples include desk and locker clean outs, and a few other tasks to “close out the year”.  We will be sure to communicate those processes once we have more information on how they will happen.  Challenges include ensuring the 6 feet social distancing rule, keeping rooms sterile and many other challenges but we will have a safe and simple solution for all tasks. 
  • Please know that we have already been in collaboration with the diocesan office  in planning “meaningful (albeit, creative) ways to honor our students in their ceremonial end-of-year events.” We will continue to update you once plans are finalized. It is still our hope to have an in person graduation for our 8th graders even if it needs to be a later date. 
  • If you have a question or concern. Start with an email to the classroom teacher. They know the specifics of instruction and their own procedures best for their particular class/grade level. If the concern or question is not resolved after this step, please contact Mr. Scharbach or Mrs. Faughnan 

For parents, please know that you are doing all you can for your kids and that this is a truly unique time for everyone.  It is trying for even the most organized professionals to fulfill their work duties from home, juggle finances, monitor your new “homeschool students”, provide childcare and do all you can to keep your family safe during this pandemic.  I encourage you to show “Grace & Flexibility” on yourself at home during this time in addition to your children, their teachers and the community.  I would also encourage you to take this time with your children to really explore new areas of their interests or partake in family activities that you may not have had the luxury of time to do before.  A silver lining can always be found if we look hard enough!

Also, rest assured that teachers across our diocese are ready to “meet students where they are” in their learning when they return for the 2020-2021 school year.  I know that for St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy our mission will be to look for any learning gaps that occurred during this trimester, formulate lessons and resources to address them and make our students even better than they already are!  Have a great week and stay SFDS Strong!

See below some issues and topics that will help all be successful during the week of May 4th. 


SFDS Mother’s Day Video: St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy will continue to collect pictures of children holding a flower, an image of our Lady, holding a sign that says Happy Mother’s Day, I Love You, etc. All these pictures will be included in a school Mother’s Day Video for all the Moms, Grandmothers, aunts, godmothers, and other special women in our lives. We hope to get participation from all families over the next two weeks. 


1) The pictures need to be clear. We ask that the picture be of the child or children holding flowers or a Mother’s Day message. 

2) The orientation of the picture needs to be vertical. 

3) Send all images to by May 8th at 3pm. 

4) You will receive a confirmation email that says the picture was received within 24 hours. 


May Special Events

May 2nd and 3rd- Star Wars STEM Challenge

May 4th: Star Wars Day- Wear your favorite Star Wars Shirt/item to class 

May 5th: Thank Our Essential Workers Day- St. Francis de Sales wants to thank each and every person that is an Essential Worker. We made this day so that our students would hopefully get a better understanding of what you do to make this time in their lives better. The definition of a hero is simple- a person admired for courage. That is what you are. For all those working in the healthcare field, custodial staff, drivers, stock persons, store clerks, emergency responders, government officials and so many more- Thank you! We pray for your health, so that you can continue to help others. If you are an essential worker please send a picture to for our essential worker montage no later than Tuesday May 5th at 3pm so we can display our montage later than night. 

May 6th: Sunglasses Day- Wear your sunglasses to class day. 

May 7th: Throwback Thursday- The 1960’s- Look forward to some activities that are based on the Groovy times of the 1960’s.

May 8th: Fun and Furry Friday- We all love your pets and we love to see them so let your furry friends shine. Stuffed Animals and drawings are fine as well. 

May 9th: Dance Parties

When: May 9, 2020 10:30 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Topic: Dance Party (Grades N-1) 

Please click the link below to join the webinar:

When: May 9, 2020 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Topic: Dance Party (Grades 2-4) 

Please click the link below to join the webinar:

May 10th: Happy Mother’s Day


Save the Dates

Friday May 15th: Name that Tune (6pm-7:30pm) More information to follow. 

Week of May 23rd: Christmas Family Feud- We will be looking for 26 family (4-5 members) to participate in various “episodes” . More information to follow. 


My Catholic Faith Delivered: A great way to enrich your child’s faith formation throughout the week in Grades 1-4 is My Catholic Faith Delivered. About a month ago we sent out emails out to all 1st-4th graders inviting them to 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. Please note that this curriculum is self-paced meaning that students will be at different lessons based on how quickly they complete the lessons.  Any questions about this curriculum or how to log on please email Mr. Scharbach at

I want to congratulate the following students all who have completed 25% of the My Catholic Faith Delivered Curriculum. Great job!

Grade 1: Erik, Anthony, Mackenzie,  Quinn, Sean, Nathaniel, Jenna, Jacqueline, Caroline, CJ, Saoirse, and Mairead

Grade 2: Charlotte, Bianka, Molly, Silas, Adriana, Preston, Molly, Anna, Brendan, Kassidy, and Colin 

Grade 3: Logan, Sadie, Matthew and Gennaro

Grade 4: Charles, Emma, Brendan, Hannah, Lucas, and Ashlee


Financial Questions: During these challenging times, I am sure that many families have obvious concerns regarding tuition.  I know that we all are in different places, some more capable than others to help in these unusual times. As we state each year in our State of the Academy, approximately 85% of our school income is tuition & fees. We are aware that we are not all able to meet our commitments in the same way as we might have in the past. We are committed to continuing to support our teachers and staff in the work they are continuing to do. We want to support families as much as possible, but are also limited in resources as well. Please contact us right away if your family is experiencing a change in your financial position. Changing payment schedule or tuition assistance (see below)  is available.


Together we can ensure that Saint Francis de Sales remains open and strong, both as we pray to return to our building soon and for the future to come.  If you have additional questions or concerns regarding tuition, please email me. 


COVID-19 Relief Fund: As we go through this crisis together, there are so many needs that continue to grow. We are continually praying for you and your loved ones so that we may heal and emerge from these difficult times. We recognize the financial burden many have experienced as the school endures its own financial struggles.


Our partner scholarship organization, Futures in Education, has established a Relief Fund to assist families affected by the COVID-19 health crisis in completing their 2019/20 tuition payments.


You are invited to complete this form ONLY if your family has been directly impacted by the COVID-19 health crisis, resulting in a reduction or loss of income, and you are seeking tuition relief for the 2019/2020 academic year. Funding is very limited, and it is critical that we are able to assist those most affected by this crisis. Please only apply if your family has been affected in a way that it will not be possible for you to complete this year’s tuition payments.


We will work with Futures in Education to assess the overall need and funding received to determine how we may best help our families. The application will be open from now through May 15, 2020 and may be found at

Please alert us directly if you need this assistance so we are aware of your situation. This is a requirement of the fund.


In addition, we encourage you to apply for the regular financial aid program administered by Futures in Education for the 2020-21 academic year now, by going to


Note: Returning Teddy J. Forstmann recipients should apply for regular tuition assistance for 20-21 through Children’s Scholarship Fund/Civicore. Instructions have been emailed to you.


Please contact Futures in Education at 718.965.7340 or by email: if you have any questions or need assistance.



Re-Registration and New Registration: Although we are not physically present in school, we continue to register students for the upcoming school year beginning in September 2020.  This week we continue our Virtual Tours. For more information about them please click here. 


IESP Students/Free iPads: The NYC DOE is making iPads available to all students who have an IESP.  Please see the form below from the NYC DOE Office of Nonpublic Schools regarding the iPad distribution for students who have an IESP.

Please note that you, the parent, can apply online to receive an iPad for your child. The iPad will be shipped directly to your  home. Please review the Device Agreement (attached to this email) specifically in regards to the use, care and that the device is on loan and the expectation is that it will be returned when we return to in class lessons. This tablet is intended to allow students to participate in remote learning during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the students are required to return the tablets to the NYCDOE when schools reopen. The tablets may be used by the students only for participation in instruction required pursuant to the Education Law and not for religious instruction.

Although we know St. Francis has already given a device to every child in Grades K-8 we wanted all of our Special Education Families to know what you are entitled to. 

Any questions please let us know at


Postponements and Cancelations: Just a reminder that due to the school closure and regulations from New York State in regard to bans on large crowds there will be many postponements and cancellations. Please click here for more information. It is our hope to make up many of the events in the next school year when appropriate.


Have a great week!