SFDS Week of December 2nd 2019

Dear Academy Families, 

 

In the month of December, we spend time preparing children for concerts, decorating classrooms and hallways, making preparations for Christmas at home, shopping, baking, attending parties and sharing joy. As you know, Advent is the time for waiting, praying, and preparing ourselves for the birth of Christ. By taking a step away from the hustle and bustle, asking kids to slow down and reflect on what the birth of Christ means to them, the world, and our faith, such richness will be added to this time of waiting.

 

Please take a look below to see what is going on for the week of December 2rd here at SFDS.

 

Blessed Trinity Confirmation: Congratulations and God Bless! On Thursday December 5th at 5pm, many members of St. Francis de Sales Grade 8 will be blessed by the Holy Spirit at Blessed Trinity Parish. May the gifts of the Holy Spirit be with our 8th grade and lead them to be the future leaders of the church.

 

Report Cards: All report cards will be sent home on Tuesday 12/4. Teachers are available to meet on both Wednesday 12/4 from 6pm-7:30pm and on Friday 12/6 from 12:45pm-2:45pm. For families in Grades N-4 please keep to the appointments that you signed up for. In Grades 5-8 please feel free to go to your child’s individual teacher(s) at the assigned times. If anyone made an appointment and needs to cancel please email your child’s  teacher directly. Please remember that Friday 12/6 is a 12 noon dismissal. 

 

Advent Penance Service: This Wednesday (12/4) Grades 3-8 will be joining together to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation. This weekend, please discuss the importance of this Sacrament and welcoming the Christ Child with a ready heart.  

 

Movie Night: All students (K-4) are invited to join us on Friday December 6th for Movie Night. The movie is “The Polar Express” All children can bring their sleeping bag, pillow, favorite teddy, and wear their P.J.’s.  The Doors open at 5:45pm and the Movie starts 6:10 sharp. There is a $5 Admission charge and all Students will receive a cup of Hot Chocolate and Cookies with Admission. 

This is a KID ONLY event. Please remember that all children need to be picked up at about 8pm. 

 

Immaculate Conception: Monday December 9th is a Holy Day of Obligation for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. Please remember that as Catholics, we are asked to go to mass on this day. This is a Diocesan Holiday so just a reminder that St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy is closed. 

 

2nd Grade Proximate Prep (SFDS): Just a reminder to all 2nd grade families of students who are receiving the sacrament of communion here at St. Francis that there there is Proximate Prep on Sunday December 8, 2019 at 9am. Children receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation and Holy Communion in 2020 and their Parents are asked to join us by sitting in the reserved section in the front of church for Mass a 9am. Following the Mass the parish will have a light fellowship and a presentation in the gym for the parents and children until 11am. 

 

Graduation and Makeup Pictures: On December 16th, the 8th grade will be taking their individual graduation pictures. Also if your child was absent on the original picture day, please know your child can dress up or wear their uniform for their picture on 12/16. If you would like your child to retake their picture, please send in your original pictures with a note before Thursday December 12th. We will call down the students whose pictures we have the next school day for make ups. 

 

SFDS Festival of Lights: Please join St. Francis de Sales Parish on Tuesday  12/10 at 6:30pm for an annual tradition, the lighting of trees in our prayer garden. There will be Hot Chocolate for all with Christmas Carols sung. Please be there for this great tradition here at St. Francis. 

 

Student Illness: As the colder weather begins, we see more and more children who become ill. A child who is sick will not be able to perform well in school and is likely to spread the illness to other children and staff. If your child is ill, before sending them back to school please clear it with your child’s pediatrician. Please call the school’s nurse or main office if you have any questions or concerns.

 

Early Childhood Registration: As we begin to prepare for the 2020-2021 school year, we want to ensure that our plans to maximize the benefit to your child/children. A month ago we sent home letters of intent for any current Nursery and Pre-K student here at St. Francis who plans on attending St. Francis in 2020 as a Pre-K or Kindergarten student. Those forms are now past due  As always, we thank you for your dedication and support to St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy. If you have any concerns that we may address, please do not hesitate to call us or email us. 

 

Next week a letter will be sent home to families of current students to see if any siblings of current students will be joining our Early Childhood. Please send in all letters of intent as soon as possible  as we will begin open registration in Nursery, Pre-K and Kindergarten early in January. 

 

Christmas Show: It is amazing that when we return next Monday we only have three weeks of school until Christmas. Any questions about tickets please call the office. An order form for tickets can be found here. Please note that all ticket orders are due by next Friday December 6th. 

Any questions about costumes or dress please contact Ms. Mangano at gmangano@stfrancisschoolbh.net 

 

Yearbook Ads: We are now selling ads for this year’s yearbook. On Wednesday (1/8) 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 1/9 or 1/10. No orders can be taken after 1/10/20. 

 

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. Parents we appreciate all of you signing up for Lunch Duty. 

We can always use help!

Please be aware you are not guaranteed to have your child’s class every time you sign up.  We do our best to accommodate whenever possible, however there will be times you will be assigned other classes when you sign up.  There are also many times our teacher like to stay with their class for lunch.

Please keep this into consideration.

 

Thank you once again for all your help.

 

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 Sign Up

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 Sign Up

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

 

Paul Effman Band: Just a reminder that there is a special band practice time over the next few weeks. 

Experienced musicians will perform at the Christmas Show on December 17th and December 18th. December 3rd, 10th and 17th, Experienced musicians will practice from 4:15pm-5pm  to prepare for our Christmas concert. This practice will replace the small group lessons. Beginners will be performing in the Spring Concert and will keep their regular scheduled lessons.  Thank you!

 

Toys for Tots: With the Christmas season approaching, as we look forward to the birth of our Lord, we should remember those less fortunate than us. In the spirit of giving, we are asking that students donate a gift for other children. Please bring in an unwrapped toy or game as soon as possible. All donations will go to children in need. Thank you for your generosity.

 

Have a great weekend.

 

Fundraising Corner 

$15,000 Raffle Winners

Congratulations to the winners of our $15,000 Raffle. 

1st Place ($15,000): Jack and Ellen Martin and Larry and Maureen Heuler

2nd Place ($5,000): Tammaro Children

3rd Place ($2,500): John Lydon and John Carrington

4th Place ($1,500): Bill and Ellen Collins

5th Place ($1,000): Otton 9

 

A special Thank you to Mrs. Rita Hayden for coordinating this event along with the ticket sellers. Also a special thank you to the Harbor Light for hosting the ticket drawing party.

 

We were able to raise over $20,000 due to this event.

 

Amazon Smile: AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support St. Francis DeSales Catholic Academy every time you shop, at no cost to you.

 

When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to our Academy.

To shop at AmazonSmile, go to smile.amazon.com from the web browser on your computer or mobile device. You may also want to add a bookmark to smile.amazon.com to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at AmazonSmile.

 

Good news! AmazonSmile is now available in the Amazon Shopping App to all AmazonSmile customers using supported Android devices. You can use the below copy and instructions to share the news with your supporters!

 

If you are an AmazonSmile customer, you can now support St Francis deSales Catholic Academy in the Amazon shopping app on your Android device! Simply follow these instructions to turn on AmazonSmile and start generating donations.

  1. If you have the latest version of the Amazon Shopping App, open the App on your Android device.
  2. View Settings and select AmazonSmile.
  3. Follow the in-App instructions to complete the process.

If you do not have the latest version of the Amazon Shopping App, update your App. Click here for instructions.

 

AmazonSmile is not currently available for iOS users.

Week of Oct 21st

New Sight words: up, what, she, take
Fundations Trick Words: as, he, or, has, she, to, for, we, me, be, into
Monday
Reading :choose a book for your next reading reflection report due on Oct. 25th. Remmeber your child should independently complete page 1 and you will assist them with pages 2 and 3 as needed.
Math- test Tuesday Chap 2
New Fluency Homework passage
Tuesday
Reading –fluency homework and work on reading reflection
Math pgs. 135-136
Wednesday
Book Fair- send in money if your child would like to purchase a book
Reading- fluency homework and work on reading reflection
Math- pgs. 141-142
Send in Rosary beads in a box or baggy with your child’s name on it for our Rosary Rally on Thursday.
Thursday
Reading – fluency homework and work on reading reflection due Friday
Math pgs. 147-148
Rosary Rally at 11 am families are welcome
Friday – half day ; dismissal is at noon for all.

Welcome to PreK!

Our Grade Four Class Blog ? Welcome

On Thursday September 5th at 6:30 PM we will have our parent orientation meeting.  Please remember to bring all school supplies with you to the meeting.

The children start school on Monday, September 9th. We have half days this week, and children will be dismissed at 11:50.  Full days start the week of September 16th.  Children come to school with lunch and dismissal is at 2:20.

PreK is going to be such an exciting year, and I am looking forward to meeting you and your child!

Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions or concerns that you may have. 

2B Mrs. Cronin

I will be sending books home on Wednesday and Thursday to be covered.  Please write your child’s name in black sharpie on the front and cover in clear contact paper and return immediately.  

I look forward to meeting with you at Back to School night next Thursday 9/12.

 

Mrs. Meg Cronin

Welcome to Second Grade with Mrs. Cronin

 

Dear Second Grade,

 

I am so excited for the first day of school.  I can’t wait to meet all of you and get to know you!  I am a little  nervous too because this is a new school for me.  Did you know that I graduated from St. Francis de Sales?  I am so happy to be returning to a school that I loved when I was a student.

We have a very busy year ahead and we will be working hard, but I hope we can have some fun too.  I have many exciting things planned and I look forward to seeing all of you on Wednesday.  

 

Love, 

 

Mrs. Cronin

 

 

 

Columbus Citizens Foundation Scholarship

The Columbus Citizens Foundation’s Elementary School Scholarship Program was established in 2003 at the directive of past Foundation President Lawrence Auriana and was implemented by former board member Richard J. Naclerio. The grants are available to students who will be entering grades K through 8. The grants, while generous, provide assistance towards tuition but will not cover payment for all school costs.

If you are interested in applying for a grant, please take a moment to learn about our requirements and the grant process.

Eligibility

  • Students who are of Italian descent (at least 25% Italian)
  • Students who show academic promise
  • Households where the total gross income does not exceed $20,000 per capita ($20,000 per person in the household) are eligible. For example, for a household of four, the maximum total gross income is $80,000 to be eligible.
  • Only students entering grades K through 8 are eligible to apply.

Process 

  1. To be considered for a CCF elementary scholarship, an online application and supporting documentation must be submitted by the deadline that contains detailed and confidential personal information. It must be submitted online to FACTS, an independent financial review company that will determine eligibility based on financial documentation.
  2. The CCF Elementary Scholarship Committee reviews and evaluates the applications.
  3.  The Committee invites select applicants and their families to visit the Foundation for a mandatory interview (April/May).
  4. Approximately one month after all interviews have been held, the committee decides which applicants will be awarded scholarships. 
  5. Parents/Guardians/Applicants are notified by mail of the committee’s decision.

Recipients receive three-year grants, with the exception of when a recipient is entering 7th or 8th grade, in which the grant is then two years or one year in length, respectively. In the final year of a grant term, parents/guardians can re-apply to the Elementary School Scholarship Program to receive future scholarships. For example, if an incoming Kindergartener is awarded, parents/guardians would re-apply for a future scholarship when the recipient is in 2nd grade.

NOTE: CCF scholarships are partial scholarships and will not cover all tuition costs. 

How To Apply

The scholarship application process is now OPEN for the 2019-2020 academic year. Please read all instructions before applying. The application deadline is Friday, February 15, 2019.

 
Instructions
STEP 1:  Click here to download and print the 2019 CCF Elementary Scholarship Guidelines and Academic Performance Verification Form that must be completed by a school guidance counselor or principal. The Academic Performance Verification Form is on page 3.
 
STEP 2: Click here for the 2019 CCF Elementary Scholarship Application.
– Create an account if you do not already have one.
– When prompted to choose a school, you MUST choose Columbus Citizens Foundation Elementary Scholarship Program. DO NOT CHOOSE YOUR OWN SCHOOL. Later in the application, you will be asked to enter your school name and address.

SFDS Week of November 19th 2018

Dear Academy Families,

 

At this time of year, when we turn our thoughts to Thanksgiving, I want to focus on a deep feeling of gratitude toward all of our hardworking teachers in Catholic schools, especially those here at St. Francis.  We always hear that teachers are special people, but there is something different about Catholic school educators. I believe it is their dedication to God and to their calling. Here at St. Francis, we are over 100 years strong because of the teachers those who came before us and those who are with us today. We are so blessed here at St. Francis. Teachers in Catholic Schools give of themselves all year long. They don’t do it for the pay, or for the time off; they do it for the good of our school and students. This Thanksgiving, we offer a special thanks for our teachers.

 

Next week might be a short one but we do have many things going on! Please take a look below to see what’s happening:

Thanksgiving Mass: Please join us on Wednesday 11/21 at 11:00am in St. Francis de Sales Parish Church for a mass of Thanksgiving. Just a reminder that Wednesday is also a ½ day with a 12pm dismissal.

 

Check out the Art: We were so excited to continue art in our academic program this school year. Please check out Ms. Mangano’s class page to see what our students have been creating in Art classes since September. Their work has been beautiful and we are so proud to have it displayed throughout the building and on our school website. Thank you to Ms. Mangano for all of her great work!

 

Christmas Show: Yesterday a note was sent home explaining this year’s Christmas show. Any questions about tickets please call the office. Any questions about costumes or dress please contact Ms. Mangano at gmangano@stfrancisschoolbh.net

 

Report Card: Also yesterday a note went home explaining report cards. All report cards will be sent home on Tuesday 12/4. Teachers are available to meet on both Tuesday 12/4 from 6pm-7:30pm and on Wednesday 12/5 from 12:45pm-2:45pm. Please remember that this Tuesday at 3pm you can begin to sign up for appointments (Nursery-Grade 4) on our school website.

 

Early Childhood Registration: As we begin to prepare for the 2019-2020 school year, we want to ensure that our plans maximize the benefit to your child/children. Last week we sent home letters of intent for any current Nursery and Pre-K student here at St. Francis who plans on attending St. Francis in 2019 as a Pre-K or Kindergarten student. Those forms are due next week.  As always, we thank you for your dedication and support to St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy. If you have any concerns that we may address, please do not hesitate to call us or email us.

 

After Thanksgiving  a letter will be sent home to families of current students to see if any siblings of current students will be joining our Early Childhood. Please send in all letters of intent as soon as possible  as we will begin open registration in Nursery, Pre-K and Kindergarten early in January. This is especially important to do for next year’s Pre-Kindergarten and 1st grade classes.

 

Grades 7 and 8 PDHP Family Fun Night: Parents of Grades 7-8 students are invited to join their student(s) for a night of Interactive Activities and Games to Enhance Social Skills, Physical Literacy, Cooperation, Communication, and Family Bonding. This will take place on Thursday 11/29 at 6pm. If you are interested please RSVP by emailing Mrs. Endall at hendall@stfrancisschoolbh.net. We hope to make this night a great success.

 

Confirmation Grade 7 Proximate Prep (SFDS): Just a reminder to the 7th graders who are receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation next year here at St. Francis that  your journey in preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation begins there will be a Proximate Preparation on Sunday, November 18, 2018 from 9:00-11:00am. The students and their families will participate in the 9:00 Mass and follow with a light breakfast. There will be a presentation and the candidates will receive their red folders. The folders contain all the necessary forms and information for Confirmation. If anyone would like to participate, in the Liturgy, readers, gifts or ushers, please contact the Religious Education office 718-945-6911. We look forward to seeing everyone on November 18, 2018 at 9:00am Mass.

 

Turkey: St. Francis de Sales parish is collecting money again this year to sponsor Thanksgiving dinners for those in need. Last year, with the help of your generosity, the parish was able to purchase 80 Thanksgiving dinners for families in need. If you’d like to help out, please send a $25 check (made out to St. Francis de Sales Church) or $25 cash in an envelope. Thank you again for your unwavering generosity.

 

Fundraising Corner

Christmas Raffle: You are invited to take a chance on winning a cash prize in our Christmas Raffle. In fact by taking a chance you actually have the opportunity to win 31 cash prizes. In the calendar on the order form you will see a dollar amount in each box. The amount is the prize for the day. The winning ticket will be re-entered in the drawing for each of the following days during the month, so you’ll have 31 chances to win. Chances are $10 each or 3 for $20. Thank you for your generosity and continued support.

 

Pie Pickup: Any family that ordered a pie or cheesecake from Cascon Bakery should be able to pick up their orders between 2:30pm and 5:30pm this Tuesday 11/20. Any questions please call the main office.

 

Have a great Thanksgiving!

 

PS: We are always 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 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: Lunch Duty Sign Up

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

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 Sign Up

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