Welcome to PreK!

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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.  




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.


  • 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.


  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.

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!

SFDS Week of September 18th 2017

The Lord is always nearby, lifting you up after you fall and pushing you to grow and to make even better choices, with great courage and generosity with magnanimity for the greater glory of God.- Pope Francis


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 10:30 am this Sunday September 17th.


Bald on the Beach: Bald on the Beach will also be held on this Sunday September 17th here at St. Francis de Sales from 8:30am-1:30pm.

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.


Go Gold for Childhood Cancer: As many people know September is pediatric cancer awareness month. This Friday all students may dress down for a $1 and Go Gold for Childhood Cancer. Students are asked to wear Gold or yellow shirts on this dress down day. All proceeds from the dress down day are going to the St. Baldricks Foundation.


Pay it Forward Victims of Hurricane Harvey: 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.  

There was one particular school community that helped us here at St. Francis de Sales school community tremendously.  This was St. Ambrose, from Houston, Texas. Now, they need our help. Hurricane Harvey left much destruction to their community. The Sr. Maura Clarke National Junior Honor Society of St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy is asking for assistance for their Pay It Forward program.  The members will be collecting gift cards or a monetary donation of any size. If you are making a monetary donation over $20 please do so by check. We ask that you make a check out to the Academy, and we will send one large check to St. Ambrose.  As a school community, we will continue to keep ALL those affected by the national disasters throughout the world, especially Hurricane Harvey and Irma.  We pray, families find hope and the love of Christ, to get them through.



8th Grade Graduation Meeting: Please remember the special 8th Grade Parent Graduation/High School Meeting is this Monday September 18th 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 2018 (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.

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


After School Program Begins: Saint Francis de Sales Catholic Academy’s Afterschool program will begin this Monday, September 18th 2017. 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 weeks registration form please click here.


Balanced Kidz: This week the 1st of our enrichment programs begins. This Monday  (grades 4-6) and Thursday (Grades K-3) begin Balanced Kidz in the Small Hall. Please refer to the registration flyer and school calendar to future dates this Fall.


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!


Fundraising Corner

Box Tops for Education: This is the official start to the first contest of this school year.  Hopefully you got a head start on collecting over the summer. The first contest will be a grade competition with the winning grade winning a pizza party. Start sending those box tops in. The contest will end on Friday, October 27th.  Please make sure your name and class are on your submissions or they cannot be tallied for your grade. Good luck!

For a collection sheet please click here.


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 10th.  


Upcoming Events (Save the Date)

High School Night: On Monday September 25th 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, Xaverian and Bishop KearneyA special thank you to the St. Francis de Sales National Junior Honor Society along with Mrs. Rori Martello for putting this night together.


Have a great weekend! Hope to see you Sunday.