Happy Summer

Dear Families,                                                                                       

Summer is now upon us, and I am sure that each of you have some plans to enjoy the weather and the extra time. I pray that you will have some great family time and will return safely and refreshed. We are blessed to have just finished another wonderful year filled with great memories.

We want to thank you, parents, for your support. We couldnt teach your students to this degree without a good school/home partnership. The work the students and teachers have done this year was focused on our children, and it makes me proud to be a part of this very special place. We look forward to opening our doors next year to about 545 students. But remember, summer does not mean we take a vacation from the Lord! I encourage you, wherever you may be this summer, to make time to come to Mass on Sundays and to pray every day!

Please make note of the following:

  • A list of tuition fees for the 2017-2018 school year can be found by clicking here. Tuition is due by the 15th of the month, July through April. You will receive envelopes for you to send the July and August payments to the school/parish. Beginning in September, we will eliminate the manila tuition envelope and parents will be asked to submit tuition in a plain envelope on the fifteen of the month in the name of their oldest child.  Confirmation of tuition payments and fee balances will be available via the Parent Portal of Option C. We are still looking into the possibility of Automatic Electronic Withdrawal for tuition payments as well. Hopefully more information will be available regarding this topic over the summer.
  • The summer office hours along with the calendar for next year are already posted on our website. Throughout the summer check the calendar for any updates. Although the school office may be closed at times, we are always available with any question or concern through email at admin@stfrancisschoolbh.net.
  • Summer Assignments and Supply Lists are available on the main page of our website at https://stfrancisacademybh.org/. Every student is expected to have all supplies as well as a school bag on the first day of school. All textbooks need to be covered with a BookSox.
  • Flynn & OHara continues to be our uniform supplier. If you need anything for next year, I suggest that you visit the store early in the summer to avoid the crowds. The store location is The Shops at Atlas Park, 8000 Cooper Avenue, Lower Level, Glendale, NY 11385. Uniforms can also be ordered online at flynnohara.com, or by phone at 718-326-2704.
  • Virtus training is mandated by the Diocese as a requirement for anyone who would like to volunteer to help with the children in the school (lunch parent, class parent, trip helper, etc.). For a list of upcoming sessions and information on how to register, log on to virtus.org. This training must be completed prior to starting your volunteer service.
  • School will officially begin Wednesday 9/6 for students in Kindergarten ? Grade 8. Children in the Nursery and Pre-K will begin on Monday 9/11.

 

Students in Kindergarten through Sixth Grade at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy will be able to advance their knowledge with their new STEM lab this September, all made possible through a grant from the Diocese of Brooklyn. The $85,000 grant will be used to install a $125,000 LabLearner System over the summer, which will provide hands-on weekly lab instruction to the students with the start of the new semester in the fall. LabLearner is in place in many schools throughout the United States, and St. Franics de Sales Catholic Academy is excited to be among them. The LabLearner curriculum was developed after years of neurocognitive research by scientist Dr. Keith Verner and his associates at the Cognitive Learning Institute. As Dr. Verner has stated, Given that we cannot perfectly predict future scientific problems and opportunities, our best bet is to prepare our students with a good grasp of basic science facts, principles, concepts, and thinking so that they can evolve along with the technology that will define their adult lives.

 

STEM Education (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) is on the learning forefront for schools across the country. In keeping with the schools mission, this new STEM lab and advancement in education will continue to develop young minds and shape values. For more information about LabLearner please click here.

 

This year, sadly, we say farewell to Ms. Maeghan Edwards and Mrs. Maureen Hayes. While we wish them the best of luck in their future endeavors, we certainly will miss them here at St. Francis. And of course, we cannot thank our Ms. Lograno enough for the many years of service and dedication to our school. We wish her a blessed retirement.

Mrs. Cathy Kenny will be joining our Office staff as our Administrative Assistant beginning in August. Prior to joining St. Francis Mrs. Kenny has been an Administrative Assistant in the Superintendents Office and a former secretary in another catholic school in the diocese. We look forward to welcoming Mrs. Kenny to SFDS as well.

Along with Mrs. Kenny, please join me in welcoming two new faculty members to the St. Francis de Sales family. First, Mrs. Patricia Attanasio will be joining our 5th and 6th grade team and 6-B homeroom. Mrs. Attanasio taught for 29 years in the NYC Department of Education and in the Diocese of Brooklyn since 2014. We give another warm welcome to, Mrs. Jaclyn Tenreiro, who will be beginning her 10th year of teaching elementary grades in the Diocese of Brooklyn, as our new Nursery teacher for the 2017/2018 school year. We look forward to the new additions to our already dedicated and stellar staff here at St. Francis.

 

I am also happy to announce the following changes to our current faculty:

  • Jeannine Stathis will be moving up to 2nd grade.
  • Trisha OMalley will be moving up to 2nd grade.
  • Amanda Finlayson will be moving to the 3rd grade.
  • Heather Killian will be moving to grade 5/6 ELA.
  • Laura Sullivan will be moving up to the 4th grade.
  • Gabby Mangano will be returning as our full time Art teacher

 

We remain dedicated to advancing your child’s academic, social and spiritual development in a supportive, safe and challenging learning environment. We welcome your active participation in your child’s education, and we urge you to be proactive in communicating with our administration and teachers, and, as time allows, to volunteer in our various programs and events. By working together, we will ensure success for your children.

 

I hope we all return in September with new energy and with renewed commitments to this very special Academy.

 

Enjoy the summer, and we will see you in the Fall!

 

Christopher Scharbach

 

PS: Please keep in mind that one of our first charity events will be St. Baldricks Bald on the Beach on September 17th. You might consider holding off on that back to school haircut until then