Happy Thanksgiving and SFDS Week of November 26th

Dear Academy Families,

Happy Thanksgiving!


A houseful of noisy people, cousins playing together after not seeing each other since the last holiday, lots of food served on fancy plates and silver.  Thanksgiving is the universal holiday. It welcomes all. We gather together, not out of media hype or commercial conditioning, but from a personal, conscious need to acknowledge all that we are thankful for and treasure.

My hope for you and your families is that your Thanksgiving will be safe and enjoyable.  Best wishes as you celebrate this holiday.

Please take a look below to see what is going on for the week of November 26th.


Chicken Finger Day: Just a reminder that this Tuesday 11/27 is our monthly Chicken Finger Day.


8th Grade Dinner Dance Meeting: Eighth grade families are invited to join Mrs. Martello and myself to the first Dinner Dance meeting on Tuesday November 27th at 6pm please note this is a makeup of the meeting that was postponed due to bad weather last week.  It’s our hope that we can decide chair people for various committees, kick off fundraising for the event, and choose the theme of the event.


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. Two weeks 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 2019 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.


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-K class.


Christmas Show: It is amazing that when we return next Monday we only have four 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 Friday December 7th.

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


Movie Night: All students (K-4) are invited to join us on Friday December 7th 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.


Paul Effman Band: Experienced musicians will perform at the Christmas Show on December 17th and December 19. Tuesday’s November 27th, December 4th, 11th and Experienced Violin will practice from 3:45-4:30 and Experienced Band will practice from 3:45-4:45  to prepare for our Christmas concert. This practice will replace the small group lessons. Experienced Band members will also meet on Monday 12/17 rather than 12/18 with special times that have communicated. 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.


Report Card: Last week 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 starting yesterday you could of  began to sign up for appointments (Nursery-Grade 4) on our school website.


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.


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 2, 2018. Children receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation and Holy Communion in 2019 and their Parents are asked to join us by sitting in the reserved section in the front of church for Mass. Following the Mass the parish will have a light fellowship and a presentation in the gym for the parents and children.


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.


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!