Happy Thanksgiving and Week of November 27th 2017

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.  It is the least cynical holiday.  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 27th.


Save the Date PDHP Parent Workshop: Please join us on Tuesday November 28th at 6pm for a special PDHP parent workshop. The topic of this workshop is Claim the Name: Bullying or Bad Behavior.  The Workshop will have discussions and activities for parents designed to recognize the difference, protect their children, and effectively address a bullying and cyber-bullying scenario.


Movie Night: All students (K-3) are invited to join us on Friday Dec 1st 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.


Tuition Arrears: This week tuition arrears reports went out to those families that are in arrears. Please be mindful of the fact to keep your account up to date for all tuition or any outstanding fees. Please remember that report cards are not distributed unless your account is up to date as of 11/15/17. Any issues please feel free to be in touch.


Early Childhood Registration: As we begin to prepare for the 2018-2019 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 2018 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 Kindergarten 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 Thursday December 7th.

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

Paul Effman Band: Experienced musicians will perform at the Christmas Show on December 20th and December 21st. Tuesday’s November 28th, December 5th, 12th and 19th, Experienced Violin will practice from 3:45-4:30 and Experienced Band will practice from 3:45-4:45  o 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!


STEM: We were so excited to add STEM in our curriculum this school year. Please check out Mrs. Powers class page to see what our students have been doing in STEM classes since September.. Thank you to Mrs. Powers for all of her great work!


Report Cards: Just a reminder that report card day and night is on Thursday December 7th. The times for conferences are as follows:

Afternoon Session: 12:45pm-2:45pm

Evening Session: 6:00pm-7:30pm

It is a half-day for students and there is no after-school available this day.

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.


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 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!

Fundraising Corner

Box Tops for Education: Hopefully you have been clipping box tops at home as our second contest is set to begin.  This contest’s prize will be a movie party for the winning class.  What’s a movie without popcorn?  The contest begins now and will run through February 27th.  Let’s try and double our last contest!  If you use the Box Tops app, those tabulations will be counted.


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 Blessed Thanksgiving!