Student and Family Resources

Superintendent’s Newsletter

September 2019 Parent Newsletter #4

2019 State of the Academy Presentation

State of Academy Presentation May 14th 2019


Google Classroom/Chromebook (Grades 5-8)

Student Guide to Google Classroom

2017-2018 Chromebook Handbook

How to Connect Your Child’s Chromebook to WiFi at Home

Student Quick sheet to Google Classroom

Chromebook Repair Sheet


Wit and Wisdom (Grades K-2)


Go Math (Grades K-6)

Please note that Student Editions and Practice Books are combined in our Go Math Program so pages may be incorrect. Please use the chapter and section as your guide.

Kindergarten: Student Edition | Practice Book (HW) Animated Math Models

1st Grade: Student Edition | Practice Book (HW) Animated Math Models

2nd Grade: Student Edition | Practice Book (HW) Animated Math Models

3rd Grade: Student Edition | Practice Book (HW) Animated Math Models

4th Grade: Student Edition | Practice Book (HW) Animated Math Models

5th Grade: Student Edition | Practice Book (HW) Animated Math Models

6th Grade: Student Edition


Sadlier Religion Textbook Resource

Please note that this is not a digital edition of the workbook, yet rather a resource to be used to help supplement the children’s instruction.

Sadlier Religion Website


National Junior Honor Society (Grades 6-8)

The purpose of the Sister Maura Clarke National Junior Honor Society is to create enthusiasm for scholarship, to stimulate a desire to render service, to promote leadership, to develop character, and to encourage good citizenship in the students of St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy. Learn More


Fountas and Pinnell Leveling
At Saint Francis de Sales Catholic Academy, we use the Fountas and Pinnell Leveling system to determine each child’s reading level. It is very important for each child to be instructed at their individual level. Leveled books allow students to read and comprehend various types of texts, exposing them to information and vocabulary they can understand. This allows them to gain background knowledge that will help them move onto higher-level texts. It also promotes reading success for all students!
Literacy Overview
10 Ways Families Can Help Their Children Become Better Readers
Independent Reading Guidelines


Test Results

2018 Terranova Results: Grade 3 | Grade 4 Grade 5 | Grade 6 | Grade 7 | Grade 8

2019 Terranova Results: Kindergarten| 1st Grade |  2nd Grade


2018-2019 New York State Testing Comparison


2019 NYS

Testing Program

New York State

(includes all Public and Charter Schools in NY State – no Nonpublic Schools data)

New York City

( only NY City Public Schools – no Charter Schools, no Nonpublic Schools data)

Diocese of Brooklyn

(Academies and Schools within the Diocese with appropriate grade levels tested)

St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy
Grade 4-ELA 47.7% 49.6% 54.7% 52.3%
Grade 6-ELA 47.1% 48.4% 59.8% 54.4%
Grade 7-ELA 39.7% 42.7 % 54.9% 53.6%
Grade 4-Math 50.4% 49.4% 51.3% 62.8%
Grade 6-Math 47.0% 43.9% 43.7% 66.7%
Grade 7-Math 43.5% 42.1% 42.4% 57.1%
Grade 4-Science N/A N/A 93.9% 100%
Grade 8- Science N/A N/A 69.7% 95.2%
Earth Science Regents N/A N/A 72.9% 82.9%
Integrated Algebra Regents N/A N/A 89.8% 100%

Curriculum Enhancements

Starting in the 2018-2019 School Year our Junior High Students will have the opportunity to work on their Foreign Language skills both in school and at home through Rosetta Stone Education. Through this blended approach students with limited or no exposure to a language develop everyday conversational skills by

  • Self-paced immersion environment
  • Lessons, games, activities, and stories
  • Technology-assisted learning
  • Vocabulary building

This also allows students to refine and expand their existing language skills by

  • Promoting literacy and thought processes
  • Advanced oral production
  • Writing for specific purposes
  • Supports transition to proficiency

Our 6th graders each spring particpate in BALLROOM BASIX which is a non-competitive, arts-in-education initiative headquartered in Harlem that is committed to the development of students social and fitness skills through the fundamentals of Ballroom and Latin dancing.  By reinforcing the etiquette inherent in partner dance rotationally and respectfully. The program instills self-worth, physical well-being and cooperation among all the children it serves.  The experience is further enhanced by the history, geography and multiculturalism included in our fun-filled, creative curriculum. 



LabLearner™ is a 100% research-based, comprehensive, hands-on science education system aimed at illuminating and clarifying science in a way that is most understood and retained by students in the Preschool to 8th grade range. Developed by scientists and educators with years of experience and research in their fields, LabLearner combines scientific evidence with classroom trends to create a science program that’s easily absorbed and applied. LabLearner aims to promote interaction and experimentation in a laboratory setting to encourage diverse learning and thinking strategies, fostering a community atmosphere of learning!


Useful Information

For the safety and well being of each and every child in our school, all volunteers must go through the following process:
1) Read and sign a code of conduct
2) Have a background check
3) Take part in the VIRTUS program. (Register at Download the registration guide.)

After completing the VIRTUS Program we ask that you please bring to the office a copy of your certificate for us to keep track of in our database. We hope that this is not an inconvenience for anyone, but we need to be sure that all adults who interact with students are in compliance.

Lunch Duty Volunteer

Lunch Duty Sign Up

Thank you to all who are willing to participate in the Grades 1-8 Lunch Program for the 2017-2018 school year. You may pick up to 2 slots every week.

You will be reminded of the slots you have chosen via email a day before the assignment.
The following is a review of how the program works:
The lunch period runs from 11:55am to 12:25pm (Grades 1-4) or from 12:30pm to 1:00pm (Grades 5-8) each full day of school. Please come to the school between 11:40am and 11:50am or 12:15pm and 12:25pm respectively.
Some days classes will be in the classroom while other days classes will be in the Small Hall.

The Lunch Program book and an index card for the available classes will be on a table in the entrance hall at 11:40am and 12:15pm. Take a card for one class, sign your name in the book, and list the class that you will be supervising. At the end of the lunch period, return your card and you will be reimbursed $10 from the lunch fee paid in January 2017.

St. Vincent de Paul Christian Service Program

This program is designed to help develop the junior high students into people of compassion and knowledge, people committed to justice, and people for others. During three years at Saint Francis, students will provide service to the greater communities of Belle Harbor, Breezy Point and the Rockaways. The hope is that through service, the students will become aware of their responsibility to be of service to all. The development of community, both within and outside the walls of Saint Francis, is a vital goal of the St. Vincent de Paul Christian Service Program and Saint Francis de Sales Catholic Academy. This service is also part of preparing our students for the Sacrament of Confirmation. Learn More

Bus Information
Bus info at New York City Office of Pupil Transportation

Immunization Information

NYC Immunization Requirements

As of June 13, 2019, public, private and parochial schools and child care programs in New York can no longer accept requests for religious exemptions from school immunization requirements. This law applies to students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade and to all child care settings. Schools and child care programs will continue to accept medical exemptions. 

Children who had a religious exemption and who will be returning in the 2019-20 school year must meet immunization requirements in order to attend school. Children who have not received all required immunizations must receive the first dose in each immunization series within 14 calendar days after the first day of school or enrollment in child care. Within 30 calendar days of the first day of school, parents or guardians of such children will also need to show that they have scheduled appointments for all follow-up doses.

Medical Exemptions: The Immunization Medical Exemption Form from the DOH must used when parents are requiring a medical exemption.

This Medical Exemption Form must be given to the nurse upon receipt from the parents.

Annual Physical Examination Form (CH205)



PDHP and St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy present the following offerings for the 2019-2020 School Year


Preventive Parents: Thursday November 21st 2019 (7pm-8pm)

What you should know about drug trends and how and when to speak to your child about them


See You Later, Alligator: Monday May 11th (7pm-8pm)

Strategies for letting go, skills for supporting, and self- care for connecting for the early childhood parent.


FAMILY FUN NIGHT: Thursday March 12th 2020 (6pm-7:30pm)

Families of Grades K-6

Maximum 50 participants

Interactive Activities and Games to Enhance Social Skills, Physical Literacy, Cooperation, Communication, and Family Bonding



Guiding Good Choices: Two Offerings

Offering #2: Thursdays January 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th and February 6th 7pm-8:30pm (Makeup session: 2/13)


Parents of 4th-8th Graders

Are you a parent of a “tween?” A “tween” is a youngster who is too old to be called a child and too young to be called a teenager; they are certainly “be-tween.” If you are the parent of a “tween,” then this workshop is for you. Guiding Good Choices is a five session workshop designed to: Empower parents, Support each other, Learn tools, Strengthen family connections, and help children develop healthy behavior as they approach adolescence.


Our presenter for all the above will be Cary Anne Fitzgerald, the Parent and Community Outreach Coordinator for the Program for the Development of Human Potential (PDHP).