SFDS Summer Update

Dear Families,


We hope you have had a great summer so far!


This promises to be a year filled with opportunities for all of our students as we strive to find ways that we can be even better than we have before!  We embark on this journey that this will be a year of engaging, meaningful and rigorous work in our classrooms, combined with special events and activities, certain to encourage our students to be involved and stay connected! Our staff of highly qualified professional educators and support personnel is committed to providing our students many opportunities both inside and outside of the classroom.


I would like to extend a warm welcome to all of the new families who have joined our Academy community, and say welcome back to all who are already part of our Saint Francis family.  We have much to celebrate and look forward to this school year…


I wanted all to know of a few staff changes that have occurred over the past few weeks. You may have heard that we are saying farewell to Ms. Eileen Scahill (7th and 8th Grade Social Studies), who is moving to a public school next year on the Upper West Side and to Mrs. Kim Thompson (Pre-K), who is leaving us this year as well. While we wish them the best of luck in their future endeavors, we certainly will miss them here at St. Francis. 

I’d like to welcome some new staff members to St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy. We welcome:

  • Michele Surgot who will be one of our 1st grade teachers, Mrs. Surgot comes to us from St. Francis Xavier School and has been a dedicated Catholic School educator for over 10 years.
  • Margaret Cronin who will be one of our 2nd grade. Mrs. Cronin comes to us with over 15 years of educational experience in both New Jersey and New York. Mrs. Cronin recently has been teaching Kindergarten at St. Anselm’s Catholic Academy
  • Maureen Hayes will be rejoining the staff as our 7th and 8th grade Social Studies Teacher. Mrs. Hayes returns to her role as a teacher after a few years as one of our SETTS providers.


The main purpose of this letter is to inform you of opening school procedures for students. For more information about the 1st week of school please click here.  


School hours effective September 2019:

Dismissal on half days will be at 12:00n

Pre-3:                   AM Session 8:00 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.                                                        

                              PM Session 11:30 a.m. – 2:20 p.m.

Pre-K:                  7:55 a.m. – 2:20 p.m.

Kindergarten:       7: 55 a.m. – 2:25 p.m.

Grades 1-8:          7: 55 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.


Morning arrival for students in Pre-Kindergarten – Grade 8 is from 7:40 – 7:55 a.m. 

Morning Arrival for Nursery is from 7:55am-8:00am.


Attendance and Lateness Policy

Regarding Absence: If a student is absent from school, parents are expected to call or use the report an absence section on the school website the school before 9 a.m. to report the absence.  On the day the student returns to school, the child must submit a note from a parent stating the days absent and the reason for the absence.  New York State requires that these notes be kept on file for a period of five years.


Families are encouraged to schedule vacation days in accordance with the school calendar. This includes leaving early on a school day. Please note that vacations are illegal absences. It is the responsibility of the child to make up assignments, projects and tests missed during any absence due to a vacation. Please note the more than 20 days absent not due to an illness could result in your child not being promoted to the next grade level. 


Regarding Lateness:  Students who arrive at school late will receive a late pass. Those students in grades 5-8 who are late three times in a trimester will be given detention.   Lateness for a valid reason (such as a doctor’s visit) must be verified by submission of a doctor’s office or parent note when the child arrives at school.


St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy continues to be a peanut/nut free school. Peanut and nut allergies are potentially life threatening for some of our children.  All students are asked to bring snacks and lunches free of any peanuts or nuts, including no peanut butter sandwiches, crackers or cookies.  Please read the labels of foods such as muffins, granola bars and cereals before you put them in your child’s lunch box.  Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.


Afterschool Program

Saint Francis de Sales Catholic Academy’s afterschool program will begin on Monday, September 16th 2019.  Instructional program offerings and registration forms will be distributed during the first week of school. You can however can a sneak peak at some of the enrichment programs being offered for next year by clicking here.


Early Drop Off

Saint Francis de Sales Catholic Academy’s early drop off program will begin on Monday, September 9th 2019. 


For more information about our After School Program and our Early Morning Drop off program please click here.


FACTS Tuition Management

All families should be enrolled in FACTS Tuition Management.   The first tuition payment was due on July 15th. Tuition payments for the 2019-2020 school year can be paid online, by phone, or by mail. You may also sign up for auto pay as well. Only in an emergency will payment be accepted in the school building and/or rectory.



When school starts in September we will all be in summer uniform. With that being said we know many families will be begin to buy new shoes, socks, uniforms, etc. for the school year. Please use the following link as a guide to your children’s uniform for the next school year.



As your family visits new places, send the school a postcard to share your experiences! This will give the students a fun opportunity to work on their writing skills over the summer. When we return back to school in September, your postcards will be displayed in the school. We look forward to hearing from you over the summer!


Please mail postcards to:


St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy

219 Beach 129th Street

Belle Harbor, NY 11694


Hold the date….


Saint Francis de Sales will be hosting Back to School Night (Grades K-8) on Thursday, September 12th 2019 at 7:00 pm. This will be an opportunity for you to meet your child’s teachers and see the world your child inhabits every day.  It is one of the best ways to begin to build that all-important home-school connection.  A detailed correspondence including the meeting agenda will be sent out the first week of school.


We look forward to a very productive year together!  We extend a special, yearlong invitation to our families to join us at school activities and events whenever possible. Please know that we highly value home/school communication here at St. Francis.  It is vital and plays an integral role in each student’s success.  We encourage you to contact us if/when the need arises, and to stay in the know about your child’s studies, assignments, assessments, and school activities, as well as other events and happenings.


Here’s to a great new school year as we work together to make our school a great place to work and learn each day! 


Sincerely in Christ,

Christopher Scharbach