SFDS Week of April 10th 2017

Dear Families,


This coming Sunday, Palm Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week.  This most holy week reminds Catholics of the last week of Jesus’ life. He was welcomed as a prophet and wise man into Jerusalem, but by the end of the week, He was forsaken by his followers, arrested, scourged, and crucified.


Over the past week many classes began preparing for the closing of Lent and the celebration of Christ’s resurrection through special prayer services and lessons getting them ready for Holy Week. Over the past few weeks our students participated in Lenten Penance Services. As we approach this Holiest time of the year, it is our hope that many families are able to join us for our Passion Play and Stations of the Cross.


Now onto the week of April 10th here at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy


Passion Play: Please join us for our annual Passion Play this Tuesday 4/11 at where many of our 6th grade students reenact the solemn events that occurred through Jesus’ journey towards death and resurrection.  Thanks again Mrs. Hayes, Mrs. Buckley and Mrs. Sullivan to for coordinating this special event. Please join us on Tuesday at 1:15pm.

Stations of the Cross: On Wednesday 4/12 we will be praying the Stations of the Cross as a school community at 1:30pm. All families are invited to join us in this special prayer.


No Yellow Bus Service on Wednesday: Please be aware that we will not have morning or afternoon Yellow Bus Service on Wednesday April 12th because our Easter holiday break and public schools’ Spring Break do not match this year. OPT bus company asked us to choose one of the days where we would not receive the bus service and we decided Wednesday April 12th would be this day. Any questions please call the main office.


Pop Hop Volunteer: We are very excited for our 2nd Annual Pop Hop on Friday May 19th. Mrs. Moriarty and Mrs. Shaw, our Pop Hop coordinators, have already begun the planning process. If any mom is interested in volunteering, please reach out to Mrs. Shaw at glifeofreilly@aol.com


8th Grade Bake/Plant Sale: The 8th grade will be selling baked goods and plants after all masses here at St. Francis on Sunday April 9th. Stop by Fr. Reddy Hall and help support the 8th Grade’s Graduation Dinner Dance!


Parish Easter Egg Hunt: Tomorrow at 10am, all students in Nursery through Grade 4 are invited to participate in the St. Francis de Sales Parish Easter Egg Hunt in the Prayer Garden.


Box Tops: We will be starting our last contest when we return from Easter break. This last contest is a group contest. The grade that brings in the most Box Tops between now and May 31st will receive an ice cream party toward the end of the year. A special thank you to Mrs. Henning for coordinating our box top fundraiser this year.


Summer Uniform: Starting on Monday May 8th students can begin to wear their summer uniforms. This is just a reminder if anyone needs to purchase summer uniforms you should think of ordering them soon.

Save the Date: June 14th 2017 Flynn and O’Hara will be at school to measure students for their uniforms for the 2017-2018 school year.


Spring Concert: Members of the Paul Effman Band, please save the date! Tuesday May 23rd at 7pm is our fourth annual St Francis de Sales School Band Spring Concert.


St. Vincent de Paul: As we are now officially into the third trimester, please remember that the 6th, 7th and 8th grade are asked to complete 10, 15, and 20 service hours respectively before the end of each school year. Students must complete a log and reflection, and submit both to Mrs. Martello for approval in order to meet the requirement. For more information and to print the necessary documents, please click here. Any questions please email Mrs. Martello at rmartello@stfrancisschoolbh.net


Golf Outing: On Thursday April 27th  we will be having our Annual Golf Classic held at the Hempstead Golf and Country Club.

Please consider taking a hole sponsorship with your family name displayed or a special cause or business you may wish to advertise. A beautiful sign will be displayed on a given golf hole or two displaying your support for our great school. More details are in the brochure. This is truly appreciated.

Lastly, please jump in on a great day on the golf course where we enjoy fellow neighbors & friends for a full day of golf followed up by great eats and drinks on the course & post-golf dinner. Put your foursomes together as soon as possible to help secure a successful fundraiser and your foursome on this truly special day. Anyone may drop off monies at the rectory as well.  Thank You.

The success of this day, April 27th, requires all of us even if you do not golf.  As we rely on fundraisers such as the Annual Golf Classic to help support the education and growth of our students here at St. Francis de Sales. If anyone has any questions, concerns or inquiries, please contact Jamie Agoglia -Golf Chairman at 516-316-0807


Water Test: I am happy to report that we recently had our drinking water tested for lead and are happy to report that there were no exceedances found in all samples collected. Any questions please call the main office.


Chocolate Sale Winners: Congratulations to our Chocolate Sale winners! The Bodnar family won first place ($150 TD Gift Card), Amelia Masula is our second place winner ($50 TD Gift Card), Siobhan Fitzgerald & Michael Salerno are our third place winners ($25 TD Gift Card)! Thank you for all of your hard work supporting our school! And congratulations to Thomas Murgolo who won our $25 Best Buy gift card raffle!


Lunch Duty: If you are VIRTUS trained and are able to do the lunch duty, we certainly appreciate it.

To sign up for lunch duty please use the website below

Lunch Duty Sign Up

We’re using Volunteer Spot (the leading online Sign-up and reminder tool) to organize our upcoming Sign-ups.

Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:

1) Click the link above to see our Sign-Up on Volunteer Spot

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 Volunteer Spot.

Note: Volunteer Spot does not share your email address with anyone. For more information about VIRTUS and how to be trained click here.

We are most grateful to the parents who are able to assist in our lunch program.

Please note that you can sign up for lunch duty from now until 06/16/17.

There are many dates and spots that are open for parents to volunteer.


Have a great week!