SFDS Week April 19th

Dear Academy Families, 

In this Sunday’s reading from the Letter of Saint John we hear “But whoever keeps his word, the love of God is truly perfected in him” 1 Jn 2:1-5a

This verse highlights the significance of keeping God’s word. It is vital that we do not keep the word in voice only. Our actions must also be those of love. Through our love of others, we are giving the love of God. The greatest honor to God’s love for us is to in turn provide that same love to others. Children who receive a Catholic education are more likely to be accepting of others and embrace differences. The concept of loving others as God loves us translates into accepting, empathetic adults. We continue to Thank God for the Gift of a Catholic Education. 


This week the administration had a meeting with the Diocese and also attended a meeting with the State Health Department about some of the new health guidelines in regard to distancing within our classrooms. We are hopeful that in the near future we will be able to have more of our students daily in our junior high classrooms (Grades 5-8). Please note that our number one priority at this time is getting our junior high students to be in school much like their younger peers as much as possible. We will continue to try as much as possible this school year to bring everyone back to a normal school situation, yet some grade levels may not look fully normal until the Fall. We hope by the end of next week to update families for the week of April 26th or May 3rd. Although some distancing guidelines may be changing all other health guidelines such as wearing masks, washing hands, deep cleaning of the building each night, ventilation, limiting visitors, etc. will stay in place. 


Now onto the week of April 19th here at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy. 


ELA State Exam Update: This year, the ELA and Mathematics exams for grades 3 through 8 will be multiple choice only. The test will be one day only and session 1 will be shortened by eliminating the field questions. We will continue Computer Based Testing for grades 6 and 7 this year, while 4th grade will continue to take paper-based tests. The computer-based test will have the same questions as the paper version but students will take the test on their Chromebooks.All we ask is that our students are focused and we know everyone will give their very best.

Grades 4,6, and 7 ELA and Math Exams will be one day of testing rather than the usual two. The ELA state exam is scheduled as follows 

Wednesday April 21st – Grade 4

Monday April 26th -Grades 6 and 7 (Groups 1 and 3) 

Tuesday April 27th – Grades 6 and 7 (Group 2)


Please make sure that your children get a good night sleep and are well rested the night before. 


St. Jude Math-a-thon: Thank you to everyone who participated in our annual St. Jude Math-a-Thon. We raised a very generous $23,000! A special thank you to Mrs. Foti for coordinating this fundraiser each year. I think we are well on our way to being a Top 100 School for St. Jude’s. Just a reminder that all who participated in this year’s Math-a-thon may dress down on Monday April 19th. 


Mrs. Foti also wanted to let all know that those students who qualified for a prize from St. Jude’s should be receiving an email to redeem their prize from Halo. If you do not receive an email by April 23rd please email us at admin@stfrancisschoolbh.net and we will do our best to help. 


Spring Flower Sale: As the weather gets nicer it is always great to plant a little bit and make our home even more beautiful. 

We are partnering up with Shannon’s Florist in Brooklyn to have a Spring Flower Sale. Please see the attached form for pictures and prices of the items. All order forms are due by Friday, April 23rd.  We need to have the order to the florist no later than Friday, April 23rd. 

All payments must come through Venmo. Please make your family’s payment to “@SFDSCACADEMY”. Please be sure to include your family name Spring Flower Sales in the notes section. Please note that your order is not complete until payment is made and the order form is submitted. 

The completed form(s) and payment is due by Friday the 23rd.  

The items will be delivered to the school early on April 28th  and will be available to be picked up at dismissal. 


State of the Academy: Please save the date and join us on  Tuesday May 4th at 7pm for the annual Board of Directors’ State of the Academy. Our Board Members will be providing specific updates on various facets of the Academy including finances, facilities, , enrollment, academics and many more. Please note that this meeting will be a Zoom meeting. The invitation is below. 


Topic: State of the Academy

Time: May 4, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)


Join Zoom Meeting



Meeting ID: 898 3032 8797

Passcode: SFDS2021


5th-8th Grade Hybrid Learning Schedules

5th, 6th Grade, and 7th Grade are on a Week 1 Schedule

Monday 4/19: Groups 1 and 2 in School; Group 3 Remote; Bagel Day for Group 1 and 2 Students

Tuesday 4/20: Groups 2 and 3 in School; Group 1 Remote

Wednesday 4/21: Groups 1 and 3 in School; Group 2 Remote

Thursday 4/22:Groups 1 and 2 in School; Group 3 Remote 

Friday 4/23: Groups 2 and 3 in School; Group 1 Remote


8th Grade is on a Week 2 Schedule

Monday 4/19:  Gold Group in School; Blue Group at Home Learning. Gold Group Bagel Monday

Tuesday 4/20: Blue Group in School; Gold Group at Home Learning

Wednesday 4/21:  Gold Group in School; Blue Group at Home Learning

Thursday 4/22: Blue Group in School; Gold Group at Home Learning 

Friday 4/23:  Gold Group in School; Blue Group at Home Learning 


Financial Aid for the 2021-2022 School Year: Futures in Education is proud to administer several scholarship programs, providing partial tuition assistance for families demonstrating financial need, and who meet eligibility requirements, to attend a Catholic academy or school in Brooklyn or Queens. To apply or get more information please click here. Just a reminder that the deadline for returning families who received an award in the previous academic year has passed. The deadline for new families (students who did not receive an award in the previous academic year) is May 31st. Applications will continue to be accepted beyond the deadline; those who have a completed application by May 31st will receive priority.

We are excited to share that awarding has started for returning families with completed applications. New families will begin to receive decision notifications as of June 1st, on a rolling basis until funding is exhausted.

Applications will only be considered completed when all required supporting documents have been submitted.  Awards will begin with applications that were completed by the deadline and will continue on a rolling basis as available funding allows.


PDHP Parent Workshop: Saint Francis de Sales Catholic Academy invites you to join us for a PDHP Parents as a Resource (PAR) workshop to discuss Family Dynamics During, Within and Following Crises on Thursday April 29th at 6pm. This workshop is for parents & caregivers of all age groups This is an RSVP event Please register by April 16th, 2021 so we can plan accordingly.


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


Summer Uniform: Starting on Monday, May 3rd students can begin to wear their summer gym uniforms. This is just a reminder if anyone needs to purchase summer uniforms you should think about ordering them soon. Please note that starting in the fall of 2021 all students will be required once again to wear the dress uniform 4 days a week with them wearing their gym uniform on their gym day. More information on ordering uniforms will come in the following weeks. 


Have a great week. Be safe and stay healthy.