SFDS Week of April 9th 2018

Dear Families,

Happy Easter! The days of Lent and the winter weather are now gone and we look forward to warmer days and the new life that the Risen Lord has brought us. It is unbelievable that in a few weeks we will be in the home stretch of the 2017-2018 school year.


During this time of year many events have been planned; the celebration of the sacrament of the First Eucharist, Grade 7 Ring/Pin celebration, band recital, Graduation, just to name a few….  It is a joyful time to be around Saint Francis!  At the same time, it is tempting to get into the summer mindset prematurely. We still have a lot to accomplish!  Please remind your children that the hard work of being a student does not decrease when the temperature increases.  Also, the high expectations of respect in our interactions with each other knows no season, takes no holiday.


Now onto the week of when we return…


State Exams: Our students in grades 4, 6, and 8 are getting ready to take the ELA part of the NYS battery of exams beginning on Wednesday April 11, 2018.

Please make sure your child gets a good night’s sleep, eats breakfast and arrives at school on time. It is very important that students are in their classrooms by 7:55 am sharp!  It will give them time to settle down and get comfortable before the test. Please note, any student found to have a cell phone on them during the test will result in the test being invalidated for that student as per State regulations.  No electronics (iPads, nooks, etc.) will be allowed to be used at this time, as per State regulation.


This year grades 6 and 8 will be taking the exam on their Chromebooks. Please over the next three weeks feel free to practice with your children using the Nextera system. Your child is well aware of how to get to the system and show you all the ins and outs of how to take the practice tests, which are the same set up as the actual State Exams. he long-term plan is for all schools use Computer Based Testing for annual State tests. This has the potential to further reduce the need for stand-alone field tests and make assessments better instructional tools for students with disabilities.


The 2018 Grades 3–8 ELA and Math Tests have been reduced from three test sessions per subject to only two sessions per subject this year, meaning each subject will have two days of testing instead of three. With fewer test sessions, each test will have substantially fewer questions than in recent years, lessening test fatigue for students and better enabling them to demonstrate what they know and are able to do. Like the 2016 and 2017 tests, the 2018 Grades 3-8 ELA and Math Tests will be untimed. In general, this means that as long as students are working productively, they will have as much time as they need to complete each test session, within the confines of the regular school day.



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


Spring Book Fair: The Book Fair is coming back! Each class will have a scheduled time to visit the Fair ( schedule to be sent home closer to the date) in the School Gym throughout the 3 days it will be here: April 25-27th. But you don’t have to wait until then to get ahead of your shopping! Our Online Sale will be open and ready for business beginning on April 20th. You can find our Online Book Fair by clicking here. Thanks to all our book Fair volunteers for their help, especially our Coordinator, Mrs. Rita Martin.


Pop Hop Volunteer: We are very excited for our 3rd 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 or Mrs. Moriarty at nmoriarty@mineola.k12.ny.us


Babysitting Night: The 8th Grade will be organizing a fun night for our Pre-K through 4th grade students . This SFDSCA 8TH Grade Dinner Dance Fundraiser allows you to enjoy two and a half hours kid free! Friday, April 13, 2018 from  6:30pm-9pm. Open to kids PreK- 4th grade. This opportunity is open to SFDSCA families ONLY.


Your kids will be supervised by school staff,  8th grade students, and 8th grade parent volunteers (VIRTUS trained). Children will be treated to a movie, games, crafts, and organized sports and activities. We will provide the children with a snack (drinks and chips, etc.). Please be sure your child has dinner prior to coming.

The fee is $25. for the first child and each additional child is $5. Please submit the form below with payment in an envelope marked “8th Grade Babysitting Night”. Please RSVP BY April 10, 2018. We cannot accept registration after the 10th for planning reasons. You will not be able to pay the night of the event.

Thank you for supporting the 8th Grade in our fundraising efforts!

Please click here for the form.


Fundraising Update: This year St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy has a goal of raising $150,000 throughout the school year. We are happy to say we are well on our way of meeting our goal and have already raised over $90,000. We are happy to announce that we made over $40,000 during this year’s card party. Thanks again to all who make that event such a success each year.

For more information on how this year’s fundraising have done please click here.


Golf Outing: On Thursday April 26th 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 that was sent home.  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 26th, 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


Spring Concert: Members of the Paul Effman Band, please save the date! Tuesday May 22nd at 7pm is our fifth annual St Francis de Sales School Band Spring Concert.


Summer Uniform: Starting on Monday May 7th 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 7th 2018 Flynn and O’Hara will be at school to measure students for their uniforms for the 2018-2019 school year.


Box Tops: The last contest for the school year will begin right after break and run to the end of May.  Start collecting over break to get a jumpstart on the contest. The prize will be an ice cream party!    Let’s try and beat last year’s contest where we raised almost $900.


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!


Financial Aid for 2018-2019 School Year: Financial aid is available for students in Grades Pre-K to 8, who attend a Brooklyn or Queens Catholic School or Academy.


Step 1: Register your child(ren) in a Catholic elementary academy or school (K – 8) in Brooklyn or Queens.

Step 2: Fill out the online application and submit with required supporting documentation. Please note that there is a non-refundable $30 application processing fee payable by credit card or check. Only one application per family is required.

2018 Scholarship Deadline                                                                                                             April 30, 2018 – New families.

Only completed applications submitted with all required supporting documents will be considered. Completed applications received on or before this date will be considered for the maximum award amount. Completed applications received after this date will still be considered but will not be given priority for the 2018-2019 school year.

To apply click below


Have a great Easter. We will see everyone on the 9th.