SFDS Week of March 12th 2018

Dear Families,


Hopefully we’ve made it through the last of this year’s winter weather. I know that we are all longing for some warmth and sunshine!


Over the last few weeks we’ve reflected on the many security practices we already have in place here at SFDS. Next week we will be practicing another lockdown drill to refresh the drills we’ve already completed this year. This past week our own security team, AKB, toured two NYPD officers throughout the building so that they are familiar with our school. Please be aware that NYPD officers will be visiting the grounds of our school a few times a week for half hour sessions at a time to provide even more of a presence in the area. Please understand that this is not out of the ordinary and meant to strictly provide supplemental security to what is already in place here at school. We are very grateful for all the help the NYPD will provide now and in the future with maintaining the utmost security in and around our building.


Now onto the week of March 12th….


Farewell Mr. Boots: We have some bittersweet news to share. This coming Friday, 3/16, will be Mr. Boots last day here at St. Francis. Mr. Boots has been with the school for over five years as a security guard and now as our maintenance man. He is setting off to pursue his dream of owning a pizzeria and while we will miss him dearly, we wish him the very best in his next venture.


Card Party Tonight: Tonight’s the night! We can’t wait to see you all there. Thank you for always supporting our school and a very special thank you to all of the volunteers who made the Card Party possible. Mrs. Alice Rodkin and Mrs. Fran Brenna have worked especially hard to ensure that we are as successful as possible this year. Thank you, thank you, thank you!


$1 Dress Down: On Friday March 16th,  we will be having a St Patrick’s themed dress down day. All proceeds will be going to Connor Bradwisch Christian Service trip this July. Connor was a part of our class of 2015 and is now a junior as Xavier High School. In July he will be travelling with his classmates to Tijuana, Mexico to lay foundations for homes for the less fortunate.  


Tuition Arrears: This week final tuition arrears reports will be going out for those families that are in arrears. Please be mindful of the fact to keep your account up to date for all tuition or any outstanding fees. Please remember that report cards are not distributed unless your account is up to date as of 2/15/18. Any issues please feel free to be in touch.  


Congratulations to Beatriz in Grade 2: One of our 2nd grade students, Beatriz, is being baptized into the Catholic church here at St. Francis this weekend. We are so happy and excited for her to continue her journey in faith. Congratulations!


Honor Band: Congratulations to Claire Mehta for being selected to join the New York City Catholic School Honor Band Concert. Claire will perform at St. Francis Prep on March 24th. The New York City Catholic School Honor Band represents the “best of the best” from all the Catholic School in the Diocese of Brooklyn and Archdiocese of NY.


Math Bee: Good Luck to Peter Glynn who will be representing St. Francis at the Diocesan Math Bee (Grades 3, 4, and 5) on March 13th. Good luck, Peter!


PDHP Parent Workshop: Please join us this Monday 3/12 at 6pm for a parent workshop entitled, Mindful Student: Set Your Child Up For Academic Success. The workshop will discuss wow anxiety affects our children (& us), ways Mindfulness can help, what we can do at home to support our children’s academic performance, and strategies to foster communication. We hope to have a good showing to continue these workshops throughout the year and in the future.


Mother-Son Bowling: This is the last call for any Kindergarten through third graders to attend the Mother-Son bowling event in two weeks. This event will take place on Saturday, March 24, 2018 at 1:30 pm at Woodmere Lanes. There are just a few spots available.  The cost is $20/per bowler and it includes light fare & photo booth. Please send in CASH to Monica Spaeth (3A) to reserve a spot; please include name(s) and grade(s).


RESPECT Week: This Monday we kick off our 3nd annual RESPECT Week here at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy. During this week we come together as a school to focus on kindness and respect for ourselves and others through prayer, classroom lessons, assemblies, contests, and various presentations in different grade levels that highlight and build upon meaningful lessons that focus on preventing bullying and unkind behavior.

We are all created in God’s likeness and image and we are called to love one another. We hope that through the week to inspire students to follow that message of love and respect.


Please see below for some special events…..


Author Visit (Grades Pre-K-2nd Grade): A local author Christine Banker, will be visiting your child’s class on Thursday March 15th to read them the children’s book she recently published, “We All Have a God Light”. The book’s message is that we are all created by a God who loves us and in turn we are connected by that love. It strives to explain WHY it feels good when we do something nice for someone else and identifies that happy and proud feeling as a connection to God. It our hope that teachers and parents can use the book as a tool to start a conversation with their children about God, that we are all much more alike than different, and that when we connect through kindness we are happier beings.

If you would like to order a book please use the following order form by clicking here.


Cultivating Kindness Assembly: The ReesSpecht Life Foundation will be presenting a very important assembly for grades K through 8 on March 14th as a part of our RESPECT week activities. The primary goal of the assembly is to remind our kids of  the importance of Community, Compassion and Respect. They promote these ideals in various ways including a children’s book titled “A Little Rees Specht Cultivates Kindness” and with the distribution of ReesSpecht Life Cards whenever a child perform an act of kindness. The hope is that each person in turn will then also carry out an act of kindness and a chain reaction will ensue.


RESPECT Week Prayer Service: Please join us as we gather as a school community on Friday March 16th at 11am. This prayer service will be the culmination of a wonderful week celebrating each other and the respect we have for ourselves, our peers, and our communities.


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

March 20, 2018 – Families who received an award last academic year.                                                                                                                 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


Fundraising Corner

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 $50,000. For more information on how this year’s fundraising have done please click here.


Golf Outing Save the Date: Our 15th Annual Golf Outing will be held on April 26, 2018 at the Hempstead Country Club. Get those foursomes ready so we can have a great year! A huge thank you, as always, to Mr. Jamie Agoglia for all of his hard work to organize this fundraiser for us each year.


Have a great weekend.