SFDS Week of March 13th 2017

Dear Families,

What a wonderful Respect Week we’ve had over the last five days. First, our students in grades K through 8 signed a pledge to not bully or stand by when someone else is being bullied after our Power of One assembly. We also received many awesome entries for the Poster/Essay contest. Congratulations to our essay winners  and our poster winners. Finally, Mrs. Fountaine directed a fantastic version of a “ Speak Life” video, which was presented to the school today during our Respect Week Prayer Service. We are so blessed to have this wonderful community of students, teachers, and staff to show what respecting oneselves and each other truly looks and feels like.


Now onto the week of March 13th


St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy has launched a Facebook page! To keep up with all of the events in and around SFDS, like and/or follow our page. You can see what happened this week by clicking here.


First Penance: Good luck to our  second grade students from Blessed Trinity Parish who will be receiving first Penance tomorrow. A special word of Thanks to both Mrs. Watters and Ms. Finlayson for preparing our second graders for this important sacrament. We will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers as you continue on your spiritual journey and prepare for receiving the Eucharist for the first time.


Card Party: We are now less than 3 weeks away from our annual Card Party.

You may know that St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy’s Card Party is considered a premier Card Party in the area, and helps raise thousands of dollars for the school each year. Over the past 2 weeks Class Captains have been reaching out to parents to help create grade baskets to be raffled off at the Card Party. Starting on Monday March 20th, Card Party tickets will be on sale. Look in next week’s email blast for more information.


One of biggest prizes of the annual Card Party is the Tuition Raffle for one student for the 2017-2018 school year. Please think about supporting this raffle and get a chance of winning a free tuition for one child. (Winner need not be present). Tickets can be bought in the main office or by handing in tickets found on the order from by clicking here.


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 2/15/17. Any issues please feel free to be in touch.


Radio Bingo: Please join us for a fun night of Radio Bingo, country style on Friday March 24th at 7pm at the Rockaway Council 2872. This great fundraiser will support revamping the SMART Boards throughout our building. For more information on how to buy tickets to the event, click here. This is an adults-only event.


St. Jude Math-A-Thon: All permission slips and booklets have been handed out to students who are looking to participate in this year’s Math-A-Thon. All money raised goes directly to supporting St. Jude and their work with children with pediatric cancer. For several years, we have a been a top 100 school in fundraising across the country. We hope to continue to our great work for this year as well. To register and donate online, click here.


Math Bee: Good Luck to Patrick M who will be representing St. Francis at the Diocesan Math Bee (Grades 3,4, and 5) on March 14th (Pi Day!). Good luck, Patrick!


Mother-Son Bowling: Our Mother-Son Bowling Event for Grades K-3 is all set for tomorrow at 1:30 pm at Woodmere Lanes. No tickets will be sold at the bowling alley. A special thanks to Mrs. Gannon and Mrs. Spaeth for planning this event.


St. Patrick’s Day: On Friday, March 17th all students are invited to dress down wearing green to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.


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!