SFDS Week of May 14th 2018

Dear Families,


This weekend, we take some time to honor and say thank you to the special women in our lives. A mother’s love can take many shapes and forms, but no matter what, remains unwavering and unconditional. Thank you to all of the wonderful ladies who help raise the children of St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy; you are so appreciated.


Now onto some exciting things happening in the upcoming week of May 14th:


Sacrament of First Holy Eucharist: Congratulations to the rest of the 2nd graders who will be receiving their First Holy Communion tomorrow! We look forward to their May Crowning in two weeks. Thank you to Mrs. Watters, Mrs Stathis and Mrs. O’Malley for preparing our students to receive the Body of Christ.


Brooklyn Cyclone Night: Join us for our third annual night with the Brooklyn Cyclones! St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy is participating in School Spirit Night fundraiser at MCU Park on June 20th at 7pm. If you would like to attend, send the cut off at the bottom of the flyer  with your payment of $15 per ticket to the school office. While we cannot guarantee any seating arrangements, we suggest you send one order to cover everyone in your group. This way, it is more likely that all of your seats will be together. All orders must be received by Monday, May 15.


PDHP Parent Workshop: Join us for Preventive Parenting at 6pm on Monday May 14 What you should know about drug trends and how and when to speak to your child about them. (Geared towards parents of students in Grades 6,7, and 8)


Pop-Hop: Join us for a night celebrating girls and their special dad, grandfather, uncle or caregiver at our second annual Pop Hop on Friday May 18th from 6-8:30pm. The $30.00 ticket ($5 each additional daughter) includes dinner, a photo keepsake and a fun night of dancing. Please click here for an order form.

Paper Panda Florist on 116th Street will be selling corsages, 1 carnation for $5 or 1 rose for $10 and have decided to donate all profits to SFDS, so stop by Paper Panda Florist on your way to school! A special thanks to both Mrs. Moriarty and Mrs. Shaw for coordinating this year’s big event.

Science Fair: The annual Junior High Science Fair went off without a hitch on Wednesday 5/10. Thank you to Mrs. Gigliello, Mrs. Foti, and Mrs. Troia for their guidance in the science and Religion projects that were presented during the Fair. And, of course, congratulations to our winners:



Family Survey: In an effort to improve system practices, Saint Francis de Sales Catholic Academy conducted a Family Survey in the Spring of 2018. 44% of the families of our school participated. Please click here for Summarized counts of responses to the 2018 Family Survey.

We appreciate your time and all responses. Please note that the responses from this survey are helpful for the academy to make decisions for the 2018-2019 school year.

Spring Concert: Members of the Paul Effman Band please save the date Tuesday May 23rd at 7pm for the fourth annual St Francis de Sales Catholic Academy Band Spring Concert.

Please note: Continuing this Tuesday May 15th, please follow the special band schedule that has been given out. Any questions feel free to call the office.

Also please make sure that all Band instruments come into school during the morning this Tuesday as the band members will be giving the school a sneak peak concert.


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 the end of the school year.

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


Save the Dates


Outdoor Movie Night: On Friday May 25th, we will be hosting Outdoor Movie Night. Gates open at 7:45, Movie starts promptly at 8:15. Come celebrate the start of Memorial Day weekend with us! Snacks will be sold. Don’t forget to bring your own beach chair or towel!


Memorial Day Parade: Please save the date for Monday May 28th and join the Academy community and Franny our Mascot to march in the Memorial Day Parade. More information will be given in the next week.  We would love to see everyone come out for this special event.


Art Show: Please join us on May 30th at 6pm for our 2nd annual Art Show! Ms. Mangano and our students have worked tirelessly in preparation for a truly superb art gallery display. We hope to see many of you there. To get a sneak peak of some of our students artwork please click here to see our digital art gallery.


Spring Carnival: The National Junior Honor Society is sponsoring our annual Spring Carnival to be held on Friday May 25th, 2018. Nursery through Grade 5 are invited to participate in the activities created and operated by the 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students. Admission to the carnival will be $1.00 per child, and there will be snacks and drinks available for purchase for $1.00 each on that day. To purchase a ticket, please send in a dollar in an envelope labeled with your child’s name and class and the word’s “Spring Carnival” on it. Tickets will be given to the teachers to distribute the day of the Carnival. Due to space, and time limitations, this carnival is open to students only. Thank you to Ms. Killian for coordinating this fun event!



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 $123,000. 

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


Stop and Shop: A big thank you to Mrs. Grace for coordinating our Stop and Shop fundraiser throughout this year. Because of Mrs. Grace and all of you, we raised a total $4974 for our school! Thank you!


Box Tops for Education:

The spring Ice Cream box tops contest is in full gear.  Here’s the current totals with 5th grade in the lead and 2nd grade right behind.   Get those box tops in so they can be counted for your class’ total.  


As of 5/11/18

Nursery 33
PreK 634
Kindergarten 70
1 170
2 619
3 199
4 185
5 713
6 53
7 438
8 176