SFDS Week of May 15th

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 15th:


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 and Ms. Finlayson for preparing our students to receive the Body of Christ.


2017 St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy Family Survey: The following is a short anonymous family survey. Please take a few moments before Monday May 22nd  to give some feedback on your experience this year here at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy. 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 2017-2018 school year. As of today about 8% of families have participated. For access to the survey please click here.

Thanks again.


Summer Uniform: Last Monday students began to wear their summer uniforms. Just a reminder that summer uniform (grades 1-8) consists of the school blue polo shirt and khaki shorts. Students should be wearing shoes (Black or Brown). Students should not be wearing sneakers or sandals. Socks should be regular white/black socks. Please be sure that your child(ren) are following our school uniform policies

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


5th Grade

1st Place: Bobby L, Matty M John O’, Kevin G

2nd Place: Patrick M

3rd Place: Andrew C, Timothy H, John F


6th Grade

1st Place: Logan B Kyle F Tim Fischer, Matt T

2nd Place: Julia T Catherine D, Brigit B

3rd Place: Grace B, Lily O


7th Grade

1st Place: Elizabeth C

2nd Place: Emily B Annie M, Lucy O’Brien, Elizabeth Z

3rd Place: Kristen M, Allyn R


Congrats to winner of 8th Grade Raffle: Theresa O’Sullivan was the winner of the big 8th Grade Raffle! Thank you to all who supported this fundraiser over the last couple of months. All money raised will be used for the 8th Grade Dinner Dance.


Car Wash: Speaking of the 8th Grade Dinner Dance… St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy’s 8th Grade will be having their final dinner dance fundraiser on Saturday, May 20th at the Belle Harbor Yacht Club.  Bring your wheels and have the students suds up your car!  Car wash will be open from 10am until 1pm.  Donation of $8 per car suggested.    Thank you for all of your support!


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 19th 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.

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 16th, 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.

Msgr. Bracken 50th Anniversary: Memorial Day weekend marks a very significant anniversary for our Administrator, Msgr. Bracken. Monsignor has devoted the last 50 years to the priesthood and for that we sincerely congratulate him! Please join the Parish family for a celebratory 12pm mass followed by a Block Party on Beach 129th. There will be music, food, and a visit from Roger the Clown!


Memorial Day Parade: Please save the date for Monday May 29th and join the Academy community 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.


Spring Carnival: The National Junior Honor Society is sponsoring our annual Spring Carnival to be held on Friday May 19th, 2017. 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. Edwards and Ms. Killian for coordinating this fun event!


State of the Academy: On Wednesday May 24th at 7p, the St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy’s Board of Directors will be sharing updates on the various facets of our school’s programs, finances, facility, Catholic identity, and fundraising.


Box Tops: This week we saw a huge increase in the number of box tops brought in.  Thank you to everyone that has brought them in.  Let’s keep them coming! Current standings: 1st grade is in the lead with 619 box tops and in a close second is 4th grade with 539.  This competition is far from over so keep bringing them in! Just a note… box tops that are expired are not counted towards the collection as they cannot be submitted.


Cyclones: Join us for our second 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 $17 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.


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 weekend!