SFDS Week of November 6th 2017

Dear Families,


As we look towards the first full week of November, it’s hard to believe that Halloween has already come and gone. We started this week with fun Halloween celebrations and were able to accomplish lots of great work as well. We will be keeping the 8th grade in our prayers this weekend as they set off to take their TACHS exam tomorrow morning. Best of luck, 8th Grade! We know you will do your very best.


Professional Day & Veterans Day: Remember that next week is a short week with a half day on Wednesday November 8th for our Faculty Meeting, a day off for students on Thursday November 9 for a Faculty Professional Day, and school is closed on Friday November 10 in observance of Veteran’s Day.


Class Picture Day: On Monday November 6, Class Picture day will be held for all grades and classes, Nursery through grade 8. Students should be in full winter uniform for this day. Reminder to the Fourth and Sixth graders who have gym scheduled on this day: please be in full winter dress uniform as well.


Vocation Awareness Week: Bishop DiMarzio has declared this year the Year of Vocations throughout the Brooklyn Diocese. Here at St. Francis, we will be marking this year in a special way with a Vocation Awareness Week from November 1st through November 8th. During these dates, all Religion classes will be centered around Vocations. On Wednesday November 8th, we will end this important week with the 6th, 7th and 8th graders attending an assembly Bishop Sanchez and Father Sean Suckiel, as well as a special school mass celebrated by Bishop Sanchez at 11am. We encourage any family who can attend to please join us for this Vocations liturgy.


Chicken Finger Day: On Tuesday November 28th, we are going to have a trial Chicken Finger lunch day. A form was sent home this week with all of the pertinent information and we are asking for it along with payment to be returned to the office by November 17th if you are interested in taking part in this trial day. If we receive a good turnout, we will continue the Chicken Finger Tuesday either monthly, biweekly, or weekly for the rest of the school year. Chicken fingers and fries will be $7 and you can also purchase a water for $1. Thank you to Mrs. Spaeth for helping to organize this special lunch day.


Grade 3 Family Mass: Please join St. Francis de Sales Parish in celebration of our third graders and their families this Sunday November 5th at 9am mass. A small fellowship will follow the mass for the third grade and their families in Father Reddy Hall after mass.


Blessed Trinity Confirmation Retreat: This Wednesday November 8th, our 8th graders who will be Confirmed at Blessed Trinity Parish will be taking a day of special prayer and reflection at their Confirmation Retreat. We hope you all have a wonderful, prayerful day!


Donations of Yarn: Pauleen Brown, a resident of Breezy Point and a Blessed Trinity parishioner, knits afghans for sick veterans in the VA hospital in Brooklyn. This special act is her way of showing the veterans that someone cares about them. Our school is collecting rolls of yarn to help her continue to make afghans for the sick veterans. If you would like to help, please send a ball of yarn to school by Monday November 13th.


Thanksgiving Donation: St. Francis de Sales parish is collecting money again this year to sponsor Thanksgiving dinners for those in need. Last year, with the help of your generosity, the parish was able to purchase 40 Thanksgiving dinners for families in need. If you’d like to help out, please send a $25 check (made out to St. Francis de Sales Church) or $25 cash in an envelope. Thank you again for your unwavering generosity.


Little Sisters of the Poor Drive: St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy is sponsoring a Thanksgiving Drive for the Queen of Peace Residence for the elderly poor. Each year we ask classes to bring in assigned personal and food items, which are requested by the Little Sisters of the Poor who care for the residents. If you feel you can donate one or more of the requested items please send it to school no later than Friday November 17th.

The following items are needed:

8th Grade: Lotion

7th Grade: Body Wash

6th Grade: Purell

5th Grade: Liquid Hand Soap

4th Grade: Clorox or Lysol Wipes

3rd Grade: Paper Towels

2nd Grade: Toilet Paper

1st Grade: Mouthwash

Kindergarten: Fixodent/Poligrip

Pre-Kindergarten and Nursery: Polident/Efferdent


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!

Fundraising Corner

Thanksgiving/Holiday Pie Sale: This sale is through Cascon Cheesecake.  Cascon Cheesecake Corp is a full-service bakery located in Whitestone, New York. Since opening its doors in 1975, this family owned business has provided over 30 years of dedicated service to its loyal customers.

These pies and cheesecakes will be delivered on Tuesday November 21st  just in time for Thanksgiving. They come frozen so if you are using them for Thanksgiving you can keep them out for the big day, if you like to save a few for Christmas or just to have you can put them right in the freezer.

Click Here for an order form. All money and orders are due no later than Tuesday November 7th.


$15,000 Raffle: Jump on this chance to win up to $15,000! The winners will be called at a drawing at Jamerson’s on Sunday 11/26 from 4pm-6pm. If you’d like to contact the sellers directly to purchase your ticket, their contact information can be found below. You can call or text. Good Luck!

John Martin     718-344-7274 holding tickets   1   to 10   

Patrick Hayden     347-539-0437    holding tickets   11 to 20   

Rita Hayden     718-570-7908     holding tickets    21 to 30

Billy Kelly     917-209-3634     holding tickets    31 to 40

Jennifer LaPrice     917-723-8834    holding tickets   41 to 50

Terrance Moriarity   917-685-0134       holding tickets   51 to 60

Brynn Heegan     917-495-7779       holding tickets    61 to 70

JoJo O’Grady     917-417-4532       holding tickets   71 to 80   

Rita Hayden       718-570-7908       holding tickets    81 to 90

Dina Tammero        718-207-1398        holding tickets    91 to 100

Any questions about the raffle can be directed to Rita Hayden at  718-570-7908.

Stop and Shop Card Dress down day: Stop and Shop Rewards began on 10/6. We are going to host a free dress down day on Friday November 17th for every student that has a Stop and Shop rewards card linked to our school.  In order to participate, students will need to submit a copy of the account that is linked.  You can simply follow these steps to get your print out.

  • Go to www.stopandshop.com.
  • Log in to your account.
  • Click on Savings and Rewards then A+ school rewards.
  • Click on Confirm Your Schools.
  • Print the screen that lists St. Francis de Sales under My Schools.
  • Please list all students that are in the family and their classes on one sheet.
  • It would also be great if you registered some family members cards.

Please return the sheet no later than Wednesday November 15th 2017 to the main office. If you have not already registered, to participate:

Visit www.stopandshop.com/aplus and scroll down to the center of the page to select REGISTER YOUR CARD from the red box on the right marked FOR CUSTOMERS; or:

  • Call the A+ School Rewards Hotline at 1-877-275-2758 for assistance; or,
  • Email the A+ Hotline.  Please include the last name associated with your Stop & Shop Card, your 13-digit Stop & Shop Card number and our school name and school ID number* of our school (or the name, city and state in which the school is located) to: askaplus@cranecommunications.com.