SFDS Week of October 10th 2017

Dear Families,

And just like that, the first week of October has flown by! Next week we kick off our Terranova testing for grades 3-8. Students must be prepared with sharpened pencils each day.  Testing will run for approximately two hours a day from Tuesday, October 10 until Friday October 13th.  Students are encouraged to be well rested and eat a good breakfast before the test.  While students should not be overly anxious or nervous about this exam, it is important to keep in mind that these scores (Grades 6-8) are sent to the high schools during the application process.

Please take a look at this weeks blast as their is a lot of important information.

On to the next week here at the academy.

Columbus Day: Just a reminder that we are off this Monday October 9th. Enjoy your long weekend!

Grades 1 and 2 Field Trip: As our third through eighth graders are busy this week with Terranovas, our 1st and 2nd graders will have a break from their books as they go on their Field trip to Green Meadows Farm. Please refer to the permission slip about this field trip this Thursday 10/12.

Winter and Summer Uniform: Due to the unusually warm forecast (multiple days over 75 degrees) predicted for next week and Grades 3-8 taking the Terranovas, we are allowing students to continue wearing full summer uniform from October 10th-October 13th. Students may choose to wear their winter uniform if they would rather, but it cannot be a combination of the two. Your child(ren) can either wear full summer uniform or full winter uniform. You may decide which would be best for your child.

Jacket Orders: Last week you received our school jacket order forms. Get ready for the cold weather and help support St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy by ordering a St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy jacket or sweatshirt. Absolute FINAL orders are due next Friday October 13th. Thank you as always for supporting St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy.

Option C Gradebook: As we finish the 1st month of the school year please if you haven’t already, log on to the parent portal of Option C to check on how your child is progressing this year. This is a great way to see if your child is missing any assignments. You should have already received usernames and passwords. Please contact the main office via email at ckenny@stfrancisschoolbh.net if you have any questions.

Books and Materials Fee: Just a friendly reminder that all Book and Materials Fees are due by Monday October 16th along with the 4th tuition payment. The fee is $150 for each student (PreK-4) and $200 for each student in Grades 5-8. Please remember you can also look at your tuition balance through the Option C parent portal as well.

Yearbook: We will be selling our yearbooks during the month of October as our team of 8th graders begin to work on the yearbook in the Winter of 2017-2018. To order a yearbook please print out the following Yearbook-Order-Form

If you would like to order a school yearbook, (delivery in May) please put your payment of cash or check (made payable to SFDS, with  SFDS  yearbook on memo line) return it to school with the order form no later than Wednesday, November 1st. There will be no orders accepted after this date. The  yearbook is a nice way to remember the school year since each class has an individual page.

Lockdown Drill: Next week we will be having out second lockdown drill of the school year.  Please have a conversation with your children on the importance and reasoning of these important drills.

$15,000 Raffle: Jump on this chance to win up to $15,000! Please see attached a special raffle that the academy is holding this Fall (11/26/17). If youd like to contact the sellers directly to purchase your ticket, their contact information can be found below. You can call or text.

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.

Good Luck!

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

Box Tops for Education: We are rocking and rolling with the first contest of this school year.  Hopefully you got a head start on collecting over the summer. The first contest will be a grade competition with the winning grade winning a pizza party. Start sending those box tops in. The contest will end on Friday, October 27th.  Please make sure your name and class are on your submissions or they cannot be tallied for your grade. Good luck!

For a collection sheet please click here.

Box Tops for Education Product List

The standings as of 10/6 are: 

Nursery: 6

Pre-K: 277

K: 359

1st Grade: 239

2nd Grade: 126

3rd Grade: 118

4th Grade: 154

5th Grade: 86

6th Grade: 76

7th Grade: 119

8th Grade: 42


Amazon Smile: AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support St. Francis DeSales Catholic Academy every time you shop, at no cost to you.

When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to our Academy.

To shop at AmazonSmile, go to smile.amazon.com from the web browser on your computer or mobile device. You may also want to add a bookmark to smile.amazon.com to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at AmazonSmile.


Yankee Candle Fundraiser: Please support St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy and at the same time pick up a something to make your home or car smell great. Yankee Candles make an excellent gift for any occasion. Also sent home was a catalog called Believe with many items such as gift wrap and household items. Please use the separate order form and envelope if ordering from this catalog.

You can shop online as well at Yankee Candle

Click on the ‘Seller Login‘ button and fill out the ‘Signup to be a seller form‘.

Use the group number for our school 990009599.

Any questions feel free to contact the main office.

Thanks as always for supporting the school.

The sale ends on October 10th.

A special thank you to Mrs. Heeran for coordinating this fundraiser.   


Stop and Shop: Stop and Shop Rewards begin today. Through the A+ School Rewards Program, parents and supporters can help simply by registering their Stop & Shop Card to our school’s ID number 09270 and then shopping at any Stop & Shop store. To register, go to http://stopandshop.com/aplus/register-card/ or dial 1-877-275-2758 to register your card over the phone. At the end of the program our school is presented with a check. We are looking forward to another successful year of A+ SCHOOL REWARDS!


Please note that we will be having a Dress Down Day on 11/17/17 for all students whose families have registered.


Upcoming Events (Save the Date)

Confirmation Proximate Preparation: Please note that next Saturday 10/14 all students receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation here at St. Francis are expected to attend their Proximate Prep Session at 8:30am. Any questions please contact Mrs. AnneMarie Greene at the Religious Education Office.   


Halloween Dance: On Friday October 27th, there will be a Halloween Dance for the 6th, 7th and 8th graders from 7pm-10pm. Tickets are $10 a child and must be bought in advance (No later than Tuesday 10/24). A flyer will be sent home next week in regard to costumes.


Father Bill Sweeney Installed as Pastor: On Sunday October 29th Father Bill Sweeney will be installed at Pastor here at St. Francis de Sales Parish. Please stay tuned for more details about this special mass at 12pm on 10/29.

Have a wonderful 3-day weekend! Before you know it, it will be Thanksgiving.