SFDS Week of October 2nd 2017

Dear Families,


Another busy few days have come to an end here at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy. We had a great end of the week as many of our students celebrated the new Magic School Bus Series on Netflix that debuts today. I hope each of you has a great weekend, as we rest up for what should be an exciting week at school.


Grade K and 1 Family Mass: Grades Kindergarten and 1st will be participating in the first of monthly grade?level Masses this Sunday, October 1, 2017 at the 9:00am Mass. The parish will have a reserved section of the Church upfront for your families.  A light fellowship will follow after the Mass and I hope you can join our parish in celebrating the Kindergarten and 1st graders in our programs at St. Francis de Sales. All families of the Kindergarten and 1st graders are invited to come to Mass and the fellowship.


Parish Mission: This week St. Francis de Sales parish will be having a parish mission with Father John Collins. Father will be speaking to the parish at all masses this weekend and at the 9am mass and at 7pm on 10/2, 10/3, and 10/4. Our students will have the opportunity to hear from Father Collins on Monday (Grades 1-4) and Wednesday (Grades 5-8)


Enrichment Programs Starting: This Monday, 10/2 is the start of our Mad Science Enrichment Program (Grades K-5) from 2:45-3:45, our Lego program for grades (K-1) starts on Tuesday (10/3), 10/03 is also the start of Paul Effman Band lessons (Grades 2-8). If you have a child who is staying after school to wait for their band lesson, please let the office know. Please do so no later than Monday October 2nd by emailing the office at hendall@stfrancisschoolbh.net Thank you for your cooperation.

Finally on Wednesday our Abrakadoodle program for grades K-4 beings this Wednesday 10/4 from 2:45pm-3:45pm. Please note that there is no more space available in our Abrakadoodle program.

Any questions about any of our enrichment programs please call the office.

Winter and Summer Uniform: Please note that starting on Tuesday October 10th, winter uniforms should be worn. If the temperature is stated to be above 75 degrees that day, summer uniforms may be worn. Please do not take advantage of this policy. 75 degrees does not mean  74 degrees, 73 degrees, etc.


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. Please remember you can also look at your tuition balance through the Option C parent portal as well.


Books and Materials Fee: Just a friendly reminder that all Book and Materials Fees is due by Monday October 16th. The fee is $150 for each student (PreK-4) and $200 for each student in Grades 5-8.

Blessing of the Animals: In honor of the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, St. Francis de Sales Parish will have the annual blessing of the animals on Thursday 10/5 at 4pm in the Parish Prayer Garden. Please bring your family pets for a special blessing.


Socktober: This Friday, 10/6, don’t forget to bring in $1 and wear CRAZY socks! The money is going the to help raise funds for the Alzheimers Association. A special thank you to the National Junior Honor Society for putting this event together.


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 9/29 are:

Nursery: 0

Pre-K: 202

K: 305

1st Grade: 35

2nd Grade: 39

3rd Grade: 30

4th Grade: 61

5th Grade: 26

6th Grade: 71

7th Grade: 0

8th Grade: 11


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, youll 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.  


Stop and Shop: Stop and Shop Rewards begins on 10/6. 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)

On Friday October 27th, there will be a Halloween Dance for the 6th, 7th and 8th graders from 7pm-10pm. More information will follow in the upcoming weeks.  

Have a great weekend!