SFDS Week of April 1st 2019

Dear Families,

As I write this email, we are now only a few hours away from our annual Card Party (Doors Open at 6:30pm). A special thank you to all the families that have made this wonderful event happen. From the volunteers who help put the Card Party together, to all the families that have donated for prizes, and for all the families that have taken a raffle, a chance, and/or attending tonight’s event. A special thank you especially to our chairs, Fran Brenna and Lori Grace.


Now onto the week of April 1st here at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy


State Exams: This Tuesday and Wednesday the New York State English Language Arts (ELA) will be administered to students. We will continue Computer Based Testing for grades 6 and 7 this year, while 4th grade will continue to take paper-based tests. The computer-based test will have the same questions as the paper version but students will take the test on their Chromebooks. Below you will find a summary of the changes that were made to the English Language Arts and Mathematics Tests over the past several years.

  • Fewer testing sessions. Last year, the ELA and Math Tests were reduced from three test sessions per subject to only two sessions per subject, meaning each subject will have two days of testing instead of three. With fewer test sessions, each test will have fewer questions than in past years, lessening test fatigue for students and better enabling them to demonstrate what they know and are able to do.
  • The tests continue to be untimed so students who are still working on their exams will be allowed to continue to work, within the confines of the regular school day. Students who finish may be permitted to hand in their test materials (or submit the test if testing on computer) and leave the room. If so, students should exit quietly so they do not disturb any students still working.
  • Test questions reviewed and written by New York State Teachers. Hundreds of New York State educators were involved in creating and reviewing questions for 2019 ELA and Math Tests and selecting the questions for the test forms.


Babysitting Night: The 8th Grade will be organizing a fun night for our Pre-K through 4th grade students . This SFDSCA 8TH Grade Dinner Dance Fundraiser allows you to enjoy two and a half hours kid free! Friday, April 5th, 2019 from  6:30pm-9pm. Open to kids PreK- 4th grade. This opportunity is open to SFDSCA families ONLY.


Your kids will be supervised by school staff, 8th grade students, and 8th grade parent volunteers (VIRTUS trained). Children will be treated to a movie, games, crafts, and organized sports and activities. We will provide the children with a snack (drinks and chips, etc.). Please be sure your child has dinner prior to coming


The fee is $25 for the first child and each additional child is $5. Please submit the form below with payment in an envelope marked “8th Grade Babysitting Night”. Please RSVP BY Monday April 1, 2019.  We cannot accept registration after the 1st  for planning reasons. You will NOT be able to pay the night of the event. Thank you for supporting the 8th Grade in our fundraising efforts! To download the Babysitting Night Registration Form, please click here.


St. Vincent de Paul: As we are now officially into the third trimester, please remember that the 6th, 7th and 8th grade are asked to complete 10, 15, and 20 service hours respectively before the end of each school year. Students must complete a log and reflection, and submit both to Mrs. Martello for approval in order to meet the requirement. For more information and to print the necessary documents, please click here. Any questions please email Mrs. Martello at rmartello@stfrancisschoolbh.net


Math-a-thon All permission slips and booklets have been handed out to students who are looking to participate in this year’s Math-A-Thon. All money raised goes directly to supporting St. Jude and their work with children with pediatric cancer. For several years, we have been a top 100 school in fundraising across the country. We hope to continue our great work for this year as well. To register and donate online, click here. All money is due by Monday April 1st. Any questions please email Mrs. Foti at sfoti@stfrancisschoolbh.net


Absence Notes: Just a reminder as we continue into the third trimester, please make sure that you are sending your child(ren) in with a written absence note/doctor’s note when they return to school after being out sick. If your child is on a Buddy Day, documentation from the school visited is required. Calling the main office to let us know is great, but a paper trail of sorts is also required by law.


Cookbook:  We have extended the recipe submission until Monday 4/1/19. If not enough recipes come in we will have to cancel this idea. Please help us with sharing some of your recipes from home.


St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy is preparing a wonderful custom cookbook featuring favorite recipes from our students, faculty, staff, and families. Include those favorite family recipes that have been passed down so you can share them too.  Please help us create it by including your own recipes, published recipes, maybe you have a favorite recipe from a local restaurant they would share.  The cookbook will be professionally published, and it is certain to become a treasured keepsake. For more information, please click here.


Elementary School Math Bee: We’d like to wish Thomas Porcella (4th Grade) good luck as he competes in the Diocesan Regional Math Bee this week . We’re so proud of you, Thomas! Good Luck!


Lenten Penance Services: During these final weeks of Lent, Grades 3-8 will be going to a Lenten Penance Service next Friday April 12th. Please reinforce the importance of this prayerful sacrament at home as we move closer to Holy Week.


PDHP Parent Workshop: Please try to join us on Tuesday April 9th at 7pm for  a parent workshop entitled #Parents-Social Media and your child. Learn about social media trends and tips to keep your child connected safely.


Advanced Ed Visit:  As mentioned at Back to School Night and many times this year our school will be going through AdvanceED Accreditation this year. (similar to Middle States Accreditation) The Accreditation Process helps institutions make the most of their talents and resources. On April 9th and 10th, a team of evaluators will be visiting our school to work through the Accreditation process. They will be interviewing various students, teachers, Board members, administrators, etc. as well as visiting classrooms for observations. We have prepared extensively for their visit and look forward to a successful few days.  

Balanced Kidz: Earlier this week information about the Spring Session of Balanced Kidz was sent out. This after-school enrichment program focuses on wellness, nutrition and fitness and is fun and engaging way for your child to spend their Thursday afternoons! Registration is now open through April 12th. For more information, please click here.



Passion Play: Please join us for our annual Passion Play on Tuesday 4/16 where many of our 6th grade students reenact the solemn events that occurred through Jesus’s journey towards death and resurrection.  Thanks again Mrs. Hayes and Mrs. Sullivan to for coordinating this special event. Please join us on Tuesday 4/16 at 1:10pm.


State of the Academy: Please join us on Tuesday April 30th at 7pm for the annual Board of Directors’ State of the Academy. Our Board Members will be providing specific updates on various facets of the Academy including finances, facilities, academics and many more.


Spring Concert: Members of the Paul Effman Band, please save the date! Tuesday May 28th at 7pm is our sixth annual St Francis de Sales School Band Spring Concert. 


Summer Uniform: Starting on Monday May 6th students can begin to wear their summer uniforms. This is just a reminder if anyone needs to purchase summer uniforms you should think about ordering them soon. Save the Date! On June 7th 2019, Flynn and O’Hara will be at school to measure students for their uniforms for the 2019-2020 school year.


Fundraising Corner


Golf Outing: Our 16th Annual Golf and Tennis outing will be held on Friday May 10th 2019 at the Marine Park Golf Course and Belle Harbor Yacht Club


Please consider taking a hole sponsorship with your family name displayed or a special cause or business you may wish to advertise. A beautiful sign will be displayed on a given golf hole or two displaying your support for our great school. More details are in the brochure that was sent home.  This is truly appreciated.

Lastly, please jump in on a great day on the golf course where we enjoy fellow neighbors & friends for a full day of golf followed up by great eats and drinks on the course & post-golf dinner. Put your foursomes together as soon as possible to help secure a successful fundraiser and your foursome on this truly special day. Anyone may drop off monies at the rectory as well.  Thank You.

The success of this day, May 10th, requires all of us even if you do not golf.  As we rely on fundraisers such as the Annual Golf Classic to help support the education and growth of our students here at St. Francis de Sales. If anyone has any questions, concerns or inquiries, please contact Mike Brenna -Golf Chairman at 347-246-7153 or by email at sfdsgoldouting@aol.com


Box Tops for Education: The last contest of the year is officially beginning.  

What better way to celebrate the June heat than with ice cream?!  The grade that brings in the most box tops will win an ice cream party in June (specific date to be determined).  Please make sure your child’s name and class is on the submission so that the correct class can be credited. Submitting your box tops in a ziploc bag is the easiest way to hand in.  Keep clipping and submitting and let’s double our total from they year so far which is just over $900.


Pop Hop Volunteer: We are very excited for our 4th Annual Pop Hop on Friday May 17th. Mrs. Moriarty and Mrs. Shaw, our Pop Hop coordinators, have already begun the planning process. If any mom is interested in volunteering, please reach out to Mrs. Shaw at glifeofreilly@aol.com or Mrs. Moriarty at nmoriarty@mineola.k12.ny.us


Have a great weekend.


PS: We are always 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 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!


Financial Aid for 2019-2020 School Year: Financial aid is available for students in Grades Pre-K to 8, who attend a Brooklyn or Queens Catholic School or Academy.



Step 1: Register your child(ren) in a Catholic elementary academy or school (K – 8) in Brooklyn or Queens.

Step 2: Fill out the online application and submit with required supporting documentation. Please note that there is a non-refundable $30 application processing fee payable by credit card or check. Only one application per family is required.

2019 Scholarship Deadline                                                                                                              April 29, 2019 – New families.

Only completed applications submitted with all required supporting documents will be considered. Completed applications received on or before this date will be considered for the maximum award amount. Completed applications received after this date will still be considered but will not be given priority for the 2019-2020 school year. To apply click below