SFDS Week of April 26th 2021

Dear Academy Families, 

 

In this Sunday’s reading from the Letter of Saint John we hear Beloved, we are God’s children now; what we shall be has not yet been revealed (1 Jn 3:1-2)

 

The “Catholic School Difference” is a phrase that is often mentioned when discussing Catholic education. Teachers and staff view each student as a child of God, whose God-given potential lies within. Each student has the potential to grow in a limitless fashion. The belief that all children are valued and important is paramount in Catholic education. As Catholic educators, the goal is to help a child discover their potential and see where God will lead them. It is fitting that this Thursday we take a day to say “Thank You” to our Faculty. We say “Thank You” for what they do each day for our students, families, and our school.  I am truly grateful for their commitment and dedication that they have accentuated with our recent circumstances.  They are the true engine behind everything we do.  They share their faith and prayer with our students in remarkable and meaningful ways.  I am proud to proclaim that we are unapologetically Catholic.  Make no mistake about it – we are not a private school.  We are a Catholic school that finds our mission deeply rooted in the beliefs and foundation of our church and I am thankful for their willingness to answer God’s call and work in a catholic school. 

 

Now onto the week of April 26th here at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy. 

 

Just a reminder that starting on Monday 4/26

  1. Grades 5-7 will no longer be Hybrid. All students in Grades 5-7 will be expected to be in person each day. 
  2. Grade 8 Students will move from a Blue/Gold Group Cohort to a 5-day rotation (A Day, B-Day, C Day, D Day, E Day) allowing students to be in 4 days a week and participate in remote learning for only one day. Please refer to the separate emails that were sent out on Tuesday in regard to what days your child is remote. 
  3. Grade 1 classes that have been split into two pods will now become one class again. Mrs. Lindner’s class will now be in room 203 and Mrs. Surgot in room 202.
  4. Grade 3 students who have been in one classroom in the school gym will move back to a more traditional classroom being split into their two classes.  As you know your child although they have had two teachers all year is assigned to a homeroom teacher (Ms. Killian or Ms. Farragher)  Ms. Killian’s class will move up to room 301 while Ms. Farragher’s class will move to room 204. Please note that both Ms. Killian and Ms. Farragher will continue to teach each class, as Ms. Killian will continue to teach both classes Math and Religion and Ms. Farragher will continue to teach both classes ELA and Science. Your child’s homeroom teacher will continue to teach the 3rd grade Social Studies.

With almost all of our students now in the building each day you can imagine how excited we are. We are happy that we are closer to normal and continue to as always, thank you for your continued patience, understanding, and support!

With almost all of our students in the building each day we begin to fully go away from remote learning. Please note that moving forward as of Monday 4/26 the only time a student will be allowed to switch to remote learning is for the three following reasons:

  1. The child has tested positive for COVID-19 via a Rapid and/or PCR Lab based test. Please note the school will need a copy of the positive test to determine how long a child will be remote for.
  2. The child is exposed in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19. Please note that a close contact is someone who has been within 6 feet for 10 minutes or more in a 24 hour period to a confirmed positive case. When requesting remote instruction due to this please explain the contact, date of contact, and if your child has any symptoms.  
  3. The child is out sick and sees a doctor who will not clear the child to return to school until a PCR test comes back negative. (This usually takes 24-48 hours). The child can be remote while they wait for the results of the test. Please note that we will need to see the results of the PCR to allow for the student to return to school. 

All other requests (child being sick for a day, vacation, dentist appointment, etc.), your child should be reported absent if they are not able to be in school and check in with their Google Classroom or Class page to see work that was missed. There will be no deviation from this policy. 

 

ELA State Exam Update: This year, the ELA and Mathematics exams for grades 3 through 8 will be multiple choice only. The test will be one day only and session 1 will be shortened by eliminating the field questions. 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. All we ask is that our students are focused and we know everyone will give their very best.

Grades 4,6, and 7 ELA and Math Exams will be one day of testing rather than the usual two. The ELA state exam is scheduled as follows 

Monday, April 26th -Grade 7 

Tuesday, April 27th – Grade 6 

 

Please make sure that your children get a good night’s sleep, have their Chromebook fully charged, and are well rested the night before. 

 

 

Spring Flower Sale: As the weather gets nicer it is always great to plant a little bit and make our home even more beautiful. 

We are partnering up with Shannon’s Florist in Brooklyn to have a Spring Flower Sale. Please see the attached form for pictures and prices of the items. All order forms are due by Friday, April 23rd.  We need to have the order to the florist no later than Friday, April 23rd. All payments must come through Venmo. Please make your family’s payment to “@SFDSCACADEMY”. Please be sure to include your family name Spring Flower Sales in the notes section. Please note that your order is not complete until payment is made and the order form is submitted. 

The completed form(s) and payment are due by Friday the 23rd.  

The items will be delivered to the school early on April 28th  and will be available to be picked up at dismissal. 

 

½ Day and Professional Day: Just a reminder that next Thursday is a ½ day with a 12-noon dismissal. Also, a reminder that next Friday 4/30 is a day off for students as it is a professional day for Faculty. 

 

PDHP Parent Workshop: Saint Francis de Sales Catholic Academy invites you to join us for a PDHP Parents as a Resource (PAR) workshop to discuss Family Dynamics During, Within and Following Crises on Thursday April 29th at 6pm. This workshop is for parents & caregivers of all age groups This is an RSVP event Please register by April 16th, 2021 so we can plan accordingly.

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAocuiupzojEtYdkexHs7z5ezKxiRZdwRTX

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

We will also be announcing another parent workshop during the month of May early next week called “See You Later, Alligator. This meeting will go over strategies and skills for families of the early childhood student. 

 

Financial Aid for the 2021-2022 School Year: Futures in Education is proud to administer several scholarship programs, providing partial tuition assistance for families demonstrating financial need, and who meet eligibility requirements, to attend a Catholic academy or school in Brooklyn or Queens. To apply or get more information please click here. Just a reminder that the deadline for returning families who received an award in the previous academic year has passed. The deadline for new families (students who did not receive an award in the previous academic year) is May 31st. Applications will continue to be accepted beyond the deadline; those who have a completed application by May 31st will receive priority.

We are excited to share that awarding has started for returning families with completed applications. New families will begin to receive decision notifications as of June 1st, on a rolling basis until funding is exhausted.

Applications will only be considered completed when all required supporting documents have been submitted.  Awards will begin with applications that were completed by the deadline and will continue on a rolling basis as available funding allows.

 

Summer Uniform: Starting on Monday, May 3rd students can begin to wear their summer gym uniforms. This is just a reminder if anyone needs to purchase summer uniforms you should think about ordering them soon. Please note that starting in the fall of 2021 all students will be required once again to wear the dress uniform 4 days a week with them wearing their gym uniform on their gym day. More information on ordering uniforms will come in the following weeks. 

 

Have a great weekend. Be safe and stay healthy.