SFDS Week of August 19th 2019

Dear Families,

I hope everyone is enjoying and having fun with the last weeks of summer and getting ready for the 2019-2020 School Year.

In a few weeks St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy will continue the traditions of Saint Francis de Sales Parish School of opening its doors for the 107th year to over 555 students. Teachers are about to begin to come back to help make those hallways and classrooms begin to look spectacular. Most importantly the administration, faculty, and staff here at St. Francis look forward to greet your children for that all-important first day of school.

On the first day of school, many papers will go home with your children; some need to be returned in a timely manner. It is the belief of the St. Francis community that establishing and maintaining open lines of communication between school and family strengthens the feeling of support all children need to be successful in school. We have assembled some notices and information pertinent to the start of a new school year.

Many of these notices are available now on our school website and can filled out ahead of time. They can be found in the lists and forms section.


Main Office Hours: The main office will be open Monday-Thursday from now until Wednesday August 28th. On Thursday 8/29 and Friday 8/30 the office will be closed due to cleaning and maintenance work that needs to be done. We are sorry for any inconvenience. The office will reopen at 10:30am-12: 30pm on Tuesday 9/3. As always if there any questions before the school year begins please give us a call.


Summer Packets: Please use these last few weeks to make sure that your children have kept up with their summer reading and work. Reading everyday is essential to all children’s development. For all summer assignments and supply lists please click here.


Early Morning Drop Off Program: I am happy to announce that continuing on Monday September 9th we will be offering an Early Morning Drop off program from 7am-7:40am each day. For more information about this program please click here.  This information will be sent home on the first day of school as well.


Yellow Bus Service: All those students who are planning on riding the yellow bus should receive a letter on the first day of school with their NYC OPT ID Number and information on how to look up your child’s bus route.  Just a reminder there is no NYC Bus Transportation on Wednesday 9/4/19. NYC Bus service begins on Thursday 9/5/19.


Lunch Duty: 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 below

Lunch Duty Sign Up

We’re using Sign Up.com  (the leading online Sign-up and reminder tool) to organize our upcoming Sign-ups.

Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:

1) Click the link above to see our Sign-Up on Signup.com

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 Signup.com.

Note: Signup.com does not share your email address with anyone.


8th Grade TACHS Registration: 8th Grade Parents starting on Monday (8/26) you can begin to register your child for the TACHS exam. If your child will take the TACHS exam (entrance exam for Catholic High Schools) please register as soon as possible. For more information including how to register please click here.

Any questions please contact Mr.Scharbach at admin@stfrancisschoolbh.net


Immunization: We wanted to inform you of important vaccination requirements from the New York State and New York City Departments of Health that must be completed before your child(ren) return to school this September 2019. Please use the reference sheet as a guide for the immunizations required for returning to school this coming September.

Unfortunately, noncompliance with this vaccination requirement will result in a $1,200.00 fine on the school from New York State for each noncompliant student. Noncompliance also requires administration to no longer allow the student(s) to attend St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy.

We thank you in advance for your cooperation with this matter.


Summer Uniform: Just a reminder that the summer uniform consists of the following

Boys and Girls Grades 1-8

Tan uniform shorts, blue golf shirts with the school emblem, black or brown shoe (sneakers and sandals are not permitted; Sperrys/Boat shoes without design or bright colors may be worn with white/black socks), white/black socks and a black or brown belt.

Shorts are to be worn just above the knee. Short shorts are not acceptable.

Pre-K and Kindergarten

Uniform mesh shorts and t-shirts with school emblem, (Pre-K: Maroon, Kindergarten: Gray) white socks, sneakers with velcro or shoelace closures

For more information about uniforms including our winter uniform policy please click here. Please check with our uniform policy before buying shoes, socks and belts for the 2019-2020 school year.  


Enrichment Programs: We are proud to offer various enrichment opportunities exclusively to the students of St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy. This year will we will be offering the following enrichment opportunities (more may follow at a later date):

Mondays: Mad Science (Grades K-5)

Tuesdays: Paul Effman Band (Grades 2-8) and Lego (Grades K-1)

Wednesdays: Art, (Grades K-4), School House Chess (Grades K-5) and Lego (Grades 2-5)

Please be aware that registration for these sessions is limited.

For registration information and forms for all of our enrichment programs please click here.

After School Program: Saint Francis de Sales Catholic Academy’s Afterschool program will begin on Monday, September 16th 2019. Instructional program offerings and registration forms will be distributed during the first week of school. After School registration forms and information is available on our website or by clicking here. Any questions about After School please give the main office a call.


Back to School Night (Meet the Teacher): On Thursday September 12th all parents (Grades K-8) are invited to meet their child’s teacher(s) on this important night. The evening begins at 7pm and should run to about 8:30pm. Each teacher will host two sessions to accommodate those parents with more than one child. We hope to have 100% attendance to this all-important night of the school year.


Catechetical Sunday: Catechetical Sunday is when those designated to serve as catechists are called forth to be commissioned for their ministry. Catechetical Sunday is a wonderful opportunity to reflect on the role that each person plays, by virtue of Baptism, in passing on the faith and being a witness to the Gospel. All are welcome to join the Saint Francis faculty and Saint Francis Religious Education faculty at this very special liturgy at 9:00am on Sunday September 15th.


Bald on the Beach: Also please save the date for Bald on the Beach here at St. Francis de Sales on Sunday September 15th. Join St. Francis de Sales Parish and our National Junior Honor Society for this special St. Baldrick’s event and whether you decide to shave your head, volunteer, or donate, we hope you’ll be a part of the excitement!

The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is a volunteer-powered charity that funds more in childhood cancer research grants than any organization except the U.S. government. Get involved and you’ll be giving hope to infants, children, teens and young adults fighting childhood cancers!