SFDS Week of December 17th 2018

Dear Families,

Nativity scenes usually show Mary and Joseph calmly kneeling beside Jesus’s crib surrounded by adoring shepherds and tame animals. Mary and Joseph travelled in the last stages of her pregnancy from Nazareth to Bethlehem, a trip that took a few days to a week of straight travel.  On foot or by donkey, it was an exhausting journey. Once there, they could not find room at an inn and had to lay the newborn in a manger. After a short time, the family fled from Israel to Egypt to escape danger.

The Holy Family had its share of pain and difficulties, much like our own experience.  Yet scripture tells us that Mary and Joseph found strength from their faith in God and were guided by His word.  We can do the same. We tell our children that Jesus’ birth and the Holy Family’s escape to Egypt is further proof that God keeps His promises.  When we lean on Him, God promises to lead us to safety…

The entire St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy Faculty and Staff join me in wishing God’s light, love, and peace to each of our school families. May the love and peace that was born that night be with you throughout the Christmas season.

On to the week ahead…


Christmas Show: Please refer to the email that preceded this email today about all final instructions for the show.  


Dress Rehearsals: All students should be ready in costume on Monday 12/17 (B Classess) and on Tuesday 12/18 (A and C Classes) for our dress rehearsal. Some students just need to dress up while others have a costume. Children may wear there gym uniform or dress down clothes under their costume on the day of their dress rehearsal.

Any questions please feel free to get in touch.


The dress rehearsals serves as a chance for elderly relatives who are unable to come out at night or handle a large crowd to see the show. The rehearsals will begin at 12:45pm. This dress rehearsals do not serve as a way to get a sneak peek or another viewing of the show. Thanks in advance for your cooperation.


Christmas School Mass and 1/2 day on Friday 12/21: I invite all families to join us in our Christmas Liturgy at 11am on Friday December 21st at St. Francis de Sales Church. Dismissal will follow mass at 12pm.  


School Yard/Parking Lot: Just a reminder that from 11am-12:30pm most days the parking lot is used by the children for recess. Please note that if you park in the lot against the gate you will not be able to leave until all Recess periods are finished. Thanks in advance for your cooperation with this policy.


Mad Science/School House Chess/Legos:  This week, flyers for the next round of Legos, Mad Science and School House Chess were distributed. If you’d like to sign your child up, please follow the directions on the flyer as soon as possible. These programs will begin again when we return from Christmas Recess. For more information please click here. When we return from Christmas break flyers will go home for the winter sessions of Balanced Kidz and Abrakoodle Art.


Paul Effman Band: Experienced musicians will perform at the Christmas Show on December 17th and December 19th. This Monday the 17th not the 18th, Experienced Violin will practice from 2:45-3:30 and Experienced Band will practice from 3:30pm-4:30pm  to prepare for our Christmas concert. This practice will replace the small group lessons on Tuesday the 18th. Beginners will be performing in the Spring Concert and will keep their regular scheduled lessons this Tuesday the 18th.  Thank you!

PDHP Parent Workshops: There is a great chance for parents of students in Grades 4-8 to sign up for a five week workshop called Guiding Good Choices on Tuesdays 1/8, 1/15, 1/22, 1/29, and 2/5 (7pm-8pm)


Are you a parent of a “tween?” A “tween” is a youngster who is too old to be called a child and too young to be called a teenager; they are certainly “be-tween.” If you are the parent of a “tween,” then this workshop is for you. Guiding Good Choices is a five session workshop designed to: Empower parents, Support each other, Learn tools, Strengthen family connections, and help children develop healthy behavior as they approach adolescence. Our presenter will be Cary Anne Fitzgerald, the Parent and Community Outreach Coordinator for the Program for the Development of Human Potential (PDHP). You may remember Cary Anne from her presentation last year, Is it Bullying or Bad Behavior? The Guiding Good Choices workshop can accommodate up to 15 participants. Please consider making this commitment to these five sessions. Space is limited and filling up quickly. Please call the school office if you are interested in attending – 718-634-2775


Fundraising Corner

Box Tops for Education: Our next Box Tops for Education event has now begun.  For every 20 Box Tops a student brings in between Monday December 10th and Friday February 15th they will get a raffle tickets to win a $50 Amazon Gift Card. There will be a 2nd place Amazon Gift card of $25 and a 3rd place Amazon Gift Card for $10. The more Box Tops you bring in, the more chances you have to win. Good luck.


Have a great weekend! Our next email blast will be on Friday December 28th. Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


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 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!