SFDS Week of December 2nd 2019

Dear Academy Families, 


In the month of December, we spend time preparing children for concerts, decorating classrooms and hallways, making preparations for Christmas at home, shopping, baking, attending parties and sharing joy. As you know, Advent is the time for waiting, praying, and preparing ourselves for the birth of Christ. By taking a step away from the hustle and bustle, asking kids to slow down and reflect on what the birth of Christ means to them, the world, and our faith, such richness will be added to this time of waiting.


Please take a look below to see what is going on for the week of December 2rd here at SFDS.


Blessed Trinity Confirmation: Congratulations and God Bless! On Thursday December 5th at 5pm, many members of St. Francis de Sales Grade 8 will be blessed by the Holy Spirit at Blessed Trinity Parish. May the gifts of the Holy Spirit be with our 8th grade and lead them to be the future leaders of the church.


Report Cards: All report cards will be sent home on Tuesday 12/4. Teachers are available to meet on both Wednesday 12/4 from 6pm-7:30pm and on Friday 12/6 from 12:45pm-2:45pm. For families in Grades N-4 please keep to the appointments that you signed up for. In Grades 5-8 please feel free to go to your child’s individual teacher(s) at the assigned times. If anyone made an appointment and needs to cancel please email your child’s  teacher directly. Please remember that Friday 12/6 is a 12 noon dismissal. 


Advent Penance Service: This Wednesday (12/4) Grades 3-8 will be joining together to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation. This weekend, please discuss the importance of this Sacrament and welcoming the Christ Child with a ready heart.  


Movie Night: All students (K-4) are invited to join us on Friday December 6th for Movie Night. The movie is “The Polar Express” All children can bring their sleeping bag, pillow, favorite teddy, and wear their P.J.’s.  The Doors open at 5:45pm and the Movie starts 6:10 sharp. There is a $5 Admission charge and all Students will receive a cup of Hot Chocolate and Cookies with Admission. 

This is a KID ONLY event. Please remember that all children need to be picked up at about 8pm. 


Immaculate Conception: Monday December 9th is a Holy Day of Obligation for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. Please remember that as Catholics, we are asked to go to mass on this day. This is a Diocesan Holiday so just a reminder that St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy is closed. 


2nd Grade Proximate Prep (SFDS): Just a reminder to all 2nd grade families of students who are receiving the sacrament of communion here at St. Francis that there there is Proximate Prep on Sunday December 8, 2019 at 9am. Children receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation and Holy Communion in 2020 and their Parents are asked to join us by sitting in the reserved section in the front of church for Mass a 9am. Following the Mass the parish will have a light fellowship and a presentation in the gym for the parents and children until 11am. 


Graduation and Makeup Pictures: On December 16th, the 8th grade will be taking their individual graduation pictures. Also if your child was absent on the original picture day, please know your child can dress up or wear their uniform for their picture on 12/16. If you would like your child to retake their picture, please send in your original pictures with a note before Thursday December 12th. We will call down the students whose pictures we have the next school day for make ups. 


SFDS Festival of Lights: Please join St. Francis de Sales Parish on Tuesday  12/10 at 6:30pm for an annual tradition, the lighting of trees in our prayer garden. There will be Hot Chocolate for all with Christmas Carols sung. Please be there for this great tradition here at St. Francis. 


Student Illness: As the colder weather begins, we see more and more children who become ill. A child who is sick will not be able to perform well in school and is likely to spread the illness to other children and staff. If your child is ill, before sending them back to school please clear it with your child’s pediatrician. Please call the school’s nurse or main office if you have any questions or concerns.


Early Childhood Registration: As we begin to prepare for the 2020-2021 school year, we want to ensure that our plans to maximize the benefit to your child/children. A month ago we sent home letters of intent for any current Nursery and Pre-K student here at St. Francis who plans on attending St. Francis in 2020 as a Pre-K or Kindergarten student. Those forms are now past due  As always, we thank you for your dedication and support to St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy. If you have any concerns that we may address, please do not hesitate to call us or email us. 


Next week a letter will be sent home to families of current students to see if any siblings of current students will be joining our Early Childhood. Please send in all letters of intent as soon as possible  as we will begin open registration in Nursery, Pre-K and Kindergarten early in January. 


Christmas Show: It is amazing that when we return next Monday we only have three weeks of school until Christmas. Any questions about tickets please call the office. An order form for tickets can be found here. Please note that all ticket orders are due by next Friday December 6th. 

Any questions about costumes or dress please contact Ms. Mangano at gmangano@stfrancisschoolbh.net 


Yearbook Ads: We are now selling ads for this year’s yearbook. On Wednesday (1/8) all yearbook ads/dedications are due. For more information including instructions and an order form please click here. Please note there is a $10 late fee charged for any order handed in on 1/9 or 1/10. No orders can be taken after 1/10/20. 


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 lunch duty, we certainly appreciate it. Parents we appreciate all of you signing up for Lunch Duty. 

We can always use help!

Please be aware you are not guaranteed to have your child’s class every time you sign up.  We do our best to accommodate whenever possible, however there will be times you will be assigned other classes when you sign up.  There are also many times our teacher like to stay with their class for lunch.

Please keep this into consideration.


Thank you once again for all your help.


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!


Paul Effman Band: Just a reminder that there is a special band practice time over the next few weeks. 

Experienced musicians will perform at the Christmas Show on December 17th and December 18th. December 3rd, 10th and 17th, Experienced musicians will practice from 4:15pm-5pm  to prepare for our Christmas concert. This practice will replace the small group lessons. Beginners will be performing in the Spring Concert and will keep their regular scheduled lessons.  Thank you!


Toys for Tots: With the Christmas season approaching, as we look forward to the birth of our Lord, we should remember those less fortunate than us. In the spirit of giving, we are asking that students donate a gift for other children. Please bring in an unwrapped toy or game as soon as possible. All donations will go to children in need. Thank you for your generosity.


Have a great weekend.


Fundraising Corner 

$15,000 Raffle Winners

Congratulations to the winners of our $15,000 Raffle. 

1st Place ($15,000): Jack and Ellen Martin and Larry and Maureen Heuler

2nd Place ($5,000): Tammaro Children

3rd Place ($2,500): John Lydon and John Carrington

4th Place ($1,500): Bill and Ellen Collins

5th Place ($1,000): Otton 9


A special Thank you to Mrs. Rita Hayden for coordinating this event along with the ticket sellers. Also a special thank you to the Harbor Light for hosting the ticket drawing party.


We were able to raise over $20,000 due to this event.


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