SFDS Week of February 22nd 2021

Dear Academy Families, 

What a week we had here at St. Francis de Sales. From our opening mass, Literacy Day, Name the Tune Night, and today’s surprise Pizza lunch. It has been an eventful and memorable Catholic Schools Week. Weeks like this make us realize why St. Francis is so special. We look forward to continuing other traditions like Blue and Gold Day, the 8th Grade Variety Show, and Teacher Appreciation Day in the Spring.


We hope you all have a restful winter break and we will see you on Monday, February 22nd for what will be a very busy week. 


Ash Wednesday: Each year, the Church gives us the season of Lent to prepare ourselves for the joyful celebration of Easter.  Over the centuries, the themes of this forty-day period have remained amazingly consistent: renewal, change, turning to Christ, starting over.  The very term, Lent comes from an Old English word meaning spring, which gives a clear indication of the newness to which we are called during this annual observance.  The season of Lent gives us as Catholics the time to reflect on the great sacrifice of Jesus Christ, and how His resurrection gives us the belief in eternal life.   Let our next few weeks be a time of renewal and growing closer to Jesus Christ and his cross.


Both Blessed Trinity and St. Francis de Sales Parishes have numerous masses and services for Ash Wednesday 2/17. Please check the Blessed Trinity and St. Francis de Sales Parish Facebook accounts and websites. 


As we look forward to the Winter Recess many of us are making plans for the Winter Recess Whether you’re visiting family members one state over or across the globe, travel makes up a huge part of the Winter Recess.  There’s always a risk of getting sick while traveling because of the inherent stress of traveling, interacting with frequently touched surfaces in public places, and changes in climate and environment. But this year brings different considerations because of the Coronavirus Pandemic and the New York State Travel Advisory.

Things to consider as we enjoy this time with Family.

NYS COVID-19 Travel Advisory

The NYS COVID-19 travel advisory requires individuals who have traveled out of New York State to non-contiguous states for more than 24 hours to either quarantine for 10 days upon return to New York State or “Test to Exit” quarantine.

For students who were out-of-state for more than 24 hours:

  • Students must obtain a test within three days of departure, prior to arrival in New York.
  • The students must, upon arrival in New York, quarantine for three days.
  • On day 4 of their quarantine, the student must obtain another COVID test. If both tests come back negative, the student may exit quarantine early upon receipt of the second negative diagnostic test.

The Office of the Superintendent of Schools for the Diocese of Brooklyn has expanded the International Travel Advisory to include all International Travel.

Full Information on the NYS COVID-19 Travel Advisory can be found at: https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/covid-19-travel-advisory


Any questions regarding travel and returning to school please contact Mr. Scharbach at admin@stfrancisschoolbh.net


Vacation and Remote Learning Availability: As we have stated since our reopening plan was published in August it is our collective effort that will keep us open. A reminder that we must all observe all the guidelines:  If you find yourself in a large gathering, take extra precautions; if you travel outside the state, you must follow the NY state quarantine guidelines before returning to school. 


We only offer distance learning to those students who are in quarantine due to COVID exposure, to those students who have tested positive, to those students who are home awaiting an end to their quarantine, and to students who are homesick (including their siblings if necessary).

If you choose to travel/vacation on school days– joining a live-streamed class will not be available. Please note those absences are illegal.  All other absences will be treated as regular absences and work can be completed after returning to school.


5th-8th Grade Hybrid Learning Schedules

5th, 6th Grade, and 7th Grade are on a Week 3 Schedule

Monday 2/22: Group 2 and 3 In-Person; Group 1 Remote Bagel Day for Groups 2 and 3

Tuesday 2/23: Group 1 and 3 In-Person; Group 2 Remote

Wednesday 2/24: Groups 1 and 2 in Person; Group 3 Remote

Thursday 2/25: Group 2 and 3 In-Person; Group 1 Remote

Friday 2/26: Group 1 and 3 In-Person; Group 2 Remote; Group 3 Pizza Day


8th Grade is on a Week 1 Schedule

Monday 2/22:  Blue Group in School; Gold Group at Home Learning. Blue Group Bagel Monday

Tuesday 2/23: Gold Group in School; Blue Group at Home Learning

Wednesday 2/24:  Blue Group in School; Gold Group at Home Learning.

Thursday 2/25: Gold Group in School; Blue Group at Home Learning

Friday 2/26:  Blue Group in School; Gold Group at Home Learning. Pizza Day for Gold Group. 


I-Ready: This week in Grades K-8 your child(ren) brought home the results of their mid-year i-Ready diagnostic test. Please remember that these results are just a snapshot and one piece of the puzzle they are not the entire picture of where a child is as a learner. 


The i-Ready Diagnostic will provide results that help us identify your child’s strengths and determine the next steps for instruction. We look forward to sharing these results with you now and at the end of the year in June providing a learning experience that will engage your child while teaching important skills and concepts. If you have any questions about i-Ready, please do not hesitate to contact the classroom teacher or the school.


You will notice on your child’s Reading report that they have been given a Lexile Level. A Lexile measure is a valuable tool for teachers, parents, and students. It serves two unique functions: it is the measure of how difficult a text is or a student’s reading ability level. The Lexile Framework was developed by MetaMetrics, an educational assessment and research team, funded originally by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. 


Discuss these results with your child and celebrate their strengths and progress and collaborate with them on planning how they will reach their goals. 


Please remember that national Norms are percentiles, comparing each student’s performance with that of a nationally representative sample of students in the same grade level who took the test at the same time of year. For example, a student who has a Norm of 60% on the test scored better than 60% of a nationally representative group of students who took the test. 


The following video can be helpful in understanding some of the data that is being sent home. https://i-readycentral.com/videos/video-understanding-i-ready-diagnostic-data-for-families/


In the past, we have used Fountas & Pinnell to level students. Please see the following chart to correlate your child’s Lexile level https://stfrancisacademybh.org/sfds-reading-level-correlation-chart/


After February break we will be sharing information on how your child can use I-Ready at home as well. We will be having a Virtual meeting on Tuesday 3/2 at 6pm stay tuned for more information. You can also learn more about I-Ready by visiting www.i-ReadyCentral.com/FamilyCenter. 


As always, thank you for your continued support and for being a partner in your child’s learning! It is much appreciated.


100th Day of School Celebration: On Monday 3/1 we will be celebrating the 100th day of school in Nursery  through -Grade 4. Students in Grades Nursery through Grade 4 and invited to wear a shirt that celebrates a 100 Days of School. 


Class of 2022 Ring Order Form: This week, the 7th grade was given an order form for their Class of 2022 Rings. All orders are due back to the office by March 3rd. More information is available by clicking here. 


Yearbooks Ads: We are now selling ads for this year’s yearbook. On Wednesday (3/10) 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 3/11 or 3/12. No orders can be taken after 3/12/21. 


7th and 8th Grade Parent Meetings: When we return from break the administration would like to host two important informational meetings for parents of our current 7th and 8th-grade students. 


The 7th-grade parents are invited to attend a zoom meeting to begin to talk about the high school process for next school year. 

Topic: Class of 2022 High School Information Night

Time: Feb 24, 2021 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)


Join Zoom Meeting



Meeting ID: 881 0405 7002



Our 8th grade parents are invited to attend a zoom meeting to begin to talk about the special graduation events for the Class of 2021. 


Topic: Class of 2021 Graduation Parent Meeting

Time: Feb 24, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)


Join Zoom Meeting



Meeting ID: 863 2445 7302

Passcode: SFDS2021


Have a great week. Be safe and stay healthy.