SFDS Week of February 24th 2020

Dear Families,


Congrats Blue Team! 


What a week we had here at St. Francis de Sales. From our opening mass all the way to Blue and Gold Day, it has been an eventful and memorable Catholic Schools Week. Weeks like this make us realize why St. Francis is so special.


We hope you all have a restful winter break and we will see you on Monday February 24th for what will be a very busy week. 


100th Day of School Celebration: On Tuesday 2/25 we will be celebrating the 100th day of school in Pre K through -Grade 4. Students in Grades Pre-K through Grade 4 and invited to wear a shirt that celebrates a 100 Days of School. 


Class of 2021 Ring Order Form: Two weeks ago, the 7th grade was given an order form for their Class of 2021 Ring. All orders are due back to the office by. More information is available by clicking here. 


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 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 of eternal life.   Let our next few weeks be a time of renewal and growing closer to Jesus Christ and his cross.


Families are welcome to join the Academy at our Ash Wednesday Prayer Service this Wednesday February 26th  at 10:15am. Please be aware that there will be very limited seating for parents in the back and in the choir loft.  


Math Bee: Congratulations to our 3rd-5th graders who have qualified for the school Math Bee on Wednesday 2/26 at 1pm. The parents of the children who will be participating in the Math Bee are welcome to join us in the Gym to root them on. 


3A:  Anne McCormick 3B:  Gregory Brenna

        Ryan McKeefrey         Rafael Campos-Gatjens

        Teagan O’Rourke         Joyce Geraci


4A:  Hank Brucella 4B:  Gabriella Casares 4C:  Lucas Allen

        Brady Gallagher         Jack Hayes                 Emma Minson

        Matthew Mandala         Kacper Ostrowski                 Daniel McLoughlin


5A:  Sean McDonagh 5B:  Nicholas Donovan

        Peter Murray Anthony Gennaro

        Jake Price             Bryan Henry


Family Fun Night: Looking for a way to spend some quality time with your children? Look no further! Join us for Family Fun Night For Grades K-6,  hosted by The Program for the Development of Human Potential. (PDHP) Families will participate in enjoyable cooperative games and low impact activities designed to help parents and children play, work, and communicate better. This night will take place on Thursday March 5th, 2020 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm. For more information please click here. 


Conversation with the Principal:  Please join me for our Conversation with the Principal on Friday February 28th  at 9:30am. I would like to utilize the time to answer questions, hear feedback, and listen to any concerns that parents might have, there will be no set agenda. All are welcome! 


Chicken Finger Day: Just a reminder that Tuesday 2/25 when we return from break is a special lunch day. If you ordered chicken fingers for your child(ren), you will not need to send them in with lunch that day. 


Save the Date: On Tuesday May 26th at 7pm. St Francis de Sales Catholic Academy will be hosting a presentation. Prevention Starts WITH ALL- The Chris Herren Story. Chris Herren is a former professional basketball player, a voice on the topic of substance use prevention and a wellness advocate. Since 2009, Chris has spoken to over one million students, athletes and community members, sparking honest discussions on the topics of substance use disorder and wellness. A person in long-term recovery, Chris continues to share his story nationally with a renewed focus on prevention education and challenging audiences to rethink how we look at the disease of addiction – changing the focus from the last day to the first. 


Over the coming months more information will follow. 


Have a great week. We will see everyone on the 24th. 


Fundraising Corner


Chocolate Sale: At this point anyone who did not want to sell their box of candy should have brought it back to school unopened to be returned to World’s Famous. If you kept a box, Happy Selling! We kindly ask that all money ($60 a box) be returned to school by Tuesday February 25th. 



Card Party: SAVE THE DATE!!- St. Francis de Sales Card Party Committee Presents “A Totally 80’s Party”: Dust off your leg warmers and tease up your hair!!

Friday, March 27th, 2020, 7PM – 11PM Doors open at 6:30pm in the Gym, Complimentary Coffee and Cake, $10pp, BYOB, Ticket & Table Requests will be available on March 9, 2020 and will sell out fast!

Anyone interested in donating a prize to be raffled off at our Event, please send an email to sfdscardparty@aol.com.


Box Tops for Education: Our next Box Tops for Education event is in full swing.  

For the next Box Tops contest all Box Tops need to be in by Thursday 2/27. The grade level that brings in the most Box Tops will get a Dress Down Day of there choice during the month of March. Also any family that uses the Box Tops App to submit Box Tops between now and 2/27 will automatically be entered into a raffle for a  $25 Amazon gift card. For more information on the Box Tops App please click here. Good luck.

The standings as of 2/14/20 are as follows:

Nursery: 0

Pre-K: 109

Kindergarten: 112

1st Grade: 155

2nd Grade: 5

3rd Grade: 2

4th Grade: 43

5th Grade: 0

6th Grade: 25

7th Grade: 0

8th Grade: 8

You can use this handy collection sheet to help collect Box Tops over the next few weeks. 


Lunch Duty:   We are in need of some parents to help to volunteer 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!