SFDS Week of February 4th

Dear Families,


We’ve made it through this extremely cold week, and thankfully the weather seems to be looking up as we head into the weekend. Mr. Eduardo continued to disinfect all surfaces today, particularly door knobs, stair handrails, light switches, bathrooms, etc. We encouraged all students to thoroughly wash their hands multiple times throughout the day and our teachers made sure students cleaned their desks with Lysol wipes more than the usual after-lunch wipedown. We are hoping this will keep the germs at bay, but also ask to please keep your children home if they are not fully recovered from their ailments. Thanks for your help!


Teacher Appreciation and Half Day: On Wednesday February 6th, we will be celebrating all the hard working and selfless teachers who we are blessed to have teaching the students of St. Francis de Sales. We will have a half day with a 12 noon dismissal as the teachers are treated to a luncheon in their honor. Just a reminder that Wednesday is a dress down day for all students as well.


Catholic Schools Week: Click here for a schedule of events for Catholic Schools Week (Learn, Lead, Serve, Succeed!) here at St. Francis de Sales. (February 10th-February 15th). Parents are invited to the our Catholic Schools Week Mass on 2/13 at 1:30pm, “A Time to Shine” Show on 2/13 at 1pm and on Blue and Gold Day on 2/15 (all day) We hope to see many parents at all our school events.

We also hope to see many families at our Opening Mass on 2/10 at 9:00 am here at St. Francis de Sales Parish.


Congratulations to Michaela Gennaro and John Fitzgerald  and for winning the Co-Principals of the Day contest and to Patrick Hayden and Angelina Rasmussen  for winning the Co-Assistant Principal of the Day contest! We look forward to this special day during Catholic Schools Week! We had over 200 entries this year and there were so many great ideas. Thanks to all who entered.


If you have any questions about any of the dates or events please feel free to reach out to the main office at 718-634-2775. Feel free to refer to the parents guide to Catholic Schools Week on our website as well.


Family Bingo: Don’t forget to join us for Family Bingo night on Tuesday February 12th at 6pm. We will have great music and prizes; this night is always a very fun one! A special thank you to Maura Buckley for planning this event for us. For a copy of the order form that was sent home please, click here. Remember all order are due this Wednesday 2/6.


Math Bee: Congratulations to Daisy O’Grady and Danielle Tansey who were Middle School Winner and Runner Up respectively in our school wide Math Bee. Daisy will be representing our school at the Diocesan Math Bee on 2/12. Congratulations to all the classroom champions and great job, Daisy and Danielle!


5th Grade Family Mass: Fifth Grade will be participating in the monthly grade–level Mass this Sunday, February 3 2019 at the 9:00am Mass. We hope you take this opportunity to share in the element of our faith that feeds us with your family and your family in Christ. Parents have a significant part to play in shaping the faith identity of children and engaging them in religious activities such as receiving the Eucharist, Reconciliation and service to others. We will have a reserved section of the Church upfront for your families.  A light fellowship will follow after the Mass and I hope you can join our parish in celebrating the 5th grade programs at St. Francis de Sales. We invite all families of the 5th graders to come to Mass and our fellowship.


Re-Registration: Four weeks ago re-registration packets were sent home with one child in the family. Please be sure to send back the registration form no later than Monday February 4th. All forms were due a week ago. We have begun open registration for the 2019-2020 school year this week and want to make sure that all of current families are guaranteed a seat for next school year.


Souper Bowl Sunday: St. Francis de Sales Parish Saint Vincent De Paul Society is having “Souper” Bowl Sunday on February 3. They are asking people to bring canned soup to church that day to give to the food pantries.


Fundraising Corner

Fundraising Update: This year St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy has a goal of raising $150,000 throughout the school year. We are happy to say we are well on our way of meeting our goal and have already raised over $44,000. For more information on how this year’s fundraising have done please click here.


Chocolate Bar Sale: We will be selling World’s Finest Chocolate Products truly delicious chocolates that have been sold for years by schools and organizations.

This year we are hoping for All Families to assist with this sale in order to make it as successful as possible. If all 340 Families sell 1 box of chocolate, we will earn profit of over $10,000.00. This year we plan on using our profits to update SmartBoards and lighting throughout the building.

On Monday, your oldest child will be given a box of chocolate to take home unless you opted out. For more information please click here. This form was  sent home as a hard copy three weeks ago.


Box Tops for Education: Our next Box Tops for Education event has now begun.  Not only will you be helping the school, you also will be entered into a raffle to win one of three Amazon gift cards. 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. To date, this contest has brought in 2402 unexpired box tops and almost 500 expired box tops.  This means that the school has raised just over $240 and nearly $50 that were wasted. There are many box tops that expire on 3/1/19 so they need to be postmarked.  Please send your box tops in before the end of this contest on February 15th. Thanks to all those that have been submitting and keep them coming!


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


Card Party: We are now 8 weeks away from our annual Card Party.

You may know that St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy’s Card Party is considered a premier Card Party in the area, and helps raise thousands of dollars for the school each year. Anyone interested in helping, please feel free to come by or send an email to sfdscardparty@aol.com  for more information.


There is a card party committee meeting this Wednesday 2/6 at 7pm here at the school.


Have a great weekend! Enjoy the Super Bowl!



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 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!