SFDS Week of January 11th 2021

Dear Academy Families, 


Today at mass we celebrate the Baptism of Jesus when the season of Christmas officially ends. Then we move on to the next phase in the liturgical year, which is called “Ordinary Time.”  Ordinary Time is in fact the ordered life of the Church—the period in which we live our lives neither in feasting (as in the Christmas and Easter seasons) or in more severe penance (as in Advent and Lent), but in watchfulness and expectation of the Second Coming of Christ.  In this season of endings as well as of new beginnings, we are assured of God’s ever-abiding presence. He remains to guide and protect us.  


Let us today pray for a wonderful new year and a great 2nd half of our school year. 


Prayer for the Baptism of Our Lord

Open the heavens almighty Father and pour out Your Spirit upon Your people.  Renew the power of our baptismal cleansing and fill us with zeal for good deeds. Let us hear Your voice once again, that we may recognize in Your beloved Son our hope in inheriting eternal life. Grant this through Jesus Christ, Your Word made flesh, who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit, in the splendor of eternal light, God forever and ever. Amen.


Onto the Week of January 11th 2021…..


½ Day and Faculty Professional Day: Just a reminder that this week is a short week and our students have a 4 day weekend that gets kicked off on Thursday 1/14 with a 12pn dismissal. On Friday 1/15 our faculty will participate in a professional development day.   Finally next Monday all schools are off for Martin Luther King Day. Please remember to follow the New York State Travel Guidelines if traveling. Any questions on when your child can return to school please contact the main office or email us at admin@stfrancisschoolbh.net


5th-8th Grade Hybrid Learning Schedules


5th, 6th Grade and 7th Grade are on a Week 1 Schedule

Monday 1/11: Groups 1 and 2 in School; Group 3 Remote Bagel Day for Group 1 and 2 Students; 7th Grade is Remote until Tuesday 1/19

Tuesday 1/12: Groups 2 and 3 in School; Group 1 Remote; 7th Grade is Remote until Tuesday 1/19

Wednesday 1/13: Groups 1 and 3 in School; Group 2 Remote; 7th Grade is Remote until Tuesday 1/19

Thursday 1/14:Groups 1 and 2 in School; Group 3 Remote; 12pm dismissal; 7th Grade is Remote until Tuesday 1/19

Friday 1/15:Professional Day (School Closed) 


8th Grade is on a Week 2 Schedule

Monday 1/11:  8th Grade is Remote until Tuesday 1/19

Tuesday 1/12: 8th Grade is Remote until Tuesday 1/19

Wednesday 1/13:   8th Grade is Remote until Tuesday 1/19

Thursday 1/14: 8th Grade is Remote until Tuesday 1/19; 12pm classes end

Friday 1/15: Professional Day (School Closed) 


Re-Registration 2021-2022: Over the last few days, your child should have brought home a 2021-2022 School Year Re-Registration Form. 

Please return this signed re-registration form no later than 1/22/21.  All Fees (Re-Registration fee- $100 per child and lunch fee- $100 per family) will be added to your FACTS account in the month of January.  At that time you will have the option of paying through your checking account or being invoiced. Please note that all fees are non-refundable. 

Please note for your re-registration to be complete you must fill out and return this form and pay the registration fee no later than 2/22/21 and be up to date on all tuition payments for the 2020-2021 school year. We do expect to have a waiting list in various grade levels once we open registration and cannot hold a seat unless your re-registration is complete.

If there are any financial issues please let the school administration know as soon as possible. 


8th Grade: Congratulations to our 8th grade on beginning to receive your High School decision letters! All Catholic schools in NYC will send out their decision letters this week. We are very proud of all of the accomplishments of our Class of 2021. If parents have any questions, feel free to get in touch with your child’s homeroom teacher, Mr. Scharbach cscharbach@stfrancisschoolbh.net or Mrs. Faughnan mfaughnan@stfrancisschoolbh.net  


Masks for Sale: As you know we are currently selling St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy Masks.

To order please click here. 

There are two options to choose from. Feel free to mix and match in your order.

Please note an order is not complete until payment is made via Venmo.

All payment must come through Venmo. Please make your family’s payment to “@SFDSCACADEMY”. Please be sure to include what children (full name) and class you are making payment for in the notes section. Please note that your order is not complete until payment is made and the order form is submitted.

Prices are as follows:

1 Mask for $15

2 Masks for $30

3 Masks for $40

4 Masks for $45

5 Masks for $50

Any questions please email Mr. Scharbach at admin@stfrancisschoolbh.net


Grade 8 Public High School Application: 8th-grade parents if you would like to have your child apply to any NYC Public High School please let the school administration know no later than this weekend. As soon as the school is notified, we will forward a welcome letter so that you can create a My Schools account. Once that account is created you will have two types of schools (General High Schools and Specialized High Schools) that your child can apply to. 


I-Ready Diagnostic Test (Week of 1/25): All students in Kindergarten-8th grade your child will be asked to take the second round of the diagnostic test during the week of January 25th. Students will complete both the i-Ready Math Diagnostic and the Language Arts i-Ready Diagnostic. This will be the second time that the students are taking the diagnostic test and we look forward to sharing their results with you once we have completed the test for all students. 

For those who are not sure i-Ready is an online program for reading and mathematics that will help your student’s teacher determine your student’s needs, personalize their learning, and monitor progress throughout the school year. i-Ready allows your child’s teacher to meet your student exactly where they are and provides data to increase your student’s learning gains

Learn more about i-Ready by watching this video!

How can parents help their child prepare for an iReady assessment? 

Your child’s teacher administering the assessment uses pre-assessment instructions to explain the assessment to students. It is important for parents to encourage their children to try their best on the assessment. Since iReady is a general measure of student ability in mathematics, students perform best on the assessment in the same way they perform best in school—when they have had plenty of rest, attend school regularly, and have eaten.


Stay tuned for next week’s email blast for more information. 

Bagel Order Form for Grades 5-8: The last day of the Fall and Winter Bagel Order for Grades 5-8 is Monday 1/25. This form will cover every Monday until Monday 5/3 for Grades 5-8.  Please note that if we are able to have full-time learning between now and May we will send out a new form to the Grade 5-8 families to sign up for bagels on the days not paid for. 

Form: https://forms.gle/xEEHhaSJEW3fzGyKA  

NOTE:  Please fill out a SEPARATE order form for each child. 

All payment must come through Venmo. Please make your family’s payment to “@SFDSCACADEMY”. Please be sure to include what children (full name) and class you are making payment for in the notes section. Please note that your order is not complete until payment is made and the order form is submitted. 

The completed form(s) and payment is due by Thursday, January 14th, 2021. Please stay tuned for a new form for March-May for Grades K-4 in 2 weeks.   


Option C Parent Portal: We are now approaching the halfway point of the 2nd trimester. If you haven’t already, log on to the parent portal of Option C to check on how your child is progressing this trimester. This is a great way to see if your child is missing any assignments. You should have already received usernames and passwords. Please contact the main office via email admin@stfrancisschoolbh.net if you have any questions. 


Have a great Sunday! We look forward to sharing all the information about Catholic Schools Week 2021 in next week’s email blast.