SFDS Week of January 13th 2019

Dear Families,


Hello and Happy Friday! Just a reminder that next Friday 1/17 kicks off a 4-day weekend with a day off for students as the faculty participates in a professional development day.  In recent tradition, it has been a day for our staff to look at and dig through school data (Terranova, state exams, classroom exams, etc.) This year we are going to deviate and have a focus on school safety. In June, I had the chance to attend an active shooter training from a team of law enforcement individuals out of Boston. Next Friday this team will be coming to St. Francis to do a similar training/discussion with our teachers. 


The following Monday 1/20, St Francis de Sales Catholic Academy will be closed for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. School will reopen on Tuesday 1/21. Enjoy the long weekend! 


Now onto the rest of the upcoming week. 


Lunch Forms: This week various Lunch Forms went  sent home for the months of February-June. 

Pizza Forms (Thursdays for Grades K-4 and Fridays for Grades 5-8)

Bagel Forms (Mondays for Grades K-8) 

Chicken Finger Forms (Last Tuesday of every month for Grades 1-8)

All forms and money are due on Tuesday January 21st 2020. For anyone who needs a form please click here. Please when ordering both Chicken Fingers, Pizza and Bagels make seperate checks out. Any questions please call the main office. 


Early Childhood Registration/Open House: Early Childhood Registration: As we begin to prepare for the 2020-2021  school year, we want to ensure that our plans maximize the benefit to your child/children. We have begun open registration in Nursery, Pre-K and Kindergarten on January 8th. For more information on registration please click here. For those new students who are siblings registration forms are being sent home as well. 


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 2020. If parents have any questions, feel free to get in touch with Mr. Scharbach cscharbach@stfrancisschoolbh.net or Mrs. Faughnan mfaughnan@stfrancisschoolbh.net


Re-Registration: During the week of January 13th re-registration packets will be sent home with the oldest child in the family. Please be sure to send back the envelope with the necessary documents no later than Monday January 27th. Please note that all re-registration fees will be added to your FACTS account. 


Parent/Student Traffic Safety: Saint Francis de Sales Catholic Academy urges you to support our priority of student and traffic safety around our school. Safe driving around the school improves the safety for all children, including yours. Please consider the following tips:  

  1. Please drive slowly around Saint Francis de Sales Catholic Academy while children are present.  
  2. U-turns and K-turns increase the likelihood a child may get struck and significantly disrupt the orderly flow of traffic. They should be avoided, especially when children are present. 
  3. Drivers must STOP for pedestrians crossing at a marked crosswalk.
  4. Pedestrians must use marked crosswalks to cross the street. Never leave your car unattended.   
  5. Do not block crosswalks, driveways, or fire hydrants.   
  6. Be courteous to fellow parents and neighbors.  
  7. Remain alert and encourage others to follow these safe driving tips. 


Thank you in advance for your help with improving the safety of your children.


First Penance: Good luck to our Saint Francis second graders who will be receiving first Penance on Wednesday 1/22 at 6:30pm.

We will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers as you continue on your spiritual journey and prepare for receiving the Eucharist for the first time.


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. 


Enrichment Programs: Starting with Balanced Kidz, Mad Science and School House Chess in two weeks we are starting our second round of enrichment programs here at St. Francis de Sales. Flyers have been sent home for various enrichment programs over the past month (Mad Science, Chess, Lego, Balanced Kidz and Abrakadoodle Art) and can be found on our website or by clicking here. Any questions please contact the main office at 718-634-2775. 


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!



Fundraising Corner

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 February 4th, your oldest child will be given a box of chocolate to take home. If you cannot support us in the sale, please return the tear off on or before January 30th. For more information please click here. 

This form will be sent home as a hard copy early next week. 

Box Tops for Education: Our next Box Tops for Education event has now begun.  

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.


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


Card Party: We are 11 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. On Wednesday 1/15/20 there will be a Card Party Meeting at 7pm in the school. Anyone interested in helping, please feel free to come by or send an email to sfdscardparty@aol.com  for more information. 


Amazon Smile: AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support St. Francis DeSales Catholic Academy every time you shop, at no cost to you.


When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to our Academy.

To shop at AmazonSmile, go to smile.amazon.com from the web browser on your computer or mobile device. You may also want to add a bookmark to smile.amazon.com to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at AmazonSmile.


Good news! AmazonSmile is now available in the Amazon Shopping App to all AmazonSmile customers using supported Android devices. You can use the below copy and instructions to share the news with your supporters!


If you are an AmazonSmile customer, you can now support St Francis deSales Catholic Academy in the Amazon shopping app on your Android device! Simply follow these instructions to turn on AmazonSmile and start generating donations.

  1. If you have the latest version of the Amazon Shopping App, open the App on your Android device.
  2. View Settings and select AmazonSmile.
  3. Follow the in-App instructions to complete the process.

If you do not have the latest version of the Amazon Shopping App, update your App. Click here for instructions.


AmazonSmile is not currently available for iOS users. 


Have a great weekend!