SFDS Week of January 2nd 2019

Dear Families,

Happy New Year! We hope this correspondence finds you well and ready to tackle the second half of the school year.

A few items as we begin the first week of the new year on Wednesday January 2nd.

Early Childhood Registration/Open House: Early Childhood Registration: As we begin to prepare for the 2019-2020  school year, we want to ensure that our plans maximize the benefit to your child/children. We will begin open registration in Nursery, Pre-K and Kindergarten on January 7th. For more information on registration and our Early Childhood Open Houses please click here.


Re-Registration: On January 10th 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 Friday January 25th. Please note that all re-registration fees will be added to your FACTS account.  


Yearbook Ads: Just a reminder that on Wednesday (1/9) 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 1/10 or 1/11. No orders can be taken after 1/11/19.


Mad Science/School House Chess/Legos:  Two weeks ago, flyers for the next round of Legos, Mad Science and School House Chess were distributed. If you’d like to sign your child up, please follow the directions on the flyer as soon as possible. These programs will begin again when we return from Christmas Recess. For more information please click here. When we return from Christmas break flyers will go home for the winter and spring sessions of Balanced Kidz and Abrakoodle Art.


Paint Night: On Friday January 11th at 7pm join Betty Cole of offyourwallart.com in a fun night where you will get step by step instructions to create a beautiful pair of winter theme wine glasses. Enjoy dips chips and soda and of course enter for a chance to win one of our amazing raffle prizes. This event is for adults 21 and over. For more information please click here.


First Penance: Good luck to our Saint Francis second graders who will be receiving first Penance on Wednesday 1/16 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.

PDHP Parent Workshops: There is a great chance for parents of students in Grades 4-8 to sign up for a five week workshop called Guiding Good Choices on Tuesdays 1/8, 1/15, 1/22, 1/29, and 2/5 (7pm-8pm)


Are you a parent of a “tween?” A “tween” is a youngster who is too old to be called a child and too young to be called a teenager; they are certainly “be-tween.” If you are the parent of a “tween,” then this workshop is for you. Guiding Good Choices is a five session workshop designed to: Empower parents, Support each other, Learn tools, Strengthen family connections, and help children develop healthy behavior as they approach adolescence. Our presenter will be Cary Anne Fitzgerald, the Parent and Community Outreach Coordinator for the Program for the Development of Human Potential (PDHP). You may remember Cary Anne from her presentation last year, Is it Bullying or Bad Behavior? The Guiding Good Choices workshop can accommodate up to 15 participants. Please consider making this commitment to these five sessions. Space is limited and filling up quickly. Please call the school office if you are interested in attending – 718-634-2775


Fundraising Corner

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


Have a great weekend and we will see everyone in 2019 on Wednesday.

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 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!