SFDS Week of June 1st 2021

Dear Academy Families, 

And they who for their country die shall fill an honored grave, for glory lights the soldier’s tomb, and beauty weeps the brave.

— Joseph Rodman Drake, To the Defenders of New Orleans


Memorial Day has come to signify the start of summer for many Americans and is often celebrated with cookouts, family get-togethers, road races and concerts. But the real meaning of Memorial Day has, for too many Americans, gotten lost in holiday hoopla. Memorial Day was created as an occasion to honor those who have paid the ultimate price to ensure our freedom. It is our opportunity to stop and give thanks for the many who have died protecting that freedom. Let us this weekend keep all those who have died for this country in our prayers. 


In this Sunday’s Gospel we hear, Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.” (Mt 28:16-20


Sunday’s passage highlights the significance of the celebration of the Trinity. In our Baptism, we are united through the healing waters to the Trinity. God is always with us through the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The Trinity is one of the fundamental beliefs of Catholicism. While Sunday is the Solemnity of the Holy Trinity, consider how often we are reminded of the three entities (in the Creed, prayers throughout the school day, and of course, the sign of the cross.


Now onto the week of June 1st here at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy. 


I-Ready End of the Year Diagnostic Test (Week of 6/1): All students in Kindergarten-7th grade will be taking the third round of the diagnostic test during the week of June 1st. Students will complete both the i-Ready Math Diagnostic and the Reading i-Ready Diagnostic. This will be the third and final time that the students are taking the diagnostic test and we look forward to sharing their results and your child’s growth with you once we have completed the test for all students.


Learn more about i-Ready by watching this video!


Graduation Mass: On Friday, June 4h, the 8th grade will kick off their final graduation exercises with a Mass of Thanksgiving at 6 pm.  A separate email was sent to 8th-grade families with all final details as well.  Please feel free to be in touch with any questions. All other school families please feel free to watch the live stream of the mass on 6/4/21 at 6 pm from our school website. 


Ring Night: The Class of 2022 (7th graders) will receive their class rings and pins in St. Francis de Sales Church on Tuesday 6/1 at 7 pm. A small reception will follow in the schoolyard. All 7th graders are asked to report to the Gym at 6:45 pm.  


Family Survey: Thanks to all who participated in this year’s Family Survey. We had a participation level of 41%. We appreciate the feedback as we continue to grow as a school community. To see the results of this year’s survey please click here.


Brooklyn Cyclone Night: On Tuesday, June 22nd, Saint Francis de Sales Catholic Academy is planning a School Spirit Night fundraiser at Maimonides Park, Home of Brooklyn Cyclones Baseball.   Come to historic Coney Island to see The Brooklyn Cyclones take on The Jersey Shore Blueclaws. The game starts at 6:30 p.m.

Please click here for full details.  If you would like to attend, send the cut-off at the bottom of the flyer with your payment to the school office.  

Please click here to read more about the Brooklyn Cyclones COVID-19 guidelines. Please note that this is an outside organization and their requirements supersede any St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy or Diocese of Brooklyn guidelines.


This night will be a great way to celebrate the start of summer with family and friends.  Come join the fun.


2021-2022 School Year: As we come to the end of this school year we begin to share information about the upcoming 2021-2022 school year. On our website, there is a landing page for all information about the next school year (Calendar, tuition,  yellow bus, uniform, etc.) In the coming weeks, this landing page will be updated to include information on Supply Lists, summer assignments, and the first days of school. 


5th- 8th Grade Finals: Just a reminder to the Class of 2021 that Finals continue this week for Grade 8. Please be sure that the 8th-grade students put in the effort that is needed to do well on these exams.  Starting on Tuesday June 8th Finals begin for Grade 5-7. Please be sure that students in 5th-7th grade do not wait until the night before to begin to study for these exams. 


Records for Next Year:  If any child is transferring from St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy for the 2021-2022 school year, most likely their records will need to be sent to their new school. Please request that as soon as possible yet no later than the end of May as many schools are closed for the summer and ask for that information before we break for summer.  


Bagel Day: Just a reminder that next Monday (6/7) is a bagel day for Grades 1-4 only and is our last bagel day of the school year. We look forward to next school year continuing our Bagel Mondays and our Pizza Thursday/Fridays along with our monthly chicken finger days. Stay tuned this summer for more information. 


Uniforms: As mentioned in the past the 2021-2022 school year will have our students in a more traditional dress uniform. Of course, it is early yet for those families looking to begin to order uniforms for next here, please click here.  It is recommended that all orders are placed no later than August 1st 2021 to make sure that uniforms are delivered for the first day of school. 


2021-2022 School Year Volunteering: We anticipate that parent/family volunteers will be allowed once again in our building on a more consistent basis in the next school year.For the safety and well being of each and every child in our school, all volunteers must go through the following process:

1) Read and sign a code of conduct

2) Have a background check

3) Take part in the VIRTUS program. (Register at virtusonline.org. Download the registration guide.)

After completing the VIRTUS Program we ask that you please bring to the office a copy of your certificate for us to keep track of in our database. We hope that this is not an inconvenience for anyone, but we need to be sure that all adults who interact with students are in compliance.

Have a great week. Be safe and stay healthy.