Dear Academy Families,
In this Sunday’s Gospel we hear, The wind ceased and there was a great calm. Then he asked them, “Why are you terrified? Do you not yet have faith? (Mk 4:35-41)
This passage describes the fear of the disciples during a tumultuous storm. In a panic, they wake Jesus and ask why he is not worried or afraid. Jesus offers strength, guidance, and calm. He sets the seas at peace and reminds the disciples they should have had faith all along. Jesus’ presence in this passage calls to mind the way in which a father guides a child, with strength and calm.
Fathers and father figures have the ability not only to quiet the “storm” but to serve as a model for faith. As we celebrate Father’s Day, we should call to mind the father figures who had led us through various storms and have been a beacon of faith. These men are extensions of Jesus in our daily lives.
Happy Father’s Day to all the Fathers, Grandfathers, Godfathers, Uncles, and special men in all of our academy family.
The long-awaited last day of school is fast approaching! The 2020-2021 school year is drawing to a close, and what a memorable one it was. We are so happy that overall we were able to stay open in this period of uncertainty and look forward to the 2021-2022 school year being one of the best “normal” school years.
Thank you as always for placing your faith in Saint Francis and for entrusting your children, your prized treasures, to our care. On behalf of the entire school community, we wish you a very happy, healthy and safe, fun-filled summer vacation. The school offices will be open on various days over the summer, please refer to the calendar on the website for hours.
Congrats to the Class of 2021 who graduate from St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy tonight. We wish them all the best as they move into the next chapter of their lives.
Finally, it is with sadness that we say farewell to Mrs. Christina Troia who will be leaving St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy in August 2021. Mrs. Troia has worn many hats over the past few years to educate your children. While I am saddened to see her leave, we wish her well in her future and hope to see her as a substitute teacher in the 2021-2022 school year.
Now onto the week of June 21st here at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy.
Kindergarten Step Ups: The Kindergarten students will be stepping up to the 1st grade this Monday. Please follow the directives given by your child’s teacher for this special day. Please note that step up is the last day of school for your child. Your child’s report card will be posted on Option C by 3 pm on the day of their step up.
Last Week of School Calendar: The last few days of school have Step-Ups, End of Year School Masses, and ½ days. Please see below a detailed list of all the items on the calendar.
- Dress Down Day for Grades 1-7 (Wear Orange for Kidney Cancer Awareness)
- Kindergarten A Step Up: 10am-11am in SFDS Church
- Kindergarten B Step Up: 12pm-1pm in SFDS Church
- 7pm Meeting to discuss fundraising and the Academy Family Association for the 2021-2022 School Year
- ½ Day dismissal: All grades 1-7 will be dismissed at 12 pm
- Brooklyn Cyclones Night: All those who bought tickets will be cheering on the Brooklyn Cyclones at 6:30 pm in Coney Island
- ½ Day dismissal: All grades 1-7 will be dismissed at 12 pm
- Integrated Algebra Regents: Those 8th-grade students who are taking the Integrated Algebra exam should come to school at 8am
- End of the School Year Mass for Grades 1-4 at 11 am- Please note that we can still not have visitors for these school masses.
- Last Day of School
- 11 am dismissal: All grades 1-7 will be dismissed at 11 am
- Report Card Distribution: All Report Cards will be posted on Option C at 11 am for Grades 1-7. Any issues please contact the teacher at their email address by Friday 6/25.
- Earth Science Regents: Those 8th-grade students who are taking the Earth Science Regents exam should come to school at 8 am
- End of the School Year Mass for Grades 5-7 at 10 am- Please note that we can still not have visitors for these school masses.
Conversation with the Administration: Join us this Monday at 7 pm for a meeting to overview various fundraising opportunities for the 2021-2022 school year. There will also be an overview of the Academy Family Association that we plan to kick off in the Fall of 2021. An overview of its purpose, committees and the procedure to elect an executive board will be explained.
Chris Scharbach is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: 2021-2022 Fundraising and Academy Family Association Meeting
Time: Jun 21, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Meeting ID: 841 8912 0358
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, supply lists, yellow bus, uniform, etc.) In the coming days, this landing page will be updated to include information on summer assignments, and the first days of school.
2021-2022 School Supplies Sale: Right now our school online store is live and can be found by clicking here. We are excited to be able to offer this convenience to you. We have worked very hard to make the process as easy as possible. The online store will be open through the summer for parents to shop from their homes. Orders leave the warehouse within 10 days of ordering, so please keep that in mind to order with enough time before school starts. I would suggest that you order the boxes by August 23rd to make sure that your boxes arrive in time for school.
Please note that you can choose not to buy certain items from the list if you already have purchased or will purchase elsewhere.
After School: We are happy to announce that starting September of 2021 the After School Program will be back up and running. The goal of the After School Program is to provide a safe, nurturing, fun environment for your children who need care after the regular school day. On most days the program will include time for play, snack, homework help, and an activity for the day (arts & crafts, board games, etc.).
It will be in session Monday through Thursday on most days when school is in session and will be staffed by members of the faculty assisted by 6th, 7th & 8th Grade students. Children in Grades PreK-6 may attend. After school is not in session on 1/2 day dismissals. For more information please click below.
2021-2022 Yellow School Bus: Please fill out the following form if you are a parent of a new student, a returning Kindergarten student, or a student who needs to take the NYC Yellow Bus for the first time next school year.
All bussing questions can be directed to Mrs. Kenny at firstname.lastname@example.org
I-Ready End of the Year Diagnostic Test Results: Last week, your child’s i-Ready results from the 2021 Spring Diagnostic Assessment were shared with you.
i-Ready diagnostic assessments are computer-based assessments that adjust to each child’s mathematics and reading ability levels. If your child took an i-Ready diagnostic assessment this school year, this end-of-year check will start with content based on those prior results and adapt from there. As your child answers each question, the test adapts based upon your child’s responses. The questions become easier if the answers are incorrect and get more challenging as correct answers are provided. Students will see challenging questions. By finding what students can do, and not do yet, the system is able to provide a more accurate description of your child’s instructional level. This type of assessment individualizes every testing experience so that it more accurately measures your child’s ability.
The assessment data is to help understand where your child is in relation to grade-level standards, provide for practice and assignments at your child’s academic level, and monitor academic growth this school year.
i-Ready will remain available to students through August 20th, 2021. Students and families can decide if they would like to continue to use the MyPath lessons in i-Ready this summer.
If you choose to continue to use i-Ready in the summer the recommendation is for students to complete up to one lesson per week in reading and/or math again this summer work is highly recommended to be done.
In August of 2021, the school needs to roll over the i-Ready system and roster students for the upcoming school year. At this time, students will no longer be able to log in. This is a function of the system as we set up rosters for the next academic year. Once the school year begins and the fall diagnostic assessment is administered each student’s MyPath will be re-established.
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
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 and a wonderful end of the school year.