SFDS Week of June 7th 2021

Dear Academy Families, 


In this Sunday’s Gospel, we hear “Take it; this is my body.” Then he took a cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them, and they all drank from it. He said to them, “This is my blood of the covenant, which will be shed for many. Mk 14:12-16, 22-26


As Catholics, we have the unique opportunity to receive the Eucharist, consecrated as the body and blood of Christ. Each mass focuses our attention on the Eucharist and the presence of Christ. This feast remembers the meal shared on Holy Thursday, but the mood is much more joyful as we focus on the gift of the Eucharist versus the coming death of Jesus. We are also reminded, through the Eucharist, that we are “one Body” in the Church of Christ. We are unified in the Communion of Christ to other believers as well as to Christ Himself. Our participation in this sacrament invites the Trinity to live within us. It also serves as a reminder of Jesus’ redemptive actions to save us from sin and how we must participate in it.


The Eucharist is at the center of our Mass and the idea of “communion” conveys our connection to each other in our faith as well as connection to Jesus. While many families attend Mass and receive the Eucharist, students in our school are fortunate to partake in the Eucharist as a school community. This experience with the Eucharist is incredibly important as it strengthens student’s connection with Christ and with each other.


Just a reminder that this weekend the dispensation from attending mass that has been in effect since March 2020 has been lifted. Although live streaming of the mass will still be in effect, a dispensation is only for those who are ill, feel sick, care for the sick, and those most at risk. 


Now onto the week of June 7th here at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy. 


Graduation Mass: On Friday, June 4th, 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 Livestream of the mass on 6/4/21 at 6 pm by clicking here.  


4th and 8th Grade NY State Science Exam: On Monday, June 7th, both grades 4 and 8 will be taking the written New York State Science exam. We encourage each child to eat a healthy breakfast and get a good night’s sleep the night before. Good luck. 


Tablet Fundraiser: As posted earlier this week on Facebook a special thanks to all who helped us reach our goal of 75% of families selling subscriptions to “The Tablet.” We sold 262 subscriptions of The Tablet, which helped us raise $4,310 for our school. There has been so much made about the media over the last few years, and it is excellent for our students and their families to know that there are outlets such as The Tablet. Last summer, Pope Francis was quoted as saying, “We need media that can help people, especially the young, to distinguish good from evil, to develop sound judgments based on a clear and unbiased presentation of the facts, and to understand the importance of working for justice, social concord and respect for our common home.” It is significant our school families have access to this type of media via The Tablet. 


Virtual Art Show: Please if you have yet to do so take a look at this year’s Once Upon an Art Show. There are three videos for you to enjoy. A special thank you to Ms. Mangano for continuing to foster a love of the arts in our students.


Outdoor Movie Night: Thanks to all the families that signed up for next week’s Movie Night for Toy Story 4. Just a reminder that next Friday 6/11 at 8:15 pm is the showing of Toy Story 4. We currently have reached capacity for the event and will be confirmed with families that signed up their intent to attend early next week.  Just a reminder that there is a $5.00 admission fee per person collected at the gate; Snacks will be sold. An adult must be present for each student for the duration of the movie. Please bring a beach chair or blanket to sit on. All NY State Health Guidelines will be followed.


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 see the attached flyer 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.

ALL ORDERS MUST BE RECEIVED BY MONDAY, June 7th- No later as the order is going in that morning.

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. 


I-Ready End of the Year Diagnostic Test (Week of 6/1): All students in Kindergarten-7th grade will be finishing the third round of the diagnostic test during the week of June 7th. 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. 


5th- 7th Grade Finals: 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 and put in the effort that is needed for these exams. 


Bagel Day: Just a reminder that this 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. 


Class Placement: Myself, Mrs. Faughan, and our faculty work diligently to make sure each and every child is placed with a teacher that best fits their needs. No matter which classroom your child is placed in, they are in supremely good hands. Every one of our teachers is intelligent, loving, and hardworking. As stated each year before, we cannot take requests for class placement. Writing emails or making phone calls to request a specific classroom all receive the same response: we are not able to honor any requests for placement and that your child will be in very good hands wherever they are placed. We thank you for your cooperation. 


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.