SFDS Week of May 27th 2019

Dear 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.

Memorial Day Parade: Please join us this Monday May 27th and join the Academy community and our Mascot Franny to march in the Memorial Day Parade. St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy will be marching in the parade at 11:30am in the morning following the Memorial Day Mass at 10:30am. The parade starts right here on 129th street.  We would love to see everyone come out for this special event. All students are encouraged to wear their uniform on this day. We will be marching until 120th street.


Ascension Thursday:  Forty Days after the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, the Acts of the Apostles records Jesus’ ascension into heaven.  In the Roman Catholic Church, it is one of the universally celebrated feasts, ranking with the feasts of the Passion, of Easter, and Pentecost. The Academy community will gather at 10am this Thursday to celebrate liturgy.  Families are invited to join the Academy at this special mass.


2019-2020 Calendar: A tentative calendar for the next school year has been posted to our website. As always the calendar is subject to change if necessary. Please check periodically for more details about next year’s school events over the next few weeks.


Science Fair Winners: The annual Junior High Science Fair went off without a hitch on Wednesday 5/22. Thank you to Mrs. Gigliello, Mrs. Foti, and Mrs. Norton for their guidance in the science and Religion projects that were presented during the Fair. And, of course, congratulations to our winners:


Grade 5

1st Place: Olivia Zukauskas, Michaela Gennaro, and Lauren Owens

2nd Place: Maeve Grace and Nora Heegan

3rd Place: Shane Fitzpatrick, Ryan Cunningham, Matthew Barrett and John Thuilot


Grade 6

1st Place: Caitrina Mullaly, Noelle Polanco, Julia Turchiano, and Megan Youngberg

2nd Place: Mary Kate Corrigan

3rd Place: Karli O’Brien


Grade 7

1st Place: Andrew Clark, John Fitzgerald and Liam Murphy

2nd Place: Claire Mehta

3rd Place: Rick Carioti, Brendan Mullen and  Sean O’ Malley


Seussical Tickets: St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy middle school students will unlock the imaginations of Rockaway citizens when they bring the Cat in the Hat, Horton the Elephant, Gertrude McFuzz, Mayzie La Bird, the Whos in Whoville and other Seuss favorites to life with their production of Seussical JR., it was announced today by the Cat in the Hat.

“Now, I’m here, there is no telling what may ensue with a Cat such as me, and a Thinker like you!,” says the Cat in the Hat.

Horton will hear a Who and cheerful chaos will ensue when St. Francis de Sales presents Seussical JR. on Saturday June 1st at 1:30pm and 6:30pm and on Sunday June 2nd at 1:30pm at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy Gym (219 Beach 129th Street, Belle Harbor, NY 11694) Tickets are now on sale. An order form can be found by clicking here.

Tickets are $10 for all adults, $5 for children under 14 and $3 for all SFDS Students. More information to follow.

For more information on how to watchering-watch the performance please call the main office at 718-634-2775.

We hope to see you next weekend.


Grade 4 and 8 Science Exams: Grade 4 &  8 will be completing their Science Performance exams this Tuesday May 28th. We encourage the students to get a good night’s sleep and eat a hearty breakfast on the mornings of their exams.


Spring Concert: This Tuesday May 28th at 7pm is our annual St Francis de Sales School Band Spring Concert.There is no fee for admission into the concert. Don’t forget that this Tuesday continues the special  schedule for lessons as they students prepare for their concert. Please make sure that you bring your


Chicken Finger Day: This coming Tuesday May 28th is our last Chicken Finger special lunch day of the year. If your child is scheduled to receive chicken fingers, they do not need a full lunch brought from home that day! Thanks again to Mrs. Spaeth for coordinating these days.


Paperwork: If any child is transferring from St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy for the 2019-2020 school year, most likely their records will need to be sent to their new school. Please request that as soon as possible as many schools are closed for the summer and ask for that information before the end of June.


Conversation with the Principal:  Please join me for our Conversation with the Principal on Wednesday May 29th at 7pm.  We will be running these meetings a little differently than in years past. I would like to utilize the time to answer questions, hear feedback, and listen to any concerns that parents might have, there will be no set agenda. All are welcome!


Tuition Rates for 2019-2020 School Year: As officially stated at our annual State of the Academy meeting on May 14th, our updated tuition and fee rates–as well as the schedule of due dates–is accessible on our school website, and will also be sent home in letter form to each family. Please refer to our Tuition and Financial Aid page on our school website by clicking here.




Class of 2020 Ring/Pin Service: The Class of 2020 (7th graders) will receive their class rings and pins in St. Francis de Sales Church on Tuesday 6/4 at 7pm. A small reception will follow in the Small Hall. All 7th graders are asked to report to the Small Hall at 6:30pm.  


Early Childhood Information Nights: On Monday June 3rd at 6pm, we will be hosting Nursery and Pre-K information night, and on Wednesday June 5th at 6pm, we will invite our incoming Kindergarten parents to join us for the Kindergarten Information Night. On both evenings, the early childhood teachers will be sharing all the details of what is in store for your children who are entering their early childhood years. Parents will be receiving supply lists and summer ideas during this meeting as well. We hope to see everyone there.


Uniform Measurement Day: On Friday June 7th, Flynn & O’Hara will be here at St. Francis to measure students for next year’s uniform. Order forms will be sent out next week.


Art Show: Please join us on June 5th at 6pm for our 3rd annual Art Show! Ms. Mangano and our students have worked tirelessly in preparation for a truly superb art gallery display. We hope to see many of you there. To get a sneak peak of some of our students artwork please click here to see our digital art gallery.


Fundraising Corner

This year St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy has a goal of raising $150,000 throughout the school year. We are happy to say we are well on our way of meeting our goal and have already raised over $138,000. Thanks again to all who make that event such a success each year.


For more information on how this year’s fundraising have done please click here.


Box Tops for Education: The last contest of the year is officially ending on June 5th.  It’s not too late to help your class win that ice cream party! Please make sure your child’s name and class is on the submission so that the correct class can be credited.   


The standings are as follows

Nursery 24

Pre-K 842

K 687

1 181

2 95

3 193

4 67

5 234

6 40

7 37

8 0


Have a great weekend.


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 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!


Have a great Memorial day weekend!