SFDS Week of November 11th 2019

Dear Families, 


Just a reminder that St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy is closed on Friday  November 8th, as teachers will be gathering for a day of professional development. 

St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy is also closed on Monday November 11th for Veterans Day. During your rest and relaxation, let us reflect on all of the men and women who have served our amazing country in order to maintain our freedoms. We are forever indebted to them for their bravery, sacrifice, and selflessness. Happy Veterans’ Day. 


Although it was a short week here at the Academy, next week has many different events and meetings to be aware of…..


8th Grade Dinner Dance Meeting: Eighth grade families are invited to join Mrs. Faughnan and myself to the first Dinner Dance meeting on Tuesday November 12th at 6pm. It’s our hope that we can decide chair people for various committees, kick off fundraising for the event, and choose the theme of the event.


Confirmation Grade 7 Proximate Prep (SFDS): Just a reminder to the 7th graders who are receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation next year here at St. Francis that your journey in preparation for the Sacrament  begins with a Proximate Preparation on Sunday, November 17th, 2019 from 9:00-11:00 am. The students and parents will participate in the 9:00 Mass and follow with a light breakfast in Msgr. Reddy Hall. There will be a presentation and the candidates will receive their red folders. The folders contain all the necessary forms and information for Confirmation. If anyone would like to participate in the Liturgy:  readers, gifts or ushers, please contact the Religious Education office 718-945-6911. We look forward to seeing everyone on November 17, 2019, at 9:00 am Mass.


Fall Harvest Dance: Just a reminder to all 6th-8th Grade Families that we are having a dance next Friday from 7pm-10pm. Tickets are $15 and include a pizza dinner. We do ask that all tickets are bought no later than Wednesday 11/13. 


3rd Grade Trip: Grade 3 families don’t forget that this Wednesday 11/13 is the third grade trip. Any questions please ask your child’s homeroom teacher directly.


Card Party Committee Meeting: For those who are helping out with the huge task of planning and preparing for our annual Card Party, the first committee meeting is going to be on Wednesday November 13th at 7pm. . Thank you to all who lend a hand with our biggest fundraiser of the year.


Stop and Shop Dress Down: Stop and Shop Rewards began on 9/6. Through the A+ School Rewards Program, parents and supporters can help simply by registering their Stop & Shop Card to our school’s ID number 09270 and then shopping at any Stop & Shop store. To register, go to http://stopandshop.com/aplus/register-card/ to register your card over the phone. You may select up to two (2) schools. At the end of the program our school is presented with a check. We are looking forward to another successful year of A+ SCHOOL REWARDS! 


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Please note that we will be having a Dress Down Days on 11/15/19 for all students whose families have registered over the past few years. 


Thanksgiving Donation: St. Francis de Sales parish is collecting money again this year to sponsor Thanksgiving dinners for those in need. Last year, with the help of your generosity, the parish was able to purchase 90 Thanksgiving dinners for families in need. If you’d like to help out, please send a $25 check (made out to St. Francis de Sales Church) or $25 cash in an envelope. Thank you again for your unwavering generosity. 


Little Sisters of the Poor Drive: St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy is sponsoring a Thanksgiving Drive for the Queen of Peace Residence for the elderly poor. Each year we ask classes to bring in assigned personal and food items, which are requested by the Little Sisters of the Poor who care for the residents. If you feel you can donate one or more of the requested items please send it to school no later than Friday November 22nd. 


The following items are needed:


8th Grade: Tomato Products and Tissues

7th Grade: Toilet Paper and Cranberry Sauce

6th Grade: Mouthwash and Tomato Products

5th Grade: Baby Wipes and Mayonnaise

4th Grade: Clorox Wipes and Sugar

3rd Grade: Purell and Applesauce

2nd Grade: Body Lotion and Coffee

1st Grade: Hand Soap and Flour

Kindergarten: Paper Towels and Jam

Pre-Kindergarten and Nursery: Mild Body Wash and Canned Food



Save the Date PDHP Parent Workshop: Join us for Preventive Parenting at 7pm on Thursday November 21st. What you should know about drug trends and how and when to speak to your child about them. (Geared towards parents of students in Grades 5, 6,7, and 8)


Yearbook Ads: Just a reminder that all orders for the 2019-2020 Yearbook were due. We can no longer accept any orders for this year’s yearbook. 

We are now beginning to sell ads for this year’s yearbook. On Wednesday (1/8) all yearbook ads/dedications are due. For more information including instructions and an order form please click here or see attached. Please note there is a $10 late fee charged for any order handed in on 1/9 or 1/10. No orders can be taken after 1/10/20. 

Lunch Duty:   We are in need of some parents to help volunteering for our lunch periods. If you are VIRTUS trained and are able to do lunch duty, we certainly appreciate it. Parents we appreciate all of you signing up for Lunch Duty. 

We can always use help!

Please be aware you are not guaranteed to have your child’s class every time you

sign up.  We do our best to accommodate whenever possible, however there will be times you will be assigned other classes when you sign up.  There are also many times our teacher like to stay with their class for lunch.

Please keep this into consideration.


Thank you once again for all your help.


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!


Have a wonderful weekend. 


Fundraising Corner 


Amazon Smile: AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support St. Francis DeSales Catholic Academy every time you shop, at no cost to you.


When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to our Academy.

To shop at AmazonSmile, go to smile.amazon.com from the web browser on your computer or mobile device. You may also want to add a bookmark to smile.amazon.com to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at AmazonSmile.


Good news! AmazonSmile is now available in the Amazon Shopping App to all AmazonSmile customers using supported Android devices. You can use the below copy and instructions to share the news with your supporters!


If you are an AmazonSmile customer, you can now support St Francis deSales Catholic Academy in the Amazon shopping app on your Android device! Simply follow these instructions to turn on AmazonSmile and start generating donations.

  1. If you have the latest version of the Amazon Shopping App, open the App on your Android device.
  2. View Settings and select AmazonSmile.
  3. Follow the in-App instructions to complete the process.

If you do not have the latest version of the Amazon Shopping App, update your App. Click here for instructions.


AmazonSmile is not currently available for iOS users. 


Box Tops for Education: Congratulations to the 5th grade who were our winners of a Pizza Party for the Fall Box Tops Contest. 


Final Standings


We will be starting another contest in a few weeks so keep those Box Tops close by. As you may have noticed, Box Tops is moving to a more digital program, though there are still many products on shelves with Box Tops on them.  Keep clipping those and send them into school. In addition, if you download the Box Tops app, you can also scan that receipt for box tops. Once the receipt is scanned, fill in your child’s name and class in the field for Credit.   Stores are constantly running different promotions. For example, BJs Wholesale is running a special that if you purchase two box tops products, you will get $5.00 (that’s the equivalent to 50 box tops for your child’s class!). You do not need to scan any of your personal information provided that you have the date of purchase included in the scanned receipt.  Receipts need to be scanned within 14 days of purchase. This is such a fast, easy way to support our school.


Unforgettable Fire Concert:  We are thrilled to announce that Unforgettable Fire, the longest running U2 tribute band in the world, will perform in the St. Francis de Sales Auditorium on Saturday, November 23, 2019.  Each ticket costs $40. Doors open at 7:00 pm, and there will be a cash bar serving wine, beer, soda and water. Unforgettable Fire will begin to play at 8pm. As an added bonus, DJ Mouse will perform throughout the night. 

Please return the order form that can be found by clicking here, along with payment (cash, check or indicate that you have paid by Venmo) by November 12th.  If you pay by Venmo, please make your payment to @SFDSCACADEMY and include “Unforgettable Fire” in the notes section. Thank you in advance for making the Unforgettable Fire concert a huge success for St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy.