SFDS Week of November 12th 2018

Dear Families,


Just a reminder that St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy is closed on Friday  November 9, as teachers will be gathering for a day of professional development.

St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy is also closed on Monday November 12th 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…..


Class Picture Day: Just a reminder that on Wednesday November 14, Class Picture day will be held for all grades and classes, Nursery through grade 8. Students should be in full winter uniform for this day.


Christmas Raffle: You are invited to take a chance on winning a cash prize in our Christmas Raffle. In fact by taking a chance you actually have the opportunity to win 31 cash prizes. In the calendar on the order form you will see a dollar amount in each box. The amount is the prize for the day. The winning ticket will be re-entered in the drawing for each of the following days during the month, so you’ll have 31 chances to win. Chances are $10 each or 3 for $20. Thank you for your generosity and continued support.


8th Grade Dinner Dance Meeting: Eighth grade families are invited to join Mrs. Martello and myself to the first Dinner Dance meeting on Thursday November 15th 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.


Paul Effman Band: The music program is off to a great start this school year! This is a just a reminder that it is still not too late to join. If your child has never participated before, there is still plenty of time to get them enrolled and caught up with the classes. If your child has participated, and would still like to join, we’d love to see them back again. Oftentimes our lives are so busy and packed with work and family commitments that we forget how important music is to us, to our community, and to our culture. We are all impacted by music, every day of our lives. I personally believe if there were more musicians in this world, we’d be a smarter and happier world. So many of the musicians that we now listen to as adults have gotten their start in their school’s music program – school music programs are the starting point! Please encourage your children to continue to learn to play an instrument. I promise that it will become something far more than just a hobby. It will become a part of who they are. Again, if you haven’t registered yet, it is not too late! Please embrace this opportunity for them to make music with their peers. If they don’t, they may never have this opportunity again. For more information please click here.


Grades 7 and 8 PDHP Family Fun Night: Parents of Grades 7-8 students are invited to join their student(s) for a night of Interactive Activities and Games to Enhance Social Skills, Physical Literacy, Cooperation, Communication, and Family Bonding. This will take place on Thursday 11/29 at 6pm. If you are interested please RSVP by emailing Mrs. Endall at hendall@stfrancisschoolbh.net.

We hope to make this night a great success.


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 of Confirmation begins there will be a Proximate Preparation on Sunday, November 18, 2018 from 9:00-11:00am. The students and their families will participate in the 9:00 Mass and follow with a light breakfast. 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 18, 2018 at 9:00am Mass.


Turkey: 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 80 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 17th.

The following items are needed:

8th Grade: Purell and Tissues

7th Grade: Toilet Paper and Cranberry Sauce

6th Grade: Mouthwash and Tomato Products

5th Grade: Fixodent/Poligrip and Mayonnaise

4th Grade: Clorox Wipes and Sugar

3rd Grade: Dove Soap and Applesauce

2nd Grade: Body Lotion and Coffee

1st Grade: Liquid Hand Soap and Flour

Kindergarten: Paper Towels and Jam

Pre-Kindergarten and Nursery: Mild Body Wash and

Canned Food


Fundraising Corner

Stop and Shop: Stop and Shop Rewards began on 9/7. 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/ or dial 1-877-275-2758 to register your card over the phone. 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!


Please note that we will be having a Dress Down Day on 11/16/18 for all students whose families have registered.

Card Party Committee Meeting: For those who are helping out with the huge task of planning and preparing for our annual Card Party, the next committee meeting is going to be on Wednesday November 14th (Date Change) at 7pm. Thank you to all who lend a hand with our biggest fundraiser of the year.


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 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!