Dear Academy Families,
As we enter Fall and Winter many of us are starting to make plans for the holidays. Whether you’re visiting family members one state over or across the globe, travel makes up a huge part of the holiday season. There’s always a risk of getting sick while traveling because of the inherent stress of traveling, interacting with frequently touched surfaces in public places, and changes in climate and environment. But this year brings different considerations because of the Coronavirus Pandemic and the New York State Travel Advisory.
Things to consider as we enjoy this time with Family.
NYS COVID-19 Travel Advisory: The NYS COVID-19 travel advisory requires individuals who have traveled out of New York State to noncontiguous states for more than 24 hours to either quarantine for 14 days upon return to New York State or “Test to Exit” quarantine.
For travelers who were out-of-state for more than 24 hours:
- Travelers must obtain a test within three days of departure, prior to arrival in New York.
- The traveler must, upon arrival in New York, quarantine for three days.
- On day 4 of their quarantine, the traveler must obtain another COVID test. If both tests comes back negative, the traveler may exit quarantine early upon receipt of the second negative diagnostic test.
The Office of the Superintendent of Schools for the Diocese of Brooklyn has expanded the International Travel Advisory to include all International Travel.
Full Information on the NYS COVID-19 Travel Advisory can be found at: https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/covid-19-travel-advisory
Full Information on the CDC Recommendations for Holiday Celebrations and Travel can be found at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/holidays.htm
Please note that St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy is planning on remaining open in partnership with the Diocese of Brooklyn and the Archdiocese of New York. This decision may have to change if the Governor declares New York City an “Orange” Zone officially. From our understanding as of 11/20/20 that if New York City or our local area becomes an Orange or Red Zone our school would have to follow the following guidelines:
In order for a school to reopen in a red or orange micro-cluster zones, schools must:
- Remain closed for at least 4 calendar days after the zone designation is announced (48 hours to ensure lack of infectious contact in the school, and additional time for testing), and may re-open as early as the 5th calendar day.
- Ensure that no person may attend in-person on the campus without first receiving a negative test result, this applies to faculty/staff as well as students.
Schools may reopen after these steps are taken, with students and faculty/staff who are positive or close contacts of positive cases appropriately excluded from school grounds. Additionally, the test result must be no more 7 days past the date of specimen collection on the day in-person learning reopens and date of specimen collection must be after date the zone was established.
After a school reopens in a red or orange micro-cluster zone, vigilant symptom and exposure screening must be conducted daily and must follow the below guidelines:
- 25% of the in-person learning school community (both students and faculty/staff) must be tested per week.
- The school should ensure that it provides opportunities to test on school grounds, or otherwise facilitates testing and accepts test results from healthcare providers.
- If the school does not hold a testing event or provide testing on school grounds, test results provided to the school as part of the 25% testing of the population must be received within 7 days from the date of specimen collection and specimen collection must be after the school reopens.
- Each week the 25% of the school population tested must be composed of unique individuals who have not previously been tested for the surveillance screening, as part of the weekly 25% testing until the fifth week of weekly testing at which point the individuals who participated in the first week of testing should be tested again.
- Members of the school community who test positive must isolate according to established guidelines.
- Contact tracing must be performed to ensure that contacts to newly identified positive individuals are quarantined according to established guidelines.
Please note that there are many Catholic schools in the city that have to follow these guidelines now as their areas are already Micro-cluster zones.
We continue to pray to an end of this pandemic and that a safe vaccine is able to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
Next week might be a short one but we do have many things going on! Please take a look below to see what’s happening:
5th-8th Grade Hybrid Learning Schedules
5th and 6th Grade are on a Week 2 Schedule
Monday 11/23: Groups 1 and 3 in School; Group 2 Remote- Bagel Day for Group 1 and 3 Students
Tuesday 11/24: Groups 1 and 2 In School; Group 3 Remote.
7th and 8th Grade are on a Week 1 Schedule
Monday 11/23: Blue Group in School; Gold Group online- Bagel Day for Blue Group Students
Tuesday 11/24: Gold Group in School; Blue Group online
Thanksgiving Mass: Please join us on Tuesday 11/24 at 1:30pm via our website or our school facebook account for a live stream of our annual Thanksgiving Mass. For this mass our 4th grade students will be attending the mass live as the rest of the school will participate from their classrooms.
Tuition Arrears: This Tuesday tuition arrears reports will be going out for those families that are in arrears. Please be mindful of the fact to keep your account up to date for all tuition or any outstanding fees. Please remember that report cards are not distributed unless your account is up to date as of 11/15/20. Any issues please feel free to be in touch.
Picture Days: At this time it has been decided that Picture day which we were going to have on Tuesday 11/17 and Wednesday 11/18 for Nursery-Grade 1 and Grades 5-7 will be postponed until a later date. As soon as we can work out new dates with the photographer we will inform all families.
Yearbook Orders: NOVEMBER IS “ORDER YOUR SFDS YEARBOOK” MONTH!!!
1 Book for $20.00
2 Books for $30.00
3 books for $40.00
4 or more books: ($12/each)
If you would like to order a school yearbook, (delivery in June) please put your payment of cash or check (payable to SFDSCA & yearbook on memo line) in a sealed envelope with the following form and return it to school no later than Wednesday, December 2nd. There will be no orders accepted after this date.
The yearbook is a nice way to remember the school year since each class has an individual page.
Christmas Show: We are on our way to making the first ever SFDS Christmas Mega Music Video! Listed below are the dates we plan on filming each grade. Please look over it carefully. Students are asked to come into school wearing their holiday best. Please no pajamas. Also, keep in mind that some grades will be filmed outside- so dress appropriately (winter coats, hats, gloves, mittens etc.) If there are any questions, please do not hesitate to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Monday, November 30th
5A, 5B, 5C – Groups 2 & 3
8A & 8B – Gold
Tuesday, December 1st
5A, 5B, 5C – Group 1
8A & 8B – Blue
Wednesday, December 2nd
1A & 1B
6A & 6B Groups 1 & 2
Thursday, December 3rd
6A & 6B Group 3
7A & 7B Group 3
Friday, December 4th
2A & 2B
7A & 7B Groups 1 & 2
*Kindergarten and Third Grade will be filmed separately during the week of December 7th, as they will be performing a song under the direction of their teacher (Kindergarten) and the Nativity in Church(3rd grade). More information to follow.
Early Childhood Registration: As we begin to prepare for the 2021-2022 school year, we want to ensure that our plans maximize the benefit to your child/children. Last week we sent out a Google Form of intent for any current Nursery and Pre-K student here at St. Francis who plans on attending St. Francis in 2021 as a Pre-K or Kindergarten student. Those forms are due by Monday November 30th. As always, we thank you for your dedication and support to St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy. If you have any concerns that we may address, please do not hesitate to call us or email us.
After Thanksgiving an email will be sent home to families of current students to see if any siblings of current students will be joining our Early Childhood. Please fill out all letters of intent as soon as possible as we will begin open registration in Nursery, Pre-K and Kindergarten early in the winter of 2021. This is especially important to do with our current enrollment numbers.
Report Cards: Please note that all report cards are digitally distributed on Wednesday 12/9 at about 3pm. This year all conferences will have to be done remotely and will take place on Wednesday 12/16. More information about signing up for these conferences will be forthcoming.
Our report cards are linked to New York State standards for the quality of work students do. As we move forward this school year, it is important for us to share the Schools’ way of evaluating student progress and the thinking behind it:
- Nursery will receive three progress reports throughout the school year.
- The Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten report card measures progress in terms of not demonstrating, beginning, developing and secure.
- Grades 1-4 will implement the use of a standards-based report card. These report cards will look very similar to the report cards in the past as they will continue to provide information on a student’s developmental abilities and progress in relation to the learning standards outlined in each subject. The one major difference will be that this report card will use a scale of 1-4 rather than an Alpha Scale (A-F) or number to indicate progress on the grade level standards for each trimester in the five subject areas of Math, ELA, SS, Science, and Religion. Performance Level scores are not based on one assessment experience. Teachers design multiple assessment tasks and collect evidence of student learning throughout the grading period. Evidence may include teacher observations, student work samples, projects, tests, quizzes, and district assessments. Teachers review these items for evidence of learning when grading student progress for the report card. It is important to note that the Performance Level is based on the units of study and concepts and skills taught for that trimester. It is quite possible for a child to achieve a 3 or 4 the first trimester and then achieve a 2 the next.
- Grades 5-8 will have a more traditional report cards that uses a numerical scale. How these grades are determined will differ by subject and by teacher. Individual grading policies were shared with families at the beginning of the school year.
Uniform: It has been decided that the ability to wear gym uniforms will be extended to at least February 26th 2021. Just a reminder that the only sweatshirts allowed to be worn in school are the gym sweatshirts or sweatshirts that have been sold by the school with the academy logo on it.
Christmas Wreath and Poinsettia Sale: Thanks again for making our Franny Fun Run such a success. We are partnering up with Shannon’s Florist in Brooklyn to have a Christmas Wreath and Poinsettia Nursery Sale. Please click here for pictures of the items for sale along with the order form. Please for each item pick a quantity even if it is zero. All order forms are due by Monday, November 23rd. We need to have the order to the florist no later than Monday, November 23rd.
All payment must come through Venmo. Please make your family’s payment to “@SFDSCACADEMY”. Please be sure to include your family name Christmas Wreath Sale in the notes section. Please note that your order is not complete until payment is made and the order form is submitted.
The completed form(s) and payment is due by Monday the 23rd. The items will be delivered to the school early during the week of November 30th and will be available to be picked up at dismissal. Please note that the centerpieces will not be delivered until the Week of December 14th, perfect for those Christmas Dinners.
Thanks to Mrs. Rasmussen for coordinating this sale.
Five Below Fundraiser: Anyone who presents the flyer attached here at the Five Below in Gateway Shopping Center in Brooklyn from 11/14-11/23 helps raise money for St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy. Please remember to bring your flyer to the store. Please present the flyer to the cashier. If you forgot your flyer at your time of purchase please send a picture of the receipt to Beth McMahon at 917-862-2520. If you go to Five Below after November 23rd, please present your flyer to the cashier. They will accept it.
Thanks to Mrs. Beth McMahon for helping to coordinate this event.
$15,000 Raffle: One of our annual fundraisers the $15,000 raffle is now a month away. You can win $15,000 and help us raise $25,000 for St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy by participating in our raffle! Second draw will win $5,000; third $2,500; fourth $1,500; fifth $1,000.
Each ticket is $500. Only 100 tickets are sold.
The drawing will be held on Sunday December 6th 2020.
Contact Rita Hayden at 718-570-7908 for information on availability of tickets. Please note that tickets in the past have sold out very fast.
Have a great weekend. Thank you as always for your support!