SFDS Week of November 25th 2019

Dear Academy Families, 


Happy Thanksgiving! 


A houseful of noisy people, cousins playing together after not seeing each other since the last holiday, lots of food served on fancy plates and silver.  Thanksgiving is the universal holiday. It welcomes all. We gather together, not out of media hype or commercial conditioning, but from a personal, conscious need to acknowledge all that we are thankful for and treasure.


My hope for you and your families is that your Thanksgiving will be safe and enjoyable.  Best wishes as you celebrate this holiday.


Please take a look below to see what is going on for the week of November 25th. 


Thanksgiving Mass and ½ Day: Please join us on Wednesday 11/27 at 11:00am in St. Francis de Sales Parish Church for a mass of Thanksgiving. Just a reminder that Wednesday is also a ½ day with a 12pm dismissal. Please note that due to Kindergarten through Grade 8 attending this mass there will be minimal seating available for parents in the church.  


Chicken Finger Day: Just a reminder that this Tuesday 11/26 is our monthly Chicken Finger Day.


U2 Concert: Just a reminder that tomorrow night Unforgettable Fire, the longest running U2 tribute band in the world, will perform in the St. Francis de Sales Auditorium on Saturday, 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. There will be limited tickets available to purchase at the door. 


Christmas Show: It is amazing that when we return after Thanksgiving we only have three weeks of school until Christmas. Any questions about tickets please call the office. An order form for tickets can be found here. Please note that all ticket orders are due by Friday December 6th. 

Any questions about costumes or dress please contact Ms. Mangano at gmangano@stfrancisschoolbh.net 


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 11/14/19. Any issues please feel free to be in touch. Please remember that all accounting of tuition is done through FACTS.  


Movie Night: All students (K-4) are invited to join us on Friday December 6th for Movie Night. The movie is “The Polar Express” All children can bring their sleeping bag, pillow, favorite teddy, and wear their P.J.’s.  The Doors open at 5:45pm and the Movie starts 6:10 sharp. There is a $5 Admission charge and all Students will receive a cup of Hot Chocolate and Cookies with Admission. 

This is a KID ONLY event. 


Report Cards: Last week an email  went out explaining report cards. All report cards will be sent home on Wednesday 12/4. Teachers are available to meet on both Wednesday 12/4 from 6pm-7:30pm and on Friday 12/6 from 12:45pm-2:45pm. Please remember that this Monday 11/25 is the last full day that you can sign up for appointments (Nursery-Grade 4) on our school website.


Early Childhood Registration: As we begin to prepare for the 2020-2021 school year, we want to ensure that our plans to maximize the benefit to your child/children. Two weeks ago we sent home letters of intent for any current Nursery and Pre-K student here at St. Francis who plans on attending St. Francis in 2020 as a Pre-K or Kindergarten student. Those forms are now past due.  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  a letter will be sent home to families of current students to see if any siblings of current students will be joining our Early Childhood. Please send in all letters of intent as soon as possible  as we will begin open registration in Nursery, Pre-K and Kindergarten early in January. 


We are happy to announce that starting in September 2020 our Nursery program will be a 5-day half-day program. More information will be following in the coming weeks. 


Toys for Tots: With the Christmas season approaching, as we look forward to the birth of our Lord, we should remember those less fortunate than us. In the spirit of giving, we are asking that students donate a gift for other children. Please bring in an unwrapped toy or game as soon as possible. All donations will go to children in need. Thank you for your generosity.


Yearbook Ads: 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. 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 

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. 


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.