SFDS Week of November 5th 2018

Dear Families,


As we look towards the first full week of November, it’s hard to believe that Halloween has already come and gone. We had some fun Halloween celebrations and were able to accomplish lots of great work this week as well. We will be keeping the 8th grade in our prayers this weekend as they set off to take their TACHS exam tomorrow morning. Best of luck, 8th Grade! We know you will do your very best.


Professional Day & Veterans Day: Remember that next week is a short week with a half day on Thursday November 8th for our Faculty Meeting, a day off for students on Friday  November 9 for a Faculty Professional Day, and school is closed on Monday November 12 in observance of Veteran’s Day.

Please note that Thursday 11/8 is a dress down day for all students.

Enjoy the long weekend.


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.


Grade 3 Family Mass: Please join St. Francis de Sales Parish in celebration of our third graders and their families this Sunday November 4th at 9am mass. A small fellowship will follow the mass for the third grade and their families in Father Reddy Hall after mass.


Turkey 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 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.


Smoke Alarms Installation: This Wednesday 11/7/18 the FDNY will be outside of school looking for parents to sign up their household for smoke alarms and installation of the smoke alarms. They will be outside of school from 2pm-5pm for anyone to sign up. We hope that many families take advantage of this service being offered by the ciy to make sure our homes are safe.


Conversation with the Principal: Please join Mr. Scharbach on Tuesday 11/6 at 6pm and on 11/8 at 9:30am. We will be discussing curriculum changes, upcoming fundraisers, school events, and an update about our accreditation process.


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


Looking for Yarn Donations: Pauleen Brown, a resident of Breezy Point and a Blessed Trinity parishioner, knits afghans for sick veterans in the VA hospital in Brooklyn. This special act is her way of showing the veterans that someone cares about them. Our school is collecting rolls of yarn to help her continue to make afghans for the sick veterans. If you would like to help, please send a ball of yarn to school by Monday November 5th.


Fundraising Corner

Box Tops for Education: Congratulations to our Box Top Winners the Kindergarten classes. We will be scheduling their Pizza Party with their teachers. It was a close competition through the first two months of the school year. We look forward to kicking off our next competition soon, be on the lookout for more information.


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.


Thanksgiving/Holiday Pie Sale: This sale is through Cascon Cheesecake.  Cascon Cheesecake Corp is a full-service bakery located in Whitestone, New York. Since opening its doors in 1975, this family owned business has provided over 40 years of dedicated service to its loyal customers.


These pies and cheesecakes will be delivered on Tuesday November 20th  just in time for Thanksgiving. They come frozen so if you are using them for Thanksgiving you can keep them out for the big day, if you like to save a few for Christmas or just to have you can put them right in the freezer.

Click here for an order form.  All money and orders are due no later than Tuesday November 6th.

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 Thursday November 15 at 7pm in the Small Hall. Thank you to all who lend a hand with our biggest fundraiser of the year.


Have a great weekend. Don’t forget to turn your clocks back on Saturday Night.


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!