SFDS Week of October 15th 2019

Dear Families, 


Next week we kick off our Terranova testing for grades 3-8. Students must be prepared with sharpened pencils each day.  Testing will run for approximately two hours a day from Tuesday, October 15th until Friday October 18th.  Students are encouraged to be well rested and eat a good breakfast before the test. While students should not be overly anxious or nervous about this exam, it is important to keep in mind that these scores (Grades 6-8) are sent to the high schools during the application process.


Please take a look at this week’s blast as there is a lot of important information. 

On to the next week here at the academy. 


Columbus Day: Just a reminder that we are off this Monday October 14th. Enjoy your long weekend!


Grades 1 and 2 Field Trip: As our third through eighth graders are busy this week with Terranovas, our 1st and 2nd graders will have a break from their books as they go on their Field trip. Please refer to the permission slip about this field trip this Wednesday 10/16. 


NJHS Event: On October 18th, from 4pm-5:00pm, The National Junior Honor Society will be hosting “Shooting for Pediatric Cancer” for students in Grades 5-8. Those students are asking family and friends to be a sponsor for an amount pledged for each basket made. The total number of baskets will be 30. 

For example, if your uncle sponsors $0.50 per basket, and the student gets in 15 baskets, the total pledge owed is $7.50. 

Referees will be recording the baskets made by students. 

There is a $5.00 entry fee for each student entering the event.

Thank you for all your support. All proceeds are going to the Pediatric Cancer Foundation.


Survey: In an effort to improve system practices, Saint Francis de Sales Catholic Academy is conducting a Family Survey. We value your opinion and ask that you take the time to complete this survey. 


As of today we have had 95 out 345 families (28%) complete the survey. Please be assured that your responses to this survey will be anonymous. Your honest opinion is appreciated. Thank you for your time and attention to this matter. Please take a few moments before Tuesday October 15th to give some feedback on your experience here at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy.

We appreciate your time and all responses. Please note that the responses from this survey are helpful for the academy to make decisions for the future and for the Accreditation process.  Thanks again.


Winter and Summer Uniform: Please note that starting on Tuesday October 15th, winter uniforms should be worn. 


As you know our students will have the opportunity to play outside on most days throughout the year. We will soon see seasonal weather and the Academy’s policy is to go outside as long as the temperature is above freezing. As the weather cools down we find that many of our students arrive to school in sweatshirts on days that clearly require heavier jackets. There’s a big difference from walking from the car into the school building than being outside for 25 minutes. Please make sure your children dress weather appropriate. You would be surprised at how quickly our lost and found bins fill up. Please label all jackets, sweatshirts, and coats. 


Tablet Subscriptions =Technology for St. Francis: As discussed at the Back to School Night Meeting. The Diocese of Brooklyn is looking for all families to subscribe to the weekly newspaper of the Diocese “The Tablet”.

Through a special grant from DeSales Media Group these subscriptions will allow our school to receive 500 brand new chrome books/iPad to keep our school technology up to date. 

Each subscription is $22 for a year. You can subscribe or renew by clicking here. 

The best part is that each family that takes a subscription will get a $22 tuition credit on their FACTS account meaning that for our families this will be a free subscription.

As of today we have had 242 families that signed up  and need another 19 families to sign up to qualify for the grant.

We do ask that all families take a subscription no later than this weekend. Thanks in advance for helping us with this grant. 


2020 Yearbook: We will be selling our yearbooks during the month of October as our team of 8th graders begin to work on the yearbook in the Winter of 2019-2020.

To order a yearbook please print out the following Yearbook-Order-Form and send back to school by Friday 11/1/19. 


Option C Gradebook: As we finish the 1st month of the school year please if you haven’t already, log on to the parent portal of Option C to check on how your child is progressing this year. This is a great way to see if your child is missing any assignments. You should have already received usernames and passwords. Please contact the main office via email at ckenny@stfrancisschoolbh.net if you have any questions. 


Enrichment Programs: We are now in full swing with our enrichment programs. Moving forward please use the school calendar to check dates and times of all enrichment program. 


Fall Book Fair: Did you know? Reading just 20 minutes a day exposes your child to about 1.8 million words per year. Reading helps students develop a stronger vocabulary, and in addition, students who read for pleasure average higher grades in English, mathematics, science, and history!

Encourage your child to read books for fun by attending our upcoming Scholastic Book Fair. Allow your child to choose the books they want to read! It’s a wonderful selection of engaging and affordable books for every reading level.

Mark your calendar!

Book Fair dates: Tuesday October 22nd and Wednesday October 23rd


Shopping hours: 


  • Special activities: Family Day at the Book Fair- Tuesday October 22nd @ 2:30pm-3:30pm: Children can come with members of their family. (Grandparents, aunts, uncles, parents, and younger siblings) All items that were for sale at the book fair will be available to purchase. Mrs. Faughnan will be reading a book to the children at 3pm and Mr. Scharbach will be reading a book to the children at 3:15pm. There will be some light refreshments available and a very special appearance by our very own Franny!

If you are unable to attend the Fair in person, we invite you to visit our Online Fair at scholastic.com/fair. Our Online Fair is available from 10/17 to 10/30.


We look forward to seeing you and your family at our Book Fair! Remember, all purchases benefit our school. Thank you for supporting our readers!


Upcoming Confirmation Practices: Students in 8B (1pm Ceremony) will be joining Mrs. Greene and our parish Religious Education for their Confirmation practice on Tuesday 10/15 and Thursday 10/17 from 7pm-8pm. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Greene. Students in 8A (4pm Ceremony) will have their practices next week. 


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 attached or that can be found by clicking here, along with payment (cash, check or indicate that you have paid by Venmo) by November 7th.  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.  


Picture Day: In two weeks, on Monday 10/28 is individual picture day for our Nursery through 7th graders. All those students who are getting pictures may remain in their school uniform or dress up for their picture. Please remind your child that dressing up for pictures is very different than dressing down. All those students who are not getting pictures taken are to be in their full school uniform. If your child has gym on picture day please have them wear sneakers if they are dressing up or bring a change of shoes so they can participate in gym.  


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 3-day weekend! Before you know it, it will be Thanksgiving.


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: We are rocking and rolling with the first contest of this school year.  Hopefully you got a head start on collecting over the summer. Start sending those box tops in. A Pizza party to the grade that brings in the most Box Tops before October 30th, 2019.


Standings as of 10/10/19



Kindergarten- 220

1st Grade- 137

2nd Grade- 218
3rd Grade- 30

4th Grade- 57

5th Grade-444

6th Grade- 6

7th Grade- 34

8th Grade- 29


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.


Stop and Shop: 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! 


  • If you need assistance, Call Customer Care at 877-366-2668 OPTION #1



Please note that we will be having a Dress Down Day on 11/15/19 for all students whose families have registered.


Sherwood Wreaths: Welcome to our 5th Annual Sherwood Farms Wreath Sale!  On Wednesday more information will be sent home. 

Our students, at St Francis deSales Catholic Academy will be selling fresh Holiday Evergreens again this year as a fundraising effort. We would appreciate it if you would please take a minute to look over our catalog. Our program will be offering evergreens to decorate your own home and also the opportunity to send a Gift Item across the country or across town

We are offering two options to family and friends to choose from. The first buying option is Local Group Delivery, items purchased from this selection will delivered to the school. When choosing this option, simply fill out the GREEN highlighted side of the order envelope. The second buying option is Direct Delivery, these items will be delivered to the recipient of your choice. If choosing this delivery option, please fill out the direct delivery gift item shipping labels (enclosed in envelope) as well as the RED highlighted side of the order form envelope. Please make all checks payable to: St. Francis deSales Catholic Academy, and include your child’s class in the memo line on the check.

Sherwood Wreaths Order Form


Our sale kicks off on October 16th, and the last day that we can accept orders will be November 1st. . All school delivery items will be available for pick up the week after Thanksgiving . All Direct Delivery items will be delivered to respective recipients during that same week. You will be notified via email/text when delivery arrives. Please ask a group member for assistance in ordering or to answer any questions. You can contact Kim Rudden at (917)558-0304.

Please spread the word about our sale to your friends, neighbors, and family as well! We appreciate your help with our sales drive.


Thank you for your support!