SFDS Week of October 19th 2020

Dear Families, 


Congratulations and God Bless! On Wednesday, October 21st, many members of St. Francis de Sales Grade 8 will be blessed by the Holy Spirit. 

Due to the ceremonies being at 1 pm and 4 pm, the 8th Grade class is off on Wednesday the 21st. The rest of the school has early dismissal at 12 pm this Wednesday


May the gifts of the Holy Spirit be with our 8th grade and lead them to be the future leaders of the church. Please also keep in your prayers some of our 8th graders who later this school year will be receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation at Blessed Trinity Parish. A special thank you to Mrs. Foti, Mrs. Gigliello, Mrs.McMahon, and Mrs. Hayes who have prepared the conframndi from our academy over the past 14 months. 


Although a short week, we were very busy, and our regular instructional time over these last four days! We were so impressed with our Kindergarten through 8th graders hard at work throughout a tough week of IReady assessments. The New York Learning standards are designed to ensure students are prepared to enter and succeed in career opportunities or postsecondary education and ensuing careers. To assist teachers in meeting the demands of these rigorous standards, St. Francis has started to utilize a program called i-Ready®, an innovative adaptive assessment and engaging personalized instruction program for reading and math. Adaptive tests match the difficulty of test questions to the ability of each student. As students answer questions correctly, the test gets more difficult. As students answer questions incorrectly, the test gets easier. In both cases, the test adapts to find the precise ability of the test taker. i-Ready helps teachers assess the needs of each and every student in their class while monitoring progress throughout the school year. It also provides differentiated, individualized online and classroom instruction based on the skills that each student needs. i-Ready Diagnostic is given three times during the school year: at the beginning of the school year (which we just finished) , middle of the year, and end of the year. The results of the adaptive assessment provide teachers with an instructional course of action personalized for each student. Immediately following each assessment, i-Ready places your child into Online Instruction to support his or her progress in mastering essential skills in reading and math. The Online Instruction, if used more than 45 minutes per subject, per week, has been proven to help students grow academically. Over the next month, you will find out how you can help your child at home access this instruction beyond the hours of formal class instruction.


We have a lot to update this upcoming week:


COVID-19 Health Updates: Every student who comes into school each day has to have a health screening completed each and every day. There can be no exceptions to this. Please note that future failure to fill out this daily health screen for your child could mean that your child will have to be sent home. We should have all 435 students health screening each day for students in Nursery-Grade 8. Thanks in advance for your cooperation. 

Please click here for instructions on how to fill out the daily health screen for your child(ren) Any issues please reach out to Mrs. Endall at hendall@stfrancisschoolbh.net 

Also as stated in our back to school plan, there are over 40 hand sanitizer stations that have been installed in the school. At all entrances, all classrooms, and hallways. It is a suggestion that if a child has a small bottle of sanitizer that they bring it to school to place on their desk. This will help us in two ways. First, it will limit the amount of students who may need to get up to get sanitizer, it will also help us not go through the school stockpile as quickly. 

By all of us doing a daily health screening and making sure we are practicing hand hygiene we can continue to keep our school community healthy and safe. 


5th-8th Grade Hybrid Learning: We are on a Week 2 Schedule. (See Below)


Monday 10/19: Gold Group in School; Blue Group online


Tuesday 10/20: Blue Group in School; Gold Group online


Wednesday 10/21: Gold Group in School; Blue Group online- No School Grade 8; 12n dismissal for all other grades


Thursday 10/22: Blue Group in School; Gold Group online


Friday 10/23: Gold Group in School; Blue Group online


Winter and Summer Uniform: Please note that starting on Monday, October 19th, winter uniforms should be worn. Just a reminder that students who are wearing their gym uniforms most days must have their gym sweatpants along with their gym shirt starting Monday 10/19. If you choose to wear the dress uniform the full winter dress uniform is what would be required. 


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. We will be doing our best this year to get the children out as much as possible. 

As the weather cools down we find that many of our students arrive at school in sweatshirts or sometimes not even a sweatshirt 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 30 minutes for recess or 45 minutes for physical education. 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. 



8th Grade High School Information: Just a quick reminder for our 8th-grade families that high school information is being updated regularly on our website.  Many schools are advertising virtual open houses that will occur during the month of October many this weekend. Please make sure you are checking the “TACHS Exam and high school information” page weekly for updated dates and events. 


Also last week the academy pushed the extension “Proctorio” on all school devices. Just a reminder this extension is needed to take the TACHS exam. Please begin to have a discussion with your child this weekend of what device he or she will use for the TACHS exam next month. Please note that the device must meet certain requirements and have a working microphone and camera.


Ocktoberfest: St. Francis de Sales Parish is hosting an Octoberfest 50/50 Raffle. Tickets are $100 and a winner will be drawn on October 31st. Tickets are available at the SFDS rectory. 


Rosary Rally: Bishop DiMarzio has again asked that we join with other dioceses throughout the country by scheduling our school-wide Rosary Rally for Tuesday, October 27, 2020 at 11:00am. Students in Kindergarten through Grade eight will be participating in this very special service. Students are asked to bring their rosary beads for this special service. Our third graders will lead us in prayer from the church while the rest of the school participates virtually from their classroom or at home. 


Graduation Picture Day: We are moving up-graduation pictures to next Monday (Gold Group) and Tuesday (Blue Group) for the Class of 2021. Boys are asked to bring or wear a white hopefully pressed button-down shirt, we will provide the Gold tie. Girls should wear something flat – no bulky sweatshirt or sweater. Please note it is a dress down day for Grade 8 next Monday/Tuesday to hopefully make life easier. Everyone should remember that the cap has to go on the head for some of the photos – hairstyles are important, and shouldn’t be “big hair”. 

Our photographer Harisch Studios is also offering 8th-grade graduation portraits at their Ridgewood, NY studios this year. Book here to have the portrait taken at their studios INSTEAD of at school. You must book PRIOR to 8 PM the evening BEFORE your child’s scheduled school portraits, otherwise, the photographs will be taken at school. To do that please click here.

Please note makeups will be planned at a later date. 

Once your child is photographed you will be emailed proofs and have the ability to purchase pictures in the following weeks.

We will be working or arranging other days for the other grades in the coming weeks. 


Virtual 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 shopping at our Virtual 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.

We invite you to visit our Online Fair by clicking here starting Monday.  Our Online Fair is available from 10/19 to 11/2. Remember, all purchases benefit our school. Thank you for supporting our readers!

Have a wonderful weekend.  Thank you as always for your support!


Ongoing Fundraisers

Shop with Scrip: This year SFDS is beginning to use a new fundraising platform, called Shop with Scrip.  This is a gift card fundraising opportunity where you can purchase gift cards for yourself and as gifts for others.  It is really easy to use and can be very rewarding for our school. 

Electronic gift cards can be purchased through the Shop with Scrip app called Raise Right and are immediately available for use so gift cards can be purchased to use on items you are already buying anyway.  It is easy to link your bank account which would cost 15 cents per transaction as a handling fee.  Purchasing with credit cards has a 2.6% fee.  To send electronic gift cards to others currently needs to be purchased through the website, http://shopwithscrip.com.   


Physical gift cards can also be ordered and will ship to school so thinking ahead to gifts in the coming months would be a great idea!  This option takes a little more time.  If you are intending to purchase physical gift cards, the first order is due on October 31st and once the order is placed, gift cards will be received within a week. Your recipients will receive a full valued gift card and a percentage will be donated to SFDS! 


How to Get started

Create an account on the RaiseRight app or at ShopWithScrip.com using Saint Francis de Sales Catholic Academy’s  enrollment code: 82CE5FEL58894


If you have questions do not hesitate to reach out to Mrs. Kelly Henning at kellyahenning@gmail.com

Stop and Shop: Stop and Shop Rewards have begun again. 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! 

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Please note that we will be having a Dress Down Day on either 11/19/20 or 11/20/20 for all students whose families have registered.

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