SFDS Week of October 22nd 2018

Dear Families,


Congratulations and God Bless! On Thursday October 25th 2018, many members of St. Francis de Sales Grade 8 will be blessed by the Holy Spirit. Due to the ceremonies being at 1pm and 4pm, the 8th Grade class is off on Thursday the 25th. The rest of the school has an early dismissal at 12pmMay 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 in December will be receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation at Blessed Trinity Parish.


Upcoming Confirmation Practices: Students in 8B will be joining Mrs. Greene and our parish Religious Education for their Confirmation practice on Monday 10/22 and 10/23 from 7pm-8pm. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Greene.


State Exams: As we enter the second half of the first trimester, we would like to convey to parents, a Diocesan-wide change to our participation in the New York State Testing Program for the Spring of 2019. A decision has been made by the Office of the Superintendent~Catholic School Support Services to administer the Grade 7 ELA and Math tests in the Spring of 2019 and eliminate testing -Grade 8 ELA and Math.


Academies and Schools within the Diocese of Brooklyn will be administering the following state tests in the Spring of 2019:

ELA Grades 4, 6, and 7

Math Grades 4, 6, and 7

Science Grades 4 and 8


Book Fair: This year our Book Fair is being held on Tuesday 10/23 and Wednesday 10/24. Parents of students in grades K-3 are welcome to meet their children in the gym to help shop for books during their child’s assigned time. A schedule can be found by clicking here.


We have some special events planned that we hope your children will participate in

  • Family Day at the Book Fair- Tuesday October 23rd @ 2:30pm-4:30pm: 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. Martello will be reading a book to the children at 3:15pm and Mr. Scharbach will be reading a book to the children at 3:45pm. There will be some light refreshments available and a very special appearance by our very own Franny!

A very special thank you to Rita Martin for coordinating this year’s fall Book Fair.


Halloween Dance: This Friday October 26th, there will be a Halloween Dance for the 6th, 7th and 8th graders from 7pm-10pm. This year’s theme is Comic Con! Students are asked to dress as their favorite Superhero or comic book character. Students will be directed about the appropriateness of their costumes on that night. We are looking to have a fun and safe evening for our children. Please note: this dance is for St. Francis de Sales students only. Tickets are $10 and we ask that all tickets are bought by Wednesday 10/24.


Dress Down Friday: This Friday 10/26 will be a $1 Dress Down Day. Our 7th and 8th graders are helping out a family in need.


Upcoming Fees: A quick reminder that several fees are coming due in addition to the monthly tuition payment.  Those are the Book & Materials fee, the Technology fee and the Security fee. As a matter of information, you can login to your FACTS  account and request email reminders for upcoming fees if you have not done so already.


Picture Day: In one week, on Monday 10/29 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.  


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 2018-2019. To order a yearbook please print out the following Yearbook-Order-Form


If you would like to order a school yearbook, (delivery in May) please put your payment of cash or check (made payable to SFDS, with  SFDS  yearbook on memo line) return it to school with the order form no later than Thursday November 1st. 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.


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 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!


Fundraising Corner

Box Tops for Education: . We have one more week until  the contest will end on Wednesday October 31st.  The winning grade will be treated to a Pizza Party. Please make sure your name and class are on your submissions or they cannot be tallied for your grade. Good luck! Kindergarten has a slim lead on the 8th grade right now.

For a collection sheet please click here.

Box Tops for Education Product List


The standings as of 10/18 are:

Nursery: 0

Pre-K: 140

K: 595

1st Grade: 227

2nd Grade: 400

3rd Grade: 254

4th Grade: 246

5th Grade: 42

6th Grade: 65

7th Grade: 63

8th Grade: 582


Sherwood Wreaths: Welcome to our 4th Annual Sherwood Farms Wreath Sale!  On Tuesday more information will be sent home.

Our students, at St Francis de Sales 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 kicked off on October 16, and the last day that we can accept orders will be November 2, 2018. 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!

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.


Have a great weekend!