SFDS Week of October 28th 2019

Dear Families, 


Many of our 8th graders from St. Francis de Sales Parish were blessed with the Gifts of the Holy Spirit during their Confirmation today. Both ceremonies were beautiful and we are so proud of all of our 8th graders during this very special time in their lives. We very much look forward to seeing our students from Blessed Trinity parish become Confirmed in the Spirit on December 5th as well. A special thank you to Mrs. Foti, Mrs. Gigliello, Mrs. McMahon and Ms. Scahill for helping to form the students faith in their preparation for this special Sacrament over the past two years. Thank you to our Parish Religious Education Director, Mrs. AnneMarie Greene, for organizing the ceremonies as well. 


Picture Day: 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.


Don’t forget that class picture day is Monday November 4th all students should be in Dress Uniform as their Gym classes will be in the classroom on  Monday 11/4.


You can order pictures in advance on mylifetouch.com with our school picture ID of: OV449012Q0


Technology Grant: I have great news to share. Thanks to the over 250 families that took a subscription to “The Tablet” over the past month. I recently received news that we reached our goal and will be overhauling all of our teacher and student devices here at St. Francis. During the Winter of 2020 if not sooner we will be switching out over 600 devices for all of our students and teachers in Grades K-8. As we all know, technology is a great tool yet it is constantly updating and getting better. From this joint effort we will be able to keep St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy up to date for the next years to come.  Thanks again. 


Happy Halloween! We hope you have a fun and safe time Trick or Treating with your children. Please remind our older students about the importance of respecting everyone’s property and making safe decisions on Halloween.

On Thursday, Grades K-8 may dress down wearing black and orange. Pre-K is allowed to wear bathroom-friendly costumes for their parade. Our school will be open for trick or treaters from 2:45pm-4pm. (We will be participating in the Teal Pumpkin Project) We hope to see you there! Don’t forget to stop by the rectory as well. 


Allergies: This week, Halloween celebrations and candy will no doubt be abundant. With this fun and exciting time comes a significant safety concern for many students in our school building. It is important that there is strict avoidance to this food in order to prevent a life-threatening allergic reaction. We are asking your help to provide the student with a safe school environment. Any exposure to peanuts/nuts may cause a life-threatening allergic reaction that requires emergency medical treatment.

To reduce the chance of this occurring, we are asking that you do not send any peanut or nut containing products to school with your child. If your child has eaten peanuts/nuts before coming to school, please be sure your child’s hands and face have been thoroughly washed before entering the school. We appreciate your support of these procedures.


All Saints Day: All Saint’s Day is on Friday November 1st. Our 2nd Grade Saints will be leading us in our All Saints Day mass at 11am. You are more than welcome to join us. Please note that we will have limited seating in the choir loft for parents. 


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.  


Mix-it Up at Lunch Day:  Thursday and Friday is Mix it up at Lunch Day. A national campaign launched by Teaching Tolerance in 2002, Mix It Up at Lunch Day encourages students to identify, question and cross social boundaries. All schools are asked to participate on the last Tuesday in October each school year!  In research, students have identified the cafeteria as the place where divisions are most clearly drawn. So for just a day, we will ask students to move out of their comfort zones and connect with someone new over lunch. It’s a simple act with profound implications. 


Chicken Finger Day: Just a reminder that this Tuesday 10/29 is our monthly Chicken Finger Day.


Book Fair: Another wonderful Book Fair has come to a close here at St. Francis de Sales. A very special thank you to Rita Martin and all of the fantastic volunteers for their hard work in setting up and running the event for the last three days. If you were unable to get to the Book Fair, or the book you were interested in was sold out, our Online Book Fair will be open through November 1st. You can shop by clicking here 

Thank you again for your continued generosity!


Yearbook: This Friday 11/1 is the LAST day to place Yearbook orders! 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 Yearbook-Order-Form no later than  Friday, 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. 


Save the Date PDHP Parent Workshop: Join us for Preventive Parenting at 7pm on Thursday November 21st. What you should know about drug trends and how and when to speak to your child about them. (Geared towards parents of students in Grades 5, 6,7, and 8)


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 


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.


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 26th  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 Monday November 4th.


Pie/Cake Order Form


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 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.  


Sherwood Wreaths: Welcome to our 5th Annual Sherwood Farms Wreath Sale!  

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 kicked off on October 16, and the last day that we can accept orders will be November 1 2019. 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!