SFDS Week of October 29th 2018

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 this past Thursday. 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 6th 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. Thank you to our Parish Religious Education Director, Mrs. AnneMarie Greene, for organizing the ceremonies as well.


This Monday marks the 6th anniversary of Superstorm Sandy. We hope to take time this weekend to reflect on the hope and blessings that arose after the devastation our school and community experienced during those months and years following October 29, 2012. We continue to pray for those who are still in the midst of dealing with the effects from that day all these years later.


Picture Day: This 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.  


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 Wednesday, Grades K-4 of our classes will be celebrating Halloween with a party after lunch. 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-4:15pm. (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 from 4pm-6pm.


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 Thursday 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.

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:  Tuesday and Wednesday 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.


CHAMPS Assembly: PDHP is sponsoring an assembly this Tuesday 10/30 for our 6th-8th graders. This assembly will be featuring a motivational speaker Mr. Chris Romulo. Chris Romulo is a Queens, New York native who always yearned for growth.In his early twenties, he transformed himself from a street kid into a Muay Thai Champion with over 40 fights and 6 titles under his belt.Today, he’s a coach at his gym CROM Physical Culture and mindset speaker to both youth and adults. Chris has taken what he’s learned in the ring and turned it into a practical curriculum, U.P.R.I.S.E. The curriculum shows you how to tap into your natural abilities and become the champion of your life. In May of 2017, Chris co-authored and published his memoir, Champions Uprising, which displays his unwavering mindset of determination, grit, and perseverance of spirit. Chris has taken his focus from performing in the ring to jumping on stage to motivate, educate and inspire the masses. He has been featured in Yahoo News, The NY Daily News and Men’s Journal, to name a few. We thank PDHP for making this opportunity happen.


Chicken Finger Day: Just a reminder that this Tuesday 10/30 is our monthly Chicken Finger Day.


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.


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, Louann Mannino 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 Thursday 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  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.


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!

For a collection sheet please click here.

Box Tops for Education Product List


The standings as of 10/25 are:

Nursery: 0

Pre-K: 140

K: 785

1st Grade: 295

2nd Grade: 430

3rd Grade: 312

4th Grade: 271

5th Grade: 452

6th Grade: 65

7th Grade: 70

8th Grade: 838


Sherwood Wreaths: Welcome to our 4th Annual Sherwood Farms Wreath Sale!  

Our students, at St Francis de Sales Catholic Academy are 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.


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. Stay Dry!


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!