Summer Update #1 2022

Dear Academy Families,

Summer is now upon us, and I am sure that each of you has some plans to enjoy the weather and the extra time. I pray that you will have some great family time and will return safely and refreshed.  We are blessed to have just finished another wonderful year filled with great memories.

We want to thank you, parents, for your support. We couldn’t teach your students to this degree without a good school/home partnership. The work the students and teachers have done this year was focused on our children, and it makes me proud to be a part of this very special place. We look forward to opening our doors next year to about 625 students. But remember, summer does not mean we take a vacation from the Lord! I encourage you, wherever you may be this summer, to make time to come to Mass on Sundays and to pray every day!

I would like to extend a warm welcome to all of the new families who have joined our Academy community and say welcome back to all who are already part of our Saint Francis family.  We have much to celebrate and look forward to this school year…

Please make note of the following:

  • A list of tuition fees for the 2022-2023 school year can be found by clicking here. Tuition is due by the 15th of the month, August through May. By taking advantage of the security and convenience of payment processing and information technology offered by FACTS. Tuition payments for the 2022-2023 school year can be paid online, by phone, or by mail. You may also sign up for auto pay as well. Only in an emergency will payment be accepted in the school building and/or rectory. You should have received an email invite from FACTS with the information necessary to enroll if new to the school.   Included in the invite will be the website you will need to access. If you have yet to receive this email, please email mkazalski@stfrancisschoolbh.net to let her know. She will be sure to respond to your request in a timely fashion. 
  • The summer office hours along with the calendar for next year are already posted on our website. Throughout the summer check the calendar for any updates. Although the school office may be closed at times, we are always available with any question or concern through email at admin@stfrancisschoolbh.net.
  • Flynn & O’Hara continues to be our only uniform supplier. If you need anything for next year, I suggest that you visit the store early in the summer to avoid the crowds.  The store location is The Shops at Atlas Park, 8000 Cooper Avenue, Lower Level, Glendale, NY 11385. Uniforms can also be ordered online at www.flynnohara.com, or by phone at 718-326-2704.
  • Virtus training is mandated by the Diocese as a requirement for anyone who would like to volunteer to help with the children in the school (lunch parent, class parent, trip helper, etc.).  For a list of upcoming sessions and information on how to register, log on to www.virtus.org.  This training must be completed prior to starting your volunteer service.
  • School will officially begin Wednesday 9/7 for students in Grade 1 – Grade 8.  Children in Kindergarten will begin on Friday 9/9 with an introduction to the classroom on Thursday 9/8. Children in the Nursery and Pre-K will begin on Monday 9/12.

 

2022-2023 School Year, Summer Assignments, and Supply Lists: On our website, there is a landing page for all information about the next school year (Calendar, tuition,  yellow bus, uniform, etc.) 

All supply lists and summer assignments are available and can be found by clicking here. Under each grade, there will be a packet with important information from the school, the Department of Health, a supply list, and of course your child’s summer assignment.  Please note we also have created supply lists on Amazon for your convenience. Here you will find almost everything on your child’s supply list with some exceptions (ie. Bookbags) that you can order all or some of the supplies needed for next school year. Please note that all summer assignments and school supplies are expected to be brought to school on the first day unless otherwise noted. 

 

2022-2023 Yellow School Bus: Please fill out the following form if you are a parent of a new student, a returning Pre-Kindergarten going into Kindergarten student, or a student who needs to take the NYC Yellow Bus for the first time next school year.

Bus Request Form for the 2022-2023 School Year

All bussing questions can be directed to Mrs. Kenny at ckenny@stfrancisschoolbh.net

 

I-Ready End of the Year Diagnostic Test Results: Two weeks ago, your child’s i-Ready results from the 2022 Spring Diagnostic Assessment were shared with you. 

i-Ready diagnostic assessments are computer-based assessments that adjust to each child’s mathematics and reading ability levels.  If your child took an i-Ready diagnostic assessment this school year, this end-of-year check will start with content based on those prior results and adapt from there.  As your child answers each question, the test adapts based on your child’s responses.  The questions become easier if the answers are incorrect and get more challenging as correct answers are provided.  Students will see challenging questions.  By finding what students can do, and not do yet, the system is able to provide a more accurate description of your child’s instructional level. This type of assessment individualizes every testing experience so that it more accurately measures your child’s ability.  

The assessment data is to help understand where your child is in relation to grade-level standards, provide for practice and assignments at your child’s academic level, and monitor academic growth this school year. 

i-Ready will remain available to students through mid-august..  Students and families can decide if they would like to continue to use the MyPath lessons in i-Ready this summer. 

If you choose to continue to use i-Ready in the summer the recommendation is for students to complete up to one lesson per week in reading and/or math again this summer work is highly recommended to be done.

In August of 2022, the school needs to roll over the i-Ready system and roster students for the upcoming school year.  At this time, students will no longer be able to log in.  This is a function of the system as we set up rosters for the next academic year.  Once the school year begins and the fall diagnostic assessment is administered each student’s MyPath will be re-established. Please note that students who are new to our school are not able to use this program over the summer, yet will take a diagnostic test in the first few weeks of new school year. 

 

Summer Concert: St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy is hosting an outdoor Concert Fundraiser taking place on Thursday, July 7th in the schoolyard.  Jimmy Kenny and the Pirate Beach band will be playing a mix of Jimmy Buffett, Kenney Chesney, Zac Brown, and other summer rock favorites you are sure to love.  It is guaranteed to be a fun night out.  Doors open at 6:30 with a 7:00 pm start.  Bring your own coolers and chairs.  We hope to see you there! 

 Tickets are on sale for $50 each. This is a 21 and older event.  Click here to purchase tickets.

 

2022-2023 School Year Volunteering: We anticipate that parent/family volunteers will be fully allowed in our building next school year. For the safety and well being of each and every child in our school, all volunteers must go through the following process:

1) Read and sign a code of conduct

2) Have a background check

3) Take part in the VIRTUS program. (Register at virtusonline.org. Download the registration guide.)

After completing the VIRTUS Program we ask that you please bring to the office a copy of your certificate for us to keep track of in our database. We hope that this is not an inconvenience for anyone, but we need to be sure that all adults who interact with students are in compliance.

 

Have a great 4th of July! Our second summer update will be during the week of July 11th.