Weekly Update #14 SFDS Week of December 13th

Dear St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy Community,

 

In the midst of the Christmas rush, may you find some quiet moments to see more clearly the priceless gifts of God’s love and family bonds.  As you shop for Christmas presents, join us in acknowledging the real Gift of this season.  Remember to take God into every day; by acts of kindness, words of forgiveness, gestures of comfort, and gifts of peace. May you and your families experience many blessings this Advent and Christmas.  May God grant you and yours the joy, hope, and peace of this Holy season. This week on the feast of the Immaculate Conception I heard a great message during Father’s homily. He gave everyone both young and old a homework assignment, that we should try our best to show kindness to each other. As we begin the third week of Advent, may we all try our best each day to show kindness to our families, friends, and classmates. 

 

A special thank you to all the parents that came out for Family/Teacher Conferences this week. Please take a look below to see what is going on for the week of December 13th and beyond here at SFDS

 

Dress Down Day: Friday 12/17 is a $1 dress-down day. All students are encouraged to wear Red and or Green or wear an ugly holiday sweater. All money raised is going to a family in need. 

 

Christmas Parties: We are so excited to once again be able to have a small classroom party once again to celebrate an upcoming holiday.  Students in 1st-7th grade will be having a breakfast party on Wednesday 12/22 from 9:30 am-10:45 am before they attend our annual Christmas Liturgy. We are asking each family to send in $3 a child for bagels, juice, paper goods, and a small treat. Please on the envelope or paper you send the money in let us know if your child will like a plain, butter, or cream cheese bagel. We ask that all money be handed to your child’s teacher no later than next Friday 12/17/21. Any issues please let us know. 

Students in Nursery-Kindergarten are asked to follow the directions of their teacher about the date and attire for their Christmas gathering. Students in Grade 8 are scheduled to have their traditional Christmas Brunch in the Small Hall on 12/22. 8th Grade students should follow their homeroom teachers’ directions in regards to attire.  Any other questions about these small gatherings should be directed to your child’s teacher via email or SeeSaw.

 

Christmas Boutique: We are also happy to announce the return of our Christmas Boutique in person this year. The Christmas Boutique for our students will be December 15th- December 17th. Please see below the schedule of when classes will be attending.

 

Christmas Show: Three Weeks ago an email was sent home explaining this year’s Christmas show. Any questions about costumes or dress please contact Ms. Mangano at gmangano@stfrancisschoolbh.net.  To take another look at the information sent in the email please click here. 

Please note the following grades and classes are filming this week and should be in costume on that day.

12/13: Pre-K and Kindergarten

12/14: 7th and 8th Grade

12/15: 1C, 4th, and 5th Grade

12/16: 3rd Grade (Nativity)

 

Yearbook Ad Order Form: Family and Friends of the Class of 2022, we are now accepting ads for our 2022 Yearbook

Class of 2022 SFDS Yearbook Create an Ad Form and Instructions

Full page ad …$130.00

Half page ad …$65.00

Quarter Page …$35.00

Ads will be considered on time & accepted until WEDNESDAY, January 26th. *Late Ads will be accepted on 1/27 & 1/28, however, a $10.00 late fee per ad must be added to your total remitted.

Instructions for creating your ad are included above. 

We strongly suggest that Ads be created in JPEG format and emailed as a JPG file. PDF format/file is not acceptable

 

Strategic Planning (2022-2025): During the winter and spring of 2022, our school will once again go through the process of creating a strategic plan.

One of the first steps in this process is completing a SWOT Analysis of all stakeholders. Please see the link below.

https://forms.gle/p68PgpNc7DVEmeSq8

Please complete this by Sunday January 2nd. 

What is a SWOT Analysis? “SWOT” is an acronym that stands for strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats. A SWOT analysis is a structured activity that a group can engage in to identify the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats facing them in any given area.

 Why This Step is Important?

The Planning for Success SWOT analysis is useful as a first step in a planning or action planning process. The SWOT analysis activity results in a document that participants can reference throughout the planning or action planning process, ensuring that the plan they develop is appropriate for the school context and addresses identified weaknesses and threats. Even more importantly, participants can continue to refer to the opportunities they identified that an improved planning process offers the district or school. This list of opportunities can serve as a set of criteria for the planning process itself, and the facilitator can refer back to and revisit this list of opportunities with the team in order to ensure that the planning process itself is maximizing these opportunities.

 

Sibling Registration: Our school year is rapidly moving along. We can hardly believe that Christmas is almost here. As we begin to prepare for the 2022-2023 school year, we want to ensure that our plans maximize the benefit to your child/children. We have just completed a period in which our current Nursery and Pre-Kindergarten families filled out a letter of intent for Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten classes for next school year. 

We ask that if you have any sibling (brother or sister) of a current student here at St. Francis who plans on attending St. Francis in 2022 as a new Nursery, Pre-K, Kindergarten or Grade 1-7 student to please complete the form by clicking here by Monday, December 20th. After that, we will be opening registration to the public in the Winter of 2022 (If space allows)

Please note we may already have waiting lists in Grades 1-7 for next year. Please note this intent form is for planning purposes only and does not guarantee your registration for the 2022-2023 school year.  

Nursery: For the 2022-2023 school year our Nursery Program will continue to be five days a week in two separate half-day sessions. The AM session is from 8:00am-10:50am and the PM session is from 11:35am-2:25pm. Our program is designed for children who will turn three years of age by Dec 31st, 2022 and who are toilet trained. As always we try to keep tuition as low as possible, yet we know tuition will be at a minimum of $5200 a year for next year. Final tuition rates will be decided in early spring once a budget is approved.

Pre-K: For the 2023-2023 school year our Pre-Kindergarten program is a five-day a week program that runs from 7:55 am to 2:25 pm. Our program is designed for children who will turn four years of age by Dec 31st, 2022. As always we try to keep tuition as low as possible, yet we know tuition will be at a minimum of $5200 a year for next year. Final tuition rates will be decided in early spring once a budget is approved. I am happy to announce that any family that has a Pre-K student with an older sibling in the school will receive a 20% discount on their child’s Pre-K tuition.

Kindergarten: For the 2022-2023 school year our Kindergarten program is a five-day a week program that runs from 7:55 am to 2:25 pm. Our program is designed for children who will turn five years of age by Dec 31st, 2022. As always we try to keep tuition as low as possible, yet we know tuition will be at a minimum of $5000 a year for next year. Final tuition rates will be decided in early spring once a budget is approved. 

As always, we thank you for your dedication and support to St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy. If you have any concerns that we may address, please do not hesitate to call us or email us.


Toys for Tots: With the Christmas season approaching, as we look forward to the birth of our Lord, we should remember those less fortunate than us. In the spirit of giving, we are asking that students donate a gift for other children. Please bring in an unwrapped toy or game as soon as possible. All donations will go to children in need. Thank you for your generosity. All donations need to be made by Friday 12/17. 

 

SAVE THE DATE

½ Day and Christmas Recess: Just for planning purposes Wednesday 12/22 is a 12-noon dismissal. This will kick off our Christmas Recess. The school will resume on Monday, January 3rd, 2022. 

Have a great weekend.