Weekly Update #18 SFDS Week of January 17th 2022

Dear Families,

This week we as Christians are asked to pray for Christian Unity. The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity has a history of over 100 years, in which Christians around the world have taken part in an octave of prayer for visible Christian unity.  By annually observing the WPCU, Christians move toward the fulfillment of Jesus’ prayer at the Last Supper “that they all may be one.”  (cf. John 17:21) 

As we begin the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, let us today pray for God to help Christian Churches, and all people of goodwill, to seek common ground and an appreciation for each other.

Loving God, we ask that you grant us the spirit of wisdom and unity, so that we may be one, even as you are one with our Lord Jesus Christ – and he with you.

Enable all the members of the body of Christ to live together in unity and fellowship with one another, and lead us into the paths of peace and righteousness so that we may be well-pleasing in your sight.

We ask you to teach us how to love one another as Christ loved us and help us to show one another the unusual kindness that can only come from knowing your Son, Jesus. May the Spirit stir up in our hearts a desire to be united as one, in the bond of peace and fellowship. This we ask in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Our academy continues to safely keep  “in-person” instruction for our school community.  With the current Omicron surge, it is most important that the administration, faculty, staff, students, and parents help to “slow the spread” by:

  • Keeping your child home if they are sick
  • Do not send your child to school if your child or a household family member has pending COVID test results
  • Follow the COVID Safety and Health Protocols
  • Consult your healthcare provider regarding  COVID testing and vaccines for your child. The Diocese of Brooklyn and St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy highly recommend that if anyone in your household has any symptom of COVID-19 or has been exposed to a known positive case that the entire household be tested. 

As we approach the midway point of this school year we realize that there is so much going on in our school and that WE ARE BLESSED!!!  No other way to look at it all. We continue to have faith, hope, and love because He is with us every step of the way.  The steps can be challenging, but we are given the grace of God to keep taking them.

A few items as we begin the week of  Monday, January 17th, 2021. 

 

Faculty Professional Day/MLK Day: Just a reminder that today Friday 1/14 our faculty participated in a professional development day.  This Monday 1/17 all schools are off for Martin Luther King Day. Enjoy the 4 day weekend. 

First Penance: Good luck to many of our Saint Francis second graders who will be receiving First Penance this Wednesday 1/19 at 6:30 pm at St. Francis de Sales Parish. We will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers as you continue on your spiritual journey and prepare for receiving the Eucharist for the first time.

Academy Family Association General Meeting: The Academy Family Association Executive Board is having its second general meeting on Thursday 1/20 at 7 pm. Please join the AFA board to hear updates about fundraising, Catholic Schools Week, and other matters.   

Please see the information below about joining the meeting virtually. 

When: Jan 20, 2022 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Topic: Academy Family Association General Meeting

Please click the link below to join the webinar:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82688119313?pwd=NjJORGxlVTV0QThWZ3NvQjZUN3Vzdz09

Passcode: SFDS2022

FACTS Gradebook: As we are now almost ½ way through the 2nd trimester of the school year please if you haven’t already, log on to the Family portal of FACTS to check on how your child is progressing this year. This is a great way to see if your child is missing any assignments. Please contact the main office via email at ckenny@stfrancisschoolbh.net if you have any questions. Please remember you can also look at the yearly calendar and  your tuition balance through the FACTS parent portal as well. 

Venmo: Some families may have noticed that since January 1st the St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy Venmo account has been closed. Due to some changes to the Federal Tax Code  it was decided that it was no longer viable for the school to have a Venmo account. We will continue to use FACTS as the main way of collecting fundraiser money such as bagel orders, candy sale, etc. Please note that all yearbook orders need to be handed in by check as Venmo is no longer an option. Any major issues please let us know. 

Re-Registration 2022-2023:: Over the next two weeks we will be sending out instructions to re-register for the 2022-2023 school year. All re-registration forms  will be done via the FACTS Family Portal. Please note that all re-registration fees ($125 re-registration fee and $100 lunch fee) will be added to your FACTS account. At that time you will have the option of paying through your checking account or being invoiced. Please note that all fees are non-refundable. 

Please note for your re-registration to be complete you must fill out the form and pay the registration fee no later than 2/27/22 and be up to date on all tuition payments for the 2021-2022 school year. We do expect to have a waiting list in many grade levels once we open registration and cannot hold a seat unless your re-registration is complete. If there are any financial issues please let the school administration know as soon as possible. 

Please note that all families that have a sibling (brother/sister) and filled out the intent form to register for the next school year will be receiving an email prior to 2/4/22 with a link to the registration portal for the 2022-2023 school year which officially opens on 2/11/22. 

Parking at Dismissal: Just a reminder to please be respectful of everyone. Please do not double park or block our neighbors driveways at dismissal time. It causes issues for thru traffic as well as can create a dangerous situation for our children.

Thank you for your consideration.

Chocolate Bar Sale: Our school will be conducting a fund-raising candy sale during the month of February. We will be selling World’s Finest Chocolate Products – truly delicious chocolates that have been sold for years by schools and organizations.

This year we are hoping for All Families to assist with this sale in order to make it as successful as possible. If all 374 Families sell 1 box of chocolate, we will earn a profit of over $11,000.00

On February 1st,  your oldest child will be given a box of chocolate to take home. If you cannot support us in the sale, please return the form that will be sent out next week on or before January 28th.

All Students of families selling a box of Chocolate will receive a dress down ticket to use on a day of their choice. 

Gym Uniform Days: Just a reminder that as we have some cold weather in the next few weeks that any day the temperature is slated to be 20 degrees or colder, students have the option of wearing their gym uniform. Usually when there is snow in the forecast the administration will send out a text message notifying families that children can wear their gym uniforms. 

I-Ready Diagnostic Test (Week of 1/24): All students in Kindergarten-8th grade will be taking the second round of the diagnostic test during the week of January 24th. Students will complete both the i-Ready Math Diagnostic and the Language Arts i-Ready Diagnostic. This will be the second time that the students are taking the diagnostic test and we look forward to sharing their results and growth with you once we have completed the test for all students. 

For those who are not sure i-Ready is an online program for reading and mathematics that will help your student’s teacher determine your student’s needs, personalize their learning, and monitor progress throughout the school year. i-Ready allows your child’s teacher to meet your student exactly where they are and provides data to increase your student’s learning gains

Learn more about i-Ready by watching this video!

How can parents help their child prepare for an iReady assessment? 

Your child’s teacher administering the assessment uses pre-assessment instructions to explain the assessment to students. It is important for parents to encourage their children to try their best on the assessment. Since iReady is a general measure of student ability in mathematics, students perform best on the assessment in the same way they perform best in school—when they have had plenty of rest, attend school regularly, and have eaten.

How can parents help their child prepare for an iReady assessment? 

Explain and Encourage

Explain to your student how working on i-Ready will help them continue their learning while they are away from school, prepare them and their teachers for coming back to school, and help ensure they are ready for their next grade level. Encourage your student to take each lesson and quiz question seriously. Emphasize “thinking before clicking,” because just clicking through will not be a productive use of their time nor reflect what your student actually knows. Remind your student to read passages in their entirety, use paper and pencil to solve math problems, and use the tools that appear at the bottom of the screen in some lessons.

Stay tuned for next week’s email blast for more information. 

Box Tops: Box Tops For Education is now fully digital! No more clipping! Now supporting St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy is as easy as scanning your receipt with the Box Tops app! It’s an easy way to make a difference.

Use the link below to download the Box Tops app:

https://btfe.smart.link/c2jjdifkw?referral_code=ZR6D4RRM

Winter/Spring 2022 Bagel Order Form for Grades K-8: We are happy again to offer Bagel Mondays from Boardwalk Bagels every Monday this school year. This form will cover every Monday from Monday 2/7 until Monday 6/6 for Grades K-8.  

Every Monday for the dates indicated below, students have the option to purchase bagels for lunch. 

15 Bagel Days ($30)

February: 7th, 14th, and 28th

March: 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th

April 4th, 11th, and 25th

May: 2nd, 9th, 16th, and 23rd

June: 6th 

NOTE:  Please fill out a SEPARATE order form for each child. 

After you submit your order you will be charged on your FACTS account. Payment is expected within 20 days of posting. 

The completed form(s) is due by Tuesday, January 18th.  

No refunds will be issued if a child is absent.

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

PDHP Family Fun Night: Please join us for PDHP’s big borough family fun night. A cozy and fun night of family bonding, through games and gratitude right in your own home! For Queens Catholic Schools and Academies K-8

Where: Zoom

When: Thursday, February 3, 2022

Time: Starts at 7pm

Register at: https://forms.gle/TZWaQzHKYyBuVuUUA

SAVE THE DATE

Monday 1/24: Feast of St. Francis de Sales

Have a great weekend! We look forward to sharing all the information about Catholic Schools Week 2022 in next week’s email blast.