Weekly Update #29 SFDS Week of April 11th 2022

Dear Academy Families,

Over the past week, many classes began preparing for the closing of Lent and the celebration of Christ’s resurrection through special prayer services and lessons getting them ready for the last two weeks of lent. As we approach this Holiest time of the year, please also remember that throughout this season of lent all of us school-wide are asked to stop each night at 6:30 (set your alarm) to say 3 Hail Marys. We can unite in prayer for peace in Ukraine and in our world. Please see below the schedule of masses, morning prayer, and Stations of the Cross for Holy Week at Blessed Trinity and St. Francis de Sales Parishes. 

Finally, we are looking forward to our Passion Play on Tuesday 4/12 at @1:30pm where many of our 7th-grade students reenact the solemn events that occurred through Jesus’s journey towards death and resurrection. All parents of the 7th graders who are in this year’s passion play are invited to join us and watch their child’s performance.   

Onto to some important updates for our school for the Week of April 11th, 2022.  

Updated COVID Report: This past week (4/2-4/8) St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy has had 2 positive COVID cases.  You can also always see how many cases the school has had since September, the last 14 days, and the last 7 days by clicking here. 

At-Home COVID Tests: To help keep schools safe it is recommended students get tested for COVID-19 before returning to school after Easter Recess on Monday, April 25th, regardless of vaccination status. 

The testing can be through a PCR, lab-based rapid test, or a home test kit. Each student was given two COVID-19 home tests on Thursday or Friday of this week. The test kits come with printed instructions that you should follow when administering the test.

Recommendations for At-Home Testing:

Please help your child take one of the COVID tests provided on the evening of Sunday, April 24th or the morning of Monday, April 25th. 

Please help your child take the second test on Day 3, Wednesday, April 27th. 

  • If your child tests negative and feels well, they should come to school on Monday, April 25th.
  • Please note, if your child has recovered from a confirmed case of COVID-19 since January 25th, it is not recommended to take a test and if they feel well should come to school on Monday, April 25th.

If your child tests positive on one of the tests?

  • Please inform Dr. Scharbach, your child should stay home and follow the recommendation of your healthcare provider for isolation protocols.  

2022-2023 Tentative Calendar: A tentative calendar for the next school year has been posted on our website. As always the calendar is subject to change if necessary. Professional Days, ½ days, report card conferences, etc. have yet to be determined. Please check periodically for more details about next year’s school events over the next few weeks. 

Math State Test:  In three weeks when we return from Easter recess, the New York State Mathematics Tests will be administered to students. We will continue Computer-Based Testing for grades 6 and 7 this year, while 4th grade will continue to take paper-based tests. The computer-based test will have the same questions as the paper version but students will take the test on their Chromebooks. Below you will find a summary of the changes that were made to the Mathematics Tests over the past few years.

  • Fewer testing sessions. Three years ago, the Math Tests were reduced from three test sessions per subject to only two sessions per subject, meaning each subject will have two days of testing instead of three. With fewer test sessions, each test will have fewer questions than in past years, lessening test fatigue for students and better enabling them to demonstrate what they know and are able to do.
  • The tests continue to be untimed so students who are still working on their exams will be allowed to continue to work, within the confines of the regular school day. Students who finish may be permitted to hand in their test materials (or submit the test if testing on the computer) and leave the room. If so, students should exit quietly so they do not disturb any students still working.
  • Test questions reviewed and written by New York State Teachers. Hundreds of New York State educators were involved in creating and reviewing questions for the 2022 Math Tests and selecting the questions for the test forms.

Please make sure your child in Grades 4, 6, and 7 get a good night sleep for Tuesday April 26th and Wednesday April 27th. 

Dress Down Day for St. Jude’s Math-a-thon: All students who participated in this year’s St. Jude’s Math-a-thon should of received a Dress Down Ticket this week. If they did not receive their ticket please email Mrs. Endall no later than Tuesday 4/12 so we can rectify the situation. Thanks again for participating and helping us raise over $30,000 for St. Jude’s Children Hospital. 

Golf Outing: Our 17th Annual Golf Outing will be held on Friday, May 13th 2022 at the Marine Park Golf Course. More information was sent home this week and can be seen below. 

Please consider taking a hole sponsorship with your family name displayed or a special cause or business you may wish to advertise. A beautiful sign will be displayed on a given golf hole or two displaying your support for our great school. More details are in the brochure that was sent home.  This is truly appreciated.

Lastly, please jump in on a great day on the golf course or at the Belle Harbor Yacht Club for some Tennis where we enjoy fellow neighbors & friends for a full day of golf and tennis followed up by great eats and drinks. Put your foursomes together as soon as possible to help secure a successful fundraiser and your foursome on this truly special day. Anyone may drop off monies at the rectory as well.  Thank You.

The success of this day, May 13th, requires all of us even if you do not golf.  As we rely on fundraisers such as the Annual Golf Classic to help support the education and growth of our students here at St. Francis de Sales. If anyone has any questions, concerns or inquiries, please contact Mike Brennan -Golf Chairman at 646-644-4513.

Academy Family Association General Meeting: Thanks to all who tuned in for last night’s meeting. For those who missed the meeting a recording of the meeting is available by clicking here. 

Card Party Tuition Raffle: One of the most anticipated and biggest prizes every year at the Card Party is the Tuition Raffle for one student for the 2022-2023 school year. Please think about supporting this raffle and getting a chance of winning free tuition for one child. (Winner need not be present). Tickets can be bought in the main office or by handing in tickets found on the order form by clicking here.

 Tablet’s Covid Relief Fundraiser for Catholic Schools: Three weeks ago we once again kicked-off “The Tablet’s Covid Relief Fundraiser for Catholic Schools.” We’re excited about this campaign because our school and students will directly benefit. This campaign will also support The Tablet’s work in reporting important news for Catholics. We believe it’s a win, win, win!. You’ll be happy to know that our school can apply all of our students’ sales toward our DeSales Technology Grant requirements. Our participation in the DeSales Technology Grant in the past was one of the main reasons we were able and still are able to provide a device to all students in our school. This was very helpful especially last spring when we had to go to a 100% remote model. We hope that all of our families think to participate in this fundraiser as it helps us keep technology current in our school building. The program is easy, can be done entirely online, and has great incentives for the schools and students.

https://thetablet.org/CovidReliefFundraiser/SchoolPage/?school=st-francis-de-sales-catholic-academy#

Help us reach our goal of 500 subscriptions sold to help us continue to keep our 1:1 Ipad/Chromebook program up to date.

Share the above link with family and friends. Please remember that even a renewal subscription counts. Remember to share the following information with the subscriber and remind them to enter it when placing their order to ensure your school and child gets the proper credit for the subscription:

The student’s first name

The student’s last name

The student’s grade

Records for Next Year:  If any child is transferring from St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy for the 2022-2023 school year, most likely their records will need to be sent to their new school. Please request that as soon as possible yet no later than the end of May as many schools are closed for the summer and ask for that information before we break for summer. 

Haircuts: Just a reminder from our Family Handbook: Both boys and girls are to have moderate, neat hairstyles. Boys may not have hair covering their ears. Neither boys nor girls may dye their hair. Avoid extremes in hairstyles. A moderate crew cut is acceptable. Lines, designs engraved in hair, Mohawk styles, or dyed hair are not permitted. Extreme contrasts in length of hair are not acceptable. If a student or parent has any questions about the hair code, they should speak to the school before getting a hair cut/styled. If there is a question concerning hairstyles, the decision will be up to the principal’s discretion.

SAVE THE DATE

½ Day Dismissal: Please note that Friday May 6th is a ½ day with a 12pm dismissal. 

Summer Uniform: Starting on Monday, May 9th students can begin to wear their summer uniforms. This is just a reminder if anyone needs to purchase summer uniforms you should think of ordering them soon. 

Prevention Starts WITH ALL- The Chris Herren Story: On Tuesday, May 24th at 7 pm. St Francis de Sales Catholic Academy will be hosting a presentation. Prevention Starts WITH ALL- The Chris Herren Story. Chris Herren is a former professional basketball player, a voice on the topic of substance use prevention, and a wellness advocate. Since 2009, Chris has spoken to over one million students, athletes, and community members, sparking honest discussions on the topics of substance use disorder and wellness. A person in long-term recovery, Chris continues to share his story nationally with a renewed focus on prevention education and challenging audiences to rethink how we look at the disease of addiction – changing the focus from the last day to the first. Over the coming weeks, more information will follow. 

Blue and Gold Day: Please save the dates for Wednesday May 25th and Friday May 27th for this year’s Blue and Gold Days. Our Kindergarten-Grade 4 students will be competing on Wednesday 5/25 and our 5th-8th graders will be competing on Friday 5/27. Both days of competition are scheduled to be in the school gymnasium. After Easter Recess we will share the exact times grades will be competing so parents can plan accordingly if they plan on attending to cheer on the students. 

Have a Happy Easter! Our next update will be on Friday April 22nd.