Weekly Update #3 SFDS Week of September 27th 2021

Dear Families,

Another busy few days have come to an end here at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy. I hope each of you has a great weekend, as we rest up for what should be an exciting week at school. 

After three weeks of school, there is no doubt that we have had a  “closer to normal” beginning of the school year than last year with all students in for in-person instruction each day and after-school activities getting back to full swing. With that being said we are reminded each time the school notifies the school community of a positive case that our world is not back to normal yet. 

During our first weeks of school, we reviewed our procedures and safety protocols. During morning announcements we have spoken about proper mask-wearing and safe hand washing and sanitizing. In our classrooms, and hallways we continue to have hand sanitizing stations, with additional stations located at the entry points leading in and out of recess. All classrooms in our elementary and junior high have individual desks spaced at a minimum of three feet apart. Finally, when necessary we continue to employ additional staff in order to intensify our daily cleaning and disinfecting efforts. Everyone has contributed in preparing the building for our students’ safe return. 

I like to take this opportunity to be completely transparent, every time a confirmed positive case is reported to the school we take it very seriously. We discuss each case individually with the family first to determine where the exposure may have come from. Many times the exposure is known to the family and is reported to the school. Then the Diocesan Office is consulted who also at times brings in the Department of Health (DOH) for guidance as well. Our first concern of course is always how the positive case is feeling, followed by trying to determine if any student, teacher, or staff member is determined to be a close contact. If in our conversations it is determined that there are close contacts we notify the close contact and follow the DOH guidelines for the close contact to return to school. In most cases that we look into we determine that a small number of students and/or staff had close contact with the positive case and therefore must serve a precautionary quarantine (unless they are vaccinated or have had COVID-19 in the past 90 days.) This small number of students and staff receive a separate notification from the school. No one returns to school unless they follow the DOH protocol. We will continue to notify the school community when cases come into the school building, yet no other information will be given as it would be a violation of HIPPA laws.

We ask that everyone please stay vigilant, talk to your family pediatrician about your child if over the age of 12 about receiving the vaccine, wear a mask when near people outside of your household when indoors, and sanitize your hands. We will continue to do our best to keep our school open and hopefully, our school community does not experience a spike in positive COVID-19 cases. 

Finally please, please please remember to fill out the daily health screening form each and every day. Although it is repetitive it does help families sometimes catch symptoms that could possibly be a symptom of COVID-19. Please note that this few second screening is required for all students.  Please click here for instructions to do the daily health screening form. If you are having an issue with the form please either email Mrs. Endall at hendall@stfrancisschoolbh.net or call Mrs. Endall at 718-634-2775. 

Now onto some announcements from the past week and the days ahead……

 

I-Ready: This past week all students began the I-Ready diagnostic test. Towards the end of this week or early next week, all of your children in Grades 1-8 will be sent home with their I-Ready beginning of the year diagnostic test in Reading and Math. There will be a letter that explains the purpose of the exam and the next steps both in the classroom and at home with the I-Ready program. Of course, if you have any questions please be in touch with your child’s teacher and/or the administration. Our Kindergarten students will take their diagnostic test during the week of October 12th. 

 

Enrichment Programs Starting: Just a reminder that many of our enrichment programs will begin over the next month.  Mad Science on October 13 and Crayola World of Design on October 14th. 

We received word from our Superintendent’s office this week that we can move forward with starting up once again one of our after-school programs, The Paul Effman Band. 

As in the past, the lessons will be after school on Tuesday afternoons. We are asking all families that would like to register their children for this after-school activity to do so by Tuesday 9/28. This will allow us to plan accordingly for the number of students who would like to join this activity. If you have already registered over the summer please note that you do not need to do anything at this time. 

For more information including a registration form please click below. 

www.pemusic.com/join

To see a short video about many of the instruments that a child can learn please click below.  

https://vimeo.com/580337515/03219818a5

We are so excited about restarting this program and hope our young musicians are just excited. If you have any questions you can call Paul Effman Band at (800) 921-4543.

 

Winter and Summer Uniform: Please note that starting on Monday, October 18th, winter uniforms should be worn. If the temperature is stated to be above 75 degrees that day, summer uniforms may be worn. Please do not take advantage of this policy. 75 degrees does not mean  74 degrees, 73 degrees, etc. 

 

School Yard/Parking Lot: As discussed at a few different times last year, we are asking all parents to please watch their children in the schoolyard after they have been dismissed from school. We have had several instances of children on scooters riding into other children. There should be no bike riding or scooter riding in the schoolyard until after all classes have been dismissed. In the past, we’ve also had issues with families parking their cars in the lot. Please understand that we use the schoolyard for recess and dismissal, so if you could please try to find street parking, that would be very much appreciated. If parking in the schoolyard occurred for some reason please remember that no one should be leaving the parking lot until after 2:45 pm. Finally, at no time should any child be climbing a fence or bleachers from the parish basketball program, this is a safety issue and of course, we do not want to see anyone hurt. 

 

Fundraising Corner

Bagel Mondays: Just a reminder that Bagel Mondays begin this Monday. Please note that all FACTS accounts were billed over the past few days. Payment will be automatic if you have selected that preference when you set up your FACTS account. If you are not on automatic payment we do expect payment within 20 days. Thanks for your support.  

School Sweatshirts: Each year in the past our school has sold sweatshirts and jackets this time of the year. This year we are placing an order for an SFDS quarter zip sweatshirt with a vendor that we used the past two years. If you would like to order a sweatshirt for your child please fill out the form below. Please note that the only sweatshirts that can be worn in school are these sweatshirts with the Saint Francis Logo, or past sweatshirts from the Jacket sale, or the Gym Sweatshirt. No CYO sweatshirts are allowed to be worn during the day as part of the uniform.

 The price of the sweatshirt is $35.00. $39.00 for 2XL and 3XL.

 Please fill out the form below by October 4th. You will be billed via your FACTS Account.

Any questions please email Mrs. Buckley at mbuckley@stfrancisschoolbh.net

 https://forms.gle/oJBnFXn2k97iZQ4e7

Fall Flower Sale: We are partnering up with Shannon’s Florist in Brooklyn to have a Fall Mum, Cabbage, Corn Stalk, and Hay Bale sale. Please see below the order form.

https://forms.gle/B1YYe9bPpLJZ4oPn7

Please for each item pick a quantity even if it is zero. All order forms are due by Sunday, September 26th.  We need to have the order to the florist no later than Monday, September 27th. You will be billed the amount you order through your FACTS account during the week of September 27th. At that time you can pay through FACTS or send in payment to the main office. The completed form is due by Sunday, September 26th, 2021  The items will be delivered to the school on Friday, October 1st, and will be available to be picked up at dismissal on the 1st.

 

Amazon Smile: AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support St. Francis DeSales Catholic Academy every time you shop, at no cost to you.

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Good news! AmazonSmile is now available in the Amazon Shopping App to all AmazonSmile customers using supported Android devices. You can use the below copy and instructions to share the news with your supporters!

If you are an AmazonSmile customer, you can now support St Francis deSales Catholic Academy in the Amazon shopping app on your Android device! Simply follow these instructions to turn on AmazonSmile and start generating donations.

  1. If you have the latest version of the Amazon Shopping App, open the App on your Android device.
  2. View Settings and select AmazonSmile.
  3. Follow the in-App instructions to complete the process.

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AmazonSmile is not currently available for iOS users. 

SAVE THE DATE

Blessing of the Animals: October 4th is the feast day of Saint Francis Assisi.  Saint Francis is remembered as the patron saint of animals and the environment.  Saint Francis of Assisi chose a life of poverty, prayer, and peacemaking.  He cared for the poor, the sick, and all creation, and founded the Franciscan order. It is customary on the feast day of Saint Francis to bless the animals, in remembrance of his love for all creatures great and small.   All are welcome to join the Saint Francis de Sales and Blessed Trinity Parish communities in the blessing of animals on Monday 10/4 at 4 pm at St. Francis Parish, and 6:30 pm at St. Thomas More Church and Father Hession Hall. Feel free to bring your pets. 

Upcoming ½ Day: For planning purposes, Thursday 10/7 will be a half-day with 12n dismissal for all students due to our afternoon faculty meeting. 

School Closed for Professional Development on October 8th:  Just a reminder that Friday, October 8th is a scheduled day off for students. Enjoy the 4-day Fall weekend! 

Terranovas: From October 13th-October 20th the Terra Nova assessment series will be administered to students in grades three through eight.  This assessment series is administered to all students attending Catholic elementary schools in the Diocese. The Terra Nova is designed to measure concepts, processes, and objectives taught throughout the nation.  Terra Nova results are used to: analyze strengths and weaknesses of a student’s achievement in each content area; plan for further instruction; plan for curriculum development; and to report progress to parents.

Socktober: On Friday, 10/15 don’t forget to bring in $1 and wear CRAZY socks as we celebrate the last day of summer uniform. 

Have a good weekend!