Weekly Update #30 SFDS Week of April 25th 2022

Dear Academy Families,

Happy Easter! The days of Lent and the winter weather are now gone and we look forward to warmer days and the new life that the Risen Lord has brought us. It is unbelievable that in a few days we begin the month of May, and will be in the home stretch of the 2021- 2022 school year. 

During this time of year many events have been planned; the celebration of the sacrament of the First Eucharist, Grade 7 Ring/Pin celebration, Blue and Gold Day, Graduation, just to name a few….  It is a joyful time to be around Saint Francis!  At the same time, it is tempting to get into the summer mindset prematurely. We still have a lot to accomplish!  Please remind your children that the hard work of being a student does not decrease when the temperature increases.  Also, the high expectations of respect in our interactions with each other knows no season and takes no holiday. Reinforcements of these ideals at home can be a great help to your child’s success here at school   

Onto to some important updates for our school for the Week of April 25th, 2022.  

Updated COVID Report: This past week (4/8-4/13) St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy had 1 positive COVID case.  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. 

COVID At Home Tests/Return from Easter Recess: 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 before we left for Easter Recess.  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.  

Math State Test:  This week 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 have received a Dress Down Ticket for Monday 4/25 the week before Easter Recess  week. 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 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

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.


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

Financial Aid for the 2022-2023 School Year: The Diocese of Brooklyn and Futures in Education are working together to make Catholic Education a possibility for ALL students! Applications are now being accepted for need-based tuition assistance through the Futures in Education program!

Time is running out for new families to apply!

Log on to www.FuturesinEducation.org for details and application information!


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

State of the Academy: Please save the date and join us on  Tuesday May 10th at 7pm for the annual Board of Directors’ State of the Academy. Our Board Members will be providing specific updates on various facets of the Academy including finances, facilities , enrollment, academics and many more.

Spring Book Fair: Did you know? Reading just 20 minutes a day exposes your child to about 1.8 million words per year. Reading helps students develop a stronger vocabulary, and in addition, students who read for pleasure average higher grades in English, mathematics, science, and history!

Encourage your child to read books for fun by attending and supporting our upcoming Scholastic Book Fair. Allow your child to choose the books they want to read! It’s a wonderful selection of engaging and affordable books for every reading level.

Mark your calendar!

Book Fair dates: Tuesday, May 10th and Wednesday, May 11th a more detailed schedule will be included in next week’s email blast. 

If you are unable to attend the Fair in person, we invite you to visit our Online Fair at: https://bookfairs.scholastic.com/bookfairs/cptoolkit/homepage.do?method=homepage&url=stfrancisdesalesschool10

Our Online Fair is available from 5/9 to 5/22.

Remember, all purchases benefit our school. Thank you for supporting our readers!

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. 

Catholic Schools Night with the Brooklyn Cyclones: On Tuesday, June 21st, St. Francis De Sales Catholic Academy is planning a “School Spirit Night” at Maimonides Park, home of the Brooklyn Cyclones. Come to historic Coney Island and watch the Cyclones take on the Jersey Shore Blueclaws. Pregame activities include the priests taking on the principals and teachers in the Collars vs Scholars softball game. There will be a ceremony celebrating the Valedictorians and Salutatorians from Catholic schools throughout the diocese.

Tickets are just $15 for St. Francis De Sales Catholic Academy students, teachers, friends, and family members! Front Gates Open to the public at 6:00pm. First Pitch is scheduled for a 7:00PM start.

Each ticket is priced at $15.00. Each ticket comes with a free Brooklyn Cyclones hat. Also, for an additional $5.00 you can add a limited edition Msgr. Cassato bobblehead to your ticket package. This night is a great way to fundraise for your school, boost that school spirit, hang with family and friends, and celebrate the end of the school year and the countdown to summer vacation.

For additional information, you can call (718)-634-2775 or send an email to Helen Endall at hendall@stfrancisschoolbh.net


Have a great weekend.