Weekly Update #31 SFDS Week of May 2nd 2022

Dear Academy Families,

Next weekend our second graders begin to receive their special sacrament at Blessed Trinity and St. Francis de Sales Parishes. They’ve worked and prayed all year in preparation for their First Holy Communion. These students will be followed on May 14th by students receiving the sacrament at St. Francis de Sales Parish. We know that whatever day it is it will be a wonderful day for all our second-grade families. We will keep them in our prayers for this very special and important moment in their life. A very special thank you to Mrs. O’Malley, Mrs. Gannon, and Mrs. D’Alessandro for preparing the children for this special day. 

Onto to some important updates for our school for the Week of May 2nd, 2022.  

Updated COVID Report: This past week (4/21-4/28) 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. 

Calendar Changes: Due to the school being closed on Friday 4/29, the following changes have been made to the school calendar. 

  • The 2022 Card Party scheduled for Friday 4/29 is being moved to Saturday, June 4th, 2022. 
  • The Pizza day for Grades 5-8 scheduled for Friday 4/29 is now being moved until Wednesday 6/1. 
  • Sign Language Club for Grade 5 will not occur on Friday 4/29 instead Sign Language Club will now be extended until Friday 5/20. 

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

Spring Plant Sale: As the weather gets nicer it is always great to plant a little bit and make our home even more beautiful.

We are partnering up with Shannon’s Florist in Brooklyn to have a Spring Flower Sale. Please see the form for pictures of the items which is followed by an order form. Please for each item pick a quantity even if it is zero. All order forms are due by Monday, May 2nd.  We need to have the order to the florist no later than Monday, May 2nd.

All money will be collected through FACTS. Your account will be billed during the week of May 2nd.

The items will be delivered to the school on either May 5th or 6th  and will be available to be picked up at dismissal. Thanks for your support.

Babysitting Night: (Grades K-3) The Graduating Class of 2022 will be organizing a fun night for our Kindergarten through 3rd-grade students. This SFDSCA 8th Grade Babysitting Night allows you to enjoy two and a half hours kid-free on Friday, May 20th, 2022 from  6 pm-8:30 pm open to kids Kindergarten- 3rd grade. This opportunity is open to SFDSCA families ONLY.

Your kids will be supervised by school staff,  8th-grade students, and 8th-grade parent volunteers (VIRTUS trained). Children will be treated to a movie, games, crafts, and organized sports and activities. We will provide the children with a snack (drinks and chips, etc.). Please be sure your child has dinner prior to coming.

The fee is $20 for the first child and for each additional child is $5. Please submit the form and send in payment separately to the main office. in an envelope marked “8th Grade Babysitting Night”. 

Please RSVP BY May 12th, 2022. We cannot accept registration after the 12th for planning reasons. You will NOT be able to pay the night of the event.

State of the Academy: Please save the date and join us on  Tuesday, May 10th at 7 pm 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: We are so excited once again to be hosting an in-person Book Fair on Tuesday, May 10th, and Wednesday, May 11th (see schedule below) We are also asking any parent that is VIRTUS trained and would like to volunteer a day or two at the book fair to please email Mrs. Lisa Hayden at afa@stfrancisschoolbh.net no later than Sunday 5/1/22. A special thank you to Mrs. Rita Martin for chairing this event. 

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. The summer uniform is as follows. If your child is not able to wear this they are also able to continue to wear the winter dress uniform as well. 

Boys and Girls Grades 1-8

Tan uniform shorts or skorts for girls, blue golf shirts with the school emblem, black or brown shoes (sneakers and sandals are not permitted; Sperrys/Boat shoes without design or bright colors may be worn with white/black socks), white/black socks and a black or brown belt. Shorts are to be worn just above the knee. Short shorts are not acceptable.

Pre-K and Kindergarten

Uniform mesh shorts and t-shirts with school emblem (Pre-K: Maroon, Kindergarten: Gray) white socks, sneakers with velcro or shoelace closures


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

St. Vincent de Paul: As we are almost ½ way into the third trimester, please remember that the 6th, 7th and 8th grade are asked to complete 10, 15, and 20 service hours respectively before the end of each school year. Students must complete a log and reflection by May 13th. For more information about the log sheet students can ask their homeroom teacher. Please note that this service can count towards confirmation hours as well. It cannot count towards NJHS hours. If a child has a question or needs assistance in getting hours completed they can see Mr. Scharbach in the main office. 


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. 

2022 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. 

Wednesday 5/25

9am-10am- Kindergarten

10:30am-12:00pm- Grades 1 and 2

12:30pm-2pm- Grades 3 and 4

Friday 5/27

10am-11:45am- Grades 5-6

12:30pm-2:15pm- Grades 7 and 8

Class of 2023 Ring/Pin Service: The Class of 2023 (7th graders) will receive their class rings and pins in St. Francis de Sales Church on Tuesday 5/31 at 7pm. A small reception will follow in the Small Hall. All 7th graders are asked to report to the Small Hall at 6:40pm.  

Annual Art Show: Please join us on June 8th at 5pm for our annual Art Show! Ms. Mangano and our students have worked tirelessly in preparation for a truly superb art gallery display. We hope to see many of you there. To get a sneak peak of some of our students artwork please follow our artists on Instagram at (sfds_art)

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 good weekend.