Weekly Update #32 SFDS Week of May 9th 2022

Dear Academy Families,

Over the next two weeks, all of our second graders will be receiving the Sacrament of First Holy Eucharist. We know they are preparing both here in school and at home with their families and parishes. What a special time for our second graders as they come to the Lord’s Table to receive the Holy Eucharist for the first time. 

Also during the month of May, a month both named for and dedicated to Mary, our Blessed Mother, we honor her in many ways.  One way is by holding a May Crowning, where our second-grade students lead us in this most beautiful and reverent celebration.  Please join us at the May Crowning ceremony, scheduled for May 17th at 11:00 am. 

I’d also like to share with you all the importance of children attending school and arriving on time daily.  Time on learning matters and makes a significant difference in student learning and social-emotional development.  As you can imagine, multiple absences and tardiness create significant learning gaps, making it increasingly difficult for a child to keep up with the class routines and curriculum.  This link clearly outlines how absences and tardiness add up.  We need your help in getting students to school every day on time. Here are a few practical tips to help support regular attendance:

  • Make sure your child(ren) keeps a regular bedtime and morning routine.
  • Layout clothes and pack backpacks the night before school.
  • Ensure your children go to school every day unless they are truly sick.
  • Avoid scheduling vacations or doctor’s appointments when school is in session.
  • Talk to teachers, counselors, or school administration for advice if your child(ren) feels anxious about going to school.

Just a reminder that if your child is reported sick for three or more consecutive days a doctor’s note of clearance is required to return. 

Onto to some important updates for our school for the Week of May 9th, 2022.  

Updated COVID Report: This past week (4/29-5/5) St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy had 4 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. 

We will once again be sending home At-Home COVID Testing kits with children early next week. If your child is ever showing symptoms of COVID-19 or is in a class with a positive case parents are asked to test their kids before returning to school. Thanks as always for helping keep everyone safe. If you are ever in need of more at-home kits please contact Mrs. Endall at hendall@stfrancisschoolbh.net and we will send them home right away. 

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.

You are invited to a Zoom webinar.

When: May 10, 2022, 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Topic: 2022 State of the Academy

Please click the link below to join the webinar:


Passcode: SFDS2022

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) Parents of students in grades K-2 are welcome to meet their children in the gym to help shop for books during their child’s assigned time. Any questions please email your child’s teacher.

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!

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.

NJHS Spring Carnival: The National Junior Honor Society is sponsoring our annual Spring Carnival to be held on Friday, May 13th, 2022. Nursery through Grade 5 is invited to participate in the activities created and operated by the 6th, 7th, and 8th-grade students. Admission to the carnival will be $1.00 per child, and there will be snacks and drinks available for purchase for $1.00 each on that day. To purchase a ticket, please send in a dollar in an envelope labeled with your child’s name and class and “Spring Carnival” on it. Students may dress down. Tickets will be given to the teachers to distribute on the day of the Carnival. Due to space, and time limitations, this carnival is open to students only. Thank you to Ms. Killian and Ms. Farragher for coordinating this fun event!

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.  

Tuition: Just a reminder that next week on Monday 5/16 the final tuition payment is due for the 2021-2022 school year.  We do ask that all tuition arrears are settled over the next few weeks. We will continue the payment schedule of tuition for the 2022-2023 school year from August 2022-May 2023. If you have any tuition questions please contact our bookkeeper Marguerite Kazalski at mkazalski@stfrancisschoolbh.net

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

SFDS 2022 Golf & Tennis Outing: At this time, Golf registration is closed.  There are a few spots left for Tennis and Dinner at the Belle Harbor Yacht Club.  50/50 raffle tickets are still available!  Please reach out to Mike Brenna at (646) 644-3741 with any questions. Looking forward to a fun day in the sun next Friday. 

 St. Vincent de Paul Service Requirement: As we are almost ½ way into the third trimester, please remember that the 6th, 7th and 8th grades 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. 


Dress Down Day: On Friday, May 20th we are having a Dress Down Day. It is $1 or a Donation to help two SFDS Alumni Daniel (2019) and Sean (2020) O’Malley. They are off to Tennessee to build homes and support those in need and their families through the Companions of St. Francis Xavier Service and Immersion Program (CFX)Red, White, and Blue is the Dress Down Theme. We thank you in advance for your generosity! Daniel and Sean (Class of 2023 and 2024) will be attending the CFX service trip to Tennessee with Xavier High School in August.

Spring Cleaning: Time to tidy up and support the 8th Grade SFDS 8th Grade Spring Clothing Drive on Monday, May 23rd from 4 pm-7 pm in the Small Hall. 

Donations may include: gently used clothing, coats, bedding, towels, curtains, pocketbooks, backpacks, stuffed animals, and toys. Please keep shoes, boots, sneakers & sports cleats separate from clothing. **Please NO books or kitchen cookware/appliances**

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 the 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 7 pm. A small reception will follow in the Small Hall. All 7th graders are asked to report to the Small Hall at 6:40 pm.  

5th Annual Art Night: Please join us on June 8th at 5 pm 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 student’s artwork please follow our artists on Instagram at (sfds_art)

Early Childhood Information Nights: On Monday, June 6th at 6 pm, we will be hosting Nursery and Pre-K information night, and on Monday, June 13th at 6 pm, we will invite our incoming Kindergarten parents to join us for the Kindergarten Information Night. On both evenings, the early childhood teachers will be sharing all the details of what is in store for your children who are entering their early childhood years. Parents will be receiving supply lists and summer ideas during this meeting as well. We hope to see everyone there. 

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 and Happy Mother’s Day!