Weekly Update #34 SFDS Week of May 23rd 2022

Dear Academy Families,


On Thursday we celebrate the Solemnity of the Ascension of Jesus to Heaven. Out students will be attending the 10 am Mass on this day. 

“Jesus said to his disciples: “Go into the whole world and proclaim the gospel to every creature. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved…But they went forth and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the word through accompanying signs.”There is a misconception that this is a sad time as He is leaving the earthly world, but it is a joyful time as we celebrate His triumph over death and return to the Father.

Jesus tells the disciples that the Holy Spirit will come upon them to baptize them, allowing them to fully proclaim the Word of God. The Gospel leaves us with an important message about the disciples’ purpose. The disciples were tasked to go into the world and share the Gospel with everyone; “every creature.” Jesus does not tell the disciples that His words only apply to some, He wants everyone to have the opportunity to hear His words. The Gospel reading demonstrates the need to evangelize not only to Baptized individuals but to all so that they might have the knowledge of Christ to be baptized.

Catholic Schools welcome students of all faiths and cultures and we believe that everyone should have the experience of knowing and loving Christ whether they are baptized or not in the hope that unbaptized students will one day join us in the faith. Like the early disciples, we are blessed with teachers who seek to spread the message of the Gospel to all students. As we come to the end of the Easter season let us give thanks for the gift of a Catholic education. 

Speaking of Thanks. A special thank you to Mr. Mike Brenna for helping organize this year’s Golf and Tennis Outing. Mr. Brenna along with the Golf and Tennis Committee (Cass Boggiano, Sean Fitzgerald, Pat Hayden, Jay Youngberg, Kynn Duffy, Meg Riley and Fran Brenna) put together a great day of Golf and Tennis and helped raise over $15,000 for our academy. Thanks again for all your hard work and support of our Catholic Academy. 

Onto to some important updates for our school for the Week of May 23rd 2022.  


Updated COVID Report: This past week (5/13-5/19) 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. 

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 for more at home kits please contact Mrs. Endall at hendall@stfrancisschoolbh.net and we will send them home right away. 


Family Survey: In an effort to improve system practices, Saint Francis de Sales Catholic Academy is conducting a Family Survey until Tuesday May 24th.  We value your opinion and ask that you take the time to complete this survey. This survey is similar to the survey’s given over the past two years to compare results. We also have a 2nd survey that we are asking families to complete to help us gauge our academy’s Catholic Identity. 

In order to complete the surveys , please go to: 

Family Survey:


And Catholic Identity Survey


Please be assured that your responses to this survey will be anonymous.  Your honest opinion is appreciated. Thank you for your time and attention to this matter.


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 for all adults of our community. 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. We hope to have a packed gymnasium on this night. Our 6th-8th graders will be meeting with Mr. Herren during their school day on May 24th as well. 


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

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


Grade 4 and 8 Science: Grade 4 &  8 will be completing their Science Performance exams on Tuesday, May 24th. We encourage the students to get a good night’s sleep and eat a hearty breakfast on the mornings of their exams. 


Blue and Gold Day: This Wednesday, May 25th, and Friday, May 27th are 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. Students on the day of their competitions are able to dress down in their team colors. Just a reminder that no child should have their hair colored or face painted. Thanks in advance for your cooperation. Parents are invited to cheer their children on at their assigned times. All parents who are coming to cheer the students on are asked to enter using the CYO entance no earlier than 15 minutes before their child’s sessions. We do ask that all families park on the street (legally) The schoolyard is not in use most of the day so our students can use it for recess. Parents are asked to sit on the stage or the first section of the bleachers closest to the stage to cheer their children on. The rest of the bleachers are reserved for the students. We will have a schedule of events posted so parents can gauge when their children will be competing.

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


Outdoor Movie Night: Please join us for our Annual Outdoor Movie Night on May 27th, 2022 in St. Francis de Sales Schoolyard. 

Gates will open at 7:45 pm- No earlier

The movie will begin at about 8:15 pm

The movie will end at about 9:45 pm 

Featuring the movie Encanto (Sing-a-long Version) Rated PG

$5.00 admission fee per person collected at the gate. Snacks will be sold.

Please note this is an RSVP event- All families that would like to attend will have to RSVP how many adults and children will attend by Wednesday 5/25. Please RSVP by using the following form:


We will email all RSVPs on Thursday 5/26 to confirm that you are still attending. An adult must be present for each student for the duration of the movie. Please bring a beach chair or blanket to sit on.


Last Call for Records for Next Year:  If any child is transferring from St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy for the 2021-2022 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.  


Memorial Day Parade: Please save the date for Monday, May 30th and join the Academy community and Franny our Mascot to march in the Memorial Day Parade. We start the day off with mass at 10:30am which is followed with a short march to 121st street. We would love to see everyone, especially our students come out for this special event.



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 6:40 pm.  

1/2 Day Dismissal: Friday, June 3rd is a half-day.Please remember that dismissal is at 12pm and that there is no after school service on half days

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 students’ 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 6pm, 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. 

Spring Concert: Members of the Paul Effman Band: please save the date Tuesday June 14th at 7pm for the second annual St Francis de Sales Catholic Academy Band Spring Concert. 

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 6:00 pm. First Pitch is scheduled for a 7:00 PM start.

Each ticket is priced at $15.00. Each ticket comes with a free Brooklyn Cyclones hat. 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.