Weekly Update #35 SFDS Week of May 30th 2022

Dear Academy Families,

Congratulations to the Gold Team on their victory this year.  

And they who for their country die shall fill an honored grave, for glory lights the soldier’s tomb, and beauty weeps the brave.

— Joseph Rodman Drake, To the Defenders of New Orleans

Memorial Day has come to signify the start of summer for many Americans and is often celebrated with cookouts, family get-togethers, road races, and concerts. But the real meaning of Memorial Day has, for too many Americans, gotten lost in holiday hoopla. Memorial Day was created as an occasion to honor those who have paid the ultimate price to ensure our freedom. It is our opportunity to stop and give thanks to the many who have died protecting that freedom. Let us this weekend keep all those who have died for this country in our prayers. 

 Please join us this Monday, May 30th, and join the Academy community and to march in the Memorial Day Parade. St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy will be marching in the parade at 11:30 am in the morning following the Memorial Day Mass at 10:30 am. The parade starts right here on 129th street.  We would love to see everyone come out for this special event. All students are encouraged to wear their summer uniforms on this day. We will be marching until 121st street. 

Onto to some important updates for our school for the Week of May 30th, 2022.  

Card Party: The Academy Family Association is proud to bring back our annual Card Party next Saturday night, June 4th.  Doors will open at 6:00 PM for our ticketed guests.  Guests are encouraged to arrive on time to have access to all of our prize categories.  Due to cancellations because of the date change, there are a limited number of tickets now available for the card party.  If you are interested in attending or purchasing additional tickets, please email afa@stfrancisschoolbh.net with your desired ticket amount.  Tickets are $15 each and will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis.    For those that are unable to attend the event, the AFA will be selling tuition raffle tickets, along with Class Prize tickets and chances for our Disney Trip and Phoenix Beach Wagon grand prizes in the schoolyard at dismissal on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday afternoon next week. We look forward to a great event and thank you in advance for your support. 


Updated COVID Report: This past week (5/20-5/27) St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy had 0 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. 

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. 


I-Ready End of the Year Diagnostic Test (Week of 5/31): All students in Kindergarten-7th grade will be taking the third round of the diagnostic test during the week of May 31st. Students will complete both the i-Ready Math Diagnostic and the Reading i-Ready Diagnostic. This will be the third and final time that the students are taking the diagnostic test and we look forward to sharing their results and your child’s growth with you once we have completed the test for all students. Learn more about i-Ready by watching this video!


2022 Family Survey: In an effort to improve system practices, Saint Francis de Sales Catholic Academy conducted a Family Survey in the Spring of 2022 22% of the families of our school participated. 

Please click here for Summarized counts of responses to the 2022 Family Survey. This survey used a Likert scale with the following ratings. 

5.0: Strongly Agree

4.0: Agree

3.0 Neutral

2.0: Disagree

1.0: Strongly Disagree 

We appreciate your time and all your responses. Please note that the responses from this survey are helpful for the academy to make decisions for the 2022-2023 school year and beyond. Thanks again.


Dress Down: We will be having our last $1 Dress Down of the 2021-2022 school year this Thursday 6/2. Students are asked to bring in a $1 and wear the color Orange as the NJHS tries to raise awareness of Multiple Sclerosis. 


Outdoor Movie Night: Unfortunately due to an inclement weather forecast for tomorrow night, our Outdoor Movie Night needs to be postponed for one week.

Please join us for our Annual Outdoor Movie Night on June 3rd 2022 in St. Francis de Sales Schoolyard

Gates will open at 7:45pm- No earlier

Movie will begin at about 8:15pm

Movie will end at about 9:45pm

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 6/1.

Please RSVP by using the following form:


We will email all RSVP’s on Thursday 6/2 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.


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.  


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


2022-2023 Calendar: A tentative calendar for the next school year has been posted to our website. As always the calendar is subject to change if necessary. Please check periodically for more details about next year’s school events over the next few weeks. 


5th- 8th Grade Finals: Just a reminder to the Class of 2022 that Finals continue this week for Grade 8. Please be sure that the 8th grade students put in the effort that is needed to do well on these exams.  Starting on Tuesday June 7th Finals begin for Grade 5-7. Please be sure that students in 5th-7th grade do not wait until the night before to begin to study for these exams. 


2022-2023 School Year Volunteering: We anticipate that parent/family volunteers will be fully allowed in our building next school year. For the safety and well being of each and every child in our school, all volunteers must go through the following process:

1) Read and sign a code of conduct

2) Have a background check

3) Take part in the VIRTUS program. (Register at virtusonline.org. Download the registration guide.)

After completing the VIRTUS Program we ask that you please bring to the office a copy of your certificate for us to keep track of in our database. We hope that this is not an inconvenience for anyone, but we need to be sure that all adults who interact with students are in compliance.


5th Annual Art Night: 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)


8th Grade Graduation Mass: On Friday June 10th, the 8th grade will kick off their final graduation exercises with a Mass of Thanksgiving at 6pm.  A separate email was sent to 8th grade families with all final details as well.  Please feel free to be in touch with any questions. 


Early Childhood Information Nights: On Monday June 6th at 6pm, 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: Come cheer on Mr. Neiswinter, Mr. Diffendale, and Dr. Scharbach in the Softball game before the Cyclones Game! 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. 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.