Weekly Update #36 SFDS Week of June 6th 2022

Dear Academy Families,

Congratulations to our faculty and the Class of 2022 on a wonderful volleyball game on Friday! It was an exciting tournament; everyone brought his or her A-games. Good Luck to the Class of 2022 who will be having their last day of classes this week. We look forward to celebrating this class over the next two weeks.  

Onto to some important updates for our school for the Week of June 6th, 2022.  

Card Party: Tonight is the night. Our Annual Card Party is back. Click on the link below to view the AMAZING prizes we have 2022 SFDSCA Card Party fiesta tonight. Thank you to our donors. Doors open at 6:00PM tonight!  Due to the change of date, we do have some tickets still available for the card party.  If interested in purchasing a ticket, please email afa@stfrancisschoolbh.net .  Tickets will be sold first come-first served!


A special thank you to our Academy Family Association President and Vice President, Mrs. Lisa Hayden, and Mr. Tim Henning for putting together a fun and successful event.

Updated COVID Report: This past week (5/28-6/3) 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. 

Science State Exam: On Monday, June 6th, both grades 4 and 8 will be taking the written New York State Science exam. We encourage each child to eat a healthy breakfast and get a good night’s sleep the night before.

I-Ready End of the Year Diagnostic Test (Week of 5/31): Late next week, your child’s i-Ready results from the 2022 Spring Diagnostic Assessment will be shared with you. 

i-Ready diagnostic assessments are computer-based assessments that adjust to each child’s mathematics and reading ability levels.  If your child took an i-Ready diagnostic assessment this school year, this end-of-year check will start with content based on those prior results and adapt from there.  As your child answers each question, the test adapts based upon your child’s responses.  The questions become easier if the answers are incorrect and get more challenging as correct answers are provided.  Students will see challenging questions.  By finding what students can do, and not do yet, the system is able to provide a more accurate description of your child’s instructional level. This type of assessment individualizes every testing experience so that it more accurately measures your child’s ability.  

The assessment data is to help understand where your child is in relation to grade-level standards, provide for practice and assignments at your child’s academic level, and monitor academic growth this school year. 

i-Ready will remain available to students through mid-August.  Students and families are encouraged to continue to use the MyPath lessons in i-Ready this summer for one hour each week.  

If you choose to continue to use i-Ready in the summer the recommendation is for students to complete up to one lesson per week in reading and/or math again this summer work is highly recommended to be done.

In August of 2022, the school needs to roll over the i-Ready system and roster students for the upcoming school year.  At this time, students will no longer be able to log in.  This is a function of the system as we set up rosters for the next academic year.  Once the school year begins and the fall diagnostic assessment is administered each student’s MyPath will be re-established.

5th Annual Art Night: Please join us on June 8th at 5pm-7pm 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 peek 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. 

5th-7th Grade Finals: 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. 

Bagel Day/Pizza Day: Just a reminder that next Monday (6/6) is a bagel day for Grades 1-7 and is our last bagel day of the school year. Next week is also the last week of Pizza for Grades 3-7 as well. Grades K-2 will have their last pizza day on Thursday 6/16. We look forward to next school year continuing our Bagel Mondays and our Pizza Thursday/Fridays along with bringing back our monthly chicken finger days. Stay tuned this summer for more information. 

Beach Parties: As we come to the home stretch of the end of the year we have our end-of-the-year beach parties to celebrate the close of another year of learning. This week Kindergarten-Grade 4 all have their Beach Parties. Please follow the directives that were given out by the classroom teacher and class parents in earlier correspondences. Please note we are always monitoring the weather for these beach parties and do have a rain date of Friday 6/10 in case of inclement weather. 

Spring Concert: Members of the Paul Effman Band: please save the date for Tuesday, June 14th at 7 pm for the annual St Francis de Sales Catholic Academy Band Spring Concert. All are welcome to join us. Unfortunately, due to a schedule conflict, there will be no lessons on Tuesday, June 7th.  Our last lesson and concert will be the following week on June 14thSince this is our last day all rented instruments will be returned immediately following the concert.  Attire is Sunday Best! No jeans or sneakers. 

Class Placement: Dr. Scharbach and our faculty work diligently to make sure each and every child is placed with a teacher that best fits their needs. No matter which classroom your child is placed in, they are in supremely good hands. Every one of our teachers is intelligent, loving, and hardworking. As stated each year before, we cannot take requests for class placement. Writing emails or making phone calls to request a specific classroom all receive the same response: we are not able to honor any requests for placement and that your child will be in very good hands wherever they are placed. We thank you for your cooperation. 

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. 

2022-2023 School Year: As we come to the end of this school year we begin to share information about the upcoming 2022-2023 school year. On our website, there is a landing page for all information about next school year (Calendar, tuition,  yellow bus, uniform, etc.) In the coming weeks, this landing page will be updated to include information on Supply Lists, summer assignments, and the first days of school. 

Last Week of School Calendar: The Last few days of school have Graduations, Step-Ups, and ½ days. Please see below a detailed list of all the items on the calendar. 

Thursday 6/16

  • Nursery AM Step Up: 8:30 am-9:30 am in Small Hall
  • Pre-K Kindergarten  Step Up: 10am-11am in School Gym
  • Nursery PM Step Up: 11:30am-12:30pm in Small Hall
  • Integrated Algebra Regents: Those 8th-grade students who are taking the Integrated Algebra exam should come to school at 8 am
  • Academy Family Association Meeting: Come join us for our final AFA meeting of the year at 7 pm.  

Friday 6/17

  • Kindergarten  Step Up: 10am-11am in School Gym
  • Earth Science Regents: Those 8th-grade students who are taking the Earth Science Regents exam should come to school at 11:30am
  • Class of 2022 Graduation: The Class of 2022 will be graduating from St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy at 6 pm. All are welcome to watch on the dedicated live stream available on our website and our school Facebook page. 

Monday 6/20

  • Juneteenth (School Closed)

Tuesday 6/21

  • ½ Day dismissal: All grades 1-7 will be dismissed at 12 pm
  • Brooklyn Cyclones Night: All those who bought tickets will be cheering on the Brooklyn Cyclones at 7 pm in Coney Island

Wednesday 6/22

  • Last Day of School
  • End of the School Year Mass at 10 am
  • 11 am dismissal: All grades 1-7 will be dismissed at 11 am
  • Report Card Distribution: All Report Cards will be posted via Email at 11 am for Grades 1-7. Any issues please contact the teacher at their email address by Friday 6/24. 

St. Francis de Sales Parish 1st Communion Pictures: Please see the following from the Religious Education Office of St. Francis de Sales Parish.

First Holy Communion Pictures are now available to view and purchase. Please go to the links below to enjoy all the pictures and moments that were captured for St. Francis de Sales Parish First Holy Communions of 2022.




Families can download all of the images from the website and or purchase prints. The print quality from SmugMug is beautiful.  

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.

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. Good luck at the Card Party.