Weekly Update #38 SFDS Week of June 20th 2022 (Last Week of School)

Dear Academy Families,

Fathers and father figures have the ability not only to quiet the “storm” but to serve as a model for faith. As we celebrate Father’s Day, we should call to mind the father figures who have led us through various storms and have been a beacon of faith. These men are extensions of Jesus in our daily lives.

Happy Father’s Day to all the Priests, Fathers, Grandfathers, Godfathers, Uncles, and special men in all of our academy family.

Don’t forget that St. Francis de Sales Parish is having a special Father’s Day Beach Mass at 9 am on Sunday 6/19 on the beach at Beach 129th street. 

 

The long-awaited last day of school is fast approaching! The 2021-2022 school year is drawing to a close, and what a memorable one it was. Thank you as always for placing your faith in Saint Francis and for entrusting your children, your prized treasures, to our care.  On behalf of the entire school community, we wish you a very happy, healthy and safe, fun-filled summer vacation. The school offices will be open on various days over the summer, please refer to the calendar on the website for hours. 

 

Congrats to the Class of 2022 who graduated from St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy on Friday Night. We wish them all the best as they move into the next chapter of their lives.

 

To those that are leaving St. Francis de Sales this June, we wish you the best of luck in your new schools. 

The end of the school year is always a time of the year that ushers in change. 

It is with sadness that we say goodbye this week to Ms. Mangano, we wish her the best of luck at the Rockaway Hotel and look forward to her still coming back to help with our Christmas Show. We also wish the best of luck to Mrs. D’Alessandro as well as she continues her journey in Catholic Education. I personally thank Mrs. D’Alessandro for doing a tremendous job of getting her students ready for the 3rd grade and for the sacraments of Reconciliation and Communion. We finally say Goodbye to Ms. Annie Ryan who has been working as an aide in our Early Childhood program and recently student taught here at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy in our junior high classes. We wish her the best of luck in the future. 

As I am sure many could tell this year, things have been different without an Assistant Principal. For the things that slipped through the cracks or took a little longer to respond back to,  I do apologize for that.

I am happy to announce that after an extensive search the Administration and the Board of Trustees have approved Mrs. Maureen Hayes for the position of Assistant Principal starting in the summer of 2022. Mrs. Hayes is a lifelong educator and a huge proponent of Catholic Education. Before coming to St. Francis Mrs. Hayes had the roles of ELA Teacher, Staff Developer, Literacy Coach, and Dean of Discipline. Over the last seven years at St. Francis Mrs. Hayes has served in various roles; ELA teacher, Special Education teacher, and most recently 7th and 8th Grade SS teacher. Mrs. Hayes will be taking on many of the same responsibilities Mrs. Faughnan had in the past. Mrs. Hayes will be an integral part of our ELA and Social Studies classrooms, as testing coordinator, and help be responsible for the implementation of our new strategic plan “Francis 115” this fall.  I look forward to partnering with Mrs. Hayes in her new position and hope you will all join me in congratulating her on this new role in our school.  

I am also happy to announce at this time that Ms. Farragher will be taking on an added position while also teaching third grade next year. Ms. Farragher will be our new Instructional Mentor. This role will help support the instructional growth and development of teachers in their first two years in our school in the areas of implementing effective instructional strategies, classroom management, analyzing student work, differentiated instruction, class culture, and climate, supporting students with special needs, etc. She will be using multiple data collection tools and protocols that guide new teachers in reflecting on practice and monitoring progress towards professional goals for instructional improvement. We hope that by having this support we can accelerate the instructional effectiveness of new teachers both to the profession and to our school for a positive impact on student learning.

Any other staffing changes or additions will be announced when they are finalized in the coming weeks this summer.

Onto to some important updates for our school for the Week of June 20th, 2022.  

Updated COVID Report: This past week (6/12-6/17) 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. 

2022-2023 School Year, Summer Assignments, and Supply Lists: 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 the next school year (Calendar, tuition,  yellow bus, uniform, etc.) 

All supply lists and summer assignments will be available by Wednesday 6/22 and can be found by clicking here. Under each grade there will be a packet with important information from the school, Department of Health, a supply list and of course your child’s summer assignment.  Please note we also have created supply lists on Amazon for your convenience. Here you will find almost everything on your child’s supply list with some exceptions (ie. Bookbags) that you can order all or some of the supplies needed for next school year. Please note that all summer assignments and school supplies are expected to be brought to school on the first day unless otherwise noted. 

Flynn & O’Hara continues to be our only uniform supplier. If you need anything for next year, I suggest that you visit the store early in the summer to avoid the crowds.  The store location is The Shops at Atlas Park, 8000 Cooper Avenue, Lower Level, Glendale, NY 11385. Uniforms can also be ordered online at www.flynnohara.com, or by phone at 718-326-2704.

Last Week of School Calendar

Monday 6/20

  • Juneteenth (School Closed)

Tuesday 6/21

  • ½ Day dismissal: All grades 1-7 will be dismissed at 12pm
  • Brooklyn Cyclones Night: All those who bought tickets will be cheering on the Brooklyn Cyclones at 6:30pm in Coney Island (Please note that all pre-game festivities will begin at 6pm.)

Wednesday 6/22

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

 

Tablet Fundraiser: As posted earlier this week on Facebook a special thanks to all who helped us reach our goal of families selling subscriptions to “The Tablet.” Which helped us raise $3,000 for our school. Congratulations to Leo in Grade 3 for selling the third most subscriptions in the entire diocese. 

 

2022-2023 Yellow School Bus: Please fill out the following form if you are a parent of a new student, a returning Pre-Kindergarten going into Kindergarten student, or a student who needs to take the NYC Yellow Bus for the first time next school year.

Bus Request Form for the 2022-2023 School Year

All bussing questions can be directed to Mrs. Kenny at ckenny@stfrancisschoolbh.net

 

I-Ready End of the Year Diagnostic Test Results: Last week, your child’s i-Ready results from the 2022 Spring Diagnostic Assessment were 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 can decide if they would like to continue to use the MyPath lessons in i-Ready this summer. 

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.

 

Summer Concert: St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy is hosting an outdoor Concert Fundraiser taking place on Thursday, July 7th in the schoolyard.  Jimmy Kenny and the Pirate Beach band will be playing a mix of Jimmy Buffett, Kenney Chesney, Zac Brown, and other summer rock favorites you are sure to love.  It is guaranteed to be a fun night out.  Doors open at 6:30 with a 7:00 pm start.  Bring your own coolers and chairs.  We hope to see you there! 

 Tickets are on sale for $50 each. This is a 21 and older event.  Click here to purchase tickets.

 

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.

Have a great week and a wonderful end of the school year. Our first summer update will be next week.