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Dear Falcon Families!

I hope your long weekend is off to a great start! It has been wonderful to connect with so many parents over the last two days.

Thank you so much to our parents who have completed the Parent Survey for our Accreditation process. If you have not had the opportunity to fill it out yet please click here. Upon completion please send a screenshot of your submission to Mrs. Dougherty and your child will receiving a homework pass to be used in the 22-23 school year. Our students will be taking a similar survey at the end of November.

Here are some updates and reminders:

  • Ski Club registrations are due by Monday, November 14. We are in need of 13 additional students in order to begin this club. Please email Mrs. Fantozziwith any questions. Click here to view the registration form.
  • Our next Marco's Pizza Night is Thursday, November 17. These funds will be used to purchase new decorations and materials for the Thanksgiving Feast. Last month's funds went to purchase new safety cones for our car rider line and recess area.

Our annual Eucharistic Devotions weekend will take place November 18-20 and will begin with an all school Mass on Friday, November 18. The students are learning "First Love" by Kari Jobe (but the Elle Limebear version) here at school as we prepare for this special time in our Parish.  We hope that our families will take a listen at home as well as we prepare to take that pause from the world as one in adoration of Jesus' true presence in the Eucharist.

On Tuesday, November 22, 2022, we will welcome grandparents and grandfriends for Grandparent's Day! We are so excited to bring back this wonderful tradition.

NEW this year: all students will participate in Grandparent's Day activities from 9am-11am rather than having two sessions. We will end the celebration with Mass at 11:00am. Grandparents are welcome to take their grandchild/ren home after Mass.

Any students returning to the building after Mass will need to pack a lunch as the cafeteria will not be serving lunch this day.  Please take a moment to fill out this form to RSVP for your child's grandparents/friends.

Also, if you are able to donate any items for this event, please view this sign up.

I pray you have a wonderful long weekend!

Blessings,

Mrs. Dougherty

November lunch

Download this month's Lunch Calendar

Dear Falcon Families,

Happy Thursday! Our littlest falcons Preschool enjoyed their Halloween festivities today. They were beyond adorable!

Please keep reading for information on tomorrow's celebrations for PK-8.

Halloween Parade
It is our St. Francis de Sales tradition to have our entire student body parade outside in their Halloween costumes at 1:30pm, before parties begin. All parents are invited to join us for the parade. Please arrive in the parking lot NO LATER than 1:00pm.Entrances will be blocked off after this in order to make our parking lot safe for all.

*Students will be changing into their costumes between 1:00p-1:30p*

Students should bring their costumes to school and will have time to change into them. They should arrive to school in MASS ATTIRE. All costumes must be Catholic school appropriate. Questionable costumes will be left up to the discretion of Administration and students will be asked to change back to Mass attire if a costume is deemed inappropriate. If you have a question about a costume please email me ASAP. Student Council will hold it's annual costume contest again this year.

Halloween Parties
Our Halloween parties will take place on Friday, October 28 from 1:45-2:45pm.  Your child's teacher will also let you know what time to arrive if you are volunteering to help with the party.

*Parents who are helping with classroom parties are able to sign their children out directly following the parties. All other students will be dismissed using the typical car rider line procedures or by bus.*

Here are some updates and reminders:

Thanksgiving Lunch
We have an awesome tradition each year where our whole school gathers to enjoy a Thanksgiving Lunch together. Our all school Thanksgiving Lunch will take place on Thursday, November 17. This year we are in need of a volunteer coordinator to help gather volunteers to set up and serve the luncheon. If you are interested in taking on this very important role and keeping this tradition alive please reach out to me as soon as possible!

I pray you have a wonderful weekend!

Blessings,

Mrs. Dougherty

Good Afternoon, Falcon Families!

It has been a great week so far here at SFdS and the excitement is surely building for next week's Halloween festivities!

A big congratulations goes out to last week's and this week's Falcon Five AwardRecipients. These students have served as exemplary peers to their classmates and have been recognized by several of our staff members. Way to go, Falcons!

Tonight is our next Marco's Pizza Night! Last month our school earned over $200 from Marco's pizza purchases. This money is being used to send some of our Student Council students to a leadership conference at St. Albert the Great in January. Please consider ordering tonight in order to support our school- directions can be found in today's Thursday folder.

Here are some updates and reminders:

End of 1st Quarter 
Our 1st Quarter will be ending next Friday, October 22. Please be sure to check Gradelink to be aware of the grades your child is earning. Conference signups will come out in next Thursday's blast and conferences will take place on Wednesday and Thursday November 6 & 7.

Quarter Change Schedule for grades 5-8 for Specials:
5A- Art- PE day is MONDAY
5B- Music- PE day is TUESDAY
6A- Computer- PE day is THURSDAY
6B- Spanish- PE day is WEDNESDAY
7A- Art- PE day is MONDAY
7B- Music- PE day is TUESDAY
8A- Computer- PE day is THURSDAY
8B- Spanish- PE day is WEDNESDAY

Halloween Parade
It is our St. Francis de Sales tradition to have our entire student body parade outside in their Halloween costumes at 1:30pm, before parties begin. All parents are invited to join us for the parade. Please arrive in the parking lot NO LATER than 1:00pm. Entrances will be blocked off after this in order to make our parking lot safe for all.

Students should bring their costumes to school and will have time to change into them. They should arrive to school in MASS ATTIRE. All costumes must be Catholic school appropriate. Questionable costumes will be left up to the discretion of Administration and students will be asked to change back to Mass attire if a costume is deemed inappropriate. If you have a question about a costume please email me ASAP. Student Council will hold it's annual costume contest again this year.

Halloween Parties
Our Halloween parties will take place on Friday, October 28 from 1:45-2:45pm. Your child's HR teacher will communicate with you about what will take place and needs for the parties. Your child's teacher will also let you know what time to arrive if you are volunteering to help with the party. Preschool students (Mrs. Twigg's class) will celebrate their party on Thursday, October 27. Please be on the lookout for more information from Mrs. Twigg.

Halloween Dress Down Day
Since our Halloween parties fall on the Friday before Halloween we will have a Halloween dress down day on Monday, October 31. Students may dress out of uniform, not in costume, in Catholic School Appropriate clothing. Distressed denim and leggings are not permitted. If a student chooses to wear sweatpants they must be their PE sweats (red or navy).

Thanksgiving Lunch
We have an awesome tradition each year where our whole school gathers to enjoy a Thanksgiving Lunch together. Our all school Thanksgiving Lunch will take place on Thursday, November 17. This year we are in need of a volunteer coordinator to help gather volunteers to set up and serve the luncheon. If you are interested in taking on this very important role and keeping this tradition alive please reach out to me as soon as possible!

The October Lunch calendar is included below.

I pray you have a wonderful weekend!

Blessings,

Mrs. Dougherty

Happy Thursday, Falcon Families!

We hope that all PS, PK and K families will join us for Mass this Sunday, October 2 at 9:00am. Father Jeremy will call all of these students up after communion for a special blessing. Then, our PS, PK, and K students will be held in prayer for the whole month of October. All families are invited to enjoy donuts after Mass on Sunday!

We surpassed our $50,000 goal for the Color Run and have earned an extra day off school! Please update your calendars to reflect that Monday, November 28 we will not have school. Also, be on the look out from your child's HR teacher for more information on when students will have their dress down week.

We will send out the October lunch calendar in the near future, however, the menu for next week is as follows:

Congratulations to they awesome group of Falcon Five Award recipients! Way to go, Falcons!

Please join us for Mass in the morning at 9:00am. All visitors should plan on arriving no later than 8:50am as the doors to the church will be locked by 9:00am.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Mrs. Dougherty

Happy Thursday, Falcons!

This has been such a wonderful week! What great feeling to see our whole community come together to celebrate and support our Parish School!

Here are the details for tomorrow:

Several families have asked for a list of donors for their children for thank you cards. If you would like to know who donated for your child please email Mrs. Dougherty.

Thursday folder notes:

I truly cannot thank our families enough for supporting our Parish school in the magnitude that you have this past week. What a blessing. What a gift it is to be a part of this Falcon family.

With a very grateful heart,

Mrs. Dougherty

Happy Thursday, Falcon Families!

Congratulations to our latest group of Falcon Five Award Recipients! We are proud of your great example and positive start to the school year!

IMPORTANT SAFETY NOTES:

Tonight is our first MARCO'S PIZZA NIGHT! Please help earn money for our school by ordering online. Once you are on the Menu tab of the Marco's ordering site please click 'fundraisers', next choose our school and place your order under St. Francis de Sales-Akron, finally double check that our school name and your child's HR teacher's name is visible in the checkout cart. Thank you in advance for your support!

Here are some notes and reminders :

We are so excited to have our first OUTDOOR SCHOOL MASS on Friday, September 23 at 9:00am. This will be the kickoff to our Color Run day (more details to come) and we would like to invite families to attend as well. Each student should bring a beach towel to sit on for this Mass. Family members that plan to attend should bring a lawn chair.

We hope you will save the date, and join us, for the Parish festival on September 18 from 12p-4p. It will be a great time with food, family and fellowship! Please see the flyer in today's folder for more information.

We look forward to seeing you at Mass tomorrow morning! As a reminder, the doors to the Church will be locked at 9:00am. Please share this with any of your family members that will join us for Mass in the morning.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Blessings,

Mrs. Dougherty

Good Afternoon!

It has been another wonderful week here at St. Francis! Our students had the opportunity to tour the Student Experience Center and get excited about the possibilities that will come from this awesome space. Please check out our Facebook page to see some of the images from the tours.

Our 5th and 6th grade students also celebrated the opening of their classroom library in Mrs. Maglio's room! It was a great day!

Congratulations to our first group of Falcon Five Awardees! Awesome job!

Safety Information:
Father Jeremy, myself and our entire staff have been prayerfully considering necessary safety updates that needed to be made to our school over the past couple of years.

In phase one, during the Summer of 2021, we moved our Main Office out of the school building into the entrance. This means that all visitors to our school must check in with the school office before being admitted into the school building.

In phase two, during the Summer of 2022, our staff along with the Summit County Sheriff Department, looked at areas in our building where we needed to increase our safety measures. This prompted us to schedule the installation of 13 additional cameras within our school building as well as outside of our school building. We have also eliminated students entering and exiting the school building through various doors throughout the day and have identified only two entrances/exits that will be utilized. These areas will be under camera surveillance to ensure that the doors are closed at all times. Finally, the doors to the Church will be locked from the outside at 9:00am-10:00am each week during the Children's Mass.

Our entire staff participated in an important safety training on August 23. During this training we heard a presentation from the Summit County Sheriff Department that detailed 3 options for our teachers to keep our students and themselves safe during an active shooter situation; run, hide, fight. Teachers will spend time this week in their classroom talking to students about all drills in an age appropriate manner. We will have our first lockdown drill next week.

In addition to these action steps, we are continually reviewing and updating safety plans for situations we pray never occur. St. Francis de Sales is fortunate to have a strong relationship with first responders in our area as well as the areas that surround us, and will continue to partner with them to ensure that our plans are as up-to-date and appropriate as possible.

Though these plans have been at the forefront of our planning, we know that our first priority is a Christ-centered atmosphere where students feel a part of our community, loved in our building and a place where families feel connected. We continue to ask for your prayers and support!

Here are some notes and reminders :

We are so excited to have our first OUTDOOR SCHOOL MASS on Friday, September 23 at 9:00am. This will be the kickoff to our Color Run day (more details to come) and we would like to invite families to attend as well. Each student should bring a beach towel to sit on for this Mass. Family members that plan to attend should bring a lawn chair.

Our website is almost ready to launch! We appreciate your patience as we work to create the most accessible and useful site for our families. In the meantime, there are several links below that will be helpful to you.

We hope you will save the date, and join us, for the Parish festival on September 18 from 12p-4p. It will be a great time with food, family and fellowship! Please see the flyer in today's folder for more information.

We look forward to seeing you at Mass tomorrow morning!

Blessings,

Mrs. Dougherty

Good Afternoon!

We have had a wonderful first week back so far! The joy on the students' faces throughout the week has been irreplaceable. It is so good to be back with them!

We invite our Falcon families to join us tomorrow, Friday, September 2, for our first all school Mass. Mass begins at 9:00am. We ask that if you plan to join us you arrive by 8:50am so that we can secure our doors and begin Mass at 9:00am.School Masses will not be live streamed this year.

Directly following Mass (10:10am) we will have a livestream of the blessing of the new student experience center! This project has been a dream to complete and we are very excited for students to tour the experience center next week with their teachers and begin using it! A big thanks goes out to Mrs. Wyszynski for personally seeing the creation of this amazing space into fruition. Families are able to tune into the livestream by clicking this Zoom link.

Here are some notes and reminders :

Our website is almost ready to launch! We appreciate your patience as we work to create the most accessible and useful site for our families. In the meantime, there are several links below that will be helpful to you.

We hope you will save the date, and join us, for the Parish festival on September 18 from 12p-4p. It will be a great time with food, family and fellowship! Please see the flyer in today's folder for more information.

Have a wonderful long weekend!

Blessings,

Mrs. Dougherty

Happy Friday, Falcon Families!

It feels so good to be embarking on another school year in just a few days. Our staff is eager to greet our wonderful Falcons on Monday and welcome them back!

Below you will find a link, as well as pictures, to our Car Rider line directions. Please share these with anyone who will be dropping off or picking up your child(ren). New car rider signs will be sent home with your child in next Thursday's folder. In the meantime, if you are a new family or a PS/PK/K family please just let the car rider line volunteer know your child's last name. 




There has been an update made to our Sick Policy:

If you have questions regarding these policies please reach out to our school nurse, Mrs. Zushin.

Before and After Care will begin on the first day of school. Please click here to view the registration information. If you have any questions regarding Before or After Care please direct them to Mrs. Roumfort.

If your child signed up for the Kung Fu class it will begin on Thursday, September 8. Mr. Boyer, who is leading the class, will be reaching out to all families who registered. If you are still interested in registering you can click here or email Mr. Boyer personally. If your child will be attending the Kung Fu class and then returning to aftercare please indicate this in the REMIND App the day of the class.

Here are some notes for the first day of school:

Have a wonderful weekend!

Blessings,

Mrs. Dougherty

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