News Notes

October 18, 2017


School Uniform.  Due to the warm weather, we allowed extra time for shorts this fall.  Now that we are into the middle of October and the weather is cooler shorts are no longer part of the uniform code until spring.


The Two Good for Drugs Program through Catholic Charities began today in grades K-2.  It will be available during second semester for grades 3-6.


Race for Education prize box will be available tomorrow.  Students will make their allotted choices, then their picks will be bagged and given out at the end of the day to go home.


Race for Education Thursday, October 26, Grades 1-6 will be walking from 9-10 AM in the gym. Kindergarten and Pre-K 4’s will join us at 9:30. At 10 AM there will be a refreshment break in the Church Hall and we will finish with dancing from 10:30-11:15. Parents and friends are welcome to join us.


School Board meeting is Tuesday, October 24 at 7:30.  Parents are welcome to attend.

Officers this year are:  Jason Sanchez- President, Chris Bray- Vice President, Mary Geloso- Secretary


Milk for the month of November will be $8.00. If you wish for your child to have milk, please send it in a marked envelope by Wednesday, October 25th.


Pizza for the month of November will be $5.00. If you wish for your child to have pizza, please send it in a marked envelope by Wednesday, October 25th.


Collectibles:   Box Top labels—see enclosed paper.

                        Empty ink cartridges


PSA meeting.  Operation Candy Cane was discussed and it was decided to collect the following items between November 6 – 17.  We would appreciate each family sending in a couple of the items listed on the enclosed flyer. 


Help is also needed with our annual wreath and poinsettia sale.  We have this through the River Road Greenhouse in Marcy during November/December.  Wreaths and flowers are delivered to the school on a Saturday morning in December.  Please call the school office if you would like to help with this sale.


News Notes

October 4, 2017


Mark your calendar, Thursday, October 12th, first PSA meeting of the year.  Come with ideas of what you would like to see happening and how you can help to make it happen this year.  7 p.m. school music room.  (PSA =Parents and School Association, we can make it happen)  All parents welcome.


Wednesday, October 11—Dress up day for school pictures.


Fire Drills / Lock down drills.  Both types of drills take place during early fall so faculty and students know what is expected should the need arise. 


Band meeting scheduled for Wednesday, October 11 at 7:00 p.m.  Eighth Note Music will be available to work with parents who need to rent instruments for their children.  Please contact Mrs. Donna Dillman before the meeting date if you are interested in pursuing this program with your child.


The IOWA tests begin in Grades 3-6 next Tuesday.  Tests will be given at the beginning of the day.


Pumpkins in the Park.  The Basloe Library in Herkimer is sponsoring “Pumpkins in the Park” for a fun fall activity this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1p.m.  Activities include music, painting, crafts and a book give away. 




An Autumn Prayer:


O God of creation, you have blessed us with the changing of the seasons.

As we embrace these autumn months.  May the earlier setting of the sun

remind us to make time to rest.

May the crunch of the leaves beneath our feet remind us of the brevity of this        earthly life.

May the steam of our breath in the cool air remind us that it is you who give us your breath of life.

May the scurrying of the squirrels and the migration of the birds remind us that

you call us to follow your will.

We praise you for your goodness forever and ever. 


News Notes

September 20, 2017


Many thanks to Mrs. Mary Geloso for organizing our pizza and dance party last Friday and all those who helped, especially Mr. Jason Sanchez, our DJ.  I have students saying “the dance was fun, when can we do it again?” !!!  Our next scheduled event is our RACE FOR EDUCATION, Thursday, October 26 from 9 -11:30 a.m.


Our Back to School Night is this evening.  Grades K-2 from 6 – 7 p.m. and grades 3-6 from 7 – 8 p.m.  This evening gives you a chance to meet the classroom teacher and hear about classroom expectations as well as ask general classroom questions.


The Diocesan Curriculum Committee has been working to align our Math Curriculum to the Common Core Learning Standards and what they have come up with is very close to the Eureka Math Program we are using.  The Curriculum Guide stresses a common vocabulary to be used throughout the grade levels and provides a pacing chart for each topic based on the 180 days school calendar.  Eureka Math was written by some of the same educators who worded on the Engage New York Math Curriculum.


Race for Education sponsor sheets due in by this Friday, please.  Pre-K 4's – Grade 6.


Burger King orders were due in this past Monday.  Because of the logistics of getting the orders in we are not able to accept any orders after Tuesday morning. 


Milk for the month of October will be $10.00. If you wish for your child to have milk, please send it in a marked envelope by Thursday, September 28th.


Pizza for the month of October will be $3.75. If you wish for your child to have pizza, please send it in a marked envelope by Thursday, September 28th.


Dress out day this Friday, September 22.  We are joining all the Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Albany to raise funds for the Catholic Schools in Texas and Louisiana that have been impacted by Hurricane Harvey.  (See enclosed flyer)  Please contribute 50 cents or more to this cause.


Our School Board meets this Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in the school.  If interested in attending you are most welcome.  President:  Jason Sanchez, Vice-President:  Chris Bray, Secretary:  Mary Geloso.  Current Board Members include:  Fran Brewer, Deacon Bill Henkel, and Lisa Wind.  The School Board usually meets on a monthly basis.


Generous God, help us to be grateful for all the gifts you have given us

as we reach out to help others.

St. Francis de Sales Regional Catholic School

September 13, 2017



We welcome two new Faculty Members this year:  Mr. Jim Carroll and Mrs. Jean Kosina who will be teaching grades 4, 5 and 6.


Additions to our September calendar:


Friday, September 15.

Father Cunningham will celebrate our opening School Liturgy this Friday, 9:15 a.m. in Church.  Parents and family members are welcome to join us.


Our PSA is sponsoring a welcome back dance this Friday, from 6-8 p.m.  Pizza supper together in the Church Hall followed by a fun dance evening in the gym.  Pre-K 4's through Grades 6 students and parents welcome.  Please see enclosed flyer


Wednesday, September 20


We will be holding our back to school night for parents.

                    6-7 p.m.  K-2

                    7-8 p.m.  3-6


Burger King Lunch day will be on Thursday, September 21st. If you wish for your child to have Burger King that day, please fill out the enclosed order form and have your order and money submitted to school by Monday, September 18th. No late submissions will be accepted.


PSA –Parent-School Association.  Our PSA usually meets once a month and plans various school activities and fund raisers.  President:  Erin Sanchez and Treasurer:  Mary Geloso.  We currently have two officer positions open, vice-president and secretary.


Parking lot.  Please enter the lot from Henry St. and exit by Bellinger St.  Hopefully this will keep us all going in the same direction.  The path marked by cones by the side of the building is for the safety of students who are being dropped off by car or bus.  Parking is for preschool and kindergarten parents.  Please keep the spot marked “for pastor” open.  This helps Fr. Cunningham if he needs to get in or out quickly.


Race for Education.  This is our fall fundraiser and your help with it is appreciated.

Information enclosed.  Our chairperson is Mary Geloso.

St. Francis de Sales Regional Catholic School

September 6, 2017



Welcome to a great new year at St. Francis de Sales Regional Catholic School!  It was great to see so many of you at the Open House last week.  Our Faculty members have been spending time setting up their classrooms and preparing lessons for their new students since the end of August.  It is always exciting to see a new school year beginning.


Many thanks to the Faculty for all their work getting ready for the open house and to Fr. Cunningham for joining us. 


Mrs. Nancy Saunders is back as our school nurse this year on Tuesdays.  If your child is on medication or needs to occasionally receive medication at school, she will be in contact with you to make sure the correct forms are completed. 


The enclosed Emergency Information Sheet may be completed for each child with Allergies or Medical issues.  If there are no particular medical issues or needs, one sheet per family is fine.


Promotional materials and pictures are periodically submitted to the area newspapers. 

Please complete the permission form for your child to be in the promotionals.


Lunch:  All K-6 students, including Pre-K students staying all day, should bring a lunch.  Milk will be available on the first day and is ordered by the month.  The price is 50¢ per day, therefore, the cost for September will be $ 9.00.  If you wish to order milk, please send the correct amount in an envelope labeled with your child's name and grade stating it is for milk.


Snack.  Students may bring a light snack for a mid-morning break if they wish.  Water bottles that are re-fillable are encouraged.



School uniform exchange is still available in the faculty room.  Many times there are extra pieces that are helpful to have.