News Notes

March 29, 2017


Spring Dreams Auction is this Friday.  Please view auction items on our website.

Don't miss out on an evening of fun, delicious food, drinks, friends and many wonderful items to bid on.  Tickets available in the school office.  $ 20 in advance, $ 25 at the door.


Cash Raffle tickets are moving.  We still have additional tickets in the school office if you can help sell more.  Please send in your returns or any unsold tickets that you may have so we can get an accurate account of what we still need to sell.  We plan to pull the winners at the Spring Dreams Auction.


Auction items to name a few:


NYS Lottery Tickets

                    An American Girl Doll

  3 tickets to a November showing of the Hottest Show on Broadway—Hamilton!!

                              2 Tickets to a Buffalo Sabres Game

                A Fall Weekend Getaway at a camp on 4th Lake in the Adirondacks

A Baseball Lovers Basket

                              A Pontoon Boat rental on Canada Lake

A Tool Box filled with tools

          Dinner for six cooked at your house by Dominick Scalise

                                                              2 Tickets to Glimmerglass Festival

Personalized class projects


                              Don't miss a fun evening!




April calendar is enclosed.  Our Easter Holiday and spring recess is just around the corner.  Milk money for the month is $ 6.50.  

News Notes

March 8, 2017



Although it seems early, registration materials are enclosed for the 2017-2018 school year.  We do request a $ 50 non-refundable family registration fee with the paper work that is then posted towards your book fee.   The K-6 tuition increase is $ 50 per child for the coming school year.


K-6 transportation requests are due to the transportation office by April 1, processed through our school office.  Although you may not plan to have your child(ren) ride the bus, you may want to request it, as circumstances may change, and districts do not have to honor requests after April 1.  (Forms due at school by Friday, March 24th)


If you are registering a new Pre-K or Kindergarten child you may request the registration paper work and simply return it to school. 


Open House for Pre-K to Grade 6 is scheduled for Thursday, March 23, from 6:00-7:30 p.m.  All are invited and encouraged to bring a family you know who is interested in having their child(ren) attend St. Francis de Sales School.


Mother Goose Olympics for Grades Pre-K 4's and Kindergarten is scheduled for this Friday.  Registrations forms should be in by now.




Bakers needed.  If you can help, please contact Mrs. Sara Maley at 315-868-8266, or [email protected].   The bake sale is scheduled for this Friday at the Ilion Elks Club Fish Fry.  Baked goods may be dropped off at school during the day on Friday.


Cash Raffle tickets are moving.  We still have additional tickets in the school office if you can help sell more.


Spring Dreams Auction is coming along.  Please view auction items on our website.

Get ready for an evening of fun, delicious food, drinks, friends and many wonderful items to bid on.  Tickets available in the school office.  $ 20 in advance, $ 25 at the door.

News Notes

March 1, 2017


The Too Good for Drugs Program provided by Catholic Charities begins today for students in grades 3-6.


Pre-K 4's and Kindergarten Mother Goose Olympics is coming March 10th at 6 p.m.  We begin in the Church Hall with a pizza and ice cream supper followed by fun games and races in the gym.  Please see enclosed flyer for reservations.


Registration materials for the 2017-2018 school year will be available next week.

Transportation requests are due by March 30th to meet our April 1st deadline.


Open House planned for Thursday, March 23rd from 6 – 7:30 p.m. 


PSA News


Bake Sale organized by Sara Maley at the Ilion Elks Club on Friday, March 10th.  Please let her know if you are able to help bake for it.  [email protected] or 315-868-8266.


Cash raffle tickets are moving.  The prize box will be available on Fridays for students who have turned in 20 sold raffle tickets that week.  We have additional raffle tickets available in the school office if you need more.


Pizza.  For those paying by the month we have 6 pizza Mondays from March 13 to April 24.  March 6 was the “roll over” day from the February 13th snow day.  $ 1.25 @ or $ 7.50 for the 6 slices.


Milk is $ 10 for the month of March.


It is almost that time...

          Spring Dreams Auction coming Friday, March 31, 6 p.m. at Francesca's.

          Come join in an evening of fun, great food, drinks, friends and many wonderful    items to bid on.  3 Hamilton Tickets, Buffalo Bills Tickets, Sabers Tickets,

          Dinner and a Movie, Class Wood Projects and Much, Much More!!!!!!!!!!!!


          We encourage you to put a table together with family and friends for the evening.

           Tickets are available in the school office.   $ 20 in advance, $ 25 at the door. 


Herkimer Little League sign-ups.  Wednesday, March 1, at the High School cafeteria.

6 – 8 p.m.  Children between the ages of 4 and 12 are eligible. $ 35.00 each/$ 60 family.

News Notes

February 15, 2017


Lent begins on the Wednesday we return from winter break.  Our 3rd and 4th graders are preparing the readings for us.   Ash Wednesday Mass will be on Wednesday, March 1st at 9:15 a.m.


It is almost that time...

          Spring Dreams Auction coming Friday, March 31, 6 p.m. at Francesca's.

          Come join in an evening of fun, great food, drinks, friends and many wonderful    items to bid on.  3 Hamilton Tickets, Buffalo Bills Tickets, Sabers Tickets,

          Dinner and a Movie, Class Wood Projects and Much, Much More!!!!!!!!!!!!


Cash raffle tickets are moving.  The prize box will be available on Friday for students who have turned in 20 sold raffle tickets this week.


Bake Sale organized by Sara Maley at the Ilion Elks Club on Friday, March 10th.  Please let her know if you are able to help bake for it.  [email protected] or 315-868-8266.  


PSA Meeting...let's try again!  Tuesday, February 28 at 6:30.


Visitor.  Ms. Snyder has invited Bill Kardas to come talk with the students in grades 5 and 6 since they have just finished a science unit on weather.   Grades 3 and 4 will also be included in his presentation.  Lunch on Thursday for grades 3-6 will be at 11:00 a.m.


Pizza money from our snow day will be carried over to the next Monday.


Milk money for March is due the week we come back is $ 10.



Looking for a fun vacation week interlude?  Plan a visit to the Baslow Library.  See attached list of activities.


    May you enjoy a fun-filled winter break with your children!

News Notes

February 8, 2017



Report cards are going home today.  Parents or teachers may request a conference this quarter if needed.


Congratulations to our Spaghetti Dinner raffle winners:

                    50/50--$ 50.  to Cathy Wojowicz

                    Pasta Basket to Donna Markey

                    Door prize (candy heart) to Cheryl Forbes


Many, many thanks to our Chairperson, Mary Geloso, our Chef, Dominic Scalise, Jr., Fr. Cunningham for sending Rory and Ben to help and our parents and fifth and sixth grade students who helped set tables, serve and clean-up.  Thank you to those who came and enjoyed the evening with us.


Scholastic Book Fair was also open throughout the week.  Many thanks to Robert and Jessica Wellington, Mrs. Bush, and all who helped during the week as well as those who helped with set up and take down.  Great Job!  Students liked being able to make book choices and then bring their money to pay for the books.


A bake sale is being orgnized by Sara Maley at the Ilion Elks Club on Friday, March 10th.  If you would like to bake for this please see enclosed flyer.


School Board Meeting next Wednesday, February 15th at 7 p.m.


Burger King Lunch date.  See enclosed flyer.





    Reasons our 1st and 2nd grade students love St. Francis de Sales School include:


My teacher is the BEST! 

I like my 6th grade helper because he helps me read books.                                                    

I get to use the computers. 

We learn about Jesus.

We do fun science.

I like my friends.


News Notes

December 14, 2016



Christmas Concert.  Come join us for a Peaceful Christmas next Wednesday, December 21 at 7 p.m.  The children come into the school by the side door and leave their jackets, etc. in their classrooms.  Children need to arrive between 6:30 and 6:40.  Parents are asked to go over to Church.  At the end of the concert, please let the teachers bring the children back to school and then collect them from their classroom.   The little ones get frightened in a crowd of adults if they can't find their parents and they are tired at that time of the evening.


Classroom Christmas Parties, K-6, are scheduled on the afternoon of the 22.


Students in Grades 3-6 will have the opportunity to sing Christmas songs at the Folts Home on Friday, January 6, weather permitting.  (Feast of the Epiphany)


PSA Information.  Movie order ticket requests are due in by December 16 to receive them by the vacation.


Pizza Mondays.  Due to the snow day on Monday, we will carry over the collected pizza money to January 9th!  Then we will collect for the 5 Mondays between  January/February.



May you and your family enjoy a Happy and Blessed Christmas Holiday!

News Notes

November 30, 2016


AIS Program (Academic Intervention Services)  Mr. Kline has returned to work with the students from Little Falls and CVA School Districts who may need the extra help based on teacher recommendation or NYS Test scores.  Mr. Kline will continue to work his regular schedule on Tuesday and Thursday mornings.  At this time, Mrs. Margaret Haggerty has been employed by the Herkimer School District to work two hours per week with the students from the Herkimer school district who qualify for the extra help. Mrs. Haggerty also works part time at the Herkimer Elementary School.


Christmas Wreath and Poinsettia pick up is this Saturday, December 3 from 10 – 12 at the school entrance.


PSA meeting is this Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in the music room.  Discussion on the Spring Dreams Auction and Scholastic Book Fair are on the agenda and we need your ideas and help. 


December 8 is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.  Our Fifth Grade class will be preparing the readings for the 9:15 a.m. Mass.  Come pray with us.


Pizza Mondays, beginning in December.

The cost is now $ 1.25 per slice.  Money may be sent in for December:

          1 slice per student will be $ 3.75  (3 Mondays)

          2 slices per student will be $ 7.50 (3 Mondays)

       Pizza money will be tracked similar to monthly milk money.  No checks please.  We pay for pizza weekly with cash.


Milk price for December is $ 8.00.  This due by Monday, December 5th.


Stocking stuffers:


          See enclosed Movie Ticket flyer. 


          Also of note, St. Francis de Sales Church has lottery calendars on sale for $ 20 each.  These may be purchased in the parish office.

News Notes

November 9, 2016


Calendar Notes:

   November 11  Friday   Veteran's Day   No School

                    14 Monday Wreath/Poinsettia Orders Due

                   16  Wednesday  Teacher Conference Day   Albany   No School

                    17  Thursday Burger King Lunch Day

                   18  Friday  Report Card Conference Day    No School  

Please note that Herkimer School District will be having a half day on the 10th and 17th.  We will be in session full day.


Report Cards and Parent-Teacher Conferences.  That time is almost upon us!  First Quarter marking period ends this Thursday.  We plan to have report cards ready to go out by the 17th and then Parent-Teacher Conferences are scheduled for Friday the 18th.  Teachers will be available for 15 minute conferences from 7:45 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. and again from 12 noon to 2 p.m. Please e-mail or call the office with a request for a specific time and Mrs. Rumrill will do her best to accommodate.  If these times do not work for you, you may schedule directly with your child's teacher for an after school conference on another day.


Hold the date:  Christmas Concert, Pre-K - Grade 6, Wednesday, December 21, 7 p.m. in St. Francis de Sales Church.




Pizza Mondays, beginning in December.

In an effort to make Pizza Monday easier and to cover our costs, PSA has decided to make the following changes:

          We will be raising the price to $1.25 per slice

          We will collect money at the end of each month for the following month


The cost for December for 1 slice will be $3.75 per student  (3 Mondays)

           2 slices will be $7.50 per student (3 Mondays)


No checks please. We pay for pizza weekly with cash.

Thank you,



News Notes

November 2, 2016


PSA meeting tomorrow, Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in the music room.  Come share ideas.

Discussion on Breakfast with Santa /  Auction / other.  Class with the most parent representatives will receive a free Dress Out Day!


Many, many thanks to Kim Lyga for putting together our November School Times.  This is distributed to all our area Catholic Churches.


Many, many thanks to those who came, donated and/or participated in our Race for Education last Thursday.  It was a fun morning for all the students.  Many thanks to Kim and George Lyga for providing the music and Mary Geloso for all her work leading up to the special day.  To date we have received $7,000+, with a goal of $10,000.  Pledges are still arriving daily.


Congratulations to our Race for Education gift card winners:  Paul Irizarry, Jocey Vincent, Olivia Canastar and Madison Sanchez.


Christmas Wreath and Poinsettia sale enclosed.



Dismissal times this year:  2:30 Pre-K and CVA bus, 2:35 Kindergarten and 2:40 grades 1-6.  We dismiss the children in K-6 through the front door while parents of preschoolers come in the side entrance.


Snow days.  We go along with the Herkimer School District since that is the district we are located in.  We also use our telephone message system to alert you, along with the TV announcements.

News Notes

October 26, 2016


The excitement builds as our Race for Education day nears.  It all begins this Thursday with a school picture in the gym at 8:45a.m., followed by a walk around the gym until 10:00.  There will be a snack break in the Church Hall after the walk, followed by a dance in the gym until 11:30.  Attire:  Sneakers and Spirit Wear.  Parents are welcome to attend and walk with us.


Thank you to all who participated in our BOSCOV fund raiser.  We sold 37 Charity Day tickets at $5.00 each and then received an additional $15 for those who purchased tickets at the door, for a total of $200 to the PSA account.


Thank you to all who participated in the fall bulb sale.  The PSA received a profit of $397.49 from it.  Many thanks to Amanda Canastar for putting it all together.


Mark your calendar now!  Our next PSA meeting is Thursday, November 3rd at 6:30 p.m.  The class that has the highest % of parents in attendance will have a free dress out day!  Thank you to those who have answered our volunteer requests.  We now have help with the Christmas Wreath sale, Yearbook and Box Tops.  Still time to volunteer! 


Band meeting for information and instruments this Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in the music room.  Students in Grades 3-6 are welcome to attend with parents.  (October 27)


Halloween will be celebrated on Monday, October 31.  We will have a parade beginning

at 1:00 p.m., outside, weather permitting or in the gym.  Parties following in classrooms. Students may bring costumes to school and change after lunch.  (No weapons or clown costumes.)  Grades 3-6 have been invited to a Halloween Bingo Party at Folt’s Home at

10 a.m. 


All Saints Day Mass, Tuesday, November 1, at 9:15 a.m.  Grade 6 is preparing the readings.  Come pray with us.


The American Red Cross is providing an Emergency Preparedness Training class for students in grades 3-6 from 12:30 – 1:30 on Tuesday, November 1.  The Pillowcase Project. (See enclosed flyer)


News Notes

October 19, 2016


From “junk” to treasure. Note: If you have an “extra” one or two, please send in with your child to make sure everyone has one. Mrs. S. needs the following “junk art” donation so that the Pre-K 4 classrooms can make an upcoming Turkey project craft:

27 wire coat hangers (No plastic please, must be bendable!)

27 old but clean nylon stockings or knee highs (each child needs 1 colored stocking leg which could be tan, white, brown, black or gray)

Colored pieces of felt or fabric

~Thank you so much for your consideration and support!~


Congratulations St. Francis de Sales Regional Catholic School!

After a visit by the AdvancED Committee and a review of all the Diocesan Schools and School Office, we have received notice of our Accreditation by the AdvancED North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement.  See enclosed Press Release.


Many thanks to all who participated in the bulb sale with special thanks to Amanda Canastar for her work in organizing and distributing all the bulbs.  The weather has been great for planting!


Halloween will be celebrated on Monday, October 31.  We will have a parade beginning at 1:00 p.m., outside, weather permitting or in the gym.  Parties following in classrooms. Students may bring costumes to school and change after lunch.  (No weapons allowed.)  Grades 3-6 have been invited to a Halloween Bingo Party at Folts Home at 10 a.m.  Permission forms will be available next week.


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 Friday, October 28th.


Many thanks to those who have volunteered to help with an activity.  Still time to volunteer:


Burger King Thursday - A Burger King lunch once a month, usually on Thursday. Order sheets and money need to be delivered to Burger King the Wednesday before.   Burger King then sorts and delivers the meals by class.


Family Fun Night - Two - three times a year we try to have family fun nights on a Friday. Pizza and salads need to be ordered and served. The church hall needs to be decorated with tableclothes.


Yearbook - A new company will be doing our yearbooks this year. We need help collecting pictures and designing and building the book.


 Cambells Soup labels / Hannaford dollars - counting, organizing and mailing in labels and receipts for cash.   This activity may be done at home.


Scholastic book fair - a new chairperson is needed to help with our book fair. It takes place during Catholic Schools Week beginning the last week in January.  If interested, contact Mrs. Bush.


Breakfast with Santa – something new this year.  We are trying to pick a date in early December when Santa is available.


Auction - A committee is needed for donations, marketing, organizing class projects, and set up of the auction.

Please call or e-mail the school office to put your name on one or more of these activities.   Your help is needed for them to happen!


News Notes

October 5, 2016



We had two of the AdvancED review team members visiting yesterday.  Two of our 6th graders welcomed them with two school board members.  They visited classrooms and saw teachers and students in action.  Fr. Cunningham and I met with them at the end of their visit and they were very complimentary of the many engaging activities throughout the building.  The AdvancED accreditation is currently in process for all the Catholic Schools throughout our Diocese.


The Herkimer Fire Department will do their annual Fire Program here tomorrow.  Some of our classes will also be visiting the Fire Department next week.


Catholic Charities will begin their annual Too Good for Drugs Program next Wednesday for grades K-2.


Picture Day is also scheduled for next Wednesday.  Students may Dress Up for pictures.

News Notes

September 28, 2016



PSA meeting this Thursday at 7 p.m.  All parents welcome, Pre-K- Grade 6.  Enter school by the side door and proceed to the music room.  Agenda items to include Family Fun Night, Race for Education, Burger King lunch help, etc.


School Picture Day is coming earlier this year.  WMF Photography is no longer and we went with their recommendation of besteye photography for this school year.  Picture Day is Wednesday, October 12thPlease see enclosed flyer.  We do like the fact that they include a student safety ID card.


Catholic Charities provides a Too Good for Drugs Program for our school in Grades K-6.  This program will begin in grades K-2 on October 12th.  It is a half hour per class and runs for 12 weeks.


Tickets available in the school office for the Boscov's opening Gala on October 6.  


School uniforms.  The last day for school shorts is Friday, October 14.  Sweaters or vests are worn on uniform days and the school sweatshirt maybe worn on gym days with the spirit wear.


October calendar is enclosed.


Two AdvancED team members will be in our building on Tuesday, October 4.  They will spend a short time in each classroom, Pre-K-Grade 6.  


Milk for the month of October will be $10.00. If you would like for your child to receive milk, please send payment in a marked envelope by Friday, September 30th.


Free T-Shirt!! A&P Master Images has decided to make a generous donation to our school. Please fill out and return the attached form by Friday, September 30th.



       “Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising everytime we fall.”                                                                                                    Ralph Waldo Emerson

News Notes

September 21, 2016


School Safety.  As we begin our school year, I'm sure your children have shared with you, that we are practicing fire drills.  We are required to hold 8 in the fall and 6 in the spring.  We can usually clear the building in less than a minute.


We will also be doing some Emergency Response Drills at school.  The purpose of these drills is to be sure that teachers and students are aware of ways to evacuate or shelter in place if necessary.  The biggest concern is that all listen for instructions if an emergency response is called for.  Please keep in mind that our school doors are kept locked with a buzzer entrance on the side.  We also use School Messenger to contact parents/guardians as the situation calls for it.


AdvancED.  The schools of the Diocese of Albany are up for accreditation.  We have been working on the paper work part of the process for the past two years.  Some of you may have participated in the parent survey that was available last year.  The review team will be in the Diocese during the first week of October.  Two team members will be visiting each school, meeting with the pastor and principal, reviewing paperwork and visiting classrooms to view the variety of instructional activities in process.   This process is similar to the Middle States Accreditation that colleges participate in.  Basically it is a chance for us to review what we are about and have other educators give verification to our education program.


School Board meeting next Tuesday, September 27 at 7 p.m.  In the downstairs room to the right of the stairs. New members welcome.  Our meetings are usually held once a month on a Tuesday evening.


Band program to begin in October for Grades 3-6.  Please see enclosed flyer.


PSA meeting next Thursday, September 29, at 7 p.m.  All parents, Pre-K to Grade 6, are welcome to attend.

  PSA fund raisers:

          Bulb sale currently in progress.  Orders due by Monday, September 26.


          Race for Education sponsor information due by Friday, September 23


BOSCOV's store opening at Sangertown Mall.  Tickets are being sold for $5.00 each for the store's gala opening on October 6.   Proceeds from ticket sales goes directly to the non-profit organization selling the ticket.  Please see enclosed flyer.

Boscov's has an interesting PR approach when they move into a new area.  The closest department store is currently in Albany.

News Notes

September 14, 2016


Many, many thanks to the Canastar, Geloso and Sanchez Families for all their work in putting together the Fun Family Evening last Friday.  We also appreciated all the help that evening with pizza and clean-up.  Many helping hands make for a fun evening for all.


We welcome Mrs. Maureen Salmon-Salvemini to our Pre-K four year old program.  Mrs. “S” has her degree in Elementary Education, N-6, from SUNY-Oneonta and a Master of Science degree from Syracuse University in Special Education.  She has recently completed a long term substitute position in the Rome City School District.

She has also worked in the Neighborhood Center of Utica.  We appreciated Mrs. Shauna Bishop coming in the first week of school to help get the program started.


School Board.  We have openings for three new members.  Our next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, September 27 at 7 p.m.  Current members include Jason Sanchez, President, Mary Geloso, secretary, Chris Bray, Deacon Bill Henkel and Lisa Wind.  If interested please join us for our meeting on the 27th.


Back to School Night for parents of students in Grades 3-6 in Tuesday, September 20th from 7 – 8 p.m.


Family Day.  Our Diocese is sponsoring a Summit on the Family, on Saturday, October 1, at the Shrine of the North American Martyrs in Auriesville on Saturday, October 1.  Please see enclosed flyer.  The shrine area is a beautiful place to spend a day with family and friends.


Spirit wear order form enclosed.  Spirit wear is worn on gym days, Tuesday and Thursdays each week.  If you do not have spirit wear, students may wear knee length navy shorts and a blue t-shirt until you are able to order it.  We will be placing an order next Friday.


PSA meeting.  Our first PSA meeting is scheduled for Thursday, September 29 at 7p.m.

All parents are welcome, Pre-K- Grade 6.  We enter by the side door and go downstairs to the music room. President, Erin Sanchez, Vice-President, Amanda Canastar, Treasurer, Mary Geloso and Secretary, Georgia Waite. 


Bulb sale order forms are due by Monday, September 26.


Race for Education information enclosed.

News Notes

September 7, 2016


Welcome to a great new year at St. Francis de Sales Regional Catholic School!


Many thanks to Father Cunningham for sending all the treats for our Open House last week.  We enjoyed!


Our opening of school Mass will be this Friday at 9:15 a.m. in Church. Come pray with 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.  Please see the enclosed medication form.


We welcome Mrs. Donna Fulmer back. She is helping out with our math and science classes for 5th and 6th grade until we find a part-time teacher for those classes.  She has been a great resource with our science classes previously.


Mrs. Shauna Bishop is helping out with our preschool 4 year olds as we continue to interview for a full time preschool teacher.  Mrs. Bishop has her certification as a School Counselor and has worked with children from K-12th grade.


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 media permission form for your child to be in the promotionals.


Free Pizza and Dance party this Friday, Pre-K – Grade 6.  Come enjoy a fun evening at St. Francis de Sales School.  Please return the enclosed form if your family plans to attend.


PSA Information:


Fall bulb sale in progress.  Please see the enclosed catalogue. 


Box Tops for Education—many thanks to Amanda Canastar for keeping track of this fund raiser for us.  Please help by saving and completing the enclosed form.


Our 10th annual Race for Education will be kicking off shortly.  Mary Geloso is our Race Coordinator.