March 2018 News & Calendar

Dear SFA Families,

The month of March promises many blessings for us as a school family as well as a parish community.  In addition to all the prayerful Lenten opportunities our parish affords, the second graders will receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation on Saturday, March 3 at 11:00 a.m., and our eighth graders will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation on Saturday, March 10 at 11:00 a.m.

If you have a child who is 4 years (born in 2014) who does not attend our Pre-School Program, but you would like to register for our Pre-K for All Program beginning in September 2018, please contact Mrs. Nealis as soon as possible by calling the school office or email her at  Siblings receive priority status when registering for the PKFA Program.  The DOE on line Registration opened on Monday, February 5, 2018.  Parents must apply on line through the DOE site at

New Student Registration for the 2018-2019 school year will take place on:  Wednesday – March 7, Wednesday – April 18, Wednesday, May 16, and Wednesday, June 13.  All registrations are from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.  Please call the school office to make an appointment and to receive further detailed information. Continue reading “March 2018 News & Calendar”

Regional Diocesan Math Bee Success!

Congratulations to all the finalists who competed in the Brooklyn-Queens Diocesan Math Bee. We are extremely proud of the outstanding job from all of the participants especially our own 6th Grader, Garry N who placed third. Garry finished in the top 6 at the Regional Math Bee on February 13th earning his place here. Way to go Garry!!

We are grateful to the parents, guardians, friends, teachers and principals who supported all of contestants at the Regional and Diocesan Math Bees and are appreciative and grateful to Ms. Anne Stefano, SFACA Principal, and to our 6th grade teacher, Mrs. Jennifer Chinn-Sinn.

Registration for 2018-19 is now open at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Academy in Astoria


Don’t miss out on scholarship opportunities!
Received a scholarship last year?
Re-apply by March 30, 2018
First time scholarship applicant?
Apply by April 30, 2018

To learn about the benefits of a Catholic education, please contact Principal Anne Stefano at 718.726.9405 or

Catholic Schools Week – Today’s Events, Friday, 2/2


Teachers are the backbone of Catholic schools.  On this day, schools honor teachers as well as administrators and staff who support the school in its important work. We thank the many parents, grandparents, alumni, parishioners, and Academy Board Members who provide volunteer service.  Please join us for our closing CSW Mass at 11:00 a.m.

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Teddy Forstmann Scholarship Requalification begins on Feb 1st…


Through the generosity of countless donors, Children’s Scholarship Fund (CSF) and Futures in Education (FIE) are pleased to announce the opening of the 2018-2019 application cycle! Carefully review and note the information below.

 Requalification Applications for 2018-2019

Starting on Thursday, February 1stcurrent Teddy Forstmann Scholarship recipients may begin to complete their online requal applications for 2018-2019 through the CSF portal.

  • Families with eligible siblings may add them to their requal applications.
  • The 2018-2019 requal application will be emailed by CSF directly to the eligible Teddy Forstmann families on February 1st. Paper applications are not available.
  • The requalification deadline is May 1, 2018 for Teddy Forstmann Scholarship recipients.  


Catholic Schools Week – Today’s Events, Thursday, 2/1


By focusing on the themes of learning, serving and leading, Catholic schools prepare children to succeed by using their God-given talents to the fullest throughout their lives.  Catholic Schools Week offers an opportunity for students to explore the many life paths that enable them to use their talents well in the service of God and others.  Classroom visits for all grades from 8:30 a.m. – 9:10 a.m.  Join us at 11:45 a.m. in Msgr. Campbell Hall for the 6, 7, and 8 Grade Spelling Bee.  Parents are welcome to attend.

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Congratulations to our 2018 Distinguished Graduate, John Ketcham, Class of 2005!

On Sunday, January 28, 2018 St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Academy opened Catholic Schools Week with an 11:00am Mass and an Open House following. As in every year, we honor a distinguished graduate at this mass, and this year John Ketcham, Class of 2005 was honored.

2018 Distinguished Graduate, John Ketcham (Class of 2005) with the current principal of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Academy, Ms. Anne Stefano, and the Pastor of St. Francis of Assisi Parish, Msgr. Ralph J. Maresca

John Ketcham has served in the parish ever since his graduation in 2005, beginning in the parish office for three years during evenings and weekends and becoming a Lector and Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion. In 2008, John began serving as a sacristan, and in 2015 became the Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus Colon-Msgr. Higgins Council 309. He is also is the chair of the Pastoral Planning Council. After SFA, John continued his education at St. Francis Preparatory and then as a member of Fordham University’s Global Business Honors Program. He graduated as the Valedictorian of all three schools.

John believes that a Catholic education installs the critical thinking, intellectual curiosity and moral formation necessary for human flourishing. It bears witness to the truth that is Jesus Christ.

Congratulations to John on his Distinguished Graduate Recognition! 

Catholic Schools Week – Today’s Events, Wednesday, 1/31


Today, we celebrate our students by planning enjoyable and meaningful activities for them and recognizing their accomplishments. We encourage students to reflect on the benefits of Catholic education and how, by learning, serving and leading, they will succeed throughout their lives.

Our students will enjoy a Breakfast for Lunch, and dress down in blue to continue their efforts in bringing awareness to 

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