The theme for Catholic Schools Week is “Catholic Schools: Faith. Excellence. Service.” Catholic schools have a specific purpose: to form students to be good citizens of the world, love God and neighbor and enrich society with the leaven of the gospel and by example of faith. Academic excellence is the hallmark of Catholic education intentionally directed to the growth of the whole person – mind, body and soul. Finally, service is fundamental to Catholic education and the core of Catholic discipleship. Service is intended to help people not only be witnesses to Catholic social teaching, but also active participants through social learning.
The CSW logo emphasizes that the Catholic school, like the Catholic Church, is not a building or an institution, but it is the people. As the people of God, we work together to bring the Kingdom of God to Earth and raise up the next generation to do the same. The image of teachers and students forming the foundation of the school shows that they are active people of faith who serve others and God. We look forward to celebrating and sharing our school, St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Academy, with you.
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 7TH
We begin this Catholic Schools Week with a Virtual Meet and Greet with the SFACA teachers. Today, you will have the opportunity to Zoom with your child’s prospective classroom teacher, say hello and ask questions regarding the 2021 -2022 school year. Our schedule for the Zoom sessions are as follows:
|PreK For All||9:30- 10:00am|
Pre-Registration is required. Click here to register: SFACA CSW Virtual Zoom Meet the Teacher Session Registration
You can also view a special pre-recorded message from our Principal, Ms. Stefano our Chairperson of the Board of Trustees, Mrs. Spampinato and our Pastor, Msgr. Maresca.
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 8TH
A central aspect of Catholic Education is learning the importance of service to others. When students take part in service activities – both local and beyond – they demonstrate the values and faith they gain through their Catholic education and learn how to make the world a better place. For our service project this year, SFACA will make a donation to Feeding America. Feeding America is a nationwide network of food banks which secures and distributes 4.3 billion meals each year through food pantries and meal programs and leads the nation to engage in the fight against hunger. Millions of children and families living in America face hunger and food insecurity every day. Due to the effects of the Corona Virus pandemic, more than 50 million people may experience food insecurity including a potential 17 million children. Please support this noteworthy cause which will continue for the entire week. Each day donations from each class will be counted and the class with the most money at the end of the week will enjoy an ice cream celebration.
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 9TH
Today we communicate the value of Catholic education in a multigenerational society. We share information about the significant contributions that Catholic schools make to the nation and their role in preparing students to be good citizens in a globally diverse society. This diverse society includes the elderly, specifically those who live with the Little Sisters of the Poor, Queen of Peace Residence, in Queens Village. Today our students will create a “Thinking of You” card for the elderly residents who live there. We remember in our prayers the elderly and recognize their valuable contributions to our society and nation. Also today Ms. Stefano will host a special Virtual Meet for new families. Families interested in our PreSchool and PreK Programs can Zoom with Ms. Stefano from 10:00-10:30am and those interested in our Kindergarten, First and Second grades can Zoom from 1:30-2:00pm. Pre-Registration is required. Visit here to pre-register.
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 10TH
Today, we celebrate our students by planning entertaining and meaningful activities for them to enjoy. We recognize that a pathway to success includes time for both work and play. We encourage students to reflect on the benefits of Catholic education and how by learning, serving and leading they will succeed throughout their lives. Today our students will enjoy a special virtual Yoga Mindfulness and Sound Meditation, presented by Ms. Karen Passalacqua and Larry Weinberg. Students may dress down in jeans and a flannel shirt and will be treated to burgers or grilled cheese for lunch.
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 11TH
Catholic schools prepare children to succeed by using their God-given talents to the fullest extent throughout their lives. Today Ms. Stefano will host a special Virtual Meet for new families. Families interested in Third, Fourth and Fifth grades can Zoom with Ms. Stefano from 10:00- 10:30am and those interested in Sixth, Seventh and Eighth grades can Zoom from 1:30-2:00pm. Pre-Registration is required. Visit here to pre-register.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 12TH
Today we celebrate our teachers who are the backbone of Catholic Schools. On this day, schools honor teachers as well as staff who support the school in its all important work. We thank God for our talented and dedicated faculty and staff. To close our Catholic Schools Week please pray with us as Msgr. Maresca presides at our live-streamed closing liturgy, at 9:00am on the St. Francis of Assisi Parish FaceBook Page or on the Parish website. Join us as we pray for the continued success of our students and the growth and prosperity of our school. Dismissal today will be a staggered half-day dismissal.
Pre-Registration Links for Virtual Zoom Sessions
Sunday, February 7th
SFACA Teacher Meet & Greet – All Sessions