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Teaching God's Children Since 1743

Dedicated to helping children realize their tremendous potential, Saint Francis Academy provides high-quality Catholic education in a nurturing, supportive environment. Academic instruction, sacramental preparation, and spiritual formation combine to give students in pre-kindergarten to grade eight a well-rounded foundation for a life of learning and growing in God's love.

From the Principal

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Dear Parents,

I hope you are all enjoying the summer. We wish all the best for Mrs. Carver on her retirement from SFA. We are thrilled to welcome back Miss Jennifer Smith who had substituted for Mrs. Zawidski last fall during her maternity leave. Miss Smith knows our children and school well. She is a lifelong member of MBS parish, an accredited certified teacher and has always dreamed of working at SFA. Our Lord has always blessed us with wonderful teachers whenever we are in need.
We continue to upgrade our ever changing and growing technology. New AC/Heat units have been added to each classroom. We have also replaced one of our lower floor entry doors with a more secure and safe one. Security is a main concern due to the unstable world we live in. Our school doors, in both buildings, will not be open until 8:10. We are happy to report that our school has been installed with security cameras and alarm systems to provide our children with the utmost safety. Speaking of safety, all volunteers must have their proper clearances to assist our children during lunch recess and other activities. Please call the school office for further information.
This fall, we will be visited by the Middle States Association to renew our accreditation. Despite their normal classroom duties, I cannot adequately express my thanks to Mr. Coble and the entire staff for all their hard work this past year preparing all the necessary volumes of paperwork needed for this visit.
Please visit our web page and facebook for the latest events, pictures, videos etc. which make our school the special place it is. Also, our Home & School has been busy planning numerous activities for the coming school year. I am constantly amazed at the dedication of our parents and staff who work so hard for our children and the future of our church.
This year’s “Principal Challenge” involved getting “hit” with dodgeballs from every grade level. I was dressed as a “duck” since I was “ducking” the numerous balls being thrown all at once!!! The students met their goal of reading 4,500 books but I had to pay the price!!! (see photo left)

Aug. 17 (Wed) Kindergarten ”parents only” meeting at 7pm in Fr.Schneider Hall.
Aug. 18 (Thursday)Pre-K ”parents only” meeting at 7pm in Fr.Schneider Hall.
Aug. 24 (Wed) Kindergarten “Open House” 6:30-7:15 pm.
Aug. 25 (Thursday) Pre-K “Open House” 6:30 – 7:15pm
Aug. 30 (Tuesday) First day of classes for grades K-8.
Aug 31 (Wednesday) Classes begin for Pre-K
Sept. 2 (Friday) School Closed

Sept. 6 (Tuesday) Classes resume for grades Pre-K-8
Sept. 15 (Thursday) “Parent Night” for gr 1-8 6:30-7:30. followed by a Home & School meeting @ 7:30.

Piano Lessons - limited openings, please call the school office. 610-845-7364
Spanish Class - Info will be sent home the first week of school.

Be sure to check our website www.sfabally.org and Saint Francis Academy “Facebook” for the latest information. Also, “sign up” for our “newsflash” if you have not already done so to be emailed and receive a text message of the latest events. The season goes by so quickly, before you know it, it’s back to school again. If you are like me, you can become so easily “stressed out” at organizing your time well. Ask our Lord and the Blessed Mother to help you plan family activities. They will. You will feel their graces and be able to relax and enjoy your family more knowing the Lord is with you (because you invited Him). So many of us get so wrapped up with various activities we forget to “talk to” Our Lord daily. What a difference it makes! Try it. Get in the habit of it. You will feel the difference. Trust Me.

God bless you all!
Deacon Thomas Murphy

The Importance of Sunday Mass

Our Duty and Privilege
http://www.loyolapress.com/sunday-connection.htm?class_id=14&parent_class_id=
Sunday Mass? Why is it so Important?
Since the Last Supper, Jesus instructed His apostles to “Do this in remembrance of Me”. The third commandment tells us to keep holy the Lord’s Day. The Mass is an intimate encounter with our risen Lord. In one of our Lady’s apparitions she stated that if we knew the graces that we receive from attending Holy Mass, “we would weep for joy”! How can we better understand the weekly readings? Please click on the link above for an explanation for all age groups!
• Then click on the “Sunday Connection” button on the left for the Sunday Readings and explanations.
 

FACTS Tuition & Financial Aid...Click the link below to apply!
https://online.factsmgt.com/signin/3PTV0
All parents must "create an account" for Financial Aid and Tuition payments for school year 2016-17. After you create an account, BE SURE TO CONTINUE to the right for financial aid and tuition payment schedules. Please call the school office for any questions. 610-845-7364
 

Diocese Safe Environment Procedures
https://www.allentowndiocese.org/the-diocese/youth-protection
 

New Dress Code Changes

Maroon or white short and long sleeve polo shirts will replace our blouses and dress shirts. Ties will no longer be required. However, the present uniform may still be worn until the 2015-16 school year. ALL UNIFORMS MUST BE PURCHASED FROM FLYNN & O’HARA on this website (see Dress Code Button to the left) or from their Allentown store.
 

Is your cell phone registered for Newsflashes?

Make sure you receive the latest weather or activities from SFA through text messages on your cell phone and/or email by subscribing to our newsflash "Button" to the left of this message.
 

School Closings & Delays
SFA
How do you know if the school is closed or dismissing early due to snow or icy conditions???
Parents can do any of the following:
1) Go to the school’s website at www.sfabally.org 2) Turn to (Ch. 69 TV) WFMZ
***The best thing to do is register your cell phone and/or email on the “Newsflash” button of our school’s website. This will notify you immediately by text message and/or email of any school situations***

Please note: We do not follow the Boyertown School District for closings and delays. If you reside in another school district, you must be aware of St. Francis Academy’s closing or delay schedule. For example, do not send your child to school if your district is operating on a one hour delay and St. Francis has a two hour delay. The school will not be open for any children arriving earlier than what has been announced.
Special Pre-K Note: If there is a two hour delay, the morning Pre-k class will still take place beginning at 10:30 for those who choose to attend.
 

Have a Great Summer!!!

Saint Francis Academy 668 Pine Street -- Bally, PA 19503 610-845-7364
Last Modified: Friday, Jul. 15, 2016