November 11, 2021
Dear St. Francis Prep Families,
Thank You! The response to our Thanksgiving Donation Drive has been outstanding. Our partners who receive our generosity have indicated that St. Francis Prep has remained one of their largest and most reliable source of aid. I am very proud of our students who understand the importance of service to the community, the power of giving, and the unity of purpose.
I am also writing to inform you that our faculty will not be assigning homework or projects over the Thanksgiving weekend. The priority at this time of year should be an appreciation of family and friends, a show of gratitude for all the good things we have and to respond to God’s goodness. Also, teachers will not schedule a quiz or test for Monday, November 29th and Tuesday, November 30th. Certainly, we understand that students may choose this time to catch up on long term assignments but that decision rests with each student. As we continue to progress through the pandemic and meet the physical, emotional, social, and spiritual challenges presented to us, we more appreciate the gift of our family, friends, and school community. Our faith reminds us that God’s presence in all things provides us strength and hope.
On behalf of the administration, faculty, and staff of St. Francis Prep, I wish you a most blessed and peaceful Thanksgiving. Take this time to reflect on the greatest blessings of children, family, and friends.
Dear SFP Families,
As the President of St. Francis Prep, I’m delighted to welcome you to the 2021-2022 school year In this role, much of my work centers on fostering our mission, working with alumni and benefactors, fundraising, admissions, finances, and other business components Our Principal, Mr. Patrick McLaughlin, handles the day-to-day operations and academics of the school Together we work to provide you with the best Catholic education in our Franciscan tradition. Last year, I continued conversations with many alumni to seek financial support for St. Francis Prep programs and plans I am enjoying sharing the good news about the Prep, including your successes, with our graduates.
Thanks to the generosity of our alumni and benefactors, our major renovations continue here at Prep. As students your participation in our annual walkathon is your contribution to these efforts. It is my sincere hope that when you become a successful Prep graduate, you will continue to help the Prep and its students just as so many of our alumni have done for years.
As you begin this school year
- Base all that you do on our mission and Franciscan heritage, beliefs & values
- Model yourself after our patron St. Francis and help others in need by volunteering for our numerous Franciscan and Christian service opportunities.
- Grow spiritually by actively participating in religious services and your religious education classes
;Have a great school year and I encourage you to stop by and see me whenever you have a question or comment.
May the Blessings of St. Francis always be with you.
Brother Leonard Conway, O.S.F.
Dear SFP Families,
Welcome to the 2021-2022 school year! I hope your summer was filled with fun, relaxation, prayer and learning. Our
entire faculty and staff look forward to seeing everyone back in the building this year.
Our teachers are energized and deeply committed to making a positive difference in the lives of our students after working
through both a physically and mentally draining school year. I am grateful for the courage, hard work and dedication of
our students and teachers throughout the 2020-21 school year. As we begin this school year. Let us all recommit to being
our best selves and to live out the Franciscan values:
- To be Living Instruments of Peace
- To Proclaim Joy and Hope
- To Care for Creation
To Live Lovingly As we live through an incredibly challenging time for schools everywhere, St. Francis Prep will keep its focus on our
Mission where students grow, learn and develop in religious and joyful school environment.
Together with our dedicated faculty and staff, supportive families and motivated students we continue to strive to create
an environment filled with a commitment to faith and pursuit of academic excellence.
St. Francis Assisi pray for us!
Mr. Patrick McLaughlin
Dear SFP Families,
I hope you are enjoying a restful summer with family and friends.
I am writing to you regarding our reopening plan for the 2021-2022 school year. As you know, the guidance for schools changes every day. We continue to plan for the safety of all our students, faculty, and staff. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and State Education Department (SED) have updated their guidelines for schools. I await further guidance from the New York City Department of Health (NYCDOH). I thought it best to send you our current reopening plan and ask for your understanding if guidance changes.
- All students, staff, and faculty will be required to wear a mask at all times.
- All students will be required to be in school every day. There will be no remote option.
- We encourage all students, staff, and faculty members to be vaccinated but do not mandate it. Being fully vaccinated will restrict possible quarantining.
- To start the new school year only students and essential personnel will be permitted in our building.
I will be in communication with you over the next few weeks with any updates or adjustments. Also, our school website www.sfponline.org will be a source of information as we will be posting information from various members of our Administration. Below I share important dates to start the new school year:
Monday, August 30th – SFP Follies
Tuesday, August 31st and Wednesday, September 1st – 9th grade iPad distribution days and Strategies for Academic Success. All families received separate appointment times.
Wednesday, September 1st – Transfer Student iPad distribution day
Tuesday, September 7th - All Faculty Report to the Building
Wednesday, September 8th – 9th Grade Reports 8:30am – 11:00am; 10th Grade Reports 11:30 am – 1pm
Thursday, September 9th - 11th Grade Reports 8:30am – 10:30am; 12th Grade Reports 11:30 am – 1pm
Friday, September 10th – First Full Day of School
Thursday, September 16th – Back to School Night
On behalf of our faculty and staff, I want to thank you for entrusting your child to us. We are totally committed to the spiritual, physical, intellectual, and emotional growth and development of all students. There was no year more challenging than the 2020-2021 school year, yet our faculty, staff, and students were resilient in making learning, hard work, and commitment to excellence priorities. Finally, we very much appreciate the support and ongoing cooperation from you, our parents and guardians.
“Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:8-9
Dear Parents, Guardians, and Student:
We have received updated guidance from the NYS Department of Health regarding mask guidance for Summer School and Summer camp programs. This guidance is below. This information applies to the 2021 Summer session only; as we receive further guidance for the 2021-2022 school year, we will share that with families.
The updated Summer guidance will be in effect for SFP Summer School, Summer Camps, and Summer Academy starting Monday, July 12, 2021.
Patrick McLaughlin, Principal
The following information was distributed this week by the New York State Department of Health and approved for distribution by the Superintendent’s Office for the Diocese of Brooklyn:
The NYS DOHMH has issued updates relevant to 2021 Summer Schools:
- Daily reporting to the COVID-19 Report Card is no longer required.
- Given current low rates of COVID-19 transmission, schools/districts may decide to implement revised masking policies consistent with those available in the archived INTERIM GUIDANCE FOR CHILD CARE, DAY CAMP, AND OVERNIGHT CAMP PROGRAMS DURING THE COVID-19 PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY (available here).
PLEASE NOTE: ONLY FOR FACE MASK POLICY, ALL SUMMER SCHOOLS ARE STILL TO MAINTAIN PODS , APPROPRIATE SOCIAL DISTANCE, AND COVID-19 GUIDELINES AS PER “THE NYS INTERIM GUIDANCE FOR IN-PERSON INSTRUCTION AT PRE-K TO GRADE 12 SCHOOLS DURING THE COVID-19 PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY” (available here).
What this means for the 2021 Summer School Program:
- Young children/campers (i.e., those that are not yet in kindergarten) do not need to wear face coverings when they are in child care or day camp program facility or area.
- Older unvaccinated children/campers are strongly encouraged but not required to wear face coverings indoors as feasible.
- In addition, the outdoor space that belongs to and/or is exclusively used by the child care or children’s camp program is not considered a public place for the purposes of this guidance.
- Children/campers and staff are not required to wear a face-covering when utilizing the outdoor space that belongs to and/or is exclusively used by the child care or children’s camp program.
- Face coverings must be worn during transportation by individuals who are not fully vaccinated.
- Unvaccinated staff must wear a face covering at all times while indoors.
- The Summer School should allow any adult to choose to continue to wear a face mask. (indoors/outdoors)
- The Summer School should honor a parent’s request that their child/children continue to wear a face mask indoors. (outdoors)
The above information applies to the 2021 summer session only and additional information will be shared regarding the 2021-2022 school year soon.
Dear SFP Parents and Guardians,
It has been quite a challenging year for everyone! Our faculty, staff and students have been resilient amid all of the changes, adjustments, quarantine, shut downs and technology challenges. It brought about fear, frustration, fatigue and the need for unrelenting flexibility. As we head into the summer and a well-deserved break, I want to thank you for your patience, trust, partnership, and support.
Through all the challenges, I am proud that the St. Francis Prep faculty and staff played an amazing role in helping our students thrive, face hardships and create opportunities. We made every effort imaginable to sustain our commitment to Catholic Education. Our students have been great! They have faced down the chaos, turmoil and disarray, and continue to impress us with resiliency and commitment to excellence. I also recognize that resiliency and excellence did not come easy for some but I hope and pray we can all look back and take away those life lessons that will enrich our future.
Last summer was filled with uncertainly, guidance, mandates and a requirement to organize a “reopening” plan for September. This summer we recommit. Recommit to our SFP families that starting in September 2021 our school will be offering in-person instruction only, leaving both hybrid and remote learning behind. We are fully recommitted to the formula of success that our families have come to expect from us.
As we see a brighter future and experience more and more normalcy, I stand proud of our resilient and incredible students. I am proud of our amazing, dedicated and awesome faculty and staff. I thank our parents and guardians who entrust their most prized possessions to St. Francis Prep every day. We will continue to provide our students with a world-class Catholic Education centered on Franciscan values and beliefs. We recommit to that!
Have a safe a restful summer! May God continue to Bless us all!
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