2017-18 School Calendar

Be sure to mark your calendars for these upcoming events: 

Tuesday, August 8  Time: 2pm
Senior parents are invited to join their son/daughter at 6 p.m. at St. Matthias Church for a prayer service. The Senior Picnic will be held for both students and parents directly following the prayer service. 

Wednesday, August 9   Time: 7pm
REMINDER: Every student planning to participate in a sport during the 2017-18 school year needs to have a pre-participation physical completed by their doctor. Download a copy here. 

Thursday, August 24
You will get your Student ID that day as well. The ID will get you in FREE to all home sporting events!

Wednesday, August 30  Time: 7pm
Learn what the expectations and goals are from your child’s teachers. Remember to print a copy of their schedule!

Grandparents are invited to attend one of the days designated, according to  the student’s last name: 
A-L: Friday, September 22, 2017
         8:30am breakfast followed by mass
M-Z: Friday, March 16, 2018
          8:30am breakfast followed by mass
Grandparents will receive a reminder card in the mail, IF you provide us with their name and mailing address. Please submit addresses online for the FALL GRANDPARENTS DAY (A-L) or SPRING GRANDPARENTS DAY (M-Z), or mail to them to the school: St. Francis DeSales High School, Attn: Karen Cofojohn, 4212 Karl Road, Columbus, 43224. We do not keep addresses from previous years.


Family Handbook

It is the responsibility of each student and parent to be familiar with the school regulations. The policies and procedures stated in the handbook will be strictly enforced. Students and parents both must sign the compliance form (linked below) stating that they have read, and agree to abide by the handbook. Compliance form must be signed by August 31, 2017. 

Students will also have the Family Handbook on their iPads. 

 Once you have reviewed the Family Handbook, please complete the online Compliance Form with your electronic signature. 

2017-18 Family Handbook                                                  2017-18 Family Handbook: Spanish Version 

2017-18 Family Handbook Compliance Form                  2017-18 Family Handbook Compliance Form: Spanish Version

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers are an invaluable resource to our school. Please review the volunteer opportunities available for all parents; visit desales.ivolunteer.com to view descriptions of the volunteer needs and how you can sign up. Other ways to sign up: Look for the volunteer table at the Freshmen Parent Social and Back to School night. This site includes sign ups for Athletic and Performing Arts events as well. Parental expectations and additional volunteer opportunities will be forthcoming from the SFD Parent Advisory Board. Watch for an announcement from your parent representatives! 

Summer Reading

Students are required to read the assigned articles by the first day of school.

2017 Summer Reading - Virtues - Faith and Prudence

Opening Day Celebration

Once again, our opening day, August 23rd, will be a Gala Celebration!  The following are important details for the day:

  • School will begin at our normal starting time: homeroom begins at 7:44am.
  • Students are permitted to be out of uniform (see “out of uniform” policy in Family Handbook. Walking shorts or jeans, and tennis shoes or casual shoes are permitted; no sandals or flip-flops).
  • Each student will receive a free t-shirt upon arrival at school (in the Theatre Lobby). Every student will be expected to wear the shirt provided for them.
  •  Lunch will be provided at no charge for each student. 
  • School will be dismissed at 1:30pm. Those who rely on Columbus, Gahanna, or New Albany buses will need to arrange for a ride home on that day. 

Uniform Sales

Mothers Club Gently Used Uniform Sale
Saturday, July 8   10AM – NOON
SFDHS Franciscan Center
An opportunity to purchase gently used girl’s blouses and jumpers, boy’s uniform pants, shirts, ties and miscellaneous items at substantial savings. Questions? Contact Diane Omlor at omlordiane@att.net.

Educational Apparel Uniform Sale
Wednesday, July 19   NOON - 6PM
SFDHS Franciscan Center (Northwest corner of  building)
SFDHS’ official uniform provider will be at the school with all your uniform needs! *EA is holding their Back to School Sale in June (20% off) and July (15% off). Call store for details: 614-876-3030

Welcome Class of 2021!

The following programs have been developed to assist you with your transition into high school — introducing you to your new school, faculty and classmates in order to maximize your academic, co-curricular and life experiences.

A few dates to note: 
Thursday, August 10 at 6:00 p.m.
As we begin our new school year, we invite you to join our administration and members of the St. Francis DeSales High School
faculty for an introductory meeting and prayer service.  This event, for both parents and students, will take place at St. Matthias Church.

Directly following the Parent/Student Meeting and Prayer Service on August 10, students are invited to the Icebreaker Dance in the SFDHS gym from 7pm-9pm.
Parents are invited to join us for a  social in the Senior Courtyard while the students are at the Icebreaker.  Enjoy refreshments and door prizes!

Wednesday, August 16 from 9am-2pm
All incoming freshmen are required to attend the Freshmen Orientation. 
Check-in will take place in the Theater Lobby on the south side of the building starting at 8:30 AM.  During the orientation, you will receive your class schedule, locker assignment, homeroom, and will have the opportunity to explore the building.  The spirit shop will be open to buy locks and Physical Education uniforms.

Please dress casually. This will be a great time to meet some of your classmates and prepare for the opening day of school on Wednesday, August 23.

SUMMER IPAD ORIENTATION DATES -- Please click here for your assigned iPad Orientation date.

Freshmen: don’t forget...a completed physical form must be turned in on the first day of school. Download the form here 


The Spirit Shop has regulation locks, gym uniforms, Spirit wear, etc.  Please note: the Spirit Shop will be open before and after school during the first week of school.

DISCOUNT ATHLETIC PASSES are available for $100 for 20 home games. Contact Tom Neubert at 614-267-7808 ext. 113 for passes.
Passes are available beginning in August.