2018-19 School Calendar

Be sure to mark your calendars for these upcoming events: 

SENIOR SPIRIT DAY
Tuesday, August 7  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. 

PARENTS OF ATHLETES MEETING
Wednesday, August 15   Time: 7pm
REMINDER: Every student planning to participate in a sport during the 2018-19 school year needs to have a pre-participation physical completed by their doctor. Download a copy here. 

SCHOOL PICTURE DAY
Thursday, August 23
You will get your Student ID that day as well. The ID will get you in FREE to all home sporting events!

BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT
Wednesday, August 29  Time: 7pm
Learn what the expectations and goals are from your child’s teachers. Remember to print a copy of their schedule!

GRANDPARENTS DAY
Grandparents are invited to attend one of the days designated, according to  the student’s last name: 
A-L: Friday, October 5, 2018
         8:30am breakfast followed by mass
M-Z: Friday, April 26, 2019
          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.

Back to School Forms

In an attempt to streamline the collection of back to school paperwork, we have created a simple online form for you to complete. Please note EVERY student must complete the Back to School Form prior to the first day of school.  This form includes important emergency contact information as well as the compliance form for the St. Francis DeSales High School Family Handbook.

The Back to School Form is located in the navigation menu of your PowerSchool Parent Portal.  If you have any questions regarding the completion of this form or accessing your Parent Portal, please contact the Enrollment Office at admissions@desales.co.

Eucharistic Adoration

Parents, alumni and friends are invited to sign up to pray for an hour or two before Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament at St. Francis DeSales High School. To sign up or learn more about this wonderful opportunity, please click here

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 stating that they have read, and agree to abide by the handbook.

The 2018-19 Family Handbook is located on the SFD website at www.sfdstallions.org/family-handbook. 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. The Compliance Form is located in the Back to School Form section found in the navigation menu of your PowerSchool Parent Portal.  Compliance form must be signed by August 31. 

2018-19 Family Handbook                                              

Students will also have the Family Handbook on their iPads. 

FYIs

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 $120 for 20 home games. Contact Arius Cook at 614-267-7808 ext. 117 for passes.
Passes are available beginning in August.

Opening Day Celebration

Once again, our opening day, August 22nd, 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 or Gahanna buses will need to arrange for a ride home on that day. 

Summer Reading

Students are required to read one of the Summer Reading selections by the first day of school. Students: Please choose 1 novel to read from your class list. Each novel is linked to a summary so you can pick a work that is of interest to you. Click on link below for selections. 

2018 Summer Reading

Uniform Sales

Mothers Club Gently Used Uniform Sale
Saturday, July 7   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 18   NOON - 6PM
SFDHS Cafeteria
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.

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. 

Welcome Class of 2022!

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: 
PARENT/STUDENT MEETING AND PRAYER SERVICE            
Thursday, August 9 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.

FRESHMEN ICEBREAKER
Directly following the Parent/Student Meeting and Prayer Service on August 9, 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 Cafeteria while the students are at the Icebreaker.  Enjoy refreshments and door prizes!

FRESHMEN ORIENTATION    
Wednesday, August 15 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 22.
 

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

SUMMER IPAD ORIENTATION DATES -- Please select one of the following dates to attend this summer. At the iPad Orientation students will receive their school-issued iPad and review technology guidelines. A parent/guardian must attend with the student. 

Summer Prep students must attend on June 30th at 1 pm, July 1st at 1 pm, or July 7th at 11 am. All other incoming freshmen students will attend on one of the sessions offered in August: August 6th, 8th, 13th or 14th, all at 6:30 pm. 

iPad Orientation sessions will be held in the SFDHS cafeteria.