Parent Connection

October 6, 2021

*No School for Students*

Friday, October 8th - Faculty/Staff Development - No School for Students

Monday, October 11th - Columbus Day Observed - No School

Buffalo Bills Dress Down Day - Thursday!

Thursday, October 7th

Students may wear their favorite Buffalo Bills gear (or red, white and blue) to school on Friday. Regular uniform is always fine too.

Go Bills! Go Knights!

Holy Mass with Bishop Michael Fisher

On Friday, October 15th we will celebrate Holy Mass with Bishop Michael Fisher here at DeSales at 9:40am in honor of the DeSales Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame. Those interested in attending Holy Mass should enter the building at the Gym Entrance. Per NYS regulations, all in attendance must wear masks.

Students should wear regular uniform on this day. No sports team uniforms/shirts please.

Fall STREAM Academies

We are very excited to announce that we will be offering STREAM academies this fall. STREAM academies foster holistic development of each child by enhancing twenty-first century learning skills through the use of STREAM-based (Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) activities.

Follow this link to see the available academies and print a registration form. STREAM Academy registrations are due by Thursday, October 7th!

HSA Halloween Party - October 22nd

Get you trunk decorations ready! We are sending a flyer home with students this week. Please register as soon as possible so that we may plan a fun event for all!

DeSales Trunk or Treat

Friday, October 22nd

6:00 - 7:30pm

DeSales parking lot

Admission is one bag of candy per student.

Parents, we need your help in order to ensure a successful event. Please click on the link below to view the available and needed volunteer opportunities for day-of-event as well as day-after.

Also, any alums or parents of alums who are interested in volunteering, we can always use your help as many of our current volunteers also have young children who need supervision for the Trunk or Treat.

Thank you!

Marnie Morello


Annual Early Release Drill

DeSales will be conducting an annual exercise of its emergency early dismissal plan.

The exercise will be conducted on Friday, October 15, 2021.

All students in Mrs. Mazurek's PK4, Mrs. Pike's PK3/4 and students in K-8 will be released 15 minutes earlier than their regularly scheduled dismissal time on this day. If your child rides the bus they may or may not arrive home 15 minutes earlier. Parents who pick up should plan on arriving 15 minutes early.

Please call us with any questions (716)433-6422.

HSA Meeting

The next HSA meeting will be held in the DeSales Cafeteria on Tuesday, October 19th at 6:30pm. All parents and caregivers are encouraged and invited to attend. Just for attending your student will earn a free dress down day and an entry to win a prize!

DeSales Uniforms

Summer Uniform

Summer uniforms (shorts) may be worn until otherwise noted. We have some warmer weather coming and want to ensure our students are comfortable in shorts if needed.

Uniform Exchange

If you are in need of dress pants, please make sure you check our uniform exchange before you buy new pants for your child! We have an abundance of dress pants in our uniform exchange in ALL sizes! You can come visit the uniform exchange before or after school on any day that school is in session. If you have difficulty getting here during those times, you can email Mrs. Diane Surdel in our main office with what items you need, including sizes, and someone at the school can send items home with your child.

Health Office

If you need to reach the School Nurse, Renee Nye, please call (716)434-4680.

School Lunch

**Breakfast and Lunch are free for all DeSales Students until June 2022.**

The DeSales Food Service Department, under the direction of Aramark works hard to offer students a delicious and nutritious meal in a clean and inviting atmosphere. Our staff strives to provide a good value while complying with a host of nutritional guidelines and NYS and USDA regulations.


Attention Parents who wish to volunteer:

All parents who wish to volunteer with children have to take the Protecting God’s children workshop, have a background check, and keep up on online training materials – just like all employees must do.

On October 15th, the Diocese will be suspending all accounts who have not kept up on the monthly bulletins. Anyone with a suspended account won’t be able to volunteer or work with children.

Please make sure you log in to your account and catch up on any unread monthly bulletins and annual re-certifications that have been assigned to you.

If you have any questions, please contact Annette Wojcinski in the Business office if you have any questions.

DeSales Ski Club

Ski season will be here before we know it!

If you are interested in joining the DeSales Ski Club (parents and students are welcome to join), please contact Kevin Miller at or text him at 585-409-6116.

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DeSales Volleyball - Serving up Personal Bests!

The Girls' Varsity Volleyball team took the court last night for their first match of the season. Captains Emma Buzak, Karoline Griffin and Arden Anterline lead the team in a hard-fought game against St. Mark's. 2 of 3 sets were taken by St. Mark's, with the last match only being awarded to the opposition due to the referee's scoring error. Many personal bests were had last night, most notably by Olivia Bidak, Emma Buzak, Karoline Griffin, Haley Karaszewski, Jamie Fritton and Torryn Kilroy. The next match is scheduled for October 13th against Christ The King Gold.

Congratulation Alumni, Henry Smith, DCS '17

Henry Smith, DCS '17 was named D'Youville's Athlete of the Week! He led the way for the D'Youville Saints at the Harry F Anderson Invitational this last weekend. The freshman was the top finisher for the Saints and complete the 8k course in a time of 28:36.4 to finish 93rd in the 199-runner field. It is the third time in three races this season that Smith has been the top finisher for the Saints.

Henry graduated from DeSales in 2017 and is pursuing a degree in Exercise Science/Physical Therapy. Congratulations Henry! Once a Knight, always a Knight!

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Power Hockey Class at Cornerstone

Sharpen your hockey skating skills with our Power Hockey Class on Wednesdays at 6:10pm. Follow the link to register.

Buffalo Academy of Sacred Heart

Open House is Sunday, October 17 from 10:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Prospective 7th & 8th grade girls are invited to tour the school, learn about our academic and extracurricular offerings, and meet teachers, students, staff and coaches. Reservations are required and each tour can accommodate a student and two additional family members. Open House sign up here.

Shadow Days will be offered beginning Monday, September 27. Eighth grade girls can spend the day with a 9th or 10th grade student based on her interests or someone she knows. We are limiting the number of shadows to seven per day. Parents can sign up for a Shadow Day here.

The Entrance Exam Prep Course will be offered Saturdays - October 23, 30 and November 6 from 9 am - 12 noon. This three-week course is designed to give girls instruction and test-taking strategies in Math and English. The cost of the course is $75 and includes the Petersen review book. Sign up here.

The Catholic High School Entrance Exam is Saturday, November 20. Apply to Sacred Heart and register to take the exam here.

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