Parent Connection

March 16, 2022

Dress Down Day 3/17

On Thursday, March 17th we will have a free dress down day in celebration of St. Patrick's Day. Your student may dress down in as much GREEN as possible!

Regular uniform is always fine.

3/18 No School for Students

There will be no school for students on Friday, March 18th for a Faculty in-service.

Auction Drop Off - Earn a Dress Down Pass

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Spring STREAM Registration

Registration for Spring STREAM Academies is open!

Below you will find a link with the course listing of our STREAM Academies for Spring 2022. Courses begin on Monday, March 21, 2022, and run through Thursday, May 13, 2022. Courses begin at the end of the school day, and are finished at 3:50 p.m.

Spring STREAM Registration

If you are interested in having your child participate in STREAM Academies, please return the registration form along with payment no later than Thursday, March 17, 2022. Students can choose to enroll in as many STREAM academies as they would like. Please return your completed form and payment as soon as possible to ensure that your child is able to participate in their chosen academy, spaces will fill quickly. Registration is based on a first come, first serve basis.

Yearbook Orders

Order your DeSales yearbook through Lifetouch at Please enter DeSales Catholic School and our yearbook ID code 1673222. DeSales yearbooks are $16 each. The deadline to order is 3/25/22.

NYS Testing for Grades 3-8 in English Language Arts

On March 29th & 30th (make- up 3/31), we will be giving the New York State Assessment in English Language Arts to all students in grades 3-8. As was the case last year, opting out will not take place for the following reasons:

  • The tests help us to help your children. The Lockport City School District looks at students’ state test scores as a factor in determining eligibility for special education services.
  • We use the data from these tests to guide our curriculum.
  • Student performance on these tests does not affect their report card grades.
  • It is important to know how DeSales compares with other private and public schools in our area and across the state.

Below are some test taking tips to help your child do his or her best:

The night before:

  • Help your child get to bed on time. Research shows that well-rested students perform better on assessments.
  • Keep your routine as normal as possible. Upsetting natural routines can add to anxiety and concern.
  • Mention the test to show you're interested and encourage them to do their best.
  • Plan ahead to avoid conflicts on the morning of test days.

The morning of the test:

  • Get up early to avoid rushing. Be sure your child is at school on time.
  • Prepare a healthy, filling breakfast.
  • Acknowledge that tests can be tricky and are designed so no one will know every single answer. So, no need to be concerned if you are faced with a problem you don't know how to solve. Explain that doing your best is what counts.

After the test:

  • Talk to your child about their feelings about the test, make sure to acknowledge the effort they put in.
  • Praise them for their hard work!

Thanks for your cooperation in helping us ensure your child is receiving the best education we can provide!

2022 Bid for Quality Education Auction

The Annual HSA Bid for Quality Education, 'The Auction' will be held virtually on April 8th, 9th and 10th. Join the Auction Facebook group to get in on the fun!

Donations Needed: We are actively collecting donations for this year's auction. Any new items can be sent into DeSales, we will pair smaller items together to make an auction basket. Do you have unopened gifts from Christmas? Send them our way!

Some donation ideas: household goods, wine, liquor, toys, electronics, decorations, beauty items, candles, new books etc Or put together your own themed basket.

Do you have a talent? Consider donating something you've made or sell.

Send in a donation record with your items to get a donation letter and be listed as a donor with the auction item.

Join the Online Auction Group

Donation Record | Sponsor Information

Volunteers: We are looking for volunteers to help with basket preparations, help with photos, monitor online activity etc. If you can help, please contact HSA President Jim Fox.

Health Office

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

Register Online Now for Spring Learn to Skate Classes! Classes begin the week of March 14th!! Joining us late? We pro-rate!! Cornerstone Arena offers Learn to Skate programs for ages 3 and up. Each 50 minute class consists of 25 minutes of instruction and 25 minutes of independent practice. Registration is now available for our Spring session.

Learn to Skate and Learn to Skate Hockey Classes are offered Mondays at 6:30pm and Thursdays at 4:50pm. Learn to Skate for Adults is offered Tuesdays at 11am. Parents & Tots and Home School classes are offered Tuesdays at 12pm. Power Hockey Classes are Wednesdays at 6:10pm. Spring classes begin the week of March 14th . Register online on the Cornerstone Arena website at Classes are for beginner through advanced level skaters. Learn to Skate Hockey and Power Hockey are taught without sticks and pucks with the focus on hockey skating skills. Private skating lessons are also being offered 6 days a week. Rental Skates are free for Learn to Skate participants during class sessions only. There are no Makeups for missed classes or refunds.

If you have any questions about our classes or Figure Skating ice time feel free to call the figure skating director Dawn. You can reach her by phone at (716)-438-7698 ext. 513 or by email at Cornerstone Ice Arena 1 Grigg Lewis Way Lockport, NY 14094