Stallions in the Spotlight

Congratulations to Coach Domenic Romanelli (OSSCA Coach of the Year), Hector Gomez (OSSCA Div II Player of the Year, First Team All-State), and Cristian Gomez (OSSCA Second Team All-State) on receiving their Ohio Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association awards. 

Members of the Boys Basketball team volunteered at Holy Family Soup Kitchen over break. What a great way to start 2018!

On January 11, students in the Career Awareness/Mentorship Program participated in mock interviews during their lunch periods. Thank you to the parents and alumni who took their time to interview our students: Mrs. Kelly  Fox, Mr. Tom McCabe, Mr. Joe Zaremba, Mrs. Mary  Pancake, Ms. Jenna Stranges, Mr. Jason Meyer, Dr. Mike  Pallaci, Dr. Bryan Ghiloni, and Mrs. Kelly Cavanagh. 

Sophomore Nate Stevens performed in the OSU High School Honors Band, earning first chair Horn in the Gray Band. The band members tried out for parts and rehearsed Friday and Saturday, then performed a concert on Sunday afternoon.

Senior Brian Asamoah played in the U19 International Bowl, representing the United States Football Team vs. Canada last 
Friday in Cowboy Stadium. 

Junior Vanessa Amissa has been accepted to the all-expense paid Leadership Academy at Mercy College in NYC this summer from June 10th-16th.

Senior Kyle Moon has been selected as a 2018 recipient of the National Catholic Educational Association Youth Virtues, Valor and Vision Award for his selfless service, determination, and innovation. He was chosen from more than 1.9 million Catholic school students across the country. This awards program was created by the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) and generously sponsored by Cross Catholic Outreach. NCEA believes that ordinary people doing extraordinary work for the good of others is truly the force that can and will change and enrich the world. 

Members from the SFD Fishing Club enjoyed some ice fishing this past weekend, with freshman Andy Viola taking first place in their weekend tournament, junior Rudy Marroquin coming in second, and sophomore Chris Wiseman placing third. 

This year, DeSales art students had their best showing yet in the Scholastics Art Show! Nine pieces were accepted for the show, including three Silver Key awards which will be on display at CCAD in February. Congratulations to the following students: Silver Key winners - Maddie Valentine (Photography), Jasmine Nappier (Graphic Design), and Emma Glass (Painting); Honorable Mentions - Sophia Caruso (Photography), Angel Firmalan (Photography), Brady Bookless (Editorial Cartoon), Abbigail Leaventon (Jewelry), Maddie Valentine (Photography), and Brooke Williams (Jewelry). 

Students in our Stallions for Life Club attended the Right to Life Mass and Rally in downtown Columbus yesterday. SFD also had a group of students travel to the Right to Life Rally in Washington D.C. this past weekend. 

  Athletes of the Week

Congratulations to Mary Ruff (Swimming) and Kayin Derden (Basketball) who were named this week's Athletes of the Week! Click on their name (above) for a write up of their accomplishments!

The Visual Arts Department has planned a trip to New York City during Spring Break of 2019.
This 5 days, 4 nights trip is being coordinated with EF Tours. The trip will include airfare, hotel,
breakfast and dinners, tickets for museums, attractions and a broadway show. A parent
informational meeting will be held in the library on January 25 at 6:30pm. If you are interested or
would like more information, please attend the meeting or contact Mrs. Aumiller, Ms Nye or Mrs. Belt.
Upcoming Events

Feast of St. Francis DeSales Mass
When: January 24 at 9:45am
Where: SFD Gymnasium

Quarter 2 Grade Cards Sent Home
When: January 29

Club Picture Day
When: January 31

Sophomore Retreat
When: February 1

Eucharistic Adoration
When: February 2

Senior Kairos Retreat 
When: February 6-9

Mothers Club Meeting
When: February 7 at 6:30pm
Where: Franciscan Center

Ohio Dominican University presents "Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion"
When: February 8 from 7pm-8:30pm
Where: Ohio Dominican University's Alumni Hall (1215 Sunbury Road)
Fr. Boyle, the author of "Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion," will speak about his experience as the founder of Homeboy Industries in LA, the largest gang intervention, rehabilitation and re-entry program in the world. Free and open to the public.

St. Matthew's Spaghetti Dinner
When: February 10 from 4:30pm to 8pm
Where: St. Matthew School - Hutta Gym (795 Havens Corners Road)
If you have questions or want to place a preorder, contact Diane Schade via

Blue Jackets Hockey Catholic Night  
When: February 10 at 7pm
Where: Nationwide Arena
Please note: In order to receive the shirt and participate in the donation to the Diocese, all sales must be purchased through the link:

Mother-Son Dance
When: February 11 from 5:30pm to 8:30pm; dinner served promptly at 6pm. 
Where: Villa Milano

Ash Wednesday 
When: February 14

No Classes 
When: February 16 and February 19

Columbus Catholic Women's Conference
When: February 17 from 8am to 4pm
Where: Cardinal Hall, Ohio Expo Center
Speakers include Lisa Hendey, Obianuju Ekeocha, Matt and Kristin Laboda, Father Ignatius Mazanowski, F.H.S. and music by His Own.

Columbus Catholic Men's Conference
When: February 24 from 8am to 3pm
Where: Cardinal Hall, Ohio Expo Center
Speakers include Dr. Scott Hahn, Jeff Cavins, and Chris Stefanick.
Date Knight: Mother-Son Dance

When: Sunday, February 11 from 5:30pm to 8:30pm
Where: Villa Milano

Save the Date: Casino Royale!

Casino Royale 2018 will be on Saturday, March 24. The evening offers a live and silent auction, great food, and casino games, plus live music from the Street Players Band. Watch for a link in next week's DeTales to purchase your ticket!

If you would like to volunteer to help plan this fun event, please sign up here.
Four More Host Families Needed for French Exchange

Next month students from Institution Saint Joseph in Le Havre, France will come to Columbus for two weeks in mid February 2018 ( February 17 - March 2, subject to adjustment). 

We are in need of families who would be willing to host a student in their home during their visit. There is no fee associated with hosting a French Exchange student; all that needs to be provided is a place to stay, meals with your family and a sack lunch on most days. The Exchange students will report each day to DeSales.

Please contact SFD French teacher Mrs. Heather Evans at by January 30th if you are interested in hosting a student. Merci!
Opening for SFD JV Girls Golf Coach 

We are currently looking for a coach for the SFD JV Girls Golf team. If interested, please contact Head Coach Charlie Mitchell at for more information. 
Immunization Reminder to Current Junior Parents

Ohio law mandates that all students have the meningococcal vaccine prior to entering 12th grade. Learn more.
PARENTS OF SFD ALUMNI:    To view issues of our Alumni Weekly DeTales, click here.
Daily Reflection 

Loving God, throughout the day today, help me to look at things a little differently. Yes, there will be violence in the world; help me to focus on being more gentle. The weather will bring hardship to many; help me to accomplish what I need to do without complaint. The poor and homeless will remain; help me to make room in my heart for anyone I have shunned. People will suffer misfortune today; help me to notice blessings I sometimes take for granted. I may find myself feeling pretty good or feeling downcast today; help me to look to You with greater faith, no matter what. Amen.
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