Principal's e-Newsletter
October 13, 2016
In This Issue

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Upcoming Events
Alumni Association All-School Reunion - Oktoberfest

Seniors - College Day; Juniors and Sophomores - Testing; Freshmen - Retreat

Open House; 11:00 a.m.

10/24/2016 ยป 10/28/2016
Red Ribbon Week; October 24-28

Haunted House

All-School Liturgy - All Saints Day; 8:00 a.m.

Alumni Memorial Mass; 10:00am (Slant Dome)

Board of Directors Meeting; 6:30pm (Rosmonowski Room)

Open House; 6:00 p.m.
Note from the Principal
Congratulations and good luck to Luke Armbrust '18 who qualified for the IHSA State competition in golf beginning today.

Congratulations to the following students who were selected to represent St. Francis High School at the ILMEA Music Festivals:
Megan Abbott '18 (Flute), William Ong '17 (Saxophone), Jennifer Coman '17 (Voice), Maria Carani '17 (Voice), Axel Moreen '18 (Voice)
The Jazz Festival is on November 12th at Hampshire High School and the Senior Traditional Festival is on November 19th at Lake Park West Campus. More than 2500 students in the Western Suburbs auditioned for 300 spots.

Raeann Huhn Principal
St. Francis High School
Schedule for events on Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Wednesday, October 19, is a testing day for sophomore and junior students. Sophomores will be taking a Pre-ACT test and juniors will be taking the PSAT/NMSQT test. Seniors are excused from school on this day and may use it for college visits and work on college applications.  Freshmen will be participating in their Freshman Retreat and Day of Service.  All of these events take place in the morning and students are free to leave school after the testing or planned activity has been completed.  Sports practices will start at the usual time of 3:15 p.m. Since all of the morning events will end at different times, it is important that students and parents coordinate their schedules for rides and pick up from school.

All students, freshman through juniors, should be in the building no later than 7:30 to ensure that they are not late for their testing or activity.
Freshmen: Start 7:40 a.m. and finish approximately 12:30 p.m.
Sophomores: Start 7:40 a.m. and finish approximately 11:10 a.m.
Juniors: Start 7:40 a.m. and finish approximately 11:40 a.m. 
St. Francis Fathers' Club Thanks You!
Dear Family and Friends of the St. Francis High
School Community,

It is with great pleasure that we thank you for your participation in our initial, annual football tailgate. On Saturday, October 8th, we launched this great event. We had fans, friends and family reveling in fabulous weather, enjoying delicious food, great music and fun. Coach Joe and Tom Bednar set the stage in the dunk tank. Our Punt, Pass and Kick contest had contestants from 5 years old to 16 years old displaying their athleticism. Bean bags were tossed as the bands "Written In Stone" and "New Age Americans", made up of our very own SFHS students, brought a steady beat, rhythm and harmony for everyone to enjoy. The performance by our dance team, helped build the positive energy. We had a wonderful halftime show by dance, cheer and marching band. The heartfelt pre-game prayer by our football team was so very special. Then, our fighting Spartans went out, battled to victory, and rolled into the fantastic celebration with fans, friends and family who stormed the field after the game. Nobody wanted to go home! It was truly a remarkable, memorable day. What a great day for the St. Francis High School Community!

We extend special thanks to the Rendina, Fassnacht, Dama, Lily, Kleve and Pechan families. They planned the work and worked the plan to lay the foundation. Deb Hodgett, thank you for being the force behind the music. Master Chuck and his group were so generous to set up the stage for the bands. Dan and his crew from "Buck Services", we thank you for being reliable, supportive and so good to work with. Coach Joe, Tom Bednar and Dan Hardwick, thank you for working closely with us and helping us bring "The Tailgate" to life. Father's Club members; Chris Welton, Nick Cooney, Mark Kravchuk, Todd Olson, Dave Baffa, Joe Williams, and so many others that aided in set-up, clean-up, donating water, gatorade, running P/P/K, overseeing the bags area, and donating your valuable time. To all of you fine men and your families, we thank you!

Congratulations to Debbie Moran who was the proud winner of the $1,000 tuition relief raffle. A big thank you to the members of "Written In Stone"; Nick Jurich, Kieran Schoaf, John Sheehan, Axel Moreen, Ryan Martin and to "New Age Americans"; Tyler Hodgett, Jake Smith, Sean Tannehill (West Chicago H.S) and Kieren Schoaf. We urge these magnificent young musicians to keep sharing their talented gifts with the world.

To the many anonymous people who donated money, we thank you. Your generosity in supporting this event is greatly appreciated. To any one we overlooked, please know that we love you, your contribution and we thank you. To everyone who attended, we thank you. We urge you to embrace the memories you made, share them and grow them so when we produce another tailgate, you are eager to be part of the fun. To everyone else, we thank you as you were with us in spirit. The Father's Club captured many memories and soon these pictures will be on our website:

The spirit of St. Francis is alive and thriving in every one of us. Every day we get a great gift, the day itself. Let's keep making every day a great day!

Fighting Spartans don't bleed often, but when we do, we always Bleed Blue! God Bless you, your families, the St. Francis Community and the USA.
Billy, Charlie and The St. Francis Father's Club
Executive Producers of Tailgate 2016
Freshman Retreat Information
The mandatory St. Francis High School Freshmen Service Retreat is Wednesday, October 19.
It will take place at the Feed My Starving Children in Schaumburg or Aurora.
  • Students should report to Spyglass by 7:40 a.m. for attendance.
  • Dress is Spirit and Pride-regular Outta Uniform rules apply and WEAR CLOSED TOED SHOES.
  • Freshmen will be transported by bus to the facility, and will return by 12:30 p.m. 
  • Students should eat a good breakfast! There will not be an opportunity to eat until they return.
  • Several teachers, staff, parent volunteers, and seniors will be serving with them.
The Freshman Retreat is a required part of the Religion Curriculum, and it is a graduation requirement. A student who misses the retreat will need to make arrangements to attend another retreat on their own.
Culinary Club & Arts and Crafts Club
Join the Culinary Club & Arts and Crafts Club after school on Monday, October 24 for a joined Halloween Food & Craft Party. Learn how to make delicious Halloween treats and SPOOKY Halloween crafts. Activities might include making your own spooky door signs, Halloween room decorations & spooky books as well as Halloween-themed food items.   We will meet on Ocotber 24 in the teachers lounge from 2.35 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.   Arts & Crafts members do not need to sign up. All other students do need to sign up in Ms. Fairhead or Mrs. Holinger's room. Spots are limited, so sign up ASAP to ensure YOUR spot. See Mrs. Rupp, Mrs. Holinger or Ms. Fairhead for more information.
Winter Sports Registration Open
Winter sports registration is now open. In order for your student to tryout or participate in a winter sport, you must register on 8 to 18. Please logon to to register. If you have any questions, contact Janet Thelen
Service Opportunity 
KRas is looking for student volunteers to assist at the walk for the National Eating Disorders Association on Saturday, October 22. Transportation is provided, and it only costs $15 to register. Permission slips are at the Pastoral Ministry Office and should be returned to KRas. Space is limited!
Boys' Kairos
Registration and information for the upcoming Boys' Kairos, November 1-4, 2016 is now open at
Please register by Wednesday, October 19. 
Please encourage your senior boys to attend!
Service Hour Opportunity
St. Francis High School will be working the Catholic Charities Food Wagon on Saturday, October 22, 2016 to subsidize the weekly meals served at this location. Students will meet at St. Francis at 2:00 p.m. in the cafe, cook hotdogs, pack brown bags and travel in the St. Francis van to Catholic Charities at 721 N La Salle Drive in Chicago. Students will return by 7 p.m.

To Register, go to:

We will also be accepting food donations of hotdogs, buns, fruit, chips, water and cookies.  If you would like to help out, please contact
College Fair at College of DuPage
The Illinois Regional College Fair at College of DuPage will be held on Tuesday, October 18, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Physical Education Center. 
Positive Attitude
Service and Community
Preparing for High School
Becoming a Role Model
Character Strength

Rise Up is an opportunity for all current 8th grade students to participate in a day of leadership, teamwork, character building, and service run by the National Honor Society. St. Francis' National Honor Society members will guide current 8th grade students through activities and workshops that will prepare them for high school and beyond.
Saturday, November 5, 2016
Check-in begins at 9:30 a.m. at St. Francis High School
Pick-up is at 1:30 p.m. at St. Francis High School

The registration fee for Rise Up is $10, and includes a tee-shirt and lunch.  Online registration closes on October 30 and is required for all those planning on attending. A registration form can be found on the St. Francis home page.
FAFSA Applications Due Soon
The 2017-18 Free Application for Federal Student Aid will be available starting October 1 - earlier than in previous years - and students and parents will use 2015 tax data which can be imported automatically from the IRS.

Students and parents are encouraged to complete the FAFSA as soon as possible, even before being admitted to college. The FAFSA considers students for Pell Grants, federal loans, and Work-Study programs at any college they choose to attend. Most universities will also use it to determine what institutional aid the student will receive. If a student wants to receive any type of need based aid, such as a Stafford Loan, he/she must file the FAFSA. 

A Federal Student Aid ID and 2015 tax documents are needed to complete the FAFSA. Students can send their FAFSA results to up to 10 colleges (and add more later, if they wish), and selected schools will automatically receive FAFSA results.
Fashion Show Model Signup is LIVE !

Sophomore, Junior and Senior men and women have their chance to walk the runway in the annual St. Francis High School Fashion Show, held on Sunday, November 20. From spirit wear to casual looks and even formal attire, our student models show off the latest fashions at this event. Sign up at but don't delay - space is limited! 
Don't forget to "like" our Facebook page at
Tuition Credit Raffle
WIN $10,000
This year it's WINNER'S CHOICE for a $10,000 TUITION credit OR a CASH prize. Only 350 tickets will be sold throughout the St. Francis High School community. Go online to purchase raffle tickets today. $100 per chance. 
Purchase your ticket by November 21, 2016 to be entered into a drawing to win two first row mezzanine HAMILTON tickets for the March 22, 2017 performance. For additional information contact Debbie Quirk at
Exciting news from the Mothers' Club newly formed Faith & Service Committee
Friday Morning Moms Prayer Group
Did you know that there are a group of moms, both current and former St. Francis High School parents, who meet to pray together on Friday mornings? We pray for the students, faculty, and staff at St. Francis, as well as for other intentions that are weighing on our hearts that day. We gather in the Chapel most Fridays by 7:40 a.m. and welcome all newcomers. While the Rosary is the way we pray, you do not need to have any experience with it in order to be a part of this community of prayer. Come and join us! For questions, feel free to contact Lisa Brose at 630-486-1447

St. Francis Mothers' Club Book Club
Welcome to an opportunity to grow in your own faith by delving into a spiritual book with a group of other mothers from St. Francis High School. The first book we will discuss is a favorite of the St. Francis Religion Department as they read and discussed it together. Written by bestselling author Richard Rohr, Eager to Love: The Alternative Way of Francis of Assisi is not a typical biography of our school's patron saint, but rather an opportunity to see how our lives can be enriched by St. Francis' way of reaching out in love to others and toward heaven. Meeting day and time will be determined by those who express interest in reading the current book. While there is a short list of women who signed up at the Parents' Club Social in September, we would like to offer the opportunity to more women before we begin. For anyone who may be planning on going on the Italy trip this could be a great start to your spiritual journey. If you are interested please contact Lisa Brose at or 630-486-1447 by October 15.
Mother's Club Advent Mass and Brunch - Thursday, December 1
at 9 a.m. 
Lenten Retreat - Living in Christ - February 23-25, 2017 - Evening retreat on Thursday & Friday, concluding on Saturday morning. Open to both men and women in the St. Francis community.
More details to come about both of these events.
The Glenbard Parent Series
OCT 14/15
The Glenbard Parent Series: (GPS) Navigating Healthy Families will present In the Drivers Seat: A Hispanic Parent Leadership Academy in Spanish with Dr. Lourdes Ferrer at 6:30p.m.on Friday, Oct. 14  at Glenbard East. Parental involvement is the leading indicator of student academic achievement. Empowering parents so they can play a significant role in their children's education is key in efforts to increase the academic achievement of Hispanic students. Dr Lourdes Ferrer an award-winning Hispanic academic achievement, and parental involvement specialist will explain the competencies that parents demonstrate when they "sit in the driver's seat" of their children's education. Parents will learn how to increase students' college and career readiness, and graduate college with the least amount of debt. Join us and gain information on the skills necessary for today's careers. Participants will better understand standardized tests' scores, the strategies to create a home environment that is conducive to their children's academic success and how to best support  their children's potential. Babysitting will be provided

Ferrer will also present a free SAT math review session to  students whose parents attend the Leadership Academy. The math review session will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15 in the library at Glenbard East 1014 S. Main in Lombard

OCT 17
The Glenbard Parent Series:  (GPS) Navigating Healthy Families will host Study Skills Now, Life Skills Forever:
The Tools to Help Your Child Achieve and a FAFSA Workshop at Glenbard North on Monday, Oct 17.
Study skills are the skills you need to enable you to study and learn efficiently - they are an important set of transferable life skills. In this important GPS event Patrick Donohue will define how teens can develop a growth mindset, perseverance, a level of "grit" and gain the skills that will put them on the path to success. We will examine the key areas where parents can improve their students learning effectiveness:  Organization, Daily Habits, Vision and Mindset.   Here are the strategies to become  a supportive coach, and increase your child's motivation to help them reach their full potential. Patrick Donohue is a former teacher, coach and school administrator and the author of Red Zone Fathering. The Study Skills program will be offered in Spanish by Glenbard East Spanish teacher Janet Reece. Circle the calendar now for these solution -minded workshops.

Due to the earlier deadline for filing this year's FAFSA high school seniors and their parents are encouraged to attend this FAFSA financial aid completion workshop on Oct.17. Participants will receive one-on-one assistance in filing the FAFSA financial aid form online from financial aid specialists from the Illinois Students Assistance Corps.  Please bring the following necessary documents:  2015 Federal tax return, 2015 W2 forms, record of untaxed income and investment/asset /business value. Assistance will be available in English and Spanish. FAFSA assistance will be available from 6:30pm to 8:30pm in the computer lab and the Study Skills event will begin at 7:00pm in the Little Theater at Glenbard North 990 Kuhn Rd in Carol Stream. Students are encouraged to attend.

OCT 22
The Glenbard Parent Series: (GPS) Navigating Healthy Families will host three special events on Saturday, Oct. 22 at Glenbard East.
The New SAT College Admission Test: What You Need to Know will be presented at 10:30 a.m. to noon with Effi Rouse. K-12 Director at the College Board and Jeff Feucht, Assistant Superintendent for Educational Services at Glenbard District #87. The SAT has replaced the ACT as the College Entrance Exam to be given in the Glenbard Schools and throughout the state of Illinois. The SAT measures college and career readiness skills and is closely aligned to the high school curriculum. Not only has the test changed but the SAT exam itself has undergone major changes into what will be tested, and how it will be scored. Junior, sophomore and freshmen parents and students will want to attend to better understand and prepare for the revised SAT.

Due to the earlier deadline for filing this year's FAFSA, high school seniors and their parents are encouraged to attend the FAFSA financial aid completion workshop on Oct. 22 from 10:30pm-1:30pm in the Glenbard East computer lab. Participants will receive one-on-one assistance from financial aid specialists at the Illinois Assistance Corps to file the FAFSA financial aid form online. Please bring the following necessary documentation: 2015 Federal tax returns, 2015 W2 forms and record of untaxed income and investment/asset /business value. Assistance will be available in Spanish and English.

Also, on Oct. 22, psychologist Ferney Ramirez will present a program in Spanish entitled The Ten Keys to School Success, from 10:30a.m.-noon. What kind of parenting style is most conducive to learning and success in life?  Parents will learn how to parent with empathy, and set healthy limits to positively influence the attitudes and choices of their children. Glenbard East is at 1014 S.Main Street in Lombard. A free continental breakfast and babysitting will be provided.

GPS is generously sponsored by the Cebrin Goodman Center, Cooperative Association for Special Education (CASE), College of DuPage, DuPage Medical Group, Emmy Gaffey Foundation and the Trust Company of Illinois. For further information, visit or contact Gilda Ross, Glenbard District 87 student and community projects coordinator, at 942-7668 or