Principal's e-Newsletter
September 22, 2016
In This Issue

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Upcoming Events
9/23/2016 
Homecoming Game vs. DeLaSalle; 5/7:30 p.m.

9/23/2016
Pep Rally; PM Assembly Schedule

9/26/2016
College Application and Essay Writing; 7p.m. (Kuhn CAC)

10/1/2016
Free Practice ACT; 8:30 a.m. (North Wing)

10/4/2016
All-School Liturgy - Feast of St. Francis 8 a.m.

10/7/2016
27th Annual Alumni Golf Outing (Prairie Landing Golf Club) 9:00 a.m.

10/10/2016 
Columbus Day - No School

10/13/2016
Choral Concert; 7 p.m. (Kuhn CAC)

10/14/2016
Fathers' Club Spirit Rally (after the football game)

10/15/2016
Alumni Association All-School Reunion - Oktoberfest
Note from the Principal
Congratulations to St. Francis High School seniors, Lillian Rodriguez and Joseph Stella, who were recently named as Commended Students in the National Merit Scholarship Program. Commended Students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.6 million students who entered the 2017 competition by taking the 2015 PSAT test.

There is a lot of excitement in anticipation of this weekend's homecoming events. A special "thank you" to everyone involved with the planning and participation in our Homecoming, 2016 celebration. Whether you are attending the Football Game, or preparing your students for the dance . . . the St. Francis Staff wish everyone a fun-filled and safe Homecoming weekend.

Go Spartans!

Blessings,
Raeann Huhn Principal
St. Francis High School
Homecoming Dance Reminders
From the Dean
 
Students not in school the day before a dance held on a weekend may not be admitted to that dance. With the Homecoming Dance on Saturday night, students need to be in school all day Friday September 23 and they must arrive before 8:30 a.m. to be eligible to attend.

The Dancing:
Expectations:
St. Francis High School acknowledges there are popular dance and music styles; it is still the expectation that students' behavior at dances reflects the values of the school. Students must demonstrate appropriate behavior and respect for your peers relative to space and actions on and off the dance floor. Students must refrain from any physical contact that is sexually explicit in its nature and/or a flagrant display of affection. (i.e.- front to back dancing, grinding, roaming hands, etc...)
Consequences:
If any chaperone determines your behavior on/off the dance floor is inappropriate, they will remove you from the dance floor immediately. Once you are removed from the dance floor, your parents will be called and you will be sent home. If your parents cannot be reached, you will remain in the office until 9:30 p.m., at which time you will be asked to leave.

The Dress:
All students are expected to dress appropriately and cooperate with St. Francis High School rules and procedures. Modesty is always the best policy. Remember the dress policy and expectations that have been posted throughout the school.  If you are not dressed appropriately, there will be disciplinary consequences.
Homecoming Information

Homecoming Week ends with the Homecoming Dance on Saturday, September 24. The theme for the 2016 Homecoming Week and Dance is "Tropical - Let's go to the Beach." A schedule with the dress and activities for each day can be found below. (click to view larger image)

 
Service Opportunities
St. Francis High School will be working the Catholic Charities Food Wagon on Saturday, October 1, 2016 to subsidize the weekly meals served at this location. Students will meet at St. Francis at 2:00 in the cafe, cook hotdogs, pack brown bags and travel by SF van to Catholic Charities at 721 N La Salle Dr, Chicago. Students will return by 7:00 p.m.  To Register, go to: https://sfhs.8to18.com.  We will also be accepting food donations of hotdogs, buns, fruit, chips, water and cookies. If you would like to help out, please contact dmercadante@sfhscollegeprep.org.

Interested in learning about a great, local service opportunity? Come to an informational meeting with Connection of Friends after school on Wednesday, September 28 in Kras' Room 1207. Connection of Friends is looking for volunteers to help with after school and weekend programs for their clients with special needs. A great opportunity if you are considering a career in special education or social work!  For more information, visit: http://connectionoffriends.org.

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 https://sfhs.8to18.com. Please register by Wednesday, October 19. Please encourage your senior boys to attend!
Adventure Club
Adventure Club invites students to rock climb after school at Vertical Endeavors on Tuesday, October 4. We will leave school around 3:00 p.m. and return around 5:30 or 6:00 p.m. For more information, please see Ms. Fairhead in room 1110. As a reminder, all students are always welcome to join us -- there is no formal club roster.
In the Footsteps of
Saint Francis of Assisi
Celebrate St. Francis High School's 60th Anniversary
ALUMNI, PARENTS, FRIENDS
We are hosting a trip to ITALY
May 31- June 9, 2017

3 nights in Rome, 1 night in Assisi, 2 nights in Florence, 2 nights in Venice
  • Rome tour with guide
  • Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel
  • Spanish Steps
  • Trevi Fountain
  • Saint Peter's Basilica
  • Colosseum & Forum with Guide
  • Mass in the Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi
  • Private tour from a Franciscan expert
  • Tour of Florence
  • Tuscan cooking class
  • Ponte Vecchio
  • The Accademia with Michelangelo's David
  • Hidden Venice Tour
  • Gondola ride
  • Venice Murano glass blowin

Informational Meeting

October 12, 6:30 p.m.
Rosmonowski Room
Enter Door 1
R.S.V.P.
Sue Harsa 815 577-9965 or 815 954-0549
Diane Mercadante 630 668-5800 x1148

For more Information, please contact  
September is Library Card Sign-up Month
September is Library Card Sign-up Month and a time when the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country remind parents that a library card is the most important school supply of all. Owning a library card provides students with the resources they need to compete academically. Most public libraries provide students free access to databases of news articles, encyclopedias and test preparation materials, as well as homework help and resources. In addition, public libraries are the number one access point for free Internet access, an important resource for families without access at home.

In honor of this celebration, the St. Francis High School's Learning Resource Center (LRC) wants to make sure that all of our students have the most important school supply of all - a public library card. With that in mind the Mrs. Rath, the LRC Director, is encouraging all students, through September 30, to show her their public library card in order to receive a reward.

Getting a library card is easy and quick. Just stop by your local public library or Community college with verification of your residence and you and your student will walk out with a library card.

For more information on how to sign up for a library card, visit your local library in person or online. For links to your local libraries, simply go to the St. Francis High School LRC home page and click on the Other Libraries link.
Executive Functioning Skills Workshop at St. Francis High School: 
Sign up Now-only a few spots left!
On Wednesday, October 5, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the Rosmonowski Room, Nurturing Wisdom will present an interactive workshop on Executive Functioning Skills for students and parents. Many young people need help developing executive functioning skills like organizing, time management, studying and notetaking. Those skills are often the missing link to success. This practical and hands on workshop will give students and parents a chance to:
  • Be introduced to executive functioning skills
  • Organize binders and school materials
  • Learn study and note-taking skills
  • Build effective homework routines
  • Get tips and tricks for managing time effectively 
Sign up online by clicking Here. If you have questions, contact Mrs. Angelika Rupp at 630-668-5800 ext. 1104 or arupp@sfhscollegeprep.org or Jeanne Rerucha at Nurturing Wisdom at 312-260-7945 ext. 7 or visit http://nurturingwisdom.com/executive-functioning/. Sign up as soon as possible as there are only a few spots left!
Upcoming College Fairs 
September 24
NACAC Performing Arts College Fair at DePaul University, 1:00-3:00 PM
October 1
NACAC Chicago National College Fair at McCormick Place 11:00 AM-3:00 PM
October 3
College Fair at Waubonsee Community College 6:00-8:00 PM
October 4
College Fair at Elgin Community College 6:00-8:00 PM
October 18
College Fair at College of DuPage, 6:00-8:00 PM
Father's Club Service Project at Northern Illinois Food Bank
Need Service Hours? Please join us on Saturday, October 1 from 9:00AM until Noon at the Northern Illinois Food Bank for our first serve of school year. A core value we have at St. Francis is to live out the gospel and serve those that are the "least of these" as Jesus calls us to do. The NIFB serves over 70,000 people each week and over 590,000 people per year! In Northern Illinois, 1 out of 5 children face hunger and need assistance. NIFB has a major need to fill volunteer slots and we are committing to provide 50 volunteers. Hope to see you there!
To sign up, contact Mark Petersen at
markapetersen72@aol.com
ACT Prep Courses Offered
St. Francis High School is teaming with Kaplan Test Prep to provide ACT prep courses on the St. Francis High School campus this winter and spring. The winter course will start on December 15 and lead up to the February 11, 2017, exam. No classes will be held during final exams or over Christmas vacation. The spring course starts on February 8 and leads up to the April 8, 2017, ACT test. St. Francis students receive a course discount for a total cost of $649 by using the following promo code at checkout: KAS150.
Kaplan will also offer a free ACT practice test at St. Francis High School on Saturday, October 1, at 8:30 a.m.. Students can sign up for either the courses or the practice test by going to the following link which is just for St. Francis High School students. Because our events are not open to the general public they are not posted on the regular Kaplan website. To register, copy and paste the following web address into your browser: 
Wendy's Scholarship
This year, Wendy's® is giving away 100 scholarships ranging from $1,000 up to $10,000.

Since 1994, Wendy's High School Heisman has been supporting education and celebrating the successes of top performing high school scholar-athletes. We've awarded nearly $2 million to support education across the country, and we've recognized the achievements of more than 600,000 of the nation's most esteemed high school seniors, including students from YOUR SCHOOL.

The deadline to apply is October 3, 2016.
https://www.wendyshighschoolheisman.com/application/

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Wheaton, Illinois 60187
630-668-5800