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e-News April 9th 2015
Principal's e-Newsletter
April 9, 2015
In This Issue

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Upcoming Events
Class of 2019 Spartan Welcome

NHS Induction

Market Day Pick-Up; 5:00-6:00 (Door #19) 

Variety Show

Parents' Organization Meeting; 6:30 pm (Rosmonowski Room)

School Improvement - P.M. Assembly Schedule; Students Dismissed 1:11 pm


Jazz Showcase and Swing Night; 7:00 pm

ACT Test at St. Francis High School and Area Schools; 8:00 am

Senior Celebration

All-School Liturgy - "Transition Mass"


Senior Institute Day
Note from the Principal
Congratulations to the April Student of the Month Recipients!

Michael Riley, Business & Technology; Alyssa Carbonara, English; Katie Dennen, Mathematics; Deanne Capinpin, Performing & Visual Arts; Josie Brizuela, PE & Health; Katie Cummings, Religion; Katie Martin, Science; Annika Zdon, Social Studies; Chelsea DiValerio, World Languages.


This year 5 members of the Evergreen Club participated in the Northeastern Illinois Envirothon on Wednesday April 8, 2015. This event is a hands-on and in the "field" learning opportunity for students to demonstrate their knowledge about the Forestry, Soils, Aquatics and Wildlife in in the Illinois area. Students also have the chance to learn from professionals in their field of expertise and then complete a series of tests and labs in the previously mentioned concentrations. The final component to this competition is for the Team to create a presentation about a current topic that is scored by a panel of judges. The 2015 current topic was "Urban Forestry." Our 2015 Team was composed of Emma Johnson ('17), Madison Barella ('17), Marirose Rueth ('17), Gabi Napoli ('18) and Claire McGaw ('18). These young woman took 1st place for DuPage County and 3rd place overall out of 24 Teams that competed from Cook, DuPage, Will and Kane Counties.Congratulations ladies and well done!

Blessings to you and yours,


Raeann Huhn 


St. Francis High School
SFHS Students in Gymnastics

Congratulations to freshman Bridget Killian for her recent performance in the Illinois State Gymnastics Competition qualifying her to compete in the Regionals in Ohio. Bridget is the Floor State Champion in her age group.  She also placed second on the Beam, third All Around, and sixth on the Bars. Bridget trains at Legacy Elite Gymnastics in Carol Stream.

Congratulations to
 junior Shea Mahoney for her performance in the Gymnastics State Championships held in DeKalb. Shea is the All Around, Vault, Uneven Bars and Beam State Champion and she placed second on floor. Her team at Legacy Elite in Carol Stream took the State Championship as well! Good Luck to Shea as she heads to the Regional Championships in Ohio on April 17th.

2015 Senior Institute Day (4-23-15)

Thursday, April 23, is a very special day for our seniors. The day begins with the Transition Mass, followed by the Senior Institute Day. On Tuesday, April 14, all seniors will receive a brochure for the Senior Institute Workshops. It contains information about the different workshops offered during the day. Your child should follow the procedure outlined in the brochure.

Senior Institute registration information:

  • Online registration begins on Wednesday, April 15 and ends on Monday, April 20.
  • Institute Workshop and Session online registration links are accessible from the St. Francis High School home page.
  • All seniors must register for Workshop I: Safety On & Off Campus - Session 1, 2, 3, or 4.
    NOTE: seniors should register for Workshop I first, and then register for their other workshops based on their remaining interest and availability in order to avoid "double-booking" multiple sessions in the same time slot. Each senior should register for one Session 1, one Session 2, one Session 3, and one Session 4 workshop accordingly.
  • All seniors must register for any three of the other six workshops for a total of four workshops. Note: Workshop 4: Women's Self-Defense is for females only.
  • Make sure to register for one workshop in each of the available time slots (10:45-11:30 session, 11:30-12:15 session, 12:45-1:30 session, and 1:30-2:15 session) - do NOT register for two workshops that are conducted at the same time.
  • If a senior inadvertently makes a mistake in the registration process, please e-mail Mr. Gerdeman at Please make sure that the e-mail includes all the pertinent information in order to resolve the problem accordingly.
  • As workshops/sessions close, the St. Francis High School Senior Institute web page will be updated.
St. Francis takes part in National Alcohol and Drug Recovery Month
As part of the National Alcohol and Drug Recovery Month, which aims to raise public awareness about alcoholism and drug addiction and to motivate individuals who need help to get treatment, the Guidance and Counseling Department will offer confidential alcohol and drug screenings and informational meetings throughout the month of April. In addition, several awareness activities will be offered throughout the month in different classes.

Since early detection of alcoholism and drug addiction can increase the likelihood of successful recovery, knowing the warning signs is important: 

  • Blackouts. Periods of time after drinking that cannot be remembered.
  • Tolerance. Requiring increasingly larger amounts of alcohol to experience the same effect.
  • Physical withdrawal symptoms. These may include nausea as well as shaking, sweating, confusion and hallucinations (delirium tremens) while not drinking. Delirium tremens (also known as "the DTs") is the most serious symptom of acute alcohol withdrawal.
  • Legal, relationship, financial problems.
  • Anhedonia. Loss of interest in once pleasurable activities.
  • Unusual drinking habits. These may include drinking alone or in secret, gulping drinks or making a ritual of having drinks before, during and after dinner.

If you are interested in learning more information, please contact Mrs. Rupp at ext. 1104 or Ms. Sullivan at ext.1108.

 "Depression: Recognizing the High School Blues"
At Glenbard South April 16 from noon to 2 pm 

The Glenbard Parent Series invites you to attend "Depression: Recognizing the High School Blues" by Jason Washburn, Phd. The talk will be held April 16 from noon to 2 pm at 23W 200 Butterfield Rd in Glen Ellyn. This presentation focuses on how parents and schools can help identify and respond to teenage depression. The focus will be on educating participants about teen depression, and differentiating serious depression form the typical ups and downs of adolescence. The presentation will also focus on what parents and schools can do to help prevent teens from developing depression, as well as the treatment options for teens when depression is identified. Jason Washburn, is the director of the Center for evidence based practice at Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital and Professor in the Dept. of Psychiatry and Director of Education at Northwestern Univ. Feinberg School of Medicine. Parents are encouraged to register at for this free event.

Library News

With Spring comes a wealth of new books for your reading enjoyment.  The following list of Fiction and Non-Fiction titles will hopefully provide you with several hours of reading and gift-giving ideas.

Click here to view the list. 

St. Francis International 

Student Hosting Opportunity

Many of our international students, like senior Rhett Lin, enjoyed spring break by exploring the US with their host families. To get more information about hosting and connecting with a St. Francis international student please contact Matt Abernathy at

Swing Night - Friday, April 17th 

The annual SFHS Swing Night is two weeks away.  On Friday, April 17th from 7:00 - 9:00 the fabulous Jazz Band will be entertaining in the Slant Dome.  This is the same group who amazed us at the Auction in March.  Please consider a relaxing fun-filled two hours supporting the Music program.  The cost is $3.00 which will help to reduce the cost of Prom.  This is a lovely, slower paced night!  Invite some friends and join us!

6th Annual Spirit & Pride Golf Outing
Monday, May 18th

GOLFERS WANTED! Spring has sprung so gather your friends and come out to enjoy a day at White Eagle Golf Club in Naperville. Golf begins with a shotgun start at 12:00pm.The individual golf package includes 18 holes with a cart, buffet lunch and dinner, on-course beverages and golf contests.


NEW this year - CHIP & SIP! Starting at 3:30pm, spend some time with a White Eagle Golf Pro perfecting your chipping and putting skills and then enjoy a glass of wine on the patio!


Unable to golf? Plan to join the group for the one-hour open bar and buffet dinner.


Not a golfer? Become a sponsor! There are a variety of sponsorship opportunities available. Click here for event details, sponsorship and volunteer opportunities and to register for this event. Register before 4/30 to receive a $10 discount and guarantee your wind shirt size. Registration will close on 5/15/15. If you would like to donate an item for the silent auction, please contact Dan Donati at



Mid Quarter Progress Check
Friday, April 10, marks the end of the first four academic weeks of the fourth quarter. Students and parents/guardians are encouraged to check the academic progress for their child by clicking on the STI Information Now link found on our Student or Parent page of the St. Francis High School website. Once logged-in, click on the "A+" icon, to view the course activities and "D" icon, to view the course details. Students are encouraged to contact their teacher if there is a question concerning a specific grade or activity. At the close of each quarter, Quarterly Report Cards are mailed to parents /guardians.
Senior Parents!

Senior Parents: Please do not throw out your senior student's scholarship award information!  On Monday, April 27, Mrs. Rigney and Mr. Lindley will ask all seniors to complete a survey listing details of their scholarship awards for all colleges, even if the student is not accepting the award.  The survey will ask for the following: Name of the Scholarship, Organization or College offering the award, the dollar amount of the scholarship, and if the scholarship is renewable or a one- time award.  On 4/27 the student should bring their scholarship award letters to school or bring a complete list of all scholarship awards so their survey will be accurate.

Benefit for Andrew Valdaka

Clara's Restaurant in Woodridge (6550 S. Route 53) is hosting a benefit for Andrew Valdaka on Wednesday, April 29th from 4:30-7:30 pm. 

Andrew was severely injured in the football game at Benet Academy this past fall. He is continuing to recover day by day and will continue with his rigorous therapy. Andrew is a 2011 graduate of St. Michael school where he attended with many SFHS students. Please keep him and his family in your prayers.
College Fair

Geneva High School is hosting an ICE College Fair for Fox Valley on Wednesday, April 15, from 6:30 -8:30 PM. St. Francis students are welcomed to attend. 

Logging Service Hours
Service Hours are due on April 15. Religion classes will go to the computer lab the week of March 23 to go over how to log service hours via Naviance.
To do this from home:
  • Log on to Naviance
  • Click 'about me' tab
  • Click the Service Hours Survey for 2014-15 on the upper left hand corner.
  • You can save for later or submit when finished.
Questions? Please see KRas in Rm 1207.
Summer Camp Registration Open

Summer Camp registration is now open. Please logon to and click on "Browse Camps at St. Francis High School." If you have any questions, contact Janet Thelen

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