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e-News April 10th 2014


St. Francis High School

April 10, 2014

In This Issue
Calendar Change
Senior Celebration This Saturday!
Jazz & Swing Night April 11th
Free PSAT Practice Test May 3rd
2014 Senior Institute Day April 24th
Notes from the Nurse
5th Annual Spirit & Pride Golf Outing - Monday, May 19th
National Alcohol and Drug Recovery Month
Pastoral Ministry Updates




4-10 Class of 2018 Spartan Family Welcome 6:30pm-8:00pm in CAC

4-11 Jazz Showcase and Swing Night - 7:00pm

4-12 ACT Test at St. Francis High School and Area Schools - 8:00am

4-12 Mathematics and World Languages Placement Tests for Incoming Freshmen:
Math at 8:30 am. 
World Languages at 10:00 am. Enter through door #9.

4-13 NHS Induction 


4-16 Variety Show


4-16 Parents' Organization Meeting
Rosmonowski Room - 6:30 pm.

4-17 School Improvement: P.M. Assembly Schedule
Students Dismissed at 1:11 pm.

4-18 Good Friday - NO SCHOOL

4-21 Easter Monday - NO SCHOOL


Quick Links
Calendar Change

Due to a scheduling conflict the Senior/Faculty Dinner and Honors Night for the Class of 2014 have been changed.

Honors Night for the Class of 2014 has been moved to Thursday, May 15, 2014.

Senior/Faculty Dinner for the Class of 2014 has been moved to Wednesday, May 14, 2014.


This Saturday!!


This is a reminder that Senior Celebration will take place this Saturday, April 12th. Students must arrive NO LATER than 7:30 to be admitted. Students will be released at 2:00 am. No one will be allowed to leave and return during the event. Please make sure that your student knows that cell phones are not allowed at the event.


The ticket price of $85 is past due.  If your student is coming, please make sure they turned in the check to the main office.  We will accept online payments through Wednesday. We would love to have every Senior in attendance. 


The information is still available on our website. Click here to view. If you have any questions, please call JILL BOLIN at 630-849-8608.  



Jazz & Swing Night April 11th

The Annual Jazz & Swing Night will take place on April 11th from 7-8:30 pm. Come enjoy a wonderful musical evening with friends. This band entertained at the auction and will provide a relaxing night of enjoyable music.  Come dance the night away or simple enjoy the show.   


Free PSAT Practice Test for freshmen and sophomores on May 3, 2014

Kaplan will host a Free PSAT Practice Test for freshmen and sophomores on May 3, 2014 at various locations across the western suburbs. To locate and sign up for an event today, please visit  



Note from the Principal

On Monday, April 7, our boys volleyball team defeated Geneva. This marked Head Coach Mike Lynch's 400th career victory. As impressive as this accomplishment is on the court, equally impressive is the way that Mike has achieved it.  Mike continues to teach our young men life lessons and has always conducted himself with class, and teaches his teams to conduct themselves with class as well. We congratulate Coach Lynch on his 400th victory and thank him for the way he represents St. Francis High School both on and off the court.  
We are happy to announce that the following applicants from St. Francis have been selected to participate in Peacebuilders Initiative for the coming year:
AnneMarie Jagielo
Caroline Makauskas


The Peacebuilders Initiative is a program of the Bernardin Center at Catholic Theological Union that prepares youth for active leadership roles in peacemaking and reconciliation. Coming from across the Chicagoland area, participants bring the theology and ministry they experience during this transformative program back to their schools, neighborhoods, and parishes through student-led peace projects. Congratulations AnneMarie and Caroline!


Blessings to you and yours,


Raeann Huhn 



St. Francis High School   



2014 Senior Institute Day

Thursday, April 24, is a very special day for our seniors. The day begins with the Transition Mass, followed by the Senior Institute Day. On Tuesday, April 15, 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 16 and ends on Monday, April 21.
  • 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.
Notes from the Nurse

While many welcome the change from winter to spring, there are others who are less enthusiastic. Probably 20% of us have seasonal allergies. Spring is coming and now is the time of the year to be proactive. If your student gets symptoms at the same time every year, talk with his or her healthcare provider. Some people can prevent symptoms by starting their medicine a week or two before that time of the year.

Allergies begin when trees, flowering plants, grasses and weeds release pollen. Molds which grow in soil, vegetation and rotting wood can cause allergic symptoms when they become airborne.

Symptoms include sneezing, runny nose, congestion, cough, sinus pressure, watery eyes, as well as itchy eyes, nose and throat. These are the primary symptoms. Additionally people with severe allergies can experience other systemic complaints such as fatigue, irritability, and inability to think clearly. For those with asthma these allergens can trigger typical asthma symptoms such as shortness of breath, wheezing and cough.

New this season--you can now buy Nasacort (nasal steroid spray) over-the-counter. Click here to read about this.

Let's get ready.

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5th Annual Spirit & Pride Golf Outing - Monday, May 19th

GOLFERS WANTED! It's been a long winter so gather your friends and come out to enjoy a spring day at White Eagle Golf Club in Naperville. Golf begins with a shotgun start at 12:00pm. The individual golf package includes a buffet lunch and dinner, on-course beverages and hole events. Unable to golf? Plan to join the group for the one-hour open bar and buffet dinner.

With the help of Sponsors, Golfers, Donations and Volunteers we'll be sure to reach the $30K goal to benefit Audio Visual Technology Upgrades for St. Francis High School. Click here for event details, sponsorship and volunteer opportunities and to register for this event. Register before 4/30 to receive a $10 discount. Registration will close on 5/14/14. If you would like to donate an item for the silent auction, please contact Dan Donati at


St. Francis Takes Part in National Alcohol and Drug Recovery Month 


As part of the National Alcohol and Drug Recovery Month, which aims to motivate individuals who need help to get treatment and to raise public awareness about alcoholism and drug addiction, the Guidance and Counseling Department will offer confidential alcohol and drug screenings and informational meetings throughout the month of April. If you are interested in finding out more information, please contact Mrs. Rupp at ext. 1104 or Ms. Sullivan at ext.1108.

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.

Pastoral Ministry Updates



All students are asked to perform 15 hours of service each school year.  The online record of this service, in addition to a reflection, is due on Tuesday April 15.  To record your service hours, log on to Family Connection by Naviance (this can be accessed on the Guidance Dept page on the SFHS website).  Click the 'about me' tab.  Click the 'Service Hours' survey, located on the left.


If you have questions, please see your religion teacher!



Throughout the season of Lent, we are collecting toiletries in the atrium. These will be given to the local PADS communities. Please drop off your donations in the next two weeks!



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