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e-News April 16th 2015
Principal's e-Newsletter
April 16, 2015
In This Issue

Quick Links
Upcoming Events
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

4/24/2015 » 4/25/2015
One Acts

Band Concert; 7:00 pm

Choral Concert; 3:00 pm

School Board Meeting - 6:30 pm (Rosmonowski Room)

Student Govenment Elections - P.M. Assembly Schedule; Seniors Dismissed at 1:11 pm
Music Ensemble Concert; 7:00 pm


Senior Parent Social

5/11/15  » 5/13/15
Note from the Principal
Congratulations to our seniors who were recently selected for the American Legion Award. These students were nominated by the faculty and selected by a vote of the members of the senior class. Our American Legion Medal Winners who received the most votes are: Franco Naccarato and Andrea Paolella. The Honorable Mention recipients are Daniel Malek and Carley Pasquale.

Blessings to you and yours,


Raeann Huhn 


St. Francis High School

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!

The Importance of School Attendance

Research has proven that there is a high correlation between school attendance and academic performance and success, while absence from school is often the greatest single cause of poor performance and achievement.

Why is it so Important to attend every day?

  • Learning is a progressive activity; each day's lessons build upon those of the previous day(s).
  • Reading the material and completing work independently does not compensate for the loss of insight gained during class discussion or the loss of competency acquired through explanation or supervised drill.
  • Many classes use lectures, discussions, demonstrations, experiments and participation as part of the daily learning activities, and these cannot be made up by those who are absent.
  • Regular student participation in daily classroom activities plays a significant role in a student's school success.

Are there other benefits to my student?

  • Students with good attendance records generally achieve higher grades and enjoy school more.
  • Regular school attendance patterns encourage the development of other responsible patterns of behavior.
  • Students who develop an "on the job" attitude toward school will be more desirable to future employers.

What are the risks of frequent absences?

  • A student who does not attend school regularly will be unlikely to keep up with the work.
  • The more students miss school, the lower their grades; the lower their grades, the less they want to be in class.

What can parents do to help?

  • Parents must model the value of education, including the importance of regular attendance.
  • Making sure that your student attends school regularly and arrives on time will establish a good habit that will carry through life.
  • If your student starts missing school, work with the school to put things right. Make sure your student understands that you do not approve of him/her missing school.
  • Check with your student to ensure make-up work is completed when they are absent.
  • Do not expect the school to approve of leaving early for vacations, taking them out to get their driver's license, persistent car trouble or shopping trips during school hours.
  • If possible, avoid scheduling doctor/dentist appointments during the school day.Take an interest in your child's school work and be involved in the school as much as possible-your child will value school more if you do.

Remember, regular attendance is necessary for success in school. Help ensure that your child has the best opportunity for success by making sure he/she is in school every day.


**Adapted from Marana School District-Importance of School Attendance. 

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.
Father's Club Service Project at Northern Illinois Food Bank

Please join us on Tuesday, April 28th from 6-8:30PM at the Northern Illinois Food Bank for our final serve of the 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 on Tuesday nights and we are committing to fill the slot for 50 volunteers. Hope to see you there!


To sign up, contact Mark Petersen at

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


Registration is OPEN! Don't miss the 6th annual Spirit & Pride golf outing on Monday, May 18th at the White Eagle Golf Club in Naperville.  Shotgun start at 12:00pm. Bring a twosome, foursome, or be paired up. We'd love to have you!


If you can't come for the whole day, consider the Chip & Sip option. Starting at 3:30pm spend some time with a White Eagle golf pro to improve your chipping and putting skills and then enjoy a beverage on the patio.


At the very least, join the fun and come out for dinner and raffles. Early Bird pricing ends on 4/30/15.


Sponsorship and volunteer opportunities are available. For more information and to register  click here or contact Dan Donati at 630-330-5142 or


All proceeds from this event will benefit Spyglass Athletic Center Upgrades which include a new Basketball Hoop System, Score Table, Championship Banners and a Volleyball Net System.

Reminder about RESERVED Parking Spaces

At this time of year the St. Francis campus is alive with activities both in and outside of the school, as well as before and after school. This can make it quite challenging to find a place to park in the school lot. Although it might be tempting to park in a RESERVED parking spot, please think twice and be considerate of the family whose name is on the Reserved Parking sign. These spots are reserved 24/7 for the entire school year. Please share this information with your student driver. Thank you for your consideration.

Alumni in the News
Emily Remus '02 will be joining the faculty of the University of Notre Dame as an Assistant Professor of History in the fall of 2016. In the 2015-2016 academic year, Remus will hold a postdoctoral fellowship from Notre Dame and continue work on her first book, which is under contract with Harvard University Press.Congratulations Emily!  Please click here to read a publication written by Emily that was published in the December 2014 issue of The Journal of American History.

Click on the following link to catch up with alumni Fiona McMahon '11, Kelly McShea '11 and Jeff Jendryk '14, who were featured in David Oberhelman's, Daily Herald, story on local graduates and their college athletic successes.

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.
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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