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e-News August 18 2016


In This Issue


SFHS 60th Anniversary

Trip to Italy

Notes from Pastoral Ministry

A Note from The Office of Institutional Advancement

Spartan Wear On Sale at Curriculum Night!

Culinary Club

Boating at Blackwell

Coffee with the Counselors for Freshmen Parents

Coffee with the Counselors for Senior Parents

Back to School Parents' Social

Wendy's Scholarship



Quick Links



Upcoming Events

Board of Directors Orientation/Meeting

All-School Liturgy

Curriculum Night

60th Anniversary Trip to Italy Informational Meeting 6:30pm (Rosmonowski Room)

Freshman Parent Coffee with the Counselors; 9 a.m. (Rosmonowski Room)

Fathers' Club Spirit Rally

Labor Day - No School

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

Senior Parent Coffee with the Counselors; 9 a.m. (Rosmonowski Room)

Parent Clubs' Social and Activities Fair (Lacy Gateway Bldg)



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Note from the Principal

Welcome Back!

As we are getting back into our school routine, may I remind you that Curriculum Night begins next Thursday, August 25th at 7:00 p.m. in the Spyglass Gymnasium and as always parking is a premium so if you can, please carpool.

The Principal's e-News is sent every Thursday to all parents with e-mail addresses on file in our student management database system for the 2016-2017 school year. If you have friends who haven't received it, please encourage them to register on our website. In addition, visit our website homepage for current events and information.

Finally, don't forget to add the following email addresses to both your Contacts and your "Safe Senders" lists in your respective e-mail systems:

Blessings to all as we awaken our spirits to the journey of the 2016-2017 school year!

Raeann Huhn Principal
St. Francis High School



SFHS 60th Anniversary

What does the opening of St. Francis High School, the premier of the movie The Ten Commandments and Elvis Presley's first hit song all have in common? All these events happened 60 years ago!

The 2016-2017 school year marks St. Francis High School's 60th Anniversary. We plan to celebrate this anniversary throughout the school year. Watch for events honoring this milestone. If you would like to help with the planning of events, please contact Beth Wiborg at 630-668-5800 x1140 or



60th Anniversary Trip to Italy!

Informational Meeting - August 31, 6:30 p.m. Rosmonowski Room

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 blowing


Link to printable flyer



Notes from Pastoral Ministry
Senior Girls' Kairos
Registration is now open for the upcoming Kairos retreat!

The retreat is held at the Carmelite Spiritual Center in Darien, IL and begins after school on Tuesday, September 6 and ends Friday evening, September 9. This three-day experience is an excellent opportunity for your daughter to reflect on her relationship with God and to discover how that relationship may continue to shape her life after she leaves St. Francis High School.

To register for the retreat please logon to and register by August 24. Retreat fee: $250.00 (Payment made on 8 to 18

Further details regarding the retreat will be emailed to you upon receipt of registration. Contact Diane Mercadante, Director of Pastoral Ministry, (x1148) with questions or concerns.

Service Opportunities
Marian Joy is looking for volunteers to staff their gift shop in the evenings.
For more information contact Jim Decker a

Hesed House "Hike for Hesed", September 17, 1016
To register visit
For more information contact Carolyn Fairbanks at 630-897-2156 x514

7th Annual Bartlett Heritage Days, Saturday, September 9  - Sunday, September 11, 2016
To volunteer during the 2016 Heritage Days event, please request an application from your Religion Teacher or



A Note from The Office of
Institutional Advancement
(formerly the Development Office)

The $58,645 generated from this year's auction Fund-A-Cause has allowed the school to create a safe and sound campus for your student. Over the summer additional and improved security cameras were installed, door handles were replaced and the entire building was re-keyed. In addition, the attendees at the Spirit & Pride Golf Outing on May 23 were instrumental in securing the funds needed to purchase a new Scoreboard for the Spyglass Athletic Center to be enjoyed by all sport enthusiasts. Once again, a resounding THANK YOU for the generous donations in support of St. Francis High School.



Spartan Wear On Sale at
Curriculum Night!
Spartan Wear inventory has been restocked! Be sure to check out all of the new arrivals for sale during Curriculum Night on Thursday, August 25th. Spartan Wear tables will be located in the Main Hall. Stop by early for the best selection of styles and sizes.



Culinary Club
Culinary Club will have an informational meeting after school on Monday, August 22 in room 1202 beginning at 2:35 p.m.  All are welcome to attend to learn more about this once-a-month club. Mrs. Holinger and Ms. Fairhead moderate the club.



Boating at Blackwell
Wednesday, August 31st
Adventure Club and Evergreen Club will once again be boating at Blackwell Forest Preserve after school on Wednesday, August 31.  All students and faculty are welcome to join us. For more information and to get a permission form, please see Ms. Fairhead in room 1110. Transportation is provided.



Coffee with the Counselors for Freshmen Parents

A Coffee with the Counselors for Freshmen Parents will be held on Thursday, September 1, at 9:00 a.m. in the Rosomonowski Room.  Please enter  door # 1 or #4. Mrs. Rupp and Ms. Pettenuzzo, freshman and sophomore guidance counselors, will speak with parents about the transition to high school. The presentation will focus on learning about valuable resources at St Francis, areas the Counseling Department supports your student, important tips on how to successfully navigate through typical freshman year challenges, tips on how parents can best support their freshman at home and several other important questions that are commonly asked by freshman parents. If you wish to attend, please RSVP to Guidance Administrative Assistant, Michele LeBeau, at



Coffee with the Counselors
for Senior Parents

A Coffee with the Counselors for Senior Parents will be held on Thursday, September 15, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.  in the Rosomonowski Room. During the program, Mrs. Rigney and Mr. Lindley will assist senior parents in understanding the college admission and college application process. Topics will include: steps for completing a college application, using Naviance, requesting recommendations and transcripts, the Common Application, scholarships, and time for questions and answers. If you wish to attend, please RSVP Michele LeBeau, Guidance Administrative Assistant, at   



Back to School Parents' Social

Mark Your Calendar!


Hosted by the

Mothers' & Fathers' Clubs

Thursday, September 15th, 2016

7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Robinson Family LRC

Back to school should be fun for the parents too.  Meet new
friends and learn how to get involved at St. Francis High School.

Appetizers and beverages will be served

Watch your email for the Evite. For more information contact Mary McCarthy at



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.


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