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e-News August 28th 2014
Principal's e-NewsletterAugust 28, 2014 
In This Issue
News from the Development Office
Service Opportunities
Add the SFHS Calendar to your own Outlook Calendar
The Adventure Club
Freshman Success Group
Group Program at St. Francis starting soon!
Student Government Reminders
Arts & Crafts Club
2014 ACT Test Preparation Information

Quick Links

What to Wear on Fridays
Upcoming Events
Curriculum Night; 6:30 pm

8/28/2014 All-School Liturgy "Back-to-School"

Outta Uniform Dress Day

9/2/2014 » 9/3/2014
Junior Retreat

9/2/2014 » 9/5/2014
Girls' Kairos

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

Time Out for Reading Day (See Bell Schedule)

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

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

College Planning Information Program; 6:30 pm 

Alumni Association Meeting - 6:30 pm (Rosmonowski Room)

Note from the Principal 
Please join us this Friday evening for the Coach Peg Kopec Court Dedication at 6:30 PM in the Spyglass Athletic Center. Following the varsity game all are welcome to continue the celebration with volleyball alumnae at Pal Joey's, 440 E Roosevelt Rd #120, West Chicago, IL.

Blessings to you and yours, 

Raeann Huhn 


St. Francis High School

News from the Development Office

Do you have a Target RED Card Visa or Debit Card?

Take Charge of Education* is an exclusive benefit of the Target REDcard® program. St. Francis High School supporters with a RED card can select SFHS and every time you shop, you'll receive a 5% savings, and SFHS benefits with up to 1% of your purchase. Our school can spend the
money we receive on the things we need, anything that can use a little extra fundraising!

The best part? It's easy!

Every trip to Target becomes a fundraiser when you join. Teachers, parents, grandparents, alumni, friends, neighbors - anyone who supports St. Francis High School is welcome. The more people involved, the harder the program works, so get started. Simply visit or
call 1-800-316-6142 to designate your school.

Our school code is 6008.


Service Opportunities


On Sunday, September 14, the National Eating Disorders Association is hosting a fundraising walk in Chicago.  Earn service hours by being a student volunteer at the event!  Transportation is provided, and registration is only $15.  See KRas in Room 1207 for details and a permission slip.


Knight of Columbus Intellectual Disabilities Tootise Roll Drive

Saturday September 20-Two hour shifts

8-10 am

10 am - 12noon

12 noon - 2 pm

2 pm - 4 pm

at Walgreens and Jewel locations in Wheaton



Mike Ruggio

Knights of Columbus

St. Daniel the Prophet Council - Wheaton


Add the SFHS Calendar
to your own Outlook Calendar

For your convenience, we have included a link to a .csv file (Click here to download the file) that you can import into your Microsoft Outlook Calendar that contains the Master Calendar of events for the 2014-15 school year as of 08-26-2014. Please note that these events are subject to change, and that any changes to the calendar are communicated via the school website and weekly e-News.

The Adventure Club

The Adventure Club invites students to go mini-golfing and get frozen yogurt afterwards on Tuesday, September 9 after school. Forms can be picked up from Ms. Fairhead in room 1110. There are only 14 spots for this trip, so be sure to return your signed permission form with payment soon in order to secure a spot..

Freshman Success Group

Sign Up Deadline is this FRIDAY 8/29! Only a few spots still open!


As in previous years, the short term Freshman Success Group will be offered during the first semester. Starting at a new school can be a difficult time in a young person's life.  The excitement of "starting new" is mixed with the sadness of leaving familiar territory. Students may be wondering: "What will it be like? Will I be accepted?  Will I be successful? What study skills & test taking skills do I need." Fears of change can be overwhelming for some young people.  However, with encouragement, this transition can be a positive new start.


For all of the above reasons, the Guidance & Counseling Department will again offer the optional six-week group for freshman. This group will meet once a week during rotating class periods. The group, run by counselors Mrs. Rupp and Ms. Sullivan, will offer freshmen the opportunity to meet new people, to learn more about St. Francis and ask questions in a small, non-threatening environment. The second component to the freshman group will be to help students work on study skills and test taking techniques.


  Group size is limited and registration is required. 



Contact Info: If you would like more information on this group or on any of the other support groups available at St. Francis, contact Mrs. Rupp at ext 1104 or email at


Group Program at St. Francis starting soon!
The group-counseling program at St. Francis High School is designed to meet the needs of all of our students. When students experience difficult personal situations, they often find it hard to focus on their academics. Providing emotional support to these students helps them not only with their life's challenges, but also to focus more on their school work.  In addition to the Freshman Success Group, the groups offered this semester are as follows:
  • General Support Groups: these groups are intended for children who are dealing with difficult situations in their families, such as parents' divorce, family conflict, etc. They are also intended for students who would like to work on personal issues such as depression, anxiety, self-esteem, social isolation, and other personal challenges.
  • Grief Group: this group is intended for students who have experienced a significant loss in their lives (death of a relative or friend).

Group sizes are limited and registration is required.If you feel your child might profit from one of these groups or you would like to learn more
about them, please contact Mrs. Rupp at
or ext 1104.


The St. Francis 2014 Fashion Show is looking for a few volunteers to help create a fashion spectacle on Sunday, November 23 at Bobak's in Woodridge. FASHIONPALOOZA puts our students on center stage as they model the latest in sportswear, formal wear and more. From raffles to decorating, coordinating models and managing ticket sales, there's a role for everyone. Be a part of this exciting opportunity to get involved!  

Parents are encouraged to join our first committee meeting on Wednesday, September 3 at 7 pm in the Rosmonowski Room. For more information, email Michelle Bucaro

Student Government Reminders
Student Government would like to remind
all parents of the following:
  • Homecoming Week starts on Monday, September 15th and ends with the Homecoming Dance on Saturday, September 20th.  It's never too early to start shopping for those Homecoming dresses.  Be sure to check whether your daughter can sit, walk, and dance in the dress and that the dress is of an appropriate length and cut (see below guidelines). The dance is a lot more fun when the dress fits comfortably!

GUIDELINES: All dresses must be longer than the fingertips when (with shoulders relaxed) are placed at their sides.  The dress may not be skin tight and may not "ride up" when moving around.  If your daughter has to pull down her dress to meet this guideline, please chose another dress. Dresses should not be low cut and should cover midsections.Students not wearing a proper dress will be escorted to a classroom in order to call home and have proper clothing brought to them. They will wait in this classroom until proper clothing arrives or 9:30 p.m. (dance officially ends at 10 p.m., but students can leave at 9:30) whichever comes first. Additionally, shoes must be worn at all times during the dance. She may bring a second pair of more comfortable shoes to change into after pictures if you prefer! 

  • In conjunction with Homecoming Week, Student Government is holding a Diaper Drive to benefit the People's Resource Center.  Collection boxes will be placed in each Homeroom and in the Main Office. The collection concludes at the end of Homecoming Week on September 19. PRC is most in need of the larger sizes of diapers (sizes 4, 5 and 6) and pull-ups.  Please keep this in mind when purchasing for the drive. Winning homeroom will receive an out of uniform day!
  • Homecoming t-shirts will be available to purchase through Janor Sports. The design and ordering information will be forthcoming.
  • The Bank Restaurant at 121 W. Front Street, Wheaton, IL, will be offering our student body a Homecoming Dinner Special again this year.
This is an all-inclusive dinner package which includes: Appetizer, Dinner Entree, Dessert, Beverage, Tax and Gratuity. Please see attached menu. (Link to Special Homecoming Menu). Students may call 630-665-2265 to make a reservation; they should please mention their school and the Homecoming Dinner Special.
  • Your child has a new class color!  During Homecoming Week (and several other days during the year) there are "class color" days, in which each student needs to wear a shirt that is their class color if they want to be out of uniform. As you are out shopping, keep an eye out for a shirt that your son or daughter would like to wear on these class color days.

Freshman - Yellow
Sophomore - Red
Junior - Green
Senior - Blue

Arts & Crafts Club
The Arts & Crafts Club is back in action for a new year of creativity & fun! The Club meets on two Mondays each month from 2.35 to 3.30 pm.Students can still sign-up. Any student interested in joining, please contact Mrs. Rupp at or see her in the Guidance Department.

Dates & Projects for Semester 1:

9/8: Wind chimes & Beaded Candle Holders.

9/15: Mixed Media Masterpieces: create incredible Journals & Tubular Frames.

9/29: Decorate your own Mosaic Containers & paint your own Pottery.

Tue 10/14: Candle Carving, Votive Candle Making & Decoupaged Candles.

10/27: Spooktacular Halloween Crafts

11/10: Make your own Fleece Blanket 

11/24: Jewelry Making: Ducked Tape jewelry, Paper jewelry & Beaded Jewelry.

12/08: Card Making & Decoupaged bowls

12/15: Holiday Sparkle: creating beautiful Christmas Crafts

2014 ACT Test Preparation Information

St. Francis is teaming with Kaplan Test Prep to provide ACT prep courses on the St. Francis campus this winter and spring. The winter course will start on December 4 and lead up to the February 7th exam. The spring course starts on January 21 and leads up to the April ACT 18th test.  Kaplan will also offer a free ACT practice test at St. Francis on Saturday, October 4, at 9 AM.  Students can sign up for either the courses or the practice test by going to the following link which is just for St. Francis students.  Because our events are not open to the general public they are not posted on the regular Kaplan website. When registering for courses use the code CLASS10 at checkout to receive a 10% discount. Register at:


Revolution Prep (test prep) has changed their emphasis to live online courses and one on one or live online tutoring. Families should contact Aaron Horowitz, our Revolution Prep personal Academic Advisor, who will provide free consultation to help link students with the best tutor or program to fit their needs. Contact Mr. Horowitz at (424)214-2393.

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