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e-News February 4 2016
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1/31/2016 » 2/6/2016
Catholic School's Week

Spartan Olympics (PM Assembly Schedule)

Jostens Sophomore Ring Service Day - Lunch Periods

All School Liturgy - Ash Wednesday

President's Day Break - NO SCHOOL

President's Day Break - NO SCHOOL

2/16/2016 » 2/19/2016
International Week

Foreign Language National Honor Society Induction Ceremony

Advance Registration Payment Due for Next Year - Class of 2019

In-Service Day: Special Schedule - Students Dismissed at 12:05 pm

Turnabout Dance

Incoming Freshmen Liturgy and Registration - Class of 2020

Advance Registration Payment Due for Next Year - Class of 2018

Blood Drive

Advance Registration Payment Due for Next Year - Class of 2017

Music Ensemble Acoustic Night at 7:00 PM
Note from the Principal 
Congratulations to the January Student of the Month Recipients!
Business & Technology - Julia Meagher
English - Lily Rodriguez
Mathematics - Kate McKee
Performing & Visual Arts - Alyson Morse
Phys Ed & Health - Kelly Joniak
Religion - Kailee Pearsom
Science - Ethan Caesar
Social Studies - Alexander Reuth
World Languages - Zack Zera

Congratulations to six student athletes who have signed their National Letters of Intent to play at the collegiate level:
Girls Soccer
Bridget Doran - Winona State University
Molly Doran - Upper Iowa University
Will Purdom - Drake University
Foster Heise - North Central College
Boys Soccer
Jon Burke - Eastern Illinois University
Girls Volleyball
Taylor Konchel - Judson University

Congratulations to seniors Cameron McNamara and Michael Cutrone for being named All-Stars for their participation with the Wheaton West Hockey Club. Cameron was named to the All-Star Team and is one of four goalies in the entire state to receive this honor. He will play in the All-Star game on  Monday, Feb. 8 at 8:30pm at the Edge Ice Arena in Bensenville. Good Luck Cameron!

Congratulations also to senior Jonathan Burke for earning the Esmark All-American award for Soccer. This award recognizes outstanding achievements in athletics, academics and community service, along with character and perseverance.

Raeann Huhn Principal
St. Francis High School
From the Business Office
Student Fees
As you are aware, registration for next year's classes is around the corner.  As a part of the policy regarding registration, all student fees and tuition must be current in order to register for the next school year. Invoices have previously been sent out. Please make the necessary payments in order to avoid setbacks with your registration. Unpaid fees or tuition will result in a financial hold on your registration and your classes will not be guaranteed.  If you have any questions, or need an additional invoice, please contact Chris Konchel in the Business Office at extension 1135.
Financial Aid Information
Any family interested in applying for financial aid for 2016-2017, should apply online at To better serve you, FACTS has updated the financial aid process to make it more user friendly. All upperclassmen wishing to receive financial aid must apply annually.Please contact the Business Office for further information at (630) 668-5800, Ext. 1135. 
Attention Sophomore Parents
Naviance Career Planning Information
Last week all sophomores were trained in using the Naviance Career Planning program. Students had the opportunity to complete two career interest inventories and to begin exploring various occupations and career paths. We recommend that you and your child review the results for his/her career goals. We also recommend that your child follow up individually with his/her counselor for additional career guidance. If you have further questions or need additional information, please contact Mrs. Rupp (A-K) at or Mrs. Pettenuzzo (L-Z) at
Dance Team Presents Annual Showcase "Pulse"
The SFHS Dance Team members are excited to present their annual showcase "Pulse" - a performance capturing a dynamic range of dance styles and highlighting routines from the team's football, basketball and competitive dance seasons. Performances will begin at 7:00pm on both February 4 and 5 in the Kuhn Cultural Arts Center at St. Francis High School. Admission is open to the public and is $5 for students/seniors and $8 for general admission.
The Dance Team will also sponsor a bake sale during the intermission at each performance. Proceeds will be used to support the dance program.
St. Francis Commemorative Bookplate Design Competition Winners
St. Francis High School Learning Resource Center recently announced the winner of its annual Bookplate Design Competition. The competition invites all students to design an original bookplate which incorporates the current year's theme into a design that typifies and identifies the unique qualities, characteristics and spirit of St. Francis. The theme for this year's competition was St. Francis High School: Making A Choice for Others.

The winners of this year's competition were selected by a panel comprised of representatives from our school and business community who judged each of the entries and from these selected the winning designs.

The 2015-16 first place winner, Elaine Kauper, the daughter of Kurt and Annie Kauper of Naperville, was awarded $50 and will have her original design framed and displayed in the library.A copy of the design will also be placed in each item donated during the 2015-16 school year.

The second place winner is Mira Spizzirri, daughter of Edward and Jessica Spizzirri of St. Charles. Mira received a $20 Barnes Noble gift card. The third place winners and recipients of a $10 Barnes and Noble gift card are Katherine Beck, daughter of Joseph and Nancy Beck of Wheaton and Donovan Maloney, son of Colin and Janine Maloney of Bloomingdale.

Mrs. Judi Rath, Librarian for St. Francis High School congratulates all the winners and thanks all those who participated!
LRC News
The final Time Out for Reading for the 2015-16 school year will take place Tuesday, March 1. We will discuss the popular best seller, The Martian by Andy Weir. In order to encourage and increase participation, Mrs. Rath is asking for your help. If you have a used copy of "The Martian," please pass it on. Either give it to your student to read so they might join the discussion, or drop it off at school. The donated books will then be distributed to students in preparation for the discussion on March 1. 

Mrs. Rath would also like to offer parents an opportunity to for their own "Time Out for Reading." If any parent is interested in discussing, "The Martian," or any other title, Mrs. Rath will arrange and facilitate a discussion. If you are interested, please contact her at Thank you for your help and support.
Baby Clothing and Formula Drive
In conjunction with Catholic School's week and Spartan Olympics, Student Government is sponsoring a baby clothing and formula drive to benefit Infant, Inc. INFANT is an acronym for "Infants Need to Find Adequate Nourishment Today" and delivers formula to local food pantries where the need is very high as well as layette baskets with new baby clothes and supplies to social service agencies that work with young mothers, including homeless shelters and residences for expectant mothers. Collection boxes are in the atrium for each class and faculty now through Friday, February 5th. The highest need is for onesies sizes 3-12 mo. You may also donate footed pajamas and formula. The classes that bring in the most of the needed supplies will score points towards their team totals in Spartan Olympics. Help your class win the Olympics by bringing in new baby clothes and formula!
Turn-About Dance
Turn-About Dance, which will be held on Saturday, February 20 this year, will be here before we know it! Please be reminded of the dress guidelines when selecting a dress for the dance:

All dresses must be longer than the fingertips when (with shoulders relaxed) they 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 choose 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. If needed, please bring a second pair of more comfortable shoes to change into after pictures.
Students wishing to bring a guest from outside of the St. Francis community must submit a Guest Request Form. Guests must also bring an ID and follow the dress guidelines.
Have You Joined The Club?
I'm talking about the EXCLUSIVE VIP "BIG EASY CLUB"! By joining "THE CLUB" you will receive 2 AUCTION tickets, 1 TUITION RAFFLE ticket, Power Point RECOGNITION, and 1 CHANCE to win reserved VIP LOUNGE SEATING for 8 front and center with appetizers and beverage service from the SFHS faculty. What can be better than that? All this for only $250. Sign up on the auction website or select it on your auction reply card. Don't delay-join "THE CLUB" today!
MANY THANKS to all who donated to their Parish auction package this year.  With your help, the auction committee has put together some very exciting packages. Here are just a few to peak your interest:
  • Enjoy a fabulous dinner for two at the acclaimed ALINEA RESTAURANT, the #1 rated restaurant in Chicago donated by the St. Francis Parish families.
  • Does someone you know need a new computer? Bid on the latest MACBOOK PRO donated by the St. Raphael Parish families.
  • Is it a watch, phone, or tablet? With the APPLE WATCH you get all three!  Treat yourself, your spouse, or your student to Apple Watches donated by the St. Irene Parish families. Wouldn't this be a great graduation present?
  • Surprise your student with a PROM BASKET. With both HIS and HER baskets, your student will be stepping out in style when they win one of these baskets provided by St. Joan of Arc and St. Margaret Mary Parish families.
  • St. John the Baptist and St. Mary Parish families put together a very fun CHICAGO THEATRE PACKAGE. Pick your play and then enjoy dinner and a show on us. 
These are just a few of the great packages. Visit the website for more details, and RSVP TODAY! You don't want to miss out on ALL THAT JAZZ! 
Click Here for Information
Tuition Raffle Update
The odds are in your favor! To date 20% of the St. Francis Families have purchased at least one $20 chance to WIN 2016-17 SFHS Tuition for one student, equivalent College Tuition or $10,000 CASH! Purchase your tickets now and help us reach the $30,000 sales goal.
15 Tickets for $200, 6 Tickets for $100, 1 Ticket for $20
Mid Quarter Progress Checks
Friday, February 5, marks the end of the first five academic weeks of the third 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.
Pastoral Ministry News
Boys' Kairos Retreat
Forms for the February Boys' Kairos, February 16-19th are due to the Pastoral Ministry office by Friday, February 5th. This is a great opportunity for students to explore their faith and further their relationships with God  and others.  Encourage them to attend! Forms can be found on the Pastoral Ministry page under retreats.
For more information, contact
Service Opportunities
Open Gym with our Neighbors from Marian Park!
Saturday, February 6th, 2:30-5 in Slantdome. Come hang out, play basketball and get to know the neighbors!
Faith and Fellowship
Sunday, February 7, 9am-2pm! African American Heritage Sunday This is a great opportunity to meet the partners at Faith and Fellowship.
Meet at 9 am in the Circle, drive to Oak Park in the SF van, attend liturgy and share a meal.  This event is limited to 14 students. Bring a dessert or dish to pass! Permission slips and info available in Religion or Pastoral Ministry.
Catholic Charities Food Truck
Saturday, February 27, 1-7 pm!
Catholic Charities serves meals Monday-Friday to those in need. St. Francis will fill the gap on Saturday, February 27 by providing brownbag dinners. Meet at St. Francis at 1pm, cook and wrap hotdogs, and pack brown-bags with chips, fruit, cookie and drink. We will then travel by SF van to Catholic Charities on LaSalle to distribute the food. This is a unique opportunity to really do some direct service to those in need.Ideally, we would like volunteers who can work the entire event, but we would consider splitting the shift (1-3 at SF, 3-7 at Catholic Charities). Information and permission slips available in Pastoral Ministry office. If you are interested in donating food, contact Upcoming Saturdays are March 19, and April 16.
Spring Sports Registration Now Open 
Spring Sports registration is now open online. If your student is interested in trying out for a spring sport, you must register online at Tryout information is located on our school and athletic websites. If you have any questions, please contact Janet Thelen at
Parent Presentations on our Website
If parents were unable to attend the January 21 parent program on College Admission Testing, they can view several informational power points and videos regarding PSAT Test and ACT/SAT Testing posted on the Guidance and Counseling website. Go to: In addition, contact Mr. Lindley or Mrs. Rigney with any questions.
New SAT or ACT Practice Tests Available
C2 Education centers throughout the nation will be offering complimentary practice tests February 13, 15, and 20th.Choose from the New SAT or the ACT! Click here to view flyer with more information.
National Eating Disorders
Awareness Month
Eating disorders and problematic eating behaviors have become epidemic. Studies have shown that 1 in 4 adolescents engages at some point during their teenager years in disordered eating behaviors and nearly 7 million women in the US currently suffer from anorexia and bulimia. Most parents will not be faced with the enormous challenges of dealing with an anorexic or bulimic. Many, however, will face the challenges of children who have poor body images or eating problems like excessive dieting, skipping meals, bingeing one day and eating very little the next day or trying the latest diet fad. Disordered eating can be harmful to adolescents' developing bodies and minds. Since early detection of an eating disorder can increase the likelihood of successful recovery, knowing the warning signs is important.
In your interaction with your child, you may notice one or more of the physical, behavioral and emotional signs of an eating disorder:
  • Physical: weight loss or fluctuation in a short period of time; abdominal pain; feeling full; dry hair or skin; headaches.
  • Behavioral: dieting or chaotic food intake; pretending to eat, throwing away food; extensive exercising; showing concern with food, weight or body size; wearing baggy clothes to hide a thin body; frequent trips to the bathroom.
  • Emotional: complaints about being fat; sadness; perfectionist attitudes; not sharing one's feelings.
As part of the National Eating Disorder Awareness Month, which aims to motivate individuals who need help to get treatment and to raise public awareness about eating disorders, the Guidance and Counseling Department will offer confidential eating disorder screenings and informational meetings. If you are interested in learning more about eating disorders, a confidential screening or one of the support groups, please contact Mrs. Rupp at ext. 1104 or at
All School Blood Drive - 2-24-16
Our annual all school blood drive will be Wednesday, February 24th. Giving blood is a contribution to the entire community; it's the right thing to do. At this time of year donations are typically down due to the cold and flu season. Therefore, we are asking parents and friends of St. Francis to please consider donating. Your donation could save a life. Contact Mike Lynch or 630-668-5800 ext.1193 if you wish to schedule an appointment; drop-ins welcome too.
Parents, please consider encouraging your student to donate.
A few facts:
  • 1 unit of blood can help 3 people
  • Only 5% of eligible people donate
  • Every 3 seconds someone needs blood
If your student will be donating they need to:
  • Be 16 years or older.
  • Have a permission slip signed in ink by a parent.
  • Weigh at least 110 pounds.
  • Eat a big breakfast the morning of the drive.
  • Bring a photo ID.
  • Sign up with Mr. Lynch in Room 1107.
Please contact me at if you have any questions or click here for a link to Heartland Blood Centers. (
Donna Hoscheit BSN RN

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