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e-News February 5th 2015
Principal's e-Newsletter
February 5, 2015
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Upcoming Events

Turnabout Dance


2/9/2015 » 2/12/2015
International Week


Foreign Language National Honor Society Induction Ceremony


Advance Registration Payment Due for Next Year - Class of 2018


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



President's Day Break - NO SCHOOL


President's Day Break - NO SCHOOL

2/17/2015 » 2/20/2015

Boys' Kairos


All-School Liturgy - "Ash Wednesday" - AM Assembly Schedule





Note from the Principal

Congratulation to the St. Francis High School Dance Team on their 9th place finish at the IHSA State Dance Finals held last weekend.

Congratulations to Serena Harnack who auditioned in Peoria last week against the best orchestra players in the state. She was named CONCERT MASTER (#1) for the IMEA All-State Honors Orchestra, making her the top violinist in the state of Illinois.


With the recent cold and snow days, we will have a regular full day of school on Thursday, February 19. In addition, Wednesday, February 18, Ash Wednesday, will now follow the AM Assembly Schedule.


Blessings to you and yours, 


Raeann Huhn 


St. Francis High School
Turn-About Dance

Turn-About Dance will be held this Saturday, February 7th from 7 to 10pm.  Students must arrive no later than 8pm to enter and may not leave before 9:30pm. Students should enter through Door #4 and should bring their student ID. Students wishing to bring a guest from outside of the St. Francis community must submit a Guest Request Form which can be found under the Student tab of the SFHS website. Guests must also bring an ID and follow the dress guidelines.


Dress 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 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. She may bring a second pair of more comfortable shoes to change into after pictures.

Jazz Band to perform at Mullen's
The St. Francis High School Jazz Band will play at Mullen's Bar 'n Grill in Lisle on Thursday, February 5, 2015 from 7-8 pm. Come enjoy dinner, drinks or just the jazz band this Thursday. The spectacular Pete Ellman big band will play after SF from 8-10 pm. All are welcome!
International Week
February 9-12 

The World Languages Department is hosting its annual International Week February 9 through February 12. On Monday, February 9, there will be an International Dessert Contest. Students can prepare an international dessert or a baked good with an international theme to be judged.  Entries are due before school on Monday. The inductions for the French and Spanish National Honor societies takes place Monday evening at 6:30 pm in the Student Union. Students who meet the societies' academic requirements will be recognized as well as the graduating seniors. On Tuesday, students can participate after school with cultural games in the World Language classrooms. International Bingo is the after school activity on Wednesday with all numbers and letters announced in Chinese, French and Spanish. To finish the week, we have fun activities to practice grammar and new vocabulary to celebrate Valentine's Day in the World Language classes. Throughout the week, there will be themed lunches with music to celebrate the important cultural influences that make us a diverse community.

Mid Quarter Progress Checks

Friday, February 6, marks the end of the first four academic weeks of the third quarter. Students and parents/guardians are encouraged to check the academic progress 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. If there is a question concerning a specific grade or activity, students are encouraged to contact their teacher. At the close of each quarter, Quarterly Report Cards are mailed to parents /guardians.

Service Opportunities

The Western DuPage Special Recreation Association is looking for volunteers! Check out their website for details.  Stay tuned for more information from WDSRA and ways that we can help our community!


The Wheaton Franciscan Sisters are looking for a social media intern to help with their work at Upendo Village, which works with people living with HIV/AIDS in Africa. Interested? Contact Guy Vaccaro at 630-909-6646 See more information at



Service Hours are due on April 15th. Religion classes will go to the computer lab the week of March 23 to go over how to log service hours via Naviance.

To do this from home:

Log on to Naviance

Click 'about me' tab

Click the Service Hours Survey for 2014-15 on the upper left hand corner.

You can save for later or submit when finished.

Questions? Please see KRas in Rm 1207.



We are always making sure our children have retreat experiences and now it's time to give ourselves the gift of a retreat! REGISTER today for this amazing experience and still carry on with your day to day responsibilities.

Join St. Francis Adults for 3 sessions (February 26 and 27 (6-10 pm), concluding Saturday, February 28 (8 am-12 noon)) for prayer, witness, reconciliation and mass.


Register here:

Attention parents of Junior Students
(class of 2016)

NEW Meningococcal Vaccine Requirements
Start with School Year 2015-16!

The new law will require 2 doses of the meningococcal conjugate vaccine for 12th grade entrance, unless the first dose was administered to a child who was 16 years of age or older, in which case only one dose would be required at 12th grade entrance.

If your student (class of 2016 only) has not had a meningococcal vaccine since at age 16 or later they will need to show proof of having received a meningococcal vaccine upon return to school next August. We will be sending notification to you in the mail regarding your student's status.

Give an International Student a Memorable SFHS Experience 

St. Francis High School is looking for families interested in hosting an international student in their home for a 10 month home stay beginning in August of the upcoming 2015 -2016 school year. This is a great opportunity for your family to connect with a good-natured hardworking student and share memorable experiences here at St. Francis High School.


Host families are expected to provide a warm, secure and healthy home environment as well as a bedroom for the student. Host families should be flexible, enthusiastic about cultural diversity, willing to welcome international guests with an open mind and support the student in academic and co-curricular activities. Host families may be eligible to receive a $1,000/month stipend to help cover the costs of room, board, and transportation.


If you would like to take advantage of this unique opportunity, please contact Matt Abernathy, Director of the International Student Program, at

Auction Update

Greetings from the warmth of A Summer Soiree! Our big night is quickly approaching. In case the snow and cold has kept you in, we are still accepting donations. No item is too small or too big. Invitations have been mailed. Check out the auction website to register, check out the LIVE auction items and view FAQ's. Most of all, plan to attend the best night of the year at SFHS and have fun while supporting the St. Francis students!


Don't hesitate, get your RSVP in today!

Tuition Raffle

Tuition Raffle sales are currently at 80% of goal. Purchase online for a chance to WIN 2015-16 SFHS Tuition for one student, equivalent college tuition or $10,000 Cash!


15 Ticket for $200, 6 Tickets for $100, 1 Ticket for $20

Daddy Daughter Dance
Please remember to "Save the Date" for the Daddy Daughter Dance which will take place in the Slant Dome on Saturday, March 14, 2015 at 7:30pm.  RSVP postcards will be mailed home in mid-February with all the details.  We are looking forward to a fun night filled with Spartan Spirit!
Parent Information on Course Selection and Registration
If any parents were unable to attend the Guidance parent information program on Course Selection and Registration, you can view the power point on the Guidance and Counseling webpage at: If you have further questions, please contact one of the Guidance Counselors. Course registration deadlines are approaching: Class of 2018 February 11, Class of 2017 February 20, and Class of 2016 February 25. On registration day students must turn in their course selection sheets (with parent signature and all required teacher signatures), the gold tuition preference form, and the $500 tuition deposit. 
Learn how to file your FAFSA
Tuesday, February 10 at 7pm at College of Dupage

Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 2000

  • Financial Aid Presentation at 7 p.m.
  • FAFSA Computer Lab is open from 5 to 8:30 p.m. to file 2015-2016 FAFSA (seating is limited)

This workshop is designed to provide general information regarding the financial aid process, the various types of financial aid and more. You will also have the opportunity to complete your 2015-2016 FAFSA. You are strongly encouraged to file the 2015-2016 FAFSA by Friday, Feb. 27. You and your parents, if dependent, will need to bring completed 2014 tax returns. If you have not completed your tax return then you can bring your 2014 W2 and 1099 forms. The event is free and open to the public.

R.S.V.P. to the Office of Student Financial Assistance at or call (630) 942-2251. For more information, visit

ACT Prep Classes
Northern Illinois University is offering two ACT prep classes starting Feb 7 or Feb 8. Space is limited and registration is open at Please contact: College of Liberal Arts & Sciences External Programming at 815-753-5200 or
Free SAT Practice Test

C2Education on Rice Lake Square in Wheaton is offering a free SAT practice test for the new, re-designed SAT on Monday, February 16. This practice test will be especially helpful for sophomore students who will be taking the new PSAT and SAT as juniors. Seating is limited! Please contact Rebecca at 630.517.8292 or  to reserve a space.

College of DuPage: Engineering pathways to the University of Illinois
College of DuPage offers graduating high school students the opportunity to begin their studies at COD by completing their Associate of Engineering Science. Incoming freshmen accepted into this program benefit from smaller class sizes and lower tuition costs of COD--- Saving an estimated $30,542 over two years. After successfully completing coursework at COD, the student transfers to University of Illinois-Champaign, where they may choose from 13 major engineering programs, ultimately obtaining their Bachelor of Science in Engineering from one of the best engineering programs in the country.


Details about the program will be provided at an information session presented by COD faculty at their President's Day visit on Monday, February 16 in the Student Resource Center (SRC) 2000. This is open to any high school students interested in this program. Students may rsvp for this event, by visiting


Students interested for the Fall 2015 Engineering Pathways program should submit their application by March 13, 2015.


For more information about the Engineering Pathways Program, please email or call 630-942-2380.

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