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e-News February 12th 2015
Principal's e-Newsletter
February 12, 2015
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President's Day Break - NO SCHOOL


President's Day Break - NO SCHOOL

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Boys' Kairos


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




Advance Registration Payment Due for Next Year - Class of 2017



Incoming Freshmen Liturgy and Registration - Class of 2019

Advance Registration Payment Due for Next Year - Class of 2016


Blood Drive


Music Ensemble Acoustic Night


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

Band Solo & Ensemble Concert; 7:00 pm


Choral Solo & Ensemble Concert; 7:00 pm 



Note from the Principal

Congratulations to the February Student of the Month Recipients! Maggie Peplow, Business & Technology; Erin Peck, English; Emma Stone, Mathematics; Taylor Konchel, Performing & Visual Arts; Anthony Claire, PE & Health; Giovanni Capobianco, Religion; Elli Pointer, Science; Steve Furioso, Social Studies; Lilly Rodriguez, World Languages. 


Congratulations to Matt Seikel and Molly Haggerty who were recently featured in the Glancer Magazine's article "30 UNDER 40 | Celebrating 30 Movers and Shakers." Click on the link to read about Matt and Molly.!30-UNDER-40-Celebrating-30-Movers-and-Shakers/cn99/54ca53350cf26e566078433e

Congratulations to Marty Stubben on his selection as the DAOES Student of the Month for February. He was nominated by for his strong work ethics and desire to be successful in the program/industry. 


Blessings to you and yours, 


Raeann Huhn 


St. Francis High School
St. Francis France Trip, Summer 2016
Studying French and/or interested in French language and culture? Travel to France with St. Francis in the summer of 2016! Sponsored by the American Council for International Studies, a travel company dedicated to arranging rich and interactive experiences for students, St. Francis aims to engage students in France's traditions. Students will enjoy the various customs of northern and southern France as they travel to Paris, Aix-en-Provence and Nice. Additionally, students will take part in unique opportunities to truly connect with France's culture. Activities include: guided tours, a boat ride along the Seine, a pastry class at a boulangerie, sketching in Montmartre, and more.


Date of departure: June 1st, 2016

Group leaders: Sue Harsa and Maria Klingele


For more information, contact Sue at or Maria at There will be a student/parent meeting on Wednesday, March 11th to discuss the details of the trip. 

Blood Drive
February 26th 2015 

Our annual all school blood drive will be Thursday, February 26th. 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 the Life Source Blood Donation Center.

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Donna Hoscheit BSN RN

Lenten Reflection Group

All students are invited to take time out for a mini-retreat during the Lenten season!  Starting Wednesday, February 25, a Lenten Reflection Group will meet in the Chapel from 7-7:30 am. Led by the Student Ministry Team, there will be time for journaling and prayer, group sharing and fellowship, and a reflection on our Lenten journey. The Lenten Reflection Group will meet every Wednesday during Lent- come when you can!  Questions?  See senior Meg Baratta, junior Natalie Blank, or KRas in Room 1207.

Logging Service Hours

Service Hours are due on April 15. 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.

Living In Christ Retreat


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.


Click here to register

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.

Consider GETTING INVOLVED in the Parents' Organization!

Would you like to meet more St. Francis High School parents?  Are you looking to get involved with more activities?  Want to lend your time and talents to benefit the students and families of St. Francis?  Then look no further--the St. Francis Parents' Organization is here for you.  The Parent Org. is looking for enthusiastic volunteers to join the 2015-2016 Board.  We have a variety of positions available including:

  • Auction Chair(s)
  • Book Buyback
  • Fashion Show Co-Chair
  • Hospitality(3)
  • Member-at-Large (2) - attend PO meetings and help where needed

Each of these positions require a different time commitment and there are only 6 PO meetings throughout the school year. All of these positions will get you involved and you will meet lots of new faces. The Parent Org. is filled with fun, like-minded people who want to help make St. Francis High School be the best possible high school experience for both students and parents. If you are interested in any of these positions or would just like more information, please contact Linda Griffith at


I hope you will consider joining us!

Linda Griffith, PO President

Your Summertime Escape Awaits!

The Auction Committee is working overtime to create a memorable evening, A Summer Soiree, for your enjoyment. There will be scrumptious food and drink, entertaining music performed by the St. Francis Jazz Ensemble, and a multitude of silent and LIVE auction packages including:


Taylor Swift Concert tickets, a Convertible Car Summer Lease, the Ultimate Chicago River Summer Soiree Cruise for 50, an unforgettable trip to Napa including airfare and so much more.

Check out the details at


Why attend? We've got your favorite Spartan items including:


Prime Spartan Parking Spot, Pick Your Class Schedule, Locker Location, a Spartan Portable Tailgate Bar, and a chance to win the front pew at Graduation.


So, grab your friends and plan to attend on March 7th.

Check out the auction website for additional information about this event.


Tuition Raffle Update

The Adventure Club

The Adventure Club will be visiting a new indoor rock climbing gym in Glendale Heights on February 24 after school.  For more information and to sign up, please see Ms. Fairhead in room 1110.

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

ACT, PSAT or SAT Information
Free Practice Test offered at C2Education

C2Education in Wheaton is offering a free ACT, PSAT or SAT practice test on Monday, February 16.  To register go to:  Please register to:


ACT and SAT Cram Sessions™ at Kaplan Test Prep

For students who would like extra help for the Spring ACT and SAT, Kaplan Test Prep will be hosting free online ACT and SAT Cram Sessions™ to help students prepare for the upcoming exams.  Sessions will be offered starting Saturday, February 21. Space is limited, to sign up for a Cram Session today, please visit

Academic Summer Camps
offered at NIU

Northern Illinois University is offering its 2015 academic summer camps.  Camps are offered in areas such as journalism, film, creative writing, global leadership, etc.  Camp descriptions and registration materials can be found at:
Free Homework Initiative

C2Education in Wheaton is offering a free homework initiative to introduce students to their tutoring program. Whether a student is having difficulty with a certain problem, preparing for a big test, or writing an important essay, they are welcome to stop by for assistance from one of our skilled tutors. Homework Help is available February 16-21Walk-ins are welcome, but seating is limited. For the best experience, we recommend calling to reserve a spot and avoid a wait. Multiple Subjects Available!  Contact Rebecca at or call 630.517.8292

Free Workshops For Students 
To help improve their Executive Functioning

Nurturing Wisdom at Vine Academy in Hinsdale is offering workshops for students to help them improve their Executive Functioning. These workshops will take place on February 18 and March 18.  To sign up call (312) 260-7945 or complete the inquiry form at

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