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e-News February 19th 2015
Principal's e-Newsletter
February 19, 2015
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Upcoming Events

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

St. Francis High School is pleased to announce that Margaret Kliebhan has been named a Finalist in the National Merit Scholarship Competition. To become a Finalist a student must score among the top 1% of the 1.5 million juniors who entered the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the fall 2013 PSAT exam. In addition, the student submits a detailed application and essay to the National Merit Competition to demonstrate school achievement. Margaret will be honored at our May Honors Night program.


Good luck to the girls basketball team as they play for their regional title against North Lawndale tonight. Game time is 7pm at Nazareth Academy.


Good luck to senior Cole Cunnigham as he competes at the IHSA State Wrestling competition Thursday, Feb. 19 - Saturday, Feb. 21. 


Blessings to you and yours, 


Raeann Huhn 


St. Francis High School

Greetings from a warm
Summer Soiree!

16 days until the Ensuring Our Future Auction, so if you have not done so already please send in your RSVP as soon as possible. In order to receive the $10 per person discount, reply before the early bird deadline tomorrow, Friday, 2/20. Auction night promises to be great fun. You won't want to miss a chance to bid on Billy Joel at Wrigley Field, Notre Dame Football tickets, Golf at Rich Harvest, the Eric & Kathy Show tour, an Irish Cottage and so much more.

For the students, you can bid on Lollapalooza tickets, a special Marquee message, Spartan t-shirt quilt, and an opportunity to hand pick your child's classes and teachers! Visit the auction website to RSVP, read FAQ's and view LIVE auction packages.

Please send in your RSVP today. See you on March 7th!


Tuition Raffle Update

With only 2 weeks until the drawing, 33% of St Francis families have purchased a chance to WIN 2015-16 SFHS Tuition for one student, equivalent College Tuition or $10,000 CASH! Purchase your chance today and help St Francis meet the sales goal:


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


Drawing at the Auction on March 7th!

Thank you for your support of St Francis High School!

Blood Drive
February 26, 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

From the Business Office
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.
Attention Sophomore Parents:
By now, you have received a letter and brochure detailing "Intensive English and Math: Preparing for the College Boards." Taught by Mr. Kolodziej, Mrs. Johnson, Ms. Pratscher and Mrs. Abbott, this summer course has, for 35 years, prepared St. Francis students for all sections of the SAT and ACT.

A reminder that if your son/daughter wishes to enroll in a specific time slot, you should submit your application by March 15. And if you have any questions, please feel free to call Mr. Kolodziej here at St. Francis or on his cell; see the brochure for his phone number.

Lenten Reflection Group

Day Change!

All students are invited to take time out for a mini-retreat during the Lenten season!  Starting Thursday, February 26, a Lenten Reflection Group will meet in the Chapel from 7-7:30am. 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 Thursday during Lent- come when you can!  Questions? 
See senior Meg Baratta, junior Natalie Blank, or KRas in Room 1207.

Service Opportunities
Chicago Family Palooza-

Chicago Family Palooza seeks student volunteers to help assist at the CHICAGO FAMILY PALOOZA which takes place at the Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles, February 28 and March 1.

The event runs 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.

Volunteers can work four or eight hour shifts.

Contact Angelo at or 312-848-8988

The volunteer can serve as a greeter to our guests and assist in various light duties involving customer service.


Western DuPage Special Recreation Association-

Visit for information.


Tuesday, February 17th 2015 OR Thursday, March 5th 2015

TIME: 6:30-8:00PM

LOCATION: WDSRA 116 N. Schmale Road, Carol Stream, IL. 60188


Hesed House Coffee and Conversation-

Join Hesed House for information about their mission and service to the community.

Saturday, February 21 {at Panera in Batavia} and Saturday, March 7 {at Whole Foods in Naperville}

To make a reservation, please contact Carolyn Fairbanks at 630-897-2156 x514 or at


30 Hour Food Fast

The Catholic Relief Services Food Fast is a hunger awareness retreat for Catholic youth.  Hosted by St. Michael Parish, the Food Fast will begin at noon on Friday, February 27.  Arrive at the Faith Center at 3:30 p.m.  The Food Fast will end with 5 p.m. Mass on Saturday, February 28. 

Contact: Theresa Simeo


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.

Student Anxiety/Stress Reduction Presentation

Parents and students of St. Francis are invited to hear Dr. Patrick McGrath speak on the subject of anxiety, stress, and how to better respond in the Spartan Theatre on Wednesday, March 18th at 6:30 PM. As the end of the year approaches, it is a good time to help students use positive coping mechanisms when it comes to stress and anxiety.  


Don't Try Harder, Try Different is a stress management approach that is based on the idea that trying harder at something that is not working is a waste of time. Sometimes we need to do something else, something different.


Join Dr. McGrath as he walks you through ways to deal with stress that involve both research and humor, and leave with techniques that you can start to use right away.


In his current role, Dr. McGrath is the Director of the Anxiety and OCD Program and the Co-Director of the School Anxiety and School Refusal Program at Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital in Hoffman Estates, Illinois. He is also a member of the scientific advisory board of the Obsessive Compulsive Foundation.

He is the author of a stress management workbook called "Don't Try Harder, Try Different" and "The OCD Answer Book," available at bookstores across the country and on-line. Dr. McGrath has also been featured in many newspapers, journals, and magazines, and has been on numerous radio stations across the country, including The Sally Jesse Raphael show, The Steve Cochran Show on WGN, and National Public Radio. He also does numerous speaking engagements across the country, has an active research program, and presents at national conferences focusing on anxiety disorders.

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

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

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 1, 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.
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(we only need 1 more)

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

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:

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