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e-News February 26th 2015
Principal's e-Newsletter
February 26, 2015
In This Issue

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Upcoming Events

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 

Third Quarter Ends

IHSA Solo Ensemble

Parents' Organization Ensuring Our Future Auction at St. Francis

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

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

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

3/12/2015 » 3/13/2015
Junior Retreat; 3/12-3/13

Time Out for Reading Day (See Bell Schedule)

3/13/2015 » 3/14/2015
Darst Retreat - All Student Levels; 3/13-3/14
Note from the Principal

Congratulations to Mrs. Sue Kolasinski for being awarded the

Mathematics Teachers Association of Chicago and Vicinity's "Distinguished Life Service Award!"  Mrs. Kolasinski has taught at St. Francis for 32 years, served as the mathematics department chairperson for 17 years, and coached the math team for 30 years. She will receive her award at a dinner on Monday, March 23 at De La Salle Institute in Chicago. Thank you to Mrs. Kolasinski for all she has done for St. Francis and congratulations again!

Thank you to all the students, faculty, staff and parents who signed up to donate blood today. We had a record 196 sign ups! Thanks also to Donna Hoscheit and Mike Lynch for running this life saving event.


Blessings to you and yours, 


Raeann Huhn 


St. Francis High School

Auction Update


Spartan families come in from the snow! Your warm oasis is around the corner. If you have not already done so, please RSVP for A Summer Soiree no later than Monday, March 2nd. Register online or return your reply card to the main office. All guests must be pre-registered. We are not able to accommodate walk-in guests on March 7th.


This year's auction provides many unique opportunities for bidders: here or at home- for students and adults alike. There are a variety of professional sporting events available, countless travel destinations and "Spartan" items galore.

  • Tickets to Lollapalooza, Billy Joel, Taylor Swift, The Who and Ravinia.
  • A green Blackhawks sweater with Shamrocks just in time for St. Paddy's Day with #88 PATRICK Kane
  • Golf-Golf-and more Golf- 4 lessons from SF Golf Coach and Professional Greg Baresel, rounds at Rich Harvest, Medinah, Glen Oak, Arrowhead and Cress Creek
  • Top of the Morning to You in a beautiful County Kerry cottage for one week in the Emerald Isle
  • Freshmen through Seniors:  great "SPOTS" available - from school parking and locker location to Graduation seating and parking- we have you covered
  • Our very own John Schuller will show "Gravity" with a unique exegesis of the film through a Catholic viewpoint.  Refreshments provided.
  • Getaways to a variety of locations and activities:  Napa, the Dells, Maui, Disney World, San Diego, Scottsdale, NYC, the Northwoods of WI, Jim Wall's farm in IN, and your favorite, CHICAGO
  • For that SPECIAL party: DJ services from Mr. Bob Mamminga
  • You will be so ready for next Christmas with an Ugly Christmas Sweater for Him or Her made by Lucy Bednar
  • Relax on the patio with hand-painted Adirondack Chairs warmed by your patio heater or fire pit
  • A new Weber Grill and a Weber grilling class should make your summer delectable
  • Keep those Spartan memories forever with a Spartan T-Shirt Quilt
  • All dressed up and ready for Prom with tickets, flowers, and a tux rental
  • From your favorite Sports team to your Family Crest. You decide and fly the flag of your choice for one month in the Spyglass Circle
  • "Anyone Listening Who" wants to tour your favorite morning show- Eric and Kathy. Meet Eric, Kathy, Whip and SF grad John "Swany" Swanson '81
  • Yoga for 12 with Lauren Duncan '11, a basket of yoga gear and $150 gift card for post work out refreshments from Coach Mark Sawko '75. 
  • And the event EVERY SF STUDENT WANTS:  a summer breakfast with Mrs. Cindy Johnson and the opportunity to select your VERY OWN CLASS SCHEDULE!!

Last but certainly not least, this year's Fund-a-Cause: Keepin' Cool. Help to raise the funds to provide air conditioning to six World Language classrooms.

We promise something for everyone at St Francis' signature fundraising event to ensure the future of St. Francis High School. THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEROSITY.


LAST CHANCE ... Tuition Raffle

With only a few days until the drawing, now is the time to purchase your chance to WIN 2015-16 SFHS Tuition for one student, equivalent College Tuition or $10,000 CASH!  Purchase your chance online at:


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!

Girls Softball Volunteers at Ronald McDonald House
On Sunday, February 22, ten girls from St. Francis High School's varsity softball team volunteered to prepare and serve brunch for the families staying at Central DuPage Hospital's Ronald McDonald House. The menu included pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon, toast and a fruit platter.


According to Assistant Coach Bill Melka, while not required, this service is considered a leadership project and opportunity for the team, and the girls jump at the chance to participate. The girls do all of the organizing from scheduling their date with the Ronald McDonald House to planning the menu, shopping, cooking and serving the food. There is no help from the staff as this program is entirely run by the volunteers.


This is the third time in six years that the team has participated in this type of project, but it's the first year they were able to do it locally with the new Ronald McDonald House at Central DuPage Hospital. In previous years, they served at the House at Comer Children's Hospital in Chicago.

National Eating Disorder Week (February 22 to 28)

St. Francis takes part in National Eating Disorder Week (February 22 to 28)

As part of the National Eating Disorder Awareness Week (February 22 to 28), which aims to motivate individuals who need help to get treatment and to raise public awareness about eating disorders, the Guidance Department will offer confidential eating disorder screenings and info-meetings.


Eating disorders and problematic eating behaviors have become epidemic. Studies have shown that 1 in 5 adolescents engage at some point during their teenage 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, binge eating 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 are 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.


If you are interested in more eating disorder information, a confidential screening or one of the support groups, please contact Mrs. Rupp at ext. 1104 or Ms. Sullivan at ext. 1108.

The Daddy Daughter Dance

Save the Date! The Daddy Daughter Dance will be held on Saturday, March 14th from 7:30-9:30pm at St. Francis. The postcard RSVP's should have arrived in your mail earlier this week. All RSVP's and payment can be returned to the Main Office. Kindly RSVP by March 9, 2015. Thank you and the student government is looking forward to hosting a fun and memorable evening.

Summer Camp Registration Open

Summer Camp registration is now open. Please logon to and click on "Browse Camps at St. Francis High School." If you have any questions, contact Janet Thelen

Spring College Fairs

Several spring college fairs will be held in the months of March and April providing a great opportunity for juniors to get a start on their college search. A regional college fair will be held at the Recreation Center at North Central College in Naperville on Monday, March 23, from 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM.  Nearly 200 educational, military and technical institutions will be represented at this fair.  A list of colleges attending the North Central College Fair can be obtained by going to Some additional college fairs in the area are: Lewis University on March 3, 6:30-8:30PM, DePaul University March 25, 5:00-7:00 PM, , and Geneva High School on April 15, 6:30 -8:30 PM.

Change a Life: Host an International Student      

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. We have a handful of great kids looking for loving homes, do you have room in your home and your heart?


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
To All St. Joan of Arc Alumni

Sr. Carolyn, the Principal at St. Joan of Arc, is retiring after 50 years. They are looking to have alumni students be involved in a June 5th mass for her at St. Joan and then attend a meet and greet with her afterward. They are also looking for alumni to send in pictures of Sister Carolyn, fond memories, letters to her, etc - so they can compile everything to give to her in June. For further information on this celebration visit

United States Service Academy Information Meeting

United States Service Academy Information Meeting, Wednesday March 25, 2015 6:00-8:30pm at the Vernon Hills High School High School Auditorium. Representatives from each of the five service academies, the ROTC, liaison officers, senate and congressional aides will be in attendance. If you are interested and/or need more information, please contact or 847.932.2166.

Seminar for Study Skills and Note Taking

C2 Education at 257 Rice Lake Square in Wheaton is offering a seminar for students on Study Skills and Note Taking on Thursday, March 5, 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM. For details call 630-517-8292.   

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