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e-News January 14 2016
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1/18/2016 
NO SCHOOL - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

1/19/2016
Board of Directors Meeting; 6:30pm (Rosmonowski Room)

1/20/2016
Parents' Organization Meeting; 6:30pm (Rosmonowski Room)

1/21/2016
PSAT Test Results Information Program; 6:30pm (Kuhn CAC)

1/28/2016
Fathers' Club Wine Tasting Event; 6:30-8:30pm (Glen Oak Country Club)

1/31/2016 » 2/6/2016
Catholic School's Week

1/31/2016
Mother/Son Brunch; 10:00am (Hilton Lisle-Naperville)

2/2/2016
Registration Materials Distributed to Students for 2016 - 2017 School Year

2/3/2016
Sophomore Retreat and Ring Blessing at Riverwoods Christian Center

2/3/2016
Academic Information Night for Parents of Students Grades 9 - 11

2/4/2016
All School Liturgy - Catholic School's Week/Teacher Recognition

2/5/2016
Spartan Olympics (PM Assembly Schedule)

2/9/2016
Jostens Sophomore Ring Service Day - Lunch Periods

2/10/2016
All School Liturgy - Ash Wednesday

2/12/2016
President's Day Break - NO SCHOOL

2/15/2016
President's Day Break - NO SCHOOL
Note from the Principal
Congratulations to the December Student of the Month Recipients!
Business & Technology - Molly Doran, English - Lucy Yunker, Mathematics - Sebastian Garcia, Performing & Visual Arts - Roselynn Mendoza, Phys Ed & Health - Jessica Barthelt, Religion - Ellen Kolker, Science - Peter Pacheco, Social Studies - Kendra Pasquale, World Languages - Alexis Perez

Congratulations to Nicole Popow '16 who was named to the 2015-16 Daily Herald Leadership Team. She's the 11th SFHS student to be recognized since 2005.

Blessings,
Raeann Huhn Principal
St. Francis High School
Spartan Accolades
The Technology Center of DuPage (TCD)is proud to announce its "A-Team" students for the 1st semester of the 2015-2016 school year. Among their list isMarty Stubben '16(Automotive Technology) who is being recognized for his efforts for outstanding achievement. There will be a ceremony and reception at TCD where Marty will receive his honors. Congratulations to Marty for his hard work!

Congratulations toShea Mahoney '16 who qualified to compete in the 2016 Nastia Liukin Cup in March! Good Luck Shea!
"Class of 2016" T-Shirt
Don't pass up this chance to get your "Class of 2016" t-shirt. Shirts will be sold during C and E lunches January 19 and 20. This is your only opportunity to order a senior shirt. Shirts are $10 (cash or check payable to St. Francis).
IT Help Available via Text
The IT department has launched a Remind101 account for IT help!
Having problems with your computer outside of school hours? Have a question you think we can help with? Send us a text! Join our Remind101 group for computer help via text message! Messages received after 9:00 pm may be answered the next day.
To join:
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To receive messages via text, text @sfithelp to 81010. You can opt out of messages at any time by replying "unsubscribe @sfithelp". 
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School Blood Drive
On Wednesday, February 24, from 8:00am - 1:00pm, St. Francis High School, together with Heartland, will host an all-school blood drive. Business department chair, Mike Lynch and school nurse, Donna Hoscheit, along with a group of students, plan and promote this event every year at this time when donations are typically down due to the cold and flu season.

Student donors are required to be 16 years old or older, weigh at least 110 pounds and have their parents' permission. St. Francis High School faculty and friends are also invited and encouraged to participate. Drop-ins are welcome on the day of the event, however it is best to schedule an appointment. Registrations can be made by calling 630-668-5800 x1193
Notes from the Nurse
Attention parents of Junior Students (class of 2017):
NEW State of Illinois Meningococcal Vaccine Requirement!
Your student (class of 2017 only) will need to show proof of having received a meningitis vaccine on or after their 16th birthday. They will need to show proof of having received this vaccine for 12 grade entry.
If your student had this vaccine last summer at doctor visit, please make sure to get us a copy of that record.
College Admission Testing Parent Information Meeting 1/21/16
COLLEGE ADMISSION TESTING: PARENT INFORMATION PROGRAM SCHEDULED FOR THURSDAY, JANUARY 21 at 6:30 PM IN THE KUHN CULTURAL ARTS CENTER
Sophomore and junior students who took the PSAT practice college entrance exam on October 14, 2015, can access their PSAT scores online starting January 7 atstudentscores.collegeboard.org. Students must first set up a College Board account if they don't already have one on the College Board main welcome page. Students who already took an AP exam or have already registered for an SAT test should already have an account. 

At the January 21 College Admission Testing Information Program Mr. Lindley will interpret PSAT test results.  He will also explain what  parents need to know about planning for and registering for the ACT and SAT tests which their children will be taking in the winter and spring of this year. He will detail the changes for the new, redesigned PSAT/SAT test and the differences between ACT and SAT.  In addition, he will discuss the benefits of test prep courses.Parents of sophomore students who took the PSAT test should attend the PSAT program with parents of juniors.
Registration and Course Selection Parent Meeting 2/3/16
REGISTRATION AND COURSE SELECTION PARENT INFORMATION PROGRAM SCHEDULED FOR WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 3, AT 6:30 PM IN THE KUHN CULTURAL ARTS CENTER 
During February we will begin the process of registering students for courses for the 2016--2017 school year.  As colleges continue to step up their course requirements, it is important that students carefully plan their high school program of studies.  Parents who wish to help their children in course selection should attend the Registration Information Program scheduled for Wednesday, February 3, at 6:30 PM, in the Kuhn Cultural Arts Center.  Parents of current students, freshmen through juniors, are encouraged to attend this program. This program is not for incoming freshmen. Topics will include: typical high school courses required for college admission, how to make a four year plan, and understanding course prerequisites.
Auction Tuition Raffle Update!
7 WEEKS, 2 DAYS, 3 HOURS, 46 MINUTES and 12 SECONDS until AUCTION 2016.....THE CLOCK IS ticking! Have you made your contribution to this event? Your generous support will help ensure the success of the school's MAJOR fundraising event.

We need you to do ONE of the following as soon as possible:
  • DONATE an Item or Service to be auctioned
  • SPONSOR the event by making a Cash donation
  • ADVERTISE your business in the auction catalog
  • PARTICIPATE in your Parish "Group" donation
No item is too big or too small. For planning purposes, please DONATE or PLEDGE your donation before JANUARY 31st. Go to www.sfhscollegeprep.org/auction for additional event information, to view a donation wish list, purchase TUITION Raffle tickets or download forms.

Questions? Contact an auction chairperson. Contact information is listed on the auction website.
Tuition Raffle UPDATE
Have you purchased your chance to win SFHS tuition for the 2016-17 school year? Check your counter, your drawers, wherever you stash your stuff for the bright blue tickets that you received on Curriculum Night. The winning name will be drawn at the auction on Saturday, March 5th. Who couldn't use a free year of SFHS tuition OR $10,000 CASH! Can't find your tickets? No problem. Visit the auction website and click on the Tuition Raffle tab.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR PARTICIPATION!
Click Here for Information
The Girls Empowerment Group is back!
Messages from the media, often repeated by peers, can set the stage for the belief that teenage girls should be more concerned with appearance and ability to win male approval than with their own interests and aspirations. Studies show the toll extracted by these messages on girls' self-image and well-being: girls are 7-times more likely to be depressed and 3-times more likely to have a negative body image. However, by encouraging girls to have positive expectations for themselves, providing them with opportunities to develop competence and confidence in their abilities we can increase their power to make right decisions and avoid risky behaviors. And that is what the Girls Empowerment Group is all about.

Why should students sign up for the group: Through discussions and activities the group will aim to help girls make good life choices, feel good about themselves and become confident in their talents and abilities
Some of the topics the group will focus on are: assertiveness skills, self-esteem, peer pressure, self-image, girls' health issues, good decision making skills, goal setting, career exploration and stress management. In addition, the group will also address the impact of acculturation and media exposure on girls' body image and eating behaviors.
Enrollment Deadline is February1.The group will meet once a week for 6 weeks. If you would like to find out more information on the Girls' Empowerment Group or any other groups, please contact Mrs. Rupp at ext. 1104or arupp@sfhscollegeprep.org.
Group Program at St. Francis starting soon!
The group-counseling program at St. Francis High School is designed to meet the needs of all of our students. When students experience difficult personal situations, they often find it hard to focus on their academics. Providing emotional support to these students helps them not only with their life's challenges, but also to focus more on their school work and be successful. The groups offered this semester are as follows:
  • General Support Groups: these groups are intended for children who are dealing with difficult situations in their families, such as parents' divorce, family conflict, etc. They are also intended for students who would like to work on personal issues such as depression, anxiety, self-esteem, social isolation, and other personal challenges.
  • Grief Group: this group is intended for students who have experienced a significant loss in their lives (death of a relative or friend).
  • Girls Empowerment Group: this group focuses on topics such as stress management, self-esteem, goal setting, career exploration, girl's health issues and anything else that effects a girl's power.
  • Mens Group: this group, run by Mr. Lindley, will discuss issues such as organization of academic and personal life, friends, building self-esteem, family and dating relationships, and anything else that affects the lives of these young men. 
Group sizes are limited and registration is required. If you feel your child might profit from one of these groups or you would like to learn more about them, please contact Mrs. Rupp at arupp@sfhscollegeprep.org or ext 1104.
The Glenbard Parent Series will feature Dr. Laurence Steinberg 
Free Program for Parents
The Glenbard Parent Series will feature Dr. Laurence Steinberg discussing THE AGE OF OPPORTUNITY: THE NEW SCIENCE OF ADOLESCENCE on January 26, 2016, at 7 pm at the College of DuPage McAninch Arts Center,  425 Fawell Blvd.,  Glen Ellyn and THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO ADOLESCENCE AGES 10-25: TEEN BEHAVIOR EXPLAINED on January 27 at 12 pm at CCSD # 93,  230 Covington Drive, Bloomingdale.

Parents often long to know what's going on inside teens' heads. One of the world's leading authorities on adolescence will provide insights as he discusses concepts from his bestselling book "Age of Opportunity: The New Science of Adolescence." Adolescence now lasts longer than ever, and the adolescent brain is surprisingly malleable. These new discoveries make this time of life crucial in determining a person's ultimate success and happiness. In this program Laurence Steinberg will discuss the links between brain development and decision-making and risk-taking in adolescence, and the implications for how we parent, educate, and understand young people. Don't miss this internationally renowned expert on contemporary adolescence as he discusses myth-shattering opportunities on the capacity of the teenage brain, strategies for more compassionate and effective parenting, and what we must do to raise joyful and successful children. These free programs are open to the public.
Fathers' Club Scholarship Fundraiser Wine Tasting Event
PLAN TO ATTEND the Fathers' Club Wine Tasting Scholarship Fundraiser on Thursday evening, 1/28/16. Bring your spouse to the Glen Oak Country Club in Glen Ellyn for an elegant evening of food and wine pairings. Highlights of the evening to include:
  • 30+ wines available to taste and order for purchase with a portion of all purchases donated to the St. Fathers' Club.
  • Raffles and Door Prizes!
Register Online by January 25th
www.sfhscollegeprep.org/winetasting  

Mother-Son Brunch - Save the Date!
Mother-Son Brunch is just around the corner on Sunday, January 31, 2016. The Sophomore Class would like to cordially invite Mothers (& Grandmothers, Aunts, Special Friends) and Sons to attend the annual Mother-Son Brunch this year. Please respond by Friday, January 15, 2015.
 

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