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

1/22/16
Outta Uniform Dress

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

1/29/2016
Pep Band Night for 6th, 7th, and 8th graders 

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
Good luck to the Spartanettes Dance Team on Saturday at their sectionals competition at Andrew High School! If you'd like to see their performance, the team will dance at 12:50 pm. Good luck!! 
Can't be there? You can still catch all of the action LIVE on the NFHS Network starting Saturday. Events will also be available for viewing on demand. Link to NFHS Network

The Wheaton West Hockey Team will be competing in their last regular season game this Saturday, January 23, at 7:55 pm at the All Seasons Ice Rink in Naperville. Come out and support the St. Francis Hockey players!

Congratulations to Madison Barella '16 for her recent honorable mention for the 2015-2016 DuPage County Leadership Team.
Raeann Huhn Principal
St. Francis High School
Tentative 2016-2017 Calendar
Click here to view a tentative 2016-2017 School Calendar.
Sodexo Offers January Special
Tuesday, January 26th
Top Driver at SFHS
Top Driver is once again offering an On-Campus After School Class this Spring at St. Francis!  Top Driver is Chicagoland's largest teen driving school and their goals are to provide premier driver education and develop lifelong intelligent drivers. The class will be held Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:00-5:00 on Campus. The start date is March 1st and the class ends on May 3rd.  Students must be 15 years old prior to May 3rd to be eligible for the class. The Top Driver Silver Program provides 30 hours of interactive classroom instruction plus 6 hours of in-vehicle training and 6 hours of in-vehicle observation. The price for this program is $475.  The Top Driver Gold Program includes 30 hours of interactive classroom instruction, 6 hours of in-vehicle training plus an additional 2 hours of customized in-vehicle training to enhance specific skills. The Gold Program is priced at $550.    
To enroll or for further information please call 800-374-8373 or visit our website at www.topdriver.com.
Turn-About Dance Dress Guidelines
Turn-About Dance, which will be held on Saturday, February 20 this year, will be here before we know it! Please be reminded of the dress guidelines when selecting a dress for the dance:

All dresses must be longer than the fingertips when (with shoulders relaxed) they 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. If needed, please bring a second pair of more comfortable shoes to change into after pictures.
6th, 7th and 8th Grade
PEP BAND NIGHT!
Friday, January 29, 2016
St. Francis High School is offering a Pep Band Night to 6th, 7th and 8th Graders on Friday, January 29, 2016. You will receive 2 free tickets to the basketball game, a SF Pep Band shirt, and have the opportunity to rehearse with high school students and join in the pregame and halftime performances. There will be pizza and drinks in the cafe during the 3rd quarter. If interested click here for Pep Band Night form with more details. mail answers to Mr. Mamminga at rmamminga@sfhscollegeprep.org and he will email you back the music for the performance that night!!>
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.
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.
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.
Boys' Kairos, February 16-19, 2016
Applications for the winter boys' Kairos are now being accepted.This three-day experience is an excellent opportunity for your son to reflect on his relationship with God and to discover how that relationship may continue to shape his life after he leaves St. Francis High School.
Applications are online and available in the Pastoral Ministry Office.
Registration ends on February 5. For more information contact dmercadante@sfhscollegeprep.org or  mpage@sfhscollegeprep.org .
Sophomore Retreat Information
This year's Sophomore Retreat is on Wednesday, February 3 at the Riverwoods Christian Center in St. Charles.

A few reminders for sophomore students are as follows: 
  • Arrive by 7:40am and report to homeroom.
  • Bring a lunch.
  • A bus will transport you to and from the retreat center.
  • Dress is outta uniform, regular outta uniform dress code applies.
  • No phones, tablets, etc.-leave these in your locked locker.
  • Regular St. Francis rules and expectations apply. 
  • The retreat is ran by an outside facilitator and the SFHS Student Ministers. 
  • If you ordered a class ring, you will receive it at the end of the retreat.
  • You will be back at St. Francis by 2:30 pm.
The retreat is part of the larger mission and vision of St. Francis High School, and it is a part of your high school curriculum.  It is a graduation requirement; students who miss the retreat will be asked to make it up in order to fulfill this requirement.  If you have any questions, students should speak with their Religion teacher or Mrs. Mercadante, Director of Pastoral Ministry.
Auction Update!
This year's auction, All That Jazz, is your opportunity to help St. Francis sustain its' three core programs: academics, co-curricular and financial aid.

If you haven't already done so, please pledge or donate an item or respond to your Parish Rep group request before Friday, 1/29/16. Consider advertising your business in the program book. Advertisements are due by the end of the month. Do you want to secure a seat at the auction? How about a sponsorship? Details are on the website. www.sfhscollegeprep.org/auction

The auction committee is in need of baskets for packaging. All sizes welcome.Items can be dropped off in the school office or contact Linda Griffith, griffithfamily4340@sbcgloabl.net
Invitations are in the mail! RSVP via mail or online starting Monday, 1/25 on the website.
Thank you all for your participation to date.
Click Here for Information
File your FAFSA Form ASAP
Senior Parents:File your FAFSA (College financial aid form) ASAP.Parents of current seniors should be aware that some colleges and universities have a February 15 priority deadline for students filing a FAFSA. Students/Parents who file the FAFSA by February 1 or February 15 will be processed faster and be more likely to receive the maximum amount of financial aid for which they qualify, especially when many states' resources are limited.
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  

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
Northern Illinois University Spring ACT Test Preparation Program
The Northern Illinois University Spring ACT Test preparation program provides individualized attention in a small classroom s The ACT Spring Session I will start on February 6 and ACT Spring Session II will start on February 7 and be held on consecutive Saturdays or Sundays until the first weekend of March in Graham Hall Room 341 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. NIU parking is free on Saturdays and Sundays but students must not park in spaces marked "Reserved at all times". Enrollment is limited and registration is now open at www.niu.edu/clasep/testprep/act. NIU's program covers English, Math, Reading and Science Reasoning. The NIU ACT instructors include Lance Vobornik, an experienced Mathematics instructor at NIU with a master's degree in Applied Mathematics and Melissa Craig, an experienced teacher at St. Thomas More School. Cost is $250 ($275 after January 29) which includes instruction, book, CD-ROM and retired ACT tests. It does not include registration to take the actual ACT test. For more information contact the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences External Programming at 815-753-5200 or LASEP@niu.edu.
The Girls Empowerment Group is back!
Only a few spots left...Sign up now.
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. 
Host an International Student
Every year St. Francis High School welcomes International Students from all over the world. We are always looking for loving and caring families to host these students. Our International Student program includes a network of people who communicate regularly to ensure the experience for each family continues to enrich the lives of everyone in the home.

Families who host a St. Francis High School International Student may be eligible to receive a stipend to cover the cost of extra living expenses. Contact Beth Erazmus '89 Wiborg, Director of the International Student Program, at extension 1140, with questions.

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