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e-News January 22nd 2015
Principal's e-Newsletter
January 22, 2015
In This Issue
Living in Christ Retreat for Adults
Pack the Place
A Summer Soiree Auction
Consider GETTING INVOLVED in the Parents' Organization
Service Opportunities
Boys' Kairos
Plan to Attend a WINE TASTING EVENT January 29th
TurnAbout Specials
Men's Empowerment Group
Girls Empowerment Group
National School Choice Week
Sophomore Retreat

Quick Links
Upcoming Events
Out of Uniform Dress Day

Pack The Place

School Board Retreat & Dinner


Mother/Son Brunch

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Catholic School's Week 



Registration Materials Distributed to Students for the 2015-2016 School Year


Sophomore Retreat and Ring Blessing (Riverwoods Christian Center)


Academic Information Night for Parents of Students Grades 9-11


All-School Liturgy - "Catholic School's Week/Teacher Recognition"


St. Francis Fathers' Club Wine Tasting Event 



Spartan Olympics (PM Assembly Schedule) 

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Note from the Principal

This message was received from Marty Hickman, IHSA Executive Director and Beth Sauser, IHSA Assistant Executive Director:


At this time the IHSA Board of Directors, the Sportsmanship Advisory Committee and the IHSA Staff would like to congratulate you, St. Francis High School, and your community for earning a Do What's Right! State Final Sportsmanship Banner at the Fall 2014 Girls Volleyball State Finals.


This is a great honor-thank you to all who participated!


Blessings to you and yours, 


Raeann Huhn 


St. Francis High School
Living in Christ Retreat for Adults


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 26th and 27th (6-10pm), concluding Saturday, February 28th (8am-12noon)) for prayer, witness, reconciliation and mass.

Dinners and breakfast are included. (If you have any special dietary requirements please let us know in the Additional Customer Information comment box on the checkout page.)

Questions? Email Diane Mercadante at


Calling all Spartan fans: It's time once again to "Pack the Place!"

Come in from the cold and enjoy the half-court shot competition for a $100 cash prize, phenomenal entertainment, electrifying music, and of course the non-stop excitement of two thrilling basketball games. 
Auction Update

This year's auction, A Summer Soiree, is your opportunity to help St. Francis High School 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 consider advertising your business in the program book. Donations and advertisements are due by Friday, January 30.


Do you want to secure a seat at the auction? How about a sponsorship? Details are on the website.


The auction committee is in need of the following items:

  • Baskets for packaging. All sizes welcome.
  • Tall branches (3' - 6') from your yard
  • 10 Large Pedestal Urns for decorations. These will be returned.

Items can be dropped off in the school office or contact Megan at


Invitations are in the mail! RSVP via mail or online via the school's website starting Monday, January 26.


Thank you all for your participation!

Questions? OR

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
  • Senior Celebration Chair(s)

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

Service Opportunities
Faith and Fellowship on Sunday, January 25, 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Come join our friends from Faith and Fellowship for African American Heritage Sunday liturgy and pot luck! Meet at school by door 19  at 9 am, board the SF van and travel to St. Catherine-St. Lucy in Oak Park. Please bring a dish to pass for the pot luck! Permission slips are available from Mrs. Mercadante and Mr. Schuller and should be returned by Friday. Space is limited.
Naperville Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry
Monday, January 26, 2:45 - 5:00 pm
Kick off Catholic Schools Week next week by coming on a trip to Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry in Naperville! On Monday, January 26, we will take a tour of the facility and learn about the hunger needs in our community. Earn two service hours! Sign up in Mrs. Stiefel's room 1208. 
Boys' Kairos
Tuesday, February 17 thru Friday, February 20, 2015, Carmelite Spiritual Center, Darien


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.

To register for the retreat, please pick up an application from Pastoral Ministry or download at'CandidateApplication201.pdf . 

Please return on or before Tuesday, February 3 to the Pastoral Ministry office. 

Questions? Contact


St. Francis Fathers' Club Scholarship Fundraiser

DON'T MISS IT! The Fathers' Club Wine Tasting Scholarship Fundraiser is Thursday evening, January 29. 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.
  • Performances by our St. Francis High Jazz Band and Swing Choir.
  • James Crooker, wine professor at College of DuPage, will present and be available for questions.
  • Raffles and Door Prizes!

Register online at The registration deadline for this event is January 26. 


TurnAbout Specials

COOPER'S CORNER is offering a TurnAbout Special.  Entrée, beverage and gratuity are include for the individual price of $25. Cooper's Corner is located at 27W150 W. Roosevelt Road approximately 2 minutes from St. Francis. Reservations are recommended. 


THE BANK, located in downtown Wheaton, Front Street, is also offering a TurnAbout Special of entrée, beverage and gratuity for $25 per person.  Reservations are recommended.

The Men's Empowerment Group
...Carpe Diem is back!

The group discusses many practical issues such as; organization of academic and personal life, surviving high school, and preparing for life after high school. We will analyze current trends of depictions of males in the media and movies as well.


Group starts the beginning of February

****Sign-Up Deadline is February 3****


Meet once a week during alternating class periods for 6 weeks

If you are interested in joining the group, come and see

Mr. Lindley in the Guidance Department.

Registration is required and group size is limited.


Why should students sign up for the group: Through discussions and activities the group will aim to help boys to 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, good decision making skills, career choices and stress management.


Enrollment Deadline is February 3.The group meets once a week for 6 weeks. If you would like to find out more information on the Men's Group, please contact Mr. Lindley @ 

or 630-668-5800 ext.1114

The Girls Empowerment Group back by popular demand!

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 aims 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, career choices and stress management. In addition, the group also addresses the impact of acculturation and media exposure on girls' body image and eating behaviors.


Enrollment Deadline is February 3.The group meets once a week for 6 weeks.


If you would like to find out more info on the Girls' Empowerment Group or any other groups, please contact Mrs. Rupp at or ext. 1104.

National School Choice Week 
All school families are invited to a National School Choice Week Bowl-a-Rama hosted by The Heartland Institute and the West Suburban Patriots on Sunday, January 25th at Wheaton Bowl. Jeanne Ives, Illinois State Representative (42nd District), will speak about working with our legislators to insure a great education opportunity for every child.
Link to Informational Flyer

Sophomore Retreat
On Wednesday, January 28, all Sophomores will participate in their class retreat at Riverwoods Christian Center in St. Charles. Students should report to homeroom for attendance at the usual time and then they will be bussed to the retreat location (no exceptions, please). The Student Ministry Team, along with John Grossman, will be facilitating. Students should wear comfortable clothing (out of uniform rules apply) and bring a sack lunch. Sophomores will be back to St. Francis by the regular school day dismissal time.

Class Rings will be blessed and distributed at the Sophomore Retreat. If you have not already done so, please be sure to complete all payments for the ring as soon as possible.

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