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

Spirit and Pride Dress

Pep Band Night for 6th, 7th, and 8th graders 

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Catholic School's Week

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

Registration Materials Distributed to Students for 2016 - 2017 School Year

Sophomore Retreat and Ring Blessing at Riverwoods Christian Center

Academic Information Night for Parents of Students Grades 9 - 11

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

Spartan Olympics (PM Assembly Schedule)

Jostens Sophomore Ring Service Day - Lunch Periods

All School Liturgy - Ash Wednesday

President's Day Break - NO SCHOOL

President's Day Break - NO SCHOOL
Note from the Principal
Congratulations to our Dance Team who finished in 5th Place at the IHSA Class 2A Sectionals in Tinley Park over the weekend and qualified to compete at State this weekend (Jan. 29-30) at the US Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington. Good Luck! Can't be there?Watch it
Live on the NFHS Network starting TOMORROW at 10AM CST.

Congratulations to Samantha Bledsoe '16 on completing the United States Equestrian Federations' (USEF) Equestrian Athlete Lettering program.  The USEF recognizes the dedication of equestrians preparing for competition through at least 100 hours of training and participation in three equestrian competitions during the year. The USEF is the National Governing Body for Equestrian Sports in the United States and is sanctioned by the US Olympic Committee.

On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a group of our International Students and a host sibling volunteered at the People's Resource Center in Wheaton. Our students were able to use their time, skills and energy to be "neighbors helping neighbors." It was a memorable experience to help make a difference.   

Raeann Huhn Principal
St. Francis High School
Last Call for ALL THAT JAZZ Auction Donations, Sponsorships & Ads!
The auction committee still needs your DONATION! Many awesome donations have come in, but we can still use more. Do you have SPORTS TICKETS OR MEMORABILIA, HOME GOODS, PLAY TICKETS, GIFT CARDS or SERVICES TO DONATE? Please drop your donations off at school or contact Deb Hodgett at

Looking to advertise your business? Place an AD IN THE PROGRAM and see what having over 500 people seeing it will do for you. Get guaranteed seating AND a parking spot by BEING A SPONSOR. You don't want to miss out on these opportunities, so contact Maria Gulli at

Have you RSVP'd yet? The online registration is open or send in your card. Think about SPONSORING A TEACHER. Our teachers make our school a great place to learn. Having them at the auction helps to make it a special night for everyone. Please consider sponsoring a teacher.

We are already putting exciting packages together. However, we NEED BASKETS. If you have baskets lying around that you don't need, please drop them off in the main office. All sizes are appreciated. Check out the auction website for all the details and registration for ALL THAT JAZZ! Thank you for your support!
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From the Business Office
A Receipt for Qualified Education Expenses for your student is being mailed out this week.   If you have a returning student, the receipt will be included in the registration packet mailing.  A receipt will be provided to you for each student where qualified education expenses were paid in the calendar year 2015.  We are pleased to be able to provide you with this information in the new format.  This information should be kept with your tax documents.
If you have any questions regarding this matter, please do not hesitate to contact Bob Gorski at (630) 668-5800, extension 1138.
Attention Sophomore Parents
This week, you will receive a letter detailing "Intensive English and Math:  Preparing for the College Boards," the popular SAT/ACT course that has been offered here at St. Francis for the past thirty-eight summers.  Taught by Mr. Kolodziej, Ms. Pratscher, Mrs. Johnson and Mrs. Abbott, the course meets on Mondays and Wednesdays for six weeks beginning on June 13.  It is also offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays at Benedictine University.  You can find other details in the letter you'll receive.
Please note that if you wish to ensure a specific time for your son/daughter, you should submit your application by March 15.  Meanwhile, if you have any questions, please feel free to email or call Mr. Kolodziej, the Class Coordinator.  His number is 708-651-4356.
Baby Clothing and Formula Drive
In conjunction with Catholic School's week and Spartan Olympics, Student Government is sponsoring a baby clothing and formula drive to benefit Infant, Inc. INFANT is an acronym for "Infants Need to Find Adequate Nourishment Today" and delivers formula to local food pantries where the need is very high as well as layette baskets with new baby clothes and supplies to social service agencies that work with young mothers, including homeless shelters and residences for expectant mothers.  Collection boxes are in the atrium for each class and faculty now through Friday, February 5th. The highest need is for onesies sizes 3-12 mo. You may also donate footed pajamas and formula. The classes that bring in the most of the needed supplies will score points towards their team totals in Spartan Olympics. Help your class win the Olympics by bringing in new baby clothes and formula!
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.
Turn-About Dance Dress Guidelines
Turn-About Dance, which will be held on Saturday, February 20th 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
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 and he will email you back the music for the performance that night!
Registration and Course Selection Parent Meeting 2/3/16
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.
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
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
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 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

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