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e-News January 29th 2015
Principal's e-Newsletter
January 29, 2015
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Catholic School's Week 



Course Selection and Registration (Parent Information Program)
CAC -  6:30 PM 
Link to PDF 



St. Francis Fathers' Club Wine Tasting Event
6:30 pm at Glen Oak Country Club, Glen Ellyn 



Spartan Olympics (PM Assembly Schedule) 




2/3/2015 » 2/4/2015
Junior Retreat


Market Day Pick-Up; 5:00-6:00 pm (Door #19)

Jostens Sophomore Ring Service Day (Lunch Periods)



Turnabout Dance

Note from the Principal

Good Luck to our Dance team who took 5th Place in the recent IHSA Sectionals and will be competing for state this Friday and Saturday. Please click on the link below to watch our girls and cheer them on through your computer. They will perform in the preliminaries on Friday night at 6:45pm.


Congratulations to the St. Francis Pep Band as they were selected to perform at the IHSA STATE BASKETBALL Championship games on Friday, March 13, 2015. They will head to Peoria to play for the opening ceremonies of the IHSA'S "March Madness" and for all games on Friday
at the Peoria Civic Center. Congratulations to the Band and their director, Mr. Mamminga!


The Technology Center of DuPage is proud to announce its "A-Team" students for the 1st semester of the 2014-2015 school year. Cameron Mascari '15 (HVAC) and Martin Stubben '16 (Automotive Technology) are being recognized for their efforts for outstanding achievement in their programs at TCD. They will be awarded a certificate for receiving an "A" for 1st semester. There will be a ceremony and reception held at TCD to honor them. Congratulations to Cameron and Martin on their hard work!


Congratulations to Jessica Bullock '15 for realizing her dream of performing Stars & Stripes Forever, the finale in the American Grands Concert at Elgin Community College Arts Center. According to Jessica's mom, Susanne Bullock, 400-500 pianists perform each year at this concert. There are 12 grand pianos, two pianists per piano, and both professionals and students of all skill levels who perform.  When she was in fifth grade, Jessica was recommended by her piano teacher to play in this concert.  For the first five years, Jessica's dad was her partner. Now in her eighth year, Jessica had the opportunity to play three pieces: Beethoven's Sonata in D Major, Let it Go (from the movie "Frozen"), and Stars & Stripes Forever. Click the link below to view Jessica's performance of Stars & Stripes Forever (she is in the peach colored dress in the middle of the screen up on the platform).


Blessings to you and yours, 


Raeann Huhn 


St. Francis High School
Jazz Band to perform at Mullen's
February 5, 2015
The St. Francis High School Jazz Band will play at Mullen's Bar 'n Grill in Lisle on Thursday, February 5, 2015 from 7-8 pm. Come enjoy dinner, drinks or just the jazz band this Thursday. The spectacular Pete Ellman big band will play after SF from 8-10 pm. All are welcome!
Congratulations to Serena Harnack
Congratulations to Junior Serena Harnack who was invited by Maestro Lawrence Rapchak to be the Violin Soloist for Mozart Concerto No. 4 in D Major with Northbrook Symphony at 3:00pm on Sun: February 22, 2015.

Ticket availability, venue and other details can be found on the NSO website.

College of DuPage: Engineering pathways to the University of Illinois
College of DuPage offers graduating high school students the opportunity to begin their studies at COD by completing their Associate of Engineering Science. Incoming freshmen accepted into this program benefit from smaller class sizes and lower tuition costs of COD--- Saving an estimated $30,542 over two years. After successfully completing coursework at COD, the student transfers to University of Illinois-Champaign, where they may choose from 13 major engineering programs, ultimately obtaining their Bachelor of Science in Engineering from one of the best engineering programs in the country.


Details about the program will be provided at an information session presented by COD faculty at their President's Day visit on Monday, February 16 in the Student Resource Center (SRC) 2000. This is open to any high school students interested in this program. Students may rsvp for this event, by visiting


Students interested for the Fall 2015 Engineering Pathways program should submit their application by March 13, 2015.


For more information about the Engineering Pathways Program, please email or call 630-942-2380.

Fathers' Club Wine Tasting Fundraiser
Order from over 30 varieties of wine

Do you enjoy a good bottle of wine? Is your wine collection depleted from the holidays? Although you may be unable to attend the Fathers' Club Wine Tasting Fundraiser tonight, consider purchasing a few bottles. Click here to view and order from over 30 varieties of wine. A portion of each purchase will be donated to the Fathers' Club Scholarship Fund.

All purchases will be delivered to St. Francis High School. You will be notified via email when your order is complete and ready for pick-up. For questions, contact Brad Ament at

Attention all Freshmen and Parents of Freshmen
Attention all freshmen and parents of freshmen**** The freshmen had a successful introduction to Naviance on either January 21 or 22.  Parents, ask your son or daughter to log on and show you all the information they discovered about themselves in the Multiple Intelligences Advantage.  Suggestion to freshmen: keep your email and password in a place where you will be able to retrieve it for your ongoing visits, especially for your sophomore visit about Careers and later on for all college information.
From the Business Office
As you are aware, registration for next year's classes is around the corner.  As a part of the policy regarding registration, all student fees and tuition must be current in order to register for the next school year. Invoices have previously been sent out. Please make the necessary payments in order to avoid setbacks with your registration. Unpaid fees or tuition will result in a financial hold on your registration and your classes will not be guaranteed.  If you have any questions, or need an additional invoice, please contact Chris Konchel in the Business Office at extension 1135.
SFHS Students attend Chicago Shakespeare Theatre
On Saturday, January 24, a group of approximately 50 seniors went to the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre at Navy Pier to attend a performance of Shakespeare's Macbeth. The students brought the play to Ms. Pratscher's attention and asked if she would organize the trip. The students had studied Macbeth first semester and wanted to see it on stage. Attendance was completely voluntary and was not for extra credit. After the play, there was a brief question and answer session with the cast and an opportunity to talk to cast members individually and take pictures.
Attention Sophomore Parents

This week you will receive a letter detailing "Intensive English and Math: Preparing for the College Boards," a six week summer course offered at both St. Francis and Benedictine University. Taught by Mr. Kolodziej, Mrs. Johnson, Ms. Pratscher and Mrs. Abbott, this course prepares students for their junior year SATs/ACTs and gives them a head start on their challenging English and math courses. During the course, students may also take their summer book tests. "Intensive English and Math" has been offered here for 36 years.

After you receive the letter, please note that March 15 is the application deadline for any student who needs a specific time slot (morning, afternoon, or evening). Also, if you have any questions, feel free to call Mr. Kolodziej (the Class Coordinator) at 708-651-4356.

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
Auction Update

IT'S NOT TOO LATE for auction donations, advertisements and sponsorships! For planning purposes, January 31st is the deadline so if you have anything to donate, now is the time to let us know. We are in need of Professional and College sporting event tickets, Golf opportunities and Air Miles. Pledge your donation on the auction website, it can be delivered to school through the end of February.

By now you should have received your invitation to A summer Soiree. Respond early to receive the early bird discount. Ask friends and family to join in what promises to be a great night!

Thank you for your support!


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 the application form from our website
Please return on or before Tuesday, February 3 to the Pastoral Ministry Office. 
Questions? Contact

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.

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

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 at

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.

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