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e-News March 20th 2014


St. Francis High School

March 20, 2014

In This Issue
Deadline to sign up for April 12 ACT test is March 21!
AP Exams
Been Published?
Adventure Club
Planning for College?
Vote for Kelsey Robinson '09
Student-Faculty Basketball Game - March 25
Pastoral Ministry Updates
Notes from the Nurse
Streaming of St. Francis Sports/Events




3-20,21,22,23 Spring Musical 

more info   

3-21 Outta Uniform Dress

3-28 Spring Break Begins - End of Day (2:30 p.m.)

3-28 Young Alumn Event
more info    


4-7 School Resumes/End of Spring Break

4-8 Market Day Pick-Up - Door #19 - 5:00 to 6:00 p.m.


4-10 Class of 2018 Spartan Family Welcome

4-11 Jazz Showcase and Swing Night - 7:00pm

4-12 ACT Test at St. Francis High School and Area Schools - 8:00 a.m.



Quick Links
Deadline for students to sign up for the April 12 ACT test is this Friday, March 21!
Attention junior students and parents: the deadline for students to sign up for the April 12 ACT test is this Friday, March 21. Students must also upload a head and shoulders photo of themselves to the ACT website at the time of registration.  
AP Exams 
On Thursday, March 20, all students who have signed up for an AP exam will receive an AP Permission and Registration form in homeroom.  Students must complete the form, obtain a parent signature and return the form with a check for $95 per AP exam to his/her AP instructor Monday, March 24 through Friday, March 28.  Students may submit one check that covers all AP exams.  AP forms and test fees must be turned in before spring break. 

Been Published?

Have you or anyone in your family written a book? We would love to have a copy of your publication to share with our students.  Help us showcase our St. Francis family achievements by donating your book or contacting us with information so we can purchase it.  To share information about your own book or the book of a member of the St. Francis family, please contact Judi Rath, Director of Learning Resource Center at

Adventure Club

Do you love the book Divergent?  Did you know the movie is premiering this month?  Adventure Club will go out to dinner and see this movie on Friday, March 28.  Sign up with Ms. Fairhead in Room 1110.

Planning for College?   

Open to all current Sophomore and Junior Students

Planning for College?

Attend the Illinois College Exposition!
Monday, March 24, 2014
6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
North Central College: Residence Hall/Recreation Center

The Illinois College Exposition is a great way to learn about colleges and universities, and all local juniors and sophomores in high school are encouraged to attend with their families. Featuring over 200 in-state and out-of-state colleges and universities plus the armed services, ICE offers something for all in North Central College's Residence Hall/Recreation Center.

Please visit the following link for more information:



Note from the Principal



To all who participated in this year's Emerald Evening Auction, a heartfelt THANK YOU! If you purchased a raffle ticket, donated an item, advertised in the auction program or sponsored the event; if you attended the auction or bid from home, helped package or phoned for donations, you helped to ensure the future of St. Francis High School. A record breaking $260K was raised on Saturday, March 8th.

A special recognition for the contributions of the auction co-chairs, Lisa & Kevin Doherty, Annette & Chris Humes and Megan & Mark Riesenberg and the chairs and members of the multiple auction committees; all who worked tirelessly to plan a wonderful event.  We are blessed to have a community who supports the St. Francis mission to prepare young people for college and promote their spiritual, academic, physical and social development.

May God continue to bless you in all your endeavors.



St. Francis High School Presents   

The Wedding Singer


Thursday, March 20, 7:30pm

Friday, March 21, 7:30pm

Saturday, March 22 1:30pm & 7:30pm

Sunday, March 23, 1:30pm


$8 Students & Seniors
$10 Adults  

Tickets will be on sale for students at all lunches Friday.

Tickets also available at the door.






Blessings to you and yours,


Raeann Huhn 



St. Francis High School   



Vote for Kelsey Robinson '09


Vote for Kelsey Robinson '09 for the 84th AAU Sullivan Award.

You need to type Robinson in the search for her to come up.
People can vote daily through March 23.   


Student-Faculty Basketball Game - March 25
Proceeds Help Lower the Cost of Prom Tickets

The annual student-faculty basketball game will be Tuesday, March 25 at 7:00 in Spyglass. Come out and watch as teachers and students engage in friendly competition, and the teachers perform the halftime routine. Admission is $5, and all proceeds go toward lowering the cost of prom tickets. We hope you'll join us! 


Pastoral Ministry Updates


Service Hours Online

Fair Trade Fair-- On Wednesday, March 26, we are hosting a Fair Trade Fair!  We are welcoming our friends from Ten Thousand Villages in Glen Ellyn, and all religion classes will be attending the fair. We will learn about fair trade and have a chance to purchase items. Cash, checks, and credit cards (no American Express) are accepted. We need student volunteers to help throughout the day.  Sign up in KRas' Room 1207.


The Interrupters-- On Wednesday, April 9, we will be showing the documentary 'The Interrupters', which examines the violence in Chicago and those who attempt to interrupt it. Come for the film and discussion, and you will earn two (2) hours for advocacy and awareness.


Lenten Opportunities

Toiletries for PADS-- Throughout Lent, we are collecting travel toiletries.  These useful items will be given to PADS shelter.


Student Ministry Team

Attention all freshmen, sophomores, and juniors--Applications for the Student Ministry Team for the 2014-2015 school year will soon be available.  SMT is the spiritual leadership team that serves our community with retreats, service, and faith formation.  Interested in applying? All are invited to an information meeting on Thursday, March 27 at 7:15 am or Tuesday, April 8 at 2:45 pm in Room 1207.  Attendance at one of these meetings is mandatory before applying. See Mrs. Mercadante or KRas with any questions.



Notes from the Nurse

While many welcome the change from winter to spring, there are others who are less enthusiastic. Probably 20% of us have seasonal allergies. Spring is coming and now is the time of the year to be proactive. If your student gets symptoms at the same time every year, talk with his or her healthcare provider. Some people can prevent symptoms by starting their medicine a week or two before that time of the year.

Allergies begin when trees, flowering plants, grasses and weeds release pollen. Molds which grow in soil, vegetation and rotting wood can cause allergic symptoms when they become airborne.

Symptoms include sneezing, runny nose, congestion, cough, sinus pressure, watery eyes, as well as itchy eyes, nose and throat. These are the primary symptoms. Additionally people with severe allergies can experience other systemic complaints such as fatigue, irritability, and inability to think clearly. For those with asthma these allergens can trigger typical asthma symptoms such as shortness of breath, wheezing and cough.

New this season--you can now buy Nasacort (nasal steroid spray) over-the-counter. Click here to read about this.

Let's get ready.

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Streaming of St. Francis Sports/Events


We would like to thank our winter broadcast crew of Andy Oleniczak, Dan and Pat Mochel, Aatish Patel, Joey Zhou, and Matt Armbrust. These boys did a fantastic job for us bringing our winter sports to parents who were out of town on business, parents and students who could not make it out to the games in person, alumni who want to keep in touch with the programs, and prospective students who want to get to know the school!


We are now in need of broadcast crews for our spring sports/events. We would love to broadcast as many of our spring sports/events as possible; however, we cannot do so without student and/or parent volunteers. We broadcast these events through PlayOn Sports, whose goal is to provide these broadcasting opportunities to students first. Broadcasting crews typically consist of 4 members: a cameraperson, a computer operator, a play-by-play person, and a color commentator. If your son or daughter (or you as a parent) are interested in being part of a broadcasting crew for any of our spring sports/events, please contact Athletic Director Dan Hardwick at or 630-668-5800 x1112. Once again, the goal is to provide these broadcasting opportunities to students first; however, if we do not have student volunteers and there are parents that are interested in broadcasting - the most important thing is that we broadcast these games to all of our constituents. Thank you for considering helping us out with this important service. 



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