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e-News March 6th 2014


St. Francis High School

March 6, 2014

In This Issue
Advanced Placement Exams
Looking to Get Involved?
Senior Celebration
Attention Sophomore Parents
Rebound...An Evening with NBA Star Chris Herren
Planning for College?
Auction Update
Pot O' Gold CASH Raffle UPDATE
Pastoral Ministry Updates
Notes from the Nurse
Catholic Education Foundation Diocese of Joliet



3-7 Third Quarter Ends

3-8 IHSA Solo Ensemble - all day at Kaneland Middle School

3-8 Parents' Organization Ensuring Our Future Auction at St. Francis

Link to Auction Website 


 3-10 School Board Meeting - Rosmonowski Room - 6:30 p.m.

3-10,11 Junior Retreat

3-11 Time Out for Reading Day


3-13 Jostens Senior Graduation Announcement Delivery - Lunch Periods

3-14,15 Darst Retreat - All Student Levels

3-17 'Rebound" An Evening with Former NBA Star, Chris Herron. He will speak at WWS High School 7-9pm more info


Quick Links
Advanced Placement Exams
The deadline for students to sign up for Advanced Placement exams is this Friday, March 7. Any student who wishes to take the exam in May for his/her AP course must sign up through the AP instructor this week. Test fees will be collected the week before spring break.
Looking to Get Involved?


Are you looking to meet more St. Francis parents?  Looking to be involved in 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 now looking for enthusiastic volunteers to join the 2014-2015 Board.  We have a variety of positions available including:

Auction Chair(s), Senior Celebration, Yard Signs & Decals, Uniform Resale

Each of these positions requires a different time commitment and involvement, including only 6 PO meetings throughout the school year.  All of these positions will get you involved allowing you to meet lots of new faces. The Parent Org is filled with fun, like-minded people who want to help make St. Francis 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, PO President, at  

I hope you will consider joining us!

Linda Griffith, PO President



Senior Celebration

Registration is now open for Senior Celebration!

This is the most exciting event at St. Francis and is loved by all Seniors.  

All information is available HERE - please check out the website. Our goal is to have all seniors attend.  

PLEASE NOTE - there are things that need to be submitted as soon as possible. Items received after the deadline will not be included at the event.

We are also in need of senior parent volunteers and donations. We will update the donations page in the next week.  


Please read all the information thoroughly - pictures and yard sign orders are due before Spring Break.



Attention Sophomore Parents:

By now, you have received information about "Intensive English and Math:  Preparing for the College Boards." Taught by Mr. Kolodziej, Mrs. Johnson, Ms Pratscher and Ms Lipskis, this summer course has, for 35 years, prepared St. Francis students for all sections of the SAT and ACT.

A reminder that if your son/daughter wishes to enroll in a specific time slot, you should submit your application by March 15.  And if you have any questions, please feel free to call Mr. Kolodziej here at St. Francis or on his cell; see the brochure for his phone number.


An Evening with NBA Star Chris Herren
Wheaton Warrenville South High School invites you to a free event in which Chris Herren shares his harrowing story from NBA stardom, through his tragic downfall due to substance abuse and his eventual rebound in recovery.

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

Congratulations to the March Student of the Month recipients! Terrah Filipski, Business & Technology; Jacob Sinopoli, English; Jeff Duke, Mathematics; Franco Naccarato, Performing & Visual Arts; Cynthia Lopez, PE & Health; Betsy Pasker, Religion; Corrine Wiborg, Science; Alyssa Ochwat, Social Studies; Dan Mochel, World Languages. 


Blessings to you and yours,


Raeann Huhn 



St. Francis High School   



Auction Update


An Emerald Evening has finally arrived and the auction committee is ready for a wee bit o'fun. We hope you are too! We have had the good fortune to sell-out this event. Spyglass has reached capacity so ticket registration is closed. In order to maintain safety and provide a quality event, we will not be able to accommodate late registrants or walk-ins.


We have a few reminders before you head over to school.

  • Don't forget to CHARGE and bring your CELL PHONE. All bids will be placed by TEXT for your favorite items.
  • Don't forget your CREDIT CARD. This is a cashless event. All cards will be swiped at check-in. If you prefer to pay by cash or check, please contact Debbie Quirk in the Development office on Monday.
  • If you received your program book from your child on Wednesday, don't forget to BRING THE PROGRAM to the auction. The programs serve a dual purpose as your bid paddle.
  • DON'T BE LATE - Bid early and often to help ensure a successful event.
  • If you are unable to attend, SUPPORT SFHS THROUGH REMOTE BIDDING. The silent auction link will be sent to your email address on Friday evening. Register you phone and start to bid. You'll be able to participate through the end of the silent auction on Saturday night. You could be a winner without stepping in the room!

Remember, MASS starts at 5:00pm in the Slant dome and the AUCTION doors open at 6:00pm.


Additional information and an FAQ list are available on  the Auction Website.


Thank you for supporting the Ensuring Our Future Auction!




Pot O' Gold CASH Raffle UPDATE


Unable to attend the auction but want to support SFHS? Help us reach our $30K goal and purchase a CASH Raffle ticket! The drawing will be held at the auction on March 8th. Winner need not be present. Visit the auction website to buy a ticket. It's a win-win for all. 





Pastoral Ministry Updates


Lenten Opportunities

Toiletries Collection-- We will be collecting toiletries during Lent for PADS.  Travel sized shampoos, conditioners, and personal products are a great help to those who are surviving this harsh winter with the help of the PADS shelter system.  Place your toiletries in the class bins in the Atrium.


Fair Trade Fair-- We are hosting a 'Fair Trade Fair' on Wed 26 Mar.  Our friends from 10,000 Villages in Glen Ellyn will be here to talk about fair trade and why it is important.  Products from the store will be available to peruse and purchase!  Students will attend the fair during their religion class.


Service Opportunities

Connection of Friends-- Becca from Connection of Friends will be here after school on Mon 17 Mar in the Rosmonowski Room to give information about this awesome opportunity in Wheaton that works with young adults who have developmental disabilities.


Holocaust Museum-- On Thurs 13 Mar, we will be visiting the Holocaust Museum in Skokie after school.  Receive service hours for advocacy and awareness.  Cost in 8$ and space is limited.  See KRas in Rm 1207 for a permission slip.


Chicago Family Fun Palooza-- On Mar 15 and 16, Pheasant Run is hosting a Family Fun Fair to benefit Kids Against Hunger.  Student volunteers are needed to greet, take tickets, and help with the activities.  Volunteers also receive two tickets to the events.  Students are needed from 10a-2p and 2-6p.  Please contact Angelo ASAP if you can help!  Cell-- 312-848-8988 Email--


Interrupters Documentary-- Join us after school on Wed 9 Apr in the Rosmonowski Roomfor a viewing of the documentary 'The Interrupters'  This documentary follows the lives of three violence 'interrupters' in Chicago who work to keep the peace in their neighborhoods.  Receive service hours for advocacy and awareness.  



Notes from the Nurse

Late winter\early spring is peak season for meningitis. Is your teen at risk?

Meningococcal disease is a serious bacterial infection that can lead to death within 12-24 hours from the onset of symptoms. The disease can be easily misdiagnosed since early symptoms often mimic those of the flu. Given its quick progression and devastating nature, prevention with vaccine is the best approach to treating meningococcal disease.

Teenagers and college students have an increased rate of meningococcal infection compared to the general population, accounting for nearly 30 percent of all U.S. cases annually. 
Research shows teenagers have an unusually high death rate; nearly one in four cases is fatal among this age group.  Of those who survive, up to 20 percent suffer long-term disabilities, including brain damage, loss of hearing, organ failure and limb amputations.

When the Meningococcal vaccine (MCV4) was first recommended for adolescents in 2005, the expectation was that protection would last for 10 years; however, current available data suggest it wanes in most adolescents within 5 years. Based on that information, a single dose at the recommended age of 11 or 12 years may not offer protection through the teenage years at which risk for meningococcal infection is highest (16 through 21 years of age).

Beginning with the 2015-2016 school year (2 years from now) a new Illinois law will require students, upon entering the sixth and the twelfth grade of any public, private, or parochial school, to receive meningococcal immunization in accordance with the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control. The immunization requirement consists of one dose of the MCV4 vaccine for 6th grade entrance and 2 doses for 12th grade entrance, unless the first dose was administered to a child who was 16 years of age or older, in which case only one dose would be required at 12th grade entrance.

Please talk to your healthcare provider about the meningitis vaccine. For more information, click here.

Source: NASN, IDPH



Catholic Education Foundation Diocese of Joliet
The Catholic Education Foundation (CEF) in the Diocese of Joliet provided a total of $226,500 of tuition assistance for students to attend area Catholic schools. Specifically, the CEF provided $105,500 in tuition assistance for the students at St. Francis High School for the 2013-2014 school year. 
Additionally, the CEF provides tuition support to students enrolled at the Catholic elementary schools that feed into the student population at St. Francis High School. Students at Catholic schools in Naperville, Wheaton, Warrenville, Winfield received a combined total of $121,000 in financial aid. This assistance provides financial stability to the elementary feeder schools by ensuring steady enrollment. In doing so, the funds help to retain current students and recruit new ones.

"The CEF is pleased to support students at St. Francis High School as well as various elementary schools in the area", said Joe Langenderfer, Executive Director of the CEF. IIWe are forever grateful to our donors who made this possible."

During FY13 the CEF will distribute $1.6 million of assistance to schools in the Joliet Diocese. All students who receive the assistance are given a partial tuition grant providing each family to invest in the education of their children.
IIWe believe that parents are more engaged in their child's education if they contribute to it", said Langenderfer.

About the Catholic Education Foundation
The Catholic Education Foundation (CEF) distributes hundreds of need-based scholarships each year. The CEF generates its funding through an annual fall campaign, parish assessments, and donor directed planned gifts. The CEF is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit charitable organization dedicated to the advancement of Catholic Education in the Diocese of Joliet. The operations of the Foundation are overseen by a volunteer Board of Directors under the direction of Bishop R. Daniel Conlon. For more tnformatlon, contact Joe Langenderfer, Executive Director, or Jane Lagger, Program Director at 815/221-6127 or visit the website, or our Facebook page at

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