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e-News May 7th 2015
Principal's e-Newsletter
May 7, 2015
In This Issue

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Upcoming Events
Student Govenment Elections - P.M. Assembly Schedule; Seniors Dismissed at 1:11 pm
Music Ensemble Concert; 7:00 pm


Senior Parent Social

5/11/15  » 5/13/15

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

Academic Honors Night (Kuhn Cultural Arts Center)

Alumni Association Meeting - 6:30 pm (Rosmonowski Room)


Graduation Practice; Noon - Attendance Mandatory

Senior/Faculty Dinner

Graduation; 3:00 pm

Spirit & Pride Golf Outing

5/19/2015 » 5/22/2015
Semester Exams

Memorial Day - SCHOOL CLOSED
Note from the Principal

St. Francis High School had the winning team in the year-long edition of the Stock Market Game Worldwide conducted through Northern Illinois University. Our winning team was comprised of Theo Lamperis, Christian Lang, Colin Lang and John Vargyas. This group made a gain of over $50,000 on an initial investment of $150,000. For their winning efforts, Theo, Christian, Colin, John and their teacher, Mike Lynch, will spend a day in Chicago. While there they will go to the Chicago Board Options Exchange, The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, a trading room and then a meeting and lunch with Martin Cabrera Jr. Martin, a world renowned trader from Chicago who is the president of Cabrera Capital Markets. Interestingly, Mr. Cabrera participated in this same simulation when he was in high school. St Francis has won this simulation four times prior, but this is the highest gain ever. Over 1000 teams participate every year. Congratulations Theo, Christian, Colin, John and Mr. Lynch!

Congratulations to the SFHS Math Team who took 6th Place in Division 2A of the state tournament for the Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics (ICTM) Contest. The tournament was held at the University of Illinois in Champaign/Urbana last weekend and 32 students from St. Francis High School participated.


Congratulations also to Maggie Kliebhan '15 and Ali Napoli '15 for finishing in second place in the orals, the eight-person junior/senior team for finishing third in the state, both the freshman Algebra I and the sophomore Geometry teams for placing fourth, Connor Buckley '16 and Frankie Greco '16 for their fifth place junior/senior finish, the eight-person freshman/sophomore team for finishing in fifth place, and to the senior Pre-Calculus team for taking sixth place. 



Blessings to you and yours,


Raeann Huhn 


St. Francis High School
SUMMER See It Differently, Chicago!
Students are invite to join us for an awesome experience that will satisfy their service requirement for next year while providing them with the opportunity to stay overnight in Chicago and participate in a variety of service experiences with their friends. Space is limited. Permission slips and $130 holds the spot. Stop by Pastoral Ministry for more info.
  • When: June 29-30, 2015. The SFHS van will leave SF at 8 am Monday and return by 8:00pm on Tuesday. Meet at Door 19.
  • Where: Brother David Darst Center, Bridgeport neighborhood in Chicago
  • Bring comfortable clothing and closed toed shoes. You may be outside so dress for the weather! 
  • Linens and towels are provided
  • Emergency contact number: 313-225-3099/630-542-7511
  • You may bring snacks to share
  • Bring a refillable water bottle
Online registration for the Spirit & Pride Golf Outing is still open

Consider a day on the course to benefit Spyglass Athletic Center Upgrades. It is through the generosity of sponsors and participants that make this event such a tremendous success for the school. Come on out to White Eagle Golf Club in Naperville on Monday, May 18th for a 12:00 noon shotgun start. In addition to 18 outstanding holes of golf, we'll enjoy lunch and dinner, a cocktail hour, prizes, auctions and much more.


We know that May is a busy month so if you aren't able to golf, consider a GOLF HOLE SPONSORSHIP. For a $300 donation you'll receive a custom made sign with your company logo, family name or personal message at one of the golf holes.

Click here for additional information and to REGISTER for this event.

Become a part of St. Francis High School history! Commemorate your years at St. Francis, or honor a special student, teacher, coach or event. This is also a great way to memorialize a loved one, celebrate a birthday, wedding, birth of a child, or an anniversary with a lasting gift. 

The construction of the new Lacy Family Gateway Building brings the opportunity for the purchase of brick pavers that will be installed in 2015 to coincide with the completion of the new building. The bricks will be placed in the walkway leading to the entrance. 


Please Click Here For More Information
Uniform Resale

Clean out your closets to benefit the St. Francis Scholarship fund! It is time togather all of those outgrown or gently used (or barely worn) uniforms and donate them to the Uniform Resale. Starting NOW, look for collection bins around the school. We will accept clean, gently used uniforms until June 8th. The uniform resale will be held during the book test on June 16.  

For questions or to volunteer at the resale, please contact Melissa Melgoza, 630-219-3725 or

Notes from the Nurse

Summer Reminders

Incoming freshman:

  • Incoming freshman physical forms are due at the school no later than August 3.

To fulfill the ninth grade entry requirements only the Certificate of Child Health Examination form (R-02-13) that was included in your registration packet that you received in February is acceptable (Click here for form). This form fulfills the IHSA sport physical requirement. Make your doctor appointment now and submit the form as soon as possible to the school. We are here during the summer. Should you have insurance restrictions that prevent you from submitting the physical form by the above date, you must contact the nurse immediately at

  • All students entering the ninth grade must now show proof of having received two doses of varicella vaccine. (Click here for Health Requirements).
  • The nurse webpage will have other forms that you may need (Food Allergy, Diabetic, and Asthma Action Plans). (Click here for webpage).

Class of 2016 rising seniors:

  • NEW Meningococcal Vaccine Requirements Start with School Year 2015-16!

If your student (class of 2016 only) has not had a meningococcal vaccine since age 16 or later they will need to show proof of having received a meningococcal vaccine upon return to school next August. We will be sending notification to you in the mail regarding your student's status the first week of May.


All students:

  • Any student requiring medication at school must have an Authorization for Medication Administration form on file in the Wellness Office before any medication can be administered. Please review the policy that is attached to the form. (Click here for form and policy)
  • All students must submit a Student Health and Emergency Form. This form will be included in the July mailing.
  • Should your student have any health concerns arise over the summer that the Health Office should be aware of, please contact us during the summer. Do not wait until the first day of school.
  • If your child has special needs or a mental health concern please notify your child's guidance counselor. 
  • We will need a note from your healthcare provider should your student have a health condition that may require them to carry a water bottle during school hours. That note needs to be updated annually.
  • Contact the Main Office with any changes in your address or phone numbers; particularly the work number.
  • Please see the nurse website for all forms (click here) and further information. The nurse can be reached at ext.1146 or via email at
  • For questions about athletic requirements contact Mrs. Janet Thelen in the athletic office at ext. 1145.
May is National Bullying
Prevention Month 

As part of the National Bullying Prevention Month St. Francis will offer several bullying prevention activities and programs in classrooms and in the Guidance & Counseling  Department throughout the month of May. National Bullying Prevention Week presents a great opportunity for schools to focus on helping kids develop the skills to prevent and cope with bullying and to immerse kids in anti-bullying messages and educational activities. If you are interested in finding out more information, please contact Mrs. Rupp at ext. 1104.

The National Bullying Prevention Month is also a perfect opportunity for parents to talk about this issue with their kids. Since today's teens are facing new and more unobtrusive methods of bullying, such as cyber bullying, it is important to discuss these particular forms of bullying with kids.

Here are some tips on how Parents Can Help Kids Avoid Cyber Bullying:

Kids have access to computers nearly all day - at school, at home, and when visiting the homes of friends. This means it's impossible for parents to continuously monitor their child's online activities. It's vital that kids are made aware of the potential for online harassment, and know what to do if it happens.


If a child believes he is being harassed by a cyber bully, he should:

  • Tell his parents If the child is wondering if a message qualifies as cyber bullying, it probably does. He should be instructed to immediately tell a parent, guardian or other trusted adult if such a message arrives in his inbox or is posted on his online "wall."
  • Save all emails, MySpace or Facebook posts, text messages or instant messages that could be interpreted as threatening, violent, insulting, taunting or in any way harassing. These saved messages will serve as proof of the threats or harassment.
  • Report the messages to the Internet service provider (ISP), both your own and the bully's service provider. Terms of use for ISP's prohibit online harassment or threats, and the ISP will likely suspend the offender's account when evidence of harassment is provided.
Talking and Teaching Can Protect Children From Becoming Victims of Bullying. A great Website for further information on Bullying Prevention is
Seniors Graduation Gowns

Seniors needing to exchange their graduation gown for a different size, should stop in the Main Office by Wednesday, May 13, 2015. Seniors must bring the previously issued graduation gown for the exchange.

Please note: We understand that a white collar was included in the package with the cap and gown. Girls do not wear the white collar at graduation.

Donate your Unwanted Clothes
Spring is finally here! And that means time to clean out those closets. Hesed House is desperately in need of clothes this time of year; especially  for homeless high schoolers and middle schoolers out there. A box will be in the atrium for you to drop off any unwanted clothes or shoes in good condition, no holes or stains. Please wash all clothes before donating. You can also go to to see a list of other items you can donate. Thank you so much for helping.

Samantha Grabacki '15

St. John's Run For Life
St. John the Baptist is sponsoring a 5-K Run/Walk on Saturday, July 25th at 8:00am. All proceeds benefit Waterleaf. Click here for complete details.

Northern Illinois University offers Summer Camps 

Northern Illinois University offers a number of summer camps on topics such as Film, Creative Writing, Journalism, TV Broadcasting, Archeology, Global Leadership and other topics.  For more information, go
Summer Service Opportunity

Upendo Village is looking for a summer volunteers. Upendo Village is located next door to SFHS on the campus of the Wheaton Franciscans.


Upendo Village is a project designed by Kenyans to respond at the local level to the needs of Kenyans living with HIV / AIDS. Clients are surrounded with loving care, and are given resources and access to programs that improve health, restore self-respect, and give hope.  Visit for further information.


Interested? Contact Guy Vacarro at

International Student Hosting
Still Needed
Help Still Needed: A handful of male international students currently attending St. Francis High School are still in need of a home for next school year. These are bright, hardworking, and polite kids. If your family is interested in changing a student's life by hosting for a 10 month stay and receiving a generous stipend of $1,000 a month please contact Matt Abernathy -
Summer Camp Registration Open

Summer Camp registration is now open. Please logon to and click on "Browse Camps at St. Francis High School." If you have any questions, contact Janet Thelen

Free PSAT Practice Test

The Fall 2015 PSAT Test test will mirror the new, redesigned SAT test, which will start in March of 2016. Rising juniors in the Class of 2017 are strongly advised to become familiar with the new PSAT and SAT-especially those striving for National Merit Scholarship recognition and admission to highly selective colleges. Kaplan is offering a free PSAT practice test on Saturday, May 9, from 10:00 AM to 1:15 PM, at the College of DuPage, Elmhurst College, North Central College, or online. To register, go to: 

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