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e-News November 5th 2015
Principal's e-Newsletter
November 5, 2015
In This Issue

Quick Links
Upcoming Events
Parent Teacher Conferences - Afternoon hours

School Board Meeting - Rosmonowski Room - 6:30pm

Jostens Sophomore Ring Order Collection - Lunch Periods & Family Night - 2:30 to 4:30pm

Jostens Make-Up Senior Cap, Gown & Graduation Announcement Orders Collection - Lunch Periods

Parent Workshop on Protecting Children in a Hyper Digital Age - 7:00pm Spartan Theater

11/13/2015 » 11/14/2015
Fall Play

Jostens Make-Up Sophomore Ring Order Collection - Lunch Periods

NCAA Eligibility Information Program for Student Athletes & Parents - 7:00pm - Spartan Theater

Open House Program begins at 6:00pm

Parents' Organization Meeting - Rosmonowski Room - 6:30 p.m.

Fashion Show sponsored by the St. Francis Parents' Organization

Father's Club Boxing Night Event

11/25/2015 » 11/27/2015
Thanksgiving Vacation - NO SCHOOL
Note from the Principal
The Girls' Volleyball Team moves on to the Sectional Finals tonight 11/5 at 6:00pm at Aurora East High School where they will play Naperville North High School. 

Congratulations to the Boys' Soccer Team for finishing their season as Sectional Champions!

Congratulations to the October Student of the Month Recipients!

Business & Technology - Bridget Doran
English - Eric Buranicz
Mathematics - Jessica McCall
Performing & Visual Arts - Colin Smith
Phys Ed & Health - Lydia Gabric
Religion - Gabby Doyle
Science - Matthew Bandusky
Social Studies - Lauren Vincencio
World Languages - Nick Kurtyka

Blessings to you and yours.

Raeann Huhn
St. Francis High School
Fall Play
"A Complete History of America: Abridged." 
On November 13, 14 and 15, St. Francis High School theatre students will perform, "A Complete History of America: Abridged." The play is a breathless, ninety-minute look into America's past and covers everything from the discovery of the new world to the presidency of George W. Bush. The audience will find their heads spinning from the non-stop barrage of historical fact and hysterical farce.

Friday, November 13, 2015 - 7:30pm
Saturday, November 14, 2015 -7:30pm
Sunday, November 15, 2015 - 1:30pm
Tickets: $8 - Seniors and Students
$10 - Regular Admission
Available online ( through Nov. 8 or at the door
Please Click Here for Tickets 
In conjunction with this production, the cast and crew are asking for donations to "Operation Support Our Troops-America," an organization working to provide help and support to active and wounded military and their families. Donations will be collected at all three performances.
For more information about "Operation Support Our Troops-America," visit the St. Francis High School website at
Time to Order Class Rings
Now is the time to order your child's class ring. On Tuesday, November 3, Jostens held an assembly for all sophomores explaining class rings. At that time, your child was given information for ordering their ring. If your child is interested in purchasing a class ring, please review and fill out the order form online at Jostens will return to St. Francis High School on Tuesday, November 10, during ALL lunches to collect orders. If you have any questions, please attend the family session from 2:30-4:30 pm in the Student Union on Tuesday November 10.
November is Youth
Suicide Prevention Month
As part of November's National Youth Suicide Prevention Month the Guidance and Counseling Department is offering several programs throughout the month. For more information, please contact Mrs. Rupp at
When do the normal ups and downs of adolescence become something to worry about? How can you know if suicide is a risk for your family? And if you are worried about it, what can you do? The first step is to learn about the factors that can put a teen at risk for suicide. The more you know, the better you'll be prepared for understanding what can put your child at risk.
Preventing Youth Suicide - Tips for Parents
Suicide is the third leading cause of death among youths between 10 and 19 years of age. However, suicide is preventable. Youth who are contemplating suicide frequently give warning signs of their distress. Most important is to never take these warning signs lightly.
Suicide Risk Factors-Certain characteristics are associated with increased suicide risk.  These include: Mental illness, Family stress and situational crises.
Suicide Warning Signs-Many suicidal youth demonstrate observable behaviors that signal their suicidal thinking.  These include: Suicidal threats; Suicide notes and plans; Prior suicidal behavior; preoccupation with death and changes in behavior, appearance, thoughts and/or feelings.
What to Do-Youth who feel suicidal are not likely to seek help directly; however, parents, school personnel, and peers can recognize the warning signs and take immediate action to keep the youth safe. The following actions should be taken: ask the youth directly if he or she is thinking about suicide; Listen; Reassure them that there is help and they will not feel like this forever; Get help
Resources Available Online
Time Out For Prayer
All students are invited to join in for communal praise and worship during Time Out for Reading on Thursday, November 12th.  Students interested in gathering for prayer, songs, and reflection should go directly to the Slantdome after 2nd period and bring their ID!
8th Grade Leadership Conference
8th Grade Leadership Conference hosted by our National Honor Society
There will be a leadership conference for 8th graders November 7th at St. Francis High School. During the conference, St. Francis high school students who are part of the National Honors Society will conduct activities and workshops that focus on teamwork, character, communication, and goal setting. This event will be a great activity for students who would like to become better leaders in their school, learn how to prepare for high school, and reflect on the importance of attitude and character. We invite 8th graders to register today for the Rise Up conference at Pre-registration is required. 
Rise Up - 8th Grade
Leadership Conference
When: Saturday November 7 , 2015
Check-in: 9:30-10:00a.m. at St. Francis
Pick-up: 1:30p.m. at St. Francis
Cost: $10 includes a Leader T-shirt and lunch, online registration is required to ensure we have a t-shirt and lunch for you.
NCAA/ NAIA/ Athletic Recruiting Parent-Student Information Night
On Tuesday, November 17 at 7 PM in the Kuhn Cultural Arts Center, St. Francis High School will host a NCAA Division I, II, III, NAIA, and athletic recruitment parent/student-athlete information night. This is a very informative event for our student-athletes and their parents. All student-athletes should attend so they can plan for the future. Below is a biography of our presenters. This year's format for presentations will be five 10-minute presentations, then a panel discussion at the end.
  1. Scott Foelske is a Northern Illinois University compliance officer and will talk specifically about NCAA Division I Eligibility and recruiting.
  2. Annie Coryell is a Lewis University athletic compliance officer and will talk specifically about NCAA Division II Eligibility and recruiting.
  3. Julie Hall is an Elmhurst College assistant athletic directors and will talk specifically about NCAA Division III Eligibility and recruiting.
  4. Cara Currier is the Compliance Coordinator for NAIA, current volleyball coach for the University of St. Francis, and will talk about NAIA eligibility standards.
  5. Nelson Gord works at NCSA Athletic Recruiting Network in Chicago and is a former college athlete that played baseball for University of Illinois Chicago. He will talk about his experiences in recruiting.

If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Lindley at 630-668-5800 ext. 1114.

Adventure Club
Adventure Club will be going to Laser Quest on November 13 and then out to Portillos for dinner afterwards.  Come play black light laser tag on two levels of playing field.  See Ms. Fairhead for details in room 1110.
The Sweetest Thing - St. Francis Fashion Show
Tomorrow is your last chance to buy your tickets at the early-bird price for the annual St. Francis Fashion Show on Sunday, November 22 at Bobak's in Woodridge.
It's also your last chance to purchase the Sweet Serendipity experience, including your chance to win the "sweetest" seats in the house at our VIP table.
Parent Information Program
on Cyber Safety
Mark your calendars!  On Tuesday, November 10, the St. Francis Fathers' Club and the Guidance and Counseling Department are hosting a Parent Workshop on Protecting Children in a Hyper Digital Age. The program will start at 7 PM in the Spartan Theater. 
Did you know that 43% of kids have been bullied online?  One 1 in 10 victims will inform a parent or trusted adult of their abuse. 1 in 25 youths received on online sexual solicitation in which the solicitor tried to make offline contact. 15% of teens using cell phones say that they have received sexually suggestive nude images of someone they know via text. 
Liz Repking, Cyber Safety Consulting Founder and Presenter, is the mother of three children and has spent the majority of her career working as a technology consultant.  In her program she will discuss the following topics:  dangers children are susceptible to online, teens and sexting, popular apps and how to use them safely, quick and easy settings to increase child safety online, setting restrictions on iPhones, iPads, iPods and other electronic devices, and cell phone monitoring. 

We strongly encourage all parents to attend this program.

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