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e-News November 12th 2015
Principal's e-Newsletter
November 12, 2015
In This Issue

Quick Links
Upcoming Events
Spirit & Pride Dress

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
Congratulations to Nick Brouch '17 who represented St. Francis at the State Cross Country meet this past weekend.

Good Luck to the Girls' Volleyball Team as they play Cary Grove High School in the State Final Tournament on Friday, November 13 at approximately 8:30 pm. At the Redbird Arena, Normal IL (Map) 

Please Click Here for Letter to Parents & Students with Important Information About this Weekends State Final Tournament.

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.

When: 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 at the door
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
Mid Quarter Progress Checks:
Friday, November 13, 2015, marks the end of the first four academic weeks of the second quarter. Students and parents/guardians are encouraged to check the academic progress by clicking on the STI InformationNow link found on the Student and Parent page of the St. Francis High School website. Once logged-in, click on the "A+" icon, to view the course activities and the "D" icon, to view the course details. Students are encouraged to contact their teacher if there is a question concerning a specific grade or activity. At the close of this quarter, Semester Report Cards will be mailed to parents /guardians.
Live Streaming and OnDemand events
IHSA TV-Play On Sports is once again offering free vouchers for the St. Francis High School community to watch any regular season events that we Live Stream - as well as watch those events OnDemand at any time (including this weekend's state volleyball final four games via this URL/link (you will definitely want to copy and paste this incredibly long URL/link!):

Please note that we are limited to only one voucher per family, so please make sure you and your family/household are only redeeming one voucher per family/household and that you share that one subscription amongst your individual family/household members.

IF you have not already redeemed your voucher, visit the URL below which has been prepopulated with our corresponding school voucher code. This code will provide full access to all content on the NFHS Network until July 1, 2016. It can be redeemed at any point until then; however, don't delay - redeem your voucher code today!
IT Parent Information Session
Tuesday, December 1, 2015 from 7:00-8:00 pm
The IT Department will be offering a parent information session on Tuesday, December 1, 2015 from 7:00-8:00 pm.  This session will help parents become more familiar with some of the software/programs that students are using on their computers on a daily basis, primarily OnCampus and OneNote Notebooks.  Jeff Gerdeman, Director of Technology, and Colleen Kaplan, Technology Integration Specialist, will be on hand to demonstrate the two programs, discuss with parents how to help their students succeed using these programs, and answer any general questions.

Please reserve your spot via the following link:
A Note from the Business Office
Student fee statements were recently mailed home. Thank you to those who have already paid their balances. All outstanding remittances should be forwarded to the St. Francis High School Business Office as soon as possible. If you do not have your statement handy, you can check to see what fees are due by logging on to the STI Information Now Portal. Under the "STUDENT INFORMATION" tab, click on "FEES".  If you have any questions regarding this information, please contact Chris Konchel in the Business Office at (630) 668-5800, extension 1135.
Notes from the Nurse
What is the flu? - The flu is an infection that can cause fever, cough, body aches, and other symptoms. There are different forms of the flu, including the "seasonal" flu, the 2009-2010 pandemic H1N1 flu (also called the "swine" flu), and the bird flu. All forms of the flu are caused by viruses. The medical term for the flu is "influenza."
What are the most common flu symptoms? - All forms of the flu can cause:
  • Fever (temperature higher than 100ºF or 37.8ºC)
  • Cough
  • Headache or body aches
Less common symptoms are sore throat and a runny nose.
Is the flu dangerous? - It can be. Most people get over the flu on their own, without any lasting problems. But some people need to go to the hospital because of the flu. This is because the flu can cause a serious lung infection called pneumonia.
How can I protect myself from the flu? - You can:
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, or use alcohol hand rubs
  • Stay away from people you know are sick
  • Get the flu vaccine every year
What should I do if I get the flu? - If you think you have the flu, stay home, rest, and drink plenty of fluids. You can also take acetaminophen (sample brand name: Tylenol) to relieve fever and aches.
Do not give aspirin or medicines that contain aspirin to children younger than 18. In children, aspirin can cause a serious problem called Reye's syndrome.
Most people with the flu get better on their own within 1 to 2 weeks. But you should call your doctor or nurse if you:
  • Have trouble breathing or are short of breath
  • Feel pain or pressure in your chest or belly
  • Get suddenly dizzy
  • Feel confused
  • Have severe vomiting
If you decide to go to a walk-in clinic or a hospital because of the flu, tell someone right away why you are there. The staff might ask you to wear a mask or to wait someplace where you are less likely to spread your infection.
Whether or not you see a doctor or nurse, you should stay home while you are sick with the flu. Do not go to work or school until your fever has been gone for at least 24 hours, without taking fever-reducing medicine, such as acetaminophen. Also, always cover your mouth and nose with the inside of your elbow when you cough or sneeze.
Can the flu be treated? - Yes, people with the flu can get medicines called antiviral medicines. These medicines can help people avoid some of the problems caused by the flu. Not every person with the flu needs an antiviral medicine, but some people do. Your doctor or nurse will decide if you need an antiviral medicine. Antibiotics DO NOT WORK on the flu.
Fathers' Club "Boxing Fight Night!"
Please join us on November 25 from 7:00-11:00pm for our annual Fathers' Club "Boxing Fight Night!"

This is a fun social night of amateur Golden Glove boxing bouts, Olympic style, organized in conjunction with USA Boxing, Inc. Come catch up with Alumni; or create a memory with your child, or just hang with your friends and celebrate with us!
USA Boxing, Inc. is the national governing body for Olympic style amateur boxing. It is overseen by the United States Olympic Committee and the International Boxing Association.
  • Official championship boxing ring with all necessary equipment required by the US Olympic Committee
  • Ring announcer, Referee, Judges, Timekeeper and Medical doctor
  • Music and DJ
  • Food, Drink and Bar (ID Required)

Admissions vary. For more information and to register visit

Any questions email:
Parent Information Program Rescheduled

Because the PSAT test was revised for 2015, scores will not arrive in early December as they have in the past. PSAT scores will not be released until January. They will be accessible online and via paper copies that the counselors will provide to students and parents. Because of the delay in receiving PSAT score, the College Admission Testing information program has been moved from December 9 to January 21.

PSAT tests results will be available for parents at the January 21, 2016, program at 6:30 PM in the Kuhn Center.  At that time Mr. Lindley will interpret PSAT test results.  He will also explain what  parents need to know about planning for and registering for the ACT and SAT tests which their children will be taking in the winter and spring of this year. He will detail the changes for the new, redesigned PSAT/SAT test and the differences between ACT and SAT. In addition, he will discuss the benefits of test prep courses. Parents of sophomore students who took the PSAT test should attend the PSAT program with parents of juniors.

Parents attending the program should enter the building through door # 12 or #19 and proceed to the Kuhn Cultural Arts Center. If parents are unable to attend this program, their students will receive test results on Friday, January 22.

The Practice ACT test results for sophomores were given to students and mailed to parents on Thursday, October 29.
Fostering Resilience and Coping Skills to Meet the Challenges of Today's Youth
The Glenbard Parent Series: (GPS) Navigating Healthy Families will present the Skills to Succeed: Mastering the Tools to Thrive in a High-pressure Culture Now and in the Future with Ken Ginsburg on Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 17 and 18.

Every parent wants to raise children who are successful, happy, hard-working, compassionate, creative and innovative. To help parents, Ginsburg answers two crucial questions:
  • How do I give my children the unconditional love needed to thrive while holding them to the highest expectations needed for success?
  • How do I protect my children while letting them learn life lessons?
This free event is open to the public and will begin at 7 p.m. Nov. 17 at the College of DuPage in the McAninch Arts Center.

Please join us at 6:15 p.m. for a Wellness Expo in the foyer of College of DuPage McAninch Arts Center.

Ginsburg is a pediatrician specializing in adolescent medicine and a professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He will present the latest research on how to help children build competence, confidence, character, coping, and control so they can bounce back from challenges and excel in life. This discussion will offer coping techniques for teens facing the stresses of high achievement standards, media messages, peer pressure and family tension.

Ginsburg also will give a presentation at noon Nov. 18 at the Marquardt School District 15 Administration Center, 1860 Glen Ellyn Road in Glendale Heights. He will present Fostering Resilience and Coping Skills to Meet the Challenges of Today's Teens.

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 tickets to the St. Francis Fashion Show on Sunday, November 22 at Bobak's in Woodridge. Returning this year -- our popular Retail Row featuring vendors with one-of-a-kind gifts and treasures - don't miss out! Return your reply card or register online at Can't make it but would like to support the Fashion Show? We're collecting $5 gift cards for use in our mint raffle. Gift cards can be sent to the school office marked "Fashion Show."

Congratulations to the Kubik family, the winner of our Sweet Serendipity experience!

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