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e-News October 1st 2015
Principal's e-Newsletter
October 1, 2015
In This Issue

Quick Links
Upcoming Events
Fathers' Club Social 7:00pm at Warren's Ale House in Wheaton Town Square

Wear a PINK shirt, or the "Real Spartans wear PINK" shirt with Out of Uniform bottoms

Alumni & Friends Golf Outing
(Full-Registration Closed) 

Spartan Alumni Extravaganza 

3 Practice ACT Exam (no cost) administered by Kaplan - 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. - North Wing
All School Liturgy - Feast of St. Francis
College Financial Aid Information presented by The College Planners, Inc. - 7:00 p.m. - Kuhn Cultural Arts Center

Executive Function Workshop for Parents and Students presented by Nurturing Wisdom - 5:30 p.m. - Rosmonowski Room
 Jostens Senior Cap, Gown & Announcement Assembly
 First Quarter Ends
Columbus Day - NO SCHOOL

Note from the Principal
Congratulations to the following current and former St. Francis students who were recently designated to receive AP Awards for their performance on Advanced Placements exams in spring of 2015. Fifty students received AP Awards for 2015 testing.   
AP Scholar: These 25 students have received grades of at least 3 or better on three or more AP Exams.
Current Seniors: Joseph Ayres, Matthew Bandusky, Karina Chan, Chelsea DiValerio, Nicholas Kavouris, Brandon O'Kasick, Timothy Pisarski, Michael Rueth, Emily Whiteside, and Annika Zdon
Class of 2015 Graduates: John Buchholz, Adam Camp, Michael DeRaimo, Tiana Dixon, Matthew Humes, Annemarie Jagielo, Regan Kasprak, Samantha Kenny, Michael Kulisz, Larissa Masnyk, Sofia Melgoza, Elisabeth Reuter, Matthew Seikel, Parker Sitley, and Spencer Stibbe

AP Scholar with Honor:
 These 8 students have received an average grade of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken and grades of 3 or higher on four or more exams.
Class of 2015 Graduates: Danielle Ament, Mary Boken, Nicola Dama, Teresa Foral, Amanda Imbrogno, Christopher Markelz, Katelyn Martin, and Kyra Stompanato 
AP Scholar with Distinction: These 17 students have received an average grade of 3.5 on all AP Exams taken and grades of 3 or higher on five or more exams.
Class of 2015 Graduates: Monica Allgaier, Thomas Brundage, Jessica Bullock, Ethan Dean, David Johnson, Brendan Killian, Margaret Kliebhan, Zhiyu Lin, Daniel Malek, Lisa Mordell, Alessandra Napoli, Colin O'Kasick, Rachel Parisi, Thomas Peplow, Nathan Rourke, Jenna Sgarlata, and Kristen Von Bampus

Blessings to you and yours,

Raeann Huhn 
St. Francis High School
Parent Information Program
St. Francis High School is sponsoring a parent information program on College Financial Aid on Tuesday, October 6, at 7:00 PM in the Kuhn Cultural Arts Center. Paul Cozzi of the College Planners will explain the myths and facts of college financial aid, tips on completing financial aid forms, updates on changes to the FAFSA, and how families can obtain the maximum amount of financial aid for which they qualify.  This program is appropriate for parents of students of all grade levels.  Early planning is critical for college financial aid.
Freshmen Retreat Information
October 14th
The following info was given to all Freshmen in their homerooms!
Dear Freshman:
On Wednesday, October 14, you will participate in your first St. Francis High School Retreat! This is a service retreat where you will get to know your classmates, some amazing seniors and get some service hours done! 
Here are the details:
  • Eat a hearty breakfast! Lunch will not be served.
  • Report to Slantdome at the regular time: 7:40 for attendance (remember this retreat is a requirement for graduation)
  • Out of uniform dress and CLOSED TOED SHOES  are required
  • No phones! Leave all personal items in your lockers! (Handbook rules apply)
  • You will travel with your homeroom to one of the following: Feed My Starving Children, Northern Illinois Food Bank or Dupage County Convalescent Center
  • Make arrangements to be picked up at St. Francis by 12:30 pm. Note: Testing for upper classmen will end earlier (approximately 11:45), so please plan your carpools accordingly
  • Return your permission slip to your religion teacher by Friday, October 2.
Mrs. Mercadante and the Pastoral Team
Fashion Show Model Signup Begins Next Week!
Sophomore, Junior and Senior men and women have their chance to walk the runway in the annual St. Francis Fashion Show to be held on Sunday, November 22. From spirit wear to casual looks and even formal attire, our student models show off the latest fashions at this event. Signup will be available online starting next week at  

Don't forget to "like" our Facebook page at
Fathers' Club Social Meeting
Calling all Fathers' Club members! The next Social Meeting is scheduled for Thursday, October 1 at 7:00pm at Warren's Ale House in Wheaton Town Square. Join us to hear our guest speaker, Sports Commentator Mike North.  Mike North is an American radio sports personality working for Clear Channel Communications as a co-host with Andy Furman on Fox Sports Daybreak. North currently writes a column, The Rebel Inside, twice a week for the Daily Herald. Mike will break down the challenges of your beloved Bears and provide commentary related to all things Chicago Sports. Bring a friend and join us for a night out. 
Fathers' Club Service Project at Northern Illinois Food Bank
Please join us on Saturday, October 10th from 9-11:30AM at the Northern Illinois Food Bank for our first serve of the year. A core value we have at St. Francis is to live out the gospel and serve those that are the "least of these" as Jesus calls us to do. The NIFB serves over 70,000 people each week and over 590,000 people per year! In Northern Illinois, 1 out of 5 children face hunger and need assistance. NIFB has a major need to fill volunteer slots and we are committing to provide 50 volunteers. Hope to see you there!

To sign up, contact Mark Petersen at
Spartan Alumni Extravaganza 
October 3, 2015
Do you know where all the Spartan Alumni will be on Saturday, October 3, 2015? Well, we do. They will be at the event that will be talked about all over social media.You do not want to miss this event - the First Annual Spartan Alumni Extravaganza! 

Several alumni are working hard getting ready for this event. We will celebrate together in a Mass on the Grass, tour all the wonderful new additions to and old stomping grounds of St. Francis High School, meet and greet both old and new teachers, catch up with old friends over pizza and drinks, and much, much more. 

No one wants to be left out of this Extravaganza. We need your help in spreading the word about this exciting and new event. Please pass along this information to all of your classmates and friends. If you or anyone you know is interested in helping to plan, sponsor or contact alumni about this event, please contact Colleen Clark at

Please Click Here to Purchase Tickets for Saturday, October 3rd.

Sponsorship Opportunities are Available for this Event 

Please Click Here to make Online Sponsorship Donation.
Executive Functioning Workshop
A hands-on workshop for parents and students in grades 6-12
Wednesday, October 7, 2015 
5:30 - 7:30 p.m. 
at St Francis High School
Cost: $50 per student/parent team

Many students need help developing executive functioning skills like organization, time management, studying, and note-taking. These skills are often the missing link to success.
This practical and hands-on workshop offers a chance for parents and students to:
  • Be introduced to executive functioning skills
  • Organize binders and school materials
  • Learn study and note-taking skills
  • Build effective homework routines
  • Get tips and tricks for managing time effectively
To learn more, contact Mrs. Rupp at or Jeanne Rerucha from Nurturing Wisdom Tutoring Services at 312-260-7945x7 .
Early Bird Drawing

Have you purchased your raffle tickets for the chance to win Free Tuition for one student for the 2016-2017 school year?

Did you know there will be an Early Bird drawing on October 15th for everyone who has purchased a ticket where one lucky winner will win $2500?

Visit the raffle table at upcoming home Football games to purchase tickets! Or return your payment with completed tickets to the main office, or

15 Tickets are $200      6 Tickets are $100      1 Ticket is $20

The Grand Prize will be drawn at the annual auction in March.
Winner need not be present to win. All raffle prizes are subject to state & federal taxes.

Please contact Mike Plamondon with any questions or 847-212-1538
Adventure Club
The Adventure Club has some exciting events planned for the rest of this fall and winter. October 27: Indoor Rock Climbing; November 13: Laser Quest & dinner at Portillo's; January 14: Indoor Skydiving at iFly Naperville. Registration is limited to 14 participants per event and registration is open NOW. Please see Ms. Fairhead for forms & details.

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