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e-News October 30th 2014
Principal's e-NewsletterOctober 30, 2014 
In This Issue
Gateway Project FAQs
Special Menu For Friday, Oct. 31st
Service Opportunities
Notes from the Nurse
For Parents of 8th Graders
Live Streaming Athletic Events
FASHIONPALOOZA is coming to St. Francis
ACT Prep Courses at St. Francis
Free SAT Practice Test

Quick Links

Guidance Newsletter
November Now Posted

What to Wear on Fridays
Upcoming Events
All-School Liturgy - "Feast of All Saints Day"

Alumni Memorial Mass 10:00am


Parent Teacher Conferences: Afternoon & Evening Hours


Faculty In-Service; Students Dismissed at 12:10 pm (Periods 1-4)



Parent Teacher Conferences; Afternoon Hours


Faculty In-Service; Students Dismissed at 12:10 pm (Periods 5-8)

11/7/2014 » 11/9/2014

Fall Play; 11/7-11/9


11/10/2014 » 11/11/2014

Junior Retreat; 11/10-11/11



School Board Meeting - 6:30pm (Rosmonowski Room)



Jostens Sophomore Class Ring Order Information Assembly


11/11/2014 » 11/14/2014

Boys' Kairos; 11/11-11/14



Time Out for Reading Day (see Bell Schedule)


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

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Note from the Principal  


Good luck to all our sports teams as they continue in the upcoming IHSA post-season contests this week:


Thursday, October 30 - Girls Volleyball IHSA Regional Final vs. TBA at Regina Dominican at 6:00 pm


*****IHSA Regional Ticket Price $4.00. NOTE: As is the case in all IHSA post-season eventswhere there is admission, no passes or student ID's are accepted.


Saturday, November 1 - Boys Cross Country IHSA Sectional at Kress Creek (West Chicago) at 11:00 am.


Saturday, November 1 - Football IHSA 1st Round Playoff vs. Grayslake North at St. Francis High School at 6:00 pm.


*****IHSA 1st Round Playoff Ticket Price $5.00.  NOTE:  As is the case in all IHSA post-season eventswhere there is admission, no passes or student ID's are accepted.


Please check the school's website for further updates.


Blessings to you and yours, 

Raeann Huhn 


St. Francis High School

Gateway Project  FAQs


We thought you might have some questions about the campaign. Here are some of the answers. If we haven't answered your question please contact us.


Q. When is the deadline for making a pledge?

A.  All pledges should be made by December 31, 2014 so that we can present to the bank support for short-term construction financing.


Q. Can I pay my pledge over multiple years?

A. Yes, you can pay your pledge over multiple years. We encourage you to make a multi-year pledge and honor that commitment with a monthly, quarterly, semi-annual, annual, or customized payment schedule. While all gifts, regardless of amount or frequency, are appreciated, pledging over three years typically allows for more substantial support. As a courtesy, we will send payment reminders.


Q. None of my children dance or wrestle, why should I contribute to this project?

A. Over the past 15 years the school has had three capital campaigns: 1)  In 1999 to build the Kuhn Cultural Arts Center and the Spyglass Athletic Center 2) in 2004-2010 to build the Mary J. Feltes Science Suite and the Robinson Family Learning Center and 3) in 2013 Kuhn Memorial Stadium.  The success of each of those campaigns was the result of the generosity of many people whose children did not directly benefit from a given project. It is our hope that you would contribute with the same spirit of generosity.


Q. Why is each donor asked to complete a letter of intent? What happens if a donor is unable to fulfill a commitment to the campaign?

A.  Donors are asked to sign a letter of intent as a good faith commitment, indicating that they agree to the terms of the pledge and so that the high school is clear about the donor's intent. A letter of intent is also needed so the gift can be properly recorded and acknowledged. A letter of intent demonstrates to the bank that the school has the financial support needed to fund a short term construction loan. While a letter of intent is not a legally binding document, our budget reflects that all commitments are made with the intention of being fulfilled. A donor who is unable to fulfill a commitment, even temporarily, is encouraged to contact the high school.


Q. What type of gifts are acceptable? Is my gift tax deductible?

A. We accept cash, checks, credit, and stock gifts. Yes, gifts are deductible to the full extent of the law. The St. Francis High School Tax ID is 36-2373448.


Q. Does the school accept gifts of securities to pay off pledges:

A.  Yes, stock gifts are welcome and can provide excellent ways to minimize your tax liabilities with appreciated stocks.

If you are make a gift of securities, please share these stock transfer instructions with your broker:

First Clearing, One North Jefferson Ave., St. Louis, MO 63103

DTC # 0141

Account Name = St. Francis High School

Account Number = 4063-3867


Q. Do you accept matching gifts?

A. Donors are strongly encouraged to inquire about their employers' matching gift programs. Each program matches a donor's charitable gift, often doubling or even tripling the original donation.


Q. Does the project impact the tennis courts?

A. No, the tennis courts are not impacted by the new building.


Q. How can I help?

We encourage you to help by, making a gift to the Campaign, praying for our success, and/or sharing the good news about St. Francis High School with your family, friends, and co-workers. These are just some of the ways that you can take part in ensuring that we continue to grow and succeed.


Q. When will groundbreaking take place?

A. We anticipate breaking ground in mid-May, 2015.


Q. When will construction be completed?

A.  Our goal is to complete construction by the end of August, 2015 so that our wrestling and dance programs will be using their space in the 2015-2016 school year and that our fans will have use of indoor restrooms for our first home games in football and soccer.


Q. Where is information on the website?



For more information or to make a pledge,contact Tom Bednar at 630-668-5800 x1102 or visit our online link.


Special Menu Available 
For Friday, Oct. 31st
Service Opportunities
MARIAN PARK: On Tuesdays, join other students as they go next door and tutor the kids at Marian Park.  Or, join students who visit the senior citizens next door!  Stop by the Pastoral Ministry office, or see juniors Nicole Popow and Elli Pointer if you are interested!


UPENDO: Upendo Village is a project designed by Kenyans to respond at the local level to the needs of Kenyans living with HIV\AIDS.  The Wheaton Franciscans are looking for a high school intern to support this mission.  Contact Guy Vaccaro at if you are interested.

Notes from the Nurse:
In recent weeks there has been much said and written about Ebola. Although it is very unlikely that the Ebola virus will affect our community, it is reasonable to ask how our local Health Department is preparing. Click here for further information.


Not to detract from the significance of Ebola disease on the world-wide stage, we do want to remind you of an illness that poses a definite threat to you and your family - seasonal influenza. Seasonal influenza can kill and sends thousands to the hospital each year. Please have your student vaccinated.  As always, remind your student to cover their coughs and sneezes, wash their hands frequently/use hand sanitizer and lastly, keep them home if they are sick.  Click here for signs and symptoms of seasonal influenza.

For Parents of 8th Graders 

Rise Up is an opportunity for all current 8th graders to participate in a St. Francis High School, National Honor Society run day of leadership, teamwork, character building, and service to prepare for high school and beyond. 

When: Saturday November 15, 2014
Check-in: 9:30-10:00a.m. at St. Francis
Pick-up: 2:30p.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.



Live Streaming
Athletic Events

Please note that our student broadcast crew will be streaming this Saturday's 6:00pm 1st Round football playoff game vs. Grayslake North.

The game can be viewed via the following link:

Also note that this playoff game (as well as all playoff games - for all sports) are subscription access only; however, each St. Francis family and each faculty & staff member is entitled to 1  complimentary subscription. The subscription is good for 1 year (365 days).

To redeem your 1 complimentary subscription:

  1. Go to
  2. Type in the complimentary code: GoSpartans14 and click "Redeem"
  3. Create a user profile
    * Do NOT redeem more than 1 subscription per family (you may share your 1 subscription within your family/household) as we are only entitled to 1 subscription per family *

If you have any questions, email Dan Hardwick at or Jeff Gerdeman at

to St. Francis!

St. Francis' Fall Fashion Show will be held on Sunday, November 23, 2014 at Bobak's Signature Events in Woodridge. New this year- the Platinum Experience which includes admission, raffle tickets and a chance to win a VIP table for you and your friends. Platinum Experience and VIP Admission pricing end on November 7 - don't miss out! Tickets are available on the Fashionpalooza website:

ACT Prep Courses at St. Francis

St. Francis is teaming with Kaplan Test Prep to provide ACT prep courses on the St. Francis campus this winter and spring. The winter course will start on December 4 and lead up to the February 7th exam. There will be no classes during final exam week or Christmas break.  The spring course starts on January 21 and leads up to the April ACT 18th test. St. Francis students receive a 10% discount on this course for a total cost of $629. If you cannot afford the course, contact Trudy Rigney to see if we can arrange for a course discount. Students can register by going to the following link which is just for St. Francis students. 

Register at:

Free SAT Practice Test 

The Wheaton Public Library is offering a free SAT practice test on Saturday, November 8 from 12:30 to 4 PM. This practice test is designed for 9th and 10th graders by C2 Education as it will be formatted to follow the changes that SAT will implement in 2016. 


A free ACT practice test will be offered on Saturday, December 6, from 1 PM to 4:30 PM. 


To register for either event, go to the Events link on the Wheaton Public Library website. Then go to the calendar and click on the event.

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