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e-News September 3rd 2015
Principal's e-Newsletter
September 3, 2015
In This Issue

Quick Links
Upcoming Events
College shirt or Cubs shirt/jersey day

Labor Day - No School

Girl's Kairos

College Planning Information Program presented by Trudy Rigney - 6:30pm - Kuhn Cultural Arts Center

Alumni Association Meeting - 7:00pm (Rosmonowski Room)
Freshman Parent Coffee with Counselors - Rosmonowski Room - 9:00am

School Improvement: P.M. Assembly Schedule - Students Dismissed at 1:11pm

Board of Directors Meeting - Rosmonowski Room - 6:30pm

Parents' Organization Meeting - Rosmonowski Room - 6:30pm

Senior Parent Coffee with Counselors - Rosmonowski Room - 9:00am

In-Service Day: Special Schedule - Students Dismissed at 12:10pm

Powder Puff Game - Evening

Homecoming Pep Rally - Special Schedule - regular 2:30 pm dismissal

Varsity Homecoming Game

Homecoming Dance

Choral Concert - 7:00 pm

Alumni & Friends Golf Outing

Spartan Alumni Extravaganza 

Note from the Principal
If you were unable to attend Curriculum Night last week, your Student Directory, and any additional copies that you ordered, were sent home with your oldest child on Monday. Please ask them for it and review your contact information for accuracy. Please report any mistakes by Friday, 9/11 to Debbie Quirk at

Your Parent Portal password and a sheet of TUITION RAFFLE tickets were mailed to your home earlier in the week. If you do not receive these items, please contact Debbie Quirk in the Development office

Blessings to you and yours,

Raeann Huhn 
St. Francis High School
Mid Quarter Progress Checks
Friday, September 11, marks the end of the first four academic weeks of the first quarter. Students and parents/guardians are encouraged to check the academic progress for their child by clicking on the STI InformationNow link found on our 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 "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 each quarter, Quarterly Report Cards are mailed to parents /guardians.
Student Government Reminders
Student Government would like to remind all parents of the following:
  • Homecoming Week starts on Monday, September 21 and ends with the Homecoming Dance on Saturday, September 26. The theme for the 2015 Homecoming Week and Dance is "High School Musical." A schedule with the dress and activities for each day will be released soon.
  • It's never too early to start shopping for those Homecoming dresses. Be sure to check whether your daughter can sit, walk, and dance in the dress and of an appropriate length and cut (see below guidelines). The dance is a lot more fun when the dress fits comfortably!
    DRESS GUIDELINES: All dresses must be longer than the fingertips when (with shoulders relaxed) are placed at the sides. The dress may not be skin tight and may not "ride up" when moving around. If your daughter has to pull down her dress to meet this guideline, please chose another dress. Additionally, shoes must be worn at all times during the dance. She may bring a second pair of more comfortable shoes to change into after pictures if you prefer!
  • In conjunction with Homecoming Week, Student Government is holding a school supply drive to benefit an underprivileged school in Houston, TX where 2003 alumnus, Megan Cebrzynski, is an award winning teacher. Collection boxes will be in each homeroom and in the main office from now through Monday, Sept 28. The homeroom that brings in the most supplies will win an OUT-OF-UNIFORM day. Please purchase those school supplies while they are still on sale. Thank you!
Notes from the Guidance & Counseling Department
On Wednesday, September 9, at 6:30 PM, Mrs. Rigney, Director of Guidance, will present a power point program for parents on College Planning and Admissions in the Kuhn Cultural Arts Center. She will provide an overview of the key factors in college admission and selecton and explain the major steps in the college, scholarship, and financial aid application process. For parents who have not yet used the Naviance College Connection program, Mrs. Rigney will also review the features of this program.

Coffee with the Counselors for Freshmen Parents will be held on Thursday, September 10, at 9 AM in the Rosomonowski Room.  Please enter  door #4 and sign in at the main office.  Mrs. Rupp and Ms. Pettenuzzo, freshman and sophomore guidance counselors, will speak with parents about the transition to high school.  The presentation will focus on learning about valuable resources at St Francis, areas the Counseling Department supports your student, important tips on how to successfully navigate through typical freshman year challenges, tips on how parents can best support their freshman at home and several other important questions that are commonly asked by freshman parents. If you wish to attend, please RSVP to

Coffee with the Counselors for Senior Parents will be held on Thursday, September 17, at 9 AM in the Rosomonowski Room.  During the 90 minute program, Mrs. Rigney and Mr. Lindley will assist senior parents in understanding the college admission and college application process.  Topics will include: steps for completing a college application, using Naviance, requesting recommendations and transcripts, the Common Application, scholarships, and time for questions and answers.If you wish to attend, please RSVP Michele LeBeau, Guidance Administrative Assistant, at  
Join us to Celebrate and Bless
The Lacy Family Gateway Building
ALL ARE WELCOME! Please join us to Celebrate and Bless the Lacy Family Gateway Building on Thursday, September 17 at 6:30pm.  A reception and showing will follow the ceremony. For planning purposes, please respond by Friday, 9/11.
or 630-6680-5800 x1143

On Friday, October 2nd, for the first time in history, the Alumni golf outing will be held at Prairie Landing Golf Course in West Chicago, IL. The freshly renovated Robert Trent Jones II course is rated "4.5 Stars" by Golf Digest and described as "Extraordinary" by Zagat. 

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 .
College Essay Preparation Tips Night
September 28 at 7 P.M.
St. Francis High School is sponsoring a College Essay Preparation Tips Night on Monday, September 28 at 7 P.M. in the Kuhn Cultural Arts Center. It is open to all students and parents. An admissions counselor from the University of Chicago will discuss topics specifically dealing with:
  • Writing essays for the common application
  • Personal statements
  • Essay Prompts
  • Examples of good and bad college essays.
  • The general admission process for highly selective colleges.
  • How to make a college application unique and standout.
Please contact Adam Lindley in the counseling office if you have any questions.
Mini-Golfing September 15
The Adventure Club will be mini-golfing on Tuesday, September 15 after school. To get more information and to sign up, please see Ms. Fairhead in room 1110. 

ACT prep courses on the
St. Francis campus
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 3 and lead up to the February 6th ACT test. The spring course starts on February 3 and leads up to the April 9th ACT test. Kaplan will also offer a free ACT practice test at St. Francis on Saturday, October 3, at 8:30 AM. Students can sign up for either the course or the practice test by going to the following link which is just for St. Francis students. Because our events are not open to the general public they are not posted on the regular Kaplan website. Register at:
PSAT, SAT or ACT Practice Exams
C2Education is offering a $1000 cash prize for the highest scores on the new PSAT, SAT or ACT practice exams at the C2 Test Prep Challenge Event, scheduled for October 10, 2015.  The event will be held at the Donald E Stevens Convention Center in Rosemont. Directions can be found at:
Check in starts at 8 AM. Testing will be 9 AM -1 PM.  Space is limited. Register today at:
Service Opportunities
Connection of Friends
Volunteer with young adults with special needs in Wheaton.  Available after school and on Saturdays. See Mrs. Mercadante for more information.
Tootsie Roll Fund Drive
Join the Knights of Columbus September 18-20 for a benefit for people with intellectual disabilities.  Many shift times available all weekend.
Contact Mike Ruggio: 630-871-3370 or
Chicago NEDA Walk
Support the National Eating Disorder Association at their Chicago Walk on Saturday, September 19. Permission forms and information in Mrs. Mercadante's office.
Lazarus House
Serves homeless or at-risk individuals connected to the mid Kane County area. They are looking for students to help with childcare and homework time 4-5pm, Mon.-Thurs. Contact them at for more information and to sign up. 
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