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e-News September 15, 2016
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Upcoming Events
Back To School Parents' Social - Hosted by the Mothers' & Fathers' Clubs from 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. in the Robinson Family LRC

College Financial Aid Parent Program; 7 p.m. (Kuhn CAC)

Powder Puff Game

Special Schedule; Dismissal at 12:10 p.m.

Homecoming Game vs. DeLaSalle; 5/7:30 p.m.

Pep Rally; PM Assembly Schedule

College Application and Essay Writing; 7p.m. (Kuhn CAC)

Free Practice ACT; 8:30 a.m. (North Wing)

All-School Liturgy - Feast of St. Francis 8 a.m.

27th Annual Alumni Golf Outing (Prairie Landing Golf Club) 9:00 a.m.

Columbus Day - No School

Choral Concert; 7 p.m. (Kuhn CAC)

Fathers' Club Spirit Rally (after the football game)

Alumni Association All-School Reunion - Oktoberfest
Note from the Principal
Congratulations to senior Katherine Kubik who has been named a Semifinalist in the National Merit Scholarship Program. Kubik is among approximately 16,000 other Semifinalists who represent less than one percent of the 1.6 million juniors who entered the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the fall 2015 PSAT exam as juniors. According the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, Semifinalists are "designated on a state-representational basis and are the highest scoring entrants in each state." Kubik will continue in the scholarship competition and National Merit Finalists will be announced in February 2017.

Congratulations to Chloe Ryan '20 who competed at the 2016 U.S. Figure Skating Association National Solo Ice Dance Competition in Wilmington, Delaware, September 7-10.
 Over several days of competition, competing in further qualifying events, Chloe qualified for the Final Round in both Silver Patterns and Novice Combined. After competing in the Final Rounds, Chloe is now the 2016 National Silver Medalist in Silver Patterns and the National Bronze Medalist in Novice Combined.

Raeann Huhn Principal
St. Francis High School
Homecoming Information
Student Government would like to remind all parents of the following:
  • Homecoming Week starts on Monday, September 19 and ends with the Homecoming Dance on Saturday, September 24. The theme for the 2016 Homecoming Week and Dance is "Tropical - Let's go to the Beach." A schedule with the dress and activities for each day can be found below. (click to view larger image)
  • Tonight is the last night to order Homecoming tee shirts! Our tee-shirts this year were hand illustrated by Monique Broqueza '19, and fit with our tropical theme for the week. If you are interested in ordering a tee-shirt, please go to this link and complete an order form. Tee-shirts are $8. All orders are due by Friday, September 16 at noon, and will be delivered several weeks after homecoming. 
 An image for the tee-shirt can be found below
Important Homecoming Reminders
The Homecoming Dance will be held from 7:00 - 10:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 24, 2016 in the Spyglass Athletic Center. Students and their guests must be dropped off at door #4 for entry into the dance.  All students need to present their current Student ID. No student will be admitted into the dance after 8:00 p.m. Once students have entered the building they may not leave until 9:30 p.m.
Homecoming can come with more chances and pressures to drink. Underage drinking and alcohol-related crashes involving minors tend to increase during homecoming season. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
  • 22% of teen drivers involved in fatal car crashes were drinking.
  • More than half of fatal motor accidents involving teen drivers occur on weekends.
  • Teens who use alcohol are far more likely to binge drink than adults.

As students get ready for the big game and dance, here are four actions parents can take to prevent underage drinking.

  1. Discuss your expectations about alcohol useParents may feel anything they say to their teen goes in one ear and out the other. In fact, parents do influence teens' drinking decisions. Research shows children may interpret a parent's failure to talk about underage drinking as indifference, making them more likely to use alcohol. Have regular conversations with your teen about alcohol misuse, and specifically talk about it before events, like homecoming, that may include alcohol.
  2. Find out who your teen will be with and talk with the other students' parentsAsk whether adults will be present if teens come by after the official event and consider the other family's attitude toward underage drinking. Asking questions won't score you any "cool" points with your child, but it will help keep your teen safe.
  3. Provide a sober after-party spaceMany students want the night to continue after the game or dance ends. Providing an alcohol-free environment allows the party to keep going safely. And it's important for parents to actively supervise after-parties. Adults can be held responsible for failing to supervise minors who are later caught drinking, even if the adult didn't supply or know about the booze.
  4. Let your teen know you are "on call"No matter what, some students will choose to drink during homecoming. While parents should not condone underage drinking, it's important for teens to know they can call for help if they or their friends don't have a safe ride or are in danger.
Mid Quarter Progress Checks
Friday, September 16, 2016 marks the end of the first four and a half academic weeks of the Quarter One. Students and parents/guardians are encouraged to check the academic progress for their child by clicking on the OnCampus link found on the Student and Parent page of the St. Francis High School website. 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.
Tuition Credit Raffle
This year it's WINNER'S CHOICE for $10,000 TUITION credit OR a CASH prize. Only 350 tickets will be sold throughout the St. Francis community so go online to and buy some raffle tickets today.
$100 per chance. The winning ticket will be drawn at the Ensuring Our Future auction on March 11, 2017 but the winner need not be present to win. For additional information contact Debbie Quirk at
Culinary Club
Attention Culinary Club members, our September event is making mug cakes after school on Monday, September 19. Sign up in Ms. Fairhead's room or Mrs. Holinger's room by Friday, September 16. See either teacher for further details.
Adventure Club
Adventure Club invites students to rock climb after school at Vertical Endeavors on Tuesday, October 4. We will leave school around 3:00 p.m. and return around 5:30 or 6:00 p.m. For more information, please see Ms. Fairhead in room 1110. As a reminder, all students are always welcome to join us -- there is no formal club roster.
Reserved Parking Spots
Parents and Students, please note that the reserved parking spots are for the families designated on the sign. These spots are reserved for all school activities at all times during the school year. Please respect their space. Your vehicle may be towed if you park in these spots, especially after school hours. Thank you for your consideration.
In the Footsteps of
Saint Francis of Assisi
Celebrate St. Francis High School's 60th Anniversary
We are hosting a trip to ITALY
May 31- June 9, 2017

3 nights in Rome, 1 night in Assisi, 2 nights in Florence, 2 nights in Venice
  • Rome tour with guide
  • Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel
  • Spanish Steps
  • Trevi Fountain
  • Saint Peter's Basilica
  • Colosseum & Forum with Guide
  • Mass in the Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi
  • Private tour from a Franciscan expert
  • Tour of Florence
  • Tuscan cooking class
  • Ponte Vecchio
  • The Accademia with Michelangelo's David
  • Hidden Venice Tour
  • Gondola ride
  • Venice Murano glass blowing

For more Information, please contact  Sue Harsa

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Fashion Show
Mark Your Calendar - The Mothers' Club Fashion Show is Sunday, November 20
Planning is underway for the annual St. Francis Fashion Show, which will be held on Sunday, November 20 at Bobak's in Woodridge. Our theme this year is "Winter Wonderland." Model signups will begin the week of October 3, for sophomores, juniors and seniors. "Like" our Facebook page at for more details.
The Glenbard Parent Series: (GPS)
Presentations Offered to SFHS Parents 
Navigating Healthy Families will present Coping Strategies to Regulate Anxiety: An Introduction to Distress Tolerance with Laura Koehler Psy.D. on Thursday, September 15 at noon at the Community Consolidated School, District 93 Administration Center at 230 Covington Drive in Bloomingdale. Click here for more information.

Navigating Higher Eduction will present, Conquering the Challenges of College Costs with Frank Palmasani on Saturday, Sept. 17 at 10:30-noon at Glenbard West. Click here for more information.

Navigating Healthy Families, will present Temple Grandin in a special event, Different Not Less: Different Kinds of Minds. Presentations on Wednesday, Sept 21 at 3:00p.m. and repeated at 7:00p.m. at Glenbard East High School, 1014 S Main St. in Lombard. Students are encouraged to attend. Participants for the 3pm event are welcome to park in the Enchanted Castle lot (just south of the entrance to the Enchanted Castle).
Upcoming College Fairs 
September 24
NACAC Performing Arts College Fair at DePaul University, 1:00-3:00 PM
October 1
NACAC Chicago National College Fair at McCormick Place 11:00 AM-3:00 PM
October 3
College Fair at Waubonsee Community College 6:00-8:00 PM
October 4
College Fair at Elgin Community College 6:00-8:00 PM
October 18
College Fair at College of DuPage, 6:00-8:00 PM
Father's Club Service Project at Northern Illinois Food Bank
Need Service Hours? Please join us on Saturday, October 1 from 9:00AM until Noon at the Northern Illinois Food Bank for our first serve of school 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
ACT Prep Courses Offered
St. Francis High School is teaming with Kaplan Test Prep to provide ACT prep courses on the St. Francis High School campus this winter and spring. The winter course will start on December 15 and lead up to the February 11, 2017, exam. No classes will be held during final exams or over Christmas vacation. The spring course starts on February 8 and leads up to the April 8, 2017, ACT test. St. Francis students receive a course discount for a total cost of $649 by using the following promo code at checkout: KAS150.
Kaplan will also offer a free ACT practice test at St. Francis High School on Saturday, October 1, at 8:30 a.m.. Students can sign up for either the courses or the practice test by going to the following link which is just for St. Francis High School students. Because our events are not open to the general public they are not posted on the regular Kaplan website. To register, copy and paste the following web address into your browser: 
Wendy's Scholarship
This year, Wendy's® is giving away 100 scholarships ranging from $1,000 up to $10,000.

Since 1994, Wendy's High School Heisman has been supporting education and celebrating the successes of top performing high school scholar-athletes. We've awarded nearly $2 million to support education across the country, and we've recognized the achievements of more than 600,000 of the nation's most esteemed high school seniors, including students from YOUR SCHOOL.

The deadline to apply is October 3, 2016.

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