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e-News September 4th 2014
Principal's e-NewsletterSeptember 4, 2014 
In This Issue
Mid Quarter Progress Checks
Tuition Raffle - Early Bird Drawing!
College Planning Program
Student Government Reminders
Note from the Director of the IT Department
Spartan Spirit Rally
25th Annual Alumni, Friends and Family Golf Outing
2014 Distinguished Alumni
News from the Development Office
Service Opportunities

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What to Wear on Fridays
Upcoming Events
9/2/2014 » 9/5/2014
Girls' Kairos

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

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

College Planning Information Program; 6:30 pm 

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

Parents' Organization Meeting; 6:30 (Rosmonowski Room)

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

Powder Puff Game; Evening

Homecoming Pep Rally - Special Schedule; 2:30 pm Dismissal

25th Annual St. Francis High School Alumni, Friends & Family Golf Outing

Homecoming vs Brother Rice (Varsity - 7:15 pm)

Class of 1964 - Informal Gathering Pal Joey's (after the homecoming game)

Homecoming Dance

Class of 1964 - 50 Year Class of 1989 - 25 Year
Class of 1994 - 20 Year  

Alumni Homecoming Mass & Breakfast - 9:00 am (Slant Dome)

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Note from the Principal  

If you were unable to attend Curriculum Night last week, your Student Directory, and any additional copies that you ordered, was sent home with your youngest child today. Please ask them for it.


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


Blessings to you and yours, 

Raeann Huhn 


St. Francis High School

Mid Quarter Progress Checks

Friday, September 12, 2014, 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 Information Now link found on our Student or 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.

Tuition Raffle

Early Bird Drawing!

One of the raffle tickets passed out at Curriculum Night will be drawn for the $2,500 Early Bird Winner on 10/15! Will it be yours? Purchase online from the SFHS website, or send in a check and related stubs to the school office for a chance to WIN 2015-16 SFHS TUITION for one student, equivalent college tuition or $10,000 Cash! 

15 Ticket for $200, 6 Tickets for $100, 1 Ticket for $20

The Grand Prize will be drawn at the annual auction on Saturday, March 7th. Winner need not be present to win. All raffle prizes are subject to state & federal taxes.

Please contact John Dauer - - with questions.


College Planning Program
September 9th 

On Tuesday, September 9, Mrs. Rigney, College Counselor, will present an information program for parents on College Planning. The program will take place in the Kuhn Cultural Arts Center and starts at 6:30 PM. She will provide an overview of the key factors in college admission and explain the major steps in the college, scholarship, and financial aid application process. Mrs. Rigney will also review the key features of the Naviance Family Connection College software program. Parents of current juniors and seniors are strongly encouraged to attend this program. Parents of current sophomores are also welcomed.  

Student Government Reminders
Student Government would like to remind
all parents of the following:
  • Homecoming Week starts on Monday, September 15th and ends with the Homecoming Dance on Saturday, September 20th. 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 that the dress is of an appropriate length and cut (see below guidelines). The dance is a lot more fun when the dress fits comfortably!

GUIDELINES: All dresses must be longer than the fingertips when (with shoulders relaxed) are placed at their 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. Dresses should not be low cut and should cover midsections.Students not wearing a proper dress will be escorted to a classroom in order to call home and have proper clothing brought to them. They will wait in this classroom until proper clothing arrives or 9:30 p.m. (dance officially ends at 10 p.m., but students can leave at 9:30) whichever comes first. 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 Diaper Drive to benefit the People's Resource Center.  Collection boxes will be placed in each Homeroom and in the Main Office. The collection concludes at the end of Homecoming Week on September 19. PRC is most in need of the larger sizes of diapers (sizes 4, 5 and 6) and pull-ups.  Please keep this in mind when purchasing for the drive. Winning homeroom will receive an out of uniform day!
  • Homecoming t-shirts are now available to purchase through Janor Sports. Last day to order: Sunday September 7th at midnight, so don't delay! 

Website:  Password: Homecoming

  • The Bank Restaurant at 121 W. Front Street, Wheaton, IL, will be offering our student body a Homecoming Dinner Special again this year.
This is an all-inclusive dinner package which includes: Appetizer, Dinner Entree, Dessert, Beverage, Tax and Gratuity. Please see attached menu. (Link to Special Homecoming Menu). Students may call 630-665-2265 to make a reservation; they should please mention their school and the Homecoming Dinner Special.
  • Your child has a new class color!  During Homecoming Week (and several other days during the year) there are "class color" days, in which each student needs to wear a shirt that is their class color if they want to be out of uniform. As you are out shopping, keep an eye out for a shirt that your son or daughter would like to wear on these class color days.

Freshman - Yellow
Sophomore - Red
Junior - Green
Senior - Blue

Note from the Director of the IT Department
Jeff Gerdeman

On behalf of the faculty and staff, and especially the IT Department, we thank all of our parents and other various constituents for their support in helping us complete the following IT initiatives.

  • The enormous success of the Fund a Cause at last year's auction helped us further expand our wireless infrastructure. Our campus is close to having full WiFi access for our faculty, staff, and students.
  • This summer's Spirit & Pride Golf Outing was equally successful as it helped us install an AV system in the Kuhn Cultural Arts Center that will benefit us twofold. Not only will it assist with our numerous presentations, but it will also help our already tremendous Theater Department by allowing enhanced capabilities via digital projection.
  • Another IT/AV project that is currently under way is the upgrade of the Spartan Theater AV system. The AV portion of this project is being funded by our student Outta Uniform funds. In addition, the Spartan Theater will receive a "facelift" over the Christmas break that will include new ceiling, flooring, and seating.

Thank you again for your continued support and generosity. We are excited by the end results of all these projects and we look forward to sharing them with you!

Spartan Spirit Rally
Sponsored by the St. Francis Father's Club

The St. Francis Father's Club is hosting their 2nd Annual Spartan Family Spirit Rally on Friday September 5th, following the varsity football game.

All students, their families, and members of the St. Francis High School community are invited to gather in the Student Union for food, drink and fun immediately following the varsity game, compliments of the Father's Club.

Festivities will include food and fun for the whole family including a post game rally with the Football team, Coach Fitzgerald, Cheerleaders and the Dance team.

Go Spartans!

25th Annual St. Francis High School Alumni, Friends and Family Golf Outing

The 25th Annual St. Francis High School Alumni, Friends and Family Golf Outing is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 19 at Arrowhead in Wheaton. Please visit the St. Francis High School website for more information and to register to play, sponsor or volunteer at this event. Raffle tickets (for a chance to play one of seven premier golf courses in Illinois) may also be purchased online. 
The Alumni Homecoming Mass & Breakfast is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 21 at 9:00 am here at St. Francis High School. The 2014 Distinguished Alumni will be presented with their awards following Mass. All are welcome to celebrate with the Alumni Association.  Please visit the St. Francis High School website for more information and to purchase tickets for breakfast. 


2014 Distinguished Alumni

The St. Francis High School Alumni Association is proud to announce this year's Distinguished Alumni: Greg Webb '67, Mary Beth Stanicek '72 Theiss and Lynn Mirabella '80.


The St. Francis High School Distinguished Alumni award recipients are outstanding alumni who have maintained high standards of excellence. They are nominated by their peers and are graduates who have taken their St. Francis education and Christian values on paths to make significant contributions in their fields of endeavor and/or have achieved outstanding accomplishments, honors or recognition on behalf of their communities and country.


Greg Webb '67 is currently a Dealer Principal at Packey Webb Ford. He is also a Vice Chairman of the Chicago Ford Dealer Advertising Fund. Greg has been President of the Chicago Auto Trade Association; was Chairman of the 2002 Chicago Auto Show; coaches St. Francis High School girls' basketball teams; and established the Margaret Webb Memorial Scholarship (in memory of his sister).


Mary Beth Stanicek '72 Theiss has selflessly volunteered for many activities at St. Michael School in Wheaton and eventually was voted co-President of the Parent Organization. She also served on the St. Francis High School Board of Directors from 2004-2011 where she held the office of Vice Chair, Chaired the Executive Committee and was a member of various committees. Currently, Theiss '72 reads with students and recently obtained a grant to initiate a Spanish Reading Program at York Center School.


Lynn Mirabella '80 began a career in law as an Assistant State's Attorney in the Criminal division of Kane County and later went on to practice family law. She has been presented with many prestigious law awards, including Super Lawyer in 2014 which is awarded to 5% of attorneys in Illinois. Mirabella '80 served as President of the Junior League of Kane and DuPage Counties, was instrumental in bringing the Child's Playroom to the Kane County Courthouse, served on St. Patrick's School Board, and was on the Planning Committee for St. Francis High School's endowment/long-range planning team.

News from the Development Office
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Service Opportunities


On Sunday, September 14, the National Eating Disorders Association is hosting a fundraising walk in Chicago.  Earn service hours by being a student volunteer at the event!  Transportation is provided, and registration is only $15.  See KRas in Room 1207 for details and a permission slip.


Knight of Columbus Intellectual Disabilities Tootise Roll Drive

Saturday September 20-Two hour shifts

8-10 am

10 am - 12noon

12 noon - 2 pm

2 pm - 4 pm

at Walgreens and Jewel locations in Wheaton



Mike Ruggio

Knights of Columbus

St. Daniel the Prophet Council - Wheaton


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