Archives for February 2015

SFS Photo Gallery – February 27th

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College Corner


Kit Lewellyn College Advisor

College Corner – College is coming, sooner than you think! For parents of current sophomores, juniors and seniors here’s what to do this month:


  • Begin visits to nearby colleges/universities.
  • Research interesting and challenging summer courses, jobs, and activities.
  • Use Spring Break to visit colleges along the way , if you are traveling.
  • Take virtual tours online.


  • Take SAT reasoning test this month, if you registered.
  • Sign up for May or June SAT, June ACT, or June SAT Subject tests, if applicable.
  • Use Spring Break to visit prospective colleges.
  • Keep reading and finish up this year strongly.
  • Meet with Kit Llewellyn to look over your preliminary list of suggested colleges and share with your parents through Naviance.
  • Compile your activities/community service into a resume on your Naviance account.


  • Report any issues to Kit.
  • If colleges require additional information, send it immediately.
  • If accepted, denied, or wait-listed by a college, notify Kit.
  • All colleges should reply with financial aid packages/scholarships by April 1st or at least early April.
  • Meet with Kit and parents to discuss which college is best match.
  • Consider financial aid packages carefully!!
  • Try to revisit colleges where you have been offered a place.
  • Listen to advice of parents and Kit, but insist on your choice, if it feels right to you.
  • Follow acceptance/housing instructions carefully.
  • Students on wait lists should write letters expressing interest and send
  • additional information.

School Notes

  • Our Middle School MathCounts team competed against 22 other schools in the Louisville area on Saturday, February 14th. Schools send their top-achieving math students to compete, and we were surrounded by the MathCounts2_Gbest mathematicians in Middle School. Students completed unique and thought-provoking math problems all day and celebrated with a pizza lunch while waiting for results to be tallied. We had 10 students who participated: Chloe Church, Evvie Cooley, Noelle Dry, Connor Gorman, Christopher Hammond, Eli Jaffe, Jennifer Johnson, Lorenzo Mahoney, Eston McLeroy, and Drew Perkins. All were engaged as we played along with the Jeopardy-like Countdown Round, where selected students compete in a variety of mental math computations. Overall, we had four of our students place in the top half of the competition, and our team ranked 15th overall. Kudos to those students participating! In addition to those competing, we also had several students participate in practice but who were unable to attend the competition. Thanks to Georges Ghali, Maxwell Havens, Angus Middleton, Stuart Middleton, Jahvid Nawab, and Reid Varda for their participation throughout the winter.
  • Congratulations to freshman Alexis Nelson, who has been named to the All-Region Second Team in basketball, sophomore James Risley, who was named to the All-District Tournament Team in basketball, and sophomore Paige Von Feldt, who qualified for the State Meet in the 50 freestyle!
  • St. Francis Middle School will be offering a study hall for athletes (5th-8th grade) who wish to stay after school until their game/match/meet begins. Team members will report their participation in AthleticASH_TableStudy Hall (ASH) to their advisors when arriving in the morning and will head straight to Ms. Wallace’s room after school to meet the proctor for the day. Students will need to have their homework with them, as electronic devices will only be allowed for a portion of the time. A light snack will also be provided. Below lists the times and dates that ASH will be available to Middle School athletes. Note: After-school care will not be offered if games or matches are beginning at 6:00 PM or later. If you see a time or date missing, please email Erin Staley ASAP so it can be fixed.
  •  2015 Regional High School Governor’s Cup Results:
    St. Francis 2nd Place Overall
    Quick Recall 2nd Place Overall Team advances to the State Finals on March 14th-16th
    Team Members: Nina Erbes, Michelle Jones, Tinsley Nugent, Sam Borden, Madison Ebel, Sam Edwards-Kuhn, Zoe Koss, Rose Gilbert
    The following individuals also placed in the top five in their respective events and will also be advancing to the State Finals:
    Composition: Willa Tinsley 2nd, Jillian Morrison 4th
    Mathematics: Michelle Jones 4th
    Science: Sam Borden 4th, Michelle Jones 5th
    Language Arts: Rose Gilbert 5th
    Arts and Humanities: Rose Gilbert 4th
  • Looking Now for Host Families for the 2015-16 School Year!
    Meet Tom: Tom is a 16-year-old boy from Germany. He has been speaking English for eight years and is eager Host_Tomto learn about U.S. culture. He plays tennis and soccer.
    “I hope to show the U.S. people also a bit of the German culture. I could cook my host family a typical German meal or explain to them how Germans celebrate Christmas or New year.”
    Who Can Host? One thing that unites all host families is a strong sense of the importance of cross-cultural understanding in today’s world. Host families are curious, open-minded, caring, and willing to help a young student adjust and thrive in a new environment.
    As A Host Family You:
    – Welcome a student into your home as a family member for 10 months.
    – Provide a bed and bedroom (can share with same gender close in age).
    – Provide appropriate place to study.
    – Provide three meals a day.
    – Provide necessary transportation.
    Benefits of Being A Host Family:
    – Broaden someone’s horizons – share all that your family, your community, and the U.S. have to offer a young person.
    – Learn about the world – open your family’s eyes to cultures and languages from all over the world.
    – Globalize your community – your student will bring the world to your community.
    If you are interested in becoming a host family, please contact Lucy Wathen for more information.


Parent Association Updates February 27th

  • Target Redcard: Thank you!
    Thank you to everyone who has registered SFS as their Target Redcard school of choice! We received a check for $498.26!!! Thank you for your support!
  • PA Dues: We will be distributing school GRANTS soon!
    The PA will be purchasing “BIG TICKET” items for the school and student needs that are outside of the school budget. If you have not yet paid your 2014-15 PA dues, it’s not too late! Please click here. We are requesting $50 per family, regardless of size.
  • Spirit Wear: Order Online NOW!
    Click here to order online now and pay via PayPal! We will send the order home with your student. If you prefer to pick it up at the Front Office on either campus, just let us know! Thank you for your support!

Volunteers Needed for our Bookstore Cart: Thursday mornings
We have changed our PA Bookstore Cart hours to Thursday mornings only and need YOUR HELP! We have seven weeks to fill and this is a great volunteer opportunity that only takes 30 minutes of your time. If you are able to help, please click here for the SignUpGenius. If you have any questions on volunteering, please email Kim Diamond.

Friday, March 20th – Grandparents’ Day
Look for more information in the next few days from your grade-level parent representatives about ways that you can help.

Winter Sports Wrapup


Tony Butler, Athletic Director

The Middle School basketball and varsity bowling seasons ended before Winter Break. This week saw the finales for the varsity basketball and swim teams.

The boys’ varsity basketball team had a productive season despite having a total roster of eight players to finish the season. They boasted a number of great individual performances. James Risley scored more than 40 points twice and Ray Harbin managed a 30-plus point performance as well. As a team, they pulled out a great win in a November tournament with only four players remaining on the court in double overtime. They will return seven of their eight players to next season’s team. James Risley was named to the All-District Tournament Team.

The girls’ varsity basketball team also had an exciting year, led by freshman phenom Alexis Nelson, Alexis All Regionwho was just named to the All-Region Second Team. Alexis set a school record with consecutive 38-point performances early on in the season. After that point total was eclipsed by James Risley, she came back and scored 45 in a game in which she suffered an injury and didn’t play the final 3:30. Alexis also set a state record for the most free-throw attempts in a season. The team will return most of its roster and is looking forward to adding some players in next season’s freshman class. Alexa Von Feldt played a pivotal role this season as an 8th grader and is expected to increase her contributions next year.

The swim team enjoyed a great inaugural season. With five Risley All DistrictMiddle School and High School swimmers, the Wyverns heated the pool with the performances. Led by State Meet competitor Paige Von Feldt, the Wyverns showed some real strength in the pool this season. Paige completes her season this coming weekend when she swims at the State Meet in the 50 free.

The Spring Season Begins
As the snow continues to melt away, spring sports are kicking off on both campuses. Varsity teams are fielded in tennis and track and field.

The Downtown Campus offers the High School students the opportunity to play tennis or compete in track and field. The tennis teams are coached by Stephen Boyd (boys), Erin Staley (varsity girls) and Randyl Brooks (JV girls). They are conditioning and practicing indoors while they wait for the snow to melt, and will be on their home courts at Crescent Hill as soon as they can! The boys will be lead by Jamie Anderson and Ben Weaver. Jamie qualified for the State Tournament last year and looks to match that success again. The girls will be led by Eva Borders, who made it to the State Sweet 16 as a 7th grader and the Elite 8 as an 8th grader, and now that she is an actual high schooler, will be looking for more. Several 7th and 8th graders will join both squads, and the girls are fielding a record 30-plus players on the roster at the moment.

Shavar Cowherd will coach both the Middle School and varsity track and field teams and has practice under way. Yet again, the Middle School numbers look particularly strong, with more than 40 students signed up. The first meet is at home on March 18th. Lacrosse has also begun on the Goshen Campus, with SFS partnering with North Oldham to be able to field teams. And for the first time, there may be baseball offered on the Goshen Campus – more to come on that.




Gung Hay Fat Choy!

Preschool Director Renee Hennessy


Gung Hay Fat Choy! Our 4s classes have been busy this week preparing for their celebration of Chinese New Year. They are very interested in social relationships and are ready to explore the world beyond their families. The 2s and 3s participated in the celebration by making shakers for theParade_1 parade and reading several books about China. Our celebration of Chinese New Year, with a parade, food, and activities, gives our children just a taste of another culture. We find they become more interested in discovering the world around them after these experiences.

Spring Parent/Teacher conferences will be held on Thursday, March 12th for Preschool families. Please use this link to sign up for conferences. The Preschool will be closed on March 12th for conferences and on March 13th for the KAIS (Kentucky Association of Independent Schools) conference in Lexington. This conference will allow our teachers to complete the remaining continued education hours required by the state of Kentucky. Dr. William Mosier, professor in early childhood from the University of Dayton, will be leading our session.

A great big HUGE thank you to Zeke Washer’s grandfather for making tree cookies for our natural playground! WhenTreeCookies_G we can see the ground again (hopefully soon), we look forward to watching the creative ways that our children will use them in their play! (insert pic)

Summer Camp info coming soon! Plan on joining us for our summer camp kick-off event for the entire Goshen Campus on Saturday, May 9th from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

No Snow Days for Us! by Reed Gabhart, Head of Goshen Campus

Reed Gabhart, Head of Goshen Campus, Director of the SFS Drama Project

Reed Gabhart, Head of Goshen Campus, Director of the SFS Drama Project

What a stroke of “luck” we had last week, as the latest winter storms, subsequent ice, and brutal cold descended on Louisville just as we headed out to Winter Break! So while most area schools canceled an entire week of classes, we didn’t miss any instructional days (and therefore have none to make up!). Predictably, the kids didn’t share this rosy viewpoint as some groaned, “We were cheated!” Tsk tsk tsk. The real challenge this week has been having to deal with a solid week of indoor recesses (after a weeklong vacation) and keeping everyone from going stir crazy! That, coupled with students’ SnowyScene_2irresistible urge to go off the cleaned pathways and slide on the ice, has been a real challenge for the adults this week. However, these inconveniences lead to “life lessons” that are good for our kids (at least they don’t have to walk five miles to school every day … in the snow … uphill … both ways).

I want to take a moment to thank some particularly hard-working people around here! First, Shavar Cowherd, Tony Butler and all our basketball coaches for a great season on the hardwood! When I look at the number of games some of our teams played, it’s like looking at NBA schedules! We are also having far greater success at many levels than in recent years, and this is no doubt due to all of their hard work and commitment. Having games going on at two different venues is quite the challenge, and these two have given countless hours to make sure our young athletes are having a top-caliber experience. “It’s awesome, baby!”

Also, congratulations to Rachael Dobring, Kim Aberle, Sarah Dewberry, and our 4th and 5th graders for their rousing rendition of Schoolhouse Rock before Winter Break! We had a completely packed house for the evening show, and it SchoolhouseRock_2was clear the kids were having a ball singing all the songs and showing off their dance steps, AND learning a little more about grammar all at the same time! What a win-win! For the adults, it was a blast from the past (I sang “Conjunction Junction” for days in my head afterwards), and for our kids it was a wonderful introduction to what being in a full-scale musical entails. Bravo!

Finally, more of our academic teams are rolling into action! The MathCounts team competed the first Saturday of Winter Break at the University of Louisville and I went to support Erin Staley in her first year of coaching the team (what better than complicated math problems early on a Saturday morning?). Look for her recap in the newsletter sidebar. And our 5th grade Governor’s Cup team swings into action this week, culminating with a full day here on our campus tomorrow as the host school! Thanks to Misty Chanda and Heather Varda for all their work preparing our kids, and we’ll report back on that next week.


Student Showcase next week and more Downtown News


Suzanne Gorman, Head of Downtown Campus

I hope everyone had a fabulous Winter Break! I know it was much to the chagrin of the students that we “missed” all the snow days.

The winter sports season wrapped up this week. The bowling teams finished up a couple of weeks ago, as reported on in Tony Butler’s newsletter article before break. All the boys’ and girls’ basketball games scheduled over break were canceled, so the girls did not get to play their final games. Tony’s article this week lists some impressive accomplishments for our winter sports athletes. Congratulations to all of them for their accomplishments on and off the field!

Please mark your calendars for next weekend’s Showcase performances, on Friday and Saturday nights at 7:00 p.m. here at school. This is our annual production of student-written, student-directed plays, along with performances from our jazz combo and our improv group, Currently Out of Order. These promise a fun evening and all are invited.

Our new Office Manager Danielle Tracey started part-time this week and will be full-time as of Monday. Please help us welcome her!

Alexandra and I (along with some of our Goshen Campus colleagues) are currently in Boston for the annual National Association of Independent Schools conference. I’ll share details on that (always an enriching experience!) next week.

March Madness

Coming up in March…

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Get ready to Make Your Shot for St. Francis School as we kick off our March Madness Annual Fund Campaign.  If you haven’t yet given to the 2014-15 Annual Fund now is the time.  More information to follow each week during the month of March!

Norm Jones

Norm Jones G'88, '92

Norm Jones G’88, 92

Norm holds a Ph.D. in workforce education and development and an M.A in public administration from Pennsylvania State University and a B.A. in English and linguistics from Morehouse College in Atlanta.  He is currently the Associate Chief Diversity Officer and Deputy Director at Harvard.
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