Archives for March 2015

Girls’ JV Tennis Opens Season Against Brown

Tony Butler, Athletic Director

Tony Butler,
Athletic Director

The girls’ JV team opened its season last Saturday against Brown. Lily Prohaska and Rose GIlbert pulled out wins but St. Francis ultimately fell 8-4. The girls’ varsity team beat Seneca on Monday night 2-1, with Madeline Case leading the way. They played Eastern on Wednesday and suffered a 6-1 defeat without #1 player Eva Borders. Emma Boland and Talia Blue pulled out a victory in their doubles match.

The boys’ varsity team easily beat Seneca on Monday, with Andrew Thurstone and 8th grader Alan Ziegler dominating their opponents. They took on St. X on Wednesday, led by Jamie Anderson’s win at #1 singles. The rest of the squad hung tough but were defeated.

The MS boys’ baseball team took the field for their first-ever game on Tuesday against KCD. The team played well and stayed close throughout the game. Lake Mackin started on the mound and pitched three great innings, leaving with the game tied at 4 apiece. With the score tied at 5 in the bottom of the 5th, a couple of Wyvern errors and some KCD hits ended the game in favor of the Bearcats. Up next for St. Francis is a Tuesday night matchup with Collegiate at Buechel Park 5:30 p.m.

Track and Field
Lower School track and field will begin the week after Spring Break on Thursday, April 16th. Please contact Shavar Cowherd via email to sign up.

Snapshots around St. Francis Week of March 23rd-27th

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School Notes for the Week of March 23rd-27th

    • Thursday, April 16th is Fine Arts Evening! The program for the evening is:
      6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Student artwork displayed from the Preschool, 1st grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, and 8th grade. Also, come enjoy the work created with our February artist-in-residence Squallis Puppeteers. 8th graders will be speaking about the school-wide art installation of ceramic tulips throughout the evening.
      6:00 – 6:15 Junior Kindergarten and Kindergartners will perform music
      6:30 – 6:45 3rd grade will perform a dance
      7:10 – 7:40 2nd and 6th graders will perform music
      In between performances, 7th graders’ work from their humanities class will be projected.
      All work will be in the Main Amp, with the exception of the tulips, which will be outside the main door. We are excited to see everyone there! If your student is performing, please arrive 15 minutes before his/her performance in order to get prepared! If you have any questions, please contact Jenni Pollard.
    • Travelers to China Depart on Thursday! SFS students (7th – 11th grade) and parents depart for Beijing on Thursday. Anyone interested can keep track of their adventures via the trip blog.
    • Kentucky Shakespeare will be holding Camp Shakespeare at the Downtown Campus again this summer! Acting camps are available for all age groups. Playwriting artist-in-residence Melinda Beck ’07 will be teaching The Revelers, ages 11-14. The Globe Players, ages 15-18, will be producing their own Shakespeare play over the course of the summer to be performed in Central Park (on the same stage as the professional actors). St. Francis students are highly encouraged to sign up! Dates are June 8th – August 2nd. Specific camp info can be found here.

3rd graders present a check to Kosair.

    • The act of helping others can create an improved sense of well-being. It can give a sense of purpose in life or inner satisfaction. This is how the 3rd graders felt last Thursday when they were able to give Natalie Gupton, the Development Coordinator for Kosair Children’s Hospital, a $450 check. The students sold doughnuts to raise the money for the NIC unit and the oncology unit for Kosair. They voted to share the money between both departments. The students chose Kosair as their service-learning project both because a few had been patients at the hospital and because they felt a connection to that organization. They wanted to help other kids who were suffering. What a great group of kids we have at SFS! Thanks to all who helped for this cause.
    • Who can resist a baby praying mantis and a monarch chrysalis? On Thursday, April 16th, our bug fundraiser will end. Please send in your orders so you can experience these amazing beneficial bugs in your own garden. For more information how to order, click here.

We Act Club fundraiser

  • THANK YOU to Lower School parents for supporting the We Act groups’ fundraiser last Friday! The High School and Middle School groups combined to raise nearly $1,600 toward building our school in Haiti! Kudos to our HS and MS volunteers for their tireless play with the littler ones. A great time (for a great cause) was had by all.
  • The We Act groups on both campuses are now collecting used pairs of pants as part of a citywide initiative to aid homeless JCPS schoolchildren. There are donation boxes on both campuses. As you’re cleaning out closets and getting rid of outgrown pants, please consider sending them in to school to be donated to this cause. Thank you!
  • For Downtown Campus families: St. Francis School will participate in the High School Survey of Student Engagement, which will be administered in Spring 2015. More than 400,000 students across over 40 states participated in the survey from 2006-2014. The survey assesses the extent to which students are involved in a variety of educational activities, and will help teachers and administrators design school improvement initiatives. Individual students will not be identified on the surveys, and participation in the survey is voluntary. If you have any questions, please contact Suzanne Gorman, Head of Downtown Campus.
  • Derby Camp spots for the full weekend have sold out, as have Saturday-Sunday spots. We have 7 Friday-only spots available. Click here to register.

Parent Association News

The Derby Pegasus Parade is coming up, Thursday, April 30th at 4:00 p.m.!
Please be on the lookout soon on how to purchase your tickets and sit directly in front of all the action at our Downtown Campus! It is sure to be a blast! If you would like to help out with this fun afternoon, please email Andi McLeroy.

Goshen Specific:
Thank you to the 1st Grade Families for hosting a wonderful Staff/Faculty Luncheon last Friday. The food was delicious and your time is truly appreciated!

Important Upcoming Dates
Wednesday, April 1st at 9:00 a.m.: Preschool Egg Hunt
Thursday, April 2nd at 2:15 p.m.: Spring Parties for JK-2nd Grades
Friday, April 24th: Staff/Faculty Luncheon hosted by Junior Kindergarten and Kindergarten
Friday, April 24th: PA Meeting (Final one of the school year)
Thursday, May 1st at 4:00 p.m.: Derby Pegasus Parade
Friday, May 15th at 8:10 a.m.: PA Thank You Assembly
Friday, May 22nd: Staff/Faculty Luncheon hosted by Preschool
Wednesday, May 27th at 1:15 p.m.: Last Day of School Ice Cream Socials for JK-4th Grades

Downtown Specific:
We are thrilled to announces that we received a check for $1232.27 from Kroger for December – February! A huge thank you to the 76 families that designated St Francis School to receive their rewards. If you haven’t already done so, this would be a great time to register your Kroger card for St. Francis. What an easy way for all of us to help support our school! Click here for more information.

A Meeting with Alice Waters

Christine Brinkmann, Goshen Garden Coordinator

Christine Brinkmann, Goshen Garden Coordinator

During the events of the Prince of Wales’ visit to Louisville, I was thrilled to have the chance to chat with Alice Waters, renowned chef and leader in the organic food movement.

Alice was excited to hear of St. Francis School’s dedication to local and sustainable farming and about our plans this season to continue to build on the Goshen Campus’ outdoor curriculum. Alice explained that the path to a fair wage for farmers; healthy soil; and sustainable food production is through the cafeteria door. In addition, when we feed children food that is grown responsibly and harvested according to its natural season, it tastes amazing. She elaborated that when we feed children such delicious and healthy food, we show them our love and respect, and we simultaneously teach them how to protect nature’s bounty from soil to table. Her Edible Schoolyard project at Berkeley’s Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School is an inspiration to us here at St. Francis, not only because of the ways it teaches kids to enjoy and appreciate healthy food, but also because of the many ways the garden invigorates the larger curriculum. Math, biology, chemistry ecology, history, sociology, art, economics and politics each come alive when children look at their relevance in the garden.

It was wonderful to hear how the Edible Schoolyard project has enhanced learning in Berkeley, and I am proud of the work we are doing to lead the way locally to grow this important curriculum. I am honored to have the opportunity to attend Alice Waters’ Edible Schoolyard Academy this summer.

College Corner


Kit Llewellyn, College Advisor


– Send off for college viewbooks; browse the college websites
– Listen in Morning Meeting to the acceptance announcements and chat with seniors about their college admissions journey
– If you have a learning difference and need extended time on standardized tests, make sure your documentation is updated and contact The Learning Center (Emily Boyle) in order to verify your documentation

– Register for the June SAT reasoning and/or subject tests and ACT test
– Keep your focus
– Meet your deadlines for Senior Project proposals
– Review list of suggested colleges with Mrs. Llewellyn and begin researching/exploring
– If you have a learning difference and need extended time on standardized tests, make sure your documentation is updated and contact The Learning Center (Emily Boyle) in order to verify your documentation
– Update your profile and resume on Naviance

– All colleges should respond with financial aid offers by early April
– Meet with Mrs. Llewellyn and parents to discuss which college is your best match
– Consider financial aid packages carefully as offers arrive; you should have received your SAR from FAFSA
– Try to visit or revisit the colleges which have offered you a place
– Listen to the advice of your parents and Mrs. Llewellyn, but insist that the choice be yours; do not be overly influenced by the college name prestige
– Follow acceptance instructions carefully
– Students on waitlists should write letters expressing interest and send any additional information
– Make your final college choice and submit your deposit by May 1st. This is not a postmark deadline!

Spring Egg Hunt Next Week!

Renee Hennessy, Preschool Director

Hennessy, Preschool

Remember that eggs for our Spring Egg Hunt are due by Monday. Kelli Schmidt is looking for a few more volunteers to help her with this event.

Derby Races and Tea, Preschool Grandparents’ Day
Mark your calendars now for our annual Derby Races and Tea scheduled for Wednesday, April 29th. Traditionally this has been a day for grandparents and/or special guests to come and join our Preschool community for fun Derby festivities. There will be a Derby parade of class floats at 10:50 a.m., followed by the races. Afterwards, everyone can enjoy light refreshments in the classrooms.

Summer Camp is right around the corner!
This year, camp begins June 1st, and with so many great activities planned, you don’t want to miss out. Many of our campers are from other schools and return each year. In order to get your preferred times and dates, take a moment to sign up now. Click here to see a brochure and register. A 5% discount is offered for early registration through May 9th. Use the code EARLYBIRD.

And check out our preschoolers getting down at this week’s Big Sing!


Oliver! Opens Tonight!

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

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

Today is an exciting, nerve-wracking day on the Goshen Campus, as it is opening night for the SFS Drama Project’s spring musical, Oliver! 50 Middle School students have been working hard on this production since mid-December and kick off the first of four shows tonight at 6:30 p.m., with shows to follow Sunday at 2:00 p.m. and next Tuesday DSC_9008and Wednesday nights at 6:30 p.m. Oliver! is a Broadway classic: the adapted tale from Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist that tells the story of the poor orphan Oliver and his misadventures among the street people of London. Especially entertaining is his “education” with the pickpockets, toiling for the infamous crook Fagin and robbing the upper crust citizens of Victorian London. The importance of family; deception; treachery; humor; and tragedy round out the tale, accompanied by many memorable song and dance numbers.

Click here to reserve tickets for Oliver! As of “press time,” only 30 tickets remained for Friday night and 40 for the Sunday matinee. If they don’t sell out in advance, they will be available at the door, but reservations are recommended! There are plenty of tickets left for next week’s shows. Oliver! has a run time of approximately two hours and is best suited for children in 4th grade and higher. Please join our National Youth Arts award-winning drama program for this larger-than-life story – you’ll be humming the songs for days to come!

I want to congratulate the following students for earning inclusion on the Effort Honor Roll for the recently completed third quarter. Students who made the list two out of the first three quarters AND the fourth quarter will make the Elizabeth Archibald Effort Honor Roll for the year and will be announced at year’s end. Bravo!

Effort Honor Roll

8th Grade7th Grade6th Grade5th Grade
Lucy Biberman
Evie Boland
Colby Boyd
Chloe Church
Evvie Cooley
Mary Claire Duncan
Meredith Fleming
Cassidy Gilvin
Scout Grass
Chris Hammond
Jennifer Johnson
Caden Kirby
Sydney Lattis
Erin Lyons
Arabella Maki
Maggie McGraw
Matthew Melendez
Angus Middleton
Margaret Mundt
Jahvid Nawab
Clayton Smedley
Grayson Smith
Sean Sullivan
Reid Varda
Alexa Von Feldt
Abby Waggener
Wyatt Ware
Avery Wilson
Alan Ziegler
Olivia Zimmerman
Emily Beach
Olivia Beach
Cloey Beardsley
Aidan Campbell
Will Cole
Ella Davis
Sean Denham
Amelia Dimas
Grace Donovan
Caroline Frederick
Georges Ghali
Connor Gordon
Connor Gorman
Jackson Guarino-Sanders
Bruce Hamilton
Emma Harvey
Maxwell Havens
Eli Jaffe
Ryane Jones
Hayden Jones
Gary Jurige
Declan Keegan
Natalie Lancaster
Lorenzo Mahoney
Grace Malone
Eston McLeroy
Ford Middendorf
Breanna Moeller
Izzy Payne
Drew Perkins
Sydney Ragland
Michael Scheen
Carolyn Siegenthaler
Rachel Silberman
Spencer Vawter
Ellie White
Bradley Wilson
Holly Yelton
Audrey Brinkmann-Puima
Owen Carey
Jake Chanda
Isaac Davis
Noelle Dry
Jasmin Gonzalez
Caleb Hennessy
Sophie Johnson
Lily Johnson
Liam Kern
Emma King
Jaida Knuckles
Matt Kurtz
Jimmy Lancaster
Lake Mackin
Audrey McClain
Bennett Middendorf
Stuart Middleton
Teagan Morrison
Nyla Nawab
Bella Nugent
Nico Orthober
Norah Patrick
Michael Patterson
Jack Plaxe
Emery Richards
Cooper Ronay
Bentlea Schwartz
Drew Siciliano
Mellie Simpson
Parker Smith
Natalie Stewart
Levi Tyler
Mac Van Inwegen
Theron Varda
Nate Waggener
Max Willey
Harrison Aberle
Lars Barbercheck
Nicolette Bert
Robert Boyd
Stevaun Butler
Josie Cooley
Mackenzie Crowder
Kathryn Denham
Marley Diamond
Riley Elliott
Caroline Essex
Maddy Francis
Lily Gilbert
Isaiah Green
Olivia Hahn
Katie Hammond
Anna Hardwick-Jones
Brian Haupt
Grayson Karleski
Poppy Kuhn
Sydney Marks
Ayda Marshall
Kyra Mefford
Camille Ogden
Gray Owen
Lauren Prys
Reese Ragland
Isaiah Robles
Piper Shiflet
Sinclaire Smith
Sam Swift
Ian Von Feldt

Renovation Plans Revealed to Students

Suzanne Gorman, Head of Downtown Campus

Suzanne Gorman, Head of Downtown Campus

On Monday at our monthly School Committee meeting, we shared with the class representatives and all interested students the plans for our renovation of the new space we will acquire this summer on the Broadway side of the building. They were thrilled about the new Commons Room and the expansion of the science labs, in particular. Stay tuned for more information as the spring progresses.

We are into the fourth quarter, which means the final series of Projects on Thursday afternoons. This has been a new addition to the Downtown Campus this year, and all reports indicate that faculty and students alike enjoy the hour immensely. This quarter’s offerings include Yoga, Music, Cooking Around the World, Harlem Renaissance, and more – including the one Terri White and I are spearheading, “House of Cards” – a title that pays homage to the Netflix series but actually is about card-playing. In our two sessions thus far, the students have learned Euchre (a college favorite of both Terri’s and mine), and it has been a joy to watch students play. Not only is a strategic, brain-requiring card game; they also are laughing, talking, and interacting with each other without a screen in sight. Love it.

Our annual Cultural Day is Monday. This is an annual tradition during which each grade level takes a series of field trips together centered around a particular theme. It’s a wonderful opportunity to use the city as our campus; we walk everywhere. The 9th grade focuses on media (learning about the First Amendment, visiting a TV station, etc.), the 10th grade does the arts (Louisville Ballet, 21C, and more), the 11th grade looks at justice/the legal system (federal courthouse, Kentucky Commission on Human Rights), and the 12th grade works on transitioning to college/adult life (e.g. learning some basic car maintenance, including how to change a tire; discussing life on college campuses; self-defense). Class advisors have planned the day for each grade, and we’re looking forward to it!

No newsletter next week, as Friday begins Spring Break. I’ll be in China with our group of students and parents, and am definitely excited about that adventure. Whether you will be here or away, I wish you beautiful weather and a respite of some kind!



Snapshots for the week of March 16th

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