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Weekly Photo Gallery

Photos from around both campuses for the Week of August 24th

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School Notes for Week of August 24th

  • Dragon Boat Race team members needed! For the second straight year, a St. Francis School Dragon Boat team will vie for a prize on Saturday, September 12th at Waterfront Park. We need 20 paddlers, a drummer, and up to four alternates for our team to take to the water. We have filled seven slots so far, and we hope that more students, parents, faculty, staff, alumni and friends of St Francis will participate in this really fun event! Our boat, the River City Wyverns, did well last year.
    Team members must be 12 or older. Anyone under 18 must have a waiver signed by a parent or guardian. All registration fees are paid for. Please let Team Manager Bob Jones know as soon as possible if you are interested in participating. Our first team practice is Wednesday, Sept. 2nd at 5:30 p.m. Individuals can sign up for other practice days and times through the organizer’s website www.louisvilledragonboat.com.
    The Dragon Boat Festival at Waterfront Park will also be the venue of much Asian cultural activity, with plenty of hands-on stuff to do, food trucks, and booths from the Confucius Institutes at UK and WKU, Crane House and other organizations. Even if you can’t be on the team, come to Waterfront Park on Sept. 12th to cheer on the River City Wyverns!
  • Goshen Campus: After-school activities are now available! Forms went home today in your child’s backpacks. You can also see a version of the form here. This is the first round of activities we are offering. A second round will be offered in late September. Please contact Erika Schneider, director of after-school programs, if you have any questions.
  • The 2014-15 Yearbooks are now for sale. The cost is $45. You can pick one up in the front office at either campus or from Ms. Rosanne on the Goshen Campus.
  • Goshen Campus: If your child is participating in a Lower School sports activity that ends at or around 4:30 p.m. and your child needs childcare, the Enrichment program will be available at a pro-rated rate of $10. This program is available until 5:30 p.m. The Activity Bus will also run on an as-needed basis at 5:30 p.m. for an additional $6 per ride. If you know that your child will need either of these options, please notify Natalie Bruner no later than the morning of the practice.
  • Goshen Campus: Auditions for the St. Francis Drama Project’s fall production of The Importance of Being Earnest are set for Monday, August 31st and (if need be) Tuesday, September 1st after school. 6th through 8th Grade actors and technicians are needed to help carry on the St. Francis Drama Project tradition!
  • As a reminder, you can access the Goshen lunch calendar from Sage through our website. For nutritional information, click on the food item and then click on the tab marked “Nutritional Information”. Use access code S0129 when prompted.
  • Athletic Study Hall will be offered to those athletes who have a home game after school.  All athletes will be expected to check in with the proctor by 3:35 p.m. in Ms. Staley’s room.  This is different athleticstudyhallthan Homework Hall, and each student is responsible for communicating with their advisor if they will be going to Athletic Study Hall.  Students will have time to work on homework, but might also be going outside to play.  Teams will be supervised until 30 minutes before the start of the game.  In the event of two teams playing on the same day, students will be supervised until the first game begins and then will be sent to watch and support their teammates!  See schedule to the right for proctored dates. This is a free option for student athletes. 

Come Out to Support the Wyverns this Season!

By Tony Butler, Athletic Director

Soccer

Junior Soccer
The Junior Soccer program was developed to give students in Lower School an opportunity to play school-based competition.  St. Francis, Walden, KCD, Collegiate and Brown have combined to form the league that is played on various schools’ campuses. The season kicked off immediately after the start of school year.  The SFS program, which now bolsters close to 30 students on the roster in grades 2nd through 4th, is rolling along well.  With two full rosters, coaches Tony Butler and Arra Whitty are excited after the first week of the season.  The teams practice as a full squad and then split evenly for games. Known as Team Butler and Team Whitty, the Wyverns look poised to become a solid soccer program over the careers of this group.  Both teams played well and had fun on opening weekend.  

Upcoming Schedule:
Saturday 8/29 @ St. Francis:  Team Butler v. KCD 8:00 a.m.; Team Whitty v. LCS 10:30 a.m.

MS Soccer
On Friday evening, the Middle School teams traveled to KCD for A and B team matches with the Bearcats.  The A team fell 5-1 but worked hard throughout the game. Owen Carey scored the lone goal on a free kick from 40 yards out.  The B team went down as well (4-0) in their first game as well.  The Middle School B Soccer team took the field on Monday afternoon, playing host to Meredith Dunn.  The Wyverns jumped out early on a goal by Stevaun Butler, but that lead didn’t hold as they fell 5-1.  

Upcoming Schedule:
Friday 8/28 Home v. Anchorage:  B Team 4:30 p.m., A Team 5:45 p.m.
Monday 8/31 Home v. OSL:  B Team 4:30 p.m., A Team 5:30 p.m.
Friday 9/4 Home: A Team v. Waldorf 4:30 p.m., B Team v. Brown 5:45 p.m.

HS Soccer
Monday was a beautiful night for soccer as both the Varsity and JV soccer teams took on DeSales on the newly-opened lower field at Goshen. Despite the Varsity team dominating possession and shot stats, they fell 3-1 in the first game.
Chris Malpartida had three shots that required amazing saves from the visiting goalkeeper – two of them headers off long throw-ins from his brother Michael. The Wyverns did notch their first score of the season with a goal from senior Rosemary DeMarco in the 40th minute of the first half. On their fourth consecutive corner kick, the ball dropped to sophomore Alex Resnik’s foot and as his shot ricocheted off a defender, DeMarco crashed the goal to net the rebound.

The JV team gained some valuable experience in the second game, with many players trying out new positions and developing a better understanding of the game. Freshman goalkeeper Angus Middleton made his debut and played very well in the 3-0 loss.

On Wednesday night the Wyverns travelled to KCD to open play in the 7th Region All “A” Tournament.  They opened with a familiar opponent in Whitefield and played an exciting game that ended in PKs.  The Wyverns won to advance to the semifinals against Walden on Thursday night!

Upcoming Schedule:
Saturday 8/29 7th Region All “A” Championship @ KCD 2:00 p.m.
Tuesday 9/1 @ Manual: Varsity 5:30 p.m., JV 7:00 p.m.
Thursday 9/3 @ Waggener: Varsity 5:30 p.m., JV 7:00 p.m.

Field Hockey

LS Field Hockey
Upcoming Schedule:
Saturday 8/29 1st/2nd grade plays KCD @ KCD at 9:00  p.m.
Saturday 8/29 3rd/4th grade plays Stopher @ KCD at 10:00 p.m.

MS Field Hockey
Wednesday marked the opening game for the MS field hockey team.  
The B team played host to Highlands in the first game of the night.  While the game was close, the team was unable to pull out the win, losing 1-0.  

In the second game of the night, the A team had a rough start against Noe Middle.  Though the Wyverns played tough, they lost 8-0.

Upcoming Schedule:
Monday 8/31 B Team @ Collegiate 4:30 p.m.; A Team @ CAL 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday 9/1 B Team @ Noe  5:45 p.m.
Thursday 9/3 A Team Home v. Holy Trinity 5:00 p.m.
Friday 9/4 A Team @ Anchorage 4:30 p.m.

HS Field Hockey
The Varsity field hockey team continued its promising start to the season in the home opener against Butler.  The Wyverns were able to pull out the 4-1 win behind an outstanding performance from junior Madeline Case, who scored two goals in the contest.  Sophomore Hanna Cobb and junior exchange student Sterre Spijker each also netted goals in the victory.  The team moved its record to 2-0 in this early point in the season.  

Upcoming Schedule:
Tuesday 9/1 Home v. Eastern 6:00 p.m.
Thursday 9/3 @ Atherton 5:00 p.m.  

Golf

The Wyvern golf team is looking to get some new experiences this season.  The golfers will compete in the All “A” Regional Tournament this weekend at Quail Chase Golf Course.  Emerson Mudd, Clay Foye and Ethan Mackin will represent the Wyverns in the event.  This marks the first time in recent history that St. Francis will compete in this event.

Season Passes & Swag

The SFS Athletic Committee is offering season passes for home games, as well as various Wyvern Packages of chairs, umbrellas, bleacher seats and season passes. Items will be available to purchase at upcoming Back-To-School nights.

 

 

College Corner

By Kit Llewellyn, College Advisor

10th Grade:

  • Keep track of all of your activities/jobs/interests for a resume
  • Work hard and give your energies to your studies and activities
  • PSAT will be on Wednesday, October 14th at 8:30 a.m. in the Commons Room (more info later)
  • College Fair coming up on Sunday, September 20th at Kentucky Country Day School from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

11th Grade:

  • On Sunday, August 30th from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. in the Commons Room, all juniors and their parents are strongly encouraged to attend the College Kick-Off presented by Annie Murphy, Associate Director of Admissions at Centre College, and Kit Llewellyn.
  • PSAT will be on Wednesday, October 14th at 8:30 a.m. in the Commons Room (more info later)
  • Colleges focus on your achievements from this year; give it your all!
  • Purchase or borrow college reference books
  • Confirm your high school CEEB code number: 181604
  • Confirm your Social Security number
  • Pay attention to the calendar in the gathering space to be aware of visiting college representatives and financial aid seminars
  • College Fair coming up on Sunday, September 20th at Kentucky Country Day School from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

12th Grade:

  • College Application Workshop on Monday, August 31st from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.
    in the Commons Room. Annie Murphy, Associate Director of Admissions at Centre College, and Kit Llewellyn will be presenting to seniors and their parents.  
  • Be aware of visiting college reps/presentations on campus and in Louisville by looking at the calendar in the gathering space
  • Finalize your college list on Naviance and note the deadlines and test requirements
  • Complete your resumes and personal profiles on Naviance
  • Complete your Common Application and polish your essays and supplements
  • If needed, register for a retake of the SAT or ACT or SAT Subject tests
    in October and November
  • On Wednesday, October 14th, all seniors will be meeting with Kit Llewellyn while the 10th and 11th graders take the PSAT. Brett Paice and Cia White will be available for essay conferring and Kit will be available to help with Naviance logistics and completion of the Common Application.
Test date Registration deadline
SAT I/ SAT Subject: October 3
November 7
December 5
September 3
October 9
November 5
ACTOctober 24
December 12
September 18
November 6

 

New Families, a New Round of Projects and a Musical!

By Suzanne Bizot Gorman, Head of Downtown CampusNewParent_2

A huge thanks to our Parent Association and all the parents who donated delicious food to the New Parent Dinner on Tuesday night.  Each year, it is such a treat to welcome new High School parents and hear their impressions of their children’s first few days.  From more than one parent, I heard comments like “I haven’t seen her this energized about her academics in a long time.”  And several parents are doing some of the reading along with their students!  We are glad to have all our new families as part of the St. Francis community.

Projects began this week during the last period on Thursday afternoon.  Our Playwriting class with Actors Theatre Education Director Jane Jones and our Jazz Ensemble and History course with Bob Bertke occur during this time; as well, students can choose from a variety of options like “Making Friends with Your Mind” (meditation/yoga), “Design, Build, Test” (designing and building contraptions a la Science Olympiad), “Knot Fun” (yes, tying all kinds of knots), and more (Cookies, Musicals, The Films of Star Wars, Poker, and Russian Film/Literature).  We do Projects for several reasons – as another form of building community; to allow faculty and staff to share with students an interest outside their normal roles; and to enable students to explore an area of interest (existing or new).

We made an exciting announcement to the student body in Morning Meeting yesterday regarding a change to our drama program.  Historically, our Showcase of Student-Written and -Directed Plays has been in the spring.  This year, we are moving it to December and then, as our spring production, doing a musical!  Theatre Director Rachael Dobring and music maestro Bob Bertke are teaming up with puppet master (and English/Spanish teacher) Juan Ramirez to bring Avenue Q (school version) to life this March!  We are thrilled to introduce musical theater to the High School Campus.

Parents, please mark your calendars for Back-to-School Night on Tuesday, September 8th.  This evening provides the opportunity to go through your child’s schedule, meet his/her teachers, and just generally learn all about the amazing things going on at the High School!

Love for Garden Taking Root

Renee Hennessy, Director of PreschoolPreschoolPesto (1)

Last week, each class worked with our Garden Coordinator Christine Brinkmann in our raised plant bed on the playground.  The children added soil, seeds, and curiosity to create our community garden.  Later in the morning, they drew colorful pictures of what our garden will need to grow. We have a group of enthusiastic gardeners on our hands, and we’re hoping for a few root vegetables to begin growing soon!  Later in the morning, we mixed the ingredients together to make pesto from the school’s garden.  Ask your little one if s/he tried it. You might be surprised by the answer.

I read a great article this week that I want to pass along about supporting young children and their emotional growth. During the preschool years, you will hear a lot about social and emotional development and why it’s important to your child.  At school, we talk through everything in our classrooms and describe what emotions children are feeling in the moment.  Happiness, sadness, frustration and anger are all typical emotions children experience throughout the day.  We want all of our preschool friends to develop the essential coping skills needed for life.  Here are a few tips that you may find helpful at home.

Zeke’s mom, Jessica Washer, is busy planning and organizing the Preschool’s annual Transportation Day on September 11th.  If you would like to help with this event, please let me know.

Front Office Reminders

By Office Managers Natalie Bruner & Danielle Tracey

Goshen Campus: All students who arrive after 8:30 a.m. need to be signed in by a parent in the front office (MS students can sign in themselves). Students are considered tardy after 8:40 a.m.
In addition, when a student is leaving school early for any reason, parents must sign them out in the office. Simply telling their teacher is not enough.
Also, parents themselves should sign in when visiting the school for even short periods.  For the safety of our children, we must keep track of the whereabouts of everyone at all times.

Downtown Campus: All students who arrive after 8:30 a.m. need to sign in at the front desk with Danielle.  Parents need to notify Danielle if students will be tardy due to an appointment.  Parents also should please call or email Danielle (ideally by 8:30 a.m.) if a student will be absent.

Front Desk Volunteers: Natalie and Danielle are sometimes in need of coverage for their respective desks. For anyone willing to add their name to the email distribution list, please email Danielle or Natalie and indicate the Campus preference (Downtown or Goshen).  If you have questions before you commit to volunteer, please do not hesitate to call Natalie or Danielle.

When viewing our calendars, please note the following designations:

  • P or PS – Preschool activities or events
  • G – Goshen activities or events (JK – 8th)
  • D – Downtown activities or events

Driver’s Permit Forms:  Students need to obtain a School Verification Form when they go to take their permit tests.  Please request this from Danielle at least a day in advance of the test.  

First Goshen Assembly Welcomes Faculty

By Reed Gabhart, Head of Goshen Campus

It’s a “short week” on the old news front, aAssembly_1s I am (unexpectedly!) immersed in jury duty in Clark County, Indiana. This is a first for me, and I’d like to say I’m having a swell time but …

Looking back to last Friday, we held our always fun “Back to School” school-wide assembly at the end of the day for a packed Main Amp! Alexandra led the kids in a discussion of all the wonderful new things on the campus and brought our fabulous maintenance crew onstage to thank them. As Jim DeNicola stood there sheepishly, Walter and Ryan came onstage playing recorders to the melodious strains of Kenny G. You had to be there! I presented National Youth Arts recognition to Amelia Dimas, Lorenzo Mahoney and Lon Church, and last year’s cast of Fools stood proudly to be recognized as being nominated for Best Junior High Ensemble. And our summer musical campers entertained us with two numbers from Into the Woods.

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The highlight of the first assembly is always introducing our new faculty! Debbie Adkins, Señora Alfaya, Joanne Brock, Emily Campbell, Brian Kirby and Judy Riendeau all came on stage (reluctantly?) to introduce themselves, and each had to draw a card with a question posed to them by one of our advisee groups! The Junior Kindergartners asked Ms. Alfaya, “If you were a superhero, what powers would you have?” Not missing a beat, she said, “X-ray vision!” Watch
out, kids! And Mr. Kirby got a two-parter from the Mahoney group: “Have you ever had an ear pierced?” and “If you Assembly_2had a font, what would it look like?” The answers? Yes, in college (hoots and hollers ensued!) and his font would be a “Spartan” green and Greek-looking! And finally poor “Ms. R” had to answer, “If  you were an elephant for a day, what would be the first thing you’d do?” I can’t quite recall what she said, but I think the answer should have been,
leave the stage! Sorry, Judy!

It was a fun and community-building way to start the year, and I think we all can tell we have an energetic and hard-working group of “St. Francis people” ready to join us for a fantastic 2015-16 school year!

Weekly Photo Gallery

Photos from both campuses for the week of August 17, 2015

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School Notes

  • Dragon Boat Race team members needed! For the second straight year, a St. Francis School Dragon Boat team will vie for a prize on Saturday, September 12th at Waterfront Park. We need 20 paddlers, a drummer, and up to four alternates for our team to take to the water. We have filled seven slots so far, and we hope that more students, parents, faculty, staff, alumni and friends of St Francis will participate in this really fun event! Our boat, the River City Wyverns, did well last year.
    Team members must be 12 or older. Anyone under 18 must have a waiver signed by a parent or guardian. All registration fees are paid for. Please let Team Manager Bob Jones know as soon as possible if you are interested in participating. Our first team practice is Wednesday, Sept. 2nd at 5:30 p.m. Individuals can sign up for other practice days and times through the organizer’s website www.louisvilledragonboat.com.
    The Dragon Boat Festival at Waterfront Park will also be the venue of much Asian cultural activity, with plenty of hands-on stuff to do, food trucks, and booths from the Confucius Institutes at UK and WKU, Crane House and other organizations. Even if you can’t be on the team, come to Waterfront Park on Sept. 12th to cheer on the River City Wyverns!
  • On Sunday, August 30th, juniors and their parents are  encouraged to attend a College Exploratory meeting from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. in the Commons Room with Kit Llewellyn, College Advisor, and Annie Murphy, Admissions Counselor from Centre College. On Monday, August 31st, seniors and their parents are encouraged to attend the College Admissions and Application Workshop with Kit Llewellyn and Annie Murphy from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the Commons Room.
  • Auditions for the St. Francis Drama Project’s fall production of The Importance of Being Earnest are set for Monday, August 24th and (if need be) Tuesday, August 25th after school. 6th through 8th Grade actors and technicians are needed to help carry on the St. Francis Drama Project tradition!
  • As a reminder, you can access the Goshen lunch calendar from Sage through our website. For nutritional information, click on the food item and then click on the tab marked “Nutritional Information”. Use access code S0129 when prompted.
  • Athletic Study Hall will be offered to those athletes who have a home game after school.  All athletes will be expected to check in with the proctor by 3:35 p.m. in Ms. Staley’s room.  This is different athleticstudyhallthan Homework Hall, and each student is responsible for communicating with their advisor if they will be going to Athletic Study Hall.  Students will have time to work on homework, but might also be going outside to play.  Teams will be supervised until 30 minutes before the start of the game.  In the event of two teams playing on the same day, students will be supervised until the first game begins and then will be sent to watch and support their teammates!  See schedule to the right for proctored dates. This is a free option for student athletes.