Archives for October 2015

Brice Rosenbloom curating BRIC Jazz Fest


Brice Rosenbloom

Brice Rosenbloom

Brice Rosenbloom, G’89, ’93 the founder and co-producer of Winter Jazzfest, is one of several curators of the BRIC JazzFest, which opened this month in Brooklyn.

Photo Gallery for Week of October 12th-16

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School Notes for Week of October 12th-16th

  • Parent-Teacher Conferences are next Thursday, October 22nd and Friday, October 23rd. School will be closed for the Goshen Campus both days and for the Downtown Campus on Friday only. Please sign up here ASAP as the sign-ups will be “locked” early next week to finalize sign-ups and allow the teachers time to prepare. For those parents needing childcare on the Goshen Campus during conferences, please click here to sign up.
  • The National Youth Arts award-winning St. Francis Drama Project’s Fall production will be the quintessentially witty comedy The Importance of Being Earnest! This classic English comedy of manners and societal foibles by Oscar Wilde will be performed October 23rd (6:30 p.m.), 25th (2:00 p.m.), 27th & 28th (6:30 p.m.). Tickets will be available at the door. We look forward to seeing you there!
  • Picture Days are coming up for the High School!  9th through 11th graders have pictures on Tuesday, October 20th.  12th graders are signing up for mini-sessions (via Danielle at the front desk).  
  • Over the weekend, seven 8th graders (Eli Jaffe, Drew Perkins, Amelia Dimas, Eston McLeroy, Lorenzo QuickRecall_2Mahoney, Holly Yelton, and Connor Gorman) participated in a Quick Recall tournament hosted at Trinity High School. The SFS Wyverns won three of their five matches, barely losing in the fourth match. This is a very competent team and they are excited to compete again. Next they will have a few scrimmages with local schools before taking on the Governor’s Cup Tournament in January. Go Wyverns!
  • LOST AND (hopefully) FOUND at Goshen! The Lost and Found bin has already started to overflow and there are many, many coats, shirts, socks, and shoes missing their owners.  All of the items will be laid out in the Main Amp next Thursday and Friday during Parent-Teacher Conferences.  Please take a look while you’re here and help these things make it back home.  All remaining items will be donated to a local charity.  (And remember, you can always look through the Lost and Found at any time during the school year.) Thanks and happy searching!
  • Congratulations to sophomore Natalie McClain on her nomination to the Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership program and sophomores Aakriti Bista, Shelly Lancaster, and Olivia Bajandas on their nominations to the Louisville Girls Leadership program.  
  • Wyvern Ski and Snowboard Club is gearing up for its third year!  The Goshen Club is open to students in 6th – 8th grades and the High School Club is open to students in 9th – 12th grades.  Parents in those grades have received information via email.  If you have any questions, please contact parent coordinators Suzanne Gorman for the Goshen Ski Club and Stephen McCrocklin for the High School Ski Club. 
  • High school students Sam Edwards-Kuhn, Natalie McClain, and Christina Saliga have been selected as Educational Justice Activists.  The Educational Justice Activists program provides an opportunity for high-performing high school students to channel their academic expertise toward eliminating educational inequality by committing to regularly provide one-on-one tutoring and academic mentoring to younger peers who are struggling in school.  



Parent Association News

From PA Presidents Andi McLeroy, Goshen Campus, and Andrea Melendez, Downtown Campus

Goshen Campus THANK YOU!!!
Thank you to the following parents who graciously assisted with Picture Day: Ari Massey, Natasha Wright, Mikki King, Jenna Vetter, Christi Scoccola-Hootman and Libby Masticola.

It’s Box Top time! BoxTops-logo-big[1]
Each year St. Francis School receives around $500 from our collection of Box Tops. Submissions are due at the end of October, so please bring in your collection to the front office by Monday, October 19 in order for them to be included. Box Tops proceeds help the PA with their annual gifts to the school.

SFS PA is on Facebook!
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Easy Ways to support your PA
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Mark your calendars
Wednesday, October 21st: Skating Party at Champs @ 6:30-8:30 p.m. (G/PS)
Friday, October 30th: Halloween Parade & Parties @ 10:00 a.m. (PS) @ 2:45 p.m. (G)

Speaker to Present on Stress and Anxiety in Adolescence

By Terri White, Director of Counseling Services – Downtown Campus

ChapmanParents! Mark your calendars for Wednesday, November 4th at 8:30 a.m. on the Downtown Campus. Dr. Kevin Chapman will be leading a parent discussion, presenting on stress and anxiety in adolescence. Dr. Chapman will be providing the latest information on this topic, as well as identifying emotion regulation strategies that can be helpful in managing daily stress and anxiety. Goshen and Downtown families are invited. Please contact Terri White, Director of Counseling Services, Downtown Campus, at if you would like to attend. Coffee and breakfast food will be provided.

Kevin Chapman, Ph.D. is a Licensed Psychologist and currently provides evidence-based treatment for anxiety and related disorders to clients in his private practice.
His specialties include cognitive behavioral therapy including exposure for panic disorder, agoraphobia, specific phobias, and social anxiety disorders.

Dr. Chapman also specializes in Exposure and Response (Ritual) Prevention for OCD and Prolonged Exposure for PTSD. Dr. Chapman regularly publishes, lectures, and presents research on the treatment of anxiety and related disorders. He was an Associate Professor at the University of Louisville and Director of the Center for Mental Health Disparities, until he decided to devote his time primarily to clinical practice. Dr. Chapman is a member of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, the International Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Foundation, Anxiety and Depression Association of America, the Association for Applied Sports Psychology, and the Kentucky Psychological Association. He is the outgoing program chair for the Master Clinician seminars for the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies and the program chair for 2014.

6th Grade Hands-on, Minds On Learning

By Shelly Jones, 6th Grade Language Arts & Social Studies


Last week, the 6th graders had two unique hands-on, minds-on learning experiences connected to their Language Arts and Social Studies curriculum. The first, cooking okra two different ways, connected to their study of the novel Same Sun Here by Silas House and Neela Vaswani. In the novel, a 12-year-old Kentucky coal miner’s son named River and a 12-year-old Indian immigrant in New York City named Meena become pen pals and eventually best friends. The novel is written in a series of revealing letters exploring such topics as environmental activism, immigration and racism. One food they discover a shared love for is okra. Meena’s family prepares it in a stew with tomatoes, onions, garlic and spices, while River’s Mamaw batters it in cornmeal and fries it.  

School Garden Coordinator Christine Brinkmann worked with the class to prepare the okra both ways. The students worked in collaborative teams, bringing in the ingredients and preparing the food in stations set up in the classroom. In the spring, we will work with Christine to plant our own okra saved from last year’s seeds. Then next year’s class will be able to harvest and cook the okra grown in our school garden (unfortunately this year’s okra was past its prime). To say the kids loved cooking was an understatement!  I heard from one parent that when her son came home from school, the first thing he asked her is, “Mom, when can we cook some okra?”


Our second hands-on, minds-on learning experience, “Walk A Mile in My Shoes,” gave 6th graders the opportunities to experience life as a refugee. Students had new identities, health histories, skills, ages, and family members assigned before the simulation, and they faced many challenges while “in character” at the event held downtown at Waterfront Park. Together they navigated challenges such as learning a new language, obtaining food and water, filling out paperwork they couldn’t understand, securing food, bartering with few possessions, avoiding random arrest, or being forced to go back to their home countries. The students left the refugee simulation after debriefing, where they shared their thoughts, reflections and new understandings of the challenges faced by millions of refugees around the globe today. A special thanks to the newly-formed Louisville group, Global Commons. They provided this opportunity to 800 Louisville-area students free of charge in order to help bridge local and international communities to help students to think of themselves as global citizens.

After these experiences, the students wrote reflectively about what they learned. I’ll close with a couple of excerpts from their work, which speaks for itself:

“I could not imagine being a refugee. They run miles to get to safety from war. They don’t have the stuff we have, such as a lot of water and a lot of food. They face many challenges. They have to make hard decisions, like should they run from their home and leave everything behind or collect everything and die? They would love everything that we have.”  
Isaiah Green

“Our [mock] family was arrested many times for little reasons, like not being able to read a foreign language. I feel extremely sorry that these refugees have to suffer, so I’m glad that we will help Kentucky Refugee Ministries for our service-learning project. No one should have to go through what Dania [the refugee we learned about in class] did.”
Lily Gilbert

“I learned a lot of things from the simulation that I never realized were true. Now I realize how difficult it is for them to survive with such limited resources and materials.  When I was in the camp, I thought this isn’t so bad, but then I realized people would spend their whole lives inside gates and maybe never be able to leave.  When the refugees finally get out, they usually have very few belongings and they can only hope that they can start their lives over again, which must be a very difficult process to go through.”
Grayson Karleski

“Refugees’ experiences are tough; it’s very hard to trust anyone. If you make it to a different country, it will be hard to understand the language and fill out papers. During the simulation you ALWAYS HAD to have your papers with you or you would be sent to jail. You got to keep one thing to bribe people with if you got into trouble. The experience was hard and meaningful to know what it was like to go on the journey of a refugee fleeing from their country.”
Stevaun Butler

St. Francis Players Join in “Pink Out”

By Tony Butler, Athletic DirectorPinkOut_3

This year was the first time St. Francis participated in a  “Pink Out” sponsored by the American Cancer Society. The event was held on two different occasions this year – the Senior Nights for soccer and for field hockey/golf.  We raised $330 during the two events and all proceeds went to the American Cancer Society. They were great events and we look to grow them in the upcoming years.

JV/Varsity Soccer

The varsity soccer team season ended in royal fashion as they defeated Whitefield in their finale on Friday night.  Senior captain Michael Malpartida led the offensive attack with a goal and a pair of assists to fellow senior Jonny Simpson and sophomore Wah Doe Moo.  The Wyverns pulled out the 3-1 victory behind a raucous crowd of field hockey girls who came out to show support on what turned out to be a great night.  

On Saturday, the JV team wrapped up their season by participating in the Henry Clay JV Cup in Lexington. In the first round, the Wyverns faced Woodford County on the turf. The Wyverns came out a bit slow in the first half, but with some position adjustments and better insight into their attack, played a much better second half, though they fell 6-0. St. Francis then took on Bryan Station in the consolation match, dominating much of the possession throughout the game and generating multiple scoring chances before Grayson Smith took a break-away down the middle of the field and scored to bring the Wyverns within one in the second half. Despite many more scoring chances, St. Francis couldn’t pull even and fell 2-1.. It was a great JV season that saw many students playing organized soccer for the first time, and as always, we were able to focus on developing skills, game knowledge, and, most importantly, passion for the sport and joy in playing it.

On Tuesday night at Central Stadium, in front of a great St. Francis crowd, the Wyverns entered the district tournament as the #2 seed and squared off against host Central High School.  The rain Monday that delayed the game til Tuesday brought back a reminder of last year’s District Tournament semifinal, when the Yellowjackets defeated the Wyverns in Goshen. Determined to return to the district championship and a berth in the regional tournament, the Wyverns came out strong.   Inside the first 10 minutes of play, the Wyverns scored their first goal when Andrew Thurstone headed a corner kick from Wah Doe Moo.  Later in the half, Wah Doe slipped one by the Yellowjackets’ keeper to give the Wyverns a 2-0 lead heading into halftime.  The Wyvern defense was tremendous throughout as the team pitched a shutout behind the outstanding play of Sam Erbes.  Andrew found the back of the net once again, early in the second half, heading another corner from Wah Doe, for a final score of 3-0.  The Wyverns advanced to the championship game to play Manual at Central Stadium last night.  They fell 5-0 but did an outstanding job.  Andrew Thurstone, Wah Doe Moo and Michael Malpartida were named to the All- District Tournament Team.  

St. Francis advances to the Regional Tournament to play St. X (at St. X) on Tuesday night at 7:00 p.m.

Varsity Field Hockey

The varsity field hockey team hosted North Oldham last Thursday night.  The game marked the second time this season the teams faced off.  And with a little help from the largest crowd so far this season, the Wyverns were able to shut out the Mustangs 2-0.  Goals were scored by Hanna Cobb and Page Dabney.

The team celebrated Senior Night for the seniors’ last home game Monday with a 3-0 shutout of Seneca. Senior Rose Gilbert scored her first career goal when she slammed home a cross from Maddy Case.  Hanna Cobb and 8th grader Grace Donovan rounded out the scoring in the game.  St. Francis Athletics would like to thank seniors Page Dabney, Bailey Chapman, Rose Gilbert, Lucy Lv, Mariah McCrocklin and exchange student Sterre Spijker for their commitment to athletics.

Last night, the team took on Butler in their regular-season finale.  The Wyverns were without either of their goalies and a primary scorer, due to illness,  Maggie McGraw donned the pads and allowed only one goal during regulation.  Hanna Cobb scored for the Wyverns off an assist from Shelly Lancaster.  With a 1-1 tie at the end of regulation, the team went into a 7v7 overtime period, where neither side scored.  The game came down to flicks, with Maggie stopping every single one of the Butler attempts and Steere Spijken and 8th grader Bradley Wilson putting theirs in the net to secure the 2-1 win for the Wyverns.

Next up for the Wyverns is the Regional Tournament, where they again take on Butler on Monday at 5:30 p.m. at Manual.  

Fall is in the Air in the Preschool Classrooms

By Renee Hennessy, Director of the PreschoolPreschool_6

It’s that time of year when change is in the air.  It is very visible by the leaves turning, as well as the clothing changes, with everyone needing to bundle up a little more than before.  Throughout the the Preschool, there is a feeling of fall in each classroom.  The 2s classes have been learning about the colors of fall through activities such as painting with fall colors, gluing leaves found on walks outside, and science experiments with apples.  The 3s have also been busy observing the changes outside. They have made applesauce and are opening gourds and pumpkins to discover what’s inside.  The 4s classes are cooking up the season’s bounties by baking apple crisps. They have also learned about fruits and vegetables that have seeds and where they grow.   

The activities described above are general goings-on in the Preschool.  Every day there are in-depth conversations and discoveries made that aren’t planned but are spontaneous and child-directed.  For example, one group has taken an interest in animals, initiated by St. Francis Day.  They are asking questions such as: How do we take care of the animals? Why do we have chickens at school?  Why are they not in a cage?  We will reflect on these questions with the group and plan more investigations about animals (particularly chickens), so they can discover together the answers to their inquiries.   

Next week, we are looking forward to seeing you at your child’s conference.  If you haven’t had a chance to sign up, click here

Coming Attractions: Progress Reports and Fall Play!

By Reed Gabhart, Head of the Goshen CampusAuthorVisit

A very hectic week on the Goshen Campus, with progress reports underway, a parent/student coffee about our Downtown Campus, our fall play in its final stages of preparation, an author visiting our campus, the Middle School Halloween Dance on Friday night … not to mention all the goings-on in the classroom! So here are a few brief highlights before heading back to the grindstone!

Going back to last week, I was very impressed with our 7th and 8th graders who attended the talk given by Dr. Chris Thurstone on the dangers to adolescent brains associated with marijuana usage (and other substances). Not only were they attentive and polite, but when it came time for questions at the end, they really showed their mettle. After a slow start, they asked numerous questions of both depth and breadth. Dr. Thurstone was impressed, too, and it is another example of how astute and aware our students are of the larger world around them.

I also wanted to remind you that first-quarter progress reports will be available to you electronically beginning early next week. Look for an email with instructions on how to access them. The timing is deliberate, as we are also gearing up for parent-teacher conferences next Thursday and Friday. Please sign up right away if you haven’t already!

Lastly, I’d like to invite you to the St. Francis Drama project’s fall play, the classic English comedy The Importance of Being Earnest.  This staple of the theater world written by Oscar Wilde is a somewhat difficult choice for middle school kids, but as usual our young thespians are handling it with aplomb and are eager to perform. This classic comedy poking fun of society manners and mores opens next Friday, October 23rd with three additional performances on October 25th (2:00 p.m.), 27th & 28th (6:30 p.m.). Tickets will be available at the door. We hope to see you for this “capital” production!

9th Graders Enjoy Walking Tour, 10th & 11th Graders Practice for PSAT

By Suzanne Bizot Gorman, Head of the Downtown Campus9thGradeTrip_2

This week brought the national PSAT Day on Wednesday, so our 10th and 11th graders spent the morning taking this practice test.  As many of you know, Progressive philosophy – and certainly St. Francis’ in particular – does not believe that students’ intelligence is measured by their ability to fill in bubbles with #2 pencils.  However, standardized tests are a part of American educational culture and, most importantly, a requirement to get into most colleges.  So we want to prepare our students to do as well as possible on these tests and we certainly honor their achievements.

The 12th graders got to spend the morning working with their college advisor, Kit Llewellyn, on completing the Common App, and with their English teachers on college essays.  The 9th graders had the most fun of all, setting out on a walking tour that coincided with their Louisville history unit in my class.  We visited the statue of Louis XVI on the corner of 6th and Jefferson (a gift from our French Sister City, Montpelier); viewed KentuckyShow! at the Science Center; saw the contemporary art in the galleries at 21C; examined some of the architecture, cast-iron tree guards, and limestone “doormats” along West Main Street; and ended on the Belvedere to see the statue of George Rogers Clark (where, every year, the 9th graders pose for a picture.  Last year’s seniors went back to the Belvedere to recreate it from their freshman year!)  This is the kind of easy access to downtown places so cherished by the High School community.  

Our field hockey and soccer teams are wrapping up their seasons, with the soccer team already having secured a berth in the Regional tournament after the District tournament victory over Central earlier this week.  The varsity Quick Recall team is off to a 2-0 league start with wins over St. X and Trinity.  Math League competition will be underway later this month, along with Showcase of Plays auditions, and next month the Kentucky Youth Assembly group attends its annual three-day program event.  

Grade reports will be posted online Friday afternoon (you will likely receive an email before this newsletter even hits your inbox). As a reminder, the grades that go on transcripts and in GPAs are semester grades, with these quarter grades being a progress report since we are halfway through the semester.  The faculty and I look forward to seeing you at Parent-Teacher Conferences next Thursday after school from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m.and Friday during the day from 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.!