Archives for November 2015

Weekly Photo Gallery for November 9-13

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Parent Association News

Staff/Faculty Holiday Wish Fund: Coming Soon!!!

Be on the lookout for more information soon regarding the Holiday Wish Fund. This is a wonderful way to thank all the staff and faculty that help your child on a daily basis! No need to go out and buy 10 coffee mugs!

Simple ways to support your PA!!!

Please CLICK HERE for simple ways you can support the PA. Don’t forget to share with family and friends. Thanks!

SFS PA is on Facebook!

Click here to see our Facebook page. Don’t forget to “Like Us” on Facebook. Also, to make sure you are seeing all our posts, be sure to “follow” us as well. Thanks!

Mark your calendars

Friday, November 13th Senior Auction/Taste of St. Francis @ 5:30 p.m (D)

November 17th-24th Scholastic Book Fair (PS & G)

Thursday, November 19th 6th Grade hosting Faculty/Staff Appreciation Luncheon (G)

Friday, November 20th Thanksgiving Luncheon @ 11:00 a.m. (PS)

Tuesday, November 24th Grandparents’ Day @ 1:00 p.m. (G)

Grandparents’ Day, Goshen Campus – November 23rd

Important Information for St. Francis Families!

Parent Preview on Monday, November 23rd
in the Gymnasium 
from 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.

Monday is Parent Preview Day for our performances. Because of your wonderful support for our music program, we don’t have enough room for both guests and parents on Tuesday.

Monday’s program allows parents to hear the full performance and leaves ample room for our guests on Tuesday afternoon.  We appreciate everyone’s help in making sure Grandparents’ Day provides room for our special guests to visit our school, enjoy the performance, see our beautiful campus and connect with our teachers and students.  We ask that when attending our performances that you make every effort to stay for the duration of the program, as it is difficult for our students to perform when audience members leave in the middle of the program.  

Grandparents and Special Guests on Tuesday, November 24th in the Gymnasium (Valet Parking Provided ) from 1:00 – 3:30
Performances and Classroom Visits

If grandparents are unable to attend, please take this opportunity to invite a close family friend, neighbor, or an aunt or uncle.  All students have been rehearsing for this special day, and everyone is required to be present at school for the performances.  We ask families who travel to make this day a top priority.  Overall student success as performers is greatly altered if some are suddenly absent for the Parent Preview and Grandparents’ Day.  This is a school day.

For Tuesday’s Grandparents’ Day performance, we ask that students wear something special, such as an outfit they would wear to a fancy dinner, synagogue or church.

If you have any additional questions, please email Faith Murphy, Kim Aberle or Bob Bertke.

Parent Association News

Kroger Card: THANK YOU!!!

$897.49!!! That’s the amount we received from Kroger Community Rewards! Thank you to the 75 families that have designated St. Francis School as your non-profit.

Please CLICK HERE for simple ways you can support the PA. Don’t forget to share with family and friends. Thanks!

SFS PA is on Facebook!

Click Here. Don’t forget to “Like Us” on Facebook. Also, to make sure you are seeing all our posts, be sure to “follow” us as well. Thanks!

Mark your calendars

Friday, November 13th Senior Auction/Taste of St. Francis @ 5:30 p.m (D)

November 17th-24th Scholastic Book Fair (PS & G)

Thursday, November 19th 6th Grade hosting Faculty/Staff Appreciation Luncheon (G)

Friday, November 20th Thanksgiving Luncheon @ 11:00 a.m. (PS)

Tuesday, November 24th Grandparents’ Day @ 12:45 p.m. (G)

Hello from St. Paul, Minnesota!

By Suzanne Bizot Gorman, Head of the Downtown Campus

I am writing this from St. Paul, MN, where Alexandra and I are visiting schools and attending the annual ISACS Conference, along with history teacher Trent Apple, IT Director Charlie Patton, and Lower School Dean/Dean of Goshen Faculty Jennifer Griffith.  I look forward to writing next week about some of the conference sessions I attended!

A big thanks to our Counselor, Terri White, for bringing Dr. Kevin Chapman in to speak on adolescent stress and anxiety – and thanks to all the Goshen and Downtown parents who came to hear him!  

The winners of last week’s Halloween Costume Contest were:

1st Place – Aliya March, Chris Malpartida, Michael Malpartida, Jonah Goodman, and Ben Weaver (Republican presidential candidates)

2nd Place – Cat Runner and Ramona the dog (Toad and Yoshi)

3rd Place – Harrison Crawford, Grayson Smith, and Logan Wourms (Gorilla and bananas)

I hope to see many of you next Friday evening at school for the Taste of St. Francis and the Senior Auction!  The St. Francis parent body is one of the best things about sending your child to this school, and this is a great chance to enjoy some time with other parents.  Bring a favorite dish and stop by!  Festivities are underway at 5:30 p.m.

Counselor’s Corner

By Julie Marks, Director of Counseling – Goshen Campus

Several weeks ago, Carrie Christensen, a facilitator from the Peace Education Program, began coming out to the Goshen Campus to work with our 6th and 8th graders. The Peace Education Program is a local organization that has been working since 1982 to help children learn to constructively resolve conflict. Our 6th graders are in the process of learning to be Cooperative Game Leaders and will start working with our students in the Lower School during lead/advisee time after Holiday Break. By working with the younger students, the 6th graders are improving their leadership skills and are helping teach the Lower School students important skills such as communication, cooperation, and observation through fun and exciting games. As one 6th grader commented, “I like this process because I enjoy working with the younger students and am excited to show them how to do things that will help them.”

Our 8th graders are in the process of completing their training and will be ready in January to lead our Peer Mediation Program. This program provides younger students with the opportunity to have a team of 8th graders help them come up with solutions to their problems. Over the course of the training, the 8th graders will learn a great deal about conflict styles, communication skills, and conflict resolution. Watch for information in future newsletters as they describe their recently acquired skills in more detail

Bowling Team Ready to Hit the Lanes

By Tony Butler, Athletic Director

Varsity Bowling

Wyvern bowling is off to a great start this season, with practices picking up and matches on the horizon.  The Wyverns’ season will begin next week when both the boys and girls play host to Brown at Ten Pin Lanes in St. Matthews.  The girls’ bowling team beat Brown on two occasions last season, while the boys look to avenge a loss last season.  


– Girls’ Varsity

The 2015-16 version of Wyvern girls’ basketball continues to prepare to take the court this season.  They will get their first shot at live action on November 14th when the Athletic Department hosts its annual Wyvern Shootout Scrimmages at the St. Stephen Family Life Center.  Brown, Eminence and Fort Knox will be in attendance on the girls’ side.  The first game will tip-off at 11:00 a.m.

Heralded sophomore Alexis Nelson returns with expectations to challenge for top scorer in the state.  Last season she led the Wyverns, averaging an uncanny 29.2 points per game.  Her total would have cemented a scoring title for Nelson had she played in enough games to qualify.  Unfortunately a knee injury ended her season a couple weeks short of the end.

In preparation for this season, many girls spent the summer playing in school-sanctioned summer leagues.  The Wyverns played in a four-night event hosted by Fairdale while also hosting their own event at St. Stephen’s Family Life Center.  These summer events gave the girls some much needed practice and experience.  St. Francis coach Dean Zangari welcomed a number of Middle School athletes to play on the team, and several will get a chance to play on the high school level some this season.

– 7/8 Girls

The 7/8 girls’ team is still working hard in preparation for their opener against the Academy for Individual Excellence on Thursday night in Goshen.  Game time is set for 5:00 p.m. and will be followed by the boys’ A and B teams.

Up Next …

Thursday vs. AIE at Goshen at 5:00 p.m.

– 6 Girls

The 6th grade girls’ team soundly beat Highland Latin 38-4 on Halloween 6thGirlsBasketballafternoon.  They were lead in scoring by Reese Ragland with a game-high 14 points.  Anna Hardwick-Jones chipped in 10 points and 10 rebounds, while Katie Hammond had 10 steals.  Overall the team had nine assists on 18 made field goals.

Up Next …

Saturday v. CAL at Goshen at 10:40 a.m.

– 5 Girls

The 5th grade girls took on CAL at Whitefield Academy this past Saturday.  The Wyverns picked up their second win of the season while playing with only six girls.  Carly Schramko led the team in scoring with 10 points.  Aidan Keegan and Abigail Runyon spearheaded the defensive effort, leading to numerous fast breaks and offensive opportunities.

Up Next …

Saturday v. Whitefield Academy at Goshen at 9:35 a.m.

– Boys’ Varsity

The Wyverns were a hard-working team last year that only had one senior on the roster.  Although the season provided quite a bit of experienced competition, the Wyverns had a series of wins against comparatively “school size” matched opponents.  The signature win of the season came in the St. Patrick Tournament when the six available players were reduced to four just prior to end of regulation play due to fouls.  The four Wyverns erased a nine-point deficit in the 4th quarter and ended up beating Covington Latin School in double overtime.

The enthusiasm of the 2014-15 season extended into the summer as five freshmen attended the Georgetown College Summer Team Camp, along with four veterans. The Wyverns created a competitive 4-6 record against strong opposition, with only two games really being out of reach.

The squad opens play in the Wyvern Shootout against Fort Knox and Walden in a set of scrimmages on November 14th.

– 7/8 Boyswest end tourney champs

The 7/8 boys’ A team won the inaugural West End School Classic title over Halloween weekend. They opened the tournament by beating Little Flock on Thursday night 50-29.  Coach Shavar Cowherd noted that this was 50 points on the 50th day of school in the 50th year of St. Francis School! Kyle McLaughlin led the team in scoring with a game-high 14 points.  Their opening round win advanced the Wyverns to the finals to play West End School.  St. Francis beat the Soaring Golden Eagles 39-29 to clinch the title.  This was the first SFS win against West End on the A team level in several years.  Kyle McLaughlin and Will Cole were named to the All-Tournament Team.  The A and B teams also competed the following day in a three-game Jamboree at South Oldham, where the A team won two of its three games and the B team battled hard and gained good experience in its matchups.

The boys will open their regular season Tuesday night when they travel to Sayers Classical Academy.  Then on Thursday night, they will play their home opener against AIE.  The B team will tip at 6:00 p.m. followed by the A team at 7:00 p.m.

– 6 Boys

The 6th grade boys’ team moved their record to 2-0 on Friday night when 6thBoysBasketballthey played host to Wheeler Elementary at Goshen.  The Wyverns never trailed in this one, jumping out to a 24-9 first half lead, behind 11 points from Robert Boyd who hit three 3-pointers in the half.  Wheeler fought back into the game in the second half, but the Wyverns were just too much and went on to win 38-28.  Robert led all scorers, tallying 14 points, while Lars Barbercheck and Chase Jones chipped in seven apiece.

Up Next …

Saturday v. Collegiate at Goshen at 1:55 p.m.

– 5 Boys

The boys’ 5th grade team played host to Wheeler on Friday night at the 5thBoysBasketballGoshen Campus.  The Wyverns built a small lead in the first, but a rough middle half of the game caused them to fall behind by five after three quarters.  St. Francis continued to fight in the fourth, but fell 22-19.  Tyler King led all scorers with six points in the contest.  

On Saturday morning, the Wyverns ran into Highland Latin Blue at Goshen.  St. Francis came out and gave it what they could but fell 27-11 in the end.  After a tough battle the night before, the Wyverns couldn’t muster what was needed to fully compete in this one.  

Up Next …

Saturday v. Walden at Goshen at 3:00 p.m.   

– 3/4 Boys

The boys’ 3/4 team moved their record to 2-0 after defeating Highland Latin CH White on Saturday morning.  The Wyverns actually fell behind early in this one, trailing 9-4.  Then in the second half, they were able to turn the tables and take a 13-11 lead into halftime.  Quentin Johnson led the first half attack with eight points.  St. Francis ran away with the game in the second half when the defense stiffened and held HLS to six second-half points.  Savion Butler led the second half offensive charge, scoring all six of his points in the half.  The Wyverns went on to win 27-17.  

Up Next …

Saturday v. Portland Christian at Goshen at 4:05 p.m.

The Importance of Self-Regulation

By Renee Hennessy, Director of PreschoolPSTurkey_2

From the time that we put the fallen pacifier back into our child’s mouth during the night until we offer guidance on managing anger, “saving for a rainy day,” or making a point about setting goals, we are assisting our children with self-regulation.  Bruce Duncan Perry, M.D., Ph.D, states that “the transition from external regulation to self-regulation is one of the most important tasks of growing up.  Healthy self-regulation is related to the capacity to tolerate the sensations of distress that accompany an unmet need” (Early Childhood Today).

Self-regulation is related to maturity, independence, responsibility and delayed gratification.  It is first seen when a baby stirs from sleep and drifts back to sleep without crying or assistance from an adult.  It is evident when a child no longer grabs a toy away from another child, but is willing to wait his or her turn.  Self-regulation is at work when a toddler becomes hungry, but willingly waits a few minutes for food without a tantrum.  At the Preschool, we are dedicated to providing experiences, holding expectations, and teaching skills that nurture self-regulation.  It may be seen in separating from a parent or trying a new snack or learning how to enter the play with peers.

Here’s a link to more information on the subject of self-regulation.

School Notes Week of Nov. 2-6

  • Last week, we had 23 talented Middle School students (the third-highest total in the state!) participate in the KYACDA All-State Choir.  Students from around Kentucky audition, and only the top scoring students are accepted. Once accepted, the students have an intense two days of rehearsals followed by a concert. This year’s concert was fantastic, and our students represented St. Francis exceptionally well. Congratulations to all who participated, and thanks to their parents for helping out throughout the weekend. Listed below are our All-State students.
    5th Grade6th Grade7th Grade8th Grade
    Amelia Gorman
    Kameron Julian
    Olivia Kastmann
    Jane McLeroy
    Harrison Aberle
    Lily Gilbert
    Izzy Grass
    Jada Jackson
    Natalie Koch
    Ayda Marshall
    Piper Shiflet
    Sophie Johnson
    Jimmy Lancaster
    Lake Mackin
    Audrey McClain
    Teagan Morrison
    Bentlea Schwartz
    Mellie Simpson
    Amelia Dimas
    Caroline Frederick
    Eston McLeroy
    Grace Malone
    Carolyn Siegenthaler
  • Goshen’s Fall Scholastic Book Fair will kick off on Tuesday, November 17th and run until Tuesday, November 24th!  Read below for more information:
    • Teacher Preview will be Monday, November 16th.  If you would like to donate a book to a teacher’s classroom, ask Lindsy Serrano for his/her wish list!
    • The Book Fair will be open to students and parents from Tuesday, November 17th through Tuesday, November 24th.  Students will be able to shop during their regular library class time, recesses, and after school until 4:30 p.m.  
    • The fair accepts cash, most major credit cards, and checks payable to St. Francis School.
    • For more information, volunteer signup, and to shop the fair online, check out the Book Fair’s website.
    • Also, here is the link to sign up to volunteer at the fair.

Weekly Photo Gallery November 2-6

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