Archives for January 2016

Time to Re-Enroll

As we begin the second semester of the 2015-16 school-year, it’s hard to believe that it is indeed time to think about the 2016-17 school year and time to re-enroll your child/ren at St. Francis. As our School continues to grow, our commitment to our current families is foremost in our minds, so we want to offer spaces for next year to you first before opening enrollment to new applicants. As many of our grades approach full capacity, we need to know how many spots we have available to offer new students, and therefore ask for your help by completing your Re-enrollment Contract now or by signing your Letter of Intent to Re-enroll with Financial Aid and completing your financial aid application via FACTS. At the latest, please sign and submit your Re-enrollment Contract or Letter of Intent to Re-enroll by Friday, February 5, 2016.

There are two changes to our re-enrollment process this year. The first is how you sign your contract. New this year, we are partnering with DocuSign for your electronic signature. DocuSign is the most widely used electronic signature system, is easy to use, and provides us and you security. The second is that ALL parents of a given student will be required to initial and sign the contract for each child.

For those applying for financial aid, it is extremely important that you apply early and meet the financial aid application deadline of February 15th. While we make every effort to meet the demonstrated financial need of our families, and current families are our priority in granting financial aid, there is a limited pool of financial aid.

The FACTS applications for 2016-17 are available right now ( To be considered for financial aid, families must complete the financial aid application through FACTS and submit their completed 2015 income tax returns and 2015 W-2s. We realize that many families do not usually have their taxes completed this early; however, without complete 2015 income tax returns and 2015 W-2s your financial aid application will not be reviewed. Please make sure to plan ahead with your taxes if you are applying for financial aid.

Those who submit all of the required materials by our February 15th Priority Deadline will be notified of their financial aid award by March 15th. Those contracts will be due back with a deposit by April 1st. After this date, the Financial Aid Committee will begin reviewing the financial aid applications of new families.

For questions about your contract itself, please contact the Admissions Office at your Campus: Trisha Amirault, High School, or Richard Butcher, Preschool through 8th Grade.

Counselor’s Corner

By Terri White, Downtown Counseling Services & Julie Marks, Goshen Counseling Services

Stephanie Kootsikas from Freedom from Chemical Dependency will be here to speak about adolescent drug and alcohol use and prevention. Stephanie will be spending Monday and Tuesday at the Goshen Campus, then Wednesday through Friday at the Downtown Campus. Stephanie will be meeting with students, faculty and staff, as well as offering two parent groups on both campuses for your convenience.   The Goshen parent meeting will be Tuesday, January 12 at 8:40 a.m. in the Multi-purpose Room. The Downtown parent meeting will be Wednesday, January 13th at 8:30 a.m. in the Conference Room.

Stephanie is new to us this year, after four years with Rodney Poole. Stephanie joined FCD as a Prevention Specialist in 2013 and holds a BA in Business Administration from Georgia State University. She began her work in the prevention field at Mothers Against Drunk Driving, where she interfaced with law enforcement, schools, after-school programs, churches, parents and prevention coalitions throughout Georgia. Stephanie is also a certified facilitator for Prime for Life,which is a substance prevention program for at-risk offenders. We will miss Rodney but look forward to having a new educator. Some of the topics to be addressed in the Parent Discussion Group include:

  • Effective ways to communicate with your child about drugs and drug use
  • Up-to-date facts about current drug use and trends
  • What to say about your own experiences with alcohol and/or drug experimentation
  • How to spot early warning signs of trouble and effective ways to respond.

FCD is a nonprofit organization that provides alcohol, tobacco, and other drug education to schools and colleges worldwide. One unique thing about FCD is that all of the prevention specialists have achieved long-term recovery from alcohol or other drug addictions. Most FCD prevention specialists began their own drinking and drug use during middle school and high school. They have  experienced the pressures, personal issues and social situations teens face with regard to alcohol and other drug use. They also have first-hand knowledge of the destructive aspects of drug use, and how occasional use, in their case, led to addiction. FCD believes in educating the whole school community, not just students.  There will be an educational session for faculty and staff on each campus as well.

Please email Julie Marks if you will be attending the Tuesday Goshen meeting and email Terri White if you will be attending the Wednesday Downtown meeting. If you are unable to attend but have questions for Stephanie, you are welcome to email us with your questions and we will email you Stephanie’s response. Adolescent alcohol and other drug use and prevention is such an important topic for our students and for parents. Please plan to attend if your schedule allows.

Parent Association News

Goshen Parent/Daughter Dance January 22nd 7:00-9:00 p.m.!
Please join us for a special evening of fun with your daughter! Snacks, drinks, chocolate fountain, photo booth and a DJ provided! $35/family. Located in the Multipurpose Room. (Flyers were sent home today.)  We need your help! If you are able to assist in any way (decorating, volunteering during the event, etc.), please email Andi. Thanks!

SFS PA is on Facebook!
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
January – 4th Grade Teacher Appreciation Month
Friday, 1/22 – Parent/Daughter Dance @ 7:00-9:00 p.m (G & PS)
Tuesday, 2/2 –  PA Meeting @ 8:40 a.m. (G & PS)
Friday, 2/12 – Valentine’s Day Class Parties @ 11:00 a.m. (PS) and 2:45 p.m. (G)

School Notes for Week of January 4-8

  • This year the Goshen Campus is pleased to offer Winter Break Camp. Click here to see flyer and find out how to register. For more information about activities, please contact Enrichment Director Celeste Avery.
  • SFS Girl Scouts Selling Cookies! Our 2nd and 5th grade Girl Scout troops are selling cookies this year and would love to take your order!  Boxes are $4 each.  Options include Savannah Smiles (crisp and lemony), Trefoils (shortbread), Do-Si-Dos (peanut butter sandwich cookies), Samoas (coconut, caramel and chocolate), Tagalongs (chocolate and peanut butter), Thin Mints (chocolate mint), and Rah Rah Raisin (hearty oatmeal cookies with plump raisins and greek yogurt chunks).  Cookies are delivered in late February and can be available at school or brought to your home, your preference. Please email Suzanne Gorman or Gerri Willis to place an order or with any questions!  Orders are due by January 16th.  Thank you for your support!
  • Goshen MathCounts practice will continue on Mondays from now until competition day (February 20th!).  Any Middle School student can participate in practices, but competition is only open to 6th-8th graders.  ***Practice on Monday, Jan. 11th will be from 3:30-4:15 p.m. All other practices will go until 4:30 p.m.
  • Ever wonder what happens to the library’s old books? Last month, these St. Francis students (see picture) OldLibraryBookspassed out old SFS library books at a local food pantry. The patrons were very excited and grateful to leave the pantry with new reading materials. 
  • Desperately Needed! Host Families for One Week – Jan. 23rd-31st. St Francis School is hosting a delegation of 10 Chinese high school students arriving Saturday, January 23rd and leaving Sunday, January 31st. We are in need of two kind families who are willing to host a 15-year-old boy and girl in 10th grade.  The girl has some cat and dog allergies. Host families would be responsible for transportation to and from the Downtown Campus, providing a breakfast, lunch (or lunch money), and dinner, and offer a separate bedroom and internet access. Hosts are encouraged to take the student around Louisville on Sunday, January 24th or Saturday January 30th during the students’ relatively free days. A stipend of $200 is provided to each family to defray expenses, and families are invited to the farewell dinner on Friday, January 29th. Please contact Chinese teacher Bob Jones as soon possible.
  • Art in Italy! St. Francis Middle School Art teacher Alex Taylor will be spending a week in Tuscany for the  second summer in a row co-conducting a one week drawing and plein air landscape painting workshop! This class will run from June 27th through July 1st and is open to six participants. If you would like to join Señor Taylor for this incredible opportunity, you can get more information at or email him.
  • A BIG musical thanks to Carol and Charlie Hebel, grandparents of 6th Grader Devyn Hebel, for graciously sponsoring a brass quintet from the Louisville Orchestra to perform for Middle School prior to holiday break! Bravo!

Join Us For The 20th Anniversary Of Imagine!

Imagine! | January 30, 2016 | Tim Faulkner Gallery | 1512 Portland Avenue
Art Auction + Scholarship Fundraiser

Join us for an immersive art experience including works for sale by locally and nationally recognized painters, sculptors, photographers, glass, and jewelry artists as well as interactive art stations and musical performances.

This year we have revamped the format and will not be hosting a live auction (insert sign of relief here!).  Instead of a traditional seated dinner we will have a delicious array of food stations catered by Wiltshire Pantry.  But don’t worry – there will be ample seating for you to enjoy your dinner while allowing you the freedom to move throughout the gallery and enjoy the art.

6:30 PM – Event Begins & Auction Opens
9:00 PM – Entertainment Begins – Niles Foley + Special Guests
10:30 PM – Auction Closes


Purchase tickets here!