Archives for February 2016

Week Before Winter Break Goes Out With a Bang!

By Reed Gabhart, Head of the Goshen CampusBuddyDay_1

As we head into Winter Break amidst off-and-on snow, basketball celebrations, Peter Pan, Jr., a Chinese New Year’s Buddy Day assembly (complete with traditional music and dancing from our 8th graders), Regional Governor’s Cup being held on our campus, and Healthy Choices classes wrapping up (do we sound a little busy around here??), I wanted to acknowledge our students who recently competed in the rising 6th and 9th grade Merit Scholarship Competitions.  

This contest, consisting of Language Arts and Math tests, an essay, a science experiment, a personal questionnaire, and teacher recommendations, is highly competitive! And let me tell you, it is very difficult to differentiate among these very talented students! The judging is completely “blind,” as no names are included anywhere and contestants are only referred to by a number.  For the 5th graders, 25 students entered and five of the six finalists were from the Goshen Campus; for the 8th graders, a record 35 students entered, and three of the seven finalists were from our Goshen Campus.  We announced the results to the students in Morning Meeting today and they were all thrilled for those honored.  You’ll see the results and photos separately in this newsletter.  

I hope everyone has a wonderful Winter Break (and we get the snow out of our system next week!).

Player Wows on Senior Night

Sam Edwards-Kuhn plays the National Anthem during Senior Night

You don’t see this every day. Senior SFS basketball team member Sam Edwards-Kuhn playing the National Anthem at Senior Night on his violin!! Beautiful! Click here to watch. 

Inaugural Diversity Week Brings Lots of Activity

By Suzanne Bizot Gorman, Head of the Downtown CampusDiversity_4

Diversity Week has been an enormous success! (See pictures.)  Tuesday was our inaugural diversity fair – students got henna tattoos, took a Black History quiz, admired festive clothing for Our Lady of Guadalupe celebrations in Mexico, and more.  Wednesday brought the screening of Fruitvale Station, a 2013 award-winning film based on a true story, and a discussion afterward  On Thursday, Angela Katz and her dance partner demonstrated the tango, much to the delight of the students!  And Friday wrapped things up with the annual Diversity Potluck, with students bringing delicious dishes to share.  Many thanks to all the students and faculty who helped organize various events, and especially to Terri White for coordinating the entire week.  

Last weekend, we bade farewell to our delegation of Chinese students and a teacher, who visited for a week under the auspices of the Ameson Foundation.  They thoroughly enjoyed their stay, both at school and with their host families, and it was a wonderful experience for the SFS community as well.  Many thanks to our students and parents who embraced the Chinese visitors and went out of their way to provide an enjoyable week:   the Edwards, Miller-Risley, Baize, Jones, Crawford, Brito, Ebel, Davenport and McLaughlin families. And a huge thank-you to Chinese teacher Bob Jones for all his work orchestrating the visit!

Wyverns Soar on the Hardwood!

By Reed Gabhart, Head of the Goshen Campus7:8Boys_1

In a season where the Cards, Cats and Hoosiers (indulge me!) have had their ups and downs on the hardwood, we have had a very special season at St. Francis! While all of our teams have been competitive and snared some nice wins, two of our teams have been truly outstanding!

First, our 6th grade girls’ team is still undefeated after last weekend! Under the direction of parent coach Shannon “Calipari” Ragland these young ladies now stand a gaudy 15-0!  But late in a game last weekend, their perfect season was looking shaky. They were trailing Collegiate 11-10 late in the third quarter. Enter Anna Hardwick-Jones. In less time than it takes to heat up a cup of coffee, Anna hit four straight three-pointers to turn a tight game into a rout! From down 11-10, the Wyverns finished the quarter up 28-12 and coasted to victory. Talk about “Showtime!” Coach Ragland shared a video clip of this incredible sequence with us, and we played it at Morning Meeting on Monday in the Main Amp. Let me tell you, the amp was rocking! Here is the link for you to see for yourself:

This weekend, the team enters the league tournament as the No. 1 seed and looks to close out a perfect season on their home floor in Goshen. The semifinals are set for 10:00 a.m. on Saturday and if the Wyverns win, they advance to a 5:00 p.m. final.

And on the boys’ side, our 7/8 boys’ basketball team is giving the Golden State Warriors a run for their money! They currently stand a ridiculous 27-0! With Coach Shavar “Pitino” Cowherd at the helm, these guys have turned into a well-oiled machine that dispatches their opponents with pressure defense and deadly outside shooting. Last weekend, they competed in the Our Savior Lutheran Tournament, where they won their first two games with relative ease to reach the championship round. There they faced West End School, who gave them all they wanted the last time they faced each other.

(I saw that game and was so impressed with our boys’ chemistry and team play). This time it wasn’t so close and our boys prevailed 54-29 to claim the championship hardware! This was our first OSL Tourney championship in 10 years, and we celebrated that accomplishment at Morning Meeting on Wednesday. And kudos to Will Cole,  Connor Gorman, Kyle McLaughlin and Michael Patterson for making the All-Tournament Team. (Yes, that’s right, four Wyverns in the starting five!) Kyle also showed off his acumen from long range by winning the Hot Shot competition during halftime at one of the games!

Congratulations to ALL of our basketball players for their dedication to SFS athletics, their sportsmanship, and their ability to handle the rigors of juggling athletics with academics. And, of course, thanks to ALL of our many faculty and parent coaches. They are great role models for our kids, and this has truly been an inspiring season. Good luck, Wyverns, the rest of the way! While we wait for “March Madness,” let’s welcome “Frantic February” Wyvern-style!

College Corner

By Kit Llewellyn, College Advisor


  • Consider a college summer program. Do research on the web or with Ms. Llewellyn
  • Continue enjoying your extracurriculars, hobbies or part-time job
  • Think about using Winter Break for visits to nearby colleges/universities for initial comparisons
  • Give lots of energy to your studies!


  • Register for the SAT and ACT tests online @ or
  • This is the last semester that counts for your GPA prior to applications, so go for it; show the colleges what you have to offer!
  • Consider a college summer program/course/job
  • Each junior will have an individual meeting with Ms. Llewellyn and together we will generate a list of suggested colleges
  • Parents of juniors are encouraged to make appointments with Ms. Llewellyn after the lists are composed, for further discussion and planning
  • Plan on taking the March or May SAT, the April or June ACT and any SAT Subject Tests in June, if your colleges require those tests
  • Consider planning some college visits during Winter and Spring Breaks


  • Complete your taxes, send financial aid forms  (*FAFSA and CSS Profile forms when required) and the specific aid forms from the individual colleges
  • If a seventh-semester transcript is required, ask Ms. Llewellyn to send it
  • Mid-year reports are required by some colleges
  • Continue to research scholarship info in Ms. Llewellyn’s office and online at
  • Keep working on your Senior Projects and enjoy!
  • Your senior grades will always be a permanent piece of your high school record … don’t slack off!
  • Check that all your colleges have received all materials: applications, fees, test scores, recommendations and financial aid forms
  • Carefully read all emails and information coming from admissions offices: acceptance procedures, housing, financial aid procedures, registration, and orientation.  Periodically check your spam because sometimes important messages may be posted there.     
  • Keep Ms. Llewellyn informed of your acceptances (and otherwise!)

Doughnuts with Dad, Chinese New Year

By Renee Hennessy, Director of the Preschool

Thank you to all of the dad, grandfathers, uncles, and special friends who came to Doughnuts with Dads.  It is always a special day when you come into the classroom!


We have been busy preparing for and learning about the celebration of Chinese New Year. Cara’s mom, Emily Yao, shared their family’s traditions with the class.  Emily brought in a beautiful yellow dragon puppet for the children to play with, oranges for snack (which are symbolic for wealth/prosperity), and a lunar calendar.  The children learned that sweeping the house from top to bottom symbolizes sweeping out with the old.  Traditions such as buying and wearing new clothes brings good luck, while wearing old clothes is bad luck.  Next Thursday, all preschoolers and the junior kindergarten will parade through the Lower School with shakers, a dragon and masks.

On Wednesday, our 4s classes will attend a performance based on the Disney film and J.M. Barrie’s enchanting play, Disney’s Peter Pan Jr.,  which is a modern version of the timeless tale about a boy who wouldn’t grow up, with no flying required! The score includes new arrangements of classic Disney songs and a story featuring one rousing adventure after another.  The play is performed by our 4th and 5th grade students and will be on Wednesday, February 10th at 9:40 a.m.  We are very excited to see the premiere performance!

Reminder: Re-Enrolllment Contracts Due

From the Admissions Office

Dear St. Francis Families,

The deadline to return your Re-Enrollment Contract or Letter of Intent to Re-Enroll is on SUNDAY, 2/7/16.  After that date, the Admissions Office will begin offering enrollment contracts to new St. Francis students based upon the openings available at each grade level, so current student enrollment will be closed for a week while we assess new student enrollment.  Re-enrollment will open again after that​, but again, remember that spots are limited.  So, if you have a reason why you cannot meet this re-enrollment deadline, please contact the Admissions Office to request an extension.  With continued growth in our school’s enrollment on both the Goshen and Downtown Campuses, it is very important that returning families meet this deadline in order for us to be able to guarantee your child(ren)’s spot as well as offer spots to new students.

Re-Enrolling without Financial Aid

For families not requesting financial aid, please complete your child(ren)’s Re-Enrollment Contract and return it with the enrollment deposit if you have not already done so.  The Re-Enrollment Contracts have been sent to you via email and are due back with a deposit on 2/7/16.  If you have not received an email with a link to your child(ren)’s contract, please contact Kelly Beach on the Goshen Campus or Trisha Amirault on the Downtown Campus.  One important change this year is that St. Francis will require ALL parents to sign the Re-Enrollment Contract for each child.

Re-Enrolling with Financial Aid

Please begin your FACTS application for 2016-17 if you have not already done so (  Please note that our Priority Deadline for financial aid applications is 2/15/16. You also should have received an email with links to complete your Letter of Intent to Re-Enroll, which you will need to submit no later than 2/7/16.  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.  Completed FACTS applications with no supporting documents will not be reviewed.  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.  Families who do not apply by the deadline cannot be guaranteed a grant.

Those who submit all of the required materials by our 2/15/16 Priority Deadline will be notified of their financial aid award by 3/15/16.  One important change this year is that St. Francis will require ALL parents to sign the Re-Enrollment Contract for each child.  Those contracts will be due back with a deposit by 4/1/16.  After this date, the Financial Aid Committee will begin reviewing the financial aid applications of new families. Families still wishing to apply for financial aid, but who did not meet the Priority Deadline, should apply by 3/15/16 and will be notified of their award by 4/15/16, assuming financial aid funds are still available.  Families receiving grants will have two weeks to return contracts with deposits.  Our Financial Aid Committee will consider applications received after 3/15/16 only if financial aid funds are still available and will notify recipients of their award by 5/15/16.

2016-17 Re-Enrollment Timeline:

Date Re-Enrollment Timeline (Without Financial Aid)
1/6/2016 Re-Enrollment Contract Email Sent
2/5/2016 Re-Enrollment Contract Due w/Deposit
6/1/2016 Re-Enrollment Contract Irrevocable
Date Re-Enrollment Timeline (With Financial Aid)
12/1/2015 FACTS Financial Aid Application Available Online
1/6/2016 Letter of Intent Email Sent
2/5/2016 Letter of Intent Due
2/15/2016 Priority Deadline for Financial Aid
3/15/2016 Notification of Financial Aid Award and Re-Enrollment Contract (2/15 FA Deadline)
3/15/2016 Financial Aid Deadline to Receive FA Decisions by 4/15
4/1/2016 Re-Enrollment Contract Due w/Deposit (2/15 FA Deadline)
4/15/2016 Notification of Financial Aid Award and Re-Enrollment Contract (3/15 FA Deadline)
4/15/2016 Financial Aid Deadline to Receive FA Decisions by 5/13
4/29/2016 Re-Enrollment Contract Due w/Deposit (3/15 FA Deadline)
5/13/2016 Notification of Financial Aid Award and Re-Enrollment Contract (4/15 FA Deadline)
5/27/2016 Re-Enrollment Contract Due w/Deposit (4/15 FA Deadline)
6/1/2016 Re-Enrollment Contract Irrevocable

Thank you for your help in meeting these deadlines.  We truly appreciate your continued trust in St. Francis School, and we take our commitment to your children and your family very seriously.  If you have any questions now, or as you go through the re-enrollment process, please don’t hesitate to contact Richard Butcher on the Goshen Campus or Trisha Amirault on the Downtown Campus.

School Notes for Week of Feb 1-5

  • With Valentine’s Day celebrations right around the corner, please remember that St. Francis School is a nut-free campus. Click here for more information on snack safety.
  • Congratulations to the High School Governor’s Cup squad, who came in second overall in the District competition last weekend.  The Quick Recall Team of Sam Borden, Madison Ebel, Sam Edwards-Kuhn, Rose Gilbert, Zoe Koss, Lucy Lv, Jack Baize, and Megan Read also placed second, with crushing defeats of Iroquois and Butler and a near-miss loss to Manual in overtime, 32-30.  They will move on to Regional competition, as will top-5 finishers in the subject area tests:
    • Composition       3rd – Willa Tinsley, 4th – Jillian Morrison
    • Language Arts    4th – Rose Gilbert, 5th – Megan Read
    • Arts and Humanities   4th – Rose Gilbert, 5th – Sam Edwards-Kuhn
    • Social Studies     4th – Sam Edwards-Kuhn, 5th – Jack Baize
    • Math                    4th – Lucy Lv, 5th – Sam Borden
    • Science               2nd (tie) – Sam Borden, 5th – Lucy Lv
  • Tonight from 6:00 -8:00 p.m. at the Tim Faulkner Gallery is senior Rosemary DeMarco’s curatorial RosemaryArtopening of her show, “Turn and Face the Change”. Focusing on the rapid and disillusioning changes that occur in adolescence, “Turn and Face the Change” embraces the awkward stages of liminality that are inherent to being a teenager.
  • The varsity girls’ bowling team came out strong in regional competition this week, finishing 4th overall with a first-round win and an almost-upset in the second round!
  • Once again, the Lost and Found at Goshen is overflowing. All items in the bin will be laid out in the Main Amp area beginning after lunch on Tuesday, February 9th, and will remain out until after school on Wednesday, February 10th. Students will have the opportunity to look through the items during those days, but parents are strongly encouraged to come look as well.  Due to drama performances and a school assembly, we will not be able to lay them out any earlier or later than these times/days. Any items not claimed by Wednesday afternoon will be donated to a local charity.
  • The Goshen Campus will offer Winter Break Camp during our upcoming Winter Break. Please click here for more information. Or you can contact Erika Schneider, director of after-school and summer programs.

Photo Gallery for the Week of February 1-5

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