Archives for December 2016

School Notes for Week of December 5 – December 9

High School Exam Schedule:

Monday 12/12 – World Language
9:00 – 11:00 a.m. – Chinese, French
12:00 – 2:00 p.m. – Spanish

Tuesday 12/13 – Math
9:00 – 11:00 a.m. – Algebra I, Geometry, AP Stats
12:00 – 2:00 p.m. – Algebra II, Precalculus, AP Calculus

Wednesday 12/14 – Science
9:00 – 11:00 a.m. – Physics, AP Physics, AP Biology
12:00 – 2:00 p.m. – Biology, Chemistry, AP Chemistry

Thursday 12/15 – History
9:00 – 11:00 a.m. – Culture and Civilization Ancient, Culture and Civilization Medieval
12:00 – 2:00 p.m. – US History, AP European History, AP US History

Friday 12/16 – English
9:00 – 11:00 a.m. – English III, English IV, AP English
12:00 – 2:00 p.m. – English I, English II

Next week is Holiday Dress Up Week on the Goshen Campus!

  • Tuesday – Buddy Pajama Day! (plan your “Twins” Day)
  • Wednesday – “Twins” Day! (dress like your Buddy)
  • Thursday – Ugly Holiday Sweater Day!
  • Friday – Holiday Hat/Dress Up Day!

Don’t miss the opportunity to reserve your copy of the 2016-17 yearbook! We are able to offer a reduced price of $50 until March 1st; after that, the price will be $57. Similar to last year, the yearbook will come out BEFORE the end of the school year so that students can sign copies and have them for the summer break. We will mail a spring supplement full of great photos from end of the year activities, graduations, etc. to each of you who purchase a yearbook. The spring supplement comes with an adhesive strip to insert into your yearbook. Also, all yearbook ordering and purchasing is done through our yearbook company, Herff Jones.​

Click here to purchase the SFS yearbook now. Please contact Rosanne Conlan, Trisha Amirault, or Danielle Tracey for any additional questions.

We are seeking an After-School Enrichment Assistant on the Goshen Campus. St. Francis School, Goshen Campus, seeks a part-time after-school Enrichment and Summer Camp counselor. The ideal candidate should enjoy working with students ages 5-10 years old and will assist in supervising structured and unstructured play, indoors and outdoors, and homework. This person will contribute to the planning of new and creative hands-on activities for our students. Hours are 3:15 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday during the school year. This candidate will also be a full-time Summer Camp counselor for 4-6 weeks and be available for 10-12 full-day faculty in-service days.The position pays $15 per hour. Please email resume and cover letter to Marcy Jackson, Director of Summer & After-School Programs.

Girl Drama! (and not the “good kind”)

love-300x225By Reed Gabhart, Head of Goshen Campus

This Wednesday we hosted a presentation on the important topic of “Girls’ Friendships & Drama: How to Support Your Daughter.” The presentation was given by Dr. Tim Jordan, an expert in this area, and was aimed at parents who have girls in grades 3rd – 8th (and beyond!). As one of the “beyond” parents and someone who deals with discipline and counseling, I’m all too aware of the pitfalls and emotions that households can find themselves engulfed in regarding this topic. The webinar was very informative, and I thought I’d share some of the more useful “nuggets” he talked about for those of you who couldn’t attend. At the end of the article is a link to explore more information.

  • “Girls often hold onto their feelings longer than boys and when in conflict, bring up things from the past that still weigh on their minds.” So in counseling them, it is good to try and get them to focus on the here and now, and who their “adversary” is as a person now, rather than two years ago.
  • “It is perfectly OK to persuade girls to try and make new friends.” A strategy Dr. Jordan suggested is having your daughter make a list of the qualities she desires in a friend (honest, non-judgmental, avoids drama, etc.) and then think of who in her class possesses them. An interesting corollary to that is to see how her current friends match up with that list too!
  • “Girls often desire to be popular or leaders in their class. They need to learn there are other types of leaders beyond the most athletic, or popular, or Student Council officer, etc.” Dr. Jordan suggests letting your daughter know that girls who don’t care what other people think of them often become a different type of leader. Qualities such as not engaging in the daily drama, or trying to include everyone instead of dividing them, are noticed and appreciated by others and create leadership in their own right.

In terms of parenting skills, he suggests several tactics:

  • Simply be a good listener and mirror back to your child what you hear them saying rather than trying to solve the problem for her. After restating what you hear, ask “And what are you going to do about that?”
  • Avoid getting emotionally sucked into their issues. To quote Dr. Jordan, “Don’t drown in your daughter’s social pool” (one of my favorite quotes of the day)! He noted that when your daughter complains about a certain friend/enemy, parents often begin to harbor ill will towards the same child, while at school they very likely may have “made up” and are now friends! Resist getting caught up in their drama, but work to help them sort through it in a positive way.
  • Tell stories from your past so your daughter will see she’s not the first to go through certain scenarios (“You’d never understand Mom, you’ve never gone through anything like this!”) Give her examples of how you solved difficult situations and role-play conversations with her that she may need to have at school to help her prepare.
  • And finally, find out and take advantage of anything your child’s school does to help out in the area of social/emotional learning. And I’m happy to say we certainly DO provide support in these critical areas and are always willing to partner with you in navigating these murky, turbulent waters.

I think you can see there was a lot of great information disseminated at this webinar! Special thanks to Jen Griffith for arranging it and Julie Marks for leading a post-presentation discussion afterwards. Jen also has some additional handouts available, and if you’d like to learn more about Dr. Tim Jordan, check out his website and podcasts at Drtimjordan.com.

Happy parenting! (And let’s save the drama for the stage where it belongs!)

Social-Emotional Development

social-emotional-skillsBy Renee Hennessy, Preschool Director

We all know that social and emotional skills are an important part of a child’s development. That is why in our classrooms we spend time building relationships with our preschoolers. We work with children on making and sustaining friendships with other children, working through challenging behaviors, and developing their own sense of self in those relationships. 

Research has shown that a preschooler’s emotional development is also important. We understand that we need to plan for and support this area just as we would any other development area, such as academics. Along with building relationships with children and getting to know them and their families, we want to create nurturing environments that are predictable and responsive. Creating an environment that promotes a positive approach to learning, and thoughtfully responding to children’s needs and helping them problem-solve, are daily occurrences in our classrooms.  

Click here for more information on ways you can support your child’s social and emotional development at home.

We have experienced so much giving in the Preschool. Everyone has been generous: giving to our coat drive (we donated over 50 coats!), cooking for our Thanksgiving Luncheon, and donating books to our classrooms from the Scholastic Book Fair. We are grateful for your support of our School!

Friday, December 16th will be our monthly Big Sing, as well as our classroom holiday parties. Information from your individual classrooms will be coming soon.  

Kentucky Youth Assembly

kentucky-youth-assembly_1By Suzanne Gorman, Head of Downtown Campus

Just before Thanksgiving, 18 of our students participated in the Kentucky Youth Assembly (KYA). Group advisor (and French teacher) Jenn Buck provided the following detail: 

Students were split into two groups, with each writing a bill ahead of time to be presented and debated at the conference. Our Commonwealth bill was written by seniors Oona Milliken and Maddie Case and junior Hanna Cobb. Our Bluegrass bill was written by sophomores Mike Snyder and Caroline Parker. On the first night, students ranked the bills that would be chosen to be presented in the Capitol. Monday was our trip to Frankfort where the top-ranked bills from both groups were debated on the Senate and House floors. Our Commonwealth bill was debated in the Capitol while our Bluegrass bill was debated back at the Hotel. Unfortunately, neither of our bills passed both House and Senate. Many of the students did join in the various debates and small speeches made about each bill from the different schools, and had a great time meeting other students from all around Kentucky. Oona Milliken was named as outstanding delegate for our delegation!

showcase-logoIn other extracurricular news, our Showcase of Plays premieres tonight, with a second performance on Saturday (both at 7:00 p.m. at the High School). This is an always-entertaining evening of short plays (written in our Playwriting Project, led by Actors Theatre Education Director Jane Jones), along with a performance by our Improv Troupe and a special appearance by some “Dead Poets” courtesy of English teacher Juan Ramirez. Tickets are available at the door –  please join us!

Both the boys’ and girls’ basketball teams started their seasons with wins this week. Bowling, Math League, and Quick Recall continue their competitive seasons as well; of note there are our varsity Quick Recall team’s winning season and junior Will Yelton’s first-place finish among all 11th graders in his division on the first Math League test this year.  

Soon, activities will wind down just a bit as students prepare for final exams. More on that next week!

School Notes for Week of November 28 – December 2

Monday 12/12 – World Language
9:00 – 11:00 a.m. – Chinese, French
12:00 – 2:00 p.m. – Spanish

Tuesday 12/13 – Math
9:00 – 11:00 a.m. – Algebra I, Geometry, AP Stats
12:00 – 2:00 p.m. – Algebra II, Precalculus, AP Calculus

Wednesday 12/14 – Science
9:00 – 11:00 a.m. – Physics, AP Physics, AP Biology
12:00 – 2:00 p.m. – Biology, Chemistry, AP Chemistry

Thursday 12/15 – History
9:00 – 11:00 a.m. – Culture and Civilization Ancient, Culture and Civilization Medieval
12:00 – 2:00 p.m. – US History, AP European History, AP US History

Friday 12/16 – English
9:00 – 11:00 a.m. – English III, English IV, AP English
12:00 – 2:00 p.m. – English I, English II

It’s not too late to sign up to go to China on the St. Francis School Spring Break trip. We have received many deposits already, but enrollment is open until the due date for Chinese visa applications early next year. The trip is open to 7th through 12th graders and their parents or guardians.

The trip is March 30th – April 9th, and students will visit Beijing and Shanghai. It is an exciting program with visits to major sites such as the Great Wall, the Forbidden City and Tian’anmen Square, and the Temple of Heaven in Beijing, and the Bund Waterfront, Yuyuan Gardens, the Shanghai Museum, and a river cruise in Shanghai.

The cost of the trip is an incredibly low $2,645 per person, which covers airfare, China visa and supplemental medical insurance. The rest of the trip is entirely subsidized by the Confucius Institute at WKU.

Deposits and questions about the program can be sent to Chinese teacher Bob Jones

Don’t miss the opportunity to reserve your copy of the 2016-17 yearbook! We are able to offer a reduced price of $50 until March 1st; after that, the price will be $57. Similar to last year, the yearbook will come out BEFORE the end of the school year so that students can sign copies and have them for the summer break. We will mail a spring supplement full of great photos from end of the year activities, graduations, etc. to each of you who purchase a yearbook. The spring supplement comes with an adhesive strip to insert into your yearbook. Also, all yearbook ordering and purchasing is done through our yearbook company, Herff Jones.​

Click here to purchase the SFS yearbook now. Please contact Rosanne Conlan, Trisha Amirault, or Danielle Tracey for any additional questions.

Photo Gallery for Week of November 28 – December 2

 

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