Archives for April 2017

Spring Drama Productions of Anything Goes and 1984

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Imagine! Art Auction + Scholarship Fundraiser 2017

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Photo Gallery for Week of April 17 – April 21

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Save your Spot for the Pegasus Parade!

KDFFront-row seats or bleacher seating, parking, dinner, face painting, a bouncy house, private restrooms, and more! St. Francis will host the Pegasus Parade viewing area in front of the High School again this year on Thursday, May 4th. Secure your spot and join us for a great family outing!

Guests may begin arriving at 3:45 p.m. The parade comes by the school beginning at approximately 5:15 p.m. There will be a direct bus from Goshen to the High School for any Goshen students attending the Pegasus Parade!

Click here to purchase your tickets. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Tamara Reif.

Coming and Going!

China Trip_1By Suzanne Gorman, Head of Downtown Campus

Welcome back from Spring Break! Two and a half weeks till AP exams; five weeks till regular exams; six weeks till graduation. Hang on!

Our China trip-goers are back safely and had a wonderful adventure. Next week, we send a group off to the Sarah Lawrence Poetry Festival in New York. As well, students have several interesting local opportunities in the coming weeks. Next week, a group will attend the Festival of Faiths panel “We Are Already One – Religion and Compassion in World Affairs” with Karen Armstrong (author of a book the freshmen read this year in Culture and Civilization), Ambassador Matthew Barzun, and Noah Feldman, moderated by William Vendley. And the Music Performance class will attend a rehearsal of the Louisville Orchestra. Next week also brings We Day, the annual celebration of service that our We Act community service group attends. The following week, a student group will attend the Actors Theatre New Voices Showcase of Plays, and we’ll have our 16th annual Women’s Retreat, planned by the women of the faculty and staff for interested students. One note about all these local trips: except for the Women’s Retreat (which isn’t too far, and thanks to Gilda’s Club for hosting us), we can walk to every single one. The benefits of a downtown location!  

Next week also brings our annual Advisee Games, weather permitting! (Rain date is Thursday, April 27th.) Students will dismiss that day from Seneca Park at 3:30 p.m., although some faculty and staff will return to school and can transport students who need rides back downtown. Pictures and report from the Games to come next week!

Trailblazers Visit the Science in Play2GO Exhibit

Pay2Go Exhibit_1By Renee Hennessy, Preschool Director

The Trailblazers ventured to the Oldham County Main Library just before Spring Break to explore the Science in Play 2GO exhibit. The children were introduced to blood and the body with hands-on craft and sensory activities. In other centers, they created roller coasters using ramps and balls, sorted and matched colors and shapes, built forts and structures with large foam blocks, and created patterns on the extra-large Light Bright wall. It was a fun, interactive field trip, and as usual, the bus ride was the best part of all!

Thank you to all of our families for supporting the spring egg hunts, and sending in oodles of eggs to support our friends at the Keystone Learning Academy. The children had an eggcellent time searching for brightly colored eggs with the assistance of a special helper, Mr. Bunny!

A special thank you to Jessica Washer for counting and sorting ALL of the eggs and to Dean Bucalos (Deanie’s grandfather) for donning the bunny costume. We also want to thank all of the parent volunteers who hid the eggs and stayed to help the preschoolers FIND them.

Upcoming Dates

  • Friday, April 21st – Big Sing at 9:10 a.m.
  • Wednesday, May 3rd – Preschool Grandparents’ Day from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Monday, May 8th – Paul Harshaw will be reading his book Silo and Plyler’s Derby Horse Adventure to Preschool through 2nd grade from 9:20 – 9:50 a.m.
  • Friday, May 12th – Muffins with Mom at 9:00 a.m.

Anything Goes Recap!

Anything Goes Cast & CrewBy Reed Gabhart, Head of Goshen Campus

As I said to the faculty last week, when we return from Spring Break, the final weeks of the school year feel like a rollercoaster car that’s just started on its descent after the climactic apex! All aboard! And while there is a lot left to do, learn, and experience between now and the end of May, I wanted to take a minute to look back at our spring musical, Anything Goes, that wrapped up as we headed to break.

The show was a phenomenal success! One measure is the fact that all four shows basically sold out in advance online! That’s 700 tickets! Another measure is four standing ovations. But most important to me is the fact that 54 Middle School students started this show, and 54 completed it. I’m pretty sure that is a record for a SFS production and represents over a third of our Middle School taking part and staying with it. And during the Sunday matinee we were joined by 26 Lower School choir singers, swelling our numbers to 80 for one song!

As the director of our program, I don’t want to crow too much about the show myself, but instead asked some of our 8th graders to write a paragraph about either the show or the SFS Drama Project. Of the students below, some are veterans of our stage, while one was only here this year. Here are their thoughts:

“Ever since I was in Kindergarten, I dreamed of being on the Goshen stage. I watched my sisters perform, and my older friends. Every year, one of the highlights would be watching another great St. Francis production. Now that I am finished with my time on the stage, I am so grateful to have had the experience. I made friends with kids who I never would have thought I would be friends with, I have grown closer to my current friends, and I have made many memories with the help of my friends. I am so glad that I have been a part of the St. Francis Drama Project and I am excited to come see future productions in the years to come.” – Sophie Johnson

“St. Francis’ musical ‘Anything Goes’ was spectacular. It was such an amazing experience and I loved being a part of it. I learned so much about acting, singing, and dancing from this musical, and I am so grateful for it. I can say that about both of the shows I was in this year. I learned so much and had so much fun doing the shows here because you always feel like an important part of the show and are always treated like you are the star. This program really believes in the saying, ‘There are no small parts, only small actors.’ Even though I was only at the Goshen Campus for one year, I am so glad I got to have the incredible experience of being part of the drama program.” – Katie Mushkin

“The St. Francis Drama Project has truly changed my life. Every show I’ve been in has taught me how to be myself, all the while pretending to be other people. ‘Anything Goes’ sticks out in my mind as perhaps the most demanding experience I’ve had, but by far the most rewarding one. Reno Sweeney made me more confident as a performer than any other role I have ever played. My cast-mates and I truly appreciate all the opportunities St. Francis offers its students, and the input from all the adults that makes the productions so wonderful. So I want to send a huge thank you to Mrs. Erwin, Mrs. Mushkin, Sra. Ponzio, Ms. Donna, Ms. Aberle, Mr. Bertke, and of course, Mr. Gabhart. You all are ‘the top!’” – Teagan Morrison

“The SFS Drama Project has completely changed the way I feel about myself in terms of self-confidence. Without these stage experiences that St. Francis has offered and encouraged, I would not be able to to talk in front of a crowd that is more than just my friends. But because of these plays that I have taken part in, I am able to express myself and be comfortable speaking publicly. In this spring musical of 2017, I was lucky enough to audition and receive the male lead in ‘Anything Goes’ as Billy Crocker. Becoming the lead in a play is very different than acting as a character with not many lines, which I have done many times in the past. There is a sense of much more responsibility and honor when you have to memorize a hundred-plus lines and sing many solos in songs. I have loved every minute of the SFS Drama Project, and would not trade those memories and experiences for anything in the world.” Jimmy Lancaster

As always, it’s hard to let the 8th graders leave us! This group is both remarkably talented but also committed, nice, and simply fun to be around. I will remember them fondly and the special year we had together in drama. But we have a rollercoaster ride to attend to, first!

It was also special to talk during the curtain speech before each performance about our theater expansion and front lobby renovation Capital Campaign project that was recently approved by our Board of Trustees.  With everyone’s support, the venerable Main Amp will take on an entirely new and dynamic look – hopefully for the 2018-19 school year! For me, I just can’t imagine actually having backstage space finally. Let the dreaming begin!

College Corner April 2017

college-cornerBy Kit Llewellyn, College Advisor

Don’t forget about your April college preparation to-dos! Read on to see what you should be doing now as a sophomore, junior, and senior.

Sophomores:

  • Send off for college viewbooks and browse college websites.
  • Listen in Morning Meeting to the acceptance announcements and chat with seniors about their college admissions journey.
  • If you have a learning difference and need extended time on standardized tests, make sure your documentation is updated and contact Michelle Salerno in the The Learning Center in order to verify your documentation.

Juniors:

  • Take the SAT reasoning and ACT tests.
  • Register for the June SAT reasoning and/or subject tests and ACT tests.
  • Keep your focus.
  • Meet your deadlines for Senior Project proposals.
  • Review the list of suggested colleges with Kit Llewellyn and begin researching/exploring.
  • Make sure your learning difference/special needs documentation is updated if you expect to receive extended time on your standardized tests.
  • Update your profile and resume on Naviance.

Seniors:

  • All colleges should respond with financial aid offers by early April.
  • Meet with Kit Llewellyn and your parents to discuss which college is your best match.
  • Consider financial aid packages carefully as offers arrive. You should have received your SAR from FAFSA.
  • Try to visit or revisit the colleges that have offered you a place.
  • Listen to the advice of your parents and Kit Llewellyn, but insist that the choice be yours. Do not be overly influenced by the college name prestige.
  • Follow acceptance instructions carefully.
  • Students on waitlists should write letters expressing interest and send any additional information.
  • Make your final college choice and submit your deposit by May 1st. This is not a postmark deadline!

Photo Gallery for Week of April 10 – April 14

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