Archives for May 2017

Special Events on the Goshen Campus

By Reed Gabhart, Head of Goshen Campus8th Grade Class Day_1

With less than one week to go we are in “battle stations” as we just finished our 8th Grade Class Day and are getting ready for 8th Grade Graduation, Blue/Red Field Day, the Final Assembly, and a myriad of other special events on the Goshen Campus! The beginning and end of the year are both especially hectic times, but I have a hunch I know which one the kids like more! (In all honesty, I bet you’d be surprised!).  

In just the past week, we’ve had several fun-filled and memorable events occur. Our 7th and 8th graders had a ball at their Formal Dance (the “Luau Dance”) at Gingerwoods last Friday night  (and a BIG shout out to Hope and Morton Boyd for graciously hosting us yet again). Our limbo contest winners were Nicolette Bert, JT Montgomery, Katie Mushkin, and Pepper Hilton, and our Prince and Princess were Ayda Marshall and Robert Boyd. The Queen and King of the swank affair were Teagan Morrison and Caleb Hennessy. Big thanks to all the parents who helped with decorations, and especially Denise and Rick Waggener, Liz Foye, Amy Richards, Kim Schwartz, Renee Hennessy, Robin Hilton, Tammy Nofsinger, Denise Ragland, Kim Diamond, and Michele Koch. And our 7th grade students and parents did a marvelous job cleaning up. That was followed by the 8th grade lock-in back on campus, which went off without a hitch. Thanks to brave souls Michael Mahoney, Julie and Jeff Mushkin, and Kelli Carter for taking that one on for us!

We also had a very successful Picnic + Playtime event on our Preschool playground Monday! It was a gorgeous day and we had a larger than expected turnout. While the parents mingled, the kids ran and explored our natural playground while also munching on apples and cheese sticks. We’re always trying to get more families on campus to see all we have to offer, so kudos to our Admissions team and Renee Hennessy for hosting such a wonderful (and fun!) event.

Tuesday brought us a Service Dinner hosted by the Class of 2017 to raise funds to help a little girl in Nicaragua attend a private school. Many of our 8th graders met her on their Hand in Hand Ministry trip over winter break and wanted to continue to help in even greater ways. They organized this dinner with their 8th grade advisors, and special thanks to parent Dawn Bastian for cooking such a delectable meal for everyone! That was followed by the always-entertaining Middle School Talent Show! It was another tour de force, highlighted by Elijah Foye’s Irish dancing skills, which are simply jaw-dropping, and then the mysterious magic act of Jamie the Great and sidekick Hayden Jones! They blew the crowd away, and more importantly, the 8th grade raised over $500 for their Class Gift, which will be announced soon!

With less than week to go, we have many more events to go, and I’m sure all will be special. I can’t believe another year has gone by so quickly. The cycle seems to get quicker every year (maybe that’s just my age!), but it has been a fantastic year in so many ways on the Goshen Campus. And we will start working on next year as soon as this year ends! Thanks for all your support, your belief in our Mission, and for entrusting us with your children. Tell your friends and acquaintances about us, and have the best of summers! We’ll see you before you know it!

Awards Day and Senior Luncheon

Senior Luncheon_1NEWBy Suzanne Gorman, Head of Downtown Campus

Awards Day and Senior Luncheon, both celebrated yesterday, are two of my favorite events of the year. Awards Day runs the gamut from the serious to the silly to the sublime, with students recognized for who they truly are and what they contribute to the community around them. I love that about our Awards Day – it feels so genuinely reflective of our ethos as a school. Ditto that sentiment for Senior Luncheon, of course. This event featured the faculty delivering individual speeches for every member of the Class of 2017, with their parents joining us, as well. The depth of the relationships in the St. Francis community takes my breath away, as does the ability of the faculty to articulate those and send our seniors off with such love. I hope to see many of you at our final celebration with the Class of 2017 – Graduation on Friday, May 26th at 4:00 p.m. at Actors Theatre.

From Prom last Friday night, where the dance floor was filled until the end, to our final Advisee group meetings yesterday, it’s been an incredibly fun-filled and emotional week. The underclassmen are into exams now, so “fun-filled” is no longer an apt descriptor for them.

This is our last newsletter for the school year, so I’ll sign off with best wishes for a terrific summer for all our St. Francis families. 2016-17 has been an incredible year, and while we all need a little time to plan and prepare for next year, I can’t wait for August to get here!

Picnic + Playtime Brings New Friends

Picnic + Playtime_1NEWBy Renee Hennessy, Preschool Director

We started the week off with fabulous weather and a wonderful Picnic + Playtime event! Thank you to all of our volunteers who made this event successful: Caroline Boardman, Chris Brabandt, Alissa Shoemaker, Jessica Washer, and Emily Yao. We welcomed many of our new families for the fall. We also had a few families stop by to tour the Preschool, Junior Kindergarten, and Kindergarten classrooms.

It’s hard to believe that the school year is over! We had a great year of learning and exploring with our Preschool students. It seems like just yesterday we were walking around the gym parking lot looking at all of the cars and trucks on Transportation Day. Time seems to go by quickly when watching young children grow. This year, the children have painted, glued, counted, colored, rested, asked questions, cried, laughed, made new friends, read stories, and pretended. The joy of childhood was celebrated each day! We want to thank each and every one of you for sharing your children with our program. The hard work and dedication of the Parent Association is deeply appreciated by us all. I want to give a special thank-you to Jessica Washer for her planning, coordination, and support of all things Preschool for the last two years. She will be turning the Preschool PA over to the very capable hands of Renee Reithel (Malakai’s mom) and Jacquelyn Stack (Wyatt’s mom).

As this year comes to a close and I reflect on the events and day-to-day comings and goings that made memorable moments, I would be remiss if I didn’t also thank our wonderful Preschool teachers for their hard work and dedication.

It has been another great year at St. Francis Preschool. I hope everyone has a relaxing summer. If you find that you are not ready for the long days of summer and your child needs an activity, we have a few spots available in our camps for the month of June.

Upcoming Dates

May 24th Last day of school! We will hold our last Big Sing in the Main Amp with a slide show starting a few minutes before 9:00 a.m. Dismissal will begin at 11:45 a.m. for Preschool, with the entire school dismissing at noon. We will have Preschool teachers in the main carpool line; please pull through as usual. We will not have lunch or extended day on the last day.    

June 5th – First day of Summer Camp! Our Get Outside and Grow session begins!  

School Notes for Week of May 15 – May 19

Next week’s Exam Schedule for the High School:

Monday, May 22nd – Science
9:00 – 11:00 a.m. – Physics
12:00 – 2:00 p.m. – Biology and Chemistry

Tuesday, May 23rd –  English
9:00 – 11:00 – English II and III
12:00 – 2:00 – English I

Wednesday, May 24th –  Math/World Language
9:00 – 11:00 a.m. – Math
12:00 – 2:00 p.m. – World Language

Got dirt? Come one, come all to the 8th Grade Car Wash this Saturday, May 20th! You will leave with a squeaky clean vehicle and feeling good knowing that you contributed to the class gift for the wonderful Goshen Class of 2017! The car wash will be at Arby’s in Holiday Manor on Brownsboro Road from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. and hopefully the weather will cooperate and the rain will hold off until afterwards! Tell your friends, and we hope to see many of you on Saturday!

7th – 12th Graders! Join us as we travel to Quebec City and Montreal during Spring Break from March 31st – April 7th 2018. We will visit L’Oratoire Saint-Joseph du Royal, Olympic Tower, Biodome, Underground City, Basilica of St. Anne de Beaupre, Albert Giles Copper Museum, Observatoire de la Capitale, Notre Dame Basilica, and Musee National des Beaux-Arts du Quebec. Highlights include a cable car ride up Montmorency Falls, as well as eating at all local restaurants, including a traditional creperie and a sugar shack! Both French and non-French students are welcome! This trip is open to High School students and 7th and 8th grade students; however, 7th graders must be accompanied by a parent. The price will be $2,524 – $3,229 per student/parent depending on how many sign up for the trip. If you have any questions, please email Jenn Buck.

Photo Gallery for Week of May 15 – May 19

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Student Art Show and Senior Project Showcase

By Suzanne Gorman, Head of Downtown Campus

Senior Project and Art Show_1Last night, I felt like we got to officially welcome the Class of 2021 during their 9th Grade Registration! We sent them home with details about summer reading, summer sports camps, and more, and let them know we couldn’t wait to see them again in August.

The other celebration of last night was our annual Student Art Show and Senior Project Showcase. As always, the paintings, sculpture, drawings, photographs, films, music (including both our High School and Middle School jazz bands), and array of Projects were impressive.  Many thanks to artists-in-residence Julie Leidner, Andrew Dailinger, Bob Bertke, and Archie Borders, and Senior Project Coordinator Luke Johnson for all their work on this fabulous evening!

Today is the official last day of classes for the Class of 2017. We can’t wait to join them for the Senior Luncheon next week and Graduation the week after!

School Notes for Week of May 8 – May 12

Our 2016-17 yearbooks have arrived and we will be distributing them on Thursday, May 18th. On the Downtown Campus, yearbooks will be distributed after the Awards Day assembly. On the Goshen Campus, yearbooks will be distributed during snack/recess in the Main Amp. If you have not yet purchased a yearbook, additional copies are available for $57. Students can bring cash or check to purchase the yearbook on May 18th. If you have any questions please contact Trisha Amirault.

Got dirt? Come one, come all to the 8th Grade Car Wash next Saturday, May 20th! You will leave with a squeaky clean vehicle and feeling good knowing that you contributed to the class gift for the wonderful Goshen Class of 2017! The car wash will be at Arby’s in Holiday Manor on Brownsboro Road from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

7th – 12th Graders! Join us as we travel to Quebec City and Montreal during Spring Break from March 31st – April 7th 2018. We will visit L’Oratoire Saint-Joseph du Royal, Olympic Tower, Biodome, Underground City, Basilica of St. Anne de Beaupre, Albert Giles Copper Museum, Observatoire de la Capitale, Notre Dame Basilica, and Musee National des Beaux-Arts du Quebec. Highlights include a cable car ride up Montmorency Falls, as well as eating at all local restaurants, including a traditional creperie and a sugar shack! Both French and non-French students are welcome! This trip is open to High School students and 7th and 8th grade students; however, 7th graders must be accompanied by a parent. The price will be $2,524 – $3,229 per student/parent depending on how many sign up for the trip. If you have any questions, please email Jenn Buck.

A Delightful Derby Celebration

By Renee Hennessy, Preschool Director

Preschool Derby_Main ImageWPThe preschoolers had a wonderful time celebrating Derby last week. The classroom parade floats were delightful, the races were exciting, and the classroom parties were the best! We would like to thank the many grandparents, parents, and special visitors who joined us and made our Derby event a huge success. We are grateful to the parent volunteers who coordinated the refreshments. A big thank you to Ilana Stewart for assisting with the setup of the event.

Thank you, Moms! Thank you to all our moms who came to Muffins for Moms! We so appreciate all that you do for us! We hope you have a relaxing Mother’s Day weekend.

This summer promises to be fun-tastic at “Camp Curious”! Your child will have a summer full of outdoor activity, imaginative learning, and creative fun during our preschool half-day camps. We offer four one-week sessions through the month of June. You can find specific information about the sessions by clicking here. Spaces are limited and some sessions are full.

Upcoming Dates

  • Monday, May 15th – We are hosting Picnic + Playtime for new students and anyone interested in learning more about our Preschool, Junior Kindergarten, and Kindergarten. Join us from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. for a playdate!
  • Wednesday, May 24th – Big Sing in the Main Amp with David Beard’s awesome slide show starting at 9:00 a.m. Dismissal for the last day of Preschool is 11:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. for everyone. We will not have extended day on the last day.      

8th Graders Rock their Capstone Projects!

By Reed Gabhart, Head of Goshen Campus

Katie Mushkin Capstone_1As we wind down the final weeks of school, LOTS of exciting events keep us on our toes! One annual milestone is the 8th grade Capstone Projects Showcase, at which the Class of 2017 presents the projects they have put so much time and effort into over the winter months. As always, we are all so impressed with their topics, their knowledge acquisition, and the poise they demonstrate in speaking publicly to people of all ages about their work. Many parents commented to me just how “St. Francis” the Capstone Showcase is; students choosing their own topic and delving into something so personal in many cases. My only regret is that I can’t spend enough time with each presenter in two hours! As I walked around the room I heard or saw presentations on: “Why do People Lie?,” “How the Music Recording Business has Evolved,” “What is My Adoption Story?,” “What Impact Does Autism have on a Family?,” “What is the Creative Process of an Animator?,” and finally one on a disease I knew next to nothing about: POTS (or Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome). Katie Mushkin chose this topic as her mom has this fairly rare condition, and it helped her to better understand what her mom goes through. And as an example of just how impressive our projects can be, Katie wrote a thank-you to Vanderbilt Hospital Autonomic Clinic for allowing her to come for two days and research the condition while her mom participated in a clinical trial. Vanderbilt was so impressed with the project they shared her work with Lauren Stiles, President and Co-Founder of Dysautonomia International (POTS) who wrote back to congratulate her AND asked Katie if she wanted to be an official advocate for the disease in Kentucky and also offered to do a blog post on how to work POTS into school projects using Katie’s as an example! Pretty heady stuff for an 8th grader, and kudos to Katie for putting so much heart and soul into her project!

Congratulations are also in order to Patrick Donovan and Michael Mahoney for so skillfully shepherding our kids through this laborious process. I’m sure our 7th graders were paying close attention as it will be their turn to take on these projects next year!

LS Talent Show WaltzIn the last week we’ve also had the pageantry and charm of the Kindergarten Derby (and it did NOT rain on our parade!) and the always wildly entertaining Lower School Talent Show which played to a packed house! The finale was especially touching as 2nd graders Maya Wright and Nolan Reif danced the waltz to Beauty and the Beast and earned a well-deserved standing ovation! We had our final home track meet of the year Wednesday night, and Tuesday we held our annual Sports Banquet. I love listening to the coaches (teachers and parents alike) speak about “their” kids and seeing the students receive their awards. What is most affirming is just how much the kids pull for each other and revel in the camaraderie that team sports can create. I mentioned that at Morning Meeting the next day and advised the students to try and keep that spirit alive in all their endeavors, whether it’s team, grade level, or even just in the classroom – we’re in this together.

Photo Gallery for Week of May 8 – May 12

 

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