Archives for October 2017

School Notes for Week of October 2 – October 6

As a reminder, the Goshen Campus will dismiss at NOON on Wednesday, October 11th for staff professional development (Preschool students have a normal school day). For students in JK through 4th grade, childcare will be available on the Goshen Campus from 12:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Please sign up no later than Monday, October 9th at 12:00 p.m. if you need to utilize this service. The link to register can be found here. The charge for childcare will be $30 per child, and you may choose to pay by cash/check or be billed by our Business Office. We will also be offering the 5:30 p.m. Activity Bus for those that need it as well. Lunch and a snack will be provided for students who are registered for Enrichment. Because we need to plan our staffing accordingly, drop-in service will NOT be available on this day. Due to staffing limitations, we are unable to offer Homework Hall/childcare for our Middle School students on this day.

For bus riders, we will offer our normal bus service, but on an adjusted schedule. This means that students will be dropped off approximately 3 1/2 hours earlier than their normal scheduled time. For example, if your child normally gets dropped off at 4:00 p.m., then the bus will arrive at 12:30 p.m.

Attention High School Parents: Next Friday, October 13th at 8:30 a.m. there will be a Parent Discussion Group with Terri White, LCSW, Director of Counseling Services on the Downtown Campus. The topic of the discussion will be Adolescent Depression and Suicide Prevention. Terri will be providing education to all of the students this month and would like to present some of the same information to parents and guardians. Approximately 20% of teens will experience depression before they reach adulthood, meaning that all of our students will be affected by it through friends, if not themselves.  Suicide is the third leading cause of death among adolescents and young adults. All are welcome and encouraged to attend. The Parent Discussion Group will take place in the Space for Thought on the Downtown Campus. Please RSVP to Terri WhiteRSVP is not necessary, but it is appreciated.

Terri has now had introductory student meetings with all new students. Students were informed about how the School Counselor can be a resource for them as they are trying to navigate high school and adolescence. As a parent or guardian, if you have any concerns about your student’s social and emotional well-being at school, please contact her.

Attention Parents: Your child(ren)’s school photos have been emailed to you. Retakes will take place on Thursday, October 12th and Friday, October 13th for the Goshen Campus and Wednesday, October 18th at the Downtown Campus.

Attention 6th Grade Parents: Please join us for a Pine Mountain Trip parent meeting on Friday, October 20th at 8:30 a.m. in the Main Amp.

College Corner October 2017

college-cornerBy Kit Llewellyn, College Advisor

College Corner appears in the Wyvern Weekly once a month, with suggestions and dates to help make the college search and application process as stress-free and enjoyable as possible! Read on to see what you should be doing now as a freshmen, sophomore, junior, and senior. 


  • Get acquainted with your teachers, the coursework, and the activities available for Wyverns
  • Know that how you perform and how you get involved this year are strongly considered by colleges/universities


  • The PSAT is scheduled for Wednesday, October 11th from 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. in the Commons Room (Kit Llewellyn has registered all students). Please bring 3 (#2) pencils and a standard calculator fully charged or with fresh batteries.
  • Colleges take your grades from this year into consideration, so be sure to study hard!
  • Begin some college research and visit with the college reps who come to school (always check the calendar in gathering space)
  • Get involved in sports and extracurricular activities, and explore your interests!


  • The PSAT is scheduled for Wednesday, October 11th from 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. in the Commons Room (Kit Llewellyn has registered all students). Please bring 3 (#2) pencils and a standard calculator with new batteries.
  • Begin reviewing your personal preferences, strengths, and weaknesses in order to make your college search meaningful and thorough
  • Accumulate data for your brag sheet/resume so that during your senior year when you are preparing it, you do not omit any activities or extracurriculars


  • By October 11th, be ready to complete your Common Application, put finishing touches on your essay, learn some tips regarding interview techniques, and generally begin to see the light re college application deadlines
  • Take the SAT and/or ACT, and, if required, register for SAT Subject tests. Remember, many selective colleges require literature, math, and possibly a third subject test of your choice.
  • Confirm all college and financial aid application deadlines
  • Finalize your list of colleges with Kit Llewellyn
  • Complete your resumes and submit to Kit Llewellyn
  • Your teacher recommendation requests were entered in Naviance by Kit Llewellyn
  • Work on college essays as directed/guided by the English department
  • Determine your college costs with your family, research scholarships on, and obtain all related financial aid forms from each of your colleges/universities
  • If you are planning on applying early decision or early action, the usual deadlines are November 1st; your teacher recs and High School report forms should be in the appropriate hands by the last week of October
  • Send in rolling admissions applications – the sooner the better, particularly to the state schools

As a reminder, the registration deadlines and test dates are as follow:

Deadline/Test Date November 3rd for the December 9th test and January 12th for the February 10th test

Deadline/Test Date – October 5th for the November 4th test, November 2nd for the December 2nd test, and February 9th for the March 10th test

Celebrating Fall!

Carrot HarvestBy Renee Hennessy, Preschool Director

Throughout the Preschool, children are learning about the wonders of our beautiful world. They are noticing the changes in the weather and the addition of more leaves under the oak tree. The Pandas and Adventurers classes have been learning about the colors of fall in various ways: gluing fall leaves on paper, painting with fall colors, creating nature collages, experimenting with fall-themed sensory bins, and tasting carrots harvested from our garden. (I can’t believe how many carrots we were able to harvest!) The Trailblazers class taste-tested red, yellow, and green apples and made apple crisp – which was delicious, too. When children participate in activities that engage their senses, the depth of their learning and experience is enhanced.

On Friday we enjoyed our first Big Sing of the season! Faith Murphy introduced us to a few of the Preschoolers’ music class favorites.

Join us in the fields of St. Francis!

Marigold and OGEEach fall, with the help from a wonderful committee of volunteers, St. Francis hosts its Annual Gala. We have two galas that rotate annually — Our Good Earth and Imagine! Art Auction + Scholarship Fundraiser. This year’s event is Our Good Earth, an outdoor farm-to-table dinner and auction that is set in the fields of our Goshen Campus. There are many opportunities to get involved, including serving on the committee, sponsoring the event, donating or procuring auction items, and, of course, attending the event. This is our largest fundraising event of the year and we hope you will participate. If you would like to get involved please contact Kim Hales. To purchase tickets click here.