Archives for February 2018

Lions, Colonials, and Ballet Dancers – Oh My!

By Reed Gabhart, Head of Goshen Campus

As we chug towards Winter Break, the School is abuzz with many wonderful activities going on. First, if you haven’t been in the Main Amp in the past week or so, it has been transformed into an African savanna for our 4th/5th grade production of The Lion King KIDS! Lower School music teacher Kim Rash is doing her usual superb job of directing our younger students in the finer points of singing, dancing, acting, and learning how to be part of a large-scale production – all in a scant five weeks. She has also received tremendous parent and faculty support, as is evidenced by the beautiful sun adorning our up stage wall. Sadly, both public performances are already sold out, but we are working on “creative” ways to try and get more people into the Main Amp for one of these shows. Kudos to Kim and company for an experience our little ones won’t soon forget. 

Our basketball teams have been warriors recently, with several tournament wins to their credit! They have another tournament this weekend, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see more hardware at a Morning Meeting soon.

And Sarah Dewberry’s 4th graders hosted their annual Living History Museum this Wednesday, in which all of her LA/SS students researched a famous Colonial American figure and presented them to their parents, replete with wonderful costumes. It’s always fun to listen to the kids tell us facts and figures on Benjamin Franklin, Pocahontas, Molly Pitcher, Alexander Hamilton (who seems to be enjoying a strange resurgence?!), and more. Once again, another example of superb project-based learning rather than dull worksheets at St. Francis. 

And finally, all our Goshen students have had the great fortune of spending time with our Guest Artist-in-Residence, ballet dancer Kristen Wenrick, all week long. And while ballet might not be everyone’s “cup of tea,” I think our students are learning a great deal and gaining some newfound insight and respect into everything that goes into this incredible discipline. Ms. Wenrick hosted a full-school assembly on Friday and students of the River City Ballet performed. A big thanks to Fine Arts Chair Anne Holmes for bringing this all together for us!

How Young Children See Technology

By Renee Hennessy, Preschool Director

Earlier this week one of the preschoolers was upset because a friend was “laying on the WiFi.” Another child happily declared that she was “Wonder WiFi Woman” and could fix the WiFi. During free play, this group started transforming their drawings into laptops and iPads, and as their teachers pointed out, they were fairly accurate in their representations. They are showing us what they know about technology and playing with their ideas of what it could be. Some of their ideas will be challenged or confirmed, and might even be elaborated on by their classmates. Students are also showing us their understanding of substituting objects they need for play, such as turning paper into iPads. I asked the group, “What is WiFi?” Their answers ranged from “It’s a show” to “It’s kinda TV stuff.” One thing is for sure, while technology is a part of our everyday lives, it can never replace the importance of play in preschool. 

Doughnut Day!
Don’t forget that you are invited to join your child for doughnuts on Friday, February 9th. Please come to your child’s classroom right after carpool. For those new to the School, this event usually only lasts 30-45 minutes. If a parent can’t make it, a grandparent or a favorite family friend can drop in. We hope to see you there!

Fabulously Fun Spirit Week

By Suzanne Gorman, Head of Downtown Campus

It’s been a fabulously fun Spirit Week, with the culminating festivities tonight! “Meme Day” seemed to be hilariously enjoyable per student laughter; of course, the rest of the faculty/staff and I were staring at these dressed-up students with absolutely no clue what on earth it all meant. We adults fared a little better keeping up with “Dress Like a Famous Person/Character” day, with pregnant Beyonce, Flo from Progressive Auto Insurance, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Russell Westbrook, Sherlock Holmes and Watson, the Kardashians, and Michael Jackson making appearances, among others. Today features Wyvern wear, with face painting all day and a balloon send-off for the basketball teams this afternoon. The game plan for the student vs. faculty basketball contest involves the rest of the adults standing around and passing the ball to Tony Butler, so we’re confident of a victory. The second competitive eating contest of the 2017-18 school year will occur tonight, as well – watermelon was the fall choice, and pie is on the menu for this winter Spirit Night. We’ll get some pictures to share in next week’s newsletter! 

Yesterday, we had a panther visit St. Francis – the Hanover College Panther, to be exact, who was visiting with some Hanover administrators to award three of our students – Aakriti Bista, Andrea Brito, and Alexis Nelson – full-tuition Benjamin Templeton Scholarships. Moments like these, and hearing of other college acceptances, are truly wonderful because they represent the culmination of much hard work, as well as an exciting new beginning for each student. The juniors are beginning their individual college counseling meetings, so as the seniors wait on news, the juniors are creating lists and deciding where to visit. Kit Llewellyn’s monthly College Corner column – the February iteration of which is in this newsletter – provides tips for 10th, 11th, and 12th graders and their parents to help survive and maybe even thrive during the college process. Check it out!

School Notes for Week of January 29 – February 2

St. Francis has seen a significant increase in the number of students being diagnosed recently with either flu A ​or B. To prevent the spread, we are asking everyone to be extra vigilant in watching your children for signs of illnesses, including coughing/sneezing, sore throat, nausea/vomiting, and, most importantly, fever. If your child is complaining of any of these symptoms, we ask that you err on the side of caution and keep her/him home until the symptoms lessen or disappear and s/he is fever free for at least 24 hours.

Attention, Goshen Parents: Please be on the lookout for an email regarding a change to Bus Route 2. Click here for the updated route.

Actor and SFS parent Ryan Devlin is dancing on behalf of Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve during the Dancing with the Prospect Stars event on Sunday, February 18th. Ryan, who recently moved to Goshen with his family, will be judged on his dancing skills and his ability to raise funds for Creasey Mahan. What a wonderful way to give back to the community! Click here for more information about Ryan and Dancing with the Prospect Stars.

The state of Kentucky recently added to its vaccination requirements for students, beginning with the 2018-19 school year. Your student may need to receive additional vaccinations and submit a new immunization certificate (or submit a new religious exemption form) by August. Of particular urgency, a new requirement is that all students must get two doses of the Hepatitis A vaccine and they must be obtained at least six months apart, meaning that in order to be fully vaccinated by the start of school in August, students currently missing this vaccination MUST OBTAIN THE FIRST VACCINE BY MID-FEBRUARY. Please see below for specifics on these requirements, and consult a physician’s office/clinic for any questions.

  1. All students, of all ages, must have two doses of Hepatitis A vaccine. The minimum time between the doses is six months.   
  2. Students who are 16 and older must have received two doses of meningococcal ACWY vaccine. However, as of the start of school in August 2018, if they have not previously received a dose of the vaccine and are 16 or older, only one dose is required. For younger students, please consult with a physician for a recommended schedule of these vaccinations; two doses will be required before they turn 16.  
  3. If your child has had these vaccines, you simply need to provide the School with an updated immunization certificate; if s/he has not, the vaccines must be given and then a new immunization certificate provided. A new religious exemption certificate must be provided if your child will not receive the vaccines.

Again, because the Hepatitis A vaccine has a required six-month minimum between doses, students who have not been vaccinated must receive the first dose prior to mid-February in order to be eligible to receive the second dose by mid-August when school begins.

A summary of the changes from the Kentucky state government’s website can be found here. Please contact your physician for specific questions regarding the vaccinations.

Interested in helping our Garden Coordinator Christine Brinkmann with our animals over weekends and school breaks? Sign up here. In appreciation for your help, the free-range, farm-fresh eggs are yours to keep. Please email Christine Brinkmann with any questions.

Photo Gallery for Week of January 29 – February 2

 

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College Corner February 2018

By Kit Llewellyn, College Advisor

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

Sophomores:

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

Juniors:

  • Register for the SAT and ACT tests online at www.collegeboard.org or www.act.org.
  • Those students who are eligible for extended time need to check in with Brian Holahan or Claudia McCrocklin in order to complete registrations for the SAT and ACT.
  • Those students who believe that they will qualify for fee waivers for the SAT/ACT, please see Kit Llewellyn.  
  • This is the last semester that counts towards your GPA before applications, so go for it; show the colleges what you have to offer!
  • Consider a college summer program, course, or job.
  • Each junior will have an individual meeting with Kit Llewellyn and together they will generate a list of suggested colleges.
  • Parents of juniors are encouraged to make appointments with Kit Llewellyn after the lists are composed for further discussion and planning.
  • Plan on taking the SAT in March or May, the ACT in April or June, and SAT Subject Tests in June if your colleges require those tests.
  • Consider planning some college visits during the February Winter Break and the April Spring Break.

Seniors:

  • Complete your taxes, send financial aid forms (*FAFSA and CSS Profile forms when required) and the specific aid forms from the individual colleges.
  • All seventh-semester transcripts have been forwarded to your colleges.
  • Mid-year reports are required by some colleges.
  • Continue to research scholarship info in Kit Llewellyn’s office and online at fastweb.com.
  • 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 of 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 Kit Llewellyn informed of your acceptances (and otherwise!).