School Notes for Week of March 21-25

  • In partnership with the National Inventors Hall of Fame, St. Francis School is pleased to offer the nationally-acclaimed Camp Invention program to children entering 1st grade through 6th grade. It’s an exciting weeklong summer adventure with lessons that explore connections between science, technology, engineering and innovation. Children will work together to seek solutions to real-world problems and sharpen critical 21st century learning skills while rotating through several fascinating modules. All activities give participants the opportunity to be a part of something big while having fun! Local educators will  facilitate program modules and enthusiastic high school students will serve as Leadership Interns, ensuring that one staff member is in place for every eight children. Early registration discounts available. Every registration includes a complimentary Camp Invention T-shirt. Availability is limited, so visit or call 800.968.4332 to secure your child’s spot today!AmyErin
  • Congratulations to LS/MS math teacher Amy Koloff for winning the Greater Louisville Council of Teachers of Mathematics award for excellence in elementary education. The Helen Cunningham Educator Award is given to three teachers each year in the greater Louisville area. This year, Amy has worked diligently in ensuring each class is meaningful for her students.  She has also taken an interest in helping students to develop interactive notebooks with a variety of visual aids and foldables that engage students in the learning process.  For her engaging classroom and electric personality, Amy was nominated and won!  Kudos to Amy for her hard work; we are proud to call her a Wyvern!Lorenzo
  • 8th grader Lorenzo Mahoney went to the Governor’s Cup State finals this past weekend, which was hosted at the Galt House.  Competitors have to score in the top few at their District and Regional Governor’s Cup competitions before advancing to State. Lorenzo finished in the middle of the pack of 136 students. Congratulations!
  • VarsityQRStateSeveral High School students also competed at the Governor’s Cup State tournament this weekend.  Of the 80 competitors in each discipline who qualified through District and Regional competitions, we had three particularly stellar finishes:  Lucy Lv tied for 15th in math; Sam Borden tied for 16th in science; and Jillian Morrison tied for 32nd in composition. Sam Edwards-Kuhn and Rose Gilbert competed well, too.  Kudos to them all!

Drama Project: The Birds Ready to Take Flight

By Reed Gabhart, Head of the Goshen Campus

The Birds are ready to soar!

If you’ve been in the Main Amp after school in the past month or so, you might have wondered about the cacophony of squawks and whistles emanating from the stage. They are an integral part of the SFS Drama Project’s spring production The Birds!  This ancient Greek comedy written by Aristophanes is a challenge for Middle School students. But in the capable hands of Associate Drama Project Director Lon Church, it is surely coming to life. Beaks, feathers, comedy, classical and modern music, clueless gods, and even a little romance will all collide beginning next weekend!

Showtimes are Friday, March 25th, Tuesday, March 29th, and Wednesday, March 30th at 6:30 p.m., with a Saturday, March 26th 2:00 p.m. matinee. As we did last year with Oliver, we are selling tickets in advance (in the case of sellouts) through Bidpal. The link to purchase tickets is here

The Birds has little to offend young audiences, but it is recommended for students in grades 4th and up. Please join Lon, me and our cast and crew of 40 students as we prepare for another SFS spring spectacle!

5thGradeGovCupAlso, we found out Monday how our 5th grade Governor’s Cup team did last week at regionals! Our team came in 5th out of 13 teams competing, which is fantastic! Kudos are also in order to the following for their individual performances:

Jack Rutherford – 1st place in Social Studies & 3rd place in Math
Amelia Gorman – 5th place in Language Arts

Congratulations to Coach Misty Chanda and our successful 5th grade team!

As a heads up: third-quarter progress reports will be available next Wednesday for you to go over with your child!

Lastly, a BIG thanks to parents Kate Davis and Lisa Francis for chaperoning the Middle School LISC dance at Walden School last Friday night! Lisa said all went well and one of the “highlights” was 6th grader Chase Jones winning a “dance-off” contest! A Wyvern with moves!

Engaging Preschoolers With a Variety of Writing

By Renee Hennessy, Director of PreschoolPSRainbow

In our classrooms, we introduce many different forms of writing to our preschoolers, such as storybooks, information books, magazines, recipes, and information from Internet sites like PBS on topics we want to learn about.  These are examples of the kinds of writing that children and teachers are reading together in school each day.  We often see children act out their favorite stories, draw pictures of stories they have created, and use materials such as clay and Play-doh to represent their ideas.  

Spring Books We Recommend

  • What Makes a Rainbow?  By Betty Ann Schwartz
  • When Will It Be Spring?  By Catherine Walters
  • Grow Flower, Grow by Lisa Bruce
  • The Lamb and The Butterfly by Arnold Sundgaard
  • Inch by Inch: The Garden Song by David Mallett
  • Wait by Antoinette Portis

Last spring, you may remember that we invited our friends from Keystone Academy to visit our natural playground and spend the morning with our preschoolers here on the Goshen Campus.  The morning we spent together proved to be meaningful for all of us in the Preschool, in ways that are really difficult to put into words.  In all of my years (21 and counting) of working with young children, this was one of my favorite days so far.  Read here how our outdoor environment inspired change for the children and community of Keystone. 

Summer Camp registration is live on our web site.  Click here for more information.    

Upcoming Dates to Remember

  • Friday, March 25th is our Spring Egg Hunt
  • Tuesday, March 29th is our next Big Sing in the Multi-Purpose Room

We need a parent volunteer to be … er, to help the Easter Bunny from 9:15 to 11:00 a.m. on Friday, March 25th. Our costume is small-ish, so the volunteer must be of average height.  Thank you in advance – you will love it, we promise.  

Spring Egg Donations Still Needed!

  • 24 plastic eggs per family filled with items such as stickers, colorful Band-Aids, erasers, non-chocolate candy, small trinkets
  • Please tape the eggs shut for ease in hiding and finding
  • Half of the donated eggs will go to Keystone Academy for their egg hunt
  • Deadline to turn in donations is Monday, March 21st

Annual Women’s Retreat Focuses on Stress

By Suzanne Bizot Gorman, Head of the Downtown CampusRetreat_3

Our annual Women’s Retreat last Friday night/Saturday morning was a wonderful experience for the students (about half the female student body) and faculty/staff.  Our theme this year was Stress (with its positive and negative effects), and we role-played, discussed, meditated, made art, and enjoyed good food and one another’s company.  We already look forward to the 15th annual event next year!

On Sunday, we welcomed 42 prospective 9th grade students and their parents to school for the annual Admitted Students Day. Everyone enjoyed a delicious lunch from Ramsi’s, followed by getting-to-know-each-other games for the students, shepherded by veteran history teacher Tom Miron and admissions director Trisha Amirault (with thanks to juniors Gabby Smedley and Jillian Morrison for their help!) and a Q&A panel for the parents.  We look forward to welcoming the Class of 2020 into our ranks!

Next week marks our first-ever Compassion Week.  As you may know, we have a number of themed weeks each year – historically a Diversity Week and a Gender Week, among others that come and go.  This year, the Sacred Space Committee, headed by teacher Bob Jones, developed the idea of a Compassion Week (particularly appropriate because compassion is part of our mission statement!).  Student facilitators will lead activities next week during Flex periods.  I’ll report in next Friday about how it went; in the meantime, starting Monday, please ask your student about this special event!

Photo Gallery for Week of March 14-18

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Lots to Report, Lots to Look Forward to

By Reed Gabhart, Head of the Goshen Campus

As we head towards our spring parent-teacher conferences, we have a handful of students to recognize and some things to look forward to as well!

First, I hope you were able to make it to the High School Campus to see their first-ever musical, Avenue Q: School Edition, last weekend!  It was a perfect choice for their inaugural musical: irreverent and edgy and full of wonderful songs and inspired performances by both High School and Goshen theater students! Congratulations are in order to 8th graders Amelia Dimas, Caroline Frederick, Eston McLeroy and Carolyn Siegenthaler for taking on the opportunity of performing in the chorus of a High School production! And, of course, congratulations are in order to Director Rachael Dobring and Musical Director Bob Bertke for their excellent work.

CarolynSArtworkAnd speaking of Carolyn, she is really on a roll! She found out this week that a piece of her artwork won an award in the Kentucky Derby Festival Foundation Student Art Contest! Carolyn drew a beautiful picture of a Pegasus and will get to attend an awards celebration later this month. Kudos to her and art teacher Alex Taylor for making this opportunity possible.

Our 6th grade girls’ basketball team are getting a unique honor this week! Coach Shannon Ragland has arranged for our undefeated girls to take a trip to the state Capitol in Frankfort to be recognized! They will meet Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, and will also be honored on the floor of the state Legislature!
Wow! Thanks to Shannon for setting this up; I’m sure this is an experience the girls will always remember.

Finally, four of our 5th grade Governor’s Cup team members who finished in the top five in local competition are competing in the regionals this Saturday! Best of luck to Lucy Frederick, Amelia Gorman, Jack Rutherford and Meredith Snyder! Go Wyverns!

P.S. We’re also having a SFS “March Madness” Dance on Friday, March 18th here from 7:00 – 10:00 p.m.! Prizes will be awarded for “Best 3-Point Shooter” and “Best Fanatic!” $5 for grades 6-8. Students should wear their team’s colors!

Goshen Summer Academic Recommendations

By Claudia McCrocklin, Director of The Learning Center

It is hard to believe summer is just around the corner. The Learning Center is excited to offer several options to keep students’ skills sharp! For some students, it is essential that they do something academically over the summer to maintain their reading, writing or math skills. All students would certainly benefit from academic enrichment. Click here here for information about what is available for rising 1st-8th graders.

The Math Department recommends the Summer Solutions Workbooks for all students as a great way to practice multiple skills in a short amount of time.  By doing one page a week for the entire summer, students will have practiced 50 to 60 problems that spiral through all topics they need in order to be prepared for the upcoming school year.  If you aren’t sure what grade level is appropriate, feel free to reach out to your current math teacher and he/she will be sure to help.  Other fun ways to keep math on your child’s mind over the summer include encouraging your child to practice some “real life” math skills!  Ask him/her to help you calculate the cost of your family’s ice cream bill at Dairy Queen, calculate the total time spent doing a particular activity (and practice reading a clock!), or estimate how much time it will take to arrive at a destination going 60 mph. Happy Math-ing!

**For rising 4th and 5th graders:  Please review multiplication tables over the summer!**

School Notes for Week of March 7th-11th

  • Goshen Summer Camp information has been posted to the website! We have a lot of options for students this summer, so please take the time to check it out. We are certain there is something for everyone. Please click here for more information on K-8th Grade Camps and here for Preschool Camps.
  • Angela Ponzio, MS Spanish teacher, will perform in the brand new atrium of the JB Speed Art Museum on Saturday, March 12th at 3:30 p.m. with her musical ensemble, Lunares. This wonderful showcase is in celebration of the grand re-opening of the Speed Art Museum. Lunares will be sharing the atrium space with Louisville Ballet Company, the Louisville Orchestra, and the Squallis Puppeteers, to name few. This event is free to the public and all are welcome to experience true Spanish flamenco song (cante) and dance (baile) performed by Kentucky’s premier flamenco ensemble, Lunares Flamenco.FOTF2F4
  • Brad Devlin, local mixed media artist, debuts his recent work this Sunday, March 13th at Galerie Hertz using Exit signs from St. Francis School that would have otherwise been discarded. The signs have been repurposed by the masterful Devlin into a cool mixed media piece that is sure to intrigue. Come see his latest body of work, titled “Salute,” at this weekend’s opening reception at Galerie Hertz, 1253 S. Preston Street from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. The show runs through April 30th.

Avenue Q Performances Incredible!

By Suzanne Bizot Gorman, Head of Downtown CampusAvenue Q

I hope many of you got to see Avenue Q: School Edition last weekend – it was absolutely marvelous!  Many of the other faculty and staff and I were blown away by the students’ incredible work (under the direction of Rachael Dobring and Bob Bertke, with a major hand from Juan Ramirez, primary puppet-maker, and Melanie Pugh and Lindsy Serrano).  

At our Parent Association meeting this week, a question was raised about how students are using the Reading Room, which of course was furnished in part thanks to a PA grant.  The English Department remains thrilled with the space, taking their classes weekly to spend time reading there.  In a world of screens, time spent just focusing on literature seems to be ever shrinking, and we are so grateful to have this wonderful space with book selections carefully curated by our English faculty.

The Women’s Retreat begins today (overnight, into tomorrow) and the female faculty/staff and I are looking forward to sharing food and discussion with 30 or so of the SFS teenage women.  We are on our 14th annual event and it is always a really wonderful time.

Photo Gallery for Week of March 7th-11th

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