School Notes for Week of April 13th

  • Get Your Tickets Now! St. Francis School is hosting our annual Pegasus Parade event at the Downtown Campus. We’ve got front row seats or bleacher seating, parking, face painting, a bouncy house and private restrooms! Come join us for a great family outing! For more information and to sign up, click here.
  • This week the Goshen Campus was treated to a visit from Velocity Indiana’s Maker Mobile. The MakerMobile is a modified 32-foot trailer that houses “a variety of maker tools, including 3D printers, laser cutters, a vinyl cutter, a CNC machine, laptop workstations and electronics kits. The unit is designed for community outreach and education within the Kentuckiana area.” Students visited in travel groups for 20-minute sessions to learn about the Maker movement and get a close-up look at how 3D printers and laser cutters work, and they learned how these machines can enhance their creative endeavors. We are Maker7very grateful to Velocity Indiana for taking the time to come out and educate our students and for encouraging them to seek out their own Maker experiences. See photos in this week’s gallery.
  • On Monday, April 13th, the 5th grade class, along with Ms. Varda, Ms. Staley, and Ms. Jay, took a field trip to The Challenger Learning Center located at The Academy @ Shawnee High School and UofL’s The Rausch Planetarium. At the Challenger Learning Center, students ran a simulated mission to study a comet. Students used computers and lab facilities to run the mission as a team, to collect data, and Challengernavigate their route through space. It was a great experience in actual science exploration and work! The Challenger Center is an interactive space science learning center founded by families of the crew of the Challenger Space Shuttle that tragically exploded on January 28th, 1986. Our trip there was funded by UPS through a grant science teacher Pattie Koth received from UPS. At the Rausch Planetarium, located on the University of Louisville campus, we enjoyed a planetarium show that included a trip through our solar system with some 3D visual effects and great projections. It was a great day of science and adventure for the 5th grade students!
  • Author and former Goshen resident Amanda Stone Norton visited Friday with the 2nd, 3rd and 4th grade students to talk about how she became a creative writer, what kids can do to become a writer and her new book Muddy Madeline Meets an Arach-a-doo. Copies of the book will beavailable to order. For more information, contact the library!
  • Get ready for the Summer Reading Book Fest May 4th-8th! Can you believe that it is almost time to pick up your summer reading books?? This year, the library has teamed up with Carmichael’s Books for a book fair starting on Monday, May 4th! This book fair will have copies of all the books on your student’s summer reading list, as well as exciting new titles handpicked by St. Francis faculty and the Carmichael’s staff! Proceeds will go towards the library’s Reading Room renovation project!
  • Avoid the summer slump! Summer Break is just around the corner! If you are looking for a way to keep your children academically engaged over the summer months, please consider purchasing Summer Solutions Workbooks. Each practice book contains 30 lessons along with Help Pages and an answer key for self-checking. The books can provide the necessary review and practice that allow students to retain important math and language arts skills. You can find more information, including sample lessons, help pages, and list of skills here. It is recommended that the students complete a lesson three times per week over Summer Break. There are a variety of workbooks to choose from. If you would like to place an order, click here. If you order by May 10th, the workbooks will come right to school and then into your child’s backpack! The books are reasonably priced at $12 per book and shipping is free when books are ordered through St. Francis School. Please contact Ann Mundt if you have any questions.
  • The Learning Resource Center is excited to provide the following support services this summer:
  1. Math tutoring for review of this year’s concepts to be ready to move forward next school year
  2. Academic support with Ann Mundt in reading, writing, and math
  3. Organizational workshop for middle school students and parents in August to start the new year off well-organized
  4. Emily Boyle will be available at the The Learning Center-Downtown Campus to provide the academic support services for any interested students as well.
    If you are interested in knowing more about any of these services, please contact Claudia McCrocklin.
  • To aid cancer research and care, the 7th grade recently went trailblazing. On March 31, they completed the bulk of their service-learning project by clearing trails in the school’s Nature Preserve and walking around the perimeter of the Goshen Campus. The Workathon-Walkathon helped raise money for the life-saving work of The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Armed with clippers, the 7th graders cut back vegetation, uprooted invasive honeysuckle, and cleared sticks and limbs from the trails. St. Francis teachers Michael Mahoney, Lon Church, Jason Chlopek, and Alex Taylor, with some much appreciated help from parents and grandparents, led this effort. Few schools can boast an expansive Nature Preserve. The trails, which are now more accessible, provide access to a wooded wonder of the Goshen Campus. After the work session, the 7th graders then walked the campus perimeter under beautiful blue skies. The students had a thoroughly enjoyable, productive afternoon and in the process raised money for a great cause. See photos in this week’s gallery.
  • A belated congratulations to 5th grader Nicolette Bert. At the end of March, Nicolette won the Kentucky USA Gymnastics State Meet Level 3, including 1st place All Around, 1st place Bars, 1st place Vault, and 1st place Floor. Way to go, Nicolette!
  • Looking Now for Host Families for the 2015-16 School Year! Our fabulous Lucy Lv is going to be a senior! 11th Lv-001Lucy has been with us since 9th grade, spending every school year at St. Francis and returning home to China for the summers. She needs a host family for her final year! Lucy is an outstanding student, plays multiple sports, and would be a wonderful addition to any SFS family. We are also welcoming Sterre, a 16 year old from the Netherlands, for a one-year exchange. She has been speaking English for five years, and is eager to learn about the U.S. culture. She plays field hockey and enjoys all outdoor activities. “I want to go to the SterreUSA because last summer I went to the USA and to Canada and I had an amazing time. I really love the USA, and I think it is a great country to learn English. I want to live in a family because you really get to know the culture of the land.”
    Who Can Host?
    One thing that unites all host families is a strong sense of the importance of cross-cultural understanding in today’s world. Host families are curious, open-minded, caring, and willing to help a young student adjust and thrive in a new environment.
    As A Host Family, You:
    Welcome a student into your home as a family member for 10 months.
    Provide a bed and bedroom (can share with same gender close in age)
    Provide appropriate place to study
    Provide three meals a day
    Provide necessary transportation
    Benefits of Being A Host Family:
    Broaden someone’s horizons – share all that your family, your community, and the U.S. have to offer a young person
    Learn about the world – open your family’s eyes to cultures and languages from all over the world
    Globalize your community – your student will bring the world to your community
    If you are interested in becoming a host family, please contact Suzanne Gorman for more information.
  • The High School improv team, Currently Out of Order, only has two shows left this season! Please plan to join us on April 25th and May 23rd at 7:00 p.m. at The Bard’s Town. This event fills up quickly, so please call The Bard’s Town at 502-749-5275 to make reservations. Our April 25th show is Derby-themed and we encourage our audience to wear their funkiest Derby hats for a chance to be included in one of our sketches.
  • Congratulations to 8th grader Sydney Lattis and her KIVA 14 White Volleyball team are the 2015 JVA World Champions! They won nine matches over the weekend to bring home the Gold Medal.
  • Kudos to 7th grader Caroline Frederick, who was accepted into both the Joffrey Ballet School’s Summer Intensive Program and Interlochen’s School for the Arts Summer Musical Theatre Workshop! Caroline will be attending Interlochen (in northern Michigan, founded in 1928) for three weeks, bringing her total to five weeks of musical theater this summer after doing Into the Woods at St. Francis! Broadway beckons!
  • Another pair of Goshen alums were honored recently with Scholastic Gold Key Art Awards. Click here to see some breathtaking artwork from Cassie Taylor G’11 and Emma Collins G’11! It is ironic that last night was Fine Arts Evening at Goshen, where these two talented artists began their training in the arts!
  • Congratulations to Jillian Morrison G’13, ’17 and Emmaly Saliga ’16, who were named one of three prize winners from Word Hotel, the literary journal of the Spalding University BFA program. Jillian’s poem is “Everything You Loved About Me Has Changed” and Emmaly’s is titled “Chinatown Bus”. They will be honored at an awards ceremony in June. Click here to read Jillian’s poem.