School Notes for the Week of March 23rd-27th

    • Thursday, April 16th is Fine Arts Evening! The program for the evening is:
      6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Student artwork displayed from the Preschool, 1st grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, and 8th grade. Also, come enjoy the work created with our February artist-in-residence Squallis Puppeteers. 8th graders will be speaking about the school-wide art installation of ceramic tulips throughout the evening.
      6:00 – 6:15 Junior Kindergarten and Kindergartners will perform music
      6:30 – 6:45 3rd grade will perform a dance
      7:10 – 7:40 2nd and 6th graders will perform music
      In between performances, 7th graders’ work from their humanities class will be projected.
      All work will be in the Main Amp, with the exception of the tulips, which will be outside the main door. We are excited to see everyone there! If your student is performing, please arrive 15 minutes before his/her performance in order to get prepared! If you have any questions, please contact Jenni Pollard.
    • Travelers to China Depart on Thursday! SFS students (7th – 11th grade) and parents depart for Beijing on Thursday. Anyone interested can keep track of their adventures via the trip blog.
    • Kentucky Shakespeare will be holding Camp Shakespeare at the Downtown Campus again this summer! Acting camps are available for all age groups. Playwriting artist-in-residence Melinda Beck ’07 will be teaching The Revelers, ages 11-14. The Globe Players, ages 15-18, will be producing their own Shakespeare play over the course of the summer to be performed in Central Park (on the same stage as the professional actors). St. Francis students are highly encouraged to sign up! Dates are June 8th – August 2nd. Specific camp info can be found here.

3rd graders present a check to Kosair.

    • The act of helping others can create an improved sense of well-being. It can give a sense of purpose in life or inner satisfaction. This is how the 3rd graders felt last Thursday when they were able to give Natalie Gupton, the Development Coordinator for Kosair Children’s Hospital, a $450 check. The students sold doughnuts to raise the money for the NIC unit and the oncology unit for Kosair. They voted to share the money between both departments. The students chose Kosair as their service-learning project both because a few had been patients at the hospital and because they felt a connection to that organization. They wanted to help other kids who were suffering. What a great group of kids we have at SFS! Thanks to all who helped for this cause.
    • Who can resist a baby praying mantis and a monarch chrysalis? On Thursday, April 16th, our bug fundraiser will end. Please send in your orders so you can experience these amazing beneficial bugs in your own garden. For more information how to order, click here.

We Act Club fundraiser

  • THANK YOU to Lower School parents for supporting the We Act groups’ fundraiser last Friday! The High School and Middle School groups combined to raise nearly $1,600 toward building our school in Haiti! Kudos to our HS and MS volunteers for their tireless play with the littler ones. A great time (for a great cause) was had by all.
  • The We Act groups on both campuses are now collecting used pairs of pants as part of a citywide initiative to aid homeless JCPS schoolchildren. There are donation boxes on both campuses. As you’re cleaning out closets and getting rid of outgrown pants, please consider sending them in to school to be donated to this cause. Thank you!
  • For Downtown Campus families: St. Francis School will participate in the High School Survey of Student Engagement, which will be administered in Spring 2015. More than 400,000 students across over 40 states participated in the survey from 2006-2014. The survey assesses the extent to which students are involved in a variety of educational activities, and will help teachers and administrators design school improvement initiatives. Individual students will not be identified on the surveys, and participation in the survey is voluntary. If you have any questions, please contact Suzanne Gorman, Head of Downtown Campus.
  • Derby Camp spots for the full weekend have sold out, as have Saturday-Sunday spots. We have 7 Friday-only spots available. Click here to register.