School Notes Week of October 26-30

  • Thanks to Bob and Gabby Smedley for being our ghoulish DJs at the recent Goshen Halloween Dance, and to Pam Jones for providing and setting up many of the scary decorations! Our Halloween assembly/Buddy Day, coupled with dress-up days in both Lower and Middle School, were also frightening events this week!
  • Please join us Friday, November 13th at 5:30 p.m. for the annual High School’s Taste of St. Francis! Bring your favorite dish (of any kind) to share and enjoy time with other St. Francis parents! We also hold the Senior Class Auction in conjunction with the Taste of St. Francis. The seniors auction off items like gift cards and services in order to raise money for the all-school Prom and they would love your support. This evening is always a casual and fun event. Click here to sign up for the potluck.
  • Mark your calendars for Grandparents’ Day Tuesday, November 24th at 12:45 p.m. This SFS_GrandparentsDay_Goshen_2015event is for grandparents only, but parents are invited to join us for “Parent Preview Day” Monday, November 23rd (time to be announced soon). Both events will be in our school gymnasium. We hope to see you there!
  • The Learning Center on the Downtown Campus offers Homework Hall after school every day from 3:30 – 5:15 p.m. for students who need support managing and completing their assignments. Emily Boyle proctors Homework Hall and is available to help students organize, prioritize and complete their assignments. Once enrolled, students can notify Emily in advance when they plan to attend so that she can follow up with teachers about their assignments. The daily rate for Homework Hall is $25, and there is a partial rate for students who do not wish to attend the entire session. Please contact Emily for more information about enrolling your student.
  • The first LISC (Louisville Independent School Council) dance of the year will be Friday, November 6th at KCD from 7:00 – 10:00 p.m. for grades 6 – 8.
  • Host Families Sought for Visiting Chinese High School Students. St. Francis School will again welcome 10 Chinese high school students for a week, from January 23rd – 31st 2016. The Sino-American Youth Ambassador Program, sponsored by the Ameson Foundation of Washington, D.C., promotes educational and cultural exchange between the United States and China. Students will stay with host families for the week, attending classes at the High School campus and giving cultural presentations to the school. One of the criteria for students’ selection is their superior English skills. St Francis needs only to offer host families that can provide room and board, a separate bedroom, daily lunches, internet access and transportation to and from school.
    Despite some adverse weather conditions, last year’s visit was very successful. If you are interested in hosting a student, please contact Chinese language teacher Bob Jones.
  • For their service-learning project, the 6th grade has chosen to help Kentucky Refugee Ministries by sponsoring a coat drive. The class is taking coats for any age, infant through adult. If you have any coats in your house that don’t fit or that you don’t want anymore, please bring them in! Drop-off boxes will be in the Middle School Amp and Math/Science Wing. The coat drive begins October 28th and runs through November 24th.
  • Dean Robertson, beloved former St. Francis High School English teacher and now author, will be in Louisville on November 12th and 13th. At 7:00 p.m. on Friday, November 13th, Dean will read from (and sign) her book Looking for Lydia; Looking for God at Carmichael’s Bookstore. She will also visit the High School on Thursday, November 12th to make a presentation and answer questions about the book, as well as to reunite with former colleagues and meet current faculty and students. Parents and alums are invited to a drop-in meeting with Dean that day beginning at about 8:45 a.m. in the new English Department Reading Room. (Dean will bring a small number of copies of the book for sale, and they can also be ordered via her website.) Students, faculty, and staff will attend an all-school assembly with Dean later that morning.
    Some praise garnered by Looking for Lydia: Looking for God

    • “[It] is a story for anyone who is getting older, for anyone with parents who are getting older, for anyone afraid of getting older. It is a story for anyone interested in the Bible or in history. It is, in short, a story for everyone.”
    • “Readers will find that, whether they seek a lost relative or answers to life’s biggest questions, Looking for Lydia may lead them to find that exploring the questions can be as satisfying as finding the answers.”
    • “Storytelling at its finest.  Dean Robertson uses the ancient stories of the Bible to inspire intellectual curiosity and reflection on their own life stories among a group of elderly Southern women. Added to this is the tantalizing mystery of the historically elusive Lydia Roper for whom the women’s retirement home is named.”