Photo Gallery for Week of October 16 – October 20

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Photo Gallery for Week of October 9 – October 13

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School Notes for Week of October 2 – October 6

As a reminder, the Goshen Campus will dismiss at NOON on Wednesday, October 11th for staff professional development (Preschool students have a normal school day). For students in JK through 4th grade, childcare will be available on the Goshen Campus from 12:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Please sign up no later than Monday, October 9th at 12:00 p.m. if you need to utilize this service. The link to register can be found here. The charge for childcare will be $30 per child, and you may choose to pay by cash/check or be billed by our Business Office. We will also be offering the 5:30 p.m. Activity Bus for those that need it as well. Lunch and a snack will be provided for students who are registered for Enrichment. Because we need to plan our staffing accordingly, drop-in service will NOT be available on this day. Due to staffing limitations, we are unable to offer Homework Hall/childcare for our Middle School students on this day.

For bus riders, we will offer our normal bus service, but on an adjusted schedule. This means that students will be dropped off approximately 3 1/2 hours earlier than their normal scheduled time. For example, if your child normally gets dropped off at 4:00 p.m., then the bus will arrive at 12:30 p.m.

Attention High School Parents: Next Friday, October 13th at 8:30 a.m. there will be a Parent Discussion Group with Terri White, LCSW, Director of Counseling Services on the Downtown Campus. The topic of the discussion will be Adolescent Depression and Suicide Prevention. Terri will be providing education to all of the students this month and would like to present some of the same information to parents and guardians. Approximately 20% of teens will experience depression before they reach adulthood, meaning that all of our students will be affected by it through friends, if not themselves.  Suicide is the third leading cause of death among adolescents and young adults. All are welcome and encouraged to attend. The Parent Discussion Group will take place in the Space for Thought on the Downtown Campus. Please RSVP to Terri WhiteRSVP is not necessary, but it is appreciated.

Terri has now had introductory student meetings with all new students. Students were informed about how the School Counselor can be a resource for them as they are trying to navigate high school and adolescence. As a parent or guardian, if you have any concerns about your student’s social and emotional well-being at school, please contact her.

Attention Parents: Your child(ren)’s school photos have been emailed to you. Retakes will take place on Thursday, October 12th and Friday, October 13th for the Goshen Campus and Wednesday, October 18th at the Downtown Campus.

Attention 6th Grade Parents: Please join us for a Pine Mountain Trip parent meeting on Friday, October 20th at 8:30 a.m. in the Main Amp.

2017 Alumni Reunion Weekend

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Photo Gallery for Week of October 2 – October 6

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Photo Gallery for Week of September 18 – September 22

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School Notes for Week of September 18 – September 22

The St. Francis School Jazz Band on the Goshen Campus returns for another concert season. Middle School woodwind and brass students, as well as drumset players, pianists, bassists, and guitarists of all skill levels are welcome. Interested students should meet briefly in the Middle School music room on Monday, September 25th during snack recess to pick up music and talk about our upcoming guest artists. Our first rehearsal will be Monday, October 2nd from 3:45-4:45 p.m. All rehearsals will be Monday afternoons.

Attention Goshen Campus Families: This is an important reminder that Student-Parent communication during the school day must go through Natalie Bruner in the front office or through a teacher’s classroom desk phone (with teacher permission) rather than through your child’s cell phone.

Your child’s health, safety, and whereabouts is of utmost importance to us. Rather than being out of the loop, we want to be sure that Natalie and your child’s teachers have a clear understanding of your child’s health and wellness needs, as well as after-school transportation arrangements.

Should you need to leave your child a voicemail or text, please understand your child is not supposed to have his or her phone out until 3:25 p.m.

School Notes for Week of September 11 – September 15

Attention Goshen Campus Families: This is an important reminder that Student-Parent communication during the school day must go through Natalie Bruner in the front office or through a teacher’s classroom desk phone (with teacher permission) rather than through your child’s cell phone. 

Your child’s health, safety, and whereabouts is of utmost importance to us. Rather than being out of the loop, we want to be sure that Natalie and your child’s teachers have a clear understanding of your child’s health and wellness needs, as well as after-school transportation arrangements.

Should you need to leave your child a voicemail or text, please understand your child is not supposed to have his or her phone out until 3:25 p.m.

Picture day schedule for the Goshen Campus and Downtown Campus retakes.

Goshen Campus
9/18 – JK – 3rd grade
9/19 – 4th – 6th grade, PS 2 day 2s and 3s, and 5 day 2s and 3s, and Mr. Paul’s 4s
9/20 – 7th & 8th grade, PS 3 day 2s and 3s, and Ms. Kelly’s 4s
10/12 & 10/13 – Retakes

Downtown Campus
10/18 – Retakes

Attention Goshen Campus Parents: We want to remind you that we are a nut-free campus. The only exception is for items sold at our concession stands during after school events. We have students with severe allergies to these and other foods. Any foods brought in for birthday/class/special event parties/extracurricular activities or even for personal lunches should be commercially prepared, prepared by our school chef, or store-bought with legible ingredient lists. Our approach does not seek to provide a completely allergen-free environment, but instead seeks to minimize the probability of exposure while maintaining heightened awareness about how to avoid exposure and deal with exposure if it occurs. As always, parent support, understanding, and participation are key to the success of our policy.

There’s still time to register for the CSA vegetable share through Ashbourne Farm and a meat share through Valley Spirit FarmCSA stands for Community-Supported Agriculture, and it allows you to have direct access to high-quality fresh food grown by local farmers.

When you become a member of the CSA, you’re purchasing a “share” of vegetables from farmer Alaina Tobee. She will deliver that share of produce to the Goshen Campus every Tuesday between August 22nd and November 14th between 3:30 and 4:30 p.m.  

A share usually includes 7-10 types of vegetables, enough for a family of four, and costs $390 for 13 weeks. Click here to fill out the required form or email Christine Brinkmann if you have questions.

Our winter CSA meat share for grass-fed beef and pastured pork will run November through April with pick-up once a month from farmer Joseph Monroe. Options include a half share at $100/month for 15 lbs and full shares at $200 for 30 lbs. You can also add on whole chickens for $5/lb. For questions, call  502-465-3040 or email Info@valleyspiritfarm.com.

Photo Gallery for Week of September 11 – September 15

 

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School Notes for Week of September 5 – September 8

Attention Goshen Campus Parents: We want to remind you that we are a nut-free campus. The Goshen Campus is a peanut-/tree nut-free campus during the school day. The only exception is for items sold at our concession stands during after school events. We have students with severe allergies to these and other foods. Any foods brought in for birthday/class/special event parties/extracurricular activities or even for personal lunches should be commercially prepared, prepared by our school chef, or store-bought with legible ingredient lists. Our approach does not seek to provide a completely allergen-free environment, but instead seeks to minimize the probability of exposure while maintaining heightened awareness about how to avoid exposure and deal with exposure if it occurs. As always, parent support, understanding, and participation are key to the success of our policy.

Lower School Student Council elections are scheduled for Thursday, September 14th. Students in 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grades will be able to run for Student Council positions beginning the week of September 11th. We will elect a boy and a girl from each grade. Students who are interested in being Student Council representatives can get forms and information from Sarah Dewberry or Emily Campbell beginning Tuesday, September 5th. Please follow the instructions below:

  • All candidates must ask a teacher to fill out a reference form, available September 5th – 8th from Sarah. Dewberry or Emily Campbell.
  • Signs may be hung in the Main Amp or Lower School areas of the building the week of September 11th -14th. Masking tape or other non-marking adhesive must be used to hang signs.
  • Candidates may not give out anything that encourages votes. Examples are candy, stickers, notes, pins, erasers, and the like.
  • All candidates will give a short speech (two minutes or less) on the morning of September 14th.
  • Elections will be held following speeches and the results will be announced at the end of the day on September 14th.

Picture day schedule for the Goshen Campus and Downtown Campus retakes.

Goshen Campus
9/18 – JK – 3rd grade
9/19 – 4th – 6th grade, PS 2 day 2s and 3s, and 5 day 2s and 3s, and Mr. Paul’s 4s
9/20 – 7th & 8th grade, PS 3 day 2s and 3s, and Ms. Kelly’s 4s
10/12 & 10/13 – Retakes

Downtown Campus
10/18 – Retakes

New York Times bestselling author and educator Rosalind Wiseman will be speaking to parents about creating cultures of dignity on Friday, September, 22nd at 6:00 pm at Louisville Collegiate School. Wiseman’s book Queen Bees and Wannabes: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends, and Other Realities of Adolescence, was the basis of the 2004 film Mean Girls. She is also the author of Masterminds and Wingmen and creator of the Owning Up Curriculum, a social emotional curriculum that teaches students and educators to take responsibility as bystanders, perpetrators, and victims of unethical behavior. The event is free, but you must register using this link.

Don’t forget to add the School Portal to your phone’s home screen! The School Portal is a great resource for parents, students, and teachers alike. It’s your one-stop-shop for grades, schedules, and directory info. It’s basically an app in website form! Using the instructions below, you can make it even more like an app by adding an icon to your phone or tablet’s home screen. This will allow you to access the Portal with just one tap!

For iPhone:

  1. Using Safari, ​navigate to the Portal at https://stfrancisschool.myschoolapp.com (If you’re reading this email on your iPhone, you can simply tap the link).
  2. Locate and tap the icon of a square with an arrow pointing up (near the bottom of the screen). You may have to scroll to the top of the page to get it to appear.
  3. Select Add to Home Screen.
  4. Choose a name for the icon (SFS Portal is a good choice), then tap Add.

For Android:

  1. Using Chrome, ​navigate to the Portal at https://stfrancisschool.myschoolapp.com (If you’re reading this email on your phone, you can simply tap the link).
  2. In the top-right corner of the screen, locate the three vertical dots, and tap to open the menu.
  3. Select Add to Home Screen.
  4. Choose a name for the icon (SFS Portal is a good choice), then tap Add.

You can also refer to this web page for complete instructions on virtually any tablet or phone. The article is from 2014, but the steps are still the same. When you’re done, you’ll have an icon on your home screen for easy access to the Portal.