Photo Gallery for Week of August 16 – August 18

 

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Capturing the Magic of SFS!

Morning Meeting ImageBy Alexandra S. Thurstone G’80, ’84, Head of School

Welcome back to school! On the opening day of the 2017-18 school year, I wanted to share a poem written by Kinsey Morrison ’14, which she read in the High School’s Morning Meeting on the first day of her senior year in 2013 (she is now about to start her senior year at Stanford University). You may not recognize the names or all the stories, but Kinsey perfectly captures the magic of SFS. Enjoy!

My Last First Day

On my first first day,
I wore a black strapless top
with matching sandals.
I had a huge crush on Gray Thurstone
and a terrible tanline.

On my first first day
I was a vegan. (Gag!)
I was 20 pounds lighter than I am now,
Probably because I was eating cardboard for lunch,
But I still desperately wanted to be
One of the skinny girls
And wear a bikini and a size small
Field hockey jersey.

On my first first day,
I went to Nancy’s and got a
Cranbran bagel with honey and no
Cream cheese – vegan days, remember?
And then I “officially” introduced myself
To Kit Llewellyn.
At 13, I made sure to get my foot
In the door of her office,
Which is probably why I still haven’t
Found my way out.

On my first first day,
Mr. Paice had a Mohawk,
I got to school 30 minutes early –
Which has never happened again –
And Sra. Katz intimidated me –
Which has never changed. 

Sophomores, if today,
Your second first day
Is a bad day that’s okay because you…
Won’t remember any of it.

And juniors, you’re pretty safe too,
Because all I remember from my
Third first day is that
Mr. Miron stole my keycard.

But freshmen…you better make it a good day.
I promise you will remember it.
I promise that this is the only school
In the world where Chinese Lion Dancers
Roam the hallways at the whim
Of a civil war re-enactor.

I promise you’ll get that joke eventually.
I promise that here,
If you work hard and show up,
You can be a leader in field hockey AND
Quick recall,
Even if you’re not the highest scorer
On either team.
I promise that you’ll cry in class a lot.
Usually, because you’re laughing so hard,
But sometimes, because you’re in Calculus.
I promise that your sports practices will get changed
At least once a week.
Or if you play field hockey,
Twice a day.

I promise you’ll like art,
And I promise you’ll hate the back stairway.
I promise you should go to the big games,
And the plays and the talent show,
Because that’s when you’ll realize
just how much love is in this room.

I promise that we are a family,
even if a highly dysfunctional one.
I promise that unless you’re Jack Costel,
You will get sick of McDonald’s.

I promise that Ms. Gorman does get sick
Of hearing about your day to day problems.
But you should tell her about them anyway,
Because somewhere along the line
She teaches you how to fix them yourself.
Most of them anyway.

I promise that you won’t be friends with everyone,
But you can be friends with anyone.
I promise that most of the poems are
Shorter than this one,
But some will be even longer.

I promise that sometimes 6:30 a.m.
Will come way too early,
And you won’t be as excited to get up as you were
On your first first day.
Okay honestly,
I promise that a few times over the next four years,
You’ll get three hours of sleep
And you won’t want to get up at all.

But I promise that there will be these
moments where out of nowhere
it hits you,
That this place is special,
And here you are loved.
And you know in your core
That this is where you belong.
One of those moments will be your last first day.

On my last first day
I think Gray is a good friend and a good man,
And somehow I still haven’t had a single class
With him, which seems mathematically
Impossible in a school this small.

On my last first day I still have a pretty bad tan line,
But my hair looks better
Because I got Jillian to fix it.
On my last first day
I can’t believe how much I didn’t know
on my first first day.
But I’m proud of how much I’ve learned
And how much I still will.

On my last first day,
I didn’t just come to school.
On my last first day,
I came home.

School Notes for Week of August 16 – August 18

High School Back-to-School Night is Thursday, September 7th at 6:30 p.m. on the Downtown Campus. All High School parents are encouraged to attend to go through their child’s class schedule and meet teachers. New parents – 9th grade or transfer, anyone new to the High School – are invited to the New Parent Reception, sponsored by our Parent Association, at 5:30 p.m. just prior to Back-to-School Night. Please join us to meet other parents and school personnel!

All-State Choir auditions are being held on both the Goshen and Downtown Campus. All students interested in auditioning for any of the All-State/All Regional music ensembles need to see Bob Bertke as soon as possible for music, practice opportunities, and audition information. Please email Bob Bertke with questions.

Calling all families of 2nd – 8th graders! We are asking for 20 – 25 more chaperones to join us at WorldFest 2017 on Friday, September 1st. Please email Salema Jenkins if you are interested in helping out. Want to know more about WorldFest? Click here.

 

 

 

School Notes for Week of May 15 – May 19

Next week’s Exam Schedule for the High School:

Monday, May 22nd – Science
9:00 – 11:00 a.m. – Physics
12:00 – 2:00 p.m. – Biology and Chemistry

Tuesday, May 23rd –  English
9:00 – 11:00 – English II and III
12:00 – 2:00 – English I

Wednesday, May 24th –  Math/World Language
9:00 – 11:00 a.m. – Math
12:00 – 2:00 p.m. – World Language

Got dirt? Come one, come all to the 8th Grade Car Wash this Saturday, May 20th! You will leave with a squeaky clean vehicle and feeling good knowing that you contributed to the class gift for the wonderful Goshen Class of 2017! The car wash will be at Arby’s in Holiday Manor on Brownsboro Road from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. and hopefully the weather will cooperate and the rain will hold off until afterwards! Tell your friends, and we hope to see many of you on Saturday!

7th – 12th Graders! Join us as we travel to Quebec City and Montreal during Spring Break from March 31st – April 7th 2018. We will visit L’Oratoire Saint-Joseph du Royal, Olympic Tower, Biodome, Underground City, Basilica of St. Anne de Beaupre, Albert Giles Copper Museum, Observatoire de la Capitale, Notre Dame Basilica, and Musee National des Beaux-Arts du Quebec. Highlights include a cable car ride up Montmorency Falls, as well as eating at all local restaurants, including a traditional creperie and a sugar shack! Both French and non-French students are welcome! This trip is open to High School students and 7th and 8th grade students; however, 7th graders must be accompanied by a parent. The price will be $2,524 – $3,229 per student/parent depending on how many sign up for the trip. If you have any questions, please email Jenn Buck.

Photo Gallery for Week of May 15 – May 19

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School Notes for Week of May 8 – May 12

Our 2016-17 yearbooks have arrived and we will be distributing them on Thursday, May 18th. On the Downtown Campus, yearbooks will be distributed after the Awards Day assembly. On the Goshen Campus, yearbooks will be distributed during snack/recess in the Main Amp. If you have not yet purchased a yearbook, additional copies are available for $57. Students can bring cash or check to purchase the yearbook on May 18th. If you have any questions please contact Trisha Amirault.

Got dirt? Come one, come all to the 8th Grade Car Wash next Saturday, May 20th! You will leave with a squeaky clean vehicle and feeling good knowing that you contributed to the class gift for the wonderful Goshen Class of 2017! The car wash will be at Arby’s in Holiday Manor on Brownsboro Road from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

7th – 12th Graders! Join us as we travel to Quebec City and Montreal during Spring Break from March 31st – April 7th 2018. We will visit L’Oratoire Saint-Joseph du Royal, Olympic Tower, Biodome, Underground City, Basilica of St. Anne de Beaupre, Albert Giles Copper Museum, Observatoire de la Capitale, Notre Dame Basilica, and Musee National des Beaux-Arts du Quebec. Highlights include a cable car ride up Montmorency Falls, as well as eating at all local restaurants, including a traditional creperie and a sugar shack! Both French and non-French students are welcome! This trip is open to High School students and 7th and 8th grade students; however, 7th graders must be accompanied by a parent. The price will be $2,524 – $3,229 per student/parent depending on how many sign up for the trip. If you have any questions, please email Jenn Buck.

Photo Gallery for Week of May 8 – May 12

 

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Alumni Updates May 2017

Susan Hershberg ’81, owner of Wiltshire Pantry in Louisville, took a group of her employees to Washington, D.C. in January to protest the inauguration and join the Women’s March on Washington. Susan says, “I remember as a student at St. Francis making my first signs to take to a protest march against a nuclear power plant. We cut out mushroom clouds from the stock report pages of the newspaper and attached them to our poster boards … that experience 40 years ago is still very clear in my mind.” She feels a tremendous responsibility to expand the horizons, minds, and experiences of her employees. She jokes that many companies offer corporate retreats for team-building exercises. At Wilshire Pantry, they march on Washington!

Joanna Hay G’79, ’83 is a musician and filmmaker in Lexington. She produced and directed the documentary, “Kentucky Bourbon Tales: Distilling the Family Business,” which introduces viewers to some of the important figures in the Bourbon industry in Kentucky. It was recently added to the American Folklife Collection at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.  

Lisa Cummings Penn ’86 is married to Allan Penn, “a super fun and creative photographer/publisher.” They commute between NYC and Wenham, MA. Lisa has worked for The Estée Lauder Companies in NYC for almost 17 years, the past six doing technology strategy for their global brands. When not working, she spends most of her time enjoying their family and traveling.

Jeff O’Koon ’87 is a clinical psychologist at O’Koon Psychology Group, which specializes in evaluations for children. He and his wife live in Evanston, IL. St. Francis had a major impact on Jeff. He and his wife have decided to send their three children to schools with similar philosophies. Their 14-year-old and 9-year-old attend the Baker Demonstration School and their 17-year-old attends the Beacon Academy.

Stephanie LaGrave French ’88 works in communications, public relations, and marketing with clients in the fields of higher education and healthcare. She has a B.A. in Communication from Jacksonville University and an M.A. in Communication from the University of Louisville. Stephanie and her husband, Dan, will celebrate their 23rd anniversary this summer. They have two children: Ally will be graduating from Ball State University this spring and Andrew is attending JCTC with plans to transfer to U of L this fall. Stephanie recently joined Bourbon Women, which is run by a former science teacher at St. Francis, Susan Reigler!

Kareem Bunton ’90 starred with his son in a recent New York Knicks commercial. He also played Bo Diddley in the Martin Scorsese show Vinyl on HBO.

Torbitt “Little Shalimar” ’92 and Wilder “Zoby” ’98 Schwartz co-produced their third album “RTJ3” with New York rap duo Run the Jewels. This album has earned critical acclaim from magazines such as Rolling Stone and Pitchfork. Run the Jewels will be performing at Forecastle this summer.

Lenore (Spransy) Labar ’04 and her husband Danny live in Chapel Hill, NC. They were married last April in Kure Beach, NC. Lenore is the Director of Client Relations for Home Instead Senior Care.

Hillary (Stotts) Denham ’05 and her husband Jake are selling their home this summer and plan to travel the world with their three children (Addie, Aria, and Emery) for 12 months. Hillary owns an online business, Wunderkin Co., where she sells handmade bows for children. You can visit her website at www.wunderkinco.com.

Amelia (Nordmann) Wantland ’05 married Marc Wantland in 2015. She is on track to finish her residency in Family Medicine at the University of Louisville this summer.

Saskia (Warren) Leeds ’06 spent her honeymoon volunteering in South Africa. She recently relaunched her shop, Words Calligraphy & Creations, where she creates everything from wedding invitations to jewelry and protest postcards. Check out her website at www.wordscalligraphy.com.

Mary Boatwright ’08 was recently accepted to graduate school at Kent State University, where she is pursuing a master’s degree in Environmental Geographic Information Science. Upon graduation, she hopes to work in the field of geospatial analysis of wildlife populations. Mary is currently living in Steamboat Springs, CO, with her partner, Justin, and their two dogs, Zeus and Kimber.

Alex Masterson ’09 is living with her boyfriend in San Francisco and working at Charlotte Russe as a buyer in the Outwear department. Much of her job involves number-crunching, but she is also able to help with product development – picking fabrics and checking the fit of new items. In her spare time, she enjoys backpacking, hiking, beach clean-ups, and photography. She also enjoys spending time with her sister Laura who lives nearby with her family.

Marriages and Engagements

Emily Bennett G’95, ’99 married Doug Kochelek on November 12th, 2016 at the Newberry Library in Chicago, IL.

Alexander Smith ’98 married Franny Powers on November 12th, 2016 at the Eden Spring Farmstead in Simpsonville, KY.

Collin Smith G’96, ’00 is engaged to Aja Pecknold. They are planning a wedding on June 3rd in Washington, which is Aja’s home state. They currently live in Brooklyn, NY with their bulldog, Lola.

Eleni Fischer G’02 married Cody Stark, a college classmate from Georgetown, in October 2016. Eleni recently moved to Brooklyn after living in Washington, D.C. for eight years. She works for a food systems consultancy firm.

Wyverns in Chicago 2017

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Alumni Crawfish Boil 2017

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