School Notes for Week of December 7-11

  • The 5th grade is collecting toys, puzzles, coloring books and markers for Kosair Children’s Hospital. Donated items, which should be new, can be dropped off in the large boxes in the Middle School and Lower School amps. Any and all donations are appreciated. This collections runs until Wednesday, December 16th.
  • The High School Quick Recall teams concluded league play for the calendar year this week.  The Varsity is at 8-0, having won 18 straight in their league (the Louisville-area private schools) over the past two years.  The JV (with only one sophomore and the rest freshmen) has a 5-4 record.  Varsity team members are Sam Borden, Madison Ebel, Sam Edwards-Kuhn, Rose Gilbert, Zoe Koss, Lucy Lv, Jack Baize, Scott Morrison, Jay Swan, and Mariana Wilson.  JV team members are Clay Foye, Joshua Arnett, Hope Carstanjen, Evvie Cooley, Chandler Durbin, Chris Hammond, Elizabeth Johnson, Caden Kirby, Angus Middleton, Megan Read, Michael Snyder, and Patrick Spencer.  
  • Early registration now available for Goshen after-school activities. A variety of art programs are available, in addition to some old favorites, like Choir and Chess, and a new option: Table Tennis! Handouts were sent home in backpacks today, but you can also check out the offerings here.
  • SFS Girl Scout Troop 969 (5th grade) made more than 100 holiday cards and delivered them to residents of Friendship Manor Nursing Home.
  • MathCounts, a math competition on February 20th at U of L’s Engineering School, is open to 6th-8th graders who are interested in more complex mathematics. The competition day is a lot of fun, but students will also have fun practicing problems and learning more about cool math!  Practice has been taking place during Projects, but after-school practices will begin Monday, December 14th from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.  Practices will run until the week before Winter Break. Practices are open to any student in 5th-8th grade who likes math!  Email Erin Staley with questions.
  • The Hour of Code is a national movement to encourage students to try computer programming. This week has been the big push for American schools to expose students to many different activities that help foster the thinking involved in programming.  Many students at St. Francis, from the Lower School in Emily Campbell’s and Carey Thornburgh’s classes through the Middle School in Erin Staley’s, Brian Kirby’s, Debbie Adkins’ and Jason Chlopek’s classes, have been exploring games and sites intended to teach students coding.  Please reach out to your students and ask them about their coding experiences this week!  For further exploration, visit
    Here are some of the sites we visited: