School Notes for Week of September 19 – September 23

All 7th and 8th grade parents are invited to join us for a morning coffee on Thursday, October 13th at 8:30 a.m. on the Goshen Campus to learn more about our High School. You will hear from a panel comprised of former Goshen students and parents to introduce you to our High School, explain why they chose the Downtown Campus, and to answer any questions you may have. This is the perfect opportunity to learn about the next step in your child’s St. Francis journey. We hope to see you there!


2014 trip at the Bird’s Nest in Beijing

Downtown Campus Chinese teacher Bob Jones will host informational meetings about the St. Francis Spring Break Trip to China. Meetings will be held on the Downtown Campus on Monday, September 26th at 4:00 pm. and on the Goshen Campus on Tuesday, September 27th at 8:30 a.m. 

We are offering St. Francis School students an opportunity to travel to Beijing and Shanghai in China during Spring Break, March 30th through April 9th. The trip is open to all 7th through 12th grade students, and not just to those studying Chinese at St. Francis. Parents are also welcome to attend! 7th and 8th graders will need a parent to accompany them (or one parent could agree to accompany a couple of students).

Thanks to the underwriting of the WKU Confucius Institute, the cost of the trip is comparatively affordable at $2,645 per person, based on a group of 30 participants. The cost includes round trip airfare, visa, medical insurance, accommodations, transportation, and most meals. Essentially, the Confucius Institute underwrites all our costs in-country, which is how we can offer an 11-day trip for this price!  For those students and adults who went on our 2014 trip and received a 10-year visa, the cost would be approximately $240 less.

The tour will visit Beijing and Shanghai. Students will participate in language classes at North China Electric Power University, and there will be daily field trips and cultural activities. We will visit the Great Wall at Badaling, the Forbidden City, Tian’anmen Square, the Temple of Heaven, the Capital Museum and a local High School. Following a high-speed train ride to Shanghai, we will visit the Bund waterfront, the Shanghai Museum, and Yuyuan Gardens, and have an evening cruise on the Huangpu River to see the spectacular Shanghai skyline.

During the informational meetings we will cover the cost, visas, itinerary, and daily program and field any questions you may have. Please email organizer and High School Chinese teacher Bob Jones if you have any additional questions. A deposit of $500 will be due by October 31st.

Calling all cars! We are on the lookout for two used cars to help our visiting Chinese teachers get around town! Both Daphne Tang and our new Yale-China fellows, Angel Yip and Tommy Kwan, would love to purchase a used car to help them navigate between Downtown and Goshen and around Louisville. If anyone has, or knows of anyone who has, a used car to sell, please let us know. Send any inquiries to Natalie Bruner in the Goshen front office.