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.