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Exciting Parent-Child Book Talk!

4th through 6th grade families are encouraged to join us for a parent-child book discussion of Other Words for Home via Zoom next Tuesday, April 27 at 7pm. Other Words for Home, written by Jasmine Warga, is a compelling and life-affirming story about losing and finding home and is central to this year’s Saints JFX Respect Each Difference campaign. This book talk opportunity is open to our 4th-6th grade students
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Spring Athletics Registration Closes Friday

Students in grades 5-8 are reminded that registration remains underway for spring athletics. Learn more here and find a link to register in this letter from Mr. Wennington regarding Golf and Running Club offerings.  Because we must adhere to strict guidelines this season, registration will close at the end of the day this Friday, March 26th. We regret that we are unable to accept any late registrations. Questions may
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Spring Athletics Registration

Students in grades 5-8 are reminded that registration is now underway for spring athletics. Learn more here and find a link to register in this letter from Mr. Wennington regarding Golf and Running Club offerings.  Because we must adhere to strict guidelines this season, registration will close at the end of the day on Friday, March 26th. We regret that we are unable to accept any late registrations. Questions may be
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Hot Shot Competition Reminder

Our Middle School Hot Shot Competition kicks off today, March 16th after school with 5th grade cohorts! Our schedule is as follows: 5th Grade: March 16th 3:30-4:30pm in SFX gym  6th Grade: March 18th 3:30-4:30pm in SFX gym  Faculty: March 22nd 3:30-4:30pm in SFX gym  7th Grade: March 23rd 3:30-4:30pm in SFX gym  8th Grade: March 25th 3:30-4:30pm in SFX gym We have enthusiastically communicated wit
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Updates + Reminders from the Athletic Director

5th-8th grade Middle School families are asked to note a few reminders from Mr. Wennington: Please submit this Rocket League registration form for each child in your household who plans to participate in our upcoming e-gaming tournament. Tournament Registration closes tomorrow March 9th, and a pre-tournament zoom meeting will be hosted that evening at 6pm. Find details and links to additional information here. Counci
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Accelerated Jr High Math Programs

Loyola Academy and Regina Dominican High School offer accelerated programs for mathematically talented middle school students. St. Francis Xavier students who participate in one of these programs take high school level math classes through either LA or RDHS at the beginning of each day in lieu of a math class at SFX. Please note that there is no guarantee that the SFX math schedule will align with the high school mat
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Holiday E-Gaming Tournament

SFX joins several other schools from Council II-3A to kick off an e-gaming tournament later this month. Students in grades 5-8 are invited to register and play to represent St. Francis Xavier School. Learn more and find a link to register here, and note that the deadline to sign up is quickly approaching on Tuesday, November 17th. We are grateful to our AD Rob Wennington for his efforts to secure a range of innovativ
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MS Zoom Links

Dear Middle School Parents and Students, Middle school students in quarantine due to possible exposure to Covid-19 are invited and encouraged to attend and participate in their classes via Zoom. Links to these 5th-8th grade classes are posted at sfx-school.org/sfxzooms. If you have forgotten the password to this protected page of the school website please contact office@sfx-school.org. Please note that zoom links are
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Battle of the Books!

SFX students in grades 4-6 will have an opportunity to participate in Battle of the Books, a literary trivia game. Again this school year, we will play an interscholastic game with two other area schools, Roycemore and Chiaravalle. When we return from winter break, more information will be made available to students regarding how teams will be formed and how to earn a slot on the team. Until that time, this is the li
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Request for Headphones

Dear Middle School Parents, Thank you so much for all your support as we continue to adapt to our new normal. Our students have risen to the occasion these last few weeks as we traverse new routines and procedures. One of these new routines are electronic devices for the students. The devices will serve as a wonderful way to enhance lessons and allow students to delve deeper into their learning.  In order to pro
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Welcome to 2020-2021 SFX Blogs

You have been subscribed to receive classroom news through our SFX blog system. Please note what this looks like, by grade, below: 1 – Kindergarten will use See Saw to share classroom news and updates this year across both the SJ and SFX campuses. Watch for an update here soon! 2 – Grades 1-4 will continue to share weekly updates and overviews through the SFX blog system. You are automatically subscribed
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A Note from Coach Newman

Greetings, SFX Middle School families! Coach Newman wishes to remind his 5th-8th grade students that daily Physical Education assignments are provided as part of our e-learning curriculum through Google Classroom. Assignments include suggested fitness exercises and activities, and include the opportunity for written reflections. Families are encouraged to incorporate these activities into student e-learning routines
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6th Grade Science Update

Dear Sixth Grade Families, Sixth grade students completed their Science Projects and presentations last week. All three classes did an exceptional job of following the Scientific Method while answering their project question. Each student was responsible for conducting an experiment, researching the topic, analyzing their results, and stating their conclusion. They presented their projects using a display poster boar
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Spring Athletics

Middle School and 4th grade families with students participating in spring track or boys volleyball are reminded to review yesterday’s email from Athletic Director Rob Wennington with details regarding upcoming spring meeting and practice dates. Questions may be directed to robwennington@sfx-school.org.
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A Note from Crusader Camp Directors

Dear Middle School Parents, We are happy to continue the tradition of inviting incoming 8th graders (students currently in 7th grade) to join us as Junior Counselors at Crusader Camp this summer! Junior Counselors work as volunteers from 8:40-11:40am earning service hours by assisting Crusader Camp Counselors with their camp groups. Crusader Camp runs from June 15th- July 24th this summer, and Junior Counselors may v
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Revised Battle of the Books Update

It came to light on Tuesday that there was some confusion about February 5th being an early dismissal day. I have discovered that it is not. We will still have our qualifying competition on Feb. 5th at 2:00 p.m. but it will take place during the school day. Any students who register to participate in the qualifying competition will be excused from their regular classes so that they can attend the competition. Please
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Battle of the Books Update

The day of our big Battle of the Books competition is rapidly approaching. SFX students in grades 4-6 have an opportunity to participate in Battle of the Books, a literary trivia game. We wanted to update parents on the process for selecting the 12 students who will represent SFX in our interscholastic competition against teams from Roycemore and Chiravalle. Per the competition rules, each school can bring a maximum
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Science Fair Updates

Parents of 7th and 8th grade students received this letter from Mr. Van yesterday, January 13th detailing next week’s Science Fair schedule. 6th graders will not participate in this sequence of Science Fair as they are working toward completion of projects on a unique schedule with Mrs. Bobay in which presentations will happen in late February. 6th graders will learn more from Mrs. Bobay regarding this timeline
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Sign Up for Concession Stand

SFX Athletics is excited to offer concessions during home Basketball games this Thursday, December 12th and next Thursday, December 19th. We are in particular need of parent chaperones to help oversee our Middle School student volunteers. Please consider donating an hour of your time on one of these two dates here. Questions may be directed to tvallace@gmail.com. Go Crusaders!
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6th Grade Science Update

Our sixth graders have been working hard exploring the Theory of Continental Drift this week. One highlight of the week was a lab that required that they peel oranges with the goal of putting their pieces back together, and then trying to put together a partner’s 3D puzzle. The students did an amazing job working on their mini Pangea puzzles and answering questions on Wegener’s theory!
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ICTM Annual Mathematics Contest

The First Round of the ICTM Annual Mathematics Contest is underway at SFX! Today, all SFX 6th-8th Grade students will participate in the first of three rounds of the team portion of the Annual ICTM (Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics) Mathematics Contest. We have decided to enter all of our students in this challenging and fun contest to give them exposure to contest-type math material, to develop problem-so
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Fun Run is Today

Thank you to the many Middle School families who have taken the time to set up student accounts at funrun.com in anticipation of today’s Glow Run. Our event happens today, November 14th! If you have not already done so, please be sure to open an account at funrun.com this morning and make a pledge in support of your student. Your donations support the HSO’s efforts to provide enriching services, build com
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