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Optional HSPT Prep Services

This year’s Catholic High School Entrance Exam (HSPT) will take place on December 7th. PEACE Educational Services is conducting a comprehensive 8 week High School Entrance Exam Preparation Program at St. Francis Xavier beginning September 29th. The PEACE Program provides skill review, format specific practice, and confidence building to ensure that students’ full ability is reflected on the HSPT. Information on the p
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High School Information Night for 7th Grade Parents

Parents of current 7th grade students are invited to join us Wednesday, May 29th in the Atrium at 6pm. Mrs. Elliott will provide an overview of the coming year with regard to high school discernment, application and preparation. Please note this is a parent-only presentation. No RSVP is required. We hope to see you there!
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Erika’s Lighthouse

Dear Seventh Grade Parents, Every year at SFX, we invite the team from Erika’s Lighthouse to meet with our 7th grade students. Erika’s Lighthouse is a program focused on mental health that was developed on the North Shore and is implemented in many of our surrounding schools. Its mission is to foster empathy and awareness about mental health and depression through education and discussion in a safe space. This
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Showcase Photo Day

All 6th and 7th grade students should come to school dressed in their suggested dress-up outfits for Showcase class portraits this morning, March 7th. Students do not need to change into uniforms following these photo shoots. Please refer to guidelines shared by room parents regarding appropriate dress-up attire for today, March 7th. Thank you!
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Woodlands Open House

Woodlands Academy invites parents of female students in grades 6 and 7 to a Parent Preview event on Tuesday, March 19th at 9am. Learn more and RSVP here.
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NCEA Middle School Art Contest

The Archdiocese of Chicago’s Office of Catholic Schools is sponsoring an Art Contest in conjunction with its upcoming National Catholic Educational Association Convention taking place in Chicago this spring. The NCEA Art Contest is themed “My Chicago” and is open to students is grades 6-12. Download a flyer here to learn more about this exciting opportunity for our 6th-8th grade students. Submission
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St. Joseph’s Dance Invitation

Dear 7th and 8th Grade Parents, St. Joseph’s School is holding a winter dance this Friday, February 8th that runs from 7:30-9:30pm in the gym. All SFX 7th and 8th grade students are invited to attend. This information was shared with your students via edmodo last month and students know I will provide hard copies this week for those who have not already printed the attachment at home. I have attached the origin
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OLPH Basketball Tournament

SFX students interested in signing up for an upcoming 7th-8th grade basketball tournament run by OLPH are invited to register online here. Families who choose to register should organize their own teams, and all 7th-8th grade students from area catholic schools are eligible. Questions may be directed to n.hirtzig@comcast.net.
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Field Trip – Save the Date

Dear 7th Grade Parents, Miss Ford and Mrs. Ehlert have planned an EPIC Fine Arts outing for our 7th grade students. 7th graders are asked to please save the date for a field trip on Wednesday, November 28th at 1pm. The performance our 7th graders are attending will not end until 3:30pm, so students will not return to St. Francis until closer to 4:30-5pm, depending upon traffic. Because this is a busy time of year, we
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Science Fair Research

Dear Parents, Mr. Van and I have been busy introducing this year’s science fair information to our 6th-8th grade students. I have gone over with them what makes a credible website and highlighting science websites that are appropriate for them to use for the science fair project. I have curated this list of great resources for our students to use for the science fair and shared it with our Middle Schoolers. We
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Service Opportunities for 7th & 8th Graders

SFX alumna, Mary Komlofske is Director of the Winnetka Youth Organization. Miss Komlofske would like to extend a special invitation to our 7th and 8th grade students to participate in a number of service opportunities geared toward teens on the North Shore. Please note the following events and contact maryk@winnetkayo.org with questions: This Saturday, September 1st at Glencoe Community Gardens Next Saturday, Septemb
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Your Class Blog Subscription

Thank you for subscribing to your child’s classroom blog for the 2018-2019 school year. Your subscription is now active and blog posts will automatically push to your email’s inbox the morning after any new posts are logged. You may also check blogs anytime on our website here. Please add office@sfx-school.org (blogs and Newsblast) and sfxschool@mail.vresp.com (SFX School News) to your contacts so that th
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Service Opportunity

Mrs. Elliott invites incoming 6th, 7th and 8th grade students to visit edmodo for a post seeking several Middle School students to assist with a service opportunity here on the SFX campus. If your child is available to help with some tasks around our school buildings on Monday morning, August 20th, please ask them to sign up on edmodo. Thank you!
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Service Hour Opportunity

In an effort to increase service opportunities for PREP and SFX School students, the parish office is excited to partner with Misericordia’s Family Fun Fest this fall. Students 12yrs and older are invited to volunteer at the annual Family Fest on Sunday, September 9th. Sign up to donate your time here. These volunteer slots are eligible for Middle School service hours. Questions may be directed to  sfxprep@comc
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8th Grade Summer Reading

Happy summer, rising 8th graders! Over the coming weeks, please take a moment to check the Summer Reading page of the school website for links to resources and information. In particular, make note of the required summer reading assignment that has been posted for students entering 8th grade this fall. Download the 8th grade summer reading assignment here, and the reading log here.
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Washington, DC Trip Update

World Strides has agreed to extend the early bird pricing opportunity for the Class of 2019 trip to Washington, DC that will take place in May of 2019. Previously, this deadline was today, June 6th. The new deadline is Friday, June 15th at 12pm. Mrs. Elliott encourages all 7th grade families to register by noon on the 15th to take advantage of preferred rates. We look forward to this opportunity for our rising 8th gr
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Incoming 6th-8th Grade Book Order Form

As shared previously by our Lit/LA Middle School teachers, complete summer reading instructions and details will be shared next week for rising 6th, 7th and 8th grade students. In the meantime, the Book Fair chairs encourage all current 5th-7th grade students to purchase the required titles shared in yesterday’s blog using the attached order form which is pre-populated with titles and corresponding pricing. Que
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Athletics Registrations Due Wednesday

Dear 4th-7th Grade SFX Families, Athletic Registration for students entering 5th-8th grade during the 2018-2019 school year is due this week. Please return registration forms and fees to the school office no later than Wednesday, June 6th.  Both the Athletic Registration Form and the Athletic Permission Form must be on file before your child participates in sporting events at SFX. The Athletic Permission Form require
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Summer Reading Titles for Sale at the Book Fair

The SFX Spring Book Fair takes place this week at the SFX Library and at The Book Stall in Winnetka. Because 20% of all sales come back to SFX, we encourage parents of rising 6th-8th grade students to purchase this year’s required summer 6th-8th grade novels at the Book Fair! This summer’s required texts are: Incoming 6th Grade Students: A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park Price: $7.99 Incoming 7th gra
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HS Information Night & DC Trip

Dear 7th Grade Parents, Thank you to the many who joined us for High School Information Night this week! It was a pleasure to chat with you all about the journey you begin this fall with your soon-to-be eighth grade students. I have attached a copy of our presentation here for those who wish to revisit any points that were covered. In particular, please make a note that the High School Placement Test is scheduled for
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HS Information Night is Tonight

Parents of current 7th grade students are invited to join us this evening, May 30th, in the Xavier Room at 7pm. Mrs. Elliott will provide an overview of the coming year with regard to high school discernment, application and preparation. Please note this is a parent-only presentation. No RSVP is required. We hope to see you there!
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Regina Dominican Basketball Clinic

Regina Dominican High School invites all 4th-7th graders to join them for a free basketball clinic this Saturday, March 24th from 9:30-11am. Instruction will be provided by student athletes and the basketball coaching staff. For questions, or to RSVP, please email the athletic director at tmarcum@rdhs.org or call 847/256-7660 extension 254. Download a a flyer here.
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Technology & Social Media Speaker Tonight

Parents of 6th, 7th and 8th grade students are invited to a special presentation from Lauren Spehr, a Crisis Intervention Manager and Therapist from Haven Youth and Family Services. This event takes place tonight, November 28th, from 7-8pm in the Xavier Room. Ms. Spehr will speak on the topic, “Promoting Technology and Social Media Safety for Adolescents.” Parents will be invited to participate in a brief
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