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Artwork Coming Home!

Hello Parents!   I just wanted to let you know that artwork should be coming home!! Thank you for all of your support during the year and especially at the art show—it was an amazing showing of all of our amazingly talented students! I still have artwork from this year’s 8th graders that was not picked up, as well as a scattering of works from 6th and 7th grades. If you want to pick anything up, I am avail
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High School Information Night Follow Up

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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7th Grade Parent Meetings on May 31st

Current 7th grade parents are invited to join us in the Xavier Room this Wednesday, May 31st for two important conversations: Sr. Casey has prepared a brief overview of next year’s Confirmation process and will be available from 6:30-7pm to provide information and answer questions. Confirmation folders will also be handed out at this meeting. Mrs. Elliott will present “High School Information Night”
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MS Service Opportunity

Middle School students looking for service hours are invited to contact Christine Pao at 773/878-5507 to learn more about volunteering at the St. Thomas of Canterbury Soup Kitchen. Volunteers are needed on Tuesdays and Fridays from 3:30-7pm.
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Kirby Larson’s One Author One Community visit

What a wonderful day we had on Friday with our visiting author, Kirby Larson. When Mrs. Larson arrived at SFX, she was greeted by our official student greeter, a 2nd grade student, who had read almost all of Mrs. Larson’s books as he was so excited that she was coming to the school. How wonderful to see so many students excited to finally meet Mrs. Larson and have her at our school. Mrs. Larson gave three prese
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7th Grade Battle of the Books

On Monday we started the week with our 7th grade Battle of the Books competition. Fourteen 7th grade students volunteered to be on our two 7th grade Battle teams for our interscholastic battle. They had to read all the books that were on the 2017 Rebecca Caudill Reader’s Choice nominee list and be prepared to answer questions from those books. The competition was fun with the 6th grade and 7th grade serving as
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2017 Art Show!

Hello all! This year’s Art Show will take place on Thursday, May 25th from 6-8:00pm. Please join us for an evening of 1st through 8th grade art in the Xavier Room. If you already have plans, no worries—the show will be left up from Thursday evening-Sunday, so parents can stop by after mass or throughout the day on Friday! We have been working hard all year, and would love for you to come by and celebrate the ar
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End of the year for the Library

It’s hard to believe we are just a few weeks away from the end of the school year. In an effort to get all school library materials back and inventoried before we leave for the summer, all library books checked out to students need to be back to the school library no later than Tuesday, May 30. Students may continue to checkout library books until Friday, May 26. In an effort to help children remember to return
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Middle School Service Project

Walk MS 2017 to fight Multiple Sclerosis takes place on Sunday, April 30th. The Malloy Family has participated in this walk for over 20 years on behalf of their Aunt Colleen, who has endured this terrible disease for so many years. We invite all Middle School students to participate in our third annual service project at SFX again this year. In-school opportunities such as making morning announcements, selling paper
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Mike Lupica Visit

Tuesday we were so fortunate to host author Mike Lupica. His visit was made possible through the generosity of The Book Stall in Winnetka. Mike came to SFX earlier than planned and joined our 4th-6th grade Battle of the Books team members at the ice cream party we had to celebrate their accomplishment. After ice cream Mike addressed our 4th-8th grade students and spoke of his love of sports and how he always knew tha
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Middle School Art :: Fine Arts Showcase

Calling all 6-8th grade artists! There will be a Fine Arts Showcase at Regina Dominican on March 31st from 6-8 P.M. The artworks on display will portray the major themes from Shakespeare (love, family, the “masks” we wear, etc.) and be displayed this evening at Regina. A reception will take place beginning at 6:45 and any participating artists and their families are welcome! I am currently working with 7t
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SFX Showcase Flags!

All of SFX has been working very hard on creating some beautiful artworks to auction off at Showcase! Check it out!! Students have discussed and learned about the paintings of American artist Jasper Johns. Johns was a member of the U.S. military, and his unique painting materials and iconic subjects help to make him very well-known in the art world! Both works below are painted by Johns with a material called “encaus
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Photos from Last Week’s Author Visit

What a great time our 5th-8th grade girls had with author Elizabeth Eulberg last week. She gave us a sneak peek of the cover of her forthcoming book due out later this year, gave our students an opportunity to purchase her brand new book, Just Another Girl, which isn’t out in bookstores until later in March. Elizabeth thoroughly engaged our students with her wit, humor, and candor. She told the girls that SFX i
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Author Elizabeth Eulberg for Girls in Grades 5-8

SFX has been given the opportunity to host popular middle school author Elizabeth Eulberg this Thursday, Feb. 16. Ms. Eulberg, who previously visited SFX and was deemed “fabulous” by our students, will be speaking to all the 5th-8th grade girls about the writing process and her two most recent books, The Great Shelby Holmes and Just Another Girl. For more information about the author, visit her website. C
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Science Fair Schedule

7th and 8th grade students will present Science Fair projects to our judges this Wednesday, January 18th. Presentations are scheduled from 3:15pm until 4:45pm that afternoon in three rotations: 3:15pm, 3:45pm and 4:15pm. All 7th and 8th grade students are assigned to one of these groups. Each rotation will last roughly a half hour, with our final rotation wrapping up at 4:45pm. Download a copy of this schedule, detai
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Red Cross Babysitting Training

The St. Francis Xavier School Early Childhood Program is a member of the Alliance for Early Childhood. As a partner school, SFX has received notice of a Red Cross Babysitting Training Program open to students who are at least 11 years old. The class meets on Monday, February 20th from 9am to 3:30pm and the cost to participants is $125 (lunch will be provided). Families interested in this program may learn more here o
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Important Science Fair Information

Dear Middle School Parents, We are all looking forward to the culmination of the Science Fair project. This year, we are implementing a few changes based upon what we believe is in the best interest of our students. These changes are specifically in response to the students’ busy extra curricular schedules and our desire for the entire school community to have a better awareness of the efforts and accomplishmen
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Last week’s author visit

What a wonderful visit we had Friday afternoon with author Peter Kujawinski. You could hear a pin drop as Peter held the 5th-8th grade students in the palm of his hand as he enraptured them with his amazing storytelling. Students may still order a copy of Peter’s book Nightfall. Complete the order form and return it along with payment to school by Monday morning so that we can secure a signed copy of the book f
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Art Updates!

Hello! We are starting off the second quarter with many new art projects! Just a quick update on a select few (expect to hear more about other projects in the upcoming weeks!)… *7th and 8th Grade Boys :: Playground Game Design  The 7th and 8th grade boys are beginning to put their planning into action! We have spent the past couple of weeks learning about the ‘Design Process’, interviewing Kindergar
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Author visit for 5th-8th grade

Thanks to our partnership with the Book Stall at Chestnut Court, author Peter Kujawinski will be coming to SFX on Friday, November 11 to speak with our 5th-8th grade students. Peter was an American diplomat on assignment in Israel, Haiti, France and at the United Nations. He also served as U.S. Consul General in western Canada. During this time he began writing and has published books for young people and adults. His
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Middle School Halloween Party

6th-8th grade students who have turned in permission slips and payment for this Friday’s Middle School Halloween Party are asked to arrive at the SFX gym at 7:30pm on October 28th. Students may only leave if escorted by an adult at the conclusion of the dance at 9:30pm. Please note that children will not be permitted to leave unsupervised. Our HSO co-chairs kindly ask all Middle School parents to consider a vol
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Art Class Update!

Hello! We have been super busy with projects in all grades of art- this week I’m sharing an exciting project from 7th and 8th grade boys.    We are currently studying about design, as Design Education is a branch of Art Education that is especially important for students’ 21st Century Skills. Students have learned the design process (posted below) and are currently following the steps in order to com
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Regina Dominican Events

Middle School students are invited to sign up for two clinics scheduled at Regina Dominican High School this month. A two-day volleyball clinic for 7th and 8th graders takes place October 17-18th from 6-8pm and includes practice, clinic and a game vs. Francis Parker. Contact tramcar@rdhs.org for more information. Register here. A lacrosse clinic open to 6th-8th graders takes place on October 21st from 4-5:30pm. Quest
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High School Admissions Feedback Sought

Dear Parents of 6th-8th Grade Students, The Office of Catholic Schools is hosting focus groups with Middle School and current Freshman parents to seek input on high school recruiting and admissions policies. An upcoming session will take place at Faith, Hope and Charity in Winnetka on Thursday, October 20th. Download a flyer here for more information and a link to register.
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