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Field Day & 8th Grade Yearbooks

SFX 8th graders are invited to drop by campus today! Students may join us anytime after 1pm to pick up 8th grade yearbooks and check out field day fun. Families who are unable to collect yearbooks tomorrow afternoon may email jackiepetrozzi@sfx-school.org to coordinate a pick up.
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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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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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8th Grade Dinner

The annual 8th grade dinner will be held at SFX next Thursday, June 1st in the gym. Our 7th grade family hosts are still missing a number of RSVPs. If you have not yet indicated whether or not you will be attending on June 1st, please respond to Mary Hoepfner at sangimig@yahoo.com by today, May 24th.
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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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Cubs Game RSVP Due Today

If you have not already done so, please take a moment today and RSVP here for the 8th grade class trip to see the Cubs take on the NY Yankees on Friday, May 5th following our May Crowning Mass. Questions may be directed to christine.gammons@gmail.com.
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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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8th Grade :: Art Puppet Creation

8th grade girls created hand puppets with felt, sewing thread/needle, hot glue, and other accessories so that they could put on a puppet show for the younger students! Mrs. Sawyer provided the wonderful idea for this project, asking if we could create a play to go along with “Guess Who, Haiku” by Deanna Caswell and Bob Shea. The girls were so creative in their art-making, and the puppets turned out beauti
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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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Media Release for Shakespeare Workshop

Last month, our 8th graders thoroughly enjoyed their experience with the Chicago Youth Shakespeare Company when they spent a day here on campus. We took several photos of our 8th graders participating in workshops and in the play they put on for parents at the conclusion of this Make an EPIC Difference day. SFX School will share a number of these photos with the CYSC so that they may use them as examples of their wor
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8th Grade Spring Fling at St. Joan of Arc

If your eighth grader is interested in attending this dance on March 10th, please print this invitation and have him/her bring it to the dance along with $10.
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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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Shakespeare Performance at 2pm Today

Our 8th graders have thoroughly enjoyed their week-long adventure with the Chicago Youth Shakespeare Company! As you know, this Make an EPIC Difference Fund experience kicks off our study of Shakespeare and in particular, Romeo and Juliet. Your children have explored stage blocking, directing, choreography/stage combat, and acting in several mini-scene selections from a variety of Shakespearean plays. Our week-long e
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Shakespeare Workshop This Week

8th Grade parents are asked to review Friday’s SFX School News email here for details regarding this week’s visit with the Chicago Youth Shakespeare Company. We invite you to join us this Friday, January 27th at 2pm in the Gym for a performance of all that our 8th graders will be learning over the days to come! Questions may be directed to kathytilmont@sfx-school.org.
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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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