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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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8th Grade Masterpieces

The 8th grade boys have really taken a liking to Bob Ross, so I figured we could do a snowy, winter painting similar to his style! We all completed the painting step-by-step and together, and I think it’s safe to say that they turned out great! Students learned some new painting techniques, as well as mixing colors and some tips on how to “map out” a painting. Students also learned to mat and frame
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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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New Trier Placement Test

Eighth graders who wish to register for the New Trier High School Placement Exam this fall may do so by returning the registration form that arrived to homes this weekend. Forms should be returned to New Trier by this Friday, October 28th. Students from SFX are invited to sit for the test on Saturday, November 19th. Questions regarding this process may be addressed to the Test Coordinator, Peg Stevens, at 847/784-225
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