Wyverns are Proud

Calling all, Wyvern Families! This Saturday, June 18, you’re invited to join the Middle School and High School Queer Student Association (QSA) and faculty and staff as we celebrate Pride at the Kentuckiana Pride Parade sponsored by the University of Louisville and UofL Health. If you would like to help decorate our truck and walk in the parade with us, please email sjones@stfrancisschool.org so we can plan for how many folks to expect. We will meet up at the High School parking lot at 9:00 a.m. to decorate (bringing decorations, streamers, etc.) If you would like to walk behind the truck in the parade, please meet at the High School Parking Lot at 10:00 a.m. We will depart the High School parking lot at 10:30 a.m. to head over to get in line. The parade starts at 12 Noon. Students 13 and under should have a parent/guardian along with them. Families welcome! Wear your Wyvern wear with Pride accents, and be sure to bring a water bottle. Parents/guardians of students 13 and up should make plans to pick their students up from the “Finish” area of the parade. Here is the route the parade will follow:

School Safety and Talking Points for Children

Dear St. Francis School Families: The recent news out of Uvalde, Texas hits close to home for us all, and we stand alongside the Uvalde community in mourning the devastating losses from these tragic events. We are a community of teachers and families dedicated to providing a safe, warm, joyful place for our children to learn and grow together. This news is jarring for every single one of us and threatens our sense of security. Just so you’re aware, St. Francis School personnel meet regularly with local police to go over security and safety plans for each campus, including how best to prepare for and respond to an intruder situation.  As you know, a fundamental part of our Mission is to cultivate a joyful and compassionate community. From our classroom interactions to our family-school partnership, we are on this journey together. For now, we want to share with you a few resources that you may find helpful in processing difficult news with your children should they have questions:  Talking to Children About Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers from the National Association of School Psychologists School Shooting Resources from The National Child Traumatic Stress Network Helping Students After a School Shooting from the American School Counselor Association As we move into the summer break, please know that we are already hard at work preparing for the next school year in order to welcome your children back on campus in the most joyful and safest way possible.  We wish you a restful and relaxing summer!  Sincerely,  St. Francis School Leadership Team [...]

Our New Name Is…

To the St. Francis School community:  After nearly a year-long process, we are pleased to announce the results of our name change exploration with you. As a recap, last summer the Board of Trustees voted unanimously to explore the possibility of a name change. A Task Force was created to research all that this possibility would entail including all potential costs and benefits. A survey was conducted as well as multiple listening sessions to ensure we had broad feedback from all involved with the School. The Task Force also conducted research with college admissions officers, faculty/staff search firms, and other schools and nonprofits that have changed their names. Based on that research, in January 2022 the Task Force unanimously recommended to the Board of Trustees that we change the name of the school; and the Board voted unanimously that same month to change the name. Next, we embarked on the process of determining a new name for the School. We hired a naming and branding firm, Bullhorn, a Louisville and Lexington firm, to guide us in the process. They spoke with numerous constituents from the school, examined all the research from the fall, and got to work. They presented 15 potential names to Board and school leaders, and the list was narrowed down to three finalist names: The Francis School, Francis Parker School, and The Bridges School. Those three names were then tested through surveys with internal and external audiences, as well as more listening sessions with internal audiences. A Name Selection Committee was formed, including the Board Executive [...]

Progressive Education the Wyvern Way: Preschool

This is the second article in a four-part series on Progressive education at St. Francis School. By Renee Hennessy, Preschool Director The Progressive education model allows our preschoolers to grow and develop at their own pace, while also learning to be a part of a classroom community. Within our classrooms, children learn to collaborate and to listen to the thoughts and ideas of their classmates. Our curriculum builds on activities that foster critical thinking, early literacy skills, and social and emotional growth. For our students, self-expression is cultivated through the arts and literacy. An integral part of each child’s day is devoted to play either in a group setting or independently. These play experiences are “hands-on learning” opportunities and are designed to tap into each child’s sense of curiosity to promote discovery, creativity, and problem solving. An example of how this looks for an observant four-year-old motivated to send emails while in class but without the technology to actually access email (yet), is a keyboard and computer monitor made from wooden blocks and paper. The paper keyboard was full of perfectly-lined squares and letters danced across the paper monitor taped to a larger wooden block. This “play” was supported by the child’s teacher and demonstrated the child’s knowledge of technology, and our support for imaginative, creative play. Allowing space and support for children to test their ideas, think analytically, and to be comfortable with appropriate risk-taking are hallmarks of Progressive education. Another important component to our practice is our view of nature, the environment, and outdoor play as an [...]

Raffle Tickets Now Available!

PURCHASE RAFFLE TICKETS TODAY! Join us in supporting Our Good Earth, a scholarship fundraiser for students Preschool - 12th Grade. **Saturday, March 19, 2022 at 6:00 p.m. in the Fields of our Goshen Campus** ___________________ Our Good Earth will be an exclamation of joy, where there is a place for everyone. This event brings together the St. Francis community to raise money for our students.  There will be balloon rides over our beautiful Goshen fields, a variety of fun raffles and games, an exciting culinary experience with a curated menu by a world-renowned chef, live music and entertainment, and, of course, our silent and live auctions. At St. Francis School, over 50% of the student population attends with the help of need-based financial aid. All proceeds from Our Good Earth will go to directly support scholarships and financial aid opportunities to students attending St. Francis School. Scholarships can be need-based or merit-based. Last year St. Francis School awarded over $3.8 million dollars in scholarship, of which, approximately 270 awards were made.

Preschool Celebrates World Read Aloud Day!

"We believe that everyone should have the chance to share stories. LitWorld founded World Read Aloud Day in 2010 to celebrate the power of reading aloud to create community and amplify new stories, and to advocate for literacy as a foundational human right. Since then, World Read Aloud Day has evolved into a global movement of millions of readers, writers, and listeners from communities all across the world coming together to honor the joy and power of reading and sharing stories, and continue expanding the definition and scope of global literacy. Every year, World Read Aloud Day has been one of the top trending hashtags on Twitter, celebrated by millions of people in over 170 countries. From celebrities like Sarah Jessica Parker and Chelsea Clinton to students of all ages from around the globe, World Read Aloud Day brings us together to celebrate the unique impact of sharing stories." https://www.litworld.org/learn-more-about-wrad

2022-02-02T12:49:37-05:00February 2nd, 2022|Goshen, News from St. Francis School, Preschool|

A Day of Learning for Faculty and Staff

On Monday, January 3, as students enjoyed one final day of Semester Break, the faculty and staff gathered on each campus for a day of professional learning to kick off the New Year! One highlight was a cross-divisional conversation in small groups about a selection of readings from Black Lives Matter At School, Teaching for Black Lives, and Teaching Blackness, Loving Blackness, and Exploring Identity. We took some time to read articles targeted to education professionals working with different age groups. One focused on talking with younger children about skin color and differences; another reflected the experiences of Black students in a majority-white classroom; and the last one was written by a Black educator about the ways in which white teachers can most effectively approach students of color. While the readings focused on race, the points each made are apt for other DEIB areas such as gender, too. After reading, we then discussed them with a few colleagues, finishing by reflecting on the readings and allowing them to spark some goal-setting for the coming months as we work to improve our Cultural Competency as educators. The Lower, Middle, and High School divisions combined again within departments to discuss the synergies between Lead (LS), Advisory (MS), and Connections (HS) morning activities, as well as grading philosophies and curricular updates. Our Lead, Advisory, and Connections programs move our social and emotional learning forward in the school and help us cultivate a community of belonging, and it’s important that our teachers across divisions have time to share what this work looks like [...]

2022-01-14T14:50:27-05:00January 14th, 2022|Downtown, Goshen, News from St. Francis School, Preschool|

Scholastic Book Fair

The Scholastic Book Fair is back in person on the Goshen Campus and will be open Monday, November 15 through Friday, November 19. For more information and to check out the interactive book flyers, please click here.  Did you know your purchase earns us up to 50% back in Scholastic Dollars to buy more books for the Library? This is a great way to support the School and help your child discover new books, favorite characters, complete series, and more. Beginning readers to adults, we have a book for everyone on your list!  Interested in setting up an online account? The Scholastic Book Fair’s digital payment option, eWallet, is a great alternative to sending students to school with cash. Parents can easily create an account and set a spending limit for their student. After the Scholastic Book Fair, any unused funds are released back to the cardholder.  Cash, credit cards, and checks (payable to the School) are also accepted during the Scholastic Book Fair. Fully vaccinated parents can shop and volunteer during the Scholastic Book Fair. If interested in volunteering, please email Lindsy Serrano.

2021-11-15T15:46:42-05:00November 15th, 2021|Goshen, News from St. Francis School, Preschool|

A Wonderful Derby Celebration!

We had a wonderful time last week at our Preschool Derby Parade and Races, and while we missed hosting our parents and grandparents this year, we didn’t let that hold us back from our celebrations! Each class worked on a float for the parade -- Ms. Carmen’s class made a fairy house, Mr. Paul’s class rode in a “chip bucket” (only they know the joke there), Mr. David and Ms. Breck’s class filled their float with pictures and memories of their year together, and Ms. Penny and Ms. Holly’s class decorated their float with festive Derby accessories (the gluing was their favorite part). The horses were lovingly created and aptly named by their riders. It gave us a sense of normalcy as we gathered together albeit separately, but for the same goal -- to have fun and celebrate! We hope everyone enjoys this video created by our talented Ms. Faith.

2021-05-07T13:06:03-04:00May 7th, 2021|Preschool|
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