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:

The Camino de Santiago

And she's off! Angela Ponzio, a Middle School Spanish teacher at our School, is this year's recipient of the Henrion Professional Development Travel Grant. This annual grant is awarded to one Wyvern faculty or staff member for international travel and study. The purpose of the grant is to rejuvenate and learn abroad over the summer.   Angela's proposal - and realized trip - is to participate in The Camino de Santiago or “The Way of St. James.” This is a pilgrimage of Medieval origin to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, in the North West of Spain. People of all ages, nationalities, and backgrounds walk El Camino de Santiago routes each year. The Camino is a path to greater self-discovery, as well as the chance to embrace a new challenge! There will be miles and miles of sunshine and rain, of cold and heat, of grueling physical exertion and moments of peaceful, internal reflection and blissful rest. Angela will be able to finally visit and admire historic sites and monuments, and peregrinate through a variety of landscapes such as coasts, vineyards, tiny hamlets, and mountains.   Safe travels, Angela! We can't wait to hear about your journey.

2022-06-14T09:46:07-04:00June 14th, 2022|Goshen, News from St. Francis School|

2023 Music Educator Award Nominee

Congratulations to our own Bob Bertke on being named a legacy applicant for the 2023 Music Educator Award, a national recognition that is a joint partnership and presentation of the Recording Academy and GRAMMY Museum. Bob teaches music to our Middle and High School students and has been a Wyvern for 15 years. In total, nearly 1,500 initial nominations were submitted. In addition to the 207 quarterfinalists, 125 legacy applicants from 2022 will also be eligible to win the award this year. The semifinalists will be announced in September. The Music Educator Award was established to recognize current educators — kindergarten through college, public and private schools — who have made a significant and lasting contribution to the field of music education and who demonstrate a commitment to the broader cause of maintaining music education in the schools. The recipient will be recognized during GRAMMY Week 2023, which takes place ahead of the 2023 GRAMMYs, officially known as the 65th GRAMMY Awards. You're amazing, Bob! We are so lucky to have you!

2022-06-10T13:07:16-04:00June 10th, 2022|Downtown, Goshen, News from St. Francis School|

Goats on the Goshen Campus

Goats from Kentucky State University are back on the 64-acre Goshen Campus! Our School has had goats eating the invasive plants in the 13-acre forested area for about 5 years. They absolutely love honeysuckle, rose flora, blackberry, and a few other plants but those three we have in abundance. They have made a huge difference in our forest, so much so that we are able to have a cross-country course this fall throughout the forest! Kentucky State University has been our partner for 4 out of the 5 years and has brought so much more to our campus in addition to the goats. From them we have regular drone pictures of the change in the canopy of our forest, help with a reforestation plan and maintenance, and many more resources that we have taken advantage of such as our 7-acres of native grasses and wildflowers. Because of our work together, KSU has learned that it is possible for them to assist other park systems and businesses such as West 6th Brewery. Goats offer a wonderful way to approach land management without pesticides, something that is more and more important as the days come. With our goats will be an Alpaca; she is just as much of a guard as an Anatolian or Great Pyrenees dog. We need a guard animal because of the coyotes. They typically don't wander too far unless they are out of food, and we move the fence when food (invasive plants) gets sparse, approximately every 6-10 days, depending. Goats are food motivated, and we want them to eat [...]

2022-06-07T14:49:34-04:00June 7th, 2022|Goshen, News from St. Francis School|

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 [...]

Run for the Roaches!

Watch Now! Joanne Brock, a teacher at St. Francis School, has organized the annual run for the roaches - the slowest 2 minutes in sports with the famous madagascar hissing cockroaches, the class pets of her 2nd grade class. “It’s a big day…the most exciting day in second grade. Students look forward to this day from their first day in Kindergarten. Our bow-ties are made and our fascinators are ready.” The track is set and the conditions are set for a fast run. There will be a bonus blue carpet turf stake with Covid-19, Delta, and Omicron, Dr. Anthony Roach-y, and Get Your Booster. Thursday’s post positions are as follows: We Don’t Talk About Roach-O Hissy Fit Governor Andy Roachear Kick Cancer in the Roach Frida Kahlroach Spongebob Roachpants Roachie the Riveter You’ve Been Rick Roached (sired by Roach Astley) Hugs and Hisses UnappROACHable BaRoach Obama Irish I Was A Roach War Roach Eagle Diary of a Wimpy Roach Karen

2022-05-07T10:34:22-04:00May 7th, 2022|Goshen, News from St. Francis School|

Derby Day at St. Francis School!

On Wednesday we celebrated the return of the Run for the Roses in Goshen! We were thrilled to welcome grandparents back on campus for our Preschool Grandparents' Day Derby Race and Tea in the morning. Our youngest jockeys paraded around the front of the School before racing their handmade horses and filling little bellies with cookies and lemonade! Our 1st and 2nd graders kicked off our afternoon festivities by parading on bikes, scooters, and even a few hoverboards before the Junior Kindergarten Pegasus Parade, six adorable Kindergarten Derby races, and the infamous 8th Grade Victory Lap. Grandparents, parents, teachers, and students delighted in once again being spectators at the fastest 15 minutes in racing history. Though it was chilly and the track was wet, this did not stop our enthusiastic jockeys from keeping their eyes on the prize. Congratulations to all of our preschoolers and kindergarten students on an exciting day at the track! We hope everyone has a wonderful Derby weekend! You can enjoy more Preschool Derby photos here and Kindergarten Derby photos here.

2022-05-05T16:11:04-04:00May 5th, 2022|Goshen, News from St. Francis School|
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