AN E-NEWSLETTER FOR BORGIA ALUMS
All Grandparents Invited to the Thanksgiving Mass and Grandparent Gathering
Our annual Thanksgiving Mass and Grandparent Gathering will be held on Friday, November 17. This event will include Mass and a reception with our students and their grandparents. Mass will be held at 1:30 p.m. in Borgia's gym. Grandparents are asked to arrive after 1 p.m.

All grandparents are welcome. If you are a grandparent of a current student, please join us! If you have a photo of your student with his/her grandparents, please email it to Dale Obermark at  dale.obermark@borgia.com  for a slideshow to be played on that day. We ask that you RSVP to the Advancement Office at 636-239-7871 ext. 122 or via email at sue.michels@borgia. com .
I n the next few weeks, you will be receiving in the mail, our year-end appeal to the Borgia Annual Fund. This fund is an invitation to alumnae, parents, grandparents, and friends to help ensure the strength and stability of Borgia. Our Annual Fund is the “cornerstone” of our fundraising activities, generating unrestricted support for our greatest financial needs.

The precious gift of a Borgia education is made possible because of the financial generosity of dedicated supporters and provides donors with the most direct and significant way to impact present and future generations of Borgia students . Your generosity provides our students with the tools needed to think, to learn, and to act deliberately so they can make a positive difference in our world.

Please consider making a gift to this most important fund . In doing so, you will lead the way in securing the foundation upon which Borgia was built and ensuring the excellence of Borgia for years to come. Your participation will generate enthusiasm and encourage others to join you in supporting " the school we hold so dear ."
Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving back. On Tuesday, November 27, you’ll have the chance to join people around the world and support a cause close to your heart.

This Giving Tuesday, give the gift of a Borgia education by making a gift to the Borgia Annual Fund. This fund provides donors with the most direct and significant way to impact present and future generations of Borgia students. Your generosity will continue to provide excellence in education – both now and in the future.

This year, as something new with the Annual Fund, donors will have a choice of where to designate their gifts. They are:

Education
  • Helps us attract and retain top-notch faculty, provide innovative programming, enhance our academic excellence, support and enrichment, and integrate new technology to our classrooms and learning environment.
General Operating
  • Deliver support to the daily needs of operating a school that often go unnoticed during busy days.
Spiritual and Professional Development
  • This allows our already experienced teachers to strengthen their skills as great educators. In addition, this would allow us to further address the spiritual needs of our students.
  • Tuition Assistance – Makes Borgia accessible to all students wishing to attend our school. This year, approximately 59% of our student body have received need-based financial assistance.

In addition to making your donation online, we will also offer Venmo @sfbrhs this year as a simple way to make a gift.

Mark your calendars, spread the word, and stay tuned for more details.
Veterans Day Celebration November 8
Borgia held its annual Veteran's Day celebration on Thursday, November 8.

Our guest speaker was Lieutenant Commander Matthew Coulter, USN (retired) who served more than 20 years for our country. Matt is a 1995 graduate of SFBRHS. He also is married to Carrie (Bell) Coulter, also a 1995 alumna.
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ANGST screening on November 7, 2018

IndieFlix , a leading independent online streaming platform, along with its non-profit arm, the  IndieFlix Foundation , is sparking a global conversation about anxiety through screenings of its brand-new documentary, “ Angst: Raising Awareness Around Anxiety ”. In addition to a student viewing, we will host a special screening of the documentary at Borgia to open up a dialogue between local families, community leaders and experts on Tuesday, November 13 @ 6:30 p.m. in the Borgia theater. The event will feature a viewing of the 56-minute film, followed by an informative panel discussion. This event is free and no ticket is required.
The Class of 1998 Celebrate their
20 Year Class Reunion
The Borgia Class of 1998 celebrated their 20th class reunion on October 20 on our campus. The evening began with 4:30 p.m. Mass at St. Francis Borgia Church followed by a tour, dinner and fellowship.
The Class of 1993 Celebrate their
25 Year Class Reunion
The SFBRHS Class of 1993 celebrated their 25th class reunion on October 27 at the Lake Creek Winery. Congratulations Class of 1993!
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I had a great time.

An eleven-year-old named Brendan Foster was told that he had two weeks to live. The little boy from Western Washington State had been fighting leukemia for three years. He had seen this disease obliterate everything in his life that he loved to do. Before he got sick, he would come home from school, finish his homework as fast as he could, and go outside to run and play, climb trees and fences—do all the things that boys tend to do. He had gone from a vigorous, energetic, lively force of nature to a child who was bedridden and fading quickly from earthly existence.

Nothing more detestable does the earth produce than an ungrateful person.

Put yourself in Brendan’s position. Imagine being confronted with the incredibly sad, incredibly unjust news of your looming and ominous demise. You might expect that Brendan would be more than a tad bitter about his fate. All of his dreams, he wanted to become a marine photographer, gone. All of the promise of life, he would never even make it to his teenage years, gone. All of the regular joys of life, his family and his friends, gone. All of that would be taken away; all of that would vanish. You would think that Brendan would be angry, enraged, and frustrated by the undeniable unfairness of it all. You would think that he would rage against the brutal circumstances of his heartbreaking illness.

You would think that, but you would be wrong.

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.
 
Instead of anger, believe it or not, Brendan responded to his tragedy with an unlikely combination of tranquility, gratitude, and selflessness. When Brendan was first diagnosed with leukemia, he and his mom began a new tradition. Every night they listed three positive things that happened during the day, and they shared a laugh. A chuckle would do, Brenden said, but a fake laugh would never do. Then something extraordinary happened. On the way home from his grueling treatments, Brendan and his mother drove past a makeshift village of homeless people. Brendan’s heart went out to them. This was true unfairness. This was true need.

And so it began. Even though he had not walked since the previous December, Brendan began a movement to help the homeless throughout the Seattle area. Then people began responding throughout the country, from Los Angeles to Cincinnati. All over people began to stop feeling sorry for themselves, their problems, their economic woes, their issues and began responding to people in need. Truly, a dying little boy’s gratitude unlocked the fullness of life.

There are days when I am so caught up in my petty, and occasionally, my not so petty problems that I forget to say thanks. 

A writer once wrote that when things are going well in our lives, we are often deaf to their song; we are blind to their beauty. Thanksgiving comes along as a time to stop, to pay attention, to reflect, and to be grateful. Here are four little things for which I am grateful this year:

My life—When you are hanging by your seat belt after you crossed a relatively busy highway and landed on your side up against a tree, your priorities change a bit. It is impossible to take things for granted. 

Literacy—I am continually bothering people and begging them to read. Readers are leaders, I chant. If you don’t use your brain, you will lose your brain. A full one-fifth of the world’s population is illiterate, and they will suffer deeply because of it. No excuses Borgia: READ!

The Church—I know the Church has its issues. I know the Church has its problems. But where else will you find the mercy of God? Where else will you find people gathered together to promote the common good? Where else will people bind together in love? Where else will justice meet with mercy? Is it messy? Woo, boy, sure. But what institution isn’t? It is messy because it is real. I am proud to be a Catholic. I am thankful to be a Catholic.

Family—Over the last month, I have become intensely aware of the need and the importance of family, both my biological one and my Borgia one. I have seen families united. I have seen families at odds. I have seen families broken and torn. But through it all, I have seen families dealing with life, sharing love, seeking truth, discovering compassion. When your families gather for Thanksgiving, open your eyes to that.

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.

On November 21, , 2008, Brendan Foster lost his battle with leukemia. He outlived his doctor’s prediction by two days. Before he died he said three things. He told an interviewer that the saddest thing is when someone gives up. Second, he was worried about the bee problem, so he encouraged people to plant wildflowers wherever they could to encourage bee population growth. And he remarked at the end that he had a great time in his short life on earth.

An airplane pilot hearing about his request promised to promote seeding from the skies from North America through Central America down into Chile and Argentina. So next spring whenever you see any wildflowers growing, think of a little boy who died of leukemia whose heart was nonetheless filled with gratitude and joy. And may your Thanksgiving meals be turned into feast, your houses become homes, and any stranger you meet become a friend.

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Fall Sports Update
As our fall sports season is wrapping up, let's celebrate all they've accomplished!
Cheerleading

Regional Champs!
Cross Country

Boys
AAA Conference & District Champs
Boys finished 10th
Ben Juengling finished 31st

Girls
Sarah Matt - State Qualifier
Golf (Girls)
Record: 12-5-2

Sectional Qualifiers
Halle Fischer & Sara Kopmann
Football
Record: 10-22

2nd in Districts
Soccer (Boys)
Record: 11-11

2nd in Districts
Softball
Record: 18-6

AAA Conference & District Champs!
Swimming (Boys)
Record: 5-2

Robert Halsted
State Qualifier in 50 & 100
Medaled in 6th Place in the 100

Team
State Qualifier in 200 Medley Relay & 400 Freestyle Relay
Volleyball
Record: 28-8-2

AAA Conference & District Champs, Sectional Champs, 3rd Place in State
  Kristopher Feldmann '04
Alumni Prayers
In thanksgiving for the sacrifices and contributions offered by those before us on our behalf, we at St. Francis Borgia Regional High School offer our afternoon prayer for different members of our alumni each day.
Sports Schedule
Welcome to another exciting year of Borgia Athletics. Together, let’s always, and in all ways, celebrate the efforts of our players and coaches as they strive to make Borgia #1 in class, style, sportsmanship and competitiveness. Go Knights!!

Click logo at right for a comprehensive sports schedule.
2017-2018 Annual Report
It is a great pleasure to announce the release the Borgia's 2017-2018 Annual Report! The Report focuses on the support of so many that make our school the extraordinarily special place that it is. The report shows the impressive outcomes of what we do here everyday!

Please click the photo below to read the full report.
Grandparent Honor Roll
Here at St. Francis Borgia Regional High School we have a tradition called the Grandparent Honor Roll as part of our annual dinner auction. With a donation of $25 or more, our grandparents can become a member of our Grandparent Honor Roll where all proceeds are earmarked toward tuition assistance. Their participation in this special, honorary program is a way to help out and assist our many talented students and their families who struggle with tuition, and to invest in their own grandchildren’s education as well.
Save the Date
This year's dinner auction A Knight at the Masters will be held Saturday, February 16, 2019.

The auctions chairpersons are Chantel (Marquart) '93 and Kenneth Unnerstall '90. Co-chairs are Christine (Groeper) '97 and Chad Skornia '96.
Congratulations to Our Theater Department on Another Outstanding Performance!
This past weekend, November 8-10, our outstanding theater department performed The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time . It was a brilliant production, bursting with so much student talent. We are so proud of the kids for pouring out their heart and soul into their work on the stage!! 
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Send information and photos to donna.grahl@borgia.com.
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