A Night at the Races Success
Thank you to our many sponsors, donors, attendees and bidders at this year's auction.  Your generosity enabled us to raise  $227,254 for the operating fund to help close the gap between the cost to educate a student and the charge of tuition.  You also helped us raise an additional $42,837 to develop the new Creator Space through the "Fund-a-Cause." Our total earnings yielded more than $270,000.

All who attended were impressed by the labor, imagination, and zeal of our many hard-working volunteers. We would especially like to thank the auction chairs Maria Reda '88 Gulli, Deb Hodgett, Lori McLoud, Alicia Napoli and Jennifer Smith for their work with Debbie Quirk, Director of Special Events and Parent Relations, and the chairs and members of the multiple committees as well as the members of the Office of Institutional Advancement; they all worked heartily to plan this wonderful event.

May God continue to bless you in all of your endeavors.

Thomas V. Bednar - President
Ray Reid - Chairperson, Board of Directors
Raeann Huhn - Principa
60th Anniversary Dinner


St. Francis High School Jazz Band
Don't miss the Jazz Band during the month of April:

Jazz Showcase & Swing Night
April 7, 2017; 7:00 p.m.
Slant Dome

Cooper's Corner
April 20, 2017; 5:30-6:45 p.m.

10th Annual Spring for a Cure Masquerade Ball
Leukemia/Lymphoma Foundation
April 28, 2017; 7:00 p.m.
Meson Sabika, 1025 Aurora Ave., Naperville, IL
(click here for more information)

St. Francis High School's
60th Anniversary Celebration
April 29, 2017

Spirit & Pride Golf Outing
The St. Francis High School Spirit & Pride Golf Outing will be held on Monday, June 19.

Gather your friends, relatives and co-workers and plan now to attend and enjoy a day at White Eagle Golf Club in Naperville. Golf begins with a shotgun start at 12:00pm. Your golf package includes a buffet lunch and dinner, on-course beverages and hole events.

Watch your mail and email for further details on how to SPONSOR, REGISTER and VOLUNTEER. For more information please contact Larry Rutkowski at Rutkowski.larry@gmail.com or Dan Donati at ddonati@sterserv.com

Diaconate Ordination
Jim Olafson '10
Save the Dates
Ordination Mass
Friday, April 21, 2017; 6:00 p.m.
Cathedral of St. Raymond Nonnatus
604 North Raynor Ave., Joliet, IL

First Mass as a Deacon
Saturday, April 22, 2017; 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 23, 2017; 9:00 a.m.
St. Walter Parish
130 West Pine, Roselle, IL

Please pray for Jim and his classmates as they prepare for ordination. 

Alumni News
Erin Virtue '01 Joins U.S. Women's National Team Staff

By Bill Kauffman (bill.kauffman@usav.org) | March 03, 2017, 2:35 p.m. (ET) ( reprinted and linked with permission)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (March 3, 2017) - Erin Virtue, currently the women's volleyball associate head coach at Northwestern University, has accepted a position with the U.S. Women's National Volleyball Team as a consultant assistant coach working with Karch Kiraly, the program's head coach, for the 2020 Olympic quadrennial.

"Erin has done strong work coaching and supporting USA programs over the long haul, but she's much more than that," Kiraly said. "She's dedicated to helping the people around her be the best version of themselves, and doing so with integrity and skill. Since that's a prime aspiration here, that makes Erin a great fit, and makes us excited to see where our work together can lead."

"I am truly honored and humbled to be called up to work with Karch and staff throughout this quad," Virtue said. "I am excited to learn under Karch, as well as provide my best efforts for our USA athletes and the entire USA program in preparation for the 2020 Olympic Games." (continue)
Host an International Student 
The St. Francis High School community proudly welcomes students from all over the world and we are always looking for caring host families to provide homes for them.
The International Student Program consists of a network of people who communicate regularly to ensure the experience continues to enrich the lives of everyone in the home.   Participating families might be offered compensation of up to $1,000 per month for 10 months to help cover the costs of room and board.
We are currently accepting applications for host families. Contact Beth Erazmus '89 Wiborg at  bwiborg@sfhscollegeprep.org or call 630-668-5800 x1140 for more information. 

Student Busing
St. Francis High School will offer a transportation option to  students beginning in the 2017-2018 school year.  Two-way bus service will be provided in the northern, western and southern suburbs with students arriving to St. Francis High School by 7:25 a.m. and departing school after the activity period at 3:15 p.m.   For more information, fees, route schedules or questions,  please contact Bob Gorski at (630) 668-5800 x1138 or at bgorski@sfhscollegeprep.org  


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Upcoming Events
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March 27-31
Spring Break

April 6
Class of 2021
Spartan Family Welcome

April 7
Jazz Showcase &
Swing Night
7:00 p.m.; Slant Dome

April 14
Good Friday
No School

April 17
Easter Monday
No School

April 20
Art Show

April 26
Band Concert

April 27
All-School Liturgy
8:00 a.m.
Senior Institute Day

April 29
60th Anniversary Dinner

April 30
Choral Concert

May 12
Music Ensemble
7:00 p.m.

May 15-17
Senior Exams

May 21

May 22-25
Final Exams

May 29
Memorial Day
School Closed
April 6

70th Birthday Party
October 7, 2017


St. Francis High School, 2130 West Roosevelt Road, Wheaton, IL 60187
Phone (630)668-5800 | Fax (630) 668-5893 | www.sfhscollegeprep.org