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Adventure Awaits In Journey To London, Paris, and Madrid

Have you ever dreamed of traveling to Europe?  Now, is your chance to live your dream.  Saint Francis School is offering a trip to London, Paris, and Madrid in June of 2018.    The experiences you will gain are difficult to quantify and put a value on.  However,  you will return  a different person.  A trip, such as this, will change your life forever. (See “Travel Changes Lives” video below.)

High School English Teacher, Mr. Funk, will once again be leading the trip to Europe, which takes you through three different countries (England, France, and Spain) to add to your passport. The first group planning meeting will take place on Tuesday, May 2 at 3:30 p.m. in Mr. Funk’s room (321).

If you have any questions, e-mail Mr. Funk at [email protected]  All current students (8th grade-11th grade) are welcome to attend the meeting to learn more about the trip or begin planning for the adventure that awaits.

For details on the Saint Francis School trip to Europe in 2018, click on the ACIS group trip PDF below.

2018 Saint Francis School Europe Trip

Sweet Treats Recipe: Princess Leia Cupcakes

Star Wars, the American epic space opera, premieres with a new movie on December 18, 2015, called Star Wars: The Force Awakens. With the movie soon to be in theaters, there is a rapid increase of Star Wars merchandise from Luke Skywalker t-shirts to mock lightsabers. So in honor of the new Star Wars movie, here is a recipe of Princess Leia Cupcakes.
Box Cake Mix or Favorite Homemade Cake Recipe
White Buttercream Frosting
Red Food Coloring
Oreo Cookies
Black Wilton Frosting
Mix up your cake mix as directed or you can also use your favorite homemade cake recipe. Preheat oven to 350 degrees (F). Line your cupcake tin with cupcakes holders and set aside. Spoon the cake batter into the cupcake liners (fill about ½ way up) and bake for about 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let cool completely.
Generously frost each cupcake with a thin layer of white icing.
Using a thin writing tip take your black icing, start one side of the hair first, from the center down. (You will want to create a middle part) Add the other side of the hair and then add the eyes.
To make the mouth use a small amount of your white frosting and add one drop of red food coloring to make pink. You can also use these heart candies to make a cute simple mouth if you have any on hand.
For the hair buns, use a dab of icing to stick Oreos to the sides of the cupcake liner. To get rid of the ‘white line’ from the creamy center of the Oreo simply run a thin layer of black frosting down the center of each Oreo.
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Travel Changes Lives: Europe Trip 2016

Do you want to get off this island and see parts of the world that you don’t get to normally see? Well, during the summer of 2016, Saint Francis is offering students to go on a trip to Europe. Places students will visit include, Spain, France and Italy. You will get to broaden your horizons and learn how to dance the Flamenco, explore the Roman Empire, and visit the Sistine Chapel.

Not only do you get to go on a vacation, but it is also an amazing learning opportunity. Seeing all these countries is more than what you can learn in any history class and more than what you can see in your backyard.  It’s not something you get to do everyday. The feeling that you get with all the hands-on learning is something beyond words.

The knowledge you will gain on this trip will follow you throughout your life. When others see that you’ve traveled internationally for school, it shows that you have a drive to learn beyond the classroom. Not many people are presented with this type of opportunity, so if you have the chance, take it.

During the summer of 2014 a group of Saint Francis students traveled to London, Paris, Switzerland, Florence, Assisi, and Rome. They saw the Eiffel Tower, The Leaning Tower of Pisa, The Colosseum, Buckingham Palace, and much more.

Being on an island is difficult because you are limited to what you can see. You pretty much see the same thing every single day.  That is why this upcoming trip, Europe trip 2016, is perfect to go on.

The total cost of the trip is $5,704.  This includes airfare, transportation, hotels, meals, and other fees, such as admission prices. If cost is an issue for you, remember that the group fundraises for a year leading up to the trip to make it more affordable. If you have any questions about registering, the trip, fundraising, or anything else, see Group Leader, Mr. Funk.

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Jess Da Best Acai Bowls

When you think of Acai bowls, you probably do not think of cookie dough or stuffed strawberries. But for Jess Da Best Acai Bowls, that is nothing out of the ordinary.

Based in Kapolei, Jess Da Best Acai Bowls is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, except for Wednesdays and Sundays. When you make your bowl, you have the choice of acai or pitaya and a variety of add-ons. Just like any other acai bowl, it comes with fruit, honey, and granola. What makes this place unique is that its add-ons include almond butter, condensed milk, cookie dough, cookie butter, carob chips, chocolate chips, li hing mui, and vanilla chips.

One dish they specialize in is pitaya bowls.  It may sound unusual, but it is just dragon fruit instead of acai.  Jess Da Best Acai Bowls is so popular that people are willing to wait in line for over half an hour. I suggest you buy two bowls for yourself,  taking one with you to freeze and save for later.  They are just that good!

Making History Every Field Goal SHE Makes


This varsity football season, Saint Francis School is making history. For the first time ever, we have a female kicker, Chenoa Johnston. I interviewed her to see how she feels to hold such an honor.

When asked what made her want to join the football team she said, “I was at the first game of last year and we were playing Iolani. I heard that they had a girl on their team.  I knew I wanted to play, but I didn’t really think it would happen because I didn’t think I was necessarily good at anything. During soccer season, I realized that I could kick pretty good.  Then, one day, Uncle Kyle told me to try kick the football.  He said I was really good and it just sounded different. After that, I wanted to play because I realized that I could kick and the team didn’t have a kicker.”

Like any other player getting ready to play a game, Chenoa gets nervous, too. I asked her if she gets less nervous with each game she plays.  She said, “After the first kick of my first game I had such an adrenaline rush.  I knew this was something that I loved to do. At the Canada game, I had a sense of what was going to happen.  I was more focused and comfortable, but I still had that amazing feeling after kicking and hearing everyone cheering for me.” Since this is her first year playing football, Chenoa has been faced with some challenges to overcome. She said the most difficult thing about football has been when she first came out to play. She did not know the boys too well and she did not feel like she fit in. At first, she dreaded going to practice.  It felt really awkward and she would have anxiety. Now, she feels like she is in a big family.  They all treat her like she is one of the boys.

Since Chenoa has played soccer, I asked her if football is like any other sport she has ever played.  She said, “Not at all. I feel so much more important.  I finally feel like I found a sport that I truly enjoy playing and I’m sad that I started playing so late. Playing with so many boys is obviously a lot different, but at this point, they are all like brothers to me.”

All the extra points truly help during a game and Chenoa is doing all she can to make history with every single field goal she makes…………………….