The Weekly Howl

St. Francis Catholic School - Sunday, May 9th

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Dear SFCS Parents & Friends,

Happy Mother's Day!!! I hope all the mothers in our community are enjoying their Mother's Day and are receiving the appreciation that is so well deserved from their family's!

I also would like to congratulate our students that received their 1st Holy Communion today. Many are pictured in our cover photo. It was a wonderful mass and all our students looked amazing! Thank you to Mrs. Gaherty and Mrs. Schoeppe for doing such an wonderful job preparing the students!

We have a lot happening at SFCS this week. Zoara the Comfort Dog is returning! She will be in school tomorrow to spend some time with the students! Mrs. Sweeney and the 5th Grade will be performing their musical this week. The performance will be outside and we are looking forward to a great show!!! Don't forget to check out the FSA section below. The baskets are ready and look great! Thank you to everyone who donated and put them together. A special thank you to Mrs. Drescher and Mrs. Pavlick for coordinating this activity and the Salty Dog cruise! Make sure to get your tickets for a chance to win one of these awesome baskets and tickets for the cruise.

Happy Mother's Day!!!

Sincerely in Christ,

Brian Pope


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Week of 5/9 - 5/15/2021

Sunday, May 9th

  • Happy Mother's Day

Monday, May 10th

  • 9:30am: Zoara the Comfort Dog
  • 3:00 - 4:15pm: 3rd Grade Garden Club
  • PE Uniform for 4th, 5th, 6th & 7th Grades
Tuesday, May 11th
  • PE Uniform 3rd Grade
  • 3:00 - 4:15pm: Bake Club Group B in Fine Arts Building
  • 6:00pm: Confirmation Rehearsal
Wednesday, May 12th
  • 9:30am: Local Athletic Director's Meeting in Cafeteria
  • 10:00am: School Mass
  • 3:15pm: Faculty Meeting
  • 4:30pm: SAC Meeting
Thursday, May 13th
  • PE Uniform for 5th, 6th & 7th Grades

Friday, May 14th

  • Feast of Saint Matthias, Apostle
  • PE Uniform for 3rd, 4th & 8th Grades
  • 8th Grade Graduate Skip Day
  • 3:15 - 5:00pm: Voluntary Volleyball Conditioning
Saturday, May 15th
  • Happy Birthday Gavin Jones!!!
  • School Family Mass Weekend
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Check out all the great things occurring in Prek with Mrs. Burke's newsletter below.


Kindergarten, with the help of Mrs. Sweeney, was busy last week working on special surprises for Mother’s Day. Happy Mother’s Day to all of our special SFCS Kindergarten Mothers! You are all the best!

Kindergarten let nature lead their learning last week as they studied the Eastern Box Turtle, habitat and nest right outside of their classroom door! They harvested and tasted their carrots, with an awesome lesson from Mr. Gavin and planted more seeds in their garden.

4th Grade

Students were given 1 foot of yarn, 1 foot of masking tape, 5 pieces of spaghetti, and a marshmallow. The task was to build the highest structure possible and balance the marshmallow on top. There were some creative solutions!!

5th Grade

The 5th Grade is studying water conservation and preserving our natural resources. We learned about the best practices and methods used for water filtration.
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8th Grade - Physical Science

Eighth grade science is wrapping up our study of electricity, magnetism, and electromagnetism. Our project for this unit included building working electrical circuits, learning the energy transformations that occur in the circuit, and accurately drawing the circuits using standard symbols used in electrical circuitry. Students constructed many devices including simple lights and switches, motors, fans, space war sounds controlled by light, a water detector that produced an alert sound when water was present, doorbells, circuits that play Happy Birthday, and working FM radios with volume control and the ability to change channels!

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Coach's Corner

Sports’ Celebration Info and RSVP Deadline

WHEN: Thursday, May 20th from 6-7:30pm in the school gym

WHAT: A special evening to celebrate all our school teams, student-athletes and coaches including a slideshow picture montage and coaches’ award presentations

RSVP: With limited seating, please email Coach Weaver at with the # of family members attending (include your athlete) by May 12th

Due to Covid guidelines, there will not be any food or drink at the Celebration. We would like the student-athletes to sit with their families rather than with other students and young children should remain with their parents at all times. Lastly, we are asking families to try to limit the number of attendees to athletes, parents and younger siblings.


Attention volleyball players…Coach Taylor will be offering Voluntary workouts on Fridays this week from 3:15-5pm. Please stop by the front desk or ask Coach Weaver for a waiver form. All players must also have a current physical on file. These sessions are only for girls that WANT TO BE THERE. The team has a chance to be awesome this year and it’s time to get started!!

SFCS ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT IS LOOKING FOR COACHES: If you are interested or know someone that loves children and has a passion for coaching, please contact me at I am currently looking for coaches for the following teams…

Girls’ Cross Country Junior Boys’ Basketball Senior Boys/Girls Basketball(7/8th grade) Soccer

HAVE YOU SIGNED YOUR KIDS UP FOR OUR SUMMER CAMPS YET? Mrs. Sweeney and I have tried to offer a wide range of camps for the summer. Everything from baking, candy making, basketball to cheerleading…we’ve got something for everyone here at SFCS! The great thing about our camps is that your kids may bring a friend or cousin…it’s not just for SFCS students. If you need the camp information and registration packet, please call or stop by the school’s front office. Deadline to register is May 21st.

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Beta Club Car Wash - Thank you!!!

Shout out to our Beta Club! They raised $723 for Palmetto Animal League at the car wash today! Thank you to all who donated and stopped by for a wash! Our community is the BEST!

10:00am School Mass - Wednesday, May 12th

Michael P. White

Michael P. White, a big friend of our school community, passed away last week. Prayers to Mr. White's family and friends. Below is a copy of Mr. White's obituary.

Material Request - Empty 2 Liter Plastic Bottles and Cereal Boxes

SFCS middle school science students would like to do a rocket launch as part of our end of the year science classes. We need empty two-liter bottles to build the rocket launchers and empty cereal boxes to make the rocket fins. Please help us by sending empty bottles and boxes to Mrs. Burckart.

Financial Aid Application Deadline Extension

The deadline to apply for Financial Aid has been extended to May 17th.

Summer Camps

Don't forget to register your child for a SFCS summer camp. There are some great offerings this summer.
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FSA Drawing Baskets

Check out these amazing baskets!! You can enter to win a basket of your choice by purchasing a drawing ticket from the school office or while on the Salty Dog Cruise. Tickets are $5 or 5 tickets for $20. Tickets are due back to the school office by Friday, May 14th. The drawing with take place on Monday, May17th. Good Luck!!

Get Your Tickets!!!

Purchase your tickets in the school office or by phone for the Salty Dog Sunset Cruise on Saturday, May 15th. Tickets are limited and going fast, so don’t wait! The cruise offers a full, cash bar, passed hors d’oeuvres, live music, views you can’t beat, and drawings for themed baskets from each grade! Must be 21 or older to attend. Tickets are $75/person. If you have any questions, please contact Megan Drescher at

Hope to see you there!

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Parish Bulletin

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