The Weekly Howl

St. Francis Catholic School - Friday, October 30th

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Dear Parents and Friends of SFCS,

It was a wonderful day today celebrating Halloween with our school community! Thank you to all the parents that participated in decorating trunks for the parade! They were awesome!

Have a safe and happy Halloween tomorrow! Don't forget that Sunday is also All Saint's Day!

Check out below for pictures of the day and information about the upcoming Pottery Jam and Reindeer Run.

Please note that next Friday is a 11:30am Early Dismissal. The school buildings will be closed so we can apply our second treatment of the PermaSafe product that assists us in the prevention of viruses, bacteria and other germs on the surfaces in our classrooms.

Have a great weekend and see everyone Monday!

Sincerely in Christ,

Brian Pope


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Week of 11/1 - 11/7/2020

Sunday, November 1st

  • Solemnity of All Saints, All Saints Day

Monday, November 2nd

  • The Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed (All Souls Day)
  • PE Uniform for 4th, 5th, 6th & 7th Grades
  • 3:15 - 4:45pm: Sr. Boys Basketball Practice
  • 4:30 - 6:00pm: Sr. Girls Basketball Practice

Tuesday, November 3rd

  • PE Uniform 3rd Grade
  • 1st Quarter Report Cards Sent Home
  • Hot Lunch - Healthy Culinary Concepts
  • 3:00 - 4:15pm: Bake Club Group A in Fine Arts Building
  • 3:15 - 4:45pm: Sr. Boys Basketball Practice
  • 4:30 - 6:00pm: Sr. Girls Basketball Practice
Wednesday, November 4th
  • Happy Birthday Mrs. Burke!!!
  • School Pictures: Make Ups for Absent Students and Faculty Pictures
  • 10:00am: School Mass (2nd Grade All Saints Virtual Presentation after streamed mass)
  • 3:15 - 4:45pm: Sr. Boys Basketball Practice
  • 4:30 - 6:00pm: Sr. Girls Basketball Practice
Thursday, November 5th
  • PE Uniform for 5th, 6th & 7th Grades
  • Hot Lunch - Healthy Culinary Concepts
  • 3:15 - 4:45pm: Sr. Girls Basketball Practice
  • 4:30 - 6:00pm: Sr. Boys Basketball Practice

Friday, November 6th

  • 11:30am: Dismissal (School Closed in Afternoon for PermaSafe Treatment)
  • 12:00 - 6:45pm: Pottery Jam (Schedule and Sign up Below)
Saturday, October 7th
  • 9:00am - 6:45pm: Pottery Jam (Schedule and Sign Up Below)
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Check out all the happenings in PreK below by clicking on Mrs. Burke's newsletter.


It was a fun-filled Halloween week in Kindergarten! They used our Science brains to investigate pumpkins and our artistic abilities to make them beautiful! They discovered how pumpkins grows, used pumpkin and Halloween words in writing and even had time for spooky hand and footprint crafts!

2nd Grade

Best "Witch"-es from the Second Grade! They had a MONSTER of a good time creating weird creatures from Play-Doh, pipe cleaners, and feathers! What a great way to celebrate a favorite holiday!

2nd Grade PE

The 2nd graders ran a mile this week with the goal of beating their own personal best time. The fastest and most improved runners earned the big lollipop reward!

3rd Grade Art

The third grade, every year has a contest to win the EGBDF mnemonic device! This year, Emily Campos won. We will use this device all year!!!

5th Grade PE

After six weeks of training, our 5th graders ran a mile for time with the goal of beating their previous personal best times. The fastest and most improved runners earned the big lollipop reward!

7th Grade Science

Seventh grade science students are currently working on cell processes unit. This unit includes photosynthesis and respiration. Previously they discussed the photosynthesis equation. Currently, they are doing a preparatory activity where students construct models of various molecules. This activity helped students understand the relationship between atoms and chemical bonds as well as how recombining atoms of various elements results in the creation of different molecules. They will construct the molecules involved in the photosynthesis reaction and using only these molecules students will reconstruct the respiration equation as a culminating activity for the unit. The goal of these activities is to make the abstract chemistry concepts concrete thereby allowing students to deeply understand how photosynthesis and respiration are related and how matter and mass is conserved.

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Attention Basketball Players and Parents

Please read the attached information below from Coach Weaver. Thank you.

Deadline Extended!!! - Basketball Hoodies

The deadline for basketball hoodie sweatshirts has been extended until Friday, November 6th.

Please Turn In Uniforms

Cross country and volleyball uniforms need to be turned into Mr. Taormina ASAP. Thank you.
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SFCS Trunk O' Treat 2020

Thank you to all the parents that decorated a trunk this year for our SFCS Annual Trunk O' Treat Parade. The weather was beautiful and the costumes were great!!!
2020 SFCS Trunk O' Treat

Used iPads for Sale!!!

Our school is no longer using iPads, but we still have many that are in great shape. If you would like to purchase a 16GB iPad Air2 with charger for $100, contact the school office. They are all running IOS 13.3.1 or higher and have been restored to factory settings.

Extended Care Projection Form for November

Please complete the embedded form below if you intend your child to attend Extended Care in the month of November.

10:00am School Mass - Wednesday, November 4th and 2nd Grade All Saint's Presentation

Click the following link for the 10:00am School Mass for Wednesday, November 4th.

Immediately following the 10:00 a.m. school Mass, the Second Grade will proudly present a special program about the Saints. They have worked very hard to research a Saint of their choosing. They are excited to carry on this wonderful tradition!

November 4th - SFCS Mass - 10 a.m.

Pottery Jam 2020!!!

The St. Francis Fine Arts Department is thrilled to once again host our Annual Pottery Jam Fundraiser on Friday, November 6th - Sunday, November 8th. All funds raised directly benefit the continued growth of our Fine Arts Department. To maintain the safety and health of all members of the St. Francis community, this year's event will have slight changes which include a mask requirement and sign-ups for specific times to attend. Look for sign-ups, along with information for class sessions later this week! Mrs. Sweeney will also have sign-ups for Middle School student volunteers, so have your child be on the lookout! If you are a parent, and would like to volunteer or have general questions please email
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Pottery Jam Unboxing
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The FSA's 2nd Annual Reindeer Run is Back!!! - Saturday, December 5th

Check out the information about the very fun and successful Reindeer Run hosted by our Family School Association (FSA)! Sign up using the link embedded below.
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Annual Fund 2020

The 2020 Annual Fund Appeal has begun. Help SFCS reach it's goal of raising $100,000.00 to assist families in making a quality Catholic education more accessible. Please see the official appeal letter below that was sent to parishioners last week. Also below is a copy of the pledge cards. Donations are accepted all year long and can be dropped off or mailed to the School or Parish Offices. Thank you for supporting SFCS and the families we serve!!!
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Parish Updates and Reminders

  • Remember to Fall Back on Saturday evening, October 31st, when you retire for the night.
  • Treats for the Troops! In honor of Veterans Day, The Women of St. Francis are collecting items for Operation Morale Support for our troops both here and abroad at our next General Meeting on Nov. 9th at 7 pm. Items needed include: Razors, toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, shampoo/body wash, mouth wash, tubes of shaving cream, feminine hygiene, deodorant, ramen noodles, Cup of Noodles, single, serve tuna, chicken, coffee/k-cups, and candy.
  • If you are still avoiding crowds and meetings, we will have boxes in front of the Family Center before and after our meeting on the 9th and would appreciate any items you could drop off at that time. Can't make it at that time? Please contact Mary Georgopulos at 847-308-3096 to drop off items before the meeting if you cannot be there.
  • Columbarium Service on Monday, November 2nd at 5:30 p.m in the church.
  • Sharing thy Bounty is this weekend. Our receiving agency will be Palmetto Breeze and Holy Family. Their needs are: canned tuna, canned vegetables, canned fruit, white rice, and cereal bars. Any donations will be greatly appreciated. Recepticals will be set up both in the Church and the Family Center.
  • Confirmandi will be selling advent candles and wreaths on November 7th and 8th in the plaza before and after each Mass. Proceeds will go to Focus Campus Ministry.
  • Boy Scouts will be pre-ordering Christmas wreaths and garland before and after each mass this weekend, October 31st and November 1st.
  • First Saturday Devotional will be after the 8:30 a.m. Mass on Saturday, November 7th
  • If you are interested in carpooling to the Beaufort Lifechain on Sunday, November 1st, please meet by 1:15 p.m. in the Church parking lot across from the 61 white crosses.
  • Out of respect for the funeral of our Women of St. Francis members, Marge Dwyer, which will be held on Friday at 10 a.m preceded by a rosary led by the Women of St. Francis, the Stations of the Cross for the Victims of Abortion will now be held on Saturday, October 31st, after the 8:30 a.m. Mass. Stations are located right outside the Family Center. All are invited to attend.
  • The Adoration Chapel and the Church will be temporarily closed on November 9th after the 11:30 a.m. Daily Mass for routine sanitizing. Thank you for your understanding.
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