St. Francis Catholic School
SFCS celebrates 26 Years of Growing Together in Faith & Knowledge
Dear SFCS Parents & Friends,
Happy Tuesday! I hope everyone enjoyed their long weekend!
We are halfway through January and continue to look forward to the many events planned over the next several weeks. Report cards will be emailed this week so be on the lookout for your student's second quarter grades. The second quarter awards presentation, originally scheduled for January 20, has been moved to February 1. (Please see information below.)
We are excited to host an Open House on Sunday, January 22, for new families interested in learning more about St. Francis Catholic School and enrollment for the 2023-2024 academic year. Please pass the word around about this event! We ask that interested families, new to St. Francis Catholic School, please RSVP by January 20 to (843) 681-6501. Current families, please stay tuned for re-enrollment information which will be distributed soon.
Our St. Francis 2023 Gala - Sapphire Ball is quickly approaching. The Gala committee has been working hard to make this a special event! Ticket sales are now closed but we will post photos and the opportunity to bid on several wonderful trips.
Have a fabulous week!
Andrea Smith, M.Ed., LPC, NCC
Honesty: Telling the truth in all situations, even when it is difficulty
Our Prayer :
Help me to be honest in all that I say and do, so that I may
know true happiness in you.
School Office Closing at 3:00 p.m. on Mondays
Beginning January 9, the School Office will close every Monday at 3:00 p.m. for a staff meeting. Please make note of this change.
Academic Awards Presentation - RESCHEDULED for February 1
School Family Mass Dates
SFCS Open House - January 22
SFCS will host an open house for new families interested in enrolling our PK - 8th grade academic program. Come and tour our campus, meet faculty and staff, and learn about our academic and enrichment classes, athletics, and club opportunities. Please RSVP by January 20 - 843-681-6501.
The 2023 SFCS GALA - SAPPHIRE BALL - January 27
The 2023 Sapphire Ball is approaching fast, and we couldn't be more excited! Thank you to all who purchased tickets for this upcoming event and to our wonderful sponsors! This year, our LIVE AUCTION will help in part, to benefit the SFCS STEM program. Andrew Davis, from WSAV will guide us through an exciting live auction featuring a Sonoma Couples Getaway, Escape to Nashville experience and a Beer, Wine & Whiskey tour in Virginia. Additionally, we will be auctioning off SFCS specific items: 1st in Carpool Line, "Principal for Day", 1st Row at Holy Communion and Graduations and much more!!! Paddles will be given to ticket holders at the door the night of the event. See you at the Gala!
Catholic Schools Week - Dress Up Days! - Jan 30 - Feb 3
Show your spirit and dress up in honor of Catholic Schools Week!
Monday - January 30: Crazy Socks Day with school uniform
Tuesday - January 31: Crocs Day with school uniform
Wednesday - February 1: School Mass - Mass Uniform
Thursday - February 2: Sports Team Jersey or T-shirt with uniform bottom
Friday - February 3: Silly hat day with SFCS spirit t-shirt and uniform bottom
Scholastic Book Fair - January 30 - February 3, 2023
Mark your calendar for our Scholastic Book Fair beginning Monday, January 30 of Catholic Schools Week! All books will be purchased through e-wallet. You may set up your e-wallet account by clicking on this link: How eWallet Works (scholastic.com). We will have preview times set up for each class to filter through and make wish lists. Parents will be able to shop prior to dismissal on all days and on a special time on Wednesday. On Wednesday, February 1, we will host "Pastries for Parents" from 8:15 a.m. - 9:30 a.m., as part of the book shopping experience! We are in need of parent volunteers to assist with the book fair throughout the week. If available to help, please sign up using this link for the Sign Up Genius https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0B4CAFA62FA4F58-sfcs
Friday, February 3 - School Dismissal at 11:30 a.m.
Friday, February 3 will be a half day for students. Dismissal will be at 11:30 a.m. There will not be a lunch period or Aftercare on that day. Students should bring a snack to get them through until their dismissal. Thank you for taking note of this important announcement!
Pottery Jam! - February 3 - 5
Get ready for Pottery Jam 2023 beginning on Friday, February 3 in the evening, through the afternoon of Sunday February 5! More details to follow.
Soup for Scholarships - February 21
Tickets will go on sale after all weekend Masses, beginning February 11 through February 19.
St. Francis By the Sea - Faith Formation Ministry Event - March 5, 6, & 7
St. Francis Catholic School Facebook Page
Our official Facebook page is "St. Francis Catholic School". In an effort to consolidate communication, and have one central Facebook page for SFCS families to find announcements and learn about upcoming school events, the "St. Francis Families (St. Francis Catholic School, Hilton Head Island)" Facebook page is now inactive. As a reminder, the use of St. Francis Catholic School, or St. Francis by the Sea names, logos, etc., must be approved before associating any group with either name or SFCS. We appreciate your cooperation and partnership with this important policy and ask you to contact Mrs. Smith for school related requests, and the SFBTS Parish office for church related requests. Please join our school Facebook page! (scroll down to the bottom of the newsletter and click on link)
Mrs. Norann Lewis - Kindergarten Assistant
Mrs. Norann Lewis - Kindergarten Assistant
Mrs. Lewis moved to the United States from Ireland with her husband, Simon, over 28 years ago. Since then, Mrs. Lewis lived in Williamsburg VA for 2 years before moving to Hilton Head in 1996. In 2000 she become a US citizen! After being a stay-at-home mom for many years, Mrs. Lewis decided that working with children was her calling. Before coming to St. Francis, Mrs. Lewis taught Preschool at a local school on Hilton Head.
Mrs. Lewis has daughters; one in high school and one in college.
In her spare time, Mrs. Lewis enjoys reading, baking, walking and spending time with her family. Her motto has always been "Never stop learning, no matter your age". We are grateful for the Lord's provision of Mrs. Lewis to our Kindergarten class and campus!
3rd Grade - K9 Safety Presentation
Mrs. Wolfkiel's third grade class experienced a wonderful presentation from the Beaufort County Sheriff's Department K9 unit. Corporal Toomey spoke to the students about protecting and keeping everyone safe with the help of Nico. Corporal Toomey explained about Nico's training and how they work as partners. Thank you, Corporal Toomey, Nico, and Master Sargeant Washington, for keeping our county and community safe and coming to the SFCS campus!
5th Grade - Blessing of the Chalk
Mrs. Brewster's fifth grade class prepared bags of chalk for all of the SFCS students in celebration of the Feast of Epiphany. Father Christopher blessed the bags of chalk which also contained a prayer. The chalk is used to write above the door, the initials of the Three Kings, Caspar, Melchior, and Balthazar and the year (20-C-M-B-23). This practice is a way to bless our homes and encourages Christians to dedicate their life at home to God and others. Seeing the symbols over our doors can help to remind us, while passing in and out on our daily routines, that our homes and all those who dwell there belong to Christ. It also serves as a reminder of the welcoming the Magi gave to Jesus. We should strive to be as welcoming to all who come to our homes to visit us!
Career Friday - Mrs. Jolley - Attorney - Jolley Law Group
The 5th grade class welcomed Mrs. Jolley to the 5th grade Career Friday. Mrs. Jolley, of the Jolley Law Group, inspired the students to reach their goals by starting a new business.
The students learned to write down their ideas, make a plan, ask for help, and be open to being wrong. Thank you, Mrs. Jolley for this valuable lesson.
1/17 – HOME vs JPII – 4G/ 5B
1/19 – AWAY vs CHAA – 5pm - Senior Boys only
1/23 – AWAY vs Riverview – 5G/ 6B – Lady’s Island Middle School
1/24 – HOME vs Colleton Prep – 4 Jr Girls / 5 Jr Boys / 6G / 7B (4 games)
1/26 – HOME vs Bolden – 4G / 5B
2/1 – AWAY vs Cross – 4 Jr G / 5 Jr Boys / 6 Sr Girls / 7 Sr Boys
2/2 – HOME vs CHAA – 4:30G / 5:30B
2/4 (Saturday) – AWAY vs HHP – 9 Junior G / 10 Jr Boys / 11 Senior Girls
2/7 – HOME vs Beaufort Academy – 4:30G / 5:30B – Senior Night
2/9 – AWAY vs HHP – 4G / 5B
2/10 – AWAY vs Lowcountry Montessori (LMS) – 4G / 5B – Suzane Gonzalez
2/15-17 – Middle School Championships – HHP
2/24-26 - Diocesan Tournament – Charleston
*Please check the schedule often as games are subject to change.
Saturday Basketball Development Program
Now in its third year, the SFCS Basketball Developmental Program continues with over 100 local youth in PreK through 4th grade. Each session includes high energy drill station work and small-sided games overseen by the SFCS Coaching Staff.
The SFCS Cheerleaders perform during the half time break at several of the home games. We are grateful for Coach Catalano and Coach Chao, for helping the girls learn the cheers, encouraging each other, and building their skills! The lower and upper cheer squads give it their all to cheer on our teams and spread the St. Francis spirit! Go Wolves!
THANK YOU TO OUR BUSINESS SPONSORS SUPPORTING SFCS ATHLETICS!
The Bake Club has been busy preparing Italian Butter cookies for the Knights of Columbus' Spaghetti Dinner! Don't they look delicious?