The Weekly Howl

St. Francis Catholic School - Friday, February 7th

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Dear SFCS Parents & Friends,

It was another great week at St. Francis Catholic School. Just a reminder that the school building will be closed on Monday. Below is information for you to access the Virtual Assignments for our second weather Make Up Day.

Good luck to our Senior Basketball Teams next week as they compete in the Lowcountry Basketball Tournament at Hilton Head Prep. Also don't forget that it is gala preparation time. Check out the FSA Newsletter below for more information about sponsorships, donations and ticket sales.

Have a great weekend!

Sincerely in Christ,

Brian Pope


Virtual Make Up Day - Monday, February 10th

Monday, February 10th is our second Virtual Make Up Day for the days missed due to Hurricane Dorian. Your child's teacher should have already emailed you with instructions and the students should have brought home all that is needed to complete the assignments. Teachers have reviewed with the students what is expected and all assignments are appropriate for the students to complete independently or with a minor amount of assistance.

You may access the assignments later this weekend on our official school website.

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Week of 2/9 - 2/15/2020

Sunday, February 9th
  • 10:30 - 11:45am: Religious Education - Kindergarten & Communion 1 (PreK & K Classrooms)
Monday, February 10th
  • St. Scholastica
  • School Closed: Virtual Make-Up Day #2 for Hurricane Dorian
  • DOC CIP Workshop
  • 3:15pm: Sr. Girls Basketball Practice
  • 4:30pm: Sr. Boys Basketball Practice

Tuesday, February 11th

  • 8:00am: FSA Meeting
  • 10:00am: Thrift Shop Thank You Lunch with School Tours
  • 2:00pm: Beta Club - 7th grade to Bloom
  • 3:00pm: Bake Club Group A
  • 3:00pm: Cheer Practice (Family Center)
  • 4:30pm: Sr. Boys Basketball Practice
  • 6:00pm: Jr. Boys #2 Basketball Game vs. HHCA @ HHCA
  • 6:00 - 7:30pm: Confirmation 2 - Youth Group (Multipurpose Facility)

Wednesday, February 12th

  • 9:00am: 2nd Grade 1st Reconciliation
  • 10:00am: School Mass
  • 3:15pm: Jr Girls Basketball Practice
  • 4:15pm: Jr Boys Basketball Practice
  • Low Country Basketball Championship Tournament (Schedule Athletics Section of Howl)
  • 6:00 - 8:00pm: Youth Group - 6th Grade & Confirmation 1 (Multipurpose Facility)
  • 6:15 - 7:30pm: Religious Education - Communion 2 to 5th Grade (Main School Building)

Thursday, February 13th

  • Thankful Thursday - 3rd Grade
  • 11:00am: Spirit of St. Francis Lunch to Marley's Shrimp and Burger Shack
  • 3:15pm: Jr Girls Basketball Practice
  • 4:15pm: Jr Boys Basketball Practice
  • Low Country Basketball Championship Tournament (Schedule Athletics Section of Howl)
  • 5:45pm: Literacy Center Classes (Library & MS Classrooms)

Friday, February 14th

  • Happy St. Valentine's Day!!!
  • Saints Cyril, Monk, and Methodius
  • 3:15pm: Jr. Girls Basketball Practice
  • 4:30pm: Jr. Boys Basketball Practice
  • Low Country Basketball Championship Tournament (Schedule Athletics Section of Howl)

Saturday, February 15th

  • 5:00 - 7:00pm: Family Faith Night: Game Edition (Family Center)

Upcoming Events

2/16: 9:00am School Family Mass

2/19: 5:00pm Spring Athletics Parent Meeting

2/19 - 2/21: SACS Internal Review Visit

2/21 - 2/23: DOCYBT, Summerville, SC

2/25: 5:30pm: Soup for Scholarship in Family Center

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8th Grade - Physical Science Honors

The 8th grade has been studying Forces and Newton's Laws of Motion in science. Students created a robotic hand to see how the hand anatomy combines the two ideas of force moving our hands. They learned hand anatomy and that muscles attach to tendons and tendons attach to bone. When the muscle contracts it pulls on the tendon which pulls on the bone and moves the fingers.

Physical Education

The 1st graders were running machines this week in PE. They kept moving by playing a game called Couch Potato.

Discovery Lab

The Kindergarten students were working on weights and sandpaper today to learn about force and friction.

Feast of St. Blaise

Thank you Msgr. Laughlin and Deacon Galo for visiting the students on the Feast of St. Blaise for the Blessing of the Throats.

8th Grade - Visit to John Paul the II Catholic School

The 8th grade students had a great visit to JPIICS this week. Thank you to the student ambassadors that gave excellent tours today!
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8th Grade Graduate Night

Thank you to all the 8th grade athletes and parents for their commitment and hard work to the SFCS Athletic Department over the years. Congratulations on all your accomplishments! Go Wolves!!!

Lowcountry Basketball Tournament

Click on the documents below for all the information about the Lowcountry Championship Basketball Tournament.

Spring Soccer Info from Mr. Benning


I am writing to you about our Spring Sports programs. I have nine soccer games scheduled this year as well as the end of year Low Country Tournament at JP II. All practices will be held at Chaplin Field in Hilton Head with the exception of the first three which will be in the gym.

Shelby Basciano will be back taking over the girls’ program and Mike Arnold will be the boys’ coach again.

We will have the Spring Sports Meeting on Tuesday, February 18 at 5:00 pm in the gym. I have attached to this email, the permission/waiver form, physical form and the tentative master schedule. The dates are on the school website as well.

If you have any questions, please contact me. Thanks for your support of St. Francis athletics.

Mr. B

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Catholic Schools Week - Assembly and Bounce Houses

Zoara the Comfort Dog

We love it when Zoara is able to come and visit!

Plaid About Reading

Plaid About Reading starts Monday! Check out more information below. Don't procrastinate...the contest goes by quickly.
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Soup for Scholarships

Mark your calendars - “Soup for Scholarships” night will be on February 25, from 5:30-7:00 pm. This fun night features soups made by the Women of St. Francis, along with a few “surprise” chefs, and our own Baking Club. Join us for mouth-watering soups/chili’s, cornbread/rolls, and take home a colorful hand painted soup bowl of your own.

Tickets will be on sale after Masses on Feb. 15/16 and 22/23 for only $10.

** Tickets at the door will be $15.

Our fabulous “Soups, Salads, & Breads” Cookbook will also be on sale then, and at Soup night for only $10.

Proceeds from this event and the cookbook provide scholarships to students at St. Francis Catholic School.

For any questions please call Mary E. Sullivan 843-715-0075.

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Scholarship Opportunity for the 2020 - 2021 School Year

Applications for the Women of St. Francis's (WOSF) Reverend Monsignor Martin T. Laughlin Scholarship are now available. Paper copies of the application are available in the School Office. A printable digital copy is embedded below.
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FSA Newsletter

Click on the link below for all the happenings with our Family School Association (FSA). It is officially Gala Preparation Season and all information regarding the Gala is included in this edition of the FSA Newsletter!
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St. Francis by the Sea Catholic Church News

Check out all that is happening in our parish by checking out their website.
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Congratulations to the JPII Literary Meet team that participated in this year's SCISA Literary Meet which took place at the Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College on January 31.

One of the event's highlights, besides our students impressive individual achievements, was the middle school team winning a trophy for Best Overall in the Middle School Division for collectively scoring the most points.

The following students represented John Paul II Catholic School at the meet:

Oral Interpretation

Middle School - Kathleen Hammett (dramatic) & Alec Yanachik (humor)

High School - Caroline Gilmour (dramatic) & Aidan Tibbitt (humor)

Extemporaneous Speaking

Middle School - Lauren Weniger & Kelon Reynolds

High School - Amanda Shaw & Sam Rembold


Middle School - Cayce Graves & Collin Anfinson

High School - Alena Durel & Colin Halligan

Congratulations to our winners - (photo attached)

First Place Winner:

Collin Anfinson

Second Place Winners:

Kathleen Hammett

Alec Yanachik

Third Place Winners:

Kelon Reynolds

Colin Halligan

To learn about JPII and to apply for the 2020-2021 school year visit For Shadow Days (every Friday before March 15) and/or Private Tours call the JPII Front Office at (843) 645-3838 to make a reservation. Space is limited, so please get your student’s application in by March 15.
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  • Saturday, February 1st - (Re-registration Packets, CSW Pictures, Jr. Boys Tourney Info, Catholic IQ, Soup for Scholarship, DC Fundraiser, FSA Info)

  • Saturday, January 25th - (CSW Info, Hoodie Order Form, Spirit Night Flyer, Soup for Scholarship, Gala Sponsorship Info, Family Faith and Fun Activities)

  • Saturday, January 18th - (Catholic Schools Week Info, Re-Registration Info, Spaghetti Dinner and Rally for Life Info, Geography Bee, CSW Schedule, Book Fair Schedule, Kidz in Lidz, WOSF Scholarship, FSA Jan Newsletter, Gala Sponsorship Info, Family Faith Night, Community Service, SAC Revenue Info)

  • Saturday, January 11th - (Schedule highlights, Book Fair Announcement, Gala Information, KOC Spaghetti Dinner, JPIICS Open House)