The Weekly Howl

St. Francis Catholic School - Sunday, February 21st

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Dear Parents & Friends of SFCS,

I hope everyone has been able to enjoy some of the sunshine this weekend! Here are just a few reminders for the week to come.

  • Please remember to not pack meat in your child's lunch on Fridays during Lent.
  • We are having an increase in the amount of students arriving late. Remember that the bell to begin the day rings at 8:00am.
  • Get your SFCS value card! Check out more info in the FSA section below. It is a great way to get discounts for some of our favorite local businesses.
  • Hair Cuts!!! Make sure that our boys are following the dress code for haircuts. Hair needs to be above the eye brows and ears and off the the collar.

We have been doing well with a decrease number of positive COVID-19 cases and close contacts. Right now we have 1 student who has tested positive and two students that are close contacts. Thank you for everyone for cooperating with our COVID-19 Guidelines in keeping our community safe and healthy.

I hope everyone has a wonderful remainder to your weekend!

Sincerely in Christ,

Brian Pope


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Week of 2/21 - 2/27/2021

Sunday, February 21st

  • School Family Mass Weekend

Monday, February 22nd

  • Feast of the Chair of St. Peter the Apostle
  • PE Uniform for 4th, 5th, 6th & 7th Grades
  • 3:00 - 4:00pm: Yearbook Club in Library

Tuesday, February 23rd

  • PE Uniform 3rd Grade
  • 3:00 - 4:15pm: Bake Club Group A in Fine Arts Building
Wednesday, February 24th
  • 10:00am: School Mass
Thursday, February 25th
  • PE Uniform for 5th, 6th & 7th Grades

Friday, February 26th

  • PE Uniform for 3rd, 4th & 8th Grades
Saturday, February 27th
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Check out all the happenings in PreK with Mrs. Burke's newsletter embedded below.


Kindergarten had a thoughtful week as they left “Fat Tuesday” behind and entered into the season of Lent. The Kindergarteners are soaking up how much Jesus loves us and displaying His love for others. They are taking part in the Beta Club project to “practice, pray or journal” 1 activity a day to show a deeper understand Jesus’s love. This past week they prayed for First Responders, took apart and further comprehended “Lord God Almighty” and read a story from the Gospel. The best part has been observing the children do random acts of kindness without looking for a reward. They are amazing!
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Soccer Season is Beginning

The 2021 Spring Soccer season is beginning this week! Thank you to our coaches, Mrs. Basciano, Mr. Perrine and Mr. Arnold for volunteering! Keep an eye on emails from Mr. Taormina for schedule updates as well as the school calendar.

SFCS Developmental Basketball League

It was another great weekend for basketball! Thank you to Coach Weaver and all the volunteers for keeping the program going strong!
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Extended Care Projection Form

Please complete the form below if you anticipate having your child attend Extended Care in March.

10:00am School Mass for Wednesday, February 24th

February 24th - SFCS Mass - 10 a.m.

Thank You Junior Beta Club!

he SFCS Junior Beta Club created Lenten Actions for every class in the school. They made jars with many different actions that students can choose each week. They are encouraged to try their best to complete them and then journal about it at the end of the week. Some of the actions include praying with your family at home, being more courteous, fast from electronics for a day and many more. Thank you Beta Club for creating this wonderful Lenten Activity!

School Family Mass

Thank you to all the students who wore their uniform to mass this weekend to represent our school!
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Volunteer Opportunity for Students!!!

The Woman of St. Francis need our student's help in assisting with the fundraiser above. If your child is interested please sign up using the link below.
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St. Francis Value Card

Back by popular demand, The St. Francis Island Value Card! Save at local restaurants and businesses for an entire year! Order forms should have come home with your children this past week. In case you missed it there is another form embedded below.
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Parish Info and Updates

If you are attending the Friday 8:30 a.m. Stations of the Cross during Lent, please look around your home to see if you can find your copy of the Stations of the Cross. Stations schedule for Friday after 8:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. Daily Mass and 7 p.m. in Spanish, during Lent.

As many of you know, we will be taking reservations for Palm Sunday, Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Vigil, and Easter Sunday. I will start taking reservations for Palm Sunday ONLY on Monday, March 15th. Palm Sunday Mass schedule:


4:00 p.m. - both Church and Gym

5:30 p.m. - Church only

7:00 p.m. - (Spanish) - Church only


7:30 a.m. - Church only

9:00 a.m. - both Church and Gym

10:30 a.m. - both Church and Gym

Noon - Church only

Please remember that we by taking reservations, we are trying our best to keep everyone distanced and safe while we are worshiping together.

That being said, because we are taking reservations, the need to have at least 4 ushers per Mass and at least two greeters is imperative. If you are willing to help out taking folks to their seats or checking people in for any reservation Mass, please let me know. And you get to make many more friends because you get to know everyone's name! Winning!

The beautiful columbarium area has now been pressure washed. All items were removed from the niches and are being kept in the office for pickup. Items still in the office at the end of Feb. will be disposed of. As a reminder, on the license for the niches it states that ONLY 4” CLAY POTS SHOULD BE USED FOR YOUR LIVE OR ARTIFICAL FLOWERS. SMALLER ITEMS MUST SOMEHOW BE DISPLAYED IN A 4” CLAY POT AND NOT JUST LAID ON THE NICHE. PLEASE DO NOT USE ANY ADHESIVE! BE RESPECTFUL OF THE NICHES AROUND YOURS AND ADHERE TO THE REGULATIONS. Any items not in compliance will be removed. Thank you.

HOLY WATER FONT - The Diocese has given us permission to fill the large holy water font in the Church Narthex. You may bring your own bottle to fill (no larger than 8 to 12 ounce bottles, please). Please be sure to sanitize your hands before and after you fill your bottle. We will not be filling the holy water fonts around the Church at this time.

Did you know that you can look at Church events on our website? Click on this link to find out how!

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JPII National Merit Finalist Announced

John Paul II Catholic School is proud to announce senior Gracyn Kenyon has been elevated to National Merit Finalist by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation - the school’s first-ever Finalist. Gracyn had been notified in September 2020 that she was a Semifinalist.

Gracyn will continue in the competition vying for 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million offered in the spring.

"Gracyn is one of the brightest students I have encountered in my long career in education," said JPII Principal John McCarthy. "Her classroom insights and contributions are amazing."

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