The Weekly Howl

St. Francis Catholic School - Sunday, March 21st

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Dear Parents & Friends of SFCS,

Happy Spring!!! I hope everyone is enjoying their first weekend of Spring!

We had a great week at SFCS! Students enjoyed celebrating St. Patrick's Day and having another Spirit Day! Next week we will be concluding the 3rd Quarter. Report Cards will be emailed home on Tuesday, March 30th.

Right now we currently are accepting applications for students and families new to SFCS. We had a wonderful response for re-registration with 99% of our students returning to SFCS for the 2021 - 2022 school year. We have already accepted 19 new students. Current we have 214 students registered to attend SFCS next year. We have 4 classes that are at capacity and have waiting lists. While this is great news we still have openings in the other 6 grades. Thank you everyone for spreading the word about our wonderful school in the community!!!

We understand that this past week was difficult with the time change and that traffic sometimes causes issues in the morning. But we have seen an increase in students being late to school. Help us have your child start their school day off on the right foot by being on time. Also please be aware of our school's policy regarding truancy. If a student is late more than 15 times then an administrative fee of $10 will be applied to your FACTS account per tardy. Students may enter the school beginning at 7:30am and the school day begins at 8:00am. Thank you for having your child arrive on time.

Financial Aid Applications for the 2021 -2022 for students registered to attend SFCS are due by May 1st. If you want to apply then please click the following link to complete your Financial Aid Application. Assistance amounts will be communicated in May for those families that applied by May 1st. Financial Aid is available to students who are registered and active parishioners of St. Francis by the Sea and Holy Family.

I hope everyone has a wonderful remainder to the weekend! Also don't forget that next Sunday is Palm Sunday!

Sincerely in Christ,

Brian Pope


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Week of 3/21 - 3/27/21

Sunday, March 21st

Monday, March 22nd

  • PE Uniform for 4th, 5th, 6th & 7th Grades
  • 3:00 - 4:00pm: Yearbook Club in Library

Tuesday, March 23rd

  • Last Day of 3rd Quarter
  • PE Uniform 3rd Grade
  • 8:00pm: 5th Grade Parent Middle School Orientation
  • 3:00 - 4:15pm: Bake Club Group B in Fine Arts Building
  • 4:30pm: Boys Soccer Match at Bridges
  • 5:30pm: Gils Soccer Match at Bridges
Wednesday, March 24th
  • 10:00am: School Mass
Thursday, March 25th

  • Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord
  • PE Uniform for 5th, 6th & 7th Grades
  • 12:09pm: Beta Club Meeting in Library
  • 2:00pm: 5th Grade Parent Middle School Orientation
  • 4:15pm: Girls Soccer Match at Cross
  • 5:30pm: Boys Soccer Match at Cross

Friday, March 26th

  • Happy Birthday Coach Weaver!!!
  • PE Uniform for 3rd, 4th & 8th Grades
Saturday, March 27th

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Check out all the great things happening in PreK with Mrs. Burke's newsletter below.


Kindergarten had a week full of fun and learning! St. Patrick’s Day led them into learning that Jesus never gives up on us and always welcomes us back to Him, just like St. Patrick found his way back to Jesus. They had so much fun with Shamrock art painting and STEM/STREAM projects. Kindergarten stretched their brains as they tried to figure out how to make a rainbow from a pipe cleaner, 18 Fruit Loops and 2 giant marshmallows. The students first had to make a picture plan, then they “bought” their supplies by correctly answering Math problems. Once their Engineers got to work, they were encouraged to try-try again until they successfully built a rainbow that could stand-up. It was a great lesson in perseverance and not giving-up. Way to go Kindergarten!

2nd Grade

Did you know that "Lucky Charms" are not only magically delicious but educational, too? The Second Graders used the marshmallow treats to add, subtract, graph, estimate, compare numbers, and assign odd or even to each set for a wonderful math activity for the wearin' o' the green! Each student had completely different answers according to how many "marshmallows" of each shape was in their bag. And the best part? They had an extra bag just to eat. And while they worked, they listened to beautiful Celtic music to relax! Plus, earlier they watched a video of a young actor who showed them the true story of St. Patrick. B'Gosh and B'Gorrah, twas a fine day to celebrate the old sod!

3rd Grade

Congratulations to our 3rd Grade mathematicians who have won the Beaufort County competition of the program Sumdog! They also had 10 students in the top 10! Great job 3rd grade!!!

4th Grade

The 4th grade was busy this week studying the novel, Sounder. They also presented our PowerPoint presentations.

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Policy Information

Please note the following policy in the SFCS Parents & Student Handbook.


Any SFCS student-athlete may not play on or represent another school athletic program. SFCS student-athletes may not wear another school/ program athletic uniform and/or apparel during the school day or during school related events without the direct permission from the Athletic Director and/or Principal. The purpose of the above policy is in line with our Athletic Department’s mission of “providing an opportunity for ALL St. Francis Catholic School students to represent his or her school while learning the many lessons of good sportsmanship, teamwork, respect for authority, and greater understanding of the importance of consistent practice to achieve a goal.”


At St. Francis Catholic School the academic and spiritual development of the student is of primary importance. The purpose of the St. Francis Catholic School’s Athletic Program is to support this guiding principle and the school’s mission statement by providing an opportunity for all St. Francis Catholic School students to represent his or her school while learning the many lessons of good sportsmanship, teamwork, respect for authority, and greater understanding of the importance of consistent practice to achieve a goal. St. Francis Catholic School strives to encourage and promote the active participation of all SFCS students in representing his or her own school regardless of skill level.

The athletic program is committed to providing opportunities for each individual student-athlete to reach his/her highest potential while developing the qualities and spirit of a Catholic Christian. As a Catholic school, SFCS upholds Christian values and principles. Though our athletic teams strive to win in the sense of having the best score, we recognize the real value of Catholic school athletics is realized only if it fosters the development of the human person—both in spirit and in body—by cultivating Christian character, strengthening personal integrity and responsibility, and promoting the pursuit of excellence in all endeavors.

Participation on a team is a privilege. With this privilege come responsibilities in the areas of preparation, attitude, sportsmanship, and academics. These responsibilities exist both in and out of school, both in athletic and non-athletic settings.

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Spirit Day

Our families are so generous! Thank you for the wonderful Beaufort County Foster Care donations in honor of our Lenten Spirit Day of Giving!

Family Mass Weekend

Thank you to all the students that wore their Mass uniform to Church this weekend! Enjoy your NUT Cards!

Extended Care Projection Form

Please complete the form below if you intend to have your child(ren) attend Extended Care in April.

10:00am School Mass for 3/24/2021

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

2021 - 2022 School Calendar

Please click below for a copy of the 2021 - 2022 School Calendar.
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Save the Date!!!

Come set sail aboard the Salty Dog cruise boat Saturday, May 15, 2021! Enjoy a beautiful sunset, dolphins, live music, full bar, food, and drawings for prizes you won’t want to miss! Seating is limited, so don’t wait! You can pay by cash or check in the school office. If you have any questions, please contact Megan Drescher at or Julie Pavlick at
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SFCS Discount Card

St. Francis Island Value discount cards are still available in the school office. $20 each. Support local businesses while getting a discount!
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Celebrating Easter: Ideas for Busy Parents

Looking for ways to make for family's Easter celebration more focused on Christ's resurrection. Check out the resource below for some ideas.
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Parish Info and Updates

Click below to access our Parish Bulletin for all the great things happening in our Church Community!
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Warriors Flying High with the Eagle Scout - Congrats to JPII Seniors Jonathan Field & Hayden Jennings

John Paul II Catholic School is pleased and proud to announce that two of its seniors have been promoted to the rank of Eagle Scout. Jonathan Field and Hayden Jennings are members of St. Peter’s Catholic Church Troop 200. Jonathan’s project was the addition of a beach volleyball court and Hayden’s project was the addition of an outside classroom.

“I realized that our school loves volleyball - credit to our Powder Puff Volleyball Tournament and House Volleyball Tournament last year - so I made it my mission to construct an outdoor volleyball court,” said Jonathan. “As soon as we set the net up, students were playing on it. Since then, its only rest has been at night when the students aren’t at school.”

Jonathan noted that many hands, and hearts, contributed to his project and he is grateful for their help. “Bill Nimmer, Richard Jennings, and Michael Brock were instrumental in achieving a final product worthy of admiration, and I could not have done it without the continued support of my parents,” he said. “I would also like to thank other JPII students that supported my cause.”

“I thought an outdoor classroom structure was a great idea, so I went with it,” said Hayden. “Anyone who visits or attends the campus of JPII can take a trip down to the classroom and use it. It is a great alternative learning environment along with a great spot to relax.” According to Hayden, his project would not have been possible without the special support of his parents. “I had my parents help me all throughout my scouting career and so when the Eagle Scout project slowly approached, they were by my side the whole time.” Many of Hayden’s friends, fellow scouts, and JPII classmates (Sam Rembold, Aidan Tibbitt, Kristian Santos, Jonathan Field, Tripp Currier, David Shaw, Edwin Cisca, Ben Richardson, Austin McIntosh, Malone Kinard-Huisinger, and Steven Schidrich) stepped up to assist him in constructing the classroom.

Only four percent of Boy Scouts achieve Eagle Scout, the organization’s highest rank. To reach Eagle Scout, a scout must earn a minimum of 21 merit badges, plan and oversee a project requiring at least 100 man-hours, and additional community service requirements.

Congratulations to these two accomplished young men. We cannot wait to see what the future has in store for them.

If you would like to learn more about JPII, please visit our website at Limited space is still available in a few grades for the 2021-2022 school year. Call Admissions Coordinator Anne McClure at 843-645-3838 for more information.

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