The Weekly Howl

St. Francis Catholic School - Friday, October 18th

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Dear Parents & Friends of SFCS,

One of our core values at St. Francis Catholic School is to teach our children to be good stewards for our school, parish and greater community. We work to instill in each child a concern and awareness for the oppressed and needy, motivating him or her to action and service. It is our hope that every graduate of SFCS is an individual who has a sense of compassion for those in need and actively participates in bettering his or her community through service work or projects.

We work on the above core value in many ways at SFCS. Each class has a classroom stewardship project. Whether it be working with one of our Parish Ministries or visiting one of our neighboring assisting facilities each class actively works on a stewardship project. As a school we have Spirit Days, school collections, outreach activities and much more that illustrates our core value of service and stewardship.

In this edition of the Howl you will see many ways that the students activity perform service in our parish and greater Hilton Head Community. Great job SFCS!

I look forward to seeing everyone at our October Family School Mass at 9:00am. Mrs. Sweeney needs singers for the choir. Any student in 3rd through 8th grade who would like to sing please meet Mrs. Sweeney by the organ by 8:45am. Please have and encourage your child to represent SFCS by having them wear his or her mass uniform. The parishioners love to see are students in uniform!

Sincerely in Christ,

Brian Pope


Virtual Make Up Day - Monday, October 21st

Monday, October 21st is our first 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 on our official school website.

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October 20 - 26

Sunday, October 20th

  • 9:00am: School Family Mass
  • 6:00 - 8:00pm: High School Youth Group

Monday, October 21st

  • School Closed - Diocesan CIP Conference for teachers, Virtual Make - Up Day for students

Tuesday, October 22nd

  • 8:30am - 2:00pm: 1st Grade Field Trip to Holiday Farms
  • 3:00pm: Bake Club Group A
  • 5:00pm: Winter Parent Athletic Meeting
  • 6:00pm - 7:30pm: Confirmation 2 & Youth Group

Wednesday, October 23rd

  • End of the 1st Quarter
  • 10:00am: School Mass
  • 11:20am - 1:09pm: Pizza with Principal
  • 6:00 - 8:00pm: Grade 6 & Confirmation 1 Youth Group
  • 6:15 - 7:15pm: Communion 2 - Grade 5 Youth Group

Thursday, October 24th

  • Spirit Day - Support for Bahamas, Hurricane Dorian Relief
  • 8:00am: SAC New Family Focus Group in the Family Center
  • 9:15pm: 5th Grade: Backpack Buddies in Family Center
  • 12:00pm: Rotary Luncheon: Teacher of the Year Recipients
  • 5:00 - 7:00pm: Chick-fil-A Spirit Night

Friday, October 25th

Saturday, October 26th

Upcoming Events

10/29: 8:00am - PreK, K & 1st Grade Parent Focus Group

10/30: 11:00am - 12:30pm: Spirit of St. Francis Lunch

10/31: 1:30pm - Halloween Parade & FSA Trunk or Treat

10/31: Monthly Bottle Cap Class Total Count Due to Office

11/1: All Saint's Day, 10:00am Mass with 2nd Grade Presentation

11/1: 2:00pm Assembly

11/1: 6:00pm: Beta Club Team Building Meeting (Gym)

11/5: K & 3rd Field Trip

11/6 - 11/8: Gym Closed for 2020 Dinner #2

11/6: 11:30am Dismissal for Middle School Students Only

11/6: MS Conferences

11/7: 11:30am Dismissal for all students, Conferences for all grades

11/7 - 11/10: FSA Pottery Jam

11/8: No classes for students, Conferences for all grades

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Check out all the happenings in PreK with Mrs. Burke's newsletter below.

1st Grade

The 7th Grade, Mrs. Senouillet's first class at SFCS, came to visit the 1st Grade students this week to assist them in learning to tie shoes. Great role models!

3rd Grade

3rd Grade students are learning to be amazing stewards! This week they spent time counting their caps and organizing the soft toys to be sent to Jamaica for the Mustard Seed Christmas Treat Program. Thank you to all who donated and thank you Mrs. Broadbent and the current 3rd and 4th grades for taking the initiative to have SFCS participate!

5th Grade

The 5th graders helped the ministry, Backpack Buddies pack nutritious snacks for needy children in the community. They packed 345 bags. Helping the Backpack Buddies Ministry is the 5th Grade Class Stewardship project for the year.

6th Grade

Sixth graders worked on making place-mats to support parish Kairos Ministry for their class stewardship project.

7th Grade - Science

Our students shine when science meets art. Students completed our study of the structure of the cell with a culminating project in which they created a diagram of either a plant or animal cell. They used the diagram as the basis for their cell sculpture. Inside each cell you can see the various organelles. Each of these is responsible for specific functions within the cell which students could identify and explain. I hope you enjoy their work as much as we did seeing this project come alive.

Discovery Lab - PreK

The PreK class had a little free exploration in building a freestanding Lego tower. It wasn’t long before rulers were used for measuring the height of the towers and for making balances. The math and science explorations were completely student initiated and driven. It was a joy to watch these academic skills evolve in very short time.

Discovery Lab - Kindergarten

This week the Kindergarten students in Discovery Lab explored one of the many uses for levers. Students began by building a Lego tower and proceeded to use the ruler as a balance. They quickly learned how important the placement of objects is if the balance is to remain stable. It's even a lot of fun when the whole thing collapses because you get to start again and see what you can get the simple machine to do. There is a lot of science to be discovered when playing!

6th & 7th Religion

Father Max visited the students this past Monday and had an extensive question and answer session with the 6th & 7th Grade students. Thank you Fr. Max! God is good...All the time! Also this week Fr. Max blessed all students and faculty that have October birthdays in our school Mass (cover photo).

PreK - 2nd Art

Mrs. Burke and the PreK through 2nd grade students are making lanterns for the Hilton Head Island Lantern Parade that will occur on November 9th at 6:00 p.m. at the Alder Lane Beach Access. This activity is organized by the Office of Cultural Affairs of Hilton Head Island or also known as CultureHHI.Greatr job Mrs. Burke and students for representing SFCS in the community!

PE - 5th Grade

Students were learning how to play hockey this week in Physical Education.

National Junior Beta Club

Members of the SFCS Beta club assisted with the Rogue Rescue organization last weekend. They spent time with the dogs and assisted with collecting money and other items to support Rogue Rescue.
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Congratulations Wolves!!!

First in SFCS history!!! Both the Cross Country and Volleyball teams came home Thursday night with Championship Wins on the same night! Great job Wolves! Thank you to the coaches for volunteering their time working with the students. Also thank you to the parents for supporting our coaches and our program this season. Lastly thank you to Mr. Benning for all you hard work leading the program. Go Wolves!!!
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Today are Lady Wolves are playing in the Diocese of Charleston Youth Volleyball Tournament in Greenville, SC. Keep track of our teams progress today with the link below.

Winter Sports Meeting - Tuesday, October 22nd at 5:00pm in the Gym

Make sure to check out the previous Howl for important documents needed if you plan to have your child participate in Basketball or Cheerleading this winter.

Fall Sports PEP Assembly

All the SFCS students who participated this year in either Cross Country or Volleyball were recognized in the Fall Sports PEP Assembly. Thank you to Father Max for blessing our student athletes!
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Congratulations Mrs. Pennington and Mrs. Freisen!!!

Congratulations to Mrs. Pennington & Mrs. Freisen who were nominated by the faculty to be the 2019 - 2020 SFCS Rotary Teachers of the Year. Mrs. Pennington was nominated as Elementary Teacher of the Year and Mrs. Freisen was nominated as the Middle School Teacher of the Year. Both Mrs. Freisen and Mrs. Sandoval will be recognized on Thursday, October 24th at the Rotary Luncheon at Sea Pines Country Club. Congratulations!!!

SFCS Bottle Cap Drive

I am amazed by all the bottle caps that we have collected so far at SFCS!!! Keep it up SFCS! The monthly contest of the class that collects the most caps for October ends on Halloween. So make sure to get those caps in. Remember that class that collects the most caps for the month will either earn an ice cream or pizza party! Also the first class that fills up their 33 gallon can will earn a trip to the Charleston Aquarium! Lastly if the school collects 100,000 caps then we will have a movie afternoon in the gym!!!

At the assembly on November 1st we will be visited by Michelle Meissen of the Palmetto Ocean Conservancy to talk to the student body about the importance of our SFCS Bottle Cap Drive for the Bottle Cap Mural Project.

Changes to the Learning Center

Assistant Principal Ms. McGlynn will now be coordinating the activities of the Learning Center for the remainder of the year. We welcome Mrs. Annemarie Barger to SFCS as she will be serving as the Reading Interventionist. Mrs. Barger joined SFCS at the beginning of this year as a Learning Center Tutor. For more information about Mrs. Barger check out the July, 17th edition of the Howl. We thank Mrs. Darmody for her service to St. Francis Catholic School.
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Parent Focus Groups - We Want Your Input and Feedback!!!

Check out the two opportunities to provide your feedback and input to the SFCS School Advisory Council (SAC).
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Pure Barre comes to SFCS!!!

The FSA and Pure Barre have partnered for some fellowship, fun, fundraising and exercise! Classes are open to SFCS parents and friends. The first class is Wednesday, November 6th at 8:30am in the Gym. The cost is $28.00 per session and ALL proceeds go to the FSA! Class starts at 8:30am in the gym and is 1 hour. Bring a yoga mat, towel and water.

Participants must complete the form attached below to participate.

Upcoming FSA Events

There are many FSA activities and events that will be coming up. Check out the previous Howl for more info and flyers.

Mark Your Calendars!!!

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  • Sunday, October 13th - (Virtual Day Info, Trunk or Treat, Halloween, Athletic Tournament Info, Fall Reading Frenzy, Cookbook, Confirmation Retreat, Partners Info, FSA Activities, SAC Focus Groups, Parish Info)

  • Saturday, October 5th - (Parish Picnic, Altar Server Sign Up, Fall Reading Frenzy Week #1, Notre Dame, Yearbook Contest, Discovery Day, Bottle Cap Info, Candy Bounce Back, Pottery Jam, Bible Study, Reindeer Run, Parish Info, Pancake Breakfast)

  • Sunday, September 28th - (FSA Events, Bake Club Info, Uniform Closet, Picnic Volunteers, Flu Vaccination Clinic, Candy Bounce Back)