The Weekly Howl

St. Francis Catholic School - Sunday, May 2nd

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Dear Parents & Friends of SFCS,

I hope everyone is enjoying their weekend and the beginning of May!

As we enter the final weeks of the school year there has been a lot of discussion recently about COVID-19 guidelines for the remainder of the year. It has been our priority for the year to keep a healthy and safe environment while trying to find ways to have the least restrictive environment we can. We are consistently reviewing the Diocesan guidelines and updates from the CDC and SCDHEC. It is very difficult at this time to please everyone since the guidelines have been very polarizing in our society. We have been very happy at SFCS that our school community has experienced 0 close contact cases or infections in our school community since returning from Easter Recess. We definitely want that trend to continue for the remainder of the year.

With that being said, after reviewing the Diocesan guidelines and changes to CDC guidelines this week we have made a few minor adjustments to our school procedures regarding COVID-19.

  • Faculty members who have been fully vaccinated for at least two weeks do not have to wear masks while outside. This includes drop off and dismissal. Guidelines and local ordinances for wearing masks in the school buildings has not changed.
  • Guidelines for students wearing face coverings has not changed.
  • Since Beaufort County is currently in a Moderate Community Transmission Level, screening for symptoms and temperature will occur only once a week for students and faculty. This includes the morning temperature check and the check during the day.
  • All other guidelines and procedures are still in place.

I hope everyone has a wonderful remainder to their weekend.

Sincerely in Christ,

Brian Pope


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Week of 5/2 - 5/8/21

Sunday, May 2nd

Monday, May 3rd

  • Feast of Saints Philip and James, Apostles
  • PE Uniform for 4th, 5th, 6th & 7th Grades
Tuesday, May 4th
  • PE Uniform 3rd Grade
  • 3:00 - 4:15pm: Bake Club Group A in Fine Arts Building
Wednesday, May 5th
  • 9:15am: 2nd Grade Confession
  • 10:00am: School Mass
Thursday, May 6th
  • Happy Birthday Mrs. Gloven!!!
  • PE Uniform for 5th, 6th & 7th Grades
  • 12:09pm: Beta Club Meeting in Library

Friday, May 7th

  • PE Uniform for 3rd, 4th & 8th Grades
  • 10:30am - 12:30pm: Beta Club Car Wash
  • 11:30am: Dismissal
Saturday, May 8th
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Check out all the great stuff happening in PreK with Mrs. Burke's newsletter below.


Kindergarten had a great week exploring the outdoors! They opened their eyes to all that God has given us in nature as they did an outdoor scavenger hunt. They then went to St. Clare’s garden to share what they found and look for a few more items. Kindergarten has really enjoyed using this beautiful outdoor space.

In Religion they are opening our eyes to small things we do and give to the Glory of God like many Saints have before us. Examples were cleaning our room, taking care of our things, packing our own lunch and protecting nature. Their science brains turned to sharks this week as they explored this fish and other amazing ocean animals! In ELA they read stories, poems and magazines about sharks. The students loved Killer Whale vs Great White Shark, it is a great series of books. In Math they continue to focus on money and time while reviewing things they have learned throughout the year.

3rd Grade - Music

Congratulations to our first recorder Karate Black Belt Master of the year!!!

6th Grade - Science

Sixth grade science students had a virtual visit from Alysa Carsley, a WSAV meteorologist. Ms. Carsley graciously tailored her presentation based on questions submitted by students. Some topics she covered included a virtual studio tour, a meteorologist's training, a typical day in the life of a meteorologist, instruments that meteorologists use to create forecasts, and what it’s like to do weather reports on severe weather events like tornadoes and hurricanes. She even gave us a great bridge to our next unit of study by explaining space weather on the outer planets of the Solar System. Thanks for a great presentation, Ms. Carsley!

7th Grade - Social Studies

7th graders are presenting fabulously their Cold War and Independence movement projects this week: Included are Gandhi and peaceful resistance in India, Civil Rights in the U.S., Nuclear Arms Race, Mandela and South Africa apartheid, The Vietnam conflict-video and live performances, starring our very own 7th graders, the Berlin Wall, Cuban Missile Crisis, and the Korean War.

8th Grade - Social Studies

And the winner is: the Hawks! Hawks vs. Doves debated America’s involvement in the Vietnam War in 8th grade social studies. Matei, Ian, Avery, Hayley, and Abby delivered excellent points for their sides, but when it was all said and done, the Hawks took the debate!

8th Grade - Art

8th grade students were working on Myrtle the Turtle this week.
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Coach's Corner

Save the Date – SFCS Sports’ Celebration

WHEN: Thursday, May 20th from 6-7:30pm in the school gym

WHAT: A special evening to celebrate all our school teams, student-athletes and coaches including a slideshow picture montage and coaches’ award presentations

RSVP: With limited seating, please email Coach Weaver at with the # of family members attending (include your athlete) by May 10th

Due to Covid guidelines, there will not be any food or drink at the Celebration. We would like the student-athletes to sit with their families rather than with other students and young children should remain with their parents at all times. Lastly, we are asking families to try to limit the number of attendees to athletes, parents and younger siblings.


SOCCER UNIFORM RETURN: It's time to return the soccer jerseys so that we can put a bowtie on the season. Please send in your child's CLEAN soccer jersey and shorts in a labeled bag (freezer storage bags work great) with them to school on Monday morning. They will need to give to me during homeroom and they also need to make sure that I check their name off my uniform distribution list.

LOOKING FOR COACHES: If you are interested or know someone that loves children and has a passion for coaching, please contact me at I am currently looking for coaches for the following teams…

Girls’ Cross Country Junior Boys’ Basketball Senior Boys/Girls Basketball(7/8th grade) Soccer

IS YOUR COMPANY INTERESTED IN BECOMING A MAJOR ATHLETIC SPONSOR? Check out our new top sponsorship package! But hurry, there’s only (2) spots remaining!! If interested in finding out more, please email me at

HAVE YOU SIGNED YOUR KIDS UP FOR OUR SUMMER CAMPS YET? Mrs. Sweeney and I have tried to offer a wide range of camps for the summer. Everything from baking, candy making, basketball to cheerleading…we’ve got something for everyone here at SFCS! Spots are filling up, so please don’t wait too long to register your child. The great thing about our camps is that your kids may bring a friend or cousin…it’s not just for SFCS students. If you need the camp information and registration packet, please call or stop by the school’s front office.

Voluntary Volleyball Workouts

Hello Parents,

Coach Taylor will be holding “voluntary” workouts for any RISING 7/8th grade girls that are interested in playing volleyball for SFCS next fall. These sessions will be for the SENIOR TEAM ONLY and all participants should have PRIOR VOLLEYBALL EXPERIENCE. Workouts will be held in the school gym on Fridays, May 7th, 14th and 21st from 3:15-5pm.


If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out. GO WOLVES!!

Coach Weaver

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Clothing Drive

Dear SFCS Families,

My mom and I are working on a project to help a sub committee of the Women of St. Francis (the sewing ministry).

This is a project geared toward helping children of 4 orphanages located in Venezuela. They are in desperate need of clothing.

The children are boys and girls ranging from 5 to 18 years in age.

The school lobby will be a drop point as well as my salon. (Salon Artistry 4101 Main Street Ste B)

Please have clothes laundered and folded as to maximize space for packaging.

We truly appreciate everyone’s help and contributions.

Clothing is to be dropped off between May 1-31

Thank you ,

Tracee Spencer

Material Request - Empty 2 Liter Plastic Bottles and Cereal Boxes

SFCS middle school science students would like to do a rocket launch as part of our end of the year science classes. We need empty two-liter bottles to build the rocket launchers and empty cereal boxes to make the rocket fins. Please help us by sending empty bottles and boxes to Mrs. Burckart.

Financial Aid Application Deadline Extension

The deadline to apply for Financial Aid has been extended to May 17th.

10:00am School Mass for Wednesday, May 5th

May 5th - SFCS - 10 a.m. Mass

May/June Extended Care Projection Form

Please complete the attached and return to the school office if you intend to have your child(ren) attended Extended Care.

Thank You from the Women of St. Francis

The Women of St. Francis and the Soup for Scholarships committee would like to thank all the St. Francis families for supporting our fundraising efforts for the Soup for Scholarships program. We are especially grateful to all the students who came and helped at the event to hand out hand painted bowls and cookbooks. Your efforts enabled us to make enough money to offer several more scholarships to St. Francis school for next year. Thank You!

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Get Your Tickets!!!

Purchase your tickets in the school office or by phone for the Salty Dog Sunset Cruise on Saturday, May 15th. Tickets are limited and going fast, so don’t wait! The cruise offers a full, cash bar, passed hors d’oeuvres, live music, views you can’t beat, and drawings for themed baskets from each grade! Must be 21 or older to attend. Tickets are $75/person. If you have any questions, please contact Megan Drescher at

Hope to see you there!

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Parish Bulletin

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Palmetto Girls and Boys State Delegates Named

JPII is happy to announce that two of our juniors, Lissy Rembold and Aidan Tibbitt, have been chosen as the 2021 candidates for the American Legion Palmetto Girls State and Boys State.

"Our students were chosen to represent JPII based on their character, leadership skills, and a strong desire to be a part of Palmetto Girls and Boys State," according to JPII Asst. Principal Heather Rembold. "The scholarship possibilities, as selected delegates, are extensive, and we are excited for Aidan and Lissy as future leadership opportunities become available!"

According to The American Legion and its Auxiliary, the Boys and Girls State educates our youth in the “duties, privileges, rights, and responsibilities of American citizenship. State programs are held nationally, and alumni of these programs known and recognized nationwide for their academic achievement and civic leadership. Many alumni of Palmetto Boys and Girls States have gone on to successfully run for local and state office in South Carolina. Colleges and universities also offer scholarships to Boys and Girls State alumni.”

Congratulations, Aidan and Lissy!

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