The Weekly Howl

St. Francis Catholic School - Saturday, January 18th

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Dear SFCS Parents & Friends,

January is a busy month at St. Francis Catholic School. The 2nd quarter ended this week for our students and faculty. They also are finishing up the winter session of MAP testing.


This weekend we switched our sfcshhi.com host server. If you have emailed anyone on our faculty since yesterday evening to that domain and have not received a reply then please try again or call the school on Tuesday. There is a possibility that some messages may not go through during the transition. All faculty email addresses will remain the same.


Our administration and faculty have been busy planning for Catholic Schools Week (see schedule below) and all the activities that come with it. Don't forget that we kick off Catholic Schools Week with our annual CSW Mass at 9:00am. Students will need to be in uniform and will be sitting with their class and teacher. Students need to meet in the Family Center at 8:45am so they can process in.


Our School Advisory Council (SAC) has been working hard in solidifying plans for the 2020/21 school year. Hard to believe that Re-Registration for returning families begins Friday, January 31st. Our Family School Association (FSA) is now at the height of Gala Preparation Season. Check out the FSA section below for their latest newsletter and information about how to purchase tickets and become a sponsor.


Our Athletic Department is halfway through the busiest season of the year, Basketball. If you have not had an opportunity to come and see our Wolves in action then consider doing so! The concession stand is always open! Check out the schedule in the Upcoming Events section below.


If you are looking for more things to do this 3 day weekend consider two opportunities in our Parish Community. This Saturday from 6-8:30pm, in the Family Center, the Knights of Columbus are hosting their annual Spaghetti Dinner and Silent Auction. Cost is $15 for adults and $7 for children under 12. Take-Out is available. Our SFCS Boys Basketball Team will be helping the Knights serve the food. Come out to support our fabulous Knights! Then on Sunday from 2-3pm join our Hilton Head Citizens for Life for their annual Rally for Life, in front of the St. Francis Thrift Shop. Wear red if possible. Come out to show your support for the unborn.


Have a wonderful remainder to your weekend!


Sincerely in Christ,


Brian Pope

Principal

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1/19 - 1/25/2020

Sunday, January 19th
  • 2:00 - 3:00pm: Hilton Head Rally for Life (In front of St. Francis Thrift Shop)
Monday, January 20th
  • School Closed - MLK Day
  • 1:00pm: Jr. Girls Basketball Practice
  • 4:30pm: Sr. Boys Basketball Practice

Tuesday, January 21st

  • St. Agnes
  • 12:45 - 2:45pm: 5th Grade Retreat
  • 3:00pm: Bake Club Group B
  • 3:00pm: Cheer Practice and Game
  • 3:30pm: Report Cards Emailed Home
  • 4:00pm: Jr. Girls Basketball Game vs. SGGCS (Home)
  • 5:00pm: Jr. Boys #1 Basketball Game vs. SGGCS (Home)
  • 6:00pm: Jr. Girls #2 Basketball Game vs. SGGCS (Home)
  • 6:00 - 7:30pm: Confirmation 2 - Youth Group (Multipurpose Facility)
Wednesday, January 22nd
  • Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children
  • 6:30am: Sr. Boys Basketball Practice
  • 9:45am: All classes meet in Family Center to practice our CSW procession
  • 10:00am: School Mass
  • 3:15 - 4:00pm: Faculty Meeting
  • 3:15pm: Jr. Girls Basketball Practice
  • 4:00pm: Sr. Girls Basketball Game vs. JPIICS at JPIICS
  • 4:30pm: Jr. Boys Basketball Practice
  • 5:00pm: Sr. Boys Basketball Game vs. JPIICS at JPIICS
  • 6:00 - 8:00pm: Youth Group - 6th Grade & Confirmation 1 (Multipurpose Facility)

Thursday, January 23rd

  • Happy Birthday Betty Fick!!!
  • 2:00pm: "Preparing for and Surviving the Adolescent Years" (Library)
  • 3:15pm: Jr. Boys Basketball Practice
  • 4:15pm: Sr. Girls Basketball Game vs. Cross at Cross
  • 5:15pm: Jr. Girls Basketball Game vs. Cross at Cross
  • 5:30pm: FSA Golf Tournament Meeting
  • 6:15pm: Sr. Boys Basketball Game vs. Cross at Cross
Friday, January 24th
  • St. Francis de Sales
  • National March for Life (Washington DC)
  • 8:00am: FSA PreK & K Parent Coffee Gathering
  • 12:30 - 1:15pm: 6th & 7th Grade Father Ron visit (Youth Room)
  • 2:00pm: Beta Club Meeting
  • 3:15pm: Jr. Girls Basketball Practice
  • 4:30pm: Jr. Boys Basketball Practice
Saturday, January 25th
  • The Conversion of St. Paul the Apostle

Upcoming Events

1/26 - 9:00am Catholic Schools Week Mass - Students meet in Family Center by 8:45am

1/26 - 2/1: Catholic Schools Week (See CSW Schedule Below)

1/29 - 100th Day of School

1/31 - Re-Registration for 2020 - 2021 School Year Begins

2/5 - 3:15pm: Faculty Meeting

2/8: DOC SAC Conference, Columbia, SC

2/10: School Closed - Diocesan Teacher Workshop

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Pre-Kindergarten

Check out Mrs. Burke's newsletter below to see all the amazing things happening in PreK!

1st & 2nd Grade - Art

The 1st and 2nd grade students helped paint bowls for the Women of St. Francis’s Soup for Scholarship event which will be held on Tuesday, February 25th at 5:00pm in the Family Center.

Geography Bee

Congratulations to all SFCS Geography Bee participants today as class winners and high scorers:


4th grade class winner: Will Chapman

5th grade class winner: Kelly Bolchoz

6th grade class winner: Luke Williams

7th grade class winner: Makena Allen

8th grade class winner: John O'Gorman


High scorers: Henry Boatright, Isabella Boretti, Ella Christie, Emilie Fister, and Tag Graziano


Our school champion, first place winner is Isabella Boretti! She will be going on to compete for the State Geography Bee in the spring. Our second place winner is Luke Williams. Our third place winners (tied) are Makena Allen and Kelly Bolchoz.

8th Grade - JPIICS Student Ambassador Visit

A group of John Paul II Catholic School student ambassadors came to visit our 8th grade class to talk about life at JPIICS. SFCS Alumni Gigi Graziano was one of the student ambassadors that came to visit.
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Catholic Schools Week 2020

Sunday, January 26: Catholic Schools Week Mass 9:00am and School Open House: Students and teachers will gather in the Family Center by 8:45am. Students need to be in their Mass dress uniform. Students and faculty will process into church for Mass, accompanied by the Knights of Columbus. After Mass, students and teachers will process out to the Family Center. Parents will pick them up there. Pastries, fruit, coffee and juice will be provided in the Family Center.

  • 10:00 - 11:00am: The Book Fair will be open in the Library for parishioners and families.


Monday through Friday: Karaoke during lunch!


Monday, January 27: Pajama Day: Students will show their support for the babies and moms who are helped by the Pregnancy Resource Center. Bring in diapers, wipes, socks, onesies, pacifiers, bibs, etc., and wear your pajamas to school!

  • 10:00 a.m.: Living Rosary in the gym, led by the 8th grade.


Tuesday, January 28: Kidz in Lidz: SFCS is joining all Catholic schools in the Diocese of Charleston in supporting this worthy cause! Students can bring at least a dollar to school to wear their favorite hat throughout the school day. All funds raised go to Children’s Cancer Partners of the Carolinas to help ensure Carolina children can access the lifesaving cancer treatments they desperately need.


Wednesday, January 29: Mass Day: Students wear their dress uniforms.

  • 7:30-9:00 a.m.: SFCS Book Fair – “Donuts in the Jungle with Dads” – There will be plenty of Donuts and Coffee this year so don’t miss out!


Thursday, January 30: Patriotic Day: To show our support for our military, students may wear camouflage or red white and blue. Donations will be collected for the Operation Morale Support charity. Items needed are toiletries and hygiene products, assorted treats, Sudoku or Crossword books, K-cups, Powder drink singles, packs of crackers and cookies, snacks, candies, pistachios, protein bars, single packages of tuna creations, socks, underwear, undershirts, lens wipes, lip balm, foot powder, beef jerky, gloves/hand warmers, bath towels, twin size fleece blankets… Also any monetary donation would be welcome as well.

  • 2:00-4:00 p.m.: Book Fair open to parents and students


Friday, January 31: Good Samaritan Day/Feed the Poor Day: Students may wear St. Francis spirit wear to school and bring in items to support the Blessing Bags Project! Items needed are, socks, Band-Aids, individual packs of wipes, Cliff bars or similar, individual apple sauces, peanut butter crackers, and bottled water.

  • 11:00am - 1:00pm: Students will enjoy the Kidzplay Bounce Houses in the front loop.


1:45pm: Assembly/ Class Cheer Performances - 1:45pm. At the 1:45pm assembly each grade will perform a cheer, song, or skit celebrating St. Francis Catholic School. We will also hold our annual Square Dance competition!

  • 1:00-3:30 p.m.: Book Fair open to parents and students before and after the assembly.
  • 1:45pm: Assembly/ Class Cheer Performances - 1:45pm. At the 1:45pm assembly each grade will perform a cheer, song, or skit celebrating St. Francis Catholic School. We will also hold our annual Square Dance competition!
  • 1:00-3:30 p.m.: Book Fair open to parents and students before and after the assembly.
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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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Did you know?

Did you know that tuition provides only 63% of the revenue needed to "keep the lights on" at St. Francis Catholic School. We have an extremely supportive parish! St. Francis by the Sea provides 20% of our total revenue which is well above the national average for parish subsidy towards a parochial Catholic school. Active parishioner families receive a substantial tuition discount from these revenues. Please make sure you are attending mass!


We also have many alternative revenue sources that assistance SFCS in maintaining a lower cost in tuition while offering a quality Catholic school education. Please continue to support our efforts in raising money for our Annual Fund, the FSA Gala Fundraiser and the St. Francis Thrift Shop!

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Catholic schools called 'essential, integral' to church's ministry

Check out the wonderful article below from The Catholic Miscellany explaining the importance of a Catholic school education and our Church.
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St. Francis by the Sea Catholic Church News

Check out all that is happening in our parish with this weekends bulletin.
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Hilton Head Citizens for Life annual Rally for Life

Sunday from 2-3pm join our Hilton Head Citizens for Life for their annual Rally for Life, in front of the St. Francis Thrift Shop. Wear red if possible. Come out to show your support for the legal protection for all life.
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  • Saturday, January 11th - (Schedule highlights, Book Fair Announcement, Gala Information, KOC Spaghetti Dinner, JPIICS Open House)

  • Saturday, January 4th - (Advent Pictures, DOCYBT Info, Extended Care Info, Raptor Info, Brain Balance Info, FSA Golf Tournament & Casino Night Info, KOC Spaghetti Dinner, JPII Open House)

  • Friday, December 13th - (Reindeer Run, Christmas Festival and Advent Concert Info, Lost and Found, Advent Info, Breakfast with Santa Schedule, Golf Tournament and Casino Night Info)

  • Saturday, December 7th - (KOC Tip Off Classic, Michael P. White, Advent Wreath Blessing, Jessie Tree, Advent Calendar, Candy Cane Gram, School Pictures, Thrift Store Shopping, Reindeer Run, Parish Info, Catholic Schools History, Community Info).