The Weekly Howl

St. Francis Catholic School - Friday, July 24th

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7 24 2020 Weekly Howl

Updated Reopening Plan

Click Below for Updated SFCS Calendar Overview

Distance Learning Agreement - Due by Monday, August 3rd

2020 - 2021 Supply Lists

Supply Lists

All students must have a pair of headphones or air buds to bring to school if not already included on their supply list.

Teaching Position Available

St. Francis Catholic School (PK-8) on Hilton Head Island, SC is seeking a full time elementary teacher for the 2020-2021 school year. Position includes teaching 3rd grade in a self contained classroom environment.

The ideal applicant will possess the following training, qualities and skills:

  • Elementary Education degree and/or certification
  • Strong communication skills
  • Ability to use various teaching methods and differentiate instruction to meet individual student needs

St. Francis Catholic School possesses an exemplary faculty and staff wholeheartedly committed to Catholic education. Candidates for this position should be skilled in working with a team, collaborating with colleagues and parents, and communicating in a professional manner.

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to the mailing address below or to the following email address:

Update for Prekindergarten and Kindergarten Programs

With recent developments in our enrollment we have suspended our search for a Kindergarten teacher at this time. Mrs. Burke will be teaching Kindergarten this fall and I have full and complete confidence that she will do an amazing job. Mrs. Burke will be teaching a Kindergarten curriculum with modifications made for our few Prek students. Mrs. Burke will have two classroom assistants to support her and all the students. The max number of students that will be accepted will remain 25 as with every other elementary class. Any students that desire entry into the class after 25 students will be placed on a waiting list. Once we have enough students committed to entering Prekindergarten that can financially sustain a full-time teacher we will reopen our search for a Kindergarten teacher.
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Safe Access to Flexible Education (SAFE) Grants

On Monday, Gov. Henry McMaster announced an exciting and important school funding opportunity. Safe Access to Flexible Education (SAFE) Grants is a program to address the educational needs of eligible K5-12 students who attend participating independent schools in South Carolina.

Families with a household adjusted gross income of 300% or less of the federal poverty level may apply to receive a SAFE Grant of up to $6,500 per student. This program is permitted up to 5,000 students statewide for a total of $32 million in aid.

Nearly 68% of all South Carolina households qualify. This means that families who could not have afforded private schools now have the ability to make the best choice for their children's education -- and we want families to join us in our top-rated, faith-filled Catholic schools. Additionally, many of our current families qualify for this program.

Parents may sign up to receive important program notifications, such as the opening of the online portal at If you have any questions, please contact Michael F. Acquilano, Director of the SC Catholic Conference, at or 843-709-2717.

SAFE Grants - What does this mean for SFCS and you?

If you are already receiving tuition assistance and/or a tuition discount, we need you to apply for this grant. The grant money will replace all or part of your current tuition assistance award. If you currently receive less than $6,500 in assistance, and qualify, your tuition due will decrease. If you did not apply for aid, but qualify, you can get the full grant of $6,500 and your tuition due will decrease. This is great news for our families, as many of you are going to pay less to attend SFCS next year. It is great news for SFCS and all our Catholic schools, as it will greatly improve our overall financial health. We also anticipate enrollment growth as word of this grant program gets out.

This is a first come, first served grant opportunity. Applications open at 10:00 am on August 3. The $32,000,000 allocated for this grant program will disappear fast. We need everyone who qualifies to apply. For more information please visit

Statement from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Charleston regarding the SAFE Grants temporary restraining order

CHARLESTON—The Roman Catholic Diocese of Charleston released the following statement in response to a judge’s decision to temporarily block the use of SAFE Grants. On Monday, Gov. Henry McMaster announced the program that provides grants of up to $6,500 to low- and middleincome South Carolina families for use at participating independent schools. The below statement can be attributed to Maria Aselage, spokesperson for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Charleston.

“This temporary injunction hurts low- and middle-income parents who want to continue sending their children to the school of their choice. Every child deserves the opportunity to learn in the educational environment that best suits his or her needs, whether it is a public, private, or religious school. Gov. McMaster recognized that by announcing the SAFE Grants program.

“We stand with parents and their children and their right to the quality education that best suits their needs in the midst of a pandemic. We, again, thank Gov. McMaster and will pray for appropriate resolution in this important matter.”

Previous Weekly Howls

  • Friday, July 17th - Video Update, SFCS Reopening Plan and Survey #2
  • Tuesday, July 14th - Video Update, SFCS Reopening Plan and Survey, FSA Uniform Exchange, Plea for Action
  • Friday, July 10th - Video Update, Sharing Thy Bounty, Uniform Policy and Exchange
  • Tuesday, June 30th - Video Update, July Birthdays, Summer Reading Program
  • Monday, June 15th - (Re-opening information, Distance Learning Survey, NSSI Info, School Calendar, 2020 Graduation Video)
  • Friday, June 5th - (School Office - Summer Hours, Report Cards, Summer Work and Summer Reading, Congratulations Class of 2020, June Birthdays, Faculty Changes, Financial Aid Info, FACTS Tuition Payment Plans, 7th Grade Immunization Info)