The Weekly Howl

St. Francis Catholic School - Sunday, December 5

25 Years of Growing Together in Faith & Knowledge

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Dear SFCS Parents & Friends,

Happy 2nd Sunday of Advent!

Our first week of Advent was a fun and busy one at SFCS. The 5th grade students did a wonderful job with their musical and Coach Weaver ran another successful tournament with the KOC Tip-off Classic!

Today was a great day with the FSA's 1st ever Festival of the Trees! They had a good turnout and the activities for the children and adults were very fun. Thank you to all the parent volunteers that decorated trees and helped with the event. Also thank you to Mrs. Sweeney for cooking her famous crepes! Thank you to Mrs. Sweeney and Mrs. Wolf in preparing students for a beautiful Nativity and caroling. More pictures of the event will be posted this week.

There are still many activities left to gather and celebrate the birth of our Savior with two weeks left before we break for Christmas recess. Next Saturday is the FSA's Reindeer Run. The race begins at 8:00am.

On Thursday, December 16th at 6:00pm with be our annual Advent Concert! It will be in the gym. In acknowledgement of the sensitivity of the times we will not be gathering the students before the concert and processing in from the middle school hallway. All students will be sitting with their families this year in the audience. When it is time for your child(ren)'s class to perform Mrs. Sweeney or Mrs. MacDonald will call them up to the stage. We ask that all students sit with their families during the concert. This includes the middle schools students. We do not want large groups of students sitting together without a parent during the concert. Masks will be optional for attendees during the concert and students will not be wearing masks while they perform. If you are uncomfortable with any of the above and do not want to have your child participate, then we ask that you email Mrs. McVey at the front office at so Mrs. Sweeney can prepare with the children accordingly. We are looking forward to bringing the concert back this year after not being able to have it last year.

The morning after the Advent Concert on Friday, December 17th is the FSA's Breakfast with Santa. This will be the last day before break for Christmas Recess. Class parties will occur in the afternoon and your classroom teacher or room mother will be in contact with their respective classes with any details.

We have been doing really well with very minimal cases in our school community. Right now we have one student who is in quarantine for being a close contact with a family member. Please continue to keep your child(ren) home if they are not feeling well.

Have a great evening!

Sincerely in Christ,

Brian Pope


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Week of 12/6 - 12/12/21: Virtue - TRUSTWORTHINESS

Monday, December 6th
  • 1pm Zoara the Comfort Dog

  • 3-4:15pm 4th Grade Bake Club

  • 3-4:30pm Senior Girls Basketball Practice

  • 4:15-6pm Senior Boys Basketball practice

  • 6-7:30pm Junior Boys Basketball Practice

Tuesday, December 7th
  • Beta Club Meeting

  • 3-5:30pm Cheer Practice & Game Performance

  • 4pm Junior Girls Basketball AWAY vs Holy Trinity

  • 4pm Senior Girls Basketball HOME vs. Heritage Academy

  • 5pm Junior Boys Basketball AWAY vs Holy Trinity

  • 5pm Senior Boys Basketball HOME vs. Heritage Academy

Wednesday, December 8th
  • 3-4:30pm Senior Girls Basketball Practice

  • 4:15-6pm Senior Boys Basketball practice

  • 6-7:30pm Junior Boys Basketball Practice

Thursday, December 9th
  • 5:15pm Senior Boys Basketball HOME vs Cross

  • 4pm Junior Girls Basketball AWAY vs Colleton Prep

  • 5pm Junior Boys Basketball AWAY vs Colleton Prep

Friday, December 10th
  • 2-2:45pm Beta Club to Bloom

  • 4:30-6pm Junior Girls Practice

Saturday, December 11th
  • 8am Reindeer Run

Sunday, December 12th

  • Third Sunday of Advent
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Click below to see this week's Pre-K Happenings!


Kindergarten was excited to begin the Advent season as we celebrated this first week filled with hope. We have added a Nativity center to Imagination Stations where the students are building and retelling the story of Jesus’s birth. They have enjoyed using the blocks to create the road that Mary and Joseph travelled on to Bethlehem.

We continue to travel around the world using our map, globe and imagination to learn about different Christmas traditions and make connections to things we do at home. The kindergartners are very hopeful St. Nicholas will visit us Sunday evening and leave us a treat in our shoes we created, just like he does for children in the Netherlands and France! We cannot wait for more faith, fun and learning next week!

5th Grade Play

Character Matters Too! Thank you Mrs. Sweeney and our 5th grade class for another great production!

8th Grade Social Studies

8th graders created Play Doh designs with information cards to educate their peers on Manifest Destiny topics. The class did a “gallery walk” to gather information on each others’ assigned event.

Gym Class

Station work while listening to The Rolling Stones... Start Me Up!
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Coach's Corner

Tip-Off Classic Tournament was a huge success! “The Wolf Den” was packed with huge crowds all week as (16) local teams competed in both a boys’ and girls’ division. Our Senior Boys (7/8th graders) took home the second place trophy while our Senior Girls look like a team to be reckoned with this season! A big THANK YOU to our SFCS Athletic Sponsors, youth volunteers and team parents for helping out throughout the long week! A special “shout out” to Lisa Sweeney and the school’s Bake Club for their outstanding job with concessions!

This is the last week of SFCS Basketball Developmental Program Signups!!! Our program is in its second year and geared for kids in pre-k through 4th grade. Since Upward Basketball is definitely a “no-go” again this year, there will be limited options on the island for young hoopsters this winter. Our Saturday morning program is fast-paced and a fun way for kids to learn some basic basketball skills while also having the opportunity to play some small-sided games. We hope that you’ll consider joining us again this January and February. Due to safety precautions, program space will be limited. Click on the link to print out a copy of the Registration Packet.

Searching for Boys’ and Girls’ Head Soccer Coaches for the spring…the soccer season is only March and April. Without a field here on campus, practices are on Chaplin Park. It’s a lot of fun getting back outside with the kids after the cold winter months! Please email me at if you are interested.

Looking for help during HOME BASKETBALL NIGHTS…need an adult volunteer to help supervise the gym on HOME game nights. Due a lack of coaches, I will be coaching both Senior Basketball teams this year…it’s the reality of the situation in order to have (4) basketball teams this season. This person would oversee gym operations such as turn off scoreboard and lock the gym doors, as well as, support various parent volunteers on game nights from 3:30-6:30/7pm. If interested, please email me at

Join the Official School Facebook page…stay connected through pictures and commentary on all the latest happenings with our school teams. Any upcoming special events will be posted here as well. So please join our Facebook page today!!

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Virtue of the Week - TRUSTWORTHINESS


Act in a way that inspires confidence and trust.

Being reliable.


Dear Jesus,

Help me to be faithful in even the little things of each day.

In Your eyes nothing is little when done with great love!


January Aftercare Projections

Please complete the following Projected Attendance Form stating what days you plan to have your child(ren) attend Extended Care in January.


This lovely dollhouse was donated to the school and is being used in Aftercare. As you can see it is in need of some decorating. If you have any dollhouse furniture to spare, please drop it by. Thank you from Mrs. Fick!
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Pizza Fridays are BACK!

With the help of Lori Taylor pizza Fridays are back! Each student gets 2 slices of pizza and choice of a side salad with ranch or fruit cup. The younger kiddos will have the option to get smaller slices. The price is $5 for smaller portion and $6 for the regular portion. Parents will have the option to order which ever they feel is best for their child. Look for ordering info!


Pizza Fridays are in full swing and we need your help! If you’re available on Fridays between 10:30am-12:30pm, click on the link below to sign up for a volunteer slot. All volunteers must have a back ground screening and completion of the online course, Safe Haven. If you have any questions, please reach out to Megan Drescher at


Please click below to take a very brief survey regarding hot lunch. We appreciate your feedback and suggestions!

Snowflake Giving Fund for Faculty and Staff- from the FSA

Looking ahead, many families like to show appreciation to the faculty and staff with a gift at Christmas time, so we will be repeating the (completely optional and confidential) Snowflake Giving Fund again this year. Envelopes are due in the office by Monday, Dec 13th. **Please note the REVISED faculty list below.
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Reindeer Run- Saturday December 11

If you are registered for the Reindeer Run on Saturday, December, 11, please email Megan Drescher at with the names, age, gender of all your participants, and include if you will be participating in the 5k or the 1 mile (kids 8 and under only) for each person.

There will be a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winner for both runs so please respond with your info no later than Tuesday, December 7th.

If you still have not signed up, you can do it at the race. Just bring the completed documents below.

Thank you for supporting the run and I look forward to seeing you then!

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Project Nazareth- Advent Begins at Home

How can we create Catholic culture at home? Let's begin with Advent! Project Nazareth is offering a free 4-week Advent series to help families prepare for the coming of Jesus. Project Nazareth is based off Sunday’s readings and the Catechism. This isn’t a program, just a resource for families.

All you need to do is sign up using the links below and then each week you will receive the resources in your inbox (beginning November 21st). You will also gain access to our Nazareth Nights, a virtual gathering for community among all Project Nazareth users.

Use the buttons below for the sign-up link for English and for Spanish.

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Fall Harvest Garners 1,500 lbs of Donations

The JPII Fall Harvest, benefiting Mercy Mission in Hardeeville, was a huge success with over 1,500 lbs of food collected! “Students were asked to bring in canned goods,” said JPII assistant principal for student life, Andrea Williamson. “We usually specify which House brings in canned fruits, vegetables, etc., but this year we did not since the Mission pantry is critically low. Our goal was to stock the shelves before Thanksgiving and Christmas, and as usual, our students, parents, faculty, and staff did not disappoint. Our prayer is that we have made, and continue to make, a large impact.” Donations are still being accepted in the JPII front office.

To learn more about John Paul II Catholic School, visit the school website at, attend the JPII State of the School Address live streamed on FB ( ) on Monday, December 6 @ 6:30pm, or join our virtual Open House on Sunday, January 30 @ 12pm. If you would like to schedule a private tour, contact Admissions Coordinator Anne McClure at 843-645-3838 or

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Where Can I Find That?

Sunday November 28: Basketball Development League, Sr & Jr Basketball Schedules, Pizza Fridays, Angel Tree Donations, Catholic Identity Parent Survey, Hot Lunch Survey, Faculty Snowflake Fund, School Photos, Festival of Trees, Reindeer Run, Santa Mail, Advent Resources

Sunday November 21st: Basketball Development League, Sr & Jr Basketball Schedules, Angel Tree Donations, Catholic Identity Parent Survey, Hot Lunch Survey, Snowflake Fund, School Photos, Festival of Trees, Reindeer Run, Advent Resources

Sunday, November 14th: Basketball Development League, Catholic Identity Parent Survey, Hot Lunch Survey, Snowflake Faculty Giving Fund, School Photos, Thanksgiving Spirit Day, 5th Grade Play: Save the Date, Christmas Tree Festival, Reindeer Run, Land's End Sale, Parish Advent Info, JPII Fall Celebration of the Arts, JPII Open House