The Weekly Howl

St. Francis Catholic School - Monday, August 2nd

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8 2 21 Weekly Howl

Dear Parents & Friends of SFCS,

You will find the following in this edition of The Weekly Howl:

  • Schedule of Upcoming Events
  • Dismissal and Drop Off Procedures
  • Accessing School During the Day
  • Hot Lunch Information
  • Beta Club Information
  • Washington DC Trip Info
  • Coach's Corner and Athletic Department Info
  • Back to School Picnic Info
  • Parish Registration
  • Altar Server Applications
  • Past Info
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Upcoming Events

Thursday, August 5th
  • 6:00pm: Fall Sports Parent Meeting (Gymnasium)
Sunday, August 8th
  • 4:00 - 6:00pm: FSA Back to School BBQ at Chaplin Park

Tuesday, August 10th

  • 6:00pm: FSA Back to School Night (Gymnasium)
Monday, August 16th
  • 8:00am - 12:00pm: Materials Drop-Off for Students and Parents
Tuesday, August 17th
  • 1st Day of School: 11:30am Dismissal
  • 11:30am - 1:00pm: Summer Reading Scavenger Hunt

Wednesday, August 18th

  • 10:00am: School Mass

Thursday, August 19th

  • 5:30pm & 6:00pm: Teacher Meet & Greet (K4 - 2nd Grade)

Monday, August 23rd

  • 5:30pm & 6:00pm: Teacher Meet & Greet (Middle School)
Wednesday, August 25th
  • 5:30pm & 6:00pm: Teacher Meet & Greet (3rd - 5th Grade)
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Dismissal and Drop Off Procedures

Please click the documents below for our Drop Off and Dismissal Procedures.
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School Access During the Day

In order to increase the amount of available outdoor space available for students the private drive gaining access from Hospital Blvd. and from the church parking lot by the school sign will be blocked off from 8:00am to 2:30pm when school is in session. The parking lot behind the Multipurpose Facility will also be blocked daily when school is in session.

If you need access to the school during these times then please park in the Church parking lot and walk on the sidewalk. School deliveries will be occur at the Parish Office.

Please do not move barricades in attempt to drive in these areas for the safety of the children and faculty. Thank you.

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Hot Lunch - Lucky 7 Catering

Dear Parents,

Lucky 7 Catering is pleased to announce that we will be providing hot lunches to our students at St. Francis Catholic School again this year. Our first lunch delivery will be Wednesday, August 18th.

We ask that where possible, parents order lunches by Sunday evening at 6PM for the entire upcoming week. But as always, we understand that life happens sometimes so orders may be placed as late as 6PM the evening before the next day’s lunch!

The menu and ordering information can be found at

Again, thank you for letting us be a part of your school year!

Doug Vernon


Lucky 7 Catering


Attention Parents of Beta Club Members

Dear Parents of our Current Beta Club Members,

I hope you have all been having a wonderful summer! I wanted to send a quick reminder to you and your child about some service opportunities. As I communicated to them at the end of the school year, the students are required to have 15 service hours logged by Sept. 1 in order to maintain membership in the SFCS chapter of the National Jr. Beta Club. Hopefully they have made an effort to do this over the summer but below are some opportunties that they can also take advantage of. Thank you for your support and I'm really looking forward to a great year of faith, service and leadership with this awesome group!


Tori Safe

1. I need volunteers for my Summer Reading Scavenger Hunt on the first day of school. Pizza (I will feed them) and a scavenger hunt, K-5th grades, 11:30 - 1:00. (2 service hours) Reply to this email if your child would like to help. Does not conflict with vball practice.

2. St. Francis Thrift Shop

3. Altar servers and greeters for Sunday masses get double service hours!

4. Memory Matters- Move your Mind 5K/10K- Saturday Sept. 18 at May River High School. They need a variety of assistance before, during and after the race. Contact Pat Cleary,

Attention 7th & 8th Grade Parents Washington DC Trip Information

Dear Parents and Students,

I am excited to announce that I will lead a group of St Francis Catholic School students on a WorldStrides Christian Discoveries program to Washington, D.C. where students will learn about history and government firsthand. Students will also gain fresh insight into the strong faith of our Founding Fathers and discover the role faith played in the foundation of America. This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity will inspire your child to think about the future, pursue goals, and create lifelong memories.

On this educational adventure, students will explore our nation's most important historical sites and experience incomparable learning moments like:

  • Finding inspiration from the heroes honored at D.C.'s war memorials and Arlington National Cemetery
  • Engaging in on-site devotions such as praying for our president outside of the White House
  • Standing where Martin Luther King, Jr., delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech at the Lincoln Memorial

I have chosen to travel with WorldStrides Christian Discoveries programs because of their exceptional service, their 50 years of experience, their safety record, and their preventive measures that ensure learning occurs in a safe and fun environment. I will chaperone the program with other teachers as needed, and throughout the program our group will be guided by a Christian-Discoveries-certified Course Leader 24 hours a day. This trip is school sponsored.

There will be a trip information meeting to discuss this wonderful opportunity on Thursday, September 9, 2021 at 6:00 PM in the gym. All parents and students are invited to attend this brief 30-minute meeting where I’ll share more information about WorldStrides, review some of the trip highlights, and explain some of the tools available to help pay for the trip. I strongly encourage you to attend this meeting. Please read through all the details of this letter including a sample itinerary on the back of this page, and visit for more details about WorldStrides and our groups trip. If you have any questions, you can contact me at (843)681-6501,or via

Sign Up By Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Mike Weaver

Program Leader

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Coach's Corner

New Girls’ Cross Country Coach…Cynthia Gudiatis!! Coach Gudaitis is a rising junior at Hilton Head Island High School and a current member of both the varsity cross country and track teams. While a student-athlete at SFCS, she represented the Wolves for (6) consecutive cross country seasons. She began running in 3rd grade, won her first race in 6th grade, and led her team through the seasons…ultimately claiming the individual championship at the district meet in 2018. Now at HHIHS, she has been named all-state in both Cross Country and Track for both her freshman and sophomore seasons. In April, she broke a 5-year old school record for the 2 mile event…running the race in 11:15. She has been a part of a team that has won the state championship and been runner-up while being named the team’s ”most valuable runner” for her dedication and consistency in both cross country and track. Last year, she came in 3rd place at the cross country state championship - the 5th female in Hilton Head history to medal at a state championship! She is happy to say that the St. Francis Athletics Program played an important role in making her the athlete she is today, and she is thrilled to have the opportunity to assist bright new runners on a similar path! Best of luck this season, Coach Gudaitis!

Looking for coaches in the following sports…Basketball, soccer, baseball and softball…if interested, please send me an email at Coaches have a great opportunity to make an impact in a child’s life!

Mark your calendars…this year’s Volleyball Tip-Off Classic will be September 8-10th in the school’s gym with (8) local schools vying for the crown. Hope you’ll come out to watch some excellent volleyball and support our Lady Wolves!!

Want to see the latest on SFCS Athletics?!?! Join the St. Francis Families 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!!

Interested in becoming an Athletic Sponsor…The SFCS Athletic Department is excited to celebrate the school’s 25th Anniversary this upcoming year and would like to invite you to become a part of our “Booster Club.” If your family plans on attending home sporting events or the “Tip-Off Classic” tournaments this year, please consider purchasing one of the sponsorship packages. Even if you don’t plan on attending any games, purchasing an Athletic Sponsorship Package is a wonderful way to support the school. For your convenience, a Sponsorship Package and Pricing Form has been attached.

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Back to School Picnic - Sunday, August 8th

Hello SFCS families,

Please join us on Sunday, August 8th at Chaplin Park from 4-6pm for a Back to School Kickball Social and BBQ! This was such a fun event in the past and we are so excited to be able to bring it back! We will provide the equipment for a game of kickball as well as hot dogs and hamburgers. Keep your eye out for a pot luck style sign up genius for sides and drinks. Please bring your yard games, footballs, lawn chairs, coolers, and anything else for a great time. This is a great way to reconnect with everyone before the new school year kicks off and an awesome way to get to know and welcome new families to SFCS. We hope to see you there!

If you have any questions please contact Megan Drescher or Julie Pavlick

Follow the link to RSVP!

If you will be joining us for the Back to School Picnic on Sunday, August 8th, please look over the sign up genius below and pick a favorite of your choice to bring and share! If you have not RSVP'ed yet, it's not too late! Hope to see you all there!

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New to St. Francis by the Sea Parish?

If you are new to our beautiful parish and/or would like to be receiving news and info about parish events then please complete the following form. It is a great way to be connected!!!

Altar Servers Needed!!!

Complete the following if your child is interested in becoming an altar server in the parish and school. Students that altar serve on the weekend will receive double the service hours which are required for all middle school students.
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Where can I find that?

Saturday, July 24th: New Logo, COVID-19 Superintendent Letter, Calendar Overview, Uniform Policy, Supply Lists, Immunization Info, Middle School Laptop Fee, FACTS SIS Family Portal Login Info, Summer Reading Info, Athletic Info, FSA Info