The Weekly Howl

St. Francis Catholic School - Saturday, February 1st

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Dear SFCS Parents & Friends,

We had an awesome time celebrating National Catholic Schools Week at St. Francis Catholic School last week. Thank you to all the families that donated items for each of our themed days and the charities that they supported. Your generosity was amazing!!! Since the weather did not cooperate Friday the students will be having the Bounce Houses for recess on Monday.

Re-registration packets were sent home with your youngest child on Friday. In case you didn't receive it a digital copy in embedded below. The Re-registration period will end at the end of the school day on Friday, February 28th. On Monday, March 2nd Open Enrollment will begin for families new to St. Francis Catholic School.

The Family School Association (FSA) is busy preparing for the Golf Tournament followed by the Casino Night Gala and Auction on Saturday, March 14th. Tickets are for sale now. Sponsorships are available and donations for the silent and live auctions are needed. Check out the FSA section below for more information regarding all of the above.

Have a great remainder to your weekend.

Sincerely in Christ,

Brian Pope


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Week of 2/2 - 2/8/2020

Sunday, February 2nd
  • The Presentation of the Lord
Monday, February 3rd
  • St. Blaise
  • 8:00am: SAC Enrollment Committee Meeting
  • 8:00am - 10:30am: Kindergarten Spy Lab
  • 9:00am: Blessing of the Throats (Msgr. Laughlin and Deacon Galo)
  • 11:00-1:00pm: Bounce Houses for Recess (Front Loop)
  • 2:00pm: Beta Club Meeting
  • 3:00-4:00pm: Yearbook Club
  • 3:15pm: Sr. Girls Basketball Practice
  • 4:00pm: Jr. Girls Basketball Game vs. SGGCS at SGGCS
  • 4:30pm: Sr. Boys Basketball Practice
  • 5:00pm: Jr. Boys #1 Basketball Game vs. SGGCS at SGGCS
  • 6:00pm: Jr. Boys #2 Basketball Game vs. SGGCS at SGGCS

Tuesday, February 4th

  • 3:00pm: Bake Club Group B
  • 3:00pm: Cheer Practice and Game
  • 4:15pm: Jr. Girls Basketball Game vs. Cross @ Cross
  • 5:00pm: Sr. Girls Basketball Game vs. Riverview @ Home
  • 5:15pm: Jr. Boys #2 Basketball Game vs. Cross @ Cross
  • 5:45pm: 8th Grade Athlete Senior Night Ceremony in Gym
  • 6:00pm: Sr. Boys Basketball Game vs. Riverview @ Home
  • 6:00 - 7:30pm: Confirmation 2 - Youth Group (Multipurpose Facility)

Wednesday, February 5th

  • St. Agatha
  • 8:45am - 1:00pm: 8th Grade Trip to JPIICS
  • 10:00am: School Mass
  • 1:00-2:00pm: Zoara the Comfort Dog
  • 3:15-4:30pm: Faculty Meeting
  • 3:15pm: Sr/Jr Girls Basketball Practice
  • 4:15pm: Sr/Jr Boys Basketball Practice
  • 6:00 - 8:00pm: Youth Group - 6th Grade & Confirmation 1 (Multipurpose Facility)

Thursday, February 6th

  • Saint Paul Miki and Companions
  • 9:15am: 5th Grade Backpack Buddies
  • 9:45-11:15am: 8th Grade Mini Confirmation Retreat with Chris Bray
  • 3:15pm: Jr. Girls Basketball Practice
  • 4:15pm: Jr. Boys Basketball Practice
  • 4:30pm: Sr. Girls Basketball Game vs. Bolden at Bolden
  • 5:30pm: Sr. Boys Basketball Game vs. Bolden at Bolden

Friday, February 7th

  • 9:45-11:15am: 8th Grade Mini Confirmation Retreat with Chris Bray
  • 2:00pm: Beta Club Meeting
  • 3:15pm: Jr. Girls Basketball Practice
  • 4:30pm: Jr. Boys Basketball Practice

Saturday, February 8th

  • Junior Boys Basketball Tournament at HHP (Times TBA)
  • Beta Club volunteer opportunity with Rogue Rescue
  • 9:00am - 1:00pm: Diocese of Charleston School Advisory Council Workshop in Columbia, SC

Upcoming Events

2/10: School Closed - Diocesan Teacher Workshop/ Virtual Make-Up Day for Students

2/12: 1st Reconciliation for 2nd Grade

2/12-2/14: Lowcountry Championship Basketball Tournament at HHP

2/13: 8:00am FSA Board Meeting

2/15: 5:00-7:00pm: Family Faith Night: Game Edition (Family Center)

2/16: 9:00am School Family Mass

2/18: 5:00pm Spring Athletics Parent Meeting

2/19 - 2/21: SACS Internal Review Visit

2/21 - 2/23: DOCYBT, Summerville, SC

2/25: 5:30pm: Soup for Scholarship in Family Center

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2nd Grade

The Second Grade is 100 Days Brighter! (In fact, their future's so bright, they had to wear shades!)

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6th Grade Social Studies

6th graders recently researched different city-states and created presentations for the class to walk around and learn. They did a fantastic job!

6 & 7th Grade Religion

6th and 7th grade religions enjoyed the presentation on the Eucharist by Mrs. Kelleher and learned about symbols in mass!

Catholic Schools Week

Classroom Banners

The students and faculty decorated classroom banners celebrating the theme of National Catholic Schools Week: Learn Lead Serve Succeed! Here they are in case you missed them this week.

CSW Sunday: Catholic Schools Week Mass & Book Fair

Thank you to all the students that came in uniform for our annual Catholic Schools Week Mass! Also thank you to all the parents who visited the Book Fair and made purchases in support of the SFCS Media Science program.

CSW: School Rosary

SFCS joined many Catholic schools around the nation in prayer on Monday with a school-wide rosary in the gym.

CSW Monday: Pajama Day

Thank you to all the families that donated items to the Pregnancy Center and Clinic of the Lowcountry!

CSW Tuesday: Kidz in Lidz

Thank you to all the students that participated in support of children suffering from cancer. Our school families donated over $500.00 to this Diocesan program. Great job SFCS!

CSW: Karaoke with Ms. McGlynn

Karaoke with Ms. McGlynn returned this year as it has become one of our more popular CSW traditions. The students had a lot of fun entertaining their classmates during lunch this week.

CSW Thursday: Patriotic Day

The students were able to were red, white, blue and camouflage on Thursday in support of our country and the servicemen and women who protect us. Thank you to the families that donated to the parish ministry Operation Morale Support!

CSW Friday: Spirit Day

Thank you to all the families that donated to the Blessing Bags Project, a activity coordinated by the FSA's Family Faith & Formation Committee. Items will be bagged and donated to the homeless.

Pictures from our Assembly will be coming!

Bottle Cap Contest

We have collected a total of 246,000 bottle caps at SFCS. Way to go!!! This months contest winner was 6th grade who collected a total of 25,000 bottle caps for December and January. Great job 6th grade!!!

Fire Drill

Representatives from Hilton Head Fire & Rescue came and observed our students & faculty during a fire drill this week. They said we were the quietest and most organized school they have seen! Great job SFCS! As part of SFCS Safety Plan the students and faculty conduct one fire drill a month.
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Basketball Season Update

We are heading into our last week of the regular basketball season. On Tuesday night we will be recognizing our 8th grade athletes with our traditional 8th Grade Graduate Night at 5:45pm. Come and celebrate their accomplishments and contributions to the SFCS Athletic Department!

Our Junior Boys will be playing in a tournament at HHP on Saturday. Our Wolves play at 11:00am and the bracket schedule is attached below. Go Wolves!!!

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Congratulations to the Catholic IQ Board Winners!!!

For the 2nd quarter's Catholic IQ Board question of the day, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners will be awarded with a treat. 2nd and 3rd place will receive donuts, and 1st place receives a homemade breakfast of their choice. The winners are:

3rd place - 1st grade and Pre-K!

2nd place - 4th grade!

1st place - 3rd grade!

Soup for Scholarships

Mark your calendars - “Soup for Scholarships” night will be on February 25, from 5:30-7:00 pm. This fun night features soups made by the Women of St. Francis, along with a few “surprise” chefs, and our own Baking Club. Join us for mouth-watering soups/chili’s, cornbread/rolls, and take home a colorful hand painted soup bowl of your own.

Tickets will be on sale after Masses on Feb. 15/16 and 22/23 for only $10.

** Tickets at the door will be $15.

Our fabulous “Soups, Salads, & Breads” Cookbook will also be on sale then, and at Soup night for only $10.

Proceeds from this event and the cookbook provide scholarships to students at St. Francis Catholic School.

For any questions please call Mary E. Sullivan 843-715-0075.

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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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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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Congratulations to this year’s JPII NHS & NJHS Inductees

Recently 12 John Paul II Catholic School students were inducted into the school’s chapter of the National Honor Society and three students into the Junior National Honor Society.

The National Honor Society (NHS) and National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) are the nation's premier organizations established to recognize outstanding high school and middle school students. More than just an honor roll, NHS and NJHS serves to honor those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, and character.

To become a member of NHS, a student must demonstrate exceptional academic achievement by maintaining a GPA of 4.0. A NJHS membership requires a minimum grade average of 93% and adds the core value of citizenship.

Membership in NHS does not end with induction. Students are expected to be role models for others, commit to community service, maintain their GPA, and provide Christian leadership in their school and community.

Congratulations to these JPII Golden Warriors: Ethan Prado, Ben Richardson, John Hughes, Teddy Oldham, Amanda Shaw, Caroline Gilmour, Alyssa Rembold, Aidan Tibbitt, Colin Halligan, Alana Couch, Abigail Quinty, Jonathan Field, Maura Clarke, Amber Christy, and Cailee Halligan.

Learn More about JPIICS

To learn about JPII and to apply for the 2020-2021 school year visit For Shadow Days (every Friday before March 15) and/or Private Tours call the JPII Front Office at (843) 645-3838 to make a reservation. Space is limited, so please get your student’s application in by March 15.
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  • Saturday, January 25th - (CSW Info, Hoodie Order Form, Spirit Night Flyer, Soup for Scholarship, Gala Sponsorship Info, Family Faith and Fun Activities)

  • Saturday, January 18th - (Catholic Schools Week Info, Re-Registration Info, Spaghetti Dinner and Rally for Life Info, Geography Bee, CSW Schedule, Book Fair Schedule, Kidz in Lidz, WOSF Scholarship, FSA Jan Newsletter, Gala Sponsorship Info, Family Faith Night, Community Service, SAC Revenue Info)

  • 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)