The Weekly Howl
St. Francis Catholic School - Sunday, January 3rd
Dear Parents & Friends of SFCS,
I would like to thank all our parents and faculty for the support and cooperation in following our COVID-19 Guidelines prior to Christmas Recess! But we do have to acknowledge the increase in close contacts and positive cases that occurred right after Thanksgiving Recess. Experts predict that we may experience the same when everyone returns to school after Christmas Recess.
Since the decision has been made to begin tomorrow in person we all need to remain vigilant in following the safety guidelines and recommendations for our school. If you and your family traveled, visited with multiple family members or have been to large social gatherings recently then it is important for you to monitor for any potential symptoms and stay in contact with those that you have visited to also communicate about symptoms or any positive diagnoses.
Prior to Christmas recess I communicated that the Diocese of Charleston will remain using the 14 day quarantine period for any close contacts in our community rather than the shortened 10 day option. https://www.smore.com/xvabj
It is also important to note that when a family member receives a positive diagnosis then all the family members in the same household must quarantine during the isolation period of the infected family member. Once the isolation period ends then all family members must begin an additional 14 day quarantine period. This means students and faculty members would be out of school for a minimum of 24 days including weekends and holidays.
While being very disruptive for work and school the above procedures are intended to prevent a spread of the virus in our school community. Before Christmas Recess there was no indication that there was a transmission between students and faculty while in school. This is a good indication that our guidelines are working. With that being said, if we do have an occurrence of potential transmission within our community the potential for a class, classes or even the entire school to convert to virtual for a period of time still exists. Let us pray that we do not have do that.
I ask that everyone review the two documents that are embedded below. It is important that we all work together in preventing the spread of COVID-19 in our community. We have done well so far and only if we all remain vigilant will that continue.
Thank you and we look forward to having all the children back in school tomorrow!
Sincerely in Christ,
Week of 1/3 - 1/9/2021
Sunday, January 3rd
- Epiphany of the Lord
Monday, January 4th
- Memorial of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
- PE Uniform for 4th, 5th, 6th & 7th Grades
Tuesday, January 5th
- Memorial of St. John Neumann
- PE Uniform 3rd Grade
- 3:00 - 4:15pm: Bake Club Group A in Fine Arts Building
- 10:00am: School Mass
- 4:15pm: Jr. Girls Basketball Game at Cross
- 5:15pm: Jr. Boys Basketball Game at Cross
- 6:15pm: Sr. Girls Basketball Game at Cross
- 7:15pm: Sr. Boys Basketball Game at Cross
- Happy Birthday Bryan Goll!!!
- PE Uniform for 5th, 6th & 7th Grades
- 4:00pm: Sr. Girls Home Basketball Game vs. HHP
- 5:30pm: Sr. Boys Home Basketball Game vs. HHP
- 7:00pm: Jr. Boys Home Basketball Game vs. HHP
Friday, January 8th
- PE Uniform for 3rd, 4th & 8th Grades
SFCS Basketball Developmental Program - IMPORTANT INFO
Happy New Year! I hope everyone has enjoyed the Holiday Season and is now looking forward to a fresh beginning in 2021!
My coaching staff and I are looking forward to the start of the SFCS Basketball Developmental Program next weekend! With the end of the holiday break quickly approaching, I wanted to pass along some important information to you.
Beginning next Saturday, on January 9th, the Developmental Program will have (3) sessions every Saturday for the next (8) weeks through the end of February. To make it easier on everyone, your child’s session will be the same time each week. The sessions are as follows:
Pre-k/K – 8:30-9:30am Grades 1-3rd - 10-11am Grades 4-5th – 11:30-12:30pm
For everyone’s safety, this program will be following strict Covid guidelines and safety procedures. Please see below…
- Each child may only bring (2) spectators to the sessions. Everyone must wear a mask, pass a contact-less temperature check and apply hand sanitizer prior to entry to the gym. Once in the gym, spectators MUST go directly to the bleachers and sit socially distant from others. For your convenience, the bleacher seating has already been marked off to help maintain social distance.
- Each session will have no more than (24) children and will be further broken into (4) smaller groups. Next Saturday, when your child checks in, he/she will be given their jersey(reversible) and further instructions by the coaching staff. The basketball court will be broken down into (4) different skill stations and each child will be assigned to a group of no more than (6) players. Once at their first skill station of the day, the players will be assigned their own “resting station.” Although the kids will rotate through all of the stations on the court, each child’s “rest area” will include a chair for them to sit and a secure place to store their water bottle and ball. Once the session has begun, the players will have the option to remove their mask. However, all coaches and spectators must keep their masks on at all times in the gym.
- YOUR CHILD MUST BRING HIS/HER OWN BALL AND WATER BOTTLE. BOTH MUST BE LABELED WITH THEIR FIRST NAME AND LAST NAME INITIAL…(example…Sam P). The recommended ball size is 27.5” for all kids through 3rd grade and 28.5” sized ball for the 4-5th graders. Please don’t get your child a ball that is bigger than 28.5.”
- Please don’t try to enter the gym more than 10 minutes prior to your child’s scheduled session time…the doors will be locked and will be reopened prior to the session for player check-in.. Park in the faculty parking lot beside the gym and enter through the side doors. In between each session, your coaching staff will be working hard to clean and sanitize the bleachers, the players’ chairs, and other high-touch areas throughout the gym and restrooms. To help us, we are asking parents not to loiter and socialize in the gym once your child’s session is over.
Lastly, the goal of the program is to be a fun, skill-focused program in a non-competitive atmosphere while following many safety guidelines. During our small-sided games, the coaching staff will do its best to match up kids with similar skills and/or size. Unlike other programs, our “refs” will blow the whistle on blatant fouls and use those moments to teach the kids proper defensive techniques. Team score will not be kept during games. Positive reinforcement energy coming from the bleachers is highly encouraged for all the kids…many of whom are playing the sport for the first time.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Take care and look forward to seeing everyone next week!
Mike (Coach) Weaver
SFCS Director of Basketball
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Bake Club Info
Starting in 2021 Mrs. Sweeney is adding and extra bake club for the middle school! Group A will still be fourth grade, Group B will be the fifth grade, and group C will be the sixth, seventh and eighth grade.
We will begin on January 5th, 2021, with fourth. January 12, 2021 with fifth. January 26th with middle school.
If you are interested in signing up, please see the office for forms. The cost of Baking Club is $5.00 per session.