The Weekly Howl

St. Francis Catholic School - Sunday, November 21

25 Years of Growing Together in Faith & Knowledge

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Dear SFCS Parents & Friends,

Happy Feast of Christ the King!

It was awesome to celebrate mass together with our school community on the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe! This Sunday is the last Sunday of our Liturgical Year and we look forward to beginning the new Liturgical year at SFCS with the first Sunday of Advent next weekend! Get those Advent Wreaths and calendars ready!

When we return to school after Thanksgiving Recess you will notice some differences in the morning at SFCS during Advent. The lights in the hallways will be off with student volunteers holding candles lighting the way for students to walk to their classrooms. Students are asked to enter the school in silence and go to their classroom and sit quietly in prayer. Seasonal music will be playing over the PA system. This tradition has been a wonderful way for our students to prepare for the arrival of our Savior!

The Cognia parent survey for our accreditation review and strategic planning process will close on November 27th. I know the survey is a little long but it is really important for our parents to give about 15 minutes of their valuable time to provide the feedback we need at SFCS to revise and create a authentic and accurate strategic plan for our next 3 years. Right now we have about 19% of our parent population that have completed surveys. Please help us reach our goal of 50%! If we reach our goal then the students will be treated to a ice cream treat by Mr. Pope! Please click the following link or the link below. eProve™ surveys (

Don't forget to order your school pictures so you can have them in time for Christmas! There was a slight glitch in the ordering system for a few classes. The photographers have corrected the issue and if you had difficulty ordering before then please try again.

I wish everyone a great Thanksgiving! I feel very grateful for having the opportunity in working with a wonderful staff, students, parents and parishioners of St. Francis Catholic School in fulfilling our mission of "nurturing students spiritual and intellectual growth in an authentically Catholic community committed to academic excellence."

Happy Thanksgiving!

Sincerely in Christ,

Brian Pope


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Week of 11/22 - 11/28/21: Virtue - RESPONSIBILITY

Monday, November 22th
  • 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, November 23th
  • 3-5:30pm Cheer Practice & Game Performance

  • 3-4:30pm Senior Girls Basketball Practice
  • 5pm Senior Boys Basketball HOME vs. CHAA

  • 6-7:30pm Junior Girls Basketball Practice

Wednesday, November 24th
  • Thanksgiving Break

Thursday, November 25th
  • Happy Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 26th

  • Thanksgiving Break
Saturday, November 27th

Sunday, November 28th

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


Kindergarten had a fantastic week learning about Thanksgiving! We read Jesus and the 10 Lepers. The Bible story taught us that we should always stop and thank Jesus for all of the wonderful things in our life! Kindergarten made their own Thankful poster, turkey wreaths and finished their Unit 2 Reading Assessment. Way to go Kindergarten!

2nd Grade

The Second Grade wrote as passengers on the Mayflower. As you can tell by their entries, it was NOT a pleasant journey. They realized that they have much to be thankful for! Fare thee well. Thanksgiving Blessings!

Elementary Art

Congratulations to Mrs. Kelley Burke who is the recipient of a Palmetto Electric Bright Ideas Grant! Mrs. Burke was awarded a $430 grant for her art project, "Brightening the Path to Creativity" for her Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade art students.

5th Grade Science

Our scientists are learning about seed reproduction by growing and maintaining their plants. Great job!

Middle School Proverbs Living Museum

The Book of Proverbs is an anthology of collections of sayings and instructions (USCCB). We learned many great lessons in today's Proverbs Living Museum, presented by our middle school students. Thank you Mrs. Sweeney for leading this event!

8th Grade Science

We took a break from our study of Chemistry this past week and went back to look at a biology lab which we could not investigate last year due to COVID restrictions. We reviewed the topics of osmosis and diffusion by using an egg as a model of a cell. The egg was treated with a different substance each day and students quantified the changes in the mass of the egg. The first day the egg was massed and then immersed in vinegar to remove the eggshell. The second day, students massed the egg again and found that the mass of the egg increased due the movement of water into the egg and then placed it in distilled water. On the third day, the students massed the egg and found that it's mass increased for a second time.

8th Grade Homeroom & Social Studies

It is GAME ON in Freisen’s room! Before school, chess, and other board games such as Apples to Apples and Catch Phrase are waking up their brains before the work begins! Bingo has been the name of the game to review for test time as well!

Gym Class

The younger kids got to bring out their inner “ninja warrior” while the big kids did some fun relays and played football.

Thanksgiving Spirit Day

Thank you for participating in our Thanksgiving Spirit Day! Contributions will benefit Our Lady's Pantry in Hardeeville. "So as we prepare for the holidays, let us remember that we should find some way to “feed the hungry” in our midst."(NCR)
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Coach's Corner

First ever SFCS Equestrian season wraps up with their season…from Tom Richardson of the Moss Creek Equestrian Center… Last Saturday was the climax of eight weeks of classes. The Saint Francis show team was a great success. We had ten SFCS riders and 23 other competitors. There where ten classes from walk, walk trot, walk trot canter, obstacle course, poles and jumping. Each rider rode in three classes and ribbons where shared by all.

The stand-out of the Saint Francis riders, for overall, age group five to nine was Grand Champion Payton Congrove. Ages 10-18 Reserve Campion was Gianna da Maria.

Well done to all of our riders! Nathan Skager, Gianna de Maria, Sara Richardson, Amelia Skager, Savannah Skinner, Payton Congrove, Grady Fisher, Cate Jolley, Briar Smith and Addison Congrove

Wolves’ Hoops is BACK!! With the Junior teams starting practice this past week, “The Wolf Den” is a busy place after school these days. Over 50 student-athletes came out for basketball this year in grades 5-8th. With a big 5th grade class along with a strong group of 8th graders, the future remains bright for the program and “The Den” will be rockin’ and rollin’ this winter! Come check us out!! The Junior and Senior Team Basketball schedules are below for you.

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 below 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 at Barker Field and our games are at local schools. 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 - RESPONSIBILITY

Be responsible for one’s personal actions and decisions at home, at school, and in personal relationships.

Our Prayer:

Dear Jesus,

Please help me to be faithful in all the duties You have entrusted

to me this day, fulfilling each with great care and love!


Angel Tree Donations

This Advent Season, our school will be participating in the Angel Tree Christmas gift drive through our Parish. As Disciples of Virtue, each child is asked to bring in a $1.00 donation to help purchase a gift for a child in need. Our Room Moms will purchase the items for each class, with the donations collected. Please have your student(s) bring in $1.00 by December 3rd and give to their Homeroom Teacher. Thank you for your generosity and prayerfulness during this Holy Season!

PARENT SURVEY - Catholic Identity Program Effectiveness

Every year SFCS conducts surveys for parents, faculty and students to provide input that will be used in development of our school's strategic improvement plan. Your participation is requested and greatly needed to assist SFCS to grow and improve. Please click the link below and select St. Francis Catholic School. Thank you for your time!! and input!


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. More information will come home with your child next week. Envelopes are due in the office by Monday, Dec 13th.


Don't forget to order pictures for great Christmas gifts! The photographers reached out in regard to some ordering issues. Those issues have been resolved for those that were having difficultly ordering early on.
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5th Grade Play- Character Matters Too!- November 30

Tuesday, November 30- Performance times to be announced! Please come and watch the Fifth Grade settle problems in the land of Fairy Tales! They will sing and act and show us how to get along with each other!

SFCS’s First Annual Christmas Tree Festival!- December 5

Each grade will decorate a creatively-themed 4ft Christmas tree to be auctioned at our first annual Christmas Tree Festival! This event is open to all!

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Reindeer Run- Saturday December 11

The run is a 5K and will begin and end in the parking lot of the PE building. All runners and walkers are welcome to participate. Times will be kept for the more competitive runners!

A mega breakfast buffet to follow catered by the Salty Dog Cafe for all participants, including an omelet and carving station! The first 125 runners to sign up will get a custom St. Francis/Salty Dog 2021 Reindeer Run t-shirt!

Registration and payment must be completed and turned in by Friday, November 12th.

Please pay by cash, check, or credit card in the school office.

  • $30/individual or $100/family of 4 or more

Below are two sports waivers that must be completed for all participants. You can turn them in to the office or bring them the morning of the run.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Megan Drescher at

Click the link below to sign up!

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Advent begins Sunday, November 28!

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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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Online Application Open

To learn more about John Paul II Catholic School, please visit our website at or call to schedule a tour at 843- 645-3838. Our admissions season has started, and the online application will be available Monday, November 15.

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Where Can I Find That?

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

Friday, November 5th: 2nd Grade Saints, 1st Quarter Assembly, Basketball Development League, Catholic Identity Parent Survey, Christmas Tree Festival, Reindeer Run

Sunday, October 31st: Basketball Development League Packet, November Aftercare Projections, Save the Date (MS Proverbs Living Museum & 5th Grade Play), Reindeer Run, Refundable Tax Credit, Confirmation Fundraiser, JPII Open Houses