The Weekly Howl

St. Francis Catholic School - Friday, November 8th

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Dear Parents & Friends of SFCS,

I hope everyone had good and productive conferences this week. Effective and collaborative communication between parents, teachers and students is so essential for intellectual and spiritual growth to occur for any child. Thank you to all the parents that attended conferences during the past few days and I hope you found them helpful.

Thank you to all the parents and students who donated candy last week for the Candy Bounce Back. While SFCS was not the school that donated the most candy we came in a close 2nd. The big winner in the contest are the troops that will be receiving much of the candy donated through the charity called Operation Gratitude. Very fitting with Veteran's Day occurring on Monday. Thank you to Sea Smiles Pediatric Dentistry for coordinating this activity in our community. St. Francis Catholic School will be in session on Monday, Veteran's Day. Parents are welcome to join the students for a brief flag ceremony at 8:45am in front of the school.

Parents we need your input. Underneath the School Advisory Council section is a survey we need you to complete. It is a survey that is part of our accreditation process. In order for our data to be valid we need a significant percentage of our parents to complete the survey. Thank you in advance for taking a few moments to complete the survey below.

Don't forget about the FSA Pottery Jam this weekend!!! It is going on right now and there are a ton of great pieces of pottery to paint. Check out the flyer below for times to paint for the remainder of the weekend. All the proceeds raised by the FSA Pottery Jam are donated to the Fine Arts Department to support and grow that program. Thank you to the FSA and Mrs. Sweeney for coordinating this fun event every year!!!

Have a great weekend and stay warm!

Sincerely in Christ,

Brian Pope


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Week of 11/10 - 11/16/19

Sunday, November 10th

  • 10:15 - 11:15am: FSA Family Bible Study Group
  • 10:30am - 5:00pm: FSA Pottery Jam in Cafeteria

Monday, November 11th

  • Veteran's Day
  • St. Martin of Tours
  • Happy Birthday Mrs. Fitzgibbons and Dr. Burckart!!!
  • 8:45am: Veteran's Day Flag Ceremony
  • 3:15pm: Sr. & Jr. Girls Basketball Practice
  • 4:30pm: Sr. & Jr. Boys Basketball Practice

Tuesday, November 12th

  • St. Josaphat
  • 3:00pm: Bake Club Group A
  • 3:00pm: Cheer Practice in Family Center
  • 3:15pm: Sr. Girls Basketball Practice
  • 4:30pm: Sr. Boys Basketball Practice
  • 6:00pm - 7:30pm: Confirmation 2 & Youth Group
  • 6:30pm: 6th & 7th Grade Parent Meeting for Washington DC Trip

Wednesday, November 13th

  • St. Frances Xavier Cabrini
  • 8:30m: FSA hosted Pure Barre Parent Class in Gym
  • 10:00am: School Mass
  • 3:15pm: Faculty Meeting
  • 3:15pm: Sr. and Jr. Girls Basketball Practice
  • 4:30pm: Sr. and Jr. Boys Basketball Practice
  • 6:00 - 8:00pm: Grade 6 & Confirmation 1 Youth Group
  • 6:15 - 7:15pm: Communion 2 - Grade 5 Youth Group

Thursday, November 14th

  • Thankful Thursday - 6th Grade
  • 8:00am: FSA Board Meeting
  • 9:15am: Backpack Buddies - 5th Grade
  • 3:15pm: Sr. Girls Basketball Practice
  • 4:30pm: Sr. Boys Basketball Practice

Friday, November 15th

  • 11:30am - 2:30pm: 8th Grade Field Trip
  • 2:00pm: Beta Club Meeting
  • 3:15pm: Jr. Girls Basketball Practice
  • 4:30pm: Jr. Boys Basketball Practice
  • 7:00 - 9:30pm: Middle School Dance in School Cafeteria

Saturday, November 16th

Upcoming Events

11/17: 9:00am - School Family Mass

11/18: 8:00am - 4:00pm: 2nd Grade Trip to Charleston Aquarium

11/19 - 11/20: Gym Closed for 2020 Dinner

11/21: Spirit Day - Rogue Rescue

11/22: 8:00am - JPIICS Meet & Greet with Principal, John McCarthy

11/23: Confirmation Retreat

11/25: 1:00pm, 2:00pm & 5:30pm - 5th Grade Musical

11/27 - 11/29: Thanksgiving Recess - School Closed

12/2 - 12/6: KOC SFCS Basketball Tip-Off Classic

12/3: 2:00pm - JPIICS Meet & Greet with Principal, John McCarthy

12/4: 4:30pm - SAC Meeting

12/9: Thrift Shop Christmas Shopping

12/12: 8:00am - FSA Board Meeting

12/15: 9:00am - School Family Mass

12/19: 6:00pm - Advent Concert

12/20: FSA Breakfast with Santa

12/20: Regular Dismissal - Christmas Recess begins after school

1/6: School Open - 1st Day Back in 2020

1/6 - 1/24: MAP Winter testing window

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1st Grade

The 1st grade students have been working hard lately on place value. Pictured here the students are working on using the manipulatives of base ten blocks to create two digit numbers.
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2nd Grade

Did you ever wonder what it would have been like to be on the Mayflower? Well just ask one of our 2nd grade students. The 2nd grade is writing 1st person narrative stories of what it would have been like to make the long journey to the New World! Can't wait to read these!!!


Have you had the opportunity to check out all the awesome art displayed in the hallway! Check out the awesome artwork created by our students. You can see the watercolor pumpkin pictures of our younger students and the Navajo Rugs by our 3rd grade students.

Spanish - 6th and 7th Grade

The 6th and 7th graders celebrated All Souls Day also known as Día de Los Muertos in Spanish class by creating miniature altars to celebrate and remember any love ones that have past away. Check them out in the Library.
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Did You Get Your Cookbook Yet?

Introducing the Women of St Francis and Friends cookbook. Developed from the Soup for Scholarships event, this cookbook features many of the delicious soups and breads offered there.

The cookbooks will be available for sale after Masses on the weekends of November 16/17 and again on December 7/8. At only $10, you’ll want to pick up one for yourself and several more for Christmas gifts. With each purchase you can also download a free e-book to your tablet or phone.

As with our Soup for Scholarship event, which will be held on February 18, 2020, the proceeds go to the Rev. Martin T. Laughlin Scholarship for our St. Francis Catholic School students.

For any questions, please call Mary Elizabeth Sullivan, at 843-715-0075.

Calling Any Student Volunteers!!!

The Women of St. Francis would like some student volunteers to assist selling cookbooks on the Church Plaza on November 16/17 or on December 7/8. Students need to be in their school mass uniform. Students that volunteer made earn service hours (middle school) or a NUT Card. Only if they are in their mass uniform of course :)

Spirit Day - Thursday, November 21st

The next Spirit Day is a couple weeks away. The Beta Club is hosting the upcoming Spirit Day again and they have chosen to support Rogue Rescue as their charity. Donations are welcome this time as well as the traditional $2.00 donation for students to participate. Water hoses, bleach, Gain laundry detergent, dryer sheets, fabric softener, heavy duty leashes, nylabones, chewable antlers, Nutro puppy food, pup-peroni dog dog treats are just a few items that Rogue Rescue needs. Students may wear t-shirts with dogs on them or their traditional spirit wear.

Attention 6th & 7th Grade Parents!!! - Washington DC Tip 2020 Meetings

This Tuesday at 6:30pm in the Lirbary there will be an informational meeting for parents of students in the current 6th and 7th grades planning to go to Washington DC next fall! In this meeting parents will be shown a video of about Worldstrides, how to sign your child up, the trip itinerary, fundraising opportunities and deadlines. Thank you to Mrs. Andrea Eddy who has volunteered her time in being the Program Leader this trip!!!

Mark your calendars for October 8th through October 12th, 2020! SFCS is going to Washington!!!

School Pictures Order Information

Click the form below for information to order your school pictures. Don't wait too long. Christmas is right around the corner!

Making Plans for Advent? - Check out this resource from NCEA

John Paul II Catholic School - Principal Meet and Greets

Take this opportunity to learn more about JPII Catholic School from Principal, John McCarthy. There are two dates coming up were parents from any grade are invited to meet Mr. McCarthy and learn more about the great things happening out at JPIICS. Please RSVP with Mrs. Bocian at if you plan to attend. Thank you.

  • Friday, November 22nd at 8:00am
  • Tuesday, December 3rd at 2:00pm

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Attention Parents!!! We need your Participation!!!

This year SFCS will be going through their accreditation internal review. As part of being a fully accredited SACS school through Cognia, formerly AdvancED, SFCS is reviewed interally by the Catholic Schools Office of the Diocese of Charleston. Part of the process is to collect survey responses from parents, students, faculty and community members. The data collected from your responses are used in the internal review process to assist SFCS in strategic planning and school improvement. Thank you in advance for your participation in this very important survey and continuous improvement process. Click the link below to start your survey.
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Parish Info

Check out all the things happening in St. Francis by the Sea Parish by clicking the links below.
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  • Saturday, November 2nd - (Booster Club Info, Trunk and Treat Pictures, Bottle Cap Update, Parent Teacher Conference Sign up, Parent Resources, Parent Survey, Candy Bounce Back, Pure Barre Info, Belk Charity Sale, Parish Info)

  • Saturday, October 26th - (Halloween Parade info, Parent Teacher Conference Info, State Champs, Spirit Day, Pizza with Principal, Box of Joy, Focus Group, FSA Info, Parish Info, Pub Night)

  • Friday, October 18th - (Virtual Day Info, Stewardship Info, Congratulations Wolves, DOCYVT Info, Learning Center, Focus Groups, Pure Barre, Parish Info, JPIICS Pub Night)

  • Sunday, October 13th - (Virtual Day Info, Trunk or Treat, Halloween, Athletic Tournament Info, Fall Reading Frenzy, Cookbook, Confirmation Retreat, Partners Info, FSA Activities, SAC Focus Groups, Parish Info)