The Weekly Howl

St. Francis Catholic School - Sunday, January 10th

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Dear Parents & Friends of SFCS,

It was a great 1st week back at St. Francis Catholic School! The students and faculty worked hard getting back into our regular routine!

Please note that this week we will begin our Winter MAP Testing Session. The teachers most likely will be letting you know when testing will occur for their class.

Please note that the end of the 2nd Quarter is Thursday, January 14th and there will be no school on Monday, January 18th in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Have a great Sunday on this feast of the Baptism of the Lord!

Sincerely in Christ,

Brian Pope


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Week of 1/10 - 1/16/2021

Sunday, January 10th

  • The Baptism of the Lord

Monday, January 11th

  • 5:00pm: Sr. Boys Home Basketball Game vs. CHAA
  • PE Uniform for 4th, 5th, 6th & 7th Grades

Tuesday, January 12th

  • Happy Birthday Kathy Masterton!!!
  • PE Uniform 3rd Grade
  • 3:00 - 4:15pm: Bake Club Group B in Fine Arts Building
  • 5:00pm: Sr. Girls Home Basketball Game vs. Bridges
  • 6:30pm: Sr. Boys Home Basketball Game vs. Bridges
Wednesday, January 13th
  • 10:00am: School Mass
  • 5:00pm: Sr. Girls Home Basketball Game vs. Riverview
  • 6:30pm: Sr. Boys Home Basketball Game vs. Riverview
Thursday, January 14th
  • Last Day of 2nd Quarter
  • PE Uniform for 5th, 6th & 7th Grades
  • 4:00pm: Sr. Girls Home Basketball Game vs. HHCA
  • 5:30pm: Sr. Boys Home Basketball Game vs. HHCA
  • 7:00pm: Jr. Boys Home Basketball Game vs. HHCA

Friday, January 15th

  • PE Uniform for 3rd, 4th & 8th Grades
Saturday, January 16th
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Check all the great happenings in PreK by clicking on the link below to access their newsletter!


Kindergarten was so excited to get back to school and celebrate the Epiphany! They started the week sharing their Christmas stories, writing, illustrating and telling about their most favorite gifts they would bring to baby Jesus if they were one of the Magi. They explored Italy and the legend of La Benfana, the nice witch who brings the children of Italy their gifts on the Epiphany as she searches for baby Jesus. Kindergarten dove into their new Science Unit “All About the Human Body”, where they will review the 5 senses and learn about the muscles, bones and important organs that make us go! They put their brains to work as we began addition in Math, using base ten blocks and the number line. They finished our week with a fun project about “Sneezy the Snowman” who kept melting. It helped them discover the cause and effect relationships all around them.

1st Grade

The first graders started the new year with using place value models in math. They used place value models to represent two digit numbers.

5th Grade

The 5th Grade celebrated the Feast of the Epiphany by marking our classroom door and desks with blessed chalk. The chalk serves as a reminder to all those who enter that we are disciples of Christ.

7th Grade

7th grade did a great job debating which Scientific Revolution discovery they felt was most important to our world today. After peer voting, the topic winners were: advancements in medicine and human anatomy discoveries, the scientific method, cells and the microscope, and how the heart pumps blood. Great job 7th grade!

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SFCS Basketball Development League

It was a first great Saturday for the SFCS Basketball Development League. Thank you to Coach Mike Weaver for beginning this program at SFCS!
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10:00am School Mass - Wednesday, January 13th

Click the following link or embedded video below to access a live streamed school Mass for Wednesday, January 13th.
January 13th - SFCS - 10 a.m. Mass
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Parents can apply for Parental Refundable Tax Credit on January 15 at 8:30am

The South Carolina Department of Revenue (SCDOR) will begin accepting applications for the 2020 Parental Refundable Tax Credit on January 15, 2021, at 8:30 a.m. A tutorial is available to help parents with the new submission process. Learn more below.

Important information:

  • Parents must submit Parental Refundable Credit applications online using the SCDOR’s free and secure tax portal, MyDORWAY. The SCDOR will not accept paper, faxed, or emailed applications.
  • A new tutorial is available to show applicants how to submit the application through MyDORWAY.
  • Details about the application and the application process are available at
  • Applicants should sign up for MyDORWAY now so they’ll be ready to submit applications on January 15, 2021.
  • MyDORWAY sign up information and tutorials are available at

Questions about the 2020 Parental Refundable Credit? Contact the SCDOR at 803-898-5706 or
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New Hot Lunch Provider - Lucky7 Catering

Hot Lunch is now available to order for your child 5 days a week! Lucky7 Catering will be offering Hot Lunch and you may view their menu and place your order from the following website.
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Parish Updates

  • Reminder - If you require a low-gluten host or you are bringing communion to the sick, we have set up a table in the niche on the way out to the Columbarium on Joseph's side (if you are having trouble locating it, please ask an usher). Please go to the table and put your host in the appropriate pyx (there are two, one for Low Gluten and one for communion to the sick). Please leave the pyx on the table for the sacristan to place on the altar for you. We ask that you please arrive at least 10 minutes before Mass begins to allow time for the sacristan to place the pyx on the altar prior to the beginning of Mass.
  • Link to the 4:15 p.m. streamed Mass.
  • Thrift Shop - due to the spike in COVID-19 incidents and a reduced number of volunteers, the Thrift Shop is temporarily changing its hours for shopping. We will be open for shoppers Tuesday - Friday 1:00 p.m. until 4 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Volunteers who have been working in the back areas can still come in mornings starting at 8 a.m. That gives time to sort, re-tag, and restock the floor with no customer interaction. We are not scheduling any pick-ups at this time, but are taking donations at the back of the store, Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday starting at 10:00 a.m. until we have reached capacity. We will be monitoring the situation week to week to determine when we can resume regular hours.
  • Ushers needed! - If you are interested in joining the usher ministry, please let me know. I will provide you with the appropriate diocesan paperwork. Ushers are needed for all Masses. I will attest that it is a wonderful way to meet many of our parishioners and make some new friends.
  • Women of St. Francis - WOSF January Meeting Monday, January 11th - 1:00 p.m. in the Family Center. Dr. Stohrer of Hilton Head Natural Medicine will be discussing how his Natural, Drug Free Holistic Approach to health care has helped his patients overcome and reverse many of today's challenges and ailments. He will explain proper lab testing and how it helps the patient understand simple solutions to many health issues. A Q & A will follow the lecture.
  • Knights of Columbus - The Knights of Columbus Council 10668 Virtual Silent Auction site is ready for your viewing of the items being offered. Official bidding will begin on January 9 and end on January 17,2021. All funds raised will be through Columbus Hope Foundation for the benefit of Programs for Exceptional People (PEP). Instructions for bidding are detailed on the site This year we need your participation more than ever. We appreciate and thank you in advance for your participation.
  • Mass for the Unborn - January 22nd at 11:30 a.m. - Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone will celebrate Mass at the Holy Family Chapel for reparations for the unborn. Because of limited seating, individuals must register to attend by clicking this link. You may also call - 803-546-6010. The event will also be livestreamed on facebook or YouTube.
  • Link to Spiritual Adoptive Program. Also on January 22nd after the 8:30 a.m. Mass, we will be having the Stations of the Cross for the victims of abortion. This date marks the anniversary of the Roe V Wade.
  • A little housekeeping reminder - please do not leave any pamphlets or booklets behind in the Church. Because of COVID-19, we must throw anything out that is left behind in the narthex, the adoration chapel, or in the pews of the Church. If you bring it in with you, please either bring it home with you or throw it in the trash can in the Narthex. This is for everyone's safety. Thank you so much for your help!
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The JPII Admissions Season Has Begun!

The JPII Admissions Season Has Begun!


SUNDAY, January 31 at 12pm @​​​​​​​

CAMPUS TOUR followed by a Live Q&A Session

School Year 2021-2022 - Online applications ​​​​​​​are available @​​​​​​​.

We suggest you do not delay applying since many of our grade levels are currently full.

Present School Year 2020-2021 - If your family is interested in applying for this school year, please call Anne McClure, admissions coordinator, at (843) 645-3838 or complete an online inquiry @​​​​​​​. If we are full for the grade level(s) you are interested in, your student will be placed on a waiting list. JPII is open for in-person learning with a virtual alternative for some students.

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