The Weekly Howl

St. Francis Catholic School - Saturday, January 1st, 2022

25 Years of Growing Together in Faith & Knowledge

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Dear SFCS Parents & Friends,

Happy New Year and Feast of Mary, Mother of God!


I hope everyone had a happy and holy Christmas last week! We are looking forward to beginning a successful 2022 year at SFCS on Monday!


With the beginning of the 2022 school year there are a few changes to our Diocesan and school's COVID procedures and protocols.


  1. New CDC Isolation and Quarantine Guidelines: The CDC issued new and updated guidance for isolation and quarantine periods. The specifics are outlined below. CDC Updates and Shortens Recommended Isolation and Quarantine Period for General Population/CDC Online Newsroom/ CDC
  2. Face Masks: Students and faculty will once again be temporarily required to wear face masks while in the building. The decision is based upon the revised guidelines issued by the Diocese earlier in the school year. (Letter of Policy Included Below) We have exceeded our school's benchmark number of the county's 7-day average number of cases for over the past 3 days. Once we have 3 consecutive days below this benchmark then we will be able to have masks optional once again. The data issued by SCDHEC will be monitored daily.
  3. Virtual Instruction: Teachers will no longer be required to stream instruction live through Zoom while also teaching simultaneously in the classroom. Students that are under the new 5 day mandatory quarantine or isolation period may follow classroom lessons and activities still through their Class Notebook pages. If an entire class must quarantine or isolate then virtual instruction via Zoom will occur.


I definitely did not want my first communication of the new year to be about COVID-19. I am sure I am not alone. Hopefully this current surge in cases in our area will end quickly!


Catholic Schools Week (CSW) is just right around the corner! One way we will be celebrating Catholic Schools Week opening Mass on Sunday, January 30th will be for families to purchase yard signs and displaying them in celebration. This year with CSW Mass is a special one. The Bishop will be our celebrant since this is our 25th Anniversary. We hope all our families will consider purchasing these yard signs and the great thing is that they are designed to be able to be used every School Family Mass Sunday for the year!!! Please see the order form to be completed and returned with payment. You may also order one by calling the school office with a credit card.


We are looking forward to having the students back on Monday! I hope everyone has a great New Years Day and Feast of Mary, Mother of God!!!


Sincerely in Christ,


Brian Pope

New Isolation and Quarantine Guidelines from the CDC for SFCS

New CDC Quarantine Guidelines


If Students/Staff Test Positive for COVID-19 (Isolate)

Everyone, regardless of vaccination status.


  • Stay home for 5 days.
  • If you have no symptoms or your symptoms are resolving after 5 days, you can leave your house.
  • Continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days.
  • If you have a fever, continue to stay home until your fever resolves.


If a Student/Staff Were Exposed to Someone with COVID-19 (Quarantine)


If student/staff:

Have been boosted
OR
Completed the primary series of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine within the last 6 months
OR
Completed the primary series of J&J vaccine within the last 2 months


  • Wear a mask around others for 10 days.
  • Test on day 5, if possible.
  • If student/staff develop symptoms he/she should get a test and stay home.


If student/staff:

Completed the primary series of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine over 6 months ago and are not boosted
OR
Completed the primary series of J&J over 2 months ago and are not boosted
OR
Are unvaccinated


  • Stay home for 5 days. After that continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days.
  • Test on day 5 if possible.
  • If student/staff develop symptoms he/she should get a test and stay home.
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Week of 1/2 - 1/8/2022: Virtue - Circumspection

Sunday, January 2nd

Monday, January 3rd

  • Welcome Back- School Resumes

  • 3 - 4:30pm: Sr. Girls Basketball Practice

  • 4:15 - 6:00pm: Sr. Boys Basketball Practice

  • 6:00 - 7:30pm: Jr. Boys Basketball Practice

Tuesday, January 4th
  • 2:15 pm: Early Dismissal for Sr. Girls Basketball Team
  • 3 - 4:30pm: Sr. Boys Basketball Practice
  • 3 - 4:30: Cheer Practice- Cancelled

  • 4:00pm: Sr. Girls Basketball Game AWAY vs. Holy Trinity

  • 6-7:30pm Jr. Girls Basketball Practice

Wednesday, January 5th
  • 3 - 4:30pm: Sr. Girls Basketball Practice

  • 4:15 - 6:00pm: Sr. Boys Basketball Practice

  • 4:30pm: SAC Meeting

  • 6:00 - 7:30pm: Jr. Boys Basketball Practice

Thursday, January 6th- Feast of the Epiphany

  • 4:30pm: Sr. Girls Home Basketball Game vs Bridges

  • 5:30pm: Sr. Boys Home Basketball Game vs Bridges

  • 6:30 - 7:30pm: Jr. Boys Basketball Practice

Friday, January 14th
  • 2:00pm: Early Dismissal for Sr. Boys Basketball Game

  • 4:00pm: Sr. Boys Away Basketball Game vs HHCA

  • 4:30pm: Jr. Girls Home Basketball Game vs. Bolden

  • 5:30pm: Jr. Boys Home Basketball Game vs Bolden

Saturday, January 8th
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Coach's Corner - Happy New Year!!!

Saturday basketball is BACK!! The Wolf Den (gym) may have been quiet over the past couple of weeks, but SFCS Basketball season is in full swing beginning on Monday. All (4) school teams will be in action this week while the popular SFCS Basketball Developmental program for elementary-aged kids begins on Saturday. The coaching staff is looking forward to working with tomorrow’s “future hoops legends” over the next (8) Saturday mornings! Be on the lookout for some pics in the coming weeks!


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 on Chaplin Park. It’s a lot of fun getting back outside with the kids after the cold winter months! Please email me at mweaver@sfcshhi.com if you are interested.


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!!


Don’t forget to sign up for spring session at Moss Creek Equestrian Center. We will be hosting two schools for the spring session: St. Francis and Heritage Academy. Our program’s goal is to share the love of horses, learn how to care for the animal as well as riding. At the end of the session we will host a friendly interscholastic competition. The co-ed team is open to students from each school 1st through 8th grade. The riding team will be an eight-week course meeting once a week (Tuesday, Friday, and Sunday afternoons). At the end of the eight weeks, we will have a horse show for all the participants to compete as individuals and as a school.


The classes will be held starting:

February 15th Tuesday 4:30pm - Heritage Academy Beginners

February 18th Friday 3:30pm - St. Francis and Heritage Academy Intermediate / Advanced Combined

February 18th Friday 4:30pm - St. Francis Beginners

February 20th Sunday 3:30pm- St. Francis Beginners

February 20th Sunday 4:30pm - Heritage Academy Beginners


No experience necessary! We supply helmets, and we ask that all riders wear shoes with a heel (boots preferred) and long pants. This will be a fun experience for all!


To sign up go to MossCreekStables.com
- Use the “Link to Sign up for Classes and Camps”
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Scroll down to your school and sign up
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Waivers and payment are all taken online.
- Cost is $500 per rider per 8-week session

-Horse Show is included in the price.

Please let me know if there are any opportunities to meet you or your parents that might have questions. I am here to help,


Tom Richardson

843-816-4209

MossCreekStables.com

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Yard Sign Ordering

Catholic Schools Week (CSW) is just right around the corner! One way we will be celebrating our Catholic Schools Week opening Mass on Sunday, January 30th will be for families to purchase yard signs and displaying them in celebration. This year the CSW Mass is a special one. The Bishop will be our celebrant since this is our 25th Anniversary. We hope all our families will consider purchasing these yard signs and the great thing is that they are designed to be able to be used every School Family Mass Sunday for the year!!! Please see the order form to be completed and returned with payment. You may also order one by calling the school office with a credit card.

Virtue of the Week - Circumspection

Circumspection: Careful consideration of circumstances and consequences.


Prayer:


Dear Jesus,

My actions affect not just myself but others. Please give me the

wisdom to think before acting. Please give me the gift of counsel,

that I may act in the best way at each moment of the day.

Amen.

Family School Mass

Thank you to all the students that wore their uniforms for the School Family Mass on December 18th at the beginning of Christmas Recess!
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Pizza Friday's Postponed

The Pizza Friday Hot Lunch offering by the FSA has been postponed until a ordering system can be established. We will keep everyone posted on any updates.
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SURVEY

Please take a moment to complete the short survey below. Our Church & Diocese is gathering information from our parishioners about ministries, stewardship and our faith community. Thank you for your time.
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Where Can I Find That?

Tuesday, December 21st: Advent Concert, Reindeer Run, Breakfast with Santa, Synod Survey


Sunday December 12: Spring Equestrian Team Info, January Aftercare Projections Form, Volunteer Link for Pizza Fridays, Snowflake Giving Fund, School Photos, Advent Resources


Sunday December 5: Basketball Development League, January Aftercare Projections, Pizza Fridays, Hot Lunch Survey, Snowflake Fund, School Photos, Reindeer Run, Santa Mail, Advent Resources