The Weekly Howl

St. Francis Catholic School - Sunday, November 14

25 Years of Growing Together in Faith & Knowledge

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Dear SFCS Parents & Friends,

I hope everyone is having a great weekend and enjoying this cool autumn weather!

We have a busy week coming up at SFCS. Our Junior Basketball teams will be joining the Senior Basketball teams in beginning their season this week. The Middle School will be performing in the Proverbs Museum on Tuesday afternoon. Our 5th grade students will be serving as docents. The students have been working hard with Mrs. Sweeney in preparing for this activity. Parents are welcome to attend.

We will be ending the week with two Spirit Days. Thursday is the regularly scheduled monthly Spirit Day. We are asking for any Thanksgiving related food items to be collected for local food banks. Thank you to the Beta Club for organizing this service activity. Since this Friday is our last Friday that we will be in school for November, then the students and faculty may come to school in their 25th Anniversary T-Shirt. Spirit wear uniform guidelines apply for both days.

Lastly, I would like to ask for 15 - 30 minutes of your time. Right now our annual Cognia Survey is open to complete. This survey and the results it gathers is essential for our Strategic Planning and Continuous Improvement process as SFCS and in the Diocese. While the survey may be a little lengthy, it thoroughly covers all the National Catholic School Benchmarks and Standards. Data from this survey is reviewed and used as data to support the updating and revision of St. Francis Catholic School's Strategic Improvement Plan. I ask that you please provide your honest feedback and to share your opinion in this survey. Please let us honestly know what we are doing well at SFCS and where we can continue to grow. The more surveys completed then the more valid our data is. If we get over 50% of our current parent population to complete the survey then Mr. Pope will treat all students to an ice cream treat at school! Here is the survey link and it is also included below in the Other School News section. eProve™ surveys (

I hope everyone has a wonderful remainder to the rest of your weekend!

Sincerely in Christ,

Brian Pope


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Week of 11/15 - 11/21/21: Virtue - RESPONSIBILITY

Monday, November 15th
  • 1:00 Zoara the Comfort Dog

  • 3-4:15pm 5th-8th 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 16th
  • 1-2:45pm MS Proverbs Living Museum - Gym

  • 3-4:30pm Cheer Practice in Family Center

  • 3-4:30pm Senior Girls Basketball Practice
  • 4:15-6pm Senior Boys Basketball Practice

  • 6-7:30pm Junior Girls Basketball Practice

Wednesday, November 17th
  • 3-4:30pm Senior Girls Basketball Practice

  • 4:15-6pm Senior Boys Basketball Practice

  • SAC Meeting - 4:30 PM in the School Library

  • 6-7:30pm Junior Boys Basketball Practice

Thursday, November 18th
  • Thanksgiving Spirit Day Food Drive

  • Thankful Thursday - Hosted by 1st Grade

  • 3-4:30pm Senior Girls Basketball Practice

  • 4:15-6pm Senior Boys Basketball practice

  • 6-7:30pm Junior Girls Practice

Friday, November 19th
  • 25th Anniversary Spirit Day

  • 4:30-6pm Junior Girls Practice

Saturday, November 20th
  • Beta Club Beach Clean-up 1:00-3:00

Sunday, November 21st

  • 9:00am: School Family Mass
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Click to link below to see this week's Pre-K Happenings!


Kindergarten had a busy week honoring our USA veterans! We learned about the different branches and even made connections with real-life pictures of parents and grandparents who have served our country! Kindergarten was proud to take-home books and read them to their parents, finish their Math Journal and learn about respect through the love of our Lord, Jesus Christ.

1st Grade

The First Graders had a fun week of learning. To celebrate Veterans Day, the first graders made puppets of the different branches of the military services. Some students brought in pictures of veterans from their families.
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2nd Grade

The Second Graders are thankful that they can work together during center time!

5th Grade

The 5th Graders created book jackets for their October Book Report. Colorful designs graced the cover, while the inside gave a short summary of the book. The students also had the opportunity to critique the book of their choice, and recommend it to their fellow classmates. Many books scored a 5 Star rating! A creative and thoughtful job by everyone!

Patriotic Spirit Day

To honor our veterans on Thursday, we had a Patriotic Spirit Day and raised $843.00 to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project! Middle schoolers also took a moment during lunch to sing the National Anthem and salute our flag!
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Beta Club

The Beta Club meets every two weeks to brainstorm and plan service project ideas throughout the year! Holly Feltner will be leading them in a Beach/ Marsh Clean-up this weekend!
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Coach's Corner

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 to help manage and 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 and 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!


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.


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Spirit Wear- from the FSA

The long-awaited 25th anniversary shield sweatshirts and hoodies have arrived and will be sent home with your child on Friday, November 12th. We ran into many obstacles, including several stock and printing issues, but we are thankful to finally have them in hand, even if they have evolved in design.

Several students changed from a hoodie to a sweatshirt, so those will be due a refund. The FSA will contact you regarding the refund in the next few weeks.

If you ordered a sweatshirt or hoodie and did not receive one on Friday, please email

Middle School Proverbs Living Museum- THIS TUESDAY!

Please put on your calendar to attend THE PROVERBS MUSEUM! This is TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 16TH, FROM 1 PM TO 2:45 PM. The walk-through event will be in the gym, and our 8th grade students have been working hard on this project with Mrs. Sweeney. It is AMAZING! It is a "living museum of Proverbs" and gives everyone an opportunity to learn about life lessons from the Book of Proverbs through frozen skits that come to life.

Thanksgiving Spirit Day- Thursday, November 18

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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!

20% OFF- Land's End Black Friday and Cyber Monday Sale

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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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Fall Celebration of the Arts

Join John Paul II Catholic School for the Fall Celebration of the Arts on Friday, November 19 at 7pm. The evening will be filled with student performances including a variety of theatrical scenes, monologues, and musical numbers. Songs from Les Misérables, Aladdin, Hamilton, and scenes and monologues from playwrights like Mike Kimmel and John Cariani will be some of the highlights.

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?

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

Friday, October 22nd: November Aftercare Projections, Trunk or Treat, Reindeer Run, Parental Refundable Tax Credit, Pottery Jam, Tommy Hilfiger Uniform Sale