The Weekly Howl

St. Francis Catholic School - Sunday, February 16th

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Dear SFCS Parents & Friends,

While completing the Howl this week I was amazed at all that goes on at SFCS in a given week. All the wonderful things happening in our school community only can occur with our dedicated faculty, parents, parishioners and community members. We have so many opportunities for our students to learn and grow academically and spiritually with our excellent academic program and faith formation activities. We have an abundance of opportunities for our families to join together and grow in faith and fellowship as a community.

Many of our awesome programs and opportunities cannot occur with out the amazing time, talent and treasure of everyone that supports our school's mission. One opportunity that is coming up is the Family School Associations largest fundraiser of the year, our Casino Night Gala and Golf Tournament on Saturday, March 14th. Traditionally the FSA's gala earns over $60,000.00 dollars for our school. That calculates to about $300.00 per child at SFCS in supporting our school in ensuring we have the resources we need in offering a quality academic and authentically Catholic school education.

This month the FSA will continue to be asking for donations for the live and silent auction at our Casino themed Gala. Not only will our gym be transformed into a Vegas style casino, there will also be great food catered by the Salty Dog Cafe, music and dancing by our favorite DJ Alan and much more. It also is time to purchase your tickets and/or sponsorships if you have not already. I thank you in advance in support of our FSA and school with what will be an exciting and fun day for our school community.

I hope you are enjoying your President's Day weekend!

Sincerely in Christ,

Brian Pope


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Week of 2/16 - 2/22/2020

Sunday, February 16th
  • 9:00am: School Family Mass
Monday, February 17th
  • School Closed, President's Day
  • 4:30pm: Sr Boys Basketball Practice
Tuesday, February 18th
  • 3:00pm: Bake Club Group B
  • 3:00pm: Cheer Practice
  • 3:15pm: Sr Girls Basketball Practice
  • 4:00pm: Jr. Girls Basketball Game vs. SGGCS at SGGCS
  • 4:30pm: Sr Boys Basketball Practice
  • 5:00pm: Jr. Boys Team #1 Basketball Game vs. SGGCS at SGGCS
  • 6:00pm: Jr. Boys Team #2 Basketball Game vs. SGGCS at SGGCS
  • 6:30pm: Confirmation 2 - Youth Group
Wednesday, February 19th
  • 7:45am: Bank in School
  • 8:00pm: SAC Middle School Parent Focus Group in Family Center
  • 10:00am: School Mass
  • 1:00pm: Zoara the Comfort Dog
  • 3:15pm: Sr/Jr Girls Basketball Practice
  • 4:00pm: SAC Annual Fund Committee Meeting
  • 4:30pm: Jr Boys Basketball Practice
  • 5:00pm: Spring Parent Sports Meeting
  • 6:00pm: Youth Group - Sixth Grade and Confirmation 1
Thursday, February 20th
  • 3:15pm: Sr/Jr Girls Basketball Practice
  • 4:30pm: Sr/Jr Boys Basketball Practice
Friday, February 21st
  • 10:00am: Basketball PEP Rally
  • Diocese of Charleston Youth Basketball Tournament, Summerville SC
Saturday, February 22nd
  • The Chair of St. Peter the Apostle
  • Diocese of Charleston Youth Basketball Tournament, Summerville SC

Upcoming Events

2/25: Brain Balance on Campus for free Assessments

2/25: 5:30pm, WOSF Soup for Scholarships in Family Center

2/26: 3:15pm: Faculty Meeting

2/26: 4:30pm: SAC Meeting

2/26: GGC Outreach visit for 7th Grade

2/28: Beta Club Page Island Retreat (Beta Members will leave early)

3/4: Faculty Meeting

3/6: 8th Grade Science Fair (Family Center)

3/12: 8:00am FSA Meeting

3/14: FSA Casino Night Gala and Golf Tournament

3/15: 9:00am School Family Mass

3/15: HHI St. Patrick's Day Parade

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Check out all the happenings in Prekindergarten with Mrs. Burke's newsletter.

Discovery Lab - Prekindergarten

Prekindergarten began exploring constructing and engineering structures with amazing new materials for our Discovery Lab and Science program called KEVA Planks. These planks are engaging for students from Pre-K through adulthood. Students worked collaboratively and individually to construct hotels, houses, towers, symmetrical artwork, letters, and more. Leonardo daVinci once said "Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication." This is an apt description of these engaging and educational planks.


The Kindergarten students celebrated the 100th Day of School by becoming detectives in a Spy Lab and completing missions.

Discovery Lab - Kindergarten

Kindergarten also explored what they could create with our Keva Planks. They had an open exploration of what could be done with this material. In the future they will learn about engineering skills like creating cantilevered structures, solving challenging problems, problem solving and creating works of art. They were curious to see if the planks were the same "size" so students were introduced to their digital scales and determined that the mass of the planks was not exactly the same.

6th Grade - Social Studies

Ancient Greece board games! The students created review games, and took turns playing each group’s board games, ranging from Greekopolis, to Greece Headbands, to Greece Sorry, to Greek Trivia!

7th Grade - Religion

7th graders created crosses to represent the four Gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. They learned the differences and commonalities of these and exemplified those on each part of the cross.

7th Grade - Science

The 7th graders are looking forward to a special event! The Greenwood Genetics Center is bringing the Gene Machine to our seventh grade science class on February 26. Students will have the opportunity to work in a state of the art fully equipped genetics lab staffed by professional geneticists. Stay tuned for more information about the exciting experiments they get to conduct!

8th Grade - Social Studies

8th graders are busy creating Civil War projects: ABCs of the Civil War booklets, Civil War Jeopardy, and investigating diary/journal entries of soldiers, their records of service, battle images, and more!

8th Grade - Honors Physical Science

The 8th grade students began applying the knowledge they learned about forces and Newton's Laws of Motion to the design and construction of a roller-coaster. Student groups will be working engineers and artists when they design, build, test, revise, and retest their roller-coasters. They need to make sure that the roller-coaster consistently performs safely and gives the rider an exciting experience. In addition, they will aim to complete the project's construction within an allotted budget. Their teams will work to maximize each team member's strengths as they divide the labor to deliver a product within a given time frame. They will need to satisfy their customer by making it as visually appealing and exciting as possible within the given parameters for size and thrills.

Art - Prek through 2nd Grade

Check out the fantastic paintings produced by our little ones in Mrs. Burke's art class! Students were painting with different kind of colors and shapes to create these beautiful murals that you can check out yourself in the main school building hallway.
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Diocese of Charleston Youth Basketball Tournament Information

The brackets are done and released for viewing. This is the link to the website: If you would like to use the app this is the link for that:

Embedded below are the Gym addresses and a map.

The following is the schedule for Friday, February 21.

  • 10:00 am - Pep Assembly (SFCS Gym) If you are leaving after the Pep Assembly, please let the office know that your player and their siblings will be leaving early.
  • 5:00 pm - Girls Senior vs. Blessed Sacrament at Palmetto Scholars Academy (7499 Dorchester Rd, North Charleston 29418)
  • 5:00 pm - Boys Senior vs. Blessed Sacrament at North Charleston Athletic Center (5794 Casper Padgett Way, North Charleston 29406)
  • 5:00 pm - Girls Junior vs.Christ Our King at Rivers Oaks Middle School (8642 Rivers Oak Dr #7110, North Charleston 29420)
  • 6:05 pm - Boys Junior #2 vs. St. Andrew at Northwood's Park Rec (8348 Greenridge Rd, North Charleston 29406)
  • 7:10 pm - Boys Junior #1 vs. Christ Our King at Word of Life Ministries (2216 Otranto Rd, North Charleston 29406)

All game times and places after this will be determined by the outcome of your first game.

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Beta Club - Valentine's Day Ice Cream Bar

Thank you to the Beta Club students who coordinated the ice cream sundae fundraiser on Valentine's Day. The students loved having the delicious treat!

2nd Quarter - Spirit of St. Francis

Congratulations to all our 2nd Quarter Spirit of St. Francis Award Recipients. Award winners are nominated by their teacher for exhibiting behaviors and qualities included in our mission and the Peace Prayer of St. Francis. The students were treated to a lunch at Marley’s Shrimp and Burger Shack with Mr. Pope.

School Family Mass

It was another great school family mass on Sunday! Thank you to all the students and families that served for the mass. Also thank you to all the families that came to mass and the students that dressed in uniform.

WOSF Soup for Scholarships

Mark your calendars - “Soup for Scholarships” night will be on February 25, from 5:30-7:00 pm. This fun night features soups made by the Women of St. Francis, along with a few “surprise” chefs, and our own Baking Club. Join us for mouth-watering soups/chili’s, cornbread/rolls, and take home a colorful hand painted soup bowl of your own.

Tickets will be on sale after Masses on Feb. 15/16 and 22/23 for only $10.

** Tickets at the door will be $15.

Our fabulous “Soups, Salads, & Breads” Cookbook will also be on sale then, and at Soup night for only $10. Please Note: The recipe on page 79 for the SFCS Bake Club Rolls should read 10 1/2oz of water not 10 1/2 Cups of water.

Proceeds from this event and the cookbook provide scholarships to students at St. Francis Catholic School.

For any questions please call Mary E. Sullivan 843-715-0075.

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South Carolina Catholic Conference Simply Catholic Voter Guide

Check out this great resource with election season upon us.

Congratulations 2nd Grade Students

Congratulations to our 2nd graders who received their 1st Reconciliation this past Wednesday!
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Thank You St. Francis Thrift Shop Council Members

The SFCS School Advisory Council invited the members of the St. Francis Thrift Shop Council to a catered lunch to thank the Thrift Shop for their amazing support of our school. The Thrift Shop Council Members also were able to attend a presentation about the school from Mr. Pope and a tour of the school. The 2nd grade students also visited the Thrift Shop Council members and thanked them with cards and a blessing.
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FSA Newsletter

Check out the latest news and happenings in the Family School Association's February Newsletter.

Family Faith Game Night

It was a great family game night hosted by the FSA tonight! Thank you Laura Wolf and Carolina Santiago for organizing the event. A great time was had by all!!!

No-Sew Blanket Kit Project

Dear Parents,

The FSA is proud to once again be assisting The Women of St. Francis with their No-Sew Blanket Kit Project. The WOSF will be donating the completed baby blankets to Volunteers in Medicine, and will then distributed to The Pregnancy Center of the Low Country, and for children's dentist appointments. The larger lap blankets will be distributed to Life Care Center for wheelchair blankets.

The school has been given 19 blankets kits (8 baby blankets and 11 lap blankets) and we are looking for volunteers to assemble blankets. The kits include the material and instructions are provided. These blankets are very easy to make, though the WOSF have also recommended YouTube tutorials.

Completed blankets can be returned to the FSA, via the School Office, no later than Tuesday, March 3rd. If you are interested in helping, please click on the Sign-Up Genius link below. Kits will be sent home with your child early next week.

We greatly appreciate your help!

Merideth Johnson

FSA Golf & Gala Update

While the Early Bird window has ended tickets are still available to be purchased for the FSA Golf Tournament and Casino Night Gala. Sponsorships and auction item donations are still needed and welcomed. Click on the FSA newsletter above to access any Golf and Gala information. Also thank you to all the businesses and families that have sponsored the largest FSA fundraiser of the year!
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Parish Information

Click the link below to access a digital copy of this weekends bulletin.
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  • Friday, February 7th - (Virtual Day Assignments, Graduate Night, Lowcountry Tournament Info, Soccer Info, Plaid About Reading, Soup for Scholarships, Middle School Parent Focus Group)

  • Saturday, February 1st - (Re-registration Packets, CSW Pictures, Jr. Boys Tourney Info, Catholic IQ, Soup for Scholarship, DC Fundraiser, FSA Info)

  • Saturday, January 25th - (CSW Info, Hoodie Order Form, Spirit Night Flyer, Soup for Scholarship, Gala Sponsorship Info, Family Faith and Fun Activities)

  • Saturday, January 18th - (Catholic Schools Week Info, Re-Registration Info, Spaghetti Dinner and Rally for Life Info, Geography Bee, CSW Schedule, Book Fair Schedule, Kidz in Lidz, WOSF Scholarship, FSA Jan Newsletter, Gala Sponsorship Info, Family Faith Night, Community Service, SAC Revenue Info)