The Weekly Howl

St. Francis Catholic School - Saturday, November 2nd

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Dear Parents & Friends of SFCS,

It was a very busy week last week at St. Francis Catholic School! Our community had a great time celebrating together Halloween and All Saints Day! Thank you to the FSA and all parent participants for the Trunk and Treat portion of the annual Halloween Parade. Also thank you to Mrs. Gaherty, Mrs. Scheoppe and parents of our 2nd graders in preparing them for the annual 2nd Grade All Saints Day presentation. The students did an awesome job!

We also had a busy week counting at SFCS. Counting plastic bottle caps that is! A total of 61,872 caps were collected this month. That's amazing SFCS! Check out the pictures below of what over 61,000 bottle caps looks like. The collection continues on to March but we do ask that caps are washed and counted when your child brings them to his or her class. Thank you for your participation.

Next week will be teacher/parent conferences. Please note the schedule changes for the week in the Upcoming Events section below. Look for the links below to sign up for your conference time.

Have a great remainder to your weekend.

Sincerely in Christ,

Brian Pope


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Week of 11/3 - 11/9/19

Sunday, November 3rd

  • Religious Education Advent Candle Sale after Masses
  • 8:30am - 12:30pm: Ministry Fair in Family Center
  • 10:15 - 11:15: FSA Family Bible Study Group

Monday, November 4th

  • Happy Birthday Mrs. Burke!!!
  • St. Charles Borromeo
  • 2:00pm: 7th Grade Beta Club to Bloom
  • 3:15pm: Sr. Girls Basketball Practice
  • 4:30pm: Sr. Boys Basketball Practice

Tuesday, November 5th

  • 8:00am: FSA Reindeer Run Planning Meeting
  • 9:30 - 11:15am: K Field Trip to Arts Center
  • 10:45am - 12:45pm: 3rd Field Trip to Arts Center
  • 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

Wednesday, November 6th

  • 8:30m: FSA hosted Pure Barre Parent Class in Gym
  • 10:00am: School Mass
  • 11:30am: Early Dismissal for Middle School Students Only
  • 12:30 - 5:00pm: Middle School Conferences in Family Center
  • 3:15pm: Sr. Girls Basketball Practice
  • 4:30pm: Sr. 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 7th

  • 7:30am: Faculty Prayer
  • 11:30am: Early Dismissal for all students
  • 12:30pm - 5:00pm: Parent/Teacher Conferences (MS in Family Center)
  • 3:15pm: Sr. Girls Basketball Practice
  • 4:30pm: Sr. Boys Basketball Practice

Friday, November 8th

  • School Closed
  • 8:00am - 12:00pm: Parent Teacher Conferences (MS in Family Center)
  • 9:00am - 7:00pm: FSA Pottery Jam in Cafeteria

Saturday, November 9th

  • The Dedication of the Lateran Basilica
  • 9:00am - 7:00pm: FSA Pottery Jam in School Cafeteria

Upcoming Events

11/10: FSA Pottery Jam

11/11: 8:10am: Veteran's Day Flag Ceremony

11/13: Faculty Meeting

11/14: 8:00am - FSA Board Meeting

11/15: 7:00pm - 9:30pm - Middle School Dance in Cafeteria

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

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

11/21: Spirit Day

11/23: Confirmation Retreat

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

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

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Pre - Kindergarten

1st Grade

In Religion, first grade spent the week learning all about saints to prepare us for All Saints Day. They learned how saints are just like us in many ways and that they truly loved God with all of their hearts! Students also learned about the meaning behind Halloween or All Hallows Eve. The 1st grade read and colored in their Saints Coloring book. Each Saint had facts for us to learn listed on each page.

2nd Grade

The 2nd Grade students did an awesome job with their All Saints Day presentation. Check the entire class out in our cover photo for this weeks Howl. If you want to see more pictures of our Saints then check out the school's official Facebook page below.

5th Grade

This week the 5th graders worked with partners to research saints. They then created mini posters about their saints and shared them with their classmates. We also discussed how we can act like saints by following the Ten Commandments and the Golden Rule.

6th Grade - English

The 6th grade students became game designers and marketers; movie producers, directors, and stars; graphic artists and novelists as well as museum curators in order to explore the structure and genre of historical fiction during our recent novel study, My Brother Sam is Dead.

6th Grade - Social Studies and Religion

As the 6th grade students learning about ancient Israel and the story of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, in social studies and religion, Dory Mastrorocco shared with the class her pictures from their family trip to Israel.

Discovery Lab - Kindergarten

This week the K students learned all about corn but the best part of class was making the corn "dance". Combining baking soda and vinegar made a bubble eruption and when we placed corn kernels in the container we saw the corn rise to the surface and sink down to the bottom. This happened over and over and gave us time to observe what was happening. Bubbles attached themselves to the kernels and acted like swim floaties and lifted the corn to the surface of the water. We saw the bubbles burst and the corn sunk to the bottom of the container. It was surprising and fun to see how long the corn kernels kept up their dance!

Discovery Lab - 1st & 3rd Grade

This week for Halloween the 1st & 3rd grade students investigated the functions of craniums as well as the similarities and differences of the skulls of various mammals. Placement of the eye sockets and nares are two prominent differences that serve as survival adaptations We wrapped up class with a little Halloween fun and constructed masks of the human skull. Happy Halloween!

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Spirit of St. Francis

Congratulations to our 1st Quarter Spirit of St. Francis Award recipients! We had an awesome lunch at Marley's Shrimp and Burger Shack this week! Students were also recognized at the Awards Assembly on Friday.

Halloween Parade and FSA Trunk and Treat!

It was a hot yet fun parade today at St. Francis Catholic School. Thank you to all the parents that participated with the Trunk and Treat and the FSA for taking over the management of it this year.

Great Job SFCS!!!

61,872 plastic bottle caps in less than one month! Amazing job St. Francis Catholic School. 2nd Grade collected the most with 13,374 and they will be enjoying a trip to the Charleston Aquarium. Thank you to 7th grade student Mia Ruxton for introducing the Palmetto Ocean Conservancy, Bottle Cap Mural project to our school. This week we had a presentation from the Michelle Meisen from the Palmetto Ocean Conservancy in our Awards Assembly to tell us more about this worthy cause.

Parent/ Teacher Conferences

Parent/ Teacher Conferences will be this week. You can sign up for your conference by using the links below. We ask that students in grade 3 and above are present for their conference.

Articles and Resources for Parents

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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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Thank You for Donating Your Candy!!!

It may have been hard for some of our children but donating your extra candy from Halloween was very appreciated!!! Not only was it to raise money for our FSA but all the candy donated will go to Operation Gratitude to included in care packages sent to our troops overseas protecting our country! Mr. Pope will bringing the candy that we collected to the 2nd Annual Candy Bounce Back at Oscar Frazier Park on Sunday from 12 - 6:00pm. If you want to go yourself then admission free with a 1lb candy donation. Make sure to mention you are from SFCS! This awesome activity is organized by Sea Smiles Pediatric Dentistry. Great job SFCS!
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Belk Charity Sale

Saturday, November 9th is the next Belk Charity Sale. Pre-sale shopping is going on right now! You can get your coupons in the school office this week.

Pure Barre - First Class this Week!!!

Please join us for our first Pure Barre class at St. Francis Catholic School! Pure Barre is a workout class with high intensity and low impact movements that will leave you feeling great! Pure Barre workouts are for everyone!

Our first class is on Wednesday, November 6th at 8:30am in the school gym. Please bring a yoga mat, towel and water. The class is 1 hour and the cost is $28 per person. Get this......100% of the proceeds made from the Pure Barre classes go directly back to St. Francis! This is such a great way to slip in a morning workout and support you school! Hope to see you there!

If you have any questions, please contact Megan Drescher

All participants will need to fill out an Adult Agreement below.

KPM Flooring will give a pizza party to the class with the most parent / relative / friend participation on Wednesday. When they check in they just need to say what class they are representing.

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  • 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)

  • Saturday, October 5th - (Parish Picnic, Altar Server Sign Up, Fall Reading Frenzy Week #1, Notre Dame, Yearbook Contest, Discovery Day, Bottle Cap Info, Candy Bounce Back, Pottery Jam, Bible Study, Reindeer Run, Parish Info, Pancake Breakfast)