The Weekly Howl

St. Francis Catholic School - Sunday, May 16th

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Dear Parents & Friends of SFCS,

I hope everyone is enjoying another beautiful weekend in the Lowcountry! Last night was a gorgeous evening on the FSA Salty Dog Cruise! Everyone was treated to a beautiful evening on the water with an amazing sunset which is our cover photo this week! Thank you to Megan Drescher, Julie Pavlick and the Salty Dog Cafe for organizing this fun event!

Last week the students were very busy as you can see from the pictures in this week's Howl. This week will be another week packed with many activities. On Monday, the 5th Grade and Mrs. Sweeney will be performing their musical, Alice in the Land of Idioms. The musical will be performed outside the Fine Arts Building. Check out the times listed below. It is going to be a great show!

Friday, May 21st will be the deadline to register for Summer Camps at SFCS. This deadline is important since it will be used by the Camp Facilitators if there are enough participants to actually host the camp. So make sure to register if you are planning to have your child(ren) participate.

Have a wonderful remainder to your weekend!

Sincerely in Christ,

Brian Pope


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Week of 5/16 - 5/22/21

Sunday, May 16th

  • Ascension Sunday
  • School Family Mass Weekend

Monday, May 17th

  • PE Uniform for 4th, 5th, 6th & 7th Grades
  • 8:00am: Mr. Summa Presentation to 8th Grade
  • 5th Grade Play (Showings at 12:45pm, 1:30pm, 2:15pm & 5:30pm) Outside Fine Arts Building
Tuesday, May 18th
  • Happy Birthday Mrs. Brewster!!!
  • PE Uniform 3rd Grade
  • 3:00 - 4:15pm: Bake Club Group C in Fine Arts Building
Wednesday, May 19th
  • 10:00am: School Mass (Church Closed, Family Center and streaming only)
  • 4:30pm: SAC Meeting
Thursday, May 20th
  • PE Uniform for 5th, 6th & 7th Grades
  • 12:09pm: Beta Club Meeting in Library
  • 6:00pm: Athletic Department Awards Banquet in Gym

Friday, May 21st

  • PE Uniform for 3rd, 4th & 8th Grades
  • 10:30am: HHI Fire & Rescue 3rd Grade Presentation
  • 3:15 - 5:00pm: Voluntary Volleyball Conditioning
Saturday, May 22nd
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Check all the wonderful things happening in PreK with Mrs. Burke's newsletter below.


They had a great week in kindergarten! They continue to garden with Mr. Gavin, this week they tried our snap peas. Every student tasted at least one, how wonderful! Mrs. Pennington is teaching the students to play hockey in PE and many are loving it. It is so exciting to watch them celebrate after getting a goal! In Music, Mrs. Sweeney taught the students all about idioms in preparation for the play next week. They took that lesson to the classroom and wrote and/or illustrated some idioms of our very own. They were hilarious! The students took a trip to Fatima, Portugal where they learned about the apparitions of Our Lady. They were amazed by how much faith and strength the 3 young children drew from the Lord.

1st Grade

The first graders were very busy this week. They worked on their measurement unit in Math. The students created Gallonbot, a robot to help them remember pints, quarts, and cups. They also learned about the way the earth moves around the sun. They modeled how the earth rotates.

4th Grade

Grade Four had and amazing graphing assessment this week! Each student created their own survey question and then asked each classmate for an answer. The children took the data the information from their survey and made a Tally Chart to show their data. The Tally chart was used to make a Bar Graph. For the final step in this assessment, each child had to answer some questions about the graphs of two other students. These Fourth Graders really know about graphs!!

6th Grade Social Studies

Mesoamerican projects were presented this week, and they were extremely educational AND entertaining! Maya and Cold North American People’s Jeopardy, SE N. American Family Feud, Attack of the Aztecs, the game of Inca Life, and a live “news show” about the SW N. Americans! Way to go 6th grade!

6th Grade Science

The culminating unit for sixth grade science is astronomy. We had a lesson about the recent helicopter flights on Mars. NASA engineers explained why the helicopter needed to be designed the way it is and how it was tested before being sent to Mars. We also saw video footage of the recent history making Mars helicopter flight and were even able to hear the noise made by the rotor blades as well as the Martian wind. Our first project is to determine the effects of design changes on a helicopter’s flight. I think we have some very focused engineers in the making!


PE 1 Mile Time Trial Winners
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Coach's Corner

Attention volleyball players…Coach Taylor will be offering Voluntary workouts one more time before summer break this upcoming Friday from 3:15-5pm. All players must have a current physical on file. With some new equipment and new jerseys purchased for the senior team, volleyball is going to be awesome this year and it’s time to get started!!

Sports’ Celebration is this week!

WHEN: Thursday, May 20th from 6-7:30pm in the school gym

WHAT: A special evening to celebrate all our school teams, student-athletes and coaches including a slideshow picture montage and coaches’ award presentations. Due to Covid guidelines, there will not be any food or drink at the Celebration. We would like the student-athletes to sit with their families rather than with other students and young children should remain with their parents at all times.


SFCS ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT IS LOOKING FOR COACHES: If you are interested or know someone that loves children and has a passion for coaching, please contact me at I am currently looking for coaches for the following teams…

Girls’ Cross Country Junior Boys’ Basketball Senior Boys/Girls Basketball(7/8th grade) Soccer

THIS IS THE LAST WEEK TO SIGN YOUR CHILD UP FOR SFCS SUMMER CAMPS!! Mrs. Sweeney and I have tried to offer a wide range of camps for the summer. Everything from baking, candy making, basketball to cheerleading…we’ve got something for everyone here at SFCS! The camp registration packet is linked here for your convenience. Sign up today!!

A big congratulations to the following for winning the 1 Mile Time Trial in their respective grades during PE class this week…

2nd grade – Lu Lu Dunn won the girls’ division and Liam Phalen, in a huge upset, beat David Dorsner in a sprint tiebreaker to win the boys’ division.

5th grade – Evie Sullivan dominated the girls’ division while Peter Fenstermaker continues to be the fastest kid in the elementary grades with a blistering time of 7:11.

Great job to all of the 2nd and 5th graders who braved the cooler weather and did their best!

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Zoara the Comfort Dog

Students and faculty were treated with a visit from Zoara the Comfort Dog this past Monday. Everyone was very happy that Zoara's visits could begin before the school year ends!

8th Grade Graduate Skip Day

The 8th Grade Graduates were given the day off and the parents treated them to a day at the pool and sun fun laser tag!!!

10:00am School Mass for Wednesday, May 19th

May 19th - SFCS - 10 a.m. Mass

School Family Mass

Thank you everyone that had their students wear their Mass uniform for the last School Family Mass Weekend of the year!
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FSA Salty Dog Cruise

It was a beautiful evening last night for the FSA Salty Dog Cruise. A HUGE thank you to Megan Drescher and Julie Pavlick for organizing this wonderful event! Also a HUGE thank you to Salty Dog Cafe for hosting our school parents on their amazing boat! A great time was had by all!
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Parish Bulletin

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2021-2022 Current Positions Available:

ELA/Social Studies Teacher – Full Time, Licensed, middle school experience preferred

Guidance Counselor – Full Time, Licensed, 3+ years high school experience preferred

Math Teacher – Part Time, Licensed, experience teaching calculus required

Theology Teacher – Full Time, Practicing Catholic with religious teaching/training required

Special Education Teacher – Full Time/Two-Year Grant Funded, Licensed, middle/high school experience preferred

Social Emotional Counselor – Full Time/Two-Year Grant Funded, Social work or adjustment counselor in school setting preferred

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