The Weekly Howl

St. Francis Catholic School - Sunday, December 12

25 Years of Growing Together in Faith & Knowledge

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Dear SFCS Parents & Friends,

It was a wonderful morning today with our 3rd Annual FSA Reindeer Run! The weather was beautiful and there was an awesome turnout. Thank you to Megan Drescher, Julie Pavlick and all the parent volunteers! Also thank you to the Salty Dog Cafe for sponsoring the event and providing a very delicious breakfast!

This week will be our final week together at SFCS before Christmas Recess! In our third week of Advent together the students will be busy preparing for the Advent Concert with Mrs. Sweeney. The concert will be Thursday, December 16th at 6:00pm. The concert will begin right at 6:00pm so please arrive a few minutes early so everyone is prepared for a wonderful show. It will be in the gym. In acknowledgement of the sensitivity of the times we will not be gathering the students before the concert and processing in from the middle school hallway. All students will be sitting with their families this year in the audience. When it is time for your child(ren)'s class to perform Mrs. Sweeney or Mrs. MacDonald will call them up to the stage. We ask that all students sit with their families during the concert. This includes the middle schools students. We do not want large groups of students sitting together without a parent during the concert. Masks will be optional for attendees during the concert and students will not be wearing masks while they perform. If you are uncomfortable with any of the above and do not want to have your child participate, then we ask that you email Mrs. McVey at the front office at so Mrs. Sweeney can prepare with the children accordingly. We are looking forward to bringing the concert back this year after not being able to have it last year.

The morning after the Advent Concert on Friday, December 17th is the FSA's Breakfast with Santa. This will be the last day before break for Christmas Recess. Students are allowed to wear a Christmas shirt and socks with their uniform pants, skirt, skort or shorts.

I wish everyone a joyful 3rd Gaudete Sunday of Advent rejoicing in the anticipation of the birth of Jesus and his return. Prayers and intentions for all of our brothers and sisters that our suffering right now from the devastating tornadoes that occurred across Arkansas and Kentucky last night!

Sincerely in Christ,

Brian Pope


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Week of 12/13 - 12/19: Virtue - TRUSTWORTHINESS

Monday, December 13th
  • 3-4:15pm 5th-8th Grade Bake Club

  • 3-4:30pm Senior Girls Basketball Practice

  • 4:30-6pm Senior Boys Basketball practice

  • 6-7:30pm Junior Boys Basketball Practice

Tuesday, December 14th
  • 3-5:30pm Cheer Practice & Game Performance

  • 4pm Senior Girls Basketball HOME vs HHCA

  • 5pm Senior Boys Basketball HOME vs HHCA

  • 6pm Junior Boys Basketball HOME vs HHCA

  • 6pm Junior Girls Basketball AWAY vs SGG

Wednesday, December 15th
  • Mrs. Schoeppe's Bday!

  • 4pm Senior Girls Basketball AWAY vs HHP

  • 5pm Senior Boys Basketball AWAY vs HHP

  • 6pm Junior Boys Basketball AWAY vs HHP

Thursday, December 16th
  • Thankful Thursday - Hosted by 7th Grade

  • Advent Concert- 6:00, Gym- Students to sit with parents

Friday, December 17th
  • Breakfast with Santa

Saturday, December 18th

Sunday, December 19th

  • Fourth Sunday of Advent
  • 9:00am: School Family Mass
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Kindergarten had a fabulous week celebrating St. Nicholas Day and traveling around the world! We flew across the Atlantic Ocean to Germany and learned about the first Christmas tree, Advent Calendar and gingerbread cookies, then across the Pacific Ocean to the Southern Hemisphere to learn about summertime Christmas celebrations in Australia and finally after a quick stop home on Hilton Head Island, back over the Atlantic to Bethlehem to see the stable where baby Jesus was born. We had so much fun learning about our faith, writing BIG words, creating delicious Christmas trees and making melted snowmen from Australia. We cannot wait to see where we will travel next week!

2nd Grade

In Second Grade, 'tis the season to be jolly and work with a pal on a Christmas Math or Language Arts center!
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3rd Grade

Third grade performed “Contraction Surgery” with great success! Our surgeons did a great job.

Gym Class

The kids all had opportunities to set new records on the SFCS Fitness Board this week. Lots of new record-holders on the Board! Love seeing the kids push themselves!!

Baking Club Wins!

Congratulations to Mrs. Sweeney and the Baking Club for winning first place in the 2nd Annual Heritage Golf Group School Gingerbread House Competition, held at Oyster Reef Golf Club! They won a $200 Hobby Lobby gift card!
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Beta Club Visited The Pines

The Beta Club had a great time playing Christmas Charades and singing Christmas Carols with the residents at The Pines on Friday! Everyone was happy to be together again!
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Festival of Trees

Thank you to all who came out for our First Annual Festival of Trees last Sunday! It was a great success and lots of fun for our community! And a special thank you to the FSA who raised almost $4000 at this event!
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Great news for Austin!

You might remember Austin Beggin who visited our students to talk about the research he is involved in to help bring back sense of touch for people living with spinal cord injuries. Well he has received his new and improved chair and is now able to be in standing position! Thank you for sharing your smile this exciting news with us, Austin!
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Coach's Corner

SFCS Basketball teams had a busy week…All (4) school teams each played a couple of games. The Senior Girls were 1-1, and the Senior Boys went 2-0 against Heritage Academy and Cross School. The Junior teams took to the road this week and the young teams fared well against older competition. The Junior Girls were 1-1 and the Junior Boys went 0-2 against Holy Trinity and Colleton Prep. Great job by all of our hoopsters!

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 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!!

Moss Creek Equestrian Center would like to thank you for your support. 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
- Use the “Link to Sign up for Classes and Camps”
Scroll down to your school and sign up
Waivers and payment are all taken online.
- Cost is $500 per rider per 8-week session

-Horse Show is included in the price.

More information below. Contact Tom Richardson with questions.

Tom Richardson


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Virtue of the Week - TRUSTWORTHINESS


Act in a way that inspires confidence and trust.

Being reliable.


Dear Jesus,

Help me to be faithful in even the little things of each day.

In Your eyes nothing is little when done with great love!


Church Volunteer Help Needed

Colleen at the parish is asking for volunteers to help move Poinsettia's to the church. If you are able, please meet in the Family Center at 9:00am on Wednesday December 22.

January Aftercare Projections

Please complete the following Projected Attendance Form stating what days you plan to have your child(ren) attend Extended Care in January.


This lovely dollhouse was donated to the school and is being used in Aftercare. As you can see it is in need of some decorating. If you have any dollhouse furniture to spare, please drop it by. Thank you from Mrs. Fick!
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Pizza Fridays are BACK!

With the help of Lori Taylor pizza Fridays are back! Each student gets 2 slices of pizza and choice of a side salad with ranch or fruit cup. The younger kiddos will have the option to get smaller slices. The price is $5 for smaller portion and $6 for the regular portion. Parents will have the option to order which ever they feel is best for their child. Look for ordering info!


Pizza Fridays are in full swing and we need your help! If you’re available on Fridays between 10:30am-12:30pm, click on the link below to sign up for a volunteer slot. All volunteers must have a back ground screening and completion of the online course, Safe Haven. If you have any questions, please reach out to Megan Drescher at

Snowflake Giving Fund for Faculty and Staff- DUE TUESDAY

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. Envelopes are due in the office by Tuesday, Dec 14th. **Please note the REVISED faculty list below.
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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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JPII Girl Power Robotics Team Takes Home Championship

In November, the three John Paul II Catholic School SHIELD IQ Robotics teams, consisting of all 7th graders, competed in their first tournament at River Ridge Academy in Bluffton. Team 61317M, better known as the JPII Girl Power team, took the top spot as Tournament Champions.

At the end of the qualifying matches, all three teams were ranked in the top 10 moving into the finals - 61417W (2nd place), 61317M (4th place), 61317S (7th place). During the finals, team 61317S scored 18 points and then team 61317M put up an impressive 34 points. Team 61317W was the last to make a run and came up just short with 30 points.

"I am so impressed with these young teams," commented JPII Project Led the Way teacher and robotics moderator Cadra Rooney. "They have been working hard to develop robots to play this year’s game and their spirit and excitement at the tournament was awesome. They definitely made their mark as a rising robotics program among our local schools!"

To learn more about John Paul II Catholic School, visit the school website at, join our virtual Open House on Sunday, January 30, at 12pm, or schedule a private tour by contacting Admissions Coordinator Anne McClure at 843-645-3838 or

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Where Can I Find That?

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

Sunday November 28: Basketball Development League, Sr & Jr Basketball Schedules, Pizza Fridays, Angel Tree Donations, Catholic Identity Parent Survey, Hot Lunch Survey, Faculty Snowflake Fund, School Photos, Festival of Trees, Reindeer Run, Santa Mail, Advent Resources

Sunday November 21st: Basketball Development League, Sr & Jr Basketball Schedules, Angel Tree Donations, Catholic Identity Parent Survey, Hot Lunch Survey, Snowflake Fund, School Photos, Festival of Trees, Reindeer Run, Advent Resources