The Weekly Howl

St. Francis Catholic School - Friday, November 15th

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Dear Parents and Friends of SFCS,

Well it seems that the holiday season is creeping upon us quickly. I would like to wish all our young ladies who will be performing in the Nutcracker this and next weekend good luck with their performances.

It was a cold week this week for us so we hope that we will be blessed with the sun and warmer temperatures next week. If temperatures stay cool please remember to provide your child(ren) a jacket for the playground. The PE uniform has also been slightly modified and you can check out an updated copy below.

This Sunday is our next School Family Mass at 9:00am. Please encourage your child to wear their mass uniform as we always have a good and impressive representation of our school at this mass. Mrs. Sweeney would like any 3rd grade student and up to come and join the choir as well. If your child would like to sing then please meet her at the choir area by 8:45am.

Next Wednesday (November 20th) there is a dinner for the 2020 Bishop’s Campaign. The dinner is in our gym and begins at 6:00pm. The dinner is free and is catered by Serg. If you are a parishioner of St. Francis and did not go to the last dinner then please accept this invitation to come and bring a spouse or guest. If you can come please email Mrs. Bocian at as soon as possible. Thank you for your support in representing St. Francis Catholic School.

Have a great weekend!

Sincerely in Christ,

Brian Pope


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Week of 11/17 - 11/23/19

Sunday, November 17th

  • 9:00am: School Family Mass

Monday, November 18th

  • Happy Birthday Pam Slawson!!!
  • 7:45am - 3:00pm: 2nd Grade Field Trip to Charleston Aquarium
  • 2pm, 3 - 4:30pm: 5th Grade Play Practice
  • 3:15pm: Sr. & Jr. Girls Basketball Practice
  • 4:30pm: Sr. & Jr. Boys Basketball Practice

Tuesday, November 19th

  • 6:30am - 7:45am: Boys Sr. Basketball Practice
  • SC DHEC - Flu Shot Clinic (Time TBD)
  • Gym Closed for 2020 Diner
  • 3:00pm: Bake Club Group B
  • 3:00pm: Cheer Practice in Family Center
  • 6:00pm - 7:30pm: Confirmation 2 & Youth Group

Wednesday, November 20th

  • Gym Closed for 2020 Dinner
  • 7:45 - 8:05am: Bank in School
  • 10:00am: School Mass
  • 1 - 2:30pm: Comfort Dog in Conference Room
  • 6:00pm: Bishop's 2020 Campaign Dinner in Gym
  • 6:00 - 8:00pm: Grade 6 & Confirmation 1 Youth Group
  • 6:15 - 7:15pm: Communion 2 - Grade 5 Youth Group

Thursday, November 21st

  • The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
  • Spirit Day for Rogue Rescue
  • 3:15pm: Sr. Girls Basketball Practice
  • 4:30pm: Sr. Boys Basketball Practice

Friday, November 22nd

  • St. Cecilia
  • 6:30am - 7:45am: Boys Sr. Basketball Practice
  • 8:00am: JPIICS Principal, John McCarthy Meet & Greet in Library
  • 2:00pm: 8th grade Beta Members to Bloom
  • 3:15pm: Jr. Girls Basketball Practice
  • 4:30pm: Jr. Boys Basketball Practice

Saturday, November 23rd

  • Confirmation Retreat

Upcoming Events

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

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

12/2 - 12/6: KOC SFCS Basketball Tip-Off Classic

12/4: 3:15pm - Faculty Meeting

12/4: 4:30pm - SAC Meeting

12/9: Thrift Shop Christmas Shopping

12/12: 8:00am - FSA Board Meeting

12/15: 9:00am - School Family Mass

12/18: 3:15 - 4:15pm: Faculty Meeting

12/19: 6:00pm - Advent Concert

12/20: FSA Breakfast with Santa

12/20: Regular Dismissal - Christmas Recess begins after school

1/6: School Open - 1st Day Back in 2020

1/6 - 1/24: MAP Winter testing window

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Pre - Kindergarten

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

Discovery Lab - 4th Grade

The 4th grade have been studying electric circuits for the past two weeks. They studied the parts of a circuit and the function of each of the parts in a circuit. They had fun building series and parallel circuits and discovered the benefit of parallel circuits. A side lesson of this exploration was that when one light of the parallel circuit didn't work the remaining light was brighter. They added a switch to see how our lights are turned on and off with the flip of a switch. They also learned to troubleshoot their circuits when they didn't work and were able to repair them. Finally, they had a few extra moments and discovered that the batteries get hot and make great hand-warmers.

Social Studies - 8th Grade

The main reasons for the formation of political parties was debated in 8th grade social studies. They became strong in their belief their assigned reason was most important:

Foreign affairs

Balance of liberty & order

Economic policy

National government vs states’ rights

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Veteran's Day

St. Francis Catholic School began the day on Monday with a flag ceremony to honor all those who have served our nation in the armed forces for Veteran’s Day. Thank you to the students and Mrs. McGlynn who prepared the ceremony.

Hilton Head Lantern Parade

Thank you to the families that represented St. Francis Catholic School with Mrs. Burke at the Hilton Head Lantern Parade last weekend!

SC DHEC Flu Vaccine

SC DHEC has informed me that they will be at our school on Tuesday, November 19th to give the flu vaccine to those students who were signed up.

Our school will be the second school visited that day, so I would expect our students to be seen in the early afternoon.

Thank you,

Melissa Markey, RN, BSN

Uniform Policy - Updated PE Uniform

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Did You Get Your Cookbook Yet?

Introducing the Women of St Francis and Friends cookbook. Developed from the Soup for Scholarships event, this cookbook features many of the delicious soups and breads offered there.

The cookbooks will be available for sale after Masses on the weekends of November 16/17 and again on December 7/8. At only $10, you’ll want to pick up one for yourself and several more for Christmas gifts. With each purchase you can also download a free e-book to your tablet or phone.

As with our Soup for Scholarship event, which will be held on February 18, 2020, the proceeds go to the Rev. Martin T. Laughlin Scholarship for our St. Francis Catholic School students.

For any questions, please call Mary Elizabeth Sullivan, at 843-715-0075.

Calling Any Student Volunteers!!!

The Women of St. Francis would like some student volunteers to assist selling cookbooks on the Church Plaza on November 16/17 or on December 7/8. Students need to be in their school mass uniform. Students that volunteer made earn service hours (middle school) or a NUT Card. Only if they are in their mass uniform of course :)

Spirit Day - Thursday, November 21st

The next Spirit Day is a couple weeks away. The Beta Club is hosting the upcoming Spirit Day again and they have chosen to support Rogue Rescue as their charity. Donations are welcome this time as well as the traditional $2.00 donation for students to participate. Water hoses, bleach, Gain laundry detergent, dryer sheets, fabric softener, heavy duty leashes, nylabones, chewable antlers, Nutro puppy food, pup-peroni dog dog treats are just a few items that Rogue Rescue needs. Students may wear t-shirts with dogs on them or their traditional spirit wear.

School Pictures Order Information

Click the form below for information to order your school pictures. Don't wait too long. Christmas is right around the corner!

John Paul II Catholic School - Principal Meet and Greets

Take this opportunity to learn more about JPII Catholic School from Principal, John McCarthy. There are two dates coming up were parents from any grade are invited to meet Mr. McCarthy and learn more about the great things happening out at JPIICS. Please RSVP with Mrs. Bocian at if you plan to attend. Thank you.

  • Friday, November 22nd at 8:00am
  • Tuesday, December 3rd at 2:00pm
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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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Pottery Jam

Thank you for everyone who came to the Pottery Jam last weekend!!! Items are already available to be picked up in the school lobby from the FSA Pottery Jam. If your item is not out there now keep an eye out for it soon. Thank you to Mrs. Johnson and Mrs. Sweeney for running another successful Pottery Jam in support of the SFCS Fine Arts Department!

Reindeer Run Registration

Register by November 22nd to make sure you get a t-shirt for the Reindeer Run. Check out more details in the FSA Newsletter embedded below.
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Parish Info

Check out all the things happening in St. Francis by the Sea Parish by clicking the links below.
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Onward and Upward!

Welcome to Upward Basketball! As many of you know, Upward Basketball has been an exciting and inspiring program on Hilton Head for over 15 years. This unique basketball program provides an opportunity for boys and girls to develop their basketball fundamentals, have a lot of fun, and experience fellowship on the basketball court.

Our dedicated coaches work hard each season to build not only sound basketball skills but also to build sound character in each of our young athletes.

As always, our goal each year is to include as many children as possible. Therefore, we have extended our registration deadline to accommodate families who missed our November 8th deadline.

If your family or anyone you know would like to be a part of this amazing experience,

simply go to to register.

Select “Find A Place to Play” and enter the zip code 29928. The prompts are self-explanatory from there. Registration is open to both boys and girls from Pre-K to 8th grade.

We don’t want anyone to miss out on such a positive experience. Spread the word and please be sure to register your child ASAP!! Registration has been re-opened for a limited amount of time!

It’s so hard to believe that it is already the Upward time of year, but we are looking forward to another fun- filled and character-building season and hope you can be a part of it!

Thank you all so much for your continued support.

Bob and Amy Rosene

Mike and Jake Weaver and

The St. Andrew Community

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  • Friday, November 8th - Pottery Jam, WOSF Cookbook, Spirit Day, DC Trip Info, School Pictures, Advent, JPIICS Principal Meet & Greet, eProve Survey)

  • Saturday, November 2nd - (Booster Club Info, Trunk and Treat Pictures, Bottle Cap Update, Parent Teacher Conference Sign up, Parent Resources, Parent Survey, Candy Bounce Back, Pure Barre Info, Belk Charity Sale, Parish Info)

  • 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)