The Weekly Howl

St. Francis Catholic School - Tuesday, December 21st

25 Years of Growing Together in Faith & Knowledge

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Dear SFCS Parents & Friends,

I hope everyone has been enjoying the first few days of Christmas Recess!

Last week was a joyous one for our school community with being able to have some of our traditional events back again this year!

Thank you to Mrs. Gaherty for organizing the Procession to the Crib on Tuesday and Father Max for blessing the school's Nativity.

Thank you to Mrs. Sweeney and MacDonald for organizing a wonderful Advent Concert! It was so nice to be able to have this traditional event return this year!

Thank you to Mrs. White, all the FSA/parent volunteers, and the Knights of Columbus for treating the students to another Breakfast with Santa! The food was delicious and the students loved seeing Santa!

Lastly, thank you to the parents who sincerely and generously illustrated their appreciation to the faculty for the Christmas gifts and Snowflake fund. Your children are a gift to us on a daily basis and we treasure the opportunity to teach them!

I hope everyone has a very holy and merry Christmas!

Sincerely in Christ,

Brian Pope

Sincerely in Christ,

Brian Pope


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Week of 12/20 - 12/26- MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Monday, December 20th
  • Christmas Break

Tuesday, December 21th
  • Christmas Break

Wednesday, December 22nd
  • Christmas Break

  • Basketball Tournament in Savannah

Thursday, December 23rd
  • Christmas Break

Friday, December 24th
  • Christmas Break

Saturday, December 25th
  • Merry Christmas!

Sunday, December 26th

  • Feast of the Holy Family
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Click the link below to check out this week's Pre-K Happenings!


Kindergarten had the most joyful week! We traveled to Sweden and celebrated St. Lucy, Canada to see moose, Mexico to learn about los posadas and finally home. In America we laid baby Jesus in the manager filled with straw from our good deeds and enjoyed cookies and milk! Our Christmas elf Snowflake finally made an appearance today and wrote us a note. She told us she has been watching from afar and is so proud that kindergarten knows the true meaning of Christmas, Jesus!

1st Grade

The first graders had a great first week of school before Christmas break! They were very busy making Christmas gifts and doing Christmas crafts. Surprise readers came and read Christmas stories to them. They ended their week as the Nativity at the Advent concert and having breakfast with Santa . The first graders wish everybody a very Merry Christmas!

2nd Grade

2nd grade lead our school in the annual Procession to the Crib. Thank you Fr. Max for stopping by with blessings!
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4th Grade Saints

The 4th graders researched, created and presented their saints this week! This is always a fun tradition and they did a great job!
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6th Grade Art

Mrs. LaLiberty covered a few classes for Mrs. Sweeney this week and played fun and creative games with the students! Here they are following specific instructions while drawing snowmen on their heads!
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Spirit of St. Francis

Mr. Pope treated first quarter Spirit of St. Francis award winners to lunch at Marley's Shrimp and Burger Shack on Tuesday! Students are nominated by their homeroom teachers each quarter for showing good character, in line with our patron saint. We pray the Prayer of St. Francis every morning to start our day.
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Reindeer Run

Thank you to the FSA and all who came out for our 3rd Annual Reindeer Run last Saturday! It was a beautiful day!

Advent Concert

It was a wonderful evening! Thank you to Mrs. Sweeney and Mrs. MacDonald for organizing a fantastic and festive Advent Concert!

Breakfast with Santa

Thank you to the Knights of Columbus for a delicious morning at our traditional Breakfast with Santa!
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Coach's Corner

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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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.

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

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Please take a moment to complete the short survey below. Our Church & Diocese is gathering information from our parishioners about ministries, stewardship and our faith community. Thank you for your time.

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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Where Can I Find That?

Sunday December 12: Spring Equestrian Team Info, January Aftercare Projections Form, Volunteer Link for Pizza Fridays, Snowflake Giving Fund, School Photos, Advent Resources

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