The Weekly Howl

St. Francis Catholic School - Saturday, July 24th

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25 Years of Growing Together in Faith and Knowledge

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7 24 2021 Principal Message

Dear Parents & Friends of SFCS,

You will find the following in this edition of The Weekly Howl.


  • Schedule of Upcoming Events
  • Information about COVID-19 Reopening Guidelines
  • Calendar Overview
  • Uniform Policy
  • Supply Lists
  • Immunization Info
  • Middle School Laptop Fee
  • FACTS SIS Family Portal Login Information
  • Summer Reading Scavenger Hunt & IXL Summer Slam
  • Athletic Department Info
  • Family School Association (FSA) Info

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Upcoming Events

More Events and Activities May be Added to the Schedule in the Coming Weeks


Tuesday, July 27th

  • 9:00am - 12:00pm: FSA Uniform Exchange in School Lobby

Wednesday, July 28th

  • 9:00am - 12:00pm: FSA Uniform Exchange in School Lobby
  • 4:30pm: SAC Meeting
Thursday, July 29th
  • 9:00am - 12:00pm: FSA Uniform Exchange in School Lobby
Sunday, August 8th
  • 4:00 - 6:00pm: FSA Back to School BBQ at Chaplin Park

Tuesday, August 10th

  • 6:00pm: FSA Back to School Night in Gymnasium
Monday, August 16th
  • 8:00am - 12:00pm: School Material Drop-off
Tuesday, August 17th
  • 1st Day of School: 11:30am Dismissal
  • 11:30am - 1:00pm: Summer Reading Scavenger Hunt
Wednesday, August 18th
  • 10:00am: School Mass
  • 5:00pm: Sr. Girls Volleyball HOME vs. Colleton Prep
Thursday, August 19th
  • 5:30pm & 6:00pm: Teacher Meet & Greet (PreK - 2nd Grade)
Friday, August 20th

Happy Belated Summer Birthdays!!!

The following faculty members had birthdays over the summer. We wish them a happy belated birthday!!!


  • 6/24 - Mrs. Taylor
  • 7/5 - Mr. Burckart
  • 7/12 - Mrs. Watson
  • 7/15 - Mrs. Freisen
  • 7/24 - Mrs. Safe
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COVID - 19 Reopening Guidelines

Yesterday the Catholic Schools Office (CSO) of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Charleston (Diocese) released the COVID-19 Reopening Guidelines and Recommendations for our Catholic schools. We are in the process of reviewing these guidelines and creating our individual school plan. Below is a letter from our Superintendent regarding the basic framework for the guidelines. Our school reopening plan will be finalized and distributed no later than Friday, August 6th.

2021 - 2022 SFCS Calendar Overview

Please click below for a copy of the SFCS Calendar Overview for the 2021-2022 School Year.

2021 - 2022 SFCS Uniform Policy

Please click below for a copy of the SFCS Uniform Policy. There are a few minor changes but anything required before is still included in this policy.
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School Supply Lists

Many of you should have already received a letter from your child's teacher(s) with a supply list in the mail. In the next few days you do not receive anything then please contact the school office and make sure we have your correct mailing address. Please contact the School Office anyways if you moved over the summer to ensure we have your correct mailing address.


Below are digital copies of all the Supply Lists for each grade level.

Immunizations

Please make sure Mrs. Markey has your child's most current immunization record. If your child had their annual check up and received any of their scheduled immunizations please make sure to forward a copy. Thank you.

Middle School Laptop Fee

Please note that this year there is a $40.00 Laptop Fee is due prior to the laptop being issued to a middle school student. The fee includes a protective case and 1 laptop repair for damage caused by any unintentional act. The principal is the final authority to determine whether the damage to the laptop was the result of an unintentional or intentional act.

Logging Into FACTS SIS Family Portal

The Family Portal is part of our FACTS SIS student information portal. This resources is where you can access school information, student homework and student grades in Middle School. You can access the login page by clicking on the embedded link below. If you need to activate your account the instructions are included below. Please note that our school district code is STF-SC

Summer Reading Scavenger Hunt!!!

Dear Rising K - 5th Grade Parents,


Attached is the Reflection Journal for this summer's Summer Reading Scavenger Hunt! A hard copy will also be going home with your child this week. The journal is easy to follow and I have explained the program to the students. I'm really excited to be bringing back our reading party on the first day of school!


If students complete the Summer Reading Scavenger Hunt, they should bring their completed and signed Reflection Journal on the first day of school. At 11:30am, after the half-day dismissal, participating students will have a pizza lunch and a live scavenger hunt!


I am hoping this will be fun for our students and expose them to different types of reading. Feel free to contact me with any questions that you might have and I hope you all have a wonderful and restful summer!


Blessings,


Tori Safe


PS- Remember to check out the summer reading program at our local public library! And win a Pizza Hut Personal Pan Pizza for reading! Sign up by clicking on the following link. https://www.bookitprogram.com/programs/book-it

IXL Summer Slam!

Dear Parents,


As an incentive to practice math skills over the summer, we have created the IXL SUMMER SLAM! It is open to all students, including middle school students.


**Master 30 skills over the summer (3 per week)- Candy Prize!

**Master 40 skills over the summer (4 per week)- 2 NUT Cards!

**Master 50+ skills over the summer (5 per week)- Ice Cream Sundae Party!


The students are familiar with how to use IXL but I have created some short instructional videos to help you (and them) navigate from home. The videos are below. It is important to note that students must log in on our specific St. Francis IXL webpage or they will not be able to log in. Here is the link: https://www.ixl.com/signin/stfrancissc


Link to video- How to log in, complete diagnostic, and find personalized skills https://youtu.be/nITaIIrKRK8


Link to video- How to track mastered skills https://youtu.be/PIMCgS3xc0M


As always, feel free to contact me if you have any questions. Have a great summer!


Blessings,

Tori Safe

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Coach’s Corner

THANK YOU TO OUR AMAZING ATHLETIC SPONSORS!! Due to the generosity of our donors over the summer, the school has been able to purchase several large pieces of equipment (Dr. Dish and the AcuSpike), as well as, new team uniforms for both the boys’ soccer and senior girls’ volleyball teams. The SFCS Athletic Department is excited to celebrate the school’s 25th Anniversary this upcoming year and would like to invite you to become a part of our “Booster Club.” Did you know that 100% of all monies brought in by the various Athletic Sponsorship Packages goes directly back into the Athletic Program? However, the money brought in by gate admissions often goes towards paying for the referees and game officials. If your family plans on attending home sporting events or the “Tip-Off Classic” tournaments this year, please consider purchasing one of the sponsorship packages so that the money may stay in-house! For your convenience, a Sponsorship Package and Pricing Form has been attached.


Starting up a new team and bringing back a couple of other programs…Baseball and Girls’ Cross Country Programs are making a comeback, while Softball hopes to make its grand debut next spring! More and more kids are interested in playing sports here at St. Francis, and the Athletic Department will continue to explore ways to offer something for every young athlete!


Looking for coaches in the following sports…Basketball, soccer, baseball and softball…if interested, please send me an email at mweaver@sfcshhi.com. Coaches have a great opportunity to make an impact in a child’s life!


Mark your calendars…this year’s Volleyball Tip-Off Classic will be September 8-10th in the school’s gym with (8) local schools vying for the crown. Hope you’ll come out to watch some excellent volleyball and support our Lady Wolves!!


Want to see the latest on SFCS Athletics?!?! Please join the St. Francis Families Facebook page…I will post pics and occasionally, add some commentary, to keep everyone up-to-date with all the latest happenings for our teams throughout the year.

Volleyball Information

Hello Volleyball Parents,


If your child is intending to participate with our volleyball program this fall then please make sure you have already turned in or are currently working through the process of completely your child’s team waiver and 2021/22 Physical Forms. These forms must be completed before any SFCS student-athlete will be permitted to practice with the team. Over the past couple of weeks, I have emailed you several times with the required forms. If you still need either form, please let me know and I would be happy to email you another copy or feel free to stop by the school’s lobby area during office hours for a hard copy.


Please mark your calendars…there will be a mandatory Parents’ Meeting in the gym on Thursday, August 5th at 6pm for Fall Sports.


To make things as easy as possible for you, below are the following…


  • Team Apparel Package and Participation Fee Form…please fill out and bring to parent meeting along with a check
  • A pic of this year’s customized warmup shirt
  • Volleyball Schedule (Changes many occur as season progresses, please pay attention to emails and school calendar for updates)
  • Parent/Student Athletics Contract…please read, sign and bring a copy to the parent meeting


The week before school begins, Coaches Taylor and Krepfle will be holding “voluntary” practices for their teams. With scheduled matches beginning as early as August 18th, and with both teams having 4-5 matches in August, attendance at these workouts is strongly encouraged. The practice schedule for the week before school starts is listed for each team below…


Senior Team

  • Week of August 9th…Monday through Friday from 3-5pm
  • Monday, August 16th – 11-1pm
  • August 17th through end of season – Monday through Thursday – 3-4:30pm


Junior Team

  • August 11 – 5-6:30pm
  • August 12 – 5-6:30pm
  • August 13 – 5-6:30pm
  • August 14 – 9am (tentative)
  • August 16 – 5-6:30pm
  • August 17th and through end of the season…Monday through Thursday – optional study hall in the gym bleachers from 3-4:30pm and practice from 4:30-6pm.


There is a lot of information packed in this email. Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions. Looking forward to a great season and will see you at the Parents’ Meeting on August 5th.


Mike Weaver

SFCS Athletic Director

mweaver@sfcshhi.com

Cross Country Information

Hello Cross Country Parents,


If your child is intending to participate with our cross country program this fall then please make sure you are currently working through the process of completely your child’s team waiver and 2021/22 Physical Forms. These forms must be completed before any SFCS student-athlete will be permitted to practice with the team. Over the past couple of weeks, I have emailed SFCS families several times with the required forms. If you still need either form, please let me know and I would be happy to email you a copy or feel free to stop by the school’s lobby area during office hours for a hard copy.


Please mark your calendars…there will be a mandatory Parents’ Meeting in the gym on Thursday, August 5th at 6pm for Fall Sports.


To make things as easy as possible, I have attached the following…

  • Team Apparel Package and Participation Fee Form…please fill out and bring to parent meeting along with a check
  • A pic of this year’s customized warmup shirt
  • Cross Country Meet Schedule (Changes many occur as season progresses, please pay attention to emails and school calendar for updates)
  • Parent/Student Athletics Contract…please read, sign and bring a copy to the parent meeting


The week before school begins, Coaches Gudaitis and Harrison will be holding “voluntary” practices for their teams. With the first meet scheduled for August 31st, it’s time for the kids to start getting ready for the season, and attendance at these workouts is strongly encouraged. The practice schedule for the week before school starts is listed for each team below…


Practice schedule for August 9-16th...please pay close attention to the different practice locations for each team


Girls

  • Monday 8am - Jarvis Creek
  • Tuesday 8am - Port Royal
  • Thursday 8am - Port Royal
  • Saturday 8am - Pickney Island
  • Monday - TBD

Boys

  • August 9-11- Workouts on Your Own
  • August 12- TBD…possibly @ 8am - Port Royal
  • August 13- TBD…possibly @ 8am - Port Royal
  • August 16- 8am - Jarvis Creek


There is a lot of information packed in this email. Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions. Looking forward to a great season and will see you at the Parents’ Meeting on August 5th.


Mike Weaver

SFCS Athletic Director

mweaver@sfcshhi.com

Congratulations!!!

Hilton Head Island 12U All-Stars Win States, Advance to World Series


After winning the state title in Moncks Corner on Thursday, July 15, the Hilton Head Island All-Stars will represent South Carolina in the Dixie Youth Baseball Ozone World Series from Aug. 7-12 in Laurel, Mississippi.


Team South Carolina is managed by Jeff Reilley, Chris Feltner, Hiram Rodriguez and includes players: AJ Petro, Alan Wolf, Brandon Espinoza, Collin Lozan, Jackson Reilley, Jensen Boretti, Johnny Carr, Nicklaus Feltner, Peter Fenstermaker, Phoenix Shapiro, Ty Eanes, and Will Chapman.


The team has an active fundraiser through GoFundMe to help families offset the travel costs associated with the World Series trip.


LET'S GO, TEAM SOUTH CAROLINA!

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What is the FSA?

The primary purpose of the FSA is to support the ongoing mission of Saint Francis Catholic School. Through coordinating, directing, and participating in the St. Francis Catholic School activities, social functions and fundraisers, the FSA will promote open communication among all segments of the St. Francis School family, affirm and support relationships in our school community, and provide financial assistance to the school. The FSA is a forum for exchanging thoughts, expressing ideas and sharing experiences.

FSA UNIFORM EXCHANGE DAYS

Hello SFCS families,


The FSA uniform exchange will be next week starting Tuesday, July 27th through Thursday, July 29th. The uniforms will be set up in the front entrance inside of the school building from 9am-12pm. Come check it out and take any uniforms your child will need to get the new school year started. There is everything from PE uniforms to mass uniforms. You won’t want to miss this!


We will also have them available at Back to School night on Tuesday, August 10th at 6pm.

If you missed the deadline to drop off uniforms earlier this summer, feel free to bring them next week.


If you have any questions, please let me know.


Enjoy the rest of your summer!


Megan Drescher

SFCS FSA Board Chairperson

FSA Back to School BBQ RSVP

Please join us on Sunday, August 8th at Chaplin Park from 4-6pm for a Back to School Kickball Social and BBQ! This was such a fun event in the past and we are so excited to be able to bring it back! We will provide the equipment for a game of kickball as well as hot dogs and hamburgers. Keep your eye out for a pot luck style sign up genius for sides and drinks. Please bring your yard games, footballs, lawn chairs, coolers, and anything else for a great time. This is a great way to reconnect with everyone before the new school year kicks off and an awesome way to get to know and welcome new families to SFCS. We hope to see you there!


If you have any questions please contact Megan Drescher mspeca2003@yahoo.com or Julie Pavlick julie.pavlick@gmail.com

Interested in Joining the FSA Board

If you are interested in joining the FSA Board then please contact one of our Board Facilitators. Megan Drescher at mspeca2003@yahoo.com or Julie Pavlick at julie.pavlick@gmail.com.
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