Hornet Herald

Teaching the Way of Jesus Christ

December 14, 2015

A Note from the Interim Principal

There is no denial that Advent is in full-swing at Holy Family Catholic School! Three candles were lit for our morning prayer assembly today. Beautifully decorated trees are spread throughout our campus. Christmas carols can be heard from Mrs. Rians’ classroom. Religion instruction is focused on the anticipation of Christ. The countdown to Christmas (and I think maybe a break from school) is on! :)


I’m sure your homes are like mine. Christmas cards went out. Stockings are hung. The number of Advent calendar windows remaining are decreasing. The Elf on the Shelf moves nightly. Excitement is in the air. My four children can’t wait for Christmas and all the fun and family time that comes with this holy day. Our newest son, 3-year-old Joey, will experience his first Christmas with us this year. (We brought him home from China in February.) I cannot wait to watch the celebration of Jesus’ birthday through his eyes this year.


May your Christmas break be a time of making wonderful memories and sharing the joy of the birth of Christ who comes to save us all --- from the innocence of a manger.

Upcoming Events

This Week:


  • Monday 12/14 Spirit Day Dress
  • Monday 12/14 Mama's Pizza Spirit Day - PTO Sponsor, Camp Bowie Location
  • Tuesday 12/15 Casa Manana - 1st & 2nd Grade - 9:45 a.m.
  • Wednesday 12/16 Bass Hall - 3rd Grade - 9:30 a.m.
  • Thursday 12/17 Mass - 3rd Grade Host - 8:15 a.m.
  • Thursday 12/17 Cowtown Bowling - 4th & 8th Grades - 10:00 a.m.
  • Friday 12/18 Caroling at Westover Brookdale Assisted Living - K & 8th - 9:30 a.m.
  • Friday 12/18 Christmas Caroling at Church - 10:30 a.m.
  • Friday 12/18 Class Christmas Parties - 11:00 a.m.
  • Friday 12/18 Noon Dismissal - 12:00 p.m. - No Extended Day


Upcoming Dates:

  • Tuesday 1/5 Start of Third Quarter
  • Tuesday 1/5 Report Cards Sent Home
  • Monday 1/11 Recognition Ceremony - 8:00 a.m.

Hornet Herald Facelift

We are excited to announce that, starting in January 2016, the Hornet Herald will be sent electronically using this format that allows us to communicate more information more effectively, add links, include pics and videos and much more. You will receive this week’s edition both via paper and through this e-mail as a way to prepare for the transition.

Annual Appeal Christmas Spirit Day

Don’t forget that this Friday, all who have contributed to the Annual Appeal this year may wear Christmas attire and accessories along with their uniform “bottoms” (pants, skirts, jumpers) and shoes. This includes Christmas shirts, socks, bows, jewelry, etc. Guidelines in the Family Handbook for out-of-uniform dress will be followed. As always, please use your good judgment. Nothing should be worn that could be distracting to the learning or teaching process. Teachers and administration have the final call on any potentially distracting holiday wear.

Thanks to all who have given. Special kudos to Mrs. Szostek's 2nd grade class who, to date, has the highest percentage of giving to the Annual Appeal at 81%!!

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Christmas Musical 2015

A big thank you to Mrs. Christen Rians and all of our students for an awesome Christmas Musical last week showcasing the many musical talents of our students in all grades. Job well done, Holy Family! And thanks for all who helped make this event such a success!

Second Grade Service Field Trip

Mrs. Szostek’s 2nd grade class wishes to thank everyone who generously donated money to support the SVDP Angel Tree project. In all, more than $530 was raised to support this very important service project.

On Friday afternoon, the class donned Santa hats and reindeer antlers as they put their faith into action and shopped for the two children selected from the angel tree. Warm clothing, shoes and socks and toys were purchased. Parent chaperones and students alike were filled with the Christmas spirit.


“I felt joyful and proud because I was buying things for those less fortunate,” said Jude Pierce.


We were all happy to share the gifts that God has given us with others. Thank you for helping us make this possible!

Concert Coming to Holy Family Church

The Rossall School Chapel Choir (from Fleetwood, England) will be performing at Holy Family Church this Tuesday (12/15) at 7:30. Our Kindergarten – 8th grade students attend a rehearsal at 2:00. All are welcome to attend!

Thank you to PTO

Thank you to the PTO 7th grade class (especially Mrs. Judy Gaudet) for a delicious lunch from Campisi’s for our faculty/staff last week!

Mama’s Pizza Tonight!

Please plan to dine at Mama’s Pizza on Camp Bowie TODAY, Monday, December 14th, between 11:00 am and 10:00 pm. A portion of all proceeds will be given back to Holy Family Catholic School. Christmas gift cards for Christmas are a great idea and will also help our school.

Noon Dismissal this Friday

Please do not forget that we have a noon dismissal this Friday. Extended Day will not be available.

2016 Holy Family Talent Show

We are happy to announce the date for our 2016 HFCS Talent Show! This year we will be combining our Talent Show and Spring Production into one big night of fun February 5th at 6:30pm in the Gym. All of our students are invited to audition for a spot in the show. All 6th-8th graders are required to audition as part of Mrs. Rians’ music and drama classes. Auditions will be held after school (3:15pm) in the library Wednesday January 6th, Tuesday January 12th, and Wednesday January 13th. Attached you will find the audition form to be returned to Mrs. Rians Tuesday January 6th.

Pot O' Gold News

Pot O' Gold News Celebrating 70 years

Mark your calendars and save the date for Phantom's Masquerade Ball on Saturday, March 5, 2016, 6pm, at Ridglea Country Club. We are looking forward to a wonderful night while celebrating the 70th Anniversary of our school. If you or someone you know is an alumni of St. Alice / Holy Family, please send contact information to Lisa Phillips at hfcspog2016@gmail.com.

Event Sponsors for Pot O' Gold

Pot O' Gold is looking for Event Sponsors. If you know a family or business who is interested in being a Pot O' Gold Sponsor, please contact Tracy Head at 817-737-4201 x110 or busmgr@hfsfw.org.

Like Us on Facebook!

Please visit our Holy Family Catholic School Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/holyfamilycatholicschoolfw/. We plan to update regularly with many of the exciting things happening on our campus!

January Lunch Menus are due this Friday, December 18th!