Hornet Herald

Teaching the Way of Jesus Christ.

November 18, 2019

Have a Blessed and Safe Thanksgiving Holiday!

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A Message From Our Principal

Dear HFCS Community,

Dear Jesus, Please give me a thankful heart,

realizing that all I have comes from You.

Our Virtue of the Month is Gratitude and we have so much to be grateful for as we approach the Thanksgiving holiday. Our greatest blessing is contained in our Catholic faith and the Eucharist, which joins us together in love. This love connects us in times of celebration and sorrow and this week contained both joy and grief


Good news - pairing Home and School Association (HSA) meetings with pizza and academic enrichment activities for the students has helped more parents attend the meetings! Last Wednesday night the students explored the theme of gratitude with Mrs. Jodi Price and Ms. Meg Ruhter.

Donuts with Dads was a joyful and sweet celebration of the special relationship that dads, daughters and sons share! It was fantastic to see so many dads in Scantlin Hall on Friday - the gym was packed! Thanks go to the Home and School Association (HSA) for hosting this annual event.

The Holy Family Catholic Church and School, Nolan Catholic High School, and many, many friends and family joined together on Saturday at the funeral Mass for Ryan Cussnick. Our hearts are heavy during this time of grief and sorrow and also grateful for the prayers that bind us together in consolation. Please see Mrs. Leah Rios’, President of Nolan, letter.

What’s all the buzz about Catholic Classical Education? You may have heard over the past few years that the Catholic Schools Office of the Diocese of Fort Worth is recommending that all of our schools explore and adopt aspects of Catholic classical education.

To better understand what Catholic classical education means Mrs. Maureen Szostek and I traveled to the Washington, DC area to visit St. Jerome Academy in Hyattsville, MD. St. Jerome Academy is the Archdiocese of Washington’s classical school and one of only a few schools nationwide to pair a liberal-arts based K-8 curriculum with a Montessori pre-K program. The school is dedicated to the cultivation of truth, goodness and beauty in every child.

I was very inspired by what I experienced at St. Jerome Academy and will continue to explore what a classical, virtue-based, liberal arts education will look like at HFCS. The classical model seeks to instill in students a sense of wonder for God’s creation, a love of learning, and the ability to think deeply. It will not be surprising to you that we are already doing this at HFCS! I will keep you informed of my explorations in the classical model and promise that any changes made in this direction will be gradual, will be in the best interests of our students and will be supportive of our teachers.

Holy Family, Pray for us!


Ann Walters

Mrs. Ann M. Walters, MPS


Upcoming Events

This Week

November 18 - Hornet Soccer

November 16 - December 13 - Tamale Fundraiser

November 22 - 8th Grade Thanksgiving Feast

Next Week

November 25 to 29 - Thanksgiving Holiday - No School

Upcoming Events

December 2 - Pot O'Gold Kickoff

December 4 - Silly Socks and HSA Meeting

December 9 - Spelling Bee

December 11 - Christmas Musical

December 12 - Chick-fil-A Fundraiser from 6:00 am to 10:00 pm

December 13 - Nolan Catholic Fine Arts Christmas Concert

December 14 - Diocesan History Fair

December 20 - Noon Dismissal - End of Semester

December 23 - January 6. 2020 - Christmas Holiday - No School

January 6 - Teacher In-service - No School

January 7 - First Day of School for the Second Semester

January 10 - Diocesan Science Fair

Thank You Letters to God

During the month of November, 1st Grade is being thankful for all that God gives us and we wrote thank you letters to let Him know.

Sr. Teresa is serious about promoting vocations at HFCS!

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Get Your Christmas Tamales!!!!

Holy Family Catholic School's Leadership Council and Gotta Lotta Enchiladas, Etc. is partnering to sell delicious, handmade tamales.

These delicious pork or beef tamales are delivered frozen, easy to prepare and can be stored up to five months in the freezer.

Cost - $15.00 per dozen

Proceeds of $9.00 per dozen will be donated to the Educate the Children Honduras campaign.

Online orders will be accepted from November 16, 2019 through December 13, 2019 at https://payit.nelnet.net/form/ouxgYrtF

All orders must be picked up from the school library on December 18, 2019 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

Middle School Leadership Council Winter Accessory Drive

Thank you to all our students and their families who participated in the Middle School Leadership Council's Winter Accessory Drive. And, a special thank you to the MSLC for coordinating the drive.

Because of you, 441 stocking caps, scarves and gloves were collected for our homeless community.

The items will be delivered to Catholic Charities for distribution.

Way to go Hornets!

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Notes from Nurse Lisa

Knock knock.

Who’s there?


Eiffel who?

Eiffel sick!!

Unfortunately the humor is lost when joking about a cold or the flu, two respiratory illnesses caused by different viruses. Because their symptoms are similar, it can be a challenge to tell the difference based on symptoms alone. The symptoms of flu can include fever or feeling feverish/chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches and fatigue (tiredness). Cold symptoms are usually milder than the symptoms of flu. People with colds are more likely to have a runny or stuffy nose. The best practice for keeping germs and illness at bay is frequent handwashing and covering your cough and sneeze.

Stay healthy Holy Family!

Hornet Athletics

Hornet Soccer

Go Hornets!

The Hornet Soccer Team defeated St. Martin de Porres this past Saturday morning at SEAS soccer field!

Come out and support the team today at 4:15 pm on the Hornets' Nest against OLV.

We hope that their two missed games will be rescheduled before the season ends.

Hornet Basketball

Our students have started practice in preparation of Basketball. Watch the Hornet Herald for dates and times of the games.

Pot O'Gold - Denim and Diamonds

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Holy Family Catholic School will host its annual fundraising gala at Ridglea Country Club on February 8, 2020.

This event includes a Wine Pull whereby a single bid of $25.00 will win you two randomly selected bottles of wine.

Help HFCS stock the wine reserves by donating bottles with a minimum value of $15.00 each. Sophie Kriss and Nelda Cacciotti, Wine Pull Co-Chairs, will be available on Thursday, November 21 (at morning drop-off) and Friday, November 22 (at morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up) to accept your donations. Donations also may be dropped off at the school office at any time. Be sure to include the attached Wine Pull Donation Form with your donation to be entered into a drawing for a $25.00 Starbucks Gift Card.

Order Your 2019-2020 Yearbook

Don't forget to order your students yearbook. They make great Christmas gifts. All orders will be taken online at https://ybpay.lifetouch.com. Please use code: 13681620. If you have any questions you can contact Mrs. Hiett or Mrs. Griffith.
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Panda Express Fundraiser

Thank you to the families that participated in our Panda Express fundraiser recently. Even though it was such a dreary and cold evening, we were able to raise $60.00! Thank you for braving the weather for HFCS!

Clara's Kitchen Lunch Menu for December

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Teaching the Way of Jesus Christ, Holy Family Catholic School empowers students to become joyful disciples, lifelong learners and compassionate leaders.