HFRCS Newsletter SY 2022-2023

November 22, 2022 - Vol.2 Issue 13

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From the Principal's Office

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Our Thanksgiving Food Drive was a tremendous success and thanks to the generosity of our students and families, as well as a corporate donation from Douglas Pharma US, we will supply 40 Thanksgiving meals to our parish and local communities! We are very grateful to everyone who contributed to this year’s food drive!

Today’s Turkey Bowl was another roaring success for our Holy Family Faculty! Winning by a score of 6 touchdowns to 3, the faculty sailed by the 8th grade victorious, setting their undefeated Turkey Bowl record to 3-0. Thank you to our students and parents who supported both teams on this beautiful fall day!

Today our students in grades Kindergarten through 8th grade had a virtual assembly, Ned’s Kindness Adventure, which inspired our students to be kind-hearted and caring through storytelling, music, and an interactive video of Ned’s trip to Kenya. In conjunction with this free assembly, when we return from break, we will be hosting a Kindness Sale of unique items from Kenya. The proceeds from this sale helps: send the Kindness Adventure to other schools, provides income for artisans in Kenya, and helps to provide clean water for kids in Kenya by assisting with a well project. This pay-it-forward assembly and sale has been in our school before, and the message is always positive and uplifting. An order form for the Kindness Sale is attached to this newsletter and a hard copy will come home with the students today.

As a reminder, we will not be in school on Monday, November 28, so anyone who plays Pot of Gold can send in their tickets for the November 28 drawing tomorrow or can drop them off at the St. Frances Cabrini rectory.

As winter approaches and we head into colder weather, please be mindful that students will go outside for recess if the temperature is above 32 degrees. Students should come prepared to be outdoors and have an appropriate coat, hat, and gloves/mittens.

On behalf of all our faculty and staff here at Holy Family, I want to wish all our students and families a most blessed Thanksgiving holiday. May we all take a few moments to praise and thank God for the many blessings he gives us every day, most importantly the gift of faith, family, and friends!

Sincerely Yours in Christ,

Mrs. Haggerty

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Remember to go to Mass this weekend!

November 23

Tomorrow, Wednesday, November 23:

  • 9:30 AM Thanksgiving Prayer Service in the church
  • 11:00 AM dismissal for PK
  • 11:30 AM dismissal for K-Gr.8 (NOTE: All buses will provide transportation going home except for the Neshaminy 84 bus and the Bensalem bus. Parents of students riding those buses will need to provide transportation home that day.)
  • No after-school CARES

Handbook Highlights

Students are expected to dress appropriately for outdoor recess.

Family Handbook, Section II School Policies, C. Behavioral Expectations of Students, 4. Recess (page 11)

K-8 students have outdoor recess if the temperature/wind chill (real feel) is 32 degrees or above. Students must come to school with proper outer attire suitable to the weather.

Swap Shop

We need your help! Before you donate any items to the Swap Shop, please check:

  • Are the uniforms clean (no stains), gently used (no rips or tears), and official (from Flynn O'Hara and Kampus Klothes)? We are only able to accept clean, gently used, and official uniforms.
  • Donating polos? At this time we are not accepting any polos due to the quantity available on hand.
  • Missing size tag? Please identify each piece of clothing with a size label to help everyone out.

Thank you for your help to keep our Swap Shop stocked, clean and organized.

January 2023 Breakfast/Lunch Order Due

The Breakfast (PK) & Lunch (PK-Grade 8) Order form for January is due on Tuesday, November 29.

Order Form: https://forms.gle/QevKVfVz1iA8b8L68

Breakfast and Lunch Menu: https://hfrcs.org/lunch-menus

Menus are subject to change. Please refer to the school website for the latest menu.

Advent Service Project

As part of our school-wide Advent Service Project, we will be collecting items to make hygiene bags for the St. Francis Inn in Kensington. Families can shop off our Amazon Wishlist (link below) and have items shipped directly to the school OR you can shop and your child can deposit your donation in the collection box outside the Main Office. All items must be in by Friday, December 9th.


The items on this list are just suggestions. Any toiletry items will be accepted.

Upcoming Events

  • Nov 23 (Wed): Thanksgiving Prayer Service @ 9:30 AM, Early Dismissal (PK 11:00, K-Gr.8 11:30 - no bus home for Neshaminy Bus 84 and Bensalem, No after school CARES

  • Nov 24 (Thu) to Nov 28 (Mon): No School, Thanksgiving Break
  • Nov 29 (Tue): Classes Resume
  • Dec 2 (Fri): End of First Trimester
  • Dec 5 (Mon): Second Trimester Begins
  • Dec 8 (Thu): Immaculate Conception Mass @ 9:30 AM
  • Dec 9 (Fri): First Trimester Report Cards
  • Dec 14 (Wed): No School - Faculty Retreat Day
  • Dec 22 (Thu): Christmas Prayer Service @ 9:30 AM
  • Dec 23 (Fri) to Jan 2 (Mon): No School - Christmas Break

Save these Dates!

  • Dec 20 (Tue): Christmas Pageant Gr. K-8 @ 9:30 AM
  • Dec 21 (Wed): Christmas Pageant Gr. K-8 @ 1:00 PM
  • Jan 29 (Sun): Open House @ 11:00-1:00 PM

From the Enrollment Office

If you know anyone that would like to schedule a tour of our school, please have them contact regan.downey@hfrcs.org or call 215-269-9600 x 209. You can check out our referral page for more information on this program.

From the Advancement Office

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

Some say “it’s the happiest season of all, with holiday greetings and marshmallows toasting.” 'Tis also the Season when a global generosity movement called Giving Tuesday launches on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving: On a day when we reflect on the goodness and thankfulness of the season, we eat good food and enjoy family and friends on Thanksgiving. Black Friday follows when we shop favorite retailers for bargains. If you are an online shopper, you may be waiting for Cyber Monday.

Why not look forward to Giving Tuesday on November 29th??

This year, Holy Family is celebrating this global generosity movement with

The Thirteen Days Giving

Will you please consider a gift of any size between November 29th and December 11th? Holy Family is celebrating its 13th anniversary as a regional school so perhaps a gift of $13 during these special 13 days or maybe increase your gift twofold to a gift of $23. As we near the holiday season please keep our school on the gift list.

No gift is too small and every act of kindness counts. Let’s make Giving Tuesday 2022 the most wonderful time of the year. Thank you for your support.

***** HOME & SCHOOL NEWS *****

H&S Upcoming Events

  • Nov 22 (Tue): Mrs. Fields/Cheesecake Factory orders and pie orders pickup in the large hall from 6:00-7:30 PM
  • Nov 30 (Wed): Dress Down Day Raffle due! Tickets 1 for $5 and 3 for $10. Raffle tickets for purchase were sent home last week. Drawing will be at school on Wed, November 30.
  • Dec 3 (Sat): Parents Day Out! 1:30 PM to 4:00 PM, $10 per student. Special Guest Author (Mrs. Morrison!) reading and book signing at 3:00 PM. Please return the attached Parents Day Out form.
  • Dec 6 (Tue): Chick-Fil-A Fundraiser Spirit Night, mention Holy Family!
  • Dec 16 (Fri): Christmas Gift Card Bingo @ 6:30 PM, Large Hall, RSVP by Dec 13

For any questions regarding Home & School events, please reach out to the H&S Leadership Team or holyfamilyhands@yahoo.com

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New Spiritwear

New spiritwear inventory on hand and available for purchase! Please see attached order form and email holyfamilyhands@yahoo.com for any questions.

***** PARISH NEWS *****

Queen of the Universe

Father John R. Weber, Pastor

Father Cesar J. Izzaguire, Parochial Vicar

View the Parish Weekly Bulletin.

Sunday Mass Schedule:

4:00 PM (Vigil Mass), 7:30 AM , 9:30 AM , 11:30 AM , 1:00 PM La Misa en Español

Weekday Daily Mass:

8:30 AM - Monday through Saturday

Holy Days: (subject to change)

5:00 PM (Vigil), 8:30 AM, Noon, & 7:00 PM

The Sacrament of Reconciliation:

Thursday: 6:45 PM - 7:30 PM , Saturdays: 3:00 PM - 3:45 PM

The Sacrament of Baptism:

1st and 3rd Saturdays, at 11:00 AM

St. Frances Cabrini

Monsignor McCormac, Pastor

Monsignor Magee, Weekend Assistant

View the Parish Weekly Bulletin.

Mass Schedule:

  • Monday-Saturday: 9:30 AM
  • Saturday Vigil: 5:30 PM
  • Sunday: 7:00 AM, 9:00 AM, 11:00 AM
  • Holy Days: 6:30 AM, 12 Noon, 7:00 PM (except January 1st which follows a Sunday Mass schedule)

The Sacrament of Reconciliation

Saturday: 4:15-5:15 PM or by appointment

Daily Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

Saint Joseph Chapel

Monday - Saturday: 8:00 AM–8:00 PM

Sunday: 12:30 PM–8:00 PM

Pot of Gold

Included is this week's winnings. The jackpot prize for the next drawing is $53,000!

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