Hornet Herald

Teaching the Way of Jesus Christ

April 4, 2016

A Note from the Interim Principal

Dear Families,

Happy Easter! It is great to be back with you after the Easter holiday. I also had the opportunity to attend the NCEA (National Catholic Education Association) Conference in San Diego from Easter Monday to the following Thursday. It is so inspiring to be surrounded by Catholic educators from across the world --- all with lives dedicated to faith formation and academic excellence for the next generation of global leaders. The presentation spanned every topic imaginable and were excellent. And being in San Diego (my home for 5 years) was an awesome bonus! Easter Blessings to each of you as we continue these 50 days of Easter until Pentecost Sunday!


Veronica Tucker

Upcoming Events

This Week:

  • Wednesday, 4/6 - 8th Grade Field Trip to Holocaust Museum
  • Wednesday, 4/6 - Running Club - 3:15 p.m.
  • Thursday, 4/7 - Mass Hosted by 4th Grade - 8:15 a.m.
  • Thursday, 4/7 - Dad's Club Meeting at Mama's Pizza on Camp Bowie - 6:30 p.m.
  • Friday, 4/8 - Spring Pictures (Sunday Dress)
  • Friday, 4/8 - Student Council Middle School Dance - 7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m

Next Week:

  • Tuesday, April 12th - 5th Grade Field trip to Southwest Airlines
  • Tuesday, April 12th - Kendra Scott Party - 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 13th - Running Club - 3:15 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 14th - Mass Hosted by 3rd Grade - 8:15 a.m.
  • Friday, April 15th - 8th Grade Retreat Field Trip

Christ Bearer Award Recipients

Congratulations to Sophia Hughes (3rd grade) and Hunter Phillips (8th grade) - our Christ Bearer Award Recipients for the third quarter of the 2015 - 2016 school year. These students are excellent examples of unselfish behavior. They are courteous, polite and respectful. They go above and beyond what is expected and truly follow in the footsteps of Christ. We are so proud of Sophia and Hunter!
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Highest Honors Honor Roll

Congratulations to these students who eared a numerical average of 96 or above with no grades below 70, no "incompletes" and a conduct grade of 80 or above...

5th Grade - Thomas Conway, William Hughes, Ivan Lopez, Cooper Salerno,
Megan Zavala

6th Grade - Alexandra Acuna, Mia Flores, Emily Grimes, Nikita Marquardt,

Victoria Martinez

7th Grade - Erin Fishman, Griffin Kopp, Claudia Leidner, Kate Morton, Nathan Pierce,

Ava Terrell

8th Grade - Tara Fitzsimons, Grace Chambers, Madison Grimes, Matthew Jones,

Jacob Marquardt, Rachel Sibal, Kaitlyn Speairs, Nicole Zavala

High Honors Honor Roll

Congratulations to these students who eared a numerical average of 90 to 95 with no grades below 70, no "incompletes" and a conduct grade of 80 or above...

5th Grade - Samuel Asprilla, Noah Esquivel, Jackson Thompson

6th Grade - Connor Cook, Mia Cortez, Sidney Esquivel, Avery Gilbert, Michael Jones,

Genevieve Miller, Luke Mitter, Phillip Speairs, Stefan Saba, Mathilda Thompson, Steven Thrower, Chloe Wong-Hoyt, Ethan Zavala

7th Grade -Brayden Hamilton, Mandy McCans, Ryan Phillips, Eliana Romero,

Kelsey Sterett, Garrett Wartelle

8th Grade - Andrea Acuna, Olivia Asprilla, Delaney Boley, Anna Conway,

Ciara Esquivel, Jenna Mance, Daniel Neff, Hunter Phillips, Payton Thompson,

Celizz Valdez

Honor Roll

Congratulations to these students who eared a numerical average of 86 to 89 with no grades below 70, no "incompletes" and a conduct grade of 80 or above...

5th Grade - Mary Michael Johnson, Samuel Morales, Grant Neill

7th Grade - Julian Bell

8th Grade - Nicholas Velez

Out of Uniform for Honor Roll Students

All students listed above for Highest Honors, High Honors or Honors may come to school out of uniform on Monday, April 11th. All students must be in compliance with the guidelines in the family handbook.

Accelerated Reader Award Winners

Congratulations to the top AR readers for the 3rd quarter!

First Grade

1st Place - Tuesday Hiett

2nd Place - Milla Saba

3rd Place - Jenna Milotte

Second Grade

1st Place - Sophia Ordaz

2nd Place - Eliza Hilliard

3rd Place - Isabella Almas

Third Grade

1st Place - Sophia Hughes

2nd Place - Chloe McLain

3rd Place - Jordan Hill

Fourth Grade

1st Place - Klement Rix

2nd Place - Aidan Souder

3rd Place - Daniel Aselage

Fifth Grade

1st Place - Ivan Lopez

2nd Place - William Hughes

3rd Place - Cooper Salerno

Sixth Grade

1st Place - Emily Grimes

2nd Place - Nikita Marquardt

3rd Place - Mathilda Thompson

Seventh Grade

1st Place - Nathan Pierce

2nd Place - Erin Fishman

3rd Place - Ava Terrell

Eighth Grade

1st Place - Tara Fitzsimmons

2nd Place - Grace Chambers

3rd Place - Anna Conway

Spring PIcture Day - April 8th

Mark your calendar! Spring Picture Day is THIS Friday, April 8, 2016.

Students may attend school in their Sunday dress or favorite outfit that follows the school's non-uniform guidelines detailed in the Family Handbook. All Students will be photographed. Order forms were sent home last week. Send no money now, but choose your background on the order form and return it to your child's teacher by THIS Wednesday, April 6. Portrait packages will be delivered at a later date for your review. At that time you will have the option to purchase your portraits. A portion of all purchases are returned to HFCS.

Principal for the Day

Meet Aidan Souder -- my Principal for the Day, last Friday, April 1st. It was an easy day for Mrs. Tucker with Aidan at the helm. He led the school in pledges, decorated the library with "Alleluia"s in honor of Easter, distributed certificates, announced school-wide tornado drill, called classmates into the office, met with the pastor and superintendent, had lunch in the faculty lounge, called an emergency 4th-grade "recess drill" and led the school in afternoon prayers. Thanks for all of your help, Mr. Souder. And thank to Mr. and Mrs. Sounder for their support of Holy Family Catholic School!

Tech Buzz - Laptop Update

The Technology Committee met just before the Easter Break. We examined the first laptop option for our classrooms. We are waiting for the next two to arrive before making the decision to see what will best serve our students. More information to come.

Book Grant from The Red Oak Foundation

Many thanks to the Red Oak Foundation for providing books to each of our PK3 and PK4 students. Red Oak Books and the Diocese of Fort Worth have agreed to a partnership to promote reading aloud to young children by providing books for pre-kindergarten students attending All Saints, Holy Family, Our Lady of Victory, Our Mother of Mercy, St. George, St. Peter and St. Rita Catholic schools. Before the books were given to the students, they were read aloud. Mrs. Vasquez even read the Spanish version to our students. We are so thankful for this generous gift.

HFCS Middle School Dance - April 8th

6th, 7th, and 8th Graders ---

You won't want to miss the dance this weekend. Prizes for the best 80's attire. See you there!

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April 15th - Regular School Day

This Friday is a regular school day. This was originally scheduled as a bad-weather day. This is a make-up day for the day we did not have school in November due to the power outage.
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We had a very productive (though small) meeting on March 29 and a delicious potluck dinner. Next school year’s calendar is drafted and being worked for completeness and conflicts.

The next PTO meeting is April 26. It was announced earlier as a morning meeting; but evening seems to be better for most people. So: April 26, 6:00 p.m. with childcare by our wonderful Extended Day Staff. We’re planning PTO meetings to be on the last Tuesday of the month.

It is time to fill leadership positions for next year. Here are the areas/roles:

- President-in-Waiting (or call it Vice President, this is the person who will be president in 2017-18.)

- Treasurer

- Room Parents – at least two per grade works well. These, of course, can be grandparents or other relatives who have Safe Environment Certification. It would be very helpful to discuss/decide these now for next year.

- Focal Points

o Teacher Appreciation

o Social

o Volunteers

o Fund Raising - Mandy Jonkers will do this again next year, thanks Mandy!!

o Projects (maybe)


Lost & Found

We have an abundance of items in the Lost and Found. Please come by to claim any items you may be missing. These will be donated at the end of the school year.

Time to Re-enroll!

If you have not yet re-enrolled for the 2016-2017 school year, please do this soon. If you have not received the link to register, please contact Tracy Head at busmgr@hfsfw.org. These numbers are needed as we make plans for next year.

CRS Rice Bowls

The Rice Bowls for Catholic Relief Services were due last week. If you still have yours, please return to the office as soon as possible. Thank you!

Advisory Council Nominations

Advisory Council is a great way to get involved and support our school. Next year, Advisory Council will expand to include more members and additional committees. Committees support our school in strategic planning, maintaining Catholic identity, marketing and communication, budget review and technology. The committees are as follows:

The full council will meet every other month and committees will meet in the odd month. Each council member will chair a committee.

Please circle committee interest and give any experience qualifying you to chair a committee.

1. Executive Committee– Board leadership, coordination of board function and responsibilities

2. Mission Effectiveness – propose policies to make sure school maintains Catholic identity and carries out the mission

3. Committee on Council Members – create a process for recruiting board members and a process for the selection of board officers.

4. Planning and Policy – create long range strategic plan and monitor the plan and review objectives.
- Assist the administration in the formulation of policy to guide academic, student, business, development and faith community affairs.

5. Building and Grounds – facility maintenance, capital improvements, security, space utilization and emergency management plans for the school.

6. Finance – monitor the current year budget (actual versus projected)

- monitor long range financial plans for the school

- oversee, from a policy and planning perspective, business operations of the school

7. Fundraising - assist the development director with annual fund, alumni events, annual and planned giving and capital campaigns, identify and solicit major donors.

8. Marketing & Communications

-Help plan, create, implement and monitor a program to market HFCS for image and enrollment, including public relations materials.

- Develop and implement a communications plan to promote image and enrollment

- Assist with brochures, news letters, annual reports, website

9. Enrollment – plan, design, prepare and propose a comprehensive enrollment management plan. Assist with recruitment, admissions and retention events.

10. Technology – will assist with technology issues and replacement schedule.

Please consider self- nominating or nominating someone you know that has the experience to lead one of the committees. We have up to 4 positions that can be filled by parishioners that do not currently have kids attending the school. If you know someone who could support our school, please consider nominating them. Please fill out the form below INCLUDING the committee on which you would like to serve. All forms may be submitted to the school office.

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Kendra Scott Party - April 12th

You will not want to miss Spirit Night at Kendra Scott! Come to the University Village location on April 12th between 5:00 and 7:00. This is a great way to stock up on birthday gifts, Mother's Day gifts --- and more. 20% of all proceeds come back to Holy Family Catholic School. You just MUST mention HFCS when making the purchase. See you there!

Spirit Games 2016

The Spirit Games are back!

Spirit Games 2016

Sunday, April 24th, 2016

Nolan Catholic High School

10:00 am to 3:00 pm

Mass with Bishop Olsen at 11:00 am on the football field

Games & Activities begin at 12:00 pm

Events include Dodge Ball, Fear Factor, Amazing Race, Carnival, and much more!

T-Shirt: $15 for your t-shirt and your t-shirt is your child’s/children’s all day ticket to play, parents are free. T-shirts will be delivered to your child’s school a week or more prior to the event

Please click link below to register for Spirit Games 2016.

Facebook: Stephen Breen Memorial Foundation

Twitter: sbreenfdn

Instagram: sbreenfdn

Snapchat: sbreenfdn

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10th Annual HFCS Dads' Club Golf Tournament - May 13th

Mark your calendar to join the HFCS Dads' Club for its 10th Annual Golf Classic on May 13 at Waterchase Golf Club in Fort Worth. Online registrations for both players and sponsors are now available. Please use links below.