Hornet Herald

Teaching the Way of Jesus Christ.

January 27, 2020

A Message from the Principal

Dear Holy Family Catholic Community,

Happy Catholic Schools Week!

We had a great turn out at our HFCS Open House yesterday! Our student leaders gave fourteen families a tour of our school and our visitors were impressed with the poise and graciousness that our students demonstrated. Thank you to all the faculty and staff who were a welcoming and informed presence at the open house. It was great to see so many of our current families at the event, especially for the band performance – our school band is awesome!

It is the 100th day of school today and our Kindergarten students celebrated by having a fashion show highlighting their special personalized t-shirts that were decorated with one hundred items.

Thank you to everyone that attended the Coffee and Conversation with Father Hoa and me last Wednesday. We discussed the results of the survey that I sent to the community last fall asking you to identify the five best things about HFCS and the areas that need improvement. Here are the results.

Five Great Things about HFCS:

1. Excellent Teachers

2. Strong Catholic Environment

3. Caring Community

4. Small Class Size

5. Quality Education

In response to the “great things” about HFCS:

These things are absolutely what makes HFCS the welcoming, close knit, caring Catholic School community that we are! There is so much to love about our school!

Five Things Needing Improvement:

1. More Specials (such as Art, Technology, Spanish)

2. More Extra-Curricular Activities

3. Increased Enrollment/Larger Class Size

4. Improved and Healthier Lunch Options

5. Facilities

In response to the “needs improvement” items:

More Specials (#1.) and Larger Classes (#4.):

Increased enrollment is the key to offering more specials. In previous Coffee and Conversation with the Principal meetings I have discussed how the lower enrollment numbers this year (30 students less than 2018-2019) did not allow us to budget for addition special classes.

The School Advisory Council and a new Marketing Committee are actively working on a HFCS marketing strategic plan with the specific goal of increasing enrollment. We will still aim to have small classes, something we all love about HFCS, but we do need more students to provide your children with more social interactions and additional academic and extra-curricular programming.

I ask that every member of the HFCS community start a personal “word of mouth” marketing campaign to help grow our school. Share your love of our school with your neighbors and friends and invite them to tour the school. Yard signs will be handed out at our Family Lunch this week to help with this grass roots marketing initiative.

More Extra-Curricular Activities (#2):

I will be sending a survey to the parents and students next week to help identify which new clubs and extra-curricular activities the students would like to participate in next year. Providing enrichment opportunities during the Home and School Association meetings was one step toward providing our students with “mini” extra-curricular activities this year, creating after school clubs is an important goal for next year.

Improved Lunches (#4):

I met with Mr. Larry of Clara’s Kitchen last week to discuss the parents’ request for healthier lunches. He and I will continue to meet; he is currently working on a sample menu for next year. I will update you on his progress in this area.

Facilities (#5):

The truth is that we have an old building that needs constant maintenance! This years’ Pot O’ Gold revenues will help offset the cost of a much needed school roof replacement and the repair of the internal ceiling and wall damage that has been caused by our leaky roof. These are expensive and necessary projects. The Dad’s Club is also planning on initiating field repairs this spring.

Thank you for responding to the fall survey. We have a great school and it is only going to get better and better as we work on nurturing our “best things” and improving those things that need our attention.

Have a joyful Catholic Schools Week, thank you for supporting Catholic education!


Mrs. Ann Walters


Happy Catholic Schools Week!

Up-Coming Events

This Week

January 26 through February 1 - Catholic Schools Week

January 26 - Open House

January 27 - CANCELLED - Spring Creek BBQ Spirit Night

January 29 - Crazy Hat and Family Lunch Day

January 29 - 6th and 7th grades to Bass Hall

January 30 - 8th Grade service project at Ronald McDonald House

January 31 - Spirit Wear with uniform bottoms

January 31 - 5th and 6th grade girls and 8th grade boys basketball games

February 1 - 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th grade boys and girls basketball games

Next Week

February 7 - 1st grade to Bass Hall

February 8 - Denim and Diamonds - Pot O'Gold

Upcoming Events

February 12 - Silly Socks Day

February 12 - Home and School Association Meeting

February 14 - Valentine's Day parties

February 15 - Knights of Columbus Cana Night

February 22 - Lunch and Learn for Prospective Families

February 25 - 6th and 7th Grade Retreat

February 29 - TPSMEA Solo Contest

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Many Thanks to All for a Successful Open House!

We are Holy Family!

Thank you to all the students, parents, faculty and staff for such a fun and welcoming Open House on Sunday! And, a very special thanks to the National Junior Honor Society and handful of 5th graders and middle school students who conducted tours for our prospective families. I received many compliments on your knowledge and love of HFCS.

And, three cheers to Ms. Kathy Bernal and our band students for a wonderful concert! There were many tapping their feet and singing to Chicago's 25 or 6 to 4!

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100th Day of School for Kindergarten!

Our very own Kindergarteners helped design their own personal t-shirts with 100 items attached to the shirts to celebrate 100 days of school. During Monday Prayer, they delighted us with a Hornet Fashion Show as they showed off their designs!

Way to go Hornets!

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Looking forward to seeing you on Wednesday for Family Lunch Day!

Diamonds and Denim - Pot O'Gold Annual Auction and Dinner

Raffle Results Week 6

Pot O' Gold 2020 Raffle Tickets

Please turn in raffle tickets by 2:00 pm this Friday to receive credit for the weekly sales. If you need more raffle tickets, please ask the front office. Turn in all unsold raffle tickets to the front office.

Our goal for raffle this year is $15,000 and the proceeds will go toward a new roof for the school. Tickets are $5.00 each or 6 for $25.00. The winning tickets will be drawn at Pot O' Gold on February 8. 1st place will receive a $1,500 Visa gift card and 2nd place will receive a $750 Visa gift card.

Pot O' Gold Raffle Ticket Results for Week Six

Congratulations to the Kindergarten AND 6th grade classes for being the top-selling class! Way to go, Kindergarten and 6th grade! Keep up the great work! Both classes will be treated to Sonic Happy Hour on Friday afternoon.

Top Individual Sellers for Week Six:

1st Place:

John Cote

2nd Place:

Cooper Orand

3rd Place:

Lillian Datinguinoo, Andrew Matasso, Max Motheral, Josh Matasso, Jackson Schuster, and Tyler Phillips

Individual Sales List:

Thank you to all the students who helped make week five raffle sales a success:

Aadhya Kasetti, Harry Jonkers, Grady Arnold, Lillian Datinguinoo, Milan Cacciotti, Andrew Matasso, Leddie Arnold, Eliana Datinguinoo, James Roels, Ruby Jonkers, Max Motheral, Anna Lily Pulido, Josh Matasso, Nevis Cacciotti, Evan Blandford, Olivia Reed, Tristan San Miguel, John Cote, Addie Roels, Cooper Orand, Jackson Schuster, Cade Swan, and Tyler Phillips

Donate to the Live and Silent Auctions

The Pot O' Gold committee has received several generous donations from businesses in our community. Our goal is to create packages for the auction with these items, along with donations from our wonderful families at Holy Family Catholic School. If you are struggling with ideas, please click on the sign-up genius link below and review the suggested items. Check back frequently to see what has been added to the list.


Before turning in a donation, please fill out a donation form. Donations may be turned in at the front office or set on the library stage. Volunteers will be in the drop-off and pick-up line this Thursday and Friday to receive donations. Donations are due by this Friday, January 31.

Thank you so much for your generosity and support to Holy Family Catholic School. POG would not be possible without our great families!

Reservations for Pot O' Gold

Don't miss out on a night of fun and fellowship at Ridglea Country Club! Make your reservations by turning in a reservation form to the front office or register online at https://hfsfw.ejoinme.org/MyEvents/PotOGold2020/Reservations/tabid/1107948/Default.aspx. Reservations must be submitted by this Friday, January 31, 2020.

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Clara's Kitchen Menu for February 2020

Please return by January 31.

Please make checks payable to Clara's Kitchen.

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Nolan Catholic News

Look at how well our alumni are performing academically at Nolan Catholic for the Fall Semester...

Highest Honors

9th Grade - Thomas Conway, Ivan Lopez, and Cooper Salerno

10th Grade - Mia Flores, Emily Grimes, and Nikita Marquardt

11th Grade - Mandy McCans, Kelsy Sterett, and Ava Terrell

12 Grade - Delaney Boley, Grace Chambers, Anna Conway,Tara Fitzsimons, Madison Grimes, Matthew Jones, Jake Limosnero, Jacob Marquardt, Daniel Neff, Kaitlyn Speairs and Celizz Valdez.

High Honors

9th Grade - Samuel Morales and Jackson Thompson

10th Grade - Savannah Blandford, Connor Cook, Avery Gilbert,Victoria Martinez, and Phillip Speairs

11th Grade - Brayden Hamilton

12th Grade - Ciara Esquivel, Hunter Phillips, Rachel Sibal, and Payton Thompson


9th Grade - Grant Neill and Noah Esquivel

10th Grade - Michael Jones and Ethan Zavala

11th Grade - Ryan Phillips

12th Grade - Isabella Maschino

Way to go Hornet Vikings!!!

Purchase Your Tickets Today!

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Knights of Columbus

Date Night! Join the Knights for Cana Night - a special celebration of marriage on Saturday, February 15.
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