Teaching the Way of Jesus Christ.
August 24, 2020
A Message from the Principal
Dear Holy Family Catholic Community,
The first week of school was a joy! Last Thursday, we had our first school Mass of the year and it felt so good to be with Father Hoa, the children, and faculty in the church.This week we will be streaming Mass so that our distance learners can be included in our weekly worship.
One of our main goals for this quarter is to create a welcoming and emotionally safe learning environment for our students. This is always an important goal, and this year even more so since the students have not been on campus for the last five months. This year we are taking extra steps to support social emotional learning (SEL) for our students.
Specifically, we are implementing the Zones of Regulation curriculum to support the students’ development of self-awareness and emotional self-understanding. The Zones of Regulation curriculum starts with a simple, non-judgmental, color code that helps students identify their feelings (see attached documents of elementary level Zones handouts). Our teachers are using this color code as a way to do brief check-ins with the students throughout the day. Here is the color code:
- Blue Zone: sad, sick, tired, bored, moving slowly
- Green Zone: happy, calm, feeling okay, focused, ready to learn
- Yellow Zone: frustrated, worried, silly/wiggly, excited, loss of some control
- Red Zone: mad/angry, terrified, yelling/hitting, elated, out of control
Ultimately, the students will learn calming and cognitive strategies to help them regulate, or manage, their different emotions; this will help them move toward the calm and productive Green Zone. If you would like more detailed information about this program, the Zones of Regulation book, written by Leah M. Kuypers, MA Ed. OTR/L, is available on Amazon.
Monday homeroom time has been increased to an hour this year to allow time for social emotional learning (SEL) and virtue education, in addition to our Monday Morning Prayer. Virtue-Based Restorative Discipleship activities will be incorporated into homeroom, along with the Zones of Regulation curriculum. Both Zones of Regulation and Virtue-Based Restorative Discipleship support the HFCS mission:
Teaching the Way of Jesus Christ,
Holy Family Catholic School empowers to become
joyful disciples, lifelong learners, and compassionate leaders.
I will be speaking about the Zones of Regulation and Virtue-Based Restorative Discipleship at our Zoom Coffee and Conversation with the Principal, next Wednesday, August 26, at 9:00 am.
Thank you and God bless,
August 26 - Coffee and Conversation with Mrs. Walters via Zoom at 9:00am
September 1 - Early Giving Opens for North Texas Giving Day
September 7 - No School - Labor Day Holiday
September 9 - Meet the Teacher Night
September 17 - North Texas Giving Day
September 17 - Knight of Columbus Top Golf Tournament
September 18 - Parent - Teacher Conferences
The school calendar can be found in its entirety on the school website at www.hfcsfw.org, click on the About tab, then click on the Calendar tab. Dates are subject to change.
Zoom Meet the Teacher Night - Wednesday, September 9
We will have three different sessions so parents with multiple children will have time to visit all of their children’s classrooms. Be on the lookout for the teachers’ Zoom invitations. Here is the schedule for the evening:
6:00p – 6:15p: Opening Prayer
6:20p – 6:40p: First Session
6:40p – 7:00p: Second Session
7:00p – 7:20p: Third Session