HFRCS Newsletter - Summer Edition

August 24, 2021 - Volume 1 Issue 1

From the Principal's Office

Dear Parents and Guardians,


As the days of summer begin to fade, our school is in the final stages of preparation for the new school year. The floors are shiny, and teachers are again, filling the hallways with chatter and excitement. Classrooms are getting prepared and decorated to welcome our Holy Family students back for an exciting year of learning.


This year we will be using a new format for our weekly sharing of information. The newsletter will have a new digital format and the link will be sent in an email that will detail the newsletter highlights, making it easier for you to search for information later. We are always seeking ways to be more efficient and effective in communication. Your feedback is always appreciated.


Many have been asking about our return to school Health and Safety Plan. Along with the principals from all the Catholic Elementary schools in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, yesterday afternoon I received a letter from Dr. Andrew McLaughlin, Secretary of Elementary Education, outlining the mitigation strategies that will be in place for the return to school. The letter is attached in this newsletter. As I am sure you are aware, we are under the directives of the Office of Catholic Education and the Bucks County Health Department. Following their guidance afforded us a very safe school year last year. We are hopeful that with continued care, everyone in our school community will benefit from a safe learning environment. Should you have any concerns about this plan, I encourage you to reach out to either Dr. David Damsker, Director of the Bucks County Health Department or Dr. Andrew McLaughlin. An updated Health and Safety Plan will be sent to all families closer to the start of school which will be based on the directives of the Office of Catholic Education.


Last Monday, we learned that Mrs. Pacenski will not be returning to Holy Family. We will miss her art leadership and wish her well in her new educational endeavor. As a result, while we have secured instruction in physical education, we are in need of a part-time Art teacher for two days per week. If anyone knows of anyone who might be interested in sharing their love of Art with our students, please contact me.


Next week, we will be opening the Parent Portal of MSP so that you can view your child’s class assignment for the new school year. Again, we are looking forward with joy to all this new year has in store for us here at Holy Family!


Sincerely Yours in Christ,

Kara Haggerty

Holy Family Alumna Back in Holy Family

We are thrilled to have back at Holy Family an alumna, from our first graduating class of 2011! Please extend a warm welcome to Ms. Maria Schmidle. Ms. Schmidle will be assisting Mrs. Christine Gaber in PK3.


I'm excited for this opportunity to work at Holy Family. I'm looking forward to being actively involved in the school again and can't wait to work as Mrs. Gaber's teaching aide. I hope that I'll be able to give the children as many learning opportunities as I had when I was a student. I can't wait to meet all of the PK3 students and their families in September. Thank you, Holy Family, for the warm welcome. It's good to be back! - Maria Schmidle

Teachers Meet & Greet Day (Grades 1-8)

Grades 1-8 can come meet and greet their teachers on September 7 from 2:00-3:00pm. Feel free to bring in school supplies to make your student's first day of school a little "lighter."


PK3, PK4, and Kindergarten will have scheduled orientation sessions. See September Calendar for details.

Terra Nova Test Date

Save the date(s)! The Terra Nova Test is administered to students in Grades 1-7 and will take place on March 4 to March 10, 2022. Please mark your calendars and plan for your students to be in school during this period.

Flynn O'Hara Uniform Update

Flynn O’Hara Uniforms would like to inform everyone that they are working through the peak back-to-school season significantly under-staffed. They are seeing longer lead times on backordered products due to international supply chain disruptions caused by COVID-19 and are experiencing delivery delays on orders which are presently processing in 10-14 business days for orders with customized products. They anticipate that these lead times, along with wait times in their stores, may continue to grow approaching the start of the school year.


We hope you were able to take advantage of the uniform Swap Shop Nights organized by Home & School earlier this month. We understand that there may be a delay getting your student's uniform by the start of the school year. If you need to access the Swap Shop, contact us at 215-269-9600 Monday-Thursday from 9:00-3:00pm to schedule a time to visit.

From the Enrollment Office

I would like to officially welcome all new students and families to the HFRCS Community! It was truly a pleasure to meet many of you over the course of the spring and summer. Our team of faculty and staff couldn’t be more excited to inspire, challenge, and nurture your children. Please know that my office is always open and I’m happy to help at any point during the school year. I wish you nothing but success and bliss as we embark on the 2021-2022 school year together!


Jim Downey, Enrollment Director

jim.downey@hfrcs.org, 215-269-9600 x209

Parish News: Queen of the Universe

Rev. Cesar J. Izzaguire, Parochial Vicar


View the Parish Weekly Bulletin. Football Mania tickets are available at the Rectory or after each weekend masses until Saturday, September 10.


Mass Schedule:


  • Tuesday-Friday: 8:30am
  • Saturday Vigil: 4:00pm
  • Sunday: 7:30am (no music), 9:30am (also virtual), 11:30am, 1:00pm (La Misa en Español)

Parish News: St. Frances Cabrini

Msgr. McCormac, Pastor

Msgr. Magee, Weekend Assistant


View the Parish Weekly Bulletin.


Pot of Gold

View this week's winnings. Next week's jackpot prize is $30,000!


A Biblical Walk Through the Mass

Register for A Biblical Walk Through the Mass here. This study explores the roots of the words and gestures which we experience at mass and explains their profound significance. This study, held in Monsignor Woods Hall, begins on Wednesday September 15 at 7:00pm and continues every Wednesday for six weeks.


Mass Schedule


  • Monday-Saturday: 9:30am
  • Saturday Vigil: 5:30pm
  • Sunday: 7:00am, 9:00am, 11:00am