Holy Family School Newsletter
A Note From Ms. Otte
We have formally moved into the fall season, and God has blessed us with many great things. Along with all the wonders of fall, we know the business is just starting! Please take some time to read through this newsletter, as there are many important things that you will need to know for November.
The last day of the quarter is Thursday, November 9th. There will not be school on Friday, November 10th. Please see the information within this newsletter on report card distribution. As you know, Parent/Teacher Conferences will be a little later this year. They will be during the week of Thanksgiving. Tuesday, November 21st, they will be in the evening from 3:15-7:00 p.m. and a half day on Wednesday, November 22nd, from 8:00-12:00 p.m. Sign-up will occur on JMC this year. Notification will be sent to families when the registration has opened. Conferences are an important time to connect with your child’s teacher to discuss progress growth and answer your concerns regarding your child. Parents are encouraged to have their child(ren) attend conferences. This is an excellent opportunity for students to actively participate in their learning and see how the teacher and parents work together in their best interest. Teachers and staff have been working hard to ensure that all students learn and grow. Please be sure to make time for this important conference. The Book Fair will also be open during conferences on both days. The Book Fair will close at 12:00 on Friday to allow for take-down.
Regular attendance at school helps children feel better about school—and themselves. Good attendance also reflects how students perform at school. Even as kids grow older and more independent, families play a crucial role in ensuring students access learning opportunities and understand why attendance is so important for success in school. We appreciate your commitment to making sure your child is in school.
During November, we will emphasize the character trait of Thankfulness for an apparent reason: Thanksgiving! What a perfect time for our children to acknowledge that there is a good reason for our national holiday and that it relates to appreciating our blessings and showing gratitude for them. True thankfulness cannot have one without the other. Privately enjoying what we have and where we live is not enough - our children must be taught to publicly acknowledge their blessings and show concrete signs of appreciation to God and those who are responsible for them. To be thankful is to recognize the love of God in everything he has given us, and he has given us everything.
Your children will be taught to “count their blessings'' this month. You can encourage your child to create thank you notes and/or pictures to give to people in their lives for whom they are thankful. These notes do not have to be long or worded perfectly, just a two or three-sentence acknowledgment of their appreciation. Some healthy doses of appreciation and acknowledgment of our many blessings are crucial for them to maintain well-rounded and well-adjusted outlooks on life.
This habit of writing thank-you notes reinforces the earlier trait of Respect. When one takes time to thank another, it shows respect. This is another boost to your child's self-confidence and character development. No matter our circumstances, we can find a reason to be thankful.
Lastly, please ensure your child(ren) is coming to school dressed appropriately for the outdoor weather. Hats, mittens, coats, and boots are required to go outside. We want to do our best to keep kids healthy.
“Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.” ~Ephesians 5:19-20~ As children of God, let’s be sure always to count our blessings.
God’s Blessing to all of you!
A Message from Nurse Raymie
As your school nurse, I am responsible for caring for sick or injured students, and I can be a resource for parents, students, and staff. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me at the school. I am at the school on Wednesdays and Thursdays throughout the year. I look forward to getting to know each of you and your children.
A few reminders:
- If your child is not going to be at school please call and let us know (or log their absence in the JMC Family App). If it is before or after school hours you can still call and leave a voicemail message. If we don’t receive a call/message from you, the absence will be marked as "unexcused". You will then receive an automated phone call from JMC around 9:30 AM notifying you of the unexcused absence. The phone call will instruct you to call the school to notify us of the reason your child is absent.
- If your child is sick, they must be fever-free, without the use of medications (Tylenol or Ibuprofen), for 24 hours. If they are vomiting, they cannot return to school until 24 hours after the last episode.
- Remember to have a change of clothes for your students here at school. Ideally a pair of pants, underwear, a shirt and socks. Kids spill, get wet outside, or have accidents and it’s nice to have a dry outfit to put on. We don't have clothes here for students so if they need a change of clothes and they don't have a supply here parents will be called to bring some in.
WANT TO MAKE A GENERAL DONATION TO HFS OR DONATE TO OUR ONGOING WORKATHON?
If you or someone you know would like to donate to the Workathon or another cause at Holy Family School, please scan the QR code below, or click the "Make a Donation to HFS" button to be brought to the donation landing page. This page will be updated as we add different causes throughout the school year.
Classroom teachers will decide how they want to celebrate Halloween in their classrooms and what the requirements for costumes will be (worn full day, half day, a couple hours, etc.). Please remember that costumes must be appropriate for school and follow the school dress code guidelines. Hats and hoods may be worn as part of costumes on this day only. Full-face mask costumes may be worn during the classroom party only. Please see page 12 of the Student/Parent Handbook if you have any questions.
WE ARE COLLECTING ITEMS NOW!
November 21 & 22
STOP BY THE BOOK FAIR
The breakfast and lunch menus are below, on the JMC Family App, Family Portal, or our school website.
Questions about JMC?
KEEP TRACK OF HFS EVENTS!!
To stay informed of everything happening at HFS, follow us on Facebook.
In addition to Facebook, please watch page 3 of the the Sauk Centre Herald every week to read up on spotlight events in the school. We are very thankful to our sponsors for giving us this space in the weekly newspaper.
HAVE YOU SIGNED UP UP TO VOLUNTEER?
STEVE ANGRISANO CONCERT & DIVINE MERCY CHAPLET
Steve Angrisano is an internationally recognized Catholic composer, presenter and passionate music missionary. For over two decades, Steve has traveled around the world, sharing his unique blend of humor, story and song. Whether it’s at parish missions, youth events, concerts, staff retreats or music workshops, Steve loves working with local ministry teams to bring new life and passion to their Catholic communities.
Below is a flyer from our ACC for the different presentations available to the public. To learn more about Steve Angrisano, visit: https://www.steveangrisano.com/
Please take time today to thank those veterans in our community who have fought for our country. At this time, due to it being the end of the quarter and having a no school day on the 10th, we do not plan to have a Veteran's Day program as we have done in the past.
Report cards will be published/finalized today. At this time, we plan to send them electronically (email) directly from JMC. Because this is a new system for HFS, we ask for your patience if this new process does not work exactly how we would like. If there are any issues on our end with this process, we will provide you with a paper copy at parent/teacher conferences.
If you cannot print the report card, grades can still be viewed on the JMC Family App or online through the JMC Family portal.
Today is a 2-hour late start for the public school. Therefore, parents will be responsible for transporting their child(ren) TO HFS in the morning. (Busses will be available for afternoon transportation.)
To ensure a safe flow of traffic, during drop-off on these late-start days, please follow these procedures: at least 5 cars should pull through the parking lot onto Birch Street (past the barricades and along the curb by the playground) and 5 cars should line up in the parking lot. Children should exit the vehicles on the passenger side. (Essentially, 10 cars will be dropping off at the same time.) Staff will be directing traffic to ensure a smooth process.
NOVEMBER 21 & 22
PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCES & BOOK FAIR
Tuesday, November 21
Conferences: 3:15 - 7:00
Scholastic Book Fair in Cafeteria: 3:00 - 7:15
Wednesday, November 22
Conferences: 8:00 - 12:00
Scholastic Book Fair in Cafeteria: 7:45 - 12:00
The Book Fair closes at noon so please plan accordingly.
Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, the school assembly to recognize the November Character Trait
"Thankful" winners will be held on Friday, December 1.
CARING ABOUT PEOPLE ("CAP") DAY
Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, the November CAP day will be Friday, December 1. Students are allowed to wear a hat/cap all day if they pay at least $1. 100% of funds donated during these days are given to a local family in need.
Should weather prevent us from holding the Christmas pageant on this date, we have two backup dates - Tuesday, December 19 then Thursday, December 21 (this date would only be used if the two previous dates do not work due to weather). Please watch for future communications regarding pageant showtimes, etc.
October "Respect" Assembly
Below are the October Little World Changer Recipients for showing Respect in the month of October.
Back from left: Bristol Hunstiger (4), Allie Thooft (4), Laura Hennen (5), Anna Hennen (5), Blake Dingmann (6), Mikey Lieser (6)
Middle from left: Ms. Otte, Weston Dickhoff (1), Adelyn Hull (2), Axel Hammond (2), Elizabeth Joens (3), Mason Schneider (3)
Front from left: Clay Gottwald (K), Brayden Moritz (K), Cassie Middendorf (1)
The above students are Laney Wilber, Claire Pohlmann, Kali Yarke, Elizabeth Friedrichs & Lauren Sunderman
A couple of weeks ago, an activity watch/tracker was found in the church parking lot. If you or a family member lost it, please call or stop in the school office to describe it then claim it.
NO SCHOOL - MONDAY, MARCH 18
Please update your school calendars - we WILL have school on Wednesday, March 20. We will NOT have school on Monday, March 18.