Hornet Herald

Teaching the Way of Jesus Christ

November 4, 2019

A Message From Our Principal

Dear HFCS Community,

All Saints Day, November 1, was a spiritually rich day for our students as many of them embodied saintly identities in one of HFCS’ favorite traditions, the Living Saints Museum. I was very impressed to listen to our MS students teach the younger students about the lives of the saints. The students took great care to dress like their saints and they did a fantastic job! Olivia Vasquez, as St. Cecilia the Patron Saint of Music, told the younger students that she “heard heavenly music in her heart and she played it.”

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Mrs. Szostek’s second graders did a very creative project depicting their chosen saints and their symbols. Mrs. Gomez’ first graders visited their classroom for saint presentations and a lively parade to “When the Saints Come Marching In!”

Mrs. Jonkers’ kindergarten class brought joy to residents of Brookdale last Friday when they visited wearing their colorful storybook costumes!

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Mrs. Jonkers’ kindergarten class brought joy to residents of Brookdale last Friday when they visited wearing their colorful storybook costumes!

The Saint and Virtue of the the month was introduced last Friday morning. November's Saint is St. Albert the Great and the Virtue of the month is Gratitude.
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I invite parents, teachers and staff to participate in a short and simple survey by November 15. I will share the results with you at a HFCS evening event in January, date TBD.

Your responses to this survey, and our future sharing and listening session, will help us celebrate our strengths and shape the next phase of HFCS strategic planning and marketing. Here is the link to the anonymous survey: https://forms.gle/18wEs5FWAERrQuVc8 I look forward to hearing your voice through this survey!

Holy Family, Pray for us!


Ann Walters

Mrs. Ann M. Walters, MPS


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Upcoming Events

This Week

November 4 - Leadership Council Winter Accessory Drive Kickoff

November 5 - High Touch High Tech - Room C

November 5 - 8th Grade Shadow Day at Nolan Catholic

November 6 - Hornet Soccer vs. St. Andrew at St. Andrew

November 6 - Nolan Catholic Parent Information Night - Pemberton Library

November 7 - Panera Fundraiser 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm Hawk's Creek Location

November 8 - High Touch High Tech - Scantlin Hall

Next Week

November 11 - Veterans Day Ceremony

November 13 - Silly Sock Day and HSA Meeting

November 14 - Class Pictures and Individual Retakes

November 15 - Donuts with Dad

Upcoming Events

November 17 - St. Cecila Concert - 6:30 pm in the Church

November 22 - 8th Grade Thanksgiving Feast

November 25 to 29 - Thanksgiving Holiday

December 2 - Pot O'Gold Kickoff

December 4 - Silly Socks and HSA Meeting

December 9 - Spelling Bee

December 12 - Chick-fil-A Fundraiser from 6:00 am to 10:00 pm

December 14 - Diocesan History Fair

January 10 - Diocesan Science Fair

Faculty Showcase

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Ms. Anna Brittain

One reason I teach at Holy Family Catholic School is the outstanding environment. We truly are a family. We help each other, pray for each other, laugh often, and learn from one another. Another reason I teach here is the students. Watching them grow and become outstanding young men and women is a gift. I feel blessed to be a part of such a positive school.

First Grade Prayer Pumpkins

Last week, Mrs. Gomez's 1st graders carved a pumpkin while saying the Pumpkin Prayer. After each line, Mrs. Gomez explained to the students what they were doing and what each sentence meant. The students helped removing the seeds, which represents sin. When they were done, they lit the pumpkin and listened to the song by Jesse Manibusan "Open My Eyes."
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Our Robotics Team participated in a scrimmage on Saturday at St. Rita Catholic School against three other teams.
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Family Time!! This Thursday, November 7, is Holy Family Catholic School Spirit Night at Panera Bread on Alta Mere (Westworth Blvd) from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm. All you have to do is order and eat! Please present a paper or electronic version of the flyer for in-store orders or enter PRFUND in the promotion code box when ordering online for Rapid Pickup or delivery.

Follow this link for digital information... https://events.panerabread.com/attachment/b19b6e7c-ac32-416b-bc66-c4b50ef52f42/event_flyer.pdf

Panera Bread will donate 20% of the proceeds to HFCS.

Please help get the word out by sharing with your extended family and friends!

Please let Lisa Griffith know what other restaurants and businesses you would like to see for spirit night fundraisers. lgriffith@hfsfw.org

Middle School Leadership Council Winter Accessory Drive

Did you know that there are nearly 1,800 people in the city of Fort Worth that are homeless?Starting today, the Middle School Leadership Council will be collecting warm hats, scarves, and gloves or mittens for the homeless in our area. Since winter weather is here, we know these items will be greatly needed by those who have little or no protection from the cold.

  • Pre-K 3 through Kindergarten - warm winter hats
  • 1st though 4th grades - gloves or mittens
  • 5th through 8th - scarves

Donations will be accepted from today, November 4 to Thursday, November 14.

Thank you for supporting those in most need in our community.


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6th Grade Flag Football

Our 6th grade flag football team, partnered with 3 students from St. Peter the Apostle, ended their season this past Saturday, taking second place in the 7 on 7 tournament!

Abby Smith won the Faith and Fire Award for leadership, sportsmanship and Christian values. She was also one of our top scorers and one of our best defenders. Oh, and did we mention she was the only girl in the league!

The other teams in the league had anywhere from 9 to 14 players, meaning our students were on for the entirety of their games. Our team beat Holy Trinity, St. Rita and SEAS twice. Our team squared off in the championship, just barely being outscored by St. John the Apostle.

Many thanks to Coach Jesse Granado for his coaching and leadership!

Congratulations to players Abigail Smith, Daniel Granado, Jude Pierce, and Aaron Morales for a great 2019 season!

Hornet Soccer

Come out and cheer on our Hornets at one of our home games on the Hornets' Nest!


Wednesday, November 6 at 4:15 pm against St. Andrew at St. Andrew (red goal)

Monday, November 11 at 4:15 pm against St. Joseph at Holy Family

Saturday, November 16 at 9:00 am against St. Martin de Porres at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

Monday, November 18 at 4:15 pm against Our Lady of Victory at Holy Family

Running Club Off To A Great Start

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Mom Volunteers Needed

Donuts with Dad is just around the corner! We need moms to help set up, serve and clean up for Donuts with Dad. We need moms from 6:16 am to 9:00 am in Scantlin Hall on Friday, November 15.

Please contact Lisa Griffith at 817.737.4201 or lgriffith@hfsfw.org if you are able to help.

Parish News

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Middle School Youth Night

Holy Family Catholic Community is hosting a Middle School Youth Night this Wednesday from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm in Scantlin Hall. Come and join the fun!

Nolan Catholic News

Viking Marching Band

The Viking Marching Band recently competed in the TAPPS State Marching Band and Drumline State Championships. The Marching Band received a superior rating and took 3rd place overall. The Drumline earned a superior rating, Best Bass Line, Best Snare Line and are the 2019 State Champions. Former Holy Family student, Thomas Conway is part of the Bass Line that won the award for Best Bass Line!

Holy Family Catholic School is so proud of our students who participate in the band program at Nolan...Mia Flores, Thomas Conway, Noah Esquivel, Ava Terrell, Ivan Lopez , Savannah , Blandford, and Cooper Salerno.

Parent One-on-One Sessions with Nolan Administrators

Nolan Catholic administrators will be on our campus on Wednesday afternoon, November 6, to meet individually with parents to answer questions about special learning needs, tuition assistance, or other needs. For planning purposes, please follow this link to schedule your session. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0d4ca5a92ea0f58-holy

Nolan Catholic Parent Information Night

All parents, especially middle school parents, are welcome to attend an informational night to learn more about the Nolan Catholic difference on Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at 6:30 pm in the Pemberton Library.

Please make plans to attend to visit with other parents and Nolan Catholic administration.

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Mills Uniform Fall Sale

Mills Uniform Company's 2019 Fall Sale has started!
15% Off everything / 25%+ and More Off Clearance items and $5 shipping on orders $100+ placed during the sale.
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Teaching the Way of Jesus Christ, Holy Family Catholic School empowers students to become joyful disciples, lifelong learners, and compassionate leaders.