HFRCS Newsletter SY 2022-2023

March 7, 2023 - Vol.2 Issue 27

From the Principal's Office

Dear Parents and Guardians,

At this moment, our students in grades 2-7 are quietly and diligently completing their Terra Nova reading tests. Terra Nova testing will continue tomorrow and Thursday. Terra Nova provides us with important information and helps to guide our instruction in the future. Thank you for having your child arrive at school on time and being prepared to complete these standardized tests.

This Thursday evening, our second-grade students from Queen of the Universe Parish will be receiving their first reconciliation. We congratulate our second graders on their preparation for this sacrament and wish them the peace of Christ.

The FACTS Family Portal will be turned off from Friday, March 10 until Friday, March 17 so that report cards can be prepared and printed. Thank you for your patience!

Enrollment for the 2023-2024 school year is well underway! As you are aware, Holy Family utilizes Continuous Enrollment, which means that once you are enrolled, your child will continue their education here until graduating from 8th grade, unless you opt-out. Right now, we are giving priority placement to students who are siblings of currently enrolled students. If you have a new child who will be coming to Holy Family next year, please complete an application online or contact our Enrollment Director, Regan Downey (regan.downey@hfrcs.org).

Our school is preparing for the visiting team from the Middle States Association Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Education. Much hard work has gone into preparing our self-study and our goals for student performance and organizational capacity. The visiting team will be arriving Monday evening, March 20, and will be visiting our school on Tuesday and Wednesday. They will be delivering their recommendation for re-accreditation on Thursday afternoon to our faculty and Pastors. Please pray for a successful visit from Middle States!

Sincerely Yours in Christ,

Mrs. Haggerty

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Remember to go to Mass this weekend.

Graduate Spotlight!

Emma Finley-Dawes

High School Destination

Conwell-Egan Catholic High School


Cheerleading, school play, flute, Comic Book Club, Student Council, Hawk Walk, Spirit Day, Safety Captain, soccer

Favorite Memory

The girls team winning the wood race on 8th grade Leadership Day

Advice to Holy Family Students

Don't spend what little time you have here just worrying about the little things - have some fun and make the most of it.

Cullen Edwards

High School Destination

Conwell-Egan Catholic High School


Flag Football Club, Dodgeball Club, and Basketball

Favorite Memory

Going undefeated in our CYO Parish Basketball team

Advice to Holy Family Students

Do your best and have fun.

Lenten One-Can Meal Drive

For our 2023 Lenten Service Project, HFRCS will be collecting one-can meals for our friends at Nutritional Development Services which they will then distribute to local food cupboards and soup kitchens. In order to make this a more meaningful experience, we ask that you have your children either pay for or, at the very least, shop for their donated items. This gives ownership of the good deed and creates a connection to those we are out to help.

Our SCHOOL GOAL is 400 cans! 2 cans per person will exceed our goal!

Many of the local food cupboards and soup kitchens have seen a swift increase in numbers of families with children who utilize their services. Please see attached document for examples of what we are collecting.

Thank you for your kindness and generosity to the many hungry people in our surrounding communities. As always, we appreciate all you and your family do to support your children, our school and Catholic education as well as those in our community.

Please send in donations by Friday, March 31.

Title 1 Program Survey

We need your help to achieve 100% participation! We still have not received a number of the surveys (sent out per family, for students in Kindergarten to 8th grade). Please return the completed form in the envelope provided ASAP.

Yearbook Photos

Photos for clubs and CYO sports that the yearbook does not already have will be taken on Friday, March 10. For those in the lower grades, please make sure your child knows what clubs/sports they participated in this year. Thank you.
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Yearbook News

Yearbooks are now available for sale online by clicking the link (www.buytheyearbook.com) or scan the QR code. When you click on the link, it takes you to a page that requires you to put our SCHOOL NUMBER 713026 to direct you to the sales page. Click on the "Yearbooks" image and complete the form. Please note that you will be asked to create an account.

This year's cost is $22 per book. The order deadline is Friday, March 31st.

Reserve your copy today. Be sure to indicate your child's classroom when placing your order. Yearbooks will be delivered to students at the end of the school year.

Note: Each 8th grader will receive a yearbook so they do not need to place an online order.

Art Club (Gr. 4-5 only)

You can still sign up for Art Club! Art Club will be held 3:00-4:00 pm for Grades 4-5 on Thursdays March 9th and 16th.

Sign up here: https://forms.gle/KRxJxFgq8MbQr5QW8

Crochet Club (Gr. 6-8 only)

The Crochet Club will be held on Wednesday, March 22nd, 29th, April 5th and 12th from 3:15-4:00 PM and will meet in Mrs. Radich's homeroom (6A).

Please return the completed form to Mrs. Radich with the club fee of $5 by Friday, March 10.

Breakfast/Lunch Order due Mar 9

Breakfast/Lunch order for April 3-28 is due on Thursday, Mar 9. Please note menus are subject to change at any time. Please refer to the school website for the latest menu.

Order Form: https://forms.gle/LExpcv6rvF3Lv5yNA

Hersheypark Discount Ticket Offer!

Discount tickets to Hersheypark are available to friends and families of HFRCS for significant savings. Gate admission for Regular is $85.80; our price is $40.95 (ALL ages 3+) valid until 9/10/23 or $42.95 (ALL ages 3+) valid until 1/1/24.

*ADD-ON discount Hersheypark Meal Tickets at a savings of up to 12% off retail prices ($14.99 each) and Parking Pass: $20.00 pre-ordered or pay $25.00 onsite.

Tickets purchased in 2023 are valid for any single day of operation throughout the 2023 calendar year, but will not be valid past their expiration date.

Orders must be received by Friday, March 31, 2023. We will distribute tickets on or before the week of April 24, 2023.

Most Reverend Nelson J. Pérez Grants Dispensation from the Obligation to Abstain from Meat on the Memorial of Saint Patrick

Handbook Highlight

Please review the Family Handbook for reference on Behavioral Expectations of Students (pages 10-13).

We expect all students to:

  • Demonstrate a positive, cooperative attitude
  • Use appropriate language at all times
  • Respect all adults, including parents, teachers, bus drivers, secretaries, lunch personnel, and volunteers
  • Work in class in a quiet, cooperative manner when directed
  • Be courteous, accepting, supportive, encouraging, and friendly toward other students
  • Keep their hands and bodies to themselves, especially at recess
  • Behave in a positive manner on the school bus, following all bus rules

Financial Aid

Financial Aid applications for 2023-2024 BLOCS funding are being accepted through FACTS Grant & Aid. You can start an application by logging into your FACTS account. There is also a link on our website under Admissions > Financial Aid.

A tax return (2021 or 2022) must be submitted with your application. Please note that FACTS charges a fee for processing and verifying applications.

Grants will be awarded in late Spring once we are notified of our available funding. Awards are based on factors such as the available funding, the number of applicants and the income eligibility of applicants.

Upcoming Events

  • Mar 6-9 (Mon-Thu): Terra Nova, Grades 2-7
  • Mar 10 (Fri): Terra Nova Make up Grades 2-7, Second Trimester Ends, FACTS Family Portal will be closed for report card printing
  • Mar 13 (Mon): Third Trimester Starts
  • Mar 14 (Tue): Reconciliation Gr. 3-8, 1:00 PM
  • Mar 17 (Fri): Report Cards
  • Mar 20-23 (Mon-Thu): Middle States Visit
  • Mar 23 (Thu): 7th Grade Universal HS Visit, Early dismissal PK 11:00, K-8 11:30, after school CARES available, dismissal buses available for all school districts EXCEPT Council Rock and Bensalem.
  • Mar 31 (Fri): Last day of Lenten one-can meal drive
  • Apr 5 (Wed): Early dismissal PK 11:00, K-8 11:30 AM, NO after school CARES
  • Apr

Save the date for Holy Family's Got Talent! Friday, April 28, 7:30 PM @ Conwell Egan High. School

From the Enrollment Office

PreK3-8th Grade applications for the 2023-2024 school year is now open! If you are interested in enrolling another child of yours this fall, please get in touch with our Enrollment Office. Our Referral Program is a great way to expand our school community while earning a tuition credit for your family.

Ms. Regan Downey, Enrollment & Marketing

regan.downey@hfrcs.org 215-269-9600 x209

***** HOME & SCHOOL NEWS *****

H&S Upcoming Events

  • Mar 12 (Sun): 1:00-3:30 PM Holy Family at the Rink. Please return form by Wednesday, March 8. See flyer for details
  • Mar 14 (Tue): 6:30 PM Home & School Meeting, Parish Center
  • Mar 17 (Fri): St. Patrick's Day Virtual 50/50 drawing @ 2:00 PM; get tickets now! See flyer for details.
  • Mar 23 (Thu): Miller's Ale House, 4:00 PM to Midnight!, Present flyer to the server at the time of payment, see flyer for details
  • Apr 22 (Sat): Family Spring Fling Dance, RSVP Form due by Apr 10. See flyers and form for details

For any questions regarding Home & School events, please reach out to the H&S Leadership Team or holyfamilyhands@yahoo.com

Spiritwear: New spiritwear inventory on hand and available for purchase! Please see attached order form and email holyfamilyhands@yahoo.com for any questions.

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***** PARISH NEWS *****

Queen of the Universe

Father John R. Weber, Pastor

Father Cesar J. Izzaguire, Parochial Vicar

View the Parish Weekly Bulletin.

Sunday Mass Schedule:

4:00 PM (Vigil Mass), 7:30 AM , 9:30 AM , 11:30 AM , 1:00 PM La Misa en Español

Weekday Daily Mass:

8:30 AM - Monday through Saturday

Holy Days: (subject to change)

5:00 PM (Vigil), 8:30 AM, Noon, & 7:00 PM

The Sacrament of Reconciliation:

Thursday: 6:45 PM - 7:30 PM , Saturdays: 3:00 PM - 3:45 PM

The Sacrament of Baptism:

1st and 3rd Saturdays, at 11:00 AM

First Reconciliation:

Congratulations to the 2nd Grade Parishioners of Queen of the Universe who will be receiving their first Sacrament of Reconciliation on Thursday, March 9 at 6:45 PM. God Bless our 2nd Graders!

St. Frances Cabrini

Monsignor McCormac, Pastor

Monsignor Magee, Weekend Assistant

View the Parish Weekly Bulletin.

Mass Schedule:

  • Monday-Saturday: 9:30 AM
  • Saturday Vigil: 5:30 PM
  • Sunday: 7:00 AM, 9:00 AM, 11:00 AM
  • Holy Days: 6:30 AM, 12 Noon, 7:00 PM (except January 1st which follows a Sunday Mass schedule)

The Sacrament of Reconciliation

Saturday: 4:15-5:15 PM or by appointment

Daily Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

Saint Joseph Chapel

Monday - Saturday: 8:00 AM–8:00 PM

Sunday: 12:30 PM–8:00 PM

Pot of Gold

Included is this week's winnings. The jackpot prize for the next drawing is $18,000!

***** OTHER NEWS *****

CYO Track & Field

SPRING TRACK REGISTRATION IS HERE! Season starts March 13. Please contact Mr. Brian McGinley brianmcg11@gmail.com or Mrs. Cassandra Lee cassbernard41@gmail.com if you have any questions.

Registration link: https://go.teamsnap.com/forms/360744

Please register by Friday, March 24th.

CEC Middle School Ice Hockey

Conwell-Egan Catholic is in the process of gauging interest for the return of the CEC Ice Hockey Program. In addition to the high school JV/Varsity teams, the program would include a middle school (grades 5-8) team.

If you are interested, please complete this survey to help CEC in this process.

Gifts from Gwyn Designer Bag Bingo

Saturday, March 18, 2023

Tickets only $30 (If purchased in advance, $35 at the door)

Includes 3 chances to win on 10 games of Bingo

Extra sheets and Special Games available for purchase

Location: Saint Frances Cabrini Gymnasium 325 S. Oxford Valley Rd.

Doors open at 6:00 PM / Bingo starts at 7:00 PM

For tickets or more information contact: Susan Rivells 215-327-0278 or

visit www.giftsfromgwyn.org to purchase tickets and view foundation details.

50/50 / Raffles and Door Prizes

BYOB! And feel free to bring your own snacks! The Snack Stand will also be open, selling hotdogs, pretzels, soda and water!