Teaching the Way of Jesus Christ
May 26. 2020
We are going to miss you, HFCS Class of 2020! Come back and see us!
A Message from the Principal
Dear Holy Family Catholic School Community,
What an amazing year this has been! First, I want to thank you for being so warm and welcoming when I first arrived in Fort Worth last July to be the principal of HFCS! Second, I want to thank you for partnering with the faculty and staff as resilient and courageous distance learning heroes! Third, I want to proclaim how much I love this school and all of our students, it is truly a special place.
The Holy Family Catholic School Class of 2020 graduated last Friday! Please join me in congratulating: Daniel Aselage, Lily Barker, Annie Fatima, Alicia Luna, Amaryn Moreno, Christian Paddock, Tyler Phillips, Michael Spencer, Aidan Souder, Cade Swan, and Olivia Vasquez. Graduates, we are proud of you and we will miss you!
I appreciate all the parents who have already responded to the survey I sent out yesterday. The feedback I receive from the survey will help me restructure and improve our distance-learning model if we need to utilize it in the future. Here is the link to the survey: https://forms.gle/HZGMAwM6eUtcKCc5A
Please encourage your child to read over the summer! AR will be open through June. Here is a document containing the summer reading list of recommended books per grade level: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1YaPLoyKVZssITgqhX3hugb-51FBJZBflqjPb4zgZ63M/edit
Be on the lookout for an invitation for grades 4th-8th students to Mrs. Walters’ Summer Book Club: The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Parents are invited, too. The Secret Garden is one of my favorite books and I can’t wait to share it with you!
We have been very blessed this year with the graceful presence of Sr. Teresa Faustina Vu; she has filled our school with spirituality, joy, and creativity! I am sad to let you know that Sr. Teresa’s Dominican order has called her back to Houston for another assignment. We will miss her very much! The good news is that we will have another Dominican sister joining us next year. I will keep you updated on the details.
Trust that the Holy Spirit Sustains All of Us who Love One Another. Art by St. Teresa Vu
The faculty and I have been reflecting a lot on the gospel readings these past weeks during our daily Zoom morning prayer. Today I read a segment of a gospel reflection entitled Trust in the Holy Spirit (pg. 48), found in an issue of America, The Jesuit Review of Faith and Culture (May 11, 2020, VOL. 222, No. 11 WHOLE NO.5246). Once you read this you will understand that the author, Jaime L. Waters, is also writing about Holy Family Catholic School when he states “that the Holy Spirit sustains all of us who love one another.”
In a time of social distancing, the reception of sacraments has been limited or delayed. Because physical, sacramental rituals are an important way to express faith and connection with God and one another, the absence of them can lead to a feeling of abandonment, similar to that of the apostles in the Gospel. How can people receive the Spirit without baptism and confirmation? How can we have God within us without regularly receiving the Eucharist?
Fortunately, the Holy Spirit is not constrained in the same ways we are. Sacraments connect us to God’s grace in concrete and visible ways, but they are not the only vehicles for grace. Remember that when Jesus promises the Spirit, it is promised freely as an advocate (Gk. paraclete), a defender and a comforter, who resides within the community whose members love one another.
Over the past months, there have been countless stories of love: health care workers caring for the sick, delivery people ensuring the arrival of goods, agricultural workers producing food, people and organizations creating and donating masks and protective gear, anyone in an essential service, anyone who stayed home to save lives. All of these are an example of love. So, in the absence of physical connections and sacramental actions, trust that the Holy Spirit sustains all of us who love one another.
Have a safe and fun summer! See you in August!
Trust that the Holy Spirit sustains all of us who love one another,
Mrs. Ann Walters
Morning Prayer for Tuesday, May 26, 2020
Eighth Grade Promotion Mass and Awards
On Friday, May 22, 2020, Fr. Hoa celebrated a very special Promotion Mass for our Eighth Graders virtually. With COVID-19, the Eighth Graders were unable to turnover the leadership to the Seventh Graders. Fr. Hoa built a Candle Ceremony into the Mass and said lovely words to our incoming Eighth Graders about their new found role.
Mrs. Walters presented the end of year awards to our Eighth Graders during the Promotion Mass. She began the ceremony by inviting our Eighth Graders to recite our Mission Statement.
I. Annual Awards
First honored were the students who have made the Honor Roll this year.
Honors are earned by those students with a numerical grade of 86 to 89 with all grades being 76 or above and a Conduct grade of 90 or higher. Those students who have earned honors are: Lily Barker, and Michael Spencer.
High Honors are earned by those students with a numerical grade of 90 to 95 with all grades being 76 or higher and a Conduct grade of 90 or higher. Those students who have earned high honors are: Alicia Luna, Tyler Phillips, Daniel Aselage, and Christian Paddack.
Highest Honors are earned by those students with a numerical grade of 96 or above with all grades being a 76 or higher and a Conduct grade of 90 or higher. Those students who have earned highest honors are: Olivia Vasquez, Annie Fatima, Aidan Souder, and Amaryn Moreno.
Accelerated Reader Awards are given to the top three readers for the year. This year’s recipients are:
3rd place: Michael Spencer
2nd place: Tyler Phillips
1st place: Amaryn Moreno.
II. Special Awards
We would like to recognize the National Junior Honor Society members for this school year. Please stand when I call your name:
Annie Fatima, Tyler Phillips, Aidan Souder, and Olivia Vasquez.
We thank you for your service to our school and your community.
The American Way Award is presented to one eighth grade boy and the Catholic Daughters of America Award to one eighth grade girl. These individuals have demonstrated an exemplary interest in both religion and citizenship. The 2019-2020 Holy Family recipients of these awards are: Aidan Souder and Alicia Luna.
Also, the Knights of Columbus would like to present an award to the eighth grade boy and girl with the highest overall grade point average. The gentleman with the highest overall grade point average is Aidan Souder, and the young lady is Olivia Vasquez.
Our Alpha Omega Award is presented to those students who have attended HFCS from Kindergarten through graduating eighth grade. Those students are:
Lily Barker, Annie Fatima, Tyler Phillips, Aidan Souder, and Michael Spencer.
The Nolan Catholic High School Leadership Award is presented to an outstanding eighth grade girl and an outstanding eighth grade boy. This award is given in recognition of high achievement in academics, activities and service to his/her school. This year’s recipient’s are:
Annie Fatima and Tyler Phillips.
The Dads’ Club created a special eighth grade award last year, the Jason Pierce Memorial Scholarship. This award is given in recognition of the recipient’s academic record, extracurricular activities, leadership experience, and service to school, church and local communities. In recognition of the recipient’s reflection of HFCS and it’s Dads’ Club’s mission and values; to honor St. Joseph, the patron saint of the family, and in memory of Jason Pierce, HFCS Dads’ Club member and dedicated advocate for Catholic schools.
The HFCS Dads’ Club hereby recognizes Tyler Phillips.
Mrs. Walters informed Father Hoa that in accordance with the requirements set forth by the Texas Catholic Conference Education Department, certified that the following students have met the requirements for graduation from Holy Family Catholic School. Fr. Hoa blesses the diplomas at that time. Again, join us in cheering our graduates...
Congratulations to Holy Family Catholic School's Class of 2020! We are so very proud of you!
As the Parade Passes By!
We appreciate our new graduates and their families for a strangely wonderful year, especially over the fourth quarter! We will be watching for great things from you as you navigate your new high school homes!
Alicia will be attending Marine Creek Collegiate High School!
Christian will be attending Nolan Catholic High School, home of the Nolan Vikings!
Cade will be attending Nolan Catholic High School, home of the Nolan Vikings!
Daniel will be attending Nolan Catholic High School, home of the Nolan Vikings!
Tyler will be attending Nolan Catholic High School, home of the Nolan Vikings!
Amaryn will be attending Azle High School, home of the Azle Hornets!
Lily will be attending Cassata Catholic High School, home of the Cassata Cavaliers!
Michael will be attending Nolan Catholic High School, home of the Nolan Vikings!
Aidan will be attending Nolan Catholic High School, home of the Nolan Vikings!
Annie will be attending Nolan Catholic High School, home of the Nolan Vikings!
Olivia will be attending Nolan Catholic High School, home of the Nolan Vikings!
Prayer Card Picture and Prayer Contest
Best K - 4th Grade Holy Family Drawing - Madilyn King
Best 5th - 8th Grade Holy Family Drawing - Samantha Lopez
Best K - 4th Grade Prayer Holy Family Prayer - There was a three way tie - Samuel Williams, Annica Moreno and Emery Medearis
Best 5th - 8th Grade Prayer - Kaitlyn Szostek
Congratulations on this lovely achievement!
Mrs. Phillips, thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the amazing Through the Years Video! Hornet Pride, HFCS Class of 2020
Have the best birthday ever!
End of Year Accelerated Reader Awards
Way to go, Hornets!
1st place - Ben Price
2nd place - Josh Matasso
3rd place - Gabriel Johnson
1st place - Emory Browning
2nd place - Rosie Pearson
3rd place - David Garcia
1st place - Julia Garcia
2nd place - Ashton Brissette
3rd place - Alexis Hilliard
1st place - Kaitlyn Szostek
2nd place - Samantha Lopez
3rd place - Adriana Villarreal
1st place - Cooper Orand
2nd place - Rose Morton
3rd place - Aaron Morales
1st place - Sophia Hughes
2nd place - Drew Hill
3rd place - Chloe McLain
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