Hornet Herald

Teaching the Way of Jesus Christ.

August 31, 2020

A Message from the Principal

Dear Holy Family Catholic School Community,

We are off to a great start of the 2020-2021 school year! My thanks go to all of you for your help with mask wearing and social distancing – your efforts are making a healthy, positive difference for our students!

Last Wednesday was our first Coffee and Conversation and here are a few highlights for those who were unable to attend. In the meeting I reviewed our four main goals for this quarter, which are:

o Create a welcoming and emotionally safe learning environment for our students.

  • We put a Social Emotional Learning and Virtue-Based Restorative Discipleship program in place to help the students’ reentry to school.

o Assess and respond to learning gaps.

  • Your child’s current teacher is meeting and collaborating with last years’ teacher to identify and remediate learning gaps from last quarter.
  • Students will become more involved with their own academic goals setting this year.

o Reduce homework stress.

  • We have built study halls into our schedule to reduce the amount of work done at home.

o Keep working on improved delivery of distance learning/anticipate stay at home orders.

  • Our teachers continue to learn how to navigate Google Classroom to support in-school, and distance, learning.

Here is some other important information for you:

o The date for Parent-Teacher Conferences has changed to October 16 from 12:00 to 4:00, there is no school on this day.

o We will no longer be using IOWA as our national testing instrument, the Diocese has adopted be using ACT Aspire, testing dates TBD.

o Fall Fest has been postponed.


Ann Walters

Mrs. Ann M. Walters


Up-Coming Events

This Week

September 1 - Early Giving Opens for North Texas Giving Day

September 2 - Silly Socks Day

September 2 - Home and School Association Meeting via Zoom

Next Week

September 7 - No School - Labor Day Holiday

September 9 - Meet the Teacher Night

Future Events

September 14 - 17 - CANCELED - IOWA/CogAT testing

September 17 - North Texas Giving Day

September 17 - Knight of Columbus Top Golf Tournament

September 18 - Rescheduled to October 16 - Parent - Teacher Conferences

September 18 - Noon Dismissal

The school calendar can be found in its entirety on the school website at www.hfcsfw.org, click on the About tab, then click on the Calendar tab. Dates are subject to change.

Notes from Nurse Lisa

I'm sure several of you are familiar with the line from a song with the same title

"I get by with a little help from my friends"...

Now more than ever, we all need a little help to get by. Our excited, joyful students are back at school annnnd, it's not quite how they remembered it! They see their classmates, but cannot walk in-step with them. They are in their classroom, but it's spread out and feels empty. Oh, and they have to eat their lunch in there too. And even at recess, their opportunity to enjoy space and the freedom to play, they have to be mindful of masks and 6 feet.

Your children are doing a great job managing all these changes within something that is so familiar to them. and some days may just not be as joyful as they, or you, want them to be. Managing the expectations of Covid precautions and the rigor of school can make some days not so joyful as they, or you, want them to be. Remind your child that it is perfectly normal to feel a little anxious, or even letdown, from what they thought school was going to be and what the reality is. These feelings should pass as they settle in to their new learning environment, but be prepared if they don't.

If you have a concern, reach out to their teacher, Mrs. Walters or myself so that we can help 'our friend' get by 🙂

Nurse Lisa

Silly Socks Day! Hooray!

On Wednesday, September 2, pay $2.00 and wear your favorite silly socks to school all day!
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And the Winners are...

Thank you to all the students who submitted prayers and pictures of the Holy Family for a prayer card for the school last quarter. Last week, Mrs. Walters presented Madilyn King, Samuel Williams, Emery Medearis, Kaitlyn Szotek and Samantha Lopez with lovely icons depicting the Holy Family. Way to go, Hornets!!!
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Happy Birthday Wishes to our August birthdays:

Meagan King, Levi Szostek, Gabriel Johnson, Ella Tarnowieckyi, Max Motheral, Hannah Flores, Eliana Datinguinoo, Lilian Datinguinoo, Mrs. Cook, and Mrs. Jo Ann Gomez.

More Birthday Wishes to our first week of September birthdays!

Happy Birthday, Andrew Matasso!

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Home and School Association

Hoping to see all of you at the first HFCS Home and School Association meeting this Wednesday, September 2nd at 6:00pm via Zoom.

The HSA meetings allow parents and faculty and staff to collaborate to make HFCS the best of the best. All are welcome!

The meetings are an opportunity to gain insight about all the HSA sponsored activities, how you can get involved and meet new parents.

For more information, please contact Mrs. Angie Uptmore at thumbs_98@hotmail.com.

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Zoom Meet Your Teacher Night - Wednesday, September 9

We will have three different sessions so parents with multiple children will have time to visit all of their children’s classrooms. Be on the lookout for the teachers’ Zoom invitations. Here is the schedule for the evening:

6:00p – 6:15p: Opening Prayer

6:20p – 6:40p: First Session

6:40p – 7:00p: Second Session

7:00p – 7:20p: Third Session

Arrival and Dismissal

The car line is going great! The students have adjusted to the new dismissal procedures wonderfully! And, especially, thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate our new procedures.

In order to maintain the safety of everyone, please refrain from using your cell phone while traveling through the car line. This will ensure the safety of all and it is the law.

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Holy Family Catholic Community News

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VIRTUS Training for a Safe Environment

Holy Family Catholic Community is offering a few in-person training sessions for first time volunteers and renewals. The sessions will be held in the ABC Rooms and seating is limited to 18 people.

Here are the dates that will be here at Holy Family...

Wednesday, September 2 at 6:00pm

Thursday, September 17 at 6:00pm

Tuesday, October 13 at 6:00pm - RENEWAL

To register for the in-person sessions, go to the Diocesan webpage at www.fwdioc.org.

When on the homepage, scroll down to the Ministries section. Click on the Safe Environment icon.

If you have not taken the VIRTUS training, click on the the link "I NEED A VIRTUS PROFILE" and complete. You will need to take the 3 hour sessions


If it is time to renew your VIRTUS training, and you have a VIRTUS profile, scroll down to the Ministries section on the homepage, click on Safe Environment click the link, click the Training tab, and click Live Training then click Pre-Register for an upcoming live training. Once there, you will need to scroll to the bottom to find the renewal courses. The course you will need to take is Keeping the Promise Alive for Adults.

Knight of Columbus Golf Tournament - Thursday, September 17, 2020

Save the date for the Knights of Columbus Golf Tournament to be held at Top Golf on Thursday, September 17, 2020 from 5:30pm to 9:00pm. Please see the attached flyer for more details.