HFRCS Newsletter SY2021-2022

November 2, 2021 - Volume 1 Issue 11

From the Principal's Office

Dear Parents and Guardians,


Today our school welcomed Father Michael, the new Parochial Administrator at Queen of the Universe Parish. Father was able to meet the faculty, staff and students of our school as he toured the building and visited classrooms. We are pleased to meet Father Michael and look forward to working with him this school year!


This week, our teachers are scheduling Parent Teacher Conferences. This is an excellent time for teachers to share with our parents how their child is doing in school, their strengths and weaknesses, and answer any questions parents may have. Although it is a short period of time to meet, much can be accomplished. To make the most of your conference, please arrive on time, knock on the door at your designated time, and please wear a mask upon entering the school. Our teachers are looking forward to meeting you!


Later this month, our school will be sharing our first Safe Environment lesson at all grade levels. Student personal safety is our highest priority. These lessons affirm, review, and remind students about how to identify an unsafe situation and where to go for help. In today’s newsletter, there is an “opt out” form for parents who do not wish their child to participate in this important lesson.


Friday is the last day for donations to our 2021 Hawk Walk. We are very grateful for all who participated in this year’s Walk. The online donation platform will close on Friday, November 5.


During the month of November, we are reminded of the church’s mission to pray for our beloved dead. November also calls us to be grateful for all of God’s blessings and to help those in need. As part of the 8th grade Living Saints Museum that students will visit next week, we are asking for donations of canned goods and non-perishable items. Our school is always pleased to provide complete Thanksgiving dinners for families in need in our school and parish communities. Thank you in advance for your generous support!


Sincerely Yours in Christ,

Mrs. Haggerty

Father Michael Mullan

We are excited to welcome Father Michael Mullan as the Parochial Administrator at Queen of the Universe Parish.


Father Michael hails from a family of ten children. Father Michael was born in Prospect Park, PA. He was baptized in Notre Dame de Lourdes parish in Swarthmore and at a young age his family moved to Elkton, MD where he grew up. After graduating High School at Salesianum in Wilmington, DE he entered the seminary of the Legionaries of Christ. This congregation focuses on the formation of lay people and retreat work. Father Michael spent most of his seminary training in Europe: Germany, Spain, and Italy. He was ordained a priest in 2006 at St. Mary Major's Basilica in Rome, Italy. As a priest he served as a director of the Faith and Family Centre in Dublin, Ireland which offered retreats, faith courses, marriage prep programs, and family activities in support of living out the faith. In 2014, Father Michael discerned the call to begin parish work becoming a priest of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. He has served so far as Parochial Vicar at St. Stanislaus in Lansdale, St. Agnes in West Chester, St. Martin of Tours in Philadelphia and most recently at St. Joseph in Aston. He looks forward to serving our Lord's flock at Queen of the Universe!

Parent Teacher Conference Schedule

November 2 (Tue):

  • Grades 1-5 Evening Conferences

November 3 (Wed):

  • No School for Grades 1-5
  • Grades 1-5 Morning Conferences
  • PreK-K Evening Conferences

November 4 (Thu):

  • No School for PreK-K
  • PreK-K Morning Conferences
  • Grades 6-8 Evening Conferences

November 5 (Fri):

  • No School for Grades 6-8
  • Grades 6-8 Morning Conferences

Annual Thanksgiving Food Drive

Students will be attending the 8th Grade's Living Saints Museum on November 10. Each student is requested to bring in at least ONE canned food item as admission to the museum.


The following items have been assigned for the schoolwide food drive:


PreK/K: Cake/brownie mixes

Grade 1: Boxed potatoes

Grade 2: Canned vegetables

Grade 3: Canned Fruits

Grade 4: Turkey gravy and cranberry sauce

Grade 5: Stuffing

Grade 6: Canned vegetables

Grade 7: soup

December Lunch Order - Due November 8

December lunch order is due on Monday, November 8! If you do not have a standing order for the year or if you would like your child to have hot lunch/milk only just on certain days, place your child's order using the online form by Monday, November 8. A paper lunch order form will not be going home with your child. Please use the online version.


December Lunch Order Online Form

For the latest menu, please check the school website under Parents > Lunch Menus


Questions about the Breakfast/Lunch Program?

Contact: Mrs. Patricia Prasse patricia.prasse@hfrcs.org 215-269-9600 x210

Hawk Walk Stats!

There's still time to donate! So far, we have raised $34,836. Last year, we raised $38,000. Thank you for your generosity and support.


Days Left to Donate: 4

School Participation Rate: 74%

Help these classrooms reach their goal of $1,200 for a class incentive:

PK3 - $1015

PK4B - $1010

8B - $665


Looking for your child's online donation link? Search here: https://independent.pledgebrite.org/fund/hawkmini21

The NED Show Collectible Yoyos

The NED Show Collectible Yo-yos are still available for sale until Friday, November 5. See attached order form. Return your completed form with payment to the school office.


Please note we no longer have stock of most of the Specialty Yoyos as indicated on the form (red light up, orange, and green). We do have other designs available to chose from.

Upcoming Events

November 2-5 - Parent Teacher Conferences (see November Calendar for details)

November 5 - Last Day for Hawk Walk Online Donation

November 8 - Online order for December lunch due

November 10 - Living Saints Museum

November 11 - No School, Professional Development Day

November 12 - Modern Saints

November 15 - PECO Assembly for K-Gr6

November 15-19 - Safe Environment Training Part 1

November 24 - 11:30am Dismissal

November 25-29 - Thanksgiving Break

November 30 - School Resumes, Online order for January lunch due


November calendar went home last week and is also available on the school website.


Note: Save the date(s)! The Terra Nova Test is administered to students in Grades 2-7 and will take place on March 4 to March 10, 2022. Please mark your calendars and plan for your child(ren) to be in school during this period.

From the Enrollment Office

I hope that each of our families had a fun and frightful Halloween! Sharing candy with the Enrollment Office is always appreciated!


Please keep your eyes peeled for a satisfaction survey that will be shared in this newsletter over the coming weeks. We are hoping to use some of the responses for marketing materials, but more importantly, we are eager and excited to hear your voice and find new ways to improve the community and culture of Holy Family!


Reminders:

  • Enrollment for the 2022-23 school year opens in January but if you plan on enrolling another child, please feel free to let us know as soon as possible. Thank you!
  • Holy Family's Referral Program is a great way to grow our school community while taking at least $200 off of your tuition tab for the school year. Remember, there is no limit to the amount of times a family can utilize the referral program!


Mr. Jim Downey, Enrollment Director

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

From the Advancement Office

The Danaher-Lynch Family Foundation kindly requests that all Pathway Scholarship recipients attend the 2021 Pathway Scholar Workshop on November 16, at Conwell-Egan High School. Please see the flyer for more information and please RSVP to Kathy Shegda (kathy@dlff.org) or Kate Rice (krice@conwell-egan.org) by November 11. Thank You!


Ms. Mary Ann Conway, Advancement Director

maryann.conway@hfrcs.org 215-269-9600 x208

Home & School Fall Events

Lochel’s Bakery Thanksgiving Pies/Cakes Fundraiser - orders are due by November 4. Order form is attached.

Parish News: Queen of the Universe

Rev. Michael Mullan, Parochial Administrator

Rev. Cesar J. Izzaguire, Parochial Vicar


View the Parish Weekly Bulletin.


Mass Schedule:

  • Tuesday-Friday: 8:30am
  • Saturday Vigil: 4:00pm
  • Sunday: 7:30am (no music), 9:30am (also virtual), 11:30am, 1:00pm (La Misa en Español)

Parish News: St. Frances Cabrini

Msgr. McCormac, Pastor

Msgr. Magee, Weekend Assistant


View the Parish Weekly Bulletin.


Pot of Gold

Included is this week's winnings. Next week's jackpot prize is $40,000!


Mass Schedule

  • Monday-Saturday: 9:30am
  • Saturday Vigil: 5:30pm
  • Sunday: 7:00am, 9:00am, 11:00am