Hornet Herald

Teaching the Way of Jesus Christ.

March 2, 2020

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A Message from the Principal

Dear Holy Family Catholic School Community,

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Saint of the Month - St. Frances of Rome

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Virtue of the Month - Patience

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I recently told a perspective school family that Holy Family Catholic School has the most richly developed prayer life of any Catholic school I have served as a teacher or as an administrator. This is even truer now, during the Lenten season when we are able to gather weekly for the Stations of the Cross and Eucharistic Adoration, in addition to weekly Mass and our other regular daily prayer practices.

Here is a Lenten prayer from Creighton University’s on-line ministry site:

Lord God,
you who breathed the spirit of life within me.
Draw out of me the light and life you created.
Help me to find my way back to you.
Help me to use my life to reflect your glory
and to serve others
as your son Jesus did. Amen


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Mrs. Brenda Conway’s 4th and 7th grade classes led the school in a celebration of Texas Independence Day today during Monday Morning Prayer. The celebration included a story theatre retelling the events of the Alamo (in costume!), as well as, fourth grade presentations of Alamo dioramas in the classroom. Great job students!

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Special thanks to Vinny Circelli and Gavin McRae for helping Sister Teresa Saturday morning!

Sister Teresa and her dedicated helpers were busy on Saturday preparing a garden out of recycled materials. Students have been planting tiny seeds during Lent in Religion class in preparation for a bountiful spring.

“The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field.

Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows,

it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree,

so that the birds come and perch in its branches.”

Matthew 13:31-32

Many of you requested more clubs and after school activities for our students in the survey I sent out in the fall. Our teachers have talked with the students and came up with a list of clubs that some students may be interested in. Please take this survey with your child/ren and submit it by March 16th. Your response will help HFCS determine which clubs we may be able to offer next year. Here is the link to the survey: https://forms.gle/7kmjivyPmfWxiBZb7

I look forward to seeing you this Wednesday, March 4, at 7:30 am in the Pemberton Library for Coffee and Conversation! One of the things I will be sharing with you is our accreditation self-study cumulative summary which contain the goals for improvement that administration, faculty and staff surfaced over the last six months of writing our 97 page document for the Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops accreditation team. The accreditation team will be visiting us from March 29 to April 1.

Lenten blessings,

Mrs. Ann Walters


Up-coming Events

This Week

March 2 - Texas Independence Day program with Morning Prayer

March 3 - 6th Grade to Nolan Catholic Fine Arts Live!

March 3 - 7th Grade Mythology Festival

March 4 - Coffee and Conversation with Mrs. Walters

March 5 - HFCS Solo Contest for Band

March 6 - Stations of the Cross

March 6 - End of the 3rd Quarter

March 6 - Knights of Columbus Fish Fry

Next Week

March 9 - 13 - Spring Break Holiday - School closed

March 13 - Knights of Columbus Fish Fry

March 14/15 - Parish Ministry Fair

Upcoming Events

March 16 - Hornet Softball vs. St. John at 4:30 pm on the Hornet's Nest

March 17 - Hornet Baseball vs. St. Rita at 4:30 pm on the Hornet's Nest

March 18 - School Advisory Council Meeting

March 19 - Hornet Baseball vs. St. John/Holy Trinity at 4:30 pm on the Hornet's Nest

March 20 - Stations of the Cross

March 20 - Knights of Columbus Fish Fry

March 24 - High Tech High Touch grades 1 through 4

March 25 - SCHOOL MASS - 8:15am

March 25 - High Tech High Touch PreK-3 through K and 5th Grade

March 25 - Silly Socks Day

March 25 - Home and School Association Meeting


March 27 - Stations of the Cross

March 27 - Knights of Columbus Fish Fry

March 29 - April 1 - Accreditation

April 3 - TPSMEA Band Contest

April 3 - Stations of the Cross

April 3 - Knights of Columbus Fish Fry

April 9 - Live Stations of the Cross

April 9 - Holy Thursday - 12:00 noon dismissal

April 10 - Good Friday - No School

April 12 - Easter!

April 13 and 14 - Tentative Snow Days - No School

Holy Family Catholic Community Ministry Fair - We Need Your Help!

Would you like to volunteer with your student to represent HFCS at the Ministry Fair of Time and Talent? And earn service hours?

It will be held the weekend of March 14 and 15 after all the Masses in Scantlin Hall. Two to three volunteers are needed after each Mass.

Please contact Lisa Griffith at 817.737.4201 or lgrffith@hfsfw.org If you would like to sign up to work the Fair.

Special thanks to Mrs. Imelda Morales for her inspirational speech at all the Sunday Masses this past weekend about the Ministry Fair and becoming involved in your parish, and particularly about Holy Family Catholic School. The icing on the cake? Her sons, current student Aaron and HFCS alum Samuel, stood behind her in support for all three Masses. Again, thank you for your unwavering support of HFCS!

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Hornet Athletics

Hornet Basketball

Congratulations to the girls 5th and 6th grade team and the boys 7th grade team for their participation in the Breen Postseason Tournament. We are so proud of all your efforts and representation of Holy Family Catholic School. Way to build teamwork!

And. extra special thanks to Coach Moreno, Coach Hill, Coach Price and Coach Neill!

Hornet Baseball and Softball

Baseball and Softball practices are underway! Games will start the week we get back from Spring Break. Come out and support our student athletes!

Get into the Swing! Dads' Club Golf Tournament - Friday, May 15, 2020

Get your foursome together and make plans to play in the 14th Annual HFCS Dads' Club Golf Tournament at Squaw Creek.

Watch the Hornet Herald for an exciting new event this year!

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Say Ah!

Milla Saba was Nurse for the Day this past week and accompanied Nurse Lisa to learn the ins and outs of being a Catholic School nurse.

Thanks to Nurse Lisa for offering this day as part of our Pot O'Gold auction item!

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TPSMEA Solo Competition

This past Saturday, HFCS Band students participated in the North Region Solo Competition at the Green Hill School in Dallas. These students met at Nolan Catholic at 6:30 am to caravan to Dallas to participate in the competition. And, it is no surprise how well our students performed, thanks to the dedication and talents of Band Director - Ms. Kathy Bernal.

The following students earned the First Division - Superior Rating...

Daniel Aselage - Trombone

Lucas Asprilla - Trumpet

Annie Fatima - Flute

Drew Hill - Trumpet

Jordan Hill - Flute

Sophia Hughes - Alto Saxophone

Samantha Lopez - Flute

Alicia Luna - Flute

Chloe McLain - Snare Drum

Aaron Morales - Snare Drum

Cooper Orand - Trombone

Christian Paddack - Snare Drum

Tyler Phillips - Trombone

Jude Pierce - Alto Saxophone

Carter Smith - Snare Drum

Aidan Souder - Alto Saxophone

Michael Spencer - Clarinet

Anna Stepcynski - Clarinet

Kylie Sterett - Snare Drum

Kaitlyn Szostek - Clarinet

Olivia Vasquez - Snare Drum

Adrianna Villarreal - Flute

The following students earned a Second Division - Excellent Rating...

Brent Neill - Trombone

Cade Swan - Snare Drum

Brent and Cade are eligible to participate in the Solo Competition this Thursday, here at Holy Family Catholic School from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm.

Congratulations to these students for their amazing achievement and talent.

Cypress Adventure - What a Great Road Trip for Spring Break!

Cypress Valley is one of the businesses in Austin that donated to POG. Below is a flyer extending the the discount coupon for their ziplining tours to the Holy Family Catholic Community. For more information, please contact Cypress Valley at 214.264.8880.

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Nolan Catholic News

Calling all 8th Graders! Cheer and Mascot Tryouts!

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Royelles Auditions and Summer Clinics for grades Kindergarten through 8th.

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