Hornet Herald

Teaching the Way of Jesus Christ

December 9, 2019

A Message from the Principal

Dear HFCS Community,

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The Season of Advent gives us so many opportunities for prayer and contemplation and today, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, is one of these moments. On Thursday we will celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe and we will remember once again how our divine mother cares for all of her children.

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Aidan Souder and Oliva Vasquez set up our HFCS Nativity last week.

Last Friday afternoon the students each left a shoe in the library in the hope of a visit from St. Nicholas and they were not disappointed! St. Nick left each child a candy cane. There is story that years ago a candy maker wanted to make candy that would remind people of the real meaning of Christmas, so the candy maker made candy in the shape of a J for Jesus.

I am looking forward to seeing you at the Christmas Concert this Wednesday evening at 7:00 pm in Scantlin Hall.

Holy Family, Pray for us!


Ann Walters

Mrs. Ann M. Walters, MPS


Upcoming Events

This Week

December 9 - Spelling Bee

December 9 - 13 - Middle School Leadership Christmas Candy-gram fundraiser

December 11 - Christmas Concert

December 12 - Chick-fil-A Fundraiser from 6:00 am to 10:00 pm

December 13 - Kinder and 5th Grade Caroling at Brookdale Senior Center

December 13 - 5th Grade field trip to the US Bureau of Engraving

December 13 - 5th & 6th Girls Basketball vs. All Saints at St. Joseph 5:00 pm

December 13 - 8th Grade Boys Basketball vs. St. Joseph at St. Joseph 7:00 pm

December 13 - Nolan Catholic Fine Arts Christmas Concert

December 14 - 5th & 6th Girls Basketball vs. Holy Trinity at St. Joseph 1:00 pm

December 14 - 5th - 7th Boys Basketball vs. St. Andrew at St. Andrew 11:00 am

December 14 - Diocesan History Fair

Next Week

December 16 - PreK-3, PreK-4 and Kindergarten Concert - After Monday Morning Prayer

December 16 - 6th and 7th Grade to Nolan Christmas Fine Arts Concert

December 18 - School Advisory Council Meeting

December 19 - !st Grade to Casa Manana

December 20 - All School Christmas Caroling - 10:30 am

December 20 - Class Christmas Parties - 11:00 am

December 20 - Noon Dismissal - End of Semester

December 23 - January 6. 2020 - Christmas Holiday - No School

Upcoming Events

January 6 - Teacher In-service - No School

January 7 - First Day of School for the Second Semester

January 10 - Diocesan Science Fair

January 24 - Family Dance

January 26 - Prospective Family Open House

January 29 - Family Lunch Day

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Spelling Bee Winner Kaitlyn Szostek

This morning, our spelling bee contestants took the stage to participate in the Spelling Bee at the school level. The students were well prepared and competitive.

Congratulations to our winner, 5th Grader Kaitlyn Szostek, who spelled the winning word correctly - agricultural. She will advance to the regional level in the spring. Congratulations also to our 1st runner-up, 6th Grader Jackson Schuster.

Please join us in congratulating these students!

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Robotics Tournament

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Robotics Tournament

The Hornet Robotics Sting Team competed in the City Shaper Challenge First Lego League Tournament with over 30 other teams on Saturday, December 7, taking First Place in Robotics Design and Eighth Place overall. Below is a message from their Nolan Catholic mentor, John Conlin...

Dear Parents and Coaches,

Hi, I am John Conlin, the mentor from Nolan Catholic High School. It was a pleasure to mentor your children as they practiced and competed against other teams. I am very proud of them for receiving First Place in Robot Design, they made up their color coding system by themselves, and they beat a team that scored 325 points, (that is a lot) in Robot Design. I can also agree with Dr. Matasso that your team did very well on the project award, they were

considered to win Second Place on the Project Award. Your team was in 8th place with a high score of 220 points.

I am very proud to have mentored your team and I will keep wearing the lanyard that was given to me. I saw how the team has grown over the season, and it was certainly for the better.

I will keep working hard to make sure the FLL program at HFCS improves, and to make the robotics program at Nolan better for when your children hopefully attend Nolan. I do not know what the future has in store for us yet, but I will let you know.

Some requests that I have are for the person who took the complete HFCS team picture with the Robot Design Trophy,to please send it to me. We would use this picture to promote Robotics at Holy Family and Nolan with our social media accounts and we would also write a newsletter about them as well. Below are links to our social media accounts, which

I hope to get Mr. Depta posting on soon. If Holy Family has any social media accounts, I ask that you share pictures on that as well so more people become interested in Nolan and the Robo Vikes.

I am very proud of Holy Family's Robotics Team and happy that they did well.

John Conlin

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Christmas Concert Schedule

We are all looking forward to the annual Christmas Concert featuring our talented Choir and Band students. Please see the schedule to follow for the arrival times of the students.


Attire for lady band students - red polo, plaid skirt or jumper and Santa hat

Attire for men band students - red polo, blue pants and Santa hat

Arrival for Band students

  • 5th – 8th report to the Gym at 6:15 pm
  • 4th report to the Gym at 6:45 pm

All cases are to be left on instrument storage rack in Cafeteria


Attire for all Choir students - Christmas Festive apparel.

Arrival for Choir students

  • 1st – 3rd report to the Cafeteria at 6:30pm

Mrs. Gomez, Mrs. Szostek and & Mrs. Wetmore will move students to the Gym at 6:50 pm.

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Order Your Tamales By Friday!!!

Holy Family Catholic School's Leadership Council and Gotta Lotta Enchiladas, Etc. is partnering to sell delicious, handmade tamales.

These delicious pork or beef tamales are delivered frozen, easy to prepare and can be stored up to five months in the freezer.

Cost - $15.00 per dozen

Proceeds of $9.00 per dozen will be donated to the Educate the Children Honduras campaign.

Online orders will be accepted from November 16, 2019 through December 13, 2019 at https://payit.nelnet.net/form/ouxgYrtF

Your order will be available for pick up from the school library on Wednesday, December 18, 2019 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

PreK-3, PreK-4 and Kinder Christmas Concert

Join us on Monday, December 16 after Morning Prayer for the PreK-3, PreK-4 and Kindergarten Christmas Concert. This is a show you won't want to miss!!!

Hornet Athletics

Hornet Basketball

Basketball season is underway! You will have many opportunities to come and support our teams as the season runs into February. Follow this link to find the schedule... http://www.teamsideline.com/fwdioc.

The 5th and 6th grade girls team is listed as Holy Family.

The 7th and 8th grade girls team is listed as St. Peter.

The 5th - 7th grade boys team is listed as Holy Family.

The 8th grade boys team is listed as St. George.

Go Hornets!

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SMG Pre-Season Basketball Tournament


The Basketball Teams participated in the St. Maria Goretti Catholic School Pre-Season tournament last week, fought tough and played well.

The Lady Hornets took 1st Plac!!!

The boy's 5th - 7th grade and 8th grade teams each took 3rd Place!

Great teamwork and team spirit! Congratulations!

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This week, the Middle School Leadership Council will be selling Christmas Candy-grams before school from 7:30 am to 7:50 am and after school from 3:10 pm to 3:45 pm in the Cafeteria.

Each candy-gram is $0.50 and will be delivered during the Christmas parties on December 20.

All proceeds of the fundraiser will go into the Leadership Council account for family dances and other Leadership Council sponsored events.

Notes from Nurse Lisa

Chapped lips are not on anyone’s Christmas Wish List!

Students may bring lip balm to school and keep in their pocket to fight this naughty side-effect of changing weather.

Chick-fil-A Spirit Day Is Thursday

Eat more chicken! Tell your family and friends to come and support Holy Family Catholic School while enjoying their favorite Chick-fil-A meals. 20% of all proceeds will be gifted back to HFCS. When ordering, simply mention that you are there for HFCS.

Visit the Hawks Creek location at 6650 Westworth Blvd, Westworth Village, TX 76114 (Westworth Blvd is also known at Alta Mere Blvd)

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Pot O'Gold

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Raffle Ticket Sales for Pot O'Gold

Three-way Tie for Classroom Raffle Ticket Sales - Week One

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Raffle Ticket sales have started! Please turn in raffle tickets by 2:30 pm each Friday to receive credit for the weekly sales. If you need additional raffle tickets, please ask the Front Office. Please turn in all unsold raffle tickets to the Front Office.

Our goal for raffle this year is $15,000 and the proceeds will go toward a new roof for the school. Tickets are $5.00 each or 6 for $25.00. 1st place will receive a $1,500 Visa gift card and 2nd place will receive a $750 Visa gift card.

Pot O' Gold Raffle Ticket Results - Week One

Congratulations to the 4th, 5th, and 6th grade classes for being the top-selling class for week 1! Way to go, 4th, 5th, and 6th grade! Keep up the great work!

Top Individual Sellers for Week One:

1st Place:

Julia Garcia, Tuesday Heitt, and Cooper Orand

2nd Place:

Laura Garcia and Cruz Ramos

Individual Sales List:

Thank you to all the students who helped make this week's raffle sales a success.

Don't forget to keep selling raffle tickets!

Wine Pull

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Holy Family Catholic School will host its annual fundraising gala at Ridglea Country Club on February 8, 2020.

This event includes a Wine Pull whereby a single bid of $25.00 will win you two randomly selected bottles of wine.

Help HFCS stock the wine reserves by donating bottles with a minimum value of $15.00 each. Sophie Kriss and Nelda Cacciotti, Wine Pull Co-Chairs, will be available on Thursday, November 21 (at morning drop-off) and Friday, November 22 (at morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up) to accept your donations. Donations also may be dropped off at the school office at any time. Be sure to include the attached Wine Pull Donation Form with your donation to be entered into a drawing for a $25.00 Starbucks Gift Card.

Pre-Order Savings on 2019-2020 Hornet Yearbooks!

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Nolan Catholic News

Fine Arts Christmas Concert

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NCHS Winter Sports Schedule

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Teaching the Way of Jesus Christ, Holy Family Catholic School empowers students to become joyful disciples, lifelong learners, and compassionate leaders.