Hornet Herald

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November 11, 2019

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HFCS Pays Respect To Our Veterans

A Message From Our Principal

Dear HFCS Community,
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Today’s Holy Family Catholic School Veterans Day Assembly was a beautiful tribute to the military men and women who have honorably and selflessly served our country. Navy Operational Support Center Executive Officer Jason Datinguinoo, proud dad of students Lily and Ellie, spoke of his service to our country this morning. Mr. Sergio Villarreal, proud dad of Adriana, also spoke of how formative his Navy experience was in shaping his life. Grand Knight Villarreal and several Knights of Columbus veterans presented HFCS with new American and Texas flags. Mrs. Wetmore’s third grade students led a very meaningful closing prayer. Our Hornet Band was outstanding – kudos go to Ms. Kathy Bernal and her band students!

After our Veteran’s Day Assembly the students gathered in Pemberton Library to pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet for the repose of the soul of alum Ryan Cussick, for his family, and for his friends at Nolan Catholic. Let our continuous prayers be a balm of healing for those who are grieving the loss of Ryan. Ryan's funeral will be on Saturday, November 16 at 10:00 am at Holy Family Catholic Parish.

As of today, only 24 people have responded to the HFCS survey: please answer two simple but important questions to help us understand what is GREAT about our school and what needs improvement. I want to know what you think - let your voice be heard! Your answers will be anonymous unless you wish to share your name. Your thoughtful answers will help guide our strategic planning goals and marketing strategies. I will share the results with you at a HFCS evening event in January, date TBD. Here is the link to the anonymous survey: https://forms.gle/18wEs5FWAERrQuVc8

Silly Sock Day is this Wednesday, November 13! Silly Sock Day is our fun way to remind you that our Home and School Association Meeting is on this same night. Our focused enrichment activity will be Songs and Skits on Gratitude (our Virtue of the Month) led by Mrs. Jodi Price and Mrs. Anita Hurst.

Holy Family, Pray for us!


Ann Walters

Mrs. Ann M. Walters, MPS


Upcoming Events

This Week

November 11 - Veterans Day Ceremony

November 13 - Silly Sock Day and HSA Meeting

November 14 - Class Pictures and Individual Retakes

November 14 - Dads' Club Meeting

November 15 - Donuts with Dad

Next Week

November 17 - St. Cecila Concert - 6:30 pm in the Church

November 22 - 8th Grade Thanksgiving Feast

Upcoming Events

November 25 to 29 - Thanksgiving Holiday

December 2 - Pot O'Gold Kickoff

December 4 - Silly Socks and HSA Meeting

December 9 - Spelling Bee

December 11 - Christmas Musical

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

December 14 - Diocesan History Fair

December 29 - Noon Dismissal - End of Semester

January 10 - Diocesan Science Fair

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Celebrating Father Hoa, Father John and Sister Teresa during Vocations Week

Class Picture & Retake Day - Thursday, November 14

  1. Class Picture ID: TX109022G0. Flyers and forms were sent home today. Please return order forms with payment to your child’s teacher by Tuesday, November 12.
  2. Please write your payment confirmation code on your form if you pay online. mylifetouch.com.
  3. Students grade K – 8 must wear formal uniform, Pre-K must wear HFCS red polo shirt.
  4. Individual Picture Retake information: Need a retake? Simply return the original package to the photographer and will receive a replacement. Any student who was absent on the original date will have his/her photo taken in Pemberton Library.
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Home and School Association

The Home and School Association is a blending of HFCS parents and faculty. Make plans to join us for the meeting this Wednesday with pizza for all at 5:30 pm and the meeting starting at 6:00 pm.

Our Focused Enrichment Night is also Wednesday, in conjunction with the HSA meeting. After enjoying pizza, Mrs. Price and Mrs. Hurst will work with the students to perform for us after the meeting.

Dads' Club


Join us for the fall social outing on Thursday, Nov. 14 from 7-9 PM - Bowling Night at Cityview Lanes (6601 Oakmont Blvd).

More details will be emailed, but there are lanes reserved, food will be provided, beverages are available for purchase, and bragging rights are on the line.

We hope you can join us - please RSVP at the link below to help us get a head count for the event:https://www.emailmeform.com/builder/form/QT7PpcGXb9cCY5DFs4

High Touch High Tech

Our students rolled up their sleeves last week and became real scientists conducting real experiments!

Order Your 2019-2020 Yearbook

Don't forget to order your students yearbook. They make great Christmas gifts. All orders will be taken online at https://ybpay.lifetouch.com. Please use code: 13681620. If you have any questions you can contact Mrs. Hiett or Mrs. Griffith.

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Connecting to Literature

Last week 8th grade focused on connecting to literature. We wrote down on paper chain links our thoughts about how we connect to our class novel. We made connections from our novel to other books we’ve read and the characters in them and to the world around us. We also explained how we relate personally to the main character. We read these aloud, and then literally connected them to form a chain. The novel is a historical fiction book about a young boy whose family is torn apart by the Revolutionary War entitled My Brother Sam is Dead.
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Mom Volunteers Needed

Donuts with Dad is Friday! We need moms to help set up, serve and clean up for Donuts with Dad. We need moms from 6:15 am to 9:00 am in Scantlin Hall on Friday, November 15.

Please contact Lisa Griffith at 817.737.4201 or lgriffith@hfsfw.org if you are able to help.

Middle School Leadership Council Winter Accessory Drive

The Middle School Leadership Council will be wrapping up the Winter Accessory Drive on Thursday. The assignments for gloves, scarves and hats are as follows...

  • Pre-K 3 through Kindergarten - warm winter hats
  • 1st though 4th grades - gloves or mittens
  • 5th through 8th - scarves

The items will be delivered to Catholic Charities for distribution.

Nolan Catholic News

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Former Hornet Returns Home

Freshman Thomas Conway has been a mentor for HFCS 2nd grader Gabriel Johnson over the course of the last year. Thomas started teaching Gabriel to play the violin. Between Thomas and Band Instructor, Ms. Kathy Bernal, they felt Gabriel was ready for his first performance. Ms. Bernal invited Thomas to come to our weekly Mass last week to play with Gabriel. It was heart-warming to see these two in action. Times like this is what makes Holy Family Catholic School a united family.

Way to go Gabriel and Thomas!!!

Nolan Catholic 8th Grade Shadow Day

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Early Bird Admissions Applications Open for the 2020-21 School Year