Hornet Herald

Teaching the Way of Jesus Christ.

September 23, 2019

A Message from our Principal

Dear Holy Family Catholic School Community,

My heart is full of gratitude for the Annual Fund contributions that HFCS received through your generosity on North Texas Giving Day; we received $14,635.00! Our Annual Fund goal this year is $20,000.00, and we are almost there!

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Our Book Fair is ready to go and the library is open from 7:30 am to 3:30 pm, Monday through Wednesday, and until noon on Thursday!

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HFCS is very excited about Grandparents Day, this Thursday, September 26! See more details below.

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Parent Teacher Conferences are this Friday, September 27; teachers have sent you links to SignUp Genius to help you schedule conference times easily. There is no school that day and no Extended Care. Students are required to attend the meetings with their parents or guardians in the uniform of their choice.

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Mrs. Szostek’s Second Grade class demonstrates how reading, writing and learning work together!

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Our Sixth Grade math scholars taught me a few things about fractions when I stopped in to visit their class today. Did you know that it is possible to multiply two numbers and get a smaller number as the answer? For instance, 8 x 1/2 = 4.

I’m looking forward to seeing you during this busy week at our Book Fair, Grandparents Day and Parent Teacher Conferences!

Teaching the Way of Jesus Christ,

Ann Walters

Mrs. Ann M. Walters, MPS


Upcoming Events

This Week

September 23 - Book Fair Begins

September 26 - Grandparents' Day, 8:15 am Mass; Noon Dismissal

September 26 - Book Fair ends

September 27 - Parent Teacher Conferences - Students attend the conference with parents in uniform.

Next Week

October 3 - Picture Day

October 3 - Adoration

Upcoming Events

October 6 - Fall Festival 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

October 7 - School Holiday - No School

October 11 - End of the First Quarter

October 14 - Knights of Columbus Golf Tournament at Diamond Oaks Country Club

October 16 - 7th Grade to Vikathon at Nolan Catholic

October 16 - HSA Meeting and Literacy Enrichment Evening at 5:30 pm in the Library

October 16 - School Advisory Council Meeting

October 21 - VIRTUS training at Holy Family Parish

October 23 - Coffee and Conversation with Mrs. Walters

October 25 - Diocesan In-service - No School

October 25 - Deadline for submitting Box Tops for Education

October 27 - Trunk or Treat - Holy Family Community Parking Lot

October 28 - Dads' Club Campus Cleanup - 8:00 am

October 29 - Dads' Club Campus Cleanup - 9:00 am

November 1 - All Saints Day - 12:00 Noon Mass

November 6 - Nolan Catholic Parent Information Night - Pemberton Library

November 8 - High Touch High Tech - Scantlin Hall

Faculty Showcase

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Mrs. Mia Cook - PreK-3

I teach at Holy Family Catholic School because I believe in the way HF supports the growth of children. My four children graduated from HFCS. HFCS provides a safe environment, strong academics, service projects, and a community centered on families. We are in this together. Teaching at HFCS allows me to create in children a love of God and a love of learning!

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The Book Fair is here through Thursday, September 26.

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Grandparents' Day

We are looking forward to celebrating our grandparent's this Thursday, September 26, 2019.

If grandparents (or, parent) are joining us for Mass this Thursday, they may sit with their grandchildren (children) by waiting in our cafeteria after students are dismissed to their homerooms (about 7:45am).

Here is what to expect for the day...

  • Grandparents arrive by 8:00 am and come to the school cafeteria.
  • As the homerooms are passing through the cafeteria, grandparents (or parents) will meet up with their grandchild.
  • Students and grandparents proceed through the hallway to the Church and sit together for Mass. Students whose grandparents are unable to attend will sit with their class.
  • After Mass, students and grandparents will be given instruction on where to go after performances by the band and music students.
  • The reception will be in the cafeteria as the gym floor is not quite ready. The Book Fair is in the library.
  • We anticipate wrapping up the morning around 11:15 am. If your student is leaving for the day with their grandparents, it is essential that the grandparents are listed in Renweb as an authorized agent to pickup. Grandparents will also be required to sign their grandchild/children out in the school office.

Parent volunteers are needed to help with the reception set up starting at 7:30 am in the kitchen. Please call or email Lisa Griffith at 817.737.4201 or lgriffith@hfsfw.org.

Calling All Dads!

The Dads' Club will host a campus cleanup this weekend in preparation of our annual Fall Festival and the start of soccer season.

Meet us on the Hornet's Nest at 8:00 am Saturday and/or 9:00 am on Sunday.


Capture school memories with portraits by Lifetouch and get ready for Picture Day on Thursday, October 3, 2019. Students have received flyers with all the detailed information needed. Online payment or envelope order forms must be returned to your child's teacher by Wednesday, October 2, 2019.

Students from Kindergarten through 8th grade must wear formal uniform. PreK-3 and PreK-4 must wear the red polo shirt.

Visit www.lifetouch.com for suggestions, grooming tips, program details, and more. For questions or comments, call 972.669.9200 or email txcustomerservice@lifetouch.com.

Holy Family Catholic Community Fall Festival October 6, 2019 from 1 P.M. - 5 P.M.

Mark your calendars and make plans to attend the Holy Family Community Fall Festival on Sunday, October 6, 2019 from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Join us on the Hornet's Nest (the school field) for fun, bounce houses, food, NFL football games, a pumpkin carving contest and most importantly community fellowship.

Ticket and Play Pass Bracelet Order Form: Pre-order your Play Pass Bracelet and Tickets today! Pre-orders will be accepted through October 3, 2019. More details regarding these items can be found on the form.

Donations for Fall Festival: Donations are needed for the booths at Fall Festival! Donations can be placed in the boxes on the library stage. Each family is asked to donate the following items:

  • Two books for Book Walk
  • Two prizes for BINGO
  • Two baked goods for the Cake Walk (baked goods can be home baked or store bought) Baked goods will be accepted the weekend of the festival.

BINGO is very popular at the Fall Festival. A few donation ideas are listed below. Keep in mind, EVERYONE likes to play BINGO! We are looking for donations for ALL age groups.

  • Fall / Holiday Decor
  • Gift Certificates
  • Themed Baskets
  • Legos, arts and crafts kits, games, toys
  • Sport items
  • Movie Tickets

Class Booths and Volunteering: Class booth sign-ups for volunteering have been sent out. If you have not received an email about volunteering the day of the festival, please contact your class room parent. Each class is sponsoring a booth at the festival and room parents will need your help. This is a great way to meet families in your class and get to know the Holy Family community. Please make sure your Safe Environment training has been updated to the new VIRTUS program "Protecting God's Children for Adults". Contact Tracy Head at busmgr@hfsfw.org or visit the school's website at http://www.hfcsfw.org/support/volunteering.cfm for more information.

Pumpkin Carving Contest: The pumpkin carving contest is returning to the Fall Festival and requires an entry form. The entry form can be picked up in the school office or accessed from the school's website. The form is due by Thursday, October 3, 2019. Please turn in forms to the front office. All pumpkins must be carved at home and brought to the festival for judging. The winners will be announced at 3:00 P.M. and will receive a gift card.

Fall Festival Raffle: Be sure to purchase your raffle tickets for a chance to win a $500 VISA gift card. Tickets are limited and only $2 per ticket. The raffle ticket form can be picked up in the school office or accessed from the school's website.

Arts and Crafts Vendor Information and Forms: Once again, the Fall Festival will provide vendor booths. This is a chance to sell one-of-a-kind handcrafted items or promote your home business that sells goods. The cost per booth is $25. Vendor packet forms are available at the Pastoral Center and school office. All forms for craft vendor booths are due by this Wednesday, September 25, 2019. For more information on vendor booths, please contact Maria Orand at hfmom2015@gmail.com or Vonne Velez at vonnevelez@yahoo.com.

Fall Festival Needs Prize Booth Volunteers: If you are interested in helping with the prize booth at the Fall Festival, please contact Lisa Phillips at mslisa2902@gmail.com.

For more information about the Fall Festival, please contact one of the co-chairs:

Clara's Kitchen - October Lunch Menu

Please return by Wednesday, September 25, 2019.

Box Tops for Education

The Fall deadline to submit Box Tops is on Friday, October 25, 2019.

Questions? Please contact Vanessa Escamilla at vanessamascorro02@yahoo.com.

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Knights of Columbus Golf Tournament

Join the Knights for a round of golf and fellowship on October 14, 2019 at Diamond Oaks Country Club.

Don't miss the fun! Register online at www.kofc15882.org or download the form below.

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Holy Family Community Trunk or Treat

Trunks are needed for the Holy Family Community Trunk or Treat on Sunday, October 27, 2019 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm.

To reserve your spot, please contact Sergio Villareal at sergejv@sbcglobal.net or Jack Price at jeprice2@gmail.com.

Watch the Hornet Herald for more information.

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Nolan Catholic Ballet Folklorico La Vikina

Dazzle your talents at Ballet Folklorico la Vikina's Hispanic Heritage Celebration. This will be a dinner and dance that you will not want to miss on Friday, October 18, 2019 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Nolan Arena.

Singing and dancing acts in Spanish are welcome. Auditions will be on Wednesday, September 25, 2019 from 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm. Recorded submissions will be accepted no later than Friday, September 27, 2019.

For more information, please contact Maria Beltran at mbeltran@nchstx.org or at 817.395.0261 or Faviola Ojeda at fojeda@nchstx.org.