Hornet Herald

Teaching the Way of Jesus Christ

March 21, 2016

A Note from the Interim Principal

Dear Families,

I hope you all had a wonderful and relaxing Spring Break. It was great to see all the students this morning --- even the ones who didn't look totally awake yet. :)

In our school assembly this morning, we read from Luke 23 and remembered when Pilate found no reason to accuse Jesus of a crime. In the same reading, Herod sent Jesus back to Pilate also not finding any guilt. However, both were unwilling to let Him go due to the influence of the crowds. This week is such a powerful week full of paradox as our hearts break at the pain Jesus must suffer but knowing this is necessary for the joy of our salvation in the Resurrection.

I pray each of you has a reflective Holy Week and a most blessed Easter break!


Veronica Tucker

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Upcoming Events

Because Mrs. Tucker will be attending NCEA the week after Easter, there will not

be a Hornet Herald next Monday, March 28th. For this reason, this calendar

has events for the next three weeks. The next Hornet Herald will be sent on April 4th.

This Week:
  • Monday, 3/21 - Spirit Day
  • Wednesday, 3/23 - Report Cards E-mailed Home
  • Wednesday, 3/23 - 5th Grade Field Trip to Civil War Museum
  • Wednesday, 3/23 - 5th Grade Easter Egg Hunt with Boulevard Heights - 2:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, 3/23 - NO RUNNING CLUB due to Faculty Meeting.
  • Thursday, 3/24 - Stations of the Cross - 11:15 a.m.
  • Thursday, 3/24 - HOLY THURSDAY - NOON DISMISSAL (No Extended Day in afternoon)
  • Friday, 3/25 - GOOD FRIDAY - NO SCHOOL
  • Sunday, 3/27 - EASTER SUNDAY

Next Week:

  • Monday, 3/28 - EASTER MONDAY - NO SCHOOL
  • Wednesday, 3/30 - Running Club - 3:15 p.m.
  • Thursday, 3/31 - Mass Hosted by 5th Grade - 8:15 a.m.
  • Friday, 4/1 - Recognition Ceremony - 8:00 a.m.
  • Saturday, 4/2 - First Communion Workshop

Following Week:

  • Wednesday, 4/6 - 8th Grade Field Trip to Holocaust Museum
  • Wednesday, 4/6 - Running Club - 3:15 p.m.
  • Thursday, 4/7 - Mass Hosted by 4th Grade - 8:15 a.m.
  • Friday, 4/8 - Spring Pictures (Sunday Dress)
  • Friday, 4/8 - Student Council Middle School Dance - 7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

April 15th - Regular School Day

Just a reminder that Friday, April 15th, is a regular school day. This is a make-up day for the day we did not have school in November due to the power outage.

Congrats to Hunter Phillips and Celizz Valdez!

The first weekend of Spring Break, on March 13th, two of our 8th graders were honored for their demonstration of an exemplary interested in both religion and citizenship with an unusual zeal for God and country. Hunter Phillips received the American Way Award from the Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus. Celizz Valdez was awarded the American Way Award by Court Louise, Catholic Daughters of America. We are so proud of you, Hunter and Celizz!!!

Congrats, Basketball Hornets!!!

Congrats to all of our basketball teams and coaches for their hard work, dedication and time! You did well and we are proud of you!!! (See Facebook page for more pictures.)

Calling All Hornet Musicians

Many thanks to those of you who have expressed an interest in sharing your musical talents at our school Masses. We could still use a few more Hornet Musicians for the last quarter of the school year. If your student might be willing and able to play an instrument for our weekly school Mass, please send Mrs. Tucker an e-mail at vtucker@hfsfw.org.

Alumni Spotlight - Avery Boley & Serenity Healy

Avery Boley, HFCS Class of 2014, and Serenity Healy, HFCS Class of 2013, have recently been recognized for their skills on the softball field. Avery was nominated by DFWVarsity for Softball Hitters of the Week. Serenity was also highlighted in DFWVarsity.

Avery (first picture below) is starting at first base for the Vikings and is a lefty power hitter. She also is the number 2 pitcher. Avery also plays for her travel ball team, Texas Glory Adkins Premier.

Avery's Stats summary for Nolan this year through 17 games:

Batting average .553

7 singles, 9 doubles, 3 triples, 8 Home Runs, 20 Runs Batted In.

Serenity (second picture below) starts at 3rd base for Nolan Catholic. She also plays travel ball for Impact Gold and is committed to play softball for Arkansas Tech University.

Serenity's Stats summary for Nolan this year through 17 games:

Batting average .565

12 singles, 6 doubles, 3 triples, 5 Home Runs, 29 Runs Batted In.

Congrats to Avery and Serenity on their athletic accomplishments! We are proud of you!

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Thank you, Second Grade!

Thank you, second grade parents for our delicious lunch. We loved it!

Tech Buzz - Laptop Update

Many thanks to all who contributed to our Project Partners project at Pot O' Gold. Our goal was $8,000 to purchase a classroom set of laptops, cart, chargers and software. You more than rose to the occasion, exceeding our goal by over $2,000! I wanted to share an update on this project. Three different products have been recommended to us. We are demo-ing each. We will work with our Technology committee to determine the best fit for Holy Family. We will continue to keep you apprised of what we decide. Thanks, again, for your continual support of technology in our classrooms!
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6:00 pm; Pot Luck Dinner; Childcare

Bring one dish of your choice, home cooking is not required. Tea and water will be provided. Childcare will be in the cafeteria. Depending on our budget position, a small donation may be requested.

Either bring a sack meal for children or fix them plates from the pot luck – your choice. Bottled water will be provided in the cafeteria.

This will be a low key meeting for eating, visiting, reflecting, and early planning.


  • Words of Wisdom discussion by grade group – informal discussion of grade requirements and experiences

  • PTO Lookback

  • Discuss goals, projects, and ideas for next year

  • Overview of PTO leadership needs for next year

Next PTO Meeting: 4/26 at 8:30 am

Please remember BOX TOPS and LABELS

Time to Re-enroll!

If you have not yet re-enrolled for the 2016-2017 school year, please do this soon. If you have not received the link to register, please contact Tracy Head at busmgr@hfsfw.org. These numbers are needed as we make plans for next year.

Advisory Council Nominations

Advisory Council is a great way to get involved and support our school. Next year, Advisory Council will expand to include more members and additional committees. Committees support our school in strategic planning, maintaining Catholic identity, marketing and communication, budget review and technology. The committees are as follows:

The full council will meet every other month and committees will meet in the odd month. Each council member will chair a committee.

Please circle committee interest and give any experience qualifying you to chair a committee.

1. Executive Committee– Board leadership, coordination of board function and responsibilities

2. Mission Effectiveness – propose policies to make sure school maintains Catholic identity and carries out the mission

3. Committee on Council Members – create a process for recruiting board members and a process for the selection of board officers.

4. Planning and Policy – create long range strategic plan and monitor the plan and review objectives.
- Assist the administration in the formulation of policy to guide academic, student, business, development and faith community affairs.

5. Building and Grounds – facility maintenance, capital improvements, security, space utilization and emergency management plans for the school.

6. Finance – monitor the current year budget (actual versus projected)

- monitor long range financial plans for the school

- oversee, from a policy and planning perspective, business operations of the school

7. Fundraising - assist the development director with annual fund, alumni events, annual and planned giving and capital campaigns, identify and solicit major donors.

8. Marketing & Communications

-Help plan, create, implement and monitor a program to market HFCS for image and enrollment, including public relations materials.

- Develop and implement a communications plan to promote image and enrollment

- Assist with brochures, news letters, annual reports, website

9. Enrollment – plan, design, prepare and propose a comprehensive enrollment management plan. Assist with recruitment, admissions and retention events.

10. Technology – will assist with technology issues and replacement schedule.

Please consider self- nominating or nominating someone you know that has the experience to lead one of the committees. We have up to 4 positions that can be filled by parishioners that do not currently have kids attending the school. If you know someone who could support our school, please consider nominating them. Please fill out the form below INCLUDING the committee on which you would like to serve. All forms may be submitted to the school office.

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April Lunch Menu

Below is the April lunch menu. Copies will also be sent home. Please mark your desired lunch day(s) and return bottom portion by Tuesday, March 29th. Please make checks payable to Clara's Kitchen.
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Nolan Catholic High School Applications

Nolan Catholic High School is accepting online applications for current 8th grade students for the 2016-2017 school year. Applications are accessed through the school’s website at www.nolancatholichs.org. To arrange a tour, a shadow day experience or have any questions, please contact Lisa Griffith, Director of Enrollment Management at 817-395-0436, or email: lgriffith@nchstx.org.

Catholic Relief Services Rice Bowl

This Lent, Holy Family Catholic School has been participating in CRS Rice Bowl, a faith-in-action program that helps you experience Lenten spirituality by living in solidarity with people in need around the world. Be sure to visit www.crsricebowl.org to watch videos of the people and communities whose lives your Lenten gifts are changing through CRS Rice Bowl. CRS Rice Bowls will be due in the office no later than Friday, April 1, 2016.
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Kendra Scott Party - April 12th

You will not want to miss Spirit Night at Kendra Scott! Come to the University Village location on April 12th between 5:00 and 7:00. This is a great way to stock up on birthday gifts, Mother's Day gifts --- and more. 20% of all proceeds come back to Holy Family Catholic School. You just MUST mention HFCS when making the purchase. See you there!

Diocesan Middle School Dance hosted by Saint George - April 1st

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HFCS Middle School Dance - April 8th

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Spirit Games 2016

The Spirit Games are back!

Spirit Games 2016

Sunday, April 24th, 2016

Nolan Catholic High School

10:00 am to 3:00 pm

Mass with Bishop Olsen at 11:00 am on the football field

Games & Activities begin at 12:00 pm

Events include Dodge Ball, Fear Factor, Amazing Race, Carnival, and much more!

T-Shirt: $15 for your t-shirt and your t-shirt is your child’s/children’s all day ticket to play, parents are free. T-shirts will be delivered to your child’s school a week or more prior to the event

Please click link below to register for Spirit Games 2016.

Facebook: Stephen Breen Memorial Foundation

Twitter: sbreenfdn

Instagram: sbreenfdn

Snapchat: sbreenfdn

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10th Annual HFCS Dads' Club Golf Tournament - May 13th

Mark your calendar to join the HFCS Dads' Club for its 10th Annual Golf Classic on May 13 at Waterchase Golf Club in Fort Worth. Online registrations for both players and sponsors are now available. Please use links below.