Hornet Herald

Teaching the Way of Jesus Christ.

November 8, 2021

A Message from the Principal

November 8, 2021

Dear Holy Family Catholic School Community,

Last Wednesday night the Home and School Association hosted our Parent Strategic Planning Focus Group and my thanks go out to all of you who attended. I really appreciated our open and caring conversations about our beloved HFCS! We had five tables full of parents and every table voted on its most important points for each domain/category. The ideas brought to this fall’s parent survey were also included in our discussions, so many parent voices were heard.

Here are the results of our discussions.

Parent Strategic Planning Focus Group Results

Home & School Association Meeting 11/3/21

Domain I: Catholic Identity

  • “Catholic Corner”: students lead and film interviews of parish and school staff, post on social media
  • Family Movie Nights - Religious Films
  • More Dominican sisters on staff
  • Prayer Garden in the back of school
  • Paint portable
  • Murals
  • Add Theology of the Body to the curriculum
  • Increase awareness of the Carmelites
  • Ask Father Hoa to make more announcements about the school at Sunday masses
  • Amazon storefront for books

Domain II: Governance, Administration and Management

  • More information for new school parents - Grow the mentor family program
  • More information on athletics and sporting events
  • Updates on religious activities for students
  • Parish should explore starting a Mother's Day Out as a feeder for HFCS
  • Form communication committee
  • Increase social media posts
  • Teacher newsletters
  • QR code in marketing materials

Domain III: Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment

  • Add Spanish or Latin classes
  • Add Technology classes - Keyboarding
  • Make curriculum more rigorous
  • Add Theology of the Body to the curriculum
  • More professional development for the teachers· Classical education
  • STEM

Domain IV: Student Services and Activities

  • More clubs - More parent involvement as club mentors
  • Catered healthy lunches
  • Add school counselor to the staff·
  • Add learning specialist to the staff
  • Dedicated cafeteria
  • More Family Fun Nights - Movie Nights
  • Sports for younger students
  • Academic competitions
  • Tennis court

Domain V: Plant and Facilities

  • More outdoor school signage
  • Dedicated cafeteria
  • Dedicated band room
  • Upgrade PK classrooms
  • Create a place for MS students to gather
  • Update bathrooms
  • Improve the care of the field

The School Advisory Board and I will be working on formulating the Strategic Plan for the remainder of the year and will publish it in August of 2022.

Thank you for supporting this process!


Ann Walters


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This Week

Sunday, November 7 - Mass Uniform Weekend

Tuesday, November 9 - Kinder Zoo Field Trip

Tuesday, November 9 - Hornet Soccer vs. All Saints at Holy Family - 4:30pm

Wednesday, November 10 - Running Club

Thursday, November 11 - Veterans Day Ceremony

Thursday, November 11 - Hornet Soccer vs. St. Andrew at Holy Family - 4:30pm

Friday, November 12 - Donuts with Dad

Friday, November 12 - 4th Grade Field Trip to Log Cabin Village

Friday, November 12 - Middle School Retreat to Oakwood Cemetery

Saturday, November 13 - Annual Appeal Kickoff - Students to Mass in Uniform

Next Week

Sunday, November 14 - Annual Appeal Kickoff - Students to Mass in Uniform

Monday, November 15 - Pot O'Gold Kick-off

Tuesday, November 16 - Hornet Soccer vs. St. Joseph at Holy Family - 4:30pm

Wednesday, November 17 - 8th Grade Thanksgiving Feast

Wednesday, November 17 - Running Club

Thursday. November 18 - Class pictures and retakes

Thursday, November 18 - Hornet Soccer vs. Holy Trinity at Holy Family - 4:30pm

Friday, November 19 - Noon Dismissal


November 22 - 26 - Thanksgiving Holiday - No School

Tuesday, November 30 - #iGiveCatholic

Tuesday, November 30 - 8th Grade to Nolan for Future Viking Experience

Wednesday, December 1 - Silly Socks Day

Wednesday, December 1 - HSA and Student Enrichment

Tuesday, December 7 - Kendra Scott Fundraising Party

Wednesday, December 8 - Feast of the Immaculate Conception

Monday, December 13 - PreK3&4 and Kindergarten Christmas Concert - Monday Morning

Monday, December 13 - Christmas Concert

Friday, December 17 - Class Christmas Parties - Noon Dismissal

Friday, December 17 - End of the Second Quarter - End of the First Semester

December 20 through January 3, 2022 - Christmas Holidays - No School

The school calendar can be found in its entirety on the school website at www.hfcsfw.org, click on the About tab, then click on the Calendar tab. Dates are subject to change.

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Grab Your Dad for Donuts!

Join us, in person, for Donuts with Dad this Friday, November 12, 2021 from 7:15am to 7:50am in Scantlin Hall.
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Happy birthday wishes to Edward Hughes.

May all your birthday dreams and wishes come true!

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Veterans Day

Please join the HFCS student body on Thursday, November 11, 2021 at 2:00pm in Scantlin Hall as Holy Family Catholic School students honor those who have served our country, for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.

God Bless America!

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Thank you to Sarah Birdsbill Rich for coming to PK on Thursday to speak to us about Native American Heritage. Mrs. Rich's family belongs to the Hidatsa Mandan and rikara (MHA) Nation in North Dakota. Their family along with PK4 daughter Marie spend time on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation each summer.

We were honored to hear her speak on past and current traditions and share pictures of family history with our class.

Get Silly with Your Socks!

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Student Enrichment - Home Altars

Mrs. Chelsea Circelli, Mrs. Kaci Cross and Ms. Meg Ruhter spoke with students last Wednesday about how to prepare and implement a home altar. After the presentation, the students were eager to get started on their own altars!

Hornet Athletics

Hornet Soccer

Last Tuesday's game was cancelled due to the inclement weather.

Last Thursday, the Hornets took on the St. Rita Wildcats and won 9 - 1! Way to go Hornets!

The Hornets play All Saints on Tuesday, November 9 at 4:30pm and St. Andrew on Thursday, November 11, both here at HFCS on the Hornets Nest. Come on out and cheer on our student athletes!

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Diocesan 8th Grade Basketball Team

Congratulations to Abigail Smith! Abby tried out for the Diocesan 8th grade Basketball team and won a place on the team.
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Class Pictures and Retakes


Class Picture & Retake Day: Thursday, November 18

Class Picture ID: EVTNWGV6X

Individual Picture ID: EVTHRG22P

Class Picture & Retake Day is on Thursday, November 18, 2021

Flyers and forms will be sent home this week. Please return order forms to your child's teacher by Tuesday, November 16. Students grade K - 8 must wear formal uniform, Pre-K must the HFCS red polo shirt.

Individual Picture Retake information: Students not satisfied with their order must return the original package to the photographer and will receive a replacement.

Students who were absent on the original date will have his/her photo taken after the classroom group picture session.

Online orders: Check box "PAID ONLINE" and return form to your child's teacher.

Visit mylifetouch.com or contact Lifetouch at 1-800736-4753 for more information.