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Holy Family School…“making a difference, one child at a time”

All in the Holy Family~~~~~November 9, 2016

 Dear Holy Family School Families,

I want to take this opportunity to offer a sincere thank you to all of you for your part in making our school the wonderful place it is!  At the recent Diocesan Administrators Conference there was much conversation about “school culture”.  I must say the culture here at Holy Family is as close to perfect as possible!

In the spirit of good communication, I share the following:

  • Paint Night is tomorrow~ Thank you to our PA Board for coordinating this “FUN-RAISING” event!
  • Our “Don’t Press Send” presentation is next Tuesday, November 15th at 7:00PM in the Church.  Please make every effort to attend this important event.  Due to the sensitive nature of what will be presented and discussed, no one under 21 is permitted.
  • Our “Second Step Inclusion not bullying” traits being focused on this month are: empathy, feelings and compassion.  Ask your child about how these are being addressed and admired during each school day.
  • I ask that you take some time to review the handbook, especially the uniform, jewelry and hair policies…and I thank you in advance for adhering to theseJ
  • Help Wanted!!!  We are looking for a few volunteers to:
    • Return bottles from the café  
    • Sit at the front desk for a couple of hours during the school day (this does not have to be one person, you can simply volunteer for the day/hours you wish)
  •  As the weather is getting colder, I remind you that students go outside for recess as long as the temperature is above 32 degrees.  Please have students dressed accordingly.
  • ALL students are to be wearing their full winter uniform now.  Sweaters worn in class must be Holy Family School sweaters or vests.  Gym uniforms are to be HFS sweat pants.    
  • In an effort to minimize disruptions of learning in our classrooms, I remind you that:
    • Parents, or any visitors, MUST stop in the main office upon coming into the building.  NEVER should anyone go directly to any classroom. 
    • Calls for work to be sent to Main Office due to absence must be made before 9:00AM.  This gives the teacher time to gather what is needed during their prep or lunch, not during teaching/learning time.  Work may be picked up in the Main Office at or after dismissal.
    • Changes in dismissal are to be sent in writing with the student in the morning.  In the event of an emergency, please call the office as early as possible.  Calls for changes during dismissal cause an extreme disruption and are often a safety issue.
    • In an effort to work with you in teaching “responsibility”, we ask that you don’t bring children back to school to get forgotten items/books.  Sometimes, we learn from our mistakes, and one forgotten book not picked up may instill a lifelong habit of “checking” for all necessary items.  Of course, we are all human and not perfect, so reasonable expectations are always adhered to.
  • I recently read the following.  I thought of my own role as parent, our faculty and staff that are parents, and each of you that have the role of “parent” to a child at Holy Family School.  It is a powerful statement and therefore I share it with you. 

"Being a parent is one of humankind’s most difficult tasks. Of course, there are many pleasures and rewards, but parenting can be demanding, challenging, exhausting - and there’s no time off.
What makes it challenging and demanding is that every day we act as a model for our children. Every day they are watching and learning from us; they learn from our actions and conversations; they absorb our attitudes and copy our expressions. They are doing this mostly without us being aware that it is taking place."
"We parents set out each day to lead our own lives and because we have invited our children to share our lives, we incorporate them into the routines of our daily activities. Inadvertently, we also act as an example to our children as they see us deal with frustrations, settle disagreements and cope with not being able to have the things we want."
"Our family is the first school for our children and we parents are powerful models. What we say and do, is recorded by our children and possibly used as evidence against us, if we are seen to be inconsistent in our expectations of them, yet fail to have an equal expectation of ourselves."

 

Please know each and every one of you are in my daily thoughts and prayers as we do the most important job ever: raise children!

I hope to see many of you at our School Thanksgiving Mass on Wednesday, November 23, at 9:00AM.  I wish you and your families a Happy Thanksgiving full of many blessings.

Sincerely,

Mrs. Maryalice L. Doherty





Holy Family School…“making a difference, one child at a time”

October 19, 2016
Dear Holy Family School Families,

Thank you all for a terrific start to this school year.  The first month and a half has gone by very quickly and smoothly. There are many things happening each day, and in an attempt to keep communication open, I wanted to share some of them with you.
John F. Kennedy said: “Not every child has an equal talent or an equal ability or equal motivation, but they should have the equal right to develop their talent and their ability and their motivation, to make something of themselves.” In the very same light, but worded differently, Albert Einstein said: “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid”.  Both of these quotes are so true and, in the field of education, deserve more attention than ever before.  
Here at Holy Family, we are truly blessed with a beautiful diversity on so many levels.  Any honest, educated human being would agree that lessons are learned and lives are enriched just by being a part of the Holy Family School Family.  With that in mind, the faculty, administration, and staff are continuing to join together to assure that every student is given the opportunity of an education where:
Our Catholic faith is at the very heart of all that is taught
Every student feels included 
Students use their strengths and talents to master skills, while working hard to learn what may be difficult, and ultimately reach their full potential 
Their individual, unique needs are met fairly, which does not necessarily mean equally
Navigating the world of social media is addressed with respect and understanding
The focus is on the positive in every possible situation
He/she feels successful 
They learn their attitude is a choice they make 
Their efforts are acknowledged
They know they are loved and respected
Their families and school are partners in their education
The means we are using this year to achieve the above are:
Our newly purchased Second Step Anti-bullying program
Includes morning announcements to inspire kindness, a positive attitude, and inclusion skills for all grade levels
  Inspirational “Words of the week” that coincide with classroom instruction
Hosting an assembly to address the dangers of Social Media for parents on November 15th at 7:00PM in Church. (The presenter is featured in Part Two of today’s Newsday!!!)
Using lessons and tips from the books of international bestselling author Jon Gordon in all classes throughout the year to inspire students to take responsibility for their attitude, effort, and actions
 A very special THANK YOU to Mrs. Lyke for inviting me to listen to Jon speak.  I learned much from him which I brought back to our last Faculty Meeting.  The teachers and staff are all working on following his lessons.
Physical Education Classes, at times, offer opportunities for students to choose skill building or game playing depending on their desire and ability, assuring all students achieve PERSONAL SUCCESS
Continuing the HEPP Program during the Fall months in an effort to be proactive with the many challenges the students deal with in our ever changing world
Membership in the CAPS organization to afford us the opportunity to have grade level topic specific assemblies
New character traits and requirements for Student of the Month selection
Traits being acknowledged are: Sportsmanship, Tolerance, Appreciation, Respect, Friendship, Integrity, Sensitivity and Helpfulness 
Character trait must be consistently observed/ personified in the individual student, making this honor more “REAL”
“No Uniform Today” & “I got caught” reward cards have expanded to include:
I got caught showing one of the character traits
Everyone at HFS is proud of my hard work/effort
BREAK cards: Being Respectful Empathetic Awesome Kind
Peer Assisted Learning during zero period
Castle Learning to reinforce skills in school and at home
Push-in academic intervention specialists on all grade levels
National Junior Honor Society and Zero period Advanced Math Classes for qualifying students

 Now that we are all settled in to the school year, I ask that you once again review the handbook with your children.  While we always require students demonstrate age-appropriate respect for themselves and others, uniform requirements, including hair and nail guidelines are important for them to adhere to as well.  We are first and most importantly, a Catholic School and with that comes responsibilities aligned with our faith.  Modeling acceptable behaviors for our students to learn from is so very important.  Following basic rules is a life lesson that is best learned in the elementary school years. 
I continue to feel blessed to work in such an amazing Parish School with dedicated teachers, staff members, and families who strive to do just that…THANK YOU!  
Please always remember, I am here for your children and you.  If you have any questions, concerns, or ideas, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Sincerely,

Mrs. Maryalice L. Doherty