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The newest edition of the Holy Family School newspaper "The Call of the Faith" is released.
This edition provides full coverage of the events from Catholic Schools Week, plus interviews and sports.
If you didn't make it to FreeFall, then read all about it and see some pictures from the night. Holy Family School filled FreeFall, because we had it all to ourselves. Then during the school week, the students enjoyed a multitude of assemblies including WFMZ meterologist Dan Skeldon, science assemblies with DaVinci Science Center and Mad Science, Wacky Olympics, the Talent Show, Religiion Bee and an anti-bullying assembly by BMX Action Sports. It doesn't stop there, we also had a 7th vs. 8th grade basketball game and a volleyball game between teachers and parents vs. the 8th grade. Tons of fun.
There is so much to read and see, check it out. Just click on Student Life, then Call of the Faith. Click on the 5th Edition link. Enjoy!
Holy Family School's STEM Club competition team is headed to Northampton Community College's Monroe Campus on Friday, March 2 to compete against 65 other teams. The competition begins at 8:30 a.m. Snow date is March 23.
Our team is comprised of Max Ambrosia, Aidan Dalton, Derek Fulmer, Sam Joseph, Cara Magliochetti, Molly Neidig, David Stangl and Amber Unger. It is lead by our computer teacher Mr. McMaster with assistance from parent volunteers.
Max Ambrosia, Aidan Dalton, Derek Fulmer and Sam Joseph will be competing in the 4th-5th-grade Division. Cara Magliochetti, Molly Neidig, David Stangl and Amber Unger will compete in the 6th-8th grade division.
What is the competition about? The students are challenged to build an object using K'NEX toys. The teams use a blueprint to design and build the required object for this year's challenge. At the competition, they also will present a report, submit their blueprints and cost sheets, and build the object within a certain time limit.
For this year's challenge, Thermo Fisher Scientific wants the teams to develop a new product for use in houses. The product can be anything that can be used in the house but it must be environmentally friendly, because the company strives to create products that make the world healthier, cleaner and safer. Some examples of possible new products a new appliance, a new way to power the house, or a new gadget.
Holy Family School is the first Catholic pre-Kindergarten through eighth grade school in the Allentown Diocese to lauch online enrollment.
Now, families who would like to learn more about our school can click on Online Inquiry under the Admissions tab to gain more information. They can also click on Online Inquiry under Admissions, Tours and Shadow Days to schedule a tour of the school or set up a day for their children to shadow in the classroom.
Want to attend Holy Family School? Under Admissions, just click on Online Application. This is the first step for new families who would like to enroll their children in Holy Family School.
Once we receive the application and have reviewed your child's school transcripts, then we will contact you to know if he or she is accepted for admission. Registration is completed with the Online Enrollment.
When it comes time to re-enroll, parents use Online Enrollment through RenWeb's ParentWeb to complete the enrollment for the following school year.
We look forward to seeing you here!
Our Holy Family School students came through with flying colors! They raised $1,106.79 in the Coin Challenge during Catholic Schools Week for the children at Colegio La Piedad – a school in Isla Verde, Puerto Rico.
Mrs. Scheirer’s fifth-grade class raised the most with $334.54. They placed in the top three consistently throughout the week receiving gold balloons for first place and blue balloons for thrid place. Silver balloons were for second place. The class will celebrate with a pizza party after Lent.
Second and third place were close with Mrs. Vadala’s third-grade class coming in second with $141.20, and Mrs. Christ’s first-grade class with $133.15. Fourth place was Mrs. Liberatore’s second-grade class with $118.24. And fifth place was Ms. DeNardo’s eighth-grade class with $99.31.
Thank you to all of the children for donating their coins. Every penny helps, because together they can make a difference. Just like people. Together, we are able to help another school.
But wait! The good news doesn’t stop there.
Parishioners at Holy Family Church and friends of the school have also chipped in to help Colegio La Piedad. To date, they have donated $1,031, and more donations are still coming. Thank you for your generosity.
The grand total at this point is $2,587.79, which is comprised of donations from the parishioners and friends, Coin Challenge and the $450 raised by the Holy Family School Student Council’s Peppermint Postcards in December.
Again, thank you for your generosity. Although Colegio la Piedad sustained damages amounting to more than $10,000, our donation to them will help to make a difference, and will let them know they are cared about by people more than 1,600 miles away.
In addition to encouraging philanthropic activity, our students will have an opportunity to correspond with their students and learn about each other’s lives. What a wonderful way to grow.
Notre Dame High School in Easton has announced its scholarship offerings for Incoming Freshman for the 2018-2019 school year.
If you would like to learn more about their scholarships and financial aid, then please click on this link.
A personal data form must be completed when applying for a scholarship at Notre Dame High School. That form can be found here. Personal Data Form
The Crusaders also announce information regarding its football program. To view footbal information, click here. Crusader Football
Additional information about the high school can be found by contacting, Nancy Ann Caroprese, Director of Development for Notre Dame High School at 610-868-1431, Ext. 123, and Philip Stambaugh, head coach for Notre Dame High School.
Holy Family School kicked off Catholic Schools Week with an Open House from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 28.
As families entered through the gymnasium doors and walked through the balloon archway, they were warmly greeted by Holy Family School staff, students and parents.
The Open House was held to give new families an opportunity to see what we are all about, and our current families an opporunity to meet with their children's teachers next year. Families were able to talk with members of our Homome and Family Association, Technology Committee, and earn more about school clubs. It also gave people an opportunity to meet members of Holy Family Church's parish organizations and parish-related organizations, such as the Pro-Life Committee, Handbell Choir, Knights of Columbus and Nazareth Food Bank, whose president is a parishioner.
For anyone who missed the Open House bubt would like to learn more about our school, a private toour is always available. Just call the school at 610-759-5642, ext. 118. Registrations for next year are being accepted.
Nearly every student at Holy Family School came out to bounce at Freefall Trampoline Park on Jan. 28. It was one of the largest crowds the school has seen, and a good thing, too, because the entire park was reserved for just our students and their friends.
The trampoline park on Baglyos Circle in Bethlehem was closed to the public at 7 p.m., but Holy Family School students kept bouncing until 8:30 p.m.
There was much to do from dodge ball on trampolines, trampoline runs, trampoline basketball, a bucking bull, and so much more.
The event was held as a fun activity to premiere a week of fun assemblies during Catholic Schools Week.
In addition to planning the event at the park, the Home and School Association also held a Silent Auction full of donations from local businesses. Everything from gift cards to restaurants to travel coffee mugs were available.
Parents of children in seventh grade who will be receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation at Holy Family Church in the fall are required to attend a meeting at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 25 in the church. Please click on the document below for more information. The meeting was reschedued from the original date of Jan. 4 due to inclement weather.
Two school counselors from Colonial Intermediate Unit 20 will be talking to our students in Kindergarten through eighth grade about how to prepare for future careers. The program has been rescheduled for Jan. 19 at 9:30 a.m. Please see the flier to learn all about the program.
Ms. Kaczor’s seventh-grade class performed the Charles Dicken classic “A Christmas Carol” for the sixth graders on Thursday. The story is part of their curriculum.
“It is a good introduction to utilitarianism, which they study in “The Diary of Anne Frank” and again in “The Giver.” People judge people based on their usefulness and not on the mere fact that they are children of God,” Kaczor said. “What we do, how old we are, what skills we have, does not determine our value. All life is valuable!”
The play also teaches about the importance of being charitable. Kaczor said that in order to be culturally literate, the students should know the story of “A Christmas Carol.”
“Much of how we celebrate Christmas has resulted from this piece of literature,” she said.
And another byproduct of acting out the play for an audience, is that it gives students who have never had an opportunity to act to experience acting.
The cast included:
Noah Zacharia – Ebenezer Scrooge
Maxwell Kochenash – Tiny Tim
Connor Murphy – the Spirit of Christmas Past
Clare Duffy – the Spirit of Christmas Present
Brodi McAllister – the Spirit of Christmas Future
Mrs. Cratchit – Sophia Ronca
Cratchit children – Clare Duffy and Christopher Annunziata
Additional cast members included: Evan Strand, Sebastian Puente, Amber Unger, Ben Kaczor, Gabrielle Lagomarsino, Sophia Albanese
The Holy Family School Junior Band, Advanced Band and violinists performed a variety of Christmas favorites Monday night in the school gym. Their teacher, Mrs. Marianne Forkin, served as the director.
The violins performed “Good King Wenceslas” with the band, along with a variety of short pieces from their books. “Jingle Bells” was among the songs performed by the Junior Band. And the Advanced Band performed various genres including “Up on the Housetop,” “Away in the Manger,” “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” and “Carol of the Bells.”
The violinists are Gina Favocci, Sarah Hock, Nicholas Isaac, Michael Wachter and Elizabeth Wikris.
The Junior Band members are Phillip Ronca and Landon Sterner, both on saxophone; Michael Hurd and Nathaniel Kochenash, both on trumpet; Eva Giordano on bells; and Emmalee Arvelo on drum.
And the Advanced Band members are Cara Magliochetti, Sophia Ronca and Amber Unger, all on flute; Vanessa Amrick, Meara Mason, Madilyn McLouth and Rhia Pammer, all on clarinet; Henry Grimm and Christopher Horvath, both on saxophone; Brian Kruzcek on trumpet; and Parkin Corley, Dylan Ephault, Matthew Lufburrow and Derek Perkins, all on percussion.
Miss Barner, one of our seventh-grade teachers, was featured in a sports article in the Times News. When not in class, Miss Barner loves working out in the gym as a power lifter. She also competes, and is determined to reach the elite level.
Learn all about her love of the sport in the article below.
Our very own Makayla Hoole, of Easton and a first-grader in Mrs. Christ's class, had the opportunity of a lifetime. She danced with the Moscow Ballet on Sunday during their performance of the Great Russian Nutcracker at the State Theatre in Easton. She was a snowflake.
Her story was also noticed by the local media. Check it out.
Hoole is a member of the impact competition team at Dance Design Studio in Easton, and was selected for the performance following an audition. Her mother, Michele Hoole, said the Moscow Ballet touring company holds auditions at each stop to allow local youth between the ages of 6 to 18 to participate.
This was Makayla's first time dancing with professionals, but she has danced in competition several times.
Leading up to the performance day, Makayla said she was very nervous. She didn’t get to practice with the Moscow Ballet until the morning of the performance, when they did the final run through, her mother said.
“I want her to reach for the stars. To do whatever she wants and to know that her family, her friends and even her school is behind her in achieving any dream she wants,” her mother said.
It's our annual drive for homemade ornaments for the Christmas trees at the school. They can be made from a kit, have the student's picture in it or "made from scratch."
Ornaments made by the Kindergarten through second grade will be on the tree in the entrance of the school. And ornaments made by the third grade through eighth grade will be upstairs on the tree by the big window.
Mrs. Bruce said the younger students love to make ornaments, but every year the tree upstairs is a little scant. There's the challenge. We need those older students to step up and make just as many ornaments, too.
Be creative and have fun!
Student shoppers have begun to peruse the wares at the Santa Shop looking for that perfect gift.
This event gives the children a chance to share the Christmas spirit of giving to others and shop for the people they love.
Items are priced from 25 cents to $12.50 and are beautiful. Any family member would love them.
Here is the schedule of when the children will be shopping.
Monday - KA-8:30 a.m., KB-9:15 a.m., 7-1- 10 a.m., 7-2-10:45 a.m.,1A-12:15 p.m., 1B-1 p.m., 4A-1:45 p.m.,
Tuesday - 5A-9:15 a.m., 3B-10 a.m., 8 Algebra-10:45 a.m., 3A-1:45 p.m.
Wednesday - 6A-9:15 a.m., 2A-10 a.m., 8 Pre-Algebra- 10:45 a.m., 6B-1:45 p.m.
Thursday will be for anyone who is absent when his or her class goes to shop.
We will need volunteers to set up, help the children purchase items, and clean up from the shop. This is a great way to earn your volunteer angel points! Class visit times are listed if you want to help your little shopper. Thank you and Merry Christmas!
*Please click the link below to sign up
Make this blank T-shirt your canvas.
The deadline for entering the Spirit Wear T-Shirt Design Contest has been extended. The new deadline is Dec. 14, so if you have an idea go for it!
The top five designs will be up for vote by the student body, and the winner will be announced during Catholic Schools Week.
All proceeds from the sale of the T-shirts will benefit the school.
This is the Home and School Association first time running the Spirit Wear T-shirt Design Contest, so show your school pride and put it in a design.
For contest guidelines, check out the flier. T-Shirt Design Contest
Holy Family School eighth-grader David Banko, of Wind Gap, took third place in the eighth grade division at the District 1 Catholic Youth Organization Spelling Bee on Nov. 1 and went on to place fifth in the Diocesan Spelling Bee on Nov. 5. The competitions were held specifically for students in sixth through eighth grades.
“I wasn’t nervous,” he said.
This wasn’t his first time to the bee. Banko competed last year at both the district and diocesan level. Although he took third place both years at the district level, he went up two notches at the diocesan level competition at St. Peter and Paul Church in Lehighton.
Banko is one of four students from Holy Family School who attended the District 1 Spelling Bee held at St. Jane Frances de Chantal Church in Easton. The other students include: Morgan Halldorson, eight grade, of Easton; Derek Perkins, seventh grade, of Nazareth; and Parkin Corley, sixth grade, of Easton.
Holy Family School fourth-grader Michael Wachter won first place in the fourth-grade division of the American Pride Drawing Contest. The contest was sponsored by the American Citizenship Committee of the Northampton County Bar Association of Pennsylvania.
The artwork of two winners in grades third, fourth and fifth was chosen from those submitted by art teachers in schools throughout Northampton County. Each winner received a $75 gift certificate to Barnes and Noble and an invitation to the Naturalization Court Ceremony on Monday, Nov. 6 at the courthouse in Easton. Their artwork was on display during the ceremony.
I really liked it,” Wachter said about watching the ceremony. “I had my picture taken with one of the judges.”
Wachter’s drawing consisted of a line of gravestones on a hillside with flags beside them, fireworks were bursting in the sky and two wooden boxes were in the foreground. A large American flag stood in the center with the letters USA written beneath it. Wachter said he was inspired by the cemetery that lies between his school and the church with flags waving on the graves.
“I just threw in the flags, because they were Army guys,” he said.
The fireworks came about, because when he thinks about America, the Fourth of July comes to his mind. As for the wooden boxes, well, those are the bases from where the fireworks are launched, he explained.
Wachter said he was glad he won. He really wanted to win that gift certificate, because he already knows what he wants to buy with it – a book about America and a Lego architecture kit of the White House.
He had seen the Lego kit in the store and wanted to buy it, but Wachter said, “My mom said it was too expensive. Now I can get it.”
In honor of Red Ribbon Week, members of the Bangor Elks donated to the third grade students at Holy Family School red and blue bags filled with fun items for the children.
“It is part of our Drug Awareness Program,” said Elk member Kelly Neetz. “This year we decided to branch out and include Holy Family School.”
Holy Family School lies within their region and serves students from the Bangor area.
The bags included a thesaurus, Frisbee, yoyo, coloring book, pencils and a red ribbon representing the week.
Red Ribbon Week was created in 1980 by the National Federation of Parents for Drug Free Youth, now known as the National Family Partnership. This year’s theme is “Your Future is Key, so Stay Drug Free.”
A great big “Thank You” goes out to all of the teachers and families who contributed supplies for our float for the Nazareth Halloween parade includng Mrs. Christ, Mrs. Mazzella, Mrs. Banghart and Mr. and Mrs. Rifendifer and to Palmer Nursery for donating the hay bales to secure the scarecrows. The theme was "Building a Better Future - Holy Family School" and it included scarecrows dressed as different professions.
Here’s a rundown of the scarecrows.
- Kindergarten teachers Mrs. Bussman and Miss Vonelli and their classes put together Sgt. Kindergarten who was dressed in a military jumpsuit.
- Mrs. Vadala's third-grade class created Miss BooBoo who was dressed like a nurse complete with a stethoscope borrowed from Mr. and Mrs. Rifendifer.
- Mrs. Scheirer's fifth-grade class created a teacher named Miss Apple complete with a wrist watch, earrings and an apple pin. Thank you to Miss Hudak for lending the dress.
- Seventh graders from Miss. Barner's class pulled together a reporter scarecrow and named him Clark Kent.
- And eighth-graders in Miss DeNardo's class put together a scientist holding a microscope and wearing a lab coat borrowed from Mad Science. The after-school science program comes into the school in the fall and spring for six weeks each to work with students. The eighth graders named their scarecrow Albert Haystein.
We had seven children walk in the parade with some of their parents, as well as Fr. Kaminea and Fr. Natale; Florinda Meli, parish secretary; Kristine Porter, advancement director; and parishioner Anita Paukovits. Our big red, pick-up truck was driven by Russel Ayers. Thank you Mr. Ayers!
It was a warm day, and crowds of people came out for the parade – maybe more than in years past – but everyone had a great time. Our group tossed candy to the children along the way, and the children had a great time adding it to their bags of goodies.
Holy Family Home and School Association’s first Trunk or Treat was a splendid success Saturday night. More than 140 children came out to trick-or-treat in a safe environment among 35 trunks decorated by family, friends and teachers, too.
The decorations were incredibly varied and included everything from jungles, video games, to Star Wars and Hogwarts. The drama team from Holy Family School was so elaborate, it included a large Wizard of Oz backdrop, yellow brick road and a fog machine to add some mystery. Dorothy and her crew were there, too, and greeted all of the children.
“The purpose of this event was to bring the Holy Family community together and create more school spirit,” said Margie Joseph, the vice president of the Home and School Association.
Prizes were given out to three of the most outstanding trunks.
For Most Original, a group of Holy Family School teachers created the Heavenly Trunk, which consisted of an angelic scene of white lights, pearly gates and fluffy clouds full of pretzel treats. The angelic attendants were Mrs. Ecker, Miss Hudak, Mrs. Scheirer, Mrs. Guarino, Mrs. Christ and Mrs. Liberatore.
The Drama Club’s Wizard of Oz trunk won for Funniest. There was much laughter at that trunk with the cast acting out their parts in an occasional chase scene.
And the Rodriguez family won in the category Least Looking Like a Vehicle. They took the theme of
Minecraft and extended it out from the vehicle with cardboard walls, lights and decorations. The vehicle disappeared in the decorations.
Concession food was available in the gym, and families had the option to pre-order pizza. Halloween-themed party music was provided by the Home and School Association.
Since the event was so well-received, Joseph said they will definitely hold it again next year.
Check out our gallery on Facebook at Trunk or Treat gallery.
The Holy Family CYO Girls Cross Country 5-6 Division did it again. They won a second trophy.
On Oct. 8, the team won the championship trophy at the Notre Dame Invitational. The girls one their first championship trophy on Sept. 17 at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church in Orefield.
“This is an outstanding accomplishment for the girls and a great way to end our season,” said Linda Karavitch, their head coach.
The girls competed against 10 other parishes in the Diocese of Allentown in the mile and a half race. Each received a gold medal for their first place finish.
The cross country teams are made possible through the Holy Family Athletic Association, which also offers sports teams in basketball, volleyball, track and field. Students in Kindergarten through eighth grade may participate.
The Fifth-Sixth Grade Cross Country Girls’ Team, from left to right, are: Jillian Cagno, Haidyn Searls, Kylie Karavitch, Madeline Zicarelli, Claire Martocci, Bethany Vanover. They won two championship trophies this season.
Mrs. Liberatore’s second-grade class got a jump on their letter writing to soldiers overseas. They started last week and had so much fun writing and coloring their letters.
The letters were written way ahead of time for Veterans Day, which isn’t until November. But the letters need to be sent weeks in advance to get there on time. Mrs. Liberatore planned to mail them to her daughter, Danielle, who works in Kurdistan, but now mail isn’t going through so easily.
Quick thinking to the rescue. Mrs. Liberatore came up with an idea. She plans to scan them into her computer and email them to her daughter, then Danielle will print them and give them to the soldiers.
In honor of National Orthopedic Health Month, Dr. Brian Loftus, from Easton Orthodontics in Easton, visited the second-grade class on Tuesday, Oct. 10 at Holy Family School. This was his 15th year visiting the school and talking to the children about good dental hygiene and what to expect at a dental visit.
“We see a lot of kids come in our office at this age for their first orthodontist appointment,” said Loftus. “They are a little scared, so this makes them less afraid.”
At the age of seven or eight is when some children need spacers, retainers, expanders or braces, which means a trip to the orthodontist. Loftus said he and his assistant, Shoshanna Hinder, talk to second-graders at five other schools during the school year.
“The students are the best part of this,” he said. “They are very energetic and so willing learn. It’s a fun day out for us.”
In addition to his assistant, Loftus brought with him another helper, Maggie, a blue dragon with big chompers. He demonstrates for the children on Maggie’s teeth the proper way to brush and floss their teeth.
Loftus also talks about cavities, what they are and how dentists care for them. He asked the children questions, and discovered this group of students not only knew the answers, but could ask some good questions. One little girl asked the doctor why sealants are only applied to the back teeth. The doctor explained it is because of the grooves in the teeth.
Loftus showed the children casts of baby and adult teeth and even an x-ray. One little boy asked why they couldn’t see the brain, so the doctor explained that x-rays take the best pictures of hard material like bone. The soft tissue of the brain is hidden behind the hard bone of the skull.
After the talk, each child received a packet of information about dental care and a goodie bag with a toothbrush and toothpaste. They thanked Dr. Loftus and Ms. Hinder for their visit and said they learned much.
"He's the best," one little boy said out loud.
Looking for something to do? There's plenty, starting with tonight.
- Special seating for Holy Family students who wear Holy Family attire tonight at Notre Dame High School’s football game. It’s their Homecoming Football Game. Tailgating begins at 6 p.m.
- Palmer Nursery on Corriere Road in Easton (near Tatamy) is hosting its third annual Fall Fest this weekend. There will be fun, food, music, games and giveaways. And Holy Family School will be represented there, too. Come on out from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday or Sunday. The nursery is owned by the Honnen family.
- CYO Holy Family Basketball Sign-ups for Boys & Girls has been extended to Oct. 24. Log online for registration forms at http://www.holyfamilyathletics.org. Need to complete the Holy Family registration form, Diocese Medical release, Participate Pledge, Parent Pledge, Concussion and Sudden Cardiac Arrest forms. Parent participation is strongly encouraged and welcomed. From HFS, send forms to HFAA c/o Anthony Ephault. From parish, send forms to Basketball Coordinator c/o Anthony Ephault. For more information contact: Anthony Ephault, Holy Family Basketball Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Trunk or Treat wristbands are now on sale for this first-ever event to be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21 in the parking lot across from the Holy Family School gym.
Each child should have a wristband, which costs $3 when pre-ordered. They are $5 the day of the event. Families who have volunteered to decorate their trunk will receive wristbands at no extra cost.
Food and beverages are available in the gym, and entire pizzas can be pre-orderd at $14 each. Pizza slices will be available at the concession stand for $2 each.
Print the order form, fill it out, and return to Holy Family School with payment.
The Exxon Mobile United Way Team presented the Holy Family Third Grade with plaques thanking them for their work in the recent United Way’s Day of Caring project in mid-September.
Teachers, Michele Kocsis and Josette Vadala, asked their students to decorate 42 paper bags for the United Way. The children used glittery stickers, Crayons, and markers to decorate the bags with rainbows, smiley faces, sunsets and heartfelt greetings. Some of the children even decorated the handles.
From there, the bags were given to Meals on Wheels volunteers who filled the bags with nutritional meals, and the lunches were distributed to elderly citizens and people with disabilities in the area.
The plaques from the United Way Team said the colorful lunch bags were received with “big, big smiles” by those in need.
Holy Family Church in Nazareth is expanding. We're adding a Parish Center.
At 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 8, just outside of Holy Family School, the church will be hosting its official groundbreaking for a new 19,000 square foot, two-story parish center. The project is expected to cost about $3 million and should be completed by August 2018.
The ceremony will take place in front of Holy Family School and will advance to the school gymnasium where the time capsule from 1908 will be opened. The capsule had been in the cornerstone of the old church.
The new center will be completely handicap-accessible and will accommodate a wide range of activities. Parishioners will be welcomed into a glass-enclosed atrium lobby that accesses the elevator to the second floor. The lobby will include a coffee bar for small gatherings, such as the Hospitality Committee’s Sunday donuts.
On the first floor, there will be a large banquet hall with a full-service kitchen that can be subdivided to create a smaller hall for functions such as funeral luncheons. The open space will provide ample room for large and small parish events with a total seating capacity of 244. The first floor will also include a parish meeting room, as well as a coat room and restrooms.
The second floor will have a cafeteria to serve the Holy Family School students, a warming kitchen and several meeting rooms to accommodate the more than 23 parish organizations.
The building was designed by the architecture firm, W2A Design Group in Allentown. Some of their work includes the Crayola Experience in Easton and the Pottstown Borough Hall.
Bracy Contracting Inc., also in Allentown, has been hired to handle the construction. They are known for their work on the Levitt Pavilion at Steel Stacks, the Jaindl Building/America Bank in Allentown and the Hanover Township Administration and Public Works Facility in Allentown.
Holy Family School students in grades kindergarten through fifth-grade were delighted Wednesday, Sept. 27 to see Kasey, a black Labrador retriever demonstrate the necessary skills to survive a house fire.
Jeff Owens, founder of the Kasey Program, with the help of Kasey, showed the children just what to do if there is a fire. The life-saving skills include:
The program lasted about 45 minutes and ended with a little diddy that Owens played on his guitar and sang for the children. The idea is to use music to help reinforce the lesson.
A retired career firefighter/paramedic with more than 31 years of service in Indianapolis, Indiana, Owens said he started the program because he wanted to do something to try to prevent children from dying in a fire.
“Having a working smoke detector is going to make a difference of whether you live or die,” he said.
Shortly after he began doing the talks, he happened to have his dog case with him.
“The kids were so mesmerized. Maybe I have something here,” he said he realized. In 1995, Kasey became an integral part of the program.
only full-time, nationally touring fire prevention program in the country.
The dogs wear the badge of the Wayne Township Fire Department in Indiana. They are trained as search and rescue dogs, and also work as therapy dogs at burn camps in Indiana, Illinois and Ohio.
The children at Holy Family School in Nazareth collected money on Sept. 25 to raise money for the victims of hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Marie. The money was collected through their Dress Down Day, which was the first one this school year.
Instead of the usual $1 donation and a canned food item for the local food pantry, the children were asked to donate $2 for the hurricane victims. Because the hurricanes left so much damage in their paths and so many children homeless, the school wanted to come to their aid and $650 was raised for Catholic Charities.
Catholic Charities reaches out and helps people in all walks of life and situations, and the students feel blessed to be a part of this ministry. The money is now on its way to touch the lives of the needy.
The Holy Family Cross Country Fifth and Sixth Grade Girls’ Team took home a first-place win on Sept. 16 at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church in Orefield.
Our winning Cross Country team is comprised of six girls: Claire Martocci and Haidyn Searls, both from Holy Family School; and Jillian Cagno, Kylie Karavitch, Bethany Vanover and Maddie Zicarelli. This was the first time the fifth and sixth grade girls’ team won.
The cross country teams are comprised of children who are all members of Holy Family Chruch and participate in Catholic Youth Organizations sports through the Holy Family Atholetic Association. Children in Kindergarten through eighth grade can participate. They began practices in August, went to their first meet on Labor Day weekend, and will finish the season on Oct. 13.
Come Spring, registration for track and field opens.
Basketball sign-ups, skills sessions and a girls’ basketball camp are all available for Holy Family School students and children who are members of Holy Family Church .
Catholic Youth Organization Basketball Sign-ups for boys and girls will be held after the 9 and 11 a.m. masses on Sunday, Sept. 24 and Oct. 8 in the school gymnasium. Any Kindergarten through eighth-grade student registered at Holy Family Church is eligible to participate.
The program is broken into three groups and levels: instructional, Kindergarten through second-grade; non-competitive, third and fourth grade; and competitive, fifth through eighth grade. Registration costs vary: Instructional - $50 per student or $40 with sibling in the program, one child - $80, two children - $120, three or more children - $150.
To learn more about the program, check out the Athletics tab on our website or go to www.holyfamilyathletics.org to register.
Then two weekends in October, Holy Family Athletics will be offering Basketball Skills Sessions led by Lehigh grad and athlete Devon Carter. He will focus on dribbling, proper shooting form, footwork, and how to practice efficiently.
The first session is from 3 to 5 p.m. Oct. 7 in the school gym and is open to boys and girls in sixth through eighth grade. The second session will be from 4 to 6 p.m. in the gym for boys only in ninth through 12th grade. The cost is $20 per session. For more information or to register by Oct. 4, go to the Athletics tab. It's all there.
And last but not least, the Notre Dame High School Girls’ Basketball Team and coaching staff is hosting “Return to the Hardwood: a CYO Girls’ Basketball Clinic.”
The basketball clinic is designed for students in third through eighth grades who are enrolled at Holy Family School and other area Catholic schools. There will be two sessions: third through fifth grade from 1 to 3 p.m., and sixth through eighth grade from 4 to 6 p.m. Nov. 5 at Notre Dame HS main gym. The cost is $25. For more information, you know what to do. Got to the Athletics tab.
The Holy Family School has some exciting news! Our Tennis Club has a certified tennis coach!
Coach Angela Jones is the founder and head tennis coach of Angie's Junior Aces, a tennis program based out of the Winning Touch Tennis Club in Allentown. She has more than 15 years of teaching experience.
While in college, Angela was the number one singles player at Saint Peters University, a Division I school. She also served as the team captain for two years. After graduation, she volunteered as the Assistant Coach for her alma mater, and was the Head Tennis Pro for the Girl Scouts of America tennis program in New Jersey for five years.
Registrations are already being accepted for students in Kindergarten through eighth grade. The cost is $25. The club will meet Nov. 8, 15, 21 and 28 for students in Kindergarten to second grade and third to fifth grade. Students in sixth through eighth grade will meet Nov. 6, 13, 20 and 30.
To register for the Tennis Club, go to the Activities tab under Student Life.
Are you going to the Celtic Festival on Saturday or the Diocesan Family Festival on Sunday, both in Bethlehem?
If you are, then please stop by the children’s tent at the Celtic Festival and the lobby at Steel Stacks on Sunday to visit the Holy Family School’s table. Mrs. Porter (the advancement director, in case you haven’t met me) will be there and would love to see all of you! I will be at the diocesan’s Catholic Schools table representing Holy Family School at the Celtic festival from 4 to 6 p.m. and Steel Stacks from 1 to 2 p.m.
The Celtic Festival is cool and has bag pipe players, and men who can throw a caber (looks like a telephone pole). Here’s more info. http://www.celticfest.org/
The Diocesan Family Festival will begin with an outdoor Multi-Cultural Mass at 11 a.m., followed by the Festival ending at 4 p.m. No Reservations needed. Just show up and bring your family or friends, and bring a lawn chair.
Click here to learn more. Diocesan Family Festival
Its parents’ night out! The Cool Our School Campaign Committee has organized a Hoedown to be held from 7 to 10 p.m., Friday, Oct. 13 at the Holy Family School gym. Silent auction for 7 to 9 p.m.
Round up those boots, grab that hat and head down for some great food and square dancing. Space is limited when swinging your partner, so buy your tickets early. Tickets cost $50 each, but the funds go toward the cost to have air conditioning installed in the school.
Have other plans already, but you still want to help out? Donations are always welcome. Either way, just print the order form, and return it with payment to the school in an envelope marked Hoedown, attn. Holy Family School Special Events, and your child’s name and class.
Thank you kindly for your help. Hope to see you there!
Our alumni are in the news!
At Bethlehem Catholic High School, Morgan Henson and Brenna Magliochetti, members of their Class of 2019, and Ellie Freiss, a member of their Class of 2020, have been recognized for their academic achievements. They are in the top 10 students in their classes. Congratulations!
Just click on the link to read the story. Top 10 Scholars
The Pennsylvania Catholic Conference is asking families to contact their state legislators and urge them to support expanding the funding of the Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program.
Eligible businesses receive a tax credit when they contribute to a scholarship organization, educational improvement organization and/or Pre-Kindergarten Scholarship Organization. The funds then benefit needy families by providing financial assistance for both public and private, pre-kindergarten through school-aged programs.
The EITC program has been acclaimed as one of the best educational programs Pennsylvania offers to students, and as is stands, the House has a chance to vote on an EITC increase. To contact your state legislators and government officials, click on the link https://www.votervoice.net/PACC/Campaigns/54365/Respond. Please urge them to support the expansion of the EITC program by voting YES on a state budget that includes the increase.
To learn more about becoming an eligible business, go to http://dced.pa.gov/programs/educational-improvement-tax-credit-program-eitc/
Mad Science guy Mr. Bill demonstrated how forced air can push an object upward and outward during lunch today. He used a leaf blower and a roll of toilet paper.
The toilet paper flying in the air put smiles on the children’s faces and laughs, giggles and squeals. The preview provided an inkling into some of what Mr. Bill plans to do in the after-school program for students in kindergarten through eighth grade.
The program will run from 2:45 to 3:45 p.m. at the school for six consecutive Mondays beginning Sept. 18 and is limited to 25 children. It will cover a variety of topics including: Che-mystery, Fun-damental Forces, Fantastic Fliers, Super Structures, Under Pressure, and Wacky Water.
Bill Petterson, aka Mr. Bill, owns Mad Science of Lehigh Valley with his wife Donna Petterson.
“It gets kids excited about learning science,” he said. “We don’t replace the teacher. We just get them to think that science is super cool.”
Petterson said the program nurtures an interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). He is working on adding Art to the mix, which he fondly refers to as STEAM.
“There is science in all of it,” he said.
The program costs $75 per student. Registration forms need to be returned to the school by Sept. 11.
For more information about the program, go to www.madscience.org/lehighvalley or call 610-438-0232.
Sign-ups end when limit is reached or by Oct. 12 (whichever comes first)
Newspaper Club- The Holy Family Newspaper Club is looking for aspiring journalists and photographers! Students will create articles related to current events at Holy Family School. Students will have fun interviewing others and writing articles to be published in The Call of the Faith, Holy Family’s online newspaper! Publications give students the opportunity not only to express themselves creatively, but also to learn the logistics of producing a distributed publication. Whether as writers or photographers, our students will learn to rise to the challenge crafting interesting, respectable, and creative publications.
- Aspiring journalists and photographers grades 1 through 8
- The club will meet on Thursdays after school, from 2:45 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. in the HFS Library. Pickup time will be 4:15 P.M at the gym. Your child will be in aftercare (in the art room or playground) after this time.
- The following are the dates for Newspaper Club meetings:
- Thursday, Oct. 19 and Thursday, November 9 (for the First Edition)
- Thursday, Jan. 18 and Thursday, February 8 (for the Second Edition)
- Thursday, April 19 and Thursday, May 10 (for the Third Edition)
- The following are the dates for Newspaper Club meetings:
Please note, if there is a half day or no school due to inclement weather or other unforeseen circumstances, Newspaper Club will not meet
- The newspaper will be published online on the HFS website as follows:
- First Edition: Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017
- Second Edition: Thursday, March 1, 2018
- Third Edition: Thursday, May 31, 2018
- The newspaper will be published online on the HFS website as follows:
- Newspaper Club will cost $10 to join for the year for the journalists’ supplies and computer program expense. Please send registration fee to Rita Hart c/o Kathryn Hart, 3B. Checks are to be made payable to HF HSA.
- If you have any questions regarding Newspaper Club, please contact Rita Hart at email@example.com
Space is limited! The first 20 registrations/fees will be accepted. To register, please click on this link, or copy and paste it into your web browser: https://goo.gl/forms/eAIinZh01hFsZ1SE3
REMINDER - PLEASE SEND A DISMISSAL NOTE EACH WEEK
School Spirit Days are coming!
Mark your calendars!!!
Sept. 28, Oct. 25, Nov. 21, Jan. 24, Feb. 22, March 15 & May 15
You can wear your school “Spirit Wear” and show off that
Holy Family spirit on these designated days.
Order your Spirit Wear online at:
***NEW Deadline for ordering is Sept. 28.
You can also use the attached Order Form.
Please make checks payable to: HF HSA
Send checks along with Order Form inside an envelope in your child’s folder addressed to: C/O Ivette Andino - 3A
NOTE: Students will have an opportunity to wear their Spirit clothes during upcoming scheduled "Spirit Wear Days". Spirit Wear may be purchased at certain times throughout the school year. During designated Spirit Days students are permitted to wear HFS Spirit clothing. Spirit Days are meant to build enthusiasm and a sense of school community and this is your chance to show your HFS school spirit but participation it is not obligatory. Students can also wear their regular uniforms those days if they choose not to wear Spirit Wear. Gym uniforms are not a substitute for Spirit Wear, unless the student has gym class scheduled for that specific day. However, students are allowed to wear Spirit Wear to their gym classes that day as long as they wear appropriate gym shoes for their class.
High School 101 will be held on Thursday, Sept. 28 at Notre Dame High School in Easton. All eighth-grade students should report to the Notre Dame gym no later than 8:15 a.m.
8:15 – 9 a.m. Visit clubs and athletic tables in the gym
9 – 9:36 Report to café for donuts and juice and receive class schedule for day
9:39 – 10:22 Students will report to their third period class
10:25 – 11:08 Students will report to their fourth period class
11:11 – 11:54 Students will report to their fifth period class
11:57 – 12:40 p.m. Students will report to the gym for lunch and a Q & A period
12:43 – 1:26 Sudents will report to their seventh period class
1:29 – 2 Students will report to their 8th period class
2 Students will be brought to the gym and dismissed for pickup
Please be sure to have your Notre Dame permission form!
Want to meet your son or daughter’s teacher? Great! “Meet the Teachers Night” is tonight!.
There will be three sessions, so listen up.
Session I and II are slated for meetings with the kindergarten through fifth-grade homeroom teachers or special teachers for all grades. The Special teachers include the subjects: art, computer, physical education/health and Spanish. These teachers will be available to speak with parents in Room 108.
The first session is from 6:30 to 6:45 p.m. and the second session is from 6:50 to 7:05 p.m. There will be five minutes between the sessions for room change.
After the second session, everyone should make their way to the gymnasium for “Welcome and General Teacher Introduction.” The welcome will run from 7:10 to 7:25 p.m.
Following the welcome, grade sixth through eighth will report to their first period class on the Friday schedule. This is Session III and will run from 7:35 to 8:33 p.m. The schedule is as follows.
Period 1 – 7:35 to 7:43 p.m.
Period 2 – 7:45 to 7:53 p.m.
Period 3 – 7:55 to 8:03 p.m.
Period 4 – 8:05 to 8:13 p.m.
Period 5 – 8:15 to 8:23 p.m.
Period 6 – 8:25 to 8:33 p.m.
The evening will conclude at 8:40 p.m. Thank you for your dedication to your children’s education.
The Helping Hands Club will hold their 8th Annual Gently Used Clothing Drive on Saturday, July 15 from 9 to 11 a.m. This drive helps families in the community find affordable summer and back-to-school clothing for their children. No prices are set, but donations are gratefully accepted; these donations are then donated to the parish SOS fund to help other families in need. New and gently used closing donations for infants, children and teens will be accepted at all Holy Family Masses the weekends of July1-2 and July 8-9. Holy Family School and parish students who would like to help sort clothes in the church parking lot on the morning of the sale, should contact by email either Kathi or Robin. Thank you!
Sign-ups for the 2017 Holy Family Cross Country Team are just around the corner; on Sunday, June 25 and Sunday, July 16 from noon to 1:30 p.m. next to the Holy Family Gym under the Playground Pavilion. Holy Family School and Holy Family Church children who are going into grades Kindergarten through 8th are welcome to join. Click here for more information, or contact Coach Linda Karavitch by phone at 610-564-1372 or via email.
The ever-popular Mad Science Summer Camp for ages 5-12 is back! The camp will be held from Monday, June 26 through Thursday, June 29 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. each day. The theme is "Claws, Codes & Constellations" and the cost is $150 per child. Check out more information and the registration form right here.
Holy Family School is teaming up with Bethlehem Steel FC to present Steel Soccer Sessions for Grades K-8, with no experience necessary! Sign-ups end when the limit is reached or by April 14. The cost is only $10 per child and includes one ticket to a Bethlehem Steel FC game on April 29. Register here and now!
Grades 1 through 4 students now have the opportunity to learn the basics of STEM/STEAM (Science,Technology/Arts, Engineering and Math) and Coding (learn how to think like a computer and have fun programming robots!). This club will meet on Thursdays after school from 2:45 to 4 p.m. for four weeks, on April 6, 20, 27 and May 4 (school is closed April 13). Cost is just $10 per students. There is still room and time to sign and send in your registration form!
Questions? Please contact Mrs. Whitman by email.
HFS families, bring your friends and neighbors to our Annual Art Show & Open House, scheduled for Wednesday, April 5 from 6 to 8 p.m., beginning in the gym. Tours and information will be availiable for those new to the school, and current famiilies who refer a new family that subsequently enrolls their own child(ren) will receive a $100 credit against the 2017-2018 tuition! A win-win for everyone!
Holy Family School, like so many other schools in our district and beyond, has been hit hard in this cold and flu season. Take time to brush up on these reminders, and remember to wash hands frequently and keep your children home if symptoms show up, for their protection and that of others.
Action Karate of Nazareth entertained and enlightened our student body with a great assembly during Catholic Schools Week. This great organization is now offering our students a special offer, with 100 percent of the proceeds to be returned to Holy Family School. Thank you, Action Karate, for all you do!
The HFS Newspaper Club is proud to announce the First Edition of The Call of the Faith, HFS' first online publication! Written and produced by our students from Kindergarten through 8th Grade, we hope you will take the time to relax and read the fruits of their labor. Enjoy!
Holy Family School's 8A class is sponsoring a Coat Drive. Gently used, clean coats are being accepted at HFS from Monday, Jan. 9 through Friday, Jan. 20. The coats will be donated to St. Joseph's Ministry in Wind Gap. This 8th grade class would like to thank all in advance who give this gift of warmth!
We are now in the second phase of early re-registration for existing Holy Family School students, and we encourage families to take advantage of the $100 re-registration fee between now and February 3, 2017 to guarantee a spot for the 2017-2018 school year!
For the first time, we are offering a 3-tiered registration fee schedule. The instructions for re-registering early through FACTS are self-explanatory, but should you have any questions regarding re-registration, please contact the HFS office at 610-759-5642.
To make re-registering fun for the school, each student who re-registers early will be acknowledged with an Olympic gold medal that will be hung outside of their homeroom. On February 3, 2017 (the last day of Catholic Schools Week 2017), the homeroom with the most medals will win a pizza party at school!
Notre Dame High School, Easton, PA, is pleased to announce the 2017 Class of Inductees into the Athletic Hall of Fame:
Logan Winchester, Class of 2007, was a three year varsity baseball player for the Crusaders from 2005-2007. While at Notre Dame he was named as a first team All-Area selection by both the Morning Call and the Express-Times in 2007. During that same year, he was a first team selection for the Colonial League, first team All-State selection and Morning Call Player of the Year. He went on to play and graduate from Lehigh University and was second team All-Patriot League.
Nick Bender, Class of 1996, was named second team All-State as a member of the Crusader football team during his 1995 season. He was first team all-area and all-conference as well as a three year starter for the Crusaders. He was also a member of the Crusader track team where he was an accomplished sprinter and threw the shot put and discus. He went on to play football for Wake Forest where he was a three year varsity letter winner.
John Gardoski, Class of 1960, was a member of the Crusader football and track teams. On November 9, 1957, John scored the first ever touchdown for the Crusaders in a game against Phillipsburg Catholic High School when he ran from scrimmage for a 99 yard touchdown. This run is still the longest touchdown run from scrimmage in school history. In 1958 he was named a member of the first team East Penn All Catholic League and second team in 1959. He went on to earn a degree in Art Education from Kutztown University.
The 1994-95 girls basketball team achieved a record setting season with the most wins in school history for both boys or girls basketball and won four straight District XI titles. They were undefeated in the Colonial League and had a season record of 30-2. They won the District XI championship in AA that season and were state quarter finalists. The team was coached by Traci Cyr and Jerry Gross. Team members include: Julie Amato, Sue Farina, Allison Lucey, Sara Singley, Sharon McElrone, Nicole O’Mailia, Colleen Mack, Amber Csaszar, Sara Niper, Lisa Briener, Reina Mast, Mary Herkalo, Beth Hudak, Betsy Swartz, Erica Schlamp and Allyson Buss.
The Wrestling Teams from 1965, 1966 and 1967 will also be inducted into the Hall of Fame. During these three seasons the Crusaders captured three consecutive PCIAA State Wrestling Championships. All coaches and team members will be inducted as a group into the Hall of Fame for their accomplishments.
The new members will be inducted on Friday, January 13, 2017 prior to the start of the boys’ basketball game in the Notre Dame gymnasium. A reception will be held prior to the induction in the school’s cafeteria. For information, contact the Alumni office at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 610-868-1431 x111.
Holy Family School is proud to announce the addition of another new club for our students! Chess Club, for Grades 1-8, will meet after school on Mondays from January 10 to February 27 (with the exception of Martin Luther King Day and Presidents Day). The cost to join is just $5 per student. For more information, check out our registration form. Space is limited, so sign up now!
As always, our Parent Information (a/k/a the Brown Envelope), will be coming out on Thursdays. To locate it on our new website, hover over the "For Parents" tab at the top of the homepage, and click on "Parent Information" (a/k/a Brown Envelope)". To access the information, you'll need your user name and password for your RenWeb account. Please note: the previous way of logging on to view the Brown Envelope is no longer in effect.
HFS is excited to announce the formation of its Newspaper Club! Open to aspiring journalists and photographers in grades K through 8, the club will publish an online newspaper three to four times a year. Come join us as we meet for the first time to decide on a newspaper name and more on Monday, Nov. 14 from 2:45 to 3:45 p.m. in Room 108 (Mrs. Hart's room). Take a look at the registration form and even more information and sign up soon - space is limited!
HFS is proud to announce the addition of two brand-new Clubs for students in Grades 5 through 8! Sign-ups are happening now and space is limited, so don't delay in registering to become part of these fun activities. The STEM Club starts November 3 and the Coding Club on November 10. For lots more information, check out our STEM/STEAM registration form and our Coding Club registration form.
HFS would like to extend heartfelt thanks to Mrs. Marjorie Joseph, Mrs. Heather Sterling, Mrs. Melissa Whitman and faculty member Mr. Joseph McMaster for making these wonderful clubs a reality!
A huge "THANK YOU" to all those who participated with HFS in this year's Nazareth Halloween Parade on Saturday! God gave us perfect weather, a wonderful crowd (with a built-in cheering audience) and loads of fun. We were happy to learn later than HFS earned Second Place in the Large Division category of the parade.
We hope you all can come out next year and join in the fun!
We're excited to announce the September calendar has been updated and is now online, with both an interactive version that allows you to learn more about an event by clicking on that event, and also with a printable version for your personal use.
To access the calendar, click on "Calender" at the top right side of the HFS homepage. From there, you may click on any individual entry to learn more.
If you wish to print the calendar to keep handy, simply hit the printer icon after you bring the calendar up on your screen (the view of the calendar will change) and print.
Thank you for your patience as we begin a new year, with a new calendar, and new staff!