Looking for an opportunity to send your kids to college? Ivy Tech Community College in Sellersburg is offering a unique program this winter that is geared for students going into Kindergarten through 5th grade. There are exciting, high interest classes such as, Cooking, Lego Robotics, Science, Art and more! The class times are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM on June 21st and 22nd. Visit, www.ivytech.edu/kidscollege for more details. We are eager to open new horizons for your child!
Dear Holy Family Parents,
This month was made special by our remembrance of all the saints and of our departed loved ones as well as those who’ve served us in the armed forces. Yesterday, we celebrated the 33 rd Sunday of Ordinary Time, which is the “last” Sunday each year of the long season of Ordinary Time. Next week, we celebrate the feast of Christ the King, which will close out the 2017 Church Year, and then we open 2018 with the First Sunday of Advent. During this four-week period of Advent, we make special preparations to grow more closely to Christ, to prepare for the feast of Christmas, and to celebrate His return. It is very appropriate that our secular holiday of Thanksgiving also falls during this transitional time of the Church calendar and the turning of seasons in Nature.
As we take time away to remember, to celebrate with thanks, and to begin our preparations for Christmas, here are a few items that might go on our list:
- Please continue to pray for those in our Book of Remembrance, for those loved ones whose names are written on the Fall leaves in Church, and for those who died from Holy Family Parish this past year and are honored with a lighted candle at the altar
- We continue to pray for those who have served us and those who serve our country both in the US and abroad
- We remember the less fortunate through our service, Angel Tree gifts, coat, hat, canned food drives, through St. Vincent’s and In Heaven’s Eyes, and by our other acts of kindness during this season.
We Give Thanks:
- To all teachers, staff and students for your efforts to gain Holy Family an “A” accountability grade based on 2017 State assessments
- To Holy Family Parish and the Archdiocese for approving our upcoming renovation of the 1954 second floor (3-6 th grade classrooms) scheduled to take place over the summer
- To all of our parish and school volunteers who support our liturgies and parish life, coach teams, moderate clubs, cook meals, reach out to the needy and shut-ins, fix our broken facilities and clean up our messes
- To you, the families who support your child’s Catholic education and Holy Family School.
- Through celebration of the Sacraments, penance services, kindness to others, and Christian service, we will
observe the season of Advent with vigilance and reverence
- Through the work of our School Ministry Commission and committees, Strategic and School Improvement plans, and ongoing faculty and PTO efforts, we continue to bring excellence and innovation to our school
- Through the Archdiocesan United Catholic Appeal and Connected in the Spirit campaign, we increase our collaboration, stewardship and support of our parish and the Catholic community of central and southern Indiana.
Peace to all and have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Jerry Ernstberger, Principal
Walk-a-Thon is this Thursday, September 14! Collect pledges from family and friends and be part of the fun!
- Collect $50.00 and receive a non-uniform day
- Collect $75.00 and you receive a non-uniform day and are entered in a drawing for prizes.
- Collect $100.00 and you receive a non-uniform day, are entered in a drawing for prizes, and receive a voucher to spend at the Book Fair in October.
- The top 3 students raising the most money in the school receive a gift card of your choice.
- The level (K-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8) with the highest average collection per student earns a snow-cone party.
- The Class with the highest average collection per student earns a popcorn and movie party.
- Money must be returned to the school office by 9:00 am on Wednesday, September 13 to be eligible for prizes
All students K-8 will be walking the Holy Family campus and the surrounding neighborhoods. All family members are welcome to join us during the walk and other festivities. Festivities begin at 12:30. Music, games, popsicles, corn hole, and inflatable fun to follow walk!
Keep collecting pledges from family and friends!
*We are excited to announce that the Kona Ice Truck will be joining our Walk-a-Thon festivities this year. Each student will be able to purchase a Kona Ice for $2.00!
The Kona Ice Truck will be available after school for families to enjoy also. As part of our fundraising event Kona Ice will give back 25% of sales to Holy Family School.*
Dates for Spring 2017 ISTEP and other testing are below:
All parents of 3rd-8th graders, please have your students here for these VERY important testing dates. There will need to be make-up dates if your students are not here, at the expense of the school and your students’ classroom learning. Please avoid or reschedule any appointments or vacations on these dates, if necessary.
- WIDA Annual Assessment – Date TBA
- ISTEP+ Part 1 – Paper/pencil* and Online (Applied Skills) – February 27 – March 10, 2017
- IREAD Spring – March 13 – March 14, 2017
- ISTEP+ Part 2 Online(Multiple Choice and Technology-Enhanced Items – April 17 – May 5, 2017
Please keep these dates free from doctor and other appointments, as it is difficult to make up these tests.
ON THE WEEK (BEFORE) the test:
- THIS WEEK: Establish an early bedtime routine, to ensure your student receives at least 8 hours of sleep each night.
- THIS WEEK: Limit the number of sodas your student drinks. This includes limiting sugar in their diet.
- THIS WEEK: Encourage your student to play outside after school, if weather permits, for at least 30 minutes. (The physical exercise helps relieve stress.)
- GENERAL: Limit your child’s TV time. Studies show that kids who watch fewer than three hours of television a day scored higher on the national reading test than those who watch more.
- GENERAL: Encourage your child to read – newspapers, magazines, food labels, recipes, letters, and instructions, in addition to fiction and non-fiction books. Test makers draw on a wide variety of formats when choosing items to evaluate reading comprehension skills.
- Make sure your child gets plenty of rest the night(s) before the test(s).
- On the morning of the test, your child needs to get up in plenty of time so he/she won’t feel rushed.
- Students need a good dinner the night before and a good breakfast for the added thinking power and energy required to take the test. Make sure they eat before they leave for school in the morning.
- Do as much as you can to make your child feel comfortable. Try not to say things to make him/her feel more nervous.
- Reassure your child that no matter the outcome of the test, you will still love him/her. Encourage them to simply do their best.
Basically, help them to rest, reduce stress, and eat well this weekend and especially Sunday into Monday morning.
Thanks for being such caring parents and volunteers at Holy Family School.
— The School Administration