Holy Family School
Preschool - Grade 6
HOLY FAMILY SCHOOL MISSION STATEMENT
Holy Family School is a Christ-centered family.
We strive to help each child reach his or her potential
in an environment where our Catholic faith
is lived and celebrated.
HOLY FAMILY SCHOOL PHILOSOPHY STATEMENT
Holy Family School is an integral partnership among school, home, and our faith community.
We believe children are God’s work in process,
therefore we enable and challenge children to recognize God within themselves, in others,
and all of God’s creation.
We are dedicated to setting the highest standards of learning,
while fostering creativity and curiosity.
SAVING CONSUMER PROGRAM LABELS & RECEIPTS
A big thank you to all families and parishioners who save and drop off Teal’s Market receipts and Box Top labels to Holy Family. The school receives cash back to support our educational programming needs. It’s a huge help! Thank you for continuing to save these items!
COBORNS MORE REWARDS PROGRAM UPDATE
Thank you to all who have your Coborns More Reward Points go to support Holy Family School! Coborns distributed $1,054.79 to Holy Family for our 2018-2019 Labels for Learning participation. Consumer programs like this one greatly benefits the day-to-day needs of our school programs. Thank you to Coborns and thanks for everyone’s participation & support to Holy Family School!
Also, Albany Area Schools is encouraging ANY families interested in a free breakfast & lunch while schools are closed to please sign-up! This service includes HFS families. Please go to the Albany School District website for registration information: www.district 745.org
Beginning TOMORROW, Thursday, March 26, meal drop off locations have been added in Farming from 9:30-9:45 AM and St. Martin from 10:00-10:30 Am. Both of these drop-off locations are at the Catholic church parking lots. If you have meal questions, please call Jan, Albany Schools Food Service Coordinator, at 845-5065.
What an amazing Snow Ball event this past January! $75,690 was raised!! THANK YOU so much for your tremendous generosity, supporting HFS’s Snow Ball fundraiser! What a wonderful outpouring from school families, parishioners, HFS alumni, local businesses, and the area community. Thank you for your incredible support to Holy Family School! Thanks to all who worked and donated items! A special thank you to our Snow Ball Chairs - Libby & Nate Brever, Amy & Joe Burg, Cassie & Jamie Gertken, Sarah & Jeff Suchy, Vicki & Gary Winkels!
HFS CONTINUING THE GR.5/6 MODEL FOR NEXT YEAR!
Great news…the Holy Family School Board is happy to announce that we are committed to offering the current Gr.5/6 Model for next two school years and will continue to evaluate it. It is working very well, and we are excited to continue this program as part of our Catholic school mission in the future!
HOLY FAMILY HOSTING CAMP INVENTION - REGISTRATION WINDOW IS NOW OPEN!!
Area students going into K-6 next year are invited to register and participate in Camp Invention, a nationwide STEM education camp/program. If Holy Family has 35 or more students from the area register, it will host it Camp Invention from June 15-19, 8:30-3:00 each day. Go to: INVENT.ORG/CAMP and secure your child’s spot today! Consider registering your child(ren) EARLY and you will receive a $25 discount! The cost is $235 per student and $25 off if register by March 31st! Extended childcare will be available for an additional fee for those needing childcare services for their children after the camp day. We will also be looking for leadership interns and high schoolers interested in volunteering!
HOLY FAMILY SCHOOL IN FULL-SWING WITH DISTANCE LEARNING
Our Holy Family teachers have worked hard and began HFS PreK-Gr.6 Distance Learning last week during the school closure. Along with receiving many learning materials, each HFS K-6 student is utilizing either a school iPad or chromebook to continue both his/her learning at home through the school’s online educational programs, resources, and communication with the teachers.
A VERY BIG THANK YOU to our HFS alumni, parishioners, local businesses, grandparents, families, and friends who have supported Holy Family School along the way - and because of YOU, we have been able to continue our mission to offer a strong faith foundation and education for our children. Special thanks to all who have supported our fundraisers, alumni donor program, and special projects along the way in order for us to build a broad-base of educational experiences and build up our school’s great technology capabilities, which greatly benefits our students even more now with distance learning. A great blessing! Thank you for your generosity!!
FRESH GUATEMALAN COFFEE AVAILABLE!
Just a reminder that Holy Family School offers fresh Guatemalan coffee through the school’s Scrip Program. We currently have Medium, Dark, or French Roast – ground or whole bean - $13.00 per pound. Decaf is also available at $14.00 per pound.
*PLEASE NOTE: During this school closure, feel free to either email the school office your coffee order at: firstname.lastname@example.org OR - go to our school website at: www.holyfamilyalbany.com and on the home page click on ‘School Portal’ and scroll down (on the Portal page) until you see ’Order SCRIP’ (on the left hand side of the page) and complete your Scrip coffee order. We would be happy to fill your order!
Normally, the coffee is also available for purchase in the Holy Family School Office and Seven Dolors Church Office.
The Holy Family Coffee Project supports our HFS students through Scrip credits earned for families/parishioners who buy it and designate their purchase to a certain family or student for his/her tuition. This fresh, fine quality coffee is sustainably grown in the mountains of Guatemala using a variety of organic techniques and is directly purchased by Fr. Mark Innocenti, a St. Cloud diocesan priest, from a group of farmers in San Miguel Escobar, Guatemala near Antigua. This truly is a blessed effort fulfilling a call to Social Justice as they farmers are paid above-fair trade standards.
Support a Guatemalan Family, Support a HFS Student!
SCRIP GIFT CARDS AVAILABLE YEAR-ROUND!
Thank you to all those who have purchased Scrip this year. We continue to offer a wide variety of gift cards for all your shopping needs ((both local and retail store cards)!
*PLEASE NOTE: During this school closure, please either go to our school website at: www.holyfamilyalbany.com and on the home page click on ‘School Portal’ and scroll down (on the Portal page) until you see ’Order SCRIP’ (on the left hand side of the page) and complete your Scrip coffee order OR - email the school office your Scrip order at: email@example.com We would be happy to fill your order!
Don’t forget…HFS keeps 1/2 the discount percentage amount as an ongoing source of funding for the school budget and the other 1/2 of the discount percentage amount is credited to a designated HFS family’s tuition & lunch (of your choice)! Thank you for utilizing Scrip!
Now that you have extra time with your family, look for ways to see this as a blessing!! Here are some ideas:
Rhythm: Don't treat every day like a Saturday. Rise at a decent hour, have a schedule for homework and work, eat meals together at regular times. Include a bedtime (we recommend no phones in the bedrooms).
Meals: Sit down for meals together. That’s a blessing. Say some special, simple Lenten prayers.
Screen-time: It's tempting, but resist the urge to give in to unlimited screen time. Decide together how much time is enough per day. Be careful of allowing phones in bedrooms, because you know what will happen. But when you limit screen time, be ready with many other activities for everyone to do.
Information control: How much do the younger members of your family need to know at their age and who will tell them? Help them manage this in a good way.
Recreation: Build in routines to have fun together. Dust off some board games and decks of cards. Try a new game every day until you find something that everyone likes. Could you start a tournament with your family? Keep score and have prizes. Puzzles can be great entertainment for some families. When my kids were younger we would have "quiet reading room" time. Everyone would take a book and read for a certain period. Walks, bike rides, work projects around the house. We have time now in ways that we haven't before. Be creative. Brainstorm with the whole family. You might be surprised by how amazing some of their ideas will be.
Movies: Take this opportunity to look for movies that are entertaining and inspiring. With all of our options (and their are many) it's easier than ever to find good movies for the family. Since there is time, try to discuss what you're going to watch and then talk about the movie afterward. Have the family rate the movie. Make different categories and let everyone weigh in. It's fun. And it can provide some teachable moments.
Creativity: Continue to try and be creative with your time. Continue brainstorming new ideas. Ask everyone to search for one new idea and bring to a family meeting. Then try them out together.
Fresh air: Try to spend some time outside each day. Some days it's not as easy in Minnesota, but it almost always helps everyone's mood, and helps them feel less "cooped up".
Prayer: What a fantastic time to encourage the family to begin each day with some prayer. Or you could schedule a prayer time before or after supper. Cater the length of time to the ages of the family members, and make sure you give them something to pray about and some tips on how to pray. There are so many great resources online. Pray the rosary together. Watch a TV Mass together.
GOLF June 2020 is approaching..