HOLY FAMILY CATHOLIC SCHOOL BULLETIN
Wednesday, November 29, 2023
Please be familiar with our school website for all information: www.holyfamilynorthmiami.org
Friday, December 1, 2023: Early Dismissal at 1:00 PM
HIGH SCHOOL PLACEMENT TEST
On Saturday, December 2nd, 2023, high schools across the Archdiocese will be administering the High School Placement Test. If you are considering a Catholic High School for your child next year, please make sure you register your child to take the exam at the school of your choice. Contact your selected school for information and appropriate arrangements. Good luck
SECOND ANNUAL KERMESSE DES PETITS
On Sunday, December 10, 2023, Holy Family Catholic Church proudly presents
the 2nd Annual Kermesse des petits et de toute la Famille KLASS, BEDJINE & KADILAK. Participating students are expected to have a parent or adult present with them. The show will start at 5:00 PM.
SECOND ANNUAL CHRISTMAS SHOW
On Thursday, December 21st, 2023, the Holy Family Catholic School student body will present its second Annual Christmas Show at 6:30 p.m. Students from VPK to 8th grade will perform a song, and the two dance teams will also perform. Participating students are expected to have a parent or adult present with them. If your child is not able to attend, please notify his/her teacher in advance to ensure that the roles and tasks are assigned accordingly.
This is a reminder that there is no adult supervision at Holy Family before 7:15 am. Breakfast is served beginning at 7:15 am. Please do not leave your child in the parking lot unsupervised in the morning. Supervision does not begin until 7:15 am. Please slow down and follow the line around and out of the lot. Do not cut off other cars. Let’s be courteous and mindful of everyone in the parking lot. Keep our children safe by driving carefully and slowly.
COLD AND FLU SEASON
This is the cold and flu season, and we have begun to see students coming to school not feeling well. While we understand it is inconvenient to keep your student home, and you must go to work, students who are not feeling well, running a fever, coughing, sneezing, or vomiting should stay at home. When you send your child to school sick, the other students become sick, and it becomes a vicious circle of children getting sick.
PARENTS PLUS PORTALS ACCOUNTS
Last week, an email was sent home from Casey McCoy with information to create an account for you, the parent. Parents Plus Portals is a private and secure portal that will allow you to see your child’s grades, attendance, homework, conduct, and other useful school information. You may also communicate with your child’s teacher. You must use the same email address you gave the school when you registered your child. Have you created your account yet? We are also using Class Dojo to allow more ways of communicating with your child’s teacher.
Arrival: School begins at 7:15 a.m. Teachers meet their students in the courtyard and escort them to class.
Classes begin at 7:55. Students who arrive late must report to the school office and receive a late pass. Any student who arrives after 8:00 must be accompanied by a parent to the office.
Children must come to school every day and on time. We notice that many students are reporting to school late, and the parents drop them in the parking lot to go to class. The South entrance gate closes every day at 8:00 a.m. After that time, parents must drive around to the main office to obtain a late pass for their child. For our students’ safety, it is extremely important that all parents escort their late children to the office to sign them in. The staff will not send a child to class if s/he reports to the office without a parent.
School Truancy: Under Section 1003.27 of the Florida Statutes, a parent who refuses or fails to have a minor student who is under their control attend school regularly, commits a second-degree misdemeanor. The standard school year lasts for 180 days, so you can have up to 18 excused absences for the whole year, which is one day a month. Once your child exceeds that number, he will be considered truant: chronic absentee. Every three (3) unexcused tardies within a grading period count as one unexcused absence.
After a student has five unexcused absences in one month or 10 within a 90-day period, the principal will schedule a meeting with the parents to discuss the issue and develop potential remedies. If this meeting does not solve the problem, the parent and student will be referred to social service agencies or the Department of Children and Families for noncompliance with compulsory school.
If you would like your child to receive his/her First Communion this year, please contact the office to request the application. We will need a copy of the child’s birth certificate, and Baptismal Certificate. If the child is not baptized yet, please let us know so that we can make arrangements for his/her baptism before receiving First Communion.
FACTS TUITION MANAGEMENT
We will again be using the FACTS tuition management system. We have enrolled all families in the system so that parents can pay their fees online with a bank account or credit card at FACTS. Parents can also come into the school office and pay their fees. Please do not ignore emails from FACTS. This is how you will receive your statements. You will be assessed a late fee if not paid by the date indicated on the statement.
ARRIVAL AND DISMISSAL
In the morning, parents and students enter the parking lot from the south gate on 145th Street; students must be dropped off by the orange cones no earlier than 7:15 AM. Please follow the traffic pattern and instructions given by school personnel. The exit is at the north gate on 147th. When you drop your children off, please have them get out of the car on the passenger side of the car to prevent them from walking in front of your car. Thank you for your cooperation and support.
PLEASE DRIVE SLOWLY through our parking lot. It is very important that you slow
down when entering the school parking lot. There is ONE SINGLE line as you enter.
It may take an extra minute or two for you to drop your child off by slowing down, but isn’t the safety of our children worth a minute of your time?
Students are to be in complete uniform every day. If, for a serious reason, a student must be out of uniform, the student must bring a note from home signed by a parent or guardian that explains the unusual circumstance.
School and PE uniforms may be purchased from Ibiley Uniforms. Information regarding the place of uniform purchase may be obtained on the school website or at the school office.
Holy Family Catholic School does not encourage preoccupation with personal appearance and wants to help the students maintain their spiritual and academic focus. Therefore, the following are prohibited:
Cold Weather Outerwear: A navy blue uniform sweater or a navy blue uniform jacket may be worn during cold weather. Students in grades K-3 may wear a uniform solid navy blue or green sweat suit to PE on exceptionally cold days (below 60 degrees). A plain white t-shirt may be worn under the uniform shirt.
For Girls: nail polish, acrylic nails, makeup, dangling earrings, ankle bracelets, tattoos, excessive jewelry, rubber bands worn as bracelets, or any other inappropriate articles are prohibited. Girls wear simple hairstyles. Hair fads such as unnatural colors, excessive extensions, or distracting styles, as determined by the administration, are prohibited. Girls may wear one simple necklace, one watch, one ring, one pair of earrings, and/or one bracelet.
For Boys: earrings, rubber bands worn as bracelets, excessive jewelry, tattoos, or any other inappropriate articles are prohibited. Boys wear their hair cut short. Hair fads such as Mohawks, designs, or unnatural colors, as determined by the administration, are prohibited. Boys may wear one necklace, one ring, one watch, and/or one bracelet.
The best way for parents to ensure the success of their children is to keep an open line of communication with the teachers. Remember that you can request a conference or email the teachers to stay informed about the progress of your child. Several teachers are using Class Dojo, which facilitates collaboration between parents and teachers. Your children’s teachers’ email addresses are provided below:
Keep your email very brief.
Provide a subject line that’s clear and specific
Be positive and cooperative
Allow time for a response (at least 24 hours)
Name Email Grade
Faradjah Muller email@example.com Kindergarten
Denise Geffrard firstname.lastname@example.org Preschool
Marly Boucicaut email@example.com 1st Grade
Samuels Myrtle firstname.lastname@example.org 2nd Grade
Valentina Pasaron email@example.com 3rd Grade
Ebony Solomon firstname.lastname@example.org 4th Grade
Merline Magny email@example.com 5th Grade
Feguy Alezi firstname.lastname@example.org 6th Grade
Davis Melody email@example.com 7th Grade
Tierra Forbes firstname.lastname@example.org 8th Grade
Casey McCoy email@example.com Vice-Principal
Claudia Jean firstname.lastname@example.org Religion
Peterson Séraphin email@example.com Physical Education
Friday, December 1, 2023: Early Dismissal at 1:00 PM
Saturday, December 2, 2023: Catholic High School Entrance Exam.
Friday, December 8, 2023: Feast of Immaculate Conception.
Sunday, December 10, 2023: School Mass animated by the School Choir.
Thursday, December 21, 2023: Christmas Pageant/Concert.
Friday, December 22, 2023: Early Dismissal at 12 PM / NO AFTER CARE all students must be picked up by 1:00 PM.
December 25, 2023 – January 5, 2024: Christmas Holiday Vacation
“FAITH TO MOVE MOUNTAINS”
May the Lord Bless you!
Nyce Daniel, Principal