July 30, 2020
Dear HFCS Parents and Guardians:
Even during challenging events, it seems that time continues to march forward, and once again, a new school year is upon us.
I am privileged and pleased to welcome our new and returning families back to Holy Family Catholic School! It has been a busy time getting everything in order to reopen for in-person and distance learning, and I am happy to say we will be ready for the 2020 – 2021 school year.
When our school year ended in June, there was a lot of uncertainty and troubling thoughts of what was ahead. But it is important to know that with God, all things are possible, and I firmly believe, with His guidance, we will forge ahead with our new normal.
I am happy to welcome Joanne Conway as our second-grade teacher. She is excited to be on board and will be a great addition to our faculty.
We also have a new pastor, Father Ramon Baez. We have worked closely in developing our school plan for reopening, and he is looking forward to welcoming the children back to the school.
Reluctantly, we had to say goodbye to two of our staff members. Candice Mercado and Andrea Lynch will not be returning. Additionally, we are looking for a PE and Technology teacher. As soon as our search is complete, I look forward to introducing you to this individual at the start of the school year.
We continue to work diligently to be ready to welcome you back in-person and virtually. The floors are cleaned and waxed, windows washed, and rooms are cleaned and dusted.
We are rearranging classrooms to comply with 6-foot social distancing. Textbooks and supplies are ordered, and the classrooms and halls touched up with paint.
This year Chromebooks have been ordered for all students in grades 3 – 8. We have iPads for all students in K – 2. This will help us as we may need to navigate between in-person and distance learning.
We have ordered PPE supplies and installed 5 Ultraviolet air purifiers to help with mold, mildew, and purifying throughout the building. We also upgraded the air filters to Allergen Merv 13 in each HVAC unit.
We are excited to be one of the Diocesan schools piloting Schoology, a learning management system. Our teachers are receiving training and will introduce it to both students and parents as our year begins.
As there are still a couple of weeks left before we return to the classroom, I hope you and your family will relax, recharge, and enjoy the remainder of the summer.
Our theme this year is hope, and our school song is Your Grace is Enough. So, let us remember during the challenging months ahead that God is always with us, and His grace and unconditional love will get us through.
With hope in our hearts and God’s providence, we will succeed with our mission to provide a diverse, Christ-centered environment where every child grows in wisdom, knowledge, and grace.
As always, I remain committed to fulfilling our mission in a team-centered environment with an open-door policy. I welcome and respect your ideas and suggestions with an open heart and mind.
Most importantly, I look forward to working together to make our school a place where God’s Grace is Enough.
Know you are all in my daily prayers.
God bless you and your family,
Sarah J. Chevlin