Important Dates:

Friday, Dec. 6th
Trimester 1 Ends

Saturday, Dec. 7th
Winter Ball

Saturday, Dec. 7th

Sunday, Dec. 8th

Tuesday, Dec. 10th
6:30 - 8:00

Thursday, Dec. 12th
Christmas Pageant
6:00 St. Joseph Church

Friday, Dec. 13th
Online via OptionC
Trimester 1 Report Cards

Friday, Dec. 20th
School Mass
9:30 St. Joseph Church

Friday, Dec. 20th
Early Dismissal  11:30
Christmas Break Begins

Thursday, Jan. 2nd
School Opens from break

HSA Notes:

Wednesday, Dec. 4th
Christmas Extravaganza
Degnan Hall 4-7:30
Toys for Tots Collection Ends

Monday, Dec. 9th

Fri, Dec. 20th & Sat, Dec. 21st

December 4, 2019 

Advent is Shining Brightly at Holy Family... 

As in every household, the start of the Advent season marks the beginning of our faithful preparation for the Birth of Christ. Everyone realizes that our family planning and preparation run the risk of creating a “rush and wrap” environment which may overshadow the true meaning of the season: preparing for the celebration of the Birth of Christ on Christmas Day! 

At Holy Family School, we will work hard to help developed and keep the true meaning of the Advent season front and center. Plus, blend in plenty of fun events and traditions! 

Our students in grades 3-8 all started the Advent season by attending confession on Tuesday. Additionally, all students in grades 3-8 will make a special Eucharistic adoration visit or our chapel on Friday. Our sincere thanks to Fr. Michael for helping us with these important rituals. Additionally, in each classroom we have advent prayer displays and each day our focus on school prayers is preparing our hearts and minds for the Birth of Christ on Christmas Day. 


The Annual School Christmas Pageant is scheduled for Thursday, December 12th in the Church of St. Joseph at 6PM. All students in grade K-8 have a place in the program signing or speaking! 

We ask that all students (unless told by their teacher) come in their school uniforms. We will gather students in the lower church hall at 5:40PM and our show will begin at 6PM. 

Please make every effort to attend this great evening – we know it will be a wonderful way to raise your “Holiday Spirits” and you can be sure our students will be shining their lights!

Neumann University’s Greccio Celebration... 

Our choir on Display!! If you want to view a very special and inspirational “live Nativity” scene and event plan to attend Neumann University’s Greccio celebration. 

Each year, Neumann University recalls the Christmas at Greccio by celebrating the Festival of Lights. Neumann students and staff members create a live Nativity scene complete with animals and a special baby recently born to a member of the Neumann community. The night is illuminated by candles and the lighting of the campus Christmas tree and Children’s Choir from Holy Family School! 

Advent Family Celebration... 

If you are looking for a great Advent family celebration, consider joining our evening program on Tuesday, December 10th — Please see the attached flyer for RSVP information.

Christmas is a wonderful, magical, blessed time of year. It can also be stressful, hectic and crazy. For one night, one moment, put away all the things that put a demand on you this time of year and sit in quiet to reflect on the gift of Jesus and how very much He loves you. Father Michael Mullen will speak with the adults and bring their hearts to the joy of Christmas!

Don't have a baby sitter...no worries. Kellianne Miley (DRE) will have a reflection and activity for your children. PLUS...big bonus, we will take care of dinner...so you don't have to worry about anything, only finding some time to reflect. All adults, think of this as a gift to yourself. Take the time on December 10th to unwrap this gift that is just for you, the gift of Jesus.

Baby Jesus Birthday Party...

The St. Joseph High School CYO would like to invite the children (kindergarten thru 1st grade) to a Baby Jesus Birthday Party. They have been hosting this party for many years — and it is always wonderful for our youngest students!


Wish List

Kindergarten thru 1st Grade

Saturday, December 7, 2019

11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

St. Joseph’s Lower Church Hall

Baby Jesus Birthday Party RSVP Link -- https://forms.gle/E5AcJBviP3236J6g8


Academics - and Student Success... 

A reminder that all first trimester grades and reports will be online for parent viewing as early as Friday, December 13th.  Please use your OptionC Parent/Guardian account login.

Please reach out to your child’s teacher if you have question or concerns regarding grades and progress.

Weather Reminders...Please be alert to two important weather updates... 

First, each day we will make every effort to have outside recess. It is important that students bring proper out of doors clothes so they can participate outside each day. We will hold recess inside only when temperatures or wind chill is below freezing – but we will make every effort to “get outside” — please send your child with warm clothes! 

Second, if we get hit with in climate weather that causes a delay or cancellation for school — our Option C email blast (the same address you receive the newsletter) will provide you with the most up to date actions! 

Thanks for your weather alert attention!

New Spirit Wear...get ready for the holidays with Holy Family Spirit Wear...

Thanks to our Home and School Association, we have a great new line up of Holy Family Spirit wear.   The link to the Spirit Wear Store is: https://apparelnow.com/hfrcs-apparel

Shine Your Light...Snack & Lunch Orders Due...

Lunch, Milk and Pretzel program orders -  Please be sure to update your accounts to enroll your child/ren in the  correct grade/class-teacher (grade 1 families please enter 1A Mrs. D or 1B Ms. Morgan).

Spreading Holy Family Word...

Please keep sharing the positive support you feel for Holy Family School with your friends, work associates and neighbors. We are excited to enroll new families and pledge to help any student transition to Holy Family smoothly - if you know interested families have them contact chughes@holyfamilyaston.org

**we have current openings for Pre-K 3!

CYO... Shining a Light on the Field and Court... 

Shinning Your Light on The Basketball Court….tip-off is right around the corner! 

Please see the CYO Sing up flyer for easy online registration - this is open to boys and girls equally! Online Registration: http://saintjosephofaston.website.sportssignup.com

Questions/Comments please email: stjoescyoaston@gmail.com

CYO is a great way for students in various grades to play and learn sports. CYO Flyer!

If you have questions email Mike Flaherty mflaherty20@verizon.net or Joe McGinn jfmcginnjr@gmail.com - both gentlemen are anxious to grow and expand our CYO programs and grade level offerings! 


Giant A+ Rewards Program...

Please add HFRCS to your Giant rewards card.  A portion of all sales get donated back to our school from the Giant A+ Rewards Program.

Amazon Smile...

Turn your shopping into a force for good! Shop at smile.amazon.com/ch/45-5053819 and Amazon donates 0.5% of what you spend to Holy Family.

Box Tops for Education...

Did you know that Holy Family participates in the box tops program?  We are always looking to collect box tops to help our school! 
The program has changed this year.  If you have paper ones that have not expired please send them in ASAP. 
Information for the new program can be found by using the two links:

Follow us on Facebook and IG...

 Click here for the HSA Google Doc.


Important Links

Health Immunization Requirements 

Dental Exam

Physical Exam Form

St. Joseph Parish CYO Basketball

O'Hara Bag Bingo Fundraiser