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  • Principal's News - 10/13/2017

    Posted by Dr. Alexandra Fernandez at 10/13/2017 4:00:00 PM

    Thank you to Mrs. Janet Hearn for all of her dedication in organizing and facilitating Friendship Week for our school! Thank you also to Mrs. Cindy Longman and the MHOC Kindness Club, Mrs. Mariel Buttonow, and all of our teachers and students for their enthusiasm and participation. It was a great week of fun, friendship, and kindness!

     

    Quarter 1 ends next week on October 19! To begin the report card process, grades for this quarter are now closed from parent/student view on PlusPortals. This year, parents will receive digital report cards via email on October 31 after 4:00 p.m.

     

    As a reminder, November 1 and November 2 are Archdiocese of Miami designated early dismissal days at 11:30 a.m. We will hold parent-teacher conferences on November 1 from 12:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. for Grades 5-8 and November 2 from 12:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. for Grades K-4.

     

    Quarter 1 Honors Ceremony will be held immediately following school Mass on November 16.This year, we are inviting all honors students and their parents to an “Honors Breakfast” in the front portico (church circle) immediately following the Honors Ceremony. This special breakfast treat is just a small way of extending our congratulations to our Grades 6-8 honors students and their parents! Invitations will be sent home in the Thursday folder on November 2.

     

    Please be sure to check the school’s new website at www.mhocschool.org or your PlusPortals account for updated calendar information!

     

    WEEK OF OCTOBER 16

     

    MondayOctober 16

     

    No scheduled school events

     

    Tuesday, October 17

     

    Confirmation Parent Meeting at 3:30 p.m. in Room 200

    This meeting led by 8th Grade teachers is for parents of students in Grade 8 who will be receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation this school year. Please be sure to attend!

     

    Reconciliation Parent Meeting at 6:30 p.m. in Church

    This meeting led by Ms. Julie Gonzalez, Director of Faith Formation, is for parents of students in Grade 2 who will be receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation this school year. Please be sure to attend!

     

    Wednesday, October 18

     

    Spirit Day

    Student Council is proud to continue to bring to you our monthly MHOC Spirit Days! Students may wear any MHOC shirt with their uniform bottoms. This includes team jerseys, club shirts, summer camp shirts, Panther Prowl shirts and spirit shirts from past years.  Additionally, Student Council will be selling ice cream during dismissal for $2.00. What a great tradition to celebrate our Panther Pride!

     

    There will be no homework assigned to students today. Enjoy the extra family time!

     

    7A Visit to Aston Gardens at 10:45 a.m.

    Mrs. Cindy Longman and students in 7A will be visiting Aston Gardens right across the street to share some quality time with the residents of this wonderful senior-living community. As part of our MHOC tradition, all students in Grade 7 will have the opportunity to visit Aston Gardens once in the first part of the school year and once in the second part of the school year!

     

    Thursday, October 19

     

    School Mass at 8:30 a.m. led by Grade 4

    Immediately following Mass, we will present our Quarter 1 Accelerated Reader (AR) Awards and Mathletics Awards. We hope you will be able to join us for the celebration of Mass and our students’ successes with AR and Mathletics!

     

    Friday, October 20

     

    Panther Prowl

    We encourage all students to reach their sponsorship goals, and we thank you for your participation so far! If you have not signed up to volunteer, please visit the following link so that you can be a part of this special event for our school and students: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080b48acad2ba0ff2-panther. All volunteers must be Virtus certified and fingerprinted.

     

    Panther Prowl will end at 1:00 p.m., and students will return to their classrooms for a regular dismissal day. If you are a volunteer and would like to sign out your child before the regular dismissal time, you may do so in the school office no earlier than 2:00 p.m. Thank you for your cooperation.

     

    Saturday, October 21

     

    Parish Altar Server Training

     

     

    We hope you will be able to join us tomorrow at 9:00 a.m. for our Sunday Homeroom Class Mass led by Ms. Jo-Ann Brehier’s Grade 2B students!

    Have a wonderful weekend, and thank you for your continued support.

    Dr. Fernandez, Principal

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  • Principal's News - 10/6/2017

    Posted by Dr. Fernandez at 10/6/2017 3:00:00 PM

    Thank you to Ms. Mary Suppe and 2A students who participated in our Homeroom Class Mass last Sunday! Thank you also to Mrs. Susan Calderalo and our school’s music ministry! As a reminder, once per school year, each homeroom class will be responsible for planning, attending, and actively participating in a designated Sunday 9:00 a.m. Mass. Please be sure to check the school calendar on the website or PlusPortals in advance for the date of your child's homeroom class mass. There is no assigned Sunday Mass this weekend.

     

    Congratulations to our entire 8th grade academic team who competed in the Archbishop Edward A. McCarthy High School Academic Olympics on Saturday, September 30th:Anabella Alvarado, Alejandro Alvarez-Huerta, Natasha Coronado, Chris Enlow, Chloe Fandino, Gabriella Goytizol, William Hanrahan, Valentina Ochoa, Grainne Popen, Ashley James, Ryan Lynch, Emma Neclerio, Ava Radosevich, Justin Ruf, Ethan Schumaker, Christian Solanet, Nyana Singh, Aidan Tajalli, Christian Velasquez, Jillian Webb. We are proud of all of our students for their hard work, dedication, and team spirit! Congratulations also to the following students who placed in their events: Anabella Alvarado, 2nd Place in Spanish; Gabriella Goytizolo, 2nd Place in English; William Hanrahan, 3rd Place in Computers; Ashley James, 1st Place in Math, Ryan Lynch, 3rd Place in Math, Justin Ruf, 2nd Place in Music; Christian Velasquez, 2nd Place in Social Studies. Thank you to Miss Jackie Schaub and Miss Stacy Sexton, Academic Team Moderators, for coordinating and facilitating our students’ participation in this exciting event, and to all of our middle school teachers who helped to prepare our students in their respective subject areas. Thank you also to our parents for their attendance and support! A special thanks to Archbishop Edward A. McCarthy High School for hosting the academic competition, which fosters teamwork and promotes enthusiasm for academic achievement among the participating schools.

     

    We are gearing up for Panther Prowl on October 20th!If you have not signed up to volunteer, please visit the following link so that you can be a part of this special event for our school and students: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080b48acad2ba0ff2-panther All volunteers must be Virtus certified and fingerprinted. It’s going to be a great day!

     

    Please be sure to check the school’s new website at www.mhocschool.orgor your PlusPortals account for updated calendar information!

     

    WEEK OF OCTOBER 9

     

    Monday, October 9

     

    No School in observance of Columbus Day

     

    Tuesday, October 10

     

    Friendship Week begins

    This week we will celebrate our Catholic values through anti-bullying education. All Students will participate in guidance activities led by Mrs. Janet Hearn, MHOC Guidance Counselor, that promote friendship skills and kindness.

     

    Friendship Grams (Grades 6-8)

    Send a special note and treat to a friend. Sponsored by the MHOC Kindness Club.

     

    Homes & School Executive Board Members Meeting at 8:15 a.m. in Development Office

     

    Wednesday, October 11

     

    Friendship Week – Chalk Mural (Grades K-8)

    All students will have the opportunity to add a drawing to the Chalk Mural celebrating friendship and Jesus’ love for us.

     

    Thursday, October 12

     

    Friendship Week – Buddy Time

    8th graders and their kindergarten buddies will share a snack and fellowship after Mass. 7th graders and their prekindergarten buddies will do the same!

     

    School Mass at 8:30 a.m. led by Grade 4

    Please join us as we celebrate Mass in song and prayer!

     

    Friday, October 13

     

    Friendship Week – Crazy Sock Day (Grades K-8)

    Show your support and “Sock It” to bully behavior. Students may wear their crazy socks with their regular school uniform.

     

    Saturday, October 14

     

    Cheerleading Clinic & Showcase – GO PANTHERS!

     

    Now that we have entered the fall season, please be reminded of our cold weather uniform attire so that your student is in full compliance with the uniform policy. Hopefully, we will begin to enjoy some slightly cooler weather in the upcoming months!

    Thank you for your continued support. Have a wonderful 3-day weekend!

    Dr. Fernandez, Principal

     

     

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  • Principal's News - 9/29/2017

    Posted by Dr. Alexandra Fernandez at 10/2/2017 11:00:00 AM

    Dear Parents,

     

    Thank you to Miss Stacy Sexton and 8C students who participated in our Homeroom Class Mass last Sunday! Thank you also to Mrs. Susan Calderalo and our school’s music ministry, who enrich our students’ liturgical experience with such beautiful music both on Sundays at 9:00 a.m. mass and at our weekly school masses on Thursdays at 8:30 a.m.

     

    Congratulations to our 2017-2018 National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) Executive Board! We are so proud of these students, who consistently demonstrate excellence in scholarship, service, leadership, character, and citizenship: Aidan Tajalli, President; Ryan Lynch, Vice President; Ethan Schumaker, Secretary; Chris Enlow, Treasurer; Ashley James, Historian. Thank you to our NJHS Moderators, Miss Jackie Schaub and Mrs. MaryEllen Letvinchuk, for their hard work and dedication to our school’s NJHS program!

     

    Thank you to those parents who attended our Volunteer Breakfast on September 25. We appreciate your giving of time and talent to our school! As a reminder, all volunteers must be fingerprinted and complete a three-hour Virtus training program sponsored by the Archdiocese of Miami. Please access our school website at www.mhocschool.org under Development Information for these requirements as well as information on some of our volunteering opportunities!

     

    We had a successful Room Parent Orientation on September 27! Thank you to Mrs. Mariant Cerda, Head Room Parent, for all of her hard work in preparing for this important meeting. We also thank all room parents for joining our team this year! We are blessed to have you as room parents, and we look forward to working with you to help support our teachers.

     

    Thank you to all parents who attended our first Home & School Meeting and Back to School Night on September 28! Thank you to Father Naughton, Mrs. Celia Taylor, Mrs. Kelly Gonzalez, Mrs. Katherine Orces, and Ms. Angela Rumpf for their meaningful and informative presentations! We also appreciate and thank Mrs. Ada Salazar, Mrs. Beatriz Villamek, and Mrs. Natalee Lima for serving on our Home & School Executive Board this school year! Thank you also to Mrs. Susan Calderalo and our Middle School Choir for their wonderful performance of our school’s theme song “Glow in the Dark”! We hope that you enjoyed their very special presentation. We also hope you enjoyed visiting your child’s classroom and learning about the various expectations for the new school year. We especially thank our teachers for all that they do for our students and Catholic education! We look forward to a safe, productive, and successful school year.

     

    Please be sure to check the school’s new website at www.mhocschool.org or your PlusPortals account for updated calendar information!

     

    WEEK OF OCTOBER 2

     

    Monday, October 2

     

    • Vision & Hearing Screenings and Scoliosis Screening

    As in year’s past, Holy Cross Hospital will be providing Vision and Hearing screenings for Grades 1, 3, 5, and 7 and Scoliosis screening for Grade 6. We are grateful to Nurse Janet from Holy Cross Hospital who visits our school each year to provide these very important health screenings for our students!

     

    • Grade 5 Retreat

    All students in Grade 2 – 8 participate in a class retreat each school year. Our retreats cover a variety of topics while providing our students with a safe place to grow in their faith. We are blessed to be able to provide these on-campus retreats for our students!

     

    Tuesday, October 3

     

    • Boys Basketball Games! GO PANTHERS!

    3:30 p.m. – MHOC JV at Coral Springs Gym vs. St. Andrew

    4:30 p.m. – MHOC Varsity at Coral Springs Gym vs. St. Andrew

     

    Wednesday, October 4

     

    • High School In-House Parent Presentations at 8:00 a.m. in Room 101

    This is a great opportunity for 7th and 8th grade parents to learn about St. Thomas Aquinas High School and St. John Paul II Academy prior to visiting the high schools at their upcoming open houses. During the parent presentations, 7th and 8th grade students will hear from former MHOC students who are current students at the above high schools in separate presentations.

     

    • Fingerprinting at 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. in MHOC School Office

    If you would like to volunteer and you have not been fingerprinted through the Archdiocese of Miami, please be sure to contact the school office for an appointment. Fingerprint clearance is good for 5 years, and there is no fee for this process. If you are not sure if your fingerprints have expired, please call the school office, and we will be happy to let you know.

     

    Thursday, October 5

     

    • School Mass at 8:30 a.m. led by Grade 4

    Please join us as we celebrate Mass in song and prayer!

     

    • Altar Server Training at 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. in Church

    This training is for students in Grades 4-8 who are interested in serving our MHOC Parish as altar servers. What a beautiful way to serve the church in this very special ministry!

     

    Friday, October 6

     

    • Living Rosary at 8:30 a.m. in Panther Park

    October is the month of the Holy Rosary, and MHOC School has a special tradition for celebrating the devotion of the Rosary. Our students will lead an all-school prayer service known as the Living Rosary. Parents Welcome…Please be sure to sign in the school office and obtain a visitor’s pass!

    • Panther Prowl Dress Down Day for Eligible Students

    Students who met their $50.00 sponsorship goal by September 29th are eligible to dress down in their Panther Prowl t-shirts and p.e. shorts on October 6. Please contact the Development Office if you have any questions regarding your child’s eligibility.

    • Early Release Day

    12:20 p.m. for Grades K-2

    12:40 p.m. for Grades 3-5

    1:00 p.m. for Grades 6-8

    Have a wonderful weekend!

    Dr. Fernandez, Principal

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  • Principal's News - 9/22/2017

    Posted by Dr. Fernandez at 9/22/2017

    Dear Parents,

    We had a good week at school! The students were excited to return to MHOC after being home for so many days due to the hurricane, and the teachers did an excellent job getting students back on track! Thank you for your understanding, as we navigated through the challenges of pre-hurricane preparations and post-hurricane clean up. Our MHOC community is the best!

    Thank you to Mrs. Kelly Gonzalez and the Panther Prowl Team, Mrs. Julie Winninger and Ms. Pat Kappes, for a wonderful kickoff event this morning! We appreciate everyone’s enthusiasm and participation, especially our teachers, staff, students, and volunteers. A big thank you to Mrs. Calderalo, Coach Licardie, Mrs. Eicholtz, Mrs. Sweeney and Mrs. Rossman along with our fabulous MHOC choir, cheerleaders, and basketball and soccer teams, who performed in all four pep rallies! Congratulations to Pre-K, Grade 2, Grade 6, and Grade 8, whose teachers won the teacher games! Those grade levels will be treated to ice popsicles on Monday during lunch! We have so much talent at MHOC, and we look forward to many more fun events. We are so excited for this year’s Panther Prowl Walk-a-thon on October 20th! Thank you in advance to all parents for your continued support in helping us to raise funds towards our new Parish & Student Center and technology enhancements for our school!

    Please be sure to check the school’s website or PlusPortals for updated calendar information!

    Week of September 25:

    Monday, September 25

    • Volunteer Breakfast at 8:15 a.m. in Room 103
    Please stop by and enjoy some time with your fellow MHOC parents and learn more about how you can help with the various committees we have at MHOC this school year. Volunteers are needed and welcomed!

    Tuesday, September 26

    High School In-House Parent Presentations at 8:00 a.m. in Room 101
    This is a great opportunity for 7th and 8th grade parents to learn about Cardinal Gibbons High School and Archbishop Edward A. McCarthy High School prior to visiting the high schools at their upcoming open houses. During the parent presentations, 7th and 8th grade students will hear from former MHOC students who are current students at the above high schools in separate presentations.

    Wednesday, September 27

    Room Parent Orientation at 8:15 a.m. in Room 103
    Please be sure to attend this meeting if you are an official room parent so that you can begin to support your homeroom teacher with any classroom needs. Thank you!

    Thursday, September 28

    School Mass at 8:30 a.m. followed by Student Council Induction
    Please join us as we celebrate Mass in song and prayer! Congratulations to our new student council representatives!

    First Home & School Meeting at 6:00 p.m. in Church immediately followed by Back to School Night for Grades K-8 in Classrooms
    Please park in the church parking lot. The parking lot in front of the school will be reserved for overflow parking. Please be sure to sign in. Sign in sheets will be located in the church courtyard. Families who attend all 3 Home & School Meetings will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win one month’s free tuition to be applied for the 2017-2018 school year. In addition, the homeroom with the highest attendance percentage at the Home & School Meeting will be treated to a Panther Cafe Chocolate Chip Cookie on the following day!

    Friday, September 29

    Yearbook Photos
    All students in PK4 – Grade 7 will have their yearbook photos taken. Student should wear their regular school uniform.

    Saturday, September 30

    Virtus Training at 9:00 a.m. in Church
    This training is rescheduled from September 9th. All those registered for September 9th were automatically registered for the 30th.

    • Archbishop McCarthy Academic Olympics at 8:00 a.m. in Student Center…Go Panthers!


    We look forward to our first Sunday Homeroom Mass by 8C this Sunday at 9:00 a.m. Thank you to our students for their participation!

    Have a wonderful weekend!

    Dr. Fernandez


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  • Reopening of MHOC School

    Posted by Dr. Fernandez at 9/14/2017

    Dear Parents,

     

    Good morning! You have all been in my prayers, and I hope you are doing well. I have heard from several families, teachers, and staff who still do not have power, and I have heard from others who left the area in an attempt to avoid Hurricane Irma that they are making their way back home!

     

    We have inspected our school buildings and campus. Thankfully, our school has power! The structural integrity of our school buildings did very well during the storm; however, we do have some minor damage. As you know, we have a beautifully landscaped 24 acre property, and unfortunately, we now have fallen trees and a substantial amount of debris that needs to be cleared so that we can safely reopen school for students.

     

    After assessing the totality of the situation, Father Naughton and I, along with the superintendent’s approval, have determined that MHOC will reopen on Monday, September 18.

     

    Thank you for your continued support and understanding during this difficult time for so many people in our MHOC and South Florida community!

     

    Dr. Fernandez, Principal

     

     

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