Principal's News

  • Principal's News - December 1, 2017

    Posted by Dr. Alexandra Fernandez on 12/1/2017

    Thank you for your continued cooperation with our afternoon dismissal procedures. For the safety of our students, please remember that students being picked up at the kindergarten gate must remain with their parent or pick up person at all times. We have seen an increase in students running ahead of their parents or playing in the field or garden areas unsupervised. MHOC is committed to student safety as our first priority, and we do expect parents to partner with us in this most important concern. Please contact Dr. Fernandez if you have any questions.

     

    On December 1, Mary Help of Christians officially welcomed Father Ireneusz Ekiert to our wonderful community! Father Ekiert celebrated his first MHOC school mass on Thursday, and it was truly a beautiful and joyous celebration of the Holy Mass as well as a reminder of the beautiful traditions at MHOC and the importance of lifelong faith formation and love of learning! Beginning in January 2018, we will celebrate our weekly school Masses on Fridays!

     

    Thank you to Mrs. Donna Kearins and 3A 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.

     

    Congratulations to the following students who were recognized as “Student of the Month” at the conclusion of Mass on Thursday for consistently demonstrating the Virtue “PATIENCE” throughout the month of November: KA-Henry Pistorius; KB-Stephanie Morales-Garzon;1A-Nicholas Conte; 1B-Loralai Moore; 2A-Arturo Yibirin; 2B-Sofia Wood; 3A-Juliette Andree; 3B-Keaton Windell; 4A-Julieann Gargin; 4B-Blake Eller; 5A-Jensen Cernech; 5B-Isabel Conte; 6A-Cameron Cooper; 6B-Nikki DiRenzo; 6C-Eileen Popen; 7A-Catharina Cardoso; 7B-Grace Cavarretta; 7C-Sydney Merryman; 8A-Isabella Fahnestock; 8B-Ava Yovino; 8C-Anthony Trudel. Each student received a Virtue of the Month Certificate, a magnet and a chocolate chip cookie from the Panther Café! Congratulations to students and their parents!

     

    We look forward to our annual Christmas show on December 14! Please be advised there will be no official “late start” the day after the Christmas show. However, any student performing in the Christmas show will be marked as "excused tardy” until 8:30 a.m. on December 15, if necessary. Perfect attendance will not be affected.

                                                                                                                                 

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

     

    WEEK OF DECEMBER 4

     

    Monday, December 4

     

    No School Events

     

    Parent’s Night Out registration forms and payment due in school office today!

     

    Tuesday, December 5

     

    Home and School General Meeting at 8:00 a.m. in Church

    Please join us! The meeting agenda will include Home and School information, committee reports, room parent updates, principal’s report, and more. We look forward to seeing you!

     

    Wednesday, December 6

     

    No School Events

     

    Thursday, December 7

     

    No School Events/School Mass will be celebrated tomorrow

     

    Friday, December 8

     

    School Mass at 8:30 a.m. led by Grade 6

    Please join us as we celebrate the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. We welcome you to celebrate this Holy Day of Obligation with our entire school community!

     

    Parent’s Night Out from 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. in Rooms 200 & 202 sponsored by National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) for K-4 Students

    Need a night to do your Christmas shopping? Drop your child off at MHOC where NJHS will take care of them for the evening while they enjoy winter festivities. We will have a blast making Christmas crafts, writing letters to Santa, and watching Christmas movies. For dinner, we will have pizza and some snacks! Don’t forget to wear your Christmas pajamas! Please return registration form with payment ($15 for one child, $25 for two or more children from the same family) by Monday, December 4th to the school office (Attention: Ms. Schaub & Ms. Sexton).

     

    Saturday, December 9

     

    No School Events

     

    Sunday, December 10

     

    No Homeroom Class Mass

     

    We hope to see you tomorrow at 9:00 a.m. for our Sunday Homeroom Class Mass led by Ms. Jennifer Murray’s Grade 3B students!

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

    Dr. Fernandez, Principal

     

     

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  • Principal's News - November 24, 2017

    Posted by Dr. Alexandra Fernandez on 11/24/2017

    We hope everyone had a blessed and happy Thanksgiving!

     

    Thank you to teachers, staff, and parents for planning, organizing, and preparing for our wonderful “Thanksgiving Feasts”! It was so nice to see the students enjoy a special lunch with their friends. What a wonderful tradition at MHOC school!

     

    Congratulations to our 8th grade academic team who competed and won 3rd Place in the Cardinal Gibbons Catholic High School Annual Brain Brawl last week: Chloe Fandino, Ashley James, John Lynch, Ryan Lynch, and Christian Solanet! We are so proud of their hard work, dedication, and team spirit! 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! Go Panthers! A special thanks to Cardinal Gibbons Catholic High School for hosting the academic competition, which fosters teamwork and promotes enthusiasm for academic achievement among the participating schools.

     

    As we prepare our hearts to celebrate the coming of Christ during this Holy Season of Advent, we look forward to our annual Christmas show on December 14! It will be a beautiful evening that reinforces the meaning of Christmas as well as your commitment to Catholic education and MHOC School.

     

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

     

    WEEK OF NOVEMBER 27

    Monday, November 27

    School Resumes

     

    Tuesday, November 28

    No School Events

     

    Wednesday, November 29

    Home & School Executive Board Meeting at 8:00 a.m. in School Office

     

    Thursday, November 30

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

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

     

    Immediately following Mass, we will present our Student of the Month Awards! Students are selected based upon the virtues of the “Fruits of the Holy Spirit.” For this month, students were chosen for embodying the fruit of “PATIENCE”. One student from each homeroom will be awarded a Virtue of the Month Certificate, a magnet and a chocolate chip cookie from the Panther Café!

     

    Advent Reflection at 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. in Church

    Faith Formation is hosting an Advent reflection for all parents, staff members of the church, school and preschool, and catechists. We will reflect on our walk with Jesus and prepare to receive him in our hearts this coming Advent season. We will close the night with Adoration where we will have a musician coming to lead worship. If you would like to attend, please RSVP to julie.gonzalez@mhocrc.org 

     

    Friday, December 1

    8th Grade Portrait Retakes

     

    Saturday, December 2

    High School Placement Examination (HSPT) for 8th Grade Students Applying to Catholic High Schools

     

    Breakfast with Santa sponsored by MHOC Women’s Club 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

     

    Sunday, December 3

    3B Class Mass

     

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

    Dr. Fernandez, Principal

     




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  • Principal's News - November 17, 2017

    Posted by Dr. Alexandra Fernandez on 11/17/2017

    Have you heard? We have rescheduled this year’s Gala from Friday, February 9 to Saturday, April 21! We hope this new date gives everyone a little more time to plan ahead and participate in our wonderful Gala tradition this year! Our Lucky Duck Raffle will be held from March 22-April 20! If you are interested in helping in any way, please contact our Gala Chairperson, Mrs. Beatriz Miranda-Vilamek, via email at bisabelm@gmail.com. We look forward to celebrating our 8th Annual Gala Celebration together!

    Please mark your calendars for our secondHome and School Association Meeting on Tuesday, December 5 at 8:00 a.m. Location TBD. Meeting agenda will include principal’s update, upcoming Home and School event information, committee reports, room parent updates, and more. We look forward to seeing you!

    As expected, our Christmas Show tickets are sold out! Christmas show preparations and rehearsals are well underway, and it is sure to be another amazing performance! We look forward to a special evening, as we celebrate “Joy to the World” with our MHOC family!

    Thank you to 8th grade students and teachers for hosting and leading our annual Thanksgiving Food Drive!Thank you also to all families who generously donated food bags! Students delivered and distributed a total of 410 bags to Our Lady Queen of Heaven Catholic Church on November 14! We are incredibly proud of our students for bringing to life our Catholic social teachings of feeding the hungry and addressing community needs through meaningful and reflective service.

    Thank to Mrs. Christy Tajalli and the committee of moms along with Mrs. Julie Winninger and Ms. Pat Kappes, who organized a very special breakfast treat for our 6-8 honors students this past Thursday! Congratulations again to our honors students for their hard work and dedication and to their proud parents and teachers!

    Thank you to the St. Thomas Aquinas Kindness Club for visiting our 8th grade girls on Friday! It was wonderful to see them share some time together and reflect on the importance of promoting kindness, compassion, and acceptance of others. Thank you to Mrs. Cindy Longman for organizing this meaningful presentation!

    The MHOC Women’s Club once again will sponsor the Annual Breakfast with Santa on December 2!Children will enjoy arts and crafts, a fun train ride and more! Tickets will be on sale again tomorrow in the church courtyard between masses. The price is only $5.00 per person (adults and children). For more information, please email Angela Schumaker at mimayita@msn.com.

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

     

    WEEK OF NOVEMBER 20

    Monday, November 20

    Kindergarten Thanksgiving Feast beginning at 11:00 a.m. followed by centers

    Tuesday, November 21

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

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

    Thanksgiving Feasts

    We will continue our tradition of celebrating the Thanksgiving holiday by sharing in classroom Thanksgiving Feasts! Panther Café will be closed.

    No Early Release

    Tuesday is a full day of school

    Wednesday, November 22

    No School – Floating Holiday #1 

    Thursday, November 23

    No School – Thanksgiving break

    Friday, November 24

    No School – Thanksgiving break

    Saturday, November 25

    No School Events 

    Sunday, November 26

    No School Events

    As we reflect on the many things for which we are thankful this Thanksgiving, I would like to take this opportunity to thank our teachers, staff, students, and parents for the great gift of Mary Help of Christians Catholic School! Have a Blessed and Happy Thanksgiving. We have much to be thankful for at MHOC!

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

    Dr. Fernandez, Principal

     

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  • Principal's News - November 10, 2017

    Posted by Dr. Alexandra Fernandez on 11/10/2017

    Thank you to our MHOC Welcome Committee, Home & School Association, and Development Office for organizing a wonderful evening of fellowship at our New Family Welcome Social on November 8th. It was a great night, and we thank both our new families and parent ambassadors for their participation! Thank you especially to Mrs. Danielle Hugus and Mrs. Fabienne Fahnestock for their dedication in beginning this wonderful tradition at our school.

     

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

     

    WEEK OF NOVEMBER 13

    Monday, November 13

    Christmas Show Tickets on Sale

    Beginning today, MHOC’s Christmas Show “Joy to the World” tickets may be purchased on a first come-first serve basis in person at the Coral Springs Center for the Arts (CSCA) Box Office, via phone 954-344-5990, or via their website http://coralspringscenterforthearts.com/index.php. CSCA Box Office Hours are M-F 10am-5pm/Sat 12-4pm/Additional hours-2 hours prior to most performances. See you at the show!

     

    Thanksgiving Food Drive continues

    We appreciate your support in helping Grade 8 students reach their goal of 500 Thanksgiving bags for families in need. Thank you to all families!

     

    Tuesday, November 14

    Thanksgiving Food Drive Delivery

    Bring your bag to school today! 8th grade students will deliver Thanksgiving bagsto Our Lady Queen of Heaven Catholic Church. We are proud of our 8th grade students and NJHS for hosting and leading our annual Thanksgiving Food Drive!

     

    Wednesday, November 15

    Spirit Day

    Sponsored by Student Council! 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. There will be no homework assigned to K-5 students today. Enjoy the extra family time!

     

    7B Visit to Aston Gardens

    As part of our MHOC tradition, 7B students will visit Aston Gardens right across the street to share some quality time with the residents of this wonderful senior-living community!

    8th Grade Field Trip to St. Bonaventure

    Eighth grade students will visit St. Bonaventure to hear guest speaker, Immaculee Ilibagiza, share her journey of faith through the Rwandan genocide. Her story is reminiscent of Anne Frank. This is a great opportunity for our 8th grade students who studied the Holocaust in depth during the first quarter.  

     

    Thursday, November 16

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

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

     

    Quarter 1 Honors Ceremony

    Our Honors Ceremony will be held immediately following Mass. After the ceremony, all honors students in Grades 6-8 will be invited to stop by the Panther Café/Lunch Patio for a quick breakfast treat! (Due to space limitations, we have postponed the “Honors Breakfast” for students and parents until next school year once we are in our new building. Thank you for your understanding!)

     

    Friday, November 17

    St. Thomas Aquinas Kindness Presentation

    Members of the Kindness Club at STA will visit MHOC 8th grade girls to share their presentation on how to spread kindness and make our school, our community, and our world a better place!

     

    Grades 5 & 6 Field Trip to Wonder Movie Screening

    Fifth and sixth grade students will view an advanced screening of the movie, Wonder, by R.J. Palacio. This award-winning book read by our MHOC students encourages compassion at school and in the community!

     

    Saturday, November 18

    Cardinal Gibbons High School Brain Brawl Competition for 8th Grade Students

     

    Sunday, November 19

    3A Homeroom Class Mass

     

    There is no assigned homeroom class mass this weekend.

    Happy Veterans Day! We encourage you to spend some time this weekend acknowledging the men and women who have served in our armed forces. We are thankful to our veterans for serving our country and protecting our freedom! 

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

    Dr. Fernandez, Principal

     

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  • Principal's News - November 3, 2017

    Posted by Dr. Alexandra Fernandez on 11/3/2017

    Principal’s News

    Thank you to everyone who participated in Trunk or Treat last Sunday! It was great to see so many parents, staff, and students enjoying an evening of fun, family, and community. Thank you especially to Mrs. Diana Moffa, Ms. Donna Murphy, and all of our amazing volunteersfor their hard work in organizing this wonderful tradition at Mary Help of Christians Parish!

    On October 31, students enjoyed getting to know each other a little better, and hopefully, making new friends at our Mix-it-Up Lunch! Thank you to Mrs. Cindy Longman and the MHOC Kind Club for providing our students with the opportunity to reach out to someone new!

    Thank you to all parents for your cooperation during Parent-Teacher Conferences! We are proud of our students’ hard work during Quarter 1 as well as the dedication of our entire faculty and staff!As a reminder, our Quarter 1 Honors Ceremony will be held immediately following school Mass on November 16. After the ceremony, all honors students in Grades 6-8 are invited to stop by the Panther Café/Lunch Patio for a quick breakfast treat! We hope to begin our “Honors Breakfast” for students and parents next school year in our new building. Thank you for your understanding!

    Congratulations to Grade 1 for an excellent job with their Community Fair projects!What a great way to learn about our community helpers! The students had a great morning and enjoyed the community presentations from several of our very own MHOC parents…thank you! Thank you also to Mrs. Janet Cefali and Mrs. Alice Smith along with our Grade 1 assistants for enriching the first grade curriculum with creative, fun, and engaging learning activities for our students!

    We hope everyone enjoyed this year’s Family Movie Night on November 3! Thank you to Mrs. Donna Hanrahan, Mrs. Lisa DiRenzo, and Student Council for organizing another great event for our school community!

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

     WEEK OF NOVEMBER 6

    Monday, November 6

    Thanksgiving Food Drive begins

    Once again, Grade 8 and the National Junior Honor Society will be hosting our annual Thanksgiving Food Drive! Please see details in the flyer that was sent home in last week’s Thursday folder! We appreciate your support in helping Grade 8 students reach their goal of 500 Thanksgiving bags for families in need. Thank you!

    Tuesday, November 7

    First Holy Communion 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 3 who will be receiving the Sacrament of First Holy Communion this school year. Please be sure to attend!

    Wednesday, November 8

    New Family Welcome Social at 6:30 p.m. in Church Courtyard

    Calling all new families! Please join us on Wednesday evening and get to know your host families, HSA board, and school better! Please RSVP directly to the Development Office at development@mhocschool.org. This evening of friendship is sponsored by the MHOC Welcome Committee!

    Thursday, November 9

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

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

    Grade 8 Cap & Gown Portraits

    Please refer to email from 8th grade teachers for detailed information.

    Grade 2 Science Eye In-House Field Trip

    Friday, November 10

    No School in Observance of Veterans Day

    Men’s Emmaus Retreat begins

    Saturday, November 11

    Thanksgiving Food Drive (see flyer for details)

    Men’s Emmaus Retreat

    Sunday, November 12

    No Homeroom Class Mass

    Thanksgiving Food Drive (see flyer for details)

    Men’s Emmaus Retreat

     

    We hope to see you tomorrow at 9:00 a.m. for our Sunday Homeroom Class Mass led by Mrs. Kim Eichholtz’s Grade 4B students!

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

    Dr. Fernandez, Principal

     

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  • Principal's News - October 27, 2017

    Posted by Dr. Alexandra Fernandez on 10/27/2017

    Principal’s News

    Thank you to Ms. Jo-Ann Brehier and 2B students who participated in our Homeroom Class Mass on October 15, and thank you also to Mrs. Donna Hanrahan and 4A students who participated in our Homeroom Class Mass on October 22! Continued thanks to Mrs. Susan Calderalo and our school’s amazing music ministry! We have received positive feedback from so many of you who have been able to join us, and we appreciate it very much! 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.

    Thank you to our Book Fair Committee Chairpersons, Mrs. Sheri Dwyer and Mrs. Misty Norusis, for all of their hard work and dedication during this year’s Scholastic Book Fair! Thank you also to the parents who volunteered throughout the entire week. Thank you also to Mrs. Shannon Rauh and several of our MHOC teachers and staff for facilitating Family Literacy Night for our students in Grades K-5! We hope everyone enjoyed Family Pizza Night too, and we thank Mrs. Julie Winninger, Mrs. Laura Thompson, and our parent volunteers for their help in making sure it was a successful evening! We appreciate everyone’s support of literacy at Mary Help of Christians Catholic School…thank you to all!

    Thank you to Mrs. Donna Hanrahan and Mrs. Lisa DiRenzo and Student Council for such a fun Red Ribbon Week!We enjoyed all of the activities, and most importantly, we enjoyed learning the importance of saying “NO” to drugs and making healthy choices for ourselves today and always. A big shout out to Student Council Vice President, Grace Cavaretta, for leading students and staff in reciting the school wide pledge after Mass! Congratulations also to all raffle winners!

    Congratulations to the following students who were recognized as “Student of the Month” at the conclusion of Masson Thursday for consistently demonstrating the Virtue “PEACE” throughout the month of October: KA-Samuel Temesgen; KB-Derek Segersbol; 1A-Grace Weeks; 1B-William Stirk; 2A-Sofia Bond; 2B-Parker Dillon; 3A-Daniel Lemongello; 3B-Taylor Liebman; 4A-Gabriella Luongo; 4B-Kelsea Merryman; 5A-Zoryn Jean; 5B-Catherine Howell; 6A-Alejandro Ramirez; 6B-Taylor Florczyk; 6C-Alyxie Angelo; 7A-Tony Hierrezuelo; 7B-Isabella Freitas; 7C-Michael Abril; 8A-Daniel Cornwell; 8B-Mikayla Ennis; 8C-Abigail Rios. Each student received a Virtue of the Month Certificate, a magnet and a chocolate chip cookie from the Panther Café! Congratulations to students and their parents, and thank you to our Guidance Counselor, Mrs. Janet Hearn, for facilitating this wonderful program at our school! 

    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 30 

    Monday, October 30

    Grade 2 Field Trip to Northwest Regional County Library 

    Panther Prowl Regular Dress Down Day for qualifying students (dress down certificates were sent home on Thursday)

     

    Tuesday, October 31

    Halloween Dress Down

    Students may wear Halloween themed or orange/black shirt, socks, and/or accessories with uniform bottoms. No costumes.

    Kindergarten Trick or Treat at 8:15 a.m. followed by Halloween centers in classrooms

    Pre-Kindergarten Trick or Treat at 9:30 a.m. in Big School 

    Mix it Up Lunch sponsored by MHOC Kind Club

    Today during all lunch periods, students will have the opportunity to use a “get to know you card” to learn more about each other and maybe a few new friends! What a wonderful idea to promote kindness and positive peer relationships!

    Quarter 1 Report Cards will be emailed to parents after 4:00 p.m. today

    As a reminder, this school year we will be issuing digital copies in PDF format of all report cards. While each student may have several parent/guardian/contacts within our student information system, each student may have only one primary contact person. The report card will be emailed to this specific email address. Please contact Ms. Angela Rumpf atangela.rumpf@mhocschool.org if you have any questions regarding this process. Thank you!

     

    Wednesday, November 1

    Operation Gratitude Halloween Candy GIVE-Back Program sponsored by MHOC Kind Club

    Mary Help of Christians is proud to participate in the Operation Gratitude Halloween Candy GIVE-Back Program to teach children the importance of saying “Thank You” to all who serve. If you would like to participate, choose excess Halloween candy from your home and place it in a ziplock bag labeled "Operation Gratitude".  Bags can be turned into homerooms onNovember 1 and 2. Our MHOC Kind Club will collect donations from homeroom teachers. Thank you for supporting our U.S. Service Members deployed overseas and to First Responders serving here at home! 

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

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

    No lunch periods for K-8 – Students may bring in a snack

    ADOM Early Dismissal at 11:30 a.m. for K-8

    “Lightning” Dismissal - Please park in the church parking lot and pick up your child in the classroom

    After care available at 11:45 a.m.

    Parent-Teacher Conferences from 12:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. for Grades 5-8

     

    Thursday, November 2 

    HSPT Practice Exam for Grade 8 – No tardies, no absences!

    No School Mass 

    No lunch period for K-8 – Students may bring in a snack

    ADOM Early Dismissal at 11:30 a.m. for K-8

    “Lightning” Dismissal - Please park in the church parking lot and pick up your child in the classroom

    After care available at 11:45 a.m.

    Parent-Teacher Conferences from 12:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. for Grades K-4

    Spirit Shop from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at Panther Café Patio

    Stop by the MHOC Spirit Shop for our Used Uniforms Sale. All items $5.00!

     

    Friday, November 3

    Regular School Day – No Early Release

    $3.00 Dress Down sponsored by Student Council

    Please ensure that your child follows the guidelines for dress down day, which may be found in the Parent-Student Handbook on page 36. Thank you for your cooperation! 

    Grade 1 Community Fair in Classrooms

    Family Movie Night at 7:00 p.m. sponsored by Student Council

    Come join us for an exciting family night under the stars! (FREE of charge)

    Enjoy a bag of popcorn while watching Moana with family and friends. Make sure to bring a blanket or chairs!

     

    Saturday, November 4

    No school events

     

    Sunday, November 5

    4B Homeroom Class Mass at 9:00 a.m.

     

    We hope you will be able to join us tomorrow for “Trunk or Treat” from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at the MHOC Church Parking Lot! Thank you in advance to Mrs. Diana Moffa and Ms. Donna Murphy along with so many volunteers for organizing this wonderful tradition for our parish! We look forward to a great evening of fun, family, and community!

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

    Dr. Fernandez, Principal

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  • Principal's News - 10/20/2017

    Posted by Dr. Alexandra Fernandez on 10/20/2017

    Thank you to our Panther Prowl Team for a GREAT walk-a-thon event on Friday, October 20th!  We appreciate everyone’s enthusiasm and participation, especially our teachers, staff, students, and all chaperones and volunteers. We thank the City of Margate Police Department and Master Officer George Woolley and his K9 partner, Ace, and Officer Zach Krempler for an informative and fun K9 demonstration! We also thank the Florida Panthers Mascot, Stanley, for visiting our students! It was a fantastic day, and we could not have done it without everyone’s support…thank you to all!

    Congratulations to Darien Giacaman in Grade 2 and Emily Bastian in Grade 3 for earning their Mathletics Brainiac Certificates for Quarter 1! Way to go!

    Congratulations also to the following students for their hard work and achievement in our school’s Accelerated Reader (AR) Program for Quarter 1: Book Worm Bunch- Samuel Cardona, Ana Sofia Castro, Maria Villarreal Rojas, Jacqueline Boutros; Million Word -Tera Caporella, Ana Sofia Castro, Jacqueline Boutros; 2 Million Word - Tera Caporella! Excellent work!

    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.

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

    WEEK OF OCTOBER 23 

    MondayOctober 23

    Scholastic Book Fair begins!

    Our Scholastic Book Fair is a reading event that brings the books kids want to read right into our school. It’s a wonderful selection of engaging and affordable books for every reading level. Please make plans to visit our Book Fair in the Maker Lab!

    Red Ribbon Week begins!

    This week our school will recognize and celebrate National Red Ribbon Week, which is the oldest drug prevention campaign in the United States. Student Council has worked hard to plan a week of creative and fun activities to raise awareness of the importance of living a drug-free and healthy lifestyle. Red bracelets will be provided for each student to wear to help reinforce this important message!

    Red Ribbon Week Dress Down for Monday

    Students may wear a red shirt with school uniform bottoms

    Tuesday, October 24 

    Red Ribbon Week Dress Down for Tuesday

    Students may wear their favorite team’s t-shirt with uniform bottoms

    Grade 3 Government Day Field Trip at 9:30 a.m.

    Wednesday, October 25

    Red Ribbon Week Dress Down for Wednesday

    Students may wear a school spirit shirt with school uniform bottoms

    Grade 8 Archbishop McCarthy High School Field Trip at 8:15 a.m.

    Thursday, October 26

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

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

    Student of the Month

    Immediately following Mass, we will present our Student of the Month Awards! Students are selected based upon the virtues of the “Fruits of the Holy Spirit.” For this month, students were chosen for embodying the fruit of “PEACE”. One student from each homeroom will be awarded a Virtue of the Month Certificate, a magnet and a chocolate chip cookie from the Panther Café!

    PreK Halloween Parade at 9:30 a.m. in Preschool courtyard and parking lot area

    Book Fair “Family Literacy Night” for Grades K-5 from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

    This is a great opportunity for families to enjoy literacy games, crafts, and stories and shop at the Book Fair. Please sign in with Mrs. Shannon Rauh in Room 210.

    Book Fair“Family Pizza Night” from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. in Lunch Patio

    Friday, October 27

    Yearbook Retakes and Group Picture Day

    Students should wear regular uniforms today

    Saturday, October 28

    No school events

    Sunday, October 29

    St. Thomas Aquinas High School Open House at 11:00 a.m. in STA Gym 

    Trunk or Treat from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at MHOC Church Parking Lot

    This is a fun parish event for the whole family! Parking opens at 3:30 p.m. Decorate your car’s trunk with Halloween décor. Pick up dinner for your family and picnic by your car. Bring candy and treats to pass out to friendly “goblins and ghouls”! We look forward to an evening of fun, family, and community!

    We hope you will be able to join us tomorrow at 9:00 a.m. for our Sunday Homeroom Class Mass led by Mrs. Donna Hanrahan’s Grade 4A students!

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

    Dr. Fernandez, Principal

     
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  • Principal's News - 10/13/2017

    Posted by Dr. Alexandra Fernandez on 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 on 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 on 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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