Principal's News

  • Principal's News - February 12, 2018

    Posted by Dr. Alexandra Fernandez on 2/12/2018

    As you know, flu season is upon us, and schools in general are affected at this time of year. Our office staff has done an excellent job taking care of our students and contacting parents immediately if students become ill while in school. We have had many students treated for cold and flu symptoms. We are following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations for cleaning and disinfecting classrooms on a daily basis; however, in addition to these and other preventative measures, we can all help to decrease the spread of the flu by staying home when sick. Know that we are doing our best to keep our students healthy in school. If you have any concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the office. Thank you!

     

    Thank you to everyone for a wonderful Catholic Schools Week! We especially thank Mrs. Donna Hanrahan, Mrs. Lisa DiRenzo and Student Council as well as Ms. Jackie Schaub, Ms. Stacy Sexton, and National Junior Honor Society for planning the entire week of festivities! Thank you also to Mrs. Kim Eichholtz and Campus Ministry, and Mrs. Susan Calderalo and Music Ministry/Choir for planning a beautiful mass honoring our grandparents. A big thank you to all teachers and staff, maintenance team, students, parents, and grandparents! MHOC is truly a special place.

     

    We held our 7th and 8th Grade Dance on February 11! Thank you to Ms. Jackie Schaub, Ms. Stacy Sexton, and National Junior Honor Society for planning and organizing such a fun evening for our students! Thank you to our fantastic DJ, Mrs. Susan Calderalo, and thank you also to our additional chaperones: Mrs. Julie Winninger, Mrs. Lisa DiRenzo, and Mrs. Jennifer Muhlig! The students truly enjoyed the dance as well as spending time with their friends! The students looked really great too…thank you, parents, for your support! Thank you also to those parents who donated drinks, snacks, goodies, and decorations for the dance and to everyone who helped to clean-up afterwards. We had a great night!

     

     

    As you know, there will be no summer camp this year due to ongoing construction and various church and school projects. Many of these projects are “works in progress,” and we ask for your patience during the initial planning process. We are excited about the improvements to our campus and will update you in the near future. Stay tuned! We have confirmed that the first day of school will be Monday, August 20, 2018!

     

    Per school policy, Facebook or any other social media platform may not be used as an official Mary Help of Christians School communication source under any circumstance. If you have any questions regarding this policy, please contact Dr. Fernandez.

     

    Please be reminded that we have rescheduled this year’s Gala from Friday, February 9 to Saturday, April 21!Our Lucky Duck Raffle will be held from March 22-April 20! The success of our Gala Auction relies heavily on the live and silent auction portions of the event. We are still looking for volunteers to help with auction acquisitions! If you would like to volunteer in this capacity, or if you would like to contribute goods, services, gift certificates and/or cash donations to help ensure that this year’s fundraising efforts are successful, please contact our Gala Chairperson, Mrs. Beatriz Miranda-Vilamek, via email at bisabelm@gmail.com. We appreciate your support!

     

    SAVE THE DATE…3rd Home and School Association (HSA) Meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 27 at 8:00 a.m. in Church. We look forward to seeing you!

     

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

     

    WEEK OF FEBRUARY 12

     

    Monday, February 12

    7th Grade Field Trip to Archbishop McCarthy High School

    Seventh grade students will visit McCarthy High School to attend a community service play.

     

    Tuesday, February 13

    8th Grade Field Trip to Chastity Day

    Eighth grade students will participate in Chastity Day sponsored annually by the Archdiocese of Miami’s Respect Life Ministry. 

     

    Wednesday, February 14

    Ash Wednesday Prayer Service at 8:30 a.m. in Panther Park

    This week, we will be entering the Holy Season of Lent, a time of spiritual renewal in which we are called especially to pray, fast, and give alms. Students will participate in our school’s Ash Wednesday Prayer Service this morning (please have your child bring a towel). Parents welcome! Immediately following the prayer service, MHOC’s Kind Club will share a brief presentation about the “40 Acts Challenge,” which Father Ireneusz explained at Mass today. Please take some time to talk with your child about the Season of Lent and how simple acts of generosity, love, and kindness can make a difference in someone’s day. Have a blessed Lenten Season.

     

    Thursday, February 15

    No School Events

     

    Friday, February 16

    No School Mass

     

    Jump Rope for Heart Kick-Off at 8:30 a.m. in Church

    Jump Rope for Heart is a community service learning program of the American Heart Association that teaches children the importance of developing heart-healthy habits. It also teaches children that being physically active can be fun and that raising funds to support cardiovascular research and education helps save lives in their community and across the country. Parents welcome! 

        

    Saturday, February 17

    No School Events

     

    Sunday, February 18

    There is no assigned class mass due to the long weekend.

     

    Monday, February 19

    No School - Presidents’ Day

     

    Tuesday, February 20

    No School – Archdiocese of Miami Professional Day

     

    Wednesday, February 21

    Spirit Day

    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. Let’s celebrate our Panther Pride!

     

    Early Release at 1:00 p.m. – Regular Dismissal Procedures

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

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

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

     

    Have a good week, and thank you for your continued support. See you in car line!

    Dr. Fernandez, Principal

     

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  • Principal's News - January 28, 2018

    Posted by Dr. Alexandra Fernandez on 1/29/2018

    Principal’s News

    Happy Catholic Schools Week! Each year Catholic schools set aside the last week in January to celebrate Catholic education in our nation. During the entire week, MHOC faculty, staff, and students will focus on this year’s Catholic Schools Week theme: “Catholic Schools: Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed.” Thank you for your commitment to Mary Help of Christians and Catholic education. We look forward to a wonderful week!

     

     

    Thank you to Mrs. Janet Hearn for all of her dedication in organizing and facilitating Cyber Safety Week for our school! Students learned how to stay safe online, and we all learned a great deal from our Cyber safety expert, Dr. Sameer Hinduja. Thank you to Dr. Hinduja for his visit, and thank you to parents for joining us for our Cyber safety parent presentation, as well!

     

     

    Congratulations to all of our students for a successful Science Expo on Saturday! Students definitely showed their scientific thinking and problem-solving, and it was a perfect combination of education and family fun! A special thank you to all our “science” teachers for their dedication to our school’s science education program!

     

    As you know, there will be no summer camp this year due to ongoing construction and various church and school projects. Many of these projects are “works in progress,” and we ask for your patience during the initial planning process. We are excited about the improvements to our campus and will update you in the near future. Stay tuned!

     

    Please be reminded that we have rescheduled this year’s Gala from Friday, February 9 to Saturday, April 21!Our Lucky Duck Raffle will be held from March 22-April 20! The success of our Gala Auction relies heavily on the live and silent auction portions of the event. We are still looking for volunteers to help with auction acquisitions! If you would like to volunteer in this capacity, or if you would like to contribute goods, services, gift certificates and/or cash donations to help ensure that this year’s fundraising efforts are successful, please contact our Gala Chairperson, Mrs. Beatriz Miranda-Vilamek, via email at bisabelm@gmail.com. We appreciate your support!

     

    SAVE THE DATE…3rd Home and School Association (HSA) Meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 27 at 8:00 a.m. in Church. We look forward to seeing you!

     

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

     

    WEEK OF JANUARY 29

     

    Monday, January 29

    Catholic Schools Week sponsored by Student Council and NJHS

    Please refer to the letter and flyer that were sent home in the Thursday folder for details! Below are just a few highlights for the week…

     

    Catholic Schools Week - “Sharing our Knowledge”

    Students will participate in discussions and activities about what makes Catholic schools special!

    SOUP-er Bowl Collection sponsored by Grade 6

    Students are encouraged to bring in cans of soup and place them in a box in the 6th grade classrooms to “root” for their team to win the SOUP-er Bowl! All soup cans will be donated to the Soup Kitchen at St. Vincent de Paul.

     

    Tuesday, January 30

    Catholic Schools Week - “Showing Panther Pride”

    Students may wear any MHOC shirt with their regular uniform bottoms! Kona Ice treats will be available for purchase after lunch for $3.00. Enjoy!

     

    Wednesday, January 31

    Catholic Schools Week - “Serving Others”

    Students will make Get Well pictures and cards for Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital. NJHS will host a Donut Sale during morning arrival with all proceeds donated to a Catholic charity.

     

    Thursday, February 1

    Catholic Schools Week - “Giving Thanks”

    In appreciation of our MHOC parents, Student Council will host a “thank you” parent-student lunch during regular lunch times. We look forward to seeing you!

     

    Friday, February 2

    CSW “Appreciating our Grandparents” – School Mass at 8:30 a.m. led by National Junior Honor Society

    Please join us as we celebrate a special Mass in honor of our grandparents followed by brunch and a visit to the classrooms! 11:30 Dismissal for All Students. After care will be available as usual.

                                       

    Saturday, February 3

    No School Events

     

    Sunday, February 4

    7A Class Mass

    2018 Super Bowl LII!

     

    Have a good week, and thank you for your continued support.

    Dr. Fernandez, Principal

     

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  • Principal's News - January 21, 2018

    Posted by Dr. Alexandra Fernandez on 1/22/2018

    Principal’s News

     

    Congratulations to the following 8th grade students who were selected to receive the 2017-2018 Pinnacle Award presented by the Broward County Nonpublic School Association: Christopher Enlow, Chloe Fandino, and Ashley James. These students are truly “Pinnacle” students, who set an example for others to follow, and who make significant contributions to our school and community. They excel in academics, community service, citizenship, student activities, perseverance, effort, dedication, and commitment to positive goals. Christopher, Chloe, and Ashley will be honored at the Pinnacle Awards Program and Luncheon at the Signature Grand on March 21. Once again, congratulations to these students and their parents on this well-deserved, prestigious recognition!

     

    On January 19, students in Grades 4-8 participated in our MHOC School Spelling Bee. Congratulations on a job well done to all participants and “top spellers”! Our Elementary School Bee Champion is Kellie Jones (Grade 5), and our Elementary School Bee Runner-Up/Alternate is James Arthurton (Grade 5). Our Middle School Bee Champion is Christopher Trokey (Grade 8), and our Middle School Bee Runner-Up/Alternate is Christopher Enlow (Grade 8)! Kellie and Christopher T. will represent MHOC School in the upcoming Broward County Spelling Bee, which will be held at the Signature Grand on March 13, and we are very proud of them! A big thank you to Ms. Mary Suppe for serving as MHOC School’s Spelling Bee Moderator and thanks also to our spelling bee pronouncers, Mrs. Lisa Capon, Mrs. Cindy Longman, Miss Stacy Sexton, and Mrs. Julie Winninger!

     

    Congratulations to our MHOC math team who competed in the Annual St. Thomas Aquinas High School Sister John Norton Math Competition on January 21, 2018! “Division A” won 1st PLACE OVERALL (TEAM) out of 15 schools! Congratulations to “Division A” team members: Christopher Enlow, Ashley James, John Lynch, Ryan Lunch, and Christian Solanet! Congratulations to Christopher Enlow, who won 2nd PLACE OVERALL (INDIVIDUAL)! Christopher Enlow also won 1st place and Ryan Lynch won 2nd place on the “Division A” MHOC team. EXCELLENT WORK! “Division B” team members included: Elizabeth James, Victoria Servideo, John Hancock, Joseph Natoli, and Santiago Raigoza. Santiago Raigoza won 1st place and John Hancock won 2nd place on the “Division B” MHOC team. CONGRATULATIONS! Thank you to Miss Stacy Sexton (Algebra/Geometry Teacher) and Miss Jackie Schaub, who together served as team moderators for this exciting competition! Thank you also to our parents for their attendance and support!

     

    As you know, there will be no summer camp this year due to ongoing construction and various church and school projects. Many of these projects are “works in progress,” and we ask for your patience during the initial planning process. We are excited about the improvements to our campus and will update you in the near future. Stay tuned!

     

    Please be reminded that we have rescheduled this year’s Gala from Friday, February 9 to Saturday, April 21! Our Lucky Duck Raffle will be held from March 22-April 20! The success of our Gala Auction relies heavily on the live and silent auction portions of the event. We are still looking for volunteers to help with auction acquisitions! If you would like to volunteer in this capacity, or if you would like to contribute goods, services, gift certificates and/or cash donations to help ensure that this year’s fundraising efforts are successful, please contact our Gala Chairperson, Mrs. Beatriz Miranda-Vilamek, via email at bisabelm@gmail.com. We appreciate your support!

     

    SAVE THE DATE…3rd Home and School Association (HSA) Meeting has been rescheduled from Tuesday, January 23 to Tuesday, February 27 at 8:00 a.m. in Church. We look forward to seeing you!

     

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

     

    WEEK OF JANUARY 22

     

    Monday, January 22

     

    Re-registration continues

    All families must complete one virtual registration form per student to ensure enrollment for the 2018-19 school year. If you did not receive an email from panthers@mhoc.org with the link to our online re-enrollment form, or if you need any assistance with the registration process, please do not hesitate to contact us. We thank your family for partnering with Mary Help of Christians Catholic School!

     

    Cyber Safety Week begins

    Classroom Guidance Activities for the week include: Learning how to be safe online; Learning how to be a responsible digital citizen; Creating strong passwords. For more information, please see the flyer that was sent home in Thursday’s folder.

     

     

    Chick fil-A Accelerated Reader Lunch

     

     

    School Advisory Board Meeting at 1:30 p.m. in School Conference Room

    This meeting is for Board members who meet regularly to advise the Pastor and the Principal in matters relating to the school. Minutes of the meeting will be posted on PlusPortals once they are finalized.

     

    Tuesday, January 23

     

    No School Events

     

    Wednesday, January 24

     

    Cyber Safety Presentation for Parents at 8:00 a.m. in Room 101

     

    Cyber Safety Presentation for Students in Grades 5-6 at 10:30 a.m. in Church

     

    Cyber Safety Presentation for Students in Grades 7-8 at 11:40 a.m. in Church

     

    Thursday, January 25

     

    Open Enrollment for 2018-2019 school year begins today

     

    Cyber Safety Dress Down – “May the Force (of Good) be with you!”

    Students may dress in their favorite Star Wars shirt, hat, and/or socks along with their regular uniform bottoms.

     

    Friday, January 26

     

    School Mass at 8:30 a.m. led by Grade 2

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

     

    Quarter 2 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 Lunch Patio for a quick breakfast treat! Congratulations, Honors Students!

                                       

    Saturday, January 27

     

    Science Expo at MHOC School from 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

     

    Sunday, January 28

     

    5B Class Mass – Catholic Schools Week begins!

     

    Have a good week, and thank you for your continued support.

    Dr. Fernandez, Principal

     

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  • Principal's News - January 15, 2018

    Posted by Dr. Alexandra Fernandez on 1/15/2018

    Principal’s News

     

    As you know, this year’s Panther Prowl funds were earmarked for technology enhancements. After assessing our school’s greatest technology needs, we are happy to announce that we have ordered 3 new iPad carts for the lower school (Grades K-2), AppleCare+ extended warranty, and protective cases as well as 13 laser printers for all our classrooms! Thank you to everyone for your support of this year’s walk-a-thon fundraiser. We look forward to continuing to update our school’s resources!

     

    Construction update…thank you to everyone for your patience, as we navigate through the various stages of construction. Father Ireneusz, Donna Murphy (Director of Plant Operations), and I continue to attend bi-weekly Owner-Architect-Contractor (OAC) meetings, and our new Parish and Student Center is still on track for substantial completion this October 2018!

     

    Congratulations to the following students who were recognized as “Student of the Month” at the conclusion of Mass on Friday for consistently demonstrating the Virtue “JOY” throughout the month of December: KA-Michelle Russo; KB-Alejandro Bocanegra; 1A-Kylee Lima; 1B-Dylan Hall; 2A-Aidan Fonteciella; 2B-Harry Torres; 3A-Dior Ferguson; 3B-Carlie Stirk; 4A-Ricardo Estevez-Rivas; 4B-Alessandra Freeman; 5A-Dylan Abadie; 5B-Mary Bolek; 6A-Elizabeth O’Toole; 6B-Payton Thigpen; 6C-David Lyew; 7A-Deni Rivard; 7B-Owen Quincey; 7C-Daniel Perret-Gentil; 8A-Joshua Bunetta-Murphy; 8B-Nico Cash; 8C-Chloe Fandino. 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!

     

    Please be advised that there will be no summer camp this year due to ongoing construction and various church and school projects. We are excited about the improvements to our campus and will update you with more details as they become available. Thank you!

     

    As a reminder, we have rescheduled this year’s Gala from Friday, February 9 to Saturday, April 21! Our Lucky Duck Raffle will be held from March 22-April 20! The success of our Gala Auction relies heavily on the live and silent auction portions of the event. We are still looking for volunteers to help with auction acquisitions! If you would like to volunteer in this capacity, or if you would like to contribute goods, services, gift certificates and/or cash donations to help ensure that this year’s fundraising efforts are successful, please contact our Gala Chairperson, Mrs. Beatriz Miranda-Vilamek, via email at bisabelm@gmail.com. We appreciate your support!

     

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

     

    WEEK OF JANUARY 15

     

    Monday, January 15

     

    No School in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day

     

    Tuesday, January 16

     

    Re-registration continues! All families must complete one virtual registration form per student to ensure enrollment for the 2018-19 school year. If you did not receive an email from panthers@mhoc.org with the link to our online re-enrollment form, or if you need any assistance with the registration process, please do not hesitate to contact us. We thank your family for partnering with Mary Help of Christians Catholic School!

     

    HSA Executive Board Meeting at 8:15 a.m. in School Conference Room

     

    Pre-Kindergarten Meet & Greet at 9:30 a.m. in Church

    This is an informational meeting for the parents of 4's interested in applying to MHOC’s kindergarten class for the 2018-2019 school year!

     

    Chick fil-A Mathletics Lunch

     

    Wednesday, January 17

     

    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. Additionally, Student Council will sell ice cream during all dismissals for $2.00. Enjoy!

     

    7C Visit to Aston Gardens

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

     

    Thursday, January 18

     

    Quarter 2 Report Cards emailed to parents after 4:00 p.m. today

    As a reminder, 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 at angela.rumpf@mhocschool.org if you have any questions regarding this process. Thank you!

     

    Friday, January 19

     

    School Mass at 8:30 a.m. led by Grade 2

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

     

    MHOC School Spelling Bee immediately following Mass

    Please join us for our Elementary School Bee followed by our Middle School Bee! The two champions will advance to compete in the Broward County Spelling Bee, which will be held at the Signature Grand on March 13, 2018. Good luck to all our spelling bee participants!

                                       

    Saturday, January 20

     

    St. Thomas Aquinas Sr. John Norton Math Competition – Go Panthers!

     

    Sunday, January 21

     

    5A Class Mass

     

    Have a good week, and thank you for your continued support. See you in car line tomorrow morning!

    Dr. Fernandez, Principal

     

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  • Principal's News - January 5, 2018

    Posted by Dr. Alexandra Fernandez on 1/5/2018

    Principal’s News

     

    Happy New Year! We hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and your New Year is off to a great start. Thank you to all who gave so generously to classrooms and staff this Christmas season! We appreciate your gifts of time, talent, and treasure! May God bless you.

     

    As you know, Quarter 2 ended on December 22 and grades have been closed from parent/student view on PlusPortals. Quarter 2 report cards will be emailed to each student’s primary contact family member on January 18 after 4:00 p.m. Quarter 2 Honors Ceremony will be held after Mass on January 26.

     

    Please be mindful of our school’s Uniform Policy, which can be found in our Parent-Student Handbook on Plus Portals under the "school links and files" section. Adherence to MHOC’s Uniform Policy begins in the home. As always, thank you for your support.  

                                                               

    Thank you to everyone for supporting Student Council and this year’s Christmas Shop! A special thank you to Mrs. Julie Winninger, Ms. Pat Kappes, Mrs. Kathleen Christofori, and Mrs. Kathleen Slater along with Mrs. Donna Hanrahan, Mrs. Lisa DiRenzo, Student Council, and our awesome parent volunteers! Students really enjoyed the chance to shop for their family members on their own and experience the spirit of giving…and budgeting!

     

    As you know, we have rescheduled this year’s Gala from Friday, February 9 to Saturday, April 21! Our Lucky Duck Raffle will be held from March 22-April 20! The success of our Gala Auction relies heavily on the live and silent auction portions of the event. We are looking for volunteers to help with auction acquisitions! If you would like to volunteer in this capacity, or if you would like to contribute goods, services, gift certificates and/or cash donations to help ensure that this year’s fundraising efforts are successful, please contact our Gala Chairperson, Mrs. Beatriz Miranda-Vilamek, via email at bisabelm@gmail.com. Thank you in advance to our Gala Committee for all of their hard work so far!

     

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

     

    WEEK OF JANUARY 8

     

    Monday, January 8

     

    School Resumes

     

    Tuesday, January 9

     

    No School Events

     

    Wednesday, January 10

     

    No School Events

     

    Thursday, January 11

     

    Re-registration begins today! Please be on the lookout today for our virtual invitation to register your child(ren). An email will be sent per student from panthers@mhocschool.org providing a link to our latest online re-enrollment form. The email will be delivered to the primary family contact on record within our school's database system. If you do not receive an email per child or need any assistance with the registration process, please do not hesitate to contact us. All families must complete one virtual registration form per student to ensure enrollment for the 2018-19 school year. We thank your family for partnering with Mary Help of Christians Catholic School!

     

    Friday, January 12

     

    School Mass at 8:30 a.m. led by Grade 2

    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 the month of December, students were chosen for embodying the fruit of “JOY”. 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! We will also be presenting our Mathletics Awards for Grades 6, 7, and 8 “Top 3 Point Earners”!

     

    4th Grade Buddies

    Fourth grade students and their pre-kindergarten “buddies” will enjoy spending some time together after Mass!

     

    Saturday, January 13

     

    No School Events

     

    Sunday, January 14

     

    There is no assigned homeroom class mass on January 14.

     

    Have a wonderful weekend, and thank you for your continued support. We look forward to welcoming our students back to school on Monday, January 8!

    Dr. Fernandez, Principal

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  • Principal's News - December 15, 2017

    Posted by Dr. Alexandra Fernandez on 12/15/2017

    Last evening’s Christmas Show, “Joy to the World”, was truly spectacular!Thank you to Mrs. Susan Calderalo, Mrs. Lisa Landers, Mrs. Mariel Buttonow, our dedicated teachers and staff, and all of our students for their hard work in preparing for this absolutely beautiful and very special evening. Thank you also to all of our parent volunteers! We are blessed to be in a Catholic school where we can live our faith and celebrate the true meaning of Christmas. Thank you, parents, for your support of Mary Help of Christians and Catholic education. May you continue to have a blessed Advent Season!

     

    As you know, we have rescheduled this year’s Gala from Friday, February 9 to Saturday, April 21! 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. Thank you in advance to our Gala Committee for all of their hard work so far! We appreciate everyone’s gifts of time, talent, and treasure!

     

    Attention all 8th grade parents…please be reminded that the yearbook cost for 8th grade students was included in the annual tuition.Yearbook ads are due by January 8th, and the link to purchase them is https://yearbookforever.com/#ad/packages/personal. Thank you!

     

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

     

    WEEK OF DECEMBER 18

     

    Monday, December 18

     

    Christmas Shop sponsored by Student Council

    Students in Grades K-5 will be visiting the Christmas Shop with their class during the week. Middle school shoppers will visit the shop during their lunch time. Christmas Shop information went home in last week’s Thursday folders. Thank you for supporting Student Council and this year’s Christmas Shop!

     

    Middle School Midterms

     

    Tuesday, December 19

     

    Middle School Midterms

     

    Wednesday, December 20

     

    Middle School Midterms

     

    Thursday, December 21

     

    Middle School Midterms

     

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

    Please join us as we celebrate Mass in song and prayer! Immediately following Mass, we will present our Quarter 2 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, December 22

     

    Christmas Dress Down

    Students may wear Christmas themed or red/green shirt, socks, and/or accessories with uniform bottoms. Enjoy!

     

    Classroom Christmas Celebrations

    Panther Café will be closed today! Students will have lunch during their classroom parties.

     

    First Grade Visit to Aston Gardens at 10:00 a.m.

    Our first graders will be heading over to Aston Gardens on the “Polar Express” a/k/a "bus" to sing Christmas Carols! They will then return back to school for their Classroom Christmas Celebration. What a wonderful way to celebrate the gift of giving!

     

    No Early Release/No After Care

    Friday is a full day of school

     

    End of Quarter 2…WE MADE IT!

     

    Saturday, December 23

     

    No School Events

     

    Sunday, December 24

     

    Merry Christmas to All!

     

    Christmas Eve Mass Schedule 4:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m. in Spanish 7:30 p.m. 12:00 a.m. Midnight Mass

    Christmas Day Mass Schedule

    7:45 a.m. 9:00 a.m. 10:30 a.m. 12:00 p.m. Spanish

     

     

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

    Dr. Fernandez, Principal

     

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  • Principal's News - December 13, 2017

    Posted by Dr. Alexandra Fernandez on 12/13/2017

    On December 8, we celebrated the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. May we follow Our Blessed Mother’s example and welcome Jesus’ birth with unconditional faith and love, and may you continue to have a blessed Advent!

     

    Thank you to Ms. Jennifer Murray and 3B students who participated in our Homeroom Class Mass on December 3! Thank you also to Mrs. Jennifer Muhlig 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.

     

    Thank you to everyone who joined us for our second Home and School Association (HSA) Meeting on December 5. Our HSA and Committee Chairpersons did a great job sharing and updating parents on the many wonderful events we still have planned for this school year! We especially thank Father Ireneusz for joining us! Please be sure to contact me with any specific questions or concerns. We hope that more parents will have the opportunity to join us for our third HSA Meeting next month on Tuesday, January 23 at 8:00 a.m. in Church.

     

    Parent’s Night Out sponsored by National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) on December 8 was a huge success! Thank you to NJHS for planning such a fun evening of winter festivities for our K-4 students, and thank you also to our NJHS Moderators, Miss Schaub and Miss Sexton! It was so nice to see our older students take ownership of their ideas and lead an event from beginning to end…we hope that parents enjoyed an evening of Christmas shopping or just simply taking some extra time to relax!

     

    As you know, we have rescheduled this year’s Gala from Friday, February 9 to Saturday, April 21! 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. Thank you in advance to our Gala Committee for all of their hard work so far! We appreciate everyone’s gifts of time, talent, and treasure!

     

    Attention all 8th grade parents…please be reminded that the yearbook cost for 8th grade students was included in the annual tuition.Yearbook ads are due by January 8th, and the link to purchase them is https://yearbookforever.com/#ad/packages/personal. Thank you!

     

    We had a great rehearsal today, and we look forward to a wonderful Christmas show tomorrow night! The show will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m.; however, we ask that students report to their assigned locations at the theater no later than 6:00 p.m. Please refer to the drop off/pick up maps that were sent home last week. At 6:00 p.m., all children should be ready and dressed in their “performance attire.” When you arrive to the theater, please park your car and walk your children to their assigned meeting location, and then wait in the courtyard until the theatre opens. See you at the show!

     

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

     

    As always, thank you for your continued support.

     

    Dr. Fernandez, Principal

     

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  • 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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