Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to your protection, implored your help, or sought your intercession, was left unaided. Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto you, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother. To you do I come, before you I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in your mercy, hear and answer me. Amen.

One of the most treasured traditions at Holy Family Catholic School is the ritual of honoring Mary the Mother of God with May Crowning Mass. May is the month traditionally dedicated to the devotion of our Blessed Mother. This event celebrates and recognizes Mary as Queen of Heaven. All students are encouraged to bring flowers tomorrow for Mary.

This year May Crowning will be held on Wednesday, May 18, 2022, at HFCS. The second grade class will lead the Mass presided by Father Sleeva and attended by the whole school, many parents, and parishioners. The Mass includes a procession of our second grade First Communicants dressed in their Communion attire, as well as First Communicants from other grades, and the crowning of The Blessed Mother with a floral wreath by our eighth grade crown bearers, Amelia Dach and Ian Rocha. Mary is crowned to symbolize the dignity and beauty God bestowed on her as our Heavenly Queen and Spiritual Mother. A reception for our First Communicants and 8th graders will follow in the Commons.

Congratulations to all of our students that have received their First Holy Communion. We pray for your journey in faith and celebrate your milestone. We are thrilled to have a few students making their First Communion, tomorrow during our May Crowning Mass. Blessings to all our families during this holy month of May.

Missoula Children’s Theater is in full swing. Students will be working on the production all week. We hope you will join us for one of the two performances at the end of the week, Friday and Saturday, more information can be found below.

Thank you again to all our sponsors and volunteers that helped to make the Auction a fabulous success.

Pax et Bonum,

Sue Styren, M.Ed.


Congratulations to our 2nd graders that recently made their 1st Eucharist! Over the course of the next few weeks, our sweet 2nd graders will be receiving their 1st Eucharist. We are so excited for them and pray for them all. On May 18th we will celebrate as a school with our May Crowning. God bless you all on your personal faith journeys.

The Annual HFCS Gala and Auction is this coming Friday. Have you taken a moment to browse the class projects on display in our foyer – and the Pre-Funk Silent Auction tables? There’s some beautiful items to get your bidding excitement going this week. I hope you will be joining us for this fabulous community event. Thank you to our Auction Committee, Chairs and Volunteers, who have been working tirelessly to bring back this in-person event for all of us. They are an amazing team who have accomplished a tremendous feat!

Thank you as well, to our Healthy Hawk Week Committee for their stellar job putting together a week filled with wonderful presentations and activities to keep us all healthy as we move through spring and into summer. Does your family have a favorite healthy recipe? Make sure to send it in by Friday – the student with the winning recipe will be allowed to join our fabulous Kitchen Team and prepare the meal for the school.

Healthy Hawk Week Agenda

  • Monday, May 2nd: Hydration
  • Tuesday, May 3rd: Healthy Habits
  • Wednesday, May 4th: Mental Health
  • Thursday, May 5th: Healthy Eating
  • Friday, May 6th: Exercise

Pax et Bonum,

Sue Styren, M.Ed.

Family & Community Building

Thank you to all the families that turned out for our Annual Parents’ Night Out last Saturday evening. And special thanks to Fr. Len McMillan for his mini-retreat on Grit and Sacrifice. It was an amazing evening of faith, fun, and community. If you were not able to attend this year, I hope you will be able to join us next year. This spring, our Annual Gala and Auction, Denim and Diamonds, is shaping up to be another opportunity for parents to join together for a fun evening in support of the school. I hope you’ve made space on your calendar to attend.

Part of what makes HFCS so special is the parent volunteers that turn out to help in a variety of ways throughout the year. In order to volunteer, adults are required to take the diocesan sponsored Safe Environment Course. St. Thomas the Apostle Parish is offering a class Wednesday, February 23. 2022 at 5 pm in the Mission House. If you would like to register, please reach out to: [email protected] Registration is also available on the CMG Connect website.

We look forward to the remainder of our school year and have begun planning and preparing for 2022/2023. Please be sure to reach out to the office with any questions you may have regarding applications for new students and registration for returning students. More information can be found by clicking here.

Exciting plans are underway with regards to the feasibility of a Northern Idaho Catholic High School here in Coeur d’Alene. We invite you to come hear more about this endeavor and ask questions the afternoon of February 22, 2022 at 3:15 pm in our HFCS gymnasium. Please RSVP if you plan to attend, by clicking here.

Prayer for Community

Embracing Father,
You grace each of us with equal measure in your love.
Let us learn to love our neighbors more deeply,
so that we can create
peaceful and just communities.
Inspire us to use our creative energies
to build the structures we need
to overcome the obstacles
of intolerance and indifference.
May Jesus provide us the example needed
and send the Spirit to warm our hearts for the journey.


Pax et Bonum,

Sue Styren

Severe Weather Alerts Information

Dear Families,

Now that we are beginning to see some winter weather, we want to provide this overview of how we communicate with you when severe weather or dangerous road conditions prompt the CDA School District and HFCS to close school or delay the start of the school day. I just got off the phone with Scott Maben, CDA Public Schools Director of Communications. He was very helpful providing guidance and information for HFCS.

With regards to weather related school closures, we abide by the decisions made by CDA Public Schools. Information regarding closures will be posted on their Twitter & Facebook pages by 5:30 am, if the schools will be closed. Their Closure Hotline is 208-667-0784. If CDA Public Schools are closed due to weather, we will be closed as well. At times, they may ask for a 2 hour delay. That delay will never be on a Monday. If the weather is severe on a Monday, they will immediately go to closure – no delay will be invoked.

The safety of students and employees is our top priority in our decision-making process and that of CDA Public Schools. On days when we expect severe weather such as freezing rain, especially heavy snowfall or high winds, CDA will evaluate road conditions and forecasts early in the morning (between 3 and 4 am). CDA considers the ability of school buses to operate safely, as well as general driving conditions for students, parents/guardians and school staff. Other safety considerations include students who may walk to school or wait at bus stops in frigid or hazardous weather.

CDA balances these factors with other safety considerations. For example, a school closure may leave some students at home with no adult supervision. For others, school may be the warmest and safest place to be. We understand the impact a school closure or delayed start can have on families. Please know that each potential closure decision is weighed thoughtfully with careful consideration for the safety of our entire school community, and based on the best information we have available.

When we experience severe weather or hazardous road conditions, a CDA District team will assess current conditions and immediate weather forecasts early in the morning. Any change in normal operations will be announced before 6 a.m. CDA will only announce when we have a closure or a delayed start; we will not announce that we are open as scheduled.

How to learn of a school closure or a 2-hour delayed start:

  1. You may receive an email and/or text message from us. We use contact information listed for parents and guardians in our Rediker Portal – please ensure your information is up to date..
  2. If you’ve downloaded the mobile app for Coeur d’Alene Public Schools, you will find their announcement under Notifications.
  3. CDA will also post announcements of closures and delayed starts on the District and school websites. HFCS will text families.
  4. Check the CDA Public School District social media feeds: Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. As soon as possible HFCS will post to our Twitter & Facebook accounts as well.
  5. Call the CDA Public School District Closure Hotline at 208-667-0784.
  6. Announcements are reported by local news media, including KREM, KXLY and KHQ morning news programs.

Again, if you do not see a closure or delayed start announcement, that means we are open as usual.

Visit this link to learn more about weather closures.

I hope this information helps you to plan your day. At this point in time, no decision has been made regarding Thursday, January 6th. However, weather reports indicate that we may be in for some severe conditions. Please be alert and stay safe.

Pax et Bonum,

Sue Styren, M.Ed.

Principal, Holy Family Catholic School

[email protected]