Well, that happened quickly. Kootenai County is now in the RED category for substantial community transmission of COVID-19. Our hospital is at capacity. Please, HFCS, please pray. I’ve seen COVID-19 torment my parents and I watched helplessly from afar as my grandmother died from its effects. Please stay safe and please, please pray.
We are not currently changing anything at this time at HFCS, other than making sure we’re tightening up our already stringent mitigation protocols. It is more critical than ever that we partner together in ensuring the safety of our students, staff, faculty, and families. If your child(ren) are sick, please keep them home. Please make sure masks are clean and fresh daily. Emphasize to your family the importance of social distancing–even at school–so that we keep our friends, neighbors, and community safe.
I don’t believe that we need to change our instructional plan at this time. If that does change, I will communicate with you ASAP. Again, prayer and vigilance are our best weapons against this pandemic. Together, we can do this!
We’re back! It was wonderful to have kiddos in the building and on the playground again. One of my favorite things is the joyful noise that students make in the building, in the classrooms, and on the playground–and it has been sorely missing for the last six months. I nearly cried with happiness during drop off this week; so many smiles, even behind the masks.
I have to give a shout-out to the teachers for the creative and wonderful ways they welcomed our students back to the building. We have aquariums and terrariums, office spaces and more. Lots and lots of outdoor learning is occurring. We have great teachers here!!
The week was full of back-to-school procedures, learning some new rules (thanks to COVID), and lots of fun with friends. Thank you for sharing your children with us. Thank you for trusting us to keep them safe. Thank you for your prayers and your support for Holy Family Catholic School.
Happy Summer! I’m so enjoying the relatively mild weather; I know that I’m in the minority, there, but it looks like the normal heat of July is on its way here.
There have been a lot of questions this summer about our reopening plans for the Fall. My plan is to reopen the doors to our students on Wednesday, September 2nd, 2020. The big caveat to that statement is: I can’t predict the future, nor can I promise that we can reopen as planned. We are working as hard as possible throughout the summer to make reopening a reality. We are also working on contingency plans for hybrid and distance learning. All of these plans include emergency child care options for families who have two parents working outside of the home.
Even with a reopening in September, there are going to be some necessary changes in the way we operate. I have a huge responsibility here, for the health and safety of our students, our faculty, our staff, and our families. This is a responsibility that I take seriously–and I am going to err on the side of caution in all things. What does this mean? Well, it means that we are going to try to socially distance via desk placement and carpet markers. It means that students will be asked to wear masks while working in groups or otherwise not distanced. It means that lunch will probably be served in the classroom and that recess parameters will be narrowed. It means that our attendance policies and expectations will have to be altered. I will do whatever is necessary to keep our HFCS family safe.
A reopening plan will be published soon. I have a task force of parents, teachers, and staff who are helping me sift through expert guidance from the CDC, Panhandle Health, and the State of Idaho to make decisions that are right for our community. Please keep us all in your prayers.
Stay safe and healthy, HFCS!
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Today the Idaho State Board of Education voted unanimously to extend the “soft closure” of all public schools to the end of this school year or until local and state social distancing orders have been lifted and re-entry criteria established by the state board have been met.
The soft closure prohibits instruction in school buildings, due to the coronavirus pandemic, but still allow school districts to continue remote learning.
Holy Family Catholic School is prepared to continue remote learning through the remainder of the school year, or until the school community has met the criteria to come together again. Once the criteria has been released, we will evaluate the school’s ability to begin to have students return to campus.
We appreciate your continued support of our school. Our goal is to provide a Catholic education to your child, even though we must deliver it from a distance. If you are having challenges with our distance plan, please reach out.
Bridgit Arkoosh, Principal
Dear HFCS Community,
Welcome back! I hope that your Spring Break was restful, peaceful, and healthy!
Today, we return to our online/remote learning adventure. I’m so proud of the HFCS community and all you’re doing to support our students during the school closure. Our teachers and staff are working tirelessly to provide excellence in education–both spiritually and academically. Our parents and students are making huge adjustments to their daily schedules and learning styles. Everyone is living FAR outside their comfort zones and are protecting our children from the uncertainty surrounding our daily lives. THANK YOU!
Thank you, also, for your prayers and support for Holy Family Catholic School. We are most blessed in our patrons: Jesus, Mary, and Joseph are strong protectors. During this unprecedented Holy Week, please spend some extra time in prayer and remember our school community–those who are suffering, those who are facing uncertainty in economics and/or health, those who are afraid, and those who are alone. Pray for our teachers and staff. Pray for our parents and grandparents. Most of all, please pray for our students. Below is our Holy Family Catholic School community prayer; I encourage you to pray it often!
Our most loving Father,
We come together as a faith-filled community and as Your beloved children to thank you for all the blessings You have given us through Holy Family Catholic School. Through our humble prayers, may You, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit continue to bless our school family. With Your help may our school community grow and flourish so that future generations may come to know, love, and serve You. We ask the patrons of our school, the Holy Family, Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, to help us as we seek to do Your will and be disciples as we knock at the door. O Lord Jesus Christ, we remember Your words, “Ask and it will be given to you, seek and you will find, knock and the door will be open to you.” (MT. 7.7)
We will have two all-school prayer events this week: Wednesday at 9:30 am and Friday at 11 am. Streaming information will be sent out soon. Please join us!
Have a safe and healthy day, HFCS! I continue to pray for you daily.
“United to Christ, we are never alone” ~ Pope Francis.
Bridgit Arkoosh, Principal
Dear HFCS Community,
“Be on your guard, stand firm in the faith, be courageous, be strong.” – 1 Corinthians 16:13.
The students are officially on spring break! Even though break looks different than we might have imagined, I hope and pray that you have quality family time together and enjoy each other’s company. Thank you for your diligence, determination, and hope as we navigated our first few days of remote learning. Enjoy the time offline! Stay healthy, stay safe, and stay close to Jesus in prayer, in faith, and in love. We miss you all!
We will “see” you online on Monday, April 6th.
“Let nothing frighten you. Who has God, lacks nothing. God alone is enough” – St. Teresa of Avila.
Bridgit Arkoosh, Principal
This week, HFCS is celebrating our school spirit in preparation for Hawktoberfest! Hawktoberfest is our annual fall carnival; there will be games, prizes, food, and more! This event will be at HFCS on Friday, October 25th, from 5:30-9:00 pm. Admission is one canned good item per person or $2 each. Tickets and wristbands can be purchased in advance or at the door. Please come and join our community as we celebrate our HFCS school spirit!