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St. Columbkille News

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May 28, 2021

Greetings from Mrs. Roling:

We did it!  A successful, in-person year together!  Thank you for your support and dedication to making this a GREAT year!

Hats off to our AMAZING door openers each morning.  Your bright smiling faces set the perfect tone for our students to transition from home to school.  Kudos to Nick Althoff, Jake Richardson, Jolene Bodine, Katie Smith, Meaghan Weitzel, Joel Heer, Dianna Moroney, Julie King, Melissa Pape, Tracee Wellik, Annie Kass, Joann Giese, Scott McGuire, Trisha Mullen, Thalia Cutsforth and Jeremy Jones.  Your services are appreciated!  (If anyone is interested in helping out next year please send me an email!)

We have staff that are moving on--and with a grateful, but sad heart I share this with you.

Happy Retirement to 3 outstanding educators:  Mrs. Juanita Burke, Miss Ann Callahan and Mrs. Carol Woolf.  They have positively impacted and served students for over a combined 122 years!  All in Catholic Schools!  Please join me in offering prayers and warm thoughts to these wonderful women.  If you wish to drop them a note, please send it to school next week and I will be sure they get it or email them at    or   or     I know they would love to hear from you.

Also moving on from our school is Mrs. Megan Knapp, who will be staying home with her young family; Ms. Genevieve Choinka, who is getting married in June, relocating to the St. Louis area and teaching theology at a Catholic high school; and Mrs. Amy Freund, who will be actively involved with her family.   We appreciate the many gifts they shared with our students and our staff.  We wish them the best!

Special blessings to Mrs. Ayla Murphy as she transitions to be Holy Family's Orchestra Director and a mommy of twins due this summer!  She will be working part time and returning to St. Columbkille to provide lessons to interested 4th and 5th graders.

We have been very blest to have these fantastic women with us!  I have teachers hired already and am excited about their experiences and background.  Here are their names, with more information being shared in the fall:  In 5th grade:  Ms. Abby Moore and Mrs. Andrea Reilly.  In 4th grade:  Mrs. Kathleen Feltes.  In 1st grade:  Mrs. Tianna Baird, moving from our PreK.  Taking Mrs. Baird's place is Mrs. Kaylee Houlihan.  I have a 1st grade associate that has said Yes, but I need to wait a bit to announce.  I have wonderful candidates for the library associate position--and will be making that tough decision soon.

We are a strong, resilient community.  God has guided us, kept us close and strengthened us.  For that we are grateful.  May your summer be filled with relaxation, special family moments and frequent laughter and smiles!

Blessings to you and your family,

Mrs. Barb Roling

Year-End Parent Satisfaction Survey
Dear families,

To assist in planning and support growth, Holy Family is asking K-12 parents to reflect on the past school year and share their input in the following year-end parent satisfaction survey. A similar survey is being distributed to students in grades 4–12.

Each of these surveys will be used on an annual basis moving forward as a tool to monitor progress toward strategic initiatives and gauge overall parent and student satisfaction in the Holy Family Catholic Schools experience. Results will be reported in aggregate to the Holy Family community over the summer. Thank you for taking approximately 10-15 minutes to respond. We value your insight!

Take the Year-End Parent Satisfaction Survey

2021-22 Dress Code

The purpose of the dress code in the Holy Family Catholic School system is to aid in providing a focused learning
environment and to minimize faddishness and comparison among students. The dress code must be consistently
appropriate for that environment to foster Christian respect and modesty. Parents are expected to help the school
staff enforce the dress code policy. The school administration will have final discretion on what is appropriate or not
appropriate for school.
● Solid colors of NAVY or ROYAL BLUE, GOLD (yellow), WHITE or BLACK
● Short or long-sleeved polo shirts or dress shirts with fold-down collars
● Must be free of lettering (except for HFCS system or HFCS school names)
● Must be free of contrasting embroidery and trim (except for small manufacturer logos)
● Must be worn as designed and buttoned appropriately
● Must be long enough to be tucked in for liturgies and other special events
● Turtlenecks are allowed
● Only solid white t-shirts may be worn under uniform shirts and must be tucked in at all
● Holy Family crested shirts may also be purchased from the HFCS eStore @ or from Lands’ End School at, Preferred School #900186404. Any Holy Family crested shirt may
be worn at any Holy Family site.
● Solid colors of NAVY or ROYAL BLUE, GOLD (yellow), WHITE, BLACK or GRAY
● HFCS system garments with color combinations of blue/gold/white are acceptable
● Must be free of lettering (except for HFCS system or HFCS school names)
● Must be free of contrasting embroidery and trim (except for small manufacturer logos)
● None of these garments may have a hood
● A dress code shirt must be worn under sweaters, pullovers and jackets
● Holy Family crested pullovers and jackets may also be purchased from the HFCS eStore
@ or from Lands’ End School at, Preferred School #900186404. Any Holy Family crested pullover
or jacket may be worn at any Holy Family site.
● Solid colors of NAVY BLUE, KHAKI (tan), GRAY or BLACK dress pants
● Must be free of contrasting stich or trim
● Denim, spandex, leggings, sweatpants, and wind pants are not allowed
● Solid colors of NAVY BLUE, KHAKI (tan), GRAY or BLACK
● Dress shorts and capri pants may be worn from the beginning of the year through October
15 and from April 15 through the end of the year
● Shorts must be no shorter than 3 1⁄2 inches from the top of the kneecap
Skirts/Skorts/Jumpers/Polo Dresses (girls only)
● Solid colors of NAVY BLUE, KHAKI (tan), GRAY or BLACK uniform skirt, jumper or
● Lands’ End plaid uniform skort or jumper in Classic Navy Plaid. Must be purchased
through Lands’ End School at, Preferred School #900186404.
● Solid colors of NAVY BLUE or BLACK polo dress
● Leggings (NAVY BLUE, KHAKI (tan) or BLACK only) and shorts may be worn under
skirts/jumpers/polo dresses

● Skirts/skorts/jumpers/polo dresses must be no shorter than 3 1⁄2 inches from the top of the
● Closed-toed and closed-heeled tennis shoes or dress shoes (no heelys, crocs, or
● Boots with low-heel, indoor soles and designed for indoor wear may be worn.
● Solid colored socks or tights must be worn
● Simple post earrings only; no hoop earrings
● Hair must be a non-distracting color and style
● Hats/caps, makeup, and tattoos are not permitted
Non-Dress Code Days:
● No clothing that has drug, alcohol, tobacco, or sexual references
● No bare midriffs, spaghetti straps or halter-tops
● Shorts, dresses, or skirts must be no shorter than 3 1⁄2 inches from the top of the kneecap
● Regular dress code shoe regulations always apply, including non-dress code days
Eagle Pride Fridays

● Students may wear Wahlert, Mazzuchelli, Eagle or other Holy Family Catholic Schools t-
shirts, sweatshirts, and other cover garments on Fridays. All other dress code regulations

Scout Uniforms
● Allowed on meeting day

2021-22 Student Supply List

Upcoming Events

June 11--progress reports and MAP reports will be mailed to your home.

Summer Break begins!  What will your child(ren) do to maintain the amazing skills they learned?

  • Read frequently!
  • Do some math
  • Get on Freckle learning website
  • Take AR quizzes-open all summer
  • Sign up for Dubuque Library program

Summer Reading Program at Carnegie-Stout

The Carnegie Stout Public Library in Dubuque offers a Summer Reading Program for children of all ages. The program offers motivation (prizes at each level), and accountability for children to read all summer long. Children love making a weekly trip to the library to check new books out and show their reading logs to the librarians.
Registration begins June 7. More information can be found online.


School Begins Monday, August 23
Back to School Picnic, Thursday, August 26 for supper




2021-2022 Before and After Care Enrollment
All of Holy Family's elementary schools provide on-site before and aftercare from 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. If you would like to enroll your child in wrap-around care services for 2021-2022, please complete the forms listed below.
All forms must be returned to your preferred early childhood location by May 12. Because our sites are DHS-licensed programs, each child is required to fill out new forms each year. Even if your child is currently enrolled in wrap-around services as a pre-K student, new forms need to be completed!
Only original copies or scanned copies of the forms are accepted. Photos of completed forms will not be accepted. Please be sure to fill in sections including signature and dates. Please send all forms together at one time.
For students riding the Holy Family shuttle bus from Holy Ghost: Wrap-around care is also available at Holy Ghost. Please complete the forms and return them to the Holy Ghost Early Childhood Center if you prefer to enroll in services at that location instead of your child's elementary site.
Required Forms
Optional or As Needed Forms By Request
  • Care Plan for Children with Special Health Needs - used for allergies, medical conditions, and dietary modifications
  • Medication Authorization Form - for any child needing medication at school.
If you have any questions, please contact our early childhood director:
St. Columbkille Director Marcy Weidenbacher: or (563) 583-1620

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