A commitment to our community with service projects which include collecting quarters for World Food Day, supporting our elders at a local Catholic assisted living facility by musical performances, visiting during holidays and decorating place mats, food drives, Pennies for Patients, rice bowl collections and altar serving at funeral masses.
Personal appearance is important to a child’s self-esteem as well as their educational outlook. Standard uniform unifies our students, reminds them that their presence at Holy Family is a privilege which should be approached with pride and dignity, and projects a unified identity to the wider community. As a community, Holy Family strives to have students accept themselves and each other for who they are, not for what they wear. Uniform supervision is first and foremost the responsibility of the parents/guardians. Approved uniform items are available for purchase at Land's End and Tommy Hilfiger, read more about uniforms here.
An active spiritual life is provided throughout the day. Students have opportunities to share prayers at morning assembly and within their own classrooms, before lunch, and at the end of the day. Bulletin boards, prayer tables and religious symbols convey our Catholic identity and traditions throughout the school. Mass is celebrated by the children on a weekly basis. Usually the third week is the "Birthday Mass" in which birthdays for that month are acknowledged. (Summer birthdays are added during the school year.) After the Birthday Mass, brunch is served at the parish hall for the children celebrating their birthday month. Parents and parish members are urged to attend if possible.
Health & Fitness
For students in Kindergarten through 6th grade, Health and Fitness is offered every Tuesday and Thursday. These regular classes and two daily recesses compliment your child’s ability to soar academically, and we don’t believe we should compromise in this aspect. Children have an abundance of energy and need to burn it off throughout the day in order to learn most effectively. Cross Country is offered to older elementary students as an after school activity.
Rather than having a day-long (or days-long) standardized testing, the Spokane Diocese has elected instead for a smaller series of shorter tests which will help determine aptitude and learning progress for our children. It's a much simpler, faster way of gauging students' progress, and can be performed quickly during the year for quicker bench marking. Parents' resources for this testing protocol are available here.
Special Services Programs
Students who qualify are able to attend special services provided by the Clarkston School District. A speech specialist is available to assist students with speech and hearing problems. There is also a Title Reading and Math specialist available for Holy Family School students.
The latest technology, which includes a Chromebook for each student, SMART boards, document cameras, classroom computers, online research and online assessments.
A partnership with Spokane Virtual Learning, which includes online math and literacy programs, three days a week of after school technology lab, collaboration with a teacher from Spokane Public School for student monitoring and lesson differentiation.
Holy Family School has an arts focus with a strong music program including music, two performances per year, classroom arts instruction, field trips to The Valley Art Center, and an annual all school art lesson with local artists. Holy Family School has a music teacher who offers music instruction to all students and an optional band program for grades 4-6. A musical program is produced twice a year. Often our upper classes are invited to entertain at special functions during the year. Performance and participation is considered when calculating grades.