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Posted on 11/15/2016
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Annual Children's Diocesan Appeal

A pledge card was sent home with each student for the Diocesan Annual Appeal.  Bishop Jenky would like 100% participation from each school. We are suggesting that each student give the monetary gifts of $1.00 and/or each student include some sort of Spiritual Bouquet.  The bishop will send each student a thank you; please help to make sure the name and address are legible.  We would like them returned to school by next Tuesday, April 18th.

Living Stations

Our seventh-grade students are presenting Living Stations of the Cross on tomorrow, April 12, in Holy Cross Church. Kindergarten-grade 4 will attend at 9:00 AM and grades 5, 6 & 8 will attend at 1:00 PM.  During morning assembly, Father Dave expressed how fortunate we are to be able to live the greatest story every told.  It is truly a blessing to have our children in school during Holy Week.  It provides us with a tremendous opportunity to instruct them about the many mysteries that are integral to our faith. 



My sincerest hope is that all of our families have a blessed and joyous Easter!!!

4/7/17

Another week has flown by at Holy Cross!  The raindrops have supposedly stopped falling for the weekend, so I hope all our families get some time outdoors in the sunshine.

Safety Drill

Today we had a safety drill with a police officer from the Champaign Police Department observing.  The students and teachers did a remarkable job of responding in the best appropriate manner to the emergency situation provided.  We were grateful that the police officer remained afterwards to visit classes and answer student questions about how to respond in emergency situations. 

Musical

Holy Cross School will present its annual student production, "Alice in Wonderland Jr.", tonight and Saturday at 7:00 PM, as well as Sunday at 2:00 PM.  Travel down the rabbit hole and join Alice, one of literature's most beloved heroines, in her madcap adventures.

Black Top Pick-up

For parents who pick-up on the blacktop by the playground, when arriving please pull forward as far as possible.  Many parents are parking upon entering the lot, leaving empty space in front of them and causing cars to sit on the road unable to enter the lot.  Also, please exit the lot in your line rather than cutting across the lanes to exit.  As the weather is nicer there will be more activity on the playground and consequently the blacktop.  We need to be sure that all students remain safe.  If you plan to let your child play on the playground and will not be exiting the lot immediately after pick-up, please park on the road or in the lot in the front of the school building.

Living Stations

Our seventh-grade students are presenting Living Stations of the Cross on Wednesday, April 12 in Holy Cross Church. Kindergarten-grade 4 will attend at 9:00 AM and grades 5, 6 & 8 will attend at 1:00 PM. Our school community is invited to either presentation to pray with our students the path Jesus walked.

Easter

Easter is the center of faith and the pinnacle of our Liturgical year. This a beautiful time for us in our faith as a Catholic school. We are blessed to share it with our students and families.  There is no school on Good Friday (April 14) or Easter Monday (April 17) in observance.


3/31/17

Welcome back! I hope you had a relaxing spring break.  We have begun the fourth quarter of our school year.  There is a great deal of curriculum to be covered in the next two months.  Spring brings with it many educational field trips for all classes, as well as First Reconciliation & Communion for our second grade students.  The students are eager for spring weather and more time outdoors.  Our staff looks forward to the weeks ahead as we venture through the final quarter of our school year.

 

Report Cards

Third quarter for the school year ended on March 14th.  The email with a link to viewing/printing your child's report card was sent at the end of the school day.  If have difficulty, please let the office know and we will assist you.

Dress Code

Next week, students may again begin wearing shorts in accordance with our dress code policy.  Please remember that spring in central Illinois is extremely unpredictable.  Students will be going outside for recess and should be appropriately dressed for the weather each day. 

Book Fair

Next week is our Spring Book Fair in the school library.  We have 12 carts of books, Preschool-Grade 8.  It's a perfect time for Easter basket shopping!  Book Fair is open during and after school Tues-Friday of next week.  Children will be bringing home their Wish Lists, so look for them in backpacks!

Musical

Holy Cross School will present its annual student production, "Alice in Wonderland Jr.”, at 7:00 PM on April 6, 7 & 8 and 2:00 PM on April 9. Travel down the rabbit hole and join Alice, one of literature’s most beloved heroines, in her madcap adventures.

Living Stations

Our seventh-grade students are presenting Living Stations of the Cross on Wednesday, April 12 in Holy Cross Church.  Kindergarten-grade 4 will attend at 9:00 AM and grades 5, 6 & 8 will attend at 1:00 PM.  Our school community is invited to either presentation to pray with our students the path Jesus walked.

Easter Triduum

The summit of the Liturgical Year is the Easter Triduum—from the evening of Holy Thursday to the evening of Easter Sunday. Though chronologically three days, they are liturgically one day unfolding for us the unity of Christ's Paschal Mystery.  The single celebration of the Triduum marks the end of the Lenten season, and leads to the Mass of the Resurrection of the Lord at the Easter Vigil. ~USCCB  This a beautiful time of year for us in our faith as a school.  We are blessed to share it with our students and families.

Athletics

We will have a change in Athletic Director for the 2017-2018 school year with Mr. Frasca (6/7/8 social studies teacher) taking over the duties.  Mr. Frasca has been involved with our track program for the last few years and is excited to lead our athletic program.  Our Holy Cross Booster Club assists in keeping our athletic program running smoothly.  We are seeking volunteers to lead the Booster Club next year.  Please contact Mr. Frasca (afrasca@holycrosselem.org) or Mrs. Ellis (cellis@holycrosselem.org) if interested in assisting with Booster Club.

STM Easter Egg Hunt

The STM Interact Club is hosting an Easter Egg Hunt for children in grades Kindergarten through 5th. The Hunt will take place on Sunday, April 9th at 2:30 PM on the STM football field, weather permitting.

The STM Interact Club focuses on serving the community and using our various talents to serve the best we can. We've spent quite a bit of time this year focusing on rebuilding the club and making it the best we possibly can in order to serve the community in the best way possible.   We are hoping that with this Easter Egg Hunt will bring a great sense of joy in the celebration of the Easter Season. The attached flyer gives the details to the hunt. A flyer for the event is attached.

3/13/17

March 15th Deadline Approaching

Tuition assistance grant applications MUST BE COMPLETED by MARCH 15th.  All grants will be based on financial need objectively assessed.  Parents apply online at: online.factsmgt.com/aid. Families of students currently receiving grants are reminded that all grants are for one year only, and anyone seeking to renew a grant for the 2017-2018 year must reapply.

St.  Patrick’s Day

On Friday, March 17th students are invited to join in the St. Patrick’s Day spirit by wearing a green top with their uniform bottoms.

Lost & Found

Our lost & found table is full of clothing, gloves, hats, water bottles, lunch boxes and other items.  All items remaining at the end of the week will be donated to charity over spring break.

End of Third Quarter

Friday, March 17th is the last day of third quarter.  Report cards will be sent home via email on Friday, March 31.

Early Dismissal

Friday, March 17th is an early dismissal at 11:30 AM.

Spring Break

Holy Cross will not be in session March 20-24 for spring break.

This is the time of year, we receive phone calls about end of year activities.  A list of our major school activities is below.

Upcoming Events

School Musical:  April 6-9

Good Friday:  April 14 (No School)

Easter:  April 16

Easter Monday:  April 17 (No School)

May Crowing:  May 5th (All School Mass)

First Holy Communion:  May 6th

Graduation:  May 18th

Field Day:  May 22nd

Last Day of School:  May 24th (11:30 Dismissal)

As we continue our observance of Lent, we are reminded that Lent is a very special season of “getting ready.” We are called during this time to make ourselves ready to celebrate the greatest mystery of our faith — the death, burial and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.  I came across “Lent for Families” recently and thought it had some practical ideas for families during the Lenten season, as it is not too late to begin a new family tradition. 

This should be our last communication until school resumes after spring break.  I hope your family is able to relax and enjoy the time together.

Lenten Blessings,

Mrs. Ellis


3/3/17


The sun is shining and its a happy day at Holy Cross.  We hope many families will be able to meet for fellowship and fish at the Holy Cross Fish Fry this evening!

Happy Birthday Bishop Jenky
Today (Friday, March 3rd) is Bishop Jenky's 70thBirthday!  The Bishop will be saying the Stations of the Cross in The Cathedral of St. Mary in Peoria at 7:15 P.M.  All families are invited to attend.  Our students offered Mass and said a Hail Mary Prayer this morning in Bishop Jenky’s honor to help celebrate his birthday. 

Friday Mass Change
The school office is going to be closed beginning next Friday, March 10thduring Mass each week.  With our Catholic faith being the foundation of school, we want to celebrate Mass ALL together as a school each week.  Students arriving after 8:10 AM on Friday, will need to be brought directly to the church.  The office will open immediately after Mass.  Preschool students arriving at the main school building from 8:10-9:10 AM on Friday mornings will need to enter through the well door.

Lost & Found
We have an overflow of lost & found items on display on a table by the office.  Please have your child look for any items belonging to them.  We invite parents to stop in at drop-off or pick-up to do the same.  We will donate all remaining items to charity over spring break.

Early Dismissal
Friday, March 17 is an 11:30 AM dismissal for our school.

Spring Break
There will be no school Monday, March 20-Friday, March 24 for spring break.

Displaying

Our first grade students have grown tremendously in their reading this school year.  Yesterday, they shared their favorite Dr. Seuss books with their kindergarten friends.  

Have a great weekend!


2/17/17

Lent begins this Wednesday, March 1.  As a school community, it is our desire to instill in the children a sense of love and anticipation during Lent.  Our families have a unique and precious opportunity to share with their children the beauty and importance of the Lenten Season as well.  I have attached a "Lenten Practices Calendar" for families.  Feel free to print it out and make modifications that suit your family.  

 

Happy Birthday Bishop Jenky
Friday, March 3rd is Bishop Jenky’s 70th Birthday!  The Bishop will be saying the Stations of the Cross in The Cathedral of St. Mary in Peoria that night at 7:15 P.M. All schools and families are invited to attend.  Our students will offer Mass on March 3rd in Bishop Jenky’s honor to help celebrate his birthday. 

Ash Wednesday Mass
 We will celebrate Mass on Ash Wednesday at 8:30 AM in Holy Cross Church.

 

Early Dismissal

Friday, March 17 is an 11:30 AM dismissal for our school.

 

Spring Break

There will be no school Monday, March 20-Friday, March 24 for spring break.

Congratulations
The eighth-grade volleyball team won the Conference Tournament!  This group of girls took first place last year as well.  We are extremely proud of the hard work and dedication the girls have shown.  Best of luck to them as they move on to post season play!

Good luck to our fifth grade students who take part in the Rube Goldberg Competition this weekend with their "Volcanic Tropical Island".  

Enjoy the weekend!


2/10/17

With Catholic Schools Week behind us, we move into the heart of February.  There is a great deal of curriculum and learning to be accomplished during this winter stretch.  We also encounter quite a bit of illness throughout the school.  When your child is well, please make every effort to have them at school on time and ready to meet the challenges of the day.  However, if your child has a fever, vomited in the last 24 hours or is displaying other severe symptoms, please refrain from sending them to school so that we can avoid spreading illness through the school.  We appreciate all your support in keeping our school a healthy and productive learning environment.

Nothing like a little snow to bring some excitement to the school week.

Trivia Night
It’s not too late to sign up for TRIVIAPALOOZA on Saturday, February 11th at 5:30pm. Come see the gym transform to a fun Music Festival. Email joslynunger@gmail.com to register.  Credit cards accepted the night of the event. Winning table receives $200. Prizes awarded to best dressed table. T-shirts are available for $15. Hope you can join us for a fun night!

Nutrition Fair

Dietetics and Human Nutrition Students from the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition at the University of Illinois are teaming up with the Holy Cross School to bring a fun and nutritious afternoon to Holy Cross students in grades PreK-8. The Nutrition Event will be held on Wednesday, February 15th from 1:00 to 2:15 PM in each grade level.  UIUC Students have designed interactive and educational nutrition activities tailored to each grade level. Holy Cross students will get the opportunity to taste new foods, play games and participate in fun activities while learning about the importance of healthy eating and physical activity.  Thank you to parent, Justine Karduck for bringing the Nutrition Fair back to Holy Cross again this year!

Early Dismissal & P/T Conferences
School will dismiss at 11:30 AM on Friday, February 17th for parent/teacher conferences.  These conferences are by request of the teacher, however a parent with concerns about their child's progress may contact the teacher to determine if a meeting is warranted.

No School
There will be no school on Monday, February 20th in observance of President's Day.

Tuition Payment Document for Tax Purposes
Here is the way how all parents can access and print their 2016 tuition payments:
1.      Log into the FACTS.
2.      Click on Agreement tab.
3.      Click on Agreement number.
4.      Click on Consumer View in the left upper corner.
5.      In the Payment Plan & Billing box click on View Details.
6.      Click on Payments tab.
7.      Using arrow, choose a Date Range option in a From box.
8.      Enter a date range: 01/01/2016 – 12/31/2016.
9.      Click on OK button.
10.   Click on View Printable Payment Summary box.

 

Have a relaxing weekend!  I hope to see you at Triviapalooza!


1/27/17

Next week we begin our celebration of Catholic Schools Week.  The CSW events will showcase and celebrate the rich traditions and the incredible value of Catholic education at Holy Cross for our students and families.  The theme of CSW 2017 is “Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge, and Service”.  Faith, knowledge and service are the core of Catholic education and the mission of our school.  We hope that our families will join us for events throughout the school week.  Please review the schedule below, paying special attention to events this weekend.

Catholic Schools Week Schedule
Saturday, January 28, 2017 – Faith, Knowledge and Service:  In Our Parish

  • 6:00 PM – Spaghetti Dinner at St. Patrick of Urbana
  • Students wear Holy Cross Uniforms to Mass in Exchange Permitted to Wear Casual Clothes to School Monday

Sunday, January 29, 2017 – Faith, Knowledge and Service:  In Our Parish

  • Students Highlighted in Church Bulletins
  • Students wear Holy Cross Uniforms to Mass in Exchange Permitted to Wear Casual Clothes to School Monday

Monday, January 30, 2017 – Faith, Knowledge and Service:  In Our Community

  • Casual Day (Students who wore school uniform to Mass)
  • Students Update Service Journals and Write Letters/Valentines to Community Groups

Tuesday, January 31, 2017 – Faith, Knowledge and Service:  Celebrating Vocations

  • Feast of Saint John Bosco Activity with Father Dave
  • K-2:  9:20-10:05
  • 6-8:  10:05-10:50
  • 3-5: 10:50-11:35

Wednesday, February 1, 2017 – Faith, Knowledge and Service:  Celebrating Our Nation

  • 9:00-12:00 – Open House w/Refreshments for Parents & Visitors

Thursday, February 2, 2017 – Faith, Knowledge and Service:  Celebrating Our Students

  • “Souper Bowl”:  Cans of Soup Collected for St. Vincent de Paul & Daily Bread Soup Kitchen
  • Students Dress in Team Spirit Wear
  • Friendly Competition:  Board Games in Homerooms
  • 1:00 PM – Saint Houses Activity (Board Games)
  • Treats for Students & No Homework Night

Friday, February 3, 2017 – Faith, Knowledge and Service:  Celebrating Faculty, Staff and Volunteers 

  • 8:15 AM – All School Mass
  • 12:30 PM – Student Talent Show

Saturday, February 4, 2017 – Faith, Knowledge and Service:  Celebrating Families 

6:00 PM – Sock Hop with Taste of Holy Cross Event  

       

Open House

We have our annual open house event on Wednesday.  This is an excellent opportunity for families considering Holy Cross to tour the school, visit classrooms and talk with current parents about a Holy Cross education.  If you know of anyone that might be interested in Holy Cross School, please encourage them to attend the open house on Wednesday.  Current parents are also welcome to visit the school during the open house on Wednesday morning.  We look forward to sharing our classrooms and highlighting our programs.

Art Show

The artistic talents of our students will be on display at the Springer Cultural Center January 30-February 4.  It is open to the public from 8am-7pm Monday through Friday and 9am-3pmon Saturday.  The Catholic School Art Exhibition is titled, “In the Likeness of God”.  Our art teacher, Mr. Dunn, is extremely proud of the work our students have produced and invites you to enjoy the display this upcoming week.

Safety Reminder

Please remember to drop students off on north side of White Street and always let them out of the vehicle on the sidewalk side.  If you park on the opposite side of the street, walk down to the crosswalk at the corner in order to be crossed safely.  It is vitally important that parents model safe crossing to all the children at drop-off and pick-up each day.

Early Dismissal

There is an 11:30 dismissal on February 17th for parent/teacher conferences.  These conferences are by request only for concerns about a student’s progress.

No School

School will not be in session on February 20th in observance of President’s Day.

Congratulation to Nora K. for winning the 2017 Holy Cross Geography Bee.  Each participant did a terrific job of representing their class.  


Thank you to all our families for choosing Holy Cross School for your child(ren)'s education.  We appreciate your support and the trust you put in us to provide an excellent academic experience in a faith-filled Catholic environment.

Many blessings to you all.

 

Almighty Father,

You sent forth your Son as a beacon of hope for all people.
As Teacher, he has given us the prime example of the importance of education.
As disciples, we look to him for inspiration and strength.

Thank you for the many sisters, brothers, priests, and laypeople who have dedicated their lives in service to our Catholic schools.
Thank you for the teachers and administrators who sustain our schools today.
Thank you for the parents who have given support and witness to the importance of Catholic education in their daily lives.
Thank you for the students who work hard to further their education.

Bless Holy Cross and the many people who advance our mission.
May our building be a home for those who seek to grow in faith, knowledge, and service of others.
May our community always support one another and exhibit hospitality to newcomers.

Fill our minds with knowledge and wisdom.
May our understanding of the world help us to grow in appreciation for it.

Fill our hearts with gladness.
May we always turn to you in times of need.

Fill our hands with the tools we need to serve others.
May we show them your unceasing love through our actions.

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, pray for us.

St. John Neumann, pray for us.

St. John Bosco, pray for us.

In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
Amen.

(www.thereligionteacher.com)

1/20/17

Report Cards
 All parents should have received an email with a link to your child(ren)’s report card.  Students do not get to view the report card since it goes home by email, so please share their progress with them.  If you have any questions, please direct them to the appropriate teacher.

Lock Down Follow-up

In building meeting, our staff was able to spend some time reflecting on the the lock-down at dismissal on Tuesday.  Overall, we thought things went smoothly.  There were a few items we wanted to share with our families.  First, because we were directed to lock down with limited information, I called the Champaign Police Department for more information and to determine when we would be able to release our students.  If from that conversation the lock down would have continued, the office would have sent out a school messenger phone call on our emergency contact system to notify parents of the situation.  However, the result of the call to CPD was that were able to release our students.  Second, any parents in the building when the school begins emergency procedures must follow our procedures.  We realized that a few parents entered the building, but did not proceed to a classroom with the students and teachers.  This caused alarm for students in the classrooms who saw "figures" in the hallway, especially since we were operating under minimal information at the time.  Finally, a few parents were reaching out to those they know to obtain information about the situation.  The school cannot make decisions regarding any emergency situation based upon these types of conversations.  The release of students and end of a lock down will only occur upon direction from the appropriate authorities, which in this situation was the CPD.  Once again, thank you for your support.  The emails of affirmation about the swift and intentional actions of our staff were truly appreciated.  Every situation is unique and we feel this one provided us with valuable insight into keeping our school community safe.

Geographic Bee

The National Geographic Bee is an annual competition organized by the National Geographic Society, designed to inspire and reward students' curiosity about the world. Each year, thousands of schools across the United States participate in the National Geographic Bee.  Students in grades 4-8 have participated in classroom competitions to determine their representatives for our school Geographic Bee.  The Geographic Bee at Holy Cross is set for Thursday, January 26th at 1:00 PM. 

Preschool & Kindergarten Information Night/Open House

Holy Cross School will host a Preschool & Kindergarten Information Night/Open House on Thursday, January 26th at 6:00 PM.  Preschool families will meet in the Holy Cross Parish Center and kindergarten families will meet in the school library.  Parents will be provided information about our preschool and kindergarten programs, as well as the opportunity to tour our building and talk with various teachers. Preschool students must be three years of age and kindergarten students must be five years of age by September 1, 2017.  

Open House

Holy Cross School will host an open house for all grade levels on Wednesday, February 1st from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM.  This is a wonderful opportunity for prospective families to visit while school is in session and observe actual classes, while also getting a full tour of the building and all your questions answered. School families are also invited to the open house.  We look forward to sharing our wonderful school on this day!

Catholic Schools Week

National Catholic Schools Week is the annual celebration of Catholic education with that focus on the value Catholic education provides to young people and its contributions to our church, our communities and our nation. CSW kicks-off on January 28th with our Spaghetti Dinner at St. Patrick of Urbana and runs the entire week ending with our Sock Hop & Taste of Holy Cross event on February 4th.  We will have our open house, St. John Bosco event with Father Dave, "Souper Bowl", talent show, and many more activities.  The schedule of events is attached to this email.

1/15/17

No School

Monday, January 16th, school is not in session in recognition of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

 

Report Cards

Second quarter came to an end on January 13th.  The email with a link to viewing/printing your child's report card will be sent to each family on Friday, January 20th. If have difficulty, please let the office know and we will assist you.

 

Preschool & Kindergarten Information Night/Open House

Holy Cross School will host a Preschool & Kindergarten Information Night/Open House on Thursday, January 26th at 6:00 PM.  Preschool families will meet in the Holy Cross Parish Center and kindergarten families will meet in the school library.  Parents will be provided information about our preschool and kindergarten programs, as well as the opportunity to tour our building and talk with various teachers. Preschool students must be three years of age and kindergarten students must be five years of age by September 1, 2017

 

Open House

Holy Cross School will host an open house for all grade levels on Wednesday, February 1st from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM.  This is a wonderful opportunity for prospective families to visit while school is in session and observe actual classes, while also getting a full tour of the building and all your questions answered. School families are also invited to the open house.  We look forward to sharing our wonderful school on this day!

 

Tuition Assistance

Tuition assistance scholarship grants from the endowment fund established as a result of the Diocese of Peoria ROOTED IN FAITH Campaign and named in honor of Archbishop Spalding the first Bishop of Peoria, will be available for the 2017-18 school year for students enrolled in or intending to enroll in grades Kindergarten through 12 in any Catholic school located in the Diocese of Peoria whose families are active members of a Catholic parish in the diocese.  All grants will be based on financial need objectively assessed.

Information about the grants and application materials may be obtained from the Diocesan website www@cdop.org under Catholic Education and then under Financial Assistance.  Consult the detailed protocols and procedures and checklist for all requirements necessary to be eligible for an award. 

Parents are encouraged to apply online at:  online.factsmgt.com/aid.  Families of students currently receiving grants are reminded that all grants are for one year only, and anyone seeking to renew a grant for the 2017 - 2018 year must reapply.

Deadline date for the completed application is March 15, 2017.  Notification of grant awards will be made by the end of April. 

 

I hope your New Year is off to a great start. Catholic Schools Week will be here before we know it.  This is our greatly anticipated celebration of our school, staff, families and students.  We look forward to this every year.  A calendar of events will be coming home soon.

12/16/16

Christmas Out of Uniform Day

On Tuesday, December 20 students may wear Christmas apparel or red/green clothing to school to celebrate the Christmas season.  Students may wear jeans or sports pants.  Pants with holes and leggings as pants are not allowed.  Please keep modesty in mind as clothing is selected for the day.

 

Alice in Wonderland, JR - Upcoming Events

AUDITION WORKSHOP - Saturday, Dec 17th from 10-11am – School Library with 5th–8th Graders Welcome

  • Getting ready to audition for Alice in Wonderland? Learn how to choose a song, what to research, where to focus and how it all works. Choosing options that make you comfortable will help you succeed. Don’t forget this is supposed to be fun!
  • Jason Morgan, music director for Alice in Wonderland, will lead the workshop.  HCS alums Ethan Smith and Natalie Deptula will return for demonstrations! 

REMINDER:  If your child plans to use sheet music for her audition, please submit sheet music to Mrs. Woolwine before Christmas break.

Questions?  Email holycrossmusical@gmail.com

 

Lost and Found

Our lost and found table is overflowing.  Please stop by the table to look for items that belong to your child.  Over Christmas break all remaining items will be donated to charity..  Also, be sure to label your child’s belongings, especially coats, gloves, and hats.  The students seldom recognize their belongings once they make it to our lost and found table.

 

Christmas Break

Holy Cross School will be on Christmas break from Wednesday, December 21-Tuesday, January 3.  School will resume on Wednesday, January 4.

 

Tuition Assistance

Tuition assistance scholarship grants from the endowment fund established as a result of the Diocese of Peoria ROOTED IN FAITH Campaign and named in honor of Archbishop Spalding the first Bishop of Peoria, will be available for the 2017-18 school year for students enrolled in or intending to enroll in grades Kindergarten through 12 in any Catholic school located in the Diocese of Peoria whose families are active members of a Catholic parish in the diocese.  All grants will be based on financial need objectively assessed.

Information about the grants and application materials may be obtained from the Diocesan website www@cdop.org under Catholic Education and then under Financial Assistance.  Consult the detailed protocols and procedures and checklist for all requirements necessary to be eligible for an award. 

Parents are encouraged to apply online at:  online.factsmgt.com/aid.  Families of students currently receiving grants are reminded that all grants are for one year only, and anyone seeking to renew a grant for the 2017 - 2018 year must reapply.

Deadline date for the completed application is March 15, 2017.  Notification of grant awards will be made by the end of April. 

 

We had two spectacular Christmas Concerts this week.  The students performed wonderfully and we are so proud of their efforts.  We hope you left the concerts full of the Christmas spirit!

 


12/9/16

Our Lady of Guadalupe

"As Christmas draws near, the Church emphasizes the joy which should be in our hearts over all that the birth of our Savior means for us. The great joy of Christians is to see the day drawing nigh when the Lord will come again in His glory to lead them into His kingdom. In 1910 Our Lady of Guadalupe was declared Patroness of Latin America, and in 1945 Pope Pius XII declared Her to be the Empress of all the Americas. She appeared to an Indian convert named Juan Diego on December 9, 1531. She left a marvelous portrait of herself on the mantle of Juan Diego. This miraculous image has proved to be ageless, and is kept in the shrine built in her honor, the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe." ~www.catholicculture.org 


We will celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe with a paraliturgy on Monday, December 12th at 8:15 AM in Holy CrossChurch.  We invite our entire school community to join us.

 

Christmas Program

Thursday, December 15th will host two Christmas concerts.  There will be refreshments in the cafeteria in between the two concerts.

  • Preschool-2nd grade Christmas concert will be at 6:00 PM
  • The 3rd-5th grade class will be doing a Christmas Pageant at 7:00 PM.

We invite our entire school community to join us as our students present the sounds of Christmas.

 

Christmas Out of Uniform Day

On Tuesday, December 20 students may wear Christmas apparel or red/green clothing to school to celebrate the Christmas season.  Students may wear jeans or sports pants.  Pants with holes and leggings as pants are not allowed.  Please keep modesty in mind as clothing is selected for the day.

 

Alice in Wonderland, JR - Upcoming Events

Pre-Audition Parent Meeting for New Participating Families is Wed, Dec 14th @ 7pm HC Library.

  • Is your child considering doing the musical for the first time?  This meeting is designed to acquaint you with the musical from auditions through performances.  Come and learn about this great opportunity!

AUDITION WORKSHOP - Saturday, Dec 17th ia from 10-11am – School Library with 5th–8th Graders Welcome

  • Getting ready to audition for Alice in Wonderland? Learn how to choose a song, what to research, where to focus and how it all works. Choosing options that make you comfortable will help you succeed. Don’t forget this is supposed to be fun!
  • Jason Morgan, music director for Alice in Wonderland, will lead the workshop.  HCS alums Ethan Smith and Natalie Deptula will return for demonstrations! 

 

REMINDER:  If your child plans to use sheet music for her audition, please submit sheet music to Mrs. Woolwine before Christmas break.

Questions?  Email holycrossmusical@gmail.com

 

Lost and Found

Our lost and found table is overflowing.  Please stop by the table to look for items that belong to your child.  Over Christmas break all remaining items will be donated to charity..  Also, be sure to label your child’s belongings, especially coats, gloves, and hats.  The students seldom recognize their belongings once they make it to our lost and found table.

 

Skating Forms

Skating forms are due to school next week.  Please be sure to get them in since we need to hand them off to the company before we leave for break.

 

 

Christmas Break

Holy Cross School will be on Christmas break from Wednesday, December 21-Tuesday, January 3.  School will resume on Wednesday, January 4.

 

Tuition Assistance

Tuition assistance scholarship grants from the endowment fund established as a result of the Diocese of Peoria ROOTED IN FAITH Campaign and named in honor of Archbishop Spalding the first Bishop of Peoria, will be available for the 2017-18 school year for students enrolled in or intending to enroll in grades Kindergarten through 12 in any Catholic school located in the Diocese of Peoria whose families are active members of a Catholic parish in the diocese.  All grants will be based on financial need objectively assessed.

Information about the grants and application materials may be obtained from the Diocesan website www@cdop.org under Catholic Education and then under Financial Assistance.  Consult the detailed protocols and procedures and checklist for all requirements necessary to be eligible for an award.  They are also attached to this email.

Parents are encouraged to apply online at:  online.factsmgt.com/aid.  Families of students currently receiving grants are reminded that all grants are for one year only, and anyone seeking to renew a grant for the 2017 - 2018 year must reapply.

Deadline date for the completed application is March 15, 2017.  Notification of grant awards will be made by the end of April. 

 

STM News

Calling children of all ages to join us for Breakfast with Santa on December 17th from 9 am – 11 am in the High School of St. Thomas More Cafeteria.  Cost is $5.00 per person for a fun filled morning with Santa and his elves.  You can RSVP to give the class of 2020 a better idea on the amount of food and crafts for the kids.  http://evite.me/gJRE2RCX8j

This is such a busy time of year at school and for your as families.  The students are getting so excited and are filled with anticipation.  The teachers are working diligently to cover the necessary  curriculum and celebrate the beauty of Advent and Christmas.  I hope you have had the chance to see our Jesse Tree at the front entrance to the school.  A new addition to the tree has been presented each morning.  The Kris Kringle Shoppe was a huge success!  We are so appreciative of the volunteers who spent countless hours preparing the gifts for the students to purchase.  Mass for The Feast of the Immaculate Conception was a joyous celebration on Thursday.  The day was made even more special by the Christmas Program that evening which featured the talents of our oldest students.  We all left the school filled with the joy of the season. 

Enjoy your weekend!


12/2/16

Kris Kringle Shoppe

Part of the spirit of Christmas is gift giving. Holy Cross School will once again offer a shopping experience for students across all the ages with our Kris Kringle Shoppe. This year’s shop will be open December 6th-8th.

On your child’s shopping day, the whole class walks over to the Parish Center and shops. Items are priced anywhere from $.25 to $5. Many items are $1 or less due to the generous donations by the parents. Parent volunteers are available to help children with ideas for their hard-to-find gifts. Items are bagged carefully and kids go back to their classrooms cherishing the items they’ve chosen for their loved ones. The Kris Kringle volunteers and committee invite you to pop in to the parish center to see what the kids experience

 

Feast of the Immaculate Conception

On December 8, we celebrate the wondrous moment when the Blessed Virgin began her existence in this world. In teaching that Mary was conceived immaculate, the Catholic Church teaches that from the very moment of her conception, the Blessed Virgin Mary was free from all stain of original sin. This simply means that from the beginning, she was in a state of grace, sharing in God's own life, and that she was free from sinful inclinations.  We will attend Mass at 8:30 AM on Thursday.  This will take the place of our Friday Mass attendance.

 

Christmas Programs

Thursday, December 8th will be the 6-8 Christmas concert.  This will include 6th grade homeroom classes, 6th grade band, 7/8 choir, and 7/8 band. 

Thursday, December 15th will host two Christmas concerts.  There will be refreshments in the cafeteria in between the two concerts.

  • Preschool-2nd grade Christmas concert will be at 6:00 PM. 
  • The 3rd-5th grade class will be doing a Christmas Pageant at 7:00 PM.

We invite our entire school community to join us as our students present the sounds of Christmas.

 

Tuition Assistance

Tuition assistance scholarship grants from the endowment fund established as a result of the Diocese of Peoria ROOTED IN FAITH Campaign and named in honor of Archbishop Spalding the first Bishop of Peoria, will be available for the 2017-18 school year for students enrolled in or intending to enroll in grades Kindergarten through 12 in any Catholic school located in the Diocese of Peoria whose families are active members of a Catholic parish in the diocese.  All grants will be based on financial need objectively assessed.

Information about the grants and application materials may be obtained from the Diocesan website www@cdop.org under Catholic Education and then under Financial Assistance.  Consult the detailed protocols and procedures and checklist for all requirements necessary to be eligible for an award.  They are also attached to this email.

Parents are encouraged to apply online at:  online.factsmgt.com/aid.  Families of students currently receiving grants are reminded that all grants are for one year only, and anyone seeking to renew a grant for the 2017 - 2018 year must reapply.

Deadline date for the completed application is March 15, 2017.  Notification of grant awards will be made by the end of April. 

 

Lost and Found

Our lost and found table of items is growing rapidly.  Please be sure to label your child’s belongings, especially coats, gloves, and hats.  The students seldom recognize their belongings once they make it to our lost and found table.

 

Christmas Break

Holy Cross School will be on Christmas break from Wednesday, December 21-Tuesday, January 3.  School will resume on Wednesday, January 4.

 

I am so grateful for any and all recognition of me for Principal Appreciation Day.  I feel deeply blessed to be a part of Holy CrossSchool.  Thank you, thank you, thank you!  Our eighth grade students will make the Sacrament of Confirmation tomorrow morning at 10:00 AM at Holy Cross Church.  Please keep them in your prayers as they embark on the next phase of their faith journey. Have a wonderful weekend.


11/18/16

Grandparents Day

We will celebrate Grandparents' Day on Tuesday, November 22nd.

K-8 ~ We will begin with Mass at 8:15.  Grandparents are then invited for refreshments and to spend time in the classrooms until about 10:30 AM.

Preschool ~ Grandparents of our preschool are invited to spend time with their grandchild at the parish center from 9:15-10:30 AM.  The preschool staff will have refreshments and activities planned.  Grandparents are welcome to visit the classroom afterwards.  More information will come home from the preschool teachers.

With early dismissal scheduled this day, several parents have inquired about their child leaving early with grandparents.  If this is your intention as well, please be sure to communicate it in writing to your child’s teacher.  This alleviates any confusion for the grandparents and children.

 

11:30 Dismissal & No School

Tuesday, November 22nd is an 11:30 dismissal.  There is no school November 23rd-25th in observation of the Thanksgiving holiday.

 

Label Apparel

As the weather gets cooler, please be sure to label all sweaters, coats, gloves, hats, etc... with your child's name.  The pile of lost and found items builds quickly without names in belongings.

 

Kris Kringle Shoppe

Part of the spirit of Christmas is gift giving. Holy Cross School will once again offer a shopping experience for students across all the ages with our Kris Kringle Shoppe. This year’s shop will be open December 6th-8th.

On your child’s shopping day, the whole class walks over to the Parish Center and shops. Items are priced anywhere from $.25 to $5. Many items are $1 or less due to the generous donations by the parents. Parent volunteers are available to help children with ideas for their hard-to-find gifts. Items are bagged carefully and kids go back to their classrooms cherishing the items they’ve chosen for their loved ones. The Kris Kringle volunteers and committee invite you to pop in to the parish center to see what the kids experience

 

Christmas Programs

Thursday, December 8th, will be the 6-8 Christmas concert.  This will include 6th grade homeroom classes, 6th grade band, 7/8 choir, and 7/8 band. 

Thursday, December 15th will host two Christmas concerts.  There will be refreshments in the cafeteria in between the two concerts.

  • Preschool-2nd grade Christmas concert will be at 6:00 PM. 
  • The 3rd-5th grade class will be doing a Christmas Pageant at 7:00 PM.

We invite our entire school community to join us as our students present the sounds of Christmas.

 

5th Grade Volleyball Coach Needed

Fifth grade is the first year for students to be a part of our Holy Cross sports teams.  Our fifth grade girls would like to have a volleyball team, but are in need of a coach.  If you would be interested helping by coaching our fifth grade girls, please contact Mr. Nelson atrnelson@holycrosselem.org

 

Booster Club Message

Hello Holy Cross Families!

This is Stacey Goad, one of your booster presidents.

Some of you may know and some of you may not that this is my last year as booster president, as my daughter is an 8th grader and will be going to STM in the fall.

Mrs. Ellis, Mr. Nelson, and I are trying to find someone to replace me. The ideal person would be a family that has a 4th or 5thgrade student.  It would be ideal to find someone sooner than later. That way I can show them the ins and outs of boosters.

The duties of the booster president include:

          .        Contact/communication with Mr. Nelson (athletic director)

          .        Schedule parents for the door and concessions

          .        Place drink orders with Pepsi

          .        Stock concessions

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me at csaae5@gmail.com or by phone 217-493-1129. You can also call and talk to Mrs. Ellis or Mr. Nelson at 217-356-9521.

 

Jesus set the ultimate example of servanthood through his humility, obedience, and love for others. Jesus was the greatest servant who ever lived because He willingly gave up His perfect life so we would have the chance to be saved from our sin. We follow His example every time we serve.  For Veterans’ Day, we wanted to thank those who have served for all of us and were then blessed with the most beautiful thank you back for our program.  I wanted to share it with you, along with a couple of nice thank you messages to our 5-8 students for their service in our community with leaf raking. 

I was invited to your Veteran’s Day program this year by Hunter K.  I couldn't let this opportunity slip by without letting you and your staff know what it meant to this veteran.  It was so obvious that so many people put forth so much thought and effort in such a wonderful display of gratitude, especially your students.  It was a wonderful program and one that welled up a tremendous amount of pride and emotion.  There are so many divisions in our world today that its nice to see lots of people still believe in doing great things for others.  Thank you.  I salute you, your staff and all the super students who participated in this event.  ~Don M., U.S.A.F.

I truly want to thank you for your hard work.  Our yard looked so nice after you finished raking.  You worked so hard and we really appreciated it! ~Love, Liz D.

I was so grateful and wish blessings for each child who helped.  Please let them know. ~Mary Lou E.

 

Have a peaceful and restful weekend!


11/11/16

Happy Veterans' Day!

 

We hope you were able to attend our program this morning.  Thank you to Mrs. Crull for her dedication to the program and pulling it all together.  A big thank you to our music teacher, Mrs. Woolwine, for the wonderful music and her husband for the accompaniment. Mrs. Loftus prepared a delicious meal for our veterans and all of our teachers were supportive and flexible with practice schedules this week.  We are proud of our students for their hard work and talented performances. Most importantly, THANK YOU TO OUR VETERANS for their service to our country! 



11/7/16


It was a short, but eventful week at Holy Cross last week.  Our All Saints Day Mass was absolutely beautiful!  We followed-up with an all school rosary on Wednesday for All Souls Day.  Then Thursday brought a leaf raking service project by our fifth through eighth grade students, with a donut and apple cider treat for the whole school.  Top all that off with reading, writing, math, science, as well as all our other curriculum and our short week was full to bursting with goodness!

 

Dress Code

We have now made the move from shorts to long pants in the dress code policy.

 

Picture Retakes

Retakes for student in Preschool-8th grade are tomorrow, November 8th.  If you would like your child’s picture retaken, please return the original picture packet to school with your child tomorrow.  If your child was absent on picture day, he or she will be on the retake list.  If you need another picture order from, they are available in the school office.

For students who sold a certain number of magazine subscription, tomorrow is an out of uniform day.  If you child earned the out of uniform day and is getting their picture retaken, please send him or her to school in a uniform shirt.  They can change after their picture.

 

Veteran’s Day Program

Holy Cross School will be honoring our veterans at our annual Veteran's Day program on Friday, November 11, 2016.  We would love for you to attend!  Veterans along with our entire school community are invited to the following:

  • 8:15 – Holy Cross Church – All School Mass
  • 9:45 – Holy Cross School Gymnasium – Veteran’s Program
  • 11:00 – Holy Cross School Cafeteria – Lunch provided to Veteran's in their honor

 

Honor Roll Mass

We will recognize our honor roll students for first quarter during 8:15 AM Mass on Friday, November 11th. This is also our Veteran’s Day Mass.

 

Town Hall 20 w/Education Commission

We have our second Town Hall 20 tomorrow evening at 6:50 PM.  This 20 minute session is at the conclusion of our Education Commission meeting and right before the PTC meeting.  The goal of this time is to allow parents the opportunity to interact with the commission members and pose any questions they might have.  It would be helpful to have the questions prior to the meeting, so that members can provide articulate and thoughtful responses.  If you email questions to edcomm@holycrosselem.org, all members of the Education Commission will receive the email.  We hope to see you on Tuesday evening.

 

PTC

Are you receiving PTC emails every Monday morning? PTC is trying to keep everyone informed of upcoming events as best as possible. Please send an email to hcsptc@gmail.com if you are not receiving the PTC Weekly Newsletter, and you'd like to.  The next PTC meeting is this Tuesday, November 8th at 7:10 PM.

 

Grandparent’s Day

Grandparents are invited to Holy Cross on the morning of November 22nd.  Grandparents are welcome to enjoy Mass with their grandchild(ren) at 8:15 AM.  Following Mass, grandparents are invited to classrooms for activities and refreshments.  Students may also give their grandparents a tour of the building.  We plan to conclude at around 10:30 AM to allow grandparents to avoid the congestion of school dismissal at 11:30 AM on that day.  We students love this day and look forward to sharing their school with their grandparents!

 

STM NEWS

Mini Madrigals this Saturday (November 12th) at The High School of St. Thomas More!

Does your child enjoy singing? Are they dramatic or theatrical? Or do they simply just love to dress up like a prince or princess? Then come to Mini Madrigals this Saturday from 11 am - 2 pm!

Mini Madrigals is offered to all children that are currently enrolled in school.

Participants will work with the Madrigals to learn the choreography for the Twelve Days After Christmas and will learn the Flaming Pudding Carol and We Wish You a Merry Christmas. There are a few solos available and dialogue opportunities as well!

Participants will perform at the Madrigal Dinners on Friday December 9th and/or Saturday December 10th.

The cost to participate is $35 which includes a costume to borrow for the dinners and food for Mini Mads and during the dinners. Registration is accepted up to the day of the event (Saturday November 12th). The registration can be found attached to this email.

If you have any questions please email Ms. Davis at sdavis@hs-stm.org

 

Thank you to all the parents that attended conferences this past week.  They teachers had very positive comments about conferences.  It was a great opportunity to build relationships and work together in supporting the children.  We are truly blessed!



10/28/16

Good afternoon.  I just sent out K-8 report cards via email.  Please let me know if there is any error in receiving the report card for your child.

 

Fall Festival

Fall Festival is Saturday, October 29 from 6:00-8:00 PM.  Grades Preschool-5th come in costume for a howlin’ good time!  There is special early admission for Preschoolers and their families at 5:30 PM.

 

Trunk-or-Treat at St. Patrick's

St. Patrick's in Urbana is having its Fifth Annual Trunk-or-Treat in the parking lot of the parish center (708 W. Main St., Urbana) from 4:00-6:00 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 30th. Kiddos will go trunk-to-trunk collecting goodies; hot dogs will be available in the parish center. Come out and enjoy a lovely, spooky (NOT scary) evening!

 

All Saints Day Mass

Tuesday, November 1 at 8:30 AM is All Saints Day.  We invite you to join us for our All Saints Day Mass at 8:30 AM at Holy Cross Church.  Our fourth grade students work very hard on this Mass and we can’t wait to share it with our school community.

 

House Leaf Raking

On Thursday, November 3rd,  students in grades 5-8 will rake leaves for the elderly and disabled in our school neighborhood.  Students are asked to bring rakes from home to school that morning.  Students will be allowed to wear their House shirts and old pants.  They may also bring work gloves.  Students enjoy working outside to help those in our community.  We will have hot chocolate and donuts at the school after our work is completed.

 

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Conferences are scheduled for the afternoon/evening of Thursday, November 3rd and morning of Friday, November 4th.  Scheduled times for conferences will go home with the youngest child this week.  If you have any questions, please call the school office.

 

Early Dismissal & No School

There will an 11:30 AM dismissal on Thursday, November 3rd and no school on Friday, November 4th for Parent/Teacher Conferences.

 

Book Fair

Be sure to check-out the Book Fair in the Holy Cross library from November 1-4.  The book fair will be open during school hours and after school each day.  It will also be open during parent-teacher conferences.

 

Veteran’s Day

Holy Cross School will be honoring our Veterans at our annual Veteran's Day program on Friday, November 11, 2016.  Veterans along with our entire school community are invited to the following:

  • 8:15 – Holy Cross Church – All School Mass
  • 9:45 – Holy Cross School Gymnasium – Veteran’s Program
  • 11:00 – Holy Cross School Cafeteria – Lunch provided to Veteran's in their honor

 

Grandparents Day

Mark your calendar.  We will celebrate Grandparents' Day on the morning of Tuesday, November 22nd

 

10/19/16

HC+ Party

The fall party for our 6-8 students is this Saturday at Holy Cross School.

 

Fall Festival

Fall Festival is Saturday, October 29 from 6:00-8:00 PM.  Grades Pre-K-5 come in costume for a howlin’ good time!

Special early admission for Preschoolers and their families at 5:30 PM.

A flyer for the event is attached.

 

Academic Quarters

This Friday brings a close to our first quarter.  Second quarter ends on January 13 & third quarter on March 17.

 

Report Cards

Report cards for first quarter will be sent via email on Friday, October 28.

 

All Saints Day Mass

Tuesday, November 1 at 8:30 AM is All Saints Day.  We invite you to join us for our All Saints Day Mass at 8:30 AM at Holy Cross Church.  Our fourth grade students work very hard on this Mass and we can’t wait to share it with our school community.

 

House Leaf Raking

On Thursday, November 3rd,  students in grades 5-8 will rake leaves for the elderly and disabled in our school neighborhood.  Students are asked to bring rakes from home to school that morning.  Students will be allowed to wear their House shirts and old pants.  They may also bring work gloves.  Students enjoy working outside to help those in our community.  We will have hot chocolate and donuts at the school after our work is completed.

 

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Conferences are scheduled for the afternoon/evening of Thursday, November 3rd and morning of Friday, November 4th.  Scheduled times for conferences will go home with the youngest child this week.  If you have any questions, please call the school office.

 

Early Dismissal & No School

There will an 11:30 AM dismissal on Thursday, November 3rd and no school on Friday, November 4th for Parent/Teacher Conferences.

 

Book Fair

Be sure to check-out the Book Fair in the Holy Cross library from November 1-4.  The book fair will be open during school hours and after school each day.  It will also be open during parent-teacher conferences.

 

Veteran’s Day

Holy Cross School will be honoring our Veterans at our annual Veteran's Day program on Friday, November 11, 2016.  Veterans along with our entire school community are invited to the following:

  • 8:15 – Holy Cross Church – All School Mass
  • 9:45 – Holy Cross School Gymnasium – Veteran’s Program
  • 11:00 – Holy Cross School Cafeteria – Lunch provided to Veteran's in their honor

 

Grandparents Day

Mark your calendar.  We will celebrate Grandparents' Day on the morning of Tuesday, November 22nd

 

Teacher Leaving

I regret to inform you of the resignation of Miss Brianna Gill due to unforeseen health concerns. We are grateful for her service to our school.

 

STM News

Note Nerdy, Jr. Camp is returning this year!

Camp:  Saturday, October 22 – 11:00am to 2:00pm – The High School of St Thomas More

Performance:  Fall Follies – Friday, Oct 28th

Does your child love to sing?  Here's a chance to sing with many Holy Cross Alums who participate in St. Thomas More's acapella group, Note Nerdy.  Note Nerdy, Jr. camp is open to any children that are school age. The camp will take place in the STM Music Room on Saturday, October 22nd. Children that participate in the camp will perform with Note Nerdy at Fall Follies on Friday October, 28th.

During this camp we will be learning "Hawaiian Rollercoaster Ride" from Disney's Lilo and Stitch. Students will learn the music with Note Nerdy and learn some choreography as well.

Registration is $35 per child. This fee includes lunch, a t-shirt to wear for the Fall Follies performance, and sheet music.

There are three ways to register your child:

1)      Mail registration to Stefanie Davis at The High School of St. Thomas More Champaign, IL 61820

2)      Turn registration into the office at The High School of St. Thomas More

3)      Turn registration in at check-in the day of the camp.

The registration form is attached below.

Questions? Email Miss Davis at sdavis@hs-stm.org

 

Blessings to your family,
Mrs. Ellis





10/7/16

A beautiful blessing of student's rosaries was offered during Mass this morning and several classes joined together to pray the rosary following Mass.  We are blessed to pray the rosary, because it’s a powerful prayer to God, through His mother, Mary and gives Jesus and Mary glory.

  

 

No School

Students will not be in session on Monday, October 10th in observance of Columbus Day.

 

Safe Environment Training

Training will be offered at Holy Cross on October 11th at 6:15 PM.  Please call the school office at 217-356-9521 to register.  This training must be completed for any volunteering within the school or school related events.



9/30/16

Our first "House" meeting was today for 5-8 students.  Students took time to get to know all the members of their house.

 

School Forms

If you have not turned-in all your forms for the school year, please get them in next week.  It is extremely important for us to have accurate information in our information system and school office.

 

Prayer Bag

Our first prayer bags went home with students last week.  Prayer bags will go home to 10 more families today.  The prayer bags are intended to bring our families and school together in prayer, as well as to help us all grow closer to Jesus and Mary.  There are guidelines and suggestions for how to use the items included, but ultimately we want each family to determine how to make the prayer bag work for them while they have it.  We hope you find enjoyment in using the prayer bag and would love to hear about it!  Below are few journal entries from families who enjoyed the prayer bag last week.

“Because we had a very busy week, we chose to place the Holy Family on our kitchen table.  It was a visible reminder for us as we ate breakfast and dinner together.”

“The family prayer bag is great idea to help us keep our focus where it needs to be! We chose to put the statue in front of our TV surrounded by candles.  It was nice having it in a place where we saw it often throughout the day.”

“One night, my whole family went into a bedroom and lit one candle for each family member.  We prayed the Hail Mary, Our Father, Glory Be, Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel, Guardian Angel, and Apostle’s Creed.  We had a good time!”

 

Field Trips

Fall and spring are the most active field trip seasons for our school.  We appreciate that parents take the time to drive and chaperon the field trips for their children.  There are requirements per the Diocese that have to be met. 

For any volunteering with the school parents must complete the following once and send in to the school office:

  • CANTS background check
  • Finger printing:  Done in the school office
  • Safe Environment Training: Training at Holy Cross on October 11th at 6:15 PM.  

For chaperoning field trips the following must be completed for each field trip:

  • Group Leader / Chaperon Release of Liability Waiver:  

To drive on field trips the following must also be completed and in the school office:

  • Copy of driver’s license - once per year
  • Copy of current insurance card - once per year
  • Volunteer Driver form (replaces Driver Declaration form) - once per year
  • Catholic Mutual Group’s online training modules – one time only @ www.catholicmutual.org :
    • Be Smart – Drive Safe
    • Church Transportation – Is it Necessary and Ministry-Based
    • 11 (including driver) to 15 Passenger Van Policy

Thank you for all your support!  I know we ask a lot with all these requirements and appreciate your willingness to jump through hoops to volunteer for the school!

 

No School

Students will not be in session on October 10th in observance of Columbus Day.

 

Fall Weather

As the weather cools a bit, please make sure that your child(ren) are dressed appropriately for outside play.  Also, be sure all clothing is labeled with names.  There’s been a couple of inquiries about shorts.  Students may continue to wear uniform shorts through the month of October, however uniform long pants on cool days are perfectly acceptable.

 

Magazine Drive

A reminder went home about the Magazine Drive.  This drive benefits our students in several different ways and allows for some of the school extras we would not otherwise have the privilege of having.  Let’s come together as a team for the next urn in days and make this drive as successful as we know it has the potential to be. It takes all of us to succeed! There are two turn in days left next week:

  1. Turn in day 3 – Tuesday, October 4, 2016 (Drive goal for the day 350 magazines)
  2. Final turn in day – Friday, October 7, 2016 (Drive goal for the day 400 magazines)

 

9/23/16
We always breath a sigh of relief this time of year.  We have finished a month of school and the students are getting into the routine of each day.  All of the wonderful festivities of Feast Week are behind us and so is our standardized testing.  We can now get down to the business of teaching and leaning while the beautiful weather surrounds us.  With no major activities on our schedule, I just want to provide a few reminders.

Conference Forms
If you have not returned your parent/teacher conference form, please send it in next week.  It takes us some time to get all the schedules completed.

 

Prayer Bag
Our Catholic Identity Committee will be sending home 10 prayer bags with students today.  The prayer bags are intended to bring our families and school together in prayer, as well as to help us all grow closer to Jesus and Mary.  There are guidelines and suggestions for how to use the items included, but ultimately we want each family to determine how to make the prayer bag work for them while they have it.  We hope you find enjoyment in using the prayer bag and would love to hear about it!

 

Locking Doors
We have many groups (athletics, scouts, family formation, etc...) that use our building in the evening.  We ask that groups use the only the front door for entrance whenever possible.  We have had a couple instances of doors being left unlocked or even propped open.  We especially ask that the adults supervising the activity double check all doors before leaving for the night.  The safety and security of our building is very important.  Thank you for your cooperation with this.

 

We are supposed to have some beautiful weather this weekend, so I hope you have some time to relax and enjoy time together as a family.


9/2/16

Blessed are they who mourn,

for they will be comforted....

Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness,

for they will be satisfied.

Blessed are the merciful,

for they will be shown mercy....

Blessed are the peacemakers,

For they will be called children of God.

Mt. 5:4,6,7,9

 

 

This week we celebrate Feast Week at Holy Cross.  "The Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross celebrates two historical events: the discovery of the True Cross by Saint Helena, the mother of the Emperor Constantine, and the dedication in 335 of the basilica and shrine built on Calvary by Constantine, which mark the site of the Crucifixion.  However the feast, more than anything else, is a celebration and commemoration of God's greatest work: his salvific death on the Cross and His Resurrection, through which death was defeated and the doors to Heaven opened." ~Catholic News Agency

 

The PTC has sent out information about evening activities.  All of our school families are invited to enjoy the activities of Feast Week.  The activities during the school day are listed below.

Monday

  • Cross necklaces for the K-8 students and staff/bracelets for preschool will be brought to classrooms after morning prayer.
  • Saber Youth Wrestling Presentation in the gym at 1:40 PM. 

Wednesday

  • Mass in celebration of The Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross at 8:15 AM.
  • Cross cookies at lunch.

Thursday

  • Purple Power Day:  Students dress in purple tops, socks, hair ribbons, etc... w/uniform bottoms (students without purple apparel may wear other Holy Cross colors).

Friday

  • Hot Dog Day:  Our school families and community are invited for a hot dog lunch and family fellowship on the blacktop near the playground.  Families eat with their student(s) at the regular lunch time (unless a teacher has directed you otherwise).

Preschool: 11:00 AM
Grades 6,7,8:  11:20 AM
Grades 3,4,5:  11:55 AM
Grade K,1, 2:  12:15 PM

 

It is such a beautiful day today!  I hope you are all able to enjoy some time outdoors with your family.


9/2/16
No School

No School Monday, September 5 in observance of Labor Day.

School Pictures
School Pictures are Tuesday, September 6.  Students dress in their school uniforms.  Please bring picture forms and money on that day.

Forms
If you still have any school forms at home, please send them in as soon as possible.  These forms are diocesan mandated.

School Directory
If you do not want your email listed in the school directory, please respond to this email and I'll forward the information to the correct person.

Lunch Statements
Disregard the lunch statements sent out to you earlier this week.  There was a discrepancy that needs to be corrected.  Revised lunch statements will be sent out sometime next week.

 


It has been another terrific week at Holy Cross School.  Thank you for the privilege of teaching your children.  This week the teachers took care to talk with the children about the canonization of Mother Teresa this Sunday.  Mother Teresa often cast aside praise of her work and celebrity by saying she was simply "God's pencil-a tiny bit of pencil with which he writes what he likes". ~No Greater Love, New World Library.  Mother Teresa is important because she lived her life in such a way as to inspire kindness, which is just one simple reason to hold up her example for all to follow. 

Enjoy your weekend.


8/26/16

Our eighth graders are ready to lead us through a great school year!

Reminders

Monday, September 5 - Labor Day – No School

 

School Information

Strategic Plan

Attached to this email are the goals from our Strategic Plan this school year.  The strategic plan is extremely important to our school.  The goals are focused on the areas of academics, Catholic identity, marketing, enrollment, facilities, and finances.    After reviewing the goals, if there is an area in which you would be able to contribute your time and talent, we would love to have your input.

 

Education Commission

The Education Commission is an advisory board.  The members are representatives of our school families and community.  Their role is to provide thoughtful insight and recommendations on school policies.  It is then the role of the pastor and principal to carefully consider that input in moving forward.  The other major role of Education Commission members is to oversee the committees/areas set forth in the school’s strategic plan.  The plan is extremely important to the growth and continued vitality of our school, as the learning, teaching, development and enrollment of our school are dependent upon it.

From the parent survey last year, one item gleaned was the need for parents to understand the role of the commission and how their work affects the school.  Education Commission meetings will be held the same evening of PTC meetings in September, November, January and April.  At 6:50 PM, a short town hall meeting, Town Hall 20, will be held.  This will offer parents the opportunity to ask questions and interact with commission members.  We hope parents will take advantage of this time and bring questions and comments to the table.

Members of the Education Commission include Bob Ulbrich, Rachel McMillan, Jeff Hasenstab, Gio Guerra, Erik Hege, and Chris Lehmann. 

Parent Ambassadors

There is also a Parent Ambassador group that was created late last school year. They have met several times from spring through the summer. 

Dr. Sharon Weiss, CDOP Superintendent of Catholic Schools states, “The Catholic Schools of the Diocese of Peoria have a powerful story to tell parents of prospective students. It is a story of faith, focus and achievement, and there is no better person to tell that story than a parent of a current student. Parents of current students are key influencers in a prospective parent’s decision to send their child to your school”.

Purpose of Parent Ambassadors:

  • Organizes parents of current students.
  • Prepares them to be part of the school’s recruitment team.
  • Sends them out into the community to invite, connect, and build relationships with parents of prospective students with a simple set of compelling messages about the school.
  • Tracks the progress of the parents that the Parent Ambassadors touch.
  • Is proven to help schools with their recruitment efforts.


Members of the Parent Ambassador group include Jon McCoy, John Farney, Sara Williamson, Beth Frasca, Stephanie Rank, and Jennifer Byard.  Through a shared database the group has provided follow-up with prospective families.  They also have provided tours, as well as answered questions for these families.  The family picnic/swim night and potluck this summer were the work of the Parent Ambassadors.  In the future the group will assist with open houses and additional contact with prospective families.

 

It's been a great first week!  Our blessings are abundant at Holy Cross and that includes your family!

Have a peaceful and relaxing weekend.