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Ms. Abkemeier's Weekly Message-January 4, 2019

Submitted to All Campuses on Friday, January 04, 2019

Dear Holy Cross Academy Parents,

I hope you all had a relaxing Christmas break. The Teachers and I are thrilled to be back after the new year. This month, we are preparing for Catholic Schools Week. We will be kicking off Catholic Schools Week with open houses at all campuses on Sunday, January 27th from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Students are encouraged to show their Catholic School spirit by wearing their uniform to all Saturday and Sunday masses that weekend.

Thank you to all those who were able to attend the Rosary for the Densberger family last night at Seven Holy Founders. The Densberger family was very appreciative of the show of love and support from the HCA community. Today, Dr. Densberger will have surgery for fractures in his rib cage. His wife Leslie continues to recover from surgery for her broken ankles. At this time, they request no visitors, but they ask for your continued prayers.



The JP2 Men’s club invites men and women 21 and older to their SUDS-A-Fund raiser sports trivia and beer tasting night. The event is January 12th, 2019 @ 7pm in the St John Paul II School Cafeteria. For $25 a person you will receive four flights of beers and five rounds of Sports Trivia, pizza, appetizers, and more. Come as an individual or bring a table. Nacho Bar, Wings, Pizza provided. NFL Playoff game will be on the big screens. Contact Scotti Hark for reservation and advance payment 314-603-3735 cell or 351-1511 home or Scottihark@gmail.com

Design the Yearbook Cover

The yearbook committee is excited to offer a contest to design the cover for the 2018-19 yearbook. Students can design a cover following the guidelines below. The cover will be in full color. Runner ups will be placed on the back cover. Questions should be sent by email to Angie Langhauser, preschool@hca-stl.org Designs due: January 15, 2019

Cover must include:

  1. Name: Holy Cross Academy

  2. Year: 2018-19 or 2018-2019

  3. Completed with NEW markers, all pencil lines should be completely erased

  4. Completed on white copy or cardstock paper or solid color cardstock 8 ½ x 11

  5. Computer designs will be accepted and should be printed in full color with high ink quality and bold colors

  6. Design and images should be 1/4 inch from the edge of the paper, to insure artwork doesn’t bleed off the page when printing.

  7. All pencils marks MUST be erased.

  8. All copyright laws for images, must be followed.

Campus Names: Annunciation(ANN), St. Michael(SMA), Our Lady of Providence (OLP), St. John Paul II (JP2), Seven Holy Founders(SHF)

On the back: Name, grade and campus, should be written in pencil on the back top right corner

Paper must be turned in without wrinkles or folds.


The JP2 campus will be participating in the GO! St. Louis Read, Right, & Run Marathon. The GO! St. Louis Read, Right, & Run Marathon is fully integrated marathon program for children in grades K-8 that focuses on literacy, fitness, and character development. Students are challenged to READ 26 books, RIGHT the community with 26 good deeds and learn to set goals to RUN the necessary miles in preparation for the final race. The final race will be in Forest Park the morning of April 6, 2019. The goal for the K-5 grade level is to train and complete either a 1.2 or 2 mile race. Parent volunteers will coordinate practices on the following dates for students in the JP2 school parking lot from 3:00 - 3:45 PM. If you would like to help, please contact Suzanne Hagerty at shagerty77@gmail.com

Wednesday, January 9

Wednesday, January 23

Wednesday, February 6

Wednesday, February 20

Wednesday, March 6

Wednesday, April 3

To register your child, please click the following link. https://register.chronotrack.com/r/44138 Be sure to select JOIN EXISTING TEAM to find our school.



As the weather continues to get colder, please review the following procedures for inclement weather. If weather conditions indicate opening school at the regular time would be hazardous, but does not warrant the school being closed the entire day, a “Snow Schedule” will be announced. When the “Snow Schedule” is in effect, classes will begin at 9:30am for all campuses. Doors open at 9:00 a.m. There will be no supervision of students available before 9:00a.m. Consideration for those carpooling to multiple campuses will be taken into account. An email, text, and phone blast will be sent out to indicate cancellations or snow schedule.

Information pertaining to cancellations or “Snow Schedule” will be listed on the Storm watch on KMOV-TV (Channel 4). Information also will be posted on kmov.com. Look for HOLY CROSS ACADEMY - ST. LOUIS

Ultimately, we rely on our parents to make the decisions that are best for their children and families. We trust our parents to evaluate the conditions of their streets and make decisions accordingly.


We are in need of cafeteria and parking lot volunteers for the 2018-2019 school year. A parking lot volunteer is responsible for aiding parents and their children across the crosswalk near the preschool entrance from 7:15-7:50 a.m. A cafeteria volunteer is responsible for helping in the cafeteria during school lunches from 11:15 - 12:30. If you are interested, please see the following links to our JP2 google calendar sign up page. All volunteers must have a background check and have attended a Protecting God’s Children workshop.

Cafeteria Volunteer Sign Up:


Parking Lot Volunteer Sign Up : https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1ws-KjYXxFbAwvqqkZy73wiIpv538FVx6LffWE338VvA/edit?usp=sharing

For questions, please contact me at cabkemeier@hca-stl.org or Miss Katie in the school office at kstein@hca-stl.org


January 9 RRR Practice @ 3PM

January 9 HCPA Meeting @ SMA 6:30

January 10 2nd Grade Mass

January 11 DARE Graduation @ 2:00 PM

January 14 Coffee with the Principal preschool and kindergarten

January 15 Kinder Music Field Trip

January 17 1st & 2nd Field Trip

January 17 1st & 4th grade Mass

January 18 End of 2nd Quarter

January 18 NOON Dismissal

January 21 NO SCHOOL

January 22 5th Grade Minute to Win it

January 23 1st Grade Music Field Trip

January 24 Kinder & 5th Mass

January 25 Report Cards go LIVE

January 27 CSW Open House

Jan 28 - Feb 1 CSW (more info to come after Christmas break)

January 31 5th grade mass

February 1 First Friday Adoration



As always, please contact me if you should have any questions or concerns.

Thank you,

Clare Abkemeier


Holy Cross Academy at the St. John Paul II campus