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Mrs. Folk's Weekly Message-January 11, 2019

Submitted to All Campuses on Friday, January 11, 2019

Dear Holy Cross Academy Families,

I hope all of you had a restful and joy filled time with your families and friends over the holidays. The children came back to school ready to learn. I was impressed at how well the students got right back into their good classroom habits.

On Thursday the fifth grade students took the ACRE test. The Assessment of Catholic Religious Education (ACRE) test measures knowledge of the faith as well as beliefs, behaviors, attitudes and practices of the faith. ACRE carries the endorsement of the National Catholic Education Association (NCEA) and is based upon the Catechism of the Catholic Church. The diocese measures religious knowledge through use of the Assessment of Catholic Religious Education (ACRE) in grades 5, 8 and 11.`

Next Friday, January 18th, is the end of the 2nd Quarter and a noon dismissal. If you would like to sign up for aftercare on the 18th, please complete the form that is located on A-Zware so we can staff accordingly. There is no school on Monday in observance of Martin Luther King holiday.

HCA is busy preparing for Catholic Schools Week. We will be kicking off Catholic Schools Week with HCA 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 school uniform to all Saturday and Sunday Masses that weekend. More information will be coming out regarding the activities scheduled for CSW.

Please continue to pray for the Densberger Family as they continue to make progress in their recovery.

God Bless,

Mrs. Karen Folk

Principal, St. Michael the Archangel Campus


Important Reminders:

Kindergarten Information Night

Parents of children who will be entering kindergarten in the 2019-2020 school year are invited to join us to find out more about the HCA program. You will get a chance to meet the teachers, learn about the curriculum information, student activities, find out about financial aid opportunities, and enjoy some refreshments. Please bring your children on Thursday, January 17th at 6:30 pm at JP2 campus.

Teacher Appreciation for Catholic Schools Week

Please use following link to sign up for the Teacher Appreciation lunch on January 31st. All the Teachers recess and lunch duties will be covered by parent volunteers so they can enjoy a lunch from the HCPA together. Also, the 5th Grade Student Council Representatives have sent home in your child’s folder another request for Teacher Appreciation Day. Please review their Friday folder.



SMA Catholic Schools Week - Vocations Day

Monday, January 28th is Vocations Day during Catholic Schools Week. We are asking if parents can come in and talk about their careers to the K-5 students between 8:00 and 9:00 am at the St. Michael Campus. Thanks for your help in making this day a success. Please sign up at the following link.


Preschool/Kindergarten Coffee with the Principal

On Wednesday, January 16 at 8:00 am, please join us for a “Coffee with the Principal” for Kdg and Preschool parents in the faculty lounge. This is also a great chance for future kindergarten parents to meet current kindergarten parents and ask questions from a parent’s perspective. I hope you can join us!

Today and Tomorrow Scholarships

Parents, all families are invited to apply online for scholarships from the Today and Tomorrow Educational Foundation. There are scholarships available for low and middle income families. The application period will begin January 28 at 8:00am, and some scholarships are first come, first served, so please apply right away! Go to ttef-stl.org to apply. Families who have already applied previously should reuse the same login information. The deadline for families renewing a scholarship is February 28. More information is available at http://www.ttef-stl.org/info-for-parents/.

BSA Troop for Girls at Seven Holy Founders

The Boy Scouts of America recently changed their rules to allow girls between 11 and 17 to join the scouting program and work to earn the rank of Eagle Scout. Seven Holy Founders is forming a girl's troop and any girls from the area are welcome to join! To find out more, come to the organizational meeting Monday January 21 at 7:30pm in the SHF Parish Hall or contact Scoutmaster Anne Parker (314)963-3154.

Valentine & Mardi Gras Party Information

The HCPA has decided to cancel the Valentine's party on February 14th. The students will have a valentine exchange in their classroom with their teachers and classmates. The HCPA will sponsor a Mardi Gras party on March 1st at 2:00 pm - 2:45 pm. The Middle School will have a separate event on March 3rd. Valentine’s Day is also a dress down day.

5th Grade Minute to Win It Night on January 22nd is Cancelled

Design the Yearbook Cover

The yearbook committee is excited to offer a contest to design the cover for the 2018-2019 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.

Coat Drive

This year the St. Vincent de Paul Mini-Vinnies have decided to conduct a New or Used Winter Coat Drive for their 2019 HCA SvDP Service Project. The new or used coat drive will be conducted from Monday, January 7, 2019 and run until Friday, January 18, 2019. Please help keep others warm this winter! You can send your coats to your school office.

Reminder: Inclement Weather Procedures

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 9:00am. There will be no supervision of students available before 9:00 am. 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 KSDK-TV (Channel 5). 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.


January 11th - A-Z grades go offline to prepare for Report Cards

January 14th-NCADA class for K-2nd Grade

January 15th-Folk Music Field Trip-Kindergarten

January 16th-SMA Coffee with Principal- Preschool/Kindergarten

Field Trip-Blues Music Festival-2nd Grade

January 17th-Field trip to Florissant Civic Center- 1st/2nd Grade

Kindergarten Information Night at JP2 at 6:30 pm

January 18th-8:00 am Mass lead by 1st Grade

January 18th-KSDK weather school for 1st & 2nd Grade

January 18th-Noon Dismissal, End of 2nd Quarter, ASP available-sign up required

January 19th-Diva Dash

January 21st-No School-Observe Martin Luther King Day

January 22nd-5th Grade Minute it to Win it at Annunciation at 6:30pm

January 23rd-Music Sound and Science Field Trip-1st grade

January 25th-Report cards available online

January 26th-SMA Trivia Night

January 27th-Catholic Schools Week begins/HCA Open House 11:00-1:00pm

January 28th-5th grade Life Skills with Shrewsbury Police

Today and Tomorrow Applications open online