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Ms. Abkemeier's Weekly Message-January 11, 2019

Submitted to All Campuses on Friday, January 11, 2019

Dear Holy Cross Academy Parents,

Friday, January 18th is the end of the second quarter. Today, the parent view of the A2Z gradebook has been turned off in order for teachers to work on student report cards. As a reminder, at Holy Cross Academy students are assessed using the reporting system known as Curriculum Based Grading. You may have heard this method described as “Standards Based Grading,” however, since the curriculum at Holy Cross Academy drives our instruction to students, we refer to this grading and reporting method as Curriculum Based Grading (CBG). This method requires teachers to base grades on specific criteria derived from common learning standards. You may wish to review the HCA Parents’ Guide to Curriculum Based Grading which can be found on the HCA website under the PARENTS tab, before report cards are available online Friday, January 25th at 3:30 PM. As always, please talk with me or your child’s teacher if you have any questions.

REMINDER: Friday, January 18, Holy Cross Academy will dismiss at 11:40 (ANN) / 12:00 (OLP, JP2, SMA). After School Programming will be available to all preschool-5th grade students until 6:00 pm, and 6th-8th grade students until 5:00 pm at HOME CAMPUSES. Students will eat lunch, enjoy a snack, and watch a movie. To ensure adequate staffing levels, students MUST BE pre-registered for ASP that day. Click here to print form.


CLICK HERE to view the newest St. John Paul II Parish Bulletin


February lunches are available for pre ordering until midnight on January 25th. Please send in your lunch money owed to the school office. February 2019.docx


Interested in learning more about kindergarten? Come to the Kindergarten information night on January 17th at 6:30 in the JP2 school campus cafeteria. Join us to learn more about:

  • Individualized Learning

  • Faith Formation and Sacramental Preparation

  • Community

  • Needs-based Financial Assistance

  • Low Student - Teacher Ratio


    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/.


    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.


    The HCPA has decided to cancel the Valentine's party on February 14th. The students will do a valentine exchange in their classroom with their teachers and classmates. The HCPA will sponsor a Mardi Gras on March 1st at 2:00 - 2:45. The preschool do not have a Mardi Gras party. They have the Easter Egg hunt instead.


    Thursday, January 31st is Teacher Appreciation Day. To celebrate our Teachers, the HCPA will be providing a lunch at each campus. In addition, we are asking for parent volunteers to cover the Teachers recess and lunch shifts, in order for them to enjoy their special lunch together. Sign up to help show our HCA Teachers how much we appreciate their hard work and dedication. Thank you! CLICK HERE: Teacher Appreciation Lunch Volunteer Sign Up


    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 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. To sign up for a workshop, follow this link. CLICK HERE: to sign up for a Protecting God's Children workshop

    CLICK HERE: for Cafeteria Volunteers CLICK HERE: for Parking Lot Volunteers

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


    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 23 1st Grade Music Field Trip

    January 24 Kinder & 5th Mass

    January 25 Report Cards go LIVE

    January 27 CSW Open House 11 AM - 1 PM

    Jan 28 - Feb 1 CSW

    January 28 Marvelous Monday - Spirit Wear with Uniform

    January 29 Team Tuesday - Full Dress Down in Favorite Sports Team Gear

    January 30 Wacky Wednesday - Wacky Mismatched Dress Down

    January 31 Teacher Thursday - Students in regular school uniform

    January 31 5th grade mass

    February 1 Fun Friday - Student Full Dress Down with Spirit Wear

    February 1 First Friday Adoration @ 2:15

    February 4 Middle School Information Night @ 6:30 ANN campus

    February 6 Read, Right, and Run Practice

    February 7 Spirit Wear with Uniform

    February 7 4th Grade Mass

    February 7 Preschool Grandparents Day

    February 12 5th Grade shadow day at ANN campus

    February 12 First Communion Parent Meeting @ 6:30 OLP Church

    February 13 HCPA meeting @ 6:30 OLP campus

    February 14 Valentine’s Day - students will exchange valentines in classrooms

    (more information to come from homeroom teachers)

    February 14 3rd Grade mass

    February 15 Feast of the Seven Holy Founders - FULL DAY

    (K-8 students dropped off at SHF campus for Mass and bussed back to home campus for regular school day and dismissal. Preschool stays at home campus. More info to come)

    February 18 NO SCHOOL

    February 19 5th Grade shadow day at ANN campus

    February 20 Read, Right, and Run Practice

    February 21 2nd Grade Mass

    February 22 5th Grade Music Field Trip

    February 22 HCPA Mother Son Event

    February 23 JP2 Parish Auction

    February 23 8th Grade Confirmation Retreat

    February 25 HCA Dairy Queen Fundraiser 5 PM - 8 PM

    February 28 1st & 4th Grade Mass

    February 28 Preschool Parent Teacher Conferences

    March 1 Preschool Parent Teacher Conferences

    March 1 HCPA K-5 Mardi Gras Party @ 2:00 - 2:45



    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