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

Submitted to All Campuses on Friday, January 11, 2019

Dear Holy Cross Academy Families, January 11, 2019

Tuesday during Mass, Fr. Mike’s homily was about students recognizing and caring for others. He told them to open their eyes and see if there are people around them in need. When a friend is hurting; he encouraged them to write a note, call and ask how they are. He also shared an example of a bigger problem such as the homeless. Although the students cannot fix homelessness, they can bring in coats, socks, and have Penny Wars to help. God is love! The good feeling you get when you are helping others is a feeling of God. If the students are not experiencing this good feeling perhaps they are thinking too much about themselves. Middle school can be a difficult time for adolescents. Together we can work to help each other and know that our friends will help us in return.

HCA Geography Bee Champion: Today as the culmination of the National Geographic Bee elective, fourteen students participated in Holy Cross Middle School Geography Bee. The first place winner was Miles Rittenhouse with Madhavan Anbukumar and Luke Salmo tied for second place. The winners of the local school Bees take a test to qualify for the state Bee later this month. Thank you to Mr. Ewing and congratulations to the students for saying “Yes” to the Geography Bee elective.

The Pickle Ball tournament schedule for today was

postponed until next Tuesday

End of Quarter: Friday, January 18th is the end of the second quarter. Today, the parent view of the A2Z grade book has been turned off in order for teachers to work on student report cards.

February Lunch Orders: Online ordering for February lunches is now open. Orders must be placed by January 25. Order now so you don’t forget! Also, remember that milk is included with a lunch order, so you do not have to order milk separately on days when the student is buying lunch.

Coat Drive: Did you get a new coat for Christmas? 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 until Friday, January 18, 2019. Please help keep others warm this winter!

Sign up to volunteer for Catholic Schools Week: Click the link below to volunteer 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.

ANN Parent Sign Up Link


ACRE Test: Today the eighth 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. In speaking with the students, Ms. Kern said they felt very prepared.

Holy Cross Academy Alumni Wall We will be continuing and adding to our Holy Cross Academy Alumni Wall for Catholic Schools Week. I would love to hear electronically from former graduates, and I am hoping as parents, you will encourage your older children to send something in to jdolan@hca-stl.org (You can send something in yourself with their permission). A small picture will be greatly appreciated. We want to hear about high school, intended colleges, and any activities, sports, or special events they have been involved with now or planning to be in the future. Groups of graduates are welcome to send something in together.

CSW Open House is on Sunday, January 27th from 11:00-1:00.

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.

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.

Next week:

Tuesday: Mass 8:00 am

Thursday: Sixth grade field trip to Junior Achievement BizTown (Uniforms/white polos)

Friday: Character Formation Day, Early Dismissal 11:40

Saturday: SLUH Robotics Jamboree

Monday: January 21: NO SCHOOL

Stay safe and enjoy the beauty of the snow!

Janet Dolan


Holy Cross Academy – Annunciation Campus