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Ms. Abkemeier's Weekly Message-February 1, 2019

Submitted to All Campuses on Friday, February 01, 2019

Dear Holy Cross Academy Parents,

The students, Teachers, and I had a great time celebrating Catholic schools week. The students enjoyed celebrating being a student in a Catholic school with all the fun activities throughout the week. Your children may not fully understand how fortunate they are to attend HCA or recognize all the sacrifices you make every day to give them a phenomenal education, but I guarantee you, one day when they fully understand, they will thank you for giving them the gift of Catholic education You have many options when it comes where to send your children to school, and I am truly grateful that you chose HCA.

Be sure to check out the HCA facebook, twitter, and instagram pages to see all the fun we had celebrating Catholic Schools Week.


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


Believe it or not, it is time to begin thinking about your child transitioning to our HCA Annunciation campus. Monday, February 4 is Middle School Information Night in the ANN cafeteria at 6:30. This meeting is for parents only and is open to all of our present HCA parents and parents outside of HCA looking for a new school. If you know of anyone in your family or neighborhood looking for a middle school experience, bring them along. You will have the opportunity to learn about our program and hear from all of the teachers and a few students.


The JP2 campus is participating in the American Heart Association Kids Heart Challenge – Jump Rope event on February 15, 2019. Information about this event is coming home with your child in their Friday Folders. Join our online team! Download the app by searching “Kidsheartchallenge” in the app store OR Click on this Link to visit our schools KHC webpage http://www2.heart.org/goto/stpaulii

Register Online and receive GLOW IN THE DARK WRISTBAND


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 began 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 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, 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.

CALENDAR CHANGES: Valentine's Day & Mardi Gras Parties

The HCPA has decided to cancel the Mardi Gras parties that were to be held on February 14th. In lieu of the party, the students will do a Valentine exchange in the classroom with their teachers and classmates. The HCPA will sponsor a Mardi Gras Party on March 1st

OLP/JP2/SMA Campuses (K-5) 2:00pm - 2:45pm. Preschool does not participate as they have an Easter Egg Hunt instead. Middle School has a separate event on March 3rd


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 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 8 Father Daughter Dance @ 6:30 ANN campus

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 DOT Day

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

All Academy Mass - Parent Info

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 25 DOT DAY from Principals for the Day

February 28 1st & 4th Grade Mass

February 28 Preschool Parent Teacher Conferences

March 1 Preschool Parent Teacher Conferences

March 1 First Friday Adoration @ 12:45

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

March 1 DOT DAY

March 6 ASH Wednesday Mass @ 10:30 for students and parents

March 6 Read, Right, and Run Practice

March 7 5th Grade Mass

March 7 3rd Grade Music Field Trip

March 8 3rd Grade lead Stations of the Cross



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