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Ms. Abkemeier's Weekly Message-February 8, 2019

Submitted to All Campuses on Friday, February 08, 2019

Dear Holy Cross Academy Parents,

Pope Francis said in a homily, “Grandparents are a treasure.” In the same homily, the Holy Father noted, “The elderly pass on history, doctrine, faith, and they leave them to us as an inheritance.” This week we welcomed all our treasured preschool Grandparents and special friends for Mass and activities. A big thank you to everyone who was able to attend and share a special morning with our preschool students. Our youngest students were excited to show their loved ones around the school and share their faith with them through the liturgy. We appreciate the love, support, and prayers all the HCA Grandparents bring to our community and were thrilled to have them here to visit. Be sure to check out the HCA facebook page to see all the pictures.


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


Priority registration for existing families and those who are registered parishioners of one of the five supporting parishes will run from Feb. 1st – Feb. 15th, 2017. On Feb. 15th, registration will open to the general public. We are strongly encouraging existing and parish families to register BEFORE Feb. 15th to ensure placement for their child(ren). We expect high numbers at the elementary campuses and families must have their registration complete by Feb. 15th to ensure they have a spot. Registration forms received by March 1st, 2017 will receive the Early Bird Discount (only $75 per family). Registration forms turned in after March 1st will be charged $200. Please let me know if you have any questions!


March lunches are available for pre ordering until midnight on February 22nd. Please send in your lunch money owed to the school office. CLICK HERE: to view the March lunch menu.


We are looking forward to the All Academy Mass for the Feast of the Seven Holy Founders scheduled for Friday, February 15th at the Seven Holy Founders campus.

PRESCHOOL PARENTS: Preschool students will remain on their campuses February 15th. They will have the same drop off and dismissal time as a normal day.

K - 8 PARENTS: Kindergarten through 8th grade students will be dropped off at the Seven Holy Founders campus between 7 AM - 7:50 AM. After Mass, students will be bussed back to their home campus for a regular school day. Dismissal will be at your child’s home campus at regular pick up time 2:40 for Annunciation and 3:00 for the primary campuses.

CLICK HERE: All Academy Mass 2/15/19 Information



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 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

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


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 DRESS OUT DAY for everyone

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

March 13 Rockin’ Jump Fundraiser 4PM-8PM

March 13 HCPA Meeting 6:30 PM @ JP2

March 14 4th Grade Mass

March 15 4th & 1st Leads Stations

March 18 - 22 SPRING BREAK

March 25 Feast of ANN - 4th & 5th Grade

March 27 Read, Right, Run Practice

March 28 4th & 5th Grade Spring Music Concert @ ANN 6:30 PM

March 29 Early Dismissal

March 29 End of 3rd Quarter

March 30 JP2 First Communion Retreat @ JP2 9AM-1PM



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