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Ms. Abkemeier's Weekly Message-March 29, 2019

Submitted to All Campuses on Friday, March 29, 2019

Dear Holy Cross Academy Parents,

Today is the end of the third quarter. The parent view of the A2Z gradebook has been turned off in order for teachers to work on student report cards. 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, April 5th at 3:30 PM. As always, please talk with me or your child’s teacher if you have any questions.


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

Help us cheer on the STL Cardinals on April 4th for Opening Day!

Students may wear Cardinals spirit wear with their uniform bottoms.


K-5 OPTIONAL PARENT TEACHER Spring conferences will be held on Tuesday, April 9th from 3:30 - 7:00 PM. Unlike the fall conferences, this is not a time for a routine check-in with your child’s Teacher. Please do not feel obligated to ask for a meeting if things are going well. However this is a great time to meet with Teachers to discuss any concerns you may have. Conferences are by appointment only, so please contact your child’s Teacher to set up a time.

Save the Date: JPII Picnic - May 24th-May 25th

We can’t do this without volunteers! This is the one fundraiser that our children get to enjoy. You will be hearing from your room parent soon asking for you to sign up or you can reach out to Kati Johnson at 314-650-4037 or email at katicastello@yahoo.com.


The JP2 campus will be having GRANDPARENT/SPECIAL FRIEND DAY for our Kindergarten-Fifth Grade students on Thursday, April 25, 2019 from 8:00 a.m.-10:15 a.m. We will begin the day with Mass at 8 AM in St. John Paul II school chapel. Grandparents/Special Friends are invited to meet their grandchild/ren in Church. Grandparents/special friends can go directly to church and sit in pews. The students will then meet you at church.

All children in the family will sit together at Mass in the classroom area of the youngest child in the family (for example: grandparent with children in 5th, 4th, and 1st grade will sit with the entire family in the 1st grade area). After Mass you are invited to visit your grandchild/ren’s classroom and enjoy a donut/juice in the cafeteria.

Please click the link to fill out the RSVP form by Friday, April 19th.

CLICK HERE to RSVP for K-5 Grandparents Day



Our 2019 Scholastic Book Fair will be open after school April 23rd-24th and during Grandparents' Day on 4/25. Students will be bringing home more information in April. All fair proceeds go to purchasing books for both classrooms and the HCA/JP2 library. Please consider volunteering for this great event that benefits HCA. Sign-up information is now available: https://volunteer.scholastic.com/#/experience/signup/rvO1ofrvL


Click below for a list of some of the important dates for next year’s school calendar. The entire calendar will be available later this spring via the school Google Calendar. As usual these dates are subject to change, and the best way to stay up to date is with the Google calendar found at: https://www.holycross-stl.org/calendar.html

Click here to download a pdf version to print


April and May lunches are available for pre ordering. You may order April lunches until midnight on March 22nd and May lunches until midnight on April 18th. Since the end of year is approaching please send in your lunch balance owed to the school office.

April 2019.doc

May 2019.pdf


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, 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.


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


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

April 1 HCPA Mom’s Night Out

April 3 Read, Right, Run Practice

April 4 Spirit Wear with Uniform

April 4 2nd Grade Mass

April 5 First Friday Adoration @ 2:15

April 5 Report Cards Available Online @ 3:30

April 5 JP2 Parish Fish Fry 4PM-8PM

April 6 Read, Right, Run Race day

April 8 - 12 Safety Week

April 9 OPTIONAL Parent Teacher Conferences

April 10 HCPA Meeting

April 11 1st & 4th Grade Mass

April 11 JP2 First Communion Rehearsal & Dinner

April 12 1st Grade field trip to the Arch

April 12 3rd Grade Leads Stations @ 2:15

April 12 JP2 Parish Fish Fry 4:30 PM - 8 PM @ school campus

April 13 First Communion @ 10 AM

April 17 Cub Scouts may dress in Scout Uniform

April 18 5th Grade Lead Living Stations of the Cross

April 18 K-5 Holy Thursday retreat

April 18 Early Dismissal JP2 @ NOON ANN @ 11:40

April 19 NO SCHOOL

April 19 JP2 Parish Fish Fry 4:30 PM - 8 PM @ school campus

April 22 NO SCHOOL

April 23 Scholastic Book Fair 3:00 - 5:30 in cafeteria

April 24 Scholastic Book Fair 3:00 - 5:30 in cafeteria

April 25 K-5 Grandparents Day 8:00 - 9:30 AM

April 25 Scholastic Book Fair 8:00 - 3:00 in cafeteria

April 26 Dress Down Day for $1

April 30 5th Grade Jefferson City Field Trip



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