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Dr. Densberger's Weekly Message-October 11, 2019

Submitted to All Campuses on Friday, October 11, 2019

Holy Cross Academy - St. John Paul II

Bulletin for the Week of October 13, 2019

Clarification regarding vision and hearing testing:

JP2 students will have the option for both vision and hearing testing by the Center for Hearing and Speech on Monday, October 21. A form regarding this testing was sent home in the Friday folder on September 27. For this screening parents should sign the permission form and return it the JP2 office with a check for $7.00 made payable to Holy Cross Academy. This screening is optional. If you have misplaced the form for this screening, you can pick-up a new form in the office.

Second and fourth graders ONLY will have an additional vision screening on the following day, Tuesday, October 22. The vision screening will be done by Dr. Radakovic of Webster Eye Care. It involves 4 tests. In Dr. Radakovic's clinical experience, those four tests identify the most vision related learning disabilities: (1) visual acuity - a child's clarity of vision; (2) eye teaming skills - a child's ability to efficiently converge their eyes for reading and maintain that convergence; (3) depth perception - a child's ability to see life in 3 dimensions; (4) ocular motor skills - a child's ability to efficiently follow print across a page. If you would prefer that your child not be tested, please email Ms. Katie at kstein@hca-stl.org. I apologize for any misinformation regarding either screening that we have sent out previously.

Thursday Mass this week will be prepared by the first graders with help from the 4th graders. Please know that you are welcome to join us for Mass on Thursday mornings at 8:00.

Coffees with the Principal are scheduled during the month of October at 7:30 a.m. in the Teacher Lounge: Kindergarten and 1st on October 15, 2nd and 3rd on October 23, and 4th and 5th on October 29. Please note: We moved the date of the 2nd and 3rd grade coffee to the next day to avoid a conflict with the feast day of St. John Paul II.

2nd Grade Parents: Please mark your calendar for the First Reconciliation Parent meeting on Thursday evening, October 17. This meeting for second grade parents at all three elementary campuses will take place in the cafeteria at JP2, beginning at 6:30 pm.

November lunches are available for pre-ordering until midnight on Friday, October 18. November 2019.docx

The HCA Student Council is sponsoring a canned food drive again this year. The drive will begin on Monday, October 14, and end by October 31. Our campus is collecting food for the JP2 St. Vincent de Paul Society. Our goal is to bring in enough canned goods that when stacked they will completely cover the picture of St. John Paul II in the lobby. Please send food donations to school with your son or daughter.

Don’t Forget the HCA Trunk or Treat is Saturday, October 26, from 6:00-8:00 pm on the JP2 parking lot. Register online at Trunk or Treat Reservation. Reservations by October 15 are $12.00; after October 15 the cost is $15.00.

In order for grades and comments to be entered, the A2Zware Gradebook will be turned off for parent viewing from 3:00 p.m. on Friday, October 11, until Friday, November 1, at 3:30 p.m. The report cards will go live on Friday, November 1, at 3:30 p.m.

Parent-Teacher Conferences will take place on Thursday, November 7. As the date gets closer, we will be sending you directions and a link to schedule conferences.

On Saturday, November 16, we will celebrate the Holy Cross Academy Legacy Gala and Auction. Proceeds are used to invest in the future of Holy Cross Academy by enhancing the learning environment and giving our students the best resources available in the ever-changing world of modern education. We are asking our HCA community to come together in support of the 2019 Auction. There are so many ways in which you can help and all of us here at HCA have something special to give. We offer tax-deductible sponsorship opportunities and we are always looking for donated items for our Live and Silent Auctions. Please feel free to email legacygala@hca-stl.org or call Chasley Bradbury-Flores at 314.249.1307 with any questions.

Congratulations to the following students who got "Shout Outs" this week: Jackson Zorumski (K), Drew McDaniel (1st), Maggie Hagerty (3rd), Cameron Jones (3rd), Ernie Armentrout (4th), Quin Casey (4th), Ethan Kiley (4th), Finn Lydon (4th), Dan Polys (4th), Jon Stolarski (4th), Ayden Tierney (4th), Sam Trares (4th). See photo below.

Have a great week!

CALENDAR OF UPCOMING EVENTS

October 15: Coffee with the Principal (Kindergarten and First Grade)

October 16: HCA Night at Panera

October 17: First Reconciliation Meeting for 2nd grade parents

October 21: Vision screenings

October 22: Feast of St. John Paul II

October 23: Coffee with the Principal (2nd and 3rd Grades)

October 24: End of the first quarter

October 25: No School (Teacher Work Day)

October 25: Papa John's Fundraiser

October 26: Trunk or Treat, 6:00 pm

October 29: Coffee with the Principal (4th and 5th Grades)

October 31: Halloween Party

November 1: Feast of All Saints

November 1: Winter uniforms begins

November 5: Picture re-take day

November 7: Parent-Teacher Conferences

Click here to view the HCA calendar online.