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Mrs. Folk's Weekly Message-December 13, 2019

Submitted to All Campuses on Friday, December 13, 2019

Dear Holy Cross Academy Families,

It is hard to believe we are going into our third week of Advent, Joy. As the Season of Advent continues, we are all waiting for Jesus, not just at Christmas. We are learning through the ornament a day the story of the Jesse Tree.

On Monday, we had many elves helping in Santa’s Workshop. Thanks to all of the elves and especially Lynn Mealey for being the head elf for the SMA campus. The children were so excited to have the opportunity to do their Christmas shopping and wrapping to surprise their loved ones.

On Tuesday the Fourth grade made their Advent reconciliation with Father. The Fifth grade students will go on Monday, December 16th.

Thank you to the parents who attended the HCPA meeting Wednesday night. I know it is a busy time of year.

Today was our Our Lady of Guadeloupe Mass. I am glad so many parents were able to join us. The fifth grade did an amazing job in leading the Mass in Spanish. They have been working hard and practicing with Senora Mills. Thanks again for leading us in an amazing Mass to honor our Blessed Mother.

I also want to congratulate our Kindergarten Teacher, Mrs. Paula Hackbarth, for being chosen to receive one of the Affton Chamber of Commerce’s 2019 Exceptional Educator’s Award. This award is given to recognize her for being selected for the Holy Cross Academy “Teacher of the Year” award.

Next week will be very busy. I hope to see all of you at the Advent Music Program on Tuesday night starting at 6:00pm in the church. The preschool Christmas parties will be on Wednesday with a Pajama and movie day for K-5. If you haven’t done so already please send back the permission slip for your child to be able to watch the movie. Friday is a noon dismissal. Please join us for Mass at 8:00am and classroom Christmas parties at 11:00 am. There will be no ASP on Friday.

I heard we may have some snow and ice in the forecast for early next week, so I just wanted to remind parents to watch Channel 5 - KSDK for delays/school closings with Holy Cross Academy - St. Louis and we also send an Academy wide blast. I am adding the Academy policy under reminders.

Have a great weekend!!!!

God Bless!

Mrs. Karen Folk


Holy Cross Academy-St. Michael the Archangel Campus



Snow/Inclement Weather Policy

Parents will be notified through School Messenger if there is a change in the school schedule, including Snow Schedule, School Cancellation, or emergency information. Parents should not opt out of School Messenger, as this is the primary communication method for school wide broadcasts.

If weather conditions indicate opening school at the regular time would be hazardous, but does not warrant the school being closed the entire day, a “Snow Schedule” will be announced. When the “Snow Schedule” is in effect, classes will begin at 9:30 am for all campuses. Doors open at 9:00 a.m. There will be no supervision of students available before 9:00 a.m. Consideration for those carpooling to multiple campuses will be taken into account.

Information pertaining to cancellations or “Snow Schedule” will be listed on KSDK-TV (Channel 5). Information also will be posted on ksdk.com.

In the event that school needs to be canceled once classes are in session due to a non-weather emergency, every effort will be made to contact you via email and phone calls. Information will also be broadcast on KSDK-TV (Channel 5). All students will be cared for until parents arrive.

Once classes are in session students are not dismissed early due to inclement weather.


On Mondays during Advent the students will start the day with a prayer service in which we create the living Advent Wreath. Preschool to 4th grade students can wear green tops with uniform bottoms (if you don’t have assigned color just wear uniform), 5th grade will wear either purple or pink depending on Advent weekly candle color, and teachers will wear red.

PJ/Movie Day on Wednesday the 18th

Please send back your child/children’s permission slip to watch the movie “The Star” next Wednesday. We also will be having Pajama Day (Please appropriate PJ’s) that day.


Please review the next round of sign ups for after school program on a2z. Chess & Wilderness Medicine are always popular!!!!


If anyone you know, like grandpa and grandma, are interested in OASIS Tutoring for the Academy, then please go to the New Tutor Training that will take place on Monday, January 21, 2020 from 9am-3:30pm at Our Lady of Providence School. Protecting God’s Children will be offered. For more information contact Mary Winkelmann, OASIS Coordinator, at mwinkelmann@archstl.org and she will get in touch with them.

January Lunch Orders

Orders can now be placed for January lunches. The window for ordering closes on Dec. 19 at midnight. Order now so you don’t forget.

Prevent and Protect STL

The Archdiocese of St. Louis has developed a new system for safe environment compliance called Prevent and Protect STL. Everyone ministering to minors and vulnerable adults (clergy, employees and volunteers) in the Archdiocese are required and asked to register in the new system before December 31, 2020. This includes those new to service and those who are currently in service. For those who have already attended a Protecting God’s Children workshop, your previous training date will transfer to this new system. In addition to attending a live Protecting God’s Children workshop, all clergy, volunteers, and employees will register for an updated background screening, view two new online training modules on abuse reporting and the Code of Ethical Conduct, and agree to the updated Code of Ethical Conduct. Please go to www.preventandprotectstl.org to register. The link for registering is on HCA website.

UPCOMING Events Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus

The Following Programs are being sponsored by the Council over the December thru March period

Please make sure to invite your wives and kids to be a part of all the upcoming events listed below. We are a Catholic Fraternal Family organization, and wives are now invited to be a part of all we do at council meetings, programs that we sponsor and co-chairing events conducted in support of our parish, our School & the community we live in.

Breakfast with Santa on Sunday December 15th

Council will be sponsoring the annual “Breakfast with Santa” that will be conducted after the 8 AM Mass and 10 AM Masses. Council team will assemble at 7 AM to begin cooking the pancake and sausage breakfast. This is a parish event and amounts paid will be given to the parish. Council contribution will be cost of food being served and service hours conducting the event. Please let me know your availability in the time slots listed:

  • Set up and cooking 7AM to 1st serving after 8 AM mass: Volunteers needed 5 w/3 committed so far

  • Serving breakfast after 10 AM mass: Volunteers needed 4 w/ 2 committed so far

  • Clean up of kitchen and gym after breakfast: Volunteers needed 4 with 2 committed so far

Sunday NFL Division Final Chili Tailgate & Annual Basketball Free Throw Contest January 19th, 2020

This is a council fundraiser and net proceeds will be split with supporting seminarians at Kenrick Glennon Seminary and

Holy Cross Academy on St. Michael’s campus to help cover some of the “out of pocket costs” teachers spend to provide items for their classrooms.

We will again be hosting our Council indoor NFL Chili Tailgate and NFL Division Finals that will be “Big Screened” and begin at 1 PM available to all parishioners who would like to share a fun afternoon, and diversion for parents who will be supporting their kids who will be playing basketball games that will precede the “Annual Basketball Free Throw” program that will begin after scheduled games around 5 PM.

Families will be charged a flat fee of $ 20.00 that includes chili, sides, and adult beverages with kids eating free. Families meals will include 2 beers for each adult, with additional beers at $ 2.00 and wine for $ 3.00.

Volunteers are needed as follows:

  • 5 volunteers to set up the gym meeting room for NFL game streaming and chili tailgating

  • 3 volunteers needed to supplement tailgating food throughout games

  • 4 volunteers to do scoring for “Basketball Free Throw Contest” that begins after the scheduled basketball games

Based on the last 2 years of hosting this event, based on kids who show up, scoring takes about 45 – 60 minutes, and then sweeping down the gym floor after the contest to have gym ready for school classes on Monday.

Events in February & March

Valentine's Day is Friday, February 14th, and the Council will be hosting a “Marriage Blessing” ceremony after the 5 PM mass on Saturday February 15th. We will send out an RSVP to parishioners to see if there is any interest in and hosting some type of meal for those who wish to be a part of the “Marriage Blessing” celebration that will be performed after the 5 PM mass with their children witnessing the commitment parents are participating in. Once final plans are discussed, we can discuss volunteers needed.

Lenten Fish Fridays

Lent starts early this on Ash Wednesday February 26th and we will be finalizing with Fr. Grosch how many Friday Lenten Fish Dinners will be cooking and serving. As always, the parish will be hosting the dinners and the Council will be co-hosting.


What is Coming Up:

December 17: SMA Advent Program at 6:00pm in Church Preschool-5th grade

December 18: Preschool Christmas parties at 10:30 am

December 20: Mass at 8:00 am, K-5 Christmas Parties from 11 - 11:45 am, Noon Dismissal, NO Asp

December 20 - January 5: Christmas Break

January 6: 2 Students from Bishop DuBourg volunteering for 2 weeks

January 8: Principal for the Day from Gala

January 8: HCPA meeting at 6:30 pm

January 9: Spiritwear Day

January 10: Mass led by 1st Grade

January 16: Kindergarten Info Night at 6:30 at SMA

January 17: End of 2nd Quarter, Half day for Students, PD day in afternoon

January 20: No School, MLK Day

January 24: Mass led by 4th Grade, Report Cards Go Live

January 31: Mass led by K-5 Grade - Catholic Schools Week Mass