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Mrs. Folk's Weekly Message-January 17, 2020

Submitted to All Campuses on Friday, January 17, 2020

Dear Holy Cross Academy Families,

I want to thank the Bishop Dubourg Seniors, Matt and Buddy, for their service at our campus for the last two weeks. They worked in the office, helping teachers with projects, and with the children during centers, reading one on one, joining them in PE, and playing games. The children really enjoyed having them here at our campus.

I want to thank all of the parents who came to the Kindergarten Exploration Night. I hope your questions were answered and if not please contact me or talk with any of the Kindergarten teachers in your building.

I know that many of you have questions or concerns regarding the upcoming changes for Holy Cross Academy next year. We look forward to parents joining us on January 23rd at the upcoming Preview Night at Annunciation campus starting at 6:00pm for more detailed information about the upcoming changes for the 2020-21 school year. The evening is designed for parents to go listen to presentations for the K-2, 3-5, and logistic/social information. Four presentations will be given on the hour and a half hour from 6-8pm, so the same presentation will be given four times for parents. Hope you can join us.

Enjoy your long holiday weekend!!!

God Bless!

Mrs. Karen Folk


Holy Cross Academy-St. Michael the Archangel Campus



Lunch Orders due by Midnight January 24th for February

Open House

The HCA Open House will take place as originally planned on Sunday, January 26 from 10-1 pm as we kick off Catholic Schools Week. We have extended the hours of our open house in order to give families more time to tour each campus if they choose. This event will be hosted by our teachers and administrators and will have Preschool teachers host at the JPII campus, K-2 teachers host at the SMA campus, 3-5 teachers host at the OLP campus, and 6-8 teachers host at the ANN campus. We invite you to attend the open house with your children to allow them a chance to experience each building and the unique features of each HCA campus.

Middle School Information Night

As a reminder, the Middle School Information Night will take place as originally planned on Monday, February 3 at the ANN campus from 6:30-7:30 pm. The Middle School Information is designed for parents of rising 6th graders to learn more about our middle school program.

End of Second Quarter

The second quarter is today, January 17. Report cards will be available online on Friday, January 24 at 3:30 p.m

TTEF Scholarships

The Today and Tomorrow Educational Foundation offers scholarships to families with students in area Catholic schools. There are some need-based scholarships and some that are not need-based, so all families are encouraged to apply. The application period will begin January 27 at 8:00am, and some scholarships are first come, first served, so please apply right away! Go to ttef-stl.org to apply. This online system will automatically sort your application to the scholarship you would qualify for based on your income level. Here are instructions for how families who do not currently have a scholarship can apply.

Families who are renewing a scholarship should reuse the same login information. The deadline for families renewing a scholarship is February 28. More information is available at


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

We are a Catholic Family Fraternal organization that includes moms & kids to be a part of all activities Brother Knights sponsor. We are always welcoming new family members into our Council. For questions, please contact Grand Knight Rich Kobylski at RMDKOBY2@GMail.com

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

Sunday January 19th Annual Basketball Free Throw Contest

After the scheduled basketball games in the St. Michael’s gym (around 5 PM) the St. Michael’s Knights of Columbus Council 16619 will be hosting our annual “Basketball Free Throw” contest. Boys and girls ages 9 to 14 are invited to participate and age group winners will be invited to join in on February 16 at 12 PM at the Seven Holy Founders gym for the District contest. Winners to qualify for the Regional contest

February 23 (location to be announced soon).

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

The Council will again be hosting our indoor NFL Chili cook off 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.

Lenten Fish Fridays

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


What is Coming Up:

January 21: MLK Day - No School

January 23: HCA Preview Night at Annunciation from 6-8

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

January 26: HCA Open House at all Campuses from 10am-1pm

January 27-31: Catholic Schools Week (more information to come)

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

February 4: 2nd Grade Sheldon Field Trip

February 7: HCPA Father/Daughter Event

February 11: Preschool Grandparents Day

February 11: 1st Communion Meeting at JP2

February 12: HCPA Meeting at 6:30pm at SMA

February 13: Valentine's Day Parties at 2-2:45 pm

February 14: Feast of Seven Holy Founders - All Academy Mass & Retreat - Noon Dismissal

February 17: No School - Presidents’ Day

February 19: BTC Catholic School Olympics for SMA 1st Grade

February 26: Ash Wednesday - Lent Begins