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Mrs. Folk's Weekly Message-January 24, 2020

Submitted to All Campuses on Friday, January 24, 2020

Dear Holy Cross Academy Families,

I want to thank all of the parents who ventured out in the snow to come to the Holy Cross Academy Preview Night on Thursday night at Annunciation. I hope questions and/or concerns were answered about the individual campuses and logistic/social aspects of the new structure. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at anytime.

Please join us at the HCA open house on Sunday, January 26th from 10am-1 pm as we kick off Catholic Schools Week. We have extended the hours of “open house” to give families more time to tour each campus if they wish. This event will be hosted by our teachers and administrators. Preschool teachers will host at the JPII campus, K-2 teachers will host at the SMA campus, 3-5 teachers will host at the OLP campus, and 6-8 teachers will host at the ANN campus. We invite families to attend the open house with your children to allow them a chance to experience what each campus has to offer with its individual unique features.

On Wednesday our campus will celebrate the 100th day of school this year. Classes have many fun activities/assignments planned that will incorporate the 100th day theme.

Everyone is excited about the upcoming HCA Catholic Schools Week. Below is the itenary of all the dress days and activities planned for the entire week.

God Bless!

Mrs. Karen Folk


Holy Cross Academy-St. Michael the Archangel Campus



Catholic Schools Week Itinerary


  • Mass→ students who go to mass in uniform will get a DOT card

  • Open House: 10::00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M.


  • Catholic Schools Week Kick-Off Day → spirit wear day

  • 8:00-8:30 A.M.: Morning kick off in the cafeteria

    • Prayer Together.

  • 2:15 : Students Minute to Win it games and dance party in the gym


  • Team Tuesday→ sports clothes/jerseys/team shirts with P.E. bottoms

  • Assemble the blessing bags in the morning.

  • Fourth and Fifth grade will team up with the preschool classes to play games in their rooms or build.

  • 2:15 -> Faculty vs. Fifth grade volleyball game


  • Wacky Wednesday/Student Appreciation→ wacky clothes/full dress down

  • No homework or tests

  • D.E.A.R. time in classroom

  • Second and Third Grade will team up to read to preschool classrooms.

  • Classroom afternoon activity


  • Teacher Appreciation Day→ students in full uniform

  • Teacher’s Luncheon


  • Parent Appreciation Day→ students dress like their parents (appropriately)

  • 5th Grade Living Museum Presentation in the Gym at 1:30pm

February Lunch Orders due by Midnight on Friday, January 24th.

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.

Report Cards go Live Today

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

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 27-31: Catholic Schools Week

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