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Dr. Densberger's Weekly Message-February 14, 2020

Submitted to All Campuses on Friday, February 14, 2020

Holy Cross Academy - St. John Paul II

Bulletin for the Week of February 16, 2020

Monday of this week, February 17, is President's Day. There is no school on this day. I hope you can enjoy the long weekend.

Thursday morning Mass this week is being prepared by the 1st graders with help from their 4th grade buddies. Please feel free to join us for Mass. Mass is at 8:00 in the school chapel.

Reminder: Re-registration for the 2020-21 school year using FACTS, the new school information system that we will initiate in 2020-21, takes place during the month of February. Here’s how to access FACTS online. In Chrome, Firefox, Safari, or Internet Explorer go to www.factsmgt.com and click Parent Login, then select FACTS Family Portal (ParentsWeb). Type the school's code: HCA-MO. Click Create New Family Portal Account. Type your email address and click Create Account. An email will be sent which includes a link to create your login. The link is active for 6 hours. From the email, click the link to create your Family Portal (ParentsWeb) login. A web browser displays your Name and FACTS SIS Person ID. Type a User Name, Password, and Confirm the password. The registration fee through February 28 is $100 per family; after February 28, the registration fee is $200.

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 8:00 am, and some scholarships are first come - first served, so please apply early. 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 http://www.ttef-stl.org/info-for-parents/.

The Archdiocese of St. Louis has developed a new system for safe environment compliance called Prevent and Protect STL. All volunteers in the Archdiocese are required to register in the new system before December 31, 2020. This includes new volunteers 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. To help you through this process, here is a document with helpful Instructions for Registering as an HCA Volunteer.

A special thank you goes to the parents who have assisted with our class parties this year: Halloween, Christmas and Valentine's Day! We appreciate your generosity and creativity in planning activities for these days!

Reminder to second grade parents: The second meeting for the parents of second graders receiving First Communion this year is scheduled for Tuesday, February 25, at 6:30 pm in the JP2 cafeteria.

Have a great week!


February 17: Presidents’ Day - No School

February 19: HCA Day at Papa Johns

February 25: First Communion Parent Meeting #2

February 26: Ash Wednesday

March 3 & 4: 5th graders visit the Middle School

March 5: Early Childhood Parent Teacher Conferences (4-7:00 pm)

March 6: No School in the Preschool (regular schedule K-8th)

March 6: Early Childhood Parent Teacher Conferences (8:00 am - 3:00 pm)

March 14-22: Spring Break - No School

March 23: School Resumes

March 25: Feast of the Annunciation (4th -8th grades attend Mass at ANN)

March 27: End of the third quarter (early dismissal for faculty professional development)

Click here to view the HCA calendar online.