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Mrs. Folk's Weekly Message-March 13, 2020

Submitted to All Campuses on Thursday, March 12, 2020

Dear Holy Cross Academy Families,

The anticipation is over and Spring Break has finally arrived! Everyone is excited to have a little time off. I hope that families and staff get some rest, enjoy fun activities and if you are traveling, safe travels.

The 5th grade class and Kindergarten both went on field trips to the Sheldon Concert hall this week. Thanks to Mrs. Krobath for all of her hard work in planning our Music Field trips. 2nd grade led us in Stations of the Cross on Tuesday. Also on Tuesday 2nd/4th grade went to confessions with Father Grosch. Friday, Kindergarten led us in Mass for the first time. They did a great job in preparing.

Thank you to all of the parents who attended the HCPA meeting on Wednesday night.

During Lent, we are having a number of activities planned at SMA including Stations of the Cross weekly led by a different grade, Lenten series and lessons the teachers are using for their class, adoration and benediction, Change to Change alms giving, Sacrament of Reconciliation for 2nd-5th graders, and a campus retreat day on Holy Thursday. Please continue to pray for each other as we all are going through the Lenten season together.

After spring break the children can begin wearing their warm weather uniform. Just a friendly reminder that we go out to recess each day even if it is a little chilly.

March 27th is a noon dismissal and if you need ASP you will need to pre register. Forms are available on a2zware newsfeed. Finally if you haven’t already pre ordered your April lunches please take a moment to do that before the deadline

We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You. Because by Your Holy Cross

You have redeemed the world

God Bless!

Mrs. Karen Folk


Holy Cross Academy-St. Michael the Archangel Campus



End of Third Quarter

The third quarter will end on Friday, March 27. Starting Friday, March 13, the online gradebook will be closed for parent viewing to allow teachers to begin preparing report cards in our online system. Report cards will be available online on Friday, April 3 at 3:30 p.m.

Cold and Flu, Coronavirus Precautions

The flu at OLP seems to be winding down, the coronavirus in the news has us all on high alert to prevent the spread of illness. According to the CDC, the best ways to prevent the spread of illness are to clean frequently touched surfaces, practice good hand washing, and stay home when you are sick. We are using sanitizing wipes to clean the classrooms and are encouraging children to wash their hands well throughout the school day. Please remind your children of the importance of good hand washing, and remember to keep your children home if they are having symptoms of illness, especially fevers or vomiting. Students need to be fever free without fever-reducing medication for at least 24 hours before returning to school. Thank you for helping keep our students healthy!

Totus Tuus

Don’t miss out on Totus Tuus the uniquely Catholic archdiocesan and parish youth camp this summer! Inspired by Pope John Paul II, his love for Jesus Christ, and his desire for our youth to experience Him to the fullest, Totus Tuus is dedicated to sharing the Gospel and promoting the Catholic faith through evangelization, catechesis, Christian witness, and Eucharistic worship. Fully trained youth missionaries (college students and seminarians) bring the message in a fun and exciting format. Parishes all over the St. Louis area are enjoying this new Catholic youth experience.

July 6-10, 2020

When and Who: Day program, 9:00-3:00 for students entering 1-6th grade, Evening program 7:00-9:00 for teens entering 7-12th grades

Where: Annunciation (different from last year!)

Cost: $35 per child grades 1-6 includes a t-shirt, max per family $70

Teen program free (no t-shirt)

This year’s theme is the Commandments with a focus on the Glorious Mysteries

Leadership: Nationally trained college-age missionaries are devoting their summer to sharing the message with the youth of our parishes. All certified by Protecting God’s Children.

Volunteer opportunities for day programs- adults and teens (must be Protecting God’s Children certified). Other opportunities such as hosting missionaries, and providing meals. See registration form online or contact Becky (below).

Online Registration last week in February

Totus Tuus online registration form

Registration form is available on a2zware too.

For more info see video at http://stlyouth.org/totustuus

Becky Bock 913-488-2494 email: 2020totustuus@gmail.com


HCA is partnering with the Stanley Cup Champion St. Louis Blues to raise money for our Art program. It's all about a viewing party at the Enterprise Center. Tickets are $10 and we get $5 for each ticket we sell. All we have to do is promote the ticket link. Everything else is automatic and they'll cut us a check.

All oconsession are open. The Zamboni cleans the ice between periods and the "cheerleaders" toss out t-shirts. It's just like a real game except the Blues are out of town. The game is on the Jumbotron.

Parent View on A2Z will be closed on March 13th to prepare for 3rd Quarter Report Cards


The April lunch menu is available for pre ordering. Please take a moment to order before Spring Break because the menu will lock at midnight on Monday, March 23rd which is the Monday we return from break. After you order please send in your lunch money owed to your school office.

April 2020.pdf

Change for Change

Every year HCA during Lent participates in the collection Change for Change. Your child’s bag is in their Friday folder. Every child in the Academy in the elementary buildings is asked to collect money to donate for Melissa's Hope Orphanage in Haiti and the Sisters of Notre Dame missions in Ghana. The donations will be split between the two. Collections will continue until April 7th.

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 the HCA website.

All volunteers, parents going on field trips, and working in the classroom are required to take this online class. It takes about 45 minutes.

Knights of Columbus

March Planned Events

On Wednesdays in Lent, Council families are urged to attend the 7 – 8 PM hour of “Adoration” followed at 8 PM Benediction service (Wednesdays 3/ 18, 25, 4/1, 8). Rosaries to be said remaining time of silent prayer

March 27th Council will be serving Lenten Fish Dinners (Volunteers Needed in 2 time periods)

3:30 to 530 PM

- Table & Chair set up after pre-school classes let out 3:30 to 4 PM & Servers 4:30 to 5:30 PM

5 PM to 7 PM

-Servers 5 PM to 7 PM & Clean up of gym 6:45 – 7:30 PM

What is Coming Up:

March 16-20: Spring Break - No School

March 24: 4th Grade led Stations of the Cross at 8:45am

March 25: Mass led by 3th Grade, 4th & 5th Grade is going over to Annunciation 9-11am

(Annunciation - Holy Day of Obligation)

March 27: End of 3rd Quarter - Early Dismissal at Noon from SMA, Sign up for ASP

March 28: HCPA Mother/Son Event

March 30: 5th Grade Lenten Confessions

March 31: 1st Grade led Stations of the Cross at 8:45am

March 31 & April 1: SMA 5th Grade Shadowing Days at ANN

April 2: Spiritwear Day

April 3: LifeSkills class with Officer King for 5th Grade at 11:00am

April 3: Report Cards go Live at 3:00pm

April 3: End of Change for Change Drive

April 6: Mom’s Night Out - HCPA Event

April 7: Preschool Easter Egg Hunt

April 7: 5th Grade Mime Stations of the Cross Presentation after Mass at 9:00am

April 8: HCPA meeting at SMA at 6:30pm

April 9: Holy Thursday campus Retreat Day - Noon Dismissal

April 10: Good Friday - No School

April 12: Happy Blessed Easter!!!

April 13: Easter Monday - No School

April 14: LifeSkills class with Officer King for 5th Grade at 11:00am

April 17: 1st Grade Field Trip to the Arch

April 17: LifeSkills class with Officer King for 5th Grade at 11:00am

April 23: Agape Dinner & Rehearsal for SMA 1st Communicants at 5:30pm

April 24: SMA K-5 Grandparents Day

April 24: HCPA sponsored Middle School Trivia Night at ANN

April 27: LifeSkills class with Officer King for 5th Grade at 11:00am

April 28: LifeSkills class with Officer King for 5th Grade at 11:00am

April 29: Uniform Fitting at 2:30pm at ANN