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

Submitted to All Campuses on Friday, December 13, 2019

Dear HCA-OLP Families,

I hope you all enjoyed our Advent concert last night. The children, their teachers, and Mrs. Krobath all worked very hard to prepare for the event, and they did a terrific job! What a wonderful way to help us reflect on the real meaning of the Advent and Christmas seasons!

As always, please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or if there is any way I may be of help! I hope you all have an enjoyable weekend!

In God’s Peace,

Mrs. Katie Koberlein

Principal, Our Lady of Providence Campus

K-5 Pajama and Movie Day

To celebrate the success of our recent toy drive and also to celebrate this wonderful time of year, Tuesday at the OLP campus will be a special day.

  • Students may dress out of uniform in pajamas.

  • Students may bring a small blanket or a pillow. We will be watching a movie together as a whole group, and students will be seated on the floor of the cafeteria. The blanket or pillow is so they will be comfy during the movie. We will watch “The Muppets Christmas Carol,” which is rated G.

  • There will also be a visit from Santa!! He will visit all students from preschool to grade 5.

Reminder: Inclement Weather Procedures

There is snow in the forecast for next Monday, so I want to remind everyone of how to find out if we are having a snow day. Information pertaining to cancellations or “Snow Schedule” will be listed on the Storm watch on KSDK-TV (Channel 5). This will be listed as Holy Cross Academy-St. Louis, not by the campus name. There will also be messages sent out by text and email to alert families. If your contact information has changed, please update this in your A2Z account to make sure you get the message.

Ultimately, we rely on our parents to make the decisions that are best for their children and families. We trust our parents to evaluate the conditions of their streets and make decisions accordingly.

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 9:30am for all campuses. Doors open at 9:00am. There will be no supervision of students available before 9:00am. Consideration for those carpooling to multiple campuses will be taken into account. An email and text will be sent out to indicate cancellations or snow schedule.

After School Activities

Enrollment is open for two new activities organized by the after school program at HCA - chess and wilderness medicine. See the flyers on A2Z for more information.

Hour of Code

This week, Holy Cross Academy K-5 students at Our Lady of Providence, St. John Paul II and St. Michael the Archangel campuses celebrated Computer Science Education Week (Dec. 9-15) by participating in The Hour of Code with over 800 million other students from over 180 countries around the world.

The Hour of Code, organized by, is a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify code and show that anybody can learn the basics. It is dedicated to expanding participation in computer science by making it available in more schools and increasing participation and interest in computer science. While we work with throughout the school year, this week we took the time to celebrate coding.

Prevent and Protect

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 to register. To help you through this process, here is a document with helpful Instructions for Registering as an HCA Volunteer.

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!

St. Louis County Library Winter Reading Challenge

The public library is having a fun reading challenge this winter, from Dec. 1 to Jan. 31. You can get logs for all ages at your local branch of the library. These logs ask students to complete at least 5 of 20 activities like "read a funny book" or "visit the library." Upon completion, students who bring the log to any SLCL location will earn a sale table voucher for a free book and an entry into the winter reading prize raffle. For more information, or to sign up to track your activities online, go to

Dressing for our Advent Prayer Services

To celebrate Advent, we will have a Living Advent Wreath prayer service each Monday morning instead of our usual morning prayer. Students are asked to wear a green shirt with their uniform bottoms that day. 5th graders should wear a purple or pink shirt with their uniform bottoms.

Santa’s Workshop

Thank you to all of the parents who volunteered to help out at our Santa’s Workshop! The children really enjoyed selecting gifts for their family members.

Cold and Flu Season

Cold and flu season has arrived in the St. Louis area, and HCA-OLP is no exception. At school, we clean classroom surfaces regularly and remind the students to practice good hand washing and cover their coughs and sneezes. We also need parents’ help to reduce the spread of illness. It is important to keep your child home from school if there is a fever present or if your child shows other symptoms of illness. Students must have had no vomiting and be fever-free without the aid of fever-reducing medications for 24 hours before returning to school. Thanks for your help in keeping everyone as healthy as possible.

Upcoming Events

Monday, December 16: Students Wear Green for Advent Prayer Service

Tuesday, December 17: 5th grade field trip to Crestview Senior Living

Wednesday, December 18: 2nd grade leads mass

Friday, December 20: Early dismissal, NO AFTERCARE, Start of Christmas break

At OLP campus, preschool dismisses at 11:45, and K-5 dismisses at 12:00.

Monday, January 6: First Day of School after Christmas break

Wednesday, January 8: 4th grade leads mass

Thursday, January 9: HCA Spirit Day

Click here to view the HCA calendar online.