Mrs. Fok's Weekly Message-December 20, 2019

Submitted to All Campuses on Friday, December 20, 2019

Dear Holy Cross Academy Families,

It is hard to believe we are going into our last week of Advent, Peace. Let us all remember the Christmas season is about the coming of our Lord. He teaches us that he is the Light of the World and his light has shown on us. We also need Peace in our hearts to let the light in. Let us all bring Peace into our minds, souls, and hearts through this season and break.

I hope everyone had some fun on the snowdays. I heard many of the children went sledding, constructed snowmen, and even had some snowball fights.

Today, the Fifth grade made their Advent reconciliation with Father after Mass. The students had a great time at each of the Christmas parties. Thanks to all of the parents who helped make them all so special.

Thank you to the parents who attended the HCA Restructuring meeting Wednesday night. I know it is a very busy time for everyone. It is so important if you have any questions, concerns, or ideas to contact me. Communication needs to remain open through the process.

Sorry for the inconvenience of rescheduling the Advent Program. It is rescheduled for Tuesday, January 7th starting at 6:00pm in the church. Let your family and friends know of the change to enjoy more holiday joy.

I know that many of you have questions or concerns regarding the upcoming structure change for Holy Cross Academy.  Stay tuned for opportunities to become involved in the process as we move forward and iron out some of the details about the new model.  If you have any ideas that you think may be helpful, or if you just have some questions or concerns, please reach out. You can send me an email, or I would be happy to meet with you to discuss your ideas or concerns.

I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!! Please enjoy your time with your family and friends during this joyous season. For those families traveling please be safe. See everyone in 2020.

God Bless!

Mrs. Karen Folk

Principal

Holy Cross Academy-St. Michael the Archangel Campus

kfolk@hca-stl.org


REMINDERS:

OASIS NEW TUTOR TRAINING

If anyone you know, like grandpa and grandma, are interested in OASIS Tutoring for the Academy, then please go to the New Tutor Training that will take place on Monday, January 21, 2020 from 9am-3:30pm at Our Lady of Providence School. Protecting God’s Children will be offered. For more information contact Mary Winkelmann, OASIS Coordinator, at mwinkelmann@archstl.org and she will get in touch with them.

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

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

Please make sure to invite your wives and kids to be a part of all the upcoming events listed below. We are a Catholic Fraternal Family organization, and wives are now invited to be a part of all we do at council meetings, programs that we sponsor and co-chairing events conducted in support of our parish, our School & the community we live in.

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

This is a council fundraiser and net proceeds will be split with supporting seminarians at Kenrick Glennon Seminary and

Holy Cross Academy on St. Michael’s campus to help cover some of the “out of pocket costs” teachers spend to provide items for their classrooms.

We will again be hosting our Council indoor NFL Chili Tailgate 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.

Volunteers are needed as follows:

  • 5 volunteers to set up the gym meeting room for NFL game streaming and chili tailgating

  • 3 volunteers needed to supplement tailgating food throughout games

  • 4 volunteers to do scoring for “Basketball Free Throw Contest” that begins after the scheduled basketball games

Based on the last 2 years of hosting this event, based on kids who show up, scoring takes about 45 – 60 minutes, and then sweeping down the gym floor after the contest to have gym ready for school classes on Monday.

Events in February & March

Valentine's Day is Friday, February 14th, and the Council will be hosting a “Marriage Blessing” ceremony after the 5 PM mass on Saturday February 15th. We will send out an RSVP to parishioners to see if there is any interest in and hosting some type of meal for those who wish to be a part of the “Marriage Blessing” celebration that will be performed after the 5 PM mass with their children witnessing the commitment parents are participating in. Once final plans are discussed, we can discuss volunteers needed.

Lenten Fish Fridays

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

IMPORTANT INFO…

What is Coming Up:

December 20 - January 5: Christmas Break

January 6: 2 Students from Bishop DuBourg volunteering for 2 weeks, Classes resume

January 7: Advent Program starting at 6:00 pm for PreK-5th Grade

January 8: Principal for the Day from Gala

January 8: HCPA meeting at 6:30 pm

January 9: Spiritwear Day

January 10: Mass led by 1st Grade

January 16: Kindergarten Info Night at 6:30 at SMA

January 17: End of 2nd Quarter, Half day for Students, PD day in afternoon

January 20: No School, MLK Day

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

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