November 2017 Newsletter

Principal's Message

Hello Students and Parents,

I would like to take the time to introduce myself to the community of Holy Cross School. My name is Jeff Le Sage and I will have the duty to serve your needs as Acting Principal until Mr. Alexander Cap returns. Below is a brief description of my credentials and personal perspectives.

I have a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Manitoba as well as a Bachelor of Education from the University of Winnipeg. For about 10 years I had a successful career in business to business Sales and Marketing for some multinational firms. However, I felt that my gifts and abilities coupled with my personal desires where better served within the teaching profession. At the age of 31 I embarked on the path to become a teacher. I spent three years completing my education degree and have spent six years in the teaching profession. This is my fourth year at Holy Cross and I began the year teaching Grade 5. 

For those of you that know me, I am a devout Catholic that has a family of four children. I became a Catholic in my adult life and I can truly say that my faith has formed me to be the person I am today. I am an avid sports fan that is especially fond of the Blue Jays, Packers and Raptors. Having a young family keeps me busy at home which makes time fly by. I genuinely love being a part of a school community that allows me to share my faith and personal interests. I look forward to serving your families and other members of our school.

May God Bless All of Us,

Mr. Jeff Le Sage


1 - All Saints Day Mass 1:30pm


10 - Remembrance Day Service, EARLY DISMISSAL 11:30am

20 - Report Card Distribution

27 - Advent Service

28 - PAC Meeting 7pm

30 - Parent Teacher Conferences 3:30-7:30pm

Please click HERE to view the HOLY CROSS SCHOOL CALENDAR in its entirety.

Before 7:00 AM No supervision provided.
7:00 AM – 8:20 AM Before School program hours. Unless students are enrolled in the Before School program, they should arrive at the school no earlier than 8:00 AM.
8:00 AM – 8:20 AM School open to receive pupils. Supervision provided.
8:20 AM – 3:00 PM Regular school hours. Supervision provided.
3:00 PM – 3:30 PM School open for pickup of pupils. Supervision provided.
3:00 PM – 5:30 PM After School program hours. Unless students are enrolled in the After School program, they should be picked up no later than 3:30 PM.
If you are interested in purchasing supplementary insurance coverage for accidents both on and off school grounds for your children, please ask the office for a pamphlet or find out more at

We are still looking for parent volunteers to help supervise at afternoon recesses.  If you are able to volunteer your time, please contact the office.
Kudos to Holy Cross School Teacher

We are proud to announce that our very own Dr. Anju Bajaj is a 2017 winner of the Science Teachers’ Association of Manitoba peer-nominated annual award.  This award was designed to recognize Manitoba teachers currently teaching at the early, middle, or senior years levels, who are making exemplary contributions to the field of science teaching.
Dr. Bajaj has been a tremendous influence on our students’ love of science and we are delighted to share our congratulations with her!

All families, regardless of their faith, are warmly invited to attend the weekly weekend masses at Holy Cross Parish, 252 Dubuc St., just down the street from the school.

Mass times are as follows:

Saturday, 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, 7:50 a.m., 10:00 a.m., and 12:00 p.m.

To learn more about Holy Cross Parish please click HERE.
We will be having a used uniform sale in May, as well as September.  If any families have gently used uniforms, please drop them off at the office.
On Wednesday October 25th Grade 7C and 7RC went to MTS Centre for the We Day Event. Tickets cannot be purchased for this event, they have to be earned. The Grade 7 students read about Craig Kielburger, the founder of the organization and were immediately interested. They showed great compassion for under privileged children and wanted to help in any way they could. One students summarized the event as:

We Day changed my life. It helped me realize that there are other people in the world that have a terrible life and need more help rather than just thinking about myself. It helped me realize I need to help the less fortunate and change the world. It changed my life so much I just feel like giving so much more. I realize when I’m older I’m going to donate to all the countries that are in need, I’m going to sponsor children, I’m going to save the animals and kids, stop war, make peace. Those are things I’m passionate of doing. Every single person is powerful and I know all of us can change the world.”
This month the Grade 5 class completed Theme 1 of Roots of Empathy, “Meeting the Baby”.  They learned that their Roots of Empathy “teacher” would be Baby Somie along with her mother, Marie.  Before meeting the baby the class made a list of predictions of what they thought Baby Somie might be able to do at nearly 4 months of age.  They learned some basics about newborn abilities and how newborns learn through their senses.  They learned that babies develop along a continuum, mostly learning skills in a similar order, but at their own pace.  Finally, the class learned about temperaments.  We all have different temperaments and our temperaments affect how we react to situations and how we learn.  
The highlight of the month was when Baby Somie and her mother came to visit the classroom.  Baby Somie was happy to meet the Grade 5 students, and she quietly looked around at the different faces, smiling at the children.  She was in a very content and relaxed mood and did not seem at all frightened by the new environment or people.  The students noticed that when they were quiet Somie was more likely to make cooing sounds.  They noticed that Somie’s favourite person to look at and talk to was her mother, Karen.  She preferred to look at toys with black and white patterns rather than toys with bright colours.  The students weighed and measured Somie and learned that she grew about 14 cm and gained 2.6 kg since she was born!  They asked her mother about the skills they made predictions about, and she answered either “yes” or “not yet” to the various predictions.  In observing Somie and talking to her mother they learned that Somie is a low intensity baby (does not react very strongly to situations) and that her activity level is medium-high – she kicked her legs a lot when she was excited.  Intensity and activity level are the two temperament traits that we are focusing on for the month.
The students were encouraged to be detectives and watch baby Somie for clues to see if she was enjoying an activity or if she was getting tired of it and wanted to sit with her mother.  By observing the baby’s body language and understanding how the baby is feeling, they will soon learn how to observe each other’s body language to understand how others are feeling.  We are talking about how everyone has different feelings in different situations and that all feelings are acceptable and valid.
Robotics Club in ActionOur First Robotics Club is in full swing. As a part of the robotics club, students are having the opportunity to hone their skills in designing, programming, and testing a fully functioning robot.  Students in this program are gaining skills in engineering, logical reasoning, and most importantly teaming up with classmates to solve problems.  This meaningful activity does require a commitment of time and consistent effort.  We meet after school on Mondays, come see us in action if you like!
Spooktacular Science Day!On Halloween Day, October 31 all Junior High took part in a Spooky Science Day!  We all came into school dressed up – although old clothes was the preferred option – and completed some Spooky Science activities.  We made our own slime, tested the density of different liquids in our spooky sludge experiment, made our own fake blood and prepared some gooey, colourful slime! We all had a spooktacular day.
A big thanks to Dr.Bajaj for organizing these exciting days and successfully teaching us.
Please keep your tuition account up to date!  We accept cash, cheque, Interac, Visa and Mastercard.  If you are unable to make it into the office, we do accept credit card payments over the phone.  

Should you have outstanding fees for the 2016-2017 school year, please remit payment at your earliest convenience.

Thank you all for supporting our Kernels Popcorn Fundraiser this year!  We should be receiving the popcorn for distribution around November 9th/10th.
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