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March 2021 Newsletter

Principal's Message

Dear Parents and Guardians,

A warm thank you to everyone for their cooperation regarding re-registrations for the coming 2021-2022 school year.   Every year parents have an opportunity to meet with all teachers to discuss their child’s academic progress.  This year we are faced with a unique pandemic situation and as a result there will be no face-to-face or in-school parent/teacher conferences. All Parent/Teacher Conferences will be exclusively held online. Be sure to mark March 25-26, in your calendar and schedule a conference with your child’s homeroom teacher.
 
Teachers will be providing every student with the necessary information that parents will need in order to properly access the scheduled Online - Parent/Teacher Conferences.

Please keep a close eye on the important March dates (calendar below).

If you require any additional assistance or have any other concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the school office.
 
Respectfully,
  
Alexander Cap, B.Ed., M.Ed.
Principal, Holy Cross School


IMPORTANT MARCH DATES:

2 - EARLY DISMISSAL - 2pm

5 - NO SCHOOL - Report Card Writing

12 - Report Card Distribution

18 - School Board Meeting

22 - Stations of the Cross

23 - PAC Meeting 7pm

25 - Parent Teacher Conferences via Microsoft Teams - 3:30pm - 7:30pm

26 - NO SCHOOL - Parent Teacher Conferences via Microsoft Teams - 8:30am - 11:00am

March 29th - April 5th - Spring Break

Monday April 5th - NO SCHOOL - Easter Monday
 
Tuesday, April 6th - First Day of School - EARLY DISMISSAL 2pm

Please click HERE to view the HOLY CROSS SCHOOL CALENDAR in its entirety.
Ms. Cruse's 3C class created this beautiful grid art proudly displayed in our hallway to celebrate Black History Month in February!
Pink Shirt Day @ Holy Cross School

This year, Pink Shirt Day, or Anti-Bullying Day was on February 24.
 
It is a day when people come together by wearing pink shirts to school or work to show they are against bullying. To raise awareness about bullying and cyber bullying. We love to refer to P.I.N.K. Shirt Day as Be Positive, Inclusive, Nurturing, & Kind whether in person or online. It’s an important year to learn about digital citizenship, cyberbullying, homophobia & being vigilant to stop all forms of bullying. Bajaj’s grade 7 and 8 representatives led a school wide” Digital Citizenship” activity. Our school took a pledge together:
 
“Starting today, I, _____(name)________, have an obligation. No Longer will I be silent if you need help. Silence is participation. I refuse to participate in the problem. We are all different, but we all deserve respect. If you need help, come to me. If I think you need help, I am getting involved.”

Miss. Smaczylo's kindergarten class had a very fun day on February 22nd with a celebration for 100 days of school as well as Hawaiian Day for I love to read month! 

What we are doing this Lent Season? Holy Cross School is COLLECTING FOOD FOR OUR CHURCH SOUP KITCHEN making sure those children and their families can get emergency food assistance when they need it, especially this year!
 
During this Lent season Holy Cross School will be collecting canned goods and dry goods to donate to the local Holy Cross Parish food pantry. Our food drive will help families in our community.
 
Please give what you can. We are asking for nutritious canned and dry goods. Here are some suggestions:
  • Canned vegetables
  • Dried beans
  • Fruit canned in its own juices
  • Applesauce
  • Canned soups
  • Beef stew canned
  • 100% fruit juices
  • Pasta and Pasta Sauce
  • Rice and Lentils
  • Condiments like ketchup and salad dressing
  • Multigrain and low-sugar cereals
  • Granola bars
Donations will be collected in each classroom, the Grade 7 students will be delivering all the food to the church before Easter!
 
Please return your donations to school before Easter.
 
Thank you for your help!

Mrs.Palmer
 

Precious-Joy Olowoyeye made it to Canada’s top 15 in Little Inventors Organisation!

Thank you to Let's Talk Science's project delivery partners for their vision and to our many donors who generously contributed to the “Horizon Project”. I am extremely proud to be partner and collaborator of "The Horizon Project". Together we sent 75,000 kits as a way to engage our Canadian youth in meaningful and fun learning opportunities that do not require technology or internet access: of these, more than 8,000 kits to Indigenous youth. That’s over 130,000 kg of unplugged learning resources was shipped across Canada. Every Horizon learning kit includes a colourful activity workbook to catalyze STEM exploration and literacy development, supplies to enable hands-on activities, design and builds, and an age-appropriate book. Over 180 organizations have contributed to the success of the Horizon Project.

STEM activities at home included two activities to be entered into a draw by using prepaid postage to submit:
  • A drawing or writing about what interests them when they dream about the future
  • Completing the Little Inventors challenge to design a solution that protects and improves the health of our oceans.
Our student Precious-Joy Olowoyeye's “Detective danger “idea was selected over 500 participants by Little Inventors Organisation. With my meeting with Little Inventors Organisation, I found out that they selected only top 15 ideas to make it a reality. It will be part of a unique online exhibition which will be launched in May 2021 as part of Science Odyssey week and it will also celebrate the launch of the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development in 2021.

Precious-Joy, we at Holy Cross School rooting for your success in this project and future endeavours. Please check here for more info and contact me directly if you need any more information.

My “ Innovating through interruption” was recognized by National Organization Let’s Talk Science and feeling honoured to be on a cover page and please see me collaboration with National Let's Talk Science Organization!
 
God Bless!
Our young budding minds dressing up as their favourite book characters for I Love to Read Month!
Coaches Corner
Exercise is a vital component of any child's development—laying the foundations for a healthy life.
  • Physical activity in children is important for a wide variety of reasons. It helps to improve concentration at school, healthy body, healthy mind, healthy spirit. 
  • Holy Cross School emphasizes the importance of safe physical education programs with social distancing.  
The following team of Phys.Ed teachers are committed to keeping your children safe in the gym: 
Mrs.Gulowaty, Ms.Cruse, Mr.Cooper, Mr.Krawchuk, Mr.Barczak, Dr.Bajaj, Mrs.Palmer
The world needs science, and science needs women and girls.  On February 11th, we celebrated the International Day of Women and Girls in STEM with some of hte strong, smart, passionate and amazing Women who care about inspiring and engaging young Canadians about STEM!  Let's continue the work to ensure diversity within our Holy Cross School community.
The STEAM Fair Kick Off                 
The STEAM Fair kick off is the beginning and introduction to our coming science fair. The STEAM Fair kick off started Monday, February 22, 2021, Due to Covid-19 restrictions and guidelines, the kick-off was held via Live Microsoft Teams Directed by Dr. Bajaj, and with the help of seven amazing students the kick-off, was spectacular.

The following students and with some help from other students created a kit for all the children in the K-8 grade classes within 2 days! Praise and Jovan(7RC), Lauren, Auriel, Julie, and Deion(8M) and David(8B)- all successfully carried and hosted the kick-off. Deion, Auriel, Lauren and Julie, started the kick-off with an easy activity called hoop-gliders, using a straw and two strips of paper. Praise then followed and warmed up everyone’s brains, so that they were ready to receive scientific information, with some brain games, she then taught them about the Nervous System and its importance. She explained to the audience the parts of a special type of cell in the brain called a neuron. Praise then showed the audience how to build their own DIY neurons with a bunch of pipe cleaners. David then followed and taught everyone about coding with a fun activity called Binary code, and he showed them how to make the first letter of their names using three different color of beads, to create a bracelet. And to finish of the kick-off, Jovan taught everyone how to build their own helicopter with a piece of paper and a paper clip.

Throughout the Live Microsoft Teams meeting, safety tips were given because there were needs for the use of sharp objects. The science kick-off was a blast, everyone had fun and learned at least one new thing. Together we made 380 kits for the school wide STEAM Fair Kick Off Binary codes, brain games, hoop gliders and much more!!! Exceptional problem solving, planning, organizing, analytical, innovation, and great collaborative work as a bonus .8000 pony beads just for coding! We learned that Science is everywhere. You do not need a fancy lab to teach it. In fact, a kitchen can become a classroom. With the right ingredients, kids can learn how to make an egg float, get raisins to dance in soda pop, and build a marshmallow structure that will support weight.

Keep up the great work and like previous year science fair will be virtual in April. Teachers will be proving information in their classrooms. If you have any specific question about science fair, please contact directly abajaj@holycrossschool.mb.ca
 
~ Praise and Jovan(7RC)
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