May 2018 Newsletter

Principal's Message

Dear Parents and Guardians:

With the final two months of the school year coming to an end, we are faced with overwhelming year-end activities such as, school field trips, outdoor education and grade 8 farewells.  In the midst of all these events, it’s important that our students and parents not lose sight of the educational outcomes that still have to be attained.  

The month of May is very special, for May 13th, is Mother’s Day. “Happy Mother’s Day” from the Holy Cross School staff, students and administration.

Honor her for all that
her hands have done, and
let her works bring her
praise at the city gate.
Proverbs 31:31

May 1 – 2:00 pm Early dismissal, Staff Meeting
May 13 – Mother’s Day
May 21 – Victoria Day (No School)
May 24 – Spring Tea Celebration   -  $6.00 each
(Tickets can be purchased ahead of time from Homeroom Teachers)

As we continue to work together, I know we will be able to accomplish a great deal more at Holy Cross School.   If I can be of any assistance to either students or parents/guardians, please do not hesitate to see me or call me at your convenience. 


Alexander Cap, B.Ed., M.Ed.
Principal, Holy Cross School

Our annual Spring Tea is coming up this month on May 24th, 2018 with shows at 1:00p.m. and 7:00p.m.  Tickets are $6.00 with all funds raised going towards books for our Library!  Spring Tea order forms will be sent home this Friday, and tickets can be purchased from Homeroom Teachers.



18 - Feast of Pentecost Celebration - 2pm

21 - NO SCHOOL - Victoria Day

24 - Spring Tea - 1pm & 7pm

29 - PAC Meeting 7pm

31 - Crowning of Mary - 1:30pm

Please click HERE to view the HOLY CROSS SCHOOL CALENDAR in its entirety.
Holy Cross held its second annual Music Week from April 16-20.  Here are some of the highlights:
  • Drop Everything and Listen - at moments during the day, according to each teacher’s discretion
  • Music Activities Traveling Teams - students from grade 5 led music activities in other classes as requested.
  • Grade 4 Opera Workshop featuring guest singer Suzanne Reimer, who taught them about opera, sang for them, had them listen to different selections and pick out mood and meaning, led them in opera singer warmups and taught them a song and dance from the opera "Hansel and Gretel”
  • Music Recital featuring guest performers and local student talent.  We had voice, piano, violin, and cello performances as well as a grade 8 choir from the two music classes.
  • Music Stations:  on Friday afternoon, all the children from Kindergarten to grade 6 participated in music stations, moving from classroom to classroom and trying different activities (facilitated by grade 6 leaders), including instrument-making, singing, dancing, musical art, games, making music electronically and on boomwhackers, drums and spoons.  
Many thanks to Mrs. Christelle Gregorchuk, our student teacher, who helped organize the event and performed cello at the recital.  Her contributions to the school will definitely be missed!
April brought us a visit from D’Arcy Johnston from D’Arcy’s Arc and his special canine friend to talk to our students about how to be responsible, sensitive individuals, and also to provide our students with more information about all of the wonderful things D’Arcy’s Arc does to help animals. 
"She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come.  She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue".  Proverbs 31: 25-26
Wishing all Mothers the Happiest of Mother's Day on the 13th!

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.
Reflections from Sacramental Preparation
There are 26 students participating in sacramental preparation this year at Holy Cross, from grade 2 to grade 8.  The sacraments will be celebrated on May 20 at the St. Boniface Cathedral at 1:00.   
The preparation sessions have included rich reflections, most recently bringing together the parables of the Good Shepherd and the True Vine.  In those two parables, much of the mystery of Christianity is to be found.  
The tender love of God is captured in image of the Good Shepherd, who knows his sheep by name and calls them to give them the very best life - his risen life.  The Easter mystery is captured in his promise to lay down his life for his sheep.  In the Eucharist (the mass), he calls his sheep to gather around the altar, where he feeds them with the very best food, himself.  Our response, to follow, completes the covenant.
The True Vine parable invites us to reflect on our belonging - in that parable, we are told over and over that we must "abide" - make our home - in Jesus.  This is the most important thing we can do.  By abiding in the Vine, we receive the risen life of Jesus (the sap that flows through the Vine), and separate from him, we die. But as long as we abide, the Father prunes us, removes the obstacles to His life, and the Spirit helps us to bear fruit.  In baptism we become part of the Vine; in the Eucharist we keep ourselves nourished with Jesus' risen life; in Reconciliation we ask the Father to beautify our branches; and he pours our His Spirit on us so that we bear beautiful fruit (Confirmation).
Parents also had an evening to think about how we can create a Catholic culture in our homes - the little things that we can choose to do that give us occasion to "abide", to be conscious of ourselves.  We reflected on how God's choice to become human in Jesus is the foundation of our understanding of sacraments and how that kind of thinking can shape even the ways that we mark time through our own family rituals.  God took on human flesh in Jesus.  Jesus transformed bread into himself, so that we can receive that gift and also be transformed.   And within our daily lives, we can make choices that transform time itself into a memorial of Him.
Many blessings to all as the Easter season continues... all the way till Pentecost on May 20!
Heather Lampman
Wow! It has been two decades! Unbelievable! Thanks so much to all of our faithful supporters for your continued effort in making this program so successful! A special thank you to the many schools and companies/groups that have joined us in this last year! Presently we have 118 schools, 192 companies/groups and hundreds of individuals saving tabs.
This year we are presenting two specialized wheelchairs, our 19th and 20th chair, to celebrate our 20th year.  One will be given to Marlon Jr. who was born with Cerebral Palsy and has spent his entire life in a wheelchair. The other will be given to the Manitoba Wheelchair Sport Association.  This sport wheelchair will be used by several participants in their basketball wheelchair programs.
Our next year’s recipient will be introduced at our June presentation.  In September, we will send a newsletter with their picture and information.  Included in this September newsletter will be an update on how well we did in June and the amount that we received for the tabs collected.
We would also like to take this opportunity to thank three companies that have been with us since the very beginning.  We could not have continued this program without their dedicated support.  Thank you to Reimer Express Lines Ltd. now called YRC ReimerSt. Boniface Bag and Western Scrap Metals Inc.!
In order to prepare for our presentation, please bring your tabs to Holy Cross School by Friday, June 1st.  If you can’t bring them during school hours, just drop them off on the wooden steps between the school and the house on the corner.
PLEASE NOTE: As of July 1, 2018, there will be a new drop off location for the tabs.  The program will still be running out of Holy Cross School, but the space for storage of the tabs is no longer large enough for the amount that we now receive.  The place you will be dropping them off is Trailblazers Life Choices Inc. at 1031 Autumnwood Ave. in Windsor Park (corner of Autumnwood and Cottonwood). It is a non-profit agency for adults living with disabilities that offers citywide opportunities for volunteer work, recreation, personal development and employment. The individuals at Trailblazers will be bagging the tabs. It is a perfect fit for a cause such as ours!
The assembly for the presentation of the wheelchairs to Marlon Jr. and the Manitoba Wheelchair Sport Association will take place on Thursday, June 21, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. in the Holy Cross School Gymnasium.  Watch for TV coverage! We will send an email by 5:00 p.m. that evening to inform you of what channels covered the presentation.  We are almost certain that CTV will definitely be one of them, as they have consistently covered us through the years.

Gwen Buccini                                                              Alexander Cap
Tabs for Wheelchairs Coordinator                               Principal
Holy Cross School
On April 30th, Student Council hosted a Basketball Shoot Out competition for Grades 5-8.  42 of our students entered the competition, with 5 boys making the finals.  Congratulations to everyone who participated!
Think Like a Scientist!

Growth in Seasonal Event Sends Three More Promising Scientists to 2018 Canadian National Science Fair
Each spring, budding young scientists gather in gyms and halls across our province to compete against their classmates, and vie for the chance to represent their school for the country’s highest honors at the Canada Wide Science Fair.  Through this process every participant is rewarded with knowledge, encouraged by their classmates, teachers, parents and judges, and maybe charting the course towards their career.  This past week, Holy Cross School organized its annual science fair prior to hosting the second annual Bison Regional Science Fair (BRSF).   These events are the product of teachers in the independent school system promoting strong science programs and using Do It Yourself (DIY) Science curriculum, which puts theory into practice and engages children with a hands-on-approach for conducting experimental, innovation and research based projects.

The Holy Cross School (HCS) Science Fair was supported by the St. Boniface Hospital Research Centre and St. Boniface Hospital Foundation to promote our Kids’ New Horizons science education program, which directly engage students in the future of medical science research. “Holy Cross School has demonstrated that it is a leader in providing opportunities for science students that promote scientific literacy. The School is continuously developing new programs for young minds, who empowered by their knowledge, can bring vision and creative insights to the issues and opportunities on the global stage.” Says Dr. Anju Bajaj, Bison Regional Science Fair Organizer.

Rochelle Squires, Minister of Sustainable Development; Minister responsible for Francophone Affairs; Minister responsible for Status of Women, in her remarks gave a message to these student participants that “never fear from challenges, take them as opportunities to do better” 

The Annual Science fair of the school recognized 25 projects, out of 150 total projects, from the entire school between the grades of 4-8, representing the efforts of about 300 students, 27 staff and 290 families.  Following judging, winning participants were selected to compete in the Bison Regional Science Fair (BRSF). To ensure that the Manitoba youth continue to be rewarded for their effort and achievements in sciences, we engaged 3000 students and about 500 families from different schools across the province. This science exhibition is one of nearly 100 fairs across Canada that celebrates the work of young scientists and recognizes excellence in their research and innovation. In its second consecutive year, the BRSF represents one of the largest regional science fairs in Canada and this year over 10 schools from across Manitoba were represented by 177 projects between grades 4-8.  In this premier event, the project ranged across various categories such as Health, Biotechnology & Pharmaceutical Sciences; Microbiology & Chemistry; Animal Science; Plant Science; Physics and Engineering; Social Sciences and Environmental Sciences.  Students were recognized with Gold, Silver and Bronze medals, special plaques, trophies and other awards from various sponsoring organizations and special dignitaries. We had a pool of 100 judges and after a rigorous competition, the top three (aka Team Manitoba) finalists; two were from Holy Cross School- Vrinda Vyas and Emily Doyle and, third from Christ the King School- Jonah Norman, will be competing at the Canada Wide Science Fair in Ottawa from May 12-19th,2018. All expenses for these participants including air fare, registration, boarding, lodging, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) activities fee for these student participations etc. is covered by our generous sponsors.

“Educating the next generation of scientists is a shared legacy of teachers, judges, volunteers and dignitaries from our community during these events, however, it is through their efforts that we in turn are inspired, encouraged and reminded that our future is bright” Cory Nykiforuk, Bison Regional Science Fair Chief Judge and Director Pipeline Research, Emergent BioSolutions

Holy Cross School Science Fair Chief Guests were:
Mr.Vince Barletta, St. Boniface Hospital Foundation President & CEO ;Dr. Pawan K Singal
Naranjan Dhalla Chair, Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences, St. Boniface Research Centre

Bison Regional Science Fair Guests:
  • Honourable Rochelle Squires, Minister of Sustainable Development; Minister responsible for Francophone Affairs and Status of Women 
  • MLA Colleen Mayer
  • Mr. Robert Praznik (Superintendent, Manitoba Catholic Schools)
  • Mr. Vince Barletta (CEO, St. Boniface Hospital Foundation)
  • Dr. Pawan K. Singal- Naranjan Dhalla Chair, SBRC
  • Dr. Cory Nykiforuk- Director Pipeline Research EBSI
  • Dr. Ben Albensi- Manitoba Dementia Research Chair
  • Mr. John Perry- Science Council Manitoba
  • Mr. Herb Reynolds- Manitoba Robot Games
  • Dr. Krish Sadana- Director, UniScience Laboratories
13 Schools, 177 projects, 100 judges and 500 presenters and participants!!!
Bison Regional Science Fair- Holy Cross School Results:

Elementary Level:
Sara and Athena- Gold in Microbiology and Chemistry
Deion –Silver in Social Science
Medha – Gold in Environmental Sciences
Stephanie Schattka and Mililani Ortilla – Silver in Environmental Sciences
Junior High:
Ella: Gold in Health, Biotechnology, and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Marcus, Jianna and Danielle – Silver in Health, Biotechnology, and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Vrinda- Gold in Microbiology and Chemistry
Lucas - Silver in Microbiology and Chemistry
Daniel - Bronze in Microbiology and Chemistry
Emma and Stefania – Gold in Plant Sciences
Mathew S- Silver in Plant Sciences
Dion and Swastik -Silver in Plant Sciences
Emily – Gold in Physics and Engineering
Evan and Anthony- Silver in Physics and Engineering
Mateo –Silver in Physics and Engineering
Patrick and Mathew - Bronze in Physics and Engineering
Raphael, Gianna, Daniella, Gillian and Anika- Bronze in Social Science
  1. SARA CHRISTIE- Award for Elementary Best in Category Microbiology and Chemistry
  2. VRINDA VYAS- Award for Junior High Best in Category Microbiology and Chemistry
  3. EMMA and STEFANIA- Award for Best in Category in Plant Sciences
  4. EMILY DOYLE- Award for Best in Category in Physics and Engineering
Emily and Vrinda will also be going to the Canada Wide Science Fair in Ottawa! Congratulations Emily and Vrinda!

Thanks to the science teachers Mr. Lesage, Mrs. Tsiolas, Mrs. Dado and to all their parents for their support.
Lets Talk Science
The Let’s Talk Science Challenge is a team-based, competitive enrichment event for Grades 6-8 students that take place each spring at over 20 Let’s Talk Science Outreach locations across Canada.

This free, fun-filled program encourages students to build their team skills, interact with relevant role models and test their abilities against peers. The Challenge includes an exciting question and answer competition, an interactive, hands-on design challenge, guest speakers and more! It inspires students to acquire science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) knowledge beyond their curriculum.

Holy Cross School received a $300 grant to promote our Science Education. Our grade 6-8 students participated in the LTS competition at the University of Manitoba on April 30th and they were listed top 5 among Manitoba schools. Here are the participants:

Grade 6- Sara and Athena
Grade 7C- Marcus, Roy
Grade 7RC- Jed
Grade 8B- Jianna, Hans, Chizzy, Mathew S. and Israel
Grade 8M- Mathew F., Patrick, Dion, Swastik, Katrina and Vrinda
Manitoba Schools Science Symposium:
Three students from Holy Cross School participated in the MSSS from April 27-29th at the University of Manitoba:
Vrinda Vyas- Gold Medal, Certificate and $100 from ASM Manitoba

Stephanie Schattka and Mililani Ortilla- Gold Medal, Certificates $100 Cash for best in physical sciences and $100 from Engineering Geoscientists Manitoba.

Dr. Bajaj received a recognition certificate for her 10 years of continuous and dedicated service as a Manitoba Schools Science Symposium Judge. It was presented to her by MSSS judging chair at the Friday April 27, 2018 Judges Banquet.
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