June 2018 Newsletter

Principal's Message

Dear Parents and Guardians,
I’m pleased to report that we had a wonderful turnout for our Spring Tea “The School of Rock” and wish to take this opportunity to thank our staff for making this event a success.  A special thank you goes out to Mrs. Cheryl Munro for taking on this educational endeavor. Your help and cooperation is deeply appreciated.
We have one month left of academic activities and I’m sure that all of you are busy rapping up your school assignments and looking forward to a warm summer holiday. I would like to thank our school board, parent advisory council, staff and our Holy Cross School parents for making our academic year 2017 - 18, a success.
Important dates to remember

  1. June 5 - Early Dismissal 2:00 pm
  2. June 11 – Gr. 7/8 MCSA Track & Field
  3. June 14 - Gr. 4/5/6 MCSA Track & Field
  4. June 13 –Gr. 5/6 Camp Arnes
  5. June 20 – Gr. 8 Retreat
  6. June 21 – Wheelchair presentation 1:00 pm - gym
  7. June 25 – Kindergarten Grad 1:00 pm
  8. June 25 – Gr. 7/8 Closing Ceremony (Grad) 7:00 pm
  9. June 27 – Last day of school (Early Dismissal) 11:30 am

Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call or visit me at school.
Alexander Cap, B.Ed., M.Ed.
Principal, Holy Cross School



11 - MCSA Track Meet - Grades 7 & 8

13-15 - Grades 5 & 6 at Camp Arnes

14 - MCSA Track Meet - Grades 4, 5 & 6

19 - PAC Meeting 7pm

20 - Grade 8 Retreat

21 - Wheelchair Presentation 1pm

25 - Kindergarten Grad 1pm, Grade 7/8Closing Ceremonies 7pm 

27 - EARLY DISMISSAL 11:30am, Final Mass 10:30am

28 - NO SCHOOL - Admin Day

29 - NO SCHOOL - Admin Day

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

Congratulations to Brayden Adenekan, who was baptized on May 18th at Holy Cross Church; to those who received their First Communion on May 20th - Miles, Adriana and Kiarra; and to those who were Confirmed on the same day -  Brayden, Nathan, Dorothy, Louis, Marc, Ambrey, Neil, Rafael, Sebastian, Mico, Eva, Kene, Teresa, Kai, Aaron, Abbie, Albert, Daniel, Diego, Jed, John C.,  Chizzy, John Ronin, Mateo, and Isabella.  May you continue to grow in the grace of the sacraments you have received, abiding in the True Vine and spreading the Light of Christ wherever you go.

Many thanks to those who assisted with the sacraments retreat from May 16-18:  Sr. Bibiana, Sr. Eucharia, Monica Decebal-Cuza, Matt and Lisseth West, Jackie Pyrz, Paul Lampman, Nancy Wood, and Catherine Glass.  It is a particularly great gift that catechists from other parishes in the city contributed their time and gifts to shape the experience of the children on retreat.  Thanks also to Jill Anderson for all her work on documents, to Erin Dietrich for planning snacks, and to Bonnie Girardin for arranging pew labels, flowers and gifts.

A big THANK YOU to Ms. Dooley for organizing our yearly School Yard Clean Up! 
Our students cleaned the the parking lot, field, hockey rink, playground, around the community centre, the office side of the school, front of the school, and around the High School.  Great job on keeping our neighbourhood clean Holy Cross!

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.
On Monday, May 28th, the Grade 2A class visited the Fire Hall for an educational tour. First, they got to see the different compartments, and hop inside of the water-rescue truck; they also got to see the speedboat that comes out of it! The firemen also showed the class the different compartments of the regular service truck, and explained the different purposes of the tools and equipment stored inside them. We had a blast learning about these very brave members of our community!
Just a reminder the TABS FOR WHEELCHAIRS presentation is on Thursday, June 21st at 1pm in the Holy Cross School Gymnasium.
Private Piano & Guitar Instruction
Holy Cross School offers private piano and guitar lessons at the school through the Academy of Music. The cost is $20 per lesson. Limited space is available. You can register through their website at www.academymusic Please mention ‘Holy Cross School” in the other information text box of the registration form. For more information please contact the music director Shawn Coughlin at 204-786-1704 or via email
This year's Spring Tea was another big success!  Everyone worked so hard and put on a fantastic show.  Thank you to all the families that donated dainties, and to the Grade 8 students for serving during the performances.  Thank you also goes out to Elaine Pankiw who ran the kitchen, all of the volunteers, and of course a big THANK YOU to Cheryl Munro for once again organizing this event, it's always a sight to be seen!
One of our teachers is looking for donations of the following items, if anyone has anything available, you can bring it into the office!  

1.  Wicker baskets in various sizes and shapes (without handles).
2.  Empty Kinder Surprise containers.
3.  Puzzles (100 pieces or less).
4.  Child sized double seated bench with a back / small child sized tables.
Thank You!
TOP MARKS will be at Holy Cross School on June 12th, 2018 from 3pm-7pm in the gymnasium.
To view the TOP MARKS instructions and order form, please click HERE
Holy Cross PAC will also be holding a USED UNIFORM SALE at 3pm on June 19th and 20th at the school.  
Canada Wide Science Fair!
A Recap by Vrinda Vyas
Going to Ottawa to attend the CWSF was an unforgettable experience! Not only did we get to represent our school, we also got to represent our province. When we arrived in Ottawa, we were greeted with warm smiles and friendly hugs.

On Monday, which was judging day, we were all very nervous but also very excited to get a new input on our projects. Monday evening, we got to visit the Museum of Nature, and let me tell you, it was beautiful! Tuesday was tour day. We visited the Aviation Museum, The Museum of History and Civilization, and downtown Ottawa. It was amazing! Wednesday, we went to Ottawa University and did hands on experiments at various STEM labs. That day was also a public viewing day and we had about 10,000 students from Ontario and Quebec. We interacted with a special guest Minister of Science- Kristy Duncan at the Science Odyssey event.  Finally, on Thursday, we were ready to see if our hard work had paid off. The award ceremony! It was so cool how it was set up and presented with colourful lights and amazing videos of what we did this past week. Although we didn’t win anything, we were honoured to be able to participate in this national competition. Friday was awesome. We got to visit the Parliament! In real life, its more beautiful than it looks like in pictures!

We learned so many things during our STEM classes and made so many new friends. Meeting all these new people and learning from their experiences from when they participated in science fair was truly fascinating. All the memories we made with one another and with all the wonderful people we met there are memories that are forgettable!

All this time we thought that winning a medal is the only thing you do at competitions, but attending the CWSF taught us that the experience is what counts. We sincerely would like to thank our sponsors and especially our dedicated science teacher Dr. Bajaj, without them it would not be possible for us. We’ll never forget all the interestingly, scientific things we learned on this trip because every little thing tells its own story when we think of it now! I don’t know about the others, but I sure hope I get to attend the CWSF next year!  

~ Vrinda Vyas : )
Grade 8 students participated in the Caring for Our Watersheds contest and won $300 for their projects.
Carliana and Vrinda’s project received special implementation prize. They will be organizing a half day workshop for grade 7s and 8s on June 15th on "Hydrology Education".

Thank you Caring for our Watersheds and Ducks Unlimited Canada for sponsoring us!
Grade 8 students participated in the Caring for Our Watersheds contest and won $300 for their projects.  Carliana and Vrinda’s project received special implementation prize. They will be organizing a half day workshop for grade 7s and 8s on June 15th on "Hydrology Education".

Thank you Caring for our Watersheds and Ducks Unlimited Canada for sponsoring us!
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