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Please view our October 2018 Newsletter (attached) for important dates and some of the fun activities going on at Holy Cross School!

Principal's Message

Dear Parents and Guardians:

I wish to extend a warm thank you to all parents/guardians for selecting our school.  Due to our excellent educational offerings, philosophy, beliefs and values we continue to attract a high number of students.  I would like to wish all our students a successful 2018-2019 academic year and we will continue to strive for excellence in education.  A special thank you goes out to all individuals who recently attended our important Parent Advisory Council (PAC) meeting.  Your ongoing support is very much appreciated.

The month of October has a number of important events scheduled but only one stands out in particular:  Thanksgiving.  This is the day of "General Thanksgiving to Almighty God for the bountiful harvest with which Canada has been blessed".

On another note, if you are interested in becoming a School Board Member, please do not hesitate to contact me at (204)-237-4936.


I would like to leave you with a Thanksgiving prayer:

Thanksgiving Prayer
We thank You, Lord for the bounty,
The fruits of the earth, air and sea,
The beauty of our great Country,
For peace, happiness and glee

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to call me or visit me at the office.

Respectfully,

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

 


IMPORTANT OCTOBER DATES:

2 - Picture Day - EARLY DISMISSAL 2pm

4 - Thanksgiving mass 10:30am

8 - NO SCHOOL - Happy Thanksgiving

12 - Grade 6 & Grade 8 Vaccines, FAMILY FUN KARAOKE NIGHT 6:30pm

19 - NO SCHOOL - Sage Conference

25 - Picture Retakes

30 - PAC Meeting 7pm

31 - WSO Back to School Performance 10:00am - Happy Halloween

Please click HERE to view the HOLY CROSS SCHOOL CALENDAR in its entirety.
 
The Harvest Collection for October is CANNED STEW or CANNED CHILI.  Donations can be brought into the office.  Thank you!
Holy Cross PAC Presents:
KARAOKE FUNDRAISER
on Friday, October 12, 2018 from 6:30p.m.-9:00p.m.  Adults are $10.00 and Students are $5.00.  Pizza will be provided.  We hope to see everyone come out and have some fun!  
BEFORE & AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM HOURS

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.
TERRY FOX RUN
The kids always enjoy making their laps around the school on Terry Fox Day!
Mr. Andrew Smith  ( MLA Andrew Smith) brought greetings from the province at our Terry Fox Run/Walk Day.
This year, Holy Cross School has subscribed to a music website which includes many fantastic classroom activities, but also games which are available to students to access from anywhere.  The website is https://musicplayonline.com/ .  Username is student and the password is music18.  Please check it out!  Although what is available to students is substantially less than what we can do in the classroom, there are still some excellent and enjoyable learning games. - Mrs. Lampman
Students in grades 5-8 who love singing are invited to apply for the Provincial Honour Choir, a weekend-long experience of music in the company of many people from around the province who love singing.  The event takes place the first weekend of February.  Practices begin on Friday evening, continue through Saturday, and culminate in a wonderful performance on Sunday.  More information is available at https://www.manitobasings.org/phc/
SCARLETT
Next year's recipient of a specialized wheelchair through the TABS FOR WHEELCHAIRS PROGRAM 
TABS FOR WHEELCHAIRS
 
Hopefully, by this time, your child/children have come home and informed you that    we are still saving tabs for the
Tabs for Wheelchairs
program in our school.
This past year, we celebrated our 20th Anniversary and presented our
19th and 20th specialized wheelchairs in June 2018.
 
For all the new families at Holy Cross, we would like you to know that we have been saving tabs off drink, fruit, and pet food cans for the last 20 years.  Holy Cross School started this program in 1998, and at present we have 119 schools, 194 companies/ organizations, and hundreds of individuals throughout the province saving with us.  We also have people saving in Alberta, Saskatchewan, North Dakota and Arizona.
 
Western Scrap Metals, where all of our tabs are delivered and recycled, just informed us that we brought in 14,284 lbs. of tabs this past June.  This equals to approximately 21 million tabs.  It is the largest yet!  They gave us a cheque for $8,955.46.
 
Next year’s recipient is going to be a young lady by the name of Scarlett. Her picture with a little write-up will be found in this newsletter.  Tabs for Wheelchairs has done so well in this last year that we are able once again to present a second wheelchair.  We are going to present another sport wheelchair to the Manitoba Wheelchair Sport Association. MWSA is always happy to have more wheelchairs of various sizes.  The sport wheelchairs are used by many for their different weekly sport events.
 
I would like to thank all those who have saved tabs throughout the years and I hope that all our new families will participate as well!
 
Wishing everyone a peaceful, healthy, and successful year!
 
If you would like to watch a clip of last June’s presentation on City TV, go to:
https://winnipeg.citynews.ca/video/2018/06/21/tabs-for-wheelchairs-celebrates-20th-anniversary/
 
Thanks for your support!
Gwen Buccini
Tabs for Wheelchairs Coordinator

COACHES CORNER

The coaching staff of the 2018 Holy Cross School Volleyball team would like to take this opportunity to introduce ourselves in the Coaches Corner!
Sabrina Smaczylo 
Grade 3 teacher
Holy Cross School- Volleyball Coach

I hope everyone is as excited as I am about the start of the volleyball season!  I look forward to working alongside all of the Tier 2 girls, this season.  Our practices and game schedules have already been sent out and I look forward to seeing the girls at every practice and every game. The dedication of the girls during their practices will make for easy games ahead! As one of the famous sports legends states, ″always believe that if you put in the work, the results will come… don’t do things half-heartedly. Because if ‹you› do, then ‹you› can expect half-hearted results.″—Michael Jordan

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me at ssmaczylo@holycrossschool.mb.ca

Here is to a great season – GO HOLY CROSS SAINTS!
 
Joy Chyzzy
Grade 7 teacher & Phys.Ed Teacher 
Holy Cross School- Volleyball Coach

At Holy Cross School we are very committed to our players and their success not only on the court, but in the classroom. Our players have been working hard these past few weeks conditioning and practicing the skills they need in order to have a successful Volleyball season. I will be coaching the Grades 6-8 Tier II boys team, both games and practices we will work together to develop their volleyball skills in this 2018 season.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me at jchyzzy@holycrossschool.mb.ca
Braden Ewchuk
Grade 4 teacher
Holy Cross School- Volleyball Coach

Our teams have been working hard, hitting the floor and spiking that ball! The Saints are improving all the time! Again I am coaching the Grade 6 and 7 girls developmental volleyball team. I look forward to a good season. We have been practicing and I believe we will have a great season ahead of us. I have seen the girls put in the work and I look forward to seeing their success on and off the court. Come out and help cheer on your Holy Cross Saints!

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me at bewchuk@holycrossschool.mb.ca

Braden Ewchuk
Grade 4 teacher
Holy Cross School- Volleyball Coach
Holy Cross School Volleyball Athletic Contract
 
1.Be Responsible/Accountable
Listen and apply things the first time.
Go to all classes; be on time; ask questions; be respectful.
Games and practice on time.

2. Be Respectful
Be respectful to your teammates, coaches, staff, peers, custodians, and community members.
Your actions and integrity are a direct reflection on the rest of your teammates.

3. Be Forthright & Trustworthy
Can everyone on the team or within the community trust you? What would my teammates say about me? Always be truthful. Do the right thing

4. Be Loyal
Safeguard all team issues.
Tell the coach if there are any issues.
Be sure to let teammates communicate.

5. Accountability
If there is a lost jersey you will be charged to replace it.
Bag Up Manitoba 2018
 
Our school will be participating in the Bag Up Manitoba program which runs throughout the month of October.  Please send in any of your used plastic bags that you would like recycled. All bags must be clean and dry and free from debris (crumbs, receipts, garbage, etc.). Please ensure that you are only submitting previously used bags. Brand-new bags from retailers will not be accepted as this is not in the spirit of the competition and does not help raise awareness regarding plastic bag over-use. We will be collecting them and sending them off to Take Pride Winnipeg.

Here is a list of what will be accepted:
  1. Plastic items accepted:
    • grocery bags
    • retail bags
    • newspaper sleeves
    • produce bags
    • bread bags
    • ice bags
    • bubble wrap
    • case over wrap
    • pellet bags
    • salt bags
    • dry cleaning bags
    • re-sealable food bags
    • cereal bags
BAGS WILL BE ACCEPTED FROM OCTOBER 1 – OCTOBER 31

This is a great program to find new uses for these bags and perhaps it can be a great motivator for everyone who participates to make a commitment to reducing our use of disposable bags by seeing this as a time to purchase cloth reusable bags to use in the future. My hope is that every year that we participate, we have fewer bags brought in as a result.
 
Please send all bags to Ms. Dooley’s Grade 2D classroom. My class will be counting all bags as a great hands-on / real life math activity. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at the school.

Thank you!

Ms. Dooley
cdooley@holycrossschool.mb.ca
HOLY CROSS PARISH MASS TIMES

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.
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, please remit payment at your earliest convenience.

THANK YOU!

Science Literacy Week 2018: a celebration of STEM @ Holy Cross School

This September 17-23, 2018, we're excited to be taking part in Science Literacy week - a cross-country celebration of science in Canada! This initiative’s goal is to showcase the excellence and diversity of Canadian science. From coast to coast to coast, organizations, schools, and libraries will be celebrating science and science communication through events and initiatives encouraging people to learn more about the world around them.

 

A STEM project – or passion – begins with curiosity, fueled by reading, listening, watching, and wondering. There are many ways: read science books and magazines, listen to science podcasts, take a science class, and attend science themed events and many more!

The Kids’ New Horizons partnership between the St. Boniface Hospital Research is designed to support health and science literacy for students and teachers in the middle  years by connecting science learning in the classroom to the current research and daily work done at the St. Boniface Hospital and Research Centre.

What is science literacy and why is it important?

In this age of easy access to information and the plethora of "alternative facts" science literacy can help us navigate and evaluate this information. Science literacy helps us make informed choices about scientific issues that impact us and the planet.

We challenged our Holy Cross School Science club and Robotics Club Junior High students to engage their curiosity and transform their questions and ideas into projects that tackle real and important issues. “Science Literacy Week is as all about encouraging everyone to be more knowledgeable about science,” said Bajaj. “I think that’s really important because some of the biggest challenges society faces right now are science-based.

Learn more about Science Literacy Week and see events happening in your area at scienceliteracy.ca and Youth Science Canada.

 
Science Club "Spooktacular" Bake Sale!
 
It is that time of year already... Science Club “Spooktacular” Bake sale!

Who is not fascinated by cool, creepy science? Science Club will be hosting a Halloween Spooktacular Bake sale on October 25th  from 11:30-12:15 PM and after school from 3:00-4:00 PM. Children will take part in many explorations including testing the sour levels of Halloween candy, testing the density of Halloween decorations and preparing some gooey, colourful slime!

Come and support our Bake sale!
Science club and Robotics club  in a full swing at the first meeting!!! Great to see enthusiasm, cooperation and team building skills in our Holy Cross Students. Let’s have another wonderful scientific year!
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