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February 2019 Newsletter

Principal's Message

Dear Parents and Guardians:
 
I Love to Read month and St. Valentine’s Day are just some of the events happening this month.  A number of special guests will join us during the I Love to Read month. Valentine’s Day also called St. Valentine’s Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine is a day where many people exchange cards, gifts even flowers for someone special.  It is an annual holiday celebrated by people in many countries and it celebrates love and affection. We at Holy Cross School will be celebrating St. Valentines Day on Thursday, February 14, 2019.

Re-Registration and New Student Registration - Admissions Policy
All re-registrations for the 2019-2020 school year must be submitted by Friday, February 1st, 2019.   All new student registrations will be accepted starting Tuesday, February 5, 2019.  Please read carefully our Admissions Policy regarding re-registration and new student registration. 
 
Open House 
For those who are able to join us, we invite you to the Holy Cross School “Open House” which will take place at the school GYM on Tuesday, February 5, from 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.  Please attend and bring several friends with you, to support this important evening.
 
Reminder that February 11 -15 is Catholic Schools Week and therefore, there will be No School on Friday, February 15, 2019.  All Holy Cross School staff will be attending an in-service. 

Reading Month
Once again our Province has designated the month of February as a reading month.  A number of educational reading activities will be organized by our teaching staff to support this event.  Please keep your calendar open for we will be celebrating this event with special guests, readings of special books and many other related activities. As you can see, reading is a foundational skill to good citizenship, employment, and success in daily school activities including one’s professional life.  Together we have the power to intellectually engage our students and prepare them to face the challenges of tomorrow.
 
With Christian greetings,
 
Alexander Cap, B.Ed., M.Ed.
Principal, Holy Cross School

 


IMPORTANT FEBRUARY DATES:

1 - LAST DAY TO RE-REGISTER FOR THE 2019/2020 SCHOOL YEAR 

5 - EARLY DISMISSAL 2pm, OPEN HOUSE 7:00pm

14 - Mass 10:30am - Happy Valentine's Day!

15 - NO SCHOOL - Catholic Schools Day

18 - NO SCHOOL - Louis Riel Day

20 - Sacramental Prep Parents Meeting 6:30 - 8:00pm

26 - PAC Meeting 7pm

Please click HERE to view the HOLY CROSS SCHOOL CALENDAR in its entirety.
 
The Harvest Collection for February is CANNED FRUIT AND VEGETABLES  Donations can be brought into the office.  Thank you!
Chair's Address
Jan 17, 2019 Annual General Meeting
James V Kautz
 
To the families and supporters of Holy Cross School,
 
Before I get to the heart of this year’s Chair’s Report, I am announcing that for the 2019 – 2020 school year we are increasing the K-8 tuition fee to $800, and the pre-Kindergarten fee to $365/month. Registration and classroom fees will remain unchanged, as we are remaining committed to keeping our school accessible to families of all means.
 
In the summer of 2018 Holy Cross Parish was assigned a new priest moderator, Fr. John McKenzie, formerly of Steinbach’s Christ Our Saviour Catholic Parish. His role is to administer the sacraments for the parish community, including our school. To ease his administrative burden, the Archbishop has appointed two laypeople, one of whom is Ms. Sheila Cornick, to manage the mundane yet still vital temporal responsibilities of our parish. We have been fortunate to have Fr. John preside at several school Masses this school year, and also to have Sheila’s involvement with the school board as the parish’s official representative. We also have begun to involve our parish Deacon, Gilles Urquhart, in staff and student faith formation. Please hold Fr. McKenzie, Ms. Cornick, and Dn. Urquhart in your prayers.
 
In our 2018 demographic survey, we asked what areas the school needs to improve in. As with the 2016 survey, the single most popular response category was comments about our aging infrastructure. Areas of concern ranged from washrooms to air conditioning to outdoor playground equipment. We’ve heard these concerns and are making great strides toward a solution with Project Bradbury.
 
Project Bradbury is the board’s inquiry into a significant capital structure replacement announced at the 2018 AGM, and since then it has been gaining momentum. The problems we are aiming to solve are twofold: 1) more classroom space to allow for two classes in every grade, and 2) improve the vastly outdated infrastructure of our building. To that end, early in 2018 we conducted a series of Integrated Design Process workshops to identify and distill the specific needs and wants of our staff, students, board, and community. Those results were combined with an expanded Feasibility Study and presented to the board in Oct 2018. The next phase is the architectural design process, followed by community consultation, and then the planning of the construction project itself. We have retained the services of a Project Management Agency to build a Business Plan and to ensure the board’s steps are well informed as we proceed. We hope to have an announcement on the specific direction we are taking shortly, but much is still being discussed with the Archdiocese of St. Boniface. We need to proceed with their blessing since the school is ultimately under their oversight.
 
Your patience with this process is especially appreciated. In the years I’ve served as chair of the board, I’ve attended several meetings with other board chairs, and have heard tales of similar projects for other Catholic schools getting planned but never executed. We’ve tried to learn from those situations so that our project has every chance of success.
 
We continue to commit this continued project discernment and success to the intercession of all the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary who had served the school for decades and have passed on to their eternal reward. Ora pro nobis!
 
Our 2018 Demographic Survey also confirmed the trend that we’ve seen for more than a decade: the top three reasons families choose Holy Cross are, in order, our faith element, the price of tuition, and our convenient location. It was also interesting to note that, of the Catholics who answered the survey, the plurality (about 20%) attend Holy Cross Parish, but we also have many coming to us from more than thirty other parishes including St. Mary’s Cathedral, St. Anthony of Padua, St. Peter’s, and Nuestra Señora de la Asunción, to name a few.
 
One of the items on the agenda for our Annual General Meeting tonight is to adopt new by-laws for our board. This is an overdue change, as the previous by-laws were last revised in 1994, and Catholic school governance in Manitoba was managed very differently then. The main changes in this new version, built from a template vetted by the Manitoba Catholic Schools Office and used by other Catholic schools in the city, are:
  • Removing references to the defunct Manitoba Interdiocesan Catholic Schools Inc
  • Changing references to the Pastor to refer instead to the Parochial Administrator, to accommodate the evolving state of parish operations
  • Removing the clause entitling board members to remuneration for their service on the board (a clause we have not ever used, to my knowledge)
  • Clarifying the procedure for electing new directors to the board
  • Establishing non-renewable term limits for elected directors
 
Thank you for choosing Holy Cross!
James V. Kautz
Chair, Holy Cross School board of directors
board@holycrossschool.mb.ca
 
Addendum, Jan 24, 2019: Subsequent to delivering this address at the AGM, both Paul Grossman and I were rendered ineligible to be elected as directors due to the new bylaws’ non-renewable term limits. Our Parochial Administrator Sheila Cornick has asked me to accept an appointed position on the board and I have accepted the appointment, in order to facilitate an orderly transition to new leadership in the near future. This does, however, mark the end of Paul Grossman’s long service to the board. I wish to thank him personally for all the sacrifices he has made for the school.  His tireless involvement on the board and keen perspectives as a professional educator will be sorely missed.

Students in all grade levels are invited to try out the activities available at www.musicplayonline.com.  Depending on grade level, different activities will be useful.  Login information is below:

Student Login (January - March)

username: love2
password: sing

What's Included in the Student Login?
- Games 
- Ukulele Section 
- Guitar Section 
- Recorder Level 1 and 2 
- One-page Lyrics Interactive
- Song-Specific Interactive Activities 
- Pop Quizzes 
 
- Metronome tool 
- Form tool 
- How Music Feels 
- Ways to Move 
- Rhythm Composition 
- Melody Composition 
- Staff Tool 
Some of our students from grades 3-8 attended a chess tournament at the University of Manitoba earlier this month.

COACHES CORNER

Athletes Department HCS
 
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, and promotes healthy body, healthy mind, and healthy spirit.
 
We are proud of everyone who is developing their basketball skills, this season is off to a great start! If you have any athletic related questions please email jchyzzy@holycrossschool.mb.ca
 
Coaches quotes: 
 
“Basketball season is upon us once again. The boys are off to a terrific 2-0 start. They have been practicing hard and I look forward to seeing their success this season. Come out and help cheer on your Holy Cross Saints” - Coach Ewchuk
 
“Basketball is an amazing sport, students are exploring new ways to keep active. All the basketball teams are doing great so far. See you on the court, Go Saints Go!!!” - Coach Chyzzy
SCIENCE CLUB NEWS:
 
Hello everyone!
 
Our school recently held a Science Fair Kick-off on January 17, 2019 which involved Grades K-8. Everyone, teachers, and students, enjoyed watching the Magic Show and classroom station activities lead by us and the visitors from IISD Experimental Lakes Area, Green Action Centre, University of Manitoba, St. Boniface Research Centre and Let’s Talk Science! The Science Fair Kick off included a variety of extra-ordinary and interesting experiments, which some students took part in, as volunteers.
 
Besides having the Magic Show, each class had some scientific experiments of their own. Some classes had designated Science Club members who demonstrated simple and easy science experiments using simple items that may be found in your household! Students had a chance to try these experiments and find out the science behind them. Others had a staff member from Let’s Talk Science, IISD Experimental Lakes Area, Green Action Centre, University of Manitoba and St. Boniface Research Centre come to their class to facilitate fun-filled science-related activities with the students.
 
None of these would have been possible without the Holy Cross School Science Club, Robotics club, IISD Experimental Lakes Area, Green Action Centre, University of Manitoba, St. Boniface Research Centre Let’s Talk Science group, and Dr. Bajaj, our Science Organizer.
 
Since the Science Fair Kick-off has occurred, the Science Fair will be coming up soon! This year, the Science Fair for Grades 5-8 will be held on April 9th, while the Science Expo for Grades K-4 will be on April 17th.
 
Start thinking about your science fair topic! If you’re having trouble deciding on your topic, think of the subjects you find interest in. Challenge yourself and feed your curiosity. When choosing a topic, make sure you do a project that you want to do and a project that you will have fun doing. Science is fun, especially when you research or prove something that you want to know.
 
Following our school science fair, our school is hosting Bison Regional Science Fair from April 10-11th, 2019 and winners of HCS will be competing at Bison Regional Science Fair with other catholic schools.
 
If you have any question or concern, please don’t hesitate to approach Dr. Bajaj about it.
 
Let us do our Science projects not just because we have to, but because we want to. Let’s use our God-given talents and intelligence to make Him proud.
 
Let us all have fun!!!
From- Science club and Robotics Club members.
HCS SCIENCE FAIR AND BISON REGIONAL SCIENCE FAIR

Would you enjoy being part of a lively Science Fair Event where enthusiastic students are proudly exhibiting their hard work?
 
Are you looking for a one-time, half day volunteer opportunity, rather than a long term commitment?  Then consider volunteering as an event or registration volunteer at the Holy Cross School Science Fair and Bison Regional Science Fair to be held from April 9th to April 11th, 2019 from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. for Grades 4-8.

You will be able to sign up for 30 minutes to an hour shift to help students to set up projects, direct visitors and monitor the event, assist in tabulating scores and perform other tasks to keep the fair moving.  Please contact me at Holy Cross School if you are interested or if you have any questions.  I will be sending a sign-up sheet to interested volunteers as a next step.

Thank you.           

Dr. A. Bajaj
abajaj@holycrossschool.mb.ca
Bison Regional Science Fair Organizer
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