Holy Cross School October Newsletter

Principal's Message


Dear Parents and Guardians:

I’m very pleased to inform you that due to our excellent educational offerings at Holy Cross School, enrollments have increased and as a result we needed to expand our staffing personnel.   It is my hope also that everyone has finally adjusted to our daily school activities.  A warm thank you to everyone that have contributed time and energy to make our Bar-B-Q a successful event.  I wish in particular to acknowledge our Holy Cross School - Parent Advisory Council for financing, overseeing and helping us on site.  Thank you also to all individuals who attended our very important Parent Advisory Council (PAC) and our Annual General Meeting that was held Tuesday, September 26, 2017. 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”. 

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

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

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


3 - Picture Day - EARLY DISMISSAL 2pm

4 - Grade 6 HPV & HBV Vaccine, and Grade 8 HPV Vaccine

5 - Thanksgiving mass 10:30am

6 - NO SCHOOL - In-service

9 - NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Monday

20 - NO SCHOOL - Sage Conference

24 - PAC Meeting 7pm

26 - Picture Retakes

27 - Youth Social Justice Workshop

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

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.
October 3rd is Picture Day!  Students must be in proper uniform.
Bag Up Manitoba 2017
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:

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 2 – 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
Science Club "Spooktacular" Bake Sale!
Who is not fascinated by cool, creepy science?  Science Club will be hosting a Halloween Spooktacular Bake Sale on Thursday, October 26th from 11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. and after school from 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Children will take part in many explorations including testing the sour levels of Halloween candy, testing the density of Halloween decorations, and peparing some gooey, colourful slime!

Come and support our Bake Sale!

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.Next year we are celebrating our
20th year!  

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 19 years.  Holy Cross School started this program in 1998, and at present we have 102 schools, 120 companies/ organizations, and hundreds of individuals throughout the province saving with us.  We also have people in Alberta, Saskatchewan, North Dakota and Arizona saving!
Next year, to make our 20th year special, we are going to present two wheelchairs in June and this will make it 20 specialized wheelchairs in 20 years
The two recipients will be Marlon, who has Cerebral Palsy and lives in Steinbach and the second one will be a Sport Wheelchair, that will be given to the Manitoba Wheelchair Sport Association.  Included in this newsletter are pictures of Marlon, with a little of his history, and another picture showing exactly what a Sport Wheelchair looks like.
Each classroom has a water jug, marked with the class name, and when a class has filled two jugs, they will get a no uniform day, a movie, and a drink.  There is a chart in the main hallway that will show you each classroom’s progress.
We hope that all our new families will start saving as well!  Good Luck and wishing everyone a peaceful, healthy and successful year!
If you would like to watch a clip from last June’s presentation on CTV News, go to
Thanks for your support!
Gwen Buccini
Tabs for Wheelchairs Coordinator

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.
Holy Cross School now offers guitar lessons as well as piano lessons through the Academy of Music.  For more information or to register, please contact the music director Shawn Coughlin at 204-786-1704 or email
Holy Cross School is pleased to announce that the Roots of Empathy (ROE) program will be returning to the Grade 5 classroom for the 2017-2018 school year.  Roots of Empathy is an evidence-based classroom program that has shown significant effect in reducing levels of aggression and bullying among school children while raising social/emotional competence and increasing empathy.
This program teaches children about empathy, the ability to understand how another person feels.  Children learn about their own feelings, and the feelings of others, from a tiny teacher, a baby.  Once every three weeks, a baby and his mother will visit the classroom.  A trained ROE Instructor will gather the children in the classroom around a green blanket and together they will watch the baby grow and develop.  The children will learn about physiological and brain development, temperament traits, and infant safety.  The children predict and cheer when their ROE baby reaches the ‘developmental milestones’ of the first year: “He can roll over!” “He got his first tooth!”   “He can crawl!”.
The ROE Instructor also coaches the children in observing the baby and reading the cues the baby gives as to how the baby is feeling: “Is the baby happy or sad?”  “How can you tell?”  They will use this discussion as a lever for the children to talk about their own emotions and to understand how their classmates feel.  Being able to understand how other people are feeling is called empathy. 
The ROE Instructor also visits the classroom the week before and after each Family Visit to prepare and reinforce teachings using a specialized lesson plan for each visit. 
Look for the green Roots of Empathy Bulletin Board in the school lobby.  Pictures of the baby and her family will be posted, as well as developmental milestones and growth charts.  Updates will also be shared in the school newsletter.  All students can be excited about this baby joining our school community!

Students must be in the proper school uniform.  This includes Grades 3-8 gym clothing as well.  Students that are not in proper uniform will have a note sent home.  The second time, the student will have to call hom for replacement clothing.  Remember all clothing must be purchased through Top Marks. 
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 for the 2016-2017 school year, please remit payment at your earliest convenience.

Science Literacy Week 2017: A Celebration of STEM @ Holy Cross School

This September, 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.

We challenged our Holy Cross School Science Club and Robotics Club Junior High students to engage their curiosity and trannsform their questions and ideas into projects that tackle real and important issues.  "Science Literacy Week is 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.

We at Holy Cross are fortunate to receive three Free Compound (Fully Loaded Hi-Tech Latest model) Microscopes for our science lab from our friends in Science at St. Boniface Research Centre.

To celebrate Global Biotechnology Week, the HCS Science Club and Robotics Club went to St. Boniface Research Center.  We went to the Youth Biolab, and we saw live muscle cells and fibroblasts growing in a plastic dish. We also got to see and touch a real pig heart. Afterwards, we got to talk to some people from local biotech companies. One such company was Composite Innovation Centre. They had a snowboard made of a natural fibre. The German company Zeiss had two microscopes on display, which we could use to look at various things such as: a bug, rocks and sand. At the end, we went to the Auditorium and listened to presentations by two scientists. One was studying nutrition and researching omega-3 fatty acids. The other was studying Alzheimer's disease. It was an enjoyable field trip and it was very interesting.

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


That time of year is quickly approaching when everyone needs an extra layer of clothes to keep warm.  Since students will be going outside for recess each day when the weather is suitable, we ask families to check and ensure that students are wearing warmer clothing to school.  Please remember to LABEL all clothing!
School Board meetings are held in the staffroom on the 3rd Thursday of every month at 7:00 p.m.  An invitation is extended to all parents to come out and participate at the meetings.  New members are always welcome.  The next meeting is on October 24th.
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