October 2019 Newsletter

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 2019-2020 academic year and we will continue to strive for excellence in education.  A special thank you goes out to everyone who recently attended our important Parent Advisory Council (PAC) Meeting.  Your ongoing support is very much appreciated.  
On another note, if you are interested in becoming a School Board Member, please do not hesitate to contact me at (204) 237-4936. We are still seeking two to three additional school board members.
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

If 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

9 - Thanksgiving Mass -10:15am

10 - NO SCHOOL - HCS PD Workshop

11 - NO SCHOOL - HCS PD Workshop

14 - NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving

18 - Grade 6 & 8 Vaccinations


28 - Picture Retakes

29 - PAC Meeting 7pm

30 - Community Consultation - 7pm - 9pm in the Gymnasium

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

Dear Holy Cross Families,

This year we are collecting hygiene products such as toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, and mouthwash becasuse we're donating to the Holy Cross Church Food Bank.  We ask for your support for our Harvesting for Hygiene and that you please participate.  Our campaign starts on October 7th and ends on October 9th.

Thank you for understanding,
From the class of 7RC
Our annual Welcome Back BBQ was another great success!  Thank you to all of the families for coming out and inspiring a sense of community here at Holy Cross School.  A HUGE thank you to PAC and all the volunteers that made this evening possible. 
The Harvest Collection for October is CANNED STEW or CANNED CHILI.  Donations can be brought into the office.  Thank you!
Grade 7 Retreat
The HCS Grade 7 retreat refreshed and revitalized the students, giving them the opportunity for more time spent in community and contemplation. The purpose of this Grade 7 retreat, as an addition to fun spiritual activities, is to allow and encourage the Grade 7 students to become a fellowship of students!

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.
The Terry Fox Run/Walk took place on Wednesday, September 25th.  All money raised will  to go towards the Terry Fox Foundation.
Hopefully, your child/children have already informed you that we save tabs for the Tabs for Wheelchairs program in our school.

Holy Cross School started this program in 1998, and in the last 21 years, has presented 22 specialized wheelchairs to individuals in our province who are physically challenged. At present, we have 151 schools, 205 companies/groups and hundreds of individuals saving with us.

To be a part of this great cause, all you have to do is tear off the tabs from pop and refreshment drinks, fruit and pet food cans and anything that has a tab on it. It doesn’t matter if the tab is silver, red, blue or whatever color!  What can make your collection even better is if you spread the word to your extended family, friends and neighbors and get them saving as well!  It is amazing how in a few short months your collection can really grow!

Each classroom has a water jug and this year, when each classroom fills their first jug, they will get a class party with a no uniform day, a movie and a drink.  They have a chance to have another class party when they fill their 3rd jug and then when they fill a 5th. A few classes have actually accomplished filling a 5th jug a few years ago.

For your information, Western Scrap Metals at 18 Sutherland Ave. is where we take all the tabs every June, and in turn, we receive a cheque from them to enable us purchase brand-new specialized wheelchairs!  If you wish, you may also take your cans or any kind of metal (big or small) to Western Scrap and let them know that it is for Tabs for Wheelchairs. In doing so, they will credit our account.  Each year we get approximately $1000 extra from people doing it this way.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who have saved tabs in the past and I hope that all our new families will participate as well! We are not just teaching our children about recycling, but most importantly, also showing them what can be accomplished when people work together for a cause!
Thanks for your support and Good Luck in collecting tabs!                                                                                                                                                           
Gwen Buccini                                                                                                                                           
Tabs for Wheelchairs Founder and Coordinator                                                                                               


Tier II Boys Volleyball Team
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
Joy Chyzzy
Grade 7 teacher & Phys.Ed Teacher  
Holy Cross School- Volleyball Coach
Tier II Girls Volleyball Team
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
Here is to a great season – GO HOLY CROSS SAINTS!
Sabrina Smaczylo  
Grade 3 teacher
Holy Cross School- Volleyball Coach
Girls Developmental Volleyball Team with coaches Mr. Ewchuk and Ms. Alevizos
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, 7, and 8 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
Braden Ewchuk
Grade 4 teacher
Holy Cross School- Volleyball Coach
At Holy Cross School, we are excited to offer not only a strong academic program, but the opportunity for our students to excel outside the classroom as well. I look forward to coaching the Grade 6-8 Girls Developmental Volleyball Team (2) this year.  Joining our team provides an excellent opportunity for students to learn and develop their skills while demonstrating their dedication and discipline to the sport. We look forward to a great season!
Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions
Elleni Alevizos
Grade 5 Teacher
Holy Cross School- Volleyball Coach
Bag Up Manitoba 2019
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
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.

A Message from Top Marks:
Top Marks has a 60-day return/exchange policy. All purchases made in the spring or summer start that 60-day period on the first day of school. All purchases made after September 4, 2019 will be counted from the date of purchase. If any families would like to make a return or exchange, please fill out the Return Authorization form in your package and drop off the items to your school office. One of the Top Marks representatives will pick up the return/exchange and send it back to Montreal for you. Top Marks will mail you the replacement pieces to your home. The last day for exchanges from the spring summer purchases is November 8, 2019. If you have any questions, please call 1-800-667-7105 between 8:00 am and 4:00 pm.
Thank you.
We will once again be doing our Kernels fundraiser.  Order forms will come home on Monday, October 7th.

We ask that each family donate one bottle of wine for our annual wine raffle.  Donations can be brought to the office.  Thank you!
PAC will be hosting a paint night in November.  Details to follow!
Congratulations Jed Borillo, Holy Cross School Alumnus
Congratulations Team Canada for winning the “Excellence in Scientific Achievements” (Best Projects) in the International Science Fair in Abu Dhabi!  As an International Finalist, Jed presented his project to the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Al Sayed Nahyan, the Crown Prince said: “Very good project.” and the entourage all vigorously nodded.  Pictures were prohibited.
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