November 2020 Newsletter

Principal's Message

Dear Parents and Guardians,
The month of November is soon going to be upon us and a number of significant activities will be taking place at our school.  Holy Cross School Remembrance Day commemoration is scheduled for Tuesday, November 10th, at 10:30 a.m. and due to COVID – 19 students will remain in their classrooms. The event will be transmitted exclusively via the school’s announcement system.   This event is an opportunity for all students to take part in the service. Lest We Forget.  

Every year parents have an opportunity to meet with all teachers to discuss their child’s academic progress.  This year we are faced with a unique pandemic situation and as a result there will be no face-to-face or in-school parent/teacher conferences. All Parent/Teacher Conferences will be exclusively held online. Be sure to mark Thursday, November 26-27, in your calendar and schedule a conference with your child’s homeroom teacher.

Teachers will be providing every student with the necessary information that parents will need in order to properly access the scheduled Online - Parent/Teacher Conference
  • Tuesday, November 10 – Remembrance Day Service 10:30 a.m.
  • Wednesday, November 11 – No School - Remembrance Day  
  • Monday, November 16 – Report Cards Distributed
  • Thursday, November 26 – Student/ Parent Teacher Conferences (Online Only via TEAM’s) From -  3:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Friday, November 27 – No School - Student/Parent Teacher Conferences  (Online Only via TEAM’s) From -  8:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.                       
  • Friday, November 27 – No School p.m.(only) – Admin. Day
If you require any additional assistance or have any other concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the school office.
Daylight Savings Reminder:  Turn your clocks back 1 hour on Saturday, October 31st at midnight.

Alexander Cap, M.Ed.


2 - All Soul's Day Mass - 1:30pm


5 - Picture Retakes


10 - Remembrance Day Service

11 - NO SCHOOL - Remembrance Day

16 - Report Card Distribution

17 - Sacramental Prep Parent Meeting for the 20/21 school year - 6:30-8pm

24 - PAC Meeting - 7pm

26 - Online Parent Teacher Conferences - 3:30pm-7:30pm 

27 - NO SCHOOL - Online Parent Teacher Conferences 8:30am-11:00am

Please click HERE to view the HOLY CROSS SCHOOL CALENDAR in its entirety.
We have been blessed to have Sister Agnes Olayode helping us with our Before and After School Program.  We wish her all the best as she moves on to continue her studies in Kenya.  We are always so thankful to have the help of the Congregation of the Handmaids of the Holy Child Jesus with our school community.

Library News

We are happy to announce that there will be over 200 new books in our library over the next few weeks.  Books celebrating diversity, mindfulness, and Canadian stories and authors will find their way onto the shelves.  Happy reading!

Pre-Kindergarten would like to ask for donations of any Lego that your child might no longer want or be using.  Please do not send the larger version (Mega Blocks) as the children will not be able to have them at their desks.  It would need to be sanitized (bleach & water) and brought to the school office.
Thank you for your consideration! - Mrs. B. & Mrs. D.
A big THANK YOU to Mrs. Cheryl Munro who facilitated the staff Microsoft Teams training on Friday, October 23rd.


Wine raffle donations will be accepted at a drop box location by the back door when the kids enter. Mr. Bueti will help with the collection. We are offering an incentive this year for top sellers! The top seller in these three groups will win a prize! Pre-K-grade 2, 3-5 and 6-8. Tickets to be coming shortly. If anyone has any questions or concerns about PAC fundraisers, please contact us at our email:

Let’s Talk Science @ Holy Cross School

Holy Cross School got an opportunity to work with Let’s Talk Science and its partners on their Horizon Project. MLA Andrew Smith visited us to see how much the Horizon Project means to youth and teachers. As you may know, Let’s Talk Science is a national charitable organization that helps children and youth by supporting their engagement with science, technology, engineering and math or STEM.

Far too many children will remember the pandemic as the scariest time of their lives. The use of food banks skyrocketed and the lack of access to devices and the internet fostered isolation for many youths. The Horizon Project aimed to send a caring message to children that learning is the key foundation for their future. Let’s Talk Science wanted to inspire hope by engaging youth in meaningful and fun STEM-based learning opportunities that did not require computer technology, Internet access or adult supervision.

Meaningful STEM education develops creative, critical thinkers who are digitally literate and better prepared to contribute to and thrive in our connected world. Last week we distributed STEM packages to Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5s, and Grade 6. That is close to 150 FREE classroom books and STEM kits for individual students including all required supplies that I received from The Horizon Project supported by National Charitable Organization Let's Talk Science. Our next shipment will be next week for Ks, Grade 1s, Grade2s and junior high. I will take care for grade 7 & 8. 

You will notice that an envelope is provided with each kit (no stamp needed) as there are a four pages in the middle of the activity book that kids/ families can return to us or mail it themselves. These pages include Oceans Invention Little Inventors and Dream Big! When these pages are completed and sent back, there is a chance to win one of 200 great prizes! These prize packages could include:
·         A one-year subscription to Owl Magazine or Les Débrouillards
·         STEM Starters packages from Scholar’s Choice
·         Book prize packages from Owl Publishing and Little Inventors
Each week for 8 weeks, Let’s Talk Science will select entries at random from those mailed back to us using the envelope that they provided. There is no purchase necessary to participate. Full contest details and eligibility can be found by visiting

Let us support each other helps youth prepare for future career and citizenship roles through STEM engagement. Together, we hope to inspire participating youth to dream about their futures and have fun exploring STEM.


Dr. A.Bajaj
Spooky Science Creeps up at the HCS Junior High!
More than candies and costumes junior high students celebrated Spooky Science with various experiments such as milky swirl, magic mud, lava lamps and much more! We followed all the province COVID-19 safety protocols with social distancing. It was bit different than last year as were not able to organize our annual bake sale and meet our budding scientists. We were super excited not only about Halloween but also about our Spooktacular science experiments!


Holy Cross School emphasizes the importance of safe physical education programs.

Establishing and maintaining safe physical education programs requires clear and ongoing communication with parents and students:

•  Teachers planning physical education classes that focuses on increasing social distancing awareness.

•  Routine sanitizing equipment between classes. 

•  Masks mandatory inside.

The following team of Phys.Ed teachers are committed to keeping your children safe in the gym: 

Mrs.Gulowaty, Ms.Cruse, Mr.Cooper, Mr.Krawchuk, Mr.Barczak, Dr.Bajaj, Mrs.Palmer 

“Strive to offer a safe physical activity environment, not just to keep the body healthy, but the mind healthy.” -Coaches Corner HCS 

Dear Holy Cross Families,
As Covid-19 continues to be active in our city, we are implementing a new communication tool to assist in your child’s education given an in or out of school protocol.  To that end, this past Friday, our staff spent the day learning and practicing with Microsoft Teams; a program within the Microsoft Office suite.
This suite is new to our school and it will give our students at-home access to Word, Excel, and PowerPoint (plus other Microsoft programs) which are all powerful programs that allow students to demonstrate their knowledge in a variety of ways.  The Teams program will allow our teachers to have a safe environment to have real time conversations and a virtual classroom with your child.  In the event of a shift to remote learning, our school will be able to make a seamless transition to the new way of schooling.
On November 2, Microsoft Teams will be fully implemented.  This means that School Notes, the current homework link on the school website, will no longer work.  Instead, all teachers will be posting their daily classroom information such as homework, test dates, and news on the class’s team.  The sign in information will be sent home this week with your child.  Access on your browser and sign in with your child’s email address and password.  Please DO NOT change the password; this would prevent us from helping your child access his or her account.  Note that the password is made of a capital letter followed by two lower-case letters and five digits. Classes will have practice accessing and using the program this week.
We are excited to be using these programs; not only will we be communicating better, but we will be learning the habits and skills of strong, efficient digital citizenship.
We encourage you to explore your child’s Teams site and become familiar with the new communication format.  Should you have any questions about the new process, please call the office.
Cheryl Munro
Alexander Cap
Please keep your tuition account up to date!  We accept cash, cheque, Interac, and credit card.  We also offer the new Pre-Authorized Debit option.  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 2019-2020 school year, please remit payment at your earliest convenience.

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