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๐Ÿ“ฃ Update 3.24.20 -> Please review the information and announcements from Dr. Lemon-Tate

March 22, 2020

Holy Cross Distance Learning Plan – Week of 3_23_2020-3 copyFrequently Asked Questions for Families-2 (1)

Holy Cross Distance Learning Plan – Week of 3_23_2020-3 copyDate: March 24, 2020 at 12:11:15 PM EDT

Subject: Update: COVID-19 School Closure Information and FAQ sheet

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Hello Holy Cross Families,

I hope everything is well with you and your family. Yesterday, Gov. Tom Wolf ordered schools to shut down for 2 more weeks. This means school will not be in session until at least April 6th. With that being said, IMS has compiled a FAQ sheet for families to answer many of your questions (attached below).
Here at Holy Cross, we are continuing to provide your child with a variety of learning opportunities through the use of several digital platforms. In order for this to be a success we need to ensure that all children have been signed up and are able to login to the digital platforms used in their grade level. Our goal is to have every child at Holy Cross registered and continuing their learning by the end of the week! Many students have already started and are doing a great job! If you or your child are having any issues signing up for what is required in their grade please reach out to their homeroom teacher for assistance. We are here to help and can troubleshoot any issues. I have also attached the Learning Plan sent on Sunday below for your reference.
Lasty, this is a stressful time for everyone and we really appreciate your patience as we navigate this uncharted territory together. Every hardship though provides opportunities, you just have to find them! In this case, we are using this situation to grow as a school community. We are being challenged to think, connect, and communicate differently. The staff at Holy Cross welcomes this challenge with excitement, perseverance, and grace!

God Bless,

Dr. Lemon-Tate

Updated Distance Learning Plan
Hello Holy Cross Families,

I hope everyone is staying in and staying safe during this unusual time. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the people throughout the nation and the globe that are currently struggling or suffering during this terrible pandemic. Below is a prayer for those affected by this current situation.

Jesus, during Your ministry on Earth You showed Your power and caring by healing people of all ages and stations of life from physical, mental, and spiritual ailments. Be present now to people who need Your loving touch because of COVID-19. May they feel Your power of healing through the care of doctors and nurses.

Take away the fear, anxiety, and feelings of isolation from people receiving treatment or under quarantine. Give them a sense of purpose in pursuing health and protecting others from exposure to the disease. Protect their families and friends and bring peace to all who love them.

During difficult times we realize that it is important to provide as much stability for children and families as possible. We are here to provide some of that stability to your family by providing consistent learning opportunities for your child. Below is the Distance Learning Plan from each of the teachers here at Holy Cross. It is divided up by grade. Going forward we want to ensure that your child is still receiving meaningful, high quality, and consistent learning each day. In order to streamline the directions for students and families we have created a Google Classroom and email for all students in grades 4-8 and a ClassDojo for all students in grades k-3. Directions of how to login to these platforms have been emailed or shared with all parents by your childโ€™s homeroom teacher. If you do not currently have the information for your childโ€™s email or login for Google Classroom (grades 4-8) or ClassDojo (grades k-3) please look below for instructions and/or email your childโ€™s teacher directly. It is important to note that for ClassDojo parents will need to create a student account in order to see their childโ€™s assignments. All teacherโ€™s web pages have been updated and emails and updates can be found here. Providing access to ClassDojo and Google Classroom will allow students to more easily locate learning tools and resources and even allow them to upload their work and view their teacher feedback, grades, and comments. If you have any questions about the learning plan for your child or are experiencing any difficulty please let us know. We are here to help.

God Bless,

Dr. Lemon-Tate

Parent Update 3.18.2020

๏ปฟHello Holy Cross Families,

I hope everything is going well and everyone is staying healthy and safe at home with their loved ones. Please read the announcements and updates below.

๐Ÿ“ฃ Holy Cross Distance Learning Plan – The plan (attached) outlines what students should be working on during this time. If you have any questions please email the teacher directly. Their emails and web page can be found here. This will be updated and sent out again on Sunday, please check your inbox at that time for more information. Also, teacher websites always contain up-to-date information so be sure to check there.

๐Ÿ“ฃ Talking to Your Child About COVID-19 – Here is a resource for parents looking for some direction and ideas of how to talk about COVID-19 with your child.

๐Ÿ“ฃ Self-Care for Parents during COVID-19 – Here is a resource for parents about how to practice self-care during this time and reduce stress.

๐Ÿ“ฃ Report Cards – Report Cards will be mailed at the end of this week. If you would like to phone conference with your child’s teacher please reach out via email to schedule a time with the teacher.

As always, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email.

God Bless,

Dr. Lemon-Tate

3/19 – Update – Distance Learning Plan for Holy Cross Students
Hello Holy Cross Families,
Attached is the distance learning plan that contains directions, websites, worksheets, and other school work that your child can complete while at home over the next two weeks. Teachers have worked to put together a variety of options for students to continue their learning at home. The teacherโ€™s email and further directions can always be found at their Holy Cross webpage found here. Simply click on the teacherโ€™s name and you will find their page.

Tomorrow March 16th is the official start of the third trimester. This means that all work done from this point on will go towards the third trimester grades and not the most recent trimester which ended March 13th. Report cards will be mailed home at the end of this week and teachers will be in communication if they feel a phone conference is necessary. In addition, if you would like to request a phone conference please email your childโ€™s teacher to arrange that. Though teachers are home, they are still working normal school hours to continue to support your child and their academic success.

While we want to ensure that students are still able to learn from home we fully recognize that this is an unprecedented time and our prayers and with you and your families. We are taking into consideration that this plan may present obstacles for families and we are here to work with you. If you have any concerns or questions about the requested assignments please do not hesitate to reach out to your childโ€™s teacher or myself directly.

Lastly, as I am given information I will be sure to keep families updated. I will be at the school tomorrow from 8am-11:30am if you would like to stop in and gather any materials your child may need. This is not necessary as assignments can be done online/remotely but is an option for families.

Sincerely,

Dr. Lemon-Tate

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Hello Holy Cross Families,

The attached letter is from IMS central office. The decision has been made to close all IMS schools for the next 2 weeks. However, IMS is committed to ensuring that your child continues to learn while the school is closed. On Sunday I will be sending out a Distance Learning Plan created by your child’s teacher, that outlines what students are expected to do for the duration of the school closure. For each grade you will be able to access materials and/or directions online. For families without this capability, the school will be open on Monday from 8:00am-11:30am for parents to come and gather the necessary materials.

We appreciate your patience and support during this difficult time. Please feel free to email if you have any questions.

Best,

Dr. Lemon-Tate


Dr. Courtney Lemon-Tate
Principal
Holy Cross Independence Mission School
144 East Mt. Airy Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19119
215.242.0414
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Parent Update 3.4.2020
Hello Holy Cross Families,

I hope everyone is enjoying the beautiful weather. Spring is just around the corner! March is an eventful month at Holy Cross! This week the kindergarten is celebrating Dr. Seuss Week with a theme each day. Today is Wacky Wednesday! Next week we have field trips planned for students in grades 4-8. Please review the announcements below.

๐Ÿ“ฃ Pictures of Events:
Many parents have reached out requesting pictures of events held at school such as the African Drumming Assembly. While we would love to share pictures we are unable to share without a photo consent release form signed by parents. At this time we have less than 10 percent of students with photo release forms. If you would like to give consent for photos of your child to be shared, we will be sending home a photo release form tomorrow that you can sign and return.

๐Ÿ“ฃ Parent Survey:
Please take a minute to complete the Holy Cross Parent Survey. Your thoughts and opinions are very important to us and help to improve Holy Cross. The link can be found here.

๐Ÿ“ฃ Flu Prevention:
Prevent the spread of illness during this flu season. Here are some tips from the Center for Disease Control to help keep you and your family happy and healthy.

๐Ÿ“ฃ News from the Holy Cross Parent Association:
Designer Bag Bingo – April 25th, 2020. Attached you will find the flyer for Designer Bag Bingo 2020. We hope to see you all there!

๐Ÿ“ฃ Terranova:
Each year Holy Cross administers the Terra Nova test to all students in grades 3-7. This test helps to chart your child’s growth and learning over time. High schools also use the Terra Nova scores for admissions and scholarship consideration. The test is given on March 20th and March 23rd through 27th. The test is broken up into subjects and lasts about two hours each day. After the test each day students follow their typical school schedule. It is very important that your child is present on these days. Please prepare them for the test at home by ensuring they get adequate sleep and arrive on time to school.

๐Ÿ“ฃ Report Cards:
It is almost the end of the second trimester! Report cards will be finalized and distributed the week of March 23rd. Teachers will give the report cards to students to bring home and may contact you to request conferences.

๐Ÿ“ฃ 7th Grade Visitation Day:
Thank you to all 7th grade parents we have 100 percent of our 7th graders signed up and ready to visit the high school of their choice on March 11th! Please remember to arrange transportation for your students to and from the high school they chose. Students should wear their school uniform to the visit.

๐Ÿ—“ Calendar Updates:
March 20th – Half Day/Staff PD – Noon Dismissal, No After Care

Today is Ash Wednesday and the first day of the Lenten Season! Students attended a prayer service today at the church and received ashes. Here is a prayer for Ash Wednesday.

Lord, I give myself to You this Lent. I freely choose to enter into the desert of these 40 days and choose to pray, fast and give of myself to an extent I have never done before. I pray that this Lent will be a time in which I am transformed interiorly by You. Set me free, dear Lord, from all that keeps me from loving You and others with all my heart. Jesus, I trust in You.

Please review the announcements below.

๐Ÿ“ฃ Parent Survey
This is a brief survey designed to elicit your feedback regarding your child and your experience here at Holy Cross. It is anonymous and the results from this survey will be used to celebrate our strengths and identify areas of growth. Thank you in advance for taking the time to complete. Your feedback is so important to us! Please click here for the survey.

๐Ÿ“ฃ BHM Dress Up Day
Today we had an African Drum Assembly! Students sang, danced, and even got to play the instruments! All the instruments came from West Africa. Attached is an excerpt from one of our 1st grade student’s journals about her experience.

๐Ÿ“ฃ News from the Holy Cross Parent Association
Designer Bag Bingo – April 25th, 2020. Attached you will find the flyer for Designer Bag Bingo 2020. We hope to see you all there!

๐Ÿ—“ Calendar Updates:
February 28th – No School – IMS Network PD
March 20th – Half Day/ No After Care – Faculty PD
As always, if you have any questions please email or call.
Have a great week,
Dr. Lemon-Tate

Parent Update 2.19.20
Hello Holy Cross Families,

I hope everyone is enjoying the nice weather today! Please review the announcements below.

๐Ÿ“ฃ February is Black History Month (BHM)!
– This month students have experienced and even planned several BHM learning activities and events. Tomorrow the Student Council, with the help of 8th grade, is hosting a BHM Wax Museum for all classes! This is a great learning opportunity for all of our students to learn about some inspirational and influential people from all different historic times.
– Next Wednesday Holy Cross is hosting Music Play Patrol who will be performing African Drumming and Dancing for all our students!
– Next Thursday 2/27/20 students are allowed to dress up for BHM. Student council is hosting this event and students are allowed to wear traditional African clothing such as dashikis or any black history month apparel.

๐Ÿ“ฃ 7th Grade Parents
Please be sure to return the paperwork for the 7th grade visitation day by this Friday. We want to be sure to reserve your child’s spot at the school of their choice!

๐Ÿ“ฃNews from the Holy Cross Parent Association:
Designer Bag Bingo – April 25th, 2020. Attached you will find the flyer for Designer Bag Bingo 2020. We hope to see you all there!

๐Ÿ—“ Calendar Updates:
February 21st – Half Day/Staff Retreat – Noon Dismissal, No After Care

February 28th – No School – IMS Network PD

As always, if you have any questions please email or call.

Have a great week,

Dr. Lemon-Tate

Parent Update 2.5.20

Hello Holy Cross Families,

I hope everyone is having a great week! Please review the announcements below.

โ„7th Grade Visitation Day
March 11, 2020 is the Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s (AOP) 7th grade visitation day! This is an opportunity for your child to experience what it is like to be a high school student. All 7th graders will be receiving a sign up sheet that they will bring home and complete with you to decide which of the AOP high schools they would like to visit. It is important to note that this is just a visit. It does not mean that the student is planning on going to that school or even has to apply. The idea is to give students a chance to see what a day is like in an AOP high school. The schools prepare science demonstrations, plays, and other learning experiences for students. Paperwork will be sent home next week.

โ„A big thank you to all our families who donated for our MLK service day! Over 100 care packages and letters were sent to our service members abroad! Pictures are attached.

โ„ Toys and Electronics in School
Just a reminder to parents, students are not permitted to bring toys to school and all electronics (cell phones, smartwatches, and headphones) are to be placed in their envelope and class bin when they enter the school building. This ensures that their belongings stay safe throughout the school day.

โ„ Attention 8th grade parents:
Please complete the survey that was sent earlier this week. This survey is used to help Holy Cross collect data regarding our students and their acceptance into high schools as well as the amount of scholarship money offered. This will help us in celebrating the students acceptances and gathering data to support our school and students in years to come. We are so proud of our 8th graders! The survey can also be found here.

โ„ News from the Holy Cross Parent Association:
Designer Bag Bingo – April 25th, 2020. Attached you will find the flyer for Designer Bag Bingo 2020. We hope to see you all there!

๐Ÿ—“ Calendar Updates:
February 17th – Presidents’ Day – No School

February 21st – Half Day/Staff Retreat – Noon Dismissal, No After Care

February 28th – No School – IMS Network PD

As always if you have any questions please email or call. Have a great rest of the week!

Parent Update 1.22.20

Hello Holy Cross Families,

Next week is Catholic Schools Week! This is a week where we set aside time to celebrate students, parents, faculty and all the wonderful things about Catholic Education! Below is a prayer that will be shared with students during our prayer service on Monday morning to kick off the week.
Please review the announcements below.

๐Ÿ™ Catholic Schools Week 2020 – Student council has been collaborating with the Holy Cross staff to prepare a week full of events and activities for students in k-8. Some of the activities planned include Holy Cross Trivia, an opening prayer service, and student themed dress down days! To see some of the cool events we have planned for your child next week please review the attached flyer.

๐Ÿ™ Security Grant – IMS schools was awarded a grant from the PDE! This will be used to help all 15 schools improve security throughout our buildings. Please see the attached flyer.

๐Ÿ™MLK. We have extended the deadline to bring in items until Friday (1/24). Thank you for everything you have donated thus far! We appreciate your generosity. Please see attached flyer.

๐Ÿ“ฐNews from the Holy Cross Parent Association
– Parent Association In-Person Meeting (2nd Trimester Meeting)
Monday, January 27, 2020 @ 6pm-7pm (School Cafeteria)
We welcome all parents to attend this meeting.
– Designer Bag Bingo 2020 is Ready to go!
Attached you will find the flyer for Designer Bag Bingo 2020. We hope to see you there.

๐Ÿ—“ Calendar Updates:
January 24th – Half Day/Staff PD – Noon Dismissal, No After Care

February 17th – Presidents’ Day – No School

February 21st – Half Day/Staff Retreat – Noon Dismissal, No After Care

February 28th – No School – IMS Network PD

As always if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email or call. Have a great week!

Dr. Lemon-Tate
Parent Update 1.15.20
Hello Holy Cross Families,

I hope this email finds you well. January is off to a great start! This week we had a science show from the Franklin Institute for our middle school students. We also welcomed our kindergarteners to the church for the first time to celebrate mass last Friday. It was great to celebrate, pray, and sing together as a whole school.

Please review the announcements below.

โ„ It is that time of year again! Please remember to re-enroll your students for the 2020-2021 school year. Please see attached flyer.

โ„ Do you know a family that would love our school? IMS has a referral program that rewards you for referrals. Please see attached flyer.

โ„ MLK. We have extended the deadline to bring in items until next Friday (1/24). Thank you for everything you have donated thus far! We appreciate your generosity. Please see attached flyer.

โ„Attention Parents of 7th Grade Girls
– The Mount is offering a practice HSPT test for girls in 7th grade. There is a small fee. Please see attached flyer.
– Saint Basil Academy is also offering a practice HSPT test as well as a three week prep course. Please see attached flyer.

๐Ÿ“ฐ News from the Holy Cross Parent Association
– Parent Association In-Person Meeting (2nd Trimester Meeting)
Monday, January 27, 2020 @ 6pm-7pm (School Cafeteria)
We welcome all parents to attend this meeting.
– Designer Bag Bingo 2020 is Ready to go!
Attached you will find the flyer for Designer Bag Bingo 2020. We hope to see you there!

๐Ÿ—“Calendar Updates:
January 20th – MLK Day – No School

January 24th – Half Day/Staff PD – Noon Dismissal, No After Care

As always if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to email or call. Have a wonderful rest of the week!

Parent Update 1.8.20

Hello Holy Cross Families,

I hope this email finds you and your family well and your 2020 is off to a great start! Below is a prayer about the new year that you can share with your family.

God, thank you for a new year. May everyone in our family be willing to begin anew with a clean slate. We know that you are always ready to forgive us. Help us to be willing to forgive ourselves and to forgive one another.

As we begin a new year, remind us of our truest values and our deepest desires. Help us to live in the goodness that comes from doing what you want us to do. Help us to put aside anxiety about the future and the past, so that we might live in peace with you now, one day at a time.

As we start a new year here at Holy Cross we want to remind you that we are so thankful that you chose us to educate and care for your child! It is an honor and a blessing to serve the students and families of Holy Cross.

Please review the announcements below:

โ„ CYO Newsletter
Please review the attached flyer for information on upcoming signups and games.
โ„ Map Testing
We are starting the Winter Map Testing Session on Monday January 13th. As you know, these tests are used to measure your child’s progress, chart their growth, and personalize their education here at Holy Cross. Teachers use the data gathered to plan and inform their instruction. Please be sure to encourage your child to do their best! A good breakfast and a pep talk from you can make a big difference. Please review the attached Map Schedule as well as the information about Map Testing for parents.
โ„ MLK Service Project
In light of recent global events the students of Holy Cross have decided to dedicate our MLK service project to support troops abroad. We will be collecting items and writing letters to send to the troops. We are asking families to help with this initiative by donating items such as soap, books, toothpaste, sunscreen, and more. Please see the attached flyer for the entire list of requested items. Students can bring these items anytime before January 17th.
๐Ÿ—“ Calendar Updates:
January 20th – MLK Day – No School
January 24th – Half Day/Staff PD – Noon Dismissal, No After Care
As always if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to email or call.
Have a great week!
Dr. Lemon-Tate

Parent Update 1.2.20

๏ปฟHello Holy Cross Families and Happy New Year!

We hope everyone had a fun, relaxing, and memorable Christmas break and we wish everyone a safe, happy, and healthy new year! As we ring in the new year it is a great time to plan for the rest of the school year and review the school expectations. Remember the school website has a lot of important information from teachers and administration including the school handbook, homework, and important reminders to keep families and students up to speed.

โ„Dismissal Reminders:
– Please let the office know each day if your child is changing their dismissal routine. For example, if your child is scheduled to take the school bus home but today should be in car line please send a note to the teacher and call the main office.
– Parents are asked to wait out front on the front lawn for students and are not to enter the school building right before or after dismissal. It is important that the lobby is clear so that students can line up and get where they need to be in the safest way possible.

๐Ÿ—“ Calendar Updates:
January 20 – No School MLK Day
January 24 – Half Day/No Aftercare/Faculty PD

โ„Box Tops for Education:
The Parent Association is spearheading the Box Top for Education initiative. To help contribute please read the attached flyer. It is super easy and a great way to fundraise for Holy Cross! Students can bring their box tops into the main office where we will collect them.

โ„Photo Retakes:
If you would like to have your child retake their school photo please have them ready for retake day on January 7th.

โ„ Re-Enrollment:
Holy Cross has begun the process of re-enrollment for the 2020-2021 school year. Please be sure to respond to communication via email from Mrs. Haynes and IMS which allows you to re-enroll your child.

Have a great week,

Dr. Lemon-Tate

Parent Update 12.11.19
Hello Holy Cross Families,

This week begins the second week of Advent. Below is a short prayer for the second week that you can share with your family.
Week 2, Peace

Dear Jesus, you entered our world on Christmas as the Prince of Peace. This Advent, as we strive to become the-best-version-of-ourselves, fill us with a deep and abiding peace. Help us share that peace with everyone we encounter, especially those who need it most. Amen.

๐Ÿ†The Academic Bowl at Neumann Goretti: I wanted to share with parents that some of our 8th grade students brought home FIRST place in the 2019 Neumann Goretti Academic Bowl! They competed with students in 8th grade throughout all of Philadelphia and were able to win for Holy Cross! Congrats to them and the teachers that support them and make every minute count!
๐ŸŽ„Meet the Teacher: Ms.Schollenberger the Catapult Reading Interventionist is hosting a meet and greet. Please see the attached flyer for details.
๐ŸŽ„Volunteers Requested: The Holy Cross Parish was awarded a Community Design Collaborative (CDC) grant! The parish is requesting that the Holy Cross School assist in the development of the master plan. If you are an interested parent who would like to be involved in the decision making process and changes please see the attached flyer.
๐ŸŽ„Student Dress Down Day: On December 20th students will be permitted to dress down. Students can wear casual clothing – jeans, sweats, skirts, slacks, and dresses. All clothing must be free of holes and no wording or pictures that are offensive to the mission of Holy Cross are permitted.
๐ŸŽ„Annual Holy Cross Christmas Concert: Join us on December 19th at 7pm for our Holy Cross Christmas Concert! Doors open at 6:15pm and students are expected to be in the church no later than 6:30pm to prepare. The concert is at the church. The first few rows will be reserved for the students. Student ambassadors will help seat parents. We are requesting that parents keep their child’s coat and other belongings during the concert. Students should dress up in Christmas colors, school uniforms, or a plain white or black dress shirt. Looking forward to seeing you all there.
๐Ÿ—“ Calendar Updates –
December 20th – Noon dismissal
December 23rd – January 3rd – No school – Christmas Break
January 6th – School resumes
๐ŸŽ„ Parent Conferences – December 6th was the last day of the 1st trimester. Teachers have reached out to parents to schedule, if you have a question about conferences please email your child’s teacher.

As always if you have any questions please reach out.

Have a great week!

Dr. Lemon-Tate

Wed, Dec 4, 4:01 PM
Hello Holy Cross Families,

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Holy Cross is buzzing with students learning, singing, and praying each day. As we begin the season of Advent I wanted to share with you a weekly prayer. The theme for this week is hope. This is a great prayer that reminds us to slow down and take a moment to notice all the wonderful things around you.
Week 1, Hope

Dear Jesus, you are the hope in our messy world. This Advent, help us slow down, listen to your voice, and focus on whatโ€™s really important. We place our hope in you as we prepare our hearts to celebrate your birth on Christmas. Amen.

๐ŸŽ„Connelly Scholarship:
Attention 8th grade parents – The Josephine C. Connelly Achievement Award is a yearly scholarship that follows your child through all 4 years of their high school! As with any scholarship there are strict guidelines and criteria. Please see the attached flyer for more information. All eligible 8th graders will learn about the scholarship Monday and they are encouraged to apply.

๐ŸŽ„CYO Sports Update:
– Reminder – 3rd/4th Grade registration is going on now and ends Friday December 20th, 2019
– Upcoming Games for teams:
Varsity Boys
Participating in LaSalle College High School Tournament
SJR vs. Holy Cross Varsity Boys
Wednesday, December 4, 2019 @ 8:00pm – 9:00pm

Holy Cross Varsity Boys vs. St. Barnabas
Sunday, December 8, 2019 @ 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Location: Gesu School
Address: 1700 Thompson Street Philadelphia, PA

Varsity Girls
St. Rose vs. Holy Cross Varsity Girls
Saturday, December 7th, 2019 @ 1:00pm
Location: St. Ignatius School
Address: 3rd & Wallace Street, 19104

Junior Varsity
St. Raymonds vs. Holy Cross Junior Varsity Boys
Saturday, December 7, 2019 @ 11:00am – 12:00pm
Location: Gustine Recreation Center
Address: 4868 Ridge Ave Philadelphia Pennsylvania,19129

๐ŸŽ„Calendar Updates –
December 20th – Noon dismissal
December 23rd – January 3rd – No school – Christmas Break
January 6th – School resumes

๐ŸŽ„Parent Conferences – December 6th is the last day of the 1st trimester. Your child’s teacher will be reaching out to you to begin scheduling parent conferences.

๐ŸŽ„Christmas Concert – Holy Cross will host our annual Christmas Concert! Get ready for a fabulous show that includes all of our talented students and some of your favorite Christmas carols! The concert starts at 7pm on Thursday, December 19th. See you there!

As always if you have any questions or concerns please feel free to email or call. Have a blessed week!

Courtney

11.27.19
Hello Holy Cross Families,

Everyone at Holy Cross wants to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving! We hope your holiday weekend is full of fun, family, lots of good food. As a quick reminder, students will be dismissed today at noon to start the holiday weekend off early. Please review the announcements below.

๐Ÿฆƒ 8th Grade Writing Contest – Archbishop Wood has a yearly writing contest. The winners are given scholarships. If you are interested in participating, please see the attached flyer.

๐Ÿฆƒ Calendar Updates –
December 20th – Noon dismissal
December 23rd – January 3rd – No school – Christmas Break
January 6th – School resumes

๐Ÿฆƒ Parent Conferences – December 6th is the last day of the 1st trimester. Your child’s teacher will be reaching out to you next week to begin scheduling parent conferences.

๐ŸŽ„ Christmas Concert – Holy Cross will host our annual Christmas Concert! Get ready for a fabulous show that includes all of our talented students and some of your favorite Christmas carols! The concert starts at 7pm on Thursday, December 19th. See you there!

๐Ÿฆƒ Thanksgiving Prayer
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God Bless,

Dr. Lemon-Tate

Hello Holy Cross Families,

The staff at Holy Cross wants to take a moment to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving! We are extremely grateful that you chose us to educate and care for your child. It means the world to us and it is an honor each and every day to serve your child. We know that you have a choice regarding schooling for your children and we thank you for putting your faith in Holy Cross and partnering with us.

Please review the announcements below.

๐Ÿฆƒ A big thank you goes out to the Holy Cross Parent Association for hosting our yearly Family Pizza and Bingo Night! It was a great success and a lot of fun! Thank you parents for all you do! We are already excited for our Designer Bag Bingo in April! Details to come soon!

๐Ÿฆƒ Holy Cross Fundraiser – Have you started your Christmas Shopping? A great way to Christmas shop and give to Holy Cross is by going to the Boon Supply Fundraising website. A portion of the proceeds of any purchase, is automatically donated to Holy Cross!

๐Ÿฆƒ Calendar Reminders
November 22nd – Half day. Students are dismissed at noon. There will be no after care.
November 27th – Half day. Students are dismissed at noon. There will be no after care.
November 28th and 29th – School closed. Enjoy the holiday with your family!

๐ŸŽ„ Christmas Concert
Holy Cross will host our annual Christmas Concert. Get ready for a fabulous show that includes all of our talented students and some of your favorite Christmas carols! The concert starts at 7pm on Thursday, December 19th. See you there!

As always if you have any questions, please email or call.

โ€œThe secret of happiness is to live moment by moment and to thank God for what He is sending us every day in His goodness.โ€ โ€“ St. Gianna Beretta Molla
Dr. Courtney Lemon-Tate, Ed.D.
Principal

Wed, Nov 13
Hello Holy Cross Families,

Last week students and faculty took time to think about all the things we are thankful for as we celebrated our Thanksgiving Mass. Students were asked to write about something they were thankful for on a leaf. The leaves were collected and then presented with the gifts during Thanksgiving Mass. Students were overwhelmingly thankful for their family, their friends, and even their pets. Attached are some photos!

Please review the announcements and updates below.

๐Ÿฆƒ Bingo Night – This Saturday is Family Bingo Night at Holy Cross! It starts at 6pm. It is one of our fundraisers sponsored by the Parent Association. There will be pizza, wings, and bingo! I hope to see you all there! Please see the attached flyer for details.

๐Ÿฆƒ Gym – As you know students generally go outside everyday for recess and then once a week for gym. As the weather turns colder, students are going to start staying inside for gym and go outside for recess only if the weather permits. Instead of gym students will have music until the nice weather resumes again in the spring. They can continue to wear their gym uniforms as usual but just know that due to the cold winter weather most gym days will be substituted with Music class.

๐Ÿฆƒ Holy Cross Fundraiser – Have you started your Christmas Shopping? A great way to Christmas shop and give to Holy Cross is by going to the Boon Supply Fundraising website. A portion of the proceeds of any purchase, is automatically donated to Holy Cross!

๐Ÿฆƒ Flu Prevention
It is that time of year again, have you gone to get your flu shot yet? It is a great way to prevent yourself and family from getting sick and protect those who are compromised. Here are some flu prevention tips.

๐Ÿฆƒ Attendance
Literature was recently sent home to all families regarding the importance of coming to school each day, ready to learn, and on time. At Holy Cross we make every minute count because we are relentless in the pursuit of academic excellence. To partner with us in this ambitious endeavor we ask that students are present, on-time, and ready to learn. As a reminder school opens at 7:15am. (Please do not drop your child/ren off before 7:15am, as there is no supervision available.) At 7:15am breakfast is served and Morning Cares starts. Students are allowed to start heading to their homeroom from the cafeteria at 7:50am. Students must be in homeroom and ready to learn by 8:00am. If students are not in their homeroom they will be marked absent and they will need to check-in at the main office with Mrs. Van Thuyne to turn in their phone, make their lunch order, and get a late pass to be admitted to class. This means that children walking in the door at 8am or close to it will most likely be late because they will not make it to class on time. If the child is late because of a delay with a Yellowbird bus, that lateness will be considered excused. If you have any questions, please feel free to email.

๐ŸฆƒSchool Calendar Reminders
November 22nd – Noon Dismissal (No Aftercare)
November 27th – Noon Dismissal (No Aftercare)
November 28th and 29th – No School Thanksgiving Holiday ๐Ÿฆƒ

As always, if you have any questions or concerns please email or call. Have a great rest of the week!

Dr. Lemon-Tate

Hello Holy Cross Families,
11/4/2019

Hope all is well! November is a great month to take time to think about all the things we are grateful for. I am so grateful to be able to come to Holy Cross every day and work with an amazing team to educate your child. Thank you for putting your trust and faith in Holy Cross! We are so very grateful for giving us this opportunity.

Please review the announcements below.

๐Ÿฆƒ Early Dismissal: Please remember if you need to take your child out of school early, to send a note to school with your child. This way we can have your child ready when you arrive. Also, except for emergencies, early dismissals are not permitted after 2 pm.

๐Ÿฆƒ Map Scores
The Fall Map testing window has officially closed. Thank your support in ensuring your child’s success. Students were given the Map Family Report to bring home. This report shows their progress and growth. Please review with your child. If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to your child’s teacher.

๐Ÿฆƒ Fall Scholarship Verification Report (SVR)
It is time to complete your Fall Scholarship Verification Report (SVR), verifying your child(ren)’s attendance and compliance with your school’s policies. The first scholarship payment for the 2019-2020 school year cannot be made to your child(ren)’s school until you complete this requirement. You must do this before November 8, 2019. Please see the attached flyer for the link.

๐Ÿฆƒ Parent Association
Pizza & Bingo Night๐Ÿ•
The Holy Cross Parent Association is hosting a Family Pizza & Bingo Night on Saturday, November 16th at 6 pm! Everyone is invited and all proceeds will benefit the school. Come out to enjoy some pizza, bingo, and family fun! Please see the attached flyer for all the details.

๐Ÿฆƒ Flu Prevention
It is that time of year again, have you gone to get your flu shot yet? It is a great way to prevent yourself and family from getting sick and protect those who are immunocompromised. Here are some flu prevention tips.

๐Ÿฆƒ Attendance
Literature was recently sent home to all families regarding the importance of coming to school each day, ready to learn, and on time. At Holy Cross, we make every minute count because we are relentless in the pursuit of academic excellence. To partner with us in this ambitious endeavor, we ask that students are present, on-time, and ready to learn. As a reminder school opens at 7:15 am. (Please do not drop your child/ren off before 7:15 am, as there is no supervision available.) At 7:15 am breakfast is served and Morning Cares starts. Students are allowed to start heading to their homeroom from the cafeteria at 7:50 am. Students must be in homeroom and ready to learn by 8:00 am. If students are not in their homeroom they will be marked absent and they will need to check-in at the main office with Mrs. Van Thuyne to turn in their phone, make their lunch order, and get a late pass to be admitted to class. This means that children walking in the door at 8 am or close to it will most likely be late because they will not make it to class on time. If the child is late because of a delay with a Yellowbird bus, that lateness will be considered excused. If you have any questions, please feel free to email me.

๐Ÿฆƒ High School News
This week begins the 8th grade Principal/Student conferences regarding high school placement. 8th graders have been given a one page document that they should look over with their parents to fill out. This document is used to gather information so that I can best help your child. One of the goals this year at Holy Cross is that ALL 8th grade students will get into their 1st or 2nd choice. In the upcoming conferences I will be asking my 8th graders to let me know what their top choices are and assisting them in whatever they need.

๐ŸฆƒSchool Calendar Reminders
November 22nd – Noon Dismissal (No Aftercare)
November 27th – Noon Dismissal (No Aftercare)
November 28th and 29th – No School Thanksgiving Holiday ๐Ÿฆƒ

As always, if you have any questions or concerns please email or call. Have a great rest of the week!

Dr. Lemon-Tate

Wed, Nov 6, 4:05 PM
Hello Holy Cross Families,

Hope all is well! November is a great month to take time to think about all the things we are grateful for. I am so grateful to be able to come to Holy Cross every day and work with an amazing team to educate your child. Thank you for putting your trust and faith in Holy Cross! We are so very grateful for giving us this opportunity.

Please review the announcements below.

๐Ÿฆƒ Early Dismissal: Please remember if you need to take your child out of school early, to send a note to school with your child. This way we can have your child ready when you arrive. Also, except for emergencies, early dismissals are not permitted after 2pm.

๐Ÿฆƒ Map Scores
The Fall Map testing window has officially closed. Thank your support in ensuring your child’s success. Students were given the Map Family Report to bring home. This report shows their progress and growth. Please review with your child. If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to your child’s teacher.

๐Ÿฆƒ Fall Scholarship Verification Report (SVR)
It is time to complete your Fall Scholarship Verification Report (SVR), verifying your child(ren)’s attendance and compliance with your school’s policies. The first scholarship payment for the 2019-2020 school year cannot be made to your child(ren)’s school until you complete this requirement. You must do this before November 8, 2019. Please see the attached flyer for the link.

๐Ÿฆƒ Parent Association
Pizza & Bingo Night๐Ÿ•
The Holy Cross Parent Association is hosting a Family Pizza & Bingo Night on Saturday November 16th at 6pm! Everyone is invited and all proceeds will benefit the school. Come out to enjoy some pizza, bingo, and family fun! Please see the attached flyer for all the details.

๐Ÿฆƒ Flu Prevention
It is that time of year again, have you gone to get your flu shot yet? It is a great way to prevent yourself and family from getting sick and protect those who are immunocompromised. Here are some flu prevention tips.

๐Ÿฆƒ Attendance
Literature was recently sent home to all families regarding the importance of coming to school each day, ready to learn, and on time. At Holy Cross we make every minute count because we are relentless in the pursuit of academic excellence. To partner with us in this ambitious endeavor we ask that students are present, on-time, and ready to learn. As a reminder school opens at 7:15am. (Please do not drop your child/ren off before 7:15am, as there is no supervision available.) At 7:15am breakfast is served and Morning Cares starts. Students are allowed to start heading to their homeroom from the cafeteria at 7:50am. Students must be in homeroom and ready to learn by 8:00am. If students are not in their homeroom they will be marked absent and they will need to check-in at the main office with Mrs. Van Thuyne to turn in their phone, make their lunch order, and get a late pass to be admitted to class. This means that children walking in the door at 8am or close to it will most likely be late because they will not make it to class on time. If the child is late because of a delay with a Yellowbird bus, that lateness will be considered excused. If you have any questions, please feel free to email.

๐Ÿฆƒ High School News
This week begins the 8th grade Principal/Student conferences regarding high school placement. 8th graders have been given a one page document that they should look over with their parents to fill out. This document is used to gather information so that I can best help your child. One of the goals this year at Holy Cross is that ALL 8th grade students will get into their 1st or 2nd choice. In the upcoming conferences I will be asking my 8th graders to let me know what their top choices are and assisting them in whatever they need.

๐ŸฆƒSchool Calendar Reminders
November 22nd – Noon Dismissal (No Aftercare)
November 27th – Noon Dismissal (No Aftercare)
November 28th and 29th – No School Thanksgiving Holiday ๐Ÿฆƒ

As always, if you have any questions or concerns please email or call. Have a great rest of the week!

Dr. Lemon-Tate

10/30/2019
Hello Holy Cross Families,

Hope all is well! Please review the announcements below.

๐ŸŽƒ Halloween
Just a reminder, tomorrow is a half day and students will be dismissed at noon. Also, students are not permitted to dress down or in costume tomorrow. We will have dress down days in the future! Stay tuned for details!

๐ŸŽƒ Map Scores
The Fall Map testing window has officially closed. Thank your support in ensuring your child’s success. Students will be sent home with a Map Family Report next week that shows their progress and growth. Please review with your child. If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to your child’s teacher.

๐ŸŽƒ CYO Sports
The deadline to register for this basketball season has been extended until tomorrow 10/31/19 for Varsity Boys and Varsity Girls (5-8th Grade). 3rd & 4th Grade Basketball (Boys & Girls) registration is now open. If you still have uniform from last year please use code: UNIFORM . For any questions about signing up or payment please contact Ramone Edmunds at holycrossathleticdirector@gmail.com .

๐ŸŽƒFall Scholarship Verification Report (SVR)
It is time to complete your Fall Scholarship Verification Report (SVR), verifying your child(ren)’s attendance and compliance with your school’s policies. The first scholarship payment for the 2019-2020 school year cannot be made to your child(ren)’s school until you complete this requirement. You must do this before November 8, 2019. Please see the attached flyer for the link.

๐ŸŽƒ Parent Association
Pizza & Bingo Night
The Holy Cross Parent Association is hosting a Family Pizza & Bingo Night on Saturday November 16th at 6pm! Everyone is invited and all proceeds will benefit the school. Come out to enjoy some pizza, bingo, and family fun! Please see the attached flyer for all the details.

๐ŸŽƒ Flu Prevention
It is that time of year again, have you gone to get your flu shot yet? It is a great way to prevent yourself and family from getting sick and protect those who are immunocompromised. Here are some flu prevention tips.

๐ŸŽƒ Attendance
Literature was recently sent home to all families regarding the importance of coming to school each day, ready to learn, and on time. At Holy Cross we make every minute count because we are relentless in the pursuit of academic excellence. To partner with us in this ambitious endeavor we ask that students are present, on-time, and ready to learn. As a reminder school opens at 7:15am. (Please do not drop your child/ren off before 7:15am, as there is no supervision available.) At 7:15am breakfast is served and Morning Cares starts. Students are allowed to start heading to their homeroom from the cafeteria at 7:50am. Students must be in homeroom and ready to learn by 8:00am. If students are not in their homeroom they will be marked absent and they will need to check-in at the main office with Mrs. Van Thuyne to turn in their phone, make their lunch order, and get a late pass to be admitted to class. This means that children walking in the door at 8am or close to it will most likely be late because they will not make it to class on time. If the child is late because of a delay with a Yellowbird bus, that lateness will be considered excused. If you have any questions, please feel free to email.

๐ŸŽƒ High School News
This week begins the 8th grade Principal/Student conferences regarding high school placement. 8th graders have been given a one page document that they should look over with their parents to fill out. This document is used to gather information so that I can best help your child. One of the goals this year at Holy Cross is that ALL 8th grade students will get into their 1st or 2nd choice. In the upcoming conferences I will be asking my 8th graders to let me know what their top choices are and assisting them in whatever they need.

๐ŸŽƒ School Calendar Reminders
October 31st – Half Day, Noon Dismissal
November 1st – No School for students/Faculty PD

As always, if you have any questions or concerns please email or call. Have a great rest of the week!

Parent Update 10.23.19
Courtney Lemon-Tate

Hello Holy Cross Families,

Please review the announcements and updates below.

๐ŸŽƒ CYO Sports
The deadline to register for this basketball season is coming up. The first payment for registration is due today, October 23, 2019. The second and final payment is due November 11, 2019. For any questions about signing up or payment please contact Ramone Edmunds at holycrossathleticdirector@gmail.com .

๐ŸŽƒ Student Safety
Recently we have seen an increase in the amount of students using a rideshare service such as Uber or Lyft when leaving school. Holy Cross does not recommend the use of rideshare by students, due to recent incidences of sexual assault and violence (you can read more here). In addition, Lyft and Uber policy states that they do not allow unaccompanied minors to ride. Also, you need to be 18 to have an account (read more here). However, these rules are often ignored by drivers.

๐ŸŽƒFall Scholarship Verification Report (SVR)
It is time to complete your Fall Scholarship Verification Report (SVR), verifying your child(ren)’s attendance and compliance with your school’s policies. The first scholarship payment for the 2019-2020 school year cannot be made to your child(ren)’s school until you complete this requirement. You must do this before November 8, 2019. Please see the attached flyer for the link.

๐ŸŽƒ Parent Association
Pizza & Bingo Night
The Holy Cross Parent Association is hosting a Family Pizza & Bingo Night on Saturday November 16th at 6pm! Everyone is invited and all proceeds will benefit the school. Come out to enjoy some pizza, bingo, and family fun! Please see the attached flyer for all the details.

Upcoming Phone Conference
The Parent Association will be hosting a conference call on Wednesday, October 23, 2019 from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm to discuss Family Bingo Night, which is being held on November 16, 2019.
The Parent Association Conference Call Line Information is Listed Below:
Dial-In Number: (605) 313-6149
Access Code: 848653
FOR USERS WITH T-MOBILE AS A COURIER, PLEASE DIAL: (425) 535-9111
– You will be prompted to enter in the Dial-In Number and Access Code afterwards. This will bypass additional courier rates.

๐ŸŽƒ Flu Prevention
It is that time of year again, have you gone to get your flu shot yet? It is a great way to prevent yourself and family from getting sick and protect those who are immunocompromised. Here are some flu prevention tips.

๐ŸŽƒ Attendance
Literature was recently sent home to all families regarding the importance of coming to school each day, ready to learn, and on time. At Holy Cross we make every minute count because we are relentless in the pursuit of academic excellence. To partner with us in this ambitious endeavor we ask that students are present, on-time, and ready to learn. As a reminder school opens at 7:15am. (Please do not drop your child/ren off before 7:15am, as there is no supervision available.) At 7:15am breakfast is served and Morning Cares starts. Students are allowed to start heading to their homeroom from the cafeteria at 7:50am. Students must be in homeroom and ready to learn by 8:00am. If students are not in their homeroom they will be marked absent and they will need to check-in at the main office with Mrs. Van Thuyne to turn in their phone, make their lunch order, and get a late pass to be admitted to class. If the child is late because of a delay with a Yellowbird bus, that lateness will be considered excused. If you have any questions, please feel free to email.

๐ŸŽƒ Picture Day
This year picture day is October 29th. This is a Tuesday and for many classes this may be their gym day. Please be sure to have your student wear their school uniform (not their gym uniform) for pictures. ALL students will be photographed that day.

๐ŸŽƒ High School News
This week begins the 8th grade Principal/Student conferences regarding high school placement. 8th graders have been given a one page document that they should look over with their parents to fill out. This document is used to gather information so that I can best help your child. One of the goals this year at Holy Cross is that ALL 8th grade students will get into their 1st or 2nd choice. In the upcoming conferences I will be asking my 8th graders to let me know what their top choices are and assisting them in whatever they need.

๐ŸŽƒ School Calendar Reminders
October 29th – Picture Day (Please make sure students are in uniform!)
October 31st – Half Day
November 1st – No School for students/Faculty PD

As always, if you have any questions or concerns please email or call. Have a great rest of the week!

Dr. Lemon-Tate

Parent Update 10.16.19
๏ปฟHello Holy Cross Families,

I hope everyone is having a great week! Please read the updates and announcements below.

๐ŸดParent Association News
The Parent Association will be hosting a conference call on Wednesday, October 23, 2019 from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm to discuss Family Bingo Night, which is being held on November 16, 2019.
The Parent Association Conference Call Line Information is Listed Below:
Dial-In Number: (605) 313-6149
Access Code: 848653
FOR USERS WITH T-MOBILE AS A COURIER, PLEASE DIAL: (425) 535-9111
– You will be prompted to enter in the Dial-In Number and Access Code afterwards. This will bypass additional courier rates.

๐ŸดAttendance
Literature was recently sent home to all families regarding the importance of coming to school each day, ready to learn, and on time. At Holy Cross we make every minute count because we are relentless in the pursuit of academic excellence. To partner with us in this ambitious endeavor we ask that students are present, on-time, and ready to learn. As a reminder school opens at 7:15am. (Please do not drop your child/ren off before 7:15am, as there is no supervision available. At 7:15am breakfast is served and Morning Cares starts. Students are allowed to start heading to their homeroom from the cafeteria at 7:50am. Students must be in homeroom and ready to learn by 8:00am. If students are not in their homeroom they will be marked absent and they will need to check-in at the main office with Mrs. Van Thuyne to turn in their phone, make their lunch order, and get a late pass to be admitted to class. If the child is late because of a delay with a Yellowbird bus, that lateness will be considered excused. If you have any questions, please feel free to email.

๐Ÿด Progress Reports
This week progress reports will be sent home. Please review the progress report with your child and sign. If you have any questions please contact their teacher.

๐Ÿด Picture Day
This year picture day is October 29th. This is a Tuesday and for many classes this may be their gym day. Please be sure to have your student wear their school uniform (not their gym uniform) for pictures. ALL students will be photographed that day.

๐Ÿด High School News
Next week will begin the 8th grade Principal/Student conferences regarding high school placement. 8th graders will be given a one page document that they should look over with their parents to fill out. This document is used to gather information so that I can best help your child. Then, next week, I will begin meeting with each student to learn more about where they are in the process of identifying and applying to the high school of their choice. One of the goals this year at Holy Cross is that ALL 8th grade students will get into their 1st or 2nd choice. In the upcoming conferences I will be asking my 8th graders to let me know what their top choices are and assisting them in whatever they need.

๐Ÿด School Calendar Reminders
October 18th – No School
October 29th – Picture Day
October 31st – Half Day
November 1st – No School for students/Faculty PD

As always, if you have any questions or concerns please email or call. Have a great rest of the week and enjoy the long weekend!

Parent Update 10.9.19
Hello Holy Cross Families,

It is starting to really feel like Fall! This has already been a busy month at Holy Cross. We are in the middle of Map testing, all subjects are in full swing, and we are nearly half way through the first trimester. This means that progress reports will be coming out late next week. Check with your child to ensure they share with you their progress report.

Please review the additional announcements and updates below.

๐Ÿ Technology/Library Teacher: I would like to take the opportunity to welcome the newest member to the Holy Cross Team, Ms. Natalie Daniel. She started last week and has been assisting with Map Testing, working to ensure the computer lab and the technology at Holy Cross are set up, and meeting all the students. She is a fabulous addition to our staff and we are very happy to have her.

๐Ÿ Gym Day Modification: Please review the gym day schedule below to ensure your child is ready for their gym class. As a reminder, students often go outside for gym class. Please ensure that they have coats, and as it gets colder, hats and gloves too.
– Tuesday: Grades – 1,2,4,5,6,7, and 8
– Wednesday: Grades – k and 3

๐Ÿ High School Information and Updates:
– John W. Hallahan will be administering the High School Placement Exam on October 17 &19 from 8am-11am and on October 30 from 4pm-7pm. Families can go to www.jwhallahan.com and follow the link to register on the testing website, using access code of: zz, and making payment via credit card on the website or via cash on the day of the exam.

๐Ÿ We are accepting applications for 2020. Timely tuition payments help ensure efficient operations at the school.

๐Ÿ Referral program – Did you refer a family to us? If you did, please contact Mrs. Haynes with the name of the family you referred. Also, the CSPA – Children Scholarship Parent Ambassador is Erica Chase, echase@philadelphia.org

๐Ÿ Winter Uniform: Starting on October 14th, students are required to wear the winter uniform.

๐Ÿ Calendar Reminder: There is no school on October 18th. Also, there is a noon dismissal on October 31st.

๐Ÿ Teacher Updates: Every teacher at Holy Cross has a personalized webpage. On their webpage you can find updates about homework, project due dates, and information about what they are learning. You can view this webpage by going to our main site and then going to the Faculty & Staff page and clicking on your child’s teacher.

๐Ÿ Parent Resources: October 10th is World Mental Health Day. This year the theme is Working Together to Prevent Suicide. Here at Holy Cross we take mental health very seriously. If ever you have any concerns about your child please share them with us so we can work together to support your child. We have two counselors available to work with children and families. Here are some additional resources regarding mental health.
Have a great rest of the week!

Parent Update 10.2.19
Hello Holy Cross Families,

I hope everyone is having a great week. Please review the important announcements below.

๐Ÿ Signage: I want to take a moment to clarify that the sign on the front door was not placed there in response to an event or incident. As a school principal I try to be as proactive as possible, especially regarding safety. We are blessed at Holy Cross to have a safe school, with amazing children, and wonderful families. It is our priority to do everything we can to ensure the safety of your child.

๐Ÿ October is National Fire Prevention Month. Here are some fire safety resources to share with your family.

๐Ÿ We are accepting applications for 2020. Timely tuition payments help ensure efficient operations at the school.

๐Ÿ Referral program – Did you refer a family to us? If you did, please contact Mrs. Haynes with the name of the family you referred. Also, the CSPA – Children Scholarship Parent Ambassador is Erica Chase, echase@philadelphia.org

๐Ÿ Winter Uniform: Starting on October 14th, students are required to wear the winter uniform.

๐Ÿ Calendar Reminder: There is no school on October 18th. Also, there is a noon dismissal on October 31st.

๐Ÿ Teacher Updates: Every teacher at Holy Cross has a personalized webpage. On their webpage you can find updates about homework, project due dates, and information about what they are learning. You can view this webpage by going to our main site and then going to the Faculty & Staff page and clicking on your child’s teacher.

๐Ÿ Map Testing: This week we started Fall Map Testing. If you are not familiar, Map testing is a commonly used benchmark test that allows schools to monitor student growth. It is taken three times a year to chart their progress in both Math and Reading. You can read more about it here. The Map test schedule is attached to this email. We are asking that you talk to your child about Map testing and encourage them to do their best. The data is used by the school to inform our teaching and instruction.

๐Ÿ After Care/Dismissal: School ends at 2:52pm. It is important that students are picked up on time. Students who are not picked up by 3:10pm will be sent to After Care. Parents will need to sign their child out and be charged $15 at the time of pickup.

As always, please email me with any questions or concerns.

Have a great week!

Parent Update 9.25.19
Hello Holy Cross Families,

I hope everyone is enjoying the first week of Fall! Please review the announcements below.

๐Ÿ Teacher Updates: Every teacher at Holy Cross has a personalized webpage. On their webpage you can find updates about homework, project due dates, and information about what they are learning. You can view this webpage by going to our main site and then going to the Faculty & Staff page and clicking on your child’s teacher.

๐Ÿ Map Testing: Next week starts Fall Map Testing. If you are not familiar, Map testing is a commonly used benchmark test that allows schools to monitor student growth. It is taken three times a year to chart their progress in both Math and Reading. You can read more about it here. The Map test schedule is attached to this email. We are asking that you talk to your child about Map testing and encourage them to do their best. The data is used by the school to inform our teaching and instruction.

๐Ÿ Athletics: Although Holy Cross School does not have an athletic program, we have a partnership with the Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) to provide an opportunity for our students to be involved in athletics. If your child is interested, please see the attached flyer. You can also contact holycrossathleticdirector@gmail.com for more information.

๐Ÿ Tuition: If you have any questions about tuition, financial aid, or TADS please contact Yolonda Haynes at yhaynes@independencemissionschools.org . She will be able to assist you with any questions you may have.

๐Ÿ Families of 8th graders who are interested in a High School Night at Saint Helena’s. Please see the attached flyer.

๐ŸParents of 8th grade girls: Merion Mercy Academy is hosting an open house for interested 8th grade girls and their parents. Please see attached flyer.

๐Ÿ Holy Cross will host a High School Night for HC 7th and 8th graders. It is on Thursday, 9/26 6-7:30pm in our auditorium. Come out with your child to meet ambassadors from several Catholic High Schools and have the opportunity to ask questions and learn more about your childโ€™s high school options. Please see the attached flyer.

As always, if you have any questions please feel free to email or call. Have a great rest of the week!

Parent update, Sep 18,
Hello Parents,

I hope this email finds you well. Please review the announcements below.

๐Ÿ”บ Early Dismissal: Please remember Friday September 20th is a half day. Students will be dismissed at 12pm and there will be no After Care.

๐Ÿ”บ Gym Uniforms: All orders must be in by Friday, September 20th. If you have any questions please contact Mrs. Van Thuyne in the main office.

๐Ÿ”บ If you have any questions about tuition, financial aid, or TADS please contact Yolonda Haynes at yhaynes@independencemissionschools.org . She will be able to assist you with any questions you may have.

๐Ÿ”บ Families of 8th graders who are interested in a High School Night at Saint Helena’s. Please see the attached flyer.

๐Ÿ”บ Parents of 8th grade girls: Merion Mercy Academy is hosting an open house for interested 8th grade girls and their parents. Please see attached flyer.

๐Ÿ”บ Gym: There have been some questions about when students should wear their gym uniform. Please see the schedule below:
K- Thursday
1, 2, 4-8 – Tuesday
3 – Wednesday

๐Ÿ”บ Holy Cross will host a High School Night for HC 7th and 8th graders. It is on Thursday, 9/26 6-7:30pm in our auditorium. Come out with your child to meet ambassadors from several Catholic High Schools and have the opportunity to ask questions and learn more about your childโ€™s high school options. Please see the attached flyer.

๐Ÿ”บAbsent and Late Notification: All IMS schools have switched to Educate from MSP. This means that we are using a new student information system. This is how teachers take attendance and put in grades. With this change there is a feature that automatically alerts parents when their child is marked absent or late. There have been some questions about this so I want to clarify for parents. A child who is not in their first period by 8:00am will be marked absent by the teacher. The student must then go to the front office to obtain a late pass before going to class. Then, Mrs. Van Thuyne changes the attendance from absent to late. It is important that parents understand the response generated when a teacher marks a student absent is automatic. If you have further questions about this please feel free to email me.

๐Ÿ”บSchool opens at 7:15am and staff is here ready to greet your child and serve them breakfast. Please ensure they are here in time to be in their classroom by 8:00am.

๐Ÿ”บ Please ensure that you are communicating to the school, in writing, any changes to your child’s after school routine. For example, if they normally take a bus, but today, you are picking them up and they need to be in the car line you need send a written note into school. Also, any student who is not picked up by 3:05pm will be sent to after care and the family will be charged the daily rate.

๐Ÿ”บ In rare instances you may need to take your child out of school early, please note that early dismissals are not permitted after 2pm. Please send your child with a note in the morning as well to let the staff know that you are taking your child out of school early.

๐Ÿ”บ School safety is our number one priority, because of this, we ask for your help in understanding that parents and visitors are not permitted to enter the school from 2:30 – 3:05pm each day. If you want to speak with Ms. Van Thuyne, Dr. Lemon-Tate, or your child’s teacher, we will be happy to arrange that through email or a phone call to the office.

As always thank you for choosing Holy Cross! If you have any questions or concerns feel free to email or call.

Parent Update 9.11.19
Hello Holy Cross Families,

Thank you to everyone who came out last night for Back to School Night! Your commitment to your child’s education is crucial to their success. If you were unable to attend, please feel free to email your child’s teacher if you have any questions. It is great to be back in the full swing of things and classrooms are buzzing with energy! At Holy Cross every minute counts! Please read the announcements below and, as always, if you have any questions please email or call.

๐Ÿ”บ If you have any questions about tuition, financial aid, or TADS please contact Yolonda Haynes at yhaynes@independencemissionschools.org . She will be able to assist you with any questions you may have.

๐Ÿ”บ Families of 8th graders who are interested in a High School Night at Saint Helena’s please see the attached flyer.

๐Ÿ”บ Gym: There have been some questions about when students should wear their gym uniform. Please see the schedule below:
K- Thursday
1, 2, 4-8 – Tuesday
3 – Wednesday

๐Ÿ”บ Holy Cross will host a High School Night for HC 7th and 8th graders. It is on Thursday, 9/26 6-7:30pm in our auditorium. Come out with your child to meet ambassadors from several Catholic High Schools and have the opportunity to ask questions and learn more about your childโ€™s high school options.

๐Ÿ”บAbsent and Late Notification: All IMS schools have switched to Educate from MSP. This means that we are using a new student information system. This is how teachers take attendance and put in grades. With this change there is a feature that automatically alerts parents when their child is marked absent or late. There have been some questions about this so I want to clarify for parents. A child who is not in their first period by 8:00am will be marked absent by the teacher. The student must then go to the front office to obtain a late pass before going to class. Then, Mrs. Van Thuyne changes the attendance from absent to late. It is important that parents understand the response generated when a teacher marks a student absent is automatic. If you have further questions about this please feel free to email me.

๐Ÿ”บSchool opens at 7:15am and staff is here ready to greet your child and serve them breakfast. Please ensure they are here in time to be in their classroom by 8:00am.

๐Ÿ”บ Please ensure that you are communicating to the school, in writing, any changes to your child’s after school routine. For example, if they normally take a bus, but today, you are picking them up and they need to be in the car line you need send a written note into school. Also, any student who is not picked up by 3:05pm will be sent to after care and the family will be charged the daily rate.

๐Ÿ”บ In rare instances you may need to take your child out of school early, please note that early dismissals are not permitted after 2pm. Please send your child with a note in the morning as well to let the staff know that you are taking your child out of school early.

๐Ÿ”บ School safety is our number one priority, because of this, we ask for your help in understanding that parents and visitors are not permitted to enter the school from 2:30 – 3:05pmeach day. If you want to speak with Ms. Van Thuyne, Dr. Lemon-Tate, or your child’s teacher, we will be happy to arrange that through email or a phone call to the office.
Have a great rest of the week!

Parent Update 9.4.19
Hello Holy Cross Families,

The school year has officially started! Students are in classrooms engaged and learning and the lunchroom is full of laughter and conversations! We are thrilled to have our students back and we are working hard to make this an amazing year at Holy Cross. Below are some reminders, as always please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

๐ŸSchool opens at 7:15am and staff is here ready to greet your child and serve them breakfast. Please ensure they are here in time to be in their classroom by 8:00am.

๐Ÿ Please ensure that you are communicating to the school, in writing, any changes to your child’s after school routine. For example, if they normally take a bus, but today, you are picking them up and they need to be in the car line you need send a written note into school. Also, any student who is not picked up by 3:05pm will be sent to after care and the family will be charged the daily rate. If you are interested in enrolling your child in after care, please email Michelle Gillespie at mgilles65@gmail.com

๐Ÿ In rare instances you may need to take your child out of school early, please note that early dismissals are not permitted after 2pm. Please send your child with a note in the morning as well to let the staff know that you are taking your child out of school early.

๐Ÿ School safety is our number one priority, because of this, we ask for your help in understanding that parents and visitors are not permitted to enter the school from 2:30 – 3:05pm each day. If you want to speak with Ms. Van Thuyne, Dr. Lemon-Tate, or your child’s teacher, we will be happy to arrange that through email or a phone call to the office.

Have a great rest of the week!

Dr. Lemon-Tate

Parent Update 8.28.19
Hello Holy Cross Families,

School starts on Tuesday! Can you believe it? The staff of Holy Cross has been working hard in preparation for your childโ€™s arrival. We are eagerly anticipating the start of the school year. Below are a few reminders to ensure that you are prepared for the first day.

๐Ÿ“ฃ At the Parent Association meeting it was brought to my attention that oftentimes students may have a lot of supplies to bring to school for the first week. This might present a transportation problem or just might be a lot to carry. Please feel free to send the required supplies with you students throughout the first week so that they are not having to carry an excessive amount of supplies for the first day.
๐Ÿ“ฃ Drop Off: All students are to be dropped off for the start of school and breakfast in the school yard lot. For safety reasons, parents are asked not to enter the school building. The exception to this policy is the first week of kindergarten where parents of kindergarten students are allowed to accompany their child to the classroom for their first day of school.
๐Ÿ“ฃ For the 2019-2020 school year students who are not IN CLASS by 8am are considered late. The school is open at 7:15am and breakfast will be served at that time to accommodate parents in the morning drop-off. Students will be encouraged to start heading to their classrooms at 7:50am. Please make every effort to ensure your child is on time for school and has adequate time to enjoy breakfast.

As always please feel free to email or call with any questions or concerns and thank you for your continued support.

Parent Update 8.22.19
Hello Holy Cross Families,

The start of the school year is almost here! Thank you to everyone who came out for our annual ice cream social! It was great getting to meet the students and families. If you weren’t able to make it, I look forward to meeting you soon! In the meantime, please review the announcements below.

๐Ÿ“ฃ At the Parent Association meeting it was brought to my attention that oftentimes students may have a lot of supplies to bring to school for the first week. This might present a transportation problem or just might be a lot to carry. Please feel free to send the required supplies with you students throughout the first week so that they are not having to carry an excessive amount of supplies for the first day.
๐Ÿ“ฃ Drop Off: All students are to be dropped off for the start of school and breakfast in the school yard lot. For safety reasons, parents are asked not to enter the school building. The exception to this policy is the first week of kindergarten where parents of kindergarten students are allowed to accompany their child to the classroom for their first day of school.
๐Ÿ“ฃ For the 2019-2020 school year students who are not IN CLASS by 8am are considered late. The school is open at 7:15am and breakfast will be served at that time to accommodate parents in the morning drop-off. Students will be encouraged to start heading to their classrooms at 7:50am. Please make every effort to ensure your child is on time for school and has adequate time to enjoy breakfast.
๐Ÿ“ฃ Parent/School Communication: It is important for you to know that the main channels of school-to-home communication are the following:
– The Holy Cross Website found here.
– Weekly Email Updates on Wednesdays from the Principal.
– Paper communication sent home with students.
– A phone call from the Main Office, Mrs. Van Thuyne.
This is how teachers and school administration will send official communication. If you have questions or would like to set up an appointment with a teacher or myself, the best way is to email the person directly.

I hope you are enjoying the last few weeks of summer break! The staff at Holy Cross has been working hard to make this another successful year at Holy Cross. We are excited for the start of the school year and grateful that you chose Holy Cross.

Parent Update: 8/14/19
Hello Families of Holy Cross,

Please review the information and announcements below.

๐Ÿ“ฃ The handbook for the 2019-2020 school year can be found here. It is also on the HC website.

๐Ÿ“ฃ After School Care – If your child is enrolled in aftercare here at Holy Cross, please remember that this program runs until 6pm. There is a $1/min fee after 6pm.

๐Ÿ“ฃ School start time is 8:00am for the 2019-2020 school year. Students who arrive after that time and are not in their homeroom will be marked late. Doors open at 7:15am to accommodate parents with early drop off. Breakfast is provided for your child. Being on time and ready for school is imperative to your child’s success. The school day ends at 2:52pm and children will be dismissed according to their Family Transportation Routine.

๐Ÿ“ฃ Be sure your child is ready for their first day! The supply lists for all grades can be found here.

๐Ÿ“ฃ Just a reminder, the first day of school is Tuesday, Sept. 3rd for all students with the exception of kindergarten which has a staggered start. Kindergarten reports to their first day on the following schedule. This is based off your child’s first initial of their last name. Please let me know if you have any questions.
***Kindergarten ONLY
Tuesday 3rd, Last Name A-K
Wednesday 4th, Last Name L-R
Thursday 5th, Last Name S-Z
Friday – All kindergarten report

๐Ÿ“ฃ Holy Cross will host our annual Ice Cream Social๐Ÿฆ on Tuesday, August 20th from 4-6pm! Come join the Holy Cross staff and other families in kicking off the start of the new school year. We will have tables and chairs on the front lawn and ice cream snacks for everyone.

Sincerely,

Dr. Lemon-Tate

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