“God is our
refuge and our strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore, we will not
fear, though the earth may change, though the mountains may shake… Be still and
know that I am God!”
~Psalm 46: 1-2, 10
Dear Holy Cross Families, we hope that all of you are keeping safe and healthy! Our thoughts and prayers are especially dedicated to our “front-line workers” in the health care system, who are dealing most directly with unprecedented circumstances.
While this particular March break was certainly not what anyone had envisioned, we know that our resourceful students are finding creative and interesting ways to spend their days. We know that we have artists and musicians and even slime-makers; dancers and knitters and perhaps even some bakers! We would love to hear about your wonderful ideas and activities. Please consider sending us pictures of how our students are spending their days, and we will post them on our Holy Cross Twitter. Let’s work together to stay connected and share the positive ways we are coping with an unusual time!
Keeping up with our Learning
As noted in the communication from the Board on Friday, the Ministry of Education has released the first phase of the Learn at Home resources to support student learning during this school closure due to COVID-19. They are designed as supplementary resources to help students practise math and literacy skills during the upcoming two-week school closure period.
The Learn at Home resources are available at: https://www.ontario.ca/page/learn-at-home. On this page, you will find links to separate resources for elementary and secondary students, as well as several resources posted for parents to help guide the at-home learning with your children.
Keeping positive and active
One of the ways to maintain our good mental health is to stay creative and to find outlets for our ideas and feelings. We would like to share an opportunity that has come to our attention.
The Town of Halton hosts a Youth Week from May 1st-7th and would like to welcome Holy Cross students to be a part of the Annual Youth Art Exhibit. Through this event, they recognize the talented youth artists in our community. They are seeking youth who have created exceptional pieces of art, whether it is a sculpture, painting, sketch, etc. The art piece does not have to be framed. Grade 6 – 8 students are encouraged to take pictures of their artwork and send them in to Mr. Simon and Mrs. Toltl. We will send the entries on your behalf along with the Nomination forms. Judging will take place after the submission due date and winners will be selected for six different awards! The deadline for the Youth Art Exhibit submissions is Friday April 17th, 2020. We look forward to seeing your creations!
Holy Cross Tip
Our daily access to enormous amounts of information is instantaneous and possibly… overwhelming. One tip for ensuring that we maintain balance is to “stay informed but don’t over consume the news or the social media.” Select a few key, trusted sources of information and do a few check-ins daily, as part of a balanced routine. Establishing a routine or schedule and sticking to it can keep the anxiety at bay.
Please check our school calendar found on our school website to keep on top of upcoming events: https://elem.hcdsb.org/holycross/calendar/