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Weekly Update: May 18-22, 2020

“It’s not about how much you do, but how much love you put into what you do that counts.”
~ Mother Teresa

Mental Health Awareness

We continue to make positive mental health a priority at Holy Cross. This week, we highlight our community partners that have wonderful resources to support us. Consider the virtual walk-ins at the ROCK: ROCK Virtual Walk-in Information and Erin Oaks (, which offers many services to support families and children.  Our community partners look forward to hearing from you.  Please do not hesitate to connect with them!

Holy Cross Math Challenge: Week 6 winners!

Congratulations to Nolan N. in Mrs. Myer’s class, and to Bridget T. in Mrs. Huarte’s class, and to Leah L. in Mrs. Capostagno’sclass.  Remember to check the mail for your prize, everyone!

Week 7 problems ARE active on each of our Primary (Gr. 1 to 3), Junior (Gr. 4 to 6), and Intermediate (Gr. 7 and 8) virtual bulletin boards.  Students, click on the appropriate link (below), write out your answer and explanation for the problem, snap a picture and post it on the online board! 

Primary Math Challenge: Link: Primary Math Challenge

Junior Math Challenge: Link: Junior Math Challenge

Intermediate Math Challenge: Link: Intermediate Math Challenge

We are pleased to see a healthy number of participants for all divisions of our Holy Cross Math Challenge!  A lot of repeat customers but some new ones as well.  Keep it up, Crusaders!

Summer School Programs

Summer school programs are being offered in a virtual (e-learning) format for students who have completed Grade 6, 7, and 8 as of June 2020.  The two programs offered are Transitional Language and Math through two sessions in the month of July. Students may register for one or both sessions for the summer. If you are interested in this program, please click HERE to register before the deadline (June 26th).

Looking Ahead: 2020-21 Student Class Placement

In previous Weekly Updates, parents were invited to consider sharing input about their child(ren)’s learning style or preferred learning environment via a letter, rather than by e-mail.  Recent parental feedback has indicated that mailing a letter might represent a hardship for some families.  If you have already mailed a letter, or are able to do so, it is appreciated.  However, if this is not possible, please send an e-mail with a delivery and read receipt.  Although we do our very best to ensure that all e-mails are addressed, we do worry about oversights, considering the sheer volume of e-mails exchanged during these unprecedented times.  We would not want to miss an important communication!  As always, we thank parents for the feedback and are pleased to work in partnership.  

A gentle reminder that specific teacher requests cannot be considered.  Again, the staff at Holy Cross are a group of dedicated professionals. Years of meeting the learning needs of children gives them the unique qualifications to make these decisions. It takes many hours of discussion, reflection, revision and consideration of alternatives to arrive at the best organization for our school. Therefore, as you can appreciate, the decisions made by school staff are final, with the understanding that so much time and care has already been put into making them. We thank you in advance for your understanding of this very important matter.

Holy Cross Tip

Enjoy Victoria Day with your loved ones!  If the weather does not co-operate, consider  26 Things to Do at Home with Kids During the COVID-19 Outbreak for some great ideas and links to virtual touring websites.

Source: Family Vacation Critic

We continue to draw on our faith and offer prayers for the safety and well-being of those who are sick, and those who are working on the frontlines to care for them.

AM Toltl/M. Simon
Principal/Vice Principal

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Elementary Vice-PrincipalWeekly Update: May 18-22, 2020