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Weekly Update: May 3-7, 2021

Those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength: they will run and not grow weary.”  
~ Isaiah 40:31

Catholic Education Week May 2-7th

Today is the start of Catholic Education Week in the province of Ontario.  This year’s theme is “Nurturing Hope”.  Although we are once again #togetherapart, we invite you to celebrate the gift of Catholic Education by exploring the activities that families can enjoy together: Catholic Education Week 2021.

Our staff will be engaging in various activities with their students throughout the week to celebrate the excellent and important work we do in our Catholic schools. Please visit your child’s learning platform to see the amazing learning taking place!

Please consider joining us on Wednesday, May 5th for the Province-wide Catholic Education Week Mass to be celebrated by His Eminence, Cardinal Thomas Collins at 11:00 AM – link:

In light of our recent transition to Virtual Learning, we are inviting families to participate in one of our traditional Catholic Education Week activities — Walk with Jesus — by walking together with family members/caregivers when possible, on Thursday, May 6th.  The Live Kick-OFF Event for all community members will take place via HSDSB YouTube channel on Thursday, May 6th @ 10 am.  Community members can access the link to this via  Father Dave has shared a special message with our school community, blessing our pilgrim students who journey on our Walk with Jesus:  Father Dave’s video message.

Families can share their participation in the Walk with Jesus by taking pictures along the way and posting on Twitter using the hashtags #HCWWJ, #CEW2021, #NurturingHope, or #WalkWithJesus.

Spring Virtual Book Fair

Holy Cross families, we are excited to announce that we will be having another Virtual Book Fair starting Monday May 3rd and ending on Sunday May 9th.  Support your school by purchasing items from the fair and build your home library at the same time! 

  • Online Only
  • All orders shipped directly to student’s homes
  • Wednesday, May 5, 2021 is free shipping night on all orders!
  • Anyone can order – parents, grandparents, friends, co-workers!

The link to access the virtual book fair is: special thank you to Mrs. Sims, who is always seeking to promote a love of reading by engaging students with quality materials.

Free Family Paint Nights

As previously noted, HCDSB Indigenous Education Advisory has organized free on-line paint nights with Indigenous artist Moses Lunham.  This is a great way to come together in community to be creative and learn more about Indigenous art.  The second virtual family paint night will take place on Wednesday May 5, 2021 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm. The theme of this paint night is “Sugar Moon, Representing the Maple Syrup”.  All information, pictures and supplies needed will be posted on the HCDSB webpage.  All sessions will be on the HCDSB YouTube Channel.

Mental Health Awareness Week

This year’s theme is #GetReal about how you feel.The CHMA has created wonderful resources for families that remind us that Heavy feelings lighten when you put them into words. When we name our emotions, the pain gives away.”  For more information, visit

During this year’s Mental Health Awareness week – and beyond – Holy Cross students will focus on specific strategies that our students can do to protect their Mental Health.  As a follow-up to the activities on Mental Health awareness that students will enjoy over the next several weeks, guest speaker Miguel Martinez ( will present to students on May 18th and host a special Parent Night on May 26th.  Further details to follow – save the date!

Looking Ahead-2021/2022 Student Class Placement

Although we are not in the building, preparations are underway to ensure that our school is organized for the 2021/2022 school year.  Staff will be working hard on student class placements in the coming months.  As you can appreciate, many hours of meetings and consultations go into the class building process to ensure the appropriate placement of all students.  The process continues right up to the final publication of class lists in September.

When building a class, staff considers the following criteria to develop heterogeneous groupings:

  • Balance of ability (academic skills)
  • Balance according to gender
  • Learning style (how the learner learns)
  • Teaching style (how the teacher teaches)
  • Social blending (who gets along with whom)
  • Parental input (re: learning style of student only)

When developing our class lists, every effort is made to place the child where he or she will be able to work best and achieve the most success.  We recognize that having a familiar face can be an important source of support for a child’s learning.   As such, we invite each student to indicate, in collaboration with their parents, a few LEARNING FRIENDS that can support a positive learning experience and contribute to their success.  Although we cannot guarantee that these students will be in the same class, we will consider this input very seriously. Please fill one FORM out for every child in the family.  This survey will be available until May 21st, 2021:  Considerations for Class Placement

Please note that parental input is important to us but must be weighted with the other criteria. Specific teacher requests cannot be considered Rather, if necessary, parental input, in the form of an email to the Principal, should focus on the learning style of the student and the type of environment in which he/she learns best. Emails should be sent to Mrs. Toltl no later than Friday, May 21, 2021 at:

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.

We will have over 400 students in September.  We do our very best to develop classes that maximize opportunities for each child to learn and be successful!  Your trust in our professional judgment is appreciated!


If your child(ren) will not be returning to Holy Cross in September, please email Mrs. Ceko at  to let our office staff know as soon as possible. This information is helpful to us as we begin to consider our classes for next year. We appreciate your help and support.

Holy Cross Tips

Stop, Think and Go’ Problem Solving

Make a model of a Traffic light with your child. Draw one, build one or print a picture of one. The traffic light symbol will be used to help with problem solving. Explain the three colours:

Red means stop! When they have a problem, they Stop • Take a breath • Talk about it 

Yellow means think! • Slow down- take deep breaths • Think and talk about solutions 

Green means go! • Try out your solution 

Talk about some problems your child might face and how the traffic light might help (e.g. fight with a sibling, I want the toy, I want a snack now, I want to watch tv now). Put the traffic light you created somewhere visible, like on the fridge. Help your child use the visual and this process each time there is a problem or a conflict.

Find more amazing tools & resources like this at School Mental Health Ontario

Thank you for your continued attention to crucial Public Health Measures at this critical point in the fight against COVID-19.  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.  

Anna Marie Toltl

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