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Weekly Update November 29 – December 3

Good afternoon,

This weekend we celebrate the arrival of the season of Advent, which also marks the beginning of the liturgical year. Advent is a season of devout and joyful expectation. Its four Sundays highlight our desire and longing for peace, justice and unity.

While Advent is certainly a time of celebration and anticipation of Christ’s birth, it is more than that. It is only in the shadow of Advent that the miracle of Christmas can be fully understood and appreciated. The promise for the church is Jesus Christ; he has come, and he will come again. This is the essence of Advent. We wish our families a wonderful and Holy Advent season!

PA Day – November 26th

Please note that Friday, November 26th is a professional activity day. Parent – teacher interviews will be taking place during the day, therefore there is no school for students.

Angel Tree – Holy Cross 2021

With the Christmas Season quickly approaching we continue to support those within our own community.  Our Angel Tree program is now taking place at Holy Cross. We thank all students, staff, and families for their continued support!

Advent Mass

We are pleased to be able to celebrate at Holy Cross Parish for our annual Advent mass in person this year. Mass will take place on December 9th at 7 pm. We look forward to welcoming those who are able to attend and celebrating together in joyful hope during the Advent season.

Poinsettias Orders Due December 1st!

Poinsettias from Bradford Nurseries and now available for purchase! Please place your order through the School Cash-on-line system by December 1.  Poinsettias will be available for curb-side pick up at the school on December 9th. Thank you to our Holy Cross Catholic School Council!  

Holy Cross Virtual Book Fair!

Families are reminded of our Scholastic Virtual Book Fair. Please visit our school’s Virtual Book Fair site using this link This is a great opportunity to purchase some amazing Christmas gifts, while also promoting literacy and helping our school library – last day to shop is December 5th!

Holy Cross Flip-give – a reminder from Holy Cross School Council

Please be reminded that Holy Cross has a “Flip-give” account. Through Flip-give, the school will earn cash back on every purchase that our school family members make all year long!  There is no additional donation or cost.  All you have to do is shop anytime with the brands you already love, like Home Depot, Walmart, SportChek, Indigo, Old Navy, Apple, Esso, and Loblaws. You can also purchase gift cards through Flip-give. The process is completely virtual and contactless. The funds raised are used to support our School Generated Funds, which allows schools to purchase items that are not directly funded by the Ministry of Education such as increased athletic equipment, technology upgrades such as additional laptops, or in-person or virtual guest speakers.

  1. Go to and enter our code: The Holy Cross “team code” is MR66JK
  2. Create an account – friends and family can create an account also!
  3. Start shopping!

Join our school site and our school will receive a $5.00 bonus the first time you shop within 14 days of creating your account.

Daily Confirmation of COVID-19 Self-Screening
Parents and guardians must perform daily screening of their child(ren) for COVID-19 symptoms BEFORE leaving for school using the COVID-19 Self-Assessment

  • Check your child’s temperature to ensure they do not have a fever (temperature greater than 37.8oC) 
  • Monitor for signs and symptoms (including atypical symptoms) of COVID-19 
  •  If any signs or symptoms, students and other household members must stay home, and school must be contacted. 

Please note that if a student or staff member shows signs or symptoms of COVID-19 or has come into close contact with anyone suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19, they cannot come to school. They must self-isolate and be tested for COVID-19.

Have a safe weekend!

Mr. Cacciola

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Cacciola, AnthonyWeekly Update November 29 – December 3