April 15, 2021 Weekly Principal’s Memo

Good evening Everyone,

Please take note of the following important information…

  • Monday, April 19 – Friday, April 23
    • All extra-curricular sports programs (Gr. 4-7 Girls Soccer and Gr. 5-7 Boys Badminton) are cancelled for this week, but will resume the week of April 26th.
  • Wednesday, April 21
    • Hot Lunch (Pizza)
  • Thursday, April 22
    • Student Council’s “Earth Tones” Colours Day.   In recognition of Earth Day, students are invited to come to school dressed in earth tone colours and to donate a loonie or a toonie towards the Gr. 7 Graduation.
    • “New Life” Virtual Para-liturgy
  • Monday, May 3
    • First day of Spring Uniforms

Other Information
*Please be advised that Mr. Alberti will be staying at home till the 22nd of April due to a Covid-related exposure.  We keep him in our prayers.

*Kindly note that parking will not be allowed in the Holy Cross parking lot this weekend, as there will be some land surveyors working on site.  You are asked to park on the street if for any reason you need to visit the property this weekend. 

*Out of an abundance of caution and under the advisement of the Fraser Health Authority as they undertake contact tracing, we have been instructed to move only our Kindergarten Class to online learning from Friday, April 9 to Wednesday, April 21. Please note that this is a temporary measure in response to the COVID-19 Early-Notification Email that was sent to our community last week. 

*As of Wednesday, March 31, the School was advised by the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education, and our Superintendent’s Office that masks for Students in Grades 4-12 are expected to be worn indoors at school. Kindergarten – Grade 3 Students are encouraged to wear masks but are not expected at this point in time. Please understand that these are ministerial orders and compliance is an expectation. If your child has a medical reason to not wear their masks, please send a note in to your child’s teacher.

*A kind reminder to all of our families (particularly on days of good weather) that our students should be picked up and brought to the cars as soon as possible in an effort to ensure minimal social gathering and proper social distancing at pick-up times. A very special thank you to all the parents and grandparents who are wearing their mask during the pick-up times. Your cooperation is much appreciated.

*In order to provide a safe learning environment for your children, we kindly remind you that indoor play dates and activities outside of your normal bubble are not advisable as stated numerous times by our Provincial Health Officer. We thank you in advance for your due diligence in this area.

*Our sincere gratitude continues to go out to our families at Holy Cross School for continuing to follow the protocols laid out in our 2020 Health & Safety Plan. We continue to advise families of our school community to err on the side of caution when deciding to send your children to school. Please note that there is an updated “Daily Health Check” posted on the school website.  We strongly recommend you keep your child at home if they are sick or if they present any symptoms listed on the COVID-19 checklist. Kindly note that Holy Cross School must adhere to strict guidelines from Fraser Health and the Provincial Health Authority in regards to any COVID-19 related issues (re. notifications for exposures, isolations, clearance to return to school, privacy matters, etc…). It is also important to read the notifications being sent out through our Office, as they contain the most updated and relevant information related to the current Covid-19 pandemic. I continue to extend my sincerest gratitude to the Staff of Holy Cross School for doing their utmost in managing Covid issues on a daily basis. It is important to note that some of our most current Covid-related situations at the school are directly related to external scenarios which are far beyond our school’s control.  As a group, I believe we can continue to manage COVID-19 issues at the school level, but it is critical as our Provincial Health Officer regularly mentions, that these guidelines are followed outside of the school as well. Thus far, your discretion and judgement has helped to maintain a safe school environment for all of us.

Wishing you a nice weekend,

Miss Charlaine Francis

on behalf of

Mr. Dino Alberti