April 22, 2021 Weekly Principal’s Memo

Good evening Everyone,

Please take note of the following important information…

  • Friday, April 23
    • 2020 / 2021 Class Photos sent home
  • Monday, April 26 – Friday, April 30
    • All extra-curricular sports programs (Gr. 4-7 Girls Soccer and Gr. 5-7 Boys Badminton) are cancelled for this week.  We anticipate resuming our sports programs the week of May 3.
  • Monday, April 26
    • Study Skills and Roman Catholic Challenge cancelled
    • 2021 / 2022 School Supply Order Forms sent home.  The date for return of the completed forms, along with payment, is Monday, May 3.
  • Wednesday, April 28
    • Hot Lunch (Pizza)
  • Friday, April 30
    • “Ready Set Learn”  invites sent home for the 2021 / 2022 Kindergarten Class.   The deadline for registration is Friday, May 7.
  • Monday, May 3
    • First day of Spring Uniforms

Other Information
*Based on the increased number of cases of Covid-19 throughout the North Burnaby community in recent weeks, it’s critical now, more so than ever, that the families in our community comply whole-heartedly with the guidelines of Provincial Health in terms of family gatherings, social gatherings and travel. While the school can do its very best to help curb the Covid cases, total effectiveness of any measures taken are dependent on compliance from our families at home and outside of school.    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 the school’s control.

*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.

*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 masks during the pick-up timesYour cooperation is much appreciated.

*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.

*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 pay particular attention to the updated “Daily Health Check” posted on the school website.  We strongly recommend that you keep your child at home if they are sick.   If anyone in your family is presenting symptoms of the virus, it is important to get tested and that family members stay home until they are cleared to return.  As stated in numerous past memos, it is better to err on the side of caution.

*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…).

*Please carefully read all 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.

Wishing you a nice weekend,

Mr. Dino Alberti