June 17, 2021 Weekly Principal’s Memo

Good evening everyone,

Please take note of the following important information…

  • Friday, June 18
    • Grade 7 Graduation (Grade 7 Families are to refer to Mr. DeFazio’s memo).
    • RCMP Presentations for Grades 1, 2, 3, and 4 on Bike Safety
    • Grade 3 & 4 Year End Celebrations on-site
  • Sunday, June 20
    • Father’s Day
  • Monday, June 21
    • Please note that Study Skills has closed for the year, as last week was the last session for the Program.
    • Gr. 7 Year End Celebration on-site
    • HCS Cambridge Uniform Discount Begins (until July 5).  Please refer to the email bulletin that was sent out earlier this week for details.
  • Tuesday, June 22
    • Gr. 5 & Gr. 6 Year End Celebrations on-site
  • Wednesday, June 23
    • Please note that there is no Hot Lunch today, as the Hot Lunch Program is now closed.
    • 9:15 am Virtual “Farewell “School Mass – for students only.
    • Car Parade from 4 – 6 pm.
      • Please drive through at your designated time. Kindly refer to the electronic invitation that was sent out last week for details.
  • Thursday, June 24
    • Early Dismissal by 12:05 pm – schedule as follows:
      • Kindergarten & Grade 1 @ 11:50 am
      • Grades 2 & 3 @ 11:55 am
      • Grades 4 & 5 @ 12:00 pm
      • Grades 6  & 7 @ 12:05 pm
  • Friday, June 25
    • Last Day of School before the Summer Break
    • Term 3 Communicating Student Learning Reports sent home
    • Early Dismissal by 12:05 pm – schedule as follows:
      • Kindergarten & Grade 1 @ 11:50 am
      • Grades 2 & 3 @ 11:55 am
      • Grades 4 & 5 @ 12:00 pm
        Grades 6  & 7 @ 12:05 pm

Upcoming dates

  • June 28 to July 2: Titans Summer Program (Registration closed)
  • August 23 to 27: Titans Volleyball Camp (Registration closed)
  • August 23 to 27: Kindergarten Camp for 2021/22 class (Registration closed)
  • September 7: First Day of School (8:50 am Start & Noon Dismissal)

Other Information:
*Please take note of Holy Cross staffing changes for September 2021…

  • Mr. D. Alberti – Retiring (Mr. P. Veltri – New Principal)
  • Mrs. T. Sorace – Retiring (Mrs. J. Ferrara – Grade 2 Teacher)
  • Ms. T. Ripoli – On Maternity Leave (Mrs. S. Wilkinson – Returning as Teacher Librarian)

We welcome back Mr. Veltri and Mrs. Wilkinson and we extend our sincere appreciation to Mr. Alberti and Mrs. Sorace who will not be returning to the school in September.
We would also like to thank the following EAs for their service to the HC School Community, as they also will not be returning in September in order to further their educational studies:  Mr. G. Cutri, Mr. A. Quatrano, Miss S. Maciejewski, Miss I. Costante, and Miss S. Kurschner.

*Information regarding Parent Participation Jobs for the 2021/2022 School Year can be found in the link that was sent out this morning via email bulletin.   Please note that the OnVolunteers portal is not yet updated with the Parent Participation Jobs for the next academic year.   The portal will be updated in early July, at which time the new Kindergarten families will be added.   Thank you for your patience in this regard.

*It appears that we’ve corrected the trend with the current Covid-19 cases in the North Burnaby community and things have been a lot more positive these past few weeks.   I truly believe this is due to families following the most recent guidelines issued by our health authorities and the vaccination program.  I am extremely grateful for this.

*In order to provide a safe learning environment for your children, we ask that you continue to abide by the orders of the Provincial Health Officer when arranging indoor play dates and activities.  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 times. Your 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…).

*My sincerest gratitude continues to go out to the Staff of Holy Cross School for doing their utmost in managing Covid issues on a daily basis.

Wishing you all a Happy Father’s Day weekend,

Mr. Dino Alberti
Principal

2021-06-17T16:47:37-08:00