June 22, 2021 Weekly Principal’s Memo

Please take note of the following important information…

  • Wednesday, June 23
    • Please note that there is no Hot Lunch on this day, as the Hot Lunch Program is now closed.
    • Car Parade from 4 – 6 pm.
      • Please drive through at your designated time. Kindly refer to the electronic invitation that was sent out earlier this week for details.
    • 9:15 am Virtual “Farewell “School Mass – for students only.
  • Thursday, June 24
    • Early Dismissal by 12:05 pm – schedule as follows:
      • Grades 6  & 7 @ 12:05 pm
      • Grades 4 & 5 @ 12:00 pm
      • Grades 2 & 3 @ 11:55 am
      • Kindergarten & Grade 1 @ 11:50 am
  • 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, 2021: Titans Summer Program (Registration closed)
  • Until July 5:  HCS Cambridge Uniform Discount (Please refer to the email bulletin that was sent out last week for details)
  • August 23 to 27, 2021: Titans Volleyball Camp (Registration closed)
  • August 23 to 27, 2021:  Kindergarten Camp for 2021/22 class (Registration closed)
  • September 7, 2021: First Day of School (8:50 am Start & Noon Dismissal)
  • October 22/23, 2021: First Communion for current Gr. 2 (2020/21) Students. More details to follow once the updated COVID19 guidelines are released in September.
  • April 30, 2022:  First Communion for students entering Gr. 2 in September 2021

Other Information:
*As the year closes, I would like to thank the families who have supported our educational bursaries and year-end scholarships.

  • Grade 7 Scholarships:  The Knights of Columbus, the Catholic Women’s League, the Trainor/Salzano/Rossander Families, Dr. Senia Bobanovic & Family, and the Natola Family.
  • Non-grade Specific Educational Bursaries:  Nicole Porciello Memorial Bursary (all of the Grade 7 families that donated towards this under the leadership of Cathy Polonio) and the Ken Wray Memorial Bursary (Knights of Columbus, Ken Wray & Family)

*Information regarding Parent Participation Jobs for the 2021/2022 School Year can be found in the link that was sent out last week.  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.

*The current Covid-trend in our community continues to move in a positive direction and 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 2021 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.

Thanks for the memories…

Sincerely and for the last time,

Mr. Dino Alberti