October 16, 2020 Weekly Principal’s Memo

Good morning Everyone,

I would like to start off by thanking everyone for their generous support of our Annual Holy Cross Walkathon. As of this morning, an all-time record total of over $46,000.00 has been pledged. It is very important to note that all pledge money must be returned by 3:00pm today. If by chance you child has not returned all of their collected money and blue pledge sheet by 3:00pm today, the last possible date to be entered in the prize draw will be Monday. We would like to thank the members of our Walkathon Committee (Mrs. Sorace, Mrs. Folino, Mrs. Barichello, Mrs. Chirico, and all of the parent volunteers) for going over and above expectations in making this year’s Walkathon a great success.

Please take note of the following important information…

  • Monday, October 19 – Friday, October 23
    • Please refer to the schedules issued by your coaches for practice and game schedules this week.
  • Monday, October 19
    • Practices for Roman Catholic Challenge begins (refer to the memo from Miss Francis).
    • Grade 4-7 Study Skills in the Library begins with Mrs. Ferrara and Miss Ferrara. Sessions will go from 3:05-3:50pm. Students from Study Skills can be picked up in the back parking lot.
  • Tuesday, October 20
    • Kindergarten Students Pumpkin Patch activity on the school grounds. Please see the Teacher’s Memo for further details.
  • Wednesday, October 21
    • Hot Lunch (Pizza)
    • Juvenile Boys Soccer Game at Burnaby Lake #4 at 3:00pm – 4:00pm. Parent drivers will be needed and students will be leaving at 2:40pm. If for any reason your child is unable to play in both of their games, please notify the school by Tuesday at the latest.
  • Thursday, October 22
    • Grade 4 Class Mass only for Grade 4 Students and Teachers at 9:15am. Due to COVID-19 regulations, Parents and Guests are not permitted.
  • Friday, October 23
    • Informal Interim Reports will be sent home. Kindly review the interim report with your children, sign, and return them.
  • Monday, October 26
    • Walkathon Prize Virtual Assembly from 9:05-10:30am.
  • Tuesday, October 27
    • Holy Cross Oktoberfest Raffle Tickets will be sent home.
      • Each family will receive a book consisting of 5 tickets. All ticket money and unsold tickets must be returned by Tuesday, November 3rd. A letter from the Oktoberfest Committee with all details of this raffle will be issued on Monday, October 26.
  • Thursday, October 29
    • Celebrating National Library Month
      • Students who are in their public library summer reading programs are encouraged to wear their medals on this day.
      • If you have not yet picked up your medal, please stop by the public library that you were enrolled in to receive one.
  • Friday, October 30
    • Halloween Activities Day
      • Students are encouraged to come in appropriate costumes on this date. Please refrain from costumes associated with violence, weaponry, blood, and gore. In an effort to ensure student safety, students are asked to refrain from wearing full face halloween masks. More details forthcoming.

With the upcoming Provincial Election on October 24, we kindly ask that you review all Representative Parties’ positions on the support of funding for Independent Schools.

Our sincere gratitude goes 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 always err on the side of caution when deciding to send your children to school. Thus far, your discretion and judgement has been outstanding and it has helped to maintain a safe school environment for all of us. With the advent of families responsibly adhering to COVID-19 Health & Safety Protocols, we ask that Parents and Students refrain from making speculative comments or queries regarding student absenteeism.

My continued gratitude for your cooperation and patience,

Mr. Dino Alberti