October 23, 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. We’re ecstatic to announce that this year, close to $50,000.00 was raised for our Walkathon. This is the most ever raised at Holy Cross and we are sincerely grateful for the generosity of the entire Holy Cross Community.

Please take note of the following important information…

  • 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 – Thursday, October 29
    • Virtual Living Rosary will take place in your child’s classroom on one of these days.
  • Monday, October 26 – Wednesday, October 28
    • Please refer to the schedules issued by your coaches for practice and game schedules this week.
  • Monday, October 26
    • Walkathon Prize Virtual Assembly from 9:05-10:30am.
    • This year, we will not be holding an Oktoberfest Dinner & Dance due to COVID-19 (this event would have taken place this weekend). Instead, we will be holding an Oktoberfest Raffle. Details of this raffle will be sent home today with your children. All proceeds from this raffle go directly back into the School’s Activity & Workbook Fund and are divided equally amongst all the students in our school.
  • 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.
    • Principals for the Day: Sienna and Kiara Chirico (from last year’s Pub Night Fundraiser)
  • Wednesday, October 28
    • Hot Lunch (Pizza)
    • Senior 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 this game, please notify the school by Tuesday at the latest.
    • Juvenile Boys Soccer Indoor Games in our Gym from 3:00-4:00pm. Parents can pick their children up at 4:00pm.
  • Thursday, October 29
    • Grade 3 Class Mass only for Grade 3 Students and Teachers at 9:15am. Due to COVID-19 regulations, Parents and Guests are not permitted.
    • 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.
      • Please note that classes have been scheduled to view a Haunted House video that the Grade 7 Students have developed. There will be a version for Primary Grades and a version for Intermediate Grades. If you prefer that your child NOT view the Haunted House video, kindly inform the classroom teacher via email message by Wednesday, October 28.
        • Students are asked to make a small donation of a Loonie/Toonie to the Holy Childhood Mission Society on this day. Each child will be receiving a small treat on this day as a token of our gratitude.

*In anticipation of poor weather outside during the season, please consider the following when collecting your child/children at dismissal:
If you are arriving after 2:40pm, please drive directly into the parking stalls instead of reversing in, as unfortunately we are noticing that cars backing in after this time are creating a traffic jam as well as a safety hazard for primary students who are being dismissed at this time. If you will recall, this measure was in place last year and is being reinstated this year to further ensure the safety of our students. The wait time for you to reverse out will be relatively short. Your patience and cooperation is greatly appreciated.

*In reference to the “OnVolunteers Sign-Up Program” – that whatever you initially entered on that program (for example: names) cannot be adjusted as this causes difficulty for the Parent Activity Coordinators to track your hours completed.

*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 continue to 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 sincere gratitude for your ongoing support,

Mr. Dino Alberti