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📣 Update 10/28/2021-> Please review the information and announcements from Ms. Rosalie Doherty, Interim Principal

August 27, 2021

10/28/2021
Dear Parents and Guardians,

I am blessed by the opportunity to serve the Holy Cross Catholic School community in my role as interim principal, and to have the daily presence of your children in my life. I bring with me almost 20 years of experience as a teacher, instructional coach, and administrator; a commitment to the academic and spiritual growth of every child; and respect and gratitude for the partnership of our dedicated families.

Over the past few days, I’ve had the privilege of meeting many of our scholars. I’ve observed our first graders working hard on their magnificent, problem-solving creations; our sixth graders modeling helpfulness and service; our third graders writing multi-paragraph essays; many hard-working scholars finishing their MAP tests; and our entire school community joining together in reverent morning prayer. I was welcomed by the kindness of so many students who took the time to introduce themselves and say hello. I look forward to meeting you soon, and to helping your children learn and grow in the days to come.

Please check the important dates and notes listed below:

Important dates:
• Tomorrow, Friday 10/29 – NO SCHOOL due to faculty professional development.
• Monday 11/1 at 4 p.m. – Meet your child’s kindergarten teacher, Ms. Erika.
• Tuesday 11/2, 11/9, 11/16, 11/23, 11/30 – 1:30 p.m. dismissal every Tuesday
• Friday, 11/5 – NOON DISMISSAL – NO AFTERCARE
• Wednesday 11/24 – NOON DISMISSAL – NO AFTERCARE
• Thursday 11/25 – NO SCHOOL – Thanksgiving holiday
• Friday, 11/26 – NO SCHOOL – Thanksgiving holiday
• Thursday 12/16 at 5 p.m. – The Christmas concert time has changed from 7 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Important notes:
• MAP testing is finished! MAP results will be sent home with your child.
• You’re encouraged to check your child’s progress on Educate. If you need help accessing Educate, please call our office.
• Early dismissal reminder – All early dismissals need to occur before 1:30 p.m. for the safety of students. Parents will be asked to sign their children out at the door.

Thank you, and may God bless you!

Sincerely,
Ms. Rosalie Doherty, Interim Principal

Antoinette Reaves
Wed 10/13/2021

Evening Holy Cross Families,
We are almost done with the second week of MAP testing. Mid Term progress is viewable as of Monday, 10/18/21. To set up your information go to https://educate.tads.com/educate/ view your child(ren)’s grades. Just a reminder, homework should be done daily.

A Prayer for Students

Lord, continue to put a hedge of protection on our school, children, and families. Continue to fill our hearts and minds with your truth and light. Hold us steady in the palm of your hand, keeping us from every sort of danger throughout each day. May we seek to love you more and serve you better with every passing day. In Jesus’ name, we pray, Amen.

Please review the announcements below.
Covid Update: EVERYONE MUST WEAR A MASK INSIDE THE SCHOOL BUILDING. Reminder, you must complete the covid form before coming to school on Monday.

1:30 dismissal every Tuesday

Lateness- First period is 7:50 -8:45; the Second period is 8:45-9:30; if your child comes to school between these times, they more than likely miss a lot of learning.

Student uniform. Students must be in full uniform, including a mask every day. Uniform violations will begin being issued on October 1.

Gym Uniforms – we have received word from our gym uniform vendor that there is a delay in his shipment of shirts. They will be delivered as soon as he receives them. Until then, all students must wear a plain blue tee-shirt until the orders come in.

Devices- All students must use school devices in school because there are websites they are not allowed to have access to while they are in school. (They need to keep their personal device at home.)

DROP OFF: Schoolyard. Please pull up in the drop-off lane for child(ren) to exit without crossing in front of cars.

Parents are not permitted in the school building during drop-off.

All students enter through the Cafeteria doors.

Be advised the Cafeteria door will close every day at 7:50 a.m. Students who arrive after 7:50 am are late and need to enter the school through the front door to receive a late pass from the office before going to class.

PICK UP: Schoolyard. Please pull up in the pick-up lane for child(ren) to exit without crossing in front of cars. Fees will be charged when students are picked up late.

Map Testing: Between Tuesday and Friday, we will do our math assessments for grades K-8

MAP Growth measures what students know and what they don’t know, regardless of their grade level. This helps teachers adjust their instruction for each student. It also measures growth over time, allowing you to track your student’s progress throughout the school year and across multiple years. (NWEA) What is MAP Growth?

School Pictures – Tipping School Picture Day is Friday, October 22, which is a change from the original calendar due to a scheduling conflict at Tipping. Students will dress in school uniforms. ALL students are photographed.

Good Evening Holy Cross Families,
10/16/21

We are almost done with the first week of MAP testing, with one week to go before Mid Term progress reports! Just a reminder, homework should be done daily.

A Prayer for Students
Lord, continue to put a hedge of protection on our school, children, and families. Continue to fill our hearts and minds with your truth and light. Hold us steady in the palm of your hand, keeping us from every sort of danger throughout each day. May we seek to love you more and serve you better with every passing day. In Jesus’ name, we pray, Amen.

🍂 Please review the announcements below.
Covid Update: EVERYONE MUST WEAR A MASK INSIDE THE SCHOOL BUILDING. Reminder, you must complete the covid form before coming to school on Monday.

🍂1:30 dismissal every Tuesday

🍂Lateness- First period is 7:50 -8:45; the Second period is 8:45-9:30; if your child comes to school between these times, they more than likely miss a lot of learning.

🍂Student uniform. Students must be in full uniform, including a mask every day. Uniform violations will begin being issued on October 1st.

🍂Gym Uniforms – we have received word from our gym uniform vendor that there is a delay in his shipment of shirts. They will be delivered as soon as he receives them. Until then, all students must wear a plain blue tee-shirt until the orders come in.

🍂Day off- Monday, October 11, 2021, Indigenous people day

🍂Devices- All students must use school devices in school because there are websites they are not allowed to have access to while they are in school. (They need to keep their personal device at home.)

🍂DROP OFF: Schoolyard. Please pull up in the drop-off lane for the child(ren) to exit without crossing in front of cars.

🍂Parents are not permitted in the school building during drop-off.

🍂All students enter through the Cafeteria doors.

🍂Be advised the Cafeteria door will close every day at 7:50 a.m. Students who arrive after 7:50 am are late and need to enter the school through the front door to receive a late pass from the office before going to class.

🍂PICK UP: Schoolyard. Please pull up in the pick-up lane for a child(ren) to exit without crossing in front of cars. Fees will be charged when students are picked up late.

🍂Map Testing: Between Tuesday and Friday, we will do our math assessments for grades K-8

MAP Growth measures what students know and what they don’t know, regardless of their grade level. This helps teachers adjust their instruction for each student. It also measures growth over time, allowing you to track your student’s progress throughout the school year and across multiple years. (NWEA) What is MAP Growth?

Job Openings: Holy Cross is looking for a dedicated and talented person to join our After Care team! Please click here to learn more and apply.

School Pictures – Tipping School Picture Day is Friday, October 22, which is a change from the original calendar due to a scheduling conflict at Tipping. Students will dress in school uniforms. ALL students are photographed.

Good Evening Holy Cross Families,
9/22/21
We are in our third week of school. We are making progress! Grades are in the Educate portal, and homework should be done daily.

A Prayer for Students

Lord, continue to put a hedge of protection around us wherever we go. Continue to fill our hearts and minds with your truth and light. Hold us steady in the palm of your hand as you have promised. Keep us from every sort of danger throughout each day, and may we seek to love you more and serve you better with every passing day. In Jesus’ name, we pray, Amen.

Please review the announcements below.

Covid Update: EVERYONE MUST WEAR A MASK INSIDE THE SCHOOL BUILDING. Reminder, you must complete the covid form before coming to school on Monday.
1:30 dismissal every Tuesday

Student uniform. Students must be in full uniform including a mask everyday. Uniform violations will begin being issued on October 1st.

Gym Uniforms – All students must be in Gym uniforms by September 30th. Those who are not in uniform must at least have their order in prior to September 30th.

Devices- All students must use school devices in school because there are websites they are not allowed to have access to while they are in school. (They need to keep their personal device at home.)

DROP OFF: Schoolyard. Please pull up in the drop-off lane for child(ren) to exit without crossing in front of cars.
Parents are not permitted in the school building during drop-off.

All students enter through the Cafeteria doors.

Be advised the Cafeteria door will close every day at 7:50 a.m. Students who arrive after 7:50 am are late and need to enter the school through the front door to receive a late pass from the office before going to class.

PICK UP: Schoolyard. Please pull up in the pick-up lane for child(ren) to exit without crossing in front of cars. Fees will be charged when students are picked up late.

Job Openings: Holy Cross is looking for a dedicated and talented person to join our After Care team! Please click here to learn more and apply.

Antoinette Reaves
Wed 9/15/2021
Good Evening Holy Cross Families,

We are making progress! This week we completed three successful back-to-school nights! It was a pleasure to meet you in person.

A Prayer for Students

Lord, we pray that you fill our hearts and minds with your truth and light and hold us steady in the palm of your hand as you have promised. Keep us from every sort of danger throughout each day, and may we seek to love you more and serve you better with every passing day. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

Please review the announcements below.

Covid Update: EVERYONE MUST WEAR A MASK INSIDE THE SCHOOL BUILDING. Every Sunday, you must complete the covid is form before coming to school on Monday. This form will be emailed to you on Friday.

1:30 dismissal every Tuesday

Students need to be in full uniform. They are to be kept neat and should not be altered. Black or dark navy blue shoes only (NO SNEAKERS)

Summer uniform for boys in grades K-5 until October 15

Navy blue dress shorts (“cargo pants” or other shorts with pockets at the thigh or knee area are not permitted) belted at the waist.

Dark-colored socks

Proper school shoes

The sweater is optional.
Gym Uniforms – All students must be in Gym uniforms by September 30th. Those who are not in uniform must at least have their order in prior to September 30th.

DROP OFF: Schoolyard. Please pull up in the drop-off lane for child(ren) to exit without crossing in front of cars.

Parents are not permitted in the school building during drop-off.

All students enter through the Cafeteria doors.

Be advised the Cafeteria door will close every day at 7:50 a.m. Students who arrive after 7:50 am are late and need to enter the school through the front door to receive a late pass from the office before going to class.

PICK UP: Schoolyard. Please pull up in the pick-up lane for child(ren) to exit without crossing in front of cars. Fees will be charged when students are picked up late.

Job Openings: Holy Cross is looking for a dedicated and talented person to join our After Care team! Please click here to learn more and apply.

God Bless,
Mrs. Reaves

Antoinette Reaves
Wed 9/8/2021

Good Evening Holy Cross Families,
I hope you are all well! We did it; we have had two successful days of school.

A Prayer for Students to Balance School and Faith

Lord, we want more for our students than mere survival. We pray You will make them outstanding leaders and imitators of Your character, secure in their faith. Our students deal with tests often, not just with their schoolwork but in their spiritual lives. Help them be bold as lions in the sense that their faith won’t be shaken by those who attack or question it. Give them knowledge of Your Word and time to memorize and meditate often on its biblical truths. Teach them to respect others’ beliefs without compromising their own. Amen.

Please review the announcements below.

Covid Update: School has resumed on a regular, five-day-per-week schedule based on updated CDC guidelines regarding masking and physical distancing. We are following the IMS Covid protocol based on CDC guidelines and mandates of the city of Philadelphia. EVERYONE MUST WEAR A MASK INSIDE THE SCHOOL BUILDING. Please send an extra mask with your child(ren) if their mask gets wet or dirty.

1:30 dismissal every Tuesday for teacher development and training. After-care will be available for registered children only. Late pick-up fees will be charged for children picked up after 1:30 pm on Tuesdays.

Back to School Nights: For social distancing, we will have three separate back-to-school nights this year.

Grades K-2: Monday, September 13, 6:30 pm in Church

Grades 3-5: Tuesday, September 14, 6:30 pm in Church

Grades 6-8: Wednesday, September 15, 6:30 in Church

Students need to be in full uniform. They are to be kept neat and should not be altered. Black or dark navy blue shoes only (NO SNEAKERS)

Summer uniform for boys in grades K-5 until October 15

Navy blue dress shorts (“cargo pants” or other shorts with pockets at the thigh or knee area are not permitted) belted at the waist.
Dark-colored socks

Proper school shoes

The sweater is optional.

DROP OFF: Schoolyard. Please pull up in the drop-off lane for child(ren) to exit without crossing in front of cars.

Parents are not permitted in the school building during drop-off.

All students enter through the Cafeteria doors.

Be advised the Cafeteria door will close every day at 7:50 a.m. Students who arrive after 7:50 am are late and need to enter the school through the front door to receive a late pass from the office before going to class.

PICK UP: Schoolyard. Please pull up in the pick-up lane for child(ren) to exit without crossing in front of cars. Fees will be charged when students are picked up late.

School Hours
7:50 am – 3:00 pm Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
7:50 am – 1:30 pm Tuesdays

Job Openings: Holy Cross is looking for a dedicated and talented person to join our After Care team! Please click here to learn more and apply.

God Bless,

Mrs. Reaves


Antoinette M. Reaves
Principal
“Make it a good day on purpose!”

Good Evening Holy Cross Families,

I hope you are all well and enjoying the summer with your family and friends! We held our final summer social at Holy Cross yesterday, Tuesday, August 24, 2021. I enjoyed meeting with you.

Prayer for the Summer Solstice

Jesus, thank you for Summer. Thank you for light and warmth. Thank you for the sun. Thank you for the gifts of nature and for the annual cycles and seasons. Today, give us that grace again, to see you as the Creator, the One who lifts us up to be with you forever, even now. Amen

– Source Unknown; Adapted by Bill Huebsch

Please review the announcements below.

Covid Update: Attached please is a copy of Bruce Robinson’s letter regarding our Covid protocols. Please know, as we get new information, we will communicate any changes as soon as possible.

Gym Uniforms: The order form for gym uniforms is attached to this email. Please let us know if you have any questions.

After Care: This year we will resume After-Care at Holy Cross. After-Care will take place Monday-Friday from 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm. Please respond to this email if you intend on signing your child up for After-Care. The packets are going out tonight for those who signed up. Email me if you did not receive your packet.

Back to School Night for 2021/2022 has been revised on the School Calendar:

For social distancing, we will have 3 separate back-to-school nights this year.

Monday, September 13, K-2 6:30 in the Church – 7:00 pm in the classrooms.

Tuesday, September 14, 3-5 6:30 in the Church – 7:00 pm in the classrooms

Wednesday, September 15, 6-8, 6:30 in the Church – 7:00 in the classrooms

2021/2022 School Calendar:

The calendar for the 21/22 school year has been finalized. This year school starts at 7:50 am and you can begin dropping students off at 7:25 am.

Tuesday Early Dismissals:

In addition, every Tuesday there is a 1:30 pm dismissal for teacher development and training. If your child typically attends After-Care, they will start After-Care on Tuesdays at 1:30 pm to accommodate the early dismissal.

Job Openings: IMS is currently hiring for the 2021-2022 school year and here at Holy Cross we have a position open. We are looking for a dedicated and talented individual to join our team and if you happen to know someone who may be a good fit, please share the link below with them and invite them to apply! The link contains jobs for ALL IMS schools. At Holy Cross we are looking for the following:

– After School CARES (Part-time)

– All other IMS postings can be found here.

Please share with anyone you think might be a good fit!

Textbooks: We have a lot of textbooks that have not yet been returned. We are asking if you have textbooks at home to please return them to the school. As you know they are very expensive and we need to collect all textbooks to ensure we have enough for all students next year. So please, please, please just take a minute to check at home if you have any. You can return them Monday – Friday from 9:00 am – 1:30 pm. Thank you SO very much!! It is so important that we get our textbooks back to keep our costs low. If you do not return the textbooks the cost will be added to your child’s tuition.

Book Fee: Research shows that students who can write, make notes, and mark up text while reading enhance comprehension and allow students to better understand complex material (Probst, 1988;). Typically, schools do not want students to write in books because they want to reuse them; however this year at Holy Cross we are trying something different.

At the start of the school year students in grades 2-8 will be asked to pay a small book fee of $20 for the 2021-2022 school year to Holy Cross. This fee partially covers the cost of the books your child will receive. Each student will get at least 4 novels for the school year! We have worked with donors to cover the remaining portion of the book cost. This way, your child will have their own personal copy of novels and books that they are going to be reading throughout the school year. They will get to keep these novels, write in them, and annotate. With our new reading curriculum, In Expeditionary Learning, students will be reading amazing, diverse, engaging books, and meant to instill in them a love for reading. The curriculum also focuses on social justice topics. Some of the titles include:

Grade 3 – Rain School

Grade 5 – Promises to Keep: How Jackie Robinson Changed America

Grade 6 – Hidden Figures

Grade 8 – Farewell to Manzanar

Have a wonderful evening!

Mrs. Reaves, Principal
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Good Afternoon Holy Cross Families,

I hope you are all enjoying the summer break and taking advantage of the great weather! This email marks the first official communication of the 21/22 school year! If this is the first email you are receiving from me I want to formally welcome you to the Holy Cross School Community! We are so happy you chose Holy Cross. In these weekly (or biweekly in the summer) emails I share all the important updates, reminders, school news, events, and great things that are happening at Holy Cross. If you ever have any questions you can reach out to me directly by replying to this email. Looking forward to working with you and your scholar this year.

Prayer for Happiness
As the sun rises, Lord, Let your light shine on me. The warmth of your Presence, The brightness of your love, The radiance of your joy, The shining of your hope. Let your light shine on me. As the sun rises, Lord, Let your light shine on me.

Please review the announcements and reminders below.

🌞 Summer of Fun & Uniform Swap: We kick off the Holy Cross summer of fun with you and your scholar next week Wednesday, 7/14 @ 5pm! Please join us for a summer picnic on the front lawn. You can bring your own food, blankets, or chairs and get to meet other Holy Cross families, students, and staff. Please see the attached flyer for details. Also, if you bring a family and they end up enrolling at Holy Cross you can receive a $500 credit on your child’s tuition so bring a friend! Lastly, during this event we will also have a uniform swap. You can bring your old, washed uniforms to donate and/or take some with you!

👚 Uniforms: Many of you have questions about gym uniforms and school uniforms. Attached to this email are details about both and how to purchase. Please email Mrs. Van Thuyne if you have any questions. Her email is holycrossoffice@holycrossphila.org .

🗓 Important Upcoming Events:

July 14th – Summer BBQ @ Holy Cross 5pm-7pm
July 28th – Game Night @ Holy Cross 5pm-7pm
August 24th – Ice Cream Social @ Holy Cross 4pm
September 7th – First Day of School!

Have a wonderful week,

Dr. Lemon-Tate
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Wed, May 12, 4:34 PM

Hello Holy Cross Families,

I hope everyone is having a wonderful week! As you may know May in the Catholic Church is the month of Our Mother Mary. During May we pray to and celebrate the Blessed Mother. Tomorrow is our Monthly School Mass and we are going to honor Mary by having our own May Crowning Ceremony! We are so grateful that we can celebrate mass together each month as a school community.

Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of mercy, our life, our sweetness, and our hope. To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve. To thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this vale of tears. Turn then, most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy towards us and after this, our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary. V. Pray for us, O holy Mother of God. R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Please review the announcements below.

🌞 Holy Cross Family Survey: As you know at Holy Cross we are committed to learning and growing as a school community. One way that we recognize this vision and make the goal a reality is by surveying all stakeholders including families, staff, and students. Our survey is done two times a year in the Fall and Spring. We read every completed survey and set goals based on the feedback. Your opinions and ideas are important to us. Please take 5 minutes to complete this survey. Found here: https://forms.gle/J7mvw4PW7VWXkqPn8

🌞 8th Grade Graduation: Our 2021 8th grade graduation will be held on Wednesday June 9th at 6pm in the Holy Cross Church. Due to COVID safety regulations we have some extra requests and steps we are taking to ensure we can celebrate safely. Please review the details below.
– Each graduate will be allowed to bring 4 guest. Graduates will be seated in a pew with their family/guests. Pews will be labeled with their name and families will be socially distanced from other families.
– Masks are required while inside the church the entire time.
– The graduation mass will start promptly at 6pm and the graduation ceremony will begin directly after.
– Students are to wear their cap and gown.
– Pictures can be taken at the church and outside (weather permitting) once the ceremony concludes.
There will be additional details to follow. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please reply to this email.
We are so excited to celebrate the class of 2021!

🌞 Vaccine Clinic: Starting this week there is a vaccine walk-in site at Saint Raymond’s. Please read the attached flyer for details.

🌞 Kindergarten Move-up Day: We are so excited to celebrate our soon-to-be kindergarten grads! All kindergarten students and their families are invited to celebrate on June 4th @ 11am-12pm. We will hold a drive-thru graduation outside where families can take pictures and students get their diplomas and gifts and say goodbye to Ms. Johnson and their classmates. Students can come dressed in their best for pictures! If you have any questions please reply to this email or contact Ms. Johnson.

🌞 Holy Cross Family Workshop: Please join us Wednesday, May 26, as we conclude our Family Connections Workshop Series with: Preventing Summer Slide: Simple Strategies to Help Your Child Avoid Summer Learning Loss. These strategies are important now more than ever since the 20-21 school year has been especially challenging. We look forward to seeing you on May 26th!
Topic: Preventing Summer Slide: Simple Strategies to Help Your Child Avoid Summer Learning Loss
Date: Wednesday, May 26
Time: 5:00-6:00pm
Zoom Link: https://catapultlearning.zoom.us/j/8534428615?pwd=VkxaNDVpYkRvMmo2TXdlSnFrVzM1QT09
Password: 111111
Dial by your location
+1 267 831 0333 US (Philadelphia)
Meeting ID: 853 442 8615

🗓 Calendar Updates
May 31st – Memorial Day – No School
June 4th – Kindergarten Move-up Day! (Time TBD)
June 9th – Our Class of 2021: 8th Grade Graduation at 6pm (details shared soon)
June 11th – Last day of school (fully virtual)
June 10th – June 17th – Window to return ALL Holy Cross devices. All must be returned by 6/17 to avoid being charged.

Have a great day,

Dr. Lemon-Tate

Hello Holy Cross Families,
4/28/21
I hope you are well and enjoying the sunshine today! We have had over 30 wonderful entries for the Holy Cross Earth Month Challenge. Currently the staff at HC is reviewing all the student’s PSAs and we will be announcing a winner by the end of this week. A big thank you to all of our scholars who took time to create a PSA for Earth Month! We will share the winning video in next week’s update. Stay tuned!

Prayer for Our Earth
Lord, grant us the wisdom to care for the earth and till it. Help us to act now for the good of future generations and all your creatures. Help us to become instruments of a new creation, Founded on the covenant of your love.

🌏 Family Workshop: Please join us tonight at 5pm via zoom for our Family Workshop with our school counselor Mrs. Wilkinson. We will continue our Family Connections Workshop Series by discussing three (3) ways to support your child’s school work habits. These strategies will give parents/guardians some tools to help their child finish the school year strong while fostering independence in completing their schoolwork. (Flyer attached)
Please join us on Wednesday, April 28th at the following link:
Topic: Three (3) Ways to Support Your Child’s School work Habits
Day: Wednesday, April 28
Time: 5:00-6:00 p.m.
Join Zoom Meeting
https://catapultlearning.zoom.us/j/8534428615?pwd=VkxaNDVpYkRvMmo2TXdlSnFrVzM1QT09
Password: 111111

🌏 Map Testing: As you know, we test our students using the MAP test in reading and math three times a year. This allows us to chart your child’s progress, celebrate their growth, and target our instruction to best meet their needs. The final MAP testing window for the 20/21 school year starts on May 3rd. Your child’s teacher will be reaching out to make sure you know which days your child will be testing. Taking time to talk with your scholar about the Map test and making sure they get a good night of sleep and a hearty breakfast will help better prepare them to do their best on their Map test. Results will be mailed home when the testing is complete.

🎼Music Club: Our music teacher Mr. Panasevich started hosting Music Club on Fridays! Please encourage your scholar to attend!
The times are as follows:
Singing Club (Open to students in grades 3-8): 1:00pm-2:00pm
Instrumental Club (Open to students in grades 6-8): 2:15pm-3:15pm
Zoom Link: https://independencemissionschools-org.zoom.us/j/8993393485?pwd=cTFZbjIrOU1rUXhDVFlYWXlsMndBdz09#success

🗓Calendar Updates
May 31st – Memorial Day – No School
June 4th – Kindergarten Move-up Day! (Time TBD)
June 9th – Our Class of 2021: 8th Grade Graduation at 6pm (details shared soon)
June 11th – Last day of school (fully virtual)
June 10th – June 17th – Window to return ALL Holy Cross devices. All must be returned by 6/17 to avoid being charged.

As always if you have any questions please reply to this email or call the school. Thank you for all that you do!

Have a wonderful day,

Wed, May 5, 3:55 PM
Hello Holy Cross Families,

I hope this email finds you well! I wanted to first share with you the winners of our Holy Cross Earth Day PSA!

🏆 1st Place – Nasir Douglass (2nd Grade)
2nd Place – Ada Billman (7th Grade)
3rd Place – Terrell Troy (3rd Grade)
Honorable Mention – Christian Cooper (2nd Grade)

You can view the winning video here (speed up to 3:27 to watch). It was shared in our Morning Message on Friday. Congrats to all of our winners and all of our students who participated!

🎉 In other good news, this week is Teacher Appreciation Week! If you have a moment, take time to thank a teacher! They make the world a better place! Our teachers at Holy Cross are the backbone of this school and we are blessed to have such an amazing, dedicated, and talented staff!

Please review the announcements below:

🌞 Map Testing: As you know, we test our students using the MAP test in reading and math three times a year. This allows us to chart your child’s progress, celebrate their growth, and target our instruction to best meet their needs. The final MAP testing window for the 20/21 school year starts on May 3rd. Your child’s teacher will be reaching out to make sure you know which days your child will be testing. Taking time to talk with your scholar about the Map test and making sure they get a good night of sleep and a hearty breakfast will help better prepare them to do their best on their Map test. Results will be mailed home when the testing is complete.

🌞 Music Club: Our music teacher Mr. Panasevich started hosting Music Club on Fridays! Please encourage your scholar to attend!
The times are as follows:
Singing Club (Open to students in grades 3-8): 1:00pm-2:00pm
Instrumental Club (Open to students in grades 6-8): 2:15pm-3:15pm
Zoom Link: https://independencemissionschools-org.zoom.us/j/8993393485?pwd=cTFZbjIrOU1rUXhDVFlYWXlsMndBdz09#success

🗓 Calendar Updates
May 31st – Memorial Day – No School
June 4th – Kindergarten Move-up Day! (Time TBD)
June 9th – Our Class of 2021: 8th Grade Graduation at 6pm (details shared soon)
June 11th – Last day of school (fully virtual)
June 10th – June 17th – Window to return ALL Holy Cross devices. All must be returned by 6/17 to avoid being charged.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns please reach out by replying to this email or calling the school.

Have a wonderful day!

Hello Holy Cross Families,
4/28/21
I hope you are well and enjoying the sunshine today! We have had over 30 wonderful entries for the Holy Cross Earth Month Challenge. Currently the staff at HC is reviewing all the student’s PSAs and we will be announcing a winner by the end of this week. A big thank you to all of our scholars who took time to create a PSA for Earth Month! We will share the winning video in next week’s update. Stay tuned!

Prayer for Our Earth
Lord, grant us the wisdom to care for the earth and till it. Help us to act now for the good of future generations and all your creatures. Help us to become instruments of a new creation, Founded on the covenant of your love.

🌏 Family Workshop: Please join us tonight at 5pm via zoom for our Family Workshop with our school counselor Mrs. Wilkinson. We will continue our Family Connections Workshop Series by discussing three (3) ways to support your child’s school work habits. These strategies will give parents/guardians some tools to help their child finish the school year strong while fostering independence in completing their schoolwork. (Flyer attached)
Please join us on Wednesday, April 28th at the following link:
Topic: Three (3) Ways to Support Your Child’s School work Habits
Day: Wednesday, April 28
Time: 5:00-6:00 p.m.
Join Zoom Meeting
https://catapultlearning.zoom.us/j/8534428615?pwd=VkxaNDVpYkRvMmo2TXdlSnFrVzM1QT09
Password: 111111

🌏 Map Testing: As you know, we test our students using the MAP test in reading and math three times a year. This allows us to chart your child’s progress, celebrate their growth, and target our instruction to best meet their needs. The final MAP testing window for the 20/21 school year starts on May 3rd. Your child’s teacher will be reaching out to make sure you know which days your child will be testing. Taking time to talk with your scholar about the Map test and making sure they get a good night of sleep and a hearty breakfast will help better prepare them to do their best on their Map test. Results will be mailed home when the testing is complete.

🎼Music Club: Our music teacher Mr. Panasevich started hosting Music Club on Fridays! Please encourage your scholar to attend!
The times are as follows:
Singing Club (Open to students in grades 3-8): 1:00pm-2:00pm
Instrumental Club (Open to students in grades 6-8): 2:15pm-3:15pm
Zoom Link: https://independencemissionschools-org.zoom.us/j/8993393485?pwd=cTFZbjIrOU1rUXhDVFlYWXlsMndBdz09#success

🗓Calendar Updates
May 31st – Memorial Day – No School
June 4th – Kindergarten Move-up Day! (Time TBD)
June 9th – Our Class of 2021: 8th Grade Graduation at 6pm (details shared soon)
June 11th – Last day of school (fully virtual)
June 10th – June 17th – Window to return ALL Holy Cross devices. All must be returned by 6/17 to avoid being charged.

As always if you have any questions please reply to this email or call the school. Thank you for all that you do!

Have a wonderful day,

Dr. Lemon-Tate
Hello Holy Cross Families,
4/21/21
I hope you are all inside and out of the storm! April showers! This week marks the halfway point for the third trimester. This means that progress reports will be mailed home early next week. Please review your child’s progress and as always reach out if you have any questions. Also, remember that you can view your child’s progress at any time using Educate. It is the best way to get up-to-date information on your child’s progress. If you need a login or password please reply to this email for assistance. We are going to finish this year strong!

Please review the announcements below.

💐 Map Testing: As you know, we test our students using the MAP test in reading and math three times a year. This allows us to chart your child’s progress, celebrate their growth, and target our instruction to best meet their needs. The final MAP testing window for the 20/21 school year starts on May 3rd. Your child’s teacher will be reaching out to make sure you know which days your child will be testing. Taking time to talk with your scholar about the Map test and making sure they get a good night of sleep and a hearty breakfast will help better prepare them to do their best on their Map test. Results will be mailed home when the testing is complete.

💐 School Pictures: If you ordered a Tipping portrait package, it has arrived and can be picked up. If they ordered later on after picture day or on-line, those packets may not be available yet so just be sure to call the school to make sure they are here before you come to pick them up.

💐 Family Connections Parent Workshop: On April 28, we will continue our Family Connections Workshop Series by discussing three (3) ways to support your child’s school work habits. These strategies will give parents/guardians some tools to help their child finish the school year strong while fostering independence in completing their schoolwork.
Please join us on Wednesday, April 28th at the following link:

Topic: Three (3) Ways to Support Your Child’s School Work Habits
Day: Wednesday, April 28
Time: 5:00-6:00 p.m.
Join Zoom Meeting
https://catapultlearning.zoom.us/j/8534428615?pwd=VkxaNDVpYkRvMmo2TXdlSnFrVzM1QT09
Password: 111111

🎼Music Club: Our music teacher Mr. Panasevich started hosting Music Club on Fridays! Please encourage your scholar to attend!
The times are as follows:
Singing Club (Open to students in grades 3-8): 1:00pm-2:00pm
Instrumental Club (Open to students in grades 6-8): 2:15pm-3:15pm
Zoom Link: https://independencemissionschools-org.zoom.us/j/8993393485?pwd=cTFZbjIrOU1rUXhDVFlYWXlsMndBdz09#success

🗓Calendar Updates
May 31st – Memorial Day – No School

As always if you have any questions please reply to this email or call the school. Thank you for all that you do!

Have a wonderful day,

Hello Holy Cross Families,
4/14/21
I hope you are doing well! April is Earth Month and at Holy Cross we are learning about ways that we can make a difference in protecting our planet and our environment. All students at Holy Cross have been invited to participate in the Holy Cross Earth Month Challenge! Students have been asked to create a short (1-2 minute) Earth Day Public Service Announcement. The winners will receive Amazon gift cards! To enter, students must choose an environmental issue and create a PSA video where they describe the issue and the cause and possible solutions. A great PSA motivates people to take action. If your scholar is interested in participating make sure they talk with their teacher. All entries are due by 4/26. Your child can share their PSA directly with me at clemontate@holycrossphila.org and the winner will be announced in the Morning Message on 4/30. They will also have their PSA featured in the Morning Message. Good luck to all our participants!

A prayer for the Second Week of Easter
Hear us Risen Lord, Our resurrection and our life. O
Lord, our hearts overflow with sounds of exultation
and victory. We will say it again and again, “Jesus has
triumphed! Jesus is exalted!” This is your doing, O God
who is our strength and salvation, yours alone, And it is
marvelous in our eyes. Behold, you have made your
people to dwell in unity, And have given us the
blessing, life forevermore. On this day, you have acted;
We will rejoice and be glad in it. Amen

Please review the announcements and reminders below.

💐 JCCAA Award: Holy Cross is proud to announce the winners of the Josephine C. Connelly Achievement Award for the class of 2021! We want to congratulate Ndori Jeack and Sheilah Mejia! This is a 4-year scholarship that is awarded yearly to 8th graders who demonstrate academic achievement and exhibit the morals and values of a Catholic education. We had so many talented students apply and we want to thank all of our great applicants!

💐 Holy Cross Family Workshop: On April 28, we will continue our Family Connections Workshop Series by discussing three (3) ways to support your child’s school work habits. These strategies will give parents/guardians some tools to help their child finish the school year strong while fostering independence in completing their schoolwork.

Please join us on Wednesday, April 28th at the following link:
Topic: Three (3) Ways to Support Your Child’s Schoolwork Habits
Day: Wednesday, April 28
Time: 5:00-6:00 p.m.
Join Zoom Meeting
https://catapultlearning.zoom.us/j/8534428615?pwd=VkxaNDVpYkRvMmo2TXdlSnFrVzM1QT09
Password: 111111

🌻 Travel Guidelines: If you are considering travel, please read the attached travel guidelines. Students will require, in most cases, a quarantine period if they travel. These guidelines are only for students who are in-person, not students who are virtual.

🌻Financial Aid Application: All families must fill out the online financial aid application form today and it is due by 4/15/21. If you do not complete the application in time, you may not be awarded any financial aid. Below are the steps to complete this.
1. Go to your TADS account and click on the financial aid application as soon as possible…access code is 211245
2. In the income section add your W2 income for 2020 ( line 1 wages, tips, etc.)…do not add your unemployment income in this section
3 In the estimated income for 2021 – give your best estimate
4. If you have the following documents 2020 1040 federal taxes and W2s, upload them to your application.

🎼Music Club: Our music teacher Mr. Panasevich started hosting Music Club on Fridays! Please encourage your scholar to attend!
The times are as follows:
Singing Club (Open to students in grades 3-8): 1:00pm-2:00pm
Instrumental Club (Open to students in grades 6-8): 2:15pm-3:15pm
Zoom Link: https://independencemissionschools-org.zoom.us/j/8993393485?pwd=cTFZbjIrOU1rUXhDVFlYWXlsMndBdz09#success

🗓Calendar Updates
May 31st – Memorial Day – No School

As always if you have any questions please reply to this email or call the school. Thank you for all that you do!

Have a wonderful day,
Hello Holy Cross Families,
4/7/21
I hope everyone had a restful and joyous Easter break! It was so nice to welcome back some of our middle schoolers yesterday. Though most of our students are still virtual, for the first time in over a year we have all grades present in the building! Things seem to get a little better and brighter each day.

Today is the Feast Day for Saint John Baptist de La Salle (the patron Saint of Teachers)

St John Baptist de la Salle was born at Rheims, France, in 1651; he opened his first school for poor children in 1679 in Rheims, and later in Paris and Rouen. He formed a religious congregation to carry out the work of Christian education, insisting on a life of poverty, penance and prayer. He met with much opposition from his companions. He died 1719, at Rouen.

PRAYER

Father,
you chose Saint John Baptist de la Salle
to give young people a Christian education.
Give your Church teachers who will devote themselves
to helping your children grow
as Christian men and women.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

Please review the announcements below.

🌻 Travel Guidelines: If you are considering travel, please read the attached travel guidelines. Students will require, in most cases, a quarantine period if they travel. These guidelines are only for students who are in-person, not students who are virtual.

🌻Financial Aid Application: All families must fill out the online financial aid application form today and it is due by 4/15/21. If you do not complete the application in time, you may not be awarded any financial aid. Below are the steps to complete this.
1. Go to your TADS account and click on the financial aid application as soon as possible…access code is 211245
2. In the income section add your W2 income for 2020 ( line 1 wages, tips, etc.)…do not add your unemployment income in this section
3 In the estimated income for 2021 – give your best estimate
4. If you have the following documents 2020 1040 federal taxes and W2s, upload them to your application

🌻Holy Cross 8th Grade Yearbook: This year we are going to create a yearbook for the 8th grade class that will be given out to all 8th graders at graduation. In order to do this though, we need your help! We are asking that families send any photos they have of their scholar that they would like to have in the yearbook. Ideally, the photos would be of your scholar with classmates playing sports, baby photos, kindergarten photos, and other fun pictures. We will also be taking pictures in school but we want to make sure we get everyone in 8th grade! You can email the photos (we are asking for 10-12 per scholar) directly to Dr. Lemon-Tate by April 9th.

🌻Family Workshop: Today, April 7, our Family Connections Workshop Series continues by exploring “Ideas for Reducing Stress Levels in our Children”. In addition to reviewing how healthy habits relieves the buildup of stress, our Family Connections counselor, Ms. Wilkinson, will discuss stress reduction techniques that parents/guardians can model for their children in-the-moment.
Please join us tonight at the following link: https://catapultlearning.zoom.us/j/8534428615?pwd=VkxaNDVpYkRvMmo2TXdlSnFrVzM1QT09
Topic: Ideas for Reducing Stress Levels in our Children
Day: Wednesday, April 7
Time: 5:00-6:00 p.m.
Join Zoom Meeting
https://catapultlearning.zoom.us/j/8534428615?pwd=VkxaNDVpYkRvMmo2TXdlSnFrVzM1QT09
Password: 111111
One tap mobile
+12678310333,,8534428615# US (Philadelphia)
Meeting ID: 853 442 8615

🎼Music Club: Our music teacher Mr. Panasevich started hosting Music Club on Fridays! Please encourage your scholar to attend!
The times are as follows:
Singing Club (Open to students in grades 3-8): 1:00pm-2:00pm
Instrumental Club (Open to students in grades 6-8): 2:15pm-3:15pm
Zoom Link: https://independencemissionschools-org.zoom.us/j/8993393485?pwd=cTFZbjIrOU1rUXhDVFlYWXlsMndBdz09#success

🌻 7th Grade High School Conferences: On Monday 7th grade families should have received an email with a 7th grade planning sheet to complete. The link for the planning sheet can be found here. Please be sure to complete this planning sheet with your scholar by the end of this week. Mini-conferences will be held with the 7th graders individually, starting next week, to help them start the process of applying to high school. At Holy Cross we have a goal that 100 percent of our students get into their first or second choice high school! We have been very successful in meeting this goal each year and we are certain that the class of 2022 will be just as successful!

🗓Calendar Updates
May 31st – Memorial Day – No School

As always if you have any questions please reply to this email or call the school. Thank you for all that you do!

Have a wonderful day,

Hello Holy Cross Families,
3/31/21
Happy Holy Week and the start of Easter Break! This morning everyone at Holy Cross joined together to watch the 8th grade presentation of The Stations of the Cross. The 8th grade and Mrs. Iacovelli worked so hard to prepare and they did a wonderful job! We are grateful that even at a time like this, we can still gather and carry out our yearly traditions and celebrations.
Below is a prayer for Easter Sunday that you can share with your family.
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Please review the announcements below.

💐 Travel Guidelines: As we enter the week of Easter break some families have shared that they are considering traveling. If this is the case for your family, please read the attached travel guidelines. Students will require, in most cases, a quarantine period if they travel. These guidelines are only for students who are in-person, not students who are virtual.

💐Financial Aid Application: All families must fill out the online financial aid application form today and it is due by 4/15/21. If you do not complete the application in time, you may not be awarded any financial aid. Below are the steps to complete this.
Go to your TADS account and click on the financial aid application as soon as possible…access code is 211245
In the income section add your W2 income for 2020 ( line 1 wages, tips, etc.)…do not add your unemployment income in this section
In the estimated income for 2021 – give your best estimate
If you have the following documents 2020 1040 federal taxes and W2s, upload them to your application

💐 Picture Day: All students can have their picture taken on 4/7/21. If your child is in-person they will get their picture taken. If they are virtual and you would like to have them get their photo taken they just need to stop in the school between 8:15am and 12pm to quickly have their photo taken. They can come in through the back of the school. Our 8th graders will wear their cap and gown, students in k-7th grade can wear any school appropriate outfit.

📔Holy Cross 8th Grade Yearbook: This year we are going to create a yearbook for the 8th grade class that will be given out to all 8th graders at graduation. In order to do this though, we need your help! We are asking that families send any photos they have of their scholar that they would like to have in the yearbook. Ideally, the photos would be of your scholar with classmates playing sports, baby photos, kindergarten photos, and other fun pictures. We will also be taking pictures in school but we want to make sure we get everyone in 8th grade! You can email the photos (we are asking for 10-12 per scholar) directly to Dr. Lemon-Tate by April 9th.

💐 Family Workshop: Next Wednesday, April 7, our Family Connections Workshop Series continues by exploring “Ideas for Reducing Stress Levels in our Children”. In addition to reviewing how healthy habits relieves the buildup of stress, our Family Connections counselor, Ms. Wilkinson, will discuss stress reduction techniques that parents/guardians can model for their children in-the-moment.
Please join us next Wednesday at the following link:
Topic: Ideas for Reducing Stress Levels in our Children
Day: Wednesday, April 7
Time: 5:00-6:00 p.m.
Join Zoom Meeting
https://catapultlearning.zoom.us/j/8534428615?pwd=VkxaNDVpYkRvMmo2TXdlSnFrVzM1QT09
Password: 111111
One tap mobile
+12678310333,,8534428615# US (Philadelphia)
Meeting ID: 853 442 8615

🎼 Music Club: Our music teacher Mr. Panasevich will be hosting Music club starting on 3/26! Please encourage your scholar to attend!
The times are as follows:
Singing Club (Open to students in grades 3-8): 1:00pm-2:00pm
Instrumental Club (Open to students in grades 6-8): 2:15pm-3:15pm
Zoom Link: https://independencemissionschools-org.zoom.us/j/8993393485?pwd=cTFZbjIrOU1rUXhDVFlYWXlsMndBdz09#success

💐 7th Grade High School Conferences: It is that time of year where we meet with all of our 7th grade students to discuss high school plans and options. After break I will be meeting with each of our 7th graders to learn more about what they are looking for in a high school and where they might be interested in going. To help with this we would like all families to take time with their 7th grade scholar to complete this Google Form that will help us gather the necessary information to best support your scholar.
This summer, I would encourage students to visit (when possible) all of the high schools they may be interested in and contact the admissions department for any open houses and information.
Then, in the Fall students will start applying and take the High School Placement Test if necessary.

💐 7th Grade Girls: Merion Mercy will host two in-person seventh grade Visit Days this spring! We look forward to welcoming seventh graders to our campus on Friday, April 16 and Friday, May 21 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Connect with current Merion students, take a school tour, and learn about Merion’s academic, co-curricular, and summer programs. Current CDC guidelines will be followed. All student visitors must wear masks and complete Merion’s health screening form on the morning of the visit.
Space is limited to 50 students per session and registration is required.
Please click this link to register for April 16:
https://merion-mercy.myschoolapp.com/podium/default.aspx?t=36644&rid=34167&pe=1&wapp=1
Please click this link to register for May 21:
https://merion-mercy.myschoolapp.com/podium/default.aspx?t=36644&rid=34168&pe=1&wapp=1

🗓Calendar Updates
April 1st – April 5th: School Closed 🐰Easter Break
April 7th – Picture Day

Thank you so much for all that you do! We couldn’t do all the great things that we do at Holy Cross without your support and partnership. Please have a safe, happy, and relaxing Easter break.

As always if you have any questions please reply to this email or call the school. Thank you for all that you do!

💐Hello Holy Cross Families,
March 24, 2021
Happy Spring! Spring is finally here and it is starting to actually feel like it too! As you know we just started the third and final trimester this school year, so please remind your scholar to do their best and finish the year strong.
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Please review the announcements below.

💐 Family Connections Workshop: We would like to thank the Holy Cross families who joined us in March for our two Family Connections Virtual Workshops for Parents/Guardians. Our next workshop will be held after Spring Break, on Wednesday, April 7, from 5:00-6:00 pm. Your feedback on the workshops, and input on future topics and times is appreciated. Please take a moment to complete this brief survey.

👪 Family Survey: We would love to hear from you! We are always looking for ways to improve and want to know what is important to you. Please take this quick 2-minute survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/M8M7NV7. The survey closes on Friday, March 26th, so please complete it today!

💐 Travel Restrictions & Procedures: With the upcoming holiday and vacation season starting many families may want to travel. IMS is currently updating their travel restrictions and guidelines. And they will be shared with you as soon as possible. Please note that the majority of travel (with the exception of in-state travel or travel to Delaware, Maryland, or New Jersey) will require a quarantine period before the student returns for in-person learning. Specific details will be shared shortly. Please let me know if you have any questions.

📔Holy Cross 8th Grade Yearbook: This year we are going to create a yearbook for the 8th grade class that will be given out to all 8th graders at graduation. In order to do this though, we need your help! We are asking that families send any photos they have of their scholar that they would like to have in the yearbook. Ideally, the photos would be of your scholar with classmates playing sports, baby photos, kindergarten photos, and other fun pictures. We will also be taking pictures in school but we want to make sure we get everyone in 8th grade! You can email the photos (we are asking for 10-12 per scholar) directly to Dr. Lemon-Tate by April 9th.

🎼 Music Club: Our music teacher Mr. Panasevich will be hosting Music club starting on 3/26! Please encourage your scholar to attend!
The times are as follows:
Singing Club (Open to students in grades 3-8): 1:00pm-2:00pm
Instrumental Club (Open to students in grades 6-8): 2:15pm-3:15pm
Zoom Link: https://independencemissionschools-org.zoom.us/j/8993393485?pwd=cTFZbjIrOU1rUXhDVFlYWXlsMndBdz09#success

👪 Holy Cross Family Workshop: First, thank you to all the families that attended our first of many bi-weekly family workshops! Last Wednesday, we kicked off our Family Connections Workshop Series with an hour on “Adult Self-Care”. Next Wednesday, Ms. Wilkinson will continue our series by discussing: “My Child’s Behavioral Changes: Quarantine-related or “Typical” Development?” During this hour, Ms. Wilkinson will share milestones of “typical” development as well as struggles that you may see as your child matures. Like last week, parent/guardian participation is encouraged. Please join us on March 17th (today) at
Zoom link:
https://catapultlearning.zoom.us/j/8534428615?pwd=VkxaNDVpYkRvMmo2TXdlSnFrVzM1QT09
Password: 111111

💐Reopening Grades 6-8: We have made the decision to open for in-person instruction for students in grades 6-8 starting April 6th. About 23 percent of our families in grades k-8 have opted to return to the building. This is the last wave of reopening. If you selected in-person instruction for your scholar in grades 6-8 you will be receiving a separate email with directions, reminders, and an invite to a Family Reopening Zoom Orientation. The Zoom Orientation takes place 3/30 @ 6pm (link and info below). Please reply to this email with any questions about reopening.
Zoom Information for Family Orientation (Reopening Grades 6-8)
Date: 3/30
Time: 6pm
https://independencemissionschools-org.zoom.us/my/courtney.lemontate
PMI: 779 930 2656

💐School Pictures: On April 7th a photographer from Tipping will be taking school photos of the K – 8th grade students. We encourage all students to get their pictures taken. If you are interested in buying photos you can complete the package information the day of or you can stop by the school to get the paperwork. More details on the specific time windows for 4/7 will be published as we get closer to the date. Attached to this email is the photo brochure and order sheet if you want to browse or print and complete in advance. Also, 8th graders will wear their cap and gown. Students in k-7 can wear whatever (school appropriate) outfit they choose.

💐Report Cards: All report cards have been mailed out. Please remember that you can always view your child’s progress online on Educate. If you have any questions about your child’s grades or report cards you are encouraged to reach out to your child’s teacher.

🗓Calendar Updates
March 31st: Half Day ⛪Easter Break Begins: Students will be dismissed at11:30am
April 1st – April 5th: School Closed 🐰Easter Break
April 7th – Picture Day

As always if you have any questions please reply to this email or call the school. Thank you for all that you do!

Hello Holy Cross Families,
March 17, 2021
Happy Saint Patrick’s Day! I hope you are all doing well. This week marks the first week of the third and final trimester! Can you believe it? We are so amazed at what our students and school community have been able to accomplish this year. Let’s finish the 20/21 school year strong. It certainly is one for the books!

An Old Irish Blessing for St. Patrick’s Day
`May your days be many and your troubles be few.
May all God’s blessings descend upon you.
May peace be within you, may your heart be strong.
May you find what you’re seeking wherever you roam.
May the strength of God pilot us, may the wisdom of God instruct us.
May the hand of God protect us, may the word of God direct us.
May thy Salvation, O Lord, be always ours this day and for evermore.

Amen.

Please review the announcements below.

🍀 Holy Cross 8th Grade Yearbook: This year we are going to create a yearbook for the 8th grade class that will be given out to all 8th graders at graduation. In order to do this though, we need your help! We are asking that families send any photos they have of their scholar that they would like to have in the yearbook. Ideally, the photos would be of your scholar with classmates (even from previous years), digital learning, presenting projects, or anything you feel is ideal for the yearbook. We will also be taking pictures in school but we want to make sure we get everyone in 8th grade! You can email the photos (we are asking for 3-7 per scholar) directly to Dr. Lemon-Tate.

🍀Music Club: Our music teacher Mr. Panasevich will be hosting Music club starting on 3/26! Please encourage your scholar to attend!
The times are as follows:
Singing Club (Open to students in grades 3-8): 1:00pm-2:00pm
Instrumental Club (Open to students in grades 6-8): 2:15pm-3:15pm
Zoom Link: https://independencemissionschools-org.zoom.us/j/8993393485?pwd=cTFZbjIrOU1rUXhDVFlYWXlsMndBdz09#success

🍀 Holy Cross Family Workshop: First, thank you to all the families that attended our first of many bi-weekly family workshops! Last Wednesday, we kicked off our Family Connections Workshop Series with an hour on “Adult Self-Care”. Next Wednesday, Ms. Wilkinson will continue our series by discussing: “My Child’s Behavioral Changes: Quarantine-related or “Typical” Development?” During this hour, Ms. Wilkinson will share milestones of “typical” development as well as struggles that you may see as your child matures. Like last week, parent/guardian participation is encouraged. Please join us on March 17th (today) at
Zoom link:
https://catapultlearning.zoom.us/j/8534428615?pwd=VkxaNDVpYkRvMmo2TXdlSnFrVzM1QT09
Password: 111111

🍀Terranova Testing (7th Grade ONLY): This part Friday started Terranova testing for our 7th graders. Everything went well for day 1! Students who are taking the test need to report 3/18, and 3/19 at 8:15am. The tests will end each day around 11:30-11:50am.

🍀 Reopening Grades 6-8: We have made the decision to open for in-person instruction for students in grades 6-8 starting April 6th. About 23 percent of our families in grades k-8 have opted to return to the building. This is the last wave of reopening. If you selected in-person instruction for your scholar in grades 6-8 you will be receiving a separate email with directions, reminders, and an invite to a Family Reopening Zoom Orientation. The Zoom Orientation takes place 3/30 @ 6pm (link and info below). Please reply to this email with any questions about reopening.
Zoom Information for Family Orientation (Reopening Grades 6-8)
Date: 3/30
Time: 6pm
https://independencemissionschools-org.zoom.us/my/courtney.lemontate
PMI: 779 930 2656

🍀School Pictures: On April 7th a photographer from Tipping will be taking school photos of the K – 8th grade students. We encourage all students to get their pictures taken. If you are interested in buying photos you can complete the package information the day of or you can stop by the school to get the paperwork. More details on the specific time windows for 4/7 will be published as we get closer to the date. Attached to this email is the photo brochure and order sheet if you want to browse or print and complete in advance.

🍀Report Cards: The end of the 2nd trimester is next week and final grades are processed shortly after. Report cards will be mailed home around March 18th. Remember, you can always view your child’s grades and progress through Educate. If you are unable to log onto Educate, please reply to this email for help.

🗓Calendar Updates
March 31st: Half Day ⛪Easter Break Begins
April 1st – April 5th: School Closed 🐰Easter Break
April 7th – Picture Day

As always if you have any questions please reply to this email or call the school. Thank you for all that you do!

Have a wonderful day,

School Reopening 6-8 grades
March 12, 2021
Hello Holy Cross Families,

I hope you are all well! We are planning the reopening of students in grades 6-8 on April 6th. This is the day following Easter Break. You are receiving this email because you have opted for in-person instruction. If that is not the case or you want to amend your choice, please reply to this email or call the school. At this time roughly 23 percent of our families have selected in-person learning. So the classes will be small. In addition, your scholar may be in a room with students that are in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade. We are hosting a reopening zoom orientation on 3/30 @ 6pm to go over important reminders. The zoom information is below and also in the attached letter.

Some things to note about returning:
1. School will be in-person Monday-Thursday, Friday is still virtual for all students.
2. Students will need to bring their laptop and charger each day and computers should be fully charged at the start of the day.
3. At this time we are unable to provide before or after care. Therefore, drop off is between 7:45am-8am, and pickup is at 2:50pm.
4. If there is a suspected COVID case students may need to quarantine for up to 14 days.

Please review the important reminders in the attachment as well. All of this will be reviewed in detail at the zoom meeting.

Zoom Information for Family Orientation
Date: 3/30
Time: 6pm
https://independencemissionschools-org.zoom.us/my/courtney.lemontate

PMI: 779 930 2656

Have a wonderful day,

March 10, 2021
Hello Holy Cross Families,

I hope you are well and enjoying this amazing spring weather while it lasts! As always there is so much happening at Holy Cross! Last week Chris Rabb, a state representative, read aloud to some of our classes for Read Across America Day, the 7th grade is presenting their recent ebook creations to our 3rd grade, and we had our first in-person live mass (socially distanced with masks of course). I am always amazed by the dedication and creativity found in our staff and students!

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Please review the announcements below.

💐 Holy Cross Family Workshop: First, thank you to all the families that attended our first of many bi-weekly family workshops! Last Wednesday, we kicked off our Family Connections Workshop Series with an hour on “Adult Self-Care”. Next Wednesday, Ms. Wilkinson will continue our series by discussing: “My Child’s Behavioral Changes: Quarantine-related or “Typical” Development?” During this hour, Ms. Wilkinson will share milestones of “typical” development as well as struggles that you may see as your child matures. Like last week, parent/guardian participation is encouraged. Please join us!

Zoom link:
https://catapultlearning.zoom.us/j/8534428615?pwd=VkxaNDVpYkRvMmo2TXdlSnFrVzM1QT09
Password: 111111

💐 Terranova Testing (7th Grade ONLY): This Friday starts Terranova testing for our 7th graders. If your child is taking the Terranova you should have received an email with important reminders and information. Students need to report 3/12, 3/18, and 3/19 at 8:15am to take the Terranova. If you are the parent/guardian of a 7th grade student, please reply to this email if you have any questions or did not receive the email with directions earlier this week. The test is optional.

💐 Reopening Grades 6-8: We have made the decision to open for in-person instruction for students in grades 6-8 starting April 6th. About 23 percent of our families in grades k-8 have opted to return to the building. This is the last wave of reopening. If you selected in-person instruction for your scholar in grades 6-8 you will be receiving a separate email with directions, reminders, and an invite to a Family Reopening Zoom Orientation. Please reply to this email with any questions about reopening.

💐 School Pictures: On April 7th a photographer from Tipping will be taking school photos of the K – 8th grade students. We encourage all students to get their pictures taken. If you are interested in buying photos you can complete the package information the day of or you can stop by the school to get the paperwork. More details on the specific time windows for 4/7 will be published as we get closer to the date.

💐 Report Cards: The end of the 2nd trimester is next week and final grades are processed shortly after. Report cards will be mailed home around March 18th. Remember, you can always view your child’s grades and progress through Educate. If you are unable to log onto Educate, please reply to this email for help.

💐 Map Scores: Please take time to review your child’s growth and progress. Also, if you have any questions about the Map data please reach out to your child’s teacher.

💐 Lent One-Can Meal Collection: Every year for Lent Holy Cross participates in a service project. This year we are doing a canned food drive for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. The food collected will help the AOP deliver food to those in need. If you would like to participate in the endeavor you can bring canned goods to Holy Cross Monday – Thursday from 8am-3:30pm or Fridays 8am-11:30am. We will be collecting until March 31st. Thank you for your generosity!

💐 In-Person Schooling: Please remember that if your child is currently attending school in-person that they need to bring with them their necessary supplies for the day. All students need to bring their mask, fully-charged computer, charger, and then grade specific items. If you are unsure what they need please email their teacher directly. In addition, we have had many students choose in-person and then attend school for a day or two but then continue virtual learning. It is important that if you choose in-person that you regularly send your child to school. If it is an emergency or you want to keep them home virtually for the day, please notify this school of this in the morning. Also, if you want to remain virtual and have changed your mind please let us know.

🗓Calendar Updates
March 5th: School Closed – Teacher PD
March 31st: Half Day ⛪Easter Break Begins
April 1st – April 5th: School Closed 🐰Easter Break
April 7th – Picture Day

As always if you have any questions please reply to this email or call the school. Thank you for all that you do!

Wed, Mar 3, 11:05 AM
Hello Holy Cross Families,

I hope everyone is well and able to enjoy the nice weather today! There is a lot happening this month at Holy Cross including Lenten activities, our canned-food drive, and the celebration of Women’s Month. We also have our first Family Connections Workshop tonight at 5pm hosted by our school counselor Mrs. Wilkinson (details below). All families are invited and we hope to see you there. In addition, March 12th is the official end of the second trimester. This means we are entering the last trimester of the school year. How quickly time has passed and even though this year has presented challenges, we are succeeding together.

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Please review the announcements below.

💐 8th Grade Update: As we begin to enter the last trimester of the school year we are beginning to plan for 8th grade celebrations and of course graduation! We are still in the early stages of planning and are working with the Student Council to do so. However, in the meantime, we want to let families know that soon we will be ordering your scholar’s cap and gown. In the next few weeks you will need to complete a jotform so we can place your order. In addition, we are going to have 8th grade pictures on April 7th. Please mark that date in your calendar. Specific details to follow.

💐 Family Connections Workshop Series: TONIGHT – In an effort to best support our students and families we are hosting a bi-weekly parent workshop. Thank you for completing our survey about topics and times that work for you. Based on your responses, we will hold our first parent/guardian virtual workshop as follows:
Topic: Self-care Strategies for Adults–Nurturing Yourself Nurtures your Child
Date: Wednesday, March 3
Time: 5:00-6:00pm
Facilitator: Lizanne Wilkinson, Family Connections Counselor at Holy Cross
**No pre-registration is required. Emails will be collected during the workshop to register your attendance.
Zoom Link:
https://catapultlearning.zoom.us/j/8534428615?pwd=VkxaNDVpYkRvMmo2TXdlSnFrVzM1QT09
Password: 111111
We would love to see lots of families there!

💐 Report Cards: The end of the 2nd trimester is next week and final grades are processed shortly after. Report cards will be mailed home around March 18th. Remember, you can always view your child’s grades and progress through Educate. If you are unable to log onto Educate, please reply to this email for help.

💐 Map Scores: Please take time to review your child’s growth and progress. Also, if you have any questions about the Map data please reach out to your child’s teacher.

💐 Lent One-Can Meal Collection: Every year for Lent Holy Cross participates in a service project. This year we are doing a canned food drive for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. The food collected will help the AOP deliver food to those in need. If you would like to participate in the endeavor you can bring canned goods to Holy Cross Monday – Thursday from 8am-3:30pm or Fridays 8am-11:30am. We will be collecting until March 10th. Thank you for your generosity!

💐 In-Person Schooling: Please remember that if your child is currently attending school in-person that they need to bring with them their necessary supplies for the day. All students need to bring their mask, fully-charged computer, charger, and then grade specific items. If you are unsure what they need please email their teacher directly. In addition, we have had many students choose in-person and then attend school for a day or two but then continue virtual learning. It is important that if you choose in-person that you regularly send your child to school. If it is an emergency or you want to keep them home virtually for the day, please notify this school of this in the morning. Also, if you want to remain virtual and have changed your mind please let us know.

🗓Calendar Updates
March 5th: School Closed – Teacher PD
March 31st: Half Day ⛪Easter Break Begins
April 1st – April 5th: School Closed 🐰Easter Break

As always, thank you for your partnership and choosing Holy Cross! If you have any questions or concerns you can reply to this email.

Wed, Feb 24, 3:10 PM

Hello Holy Cross Families,

I hope this email finds you well! We have entered the last week of February (and what feels like the first week with some nice weather😉). This month has been eventful! We celebrated Catholic Schools Week, the start of Lent, and Black History Month! Looking forward to March we have a new school-wide focus: Obligations. Obligations is the ‘O’ in Holy Cross S-T-R-O-N-G! During March and the season of Lent we at Holy Cross are focused on doing the right thing, even when no one is watching, being a good friend, and making good choices. To kick this off we are having a canned food drive for Catholic Social Services (details below). We are also celebrating Women’s Month! We will have some special events and mini biographies throughout the month to celebrate remarkable women!

Prayer for Lent
Dear Lord,
I know you receive what is in my heart.
Let me be inspired by your words
and by the actions of your son, Jesus.
Guide me to make sacrifices this Lent
in the spirit of self-denial
and with greater attention to you
and to those around me.
Help me to believe that you will grant me this
because of the sacrifice Jesus made for me.
Amen.

Please review the announcements below.

❄ Family Connections Workshop Series: In an effort to best support our students and families we are hosting a bi-weekly parent workshop. Thank you for completing our survey about topics and times that work for you. Based on your responses, we will hold our first parent/guardian virtual workshop as follows:
Topic: Self-care Strategies for Adults–Nurturing Yourself Nurtures your Child
Date: Wednesday, March 3
Time: 5:00-6:00pm
Facilitator: Lizanne Wilkinson, Family Connections Counselor at Holy Cross
**No pre-registration is required. Emails will be collected during the workshop to register your attendance.
Zoom Link:
https://catapultlearning.zoom.us/j/8534428615?pwd=VkxaNDVpYkRvMmo2TXdlSnFrVzM1QT09
Password: 111111
We would love to see lots of families there!

❄ Map Scores: Map scores are being mailed home at the end of this week. Please take time to review your child’s growth and progress. Also, if you have any questions about the Map data please reach out to your child’s teacher.

❄ Lent One-Can Meal Collection: Every year for Lent Holy Cross participates in a service project. This year we are doing a canned food drive for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. The food collected will help the AOP deliver food to those in need. If you would like to participate in the endeavor you can bring canned goods to Holy Cross Monday – Thursday from 8am-3:30pm or Fridays 8am-11:30am. We will be collecting until March 10th. Thank you for your generosity!

⛄ In-Person Schooling: Please remember that if your child is currently attending school in-person that they need to bring with them their necessary supplies for the day. All students need to bring their mask, fully-charged computer, charger, and then grade specific items. If you are unsure what they need please email their teacher directly. In addition, we have had many students choose in-person and then attend school for a day or two but then continue virtual learning. It is important that if you choose in-person that you regularly send your child to school. If it is an emergency or you want to keep them home virtually for the day, please notify this school of this in the morning. Also, if you want to remain virtual and have changed your mind please let us know.

⛄ROMAN Spring OPEN HOUSE
Attention all 6th, 7th and 8th grade boys! Roman Catholic High School will be holding an in-person Open House on Sunday, March 21 from 11:00 AM- 1:00 PM. Come join us to discover all that Roman has to offer in academics, athletics and other extracurricular activities. Because of Covid precautions, PRE-Registration is REQUIRED–we are not able to accommodate walk-ins for this event : https://romancatholichscom.finalsite.com/admissions/important-dates

As always, if you have any questions or concerns please reach out by replying to this email.

Have a wonderful week!

Mon, Feb 22, 8:06 AM (23 hours ago)

Hello Holy Cross Families,

I hope your week is off to a good start! I wanted to share this opportunity with families. It is being offered by our Family Connections Counselor, Mrs. Wilkinson. These workshops will be starting in the next week or so. Please see below.

⛄ Family Connections Workshop Opportunity: We’re nearly a year into the pandemic. Let’s take time to check-in with other parents/guardians and share what is working, what is still a challenge, and what may be confusing us now that we’ve watched our child learn “in” school for several months. Please join Lizanne Wilkinson, LPC, Family Connections counselor from Holy Cross, twice a month to discuss issues that may be impacting your family. These hour-long sessions will be part learning, part sharing with other parents/guardians. Please take a moment to complete this survey so that we can tailor these sessions to meet the needs of our Holy Cross families.
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfvHpS9AlLU3Z34c6HEASaxHZQ9oK2hK9JybIHsOKCmNPOTog/viewform

Good Afternoon Holy Cross Families,

What a start to the month of February! Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow yesterday and we are due for 6 more weeks of winter. I can’t say I am surprised! Luckily though, the learning at Holy Cross was able to continue even through this snowstorm. One of the upsides to COVID is that we have learned how to to teach and learn, even when we aren’t physically together. This month is a busy month at Holy Cross. We start the month with Catholic Schools Week and we are celebrating Black History Month throughout all of February. If your scholar would like to share a short video, poem, or story regarding Black History Month or Catholic Schools Week please tell them to send it to me so that we can share on the morning message at Holy Cross. So far we have had some students share poems and give shoutouts and the feedback has been super positive!

Please review the announcements below.

❄ Reopening: Please remember that the start time for school is 8am. Students who have opted for in-person in grades k, 1, and 2 will report tomorrow. Students in grades 3,4, and 5 who have opted for in-person learning will start on Monday 2/8. Please be sure to drop your child off between 7:45am-8am. Also, please know that if a student is sick (fever, cough, runny nose) they will not be permitted in the building. In addition, if a student has been exposed to COVID or traveled outside of Pennsylvania they must stay home for 14 days.

❄ Clever: Students need to be logging into Clever each day. As added security students will be required to be in their school gmail and their Clever account in order to log into zoom. Here are directions to make sure your child is able to do this.
1. Log into student’s HC gmail
2. Go to clever.com and choose “sign-in as a student” AND “Log In with Google”
3. Then, students will log into their zoom by clicking on the zoom icon and pasting the link or PMI.
Here is a list of PMI numbers if needed. If you are experiencing issues please call the school for assistance.
K Artensa Johnson 583 357 9051
1 Jane Ries-Jacoby 247 717 8960
2 Stacey Hagstotz 924 189 7336
3 Greta Jazdzewski 957 792 0956
4 Karen Campbell-Craig 301 981 2321
5 Kelly Hasson 792 489 1372
MS Samantha Schubert 370 454 6913
MS Lauren Dicko 541 680 1504
MS Mary Iacovelli 899 710 2918
MS Ryan Wleklinski 928 997 3564

❄ School Hours: As you know we are partially reopening school for specific grades in the coming weeks. Therefore, we are going to change our school hours to accommodate the deep cleaning that will be happening on Fridays. The new hours for the Holy Cross School building (this will not affect virtual school) are Monday – Thursday 8:30am – 3:30pm and Friday from 8:30am-12:00pm.

❄ Meal Pickup: We will still continue to provide meals on Thursdays to families who are virtual. However, meal pickup will be moved to accommodate the school opening. Meals will now be available for pick on Thursdays after the school day from 3:30pm-5:30pm.

❄ K-8th grade scholarships:
– Scholarships are available for the 2021-2022 school year! Children’s Scholarship Fund Philadelphia offers 4-year partial scholarships to K-8th grade students. Scholarships are now available for qualifying families for the 2021-2022 school year. If families meet our eligibility requirements, they can apply for scholarship support to be used at your school. Here is the information for families. Our application is open through March 1, but families should apply by early for their best chance at being selected in our random lottery. Apply here.

– MyFamilyChoice.org – A Non-Profit Pennsylvania Family Institute Scholarship

❄ Holy Cross on Instagram: Holy Cross has an Instagram! We are able to share our students’ art here as well as news and events for school! The account is @HolyCrossSchoolPhilly please follow us to see artwork and other awesome student creations! Art and student creations are added weekly!

❄8th Grade Acceptances: We are starting to get 8th grade high school acceptance notifications and scholarship awards! We are so proud of our 8th graders. Once your scholar has decided on what school they are going to attend, please let us by completing the Google form here. As you know at Holy Cross we have a goal that 100 percent of our 8th grade students will get into their first or second choice school and your help in tracking this is greatly appreciated! Please ONLY respond to this once your child has decided on what school they are going to attend. If they are unsure, or waiting to hear, please wait.

❄Financial Aid: It is so very important that you complete the paperwork for financial aid. This is so important to ensure that you are given the maximum amount of money. As a reminder, the window opens March 1, 2021, and the deadline is April 30th.

🗓Calendar Updates:
February 15th – Presidents’ Day – No School
March 5th – Teacher PD Day – No School

As always if you have any questions please reply to this email.

Dr. Lemon-Tate

Wed, Jan 27, 4:35 PM

Good Afternoon Holy Cross Families,

I hope this email finds you well! What a week it has been already! We welcomed a few kindergartners back this week and it was great to see their little (masked) faces! This week marks the mid-way point in the 20/21 school year.

Please review the announcements below.

❄ Clever: Students need to be logging into Clever each day. As added security students will be required to be in their school gmail and their Clever account in order to log into zoom. Here are directions to make sure your child is able to do this.
1. Log into student’s HC gmail
2. Go to clever.com and choose “sign-in as a student” AND “Log In with Google”
3. Then, students will log into their zoom by clicking on the zoom icon and pasting the link or PMI.
Here is a list of PMI numbers if needed. If you are experiencing issues please call the school for assistance.
K Artensa Johnson 583 357 9051
1 Jane Ries-Jacoby 247 717 8960
2 Stacey Hagstotz 924 189 7336
3 Greta Jazdzewski 957 792 0956
4 Karen Campbell-Craig 301 981 2321
5 Kelly Hasson 792 489 1372
MS Samantha Schubert 370 454 6913
MS Mrs. Dicko 541 680 1504
MS Mary Iacovelli 899 710 2918
MS Ryan Wleklinski 928 997 3564

❄ Referral Reward: IMS has a family referral initiative. If you know a family looking for a great school please refer them to IMS and you will receive a $150 tuition credit. Please see the attached flyer for details.

❄Tuition Letter and Tuition Policies: This month starts re-enrollment at IMS. Attached to this email is the updated tuition policy and letter from the central office.

❄ School Hours: As you know we are partially reopening school for specific grades in the coming weeks. Therefore, we are going to change our school hours to accommodate the deep cleaning that will be happening on Fridays. The new hours for the Holy Cross School building (this will not affect virtual school) are Monday – Thursday 8:30am – 3:30pm and Friday from 8:30am-12:00pm.

❄ Meal Pickup: We will still continue to provide meals on Thursdays to families who are virtual. However, meal pickup will be moved to accommodate the school opening. Meals will now be available for pick on Thursdays after the school day from 3:30pm-5:30pm.

❄ MLK Day of Service: Thank you for all of your generous donations for our MLK day of service! We have collected so much for the local shelters that I have to make several trips to drop all of it off! Thank you to all who donated!

❄ Map Testing: As you know at Holy Cross we complete Map Testing 3 times a year to measure students growth and progress. We also use the results to inform our instruction to best serve our students. Also, students in middle school need their Map scores when applying to high schools. The winter Map window for testing started on 1/25/21. We will be testing students in all grades in both Math and Reading. Your child’s teacher will share with you the days and times of their scheduled Map test. Please remind your scholar to try their best! You will receive their results in the mail at the end of the test window in late February.

❄ Progress Reports: This week marks the halfway point for the second trimester! Grades will be updated that week and you can view your child’s progress report on Educate. Remember though, that grades are always viewable at any point in the school year using Educate. Please reply to this email if you are unable to access your child’s Educate.

❄ K-8th grade scholarships:
– Scholarships are available for the 2021-2022 school year! Children’s Scholarship Fund Philadelphia offers 4-year partial scholarships to K-8th grade students. Scholarships are now available for qualifying families for the 2021-2022 school year. If families meet our eligibility requirements, they can apply for scholarship support to be used at your school. Here is the information for families. Our application is open through March 1, but families should apply by early for their best chance at being selected in our random lottery. Apply here.

– MyFamilyChoice.org – A Non-Profit Pennsylvania Family Institute Scholarship

❄ Holy Cross on Instagram: Holy Cross has an Instagram! We are able to share our students’ art here as well as news and events for school! The account is @HolyCrossSchoolPhilly please follow us to see artwork and other awesome student creations! Art and student creations are added weekly!

❄8th Grade Acceptances: We are starting to get 8th grade high school acceptance notifications and scholarship awards! We are so proud of our 8th graders. Once your scholar has decided on what school they are going to attend, please let us by completing the Google form here. As you know at Holy Cross we have a goal that 100 percent of our 8th grade students will get into their first or second choice school and your help in tracking this is greatly appreciated! Please ONLY respond to this once your child has decided on what school they are going to attend. If they are unsure, or waiting to hear, please wait.

❄Financial Aid: It is so very important that you complete the paperwork for financial aid. This is so important to ensure that you are given the maximum amount of money. As a reminder, the window opens March 1, 2021, and the deadline is April 30th.

❄IMS Network Survey: Leaders at Independence Mission Schools want to learn more about how students, parents and staff are experiencing school and instruction this fall to better improve our network’s communication and support.

Please click here to take a short 5-minute survey.

· Completing this survey is voluntary and all responses are anonymous.

· Remember to click SUBMIT at the end of the survey to make sure your responses are received!

Parents/Guardians: If you have more than one child in an IMS school, you will have the opportunity to indicate how many children you have in the survey and then complete a portion of the survey with each child in mind.

Your voice is critical in helping leaders across the network and at Holy Cross to better understand what is working well and what can be improved during this time. We are looking forward to your feedback!

🗓Calendar Updates:
January 29th – Teacher PD Day – No School
February 15th – Presidents’ Day – No School

As always if you have any questions please reply to this email.

2/17/21
Good Afternoon Holy Cross Families,

Today is Ash Wednesday and the official start of the Lenten Season. Lent is the period of 40 days which comes before Easter. Beginning on Ash Wednesday, Lent is a season of reflection and preparation before the celebrations of Easter. By observing the 40 days of Lent, we replicate Jesus Christ’s sacrifice and withdrawal into the desert for 40 days.

Prayer for Ash Wednesday
Gracious God, today begins a period of inner reflection and examination. The days stretch before me and invite me inward to that silent, holy space that holds your Spirit. This special time beckons me to see my life through Christ’s eyes and the truth and reality of your love incarnate. Give me the grace to enter the space of these days with anticipation of our meeting. And, when I open my soul to your presence, let your loving kindness flow over me and seep into the pockets of my heart. I ask this for the sake of your love.

Please review the announcements below.

⛄ Family Connections Workshop Opportunity: We’re nearly a year into the pandemic. Let’s take time to check-in with other parents/guardians and share what is working, what is still a challenge, and what may be confusing us now that we’ve watched our child learn “in” school for several months. Please join Join Lizanne Wilkinson, LPC, Family Connections counselor from Holy Cross, twice a month to discuss issues that may be impacting your family. These hour-long sessions will be part learning, part sharing with other parents/guardians. Please take a moment to complete this survey so that we can tailor these sessions to meet the needs of our Holy Cross families.

⛄ In-Person Schooling: Please remember that if your child is currently attending school in-person that they need to bring with them their necessary supplies for the day. All students need to bring their mask, fully-charged computer, charger, and then grade specific items. If you are unsure what they need please email their teacher directly. In addition, we have had many students choose in-person and then attend school for a day or two but then continue virtual learning. It is important that if you choose in-person that you regularly send your child to school. If it is an emergency or you want to keep them home virtually for the day, please notify this school of this in the morning. Also, if you want to remain virtual and have changed your mind please let us know.

⛄Scholarship Opportunity: The Ellis Tuition Assistance Grant for the 2021/2022 academic year for Philadelphia girls planning to attend independent or parochial high schools is currently accepting applications. There is also a virtual Ellis Tuition Assistance Grant Application Workshop for students and their parents/guardians on Thursday February 18th at 7:00pm and again on Wednesday March 3rd at 7:00pm. The purpose of this virtual workshop will be to provide an overview of our grant application process, review Ellis eligibility requirements and answer questions about completing the online application. Note: The application deadline is March 15th. Attached is a flyer with information and a link for students to register for one of the workshops.
We hope to see you there and answer all your Ellis Trust Tuition Assistance Grant application questions! In the meantime, here are links to resources at our website www.ellistrust.org:

Ellis Tuition Assistance Application

Frequently Asked Questions | Ellis Trust for Girls

Ellis Trust Eligibility Requirements

⛄ROMAN Spring OPEN HOUSE
Attention all 6th, 7th and 8th grade boys! Roman Catholic High School will be holding an in-person Open House on Sunday, March 21 from 11:00 AM- 1:00 PM. Come join us to discover all that Roman has to offer in academics, athletics and other extracurricular activities. Because of Covid precautions, PRE-Registration is REQUIRED–we are not able to accommodate walk-ins for this event : https://romancatholichscom.finalsite.com/admissions/important-dates

⛄MAP Results: We are in the process of conducting Map test makeups this week. Once we conclude, the results will be mailed home to families. These results are important because they show your scholars progress and growth at Holy Cross. You may want to take some time to review the results with your scholar. If you have any questions please reach out to your child’s teacher or reply to this email.

Stay warm today!

Hello Holy Cross Families, 2/10/21

I hope you are doing well! This week at Holy Cross has been eventful. We welcomed back some of our 3-5th grade students. Even though we are learning from all over the city of Philadelphia, we are still finding ways to continue to feel ‘together’ at this time.

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Please review the announcements below.

❄ In-Person Reminders: As we are now in the third week of welcoming some students back we just want to share a few reminders with parents to make sure their scholar is prepared for school.
– Please ensure that your child’s device 💻 is fully charged each day for school.
– Drop off for students is between 7:45am-8am.
– Please ensure that your child has headphones.
– Please do not send your child if they are sick in any way (headache, fever, stomach ache) and please do symptom checks on your scholar before they leave for school.
– Please practice with your child the proper way to wear a mask (nose and mouth must be covered).
– Please note that your child may be required to switch back to virtual for extended periods with little notice if there is a COVID case or exposure.
We are doing everything we can and following the guidance and protocols of the Philadelphia Dept. of Health to keep our students and staff safe. We are grateful for your patience, cooperation, and understanding at this time.

❄ Catapult Services: Here is a flyer about Catapult Learning and the services provided. The Catapult Teachers are holding an Office Hour for the Parents/Guardians whose children are currently receiving services . It will be held on Thursday, February 11th from 4pm -5pm via Zoom (link here) for anyone who would like to meet the teacher, has additional questions, or are interested in learning more about the services.

❄ School Hours: As you know we are partially reopening school for specific grades in the coming weeks. Therefore, we are going to change our school hours to accommodate the deep cleaning that will be happening on Fridays. The new hours for the Holy Cross School building (this will not affect virtual school) are Monday – Thursday 8:30am – 3:30pm and Friday from 8:30am-12:00pm.

❄ Meal Pickup: We will still continue to provide meals on Thursdays to families who are virtual. However, meal pickup will be moved to accommodate the school opening. Meals will now be available for pick on Thursdays after the school day from 3:30pm-5:30pm.

❄ K-8th grade scholarships:
– Scholarships are available for the 2021-2022 school year! Children’s Scholarship Fund Philadelphia offers 4-year partial scholarships to K-8th grade students. Scholarships are now available for qualifying families for the 2021-2022 school year. If families meet our eligibility requirements, they can apply for scholarship support to be used at your school. Here is the information for families. Our application is open through March 1, but families should apply by early for their best chance at being selected in our random lottery. Apply here.

– MyFamilyChoice.org – A Non-Profit Pennsylvania Family Institute Scholarship

❄ Holy Cross on Instagram: Holy Cross has an Instagram! We are able to share our students’ art here as well as news and events for school! The account is @HolyCrossSchoolPhilly please follow us to see artwork and other awesome student creations! Art and student creations are added weekly!

❄8th Grade Acceptances: We are starting to get 8th grade high school acceptance notifications and scholarship awards! We are so proud of our 8th graders. Once your scholar has decided on what school they are going to attend, please let us by completing the Google form here. As you know at Holy Cross we have a goal that 100 percent of our 8th grade students will get into their first or second choice school and your help in tracking this is greatly appreciated! Please ONLY respond to this once your child has decided on what school they are going to attend. If they are unsure, or waiting to hear, please wait.

❄Financial Aid: It is so very important that you complete the paperwork for financial aid. This is so important to ensure that you are given the maximum amount of money. As a reminder, the window opens March 1, 2021, and the deadline is April 30th.

🗓Calendar Updates:
February 15th – Presidents’ Day – No School
March 5th – Teacher PD Day – No School

If you need anything or have any questions please reply to this email.

Have a wonderful week,

IMS Yearly Survey
Jan 25, 2021, 2:18 PM (4 days ago)

Hello Holy Cross Families,

I hope you are doing well! Recently in my family update I shared a link to a family survey from IMS. The data collected is so very important to Holy Cross because it helps me plan, prioritize, and improve the school to best meet the needs of our families and students. However, as of yesterday, only 3 families responded to the survey. In order to best plan having a response rate of at least 50 percent is needed. So I am asking that you please, please, please take a few minutes to complete this survey. Here is the link for the survey. It is completely anonymous. I promise you me and my team read every single entry. So if you have time today or this week please complete. The survey closes after 1/29/21.

Thank you so much for your time,

Wed, Jan 20, 2:47 PM (9 days ago)

Hello Holy Cross Families,

I hope this email finds you well! Today is a historic day for our country! We have our very first ‘Madam Vice President.’ Kamala Harris is making history, and inspiring girls and women all over this country, as the first woman and the first woman of color to rise to the office of Vice President! President Joe Biden also has such an inspiring story, from one of the youngest senators elected to the oldest president to be sworn in. He is proof that you are never too old or too young to follow your dreams! And as a bonus, there are rescue dogs 🐶 (Champ and Major) in the White House! My heart is full! I watched today with such excitement and hope for our future. Here at Holy Cross we are praying for President Joe Biden, VP Kamala Harris, and this entire administration. God Bless America!

Please review the announcements below:

❄ School Hours: As you know we are partially reopening school for specific grades in the coming weeks. Therefore, we are going to change our school hours to accommodate the deep cleaning that will be happening on Fridays. The new hours for the Holy Cross School building (this will not affect virtual school) are Monday – Thursday 8:30am – 3:30pm and Friday from 8:30am-12:00pm.

❄ Meal Pickup: We will still continue to provide meals on Thursdays to families who are virtual. However, meal pickup will be moved to accommodate the school opening. Meals will now be available for pick on Thursdays after the school day from 3:30pm-5:30pm.

❄ MLK Day of Service: Every year Holy Cross completes a service project in honor of MLK Day. This year our Student Council made the decision to support a local homeless shelter, specifically Project Home. At Project Home their slogan is ‘None of us are home, until all of us are home’ and we felt that this couldn’t be more true. They have a list online of the most needed items, you can also make a monetary donation. If you would like to support us in this effort you can donate items by dropping them off at Holy Cross during our normal school hours. The most needed and requested items are below. We are collecting items for the entire month of January and will donate them in February. Thank you to the many families that have donated items thus far!

❄ Map Testing: As you know at Holy Cross we complete Map Testing 3 times a year to measure students growth and progress. We also use the results to inform our instruction to best serve our students. Also, students in middle school need their Map scores when applying to high schools. The winter Map window for testing starts on 1/25/21. We will be testing students in all grades in both Math and Reading. Your child’s teacher will share with you the days and times of their scheduled Map test. Please remind your scholar to try their best! You will receive their results in the mail at the end of the test window in late February.

❄ Progress Reports: The week of 1/25 marks the halfway point for the second trimester! Grades will be updated that week and you can view your child’s progress report on Educate. Remember though, that grades are always viewable at any point in the school year using Educate. Please reply to this email if you are unable to access your child’s Educate.

❄ K-8th grade scholarships:
– Scholarships are available for the 2021-2022 school year! Children’s Scholarship Fund Philadelphia offers 4-year partial scholarships to K-8th grade students. Scholarships are now available for qualifying families for the 2021-2022 school year. If families meet our eligibility requirements, they can apply for scholarship support to be used at your school. Here is the information for families. Our application is open through March 1, but families should apply by early for their best chance at being selected in our random lottery. Apply here.

– MyFamilyChoice.org – A Non-Profit Pennsylvania Family Institute Scholarship

❄ Holy Cross on Instagram: Holy Cross has an Instagram! We are able to share our students’ art here as well as news and events for school! The account is @HolyCrossSchoolPhilly please follow us to see artwork and other awesome student creations! Art and student creations are added weekly!

❄8th Grade Acceptances: We are starting to get 8th grade high school acceptance notifications and scholarship awards! We are so proud of our 8th graders. Once your scholar has decided on what school they are going to attend, please let us by completing the Google form here. As you know at Holy Cross we have a goal that 100 percent of our 8th grade students will get into their first or second choice school and your help in tracking this is greatly appreciated! Please ONLY respond to this once your child has decided on what school they are going to attend. If they are unsure, or waiting to hear, please wait.

❄Financial Aid: It is so very important that you complete the paperwork for financial aid. This is so important to ensure that you are given the maximum amount of money. As a reminder, the window opens March 1, 2021, and the deadline is April 30th.

❄IMS Network Survey: Leaders at Independence Mission Schools want to learn more about how students, parents and staff are experiencing school and instruction this fall to better improve our network’s communication and support.

Please click here to take a short 5-minute survey.

· Completing this survey is voluntary and all responses are anonymous.

· Remember to click SUBMIT at the end of the survey to make sure your responses are received!

Parents/Guardians: If you have more than one child in an IMS school, you will have the opportunity to indicate how many children you have in the survey and then complete a portion of the survey with each child in mind.

Your voice is critical in helping leaders across the network and at Holy Cross to better understand what is working well and what can be improved during this time. We are looking forward to your feedback!

🗓Calendar Updates:
January 29th – Teacher PD Day – No School
February 15th – Presidents’ Day – No School

Thank you so much for your partnership. We could not do this without it. If you have any questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to email or call.

Have a wonderful day!

January 13, 2021
Hello Holy Cross Families,

I hope this email finds you and your family well! We are almost at the halfway mark in the 20/21 school year! Can you believe it? This year has had challenges but we are blessed to have a wonderful Holy Cross community that is able to adapt, change, and continue to learn!

Please review the announcements below.

❄ Holy Cross Reopening Update: Thank you to all of you who let us know your election choice for reopening and shared your feedback with us. Your voice matters to us and so the more we know the better we can serve you. Many of you shared great ideas! Regarding reopening, about 24 percent of our families opted to return. Therefore, we are going to start a phased reopening for those students who elected this option grades k-5 only. Those who chose virtual will remain virtual. Families who have selected the in-person option will be receiving a separate email with dates, details, and requirements for re-opening as well as a Zoom invite for a Reopening Orientation.

❄ MLK Day of Service: Every year Holy Cross completes a service project in honor of MLK Day. This year our Student Council made the decision to support a local homeless shelter, specifically Project Home. At Project Home their slogan is ‘None of us are home, until all of us are home’ and we felt that this couldn’t be more true. They have a list online of the most needed items, you can also make a monetary donation. If you would like to support us in this effort you can donate items by dropping them off at Holy Cross during our normal school hours Monday – Friday from 8am-3:30pm starting 1/11/21. The most needed and requested items are below. We are collecting items for the entire month of January and will donate them in February.

❄ Map Testing: As you know at Holy Cross we complete Map Testing 3 times a year to measure students growth and progress. We also use the results to inform our instruction to best serve our students. Also, students in middle school need their Map scores when applying to high schools. The winter Map window for testing starts on 1/25/21. We will be testing students in all grades in both Math and Reading. Your child’s teacher will share with you the days and times of their scheduled Map test. Please remind your scholar to try their best! You will receive their results in the mail at the end of the test window in late February.

❄ Free Breakfast and Lunch Pickup: Free lunch and breakfast pickup occurs on Thursdays from 12:30 – 5:50pm. Please reply to this email if you have any questions.

❄ Building Hours: Holy Cross School Building will be open starting January 11th. Our hours are Monday – Friday from 8:00am-3:30pm.

❄ Health Form: At the start of each school year we collect important health information for your scholar. If you have not completed the health form this school year or your child’s health information has changed, please complete this form here. This form must be filled out every year by parents or guardians to allow the school nurse to medicate their child with Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen as prescribed by the School District’s medical Officer/pediatrician. We cannot administer this medication without parental permission. This form also gathers information about a child’s health history and allergies. This information can be vital in case of emergency or should the need for any type of medical treatment arise while a child is in school.

❄ Progress Reports: The week of 1/25 marks the halfway point for the second trimester! Grades will be updated that week and you can view your child’s progress report on Educate. Remember though, that grades are always viewable at any point in the school year using Educate. Please reply to this email if you are unable to access your child’s Educate.

❄ K-8th grade scholarships:
– Scholarships are available for the 2021-2022 school year! Children’s Scholarship Fund Philadelphia offers 4-year partial scholarships to K-8th grade students. Scholarships are now available for qualifying families for the 2021-2022 school year. If families meet our eligibility requirements, they can apply for scholarship support to be used at your school. Here is the information for families. Our application is open through March 1, but families should apply by early for their best chance at being selected in our random lottery. Apply here.

– MyFamilyChoice.org – A Non-Profit Pennsylvania Family Institute Scholarship

❄ Holy Cross on Instagram: Holy Cross has an Instagram! We are able to share our students’ art here as well as news and events for school! The account is @HolyCrossSchoolPhilly please follow us to see artwork and other awesome student creations! Art and student creations are added weekly!

❄8th Grade Acceptances: We are starting to get 8th grade high school acceptance notifications and scholarship awards! We are so proud of our 8th graders. Once your scholar has decided on what school they are going to attend, please let us by completing the Google form here. As you know at Holy Cross we have a goal that 100 percent of our 8th grade students will get into their first or second choice school and your help in tracking this is greatly appreciated! Please ONLY respond to this once your child has decided on what school they are going to attend. If they are unsure, or waiting to hear, please wait.

❄Financial Aid: It is so very important that you complete the paperwork for financial aid. This is so important to ensure that you are given the maximum amount of money. As a reminder, the window opens March 1, 2021, and the deadline is April 30th.

❄IMS Network Survey: Leaders at Independence Mission Schools want to learn more about how students, parents and staff are experiencing school and instruction this fall to better improve our network’s communication and support.

Please click here to take a short 5-minute survey.

· Completing this survey is voluntary and all responses are anonymous.

· Remember to click SUBMIT at the end of the survey to make sure your responses are received!

Parents/Guardians: If you have more than one child in an IMS school, you will have the opportunity to indicate how many children you have in the survey and then complete a portion of the survey with each child in mind.

Your voice is critical in helping leaders across the network and at Holy Cross to better understand what is working well and what can be improved during this time. We are looking forward to your feedback!

🗓Calendar Updates:
January 18th – MLK Day – No School
January 29th – Teacher PD Day – No School
February 15th – Presidents’ Day – No School

Thank you so much for your partnership. We could not do this without it. If you have any questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to email or call.

Have a wonderful day!

Dr. Lemon-Tate

Wed, Jan 6, 2:53 PM
Hello Holy Cross Families,

I hope everyone had a relaxing and fun-filled Christmas break and a very happy New Year! Here at Holy Cross we are off to a great start to 2021! On my classroom visits this week students were energized, on-task, and eager to learn. In 1st grade students are reading aloud. In 6th grade students were learning about and discussing the chemistry of our oceans. And in 5th grade they shared their goals and plans for the upcoming year. Visiting classrooms always makes me so proud!

Please review the announcements below.

❄ Holy Cross Reopening Update: This week we are calling all Holy Cross families to ask your preference for potential reopening and whether you would prefer in-person (4 days) or fully-virtual instruction. It is so important that you share with us your election. We are using this information to plan for reopening. Also, many families have elected for fully-virtual for the rest of the school year and we want you to know that, regardless of when we reopen, we are committed to offering a fully virtual option for the remainder of the 20/21 school year. We will have more information on reopening in the coming weeks as we gather your data and plan. We appreciate your patience and understanding at this time. We want you to know that safety is always our number one priority. If you have any questions or concerns please reply to this email.

❄ MLK Day of Service: Every year Holy Cross completes a service project in honor of MLK Day. This year our Student Council made the decision to support local homeless shelters. If you would like to support us in this effort you can donate items by dropping them off at Holy Cross during our normal school hours Monday – Friday from 8am-3:30pm starting 1/11/21. The most needed and requested items are below. We are collecting items for the entire month of January and will donate them in February.

– Men’s Clothing (they do not need women’s or children’s clothing)

– Personal Care Needs
Deodorant
Razors
Shampoo (Travel Size)
Body Wash (Travel Size)
Lotion (Travel Size)
Handsanitizer (Travel Size)
– Food Needs
Pasta Sauce
Pasta
Chicken Broth
Canned Beans and Vegetables
Bulk Oatmeal
– General Needs
Cleaning supplies
White Twin Sheets
Tote Bags

❄ Map Testing: As you know at Holy Cross we complete Map Testing 3 times a year to measure students growth and progress. We also use the results to inform our instruction to best serve our students. Also, students in middle school need their Map scores when applying to high schools. The winter Map window for testing starts on 1/25/21. We will be testing students in all grades in both Math and Reading. Your child’s teacher will share with you the days and times of their scheduled Map test. Please remind your scholar to try their best! You will receive their results in the mail at the end of the test window in late February.

❄ Free Breakfast and Lunch Pickup: Free lunch and breakfast pickup occurs on Thursdays from 12:30 – 5:50pm. We will be handing out meals tomorrow as usual. Please reply to this email if you have any questions.

❄ Building Hours: Holy Cross School Building will be open starting January 11th. Our hours are Monday – Friday from 8:00am-3:30pm.

❄ Health Form: At the start of each school year we collect important health information for your scholar. If you have not completed the health form this school year or your child’s health information has changed, please complete this form here. This form must be filled out every year by parents or guardians to allow the school nurse to medicate their child with Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen as prescribed by the School District’s medical Officer/pediatrician. We cannot administer this medication without parental permission. This form also gathers information about a child’s health history and allergies. This information can be vital in case of emergency or should the need for any type of medical treatment arise while a child is in school.

❄ Progress Reports: The week of 1/25 marks the halfway point for the second trimester! Grades will be updated that week and you can view your child’s progress report on Educate. Remember though, that grades are always viewable at any point in the school year using Educate. Please reply to this email if you are unable to access your child’s Educate.

❄ K-8th grade scholarships: Scholarships are available for the 2021-2022 school year! Children’s Scholarship Fund Philadelphia offers 4-year partial scholarships to K-8th grade students. Scholarships are now available for qualifying families for the 2021-2022 school year. If families meet our eligibility requirements, they can apply for scholarship support to be used at your school. Here is the information for families. Our application is open through March 1, but families should apply by early for their best chance at being selected in our random lottery. Apply here.

❄ Holy Cross on Instagram: Holy Cross has an Instagram! We are able to share our students’ art here as well as news and events for school! The account is @HolyCrossSchoolPhilly please follow us to see artwork and other awesome student creations! Art and student creations are added weekly!

🗓Calendar Updates:
January 17th – MLK Day – No School
January 29th – Teacher PD Day – No School
February 15th – Presidents’ Day – No School

Thank you so much for your partnership. We could not do this without it. If you have any questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to email or call.

Have a wonderful day!

Dr. Lemon-Tate

12/17/2020

Good Morning Holy Cross Families,

Due to the inclement weather. The Holy Cross building will be open
from 12pm-3pm today. This will not impact virtual school which will
carry on as normal. Also, the breakfast and lunch meals will not be
distributed today but will be given out on Monday from 12pm-5:30pm.

Have a wonderful day,

Dr. Lemon-Tate

12/16/20
Hello Holy Cross Families,

The first snow of the year is here! I hope everyone is safe, warm, and cozy in their homes or outside playing in the snow! We are now in the third week of advent and the theme for this week is joy. Here is a prayer for the third week of advent.

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Holy Father, Lord of all creation, you have power and might over heaven and earth. You speak a word and mountains move. You whisper and the sea obeys. You turn darkness into light, and transform broken things into beauty. Lord, help me to see the wonder in your creation, to find the joy amidst the trials. For in you I can rejoice and be glad. No matter what the world brings, I can find joy in you. Help me to celebrate with joy and gladness this Christmas, for in you all things are made new. You are working to restore and remake all the broken pieces of my life and of this world. In you I will be glad and rejoice forever, delighting in you with joy. All this I pray through Jesus Christ, your only son, you greatest gift to this world. Amen.

Please review the announcements and updates below.

🕯Free Breakfast and Lunch Pickup: Free lunch and breakfast pickup normally occurs on Thursdays from 12:30 – 5:50pm. We will have breakfast and lunch pickup tomorrow as normal. However, next week due to Thursday being Christmas Eve, we are moving pickup to Monday 12.21 from 12:30-5:30pm. Please reply to this email if you have any questions.

🕯Building Hours: Holy Cross building will be closed from 12pm on Wednesday December 23rd through Sunday January 10th, 2021. We will reopen the building for supply pickup as needed on January 11th. This is both for the Christmas holiday and to ensure a quarantine period after the holidays. This does not affect virtual school. Virtual school will start on Monday January 4th at 8am as normal.

🕯Health Form: At the start of each school year we collect important health information for your scholar. If you have not completed the health form this school year or your child’s health information has changed, please complete this form here. This form must be filled out every year by parents or guardians to allow the school nurse to medicate their child with Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen as prescribed by the School District’s medical Officer/pediatrician. We cannot administer this medication without parental permission. This form also gathers information about a child’s health history and allergies. This information can be vital in case of emergency or should the need for any type of medical treatment arise while a child is in school.

🎄 Holy Cross Family Directory: We have had requests by some families to create a Holy Cross Directory for families who wish to connect outside of school hours with other Holy Cross families. In order to help facilitate this we are compiling a list of family information. Participation in this is completely optional and by sharing your name and information you agree to allowing Holy Cross to add you to the directory that will be shared with other families at Holy Cross. If you wish to participate, please complete this form to add your contact information to our family directory. a This will allow families to schedule play dates (or Zoom meetings!), send party invitations, etc. Thank you!

🎄 Report Cards: Report cards have been mailed home and they are also available online with your guardian Educate login.

🎄Parent Conferences: We will host virtual parent conferences on December 17th and 18th. Each of those days will end at 11am.

🎄 K-8th grade scholarships available for the 2021-2022 school year!
Children’s Scholarship Fund Philadelphia offers 4-year partial scholarships to K-8th grade students. Scholarships are now available for qualifying families for the 2021-2022 school year. If families meet our eligibility requirements, they can apply for scholarship support to be used at your school. Here is the information for families. Our application is open through March 1, but families should apply by early for their best chance at being selected in our random lottery. Apply Today

🎄 Holy Cross on Instagram: Holy Cross has an Instagram! We are able to share our students’ art here as well as news and events for school! The account is
@HolyCrossSchoolPhilly please follow us to see artwork and other awesome student creations! Art and student creations are added weekly!

🗓 Calendar Updates:
December 17 & 18th – Parent Conferences (1/2 day of school for students)
December 23rd – Half Day – Start of Christmas Break
December 24th – January 3rd – Virtual School Closed – Christmas Break
January 17th – MLK Day – School Closed

As always if you have any questions or concerns, please reply to this email.

Have a wonderful week,

Dr. Lemon-Tate

Wed, Dec 9, 3:50 PM
Hello Holy Cross Families,

I hope everyone is having a good week and staying warm and safe! This week we kicked off the start of the second trimester at Holy Cross. So much learning and growing has occurred already this school year and students working hard this week on a variety of projects and assignments. The fourth grade recently wrote beautiful poems about something that is meaningful to them, the middle schoolers have been engaging in student-led Socrative discussions regarding the novel they are reading, and the kindergarten and 1st grade are beginning new science-based topics in their reading curriculum! We are so proud of all their dedication and hard work thus far and are looking forward to an even better 2nd trimester! Lastly, we are in the second week of Advent and for this week the focus is on Peace. Below is a prayer to celebrate this special time.

A Prayer for the Second Week of Advent

Dear Lord,
Through the darkness, I look for your wisdom.
I want my heart to be open to you.
But sometimes these days, it seems that
so many things come between us.
Help me to be awake and aware
of the radiance you bring to my life.
Help me to be grateful each day
for the blessings of family and friends.
Let me be a peacemaker
in my own life, and in the world.
Let me pray especially for this difficult world
and those who are so in need of an end to violence.
My heart begs for this as my Advent prayer today.
May the Lord bless us,
protect us from all evil
and bring us to everlasting life.
Amen.

Please review the announcements below:

🎄 Holy Cross Family Directory: We have had requests by some families to create a Holy Cross Directory for families who wish to connect outside of school hours with other Holy Cross families. In order to help facilitate this we are compiling a list of family information. Participation in this is completely optional and by sharing your name and information you agree to allowing Holy Cross to add you to the directory that will be shared with other families at Holy Cross. If you wish to participate, please complete this form to add your contact information to our family directory. a This will allow families to schedule play dates (or Zoom meetings!), send party invitations, etc. Thank you!

🎄 Report Cards: The first trimester ended this past Friday 12/4. Grades and report cards are currently being finalized and will be mailed home on 12/14. Families will also be able to view report cards through Educate starting 12/14. If you are still unable to log into your scholar’s Educate account please reply to this email for support.

🎄 Student Survey Results: At Holy Cross we are committed to learning and growing each and every day to best meet the needs of our students. To support us in this effort we have students in grades 3-8 complete the Holy Cross Student Survey two times each year, once in the fall and again in the spring. This survey allows us to gather data about the student experience here at Holy Cross. This year we had 98 percent participation in the survey! Students agree that their teachers care, challenge them by asking them to explain their answers, and take time to make sure they understand. We will continue to use this data and student feedback to create an exciting and inclusive environment for all students.
Please let us know if you have any additional feedback for us!


🎄 Holy Cross Building Winter Hours: In order to ensure the safety of all of the staff at Holy Cross we are decreasing our opening days for the building. Until January we will be open Monday – Thursday from 8am-3:30pm. This means if you are coming to the school to pick up student supplies we will not be open on Fridays. This will not affect virtual schooling.

🎄 Free Breakfast & Lunch Distribution: Holy Cross gives out free student breakfasts and lunches for the entire school week each Thursday. Meals are distributed from 12pm-5:30pm each week.

🎄Parent Conferences: We will host virtual parent conferences on December 17th and 18th. Each of those days will end at 11am and teachers will reach out to schedule your Zoom conference.

🎄 K-8th grade scholarships are available for the 2021-2022 school year!
Children’s Scholarship Fund Philadelphia offers 4-year partial scholarships to K-8th grade students. Scholarships are now available for qualifying families for the 2021-2022 school year. If families meet our eligibility requirements, they can apply for scholarship support to be used at your school. Here is the information for families. Our application is open through March 1, but families should apply by early for their best chance at being selected in our random lottery. Apply Today

🎄 Holy Cross on Instagram: Holy Cross has an Instagram! We are able to share our students’ art here as well as news and events for school! The account is
@HolyCrossSchoolPhilly please follow us to see artwork and other awesome student creations! Art and student creations are added weekly!

🗓 Calendar Updates:
December 17 & 18th – Parent Conferences (1/2 day of school for students)
December 23rd – Half Day – Start of Christmas Break
December 24th – January 3rd – School Closed – Christmas Break

As always if you have any questions or concerns, please reply to this email.

Have a great week!

Dr. Lemon-Tate

Wed, Dec 2, 4:15 PM
Hello Holy Cross Families,

I hope everyone had a safe, relaxing, and happy Thanksgiving break! And just like that, it is already December! Our theme at Holy Cross throughout the month of December is ‘We are Thoughtful!’ With the busy holiday season and the end of the year approaching it is easy to get caught up in all of the events and hustle and bustle. We are encouraging our students, staff, and families, to take time each day to be thoughtful. Being thoughtful of others and appreciating the small things in life allow us to create positivity and gratitude. In addition, this is the first week of the Advent season. Advent is a time to explore your faith and your heart. For the first week the focus is on hope. Here is a prayer for the first week of Advent.

All-powerful God, increase our strength of will for doing good that Christ may find an eager welcome at his coming and call us to his side in the kingdom of heaven, where he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit one God, forever and ever.

Amen.

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Please review the announcements below.

🎄 Report Cards: The first trimester ends this Friday 12/4. Grades and report cards will be finalized the week of 12/7 and mailed home the week of 12/14. Families will also be able to view report cards through Educate. If you are still unable to log into your scholar’s Educate account please reply to this email for support.

🎄 Student Survey Results: At Holy Cross we are committed to learning and growing each and every day to best meet the needs of our students. To support us in this effort we have students in grades 3-8 complete the Holy Cross Student Survey two times each year, once in the fall and again in the spring. This survey allows us to gather data about the student experience here at Holy Cross. This year we had 98 percent participation in the survey! Students agree that their teachers care, challenge them by asking them to explain their answers, and take time to make sure they understand. We will continue to use this data and student feedback to create an exciting and inclusive environment for all students.
Please let us know if you have any additional feedback for us!


🎄 Holy Cross Building Winter Hours: In order to ensure the safety of all of the staff at Holy Cross we are decreasing our opening days for the building. Until January we will be open Monday – Thursday from 8am-3:30pm. This means if you are coming to the school to pick up student supplies we will not be open on Fridays. This will not affect virtual schooling.

🎄 Box Tops for Education: Holy Cross participates in the Box Top for Education program. During Thanksgiving Box Tops are giving an extra 10 Box Tops for every 10 submitted. It is an easy and free way to have money donated to Holy Cross! Please participate if you can. A flyer with directions is attached. Every little bit helps! Please see the attached flyer!

🎄 Free Breakfast & Lunch Distribution: Holy Cross gives out free student breakfasts and lunches for the entire school week each Thursday. Meals are distributed from 12pm-5:30pm each week.

🎄Parent Conferences: We will host virtual parent conferences on December 17th and 18th. Each of those days will end at 11am and teachers will reach out to schedule your Zoom conference.

🎄 K-8th grade scholarships available for the 2021-2022 school year!
Children’s Scholarship Fund Philadelphia offers 4-year partial scholarships to K-8th grade students. Scholarships are now available for qualifying families for the 2021-2022 school year. If families meet our eligibility requirements, they can apply for scholarship support to be used at your school.
Here is the information for families. Our application is open through March 1, but families should apply by early for their best chance at being selected in our random lottery. Apply Today

🎄 Holy Cross on Instagram: Holy Cross has an Instagram! We are able to share our students’ art here as well as news and events for school! The account is
@HolyCrossSchoolPhilly please follow us to see artwork and other awesome student creations! Art and student creations are added weekly!

🗓 Calendar Updates:
December 17 & 18th – Parent Conferences (1/2 day of school for students)
December 23rd – Half Day – Start of Christmas Break
December 24th – January 3rd – School Closed – Christmas Break

As always if you have any questions or concerns, please reply to this email.

Have a great week!

Dr. Lemon-Tate

11/18/20
Hello Holy Cross Families,

I hope everyone is staying healthy and enjoying the fall weather! Can you believe that next week is already Thanksgiving?! Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful and that is our theme at Holy Cross this month. We are thankful! We are thankful for so many things this year but we are especially thankful for the opportunity you provide us to serve your child/ren. It is truly an honor and we wouldn’t be able to do what we love without your faith in us and support at home. Thank you Holy Cross Families!

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🦃 Reopening Update: As you know Holy Cross recently made the decision to postpone reopening for grades k-2 until at least January due to the increase in COVID cases throughout the city of Philadelphia. This decision and future decisions will continue to be made using the guidance from scientists and medical professionals from organizations such as CHOP and the PA Department of Education. A letter from the CEO of IMS, Bruce Robinson, is attached to this email. We thank you for your patience and continued partnership throughout the difficult time.

🦃 Free Breakfast & Lunch Distribution: Normally we distribute free breakfasts and lunches for students on Thursdays from 12-5:30pm. However, because this upcoming week is Thanksgiving we will be distributing meals on Monday November 23rd from 12-5:30pm.

🦃 Parent Conferences: We will host virtual parent conferences on December 17th and 18th. Each of those days will end at 11am and teachers will reach out to schedule your conference.

🍁 K-8th grade scholarships available for the 2021-2022 school year!
Children’s Scholarship Fund Philadelphia offers 4-year partial scholarships to K-8th grade students. Scholarships are now available for qualifying families for the 2021-2022 school year. If families meet our eligibility requirements, they can apply for scholarship support to be used at your school.
Here is the information for families. Our application is open through March 1, but families should apply by this Sunday, November 15 for their best chance at being selected in our random lottery. Apply Today

🍁 Holy Cross on Instagram: Holy Cross has an Instagram! We are able to share our students’ art here as well as news and events for school! The account is
@HolyCrossSchoolPhilly please follow us to see artwork and other awesome student creations! Art and student creations are added weekly!

🗓 Calendar Updates:
November 25th – Half Day – Thanksgiving Break Starts
November 26th and 27th – Thanksgiving Break: No School 🦃
December 17 & 18th – Parent Conferences (1/2 day of school for students)

Have a great week!

Dr. Lemon-Tate


11/12/20
Hello Holy Cross Families,

I hope everyone is having a great week! Yesterday was Veterans Day and here at Holy Cross we want to take a moment to say thank you to all the members of the Holy Cross family, especially our own Mrs. Dicko, who currently or previously served in the United States Military. In addition to being an amazing teacher, Mrs. Dicko is also a Technical Sergeant in the Air Force! We are forever grateful for your dedication and service!

A Prayer for Veterans Day

Loving God, We ask for blessings on all those who have
served their country in the armed forces. We ask for
healing for the Veterans who have been wounded, in
body and soul, in conflicts around the globe. We pray
especially for the young men and women, in the
thousands, who are coming home with injured bodies
and traumatized spirits. Bring solace to them, O Lord;
may we pray for them when they cannot pray. We ask
for, echoing John Paul II, an end to wars and the
dawning of a new era of peace, as a way to honor all the veterans of past wars.

Have mercy on all our Veterans. Bring peace to their
hearts and peace to the regions they fought in. Bless all
the soldiers who served in non-combative posts; May
their calling to service continue in their lives in many positive ways.

Give us all the creative vision to see a world which,
grown weary with fighting, Moves to affirming the life
of every human being and so moves beyond war. Hear
our prayer, O Prince of Peace, hear our prayer.

Amen.

Please review the announcements below.

🍁 Reopening Update: Safety is our number one priority here at Holy Cross. Though we intended to welcome back a small number of students in grades k-2 this coming Monday, we have made the decision to err on the side of caution and postpone reopening. Families impacted by this change have been directly notified via phone. If you have any questions, please reply to this email or call Holy Cross. We will continue to update everyone as decisions and a new date are determined. We appreciate your understanding and patience at this time.

🍁 K-8th grade scholarships available for the 2021-2022 school year!
Children’s Scholarship Fund Philadelphia offers 4-year partial scholarships to K-8th grade students. Scholarships are now available for qualifying families for the 2021-2022 school year. If families meet our eligibility requirements, they can apply for scholarship support to be used at your school.
Here is the information for families. Our application is open through March 1, but families should apply by this Sunday, November 15 for their best chance at being selected in our random lottery. Apply Today

🍁 MAP Test: As you know we tested all students in both Math and Reading in the month of October using MAP testing. These benchmark tests measure student growth and are administered 3 times a year. Their test results and information regarding their progress are being mailed out at the end of the week. You should receive it by early next week. Please review the Map Family Report and as always let us know if you have any questions.

🍁 Educate Parent Portal: Last week you should have received an email from TADS Educate with a username and password. This login information will allow you to access your child’s current grades. Now you are able to view their grades at any time! The grades you can see are live grades and change when the teacher adds an assignment. If you did not receive an email or are having issues logging in, please reply to this email for assistance.
Since you can now track your child’s progress through this portal, teachers are going to send you Friday updates bi-weekly instead of weekly. This means you will receive an update from your child’s teacher every other Friday. If you have questions about your child’s progress please reach out to the teacher via email.

🍁 Holy Cross on Instagram: Holy Cross has an Instagram! We are able to share our students’ art here as well as news and events for school! The account is
@HolyCrossSchoolPhilly please follow us to see artwork and other awesome student creations!

🗓 Calendar Updates:
November 13th – No School/Teacher PD Day
November 25th – Half Day – Thanksgiving Break Starts
November 26th and 27th – Thanksgiving Break: No School 🦃

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please reach out by replying to this email or calling Holy Cross.

Have a great day!

Dr. Lemon-Tate

Holy Cross Family Update 11.4.2020
Hello Holy Cross Families,

What a historic time we are living through right now! This year has tested all of us here at Holy Cross both personally and professionally. And though 2020 has been full of obstacles and setbacks we have continued to unite as a staff and school community to overcome these challenges. As I say to the students, “Things don’t get easier, you just get stronger.” We really are Holy Cross Strong!
If you are anything like me, you might be trying your best to be patient as we wait for the results of Election Day. In times like these the waiting and not knowing can be the worst part. Though it is difficult I will remain hopeful. Here is a prayer I’ve been saying today.
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Please review the announcements below.

🍁 MAP Test: As you know we tested all students in both Math and Reading in the month of October using MAP testing. These benchmark tests measure student growth and are administered 3 times a year. Their test results and information regarding their progress are being mailed out at the end of the week. You should receive it by early next week. Please review the Map Family Report and as always let us know if you have any questions.

🍁 Educate Parent Portal: Last week you should have received an email from TADS Educate with a username and password. This login information will allow you to access your child’s current grades. Now you are able to view their grades at any time! The grades you can see are live grades and change when the teacher adds an assignment. If you did not receive an email or are having issues logging in, please reply to this email for assistance.
Since you can now track your child’s progress through this portal, teachers are going to send you Friday updates bi-weekly instead of weekly. This means you will receive an update from your child’s teacher every other Friday. If you have questions about your child’s progress please reach out to the teacher via email.

🍁 Holy Cross on Instagram: Holy Cross has an Instagram! We are able to share our students’ Art work here as well as news and events for school! The account is s @HolyCrossSchoolPhilly please follow us to see artwork and other awesome student creations!

🍁 Tips for Internet Safety: Students are spending a lot of time online both during and after school. Here are some ways you can ensure that your home internet capabilities are set up to ensure your child is protected.

🍁Shoutouts: We want to give a BIG shoutout to the 7th and 8th grade class at Holy Cross! Both the Problem Prosecutors (7th) and the Golden Achievers (8th) had a class average on their MAP reading test that is in the top 15 percent of ALL schools in the country! This means that they are collectively scoring at the very top when compared to other 7th and 8th grades throughout the nation! We are so proud of them and the Middle School Team for all of their hard work and dedication! Keep it up!

🗓 Calendar Updates:
November 13th – No School/Teacher PD Day

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please reply to this email.

Have a great day!

Dr. Lemon-Tate

Wed, Oct 28, 5:55 PM
Hello Holy Cross Families,

I write today sad and frustrated as our city responds to the killing of Walter Wallace, Jr. His life mattered. My heart goes out to his family who are no doubt suffering right now. They called for help, but instead, he was shot and killed in front of his mother who pleaded for his life. Philadelphia can and must do better. Walter Wallace’s death is a too-close-to-home reminder of the institutional anti-Black racism that plagues our city and our country.

Through these difficult times, I try to take a moment to stop and pray. This prayer was shared with me recently and has brought me some comfort and hope. I hope it might help others as well.

A Prayer from Apollo 8 for Universal Justice

Give us, O God, the vision which can see Your love in the world in spite of human failure.

Give us the faith to trust Your goodness in spite of our ignorance and weakness.
Give us the knowledge that we may continue to pray with understanding hearts.

And show us what each one of us can do to set forward the coming of the day of universal peace.
– Frank Borman

Please review the announcements below:

🍫 Today is National Chocolate Day! To celebrate today students learned a little about Hershey Pennsylvania, Milton Hershey, and the Hershey Chocolate Factory.

🍫 Educate Parent Portal: Last week you should have received an email from TADS Educate with a username and password. This login information will allow you to access your child’s current grades. Now you are able to view their grades at any time! The grades you can see are live grades and change when the teacher adds an assignment. If you did not receive an email or are having issues logging in, please reply to this email for assistance.
Since you can now track your child’s progress through this portal, teachers are going to send you Friday updates bi-weekly instead of weekly. This means you will receive an update from your child’s teacher every other Friday. If you have questions about your child’s progress please reach out to the teacher via email.

🍫 Holy Cross on Instagram: Holy Cross has an Instagram! We are able to share our students’ Art work here as well as news and events for school! The account is s @HolyCrossSchoolPhilly please follow us to see artwork and other awesome student creations!

🍫 Shoutouts: We want to give a BIG shoutout to the 7th and 8th grade class at Holy Cross! Both the Problem Prosecutors (7th) and the Golden Achievers (8th) had a class average on their MAP reading test that is in the top 15 percent of ALL schools in the country! This means that they are collectively scoring at the very top when compared to other 7th and 8th grades throughout the nation! We are so proud of them and the Middle School Team for all of their hard work and dedication! Keep it up!

🍫 Election Day: At Holy Cross we are committed to providing our students with the tools they need to become problem-solvers and civic-minded citizens! Though they are all too young to vote, they know that voting is an important part of being a good citizen and a right they all will have one day. Many classes have been learning about the election process in the United States. We at Holy Cross just wanted to take a moment to remind all eligible voters to exercise your right to vote this coming Tuesday, November 3rd! Make a plan to vote. Your vote matters! Here are some resources about how to vote and your options for voting in Pennsylvania.
– Helpful Resources
– Find your polling location

🗓 Calendar Updates:
November 13th – No School/Teacher PD Day

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please reply to this email.

Have a great day!

Hello Holy Cross Families,

I hope you and your family are well! Over the past two weeks each grade at Holy Cross created a team name for their grade. We wanted to share them with you below. They are very original and unique! If you have a moment ask your scholar why their class chose this name and what it means to them.

K – Determined Dolphins

1 – Bee Curious Ones

2 – Superheros

3 – Superstars

4 – Proud Panthers

5 – Smarty Sharks

6 – Gritty Sloths

7 – Problem Prosecutors

8 – Golden Achievers

A Prayer for Peace & Calm
May today there be peace within.

May you trust your highest power that you are exactly where you are meant to be.

May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith.

May you use those gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you.

May you be content knowing you are a child of God.

Let this presence settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance.

It is there for each and every one of you.

Amen.

Please review the announcements below.

🍂 Holy Cross Reopening Update: First, I want to thank all families for letting us know your election for school reopening and communicating that with us through the survey and our phone calls. We have found that nearly 55 percent of our families have opted to remain virtual and about 45 percent have opted to, when the time comes, send their child for in-person instruction. In order to best serve all of our families we have decided the best next step is to reopen in a phased manner. This means that students in K, 1 and 2, who have opted for in-person instruction, will report to school November 16th. The students in grades K, 1, 2, who have chosen to remain virtual, and students in grades 3-8 will continue to learn from home virtually. The rest of the grades (3-8), who have elected for in-person instruction, will be phased in, as long as it is possible and safe, starting in the month of January. If you are a parent/guardian of a student in K, 1, or 2 and elected for the full in-person instruction option, you will be receiving a separate email with important directions, safety requirements, and next steps by the end of this week.

What is the difference between Full Virtual & In-Person Learning?

Full Virtual

Students learn from home

5 days each week

In-Person

Students go to school 4 days each week and

learn from home 1 day each week

4 days each week, students will join their classmates on the computer via Zoom. They will sign into Zoom as they currently do and watch their teacher, who will be teaching to the students in the classroom and at home at the same time. Students will also have some independent assignments to complete throughout the day, as they would in the “normal” classroom setting. It is important to note that instruction will be similar but will have some changes and adjustments given there will be students in the classroom and at home. The teacher will direct their attention to both the students at home and the students physically present in class. In addition, there will be regularly scheduled check-in opportunities for the students at home to ask questions and engage in discussions.

1 day each week (Friday), all students will be learning from home together as they do currently.

4 days each week (Monday through Thursday), students will go to school and learn in the classroom with their teacher and classmates both at home and at school.

1 day each week (Friday), all students will be learning from as they do currently


🍂 Map Testing: Thank you to all families for your help in this endeavor! We are almost completed with testing our students for this testing window. We will be sharing your scholars results with you. As we wrap up testing, there is just one final reminder for families. Please remember that these tests are meant to gauge your child’s learning. This means the need to complete the test without any help. Even if they are struggling with a word or a word meaning you cannot help them because it will alter their results. The test is designed to find your child’s level in a variety of skills. As students progress through the test the questions adapt by getting more or less challenging depending on their answers. How your child scores is so important to us because we use their results to taper our instruction to their learning. It is important that these results are as accurate as possible.

🍂 Vaccine Clinic: Our school nurse shared with us that there is a vaccine clinic available at various dates and locations throughout the city. Please see the attached flyer if your child is still in need of the required immunizations.

🍂 Information from Tuition and Enrollment:
Children Scholarship Fund is accepting new applications. The deadline is March 1st.
It’s that time of year again! The Children Scholarship Student Verification Report (SVR) is due by 11/6/2020. The first scholarship payment for the 20-21 school year cannot be made until all requirements are met. An email was sent to the families to complete the SVR.
Children Scholarship Parent Ambassador (CSPA) – Each school was assigned a CSPA. The Parent Ambassador sent an email to you a week ago.

Please review the important announcements below:

🍂 School Reopening Family Election Choice: Holy Cross is in the process of planning the re-opening of our school building. This process requires the input from each and every caregiver for each child at Holy Cross. According to the most recent survey data, many of you are choosing to keep your child virtual. Some of you had shared that you would be comfortable with beginning to send your child 4 days. We are planning and working to be able to support these elections but we need to know each family and their choice for planning purposes. If you have not already, please read the attached letter and complete the survey within the letter. Please let me know if you have any questions or issues completing the survey. The survey can be found here. If you do not complete the survey your child will be scheduled to remain virtual in order to plan and accommodate for reopening. No matter what your election may be, we want you to know that we are 100 percent committed to continuing to offer the fully virtual option to ALL students, even when we partially reopen, if you do not feel safe sending your child back for in-person instruction.

🍂 8th Grade High School Information and Reminders
As you know, we have a goal at HC that 100 percent of our 8th grade students will get into their first or second choice school!
– Virtual Visits and Webinars: Every year we allow high schools to visit in order to share information with students and families. This year admissions teams are opting for virtual webinars. We are in the process of scheduling these webinars and visits, ideally in the evening hours so both parents and students can attend. You will recieve an email with invites and links as these meetings and webinars are scheduled for you to choose to attend.
– Transcripts and Document Requests: As your scholar is applying to school they will be asked to have their academic records sent. To request records please email holycrossoffice@holycrossphila.org . Please be sure to tell us the following: student name, documents required, and school you would like this sent to.
– Recommendation Letters: Many schools will require letters of recommendation. Please be sure to remind your scholar to give his/her teachers at least 2 weeks notice if they would like to request a letter. Thanks so much!

🍂 Map Testing: Each year at Holy Cross students complete Map testing. This is done 3 times a year (fall, winter, and spring) to chart their growth. Please review the attached family letter regarding Map testing. We began testing this week and so far the students are doing a great job virtually! Your scholars results will be shared with you when the testing is complete.

🍂Free Lunch/Breakfast: NDS is providing free lunch and breakfasts for all students. If you are interested you can come to Holy Cross on Thursdays between 12pm and 5:30pm to pick up your child’s weekly meals.

🍂 Educate: Starting in the next 2 weeks families will be able to log into Educate TADS and view their scholar’s progress, grades, and other information. You should receive an email from TADS Educate with login information within the next two weeks.

🗓Important Upcoming Dates & Events
11/13 – No School for Students/Teacher PD Day

As always, if you have any questions please reply to this email.

Have a great week!

Dr. Lemon-Tate

9.23.2020

Hello Holy Cross Families,

I hope you are all having a great week! It is officially Fall! Below is a prayer for the Autumn months. I hope you all have some fun and safe family activities planned for the season!

Autumn Months
O God of Creation, you have blessed us with the changing of the seasons. remind us to take time to rest. remind us of the wonder of your creation. remind us that it is you who give us the breath of life.

🍂 Holy Cross Digital Learning Family Survey: Please take a moment to complete the survey for Holy Cross families. As you know we at Holy Cross are always learning. One way to get better each day is to find out what we are doing well and what areas we need to grow in. In order to help us better serve you and your scholar, please complete the survey found here. Your opinions and ideas matter to us so very much and are important in the planning process.

🍂 Catapult Services: As you know Holy Cross has a partnership with Catapult which allows us to provide our students with services such as counseling and social and emotional learning opportunities. Catapult is also going to start supporting the recess that your child has currently been attending. If you are not interested in this service or do not want your child to be a part of the recess we are offering please review the attached letter to opt-out. If you have any questions please reply to this email.

🍂 Bookmark Pages: One way to assist at home in digital learning is to ‘bookmark’ or ‘pin’ important websites for your child. Students should have the following things bookmarked:
1. Clever (with their info login saved)
2. Google Classroom (grades 3-8)
3. Gmail (with their Google account logged in)

🍂 Free Lunch/Breakfast: NDS is providing free lunch and breakfasts for all students. If you are interested you can come to Holy Cross on Thursdays between 12pm and 5:30pm to pick up your child’s weekly meals.

🍂 Tech Issues?
Throughout the school day you may experience internet or tech issues. If you would like to alert Holy Cross of this just simply email your child’s teacher to let them know. However, just be aware that oftentimes, you will not get an immediate response as the teacher is teaching. Also, you may notice that sometimes students are in breakout rooms alone or in small groups. This is something we are doing to allow students a small group learning opportunity or independent work time. If your child is in k-2 please be sure to read the email sent earlier this week from me regarding scheduling adjustments in grades k-2.

IMS has also compiled a list of resources to support online learning that can be found here: IMS Parent-Caregiver Portal . This has links, tutorials, videos, and more to assist parents and caregivers in the best ways to support their child’s online learning experience. If you are having issues with Clever, Gmail, or other resources, please go to this portal for help.

🗓 Important Upcoming Dates & Events
October 2nd – No School/Staff PD

As always, if you have any questions please reply to this email.

Holy Cross Family Update 9.16.20

Hello Holy Cross Families,

I hope you all are doing well and enjoying the fall weather! As we reach the mid-point of week 2 in our virtual learning adventure I want to say that I am so proud of our scholars, families, and teachers! Our attendance has been 96% or higher each day since last Wednesday! Thank you for helping Holy Cross reach our yearly attendance goals!

Prayer for Students
Lord our God, in your wisdom and love you surround us with the mysteries of the universe. Send your Spirit upon these students and fill them with your wisdom and blessings. Grant that they may devote themselves to their studies and draw ever closer to you, the source of all knowledge. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

📕 Book Pick-up: Math books for all grades k-5 have arrived. Please come to the school anytime Monday-Friday 8:30am-3:30pm to retrieve the math books for your child. If you have not paid your $20 book fee yet (students in grades 2-8) you can also bring it when you pick up the math books.

📕 Tech Support: Throughout the school day you may experience internet or tech issues. If you would like to alert Holy Cross of this just simply email your child’s teacher to let them know. However, just be aware that oftentimes, you will not get an immediate response as the teacher is teaching. Also, you may notice that sometimes students are in breakout rooms alone or in small groups. This is something we are doing to allow students a small group learning opportunity or independent work time. If your child is in k-2 please be sure to read the email sent earlier this week from me regarding scheduling adjustments in grades k-2.

IMS has also compiled a list of resources to support online learning that can be found here: IMS Parent-Caregiver Portal . This has links, tutorials, videos, and more to assist parents and caregivers in the best ways to support their child’s online learning experience. If you are having issues with Clever, Gmail, or other resources, please go to this portal for help.

Zoom Guidelines and Expectations: As we navigate this virtual learning together we wanted to share with you again our Zoom guidelines for students and parents. Please see the attached document that outlines the guidelines for Zoom lessons at Holy Cross.

📕 Catapult and Elwyn Services: As you may know we are able to provide reading support, speech, social-emotional learning experiences for the whole class and small group, and counseling services at Holy Cross through our partnerships with Catapult and Elwyn (see letter below for more detailed service information). Students are all able to take advantage of all of these services based on their needs. Services start the week of 9/28. If your child is eligible for Catapult services you will be notified. For Elwyn, all students are eligible for services but parents can opt-out. If you would like to opt-out of services please reply to this email and I will send you an opt-out form.

📕 Bookmark Pages: One way to assist at home in digital learning is to ‘bookmark’ or ‘pin’ important websites for your child. Students should have the following things bookmarked:
1. Clever (with their info login saved)
2. Google Classroom (grades 3-8)
3. Gmail (with their Google account logged in)

📕Free Lunch/Breakfast: NDS is providing free lunch and breakfasts for all students. If you are interested you can come to Holy Cross on Thursdays between 12pm and 5:30pm to pick up your child’s weekly meals.

🗓 Important Upcoming Dates & Events
October 2nd – No School/Staff PD

As always if you have any questions please don’t hesitate. You can reply to this email.

Have a great night,

Dr. Lemon-Tate

Hello Holy Cross Families,

What a week it has been thus far! We have had a few tech issues here and there but overall we are rocking and rolling with digital learning. We appreciate your patience as we navigate this new learning model together. Holy Cross prides itself on being a learning institution where we all learn each and every day. Please review the updates and reminders below.

The Holy Cross Prayer
Lord Almighty, into Your hands I give my soul and my body. Oh Lord Jesus! grant me strength to bear the cross as Yourself. Teach me to bear it with great humility that the Blessed Virgin may fill me with the Holy Spirit.

🙏 Exaltation of the Holy Cross: This Monday is the Exaltation of the Holy Cross!

📕 Family Zoom Etiquette: As we end our second day of digital learning at Holy Cross we just want to share some reminders to ensure that the zoom lessons go smoothly.
Please ensure that your scholar is set-up at home in a space that allows them to quickly access all the learning materials they need. This includes books, water bottles, pencils, crayons, and reliable wi-fi. Students should not be laying in beds or covered in a blanket.
Uniforms are not required but students are more than welcome to wear them or they can dress in clothing that would be appropriate for a school dress down day. Clothings such as pajamas or shirts with offensive logos though are never acceptable.
At no time during a lesson should a family member interrupt the teacher and the lesson. If there is something that you would like to ask the teacher or share please email them to set up a time to chat. We are happy to talk anything over with you but please understand that teachers are working very hard to engage all the students, teach content, and work all the technical aspects of zoom. Remember we are trying to create, as best as we can, the same environment that we have in school.

📕 2020-2021 School Calendar: Please see the attached school calendar with important dates. Please let us know if you have any questions.

📕 Zoom Meetings: This first week has had a few hiccups with technology but overall we have done a great job of getting students logged in. One area that is difficult for some students continues to be joining class Zooms. Below are easy directions to support your child in joining Zoom meetings.

1. Go to https://zoom.us or the Zoom app or click the link provided by your child’s teacher
1a. You can also click ‘join meeting’
2. Zoom should automatically open, but if it does not, please click the ‘join from browser’ button on the screen.
3. If you need the zoom link or passcode please contact your child’s teacher directly or search your email as they have been emailed to parents and guardians with all the login info.

📕 Clever: It is really important that all children are connected to Clever. Please follow the steps below for your child if they have not connected yet. Clever is important because it allows students to easily access all the apps and learning resources that the teacher is using.

1. Be sure that you are signed into Google with your child’s school email address
2. Go to clever.com
3. Click login with Google
4. It should immediately log you into Clever. You will see your child’s class/es as well as apps that they are already signed up for.

📕 Bookmark Pages: One way to assist at home in digital learning is to ‘bookmark’ or ‘pin’ important websites for your child. Students should have the following things bookmarked:
1. Clever (with their info login saved)
2. Google Classroom (grades 3-8)
3. Gmail (with their Google account logged in)

📕Free Lunch/Breakfast: NDS is providing free lunch and breakfasts for all students. If you are interested you can come to Holy Cross on Thursdays between 12pm and 5:30pm to pick up your child’s weekly meals.

📕 Tech Issues?
If you are experiencing tech issues we are asking that if you have a question you submit a Tech Ticket here. This will allow us to support each family as quickly and efficiently as possible.

📕 8th Grade High School Updates: Attached is a flyer from Merion Mercy Academy with news about their admissions process this year and open house.
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🗓 Important Upcoming Dates & Events
October 2nd – No School/Staff PD
As always, if you have any questions please email.
Have a great week!
Dr. Lemon-Tate
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Parent Update 9.4.2020

Hello Holy Cross Families,

I hope you are all well and you are enjoying the last week of summer break! We are so excited to welcome your child back to Holy Cross for the 20/21 school year! Never before did the start of school look like this but we are so grateful for your patience and faith in the wonderful staff at Holy Cross. We have been working really hard and are ready to kick off the school year and show you all the great things we have learned this summer.

Prayer for a New Kind of School Year
God, grant wisdom and understanding to the public officials, school boards, superintendents, administrators, teachers and more who are juggling so many concerns and challenges for this coming school year. Shower them with creativity and clarity in all of the work they must do.

Lord, please have mercy on the parents and other caregivers of students who face perplexing situations and schedules. Help those who must juggle the task of providing for their families and their children’s need for education. Bring order out of confusion and hope from despair.

Heavenly Father, help students of all ages in the coming days, weeks and months. Encourage those who suffer from a lack of social interaction. Empower those who need help with online learning. Encourage those with special needs. And please keep them all safe and healthy while they learn.

Lord, you know the situations faced by teachers and tutors at this time, some of whom must enter the front lines, others who must learn new ways of teaching, and still others who must cope with idleness and uncertainty. Please come to them and strengthen them, granting fresh ideas and miraculous effectiveness in their workplaces and work challenges.

God, hear our prayers for school system personnel facing even more challenges than usual in their lives and livelihoods: custodial staff, cafeteria staff, bus drivers, and others. Provide for the unemployed and under-employed. Help those who are struggling. Grant relief to those who are overworked and encouragement to those who are overwhelmed.

For all of the above, Lord, please protect and preserve them physically, emotionally and mentally. Keep them safe and healthy; increase their strength and stamina now and in the future, in Jesus’ name, Amen.

First and foremost, many families have been asking a lot of questions about links, passwords, and codes. We are so happy to have such active and engaged families! In order to streamline logging in and learning we are only asking two things for families to do to prepare for the first day of school:

1. Please have your child ready to learn and logged into their zoom lesson (see chart below) by 7:55am on Tuesday September 8th. These links will never change and you will always be able to access the Zoom classroom through them so we suggest saving the links in a place that is easily accessible for your scholar. After that we will take it from there! Just like the first day of school 😀.

2. The second thing we are asking of parents is to ensure your child’s Holy Cross email is set up. You have already received or will receive tonight a letter from Ms. Kimiyo Cain that contains your child’s email address, password, and directions to set-up their email and lastly log into Clever. For Holy Cross students who already have a school email, you will just need to log in with the password provided, as they have been reset. Each letter has been customized for your child and has very clear instructions. Just please note that Clever is still being updated with classrooms and learning apps and so you may not see all of the things that will be added over time. Lastly, whenever possible, please always choose the “sign-in/log-in with Google” option for anything your child does. This ensures their passwords are saved and they are always logged in.

Lastly, we know that there will be a lot of tech questions and so we are asking that if you have a question you submit a Tech Ticket here. This will allow us to support each family as quickly and efficiently as possible.

📕 Family Orientation: Thank you to all the families who were able to attend the webinar last Monday! If you were not able to attend I have attached the PPT slides from the presentation to answer any questions you may have.

📕 Free Lunch/Breakfast: NDS is providing free lunch and breakfasts for all students. If you are interested you can come to Holy Cross on Thursday between 12pm and 4pm to pick up your child’s weekly meals.

📕 Box Tops for Education: Holy Cross participates in the Box Top for Education program. It is an easy and free way to have money donated to Holy Cross! Please participate if you can. A flyer with directions is attached. Every little bit helps!

📕 Student Materials: Thank you so much to families who have come to pick-up supplies for your child! We still have some supplies that have not yet been picked up. We will be in school next week Tuesday – Friday from 8:30am-3:30pm for student materials pick-up. Also, if you have already picked up supplies you may have noticed that the Math books for Eureka were not included. Unfortunately, the publishing company is experiencing delays and they have not arrived yet. We are able to start the school year teaching math without them but as soon as they arrive we will let you know so that you can come pick those up as well. We appreciate your patience.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns please reply to this email.

Have a great weekend,

Hello Holy Cross Families,

I hope you and your loved ones have been having a safe, relaxing, and enjoyable summer. Teachers at Holy Cross started back last Monday and we have been working hard to prepare for the upcoming school year. We are eager to welcome our students back! We also recognize that starting virtually is very different from a typical school year and we want to make sure that you and your child have all your questions answered and are prepared to kick off a great year! Below are some announcements and some very important information regarding learning material pick-up, free breakfast and lunch options, and details for our Holy Cross Family Town Hall that will be hosted on 8/31 (details below). Please review the information below and as always reach out with any questions!

Below is a prayer that you can share with your scholar for the start of the new school year.

Lord Jesus, I ask for Your help as I begin this new school year.
Allow me to experience Your presence in the many blessings You put before me.
Open my eyes to the new challenges and exciting opportunities that this new school year brings.
Open my heart and mind to new friends and new teachers.
Give me a generous spirit to be enthusiastic with my studies and courage to accept new opportunities.
Help me to be attentive to my teachers and let me experience Your presence in my new friends.
Jesus, inspire me to do my best this year! Amen

📕 Holy Cross Family Orientation and Town Hall
We are so excited to welcome our students and families back! We want to offer you a chance to hear more about our virtual learning plan, student schedules, expectations, and learning materials pick-up. We also want to be able to answer any and all questions that you may have. To streamline this process we are asking that if you have specific questions you would like to be answered please email them in advance of the meeting so that we can be sure to provide you with all the answers and information you need. You can submit a question by replying to this email directly. The HC Orientation and Town Hall will be held on August 31st. There will be 3 sessions to allow for smaller groups and offer the most accurate information based on the specifics of your child’s grade.

All sessions will take place on 8/31/2020
Session 1: Families of Students in Grades K-2 5:00-5:45pm*
Session 2: Families of Students in Grades 3-5 6:00-6:45pm*
Session 3: Families of Students in Grades 6-8 7:00-7:45pm*
* Zoom links will be sent out Friday and the day of the meeting.

📕 Materials Pickup
Student materials for the start of the school year will be available for pickup starting Wednesday September 2nd through Friday September 4th from 8:30am – 3pm each day. Families can come at whatever day and time most convenient for you. Chromebooks for approved families will also begin to be distributed that week as well and you will be notified individually when your child’s Chromebook is ready for pickup. Please remember that this year students in grades 2-8 will be able to keep their ELA novels so that they can make notes and annotate in their novels. Being able to write in the novels has been shown to increase student engagement and their comprehension. In order to provide this to all students in grades 2-8 we are asking that families with children in grades 2-8 bring $20 (cash/money order/check) to help cover the cost of the novels. Please be sure to wear a mask to retrieve your child’s learning materials.

📕 Chromebooks
If your child is in need of a Chromebook or internet access it is important that you let Holy Cross know. You can let us know that you want to request a Chromebook by completing this Google Form. We are working to secure Chromebooks for all students in need. If you still have a Chromebook from the previous school year, and are returning, please continue to use the Chromebook but let us know if you are having any technical issues.

📕 Free Breakfast and Lunch
NDS, our student free lunch and breakfast program provider, is committed to offering students free breakfast and lunch throughout the time we are virtual. Each Thursday from 12pm-4pm starting 9/3/20 families will be able to pick up 5 lunches and 5 breakfasts for the upcoming school week. The pickup will take place in front of the school lobby. Please be sure to wear a mask to retrieve your child’s food.

📕 School Bus Opt-out Stipend: The District is launching a pilot program where families receive a $150 monthly stipend in lieu of taking the bus/receiving transportation services. Applications are due on Friday, August 28th and can be found here. If you choose to opt in this means you will not be provided the option for your child to take the school bus and you would have to find alternative ways to get your child to school. If you are interested in this please apply by this Friday.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns please reach out via email. We are so grateful that you allow us the opportunity to serve your child.

Have a great day!

Dr. Lemon-Tate


Dr. Courtney Lemon-Tate
Principal
Holy Cross Independence Mission School
144 East Mt. Airy Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19119

Hello Holy Cross Families,

I hope this email finds you well. I want to thank all of you for your patience during this difficult time as well as your commitment to Holy Cross. A final decision for the start of the school year has been made. Below is a letter from Bruce Robinson, the CEO of the IMS network on their decision to start the 20-21 school year fully virtual.

I know that after reading the information you will most likely have some questions. In order to answer all questions and address all concerns I am asking that you email me directly. I will be sure to work with the Holy Cross Team to get answers and solutions. I will then take all of the questions, answers, and information and put them in a separate email that I will send out next week to all of you.

In addition to this, I have created a survey for parents to see if there is any interest in an after school virtual CAREs. This would include an after school virtual option for students and offer homework help, virtual field trips, games, and crafts in a structured environment with our CAREs staff. If you are interested in virtual services after school hours this Fall please complete the Google Form found here so that I can gather the necessary information to provide this service.

Sincerely,
Dr. Lemon-Tate

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Dear Families,

Thank you for your patience and mercy as we’ve worked our way through uncharted waters, looking ahead to the start of a new school year. Thank you, also, for your recent participation in the Family Feedback Survey. The number of families who participated was unprecedented, but of no surprise because there are no greater advocates for your children than you (our teachers might come a close second!).

This message comes to you with a new update on the start of the 2020-21 school year from our President, Bruce Robinson. Please see the attached letter with updates on our school’s reopening, a change to the first day of school and an upcoming virtual town hall meeting. This letter will also be posted in various languages over the next few days on our network Back-to-School webpage.

Thank you again for your patience as we move toward the new year together. We look forward to seeing your children’s smiling faces again soon!

August 6, 2020
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Nearly two weeks ago, I wrote to provide you with information on our plans for the 2020-2021
academic year. Since the public health news and guidance around COVID-19 has been changing
regularly, we re-surveyed you and our staff to understand our community’s preferences
regarding our reopening plans. The feedback we got from you and our staff have been essential
in helping us balance health and safety concerns and our broader mission to educate our students.
We also reviewed the public-health data and statements by officials to inform our planning. We
are keeping a close eye on the neighborhoods where our schools are located.

Regarding school reopening in any county, the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia recommends the following guidelines:
 More than 9% COVID-19 positive cases: Consider only a virtual school model
 Between 5-9% positive cases: Evaluate the data and consider recommendations from
local health experts
 Fewer than 5% positive cases and sustained evidence of declining case counts: Schools
may consider reopening for in-person instruction.
At this time and based on the current data, we have been advised by medical and public health
experts that schools consider reopening under a fully virtual model for the time being.
Experts also recommend we continue to monitor public health data, in order to consider returning to in-person instruction under conditions that present lower risk for transmission.

To this end, we have made two important decisions for the start of the 2020-2021 academic year:
 We will open our schools in a fully-virtual model through September
 Instruction will begin for students on Tuesday, September 8, 2020
We know that a high-quality education for your child is your top priority. We are committed to
providing a rigorous virtual instruction model and we will concentrate on meaningful teacher
interaction and greater daily consistency than what was experienced in the spring.
Our virtual program this fall will be modeled on a regular school day. See below for more information.

Returning to In-Person Instruction
We will closely monitor local health trends, continue to consult with local health officials, and
evaluate the effectiveness of school re-openings throughout the region and country. When the
data clearly tell us that schools can be opened safely, we will consider transitioning to a hybrid
model – a mixture of virtual and in-person instruction – but only after September. A fully virtual
model will continue to be an option for our students when we return to a hybrid model of
schooling. Please keep in mind how often the situation is changing, and that we have to continue
to adjust to it. We are committed to communicating any changes in our model at least two weeks before transitioning to a hybrid model with any kind of in-person instruction.

Financial Concerns
Given the economic impact of the pandemic, we understand that your 2019 tax return might not reflect your ability to pay your portion of tuition today. If you believe this is the case, please reach out to your school’s Enrollment and Tuition Manager. Our team is committed to working with you to make sure that you are not asked to pay more than you can afford.
In addition, for those who need it, we have extended the deadline for the first tuition payment to August 28, 2020; late fees to this date will not be charged. We also have many families who have not completed their financial aid forms. If we do not yet have the information we need from you, we cannot calculate the appropriate amount to charge. If you need any help with returning this paperwork, please contact your school’s Enrollment and Tuition Manager.

Next Steps
In the coming days, we will share more details about key aspects of our planning, including detailed guidance on our instructional model, as well as information on Chromebook distribution and technology supports (see below), meal distribution for students, and facilities improvements. Additionally, a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section will be added to our Back-to-School website, which will be updated often.
On Tuesday, August 18th from 6:30-8:00PM, I will convene a Town Hall on Zoom, in partnership with our Executive Team. You may ask questions by using the chat box, and a moderator will share these with panel members for their responses. If there is not sufficient time to answer everyone’s questions, we will add responses to the most-common questions on our FAQ page. Instructions for joining the virtual meeting will be emailed on Monday, August 17th.
Thank you for your continued partnership as we advance a reopening plan that maximizes learning for our students, protects the health and well-being of our staff and students, and ensures everyone’s safety.
Sincerely,
Bruce Robinson
President & CEO
Independence Mission School

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Correction to Parent Update 7.17.2020

Hello Holy Cross Families,

The update that was just sent included the important dates for next school year in the attachment. I forgot to mention it was included and that all of these dates are tentative depending on the reopening plan as well as school bus approval. However, I wanted to share it with you so that you can start to plan accordingly and have a general idea regarding holidays, early dismissals, and other events. Please let me know if you have any questions. As soon as a plan is finalized and if there are any changes I will be sure to let you know and resend the calendar.

Have a great week,

Dr. Lemon-Tate
Parent Update 7.17.2020

Hello Holy Cross Families,

I hope this email finds you and your families well and you have been enjoying the summer safely. Here at Holy Cross, we cannot wait to have the students back at school! Now that the School District of Philadelphia has shared their plan for reopening, the IMS team, school leaders, teachers, and families are collaborating to put together a plan for our schools. It will be shared with you as soon as possible. In the meantime, please review the information below.

A Prayer for Children
Heavenly Father, I thank you that all good gifts come from you. I thank you that I can trust you for the future of my family. Please guide my child in every step they take. I pray they would know your provision and protection. Make steady their steps I pray. Amen

🌞 Distance Learning Survey: IMS has created a survey for parents to weigh in on their experience and opinions about the Distance Learning that took place in the Spring. They want to learn about what worked and what did not. It is important that Holy Cross contribute to this survey so that we are represented in the data and the results are not skewed by other schools. Please take a moment to complete the survey https://tinyurl.com/IMSDisLearnSurvey .

🌞Supply List & Summer Work: Some parents had questions about school supplies and summer work. If you are unsure what is needed for your child please respond to this email and I will connect you with your child’s teacher.

🌞 Textbooks: We have a lot of textbooks that have not yet been returned. We are asking if you have textbooks at home to please return them to the school. As you know they are very expensive and we really need to collect all textbooks to ensure we have enough for all studentsnext year. So please, please, please just take a minute to check at home if you have any. You can return them Monday – Friday from 9am-1:30pm. Thank you SO very much!! It is so important that we get our textbooks back to keep our costs low. If you do not return the textbooks the cost will be added to your child’s tuition.

🌞 Student Belongings: We still have a lot of student belongings at school. They have all been put in bags and labeled and you are free to pick them up Monday – Friday from 9am-1:30pm. We will hold on to all belongings until July 24th at which point we will recycle and donate the notebooks, folders, and other supplies that have not been picked up.

🌞 Book Fee: Research shows that students who are able to write, make notes, and mark-up text while reading enhance comprehension and allow students to better understand complex material. Typically, schools do not want students to write in books because they want to reuse them; however this year at Holy Cross we are trying something different.
At the start of the school year students in grades 2-8 will be asked to pay a small book fee of $20 for the 2020-2021 school year to Holy Cross. This fee covers the partial cost of the books your child will receive. Each student will get at least 4 novels for the school year! We have worked with donors to cover the remaining portion of the book cost. This way, your child will have their own personal copy of novels and books that they are going to be reading throughout the school year. They will get to keep these novels, write in them, and annotate. With our new reading curriculum, Expeditionary Learning, students will be reading amazing books that are diverse, engaging, and meant to instill in them a love for reading. The curriculum also focuses on social justice topics. Some of the titles include:
Grade 3 – Rain School
Grade 5 – Promises to Keep: How Jackie Robinson Changed America
Grade 6 – Hidden Figures
Grade 8 – Farewell to Manzanar

🌞 Electives: Next year we are looking to add an elective for our middle school students. We have a very talented staff at Holy Cross and we really want to give our students opportunities to learn about and explore different subjects and interests. We polled some of our students during the school year and their top choices included: Foreign Language, African American History, and Advanced Art/Music. We wanted to share with you that we are looking into how we can make at least one of these a possibility at Holy Cross next year. We also value your input and feedback regarding elective choices. If you have ideas or suggestions please let us know!

🌞 Job Openings: IMS is currently hiring for the 2020-2021 school year and here at Holy Cross we have a few positions open. We are looking for dedicated and talented individuals to join our team and if you happen to know someone who may be a good fit, please share the link below with them and invite them to apply! The link contains jobs for ALL IMS schools. At Holy Cross we are looking for the following:
– Lunch Aide (Part-time)
– Nutritional Development Services Worker (Part-time)
– After School CARES (Part-time)
– Specials Teacher (Part-time) 3 days/week (Physical Education, Art, Music)
*Has potential to be full-time

– All other IMS postings can be found here.

As always if you have any questions please email.

Have a great weekend!

Dr. Lemon-Tate

Parent Update 7.10.2020

Hello Holy Cross Families,

I hope this email finds you well and you are enjoying your summer! Below is a prayer about summertime that reminds us to take a moment to enjoy the wonderful months of summer!

Take time to have hope, you are a child of God. Lord, we put ourselves into Your hands and pray that God will bless us and our families during the wonderful months of summer. May we all help make our home a place of relaxation, joy, love, peace, and safety. Amen.

Please take a moment to read the important announcements below.

Electives: Next year we are looking to add an elective for our middle school students. We have a very talented staff at Holy Cross and we really want to give our students opportunities to learn about and explore different subjects and interests. We polled some of our students during the school year and their top choices included: Foreign Language, African American History, and Advanced Art/Music. We wanted to share with you that we are looking into how we can make at least one of these a possibility at Holy Cross next year. We also value your input and feedback regarding elective choices. If you have ideas or suggestions please let us know!

Job Openings: IMS is currently hiring for the 2020-2021 school year and here at Holy Cross we have a few positions open. We are looking for dedicated and talented individuals to join our team and if you happen to know someone who may be a good fit, please share the link below with them and invite them to apply! The link contains jobs for ALL IMS schools. At Holy Cross we are looking for the following:
– Lunch Aide (Part-time)
– Nutritional Development Services Worker (Part-time)
– After School CARES (Part-time)
– Specials Teacher (Part-time) 3 days/week (Physical Education, Art, Music)

– All other IMS postings can be found here.

Please share with anyone you think might be a good fit!

– Re-Opening Task Force: Currently IMS is working to come up with solutions to ensure your child’s safety when school opens this upcoming school year. First, we want to share with you where we are in this process. Please see the letter attached to this email for the most up-to-date information.
Secondly, as you know, parents and families were surveyed in June about plans for reopening in the Fall. The Central Office is working on the reopening plan, in accordance with recommendations from experts in the field and also taking into account the feedback that parents and families provided to the survey in early June. In addition, the Central Office is interested in members for a Reopening Advisory Group in order to gain feedback on materials once the plan is prepared. The time commitment could likely be three, two-hour meetings. I know this is a busy time but if you would like to volunteer to be a part of this committee please reach out to Dr. Lemon-Tate.

Textbooks: We have a lot of textbooks that have not yet been returned. We are asking if you have textbooks at home to please return them to the school. As you know they are very expensive and we really need to collect all textbooks to ensure we have enough for all students next year. So please, please, please just take a minute to check at home if you have any. You can return them Monday – Friday from 9 am-1:30pm. We will be on vacation the week of June 29th though, so please plan to come this week or the week of July 6th. Thank you SO very much!! It is so important that we get our textbooks back to keep our costs low. If you do not return the textbooks the cost will be added to your child’s tuition.

Student Belongings: We still have a lot of student belongings at school. They have all been put in bags and labeled and you are free to pick them up Monday – Friday from 9am-1:30pm. We will be on vacation the week of June 29th though, so please plan to come this week or the week of July 6th. We will hold on to all belongings until July 17th at which point we will recycle and donate the notebooks, folders, and other supplies that have not been picked up.

Book Fee: Research shows that students who are able to write, make notes, and mark-up text while reading enhance comprehension and allow students to better understand complex material (Probst, 1988; also see the summary of research attached). Typically, schools do not want students to write in books because they want to reuse them; however this year at Holy Cross we are trying something different.
At the start of the school year students in grades, 2-8 will be asked to pay a small book fee of $20 for the 2020-2021 school year to Holy Cross. This fee covers the partial cost of the books your child will receive. Each student will get at least 4 novels for the school year! We have worked with donors to cover the remaining portion of the book cost. This way, your child will have their own personal copy of novels and books that they are going to be reading throughout the school year. They will get to keep these novels, write in them, and annotate. With our new reading curriculum, Expeditionary Learning, students will be reading amazing books that are diverse, engaging, and meant to instill in them a love for reading. The curriculum also focuses on social justice topics. Some of the titles include:
Grade 3 – Rain School
Grade 5 – Promises to Keep: How Jackie Robinson Changed America
Grade 6 – Hidden Figures
Grade 8 – Farewell to Manzanar

As always, please reach out via email if you have any questions or concerns.

Have a great weekend,
Dr. Lemon-Tate

Thu, Jun 25, 8:32 AM
Hello Holy Cross Families,

I hope you all are enjoying the first official days of summer! We have been busy at Holy Cross installing new floors in the several classrooms, putting together new desks and furniture, and painting. The school is looking more and more beautiful each day (pic below)!

Please review the announcements below.

🌞 Textbooks: We have a lot of textbooks that have not yet been returned. We are asking if you have textbooks at home to please return them to the school. As you know they are very expensive and we really need to collect all textbooks to ensure we have enough for all students next year. So please, please, please just take a minute to check at home if you have any. You can return them Monday – Friday from 9am-1:30pm. We will be on vacation the week of June 29th though, so please plan to come this week or the week of July 6th. Thank you SO very much!! It is so important that we get our textbooks back to keep our costs low. If you do not return the textbooks the cost will be added to your child’s tuition.

🌞 Student Belongings: We still have a lot of student belongings at school. They have all been put in bags and labeled and you are free to pick them up Monday – Friday from 9am-1:30pm. We will be on vacation the week of June 29th though, so please plan to come this week or the week of July 6th. We will hold on to all belongings until July 17th at which point we will recycle and donate the notebooks, folders, and other supplies that have not been picked up.

Have a great week,
Dr. Lemon-Tate

Parent Update 6.17.2020

Hello Holy Cross Families,

Happy Summer! This year was a challenging one for sure but it was also filled with so much learning, growing, and happiness. I was so proud last week watching our 8th graders receive their diplomas. They are brilliant and resilient. I know they are all going to go on to do great things and make us all proud.

Here is a prayer for the end of the school year:

O God of all beginnings and endings,
We praise and thank You for the gift of this school year.
It has been a time filled with grace and blessings,
With challenges and opportunities,
joys and sorrows.
The days have passed quickly, O Lord.
The weeks, the months, the seasons,
the holidays and holy days,
The exams, vacations, breaks, and assemblies,
All have come forth from Your hand.
While we trust that Your purposes
have always been at work each day,
Sometimes it has seemed difficult to understand and appreciate
Just what You have been up to in our school.
Give us the rest and refreshment we need this summer.
Let our efforts of this past year bear fruit.
Bring all of our plans to a joyful conclusion,
And bless us, according to Your will,
With the fulfillment of our summer hopes and dreams.
Watch over us in the weeks of rest ahead,
And guide each day as You have done this past year.
Help us return to school with a new spirit and a new energy.
May we continue to grow
In age, wisdom, knowledge and grace
All the days of our lives.
Amen.

🌞 IMS designed a brief survey for parents and caregivers to use to give us feedback on our distance learning program. The responses are used so we can improve our future distance learning plans. The link to the survey is here.

🌞 Student Belongings Pickup and School Books Drop Off: We are in the process of scheduling staggered pickup for student belongings. Please reach out if the suggested day/times (sent in a separate email) do not work for you and your family. Also, when you child comes to get their belongings we are asking that they return any textbooks, novels, or other materials to the school.

🌞 Report Cards: Final report cards are being finalized and printed this week and will be mailed out on Friday and Monday.

🌞 IMPORTANT: If your child needs a different form of transportation to and from school next year (transpass (gr. 7-8) or school bus (gr. 1-6)) please be sure to email Mrs. Van Thuyne at holycrossoffice@holycrossphila.org by 6/19/2020. This is very important to ensure that we are able to arrange the correct transportation for your child.

God Bless,

Dr. Lemon-Tate

Parent Update 6.3.2020
Hello Holy Cross Families,

I want to start by sharing a prayer that I find helpful in difficult times. Even though we aren’t able to be physically together to pray I take comfort in knowing that we still can pray ‘together’ as a school community.

Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace;
Where there is hated, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is discord, harmony;
Where there is error, truth;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
And where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master, Grant that I may no so much seek
To be consoled as to console;
To be understood as to understand;
To be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
And it is in dying that we are born into eternal life.

– St. Francis of Assisi

Please review the announcements below:
Parent Survey – We are collecting information from all and Independence Mission School (IMS) families in order to inform planning for school return in August 2020. We expect the survey to take no more than 10 minutes to complete. Completing the survey will automatically enter you into a raffle for a $100 Amazon gift card. Thank you in advance for taking the time. The survey can be found here.

🎓 Student Contact Directory: Thank you to everyone who provided their contact information to be included in the directory. If you would like to have your information shared with other families in your child’s classroom so they can connect over the summer please send your information to Ms. Cain at kcain@holycrossphila.org by Friday 6/5 so it can be included in the final parent update of the school year. Include your name, your child’s name, phone number, and grade.

🎓 Kindergarten Graduation: Friday from 1-145pm the Holy Cross parking lot will hold our Kindergarten Move-Up celebration! Please see the flyer below for details.

🎓 8th Grade Cap and Gown Pick-Up: We are still waiting for the final cap and gown shipment. There have been some delays however, the company assured me that we would still get our shipment in time. I am hoping to get it by the end of this week and have cap and gown pickups Monday and Tuesday. I will keep families updated. I appreciate your patience at this time.

As always if you have any questions or concerns please email.

Best,

Dr. Lemon-Tate

8th Grade Graduation: Details and Important Safety Information

Hello Holy Cross Families,

We will be celebrating our class of 2020 on Wednesday June 10th! Can you believe it?! We have 33 graduates this year! In order to ensure that we are able to safely celebrate our scholars we are holding two graduation drive-thru ceremonies to accommodate such a large class size. Please review the details below.

Ceremony: Both will be held on June 10th. One that starts at 4pm and another that starts at 5:30pm. If your child’s last name starts with A-L you are scheduled for 4pm and M-Z you are scheduled for 5:30pm.
Please note that the ceremony will take roughly 40 minutes.

Safety Reminders: All students and families are permitted to bring one car to celebrate. Cars will park in the back parking lot facing the school. Holy Cross staff members will be there to welcome and assist families. Please remember to wear a face mask and stay in your car until it is your turn to get your diploma and take pictures.

Cap and Gown: Pickup for cap and gown is TBD. As soon as the order arrives I will schedule a time for pickup.

If you have any questions or concerns please email me directly. We are so excited to celebrate with you!

Congrats to all our grads and their families!

Dr. Lemon-Tate

Parent Update 5.27.2020

Hello Holy Cross Families,

We are wrapping up the final few weeks of the school year. Can you believe it?! These last few weeks are filled with projects, finals, and celebrations. Although the ending of this year may be different than anticipated we came together as a school and home community to make it work! Thank you for all you have done to support Holy Cross in this endeavor. Here is a prayer for strength in tough times.

Dear God, please give me strength when I am weak, love when I feel forsaken, courage when I am afraid, wisdom when I feel foolish, comfort when I am alone, hope when I feel rejected, and peace when I am in turmoil. Amen.

🎓 Parent Survey: As you know we have been working to ensure that your child is continuing to receive the best possible education and that they continue to grow and learn each day. Please complete this survey about your distance learning experience to let us know what we are doing well and what we need to improve. Your ideas and opinions are important to us. We know you have a choice and we are so thankful that you continue to choose Holy Cross! The survey can be found here.

🎓 8th Grade Graduation: We will be celebrating our class of 2020 on Wednesday June 10th! We have 33 graduates this year! In order to ensure that we are able to safely celebrate our scholars we are holding two graduation drive-thru ceremonies to accommodate such a large class size. Please review the email sent to all 8th grade parents earlier today.

🎓 Kindergarten Move-up Day: The celebration for Move-up Day is scheduled for June 5th at 1pm. Cars can drive through the Holy Cross Campus between 1pm-1:45pm and will be greeted by our cheering staff! We will also be distributing graduation totes to students! Please one car per family. We are asking that all participants wear masks for the drive thru celebration.

🎓 Summer School: Last week families were notified via email if their child was recommended for the summer program. If you have not registered yet and have questions please email Dr. Lemon-Tate.

🗓School Calendar Updates:
6/5 – Kindergarten Move-up Day @ 1pm
6/10 – 8th Grade Graduation @ 4pm and 5:30pm
6/12 – Last day of school!

Parent Update 5.20.2020
Hello Holy Cross Families,

I hope this email finds you well. The month of May is a special time for us Catholics because it is the month of celebrating the Blessed Mother Mary. Here is a prayer to celebrate Mary.

Hail, holy Queen, mother of mercy, our life, our sweetness and our hope. To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve. To thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears. Turn then, most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us, and after this our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary! Pray for us, O holy Mother of God, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ. Amen.

Please review the announcements below.

🌻 COVID-19 Resource: Here is a resource that was shared with me by a school counselor. It is a good read and shares different ways to talk to your kids about COVID-19. The article can be found here.

🌻 Boxtops for Education: Holy Cross School is participating in the Box Tops for Education program in which the school receives $0.10 per box top “collected”. Box Tops has moved to a mobile app which allows people to scan their receipts through the app and give credit for eligible purchases. Downloading the app and creating an account is simple and takes seconds, members would select Holy Cross Philadelphia as their school. The receipts just need to be scanned within 14 days of purchase. Please see the flyer below for more details.

🌻 Grading for T3: IMS has finalized the grading process for the end of the school year and made adaptations for the current situation. Please review the attached documents and the FAQs. Please let me know if you have any questions.

🌻 Zoom Lessons & Limiting Distractions: As you know we are offering several weekly zoom lessons for your child in order to ensure that they are able to interact with their classmates and teacher to share what they have been working on and learn new skills. We are asking for parents to help us with this endeavor by ensuring that your child is prepared for their zoom lessons just like you prepare them for a typical school day. The following are ways to ensure your child gets the most of out of their zoom meetings:
– Make sure they have a quiet place to sit with the computer, free from background noise and distractions.
– Just like in the classroom we are asking that students do not eat during their zoom lesson as it can be distracting to others.
– Although they do not need to be in a school uniform we are asking that your child is dressed in clothes suitable for distance learning.
– Please try to have the students come to class on time. Logging in a few minutes early is ideal.
We want to thank you for all that you are doing to help us in supporting your child’s learning! We know this time has been difficult for many reasons and we recognize all that you are doing each day to help!

🌻 Parent Survey: As you know we have been working to ensure that your child is continuing to receive the best possible education and that they continue to grow and learn each day. Please complete this survey about your distance learning experience to let us know what we are doing well and what we need to improve. Your ideas and opinions are important to us. We know you have a choice and we are so thankful that you continue to choose Holy Cross! The survey can be found here.

🌻 Specials: IMS network is offering specials such as physical education, art, and music. Your child’s teacher may start to assign these optional lessons for students who are looking for more opportunities to work on art, music, and gym. If you would like some of these lessons, please let your child’s teacher know.

🌻 8th Grade Graduation: Cap and gown distribution will take place at Holy Cross 5/27 from 2-4pm. Please plan to pick-up your child’s cap and gown in preparation for our drive-thru graduation ceremony on June 10th. More details to come.

🌻 Kindergarten Move-up Day: The celebration for Move-up Day is scheduled for June 5th at 1pm. Cars can drive through the Holy Cross Campus between 1pm-1:45pm and will be greeted by our cheering staff! We will also be distributing graduation totes to students! Please one car per family. We are asking that all participants wear masks for the drive thru celebration. Please see the attached flyer for details.

🌻 School Recess: The weekly class recess sessions have been super successful! It is great to see all the students and give them some structured time to play games, chat with friends, and share what they have been up to. Please continue to encourage your child to join in. The link for recess is available through your child’s teacher.

🗓School Calendar Updates:
5/22 – Half Day – Memorial Day Weekend
5/25 – No School – Memorial Day

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to email.

Hello Holy Cross Families,

I hope everyone is having a great week! Happy belated Mother’s Day to all the Holy Cross Moms and Grandmoms! You are all superheroes! Thank you for all you do!

Please review the announcements below.

🌻 Zoom Lessons & Limiting Distractions: As you know we are offering several weekly zoom lessons for your child in order to ensure that they are able to interact with their classmates and teacher to share what they have been working on and learn new skills. We are asking for parents to help us with this endeavor by ensuring that your child is prepared for their zoom lessons just like you prepare them for a typical school day. The following are ways to ensure your child gets the most of out of their zoom meetings:
– Make sure they have a quiet place to sit with the computer, free from background noise and distractions.
– Just like in the classroom we are asking that students do not eat during their zoom lesson as it can be distracting to others.
– Although they do not need to be in a school uniform we are asking that your child is dressed in clothes suitable for distance learning.
– Please try to have the students come to class on time. Logging in a few minutes early is ideal.
We want to thank you for all that you are doing to help us in supporting your child’s learning! We know this time has been difficult for many reasons and we recognize all that you are doing each day to help!

🌻 Parent Survey: As you know we have been working to ensure that your child is continuing to receive the best possible education and that they continue to grow and learn each day. Please complete this survey about your distance learning experience to let us know what we are doing well and what we need to improve. Your ideas and opinions are important to us. We know you have a choice and we are so thankful that you continue to choose Holy Cross! The survey can be found here.

🌻 Specials: IMS network is offering specials such as physical education, art, and music. Your child’s teacher may start to assign these optional lessons for students who are looking for more opportunities to work on art, music, and gym. If you would like some of these lessons, please let your child’s teacher know.

🌻 8th Grade Graduation: Cap and gown distribution will take place at Holy Cross 5/27 from 2-4pm. Please plan to pick-up your child’s cap and gown in preparation for our drive-thru graduation ceremony on June 10th. More details to come.

🌻 Kindergarten Move-up Day: The celebration for Move-up Day is scheduled for June 5th at 1pm. Cars can drive through the Holy Cross Campus between 1pm-1:45pm and will be greeted by our cheering staff! We will also be distributing graduation totes to students! Please one car per family. We are asking that all participants wear masks for the drive thru celebration.

🌻 School Recess: The weekly class recess sessions have been super successful! It is great to see all the students and give them some structured time to play games, chat with friends, and share what they have been up to. Please continue to encourage your child to join in. The link for recess is available through your child’s teacher.

🗓School Calendar Updates:
5/22 – Half Day – Memorial Day Weekend
5/25 – No School – Memorial Day

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to email.

Best,

Dr. Lemon-Tate

Hello Holy Cross Families,

This week is Teacher Appreciation Week! The teachers at Holy Cross are caring, committed, and talented teachers that work hard each day to provide your child with a well-rounded and faith-based education. One of my favorite quotes about teaching is, “It takes a big heart to help shape little minds” – unknown, and this is absolutely true for our teachers! They are always thinking about ways to improve their craft or finding ways to engage your child and make their education meaningful and relatable to them. When asked they are more than willing to try something different in the classroom, learn a new skill, or collaborate with the team and that dedication is what makes all the difference. They really take time to get to know each of their students and their unique personalities and learning styles. I am truly blessed to lead such a stellar staff! To thank our teachers and show our appreciation we created a Kudos board and shared it with the Holy Cross community. If you did not add a note, picture, or video and would like to, or to see the Kudos board, please click here.

🌻 Parent Survey: As you know we have been working to ensure that your child is continuing to receive the best possible education and that they continue to grow and learn each day. Please complete this survey about your distance learning experience to let us know what we are doing well and what we need to improve. Your ideas and opinions are important to us. We know you have a choice and we are so thankful that you continue to choose Holy Cross! The survey can be found here.

🌻 8th Grade Graduation: We will hold 8th grade graduation on June 10th in the evening. It will be a drive-thru ceremony. As a staff we are finalizing the details and will share them with you in the coming weeks.

🌻 School Recess: I am working with our Catapult counselor Ms. Wilkinson to start holding weekly ‘recess’ zooms for students to allow them some structured and safe time with their peers. We have some this week and will have more next week. The details and the zoom link will be shared through your child’s teacher.

🌻 Kindergarten Move-Up Day: June 5th will be a drive-thru celebration for all kindergartners! More details to come.

🗓School Calendar Updates:
5/3 – Progress reports distributed at end of week
5/22 – Half Day – Memorial Day Weekend
5/25 – No School – Memorial Day

Have a great week,

Dr. Lemon-Tate

Parent Update 4.29.2020
Hello Holy Cross Families,

I hope you and your families are well! We want to thank you for all you have already done and all that you continue to do each day to ensure that your child is engaged in distance learning. Your efforts are not unnoticed. Just a quick reminder that we are closed on Friday for a school holiday. Any emails sent to teachers during this time will be answered by Tuesday.

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7)

Please review the announcements below:

☔ Parent Survey: As you know we have been working to ensure that your child is continuing to receive the best possible education and that they continue to grow and learn each day. Please complete this survey about your distance learning experience to let us know what we are doing well and what we need to improve. Your ideas and opinions are important to us. We know you have a choice and we are so thankful that you continue to choose Holy Cross! The survey can be found here.

☔ Article for Parents: How to Reduce the Stress of Homeschooling on Everyone. Someone shared this article with me and I thought it would be great to share with everyone. As parents in a time like this it may seem that you are being pulled in a million directions. Please know that we recognize all that you are doing now (and always do) to partner with us for your child’s learning. We want to thank you for all you are doing to help educate your child at this time. It takes a village!

☔ 8th Grade Virtual Dance: We are planning to hold a virtual 8th grade dance on May 14th from 6-8pm. Students can log into zoom dressed up and ready to dance, socialize, and have some fun with their classmates.

☔ 8th Grade Graduation: We are planning a ‘drive thru’ type ceremony for our 8th grade students! We are holding 2 sessions on the actual day of graduation 6/10/2020. One will be at 4pm and the other at 6pm. Sign-up sheets will come out closer to the event. More details in the coming weeks for now just save the date!

☔ School Recess: I am working with our Catapult counselor Ms. Wilkinson to start holding weekly ‘recess’ zooms for students to allow them some structured and safe time with their peers. We have some this week and will have more next week. The details and the zoom link will be shared through your child’s teacher.

☔ Kindergarten Move-up Day: We will be holding a car parade for our Kindergarten Move-up Day! This will take place on 6/5/2020. More details to come but for now save the date!

☔ Academic Integrity: In this new distance learning frontier we are learning so much together! Both staff and students are learning how to teach, communicate, collaborate, and learn differently. With any challenge comes new opportunities. In this case we have a chance to teach our scholars about academic honesty and integrity and how important it is that you always do your own thinking and produce your own work. At Holy Cross we teach students to always do the right thing, even when no one is looking. This is a great time to review that with your child and remind them that teachers want to see THEIR best effort and help them grow each day.

☔ Is your child ready for school next year? Several vaccines and a physical may be required for students depending on the grade they are entering. To make sure your child is healthy and up-to-date please review the attached letter from our school nurse.

☔ 7th Grade High School Applications: It is the time of year where 7th graders should really start considering what high schools they are interested in possibly attending next year. This is an exciting time for you and your child and we want to be here to help you! For the first step we want to gather some information from each 7th grader regarding what high schools they are interested in attending, what their interests are, and what scholarships they may want to apply for. Please complete the Google Form here so that we can start to help your child in this process.

🗓School Calendar Updates:
5/1 – No School – School Holiday
5/3 – Progress reports distributed at end of week
5/22 – Half Day – Memorial Day Weekend
5/25 – No School – Memorial Day

Have a great week!

Dr. Lemon-Tate

Parent Update 4.22.2020
Hello Holy Cross Families,

I hope all is well and that you and your families are staying safe and healthy! Today is the 50th anniversary of Earth Day! I am not sure that many of you know this, but before I was a principal or a science teacher, I was a scientist. I still in many ways consider myself a scientist, and I continue to be very passionate about all things science. Protecting our planet and all of it’s people is everyone’s responsibility. This is true now more than ever. In this update I have included an article from Pope Francis and his catechesis today, as well as some tips for people looking to do their part to protect our planet!

Please review the announcements below.

💐 Is your child ready for school next year? Several vaccines and a physical may be required for students depending on the grade they are entering. To make sure your child is healthy and up-to-date please review the attached letter from our school nurse.

💐 8th Grade Parents: We will be refunding the money for the end of the year 8th grade trip. We are sad that we cannot go to Washington DC as planned but don’t worry we are working and planning to ensure that the end of school year is still a memorable one for all students, parents, and staff. Details about end of the year plans will be coming soon! Refunds are being processed now and checks will be mailed home in the next week or so.

💐 7th Grade Student and Parent High School Planning Zoom Conference: Ms. Cain and Dr. Lemon-Tate will be hosting a zoom session for parents and students where we share information for applying to high school next year! Please be on the lookout for an invite. We are hosting the session at two different times to provide some flexibility for parents and students. Please come with any questions you may have about the application process. Also, if you have not done so yet, please complete the Google Form here so that we can start to help your child in this process.

💐 Distance Learning: We have been working hard at Holy Cross to ensure that your child is continuing to learn and grow. Teachers are checking in with families at least once a week to provide you with updates and feedback on your child’s progress. If you have any questions about assignments or login information please reach out to your child’s teacher.

💐 Academic Integrity: In this new distance learning frontier we are learning so much together! Both staff and students are learning how to teach, communicate, collaborate, and learn differently. With any challenge comes new opportunities. In this case we have a chance to teach our scholars about academic honesty and integrity and how important it is that you always do your own thinking and produce your own work. At Holy Cross we teach students to always do the right thing, even when no one is looking. This is a great time to review that with your child and remind them that teachers want to see THEIR best effort and help them grow each day.

🗓School Calendar Updates:
5/1 – No School – School Holiday
5/3 – Progress reports distributed this week
5/25 – No School – Memorial Day


Dr. Courtney Lemon-Tate

Apr 9, 2020, 3:34 PM
Dear Holy Cross Families,

This morning, Governor Wolf announced that all Pennsylvania K-12 schools will remain closed through the end of the 2019-20 academic year. Distance learning will continue for the remainder of the school year. We will communicate updates regarding grading, graduation, and move-up prayer-services later this school year. Distance learning will resume on Tuesday, April 14.

While this news is disheartening, we are people of faith. No matter the challenges, we will continue to live out our mission of providing a transformative Catholic education and developing all of our students intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually. Take this time to celebrate the joy of Easter, a symbol of hope, and know that we will all get through this together.

Have a blessed Easter,
Dr. Lemon-Tate

Wed, Apr 1,
Hello Holy Cross Families,

We hope this email finds you and your loved ones well! Below is a prayer for all of the families throughout the world who have been affected by the COVID-19 crisis.

For all who have contracted coronavirus,
We pray for care and healing.

For those who are particularly vulnerable,
We pray for safety and protection.

For all who experience fear or anxiety,
We pray for peace of mind and spirit.

For affected families who are facing difficult decisions between food on the table or public safety,
We pray for policies that recognize their plight.

For those who do not have adequate health insurance,
We pray that no family will face financial burdens alone.

For those who are afraid to access care due to immigration status,
We pray for recognition of the God-given dignity of all.

For our brothers and sisters around the world,
We pray for shared solidarity.

For public officials and decision makers,
We pray for wisdom and guidance.

Father, during this time may your Church be a sign of hope, comfort and love to all.
Grant peace.
Grant comfort.
Grant healing.
Be with us, Lord.

Amen.

We here at Holy Cross are praying for you and your family at this time. We have also been working hard to ensure that your child is not missing out on their education. We are committed to finding new ways to teach throughout this pandemic. We want to let you know that as a staff we are grateful for your continued support and partnership at this difficult time. Together we will continue to provide your child with rigorous academic material and a variety of learning experiences. If you and your child are having trouble logging on or connecting to the online learning resources please contact your child’s teacher.

Please review the announcements below.

IMS COVID-19 Update: Please see the attached letter from IMS Central Office.

💐 Parental Consent for Distance Learning: If you haven’t already, please be sure to complete this JotForm in order for your child to continue the online distance learning. The form can be found here. PLEASE COMPLETE BY 4.3.2020.

💐 Student Counseling Services: Ms. Wilkinson, one of our Family Connections counselors, has on-call hours each Thursday from 10am-12pm. During that time, she can field your questions about resources available in your area and discuss general concerns you may have about your child’s well-being. You can reach her at 267-793-0677. No appointment is necessary.
In addition, Ms. Baker, also one of our Family Connections Counselors, has on call hours every Wednesday and Friday from 9am-11am. You can reach her at 484-558-0837. No appointment necessary.

💐 Child’s Scholarship Fund: If you have received a scholarship from Children’s Scholarship Fund please be sure to sign off on your Spring verification report.

💐 Financial Aid: When you have a moment please be sure to complete your 2020-2021 financial aid application. This is very important to ensure that you get all the aid that you are entitled to.

Please stay safe and healthy,

Dr. Lemon-Tate
Parent Update 3.29.2020

Hello Holy Cross Families,
We hope that this email finds you and your family well. I want to thank all parents and students who were able to log-on to their digital classrooms this week and start working! I have been able to see some of the talented and creative student work that has been submitted and it is extremely impressive! Our students are so extremely dedicated! If you are experiencing issues with the online learning platform, please reach out to your child’s teacher for assistance. This week we continue to utilize Google Classroom (grades 4-8) or ClassDoJo (grades K-3) as virtual classrooms. Going forward, all information will be available through your child’s virtual classroom. This includes assignments, updates, and communication about grades. In addition, homeroom teachers are going to communicate student updates and progress weekly to parents to ensure we are all on the same page. I will still send out any updates regarding the status of school as I receive them as well as the Holy Cross weekly update on Wednesdays with all pertinent information.

Lastly, we want you to know that the staff at Holy Cross values your partnership and collaboration. We want to make certain that, even during distance learning, your child is still receiving a rigorous education. As we work through this uncharted territory the Holy Cross staff is here to help in any way possible. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or concerns.

Best,
Dr. Lemon-Tate

Holy Cross Distance Learning Plan – Week of 3_23_2020-3 copyFrequently Asked Questions for Families-2 (1)

Holy Cross Distance Learning Plan – Week of 3_23_2020-3 copyDate: March 24, 2020 at 12:11:15 PM EDT

Subject: Update: COVID-19 School Closure Information and FAQ sheet


Hello Holy Cross Families,

I hope everything is well with you and your family. Yesterday, Gov. Tom Wolf ordered schools to shut down for 2 more weeks. This means school will not be in session until at least April 6th. With that being said, IMS has compiled a FAQ sheet for families to answer many of your questions (attached below).
Here at Holy Cross, we are continuing to provide your child with a variety of learning opportunities through the use of several digital platforms. In order for this to be a success we need to ensure that all children have been signed up and are able to login to the digital platforms used in their grade level. Our goal is to have every child at Holy Cross registered and continuing their learning by the end of the week! Many students have already started and are doing a great job! If you or your child are having any issues signing up for what is required in their grade please reach out to their homeroom teacher for assistance. We are here to help and can troubleshoot any issues. I have also attached the Learning Plan sent on Sunday below for your reference.
Lasty, this is a stressful time for everyone and we really appreciate your patience as we navigate this uncharted territory together. Every hardship though provides opportunities, you just have to find them! In this case, we are using this situation to grow as a school community. We are being challenged to think, connect, and communicate differently. The staff at Holy Cross welcomes this challenge with excitement, perseverance, and grace!

God Bless,

Dr. Lemon-Tate

Updated Distance Learning Plan
Hello Holy Cross Families,

I hope everyone is staying in and staying safe during this unusual time. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the people throughout the nation and the globe that are currently struggling or suffering during this terrible pandemic. Below is a prayer for those affected by this current situation.

Jesus, during Your ministry on Earth You showed Your power and caring by healing people of all ages and stations of life from physical, mental, and spiritual ailments. Be present now to people who need Your loving touch because of COVID-19. May they feel Your power of healing through the care of doctors and nurses.

Take away the fear, anxiety, and feelings of isolation from people receiving treatment or under quarantine. Give them a sense of purpose in pursuing health and protecting others from exposure to the disease. Protect their families and friends and bring peace to all who love them.

During difficult times we realize that it is important to provide as much stability for children and families as possible. We are here to provide some of that stability to your family by providing consistent learning opportunities for your child. Below is the Distance Learning Plan from each of the teachers here at Holy Cross. It is divided up by grade. Going forward we want to ensure that your child is still receiving meaningful, high quality, and consistent learning each day. In order to streamline the directions for students and families we have created a Google Classroom and email for all students in grades 4-8 and a ClassDojo for all students in grades k-3. Directions of how to login to these platforms have been emailed or shared with all parents by your child’s homeroom teacher. If you do not currently have the information for your child’s email or login for Google Classroom (grades 4-8) or ClassDojo (grades k-3) please look below for instructions and/or email your child’s teacher directly. It is important to note that for ClassDojo parents will need to create a student account in order to see their child’s assignments. All teacher’s web pages have been updated and emails and updates can be found here. Providing access to ClassDojo and Google Classroom will allow students to more easily locate learning tools and resources and even allow them to upload their work and view their teacher feedback, grades, and comments. If you have any questions about the learning plan for your child or are experiencing any difficulty please let us know. We are here to help.

God Bless,

Dr. Lemon-Tate

Parent Update 3.18.2020

Hello Holy Cross Families,

I hope everything is going well and everyone is staying healthy and safe at home with their loved ones. Please read the announcements and updates below.

📣 Holy Cross Distance Learning Plan – The plan (attached) outlines what students should be working on during this time. If you have any questions please email the teacher directly. Their emails and web page can be found here. This will be updated and sent out again on Sunday, please check your inbox at that time for more information. Also, teacher websites always contain up-to-date information so be sure to check there.

📣 Talking to Your Child About COVID-19 – Here is a resource for parents looking for some direction and ideas of how to talk about COVID-19 with your child.

📣 Self-Care for Parents during COVID-19 – Here is a resource for parents about how to practice self-care during this time and reduce stress.

📣 Report Cards – Report Cards will be mailed at the end of this week. If you would like to phone conference with your child’s teacher please reach out via email to schedule a time with the teacher.

As always, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email.

God Bless,

Dr. Lemon-Tate

3/19 – Update – Distance Learning Plan for Holy Cross Students
Hello Holy Cross Families,
Attached is the distance learning plan that contains directions, websites, worksheets, and other school work that your child can complete while at home over the next two weeks. Teachers have worked to put together a variety of options for students to continue their learning at home. The teacher’s email and further directions can always be found at their Holy Cross webpage found here. Simply click on the teacher’s name and you will find their page.

Tomorrow March 16th is the official start of the third trimester. This means that all work done from this point on will go towards the third trimester grades and not the most recent trimester which ended March 13th. Report cards will be mailed home at the end of this week and teachers will be in communication if they feel a phone conference is necessary. In addition, if you would like to request a phone conference please email your child’s teacher to arrange that. Though teachers are home, they are still working normal school hours to continue to support your child and their academic success.

While we want to ensure that students are still able to learn from home we fully recognize that this is an unprecedented time and our prayers and with you and your families. We are taking into consideration that this plan may present obstacles for families and we are here to work with you. If you have any concerns or questions about the requested assignments please do not hesitate to reach out to your child’s teacher or myself directly.

Lastly, as I am given information I will be sure to keep families updated. I will be at the school tomorrow from 8am-11:30am if you would like to stop in and gather any materials your child may need. This is not necessary as assignments can be done online/remotely but is an option for families.

Sincerely,

Dr. Lemon-Tate

COVID-19 – IMS Update PLEASE READ
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Hello Holy Cross Families,

The attached letter is from IMS central office. The decision has been made to close all IMS schools for the next 2 weeks. However, IMS is committed to ensuring that your child continues to learn while the school is closed. On Sunday I will be sending out a Distance Learning Plan created by your child’s teacher, that outlines what students are expected to do for the duration of the school closure. For each grade you will be able to access materials and/or directions online. For families without this capability, the school will be open on Monday from 8:00am-11:30am for parents to come and gather the necessary materials.

We appreciate your patience and support during this difficult time. Please feel free to email if you have any questions.

Best,

Dr. Lemon-Tate


Dr. Courtney Lemon-Tate
Principal
Holy Cross Independence Mission School
144 East Mt. Airy Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19119
215.242.0414
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Parent Update 3.4.2020
Hello Holy Cross Families,

I hope everyone is enjoying the beautiful weather. Spring is just around the corner! March is an eventful month at Holy Cross! This week the kindergarten is celebrating Dr. Seuss Week with a theme each day. Today is Wacky Wednesday! Next week we have field trips planned for students in grades 4-8. Please review the announcements below.

📣 Pictures of Events:
Many parents have reached out requesting pictures of events held at school such as the African Drumming Assembly. While we would love to share pictures we are unable to share without a photo consent release form signed by parents. At this time we have less than 10 percent of students with photo release forms. If you would like to give consent for photos of your child to be shared, we will be sending home a photo release form tomorrow that you can sign and return.

📣 Parent Survey:
Please take a minute to complete the Holy Cross Parent Survey. Your thoughts and opinions are very important to us and help to improve Holy Cross. The link can be found here.

📣 Flu Prevention:
Prevent the spread of illness during this flu season. Here are some tips from the Center for Disease Control to help keep you and your family happy and healthy.

📣 News from the Holy Cross Parent Association:
Designer Bag Bingo – April 25th, 2020. Attached you will find the flyer for Designer Bag Bingo 2020. We hope to see you all there!

📣 Terranova:
Each year Holy Cross administers the Terra Nova test to all students in grades 3-7. This test helps to chart your child’s growth and learning over time. High schools also use the Terra Nova scores for admissions and scholarship consideration. The test is given on March 20th and March 23rd through 27th. The test is broken up into subjects and lasts about two hours each day. After the test each day students follow their typical school schedule. It is very important that your child is present on these days. Please prepare them for the test at home by ensuring they get adequate sleep and arrive on time to school.

📣 Report Cards:
It is almost the end of the second trimester! Report cards will be finalized and distributed the week of March 23rd. Teachers will give the report cards to students to bring home and may contact you to request conferences.

📣 7th Grade Visitation Day:
Thank you to all 7th grade parents we have 100 percent of our 7th graders signed up and ready to visit the high school of their choice on March 11th! Please remember to arrange transportation for your students to and from the high school they chose. Students should wear their school uniform to the visit.

🗓 Calendar Updates:
March 20th – Half Day/Staff PD – Noon Dismissal, No After Care

Today is Ash Wednesday and the first day of the Lenten Season! Students attended a prayer service today at the church and received ashes. Here is a prayer for Ash Wednesday.

Lord, I give myself to You this Lent. I freely choose to enter into the desert of these 40 days and choose to pray, fast and give of myself to an extent I have never done before. I pray that this Lent will be a time in which I am transformed interiorly by You. Set me free, dear Lord, from all that keeps me from loving You and others with all my heart. Jesus, I trust in You.

Please review the announcements below.

📣 Parent Survey
This is a brief survey designed to elicit your feedback regarding your child and your experience here at Holy Cross. It is anonymous and the results from this survey will be used to celebrate our strengths and identify areas of growth. Thank you in advance for taking the time to complete. Your feedback is so important to us! Please click here for the survey.

📣 BHM Dress Up Day
Today we had an African Drum Assembly! Students sang, danced, and even got to play the instruments! All the instruments came from West Africa. Attached is an excerpt from one of our 1st grade student’s journals about her experience.

📣 News from the Holy Cross Parent Association
Designer Bag Bingo – April 25th, 2020. Attached you will find the flyer for Designer Bag Bingo 2020. We hope to see you all there!

🗓 Calendar Updates:
February 28th – No School – IMS Network PD
March 20th – Half Day/ No After Care – Faculty PD
As always, if you have any questions please email or call.
Have a great week,
Dr. Lemon-Tate

Parent Update 2.19.20
Hello Holy Cross Families,

I hope everyone is enjoying the nice weather today! Please review the announcements below.

📣 February is Black History Month (BHM)!
– This month students have experienced and even planned several BHM learning activities and events. Tomorrow the Student Council, with the help of 8th grade, is hosting a BHM Wax Museum for all classes! This is a great learning opportunity for all of our students to learn about some inspirational and influential people from all different historic times.
– Next Wednesday Holy Cross is hosting Music Play Patrol who will be performing African Drumming and Dancing for all our students!
– Next Thursday 2/27/20 students are allowed to dress up for BHM. Student council is hosting this event and students are allowed to wear traditional African clothing such as dashikis or any black history month apparel.

📣 7th Grade Parents
Please be sure to return the paperwork for the 7th grade visitation day by this Friday. We want to be sure to reserve your child’s spot at the school of their choice!

📣News from the Holy Cross Parent Association:
Designer Bag Bingo – April 25th, 2020. Attached you will find the flyer for Designer Bag Bingo 2020. We hope to see you all there!

🗓 Calendar Updates:
February 21st – Half Day/Staff Retreat – Noon Dismissal, No After Care

February 28th – No School – IMS Network PD

As always, if you have any questions please email or call.

Have a great week,

Dr. Lemon-Tate

Parent Update 2.5.20

Hello Holy Cross Families,

I hope everyone is having a great week! Please review the announcements below.

❄7th Grade Visitation Day
March 11, 2020 is the Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s (AOP) 7th grade visitation day! This is an opportunity for your child to experience what it is like to be a high school student. All 7th graders will be receiving a sign up sheet that they will bring home and complete with you to decide which of the AOP high schools they would like to visit. It is important to note that this is just a visit. It does not mean that the student is planning on going to that school or even has to apply. The idea is to give students a chance to see what a day is like in an AOP high school. The schools prepare science demonstrations, plays, and other learning experiences for students. Paperwork will be sent home next week.

❄A big thank you to all our families who donated for our MLK service day! Over 100 care packages and letters were sent to our service members abroad! Pictures are attached.

❄ Toys and Electronics in School
Just a reminder to parents, students are not permitted to bring toys to school and all electronics (cell phones, smartwatches, and headphones) are to be placed in their envelope and class bin when they enter the school building. This ensures that their belongings stay safe throughout the school day.

❄ Attention 8th grade parents:
Please complete the survey that was sent earlier this week. This survey is used to help Holy Cross collect data regarding our students and their acceptance into high schools as well as the amount of scholarship money offered. This will help us in celebrating the students acceptances and gathering data to support our school and students in years to come. We are so proud of our 8th graders! The survey can also be found here.

❄ News from the Holy Cross Parent Association:
Designer Bag Bingo – April 25th, 2020. Attached you will find the flyer for Designer Bag Bingo 2020. We hope to see you all there!

🗓 Calendar Updates:
February 17th – Presidents’ Day – No School

February 21st – Half Day/Staff Retreat – Noon Dismissal, No After Care

February 28th – No School – IMS Network PD

As always if you have any questions please email or call. Have a great rest of the week!

Parent Update 1.22.20

Hello Holy Cross Families,

Next week is Catholic Schools Week! This is a week where we set aside time to celebrate students, parents, faculty and all the wonderful things about Catholic Education! Below is a prayer that will be shared with students during our prayer service on Monday morning to kick off the week.
Please review the announcements below.

🙏 Catholic Schools Week 2020 – Student council has been collaborating with the Holy Cross staff to prepare a week full of events and activities for students in k-8. Some of the activities planned include Holy Cross Trivia, an opening prayer service, and student themed dress down days! To see some of the cool events we have planned for your child next week please review the attached flyer.

🙏 Security Grant – IMS schools was awarded a grant from the PDE! This will be used to help all 15 schools improve security throughout our buildings. Please see the attached flyer.

🙏MLK. We have extended the deadline to bring in items until Friday (1/24). Thank you for everything you have donated thus far! We appreciate your generosity. Please see attached flyer.

📰News from the Holy Cross Parent Association
– Parent Association In-Person Meeting (2nd Trimester Meeting)
Monday, January 27, 2020 @ 6pm-7pm (School Cafeteria)
We welcome all parents to attend this meeting.
– Designer Bag Bingo 2020 is Ready to go!
Attached you will find the flyer for Designer Bag Bingo 2020. We hope to see you there.

🗓 Calendar Updates:
January 24th – Half Day/Staff PD – Noon Dismissal, No After Care

February 17th – Presidents’ Day – No School

February 21st – Half Day/Staff Retreat – Noon Dismissal, No After Care

February 28th – No School – IMS Network PD

As always if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email or call. Have a great week!

Dr. Lemon-Tate
Parent Update 1.15.20
Hello Holy Cross Families,

I hope this email finds you well. January is off to a great start! This week we had a science show from the Franklin Institute for our middle school students. We also welcomed our kindergarteners to the church for the first time to celebrate mass last Friday. It was great to celebrate, pray, and sing together as a whole school.

Please review the announcements below.

❄ It is that time of year again! Please remember to re-enroll your students for the 2020-2021 school year. Please see attached flyer.

❄ Do you know a family that would love our school? IMS has a referral program that rewards you for referrals. Please see attached flyer.

❄ MLK. We have extended the deadline to bring in items until next Friday (1/24). Thank you for everything you have donated thus far! We appreciate your generosity. Please see attached flyer.

❄Attention Parents of 7th Grade Girls
– The Mount is offering a practice HSPT test for girls in 7th grade. There is a small fee. Please see attached flyer.
– Saint Basil Academy is also offering a practice HSPT test as well as a three week prep course. Please see attached flyer.

📰 News from the Holy Cross Parent Association
– Parent Association In-Person Meeting (2nd Trimester Meeting)
Monday, January 27, 2020 @ 6pm-7pm (School Cafeteria)
We welcome all parents to attend this meeting.
– Designer Bag Bingo 2020 is Ready to go!
Attached you will find the flyer for Designer Bag Bingo 2020. We hope to see you there!

🗓Calendar Updates:
January 20th – MLK Day – No School

January 24th – Half Day/Staff PD – Noon Dismissal, No After Care

As always if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to email or call. Have a wonderful rest of the week!

Parent Update 1.8.20

Hello Holy Cross Families,

I hope this email finds you and your family well and your 2020 is off to a great start! Below is a prayer about the new year that you can share with your family.

God, thank you for a new year. May everyone in our family be willing to begin anew with a clean slate. We know that you are always ready to forgive us. Help us to be willing to forgive ourselves and to forgive one another.

As we begin a new year, remind us of our truest values and our deepest desires. Help us to live in the goodness that comes from doing what you want us to do. Help us to put aside anxiety about the future and the past, so that we might live in peace with you now, one day at a time.

As we start a new year here at Holy Cross we want to remind you that we are so thankful that you chose us to educate and care for your child! It is an honor and a blessing to serve the students and families of Holy Cross.

Please review the announcements below:

❄ CYO Newsletter
Please review the attached flyer for information on upcoming signups and games.
❄ Map Testing
We are starting the Winter Map Testing Session on Monday January 13th. As you know, these tests are used to measure your child’s progress, chart their growth, and personalize their education here at Holy Cross. Teachers use the data gathered to plan and inform their instruction. Please be sure to encourage your child to do their best! A good breakfast and a pep talk from you can make a big difference. Please review the attached Map Schedule as well as the information about Map Testing for parents.
❄ MLK Service Project
In light of recent global events the students of Holy Cross have decided to dedicate our MLK service project to support troops abroad. We will be collecting items and writing letters to send to the troops. We are asking families to help with this initiative by donating items such as soap, books, toothpaste, sunscreen, and more. Please see the attached flyer for the entire list of requested items. Students can bring these items anytime before January 17th.
🗓 Calendar Updates:
January 20th – MLK Day – No School
January 24th – Half Day/Staff PD – Noon Dismissal, No After Care
As always if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to email or call.
Have a great week!
Dr. Lemon-Tate

Parent Update 1.2.20

Hello Holy Cross Families and Happy New Year!

We hope everyone had a fun, relaxing, and memorable Christmas break and we wish everyone a safe, happy, and healthy new year! As we ring in the new year it is a great time to plan for the rest of the school year and review the school expectations. Remember the school website has a lot of important information from teachers and administration including the school handbook, homework, and important reminders to keep families and students up to speed.

❄Dismissal Reminders:
– Please let the office know each day if your child is changing their dismissal routine. For example, if your child is scheduled to take the school bus home but today should be in car line please send a note to the teacher and call the main office.
– Parents are asked to wait out front on the front lawn for students and are not to enter the school building right before or after dismissal. It is important that the lobby is clear so that students can line up and get where they need to be in the safest way possible.

🗓 Calendar Updates:
January 20 – No School MLK Day
January 24 – Half Day/No Aftercare/Faculty PD

❄Box Tops for Education:
The Parent Association is spearheading the Box Top for Education initiative. To help contribute please read the attached flyer. It is super easy and a great way to fundraise for Holy Cross! Students can bring their box tops into the main office where we will collect them.

❄Photo Retakes:
If you would like to have your child retake their school photo please have them ready for retake day on January 7th.

❄ Re-Enrollment:
Holy Cross has begun the process of re-enrollment for the 2020-2021 school year. Please be sure to respond to communication via email from Mrs. Haynes and IMS which allows you to re-enroll your child.

Have a great week,

Dr. Lemon-Tate

Parent Update 12.11.19
Hello Holy Cross Families,

This week begins the second week of Advent. Below is a short prayer for the second week that you can share with your family.
Week 2, Peace

Dear Jesus, you entered our world on Christmas as the Prince of Peace. This Advent, as we strive to become the-best-version-of-ourselves, fill us with a deep and abiding peace. Help us share that peace with everyone we encounter, especially those who need it most. Amen.

🏆The Academic Bowl at Neumann Goretti: I wanted to share with parents that some of our 8th grade students brought home FIRST place in the 2019 Neumann Goretti Academic Bowl! They competed with students in 8th grade throughout all of Philadelphia and were able to win for Holy Cross! Congrats to them and the teachers that support them and make every minute count!
🎄Meet the Teacher: Ms.Schollenberger the Catapult Reading Interventionist is hosting a meet and greet. Please see the attached flyer for details.
🎄Volunteers Requested: The Holy Cross Parish was awarded a Community Design Collaborative (CDC) grant! The parish is requesting that the Holy Cross School assist in the development of the master plan. If you are an interested parent who would like to be involved in the decision making process and changes please see the attached flyer.
🎄Student Dress Down Day: On December 20th students will be permitted to dress down. Students can wear casual clothing – jeans, sweats, skirts, slacks, and dresses. All clothing must be free of holes and no wording or pictures that are offensive to the mission of Holy Cross are permitted.
🎄Annual Holy Cross Christmas Concert: Join us on December 19th at 7pm for our Holy Cross Christmas Concert! Doors open at 6:15pm and students are expected to be in the church no later than 6:30pm to prepare. The concert is at the church. The first few rows will be reserved for the students. Student ambassadors will help seat parents. We are requesting that parents keep their child’s coat and other belongings during the concert. Students should dress up in Christmas colors, school uniforms, or a plain white or black dress shirt. Looking forward to seeing you all there.
🗓 Calendar Updates –
December 20th – Noon dismissal
December 23rd – January 3rd – No school – Christmas Break
January 6th – School resumes
🎄 Parent Conferences – December 6th was the last day of the 1st trimester. Teachers have reached out to parents to schedule, if you have a question about conferences please email your child’s teacher.

As always if you have any questions please reach out.

Have a great week!

Dr. Lemon-Tate

Wed, Dec 4, 4:01 PM
Hello Holy Cross Families,

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Holy Cross is buzzing with students learning, singing, and praying each day. As we begin the season of Advent I wanted to share with you a weekly prayer. The theme for this week is hope. This is a great prayer that reminds us to slow down and take a moment to notice all the wonderful things around you.
Week 1, Hope

Dear Jesus, you are the hope in our messy world. This Advent, help us slow down, listen to your voice, and focus on what’s really important. We place our hope in you as we prepare our hearts to celebrate your birth on Christmas. Amen.

🎄Connelly Scholarship:
Attention 8th grade parents – The Josephine C. Connelly Achievement Award is a yearly scholarship that follows your child through all 4 years of their high school! As with any scholarship there are strict guidelines and criteria. Please see the attached flyer for more information. All eligible 8th graders will learn about the scholarship Monday and they are encouraged to apply.

🎄CYO Sports Update:
– Reminder – 3rd/4th Grade registration is going on now and ends Friday December 20th, 2019
– Upcoming Games for teams:
Varsity Boys
Participating in LaSalle College High School Tournament
SJR vs. Holy Cross Varsity Boys
Wednesday, December 4, 2019 @ 8:00pm – 9:00pm

Holy Cross Varsity Boys vs. St. Barnabas
Sunday, December 8, 2019 @ 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Location: Gesu School
Address: 1700 Thompson Street Philadelphia, PA

Varsity Girls
St. Rose vs. Holy Cross Varsity Girls
Saturday, December 7th, 2019 @ 1:00pm
Location: St. Ignatius School
Address: 3rd & Wallace Street, 19104

Junior Varsity
St. Raymonds vs. Holy Cross Junior Varsity Boys
Saturday, December 7, 2019 @ 11:00am – 12:00pm
Location: Gustine Recreation Center
Address: 4868 Ridge Ave Philadelphia Pennsylvania,19129

🎄Calendar Updates –
December 20th – Noon dismissal
December 23rd – January 3rd – No school – Christmas Break
January 6th – School resumes

🎄Parent Conferences – December 6th is the last day of the 1st trimester. Your child’s teacher will be reaching out to you to begin scheduling parent conferences.

🎄Christmas Concert – Holy Cross will host our annual Christmas Concert! Get ready for a fabulous show that includes all of our talented students and some of your favorite Christmas carols! The concert starts at 7pm on Thursday, December 19th. See you there!

As always if you have any questions or concerns please feel free to email or call. Have a blessed week!

Courtney

11.27.19
Hello Holy Cross Families,

Everyone at Holy Cross wants to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving! We hope your holiday weekend is full of fun, family, lots of good food. As a quick reminder, students will be dismissed today at noon to start the holiday weekend off early. Please review the announcements below.

🦃 8th Grade Writing Contest – Archbishop Wood has a yearly writing contest. The winners are given scholarships. If you are interested in participating, please see the attached flyer.

🦃 Calendar Updates –
December 20th – Noon dismissal
December 23rd – January 3rd – No school – Christmas Break
January 6th – School resumes

🦃 Parent Conferences – December 6th is the last day of the 1st trimester. Your child’s teacher will be reaching out to you next week to begin scheduling parent conferences.

🎄 Christmas Concert – Holy Cross will host our annual Christmas Concert! Get ready for a fabulous show that includes all of our talented students and some of your favorite Christmas carols! The concert starts at 7pm on Thursday, December 19th. See you there!

🦃 Thanksgiving Prayer
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God Bless,

Dr. Lemon-Tate

Hello Holy Cross Families,

The staff at Holy Cross wants to take a moment to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving! We are extremely grateful that you chose us to educate and care for your child. It means the world to us and it is an honor each and every day to serve your child. We know that you have a choice regarding schooling for your children and we thank you for putting your faith in Holy Cross and partnering with us.

Please review the announcements below.

🦃 A big thank you goes out to the Holy Cross Parent Association for hosting our yearly Family Pizza and Bingo Night! It was a great success and a lot of fun! Thank you parents for all you do! We are already excited for our Designer Bag Bingo in April! Details to come soon!

🦃 Holy Cross Fundraiser – Have you started your Christmas Shopping? A great way to Christmas shop and give to Holy Cross is by going to the Boon Supply Fundraising website. A portion of the proceeds of any purchase, is automatically donated to Holy Cross!

🦃 Calendar Reminders
November 22nd – Half day. Students are dismissed at noon. There will be no after care.
November 27th – Half day. Students are dismissed at noon. There will be no after care.
November 28th and 29th – School closed. Enjoy the holiday with your family!

🎄 Christmas Concert
Holy Cross will host our annual Christmas Concert. Get ready for a fabulous show that includes all of our talented students and some of your favorite Christmas carols! The concert starts at 7pm on Thursday, December 19th. See you there!

As always if you have any questions, please email or call.

“The secret of happiness is to live moment by moment and to thank God for what He is sending us every day in His goodness.” – St. Gianna Beretta Molla
Dr. Courtney Lemon-Tate, Ed.D.
Principal

Wed, Nov 13
Hello Holy Cross Families,

Last week students and faculty took time to think about all the things we are thankful for as we celebrated our Thanksgiving Mass. Students were asked to write about something they were thankful for on a leaf. The leaves were collected and then presented with the gifts during Thanksgiving Mass. Students were overwhelmingly thankful for their family, their friends, and even their pets. Attached are some photos!

Please review the announcements and updates below.

🦃 Bingo Night – This Saturday is Family Bingo Night at Holy Cross! It starts at 6pm. It is one of our fundraisers sponsored by the Parent Association. There will be pizza, wings, and bingo! I hope to see you all there! Please see the attached flyer for details.

🦃 Gym – As you know students generally go outside everyday for recess and then once a week for gym. As the weather turns colder, students are going to start staying inside for gym and go outside for recess only if the weather permits. Instead of gym students will have music until the nice weather resumes again in the spring. They can continue to wear their gym uniforms as usual but just know that due to the cold winter weather most gym days will be substituted with Music class.

🦃 Holy Cross Fundraiser – Have you started your Christmas Shopping? A great way to Christmas shop and give to Holy Cross is by going to the Boon Supply Fundraising website. A portion of the proceeds of any purchase, is automatically donated to Holy Cross!

🦃 Flu Prevention
It is that time of year again, have you gone to get your flu shot yet? It is a great way to prevent yourself and family from getting sick and protect those who are compromised. Here are some flu prevention tips.

🦃 Attendance
Literature was recently sent home to all families regarding the importance of coming to school each day, ready to learn, and on time. At Holy Cross we make every minute count because we are relentless in the pursuit of academic excellence. To partner with us in this ambitious endeavor we ask that students are present, on-time, and ready to learn. As a reminder school opens at 7:15am. (Please do not drop your child/ren off before 7:15am, as there is no supervision available.) At 7:15am breakfast is served and Morning Cares starts. Students are allowed to start heading to their homeroom from the cafeteria at 7:50am. Students must be in homeroom and ready to learn by 8:00am. If students are not in their homeroom they will be marked absent and they will need to check-in at the main office with Mrs. Van Thuyne to turn in their phone, make their lunch order, and get a late pass to be admitted to class. This means that children walking in the door at 8am or close to it will most likely be late because they will not make it to class on time. If the child is late because of a delay with a Yellowbird bus, that lateness will be considered excused. If you have any questions, please feel free to email.

🦃School Calendar Reminders
November 22nd – Noon Dismissal (No Aftercare)
November 27th – Noon Dismissal (No Aftercare)
November 28th and 29th – No School Thanksgiving Holiday 🦃

As always, if you have any questions or concerns please email or call. Have a great rest of the week!

Dr. Lemon-Tate

Hello Holy Cross Families,
11/4/2019

Hope all is well! November is a great month to take time to think about all the things we are grateful for. I am so grateful to be able to come to Holy Cross every day and work with an amazing team to educate your child. Thank you for putting your trust and faith in Holy Cross! We are so very grateful for giving us this opportunity.

Please review the announcements below.

🦃 Early Dismissal: Please remember if you need to take your child out of school early, to send a note to school with your child. This way we can have your child ready when you arrive. Also, except for emergencies, early dismissals are not permitted after 2 pm.

🦃 Map Scores
The Fall Map testing window has officially closed. Thank your support in ensuring your child’s success. Students were given the Map Family Report to bring home. This report shows their progress and growth. Please review with your child. If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to your child’s teacher.

🦃 Fall Scholarship Verification Report (SVR)
It is time to complete your Fall Scholarship Verification Report (SVR), verifying your child(ren)’s attendance and compliance with your school’s policies. The first scholarship payment for the 2019-2020 school year cannot be made to your child(ren)’s school until you complete this requirement. You must do this before November 8, 2019. Please see the attached flyer for the link.

🦃 Parent Association
Pizza & Bingo Night🍕
The Holy Cross Parent Association is hosting a Family Pizza & Bingo Night on Saturday, November 16th at 6 pm! Everyone is invited and all proceeds will benefit the school. Come out to enjoy some pizza, bingo, and family fun! Please see the attached flyer for all the details.

🦃 Flu Prevention
It is that time of year again, have you gone to get your flu shot yet? It is a great way to prevent yourself and family from getting sick and protect those who are immunocompromised. Here are some flu prevention tips.

🦃 Attendance
Literature was recently sent home to all families regarding the importance of coming to school each day, ready to learn, and on time. At Holy Cross, we make every minute count because we are relentless in the pursuit of academic excellence. To partner with us in this ambitious endeavor, we ask that students are present, on-time, and ready to learn. As a reminder school opens at 7:15 am. (Please do not drop your child/ren off before 7:15 am, as there is no supervision available.) At 7:15 am breakfast is served and Morning Cares starts. Students are allowed to start heading to their homeroom from the cafeteria at 7:50 am. Students must be in homeroom and ready to learn by 8:00 am. If students are not in their homeroom they will be marked absent and they will need to check-in at the main office with Mrs. Van Thuyne to turn in their phone, make their lunch order, and get a late pass to be admitted to class. This means that children walking in the door at 8 am or close to it will most likely be late because they will not make it to class on time. If the child is late because of a delay with a Yellowbird bus, that lateness will be considered excused. If you have any questions, please feel free to email me.

🦃 High School News
This week begins the 8th grade Principal/Student conferences regarding high school placement. 8th graders have been given a one page document that they should look over with their parents to fill out. This document is used to gather information so that I can best help your child. One of the goals this year at Holy Cross is that ALL 8th grade students will get into their 1st or 2nd choice. In the upcoming conferences I will be asking my 8th graders to let me know what their top choices are and assisting them in whatever they need.

🦃School Calendar Reminders
November 22nd – Noon Dismissal (No Aftercare)
November 27th – Noon Dismissal (No Aftercare)
November 28th and 29th – No School Thanksgiving Holiday 🦃

As always, if you have any questions or concerns please email or call. Have a great rest of the week!

Dr. Lemon-Tate

Wed, Nov 6, 4:05 PM
Hello Holy Cross Families,

Hope all is well! November is a great month to take time to think about all the things we are grateful for. I am so grateful to be able to come to Holy Cross every day and work with an amazing team to educate your child. Thank you for putting your trust and faith in Holy Cross! We are so very grateful for giving us this opportunity.

Please review the announcements below.

🦃 Early Dismissal: Please remember if you need to take your child out of school early, to send a note to school with your child. This way we can have your child ready when you arrive. Also, except for emergencies, early dismissals are not permitted after 2pm.

🦃 Map Scores
The Fall Map testing window has officially closed. Thank your support in ensuring your child’s success. Students were given the Map Family Report to bring home. This report shows their progress and growth. Please review with your child. If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to your child’s teacher.

🦃 Fall Scholarship Verification Report (SVR)
It is time to complete your Fall Scholarship Verification Report (SVR), verifying your child(ren)’s attendance and compliance with your school’s policies. The first scholarship payment for the 2019-2020 school year cannot be made to your child(ren)’s school until you complete this requirement. You must do this before November 8, 2019. Please see the attached flyer for the link.

🦃 Parent Association
Pizza & Bingo Night🍕
The Holy Cross Parent Association is hosting a Family Pizza & Bingo Night on Saturday November 16th at 6pm! Everyone is invited and all proceeds will benefit the school. Come out to enjoy some pizza, bingo, and family fun! Please see the attached flyer for all the details.

🦃 Flu Prevention
It is that time of year again, have you gone to get your flu shot yet? It is a great way to prevent yourself and family from getting sick and protect those who are immunocompromised. Here are some flu prevention tips.

🦃 Attendance
Literature was recently sent home to all families regarding the importance of coming to school each day, ready to learn, and on time. At Holy Cross we make every minute count because we are relentless in the pursuit of academic excellence. To partner with us in this ambitious endeavor we ask that students are present, on-time, and ready to learn. As a reminder school opens at 7:15am. (Please do not drop your child/ren off before 7:15am, as there is no supervision available.) At 7:15am breakfast is served and Morning Cares starts. Students are allowed to start heading to their homeroom from the cafeteria at 7:50am. Students must be in homeroom and ready to learn by 8:00am. If students are not in their homeroom they will be marked absent and they will need to check-in at the main office with Mrs. Van Thuyne to turn in their phone, make their lunch order, and get a late pass to be admitted to class. This means that children walking in the door at 8am or close to it will most likely be late because they will not make it to class on time. If the child is late because of a delay with a Yellowbird bus, that lateness will be considered excused. If you have any questions, please feel free to email.

🦃 High School News
This week begins the 8th grade Principal/Student conferences regarding high school placement. 8th graders have been given a one page document that they should look over with their parents to fill out. This document is used to gather information so that I can best help your child. One of the goals this year at Holy Cross is that ALL 8th grade students will get into their 1st or 2nd choice. In the upcoming conferences I will be asking my 8th graders to let me know what their top choices are and assisting them in whatever they need.

🦃School Calendar Reminders
November 22nd – Noon Dismissal (No Aftercare)
November 27th – Noon Dismissal (No Aftercare)
November 28th and 29th – No School Thanksgiving Holiday 🦃

As always, if you have any questions or concerns please email or call. Have a great rest of the week!

Dr. Lemon-Tate

10/30/2019
Hello Holy Cross Families,

Hope all is well! Please review the announcements below.

🎃 Halloween
Just a reminder, tomorrow is a half day and students will be dismissed at noon. Also, students are not permitted to dress down or in costume tomorrow. We will have dress down days in the future! Stay tuned for details!

🎃 Map Scores
The Fall Map testing window has officially closed. Thank your support in ensuring your child’s success. Students will be sent home with a Map Family Report next week that shows their progress and growth. Please review with your child. If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to your child’s teacher.

🎃 CYO Sports
The deadline to register for this basketball season has been extended until tomorrow 10/31/19 for Varsity Boys and Varsity Girls (5-8th Grade). 3rd & 4th Grade Basketball (Boys & Girls) registration is now open. If you still have uniform from last year please use code: UNIFORM . For any questions about signing up or payment please contact Ramone Edmunds at holycrossathleticdirector@gmail.com .

🎃Fall Scholarship Verification Report (SVR)
It is time to complete your Fall Scholarship Verification Report (SVR), verifying your child(ren)’s attendance and compliance with your school’s policies. The first scholarship payment for the 2019-2020 school year cannot be made to your child(ren)’s school until you complete this requirement. You must do this before November 8, 2019. Please see the attached flyer for the link.

🎃 Parent Association
Pizza & Bingo Night
The Holy Cross Parent Association is hosting a Family Pizza & Bingo Night on Saturday November 16th at 6pm! Everyone is invited and all proceeds will benefit the school. Come out to enjoy some pizza, bingo, and family fun! Please see the attached flyer for all the details.

🎃 Flu Prevention
It is that time of year again, have you gone to get your flu shot yet? It is a great way to prevent yourself and family from getting sick and protect those who are immunocompromised. Here are some flu prevention tips.

🎃 Attendance
Literature was recently sent home to all families regarding the importance of coming to school each day, ready to learn, and on time. At Holy Cross we make every minute count because we are relentless in the pursuit of academic excellence. To partner with us in this ambitious endeavor we ask that students are present, on-time, and ready to learn. As a reminder school opens at 7:15am. (Please do not drop your child/ren off before 7:15am, as there is no supervision available.) At 7:15am breakfast is served and Morning Cares starts. Students are allowed to start heading to their homeroom from the cafeteria at 7:50am. Students must be in homeroom and ready to learn by 8:00am. If students are not in their homeroom they will be marked absent and they will need to check-in at the main office with Mrs. Van Thuyne to turn in their phone, make their lunch order, and get a late pass to be admitted to class. This means that children walking in the door at 8am or close to it will most likely be late because they will not make it to class on time. If the child is late because of a delay with a Yellowbird bus, that lateness will be considered excused. If you have any questions, please feel free to email.

🎃 High School News
This week begins the 8th grade Principal/Student conferences regarding high school placement. 8th graders have been given a one page document that they should look over with their parents to fill out. This document is used to gather information so that I can best help your child. One of the goals this year at Holy Cross is that ALL 8th grade students will get into their 1st or 2nd choice. In the upcoming conferences I will be asking my 8th graders to let me know what their top choices are and assisting them in whatever they need.

🎃 School Calendar Reminders
October 31st – Half Day, Noon Dismissal
November 1st – No School for students/Faculty PD

As always, if you have any questions or concerns please email or call. Have a great rest of the week!

Parent Update 10.23.19
Courtney Lemon-Tate

Hello Holy Cross Families,

Please review the announcements and updates below.

🎃 CYO Sports
The deadline to register for this basketball season is coming up. The first payment for registration is due today, October 23, 2019. The second and final payment is due November 11, 2019. For any questions about signing up or payment please contact Ramone Edmunds at holycrossathleticdirector@gmail.com .

🎃 Student Safety
Recently we have seen an increase in the amount of students using a rideshare service such as Uber or Lyft when leaving school. Holy Cross does not recommend the use of rideshare by students, due to recent incidences of sexual assault and violence (you can read more here). In addition, Lyft and Uber policy states that they do not allow unaccompanied minors to ride. Also, you need to be 18 to have an account (read more here). However, these rules are often ignored by drivers.

🎃Fall Scholarship Verification Report (SVR)
It is time to complete your Fall Scholarship Verification Report (SVR), verifying your child(ren)’s attendance and compliance with your school’s policies. The first scholarship payment for the 2019-2020 school year cannot be made to your child(ren)’s school until you complete this requirement. You must do this before November 8, 2019. Please see the attached flyer for the link.

🎃 Parent Association
Pizza & Bingo Night
The Holy Cross Parent Association is hosting a Family Pizza & Bingo Night on Saturday November 16th at 6pm! Everyone is invited and all proceeds will benefit the school. Come out to enjoy some pizza, bingo, and family fun! Please see the attached flyer for all the details.

Upcoming Phone Conference
The Parent Association will be hosting a conference call on Wednesday, October 23, 2019 from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm to discuss Family Bingo Night, which is being held on November 16, 2019.
The Parent Association Conference Call Line Information is Listed Below:
Dial-In Number: (605) 313-6149
Access Code: 848653
FOR USERS WITH T-MOBILE AS A COURIER, PLEASE DIAL: (425) 535-9111
– You will be prompted to enter in the Dial-In Number and Access Code afterwards. This will bypass additional courier rates.

🎃 Flu Prevention
It is that time of year again, have you gone to get your flu shot yet? It is a great way to prevent yourself and family from getting sick and protect those who are immunocompromised. Here are some flu prevention tips.

🎃 Attendance
Literature was recently sent home to all families regarding the importance of coming to school each day, ready to learn, and on time. At Holy Cross we make every minute count because we are relentless in the pursuit of academic excellence. To partner with us in this ambitious endeavor we ask that students are present, on-time, and ready to learn. As a reminder school opens at 7:15am. (Please do not drop your child/ren off before 7:15am, as there is no supervision available.) At 7:15am breakfast is served and Morning Cares starts. Students are allowed to start heading to their homeroom from the cafeteria at 7:50am. Students must be in homeroom and ready to learn by 8:00am. If students are not in their homeroom they will be marked absent and they will need to check-in at the main office with Mrs. Van Thuyne to turn in their phone, make their lunch order, and get a late pass to be admitted to class. If the child is late because of a delay with a Yellowbird bus, that lateness will be considered excused. If you have any questions, please feel free to email.

🎃 Picture Day
This year picture day is October 29th. This is a Tuesday and for many classes this may be their gym day. Please be sure to have your student wear their school uniform (not their gym uniform) for pictures. ALL students will be photographed that day.

🎃 High School News
This week begins the 8th grade Principal/Student conferences regarding high school placement. 8th graders have been given a one page document that they should look over with their parents to fill out. This document is used to gather information so that I can best help your child. One of the goals this year at Holy Cross is that ALL 8th grade students will get into their 1st or 2nd choice. In the upcoming conferences I will be asking my 8th graders to let me know what their top choices are and assisting them in whatever they need.

🎃 School Calendar Reminders
October 29th – Picture Day (Please make sure students are in uniform!)
October 31st – Half Day
November 1st – No School for students/Faculty PD

As always, if you have any questions or concerns please email or call. Have a great rest of the week!

Dr. Lemon-Tate

Parent Update 10.16.19
Hello Holy Cross Families,

I hope everyone is having a great week! Please read the updates and announcements below.

🏴Parent Association News
The Parent Association will be hosting a conference call on Wednesday, October 23, 2019 from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm to discuss Family Bingo Night, which is being held on November 16, 2019.
The Parent Association Conference Call Line Information is Listed Below:
Dial-In Number: (605) 313-6149
Access Code: 848653
FOR USERS WITH T-MOBILE AS A COURIER, PLEASE DIAL: (425) 535-9111
– You will be prompted to enter in the Dial-In Number and Access Code afterwards. This will bypass additional courier rates.

🏴Attendance
Literature was recently sent home to all families regarding the importance of coming to school each day, ready to learn, and on time. At Holy Cross we make every minute count because we are relentless in the pursuit of academic excellence. To partner with us in this ambitious endeavor we ask that students are present, on-time, and ready to learn. As a reminder school opens at 7:15am. (Please do not drop your child/ren off before 7:15am, as there is no supervision available. At 7:15am breakfast is served and Morning Cares starts. Students are allowed to start heading to their homeroom from the cafeteria at 7:50am. Students must be in homeroom and ready to learn by 8:00am. If students are not in their homeroom they will be marked absent and they will need to check-in at the main office with Mrs. Van Thuyne to turn in their phone, make their lunch order, and get a late pass to be admitted to class. If the child is late because of a delay with a Yellowbird bus, that lateness will be considered excused. If you have any questions, please feel free to email.

🏴 Progress Reports
This week progress reports will be sent home. Please review the progress report with your child and sign. If you have any questions please contact their teacher.

🏴 Picture Day
This year picture day is October 29th. This is a Tuesday and for many classes this may be their gym day. Please be sure to have your student wear their school uniform (not their gym uniform) for pictures. ALL students will be photographed that day.

🏴 High School News
Next week will begin the 8th grade Principal/Student conferences regarding high school placement. 8th graders will be given a one page document that they should look over with their parents to fill out. This document is used to gather information so that I can best help your child. Then, next week, I will begin meeting with each student to learn more about where they are in the process of identifying and applying to the high school of their choice. One of the goals this year at Holy Cross is that ALL 8th grade students will get into their 1st or 2nd choice. In the upcoming conferences I will be asking my 8th graders to let me know what their top choices are and assisting them in whatever they need.

🏴 School Calendar Reminders
October 18th – No School
October 29th – Picture Day
October 31st – Half Day
November 1st – No School for students/Faculty PD

As always, if you have any questions or concerns please email or call. Have a great rest of the week and enjoy the long weekend!

Parent Update 10.9.19
Hello Holy Cross Families,

It is starting to really feel like Fall! This has already been a busy month at Holy Cross. We are in the middle of Map testing, all subjects are in full swing, and we are nearly half way through the first trimester. This means that progress reports will be coming out late next week. Check with your child to ensure they share with you their progress report.

Please review the additional announcements and updates below.

🍁 Technology/Library Teacher: I would like to take the opportunity to welcome the newest member to the Holy Cross Team, Ms. Natalie Daniel. She started last week and has been assisting with Map Testing, working to ensure the computer lab and the technology at Holy Cross are set up, and meeting all the students. She is a fabulous addition to our staff and we are very happy to have her.

🍁 Gym Day Modification: Please review the gym day schedule below to ensure your child is ready for their gym class. As a reminder, students often go outside for gym class. Please ensure that they have coats, and as it gets colder, hats and gloves too.
– Tuesday: Grades – 1,2,4,5,6,7, and 8
– Wednesday: Grades – k and 3

🍁 High School Information and Updates:
– John W. Hallahan will be administering the High School Placement Exam on October 17 &19 from 8am-11am and on October 30 from 4pm-7pm. Families can go to www.jwhallahan.com and follow the link to register on the testing website, using access code of: zz, and making payment via credit card on the website or via cash on the day of the exam.

🍁 We are accepting applications for 2020. Timely tuition payments help ensure efficient operations at the school.

🍁 Referral program – Did you refer a family to us? If you did, please contact Mrs. Haynes with the name of the family you referred. Also, the CSPA – Children Scholarship Parent Ambassador is Erica Chase, echase@philadelphia.org

🍁 Winter Uniform: Starting on October 14th, students are required to wear the winter uniform.

🍁 Calendar Reminder: There is no school on October 18th. Also, there is a noon dismissal on October 31st.

🍁 Teacher Updates: Every teacher at Holy Cross has a personalized webpage. On their webpage you can find updates about homework, project due dates, and information about what they are learning. You can view this webpage by going to our main site and then going to the Faculty & Staff page and clicking on your child’s teacher.

🍁 Parent Resources: October 10th is World Mental Health Day. This year the theme is Working Together to Prevent Suicide. Here at Holy Cross we take mental health very seriously. If ever you have any concerns about your child please share them with us so we can work together to support your child. We have two counselors available to work with children and families. Here are some additional resources regarding mental health.
Have a great rest of the week!

Parent Update 10.2.19
Hello Holy Cross Families,

I hope everyone is having a great week. Please review the important announcements below.

🍁 Signage: I want to take a moment to clarify that the sign on the front door was not placed there in response to an event or incident. As a school principal I try to be as proactive as possible, especially regarding safety. We are blessed at Holy Cross to have a safe school, with amazing children, and wonderful families. It is our priority to do everything we can to ensure the safety of your child.

🍁 October is National Fire Prevention Month. Here are some fire safety resources to share with your family.

🍁 We are accepting applications for 2020. Timely tuition payments help ensure efficient operations at the school.

🍁 Referral program – Did you refer a family to us? If you did, please contact Mrs. Haynes with the name of the family you referred. Also, the CSPA – Children Scholarship Parent Ambassador is Erica Chase, echase@philadelphia.org

🍁 Winter Uniform: Starting on October 14th, students are required to wear the winter uniform.

🍁 Calendar Reminder: There is no school on October 18th. Also, there is a noon dismissal on October 31st.

🍁 Teacher Updates: Every teacher at Holy Cross has a personalized webpage. On their webpage you can find updates about homework, project due dates, and information about what they are learning. You can view this webpage by going to our main site and then going to the Faculty & Staff page and clicking on your child’s teacher.

🍁 Map Testing: This week we started Fall Map Testing. If you are not familiar, Map testing is a commonly used benchmark test that allows schools to monitor student growth. It is taken three times a year to chart their progress in both Math and Reading. You can read more about it here. The Map test schedule is attached to this email. We are asking that you talk to your child about Map testing and encourage them to do their best. The data is used by the school to inform our teaching and instruction.

🍁 After Care/Dismissal: School ends at 2:52pm. It is important that students are picked up on time. Students who are not picked up by 3:10pm will be sent to After Care. Parents will need to sign their child out and be charged $15 at the time of pickup.

As always, please email me with any questions or concerns.

Have a great week!

Parent Update 9.25.19
Hello Holy Cross Families,

I hope everyone is enjoying the first week of Fall! Please review the announcements below.

🍁 Teacher Updates: Every teacher at Holy Cross has a personalized webpage. On their webpage you can find updates about homework, project due dates, and information about what they are learning. You can view this webpage by going to our main site and then going to the Faculty & Staff page and clicking on your child’s teacher.

🍁 Map Testing: Next week starts Fall Map Testing. If you are not familiar, Map testing is a commonly used benchmark test that allows schools to monitor student growth. It is taken three times a year to chart their progress in both Math and Reading. You can read more about it here. The Map test schedule is attached to this email. We are asking that you talk to your child about Map testing and encourage them to do their best. The data is used by the school to inform our teaching and instruction.

🍁 Athletics: Although Holy Cross School does not have an athletic program, we have a partnership with the Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) to provide an opportunity for our students to be involved in athletics. If your child is interested, please see the attached flyer. You can also contact holycrossathleticdirector@gmail.com for more information.

🍁 Tuition: If you have any questions about tuition, financial aid, or TADS please contact Yolonda Haynes at yhaynes@independencemissionschools.org . She will be able to assist you with any questions you may have.

🍁 Families of 8th graders who are interested in a High School Night at Saint Helena’s. Please see the attached flyer.

🍁Parents of 8th grade girls: Merion Mercy Academy is hosting an open house for interested 8th grade girls and their parents. Please see attached flyer.

🍁 Holy Cross will host a High School Night for HC 7th and 8th graders. It is on Thursday, 9/26 6-7:30pm in our auditorium. Come out with your child to meet ambassadors from several Catholic High Schools and have the opportunity to ask questions and learn more about your child’s high school options. Please see the attached flyer.

As always, if you have any questions please feel free to email or call. Have a great rest of the week!

Parent update, Sep 18,
Hello Parents,

I hope this email finds you well. Please review the announcements below.

🔺 Early Dismissal: Please remember Friday September 20th is a half day. Students will be dismissed at 12pm and there will be no After Care.

🔺 Gym Uniforms: All orders must be in by Friday, September 20th. If you have any questions please contact Mrs. Van Thuyne in the main office.

🔺 If you have any questions about tuition, financial aid, or TADS please contact Yolonda Haynes at yhaynes@independencemissionschools.org . She will be able to assist you with any questions you may have.

🔺 Families of 8th graders who are interested in a High School Night at Saint Helena’s. Please see the attached flyer.

🔺 Parents of 8th grade girls: Merion Mercy Academy is hosting an open house for interested 8th grade girls and their parents. Please see attached flyer.

🔺 Gym: There have been some questions about when students should wear their gym uniform. Please see the schedule below:
K- Thursday
1, 2, 4-8 – Tuesday
3 – Wednesday

🔺 Holy Cross will host a High School Night for HC 7th and 8th graders. It is on Thursday, 9/26 6-7:30pm in our auditorium. Come out with your child to meet ambassadors from several Catholic High Schools and have the opportunity to ask questions and learn more about your child’s high school options. Please see the attached flyer.

🔺Absent and Late Notification: All IMS schools have switched to Educate from MSP. This means that we are using a new student information system. This is how teachers take attendance and put in grades. With this change there is a feature that automatically alerts parents when their child is marked absent or late. There have been some questions about this so I want to clarify for parents. A child who is not in their first period by 8:00am will be marked absent by the teacher. The student must then go to the front office to obtain a late pass before going to class. Then, Mrs. Van Thuyne changes the attendance from absent to late. It is important that parents understand the response generated when a teacher marks a student absent is automatic. If you have further questions about this please feel free to email me.

🔺School opens at 7:15am and staff is here ready to greet your child and serve them breakfast. Please ensure they are here in time to be in their classroom by 8:00am.

🔺 Please ensure that you are communicating to the school, in writing, any changes to your child’s after school routine. For example, if they normally take a bus, but today, you are picking them up and they need to be in the car line you need send a written note into school. Also, any student who is not picked up by 3:05pm will be sent to after care and the family will be charged the daily rate.

🔺 In rare instances you may need to take your child out of school early, please note that early dismissals are not permitted after 2pm. Please send your child with a note in the morning as well to let the staff know that you are taking your child out of school early.

🔺 School safety is our number one priority, because of this, we ask for your help in understanding that parents and visitors are not permitted to enter the school from 2:30 – 3:05pm each day. If you want to speak with Ms. Van Thuyne, Dr. Lemon-Tate, or your child’s teacher, we will be happy to arrange that through email or a phone call to the office.

As always thank you for choosing Holy Cross! If you have any questions or concerns feel free to email or call.

Parent Update 9.11.19
Hello Holy Cross Families,

Thank you to everyone who came out last night for Back to School Night! Your commitment to your child’s education is crucial to their success. If you were unable to attend, please feel free to email your child’s teacher if you have any questions. It is great to be back in the full swing of things and classrooms are buzzing with energy! At Holy Cross every minute counts! Please read the announcements below and, as always, if you have any questions please email or call.

🔺 If you have any questions about tuition, financial aid, or TADS please contact Yolonda Haynes at yhaynes@independencemissionschools.org . She will be able to assist you with any questions you may have.

🔺 Families of 8th graders who are interested in a High School Night at Saint Helena’s please see the attached flyer.

🔺 Gym: There have been some questions about when students should wear their gym uniform. Please see the schedule below:
K- Thursday
1, 2, 4-8 – Tuesday
3 – Wednesday

🔺 Holy Cross will host a High School Night for HC 7th and 8th graders. It is on Thursday, 9/26 6-7:30pm in our auditorium. Come out with your child to meet ambassadors from several Catholic High Schools and have the opportunity to ask questions and learn more about your child’s high school options.

🔺Absent and Late Notification: All IMS schools have switched to Educate from MSP. This means that we are using a new student information system. This is how teachers take attendance and put in grades. With this change there is a feature that automatically alerts parents when their child is marked absent or late. There have been some questions about this so I want to clarify for parents. A child who is not in their first period by 8:00am will be marked absent by the teacher. The student must then go to the front office to obtain a late pass before going to class. Then, Mrs. Van Thuyne changes the attendance from absent to late. It is important that parents understand the response generated when a teacher marks a student absent is automatic. If you have further questions about this please feel free to email me.

🔺School opens at 7:15am and staff is here ready to greet your child and serve them breakfast. Please ensure they are here in time to be in their classroom by 8:00am.

🔺 Please ensure that you are communicating to the school, in writing, any changes to your child’s after school routine. For example, if they normally take a bus, but today, you are picking them up and they need to be in the car line you need send a written note into school. Also, any student who is not picked up by 3:05pm will be sent to after care and the family will be charged the daily rate.

🔺 In rare instances you may need to take your child out of school early, please note that early dismissals are not permitted after 2pm. Please send your child with a note in the morning as well to let the staff know that you are taking your child out of school early.

🔺 School safety is our number one priority, because of this, we ask for your help in understanding that parents and visitors are not permitted to enter the school from 2:30 – 3:05pmeach day. If you want to speak with Ms. Van Thuyne, Dr. Lemon-Tate, or your child’s teacher, we will be happy to arrange that through email or a phone call to the office.
Have a great rest of the week!

Parent Update 9.4.19
Hello Holy Cross Families,

The school year has officially started! Students are in classrooms engaged and learning and the lunchroom is full of laughter and conversations! We are thrilled to have our students back and we are working hard to make this an amazing year at Holy Cross. Below are some reminders, as always please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

🏁School opens at 7:15am and staff is here ready to greet your child and serve them breakfast. Please ensure they are here in time to be in their classroom by 8:00am.

🏁 Please ensure that you are communicating to the school, in writing, any changes to your child’s after school routine. For example, if they normally take a bus, but today, you are picking them up and they need to be in the car line you need send a written note into school. Also, any student who is not picked up by 3:05pm will be sent to after care and the family will be charged the daily rate. If you are interested in enrolling your child in after care, please email Michelle Gillespie at mgilles65@gmail.com

🏁 In rare instances you may need to take your child out of school early, please note that early dismissals are not permitted after 2pm. Please send your child with a note in the morning as well to let the staff know that you are taking your child out of school early.

🏁 School safety is our number one priority, because of this, we ask for your help in understanding that parents and visitors are not permitted to enter the school from 2:30 – 3:05pm each day. If you want to speak with Ms. Van Thuyne, Dr. Lemon-Tate, or your child’s teacher, we will be happy to arrange that through email or a phone call to the office.

Have a great rest of the week!

Dr. Lemon-Tate

Parent Update 8.28.19
Hello Holy Cross Families,

School starts on Tuesday! Can you believe it? The staff of Holy Cross has been working hard in preparation for your child’s arrival. We are eagerly anticipating the start of the school year. Below are a few reminders to ensure that you are prepared for the first day.

📣 At the Parent Association meeting it was brought to my attention that oftentimes students may have a lot of supplies to bring to school for the first week. This might present a transportation problem or just might be a lot to carry. Please feel free to send the required supplies with you students throughout the first week so that they are not having to carry an excessive amount of supplies for the first day.
📣 Drop Off: All students are to be dropped off for the start of school and breakfast in the school yard lot. For safety reasons, parents are asked not to enter the school building. The exception to this policy is the first week of kindergarten where parents of kindergarten students are allowed to accompany their child to the classroom for their first day of school.
📣 For the 2019-2020 school year students who are not IN CLASS by 8am are considered late. The school is open at 7:15am and breakfast will be served at that time to accommodate parents in the morning drop-off. Students will be encouraged to start heading to their classrooms at 7:50am. Please make every effort to ensure your child is on time for school and has adequate time to enjoy breakfast.

As always please feel free to email or call with any questions or concerns and thank you for your continued support.

Parent Update 8.22.19
Hello Holy Cross Families,

The start of the school year is almost here! Thank you to everyone who came out for our annual ice cream social! It was great getting to meet the students and families. If you weren’t able to make it, I look forward to meeting you soon! In the meantime, please review the announcements below.

📣 At the Parent Association meeting it was brought to my attention that oftentimes students may have a lot of supplies to bring to school for the first week. This might present a transportation problem or just might be a lot to carry. Please feel free to send the required supplies with you students throughout the first week so that they are not having to carry an excessive amount of supplies for the first day.
📣 Drop Off: All students are to be dropped off for the start of school and breakfast in the school yard lot. For safety reasons, parents are asked not to enter the school building. The exception to this policy is the first week of kindergarten where parents of kindergarten students are allowed to accompany their child to the classroom for their first day of school.
📣 For the 2019-2020 school year students who are not IN CLASS by 8am are considered late. The school is open at 7:15am and breakfast will be served at that time to accommodate parents in the morning drop-off. Students will be encouraged to start heading to their classrooms at 7:50am. Please make every effort to ensure your child is on time for school and has adequate time to enjoy breakfast.
📣 Parent/School Communication: It is important for you to know that the main channels of school-to-home communication are the following:
– The Holy Cross Website found here.
– Weekly Email Updates on Wednesdays from the Principal.
– Paper communication sent home with students.
– A phone call from the Main Office, Mrs. Van Thuyne.
This is how teachers and school administration will send official communication. If you have questions or would like to set up an appointment with a teacher or myself, the best way is to email the person directly.

I hope you are enjoying the last few weeks of summer break! The staff at Holy Cross has been working hard to make this another successful year at Holy Cross. We are excited for the start of the school year and grateful that you chose Holy Cross.

Parent Update: 8/14/19
Hello Families of Holy Cross,

Please review the information and announcements below.

📣 The handbook for the 2019-2020 school year can be found here. It is also on the HC website.

📣 After School Care – If your child is enrolled in aftercare here at Holy Cross, please remember that this program runs until 6pm. There is a $1/min fee after 6pm.

📣 School start time is 8:00am for the 2019-2020 school year. Students who arrive after that time and are not in their homeroom will be marked late. Doors open at 7:15am to accommodate parents with early drop off. Breakfast is provided for your child. Being on time and ready for school is imperative to your child’s success. The school day ends at 2:52pm and children will be dismissed according to their Family Transportation Routine.

📣 Be sure your child is ready for their first day! The supply lists for all grades can be found here.

📣 Just a reminder, the first day of school is Tuesday, Sept. 3rd for all students with the exception of kindergarten which has a staggered start. Kindergarten reports to their first day on the following schedule. This is based off your child’s first initial of their last name. Please let me know if you have any questions.
***Kindergarten ONLY
Tuesday 3rd, Last Name A-K
Wednesday 4th, Last Name L-R
Thursday 5th, Last Name S-Z
Friday – All kindergarten report

📣 Holy Cross will host our annual Ice Cream Social🍦 on Tuesday, August 20th from 4-6pm! Come join the Holy Cross staff and other families in kicking off the start of the new school year. We will have tables and chairs on the front lawn and ice cream snacks for everyone.

Sincerely,

Dr. Lemon-Tate

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November 30 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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