When the time for Pentecost was fulfilled ...then there appeared to them tongues as of fire,
which parted and came to rest on each one of them.
And they were all filled with the holy Spirit. Acts 2:1a, 3,4a
SPIRIT WEAR DAYS: NEXT TUESDAY, May 28 through THURSDAY, May 30!
USED UNIFORM SALE: Next Tuesday and Wednesday from 3-4PM in Crusader Gym, used uniforms and Spirit Wear will be on sale. Please see flyer for more details.
SUMMER HC SPORTS CAMP REGISTRATION IS HERE: Sign up now through May 17th for 4th - 8th Grade Boys and Girls Basketball and Girls Volleyball Camps right here at Holy Cross. Registration forms are attached here. Please contact Dan Lee with any questions. Space is limited so register early!
DENNIS UNIFORM PROMOTIONS: See the attached flyers to take advantage of two summer offerings from Dennis Uniforms. Ten percent off all purchases betwee June 14-29th and a convenient area-wide sale at ACC on July 28th and 29th. More details attached here and here.
2013-2014 REGISTRATION INFORMATION: Enrollment applications are now available in our school and parish offices. Please call the school office staff at 630-593-5290 if you have any questions or would like to arrange a tour. God bless you for your interest in Holy Cross Catholic School!
FACTS GRANT & AID APPLICATION PROCESS begins here by clicking on this link. In order to eligible for Financial Assistance, granted in early summer to those who qualify depending upon available funds, this is the prerequisite for consideration. Please call Mrs. Glemkowski at 630-593-5290 if you have any questions about the process. FACTS Grant and Aid Application Site for the 2013-2014 school year.
2013-2014 ATHLETICS REGISTRATION: Students in next year's 5th-8th grade classes are encouraged to register for Athletics by completing the attached form click here for Athletics Registration Form. Please submit this form with registration fee to the office or directly to Athletic Director Dan Lee asap as he is currently organizing teams.
MOTHER/SON BOWLING EVENT!
Sunday, May 19th: 2-4PM
St. Charles Bowl, 2520 W. Main St., St. Charles
Cost $10/per person and priceless fun! Please sign up here and return to the office by Friday, May 17!
"THE NEAR PERFECT FUNDRAISER" (Msgr. Brodeski)
BoosterShot checkbooks are a winning fundraiser: $30 gets you a book of checks to use at local business, restaurants, etc. It’s not a coupon book, it's an actual dollar amount to use. Thinking about breakfast after Mass? There's a $10 gift check to use at Apple Villa. Maybe Sunday dinner is more your thing? There's $10 to use at Tribella Grill. How about rainy day activities for the kids? Try the Jump Zone in St. Charles. $5 each for up to 4 kids. Maybe new shoes for the kids over the summer? Giesche Shoes in Geneva is offering a $15 check. Spend $30. Have FUN saving a lot more with the BoosterShot Gift Checkbook. Contact any of us with questions and stop by after Mass. Explanation flyer is here. Please go to http://www.goboostershot.com/store/holy-cross/ to flip through a virtual Gift-checkbook and see the complete list of merchants!
BOX TOPS LABELS WERE DUE FRIDAY!
Box Tops contest is ready to count. Be sure to check the Box Top expiration date and send the trimmed pieces in a ziplock bag marked with your child's name by May 10th. We will again award a prize to the class and individual student who turn in the most Box Tops! Each Box Top piece is worth 10 cents...and that adds up fast! Your participation will keep our school Tops! Any questions, please e-mail Madelyn Weed.
WALK-A-THON: Sponsors, Walk this way!
Our annual Walk-a-thon will take place Friday, May 17th. Maybe you own a business or frequent one that would support our school? Join our team by donating money or prizes. Or consider a donation towards re-useable water bottles for each child with our Holy Cross logo. Please see the attached corporate sponsor form here. Donations are tax deductible and go 100% towards the school. Parents- Student donation forms were sent home. Please return pledge forms and money collected by Monday, May 13th. For questions or to volunteer to help with the Walk-a-thon, please e-mail Chairperson Alisha Capeless or call 630-608-8699.
NEW DAY: HSA General Meeting: Friday, May 17th at 1:45PM
Find out more great info at our last Home and School General meeting, Friday, May 17th 1:45-2:45 in the Gym. We'd love to see many in attendance as we discuss fundraising changes, the Crusader Cash program and a new back to school Fun Fair. Also, sign-up sheets for next year's Chairs/Committees will be available at this meeting.
YEARBOOK 2012-2013: Order your memories today!
Yearbook order forms have been sent home. This year, 8th grade students Aurora Weed and Grace Fuchser will be designing the yearbook cover, with our "Year of Faith" theme. It's one of a kind...and hopefully a new 8th grade tradition. You don't want to miss it!
Yearbook Price - $18 (same price as last year)
Personalization option - Your child's photo and name for an additional $5.50
Autograph Page Insert – an additional $1. The autograph page insert will arrive prior to the end of school so kids can get signatures from friends and teachers. Pay by check (checks payable to Holy Cross HSA) or online at YBPay.lifetouch.com and enter ID Code 10193013. Orders due May 3rd so we can provide you with the autograph inserts! Questions? Please e-mail Shannon Wirth.
Home and School Board Positions Available
The Treasurer and Secretary positions are open for the 2013-14 School year. If you want more information or think it's a good fit for you/someone else, please contact Mrs. Weis. Monsignor Brodeski and Mrs. Weis will make the final decision on Board members.
Gibby's Wine Night Recap
Our school earned $100 from our wine night in March. Thank you Randy & Jan Gibson and staff for a GRAPE night!
Mother-Son Event: Coming in May. More details very soon.
Dear school families,
First of all I want to let you know how much I have enjoyed Holy Cross over the past month and a half. My move took me by surprise and Lent is such a busy time to transition into a new parish. In so many ways, transitions are difficult. You have all been very gracious and welcoming so I thank you for that. Now a month and a half into the move I am pleased to say that I am very much at peace and very grateful to be your pastor.
Earlier this week a priest friend of mine came to visit from Minnesota and we had a few opportunities to sit and talk about our parishes and priesthood. I think I dominated the conversation telling him about the numerous joys I have experienced over the past month and a half at Holy Cross. I have especially loved entering into the daily life of Holy Cross Catholic School. I am deeply impressed by the faculty and staff here. I sincerely hope you know how blessed you are by the dedication, love and commitment of those caring for your children at HCCS. As I come here with “new eyes” and take in all that happens each day I can see God at work in beautiful ways.
Though my days are filled with many different activities, one of the main highlights has been the time I’ve been able to interact with all the students at HCCS. Though I still do not have all your children’s names memorized, I can honestly say that God has blessed me through each and every one of them already. There is a very healthy and positive spirit among the students. From the preschool and kindergarten to the eighth grade, I can see that the students truly love HCCS. And I am already very grateful I get to be a part of their lives here. So thank you for your commitment to our parish school.
On an administrative note I want to mention a few things.
First, I have had several conversations already about the need to add classrooms over the next four years to accommodate our growing school. This is a wonderful challenge we face and I know God has the perfect plan. We need four new classrooms over the next four years. To me, the biggest challenge we face is making good short term decisions that also are the smartest long term decisions. I hope we can expand the school in such a way that it will meet our needs for decades to come. I do not know the best long term direction to take yet but I write to ask for both your prayers and your support. It’s hard to add on to a school while we still are trying to pay off our debt. But, once again, I know God has a perfect plan. Our goal must be to discern that plan.
We must also provide for the immediate needs we have. One need is the development of our use of technology in teaching. This is a technological culture which is developing rapidly each and every day. If we are to properly prepare your children to enter into the technological culture we live in we need to keep adding to our resources with which we teach them. Learning how to use technology well is something I've personally taken a great interest in. I especially believe we need to use technology for the mission of the Church. Youth need to learn how best to use technology in both a safe and productive way.
Over the summer we will most likely be purchasing some new computers for student use called Chromebooks. At my last school we purchased about 100 of these and the teachers and students love them. They have proven to be very helpful in the classroom and provide a safer way for children to use the Internet.
Lastly, I want to invite your participation in a fundraiser that will help fund our technology goals. This weekend the Home and School Association will be selling Holy Cross checkbooks for $30. This is an ideal fundraiser because it can easily raise $10,000 for technology at HCCS and actually save you money. Each $30 checkbook contains about $300 in checks for you to use. I already bought one of them and plan on purchasing two more. By buying three of these for a total of $90 I know I will easily use at least $147 of these checks (for three oil changes, three haircuts, and thee dinners out). That’s a net savings of $57.
I look forward to many years with you all at Holy Cross and am grateful to God for being your pastor.
Msgr. Aaron Brodeski
Kindergarten Adoration: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ko7R_jfmC0A
8th Grade trip to D.C.: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-Zo3RMy2mE
Dear school families,
Our school was blessed today (May 7th) with a visit of Bishop Malloy. He celebrated Mass with all the 8th grade classes of the Aurora Deanery and then stopped by to visit and bless the kids in the lunch room, the playground and several of the classrooms. The 1st graders were excited to show him their newly hatched baby chickens and the 2nd graders were excited because he came to bless their 1st Communion articles. I didn't think to take a picture of him with the kids on the playground (I wish I would have because it was quite cute), but I did take some pictures of him with the 1st and 2nd grade. God bless, Msgr.
Holy Cross Crusaders 2012-2013