Semi-Formal Dance Cancelled
Unfortunately due to inclement weather, the Holy Cross Semi-Formal Dance scheduled for tonight is postponed. A new date will be chosen next week.
Students Embark On 2016 Jamaica Mission Trip
|Members of the 2016 Jamaica Mission Trip.|
Nineteen Holy Cross students along with a student from Regiopolis-Notre Dame and five staff supervisors will leave on Sunday, February 14th on the 2016 Mission Trip to Kingston, Jamaica. Each year since 2010, Holy Cross has sent students and staff to work with special needs students at Riverton Early Childhood Centre and at St. Margaret's Primary School. We also spend time with the abandoned elderly at St. Monica's Home. These centres are all sponsored by St. Patrick's Foundation, a Jamaica based NGO that believes in a 'hand-up' not a 'hand-out'. Holy Cross and Regi have developed a deep connection with the staff of the St. Patrick's Foundation who always warmly welcome our group when we arrive each year. This year we will also be building a house up in Hamwalk, a small village north of Kingston. This house build required us to fund raise the $9000.00 cost of building a 2-bedroom house. This will be done with the family who will be taking ownership of it at the end of the day, as well as with the professional tradespeople who work with Food For the Poor in Jamaica. We will also be connecting with the Seaview Performing Arts Band, a talented group of young people who provide what they call 'Edutainment' through dance and song.
As we look forward to the challenges that lie ahead of us in our work at these projects, we also know that we will be encountering God in and through the poorest of the poor of Kingston, Jamaica.
Grade 8 Information Evening
A information evening for Grade 8 students and their parents/guardians will take place on Wednesday, February 17th, 2016. The evening will consists of the following:
- 6:30 - 7:00: Meeting for parents/guardians of students with an I.E.P. in Room 136
- 7:00 - 8:00: Welcome/Introduction and an overview of programs at Holy Cross in the cafetorium
- 8:00 - 8:30: Opportunity to explore the school
PRO Grant Speaker - Sami Jo Small
Sami Jo Small will be speaking at Holy Cross on Tuesday, February 16th to our students in the morning,, students from our elementary feeder schools in the afternoon and to our parents in the evening at 7:00 p.m. in the Holy Cross Cafetorium.
Sami Jo currently works as a motivational speaker as well as an instructor at her hockey school. She still plays competitive hockey for the Toronto Furies. She grew up playing on the outdoor hockey rinks of Winnipeg, MB. Her passion for the game was honed in the boys’ minor hockey system. As the only girl she was forced each and every day to prove that she belonged through hard work and determination. She dreamt, like her teammates, of someday playing in the NHL, but also dreamt of someday stepping on to the podium at the Olympic Games. At Stanford University for track and field, injuries led to a return to hockey. She played on the Stanford Men’s team, garnering PAC-10 MVP honours while earning her degree in mechanical engineering. Ultimately, her childhood dream became a reality when she accepted a spot on the 1998 Olympic Games team traveling to Nagano, Japan. Women’s hockey was on the rise and Sami Jo was a huge part of its success. She has since won five World Championships and has twice been named Championship MVP. She is a three time Olympian and has been a member of two Olympic Gold Medal Winning teams.
We look forward to her visit and thank our School Council, led by Michelle Iliescu, for their work in bringing Sami Jo to Holy Cross.
Principal Stuart's February Message
Devoted readers of our newsletter will know that we bid farewell to Mr. Andrew Michalski and to Ms. Michele Dowsley, who retired, and to Ms. Asia Zolnierczyk, Ms. Siobhain Broekhoven, and Billy Garland, who are moving on to other assignments with our Board. We wish to thank them for their contributions to the Holy Cross community over the past semester.
Congratulations go out to the Memorial donors, organizers, coaches and players who raised $7500 on behalf of cancer research. It was a great day of athletics and community engagement. Holy Cross has supported cancer research over the years and that kind of commitment depends upon the work of a great team of contributors to make it all happen. In particular, I'd like to single out our Athletic Director, Mr. Dzierniejko, who leads the charge from the Holy Cross side. Well done once again this year. To the left you will see Mary Stickland and Mikayla Morley, Food and Nutrition experts, demonstrating some of their handiwork.
Please read the article in this month's newsletter about Sami Jo Small, who is our Parents Reaching Out Grant speaker this year. She will be at Holy Cross on February 16th, talking to our students in the morning, feeder school students in the afternoon, and parents at 7:00. It's going to be an interesting night and a great opportunity to strike up a conversation with your Crusader.
In second semester, our staff will be continuing to work on three main initiatives as outlined in our School Improvement Plan. In the area of Discipleship, we are emphasizing community outreach through acts of mercy. For Scholarship, we are exploring 'student inquiry' as a way to increase engagement. For Stewardship, we are providing opportunities for students to show responsible citizenship. It is our hope you see these efforts in the everyday activities at our school.
HC Students Win "Awesome Kingston"
|Kort Clifford and Kaliah Barker present the $1000.00 in prize money from the "Awesome Foundation - Kingston" competition to Mr. Forster, Staff Coordinator of the 2016 Jamaica Mission Trip.|
Each year, staff and students from the Jamaica Mission Team fundraise for their mission trip to Kingston, Jamaica. This year three ambitious Holy Cross students travelling to Jamaica decided to put together a presentation for the Awesome Foundation - Kingston on behalf of the Jamaica Mission Team. This competition awards a $1000.00 prize to the group that presents 'the most inspired notion' for making Kingston an 'awesome' city. Kort Clifford, Kaliah Barker and Sara Doyle, pushed through the preliminary rounds and made it to the finals which were held on Thursday, January 21st. Amazingly, they were successful and returned to Holy Cross with the prize money which will go to this year's Jamaica Mission Trip.
Congratulations to Kort, Kaliah and Sara for an "Awesome" job. Well done, Crusaders.
In 1989, Paul Halligan, younger brother of retired HC teacher Frank, and a basketball coach at Regiopolis-Notre Dame Catholic High School, established the Peter Carty Memorial to honour his close friend and classmate, Peter Carty who died from cancer at age 23, in 1984. Paul Halligan passed away from cancer in 1997 at age 34, a victim of the very disease that had taken his friend 13 years earlier.
The Memorial is the annual boys' basketball games between the Holy Cross Crusaders and the Regiopolis-Notre Dame Panthers. Much more importantly, this event is a tribute to two men who died too young. It is also a time to remember all family and friends who fought, and fight, cancer. Finally, the annual Memorial is an event of hope and inspiration.
This year's Memorial took place at Regiopolis-Notre Dame on Thursday, January 14th with the teams splitting the results. In the Junior game, the Panthers upended the Crusaders 54 - 46 while in the Senior contest, the Crusaders crushed the Panthers 71 - 39.
More important than the game results was the $7500 collected from students and the community. To date, over $347 500 has been raised for cancer research and much has been gained in research and treatment since the first Memorial but much more needs to be done. Thanks to all who supported the 2016 Memorial to help carry on the battle!
HC Tech Going To Chicago!
The Holy Cross Technological Education Department is excited to announce that they are organizing a trip to Chicago. The trip is 5 days and 4 overnights from Thursday, April 28th to Monday, May 2nd, 2016. The trip is a cross-discipline technology themed adventure that will provide students with the opportunity to learn and experience technology first hand. Trip highlights include:
- the Willis Tower Skydeck which is the tallest building in the western hemisphere,
- the Chicago Film Tour to see film locations for Ferris Bueller, Blues Brothers, and the Dark Knight to name a few,
- the Museum of Science and Industry to see 2000 interactive displays including a WW II submarine,
- the Architecture River Cruise to learn about architecture, urban planning, design and engineering,
- the Robie House which was designed by famous designer Frank Lloyd Wright,
- enjoy an evening of comedy, song and improv at the Second City Comedy Club,
- watch a Chicago Cubs major league baseball game at historic Wrigley Field,
- plus many shopping and dining experiences.
EF Tours are providing the trip and students will travel by deluxe highway coach bus. Transportation, hotel, breakfasts, dinners, entry fees, and guides are included for $1,095.00. Four students per room, each room has two double beds. See the complete itinerary.
Students have started to enroll on-line to reserve a place on this trip.
If you are interested in joining the Tech Ed Chicago Trip and would like enrolment information please contact an HC Tech Ed teacher or Tech Ed Dept Head John Esford in room 218.