1-29-2021 News & Updates

January 29, 2021

 

PLEASE SHARE! Now Enrolling Pre-K, Young 5’s and Kindergarten for the 21-22 Year 


  • Half Day Pre-K for students ages 3 on Tuesdays and Thursdays
  • All Day Pre-K for students age 4 Monday/Wednesday/Friday
  • All Day Young 5’s for students age 4-5
  • All Day Kindergarten for students age 5-6
  • All New Students receive a YMCA membership

To schedule a private tour, call our office between 8am and 4pm Monday-Friday at 419-784-2021. Information on our Virtual Open House and Kindergarten Screening will be available soon. 


WHAT IS THE IMPORTANCE OF A SCHOOL UNIFORM?

We have really enjoyed being able to celebrate reaching our EPIC fundraising goal with two weeks of non-uniform! It’s good to get back to routine though. Why does HCCS have a uniform policy? 

  • School uniforms create a relationship between teachers and students. Research shows that teachers see students in a more respectful light and students are perceived to have a more optimistic attitude and conduct when they are in uniforms.  This, in the end, creates a more efficient learning environment for both teachers and learners.
  • Uniforms allow students to worry less about what to wear every single day since it is the same attire; therefore, there is less worry of following the latest trends. 
  • School uniforms enable students to be proud of their schools and look different from other students as well.

For more information on the value of school uniforms, see New York Times article:

https://www.newtimes.co.rw/lifestyle/what-importance-school-uniform#:~:text=School%20uniforms%20create%20a%20relationship,when%20they%20are%20in%20uniforms.


NATIONAL CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK IS JAN 31-6

WE ARE LOOKING FOR PARENT TESTIMONIALS TO SHARE DURING CSW!

As part of our celebration of Catholic Schools, we are collecting testimonials to share the week of Jan 31-6. (You can share anonymously.) We want to tell our community why YOU love Holy Cross Catholic School! Help us promote and celebrate our school:

  • email your testimony to ameyer@defianceholycross.org
  • leave a review on the school’s Facebook page @HCCSofDefiance
  • Comment on our Instagram/Facebook Posts 

VOLUNTEERS STILL NEEDED BETWEEN 1PM and 3PM
FREE PIZZA & CHANCE TO WIN $$$! 

Mrs. Meyer is looking for a few parents/grandparents to volunteer delivering meals from Fired Stone Tavern to supporters on Sunday February 7th between 1-3. All volunteers will receive a free pizza from Fired Stone Tavern as well as a Super Bowl Square. Please email ameyer@defianceholycross.org, message us on Facebook or call the office to sign up. For more information on our fundraising event, go to https://defianceholycross.org/superbowlfundraiser


1,000 DOVE AND CRANE PROJECT

Check the Crescent-News’ Religion section yesterday (Thursday) for a story and photo about this special project. We are about 1/2 to our goal of making 1,000 cranes/doves! Friends and Family are welcome to join us in this prayer effort. Cranes and Doves can be dropped off at school in a container at the school’s main entrance.


Lent begins Feb. 17: Make this the best Lent ever!

Have you begun to read the book I Heard God Laugh, A Practical Guide to Life’s Essential Daily Habit by Matthew Kelly? Each family was gifted a copy of this book from HCCS in December.

Interest has been expressed in forming a virtual book discussion group. We are gathering contact information for those who would be interested and hope to organize a this group as a Lenten activity. A book description is below.  If you are interested in participating in a discussion group, please email Mrs. Sampson at rsampson@defianceholycross.org

BOOK DESCRIPTION

Is Your Life Working? Most of us are trying to put together the jigsaw puzzle we call life without a very important piece. Over time this becomes incredibly frustrating. In this extraordinary book, Matthew Kelly powerfully demonstrates that we cannot live the life we have imagined, or experience the joy we yearn for, unless we learn to tend the soul. From there, with his classic style of practical wisdom, he teaches us how to remedy this problem.

When our bodies are hungry, our stomachs growl. When our souls are hungry, we become irritable, restless, confused, overwhelmed, exhausted, anxious, discontent, and tend to focus on the things that matter least and neglect the things that matter most.

Are you taking care of your soul? Are you feeding it and nurturing it? Or are you ignoring it and neglecting it? The reality is, most people have never really been taught how to tend their souls. I Heard God Laugh will help you to do just that, and so much more.

If you ever wondered how Matthew Kelly has been able to write and speak the way he has over the past three decades, he is about to share his secret with you. As he shares what transformed his life, along with intimate details of his own journey and struggle, he teaches us how to apply the great spiritual lessons learned to our own lives.

At every turn he floods the reader with hope and demonstrates unmistakably that the best is yet to come!


FREE SPEAKER SERIES OPEN TO ALL FEB 22-24

Hosted at St. Mary Catholic Church at 6:30 pm, Feb. 22-24
Monday February 22—6:30 pm
How Mary Brought Me to Jesus: The role the Blessed Mother played on Keith’s journey to the church. The impact the Rosary has had on his life.

Tuesday February 23—6:30 pm
What’s So Great About Being Catholic?: Inspire people of from all walks of Catholicism to gain a deeper appreciation of their faith.

Wednesday February 24—6:30 pm
Evangelism Close to Home: Practical steps for families to live their Catholic faith to the fullest.

Speaker – Keith Nester, Down to Earth Ministries

Keith is a former pastor/youth pastor with more than 20 years in full-time ministry. Keith has served in United Methodist, Assembly of God, and Evangelical Free churches.

In 2017 he resigned from his full-time ministry position and joined the Catholic Church. In 2018 he felt the call of God to write a book about what life is like for converts in their 1st year. Through the ministry of Down to Earth, Keith uses his preaching gifts to speak at churches and events about faith, theology, and the journey to Catholicism.


REMINDERS

  • Super Bowl Meal Specials and Super Bowl Squares are still available for purchase at https://defianceholycross.org/superbowlfundraiser
  • Young 5’s – Fifth Grade will be going to the YMCA on Mondays through March 8th for gym. 
  • Ash Wednesday is 2/17/21. We are asked to “repent and hear the Good News” during the Lent season. Have you started thinking about how you can do this with your children? 
  • You can check your child’s academic progress at anytime in MSP (My Student Progress). 

HAVE a GREAT WEEKEND!


 

 

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