April 22 News & Information

April 22, 2021

Excellence in Youth Leadership Nominations Due Tomorrow

Do you have a student or know a student who uses one or more of the 7 Habits well? Nominate them for the 2021 EYL Award! Nominations are easy to submit and the impact is huge. Go to Holy Cross Catholic School | Excellence in Youth Leadership Program (defianceholycross.org).


Students going into third, fourth or fifth grade next school year are eligible to apply for the Student Lighthouse Team. We encourage anyone interested to apply! Please see the attached letter for more information. Applications can be picked up in the school office starting Monday April 26 and are due Friday May 7th. 


National Volunteer Week began April 18th and is a time to shine light on the impact of volunteer service on our school.

HCCS wishes to recognize and thank the many volunteers who lend their time, talent, voice and resources to meet the critical needs of our school.

When we answer the call to help grow the faith of our youth and to make a difference in Catholic education, we make progress in solving our school’s greatest challenges, and create a stronger community. Thank you to those past and present for volunteering to make HCCS a greater place to learn, work and live as a Catholic community!

First Communion Prayer

Congratulations to all students who will be making their First Holy Communion this weekend at St. Mary’s! St. John Parishioners will make their sacrament on May 2nd.

O Jesus, You have loved us with such exceedingly great love as to give us the ineffable gift of the Holy Eucharist, inflame us with a burning zeal to promote Your glory by praying for Holy Cross Students to prepare worthily to approach Your holy table for the first time. Protect, O Sacred Heart of Jesus, this young soul from the assaults of evil, strengthen his/her faith, increase his/her love and endow him/her with all the virtues that will make him/her worthy to receive You. Amen.

Holy Cross Catholic School PMO Spring Plant Fundraiser Starts THIS COMING Monday 

April 26- May 1
Present this flower coupon at:
Kircher’s Flowers, 1119 Jefferson Ave, Defiance
and receive 10% off your entire purchase of any plants!
Hours of Operation: Monday –Friday 9:00am-7:00pm, Saturday 9:00am – 2:00 pm
*annuals*vegetable plants*hanging baskets*combination pots*herbs*perennials*rosebushes*
20% of the proceeds from your sale will be donated to HCCS PMO

Mark Your Calendars for Spirit Week and Teacher Appreciation Week! 

Monday May 3 – Friday May 7th is Catholic School Spirit Week AND Teacher Appreciation Week. The Student Lighthouse Team and staff have organized fun activities each day of the week to celebrate our Catholic Identity and honor our amazing teachers.
One exciting activity you may wish to prepare for ahead of time is the Domino Rally Food Drive. See the attached flier for details.
The Parent Ministry organization and some special donors have coordinated to provide the teachers with lunch every day to show our appreciation. If your child would like to get something to show their appreciation for their teacher, there is a list of teacher “favorite things” on our website: https://defianceholycross.org/hccs-staff-favorite-things-list/ 

2021 Penny Nature Center Camp: Habitat Heroes 

Kids will participate in fun activities and crafts to explore the woods, creek, meadows, and wetlands at the Penney Nature Center.  Focus will be on how we can be good stewards or ‘habitat heroes’ and the animals that live in each ecosystem.  The camp is taught by Defiance Soil and Water Conservation District staff and other natural resource educators.  Please call Dru Mark-Wilson at 419-782-1794 or email at dmark-wilson@defiance-county.com with any questions you may have.

Camp is located at the Penney Nature Center
08777 Ashpacher Road, Defiance, Ohio
K- 2nd Grade Camp will be from 8:30 to 11:45 AM
on June 8, 9 & 10, Cost: $15
3rd- 5th Grade Camp will be from 8:30 to 2:00 PM
on June 15, 16 & 17, Cost: $25
Registration Deadline:  May 21st. Register online at https://fs7.formsite.com/infoofswcdorg/form18/index.html


  • Registrations received by May 4th will not require the $25 application fee. Online registration has a technical issue right now. Paper forms are available at Y5-5 registration 21-22PRINT VERSION.docx (defianceholycross.org)
  • All HCCS students not have free access to the YMCA. Remember to take advantage of your membership benefits by visiting the YMCA to swim, use the gym and take classes at membership rates!
  • All HCCS Families now have free access thousands of movies, programs, audio and books instantly through FORMED, a streaming service pulling together the best in Catholic movies, children’s programming, audio dramas and books.

    Sign up for FREE in 4 easy steps:

    1. Go to https://formed.org/signup
    2. Enter the Defiance Zip Code 43512
    3. Select any Defiance Parish listed
    4. Enter your name and email address
  • You can check your child’s academic progress in MSP (My Student Progress).
  • HCCS logo wear and uniform jackets are available for online order at Custom Tees & Apparel.


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