October 9 News & Information

October 9, 2020



There is no school on Monday October 12th due to a scheduled teacher-in service. Thank you for making accommodations. We hope this is a day for your child(ren) to Sharpen the Saw!


Students in Mrs. Westfall’s Second Grade Class came up with the idea to celebrate birthdays at HCCS with a Non-Uniform/Casual Dress Day. 

Mrs. Westfall encouraged the students to ask Mrs. Reinhart for consideration of the idea. Following this advice, students decided to write letters to Mrs. Reinhart, telling her of the idea and asking for approval. Mrs. Westfall worked with the students on their letters, which became a lesson in persuasive writing. 

Upon receipt of the letters, Mrs. Reinhart had a “seek first to understand then be understood” meeting with the 2nd grade. Mrs. Reinhart and the second grade discussed solving the questions of summer birthdays, mass days, and students who had a birthday already. Mrs. Reinhart approved the idea.  “I am proud that our students and staff utilized the 7 Habits by Synergizing and Finding Their Voice to make our HCCS community better.” says Mrs. Reinhart. 

Beginning immediately, students and staff will receive a non-uniform/casual dress pass around the date of their birthday or half birthday (students who already celebrated a birthday this school year will also receive a pass). The pass can be used any day of the week issued with the exception of Wednesday. 

Way to go HCCS Students! 

Inspiring Curiosity and Service

Thank you again to everyone who was able to give to the personal hygiene and cleaning items drive for The Catholic Food Pantry. To learn about and promote the Catholic Food Pantry, Emma Donaldson, 5th grader at HCCS and member of the Student Lighthouse Team, interviewed George Newton, Food Pantry Organizer with the help of Student Lighthouse Advisor Mrs. Theresa. Emma shared what she learned with HCCS students in an effort to encourage them to give to the drive. The drive was very successful, restocking the Food Pantry with needed items like shampoo, body wash and household cleaning items.    

Emma also inspired fellow Student Lighthouse Member Hannah McBride (4th grade) to learn more about the Food Pantry. Hannah asked Mrs. Theresa about volunteering there. Mrs. Theresa connected Hannah’s family with Deb Moninger, who oversees client check-in and orders food among other things for the Food Pantry. 

“We love having students volunteer. The Catholic Food Pantry is open to all who are interested in volunteering. Children who are old enough to read can be a big help” says Moniger. There are between 40-50 volunteers serving the Catholic Food Pantry. Student volunteers are given roles where they do not interact with clients and observe social distancing guidelines. 

For more information on volunteering for the Catholic Food Pantry, call 419-782-2776. 


We are still looking for an awesome person who would find it fun and rewarding to head up the school Scholastic Bookfairs this school year. Scholastic makes it easy, our school staff will train and support you and you will have plenty of volunteer help. PLUS – you get great scholastic purchasing perks for volunteering your time. Interested? Please contact Mrs. Meyer by October 14th to get more information. ameyerr@defianceholycross.org


Calling all party planners! We are planning an EPIC party at the YMCA in January to celebrate our students and we are still looking for some parents who would have fun helping us plan this awesome event for our kids. Please contact Mrs. Meyer at ameyer@defianceholycross.org if you’re interested!

Lea Ann Hayes, HCCS Grandparent
Thank you Mrs. Hayes for your support of our annual fund! Mrs. Hays has volunteered to be an Ambassador for our Fall fundraising campaign. In her role as an Ambassador, she is spreading the good news about all the happenings at HCCS and asking those who value Catholic Education to join her in making a donation to support students like her grandson. If you are interested in joining our growing Ambassador group, please contact Mrs. Meyer for more information. ameye@defianceholycross.org.

  1. You can check your child’s academic progress at anytime in MSP (My Student Progress). 
  2. Our Coats for Kids Collection is going on. You can drop off clean, gently used or new coats in the receptacle in the school lobby. Thank you!


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