2019-2020 Parish Theme:
Live by the Spirit, Walk by the Spirit
Dear Holy Cross Academy Parents and Guardians,

Recently, Holy Cross Academy learned that we have been awarded a federal grant through the Payroll Protection Program. Thanks to the outstanding work of our business manager, Kathy Whetzel, and Fr. Mosimann, HCA was one of just fifteen schools/parishes in the Diocese to be approved for the program. This grant will ensure that our school can meet its goal of continuing to compensate all employees at their regular rate throughout this mandatory suspension of traditional operations. It is a blessing for our school in a difficult time for us all!

I have been asked by some parents if tuition would still be collected during the remainder of the school year. Holy Cross Academy is joining other schools in the Diocese by collecting tuition through the remaining months of the 2019-2020 school year. Tuition dollars and our subsidy from St. Mary’s Parish make up the vast majority of our school’s operating budget. Of that operating budget, over 80% of HCA’s is spent on faculty and staff salaries. Thankfully, the Payroll Protection Program can help meet potential shortfalls in revenue through the end of the school year.

To help ease the blow of this pandemic and accompanying quarantine, Holy Cross Academy is going to eliminate the $100 ($85 for pre-k) reenrollment fee for the 2020-2021 school year for all families. These payments had been previously delayed from April 1 to May 1. Now they will be eliminated. This represents a $45,000 loss in revenue for our school, but is the right thing to do to support families in these difficult times. 

Since the COVID-19 outbreak, our teachers have risen to the occasion to meet the needs of our students through distance education. Our faculty and staff are working hard to ensure the best possible learning outcomes for our students through the remaining trimester. Our teachers are continuing to evolve their distance education strategies for their students. Through Zoom calls, live Masses, posted videos, and regular communication, we are trying to keep our students feeling connected to their school through this quarantine.

If your family is economically impacted by the mandatory business shut downs in our region, please reach out to Kathy Whetzel, our business manager at kwhetzel@holycrossweb.com . We will work with families to delay payments and support families through this difficult time.  Our school community is a family and families take care of one another.

I’m proud of the way our school community has rallied together to make the best of a difficult situation. Thank you for all of the incredibly kind and supportive messages I have received in recent weeks. Please know you are all in my prayers.

All my best,

Stephen M. Fry, Ed. D.
Link to morning announcements
Below is a link to a video of our morning prayers and announcements for Tuesday, April 28, 2020.


Prayer to Jesus for Healing and Guidance - click here to pull up this special prayer.

Today's announcements:
-Our spring online book sale begins Monday, May 4th. More info to follow.

-Mrs. Woolfolk has put together a slide show of some work submitted from her students. Click here to access a presentation of 16 examples of student artwork.

-After a week of hard work this week, students will enjoy a long weekend. Monday, May 4 will be a professional development day for faculty and staff.


-Mother's Day is coming up Sunday, May 10. Your favorite store is likely closed and shipping is slower on many websites than usual, so make sure to plan ahead.

-HCA's PTO has already set April 17, 2021 as a new date for a casino night at Holy Cross Academy.
-P
Services from St. Mary's Church
Below is the link for St. Mary's Parish Facebook Page. There are live Masses offered each morning at 9:00 a.m. Additional Masses and prayer services are offered throughout the day and "on demand."

Looking Ahead - HCA Important Dates 
 
May
1: Fellowship Friday - 9:00 am Mass
4: No Distance Learning - Professional Development Day
Online book sale begins
7: May Crowning
8: Fellowship Friday - 9:00 am Mass
10: Mother's Day
15: Fellowship Friday - 9:00 am Mass
22: No School - cashed in snow day
25: No School - Memorial Day
29: Fellowship Friday - 9:00 am Mass
 
June
5: Fellowship Friday - 9:00 a.m. Mass
9: Last day of distance learning - Have a wonderful summer!
10: No School - Professional Development Day
11: No School - Professional Development Day
12: No School - End of Year Mass
Mission Statement

At Holy Cross Academy, we are guided by the spirit of Saint Francis de Sales as we dedicate ourselves to: 

  • Create an atmosphere of prayer and reliance on our heavenly Father;
  • Spread the message of Jesus in our families and our community by treating all persons with respect and showing reverence for the gift of God in each one;
  • Build up the Spirit-filled faith community within Saint Mary of the Immaculate Conception Parish;
  • Serve those in need in our local community and in the Missions through an awareness of our global responsibility to all humanity;
  • Develop the whole child: spiritually, emotionally, academically and physically;
  • Promote academic excellence by challenging all our students to recognize their gifts and fulfill their God-given potential.

It's About the Children
Holy Cross Academy
250 Stafford Lakes Parkway  
Fredericksburg, VA 22406
540-286-1600 
Holy Cross Academy Preschool
1009 Stafford Avenue
Fredericksburg, VA 22401
540-373-7553