2019-2020 Parish Theme:
Live by the Spirit, Walk by the Spirit
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Today's announcements:

-Be on the lookout for an email from the Diocese of Arlington that includes a survey seeking feedack on the distance learning experience.

-Click here to access a letter from me about the final weeks of the 2019-2020 school year. The letter is also in the message below in case you have trouble opening the file.

-Nominations for PTO officer positions are due May 23rd. Thank you to everyone who has already submitted their nomination.

-I hope our students are practicing their talents for our talent show. We are excited to open this to student in all grades. We plan to make the talent show available to view online Friday, June 5th. More info is below in the E-blast.
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Dear Holy Cross Academy Families,

I want to thank everyone in our school community for the way we have banded together through very uniquely challenging circumstances this spring. No one could have ever foreseen a pandemic and accompanying quarantine shutting down schools across the world. I feel so blessed to be part of an amazing group of faculty, staff, and parent body who rallied around our children to keep their Catholic education progressing through uniquely difficult circumstances. Although this pandemic has impacted each family in different ways, what has remained consistent is our Faith and our desire to do the very best we can to support our students.
I wanted to point out a few things as we wind down the academic year. The last day for test and quizzes to be given in schools in the Diocese of Arlington is Friday, May 29. This purposely gives a little over a week for students who may have fallen behind to catch up on assignments prior to grades closing on Friday, June 5. Teachers will have enrichment materials and perhaps links to virtual field trips for students to experience after May 29, but you will notice a purposeful lightening in the work load following that date.    
June 8 and 9 will be used for students to come to school to pick up their remaining materials from their classrooms and turn in their textbooks and library books. We will establish a schedule to spread out the turn in/distribution of materials so that we can responsibly social distance. 
June 10, 11, and 12 are being used as professional development days so that our teachers can finalize grades, comments, and close out their classrooms for the year. As a final activity for the 2019 – 2020 school year, we look forward to celebrating Mass on Friday, June 12. A live streaming Mass will be offered. We are investigating ways to potentially offer Mass in person for those that feel comfortable attending. Final details for that day’s Mass will be forthcoming.
As we look to the school year ahead, we are anticipating greater than ever need for financial aid from families impacted financially by the quarantine. We are committed to helping our families in their time of need. If you have been impacted profoundly, please do not hesitate to reach out for assistance. 
I pray that everyone in our school community remains safe and healthy through this incredibly challenging time. I’m overwhelmed by the support the teachers and I have received from the HCA community and from St. Mary’s Parish. 
In Christo,


Stephen M. Fry, Ed. D.
Principal
PTO Elections for 2020-2021

Holy Cross Academy’s PTO helps all of us achieve our mission each day by offering their time and support to the students, parents and teachers so that we all can be successful. Our PTO plans and implements important events in the life of our school that we all enjoy (and now really miss) and is always there to keep the spirits of our school high. Each spring, all HCA parents are invited to run for PTO offices for the coming school year.

Office Positions are:

President:
Vice President:
Secretary:
Treasurer:
Member At Large (4)

If you are not able to be part of the Executive Board…that’s OK, but know…you ARE the PTO and your heart and help are needed to assist our children and our school grow and achieve our vision of a bigger and brighter tomorrow.  Given this year and the challenges our children faced with grace and compassion; we are looking forward to an amazing 2020-2021 school year and everyone's help is needed. Remember you do not have to be on campus to help…we have many things that can be done “behind closed doors”/ or living rooms or kitchen tables.
 
PTO Board Elections are coming up soon. Please take a moment to consider being part of the board and assist in helping our school thrive.  

To get yourself on the spring ballot, please send a short Bio (really it does not have to be a resume) to Dawn Mauro at  dawn.mauro@genexservices.com

The closing date is May 23 rd .  Elections will take place via Constant Contact shortly thereafter.
Good News!
We were granted an extension for yearbook sales!!



Order your yearbook by June 15th!!!

Personalization and "Year in Review" are both available again this year!

Looking Ahead - HCA Important Dates 
 
May
21: NJHS Induction Ceremony 2:00 p.m.
22: No School - Professional Development Day
Last day for HCA Preschool
23: Due Date for PTO Officer Nominations
25: No School - Memorial Day
29: Fellowship Friday - 9:00 am Mass
 
June
2: Last Day of School for 8th Graders
5: Fellowship Friday - 9:00 a.m. Mass
HCA Talent Show
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 10:00 a.m.
15: School Yearbook Order Due
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