2019-2020 Parish Theme:
Live by the Spirit, Walk by the Spirit
Report Cards Coming Home Today
First trimester report cards were sent home with students today. Please sign and return to teachers in the envelope provided.

I really enjoyed reading through all of our students' report cards and making comments on each of them. It is great to read about the successes and growth of our students throughout the year. I hope everyone is able to read my writing. My handwriting isn't what it was in 5th grade when Mr. Peters recognized me for having the 3rd best penmanship in his class.
HCA Event at Barnes and Noble December 8

The PTO Barnes & Noble Central Park Fundraiser is this Sunday, December 8, 2019, 12 - 5 pm. Stop by to see the HCA Chorus perform at noon, our talented Puppeteer Lise Schmiegel at 1 pm, the awesome Science Squad at 3 pm, Irish Dance performing at 4 pm, and the many HCA artistic talents on display. 

Don't forget to give Voucher 12557542 for all purchases at the store, cafe, or pre-ordering for hold/pickup in store.  Invite your friends and family to join you for a coffee at the cafe, see your children perform, and do a little shopping! 

Our Holy Cross Academy families are amazing. We appreciate the support you provide to the school throughout the year. If you can offer help as a greeter, wrapper, or overseeing the craft for this event, please visit the signup link:    

Below are links to order forms for Barnes and Noble Coupons and Order Forms
A Bet is a Bet!
Congratulations to Mrs. Cook's and Mrs. Wiley's classes on completing their reading goals (200 books read by Mrs. Cook's class and 300 books read by Mrs. Wiley's class). I made a wager with the classes that I would sleep on the roof and dye my hair purple if they met heir goals. This stunt was inspired by the book Miss Malarkey Leaves No Reader Behind . I am very proud of our young readers.

Holy Cross Academy's roof is actually not that bad. The wifi signal is strong and I have been fairly productive keeping up with emails. This E-blast was partially authored from my new, rooftop office.

Time for a Calendar Check
Please make sure to check the calendar at the bottom of this message for upcoming events. December is a busy month and I would hate for anyone to miss one of their child's events.
Giving Tree Ceremony & 8th Grade Nativity
It is time for our Advent Giving Tree! Each year, before Christmas, we have a beautiful Giving Tree Ceremony and 8th grade Nativity (Dec. 12 at 8:30am). Each child brings his/her gift forward and places it around the tree. These gifts are given to Catholic Charities’ Baby Closet, Mary’s Shelter and Birthright. The number of families and children that Catholic Charities, Birthright and Mary’s Shelter support has been growing steadily. We ask each child in the school to bring in at least one item to help our precious little friends. These class designations are only suggestions. Any and all donations are gratefully accepted. Parents are invited to attend this moving presentation. 

Kindergarten – size 1 diapers, wipes, baby shampoo, gift cards to Walmart or Target
1 st grade - size 2 diapers, wipes, baby shampoo, gift cards to Walmart or Target 
2nd grade - size 3 diapers, wipes, baby wash, gift cards to Walmart or Target 
3rd grade - size 3 diapers, wipes, baby wash, gift cards to Walmart or Target 
4th grade - size 4 diapers, wipes, baby lotion, gift cards to Walmart or Target 
5th grade - size 4 diapers, wipes, baby lotion, gift cards to Walmart or Target 
6th grade - size 5 diapers, wipes, diaper rash cream, gift cards to Walmart or Target 
7th grade - size 5 diapers, wipes, diaper rash cream, gift cards to Walmart or Target 
8th grade – size 6 diapers, wipes, bottles, sippy cups or pacifiers, gift cards to Walmart or Target  
Cinnamon Rolls and Commercial Bakeware Sale
The HCA Kitchen Staff is again running its very popular cinnamon roll and commercial sheet pan fundraiser. The proceeds from this fundraiser will go towards our curtain divider for Fr. Brisson Hall.

Orders are due December 12th and items will be delivered December 19th.

Holy Cross Crusader Hoops

Tuesday: Girls Home vs. Linden Hall 4:00 p.m.
Boys @ Linden Hall - Dismiss at 2:30 p.m.
PTO Basket Fundraiser
Below is a flyer for a PTO fundraiser. Palzer Madel LLC, is a local maker of delicious European desserts and jams and jellies made using local ingredients from Snead's Farm. They offer gift baskets filled with goodies or individual items.

20% of the proceeds from this sale will come back to Holy Cross Academy's PTO.

Winter Wonderful Dress Down
Students are invited to dress down in their favorite, warm winter attire on Thursday, December 19th. Students are encouraged, but not required, to wear Christmas themed clothes or colors that day. Regular dress down day guidelines apply. Christmas hats and accessories will also be encouraged that day.

With so many giving initiatives under way, there is no charge or collection for this dress down day. Thank you so much for the generosity of our Holy Cross Academy families throughout the year.
Amazon Smile
We have submitted the paperwork to be reinstated with the Amazon Smile Program. Unfortunately, this may take a couple weeks to process.
We will send out notification when Holy Cross Academy is back up and running with their system.
Looking Ahead - HCA Sports + Important Dates

7: Middle School Dance 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. in Fr. Brisson Hall
8: HCA Fundraiser at Barnes and Noble Noon - 5:00 p.m.
9: Christmas Performance, Gr 1, 2, & 3, School Performance, 2pm
9: Christmas Performance, Gr 1, 2, & 3, Family Performance, 7pm
10: Boys Basketball @ Linton Hall, Early Release at 2:30pm
10: Girls Basketball vs. Linton Hall
11: Early Dismissal at 11:30am, A Schedule
11: Spirit Day at Chick Fil-A
11: Confirmation Formation Night, 1st Year Candidates
12: Advent Giving Tree & 8th Grade Nativity, 8:30am
12: Our Lady of Guadalupe Mass, FBH, 7pm
13: School Mass, 8:15am, FBH, All are welcome
13: Kindergarten Play, 2pm
17: Girls Basketball vs Aquinas
18: Boys Basketball @ Aquinas, JV only Early Release at 2:30pm- JV Game 4pm, Varsity Game 5:15pm
18: Strings, Band, Keyboard, & Youth of Note Concert, School Performance, 1:45pm
18: Strings, Band, Keyboard, & Youth of Note Concert, Family Performance, 7pm
19: Winter Wonderland Dress Down Day
19: 5th Grade World Market, 1pm
20: Christmas Holiday Begins at 3:10pm
23-Jan 5: Christmas Holiday, No School
Jan. 6: Classes Resume
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
St. Mary Preschool
1009 Stafford Avenue
Fredericksburg, VA 22401