2019-2020 Parish Theme:
Live by the Spirit, Walk by the Spirit
Crusaders Give Back to Their Community
Luke: 6:38 teaches us, "Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you."

Holy Cross Academy families continue to impress me with their generosity and support of outstanding local charities. I feel blessed to be a part of a community that teaches philanthropy to its students and shows the positive difference young people can make in their community.

Orange Out Results
While having a great time wearing orange and dressing down, Holy Cross Academy did a wonderful job supporting the Brisben Center, a local homeless shelter.

Students donated 53 full size towels, 383 wash cloths, and $527.25!

Mini Mall Results
Thanks to everyone for supporting the 4th grade Mini Mall. Due to everyone’s generosity, the children made $785.95. Portions of these funds will go to a grade party. The remaining money will be split; 1/2 going to Catholic Charities and 1/2 to the Missions.
Drama Try Outs Sunday 2:00 - 4:30 p.m.
This year's spring musical will be Music Man, Jr. We are looking forward to highlighting the skills of our talented students.

Try outs and our mandatory parent meeting are on Sunday, November 17th from 2:00 - 4:30 p.m. in Fr. Brisson Hall.

Please follow the links below for more information and to RSVP.


Hoops @ Holy Cross Academy
Our middle school basketball teams jump into action this week. We wish luck to our boys and girls teams on successful seasons. Please come out to support our athletes. Admission to all home games is free.

Weekly Hoops Schedule
Monday: Girls BB @ Aquinas 4:00
Boys BB Home vs. Aquinas 4:00 start

Wednesday: Girls BB @ St. Patrick 5:00
Boys BB Home vs. St. Patrick 4:00

We know that win or lose, our student athletes and coaches will make us proud with their effort, tenacity, and sportsmanship.

Go Crusaders!!!
Mass with Bishop Burbidge 9:00 a. m. Tuesday & Noon Dismissal
Tuesday is a historic day for Holy Cross Academy as we welcome the Bishop of the Diocese of Arlington, Michael Burbidge, to celebrate Mass at our school. Mass will begin at a special time, 9:00 a.m. in Fr. Brisson Hall. As always, parents are invited to attend Mass.

Following Mass, Bishop Burbidge will visit with students until the end of our school day at noon. After dismissal, Bishop Burbidge will have lunch with Holy Cross Academy faculty and staff.

Aviat care will be available following our early dismissal Tuesday.
Amazon Smile
Holy Cross Academy has recently run into an issue with our Amazon Smile account. This program allows Amazon.com shoppers to donate .5% of the cost of their order to the nonprofit organization of their choice.

With holiday shopping on the horizon, we are working our very best to reinstate our account with Amazon.com. We will alert families when this is remedied.
Square 1 Art
We hope that everyone received an order form for Square 1 Art. This is a wonderful way to capture your budding Picasso's artwork.

The due date for orders is November 20th .
Dress for the Weather
As the temperatures dip, it is important to remember to dress for the weather and be prepared for outdoor recess. When temperatures (factoring in wind chill) are 30 degrees or above, we will be outside whenever possible through the fall and winter.

We ask that students be prepared with hats, gloves, and scarves so they can be comfortable while they frolic outside with their friends at recess.
Scrip Program Offering Extra Christmas Incentives
Scrip Bonus Rebates for Black Friday and Christmas are just around the corner. Never miss a Scrip bonus rebate on your favorite brands by checking ShopWithScrip.com/BonusRebates every week.

You can also stay up to date on bonuses by subscribing to emails. Just log into ShopWithScrip.com >; Dashboard >; Profile >; check the box. Or “Like” ShopWithScrip on Facebook to see bonus alerts, surprise 24-hour
bonuses, and more.
 
To set up an account at www.shopwithscrip.com, use our school code, 7B876EBB188L2, so Holy Cross Academy gets credit for your purchase. If you have any questions about SCRIP please email the Scrip Coordinator at scripcoordinator@holycrossweb.com .
Middle School Dance Saturday, December 7
6th through 8th grade students are invited to the first middle school dance of the year on Saturday, December 7th in Fr. Brisson Hall. The Middle School Student Council is working to finalize details which will be broadcast soon. Please save the date!
HCA Event at Barnes and Noble December 8
There are only 38 shopping days left until Christmas! A great way to prepare for your holiday events, celebrations, and gift giving is through the  Barnes and Noble s p onsored HCA fundraising event December 8, 2019 . Please come out and join us!  

As always, events like this cannot be done without our families support! If you love greeting folks, wrapping gifts, helping children complete a craft, please volunteer an hour or so of your time. Per our agreement with Barnes and Noble, adult supervision is required for the wrapping and craft areas. Children can be included, but must be supervised. Thanks for supporting our school.


Don't forget, Barnes and Noble gift cards are offered through the SCRIP program. Teachers have provided wish lists that will be displayed at the store the day of the sale.  Share the Voucher Number 12557542 with your friends and family and invite them to come out and see our children perform!
Looking Ahead - HCA Sports + Important Dates
November
16: Date Night at St. Mary's Parish 6:30 p.m.
17: HCA Choir to perform at 12:30 p.m. Mass at St. Mary's Parish
17: Drama Auditions, 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
18: Girls Basketball @ Aquinas, JV Early Dismissal at 2:30 p.m.
18: Boys Basketball vs. Aquinas
19: Visit from Bishop Burbidge - Mass 9:00 a.m. Mass, 12:00 p.m. dismissal
20: Boys Basketball vs St. Patrick
20: Girls Basketball @ St. Patrick
21: PTO Board Meeting 1:00
25: Boys Basketball @ SWOY, Varsity Only, Early Dismissal at 2:50pm
25: Girls Basketball vs. SWOY, Varsity Only
27-29: Thanksgiving Holiday, No School

December
3: Girls Basketball @ Holy Family, Early Dismissal @ 2:30 p.m.
3: Boys Basketball vs. Holy Family
5: High School Placement Test, grade 8
6: 1st Trimester Report Cards
6: School Mass, 8:15 a.m.
7: Middle School Dance
8: HCA Fundraiser at Barnes and Noble
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 
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1009 Stafford Avenue
Fredericksburg, VA 22401
540-373-7553