2019-2020 Parish Theme:
Live by the Spirit, Walk by the Spirit
We've Got Something Special Here at Holy Cross Academy

Dear Parents,

I wanted to share something wonderfully heartwarming that I saw today at our school. During our 3rd through 5th grade recess I saw a group of girls sitting at a table in the courtyard having a conversation. They seemed focused on one girl in particular and I saw one of the young ladies lightly rubbing her back in a consoling way.

I made my way over to the table to find the center of attention visably upset. She told me how sad she is that her father will be deploying in a few short days and that he's leaving in the middle of the night and she might not be able to say goodbye to him. Her friends were telling her how brave her father is and how lucky we are for people like him who dedicate their lives to our country. They reminded her that her father is a hero.

I told the young lady how blessed we are to have brave men and women that are willing to go to such incredible lengths to protect our freedoms and keep us safe. I told her about my brother, Mike, who recently retired from the Army and the number of deployments he made away from his wife and two children during his career. I told her how proud I am of my brother, his wife, and children for their sacrifice for our country.

It made my heart happy to see students supporting each other in such a kind way. One of the lines in our morning prayer asks students to pray for our school and for each other and look out for each other every day. It was so wonderful of those girls to take such good care of a classmate in a time of need. I feel blessed that my two youngest children attend HCA because I know they have thoughtful classmates who will support them.

I thought it was timely to share this message particularly with it being September 11th and our prayers being with all those in our country who sacrifice to keep us safe.

In Christo,

Stephen M. Fry, Ed. D.
Collection for St. Mary's Manna Project Due Tomorrow
A reminder that students are asked to bring in either a canned good or $2 donation by tomorrow to help support St. Mary's Manna Project.

We have an impressive collection of donated items in our lobby and we hope to see that collection grow tomorrow. Students bringing in items tomorrow may add to this collection as they enter the building. Monetary donations should be dropped off in the main office in an envelope marked "food drive". Checks can be made payable to Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank.

As a thank you for our families' support with this worthy cause, we are allowing students who brought in an item or donation to have a dress down day tomorrow.
Dress Down Day Guidelines
We hope that students enjoy this dress down day tomorrow. Students are asked to adhere to the following guidelines for tomorrow and any future dress down days:

·        Guidelines on grooming, jewelry, and appearance apply to dress down days just as traditional school days. 
·        Clothing should be neat and fit properly - neither too tight nor too loose.
·        Clothing must not prevent students from participating in the day’s activities (gym class and/or recess).
·        Shirts for both boys and girls must reach past the waist and have a full back and shoulders. 
·        Students may wear either their Holy Cross Academy gym shorts or other shorts that are no shorter than two inches above the knee.
·        Girls’ skirts or dresses may not be more than two inches above the knee.                                                                                                                             
·        Clothing with any inappropriate words or images are not permitted.
·        Jeans, sweat pants, or slacks are acceptable but must be free of rips, tears, or fraying.
·        Students may not wear tights, leggings, jeggings, yoga pants, or other tight fitting pants.
·        Students may not wear flip-flops, sandals, or heels taller than one inch.

Students who come to school or a school function with inappropriate clothing will wait in the office until their parents can bring them appropriate clothing. If a parent cannot bring appropriate clothing to their child, the student will be lent a sweat suit from the Lost and Found to wear for the day.

Students who are out of dress code on a dress down day will be prohibited from participating in the next dress down day.  
Spirit Wear Orders Close Friday
Families may purchase spirit wear from our official school spirit wear store at the link below. Orders may be purchased through Friday, September 13th.

Students may wear Holy Cross Academy t-shirts, spirit wear shirts, Presidential Fitness Award t-shirts, and HCA warm up suits for their physical education uniform.

Holy Cross Academy Ice Cream Social & Cake Walk
Cake Walk time is almost here! Please join us on Sunday from 4:00 - 7:00 at HCA for our Holy Cross Academy Ice Cream Social and Cake Walk. Cake drop off is from 3:00 - 3:45. Cake judging takes place at 4:00. There will be winners in four categories. This is such a fun event that brings in many St. Mary's Parishioners as well as our Holy Cross Academy Families. The weather looks beautiful and there will be ice cream for everyone.
Thanks so much for everyone who has stepped up to volunteer for this event to make it a success. We have ample volunteers for setting up and tearing down after the event. We can still use additional support during the event. If you would still like to volunteer please click the link below.

Click here to sign up to volunteer
Knights of Columbus Scholarship
Information on the Knights of Columbus Scholarship Program is in the link below. Families that have applied for financial aid through FACTS Grant & Aid may apply for this scholarship for the 2019-20 school year. Applications must be postmarked by  September 30, 2019 . Holy Cross Academy will provide verification that the family meets the school's criteria for financial aid. Parents should not submit any financial information with the application. 

St. Cecelia Choir for Grades 2-8
Mr. David Uschold, Director of Music at St. Mary's Church, is inviting all 2nd through 8th grade Holy Cross Academy students to participate in St. Cecelia's Choir. This is St. Mary's Parish children's choir.

Rehearsals are Thursday afternoons from 4:45-6:00 at the parish. St. Cecelia Choir sings at 8:30 a.m. Sunday Masses. For more information and to sign up, please click the link below.

Strings at Holy Cross Academy
Today we had our first class of the year and the students are so excited to get started! We talked about how class passes and the schedule work, what materials we need for strings class, and what the Suzuki Method is all about. Returning students then tuned up and performed some review pieces for new students!

If you are interested in joining strings at Holy Cross Academy, please register soon! Our first small group class is next Wednesday, 9/18 and we will be playing our instruments right away! Registration for the year will close on Friday, 9/27.

Here is the information handed out in class today. Each of underlined items opens a link with detailed information:

Questions? Please contact Mr. Drew Robertson at  hcastrings@holycrossweb.com
Cub Scouts at Holy Cross Academy

To the parents of kindergarten through 4th grade boys and girls:

Is your child intrested in Cub Scouts?  If so, please join us.

Come to Pack 1410's pack meeting on September 13 from 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM. We meet at Holy Cross Academy in Father Brisson Hall. 
Events at St. Michael Catholic High School
St. Michael Fall Festival and Carnival - September 28th.

Warrior for a Day - Shadow Visit Day for 8th Graders - October 25.

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