2019-2020 Parish Theme:
Live by the Spirit, Walk by the Spirit
Test of School Messenger Tonight at 6:00 p.m.
Parents and guardians should receive a test message from our School Messenger system tonight at 6:00 p.m. This is the system we use to communicate weather related closings and other emergency school information. This is only a test.

Parents and guardians should receive a message via email, phone call, and text message (as long as you have shared all this information with HCA).

If you would like to change how you are notified, please notify Angie Tomayko at atomayko@holycrossweb.com . She can update your notification settings.
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Picture Make Up Day - Tomorrow, December 5
Retakes are for students who were absent on school picture day in November or for families who were not pleased with the school pictures they received.

A reminder that students that need to have their picture taken tomorrow need to be in their full winter uniform. If your child has PE tomorrow, please have them bring their PE uniform to change into.

For families wishing to have their child's picture retaken, please return the complete set of pictures on December 5th so their picture can be retaken that day.
Chocolate Sale Money Due Friday, December 6th
Thank you to everyone who has already returned envelopes for the World's Finest Chocolate candy sale. This is our biggest annual PTO fundraiser and provides support for so many school events.

We would like to get all chocolate money collected by this Friday, December 6th. Parents may either bring in cash or checks to the school office or may pay online at https://payit.nelnet.net/form/Jmq6KA7T .
Crusader Hoops Schedule

Thursday: Girls Varsity Home vs. Victory 4:00
Boys Varsity Home vs. Victory 5:15
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:     Barnes and Noble Volunteer Link
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  
Scrip Program Offering Extra Christmas Incentives
Scrip Bonus Rebates for 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 .
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

December
5: School Picture Make Up Day
5: Basketball Home vs Victory (Varsity Girls and Boys beginning at 4:00)
6: 1st Trimester Report Cards
6: School Mass, 8:15 a.m.
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
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
540-286-1600 
St. Mary Preschool
1009 Stafford Avenue
Fredericksburg, VA 22401
540-373-7553