2019-2020 Parish Theme:
Live by the Spirit, Walk by the Spirit
A Time to Give Thanks
During this season of Thanksgiving, I cannot help but reflect on all that we have to be thankful for at Holy Cross Academy. Our cornucopia of blessings starts with our strong foundation in our Catholic faith, which unites us as a school community. We are supported by Father Mosimann, Father Kelly, Father Folmar, and Father Koehr and the entire parish at St. Mary's. We have the best group of faculty and staff members I've worked with in my career, dedicated to your children's topnotch education and continuing to be lifelong learners themselves! We also have a dedicated and enthusiastic PTO--just read more about their commitment to our school below! I've seen a commitment by all parents in preparing our students for success each day. Finally, I'm grateful to our students for their respect, energy, and hard work each day. Our cup of blessings truly runs over at HCA! It is a joy to be a part of Holy Cross Academy.

I pray that all HCA families enjoy a safe and joyous Thanksgiving Break. As we return in December, we know if will be a busy three weeks as we approach the celebration of our Lord's birth and the many events and festivities that come with the Christmas season. Now is the perfect time, hopefully, surrounded by friends and family, to take a few deep breaths and reflect on how truly blessed we are and all the reasons we have to be thankful.
Giving Tuesday, Tuesday December 3
I'd like to ask HCA families to consider a tax deductible donation to our school on Giving Tuesday. At 12:00 a.m. on Tuesday, December 3rd, a link will be emailed to all HCA families allowing for online donations to our school. Of course, cash or check donations will be accepted in the school office that day, as well. Please help spread word to family members, alumni, and parishioners who may be interested in supporting our school.

The first priority for this fundraiser is to purchase an electric curtain divider for Fr. Brisson Hall. Our secondary goal is to purchase a set of retractable basketball goals for the far end of Fr. Brisson Hall. The cost for each of these initiatives is around $15,000. HCA will purchase these items as soon as the funds have been raised.

Up to $5,000 Donation from HCA's PTO!
I'm excited to announce that Holy Cross Academy's PTO is offering a matching gift of up to $5,000 to help launch our fundraising initiative on Giving Tuesday (December 3rd). If we receive $5,000 or more in donations from generous supporters, our PTO will make the full $5,000 donation.

In case you missed it...link to my parent letter from 11.22.2019 . This letter describes in more detail upcoming enhancements to our campus.
Chromebook Program Expands
The Chromebook program that was initiated this year with our 6th grade students will expand to the entire middle school in the 2020-2021 school year. We thought it would be helpful to announce this information now in case anyone wants to take advantage of the many deals to be found on Chromebooks this weekend.
Picture Make Up Day - Thursday, December 5
A reminder that students that need to have their picture taken that day need to be in their full winter uniforms.

Chocolate Sale Money Due 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 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 .
Weekly Hoops Schedule

Tuesday: Girls BB @ Holy Family 2:30 dismissal
Boys BB Home vs. Holy Family 4:00

Thursday: BB Home vs. Victory 4:00
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.
Square 1 Art Order...Last Chance
Square 1 Art is able to accept phone and online orders up until November 30th.

Students recently brought home a yellow paper with ordering information.
HCA Event at Barnes and Noble December 8
There are only 27 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, or 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!
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 .
Looking Ahead - HCA Sports + Important Dates
27-29: Thanksgiving Holiday, No School

3: Girls Basketball @ Holy Family, Early Dismissal @ 2:30 p.m.
3: Boys Basketball vs. Holy Family
5: School Picture Make Up Day
5: Basketball vs Victory
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
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, 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: 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