Holy Cross Thunderbolt Newsletter

October 26, 2022

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Holy Cross Catholic School guides each student in developing academic, emotional and physical excellence while spreading the Gospel message as Jesus did, since 1868.

“Sadness is looking at ourselves, happiness is looking towards God.” - Bl. Carlo Acutis

We Are All Saints In The Making!

Blessed Carlo Acutis was a holy boy who infused the ordinary aspects of life with extraordinary love for God.

During his 15 years on earth, he lived as a regular young person, going to school, playing soccer, eating at the pizzeria with his peers — though somehow making all of these activities a lived Gospel.

In the regularity of his life, he “[dedicated] his life, moment by moment, to the highest goal to which all men are called: eternal bliss with God.”

Among typical teen interests like video games, computer programming, and making home movies with his cats and dogs, he also loved the Eucharist. In fact, he loved the Eucharist in a most profound way, never missing an opportunity to go to Mass or Adoration. This love for the Eucharist, and the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist, became the driving source of his sanctity — a “home base” for him to enter the presence of God and further radiate it to others.

The internet, to Carlo, was also a means of evangelization — it was another space in which he was also able to transmit God. Using his computer skills, Carlo designed an online Eucharistic Miracles Exhibition that is now translated into 17 languages and has been displayed across the world!

Carlo Acutis is a model for all youth today. His life shows young people that sanctity is possible, and indeed nearer than they might imagine! Carlo’s example offers a roadmap to young people wondering how they can live holy lives in this day and age. What’s more, the beatification of this first millennial saint shows us that God is not done making saints yet; he reminds us all, young and old alike, that the Lord makes saints in every age and generation!


Students Attend All-Diocesan School Mass With Bishop David L. Ricken

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On The Calendar

10/27 - Early Dismissal 11:30 AM Conferences - 12:00 - 5:00 PM

10/28 - No School

10/31 - Halloween Dress (Black or Orange or Purple - choice dress guidelines)

10/31 - Sassy and Morgan - Certified Therapy Dogs Begin Services at HCCS

11/1 - All School Mass 8AM with 5th Grade Saints Presentation to follow in church

11/2 - SAC Dress Down Day

11/4 - 6th Grade Story Slam

11/8 - 8th Grade Shadow Day at NDA

11/10 - 8th Grade Vocations Day in Appleton

11/11 - Veterans' Day and Packer Dress Day

11/16 - Adoration 8:30-10:15

11/17 - Packer Dress Day

11/18 - End of First Trimester - Early Dismissal (11:30)

11/18 - 7-8 Gr Dance at NDA

11/23-11/26 - No School (Thanksgiving Break)

11/27 - Advent Begins

11/28 - Middle School Field Trip to Weidner - All Is Calm

HCCS Nutrition Services Assistant - Mr. Kevin Schaetz

Holy Cross warmly welcomes Mr. Kevin Schaetz to our lunchroom! Mr. Schaets is married to his beautiful wife, Micki and have two grown daughters and sons-in-law as well as three grandchildren, Marley, Miles and Lennon. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his family, golfing, hunting, fishing and playing guitar. Prior to working at Holy Cross, Mr. Schaetz worked at Georgia Pacific for 31 years and retired in 2020.

Ms. Sophia Schauer - PreSchool Aide (T/Th)

Hi! My name is Sophia Schauer. I am a graduate of Holy Cross School and Notre Dame Academy. I am currently a student at NWTC in the Early Childhood Education program. After graduation, I hope to work as a preschool teacher. When I am not working or attending classes, I enjoy drinking coffee and spending time with my family and friends.

HCCS Food Service is bringing back, a la carte beginning Monday, November 7th!

What is it? - A la Carte is where Middle School Students (we define this as grades 5-8), can purchase additional snack items with their lunch if they so choose. The additional snack items are all "Smart Snack Compliant," meaning they meet specific nutrition requirements set forth by the DPI.

The A La Carte Items we will sell/make available for the students are the following:

  • Fruit - $0.50
  • Crackers (Cheez-Its, Goldfish Crackers, Bug Bites, etc.) - $0.60
  • Cereal Bowls, Cereal Bars, and Other Snacks (Chewy Granola Bars, Pop Tarts, etc.) - $0.85
  • Fruit Snacks and Chips - $1.00
  • Cookies - $1.25

A few other notes on A La Carte:

  • Any student can participate, but all students are charged the amounts above, regardless what their charge for lunch is. (I.e. - Free, Reduced, and Paid status for lunch is irrelevant for A La Carte. All are charged the same in A La Carte).
  • If a student has a negative balance they will not be able to purchase a la carte.
  • If a parent does not want their student(s) participating in a la carte, they can let food service know, and we have a way to mark it in our system, not allowing a la carte purchases for these student(s).

Do you have any of these items at home that could help?

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Holy Cross Catholic School Amazon Wish List

recognize our amazing staff - please nominate your teachers for the Golden Apple Award!

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Nominations are now open for the Greater Green Bay Chamber's 30th Annual Golden Apple Awards!

"The Greater Green Bay Chamber's Golden Apple Awards program annually recognizes high-quality educators in Greater Green Bay in areas of professionalism, leadership, and innovation. We strive to improve awareness and the importance of quality education within our community. We recognize that quality education is instrumental in the success of Greater Green Bay and have created an avenue that celebrates those within the educational field who contribute exceptional work towards educational attainment."

2023 marks the 30th year of the Golden Apple Awards. Nominations are now open. Nominate today at www.greatergbc.org/goldenapples This is a great way to show gratitude for your teachers!

The 30th Annual Golden Apple Awards will be on Wednesday, April 19, 2023, at the Lambeau Field Atrium.

GRACE Fall 2022 Newsletter

The GRACE Fall 2022 Newsletter is now available for viewing. Catch up on all of the latest GRACE news including Chesterton Academy of St. John Paul II’s updated science lab, follow St. Bernard Catholic School principal, Crystal Blahnik, on her trip to the Third International Congress in Rome, see photos of what our students have been up to recently and more!


Chesterton Academy Shadow Days

Chesterton Academy of St. John Paul II Classical School is celebrating their second inaugural year as the newest Catholic high school in the Green Bay area. We invite interested 7th and 8th grade students to join us for an upcoming Shadow Day to get to know our students and faculty, and learn more about what it means to be a student at Chesterton Academy.

Please reserve your student's spot by contacting the Chesterton Academy office at (920) 617-9542 or casjpiioffice@gracesystem.org.

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Holy Cross Parish and women's ministry Host:

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Holy Cross Middle School Blog


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Fifth Grade Blog

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Look at these smiles!

First Grade Kinetic Art