October 27, 2022

Important Dates

  • UPDATE - note time change - OCT 31—Trunk or Treat, 1pm with CMC - parents welcome.
  • NOV 1 - Mass (Tuesday) - All Saints Day
  • NOV 3 and 4th - NO SCHOOL - MANS conference for teachers
  • NOV 10 -HALF DAY dismissal at 11:00 - Parent/teacher conference in the PM
  • NOV 11 - NO SCHOOL - Parent/teacher conferences (sign-up info below)
  • NOV 15 - PTO meeting via Zoom
  • NOV 18 - All school Thanksgiving feast (scroll down for all the details)
  • NOV 19 and DEC 3rd - AOD HS placement test at CMC - (see email sent to 8th grade families)
  • NOV 23, 24 & 25 - NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Break


Sign up with your students teachers using the link below. On a desktop device you will see tabs with each teachers grade or names you can click on. On mobile, it will be a drop down menu to be able to see your students grade or teacher name. From there select your time and fill in the required information.


Camp letters went out this week with the cost breakdown for each family, including payment due dates. If you did not receive yours please ask your student if it is in their back-pack. If you still cannot locate it, call the office, we have copies of all the letters that went out and can send another one home if needed.


We are proud to announce that one of our Holy Cross graduates, Matt Zammit Jr, was accepted into West Point Military Academy. This is a great honor, many of our finest Generals and military officials have graduated from West Point. Congratulations to Matt on all his hard work and dedication which has earned him his place at this great academy.


Mrs. Davenport is getting a puppy very soon! His name is Maverick and he is a Pomsky. Mav may visit school from time to time. If you do NOT want your child around Maverick (allergies, preference, etc), please let your child’s teacher and the office know.


Did you know that many of our Crusaders are soccer players? When we're sleeping in on Saturdays they are getting up at the crack of dawn to show off their skills on the soccer field. They've had a great season full of wins and teamwork!


NJHS sponsor the snack store! It’s open between 7:15-7:30am, Mon-Fri. The prices of snacks will range from $.25-.50. A wide variety of snacks will be available such as Cheez-its, Fruit Roll Ups, pretzels, water, Gushers, and much more!!


Cheerleading will begin soon! An email went out to those girls who signed up, regarding optional practices. Due to the overwhelming sign-ups, Coach Cusumano is asking that if your student is definitely interested in being a cheerleader, that you make the practices mandatory. This will give the coach an idea on how big the cheer team will be and how many uniforms will be required. Thank you!!

Practices, 3-4pm:

Friday October 28th
November 3rd and 9th (UPDATED dates - originally scheduled for Nov 4th and 11th but there is no school on those days. )

If you need to reach Coach Cusumano with any questions, her contact info is (850)459-9485 and email is

Crusader Band

Our band members are working hard to learn their pieces. Ms. Volz has been working hard with our band members to get them ready for our Christmas show.


Our teachers are proud of their students. Each teacher nominated the student for September that they felt had exhibited great qualities throughout the month. See what they have to say below:


Lily Ciotti- This is my second year having Lily in my class and she has grown so much over last year and the summer. She is a smart, funny girl with a great personality. She is so helpful to her friends. She helps her friends with their shoes and coats almost every day. She participates in every lesson and activity gladly and is willing to learn. I am to have the opportunity to watch Lily grow and learn for 2 years!

Piper Austin- Piper comes into class every day with a smile on her face ready to learn and help. She is so kind and thoughtful to her friends and teachers! Piper is always the first one to start cleaning up and the last one to finish even if she didn't take a single toy out. Piper never complains and follows every direction given to her. She works hard and doesn't give up when things get tough. I am so glad to have Piper in my class this year. `


Noah Walker is the Kindergarten "Student of the Month" for September. Noah is one of 5 children in his family. He is the oldest and only boy! He attended our preschool last year, with Miss Andrea. Noah wants to be a construction worker when he grows up. His favorite things to do are playing and building things. Noah enjoys school and his favorite foods are hot dogs and macaroni and cheese. If granted one wish, Noah said he would like to have more Transformers.

Keep up the good work, Noah!

1st Grade:

Sammy DeFauw is a bright, thoughtful first grader. He is a good friend to all of his classmates. Sammy's favorite food is macaroni and cheese. His favorite thing about school is working hard and making good things. When Sammy grows up, he wants to be a veterinarian. Sammy loves dogs, especially his puppy Bambi!

Nora Ciotti is an inquisitive first grader! She already knows the classroom routines and is a great leader. Nora's favorite food is spaghetti (WITH meatballs). Her favorite thing about school is the specials, especially Technology. When Nora grows up, she wants to be a zookeeper. Her favorite animal is the tiger.

2nd Grade:

Josie Cherro is in the second grade. Josie is always helping her classmates and teacher. Josie's favorite color is purple and she likes to play soccer. She is on a soccer team. Her favorite food is spaghetti, she helps her Nona make the noodles. Her favorite vacation was when she went to Paris, France. Josie got to go to the very top of the Eiffel Tower. You had to take five elevators to get to the top of the Eiffel Tower. I'm so proud of Josie and all of her hard work in the classroom. Keep up the good work!

Lillian DeVeny is also in the second grade. Lily is a hard worker in the classroom. Lily has a beautiful voice, and is in choir. She also plays soccer, and at her last soccer game, she was the leader of the team. Her favorite foods are pizza and noodles. Over the summer, Lily and her family went to Catholic Family Land. On her vacation she stayed in a cabin, went swimming, did arts and crafts. She also got to go to mass everyday. I'm so proud of Lily, keep up the great work!

3rd Grade:

Our star student for 3 rd grade is Robert Campau. When Robert grows up he wants to be a farmer! Healready has chickens and takes care of them himself. He helps dad around the farm too! If he doesn’tend up being a farmer, he would like to design video games. Robert’s favorite treats are Bischoffcookies. His favorite subject is reading and he is part of the accelerated learning program, so he gets togo to 4 th grade for reading. Robert’s hobby is coloring and doing art. When he colors, he likes to useturquoise which is his favorite color. Robert loves it here at Holy Cross and we are lucky to have him apart of our HC family!

4th Grade:

This month I selected Mackenzie Carty as student of the month. Mackenzie is a very hard worker and enjoys helping out wherever she is needed within the classroom. She puts forth her very best effort everyday. Outside of the classroom Mackenzie enjoys going to gymnastic and dance class. Recently Mackenzie went to Cedar Pointe and her favorite roller coaster was The Gatekeeper...she's much braver than me!

5th Grade: To be added in with Octobers Student Highlights

6th Grade:

Emma Mensen- Emma is a courteous and helpful young lady who isn’t afraid to step up and help out when needed. She is very active in and out of school, yet works hard to do very well academically. She has the ability to achieve whatever goals she sets for herself.

Brennen Toupin- Brennen is an energetic, bright young man who does well with whatever task is at hand. His ready smile and compassion for others are characteristics that will take him far. He is always willing to help out or add comic relief to brighten our day.

7th Grade:

Anthony Boedeker is a great kid. He's always smiling and quick to tell a joke. (Antony) is a diligent worker on academics as well. His Favorite food is steak.

Jacquelyn Austin is new to the school this year, but has quickly fit right in. What can I say? What a nice young lady. She's hardworking and polite as well as respectful. Her favorite food is spice ramen!

8th Grade:

Adrianna Tataren is new to our Holy Cross family. Adrianna and her family moved from Macomb Township to Marine City. In her spare time, Adrianna enjoys reading, horseback riding, and playing the acoustic guitar. Adrianna has been riding horses for the past 4 years. She has her own horse named Echo. Adrianna’s favorite subject in school is reading, and she said that she has several favorite books. Adrianna stated that her best character trait is optimism. For the life principle of respectfulness, I nominated Adrianna because she is always considerate of others and very friendly in nature. She uses her manners and never interrupts. I am truly thankful that Adrianna is a crusader.

Gabriel Jacobs is being recognized for the month of September. Gabe has been a crusader since preschool. When asked what Gabe will miss most about Holy Cross he said that he will miss going to winter camp and basketball. If given the opportunity to travel anywhere in the world, Gabe said he would travel to France, so he could visit the Eiffel Tower and eat French cuisine. Gabe stated that his best character trait is the ability to “let things go.” He doesn’t allow things to bother him, and he is “easy going.” Gabe enjoys listening to other people’s perspectives, but he loves a good debate. One day, Gabe would like to pursue a career in law or criminal justice. I have known Gabe for many years, and he is by far one of the most polite young men I have ever taught. He is compassionate and really thinks about others. I also think that Gabe is very honest and fair.


The school book fair is coming soon. It is scheduled for the week of Nov. 7-11th. Below is the link for parents/families to sign up if they are interested in helping at the book fair:

The book fair will be open Sunday, November 6th after the 9:30 AM mass. It will also be open Monday-Thursday 7:30AM-3:30 PM and during Parent Teacher Conferences on Thursday evening and all day Friday.


Order forms went home this week for the Drama Club fundraiser. Drama Club is funded 100% by generous donations. Your support matters and is more than appreciated. We have partnered with Ray Wiegand's Nursery to offer you beautiful holiday decor for your home. If you cannot find your order form please stop by the school office, we have a few left.

Orders are due: Wed., November 2nd, please bring them to the school office.

Payment: Cash or check, checks should be made out to "OLR"

Pick-up Info: Product and Gift Certificates will be available for pick-up on Wed, Nov. 30th @ 3pm.

Questions: Please contact Katie Phelan @810-434-5416 or Becky Bryson @ 757-334-9662 or


Parents, Holy Cross is thrilled to once again host our traditional Thanksgiving Feast! It is a wonderful time to come together as a “school family” and celebrate all we are grateful for.

This special luncheon would not be possible without all your generosity. As in previous years, each student is asked to bring in the following, based on the grade they are in:

Please bring by Tue, Nov 15.

Preschool: 3 cans of corn

K - 4 sticks of butter each

1st: gallon of milk

2nd: case of water

3rd: three cans of green beans

4th: one 36-pack of Rhodes frozen dinner rolls

5th: (boys) 26 ounce Hungry Jack mashed potatoes /(girls) 3 sticks of butter

6th: see Mrs. Wade for more info

7th: package of cookies

8th: see Mrs. Johnson for more info

We are also purchasing chicken from Nieman’s. We would very gladly accept donations to defray the cost of the meat. Please send to the school office if you’re so inclined. Thank you!

We will also need a team of volunteers to help prep, serve and clean. Please see the following sign-up-genius link to register:

Please contact Adrienne Meldrum with any questions -


Marine City Holly Jolly Christmas Parade is Tuesday November 22nd. All Crusader students and families are welcome to be part of the parade: dress in festive weather appropriate clothing (hats, lights, etc.) and meet in front of Holy Cross at 6:30pm. All students must be accompanied by an adult throughout the event. The parade will travel up Water Street and Broadway, and end at Heritage Park, 300 Broadway.

Float decorating will take place on Nov 22nd immediately after school at 3:00pm in front of Holy Cross.

We will be collecting non-Halloween-labeled candy to pass out at the parade also: Candy donations should be in sealed containers/Ziploc bags and turned into the school office by Nov 21st.

Please contact Melisa at 810-650-8395 or for questions.

PTO Corner

NEW THIS WEEK! - Interested in Drama Club? See attached flyer for upcoming opportunities!

Interested in what PTO is up to and what events to mark on your calendars? Check out the “PTO Particulars” flyer attached to the newsletter email.

Next PTO meeting is Nov 15th @ 7:30am via Zoom. Join us! Just let Sunni know your email so she can get you the Zoom dial in codes.


“Holy Cross Parent Group”

on Facebook

Here it is:

The group will serve as an online forum for parents / grandparents /guardians to:

· Ask questions;

· Share information (community events, sports tryouts, camps, educational opportunities, etc.);

· Donate items to each other (HC spirit wear, school supplies, etc.);

· Share PTO news and fundraiser information;

· Share other school news, internal pictures, newsletters, etc.;

· Showcase upcoming school events.

This will be a private group, and parents are invited to request admittance.


VG's Receipts: Thanks to everyone who continues to save them for us. Please keep saving the entire VG’s receipts, including the “Direct Your Dollars” paragraph. (Sorry--“e-receipts” are not accepted.) We’ll continue to collect receipts until the store tells us to stop! Drop off receipts at the school office or at the rectory.

Amazon Smile: You can designate Holy Cross to receive credit from online shopping through Amazon Smile. We are registered in Amazon Smile as “Our Lady On the River Parish Marine City”

Box Tops for Education: Just a reminder about “how to” digitally save those little box tops….download the app, scan the receipt, and you’ve done it! For details on the new program, please go to:

Please do continue to clip and send in “Box Tops” with good expiration dates: they are very strict about dates, however, and expired “Box Tops” are not honored.



Lunch menu - click here!


Free/Reduced Lunch Application



To find a session that fits your schedule, go to and select “First Time Registrant.” Then choose “view list” of class sites, and choose “Detroit.” Scroll through to find your session, then go back to the top of that page to create your login.



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Not quite sure how SCRIP works?--call Tammi Walker at 810-531-3458




Paul Burger at 734.837.5807