Holy Cross Thunderbolt Newsletter

January 19, 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.
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Winter and Summer are completely different seasons, yet God has a handle on both of them …and us. He doesn’t rip the rug out from our seasonal barometer, taking us from hot summer nights to a frigid blanket of snow. He eases us into the change, walking us from one season to the next with Autumn and Spring in between. God is so creative, He seized the opportunity to create a time for the beauty of transition.

As we experience a full four seasons of change, we seem to constantly live in flux. Maybe that’s the lesson God is teaching us. The moment we linger too long in our comfort zone, we stop growing. Even challenging changes mature the human heart. Through all weather, He remains unchanged. We change, the earth shifts and groans, but He never does. He never changes. He never fails.

When the winter blues threaten to steal our joy, remember that God reigns over all seasons, of the weather, and of our hearts. Let’s pray:


Winter brings its own set of characteristic landscapes, with blankets of snow and powdery tree branches. Though the winter storms can batter us and chill us to the bone, the sun shines onto the sparkling snow thereafter, reminding us that You make beauty out of all things.

Forgive us for allowing cold, gray skies and short dark winter days to sometimes steal the joy of our hearts. Help us use extra downtime to restore our energy and slow our schedules. Soften our hearts to look beyond the inconvenience of the season. For we know that without the tiring leg of the current season, the next one wouldn’t be so welcome and exciting of a change. Bring bright memories of sunshine and warmth to the top of our minds when we need to be reminded that just as sure as the winter came, it will go. Help us to enjoy every day You bless us with on this earth, seeking Your purpose first, and always, through every kind of weather.

In Jesus Name,


On The Calendar

1/21 - Packer Dress Day

1/24-2/4 Read A Thon Fundraiser

1/24-3/27 - Tundra Tales Reading Program

1/28 - Packer Dress Day (If Packers win first playoff game)

1/30 - Enrollment for 2022-23 Opens

1/31-2/4 - Catholic Schools Week

2/11 - No School - FAST Sponsored Ski Trip to Ski Brule

2/25 - Early Dismissal (11:30) - Teacher Inservice

Help Wanted

Holy Cross has an immediate opening for the Extended Care Program Director. Please contact the Holy Cross Parish Office (920-468-0595) if you might be interested, or know of someone else who might be.

Walk A Thon Update - From Incredible Generosity!

We have raised $5283.60 towards the sponsorship of a new well.

Check out: https://www.waterforsouthsudan.org/sponsorship-opportunities

to learn more about where our dollars are going.

Remember - we are still collecting now through January 31st.

Your Voice Matters!

The GRACE Board of Trustees Education Committee has the mission of assuring quality educational programs, maintaining academic excellence and infusing faith in all subjects. To help in that mission, we are asking you to please complete a Learning Survey before 3:00 p.m. on Friday, January 28, 2022. Please use the following link to submit your responses:


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HCCS Catholic Schools Week 2022

*Sunday, January 30th: Celebrating Our Parish

  • Students participate in 10:00 am Sunday liturgy at Holy Cross Parish and Prince of Peace Parishes
  • Coffee and Muffins after Mass for all parishioners

*Monday, January 31st: Celebrating Our Community

  • Career Dress Up Day / Choice Dress Day
  • Sock Collection for St. John’s Homeless Shelter
  • Spelling Bee – 8:30 AM
  • All School DEAR (drop everything and read) for ReadAThon – 1:45-2:30

*Tuesday, February 1st: Celebrating Our Students

  • HCCS Spirit Dress Up – dress in school colors, color your hair in school colors
  • All School Field Trip – Willow Creek Lanes
  • Class "Adopt A Class"
  • HCCS Petting Zoo

*Wednesday, February 2nd: Celebrating Our Nation

  • Red White and Blue or Patriotic Dress
  • Make cards for troops
  • Paint and Sip – 1:15-2:15
    • Grade level appropriate canvas painting project in the classrooms
    • Red/White/Blue ice cream floats delivered to classrooms

*Thursday, February 3rd: Celebrating Vocations

  • Class Theme Dress – each class chooses its theme
  • Abbot Gary Q&A – via Google Meet
  • Letters Written to Sisters of St. Francis-
  • Sock Toss – All grades with collected socks
  • Board Games / Saran Ball Game Hour

*Friday, February 4th: Celebrating Our Faculty, Staff & Volunteers

  • Mass at Holy Cross
  • Dress Down Day
  • PM Movies + popcorn + juice boxes
  • Lunch catered for staff

** Read A Thon will go on all week**

SAVE THE DATE: FAST Sponsored Ski Trip

On February 11th, FAST is sponsoring a Ski Trip for HCCS Families. Please watch for additional details coming soon!

Keeping Us Safe Together And Reducing The Spread - Please Note Changes To HCS COVID Site Plan:

Please remember that if your child is exhibiting any symptoms related to COVID-19, including sniffles, cough, stomach ache, fever, vomiting, diarrhea, etc. he/she should stay home. We ask that those who are ill with any COVID symptoms be tested immediately and for those who are close contacts without symptoms, be tested on day 5 by a recognized medical provider regardless of the individual's vaccine status prior to his/her return. This has helped us to minimize the spread of the virus here at Holy Cross. Short-term quarantines are proving effective in reducing the spread as well.

Effective 1/11/22 through 1/25/22 HCCS is also requiring all individuals to onsite to wear masks over their mouth and nose unless they are actively participating in physical exertion, eating or drinking or are outside the school or church buildings.

Frequent reviews and updates to our Holy Cross COVID Site Plan are monitored and provided as necessary. For your reference, please see below for a summary of the changes to the CDC recommendations effective 12/27/2021.


Thank you for your cooperation and diligence!

From the Desk of GRACE Nurse Kim Connelly....

The US government launched the website https://www.covidtests.gov/ this week and will send 4 free at-home COVID tests to each household at your request. We are sharing this as purely informational if you are interested.

Buddy Team Building

Kinders and 8th Graders did a team building Friendzy activity. They needed to
build a tower with spaghetti noodles, tape, and string with the top
being a marshmallow.

Esperanza Rising

6th grade students submitted their final projects for Esperanza Rising last week. They could choose between 9 projects that spanned from an alternate ending, authors research, 3D figurines, a play-write, game, and many more. Students later had a chance to play the games some of their classmates created around the theme and characters of the book.