SCHOOL NEWS AND VIEWS

July 31, 2019

JUST A COUPLE MORE WEEKS!

Before you know it, school will be back in session. You may be happy about it or you may be sad about it, but nevertheless it is going to happen.


I hope that all of our families take advantage of the last days before school starts to get ready but most importantly, to spend quality time with your children.


A FEW IMPORTANT THINGS TO REMEMBER


1. Don't forget summer reading. We have been providing this information since very early in June, yet we receive inquiries almost daily about it. There are printable links at the bottom of this newsletter or you can stop by the office to pick up information. All children should be reading during the summer, this is just some easy documentation.


2. Please be sure to follow the dress code and ask questions if you have them.


3. Be on the lookout for a class assignment card IN THE MAIL on or around August 9th. If you do not receive it by the 14th, assume it is lost in the mail (some go missing every year) and call the school office.


4. Please to attend "Meet the Teacher" Nights and be sure to come to the correct one. See Calendar items below.


5. There is early release on the 1st two days of school so please make arrangements for your child to be picked up at the right time. Otherwise, your child will be signed in to OOS and charges will apply.

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UPCOMING EVENTS TO MARK ON YOUR CALENDAR

Pride Night Wednesday, August 14th.

This is a work night and a great chance for parents to get a head start on those stewardship hours and work along with teachers, staff and church volunteers to help us get ready for school to begin. We will begin at 5 and will provide a light snack. Please come when you are able. Inside and outside jobs are available.



Meet the Teacher Nights:


2nd through 8th Grade: Thursday, August 15th Come anytime between 5:30PM and 7:30PM. We will close promptly at 8PM.


PK through 1st Grade: Friday, August 16th. Same as above.



First Day of School:

Monday, August 19th School begins at 8:00AM


Early Release:

Monday, August 19th and Tuesday, August 20th


NOTE THE EARLY RELEASE TIMES:

PK, K4 and K5 11:30AM 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th 11:45AM 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th Noon

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TIME TO MEET OUR NEW STAFF (and a few other changes)

We have three new teachers to introduce you!


Ms. Christina Dixon: Ms. Dixon will be teaching 3rd grade and will be replacing Mrs. White who is moving to 1st grade. Ms. Dixon most recently taught at Somerset Academy Charter School. We are excited to have her join our team and we know that she and Mrs. Soto (Ms. Sano got married!) will make a very dynamic team.


Mr. William MacDonald: Mr. MacDonald will be teaching middle school math and science and will be the 7th grade homeroom teacher. He most recently taught at Doctor's Charter School. He was a "guest teacher" in summer camp and summer school and was quite a hit with the kids. (Mrs. Thompson is happily enjoying her well earned retirement but you will see her around).


Ms. Marilyn Davis: Ms. Davis will be teaching middle school language arts and will be the 8th grade homeroom teacher. Ms. Davis most recently was a teacher and Interim Principal at Championship Academy of Distinction High School and brings a wealth of experience. (Mrs. Bey accepted another position and we wish her the best of luck and thank her for her service to our school and students).


Some grade level changes:

As mentioned previously, Mrs. White will be teaching 1st grade. Ms. Woodfork is moving to 4th grade to team teach with Ms. Goodin, and is very excited about all of the possibilities. Mr. Canete is moving up to 5th grade and will be team teaching with Ms. Alonso. This year, Ms. Alonso will be teaching language arts (she loves writing!) and Mr. Canete will be teaching math, science and social studies.


We are very excited about all of the possibilities and promise that this year holds.

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SUMMER READING INFORMATION

All of the forms are included in a PDF file at the end of this newsletter and are available for pickup in the office.


If you have questions, please ask. In the past we have listed specific books that the children should read, but parents seemed to have difficulty finding them sometimes and we also want kids to read what they like. So, please use the guidelines given to help your child select summer reading books.


The librarian at the public library will be very helpful in picking out appropriate books.


Parents, please sign the reading log only when you can confirm that your child has actually finished reading the books. Let's be fair as we are going to award prizes to the top readers in each grade level. These should come back to school during the first week.

MIDDLE SCHOOL PARENTS

Your child will be assigned a chromebook. These are BRAND NEW chromebooks. We are waiting for the safety cases and if they are in on time, we will begin distributing them at MEET THE TEACHER night.


Requirements are that a parent be present to sign the chromebook agreement with the child, and that you have purchased and BRING WITH YOU a sturdy carry case on that night. We will not distribute a chromebook to any student who does not have a case and the case must be marked with the name CLEARLY ON THE OUTSIDE.


Let me mention again that we are providing all middle school students with brand new chromebooks and we expect a high level of care to be used. If we find a chromebook laying around, the first time it will be returned and there will be a warning. The 2nd time there will be a consequence and the 3rd time, chromebook rights will be suspended for a period of time.

Last year, we had some students who CHRONICALLY were irresponsible with the chromebook. We will not deal with that this year. You will still be responsible for the technology fee regardless so please have a strong heart to heart with your student.

Some changes to look forward to

First and foremost....


We are getting a (almost) NEW BUS! Yah! Thank you for all of the support of our gala and other fundraisers that helped us come up with a decent down-payment for this. It is much needed.


Changes in curriculum:


  • K thru 5th science program is new!
  • New Grammar and writing component is added in 2nd thru 8th grade
  • Middle School Language Arts/Literature will utilize a novel based approach, no more StudySync.
  • 3rd-5th Wonders Language Arts curriculum will have some refreshing new components. No more workbooks.
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School Supply Lists

There is a PDF attached to this newsletter with a complete list for all grade levels.

You may pick up a printed copy in the school office for a specific grade level.

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Uniform Policy / Dress Code

Holy Cross Lutheran School

Dress Codes and Uniform Policies Updated June 2019



Ibiley Uniform 1267 NE 163rd Street, North Miami, FL 33162

Phone (305) 625 - 8050 Toll Free 1 (844) 706 - 5771

Email support@ibiley.com

Monday - Friday : 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM Saturday : 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Extended Hours August 1st - 19th

Monday - Saturday : 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM Sunday : Noon to 5:00 PM



Please note: If you have any issue with Ibiley regarding quality or customer service, please address it with them. If they do not resolve your issue, notify Mrs. Mackey with the specific information.



A printed copy of this is available for pick up in the office and is included as a PDF at the end of this newsletter.


Holy Cross has established a dress code to provide uniformity, reduce social stigmas and encourage neatness and self discipline. It is the responsibility of the parents to monitor their child’s adherence to the school dress code and uniform policy. Consequences may apply for lack of compliance. As per our code of conduct, students are expected to dress in accordance with his/her own biological sex.


One change: We will allow the v-neck knit sweater from Ibiley as an alternative to the fleece jacket for 3nd thru 8th grade.

Background check authorization

If you wish to volunteer in any capacity that involves direct contact with children, you need to complete a background check. This includes chaperoning field trips. Below is the link. It takes less than 5 minutes to complete. It is valid for 12 months. You must complete this in ample time to chaperone a field trip.


If you completed a background check last year, DO NOT complete this again UNTIL you receive an email stating that it is expiring.


http://www.holycrossnorthmiami.org/schools-background-check-authorization

How to Contact Us:

Holy Cross Lutheran School

650 NE 135th St.

North Miami, Fl. 33161

School 305 893 0851

Church 305 893 0371


www.holycrossnorthmiami.org


Office emails:

Sherri Mackey smackey@holycross-nm.org

Marluys Sejba msejba@holycross-nm.org

Natalia Escobar nescobar@holycross-nm.org

Soraya Trujillo strujillo@holycross-nm.org

Roslyn Noel rnoel@holycross-nm.org

Lisette Rogers lrogers@holycross-nm.org

Marie Innocent minnocent@holycross-nm.org


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