CRUSADER NEWS THAT YOU CAN USE....

February 22, 2019

THERE IS NO SCHOOL OR OOS TOMORROW.

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REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN FOR HOLY CROSS FAMILIES

RE-ENROLLMENT FOR THE 2019-2020 SCHOOL YEAR WILL OPEN ON TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 19.


Every student must re-register each year. One class has already filled. Registration is open to the public on Monday, March 4th.


You must have access to your Renweb account to re-enroll your child.

You will login to www.renweb.com and log into your own Renweb account.


IF YOU NEED HELP, PLEASE ASK IN THE BUSINESS OFFICE! THEY ARE HAPPY TO HELP.


All re-enrollments are completed online.


Here is the link to Re-Enrollment information.We have heard that some parents had difficulty using the APP, yet some were able to without any issue. So, if the APP does not work for you it may have something to do with your particular phone or carrier. In that case, please use a desktop computer. It is easier on the computer regardless.



RE-ENROLLMENT INFORMATION

You can also pick up a printed copy of the registration information in the school office.


Registration will open to the public on Monday, March 4. We encourage you to take advantage of our Referral program and recommend our school to your friends, family, neighbors and co-workers. For more information, please contact the business office. We are especially interested in referrals to our K5 and VPK classes this year.



Have a great week,

Mrs. Mackey

Why are we using FACTS Tuition Management?

Some parents have asked and some have expressed concern about why we are using FACTS tuition management for collection of school tuition and fees for the 2029-2020 School Year.

I very rarely talk about or get involved with money but I feel that I must address this question.


The answer is quite simple. We need to stream-line the work that takes place in the business office. Many of our parents are very diligent about taking care of their financial responsibilities to the school. They pay them when they are due and all is well. Unfortunately, not all of our parents are as diligent.


As a result, our business office is spending an extraordinary amount of time taking care of past due accounts and this is taking them away from other very important tasks. We cannot continue in this manner.


Holy Cross is a ministry but we must run it in a business-like manner. Just as our parents have bills to pay, we do as well. Our monthly bills for just electricity, water, salaries and insurance are staggering. For example, our electric, water and insurance alone (no salaries or any other expenses) total nearly $14,000! This excludes expenses for salaries and benefits (we have a staff of almost 60 so you can imagine the cost), materials, maintenance, repairs and many other expenses that occur monthly.


Holy Cross is not part of a large consortium of schools. All Lutheran Schools function independently and that is good, because every school and community is different. We do not have a fund to dip into to pay our bills if parents do not pay theirs. We must rely on our parents to meet their obligations so that we can meet ours. We cannot rely for tax returns or other large lump sums. This includes OOS. We hire staff and we pay our staff. The very reasonable monthly fee that we charge is how we pay our staff.


You will find that most schools in our area are currently using FACTS or some other tuition collection service for the collection of tuition and fees. We are not alone in this. All of the private High Schools in the area that your children may apply to use such a service.


Be assured that you will not lose the opportunity to deal directly with the business office, nor the personal touch of our great staff. If you have issues, you can and should speak to Mrs. Noel. However, FACTS will be the first line of collection. You will likely find that using this service will save you money because you will avoid late payment fees.


Of course, if you need to make a cash payment or any other type of payment in the offices, you will still have that ability.


If you have an issue with the online registration or setting up a FACTS tuition account, please see Mrs. Noel in the business office.

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Black History Program

Our Black History Month Program was amazing. Thank you to all of the parents who came to see it. I have posted videos of all of the performances on our facebook page. Somehow the video of the 1st grade class did not make it, even though I was recording it live. If anyone has a video of that performance, please send it to me.


Please visit our school facebook page at


CLICK HERE TO ACCESS OUR SCHOOL FACEBOOK PAGE


Please like and follow our page.


A video montage of scenes from the program will follow.


The kids were wonderful and so well prepared. We are so proud of them! Its always amazing to see the talent and passion that our children possess. We love them all.


Thank you to all of the members of the committee and their special helpers and a extra special Thank you to our committee chairperson, Beverly Thompson. Mrs. Thompson is retiring at the end of this year but we know that she will continue to be a part of our school and will always be an honorary member of the Black History Month Committee.


Here is a link to a video montage of the Black History Month "Quilts" that were made by each of our classes, depicting famous Black Americans. Enjoy!


CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE VIDEO MONTAGE

DANGEROUS INFORMATION BEING SHARED ON SOCIAL MEDIA AND YOUTUBE WITH CHILDREN

Perhaps you have seen this on the news or on your own social media pages. There are several very scary and potentially dangerous things being shared and children are seeing them.


The first is MOMO. I have included a link for your review. This encourages suicide


https://www.local10.com/news/what-parents-need-to-know-about-momo-challenge-


The second involves subliminal messages that are being included into children's cartoons and also fortnite. I have no seen any of these and I do not know if it is true but I am passing it along to you.


https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/momo-challenge-youtube-fortnite-peppa-pig-video-parents-a8799776.html


Next is the 2 day hiding challenge:


https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/48-hour-challenge-game-facebook-children-go-missing-for-days-hide-parents-warning-social-media-a8004851.html


It is clear that our children can be exposed to dangerous things on the internet and social media and also on online gaming such as fortnite and roblox. That is where parents come in. I have heard of children as young as 2nd grade, playing fortnite with strangers. Here is an example of why that is not a good activity.


https://www.local10.com/news/crime/child-sexual-predator-uses-fortnite-to-target-victims-deputies-say


The internet can be a great place to get information and also for entertainment. But, it must be monitored by parents. And, parents need to know just as much if not more about computers than their children do.

Youth Lock in for 6th thru 8th Grade. Take note Middle School Parents

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Class photos

I would like to thank those parents (and students) who paid attention, followed directions and made sure that their children were dressed in their red shirts. THANK YOU. Unfortunately, not everyone did. We had to make a lot of phone calls and we actually had to do some shirt sharing. We kindly ask that you please you read the information that is sent home from school. In addition, this was also announced to the students.


Hats off to Ms. Alonso's class, Ms. Santana's Class and Mrs. White's class who each had only 1 student who did not come dressed as instructions.

Coming up Soon - Youth Spaghetti Dinner To Go!

We hope that you will support our youth by buying a YUMMY Spaghetti dinner or two or three to go on Friday, March 15th. The cost is $5. And best of all, no cooking on Friday night of that week. So, mark your calendars now. A form will go home next week so be on the lookout.
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Background check authorization

Below is the link. You cannot chaperone or otherwise interact with our students unless you complete the background check.


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

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WHAT'S COMING UP?


Friday, March 1: No School, No OOS School Holiday


Friday, March 1: Holy Cross Fundraising Gala (for our bus fund) 7PM


Monday, March 4: Registration opens to the general public


Looking way ahead...

Spring Break is March 23 thru March 31st.

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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