Holy Cross Thunderbolt Newsletter

November 10, 2021

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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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“Mom,” my daughter said in her most mature voice as she walked up to my office chair, with her notebook in hand.

“What do you want to talk to me about?” I asked, already knowing the answer was either a ploy to get something she didn’t already have or a surefire way to get her sister in trouble.

“I just think you need to be aware of what she has done at school today.”

Though no alerts had pinged my "mom radar", my daughter proceeded to rattle off a very nit-picky list of things that annoyed her about her sister.

As Jesus instructs us, we are not to keep a running list of wrongs in our heads, but to forgive and release who and what has hurt us. (Of course, boundaries are important… very, very important… but they do not negate forgiveness.)

We are not to withhold forgiveness. We are to forgive and leave the one who hurt us in God’s hands, who is the only one capable of judging a heart accurately and allowing just consequences for sinful actions.

The sisterly school spat was easy for me to defuse because I’m their mediator (and I do a lot of that). However, I admittedly find it hard to extend an unlimited amount of forgiveness to those who repeatedly and unapologetically cause hurt and pain in my own life. Injustice continues to run rampant in our world, yet we are to maintain a forgiving status. Why? Because God is our Defender.

God is never asking us to be a doormat. But to forgive authentically from the seat of our hearts? That’s a no-brainer for Christ-followers. Why? Because He did.

“What would happen if your sister kept a list like this of all the things you’ve done to her?” I asked my daughter. “Be quick to forgive, give the grace you want to receive, and remember Jesus did not … and will not ever … present you with a list of what you’ve done wrong in your life. He went to the cross and died for you …because He loves you.”

She camouflaged her eye roll, but I relate to how hard it is to apply this note of wisdom to our lives when we don’t feel like it. Prayer and time will give us the strength to stop jotting down wrongs and instead lend forgiveness more authentically and automatically.


Judgment for others is not in our hands, and shouldn’t be on our resumes. As we seek You more each day in prayer and in Your Word, show us how to be forgiving, in Christ. Cleanse us of our tendency to keep records of wrongs and reasons for blame. Let us not become people who shame others, but show them how to be free through Christ.

In Jesus’ Name,


On The Calendar

11/11- Veterans' Day

11/11 - SAC Dress Down Day

11/12 - Packer Dress Day

11/19 - Early Dismissal (11:30) - END OF FIRST TRIMESTER

11/23 - Crazy Coupon Day for 8th Gr. Fundraiser

11/24 - Packer Dress Day

11/24 - Early Dismissal (11:30)

11/25-11/26 - No School - Happy Thanksgiving

11/28 - First Day of Advent

Substitutes Needed!

Holy Cross (and all the GRACE schools) are in desperate need of additional substitute teachers. Could you help us out? We are willing to create a "Holy Cross Only Substitute List" if you are only interested in subbing at our school or share your information on the general GRACE sub-list depending on your interest. You are also able to decide if you would like to be paid for your substitute services or to simply volunteer your time. We are also willing to work with you to place subs in classrooms with age ranges that they feel most comfortable with. Please reach out to Mrs. Peterson to learn more!
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GRACE Calendar Raffle - Sell Your 10 Tickets!

Our calendar raffle fundraiser for this year has begun! This is a great fundraiser for Holy Cross and an opportunity for us to participate with other GRACE schools. There are 200 drawings divided over 71 days for 2022 with each winning ticket worth $50. Plus if you win your ticket is placed back in the raffle for the next drawing days!

Calendar raffle tickets were sent home in the parent folder. Each family is responsible to buy or sell 10 tickets (unless exemption was noted) by December 23rd. When sending the bottom portion back to school please be sure to fully complete the ticket information. If you have any questions feel free to reach out to the Site Advisory Council at SACHolyCross@gmail.com

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Birder Players Presents A Christmas Carol, The Musical

Ebenezer Scrooge is a prosperous curmudgeon who believes that personal wealth is far more valuable than the happiness and comfort of others. With an infuriated "Bah! Humbug!" Scrooge summates his feelings of Christmas tidings and charitable giving, but he's forced to face his selfish ways when three ghosts on Christmas Eve lead him through his Past, Present, and Future. Thanks to their guidance, Scrooge recognizes his faults and greets Christmas morning with a cheerful "Happy Christmas" before spending the day reconnecting and sharing love with those that mean the most to him.

Log on to https://www.showtix4u.com/event-details/53734 to purchase tickets. Shows run from December 2-18. You may even see a feature by one of Holy Cross' own students!

SAVE THE DATE ~ FAST Sledding Event ~ January 14th

The FAST Group has reserved Winter Park in Kewaunee for another fantastic event this winter for all of our Holy Cross Families. Please mark your calendars for Friday, January 14th from 6-9. More details will be coming.

Please welcome Mrs. Kim Connelly, RN, BSN to our GRACE team!

Please welcome Mrs. Kim Connelly, RN, BSN to our GRACE team as a part-time Nurse!

Kim is a dedicated health care professional with over 20 years of nursing experience including care of children in clinical, camp, and school settings. Kim has her B.S. in Nursing from Marian University and is currently pursuing her Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) in Integrative Health and Healing through the University of Minnesota.

Her part-time nurse role for GRACE will be to assist with contact tracing and alleviate the burden of this important task for our principals and front offices. Her work will begin at Father Allouez and Holy Cross schools starting November 15, 2021, with her responsibilities expanding to serve additional GRACE schools in the future.

Kim's work hours will be 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Monday through Thursday and by appointment/as scheduled on Fridays.

Kim is already familiar with our GRACE community as a parent, and we are pleased to have her join us to share her expertise as we continue to work earnestly to maintain in-person learning in a safe and healthy environment for our students.

Welcome Nurse Connelly!

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 consider testing 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. Frequent reviews and updates to our Holy Cross COVID Site Plan are monitored and provided as necessary. Thank you for your cooperation and diligence!

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New Outdoor Games For Recess