May 24, 2019

8 days left of school

It was another busy week at Holy Cross!

We are in the midst of Map Testing.

We had a fabulous Arts Night on Wednesday, with performances by our band, both sign language groups and Praise group. Following this, we opened our annual Art Gallery which had artwork from every student in the school. Thank you parents and students, for such a wonderful turnout. Much thanks to our wonderful staff who always goes above and beyond.

On Thursday, our 5th grade students "moved up" to middle school. Thanks to our 5th grade teachers, our students had a very sweet and moving promotion ceremony, and a continental breakfast afterwards.

Photos and videos of both of these events are viewed on our facebook page.

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Below is a calendar of end of year activities for our school. Individual classes may provide you with their own calendar. Please note that there are TWO awards ceremonies so that we can accommodate everyone in the church and avoid that noisy auditorium. So, if you have a child who is getting an award in both ages groups, yes, you will have to come to both programs or perhaps one parent or guardian can go to each.

We do think it is important to recognize student achievement and do so many times throughout the year. We wish that it was possible to recognize every student because they are all unique in their own way. Unfortunately, this is not possible here at Holy Cross or in life. Please help your children understand that. We recognize academic achievement, effort, improvement, service, and perfect attendance during our end of year ceremony.

Coming Up:

  • Friday, May 24th: Early Release
  • Monday, May 27: Memorial Day, No School or OOS
  • Thursday, May 29: Athletic Awards 1:30PM (change from Wednesday)
  • Thursday, May 30: VPK Moving up to Kindergarten Program 9AM Church
  • Saturday, June 1: 8th Grade Graduation 2PM Church
  • Tuesday, June 4th End of year awards PK-2nd Grade Church 9AM
  • Wednesday, June 5th End of year awards 3rd-8th Grade Church 9AM
  • Thursday, June 6th: Last day of School, Early Release
  • Thursday, June 6th: K5 Graduation 7PM Church
  • Monday, June 17: Summer Camp begins
  • Monday, June 24: Summer School begins

MAP Testing is taking still taking place in some classes

As I have monitored the tests in the computer lab and remotely, I have seen some students really taking their time and doing their best (this is a un-timed test, students can take as long as they need to). I have seen other students just speed through the test so quickly that we know that they are not really even trying. For example, yesterday I was monitoring the progress of the middle school as they took the language test. I observed a group of students as they completed the test in record time as though it was a race. Others including many honor roll students, took as much as an hour longer. It really is about instilling in your children a desire to always strive to do their own personal best and putting forth maximum effort. I don't need to tell you that the scores for that group of students will be very low and may not reflect their true ability but regardless, the test matters. Because it is a test, we cannot stop it and let them start over and in truth, that is not how life works.

Note that in the public school system, failure to achieve a certain score on certain tests at various grade levels will mean automatic retention in the grade, regardless of how the child performs in class. We take many factors into consideration, but the MAP testing results is one of those factors.

Students will have to take tests throughout their school lives and into adulthood. They will have to prove what they know and don't know. Poor work ethic such as described could plague them in many ways. This is an important concept to work with your children on.

Several parents have inquired about MAP test results. As always, these will be prepared and distributed with the final report card. We cannot print test results until all classes and all students are finished with testing. That includes make up tests for students who were absent as well as students who need to finish their tests.

4th Quarter Service Hours

Please be sure to finish your service hours and turn in your pink slips to the office.

If you need service hours, we still need help with 8th grade graduation. We need help this coming May 31st in the afternoon and also on Saturday, June 1st in the with set up, serving and cleanup. There is ample opportunity for a parent who wishes to to make up hours. Here is the link to the sign up genius:

8th Grade Parents

8th Grade Graduation is next Saturday, June 1st, beginning at 2PM. Students will need to be here much earlier. We will update you with that time when Mrs. Thompson returns.

On Friday, May 31st, 8th grade will be dismissed at noon. Please make arrangements for pickup at this time.

Girls should wear a dress or skirt and top, and dress shoes. Be careful with hairstyles as the cap needs to fit on the head.

Gentleman should wear dress pants, dress shirt and tie and dress shoes. A jacket is not necessary as they will be wearing a robe during the ceremony. However if you wish for them to wear a jacket during the reception, that is fine.

Our 8th grade graduation really is a worship service, so we do request that guests keep that in mind. Please do not bring any noisemakers with you into the church.

Following the graduation service, we will go to the auditorium for a reception with light refreshments. We are looking forward to celebrating with this very special class of uniquely gifted young people.

Summer Camp and Summer School

Summer Camp for all ages will begin on Monday, June 17th. Registration information will be available next week. We have programs for PK age students and also Elementary and middle school grades. Both summer camp programs are 6 weeks long.

Summer Academic program will begin on Monday, June 24th. This program is four weeks, four days per week.

Registration information for all programs are available in the school office.

Registration for PK camp is done in the office at any time.

Registration for Summer Blast Summer camp is Wednesday and Thursday from 4PM until 6PM until school ends. If you cannot come during these times, please contact Mrs. Trujillo to make other arrangements.

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Regular Registration Fees are now in effect.

Please be aware that there is limited space in every class.

Here is the link to Re-Enrollment information.


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

You must register through your renweb account.

Don't forget about our Finder's Fee Program.

Raffle for a LAPTOP!!

There are still a few days left to buy raffle tickets for the laptop. The winning ticket will be pulled at our all-school chapel on the last day of school.

This is to raise money for our youth group trip this summer to Minnesota and for our new bus fund (50-50 split).

Tickets will be sold in the business office and in the afternoon in the front office. The laptop is an HP 15.16 HD.LED display with Windows 10 with an AMD processor.

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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

How to Contact Us:

Holy Cross Lutheran School

650 NE 135th St.

North Miami, Fl. 33161

School 305 893 0851

Church 305 893 0371

Office emails:

Sherri Mackey

Marluys Sejba

Natalia Escobar

Soraya Trujillo

Roslyn Noel

Lisette Rogers

Marie Innocent

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