January 12, 2018

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Dear Parents,

We have had a great first week back to school. I think many of the kids were HAPPY to be back to school. And now, in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr., we do have a school holiday on Monday. There is no school or OOS. I have included MLK's famous "I have a dream" speech below as well as local happenings for this holiday.

We have many activities coming up. We will begin our second round of MAP testing (K-8th) on this Wednesday and will be testing until the first week of February. This is not a test that students can "study" for, but we do want parents to encourage their children to take their time, focus, use test taking strategies and do their best. At the bottom, I have included links for videos and pretest that students can watch/take for practice with the procedures at home. There is one link for 3rd-8th grade and one link for K-2nd. In addition, I included information on necessary skills using the computer mouse and websites where your child can practice these skills.

2nd Quarter Report Card Night

The second grading period will end on Friday, January 19th. Report card night will be held on Thursday, January 25th from 4PM-6:30PM. Please mark your calendars now.

Important Reminders

Contact information: Please make sure that we have your most up to date phone number, address and other contact information. It seems that every day we have reason to call a parent whose number has changed and we were not notified. Imagine if it was an emergency. Please also keep your authorized pick-up and emergency contact list up to date. We also need correct addresses. Today we received 6 pieces of returned mail from parents who apparently have moved but have not updated their information.

Early Pick-up: It should be avoided whenever possible, but if you have to pick up your child early, it should not be in the last hour of the school day UNLESS you have notified the teacher or called the office well in advance. Please respect the fact that there is a lot going on at the end of the day and teachers cannot drop everything to get a child ready to go home early at the last minute.


  • Please keep children home if they are sick and lessen the spread of illness at school. It is also not fair to a child to be sent to school if truly ill. If they come to school sick, we have no choice but to send them home and while they are waiting to be picked up, they are miserable sitting in the office.
  • If your child is out sick, you must call or send an email to the office and please send a note back to school upon return for your child's records. If your child is out more than 2 days, we request a note from the Dr.
  • If your child is out sick and you want a teacher to put together a school work packet, you must request this in the morning. Please do not call in the afternoon and request this because it will be impossible.

New Uniform Company

We have finalized our arrangements with a new uniform company, effective June 9, 2018. Mrs. Trujillo and I have visited their facilities and I think that you will be very pleased. In addition to a convenient, large retail space and easy online ordering, they also will be providing two opportunities to shop here at school in June and July via their mobile uniform bus. I think you will be pleased with the price structure, quality, customer service and convenience. More information to follow as I must fulfill our contractual obligation with Sunshine-wear. I apologize for all of the difficulties this year. We could not have anticipated them.

New procedure

We have purchased a new program that will allow us to scan and save the driver's license information of any visitor to our campus. If you send anyone other than a parent to pick up your child from school, we will be scanning their ID so please make sure that they are carrying it with them. This information WILL NOT be shared with anyone else, it is simply so that we know who is on our campus for the safety of the children.

Right Now Media

Dear Parents,

I am very happy to be able to extend access to RightNow Media to all of our school families. This is a Christian video site that has been described as the Netflix of Christian Media. Setting up an account is very simple. You will have access to children, youth, teen and adult videos, bible studies and documentaries. Please take the few minutes to set up your FREE account. Click on the link below and again at the bottom of this newsletter.

Cold Weather Jacket and Sweater Policy - another reminder.

  • Students in K5 through 8th grade may wear a jacket, sweater or sweatshirt that is solid navy blue, grey, black or white. You may also purchase the Holy Cross sweatshirt from Sunshinewear.

  • PUT YOUR CHILD’S NAME IN ALL JACKETS AND SWEATERS! Our lost and found bin is growing. Unfortunately, if it does not have a name in it, anyone can take it from the lost and found bin. When items are brought into the office, we always check for a name before we put it in the bin.

  • Black, white or navy tights may be worn on cold days.

  • There is PE when the weather is cooler. Even in colder parts of the country, kids go outside for recess unless the temperatures are dangerously low. That will not happen in South Florida. Navy blue sweatpants may be worn under PE shorts on COLD days. Cold is defined as a day where the temperature is BELOW 60 degrees.

  • Boots are not permissible for safety reasons. Do not dress your child in boots of any kind.

  • It is doubtful that it will ever get cold enough for gloves, mittens or scarfs to be necessary and they become distractions and play toys.

  • Hats may not be worn in the classrooms. If you want your child to wear a hat to school on a cool day, it may be worn on the playground. However, it rarely is cold enough for this to be necessary.

  • If the weather is so cold that we feel that uniform items are not warm enough, you will receive a text alert and instructions. Otherwise, children are expected to wear their uniforms to school. Every student should have one pair of long uniform pants, as per our dress code so cooler weather is not a reason to send your child to school in jeans, leggings, etc.

Coming up

Monday, January 15th: MLK birthday, No School or OOS

Friday, January 19th: End of 2nd quarter, EARLY RELEASE

PK-K5 11:30 1st thru 4th 11:45 5th - 8th Noon

Thursday, January 25th: Report card night.

Tuesday, January 30: Elementary Spelling Bees

1st thru 3rd 9AM 4th-5th 10:30AM

Monday, February 5: Middle school spelling bee

Spelling Bee study list

Looking ahead to February

Please mark your calendars now for re-registration which will begin on Tuesday, February 20th. PLEASE NOTE THAT EVERY CHILD MUST BE RE-REGISTERED EVERY YEAR. You will need to register online via Renweb,sign the tuition plan and pay the registration fee to be fully registered. If your child has the SUFS or AAA scholarship, please be sure that you have completed your renewal and turn the letter in to the business office. Please make a copy for your own records.


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