August 31, 2018

This Week's Recap....

Another great week! The students are getting into the routine of school and are working hard to learn expectations, routines and procedures. I am proud of all of our students.

A comment from Mr. Patterson, our morning "parking lot patrol" parent... Thank you to our parents for being so cooperative and following the procedures that have been set in place to keep our students safe and keep traffic moving. I would like to also explain that the reason we don't allow you to walk through the exit of the parking lot is because we do not want the children walking that close to cars. For that reason, we have installed the pedestrian gate. I know that it takes a few extra minutes, but it's worth it.

Please remember that there is no school on Monday because of Labor Day. Here is some information on the origin of Labor Day, for your information.

There is a September lunch menu included at the bottom of this email.

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Join us on Tuesday Night at 6PM for the PTL Rally!

The PTL (our parent group) is kicking off this school year with a fun-filled rally this Tuesday at 6PM in the church. All are invited to come and be part of the fun. Remember that children who see their parents actively involved in school, tend to do better both academically and socially.

The BEST thing that happened this week...

Volleyball and Praise Group tryouts... it was wonderful to see lots of new students who want to take part in an extracurricular activity. And, we see lots of energy and enthusiasm.

Please remind your students that participation in an after-school activity is contingent upon having grades and behavior that meet our standards and policies. Right now, everyone is eligible so keep up the good work!

The biggest problem we have had this week is....

We are still having issues almost every day with individuals being sent to pick up children who are not on "the list". In some cases, they don't even know the full name of the child and the age/grade. This really is a problem. Please call or email if you are sending anyone who is not on your "list". We need to know if it's a one day thing or a permanent addition.

Another issue is disconnected or wrong phone numbers and/or addresses. If you change any of your information, we must have the new information. If we have an emergency, we must be able to contact a parent. There is a form in the office that needs to be completed and dated. We did have a sick little girl on Friday and every number that we had was not a good number. Please don't let this happen to your child.

Background check authorization

If you wish to chaperone a field trip or help in the classroom, cafeteria, etc. in any way, , you must complete an online background check authorization. It is good for two years and you will get an email when it is time to renew it. Completing this form takes less than five minutes and the results are sent confidentially to me directly. PLEASE BE SURE TO READ THE VOLUNTEER GUIDELINES.


Here is the link to the tab on our website:

Stewardship Opportunities

Mrs. Sejba always needs help in the cafeteria. You must sign up IN ADVANCE with her as she can only use one or two helpers per day. You can also put yourself on an on-call list when she is short-staffed and needs additional help.

I need for one parent to volunteer to update our information board by the front sidewalk once per month. This can be done any time of the day.

You can also ask your child's teacher is she/he needs help with any project in the classroom or if there are things that can be done at home.

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The Scholastic Book Fair will be here Monday, September 17 thru Friday, September 20th. We will be looking for parent volunteers to help in the morning and also after school.

If you wish to volunteer to help, please contact Mrs. Trujillo by phone or email her at

At the book fair this year, you will have the option to prepay for your child's book shopping online in advance.


Renweb is our school management system. For parents, this is the place to check on grades and homework. We provide this to parents at great cost and we want you to use it. If you are not familiar with how to logon and use it, please get in touch with us and we will help you. Do not let your child's grades or progress be a surprise to you when it becomes time for midterm progress reports or report cards. Also on Renweb you will find the daily lunch and an accounting of your child's absences and tardies. You can pick up instructions for Renweb in the office.

The district code is HC-FL.

Students can have their own logon.

Here is the website.

World's Finest Chocolate is Here!

If you wish to sell a box of World's Finest Chocolate for service hours, please visit the business office. You receive 2.5 stewardship hours for every box of chocolate you sell. And let's be honest... it really sells itself! Yum....

Middle School Chromebook Information.

We will distribute begin distributing them next week. All new students must have a signed and returned Chromebook agreement and Acceptable Use Policy. This was given to your students today.

We had to return almost half of the chromebooks over the summer for repairs. Most of the issues were keyboard issues and a few broken screens. These issues would not occur if they were used properly and stored properly.

Chromebooks should be carried by students, NOT PUT IN BACKPACKS under books.. If not with the student, they should be put at the TOP OF THE LOCKER, not under books. The weight of the books cause lots of problems.

If we find the chromebook laying around the school anywhere at anytime, it will be sent to the office and a parent must come in and retrieve it. The first time is a warning, after that there are consequences.

All chromebooks must be kept in the plastic sleeve that is provided and stored in a padded, zippered case. The case must have the student's name written in permanent marker prominently on the front of the padded case. These can be purchased inexpensively.

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Special "DRESS DOWN" Day

Next Friday, September 7th, we will have a special DRESS DOWN Day to benefit END ALZHEIMER'S.

Students may wear their own clothes to school as long as they bring a donation of at least $1.00 for this worthy cause. Most of our families have been touched in some way by this disease and a cure must be found.

Clothing must be appropriate for school and sandals and heavy boots may not be worn. Students who do not participate in the fundraising should wear regular uniforms to school.

Please support this organization as they work to find ways to help those suffering with this and their caregivers. Checks made out to Holy Cross can be accepted.

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PTL Cherrydale Farms Fall Sale KICKOFF

We will have the kick-off event for our PTL's biggest fundraiser of the year, the Cherrydale Farms Fall Sale. This will take place next Friday, September 7th in the afternoon. All students will be coming home with their Cherrydale Farms Sales Catalog. We encourage ALL of our families to get involved and sell items to friends, family and co-workers to help our school and PTL. As always, we will be having sale contests. More info will come home with your kids on Friday. Please support this.

What's Coming Up?

Monday, September 3: Labor Day, No School or OOS

Tuesday, September 4: PTL Rally Night! 6PM. More information to follow but please be part of the fun as the PTL kicks off our school year.

Wednesday and Thursday, Sept. 5 and 6: After school popsicle sale, early childhood department.

Friday, September 7: Early Childhood Dept. Grandparent's Day breakfast and program. 8:30AM.

Friday, September 7: Cherrydale Farms Farms Fall Sale Kick-off. Your students will come home with their fall sale packet on this day

Friday, September 7: : Shed your threads to benefit the "End Alzheimer's" organization. Please make a minimum donation of $1 and wear your own (school appropriate)clothing to school. No sandals or heavy boots please.

Thursday, September 13: Middle School field trip to North Miami Public Library (walking) to for an author event with award winning children's author, Lulu Delacre, in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month.

Thursday, September 13: Back to School Night, 4th thru 8th Grade 6:30PM

Friday, September 14: Band Presentation in the church for all students in K and up. Students in 1st and up can sign up to be part of our band program, including violin, trumpet, trombone, clarinet, flute, saxophone and drums.

Friday, September 14: Middle School Youth Group Back to School "Kick-off" Party, from 6PM to 8:00PM. More info to follow, but plan ahead! All middle school students are invited. (Students need to be picked up after school and brought back at 6PM. Students who usually stay for OOS can go directly to Youth IF you have added Mr. Nathan Toenjes to your authorized pick-up list and notify him that he is to pick up your child from OOS).

There's also a regular group of 5th-8th graders that meet together on Sunday mornings for Sunday School from 9:15-10:15 if that happens to fit in the same section

Monday, September 17 until completed: Free speech and language screenings, PK through 5th. Form must be returned to authorize this evaluation.

Monday, September 17 thru Friday, September 21: Scholastic Book Fair in the auditorium.

Tuesday, September 18: Back to School Night PK thru 3rd Grade 6:30PM

Wednesday, September 26 thru Friday, September 28: No School as our students will be traveling to the annual Teacher's Conference.

Please note... OOS will be available WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY ONLY for those who register in advance. There is no OOS available on Friday as we have a very big event here at the school. Please arrange for childcare now for your child if necessary.

After school activity schedule

Boys VB - Wednesday and Friday, 3:30-5PM

Girls VB: Thursday and Friday, 3:30-5PM

Praise Group: Wednesday, 3:30-5:30PM

Please observe the pickup time. Students not picked up on time will be sent to OOS.

More to follow

4th and 5th Grade Trip Information

The deadline to turn in forms and deposits for the Outdoor Adventure trip to Cedar Kirk Christian Camp is coming up soon. We can take a maximum of 40 students and it is first come first served. If you are planning for your 4th or 5th grade student to take part in this wonderful outdoor adventure, please send in your forms and deposit soon.

Volleyball Team Info

If your child is a member of one of the volleyball teams, there are some things that you need to know.

1. There must be a current OOS form on file for all team members. If your child is ONLY staying for a sport or other after school activity, check the appropriate box.

2. An athletic participation form for each sport must be completed and the appropriate sport fee returned to the coach. We will not be billing any sport fees. They must be paid for in advance. If you have a problem, please speak to the coach or to me. The fee for students who are part of our regular OOS program is $35. The fee for those that are not is $50. The fee helps to fund this program including our league fees, refs. awards, etc.

3. Please note that all students who participate in sports must meet academic and behavioral requirements.

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1/2 gallon milk cartons needed

Mrs. Thompson is collecting clean and empty 1/2 gallon paper milk cartons for science class. It can be any kind of 1/2 gallon paper container... cows milk, almond milk, lactaid, even juice if it's a half gallon. Please send them to school after cleaning them out. Thank you very much.

Middle School STEAM

Our 8th grade class as they learn about weight distribution and force in Physical Science.
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Join our church family or just come and worship!

Or just learn more about our church and Christian beliefs in general. Pastor Bartels will be starting a class on Tuesday, September 11th. A light supper will be provided. Please call the church office at 305 893 0371 or email Beth Toenjes at

Worship is 10:30AM every Sunday. We have an education hour for all ages from 9:15AM to 10:15AM which includes Sunday school for younger children and bible study for older Youth and Adults. We have a regular group of 5th thru 8th grade students who meet together on Sunday Morning in Room 14, all 5th thru 8th grade students are invited.

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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If you have read all the way to the bottom of this newsletter, give yourself a pat on the back for being such a great parent, and send me a quick email to let me know.

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