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Holy Cross Newsletter
September 2014

For the next several newsletters, I am going to post an excerpt on why we choose Catholic schools.
Catholic schools exist to introduce students to Jesus Christ, and to assist them as they grow in their love of Him. Through catechesis, celebration of the Sacraments, and diligent study of the world, students gain an appreciation for the Creator and creation.
As the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has written, "Catholic schools afford the fullest and best opportunity to realize the fourfold purpose of Christian education, namely, to provide an atmosphere in which the Gospel message is proclaimed, community in Christ is experienced, service to our sisters and brothers is the norm, and thanksgiving and worship of God is cultivated."
In the face of increasing secularization, Catholic schools provide an atmosphere that privileges Gospel values and the role of parents as the primary educators of their children.

I would like to welcome several new volunteers to Holy Cross: Mrs. Regina Z will be providing assistance in our school office. Mrs. Eileen McAvinue will be helping us run the Library so students will be able to check-out books on a regular basis. Mrs. Valorie has been helping out with Pre-K lunches and recess. We are so grateful to have them helping our wonderful school.
Incoming email has been an issue for the past week. We have finally resolved the issue, but if you sent something to any teachers or staff over the past 7 days and did not get a response please resend it!
Car Line
Morning Drop-Off
Please remember if there is rain or inclement weather, we have a different drop off procedure. You may still drop your child off like normal weather days and provide them with an umbrella, coat, hat, etc. However, if you are not comfortable with the idea of your child waiting outside then you may follow the directions of Ms. Kathy, park your car, and have your child wait inside your vehicle until it’s time to enter the building.
Afternoon Pick-Up
We have a new pick-up procedure that we started putting into place on Tuesday September23. Safety of our students is the number one priority! Please enter the parking lot and park your cars in the designated spots. There are cones blocking the no parking areas. Then when you pick up your child and are ready to leave there is a specific route to exit. We have staff out there to help guide you through this process so please follow their instructions. This will help things to move smoothly, efficiently, safe, and avoid unnecessary accidents or aggravation.

Chic-Fil-A lunch is on Friday September26, please remember that they use peanut oil to cook with for anybody that may have an allergy!
We received about 60 envelopes back from and 29 of those families sent email inviting friends and family to help. What is so great about this program is that our school gets credit and funds from everyday things that are purchased just by doing it through this website. So far in only two weeks our school has earned $340.00 worth of rewards. Every little bit helps. You can register for your family and then pass the information along to others!
Yankee Candle
Due October 10, 2014
Box Tops/Campbells
Please collect and turn in to school at your convenience.
If you shop at Target or and use the Red Card they will donate 1% of purchases to our school. All you need to do is visit the website and register for your funds to go to Holy Cross School in Springfield, PA.
Acts of Service
Going home in the PIC this week is our peanut butter and jelly drive. This will take place from September 29-October 24.
Winter Uniforms
Students should begin to wear their winter uniforms starting on October 14, 2014. This gives you several more weeks to purchase needed items!
School Lunch
You may send in one payment for the month, there is no need to write out separate checks for each week. The students will still use envelopes to help track the lunches they receive, but only one payment is necessary.
School Fees/Paperwork
If you have not yet sent in the fees and or paperwork from the beginning of school, please do so ASAP!
My Students Progress
MSP will be our new on-line reporting system. Your child’s grades, reports, progress reports, etc., will be generated via MSP. We expect our system to be up and running by mid October. It is taking a great deal of time to input data for students. However, if you wish to learn about your child’s grades, please contact the teacher. We ask for your patience as we move into a new and better reporting system.

Message from the Principal

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We are pleased that you have taken the time to explore our site and to read about all the wonderful and exciting things happening at Holy Cross.

Holy Cross School is committed to providing a quality Catholic education steeped in academic rigor and Catholic values yet relevant to the world of today’s children. We encourage our children to practice their faith and to express that faith through acts of service to their church and community.

If you wish to have additional information about our school, please contact us at 610-626-1709. We would love for you to become part of the Holy Cross School family!

Mission Statement:
Holy Cross School exists to provide students with a Catholic education which integrates academic excellence with Catholic Christian values. We are committed to helping each child develop as a whole person: spiritually, academically, emotionally, and socially. As a school community, we strive to create 21st Century learners through the use of technology and relevant core curriculum. Using Jesus as our model, we encourage our students to live lives of service.

Please allow me to introduce myself. My name is Dawn Perry and I am the new Principal. I feel very blessed to be here and look forward to meeting you all!

To give you a little background, my life goal has always been to help and serve people, which will become more apparent as you read on and learn more about me over time.

I received my BS in Elementary Education from Wesley College in 1997 and my Master’s degree in Instructional Leadership from University of Delaware in 2012. Immediately after my undergraduate degree, I taught elementary school for one year and middle school English Language Arts for two years.

I then changed my career and became a police officer. I served three years as a Delaware State Trooper and a year and a half in Las Vegas. During that time, I received several awards for my work and gained experience in various areas of law enforcement.

After my son was born, I decided to re-enter the field of education. For the next five and a half years I taught middle school English Language Arts in Dover, Delaware and earned my Master's Degree in Educational Leadership. I have been providing professional development, mentoring education majors, student teachers, and heavily involved with curriculum development over the years. A little over a year ago, my husband's job relocated us to Pennsylvania, where I taught 5th grade at Nativity of our Lord in Warminster.

My heart and soul is dedicated to helping others. In all my experiences, I have found no greater way to do this than to serve our community by educating our children and assisting our teachers who educate our children.

Please feel free to contact me anytime at:

I am looking forward to serving Holy Cross School!

God Bless,
Dawn Perry

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Mandated Reporter Training
For all regular volunteers who did not take this training in-person, the training institute is now available online and must be done as soon as possible. Click on the "Training Institute" link. When you finish your training module, print your certificate and send it to the Parish Office to the attention of Sister Marie Helene, RSM so it can be added to your clearance file. Also, if you have not done the Technology Addendum Training, please complete that training on the website under the "Required Training" tab and follow the instructions given. All certificates must be on file in our parish office before our audit.

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Upcoming Events

September 30

Science Explorers was set to begin on September 30th but due to lack of interest this session is being cancelled. We will try for another session in November! Bricks for Kidz still has space available if interested!

October 2

1. Bricks For Kidz starts today! There is still time to register if interested......
2. Band is scheduled to start today, but there has been very little enrollment. It is likely to get pushed back a week. I will keep you informed.


8:30 AM School Mass with Student Council Installation


Presentation of Confirmation Candidates 9:30 Mass with meeting after!


A Great Presentation For Our Middle School Girls
“Discover Your Beauty from the Inside Out” Mrs. Brenda Sharman
St. Andrew the Apostle Church in McGettigan Hall at 7:00pm.
This is the Link to a neat you tube (3 Min) of Brenda Sharman and the history of her mission.
One gorgeous woman , wife and mother who is helping young girls take back their real
femininity and dignity.


Parent-Teacher Conferences/Failure Warnings/No School for Students!


Winter Uniforms Start Today!


Holy Cross Craft Fair 9:00 AM-3:00 PM


Parent Information Seminar
Garnet Valley High School-Library
552 Smithbridge Rd.
Glen Mills, PA 19342
Sensory Processing: The Out of Sync Child

Does your child have difficulty participating in daily routines in your home? Does he/she seem to be “out of sync”? Does your child become anxious when there is a lot of noise, activity, visual stimulation? This workshop will help parents understand what is happening with your child’s sensory system. Parents who attend this workshop will learn basic sensory processing principals. Common strategies that help children participate in daily routines and ease signs of stress will be demonstrated and practiced.

Holy Cross School Springfield, PA 19064 610-626-1709
Last Modified: Monday, Sep. 29, 2014