Friday, November 22 through Saturday, November 30
Orders may be picked up on Saturday, December 7 or Sunday, December 8 at Breakfast with Santa or at the Parish Advent Gathering.
4.5” Poinsettia - $6 Available in Red, White, or Pink
6.5” Poinsettia - $10 Available in Red, White, or Pink
See Order Form in the November 16/17 Bulletin or Contact the School at 663-6533.
We would like to continue the tradition of fostering devotion to Our Lady at Holy Cross School. You will find rosaries in our classrooms in October and May shrines in May! This fall, we would like to again enthrone the statues of Our Lady in our classrooms, dedicating the classroom area to Our Lady.
We invite you to be a part of this enthronement and dedication event. You may become a Marian Patron for the year through a contribution of $25 or more. Your name will be placed in the statue area and our students will remember you in their prayers. You will hear from “your” class throughout the year too.
We ask that you
send your contributions to:
Attn.: Fr Wheeland
Holy Cross School Marian Project
4492 Lake Avenue
Rochester, NY 14612
Your contributions will be used for religious projects, programs in our schools and to provide rosaries for all our students in grades Preschool through Grade 6. Thank you.
We have partnered with FACTS Management Company to help us manage our tuition payment program and financial aid assessment. You will realize these benefits by using FACTS for your tuition payment plan:
- Choice of 2 payment dates and/or automatic payments
- Enrolling online from the comfort of your home
- Convenience & Security
- Check your online account at any time from your home or office
Families who are currently enrolled will not have to
reapply. You will automatically be on the payment plan. Go to online.factsmgt.com & put in your username &
If you are making changes to how you pay, or if you are a New Family, copy and paste the link below directly into your browser.
8:00 AM – 2:15 PM
Extended Care will be available for a fee.
- Kindergarten: 20 students; 21-25 with full-time aide; split at 26
- Grades 1, 2, and 3: 25 students; 21-25 with part-time aide; split at 26
- Grades 4, 5, and 6: 27 students; 23-27 with part-time aide; split at 28
For information on the operation of the school--including programs, curriculum, staffing, etc. —Kathy Dougherty at KDougherty@dor.org
For information on registration—Kathy Dougherty at KDougherty@dor.org
For information on the financial aspects of the plan—Tim Culhane at firstname.lastname@example.org
What is the difference between being a Parish School and a School of the Monroe County Catholic Schools System?
Basically the set up is like that of 30 years ago when our parish was responsible for the finance and operation of the school. The Catholic Schools Office will provide many of the services as the did in those days. They will provide us with qualified candidates for teachers and staff. They will help us meet the requirements of the NY State Education Office and see that our curriculum follows the mandate of NY State and of the Catholic Church. They will provide us with benefits packages for our teachers and staff. But we will be able to chart the destiny of our school by our marketing, fund development, and spirit of commitment.
*Kathleen Dougherty, is serving as principal of Holy Cross School.
As a part of the Owles Anti-Bullying Program Holy Cross School will be focusing on praising our students for their positive, Christ-like behaviors. Just as we promote excellence in academics we will also strive for virtuous words, actions and attitudes from all who enter our school building. The Fruits of the Spirit are God’s gifts to us to help us to be strong, faithful and caring even when life is difficult.
Each month our school will focus on a virtue from the Fruits of the Spirit. Teachers and Staff will nominate students who exemplify our focus virtue of the month through their words, actions, work ethic and attitude, to receive an Owl-Star Award.
The fruit for September is: FAITHFULNESS
A faithful person is one with real integrity. He or she is someone others can look to as an example, and someone who is truly devoted to others and to Christ. Our natural self always wants to be in charge, but Spirit-controlled faithfulness is evident in the life of a person who seeks good for others and glory for God.
Congratulations to these students for receiving the Faithfulness award: Max Dolle, Jack Bell, Isabella Muratore, Carolyn O’Gara, Katie O’Gara, Devin Panzardi, Julianna Hess, Trenton Eligon, Celestin Kasinge, Kiara Nkugwa, J.T. Kozak, Bridget Palmer, Catriona Hoelperl, Jose Nieves, Madelynn Reitz and Phallon Jones.
I am pleased to announce that we have selected a new principal for Holy Cross School. After many interviews and an extensive and thorough search by our committee, and with the advice and insight of many others, I have reached a decision. I am very pleased to announce that Mary Martell will become the Principal of Holy Cross School effective July 1, 2013.
Mary has been a teacher in Holy Cross School since 2004. In June 2008, although the school closed for grades Kindergarten through Sixth grade, as the Director of our Preschool Program, Mary was able to have that program certified with the State of New York, and with the blessings of the Diocese, we were able to maintain a Preschool. Later she received permission to add a five year-old (kindergarten) program.
When Holy Cross School was opened in 2011, she and the preschool became part of the school. Under the direction of the Principal, Kathy Dougherty, Mary continued to coordinate the school 3 and 4 year-old preschool program. That program has grown from slightly over 30 students to 64 full and part-time students. Five years ago Mary began the very special and successful Summer Adventure Program for children from 3 to 11 years-olds.
In addition to her 9 years here at Holy Cross, Mary has taught more than eighteen years in other Catholic, public, and private schools. Mary is well rooted in teaching and has a great love of and background in Catholic School Education. Having worked directly with her in the days when the preschool was approved to be run by Holy Cross Parish, I became aware of her great skills as an administrator, as a planner, and of her creative abilities.
Mary has a New York State Permanent Certification Grades N-6, MS in Education from Nazareth College of Rochester and a BS in English Literature from there also. She will be continuing her education at the State University of New York at Brockport.
She and her husband, Dan, are parishioners at Holy Cross. Their three sons all attended Holy Cross School. Mary has been a part-time minister at Holy Cross and in that role has trained and assigned our altar servers, coordinated our CASE training program, and is the one who creates the beautiful decorations for the altar in the Church. Mary also has been very active in our CYO Program. Mary serves as a Eucharistic Minister and best of all she has been a great supporter and believer in Holy Cross School.
We are thankful to have Mary as our Principal. We know that she will build on the great foundation of the school established under Kathy Dougherty.
Please save your box tops and Campbell Soup labels for Holy Cross School. To date this year, Holy Cross has earned over $1000 by collecting box tops. Campbell Soup labels are redeemed for art, athletic, and academic items.
For more information, visit http://schools.dor.org/hcschool/
Holy Cross School 2012 Nativity Service
Searching for Missing School Year Books
At first they were just a printed program titled “Graduation Exercises,” then they became a set of mimeographed sheets called “The Blue & Gold.” Starting in the 1950s they carried the title “Class Book” and by the 1980s they were called “The Beacon.” Over the years both the name on the cover and the content on the inside evolved, but they all had one thing in common: They were all year books published by Holy Cross School. We currently have 46 of these books in our archives, ranging from 1930 to 2008, but we also have some gaps in our collection. Do you have one of these missing year books: 1929 and earlier, 1931 through 1947, 1950 through 1955, 1957, 1967, 1969, 1971, 1974, 1978 through 1982 or 2005? Could you loan it to us for a few days so that we can make a copy? We promise to return it to you unharmed in any way. If you can help us, please contact Mike Shea at 865-4978.Your help in this project is greatly appreciated.
ATTN: Holy Cross School Alumni - Become a Class Ambassador!
This is an exciting time for our newly opened Holy Cross Parish School. We have almost completed our first year and the school is thriving. We need your help to secure the future of the school and we’re looking for volunteers to become Class Ambassadors. Each Holy Cross Class Ambassador will work to communicate with all those who attended Holy Cross School, who graduated (or would have) in the same year as he or she. Through your connections, we will work together to help maintain Holy Cross School as an educational beacon in the years ahead and maintain traditions for generations of future Holy Cross students and alumni.
A Catholic School of Excellence —Now and Into the Future
have been chosen for a great ministry which is to ensure Catholic
School Education for the future. We, as a Parish, have a heritage of
over a 100 years of Catholic School Education. Now, because of our
spirit and commitment, we have been given the opportunity to carry on
that tradition. There is no question that we have the drive and desire
to make this happen.
We need to find ways to make our school financially solvent. Never can we let the cost of the school take away from the total ministry of our Church. We will find ways to appeal to those who recognize the importance and great value of Catholic School Education so that they can enable our Parish to meet its financial needs.
Our philosophy of stewardship will help us find the Time, Talent, and Treasure necessary to ensure the
continued operation of our school and the many ministries of our Parish. Each of us needs to become an ambassador for our school and welcome all who wish to come. We need to provide a quality school, rich in the practice of Faith, which will instill the values of Jesus, and attract families who desire this type of educational environment for their children.
We are proud of our Faith Enrichment Program at Holy Cross. We are happy to once again be able to offer the complete elements of the Ministry of Catholic Education with our parish-operated Catholic School. It is our continual pledge to serve all of our children and provide a variety of opportunities for Catholic Education on our campus. We believe that by providing all of these educational programs, we will strengthen Holy Cross Parish.
All are Welcome…Come!
We need the prayers and support of all our parishioners. It is important for all to reach out with empathy and compassion to those families facing this next struggle. Their presence and their gifts are what will make Holy Cross School a success. We are committed to providing Catholic School Education for years to come and we welcome all to be a part of our new school community.