March 23, 2017
Dear Holy Cross Families and Friends,
I am writing with news to share with you – my families, students and friends of Holy Cross.
Last week I tendered my resignation to Gina Fleming, the superintendent of Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, my mentor and my friend. As you can imagine, it has been a very emotional process for me in making this decision, but in the end, I feel that this is the right decision in my professional career.
I want to thank each and every one of you for all your support and for entrusting me with your children. I am honored and feel so fortunate to have been given the opportunity to be part of Holy Cross. I have so many wonderful memories of my time here and I am sad to say goodbye. During my time at Holy Cross, I have fostered relationships with many of you and I will cherish the memories and friendships I’ve made during my time here. Holy Cross is an amazing place for children to grow academically, socially and spiritually. I have been a witness to Baptisms, First Reconciliations and First Communions; this is a rare and special privilege for me. Holy Cross has been a very extraordinary place for me and I will miss everyone. There are many reasons I am proud of the Catholic school community that we have built here at Holy Cross. I am most proud of the way the students and staff have embraced the Catholic faith and traditions, you are all truly amazing. I am proud of how hard that students have studied and prepared for the ISTEP test. Our children are not afraid of a challenge!
Know that my dedication to my position as your principal will continue as we transition to new leadership. I am confident that the new principal at Holy Cross will be as dedicated to all of you as I have been. Once the new principal meets you, I feel assured he or she will know this is the best decision of their life. While change can be frightening it can also be exciting with the anticipation of new and different experiences. I am confident that I am leaving you and your children in competent hands, for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis and the Notre Dame ACE Academies remain committed to providing the resources and supports necessary to help our children attain college and heaven. God will lead each of us to where we need to be. We just need to trust in His wisdom. My prayers will continue to be with the Holy Cross community. I will always remember Holy Cross as a special place for not only me but for the faculty, parents and students. Future students will come to love Holy Cross just as all of us do.
“Good-byes” seem like an end, “see you soon” and “keep in touch” are better options. I expect to hear all of the great things that are happening in your lives and especially in the lives of the children. I can’t wait to receive the invitations to attend high school and college graduations. For me the hardest part of leaving will be not seeing children every day. I have grown so attached to them over the years. I have loved watching them grow up into amazing young people. Please give them a hug for me and let them know how they touched my heart and life. I treasure my memories of them all.
Please accept my sincere thanks and appreciation as I enter into a new learning experience of my own.
Yours in this journey of Faith,
Dear Holy Cross Families,
As many of you know this week begins our ISTEP Testing for the 2016-2017 school year. We are exceedingly proud of our students' achievements thus far this year and we are confident in their ability to do well on this first round of ISTEP testing. The second window of testing will be in late April and will be taken on the computer. We appreciate your support in helping our students have a stress-free evening prior to testing and being here at school on time. You are welcome to provide a healthy breakfast at home and we will always have breakfast here at school available for all students.
This week also begins the season of Lent. The school will go to Mass on Wednesday at 1:30 to celebrate Ash Wednesday and the beginning of this solemn and holy season. We will say goodbye to the "Alleluia" during Mass and meat will not be served at lunch on Fridays. We will focus on how our community can live the Lenten practices of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. We look forward to celebrating this holy season and preparing for the risen Lord at Easter.
Dear Holy Cross Families,
As many of you know the Church of the Holy Cross discontinued Sunday Masses on May 15, 2016. The Archdiocese has generously allowed the school to continue having mass in the church since the beginning of the school year. We knew that this was a temporary situation. We have come to the crossroads where it is time for the school to no longer use the church building. This is a sad time for everyone who has felt connected to the church. I know that many children have learned about their faith along with being baptized, receiving their first Reconciliation and first Holy Communion in the church. Although this is a difficult time for the school it is not the end to the traditions and beliefs that are part of Holy Cross Central School. We are blest to be able to continue to operate as a Catholic School and to be able to continue to worship in the Catholic faith.
How is that possible? The students will have mass each week on Thursday in the school’s gymnasium. The gymnasium will be transformed from the gym to our worship space. Fr Chris Wadleton will say mass, we will continue to learn about the gospel, and the tenants of our faith. Students who are Catholic will be able to receive Holy Communion each week. Students who wish to become Catholic will still be able to go through the sacraments and become Catholic. In last week’s homily Fr Chris asked the students what we needed to take to the gym to have mass. The student answers were simply amazing! We need candles and lighters. We need the water, wine, and the hosts. We need songs and prayers. We need to Jesus. Fr. Chris asked how we take Jesus to the gym. One bright student replied, “In our hearts!”
We are saddened by the change and we are blest by the opportunity to continue to grow in the Catholic faith and have mass every week. If you or your child has any questions about the change please let me know, I will be happy to help.
We have had a very busy first quarter. I would like to thank all of the families who were able to participate in Parent/Teacher conferences last week. This collaborative time gives the teachers the opportunity to let you know how the children are doing in the first four and a half weeks of the school year. It is our hope that by answering questions about your child's progress we have been able to help him or her be more successful. If you were unable to meet with your child's teachers please contact them via email or by phone to set up a time to meet.
Volunteering is another way that you can help out at school. We are always in need of parents to chaperone on field trips, help in the classroom, or help with after school programming. If this is something that you feel you would like to do, please stop in the main office and fill out a volunteer application. As needed volunteers will be contacted and invited to come and join us at Holy Cross. It is very important that all interested volunteers complete Safe and Sacred. This online course can be found at https://safeandsacred-archindy.org. You will be asked to register for the course. As part of the registration process you will fill out information to have a background check completed. These two components: Safe and Sacred and the background check are mandatory for anyone who has contact with the children. It takes a minimum of 24 to 48 hours for a background to be returned to us. So that you do not have to miss out on any of your child's fun activities please fill these form out as soon as possible.
Twice a year parents area required to sign the Choice Charitable Trust Scholarships. These are the vouchers. These vouchers pay for up to 90% of a student's tuition. Most of the vouchers were signed during Parent/Teacher conferences. If you did not attend conferences or did not receive the form to sign stop by the office. We have a limited time to get this information back to the Indiana Department of Education. Thanks for your help in this matter.
Finally, I would like to thank you for your patience in our transition to a Notre Dame ACE Academy. Everything we do is to support children and learning. I know some changes have been subtle and some major but am very happy you are with us. Your support and patience are so paramount during this time. Please contact me if you have any questions. 317-638-9068 or .
Yours in Christ,
It's already time for the halfway point of our first quarter here at Holy Cross! Next week are Parent-Teacher Conferences and we are looking forward to having 100% of our families join our staff to talk about your child's progress.
We are doing online sign-ups this year in order to avoid confusion and streamline the processs. The link below is for the parent teacher conference scheduling system. Please select your child's class/teacher below. If you have students in multiple classrooms, you will need to schedule each conference individually.
Mrs. Thomas and I will also be available to have conferences regarding any concerns you may have regarding your child or family. We apprecaite your time and look froward to seeing everyone next week!
Yours in Christ,
Our first month of school is coming to an end-can you believe it? We continue to welcome new families to Holy Cross and we are excited to be approaching full enrollment. Thank you for sending your child to Holy Cross. We have been very focused in our first month to ensure that all children know the rules and expectations for being successful. The operating norms that we have been focused on are:
- Dressing for success. We are helping the children prepare for success by ensuring that each child is in the proper uniform. The uniform should include a belt and the shirt should be tucked in. We are also requesting that students wear only white t-shirts under the polo shirt. Students will begin receiving notices for uniform violations.
- Proper hallway decorum is one way we can keep from interrupting student learning. Students have been practicing being quiet and respectful as they walk through the hallways in a straight line and without talking. Proper hallway procedures promotes safety and respect throughout our school.
- Daily greetings have been a focus. We believe God is in all things. Ask your child how to properly greet a classmate or another adult, and he/she should look you in the eye, give a firm handshake, and introduce himself/herself. We welcome your help in continuing to make this a norm in your home too!
The root beliefs that we have spent our first month learning more about is God in All Things and There is no limit to our learning. This week, we will begin memorizing a new morning prayer that focuses on our beliefs, goals, and the chant that closes our Morning Assembly: Seek, Persist, Excel Love Serve.
Our first week of school was very productive. Thank you for sending your child to Holy Cross. We have been very focused in our first week to ensure that all children know the rules and expectations for being successful. The operating norms that we have been focused on are:
- Dressing for success. We are helping the children prepare for success by ensuring that each child is in the proper uniform. The uniform should include a belt and the shirt should be tucked in. We are also requesting that students wear only white t-shirts under the polo shirt. Many students received a belt on Friday and should wear that belt or a belt you purchase everyday.
- Proper hallway decorum is one way we can keep from interrupting student learning. Students are asked to walk through the hallways in a straight line and without talking. When we are too loud during class changes it can interrupt the learning of students who are still in the classroom. Proper hallway procedures are a safety precaution as well.
- Daily greetings have been a focus. We believe God is in all things. How we greet one another is one way we show that belief. Each staff, student and visitor to Holy Cross deserves to be treated respectfully. When you are invited into a place with a smile and a greeting you feel welcome. We want everyone to know how valuable they are to our school community.
The root belief that we have spent our first week learning more about is God in All Things. Jared Kiley, a student from St. Xavier High School in Ohio wrote a prayer that is perfect way to look at God in even the smallest thing. I hope you enjoy.
Yours in this Christ filled education,