1355 Lansdowne St. W. Peterborough, ON K9J 7M3 Phone: 705-748-6664 Fax: 705-742-1498 Principal: James Brake Vice Principals: Shelley Adair Tammy Horton Holy Cross Catholic Secondary School “CLAP YOUR HANDS ALL PEOPLES! SHOUT TO GOD WITH LOUD SONGS OF JOY” PSALM 47 Principal’s Remarks...… We’re on the Web! www.hccss.ca @HolyCrossPTBO School Council Meetings: All parents are welcome to attend, held on the second Tuesday of the month. Next meeting: Tuesday, May 12th @ 6:45 p.m. Holy Cross Secondary School Police Liaison Officer: Parents or students with concerns are welcome to call Constable Alison Sharpe (705)750-8916 Each year, the Ministry of Education designates a week to celebrate education in Ontario. During this same week, the Catholic Community celebrates Catholic Education Week, which highlights the distinctive contribution that Catholic schools make to our students, our community and our Province. Catholic Education Week is a unique opportunity to celebrate the excellent work of our Catholic schools with the integration of Gospel values into every facet of the school’s life and curriculum. This year, Catholic Education Week extends from May 3rd to May 8th. This year’s theme is “Exploring Paths of Joy”. At Holy Cross, we have numerous activities, events and opportunities that will unfold during Catholic Education Week. We should all take this opportunity to celebrate and give thanks for the gift of Catholic Education. The last quarter of the school year, Holy Cross has been a very busy place. Hockey, Boys Basketball, Dance and Girls Volleyball teams competed well, and Badminton, Girls Soccer, Lacrosse, Ultimate Frisbee and Archery have all had a great start. The Junior Girls Rugby team prepares themselves for the Barbarian Cup Junior Provincial Championships in June. Youth For Youth auditions have been held, and we look forward to the students and staff of Holy Cross and St. Peter collaborating for the benefit of youth in our city on April 30th. As we embark on this final quarter of our academic year, it is important for students to take advantage of all that Holy Cross has to offer, while remaining dedicated to an academic focus. Over the next two months, Holy Cross will continue to be abuzz with activities both academic and extra-curricular, graduation planning, prom preparation and grade level retreats. Also, during our next few weeks, many of our senior students will be making final preparations as they plan their next steps into the world of apprenticeships, universities, work and college. We wish them all the best in this exciting time. 1355 Lansdowne St W Peterborough ON K9J 7M3 Phone: 705-748-4861 Director of Education: Barbara McMorrow Superintendent of Schools: Joan Carragher Chair of the Board: Michelle Griepsma Trustees: Christine Dunn Helen McCarthy I want to wish all a successful second half of semester two. Sincerely, Mr. James Brake Attention ~ Graduates Mass Celebr ating our Gr aduates with the student body– June 4th. Graduation– Thursday, June 25th. Community Service Hours – please be sure to complete your 40 hours as this is a Ministry requirement in order to graduate. Cake Auction for Autism We’re on the Web! www.pvnccdsb.on.ca @pvnccdsb Mid Term Report Cards will be sent home on April 29th, 2015 We had our Annual Cake Auction on April 2nd during period 2 in the Cafeteria. Students were encouraged to bring in money to help their class bid on a cake. The starting bids for a cake was $20 . Total amount raised was over $2,300. Well done Holy Cross ! Dates to Remember Apr 15-25 Honduras Trip Apr 17 PA Day Apr 24 Great Gatsby Party Apr 28 Spring Concert 7 pm Apr 29 Mid-Term Report Cards sent home May 3-9 Catholic Education Week May 6 Catholic Leadership Awards Ceremony – 7 pm May 7 Ontario Catholic Youth Day – Province-Wide Mass May 8 Wonderland May 12 Catholic School Council Principal: Tim Ball Meeting 6:45 pm Vice Principal: Catherine Trip Byrne May 13-19 Quebec/Halifax May 18 Victoria Day May 21 Honduras Prayer Service Director: John Mackle May 29 PROM // Dress Down Day Superintendent: Thomas Jun 4 Grad MassDeirdre // Retreat // the Sun Lorne Trustees: Fun Joe inWhibbs, Jun 9 Catholic School Council Corkery, Christine Dunn Meeting 6:45 pm Jun 10-11 Gd 9 EQAO Math Jun 12 Dress Down Day Jun 18 Centre for Success Ceremony 3 pm Jun 19-24 Exams Scheduled Jun 25 Graduation Jun 26 PA Day Jun 26 Final Report Cards mailed home Community Service Hours Students can hand in their completed volunteer hours as soon as the task is completed. They do not have to wait until they have accumulated 40 hours or more. Extra forms are available in the Main Office and GuidR.J. McCarthy’s Store ance. 461 George St. N. Please encourage your student Peterborough, to hand in their form. 741-0306 BUSSING INFORMATION & CANCELLATIONS can be found on the Transportation website: www.stsco.ca From the Music Room……. Spring Concert. Tuesday, April 28th 7 pm in the Cafeteria As usual, things have been busy. At the beginning of Semester two, students from the grade 11/12 music class went into Toronto to see a performance of Mozart's opera, Don Giovanni a the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. It featured two of Canada's top tenors, Russell Braun and Michael Schade. It was a very interesting production with lots for us to talk about afterwards. With the beginning of March came our production of Anne of Green Gables. We filled the house three nights in a row and amazed our audiences. They couldn't get over how much talent we had. There were many memorable moments. One couple commented on what our students brought to their characters. They had seen the Charlottetown production several times but really loved what we did with our production. We are so proud of all the students that were involved (over 80) on stage, back stage, in the pit, doing hair and make-up, set building and painting, costumes and front of house. A special thanks to Mrs. Finan and her foods classes for preparing two wonderful meals for the cast and crew and the other staff members who helped with costumes and front of house. It takes a village to do a production such as this. The week after Anne, the music department went into full swing preparation for our Spring Concert. It will be on Tuesday, April 28 at 7 pm in the Cafeteria. Tickets available at the door -$5 for adults and $2 for students. Some of our students will be participating in the Youth for Youth concert at Market Hall on April 30. This is our joint talent show with St. Pete's to raise money for the Youth Emergency Shelter. On Friday, May 8, as part of Education Week, the Concert and Jazz bands with be performing at the Canada's Wonderland Music Festival. Details and permission forms will be coming home soon. Hope to see many of you April 28th! News from HC Ecoclub….. PROM News…….. ‘ April is a busy month for our Eco school group. We will be wrapping up our portfolio in the hopes of earning Platinum certification this year. We have our upcoming rain barrel sale on Earth Day April 22nd. Barrels must be ordered in advance online through the following link http:// rainbarrelcanada.com/2015/04/ hcss/ and pick up will be from 1-4 pm in the Holy Cross school parking lot. $10 from each barrel supports our eco-school initiatives. Our major spring project is a joint Community Garden with Calvary Church next door. Other earth week activities will include a guest speaker on the importance of local pollinators, a Skype presentation with an astronaut and school/neighborhood clean up. New members are always encouraged and welcomed! A Red Carpet Affair’ Ticket sales now online- www.hccss.ca - until May 10th. Please submit signed permission forms to Mrs. Jacobs by May 10th. From the Guidance Department…… Considering Financial Aspects of Post-Secondary: OSAP Presentation--April 27, 2015 Noon HCCSS Library Grade 12's and any interested parents are invited to attend the OSAP Presentation by Trent University Financial Aid. The universities and colleges in our community administrate the loans and as such, the presentation will include the most upto-date details of applications for the 2015-2016 loans. This presentation often includes budgeting information for postsecondary and alternatives to OSAP. Local Scholarships and Bursaries Local Scholarships and Bursaries are now starting to arrive in the Guidance Office. All opportunities (with specific details) will be announced on the announcements and then posted on the Guidance Bulletin Board. A list of awards that are usually available, visit our website! Some local awards are moving to online applications, but the majority are still mail-in paper applications. Ms. Hickey will have the paper applications (where applicable) of any posted application. Attention Grade 10 Students: Currently Accepting Applications to our Aviation SHSM (@ the Peterborough Airport) for the 2015-2016 School Year Students interested in applying to the Aviation and Aerospace SHSM should submit their applications as soon as possible. This two semester program (over two years--grades 11 and 12) is an excellent opportunity to master skills in this job sector that is projected to grow--both locally and internationally! The program includes a Dual Credit with Seneca College's School of Flight and cooperative educational opportunities in the field. See Guidance for more information. NEWS FROM THE LIBRARY…… Follow us on Twitter HC Library Ptbo @HCptbo Lots of diverse new books have been arriving in the library. Stop by and see some of our great titles or check out the catalog on line. To view the library page, visit http://destiny.pvnccdsb.on.ca and choose Holy Cross Catholic Secondary School. You can also access it through the school website www.hccss.ca. The White Pine Reading Program is heading to the finish line as spring tries to arrive. Students who have read at least 5 of this year’s titles will be invited to cast an official vote for their favourite towards the winning book. Voting dates and times will be announced shortly so listen carefully to morning announcements for further details. There may even be a read-a-thon happening soon! A number of items are left in the library, mainly memory sticks and pencil cases. Please check with Ms. Steele or Ms. Fletcher if you are missing something. Flash drives that have the device name changed to reflect the owner are returned promptly. We look forward to seeing you in the library. Ms. K. Fletcher & Ms. C. Steele Did you make the Honour Roll First Semester? School Letter Award A school letter award can be earned in Grade 10, Junior Letter, or Grade 12*, Senior Letter. To qualify, a student must meet the following criteria: ~ Be on the honour roll at the end of semester 1 and at mid-term semester 2 ~ Participate in 3 out-of-class activities **These activities require at least 15 hours of participation and a staff member has to sign a form confirming your involvement. Sports teams- playing or assisting, Eco Club, Social Justice, School Choir, White Pine Book Club, Link Crew and Tech Club are just a few of the amazing groups Holy Cross offers whose membership could help a student earn this prestigious award. *The Senior Letter Award is for students in their graduating year and enrolled in at least 5 credit courses. The process happens in the spring but now is the time to push for the honour roll! Please see Ms. Fletcher if you have any questions. Good News from the PVNCCDSB Office of Faith Development….. In the month of April, the Liturgical Season of the Church is usually Easter. This year, the Easter season begins on Sunday, April 5, 2015 and ends on Pentecost Sunday, May 24, 2015. The Liturgical Colour is White. Every school in the Peterborough Victoria Northumberland and Clarington Catholic District School Board will be learning, praying and talking about the Fruit of the Holy Spirit called Joy. Faith-filled joy thrives in Christ’s resurrection and this joy enlivens our daily lives to live life in abundance. Joy is given to us through intercession of the Holy Spirit so that the heartfelt joy that we experience in Christ’s resurrection may animate our lives with praise, gratitude and peace. In our homes, parishes and schools, let us together pray for, support and encourage our students so that they will experience the joy of Christ’s resurrection. Happy Easter! Alleluia! April Feast Days, Solemnities, Memorials for whom our schools are named · April 2 Holy Thursday · April 3 Good Friday · April 4 Easter Vigil · April 5 EASTER SUNDAY – Alleluia! · April 18 Blessed Marie-Anne Blondin (Esther Blondin) · April 29 St. Catherine of Siena Memorial · April 30 Blessed Marie of the Incarnation EASTER INFORMATION · Holy Week commemorates the Passion of Christ. Holy Week begins on Palm Sunday and ends on Holy Saturday. · Easter Triduum (sometimes also referred to as the Paschal Triduum) is the proper name for the liturgical season that concludes Lent and introduces us to the joy of the Easter season. Starting with the Mass of the Lord's Supper on the evening of Holy Thursday, continuing through the Good Friday service and Holy Saturday, and concluding with vespers (evening prayer) on Easter Sunday, the Easter Triduum marks the most significant events of Holy Week (also known as Passiontide). · Good Friday is a universal day of fasting and abstinence from meat. A special collection is collected at Good Friday services to support Christians in the Holy Land. Equity and Inclusive Education Dates April is Autism Awareness month; and April 2 is World Autism Awareness Day. From the Chaplain……. Happy Easter! Just some updates from the Chaplaincy dept… On Holy Thursday, Holy Cross prayed the Solidarity Way of the Cross through our prayer service. To begin our Easter season, on April 9th we celebrated our Easter Mass. And now we continue joyously into our Easter season, with many events taking place at Holy Cross. When you receive this newsletter, our Holy Cross 2015 Honduras Building Brigade will be in Honduras for our 10 th year, helping to build a school. We have 17 students partaking in this event this year, with myself and Mr. Durst. Please keep the team in your prayers. Thank you to everyone who supported our fundraising events for Honduras. Also a thank you to those who brought in donations for Honduras. Catholic Education Week “ Exploring Paths of Joy” will be the first week in May— May 4-8. We will be having a Mass on Thursday, May 7, at 9:30 am, to celebrate Catholic Education Week. Everyone is welcome to attend! We will also be having our Grade 10 Religion Retreats in May. The students will be going to the New Canadian Centre to learn about immigration and refugees, as well as visiting the Mount Housing Project, where they will Volunteer and learn about the history of the old Mt. St. Joseph and how it is now being developed to affordable housing, through the Poverty Reduction Network. Our Grad Mass and Retreat for grade 12’s will be on Thursday June 4 th. Once again, everyone is welcome to come to Mass at 9 am. Teresa FROM THE DANCE TEAM……. The Holy Cross Dance Team has been very busy between Semester one and Semester two. The season began with a workshop held in Toronto at the Shawn Byfield Dance studio. A team of girls also participated in Terry Fox. All members of the team performed their first two group numbers in Musical Theatre and hip hop. The girls dazzled the audience with their diamonds. The girls continued with many early morning practices and Tuesday after school practices and recently competed in the STRIVE Challenge Dance Competition on April 1, 2015. Each of the five dances received an EMERALD award. Katie and Libby Cymbaluk performed an acro duet, while the entire ensemble performed in ‘Diamonds are a Girls Best Friend’ and their Niki-mix hip-hop song. The tap girls performed to Gwen Stefani "Hollaback Girl" and the jazz ladies performed to Meghan Trainor's "Dear Future Husband". All girls had a wonderful time. Listen for news on a possible Show Case night in late May. 2015 SUMMER SCHOOL! FROM THE RELIGION DEPT……. REGISTRATION BEGINS MONDAY, APRIL 13, 2015 INTERMEDIATE SUMMER SCHOOL COURSES Grade 7 and 8 students can attend Literacy and/or Numeracy Summer School at each of the Summer School sites listed below. Dates: Monday, July 6 to Friday, July 17, 2015 Intermediate Summer School will run from 8:15 a.m. - 2:15 p.m. daily. Students attending Intermediate Summer School will improve literacy and/or numeracy skills with reading, writing, and math remediation programs. Registration deadline is Friday, June 19, 2015 Host schools for Intermediate Summer School 2015 Holy Cross Catholic Secondary School, Peterborough St. Stephen Catholic Secondary School, Bowmanville St. Mary Catholic Secondary School, Cobourg St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Secondary School, Lindsay SECONDARY SUMMER SCHOOL COURSES Grades 9-12 Co-op - Full Credit - E-Learning - Credit Remediation and Recovery - Upgrading Registration deadline for Co-op is Friday, May 22, 2015 (students will attend Pre-Placement classes in June) Registration deadline for all full-credit courses (including Civics, Careers, and all e-learning courses) - Friday, June 19, 2015 Registration deadline for Credit remediation, recovery, and upgrading – Friday, June 26, 2015 Session #1 - Monday, July 6 to Friday, July 17, 2015 Session #2 - Monday, July 20 to Friday, July 31, 2015 For Full credits, Secondary students must attend Sessions #1 and #2. Time: 8:15 am—2:15 pm Host Schools Secondary Summer School 2015 Holy Cross Catholic Secondary School, Peterborough St. Mary Catholic Secondary School, Cobourg St. Stephen Catholic Secondary School, Bowmanville St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Secondary School, Lindsay Registration for Summer School is online at: https://apps.pvnccdsb.on.ca/SummerSchoolRegistration/ beginning Monday, April 13, 2015 For further information, call the Catholic Education Centre at (705)748-4861, ext. 233 - toll free at 1-800-461-8009, ext. 233, or email [email protected] Alleluia, Christ is Risen, Alleluia, Alleluia. We have survived Lent (Winter) and have made it to Easter (Spring). With a new season upon us and the promise of another, we should take this opportunity to renew our commitment to continue the work of the Risen Lord; act for Justice, Peace and Equality. A world of peace demands a continued effort on our part to rid the world of poverty and inequality. God of love, Creator of all, create in us a clean spirit. Help us to allow the true spirit of Christ to flow through us to create a world of peace and love. Amen. Alleluia..