Thank you to everyone who contributed and helped make our 2017 Auction a giant success. Special thanks to all our volunteers!!
If you would like to donate please contact our principal Edie Lanphar
Thank you parents for making our Fall Festival such an amazing success!! A day filled with good food, fun, fantastic performances, and a warm community feel. This could not have happened without all of your support and help. We were able to raise close to $7000 this year! There are two people who went above and beyond; Shirley Kelly and Lorraine Padilla. Shirley was our coordinator extraordinaire and Lorraine made our magnificent feast possible.
This year is well under way and there are so many wonderful things happening here at Holy Cross School! Our partnership with the City of Ventura, the Parks Commission, the Museum of Ventura County and Peirano’s is incredibly successful! Our students from Kindergarten to 8th Grade are using the park for recess on Tuesday and Thursday. Students are enjoying the green space and loving the freedom to run around! Please see the article in the Ventura Sun from Monday October 24th that describes the project. We are beginning a new partnership/project with our preschool program as well.
We are continuing our partnership with the LearningSuccess Institute and teachers will be sharing your students learning profile. Thank you to the parents who attended the parent workshop and for those that weren’t able to attend we will have another one coming soon!
Holy Cross Preschool has been selected to participate in the Ventura County Office of Education Rising Stars Quality Rating System (QRIS). This program will allow us to be recognized as a top quality preschool. The County of Ventura will provide assistance by offering free professional development to staff; a Technical Assistance specialist assigned to our school to offer support; Financial assistance to invest back into the program for equipment, materials or other needs; and Recognition as a Rising Star school. Being partners with the County of Ventura will enable us to strengthen our program and market our services more effectively. QRIS is currently being implemented in 49 states as a way to support preschools. Holy Cross is pleased and proud to have been selected among only a few private preschools in Ventura County to participate in this exciting new endeavor.
Parent/Teacher conferences begin on Wednesday November 2. This is a time for teachers to share your child’s strengths and to talk about goals for the year. This is an important time in the year where we can share how special your children are.
From Harvard Family Research Project:
“Research demonstrates that family engagement is a dynamic, interactive process that provides a pathway to student success. In particular, family engagement is:
1. A shared responsibility among families, community organizations, and schools.
2. Continuous throughout a child’s life, from birth through adolescence.
3. Occurring across the multiple settings and contexts in which children grow and learn.
Family engagement does not happen in a vacuum. Rather, it takes the committed actions of both families and schools
working together—through parent–teacher conferences as well as other forms of engagement—to support student success.
Through this shared responsibility, schools reach out to and engage families in meaningful ways, and, similarly, families do their part to actively support their children’s learning and development.”
This is a time to celebrate your student and to help them see that they are growing and developing into active, intelligent, kind, compassionate learners.
Our 6th and 7th graders will be leaving for CIMI: Catalina Island Marine Institute on Wednesday November 9th! It is a remarkable learning experience where students will come to understand how important our relationship to the ocean actually is and how they can be stewards of our planet.
Remember that we depend on tuition payments to continue to care for all students so please make sure you are current with your payments.
Thank you for all you do and for making Holy Cross School such a warm, inviting community!!
Happy Friday Everyone! I wanted to thank all of you for an exceptionally successful Back to School Night event! We here at Holy Cross School are so excited to be a part of such a wonderfully supportive community. Everyday we are working towards creating a thriving, flourishing school that values each and every student.
Our students have made thank you cards for all of our astounding volunteers who built our beautiful new picnic tables for us and those cards are on the way as we speak! We are all so grateful for your time and effort!! Thank you so much for all of your hard work and dedication!!
Jog-A-Thon paperwork is going home today and it’s a wonderful opportunity to volunteer. We know that our school runs so well because of our parent participation. Thank you in advance for all you do!!
At Back to School Night we discussed we have received the permit to be able to use Mission Park for our students so beginning next Tuesday, during morning recess, our fifth through eighth graders will walk over with our staff for our first recess in the park. We will have the older students use it for the first week on Tuesday and Thursday mornings to make sure we are able to successfully use the space and over the next month we will include our first through fourth graders and then our Kindergartners. Please make sure that your walking field trip permission slip is signed and turned into the office so that your child will be able to enjoy the park.
Please remember that we have a professional development day on Monday. We are working with our local Catholic schools and the Archdiocese of Los Angeles in a yearlong professional development course called CIP: Core Instructional Practices where we are trained by an expert from the Archdiocese and we work together with other schools, teachers and principals to implement these practices within our school. It is a wonderful learning opportunity for all of us and it is helping us to grow as educators. In addition to we are working with Mariemma Willis on understanding student centered learning and how to identify the strengths of our students and how to use those strengths to maximize their success at school and at home. She will be running a parent workshop on October 6th to help parents understand how to identify their own strengths and their children’s strengths to best support those strengths and talents at home.
Thanks you so much for all you do for your children and for allowing us to be a part of their lives. Have a blessed and happy weekend and we look forward to seeing you back here on Tuesday.
The start of a new school year is an exciting time. It opens up many opportunities for you and for each child. Maybe this year your child will discover a new talent or interest or learn about something that inspires a new hobby or passion. This is a time for a fresh start, and you can help your child achieve great things by setting the stage and encouraging a positive attitude and work ethic. We want our students to be able to develop a growth mindset that allows for students to understand that they are able to achieve whatever they want to achieve. http://choiceschools.com/7-steps-to-adopting-a-growth-mindset-at-your-school/
Here are a few tips to help you and your child start school with a positive and determined attitude:
Know your child’s strengths, and set reasonable expectations. Have a discussion about their strengths and goals for this year. Express your support and your confidence in their efforts and success.
Establish a routine: Help your child succeed this school year by establishing a daily homework schedule and consistent bedtime. Be sure to stay involved by communicating with teachers, and checking in with your students on a daily basis about what they’re doing and any support that is needed.
Make a plan: Ask yourself and your child this question: What is needed to support your child’s work toward their goals? Goals can also be for emotional regulation and practicing to know what to do when your students experience frustration or anger. We want students to learn self-regulation for life long management of their emotions.
When you encourage and support your child everyone can enjoy a successful year!
Wishing you and your child a blessed year!
Following is the information for Back to School Night:
BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT
TUESDAY 9/6/16 – O’BRIEN HALL
5:30 PM NEW FAMILIES
6:00 PM RETURNING FAMILIES
6:30 – 6:45 VISIT CLASSROOM
6:45 – 7:00 VISIT CLASSOOM
7:00 – 7:15 VISIT CLASSROOM
CHILDCARE MADE AVAIALBLE ON AN EMERGENCY BASIS ONLY VERY LIMITED SPACE
After 37 years of ministry at Mission San Buenaventura, then Pastor Msgr. Patrick J. O'Brien readied for retirement. His final major endeavor would be a new school building and multi-purpose hall. A capital campaign intent on raising funds for the new facility began in 1995. With the unrelenting support of the parishioners, the new buildings were completed in the fall of 2000. The students and faculty took occupancy of the beautiful new facility in January 2001. Today our school community enjoys an award winning state-of-the-art facility. Three stories high, it houses grades Preschool through Grade 8. The multi-purpose hall, now named in honor of the late Msgr. O'Brien, is used for seasonal events such as talents shows, the Christmas Pageant and the Spring … [Read More...]
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