For over 100 years, Holy Cross Catholic School has served the North Portland Catholic Community, providing Catholic education for children in grades pre-k through eight. Holy Cross Catholic School offers a rigorous, faith-centered education.

Don't Forget to Register for Conferences!

Conferences are scheduled for next week and a Sign Up Genius link was sent to families.  PLEASE let your child's teacher know if you did not receive the link. While virtual conferences are not preferred, this is an important opportunity to partner with your child's teacher and hear how your child is doing with Distance Learning and with school. PLEASE make this a priority.

Next Library Checkout October 28

Oct. 28 4-4:45 pm

Students and families may check out books from our school library during Distance Learning.

Each student may check out 4 books for two weeks.

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Halloween Costume Drive-Thru for Friday, October 30 from 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Many of the staff will be dressed in costume and they are excited to share Halloween treat bags with our students.  Please save the date! In our Parent Meetings last month, many of you asked for opportunities for students to be able to get together for social-emotional support gathering.  Please know that I have not forgotten this request!  I have been working with the staff to see what we can offer our students in a safe and healthy manner.

Early Partnering Means Long Term Success

Holy Cross provides several tools to track your students' scores as well as what assignments they have coming up or assignments that they might've missed. These may vary depending on what their classroom is using. We've listed step by step instructions for each on our guide.

Covid Safe Practices - We Care About Your Health and Wellness

Daily Monitoring

Daily temperature checks and screenings of all staff and students and increased emphasis on hand washing and hand sanitizing

Distance Practices

Six feet physical distancing and/or other measures (plexiglass dividers) to decrease the risk of transmission.

Classes to remain as separate cohorts without exposures to other classes (for example, each class will have their own time for recess and lunches will be held in classrooms

Personal Protection

Face masks for all students and staff with guidance and instruction on appropriate wearing of face masks

Building Improvements

Improvements to the school's ventilation system

Clear entrances and exits into the building and marked pathways in the hallways

Mark Your Calendars!

Friday, October 9: NO SCHOOL, NO Teachers' In-Service Day

 

Wednesday, October 21: Parent-Teacher Conferences 4:00pm-7:00pm (regular school day)

 

Thursday, October 22: NO SCHOOL, NO DAYCARE, Parent-Teacher Conferences 10:00am-noon, 2:00pm-4:00pm. 5:00pm- 8:00pm 

 

Friday, October 23: NO SCHOOL, NO DAYCARE, Parent-Teacher Conferences 9:00am-noon for grades Pre-K to 5, for middle school by appointment only

 

Wednesday, November 11: NO SCHOOL, NO DAYCARE Veterans' Day Holiday

 

Wednesday, November 25: NO SCHOOL, NO DAYCARE end of the first                                                          trimester

 

Thursday, November 26: NO SCHOOL, NO DAYCARE Thanksgiving Day 

 

Friday, November 27: NO SCHOOL, NO DAYCARE Thanksgiving Vacation

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Why Holy Cross Catholic School?

Holy Cross Catholic School serves the diverse North Portland Catholic Community, providing Catholic education for children in grades pre-k through eight.

Holy Cross Catholic School offers a rigorous, faith-centered education that includes:

Faculty and staff at Holy Cross Catholic School focus on providing a rigorous, faith-centered education. Children learn under high expectations with clear guidance and support. That builds a community of motivated learners. Students receive an education that meets their particular needs. Teachers and staff challenge them, while offering the necessary support to create confident, eager learners. Most Holy Cross students advance to rigorous college-prep high schools in Portland, including Central Catholic, St. Mary’s, Jesuit, De LaSalle, and LaSalle. We regularly hear from alumni, parents, and faculty that our students are more than prepared to study at top private high schools.

Holy Cross is proud of its Catholic identity while it respects and welcomes students and families of different faith backgrounds. Students participate and attend weekly Mass and celebrate the seasons of the Church. Christ’s teachings permeate the school. The community emphasizes and celebrates the moral and spiritual development of students alongside academic growth.

We are a small school of approximately 220 students with an average class size of 22. The favorable ratio allows us to individualize the learning for students. Our teachers understand the learning styles of each child, challenging the strengths and giving support when needed.

There is a persistent misconception that Catholic education is not affordable, yet if you are accustomed to providing full-time preschool or daycare for your child, you will notice that an education at Holy Cross costs less than what you currently pay. It is the mission of Holy Cross to open the doors of Catholic education to families of all income levels. Not only is this fair and just, it promotes the richness and diversity we value so highly in our school. Before you decide we are out of reach, we encourage you to contact us and discover what is possible.

Holy Cross has a diverse community — ethnically, culturally, and socio-economically. Immigrant, native born, refugee, and first generation, a large percentage of our families speak a second language in their homes. The diversity in cultures enriches the learning and social environment for everyone. Holy Cross students learn to value and respect differences and grow to be at home with people from all walks of life. In the classroom and at play, our students start to gain a global appreciation for life by tasting the richness of our world.

Holy Cross Catholic School offers its students a full curriculum. In addition to the core classes, all students are given opportunities to enrich their lives through music, physical education, library and computer lab. In addition, students in grades 5-8 are able to participate in the Holy Cross Choir and Ethos Band. A Children's Choir is also available for students in grades 1 - 4. The Middle School team has developed a year round electives program for students in grades 6-8. Some elective choices have included Claymation, Coding, school newspaper, and social justice. Finally, a variety of afterschool enrichment opportunities are offered to students throughout the school year. Holy Cross has an active CYO membership and students in Grades 3 – 8 can play volleyball and basketball.

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