At the end of each school year, we welcome our 4th grade students (soon to be rising 5th graders!) to our Middle School House Teams. Each team is named after a saint and is lead by one of our teachers. Throughout the year Houses compete in various activities, have fun parties and work on service projects together.
Holy Cross Church and School celebrates the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross (September 14) with a week long celebration. Among the activities include a Living Rosary and Ice Cream Social, Hot Dog Day for all the students and family members during lunch hours on Friday and a Parish Party on Saturday! And of our course we worship together to celebrate our Feast Day.
Each year in December our 8th grade class partakes in the sacrament of Confirmation. After much study, prayer (and yes some tests and quizzes!) and much preparation they are confirmed in mid-December at Holy Cross Church. Our 7th grade students and parents host the Confirmation reception in the parish hall for all the confirmands, parents, guests and sponsors.
Each year, instead of taking a day off of school and lounging at home, Holy Cross attends school on Veteran's Day. This is a very special day for Holy Cross students as they host any and all Veteran's at an all school assembly. The Veteran's are treated to a formal flag ceremony, songs and celebration of their service to our country. Guest speakers are also asked to come speak to the students about their service in the Armed Forces.
Feed the Hungry. All our classrooms take a month out of the school year to bring fresh fruit and milk to the Daily Bread Soup Kitchen in downtown Champaign. Older students walk to Daily Bread once a week with their donations, while other classes recruit parent volunteers to drive groups of students over to DBSK once a week. Our students also periodically gather up food to donate to the Holy Cross Church St. Vincent dePaul Society Food Pantry. Pictured below: 4th graders in Mrs. Tate's homeroom.
Each year our 4th grade class research saints for All Saints Day. After picking a saint, they spend time researching the life of the saint and other important information. They also create a costume of their saint (with a lot of help from their teacher Mrs. Tate!), write a paper and present their saint to the whole school at our All Saints Day Mass on November 1. Throughout the day they visit all the classrooms in the school as well. The Saints Come Marching In - November 1, 2019!
Our 7th grade students are paired up with our kindergarten students. They both "move up" together in their 8th grade/1st grade years. They do many activities together, but most importantly they attend church together every Friday during the school year.