2012-2013 Back to School Information - August Edition

August 2012

Dear Parents,

Welcome to the new school year! As you read in our July email, everything you need to know to start the school year can be accessed on our website. I hope that you have had time to read all of the information in your summer email, but if you haven’t - or need to review it in the upcoming days - please review the links on the right. Please note that we have added a few links with additional back-to-school information including a PDF of the school calendar, the Lancer Cafe menu, Holy Cross Parent Clubs information, upcoming events and details about the vital SafeHomes Program. Freshman families may also want to review the class of 2016 webpage that provides links and resources especially for the freshman class.

Important Highlights

Summer Reading: This year our all-school reading book, lol…OMG, is authored by a Saint Francis alum, Matt Ivester. Originally designed for college students on how to manage their online presence, Matt edited the book for our high school students. The whole school community will be discussing the book, examining the challenges of “living online,” and discussing new aspects of respect as experienced and witnessed on the Internet. If you have time, you may want to read the book yourself so that you can share your own reflections with your student. You may access this special edition of the book through a link on our website.

The Sobrato Family Learning Commons:
When you come on campus, the first sight that will greet you will be the new learning center. We cannot wait to introduce our students to the new commons with its student center and library. The Learning Commons will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Construction of new classrooms:
We have already broken ground on the building site for six new classrooms attached to Andre Hall (the 500 building). While we are under construction, traffic getting onto campus may be challenging. Be sure to arrive early for morning drop-off and do all that you can to carpool to school.

New iPad program:
As you know, we will initiate our 1:1 iPad program this year. Students will receive their personal iPads on registration day. To make this a smooth transaction, please be sure to read the iPad program information, bring a signed copy of the iPad Acceptable Use Agreement along with a personal AppleID to registration day, and remember to pay the $50 technology fee by Aug. 5 via Smart Tuition to avoid any late fees. 

Tips for the First Days of School

Sophomore, Junior and Senior First Semester Drivers: Students who wish to avoid the line to pick-up a parking sticker on Registration Day may pick one up in advance at the Dean's Office from 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m Aug. 6-10. The office will be closed for Employee In-Services the following week. Register online, print out the form, and bring the car registration fee to the Dean's Office. You will receive a sticker for the assigned parking lot.

Sign-up for the Student Lunch Program online by August 15
: If your student plans to use the lunch program, be sure to set up your online account by Aug. 15. Please note that accounts must be activated with a $20 registration fee. More information about the Student Lunch Account program including forms and an FAQ are available online.

Review the Lancer Café lunch menu.
During the first week of school, a prix fixe menu will be served. Details of the menu will be available on Registration Day. The lines at lunch during the first days of school can be long while everyone is figuring out the menu and deciding what lines serve their favorite food. Students can beat the crowd by making their decisions before they go to lunch. Or, send your student with a bag lunch for the first few days while he/she checks out what is offered at the Lancer Café. Menu

Come early and stay late
. Come early in the morning to beat the traffic and stay later in the afternoon to avoid the pick-up lines. Each year we try to make the morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up as smooth and safe as possible for our students and parents. There is always a traffic build-up between 7:30 a.m. and 7:45 a.m. and again from 2:20 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. Arrive early between 7:20 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. in the morning and after 3:00 p.m. in the afternoon to avoid the stress!

Drop off and pick-up hints: In addition to Miramonte Avenue, there are several other areas to utilize for drop-off and pick-up.
  • Coming from Grant Road, there are pedestrian walkways onto campus at the end of North Drive and the end of South Drive.
  • Students can also walk to campus easily from the shopping center across the street. There are two crosswalks and a pedestrian bridge onto campus.
  • Please note that when using the Miramonte Avenue entrance for pick-up, there is no waiting on the entrance bridge or parking in front of the school. Please do not pull into the faculty parking lot for either drop off or pick up.
  • The best way to avoid the pick-up lines is to come later in the afternoon. School is open and busy all afternoon with clubs, sports and activities. The Lancer Cafe and the new Sobrato Family Learning Commons are also open for studying and eating, so there is no need to rush to pick up your student after school. We enjoy having them on campus!
Take public transportation: Many students take Cal-Train and Valley Transit Buses to school. We offer shuttle service from the Castro Street train station in Mountain View to campus each morning. A PDF with more information about transportation options is available here.
Carpool: If you have not added your name to the Carpool Interest List, you have one last chance to do so. We will issue a final Carpool Interest List on Friday, August 17. You may access the form online.

Parent Events

Please note the following parent events for the beginning of the school year. Why let your student have all the fun? Come enjoy the companionship of fellow parents and share the joys (and complexities) of parenthood with other Holy Cross families.
Sept. 5 - Men's and Women's Clubs Kick-off Dinner and Education Night Invitation to Follow
Aug. 22 - 9th Grade Parent Meeting, 10-12th Grade Parent Social and Back-to-School Night
Aug. 31SF Kick-off
Sept. 24 - Scholarship Golf Classic
Please don't forget to sign-up for the many volunteer opportunities throughout the year. It is a great way to be a part of the school and make new friends!

Freshman Parent Reminders

Freshman Parent Coffees: The welcome coffees are scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 9, and Monday, Aug. 13 - Thursday, Aug. 16. If you would like to come to a coffee and have not yet responded, please respond via the online invitation or contact (after Aug. 2) Connections and Coffee Chairwoman Robyn DelFiero at robyn.delfierro@sbcglobal.net.

Freshman Registration and Orientation, Thursday, August 16: This day is dedicated to our freshmen. They will need to come prepared to take their pictures for the yearbook (boys in ties and girls in dressy blouses), get their lockers and class schedules, then do a “walk through” of the school day to meet their teachers. There will be a welcome reception for parents who are on campus. During lunch, students can sign up for fall sports teams. Then the excitement crescendos! After lunch, students will return to their homeroom classes to pick up their iPads and receive a short orientation to their personal devices. For times and details, check the Registration and Picture Day Checklist, the iPad Program Information and iPad Acceptable Use Agreement.

Freshman Retreat, Sunday, August 19: This is our first spiritual gathering for the class of 2016. The day starts at 9:00 a.m. and ends at 3:30 p.m. Parents are invited to join us at 1:00 p.m. If you have not already done so, please RSVP today. More Information

First day of school, Monday, August 20: The first day of school starts at 7:45 a.m. and ends at 2:30 p.m. It is a “B” day, so students will go to their B day classes. The following day is an A1 day, starting at 7:45 and ending at 2:10. They will attend their G day classes as well as participate in our welcome assembly. View Block Schedule
I hope you are enjoying these wonderful summer days. I look forward to seeing you in the upcoming weeks.

Mrs. Patricia Tennant


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