"Jesus said to His disciples, "Whoever wishes to come after Me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow Me."

(Matthew 16:24)

Office Hours

School year office hours:

  • 8:30AM-3:30PM

Summer office hours:

  • Jun M->Thurs: 9AM - Noon
  • July T/TH - 9AM - Noon
  • Aug M->Thurs: 9AM - 2PM

School Phone:

  • 630-593-5290
  • 630-593-5289 (fax)

Parish Office Hours:

  • 8:30AM-4:30PM

Parish Phone:

  • 630-879-4750

Mission Statement

Holy Cross Catholic School is a Christ-centered Parish ministry dedicated to providing an extraordinary Catholic faith foundation with standards of academic excellence in a loving, hospitable environment.

1. Participants of the Crusader Cash Program must establish an individual account at
www.shopwithscrip.com. Follow the directions to “Create Account.” You will be asked to
enter our enrollment code: 28633B212167L. (Participants from prior years can use their
existing account.) 
2. You may pay for your purchases by check (payable to Holy Cross HSA), or by Presto
Pay (direct debit with a 15 cent charge added per order). Payments due by order
deadline of 9:30 a.m. on Tuesdays.
a. PAYMENT BY CHECK - Checks are deposited promptly. There will be a
$30.00 charge for checks returned (NSF).
b. PAYMENT BY PRESTO PAY - To set up Presto Pay (through the ACH
system), click on the Presto Pay button. You will be asked for the routing number
and bank account number for your checking account, then follow the instructions.
There is a 15 cent charge for each order placed. If you choose presto pay, your
account information will be verified through a series of two small deposits
(pennies) to your account. The initial verification process could take as long as
72 hours. (The first order may need to be paid for by check)
3. Orders will be accepted until 9:30 a.m. on scheduled Tuesdays. Any order
coming into school later or on another day will be held for the following scheduled order
date. Orders will be delivered on scheduled Thursdays through the participant’s
designated delivery option – backpack or office pickup. There may be RARE occasions
that our supplier, Great Lakes Scrip Center, cannot fill our order in a timely fashion. We
will contact you immediately with the explanation we have received. If this occurs, we
will make every attempt to get your gift certificates to you as soon as possible.
4. It is the participant’s responsibility to make sure the Crusader Cash envelope is given
to the teacher or placed in the designated box in the office. Envelopes that remain in the
backpack or cubby can not be processed.
5. It is the participant’s responsibility to verify order upon receipt of the Crusader Cash
envelope. Any discrepancies must be addressed within 24 hours.
6. We will only deliver Crusader Cash envelopes to individuals designated on the
participant’s registration form. Any changes must be requested in writing with the
participant’s signature.
7. Participants are responsible for noting restrictions and benefits pertaining to gift
certificates (for example, expiration dates, ability to use for online purchases, payment
on store credit account, etc.). A complete listing of each vendor’s terms and conditions
of use can be found on our supplier’s website at www.glscrip.com.
8. You must sign a waiver to release Holy Cross School, its employees and volunteers
from any lost or stolen gift certificates. Once the gift certificates are delivered to you or
your child, you will assume responsibility. Please consider the age, maturity and how
the child gets home in making your choice to participate in the Backpack Program.
Please note that certificates are cash equivalent and can not be replaced, traced,
or refunded if lost or stolen.
9. A participant’s earnings depend on the discounted rate associated with the gift card
purchased. Discounted rates from merchants range from 1.5% to 25%, but generally
average around 5%. HSA purchases gift cards at a discounted value (the difference
between for face value and discounted rate) and sells to participants at face value. The
participant will earn 90% of the discounted rate to designate toward their tuition
obligation, fundraising obligation, or the Guardian Angel Fund (tuition assistance). The
remaining 10% of the discounted rate goes to HSA to cover the costs of the program –
shipping, printing and supplies.
10. Participants must select an Earnings Distribution Method (EDM) on their
registration form. This designates where participant earnings will be credited:
- Tuition Obligation
- Fundraising Obligation
- Guardian Angel Fund (Tuition Assistance)
11. CREDIT SCHEDULE 2013 - 2014
Earnings Period Date                Credited to EDM
May 22 – December 1      →      January 1
December 2 – March 15      →      April 1
March 16 – May 20      →      May 31
12. If the participant’s EDM is Tuition Obligation, the participant’s earnings will be
credited toward the next month’s bill. Any earnings accrued as of May 20 will be
credited toward next year’s tuition if applicable. If no future tuition obligation exists,
earnings will be credited toward the Guardian Angel Fund.
13. If the participant’s EDM is Fundraising Obligation, the participant’s earnings will be
credited as outlined above. Any earnings accrued as of May 20 that exceed a
participant’s current Fundraising Obligation can not be credited toward next year’s
Fundraising Obligation.
14. If the participant’s EDM is Guardian Angel Fund, thank you for your generosity!!

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School Calendar

Please refer back to this calendar often as there may be updates throughout the year



Monday, Sept. 1:  LABOR DAY - NO SCHOOL

Tuesday, Sept. 2:  First Day of 3 year old preschool

Wednesday, Sept. 3:   First Day of 4 year old preschool

Tuesday, Sept. 9:  Curriculum Night K-5th 6-7:15PM; Junior High 6:45-8:30 PM

Thursday, Sept. 11:  SAC Meeting at 4:00 PM

Friday, Sept.12: Early Dismissal at 11:40 AM; Teacher In-Service

Monday, Sept. 15:  HSA Meeting at 9:45 AM

Monday, Sept. 22:    Teacher Deanery Institute Day - NO SCHOOL

Tuesday, Sept. 23-Friday, Sept. 26:  ITBS Testing

Monday, Sept. 29-Friday, Oct. 3:  Cog AT Testing grades 3, 5, and 7

Monday, Oct. 13:  Columbus Day - NO SCHOOL

Tuesday, Oct. 14:  Teacher Diocesan Institute Day - NO SCHOOL

Friday, Oct. 17:  End of First Quarter

Monday, Oct. 20:  HSA Meeting at 9:45 AM

Friday, Oct. 24:  Grandparent's Day; Early Dismissal at 11:40 AM; Teacher In-Service Meeting follow

Friday, Oct. 31:  All Saints Day Celebration

Thursday, Nov. 6:  Parent/Teacher Conferences; Early Dismissal at 11:40 PM

Friday, Nov. 7:  Parent/Teacher Conferences - NO SCHOOL

Monday, Nov. 17:  HSA Meeting at 7:00 PM

Wednesday, Nov. 26 - Friday, Nov. 28:  Thanksgiving Break - NO SCHOOL

Monday, Dec. 15:  HSA Meeting at 9:45 AM; Christmas Program - 6:30 PM

Friday, Dec. 19:  End of Second Quarter

Dec. 22 - January 2:  Christmas Vacation

Monday, Jan. 5:  Classes Resume

Friday, Jan. 16:  Teacher Institute Day - NO SCHOOL

Monday, Jan. 19:  Martin Luther King Day - NO SCHOOL

Sunday, Jan. 25:  Catholic Schools Week begins; Open House 12:15-1:30 PM

Monday, Jan. 26:  HSA Meeting at 9:45 AM

Thursday, Jan. 29:  Night of Wonders 6- PM

Friday, Jan. 30:  Late Arrival 8:30 AM; Early Dismissal 11:40 PM; Teacher In-Service Meetings Follow

Monday, Feb. 16:  President's Day - NO SCHOOL

Wed., Feb. 18:  Ash Wednesday

Monday, Feb. 23:  HSA Meeting at 7:00 PM

Friday, March 13:  End of Third Quarter; Teacher Diocesan Institute Day-Early Dismissal at 11:40 AM

Monday, March 16:  HSA Meeting at 9:45 AM

Thursday, April 2:  Holy Thursday; 1 PM Dismissal

Friday, Aprill 3:  Good Friday - NO SCHOOL

Monday, April 6-Fri., April 10:  EASTER BREAK

Friday, April 17:  Aurora Area Eighth Grade Mass at Aurora Central

Monday, April 20:  HSA Meeting at 7:00 PM

Monday, May 4:  May Crowning 8 AM All School Mass

Monday, May 4:  Friday, May :  Teacher Appreciation Mass/Reception

Wed., May 13:  Volunteer Appreciation Mass/Reception

Monday, May 18:  HSA Meeting at 9:45 AM

Monday, May 25:  Memorial Day - NO SCHOOL

Friday, May 29:  Last Day of School (w/out Emergency Days); Dismissal 1 PM

Staff Rosary

Tuesdays, 7 AM

Know that we pray for our families and their special intentions weekly at every Staff Rosary.


Also, at the school entrance each morning at 7:35 AM, we also pray a decade of the Rosary as students arrive for a new day.  Come join us as we entrust our community's prayer intentions to the loving, immaculate heart of Our Blessed Mother.


Special Community Prayer Intention:


Novena Prayer


O gentle, loving God, You chose Saint Joseph to watch over the Divine Child and our Blessed Mother, knowing that his care would be loving and sure, constant and wise.  We seek his care and protection, entrusting our spiritual and temporal needs to his fatherly intercession.


cornerstone"The path we have walked (in building and opening Holy Cross Catholic School)...has been in the footprints of Our Lord Jesus Christ. He is the Supreme Architect whose plan we have followed. All that we have tried to do has been for Him. There is a joy in this new ministry for our parish and the exciting work we have been able to accomplish under the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

On behalf of the administration, faculty, parents and students, I wish to express gratitude and praise to God for all the good work that He has begun and prayerful hope for all that we have yet to accomplish...From daily Mass, confessions, adoration, prayer, classes, sports, friendships, challenges and joyful expectation for all that is to come, Holy Cross School is a place of love diffusing far and wide the goodness of Christ. Only in openness to the Holy Spirit can we continue to grow in body, mind and soul and give glory to Christ by becoming all that He calls us to be in His Holy Name.


Yours in Jesus through Mary,


Msgr. Daniel J. Deutsch    August, 2008