Back-to-School Information

This page will be updated as new information is added.

Please check back throughout the summer for additional details.

Updated August 15, 2017

Student and Parent Handbook

Click the handbook cover to review the 2016-2017 Student and Parent Handbook

Please submit the Student Handbook Agreement Form no later than Friday, September 8.

Student Schedules

Student schedules are available by logging in to PowerSchool.

Required Fall Semester Textbooks

Check the charts below before purchasing your textbooks; many textbooks can be purchased at the Follett Virtual Bookstore or iTunes.

Follett is offering 10% off used and rental textbooks from Monday, July 31 through Thursday, August 3 using promo code TEXT10 at checkout, and free ground shipping on all orders over $150 from Monday, July 31 through Sunday, August 6. See Follett ordering information here. 



Health and Physical Education 

History and Social Studies 


Moreau Options Program 




Visual Arts 

World Languages 

Questions or concerns about textbooks should be directed to Jean Cotter, Media Specialist at (301) 942-2100 ext. 402.

Orientation Information

Classes of 2018, 2019, 2020:

Friday, August 25
8:00 am-1:0 pm
NO uniform is required this day. Students should bring iPads.
Lunch provided.

Class of 2021

Wednesday, August 23 – 8:00 am-2:00 pm
Uniform required. Students should bring iPads.
Lunch provided.

Thursday, August 24 – 8:00 am-2:00 pm
Freshman Retreat in the morning.
Uniform required. Students should bring iPads.
Lunch provided.

Friday, August 25 – 8:00 am-1:00 pm
All-school Orientation Day.
NO uniform required. 
Lunch provided. Students should bring iPads.

Transfer Students (non-Freshmen):

Thursday, August 24 – 8:00-11:30 am
Uniform required. Students should bring iPads.
Lunch provided. 

Friday, August 25 – 8:00 am-1:00 pm
All-school Orientation Day.
NO uniform required. Students should bring iPads.
Lunch provided.

Health Forms

All Freshmen and Transfer students, as well as student athletes trying out for fall sports, must have all appropriate health forms submitted by Tuesday, August 1. These are available under “New Families” in the Parent Portal

Paperwork can be returned in one of three ways:

  • Bring hardcopy forms to the front Receptionist's desk on campus. Mark envelope to the attention of Nurse Kathleen Clark or Athletic Trainer Dena Rapoport
  • Mail hardcopy forms to Holy Cross to the attention of Nurse Kathleen Clark or Athletic Trainer Dena Rapoport
  • Email PDF forms to Nurse Kathleen Clark or Athletic Trainer Dena Rapoport.

Back-to-School Checklist

Login to the Parent Portal by clicking on Community Login on the home page of the Holy Cross website. Explore the school Calendar, useful forms, and announcements.

Login to PowerSchool and view your daughter’s schedule beginning Tuesday, July 25

Login to the Student Portal with your daughter by clicking on Community Login on the home page of the Holy Cross website.

Check with your daughter that she can login to her Holy Cross email account.

Review the Student/Parent Directory to ensure your family information is correct.

If you’ve already completed the parking application form, pick-up parking sticker between 8:00 am and 12:00 pm in the Attendance Office on August 23 or August 24.

Finish summer reading and Math review assignments. Click here for a direct link.

Health Forms for New Students and Student Athletes are due on Tuesday, August 1.

Review the course book lists (available Tuesday, July 25).

Check your daughter’s uniform items and replace anything too small or worn out.

Attend orientation

Freshmen – August 23-25
Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors – August 25
Transfer Students – August 24
(Uniforms not required on August 25)

Beginning Tuesday, August 15:

Read through the Holy Cross Student Handbook with your daughter.

Complete the electronic sign-off form for the Student Handbook.

Welcome Social

Home and School Association Parent/Guardian
Welcome Social

Saturday, August 26 • 7:00 to 9:00 pm in the Theatre Courtyard

$5 suggested donation

All parents/guardians encouraged to attend!

Coffee and Conversation

New Families Parents/Guardians Join Us for "Coffee and Conversation"

Wednesday, August 23
8:00 am in the
Theatre Lobby

New families parents/guardians are invited to "Coffee and Conversation" with President Katy Prebble, and Board Chair Helen Stanislav Dankos ’75. Bring your daughter to Freshman Orientation and stay to meet other parents and visit with Katy and Helen. No RSVP needed, just plan to join us.

Student Parking Information

Students who have already submitted their parking application forms may pick up their parking stickers on Wednesday, August 23 or Thursday, August 24 between 8:00 am and 12:00 pm from Mr. Mathews in the Attendance Office. Any other questions about parking should be addressed to:

Back to School Nights

Classes of 2021 and 2019

Wednesday, September 6
6:30 pm

Classes of 2018 and 2020

Wednesday, September 13
6:30 pm

College Kick-Off Meeting

Class of 2018

Thursday, August 31
7:00 pm

Uniform Information

All uniform questions should be directed to FlynnO'Hara Uniforms at (301) 838-8958.

FlynnO'Hara is at
Loehmann's Plaza
5210 Randolph Road
Rockville, Maryland

Visit FlynnO'Hara website here.

Online Registration

2017-2018 Online Registration
Deadline has Passed

Please complete the online form, including
Emergency Information, at your earliest convenience.

Click the button below.

Click here for detailed instructions.

Senior Portrait Reminder

All Class of 2018 students should have received an appointment letter from Stone Photography in June. Those students who have not yet scheduled an appointment to have their Senior Portrait taken at the Bethesda studio should call the company at (301) 654-3185 as soon as possible. All Senior Portraits should be scheduled by Tuesday, August 1.

School Supplies

Holy Cross does not provide a school supply list.

Teachers will provide any specific supplies needed for their classes at orientation or on the first day of class.

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