DEAR SPC FAMILIES,

Four days remaining, and we are back to school! I am excited to see the students on Tuesday! I want to take the opportunity to thank our teachers for all their hard work these past two weeks in making sure that our children’s learning continues.

TRAVEL: FROM THE OFFICE OF CATHOLIC SCHOOLS--BRAND NEW INFORMATION AS OF 3:15 pm today!

Adjusted Quarantine Period for Travel

After consultation with state and local health departments and our own medical advisors, we are adjusting the quarantine periods for travel. The following guidelines are in immediate effect for all schools (no matter their location):

  • Quarantine periods for all domestic travel (travel out of Illinois) is now ten (10) days.
    • Quarantine periods may be shortened to seven (7) days if individuals present a written negative COVID-19 test result. The test must be administered no longer than 72 hours before arrival back in the state. Only written results are accepted (a verbal confirmation does not suffice).
    • This guidance can be applied retroactively to any out-of-state travel that occurred in early January. This may enable certain families to return to in-person learning who were unable to return to Illinois by January 4th.
    • This guidance does supersede the information released in the recent Parent Newsletter. We are doing our best to remain on top of frequently changing guidance from health authorities.
  • Quarantines for international travel remain 14 days.
  • Quarantines for COVID-19 exposure cases also remain 14 days (based upon the recommendation of all departments of public health in those jurisdictions in which the archdiocese operates and our own medical advisors).

SPRING BREAK

I know we are just finishing up the long Christmas vacation/remote learning stretch, but we do need to start looking ahead to Spring Break and travel plans. In order for me to work with the Office of Catholic Schools to make the best decision for our school community, please complete this survey by 1/22/2021. We are in the early stages of looking into Spring Break, and no decisions have been made. I value the data you provide in aiding this decision. Please click here for a very brief survey.

SOCIAL MEDIA AND CHILDREN

Many children received a gift of a phone or a new iPad for Christmas, and as exciting as that can be, I want to include some resources on the responsible use of social media. I cannot stress this enough; middle school children should not have social media. I am keenly aware of the ongoing battle of social media with our children and the pleading of “but everyone else in my class has it” comments. Please consider the points in this article:

https://thriveglobal.com/stories/why-social-media-is-not-smart-for-middle-school-kids/

https://www.protectyoungminds.org/2018/01/18/social-media-not-smart-middle-school-kids/

RESOURCES FOR PARENTS ON DIFFERENT TYPES OF SOCIAL MEDIA:

https://www.commonsensemedia.org/blog/parents-ultimate-guide-to-tiktok

https://www.goodschools.com.au/insights/parental-advice/parents-guide-to-social-media-in-2020

https://www.commonsensemedia.org/social-media

https://mediasmarts.ca/digital-media-literacy/e-tutorials/parent-network-social-media-your-kids-workshop

COVID DASHBOARD
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Peace,

Dr. Erika Mickelburgh
Principal


The yearbook committee has started working hard on this year's yearbook. We are looking for photos from the first day of school. Please feel free to add any photos to this shared folder. We will be asking for other photos throughout the school year to add to the yearbook.

First Day of School Photos for Yearbook


 

FROM THE PARISH

We have an active and vibrant parish and encourage everyone to read the weekly bulletins for Fr. Britto's weekly letter and stay informed about all upcoming events and programs. 
Please click here for the latest bulletin.


FROM THE COMMUNITY

Future Lion Newsletter St. Viator High School - January

 

Dear Families,

Thank you for a good week of remote learning. I know we are all eager to get back to the classrooms on January 19th. I want to thank our wonderful teachers for all their efforts this week in ensuring a smooth return to learning after Christmas vacation.
 

When we return to school, Catholic Schools Week will be right around the corner. We will be announcing some fun activities and will be sharing them soon. Sadly, this year we will not be able to gather for an Open House and all-school Mass. 

Please see below a statement Cardinal Cupich released last night, January 6th, on the attack on democracy at the U.S. Capitol. I know many of us watched in disbelief yesterday about what happened in our nation's Capitol. I hope you can find some small comfort in the words of Cardinal Cupich as we join him in praying for peace. 

Finally, a friendly reminder: 

CHRISTMAS VACATION TRAVEL & REMOTE LEARNING

If you traveled over Christmas vacation and/or during this time of remote learning, please note the travel order from the City of Chicago. It is not advised that you use these two weeks of remote learning as a reason to extend your vacation. However, if you have made that choice, please note the following if you return home after 1/9/2021. If you travel to an orange state, you will need to send a copy of the negative test results to Mrs. Foy, Mrs. Fletcher, and Dr. M no later than 1/18/21.

https://www.chicago.gov/city/en/sites/covid-19/home/emergency-travel-order.html

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COVID DASHBOARD WILL RETURN NEXT WEEK

Peace,
Dr. Erika Mickelburgh


Letter from Cardinal Cupich

Jan. 6, 2021

What has been unfolding at the Capitol today should shock the conscience of any patriotic American and any faithful Catholic. The eyes of the world look on in horror as we suffer this national disgrace. For many months we have witnessed the deliberate erosion of the norms of our system of government. Peaceful protest is a sacred right. It has been an essential component of much social progress over the course of human history. 

But violence is its opposite. Violence in the service of a falsehood is worse. Please join me in praying for the woman who was shot during the rioting, and who has died, and for law enforcement who protect us against mob rule.

We pray for peace at this bracing moment in U.S. history, a history that has been marked by one of democracy's greatest virtues—the peaceful and orderly transition of power. May our elected officials heed the counsel of their better angels to stand up for the Constitution they swore to defend, to speak the truth, and to recognize threats to democracy, no matter their source. 

May God's love suffuse our political life together, reminding all Americans that politics is the peaceful resolution of conflicting points of view. This is our tradition as a democratic nation—and we undermine it at our own peril.


The yearbook committee has started working hard on this year's yearbook. We are looking for photos from the first day of school. Please feel free to add any photos to this shared folder. We will be asking for other photos throughout the school year to add to the yearbook.

First Day of School Photos for Yearbook


 

FROM THE PARISH

We have an active and vibrant parish and encourage everyone to read the weekly bulletins for Fr. Britto's weekly letter and stay informed about all upcoming events and programs. 
Please click here for the latest bulletin.


FROM THE COMMUNITY

Future Lion Newsletter St. Viator High School - January

Dear SPC Families,

WE DID IT! I can honestly say that if I had placed a bet on whether we would still be going strong on December 18th--I would have lost! Thank you for all you have done to keep our amazing school going strong! After a lovely Christmas Vacation and remote learning “reset” in January, I am confident that we are in great shape to end the year as strong as we finished 2020! We will continue to be vigilant with protocols and communication via our Dashboard. We know there is hope as the vaccine starts to roll out, but we can’t rest easy quite yet!

I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year!

Included in this mailing:
Thank you to Home & School and the Endowment Committee
Early Bird Registration for 2021-2022 ends on December 31st!
January Remote Learning
Christmas Travel
Covid Dashboard 12/17/2020

THANK YOU TO HOME & SCHOOL AND THE ENDOWMENT COMMITTEE
Thank you to the many families and the Endowment committee for their incredibly generous donation to the Faculty Christmas Gift Fund. Your thoughtful generosity is very much appreciated! We are very blessed to be part of a community that values the hard work and dedication of our outstanding faculty and staff!

REGISTRATION 2021-2022

Thank you to the MANY families that have re-registered for the 2021-2022 school year. Given the Christmas vacation, PLEASE make sure you can log in to the system before TOMORROW, DECEMBER 18th. There is no guarantee that emails will be addressed between December 18- January 4th. The re-registration fee increases on January 1st to $125/child. 

The Early Bird Re-enrollment fee is $75 per student through December 31st. That fee goes up to $125 per student on January 1st. 

Please click on the school website's Re-Enrollment page here for all of the information regarding the Re-enrollment process.

Please click here to begin re-enrollment for the 2021-2022 school year.

Important - please note the following dates and details:

Re-registration is now open for the 2021-2022 School Year. The deadline for re-registration is January 20, 2021. You must complete this form even if your plans have changed and you are not returning to SPC. If that is the case, please select will not enroll.

  • December 1, 2020-December 31, 2020 – Complete your Early Bird re-enrollment. The Early Bird fee is $75 per student. 
  • January 1, 2021-January 20, 2021 – The re-enrollment fee increases to $125 per student.
  • After January 20th – The re-enrollment fee increases to $175 per student.

If you have any questions, please contact our Director of Admissions, Mrs. Meghan Waldeck.

JANUARY REMOTE LEARNING

We will begin remote learning on January 4, 2021. Please see individual classroom newsletters for specific details on your child’s schedule. The schedule will look very similar to our pivot in October. However, for this session of remote learning, the PFA classes will be conducting zoom classes.

CHRISTMAS VACATION TRAVEL & REMOTE LEARNING

If you plan to travel over Christmas, please note the travel order from the City of Chicago. It is not advised that you use the two weeks of remote learning as a reason to extend your vacation. However, if you have made that choice, please note the following if you return home after 1/9/2021.  If you travel to an orange state, you will need to send a copy of the negative test results to Mrs. Foy, Mrs. Fletcher, and Dr. M no later than 1/18/21.

https://www.chicago.gov/city/en/sites/covid-19/home/emergency-travel-order.html



COVID DASHBOARD DECEMBER 17, 2020

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I look forward to seeing our families at the Drive-In Christmas Movie Nights tonight and tomorrow night! 
Peace,

Dr. Erika Mickelburgh
Principal


National Junior Honor Society 
NJHS Christmas Drive
Using donations from SPC students & families, the National Junior Honor Society put together 125 care packages. Each package contained a warm hat, pair of gloves, socks, common toiletries, snacks, and a hand written Christmas card from an SPC student. These care packages will be passed out by Catholic Charities to those struggling with homelessness. NJHS was humbled by everyone’s generosity and kindness. Thank you for your support!


Do You Want To Build A Snowman!?

Snowman Flyer

Spreading SPC Cheer During This Year...click here! DEADLINE to Order TOMORROW December 18th!
We are so excited for our first annual snowman decorating contest! To get an understanding of how many families are interested in participating, please complete the form. The kit is $40 and each family will receive one 3ft wooden snowman and stake to decorate however they wish- have fun! A link to pay will be sent to all participating families prior to snowman pick-up day. All families must sign-up before December 18th. We will then reach out to all participating families to pick-up their kits outside of school in January and will send a google photo link to submit your finished creation! All photos must be submitted by February 5 and winner will be announced and given a fun prize! We will be sharing all the fun snowmen throughout January and February to spread cheer in the New Year!! Please email Meghan Waldeck any time with questions at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 


 

The yearbook committee has started working hard on this year's yearbook. We are looking for photos from the first day of school. Please feel free to add any photos to this shared folder. We will be asking for other photos throughout the school year to add to the yearbook.

First Day of School Photos for Yearbook


FROM THE PARISH

We have an active and vibrant parish and encourage everyone to read the weekly bulletins for Fr. Britto's weekly letter and stay informed about all upcoming events and programs. 
Please click here for the latest bulletin.


Virtual Blood Drive has been extended!
St Paul of the Cross will be coordinating a virtual blood drive from Nov. 23 until Dec 23 (note that this blood drive has been extended to include an entire month)  Anyone who would like to participate can make an appointment at one of the many Vitalant donor centers and use our code - RG08.   
Please click here to make your appointments.
Thanks for spreading the word!  
St. Paul of the Cross-Holy Family Guild


Hello School Families!                      

Our parish food pantry currently needs brown paper grocery bags, with handles, from Trader Joe's, Mariano's and Whole Foods.
Please repurpose your unwanted bags by putting them through the food pantry drop box anytime.
Please email Adrienne Timm with questions.    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  Thanks in advance for your help!   

FROM THE COMMUNITY

The Chicago Public Library is pleased to announce the 2020 Winter Learning Journey. This program will run from December 1 through January 31. The Learning Journey theme is games and puzzles. This theme is broad and meant to be flexible. Children can take part online, (chipublib.org/LearningJourney) interact with the page below, or use the participation forms attached to this email. If kids need a break from online activities, the participation form is a great way to take part screen-free. Children are welcome to turn in their participation forms at any Chicago Public Library location. The prize will include a kit of fun ways to stay busy this winter; books, a Rubik's cube, model magic and more. CPS has recommended some books and activities, which are included online. 

Future Lion Newsletter St. Viator High School - December


Dear SPC Families,

Happy Thursday! As we begin to look forward to Christmas vacation, please note the important topics below regarding next year and some new holiday fun. 

Topics Included in this letter:

  • Registration for the 2021-2022 School Year (Early Bird deadline ends December 31st)
  • Remote Learning January 2021
  • Christmas Drive-In Movie Nights
  • Covid Dashboard & Covid Reporting Throughout Christmas Vacation & Remote Learning

REGISTRATION 2021-2022

Thank you to the MANY families that have re-registered for the 2021-2022 school year. Given the Christmas vacation, PLEASE make sure you can log in to the system before DECEMBER 18th. There is no guarantee that emails will be addressed between December 18- January 4th. The re-registration fee increases on January 1st to $125/child. 

The Early Bird Re-enrollment fee is $75 per student through December 31st. That fee goes up to $125 per student on January 1st. 

Please click on the Re-Enrollment page of the school website here for all of the information regarding the Re-enrollment process.

Please click here to begin re-enrollment for the 2021-2022 school year.

Important - please note the following dates and details:

Re-registration is now open for the 2021-2022 School Year. The deadline for re-registration is January 20, 2021. You must complete this form even if your plans have changed and you are not returning to SPC. If that is the case, please select will not enroll.

  • December 1, 2020-December 31, 2020 – Complete your Early Bird re-enrollment. The Early Bird fee is $75 per student. 
  • January 1, 2021-January 20, 2021 – The re-enrollment fee increases to $125 per student.
  • After January 20th – The re-enrollment fee increases to $175 per student.

If you have any questions, please contact our Director of Admissions, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

REMOTE LEARNING JANUARY 4th-January 15th

Beginning next week, teachers will be slowly sending home materials for remote learning in January. Please note the classroom newsletters for the Remote Learning details and schedule. The format for Remote Learning will look exactly like it did in October. If you have questions, please contact your child’s teacher for specific schedules. 

The 1st Annual SPC CHRISTMAS DRIVE-IN MOVIE!  

Many of our beloved Christmas traditions cannot happen this year, but that won’t stop us from starting a new one! Plan a family night out at the SPC Drive-In, decorate your car, and put on your Christmas PJs for some SPC Christmas fun. There may even be a special guest who shows up!

WHEN: DECEMBER 17th & 18th 

Thursday, December 17th

5:00 pm MOVIE: The Star

7:00 pm MOVIE: ELF

Friday, December 18th

5:00 pm The Grinch (animated version)

7:00 pm Home Alone

WHERE: The main church parking lot

DETAILS:

  • Please only sign up for one slot. The parking lot will be cleared after each movie. Given our limited availability, please only sign up for one movie. If there are spots still available next week, we will allow families to sign up for more than one movie.
  • Please do not mix cohorts.
  • Large SUVs and vans should park in the back.
  • The audio will be streamed into your car.
  • Popcorn will be provided!
  • Decorate your car for Christmas, put on your Christmas PJs, and come have some safe holiday fun!
  • Bathrooms will not be available - please plan ahead!

COST: $20/ car (the amount will be billed to your FACTS account after you sign up)

CLICK HERE TO RESERVE YOUR TICKET!  (no cars will be admitted without a reservation)


COVID DASHBOARD:

My goodness, I honestly did not expect our numbers to continue to decrease based on the current COVID situation in the state of Illinois. Thank you for your diligence in keeping our community safe and our children in school! Keep up the excellent work, SPC!

COVID REPORTING THROUGH THE HOLIDAYS & REMOTE: 

Please continue to report COVID cases through the Christmas Vacation and during Remote Learning. It is essential to continue to monitor cases and exposure. 

CLICK HERE TO COMPLETE THE FORM

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Peace, 
Dr. Erika Mickelburgh 
Principal


Home & School Association 

Faculty Gift Fund
The SPC Home and School Association is pleased to sponsor the Holiday Faculty Gift Fund. The Faculty Gift Fund is a convenient way for parents to give Christmas gifts to all their children’s teachers and staff. Your contribution will provide a monetary gift to all teachers (homeroom, practical fine arts, and resources), aides, the principal, assistant principal, administrative assistants, school secretaries, and the maintenance staff. The SPC teachers and staff truly appreciate your thoughtfulness and generosity.

Please consider making a monetary contribution as a way to show your gratitude to our wonderful teachers and staff. They have worked extra hard this year to make sure our children have a safe environment to learn and excel. A donation is not required, and we want to encourage you to give at your comfort level. We realize that families make financial sacrifices to send their children to Catholic school and may face challenges with COVID, so please give at the level that is comfortable for your family—any amount is appreciated. Last year's contributions averaged around $80.00 per family.

There are two (2) ways to make donations:

  • Contribute online by at https://www.paypal.com/donate?hosted_button_id=S2FH6X558CNXU
    OR
  • There will be one Red Envelope marked “Holiday Faculty Gift Fund” coming home with your oldest child. Make your check payable to “St Paul of the Cross Home and School Association.” These envelopes will be collected in your child’s homeroom classroom.

If you have any questions, please contact Katie Murphy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Kelly Regan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Thank you for your consideration—we have much to be thankful for this year! 


National Jr. Honor Society - Care Packages for the Homeless DUE TOMORROW
Dear Parents/Guardians,

The SPC National Junior Honor Society is creating care packages to donate to Catholic Charities for the homeless. We would be very grateful if each student would bring one of each item that is listed for their grade. You are welcome to bring more, as there is always a need! All items are due to your student’s homeroom teacher by TOMORROW, Friday, December 11th. We greatly appreciate your help and your generosity in the Christmas season!

         Grade   Item

Preschool

Packaged Nut Free snack (such

as cracker packs or granola bars)

Pre-K

Packaged Nut Free snack (such

as  cracker packs or granola bars)

Kindergarten

Toothbrush

First Grade

Travel Sized Toothpaste

Second Grade

Black or white colored socks

Third Grade

Chapstick

Fourth Grade

Travel Sized Kleenex Packs

Fifth Grade

Winter Hat

Sixth Grade

Winter Gloves

Seventh Grade

Travel Sized Shampoo & Conditioner

Eighth Grade

Travel Sized Deodorant

We thank you in advance for your kindness and generosity! 

National Jr. Honor Society 


The Student Council is Bringing Back The School Store! 
Sparkly pencils SC
Hello parents,
The School Store is spreading holiday cheer at SPC! The store will be traveling to 2nd grade and 5th grade tomorrow. Student Council officers will bring a cart of School Store items to classes during the lunch period. To find out when the School Store will be traveling to your child's class, please see the UPDATED Student Council School Store Schedule. Please note the recent change in the schedule for 1st and 4th grade.
We are selling holiday-themed items, toys, and fun school supplies. To view the items that will be available for purchase, please see the UPDATED Student Council School Store Catalog.
If your child knows what they would like to buy, we highly recommend sending them to school with a list of items they will be purchasing, along with the appropriate amount of money to purchase them. This helps the checkout process go smoothly and quickly!
Happy holidays!
Caitlin Vengazo, Student Council President


Do You Want To Build A Snowman!?

Snowman Flyer
Spreading SPC Cheer During This Year...click here! DEADLINE to Order December 18th!
We are so excited for our first annual snowman decorating contest! To get an understanding of how many families are interested in participating, please complete the form. The kit is $40 and each family will receive one 3ft wooden snowman and stake to decorate however they wish- have fun! A link to pay will be sent to all participating families prior to snowman pick-up day. All families must sign-up before December 18th. We will then reach out to all participating families to pick-up their kits outside of school in January and will send a google photo link to submit your finished creation! All photos must be submitted by February 5 and winner will be announced and given a fun prize! We will be sharing all the fun snowmen throughout January and February to spread cheer in the New Year!! Please email Meghan Waldeck any time with questions at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 

 

The yearbook committee has started working hard on this year's yearbook. We are looking for photos from the first day of school. Please feel free to add any photos to this shared folder. We will be asking for other photos throughout the school year to add to the yearbook.

First Day of School Photos for Yearbook


FROM THE PARISH

We have an active and vibrant parish and encourage everyone to read the weekly bulletins for Fr. Britto's weekly letter and stay informed about all upcoming events and programs. 
Please click here for the latest bulletin.


Virtual Blood Drive has been extended!
St Paul of the Cross will be coordinating a virtual blood drive from Nov. 23 until Dec 23 (note that this blood drive has been extended to include an entire month)  Anyone who would like to participate can make an appointment at one of the many Vitalant donor centers and use our code - RG08.   
Please click here to make your appointments.
Thanks for spreading the word!  
St. Paul of the Cross-Holy Family Guild
 
Support our Fair Trade Vendors this Christmas Season!


Our annual Fair Trade Market is postponed until next year, but please enjoy a virtual cup of coffee and pastry as you browse the online selections of our local Fair Trade Vendors. Find unique and special gifts for everyone on your list and support global artists at the same time. Below are descriptions and websites of our vendors:

Global Handmade Hope: www.globalhandmadehope.com

Our mission is to promote social justice, help families provide food, shelter, education and gain access to health care. We accomplish our goal by offering artists a place and opportunity to sell their goods. We offer sustainably produced items from around the world. You will find a diverse array of Fair Trade home decor, accessories, apparel, kids’ items and more.

Loom: www.loomchicago.com

LOOM is a social enterprise of Catholic Charities Refugee Resettlement Agency. At LOOM we provide a studio space where refugee women can practice fiber arts, make beautiful products and cultivate community and friendship with their peers. LOOM provides a pathway to financial independence for refugee women and facilitates impactful connections between individuals from disparate cultural backgrounds.

Tree of Life Imports: https://www.thetreeoflifeimports.com

Tree of Life Imports was founded in 1989 during El Salvador's civil war as a means to bring the art of La Palma to the American market. Since then, we have focused our attention on several Latin American communities to help provide equal opportunity for all to work, including women and the rural poor. All of our products are handmade by artisans in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Mexico.

Tulia's: www.tulias.com

Tulia’s Artisan Gallery offers finely crafted jewelry and home decor made by master artisans in Colombia. Collections include flying mobiles, butterfly ornaments, and statement earrings. Each purchase comes with a free friendship bracelet.


Hello School Families!                      

Our parish food pantry currently needs brown paper grocery bags, with handles, from Trader Joe's, Mariano's and Whole Foods.
Please repurpose your unwanted bags by putting them through the food pantry drop box anytime.
Please email Adrienne Timm with questions.    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  Thanks in advance for your help!   
 

FROM THE COMMUNITY

The Chicago Public Library is pleased to announce the 2020 Winter Learning Journey. This program will run from December 1 through January 31. The Learning Journey theme is games and puzzles. This theme is broad and meant to be flexible. Children can take part online, (chipublib.org/LearningJourney) interact with the page below, or use the participation forms attached to this email. If kids need a break from online activities, the participation form is a great way to take part screen-free. Children are welcome to turn in their participation forms at any Chicago Public Library location. The prize will include a kit of fun ways to stay busy this winter; books, a Rubik's cube, model magic and more. CPS has recommended some books and activities, which are included online. 

Future Lion Newsletter St. Viator High School - December


 

 

 

Dear SPC Families,

I pray you all enjoyed a quiet and relaxing Thanksgiving! We only have two weeks before Christmas break. Please read Classroom newsletters carefully about Christmas celebration guidelines. While I will miss the annual Christmas concerts and all-school Mass, I am so incredibly grateful that we are still in school and going strong!

REGISTRATION for 2021-2022
This past Monday, you should have received an email from me (a lengthy one) outlining the process for re-enrolling your children for NEXT school year. It contained a tentative 2021-2022 school calendar and tuition information. As articulated in the letter, we have an unprecedented number of applications across all grade levels for next school year. I do not anticipate being able to accept all new families who are interested in attending. Please secure your child’s space no later than January 20th. Much of the re-enrollment process will take the place of the summer mailing. Re-Enrollment Letter Click Here.

Congratulations to Mrs. Ufheil!
Mrs. Ufheil has announced her retirement. After a very long and amazing 27 years at SPC as the gym teacher, Athletic Director, and wearing many other hats, she will begin her next journey. We hope she won't be a stranger but wish her the best in her next stage of life! We are working to secure a full-time replacement for the PE position.

Adopt-A-Family Update
Thank you for the amazing donations for our Social Service Ministry Adopt-A-Family Program! I am thrilled to announce that we have raised more than $11,000 for the SPC Adopt-A-Family program. Your generosity has allowed us to provide the necessary gift cards and provide extra resources to the program to help any last minute families. Thanks to your generous spirit, so many needy families will be able to have a joyful Christmas!

COVID DASHBOARD as of December 3, 2020
As you can see from the data below, our numbers continue to be far below what we see on the state and national levels. Thank you to everyone who continues to make decisions that allow for us to remain in school. Given what we know about the numbers, we anticipate a surge in numbers around December 5-10 after the Thanksgiving holiday. Please continue to be attentive to your child’s symptoms and the possibility for exposure.
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Peace,

Dr. Erika Mickelburgh
Principal


Home & School Association 

Faculty Gift Fund
The SPC Home and School Association is pleased to sponsor the Holiday Faculty Gift Fund. The Faculty Gift Fund is a convenient way for parents to give Christmas gifts to all their children’s teachers and staff. Your contribution will provide a monetary gift to all teachers (homeroom, practical fine arts, and resources), aides, the principal, assistant principal, administrative assistants, school secretaries, and the maintenance staff. The SPC teachers and staff truly appreciate your thoughtfulness and generosity.

Please consider making a monetary contribution as a way to show your gratitude to our wonderful teachers and staff. They have worked extra hard this year to make sure our children have a safe environment to learn and excel. A donation is not required, and we want to encourage you to give at your comfort level. We realize that families make financial sacrifices to send their children to Catholic school and may face challenges with COVID, so please give at the level that is comfortable for your family—any amount is appreciated. Last year's contributions averaged around $80.00 per family.

There are two (2) ways to make donations:

  • Contribute online by at https://www.paypal.com/donate?hosted_button_id=S2FH6X558CNXU
    OR
  • There will be one Red Envelope marked “Holiday Faculty Gift Fund” coming home with your oldest child. Make your check payable to “St Paul of the Cross Home and School Association.” These envelopes will be collected in your child’s homeroom classroom.

If you have any questions, please contact Katie Murphy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Kelly Regan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Thank you for your consideration—we have much to be thankful for this year! 


Book Fair FNL Image

Our Virtual Bookfair is running through December 6th! 
Click here to open up the Virtual Scholastic Bookfair. 

National Jr. Honor Society - Care Packages for the Homeless
Dear Parents/Guardians,

The SPC National Junior Honor Society is creating care packages to donate to Catholic Charities for the homeless. We would be very grateful if each student would bring one of each item that is listed for their grade. You are welcome to bring more, as there is always a need! All items are due to your student’s homeroom teacher by Friday, December 11th. We greatly appreciate your help and your generosity in the Christmas season!

         Grade   Item

Preschool

Packaged Nut Free snack (such

as cracker packs or granola bars)

Pre-K

Packaged Nut Free snack (such

as  cracker packs or granola bars)

Kindergarten

Toothbrush

First Grade

Travel Sized Toothpaste

Second Grade

Black or white colored socks

Third Grade

Chapstick

Fourth Grade

Travel Sized Kleenex Packs

Fifth Grade

Winter Hat

Sixth Grade

Winter Gloves

Seventh Grade

Travel Sized Shampoo & Conditioner

Eighth Grade

Travel Sized Deodorant

We thank you in advance for your kindness and generosity! 

National Jr. Honor Society 


The Student Council is Bringing Back The School Store! 
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The SPC Student Council is bringing back the School Store …on wheels! Student Council officers will bring a cart of School Store items to classes (grades K - 6) during the lunch/recess period. We are going to be selling holiday-themed items, toys, and fun school supplies. To view the items that will be available for purchase, please see the Student Council School Store Catalog. To find out when the School Store is coming to your child's class, please see the Student Council School Store Schedule. If your child would like to purchase something from the School Store, please send them to school with the appropriate amount of money to buy it.

Happy holidays!
Caitlin Vengazo, Student Council President


Do You Want To Build A Snowman!?

Snowman Flyer
Spreading SPC Cheer During This Year...click here!
We are so excited for our first annual snowman decorating contest! To get an understanding of how many families are interested in participating, please complete the form. The kit is $40 and each family will receive one 3ft wooden snowman and stake to decorate however they wish- have fun! A link to pay will be sent to all participating families prior to snowman pick-up day. All families must sign-up before December 18th. We will then reach out to all participating families to pick-up their kits outside of school in January and will send a google photo link to submit your finished creation! All photos must be submitted by February 5 and winner will be announced and given a fun prize! We will be sharing all the fun snowmen throughout January and February to spread cheer in the New Year!! Please email Meghan Waldeck any time with questions at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 

St. Paul of the Cross School Board
The SPC School Board is excited to introduce its new members Les Bodganowicz and Dave de Tagyos, who will succeed exiting members Alex Novak and Ann Nyhan. Continuing members include Scott Foster, Jackie Stengle, Diana Enderle, Salomea Klunzinger, and Siobhán Haugh. We welcome our new members and thank our exiting members for their dedication and service. Although Ann's term on the board is done, fortunately she will continue serving on the school finance committee. The new members will officially join the Board at the next open school board meeting on January 26, 2021 at 7:30pm.

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Les Bogdanowicz and his wife Harriet joined St. Paul of the Cross parish 15 years ago, and have been proudly raising their four daughters at SPC school – the oldest, Julia is 17, a senior at Loyola Academy, she graduated from SPC ’17; Hanna is 13 in Mrs. Schultz’s 8 th grade class and is graduating SPC ’21. Lidia is in Ms. Lewandowski’s 4 th grade class of ’25 and Zuzanna is in Mrs. Murphy’s Kindergarten class of ’29. Les completed BS and MS degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at UIC, an MBA at DePaul and a PhD in Bioengineering at UIC. He has made a career working in early-stage medical device companies, currently serving as the Chief Technical Officer for NovaScan, a cancer detection technology company. In addition to working in startups he is a part time Adjunct Professor at the department of Bioengineering at UIC where he teaches a set of capstone classes. He volunteers coaching girls’ volleyball at SPC, is on the Loyola Sailing Team Board for Julia’s team and pre-Covid was a regular usher at the 10:30 mass. Les in his role on the school board would like to continue the great faith-based education we have at SPC, offer perspectives in STEAM industry/academics and represent the SPC families on the board.


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Dave de Tagyos: My family and I have been part of the SPC community, both the parish and school, for over eight years. Having grown up in New York and my wife, Anne, in Michigan, we have been blessed to find this special community. Our children, Lily (5 th grade), Sam (4 th grade), and William (2 nd grade) attend Saint Paul of the Cross School. 

Finding SPC and choosing to send our three children here is one of the best decisions we have made as parents. When dropping our kids off each day, Anne and I know our children will be loved, supported, challenged, and shown how to be a good Christian by being kind and respectful. SPC offers strong academics along with a supportive Catholic environment. The faculty and staff are wonderful people and educators who give their all day in and day out and have shown remarkable strength and dedication during this challenging pandemic. They have been a daily example of tireless, selfless service to others, which our children get to witness firsthand. SPC is truly the place to be.

I applied for the school board because I love SPC. I believe that a good education can be a springboard for success in the rest of a person’s life. If selected for the board, I feel like I bring a unique background and perspective. My experience as a high school math and science teacher together with my current work experience in business and finance will lend to assisting in both the educational and financial aspects of the school. I also believe that I approach most life situations and decisions in an open-minded, patient, reasonable, and caring manner. I have volunteered as a coach and gym supervisor at SPC and I believe in the life lessons and personal growth that can come from team sports and other extra-curricular experiences. I have a love for education, passion for SPC, and desire to see SPC continue to thrive and grow for many years to come. I am honored to serve on the SPC school board.


 

The yearbook committee has started working hard on this year's yearbook. We are looking for photos from the first day of school. Please feel free to add any photos to this shared folder. We will be asking for other photos throughout the school year to add to the yearbook.

First Day of School Photos for Yearbook


FROM THE PARISH

We have an active and vibrant parish and encourage everyone to read the weekly bulletins for Fr. Britto's weekly letter and stay informed about all upcoming events and programs. 
Please click here for the latest bulletin.


Support our Fair Trade Vendors this Christmas Season!

Our annual Fair Trade Market is postponed until next year, but please enjoy a virtual cup of coffee and pastry as you browse the online selections of our local Fair Trade Vendors. Find unique and special gifts for everyone on your list and support global artists at the same time. Below are descriptions and websites of our vendors:

Global Handmade Hope: www.globalhandmadehope.com

Our mission is to promote social justice, help families provide food, shelter, education and gain access to health care. We accomplish our goal by offering artists a place and opportunity to sell their goods. We offer sustainably produced items from around the world. You will find a diverse array of Fair Trade home decor, accessories, apparel, kids’ items and more.

Loom: www.loomchicago.com

LOOM is a social enterprise of Catholic Charities Refugee Resettlement Agency. At LOOM we provide a studio space where refugee women can practice fiber arts, make beautiful products and cultivate community and friendship with their peers. LOOM provides a pathway to financial independence for refugee women and facilitates impactful connections between individuals from disparate cultural backgrounds.

Tree of Life Imports: https://www.thetreeoflifeimports.com

Tree of Life Imports was founded in 1989 during El Salvador's civil war as a means to bring the art of La Palma to the American market. Since then, we have focused our attention on several Latin American communities to help provide equal opportunity for all to work, including women and the rural poor. All of our products are handmade by artisans in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Mexico.

Tulia's: www.tulias.com

Tulia’s Artisan Gallery offers finely crafted jewelry and home decor made by master artisans in Colombia. Collections include flying mobiles, butterfly ornaments, and statement earrings. Each purchase comes with a free friendship bracelet.


Hello School Families!                      

Our parish food pantry currently needs brown paper grocery bags, with handles, from Trader Joe's, Mariano's and Whole Foods.
Please repurpose your unwanted bags by putting them through the food pantry drop box anytime.
Please email Adrienne Timm with questions.    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  Thanks in advance for your help!   
 

FROM THE COMMUNITY

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