Dear SPC Families,

Thank you all for your careful and diligent attention to the strict adherence to the travel guidelines after spring break! I am so grateful that our school community has followed the guidelines and remains committed to keeping our students in school! 

Week of the Young Child at SPC 
We are excited for a fun-filled week celebrating early learning, young children, their teachers and families next week. This is the 50th anniversary of NAEYC's (National Association for the Education of Young Children) Week of the Young Child. The festivities will be taking place for the EGC students throughout the week. Additionally, we will have a week-long EGC service project...creating Newborn & Hygiene kits for families with young children. Please click here for all of the details!

2021 SPC Men's Club Rising Star Scholarship Application 
In an effort to promote and encourage Catholic Education, SPMC will award a $4,000 scholarship to be utilized at any approved Catholic High School Institution in the Chicagoland area. This scholarship opportunity is open to any 8th Grade male parishioner of St. Paul of the Cross. Please see below for further information. 

May Crowning:
The current date on the calendar (May 12) is tentative as we hope that capacity limits in the church will be able to be extended. Both Father Britto and I are fully committed to having a May Crowning for our 2nd and 8th graders. While I do not think parents and guests will be allowed, we will live stream the event. The Mass will also be live-streamed into the classrooms. 

It is time to Wear Shorts!
Spring is in the air! Students can wear shorts starting on April 12 through the rest of the school year. A reminder that shorts should be the SPC gym shorts or Khaki or Navy uniform shorts.

REMINDER May 7 Professional Development Day - No School
The Illinois State Board of Education has allowed schools to add four additional days of professional development to the calendar. We have chosen to use three this year. The last PD day for the year is scheduled for Friday, May 7. There will be no school for students that day. 

Parent Speaker Series - Dr. Rob Daniels Part II - April 20th
We will conclude this year's Parent Speaker Series with Part II from Dr. Rob Daniels on April 20 at 6:00 p.m. His focus will include Proactive Parenting Strategies. It is not necessary to have attended Part I of this series as he will be presenting new content. We hope you can join us! Please register for this evening zoom.

Announcing Pilot of Mixed Age Early Childhood 2021-2022 School Year
We are excited to announce we will be piloting two mixed-age (3 and 4 year-olds) classrooms in the fall of 2021. A mixed-age preschool classroom of 3 and 4-year-olds has been "best practice" in early childhood for over ten years. It is important that as we enhance our academic programs, we do so with research and best practice in mind and not "this is what we have always done."  

Next year we will have six classrooms designated for our preschool and prekindergarten-aged children. We will offer two preschool (3-year-old) rooms, two prekindergarten (4-year-old) rooms, and two multi-age (3 and 4-year-old) rooms. All six classrooms will continue to meet all required early childhood benchmarks and Illinois/Archdiocese of Chicago standards. We will continue to honor our students' needs with differentiated practices and learning centers and foster each individual child's cognitive, social/emotional, language, physical and spiritual development.  

This allows us not only more flexibility in enrollment, but also the ability to restructure various components within our program. Research shows that older children can model more sophisticated approaches to problem-solving, and younger children are motivated to accomplish these tasks with older children's guidance. The combination of leadership and excitement to learn creates an environment of cooperation, which is beneficial to all. Further research indicates early childhood mixed-age group interaction can have unique adaptive, facilitating, and enriching effects on children's development.

In multi-age rooms, children develop a sense of community with their classmates, and they become a "family of learners" who support and care for each other. The spirit of cooperation and caring developed by children in a mixed-age classroom encourages them to help each other and makes them more likely to cooperate than compete. Older children model more sophisticated approaches to problem-solving, and younger children can accomplish tasks they could not do without the older children's assistance; this dynamic increases the older child's level of independence and competence. The research supporting mixed-age classrooms indicates that academic achievement is the same as, or better than, children's academic achievement in same-grade classrooms. Mixed-age classrooms do not negatively affect student achievement, and students in these classrooms have significantly more positive attitudes toward school, themselves, and others (Stone, 1998; Veenman, 1996). Children will spend two years in preschool. A mixed-age classroom allows the teacher to develop a deeper understanding of each child's strengths and needs and better support the child's learning. Children have time to develop and become progressive, successful learners 

Supplemental Research:

https://www.alphamontessoridfw.com/blog/mixed-age-groups-in-early-childhood-education/

https://bingschool.stanford.edu/news/mixed-age-classrooms-provide-optimal-learning-environment

https://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/ED382411.pdf

https://dpi.wi.gov/early-childhood/devel-approp/mixed-age/grouping

https://auroraearlyeducation.com.au/2020/04/mix-age-group-benefits/


Quarantine and Testing Guidance Applicable to All Archdiocesan Schools: Updated April 13

Fully Vaccinated People

  • It is NOT necessary to obtain a COVID-19 test or quarantine following a known close exposure as long as the fully vaccinated individual is asymptomatic; if symptomatic, contact your health care provider and, if proven to be COVID-positive, complete the appropriate Archdiocesan reporting form.
  • Domestic travelers do not need COVID-19 testing or post-travel self-quarantines as long as they are not symptomatic.
  • International travelers must have a negative COVID-19 test result before boarding a flight to the U.S. and should be tested 3-5 days after returning from international travel. Self-quarantining is not required post-international travel for vaccinated people unless required by a local jurisdiction. 

Unvaccinated People (all of our students)

  • Quarantine for 14 days is required following close exposure to anyone with COVID-19.
  • Domestic travelers to an "Orange state" on the Chicago Emergency Travel Order map must adhere to:
  • 10-day quarantine upon return OR
  • Pre-arrival negative test (within 72 hours prior to returning arrival to the state) with strict masking, physical distancing, and avoidance of in-person gatherings (separate from school attendance). Any test administered by a 3rd-party is sufficient; however, a self-administered test is not acceptable. Archdiocesan schools should accept any negative test prior to school attendance, including tests upon return to the state.
  • International travelers must:
  • Self-quarantine for 10 days OR
  • Obtain a viral test 3-5 days after travel AND self-quarantine for a full 7 days after returning home.  

Guidance for Individuals with Prior COVID-Positive Diagnosis within Past 90 Days

People are presumed immune for 90 days after a COVID-positive diagnosis and have completed the minimum 10 days of isolation and remain symptom-free. Therefore, these individuals are not subject to either domestic or international travel quarantines during their 90-day immunity period (they must have proof of positive diagnosis testing date). However, for administrative purposes, individuals may be subject to remote learning requirements as part of a cohort. After 90-days, these exceptions no longer apply, and any unvaccinated person must follow the quarantine guidelines noted above for all non-vaccinated individuals.

COVID Dashboard April 15, 2021
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Peace, 
Dr. Erika Mickelburgh
Principal
 
HSA Volunteers Needed
Home and School is looking for Volunteers for the 2021-2022 School Year.
All committees welcome the help and board positions also available if you have served as a committee chair. Please reach out to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are interested or have any questions. 
Home & School Volunteer flyer Information
 
2021 SPC Men's Club Rising Star Scholarship Application 
In an effort to promote and encourage Catholic Education, SPMC will award a $4,000 scholarship to be utilized at any approved Catholic High School Institution in the Chicagoland area. This scholarship opportunity is open to any 8th Grade male parishioner of St. Paul of the Cross. The Rising Star Scholarship will be awarded to the deserving individual who demonstrates these key requirements.  
  • Demonstrates aptitude for extracurricular activities and has contributed to his community through philanthropic opportunities.
  • Completes an essay of 500 words or less titled, “What I will gain from a Catholic Education.” 
  • All Finalists will complete a virtual interview with SPC Men's Club Board Members (week of May 17 or 24)   
All entries must be submitted by 5:00 PM, Monday May 17th to Men's Club Board Member, Steven Bachert, via email - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Any questions please email Mr. Bachert or you can reach him via 312.399.9531.

chess ed

REGISTER NOW for the Mini 2021 Chess-Ed Virtual Enrichment Program! 
Keep your chess game sharp and join us for Chess-Ed’s 4-week Mini Session this May!

The 4-week Mini Session is offered Monday through Friday at a variety of times (4, 5, and 6 pm) with Beginner, Novice, Continuing, and Advanced program levels.  The chess program runs from 5/3/21 to 5/28/21 and begins after the current Spring session ends on 4/30/21.  The Mini Session is taught by Chess-Ed instructors using Zoom, lichess.org, and other chess software. Please refer to the Eventbee registration site for chess level guidelines. 

To register, go to:   www.a-mini-virtual-chess-ed.eventbee.com.  Be sure to register early to take advantage of EARLY FEE pricing.  For more information about the program, please refer to the program flyer and Eventbee website.  Chess-Ed is looking forward to seeing your CHESS ENTHUSIAST this May!

Please click here for the flyer. 


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.

 

blood drive

The Holy Family Guild will be coordinating a Virtual Blood Drive from April 1 - April 30th. 

Anyone who would like to participate can make an appointment at one of the many local Vitalant (formerly LifeSource) donor centers and use our code - RG08
All successful donations will be tested for the COVID antibody! You are also able to donate after you have been vaccinated.

Please use THIS link below to make your appointment since it is connected to the St. Paul of the Cross blood drive.

Please contact the Holy Family Guild blood drive coordinators with any questions: Christine Perille (847) 823-8755 or Eileen Kaczmarek  (847) 698-4558.

FROM THE COMMUNITY

Edison Park Fall 2021 Outdoor Soccer Registration - Attention Pre K (4) – 8th Grade Girls & Boys 
Download the details here.

Loyola Academy Junior High Summer Enrichment Program
Summer will be here soon! Loyola Academy will be offering their Jr. High Summer Enrichment Program for summer 2021. Please click here to download the flyer.

St. Viator's April Future Lions Newsletter 

 

Dear SPC Families,

Tomorrow we celebrate International SEL Day! We have spent all year deliberately infusing best practices in Social Emotional Learning into the school day. Tomorrow we are looking forward to hosting many activities that foster social-emotional wellbeing and resilience in our students! Thank you to Mrs. Quinn and some student leaders who will help facilitate our fun day. Stay tuned on social media for some photos. Some things we have planned include: 

  • SEL Mystery readers: Older students will be visiting the EGC to read a book that features an SEL topic
  • Morning meeting SEL: Brief overview of SEL and the benefits. SPC will practice a moment of mindfulness across all grade levels.
  • Other SEL Activities:
    • Glitter/mind jars: visual for mindfulness and letting our thoughts, feelings settle.
    • Feelings bingo: students will practice identifying feelings through a fun game.

Please see this link for some fun mindfulness activities or SEL Bingo card to do at home, and remember to check out the Counselor’s corner for SEL updates.

OPEN SCHOOL BOARD ADVISORY MEETING

Tuesday, March 30 at 7:30 pm

Agenda: General School Updates

Register in advance for this meeting:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0udOyqrzwqGtUCPmSPQm8PCmg3i7AEMrUr 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Shorts!

Spring is in the air! Students can wear shorts starting on April 12 through the rest of the school year. A reminder that shorts should be the SPC gym shorts or Khaki or Navy uniform shorts.

May 7 Professional Development Day - No School

The Illinois State Board of Education has allowed schools to add an additional four days of professional development to the calendar. We have chosen to use three this year. The last PD day for the year has been scheduled for Friday, May 7. There will be no school for students that day. 

UPDATED TRAVEL INFORMATION: Updated on 3/23

I know many families have plans to travel over Spring Break. Please make sure you follow all the guidelines below. 

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

The Archdiocese of Chicago and Office of Catholic Schools follow the Chicago Emergency Travel Order for domestic travel regardless of whether the traveler resides in Chicago, Cook County, or Lake County. In consultation with our medical advisors, we have updated our travel guidelines to conform to new guidance from public health authorities. 

The following travel quarantine guidelines replace all prior guidance. Remember that public health departments discourage inter-state travel. We continue to recommend that Catholic school families and employees enjoy a safe spring break at home.

Domestic Travel (state-to-state): PLEASE SEE ABOVE FOR POST TRAVEL TESTING GUIDELINES.

Non-vaccinated individuals (all SPC students)

Travel in states designated Orange on the Chicago Emergency Travel Order map requires:

  • Ten-day quarantine upon return if there is no negative pre-arrival test (any test administered by a third-party is sufficient; however, a self-administered test is not acceptable) or the traveler is not fully vaccinated (see above for definition of fully vaccinated) OR
  • A pre-arrival negative test (within 72 hours before returning to the state) with strict masking, physical distancing, and avoidance of in-person out-of-school gatherings. Archdiocesan schools should accept any negative test before school attendance (including tests administered upon return to the state) but no earlier than 72 hours before returning to the state. Any test administered by a third-party is sufficient; however, a self-administered test is not acceptable. Availability of testing out-of-state residents varies from state to state, so we advise making a plan for receiving tests within 72 hours of your child’s return to school.  Once you take the test, you must adhere to strict social distancing; if that is not feasible, we will accept a negative test administered 3-5 days after returning home.

For example: 

  • If you are driving to Florida and get tested prior to your return drive home, a pre-arrival test would be sufficient.
  • If you flew to Florida and got tested prior to a return flight home, we would advise you test 2-5 days after returning home.
  • If you get tested and then spend the day on a crowded beach or at a theme park---please test 3-5 days after returning home.
  • For domestic travel in states designated as Yellow on the Chicago Emergency Travel Order map, no quarantine or pre-arrival test is required. However, travelers must maintain strict masking and physical distancing.

International Travel

Regardless of vaccination status, international travelers must follow CDC guidelines:

  • A traveler is to be tested three to five days after their return to the U.S. and must quarantine for a seven-day period even if the post-arrival test is negative (any test administered by a third-party is sufficient; however, a self-administered test is not acceptable).
  • If a traveler chooses not to take a test three to five days after their return to the U.S., he or she must quarantine for ten days after arrival.

 

COVID Dashboard March 25, 2021
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Peace,

Dr. Erika Mickelburgh
Principal


SCHOOL NEWS

Endowment Merit Scholarships  - Please Note, Deadline to Apply is Thursday, April 1
The Endowment Committee is excited to announce the merit-based scholarships available to current SPC students returning for the 2021-2022 school year.  Each year the Endowment administers five merit-based, named scholarships totaling $3,750.  

  • Pastoral Leadership Award- We are pleased to invite current 5th and 6th grade students to apply. Three monetary awards of $750 will be given to students who most demonstrate the qualities of leadership and service to others.
  • Maureen Kelly McCambridge Scholarship- We are pleased to invite current 7th grade students to apply for this $1000 scholarship established in Maureen’s honor and memory.
  • Roseann McHugh New Family Welcome Award- This $500 award is available to families who, for the first time during the 2020-2021 school year, have students in K-7th grades and are returning to SPC for a second year. It will be granted to welcome a new family to the SPC community.

Below, please find detailed information concerning each scholarship and their respective criteria. All applicants will be judged using an independent, nonbiased format. In order for us to continue the growth of the Endowment, all award recipients and their families will be asked to help in some capacity at future Endowment events.

Listed below is the timeline for submission. Please note that all deadlines are final and there will be no exceptions to this or any of the scholarship requirements. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Mickelburgh.

Submission Timeline for Endowment Merit-Based Scholarships

April 1, 2021      Applications for the Pastoral Leadership Award, Maureen McCambridge Scholarship & Roseann McHugh New Family Welcome Award due (by 9:00pm)

May 3, 2021       April Maureen McCambridge semi-finalists notified

May 10, 2021     Maureen McCambridge semi-finalists interviewed

June 2021          Pastoral Leadership Award, Maureen McCambridge Scholarship & Roseann McHugh New Family Welcome Award recipients honored at all school Mass.

Please click here for the Scholarship Information and criteria.


chess ed

REGISTER NOW for the Mini 2021 Chess-Ed Virtual Enrichment Program! 
Keep your chess game sharp and join us for Chess-Ed’s 4-week Mini Session this May!

The 4-week Mini Session is offered Monday through Friday at a variety of times (4, 5, and 6 pm) with Beginner, Novice, Continuing, and Advanced program levels.  The chess program runs from 5/3/21 to 5/28/21 and begins after the current Spring session ends on 4/30/21.  The Mini Session is taught by Chess-Ed instructors using Zoom, lichess.org, and other chess software. Please refer to the Eventbee registration site for chess level guidelines. 

To register, go to:   www.a-mini-virtual-chess-ed.eventbee.com.  Be sure to register early to take advantage of EARLY FEE pricing.  For more information about the program, please refer to the program flyer and Eventbee website.  Chess-Ed is looking forward to seeing your CHESS ENTHUSIAST this May!

Please click here for the flyer.


SPC Yearbooks - Ordering Deadline is Thursday, April 8th

The deadline to order a St. Paul of the Cross yearbook is Thursday, April 8th.  If you are not sure if you have already ordered a yearbook, please contact Mrs. McCallister at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before ordering. 

Here are three reasons we chose TreeRing:

  • Custom Yearbooks:  Every student gets a one of a kind printed copy containing two free pages to customize with personal photos. (This is optional; don’t feel obligated to complete this)

  • Green Yearbooks: In the past four years TreeRing planted almost 2,100 trees on behalf of St. Paul of the Cross.

  • Beautiful Yearbooks:  All yearbooks are gorgeously printed in full color using the highest end print production available.

YOU CAN PURCHASE AND PERSONALIZE YOUR St. Paul of the Cross YEARBOOK BY CLICKING HERE https://www.google.com/url?q=https://tr5.treering.com/validate&source=gmail&ust=1614979315981000&usg=AFQjCNHySH4YtoGx662EbEW9YiwarztUVA">https://tr5.treering.com/validate

Yearbook password: 101414618165482

A few important facts:

o   Your personalized yearbook only costs $28.00 for a soft cover. You may order a hardcover yearbook for an additional charge.

o   You’ll need to purchase your copy and complete your free personal pages by April 8th

o   Your 2 free custom pages are optional, if you don’t customize you’ll receive a standard yearbook.

Regards,

Mrs. Melissa McCallister

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

P.S. If you need help, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. TreeRing has a wonderful customer service. I have found that calling them at 877-755-8733 works well too.

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.


Candelight Rosary - Feast of the Annunciation Thursday, March 25th

Rosary
Please click here for the details.

FROM THE COMMUNITY

Loyola Academy Junior High Summer Enrichment Program
Summer will be here soon! Loyola Academy will be offering their Jr. High Summer Enrichment Program for summer 2021. Please click here to download the flyer.

St. Viator's March Future Lions Newsletter 

 

Dear SPC Parents,

I hope you all enjoyed a wonderful St Patrick’s Day. I want to give our Student Council a shout-out, who arranged the Shamrock Shake sale and raised $2000 for our Lenten Mission! Congratulations to our wonderful student leaders and Mrs. Shultz for making that happen. A very big thank you to the Herrera family for donating the Shamrock Shakes! 

Spring Break Reminder:
Please see below for travel guidelines pertaining to Spring Break. A reminder that Spring Break begins on April 1 at 11:30 am; there will be no aftercare that day. School will resume on April 12. 

We have come so far this school year; please follow all travel guidelines (see below) if you are traveling. If you are choosing to travel over Spring Break, please follow the rules. If you have questions, please contact the main office. 

May 7 Professional Development Day - No School
The Illinois State Board of Education has allowed schools to add an additional four days of professional development to the calendar. We have chosen to use three this year. The last PD day for the year has been scheduled for Friday, May 7. There will be no school for students that day. 

The Second Annual International SEL (Social-Emotional Learning) Day is March 26, 2021!
This is an opportunity to spread the word about the importance and impact of social-emotional learning. We will observe a “mindful moment” during morning announcements as a school. Parents, please join us for upcoming parent speakers.

The SEL Parent Speaker Lunch & Learn Series - Wednesday 3/24/21 and Wednesday 3/31/21

Date: March 24, 2020
Time: 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. (Will be recorded)
Who: Lee Dal Pra
Topic: Distress Tolerance: How parents can help their children manage and tolerate anxiety and stress

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcqcO-qrzIvH9ek-3qNaooNWSMbtmXr1t2u 

Date: March 31: Dr. Rob Daniels, Child Psychologist
Time:12:00-1:00 p.m. (Will be recorded)
Who: Dr. Rob Daniels
Topic: Pandemic Parenting: Collaborative and Proactive Solutions to Discipline

Register in advance for this meeting:https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwufuihrjwsHdWxqPnokdEG4gjVhBSIivYR 

Travel Guidelines Updated 3/17/21
The Archdiocese of Chicago and Office of Catholic Schools follow the Chicago Emergency Travel Order for domestic travel regardless of whether the traveler resides in Chicago, Cook County, or Lake County. In consultation with our medical advisors, we have updated our travel guidelines to conform to new guidance from public health authorities. 

The following travel quarantine guidelines replace all prior guidance. Remember that public health departments discourage inter-state travel. We continue to recommend that Catholic school families and employees enjoy a safe spring break at home.

Domestic Travel (state-to-state)

Vaccinated individuals:

  • No quarantine is necessary if the traveler is fully vaccinated, which is defined as two weeks after the second dose of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccination or two weeks after receiving a single-dose COVID-19 vaccination.
  • Proof of vaccination will be required to avoid quarantines.
  • Individuals must not have symptoms and must maintain strict masking and physical distancing. If a fully vaccinated individual has symptoms, they must quarantine and consult with a health care provider. 

Non-vaccinated individuals:

Travel in states designated Orange on the Chicago Emergency Travel Order map requires:

  • Ten-day quarantine upon return if there is no negative pre-arrival test (any test administered by a third-party is sufficient; however, a self-administered test is not acceptable) or the traveler is not fully vaccinated (see above for definition of fully vaccinated) OR
  • A pre-arrival negative test (within 72 hours before returning to the state) with strict masking, physical distancing, and avoidance of in-person out-of-school gatherings. Archdiocesan schools should accept any negative test before school attendance (including tests administered upon return to the state) but no earlier than 72 hours before returning to the state. Any test administered by a third-party is sufficient; however, a self-administered test is not acceptable. Availability of testing out-of-state residents varies from state to state, so we advise making a plan for receiving tests within 72 hours of your child’s return to school.
  • For domestic travel in states designated as Yellow on the Chicago Emergency Travel Order map, no quarantine or pre-arrival test is required. However, travelers must maintain strict masking and physical distancing.

International Travel
Regardless of vaccination status, international travelers must follow CDC guidelines:

  • A traveler is to be tested three to five days after their return to the U.S. and must quarantine for a seven-day period even if the post-arrival test is negative (any test administered by a third-party is sufficient; however, a self-administered test is not acceptable).
  • If a traveler chooses not to take a test three to five days after their return to the U.S., he or she must quarantine for ten days after arrival.

School Vaccinations
The COVID-19 pandemic has devastated families and communities around the world over the past year. However, vaccines are a ray of hope against a killer virus and have gained the approval of public health authorities, Pope Francis and Cardinal Cupich. As communities of faith concerned about the sanctity of human life, our religious leaders and Catholic school heroes are not only encouraging everyone to get vaccinated but are rolling up their sleeves to get a life-saving vaccine themselves. 

COVID Dashboard 3-18-2021

Covid 1a

Covid 2

Peace,
Dr. Erika Mickelburgh
Principal


Endowment Merit Scholarships  
The Endowment Committee is excited to announce the merit-based scholarships available to current SPC students returning for the 2021-2022 school year.  Each year the Endowment administers five merit-based, named scholarships totaling $3,750.  

  • Pastoral Leadership Award- We are pleased to invite current 5th and 6th grade students to apply. Three monetary awards of $750 will be given to students who most demonstrate the qualities of leadership and service to others.
  • Maureen Kelly McCambridge Scholarship- We are pleased to invite current 7th grade students to apply for this $1000 scholarship established in Maureen’s honor and memory.
  • Roseann McHugh New Family Welcome Award- This $500 award is available to families who, for the first time during the 2020-2021 school year, have students in K-7th grades and are returning to SPC for a second year. It will be granted to welcome a new family to the SPC community.

Below, please find detailed information concerning each scholarship and their respective criteria. All applicants will be judged using an independent, nonbiased format. In order for us to continue the growth of the Endowment, all award recipients and their families will be asked to help in some capacity at future Endowment events.

Listed below is the timeline for submission. Please note that all deadlines are final and there will be no exceptions to this or any of the scholarship requirements. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Mickelburgh.

Submission Timeline for Endowment Merit-Based Scholarships

April 1, 2021      Applications for the Pastoral Leadership Award, Maureen McCambridge Scholarship & Roseann McHugh New Family Welcome Award due (by 9:00pm)

May 3, 2021       April Maureen McCambridge semi-finalists notified

May 10, 2021     Maureen McCambridge semi-finalists interviewed

June 2021          Pastoral Leadership Award, Maureen McCambridge Scholarship & Roseann McHugh New Family Welcome Award recipients honored at all school Mass.

Please click here for the Scholarship Information and criteria.


SPC Yearbooks - Ordering Deadline is Thursday, April 8th

The deadline to order a St. Paul of the Cross yearbook is Thursday, April 8th.  If you are not sure if you have already ordered a yearbook, please contact Mrs. McCallister at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before ordering. 

Here are three reasons we chose TreeRing:

  • Custom Yearbooks:  Every student gets a one of a kind printed copy containing two free pages to customize with personal photos. (This is optional; don’t feel obligated to complete this)

  • Green Yearbooks: In the past four years TreeRing planted almost 2,100 trees on behalf of St. Paul of the Cross.

  • Beautiful Yearbooks:  All yearbooks are gorgeously printed in full color using the highest end print production available.

YOU CAN PURCHASE AND PERSONALIZE YOUR St. Paul of the Cross YEARBOOK BY CLICKING HERE https://www.google.com/url?q=https://tr5.treering.com/validate&source=gmail&ust=1614979315981000&usg=AFQjCNHySH4YtoGx662EbEW9YiwarztUVA">https://tr5.treering.com/validate

Yearbook password: 101414618165482

A few important facts:

o   Your personalized yearbook only costs $28.00 for a soft cover. You may order a hardcover yearbook for an additional charge.

o   You’ll need to purchase your copy and complete your free personal pages by April 8th

o   Your 2 free custom pages are optional, if you don’t customize you’ll receive a standard yearbook.

Regards,

Mrs. Melissa McCallister

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

P.S. If you need help, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. TreeRing has a wonderful customer service. I have found that calling them at 877-755-8733 works well too.

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.


Candelight Rosary - Feast of the Annunciation Thursday, March 25th

Rosary
Please click here for the details.

FROM THE COMMUNITY

Loyola Academy Junior High Summer Enrichment Program
Summer will be here soon! Loyola Academy will be offering their Jr. High Summer Enrichment Program for summer 2021. Please click here to download the flyer.

St. Viator's March Future Lions Newsletter 

 

Dear SPC Parents,

Exactly one year ago, very few of us even knew what a Zoom was, and now it has become a daily reality in most of our lives. As we approach the year anniversary of the March 13th shut down, it is hard to believe that we honestly had no idea how our worlds would soon be dramatically changed this time last year! It is hard not to pause and remember the dramatic shift all of our lives took a year ago. Teachers rallied overnight to use their creativity to make a shift from in-person instruction to remote learning. Parents juggled the demands of working from home while also managing remote learning. Our brave first responders still showed up to protect and serve despite the unknown dangers of a global pandemic. 

We must pause to pray for the heartbreaking loss of life we have seen in our country because of the pandemic and hold in our hearts those who are no longer with us. Many in our community have family members and friends that this devastating illness has impacted. Let us continue to hold these people in our hearts and prayers.

However, even in uncertain darkness, we experience light and joy. I hope we can all pause for a few moments in these upcoming weeks to reflect on how much our lives have changed. We have probably spent more dinners around the same table, sharing the highlights of our days. Perhaps our lives slowed down a little bit from the usual running to and fro for various activities; maybe we have played more board games as a family or completed more 1000 piece puzzles. We can celebrate our children's amazing resilience and the courage and bravery of our amazing teachers in returning to in-person learning in August! As the hope of life returning to normal becomes more evident in the upcoming months, I pray that we hold onto the beauty of slowing down our busy lives and savoring the time we share together. 

St. Patrick's Day, March 17th: Kids may wear green and any bottoms!

St Joseph's Day, March 19th:  Kids may wear red and any bottoms! 

Endowment Merit Scholarships
Last week, I shared the upcoming merit-based Endowment Scholarships information and timeline. Please take two minutes to watch this Zoom presentation that the Endowment committee prepared to explain the scholarships. We are so fortunate to have the SPC Educational Endowment Fund, which benefits every SPC school family, year after year and helps keep Catholic education accessible and sustainable for future generations. 

Please click here for a very brief and informative Zoom presentation explaining these scholarships. The passcode is [email protected]^SIst . 

EGC Arrival Time
Please remember that the EGC starts at 8:00. The tardies are increasing; please be mindful of the start time.

Climate, Culture, and Catholic Identity (3C) Survey
As you may recall, we are pleased to again implement a system-wide stakeholder survey in all archdiocesan Catholic schools this year. This survey called the Climate, Culture, and Catholic Identity encompasses major aspects of instruction, student and adult culture, and Catholic mission and culture. It has been constructed in partnership with the University of Chicago, incorporating the research-based and prolific 5Essentials survey.

2021 Archdiocese of Chicago Parent Survey
Link to survey: http://survey.5-essentials.org/archchicago/survey/parent/

Registration 2021-2022
I am pleased to inform you all that our enrollment has increased for next year. We have waitlists at multiple grade levels. While we hope your intent to return remains the same, please notify the main office of the change in registration status if your plans have changed for next year.

COVID Dashboard March 11, 2021
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Peace,

Dr. Erika Mickelburgh
Principal


Endowment Merit Scholarships  
The Endowment Committee is excited to announce the merit-based scholarships available to current SPC students returning for the 2021-2022 school year.  Each year the Endowment administers five merit-based, named scholarships totaling $3,750.  

  • Pastoral Leadership Award- We are pleased to invite current 5th and 6th grade students to apply. Three monetary awards of $750 will be given to students who most demonstrate the qualities of leadership and service to others.
  • Maureen Kelly McCambridge Scholarship- We are pleased to invite current 7th grade students to apply for this $1000 scholarship established in Maureen’s honor and memory.
  • Roseann McHugh New Family Welcome Award- This $500 award is available to families who, for the first time during the 2020-2021 school year, have students in K-7th grades and are returning to SPC for a second year. It will be granted to welcome a new family to the SPC community.

Below, please find detailed information concerning each scholarship and their respective criteria. All applicants will be judged using an independent, nonbiased format. In order for us to continue the growth of the Endowment, all award recipients and their families will be asked to help in some capacity at future Endowment events.

Listed below is the timeline for submission. Please note that all deadlines are final and there will be no exceptions to this or any of the scholarship requirements. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Mickelburgh.

Submission Timeline for Endowment Merit-Based Scholarships

April 1, 2021      Applications for the Pastoral Leadership Award, Maureen McCambridge Scholarship & Roseann McHugh New Family Welcome Award due (by 9:00pm)

May 3, 2021       April Maureen McCambridge semi-finalists notified

May 10, 2021     Maureen McCambridge semi-finalists interviewed

June 2021          Pastoral Leadership Award, Maureen McCambridge Scholarship & Roseann McHugh New Family Welcome Award recipients honored at all school Mass.

Please click here for the Scholarship Information and criteria.


SPC Yearbooks - Ordering Deadline is Thursday, April 8th

The deadline to order a St. Paul of the Cross yearbook is Thursday, April 8th.  If you are not sure if you have already ordered a yearbook, please contact Mrs. McCallister at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before ordering. 

Here are three reasons we chose TreeRing:

  • Custom Yearbooks:  Every student gets a one of a kind printed copy containing two free pages to customize with personal photos. (This is optional; don’t feel obligated to complete this)

  • Green Yearbooks: In the past four years TreeRing planted almost 2,100 trees on behalf of St. Paul of the Cross.

  • Beautiful Yearbooks:  All yearbooks are gorgeously printed in full color using the highest end print production available.

YOU CAN PURCHASE AND PERSONALIZE YOUR St. Paul of the Cross YEARBOOK BY CLICKING HERE https://www.google.com/url?q=https://tr5.treering.com/validate&source=gmail&ust=1614979315981000&usg=AFQjCNHySH4YtoGx662EbEW9YiwarztUVA">https://tr5.treering.com/validate

Yearbook password: 101414618165482

A few important facts:

o   Your personalized yearbook only costs $28.00 for a soft cover. You may order a hardcover yearbook for an additional charge.

o   You’ll need to purchase your copy and complete your free personal pages by April 8th

o   Your 2 free custom pages are optional, if you don’t customize you’ll receive a standard yearbook.

Regards,

Mrs. Melissa McCallister

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

P.S. If you need help, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. TreeRing has a wonderful customer service. I have found that calling them at 877-755-8733 works well too.

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

Loyola Academy Junior High Summer Enrichment Program
Summer will be here soon! Loyola Academy will be offering their Jr. High Summer Enrichment Program for summer 2021. Please click here to download the flyer.

St. Viator's March Future Lions Newsletter 

 

Dear SPC Parents,


Tomorrow marks the end of the 2nd Trimester! As the weather starts to warm up, I hope we can soon enjoy some much-deserved time outside in the fresh air. 

Please note the following in this weeks mailing:

  • Trimester 2 Student Report Cards
  • SPC Winter Report Cards--so much to celebrate!
  • Parent-Teacher Conferences-clarification and scheduling
  • Endowment Scholarships
  • Financial Aid Applications Due April 1st
  • Shamrock Shakes--to Support Lenten Almsgiving!
  • Travel Guidance
  • Covid Dashboard--Keep up the Good Work!

Trimester 2 Student Report Cards:

Report Cards will be emailed on Wednesday, March 10th. 


Student Achievement Data - An Overall Winter Report card
Almost a year ago, our children's education was disrupted. As a parent and an educator, the disruption to the school year and the pivot to remote learning made me concerned about the impact on student achievement and learning. I could only think that even in the best of remote learning situations, we would see a slide in student achievement. While I was confident that we would be able to adequately adjust instruction and curriculum to close any gap through our amazing teachers' tremendous efforts, I was still nervous about the consequences; we were in completely uncharted waters. 

In August, I shared with you the safety plan and the academic plan to address any gaps in learning due to the 2020 pivot to remote learning.

  • In August 2020, the teachers met to revise any curriculum maps and adjust content based on gaps that may have existed after the last school year. 
  • I-Ready, Fountas & Pinnell, and NWEA MAP assessments were administered in early September.
  • Priority learning standards were adjusted and re-taught based on I-Ready and NWEA Map data.

I am pleased to announce that our plan has allowed us to continue to provide an excellent curriculum despite the challenges that exist in our Covid-19 reopening reality. There is no question that given the safety requirements we must follow, instruction looks different this year. Small groups and cooperative learning is limited, and many classrooms have had to pivot to 14 days of remote learning. Despite these challenges, our student achievement surpasses expectations. 

Typically, overall student data is shared at the end of the year; however, given the school year's unique nature, I think it is important to pause and examine how students are performing mid-year. I am overjoyed to report that St. Paul of the Cross students continue to perform at or above the national average in both Math and Reading in all grades K-8! Both the I-Ready (K-3) data and the NWEA Map (4-8) data do not show gaps in learning as an area of concern; our students are above where they should be and growing each day! Our students and teachers should be congratulated for the level of hard work and rigorous curriculum that is evident at SPC. Please click on the letters below that highlight our overall school data for each grade level. 
Click here for I-Ready Data Grades K–3
Click here for MAP Data Grades 4–8

Thank you for your trust in allowing us to educate your children during these challenging times. I am so proud of the resilience of our community and the perseverance in following our guidelines so that we may continue in-person instruction all year long! 


Parent-Teacher Conferences and Professional Development
March 11th and 12th

Please click here
for details about scheduling your conference. I am aware that an email when home stating these are optional, that was incorrect. They are strongly encouraged. Please schedule a time to meet with your child’s teacher to discuss their progress.


Endowment Merit Scholarships
The Endowment Committee is excited to announce the merit-based scholarships available to current SPC students returning for the 2021-2022 school year.  Each year the Endowment administers five merit-based, named scholarships totaling $3,750:

  • Pastoral Leadership Award- We are pleased to invite current 5th and 6th grade students to apply. Three monetary awards of $750 will be given to students who most demonstrate the qualities of leadership and service to others.
  • Maureen Kelly McCambridge Scholarship- We are pleased to invite current 7th grade students to apply for this $1000 scholarship established in Maureen’s honor and memory.
  • Roseann McHugh New Family Welcome Award- This $500 award is available to families who, for the first time during the 2020-2021 school year, have students in K-7th grades and are returning to SPC for a second year. It will be granted to welcome a new family to the SPC community.

Below, please find detailed information concerning each scholarship and their respective criteria. All applicants will be judged using an independent, nonbiased format. In order for us to continue the growth of the Endowment, all award recipients and their families will be asked to help in some capacity at future Endowment events.

Listed below is the timeline for submission. Please note that all deadlines are final and there will be no exceptions to this or any of the scholarship requirements. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Mickelburgh.

Submission Timeline for Endowment Merit-Based Scholarships

April 1, 2021      Applications for the Pastoral Leadership Award, Maureen McCambridge Scholarship & Roseann McHugh New Family Welcome Award due (by 9:00pm)

May 3, 2021       April Maureen McCambridge semi-finalists notified

May 10, 2021     Maureen McCambridge semi-finalists interviewed

June 2021          Pastoral Leadership Award, Maureen McCambridge Scholarship & Roseann McHugh New Family Welcome Award recipients honored at all school Mass.

Please click here for the Scholarship Information and criteria.


 

Tuition Assistance Financial Aid Applications Due April 1
Tuition Assistance is available for all eligible students in grades in K-8. Award Letters will be emailed to parents in May. Please click here for the application.


Shamrock Shakes Sponsored by Student Council
The Student Council is hosting a McDonald's Shamrock Shake fundraiser to benefit the SPC Lenten Almsgiving Mission! Thank you to the Herrera Family for donating the Milkshakes!

Parents/guardians, you may purchase a Shamrock Shake for your child for $4.00 through the first link attached below. You may purchase a maximum of one shake per child. Shamrock Shake orders will be accepted through Tuesday, March 9th. All orders are due by March 9th. Shamrock Shakes will be delivered to students and faculty during their lunchtime on Wednesday, March 17 --- a perfect way to celebrate St. Patrick's Day!

Preschool & PreKindergarten parents/guardians, please make sure your child will be in attendance on Wednesday, March 17, if you wish to order them a Shamrock Shake.

Parents/guardians, click here to place your child's Shamrock Shake order.

Travel Guidance
Please make sure you read the email sent last week regarding new travel guidelines. Click here for a copy.

Covid Dashboard March 4, 2021
Keep Up the Good Work

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Please read on for more information from the school!

Peace,
Dr. Erika Mickelburgh
Principal


SPC Yearbooks - Ordering Deadline is Thursday, April 8th

The deadline to order a St. Paul of the Cross yearbook is Thursday, April 8th.  If you are not sure if you have already ordered a yearbook, please contact Mrs. McCallister at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before ordering. 

Here are three reasons we chose TreeRing:

  • Custom Yearbooks:  Every student gets a one of a kind printed copy containing two free pages to customize with personal photos. (This is optional; don’t feel obligated to complete this)

  • Green Yearbooks: In the past four years TreeRing planted almost 2,100 trees on behalf of St. Paul of the Cross.

  • Beautiful Yearbooks:  All yearbooks are gorgeously printed in full color using the highest end print production available.

YOU CAN PURCHASE AND PERSONALIZE YOUR St. Paul of the Cross YEARBOOK BY CLICKING HERE https://www.google.com/url?q=https://tr5.treering.com/validate&source=gmail&ust=1614979315981000&usg=AFQjCNHySH4YtoGx662EbEW9YiwarztUVA">https://tr5.treering.com/validate

Yearbook password: 101414618165482

A few important facts:

o   Your personalized yearbook only costs $28.00 for a soft cover. You may order a hardcover yearbook for an additional charge.

o   You’ll need to purchase your copy and complete your free personal pages by April 8th

o   Your 2 free custom pages are optional, if you don’t customize you’ll receive a standard yearbook.

Regards,

Mrs. Melissa McCallister

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

P.S. If you need help, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. TreeRing has a wonderful customer service. I have found that calling them at 877-755-8733 works well too.

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.

Park Ridge Wilderness Princesses / St. Paul of the Cross Food Pantry Food Drive – Saturday, March 6th
Please click here for all of the details!

FROM THE COMMUNITY

St. Viator's March Future Lions Newsletter