Dear SPC Families,

There is a ton of information in this Thursday Mailing; thank you for your careful attention to reading everything!

I hope you all enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving! Personally, it was wonderful to have the Thanksgiving table set for more family and friends this year! I know before the break, our Covid numbers were climbing; it seems like things have settled down (please don't let me jinx myself). I appreciate everyone being extra vigilant and getting tested and keeping kids home if they are sick, that is very helpful! 

I want to wish a special CONGRATULATIONS AND GOOD LUCK to all our 8th graders who will be taking the Catholic High School entrance exam this Saturday. It is a big day for them, and I am confident they will all do well. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers, as this is a huge step as they prepare to graduate and move on to high school!

As we prepare to open our hearts to Jesus on Christmas day, our students are focusing on preparing their hearts through many advent activities. We hope that by spending time and energy on Advent, the beauty of slowing down and preparing our hearts becomes an advent focus rather than the commercial aspect of the holidays. Students are creating Jesse trees on the doors, and once the doors are complete, the classes can visit other doors. For those unfamiliar with the Jesse Tree tradition, it introduces children to "symbols that depict the ancestors of Jesus or Old Testament events leading to Christ. Teachers explain each symbol and read related Scripture. It helps us understand that many people lived before Jesus was born. They waited for him, just as we wait for his birthday now. These people were good, holy people and have interesting stories!" Students will read stories and then make a symbol to hang on their doors. Each week, we will "light" the advent wreaths in the classrooms and have a special prayer read together over the PA while we light the advent wreath. I encourage you to discuss these lessons and prayers with your children. I have encouraged teachers to hold off on the many Christmas activities in the classroom until the last week before break so that we can have meaningful conversations about Advent and how we prepare our hearts for Jesus. I pray that this Advent is a time for all of us to slow down in the hustle and bustle of the holiday season and to rest in the quiet and dark before the light of Christ arrives on Christmas Day. 

REMINDER ABOUT RE-ENROLLMENT-EARLY BIRD RE-ENROLLMENT ENDS DECEMBER 15!
Re-enrollment for the 2022-2023 school year is well underway! Thank you to the many families that have already re-enrolled! If you have not done so already, please click the link to submit your child's packet to reserve a space for next year. The early bird fee of $75/student ends December 15 and will increase to $125/student beginning on December 16, 2021.
St Paul of the Cross School - Enrollment - Log In (renweb.com)

If you have any questions about your child's enrollment packet or need log-in assistance, please contact Meghan Waldeck at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

COVID DASHBOARD
December 2, 2021
THURSDAY MAILING December 2 3

Peace,
Dr. Erika Mickelburgh


SPC 2021 CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT - ORDERS DUE TOMORROW, DECEMBER 3rd
St. paul Tigers Ornament 1

We are excited to announce our 2021 Christmas ornament! All proceeds will benefit the St. Paul of the Cross Social Service Ministry. 

Please click here to order.
*The order deadline is December 3rd. 

Reminder: ADOPT A FAMILY CONTRIBUTION
Each year the school families help to provide a happy Christmas to the families served by our Parish Food Pantry. In partnership with the Parish Social Service Ministry, we help to purchase gifts. However, given the challenges with Covid, we will continue to help fund gift cards that the families can use to buy gifts. Please consider donating to help a family enjoy a wonderful Christmas. Given the timeline, we are asking that funds be collected by December 5th, 2021. Thank you in advance for your generosity!
PLEASE CLICK HERE TO MAKE A CONTRIBUTION


NJHS 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 10th. We greatly appreciate your help and your generosity in the Christmas season!
We thank you in advance for your kindness and generosity! 
NJHS Care Package Project

Please click here to download the flyer.


Winter Clubs and After School Activities Starting in January!

Winter Clubs start on January 3rd and will run for 8 weeks. Register now to secure your spot! Click the links below for the flyers and registration information for all clubs. REGISTRATION IS DUE BY DECEMBER 13th!

ART AROUND THE WORLD (K-2) on Wednesday
DRAMA 1st & 2nd Grade on Monday
DRAMA CLUB 3rd-5th Grade on Thursday
Junior Build It PS-K on Monday
Craftastic K-2 on Wednesday

More Winter Programs

Ballet Winter Session for Preschool through Kindergarten Students
Ballet SPC Flyer 2022 Winter

Please click here to download the ballet flyer.



Smiling Strings Acoustic/Classical Guitar Lessons Coming to SPC in January! 
Attention Students in Grades 3-6
Smiling Strings Guitar
♫ Winter Session Dates: (Jan 11th – Mar 15th) ♫♫♫
Deadline to signup is December 20, 2021.

 

Please download the flyer with all the details here.


SPC HOME & SCHOOL ASSOCIATION UPDATES

Faculty Gift Fund 

The Home and School Association is pleased to sponsor the Holiday Faculty Gift Fund. This is a convenient way for parents to give Christmas Gifts to all their children's teachers and the staff at our school. 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 to show your gratitude to our wonderful teachers and staff. They have worked extra hard this year to ensure 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 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:

OR

  • This year to go "green," we will not be placing an envelope in your oldest/only child's take-home folder. If you prefer to write a check, please put it in an envelope marked Faculty Gift Fund and send it to the office.

All donations are due by December 10th.

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!

Sincerely,
The Home and School Association 


Attention All Third Grade Artists!
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SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR Now through December 5!
BookFair 1 1

Scholastic Book Fair is IN PERSON this week through Sunday, December 5th!

Where: Parish Life Center Room 203
Monday - Friday 8am to 3pm for students. We will stay open until 4pm for after school shopping.
Saturday - Online Sales Only

Sunday 10am - 1:30 pm

Please click here for the Book Fair. 


 
TRIP PROGRAM - CHRISTMAS GIFT CARDS!
Need to order any last-minute holiday gift cards? Order them through the SPC TRIP program and receive rebates onto your FACTS account. The last day to order before the holiday will be December 8th. We will be processing refunds to FACTS the week of December 13th for all orders made this year. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for any questions. 

 

Counselors Corner for website
Coping with Grief During the Holidays


Roundball 2022 Logo

High School Coaches - Spread the Word to SPC Alum Friends!
All high school-aged St. Paul of the Cross alumni are invited to coach at this year's SPC Roundball Tournament. 

ALL COACHES: As an applicant, I understand that I represent the team and the St. Paul of the Cross Parish Community. Therefore, my conduct as coach must exemplify self-respect, self-control, respect for others, and sportsmanship.
Specifically:
• I will treat every athlete, coach and official with respect.
• I will respect the decisions of the officials. I will offer no words, actions, or gestures of disrespect.
• I am a representative of St. Paul of the Cross Parish Community both inside the gym and when on the parish grounds.

Please click here for the 2022 Coach Application.

Sponsorships 2022
Please click here to learn about our Roundball sponsorship opportunities and sign up online. 
To download the form, click here


MERRY MAKING DRIVE- IN IS BACK!

We are excited for our 2nd Annual Merry Making Drive-in Movie Nights! 
Please click here to register. We can only have 48 cars per movie, so be sure to sign up quickly!

2nd annual drive in movie

 

From the Parish 

We have an active and vibrant parish and encourage everyone to read the weekly bulletins for Fr. James' weekly letter and stay informed about all upcoming events and programs. 
Please click here for the latest bulletin. 
Please click here for Fr. James' "The Daily" - Daily Mass Readings and Reflections


From the Community

Catholic High Schools Events

St. Viator High School 
Viators Placement Test Image
Please click here to download the Placement Exam flyer.

Please click here for up to date information on St. Viator's Admissions Events.

Regina Dominican Basketball FUNdamentals Clinic for Students in Grades 5-8 November 21
Click here to download the flyer.

Maine South High School Hawkette Holiday Spectacular December 5, 2021
Please download the flyer here. 

2021 open house flyer 1

Please click here to find out about Notre Dame's Enrollment events.

SPHS Fall Visits 21
Attention 6th–8th Grade Boys
Please click here for St. Patrick High School Admissions Events and Information.



Loyola Academy Fall Events2021 "
Please click here for up to date information on Loyola Academy Admissions Events.

 

 

Dear SPC Families,
Let’s start the Thursday mailing with some exciting news! I want to congratulate Mrs. Valdez on the birth of Luke on 11/11! AND Mrs. Kusinski welcomed Brooke on 11/14! We are so excited for Mrs. Valdez and Mrs. Kusinski on their new bundles of joy! 

I pray you all have a wonderful and restful Thanksgiving vacation!

SPC 2021 CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT
St. paul Tigers Ornament 1

We are excited to announce our 2021 Christmas ornament! All proceeds will benefit the St. Paul of the Cross Social Service Ministry. 

Please click here to order.
*The order deadline is December 3rd. 

 

ADOPT A FAMILY CONTRIBUTION

Each year the school families help to provide a happy Christmas to the families served by our Parish Food Pantry. In partnership with the Parish Social Service Ministry, we help to purchase gifts. However, given the challenges with Covid, we will continue to help fund gift cards that the families can use to buy gifts. Please consider donating to help a family enjoy a wonderful Christmas. Given the timeline, we are asking that funds be collected by December 5th, 2021. Thank you in advance for your generosity!
PLEASE CLICK HERE TO MAKE A CONTRIBUTION 

PROOF OF COVID VACCINE:

Please remember to submit a copy of your child’s vaccination card to the main office. We have been asked to track the percentage of vaccinated students, and accurate information is essential.  
Covid Letter November 17, 2021

 

Covid Dashboard
November 18, 2021
Covid Dash 11 18 21

Peace,
Dr. Erika Mickelburgh


SPC HOME & SCHOOL ASSOCIATION UPDATES

Faculty Gift Fund 

The Home and School Association is pleased to sponsor the Holiday Faculty Gift Fund. This is a convenient way for parents to give Christmas Gifts to all their children's teachers and the staff at our school. 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 to show your gratitude to our wonderful teachers and staff. They have worked extra hard this year to ensure 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 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:

OR

  • This year to go "green," we will not be placing an envelope in your oldest/only child's take-home folder. If you prefer to write a check, please put it in an envelope marked Faculty Gift Fund and send it to the office.

All donations are due by December 10th.

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!

Sincerely,
The Home and School Association 


SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR November 29-December 5!
BookFair 1 1

Scholastic Book Fair will be IN PERSON Monday, November 29th through Sunday, December 5th!

Where: Parish Life Center Room 203
Monday - Friday 8am to 3pm for students. We will stay open until 4pm for after school shopping.
Saturday - Online Sales Only

Sunday 10am - 1:30 pm

Please click here for the Book Fair. Mark your calendars to start shopping on November 29th!


 

Counselors Corner for website
Coping with Grief During the Holidays


Roundball 2022 Logo

High School Coaches - Spread the Word to SPC Alum Friends!
All high school-aged St. Paul of the Cross alumni are invited to coach at this year's SPC Roundball Tournament. 

ALL COACHES: As an applicant, I understand that I represent the team and the St. Paul of the Cross Parish Community. Therefore, my conduct as coach must exemplify self-respect, self-control, respect for others, and sportsmanship.
Specifically:
• I will treat every athlete, coach and official with respect.
• I will respect the decisions of the officials. I will offer no words, actions, or gestures of disrespect.
• I am a representative of St. Paul of the Cross Parish Community both inside the gym and when on the parish grounds.

Please click here for the 2022 Coach Application.

Sponsorships 2022
Please click here to learn about our Roundball sponsorship opportunities and sign up online. 
To download the form, click here


MERRY MAKING DRIVE- IN IS BACK!

We are excited for our 2nd Annual Merry Making Drive-in Movie Nights! 
Please click here to register. We can only have 48 cars per movie, so be sure to sign up quickly!

2nd annual drive in movie


CHESS ED

Register NOW for the Winter Session of Chess-Ed’s Chess Enrichment Program

Registration for the Winter Session of the after-school chess program is underway!  The 10-week program takes place on Tuesdays from 2-3 pm and runs from 11/30/21 to 2/15/22.   The chess program is taught by Chess-Ed instructors and is open to students in 1st through 8th grade and students of all chess abilities.  Professional instruction will include the basics for beginning and novice players and build with opening theory, middle game planning, and end game combinations for continuing students.  Playing chess improves memory, uses analytical and critical thinking skills, teaches problem solving, responsibility, sportsmanship, social skills and more!  The benefits of chess last a lifetime!

To register, please go to www.2021-2022spcchess.eventbee.com. For more information about the program, please see the program flyer. Chess-Ed is looking forward to seeing your CHESS ENTHUSIAST this Winter!
Chess Ed Flyer


 

From the Parish 

We have an active and vibrant parish and encourage everyone to read the weekly bulletins for Fr. James' weekly letter and stay informed about all upcoming events and programs. 
Please click here for the latest bulletin. 
Please click here for Fr. James' "The Daily" - Daily Mass Readings and Reflections

Men's Club Pick-Up Basketball 
basketball

Come join St. Paul of the Cross Men's Club members 21+ as we play pick-up basketball Sunday 8:30 PM OR Thursday night 9:15 PM (schedule varies depending upon SPC Athletics home games schedule) in the St. Paul of the Cross Morello Parish Life Center Gym. Although many players have some basketball experience, we have players of all shapes, sizes, and abilities, so all are welcome. We have good-natured competition, calling our own fouls and violations while enjoying a good run. 15 min warmup and games go to 100 with halftime at 50. Please bring a white and dark shirt. Contact Jerry This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Doug This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.
11/18 Thursday 9:15 PM
11/28 Sunday 8:30 PM
12/9 Thursday 9:15 PM
12/19 Sunday 8:30 PM
Dec 22/23: OFF
12/30 Thursday 9:15 PM
1/2 Sunday 8:30 PM


From the Community

Catholic High Schools Events

St. Viator High School 
Viators Placement Test Image
Please click here to download the Placement Exam flyer.

Please click here for up to date information on St. Viator's Admissions Events.

Regina Dominican Basketball FUNdamentals Clinic for Students in Grades 5-8 November 21
Click here to download the flyer.

Maine South High School Hawkette Holiday Spectacular December 5, 2021
Please download the flyer here. 

2021 open house flyer 1

Please click here to find out about Notre Dame's Enrollment events.

SPHS Fall Visits 21
Attention 6th–8th Grade Boys
Please click here for St. Patrick High School Admissions Events and Information.



Loyola Academy Fall Events2021 "
Please click here for up to date information on Loyola Academy Admissions Events.

 

 

Dear SPC Families,

Last Friday, Trivia Night was a huge success! Thank you to the Endowment committee for helping to plan a fun evening of entertainment that benefited our endowment. I must say, the themes and costumes did not disappoint! The next fun Parent evening will be the Parent Bash on February 12--save the date and secure your babysitter. It is not a night you will want to miss. This year we are reconfiguring the traditional CTS for a different vibe. We fully anticipate our CTS Gala to return in 2023!

RE-REGISTRATION FOR THE 22-23 School Year:

It is that time of year again when we begin re-registration for our current families. It will come as no surprise that our enrollment is full. Please carefully note the timeline below. On Monday, November 15th, we will send a separate email with all necessary re-enrollment information. I will also send the 22-23 Tuition and Tentative School Calendar. I can't begin to tell you how many admissions phone calls we field each week. The secret is out SPC is the PLACE TO BE! It is important that you secure your spot by the deadline on January 28, 2022.

Re-enrollment timeline:
November 1-November 15
Priority Early Childhood admissions for siblings of current families. If you have a 3-year-old ready for school---sign them up now to secure their space.

November 15- December 15 Re-enrollment for current school families opens for the 22-23 school year!
COST: Earlybird fee of $75/child

December 16-January 28th- Registration fee increases to $125/student.

After January 28: We begin accepting students based on the availability of space. Fee increases to $175/child. Based on the availability in current grade levels, do not wait this long; you risk losing your spot.

COVID VACCINE CLINIC FOR CHILDREN:

We have received questions about whether we will host a Covid Vaccine Clinic for students ages 5-11. Please indicate your interest before we plan an event. The event would happen after school or on a Saturday morning.  CLICK HERE FOR THE SURVEY

PICTURE RETAKES: MONDAY, NOVEMBER 15

8:00-9:00 am
If you would like to have your child's picture retaken, please send them in picture clothes on Monday. 

COVID DASHBOARD
NOVEMBER 11, 2021
THURSDAY MAILING 2 2

Peace,

Dr. Erika Mickelburgh 

 


Roundball 2022 Logo
PLAYERS REGISTRATION DUE TOMORROW, NOVEMBER 12TH!

It’s time for St. Paul’s Annual Roundball Basketball Tournament for ​all​ SPC 6​th​, 7​th ​and 8​th ​grade  students (not just basketball players!)​ Practices will be held on ​SATURDAY, JANUARY 15th​. Tournament games (a boy’s tourney and a girl’s tourney) will be held ​SUNDAY, JANUARY 16​TH THROUGH JANUARY 24TH​. Each team will be coached by SPC alumni who are currently enrolled in high school. All coaches will be  expected to dress in professional attire for the games. All games will be officiated by professional  referees. Members of St. Paul Men’s Club will announce the game play-by-play on the PA. 

Student Registration Deadline, Friday, November 12th
Please click here to register for Roundball 2022.

High School Coaches - Spread the Word to SPC Alum Friends!
All high school-aged St. Paul of the Cross alumni are invited to coach at this year's SPC Roundball Tournament. 

ALL COACHES: As an applicant, I understand that I represent the team and the St. Paul of the Cross Parish Community. Therefore, my conduct as coach must exemplify self-respect, self-control, respect for others, and sportsmanship.
Specifically:
• I will treat every athlete, coach and official with respect.
• I will respect the decisions of the officials. I will offer no words, actions, or gestures of disrespect.
• I am a representative of St. Paul of the Cross Parish Community both inside the gym and when on the parish grounds.

Please click here for the 2022 Coach Application.

Sponsorships 2022
Please click here to learn about our Roundball sponsorship opportunities and sign up online. 
To download the form, click here.

Home & School Association Restaurant Fundraiser - Hay Caramba Tuesday, November 16th
Hay Caramba
Please click on the image above to download the flyer.

The H&S fundraiser will be at Hay Caramba for dine-in or carry-out on Tuesday, November 16th. If you participate, students may come out of uniform on Wednesday, November 17th. Hay Caramba will not have out of uniform passes, so please send your receipt to school with your child. Thank you for your support!


MERRY MAKING DRIVE- IN IS BACK!

We are excited for our 2nd Annual Merry Making Drive-in Movie Nights! 
Please click here to register. We can only have 48 cars per movie, so be sure to sign up quickly!

2nd annual drive in movie


 HOME & SCHOOL ASSOCIATION

totes magnets
Have you seen the cool SPC canvas tote bags and car magnets around town? The tote bags are a natural colored canvas with an embroidered SPC logo, navy accents, top zip and front pocket. Handles are long enough to go over the shoulder. Car magnets are a great way to show off that SPC is the place to be! 
These are available for purchase in both the EGC and UGC offices with cash/check made payable to SPC Home and School Association or convenient online purchasing. Please visit our web page HERE, select the quantity and your purchase will be delivered to the homeroom of your only/oldest! All proceeds/profit support Home & School expenses. If you have any questions, please contact Maria Almendarez at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


CHESS ED

Register NOW for the Winter Session of Chess-Ed’s Chess Enrichment Program

Registration for the Winter Session of the after-school chess program is underway!  The 10-week program takes place on Tuesdays from 2-3 pm and runs from 11/30/21 to 2/15/22.   The chess program is taught by Chess-Ed instructors and is open to students in 1st through 8th grade and students of all chess abilities.  Professional instruction will include the basics for beginning and novice players and build with opening theory, middle game planning, and end game combinations for continuing students.  Playing chess improves memory, uses analytical and critical thinking skills, teaches problem solving, responsibility, sportsmanship, social skills and more!  The benefits of chess last a lifetime!

To register, please go to www.2021-2022spcchess.eventbee.com. For more information about the program, please see the program flyer. Chess-Ed is looking forward to seeing your CHESS ENTHUSIAST this Winter!
Chess Ed Flyer


 

From the Parish 

We have an active and vibrant parish and encourage everyone to read the weekly bulletins for Fr. James' weekly letter and stay informed about all upcoming events and programs. 
Please click here for the latest bulletin. 
Please click here for Fr. James' "The Daily" - Daily Mass Readings and Reflections

Men's Club Pick-Up Basketball 
basketball

Come join St. Paul of the Cross Men's Club members 21+ as we play pick-up basketball Sunday 8:30 PM OR Thursday night 9:15 PM (schedule varies depending upon SPC Athletics home games schedule) in the St. Paul of the Cross Morello Parish Life Center Gym. Although many players have some basketball experience, we have players of all shapes, sizes, and abilities, so all are welcome. We have good-natured competition, calling our own fouls and violations while enjoying a good run. 15 min warmup and games go to 100 with halftime at 50. Please bring a white and dark shirt. Contact Jerry This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Doug This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.
11/18 Thursday 9:15 PM
11/28 Sunday 8:30 PM
12/9 Thursday 9:15 PM
12/19 Sunday 8:30 PM
Dec 22/23: OFF
12/30 Thursday 9:15 PM
1/2 Sunday 8:30 PM


From the Community

Catholic High Schools Events

St. Viator High School 
Viators Placement Test Image
Please click here to download the Placement Exam flyer.

Please click here for up to date information on St. Viator's Admissions Events.

Regina Dominican Basketball FUNdamentals Clinic for Students in Grades 5-8 November 14, & 21
Click here to download the flyer.

Regina Dominican Presents Annie November 11th, 12th, & 13th
Click here to download the flyer. 

Maine South High School Hawkette Holiday Spectacular December 5, 2021
Please download the flyer here. 

2021 open house flyer 1

Please click here to find out about Notre Dame's Enrollment events.

SPHS Fall Visits 21
Attention 6th–8th Grade Boys
Please click here for St. Patrick High School Admissions Events and Information.



Loyola Academy Fall Events2021 "
Please click here for up to date information on Loyola Academy Admissions Events.

 

 

Dear SPC Families,

SPC students raised $2500 for Brendan, the second grader from St. Robert Bellarmine who is battling brain cancer. And a Pokemon present! Thanks to everyone for their generosity!

We are looking forward to hosting Trivia Night tomorrow; I've heard about some of the fun table themes planned. It promises to be a great evening of fellowship supporting our endowment. Thank you to the Endowment Committee for all their hard work preparing the evening.

MERRY MAKING DRIVE- IN IS BACK!

We are excited for our 2nd Annual Merry Making Drive-in Movie Nights! 
Please click here to register. We can only have 48 cars per movie, so be sure to sign up quickly!

2nd annual drive in movie

RE-REGISTRATION FOR THE 22-23 School Year:
It is that time of year again when we begin re-registration for our current families. It will come as no surprise that our enrollment is full. Please carefully note the timeline below. Next week we will send a separate email with all necessary re-enrollment information. I will also send the 22-23 Tuition and Tentative School Calendar. I can't begin to tell you how many admissions phone calls we field each week. The secret is out SPC is the PLACE TO BE! It is important that you secure your spot by the deadline on January 28, 2022.

Re-enrollment timeline:

November 1-November 15
Priority Early Childhood admissions for siblings of current families. If you have a 3-year-old ready for school---sign them up now to secure their space. 

November 15- December 15 Re-enrollment for current school families opens for the 22-23 school year! 
COST: Earlybird fee of $75/child 

December 16-January 28th- Registration fee increases to $125/student.

After January 28:  We begin accepting students based on the availability of space. Fee increases to $175/child. Based on the availability in current grade levels, do not wait this long; you risk losing your spot. 

COVID VACCINATION AND CHILDREN:
Now that the Covid Vaccine has been approved for emergency use in 5-11-year-olds, we strongly encourage you to discuss the vaccine with your child's pediatrician. When your child becomes fully vaccinated, please remember to drop off a copy of the vaccination card in the main office. We need a copy so that if the need arises to quarantine close contacts, your child will not need to quarantine if they are fully vaccinated. 

COVID DASHBOARD
November 4, 2021

Covid Dash Nov. 4 2021

Peace, 
Dr. Erika Mickelburgh


It’s time for St. Paul’s Annual Roundball Basketball Tournament for ​all​ SPC 6​th​, 7​th ​and 8​th ​grade  students (not just basketball players!)​ Practices will be held on ​SATURDAY, JANUARY 15th​. Tournament games (a boy’s tourney and a girl’s tourney) will be held ​SUNDAY, JANUARY 16​TH THROUGH JANUARY 24TH​. Each team will be coached by SPC alumni who are currently enrolled in high school. All coaches will be  expected to dress in professional attire for the games. All games will be officiated by professional  referees. Members of St. Paul Men’s Club will announce the game play-by-play on the PA. 

Student Registration Deadline, Friday, November 12th
Please click here to register for Roundball 2022.

High School Coaches
All high school-aged St. Paul of the Cross alumni are invited to coach at this year's SPC Roundball Tournament. 

ALL COACHES: As an applicant, I understand that I represent the team and the St. Paul of the Cross Parish Community. Therefore, my conduct as coach must exemplify self-respect, self-control, respect for others, and sportsmanship.
Specifically:
• I will treat every athlete, coach and official with respect.
• I will respect the decisions of the officials. I will offer no words, actions, or gestures of disrespect.
• I am a representative of St. Paul of the Cross Parish Community both inside the gym and when on the parish grounds.

Please click here for the 2022 Coach Application.

Sponsorships 2022
Please click here to learn about our Roundball sponsorship opportunities and sign up online. 
To download the form, click here.


Registration for NEW Students of Current SPC Families Open November 1st

Enrollment for the 2022-2023 school year opened up on Monday, November 1st. If you will have a new student in the Fall of 2022,  please click the application link below (open November 1st.) *All new students need a complete application. Current families will have priority in applying from November 1-15. The application will then open to the public and post on our website on November 16. Re-registration for current students will begin on December 1, 2021. We will be using our same enrollment system to log-in and complete. 

*Please note that although you have an enrollment account for other student(s) you will still need to create an account for the new application. 

To complete an application for the 2022-2023 school year please click below:
https://stpcs-il.client.renweb.com/oa/?memberid=15206


Trivia Night -- We Look Forward to Seeing Everyone Tomorrow Night!

Endowment Logo Trivia

Trivia Night 21 Word docx

Please click here to purchase your tables! 
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 HOME & SCHOOL ASSOCIATION

totes magnets
Have you seen the cool SPC canvas tote bags and car magnets around town? The tote bags are a natural colored canvas with an embroidered SPC logo, navy accents, top zip and front pocket. Handles are long enough to go over the shoulder. Car magnets are a great way to show off that SPC is the place to be! 
These are available for purchase in both the EGC and UGC offices with cash/check made payable to SPC Home and School Association or convenient online purchasing. Please visit our web page HERE, select the quantity and your purchase will be delivered to the homeroom of your only/oldest! All proceeds/profit support Home & School expenses. If you have any questions, please contact Maria Almendarez at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


CHESS ED

Register NOW for the Winter Session of Chess-Ed’s Chess Enrichment Program

Registration for the Winter Session of the after-school chess program is underway!  The 10-week program takes place on Tuesdays from 2-3 pm and runs from 11/30/21 to 2/15/22.   The chess program is taught by Chess-Ed instructors and is open to students in 1st through 8th grade and students of all chess abilities.  Professional instruction will include the basics for beginning and novice players and build with opening theory, middle game planning, and end game combinations for continuing students.  Playing chess improves memory, uses analytical and critical thinking skills, teaches problem solving, responsibility, sportsmanship, social skills and more!  The benefits of chess last a lifetime!

To register, please go to www.2021-2022spcchess.eventbee.com. For more information about the program, please see the program flyer. Chess-Ed is looking forward to seeing your CHESS ENTHUSIAST this Winter!
Chess Ed Flyer


 

From the Parish 

We have an active and vibrant parish and encourage everyone to read the weekly bulletins for Fr. James' weekly letter and stay informed about all upcoming events and programs. 
Please click here for the latest bulletin. 
Please click here for Fr. James' "The Daily" - Daily Mass Readings and Reflections


From the Community

Catholic High Schools Events

Regina Dominican Basketball FUNdamentals Clinic for Students in Grades 5-8 November 7, 14, & 21
Click here to download the flyer.

Regina Dominican Presents Annie November 11th, 12th, & 13th
Click here to download the flyer. 

2021 open house flyer 1

Please click here to find out about Notre Dame's Enrollment events.

SPHS Fall Visits 21
Attention 6th–8th Grade Boys
Please click here for St. Patrick High School Admissions Events and Information.



Loyola Academy Fall Events2021 "
Please click here for up to date information on Loyola Academy Admissions Events.

Future Lions Upcoming Events Graphic

Please click here for up to date information on St. Viator's Admissions Events.

Dear SPC Families,

Last week I noted that things seem to be looking more normal--and then our Covid Dashboard went up this week. While we will continue to proceed with more normal activities, please remember that while we see the light at the end of the tunnel, we are still in the Covid Tunnel. Please remember to take the necessary precautions and keep your child home if they are not feeling well. It looks like next week, children in the 5-11 age group will be eligible for the vaccine. I encourage you to speak with your child's pediatrician about the vaccine. 

TOMORROW IS FUN FAIR!

I don't know who is more excited, the children or me! It promises to be a super fun day of Halloween fun and candy. Thank you to the small army of parents working today and tomorrow to make this a fabulous day for our SPC ghosts and goblins!

CALENDAR REMINDERS

November 1--No School!

November 5- Holy Fire Retreat Grades 6-8 (the retreat will happen at school)

November 5- Trivia Night

November 8th-12th 6th Grade Cyber Safety Presentations

November 16th-PARENT Cyber Safety Presentation--ZOOM LINK COMING SOON.

November 19th-Home & School Out of Uniform Voucher Day

November 22-26 Thanksgiving Vacation

SAVE THE DATE: CHRISTMAS PRAYER SERVICE & CONCERT GRADES PS-3

WHERE: Church

WHEN: Friday, December 10 at 10:00 am

GUESTS ALLOWED: Two per family. Please do not bring more than two per family; we have a limited capacity. We will Facebook Live the performance so friends and family can watch it.

WHY DO WE DO THE SERVICE DURING THE DAY? Excellent question, the truth is when we host the concert at 6 or 7 at night for these little ones it can be a challenge. Asking them to perform when they should be unwinding for the day and getting ready for bed does not make for ideal circumstances, especially during the excitement of the holiday season. We understand that it isn't always the best for parent schedules, but we appreciate your understanding that this decision is focused on what is best for the kids. We will Facebook live the performance so that if you can't be there--you can still see your child perform.

TARDIES:

It is important to get your child to school on time as it helps with classroom routine and getting organized for the day. Students in the UGC will receive detention after their 5th tardy and every one after that per trimester. Only students with a morning appointment will be excused, and they will need to bring in a doctor's note. The bell rings at 8:00 am, and students must be in their classroom so as not to be considered tardy!

THANKSGIVING & CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS AND TRAVEL:
I am getting a few questions about after the Christmas Holidays. I know that we are eager to travel to family over the holidays, and it is wonderful that we will be able to celebrate with family for the 2021 Holiday Season. However, please continue strict adherence to the City of Chicago travel guidelines that are updated weekly. https://www.chicago.gov/city/en/sites/covid-19/home/emergency-travel-order.html

  • At this time, I do not anticipate a post-Christmas break quarantine. We are planning to return to school after the break on January 3, 2022!

MASKS AND BASKETBALL SEASON:
I am thrilled that basketball is back and our gym is filled. I am also looking forward to the day when our kids can play without masks. However, for the time being, masks must be worn CORRECTLY at all times in the gym, during practice, during games, and while being a spectator. Please do not put our athletics participation in jeopardy by not complying with this rule. 

After speaking with the City Suburban Catholic Conference, there are clear consequences for teams that do not comply with the mask mandate. Should there be a complaint about not wearing masks to the City Suburban Catholic Conference, there will be an investigation. If the investigation finds that players and coaches did not wear masks, the game will be forfeited. We do not want this to happen. Spectators that do not comply with the mask mandate will be asked to leave the building. 

I was recently watching a game at a gym where another team was not following protocols. I will not police other schools, nor will I police SPC athletes or coaches. I have the utmost confidence that SPC athletes, spectators, and coaches will set an example by adhering to the rules at all times and in all gyms. 

Remember, this is temporary; masks will eventually go away. 

COVID DASHBOARD
October 28, 2021
This Covid Dashboard indicates an increase in cases over the past week. We currently have a number of students who need to quarantine. A few notes about the Dashboard:

  • Currently, SPC has had zero "breakthrough cases."
  • 100% of faculty and staff are fully vaccinated.

If your child is vaccinated--you must bring in a copy of the vaccine card to the main office. In cases of close contact quarantine in the older grades, children who are fully vaccinated do not need to quarantine. We have a number of kids who have not needed to quarantine because they are fully vaccinated.
Covid Dash 10 28

Peace,
Dr. Erika Mickelburgh


Roundball 2022 is Happening!


It’s time for St. Paul’s Annual Roundball Basketball Tournament for ​all​ SPC 6​th​, 7​th ​and 8​th ​grade  students (not just basketball players!)​ Practices will be held on ​SATURDAY, JANUARY 15th​. Tournament games (a boy’s tourney and a girl’s tourney) will be held ​SUNDAY, JANUARY 16​TH THROUGH JANUARY 24TH​. Each team will be coached by SPC alumni who are currently enrolled in high school. All coaches will be  expected to dress in professional attire for the games. All games will be officiated by professional  referees. Members of St. Paul Men’s Club will announce the game play-by-play on the PA. 

Student Registration Deadline, Friday, November 12th
Please click here to register for Roundball 2022.

High School Coaches
All high school-aged St. Paul of the Cross alumni are invited to coach at this year's SPC Roundball Tournament. 

ALL COACHES: As an applicant, I understand that I represent the team and the St. Paul of the Cross Parish Community. Therefore, my conduct as coach must exemplify self-respect, self-control, respect for others, and sportsmanship.
Specifically:
• I will treat every athlete, coach and official with respect.
• I will respect the decisions of the officials. I will offer no words, actions, or gestures of disrespect.
• I am a representative of St. Paul of the Cross Parish Community both inside the gym and when on the parish grounds.

Please click here for the 2022 Coach Application.

Sponsorships 2022
Please click here to learn about our Roundball sponsorship opportunities and sign up online. 
To download the form, click here.


Registration for NEW Students of Current SPC Families Open November 1st

We are excited to announce enrollment for the 2022-2023 school year will be open on Monday, November 1st. If you will have a new student in the Fall of 2022,  please click the application link below (open November 1st.) *All new students need a complete application. Current families will have priority in applying from November 1-15. The application will then open to the public and post on our website on November 16. Re-registration for current students will begin on December 1, 2021. We will be using our same enrollment system to log-in and complete. 

*Please note that although you have an enrollment account for other student(s) you will still need to create an account for the new application. 

To complete an application for the 2022-2023 school year please click below:
https://stpcs-il.client.renweb.com/oa/?memberid=15206


 

SPC Directory Reminder - Pay by Today to Keep Access
Just a reminder that if you would like to keep your access to DirectorySpot, our online directory app, payment is due today, October 28th.

It would benefit everyone to login quickly to make sure that your information is correct or to change your privacy settings even if you don't plan to keep your access.

If you did not get an automated email with your login credentials, just go here, use your email address for the username and click on "reset password." You will be sent further directions.

Let Wendy Diez know if you have any questions at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Trivia Night -- There's Still Time to Book Your Table!
The Endowment Committee is thrilled to be bringing Trivia Night back to SPC! This school and parish event is always a fantastic time. So gather your group of friends and click on the flyer below to purchase your group tables. Tables will sell quickly, so don't delay!! See more details below.
Endowment Logo Trivia

Trivia Night 21 Word docx

Please click here to purchase your tables! 
Questions? Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


 

 

Out of Uniform Day Wednesday, November 3 - Fundraiser for Brendan

brendan fundraiser

HOME & SCHOOL ASSOCIATION

totes magnets
Have you seen the cool SPC canvas tote bags and car magnets around town? The tote bags are a natural colored canvas with an embroidered SPC logo, navy accents, top zip and front pocket. Handles are long enough to go over the shoulder. Car magnets are a great way to show off that SPC is the place to be! 
These are available for purchase in both the EGC and UGC offices with cash/check made payable to SPC Home and School Association or convenient online purchasing. Please visit our web page HERE, select the quantity and your purchase will be delivered to the homeroom of your only/oldest! All proceeds/profit support Home & School expenses. If you have any questions, please contact Maria Almendarez at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


CHESS ED

Register NOW for the Winter Session of Chess-Ed’s Chess Enrichment Program

Registration for the Winter Session of the after-school chess program is underway!  The 10-week program takes place on Tuesdays from 2-3 pm and runs from 11/30/21 to 2/15/22.   The chess program is taught by Chess-Ed instructors and is open to students in 1st through 8th grade and students of all chess abilities.  Professional instruction will include the basics for beginning and novice players and build with opening theory, middle game planning, and end game combinations for continuing students.  Playing chess improves memory, uses analytical and critical thinking skills, teaches problem solving, responsibility, sportsmanship, social skills and more!  The benefits of chess last a lifetime!

To register, please go to www.2021-2022spcchess.eventbee.com. For more information about the program, please see the program flyer. Chess-Ed is looking forward to seeing your CHESS ENTHUSIAST this Winter!
Chess Ed Flyer


 

From the Parish 

We have an active and vibrant parish and encourage everyone to read the weekly bulletins for Fr. James' weekly letter and stay informed about all upcoming events and programs. 
Please click here for the latest bulletin. 
Please click here for Fr. James' "The Daily" - Daily Mass Readings and Reflections


From the Community

Catholic High Schools Events

2021 open house flyer 1

Please click here to find out about Notre Dame's Enrollment events.

SPHS Fall Visits 21
Attention 6th–8th Grade Boys
Please click here for St. Patrick High School Admissions Events and Information.



Loyola Academy Fall Events2021 "
Please click here for up to date information on Loyola Academy Admissions Events.

Future Lions Upcoming Events Graphic

Please click here for up to date information on St. Viator's Admissions Events.