Dear SPC Families,

This week things have been a little busier around campus with teachers coming back to prepare their rooms. It is nice to have people back in the building!  

Please read below for some updates:

UPDATED INFECTION PROTOCOLS FROM THE ARCHDIOCESE:

Please click here for updated infection protocols from the Archdiocese. I just received these today. The highlighted areas are the parts that have been updated.  


PLEASE READ THE REOPENING PLAN:

I know the plan is long and is not a NYT bestseller, but it is an expectation that all parents read, understand, and discuss the plan with their children. Prior to the Zoom on Wednesday, it is an expectation that you read the plan. 

By all means, if there is a question you have that is not outlined in the plan--email me, and I will do my best to respond in a timely manner. Please, and thank you. 


PARENT AGREEMENT

It is important that all parents, guardians, and students clearly understand our safety procedures and agree to follow them. While we have confidence in our plan, it is essential that we all work hard to keep each other safe and healthy. To this end, I encourage you to read the enclosed “Agreement to Adhere to COVID Protocols and Acknowledgement of Parental Responsibilities.” The Archdiocese has required schools to have parents sign the form below. If you are planning to return your child for in-person instruction this year, you are asked to sign this form and return it by the date of your child’s orientation day. A copy of this agreement will also be included in your packet with your child's class assignment. Please return the forms with your child, your child cannot start school without these forms.

Please click here to download the parent "Agreement to Adhere to COVID Protocols and Acknowledgement of Parental Responsibilities."


REMOTE LEARNING UPDATE:

I have received more information regarding the Remote Learning Program. This has not been 100% finalized, and some amendments may be forthcoming. Please click here for details.


CLICK HERE TO REGISTER YOUR CHILD FOR THE OCS REMOTE LEARNING COURSES.
  
You will receive more information to login at a later date.   

Peace,

Dr. Erika Mickelburgh
Principal

Dear SPC Families,

I am getting excited to see you all soon. By this time, I know you must have read the reopening plan and maybe even seen some of our preparations on the news! The teachers will return on August 17th, and slowly our school will be back to life! Please see below for some new updates.

SPC PARENT BACK TO SCHOOL ZOOM MEETING:

I will be hosting a back to school zoom meeting for SPC parents. Please register below and submit questions so that we can best prepare.

When: Aug 19, 2020, 06:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting here:

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

We have a limit of 1000 participants, please only register one person per household.

So that we can best prepare for the zoom meeting, please fill out your questions here.  

UPDATE TO SPC ATHLETIC PROGRAM

Per the Archdiocesan directives, at this time, all athletic teams have been canceled until further notice. If anything changes for future seasons, we will let you know. While I know this news is disappointing, this is temporary, and we will be able to cheer our SPC Tigers in the future! 


REMOTE LEARNING OPTION: 

I am still waiting on final details from the Archdiocese for remote learning. At this time, this is what I know. For those families that have selected this option (registration below), we will be in touch with more details as soon as they become available.  

Families who wish to continue to be enrolled at SPC and the Office of Catholic School Remote Learning Program should complete the registration form below. At the moment, the details available are as follows:

  • The cost of the program is SPC tuition.
  • Remote learning is available K-8.
  • SPC will provide students with a chrome book to complete the remote learning option.
  • The curriculum will be aligned to OCS standards and benchmarks but may NOT mirror the SPC curriculum specifically. However, SPC does use the OCS benchmarks and priority standards in planning our curriculum.
  • If a family enrolls by August 12th, classes will begin September 8th; if enrolled by September 11th, classes begin September 28th. It is important to note that those who elect Remote Learning will not start on SPC's start date).
  • CLICK HERE TO REGISTER YOUR CHILD FOR THE OCS REMOTE LEARNING COURSES.  You will receive more information to login at a later date. 
  • Your child will be assigned a homeroom teacher for the year.
  • If you select his option you must sign up for a trimester at a time, should you wish to return to SPC for the 2nd trimester you are free to do so,
  • The courses are literacy, math, science, social studies and enrichment – STEM, movement, SEL, etc.
  • SPC will provide religion course work.
  • SPC will be using Catapult, the 3rd party provider from the Archdiocese, for remote learning.  
  • Homeroom teachers will check in with students who are remote learning a few times a week. 

WHY ISN´T SPC PROVIDING REMOTE LEARNING BY SPC TEACHERS?

In the event of a full return to remote learning, SPC teachers will be providing remote learning per our reopening plan. 

Please understand that I fully support that families have different circumstances that will guide their difficult decision on what is best for their family. However, I have made the decision to have teachers concentrate their efforts on in-person instruction. Given everything (included in the plan) that will be required of our teachers, they must devote their entire energy to the reopening plan. To divide their efforts between the logistics of in-person learning and managing the complexities of remote learning/live streaming from a classroom is not something that I am willing to ask of my teachers. Thank you for your understanding.

Peace,

Dr. Erika Mickelburgh

Principal


 

Dear SPC Families,

I pray this finds you all well and enjoying summer. This email contains the final SPC Reopening Plan. I want to start by thanking the Reopening Teams, whose dedication and wisdom have been invaluable! The plan has been vetted and approved by the Archdiocese. I am pleased to announce that St Paul of the Cross School has been certified to reopen!

The plan is long (35 pages). It is very comprehensive and represents hours of careful planning and preparation. It is an expectation that all parents read through both the entire SPC and Archdiocesan plans carefully. Thank you in advance for your careful reading of the document.

The plan is for a return to 5 full days in-person instruction. We will not be offering hybrid options. 

Webinar Zoom Meetings
We will host two Zoom meetings for parents the Week of August 17th. As soon as those are scheduled, we will notify you. Please read the plan prior to attending the meetings.

Your child's teacher will also invite you to a classroom parent Zoom meeting to go over specific classroom guidelines on August 23rd.

When will I find out my child's classroom teacher?
Given recent changes in enrollment, we have had to delay the timeline. Packets will no longer be mailed home. We are going to do a drive-by pick up of packets during the following times;

Drive through packet pick up along the Main Parking lot Kiss and Go line. Please drive through the Kiss and Go line, and a staff member will hand you your packet through the window.

August 18th
9:00-12:00 am - Family Last Name A-L
1:00-3:00 pm - Family Last Name M-Z

August 19th
9:00-10:00 am - Family Last Name A-L
1:00-2:00 pm - Family Last Name M-Z

I know these are challenging times, and returning our children to school presents a myriad of questions and emotions. It is my sincere hope that by reading our reopening plan, you find comfort in the fact that our children's safety is our top priority. Many people have asked me, "What do you really think of returning to 5 days a week in-person instruction?" My response is simple; I believe with my whole heart that our children need to be back in school. More importantly, I know that we can fully implement a solid plan to keep both students and staff members safe. Nothing is more important to me than the safety of our children. I also fully support that, during these times, parents must weigh individual family decisions about returning to school. For that reason, it is imperative that all families carefully read the plan and follow the protocols—we are truly all in this together. Never before has the need to read all communication coming from school been so important.

May God continue to watch over all of us! While these are indeed unprecedented and crazy times, it is an honor to be your principal during this journey!

Peace,
Dr. Erika Mickelburgh
Principal

Please click here for the Final SPC Reopening Plan


 

Dear SPC Families,

As we work to finalize our comprehensive reopening plan, I want to update you on the Dress Code for the start of the school year. It will remain in full effect until the guidelines regarding masks are lifted.  

Students may wear any SPC clothing on any day. Our goal is to do our best to keep our students comfortable, given our new safety guidelines.

  • If your child would like to wear gym uniforms each day, that is fine.
  • If your child is more comfortable in the uniform skirt or jumper, that is fine as well.
  • Any SPC top can be worn at anytime.
  • Only uniform bottoms can be worn (gym shorts, gym pants, khaki/navy pants or shorts or skirts).
  • Any SPC top of spirit wear can be worn.

All items purchased at Lands' End or the spirit wear shop can be worn anytime until the mask provision is lifted.  

https://www.spc-school.net/parents/tiger-spirit-wear-store

https://www.spc-school.net/parents/uniforms

Peace,

Dr. Erika Mickelburgh
Principal