Dear SPC Families,
Thank you to everyone who came to Back to School Night yesterday. It was wonderful having you all meet our excellent faculty and staff. If you were unable to come, please contact your child’s teacher to collect any information you missed.
The school website had its much needed upgrades over the summer. One big enhancement is that you can now download the school calendar and sync it to your phone!
Does My Child Need Social Media in Middle School?
I actually get this question quite often; what are your thoughts on social media? Do you allow your child access to social media? Let me preface my statements by saying that I think the most valuable thing parents can do is talk to one another. We often get tired of hearing our kids say “I am the only one in the entire universe who is not on Snapchat and Instagram” and we cave in to the pressure. This article has been floating around for some time and offers some food for thought and conversation in your home. Click here.
A Reminder About the School Day Schedule
This year the school day starts at 8:00am each day. Students need to be in their classrooms by 8:00am. Students in the EGC will be marked tardy after 8:05. Students in the UGC will be marked tardy after 8:00am. The doors in both the UGC and the EGC will be open at 7:45am each morning to allow plenty of time to get to homeroom. Drop off lines will also begin at 7:45. We will continue to dismiss all students at 3:00pm.
We know it will take some getting used to so we will not issue tardies until after Labor Day!
Our milk program will begin the Tuesday after Labor Day (September 3rd.) If you have not yet done so, please make sure your milk form and payment is returned to us by tomorrow as it was due Wednesday, August 28th.
Navigating the High School Admissions Process Parent Workshop
Date: Wednesday, September 4th
Time: 6:00-7:00 pm
Place: AB Meeting Rooms
Open to 7th and 8th grade parents
I will host a meeting detailing all aspects of the high school admissions process on September 4th at 6:00 pm in the AB Room. So that we can plan accordingly, please RSVP by clicking here. This parent meeting will discuss the admissions process and timeline for Catholic high schools, Chicago Public Schools, and Maine South. The meeting will begin with the discussion of Catholic high schools followed by the public schools.
While the workshop is intended for 8th grade parents, 7th grade parents will be able to gain insight into the process as well as learn what they can do now to prepare for 8th grade.
Save the Date: Family Mass Dates
Last year we started the tradition of family Mass where students from a particular grade in the School and the Religious Education took the lead in the Sunday liturgy. We will continue with this special mass this year. We will invite students and parents from that grade to attend the Sunday 9AM Mass in the Holy Family Chapel. The students will act as readers, altar servers, ushers and helpers. Please save the date and come and celebrate Mass with your grade level.
September 15 Grade 6
October 20 Grade 3
November 17 Grade 8
December 15 Grade 5
January 26 All Grades (CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK MASS in Upper Church)
February 9 Grade 7
March 1 Grade 4
April 26 Grade 1
May 17 Grade 2
Finally, the annual SPC Parish Picnic is next Saturday, September 7th. Please see below for details on the picnic and also opportunities for you to share in the fellowship through volunteering! 7th and 8th graders will receive service hours and adults are also needed.
SPC is off to a great start of the School Year! God Bless you all!
Dr. Erika Mickelburgh
Home & School Association Updates
First Restaurant Fundraiser of the Year Today!
SPC Activities and Clubs - Fall Signup Information
Sticky Fingers - Grades PK - 6th
Thursdays from 3:15-4:15pm
September 19th - November 14th
Click here for the details and registration 4-6 year-olds
Click here for the details and registration 7-12 year-olds
Annual Parish Picnic
7th & 8th Grade Students - Service Hours
The annual St. Paul Parish Picnic is on Saturday, September 7th starting with 4:30pm Mass outdoors and the fun and festivities immediately following.
We are in need of 7th & 8th graders as well as adults to help make the SPC Parish Picnic successful! The greatest need is from 5:30 throughout the evening. It's a fun way to help out and interact with fellow parishioners!
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 to stay informed about all of the upcoming events and programs. Parish Bulletin for September 1, 2019
From The Community
Park Ridge Wilderness Scouts & Princesses - Attention All Boys and Girls in Grades Kdg-2nd!
The Park Ridge Wilderness Scouts & Princesses (PRWSWP) is an American family tradition that dates back to 1925.
PRWSWP is divided into four nations (3 Princess Nations & 1 Scouts Nations), consisting of a total 22 tribes. The PRWSWP annual season runs during the school year from September through early June.
Maine South Hawkettes Clinic and Dance Performance - For students in grades 1-8
Students in 1st to 8th grade will learn and perform a professional dance routine from the UDA National High Kick Champions - Maine South Hawkettes. The performance will take place during half-time of the Maine South vs. Palatine Varsity Football Game at Wilson Stadium on Friday, September 20th.
Clinic Dates: Wednesday, September 18 from 5:00 - 7:00pm and Thursday, September 19 from 5:00 to 6:45 pm in the Back Gym at Maine South High School
Click on this flyer for details.