November 21, 2019

Dear SPC Parents,

We are in the final hours before we break for Thanksgiving Vacation. We have a tremendous amount to be thankful for at SPC and I wish you all a wonderful Thanksgiving!  When we come back from break on December 2nd we will have a very busy 3 weeks before Christmas vacation. 

Adopt a Family
This SPC tradition is a way for our community to support and pray for those who are in need. Please consider helping to adopt a family and provide them with a Merry Christmas.

Confirmation Retreat on December 2nd
Please pray for our 8th graders on December 2nd who will be on their Confirmation Retreat.

Advent Reconciliation
We will have our Advent Reconciliation on the following dates:

December 9th -- 5th and 6th Grade
December 10th -- 7th and 8th Grade
December 16th -- 3rd and 4th Grade

Christmas Concerts
PreSchool, PreK and K will host their Christmas Concert on December 16th from 10:00-11:00am.
Grades 1-5 Christmas Concert will be hosted on December 18th at 6:00pm.

RE-REGISTRATION FOR 2020-21 School Year
Long before the recent announcements in area Catholic schools; the increased number of new families interested in SPC required that we move up our re-registration and simplify the process for the 2020-21 school year. In order to provide the most time for planning, we will follow the timeline and process outlined below. Thank you in advance for your timely response as it will allow us time to best plan for curriculum, staffing, schedule, and fiscal considerations.

Re-Registration Timeline for 2020-21 School Year for Current Students
As always, you are an important part of St. Paul of the Cross School and we are giving our current families the first priority to re-register your current students or submit an application if you have a new student. It is my hope that all our current families will return to SPC. However, if you have different plans we kindly request that you indicate your response on the form below: 

  1. Re-registration is now open for the 2020-2021 School Year. The deadline for re-registration is January 21st. PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR THE RE-REGISTRATION FORM. ALL FAMILIES MUST COMPLETE THIS FORM EVEN IF YOU ARE NOT RETURNING.  
  1. Once you complete the re-registration form, the school office will register your child in PowerSchool.
  1. On January 30, 2020 your Smart Tuition Account will be billed for the re-registration fees as follows:
  • 1st/Oldest/Only Child  $100.00
  • Re-registration for 2nd Child  $50.00
  • Re-registration for 3rd Child $50.00
  • Re-registration for additional children after 3rd $20.00/child.
  1. If you are registering a new student from the same family who has not previously been enrolled at SPC, please submit a new student application to the main office.
  1. Even if the re-registration form is completed, your child will not be considered re-registered unless all this year’s (2019-2020) tuition and fees are current as of Jan. 21, 2020.    

Admissions Information for Current Families with New Students
As of November 1st, we have begun accepting applications for the 2020-2021 school year. If you will have an incoming new student, please complete an application. As a current family you will of course receive priority, however to help us with understanding the numbers we would appreciate those applications be completed as soon as possible. You may pick up an application in the school office or click
here for the online application and Early Childhood selection forms. 

INFORMATION ABOUT 2020-21 Tuition and School Calendar
The week after Thanksgiving break we will be mailing home information about tuition rates for the 2020-21 school year as well as the 2020-21 School Calendar. The finance committee, in collaboration with the Administration, is in the process of determining the tuition and fees for next school year.


Dr. Erika Mickelburgh

Dear SPC Families,

The Holiday book fair opens on December 6th and we look forward to seeing you and your family there! 55% of all purchases benefit our library and classrooms! We ask you to celebrate the joy of reading together by helping your child select books to enjoy. Please consider donating a book to your child’s classroom from the Wish List area. What a great gift to give any child or teacher on your list this year! 

To help you and your family get an early start on your Christmas shopping, you can shop online starting November 27th! 

Click here for the SPC Scholastic Book Fair page.

Please stay tuned for the schedule of when your children's classrooms will be visiting the book fair. We will have that for your when we return from our Thanksgiving break.
These are the Book Fair dates: 
Friday, December 6th: 8:00am - 8:00pm
Sunday, December 8th: 9:00am - 1:30pm
Monday and Tuesday, December 9th and 10th: 8:00am - 4:30pm

If you would like to volunteer to help, please contact Cheryl Sorce at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Thank you!!!


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St. Paul of the Cross Adopt A Family Program

Adopt a Family 2019 is off to a wonderful start! Thank you to everyone who has already signed up to make Christmas a special time for our adopted families! There is still time to sign up! We only have 63 items left! If your grade list is full, please consider looking at one of the other grades lists. All items will be sent to the proper families as long as they are labeled correctly.

Please see Adopt a Family 2019 grade lists and links below.
Please consider sending a small unwrapped stocking stuffer to school with your child. It will be added to the stockings that will be hung in your child's classroom. Please keep the children in the families ages and genders in mind when choosing.

Gifts will be due by Monday, December 9, 2019.

Thank you in advance for your generosity.

Laura Mikowski & Betsy Riggs
Servants of St. Francis School Coordinators

Adopt a Family Grade Specific Lists:

Preschool         Pre-K

Kindergarten   1st Grade

2nd Grade       3rd Grade

4th Grade        5th Grade

6th Grade        7th Grade

8th Grade

Please click here for complete information about our 2019 Adopt a Family.

Christmas Show Save the Dates! 

Preschool - Kindergarten December 16th at 10:00 a.m.

Grades 1 - 5 December 18th at 6:00 p.m.

Christmas Show

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For a sample of Jim's comedy, please visit:

Flannigan Hosts CTS at the Oscars Announcement

Important Information Regarding CTS
Parent Letter

Sponsorship Opportunities
Well Wishes
Party Boards

Also, be sure to check out the Celebrating the Spirit website for updates! The CTS website link is on the homepage of our school website, so please spread the word. Just go to and click on the Celebrating the Spirit link. 

Thank you,
Bob & Jeannie McNamara
George & Megan Panothiocas
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SPC Information and Updates 

Preschool & Prekindergarten Parent Social! Wednesday, December 4th
Preschool PreK Social

Please click here to RSVP!

Kindergarten & First Grade Parent Social Wednesday, December 11th!

KDG First Social

Please click here to RSVP!

December Hot Lunch Order Form Now Open
Hot lunch for December will consist of 2 Healthy Kids lunches and 1 Home Run Inn Pizza lunch. Healthy Kids lunches will be offered in the UGC and EGC.
Registration is now open and will close on November, 21st, at 8:00pm.
The menus are on the forms.

EGC Hot Lunch Order Form
UGC Hot Lunch Order Form

Please complete the registration and payment for your order to be processed.
For questions, please contact Mrs. Spanos at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

SPC Home & School Association
The Home and School Board would like to welcome Kelly Bjornson to our team as our new Treasurer. Kelly will assume her role upon return from Thanksgiving break. We are thrilled to have her join our team! Kelly can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Calling All Volunteers!
Home and School Association is compiling a list of volunteers and their availability as a resource for future volunteer opportunities. Larger scale events will continue to have online sign up options, however smaller needs will be sourced through group emails and our private Facebook group. We will try to plan as far in advance so parents will have the opportunity to alter their schedules if needed. Please email your name and availability to our Volunteer Coordinator-Cheryl Sorce at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Home and School Private Facebook Group!
Join our private Facebook group to share photos, learn about volunteer opportunities and events and just chat with your fellow SPC parents and teachers! Click here to join!

Please click here to download the flyer.

Eat Chipotle, help St Paul Of The Cross School
Calling all burrito lovers! Foil your dinner plans and stop by the Chipotle at 119 South Northwest Highway in Park Ridge for our fundraiser on Wednesday, December 4th from 4:00pm - 8:00pm. We're raising money to support St Paul Of The Cross School, so just show the flyer or mention the fundraiser at checkout and they'll donate 33% of the proceeds to the cause!

Chipotle Fundraiser FLyer

SPC Home and School Bulls Game Family Nights!
Purchase tickets at a discounted price now through this link: . Enter the following promo code to access discounts: STPAUL

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Sticky Fingers! Starting December 12, 2019!

Please click here for the flyer and more information on signing up.

Roundball 2020 Logo

Roundball 2020! - January 11-19, 2020
Please click on the links below!

Roundball Player Registration - 6th-8th Grade Girls and Boys (NOT JUST BASKETBALL PLAYERS!)
Roundball Coaches Flyer and Electronic Application
Roundball Coaches Application
Roundball Parent Volunteer Information
Roundball Sponsorships

Chess-Ed Winter Session 

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 11/19/19 to 2/11/20.  

The chess program is taught by Chess-Ed instructors and is open to all SPC students in 1st through 8th grade, and students of all chess abilities, novice or continuing. Professional instruction will include the basics for 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 or for all the details and information, please go to 

St. Paul of the Cross 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 November 24, 2019

Service Opportunity - St Nicholas Party - 6th Grade and older
Looking for student volunteers to help with the St. Nicholas Party. Set up is Saturday, December 7th and the actual event and clean up is Sunday, December 8 in the Morello Parish Life Center - Gym.

We will need volunteers for:

Set up - Saturday December 7 - 2:00 - 4:00 pm
Event - Sunday, December 8 - 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Clean up - Sunday, December 8 - 12:30 - 1:30 pm

Volunteers should sign up for a shift via
1. Click this link to go to our invitation page on St. Nicholas Party
2. Enter your email address (you will NOT need to register an account on
3. Choose your spot - will send you an automated confirmation and reminder.

Thank you!

If you have any questions, please contact Kay Schenfeld at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 847-204-2798

Christmas tree package
Christmas Shoebox Project Sponsored by St. Catherine of Siena Guild

We are pleased to invite you to participate in St. Paul of the Cross Parish's Annual Christmas Shoebox Project for disadvantaged men and women. Your boxes will be given to several of organizations serving the Chicagoland area.
Please click here for information and needs. One quick note, we are in need of more men's boxes this year.

Thank you for your generosity!

From The Community

Updates and Invitations From Our High Schools

St. Viator High School
December 15th Family Mass & Visit with Santa!

Loyola Academy
Parents Night Out December 13th 6:00 - 9:00 pm!

Regina Dominican High School 
Regina Dinner Theater - Friday, November 22

Maine South Hawkette's Holiday Performances - Save the Date! December 15th
Kick off the holidays with the Maine South Hawkettes! Guest performances by Orchesis and the Maine South Drum Line, as well as some special guests that you won’t want to miss! Sunday, December 15, at 3pm in the Maine South Spec Gym! Tickets available at the door or online!