Thursday, December 12, 2019

Dear SPC Parents,

I want to highlight a few important dates beginning with tomorrow through next Friday before we leave for the Christmas Break.

Tomorrow, December 13th - Celebrating the Spirit Kids’ Day – An an Oscar themed day for the students! It is an out of uniform day, but also, your child can come to school dressed as their favorite movie character! We expect to see some really fun costumes! 

Sunday, December 15th – Family Mass Prepared by the 5th Grade Students
9:00 a.m. Holy Family Chapel

Monday, December 16th - Advent Reconciliation 3rd and 4th Grade

Monday, December 16th – Preschool through Kindergarten Christmas Program
Doors will open at 9:30 a.m. and the show begins promptly at 10:00 a.m.

Wednesday, December 18th – Grades 1-5 Christmas Program, The Legends of the Holy Night
6:00 p.m.

Friday, December 20th – All School Christmas Mass 2:00 p.m.
The students are participating in Los Posadas and will process into church at 1:50 p.m. I encourage you to enter church early, as this is truly a beautiful procession and Mass.

I am writing this newsletter on my way to rural Arkansas! Father Britto, Adrienne Timm and I are traveling with Catholic Extension to visit St. Luke’s in Warren Arkansas. We are only gone today until tomorrow afternoon so it is a quick trip!  I am looking forward to seeing first hand the results of our 2019 Lenten Mission. The mostly Central American (Mexican and Guatemalan) community of St. Luke Church had been worshipping in a very small chapel that they have outgrown. Parishioners described having children “stacked two or three” on a lap, with other people spilling out the back of the church (which lacks parking) on Sundays. With your generosity, Catholic Extension and the Diocese of Little Rock, the community purchased an old farmers’ co-op and have transformed it into a beautiful new church that will be their new home. Members of this small community in Southeast Arkansas work in the lumber industry as well as other forms of agriculture. Some have lived here for fifteen years or more while others have arrived more recently. We will meet parishioners at the old church before heading a mile away to the new one. Fr. Eddie D'Almeida, the pastor, will concelebrate with Fr. Britto.  I look forward to sharing about my experience when I return. 

Here is another article about the renovation. 

Thank you to all of our families who participated in Adopt-A-Family! We are pleased to report that over 98% of the presents were claimed! Thanks to the generous monetary donations, we will be able to fill those gaps however, if you are still interested in participating, we are accepting gifts until Friday.

Please see more details and important information below! Our school staff, teachers, and parent volunteers are always working and planning special events for the students and the parents. Please take a few moments to read the flyers and information so you stay as informed as possible.

Thank you!


Dr. Erika Mickelburgh


CTS Oscar Banner with date 

Celebrating the Spirit Kids' Day - Tomorrow! Friday, December 13th!
CTS at the Oscars is not just for the parents! CTS Kids' Day is Friday, December 13th. Help us build the excitement for our biggest school fundraiser with a fun Oscar themed day for the students. On Friday, December 13th, your child can come to school dressed as their favorite movie character! We expect to see some really fun costumes! 

Well Wishes - Don't Forget! 
Let's pack the CTS program book with photos and Well Wishes! Well Wishes are a great way for you to give shout-outs to your children, grandchildren, favorite athlete, scout troop, artist, or for a special faculty member or coach! Well Wishes will be published in the CTS 2020 Program Book, which will be distributed to all SPC families and faculty the week before the gala.

CTS Ticket Raffle - Win Two Free Tickets to CTS at the Oscars. 
We are excited to present the Celebrating the Spirit Ticket Raffle!
One lucky winner will receive two Celebrating the Spirit tickets with a value of over $250
Purchase one raffle ticket for $10 or three raffle tickets for $20.
The drawing will be held on Friday, December 20th! 
You can stop in either school office to purchase your raffle tickets or purchase them on the link below.

CTS Ticket Raffle Link

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 Christmas Programs!
Preschool - Kindergarten December 16th at 10:00 a.m. (Doors open at 9:30 a.m.)
Grades 1 - 5 December 18th at 6:00 p.m. The Legends of the Holy Night

Christmas Show

SPC Home & School Association

2019 Faculty Gift Fund-Deadline Extended!

Looking for the best way to show your appreciation to our outstanding teachers and staff this Christmas? Contribute to the Faculty and Staff Holiday Gift Fund sponsored by Home and School! Currently we are 35% to our goal which would ensure that we are able to keep the monetary gift amount the same as last year.

We are extending the deadline to Sunday, December 15. All donations need to be in by this date so we are able to process and deliver the checks before Christmas break.

Please feel free to drop off your check/cash to one of the offices, send it in with your child or donate online HERE. Please forward any questions to 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.. The Faculty and Staff greatly appreciate your generosity.

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!

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!

More SPC Information and Updates 

SPC Life Team - Glove Collection 12/13 through 12/19
Please donate gently used or new gloves for the recipients of our Adopt-A-Families. Gloves will be collected December 13th-19th. Collection bins will be by both UGC and EGC offices. The majority of these families don’t even have a pair of gloves- something we take for granted and something so basic. Please help keep them warm this winter.
Thank you!
SPC Life Team

Club and Sports Photos
Club and sports photos will take place on Thursday, December 19th from 8:10-11:00 a.m. in the gym. Students who participate in any club or sport at St. Paul of the Cross will have a group photo taken on that day. Students MUST wear their school uniform on Thursday. Students can not be out of uniform and may not wear their gym uniform. These photos will be added to the St. Paul of the Cross yearbook. You can also purchase a group photo. Your child will bring home a photo envelope on Thursday, December 19th. If you would like to order a group photo, please return the envelope to school by Friday, January 10th.

The following clubs and sports will be photographed: smiling strings, chess, altar services, math olympiad, math competition team, future cities, Jr. & Sr. band, choir, art club, academic team, National Jr. Honor Society, Battle of the Books, Student Council, media club, cross county, track and field, cheerleaders, basketball, volleyball, baseball, softball, and soccer,

If you have any questions please contact Mrs. McCallister at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

January Hot Lunch Order Form Now Open

Hot lunch for January will consist of 3 Healthy Kids lunches and 1 Home Run Inn Pizza. Healthy Kids lunches will cost $6.25 each and the Home Run Inn lunches will cost $5.00 each.mRegistration is now open and will close on Friday, December 20th at 10:00am. Please complete the registration and payment for your order to be processed.

You will receive a confirmation email of your January hot lunches no later than January 5th. If you do not receive one by then your child was not registered.
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..

Bricks 4 Kidz Winter Session!
Bricks4Kidz winter 2020
Please click here to download the complete flyer with all the details!

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 December 15, 2019 

Christmas tree package
Christmas Shoebox Project Sponsored by St. Catherine of Siena Guild
 - Last Weekend to Donate! 
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!

Resurrection High School
Saturday, December 14th Breakfast With Santa!

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

Maine South Hawkettes - Kick off the Holidays in Style!
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!