Thursday, January 23, 2020

Dear SPC Families,

Congratulations to our Future City Team! They came in 2nd place out of 22 teams at Regionals held at UIC on Saturday, January 18th. A big thank you to the Future City Team sponsors, science teacher, Mrs. Christine Stypka, and IT coordinator, Mrs. Laurie Moran and mentor, Dr. Rick Rosin, Ph.D, Chemical Engineer. Please read all about their project below. 

We are excited for Catholic Schools Week 2020, which begins on Sunday! A special thank you to Student Council and National Junior Honor Society for helping to plan a week that celebrates SPC! Our theme this year is Celebrating our Faith, Knowledge, and Service through Kindness

Sunday, January 26, 2020 – Mass & Open House
Theme: Celebrate Our Church
We will gather for Mass at 9:00 in the Upper Church. All students who attend Mass in their SPC uniform will be given an out of uniform pass. Students should see their homeroom teacher before Mass or at the Open House for their pass. 

Join us for Open House 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Celebrate Kindness Through Service
The homeroom teacher will receive a note to send home with their students asking for various items that S.C. & N.J.H.S. will use to build “care kits” for the homeless. These items will include a hat, gloves, travel sized toothbrush, toothpaste, chap stick, lotion, socks, comb/brush, Kleenex, shampoo/conditioner, soap, etc. Kits will be put into baggies and attached to a hat/glove set. Once sets are put together, they will be delivered to the Catholic Charities Donation Center at 1717 Rand Road, Des Plaines. Collections will be made up through and including Friday of Catholic Schools Week.

Grade:                  Item:                                       Grade:             Item:


Travel size toothbrush

4th Grade

Tube of Chapstick


Travel size toothpaste

5th Grade

One knit winter hat


One pair knit gloves

6th Grade

Travel size Kleenex

1st Grade

Travel size body soap

7th Grade

One pair of white or black warm socks

2nd Grade

Small hair comb

8th Grade

Travel size shampoo & conditioner

3rd Grade

Travel size body lotion


Celebrating Kindness Homework Project: ALL HOMEWORK IS CANCELLED FOR NEXT WEEK! 

Next week students will be assigned a different type of homework. Each night we are replacing the traditional type of homework with random acts of kindness! That corresponds with the daily theme, SPC students will be spreading random acts of kindness all over our neighborhoods! Please see below and your weekly newsletters for more details on each night’s “assignments.”  Each night students will be given a heart to write what the random act of kindness they completed that night. Please also email Dr. Mickelburgh photos and brief descriptions so that we can put some on social media.


Monday, January 27, 2020 – Celebrate Our Community: Pay It Forward
Theme: Do a kind act for someone you may not know or without them knowing.

We have an All School Mass at 2:00, so students must come to school in full uniform today.

Homework: Students will complete the first heart by writing/drawing in the act of kindness that they did without someone knowing. Examples may be: clean the snow off someone’s car; pick up litter/paper; recycle; put away books; hold the door, etc.

Tuesday, January 28, 2020 – Celebrate Our Faculty, Staff, & Parish Members with Kindness

Theme: Say something nice, show someone they are appreciated.

Today is a Mass Schedule day but no Mass. Instead the 4th-8th grade Geography Bee will be held in the Gym from 8:15-9:15. Grades 3-8 will attend. Others are welcome to come and cheer the students on.

Homework: Students will fill out the second heart showing a way they were kind to their teacher, staff member, or parish staff member.  Ideas: cleaning out their desk; putting away supplies; telling Father that they loved Mass; saying thank you to a staff member.

Celebration: Breakfast with your Teacher today! Thank you to Home and School for organizing breakfast! 

What can students wear? Dress like your favorite teacher

Wednesday, January 29, 2020 – Celebrate Our Families:

Theme: Be kind to your Family.

Homework: Students will fill out the third heart showing a way that they were kind to a member of their family.  Ideas: help with chores; give a hug; tell a family member you love them; do the dishes after dinner; set the table; make dinner/breakfast.

What can students wear? Pajama Day today!

Thursday, January 30, 2020 – Celebrate You and Your Friends:

Theme: Take care of you, take care of a friend, it will bring you both good luck!

Today is a 2:00 schedule day. Students will return to their homerooms at 2:00 for an afternoon of teacher lead fun. This could be Jeopardy, games, etc. for your class. At 2:35, everyone will go to the Gym to see Dr. M. get slimed/pied in the face! (Ms Lewandowski’s class won this during Tiger Fun Run!)

Homework:  Students will fill out the fourth heart showing something kind they did for themselves or a friend. Ideas: make a card for someone; tell a friend why you appreciate them; give your friend a hug; take a long bath; read a good book; eat your favorite food; meditate.

What can students wear? Students Out of Uniform-Favorite Sports Team Day.                  

Friday, January 31, 2020 – Celebrate Random Acts of Kindness

Theme: Throw compliments out like Confetti

Students will sprinkle compliments throughout the day they give at least three (3) compliments to a friend, teacher, staff member, or someone you don’t know. 

Today is a special schedule so that we can honor our long-standing tradition of the SPC Staff v. 8th Grade Volleyball Game, as well as meet with our Prayer Buddies. Ms. Iacopelli has made a special schedule for today. Please check the Calendar.

Celebration: Pizza Lunch (All students will receive a special pizza lunch sponsored by Home and School Association. 

  • Prayer Buddies Today
  • Faculty/8th Grade Volleyball Game

What can students wear? SPC Spirit Wear!

We are looking forward to a wonderful and faith filled Catholic Schools Week!

One quick and important reminder from the CTS Committee, if you plan to attend Celebrating the Spirit at the Oscars on Saturday, February 8, and have not yet purchased your tickets, tomorrow is the last day to purchase your tickets before the ticket price increases. See below for more updates. 


Dr. Erika Mickelburgh

CTS Oscar Banner with date

Reminder: Ticket Price Increases After Tomorrow, January 24th!
We are thrilled to see all of the RSVPs coming in! If you plan on attending but have not yet purchased your tickets, remember that the price increases after tomorrow. Please click on the CTS Ticket Page where you can RSVP, donate toward the teachers' tickets, and purchase raffle tickets. 

Celebrating the Spirit at the Oscars will be an outstanding night from the moment you walk onto the Red Carpet for the Pre-Party! 

CTS is a sit down dinner and is open seating. There is also an option to purchase a Reserved Table for Ten. A Reserved Table for Ten is intended to be a VIP experience as it guarantees you to sit with your group and comes with two bottles of champagne at the table. If you have any questions about purchasing your tickets, please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

On behalf of the entire CTS Committee, we look forward to seeing you on February 8th at Celebrating the Spirit at the Oscars!
Bob & Jeannie McNamara
George & Megan Panothiocas
CTS Co-Chairs
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SPC Future City Team Results
Please read the results by clicking here.
Future City Team 2020

SPC Home & School Association

Buona Beef For Dinner Tonight?

buena beef

Download the Buena Beef flyer here.

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!

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 January 26, 2020 

Candlelight Rosary

Candlelight Rosary

Thursday, January 30th 7:30 p.m. Upper Church

Please join us as we gather to pray the Rosary in a beautiful, 30-minute service accompanied by music and candlelight at St. Paul of the Cross Parish on Thursday, January 30th at 7:30 p.m. in the Upper Church. Whether you haven’t said the Rosary in years and would like to be reintroduced to this peaceful form of prayer, or you pray the Rosary regularly, please come and be inspired!​

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From The Community

Regina Dominican High School Panther Book Club!
Park Ridge Baseball Softball Registration Now Open
St. Viator High School Future Lion Newsletter

Edison Park Youth Indoor Soccer Flyer