March 5, 2020

Dear SPC Parents,
Ever since my first day at St. Paul of the Cross, I knew this was an amazing community that supported one another through the good and the bad. These past few months at SPC have been filled with many examples of great joy, but we have also experienced tremendous loss and sadness. Throughout everything, the good and the bad, the sense of community and faith has been central to the gift that is St Paul of the Cross School.

I hope that some of the resources below may serve as a guide to helping our children navigate grief. If you feel that you are in need of further assistance to support your children, please reach out to me.

Helping a Grieving Classmate
10 Things Grieving Children Want You to Know

For this Thursday mailing, I have chosen to keep it short. Instead of taking the time to read through Coronoavirus details or other reminders, please take the time to tell your loved ones how much you appreciate them and hug your beautiful children. May God Bless you and your family!


Dr. Erika Mickelburgh

Notes Fletcher Foy

Reminder: No Bus Service on Monday, March 9th

There will be an 11:30 am dismissal on Thursday, March 12 for Parent-Teacher conferences.
Bus service is available at 11:30 am.

No School on Friday, March 13th due to a Faculty Professional Development Day

Please remember to check the Lost and Found for missing items. Our bins are overflowing in both buildings!

image Heart of the School
Heart of the School Awards Nomination officially launched!

Every year, the Archdiocese of Chicago honors outstanding Catholic school employees with the Heart of the School Awards. Any current full or part-time St. Paul of the Cross School teacher, administrator, or staff member may be nominated here through March 30, 2020. Nominations are accepted across seven categories: Heart of Christ, Heart of the Community, Heart of Excellence, Heart of Enrichment, Heart of the Future, Heart of Inclusion, and Heart of Service. We encourage all school parents and students to consider the many ways your teachers and staff embody the descriptions of these seven categories and take a moment to honor them with your nomination. Parents, students, fellow teachers and staff may submit up to seven separate nominations (one form per category). Winners will be selected by a committee appointed by the Office of Catholic Schools and honored at the Heart of the School luncheon this spring. 

St. Baldrick's Save the Date and Sign Up!
Last Year SPC raised over $33,000 to fight childhood cancer. We participated in honor of Dominic Vecchio, who sadly lost his courageous battle this December. This year let us honor the memory and fight of Dominic and so many children who face cancer. Please consider joining the team and raising money. Last year we also had a great time at the event while fighting for a great cause!

SPC Home & School Association

Mother Son Dinner Friday, March 13th! RSVPs DUE TOMORROW, March 6th
We are looking forward to our 2nd Annual Mother Son Dinner on Friday, March 13th at 6:00 pm at the Park Ridge Country Club.

For those of you who missed the online signup and still plan to attend, please download the invitation form below. Please make your plans to join us as we celebrate YOU, the amazing mothers and sons of St. Paul of the Cross School. Please send the form along with cash/check to either school office no later than next Friday, March 6th.
Click here to download the invitation form. 
Mother Son paper invite 2020

For those who missed signing up for the Father Daughter Dance, the form will be in the Thursday Mailing in late March. 

Attention Parents and Students - Endowment Scholarships Five Merit Based Scholarships

The Endowment Committee is excited to announce the merit-based scholarships available to current SPC students for the 2020-2021 school year. Each year the Endowment administers five merit-based, named scholarships totaling $3,750:

  1. Pastoral Leadership Award- We are pleased to invite current 5th and 6th grade students to Three monetary awards of $750 will be given to students who most demonstrate the qualities of leadership and service to others.
  2. Maureen Kelly McCambridge Scholarship- We are pleased to invite current 7th grade students to apply for this $1000 scholarship established in Maureen’s honor and
  3. Roseann McHugh New Family Welcome Award- This $500 award is available to families who, for the first time during the 2019-2020 school year, have students in K-7th grades and are returning to SPC for a second year. It will be granted to welcome a new family to the SPC community.

Please click here to read all of the information including criteria, instructions on applying, and timeline.

The Six Flags® Read to Succeed Six Hour Reading Club

A few weeks ago all kindergarten through sixth grade students received the Six Flags Read to Succeed Six Hour Reading Club information. The Six Flags® Read to Succeed Six Hour Reading Club is due by Wednesday. April 8th.  Teachers will not be accepting reading logs after that date. Every student in kindergarten through sixth grade who completes six hours of recreational reading and enters the information online by Friday, Wednesday, April 8th is eligible for a free admission ticket valid at Six Flags Great America. Tickets will arrive in May, and will be distributed to those students that participated.

This year all reading logs need to be completed online. You can register your child/ren by going to . Please see all homeroom teacher’s codes below. 

Homeroom Teacher Codes:

Mrs. Kusinski- XW4QZ

Mrs. Murphy- PADTH

Mrs. Rinaldi- A9TU3

Mrs. Hader-HFETT

Ms. Kraft-MDWRX

Mrs. Chaparro- D9EAH

Mrs. McCallister-S5E6V

Ms. Chambers- PZZHU

Mrs. Johnson- A5CY6

Mrs. Galvin- EKCVJ

Mrs. Golden-YWR2H

Ms. Lewandowski-4RMSZ

Mrs. Valdez- JPDBZ

Ms. FaQuin- ZQNPZ

Mrs. Zimmerman-Q9K7V

Mr. Okimoto-EKVBE

Mrs. Pecoraro-CGW7S

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

SPC Yearbooks - Ordering Deadline is Friday, April 3rd

The deadline to order a St. Paul of the Cross yearbook is Friday, April 3rd. If you are not sure if you already ordered a yearbook, please contact Mrs. McCallister at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before ordering. 

Here are three reasons we chose TreeRing:

  • Custom Yearbooks:  Every student gets a one of a kind printed copy containing two free pages to customize with personal photos. (This is optional; don’t feel obligated to complete this)
  • Green Yearbooks:  TreeRing plants a tree in our school’s name when you purchase a book and it prints on recycled paper. In the past four years TreeRing planted almost 1,800 trees on behalf of St. Paul of the Cross.
  • Beautiful Yearbooks:  All yearbooks are gorgeously printed in full color using the highest end print production available.


Yearbook password: 101414618165482

A few important facts:

o   Your personalized yearbook only costs $26.00 for a soft cover. You may order a hardcover yearbook for an additional charge.

o   You’ll need to purchase your copy and complete your free personal pages by April 3rd.  

o   Your 2 free custom pages are optional, if you don’t customize you’ll receive a standard yearbook.


Mrs. Melissa McCallister
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P.S. If you need help, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. TreeRing has a wonderful customer service. I have found that calling them at 877-755-8733 works well too. 

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Spring Session begins Wednesday, March 18th!
Please click here to download the flyer.

Sticky Fingers Cooking
Sticky Fingers Spring Session begins Thursday, March 19th! 
Please click here to download the flyer.

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 March 8, 2020 

From The Community

Resurrection College Prep Parent Session on Teen Vaping and Teen Drug Use Tuesday, March 10th at 6:30 pm
Please click here to download the flyer and more information.

Loyola Academy Summer Jr. High Enrichment Program

St. Viator Future Lion March Newsletter

Park Ridge Newcomers Labors of Love

Please SAVE THE DATE and help us spread the word – tickets for this year’s Park Ridge Newcomers Club “Labor of Love” Gala are going on sale March 9! Last year’s event sold out in just 24 hours! This year’s recipients are near and dear to our community and Maine South family! The event this year is Saturday, May 9, from 7pm-12am at the Hyatt in Rosemont. Help us “Make Magic Happen” for Sara and Olivia – two local sisters in need. Also, yard signs are NOW available for a suggested donation of $20 each – also available on the PRNC website. Help us paint this town purple - all proceeds benefit the girls!

Sara & Olivia’s story: 

Yard signs:


Summer Camps

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Bricks 4 Kidz Summer Camp Flyer!