Dear SPC Families,

As we work to finalize our comprehensive reopening plan, I want to update you on the Dress Code for the start of the school year. It will remain in full effect until the guidelines regarding masks are lifted.  

Students may wear any SPC clothing on any day. Our goal is to do our best to keep our students comfortable, given our new safety guidelines.

  • If your child would like to wear gym uniforms each day, that is fine.
  • If your child is more comfortable in the uniform skirt or jumper, that is fine as well.
  • Any SPC top can be worn at anytime.
  • Only uniform bottoms can be worn (gym shorts, gym pants, khaki/navy pants or shorts or skirts).
  • Any SPC top of spirit wear can be worn.

All items purchased at Lands' End or the spirit wear shop can be worn anytime until the mask provision is lifted.  

https://www.spc-school.net/parents/tiger-spirit-wear-store

https://www.spc-school.net/parents/uniforms

Peace,

Dr. Erika Mickelburgh
Principal


 

Dear SPC Families,

Thank you for your patience as we work to best inform you of all the decisions being made for Fall 2020. The reopening teams are busy finalizing plans, but I want to make you aware of some information as it becomes available. 

If you have not already enrolled or made your tuition agreement, please do that ASAP, there is important information at the end of this letter regarding re-enrollment.

This email contains the following information: 

  • 2020-2021 Calendar Changes (as of 7/15/2020)
  • Early Childhood Considerations
  • FAQs (from last week's parent's survey)
  • Remote Learning Option through the Office of Catholic Schools
  • Re-enrollment information-NEW

2020-2021 CALENDAR CHANGES: 

NEW FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL & ORIENTATIONS
It is essential to have time to orientate all students on the new safety protocols for the fall. As school will look different for all of us returning to the building, we have created two days of orientation to do this effectively. During Orientation, students will do the following with their homeroom teachers:

  • Meet their teacher and cohort
  • Ask questions
  • Learn new safety procedures
  • Practice the arrival procedures
  • Bring their school supplies

Orientation schedules are as follows, and we know that this may mean families have to make a few trips to school, but it is important that we phase in the school year in this manner, and we appreciate your understanding. Parents will not be allowed to enter the building with their children. 

For August 25th and 26th, students will only attend (no uniform required) for their assigned time. 

August 25th:
8:00-10:00 Orientation for Grades: 8, 3, 1
10:30-12:30 Orientation for Grades 7, 4, 2

August 26th: 
8:00-10:00 Orientation for Grades 6 and Kindergarten
10:30-12:30 Orientation for 5th Grade

Early Childhood will be given a more specific orientation schedule at a later date. 

NEW SCHOOL START DATE:  August 27th for all grades! 

FALL EVENTS THAT ARE CANCELLED OR POSTPONED:

TIGER FUN RUN--Moved to May 

GRANDPARENTS DAY-Postponed indefinitely

FALL Parent-Teacher Conferences-Moved to October 8th and 9th (will happen via zoom-this will allow for mid-trimester conferences and an extended Columbus Day Break)

Holiday Breaks: I do not anticipate any changes to Thanksgiving, Christmas, or Easter Vacation.

EARLY CHILDHOOD CONSIDERATIONS: 

We know the early childhood classroom is unique; therefore, the Office of Catholic Schools has just released guidelines specifically for Early Childhood. If you have an Early Childhood student, you also received an email from me earlier today. 

  • The Archdiocese has released more guidelines related to Early Childhood that will be the guiding principles for our Early Childhood teachers.   Please click here for the guidelines.
  • Included in the guidelines above are excellent developmentally appropriate resources to help you and your child navigate social distancing and masks. 
  • I have ordered portable handwashing stations for all classrooms in grades Preschool-Kindergarten. These mobile handwashing stations contain warm and cold water, which will allow us to keep little hands clean and minimize hand sanitizer use.

FAQS: (These questions appeared on the survey last week that I am able to answer at this time) If you have not already read through the documents sent from the Archdiocese, I highly recommend you read them. They are very detailed and answer many questions. These are the documents that are guiding our work at SPC.   CLICK HERE FOR THE ARCHDIOCESE REOPENING PLAN.

HEALTH AND SAFETY QUESTIONS:

What type of thermometer is being used? 
We will be using a touchless infrared thermometer to take students' temperatures.

Will children be allowed to wear shields instead of masks?
No, in compliance with the directives from the Illinois State Board of Education, all students must wear a face mask. This was not a local decision. 

Will teachers be allowed to wear face shields instead of masks?
Only Early Childhood teachers and aides, speech therapists, social workers, and inclusion teachers are allowed to wear face shields. All other teachers and staff members will have to wear a mask.

What type of mask should my child wear?
Whatever type of mask makes them happy and comfortable. If they want Elsa on the mask--that is great! If they want Batman on their mask---super! 

Is there a timeframe provided of when masks could be eliminated? 
When the Illinois State Board of Education and the Archdiocese of Chicago Office of Catholic Schools deems it safe for students to remove masks.

I noticed in the Archdiocese plan that if kids are outside and social distancing, masks can be removed? Will that be able to happen at SPC?
YES! We are blessed at SPC with a gorgeous campus with many beautiful outside spaces. We are identifying spaces outside and creating a schedule where classes (weather permitting) can take place outside. We may have students bring a small mat to sit on when they go outside (like a small towel). Students will have to remain 6 feet apart during these times.

Will teachers have to quarantine if they take a trip? 
Yes, employees who travel internationally or to states with significant COVID-19 outbreaks (as determined by the CDC) must remain home for at least two weeks following their arrival home. 

Will children be allowed to bring/use water bottles instead of using the water fountain? 
Yes. Water bottles will be filled via the fillable drinking fountains. The water fountains will be shut off for all drinking fountains.

Will I still be allowed to volunteer?
Volunteers will be significantly limited at SPC this year, and we will be diligent in limiting the risk of outside exposure. Teachers will be supervising lunch and recess. 

Will Hot Lunch Friday's still be offered?
YES! Healthy Kids Kitchen and Home Run Inn are able to offer pre-packaged lunches, so we will continue the program! Everyone loves Pizza Fridays!

CATHOLIC IDENTITY/ACADEMIC/EXTRA-CURRICULAR QUESTIONS:

Will students go to Mass in person or watch Mass virtually?
It is important to both Father Britto and Dr. M that our students are able to attend Mass in person! While we will not be able to gather for all school Masses, we are creating a schedule where students will attend Mass outside while the weather permits. We will plan Masses in line with the guidelines for Parish Masses. Students will attend Mass weekly. 

Will extended day programs be offered, such as Sticky Fingers and Bricks for Kids?
That has not been determined at this time. Chances are very slim that we will be able to offer these programs in the fall.

Will athletics be offered?
That has not been determined at this time. 

How are cohorts defined?
Cohorts are defined as homerooms. 

Will Dr. M consider changing cohort assignments after I receive my childś assignments? 
No. Classroom/Cohort assignments will not be changed under any circumstances.  

How will cohorts in the UGC take into consideration Advanced Math? (only applicable for grades 6-7-8)
The Master Schedule was completely revised this weekend to allow for all students in a particular grade (6-7-8)to take their math class at the same class period. 

For example--all 8th graders will take math period 1, all 6th graders will take Math period 3, and all 7th graders will take Math period 5. 

Cohorts are allowed to move to a different classroom (as long as safety precautions are in place) for Math. Therefore cohorts are not being defined by Math groups. After Math, students will return to their homerooms where their teachers will be rotating to the classrooms. 

Where will PE take place?
Weather permitting, PE will take place outside!

How will electives for 7th and 8th Grade be decided? 
Elective registration will be sent out next week. Once completed, we will designate (based on interest) 7th grade and 8th grade electives. We will not be able to mix grade levels until we are allowed to mix cohorts. As a result, we have to alter some offerings. 

Will twins be placed in the same cohort? 
Yes. Typically twins are separated into different homerooms after 2nd or 3rd grade. Given the potential for quarantine, twins will be assigned to the same cohort for this year.

Will SPC definitely be back to 5 full days of instruction, or is there an option for SPC to choose a hybrid of in-person and remote learning, allowing students to attend in shifts?

No, the Archdiocese of Chicago has planned for a return to 5 full days of instruction. Families who wish to enroll in the Archdiocese Remote Learning Program will be enrolled through SPC. Please see below for more information on this option and a link to register. 

The Reopening Plan for the Archdiocese mentions a remote learning option if I choose to keep my child home. What are the details? 

REMOTE LEARNING OPTION: 

Families who wish to continue to be enrolled at SPC and the Office of Catholic School Remote Learning Program should complete the registration form below. At the moment, details available are as follows:

  • The cost of the program is SPC tuition.
  • SPC will provide students with a chrome book to complete the remote learning option.
  • The curriculum will be aligned to OCS standards and benchmarks but may NOT mirror the SPC curriculum specifically. However, SPC does use the OCS benchmarks and priority standards in planning our curriculum.
  • If a family enrolls by August 12th, classes would begin September 8th; if enrolled by September 11th, classes would begin September 28th. It is important to note that those who elect Remote Learning will not start on SPC's start date).
  • CLICK HERE TO REGISTER YOUR CHILD FOR THE OCS REMOTE LEARNING COURSES.  You will receive more information at a later date. This means you will not receive a homeroom assignment from SPC in the fall but will be able to return to SPC at any time.

TUITION: Please refer to the documents previously sent from the Archdiocese related to tuition questions.  CLICK HERE (Answers regarding tuition are located on page 12)

ARRIVAL AND DISMISSAL QUESTIONS:
The Health and Safety Reopening Team is currently tackling the logistics regarding arrival and dismissal. More information to follow at a later date. We will stagger arrival from 7:45-8:10 and dismissal from 2:50-3:15 to allow for traffic to disperse. We will also be redesigning the drop off traffic patterns as each grade will have their own arrival and dismissal door. 

URGENT-- RE-ENROLLMENT REMINDER:

PLEASE COMPLETE THE RE-ENROLLMENT PROCESS & TUITION PLAN (FORMERLY THE SUMMER MAILING)

NEW INFORMATION: 

  • ALL RE-ENROLLMENT IS DUE AUGUST 1st. If you have not indicated your return to SPC, please do so now. We have many grades that are reaching capacity, and we have waitlists in Early Childhood and 7th grade. If you do not re-enroll by August 1st, you risk losing your child's spot. 
  • No classroom assignments or class schedules will be distributed until the re-enrollment has been finalized. On August 6th, we will mail home classroom assignments and schedules. If your family has not completed the above re-enrollment, your mailing will be delayed. 

Thank you to those who selected their payment plan in the tuition section of the online enrollment process. Please complete the online enrollment forms listed in the left menu, beginning with the Enrollee Information form. The tuition portion is required now, and all other portions may be completed and submitted by August 1st. 

Feedback will be provided throughout the process to help you complete the enrollment packet. A yellow caution sign will appear in the menu next to forms that are missing required information. If a form contains all required information, a green checkmark will appear next to the form's menu item. You may save and return to your packet at any time. 

Please refer to emails sent to you from Meghan Waldeck to finalize the re-enrollment packet and finalize tuition. If you have any questions about the process, please contact Meghan Waldeck at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Thank you again for your attention to this email. There is so much information and it is being refined daily! Even though this is quite the task, I find great joy in knowing that we will be together again in August! May God continue to watch over you all!

Peace,

Dr. Erika Mickelburgh
​​​​​​​Principal

 

 

Dear SPC Families,

I pray this email finds you enjoying the summer. Earlier today, the Office of Catholic Schools released guidelines to schools regarding reopening for Fall 2020. You should have received an email from the Archdiocese of Chicago, which included a general overview of the plan and a detailed FAQ document.  

In the next three weeks, I will be collaborating with two teams (The Academics Reopening Team and the Health and Safety Reopening Team) to tailor the plan to St. Paul of the Cross's specific needs. Once the Archdiocese approves our plan, I will host webinars for our community detailing the plan. The tasks of the reopening teams include but are not limited to: 

Academic Reopening Team:

  • Create a comprehensive academic plan that includes the revision of current curriculum maps.
  • Identify cohorts and revise master schedules to prioritize academics within the new health and safety guidelines.
  • Development of an assessment plan that emphasizes the use of diagnostic tests in early September to identify student learning needs.
  • Establish a comprehensive social/emotional plan to support students and faculty in returning to school.
  • Establish the plan for professional development for teachers that supports the revised curriculum maps, instructional strategies, use of data, and fully integrating social and emotional learning in the classroom. 
  • Design a plan for meaningful and relevant prayer and ongoing faith formation opportunities for faculty, staff, and students aligned with the reopening guidance. 

  Health and Safety Reopening Team  

  • Create a detailed plan for traffic flow for cohorts traveling around the buildings.
  • Create an arrival and dismissal plan-identify what cohorts utilize each door.
  • Secure PPE for the start of the school year.
  • Develop schedules for recess, PFAs, and lunch, given new guidelines.
  • Prepare main offices and work areas to ensure social distancing
  • Develop a plan for regular cleaning and disinfecting of buildings focused on shared spaces, commonly touched areas, and bathrooms.

While much of the list above can appear daunting to complete prior to the start of the school year, much of the work has already been completed. I am confident in our ability to return to school in August. In the meantime, I am asking your assistance with the following:

1. Help Prepare your child for wearing a Mask in the Fall: 

As a parent, I understand how we are all feeling sending our kids back to school in masks. The resources below are useful tools to read in helping our students adjust to the "new normal" of wearing masks. 

TIPS FOR MASKS

HOW TO MAKE MASKS MORE COMFORTABLE

MASKS BY DEVELOPMENTAL AGE

2. PLEASE COMPLETE THE RE-ENROLLMENT PROCESS & TUITION PLAN (FORMERLY THE SUMMER MAILING)

Thank you to those that selected their payment plan in the tuition section of the online enrollment process. Please complete the online enrollment forms listed in the left menu, beginning with the Enrollee Information form. The tuition portion is required now, and all other portions may be completed and submitted by August 1st. 

Feedback will be provided throughout the process to help you complete the enrollment packet. A yellow caution sign will appear in the menu next to forms that are missing required information. If a form contains all required information, a green checkmark will appear next to the form's menu item. You may save and return to your packet at any time. 

Please refer to emails sent to you from Meghan Waldeck to finalize the re-enrollment packet and finalize tuition. If you have any questions about the process, please contact Meghan Waldeck at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

No classroom assignments or class schedules will be distributed until the re-enrollment has been finalized. On August 6th, we will be mailing home classroom assignments and schedules. If your family has not completed the above re-enrollment, your mailing will be delayed. 

3. BRIEF PARENT SURVEY
After reading the Archdiocese documents (directly below), please COMPLETE A BRIEF PARENT SURVEY: This will help inform the work of the reopening teams. 

Please click on this link to read the letter from the Archdiocese regarding reopening and the planning framework for the 2020/2021 school year. 

Peace,

Dr. Erika Mickelburgh
​​​​​​​Principal

June 12, 2020

Dear SPC Families,

I pray this finds you all enjoying this gorgeous day. The teachers have wrapped up the school year, cleaned up their rooms, and departed for the summer! However, the building is anything but quiet as we work with maintenance to move rooms, inventory books, and see the exciting construction of our UGC lower level. As your minds turn toward keeping your children occupied this summer, my mind has made a swift turn to planning for our Fall reopening! My goal is to keep you informed to the best of my knowledge. My commitment to you all is to keep you informed as information becomes available even if I do not have all the answers. 

On Monday, June 8th, Cardinal Cupich announced that along with the Archdiocese Office of Catholic Schools and local school administrators, there is every expectation that our schools will be open in the fall. And that we will employ measures that keep the safety of your children a top priority. We are working with experts in this area, as well as state and local public health officials. Anyone returning to one of our school buildings can have confidence that we have taken every measure possible: enhanced regular cleaning and disinfecting of high contact areas, the use of plexiglass barriers in common spaces such as main offices, the availability of adequate supplies of sanitizer and PPE, and temperature checks on anyone showing symptoms.Please listen to his message here.

On Thursday, June 11th, I participated in the first webinar outlining the focus areas of the plan to reopen. While the plan is broken into five parts for administrators, I will address the primary issues of Academics and Health and Safety. The Archdiocese will be providing a more detailed and comprehensive plan in the upcoming weeks that will be used to guide our reopening.

Here are some of the considerations and possible protocols that are in development:

HEALTH AND SAFETY CONSIDERATIONS:

To keep the health and safety of all our children and faculty safe, the Archdiocese is planning for reopening using a "cohort" model. This model ensures that groups of students remain together during the school day. This may mean some of the following:

  • Students remain in the classroom, and specials teachers move around to the classrooms.
  • Cohorts may be defined by a particular grade or a specific classroom depending on forthcoming guidelines. For example, if Mrs. Rinaldi's kindergarten class is defined as a cohort, that class would not interact during the school day with other kindergarten classes or different cohorts. The definition of cohorts has not been defined yet and may differ based on grade levels. 
  • Cohorts at the upper grades may be defined as a single grade level; for example, 8th grade may be able to move around in different configurations. Until this is defined, we are holding off on sending out the elective choices for 7th and 8th grade.
  • When students are in class in their cohort, they may not need masks. However, masks would need to be worn traveling around the building. For example, if students went to P.E., they would put on their masks to travel to and from the gym. If grades 6-8 are allowed to travel to other classrooms, they would put a mask on traveling to different rooms.
  • If students in grades 6-8 are allowed to change rooms, all desks would be sanitized after each class period.  
  • Cohorts would have recess together and eat lunch in their classrooms. 
  • Students would not share school supplies
  • Dedicated doors for cohorts for arrival and dismissal (thankfully, we have MANY doors).
  • Bathrooms and all high-touch areas cleaned multiple times a day. (You may recall we started these protocols in February)

ACADEMIC CONSIDERATIONS:

  • Creation of classroom management plans that address student learning and prioritize socialization and social-emotional needs.
  • Re-entry plans for the teaching of protocols on hygiene, social distancing, and arrival and dismissal plans.
  • Revision of Year Long Curriculum Maps to account for the teaching and assessments of content and standards. How do we catch up and recalibrate what needs to be taught?
  • A plan for continued remote learning if a family is not comfortable sending their child to school.

SPC ACTION PLAN MOVING FORWARD:

1. Reopening Teams 
Reopening teams are being formed this summer to plan for the fall. The teams will be comprised of faculty, parents, and staff, and will focus on implementing the Archdiocese plan as it relates to SPC's needs. These teams will meet once I have been given the protocols from the Archdiocese. The teams are as follows:

  • The Operations Team will focus on safety, hygiene, cleanliness, arrival dismissal, master schedule for students. 
  • The Academic Team will coordinate the instructional approach, possible e-learning needs, social-emotional learning, and supporting students. 

2. Communications to Stakeholders
Once specific logistics are designed, I will host a series of grade-level specific webinars to communicate and discuss the plan for St. Paul of the Cross School. I do not anticipate these happening before mid-July. 

3. Survey of Parents
Next week, please look for a survey to complete that will help guide the work for the reopening teams. This survey will be specific to SPC.

4. Collaboration with Faculty and Staff
This morning I met with all the faculty and staff on a Zoom call and shared the above information. I followed up with a survey so that our faculty can begin to envision what these guidelines may look like in their classroom as well as think about the support needed to make this happen at SPC. As I review the survey and read the comments, I can tell you that the "let's do this" attitude of our teachers is amazing; they are committed to making this work and having their students in classrooms again! They are eager to serve on committees and bring their creativity to the classroom. I am grateful for their partnership!

In closing, there are many logistics to be worked out. I do not have all the answers at the moment and I know more questions remain. I hope by sharing the idea of the cohort model with you, along with some of the considerations related to academics, health, and safety, you may share in my hope that we will be together again in the fall, even if it is not business as usual. I am confident that as we work in close collaboration with the Archdiocese, we will develop a comprehensive plan for reopening our school in the fall! Thank you for your attention to this lengthy letter. 

Peace,

Dr. Erika Mickelburgh
Principal

Dear SPC Families,

My goodness, what a year! I know many of you feel as I do, that this year was perhaps the longest school year ever! Thank you for your continued feedback and patience as we walked together through these times. As a principal, I am relieved that e-learning is coming to an end. As a parent, I am over the moon that it is over! These past few days, it has been wonderful to see so many faces as you drop off and pick up school supplies, and it is nice to have the campus a little busy and full of life again. Although we have been apart for so many weeks, I have always felt the closeness of the SPC community. Last week, we gathered to send our graduates off in an extraordinary and meaningful way that commemorated these unique times while celebrating their graduation. I am so proud of their resilient spirit throughout all of this. 

I want to take the opportunity to thank our amazing faculty and staff! Throughout this entire experience, the care and concern they showed for their students was first and foremost in all they did! Overnight, I asked them to do the impossible, and they responded to remote learning with their whole hearts and creativity, all the while trying to maintain personal connections with their students. We are so blessed to have them at St Paul of the Cross!

This email is being sent to all our current and new families for next year, as it contains both essential and exciting information for our upcoming year! It is a long email (thank you for your attention to the communication) which hopes to inform you about the following:

  • Fall 2020!
  • The Catholic Church’s Response to recent events in our Country
  • FACTS Summer Paperwork--A parent's summer to-do list!
  • Summer Office Hours
  • Facility, Technology Improvements and room moves
  • Announce the faculty and staff who are transitioning to other adventures.
  • Announce the new hires for 2020-2021. I am happy to announce that we have all our faculty and staff hired for next year.
  • Summer Reading
  • Announce new Electives for our 7th and 8th Grades

End of Year Mass
We will gather (hopefully via Facebook Live) on Friday, June 5th, at  9:00 am for our final Mass!  

Fall 2020
I know this is the question on all of our minds, I continue to pray that we are all back in the buildings in August 2020! I am still waiting on directives from the Governor's Office and the Archdiocese of Chicago for the protocol guidelines in the fall. It will not be up to principals to decide on the plan; the plan will be given to us. We are continuing to plan as if we will be in school. The guidance on how it will look depends on directives from the Illinois Department of Public Health, the Governor’s Office, and the Office of Catholic Schools. I know all share in my desire to know the plans for the fall; as soon as I know the details, I will communicate it to all families. We know schools open in Phase 4 of Governor Pritzker’s plan, and I am hopeful that Illinois moves to that phase this summer!

I fully anticipate that daily operations of school will look different. I have included a list of points that we expect as possibilities for the fall; this is speculation based on what I have been reading. To that end, we have already worked to secure and/or planned for the following: 

  • Touchless thermometers ( I anticipate that we will be checking temperatures of students and guests to SPC).
  • Foamless Instant Hand Sanitizer for all classrooms 
  • Necessary PPP (gloves and masks).
  • Lands End has added masks to the uniforms website (not necessary to order from Lands End should masks be required)
  • Conversations with the cleaning company on new protocols related to sanitizing and cleaning have begun.
  • Initial discussions about the protocols for arrival and dismissal. It is highly likely that there will be scattered times for grade levels for arrival and dismissal, which will allow for smaller groups to gather.
  • I anticipate that we will have virtual orientations (or conduct smaller groups) and a virtual Back to School Night. Events such as Info Fair, Grandparents Day, Christmas Concerts will look very different and may be conducted in school during the day and videotaped for parents.
  • Fun Run will be in the spring of 2021 rather than in the fall.
  • Parent-Teacher Conferences will probably take place via Zoom.
  • Students may eat lunch in their rooms, and there will be smaller groups for recess.
  • Limited passing times throughout the day.
  • We may have to limit student movement by having the teachers move rather than the students throughout the day.
  • Athletics: We are waiting for more directives, and then the principals will confer with the conference to make plans. 
  • Field Trips: I am temporarily suspending all field trip planning for the 2020-2021 school year. The $75/child field trip fee will not be added to your FACTS account. When it is safe to do so, we will resume field trips. They will be billed to families as they are planned. There will be no field trip fee next year. 

What will it look like IF we return for remote learning?
We have learned a considerable amount of what works and what doesn’t work during remote learning. If we return for remote learning, we will be reevaluating what that looks like. I will say confidently that remote learning will be offered for all grades Preschool-8 should that be required. If you would like to share your personal experiences with remote learning, please feel free to email me. 


Resources for Helping our Children with Recent Events 
George Floyd’s murder is truly tragic and heartbreaking. As followers of Jesus Christ, we are reminded of our role as peacemakers in our lives. Our faith compels us to seek justice in the face of systemic racism and inequity. We want to share some resources that may assist you in talking to your children in the wake of the disruption of our city and suburbs. Please click here for excellent resources. May God continue to watch over and protect our city and all of our first responders!

Summer To-Do List for Parents

FACTS Summer Paperwork and Tuition Accounts
We have moved to an entirely online “summer paperwork” portal! Please complete and upload all necessary forms to your family's account. It will help you greatly in years to come as you will only have to verify information rather than filling out multiple forms. Thank you for your cooperation in completing this work by August 1, 2020. If you have not appropriately filled out the forms, you will not be able to receive your child's classroom assignments in August. 

How will I find out my child’s teacher/schedule for next year: 
We will await information on the fall to decide on how to handle the Information Fair. We may be able to schedule times (similar to the end of year book drop off) for families to come and collect their schedules and purchase used uniforms.   

How Do I Request a Teacher for Next Year?
We are blessed at SPC with talented and wonderful teachers. Teacher requests will not be honored. I understand that sometimes our children need a "type of teacher," and we will certainly honor those types of requests. For example, I believe teachers are a mix of "Friendly, Firm, and Fair." Sometimes Teacher A may be "Firm, Fair and Friendly --in that order while Teacher B may be Friendly, Firm and Fair--in that order. We also know as parents that sometimes our children may benefit from Teacher A's style over Teacher B's style of teaching. Every effort is made to take those types of considerations into account when creating class lists. 

I am so excited for my child to return to school! What supplies do they need?
Please click here for the complete supply list. Home and School will also be offering the supply boxes; more information will follow.


Summer Office Hours

Beginning on June 16th through August 13th, the EGC Office will be open as follows:

  • Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9:00 am-12:00 pm
  • The office will be closed on Mondays and Fridays
  • The school offices will be closed from July 13-July 24th
  • The UGC Office will be closed for the summer. All dates and times are also on our school calendar.

Summer Room Moves, Technology Installation & Capital Improvements

  • All the brand new SMART boards are being installed this week! They are gorgeous, and I know the teachers can’t wait to start using them!
  • We are replacing all Chromebooks for Grades 5-8 with the rugged Chromebook models, which allows us to deploy the older Chromebooks to other classrooms!
  • The Upper Grade Center's lower level construction is rolling along! We will have a beautiful new library, STEM lab, and Faculty room. Stay tuned on social media for photos of the progress.
  • The AB room is being transformed into a new 21st Century Classroom that will also be available for parish meeting space in the evenings.
  • The Gym Divider is being installed as well as brand new padding on the stage and walls.
  • 3rd Grade is moving to the UGC building --3rd grade will remain wholly self-contained and will not follow the Master Schedule of Grades 4-8.

Faculty and Staff Moving on:

We wish you the best of success in the future, and thank you for your service to St. Paul of the Cross!

  • Robin Gialanella
  • Kelly Faquin
  • Kathy Manny
  • Marge Lushniak-Happy Retirement!!! 

2020-2021 Grade Level Assignments and Restructuring of Staff

Preschool Team

  • Kelly Spanos
  • Megan Dietz
  • Nora McDevitt (New)  

PreK Team

  • Mary Connolly
  • Stefanie Xamplas
  • Ashley Kusinski
  • Roberta Kraft

Kindergarten Team

  • Mary Ruth Rinaldi
  • Kate Murphy
  • Jennifer Ciupinski

1st Grade Team

  • Susan Hader
  • Stephanie Golden
  • Susan Dohr

2nd Grade Team

  • Monica Chaparro
  • Stephanie Galvin
  • Melissa McCallister

3rd Grade Team

  • Gail Johnson
  • Megan Chambers 

4th-5th Grade Team

  • Todd Cerjack (New)
  • Nichole Lewandowski
  • Becky Zimmerman
  • Carla Huber (New)
  • Gabriella Valdez

6th-8th Grade Team

  • Kathleen Hayes (New)    
  • Beth Pecoraro       
  • Melinda Meo 
  • Paul Okimoto      
  • Chris Stypka     
  • Erin Guarnieri     
  • Monica Schultz
  • Meghan Donahue (New) 

PFAs

  • Mary Ellen Ufheil
  • Natalie Whalen
  • Alex Bravos
  • Theresa Scordo 

Inclusion Team

  • Peggy Godley (K-2)
  • Tina Bull (3-5) (New)
  • Dorothy Ross (6-8)

Restructuring of the Administrative Team
We look forward to continuing to build our programs with the addition of two new administrators. This will allow SPC to move forward with a strong support system for both faculty and staff and the needs of all students!  

Development Office


Director of Admissions: Mrs. Meghan Waldeck  
Director of Institutional Advancement: Mrs. Mary Ploen
As we continue to expand and grow our programs and enrollment, Mrs. Waldeck will transition to being responsible for all activities related to Admissions for Grades Preschool-8. While Mrs. Ploen will continue to work on advancing the development efforts.

Support for Students and Teachers

Director of Curriculum and Instruction: Welcome Mrs. Cathy Hart!
This new position replaces the former math coach position and the curricular piece of the Director of Early Childhood. In partnership with the other administrators, Mrs. Hart will assist in making sure our curriculum is incorporating best practices and innovations to support student learning while maintaining the standards of excellence and rigor in support of the mission and teaching philosophy. She will also assist with teacher evaluations and professional development. Her years of Catholic school experience are a tremendous asset to our school.

Director of Student Wellness and Support Services: Welcome Mrs. Ronda Quinn
This position will assist with infusing social and emotional learning into the curriculum as well as provide counseling to our students who previously saw United Stand or D64. She will also assist the inclusion team and teachers in RtI service planning. Together with the administration and faculty, she will work to create a comprehensive program for social-emotional support for all students. 

Director of Technology & Computer Science Teacher: Welcome Mr. Joseph Agostinelli
Mrs. Moran will be transitioning to retirement in the fall of 2020. To allow for a smooth transition in the area of technology, Mr. Agostinelli joins us to oversee the comprehensive technology program at SPC. He will also teach some electives for Grades 7-8!


Welcome New Faculty and Staff 2020-2021! Please click here to read our new faculty and staff bios.


 

7th and 8th Grade Elective Program 2020-2021
We are excited to announce that the following electives are being offered to 7th and 8th-grade students for the 2020-2021 school year. All elective courses will take place during 6th period to allow for easier scheduling. Core academic courses will take place for all 7th and 8th graders during periods 1-5. 8th-grade students will be given preference in the scheduling. Given availability, we cannot guarantee that students will receive their top 3 choices. Students will take a new elective each trimester. Elective courses are graded.

All rising 7th and 8th-grade students will be sent a link by the end of June to select their elective course. In the meantime, think about your choices! Please click here for the course descriptions.

Summer Reading and Math
It has been a practice at SPC to include some summer work. However, that work has been assigned after a regular school year. Given the exhaustion associated with remote learning---let’s just have a relaxing summer!

Directions: Pick up a good book, enjoy some time away from the screen, and read for fun! There will be no required projects for this year.  

Suggested Summer Reading Grades 3-8 

The previous year's math and reading packets can be found here if you would like some supplemental work for your student. 

In closing, I pray you are all able to enjoy a wonderful and healthy summer. As I conclude my second full year as Principal of SPC, I am eternally grateful for the privilege of being able to lead this beautiful community! See you all in the fall….or around town!

Peace,

Dr. Erika Mickelburgh
Principal 

Welcome New Faculty and Staff Bios

Resources for Families 

2020-2021 Electives 7th & 8th Grade

Summer Reading