Dear SPC Parents,

This past week, local Catholic Schools in our area have made announcements in regards to their sustainability for the next school year. In recent months, prior to even the announcement of local Catholic schools, we are pleased to have a very strong interest in both the Early Childhood program and transfers into our K-8 program for the 2020-2021 school year. For some of our K-8 grades, there is limited availability for transfer students. Due to the high demand from both current and prospective families and in order to maintain our standards of excellence, we will be adhering to our priority of admissions.   

In order to maintain the quality academic program and smaller class sizes, we have always had the practice of maintaining the number of transfer student space at each grade level. This will not change; we will always maintain focused attention on class size that is in alignment with school culture and curricular expectations. We will begin accepting students for the 2020-21 school year in grades 1-8 based on the current level of available space given our current staffing and schedule capacity. Once our current families re-register, we will determine if there is additional space available at each grade. We will also determine if there are grades that can add an additional homeroom. For grades Preschool-Kindergarten we will accept new students from new families after the January 24, 2020 deadline according to our priority of admissions.

We are very blessed at SPC to have a strong and robust enrollment with room for growth. Please keep those families who are now faced with transitioning their children to a new school in your thoughts and prayers. 

RE-REGISTRATION FOR 2020-21 School Year:
Long before the recent announcements, 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.  
  2. Once you complete the re-registration form, the school office will register your child in PowerSchool.
  3. 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.

  4. 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.
  5. 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 a new student application. As a current family you will of course receive priority, however to help us with understanding the numbers we would appreciate those applications to 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
Next week 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.

St. Paul of the Cross Adopt A Family Program
We are proud to bring back the St. Paul of the Cross Adopt a Family program. The program is run through the St. Paul of the Cross Parish Social Service Ministry and Servants of St. Francis. Please see immediately below my letter for information on how it works.

Vaping Presentations For Parents and Grades 4-8
(IF YOU ATTEND ONE PARENT EDUCATION WORKSHOP THIS YEAR…THIS IS THE ONE!)
I strongly encourage you to attend the Parent Presentation, which will take place at the Open Board Meeting on November 19th at 7:30pm. Please save the date!
CLICK HERE TO RSVP.

Peace,

Dr. Erika Mickelburgh
Principal


St. Paul of the Cross Adopt A Family Program
We are proud to bring back the St. Paul of the Cross Adopt a Family program. The program is run through the St. Paul of the Cross Parish Social Service Ministry and Servants of St. Francis. Please see immediately below my letter for information on how it works.

How does it work? Each grade will adopt a family in need to help make Christmas a special time. Grade specific lists will be emailed by a Servants of St. Francis volunteer and may also be found in the Thursday Mailing documents. This year, we will use Signup.com to manage the items purchased.  When you receive the email for your child’s grade, please log into Signup.com and select an item you wish to purchase. The family gifts will be managed by the volunteer for each grade. 

There are two ways to participate: 

  1. Choose a name/item from your child’s grade specific list on Signup.com and purchase the item.  Wrap all gifts individually. Label all gifts with the following info: Recipient's name and name of item inside the gift. Before the gifts are given to the families they will be re-labeled without the name of the item.  We need the item name for inventory purposes. Please include gift receipts, especially for clothes. Send the wrapped and labeled gifts with your student to their homeroom.
  2. Monetary donations can be submitted here.  

Gifts are due by Monday, December 9, 2019.
Last year the stocking stuffers we collected were a big success!  We will be going it again this year! 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. The stocking will be given to the families with their other gifts as a little something extra from “The Tiger Elves”. Please keep the children in the families ages and genders in mind when choosing.   

Thank you in advance for your generosity. The hearts of many are touched by the wonderful sharing and kindness by the St. Paul of the Cross School Community. Thank you for making Christmas special for families in need. If you have any questions, please reach out to your grade volunteer.

Grade Specific Lists:

Preschool         Pre-K

Kindergarten   1st Grade

2nd Grade       3rd Grade

4th Grade        5th Grade

6th Grade        7th Grade

8th Grade


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


Flannigan Announcement Jpg

For a sample of Jim's comedy, please visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MeVZsH6QRQQ

Flannigan Hosts CTS at the Oscars Announcement

Important Information Regarding CTS
Parent Letter

Sponsorship Opportunities
Well Wishes
Auction
Party Boards

Also, be sure to check out the Celebrating the Spirit website.

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

Denim Thanks

SPC Green Team Denim Drive Thank You!

The Green Team thanks everyone who donated denim last week. We received 101 pairs of jeans - 22 pairs will be used to cut shoes for Sole Hope, 46 pairs donated to Stuff the Truck, and 33 pairs recycled with Madewell. Reduce, reuse, recycle!
- SPC Green Team


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 Life Team

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SPC's Life Team had our November meeting yesterday and we made Christmas ornaments for a tree at the Summit. The Summit's theme this year is trees from around the world and we had Ireland (hence all the green ornaments!). Our team will be going there in December to decorate the tree and sing Christmas carols.

We are always looking for new members so if your 6th, 7th or 8th grader is still interested in joining, please join us at our next meeting in December!

Questions? Contact Wendy Diez (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Karen Maloney (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).



HS Volunteer Flyer

Please click here to download the flyer.


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 www.spc-chess.eventbee.com. 


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

Looking forward to seeing you there!


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 17, 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 SignUp.com
1. Click this link to go to our invitation page on SignUp.com St. Nicholas Party
2. Enter your email address (you will NOT need to register an account on SignUp.com)
3. Choose your spot - SignUP.com 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


 

Fair Trade Thursday Mailing

Please click on the Fair Trade image to download the flyer.


From The Community

Updates and Invitations From Our High Schools

Regina Dominican High School 
Programs of Distinction Flyer - November 19th
Regina Jersey Night Caling all 6th-8th Grade Girls - Thursday, November 21
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!
https://hawketteholidayspectactular2019.eventbrite.com

 

Dear SPC Parents,

In a few weeks we will be hosting Parent Teacher Conferences prior to Thanksgiving break. Conferences are scheduled as follows:

Thursday November 21st
Students are dismissed at 11:30am.
Conferences 12:30pm-8:00pm
Teachers' Dinner Break 5:00pm-5:50pm

Friday November 22nd
Conferences 8:30am-12:00pm

On Tuesday November 12th we will send out the pick a time schedule link so that you can schedule conferences with your child’s teachers. Please remember to schedule your conferences early as some times fill up quickly.

Vaping Presentations For Parents and Grades 4-8
Yesterday students in grades 4-8 heard Dr. Terri Collins speak about the dangers of vaping. I strongly encourage you to attend the Parent Presentation which will take place at the Open Board Meeting on November 19th at 7:30pm. Please save the date!
CLICK HERE TO RSVP

Admissions Information
As of November 1, 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 to 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. Re-registration for current students will begin on January 13, 2020.

Christmas Shows
We have a new format for our Christmas shows this year! Please see the Save the Date below and mark your calendars for our Preschool - Kindergarten and Grades 1-5 Christmas shows.

Peace,
Dr. Erika Mickelburgh
Principal


Notes From the School Offices

If you would like to receive a text message from our school regarding special events, school closings, or emergency info and you have not signed up yet to receive text messaging, you must do so by tomorrow. The system will be launched on Monday and it will be too late to opt-in. Simply send a text message of “Y” or “Yes” to 67587 and you will be entered in the system.

Monday, November 11th is picture retake day. If your child was absent on the original photo day, or if you would like them to take a new picture, they may come out of uniform. Please remember to send the original picture back if it is a retake, and if it is the first time the picture is being taken, please send the picture order form with your child(ren.)

(There are forms available in both offices.) You may also order them online as well.


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


Flannigan Announcement Jpg

For a sample of Jim's comedy, please visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MeVZsH6QRQQ

Flannigan Hosts CTS at the Oscars Announcement

Important Information Regarding CTS
Parent Letter

Sponsorship Opportunities
Well Wishes
Auction
Party Boards

Also, be sure to check out the Celebrating the Spirit website.

Thank you,
Bob & Jeannie McNamara
George & Megan Panothiocas
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


SPC Information and Updates 

SPC Green Team Denim Drive Through Friday, November 8th!

Denim Drive
We want to inform you that we will be doing a Denim Drive during the first week of November - the 4th through the 8th. You may bring clean and used jeans for the Denim Drive. The jeans may be any color. We will be collecting the jeans at main school entrances during school drop-off in the morning all week.

With the jeans we collect, we will do 3 things:
1. cut out patterns of shoes and ship them to Sole Hope, who make shoes for kids in Uganda.
2. donate some jeans to the SPC Clothing Drive.
3. recycle some jeans to be made into insulation.

We hope you are able to donate your jeans!
- SPC Green Team


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 Life Team
Our next SPC Life Team will be on Wednesday, November 13th during lunch. We are always looking for new members so if your 6th, 7th or 8th grader is still interested in joining, please have them stop by!

Our service projects for November are helping with the parish clothing drive this weekend and the parish food drive next weekend.

Questions? Contact Wendy Diez (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Karen Maloney (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).


Portillo's Restaurant Fundraiser!
Out of uniform day is November 15 with just a copy of the receipt. Portillo's will not have out of uniform passes.

Also, please note that everyone going through the drive-thru must inform the first order taker for it to count. It is also recommended to check that FUNDRAISER is printed on receipts, as sometimes orders get missed at checkout. A manager can adjust the order before the guest leaves the restaurant. Please note: online, delivery and catering orders as well as the purchase of gift cards are NOT counted towards fundraiser sales.

Portillos 11.13.19 1


8th Grade Bag bottle
Have you seen the new SPC drawstring bags and water bottles?
They drawstring bags are the perfect size for sports, lunches or library books.
The Contigo SPC water bottle is perfect to take to school or to a sporting event.
These are available for purchase in both the EGC and UGC offices with cash/check made payable to St. Paul of the Cross or convenient online purchasing.

Please click on the link, https://bngn.smarttuition.com/?id=y5qbyr1onk2, select the quantity and your purchase will be delivered to the homeroom of your only/oldest!

All proceeds/profit support the SPC 8th grade class.

Thank you - The 8th Grade Room Moms


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 
Discounted Winter Rate Ends November 12th!

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 www.spc-chess.eventbee.com. DISCOUNTED Registration Fee applies through 11/12/19; On Time and Late fees begin 11/13/19. 


 

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

Looking forward to seeing you there!


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 10, 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 SignUp.com
1. Click this link to go to our invitation page on SignUp.com St. Nicholas Party
2. Enter your email address (you will NOT need to register an account on SignUp.com)
3. Choose your spot - SignUP.com 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


 

Fair Trade Thursday Mailing

Please click on the Fair Trade image to download the flyer.


From The Community

PR Library Fall 2019 Book Sale Print Flyer


Updates and Invitations From Our High Schools

Resurrection High School -
Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair Saturday, November 9th

Regina Dominican High School 
Open House - Sunday, November 10th 
Regina Jersey Night Caling all 6th-8th Grade Girls - Thursday, November 21
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!
https://hawketteholidayspectactular2019.eventbrite.com

 

Dear SPC Parents,

Happy Halloween! Given our wintery weather today I am including the Alternative/E-Learning Policy below. While I hope we are not in for a long winter, it looks like we are in for a long winter season!

Vaping Presentations For Parents and Grades 5-8
We are excited to welcome back Dr. Terri Collins to present on the dangers of vaping. Please come to the presentation; as parents it is very important that we are fully aware of the dangers of vaping and what to look for. We welcomed Dr. Collins last year for a parent presentation and I would love to see it better attended this year.

Student Presentations for grades 5-8 will take place on Wednesday, November 6th. Parent Presentations will take place at the Open Board Meeting on November 19th at 7:30pm. Please save the date!

CLICK HERE TO RSVP

NEW: Alternative/E-Learning Days Policy
The Archdiocese of Chicago Office of Catholic Schools (OCS) recognizes that education can continue even when students and teachers are not in the same location. Alternative/E-Learning involves online or teacher-prepared lessons that students can do when away from the physical school building. St Paul of the Cross School will be offering Alternative/E-Learning Days for the 2019-2020 school year. These designated days will encourage student growth in the areas of self-sufficiency, adaptability and perseverance, and encourages students to take responsibility for their own learning. This policy also enforces good habits geared toward high school and college digital learning expectations.

Alternative/E-Learning Goals:

  • To minimize the disruption to academic progress caused with emergency school closures by making those out-of-school days as educationally productive and engaging as possible.
  • To allow students an opportunity to practice the kind of online learning that is increasingly part of both college study and workplace training.
  • To maximize the use of technology as a tool for independent study.

Alternative/E-Learning Guidelines:

  • Alternative/E-Learning Days are defined as days that include online instruction, independent research projects, and other document-based learning, etc.
  • Alternate/E-Learning Days may only be implemented on occasions when school is cancelled due to inclement weather or other unexpected closures.
  • The current OCS policy requires at least 180 instructional days per year. St Paul of the Cross School may use up to 4 of these Alternative/E-Learning days in cases of school closure.
  • St. Paul of the Cross School must cover the 4 core subjects (Reading/ELA, Math, Science, Social Studies) and include religion, for these designated days.
  • Assignments will be posted on each teacher’s Google Classroom. All assignments will be posted by 9:00 am on the Alternative/E-Learning Day. Teachers will be available to answer questions regarding the assignments via email throughout the day up until 3:00. 
  • Assignments are expected to be completed during the Alternative/E-Learning Day. Assignments that require direct submission to the teacher will be due when school resumes.
  • It is understood that some families may not have access to internet at home. St. Paul of the Cross School will be flexible in those situations. Students without home internet access must inform their teacher/s by November 1st so that modifications can be made. Students without internet access will be expected to complete the work within a timeframe developed by the teacher.
  • Power and internet outages are possible during school closings. However, all students will be expected to complete the assigned work. Teachers will make accommodations for the work to be completed during the school day (recess, lunch, before school, or after school).  Parents will be required to notify their child’s teacher in writing the day school resumes if an outage occurred in their home.
  • Students will be marked as present on Alternative/E-Learning Days. However, if the assigned work is not completed within the period of time designated by the teacher, the student will be marked absent for the day that school was closed.
  • Alternative/E-Learning Days will be announced in the same manner as school closings. You will be notified via email and a phone call through school messenger. In addition, you may access information at www.EmergencyClosings.com. Our St. Paul of the Cross School website www.spc-school.net will also have closing information.

Please click here for the full policy.

Peace,

Dr. Erika Mickelburgh
Principal


Celebrating the Spirit
Last week we sent home a letter and packet of information with your oldest/only child. There are many opportunities for families to participate, so please be sure to check out the packet. 
Parent Letter
Sponsorship Opportunities
Well Wishes
Auction
Party Boards

Also, be sure to check out the Celebrating the Spirit website.

Thank you,
Bob & Jeannie McNamara
George & Megan Panothiocas
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Save Date CTS 2020


SPC Information and Updates 

SPC Green Team 

Hey SPC Parents!
After Halloween, instead of tossing your pumpkin in the trash, drop it off for composting! Park Ridge is collecting pumpkins on Nov 2 from 8am-1pm at the Public Works Service Center 400 Busse Hwy.

Denim Drive
We want to inform you that we will be doing a Denim Drive during the first week of November - the 4th through the 8th. You may bring clean and used jeans for the Denim Drive. The jeans may be any color. We will be collecting the jeans at main school entrances during school drop-off in the morning all week.

With the jeans we collect, we will do 3 things:
1. cut out patterns of shoes and ship them to Sole Hope, who make shoes for kids in Uganda.
2. donate some jeans to the SPC Clothing Drive.
3. recycle some jeans to be made into insulation.

We hope you are able to donate your jeans!
- SPC Green Team


Home Run Inn Pizza Hot Lunch November 15th! Order Form Now Open
The Home Run Inn Pizza order form for November 15th is now open through Wednesday, November 6th. Please be sure to register each child that you will want to receive the pizza lunch. The choices are Cheese or Sausage Pizza for $5.00 and the lunch also includes apples and Oreo cookies. You will have the option to order two pizzas for an additional $5.00. Please provide your own drink if you do not receive milk. For questions, please contact Kelly Spanos at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Please follow all the steps on the form (see link below) to be properly registered for hot lunch. The form and payment must be received for your child to receive the lunch. Payment must be received through Smart Tuition. Please do not send money to school to pay for the lunch. No lunches will be provided for purchase the day of hot lunch.

5th and 6th Grade students will be on a field trip so please do not register your students in that grade. Thank you.

Please note, registration closes on Wednesday, November 6th at 3:00pm. 

Hot Lunch Form

Thank you for supporting the hot lunch program.


8th Grade Bag bottle
Have you seen the new SPC drawstring bags and water bottles?
They drawstring bags are the perfect size for sports, lunches or library books.
The Contigo SPC water bottle is perfect to take to school or to a sporting event.
These are available for purchase in both the EGC and UGC offices with cash/check made payable to St. Paul of the Cross or convenient online purchasing.

Please click on the link, https://bngn.smarttuition.com/?id=y5qbyr1onk2, select the quantity and your purchase will be delivered to the homeroom of your only/oldest!

All proceeds/profit support the SPC 8th grade class.

Thank you - The 8th Grade Room Moms


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 www.spc-chess.eventbee.com. DISCOUNTED Registration Fee applies through 11/12/19; On Time and Late fees begin 11/13/19. 


SPC Home and School Association

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

Looking forward to seeing you there!


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Have you seen the cool SPC canvas tote bags and car magnets around town? The tote bags are a natural colored canvas with an embroidered SPC logo, navy accents, top zip and front pocket. Handles are long enough to go over the shoulder. Car magnets are a great way to show off that SPC is the place to be! 
These are available for purchase in both the EGC and UGC offices with cash/check made payable to SPC Home and School Association or convenient online purchasing. Please visit our web page HERE, select the quantity and your purchase will be delivered to the homeroom of your only/oldest! All proceeds/profit support Home & School expenses. If you have any questions, please contact Andrea at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


 

VOLUNTEER
New Committees/Opportunities with Home and School Association
Calling all Parents, Grandparents and Guardians to join in volunteering with the SPC Home and School Association! When you volunteer at the school, you get to know other students, parents and staff ultimately enhancing your entire family’s connection with the SPC community.

We have a couple of new roles available and would love to chat with you! Do you want to volunteer but aren’t able to be at the school due to other obligations? There are some opportunities to volunteer in more of an administrative capacity that would allow you to help from home. Please contact Andrea at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.


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 3, 2019

 

Fair Trade Thursday Mailing

Please click on the Fair Trade image to download the flyer.


From The Community

PR Library Fall 2019 Book Sale Print Flyer


Updates and Invitations From Our High Schools

Resurrection High School -
Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair Saturday, November 9th

Regina Dominican High School 
Open House - Sunday, November 10th 
Regina Jersey Night Caling all 6th-8th Grade Girls - Thursday, November 21
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!
https://hawketteholidayspectactular2019.eventbrite.com

 

Dear SPC Families,

Our small army of parent ghosts and goblins has transformed the Hallways and Gym of the UGC! It is the evening of Fun Fair and I am so excited for tomorrow I can hardly stand it! For all of our new families, remember to send your child in their Halloween costume tomorrow. Thank you to Kate Bastian and Kelly Skony, the Fun Fair chairs. This wonderful event would not be possible without their many hours of planning. Another big thanks to the parent volunteers who will come tomorrow to run all the games.

Next Thursday is Halloween (I learned last year that SPC celebrates Halloween for about a week). Given that students can wear their costumes tomorrow, costumes are not allowed next Thursday. However, students can come out of uniform and wear orange or black.

ATHLETIC PASSES ARE ON SALE!
Athletic Family Passes - good for the entire family for Home Athletic Events (BB and VB).
BB only - $20
VB only - $20
BB and VB - $30
CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE

Today your oldest/only child was sent home with a packet of information from our Celebrating the Spirit committee. Please read through the packet and learn all about our upcoming gala, Celebrating the Spirit at the Oscars! 

Peace,
Dr. Erika Mickelburgh
Principal



Notes From the School Offices

A special thank you to Ms. Melissa Nelson for coordinating the lice checks this past week! We had a few confirmed cases of head lice and nits at SPC during our free evaluation this week. If your child was absent Tuesday and Wednesday and missed the school-wide lice checks, you can make a free appointment at either Hair Butterflies' locations until October 31st. Click the link below and make your appointment. Facts and tips on lice can be found here.  
https://www.licenitremoval.com/


SPC Home and School Association

Celebrating the Spirit
We sent home a letter and packet of information with your oldest/only child today. There are many opportunities for families to participate, so please be sure to check out the packet. 
Parent Letter
Sponsorship Opportunities
Well Wishes
Auction
Party Boards

Also, be sure to check out the Celebrating the Spirit website.

Thank you,
Bob & Jeannie McNamara
George & Megan Panothiocas
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Save Date CTS 2020


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

Looking forward to seeing you there!


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Have you seen the cool SPC canvas tote bags and car magnets around town? The tote bags are a natural colored canvas with an embroidered SPC logo, navy accents, top zip and front pocket. Handles are long enough to go over the shoulder. Car magnets are a great way to show off that SPC is the place to be! 
These are available for purchase in both the EGC and UGC offices with cash/check made payable to SPC Home and School Association or convenient online purchasing. Please visit our web page HERE, select the quantity and your purchase will be delivered to the homeroom of your only/oldest! All proceeds/profit support Home & School expenses. If you have any questions, please contact Andrea at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


 

VOLUNTEER
New Committees/Opportunities with Home and School Association
Calling all Parents, Grandparents and Guardians to join in volunteering with the SPC Home and School Association! When you volunteer at the school, you get to know other students, parents and staff ultimately enhancing your entire family’s connection with the SPC community.

We have a couple of new roles available and would love to chat with you! Do you want to volunteer but aren’t able to be at the school due to other obligations? There are some opportunities to volunteer in more of an administrative capacity that would allow you to help from home. Please contact Andrea at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.


SPC Information and Updates 

Green Team Denim Drive
Hey SPC Parents!

We are the SPC Green Team! We want to inform you that we will be doing a Denim Drive during the first week of November - the 4th through the 8th. You may bring clean and used jeans for the Denim Drive. The jeans may be any color. We will be collecting the jeans at main school entrances during school drop-off in the morning all week.

With the jeans we collect, we will do 3 things:
1. cut out patterns of shoes and ship them to Sole Hope, who make shoes for kids in Uganda.
2. donate some jeans to the SPC Clothing Drive.
3. recycle some jeans to be made into insulation.

We hope you are able to donate your jeans!
- SPC Green Team


Hot Lunch 
Healthy Kids is BACK! Starting in November parents will have the option to purchase a hot lunch on set Fridays. Registration is now open to purchase the lunches. Registration will close on Thursday, October 24th at 3:00pm for the November lunches. Extra lunches will not be available the day of this hot lunch.

Please complete the form(s) by Thursday, October 24th.

UGC Hot Lunch Order Grades 4-8

EGC Hot Lunch Order Grades PS-3

November Lunches and Menus
NOVEMBER 1ST- Cheese Quesadilla, Mexican rice, Fruit and Chocolate chip cookie
NOVEMBER 8TH- Pancakes, Sausage and Fresh Fruit

If you have any questions please let Kelly Spanos know. Thank you for supporting the hot lunch program.


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Dilly Bar Sale!!! 
A little treat for Halloween 
The 8th grade class will be selling Dilly Bars for $2/each, during lunch, on Thursday, October 31st.
For those who have an allergy to Dilly Bars they can purchase a Dairy Queen Frozen Star Popsicle instead.


8th Grade Bag bottle
Have you seen the new SPC drawstring bags and water bottles?
They drawstring bags are the perfect size for sports, lunches or library books.
The Contigo SPC water bottle is perfect to take to school or to a sporting event.
These are available for purchase in both the EGC and UGC offices with cash/check made payable to St. Paul of the Cross or convenient online purchasing.

Please click on the link, https://bngn.smarttuition.com/?id=y5qbyr1onk2, select the quantity and your purchase will be delivered to the homeroom of your only/oldest!

All proceeds/profit support the SPC 8th grade class.

Thank you - The 8th Grade Room Moms


Attention Parents of Grade 2 and Grade 8 - Sacramental Information
Grade 2 Sacramental Letter
Grade 8 Sacramental Letter


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 www.spc-chess.eventbee.com. DISCOUNTED Registration Fee applies through 11/12/19; On Time and Late fees begin 11/13/19. 


 

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 October 20, 2019

Please join us for a Candlelight Rosary October 29th

Rosary

Fair Trade Thursday Mailing

Please click on the Fair Trade image to download the flyer.


From The Community

Updates and Invitations From Our High Schools

St. Ignatius Latin Days - Fun and Games THIS Saturday, October 26th
Please click here to download the Latin Days flyer

Resurrection High School - Admissions Events 7th & 8th Grade Girls
Please click here to download Resurrection's flyer
 containing information on upcoming open houses.

Regina Dominican High School 
Regina Backstage Experience Wizard of Oz - Monday, October 28
Regina Jersey Night Caling all 6th-8th Grade Girls - Thursday, November 21
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!
https://hawketteholidayspectactular2019.eventbrite.com

 

Dear SPC Families,

It was so wonderful to see all the grandparents and grandfriends last week; it truly is one of my favorite days of the year. The connection between a grandparent and grandchild is so special and it was an honor to witness the joy last week!  

Next week we are ready to host the Fun Fair extravaganza! I can't wait to see the decorations, costumes and excitement!

Vaping Presentations For Parents and Grades 5-8
We are excited to welcome back Dr. Terri Collins to present on the dangers of vaping. Next week we will have an RSVP for the parent presentation. Please come to the presentation; as parents it is very important that we are fully aware of the dangers of vaping and what to look for.  We welcomed Dr. Collins last year for a parent presentation and I would love to see it better attended this year.

Student Presentations for grades 5-8 will take place on November 6th.  Parent Presentations will take place at the Open Board Meeting on November 19th at 7:30pm. Please save the date!

NEW: Alternative/E-Learning Days Policy
The Archdiocese of Chicago Office of Catholic Schools (OCS) recognizes that education can continue even when students and teachers are not in the same location. Alternative/E-Learning involves online or teacher-prepared lessons that students can do when away from the physical school building. St Paul of the Cross School will be offering Alternative/E-Learning Days for the 2019-2020 school year. These designated days will encourage student growth in the areas of self-sufficiency, adaptability and perseverance, and encourages students to take responsibility for their own learning. This policy also enforces good habits geared toward high school and college digital learning expectations.

Alternative/E-Learning Goals:

  • To minimize the disruption to academic progress caused with emergency school closures by making those out-of-school days as educationally productive and engaging as possible.
  • To allow students an opportunity to practice the kind of online learning that is increasingly part of both college study and workplace training.
  • To maximize the use of technology as a tool for independent study.

Alternative/E-Learning Guidelines:

  • Alternative/E-Learning Days are defined as days that include online instruction, independent research projects, and other document-based learning, etc.
  • Alternate/E-Learning Days may only be implemented on occasions when school is cancelled due to inclement weather or other unexpected closures.
  • The current OCS policy requires at least 180 instructional days per year. St Paul of the Cross School may use up to 4 of these Alternative/E-Learning days in cases of school closure.
  • St. Paul of the Cross School must cover the 4 core subjects (Reading/ELA, Math, Science, Social Studies) and include religion, for these designated days.
  • Assignments will be posted on each teacher’s Google Classroom. All assignments will be posted by 9:00 am on the Alternative/E-Learning Day. Teachers will be available to answer questions regarding the assignments via email throughout the day up until 3:00. 
  • Assignments are expected to be completed during the Alternative/E-Learning Day. Assignments that require direct submission to the teacher will be due when school resumes.
  • It is understood that some families may not have access to internet at home. St. Paul of the Cross School will be flexible in those situations. Students without home internet access must inform their teacher/s by November 1st so that modifications can be made. Students without internet access will be expected to complete the work within a timeframe developed by the teacher.
  • Power and internet outages are possible during school closings. However, all students will be expected to complete the assigned work. Teachers will make accommodations for the work to be completed during the school day (recess, lunch, before school, or after school).  Parents will be required to notify their child’s teacher in writing the day school resumes if an outage occurred in their home.
  • Students will be marked as present on Alternative/E-Learning Days. However, if the assigned work is not completed within the period of time designated by the teacher, the student will be marked absent for the day that school was closed.
  • Alternative/E-Learning Days will be announced in the same manner as school closings. You will be notified via email and a phone call through school messenger. In addition, you may access information at www.EmergencyClosings.com. Our St. Paul of the Cross School website www.spc-school.net will also have closing information.

PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL POLICY

Lastly, please read through the information below. New information and/or important updates are added each week and we want to be sure you remain informed. 

Peace,
Dr. Erika Mickelburgh
Principal


Notes From the School Offices

Now that the weather is getting colder, please remember to send your child(ren) with the appropriate cold weather gear- warm coats, hats, gloves, mittens, etc.

And as we get into colder weather, our lost and found continues to grow. Please try and label all items of clothing, especially SPC wear. We have an abundance of St. Paul sweatshirts, fleeces, and uniforms. There are Lost and Found bins in both buildings, so if your child is missing something, please come and take a look! 


SPC Home and School Association

Celebrating the Spirit
Save the Date for SPC’s biggest night of the year! Celebrating the Spirit at the Oscars on February 8, 2020. Exciting details to come ...   

If you have something to contribute to our auction/raffle, please let us know. Amazing vacation homes? Airline miles or hotel points? Special experiences? Sports tickets or memorabilia? Your creativity and resources will help ensure the success of this year's auction!
Thank you,
Bob & Jeannie McNamara
George & Megan Panothiocas
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Save Date CTS 2020


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New Spoooooooky Fun!
Our main Home and School fundraiser is right around the corner. Please purchase your Fun Fair tickets today for our Halloween fun on Friday, October 25th!
Please remember to keep a copy of your paid receipt to be used as a kids choice out of uniform pass! (Excludes mass days)
We have made some changes this year to help simplify this HSA fundraiser.
Each Fun Fair ticket includes:

  • All game candy (no more donating bags of candy per family!)
  • One raffle ticket per student
  • Face paint and crafts
  • 5th-8th grade photo booth
  • One Out of Uniform pass to use any day before Christmas break (your ticket receipt email is your Out of Uniform pass for your students.)
  • Donation to the Home and School Association to help sponsor programs throughout the year.

Please volunteer to help out -- this event can't happen without lots of ghosts and goblins to set up and run the games, and we always appreciate your help. 

All volunteers will be given an additional raffle ticket for their child(ren) as a small token of our gratitude!

On October 25th, students are invited to wear their Halloween costumes to school and attend the Fun Fair! Please remember no masks or weapons.

Any questions, please contact:
Kate Bastian This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Kelly Skony This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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

Looking forward to seeing you there!


totes magnets

Have you seen the cool SPC canvas tote bags and car magnets around town? The tote bags are a natural colored canvas with an embroidered SPC logo, navy accents, top zip and front pocket. Handles are long enough to go over the shoulder. Car magnets are a great way to show off that SPC is the place to be! 
These are available for purchase in both the EGC and UGC offices with cash/check made payable to SPC Home and School Association or convenient online purchasing. Please visit our web page HERE, select the quantity and your purchase will be delivered to the homeroom of your only/oldest! All proceeds/profit support Home & School expenses. If you have any questions, please contact Andrea at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


VOLUNTEER
New Committees/Opportunities with Home and School Association
Calling all Parents, Grandparents and Guardians to join in volunteering with the SPC Home and School Association! When you volunteer at the school, you get to know other students, parents and staff ultimately enhancing your entire family’s connection with the SPC community.

We have a couple of new roles available and would love to chat with you! Do you want to volunteer but aren’t able to be at the school due to other obligations? There are some opportunities to volunteer in more of an administrative capacity that would allow you to help from home. Please contact Andrea at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.


SPC Information and Updates 

SPC Green Team - This Saturday, October 19th! Great time to recycle all of those old electronics!
The SPC Green Team would like to let you know that Park Ridge is hosting an electronic recycling event from 9am to noon on Saturday, October 19th at the Public Works Service Center. For more information visit the Park Ridge city website. 

Hot Lunch 
Healthy Kids is BACK! Starting in November parents will have the option to purchase a hot lunch on set Fridays. Registration is now open to purchase the lunches. Registration will close on Thursday, October 24th at 3:00pm for the November lunches. Extra lunches will not be available the day of this hot lunch.

Please complete the form(s) by Thursday, October 24th.

UGC Hot Lunch Order Grades 4-8

EGC Hot Lunch Order Grades PS-3

November Lunches and Menus
NOVEMBER 1ST- Cheese Quesadilla, Mexican rice, Fruit and Chocolate chip cookie
NOVEMBER 8TH- Pancakes, Sausage and Fresh Fruit

If you have any questions please let Kelly Spanos know. Thank you for supporting the hot lunch program.


Girl Scouts - Pet Food Drive October 19th and 20th at Church
Please click on the link below to learn about Eileen Schenfeld's (SPC Class of 2017) Gold Project to help raise awareness of the need for pet food pantries and to help supply them with food. We wish Eileen the very best as she completes the highest Girl Scout award!!
Pet Food Drive


Attention Parents of Grade 2 and Grade 8 - Sacramental Information
Grade 2 Sacramental Letter
Grade 8 Sacramental Letter


Roundball 2020 Logo

Roundball 2020! Save the Dates January 11-19, 2020
We are excited to be planning our Roundball Tournament for 2020. Please note that this year's Roundball has been pushed back one week due to the SPC boys' basketball season going through the first week of January. We will be sending out the player, coach, and sponsorship forms in the next week, so please be sure to keep an eye out for them. 


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 www.spc-chess.eventbee.com. DISCOUNTED Registration Fee applies through 11/12/19; On Time and Late fees begin 11/13/19. 


 

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 October 20, 2019

Please join us for a Candlelight Rosary October 29th

Rosary

Fair Trade Thursday Mailing

Please click on the Fair Trade image to download the flyer.


From The Community

Updates and Invitations From Our High Schools

St. Ignatius Latin Days - Fun and Games on Saturday, October 26th
Please click here to download the Latin Days flyer

Resurrection High School - Admissions Events 7th & 8th Grade Girls
Please click here to download Resurrection's flyer containing information on upcoming open houses.

Regina Dominican High School 
October 17th Open House Flyer - Tonight
6th-8th Grade Girls October 18th Volleyball Clinic Flyer - Tomorrow Night