Summer Packets

2017 Summer Packets

Created by teachers from the 2016-2017 school year. They are to be handed in to their new teachers at the beginning of the 2017-2018 school year. Click on the particular listing to view the packet.

Grade 4 Advanced - prepared by Mrs. Stephens

Grade 5 Class Level & Accelerated - prepared by Ms. Zelinski

Grade 5 Advanced - prepared by Mrs. Stephens

Grade 5 Resource - prepared by Mr. Okimoto

Grade 6 Class Level & Accelerated - prepared by Mrs. Nuñez

Grade 6 Advanced - prepared by Mrs. Stephens

Grade 6 Resource - prepared by Mr. Okimoto

Grade 7 Class Level - prepared by Ms. Hauer

Grade 7 Accelerated - prepared by Ms. Hauer

Grade 7 Advanced - prepared by Mrs. Stephens

Grade 7 Resource - prepared by Mr. Okimoto


SOCIAL STUDIES - prepared by Mrs. Hoversen
Gettysburg Address


Canada Map

Middle America Map

Caribbean Map

South America Map



Tiger Pride

SPC wins Top School in the Poster Session at the Regional Science Fair!

On March 4th and 5th,17 seventh grade students entered the Region 2 Science Fair Poster Session at the Museum of Science and Industry.  SPC was one of 39 schools at the science fair and proudly brought home the trophy for Top School! It is on display in the UGC. 

Sixteen students received a Gold award and one student received a Silver award.  Many students also received Special Awards.  Ten students will be moving on to the State Science Fair Poster Session in May. One student is an alternate.

The previous weekend one eighth grader, Joseph N., entered his project in the Regional Paper Session held at Guerin.  He earned a Top Paper award and will move on to State Science Fair Paper Session in May.  Joseph is also the Vice President of the Student Board and had a key role in the Awards Ceremony at MSI. 

These are the students who exhibited at the Regional Science Fair Poster Session.  Evan J. earned a Silver Award.  Madeleine R., Isabella V., Amelia (Amy) D., Catherine L., Tabitha N., Adriana Z., Renee P., Lillian S., Kathleen D., Amanda B., Lillian N., Emilia F., Nathaniel D., Bradley O., Luke S., and Philip (PJ) S., each earned a Gold Award.  

Many students also won Special Awards.  Madeleine won a Special Award from the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago.  Bradley won an Engineering Award. Bradley and Emilia each won an award from the Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers. Amanda won a Superior Achievement award.  Catherine, Isabella, Lillian N., Nathaniel, and Bradley each won an Award of Excellence.  Ten students earned a Medallion which means they will go on to the State Science Fair.  These students are Amanda, Catherine, Isabella, Lillian N., Nathaniel, Bradley, Amelia, Adriana, Emilia, and Renee.  Tabitha is an alternate.

The students’ projects showed a wide range of interests from Botany to Health Science to Chemistry to Physics as well as Microbiology, Engineering, and Consumer Science. 

All students at SPC in 7th grade do a science project and enter the school science fair, which we call Science Focus here at SPC, back in January. Then some move on to Regionals, and some of the Regional exhibitors move on to State.

We are all so proud of all of you! 

Submitted by Christine Stypka, Science Teacher, grades 7 and 8


Congratulations to the SPC 4th & 5th Grade Battle of the Books Team on Second Place!

Parent volunteer and SPC Battle of the Books moderator, Mrs. Alyssa Barrett was thrilled to share the news about the 2016-2017 SPC Battle of the Books team this week. She said, "The kids did a fantastic job reading lots of books and coming together as a team in our competitions. It was a fun year." She added, "Thank you to everyone who helped make our year a success- Mrs Hughes for sharing the library with us, Mrs. Lushniak for your help as always, Mrs. Moran for your constant support, Mrs Gabriel for keeping us in track, Mrs Burke we'd have never made it to practice on time without your help, teachers for understanding as kids came and went at lunch!"

St. Paul of the Cross School is proud be a part of the Park Ridge Public Library's Battle of the Books. The SPC team, made up of 4th & 5th graders, is coached by parent volunteer, Mrs. Alyssa Barrett. For more information, click on SPC's Battle of the Books webpage here.

Congratulations 8th Grade Girls' 2016 Conference Championship Basketball Team!

Congratulations to our 8th Grade Girls' basketball team on their outstanding season! The team remained undefeated with a 17-0 record. They are the 2016 CSCC conference champions! For more exciting news about this team and other SPC sports, please click here.



Congratulations SPC Future City Team on 3rd Place at Chicago Regionals

Future City-Web-2017St. Paul of the Cross School’s Future City Team won 3rd place out of 34 teams at the Chicago Regional Future City Competition at The University of Illinois Chicago on January 7, 2017. To read more about the SPC Future City Team, click here.

The following students were part of the team this year: Amanda B., Matthew C., Amy D., Kathleen D., Will F., Sean G., Evan J., Karl K., Mia K., Michael L., Mary Catherine M., Lily N., Tabitha N., Emily N., Joseph N., Bradley O., Renee P., Juliana P., PJ S., Patrick S., Isabella V., Madison W., Mackenzie W. 


Congratulations SPC Academic Team! 

Congratulations to our SPC Academic Team on such fine competitions thus far, with more to go throughout the year! 

St. Patrick’s (just boys) - First Place
Trinity High School (just girls) - First Place
Notre Dame - Third Place 
St. Ignatius - Sixth Place (out of 26 schools)
DePaul College Prep
St. Viator
Good luck to the team at the Loyola Academy meet on Saturday, November 12th! 
To read more about the Academic Team, click here for the webpage.


2016 Spring Musical ~ The Lion King Jr. ~ May 18th & 19th 

LionKing Click on the flyer for more information!








International Children's Art Exchange

The Seventh Grade participated in the International Children’s Art Exchange which is a program whose goal is to ArtStudentspromote peace around the world through art created by children. SPC students created artwork showing images of world peace and the American way of life. Everyone’s artwork went to Greece where organizers divided it up and sent the art out to 20 different locations from several countries. In return, we received artwork made by children from all over the world.  The work created by four of our students was kept to represent our school and the United States at an art exhibit in Aiani, Greece.   
Congratulations (left to right) Gretchen B., Owen O., Julia B., Joseph N.

Owen Joseph      Julia     Gretchen

Holy Thursday ~ The Living Stations of the Cross

On Holy Thursday, March 24, 2016, the Fourth Graders prepared an absolutely beautiful Holy Thursday service. Students reenacted several scenes in celebration of Easter, starting with the Last Supper. They narrated and acted Jesus’ trial, the march to Calvary, and the death and rebirth of Christ. The fourth grade teachers organize the Living Stations of the Cross every year. Mrs. Dulski said, “It was remarkable. It has left us so faith filled and joy filled.” 

Please click here for more photos from the Living Stations of the Cross.

Roundball 2016

We have many highlights from the tournament, which took place January 3-10, 2016. 
Before the semi-finals boys game on Saturday, Caoimhe M. sang our National Anthem. 
Please click here for more highlights.

Veterans Day All School Service

Veterans' Day at SPC took on a special meaning as we gathered together to honor those who served and continue to serve our country. From Preschool through 8th Grade, involvement in the day's celebration was apparent. Our guests were greeted by students waving their hand-made flags, scouts conducted a flag ceremony, band students played the Star Spangled Banner and Taps, members of the choir sang the tribute songs of all our armed forces, a basket of student made cards was presented to our guest speakers (Veteran Tom Amirante - Commander of VFW Post 7712, Veteran Wally Eregish and Veteran Betty Horstman) for distribution to our local veterans. Our prayer service included prayers of petition, asking God to watch over all Veterans, and prayers of thanksgiving, thanking God for these men and women who have served our country in the military. “God Bless the USA/I'm Proud to be an American” was sung by all, expressing our true patriotism!


Congratulations Science Team!

Congratulations to St. Paul of the Cross School science teacher Science Contestants 2015Mrs. Christine Stypka and 20 of her eighth grade students who participated in The 39th Annual Junior High Science Contest, sponsored by Fenwick High School on November 10, 2016.

The SPC team took 4th place out of 44 schools, with 600 students competing overall. Each student answered 100 questions covering biology, chemistry, physics, earth science, and astronomy. The team awards are determined by adding up the top three individual scores on each team.

Students Aiden J., Katie N., and Marie T. had the combined scores for the SPC team to place 4th overall. Additionally, they were the highest scoring Catholic school team in the competition.

Two of the SPC students received plaques to commemorate their individual achievements. Aiden J. placed 15th and Marie T. placed 8th out of the 600 participants.

As a very special bonus, each teacher, no matter how his or her school ranked, received a microscope. SPC now has an Olympus professional research microscope that can magnify up to 1000 times.

 We are thrilled for the entire team on such a fine accomplishment.


Walkathon 2015   Preschool-Feature-photo

May 14, 2015 turned out to be a perfect day with the rain holding off for our all-school Walkathon! It was such a fun day from start to finish. Thanks to our dedicated Walkathon co-chairs, Paula Almquist, Eileen McManus, and Nicole O'Connor, along with all of their volunteers! Thanks to all of the pledge donors, parent volunteers, visitors, teachers, priests, staff and administration, and of course...the entire student body! Truly a community effort. Please click here for more photos of the day.

The Living Rosary

It was a beautiful way for our entire school to begin May, the month of our Blessed Mother Mary.
The 3rd and 6th grade prayer partners presented the living rosary. The student body gathered in the Upper Grade Center Gym to praise God for giving us His Mother, Mary. Our prayers were ones of thanksgiving to Mary for her protection and care during the 2014-2015 school year. We all participated in the recitation of the rosary. Third Grade and Sixth Grade Students were responsible for leading the prayers and the meditations, focusing on the Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary.

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Preschool and Prekindergarten


We, at St. Paul of the Cross School Park Ridge, are concerned with educating the total child in our Catholic faith based curriculum. Our goal is to appreciate and support the individuality of your child. We believe that a child’s social, emotional, cognitive, physical, and creative growth is nurtured through play, discovery, and meaningful hands-on experiences. We will assist your child in developing a positive self-image and positive attitude toward school.

Preschool and Prekindergarten

Our Preschool and Prekindergarten programs are both flexible and structured. Our teachers and staff provide a faith-based, positive developmental atmosphere for your child through knowledge of the ways in which play can support cognitive, emotional, moral, social, and physical development. They include many opportunities for dramatic play, art, music, and language development. Such curriculum design equips your child with skills aimed at independence, readiness, verbal fluency, and the ability to work independently as well as in a group.

Daily schedules include both self-directed and teacher-directed play experiences. Play gives your child the freedom to select from a variety of activities. More structured teacher-directed learning takes place through stories, music, and projects. Your child’s creative expression is encouraged through dramatic play, art, music, and sensory activities. Your child’s self help skills and independence are continually developing. Fine motor skills develop and strengthen through cutting, pasting, playing with manipulatives, and a variety of other activities.

Throughout the year, your child works on enhancing basic concepts such as: color, size, shape, letter recognition, numbers, more than, less than, sequencing, Bible stories, and prayers. All our children are constantly encouraged to explore their changing environment and become responsible independent learners. 

For our preschool (three year olds) curriculum page, please click on this link        

For our prekindergarten (four year olds) curriculum page, please click on this link  

We invite you to learn more about our philosophy, curriculum, class offerings, or to schedule a classroom visit. We want to partner with you to make the early education experience great for you and your child. 

                         2017-2018 Preschool/Prekindergarten program  



Child must be 3 years old by September 1, 2017.

2 Day Program

Preschool 3 (Two Full-Days)

Preschool 3 (Two Half-Days) Mornings Only



3 Day Program                                            

Preschool 3 (Three Full-Days)

Preschool 3 (Three Half-Days) Mornings Only


5 Day Program                                           

Preschool 3 (Five Full-Days)

Preschool 3 (Five Half-Days) Mornings Only

Monday - Friday



Child must be 4 years old by September 1, 2017.

3 Day Program                                             

Preschool 4 (Three Full-Days)

Preschool 4 (Three Half-Days) Mornings Only


5 Day Program                                      

Preschool 4 (Five Full-Days)

Preschool 4 (Five Half-Days) Mornings Only

Monday - Friday

Before and after school care (Extended Day Program) is available for both Preschool and Prekindergarten students. Please refer to the current EDP information sheet for times and prices.

Lunch Bunch 
We are pleased to offer a new program called Lunch Bunch, an opportunity for students to stay at school for an additional hour after the morning classes. Lunch Bunch extends the morning preschool or prekindergarten experience on one or more of their class days by incorporating lunch and constructive playtime. It is designed to align with the SPC philosophy of teaching socialization, cooperation and respect in our faith-based environment. Children should bring their own lunch and drink each day. The fee is $10 per day and would be billed monthly.
Click here for more Lunch Bunch information.

Please click on this link for detailed information regarding the Preschool and Prekindergarten program schedules and requirements.

Please click on this link for information on our Extended Day program.

For more information, please contact the school office at 847-825-6366. We look forward to showing you and your child why SPC is the Place to Be!

Principal's Welcome

August 2016

Dear St. Paul of the Cross Family,

I am blessed and honored to be the new principal of St. Paul of the Cross School. I have spent the past seven years as the Assistant Principal at Ascension School in Oak Park. Previous to that I worked in both public and private schools in Iowa, California and Illinois. Once I had my second child, I decided to take some time off professionally and raise my two boys.

While I was home, I completed my Masters of Educational Leadership at Concordia University Chicago. In addition to my MA, I have a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Iowa in English, History and Political Science. As a part of my master's program I had the pleasure of doing an internship at Ascension School, which is where I realized that I wanted to stay in Catholic schools. I believe very strongly in the power of a Catholic education. In my experience there is no school community like a Catholic community.

The choice to devote my career to Catholic schools led me here. I truly look forward to working with the students, parents, staff, and pastor to continue St. Paul's tradition of excellence. Together we will foster the loving and dynamic environment for our children to grow in faith, knowledge, wisdom, and compassion.

I ask for your prayers as I join you in this exceptional community and look forward to meeting you soon!

God bless you and your family,

Nell Agnew

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