September 14, 2017

Letter from the Assistant Principal
Thursday, September 14, 2017

Dear St. Paul of the Cross Families,

We have so many amazing things going on throughout our school. The excitement for Walkathon is in the air and the teachers and their classroom teams have begun their friendly annual competition. It will be fun to watch as the competition unfolds. Which team will log the most participation? What creative names will the teams select for themselves? Stay tuned for updates from the Walkathon Committee.

The Soup-er Stadium Challenge donations have been coming in and I am humbled by the generosity of our families who are so willing to help others in need. Please read more about our Soup-er Stadium Challenge in this newsletter.

The Thursday Mailing is filled with a lot of important information, so please read it carefully. This is the main method of communication between school and home. You can read the weekly Thursday email newsletter, or check on our SPC website under the Parents tab/Thursday Mailings. All past Thursday Mailings can also be accessed through the Thursday Mailings page on the website.

Wishing you and your families a wonderful weekend.

God bless,

Mary Therese Iacopelli
Assistant Principal

Out of Uniform Ten Packs! - Last Day to Sign Up
For anyone who missed out on purchasing the Out of Uniform Passes from Celebrating the Spirit last spring, today is the last day to purchase them. The first Out of Uniform date is tomorrow...Friday, September 15th. The homeroom teachers have updated lists of their students who have the Out of Uniform Passes for the year. Please note that the final deadline to purchase the passes is today, September 14th. 

Please click here to purchase your passes.
Mark your calendars with the Out of Uniform Pass dates here.

 


 

Walkathon 2017 - Just Walk it!

The funds raised from the 2017 Walk-A-Thon will help to purchase valuable, educational resources that directly benefit all of our children. If you haven’t already done so, please register each student by clicking on this link. It will take you directly to the Walkathon Website registration page. When entering the information, please select your child’s homeroom teacher’s team.

NEW This Year: Each student can email a personalized fundraising link to solicit sponsors/pledges. All pledge dollars will also be collected electronically via this link. If every student asked 10 people for $10 donations he/she would raise $100 per student. What a gift to SPC!

EVERY STUDENT WHO RAISES AT LEAST $100 will receive an SPC drawstring bag!
The homeroom who raises the most amount of money will win a pizza party
The homeroom who completes the most number of laps will win a pizza party

Thank you for supporting SPC and Catholic education!

For details on Walkathon, click here. 

Volunteer for Walkathon - It's a really fun day so we'd love to have your help! The more the merrier. We're using SignUp.com to organize our volunteers.

Here's how it works in 3 easy steps:
1. Click this link to go to our invitation page on SignUp.com: http://signup.com/login/entry/9570216317465340107
2. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on SignUp.com)
3. Sign up! Choose your spots - SignUp.com will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy!

Note: SignUp.com does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact Nicole O'Connor at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or Eileen McManus at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  and we can sign you up manually. 


 

Smart Tuition Important Notice
Smart Tuition invoices landed in some families' spam/junk accounts. Please be sure that smarttuition.com is on your safe senders list for your email security and check spam/junk folders just to be sure that the emailed invoices are coming through.

Smart Lunches Begins Deliveries on Monday, September 18th!
Starting now, you can order delicious, nourishing & affordable lunches to be delivered directly to your child at St. Paul of the Cross. We're happy to announce a very special deal specifically for the families of St. Paul! With our best deal ever, you can get a lunch for only $5.49 which includes an entree, side, salty snack & drink of your choice! Please see the flyer attached for more details on this special offer. Visit www.smartlunches.com to place your order now!

What we deliver:
Rotating menu with a variety of hot and cold meals that kids love to eat
Nutrition kids need with healthy sides, no high-fructose corn syrup, and organic pasta daily
Worry-free service: we get it right, and your kids will love our lunches, or it’s on us!
It’s easy to order lunches:
You create an account and customize lunches at www.smartlunches.com.
We prepare lunches & deliver to St. Paul in temperature-controlled packaging.
Your child gets a tasty lunch.
September Smart Lunch Calendar 
Information on Smart Lunch at SPC

Soup-er Stadium Challenge!

As stated in last week’s principal letter, SPC will be participating in the Archdiocese of Chicago and Catholic Charities- Soup-er Stadium Challenge. This is an effort to help eliminate hunger in our community. Through this challenge we are able to help people in need. Here at St. Paul of the Cross, we have decided to help our local community by filling the shelves of our parish food pantry.

After speaking with Mrs. Adrienne Timm, our St. Paul of the Cross Parish's social service ministry director, there are certain items that are in greater need. We have put together the most needed items and are dividing them amongst the different grade levels.

Certainly all donations are welcome and needed.

If you would like to participate in the Challenge, please have your child(ren) bring in his/her donation(s) to school anytime between September 12 – October 6. If you would like to make an online donation, please visit SouperStadiumChallenge.org. We thank you in advance for your support and generosity to helping those in need.

Preschool Toothbrushes        

Prekindergarten Toothpaste 

Kindergarten Kleenex 

Grade 1 Toilet Paper 

Grade 2 Paper Towels

Grade 3 Macaroni and Cheese

Grade 4 Cookies

Grade 5 Peanut Butter

Grade 6 Jelly squeeze bottles

Grade 7 Pasta sauce in cans

Grade 8 Dry Pasta

To watch a short video on this, please click here. 

Great News from our SPC Home & School Association!
The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to the charitable organizations selected by customers. Below is the link. THANK YOU!

St. Paul of the Cross charity link: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/36-2497211

Pre-packaged School Supply Kits Update
SchoolKidz will not be able to replace missing items in a reasonable timeframe; therefore, we are asking parents to please purchase any missing items. Home & School Association is in the process of working out the details for reimbursement. If you have not already done so, families with missing items or kits should contact Lina Grigaitis at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or Kathy Jefson at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Unfortunately, for those wishing to purchase assignment notebooks for grades 2-6, the school offices do not have any available. Thank you for your understanding and patience in this matter.

Attention 8th Grade Parents
Class sweatshirt orders and payment are due back to school no later than tomorrow, September 15th, to the attention of "Jackie Wright/Sweatshirts". Your student was given an order form in school. Click here if you need an extra order form.

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We would like to start a Daisy Troop for our Kindergarten girls as soon as possible. There are families that have expressed interest. Would you please consider being a leader for the troop? We need a few adults to lead the troop. No experience necessary. The troop would meet in Duffin Hall, after school, on the 1st Friday of the month. Click here for more details.
Please contact Sue Siegel for more information. 847-208-9090,  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Join Cub Scouts at SPC! Meeting is Tonight, September 14th.
Cub Scouting is a fun-filled program that helps boys go places and do things they never thought were possible! From launching a rocket to turning a block of wood into a race car or shooting an arrow; Scouts go on amazing adventures while learning new skills, making friends, helping others, and building self-esteem.
When: Thursday, September 14th 
Where: Parish Life Center Father Carl Morello Meeting Rooms
Time: 7-8 pm  
Click here for flyer

A very fond farewell to Mrs. Jacobs
After 28 years at St. Paul of the Cross School, Mrs. Kathleen Jacobs has decided to enjoy some free time with her friends and family. It is called Retirement!

Since this was a recent decision, we were not able to honor Mrs. Jacobs at our end of the year all school Mass. We would like to acknowledge her dedication, commitment, and love she has shown to SPC students for over 28 years!!

We will be compiling words of remembrance, special thoughts and wishes or fond memories to share with her. If you would like to share with us, please send your words, letters, or cards to the school office c/o Linda Foy and have Mrs. Jacobs name on the envelope. We will be presenting her with a basket full of these wishes at a faculty party in her honor.


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Tiny Tigers - Parents/Caregiver-Tots Program 

St. Paul of the Cross School invites parents or caregivers and their children aged 9 months to 3 years to join us for Tiny Tigers! Spread the word and share with your friends. 

Tiny Tigers is an opportunity for gross motor play, music and movement, an introduction to group activities and a social opportunity for you and your child. 
When: Fridays 9-10 a.m. on regularly scheduled school days 
Where: St. Paul of the Cross School, Parish Life Center Gym 
Cost: $20/child for fall 2017 session
Drop-ins $5.00/visit 
Fall Session will meet on the following dates: 9/8, 9/15, 10/13, 10/20, 11/3, 11/10 
Please complete registration form and return it to the school office.

From the Parish

Come Sing with the St. Paul of the Cross Children’s Choir
Open to all students in Grades 2-6

From the Community

Starry Night Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation 5K on Sunday, September 17th.

Please join us at the Starry Night 5K, an evening walk/run that gives hope to children and their families fighting the deadliest form of childhood cancer. This uplifting event shines a light on the more than 28,000 kids nationwide living with a brain tumor, while honoring the children and teens no longer with us. The course will include a shorter distance for walkers and there’s even a children’s 50-yard dash. Anyone can help us cure the kids!

Following the walk/run, enjoy food, music, entertainment and fun for the whole family. 
We welcome you to join our SPC team (SPC Tigers!) or you can donate toward the team goal. 
Click on this link to connect to the Starry Night Website.

Saint Viator Prospective Parent Night
for St. Paul of the Cross, Mary, Seat of Wisdom and St. Juliana Parents
When: Monday, October 2nd - 7:30 pm
Where: Mary, Seat of Wisdom, Clark Ministry Center

All parents are invited to attend.
Mr. Brain Liedlich, President, will talk about the outstanding Catholic
college preparatory education that is available at Saint Viator High School.
RSVP by registering at www.saintviator.com.

SAINT VIATOR HIGH SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE
Sunday, October 22nd 1-3 pm
Monday, October 23rd 6:30-8:30 pm
Come join us and learn why we were named an Apple Distinguished School and a two-time National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. You don’t want to miss this opportunity to tour the school, meet current students, faculty, administration and coaches. Pre-registration is available at www.saintviator.com

Regina Dominican High School Dynamic Speaker Series
We have three dynamic speakers coming to present at Regina Dominican through our Leadership Institute and all are welcome to attend.
Please click on this link to see the flyer.

For more information, please log onto:
https://rdhs.org/leadership-institute/upcoming-events/

Niles Family Fitness Center is introducing Ballet Classes for 4-8 year olds.
For more information, please click on this link.  

Niles Park District and IceLand are excited to offer skating and hockey programs at IceLand for their fall session. 
Intro to Hockey
Learn to Skate