November 2, 2017

Principal's Letter

Please read this important letter from Dr. Jim Rigg, Superintendent of Catholic Schools Archdiocese of Chicago, regarding a new way to fund scholarships for children who choose to attend private schools.
Letter from Dr. Jim Rigg

 Chipotle Restaurant Fundraiser for SPC today between 4:00 - 8:00 pm!

Bring in this flyer, show it on your smartphone Chipotleor tell the cashier you’re supporting the cause to make sure that 50% of the proceeds will be donated to St. Paul Of The Cross School.
Out of Uniform passes will be a floating pass good for any day besides a church/Mass day before Dec 21, 2017!

Click on the image to download the flyer.



Poinsettia Sale! 

‘Tis The Season…. The eighth grade Class of 2018 will be sponsoring a Holiday Plant Fundraiser during the month of November. These beautiful flowers and poinsettias are sure to brighten any home, and make a beautiful gift for the Christmas Season! All proceeds will benefit our SPC 8th grade class and their many activities including: Graduation dance, graduation flowers, Memory Day dinner and video, class gift to SPC school, donations to the SPC endowment fund and other miscellaneous expenses. 

  • Orders will be collected through Friday November 17th
  • Please send orders with your child or hand in orders at the UGC office 
  • Payments MUST accompany order forms. Checks made payable to SPC
  • Order Pick-up is scheduled for Thursday November 30th between 2:30-4:30 PM

Please click on this link to download the order form.

If you have any questions regarding ordering or pick up arrangements, please contact: Jonie Montalbano (773) 842-2753 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Susu Scialabba (847)502-6096 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP AND GENEROSITY!! ~Eighth Grade Room Parents

REGISTER NOW FOR THE WINTER 2017-2018 After School Chess Program!

Registration for the Winter 2017 after school chess program is underway! The 10-week program takes place on Tuesdays from 2-3 pm and runs from 12/5/17 to 2/20/18. 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, please click on this link DISCOUNTED Registration Fee applies through 11/28/17; Final and Late fees begin 11/29/17. Chess-Ed is looking forward to seeing your CHESS ENTHUSIAST this year! 

Cultural Fair DVD for Purchase!
The Media Club and the Fine Arts Committee is offering Cultural Fair DVD's for purchase. 
To purchase, please see this order form link. 


Baby Bottle Project for the Women's Center - Please Return By Nov. 3rdbaby bottle
Baby bottles were sent home with your student last Thursday. We ask that they fill the bottle with spare change and return the filled bottle to school by tomorrow, November 3rd. The money will go to assist moms and babies in need. Thank you for participating in this annual fundraiser for the Women's Center.


SPC Home & School News

Thanks to all of the parent volunteers who helped to make Fun Fair so fantastic for our children! 

Would you like to meet new friends, spend time with old friends, have fun, and help school? Come to the next Home & School Meeting to find out more!
Date: November 8th
Time: 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Location: The Curragh Irish Pub - 6705 N. Northwest Highway, Chicago.

We are looking for a Programs Chair for the 2017-18 School Year. If interested please email Jeanne McKenna at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Celebrating The Spirit Chairs are looking for volunteers. Please email Lesia Forowycz @  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or Lisa Parisi  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  if interested 

Early Childhood Moms Nights Out!       

EC Moms Night Out Fall 2017 copy 
Please click on the image to download and print the invitation.
Preschool Moms: Tuesday, October 24th --  They had a wonderful time!
Pre-Kindergarten Moms: Tuesday, November 7th 
Kindergarten Moms: Thursday, November 9th

Where: Wine Styles of Park Ridge, 105 S. Northwest Hwy 
Time: 6:00-8:00 P.M.  

RSVP to Meghan Waldeck at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

Roundball is around the corner! 

Attention all 6th, 7th, & 8th Grade Girls and Boys!  


Back by popular demand! It’s time for St. Paul’s Annual Roundball Basketball Tournament for all SPC 6th, 7th and 8th grade students (not just basketball players!). Practices will be held on Saturday, January 6th. Tournament games (a boy’s tourney and a girl’s tourney) will be held Sunday, January, 7th through Sunday, January, 14th. Each team will be coached by SPC alumni coaches who are currently enrolled in high school. All coaches will be expected to dress in professional attire for the games. All games will be officiated by professional referees. Members of St. Paul Men’s Club will announce the game play-by-play on the PA. Please click on the Player Registration form below. 

Attention all SPC High School Alumni!
Last year, over 70 high school-aged St. Paul alumni returned to their alma mater to coach the 6th, 7th and 8th grade students in a double elimination tournament held in the gym. We hope to see another large turnout of alumni coaches again this year! 

Each team will have 5 or more high school coaches that will run practices and dress in professional, business casual attire for the games. All games will be officiated by professional referees. Members of St. Paul’s Men’s Club will announce the play-by-play of all of the games on the PA.

For questions, please contact Al Boehmer at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or cell 773.558.9601. Please click on the links below to access your forms. 

Player Registration Form
Parent Volunteer Information

New this year, coaches can register directly online! 
Electronic Coach Registration Form. Due November 6, 2017

Coach Information Form - Download and Print
Coach Registration Form - Download and Print - Due November 6, 2017

Sponsor Information 
Sponsor Form 

Attention parents of SPC 8th graders
Please keep an eye on the 8th Grade Information Page where you are able to access important dates and relevant information for your 8th grade students throughout the year. The 8th Grade Information Page gets updated weekly.

Portillo's Fundraiser - Save the Date - November 6th! Click on the image to download and print the flyer for details. 



Christmas is coming! T.R.I.P. can help you take care of some of your shopping while saving you money in the process!

Gift cards make great gifts! Purchase them through the St. Paul of the Cross Tuition Reduction Incentive Program (T.R.I.P.) Service. TRIP is a fundraiser that gives participating families the opportunity to earn tuition credit and also raise funds for our school. Click here for more information.

Stop by the TRIP table in the UGC on Thursday, November 16th during Parent/Teacher conferences.  We will have cards for purchase (cash or check) that can be taken home with you! Buy cards for your holiday shopping or to give as gifts!

From the Parish

Adopt a Family 2017
Wish lists are available from families in need. We are responding to their basic wishes for clothing, household items, books, toys, etc. Families come in all sizes from individuals to families of 8.

We ask that you spend $50 to $75 per family member to help make Christmas wishes come true.
If you would like to anonymously adopt a needy family or individual for Christmas, please contact Adrienne Timm, at Social Service Ministry, 847-692-6767 - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Let us continue to hear the cry of the poor while we wait for the Christ child to be born.

St. Paul of the Cross Fair Trade Market Sunday, November 5th
8:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Parish Life Center
Making Fair Trade purchases, allows us to have a hand in changing the lives of God’s children across the world.
Click on this link to download the flyer.

Apostolate of Women Jewelry Sale Sunday, November 5th

Gently loved jewelry, accessories, scarves
belts, and more!

8:30 am to 1:30 pm
Parish Life Center
Sponsored by Guilds of the St. Paul of the Cross Apostolate of Women
Click on this link to download the flyer.

St. Paul of the Cross Seminar Series- “Where Work Meets Faith.”

Wednesday, November 15, 2017, 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm.
SPC Holy Family Chapel (lower church at 320 S. Washington, Park Ridge, Il. 60631)
The Seminar Series is about using the gifts that God gave you to build up community. Each series will feature presenters who will tell real life stories and how their faith played an important role. Hearing many different stories in our Seminar Series may increase connections among us that will bring us all closer together increasing our sense of community. Each presenter will answer questions from the audience at the end of their presentation.

About our Presenters:

Jeffrey Obarek, a security professional, will share his conversion experience. Hear Jeff speak of one of his favorite priests and a pledge Jeff made. Hear how God is growing Jeff in a simple yet profound way that we all can use. Understand the compassion and caring expressed in a smile.

Barbara V. Parilla, MD a maternal fetal medicine specialist, will share a story of inclusive medicine. Take a walk through a complicated pregnancy and joyful delivery. Hear Dr. Parilla’s personal faith story blessing her with a skill set to meet people where they are at. Hear tips for all women to affirmatively impact newborn life, well before getting pregnant.

Jeff Liautaud, of the St. Paul of the Cross Seminar Series - “Where Work Meets Faith,” will share a story of the impact of the Series on his life. Understand a preciousness of God at work in the lives of ordinary people like us.

The event’s social benefit is getting to know each other better. The more we know about each other, the more opportunity we have for being connected. Go to www.Loquate.TV to hear these “Inspiring and Practical” talks. Better yet, come in person. If you have any questions, please contact Mary Ann or Jeff Liautaud 773-621-0863. We look forward to seeing you.

Boy Scout Troop 24 Wreath Sale 
Saturday, November 18th after the 4:30 p.m. masses and Sunday, November 19th 8:30 a.m - 1:00 p.m.
The Boy Scouts of St. Paul of the Cross Troop 24 are selling fresh wreaths and roping this year to raise funds for troop activities.
Please click on this link to download the flyer. 

The Parish Food Pantry Needs our Help!

Our families are holding steady at 125. Each household receives 3 double bags filled with food each month and the holidays will be here soon. We really need these bags!

We use 600 brown handled grocery bags each month and our
supply is running low again. They may be left in the food boxes
in church, at the rectory, or dropped through the slot
outside the food pantry.
Thanks in advance for your help!

From the Community 

Resurrection Junior Bandit Night - Friday, November 3rd

Resurrection College Prep High School is hosting a Junior Bandit Night on Friday, November 3, 2017, from 5 to 8 pm. The evening will feature games, sports, prizes, pizza and fun for girls in grades 5 to 8. The cost is $25 per student, which includes dinner and a souvenir t-shirt. Registration is available at
Please click on this link to download and print the flyer.

Resurrection College Prep Arts & Crafts Fair - Saturday, November 11th
Click on this link to download the flyer for more details.

Loyola Academy Open House - Thursday, November 9th

The Loyola Academy Open House is Thursday, November 9th, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The evening will include guided personal tours of the campus with the opportunity to meet Loyola Academy administrators, faculty, staff, students, coaches and club moderators. Tours will be offered continuously throughout the evening and are approximately one hour long. Prospective students will have the opportunity to learn more about Loyola’s academic, ministry, cocurricular and athletic programs. There is no preregistration for this event.  Come experience everything that Loyola’s Jesuit education offers! Questions, contact the Admissions Office at 847.920.2481 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Regina Dominican Open House - Wednesday, November 8th - Attention 6th, 7th, and 8th Grade Girls

Junior high girls and their families are invited to Regina Dominican's open house on Wednesday, November 8th. Personalized tours will be given from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and begin in Regina Dominican's newly renovated O’Shaughnessy Theater. Meet faculty, staff and coaches and learn why Regina Dominican's all-girls environment will help your daughter reach her full potential. Information about next steps including the Class of 2022 entrance exam and scholarship opportunities will be available.
Click on this link to download and print the flyer.

Regina Dominican Presents The Music Man - Friday, November 17th at 6:00 p.m. 

Trinity High School Parent Shadow Morning and Student Shadow Day 

Trinity  Open House Info

Trinity's Parent Shadow Morning- Wednesday, November 8th at 8:30 a.m.

Please click here to download flyer and information about the Parent Shadow Morning.