November 9, 2017

Principal's Letter

News from the SPC Green Club
Green Team ImageWant to Win a stainless steel SPC water bottle??? Pack a waste free lunch on Wednesday, November 15th and you might win one of 25 special water bottles!

Did you know that SPC now has water bottle refill drinking fountains in both the EGC and UGC? Thanks to the generosity of The Class of 2016, Green Club and other school funds, SPC is taking steps to promote the use of refillable water bottles vs. single use plastic water bottles. Our SPC Green Club applied for a small grant from SWANCC (Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County) for the purpose of reducing waste in our school and we were approved! We were able to purchase 25 water bottles and would like to share them with students who pack waste free lunches. On November 15th, America Recycles Day, our Green Club members will travel the classrooms to hand out raffle tickets to those with waste free lunches. 25 lucky tickets will be drawn and bottles awarded!

What is a waste free lunch?
Five Simple Ways to Pack a Waste-Free Lunch

REUSABLE carrier (cloth bag, lunchbox)
NO throw-away bags
REUSABLE containers
NO plastic wrap, foil or styrofoam
THERMOS for drinks
NO single-use cartons or cans
CLOTH NAPKIN to wash and re-use
NO paper napkins
SILVERWARE to wash and re-use
NO plastic forks and spoons

It's not too late to join Green Club! All 5th-8th graders are welcome. We meet the second Wednesday of each month in Ms. Ufheil's room.

Questions? Please contact Mrs. Zurkowski This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Jen Niego at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Green Club Sign-up Form
Green Club T-Shirt Order Form

Please return all baby bottles
Thank you so much for all your help for the Women’s Center! Whether your bottles are filled with change or not, please return your baby bottle to school. All the money goes to help mothers and babies in need and empty bottles can be reused next year. We are so grateful for your help.


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 

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.

“By just by using TRIP for groceries at the Jewel we earn over $400 a year off of our tuition. I have a reloadable card that I fill on my smartphone before I shop, usually in the parking lot. The reloadable card can be used all year round. Most of the grocery stores have reloadable cards. In addition, we purchase gift cards for kids’ birthday parties and the Parish Giving Tree at Christmas. It's very easy and convenient.” ~ Missy Meyer, SPC Parent

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!

SPC Adopt a Family    
Chrismtas Tree imageWe are happy to bring back the St. Paul of the Cross Adopt a Family program, which is run by St. Paul of the Cross Parish Social Service Ministry and Servants of St. Francis. Each grade will adopt a family in need to help make Christmas a special time. This year, we will use to manage the items purchased. Gifts will be due by Monday, December 11, 2017. Thank you in advance for your generosity.
Please read this flyer for the details.

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

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.

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! 

From the Parish 

AOW Shopping Day





Please click on the image above for detailed flyer

At check-out let the cashier know you are with St. Paul of the Cross Each participating merchant will donate a percentage of their proceeds!
Participating Merchants
Edie Boutique (15%)
WineStyles (10%)
Affresco (10%)
Raffia Gifts (10%)
Spread the word! Open to friends and family of SPC and the AOW! ** The mission of WINGS (Women in Need Growing Stronger) is to provide a pathway to independence for adults and children who are escaping from domestic violence and abuse. It costs approximately $65.00 to house one person for one night at WINGS. The AOW will give a portion of the merchants’ donation to WINGS.

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.

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!

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.

From the Community 

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 Girls' Night In Night of Service

Regina Girls' Night In! Attention Girls in Grades 6-8

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