Thursday Mailings

September 7, 2017

Out of Uniform Ten Packs! 

For anyone who missed out on purchasing the Out of Uniform Passes from Celebrating the Spirit last spring, you can now purchase them online only through September 14th. The first Out of Uniform date is Friday, September 15th. The homeroom teachers will 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 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!
New this year, the Walkathon Committee has created our very own personal and team online fundraising pages. Each student is a participant with their classroom team, as in year's past. But new this year, the teams will be able to update their team pages and share their motivation and excitement as they reach for their goals. 

You will be receiving one email per student from SPC Walkathon by Friday, September 8th. It will give you a link to your student(s) fundraising page. You will be prompted to change the username and password of the page. From there, you'll have access to the personal page and be able to edit to personalize it before sending to friends and family. The emails will be going to the primary email on your family account as this system only allows for one. We apologize for any inconvenience. 
For details on Walkathon, click here. 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.  with questions or if you would like to help out!

Soup-er Stadium Challenge!
We are thrilled to be participating in the Archdiocese of Chicago and Catholic Charities new initiative, the Soup-er Stadium Challenge, this fall, an effort to help eliminate hunger in our community. As shared in the letter from Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, Archbishop of Chicago, and Rev. Monsignor Michael M. Boland, President of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago, the Challenge asks every Catholic school student, teacher and staff member to donate (at least) one non-perishable food item to fill the shelves of Catholic Charities’ food pantries. Please click here to read the full letter with the details for SPC.
To watch a fantastic short video on this, please click here

School Directory
Did you know that the SPC Home & School Association sells a school directory so that families can stay in touch? Parents can purchase printed versions of the directory as well as access to an online version.

An email with directions on how to confirm your contact information and purchase your copy was sent to all SPC families earlier this week. In order to ensure timely delivery of the directory, please confirm your contact information and make your purchases by Friday, September 8th.

If you you did not receive the directory email, please check your junk mail folder. If the message is not there, please let Wendy Diez know at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

Attention 8th Grade Parents
Class sweatshirt orders and payment are due back to school no later than 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.

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Art club will be held for students in grades 7th and 8th that have a strong interest in art. In art club we will do more sophisticated projects, work together, individually, and learn more about different art medias and techniques. Students will have more choice in their projects in Art Club. Our goal for this year to to go out into the community with our artwork.

Art Club will meet every other Monday from 3:00-4:00 in room 124.
Please click here for the schedule and permission slip.

Join Cub Scouts at SPC! 
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

Chess Program - Grades 1 - 8
Registration for the Fall 2017 after school chess program is underway! The 10-week program takes place on Tuesdays from 2-3 pm and runs from 9/12/17 to 11/28/17.

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 go to spcchess.eventbee.com. For more information about the program, please visit the Eventbee site or see the program flyer at the end of the Thursday Mailer. Chess-Ed is looking forward to seeing your CHESS ENTHUSIAST this year! Click here for the flyer and information. 

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 
Fall session begins tomorrow, September 8th.
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

7th Annual Parish Picnic - Saturday, September 9, 2017
Save the Date!

Parish Picnic Doc

Please click on above image to open entire document.

Bring your lawn chairs and the entire family for food, fun, and fellowship immediately following the 4:30 p.m. Vigil Mass, which will be celebrated outside, weather permitting. Kids games and jumpies will be available, the Knights of Columbus will be grilling, and the Men’s Club will sponsor the beer truck. Pray for good weather!

We are happy to announce that parishioners from our sharing parish, St. Benedict the African will join us for our picnic! 

We are also looking for volunteers. If you would like to help, please contact Paula Almquist at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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

From the Community

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

August 31, 2017

From the School

Principal's Letter - August 31, 2017

School Directory

Did you know that the SPC Home & School Association sells a school directory so that families can stay in touch? Parents can purchase printed versions of the directory as well as access to an online version.

An email with directions on how to confirm your contact information and purchase your copy was sent to all SPC families earlier this week. In order to ensure timely delivery of the directory, please confirm your contact information and make your purchases by Friday, September 8th.

If you you did not receive the directory email, please check your junk mail folder. If the message is not there, please let Wendy Diez know at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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.

Out of Uniform Ten Packs!
For anyone who missed out on purchasing the Out of Uniform Passes from Celebrating the Spirit last spring, you can now purchase them online only through September 14th. The first Out of Uniform date is Friday, September 15th. The homeroom teachers will 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 September 14th.
Please click here to purchase your passes.
Mark your calendars with the Out of Uniform Pass dates here.

Join Cub Scouts at SPC! 

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.
Thursday, September 14th 
7-8 pm in the Parish Life Center Father Carl Morello Meeting Rooms
Click here for flyer

Choir  Open to students in Grades 5-8

Thursdays 3-4pm in the Music Room Beginning August 31st Choir participants sing at Cultural Fair, the Christmas Program and at every all school mass & other school events, participate in the Loyola Academy Choral Fest, have opportunities to read at every all school mass gaining public speaking skills, rehearse audition materials for the musical during choir practice, take mock auditions for the musical to try & alleviate the typical feelings associated with any audition: fear & anxiety. Choir members also have other opportunities to sing outside of SPC.

Please click here for Choir permission slip.

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SPC CHAMBER SINGERS - Open to All 8th Grade Students

Rehearsals: 
Beginning August 31st Monday and Thursday During Lunch/Recess in the Music Room 
Must bring a nut-free lunch 
Thursdays 3-4pm in the Music Room

The Chamber Singers is a new group this year at SPC! Chamber Singers will sing a reflection piece at all school masses, will sing special songs at Cultural Fair and the Christmas Program along with the pieces the SPC Choir sings at each concert. Chamber Singers will participate in the Loyola Academy Choral Fest, sing at Summit Retirement and other events

Please click here for more details and permission slip.

ART CLUB - Grades 7-8

Art club will be held for students in grades 7th and 8th that have a strong interest in art. In art club we will do more sophisticated projects, work together, individually, and learn more about different art medias and techniques. Students will have more choice in their projects in Art Club. Our goal for this year to to go out into the community with our artwork.

Art Club will meet every other Monday from 3:00-4:00 in room 124.
Please click here for the schedule and permission slip.

Chess Program - Grades 1 - 8

Registration for the Fall 2017 after school chess program is still open. The 10-week program takes place on Tuesdays from 2-3 pm and runs from 9/12/17 to 11/28/17. Click here for the flyer and information. 

SPC Band - Grades 4-8

The St. Paul of the Cross Band program is open to students in grades 4-8 who are interested in learning to play a woodwind, brass or percussion instrument. Band is offered through Band on Parade, and classes are taught by Mr. St. Germain. B.O.P. classes have been designed for students to learn the fundamentals of playing an instrument and to develop the skills needed to play in a concert band, small ensemble, and as a soloist.
Click here for more information on Beginning Band.
Click here for more information on Senior Band and Small Group Lessons.

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.

Update on School Supply Kits - 

To all who purchased the pre-packaged school supply kits and have missing items, please email our parent volunteer, Lina Grigaitis,  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , a list of missing supplies and your order number. Please indicate if you want reimbursement for these items or if you want the items sent to your home.

Click here to read letter sent from the school supply company.

From the Parish

7th Annual Parish Picnic - Saturday, September 9, 2017
Save the Date!

Parish Picnic Doc

Please click on above image to open entire document.

Bring your lawn chairs and the entire family for food, fun, and fellowship immediately following the 4:30 p.m. Vigil Mass, which will be celebrated outside, weather permitting. Kids games and jumpies will be available, the Knights of Columbus will be grilling, and the Men’s Club will sponsor the beer truck. Pray for good weather!

We are happy to announce that parishioners from our sharing parish, St. Benedict the African will join us for our picnic! 

We are also looking for volunteers. If you would like to help, please contact Paula Almquist at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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

From the Community

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

August 24, 2017

Welcome to the 2017-2018 School Year!

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.

Choir  Open to students in Grades 5-8

Thursdays 3-4pm in the Music Room Beginning August 31st Choir participants sing at Cultural Fair, the Christmas Program and at every all school mass & other school events, participate in the Loyola Academy Choral Fest, have opportunities to read at every all school mass gaining public speaking skills, rehearse audition materials for the musical during choir practice, take mock auditions for the musical to try & alleviate the typical feelings associated with any audition: fear & anxiety. Choir members also have other opportunities to sing outside of SPC.

Please click here for Choir permission slip.

Maroper Music

SPC CHAMBER SINGERS - Open to All 8th Grade Students

Rehearsals:
Beginning August 31st Monday and Thursday During Lunch/Recess in the Music Room
Must bring a nut-free lunch
Thursdays 3-4pm in the Music Room

The Chamber Singers is a new group this year at SPC! Chamber Singers will sing a reflection piece at all school masses, will sing special songs at Cultural Fair and the Christmas Program along with the pieces the SPC Choir sings at each concert. Chamber Singers will participate in the Loyola Academy Choral Fest, sing at Summit Retirement and other events

Please click here for more details and permission slip.


SPC ATHLETICS - It's Time for SPC Basketball!

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We will be having Basketball splits on Monday, August 28th, beginning at 5:00.

4th Grade Boys 5:00-5:30
5th Grade Boys 5:30-6:00
6th Grade Boys 6:00-6:30
7th Grade Boys 6:30-7:00

Please have the boys come to the Gym for evaluation, the coaches will then split the teams and contact the students by the end of the week.

If you are unable to attend the splits please contact Mrs. Ufheil before August 28th.
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Girls do not need to split their teams because we only have enough for one team.

ART CLUB - Grades 7-8

Art club will be held for students in grades 7th and 8th that have a strong interest in art. In art club we will do more sophisticated projects, work together, individually, and learn more about different art medias and techniques. Students will have more choice in their projects in Art Club. Our goal for this year to to go out into the community with our artwork.

Art Club will meet every other Monday from 3:00-4:00 in room 124.
Please click here for the schedule and permission slip.

Chess Program - Grades 1 - 8

Registration for the Fall 2017 after school chess program begins today! The 10-week program takes place on Tuesdays from 2-3 pm and runs from 9/12/17 to 11/28/17. Click here for the flyer and information. 

SPC Band - Grades 4-8

The St. Paul of the Cross Band program is open to students in grades 4-8 who are interested in learning to play a woodwind, brass or percussion instrument. Band is offered through Band on Parade, and classes are taught by Mr. St. Germain. B.O.P. classes have been designed for students to learn the fundamentals of playing an instrument and to develop the skills needed to play in a concert band, small ensemble, and as a soloist.
Click here for more information on Beginning Band.
Click here for more information on Senior Band and Small Group Lessons.

SPC Home & School Association - All Parents Are Welcome! 

Welcome back St. Paul of the Cross families! And a very special WELCOME to our new families. Home & School officers are very excited to be back in the swing of things, getting ready for another wonderful year with our school community. It’s never too early to start planning! For those of you looking for opportunities to volunteer, please note the openings listed on this flyer. Feel free to contact any member of Home & School with questions. Looking forward to another GREAT year at SPC!
Jeanne McKenna – president ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )
Liz Meyer – vice president ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )
Nicole O’Connor – secretary ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )
Renee Tarasievich –treasurer ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

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.

Update on School Supply Kits - 

To all who purchased the pre-packaged school supply kits and have missing items, please email our parent volunteer, Lina Grigaitis, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , a list of missing supplies and your order number. Please indicate if you want reimbursement for these items or if you want the items sent to your home.

Click here to read letter sent from the school supply company.

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

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