Dear SPC Families,

Tomorrow we celebrate International SEL Day! We have spent all year deliberately infusing best practices in Social Emotional Learning into the school day. Tomorrow we are looking forward to hosting many activities that foster social-emotional wellbeing and resilience in our students! Thank you to Mrs. Quinn and some student leaders who will help facilitate our fun day. Stay tuned on social media for some photos. Some things we have planned include: 

  • SEL Mystery readers: Older students will be visiting the EGC to read a book that features an SEL topic
  • Morning meeting SEL: Brief overview of SEL and the benefits. SPC will practice a moment of mindfulness across all grade levels.
  • Other SEL Activities:
    • Glitter/mind jars: visual for mindfulness and letting our thoughts, feelings settle.
    • Feelings bingo: students will practice identifying feelings through a fun game.

Please see this link for some fun mindfulness activities or SEL Bingo card to do at home, and remember to check out the Counselor’s corner for SEL updates.

OPEN SCHOOL BOARD ADVISORY MEETING

Tuesday, March 30 at 7:30 pm

Agenda: General School Updates

Register in advance for this meeting:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0udOyqrzwqGtUCPmSPQm8PCmg3i7AEMrUr 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Shorts!

Spring is in the air! Students can wear shorts starting on April 12 through the rest of the school year. A reminder that shorts should be the SPC gym shorts or Khaki or Navy uniform shorts.

May 7 Professional Development Day - No School

The Illinois State Board of Education has allowed schools to add an additional four days of professional development to the calendar. We have chosen to use three this year. The last PD day for the year has been scheduled for Friday, May 7. There will be no school for students that day. 

UPDATED TRAVEL INFORMATION: Updated on 3/23

I know many families have plans to travel over Spring Break. Please make sure you follow all the guidelines below. 

https://www.chicago.gov/city/en/sites/covid-19/home/emergency-travel-order.html

The Archdiocese of Chicago and Office of Catholic Schools follow the Chicago Emergency Travel Order for domestic travel regardless of whether the traveler resides in Chicago, Cook County, or Lake County. In consultation with our medical advisors, we have updated our travel guidelines to conform to new guidance from public health authorities. 

The following travel quarantine guidelines replace all prior guidance. Remember that public health departments discourage inter-state travel. We continue to recommend that Catholic school families and employees enjoy a safe spring break at home.

Domestic Travel (state-to-state): PLEASE SEE ABOVE FOR POST TRAVEL TESTING GUIDELINES.

Non-vaccinated individuals (all SPC students)

Travel in states designated Orange on the Chicago Emergency Travel Order map requires:

  • Ten-day quarantine upon return if there is no negative pre-arrival test (any test administered by a third-party is sufficient; however, a self-administered test is not acceptable) or the traveler is not fully vaccinated (see above for definition of fully vaccinated) OR
  • A pre-arrival negative test (within 72 hours before returning to the state) with strict masking, physical distancing, and avoidance of in-person out-of-school gatherings. Archdiocesan schools should accept any negative test before school attendance (including tests administered upon return to the state) but no earlier than 72 hours before returning to the state. Any test administered by a third-party is sufficient; however, a self-administered test is not acceptable. Availability of testing out-of-state residents varies from state to state, so we advise making a plan for receiving tests within 72 hours of your child’s return to school.  Once you take the test, you must adhere to strict social distancing; if that is not feasible, we will accept a negative test administered 3-5 days after returning home.

For example: 

  • If you are driving to Florida and get tested prior to your return drive home, a pre-arrival test would be sufficient.
  • If you flew to Florida and got tested prior to a return flight home, we would advise you test 2-5 days after returning home.
  • If you get tested and then spend the day on a crowded beach or at a theme park---please test 3-5 days after returning home.
  • For domestic travel in states designated as Yellow on the Chicago Emergency Travel Order map, no quarantine or pre-arrival test is required. However, travelers must maintain strict masking and physical distancing.

International Travel

Regardless of vaccination status, international travelers must follow CDC guidelines:

  • A traveler is to be tested three to five days after their return to the U.S. and must quarantine for a seven-day period even if the post-arrival test is negative (any test administered by a third-party is sufficient; however, a self-administered test is not acceptable).
  • If a traveler chooses not to take a test three to five days after their return to the U.S., he or she must quarantine for ten days after arrival.

 

COVID Dashboard March 25, 2021
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Covid2 March25

Peace,

Dr. Erika Mickelburgh
Principal


SCHOOL NEWS

Endowment Merit Scholarships  - Please Note, Deadline to Apply is Thursday, April 1
The Endowment Committee is excited to announce the merit-based scholarships available to current SPC students returning for the 2021-2022 school year.  Each year the Endowment administers five merit-based, named scholarships totaling $3,750.  

  • Pastoral Leadership Award- We are pleased to invite current 5th and 6th grade students to apply. Three monetary awards of $750 will be given to students who most demonstrate the qualities of leadership and service to others.
  • Maureen Kelly McCambridge Scholarship- We are pleased to invite current 7th grade students to apply for this $1000 scholarship established in Maureen’s honor and memory.
  • Roseann McHugh New Family Welcome Award- This $500 award is available to families who, for the first time during the 2020-2021 school year, have students in K-7th grades and are returning to SPC for a second year. It will be granted to welcome a new family to the SPC community.

Below, please find detailed information concerning each scholarship and their respective criteria. All applicants will be judged using an independent, nonbiased format. In order for us to continue the growth of the Endowment, all award recipients and their families will be asked to help in some capacity at future Endowment events.

Listed below is the timeline for submission. Please note that all deadlines are final and there will be no exceptions to this or any of the scholarship requirements. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Mickelburgh.

Submission Timeline for Endowment Merit-Based Scholarships

April 1, 2021      Applications for the Pastoral Leadership Award, Maureen McCambridge Scholarship & Roseann McHugh New Family Welcome Award due (by 9:00pm)

May 3, 2021       April Maureen McCambridge semi-finalists notified

May 10, 2021     Maureen McCambridge semi-finalists interviewed

June 2021          Pastoral Leadership Award, Maureen McCambridge Scholarship & Roseann McHugh New Family Welcome Award recipients honored at all school Mass.

Please click here for the Scholarship Information and criteria.


chess ed

REGISTER NOW for the Mini 2021 Chess-Ed Virtual Enrichment Program! 
Keep your chess game sharp and join us for Chess-Ed’s 4-week Mini Session this May!

The 4-week Mini Session is offered Monday through Friday at a variety of times (4, 5, and 6 pm) with Beginner, Novice, Continuing, and Advanced program levels.  The chess program runs from 5/3/21 to 5/28/21 and begins after the current Spring session ends on 4/30/21.  The Mini Session is taught by Chess-Ed instructors using Zoom, lichess.org, and other chess software. Please refer to the Eventbee registration site for chess level guidelines. 

To register, go to:   www.a-mini-virtual-chess-ed.eventbee.com.  Be sure to register early to take advantage of EARLY FEE pricing.  For more information about the program, please refer to the program flyer and Eventbee website.  Chess-Ed is looking forward to seeing your CHESS ENTHUSIAST this May!

Please click here for the flyer.


SPC Yearbooks - Ordering Deadline is Thursday, April 8th

The deadline to order a St. Paul of the Cross yearbook is Thursday, April 8th.  If you are not sure if you have already ordered a yearbook, please contact Mrs. McCallister at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before ordering. 

Here are three reasons we chose TreeRing:

  • Custom Yearbooks:  Every student gets a one of a kind printed copy containing two free pages to customize with personal photos. (This is optional; don’t feel obligated to complete this)

  • Green Yearbooks: In the past four years TreeRing planted almost 2,100 trees on behalf of St. Paul of the Cross.

  • Beautiful Yearbooks:  All yearbooks are gorgeously printed in full color using the highest end print production available.

YOU CAN PURCHASE AND PERSONALIZE YOUR St. Paul of the Cross YEARBOOK BY CLICKING HERE https://www.google.com/url?q=https://tr5.treering.com/validate&source=gmail&ust=1614979315981000&usg=AFQjCNHySH4YtoGx662EbEW9YiwarztUVA">https://tr5.treering.com/validate

Yearbook password: 101414618165482

A few important facts:

o   Your personalized yearbook only costs $28.00 for a soft cover. You may order a hardcover yearbook for an additional charge.

o   You’ll need to purchase your copy and complete your free personal pages by April 8th

o   Your 2 free custom pages are optional, if you don’t customize you’ll receive a standard yearbook.

Regards,

Mrs. Melissa McCallister

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

P.S. If you need help, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. TreeRing has a wonderful customer service. I have found that calling them at 877-755-8733 works well too.

FROM THE PARISH

We have an active and vibrant parish and encourage everyone to read the weekly bulletins for Fr. Britto's weekly letter and stay informed about all upcoming events and programs. 
Please click here for the latest bulletin.


Candelight Rosary - Feast of the Annunciation Thursday, March 25th

Rosary
Please click here for the details.

FROM THE COMMUNITY

Loyola Academy Junior High Summer Enrichment Program
Summer will be here soon! Loyola Academy will be offering their Jr. High Summer Enrichment Program for summer 2021. Please click here to download the flyer.

St. Viator's March Future Lions Newsletter 

 

Dear SPC Parents,

I hope you all enjoyed a wonderful St Patrick’s Day. I want to give our Student Council a shout-out, who arranged the Shamrock Shake sale and raised $2000 for our Lenten Mission! Congratulations to our wonderful student leaders and Mrs. Shultz for making that happen. A very big thank you to the Herrera family for donating the Shamrock Shakes! 

Spring Break Reminder:
Please see below for travel guidelines pertaining to Spring Break. A reminder that Spring Break begins on April 1 at 11:30 am; there will be no aftercare that day. School will resume on April 12. 

We have come so far this school year; please follow all travel guidelines (see below) if you are traveling. If you are choosing to travel over Spring Break, please follow the rules. If you have questions, please contact the main office. 

May 7 Professional Development Day - No School
The Illinois State Board of Education has allowed schools to add an additional four days of professional development to the calendar. We have chosen to use three this year. The last PD day for the year has been scheduled for Friday, May 7. There will be no school for students that day. 

The Second Annual International SEL (Social-Emotional Learning) Day is March 26, 2021!
This is an opportunity to spread the word about the importance and impact of social-emotional learning. We will observe a “mindful moment” during morning announcements as a school. Parents, please join us for upcoming parent speakers.

The SEL Parent Speaker Lunch & Learn Series - Wednesday 3/24/21 and Wednesday 3/31/21

Date: March 24, 2020
Time: 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. (Will be recorded)
Who: Lee Dal Pra
Topic: Distress Tolerance: How parents can help their children manage and tolerate anxiety and stress

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcqcO-qrzIvH9ek-3qNaooNWSMbtmXr1t2u 

Date: March 31: Dr. Rob Daniels, Child Psychologist
Time:12:00-1:00 p.m. (Will be recorded)
Who: Dr. Rob Daniels
Topic: Pandemic Parenting: Collaborative and Proactive Solutions to Discipline

Register in advance for this meeting:https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwufuihrjwsHdWxqPnokdEG4gjVhBSIivYR 

Travel Guidelines Updated 3/17/21
The Archdiocese of Chicago and Office of Catholic Schools follow the Chicago Emergency Travel Order for domestic travel regardless of whether the traveler resides in Chicago, Cook County, or Lake County. In consultation with our medical advisors, we have updated our travel guidelines to conform to new guidance from public health authorities. 

The following travel quarantine guidelines replace all prior guidance. Remember that public health departments discourage inter-state travel. We continue to recommend that Catholic school families and employees enjoy a safe spring break at home.

Domestic Travel (state-to-state)

Vaccinated individuals:

  • No quarantine is necessary if the traveler is fully vaccinated, which is defined as two weeks after the second dose of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccination or two weeks after receiving a single-dose COVID-19 vaccination.
  • Proof of vaccination will be required to avoid quarantines.
  • Individuals must not have symptoms and must maintain strict masking and physical distancing. If a fully vaccinated individual has symptoms, they must quarantine and consult with a health care provider. 

Non-vaccinated individuals:

Travel in states designated Orange on the Chicago Emergency Travel Order map requires:

  • Ten-day quarantine upon return if there is no negative pre-arrival test (any test administered by a third-party is sufficient; however, a self-administered test is not acceptable) or the traveler is not fully vaccinated (see above for definition of fully vaccinated) OR
  • A pre-arrival negative test (within 72 hours before returning to the state) with strict masking, physical distancing, and avoidance of in-person out-of-school gatherings. Archdiocesan schools should accept any negative test before school attendance (including tests administered upon return to the state) but no earlier than 72 hours before returning to the state. Any test administered by a third-party is sufficient; however, a self-administered test is not acceptable. Availability of testing out-of-state residents varies from state to state, so we advise making a plan for receiving tests within 72 hours of your child’s return to school.
  • For domestic travel in states designated as Yellow on the Chicago Emergency Travel Order map, no quarantine or pre-arrival test is required. However, travelers must maintain strict masking and physical distancing.

International Travel
Regardless of vaccination status, international travelers must follow CDC guidelines:

  • A traveler is to be tested three to five days after their return to the U.S. and must quarantine for a seven-day period even if the post-arrival test is negative (any test administered by a third-party is sufficient; however, a self-administered test is not acceptable).
  • If a traveler chooses not to take a test three to five days after their return to the U.S., he or she must quarantine for ten days after arrival.

School Vaccinations
The COVID-19 pandemic has devastated families and communities around the world over the past year. However, vaccines are a ray of hope against a killer virus and have gained the approval of public health authorities, Pope Francis and Cardinal Cupich. As communities of faith concerned about the sanctity of human life, our religious leaders and Catholic school heroes are not only encouraging everyone to get vaccinated but are rolling up their sleeves to get a life-saving vaccine themselves. 

COVID Dashboard 3-18-2021

Covid 1a

Covid 2

Peace,
Dr. Erika Mickelburgh
Principal


Endowment Merit Scholarships  
The Endowment Committee is excited to announce the merit-based scholarships available to current SPC students returning for the 2021-2022 school year.  Each year the Endowment administers five merit-based, named scholarships totaling $3,750.  

  • Pastoral Leadership Award- We are pleased to invite current 5th and 6th grade students to apply. Three monetary awards of $750 will be given to students who most demonstrate the qualities of leadership and service to others.
  • Maureen Kelly McCambridge Scholarship- We are pleased to invite current 7th grade students to apply for this $1000 scholarship established in Maureen’s honor and memory.
  • Roseann McHugh New Family Welcome Award- This $500 award is available to families who, for the first time during the 2020-2021 school year, have students in K-7th grades and are returning to SPC for a second year. It will be granted to welcome a new family to the SPC community.

Below, please find detailed information concerning each scholarship and their respective criteria. All applicants will be judged using an independent, nonbiased format. In order for us to continue the growth of the Endowment, all award recipients and their families will be asked to help in some capacity at future Endowment events.

Listed below is the timeline for submission. Please note that all deadlines are final and there will be no exceptions to this or any of the scholarship requirements. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Mickelburgh.

Submission Timeline for Endowment Merit-Based Scholarships

April 1, 2021      Applications for the Pastoral Leadership Award, Maureen McCambridge Scholarship & Roseann McHugh New Family Welcome Award due (by 9:00pm)

May 3, 2021       April Maureen McCambridge semi-finalists notified

May 10, 2021     Maureen McCambridge semi-finalists interviewed

June 2021          Pastoral Leadership Award, Maureen McCambridge Scholarship & Roseann McHugh New Family Welcome Award recipients honored at all school Mass.

Please click here for the Scholarship Information and criteria.


SPC Yearbooks - Ordering Deadline is Thursday, April 8th

The deadline to order a St. Paul of the Cross yearbook is Thursday, April 8th.  If you are not sure if you have already ordered a yearbook, please contact Mrs. McCallister at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before ordering. 

Here are three reasons we chose TreeRing:

  • Custom Yearbooks:  Every student gets a one of a kind printed copy containing two free pages to customize with personal photos. (This is optional; don’t feel obligated to complete this)

  • Green Yearbooks: In the past four years TreeRing planted almost 2,100 trees on behalf of St. Paul of the Cross.

  • Beautiful Yearbooks:  All yearbooks are gorgeously printed in full color using the highest end print production available.

YOU CAN PURCHASE AND PERSONALIZE YOUR St. Paul of the Cross YEARBOOK BY CLICKING HERE https://www.google.com/url?q=https://tr5.treering.com/validate&source=gmail&ust=1614979315981000&usg=AFQjCNHySH4YtoGx662EbEW9YiwarztUVA">https://tr5.treering.com/validate

Yearbook password: 101414618165482

A few important facts:

o   Your personalized yearbook only costs $28.00 for a soft cover. You may order a hardcover yearbook for an additional charge.

o   You’ll need to purchase your copy and complete your free personal pages by April 8th

o   Your 2 free custom pages are optional, if you don’t customize you’ll receive a standard yearbook.

Regards,

Mrs. Melissa McCallister

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

P.S. If you need help, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. TreeRing has a wonderful customer service. I have found that calling them at 877-755-8733 works well too.

FROM THE PARISH

We have an active and vibrant parish and encourage everyone to read the weekly bulletins for Fr. Britto's weekly letter and stay informed about all upcoming events and programs. 
Please click here for the latest bulletin.


Candelight Rosary - Feast of the Annunciation Thursday, March 25th

Rosary
Please click here for the details.

FROM THE COMMUNITY

Loyola Academy Junior High Summer Enrichment Program
Summer will be here soon! Loyola Academy will be offering their Jr. High Summer Enrichment Program for summer 2021. Please click here to download the flyer.

St. Viator's March Future Lions Newsletter 

 

Dear SPC Parents,

Exactly one year ago, very few of us even knew what a Zoom was, and now it has become a daily reality in most of our lives. As we approach the year anniversary of the March 13th shut down, it is hard to believe that we honestly had no idea how our worlds would soon be dramatically changed this time last year! It is hard not to pause and remember the dramatic shift all of our lives took a year ago. Teachers rallied overnight to use their creativity to make a shift from in-person instruction to remote learning. Parents juggled the demands of working from home while also managing remote learning. Our brave first responders still showed up to protect and serve despite the unknown dangers of a global pandemic. 

We must pause to pray for the heartbreaking loss of life we have seen in our country because of the pandemic and hold in our hearts those who are no longer with us. Many in our community have family members and friends that this devastating illness has impacted. Let us continue to hold these people in our hearts and prayers.

However, even in uncertain darkness, we experience light and joy. I hope we can all pause for a few moments in these upcoming weeks to reflect on how much our lives have changed. We have probably spent more dinners around the same table, sharing the highlights of our days. Perhaps our lives slowed down a little bit from the usual running to and fro for various activities; maybe we have played more board games as a family or completed more 1000 piece puzzles. We can celebrate our children's amazing resilience and the courage and bravery of our amazing teachers in returning to in-person learning in August! As the hope of life returning to normal becomes more evident in the upcoming months, I pray that we hold onto the beauty of slowing down our busy lives and savoring the time we share together. 

St. Patrick's Day, March 17th: Kids may wear green and any bottoms!

St Joseph's Day, March 19th:  Kids may wear red and any bottoms! 

Endowment Merit Scholarships
Last week, I shared the upcoming merit-based Endowment Scholarships information and timeline. Please take two minutes to watch this Zoom presentation that the Endowment committee prepared to explain the scholarships. We are so fortunate to have the SPC Educational Endowment Fund, which benefits every SPC school family, year after year and helps keep Catholic education accessible and sustainable for future generations. 

Please click here for a very brief and informative Zoom presentation explaining these scholarships. The passcode is [email protected]^SIst . 

EGC Arrival Time
Please remember that the EGC starts at 8:00. The tardies are increasing; please be mindful of the start time.

Climate, Culture, and Catholic Identity (3C) Survey
As you may recall, we are pleased to again implement a system-wide stakeholder survey in all archdiocesan Catholic schools this year. This survey called the Climate, Culture, and Catholic Identity encompasses major aspects of instruction, student and adult culture, and Catholic mission and culture. It has been constructed in partnership with the University of Chicago, incorporating the research-based and prolific 5Essentials survey.

2021 Archdiocese of Chicago Parent Survey
Link to survey: http://survey.5-essentials.org/archchicago/survey/parent/

Registration 2021-2022
I am pleased to inform you all that our enrollment has increased for next year. We have waitlists at multiple grade levels. While we hope your intent to return remains the same, please notify the main office of the change in registration status if your plans have changed for next year.

COVID Dashboard March 11, 2021
Covid dash 1

 covid2

Peace,

Dr. Erika Mickelburgh
Principal


Endowment Merit Scholarships  
The Endowment Committee is excited to announce the merit-based scholarships available to current SPC students returning for the 2021-2022 school year.  Each year the Endowment administers five merit-based, named scholarships totaling $3,750.  

  • Pastoral Leadership Award- We are pleased to invite current 5th and 6th grade students to apply. Three monetary awards of $750 will be given to students who most demonstrate the qualities of leadership and service to others.
  • Maureen Kelly McCambridge Scholarship- We are pleased to invite current 7th grade students to apply for this $1000 scholarship established in Maureen’s honor and memory.
  • Roseann McHugh New Family Welcome Award- This $500 award is available to families who, for the first time during the 2020-2021 school year, have students in K-7th grades and are returning to SPC for a second year. It will be granted to welcome a new family to the SPC community.

Below, please find detailed information concerning each scholarship and their respective criteria. All applicants will be judged using an independent, nonbiased format. In order for us to continue the growth of the Endowment, all award recipients and their families will be asked to help in some capacity at future Endowment events.

Listed below is the timeline for submission. Please note that all deadlines are final and there will be no exceptions to this or any of the scholarship requirements. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Mickelburgh.

Submission Timeline for Endowment Merit-Based Scholarships

April 1, 2021      Applications for the Pastoral Leadership Award, Maureen McCambridge Scholarship & Roseann McHugh New Family Welcome Award due (by 9:00pm)

May 3, 2021       April Maureen McCambridge semi-finalists notified

May 10, 2021     Maureen McCambridge semi-finalists interviewed

June 2021          Pastoral Leadership Award, Maureen McCambridge Scholarship & Roseann McHugh New Family Welcome Award recipients honored at all school Mass.

Please click here for the Scholarship Information and criteria.


SPC Yearbooks - Ordering Deadline is Thursday, April 8th

The deadline to order a St. Paul of the Cross yearbook is Thursday, April 8th.  If you are not sure if you have already ordered a yearbook, please contact Mrs. McCallister at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before ordering. 

Here are three reasons we chose TreeRing:

  • Custom Yearbooks:  Every student gets a one of a kind printed copy containing two free pages to customize with personal photos. (This is optional; don’t feel obligated to complete this)

  • Green Yearbooks: In the past four years TreeRing planted almost 2,100 trees on behalf of St. Paul of the Cross.

  • Beautiful Yearbooks:  All yearbooks are gorgeously printed in full color using the highest end print production available.

YOU CAN PURCHASE AND PERSONALIZE YOUR St. Paul of the Cross YEARBOOK BY CLICKING HERE https://www.google.com/url?q=https://tr5.treering.com/validate&source=gmail&ust=1614979315981000&usg=AFQjCNHySH4YtoGx662EbEW9YiwarztUVA">https://tr5.treering.com/validate

Yearbook password: 101414618165482

A few important facts:

o   Your personalized yearbook only costs $28.00 for a soft cover. You may order a hardcover yearbook for an additional charge.

o   You’ll need to purchase your copy and complete your free personal pages by April 8th

o   Your 2 free custom pages are optional, if you don’t customize you’ll receive a standard yearbook.

Regards,

Mrs. Melissa McCallister

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

P.S. If you need help, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. TreeRing has a wonderful customer service. I have found that calling them at 877-755-8733 works well too.

FROM THE PARISH

We have an active and vibrant parish and encourage everyone to read the weekly bulletins for Fr. Britto's weekly letter and stay informed about all upcoming events and programs. 
Please click here for the latest bulletin.

FROM THE COMMUNITY

Loyola Academy Junior High Summer Enrichment Program
Summer will be here soon! Loyola Academy will be offering their Jr. High Summer Enrichment Program for summer 2021. Please click here to download the flyer.

St. Viator's March Future Lions Newsletter 

 

Dear SPC Parents,


Tomorrow marks the end of the 2nd Trimester! As the weather starts to warm up, I hope we can soon enjoy some much-deserved time outside in the fresh air. 

Please note the following in this weeks mailing:

  • Trimester 2 Student Report Cards
  • SPC Winter Report Cards--so much to celebrate!
  • Parent-Teacher Conferences-clarification and scheduling
  • Endowment Scholarships
  • Financial Aid Applications Due April 1st
  • Shamrock Shakes--to Support Lenten Almsgiving!
  • Travel Guidance
  • Covid Dashboard--Keep up the Good Work!

Trimester 2 Student Report Cards:

Report Cards will be emailed on Wednesday, March 10th. 


Student Achievement Data - An Overall Winter Report card
Almost a year ago, our children's education was disrupted. As a parent and an educator, the disruption to the school year and the pivot to remote learning made me concerned about the impact on student achievement and learning. I could only think that even in the best of remote learning situations, we would see a slide in student achievement. While I was confident that we would be able to adequately adjust instruction and curriculum to close any gap through our amazing teachers' tremendous efforts, I was still nervous about the consequences; we were in completely uncharted waters. 

In August, I shared with you the safety plan and the academic plan to address any gaps in learning due to the 2020 pivot to remote learning.

  • In August 2020, the teachers met to revise any curriculum maps and adjust content based on gaps that may have existed after the last school year. 
  • I-Ready, Fountas & Pinnell, and NWEA MAP assessments were administered in early September.
  • Priority learning standards were adjusted and re-taught based on I-Ready and NWEA Map data.

I am pleased to announce that our plan has allowed us to continue to provide an excellent curriculum despite the challenges that exist in our Covid-19 reopening reality. There is no question that given the safety requirements we must follow, instruction looks different this year. Small groups and cooperative learning is limited, and many classrooms have had to pivot to 14 days of remote learning. Despite these challenges, our student achievement surpasses expectations. 

Typically, overall student data is shared at the end of the year; however, given the school year's unique nature, I think it is important to pause and examine how students are performing mid-year. I am overjoyed to report that St. Paul of the Cross students continue to perform at or above the national average in both Math and Reading in all grades K-8! Both the I-Ready (K-3) data and the NWEA Map (4-8) data do not show gaps in learning as an area of concern; our students are above where they should be and growing each day! Our students and teachers should be congratulated for the level of hard work and rigorous curriculum that is evident at SPC. Please click on the letters below that highlight our overall school data for each grade level. 
Click here for I-Ready Data Grades K–3
Click here for MAP Data Grades 4–8

Thank you for your trust in allowing us to educate your children during these challenging times. I am so proud of the resilience of our community and the perseverance in following our guidelines so that we may continue in-person instruction all year long! 


Parent-Teacher Conferences and Professional Development
March 11th and 12th

Please click here
for details about scheduling your conference. I am aware that an email when home stating these are optional, that was incorrect. They are strongly encouraged. Please schedule a time to meet with your child’s teacher to discuss their progress.


Endowment Merit Scholarships
The Endowment Committee is excited to announce the merit-based scholarships available to current SPC students returning for the 2021-2022 school year.  Each year the Endowment administers five merit-based, named scholarships totaling $3,750:

  • Pastoral Leadership Award- We are pleased to invite current 5th and 6th grade students to apply. Three monetary awards of $750 will be given to students who most demonstrate the qualities of leadership and service to others.
  • Maureen Kelly McCambridge Scholarship- We are pleased to invite current 7th grade students to apply for this $1000 scholarship established in Maureen’s honor and memory.
  • Roseann McHugh New Family Welcome Award- This $500 award is available to families who, for the first time during the 2020-2021 school year, have students in K-7th grades and are returning to SPC for a second year. It will be granted to welcome a new family to the SPC community.

Below, please find detailed information concerning each scholarship and their respective criteria. All applicants will be judged using an independent, nonbiased format. In order for us to continue the growth of the Endowment, all award recipients and their families will be asked to help in some capacity at future Endowment events.

Listed below is the timeline for submission. Please note that all deadlines are final and there will be no exceptions to this or any of the scholarship requirements. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Mickelburgh.

Submission Timeline for Endowment Merit-Based Scholarships

April 1, 2021      Applications for the Pastoral Leadership Award, Maureen McCambridge Scholarship & Roseann McHugh New Family Welcome Award due (by 9:00pm)

May 3, 2021       April Maureen McCambridge semi-finalists notified

May 10, 2021     Maureen McCambridge semi-finalists interviewed

June 2021          Pastoral Leadership Award, Maureen McCambridge Scholarship & Roseann McHugh New Family Welcome Award recipients honored at all school Mass.

Please click here for the Scholarship Information and criteria.


 

Tuition Assistance Financial Aid Applications Due April 1
Tuition Assistance is available for all eligible students in grades in K-8. Award Letters will be emailed to parents in May. Please click here for the application.


Shamrock Shakes Sponsored by Student Council
The Student Council is hosting a McDonald's Shamrock Shake fundraiser to benefit the SPC Lenten Almsgiving Mission! Thank you to the Herrera Family for donating the Milkshakes!

Parents/guardians, you may purchase a Shamrock Shake for your child for $4.00 through the first link attached below. You may purchase a maximum of one shake per child. Shamrock Shake orders will be accepted through Tuesday, March 9th. All orders are due by March 9th. Shamrock Shakes will be delivered to students and faculty during their lunchtime on Wednesday, March 17 --- a perfect way to celebrate St. Patrick's Day!

Preschool & PreKindergarten parents/guardians, please make sure your child will be in attendance on Wednesday, March 17, if you wish to order them a Shamrock Shake.

Parents/guardians, click here to place your child's Shamrock Shake order.

Travel Guidance
Please make sure you read the email sent last week regarding new travel guidelines. Click here for a copy.

Covid Dashboard March 4, 2021
Keep Up the Good Work

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Please read on for more information from the school!

Peace,
Dr. Erika Mickelburgh
Principal


SPC Yearbooks - Ordering Deadline is Thursday, April 8th

The deadline to order a St. Paul of the Cross yearbook is Thursday, April 8th.  If you are not sure if you have already ordered a yearbook, please contact Mrs. McCallister at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before ordering. 

Here are three reasons we chose TreeRing:

  • Custom Yearbooks:  Every student gets a one of a kind printed copy containing two free pages to customize with personal photos. (This is optional; don’t feel obligated to complete this)

  • Green Yearbooks: In the past four years TreeRing planted almost 2,100 trees on behalf of St. Paul of the Cross.

  • Beautiful Yearbooks:  All yearbooks are gorgeously printed in full color using the highest end print production available.

YOU CAN PURCHASE AND PERSONALIZE YOUR St. Paul of the Cross YEARBOOK BY CLICKING HERE https://www.google.com/url?q=https://tr5.treering.com/validate&source=gmail&ust=1614979315981000&usg=AFQjCNHySH4YtoGx662EbEW9YiwarztUVA">https://tr5.treering.com/validate

Yearbook password: 101414618165482

A few important facts:

o   Your personalized yearbook only costs $28.00 for a soft cover. You may order a hardcover yearbook for an additional charge.

o   You’ll need to purchase your copy and complete your free personal pages by April 8th

o   Your 2 free custom pages are optional, if you don’t customize you’ll receive a standard yearbook.

Regards,

Mrs. Melissa McCallister

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P.S. If you need help, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. TreeRing has a wonderful customer service. I have found that calling them at 877-755-8733 works well too.

FROM THE PARISH

We have an active and vibrant parish and encourage everyone to read the weekly bulletins for Fr. Britto's weekly letter and stay informed about all upcoming events and programs. 
Please click here for the latest bulletin.

Park Ridge Wilderness Princesses / St. Paul of the Cross Food Pantry Food Drive – Saturday, March 6th
Please click here for all of the details!

FROM THE COMMUNITY

St. Viator's March Future Lions Newsletter 

 

Dear SPC Families,

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Once again, thank you to everyone who participated in our Celebrating the Spirit 2021 Parent Appeal this month. We received more pledges this week, and I am thrilled to report that together, you raised $113,000 for SPC! Please click here for the donor report updated 2-26-21. 

Your generosity enables us to pay off the remainder of the Parish loan for the redesigned lower-level Library, STEM Lab, and Faculty Room completed last summer. 

 

Yard Signs Are Here! - Available Outside at Pick-up Tomorrow (FRIDAY)

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We are excited to pass out new yard signs to you tomorrow (Friday) at pickup. We will have the signs outside of the EGC and the UGC buildings before/during the afternoon pickup. Once again, a very big thank you to Mr. & Mrs. Gleason for their thoughtful donations of these wonderful SPC yard signs. We were able to pop them into the ground, believe it or not, despite the snow still on the ground.

UPDATED TRAVEL RULES:
Please make sure you read the email I sent earlier today regarding new travel guidelines. CLICK HERE FOR A COPY  

 

LENTEN ALMSGIVING- We are building another church!

For the past four years, St. Paul of the Cross Parish has partnered with Catholic Extension for a Lenten almsgiving project. This year we will continue to help build a chapel for our brothers and sisters in the North Shore Community in the Diocese of San Bernardino, CA. Your efforts will assist and sustain this parish so that they can continue their spiritual works of mercy and serve this growing community.

It is important to understand that we are asking our students to give of their time and talent to help contribute. This is not a time to have Mom or Dad go to their wallet and give money. We want our kids to understand that almsgiving comes from their own time, talent and treasure. Perhaps your child helps with chores around the house, and that money earned is donated, or maybe they choose to donate a portion of their weekly allowance to help build the church. However small the gift, these almsgiving donations must come from the children. Please help your child brainstorm ways they can help build a church in the Diocese of San Bernardino! Your child may bring in the donation to the main office. 

https://www.spc-church.org/about/news/1355-2021-lenten-almsgiving

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Climate, Culture, and Catholic Identity (3C) Survey

As you may recall, we are pleased to again implement a system-wide stakeholder survey in all archdiocesan Catholic schools this year. This survey called the Climate, Culture, and Catholic Identity encompasses major aspects of instruction, student and adult culture, and Catholic mission and culture. It has been constructed in partnership with the University of Chicago, incorporating the research-based and prolific 5Essentials survey.

2021 Archdiocese of Chicago Parent Survey

Link to survey: http://survey.5-essentials.org/archchicago/survey/parent/



Covid Dashboard Through February 25, 2021

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Peace,
Dr. Erika Mickelburgh


FROM THE PARISH

We have an active and vibrant parish and encourage everyone to read the weekly bulletins for Fr. Britto's weekly letter and stay informed about all upcoming events and programs. 
Please click here for the latest bulletin.

FROM THE COMMUNITY

St. Viator's February Future Lions Newsletter