Dear SPC Families,

Thank you to everyone who came out last Friday for the 1st Annual Parent Mixer! It was a lovely night to be together and celebrate our school community. I think we will add the event to our yearly traditions!

The Tiger Fun Run is off to a great start, and we are well on our way to meeting our goal. I know there are some fun rumors about what the Super Secret Surprise will be if we reach our goal…..I promise it will not disappoint! Next week will be jam-packed with fun in each of the rooms. Please check your email daily to see if your child’s homeroom has earned any fun awards, such as wearing pajamas to school the next day. You are allowed to come and watch your child run on Friday. Please see your classroom newsletters for the exact time. The Fun Run will take place in the main parking lot.

A FEW THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND FOR FUN RUN DAY:

  • There will be no kiss-and-go line in the main lot on Friday morning. The line will be moved to Washington.|
  • Parents are allowed to come to the Fun Run. Please do not park in FM Global Lot. You will have to find city parking.
  • Your child will be given a pizza lunch on Friday--do not pack a lunch unless there are dietary restrictions.
  • Fun Run T-shirts will go home on Thursday. Your child should wear them on Friday.
  • Two spectators per child are allowed to come and watch the run. You will also be asked to leave after your child runs to allow for space for the next group of runners.

DROPPING OFF ITEMS TO THE UGC:
Please remember that it is strongly recommended not to drop off forgotten items in the office, such as Chromebooks, lunch boxes, and water bottles. Please double check your child has these items before they leave for school.

Covid Dashboard September 16, 2021
Covid Dashboard 9 16 21

Peace, 
Dr. Erika Mickelburgh
Principal


HOME & SCHOOL ASSOCIATION

Last Chance! Today is the Final Day to sign up for this year's Out of Uniform Ten-Packs! 
Tomorrow, Friday, September 17th, is our first Out of Uniform Day with the Virtual Ten-Packs. Please see below for information and to purchase online before 9:00 pm tonight. 

*Just a reminder that we did not sell these last spring as in past years. 

Out of Uniform Voucher

Don't miss out on this opportunity to purchase a complete pack of TEN Out of Uniform Passes for the entire 2021-2022 school calendar year! The first date is tomorrow, September 17th! 

Click on the voucher above or click here to purchase your out of uniform packs for each student (Grades Kdg-8). They are $30 per student and include 10 virtual passes. 

The dates (also listed on the school calendar) are:

Friday, September 17 
Friday, October 15
Friday, November 19
Friday, December 10
Friday, January 14
Friday, February 18
Friday, March 25
Friday, April 29
Friday, May 27
Friday, June 3


SPC SCHOOL DIRECTORY
The SPC School Directory with family and class information will be available by the end of this month!

You will receive an email with instructions on how to confirm your personal information and directions on how to purchase the directory.

If you have any questions, please contact Wendy Diez at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


SCHOOL CLUBS AND ACTIVITIES

SPC Life Team

We are excited to announce that the SPC Life Team for 7th and 8th graders is back (8th graders get service hours for participation)! Last year, the team was unable to meet due to Covid restrictions but this year, we will be able to continue the momentum of this important group!

The SPC Life Team is sponsored by the parish Respect Life Committee and is coordinated by parents, Wendy Diez and Karen Maloney. The mission of the team is to live the Gospel of Life through service to the most vulnerable: the unborn, those with special needs, the poor, the elderly, etc. Our goal is to live out the social justice teaching of respecting the life and dignity of every human person.

Some of our past activities have included:

  • Helping with the parish Baby Bottle project for the Women's Center by distributing and collecting the bottles and speaking at masses
  • Making Easter baskets for expectant mothers at Heather's House
  • Making Christmas ornaments, decorating trees and caroling at Summit of Uptown
  • Volunteering at Feed My Starving Children
  • Making cards for residents at CEL facilities during Covid

We meet one Monday per month during lunch to plan outreach/service activities. 
If your 7th or 8th grader is interested in joining us, please let Wendy Diez (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Karen Maloney (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) know and have them plan to attend our first meeting next week!


Smiling Strings Returns to SPC!
Fall In-Person Violin Lessons

violin image

Lessons take place on Tuesdays (2-3 PM) beginning Sept 21st

Open to New & Returning Students Grades K-8

$239 for 10 weeks + annual $55 materials fee
(violin rental not included)

 

cub scout logo

SPC Cub Scouts – Volunteers Needed!  

Attention parents of boys in Grades 1-4. SPC has sponsored a Cub Scout Pack for many years. Cub Scouting is a family-oriented program that provides an opportunity to learn valuable life skills, including good citizenship, teamwork and personal responsibility, all while having some fun along the way. The pandemic has thinned our ranks recently, so we are looking for some parents in these grades to help us continue to make this program available. No prior experience with Scouting is required, just a willingness to learn a little about the program and then to act as a good leader, role model and guide to your child and his fellow Scouts. If you are interested, please reach out to Robb Armour (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or John Mikowski (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).


Altar Servers21

Altar Server Program – Attention all 6th, 7th, and 8th Grade Students
We would like to invite all 6th, 7th and 8th grade SPC and CCD students to participate in our Altar Server program. If you are interested in participating in this beautiful ministry, please return the application that was given to you to the school office or rectory office. All current altar servers need to complete an application as all participants will be trained. If you need an application please go to the school office. 

From the Parish 

We have an active and vibrant parish and encourage everyone to read the weekly bulletins for Fr. James' weekly letter and stay informed about all upcoming events and programs. 
Please click here for the latest bulletin. 
Please click here for Fr. James' "The Daily" - Daily Mass Readings and Reflections


Attention Men of St. Paul of the Cross Parish!

TMIY - "That Man is You" is a new Men's organization starting at St. Paul of the Cross Parish.
Becoming a Man After God's Own Heart 
Please click here to download the flyer 

From the Community

Notre Dame Jersey night
Notre Dame Jersey Night, Friday, September 24th! 
Where an elementary school, college or NFL football jersey and receive a free ticket to the game! There will be a check-in table next to the stadium entrance. Please click here for more details and to RSVP.


Edison Park Youth Basketball Attention 1st through 8th Graders!
Registration begins Saturday, September 18th. Please click here for the details.


SPHS Fall Visits 21
Attention 6th–8th Grade Boys
Please click here for St. Patrick High School Admissions Events and Information.


 

Loyola Academy Basketball Fall Skills League Attention Grades 3-8

St. Viator's Future Lion September Newsletter

Dear SPC Families,

Imagine my surprise when I watched 98% of the kids who ride their bikes to school leave school without a bike helmet! I know riding your bike to school is often a right of passage, that first step in helping our children practice some independence. However, please make sure that your child rides to school with an appropriately fitting bike helmet. We want to make sure that their beautiful brains are protected at all times, not just in the classroom but on the road as well! Thank you for your cooperation, and let’s remember to wear the helmets!

http://ohioaap.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/bike-safety-letter1.pdf

http://ohioaap.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/Dylans-Story1.pdf

https://www.lfh.org/importance_bike_helmet_safety

https://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/108/4/1030 

TIGER FUN RUN: COMING SOON
Tomorrow you will receive an email regarding our Tiger Fun Run Kick-Off. Please look in your email for directions on registration and more fun details! Tiger Fun Run is on Friday, September 24th, and is one of our largest fundraisers. It also promises to be a super fun week and a half with classroom incentives and school spirit!

BACK-TO-SCHOOL NIGHT
If you missed back-to-school night, the video recordings will be included in the weekly teacher newsletter.

PARENT MINGLE
It looks like the weather is going to be perfect for tomorrow night. I look forward to seeing you and enjoying a beverage!

COVID DASHBOARD
September 9, 2021
Covid Dashboard 9 9 21

Be sure to look at a lot of new information about student and parent activities below! 

Peace,
Dr. Erika Mickelburgh
Principal


 

HOME & SCHOOL ASSOCIATION

Our first Home & School Meeting of the school year! Please click here to download the flyer.

HSA September 2021 Meeting

Out of Uniform Ten-Packs for this new school year! Time to sign up!

Out of Uniform Voucher

Don't miss out on this opportunity to purchase a complete pack of TEN Out of Uniform Passes for the entire 2021-2022 school calendar year! The first date is next Friday, September 17th! 

Click on the voucher above or click here to purchase your out of uniform packs for each student (Grades Kdg-8). They are $30 per student and include 10 virtual passes. These will be available to purchase until NEXT Thursday, September 16th, so be sure to sign up before then!

The dates (also listed on the school calendar) are:

Friday, September 17 
Friday, October 15
Friday, November 19
Friday, December 10
Friday, January 14
Friday, February 18
Friday, March 25
Friday, April 29
Friday, May 27
Friday, June 3


SPC SCHOOL DIRECTORY
The SPC School Directory with family and class information will be available by the end of this month!

You will receive an email within the next week with instructions on how to confirm your personal information and directions on how to purchase the directory.

If you have any questions, please contact Wendy Diez at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


 

SPC TRIP: Rebates on tuition through gift card purchases
The Home & School Association is excited for another year of shopping through TRIP- a way for SPC families to earn rebates on their FACTS accounts with the purchase of gift cards. For more information, please reach out to the plan coordinator: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit: https://shop.shopwithscrip.com/. SPC's enrollment code for families (and friends) is C21ELFAD426. That's right, even extended families and friends can use the program as well to help out with your child's tuition. SPC currently has several gift cards on hand available for purchase. Many of the gift cards on the site are e-cards, but if you're looking for a physical gift card- or to stock up before the holidays- we will be placing the next order for physical cards on 9/15. Please email with any questions!


SCHOOL CLUBS AND ACTIVITIES

SPC Life Team

We are excited to announce that the SPC Life Team for 7th and 8th graders is back (8th graders get service hours for participation)! Last year, the team was unable to meet due to Covid restrictions but this year, we will be able to continue the momentum of this important group!

The SPC Life Team is sponsored by the parish Respect Life Committee and is coordinated by parents, Wendy Diez and Karen Maloney. The mission of the team is to live the Gospel of Life through service to the most vulnerable: the unborn, those with special needs, the poor, the elderly, etc. Our goal is to live out the social justice teaching of respecting the life and dignity of every human person.

Some of our past activities have included:

  • Helping with the parish Baby Bottle project for the Women's Center by distributing and collecting the bottles and speaking at masses
  • Making Easter baskets for expectant mothers at Heather's House
  • Making Christmas ornaments, decorating trees and caroling at Summit of Uptown
  • Volunteering at Feed My Starving Children
  • Making cards for residents at CEL facilities during Covid

We meet one Monday per month during lunch to plan outreach/service activities. Our first meeting will be held on September 13th at 11:30 am.
If your 7th or 8th grader is interested in joining us, please let Wendy Diez (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Karen Maloney (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) know and have them plan to attend our first meeting next week!


Smiling Strings Returns to SPC!
Fall In-Person Violin Lessons

violin image

Lessons take place on Tuesdays (2-3 PM) beginning Sept 21st

Open to New & Returning Students Grades K-8

$239 for 10 weeks + annual $55 materials fee
(violin rental not included)

 
 
CHESS ED

Register NOW for the Fall Session of Chess-Ed’s Chess Enrichment Program

Registration for the Fall Session of the after-school chess program is underway! The 10-week program takes place on Tuesdays from 2-3 pm and runs from 9/14/21 to 11/16/21. The chess program is taught by Chess-Ed instructors and is open to students in 1st through 8th grade and students of all chess abilities. Professional instruction will include the basics for beginning and 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 www.2021-2022spcchess.eventbee.com. For more information about the program, please see the program flyer. Chess-Ed is looking forward to seeing your CHESS ENTHUSIAST this Fall!
Chess-Ed Flyer

 

From the Parish 

We have an active and vibrant parish and encourage everyone to read the weekly bulletins for Fr. James' weekly letter and stay informed about all upcoming events and programs. 
Please click here for the latest bulletin. 
Please click here for Fr. James' "The Daily" - Daily Mass Readings and Reflections


 

Attention Men of St. Paul of the Cross Parish!

TMIY - "That Man is You" is a new Men's organization starting at St. Paul of the Cross Parish.
Becoming a Man After God's Own Heart 
Please click here to download the flyer 

 

From the Community

Loyola Academy Basketball Fall Skills League Attention Grades 3-8

St. Viator's Future Lion September Newsletter

Dear SPC Families,

I hope you all have a relaxing Labor Day weekend. This week we are all getting more into the swing of the school year. On Wednesday, we celebrated the 1st Mass of the School year. This Thursday mailing contains the following information:

  • Back to School Night
  • Isolation/ Quarantine Procedures
  • Travel
  • St. Paul of the Cross High School Fair: 7th and 8th Grade Only
  • Dress Code Reminders
  • Covid Dashboard

 

UPDATE: BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT
WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 8, 2021

Given the rise in Covid Cases and out of an abundance of caution, we have moved the Back to School Night to a virtual night. We will send out a full schedule with zoom links in the next few days. Please note the time of the Zoom meetings for your grade levels. We have attempted to space out the presentations to allow for families who have multiple children to attend. The Zoom sessions will also be recorded and included in next week's classroom newsletters. Please understand that this decision was not made lightly, but given our large enrollment, having that many parents in the buildings did not seem like a good idea. Next month, we anticipate offering both Zoom and in-person meetings for parent-teacher conferences because we can spread the visits out over two days. Thank you for your understanding. Dr. Mickelburgh will give a brief school year overview via Zoom from 5:30 pm-6:00 pm.

GRADE

TIME

PS

7:00-7:20 pm

PK

7:20-7:40 pm

Multiage

7:00-7:20 pm

Kindergarten

6:00-6:20 pm

1st Grade

6:40-7:00 pm

2nd Grade

6:20-6:40 pm

3rd Grade

6:00-6:20 pm

4th Grade

6:00-6:30 pm

5th Grade

6:35-7:05 pm

6th Grade

6:00-6:30 pm

7th Grade

6:35-7:05 pm

8th Grade

7:10-7:40 pm

 

UPDATED QUARANTINE PROCEDURES 9/1/21

The Archdiocese is continually making adjustments to policies to ensure in-person learning and keeping children safe. Please see below for important updates. 

Please click here for updated information regarding close contact exposure and isolation procedures. 

Masks

  • Mesh masks and masks with holes are not permissible.
  • Well-fitting masks featuring two or more layers of fabric and an adjustable nose wire are required.
    • Reusable cloth masks, disposable masks, and Kn95s (for children) all fit this description. Experience has shown that for most, reusable masks typically fit better than disposable child-size masks.
  • Please make sure to include an extra mask in a Ziploc-style bag in your student's backpack.
  • Additionally, please remember that masks are required indoors at all times by all individuals, including indoor athletics. Persistent disregard for proper mask use by athletes or spectators can and will lead to cancellation of games, practices and programs, as necessary.

Is your family traveling over the Labor Day holiday? Please note the following:

TRAVEL
As you may know, the City of Chicago Travel Advisory was recently updated. As of August 31, all but one state (Vermont) and four U.S. Territories are listed as "orange" states. While we continue to follow the City of Chicago's classification of "Orange" states, at this time, we are maintaining our travel quarantine requirements for non-vaccinated individuals. Non-vaccinated individuals must quarantine for 10 days or obtain a negative COVID test to avoid the need to quarantine. Vaccinated individuals are not required to quarantine after travel. You should continue to urge caution amongst staff and families when traveling with unvaccinated children.

  • All states, except for Vermont, are now "orange states," which means if your child is unvaccinated, they must either:

1. Quarantine for 10 days after they return to Chicago.

OR

2. Obtain a negative PCR Test (NO HOME TESTS ALLOWED) after returning from vacation. The child must quarantine until the test is turned into the main office. Test results must be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Fully vaccinated students/teachers/staff 
Do not need post-travel COVID-19 testing or self-quarantines as long as they are not symptomatic and provide proof of vaccination. 

 

International Travel 
The CDC currently requires a negative COVID-19 test or proof of recovery to board a plane to the United States. Because of this negative test, there is no required quarantine upon arrival, regardless of vaccination status.

St. Paul of the Cross High School Fair: 7th and 8th Grade Only

Date:  Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Time:  6:30 pm - 7:15 pm  7th grade

            7:15 pm - 8:00 pm 8th grade

Location:  Gym

With the large number of students, we are asking that just one parent attends with your child. Masks must be worn at all times in the school

Schools invited:
Fenwick, Loyola, Notre Dame, Regina, Resurrection, St. Ignatius, St. Patrick, St. Viator, Trinity, Woodlands, Depaul College Prep


DRESS CODE REMINDERS:

Hair Policy- With school in full swing and summer vacation behind us, we ask that students comply with the hair policy. As per the handbook:

* Hair touching shirt collars on boys is unacceptable. Hair extending below eyebrows or extreme hairstyles is unacceptable for both boys and girls. Administration reserves the right to define extreme.

*No hair dye of any nature may be worn. 

If your child needs a haircut or needs to wash out the hair dye, please take advantage of the three-day weekend to schedule an appointment.

COVID DASHBOARD
September 2, 2021
Covid Dashboard 9 2 21

Please keep reading below for upcoming events and extracurricular activities (school and community) for the students! 

Peace,
Dr. Erika Mickelburgh


 

Tiger Fun Run 21!

Dear SPC Families,
We are so excited to bring back the SPC Tiger Fun Run this year! Mark your calendars for Friday, September 24th!

The SPC Tiger Fun Run is a ten-day, all-school program that kicks off with a pep rally on Wednesday, September 15th. Students/families will then be gathering pledges for running in the Tiger Fun Run on Friday, September 24th. This year, our goal is to raise $100,000, and we need your help!

Sponsorship Opportunities:

$250 Family or Business sponsorship

  • Name and/or logo on the Tiger Fun Run webpage – logo will be clickable to your business website

$500 Family or Business sponsorship

  • Name and/or logo on the Tiger Fun Run webpage – logo will be clickable to your business website
  • Name and Logo on the Fun Run Sponsor Banner on Northwest Highway September 15 - October 1st
  • Name and Logo on Fun Run Sponsor Banner located at the Fun Run in the main parking lot

All students will participate and gather pledges through their own personalized pledge pages.

To sign up for one of our sponsorship packages, please click here.

If you would like to use a logo, please email it to us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Tuesday, September 7th.  

Thank you,

Renee Tarasievich, Nicole O’Connor & Eileen McManus
SPC Tiger Fun Run co-chairs



Just a reminder to RSVP for the Parent Mingle by Tuesday, September 7th. 
Click here to RSVP.
Parent Fun Mingle

 

HOME & SCHOOL ASSOCIATION

SPC TRIP: Rebates on tuition through gift card purchases
The Home & School Association is excited for another year of shopping through TRIP- a way for SPC families to earn rebates on their FACTS accounts with the purchase of gift cards. For more information, please reach out to the plan coordinator: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit: https://shop.shopwithscrip.com/. SPC's enrollment code for families (and friends) is C21ELFAD426. That's right, even extended families and friends can use the program as well to help out with your child's tuition. SPC currently has several gift cards on hand available for purchase. Many of the gift cards on the site are e-cards, but if you're looking for a physical gift card- or to stock up before the holidays- we will be placing the next order for physical cards on 9/15. Please email with any questions!



Since we get to go back to in-person tours and parent events this year, the Welcome Committee is excited to plan for this year, and we would love new volunteers to join us! This committee helps to welcome new students and new families and sends out communication to help with important information and events that occur during the year. The Committee will also help with Admissions events, such as New Family Night and Early Childhood Night, and helps keep all families feel welcomed and part of this wonderful community through fun parent mingles! If you are interested in joining the committee, please complete the form linked here.


 

 

Smiling Strings Returns to SPC!
Fall In-Person Violin Lessons
violin image

Lessons take place on Tuesdays (2-3 PM) beginning Sept 21st

Open to New & Returning Students Grades K-8

$239 for 10 weeks + annual $55 materials fee
(violin rental not included)

 
 
CHESS ED

Register NOW for the Fall Session of Chess-Ed’s Chess Enrichment Program

Registration for the Fall Session of the after-school chess program is underway! The 10-week program takes place on Tuesdays from 2-3 pm and runs from 9/14/21 to 11/16/21. The chess program is taught by Chess-Ed instructors and is open to students in 1st through 8th grade and students of all chess abilities. Professional instruction will include the basics for beginning and 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 www.2021-2022spcchess.eventbee.com. For more information about the program, please see the program flyer. Chess-Ed is looking forward to seeing your CHESS ENTHUSIAST this Fall!
Chess-Ed Flyer

 

From the Parish 

We have an active and vibrant parish and encourage everyone to read the weekly bulletins for Fr. James' weekly letter and stay informed about all upcoming events and programs. 
Please click here for the latest bulletin. 
Please click here for Fr. James' "The Daily" - Daily Mass Readings and Reflections


 

Attention Men of St. Paul of the Cross Parish!

TMIY - "That Man is You" is a new Men's organization starting at St. Paul of the Cross Parish.
Becoming a Man After God's Own Heart 
Please click here to download the flyer 

 

From the Community

Loyola Academy Basketball Fall Skills League Attention Grades 3-8

St. Viator's Future Lion September Newsletter

Dear SPC Families,

It is wonderful to have the campus alive with students and teachers again! Thank you for all your patience with the arrival and dismissal information. We have made a slight change to the dismissal for the EGC to help decrease the congestion in the Safe Zone; please see below. 

As a parent, I know the beginning of the school year is always exciting; I look forward to hearing about my child’s day, the new teachers, new friends, and new learning. However, often my questions are answered with “everything was fine” or “not much happened.” To be honest, those responses often didn’t fly in my house--since for most of their lives, my children have attended the school where I was the administrator, and I know what happens at school! In an effort to have a better dialogue with my kids, I learned early on that I need to use more carefully selected questions rather than “How was your day?” I have included two brief articles below that may be able to help you gather some more information about your child’s school day than the standard “it was fine” or “ we didn’t do anything.”  

How to talk to your kids about their school day

25 Questions to ask your child about school

I am looking forward to a great school year. Thank you for entrusting the faculty and staff of SPC with your child’s education! Each week the Thursday Mailing will provide important information about the overall school program and events. On the weekend, your child’s teachers will send a weekly classroom newsletter that contains essential classroom information. Thank you for reading both mailings carefully.

In this week’s Thursday Mailing:

  • Dismissal Door Changes for Grades Preschool-2nd Grade
  • Save the Dates-upcoming events
  • Reopening Protocols & What to do if Your Child is Sick? 

ARRIVAL AND DISMISSAL- Change in the dismissal doors for Preschool-2nd Grade.

Thank you for your cooperation in following the procedures. We have evaluated the dismissal doors for grades preschool-2 as there is quite a bit of congestion in the safe zone at the end of the day. Please note the new dismissal doors; the new doors will begin on MONDAY, AUGUST 30. 

To aid in the congestion, we ask parents to leave campus immediately after they pick their child up as we want to prevent as much congregating as possible. 

STARTING MONDAY, AUGUST 30

Teacher

Half Day Dimissal Door (11:30)

Full Day Dismissal Door

Burke

D1

D1 2:55 pm Dismissal

Archer

D4 (classroom door)

D4 2:55 pm Dismissal

Xamplas

D1

D1 2:55 pm Dismissal

LoGalbo

D1

D1 2:55 pm Dismissal

Kusinski

D8

D2 2:55 pm Dismissal

Borkovic

D8

D2 2:55 pm Dismissal

     

Rabinak

D5

D3 2:55 pm Dismissal

Ciupinski

 

D3 2:55 pm Dismissal

Rinaldi

 

D3 2:55 pm Dismissal

Murphy

D5

D3 2:55 pm Dismissal

     

Hader

 

D5 3:00 p.m Dismissal

Dohr

 

D5 3:00 p.m Dismissal

Kraft

 

D5 3:00 p.m Dismissal

     

McCallister

 

D7 3:00 p.m Dismissal

Chaparro

 

D7 3:00 p.m Dismissal

Galvin

 

D8 3:00 p.m Dismissal

 

SAVE THE DATES:

Wednesday, September 8th – Back to School Night for Parents 6:00-8:00 pm

Friday, September 10 – 7:00-9:00 pm  Parent Mingle

We are excited to send you this invitation to kick off the 2021-22 school year with a Parent Mingle. We hope you can join us! RSVP links are below. 

Friday, September 24 – All School Tiger Fun Run!

REOPENING PLAN 21-22 KEEPING THE SPC COMMUNITY SAFE:

Please remember the following procedures and protocols:

WHAT TO DO IF MY CHILD IS SICK:

  1. Keep your child home.
  2. If symptoms last longer than 24 hours, students must receive a negative COVID-19 test or alternative medical diagnosis prior to returning to school.
  3. COMPLETE THE SPC ATTENDANCE FORM

REMINDER:  OPERATING PROCEDURES FOR THE 21-22 SCHOOL YEAR (previously sent) 

Isolation and Quarantine Procedures
All individuals must remain at home when sick or experiencing any symptoms to minimize the chance of spreading COVID-19 or other germs and viruses. Specific to COVID-19 quarantines:

Symptomatic or COVID-19 Positive Individuals

  • All symptomatic individuals must remain home, regardless of vaccination status. Families are obligated to report COVID-19 diagnoses, or close contact cases, to their school office
  • If symptoms last longer than 24 hours, an individual must receive a negative COVID-19 test or alternative medical diagnosis prior to returning to school.
  • Any individual who tests positive for COVID-19 must isolate for 10 days from the date symptoms first appeared or the date of a positive test result.

Quarantine Procedures for Close Contacts

  • Students/faculty/staff who are masked and maintain three feet of physical distancing from the positive individual do not need to quarantine.
  • Vaccinated students/faculty/staff do not need to quarantine if they are asymptomatic.
  • Unvaccinated students/faculty/staff who are close contacts to positive household members, including siblings, must quarantine.
  • There is no longer a need for the Catholic grade school to notify the high school of a sibling of a confirmed positive case – this will be the responsibility of the parent/legal guardian.

Quarantine guidelines continue to be fluid and we expect to issue updated guidance closer to the start of the school year.

COVID DASHBOARD:

Last year we published a weekly covid dashboard detailing current numbers regarding quarantines and cases. We will resume the weekly COVID Dashboard next week so that families are informed regarding current cases. 

Please read below my letter each week for more announcements and school information.

Peace,
Dr. Erika Mickelburgh
Principal


HOME & SCHOOL ASSOCIATION

Welcome to the new school year! We are excited to get to know all of our new families. Please stay tuned, and we will announce upcoming meetings. In the meantime, if you are looking for a way to be more involved at SPC, we have the committee for you!

Since we get to go back to in-person tours and parent events this year, the Welcome Committee is excited to plan for this year, and we would love new volunteers to join us! This committee helps to welcome new students and new families and sends out communication to help with important information and events that occur during the year. The Committee will also help with Admissions events, such as New Family Night and Early Childhood Night, and helps keep all families feel welcomed and part of this wonderful community through fun parent mingles! If you are interested in joining the committee, please complete the form linked here.


CHESS ED

Register NOW for the Fall Session of Chess-Ed’s Chess Enrichment Program

Registration for the Fall Session of the after-school chess program is underway! The 10-week program takes place on Tuesdays from 2-3 pm and runs from 9/14/21 to 11/16/21. The chess program is taught by Chess-Ed instructors and is open to students in 1st through 8th grade and students of all chess abilities. Professional instruction will include the basics for beginning and 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 www.2021-2022spcchess.eventbee.com. For more information about the program, please see the program flyer. Chess-Ed is looking forward to seeing your CHESS ENTHUSIAST this Fall!
Chess-Ed Flyer

 
 

Dear SPC Parents,

We are excited to get the school year started! Here are a few friendly reminders as we prepare for the start of the school year.

WHEN WILL MY CHILD GET THE EXCITING NEWS ABOUT THEIR NEW TEACHER/SCHEDULE?
We had initially hoped they would be available this week; however, we are changing the format. We will email you the information by next Thursday morning, August 19. You will not receive your child's teacher assignment unless your health forms have been turned in or you have given us an appointment card. See below for health form information.

MASKS
Per my email last week, we will start the year wearing masks. I am hopeful that this will be temporary and not an all-year mandate. However, we will continue to prioritize safety. I appreciate all the emails I have received regarding parent support of this safety measure! Believe me, I will be overjoyed when the masks can come off. Until then, safety first!

TEACHER MEET AND GREET
Monday, August 23
3:45-5:45 pm

HERE IS A COMPLETE LIST OF THE FACULTY & STAFF FOR 21-22

Teacher Meet and Greet is a fun day where you can come and visit your child's classroom, meet the teacher and drop off the bag of school supplies! It is an open house format; you will not need to stay the entire time. On the first day of school for Grades K – 8, students will walk into the buildings by themselves.

During the Meet and Greet, the following will be available in the gym:

  • Park Ridge Library will be available for library cards
  • Home and School will be selling student planners
  • 8th Grade Used Uniform Sale


21-22 PARENT PLEDGE FROM THE ARCHDIOCESE
*** Please sign and bring this form to the Meet and Greet.

FIRST WEEK OF SCHOOL DATES & OTHER IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES

Tuesday, August 24

First Day of School for Grades 1 – 8 2:00 Dismissal –Tuesdays will always be early dismissal days.
Preschool, PreK, and Multiage Orientation Day – you will receive your time slot in your teacher letter next week.

Wednesday, August 25

First Full Day of School for Preschool, PreK, Multiage, and Kindergarten
Dismissal Times: (Monday, Wednesday – Friday)

Preschool – Kindergarten - 2:55 pm
Grades 1 – 3 - 3:00 pm
Grades 4 – 8 - 3:10 pm

Wednesday, September 8

Back to School Night for Parents 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Friday, September 10

Parent Mingle 7:00 – 9:00 pm
We are excited to send you this invitation to kick off the 2021 – 22 school year with a Parent Mingle. We hope you can join us!
Please see the invitation and RSVP link here.

 

ARRIVAL AND DISMISSAL INFORMATION

Start of the School Day
Grades Preschool – 8 begin school at 8:00 am. Tardies will be issued to any student that arrives at school after 8:00 am.

Drop off locations
Please use the Kiss and Go line that makes the most sense for your family:

RIDGE TERRACE KISS AND GO LINE (Please, do not get out of your car!)
TIGER PARKING LOT drop-off near the alley doors of the UGC.
MAIN PARKING LOT KISS AND GO LINE

Parking Options:

If you plan to walk your Preschool, Pre-K, or Kindergarten student to the door, you may park in the Tiger Lot or the Main Parking Lot. All other grades are STRONGLY encouraged to use the three Kiss and Go options. Please do not park at the Ryan Parke Funeral Home at any time, and please do not park along the west side of Ridge Terrace. (It really makes Dr. M grumpy.)

DISMISSAL TIMES

Given our large student population, we will continue to use staggered dismissal times to allow for a better traffic flow.

2:55 pm Preschool-Kindergarten dismissed
3:00 pm Grades 1-3 dismissed
3:10 pm Grades 4-8 dismissed

ARRIVAL DOORS

EGC (Elementary Grade Center Grades Preschool – 2) All students may enter through any of the following doors:

Doors D7 and D8 (Ridge Terrace)
The Ramp Door from the Safe Zone

DISMISSAL DOORS

Preschool – Kindergarten will be dismissed from the Safe Zone (the blacktop area behind the EGC building)
1st and 2nd Grade will be dismissed out of doors D5, D7, and D8 on Ridge Terrace


UGC (UPPER GRADE CENTER Grades 3 – 8)

3rd Grade will arrive and dismiss through Door B10
4th and 5th Grade will arrive and dismiss through Door B9
6th – 8th Grades will arrive and dismiss through Door B1
The Tiger Lot will be available for a Kiss and Go drop-off in the morning.
***Summit Avenue is no longer available for drop-off and pick up given we have added Bus Service this year.

HEALTH FORMS FOR NEXT YEAR WERE DUE AUGUST 1, 2021--It is now a late homework assignment!

  • All students entering Preschool will need a physical exam form.
  • All new/transfer students (Grades PreK – 8) will need a physical, eye, and dental exam.
  • All students entering Kindergarten will need a physical, eye, and dental exam.
  • Students entering Second Grade will need a dental exam.
  • Students entering Sixth Grade will need to provide a physical exam form.

When you turn in health forms to the office, please check they are complete before submitting them.

  • Physical Form: Fill out the top section with the student's information. On the top of page 2, complete the Health History section - circle yes/no and please sign and date by Parent Signature.
  • Eye Exam Form: Sign and date the box: Consent of Parent or Guardian on page 2.
  • Dental Form: Complete the box with Student Information.

Forms were sent home and can also be found on our website or in the EGC and UGC Offices. Completed examination forms were due in the office by August 1, 2021. Your child's teacher assignment will not be available until you have turned in a completed Physical Examination Form or proof that an appointment for a physical has been scheduled. Failure to provide a completed form or appointment information by Tuesday, August 24, 2021, will result in your child being excluded from the first day of school. Your child will continue to be excluded from school until the completed form is provided, or an appointment is scheduled.

Completed forms can be emailed to Bridget Fletcher (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or dropped off at school during our summer hours - Tues, Wed, Thurs from 9:00 am – 12 pm.

Please direct all questions regarding examinations and requirements to Mrs. Bridget Fletcher at 847-825-6366 x3601 or Mrs. Linda Foy x3602.

UNIFORMS

Given that masks will continue, we will start the year with the SPIRIT WEAR COVID DRESS CODE! This dress code will be in effect from August – December. We will reevaluate in the Fall and give parents plenty of time to secure the correct uniform should guidelines change.

Students may wear any SPC clothing on any day. If students would like to wear gym uniforms each day, that is fine.

  • If students are more comfortable in the uniform skirt or jumper, that is fine as well.
  • Any SPC top can be worn at any time
  • Only uniform bottoms can be worn (gym shorts, gym pants, khaki/navy pants, or shorts or skirts).
  • Any SPC top of spirit wear can be worn.

All items purchased at Lands' End or the spirit wear shop can be worn anytime from August – December. We will most likely return to the regular dress code after Christmas vacation.

All faculty and staff are also permitted to wear spirit wear until the mask provision is lifted.

REMOTE LEARNING

We will not be offering long-term remote learning this year. Should individuals need to quarantine due to close contact exposure, we will offer the short-term remote learning that was used last year during class quarantines.

SCHOOL CALENDAR:

PLEASE CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE SCHOOL CALENDAR TO YOUR PHONE.

SCHOOL SUPPLY LISTS
CLICK HERE

Peace,
Dr. Erika Mickelburgh
Principal