Dear SPC Families,

My goodness, WE MADE IT!! What a year!

I know that we were all scared and worried about what this school year would bring at the beginning of this school year. I have said many times that I would have lost the bet on whether we would make it all year in person. I was hoping for school until Columbus Day, and here were June 10th--we did it! Each day I prayed in Thanksgiving that we were in person; while there were a few bumps in the road, I don’t think anyone would have anticipated that we would have an amazing, albeit challenging, school year.

Our teachers are the true heroes this year. They showed up each day to teach in a mask using instructional methods that were not easy given our guidelines. They sacrificed with grace and courage. The gift of in-person learning is truly priceless and was made possible because they said “yes” and continued to show up each day!

This year the phrase “It takes a village” could not be more truthful. Our school year is the result of everyone in the SPC community saying, “we are going to prioritize in-person education for our kids above all other things!” I know many of you made multiple sacrifices to make sure the entire school community of SPC stayed safe. You followed all the Covid rules and asked questions where there was uncertainty! Thank you for your patience. At the beginning of the school year, I remember saying that I did not take lightly the trust that you all had to put into us to send your kids to school during a pandemic, and you trusted that our reopening plan was safe. For that, I am grateful.

Yes, this year was tough, but the joy of seeing your children grow and learn truly made it all worth it. Years from now, the children of St. Paul of the Cross will look back on the year they learned in masks, and they will remember how they felt safe and loved by their teachers. They will remember learning with their friends. They will not remember a world cloaked in fear and worry, and that is an amazing gift!

May God Bless each and every one of you with a joy-filled and restful summer! And please remember, I always assign the homework of eating ice cream for breakfast at least once over summer vacation!

New Hires:
FOR A COMPLETE LIST OF NEW HIRES PLEASE CLICK HERE 

Ms. Rachel Kasprzyk
3rd Grade
Rachel just graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago with her bachelor of arts in Urban Education this May. Her student teaching experience was in a 3rd-grade classroom in Chicago Public Schools. Rachel also has worked as a director of Skokie summer camp for the past five summers, working with over 150 children, ranging in ages 3-13.

Rachel was born and raised on the Northwest side of Chicago, living on Norwood Circle and recently moving to Niles. Having gone to Catholic elementary and high school, religion is very important in her daily life, as well as implementing it in the school curriculum. She cannot wait to connect with this community and meet her future students very soon!!

Teacher Placement for Next Year!

EGC

Preschool
Nora Archer
Emily Burke

PreK
Ashley Kusinski
Mary Connolly

Multi-Age
Stephanie Xamplas
Deneane LoGalbo

Kindergarten
Elizabeth Rabinack
Mary Ruth Rinaldi
Kate Murphy
Jennifer Ciupinski

1st Grade
Susan Hader
Sue Dohr
Roberta Kraft

2nd Grade
Melissa McCallister
Monica Chaparro
Stephanie Galvin

UGC

3rd Grade
Kaitlyn Gregoreck
Gail Johnson
Rachel Kaspzyk

The teachers lists below are listed as the homeroom teachers but teach multiple grades:

4th Grade
Becky Zimmerman (Math, Religion)
Nicole Lewandowski (Social Studies, Religion)

5th Grade
Gabby Valdez (Language Arts
Carla Huber (Science, Language Arts and Religion)
Beth Pecoraro (Math)

6th Grade
Kathleen Hayes (Language Arts)
Melinda Meo (Math)

7th Grade
Kelly Scott (Language Arts)
Paul Okimoto (Math)
Michael Galuska (Science)

8th Grade
Monica Shultz (Social Studies)
Meghan Donahue (Religion)

PFAs
Art: Natalie Whalen
Music: Courtney Shulz
STEM: Karl Oschner
PE: Kelly Spanos
Spanish: Teachers from Language Academy
Library: Paula Almquist

Additional Teachers
Helen Stephens (Math)

Inclusion Team:
Tina Bull
Megan Dietz
Peggy Godley
Dorothy Ross

Peace,
Dr. Erika Mickelburgh


2021-2022 National Junior Honor Society Induction

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Congratulations to all the NJHS Inductees! Our new members hosted elections this week and I want to announce the 2021-22 NJHS leadership board:

President: Audrey Wilson
Vice President: Giovanna Sanfratello
Secretary: Karina Dzierzanowska
Treasurer: Angelo Geroulis & Liam Haran
Marketing Director: Caroline Sullivan & Carolyn Bomely


USED UNIFORM DONATIONS NEEDED! 
Clear out your closets-Used Uniform Sale donations needed! Due TOMORROW, June 11th
We will be collecting used uniforms for the used uniform sale, which will be held in August during the Teacher Meet & Greets. Items we will accept:

  • Navy/khaki shorts and pants
  • Plaid skirts and jumpers
  • All Lands End polos, gym uniforms, sweatshirts, pullovers, fleeces, dresses, skirts, etc.

Please drop off bagged items you are donating to the UGC office next week. Please deliver all items no later than tomorrow, June 11th. 


 

HSA School Supply Kits Pre-Order 
Hello Everyone, it is that time of year to pre-order your child’s school supplies easily and conveniently. 

Please place orders by 7/11. Discounted pricing is valid through 6/20/2021.  All orders will be shipped to home, and shipping costs are included in kit price.  Please order assignment notebooks through the site to guarantee availability, even if you aren't ordering a kit.
If you have any questions please contact Maria Almendarez Gemoets at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please click here to download the school supply kit flyer.


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

Park Ridge Library Summer Reading Club!
Summer 2021 CS Flyer 1
Click on the image above to download the complete flyer with all the details!
Click here for a video about the Park Ridge Library Summer Reading Club.


Co-Ed Basketball Skills Sessions June & July Grades 5th-8th
Click on the flyer here.


Trinity Girls' Basketball Camp Grades K-4th, 5th-8th, 9-12th
Click here for the flyer.


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.

Loyola Academy Sports Camps for Rising 6th Graders and Up
Summer 2021 Sports Camps Brochure

Summer Basketball Camps Flyer

Loyola Academy Summer Rowing Camps for Rising 6th - 9th Graders
Please click here to download the flyer with all the details.
Please click here to watch a video on a recent rowing season.


Summer Camps 2021

Please click here to learn all about St. Patrick High School's 2021 Summer Camps! Many of the camps are for all ages and are co-ed.


Regina Dominican Summer Athletic Camps 5th–8th Grade Girls

Girls in the 5th-8th grade are invited to join us this summer for one of our athletic camps! Meet Regina Dominican Coaches and current Panthers as you enhance your athletic skills while enjoying all summer has to offer!
To register, click here.
Download the flyer here.


Resurrection Summer 2021 Girls Athletic Camps 4th–12th Grade Girls
Basketball, Lacrosse, Tennis, Running, Softball & Volleyball!
To register, click here.


STEM CAMP Grades K-6th
Energize your kid’s creativity and confidence with our new Camp Invention® program, Recharge! When this nationally acclaimed program comes to St. Elizabeth of the Trinity from August 2 - 6, 2021 campers in grades K-6 will collaborate with friends in hands-on, open-ended STEM challenges. They’ll take apart a microphone to explore its inner workings, build and test a device to launch rubber ducks, and design morphing vehicles for the Super Road Rally! Each activity is designed to inspire curiosity, spark imaginations and give your young innovator the best summer ever. Click here to secure your spot! Use promo code SUM25 by 5/26 to save $25.

Dear SPC Families,

Thank you for all your prayers and well wishes for Father Britto's special Mass of Thanksgiving on Wednesday. Not only was it beautiful that we could all pray together in the church but to do so on a day where we honored the amazing service and ministry of Father Britto made it extra special. I hope you all can see (in-person) the painting of St. Paul of the Cross that was commissioned in honor of Father Britto soon! 
Artwork

Our 8th graders are wrapping up their final days at SPC with some fun class activities. Please keep them in your prayers as they prepare to leave SPC and transition to high school. The class of 2021 has shown grace, courage and leadership all year as everything they had hoped their year would be was dramatically changed by the pandemic. 

One week of this amazing school year left---we can do this!!

Please see below for the following:

  • Calendar Reminders
  • More New Teacher Bios
  • Molly Strong Donation
  • Used Uniform Sale
  • Covid Dashboard---Final 20-21 Edition with some AMAZING NUMBERS!!! 

Calendar Reminders:

Monday, June 7th: NO SCHOOL FOR 8th GRADE

5:00 8th Grade Parade--please come andhonk and wave for our Class of 2021

Wednesday, June 9th: Last Day for Preschool and Prek

Thursday, June 10th: Last Day for Kindergarten

Friday, June 11th: Last Day of School for Grades 1-7 10:30 Dismissal 

Welcome New St Paul of the Cross Faculty and Staff
2021-2022

MORE NEW TEACHER BIOS!

ELA Teacher
Mrs. Kelly Scott (Grades 7-8)
I was born and raised in the Quad Cities and always felt like there was something bigger for me elsewhere. After graduating from Northern Illinois with a B.A. in English and studying education at North Central College in Naperville, I continued migrating eastward and landed in the Big City. I taught reading and language arts to middle school students for CPS for four years and loved sharing my enthusiasm for reading and writing with them. While at CPS, I have been involved in leadership roles, implementing reading interventions for students, and of course, learning and developing my craft along the way.

Through my time at CPS, I have gained a diverse knowledge of what it means to be part of a major city and a small community. I joined Queen of Angels in 2017, and in an effort to give back to my own neighborhood, I have led my students in charitable fundraising for various causes. It is so rewarding to support my students' passions and ideas and watch them flourish!

My goal is to instill a love of reading and expressing oneself through writing. To do this, I create a welcoming and positive environment with many opportunities to read, write, share and celebrate our efforts. I am looking forward to joining the community and teaching the middle school students ELA at St. Paul of the Cross!

Kindergarten Teacher
Mrs. Elizabeth Rabinak
After many years of teaching at Queen of Angels School in Chicago, I am delighted to continue my service to children and families at St. Paul of the Cross. I have worn many hats since I began in 2005, including teaching preschool, second grade, and third grade, as well as coordinating the extended care and camp programs at the school. I had a brief experience as an assistant principal, but my heart truly belongs in the classroom! Currently, I have my B.A. in Elementary Education but am playing the part of student right now and taking courses towards a Masters in Early Childhood Education.

As a teacher, I endeavor to bring positive, rich experiences to children and work to ignite a true love of learning. I have two young boys at home that remind me every day how splendid and special childhood is. I am a terrible gardener but enjoy it heartily and find the same applies to my cooking. Thankfully I am an adept teacher, and my husband can cook, so it all works out. 

My favorite school memories include May Crowning masses in the spring and small moments of joy with my students. I am so looking forward to creating new memories at St. Paul of the Cross.


Molly Strong Update: 
Thanks to all who donated to Molly Strong. Because of your generosity, we have raised $1,610 for Molly and her family! Please continue to keep them in your prayers.

Clear out your closets-Used Uniform Sale donations needed Due June 11th
We will be collecting used uniforms for the used uniform sale, which will be held in August during the Teacher Meet & Greets. Items we will accept:

  • Navy/khaki shorts and pants
  • Plaid skirts and jumpers
  • All Lands End polos, gym uniforms, sweatshirts, pullovers, fleeces, dresses, skirts, etc.

Please drop off bagged items you are donating to the UGC office next week. Please deliver all items no later than Friday, June 11th. 

COVID DASHBOARD 
WHAT A GREAT LAST DASHBOARD TO END THE YEAR!!!!! Let’s keep it this way!
June 3, 2021

Covid Dashboard June 3

Time Sensitive School Information Below
Please read the rest of the Thursday Mailing below my letter. We have a lot of information to communicate, and don't want you to miss out. 

Peace,
Dr. Erika Mickelburgh


HOME & SCHOOL ASSOCIATION

End of Year Faculty Gift Fund 

The Home and School Association is pleased to sponsor The End of the Year Faculty Gift Fund. This is a convenient way for parents to give end of the year gifts to all of their children’s teachers and the staff at our school. Your contribution will provide a monetary gift to all teachers (homeroom, practical fine arts, and resources), aides, the principal, assistant Principal, administrative assistants, school secretaries, and the maintenance staff.

Our teachers have worked so hard this year and have remained resilient, kept our children engaged in the classroom and most importantly safe. We are so grateful for each and every one of them!

Last year contributions averaged $80 per family. However, we encourage you to give at your comfort level. We also realize families make financial sacrifices to send their children to Catholic school so please give at the level that works for your family. Any amount is appreciated.

Please make your contribution online at: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=MDQ5GD5XBTYN4&source=url 

You can also send in a check in an envelope labeled End of Year Faculty Gift Fund to the office. Please make your check payable to “Saint Paul of the Cross Home and School Association”.

All contributions need to be turned in by Friday, June 4th and gifts will be dispersed the last week of school.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact Katie Murphy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Kelly Regan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Thank you for considering this contribution. The SPC teachers and staff truly appreciate the thoughtfulness and generosity of our families. 

Stay healthy and safe!

Sincerely,
Home and School Association


HSA School Supply Kits Pre-Order 
Hello Everyone, it is that time of year to pre-order your child’s school supplies easily and conveniently. 

Please place orders by 7/11. Discounted pricing is valid through 6/20/2021.  All orders will be shipped to home, and shipping costs are included in kit price.  Please order assignment notebooks through the site to guarantee availability, even if you aren't ordering a kit.
If you have any questions please contact Maria Almendarez Gemoets at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please click here to download the school supply kit flyer.


 

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This Weekend, June 5th & 6th In-Person at Skokie Village Crossing

We are partnering with Barnes & Noble in Skokie at Village Crossing Center, 5405 Touhy Avenue
Families can shop all day Saturday and Sunday. Present the voucher below and help support SPC! 
Download voucher here.


Shelly the Turtle Needs a New Home!
Turtle Cartoon

Shelly, the classroom turtle from Mrs. Stypka's science lab, has been living in Mrs. Stypka's house since Covid. Previously, Shelly had lead an enjoyable life as the classroom pet, sometimes swimming in her tank and sometimes walking among the students in class. Mrs. Stypka is moving on to new adventures, and so must Shelly.

Shelly, a female, is red-eared slider, a species native to Illinois, the size of the diameter of a dinner plate, and needs to have adequate space to swim and roam. Shelly's diet consists of dried turtle food of various types. Shelly loves to bask in the warmth of the sun (or special heat lamp) and take long walks in the grass and shrubs.

Please let Mrs. Stypka know if you would like to consider taking Shelly. We can set up a Meet and Greet. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


GS Kindergarten Leader Request 5 2021
Please click here to download information and details. Thank you!


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

Park Ridge Library Summer Reading Club!
Summer 2021 CS Flyer 1
Click on the image above to download the complete flyer with all the details!
Click here for a video about the Park Ridge Library Summer Reading Club.


Edison Park Fall 2021 Outdoor Soccer Registration - Attention Pre K (4) – 8th Grade Girls & Boys 
Download the details here.


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.

Loyola Academy Sports Camps for Rising 6th Graders and Up
Summer 2021 Sports Camps Brochure

Summer Basketball Camps Flyer

Loyola Academy Summer Rowing Camps for Rising 6th - 9th Graders
Please click here to download the flyer with all the details.
Please click here to watch a video on a recent rowing season.


Summer Camps 2021

Please click here to learn all about St. Patrick High School's 2021 Summer Camps! Many of the camps are for all ages and are co-ed.


St. Viator's Newsletter
Please click here for the May Newsletter
 


Regina Dominican Summer Athletic Camps 5th–8th Grade Girls

Girls in the 5th-8th grade are invited to join us this summer for one of our athletic camps! Meet Regina Dominican Coaches and current Panthers as you enhance your athletic skills while enjoying all summer has to offer!
To register, click here.
Download the flyer here.


Resurrection Summer 2021 Girls Athletic Camps 4th–12th Grade Girls
Basketball, Lacrosse, Tennis, Running, Softball & Volleyball!
To register, click here.


STEM CAMP Grades K-6th
Energize your kid’s creativity and confidence with our new Camp Invention® program, Recharge! When this nationally acclaimed program comes to St. Elizabeth of the Trinity from August 2 - 6, 2021 campers in grades K-6 will collaborate with friends in hands-on, open-ended STEM challenges. They’ll take apart a microphone to explore its inner workings, build and test a device to launch rubber ducks, and design morphing vehicles for the Super Road Rally! Each activity is designed to inspire curiosity, spark imaginations and give your young innovator the best summer ever. Click here to secure your spot! Use promo code SUM25 by 5/26 to save $25.

Dear SPC Families,

Two weeks left of this tremendous and unprecedented school year! We can do it!!! Please continue to follow the protocols; we don't want to quarantine cohorts in the final two weeks of school.
As I mentioned in this week's State of the School, I am still unaware of what next year will look like. So, for now, we will celebrate the success of this school year and plan on enjoying a beautiful summer! As soon as I have more details, I will let you know via email.

Thank you for your service to the Community of SPC! We wish the following teachers the best of success in their future endeavors!

  • Mrs. Chris Stypka
  • Mrs. Maria Mejicanos
  • Ms. Theresa Scordo
  • Mr. Alex Bravos
  • Ms. Erin Guarnieri
  • Mr. Todd Cerjak
  • Ms. Megan Chambers

We Welcome New Teachers to SPC in 2021-2022!
In the next few Thursday mailings, I will be announcing our new faculty and staff. I am pleased to report we are fully hired and staffed for next year. However, I am not sharing all the new hires as some of them have not publicly announced their departure from their current school. So please stay tuned in future Thursday mailings for more new teacher bios!

Dr. Karl Ochsner
STEAM
I am excited and blessed to join the Saint Paul of the Cross family after enjoying 30 years in sunny Phoenix, AZ. Previously, I was the 6th-8th grade STEM teacher and K-8 1:1 specialist at Saint John XXIII in Scottsdale. Before teaching, I worked as an animation/special effects cameraman/director and worked on creative projects with VTech Educational Toys, Joy Berry's Human Race Club, Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom, and Disney, to name a few.

I hold a Bachelor's degree in Communications from Columbia College in Chicago, a Master's degree in Elementary Education with a Middle School Endorsement, and an Educational Doctorate in Teacher Leadership and Innovation from Arizona State University with a focus on movie making in the classroom. I won the Copperwing Award for best educational film at the Phoenix Film Festival, the AzTEA/Qwest award for technology, Best Buy Teacher Award, and the 2014 National Most Distinguished Catholic School Teacher from the National Catholic Education Association.

I recently completed a three-year Fellowship with the University of Notre Dame that focused on increasing student interest and learning in STEM disciplines with themes of equity and access. Along with a one-year Residency with Notre Dame on creating educational content on Artificial Intelligence, Biometrics and social data collection. In my downtime, I enjoy gardening, VR and other techie stuff.

Mrs. Deneane LoGalbo (we are all so excited to have her back home at SPC!)
Early Childhood (Mixed Age Room)
Deneane LoGalbo holds a Bachelor's degree in Education from Northeastern Illinois University.
Aside from already having a few years at SPC under her belt, Mrs. LoGalbo also taught Preschool and Pre-Kindergarten at St. Josaphat School, another Blue Ribbon school located in the heart of Lincoln Park. She has a love for early learning, especially enriching young minds through play and mindful, creative experiences.

She lives on Chicago's Northwest side with her husband, Nick (who is a teacher and coach) and three children, Frankie-8, Nicky-5, and Lily -11 months. In their spare time, you can catch them creating art, playing basketball or chasing Lily around the house.

To say that Mrs. LoGalbo is thrilled to be a part of this wonderful faculty again would truly be an understatement. She is looking forward to creating a classroom environment filled with endless creativity, love and active learning.

Mrs. Courtney Schulz (Grades 3-8)
Music Teacher
Courtney Schulz holds a Bachelor's degree in Secondary Music Education with an Emphasis in Woodwind Performance from the University of Iowa. She has taught band at a public school in Iowa for three years and band and PE for four years at a private school in the west side of Chicago; both schools ranged in ages three through seniors in high school.

Courtney is from a small town in western Iowa and moved to Chicago in 2017. She got engaged during lockdown and will be married to Ryan Schulz in October of this year; she is actually still Miss Courtney Sorensen. Along with teaching, Courtney is the first mate at a yacht company on Lake Michigan during the summer months and enjoys the perks of lake life.

Mr. Michael Galuska
6-8 Science

Hi! I am extremely excited to be joining the SPC team for the 20/21 school year. I was born and raised in Park Ridge and a graduate of Maine South in 2016. After South, I attended Butler University in Indianapolis. My path to teaching was a long winding road as I started as a business major but that path was not for me. I transitioned to becoming a biology and education double major and have not looked back. I am also taking coursework in Butler's Experiential Principalship Program to earn my master's degree next year.

Before St. Paul, I was a high school science teacher in Tipton, Indiana. Tipton is an hour north of Indianapolis. There I taught a variety of classes, including biology, integrated chemistry and physics, and Earth Science. I enjoyed my time teaching at Tipton; however, it was time to return home.

As a teacher, my goal is to show students how science impacts our daily lives. To do this, there will be many labs that will allow students to see science in action. I am so excited for the beginning of the school year and getting to know everyone!

Mrs. Kaitlyn Grzeogrek
3rd Grade Teacher
Hello! I am very excited to join the SPC team this coming fall as a 3rd grade teacher. I recently graduated with my Master's in Elementary Education at DePaul University. Prior to this fall, I have been working as a long term learning specialist substitute at Alphonsus Academy and Center for the Arts in Lakeview, Chicago (where I had just finished my student teaching). Before finishing my master's, I worked in various early childhood education roles but found my passion in elementary ed. I am not only excited to join the SPC community, but the Park Ridge community- my husband, 1-year-old daughter, 5-year-old labradoodle, and I just bought a home here, leaving our many years of city living behind.

As a teacher I strive to focus on the whole student and support them in any way I can. I hope to establish a fun, collaborative and engaging community within my classroom! I cannot wait to join this school and community.

Vaccinations For 12-15-Year-Olds
As you may have heard, the Pfizer vaccination has been granted emergency approval for children ages 12-15. I know many of our students already have appointments. At this time, the vaccine is not mandatory. But, we are encouraging parents to speak to their pediatricians about the benefits of the Pfizer vaccine for their children.

SPC Vaccination Tracker
While not required, St Paul of the Cross School is asking that when your child is vaccinated, please complete the following quick survey so we can track our overall progress for student vaccinations.
Please submit ONE form for EACH child. PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR THE FORM.

HEALTH FORMS FOR NEXT YEAR DUE AUGUST 1, 2021
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 are due in the office by August 1, 2021Your 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 student 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 at 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 9-12.

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

NEW DATE: Please Save the Date: Parade for our Graduates on June 7 at 5:00 pm
Please join us in a very special parade to celebrate our graduates!
We need your help in showing our SPC love to the Class of 2021. We all know their 8th-grade year was not what we envisioned for them, but we still want to send them off with a celebration. One of the things we have planned is an SPC Parade. Please join us on June 7 from 5:00-6:00. Our graduates will be lined up (social distancing) in their caps and gowns along Ridge Terrace and Summit. I know it would mean a lot to see so many of their SPC family wish them well!

School Information Below
Please read the rest of the Thursday Mailing below my letter. We have a lot of information to communicate, and don't want you to miss out. 

COVID DASHBOARD May 27, 2021
Covid Dashboard

Peace,
Dr. Erika Mickelburgh


NJHS & Uncle Pete's Sack Dinners -
Remember to bring in your sack dinners Friday, May 28th (tomorrow!) between 7:45-8:15am.
Thank you for your generosity! 

NJHS is working with Uncle Pete's to help feed the hungry. Brown paper bags were passed out to your child on Monday, May 24th with instructions on what items to put in the dinner and return in the bag. These sack dinners should be returned tomorrow, Friday, May 28th between 7:45-8:10am. If you would like to make more dinners, feel free to use plastic grocery bags as brown bags are not required. Thank you so much for your generosity!

Please consider making a sack dinner(s) containing all the following items:

❏ 2 sandwiches (meat) on white or wheat bread*
*No condiments or cheese on the sandwich

❏ 2 hard-boiled eggs in the shell

❏ 1 small bag of chips

❏ 1 piece of fruit – apple or orange (No bananas)

❏ 2 or 3 cookies or a small candy bar

❏ 1 small water or juice box

❏ 1 paper napkin

NJHS thanks you for your support and generosity!

 

HOME & SCHOOL ASSOCIATION

Dear Families,

The Home and School Association is pleased to sponsor The End of the Year Faculty Gift Fund. This is a convenient way for parents to give end of the year gifts to all of their children’s teachers and the staff at our school. Your contribution will provide a monetary gift to all teachers (homeroom, practical fine arts, and resources), aides, the principal, assistant Principal, administrative assistants, school secretaries, and the maintenance staff.

Our teachers have worked so hard this year and have remained resilient, kept our children engaged in the classroom and most importantly safe. We are so grateful for each and every one of them!

Last year contributions averaged $80 per family. However, we encourage you to give at your comfort level. We also realize families make financial sacrifices to send their children to Catholic school so please give at the level that works for your family. Any amount is appreciated.

Please make your contribution online at: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=MDQ5GD5XBTYN4&source=url 

You can also send in a check in an envelope labeled End of Year Faculty Gift Fund to the office. Please make your check payable to “Saint Paul of the Cross Home and School Association”.

All contributions need to be turned in by Friday, June 4th and gifts will be dispersed the last week of school.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact Katie Murphy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Kelly Regan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Thank you for considering this contribution. The SPC teachers and staff truly appreciate the thoughtfulness and generosity of our families. 

Stay healthy and safe!

Sincerely,
Home and School Association


HSA School Supply Kits Pre-Order 
Hello Everyone, it is that time of year to pre-order your child’s school supplies easily and conveniently. 

Please place orders by 7/11. Discounted pricing is valid through 6/20/2021.  All orders will be shipped to home, and shipping costs are included in kit price.  Please order assignment notebooks through the site to guarantee availability, even if you aren't ordering a kit.
If you have any questions please contact Maria Almendarez Gemoets at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please click here to download the school supply kit flyer.


 

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Scholastic Book Fair May 17 – May 30

The Virtual SPC Scholastic Book Fair opens on Monday, May 17th! It will run through May 30th. Time to plan your summer reading!
Support SPC by shopping The Scholastic Store Online for an expanded selection of exclusives, new releases, value packs, and more. All orders ship home and book-only orders over $25 ship free. Every purchase benefits SPC and helps develop a love of reading.
Please click here for the Virtual Fair.


Shelly the Turtle Needs a New Home!
Turtle Cartoon

Shelly, the classroom turtle from Mrs. Stypka's science lab, has been living in Mrs. Stypka's house since Covid. Previously, Shelly had lead an enjoyable life as the classroom pet, sometimes swimming in her tank and sometimes walking among the students in class. Mrs. Stypka is moving on to new adventures, and so must Shelly.

Shelly, a female, is red-eared slider, a species native to Illinois, the size of the diameter of a dinner plate, and needs to have adequate space to swim and roam. Shelly's diet consists of dried turtle food of various types. Shelly loves to bask in the warmth of the sun (or special heat lamp) and take long walks in the grass and shrubs.

Please let Mrs. Stypka know if you would like to consider taking Shelly. We can set up a Meet and Greet. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


GS Kindergarten Leader Request 5 2021
Please click here to download information and details. Thank you!


Lands End

30% off School Uniforms May 26–June 1, 2021! Click here to go directly to the SPC page of the Lands' End website.


 

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

Park Ridge Library Summer Reading Club!
Summer 2021 CS Flyer 1
Click on the image above to download the complete flyer with all the details!
Click here for a video about the Park Ridge Library Summer Reading Club.


Edison Park Fall 2021 Outdoor Soccer Registration - Attention Pre K (4) – 8th Grade Girls & Boys 
Download the details here.


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.

Loyola Academy Sports Camps for Rising 6th Graders and Up
Summer 2021 Sports Camps Brochure

Summer Basketball Camps Flyer

Loyola Academy Summer Rowing Camps for Rising 6th - 9th Graders
Please click here to download the flyer with all the details.
Please click here to watch a video on a recent rowing season.


Summer Camps 2021

Please click here to learn all about St. Patrick High School's 2021 Summer Camps! Many of the camps are for all ages and are co-ed.


St. Viator's Newsletter
Please click here for the May Newsletter
 


Regina Dominican Summer Athletic Camps 5th–8th Grade Girls

Girls in the 5th-8th grade are invited to join us this summer for one of our athletic camps! Meet Regina Dominican Coaches and current Panthers as you enhance your athletic skills while enjoying all summer has to offer!
To register, click here.
Download the flyer here.


Resurrection Summer 2021 Girls Athletic Camps 4th–12th Grade Girls
Basketball, Lacrosse, Tennis, Running, Softball & Volleyball!
To register, click here.


STEM CAMP Grades K-6th
Energize your kid’s creativity and confidence with our new Camp Invention® program, Recharge! When this nationally acclaimed program comes to St. Elizabeth of the Trinity from August 2 - 6, 2021 campers in grades K-6 will collaborate with friends in hands-on, open-ended STEM challenges. They’ll take apart a microphone to explore its inner workings, build and test a device to launch rubber ducks, and design morphing vehicles for the Super Road Rally! Each activity is designed to inspire curiosity, spark imaginations and give your young innovator the best summer ever. Click here to secure your spot! Use promo code SUM25 by 5/26 to save $25.

Dear SPC Families,

 
It is so refreshing to see that slowly life is returning to normal. This week we celebrated our first school Mass in the church since March 2020 as we honored the Blessed Mother at May Crowning. While protocol required a different format from years past, it was beautiful to celebrate May Crowning with our 8th and 2nd Graders!

I have received many questions about masks and current protocols. After careful consultation with the Archdiocesan Covid Task Force, all Catholic schools will continue all safety protocols for the last few weeks of school to ensure we finish strong. Masks must continue to be worn on campus. We can do this!

Vaccincations For 12-15-Year-Olds
As you may have heard, the Pfizer vaccination has been granted emergency approval for children ages 12-15. I know many of our students already have appointments. At this time, the vaccine is not mandatory. But, we are encouraging parents to speak to their pediatricians about the benefits of the Pfizer vaccine for their children. 

SPC Vaccination Tracker
While not required, St Paul of the Cross School is asking that when your child is vaccinated, please complete the following quick survey so we can track our overall progress for student vaccinations.

Please submit ONE form for EACH child. PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR THE FORM.

HEALTH FORMS FOR NEXT YEAR DUE AUGUST 1, 2021
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 last week and can also be found on our website or in the EGC and UGC Offices.Completed examination forms are due in the office by August 1, 2021Your 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 student 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 at 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 9-12.

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

Please Save the Date:  Parade for our Graduates on June 2 at 5:00 pm 
Please join us in a very special parade to celebrate our graduates!  
We need your help in showing our SPC love to the Class of 2021. We all know their 8th-grade year was not what we envisioned for them, but we still want to send them off with a celebration. One of the things we have planned is an SPC Parade. Please join us on June 2 from 5:00-6:00. Our graduates will be lined up (social distancing) in their caps and gowns along Ridge Terrace and Summit. I know it would mean a lot to see so many of their SPC family wish them well!  

 

CALENDAR REMINDERS:

MAY 31-NO SCHOOL Memorial Day

JUNE 9th-LAST DAY FOR PS & PK

JUNE 10 -LAST DAY FOR KINDERGARTEN

JUNE 11th-LAST DAY OF SCHOOL 10:40 Dismissal

 

OPEN SCHOOL BOARD MEETING: Tuesday, May 25

State of the School Address (please note that we do not have guidance on next year as of now, so we will not be discussing what next year looks like) 

Register in advance for this meeting:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcvfuysrTMsGtAWRc-JxJfAbEA9ohnICkK3 

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

 

CONDOLENCE CARDS FOR FOR THE FAMILY OF CROSSING GUARD, RUBEN RUIZ 

As many of you already know, our crossing guard Ruben Ruiz passed away suddenly. If you would like to drop off a card for his family (Linda - Daughter, Santa - Wife), please drop it off at the main office by Friday, May 28, and we will deliver it to the Park Ridge Police Station.

 

SPC WELCOMES A THERAPY DOG!

Vader Meet and Greet: Bellosa Counseling Therapy Dog will be visiting SPC Students! Please click on this linkfor information about Vader.

Vader will visit classrooms in the UGC on June 1 and EGC on June 4. If you have any questions regarding Vader's visit, please contact Mrs. Ronda Quinn, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

"How Teens can Cope with the Past Year's Stressors" - 

Please click on the link above to watch a recorded program with Global and Virtual Keynote speaker, Dr. Elizabeth Lombardo, along with Loyola Academy alum and President of CMCM Services, Ms. McAuley, about how teenagers can overcome the mental health struggles they have faced throughout the past year. This Loyola Hope Squad sponsored event aims to spread positivity to parents and students as the world is evolving and returning to normalcy.

 

LAST ALL SCHOOL MASS TIMES:

Please see below for the last few All School Mass times and live stream information. These Masses will not be on Facebook live.
Live stream information: 

Go to www.spc-church.org and click the LIVESTREAMS button on the home page

Go to www.youtube.com//c/StPauloftheCrossChurch


Date: Tuesday, May 25

Time: 12:30 pm

Event Title: 8th Grade Ribbon Mass

Date: Wednesday, June 2

Time: 10:00 am

Event Title: Last All School Mass

Date: Friday, June 11

Time: 9:30 am

Event Title: End of Year Mass

 

COVID Dashboard May 20, 2021
Covid Dashboard May 20

Peace,
Dr. Erika Mickelburgh


NJHS & Uncle Pete's Sack Dinners - Feed the Hungry

NJHS is working with Uncle Pete's to help feed the hungry. Brown paper bags will be passed out to your child on Monday, May 24th with instructions on what items to put in the dinner and return in the bag. These sack dinners should be returned on Friday, May 28th between 7:45-8:10am. Please DO NOT send these dinners earlier as there is no refrigerated space. If you would like to make more dinners, feel free to use plastic grocery bags as brown bags are not required. Thank you so much for your generosity!

On Monday, all students will receive two brown bags in homeroom.

Please consider making a sack dinner(s) containing all the following items:

❏ 2 sandwiches (meat) on white or wheat bread*
*No condiments or cheese on the sandwich

❏ 2 hard-boiled eggs in the shell

❏ 1 small bag of chips

❏ 1 piece of fruit – apple or orange (No bananas)

❏ 2 or 3 cookies or a small candy bar

❏ 1 small water or juice box

❏ 1 paper napkin

If you would like to make extras, please use plastic grocery bags.
Bring sack dinners to school ON FRIDAY, MAY 28 at 7:45–8:15 am (do not bring before this date and time)

NJHS thanks you for your support and generosity!


National Junior Honor Society Induction & Graduation Ceremony
Date: Thursday, May 27th
Time: 2:00 pm
Location: Holy Family Chapel

Due to the recent COVID protocol changes, 2 parents/guardians will be to attend for each child graduating or being inducted. If you plan on attending, you must sign up using this link: https://forms.gle/A9b3vwiMCkHkFdXHA . If you are unable to attend, there will be a live stream link sent out next week. Thanks! Ms. Guarnieri


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Scholastic Book Fair May 17 – May 30

The Virtual SPC Scholastic Book Fair opens on Monday, May 17th! It will run through May 30th. Time to plan your summer reading!
Support SPC by shopping The Scholastic Store Online for an expanded selection of exclusives, new releases, value packs, and more. All orders ship home and book-only orders over $25 ship free. Every purchase benefits SPC and helps develop a love of reading.
Please click here for the Virtual Fair.


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

Park Ridge Library Summer Reading Club!
Summer 2021 CS Flyer 1
Click on the image above to download the complete flyer with all the details!
Click here for a video about the Park Ridge Library Summer Reading Club.


Edison Park Fall 2021 Outdoor Soccer Registration - Attention Pre K (4) – 8th Grade Girls & Boys 
Download the details here.


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.

Loyola Academy Sports Camps for Rising 6th Graders and Up
Summer 2021 Sports Camps Brochure

Summer Basketball Camps Flyer

Loyola Academy Summer Rowing Camps for Rising 6th - 9th Graders
Please click here to download the flyer with all the details.
Please click here to watch a video on a recent rowing season.


 

St. Viator's Newsletter
Please click here for the May Newsletter
 


Regina Dominican Summer Athletic Camps 5th–8th Grade Girls

Girls in the 5th-8th grade are invited to join us this summer for one of our athletic camps! Meet Regina Dominican Coaches and current Panthers as you enhance your athletic skills while enjoying all summer has to offer!
To register, click here.
Download the flyer here.


Resurrection Summer 2021 Girls Athletic Camps 4th–12th Grade Girls
Basketball, Lacrosse, Tennis, Running, Softball & Volleyball!
To register, click here.


STEM CAMP Grades K-6th
Energize your kid’s creativity and confidence with our new Camp Invention® program, Recharge! When this nationally acclaimed program comes to St. Elizabeth of the Trinity from August 2 - 6, 2021 campers in grades K-6 will collaborate with friends in hands-on, open-ended STEM challenges. They’ll take apart a microphone to explore its inner workings, build and test a device to launch rubber ducks, and design morphing vehicles for the Super Road Rally! Each activity is designed to inspire curiosity, spark imaginations and give your young innovator the best summer ever. Click here to secure your spot! Use promo code SUM25 by 5/26 to save $25.

Dear SPC Families,

Twenty school days remaining until we can all celebrate the amazing accomplishment of a full year of in-person learning during this unprecedented year (I am really looking forward to NEVER using the word unprecedented again). Thank you for remaining vigilant in the homestretch. We welcome back three cohorts to school tomorrow; please remain vigilant in following the guidelines so we can finish the school year together.

What Will Next School Year Look Like?
While we focus on ending this school year on a positive and strong note, I know many of us are wondering what next school year will bring. So many things are changing rapidly with Illinois transitioning back to reopening, the CDC lifting mask restrictions, and vaccines being available to 12-15-year-olds. Although I do not have any answers at this time, I fully anticipate that next year will look more normal; as soon as I have more details to share, I will let everyone know.

Please Save the Date:  Parade for our Graduates on June 2 at 5:00 pm 
Please join us in a very special parade to celebrate our graduates!  

We need your help in showing our SPC love to the Class of 2021. We all know their 8th-grade year was not what we envisioned for them, but we still want to send them off with a celebration. One of the things we have planned is an SPC Parade. Please join us on June 2 from 5:00-6:00. Our graduates will be lined up (social distancing) in their caps and gowns along Ridge Terrace and Summit. I know it would mean a lot to see so many of their SPC family wish them well!

Vaccincations For 12-15-Year-Olds
As you may have heard, the Pfizer vaccination has been granted emergency approval for children ages 12-15. I know many of our students already have appointments. At this time, the vaccine is not mandatory. But, we are encouraging parents to speak to their pediatricians about the benefits of the Pfizer vaccine for their children. Here is an article from the AAP

SPC Vaccination Tracker
While not required, St Paul of the Cross School is asking that when your child is vaccinated, please complete the following quick survey so we can track our overall progress for student vaccinations.

Please submit ONE form for EACH child. PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR THE FORM.

Cook County Vaccination Information
https://vaccine.cookcountyil.gov/
https://cookcountypublichealth.org/communicable-diseases/covid-19/covid-vaccine/ 

Important Health Forms for Next Year - Due August 1, 2021
Today health forms are being sent home with current PreK, First, and Fifth Grade students.
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.

Forms are being sent home and can be found on our website or in the EGC and UGC Offices.

Completed examination forms are 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 student 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 at 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 9-12.
Please direct all questions regarding examinations and requirements to Mrs. Bridget Fletcher at 847-825-6366 x3601 or Mrs. Linda Foy x3602.

Summer Office Hours
Just a heads up that the main office will have summer office hours beginning June 21 until August 17. The main office hours are already on the school calendar and are as follows:
Monday and Friday: School Office is closed.
Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday: 9:00 am-12:00 pm
The Main Office will also be closed on: June 29

COVID Dashboard May 13, 2021
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Peace,

Dr. Erika Mickelburgh


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Scholastic Book Fair May 17 – May 30

The Virtual SPC Scholastic Book Fair opens on Monday, May 17th! It will run through May 30th. Time to plan your summer reading!
Support SPC by shopping The Scholastic Store Online for an expanded selection of exclusives, new releases, value packs, and more. All orders ship home and book-only orders over $25 ship free. Every purchase benefits SPC and helps develop a love of reading.
Please click here for the Virtual Fair.


 

8TH GRADE SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES DEADLINES APPROACHING
We are pleased to share two scholarships available to our current 8th-grade students who will be attending a Catholic high school in the fall. The 8th-grade teachers are discussing these scholarship opportunities with their homerooms, and we also want to provide you with this information. 

Cathleen A Russo Memorial Scholarship

Eligibility: 
 Current 8th-grade students who will be attending a Catholic high school with an interest in Education.
Entry: Applicants will submit an essay with a minimum of 4 paragraphs regarding their favorite teacher and explain why they are interested in teaching.
Deadline: May 14, 2021
Evaluation & Selection: Please submit the essay to the UGC Office by May 14 at 8:00 am. No applications will be accepted after the deadline. The essays will then be given to the selection committee anonymously. 
Scholarship Award Amount: $750 
Payment will be made directly to the attending high school in the student's name. A certificate will be given to the student at graduation. 

2021 SPC Men's Club Rising Star Scholarship Application 

In an effort to promote and encourage Catholic Education, SPMC will award a $4,000 scholarship to be utilized at any approved Catholic High School Institution in the Chicagoland area. This scholarship opportunity is open to any 8th-grade male parishioner of St. Paul of the Cross. The Rising Star Scholarship will be awarded to the deserving individual who demonstrates these key requirements.  

  • Demonstrates aptitude for extracurricular activities and has contributed to his community through philanthropic opportunities.
  • Completes an essay of 500 words or less titled "What I will gain from a Catholic Education." 
  • All Finalists will complete a virtual interview with SPC Men's Club Board Members the week of May 17 or 24.

All entries must be submitted by 5:00 pm, Monday, May 17, to Men's Club board member Steven Bachert, via email - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Any questions, please email Mr. Bachert, or you can reach him via 312.399.9531.


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

Edison Park Fall 2021 Outdoor Soccer Registration - Attention Pre K (4) – 8th Grade Girls & Boys 
Download the details here.


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.

Loyola Academy Sports Camps for Rising 6th Graders and Up
Summer 2021 Sports Camps Brochure

Summer Basketball Camps Flyer

Loyola Academy Summer Rowing Camps for Rising 6th - 9th Graders
Please click here to download the flyer with all the details.
Please click here to watch a video on a recent rowing season.

 

Regina Dominican Summer Athletic Camps 5th–8th Grade Girls

Girls in the 5th-8th grade are invited to join us this summer for one of our athletic camps! Meet Regina Dominican Coaches and current Panthers as you enhance your athletic skills while enjoying all summer has to offer!
To register, click here.
Download the flyer here.


Resurrection Summer 2021 Girls Athletic Camps 4th–12th Grade Girls

Basketball, Lacrosse, Tennis, Running, Softball & Volleyball!

To register, click here.