Dear SPC Families,

We are officially wrapping up our first trimester! I know many of us did not think we would be in school this long. I am grateful for each day of in person instruction. Please know that in the near future, we will continue to look at our local situation day by day. I pray you all have a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving. 

This letter includes the following:

  • Thanksgiving Travel-what to do when you return to school.
  • Current Covid Dashboard
  • Adopt a Family 2020--it will look a little different this year.
  • Re-enrollment for 2020-2021 --COMING SOON!

THANKSGIVING TRAVEL:

If you will be traveling ANYWHERE over Thanksgiving vacation (except for Hawaii, Maine and Vermont)--the information below applies to your family:

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

THIS COULD CHANGE WHILE YOU ARE TRAVELING--PLEASE CHECK THE STATUS  IF YOU ARE TRAVELING.

I TRAVELED TO A RED STATE WHAT DO I NEED TO DO? 

Your child MUST STAY home and quarantine for 14 days prior to returning to school. EVEN IF YOU RECEIVE A NEGATIVE TEST, you will be required to quarantine. 

I TRAVELED TO AN ORANGE STATE, WHAT DO I NEED TO DO TO RETURN TO SCHOOL?

If you will be traveling to an Orange list state, travelers must receive a negative test result no longer than 72 hours prior to arrival in Chicago. 
After the test you must avoid large social gatherings, practice social distancing and wear a mask. 

If you cannot take a test prior to arrival, you have the option to take a post-arrival test under two conditions:

  1. You quarantine at home until you receive a negative test result
  2. The test must come from a private test provider (you cannot use a CDPH community-based testing site to fulfill the travel order requirement due to limited testing capacity at these locations).

If you cannot be tested for COVID-19 prior to arriving in Chicago and do not take a post-arrival test, you must quarantine for 14 days (or the duration of your stay, whichever is shorter).

What does my child need to do to return to school?
IF YOU HAVE TRAVELED, YOU MUST SUBMIT EVIDENCE OF THE NEGATIVE TEST TO Mrs. Foy, Mrs. Fletcher and Dr. M prior to returning to school on November 30, 2020. Do not send your child to school if you have not submitted this test result. We will only accept a copy of the results.

I TRAVELED TO A YELLOW SATE ( HAWAII, VERMONT AND MAINE)
If you are traveling to a Yellow list state, you do not need to have a test or quarantine.

COVID DASHBOARD

Pages from THURSDAY MAILING November 19


Adopt A Family Christmas Donations -It will look a little different this year
SPC has a long standing tradition of partnering with the parish social service ministry to ensure that needy families in our community have a wonderful Christmas. This year, given Covid protocols, we are unable to collect actual gifts. The Adopt A Family program will collect funds and purchase gift cards so families can purchase their own gifts. Given the timeline, we are asking that funds are collected by November 30, 2020. 

Please consider making a donation to the adopt a family program so that our school can continue this beloved tradition this Advent. Please click below to make the donation.
100% of these proceeds will go towards the adopt a family program in the Social Service Ministry.

Adopt-A-Family


COMING SOON--- RE-Enrollment for the 2021-2022 School Year:
Yes, we have already begun planning for next year! Re-enrollment will open for all our current families on December 1, 2020. Please look for an email from me on December 1st for directions on how to re-enroll your child for next school year. The letter will include next year's tentative calendar, 2021-22 tuition and fees, and directions on how to re-enroll your child. We have considerable interest in enrollment across all grades for next year and already have many applications. If you plan on returning to SPC, it will be important to complete the re-enrollment by January 20th.  All re-enrollment will be processed through FACTS (the same platform you used this summer).

Re-enrollment Fees: 
December 1, 2020-December 31, 2020

Complete your Early Bird registration and fee of $75 per student.  

January 1, 2021-January 20, 2021 
The re-enrollment fee increases to $125 per student. 

After January 20th:
The re-enrollment fee increases to $175 per student.


School Board Election
Please see the important election details directly below my letter. 

Finally, please read the rest of this week's newsletter so you don't miss out on upcoming events and programs!

Peace,

Dr. Erika Mickelburgh
Principal


SPC School Board Election
The SPC School Board is holding an election to fill 2 vacancies for terms that run through May 2023. We are fortunate to have 11 candidates interested in serving on the Board.

- Online Voting will be open from today, Thursday, November 19th through Monday, November 30th.
- School parents & registered parishioners are eligible to vote.
- To review the candidates' personal statements then cast your vote, click here for the online ballot: https://forms.gle/SfwX8zmSJPcQBFwz8

If you have any questions, feel free to contact SPC School Board President, Siobhán Haugh, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 773.791.0570.

Thank you for your participation.


Dear Current SPC Families,
We are excited to announce that enrollment for new students for the 2021-2022 school year is now open! If you will be enrolling a new student for the 2021-2022 school year, please click the application link below. A completed application is required for all new students. 

Re-registration for current SPC students will begin on December 1, 2020.  

To complete a new student application for the 2021-2022 school year, please click below:

New student application for 2021-2022 


Student Council Wear Blue for JDRF Tomorrow, November 20th!

Dear SPC Students,

Tomorrow, November 20th, students may wear a blue top (with out of uniform bottoms) if they bring in a donation of $1 or more for JDRF. All proceeds will be donated to JDRF! 
Also, students who have purchased Culver's ice cream will receive it tomorrow, November 20th.
Classes who are quarantined (until after break) will receive their ice creams the day they come back to school. People who are individually quarantined are asked to contact Student Council (Mrs. Schultz or myself) to determine when they can get their ice cream.  

Thank you for supporting JDRF! Please read our JDRF flyer for the details.
Caitlin Vengazo
Student Council President

Do You Want To Build A Snowman!?

Snowman Flyer
Spreading SPC Cheer During This Year...click here!
We are so excited for our first annual snowman decorating contest! To get an understanding of how many families are interested in participating, please complete the form. The kit is $40 and each family will receive one 3ft wooden snowman and stake to decorate however they wish- have fun! A link to pay will be sent to all participating families prior to snowman pick-up day. All families must sign-up before December 18th. We will then reach out to all participating families to pick-up their kits outside of school in January and will send a google photo link to submit your finished creation! All photos must be submitted by February 5 and winner will be announced and given a fun prize! We will be sharing all the fun snowmen throughout January and February to spread cheer in the New Year!! Please email Meghan Waldeck any time with questions at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 

Home & School Association

Perrys Flyer 1 
It is simple! Take a night off from cooking and order from Perry's either night! Bring your Perry's receipt to school on Monday, November 30th, and students may come out of uniform. Thank you for supporting our local restaurants! 

Please click here to download the Perry's Pizza flyer. 


 

Book Fair FNL Image
Our Virtual Bookfair is starting on November 23rd and running through December 6th! 
Click here to open up the Virtual Scholastic Bookfair. You will be able to start purchasing on November 23rd. 
Holiday Gift Cards through TRIP & Distribution Update
We are re-opening Shop With Scrip for physical gift card orders during the month of November only. During November 1 - 30, you will have the option to order physical gift cards for the holidays. All gift cards will be available for pick up the week of December 7th. Orders must be placed through https://shop.shopwithscrip.com/, or if you would prefer to place your order with a manual check, you can email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. After November 30th, only e-cards will be available until further notice.

For rebates from previous orders: all orders that were made through 9/30/20 will be credited by the end of November to your FACTS account. The next distribution of rebates will take place in February.


The yearbook committee has started working hard on this year's yearbook. We are looking for photos from the first day of school. Please feel free to add any photos to this shared folder. We will be asking for other photos throughout the school year to add to the yearbook.

First Day of School Photos for Yearbook



REGISTER NOW for the Winter Session 2020-2021 of Chess-Ed's Virtual Enrichment Program! Classes Begin November 30th!

Dear SPC School Families,

If you haven't already heard, Chess-Ed has gone virtual! Keep your chess skills and game playing sharp and register now for our 10-week Winter 2020-21 session. Classes begin on 11/30/20 and extend through 2/19/21.

Using Zoom, lichess.org, and other chess software, our instructors will deliver organized and interactive online lessons, thought-provoking puzzles, and time for student game playing and instructor oversight/feedback, similar to our in-person programming.

Our 55-minute virtual lessons are offered every weekday after school, at 4, 5, and 6 pm with Beginner, Novice, Continuing, and Advanced program levels to appeal to students with a wide variety of chess knowledge and skills. The program is open to all students in all grades.

To register, go to www.a-winter-virtual-chess-ed.eventbee.com. Spread the word!

Chess-Ed instructors look forward to seeing your chess enthusiast in class. JOIN TODAY!

Please click here to download the 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.

Virtual Blood Drive
St. Paul of the Cross will be coordinating a virtual blood drive from Nov. 23 until Dec 23 (note that this blood drive has been extended to include an entire month) Anyone who would like to participate can make an appointment at one of the many Vitalant donor centers and use our code - RG08. You will receive a $5.00 Amazon gift card IF the donation is between Nov. 23rd and Dec. 1st.

Please use the link below to make your appointments since it is linked to St. Paul of the Cross blood drive:

https://learn.vitalant.org/LP=148?drive_code=RG08&division=NORTHEAST%26%region=CHI

Thanks for spreading the word!

St. Paul of the Cross-Holy Family Guild


Support our Fair Trade Vendors this Christmas Season!

Our annual Fair Trade Market is postponed until next year, but please enjoy a virtual cup of coffee and pastry as you browse the online selections of our local Fair Trade Vendors. Find unique and special gifts for everyone on your list and support global artists at the same time. Below are descriptions and websites of our vendors:

Global Handmade Hope: www.globalhandmadehope.com

Our mission is to promote social justice, help families provide food, shelter, education and gain access to health care. We accomplish our goal by offering artists a place and opportunity to sell their goods. We offer sustainably produced items from around the world. You will find a diverse array of Fair Trade home decor, accessories, apparel, kids’ items and more.

Loom: www.loomchicago.com

LOOM is a social enterprise of Catholic Charities Refugee Resettlement Agency. At LOOM we provide a studio space where refugee women can practice fiber arts, make beautiful products and cultivate community and friendship with their peers. LOOM provides a pathway to financial independence for refugee women and facilitates impactful connections between individuals from disparate cultural backgrounds.

Tree of Life Imports: https://www.thetreeoflifeimports.com

Tree of Life Imports was founded in 1989 during El Salvador's civil war as a means to bring the art of La Palma to the American market. Since then, we have focused our attention on several Latin American communities to help provide equal opportunity for all to work, including women and the rural poor. All of our products are handmade by artisans in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Mexico.

Tulia's: www.tulias.com

Tulia’s Artisan Gallery offers finely crafted jewelry and home decor made by master artisans in Colombia. Collections include flying mobiles, butterfly ornaments, and statement earrings. Each purchase comes with a free friendship bracelet.


Hello School Families!                      

Our parish food pantry currently needs brown paper grocery bags, with handles, from Trader Joe's, Mariano's and Whole Foods.
Please repurpose your unwanted bags by putting them through the food pantry drop box anytime.
Please email Adrienne Timm with questions.    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  Thanks in advance for your help!   
 

FROM THE COMMUNITY

Future Lion Newsletter St. Viator High School - Upcoming Entrance Placement Exam Registration Information 


 

 

Dear SPC Families,

As you can see from the numbers below, our COVID-19 rates are increasing. We currently have 2 cohorts on quarantine and have seen an increase in the numbers quarantining because of exposure. Given the rise in cases in Illinois, this is to be expected. Please remain diligent in limiting your exposure and student activities.

To date, we have not seen any cases of COVID-19 transmission in school, and our current SPC positivity rate is 0.4%. Despite the news of climbing COVID-19 rates around us, this is good news and demonstrates that our safety protocols are working. I just request that you continue to be vigilant in keeping your kids home if anyone in the household is sick or has been exposed.

Thank you for your partnership in keeping our kids in school and safe.

Included in this letter is the following information:

COVID DASHBOARD
THANKSGIVING TRAVEL
SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING PARENT SURVEY-PLEASE COMPLETE
SCHOOL ADVISORY BOARD MEETING
REMOTE LEARNING DEADLINE REGISTRATION-TOMORROW

 

THANKSGIVING TRAVEL & REMOTE LEARNING:
I cannot say this enough; if you plan on traveling to any of these states for Thanksgiving, your student must quarantine for 14 days upon return. Furthermore, the recent survey data contained many comments similar to “I know many SPC families have plans to travel and not quarantine.” I will assume positive intentions and think that these comments were made prior to the updated list of travel ban states and my urging to follow guidelines. I also want to reiterate that I am not the “COVID” Police, and it is not the school's responsibility to police family decisions. I am confident that our families will do the right thing and follow our guidelines. I can’t imagine an SPC family woefully disregarding our safety rules.

If you plan on traveling, please submit the attendance form CLICK HERE

REMOTE LEARNING AFTER THANKSGIVING IF YOU TRAVEL:
If your child must quarantine after traveling for Thanksgiving, they will refer to SeeSaw (Preschool-2) and Schoology (3-8) for school work. Please submit the form above and notify your teacher. They should bring their books home on Friday, November 20th. 

CURRENT LIST OF TRAVEL BAN STATES (UPDATED NOVEMBER 10,2020)


SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL PILOT UPDATE; INPUT NEEDED
SPC is in our third month of the Office of Catholic School’s Social and Emotional Learning Pilot, and we need your feedback! Please complete this brief parent survey. As we refine our plans for program implementation, we would like to learn more about what topics and priorities are of interest to you and your family.


SCHOOL ADVISORY BOARD MEETING-TUESDAY NOVEMBER 17, 2020 at 7:30 pm.
We hope you will join us for the upcoming school board meeting on November 17th at 7:30 pm. We will hear from the parents who are running for the 2 open positions, and we will also be hearing from Mrs. Ronda Quinn, who will give a presentation on our involvement in the Social-Emotional Learning Pilot. Mrs. Quinn will discuss how we are infusing the curriculum into our classrooms and how you can support social-emotional learning at home. 

Register in advance for this meeting:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYkfuuqqz4qH9amVybPcVdnFwG2BI5Q6rWr 

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


REMOTE LEARNING TRIMESTER 2 REGISTRATION-DEADLINE TOMORROW
While in-person learning has been a success at SPC, we recognize that families may wish to change their enrollment status for Trimester 2. We have opened registration for remote learning for Trimester 2. Should you wish to change your child to remote learning for Trimester 2, please complete the following form. The completed form is due no later than November 13th. CLICK HERE FOR REMOTE LEARNING REGISTRATION FORM

NOTE TO CURRENT REMOTE LEARNING FAMILIES:

You will need to re-register your child/children for this option as we have added another remote learning choice. You will not automatically be re-enrolled in remote learning. Thank you for completing the form by November 13th. 

REMOTE LEARNING OPTIONS FOR TRIMESTER 2:

Option 1 - Remote Learning Through Catapult in Partnership with the Office of Catholic Schools

1. The cost of the program is SPC tuition.

2. SPC teachers will not be teaching the remote learning classes; they are being offered through the Archdiocese of Chicago Office of Catholic Schools.

3. SPC will provide students with a Chromebook to complete the remote learning option.

4. Curriculum will be aligned to OCS standards and benchmarks but may NOT mirror the SPC curriculum specifically. However, SPC does use the OCS benchmarks and priority standards in planning our curriculum.

Option 2: Asynchronous Learning

Each week, work and videos will be uploaded to a digital platform. Students will complete the work at their own pace throughout the week. The videos will be instructional (not produced by SPC teachers). Students will submit the work to an SPC teacher for assessment. The teachers will still Zoom 1-2 times a week with your child to touch base. During the two weeks of remote learning in January, your child can follow along with their homeroom. The cost of this program is SPC tuition.

To plan for Trimester 2, Remote Learning registration must be completed by tomorrow, November 13th.

Peace,

Dr. Erika Mickelburgh
Principal


 

Dear Current SPC Families,
We are excited to announce that enrollment for new students for the 2021-2022 school year is now open to our current SPC families. If you will be enrolling a new student for the 2021-2022 school year, please click the application link below. A completed application is required for all new students. Current SPC families will have priority in applying from November 2-16. 

Re-registration for current SPC students will begin on December 1, 2020.  

To complete a new student application for the 2021-2022 school year, please click below:

New student application for 2021-2022 


 

Holiday Gift Cards through TRIP & Distribution Update

We are re-opening Shop With Scrip for physical gift card orders during the month of November only. Starting November 1 - 30, you will have the option to order physical gift cards for the holidays. All gift cards will be available for pick up the week of December 7th. Orders must be placed through https://shop.shopwithscrip.com/, or if you would prefer to place your order with a manual check, you can email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. After November 30th, only e-cards will be available until further notice.

For rebates from previous orders: all orders that were made through 9/30/20 will be credited by the end of November to your FACTS account. The next distribution of rebates will take place in February.


The yearbook committee has started working hard on this year's yearbook. We are looking for photos from the first day of school. Please feel free to add any photos to this shared folder. We will be asking for other photos throughout the school year to add to the yearbook.

First Day of School Photos for Yearbook



REGISTER NOW for the Winter Session 2020-2021 of Chess-Ed's Virtual Enrichment Program!

Chess-Ed is pleased to offer VIRTUAL chess lessons to your students this Winter! 
The 10-week Winter session is offered Monday through Friday at a variety of times (4, 5, and 6 pm) with Beginner, Novice, Continuing, and Advanced program levels. The chess program runs from 11/30/20 to 2/19/21 and is taught by Chess-Ed instructors using Zoom, lichess.org, and other chess software. Please refer to the Eventbee registration site for chess level guidelines . 
To register, students must have a FREE username at lichess.org so they can be paired by the chess instructor during the game playing portion of the lesson. Register NOW at www.a-winter-virtual-chess-ed.eventbee.com. Be sure to register early to take advantage of EARLY FEE pricing. For more information about the program, please refer to the program flyer and Eventbee website. 
Chess-Ed is looking forward to seeing your CHESS ENTHUSIAST this Winter!

Please click here to download the 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.

Support our Fair Trade Vendors this Christmas Season!

Our annual Fair Trade Market is postponed until next year, but please enjoy a virtual cup of coffee and pastry as you browse the online selections of our local Fair Trade Vendors. Find unique and special gifts for everyone on your list and support global artists at the same time. Below are descriptions and websites of our vendors:

Global Handmade Hope: www.globalhandmadehope.com

Our mission is to promote social justice, help families provide food, shelter, education and gain access to health care. We accomplish our goal by offering artists a place and opportunity to sell their goods. We offer sustainably produced items from around the world. You will find a diverse array of Fair Trade home decor, accessories, apparel, kids’ items and more.

Loom: www.loomchicago.com

LOOM is a social enterprise of Catholic Charities Refugee Resettlement Agency. At LOOM we provide a studio space where refugee women can practice fiber arts, make beautiful products and cultivate community and friendship with their peers. LOOM provides a pathway to financial independence for refugee women and facilitates impactful connections between individuals from disparate cultural backgrounds. 

Tree of Life Imports: https://www.thetreeoflifeimports.com

Tree of Life Imports was founded in 1989 during El Salvador's civil war as a means to bring the art of La Palma to the American market. Since then, we have focused our attention on several Latin American communities to help provide equal opportunity for all to work, including women and the rural poor. All of our products are handmade by artisans in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Mexico. 

Tulia's: www.tulias.com

Tulia’s Artisan Gallery offers finely crafted jewelry and home decor made by master artisans in Colombia. Collections include flying mobiles, butterfly ornaments, and statement earrings. Each purchase comes with a free friendship bracelet.


Hello School Families!                      

Our parish food pantry currently needs brown paper grocery bags, with handles, from Trader Jo's, Mariano's and Whole Foods.
Please repurpose your unwanted bags by putting them through the food pantry drop box anytime.
Please email Adrienne Timm with questions.    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  Thanks in advance for your help!   
 

FROM THE COMMUNITY

St. Pat's Upcoming Admissions Events Virtual Info Nights - November 17th

Future Lion Newsletter St. Viator High School - Upcoming Entrance Placement Exam Registration Information 


 

 

Dear SPC Families,

I hope everyone can get outside and enjoy this beautiful weather! Let’s get the kids out for as much fresh air as possible before our usual Chicago weather returns. This is another jam-packed Thursday mailing; thank you for your careful attention to all the updates and news.

In this week’s Thursday mailing:

  • Social-Emotional Pilot Update-Parent input needed
  • SPC COVID-19 DASHBOARD-NEW
  • RESULTS OF REOPENING SURVEY - NEW
  • PARENT LEADER WEBINAR-NEW
  • THANKSGIVING TRAVEL & QUARANTINE-NEW
  • BLUE RIBBON WEEK- NOVEMBER 9-13th--TIME TO CELEBRATE!
  • TRIMESTER 2: REMOTE LEARNING REGISTRATION-REMINDER

SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL PILOT UPDATE; INPUT NEEDED
SPC is in our third month of the Office of Catholic School’s Social and Emotional Learning Pilot, and we need your feedback! Please complete this brief parent survey. As we refine our plans for program implementation, we would like to learn more about what topics and priorities are of interest to you and your family.

NEW: St. Paul of the Cross COVID-19 DASHBOARD
Based on some survey data collected last week, people felt that a dashboard would be helpful. We continually monitor the data below and are happy to share these details. Per our guidelines, if there is a positive case in the school with staff or students, we will send an appropriate notification based on the individual case.  Moving forward, I will include this dashboard in all Thursday mailings. 

 

SURVEY RESULTS:
Thank you for responding to the survey last week, these are challenging times and I appreciate your input and feedback as we work together to keep our school safe! Please see below for a summary of the survey results. I also included the comparison with the summer results in terms of general comfort with the return to school.


SURVEY RESULTS:COMFORT LEVEL WITH REOPENING SUMMER VS. FALL

 

SURVEY RESULTS: REOPENING FALL 2020

 

“Parent Leader Webinar” from the Office of Catholic Schools
Recently, the Office of Catholic Schools of the Archdiocese recorded a “parent leader” webinar regarding the Reopening Plan to help our school ensure our safe reopening continues. While I have asked room parents and the school board to watch the video, I think it is a useful resource for all parents to watch as we can all be leaders during this challenging time. You should use this link to view the recorded webinar in English. You will register first and then listen to the 45-minute webinar.

THANKSGIVING TRAVEL AND QUARANTINE:
I cannot say this enough; if you plan on traveling to any of these states for Thanksgiving, your student must quarantine for 14 days upon return. Furthermore, the recent survey data contained many comments similar to “I know many SPC families have plans to travel and not quarantine.” I will assume positive intentions and think that these comments were made prior to the updated list of travel ban states and my urging to follow guidelines. I also want to reiterate that I am not the “COVID” Police, and it is not the school's responsibility to police family decisions. I am confident that our families will do the right thing and follow our guidelines. I can’t imagine an SPC family woefully disregarding our safety rules.

CURRENT LIST OF TRAVEL BAND STATES

Infection Protocol Reminders:
If you are sick (a parent), KEEP ALL KIDS HOME until you are cleared. DO NOT SEND KIDS TO SCHOOL IF YOU ARE SICK.
As COVID-19 numbers continue to rise in our area, please continue to follow the infection protocols related to symptoms and exposure.

BLUE RIBBON WEEK:
Next week we have some fun activities planned in celebration of the Blue Ribbon Award! We are officially receiving the award via a virtual ceremony on Friday, November 13th! Please note the following activities, schedule, and spirit wear choices!

REMOTE LEARNING REGISTRATION: DEADLINE NOVEMBER 13th
While in-person learning has been a success at SPC, we recognize that families may wish to change their enrollment status for Trimester 2. We have opened registration for remote learning for Trimester 2. Should you wish to change your child to remote learning for Trimester 2, please complete the following form. The completed form is due no later than November 13th. CLICK HERE FOR REMOTE LEARNING REGISTRATION FORM

NOTE TO CURRENT REMOTE LEARNING FAMILIES:
You will need to re-register your child/children for this option as we have added another remote learning choice. You will not automatically be re-enrolled in remote learning. Thank you for completing the form by November 13th. 

REMOTE LEARNING OPTIONS FOR TRIMESTER 2:

Option 1 - Remote Learning Through Catapult in Partnership with the Office of Catholic Schools

1. The cost of the program is SPC tuition.

2. SPC teachers will not be teaching the remote learning classes; they are being offered through the Archdiocese of Chicago Office of Catholic Schools.

3. SPC will provide students with a Chromebook to complete the remote learning option.

4. Curriculum will be aligned to OCS standards and benchmarks but may NOT mirror the SPC curriculum specifically. However, SPC does use the OCS benchmarks and priority standards in planning our curriculum.

Option 2: Asynchronous Learning
Each week, work and videos will be uploaded to a digital platform. Students will complete the work at their own pace throughout the week. The videos will be instructional (not produced by SPC teachers). Students will submit the work to an SPC teacher for assessment. The teachers will still Zoom 1-2 times a week with your child to touch base. During the two weeks of remote learning in January, your child can follow along with their homeroom. The cost of this program is SPC tuition.

REMOTE LEARNING TRIMESTER 2 REGISTRATION DEADLINE NOVEMBER 13th: 
To plan for Trimester 2, Remote Learning registration must be completed by November 13th

Enjoy your weekend! 
Peace,

Dr. Erika Mickelburgh
Principal



Student Council - Culver's Frozen Treat Sale to Benefit JDRF! DUE TOMORROW! 
On Friday, November 20, your child(ren) will have the opportunity to have a Culver’s chocolate or vanilla frozen custard during their lunch! Student Council will be pre-selling these treats starting Tuesday, November 3. Sales will run through tomorrow, Friday, November 6. All proceeds will benefit the JDRF!
If interested, please fill out the form below with your family name, your child’s name, homeroom number and teacher, flavor of frozen custard you would like and, the quantity of ice creams per student. Please send your fully completed form to Student Council, Mrs. Schultz – Room 222 UGC. It’s that easy. There is no money involved at this time. You will be billed for your child’s frozen treat(s), via FACTS. You will see it listed as “incidentals.”
Please download this form.


Girl Scouts for Kindergarteners 
The Kindergarten classrooms have started a Daisy girl scout troop. We currently have only a few more spots available for girls to join us. If you are interested, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

SPC School Board - Two Board Position Openings - Nomination Deadline November 11th

To: St. Paul of the Cross School Parents and Parishioners

The St. Paul of the Cross School Board has two vacancies for the 2020-21 school year. We invite parents and parish members to consider taking a leadership role and participate on the school board.

As an advisory board, our school board assists our Pastor, Father Britto, and our Principal, Dr. Erika Mickelburgh in formulating and implementing policies and procedures to run our parish school.

The school board meets monthly during the school year. The board activities include finance, academic education, religious education, public relations, technology and building planning.

The eligibility requirements to serve on the Board include being:
A registered practicing Catholic at St. Paul of the Cross;
Genuinely interested in working collaboratively to advance the Catholic and academic education at St. Paul of the Cross Catholic School.

If you are interested in participating on the school board, please contact Siobhán Haugh (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it./773.791.0570). The nomination deadline is Wednesday, November 11, 2020. Please click here to download the letter.


Holiday Gift Cards through TRIP & Distribution Update

We are re-opening Shop With Scrip for physical gift card orders during the month of November only. Starting November 1 - 30, you will have the option to order physical gift cards for the holidays. All gift cards will be available for pick up the week of December 7th. Orders must be placed through https://shop.shopwithscrip.com/, or if you would prefer to place your order with a manual check, you can email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. After November 30th, only e-cards will be available until further notice.

For rebates from previous orders: all orders that were made through 9/30/20 will be credited by the end of November to your FACTS account. The next distribution of rebates will take place in February.


The yearbook committee has started working hard on this year's yearbook. We are looking for photos from the first day of school. Please feel free to add any photos to this shared folder. We will be asking for other photos throughout the school year to add to the yearbook.

First Day of School Photos for Yearbook



REGISTER NOW for the Winter Session 2020-2021 of Chess-Ed's Virtual Enrichment Program!

Chess-Ed is pleased to offer VIRTUAL chess lessons to your students this Winter! 
The 10-week Winter session is offered Monday through Friday at a variety of times (4, 5, and 6 pm) with Beginner, Novice, Continuing, and Advanced program levels. The chess program runs from 11/30/20 to 2/19/21 and is taught by Chess-Ed instructors using Zoom, lichess.org, and other chess software. Please refer to the Eventbee registration site for chess level guidelines . 
To register, students must have a FREE username at lichess.org so they can be paired by the chess instructor during the game playing portion of the lesson. Register NOW at www.a-winter-virtual-chess-ed.eventbee.com. Be sure to register early to take advantage of EARLY FEE pricing. For more information about the program, please refer to the program flyer and Eventbee website. 
Chess-Ed is looking forward to seeing your CHESS ENTHUSIAST this Winter!

Please click here to download the 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.

Support our Fair Trade Vendors this Christmas Season!

Our annual Fair Trade Market is postponed until next year, but please enjoy a virtual cup of coffee and pastry as you browse the online selections of our local Fair Trade Vendors. Find unique and special gifts for everyone on your list and support global artists at the same time. Below are descriptions and websites of our vendors:

Global Handmade Hope: www.globalhandmadehope.com

Our mission is to promote social justice, help families provide food, shelter, education and gain access to health care. We accomplish our goal by offering artists a place and opportunity to sell their goods. We offer sustainably produced items from around the world. You will find a diverse array of Fair Trade home decor, accessories, apparel, kids’ items and more.

Loom: www.loomchicago.com

LOOM is a social enterprise of Catholic Charities Refugee Resettlement Agency. At LOOM we provide a studio space where refugee women can practice fiber arts, make beautiful products and cultivate community and friendship with their peers. LOOM provides a pathway to financial independence for refugee women and facilitates impactful connections between individuals from disparate cultural backgrounds. 

Tree of Life Imports: https://www.thetreeoflifeimports.com

Tree of Life Imports was founded in 1989 during El Salvador's civil war as a means to bring the art of La Palma to the American market. Since then, we have focused our attention on several Latin American communities to help provide equal opportunity for all to work, including women and the rural poor. All of our products are handmade by artisans in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Mexico. 

Tulia's: www.tulias.com

Tulia’s Artisan Gallery offers finely crafted jewelry and home decor made by master artisans in Colombia. Collections include flying mobiles, butterfly ornaments, and statement earrings. Each purchase comes with a free friendship bracelet.


Hello School Families!                      

Our parish food pantry currently needs brown paper grocery bags, with handles, from Trader Jo's, Mariano's and Whole Foods.
Please repurpose your unwanted bags by putting them through the food pantry drop box anytime.
Please email Adrienne Timm with questions.    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  Thanks in advance for your help!   
 

FROM THE COMMUNITY

St. Pat's Upcoming Admissions Events - Virtual Info Nights - Tonight, November 5th and November 17th

Future Lion Newsletter St. Viator High School - Upcoming Entrance Placement Exam Registration Information 


 

Dear SPC Families,

This is a pretty full letter and includes information on the following:

  • Quick Survey
  • Rising Covid Numbers in Illinois--how are we doing as an SPC community in keeping everyone safe and healthy? 
  • Halloween
  • Fall State of the School & Future Advisory Board Meeting Date
  • Travel Ban update & Holidays
  • Winter Sports
  • Remote Learning Registration for Trimester 2 (sent earlier this week)
  • D64 BUS Service
  • Mrs. Moran--Congratulations on your Retirement! 

QUICK SURVEY:
As we approach the end of the 1st trimester I wanted to take a quick pulse on how SPC is doing with our reopening. We are always looking to improve and appreciate your feedback.
Take Survey Here.

RISING COVID-19 NUMBERS IN OUR AREA & Dr. M’s COVID-19 SPC REPORT CARD:
We all know that COVID is rising in our area, which means we all need reminding of some important Infection Protocols. On Tuesday, I shared the percentages of positive cases and quarantines, which indicate that our safety protocols are working! I am so proud of everyone for following the rules so that we can keep everyone safe---but we do have room for improvement. We have been doing so well, and we can’t begin to let our comfort level lead to a lapse in safety practices:

  1. Parents, if you are sick: YOU MUST KEEP YOUR CHILDREN HOME. We really need to work on this. I know this is a huge shift from the past, but until you as a parent have been cleared for COVID (if you have symptoms), your child MUST NOT come to school. 
  2. Wear masks at all times on campus--pulling up your shirt to your mouth and running to pick up your child is not a substitute for a mask.
  3. If you or your child has been exposed to anyone with COVID 19, keep your child home and contact the school for further instructions. I will let you know when your child can return to school based on the Archdiocesan infection policies.
  4. DO NOT SEND SICK CHILDREN TO SCHOOL---everyone has been doing such an amazing job with this! Thank you!
  5. Please get a flu shot! As flu season starts ramping up, we really don’t want a double whammy with COVID and flu.  

HALLOWEEN: 

  1. Costumes may be worn to school tomorrow.
  2. Masks must be worn at all times.
  3. No outside treats can be brought and shared from home. Home and School is graciously providing a treat for all students!
  4. Classrooms will all celebrate in their individual classrooms.

FALL 2020 STATE OF THE SCHOOL.
Thank you to the 86 people who joined us at the open school advisory board meeting on Tuesday. For those of you who missed it, please click here to watch the video (Passcode: T9oh5f^@). To download a copy of the presentation, click here.

Next Open School Advisory Board Meeting: Save the date for November 17th at 7:30. Mrs. Ronda Quinn will be presenting more detailed information about the SEL pilot and program at SPC. We will send out a Zoom registration link at a later date. 

TRAVEL BAN--FLORIDA IS NOW ON THE LIST!  
Please click here for the latest list of travel ban states. As you make plans for the Thanksgiving holiday, please know that if you are traveling to any of these states, you will have to quarantine upon returning. That means if you are traveling to a state for Thanksgiving that is on the list, your child will not be allowed to return to school until the quarantine is over. 

WINTER SPORTS:
The Archdiocese announced yesterday that winter sports are canceled for this year. I know this is a major disappointment for so many of us, including myself! I pray that we will soon be able to cheer on our SPC Tigers at sporting events.

REMOTE LEARNING REGISTRATION: DEADLINE NOVEMBER 13th
While in-person learning has been a success at SPC, we recognize that families may wish to change their enrollment status for Trimester 2. We have opened registration for remote learning for Trimester 2. Should you wish to change your child to remote learning for Trimester 2, please complete the following form. The completed form is due no later than November 13th. CLICK HERE FOR REMOTE LEARNING REGISTRATION FORM

NOTE TO CURRENT REMOTE LEARNING FAMILIES:
You will need to re-register your child/children for this option as we have added another remote learning choice. You will not automatically be re-enrolled in remote learning. Thank you for completing the form by November 13th. 

REMOTE LEARNING OPTIONS FOR TRIMESTER 2:

Option 1 - Remote Learning Through Catapult in Partnership with the Office of Catholic Schools

1. The cost of the program is SPC tuition.

2. SPC teachers will not be teaching the remote learning classes; they are being offered through the Archdiocese of Chicago Office of Catholic Schools.

3. SPC will provide students with a Chromebook to complete the remote learning option.

4. Curriculum will be aligned to OCS standards and benchmarks but may NOT mirror the SPC curriculum specifically. However, SPC does use the OCS benchmarks and priority standards in planning our curriculum.

Option 2: Asynchronous Learning
Each week, work and videos will be uploaded to a digital platform. Students will complete the work at their own pace throughout the week. The videos will be instructional (not produced by SPC teachers). Students will submit the work to an SPC teacher for assessment. The teachers will still Zoom 1-2 times a week with your child to touch base. During the two weeks of remote learning in January, your child can follow along with their homeroom. The cost of this program is SPC tuition.

REMOTE LEARNING TRIMESTER 2 REGISTRATION DEADLINE NOVEMBER 13th: 
To plan for Trimester 2, Remote Learning registration must be completed by November 13th.

DISTRICT 64 BUS SERVICE:
We will not be resuming bus service until we are 100% back to business as normal.

CONGRATULATIONS MRS. MORAN!  
After 35 years of dedicated service, Mrs. Moran will be retiring next Friday. We wish her the best of relaxation after her faithful commitment to SPC for so many years! Thankfully, we will still see her as she has agreed to come back and sub for us. Thank you, Mrs. Moran, for bringing SPC technology from the days of the Apple IIe to iPads. Your contributions to St. Paul of the Cross will never be forgotten!

Peace,

Dr. Erika Mickelburgh
Principal


Fr. Britto Video Message to SPC Parents


SPC School Board - Two Board Position Openings

To: St. Paul of the Cross School Parents and Parishioners

The St. Paul of the Cross School Board has two vacancies for the 2020-21 school year. We invite parents and parish members to consider taking a leadership role and participate on the school board.

As an advisory board, our school board assists our Pastor, Father Britto, and our Principal, Dr. Erika Mickelburgh in formulating and implementing policies and procedures to run our parish school.

The school board meets monthly during the school year. The board activities include finance, academic education, religious education, public relations, technology and building planning.

The eligibility requirements to serve on the Board include being:
A registered practicing Catholic at St. Paul of the Cross;
Genuinely interested in working collaboratively to advance the Catholic and academic education at St. Paul of the Cross Catholic School.

If you are interested in participating on the school board, please contact Siobhán Haugh (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it./773.791.0570). The nomination deadline is Wednesday, November 11, 2020. Please click here to download the letter.


Holiday Gift Cards through TRIP & Distribution Update

We are re-opening Shop With Scrip for physical gift card orders during the month of November only. Starting November 1 - 30, you will have the option to order physical gift cards for the holidays. All gift cards will be available for pick up the week of December 7th. Orders must be placed through https://shop.shopwithscrip.com/, or if you would prefer to place your order with a manual check, you can email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. After November 30th, only e-cards will be available until further notice.

For rebates from previous orders: all orders that were made through 9/30/20 will be credited by the end of November to your FACTS account. The next distribution of rebates will take place in February.


The yearbook committee has started working hard on this year's yearbook. We are looking for photos from the first day of school. Please feel free to add any photos to this shared folder. We will be asking for other photos throughout the school year to add to the yearbook.

First Day of School Photos for Yearbook



REGISTER NOW for the Winter Session 2020-2021 of Chess-Ed's Virtual Enrichment Program!

Chess-Ed is pleased to offer VIRTUAL chess lessons to your students this Winter!
The 10-week Winter session is offered Monday through Friday at a variety of times (4, 5, and 6 pm) with Beginner, Novice, Continuing, and Advanced program levels. The chess program runs from 11/30/20 to 2/19/21 and is taught by Chess-Ed instructors using Zoom, lichess.org, and other chess software. Please refer to the Eventbee registration site for chess level guidelines .
To register, students must have a FREE username at lichess.org so they can be paired by the chess instructor during the game playing portion of the lesson. Register NOW at www.a-winter-virtual-chess-ed.eventbee.com. Be sure to register early to take advantage of EARLY FEE pricing. For more information about the program, please refer to the program flyer and Eventbee website.
Chess-Ed is looking forward to seeing your CHESS ENTHUSIAST this Winter!

Please click here to download the 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 November 1st bulletin.


Hello School Families!                      

Our parish food pantry currently needs brown paper grocery bags, with handles, from Trader Jo's, Mariano's and Whole Foods.
Please repurpose your unwanted bags by putting them through the food pantry drop box anytime.
Please email Adrienne Timm with questions.    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  Thanks in advance for your help!   
 

FROM THE COMMUNITY

St. Pat's Upcoming Admissions Events 

Loyola Academy Dance Clinic
Loyola Academy dance team will be hosting a virtual dance clinic on November 3rd and 4th. Please click on this link to download the flyer for all the details.


 

Dear SPC Families,

I feel that all my Thursday mailings are COVID updates….I long for the days when we can leave this all behind! However, as cases begin to rise, please review the guidelines so that we can stay in school and keep everyone healthy!

New Sunday Mass Option Beginning Soon in the Gym:  
In an effort to have more opportunity for in-person Mass attendance, the Parish is going to start offering a gym Mass on Sundays. I want to assure all our families that proper cleaning will be done after each Mass prior to our students returning on Mondays.  

Travel Restrictions - Please note new states added:
More states have been added to the travel ban list. I know many of you have asked, “We are in Park Ridge; why do we follow Chicago?” My simple answer is, “Because we are overachievers and we want the harder challenge.” HOWEVER, the reality is that we are on the border of two “lists,” and the Archdiocese guidance is that we follow the stricter of the two lists. This guidance is only for the people that travel; if parents travel, children do not need to quarantine. If children travel--they quarantine. 

Please see below for the updated Travel List as of 10/20: 5 NEW STATES ADDED ON TUESDAY 

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

New Covid Testing and Doctor's Note Guidance:
The local departments of public health in Illinois, Cook County, and Chicago have recently updated their guidance concerning COVID-19 testing and return-to-work/school admittance.

Based on this new guidance, any individual (student or employee) who experiences COVID-like symptom(s):
Should be sent home immediately with any siblings
All students in the home may return to school if the symptoms dissipate within 24 hours and they have not been exposed to any individual infected with COVID-19. If symptoms do not dissipate within 24 hours, the individual should be:

  • referred to their healthcare provider for COVID-19 testing (it is important to note the type of test administered)
  • quarantined with the entire family while awaiting the test result.

The individual may return to school if both of the following criteria are met:

  • Documentation of a negative test for COVID-19
  • 24-hours with no fever (without fever-reducing medication)

If symptoms persist, the individual should obtain an alternate diagnosis from a medical provider in addition to the negative COVID-19 diagnosis (e.g., strep throat diagnosis and negative COVID-19 result).

If an alternative diagnosis of a communicable illness is provided, the individual should stay home until symptoms have receded per the doctor’s instruction. As a reminder, a doctor’s note is not required for individuals who are:

Confirmed COVID-19 positive. For the individual to return to school, he or she must have:

  • Remained at home for 10 days
  • No fever for 24 hours (without fever-reducing medication), and
  • A general reduction of other symptoms by 75% or more

Quarantined, but not symptomatic, due to COVID-19 exposure. Individuals may return to school if they have been quarantined for 14 days and not developed symptoms of COVID-19 during that time.


Reminder about dropping off items: 
Please remember that we are trying to limit parents from coming in and out of the buildings. This means no dropping off things like water bottles, homework, chrome books, projects, etc. Lunches and glasses will be accepted; however, we are noticing that some students have lunch dropped off almost every day. Students need to be responsible for making sure they have it with them when they leave the house in the morning.

Morning Arrival: 

Please be aware that students coming to school in the EGC will be marked tardy after 8:00. Parents must walk their child(ren) into the building and sign for them. Students coming to the UGC will be marked tardy after 8:10. It is important to get your child(ren) to school on time as it gets them used to a routine and does not disrupt the homeroom.

Peace,
Dr. Erika Mickelburgh
Principal


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SPC Early Childhood Virtual Tour/Presentation October 27th at 10:00 am
We are hosting our first Virtual Early Childhood Presentation and Tour on Tuesday, October 27th at 10:00 am. Spread the word with your family and friends!
Please RSVP here. 


Social-Emotional Wellness Resources:

Community Resources:

Social Skills Group: Ages 5 & 6

Urban Wellness Parent Webinars


SPC Virtual Girls Group: 

What: Raising resilience - A virtual group for girls focused on self-empowerment. Some topics covered will include building self-esteem, friendship, kindness, cyberbullying, leadership, and tackling conflicting emotions. 

Who: 5th and 6th-grade girls

When: Starting the week of October 26th lasting 8 weeks during lunch and recess 

Who leads the group: Missy Williams and Katie McCarthy are clinical interns at Chicago Psychotherapy and in their second year of receiving their Masters in Counseling at Northwestern University. 

Want to sign up?: Email Ronda Quinn at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

Parent Strategies to Help Children and Teen Get the Sleep They Need.


 

School Directory
You should have received an email recently with directions on how to order the SPC directory so that you can have access to contact information for other families. Due to the complexities of this school year, there will be no printed version of the directory. You can order access to the online version by following the directions in the email.

If you did not receive the email about the directory, please let Wendy Diez know at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call her at 847-226-8955.


SPC Home & School Association

TRIP Information! 
On behalf of the Home and School Association, welcome to St. Paul of the Cross.I wanted to quickly introduce myself as your new T.R.I.P. (Tuition Reimbursement Incentive Plan) Coordinator for the 2020-2021 school year.If you are unfamiliar with T.R.I.P., more information can be found here on our website.T.R.I.P. offers excellent rebates through purchases of e-gift cards that families use every day.  Ranging from Lands End Uniforms to Amazon to local restaurants and more- you are able to put small percentages of your purchases back towards your FACTS account with St. Paul of the Cross.You may register for your account here, and even transfer your profile from your former school (if one exists) by using the code C21ELFAD426

Due to COVID this year, we are suspending the purchase of physical gift cards until further notice. There are several gift cards that we have on hand that can be purchased on a first come, first serve basis by emailing Tiffany Braun atThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You must have a valid TRIP account to purchase these cards before emailing. Checks will need to be made out to SPC TRIP, or you can arrange a credit card payment through Shop with Scrip after emailing Tiffany.
Please click here for our current inventory.


 

Magnets and Totes
Have you seen the cool SPC canvas tote bags and car magnets around town? The tote bags are a natural colored canvas with an embroidered SPC logo, navy accents, top zip and front pocket. Handles are long enough to go over the shoulder. Car magnets are a great way to show off that SPC is the place to be!
These are available for purchase on the Home and School Association webpage.
Please visit our web page by clicking here (https://www.spc-school.net/parents/homeandschool), select the quantity and your purchase will be delivered to you at pick up or drop off. All proceeds/profit support Home & School expenses. 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..


 

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 October 25th bulletin.


 

AREA CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOLS' ADMISSIONS EVENTS

St. Viator High School Upcoming Enrollment Event October 22nd

Regina Dominican Open House October 22nd 6:00-8:00 pm 
Please click on the link for more information and to register.

St. Pat's Upcoming Admissions Events 


 

FROM THE COMMUNITY

Bernie's Book Bank Children's Book Drive October 24th 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Please click here to download the flyer with all of the details!


District 64 Early Childhood Developmental Screenings 
District 64 Diagnostic Team is offering a screening for families with children under the age of three who have concerns with their child's development.

Also, District 64 offers monthly preschool screening for children ages 3-6 who are not yet in kindergarten. All screenings are offered virtually at this time. Please see below to download the information.

District 64 Early Childhood Developmental Screenings


Loyola Academy Dance Clinic
Loyola Academy dance team will be hosting a virtual dance clinic on November 3rd and 4th. Please click on this link to download the flyer for all the details.