Dear SPC Families,

The Tiger Fun Run is in full force at SPC. Our goal is to raise $65,000 for instructional materials, technology and facility enhancements! Thank you in advance for your support of this fundraiser. The students are already having a fun time, wearing silly socks, winning popsicle parties, scrunchy day and PJ day! The funds raised will go to support our enhanced STEAM program and to pay for the new instructional materials we added this year: a new K-8 Social Studies Curriculum, Spanish Curriculum for Early Childhood through Grade 8, and an Early Childhood Math program. This week will be a little busy with communication from your teachers; please look for daily notices on Google Classroom, as the teachers will update what incentive the homerooms have earned.

Please Come and Cheer on Your Runner Next Friday!
The Tiger Fun Run will take place in the large parking lot (there is no parking or drop off in the lot that day) on September 27th at the following times:

Preschool, Pre-K, K 8:30-9:30am
Grades 1-3 10:00am-11:00am
Grades 4-5 12:45-1:45pm
Grades 6-8 2:00-3:00pm
As part of the Tiger Fun Run there is a character education component. Each day the students meet for a 10-minute team huddle where they discuss their rewards and watch a character video. Click here for today’s video.

Jodee Blanco Book Signing & Order Form
On September 10th, Jodee Blanco came to SPC to talk to our students about bullying. She is the author of NYT Bestseller, Please Stop Laughing At Me. She will be returning to SPC to sign copies of her book. If you are interested in ordering the book, please click here to purchase. Orders must be placed by September 27th.

Please read through the rest of the Thursday Mailing each week for current school information, upcoming events, parent and student opportunities, clubs and athletics. Also, new starting this week, you will see “Notes from Mrs. Fletcher and Mrs. Foy” from the school offices where they will share some important reminders and more. 

Peace,
Dr. Erika Mickelburgh
Principal

SPC Information and Updates 


Notes From the School Offices

Picture Day is on Thursday, October 3rd, and we are looking for two parents who would like to help us out from 8:00 - 11:00 am. Please let either of us know! This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Gentle reminder regarding picking up your child's homework if he/she is absent; please do not come to school prior to 3:00. The teachers will not have the homework ready yet as they are teaching classes all morning and afternoon. Thank you for your understanding. 


Tiger Fun Run - Friday, September 27th
On Wednesday we kicked off our Tiger Fun Run with Pep Rallies! Our goal is to raise $65,000 for instructional materials, technology and facility enhancements. Pledging is now open, so if you've not had a chance to register your child, please click on the flyer below to register.

Fun Run Pledge Open 2019 FNL


SPC Yearbooks!
It’s never too soon to order your 2019/2020 SPC yearbook. If you order by September 30th, you will receive 15% off each yearbook. The only way to order your 2019-2020 SPC yearbook is online. Here are three reasons we chose TreeRing:

  • Custom Yearbooks: Every student gets a one of a kind printed copy containing two free pages to customize with personal photos. (This is optional; don’t feel obligated to complete this)
  • Green Yearbooks: TreeRing plants a tree in our school’s name when you purchase a book and it prints on recycled paper. In the past four years TreeRing planted almost 1,800 trees on behalf of St. Paul of the Cross.
  • Beautiful Yearbooks: All yearbooks are gorgeously printed in full color using the highest end print production available.

YOU CAN PURCHASE AND PERSONALIZE YOUR St. Paul of the Cross YEARBOOK BY CLICKING HERE https://treering.com/

Yearbook password: 101414618165482

A few important facts:

  • Your personalized yearbook only costs $26.00 for a soft cover. You may order a hardcover yearbook for an additional charge.
  • You’ll need to purchase your copy and complete your free personal pages by April 15th.
  • Your 2 free custom pages are optional, if you don’t customize you’ll receive a standard yearbook.

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


Volunteer Opportunity for 6th - 8th Graders
For Respect Life Month (October), the SPC Life Team will be coordinating the Baby Bottle Project which is in support of the Women's Center of Greater Chicagoland. Baby bottles are distributed to the parish/school and families fill them with spare change during the month. 

We need some extra volunteers to help distribute the baby bottles at the end of each mass the weekend of September 28th and 29th. 8th graders will receive service hours for helping. If your 6th - 8th grade child can help out, please sign them up here
Please contact Wendy Diez (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Karen Maloney (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) if you have questions. Thank you!

8th Grade Retreat - Please click here for complete information and permission slips-DUE SEPTEMBER 25th

Destination: Timber-Lee Outdoor Education
                      N8705 Scout Road
                      East Troy, WI 53120

Depart: October 1st @ 8:30 from SPC Parking Lot
Return: October 2nd @ 5:30 to SPC Parking Lot

You can pay by check or by clicking here.


Fall Offerings at SPC

SPC Green Team! Calling all 4th, 5th and 6th Graders
If you love the environment and want to help take care of our Earth, then join SPC's Green Club. Together, our members are working to find ways the entire SPC community can protect the environment and care for the resources God has so generously shared with us. Some club activities might include:

  • Organizing a school supply recycling drive
  • Using creativity to inform all students about protecting the earth
  • Walking to the SPC garden to learn about composting and nature

Please join us for our meetings on the third Monday of each month during lunch and recess. Our meetings are currently scheduled for Sept. 23, Oct. 21, November 18 and December 16.

Club moderators Kristin Hunt and Kelly Skony will collect Green Team members in the upper grade center on these dates for our meetings and then return students to their homerooms once lunch and recess have concluded. Please fill out the permission slip that has been emailed out, or contact Kristin Hunt This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to let us know who will be joining next Monday. 


SPC Kindergarten Girl Scouts Daisy Troop 
Registration and Informational Meeting Friday, September 20th 6:30 pm in the A/B Meeting Rooms
Please click here to download the flyer with more details.

High School Placement Test Preparation - PEACE Educational Services
PEACE Educational Services will be offering their High School Test Preparation Program on Thursdays beginning September 26th for 8 consecutive weeks at St. Paul of the Cross School. 
PEACE provides a comprehensive program, which fully prepares students so that their full ability is reflected on their high school entrance exam. We teach the format of the HSPT. Over 8 weeks, we review and practice in the test format 17 essential math concepts. We also review and practice language skills required for the test including grammar, usage, verbal classifications, and vocabulary. We teach specific reading comprehension strategies and practice them over 7 sessions. We fully explain and practice analogies and logic problems which are new skills for most students. On the last day the students take a full HSPT to practice the skills acquired over the 8 weeks. You are provided a full report categorized by skill areas and vast resources for further practice if needed. The cost of the program is $575 plus materials. The full curriculum and registration can be found at www.PeaceEdServices.com, or call Patti Smith at (847)567-7260 with further questions. 

Tiny Tigers Fall Session Begins October 4th. Please click on the flyer below to download.
TinyTigers fall 2019 Reg

ChessEd - Columbus Day (School's Out!) - October 14th Chess Workshop 2019
Please click here for information and to register. 


SPC Home and School Association

Celebrating the Spirit Save the Date! 
Look for big updates in the coming weeks! If you are interested in getting involved, it is a lot of fun and we'd love your help! This will be a night to remember! Please contact CTS 2020 Chairperson, Jeannie McNamara at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

School Directory
The directory is going to the printer this week and will be ready for distribution to your oldest/only child next week. Those who ordered the online version will be sent directions on how to access it by the end of this week. 
Questions? Contact Wendy Diez or Cheryl Sorce at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Join our TUITION REIMBURSEMENT INCENTIVE PROGRAM today! 
Earn tuition credit for your October statement, sign up is simple and does not need to be updated annually. 
Once you are enrolled, stop by the UGC and purchase your cards. Please, see the calendar for dates. Remember, gift cards are always available for purchase online. 
To get started:
St. Paul’s enrollment code is: C21ELFAD426 
Go to shopwithscrip.com, click “join your scrip program” and follow the prompts, the enrollment code above is what links you to SPC. 
Have questions? Call, text or email, Kate Bastian 
at (773)710-1762 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

St. Paul of the Cross Parish

We have an active and vibrant parish and encourage everyone to read the weekly bulletins for Fr. Britto's weekly letter and to stay informed about all of the upcoming events and programs. Parish Bulletin for September 22, 2019 


From The Community

The Park Ridge Youth Commission is hosting a family movie night (Alladin!) on Saturday, September 21. Please click here for all the details.

Regina Dominican High School - 8th Grade Girls Night In Friday, October 4th
Please click here to download the flyer for Dominican's Trivia Night.

St. Viator High School - Upcoming Admissions Events
Please click here to download St. Viator's flyer containing information on admissions events and upcoming open houses.

Resurrection High School - Upcoming Admissions Events 7th & 8th Grade Girls
Please click here to download Resurrection's flyer containing information on upcoming open houses.

Edison Park Youth Basketball - Boys and Girls in Grades 1-8
Registration begins Saturday, September 21st. Please click here to download the flyer with all the details.


 

Dear SPC Families,

Thank you to everyone who came to see Jodee Blanco Speak on Tuesday evening. We were very fortunate to have her come and spend the day on campus talking to our community about bullying and how we can better foster compassion. She is going to return to SPC to do a book signing. Please consider ordering her book, information is below. 

This coming Wednesday we are kicking off our Tiger Fun Run with the Pep Rally! Our goal is to raise $65,000 for instructional materials, technology and facility enhancements! Pledging is now open, so please register your children. All classes that get 100% registered by pep rally day, Wednesday, September 18th, get a Popsicle party that afternoon! Please see Tiger Fun Run flyer below to get started.

The Tiger Fun Run will take place in the large parking lot (there is no parking or drop off in the lot that day) on September 27th at the following times:

  • Preschool, Pre-K, Kdg. 8:30-9:30am
  • Grades 1-3 10:00am-11:00am
  • Grades 4-5 12:45-1:45pm
  • Grades 6-8 2:00-3:00pm

Included in this week's letter:

  • Jodee Blanco Book Signing Order Form-NEW
  • Kiss and Go Line-NEW
  • Mrs. Zurkowski -NEW
  • 8th Grade Retreat Information-NEW
  • Catholic High School Fair--REMINDER
  • High School Placement Test Prep offered at SPC-REMINDER
  • Family Mass Schedule-SAVE THE DATE

Jodee Blanco Book Signing & Order Form
On September 10th Jodee Blanco came to SPC to talk to our students about bullying. She is the author of NYT Bestseller, Please Stop Laughing At Me.  

She will be returning to SPC to sign copies of her book. If you are interested in ordering the book, please click here to purchaseOrders must be placed by September 27th.

Kiss and Go Line on Ridge Terrace
For your child’s safety, please make sure they exit the car on the curbside. Do not let them out from the right side of the car.  

Mrs. Zurkowski Retires
After many, many years of service, “Ms. Kitty” will be retiring on September 19th. We have been blessed by her service to SPC for many years. Not only has Ms. Kitty maintained all business office responsibilities in ensuring our school is fiscally viable and responsible, she helped to instill a responsibility to the environment by beginning the SPC Green Team and advocating for SPC to become a more sustainable campus. We are grateful for her contributions to the SPC community and wish her a wonderful retirement as she spends more time with her family and precious new granddaughter! 

8th Grade Retreat - Please click here for complete information and permission slips.

Destination: Timber-Lee Outdoor Education
                        N8705 Scout Road
                        East Troy, WI 53120

Depart: October 1st @ 8:30 from SPC Parking Lot
Return: October 2nd @ 5:30 to SPC Parking Lot
You can pay by check or by clicking here.

Save the Date: Catholic High School Fair Moves to the Evening
All Students in grades 6-8 who attend will receive an out of uniform pass for September 19th.

On September 18th from 6:30-7:30 pm we will host the Catholic High School Fair. We have moved this event to the evening to allow parents to come talk to representatives of Catholic High Schools with their child. This is open to families in grades 6-8. We will not be offering a Catholic High School Fair during the school day. Please RSVP by clicking here.

High School Placement Test Preparation
PEACE Educational Services will be offering their High School Test Preparation Program on Thursdays beginning September 26th for 8 consecutive weeks at St. Paul of the Cross School. Please see complete details and sign up information below.

Save the Date: Family Mass Dates
Last year we started the tradition of family Mass where students from a particular grade in the School and the Religious Education took the lead in the Sunday liturgy. We will continue with this special mass this year. We will invite students and parents from that grade to attend the Sunday 9AM Mass in the Holy Family Chapel. The students will act as readers, altar servers, ushers and helpers. Please save the date and come and celebrate Mass with your grade level.

September 15   Grade 6
October 20        Grade 3
November 17    Grade 8
December 15    Grade 5
January 26        All Grades (CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK MASS in Upper Church) 
February 9         Grade 7
March 1             Grade 4
April 26              Grade 1
May 17              Grade 2 

Please continue to read on for important updates that you won't want to miss. Every week you will find new information added. 

Peace,

Dr. Erika Mickelburgh
Principal

SPC Updates and Reminders

CTS Out of Uniform TOMORROW
Tomorrow, Friday, September 13th, is our first CTS Out of Uniform Day of our school year (Grades K-8). 
For anyone who missed out on purchasing the Out of Uniform Passes from Celebrating the Spirit last spring, you can now purchase them online only through TODAY, September 12th, for $20. If you already purchased the Out of Uniform Passes, you would have received an email receipt at that time and another reminder email. 
The homeroom teachers have updated lists of their students who have the Out of Uniform Passes for the year. Please note that the final deadline to purchase the passes is today, September 12thPlease click here to purchase your passes. 

Tiger Fun Run - September 27, 2019!
This coming Wednesday we are kicking off our Tiger Fun Run with the Pep Rally! Our goal is to raise $65,000 for instructional materials, technology and facility enhancements! Pledging is now open, so please register your children. All classes that get 100% registered by pep rally day, Wednesday, September 18th, get a Popsicle party that afternoon! Please click on the flyer below to download.

Fun Run Pledge Open 2019 FNL

More From SPC Home and School Association

SPC School Directory Reminder
Just a reminder to check your contact information in Membership Toolkit and place your orders for the directory by Monday, September 16th.

If you or another adult in your family did not receive the directory email, please check your junk mail folder. If the message is not there, please let Wendy Diez know at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so that a new email can be sent ASAP.

Thank you!

Wendy Diez and Cheryl Sorce
Directory Co-Chairs



Join our TUITION REIMBURSEMENT INCENTIVE PROGRAM today! 
Earn tuition credit for your October statement, sign up is simple and does not need to be updated annually. 
Once you are enrolled, stop by the UGC and purchase your cards. Please, see the calendar for dates. Remember, gift cards are always available for purchase online. 
To get started:
St. Paul’s enrollment code is: C21ELFAD426 
Go to shopwithscrip.com, click “join your scrip program” and follow the prompts, the enrollment code above is what links you to SPC. 
Have questions? Call, text or email, Kate Bastian 
at (773)710-1762 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Fall Offerings at SPC

High School Placement Test Preparation - PEACE Educational Services
PEACE Educational Services will be offering their High School Test Preparation Program on Thursdays beginning September 26th for 8 consecutive weeks at St. Paul of the Cross School.
PEACE provides a comprehensive program, which fully prepares students so that their full ability is reflected on their high school entrance exam. We teach the format of the HSPT. Over 8 weeks, we review and practice in the test format 17 essential math concepts. We also review and practice language skills required for the test including grammar, usage, verbal classifications, and vocabulary. We teach specific reading comprehension strategies and practice them over 7 sessions. We fully explain and practice analogies and logic problems which are new skills for most students. On the last day the students take a full HSPT to practice the skills acquired over the 8 weeks. You are provided a full report categorized by skill areas and vast resources for further practice if needed. The cost of the program is $575 plus materials. The full curriculum and registration can be found at www.PeaceEdServices.com, or call Patti Smith at (847)567-7260 with further questions.

Bricks 4 Kidz - Grades K-4th
The fall session begins on Wednesday, September 18th
Please click here for the details and the link to register.

Sticky Fingers Fall Recipe Blurb 1 Page 1
Sticky Fingers - Grades PK - 6th
Thursdays from 3:15-4:15pm
September 19th - November 14th
Click here for the details and registration 4-6 year-olds
Click here for the details and registration 7-12 year-olds

Tiny Tigers Fall Session Begins October 4th. Please click on the flyer below to download.
TinyTigers fall 2019 Reg


St. Paul of the Cross Parish

We have an active and vibrant parish and encourage everyone to read the weekly bulletins for Fr. Britto's weekly letter and to stay informed about all of the upcoming events and programs. Parish Bulletin for September 15, 2019 

Children’s Choir Rehearsals begin on Monday, September 16th!!

4-5 p.m. in DUFFIN HALL
Open to all students in Grades 2-6

REGISTER ONLINE!
https://spc-church.org/about/news/775-childrens-choir-sign-up

For more information, e-mail our Director of Music, Ed Eicker, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


From The Community

Regina Dominican High School - 8th Grade Girls Night In Friday, October 4th
Please click here to download the flyer for Dominican's Trivia Night.

St. Viator High School - Upcoming Admissions Events
Please click here to download St. Viator's flyer containing information on admissions events and upcoming open houses.

Resurrection High School - Upcoming Admissions Events 7th & 8th Grade Girls
Please click here to download Resurrection's flyer containing information on upcoming open houses.

Edison Park Youth Basketball - Boys and Girls in Grades 1-8
Registration begins Saturday, September 21st. Please click here to download the flyer with all the details.

Park Ridge Wilderness Scouts & Princesses - Attention All Boys and Girls in Grades Kdg-2nd!

The Park Ridge Wilderness Scouts & Princesses (PRWSWP) is an American family tradition that dates back to 1925.

PRWSWP is divided into four nations (3 Princess Nations & 1 Scouts Nations), consisting of a total 22 tribes. The PRWSWP annual season runs during the school year from September through early June. 

Please click here to download more details and to register!


 

Dear SPC Families,

Thank you in advance for reading this newsy letter! There are many details regarding construction and our speaker next week. I truly hope you will all attend the evening session, which is designed for parents to attend with their student. The evening is a valuable opportunity to learn with your child. Jodee Blanco is a nationally known speaker and a frequent collaborator in Catholic Schools and NCEA on bullying prevention.

A reminder that this weekend is the Parish Picnic, I hope to see you all there!

Included in this week's letter:

  • Construction on the Kinane Center--impact to drop off
  • Catholic High School Fair--NEW EVENING TIME!
  • High School Placement Test Prep offered at SPC
  • Study Hall for 7th and 8th Grade
  • Vaping-the dangers and some resources
  • Jodee Blanco Schedule for September 10th.
  • Family Mass Schedule

Construction Beginning on the Kinane Center
Effective September 9th, the construction will begin on the Kinane Center. While this will not impact drop off or pick up along Ridge Terrace, you will not be able to use the small “Tiger Parking” lot for dropping off. The sidewalk in front of the Kinane Center will also be closed. We anticipate the construction to take 6 months.

Save the Date: Catholic High School Fair Moves to the Evening
On September 18th from 6:30-7:30 pm we will host the Catholic High School Fair. We have moved this event to the evening to allow parents to come talk to representatives of Catholic High Schools with their child. This is open to families in grades 6-8. We will not be offering a Catholic High School Fair during the school day. Please RSVP by clicking here.

High School Placement Test Preparation
PEACE Educational Services will be offering their High School Test Preparation Program on Thursdays beginning September 26th for 8 consecutive weeks at St. Paul of the Cross School. 

PEACE provides a comprehensive program, which fully prepares students so that their full ability is reflected on their high school entrance exam. We teach the format of the HSPT.

Over 8 weeks, we review and practice in the test format 17 essential math concepts. We also review and practice language skills required for the test including grammar, usage, verbal classifications, and vocabulary. We teach specific reading comprehension strategies and practice them over 7 sessions. We fully explain and practice analogies and logic problems, which are new skills for most students. The full curriculum is attached.

On the last day the students take a full HSPT to practice the skills acquired over the 8 weeks. You are provided a full report categorized by skill areas and vast resources for further practice if needed. The cost of the program is $575 plus materials.

For information on the curriculum and/or to register, please go to www.www.PeaceEdServices.com or call Patti Smith at (847)567-7260 with further questions.

Study Hall Option During Recess for 7th and 8th Grade
Based on feedback from some of our students, we have decided to offer a study hall during recess for our 7th and 8th graders on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. Students should see their homeroom teacher in the morning to sign up study hall. There are limited seats available and students can only sign up for a day at a time. If a student fails to show up for 2 study hall sessions that they reserved, they will lose the study hall privilege for the remainder of the trimester. It is the student’s responsibility to reserve their spot, parent requests via email to the homeroom teacher will not be honored.

VAPING: A DANGEROUS EPIDEMIC AMONG MIDDLE-HIGH SCHOOL AGED CHILDREN
In recent weeks we have seen tragic vaping related deaths in the news. Last year, we hosted a parent education session in the evening that was surprisingly poorly attended. Given the recent deaths and the continual research on the impact of vaping on the body, this is an issue that we must be mindful of. We will be hosting another session for both students and parents in the upcoming months. In the meantime please take some time to read these articles and discuss the dangers of vaping with your middle school children. As soon as we have secured our speakers, we will provide you advance notice of the parent workshop.

Johns Hopkins Article

NY Times Article

Yale Medicine Article

JODEE BLANCO COMES TO SPC
Student, Teacher and Family Workshops. Please attend the Tuesday evening session with your child.

On September 10th, SPC will host Nationally Recognized Speaker and bullying survivor, Jodee Blanco. She will speak to all students in grades K-8, host a teacher training, and then hold a workshop for parents and students in the evening. The document below details her bio and outlines (in Jodee's words) the content of each workshop. We are fortunate that our Home and School Association is providing the funding for this daylong series of workshops. I strongly encourage you to save the date and attend the evening workshop with your child. Please click here for the complete details. The following is the schedule for September 10th:

Evening Parent/Family Seminar (GRADES K-8 Kids Strongly Encouraged to Attend!)
Please RSVP by clicking here.
Gym
6:30-7:30pm

Presentation for Grades K-4
September 10th
10:30am-11:15am

Presentation for Grades 5-8
12:15pm-1:30pm

Teacher Training (During Tuesday PD)
Tuesday September 10


Save the Date: Family Mass Dates
Last year we started the tradition of family Mass where students from a particular grade in the School and the Religious Education took the lead in the Sunday liturgy. We will continue with this special mass this year. We will invite students and parents from that grade to attend the Sunday 9AM Mass in the Holy Family Chapel. The students will act as readers, altar servers, ushers and helpers. Please save the date and come and celebrate Mass with your grade level.

September 15   Grade 6
October 20        Grade 3
November 17    Grade 8
December 15    Grade 5
January 26        All Grades (CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK MASS in Upper Church) 
February 9         Grade 7
March 1             Grade 4
April 26              Grade 1
May 17              Grade 2 

Please continue to read on for important updates that you won't want to miss. Every week you will find new information added. 

Peace,

Dr. Erika Mickelburgh
Principal


CTS Out of Uniform Passes
Next Friday, September 13th, is our first CTS Out of Uniform Day of our school year (Grades K-8). For anyone who missed out on purchasing the Out of Uniform Passes from Celebrating the Spirit last spring, you can now purchase them online only through September 12th for $20. 
If you already purchased the Out of Uniform Passes, you would have received an email receipt at that time and another reminder email. 
The first Out of Uniform date is Friday, September 13th. The homeroom teachers will have updated lists of their students who have the Out of Uniform Passes for the year. Please note that the final deadline to purchase the passes is September 12thPlease click here to purchase your passes. 

Tiger Fun Run Hot Lunch Order for September 27th 
You will have the option to purchase a hot dog lunch from Home Run Inn for your student(s). You will receive a choice of a hotdog, chips and apples. The cost of the lunch is $5.00. You must register to secure your students lunch on this fun day. Registration is open from Thursday, September 5th - Sunday, September 8th. Lunches will not be able to be purchased the day of fun run. Please click this link to order your hot lunch for fun run. 

Fun Run Promo FNL2019

More From SPC Home and School Association

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

An email with directions on how to confirm your information and purchase your copy was sent to all SPC families on Tuesday. In order to ensure timely delivery of the directory, please confirm your contact information and make your purchases by Monday, September 16th.

If you or another adult in your family did not receive the directory email, please check your junk mail folder. If the message is not there, please let Wendy Diez know at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so that a new email can be sent.

Thank you!

Wendy Diez and Cheryl Sorce
Directory Co-Chairs

Join our TUITION REIMBURSEMENT INCENTIVE PROGRAM today! 
Earn tuition credit for your October statement, sign up is simple and does not need to be updated annually. 
Once you are enrolled, stop by the UGC and purchase your cards. Please, see the calendar for dates. Remember, gift cards are always available for purchase online. 
To get started:
St. Paul’s enrollment code is: C21ELFAD426 
Go to shopwithscrip.com, click “join your scrip program” and follow the prompts, the enrollment code above is what links you to SPC. 
Have questions? Call, text or email, Kate Bastian 
at (773)710-1762 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
SPC Activities and Clubs - Fall Signup Information

SPC Life Team
All 6th, 7th and 8th grade students are invited to join the SPC Life Team!

The team is sponsored by the Parish Respect Life Committee and our mission is to live the Gospel of Life through service to the most vulnerable: the unborn, those with special needs, the poor, the elderly, etc. Our goal is to live out the social justice teaching of respecting the life and dignity of every human person. Although the team was just created in January, we had overwhelming participation and were able to serve the community in a variety of life-affirming ways. This school year, our first activity will be to help with the Baby Bottle project during Respect Life month (October).

Our first meeting of the year will be next Wednesday, September 11th at 11:30 am in the A/B room. We would love to see your kids there!

If your child is interested in joining the committee, please let Wendy Diez (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Karen Maloney (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) know and have them plan to attend our first meeting next week!

Bricks 4 Kidz - Grades K-4th
The fall session begins on Wednesday, September 18th
Please click here for the details and the link to register.

Sticky Fingers Fall Recipe Blurb 1 Page 1
Sticky Fingers - Grades PK - 6th
Thursdays from 3:15-4:15pm
September 19th - November 14th
Click here for the details and registration 4-6 year-olds
Click here for the details and registration 7-12 year-olds

chess-ed
Chess Ed Grades 1-8
Tuesdays from 2:00-3:00pm
September 10th - November 12th (Ten Weeks)
Registration for the Fall Session of the after school chess program is underway! The chess program is taught by Chess-Ed instructors and is open to all SPC students in grades 1-8, of all chess abilities, novice or continuing. Professional instruction will include the basics for novice players and build with opening theory, middle game planning, and end game combinations for continuing students.

Chess-Ed is looking forward to seeing your CHESS ENTHUSIAST this Fall!
Click here to download the flyer.
Click here for complete details and to register!

Annual Parish Picnic

7th & 8th Grade Students - Service Hours
The annual St. Paul Parish Picnic is on Saturday, September 7th starting with 4:30pm Mass outdoors and the fun and festivities immediately following. 

We are in need of 7th & 8th graders as well as adults to help make the SPC Parish Picnic successful! The greatest need is from 5:30 throughout the evening. It's a fun way to help out and interact with fellow parishioners!

Please join us! If you or your 7th/8th grader are able to help out, please sign up here. Questions, please contact Leah Wolfe at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to sign up for student and adult shifts. 


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 to stay informed about all of the upcoming events and programs. Parish Bulletin for September 8, 2019 

Children’s Choir Rehearsals
begin on Monday, September 16th!!

4-5 p.m. in DUFFIN HALL
Open to all students in Grades 2-6

REGISTER ONLINE!
https://spc-church.org/about/news/775-childrens-choir-sign-up

For more information, e-mail our Director of Music, Ed Eicker, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

From The Community

Park Ridge Wilderness Scouts & Princesses - Attention All Boys and Girls in Grades Kdg-2nd!

The Park Ridge Wilderness Scouts & Princesses (PRWSWP) is an American family tradition that dates back to 1925.

PRWSWP is divided into four nations (3 Princess Nations & 1 Scouts Nations), consisting of a total 22 tribes. The PRWSWP annual season runs during the school year from September through early June. 

Please click here to download more details and to register!

Maine South Hawkettes Clinic and Dance Performance - For students in grades 1-8
Students in 1st to 8th grade will learn and perform a professional dance routine from the UDA National High Kick Champions - Maine South Hawkettes. The performance will take place during half-time of the Maine South vs. Palatine Varsity Football Game at Wilson Stadium on Friday, September 20th.
Clinic Dates: Wednesday, September 18 from 5:00 - 7:00pm and Thursday, September 19 from 5:00 to 6:45 pm in the Back Gym at Maine South High School
Click on this flyer for details.


 

Dear SPC Families,

Thank you to everyone who came to Back to School Night yesterday. It was wonderful having you all meet our excellent faculty and staff. If you were unable to come, please contact your child’s teacher to collect any information you missed.

Updated Website
The school website had its much needed upgrades over the summer. One big enhancement is that you can now download the school calendar and sync it to your phone! 

Does My Child Need Social Media in Middle School?
I actually get this question quite often; what are your thoughts on social media? Do you allow your child access to social media? Let me preface my statements by saying that I think the most valuable thing parents can do is talk to one another. We often get tired of hearing our kids say “I am the only one in the entire universe who is not on Snapchat and Instagram” and we cave in to the pressure. This article has been floating around for some time and offers some food for thought and conversation in your home. Click here.

A Reminder About the School Day Schedule
This year the school day starts at 8:00am each day. Students need to be in their classrooms by 8:00am.  Students in the EGC will be marked tardy after 8:05. Students in the UGC will be marked tardy after 8:00am. The doors in both the UGC and the EGC will be open at 7:45am each morning to allow plenty of time to get to homeroom. Drop off lines will also begin at 7:45. We will continue to dismiss all students at 3:00pm.

We know it will take some getting used to so we will not issue tardies until after Labor Day! 

Milk
Our milk program will begin the Tuesday after Labor Day (September 3rd.) If you have not yet done so, please make sure your milk form and payment is returned to us by tomorrow as it was due Wednesday, August 28th.

Navigating the High School Admissions Process Parent Workshop
Date: Wednesday, September 4th
Time: 6:00-7:00 pm
Place: AB Meeting Rooms
Open to 7th and 8th grade parents

I will host a meeting detailing all aspects of the high school admissions process on September 4th at 6:00 pm in the AB Room. So that we can plan accordingly, please RSVP by clicking here. This parent meeting will discuss the admissions process and timeline for Catholic high schools, Chicago Public Schools, and Maine South. The meeting will begin with the discussion of Catholic high schools followed by the public schools. 

While the workshop is intended for 8th grade parents, 7th grade parents will be able to gain insight into the process as well as learn what they can do now to prepare for 8th grade. 

Save the Date: Family Mass Dates
Last year we started the tradition of family Mass where students from a particular grade in the School and the Religious Education took the lead in the Sunday liturgy. We will continue with this special mass this year. We will invite students and parents from that grade to attend the Sunday 9AM Mass in the Holy Family Chapel. The students will act as readers, altar servers, ushers and helpers. Please save the date and come and celebrate Mass with your grade level.

September 15   Grade 6
October 20        Grade 3
November 17    Grade 8
December 15    Grade 5
January 26        All Grades (CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK MASS in Upper Church) 
February 9        Grade 7
March 1            Grade 4
April 26             Grade 1
May 17             Grade 2 

Finally, the annual SPC Parish Picnic is next Saturday, September 7th. Please see below for details on the picnic and also opportunities for you to share in the fellowship through volunteering! 7th and 8th graders will receive service hours and adults are also needed. 

SPC is off to a great start of the School Year!  God Bless you all!

Peace,
Dr. Erika Mickelburgh
Principal


Home & School Association Updates

First Restaurant Fundraiser of the Year Today!

oberweis August 2019


Tiger Fun Run 2019
Save the Date! - Tiger Fun Run!!
Look for exciting updates in the coming weeks. 



SPC Activities and Clubs - Fall Signup Information

Sticky Fingers Fall Recipe Blurb 1 Page 1
Sticky Fingers - Grades PK - 6th
Thursdays from 3:15-4:15pm
September 19th - November 14th
Click here for the details and registration 4-6 year-olds
Click here for the details and registration 7-12 year-olds

chess-ed
Chess Ed Grades 1-8
Tuesdays from 2:00-3:00pm
September 10th - November 12th (Ten Weeks)
Registration for the Fall Session of the after school chess program is underway! The chess program is taught by Chess-Ed instructors and is open to all SPC students in grades 1-8, of all chess abilities, novice or continuing. Professional instruction will include the basics for novice players and build with opening theory, middle game planning, and end game combinations for continuing students.

DISCOUNTED Registration Fee applies through 8/27/19; On Time and Late fees begin 8/28/19. Chess-Ed is looking forward to seeing your CHESS ENTHUSIAST this Fall!
Click here to download the flyer.
Click here for complete details and to register!

 

SPC Media Club Grades 6-8
Open to all 6th, 7th & 8th grade students

Meetings: Mondays & Wednesdays
Time: 3:00-4:00 pm
First Meeting: Wednesday, September 4th
Media Club is an SPC news broadcast team. We create live broadcasts and newspapers that promote happenings throughout the SPC campus. 
Please click here for more information and to sign up.

Annual Parish Picnic

7th & 8th Grade Students - Service Hours
The annual St. Paul Parish Picnic is on Saturday, September 7th starting with 4:30pm Mass outdoors and the fun and festivities immediately following. 

We are in need of 7th & 8th graders as well as adults to help make the SPC Parish Picnic successful! The greatest need is from 5:30 throughout the evening. It's a fun way to help out and interact with fellow parishioners!

Please join us! If you or your 7th/8th grader are able to help out, please sign up here. Questions, please contact Leah Wolfe at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to sign up for student and adult shifts. 


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 to stay informed about all of the upcoming events and programs. Parish Bulletin for September 1, 2019 

From The Community

Park Ridge Wilderness Scouts & Princesses - Attention All Boys and Girls in Grades Kdg-2nd!

The Park Ridge Wilderness Scouts & Princesses (PRWSWP) is an American family tradition that dates back to 1925.

PRWSWP is divided into four nations (3 Princess Nations & 1 Scouts Nations), consisting of a total 22 tribes. The PRWSWP annual season runs during the school year from September through early June. 

Please click here to download more details and to register!

Maine South Hawkettes Clinic and Dance Performance - For students in grades 1-8
Students in 1st to 8th grade will learn and perform a professional dance routine from the UDA National High Kick Champions - Maine South Hawkettes. The performance will take place during half-time of the Maine South vs. Palatine Varsity Football Game at Wilson Stadium on Friday, September 20th.
Clinic Dates: Wednesday, September 18 from 5:00 - 7:00pm and Thursday, September 19 from 5:00 to 6:45 pm in the Back Gym at Maine South High School
Click on this flyer for details.

Dear SPC Families,
Welcome Back to School! It has been a long lonely (albeit busy) summer here at SPC and it is wonderful to finally have the classrooms and hallways full once again! I think we may have a new tradition here at SPC with the “Teacher Meet and Greet/Supply Drop Off” evening. Thank you to everyone who stopped by to meet their new teacher and enjoy some ice cream!  It was a good way to start the school year and I was so excited to see all of you after your summer vacation!

New this year we have completely revamped our Upper Grade schedule. This week our students and faculty have been learning the ropes and finding their way around. This is new for everyone and I am happy to say that as we all find our bearings, there have been very few glitches! 

This is a busy letter this week with many back to school reminders. Happy reading!

When I Ask My Child About Their Day All I Hear is “Fine.”
How many times do we sit down at dinner to ask our kids about their day at school and are a little disappointed to hear “it was fine”? I stumbled upon an article a few years ago that I like to share at the beginning of each school year as a reminder that if we pose the question differently, we may get better responses from our children that lead to great conversations about their day. I encourage you to try a few different questions with your child. Click here.

A Note About the School Day Schedule
This year the school day starts at 8:00am each day. Students need to be in their classrooms by 8:00am.  Students in the EGC will be marked tardy after 8:05. Students in the UGC will be marked tardy after 8:00am. The doors in both the UGC and the EGC will be open at 7:45am each morning to allow plenty of time to get to homeroom. Drop off lines will also begin at 7:45. We will continue to dismiss all students at 3:00pm.

We know it will take some getting used to so we will not issue tardies until after Labor Day! 

Bus Service
Bus service for our students will begin on Monday, August 26th. If you have not received an email from us regarding your stop and times, you were not registered with the district. You must contact them in order to see if you qualify for bus service. The District 64 bus rep is Stephanie Colon. Her email address is: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone #847-318-4308.

Milk
Our milk program will begin the Tuesday after Labor Day (September 3rd.) Please make sure your milk and payment is returned to us by Wednesday, August 28th.

No Parking in FM Global Parking Lot
Please remember that parents are not allowed to park in the FM Global Parking Lot (the parking lot across from our big lot on Washington). We know that you are allowed to park there on Sundays for Mass but parking is not allowed on school days.

No Parking in Ryan Parke Funeral Home During the Day
A reminder that you are allowed to park in the funeral home parking lot to drop off your children or pick your children up.  Please do not park there if you need to leave your car there after 8:00am. Also, when you see the cones up (even in the rear lots) you will have to seek parking elsewhere due to a service at the funeral home.

Puerto Rico 2020!
We are very excited to announce that in February of 2020 we will be offering a service trip to Puerto Rico visiting and working with the Our Lady of the Rosary Parish. In 2017, St. Paul of the raised money during the Lenten Mission to rebuild the damaged church of Our Lady of the Rosary Church. However, there is still work that needs to be done. We will be assisting at Our Lady of the Rosary Church and School. We will also have time to learn about the culture and history of Puerto Rico---and even have some fun! This trip is open to all 7th and 8th grade students. Parents are also eligible to attend the trip. St. Paul of the Cross Puerto Rico 2020.pdf

In order to plan ahead, please RSVP to a parent information meeting on August 28th at 5:30 in the AB Room. Click here to RSVP.

Back to School Night - August 28th 6:30-8:30 pm
I look forward to seeing you all next Wednesday for our Back to School Night!

6:30: Parents Meet in the Gym

  • Prayer
  • Welcome
  • SPC 2019-2020 School Year Overview

6:50-8:30pm Classroom Visits-details will be sent in a separate schedule early next week. This is a great time to meet your student's teachers however; it is not a time to discuss individual students. The teachers will be sharing information about their curriculum and class expectations. We are creating a schedule that will allow families with multiple children the opportunity to visit more than 1 teacher. 

Navigating the High School Admissions Process Parent Workshop
Date: Wednesday, September 4th
Time: 6:00-7:00 pm
Place: AB Meeting Rooms
Open to 7th and 8th grade parents

I will host a meeting detailing all aspects of the high school admissions process on September 4th at 6:00 pm in the AB Room. So that we can plan accordingly, please RSVP by clicking here. This parent meeting will discuss the admissions process and timeline for Catholic high schools, Chicago Public Schools, and Maine South. The meeting will begin with the discussion of Catholic high schools followed by the public schools. 

While the workshop is intended for 8th grade parents, 7th grade parents will be able to gain insight into the process as well as learn what they can do now to prepare for 8th grade. 

Save the Date: Family Mass Dates
Last year we started the tradition of family Mass where students from a particular grade in the School and the Religious Education took the lead in the Sunday liturgy. We will continue with this special mass this year. We will invite students and parents from that grade to attend the Sunday 9AM Mass in the Holy Family Chapel. The students will act as readers, altar servers, ushers and helpers. Please save the date and come and celebrate Mass with your grade level.

September 15   Grade 6
October 20       Grade 3
November 17   Grade 8
December 15   Grade 5
January 26       All Grades (CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK MASS in Upper Church) 
February 9       Grade 7
March 1            Grade 4
April 26             Grade 1
May 17            Grade 2 

SPC is off to a great start of the School Year!  God Bless you all!

Peace,
Dr. Erika Mickelburgh
Principal


Home & School Association Updates

First Restaurant Fundraiser of the Year!

oberweis August 2019


Tiger Fun Run 2019
Save the Date! - Tiger Fun Run!!
Look for exciting updates in the coming weeks. 



SPC Activities and Clubs - Fall Signup Information

Sticky Fingers Fall Recipe Blurb 1 Page 1
Sticky Fingers - Grades PK - 6th
Thursdays from 3:15-4:15pm
September 19th - November 14th
Click here for the details and registration 4-6 year-olds
Click here for the details and registration 7-12 year-olds

chess-ed
Chess Ed Grades 1-8
Tuesdays from 2:00-3:00pm
September 10th - November 12th (Ten Weeks)
Registration for the Fall Session of the after school chess program is underway! The chess program is taught by Chess-Ed instructors and is open to all SPC students in grades 1-8, of all chess abilities, novice or continuing. Professional instruction will include the basics for novice players and build with opening theory, middle game planning, and end game combinations for continuing students.

DISCOUNTED Registration Fee applies through 8/27/19; On Time and Late fees begin 8/28/19. Chess-Ed is looking forward to seeing your CHESS ENTHUSIAST this Fall!
Click here to download the flyer.
Click here for complete details and to register!

SPC Media Club Grades 6-8
Open to all 6th, 7th & 8th grade students

Meetings: Mondays & Wednesdays
Time: 3:00-4:00 pm
First Meeting: Wednesday, September 4th
Media Club is an SPC news broadcast team. We create live broadcasts and newspapers that promote happenings throughout the SPC campus. 
Please click here for more information and to sign up.


Annual SPC Parish Picnic
7th & 8th Grade Students - Service Hours
The annual St. Paul Parish Picnic is on Saturday, September 7th starting with 4:30pm Mass outdoors and the fun and festivities immediately following. 


We are in need of 7th & 8th graders as well as adults to help make the SPC Parish Picnic successful! The greatest need is from 5:30 throughout the evening. It's a fun way to help out and interact with fellow parishioners!

Please join us! If you or your 7th/8th grader are able to help out, please email Leah Wolfe at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to sign up for student and adult shifts. 


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 to stay informed about all of the upcoming events and programs. Parish Bulletin for August 25, 2019