Dear SPC Families,

 

Yesterday afternoon, I was walking down the hall when a little voice exclaimed, "Dr. M, today was the best day ever!" to which I replied, "What happened today?" She enthusiastically told me, "A very tall man (Father James) came into the classroom and put crosses on our foreheads. That means God loves us!" There really is no greater gift than seeing children grow in their faith! We don't often associate excitement with the Lenten season of fasting and sacrifice, but this little one quickly reminded me that even in the season of sacrifice and fasting, there can be great joy in God's love for us! 

 

On Tuesday, we gathered for our Palm Burning Prayer Service, and yesterday, we gathered as a school for Ash Wednesday Mass. As we journey through Lent, we will talk about Fasting, Prayer, and Almsgiving. Students will attend Stations of the Cross led by 8th graders, and the 2nd -8th graders will attend Reconciliation. 

 

LENTEN ALMSGIVING:

We are excited to announce our 2024 partnership with Catholic Extension! Over the past seven years, we have partnered with Catholic Extension for our Lenten Almsgiving. What the parish and school have been able to accomplish during this time is truly amazing. I have been blessed to visit some of the projects and see firsthand the transformative nature of the donations. Please click here for an overview of projects throughout the years. 

 

This year, we will support missionary priests in the Diocese of Cheyanne, Wyoming! Please click here for an overview of this year's project. In early March, Seminarian Lee will come and speak to the students about his vocation and his work in Wyoming. 

 

We are asking students to participate in Almsgiving this Lent. I encourage you to have a conversation with your students about ways they can participate. This is not a "ask mom and dad for money" situation; it is time for students to make choices and work to help the missionary priests. Below are some ways to talk to your children about almsgiving. If your child brings in $1 or $50, the important thing is they contribute themselves in any way possible. Simply bring the money to the homeroom, and we will collect the funds. 

 

Lenten Resources for Families:

Helping kids understand Almsgiving

Explaining Fasting, Prayer and Almsgiving to kids

Teaching about Lent

Teaching Kids about Lent

 

Celebrating the Spirit  - Final Day to Sign Up for Teacher/Classroom Parties or Party Boards
Just a reminder, tomorrow (February 16th) is the final day to sign your child up for any of our fun Teacher Treats Parties! Please click on the Teacher Treats & Party Board link to sign up for the great parties hosted by our teachers. And for the parents, we still have some spots available at our incredible parent hosted party boards! Don't miss out!

Strings Concert February 22nd at 7:0opm
Congratulations to all of our musicians! Please come and listen to their beautiful music. If you are thinking of having your child start an instrument, this is a great way to show them what is possible!

 

PARENT-TEACHER CONFERENCES:

This is a reminder that parent-teacher conferences are around the corner, and pick-a-time will go out shortly!

March 7th: Dismissal for students at noon (NO PM EDP)

In-person conferences will take place from 1:00-8:00 pm

March 8th: No school today- Remote Parent Teacher Conferences today 9:00-3:30 pm

 

Save the Dates:

 

February 16th - no school, faculty professional development day

February 19th - No school Presidents Day

SPC Athletics

football

Please click on the image or here to register today

SPC Home & School Association

We are just over one week out from the SPC Sweetheart Dance! If you haven't purchased your tickets yet, please do so using this link!
There are a *very* limited number of spaces remaining for the 5:30pm session! Also, see below for volunteer information! 

Sweetheart dance 

As we prepare for the dance, we are looking for volunteers to help us get the gym Malibu-ready! Use this link to sign up. Volunteers are needed to help decorate the day of the event as well as to assist with check-in and the overall flow of each of the sessions. You may sign up for more than one volunteering time slot.


Spring Ballet Registration 
Ballet Ms. Rio image
Please click here to download the flyer with the registration link and more details.


SPC School Board 

The St. Paul of the Cross School Board will have 3 vacancies for the 2024-25 school year. Details regarding the nomination deadline and election timeline will follow in a few weeks. For now, we wanted to put the idea on your radar, giving you plenty of time to consider taking a leadership role and participate on the school board.

As an advisory board, our school board assists our Pastor, Fr. James, 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:
1. A registered practicing Catholic at St. Paul of the Cross;
2. 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 learning more about serving 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).


Save the Date! Spring Art Show April 14, 2024!

art show poster 2024

Counselors Corner

Webinar: Helping Your Child Face Their Fears February 29th


 CHESS ED

Spring Session Information. Please click here.

Chess Ed Kumbaya Presidents Day Workshop on February 19th. 
Click here for details.


 

Yearbook

Deadline to order a 2023-2024 SPC Yearbook is Monday, April 1st 2024

 If you are not sure if you have already ordered a yearbook, please contact Mrs. McCallister at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before orderingTree Ring does send  a confirmation email when you order.

Please click here to download all the details about ordering your yearbooks.


FROM THE PARISH

We have an active and vibrant parish and encourage everyone to read the weekly bulletins for Fr. James' weekly letter and stay informed about all upcoming events and programs. 

Please click here for the latest bulletin. 
Please click here for Fr. James' "The Daily" - Daily Mass Readings and Reflections


FROM THE COMMUNITY

From the Community

Park Ridge Baseball and Softball Registration Now Open
Age 5 (by August 31st) and Up

 

Dear SPC Families,

 

This weekend, we celebrate our Confirmands as they receive the sacrament of Confirmation! Please keep our 8th graders in your prayers on Saturday as we welcome Bishop Mark Bartosic to St Paul of the Cross. I am so proud of our 8th graders. I had the pleasure of conducting the Confirmation interviews a few weeks ago, and I am in awe of how our soon-to-be graduates articulate the value of service in their lives and what it means to them all to be Confirmed in the faith! Thank you to Mrs. Meghan Donahue for all she does to prepare our students for the sacrament! 

 

Thank you to everyone who attended CTS last week. We all had a fantastic time and raised considerable funds to help bridge the teacher salary gap so that we can retain and recruit outstanding faculty and staff! We truly have the ability to rethink how Catholic school teachers are justly compensated, and I am grateful for your partnership. Thank you for your generosity. We are still tallying funds coming in, but so far, we have raised $130,000 in net proceeds. I want to give another shout-out to our amazing committee for all their planning and hard work. We also need to give a shout-out to those parents who had a blast on the Niles Strip and had to be up early for the 8:00 am Bitty Basketball games!

We've been getting questions about submitting corporate matching gifts. Please be sure to contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., if you need any information or assistance. The matching gifts add up and do make a difference!

Please click on the Teacher Treats & Party Board link to sign up for the great parties hosted by our teachers and the incredible parent hosted party boards! We will have these online for another week, closing on February 16th. You won't want the kids to miss out on these after-school parties!

 

ASH WEDNESDAY & PALM BURNING TUESDAY

On Tuesday, we will hold our annual palm-burning prayer service in the safe zone; starting tomorrow, please have your children bring palms to their classrooms. 

All students will receive ashes on Wednesday. K-8 will attend Mass, while Father James and I will visit the preschool rooms for ashes. 

 

VALENTINES DAY:

Since Valentine's Day falls on Ash Wednesday, we will celebrate on Tuesday, February 13th. All students may wear pink, purple, or red on Tuesday. Students may exchange valentines on Tuesday.

 

Save the Dates February:

February 12th- No school

February 16th - No school, faculty professional development day

February 19th - No school Presidents Day


Thank you all, and enjoy Super Bowl Weekend. 

Peace,

Dr. Erika Mickelburgh


 

An Announcement From our Assistant Principal, Ms. Mary Therese Iacopelli

Dear SPC Families, 

Last week, we wrapped up an incredible Catholic Schools Week, topping it off with our special event, Celebrating the Spirit on Friday evening. The faculty, staff, and I are very excited to share more news to celebrate!

   

Last summer, the Parish Council nominated Dr. Mickelburgh for a National Catholic Education Association Excellence Award, and we are thrilled to announce that she has just received the 2024 NCEA Live, Learn, Proclaim Award! NCEA has a longstanding tradition of honoring and recognizing excellence and distinguished service in Catholic school education. These prestigious awards recognize outstanding efforts, contributions, and achievements on behalf of Catholic school education. This NATIONAL recognition of Dr. Mickelburgh and St. Paul is well-deserved, and we are so grateful to her for her faith-driven vision, dedication, and leadership. Please join us in congratulating our SPC principal, Dr. Erika Mickelburgh!


CTS 2024 Invite
Thank you to everyone who has been a part of Celebrating the Spirit! We are so grateful to everyone from our volunteers/committee to our event sponsors, auction donors, ad and well wish sponsors, party board hosts, teacher treat party hosts, auction bidders, partygoers, and generous donors! Donations and funds from the party boards and teacher treats are still coming in, with one more week to go. Thanks to all of you, so far we have raised 130,000 in net proceeds!

Please visit the Teacher Treats & Party Board page to sign up for the great parties hosted by our teachers and the incredible party boards! We will have these online for another week, closing on February 16th. You won't want the kids to miss out on these after-school parties hosted by our amazing teachers! Let's keep the momentum going!


SPC Athletics

football

Please click on the image or here to register today

SPC Home & School Association

Sweetheart dance


 

Counselors Corner

Webinar: Helping Your Child Face Their Fears


 CHESS ED

Spring Session Information. Please click here.

Chess Ed Kumbaya Presidents Day Workshop on February 19th. 
Click here for details.


 

 

Yearbook

Deadline to order a 2023-2024 SPC Yearbook is Monday, April 1st 2024

 If you are not sure if you have already ordered a yearbook, please contact Mrs. McCallister at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before orderingTree Ring does send  a confirmation email when you order.

Please click here to download all the details about ordering your yearbooks.


FROM THE PARISH

We have an active and vibrant parish and encourage everyone to read the weekly bulletins for Fr. James' weekly letter and stay informed about all upcoming events and programs. 

Please click here for the latest bulletin. 
Please click here for Fr. James' "The Daily" - Daily Mass Readings and Reflections


FROM THE COMMUNITY

From the Community

Park Ridge Baseball and Softball Registration Now Open
Age 5 (by August 31st) and Up

Edison Park Girls Youth Soccer Grades 4-8 Registration Begins!

Dear SPC Families,

I hope all your children are enjoying Catholic Schools Week! We are certainly having a wonderful time each day. I think my personal highlight was the Tuesday Teacher Swap; who knew Mr. O could switch gears from middle school Math to preschool with such ease or that Mrs. Rabinak could teach PE? We are truly blessed with flexible and fun teachers! Tomorrow, the teachers will attempt a three-peat volleyball championship against our 8th graders; stay tuned for the results!  

Happy CTS Eve!! We are so excited to celebrate on the Vegas/Milwaukee Strip! The fantastic CTS committee, led by Megan Weber, Kelly Bontempo, and Amy DiGregorio, is ready for a fabulous event celebrating our community! I want to give a special shout-out to Mary Ploen, our Director of Advancement, for all her hard work in planning and organizing to ensure the event's success! She has been coordinating CTS efforts since 2009, and this CTS is lucky number 13!!   

Let the bidding begin... shortly!
Later today, everyone attending CTS will receive an automated Welcome to Online Bidding message on their cell phone and/or email. This message links to their online bidding page and connects to their CTS admissions.

We will also send an all-school email blast containing the online bidding site link for everyone who is not able to attend CTS tomorrow night. Please be sure to check out the latest additions to the Auction (after the book went to print.) You won't want to miss out on those. 

Please take the time to read the forthcoming CTS-related emails and communications thoroughly, starting with the information directly below my letter. I look forward to celebrating with you tomorrow! 

Save the Dates February:
February 12th- No school
February 16- No school, faculty professional development day
February 19- No school Presidents Day

Peace,
Dr. Erika Mickelburgh

 

CTS 2024 Invite

Important Updates:
 We have some wonderful additions to our online auction, including In the Kitchen with Dr. M and Glow in the Dark Scavenger Hunt with Dr. M and Ms. Iacopelli! Be sure to review the entire auction when you receive the link to the online bidding site later today. We have something for everyone and are so grateful to all of our donors!

Attention: It's time to secure your TSA PreCheck for your flight to SPegas!

Hello CTS Partygoers!

We hope this message finds you in great spirits as we gear up for an unforgettable Friday night in Las Vegas SPegas, Celebrating the Spirit!
 

A huge shoutout to our amazing sponsors, especially our Presenting Sponsor, FPS Management, for making this first-class trip to Las SPegas possible. Thank you to Josh Brown of State Farm and Jim Stinson of Northwestern Mutual, our generous Cocktail Sponsors, offering delightful options like Josh's "Take a Cab" Cabernet and Jim's "Mr. Happy'' - perfect companions for your evening in SPegas while you place your bets, visit Little SPegas Chapel, tune into Elvis, enjoy Magic by Randy, laugh with Mr. Derick, and dance the night away at the SPegas Nightclub.

 

We're bringing back some fun traditions to the Niles Strip, including the Party Boards. These exclusive invitations can only be signed up on-site during the event. For those who are new to these, you write your name and bid number directly on the board to reserve your spot. 

 

If you want to sign up for a friend who cannot attend CTS, write YOUR name and bid number to secure your friend's spot. Only attendees will be able to sign on the party boards using their own bid numbers. Once the spots fill up, the party will be sold out.

 

Remember to charge your smartphones, bring your SPegas spirit, and get ready for a night filled with entertainment, blessings, laughter, and dancing. We can't wait to celebrate with you all!

 

Let's make it a night to remember,

Kelly Bontempo, Amy DiGregorio, and Megan Weber


SPC Athletics

football

Please click on the image or here to register today.


 

SPC Home & School Association

Portillos

 SPC Bowling with the Boys Invitation
Please click here to register for Bowling with the Boys.

Sweetheart Dance Save the Date 2024
Please click here to download the flyer.


Counselors Corner

Webinar: Helping Your Child Face Their Fears


 CHESS ED

Spring Session Information. Please click here.

Chess Ed Kumbaya Presidents Day Workshop on February 19th. 
Click here for details.


FROM THE PARISH

We have an active and vibrant parish and encourage everyone to read the weekly bulletins for Fr. James' weekly letter and stay informed about all upcoming events and programs. 

Please click here for the latest bulletin. 
Please click here for Fr. James' "The Daily" - Daily Mass Readings and Reflections


FROM THE COMMUNITY

From the Community

Park Ridge Baseball and Softball Registration Now Open
Age 5 (by August 31st) and Up

Edison Park Girls Youth Soccer Grades 4-8 Registration Begins!

Dear SPC Families,

Congratulations to our 2nd graders who received the Sacrament of Reconciliation this week! Next week, we have a very fun week planned for Catholic Schools Week; please see below for a list of activities. Thank you to the Catholic Schools Week Committee for planning a great week and to the SPC Life Team for coordinating our service project for the week. 

Celebrating the Spirit Next Friday!

The CTS Committee is finalizing the last-minute details before welcoming us all to FABULOUS Las SPegas next Friday! We are so grateful to our incredible volunteers, generous donors, and sponsors for making this event what it will be! I look forward to celebrating the spirit with so many of you next Friday night! 

Tomorrow, we'll send home the CTS program books with your oldest/only child, so check those backpacks. Enjoy all the beautiful and heartfelt Well Wishes and our incredible sponsor pages. You'll also get a sneak peek at the exciting Party Boards, Student Class Art, Teacher Treats, and one-of-a-kind auction packages. Stay tuned for more important updates from our CTS committee throughout the upcoming week. 

CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK:

  • SUNDAY: Feel free to stop by our Open House from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm and visit the classrooms! All students attending the Open House in Uniform will receive an out-of-uniform pass.
  • MONDAY: We Celebrate the Community! Students will dress as community helpers and kick-start the week-long service project led by the SPC Life Team! Students will collect baby essentials for the women’s center.
  • TUESDAY: We Celebrate the Students! Students can wear jeans or jammies, and a fun 1st annual Teacher Swap will happen during the morning. All the teachers will switch classrooms for a class period. We will also celebrate our Catholic Schools Week Mass.
  • WEDNESDAY: We Celebrate Our Nation! Students dress in red, white, and blue and will write thank you cards to our veterans!
  • THURSDAY: We Celebrate Vocations! Today, students will get a treat and be led in prayer in the morning and afternoon by 2 of our previous pastors. Father Britto and Father Carl sent video prayer messages for the students and will share what being at St. Paul meant to them!  
  • FRIDAY: We Celebrate Faculty, Staff, and Volunteers! The Annual Faculty vs. 8th-Grade Volleyball Game happens today! The faculty will defend their CSW volleyball championship title! 

CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK COMMITTEE:  Ms. Iacopelli, Mrs. Dohr, Mrs. Rinaldi, Mrs. Pecoraro, Ms. Burke, Mrs. Kraft, Ms. Whalen, and Mrs. Kusinski. THANK YOU!

Catholic Schools Week Calendar Flyer

JANUARY SAVE THE DATES - (please remember to sync your calendar to the school calendar from the website)

January 28th  - Catholic Schools Week Open House (10:00 am-12:00 pm)

January 28 - February 2  - Catholic Schools Week!

Peace,
Dr. Erika Mickelburgh


CTS 2024 Invite

We Can't Wait to Celebrate the SPC Spirit Next Friday!

We are finalizing the last-minute details before welcoming you to FABULOUS Las SPegas next Friday! We are so grateful to our generous donors, sponsors, and volunteers for making this event what it will be!

Tomorrow, we'll be sending home the CTS program books with your oldest/only child, so check those backpacks. Enjoy all the beautiful and heartfelt Well Wishes and our incredible sponsor pages. You'll also get a sneak peek at the exciting Party Boards, Student Class Art, Teacher Treats, and one-of-a-kind auction packages. You'll have plenty of great choices to plan what you'll be bidding on. There are some updates to the auction since the book went to print, and that will all be listed on the mobile/online bidding site next week. Stay tuned...we will be sharing many more important details!

Change of plans and your calendar has cleared for next Friday? Join us! Purchase tickets here.

Thank you for supporting SPC!

Thank you! 
CTS 2024 Co-Chairs
Kelly Bontempo, Amy DiGregorio, and Megan Weber

SPC Home & School Association

The next Home and School Association meeting will be tomorrow, Friday, January 26th, at 8 AM in Duffin Hall. An email with a virtual link to join will also be shared the day prior to the meeting.

During this meeting, we'll have exciting updates on CTS, Parent / Child Events, Open Committee Roles, and Spring Activities. We hope that you will join us as we introduce our new Home and School Association Board to the SPC community:

Dan Bohlke, President
Erin Greene, Vice President
Christine Bryant, Treasurer
Rachel Barrett Kennedy, Secretary

If you have any questions, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We look forward to seeing you there!


 SPC Bowling with the Boys Invitation
Please click here to register for Bowling with the Boys.

Sweetheart Dance Save the Date 2024
Please click here to download the flyer.


 

Chess Ed Kumbaya Presidents Day Workshop on February 19th. 
Click here for details.


FROM THE PARISH

We have an active and vibrant parish and encourage everyone to read the weekly bulletins for Fr. James' weekly letter and stay informed about all upcoming events and programs. 

Please click here for the latest bulletin. 
Please click here for Fr. James' "The Daily" - Daily Mass Readings and Reflections


FROM THE COMMUNITY

From the Community

Park Ridge Baseball and Softball Registration Now Open
Age 5 (by August 31st) and Up

Edison Park Girls Youth Soccer Grades 4-8 Registration Begins!


 Pre-K Social Skills Therapy Groups in January at Assential Therapy

Dear SPC Families,
It is good to be back in school! Thank you for your understanding and patience this week. Let's hope the cold weather is behind us. This weekend, we have much to celebrate on the basketball court as all of our 6th-8th grade teams battle in the playoffs. We love to see SPC families in the stands, so check in with the SPC Athletic Instagram for games and locations for the tournament! You can also check the conference website for the latest playoff bracket.

Celebrating the Spirit is coming up in two weeks…Friday, February 2nd, a night you won’t want to miss! Reminder: Tonight at Midnight, tickets will increase to $150. If you plan on attending but have not yet purchased your tickets, click here.  

Stay tuned next week; the committee will share a sneak peek of the exciting Party Boards, precious Student/Class Art, Teacher Treats, and one-of-a-kind auction packages. 

Catholic Schools Week:

It is the most wonderful week of the year! Catholic Schools Week is right around the corner and promises to be a fun-filled week celebrating St Paul of the Cross. We start Catholic Schools Week on Sunday, January 28th, with our Open House and close the week with CTS on Friday, February 2nd! Please see below for a schedule of activities:
Catholic Schools Week Schedule of Activities
 

JANUARY SAVE THE DATES (please remember to sync your calendar to the school calendar from the website)
January 19th:
Re-enrollment ends for current families
Home and School Out of Uniform
January 28th Catholic Schools Week Open House (10:00 am-12:00 pm)
January 28-February 2 - CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK!  

 

Re-ENROLLMENT for 2024-2025
If you still need to complete your re-enrollment, please do so by tomorrow! Beginning the week of January 22nd, we will start reviewing and accepting new applications for the 24-25 school year. Current families' enrollment is only guaranteed through January 22nd!

Peace,

Dr. Erika Mickelburgh

Celebrating the Spirit 2024

CTS 2024 Invite

We can't wait to Celebrate the SPC Spirit on February 2nd!
Don't forget that the ticket price increase to $150 at Midnight TONITE! Purchase tickets here

Celebrating the Spirit will be an outstanding night from the moment you pull up to our Fabulous Las SPegas! The casino tables will open at 7:30 pm; until then, grab a drink, sign up for your favorite parties on our fantastic Party Boards, renew your vows in the chapel, bid on the auction packages and precious student class art, and socialize with friends. It will be a night to remember!

We'll give a sneak peek next week, so stay tuned for the exciting Party Boards, Student Class Art, Teacher Treats, and one-of-a-kind auction packages. The Party Boards are physical sign-up boards at CTS and will not be on the mobile bidding. Many of these will sell out quickly, so plan to get to Las SPegas early to sign up for the parties you want to attend!

Thank you for supporting SPC!

Thank you! 
CTS 2024 Co-Chairs
Kelly Bontempo, Amy DiGregorio, and Megan Weber


SPC Home & School Association

The next Home and School Association meeting will be on Friday, January 26th, at 8 AM in Duffin Hall. An email with a virtual link to join will also be shared the day prior to the meeting.

During this meeting, we'll have exciting updates on CTS, Parent / Child Events, Open Committee Roles, and Spring Activities. We hope that you will join us as we introduce our new Home and School Association Board to the SPC community:

Dan Bohlke, President
Erin Greene, Vice President
Christine Bryant, Treasurer
Rachel Barrett Kennedy, Secretary

If you have any questions, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We look forward to seeing you there!


 SPC Bowling with the Boys Invitation
Please click here to register for Bowling with the Boys.

Sweetheart Dance Save the Date 2024
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. James' weekly letter and stay informed about all upcoming events and programs. 

Please click here for the latest bulletin. 
Please click here for Fr. James' "The Daily" - Daily Mass Readings and Reflections


FROM THE COMMUNITY

From the Community

Park Ridge Hawks Lacrosse Boys and Girls Spring Registration
Lacrosse 24 Spring


 Pre-K Social Skills Therapy Groups in January at Assential Therapy