Dear SPC Families,

Roundball Week 2020 has been so much fun! Make sure to mark your calendars for more games tomorrow evening and then the Championship Games and Awards Presentation on Saturday evening. The gym has been full of Tiger spirit since Sunday afternoon and we have all had a wonderful time. Congratulations and thank you to Ryan Fletcher, Joe Haugh, and the SPC Men's Club for all their energy in making this SPC tradition such a treasured success! See below for the full Roundball schedule.

The good news is that the Winter Fun at SPC is not over! In a few short weeks, Saturday, February 8, we have Celebrating the Spirit to look forward to! The RSVP’s have been coming in since the invitations were sent home last Thursday. Directly below my letter you will find information regarding purchasing tickets and/or tables for CTS.

Early Childhood Night of Information
Next Wednesday evening, January 22 from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m, we will be having our Winter Early Childhood Night of Information for prospective families. Be sure tell your family and friends about it. Look for information below. 

Catholic Schools Week
Full details about the week will be outlined in the next few weeks but please save the date for the All School Family Mass: Sunday January 26th at 9:00am in the Upper Church we will all gather to celebrate Mass. Students who wear their uniform to Mass will receive an out of uniform pass!

Upcoming Open School Board Meeting:
Erin's Law Presentations at SPC January 28th at 7:30pm in the A/B Meeting Room
The January 28th School Board will host a parent information night with Jessica Caccavallo, MSW, LSW from Northwest CASA. Ms Caccavallo will present information on Erin's Law, which is named after childhood sexual assault survivor, Erin Merryn. Erin's Law seeks to implement prevention-oriented child sexual assault program in schools.

Last week the students in grades Preschool-8th grade had brief developmentally appropriate presentations from Northwest CASA on some of the topics below. On January 28th Ms. Caccavallo will cover the curriculum and what was presented at each grade level. I strongly encourage all families to attend the meeting on the 28th. The students’ presentations covered:

  • Safety Everyday
  • Personal Space
  • Safe vs. Unsafe Touches
  • Unsafe secrets/Unsafe games
  • 3-step rule to getting help
  • Identifying trusted adults

PLEASE CLICK HERE TO RSVP

In closing, please remember that there is no school on Monday for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. We also have no school on February 3rd to celebrate the students making the Tiger Fun Run Goal! While we were hoping that we could celebrate maybe a Chicago Bears Super Bowl appearance, the great news is that the New England Patriots will not be playing! 

Peace,
Dr. Erika Mickelburgh
Principal


CTS Oscar Banner with date
We are thrilled to see all of the RSVPs coming in! Celebrating the Spirit at the Oscars will be an outstanding night from the moment you walk onto the Red Carpet for the Pre-Party! 

CTS is a sit down dinner and is open seating. There is also an option to purchase a Reserved Table for Ten. A Reserved Table for Ten is intended to be a VIP experience as it guarantees you to sit with your group and comes with two bottles of champagne at the table. If you have any questions about purchasing your tickets, please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please click on the CTS Ticket Page where you can RSVP, donate toward the teachers' tickets, and purchase raffle tickets. 

On behalf of the entire CTS Committee, we look forward to seeing you on February 8th at Celebrating the Spirit at the Oscars!
Bob & Jeannie McNamara
George & Megan Panothiocas
CTS Co-Chairs
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Roundball Tournament Friday and Saturday Schedule of Events
It has been an outstanding week of spirit at SPC and we are excited for the big final weekend! 

The Skills Competition preliminary round will be held from 2:30 - 4:30 pm on Saturday Jan 18th. No need to sign up, just show up! Any Roundball player can participate. If the player can't make the prelims, let us know. We will do our best to figure out an alternate time. The Skills Competition finals will be later that evening between the championship games.

We are in need of help in the Roundball Cafe throughout the weekend. If you can volunteer, please use this link to sign up.

Friday Games:
Girls
Hoyas vs Blue Demons  @ 7 pm  
 
Boys
Rams vs Irish  @ 6 pm
Rams/Irish vs Hoyas  @ 8 pm
 
Saturday Championship Games:
Girls 5:00 pm
Boys 6:45 pm 
Award Ceremony immediately following the Boys' Championship Game

Please click on the Roundball page (located under the Students tab) for a look at this year's tournament program book and brackets.
The Roundball Cafe will be open on Friday and Saturday, so put those dinner worries to rest and let CiCi's Pizza and our Roundball Cafe team take care of it for you. We look forward to seeing you this weekend! 


Science Fair Judges Needed for Jan 22, 2020
The annual St. Paul of the Cross Science Focus is coming up on Wednesday, January 22, 2020. A total of 52 students will be judged on their projects at the school level. Some students will then progress to further competition at the regional level.

We need Science Fair judges. We are looking for interested people who work in science-related occupations or who enjoy science as a personal interest. If you have judged with us in previous years, we hope you will return again this year. 
Please click here for more information.


 

Early Childhood Night of Information - January 22, 2020
Jan. Tours Flyer Bulletin 2020

Please click here to download the flyer.


SPC Home & School Association


buena beef

Download the Buena Beef flyer here.

Calling All Volunteers!
Home and School Association is compiling a list of volunteers and their availability as a resource for future volunteer opportunities. Larger scale events will continue to have online sign up options, however smaller needs will be sourced through group emails and our private Facebook group. We will try to plan as far in advance so parents will have the opportunity to alter their schedules if needed. Please email your name and availability to our Volunteer Coordinator-Cheryl Sorce at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Home and School Private Facebook Group!
Join our private Facebook group to share photos, learn about volunteer opportunities and events and just chat with your fellow SPC parents and teachers! Click here to join!


SPC Home and School Bulls Game Family Nights!
Purchase tickets at a discounted price now through this link: http://response.bulls.com/spc . Enter the following promo code to access discounts: STPAUL

Looking forward to seeing you there!


chess ed

Martin Luther King Day Kumbaya Chess Workshop 2020 
Chess Workshop Details


Bricks 4 Kidz Winter Session!
Bricks4Kidz winter 2020
Please click here to download the complete flyer with all the details!


Tiny Tigers Winter Session!
Please click here for the Tiny Tigers Winter Session Dates and Flyer

 


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 January 19, 2020 

Candlelight Rosary

Candlelight Rosary

Thursday, January 30th 7:30 p.m. Upper Church

Please join us as we gather to pray the Rosary in a beautiful, 30-minute service accompanied by music and candlelight at St. Paul of the Cross Parish on Thursday, January 30th at 7:30 p.m. in the Upper Church. Whether you haven’t said the Rosary in years and would like to be reintroduced to this peaceful form of prayer, or you pray the Rosary regularly, please come and be inspired!​

Respect Life Committe Logo


From The Community

Knights of Columbus Free Throw Contest - Saturday, January 18, 2020
Please click here for the flyer.

St. Viator High School Future Lion Newsletter

Edison Park Youth Indoor Soccer Flyer

  

Dear SPC Families,

Happy New Year! It is wonderful to have everyone back from Christmas vacation. I am looking forward to the many activities we have coming up from Roundball to Catholic Schools Week to Celebrating the Spirit! We are hitting the ground running with a busy start to 2020!

Roundball 2020:
The Roundball Tournament starts this weekend. We will be posting updates and schedules on social media. Stop by the gym for some FABULOUS SPC FUN! Tournament games (a boys’ tourney and a girls’ tourney) will be held SUNDAY, JANUARY 12TH THROUGH JANUARY 18TH. For those of you new to SPC , the SPC Roundball Tournament consists of two separate basketball tournaments for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade boys and girls. Our high school-aged SPC alumni return to their alma mater to coach the teams. More than 70 alumni participate each year and have just as much fun and friendly competition as the SPC students! Members of the SPC Men’s Club serve as announcers, and professional referees officiate. Awards are given for the champions, school spirit, and leadership. Please see below for Roundball 2020's program including the teams, bracket, and more!

Celebrating the Spirit ~ Saturday, February 8, 2020
Today your oldest or only child will be coming home with your Celebrating the Spirit invitation. Be sure to check those backpacks! For those students who attend half day or are not at school today, we will send the invitations home with them upon their next day at school.

The CTS Committee has been hard at work behind the scenes in preparation for Celebrating the Spirit at the Oscars. They have an incredible night planned so be sure to keep an eye out for their updates as we countdown to the big night. In the meantime, go to the CTS website to purchase your tickets, donate toward the teachers' tickets, and purchase raffle tickets. I sincerely hope that you will join us!

Catholic Schools Week
Full details about the week will be outlined in the next few weeks but please save the date for the All School Family Mass: Sunday January 26th at 9:00am in the Upper Church we will all gather to celebrate Mass. Students who wear their uniform to Mass will receive an out of uniform pass!

Upcoming Open School Board Meeting:
Erin's Law Presentations at SPC January 28th at 7:30pm in the A/B Meeting Room
The January 28th School Board will host a parent information night with Jessica Caccavallo, MSW, LSW from Northwest CASA. Ms Caccavallo will present information on Erin's Law, which is named after childhood sexual assault survivor, Erin Merryn. Erin's Law seeks to implement prevention-oriented child sexual assault program in schools.

This past week the students in grades Preschool-8th grade have had brief developmentally appropriate presentations from Northwest CASA on some of the topics below. On January 28th Ms. Caccavallo will cover the curriculum and what was presented at each grade level. I strongly encourage all families to attend the meeting on the 28th. The students’ presentations covered:

  • Safety Everyday
  • Personal Space
  • Safe vs. Unsafe Touches
  • Unsafe secrets/Unsafe games
  • 3-step rule to getting help
  • Identifying trusted adults

PLEASE CLICK HERE TO RSVP

Prayers requested:
Lastly, I request that you keep the Capitani Family in your thoughts and prayers. Mr. Joseph Capitani, father of current 8th graders Margaret, and former SPC students, Joseph and Christopher. Mr. Capitani passed away on Sunday. Joe was also the President of the Men's Club. I have included the link to the arrangements below. Please keep the entire Capitani family in your thoughts and prayers.
https://www.cooneyfuneralhome.com/notices/Joseph-Capitani

Peace,

Dr. Erika Mickelburgh
Principal


 CTS 2020 Invite NewFNL

Dear SPC Parents,

Your oldest or only child should have come home today with your Celebrating the Spirit invitation. For those students who attend half day or are not at school today, we will send the invitations home with them upon their next day at school. Please be sure to check the backpacks for your invitation!

Every year, the SPC community comes together for our annual Celebrating the Spirit gala. The proceeds from this event ensure SPC remains at the forefront of advances in education.

In the spirit of Hollywood, this year’s Celebrating the Spirit will be held on Saturday, February 8, 2020, on the eve of one of Hollywood’s biggest nights. Celebrating the Spirit at the Oscars is going to be a glamorous night of fun, food, and dancing, hosted and emceed by comedian Jim Flannigan and your involvement will make our event a success!

For your convenience, you can go to the CTS website (also found on the homepage of the school website) to purchase your tickets, donate toward the teachers' tickets, and purchase raffle tickets. 

We sincerely hope that you will join us in Celebrating the Spirit at the Oscars at Chateau Ritz on Saturday, February 8, 2020! On behalf of the entire CTS Committee, thank you for your support to make this year’s event a huge success!

Bob & Jeannie McNamara
George & Megan Panothiocas
CTS Co-Chairs
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P. S. Well Wishes - Don't Forget! DEADLINE TOMORROW- Friday, January 10th!
Let's pack the CTS program book with photos and Well Wishes! Well Wishes are a great way for you to give shout-outs to your children, grandchildren, favorite athlete, scout troop, artist, or for a special faculty member or coach! Well Wishes will be published in the CTS 2020 Program Book, which will be distributed to all SPC families and faculty the week before the gala. Email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by tomorrow, Friday, January 10, with your well wish and photo so we can make sure it gets into the printed book! 


Roundball Tournament January 12-18, 2020
We are set to begin the tournament! Please click on the Roundball page (located under the Students tab) for a first look at this year's tournament program book and brackets. The Roundball Cafe will be open every evening so put those dinner worries to rest and let CiCi's Pizza and our Roundball Cafe team take care of it for you. We look forward to seeing you! 


SPC Home & School Association


HSJanuary 2020 Meeting 2

Calling All Volunteers!
Home and School Association is compiling a list of volunteers and their availability as a resource for future volunteer opportunities. Larger scale events will continue to have online sign up options, however smaller needs will be sourced through group emails and our private Facebook group. We will try to plan as far in advance so parents will have the opportunity to alter their schedules if needed. Please email your name and availability to our Volunteer Coordinator-Cheryl Sorce at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Home and School Private Facebook Group!
Join our private Facebook group to share photos, learn about volunteer opportunities and events and just chat with your fellow SPC parents and teachers! Click here to join!


SPC Home and School Bulls Game Family Nights!
Purchase tickets at a discounted price now through this link: http://response.bulls.com/spc . Enter the following promo code to access discounts: STPAUL

Looking forward to seeing you there!


More SPC Information and Updates 

Science Fair Judges Needed for Jan 22, 2020

The annual St. Paul of the Cross Science Focus is coming up on Wednesday, January 22, 2020. A total of 52 students will be judged on their projects at the school level. Some students will then progress to further competition at the regional level.

We need Science Fair judges. We are looking for interested people who work in science-related occupations or who enjoy science as a personal interest. If you have judged with us in previous years, we hope you will return again this year. 
Please click here for more information.


chess ed

Martin Luther King Day Kumbaya Chess Workshop 2020 -DISCOUNTED Registration deadline soon!
Chess Workshop Details


Bricks 4 Kidz Winter Session!
Bricks4Kidz winter 2020
Please click here to download the complete flyer with all the details!


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 December 22, 2019 


 

right to life

Saturday, Jan. 11th, 2020 
Federal Plaza, 50 W. Adams

Sponsored by the SPC Parish Respect Life Committee
Please click here for the flyer with all the information.



From The Community

St. Viator High School Future Lion Newsletter

Edison Park Youth Indoor Soccer Flyer

  

Dear SPC Families,

I read a meme online this week that said, "Brace yourselves, teachers… a full moon last week and this week is the week before Christmas break!" The excitement in the classrooms is palatable! I know the children are very excited for Christmas! We have had a wonderful week before we leave for Christmas break.

Congratulations to all the preschool through fifth graders who performed in their Christmas concerts this week. Thanks to all of the teachers who helped the students practice and prepare. A very special shout out to our music teacher, Mr. Alex Bravos! Congratulations to Mr. Bravos on his first SPC Christmas Concert. I also want to thank our Early Childhood Director, Mrs. Meghan Waldeck, for the behind the scenes preparations.

Tomorrow we will start our celebration of Mass with a Posadas procession. Las Posadas is a Mexican tradition where the journey of Mary and Joseph to find a room at the inn is reenacted. Two of our 8th graders will dress as Mary and Joseph and go to each classroom in the UGC (the EGC students will join their prayer partners) and ask for lodging. At each classroom, Mary and Joseph will be turned away and faced to travel to another classroom. As Mary and Joseph process from room to room, each class will then follow behind Mary and Joseph becoming Pilgrims who join them on the journey. We will process as grades K-8 to the front steps of the church where Father Britto will welcome Mary, Joseph and all the 'pilgrims' into church, finally finding shelter in the church for the start of Mass at 2:00pm. Our Preschool and PreK students will have their own Las Posadas in the morning and will remain in the 1st floor of the EGC. More information on Las Posadas can be found by clicking here.  

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Adopt a Family. Because of your generosity, many families will receive their Christmas Wish Lists. We helped 16 families for a total of 96 people (60 children) and 284 gifts were filled! WOW! We also were able to purchase the gifts that were not accounted for and make a donation of $1486.52 to the Parish Adopt a Family Program. Thank you for your kindness!

Upon our return in January we will be full speed ahead with Celebrating the Spirit, Roundball, and Catholic Schools Week! But before we begin 2020, I wish you and your family a blessed Christmas! May the light and love of the Christ Child fill all our hearts!

Peace,

Dr. Erika Mickelburgh
Principal


 

CTS Oscar Banner with date 

Well Wishes - Don't Forget! 
Let's pack the CTS program book with photos and Well Wishes! Well Wishes are a great way for you to give shout-outs to your children, grandchildren, favorite athlete, scout troop, artist, or for a special faculty member or coach! Well Wishes will be published in the CTS 2020 Program Book, which will be distributed to all SPC families and faculty the week before the gala.

CTS Ticket Raffle - Win Two Free Tickets to CTS at the Oscars. 
We are excited to present the Celebrating the Spirit Ticket Raffle!
One lucky winner will receive two Celebrating the Spirit tickets with a value of over $250
Purchase one raffle ticket for $10 or three raffle tickets for $20.
The drawing will be held TOMORROW! Friday, December 20th! 
You can stop in either school office to purchase your raffle tickets or purchase them on the link below.

CTS Ticket Raffle Link

Important Information Regarding CTS
Parent Letter

Sponsorship Opportunities
Well Wishes
Auction
Party Boards

Also, be sure to check out the Celebrating the Spirit website for updates! The CTS website link is on the homepage of our school website, so please spread the word. Just go to spc-school.net and click on the Celebrating the Spirit link. 

Thank you,
Bob & Jeannie McNamara
George & Megan Panothiocas
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SPC Home & School Association


Calling All Volunteers!
Home and School Association is compiling a list of volunteers and their availability as a resource for future volunteer opportunities. Larger scale events will continue to have online sign up options, however smaller needs will be sourced through group emails and our private Facebook group. We will try to plan as far in advance so parents will have the opportunity to alter their schedules if needed. Please email your name and availability to our Volunteer Coordinator-Cheryl Sorce at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Home and School Private Facebook Group!
Join our private Facebook group to share photos, learn about volunteer opportunities and events and just chat with your fellow SPC parents and teachers! Click here to join!


SPC Home and School Bulls Game Family Nights!
Purchase tickets at a discounted price now through this link: http://response.bulls.com/spc . Enter the following promo code to access discounts: STPAUL

Looking forward to seeing you there!


More SPC Information and Updates 

 

Club and Sports Photos
Club and sports photos took place today, Thursday, December 19th. These photos will be added to the St. Paul of the Cross yearbook. You can also purchase a group photo. Your child will bring home a photo envelope today, Thursday, December 19th. If you would like to order a group photo, please return the envelope to school by Friday, January 10th.

The following clubs and sports have been photographed: smiling strings, chess, altar services, math olympiad, math competition team, future cities, Jr. & Sr. band, choir, art club, academic team, National Jr. Honor Society, Battle of the Books, Student Council, media club, cross county, track and field, cheerleaders, basketball, volleyball, baseball, softball, and soccer,

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


January Hot Lunch Order Form Now Open Deadline Tomorrow, December 20th 

Hot lunch for January will consist of 3 Healthy Kids lunches and 1 Home Run Inn Pizza. Healthy Kids lunches will cost $6.25 each and the Home Run Inn lunches will cost $5.00 each.mRegistration is now open and will close on Friday, December 20th at 10:00am. Please complete the registration and payment for your order to be processed.

You will receive a confirmation email of your January hot lunches no later than January 5th. If you do not receive one by then your child was not registered.
The menus are on the forms.

EGC Hot Lunch Order Form
UGC Hot Lunch Order Form

Please complete the registration and payment for your order to be processed.
For questions, please contact Mrs. Spanos at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


chess ed

Martin Luther King Day Kumbaya Chess Workshop 2020 -DISCOUNTED Registration is OPEN!
Chess Workshop Details


Bricks 4 Kidz Winter Session!
Bricks4Kidz winter 2020
Please click here to download the complete flyer with all the details!


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 December 22, 2019 




From The Community

 

 

 

Dear SPC Parents,

I want to highlight a few important dates beginning with tomorrow through next Friday before we leave for the Christmas Break.

Tomorrow, December 13th - Celebrating the Spirit Kids’ Day – An an Oscar themed day for the students! It is an out of uniform day, but also, your child can come to school dressed as their favorite movie character! We expect to see some really fun costumes! 

Sunday, December 15th – Family Mass Prepared by the 5th Grade Students
9:00 a.m. Holy Family Chapel

Monday, December 16th - Advent Reconciliation 3rd and 4th Grade

Monday, December 16th – Preschool through Kindergarten Christmas Program
Doors will open at 9:30 a.m. and the show begins promptly at 10:00 a.m.

Wednesday, December 18th – Grades 1-5 Christmas Program, The Legends of the Holy Night
6:00 p.m.

Friday, December 20th – All School Christmas Mass 2:00 p.m.
The students are participating in Los Posadas and will process into church at 1:50 p.m. I encourage you to enter church early, as this is truly a beautiful procession and Mass.


I am writing this newsletter on my way to rural Arkansas! Father Britto, Adrienne Timm and I are traveling with Catholic Extension to visit St. Luke’s in Warren Arkansas. We are only gone today until tomorrow afternoon so it is a quick trip!  I am looking forward to seeing first hand the results of our 2019 Lenten Mission. The mostly Central American (Mexican and Guatemalan) community of St. Luke Church had been worshipping in a very small chapel that they have outgrown. Parishioners described having children “stacked two or three” on a lap, with other people spilling out the back of the church (which lacks parking) on Sundays. With your generosity, Catholic Extension and the Diocese of Little Rock, the community purchased an old farmers’ co-op and have transformed it into a beautiful new church that will be their new home. Members of this small community in Southeast Arkansas work in the lumber industry as well as other forms of agriculture. Some have lived here for fifteen years or more while others have arrived more recently. We will meet parishioners at the old church before heading a mile away to the new one. Fr. Eddie D'Almeida, the pastor, will concelebrate with Fr. Britto.  I look forward to sharing about my experience when I return. 

Here is another article about the renovation. 

Thank you to all of our families who participated in Adopt-A-Family! We are pleased to report that over 98% of the presents were claimed! Thanks to the generous monetary donations, we will be able to fill those gaps however, if you are still interested in participating, we are accepting gifts until Friday.

Please see more details and important information below! Our school staff, teachers, and parent volunteers are always working and planning special events for the students and the parents. Please take a few moments to read the flyers and information so you stay as informed as possible.

Thank you!

Peace,

Dr. Erika Mickelburgh
Principal


 

CTS Oscar Banner with date 

Celebrating the Spirit Kids' Day - Tomorrow! Friday, December 13th!
CTS at the Oscars is not just for the parents! CTS Kids' Day is Friday, December 13th. Help us build the excitement for our biggest school fundraiser with a fun Oscar themed day for the students. On Friday, December 13th, your child can come to school dressed as their favorite movie character! We expect to see some really fun costumes! 

Well Wishes - Don't Forget! 
Let's pack the CTS program book with photos and Well Wishes! Well Wishes are a great way for you to give shout-outs to your children, grandchildren, favorite athlete, scout troop, artist, or for a special faculty member or coach! Well Wishes will be published in the CTS 2020 Program Book, which will be distributed to all SPC families and faculty the week before the gala.

CTS Ticket Raffle - Win Two Free Tickets to CTS at the Oscars. 
We are excited to present the Celebrating the Spirit Ticket Raffle!
One lucky winner will receive two Celebrating the Spirit tickets with a value of over $250
Purchase one raffle ticket for $10 or three raffle tickets for $20.
The drawing will be held on Friday, December 20th! 
You can stop in either school office to purchase your raffle tickets or purchase them on the link below.

CTS Ticket Raffle Link

Important Information Regarding CTS
Parent Letter

Sponsorship Opportunities
Well Wishes
Auction
Party Boards

Also, be sure to check out the Celebrating the Spirit website for updates! The CTS website link is on the homepage of our school website, so please spread the word. Just go to spc-school.net and click on the Celebrating the Spirit link. 

Thank you,
Bob & Jeannie McNamara
George & Megan Panothiocas
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


 

SPC Christmas Programs!
Preschool - Kindergarten December 16th at 10:00 a.m. (Doors open at 9:30 a.m.)
Grades 1 - 5 December 18th at 6:00 p.m. The Legends of the Holy Night

Christmas Show


SPC Home & School Association

2019 Faculty Gift Fund-Deadline Extended!

Looking for the best way to show your appreciation to our outstanding teachers and staff this Christmas? Contribute to the Faculty and Staff Holiday Gift Fund sponsored by Home and School! Currently we are 35% to our goal which would ensure that we are able to keep the monetary gift amount the same as last year.

We are extending the deadline to Sunday, December 15. All donations need to be in by this date so we are able to process and deliver the checks before Christmas break.

Please feel free to drop off your check/cash to one of the offices, send it in with your child or donate online HERE. Please forward any questions to Katie Murphy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Kelly Regan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The Faculty and Staff greatly appreciate your generosity.
https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=TCMGAJUXFVMYL&source=url



Calling All Volunteers!
Home and School Association is compiling a list of volunteers and their availability as a resource for future volunteer opportunities. Larger scale events will continue to have online sign up options, however smaller needs will be sourced through group emails and our private Facebook group. We will try to plan as far in advance so parents will have the opportunity to alter their schedules if needed. Please email your name and availability to our Volunteer Coordinator-Cheryl Sorce at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Home and School Private Facebook Group!
Join our private Facebook group to share photos, learn about volunteer opportunities and events and just chat with your fellow SPC parents and teachers! Click here to join!


SPC Home and School Bulls Game Family Nights!
Purchase tickets at a discounted price now through this link: http://response.bulls.com/spc . Enter the following promo code to access discounts: STPAUL

Looking forward to seeing you there!


More SPC Information and Updates 

SPC Life Team - Glove Collection 12/13 through 12/19
Please donate gently used or new gloves for the recipients of our Adopt-A-Families. Gloves will be collected December 13th-19th. Collection bins will be by both UGC and EGC offices. The majority of these families don’t even have a pair of gloves- something we take for granted and something so basic. Please help keep them warm this winter.
Thank you!
SPC Life Team


Club and Sports Photos
Club and sports photos will take place on Thursday, December 19th from 8:10-11:00 a.m. in the gym. Students who participate in any club or sport at St. Paul of the Cross will have a group photo taken on that day. Students MUST wear their school uniform on Thursday. Students can not be out of uniform and may not wear their gym uniform. These photos will be added to the St. Paul of the Cross yearbook. You can also purchase a group photo. Your child will bring home a photo envelope on Thursday, December 19th. If you would like to order a group photo, please return the envelope to school by Friday, January 10th.

The following clubs and sports will be photographed: smiling strings, chess, altar services, math olympiad, math competition team, future cities, Jr. & Sr. band, choir, art club, academic team, National Jr. Honor Society, Battle of the Books, Student Council, media club, cross county, track and field, cheerleaders, basketball, volleyball, baseball, softball, and soccer,

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


January Hot Lunch Order Form Now Open

Hot lunch for January will consist of 3 Healthy Kids lunches and 1 Home Run Inn Pizza. Healthy Kids lunches will cost $6.25 each and the Home Run Inn lunches will cost $5.00 each.mRegistration is now open and will close on Friday, December 20th at 10:00am. Please complete the registration and payment for your order to be processed.

You will receive a confirmation email of your January hot lunches no later than January 5th. If you do not receive one by then your child was not registered.
The menus are on the forms.

EGC Hot Lunch Order Form
UGC Hot Lunch Order Form

Please complete the registration and payment for your order to be processed.
For questions, please contact Mrs. Spanos at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Bricks 4 Kidz Winter Session!
Bricks4Kidz winter 2020
Please click here to download the complete flyer with all the details!


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 December 15, 2019 


Christmas tree package
Christmas Shoebox Project Sponsored by St. Catherine of Siena Guild
 - Last Weekend to Donate! 
We are pleased to invite you to participate in St. Paul of the Cross Parish's Annual Christmas Shoebox Project for disadvantaged men and women. Your boxes will be given to several of organizations serving the Chicagoland area.
Please click here for information and needs. One quick note, we are in need of more men's boxes this year.

Thank you for your generosity!



From The Community

Updates and Invitations From Our High Schools

St. Viator High School
December 15th Family Mass & Visit with Santa!

Resurrection High School
Saturday, December 14th Breakfast With Santa!

Loyola Academy
Parents Night Out December 13th 6:00 - 9:00 pm!

Maine South Hawkettes - Kick off the Holidays in Style!
Kick off the holidays with the Maine South Hawkettes! Guest performances by Orchesis and the Maine South Drum Line, as well as some special guests that you won’t want to miss! Sunday, December 15, at 3pm in the Maine South Spec Gym! Tickets available at the door or online!

https://hawketteholidayspectactular2019.eventbrite.com

 

 

 

Dear SPC Parents,

I hope you all enjoyed a relaxing Thanksgiving break! I was reminded this Thanksgiving as I pulled out my Christmas decorations of one of my favorite memories of decorating for Christmas as a child, unwrapping the baby Jesus from the box and placing him carefully in a tea cup in our china cabinet. It wasn’t Christmas yet, so we all had to wait for baby Jesus. More importantly, I remember the excitement when it was my year to carefully place Jesus in the nativity after my family returned from Christmas Mass. I remember feeling the excitement that Christmas had finally arrived when Jesus could be placed in the manger. Years later that tradition continues in my home and if you ask my children now, they will tell you that Jesus also is placed in the china cabinet (this time in a wine glass- please don’t judge me) until we return from Christmas Mass. The tradition is a reminder to me, and I hope one day my children, to remember to wait and patiently prepare our hearts to place Jesus in the manger. At this time of year I always like to remind all of us to take some time to reflect on the Advent season. It is so easy (and I am guilty of this myself) to get caught up in the crazy commercial Christmas: decorations, shopping, baking, cards etc. We can lose the opportunity to pause and truly appreciate the gift of Advent, the quiet waiting of the birth of Christ. My prayer for us all during this holy season of Advent is that we give ourselves and our children the gift of quietly waiting for the joyful light of Christ at Christmas, that we challenge ourselves to not run around trying to make the perfect “Christmas” rather we enjoy the quiet time with our loved ones preparing our hearts for the joy of placing the baby Jesus in our hearts on Christmas morning. May the quiet waiting and peaceful reflection of Advent be with you all the Advent Season!

Notes about Registration:
I know we have been aggressively sending reminders about registration and making sure that as we begin to plan for the next school year you are equipped with important information. This is the time of year when our attention starts looking forward to planning for next year. I know the 2020-2021 school year will see enrollment growth, the completed construction of our lower UGC and the addition of our STEM lab and library. We are also working on technology improvements across the campus. In order to allocate the necessary resources, registration numbers are important in this planning. Families across our area are recognizing that SPC is the place to be and we are seeing an increase in enrollment interest in all grades. Thank you for your re-registration information, it is incredibly important. 

Advent Reconciliation:
We will have our Advent Reconciliation on the following dates:

December 9th -- 5th and 6th Grade

December 10th -- 7th grade

December 16th -- 3rd and 4th Grade

(8th Grade has been removed from the schedule since they went to Reconciliation during their Confirmation Retreat)

Reminder: Christmas Concerts:
PreSchool, PreK and K will host their Christmas Concert on December 16th from 10:00-11:00am.
Grades 1-5 Christmas Concert will be hosted on December 18th at 6:00pm.

Tuition and Fees for 2020-2021 School Year:
The SPC Finance Committee and the SPC Administration have reviewed current school operations, financial information, budgets and projections for student enrollment in determining the tuition rates. We also benchmarked our tuition against local Catholic schools to guarantee that we ensure the most equitable tuition possible. For the 2020-2021 school year, tuition for all grades will increase 3.5%.

After careful consideration, there will be a new Technology fee charged per family that will help us continue to support technology initiatives at our school. Currently all technology initiatives are funded from our operating costs which does not allow for sustained technology improvements. In the past two years we have been faced with installing brand new servers and wireless access points to ensure that our technology infrastructure is fully functional. These replacements have been very costly. The new technology fee will allow us to plan more efficiently for technology upgrades. We are now faced with creating a plan for replacing our aging smart boards with interactive projectors. Maintaining classrooms that are equipped for 21st century learning requires allocation of resources and strategic planning around including the timely replacement of our Smartboards, upgrades to our technology infrastructure and the addition of computer carts and iPads in the EGC.
Please click here for the tuition schedule for next year.  

Financial Aid Process for the 2020-2021 School Year:
We are strongly committed to the philosophy that no family be denied the opportunity to attend our school for financial reasons. There are a number of opportunities for financial aid and tuition assistance:

  • IL Tax Credit Scholarship – Scholarships are funded through private donations and are available to eligible students on a first come first serve basis. Registration is a two-part process that opens January 15, 2020. For more information please see https://empowerillinois.org/students
     
  • Financial Aid - We will partner with FACTS to process financial aid applications. The financial aid information and process is not available at the moment. As soon as it is available we will announce it in the Thursday Mailing. The deadline will be April 15, 2020.
     
  • If you do not qualify for the IL Tax Credit Scholarship or Financial aid we also have various scholarships through the parish. Please contact Kathy Manny for more information.

Tentative School Calendar for the 2020-2021 School Year: 
Our school calendar will remain tentative until approved by the Office of Catholic Schools. I do not anticipate any major changes to the calendar especially to the start and end of school and any major holiday breaks. Please click here for the tentative calendar. 

Extended Day Program Information:
St. Paul will be offering an Extended Day Program, which will be conducted on each full school day. There will be no sessions on half-days. Please click here for the 2020-2021  EDP information.

Re-Registration Timeline for the 2020-2021 School Year for Current Students:
As always, you are an important part of St. Paul of the Cross School and we are giving our current families the first priority to re-register your current students or submit an application if you have a new student. It is my hope that all our current families will return to SPC. However, if you have different plans we kindly request that you indicate your response on the form below: 

  1. Re-registration is now open for the 2020-2021 School Year. The deadline for re-registration is January 21st.  PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR THE RE-REGISTRATION FORM.ALL FAMILIES MUST COMPLETE THIS FORM EVEN IF YOU ARE NOT RETURNING.  
  2. Once you complete the re-registration form, the school office will register your child in PowerSchool.
  3. On January 30, 2020 your Smart Tuition Account will be billed for the re-registration fees as follows:
    1st/Oldest/Only Child  $100.00
    Re-registration for 2nd Child  $50.00
    Re-registration for 3rd Child $50.00
    Re-registration for additional children after 3rd $20.00/child.
  4. If you are registering a new student from the same family who has not previously been enrolled at SPC, please submit a new student application to the main office.
  5. Even if the re-registration form is completed, your child will not be considered re-registered unless all this year’s (2019-2020) tuition and fees are current as of Jan. 21, 2020.    

Thank you choosing St. Paul of the Cross School for your child’s education!  

Peace, 

Dr. Erika Mickelburgh
Principal

 


Notes Fletcher Foy

Just a friendly but important reminder...If your child is tardy, you must come into the office to sign them in. Thank you!


ComeToBookFair
Dear SPC Families,

The Holiday book fair opens tomorrow, December 6th, and we look forward to seeing you and your family there! 55% of all purchases benefit our library and classrooms! We ask you to celebrate the joy of reading together by helping your child select books to enjoy. Please consider donating a book to your child’s classroom from the Wish List area. What a great gift to give any child or teacher on your list this year! 

Click here for the SPC Scholastic Book Fair page.
These are the Book Fair dates: 
Friday, December 6th: 8:00am - 8:00pm
Sunday, December 8th: 9:00am - 1:30pm
Monday and Tuesday, December 9th and 10th: 8:00am - 4:30pm

If you would like to volunteer to help, please contact Cheryl Sorce at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Thank you!!!


 

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St. Paul of the Cross Adopt A Family Program

Thank you to everyone who has already signed up to make Christmas a special time for our adopted families! There is still time to sign up! We only have 31 items left! If your grade list is full, please consider looking at one of the other grades lists. All items will be sent to the proper families as long as they are labeled correctly. If you do chose a gift from another grade please make sure to include the grade you chose from on your label.

Please consider sending a small unwrapped stocking stuffer to school with your child. It will be added to the stockings that will be hung in your child's classroom. Please keep the children in the families ages and genders in mind when choosing.

Gifts will be due by Monday, December 9, 2019.
Please click on the grade lists below for specific information.

Thank you in advance for your generosity.

Laura Mikowski & Betsy Riggs
Servants of St. Francis School Coordinators

Adopt a Family Grade Specific Lists:

Preschool         Pre-K

Kindergarten   1st Grade

2nd Grade       3rd Grade

4th Grade        5th Grade

6th Grade        7th Grade

8th Grade

Please click here for complete information about our 2019 Adopt a Family.


CTS Oscar Banner with date

Celebrating the Spirit Kids' Day - Friday, December 13th!
CTS at the Oscars is not just for the parents! CTS Kids' Day is Friday, December 13th. Help us build the excitement for our biggest school fundraiser with a fun Oscar themed day for the students. On Friday, December 13th, your child can come to school dressed as their favorite movie character! We expect to see some really fun costumes! 

That's not all - you can join in on the fun by purchasing a raffle ticket for a chance to win 2 free tickets to CTS at the Oscars. 
TIcket Raffle

Please click here to purchase your raffle tickets!

Important Information Regarding CTS
Parent Letter

Sponsorship Opportunities
Well Wishes
Auction
Party Boards

Also, be sure to check out the Celebrating the Spirit website for updates! The CTS website link is on the homepage of our school website, so please spread the word. Just go to spc-school.net and click on the Celebrating the Spirit link. 

Thank you,
Bob & Jeannie McNamara
George & Megan Panothiocas
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Christmas Show Save the Dates! 

Preschool - Kindergarten December 16th at 10:00 a.m.

Grades 1 - 5 December 18th at 6:00 p.m.

Christmas Show

 

More Exciting SPC Information and Updates 

Kindergarten & First Grade Parent Social Wednesday, December 11th!

KDG First Social

Please click here to RSVP!

January Hot Lunch Order Form Now Open

Hot lunch for January will consist of 3 Healthy Kids lunches and 1 Home Run Inn Pizza. Healthy Kids lunches will cost $6.25 each and the Home Run Inn lunches will cost $5.00 each.mRegistration is now open and will close on Friday, December 20th at 10:00am. Please complete the registration and payment for your order to be processed.

You will receive a confirmation email of your January hot lunches no later than January 5th. If you do not receive one by then your child was not registered.
The menus are on the forms.

EGC Hot Lunch Order Form
UGC Hot Lunch Order Form

Please complete the registration and payment for your order to be processed.
For questions, please contact Mrs. Spanos at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


SPC Home & School Association

The Home and School Association is pleased to sponsor the Holiday Faculty Gift Fund. This is a convenient way for parents to give Christmas gifts to all of their children’s teachers and the staff at our school. The SPC teachers and staff truly appreciate this gift fund! A formal letter has been sent home with your oldest/only. Please click below to view the attached letter and links. You may also click here to access the PayPal link for easy and safe donations. 

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



The Home and School Board would like to welcome Kelly Bjornson to our team as our new Treasurer. Kelly will assume her role upon return from Thanksgiving break. We are thrilled to have her join our team! Kelly can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Calling All Volunteers!
Home and School Association is compiling a list of volunteers and their availability as a resource for future volunteer opportunities. Larger scale events will continue to have online sign up options, however smaller needs will be sourced through group emails and our private Facebook group. We will try to plan as far in advance so parents will have the opportunity to alter their schedules if needed. Please email your name and availability to our Volunteer Coordinator-Cheryl Sorce at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Home and School Private Facebook Group!
Join our private Facebook group to share photos, learn about volunteer opportunities and events and just chat with your fellow SPC parents and teachers! Click here to join!

Please click here to download the flyer.


SPC Home and School Bulls Game Family Nights!
Purchase tickets at a discounted price now through this link: http://response.bulls.com/spc . Enter the following promo code to access discounts: STPAUL

Looking forward to seeing you there!


Bricks 4 Kidz Winter Session!
Bricks4Kidz winter 2020
Please click here to download the complete flyer with all the details!


Sticky Fingers! Starting December 12, 2019!

Please click here for the flyer and more information on signing up.


Roundball 2020 Logo

Roundball 2020! - January 11-19, 2020
Please click on the links below!

Roundball Player Registration - 6th-8th Grade Girls and Boys (NOT JUST BASKETBALL PLAYERS!)
Roundball Coaches Flyer and Electronic Application
Roundball Coaches Application
Roundball Parent Volunteer Information
Roundball Sponsorships


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 December 8, 2019


 

St Nicks Party


Christmas tree package
Christmas Shoebox Project Sponsored by St. Catherine of Siena Guild

We are pleased to invite you to participate in St. Paul of the Cross Parish's Annual Christmas Shoebox Project for disadvantaged men and women. Your boxes will be given to several of organizations serving the Chicagoland area.
Please click here for information and needs. One quick note, we are in need of more men's boxes this year.

Thank you for your generosity!



From The Community

Updates and Invitations From Our High Schools

St. Viator High School
December 15th Family Mass & Visit with Santa!

Resurrection High School
Saturday, December 14th Breakfast With Santa!

Loyola Academy
Parents Night Out December 13th 6:00 - 9:00 pm!

Maine South Hawkettes - Kick off the Holidays in Style!
Kick off the holidays with the Maine South Hawkettes! Guest performances by Orchesis and the Maine South Drum Line, as well as some special guests that you won’t want to miss! Sunday, December 15, at 3pm in the Maine South Spec Gym! Tickets available at the door or online!

https://hawketteholidayspectactular2019.eventbrite.com