Dear SPC Families,

I pray that you are all doing well and remain healthy. As you already know, Governor Pritzker has extended school closures until April 30th. I pray that we can be together soon, but in the meantime, we are working to strengthen our remote learning so that our students continue to learn. 

Please note the following:

1. Our teachers have received excellent feedback from parents regarding possible changes to remote learning. As I mentioned in Sunday's email, we initially planned for two weeks, and now we are pivoting again to change our approach to deliver higher quality instruction for a longer period of time. Many grade levels have already made some of these changes, and some will be forthcoming after Spring Break. Changes include some of the following:

  • Using Screencastify to include more direct instruction from teachers. This is a new resource for our teachers, so they have just completed training this week.
  • Smaller student groups in Zoom lessons to provide support. 
  • Clearer directions from teachers on how to submit work on Google Classroom.

2. Spring Break will take place from April 9th-April 17th. Remote learning will resume on April 20th. No Remote learning on April 9th.

3. FIELD TRIPS:  Even if we return to school on May 1st, I have canceled all field trips for the rest of the school year. As a result, all unused field trip funds from the field trip fee will be credited to families' May tuition statement. (7th grade will not receive a credit because the Springfield Trip has just been moved to October 22nd).

4. Please complete the SPC REMOTE LEARNING SURVEY

Please submit a separate survey for each child. Given the remote learning considerations and demands for different grade levels, it is important that we receive feedback focused on individual grade levels. Your feedback will assist our teachers in planning for the longer period of remote learning.

5. See below for a parent resource, we know parenting during this pandemic is challenging. The resource below from Compass Health Center may provide valuable tools.

Resources from Compass Health Center:

Parenting in a Pandemic: Support for Families

Just about everyone we know is experiencing heightened anxiety and added stress due to COVID-19. Kids' schedules and routines have been upended, and parents are being asked to juggle more than ever in these uncertain times. Working from home, e-learning, boredom, an increase in irritability, and a lack of physical activity are just a few of the issues raised by parents over the last several weeks.

We have decided to offer a free, drop-in discussion session for parents to provide support and guidance during this challenging time. Question and discussion sessions will be led by licensed clinical psychologists and offered via ZOOM.


Our Facilitators:


Dr. Ronald S. Dachman
. Dr. Ronald S. Dachman is a clinical psychologist and co-founder of Behavioral Psychology Associates, P.C. He is the Director of Clinical Training and has been working with children, adolescents, and families for over 30 years. Dr. Dachman’s clinical interests include parent-child training and parent-coaching, the management of behaviors associated with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, the treatment of anxiety disorders, issues pertaining to divorce, and pediatric psychology.

Dr. Virginia Seng. Dr. Virginia (Gigi) Seng is a licensed clinical psychologist. Affiliated with Behavioral Psychology Associates since 1999, Dr. Seng specializes in working with children, adolescents, and families. Her clinical interests include social skills training, treatment of anxiety disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and pediatric psychology. She especially enjoys working with children and adolescents on the Autism Spectrum.

First session:  April 13, 2020 7:00pm Central Time

Facilitator: Virginia Seng, Ph.D. 

Topic: Parenting in a Pandemic: Support for parents

Date/Time:  Use the following link and ID to join our Zoom Meeting     

https://us04web.zoom.us/j/566765792?pwd=cG5OamgxdTlVNjYxbSsxTngvSHg2Zz09

Tuesday Mass at 9:00 am:
Please join us on Tuesday, April 7th at 9:00 am. We will celebrate Mass as a school from the Holy Family Chapel via Facebook Live. If you haven’t like our Facebook page, please make sure you do. Please have your students join us for Mass.

Lastly, please look below to review a few of the programs taking place. The Endowment Merit Scholarship application deadline is coming up on April 7th. All of the details are outlined below. 

Peace, 
Dr. Erika Mickelburgh
Principal


image Heart of the School
Heart of the School Awards Nomination Due Date Extended to April 3, 2020

Every year, the Archdiocese of Chicago honors outstanding Catholic school employees with the Heart of the School Awards. Any current full or part-time St. Paul of the Cross School teacher, administrator, or staff member may be nominated here through April 3, 2020. Nominations are accepted across seven categories: Heart of Christ, Heart of the Community, Heart of Excellence, Heart of Enrichment, Heart of the Future, Heart of Inclusion, and Heart of Service. We encourage all school parents and students to consider the many ways your teachers and staff embody the descriptions of these seven categories and take a moment to honor them with your nomination. Parents, students, fellow teachers and staff may submit up to seven separate nominations (one form per category). Winners will be selected by a committee appointed by the Office of Catholic Schools and honored at the Heart of the School luncheon this spring. 


ENDOWMENT SCHOLARSHIPS DEADLINE EXTENDED APRIL 7th - Attention Parents and Students - Five Merit Based Scholarships 

The Endowment Committee is excited to announce the merit-based scholarships available to current SPC students for the 2020-2021 school year. Each year the Endowment administers five merit-based, named scholarships totaling $3,750:

  1. Pastoral Leadership Award- We are pleased to invite current 5th and 6th grade students to Three monetary awards of $750 will be given to students who most demonstrate the qualities of leadership and service to others.
  2. Maureen Kelly McCambridge Scholarship- We are pleased to invite current 7th grade students to apply for this $1000 scholarship established in Maureen’s honor and
  3. Roseann McHugh New Family Welcome Award- This $500 award is available to families who, for the first time during the 2019-2020 school year, have students in K-7th grades and are returning to SPC for a second year. It will be granted to welcome a new family to the SPC community.

Please click here to read all of the information including criteria, instructions on applying, and timeline.


St. Baldrick's Save the Date and Sign Up! Virtual Event
Last Year SPC raised over $33,000 to fight childhood cancer. We participated in honor of Dominic Vecchio, who sadly lost his courageous battle this December. This year let us honor the memory and fight of Dominic and so many children who face cancer. Please consider joining the team and raising money. Last year we also had a great time at the event while fighting for a great cause!
https://www.stbaldricks.org/teams/mypage/129638/20


Reading Program Parent Letter 2020 Final 1

St. Paul of the Cross will started a reading incentive program called Squeeze’s Scholars on Monday, March 16th. The Chicago Dogs professional baseball team in Rosemont is providing us with this wonderful opportunity. As an incentive to participate in this fun program, every student who reads the goal set by their grade level teacher between March 16th and May 8th will receive a free hat and a free ticket to any Chicago Dogs 2020 regular season home game at Impact Field.  When your child has completed their reading goal at home, send the verification form attached to this email on or before Friday, May 8th. Your child's homeroom/reading teacher will then send home the ticket order form. Please contact Mrs. McCallister at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any questions. 

Reading Goals

Preschool- read 50 books

Prekindergarten- read 50 books

Kindergarten- read 480 minutes

First Grade- read 25 books on their own

Second Grade- read 600 minutes

Third Grade- read 700 minutes

Fourth Grade- read 600 minutes

Fifth Grade- read 600 minutes

Sixth Grade- read 400 minutes

Seventh Grade- read 400 minutes

Eight Grade- read 400 minutes

Please click here for the details and form.


The Six Flags® Read to Succeed Six Hour Reading Club

A few weeks ago all kindergarten through sixth grade students received the Six Flags Read to Succeed Six Hour Reading Club information. The Six Flags® Read to Succeed Six Hour Reading Club is due by Wednesday. April 8th.  Teachers will not be accepting reading logs after that date. Every student in kindergarten through sixth grade who completes six hours of recreational reading and enters the information online by Friday, Wednesday, April 8th is eligible for a free admission ticket valid at Six Flags Great America. Tickets will arrive in May, and will be distributed to those students that participated.

This year all reading logs need to be completed online. You can register your child/ren by going to http://www.sixflags.com/books . Please see all homeroom teacher’s codes below. 

Homeroom Teacher Codes:

Mrs. Kusinski- XW4QZ

Mrs. Murphy- PADTH

Mrs. Rinaldi- A9TU3

Mrs. Hader-HFETT

Ms. Kraft-MDWRX

Mrs. Chaparro- D9EAH

Mrs. McCallister-S5E6V

Ms. Chambers- PZZHU

Mrs. Johnson- A5CY6

Mrs. Galvin- EKCVJ

Mrs. Golden-YWR2H

Ms. Lewandowski-4RMSZ

Mrs. Valdez- JPDBZ

Ms. FaQuin- ZQNPZ

Mrs. Zimmerman-Q9K7V

Mr. Okimoto-EKVBE

Mrs. Pecoraro-CGW7S

If you have any questions, please email Mrs. McCallister at 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 April 5, 2020 


From The Community

Loyola Academy Summer Jr. High Enrichment Program


Summer Camps

Bricks for kid image

Bricks 4 Kidz Summer Camp Flyer! 

Dear SPC Families,

These past two weeks, I keep praying that we are all together soon. However, I fear that we may be sheltering in place for longer than April 7th. Likely, we will all learn a return date together when Governor Pritzker makes the announcement. In the meantime, let us all keep our first responders, grocery store personnel, and healthcare workers in our prayers.

Week Two of e-learning:
This has been a huge learning curve for everyone. There was no formula and no time for lengthy professional development. Our faculty at SPC have been amazing; many are working longer hours troubleshooting and revising. I can’t think of a finer faculty that I would like to walk this journey with. They are heartbroken not being at school.

As parents, you also have had to learn how to juggle so much at home. Thank you for your partnership!

At this time, e-learning seems to be slowly finding its rhythm, and I am guessing a routine has developed in your home. With that said, our "normal" on one day may not be the "normal" on another. I do not want any student or parent to stress about e-learning. I have asked teachers to be gentle with themselves, and I am requesting that you do the same. If you or your child need to take a break— take it! Stress is not good for the immune system or the spirits.

If you have concerns about e-learning, assessments, or Google Classroom, please do not hesitate to reach out to Ms. Iacopelli, the teachers, or myself.

Tuesday Mass at 9:00 am:
I spoke with Father Britto, and this Tuesday at 9:00, we will celebrate Mass as a school from the Holy Family Chapel via Facebook Live. If you haven’t like our Facebook page, please make sure you do. Please have your students join us for Mass.

May God watch over you all during this difficult time!

Peace, 
Dr. Erika Mickelburgh
Principal


image Heart of the School
Heart of the School Awards Nomination Due Date Extended to April 3, 2020

Every year, the Archdiocese of Chicago honors outstanding Catholic school employees with the Heart of the School Awards. Any current full or part-time St. Paul of the Cross School teacher, administrator, or staff member may be nominated here through April 3, 2020. Nominations are accepted across seven categories: Heart of Christ, Heart of the Community, Heart of Excellence, Heart of Enrichment, Heart of the Future, Heart of Inclusion, and Heart of Service. We encourage all school parents and students to consider the many ways your teachers and staff embody the descriptions of these seven categories and take a moment to honor them with your nomination. Parents, students, fellow teachers and staff may submit up to seven separate nominations (one form per category). Winners will be selected by a committee appointed by the Office of Catholic Schools and honored at the Heart of the School luncheon this spring. 


ENDOWMENT SCHOLARSHIPS DEADLINE EXTENDED APRIL 7th - Attention Parents and Students - Five Merit Based Scholarships 

The Endowment Committee is excited to announce the merit-based scholarships available to current SPC students for the 2020-2021 school year. Each year the Endowment administers five merit-based, named scholarships totaling $3,750:

  1. Pastoral Leadership Award- We are pleased to invite current 5th and 6th grade students to Three monetary awards of $750 will be given to students who most demonstrate the qualities of leadership and service to others.
  2. Maureen Kelly McCambridge Scholarship- We are pleased to invite current 7th grade students to apply for this $1000 scholarship established in Maureen’s honor and
  3. Roseann McHugh New Family Welcome Award- This $500 award is available to families who, for the first time during the 2019-2020 school year, have students in K-7th grades and are returning to SPC for a second year. It will be granted to welcome a new family to the SPC community.

Please click here to read all of the information including criteria, instructions on applying, and timeline.


St. Baldrick's Save the Date and Sign Up! Virtual Event
Last Year SPC raised over $33,000 to fight childhood cancer. We participated in honor of Dominic Vecchio, who sadly lost his courageous battle this December. This year let us honor the memory and fight of Dominic and so many children who face cancer. Please consider joining the team and raising money. Last year we also had a great time at the event while fighting for a great cause!
https://www.stbaldricks.org/teams/mypage/129638/20


Reading Program Parent Letter 2020 Final 1

St. Paul of the Cross will be starting a reading incentive program called Squeeze’s Scholars on Monday, March 16th. The Chicago Dogs professional baseball team in Rosemont is providing us with this wonderful opportunity. As an incentive to participate in this fun program, every student who reads the goal set by their grade level teacher between March 16th and May 8th will receive a free hat and a free ticket to any Chicago Dogs 2020 regular season home game at Impact Field.  When your child has completed their reading goal at home, send the verification form attached to this email on or before Friday, May 8th. Your child's homeroom/reading teacher will then send home the ticket order form. Please contact Mrs. McCallister at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any questions. 

Reading Goals

Preschool- read 50 books

Prekindergarten- read 50 books

Kindergarten- read 480 minutes

First Grade- read 25 books on their own

Second Grade- read 600 minutes

Third Grade- read 700 minutes

Fourth Grade- read 600 minutes

Fifth Grade- read 600 minutes

Sixth Grade- read 400 minutes

Seventh Grade- read 400 minutes

Eight Grade- read 400 minutes

Please click here for the details and form.


The Six Flags® Read to Succeed Six Hour Reading Club

A few weeks ago all kindergarten through sixth grade students received the Six Flags Read to Succeed Six Hour Reading Club information. The Six Flags® Read to Succeed Six Hour Reading Club is due by Wednesday. April 8th.  Teachers will not be accepting reading logs after that date. Every student in kindergarten through sixth grade who completes six hours of recreational reading and enters the information online by Friday, Wednesday, April 8th is eligible for a free admission ticket valid at Six Flags Great America. Tickets will arrive in May, and will be distributed to those students that participated.

This year all reading logs need to be completed online. You can register your child/ren by going to http://www.sixflags.com/books . Please see all homeroom teacher’s codes below. 

Homeroom Teacher Codes:

Mrs. Kusinski- XW4QZ

Mrs. Murphy- PADTH

Mrs. Rinaldi- A9TU3

Mrs. Hader-HFETT

Ms. Kraft-MDWRX

Mrs. Chaparro- D9EAH

Mrs. McCallister-S5E6V

Ms. Chambers- PZZHU

Mrs. Johnson- A5CY6

Mrs. Galvin- EKCVJ

Mrs. Golden-YWR2H

Ms. Lewandowski-4RMSZ

Mrs. Valdez- JPDBZ

Ms. FaQuin- ZQNPZ

Mrs. Zimmerman-Q9K7V

Mr. Okimoto-EKVBE

Mrs. Pecoraro-CGW7S

If you have any questions, please email Mrs. McCallister at 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 March 29, 2020 


From The Community

Loyola Academy Summer Jr. High Enrichment Program


Summer Camps

Bricks for kid image

Bricks 4 Kidz Summer Camp Flyer! 

Dear SPC Families,

While this week has been a challenge for all of us, I would like to first thank all of our amazing teachers who have been working tirelessly to provide learning, community and connection during these uncertain times. Overnight they were asked to put fear aside and create an online platform so that our kids can continue to learn. They recognized quickly that it was also important for our kids to see one another and started using tools to allow for greater connection.

This was unprecedented and new to us all. We recognize that it was not perfect. On behalf of the entire faculty, thank you for your patience and understanding. We fully recognize that overnight you were thrown into a teacher’s chair all the while trying to manage working from home. I have asked the teachers to remember to practice self-care. If at anytime the e-learning becomes too stressful in your home, please email your teachers. More stress in our lives is not what we need now.

As I wrote this Thursday Mailing, Mayor Lightfoot announced Chicago schools are closed through April 20th. While I am not aware of any announcement regarding the Arch schools outside of Chicago or at the State Level, I would imagine our e-learning will continue past March 31st.

I know you all have questions about ASPIRE testing and Easter Break. As soon as I am made aware of any changes I will let you know. Should this extend past Easter Break, we will suspend e-learning during that time.

This is new for all of us and I appreciate your patience. You are all in my prayers daily. Many of our families are first responders or work in the health profession, please hold them all in your prayers throughout this.

If I have learned anything during this first week, it is the power of community. SPC is a beautiful place where community and faith is the center of who we are. Today, I watched a first grade class pray together on zoom and every time I think about that moment I cry all over again. Despite all the uncertainty, our children know the power of prayer and the power of being with one another!

Here is a great article on helping children during this time. Children sense this and are coping the best they can, but it is also understood they are scared and anxious. I encourage families to be present, and if overwhelmed with e-learning lessons, it can wait and just do something fun. https://www.chicago-psychotherapy.com/cp-blog/2020/3/12/what-do-we-tell-the-kids

May God continue to watch over you and your family. I pray we will all be together again soon!

Peace,

Dr. Erika Mickelburgh
Principal


image Heart of the School
Heart of the School Awards Nomination officially launched!

Every year, the Archdiocese of Chicago honors outstanding Catholic school employees with the Heart of the School Awards. Any current full or part-time St. Paul of the Cross School teacher, administrator, or staff member may be nominated here through March 30, 2020. Nominations are accepted across seven categories: Heart of Christ, Heart of the Community, Heart of Excellence, Heart of Enrichment, Heart of the Future, Heart of Inclusion, and Heart of Service. We encourage all school parents and students to consider the many ways your teachers and staff embody the descriptions of these seven categories and take a moment to honor them with your nomination. Parents, students, fellow teachers and staff may submit up to seven separate nominations (one form per category). Winners will be selected by a committee appointed by the Office of Catholic Schools and honored at the Heart of the School luncheon this spring. 


ENDOWMENT SCHOLARSHIPS DEADLINE EXTENDED APRIL 7th - Attention Parents and Students - Five Merit Based Scholarships 

The Endowment Committee is excited to announce the merit-based scholarships available to current SPC students for the 2020-2021 school year. Each year the Endowment administers five merit-based, named scholarships totaling $3,750:

  1. Pastoral Leadership Award- We are pleased to invite current 5th and 6th grade students to Three monetary awards of $750 will be given to students who most demonstrate the qualities of leadership and service to others.
  2. Maureen Kelly McCambridge Scholarship- We are pleased to invite current 7th grade students to apply for this $1000 scholarship established in Maureen’s honor and
  3. Roseann McHugh New Family Welcome Award- This $500 award is available to families who, for the first time during the 2019-2020 school year, have students in K-7th grades and are returning to SPC for a second year. It will be granted to welcome a new family to the SPC community.

Please click here to read all of the information including criteria, instructions on applying, and timeline.


 

St. Baldrick's Save the Date and Sign Up!
Last Year SPC raised over $33,000 to fight childhood cancer. We participated in honor of Dominic Vecchio, who sadly lost his courageous battle this December. This year let us honor the memory and fight of Dominic and so many children who face cancer. Please consider joining the team and raising money. Last year we also had a great time at the event while fighting for a great cause!
https://www.stbaldricks.org/teams/mypage/129638/20


Reading Program Parent Letter 2020 Final 1

St. Paul of the Cross will be starting a reading incentive program called Squeeze’s Scholars on Monday, March 16th. The Chicago Dogs professional baseball team in Rosemont is providing us with this wonderful opportunity. As an incentive to participate in this fun program, every student who reads the goal set by their grade level teacher between March 16th and May 8th will receive a free hat and a free ticket to any Chicago Dogs 2020 regular season home game at Impact Field.  When your child has completed their reading goal at home, send the verification form attached to this email on or before Friday, May 8th. Your child's homeroom/reading teacher will then send home the ticket order form. Please contact Mrs. McCallister at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any questions. 

Reading Goals

Preschool- read 50 books

Prekindergarten- read 50 books

Kindergarten- read 480 minutes

First Grade- read 25 books on their own

Second Grade- read 600 minutes

Third Grade- read 700 minutes

Fourth Grade- read 600 minutes

Fifth Grade- read 600 minutes

Sixth Grade- read 400 minutes

Seventh Grade- read 400 minutes

Eight Grade- read 400 minutes

Please click here for the details and form.


The Six Flags® Read to Succeed Six Hour Reading Club

A few weeks ago all kindergarten through sixth grade students received the Six Flags Read to Succeed Six Hour Reading Club information. The Six Flags® Read to Succeed Six Hour Reading Club is due by Wednesday. April 8th.  Teachers will not be accepting reading logs after that date. Every student in kindergarten through sixth grade who completes six hours of recreational reading and enters the information online by Friday, Wednesday, April 8th is eligible for a free admission ticket valid at Six Flags Great America. Tickets will arrive in May, and will be distributed to those students that participated.

This year all reading logs need to be completed online. You can register your child/ren by going to http://www.sixflags.com/books . Please see all homeroom teacher’s codes below. 

Homeroom Teacher Codes:

Mrs. Kusinski- XW4QZ

Mrs. Murphy- PADTH

Mrs. Rinaldi- A9TU3

Mrs. Hader-HFETT

Ms. Kraft-MDWRX

Mrs. Chaparro- D9EAH

Mrs. McCallister-S5E6V

Ms. Chambers- PZZHU

Mrs. Johnson- A5CY6

Mrs. Galvin- EKCVJ

Mrs. Golden-YWR2H

Ms. Lewandowski-4RMSZ

Mrs. Valdez- JPDBZ

Ms. FaQuin- ZQNPZ

Mrs. Zimmerman-Q9K7V

Mr. Okimoto-EKVBE

Mrs. Pecoraro-CGW7S

If you have any questions, please email Mrs. McCallister at 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 March 22, 2020 


From The Community

Loyola Academy Summer Jr. High Enrichment Program

Park Ridge Newcomers Labors of Love

Please SAVE THE DATE and help us spread the word – tickets for this year’s Park Ridge Newcomers Club “Labor of Love” Gala are going on sale March 9! Last year’s event sold out in just 24 hours! This year’s recipients are near and dear to our community and Maine South family! The event this year is Saturday, May 9, from 7pm-12am at the Hyatt in Rosemont. Help us “Make Magic Happen” for Sara and Olivia – two local sisters in need. Also, yard signs are NOW available for a suggested donation of $20 each – also available on the PRNC website. Help us paint this town purple - all proceeds benefit the girls!

Sara & Olivia’s story:
https://www.parkridgenewcomersclub.org/page-1857688 

Yard signs:
https://www.parkridgenewcomersclub.org/page-1857652


Summer Camps

Bricks for kid image

Bricks 4 Kidz Summer Camp Flyer! 

Dear Parents,

Thank you for your patience with all these emails. I know these are uncertain times and please understand we are trying our best to provide regular updates. At the moment please note the following:

  • School will resume as scheduled on Monday. However, if local authorities provide different guidance, we will let you know ASAP.
  • Parent Teacher Conferences will take place as planned from 8:00am-10:00am tomorrow.
  • All sports camp tomorrow will proceed as planned.
  • All athletic activities are cancelled through Sunday. The other Principals and I are in constant communication and we will evaluate the rest of the sports season on Sunday.
  • All extra curricular activities scheduled for the weekend are cancelled, this includes play practice.
  • The Mother-Son Dinner has been postponed.
  • All field trips are cancelled for the month of March.
  • I am having teachers prepare possible E-Learning plans, we want to make sure that if there is a possible closing we are prepared to provide academic support to students. In the event of school closing, this would all be communicated through Google Classroom.
  • As I mentioned in my email this morning, we are in consult with the Archdiocese and public health officials. Should any situation change, we will make decisions that are in the best interest of our school community.

Lastly, I know as adults this is a lot to process. There is so much information and it is rapidly changing. Please see below for a wonderful resource on talking to your children about COVID-19. Here is an additional resource. https://www.nctsn.org/print/2251

7 WAYS TO HELP KIDS COPE WITH CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) ANXIETY

If the ongoing spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) is causing anxiety, stress and uncertainty for adults, consider how troubling it may be for children.

Depending on their age and media exposure, children may know more about the virus than grownups think. And even if unaware, children still might sense tension and anxiety from adults around them.

Children’s pediatric psychologist, Dr. Sabrina Stutz, offers seven things parents can do to help reduce their children’s anxiety about COVID-19.

1) Meet children’s concerns with validation, compassion

  • Listen carefully to their concerns and learn where they heard their information. Validate their fears by saying something like, “It can be frightening when a new illness comes around that we don’t know everything about.”
  • Gently correct any misconceptions they may have heard and encourage them to continue to ask questions.
  • Maintaining a routine can provide children a sense of security. Keeping a usual schedule – including school, activities and chores – will protect mental and physical health.

2) Stick to developmentally appropriate facts

  • Avoid having adult-level conversations about COVID-19 around children. Similarly, carefully monitor children’s exposure to media reports about the virus.
  • Answer questions with brief, developmentally appropriate explanations. For example, you might tell a young child, “Coronavirus is a new type of cold/flu, and so it is important for us to wash our hands more and sneeze in our elbows to keep healthy.”
  • Remind children that doctors and other experts around the world are working hard to stop the virus. This can help kids understand that smart, capable people are taking action.

3) Reassure kids by empowering them

  • Telling kids how they can help provides a sense of agency and can turn anxiety into an actionable goal.
  • Reassure children that they can protect themselves and others by practicing proper hand-washing and cough etiquette and taking other healthy steps.
  • Kids can also be included in other family-wide preparations. For example, if you were preparing for the possibility of being home for a while, ask the child what they might want to snack on or what activities they might enjoy during that time.

4) Look for kid-friendly methods

  • Make learning about hand washing and other preventative measures fun. Help kids learn about germs by giving them some lotion and then sprinkling glitter on their hands. Tell them the glitter is like germs, and then ask the child to try to wipe it off with a paper towel or just water. They won’t get far! Then you can explain how soap and warm water removes the glitter – and germs – best.
  • Teach younger children how long to wash hands for by singing a 20- to 30-second song together. “Happy Birthday” or the “ABCs” are classics. You can also be creative and estimate 20-to-30 seconds of any song the child likes.

5) Emphasize kindness

  • As always, it is helpful to teach kids to continue to be kind to all people, regardless of their country of origin or their appearance. Kindness is always possible – even when they feel afraid.
  • To help children more realistically assess risk, educate children that most people who visit the doctor or wear a mask probably don’t have the virus.
  • It is important to remind children that we are all trying our best to stay healthy and it’s not anyone’s fault if they do get sick.

6) Remember to model positive behavior

  • Parents who show good coping skills can help reassure kids that they are safe. After all, kids learn from their parents how to react in new situations.
  • Remember that kids make mistakes. If your child accidentally does not wash their hands or doesn’t sneeze into their elbow, gently remind them. Scaring children with the potential consequences of their mistakes is not helpful.
  • Adults should model self-care behaviors: Maintain activities and sleep schedules. Eat healthfully and practice hand hygiene and cough etiquette.
  • It’s also helpful for grownups to limit their own media consumption around Coronavirus (COVID-19) and stick to a few trusted resources such as the Centers for Disease Control to prevent information overload and anxiety.

7) Watch for behavior changes

  • Changes in a child’s sleep, appetite, interest in being with friends or leaving the house, or levels of reassurance seeking, as well as excessive hand-washing can be signs that more help is needed.
  • If basic stress reduction techniques like deep breathing, distraction or guided imagery don’t help, reach out to your primary care provider for additional support.

Peace,
Dr. Erika Mickelburgh
Principal 


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Heart of the School Awards Nomination officially launched!

Every year, the Archdiocese of Chicago honors outstanding Catholic school employees with the Heart of the School Awards. Any current full or part-time St. Paul of the Cross School teacher, administrator, or staff member may be nominated here through March 30, 2020. Nominations are accepted across seven categories: Heart of Christ, Heart of the Community, Heart of Excellence, Heart of Enrichment, Heart of the Future, Heart of Inclusion, and Heart of Service. We encourage all school parents and students to consider the many ways your teachers and staff embody the descriptions of these seven categories and take a moment to honor them with your nomination. Parents, students, fellow teachers and staff may submit up to seven separate nominations (one form per category). Winners will be selected by a committee appointed by the Office of Catholic Schools and honored at the Heart of the School luncheon this spring. 


St. Baldrick's Save the Date and Sign Up!
Last Year SPC raised over $33,000 to fight childhood cancer. We participated in honor of Dominic Vecchio, who sadly lost his courageous battle this December. This year let us honor the memory and fight of Dominic and so many children who face cancer. Please consider joining the team and raising money. Last year we also had a great time at the event while fighting for a great cause!
https://www.stbaldricks.org/teams/mypage/129638/20


Attention Parents and Students - Endowment Scholarships Five Merit Based Scholarships

The Endowment Committee is excited to announce the merit-based scholarships available to current SPC students for the 2020-2021 school year. Each year the Endowment administers five merit-based, named scholarships totaling $3,750:

  1. Pastoral Leadership Award- We are pleased to invite current 5th and 6th grade students to Three monetary awards of $750 will be given to students who most demonstrate the qualities of leadership and service to others.
  2. Maureen Kelly McCambridge Scholarship- We are pleased to invite current 7th grade students to apply for this $1000 scholarship established in Maureen’s honor and
  3. Roseann McHugh New Family Welcome Award- This $500 award is available to families who, for the first time during the 2019-2020 school year, have students in K-7th grades and are returning to SPC for a second year. It will be granted to welcome a new family to the SPC community.

Please click here to read all of the information including criteria, instructions on applying, and timeline.


SPC Home & School Association
City Barbeque Fundraiser March 18 from 10:30 am to 9 pm. 

Flyer must be presented at the time of checkout and no online order counts towards fundraiser.
Out of uniform is March 20.

City BBQ HSA March 18

HSA Meeting March 19 2020


Reading Program Parent Letter 2020 Final 1

St. Paul of the Cross will be starting a reading incentive program called Squeeze’s Scholars on Monday, March 16th. The Chicago Dogs professional baseball team in Rosemont is providing us with this wonderful opportunity. As an incentive to participate in this fun program, every student who reads the goal set by their grade level teacher between March 16th and May 8th will receive a free hat and a free ticket to any Chicago Dogs 2020 regular season home game at Impact Field.  When your child has completed their reading goal at home, send the verification form attached to this email on or before Friday, May 8th. Your child's homeroom/reading teacher will then send home the ticket order form. Please contact Mrs. McCallister at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any questions. 

Reading Goals

Preschool- read 50 books

Prekindergarten- read 50 books

Kindergarten- read 480 minutes

First Grade- read 25 books on their own

Second Grade- read 600 minutes

Third Grade- read 700 minutes

Fourth Grade- read 600 minutes

Fifth Grade- read 600 minutes

Sixth Grade- read 400 minutes

Seventh Grade- read 400 minutes

Eight Grade- read 400 minutes

Please click here for the details and form.


The Six Flags® Read to Succeed Six Hour Reading Club

A few weeks ago all kindergarten through sixth grade students received the Six Flags Read to Succeed Six Hour Reading Club information. The Six Flags® Read to Succeed Six Hour Reading Club is due by Wednesday. April 8th.  Teachers will not be accepting reading logs after that date. Every student in kindergarten through sixth grade who completes six hours of recreational reading and enters the information online by Friday, Wednesday, April 8th is eligible for a free admission ticket valid at Six Flags Great America. Tickets will arrive in May, and will be distributed to those students that participated.

This year all reading logs need to be completed online. You can register your child/ren by going to http://www.sixflags.com/books . Please see all homeroom teacher’s codes below. 

Homeroom Teacher Codes:

Mrs. Kusinski- XW4QZ

Mrs. Murphy- PADTH

Mrs. Rinaldi- A9TU3

Mrs. Hader-HFETT

Ms. Kraft-MDWRX

Mrs. Chaparro- D9EAH

Mrs. McCallister-S5E6V

Ms. Chambers- PZZHU

Mrs. Johnson- A5CY6

Mrs. Galvin- EKCVJ

Mrs. Golden-YWR2H

Ms. Lewandowski-4RMSZ

Mrs. Valdez- JPDBZ

Ms. FaQuin- ZQNPZ

Mrs. Zimmerman-Q9K7V

Mr. Okimoto-EKVBE

Mrs. Pecoraro-CGW7S

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



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Spring Session begins Wednesday, March 18th!
Please click here to download the flyer.

Sticky Fingers Cooking
Sticky Fingers Spring Session begins Thursday, March 19th! 
Please click here to download the 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 March 8, 2020 


From The Community

Resurrection College Prep Parent Session on Teen Vaping and Teen Drug Use Tuesday, March 10th at 6:30 pm
Please click here to download the flyer and more information.

Loyola Academy Summer Jr. High Enrichment Program

St. Viator Future Lion March Newsletter

Park Ridge Newcomers Labors of Love

Please SAVE THE DATE and help us spread the word – tickets for this year’s Park Ridge Newcomers Club “Labor of Love” Gala are going on sale March 9! Last year’s event sold out in just 24 hours! This year’s recipients are near and dear to our community and Maine South family! The event this year is Saturday, May 9, from 7pm-12am at the Hyatt in Rosemont. Help us “Make Magic Happen” for Sara and Olivia – two local sisters in need. Also, yard signs are NOW available for a suggested donation of $20 each – also available on the PRNC website. Help us paint this town purple - all proceeds benefit the girls!

Sara & Olivia’s story:
https://www.parkridgenewcomersclub.org/page-1857688 

Yard signs:
https://www.parkridgenewcomersclub.org/page-1857652


 

Summer Camps

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Bricks 4 Kidz Summer Camp Flyer! 

Dear SPC Parents,
Ever since my first day at St. Paul of the Cross, I knew this was an amazing community that supported one another through the good and the bad. These past few months at SPC have been filled with many examples of great joy, but we have also experienced tremendous loss and sadness. Throughout everything, the good and the bad, the sense of community and faith has been central to the gift that is St Paul of the Cross School.

I hope that some of the resources below may serve as a guide to helping our children navigate grief. If you feel that you are in need of further assistance to support your children, please reach out to me.

HELPING CHILDREN WITH GRIEF 
Helping a Grieving Classmate
10 Things Grieving Children Want You to Know
https://www.socialworktoday.com/archive/030415p20.shtml

For this Thursday mailing, I have chosen to keep it short. Instead of taking the time to read through Coronoavirus details or other reminders, please take the time to tell your loved ones how much you appreciate them and hug your beautiful children. May God Bless you and your family!

Peace,

Dr. Erika Mickelburgh
Principal


Notes Fletcher Foy

Reminder: No Bus Service on Monday, March 9th

There will be an 11:30 am dismissal on Thursday, March 12 for Parent-Teacher conferences.
Bus service is available at 11:30 am.

No School on Friday, March 13th due to a Faculty Professional Development Day

Please remember to check the Lost and Found for missing items. Our bins are overflowing in both buildings!


image Heart of the School
Heart of the School Awards Nomination officially launched!

Every year, the Archdiocese of Chicago honors outstanding Catholic school employees with the Heart of the School Awards. Any current full or part-time St. Paul of the Cross School teacher, administrator, or staff member may be nominated here through March 30, 2020. Nominations are accepted across seven categories: Heart of Christ, Heart of the Community, Heart of Excellence, Heart of Enrichment, Heart of the Future, Heart of Inclusion, and Heart of Service. We encourage all school parents and students to consider the many ways your teachers and staff embody the descriptions of these seven categories and take a moment to honor them with your nomination. Parents, students, fellow teachers and staff may submit up to seven separate nominations (one form per category). Winners will be selected by a committee appointed by the Office of Catholic Schools and honored at the Heart of the School luncheon this spring. 


St. Baldrick's Save the Date and Sign Up!
Last Year SPC raised over $33,000 to fight childhood cancer. We participated in honor of Dominic Vecchio, who sadly lost his courageous battle this December. This year let us honor the memory and fight of Dominic and so many children who face cancer. Please consider joining the team and raising money. Last year we also had a great time at the event while fighting for a great cause!
https://www.stbaldricks.org/teams/mypage/129638/20


SPC Home & School Association

Mother Son Dinner Friday, March 13th! RSVPs DUE TOMORROW, March 6th
We are looking forward to our 2nd Annual Mother Son Dinner on Friday, March 13th at 6:00 pm at the Park Ridge Country Club.

For those of you who missed the online signup and still plan to attend, please download the invitation form below. Please make your plans to join us as we celebrate YOU, the amazing mothers and sons of St. Paul of the Cross School. Please send the form along with cash/check to either school office no later than next Friday, March 6th.
Click here to download the invitation form. 
Mother Son paper invite 2020

For those who missed signing up for the Father Daughter Dance, the form will be in the Thursday Mailing in late March. 


Attention Parents and Students - Endowment Scholarships Five Merit Based Scholarships

The Endowment Committee is excited to announce the merit-based scholarships available to current SPC students for the 2020-2021 school year. Each year the Endowment administers five merit-based, named scholarships totaling $3,750:

  1. Pastoral Leadership Award- We are pleased to invite current 5th and 6th grade students to Three monetary awards of $750 will be given to students who most demonstrate the qualities of leadership and service to others.
  2. Maureen Kelly McCambridge Scholarship- We are pleased to invite current 7th grade students to apply for this $1000 scholarship established in Maureen’s honor and
  3. Roseann McHugh New Family Welcome Award- This $500 award is available to families who, for the first time during the 2019-2020 school year, have students in K-7th grades and are returning to SPC for a second year. It will be granted to welcome a new family to the SPC community.

Please click here to read all of the information including criteria, instructions on applying, and timeline.


The Six Flags® Read to Succeed Six Hour Reading Club

A few weeks ago all kindergarten through sixth grade students received the Six Flags Read to Succeed Six Hour Reading Club information. The Six Flags® Read to Succeed Six Hour Reading Club is due by Wednesday. April 8th.  Teachers will not be accepting reading logs after that date. Every student in kindergarten through sixth grade who completes six hours of recreational reading and enters the information online by Friday, Wednesday, April 8th is eligible for a free admission ticket valid at Six Flags Great America. Tickets will arrive in May, and will be distributed to those students that participated.

This year all reading logs need to be completed online. You can register your child/ren by going to http://www.sixflags.com/books . Please see all homeroom teacher’s codes below. 

Homeroom Teacher Codes:

Mrs. Kusinski- XW4QZ

Mrs. Murphy- PADTH

Mrs. Rinaldi- A9TU3

Mrs. Hader-HFETT

Ms. Kraft-MDWRX

Mrs. Chaparro- D9EAH

Mrs. McCallister-S5E6V

Ms. Chambers- PZZHU

Mrs. Johnson- A5CY6

Mrs. Galvin- EKCVJ

Mrs. Golden-YWR2H

Ms. Lewandowski-4RMSZ

Mrs. Valdez- JPDBZ

Ms. FaQuin- ZQNPZ

Mrs. Zimmerman-Q9K7V

Mr. Okimoto-EKVBE

Mrs. Pecoraro-CGW7S

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


SPC Yearbooks - Ordering Deadline is Friday, April 3rd

The deadline to order a St. Paul of the Cross yearbook is Friday, April 3rd. If you are not sure if you 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 ordering. 

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:

o   Your personalized yearbook only costs $26.00 for a soft cover. You may order a hardcover yearbook for an additional charge.

o   You’ll need to purchase your copy and complete your free personal pages by April 3rd.  

o   Your 2 free custom pages are optional, if you don’t customize you’ll receive a standard yearbook.

Regards,

Mrs. Melissa McCallister
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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. 


Bricks for kid image

Spring Session begins Wednesday, March 18th!
Please click here to download the flyer.

Sticky Fingers Cooking
Sticky Fingers Spring Session begins Thursday, March 19th! 
Please click here to download the 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 March 8, 2020 


From The Community

Resurrection College Prep Parent Session on Teen Vaping and Teen Drug Use Tuesday, March 10th at 6:30 pm
Please click here to download the flyer and more information.

Loyola Academy Summer Jr. High Enrichment Program

St. Viator Future Lion March Newsletter

Park Ridge Newcomers Labors of Love

Please SAVE THE DATE and help us spread the word – tickets for this year’s Park Ridge Newcomers Club “Labor of Love” Gala are going on sale March 9! Last year’s event sold out in just 24 hours! This year’s recipients are near and dear to our community and Maine South family! The event this year is Saturday, May 9, from 7pm-12am at the Hyatt in Rosemont. Help us “Make Magic Happen” for Sara and Olivia – two local sisters in need. Also, yard signs are NOW available for a suggested donation of $20 each – also available on the PRNC website. Help us paint this town purple - all proceeds benefit the girls!

Sara & Olivia’s story:
https://www.parkridgenewcomersclub.org/page-1857688 

Yard signs:
https://www.parkridgenewcomersclub.org/page-1857652


 

Summer Camps

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Bricks 4 Kidz Summer Camp Flyer!