September 29, 2022

Dear SPC Families,

I want to start by saying THANK YOU for your amazing generosity for the Fun Run! We are excited to announce we have raised close to $160,000. The money is still coming in, so we will celebrate soon once we have finalized the numbers. The Fun Run goes towards operating costs. As many of you know, we increased tuition by 3% this year, while our expenses increased by 10% to 15%, depending on the expense. This situation created a very tight budget, and the Fun Run surpassed our goal, helping the operational vitality of our school. A thank you to Renee Tarasevich, who, as I write, is working diligently to secure an authentic chicken costume. We are grateful for her enthusiasm, attention to detail, and, most importantly, putting the FUN in FUN RUN!

Tomorrow the 8th grade class of 2023 will be going to Lake Geneva Adventures for a day of team building, high ropes, and zip lining! Stay tuned for updates on our social media!

We are hosting parent mingles at Harp and Fiddle tonight and next month, and I look forward to seeing you there for some fun and community building. Please see the Home & School flyer below with the link to RSVP!

Also, the Endowment Committee is hosting Trivia Night 2022 on Friday, November 4th. Be sure to reserve your tables early, as space in the Parish Life Center (gym) is limited. See below for the details and registration link.

A Few Words About the Bus:
I am well aware that the announcement earlier this week has upset many people, and for that, I am sorry. I appreciate the feedback but also feel the need to clarify a few points:

  1. The decision was motivated by the lack of drivers. There is a nationwide shortage of drivers, and it is also impacting the reality in our community.
  2. A conversation did happen regarding the adjustment of the SPC start time, which would require SPC to start at 7:15 am and end at 2:15. This is simply not an option that I will entertain.
  3. The possibility of parents paying for bus service: the cost per child would be roughly $1000. While some parents might be willing to pay that sum, the majority (I am guessing) would not. The payment for bus service does not fix the root cause, which is there are no drivers.
  4. What about SPC purchasing buses for SPC? This is also not a viable option for multiple reasons: the cost of buses, the search for drivers, etc.
  5. SPC is the only non-public school within D64 that has bus service; private schools are not entitled to bus transportation from public schools.  

I empathize with the fact that this decision has impacted families; however, I do think it is the only possible solution at this time.

Parent Teacher Conferences:
Today Pick a time was sent out to schedule conferences next week. After we sent out the initial email, we realized the times were incorrect for preschool-3 as those conference times should be 20 minutes. Please go into the schedule and adjust your schedule accordingly if you would like the full 20-minute slot. All conferences for grades 4-8 are only 10 minutes per teacher because you have to meet with multiple content areas. I apologize for the error.

Coming Soon— Updated Drop-off and Pick-up Procedures 
Given that Summit Avenue will be available for pick up and drop off, we are working to finalize the plans and will email those in a separate email next week. I will reiterate, especially as we approach the season of bad weather, we must remain safe and follow those rules. A few reminders:

  1. Only drop off your student in the drop-off lanes. DO NOT HAVE THEM CROSS TRAFFIC THROUGH THE DROP-OFF LANES.
  2. Do not exit the kiss and go through the cones.
  3. Parents must remain in the car when using the kiss-and-go lanes.
  4. Do not make u-turns on Summit.
  5. If parking in the metra spots on Summit (you do so at the risk of getting a ticket), do not wave kids across the street or cross at places other than the crosswalk.
  6. Do not make a left turn on Washington out of the parking lot during drop-off and pick-up hours.

Dr. Erika Mickelburgh


School Updates

SPC Life Team Attention 7th & 8th Graders!
Come join SPC Life Team!
Open to 7th and 8th graders 
We meet one Thursday each month at lunch/recess time starting October 13th.
We do lots of fun service projects while promoting the respect of ALL life: baby bottle project, caroling at the Summit, Easter baskets for single moms, help with collections for the poor, FMSC, Gigi’s House collections. 
Come to our first monthly meeting at lunch/recess on Thursday 10/13 in the Stem lab ( we’ll meet on 11/10 and 12/1 also). Any questions or if any parents want to help, just email Karen Maloney at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Homework Club
Every Monday and Thursday from 3:10 to 4:00 pm in room 127, students in grades 4-8 can come as needed for help with homework or to catch up on missing assignments. There is no fee.

Please contact Ms. Frayn at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to tell her if your child is attending.

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Trivia Night on Friday, November 4, 2022- Time to Get Your Tables!
Trivia Night 2022
Please click here to purchase your tables! 

Home & School Association 


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

Please click here for the latest bulletin. 
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From the Community

Announcements From Our Catholic High Schools

Shadow Day Flier 2022 with QR Code 1

Fenwick Admissions Flyer

Loyola Academy Fall Jr High Events22

Pats Admissions Flyer 2022


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