September 24, 2020

Dear SPC Families,

This is a very exciting day for the St Paul of the Cross community. We have just been awarded the 2020 Blue Ribbon for Academic Excellence. This award is given to schools that are among their state’s highest performing schools as measured by state assessments or nationally normed tests. This prestigious award is given to 347 schools across the country, but it is only given to 50 private schools. This award represents the unending commitment, hard work, and dedication of our amazing faculty. I am so proud of the faculty, staff, and students for all they have done to make this award a reality. To our students, you work so hard each and every day at doing your best on your schoolwork, and more importantly, you all work so hard to be kind to one another and grow in your relationship with God! Thank you to our parents, we are all grateful to you for giving us the gift of educating your children.  

Please see below for our school profile on the National Blue Ribbon website!

St. Paul of the Cross Blue Ribbon 2020

We are sending home pre-wrapped BLUE RIBBON lollipops today. Here are the ingredients: 
twist pops

Sadly, we will not be able to travel to Washington DC in November to accept the award, but we will begin planning a Blue Ribbon Spirit Week for November 9-13! More details of COVID safe fun to follow! 

Now for some business and reminders…..

NO SCHOOL TOMORROW: Professional Development for our Teachers!

I have heard that in some schools (not SPC), COVID is being spread at sleepover parties. Please practice good judgement when socializing outside of school. And parents, let's face it---COVID-19 is a fabulous excuse to say no to sleepovers!

Wisconsin is now on the travel ban list of states in which a quarantine is required when returning to Illinois. This would include if you have a home in Wisconsin and are traveling back and forth from Illinois. Any stay longer than 24 hours requires a 14 day quarantine.

School Photos
Thursday, October 1st, prepay online ordering only. The photos done now in the Fall will be in school uniforms. New this year, we will be offering Spring pictures and they will be done without uniforms and will also include the option for sibling photos.
Below is a prepay site and will be closed at some point, the day after Picture Day, to process the orders. At that point, parents will need to wait for their child's Ticket Code which is delivered with the bulk package orders, approximately three and a half weeks post picture day.
Please click this link to order and prepay for your child(ren)’s photos:
Color Portraits Prepay Ordering

Dismissal Reminder - parents should leave the campus as quickly as possible at dismissal...I am noticing a lot more parents hanging around and chatting etc. You must wear your masks when on campus.

Dr. Erika Mickelburgh

The hot lunch program is back! All students who attend school full time, Preschool-8th Grade or are registered for the lunch bunch program can order hot lunch. Hot lunch will be provided by Healthy Kids and Home Run Inn Pizza. Hot lunch will take place most Friday's of the month. Healthy Kids lunches will cost $6.50 a lunch and Home Run Inn Pizza will be $5.00 a lunch.

Registration is now open and will close onFriday, September 25th. Please complete the registration and payment for your order to be processed.

Please Note: You will need to fill out a separate form for each student's lunch request.

You will receive a confirmation email from Kelly Spanos by Tuesday every week for Friday's hot lunch. If you do not receive one by then your child was not registered.

October 2nd, Macaroni and Cheese, Garlic Bread, Fresh Fruit

October 16th, Hamburger, Roasted Potatoes, Fresh Fruit

October 23rd, Chicken Fingers, Buttered Noodles, Fresh Fruit

October 30th, Home Run Inn Pizza, Cheese or Sausage

Please click the link Hot Lunch Registration.

Please complete this form by tomorrow, Friday, September 25th.

If you have any questions please contact Kelly Spanos at

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SPC School Board

The SPC School Board invites you to join us for the first open school board meeting of 2020-21 on Tuesday, September 29th at 7:30pm via Zoom.

  • Dr. M will provide a State of the School update.

  • Parents will be able to submit questions in advance -- a Google form will be following in an email blast to parents. included in next week's Thursday mailing.

Six Flags Rread to Succeed

Great news! Don't throw those 2020 Read to Succeed Six Flags Great America tickets away. Six Flags Great America will honor the 2020 tickets through August 2021. Those students who were in kindergarten through sixth grade during the 2019-2020 school year and read 360 minutes received a free ticket to Great America. 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.  

SPC Home & School Association

TRIP Information! 
On behalf of the Home and School Association, welcome to St. Paul of the Cross.I wanted to quickly introduce myself as your new T.R.I.P. (Tuition Reimbursement Incentive Plan) Coordinator for the 2020-2021 school year.If you are unfamiliar with T.R.I.P., more information can be found here on our website.T.R.I.P. offers excellent rebates through purchases of e-gift cards that families use every day.  Ranging from Lands End Uniforms to Amazon to local restaurants and more- you are able to put small percentages of your purchases back towards your FACTS account with St. Paul of the Cross.You may register for your account here, and even transfer your profile from your former school (if one exists) by using the code C21ELFAD426

Due to COVID this year, we are suspending the purchase of physical gift cards until further notice. There are several gift cards that we have on hand that can be purchased on a first come, first serve basis by emailing Tiffany Braun atThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You must have a valid TRIP account to purchase these cards before emailing. Checks will need to be made out to SPC TRIP, or you can arrange a credit card payment through Shop with Scrip after emailing Tiffany.
Please click here for our current inventory.


Magnets and Totes
Have you seen the cool SPC canvas tote bags and car magnets around town? The tote bags are a natural colored canvas with an embroidered SPC logo, navy accents, top zip and front pocket. Handles are long enough to go over the shoulder. Car magnets are a great way to show off that SPC is the place to be!
These are available for purchase on the Home and School Association webpage.
Please visit our web page by clicking here (, select the quantity and your purchase will be delivered to you at pick up or drop off. All proceeds/profit support Home & School expenses. If you have any questions, please contact Maria Almendarez Gemoets at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Order your SPC 2020-2021 yearbook by September 30th and save 10% 

The deadline to order a St. Paul of the Cross yearbook is Thursday, April 29th. 

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 five years, TreeRing planted over 2,000 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.


Yearbook password: 101414618165482

A few important facts:

o   Your personalized yearbook only costs $28.00 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 6th.  

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


Mrs. Melissa McCallister

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



We have an active and vibrant parish and encourage everyone to read the weekly bulletins for Fr. Britto's weekly letter and stay informed about all upcoming events and programs.
Please click here for the September 27th bulletin


Unforgettable Edibles Back to School Dinner Made Easy
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