Dear SPC Families,
As you can see from the numbers below, our COVID-19 rates are increasing. We currently have 2 cohorts on quarantine and have seen an increase in the numbers quarantining because of exposure. Given the rise in cases in Illinois, this is to be expected. Please remain diligent in limiting your exposure and student activities.
To date, we have not seen any cases of COVID-19 transmission in school, and our current SPC positivity rate is 0.4%. Despite the news of climbing COVID-19 rates around us, this is good news and demonstrates that our safety protocols are working. I just request that you continue to be vigilant in keeping your kids home if anyone in the household is sick or has been exposed.
Thank you for your partnership in keeping our kids in school and safe.
Included in this letter is the following information:
SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING PARENT SURVEY-PLEASE COMPLETE
SCHOOL ADVISORY BOARD MEETING
REMOTE LEARNING DEADLINE REGISTRATION-TOMORROW
THANKSGIVING TRAVEL & REMOTE LEARNING:
I cannot say this enough; if you plan on traveling to any of these states for Thanksgiving, your student must quarantine for 14 days upon return. Furthermore, the recent survey data contained many comments similar to “I know many SPC families have plans to travel and not quarantine.” I will assume positive intentions and think that these comments were made prior to the updated list of travel ban states and my urging to follow guidelines. I also want to reiterate that I am not the “COVID” Police, and it is not the school's responsibility to police family decisions. I am confident that our families will do the right thing and follow our guidelines. I can’t imagine an SPC family woefully disregarding our safety rules.
If you plan on traveling, please submit the attendance form CLICK HERE
REMOTE LEARNING AFTER THANKSGIVING IF YOU TRAVEL:
If your child must quarantine after traveling for Thanksgiving, they will refer to SeeSaw (Preschool-2) and Schoology (3-8) for school work. Please submit the form above and notify your teacher. They should bring their books home on Friday, November 20th.
CURRENT LIST OF TRAVEL BAN STATES (UPDATED NOVEMBER 10,2020)
SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL PILOT UPDATE; INPUT NEEDED
SPC is in our third month of the Office of Catholic School’s Social and Emotional Learning Pilot, and we need your feedback! Please complete this brief parent survey. As we refine our plans for program implementation, we would like to learn more about what topics and priorities are of interest to you and your family.
SCHOOL ADVISORY BOARD MEETING-TUESDAY NOVEMBER 17, 2020 at 7:30 pm.
We hope you will join us for the upcoming school board meeting on November 17th at 7:30 pm. We will hear from the parents who are running for the 2 open positions, and we will also be hearing from Mrs. Ronda Quinn, who will give a presentation on our involvement in the Social-Emotional Learning Pilot. Mrs. Quinn will discuss how we are infusing the curriculum into our classrooms and how you can support social-emotional learning at home.
Register in advance for this meeting:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
REMOTE LEARNING TRIMESTER 2 REGISTRATION-DEADLINE TOMORROW
While in-person learning has been a success at SPC, we recognize that families may wish to change their enrollment status for Trimester 2. We have opened registration for remote learning for Trimester 2. Should you wish to change your child to remote learning for Trimester 2, please complete the following form. The completed form is due no later than November 13th. CLICK HERE FOR REMOTE LEARNING REGISTRATION FORM
NOTE TO CURRENT REMOTE LEARNING FAMILIES:
You will need to re-register your child/children for this option as we have added another remote learning choice. You will not automatically be re-enrolled in remote learning. Thank you for completing the form by November 13th.
REMOTE LEARNING OPTIONS FOR TRIMESTER 2:
Option 1 - Remote Learning Through Catapult in Partnership with the Office of Catholic Schools
1. The cost of the program is SPC tuition.
2. SPC teachers will not be teaching the remote learning classes; they are being offered through the Archdiocese of Chicago Office of Catholic Schools.
3. SPC will provide students with a Chromebook to complete the remote learning option.
4. Curriculum will be aligned to OCS standards and benchmarks but may NOT mirror the SPC curriculum specifically. However, SPC does use the OCS benchmarks and priority standards in planning our curriculum.
Option 2: Asynchronous Learning
Each week, work and videos will be uploaded to a digital platform. Students will complete the work at their own pace throughout the week. The videos will be instructional (not produced by SPC teachers). Students will submit the work to an SPC teacher for assessment. The teachers will still Zoom 1-2 times a week with your child to touch base. During the two weeks of remote learning in January, your child can follow along with their homeroom. The cost of this program is SPC tuition.
To plan for Trimester 2, Remote Learning registration must be completed by tomorrow, November 13th.
Dr. Erika Mickelburgh
Dear Current SPC Families,
We are excited to announce that enrollment for new students for the 2021-2022 school year is now open to our current SPC families. If you will be enrolling a new student for the 2021-2022 school year, please click the application link below. A completed application is required for all new students. Current SPC families will have priority in applying from November 2-16.
Re-registration for current SPC students will begin on December 1, 2020.
To complete a new student application for the 2021-2022 school year, please click below:
Holiday Gift Cards through TRIP & Distribution Update
For rebates from previous orders: all orders that were made through 9/30/20 will be credited by the end of November to your FACTS account. The next distribution of rebates will take place in February.
The yearbook committee has started working hard on this year's yearbook. We are looking for photos from the first day of school. Please feel free to add any photos to this shared folder. We will be asking for other photos throughout the school year to add to the yearbook.
REGISTER NOW for the Winter Session 2020-2021 of Chess-Ed's Virtual Enrichment Program!
Chess-Ed is pleased to offer VIRTUAL chess lessons to your students this Winter!
The 10-week Winter session is offered Monday through Friday at a variety of times (4, 5, and 6 pm) with Beginner, Novice, Continuing, and Advanced program levels. The chess program runs from 11/30/20 to 2/19/21 and is taught by Chess-Ed instructors using Zoom, lichess.org, and other chess software. Please refer to the Eventbee registration site for chess level guidelines .
To register, students must have a FREE username at lichess.org so they can be paired by the chess instructor during the game playing portion of the lesson. Register NOW at www.a-winter-virtual-chess-ed.eventbee.com. Be sure to register early to take advantage of EARLY FEE pricing. For more information about the program, please refer to the program flyer and Eventbee website.
Chess-Ed is looking forward to seeing your CHESS ENTHUSIAST this Winter!
FROM THE PARISH
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 latest bulletin.
Support our Fair Trade Vendors this Christmas Season!
Our annual Fair Trade Market is postponed until next year, but please enjoy a virtual cup of coffee and pastry as you browse the online selections of our local Fair Trade Vendors. Find unique and special gifts for everyone on your list and support global artists at the same time. Below are descriptions and websites of our vendors:
Global Handmade Hope: www.globalhandmadehope.com
Our mission is to promote social justice, help families provide food, shelter, education and gain access to health care. We accomplish our goal by offering artists a place and opportunity to sell their goods. We offer sustainably produced items from around the world. You will find a diverse array of Fair Trade home decor, accessories, apparel, kids’ items and more.
LOOM is a social enterprise of Catholic Charities Refugee Resettlement Agency. At LOOM we provide a studio space where refugee women can practice fiber arts, make beautiful products and cultivate community and friendship with their peers. LOOM provides a pathway to financial independence for refugee women and facilitates impactful connections between individuals from disparate cultural backgrounds.
Tree of Life Imports: https://www.thetreeoflifeimports.com
Tree of Life Imports was founded in 1989 during El Salvador's civil war as a means to bring the art of La Palma to the American market. Since then, we have focused our attention on several Latin American communities to help provide equal opportunity for all to work, including women and the rural poor. All of our products are handmade by artisans in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Mexico.
Tulia’s Artisan Gallery offers finely crafted jewelry and home decor made by master artisans in Colombia. Collections include flying mobiles, butterfly ornaments, and statement earrings. Each purchase comes with a free friendship bracelet.
Hello School Families!
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