Dear SPC Families,
Happy Thursday! As we begin to look forward to Christmas vacation, please note the important topics below regarding next year and some new holiday fun.
Topics Included in this letter:
- Registration for the 2021-2022 School Year (Early Bird deadline ends December 31st)
- Remote Learning January 2021
- Christmas Drive-In Movie Nights
- Covid Dashboard & Covid Reporting Throughout Christmas Vacation & Remote Learning
Thank you to the MANY families that have re-registered for the 2021-2022 school year. Given the Christmas vacation, PLEASE make sure you can log in to the system before DECEMBER 18th. There is no guarantee that emails will be addressed between December 18- January 4th. The re-registration fee increases on January 1st to $125/child.
The Early Bird Re-enrollment fee is $75 per student through December 31st. That fee goes up to $125 per student on January 1st.
Important - please note the following dates and details:
Re-registration is now open for the 2021-2022 School Year. The deadline for re-registration is January 20, 2021. You must complete this form even if your plans have changed and you are not returning to SPC. If that is the case, please select will not enroll.
- December 1, 2020-December 31, 2020 – Complete your Early Bird re-enrollment. The Early Bird fee is $75 per student.
- January 1, 2021-January 20, 2021 – The re-enrollment fee increases to $125 per student.
- After January 20th – The re-enrollment fee increases to $175 per student.
REMOTE LEARNING JANUARY 4th-January 15th
Beginning next week, teachers will be slowly sending home materials for remote learning in January. Please note the classroom newsletters for the Remote Learning details and schedule. The format for Remote Learning will look exactly like it did in October. If you have questions, please contact your child’s teacher for specific schedules.
The 1st Annual SPC CHRISTMAS DRIVE-IN MOVIE!
Many of our beloved Christmas traditions cannot happen this year, but that won’t stop us from starting a new one! Plan a family night out at the SPC Drive-In, decorate your car, and put on your Christmas PJs for some SPC Christmas fun. There may even be a special guest who shows up!
WHEN: DECEMBER 17th & 18th
Thursday, December 17th
5:00 pm MOVIE: The Star
7:00 pm MOVIE: ELF
Friday, December 18th
5:00 pm The Grinch (animated version)
7:00 pm Home Alone
WHERE: The main church parking lot
- Please only sign up for one slot. The parking lot will be cleared after each movie. Given our limited availability, please only sign up for one movie. If there are spots still available next week, we will allow families to sign up for more than one movie.
- Please do not mix cohorts.
- Large SUVs and vans should park in the back.
- The audio will be streamed into your car.
- Popcorn will be provided!
- Decorate your car for Christmas, put on your Christmas PJs, and come have some safe holiday fun!
- Bathrooms will not be available - please plan ahead!
COST: $20/ car (the amount will be billed to your FACTS account after you sign up)
CLICK HERE TO RESERVE YOUR TICKET! (no cars will be admitted without a reservation)
My goodness, I honestly did not expect our numbers to continue to decrease based on the current COVID situation in the state of Illinois. Thank you for your diligence in keeping our community safe and our children in school! Keep up the excellent work, SPC!
COVID REPORTING THROUGH THE HOLIDAYS & REMOTE:
Please continue to report COVID cases through the Christmas Vacation and during Remote Learning. It is essential to continue to monitor cases and exposure.
Dr. Erika Mickelburgh
Home & School Association
The SPC Home and School Association is pleased to sponsor the Holiday Faculty Gift Fund. The Faculty Gift Fund is a convenient way for parents to give Christmas gifts to all their children’s teachers and staff. Your contribution will provide a monetary gift to all teachers (homeroom, practical fine arts, and resources), aides, the principal, assistant principal, administrative assistants, school secretaries, and the maintenance staff. The SPC teachers and staff truly appreciate your thoughtfulness and generosity.
Please consider making a monetary contribution as a way to show your gratitude to our wonderful teachers and staff. They have worked extra hard this year to make sure our children have a safe environment to learn and excel. A donation is not required, and we want to encourage you to give at your comfort level. We realize that families make financial sacrifices to send their children to Catholic school and may face challenges with COVID, so please give at the level that is comfortable for your family—any amount is appreciated. Last year's contributions averaged around $80.00 per family.
There are two (2) ways to make donations:
- Contribute online by at https://www.paypal.com/donate?hosted_button_id=S2FH6X558CNXU
- There will be one Red Envelope marked “Holiday Faculty Gift Fund” coming home with your oldest child. Make your check payable to “St Paul of the Cross Home and School Association.” These envelopes will be collected in your child’s homeroom classroom.
National Jr. Honor Society - Care Packages for the Homeless DUE TOMORROW
The SPC National Junior Honor Society is creating care packages to donate to Catholic Charities for the homeless. We would be very grateful if each student would bring one of each item that is listed for their grade. You are welcome to bring more, as there is always a need! All items are due to your student’s homeroom teacher by TOMORROW, Friday, December 11th. We greatly appreciate your help and your generosity in the Christmas season!
We thank you in advance for your kindness and generosity!
National Jr. Honor Society
The Student Council is Bringing Back The School Store!
The School Store is spreading holiday cheer at SPC! The store will be traveling to 2nd grade and 5th grade tomorrow. Student Council officers will bring a cart of School Store items to classes during the lunch period. To find out when the School Store will be traveling to your child's class, please see the UPDATED Student Council School Store Schedule. Please note the recent change in the schedule for 1st and 4th grade.
We are selling holiday-themed items, toys, and fun school supplies. To view the items that will be available for purchase, please see the UPDATED Student Council School Store Catalog.
If your child knows what they would like to buy, we highly recommend sending them to school with a list of items they will be purchasing, along with the appropriate amount of money to purchase them. This helps the checkout process go smoothly and quickly!
Caitlin Vengazo, Student Council President
Do You Want To Build A Snowman!?
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.
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.
St Paul of the Cross will be coordinating a virtual blood drive from Nov. 23 until Dec 23 (note that this blood drive has been extended to include an entire month) Anyone who would like to participate can make an appointment at one of the many Vitalant donor centers and use our code - RG08.
Thanks for spreading the word!
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!
FROM THE COMMUNITY
The Chicago Public Library is pleased to announce the 2020 Winter Learning Journey. This program will run from December 1 through January 31. The Learning Journey theme is games and puzzles. This theme is broad and meant to be flexible. Children can take part online, (chipublib.org/LearningJourney) interact with the page below, or use the participation forms attached to this email. If kids need a break from online activities, the participation form is a great way to take part screen-free. Children are welcome to turn in their participation forms at any Chicago Public Library location. The prize will include a kit of fun ways to stay busy this winter; books, a Rubik's cube, model magic and more. CPS has recommended some books and activities, which are included online.