Dear SPC Families,
It is so fabulous to have everyone back in the classrooms! I know I was ready to come back to school. Please note the new quarantine travel rules announced by the Archdiocese yesterday.
School Board Meeting Tuesday, January 26th at 7:30 pm
Register in advance for this meeting:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Presentations for the Evening: Jessica Caccavallo, MSW, LSW from Northwest CASA
The State of Illinois passed a law in 2011 called "Erin's Law" mandating that all public schools educate children about sexual abuse prevention through an age-appropriate curriculum including books, discussions, activities, and videos. The purpose of these activities is to give children the tools needed to speak up and tell an adult if anyone has ever touched them inappropriately.
St. Paul of the Cross is partnering with Northwest Center against Sexual Assault to present Sexual Abuse Programs in our school. This is our third year providing this program to the students. A representative from NWCASA has presented in your child's classroom via Zoom and discussed a variety of the following concepts under their program called Personal Body Safety:
- Safe/Unsafe Touches [ps-5]
- Safe/Unsafe Secrets [ps-5]
- Empowerment [6th grade]
- Saying "No" [All grades]
- Consent, what is it? [6th-8th]
- Types of Dating Violence [8th]
- Types of Sexual Harassment [7th]
- Effects of sexual violence [6th-8th]
- How/where to get help [All grades]
- Bystander intervention [5th-8th]
Nationwide, 1 in 3 girls and 1 in 6 boys will be the victim of some type of sexual abuse by the time they reach age 18, and violent behavior in dating relationships begin between the ages of 12-18. Through this program aimed at educating and empowering students, we want to provide your child with the knowledge and skills to recognize unsafe situations and seek safety, as well as what to do if they were ever to be affected by sexual violence.
CTS Out of Uniform
A reminder that tomorrow is CTS out of uniform!
Celebrating the Spirit 2021 Parent Appeal, February 1–19
Despite the need to focus intently on our daily progress in these unprecedented times, we must look to the future, taking every step to ensure SPC’s 96-year tradition of providing academic excellence while instilling a strong faith foundation for your children. As we are unable to have our Gala this year, the CTS Parent Appeal is a way to celebrate everything you love about our school, while also investing in our community and our future. Please look for information coming home next week.
Students who wish to bring valentines to school must bring in all treats/ cards on 2/5. Valentines will be passed out on 2/11. All valentine cards and treats arriving after 2/5 will be passed out on 2/16.
All "treats" must be individually wrapped and store-bought. NO homemade treats/goodies will be distributed.
Note Regarding Travel Quarantine (from the Archdiocese)
The Office of Catholic Schools sent the following communication to all families on 1-20.
In discussion with the Office of Catholic Schools and our consulting medical experts, we have decided that a quarantine of 7 days with a negative test result following domestic travel is not best for our school settings. A 7-day quarantine is only effective in instances of complete avoidance of social gatherings and because in-person instruction within a classroom is essentially a form of social gathering – even with physical distancing observed – that would nullify the integrity of 7-day quarantine. Rather, observance of 10 days in all instances of domestic travel provides the greatest level of safety for all students and staff. Therefore, please note the following with changes bolded for your reference:
Travel & Exposure Quarantine Clarifications – January 20, 2021
- A quarantine of 10 days is required for any/all domestic travel (i.e., travel outside of the state of Illinois)
- Quarantine is required regardless of whether or not there is a negative test result, and no matter how much time is spent in another state.
- Quarantine starts the day after return home.
- International travel quarantine remains 14 days.
- Close exposure quarantines remain 14-days at the recommendation of all departments of public health in those jurisdictions in which the Archdiocese operates and our own medical advisors.
We understand that this change may pose a challenge for some. Please know that we are in continuous contact with the departments of public health and our team of medical experts to assess our standards and adjust, as necessary, to keep the safety of all in our school communities our first and unwavering priority. And in our focus on safety, we are also making every effort to keep you informed.
As the departments of public health adopt any new guidance, which we anticipate over the coming months, we will communicate with you immediately.
Thank you for your patience and commitment to the safety protocols that continue to make this school year a success under such extraordinary circumstances.
Covid Dashboard January 21, 2021
Dr. Erika Mickelburgh
REGISTER NOW for the Spring Session 2021 of Chess-Ed's Virtual Enrichment Program!
Chess-Ed is pleased to offer VIRTUAL chess lessons to your students this Spring!
The 10-week Spring 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 2/22/21 to 4/30/21 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. Winter classes end the week of 2/15/21. Register for the Spring Session NOW atwww.a-spring-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 Spring!
Please download the Spring Session Chess-Ed flyer here.
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.
Thank You St. Paul of the Cross School Families, Faculty & Staff!
FROM THE COMMUNITY