Dear SPC Families,
Our Parent Appeal has been going strong! We are so grateful to all of you who have been sending in your pledges. We are currently at $60,000 in proceeds, which is 75% of our $80,000 goal! With 100% participation, we can do this. Please keep those pledges coming! To make your gift online, please click on the Celebrating the Spirit webpage. Don't forget to see if your employer will match your gift; it can double your donation. We will send out the Monday morning update, which will include all donations through week two.
February 12th-Faculty Professional Development Day-no school
February 15-President’s Day-no school.
February 22-All school asynchronous remote learning day (post teacher vaccination day)
Important - Travel Considerations!
Let me preface my comments by saying again; I am not the COVID police. However, it is my responsibility to ensure that our commitment to in-person instruction throughout this pandemic remains safe. It is a huge concern to me that people have told their children “not to tell the teacher” where they are traveling (Yes, this has happened). That sends a horrible message to our children about the partnership between home and school and certainly does not represent our Catholic values. If you plan on traveling, your child must quarantine. Please see below for the guidelines from the Archdiocese.
As you can see below from the COVID dashboard, the rules, guidelines, and reopening plan are working. We are more than halfway through the school year, and with the vaccine roll out there is light at the end of this tunnel. Please continue to follow the rules.
Quarantine Clarifications – Jan. 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 medical experts' team 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.
Cybersafety Presentations Begin Next Week in Grades 4-8.
Student Presentations Grades 4-8
Dates: 2/16, 2/18 & 2/19
The objective of the student presentation is to educate the students on positive digital citizenship as well as the dangers they face online by giving them examples, scenarios, and real-life stories. In this way, we increase the students’ ability to not only understand the dangers but to be able to RECOGNIZE them when encountered and self-protect. Additionally, we tie in a strong discussion of appropriate online behavior, positive solutions to the issues they face online, and strong digital citizenship.
Parent Presentation (ZOOM) Thursday, 2/18/21 from 6:30-8:00 p.m.
The objective of the parent presentation is to educate parents on the dangers that children face every day in their online life and provide them with strategies for parenting in this hyper-digital age. By increasing their comfort and awareness on these issues, parents will be more involved in their children’s online life thus increasing the communication on this topic and their children’s safety. Additionally, we will provide some practical, technical knowledge on the apps and devices that children are using every day.
***Topics related to current COVID landscape.
*** Managing screen time limits and challenges
Register in advance for this meeting:
(we are looking good--keep it up SPC)
Dr. Erika Mickelburgh
We are excited to pass out new yard signs to you on Tuesday! Once again, a very big thank you to Mr. & Mrs. Gleason for their thoughtful donations of these yard signs.
From Mrs. Gleason:
Our SPC teachers have been here for our children and said, "Yes, we can," even when it wasn't clear how. They have worked through the complicated, the uncomfortable, and the uncertain, all for our families every day to make sure our kids don't miss a beat at the next academic level.
This Catholic Schools Week, as a special gesture of gratitude for what has been a heroic effort to keep our school open, we have ordered yard signs for everyone who would like one. The signs will be coming next week, and we will have them for you at drop-off or pickup. We'll send the notification ahead of time.
REGISTER NOW for the Spring Session 2021 of Chess-Ed's Virtual Enrichment Program!
Registration for Chess-Ed’s virtual 10-week Spring Session is well underway. Our 55-minute virtual lessons are offered every weekday after school, at 4, 5, and 6 pm with Beginner, Novice, Continuing, and Advanced program levels to appeal to students with a wide variety of chess knowledge and skills. The Spring Session runs from 2/22/21 to 4/30/21 and is open to all students in all grades.
For more information and to register, go to www.a-spring-virtual-chess-ed.eventbee.com.
Chess-Ed instructors look forward to seeing your chess enthusiast this Spring. JOIN TODAY!
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.
FROM THE COMMUNITY