June 3, 2021

Dear SPC Families,

Thank you for all your prayers and well wishes for Father Britto's special Mass of Thanksgiving on Wednesday. Not only was it beautiful that we could all pray together in the church but to do so on a day where we honored the amazing service and ministry of Father Britto made it extra special. I hope you all can see (in-person) the painting of St. Paul of the Cross that was commissioned in honor of Father Britto soon! 

Our 8th graders are wrapping up their final days at SPC with some fun class activities. Please keep them in your prayers as they prepare to leave SPC and transition to high school. The class of 2021 has shown grace, courage and leadership all year as everything they had hoped their year would be was dramatically changed by the pandemic. 

One week of this amazing school year left---we can do this!!

Please see below for the following:

  • Calendar Reminders
  • More New Teacher Bios
  • Molly Strong Donation
  • Used Uniform Sale
  • Covid Dashboard---Final 20-21 Edition with some AMAZING NUMBERS!!! 

Calendar Reminders:

Monday, June 7th: NO SCHOOL FOR 8th GRADE

5:00 8th Grade Parade--please come andhonk and wave for our Class of 2021

Wednesday, June 9th: Last Day for Preschool and Prek

Thursday, June 10th: Last Day for Kindergarten

Friday, June 11th: Last Day of School for Grades 1-7 10:30 Dismissal 

Welcome New St Paul of the Cross Faculty and Staff


ELA Teacher
Mrs. Kelly Scott (Grades 7-8)
I was born and raised in the Quad Cities and always felt like there was something bigger for me elsewhere. After graduating from Northern Illinois with a B.A. in English and studying education at North Central College in Naperville, I continued migrating eastward and landed in the Big City. I taught reading and language arts to middle school students for CPS for four years and loved sharing my enthusiasm for reading and writing with them. While at CPS, I have been involved in leadership roles, implementing reading interventions for students, and of course, learning and developing my craft along the way.

Through my time at CPS, I have gained a diverse knowledge of what it means to be part of a major city and a small community. I joined Queen of Angels in 2017, and in an effort to give back to my own neighborhood, I have led my students in charitable fundraising for various causes. It is so rewarding to support my students' passions and ideas and watch them flourish!

My goal is to instill a love of reading and expressing oneself through writing. To do this, I create a welcoming and positive environment with many opportunities to read, write, share and celebrate our efforts. I am looking forward to joining the community and teaching the middle school students ELA at St. Paul of the Cross!

Kindergarten Teacher
Mrs. Elizabeth Rabinak
After many years of teaching at Queen of Angels School in Chicago, I am delighted to continue my service to children and families at St. Paul of the Cross. I have worn many hats since I began in 2005, including teaching preschool, second grade, and third grade, as well as coordinating the extended care and camp programs at the school. I had a brief experience as an assistant principal, but my heart truly belongs in the classroom! Currently, I have my B.A. in Elementary Education but am playing the part of student right now and taking courses towards a Masters in Early Childhood Education.

As a teacher, I endeavor to bring positive, rich experiences to children and work to ignite a true love of learning. I have two young boys at home that remind me every day how splendid and special childhood is. I am a terrible gardener but enjoy it heartily and find the same applies to my cooking. Thankfully I am an adept teacher, and my husband can cook, so it all works out. 

My favorite school memories include May Crowning masses in the spring and small moments of joy with my students. I am so looking forward to creating new memories at St. Paul of the Cross.

Molly Strong Update: 
Thanks to all who donated to Molly Strong. Because of your generosity, we have raised $1,610 for Molly and her family! Please continue to keep them in your prayers.

Clear out your closets-Used Uniform Sale donations needed Due June 11th
We will be collecting used uniforms for the used uniform sale, which will be held in August during the Teacher Meet & Greets. Items we will accept:

  • Navy/khaki shorts and pants
  • Plaid skirts and jumpers
  • All Lands End polos, gym uniforms, sweatshirts, pullovers, fleeces, dresses, skirts, etc.

Please drop off bagged items you are donating to the UGC office next week. Please deliver all items no later than Friday, June 11th. 

WHAT A GREAT LAST DASHBOARD TO END THE YEAR!!!!! Let’s keep it this way!
June 3, 2021

Covid Dashboard June 3

Time Sensitive School Information Below
Please read the rest of the Thursday Mailing below my letter. We have a lot of information to communicate, and don't want you to miss out. 

Dr. Erika Mickelburgh


End of Year Faculty Gift Fund 

The Home and School Association is pleased to sponsor The End of the Year Faculty Gift Fund. This is a convenient way for parents to give end of the year gifts to all of their children’s teachers and the staff at our school. 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.

Our teachers have worked so hard this year and have remained resilient, kept our children engaged in the classroom and most importantly safe. We are so grateful for each and every one of them!

Last year contributions averaged $80 per family. However, we encourage you to give at your comfort level. We also realize families make financial sacrifices to send their children to Catholic school so please give at the level that works for your family. Any amount is appreciated.

Please make your contribution online at: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=MDQ5GD5XBTYN4&source=url 

You can also send in a check in an envelope labeled End of Year Faculty Gift Fund to the office. Please make your check payable to “Saint Paul of the Cross Home and School Association”.

All contributions need to be turned in by Friday, June 4th and gifts will be dispersed the last week of school.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact Katie Murphy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Kelly Regan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Thank you for considering this contribution. The SPC teachers and staff truly appreciate the thoughtfulness and generosity of our families. 

Stay healthy and safe!

Home and School Association

HSA School Supply Kits Pre-Order 
Hello Everyone, it is that time of year to pre-order your child’s school supplies easily and conveniently. 

Please place orders by 7/11. Discounted pricing is valid through 6/20/2021.  All orders will be shipped to home, and shipping costs are included in kit price.  Please order assignment notebooks through the site to guarantee availability, even if you aren't ordering a kit.
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.

Please click here to download the school supply kit flyer.


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This Weekend, June 5th & 6th In-Person at Skokie Village Crossing

We are partnering with Barnes & Noble in Skokie at Village Crossing Center, 5405 Touhy Avenue
Families can shop all day Saturday and Sunday. Present the voucher below and help support SPC! 
Download voucher here.

Shelly the Turtle Needs a New Home!
Turtle Cartoon

Shelly, the classroom turtle from Mrs. Stypka's science lab, has been living in Mrs. Stypka's house since Covid. Previously, Shelly had lead an enjoyable life as the classroom pet, sometimes swimming in her tank and sometimes walking among the students in class. Mrs. Stypka is moving on to new adventures, and so must Shelly.

Shelly, a female, is red-eared slider, a species native to Illinois, the size of the diameter of a dinner plate, and needs to have adequate space to swim and roam. Shelly's diet consists of dried turtle food of various types. Shelly loves to bask in the warmth of the sun (or special heat lamp) and take long walks in the grass and shrubs.

Please let Mrs. Stypka know if you would like to consider taking Shelly. We can set up a Meet and Greet. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

GS Kindergarten Leader Request 5 2021
Please click here to download information and details. Thank you!


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.


Park Ridge Library Summer Reading Club!
Summer 2021 CS Flyer 1
Click on the image above to download the complete flyer with all the details!
Click here for a video about the Park Ridge Library Summer Reading Club.

Edison Park Fall 2021 Outdoor Soccer Registration - Attention Pre K (4) – 8th Grade Girls & Boys 
Download the details here.

Loyola Academy Junior High Summer Enrichment Program
Summer will be here soon! Loyola Academy will be offering their Jr. High Summer Enrichment Program for summer 2021. Please click here to download the flyer.

Loyola Academy Sports Camps for Rising 6th Graders and Up
Summer 2021 Sports Camps Brochure

Summer Basketball Camps Flyer

Loyola Academy Summer Rowing Camps for Rising 6th - 9th Graders
Please click here to download the flyer with all the details.
Please click here to watch a video on a recent rowing season.

Summer Camps 2021

Please click here to learn all about St. Patrick High School's 2021 Summer Camps! Many of the camps are for all ages and are co-ed.

St. Viator's Newsletter
Please click here for the May Newsletter

Regina Dominican Summer Athletic Camps 5th–8th Grade Girls

Girls in the 5th-8th grade are invited to join us this summer for one of our athletic camps! Meet Regina Dominican Coaches and current Panthers as you enhance your athletic skills while enjoying all summer has to offer!
To register, click here.
Download the flyer here.

Resurrection Summer 2021 Girls Athletic Camps 4th–12th Grade Girls
Basketball, Lacrosse, Tennis, Running, Softball & Volleyball!
To register, click here.

STEM CAMP Grades K-6th
Energize your kid’s creativity and confidence with our new Camp Invention® program, Recharge! When this nationally acclaimed program comes to St. Elizabeth of the Trinity from August 2 - 6, 2021 campers in grades K-6 will collaborate with friends in hands-on, open-ended STEM challenges. They’ll take apart a microphone to explore its inner workings, build and test a device to launch rubber ducks, and design morphing vehicles for the Super Road Rally! Each activity is designed to inspire curiosity, spark imaginations and give your young innovator the best summer ever. Click here to secure your spot! Use promo code SUM25 by 5/26 to save $25.