September 2, 2021

Dear SPC Families,

I hope you all have a relaxing Labor Day weekend. This week we are all getting more into the swing of the school year. On Wednesday, we celebrated the 1st Mass of the School year. This Thursday mailing contains the following information:

  • Back to School Night
  • Isolation/ Quarantine Procedures
  • Travel
  • St. Paul of the Cross High School Fair: 7th and 8th Grade Only
  • Dress Code Reminders
  • Covid Dashboard



Given the rise in Covid Cases and out of an abundance of caution, we have moved the Back to School Night to a virtual night. We will send out a full schedule with zoom links in the next few days. Please note the time of the Zoom meetings for your grade levels. We have attempted to space out the presentations to allow for families who have multiple children to attend. The Zoom sessions will also be recorded and included in next week's classroom newsletters. Please understand that this decision was not made lightly, but given our large enrollment, having that many parents in the buildings did not seem like a good idea. Next month, we anticipate offering both Zoom and in-person meetings for parent-teacher conferences because we can spread the visits out over two days. Thank you for your understanding. Dr. Mickelburgh will give a brief school year overview via Zoom from 5:30 pm-6:00 pm.




7:00-7:20 pm


7:20-7:40 pm


7:00-7:20 pm


6:00-6:20 pm

1st Grade

6:40-7:00 pm

2nd Grade

6:20-6:40 pm

3rd Grade

6:00-6:20 pm

4th Grade

6:00-6:30 pm

5th Grade

6:35-7:05 pm

6th Grade

6:00-6:30 pm

7th Grade

6:35-7:05 pm

8th Grade

7:10-7:40 pm



The Archdiocese is continually making adjustments to policies to ensure in-person learning and keeping children safe. Please see below for important updates. 

Please click here for updated information regarding close contact exposure and isolation procedures. 


  • Mesh masks and masks with holes are not permissible.
  • Well-fitting masks featuring two or more layers of fabric and an adjustable nose wire are required.
    • Reusable cloth masks, disposable masks, and Kn95s (for children) all fit this description. Experience has shown that for most, reusable masks typically fit better than disposable child-size masks.
  • Please make sure to include an extra mask in a Ziploc-style bag in your student's backpack.
  • Additionally, please remember that masks are required indoors at all times by all individuals, including indoor athletics. Persistent disregard for proper mask use by athletes or spectators can and will lead to cancellation of games, practices and programs, as necessary.

Is your family traveling over the Labor Day holiday? Please note the following:

As you may know, the City of Chicago Travel Advisory was recently updated. As of August 31, all but one state (Vermont) and four U.S. Territories are listed as "orange" states. While we continue to follow the City of Chicago's classification of "Orange" states, at this time, we are maintaining our travel quarantine requirements for non-vaccinated individuals. Non-vaccinated individuals must quarantine for 10 days or obtain a negative COVID test to avoid the need to quarantine. Vaccinated individuals are not required to quarantine after travel. You should continue to urge caution amongst staff and families when traveling with unvaccinated children.

  • All states, except for Vermont, are now "orange states," which means if your child is unvaccinated, they must either:

1. Quarantine for 10 days after they return to Chicago.


2. Obtain a negative PCR Test (NO HOME TESTS ALLOWED) after returning from vacation. The child must quarantine until the test is turned into the main office. Test results must be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Fully vaccinated students/teachers/staff 
Do not need post-travel COVID-19 testing or self-quarantines as long as they are not symptomatic and provide proof of vaccination. 


International Travel 
The CDC currently requires a negative COVID-19 test or proof of recovery to board a plane to the United States. Because of this negative test, there is no required quarantine upon arrival, regardless of vaccination status.

St. Paul of the Cross High School Fair: 7th and 8th Grade Only

Date:  Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Time:  6:30 pm - 7:15 pm  7th grade

            7:15 pm - 8:00 pm 8th grade

Location:  Gym

With the large number of students, we are asking that just one parent attends with your child. Masks must be worn at all times in the school

Schools invited:
Fenwick, Loyola, Notre Dame, Regina, Resurrection, St. Ignatius, St. Patrick, St. Viator, Trinity, Woodlands, Depaul College Prep


Hair Policy- With school in full swing and summer vacation behind us, we ask that students comply with the hair policy. As per the handbook:

* Hair touching shirt collars on boys is unacceptable. Hair extending below eyebrows or extreme hairstyles is unacceptable for both boys and girls. Administration reserves the right to define extreme.

*No hair dye of any nature may be worn. 

If your child needs a haircut or needs to wash out the hair dye, please take advantage of the three-day weekend to schedule an appointment.

September 2, 2021
Covid Dashboard 9 2 21

Please keep reading below for upcoming events and extracurricular activities (school and community) for the students! 

Dr. Erika Mickelburgh


Tiger Fun Run 21!

Dear SPC Families,
We are so excited to bring back the SPC Tiger Fun Run this year! Mark your calendars for Friday, September 24th!

The SPC Tiger Fun Run is a ten-day, all-school program that kicks off with a pep rally on Wednesday, September 15th. Students/families will then be gathering pledges for running in the Tiger Fun Run on Friday, September 24th. This year, our goal is to raise $100,000, and we need your help!

Sponsorship Opportunities:

$250 Family or Business sponsorship

  • Name and/or logo on the Tiger Fun Run webpage – logo will be clickable to your business website

$500 Family or Business sponsorship

  • Name and/or logo on the Tiger Fun Run webpage – logo will be clickable to your business website
  • Name and Logo on the Fun Run Sponsor Banner on Northwest Highway September 15 - October 1st
  • Name and Logo on Fun Run Sponsor Banner located at the Fun Run in the main parking lot

All students will participate and gather pledges through their own personalized pledge pages.

To sign up for one of our sponsorship packages, please click here.

If you would like to use a logo, please email it to us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Tuesday, September 7th.  

Thank you,

Renee Tarasievich, Nicole O’Connor & Eileen McManus
SPC Tiger Fun Run co-chairs

Just a reminder to RSVP for the Parent Mingle by Tuesday, September 7th. 
Click here to RSVP.
Parent Fun Mingle



SPC TRIP: Rebates on tuition through gift card purchases
The Home & School Association is excited for another year of shopping through TRIP- a way for SPC families to earn rebates on their FACTS accounts with the purchase of gift cards. For more information, please reach out to the plan coordinator: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit: SPC's enrollment code for families (and friends) is C21ELFAD426. That's right, even extended families and friends can use the program as well to help out with your child's tuition. SPC currently has several gift cards on hand available for purchase. Many of the gift cards on the site are e-cards, but if you're looking for a physical gift card- or to stock up before the holidays- we will be placing the next order for physical cards on 9/15. Please email with any questions!

Since we get to go back to in-person tours and parent events this year, the Welcome Committee is excited to plan for this year, and we would love new volunteers to join us! This committee helps to welcome new students and new families and sends out communication to help with important information and events that occur during the year. The Committee will also help with Admissions events, such as New Family Night and Early Childhood Night, and helps keep all families feel welcomed and part of this wonderful community through fun parent mingles! If you are interested in joining the committee, please complete the form linked here.



Smiling Strings Returns to SPC!
Fall In-Person Violin Lessons
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Lessons take place on Tuesdays (2-3 PM) beginning Sept 21st

Open to New & Returning Students Grades K-8

$239 for 10 weeks + annual $55 materials fee
(violin rental not included)


Register NOW for the Fall Session of Chess-Ed’s Chess Enrichment Program

Registration for the Fall Session of the after-school chess program is underway! The 10-week program takes place on Tuesdays from 2-3 pm and runs from 9/14/21 to 11/16/21. The chess program is taught by Chess-Ed instructors and is open to students in 1st through 8th grade and students of all chess abilities. Professional instruction will include the basics for beginning and novice players and build with opening theory, middle game planning, and end game combinations for continuing students. Playing chess improves memory, uses analytical and critical thinking skills, teaches problem solving, responsibility, sportsmanship, social skills and more! The benefits of chess last a lifetime!

To register, please go to For more information about the program, please see the program flyer. Chess-Ed is looking forward to seeing your CHESS ENTHUSIAST this Fall!
Chess-Ed Flyer


From the Parish 

We have an active and vibrant parish and encourage everyone to read the weekly bulletins for Fr. James' weekly letter and stay informed about all upcoming events and programs. 
Please click here for the latest bulletin. 
Please click here for Fr. James' "The Daily" - Daily Mass Readings and Reflections


Attention Men of St. Paul of the Cross Parish!

TMIY - "That Man is You" is a new Men's organization starting at St. Paul of the Cross Parish.
Becoming a Man After God's Own Heart 
Please click here to download the flyer 


From the Community

Loyola Academy Basketball Fall Skills League Attention Grades 3-8

St. Viator's Future Lion September Newsletter