Dear SPC Families,
Our 2021 Tiger Fun Run is TOMORROW, Friday, September 24th. Thankfully, the weather looks perfect for the event. I would like to take the opportunity to thank our Chair, Mrs. Renee Tarasevich, for her TREMENDOUS coordination of everything Fun Run...although her job just got a little more complicated as she now has to find a pig! We are on pace for a record-breaking year, and I am excited to pucker up and Kiss a Pig--I am pretty sure that is what the voters will demand!
Thank you to all our parents, friends, and family who have given so generously to raise a record amount for this event. I am so grateful for all the support and energy in support of our great school! I look forward to seeing many of you tomorrow as you stop by to cheer on your children.
Some helpful reminders for tomorrow:
- The big lot will be closed at 7:30 am. Please be patient and use caution as we utilize Washington for the big “kiss-and-go.”
- Please do not park in the FM Global parking lot across the street.
- Please do NOT bring dogs to the Fun Run.
- Please be sure to send your students in their Fun Run t-shirts, comfortable bottoms, gym shoes, and full water bottles!
- A free pizza lunch will be provided. Please send a lunch if there are dietary restrictions.
- Come cheer the students on! Make a sign, wear a cape, or just come as you are, and cheer on your SPC superhero as they run laps in the big lot (schedule below).
Friday, September 24: Fun Run Schedule
- Mrs. Archer, Ms. Burke, & Ms. Xamplas: 8:20-8:45 am
- Mrs. Kusinski, Mrs. Borkovic, & Mrs. LoGalbo: 8:45-9:10 am
- Kind: 9:15-9:40 am
- 1st: 9:45-10:10 am
- 2nd: 10:15-10:40 am
- 3rd: 10:45-11:10 am
- 4th: 11:15-11:40 am
- LUNCH: 11:45 am - 12:20 pm
- 5th: 12:20-12:45 pm
- 6th: 12:50-1:15 pm
- 7th: 1:20-1:45 pm
- 8th: 1:50-2:15 pm
Picture Day is October 7th; please look in your child’s backpack for the flyers. There will be a designated picture time for early childhood teachers.
October 7th-PICTURE DAY
October 8th-NO SCHOOL- TEACHER PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT DAY
October 11th- NO SCHOOL COLUMBUS DAY
October 21 & 22: NO SCHOOL-Parent Teacher Conferences
October 29th- FUN FAIR!
November 1-NO SCHOOL!
Nobel Peace Prize Nominee Visits SPC
6th-7th and 8th Graders will welcome Nobel Peace Prize nominee Ms. Juliana Taimoorazy next Wednesday morning. She was recently nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize for her work with Iraqi Christian Relief Services. Please see below for her inspirational biography. The students will be prepared for her visit to social studies and religion class early next week. I encourage you to discuss her visit with your child next week. Thank you to Julie Johnston for making this visit possible!
Juliana Taimoorazy is a leading international advocate, speaker, and writer advancing awareness of the persecution of Christians in the Middle East.
In 2007, Juliana founded the Iraqi Christian Relief Council to shine a light on the plight of Christians in her ancestral homeland and raise funds to deliver food, shelter, and medicine to Iraq. Her unique story as a refugee has made her a strong leader and an unshakable voice for Christians in the Middle East today. Taimoorazy has advised many U.S. based organizations and institutions on the issue of persecuted Christians in the Middle East, has been consulted on developing policy, has authored many articles, and continues to speak globally to raise awareness on these important issues.
Juliana’s firsthand knowledge and expertise on Middle East affairs have been vital in her efforts to assist Christians at risk. Her personal network of contacts throughout the region and her unique perspective as a former refugee has been vital to her ongoing efforts to share the message of the plight of Middle Eastern Christians and their desire for religious freedom and their right to live in a pluralistic society.
Understanding the value of religious freedom, she has been known as a “Warrior Against Discrimination”. She has spent much time building relationships between Middle Eastern Christians and the Jewish community. She is leading the effort among the Assyrians in America to fight against anti-Semitism in different communities.
Being born and raised in Iran, having direct contact with the Iranians in exiles, and being connected with the people inside the country, Taimoorazy can speak on the current political and humanitarian conditions in Iran.
As a young woman in 1989, fleeing religious harassment in Iran, Juliana was smuggled into Switzerland. After spending seven days in a monastery in Zurich, she was again smuggled into Germany, where she sought religious asylum. In December of 1990, she arrived in America as a refugee in search of religious freedom and the American Dream. In 2000, she obtained her Master’s degree from Northeastern Illinois University. As a passionate leader who knows firsthand how education can transform lives in America, she has helped refugee women obtain an education to rebuild their lives.
With the opportunities afforded to her to achieve the American Dream, in 2006, Juliana made a commitment to be a greater voice and advocate for the persecuted Church in Iraq and those Christians who are still suffering in the Middle East. Since 2007, her ministry, Iraqi Christian Relief Council, has positively impacted the lives of hundreds of thousands of people, helping displaced Christians (and other minorities) throughout Iraq and refugees in the neighboring countries with their basic necessities.
Today, through her activism, speaking engagements, and regular media appearances, both in the U.S. and internationally, Juliana has tirelessly shared her personal story and promoted the cause of Iraqi Christians throughout the world. She has been featured on FOX News, BBC, Wall Street Journal Live, Newsmax, Israel Broadcasting Authority (IBA), and Christian radio programs, including CBN. As an Assyrian Christian living in Iran, Juliana learned to be multi-lingual and is fluent in English, Farsi, and Assyrian. She will soon be releasing a book sharing her personal experiences and the plight of her people, called “Daughter of Nineveh”.
Juliana has a heart for those who have served America in uniform. She helped raise donations for the Wounded Warrior Project, visited veterans at Walter Reed Hospital, and gathered care packages for American soldiers serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.
For her tireless service to humanity, Taimoorazy was nominated for the prestigious Nansen Award through the United Nations Higher Commission on Refugees (UNHCR). She has received multiple awards; Assyrian Woman of the Year, Michelle Malkin Investigates “Bulldog Award”, Advocacy of the Year award, to name a few.
Juliana is a UN Delegate in Geneva, and she is a member of the Simon Wiesenthal Midwest Region’s Community Engagement Committee. She recently joined the advisory council of The Witness Institute, which strives to continue the work and legacy of the Holocaust Survivor, Professor and Noble Prize winner, Elie Wiesel. As of February 2021, she has been accepted as a member of the Witness Fellowship for the Emerging Leaders.
Dr. Erika Mickelburgh
Order your SPC 2021-2022 yearbook by September 30th and save 10%
The deadline to order a St. Paul of the Cross yearbook is Friday, April 8th.
Here are three reasons we chose TreeRing:
Custom Yearbooks: Every student gets a one of a kind printed copy containing two free pages to customize with personal photos. (This is optional; don’t feel obligated to complete this)
Green Yearbooks: TreeRing plants a tree in our school’s name when you purchase a book and it prints on recycled paper. In the past five years, TreeRing planted over 2,300 trees on behalf of St. Paul of the Cross.
Beautiful Yearbooks: All yearbooks are gorgeously printed in full color using the highest end print production available.
YOU CAN PURCHASE AND PERSONALIZE YOUR St. Paul of the Cross YEARBOOK BY CLICKING HERE https://treering.com/
Yearbook password: 101414618165482
A few important facts:
o Your personalized yearbook only costs $28.00 for a soft cover. You may order a hardcover yearbook for an additional charge.
o You’ll need to purchase your copy and complete your free personal pages by April 8th.
o Your 2 free custom pages are optional, if you don’t customize you’ll receive a standard yearbook.
Mrs. Melissa McCallister
SPC Cub Scouts – Volunteers Needed!
Altar Server Program – Attention all 6th, 7th, and 8th Grade Students
We would like to invite all 6th, 7th and 8th grade SPC and CCD students to participate in our Altar Server program. If you are interested in participating in this beautiful ministry, please return the application that was given to you to the school office or rectory office. All current altar servers need to complete an application as all participants will be trained. If you need an application please go to the school office.
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
District 64 Developmental Screenings
School District 64 offers monthly free developmental screenings (cognitive, social-emotional, communication, and motor skill development) for children age 2yrs 9mos through 5yrs 11mos who live in the School District 64 community. Call Jefferson School (847) 318-4290 for more information.
Please download these flyers with the dates and details.
Park Ridge Newcomers Semi-Annual Kids Sale!
Please click here to download the Kids Sale flyer.
Notre Dame Jersey Night, TOMORROW NIGHT, Friday, September 24th!
Where an elementary school, college or NFL football jersey and receive a free ticket to the game! There will be a check-in table next to the stadium entrance. Please click here for more details and to RSVP.
Edison Park Youth Basketball Attention 1st through 8th Graders!
Registration is going on now. Please click here for the details.
Attention 6th–8th Grade Boys
Please click here for St. Patrick High School Admissions Events and Information.