Dear SPC Families,

Happy St. Patrick's Day! "May your blessings outweigh the number of shamrocks that grow, and may trouble avoid you wherever you go." I know the kids enjoyed their Shamrock Shakes today. Thank you to the Herrera Family who donated the shakes so that we could add over $1400 to the Lenten Almsgiving project with Catholic Extension! Please click here to see the results of last year's Lenten Almsgiving project; your lenten gifts truly make a difference in Catholic families living in mission dioceses!

As far as Leprechaun mischief, I am not sure if we actually caught any leprechauns with the traps set throughout the building, but I am sure your children will share with you the shenanigans and tomfoolery the leprechauns made in the classrooms!

The SPC Life Team raised over $2700, which is going to the Knights of Columbus Ukraine Solidarity Fund. This fund is being used to provide shelter, food, medical supplies, clothing, religious goods, and other humanitarian needs identified, both directly in Ukraine and through refugee sites in Poland, thanks to local Knights based in Ukraine and Poland. They are the "Boots on the ground" in the relief operation. (www.kofc.org)

Lenten Almsgiving:
Each Lent, we encourage students to practice Almsgiving. Please talk to your kids about things they can do around the house to help Legendary Lodge. This year, their donations will go to support Legendary Lodge so that children in the Diocese of Helena Montana can grow in their relationship with Jesus. Yesterday, we sent home an envelope and a flyer with all the information about the Almsgiving Project with your child. Please encourage them to contribute their donations earned from helping around the house. They can return the envelope to the main office before Easter Break.

Click here for a video.

Click here for the flyer.

In partnership with Catholic Extension, St. Paul of the Cross is helping Legendary Lodge in the Diocese of Helena, Montana grow. Your efforts will ensure that many more generations of Catholic campers can come to know Christ at the summer camp at Legendary Lodge.

Legendary Lodge offers a robust youth ministry program that is "connecting the dots" between small, rural faith communities and the universal Church. Locals often refer to Legendary Lodge as "the jewel of the diocese."

The beautiful campground is located on a pristine river valley nestled between Montana mountains. Nearly 900 children travel to the campsite for a unique Catholic experience each summer. The mission of Legendary Lodge has remained constant - to guide and accompany young disciples as they encounter Christ in prayer, sacrament, community, and the beauty of God's creation. The camp focuses on faith formation and provides a week of prayer, fellowship, adventure, and joy. These cherished experiences persist as building blocks of faith, service, and generosity that last long into adulthood.

All camps are staffed by outstanding Catholic young adults who express their faith and personally model examples of knowing and serving Christ for the campers. A time-honored tradition at Legendary Lodge is that a camp counselor tells an interesting story or a testimony about their personal faith each night. Based on the impactful camp experience, parishes see their youth continue church involvement year-round.

The dream at Legendary Lodge has always been to expand the camp to increase the number of campers they can accept each summer. You can help make that dream come true for Legendary Lodge! Let's help more Legendary Lodge campers grow in their faith!

Shorts:
Students can wear shorts from April 15th to the end of the school year. For this year, students can wear shorts after we return from spring break. 

Changing Uniform Providers:
Effective June 1st, we will no longer be using Lands' End as the Uniform Provider. THE UNIFORM IS NOT CHANGING ONLY THE PROVIDER. We will be using Tommy Hilfiger Uniforms for the provider. The price point for the uniforms is more cost-effective while the quality of items is improved. The only item not available from Tommy Hilfiger is the Ponte Knit Jumper for the EGC; the polo dress and plaid jumper will be available. The Ponte Knit Jumper will still be allowed as part of the uniform, but the last day to order those will be May 31, 2022. 

Yearbook Orders:
A final Reminder that the deadline to order a St. Paul of the Cross yearbook is Friday, April 8th. If you are unsure if you ordered a yearbook, please contact Mrs. McCallister at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before ordering a second one since they are nonrefundable. After you purchase a yearbook, you will receive a confirmation email from TreeRing. Orders placed after April 8th will be shipped home, and you will have to pay for delivery.

COVID DASHBOARD
March 17, 2022
Covid dash 3 17 22

Peace,
Dr. Erika Mickelburgh


SPC Home & School Association

Home & School Association: Volunteers Needed!
Thank you to all the parents who attended Wednesday's meeting for Home & School Association to discuss the events for the remainder of the year and volunteering for next year. If you're interested in volunteering or had trouble with yesterday's QR code, please fill out this form. Click here for a copy of all of the open positions moving forward.

Tonight! SPC Gives Back at Nonna Silvia's 

Nonna Silvias
Please click here to download the flyer.


 

Tonight's Men's Club March Madness at Nonno Pino's Starting at 6:00 pm!

March Madness 2022 St Paul of the Cross School

Please click here to download the flyer with all the details!


Daddy Daughter Dance! Save the Date for April 30th
Calling all dads, uncles, or grandfathers: The Daddy Daughter Dance will be on April 30th in the gym. There will be 2 time slots; 5:30 pm-7:00 pm and 7:30-9:00 pm. Stay tuned for sign-up information.


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Smiling Strings Second Guitar Class Forming For Spring 2022!
Grades 3-6
Click here for the flyer.
To register contact Deborah Grimes, Director:
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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Smiling Strings Spring Session
Smiling Strings Violin Program is accepting a limited number of new
sign-ups for the Spring Session (Mar 22-May 31.) The class meets on
Tuesdays from 2-3 PM for grades 1-6. Tuition $239 plus registration fee.
Violins not provided. To register contact Deborah Grimes, Director:
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


 

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


From the Community

Fesl Volleyball Camp at SPC June 13-17, 2022 
Visit the website here. 
Click here to download the flyer.
 

High School Spring and Summer Sports Camps & Academic Enrichment Programs

Loyola Academy Jr. High Summer  Enrichment Courses

Loyola Academy Jr. Rambler Spring Sports Camps
Please click here to download the Spring Sports Flyer.


Notre Dame
ND Summer Photo
2022 ND Summer Camp Registration is now OPEN! Join us this summer at Notre Dame College Prep! Learn from our coaches, current Dons, and have some fun! We offer various sports and band camps for all different age levels throughout the months of June and July.
Check out the full schedule and sign up at http://nddons.org/summercamps2022.


 

St. Patrick's High School - Summer Camps for All Ages
Summer Camps SPHS
Please click here to go directly to the St. Patrick's High School Summer Camp webpage

Edison Park Youth Volleyball – Girls 4th – 8th Grades
Please click here for the details.

Park Ridge Baseball - Boys and girls who will be age 5 or above, on or before August 31, 2022
Registration is now open. Please see flyer for the details!

Park Ridge Hawks Lacrosse Club - Spring Boys Padded Lacrosse Instructional League 8U-14U
Registration is now open. Please see flyer for the details. 

Dear SPC Families,

My goodness, what a week celebrating community and Roundball! It has been such a joy seeing the gym packed each night. I hope everyone can stop by the gym and catch some of the fun before the Roundball Tournament ends on Saturday. I want to thank Mr. Joe Haugh and Mr. Ryan Fletcher, and the Men's club for everything they have done to ensure the week's success. Another shout-out goes to Mrs. Mary Connolly, who has been in charge of the concessions. Please don't blame her for the week-long sugar high of many of our students! Thank you also to Mrs. Meredith Santucci for taking amazing photos that truly have captured the joy of the week!

Thank you again for the incredible generosity that enabled us to raise over 136,000 for the CTS Parent Appeal! Please click here for the CTS 2022 Parent Appeal Report.

PARENT FEEDBACK NEEDED:
Each year we administer the 5Essentials Survey to better inform school goals. Please take some time to complete the survey below. At the moment, we only have a 16% response rate, which does not produce a valid survey result. Please take some time to complete the survey. I am hoping for a response rate over 80%.

Parent Feedback Needed: 5Essentials Survey
The 5Essentials Survey will be administered online by UChicago Impact at the University of Chicago. The survey gathers data related to five indicators that can predict important student outcomes, including improved attendance and larger test score gains. These five indicators that affect and predict school success are:

  • Effective Leaders
  • Collaborative Teachers
  • Involved Families
  • Supportive Environments
  • Ambitious Instruction

Prior research has shown that schools that were strong on at least three of these "5Essential" indicators were 10 times more likely to improve student learning gains in math and reading than those that were weak on three or more Essentials.

All teachers and 4th through 12th-grade students will be responding to this survey. 5Essentials Reports will be generated for schools if their teachers and/or students meet the response rate threshold of 50 percent. These reports will be sent to schools and districts in May 2022.

Additionally, the Archdiocese has chosen to provide the 5essentials parent survey. A parent supplement report will also be generated if at least 20 percent of St Paul of the Cross parents complete this survey.

Your participation in the parent portion of the survey will help us understand the conditions at your child's school and guide improvement. Your identity and survey responses will be kept entirely confidential and will never be connected to you or your child.

The 5Essentials Survey will be conducted from February 15 through March 18, 2022. To take the survey, please visit https://survey.5-essentials.org/archchicago/survey/parent/.

Out of Uniform Day Fundraiser for the Ukraine Solidarity Fund
The SPC Life Team is sponsoring an out-of-uniform day on Tuesday, March 15th, with all donations going to the Knights of Columbus Ukraine Solidarity Fund. This fund is being used to provide shelter, food, medical supplies, clothing, religious goods, and other humanitarian needs as identified, both directly in Ukraine and through refugee sites in Poland, thanks to local Knights based in Ukraine and Poland. They are the "Boots on the ground" in the relief operation. (www.kofc.org)

Please wear blue and yellow, the colors of Ukraine, and bring your dollar(s) in on Tuesday, March 15th, as the school joins together for a Prayer for Peace. 

Save the Date! March 11th, Go to the Movies With Dr. M!
Tomorrow, March 11th, join Dr. M at the Pickwick at 10:00 am to watch Encanto! All proceeds will benefit Our Lady of Charity Catholic School in Cicero. We hope to help give the gift of Catholic education to others. We are blessed with many gifts at SPC and hope to share the gift of Catholic education with others. Please click here to buy tickets! Popcorn and a drink are provided! All parents who attend will also need to purchase a ticket.

Details for Friday:

  • Doors open at 9:30 am
  • Encanto starts at 10:00 am
  • We will have volunteers passing out your movie ticket and 1 ticket for popcorn and soda when you arrive. 
  • We will be in Theater 2, which is in the back and can be accessed by entering the walkway between Starbucks and Hallmark. 

COVID DASHBOARD
March 10, 2022
Covid Dash March 10 2022
Peace,

Dr. Erika Mickelburgh


Home & School Association 

Back to school 1V1


March Madness 2022 St Paul of the Cross School

Please click here to download the flyer with all the details!


Daddy Daughter Dance! Save the Date for April 30th
Calling all dads, uncles, or grandfathers: The Daddy Daughter Dance will be on April 30th in the gym. There will be 2 time slots; 5:30 pm-7:00 pm and 7:30-9:00 pm. Stay tuned for sign-up information.


violin image
Smiling Strings Spring Session
Smiling Strings Violin Program is accepting a limited number of new
sign-ups for the Spring Session (Mar 22-May 31.) The class meets on
Tuesdays from 2-3 PM for grades 1-6. Tuition $239 plus registration fee.
Violins not provided. To register contact Deborah Grimes, Director:
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


 

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


From the Community

Fesl Volleyball Camp at SPC June 13-17, 2022 
Visit the website here. 
Click here to download the flyer.
 

High School Spring and Summer Sports Camps & Academic Enrichment Programs

Loyola Academy Jr. High Summer  Enrichment Courses

Loyola Academy Jr. Rambler Spring Sports Camps
Please click here to download the Spring Sports Flyer.


Notre Dame
ND Summer Photo
2022 ND Summer Camp Registration is now OPEN! Join us this summer at Notre Dame College Prep! Learn from our coaches, current Dons, and have some fun! We offer various sports and band camps for all different age levels throughout the months of June and July.
Check out the full schedule and sign up at http://nddons.org/summercamps2022.


 

St. Patrick's High School - Summer Camps for All Ages
Summer Camps SPHS
Please click here to go directly to the St. Patrick's High School Summer Camp webpage

Edison Park Youth Volleyball – Girls 4th – 8th Grades
Please click here for the details.

Park Ridge Baseball - Boys and girls who will be age 5 or above, on or before August 31, 2022
Registration is now open. Please see flyer for the details!

Park Ridge Hawks Lacrosse Club - Spring Boys Padded Lacrosse Instructional League 8U-14U
Registration is now open. Please see flyer for the details. 

Dear SPC Families,

Wow! We have surpassed our Celebrating the Spirit 2022 Parent Appeal goal, and even beat last year's Parent Appeal! Your gifts are still coming in, and I cannot thank you enough for your incredible generosity!  

For those who are still planning to contribute online today, go to https://www.spc-school.net/giving/celebrating-the-spirit. On Monday, we will be sending out our Celebrating the Spirit 2022 Parent Appeal report, including all pledges/gifts during the CTS Parent Appeal dates, February 14th through tonight, March 3rd. 

In this week's Thursday Mailing:

  • Roundball 2022 Starts on Saturday
  • Talking to your Children about the War in Ukraine
  • Lenten Almsgiving
  • Cell Phones in the UGC
  • Movies with Dr. M on March 11th
  • Save the Date: VIP DAY (formerly grandparents day) May 6th
  • Parent-Teacher Conferences-please sign up.
  • Eucharistic Minister Training for parents
  • Covid Dashboard-Looking Good SPC!

Roundball March 5th - March 12th
SPC's very own March Madness begins on Saturday, and I'm looking forward to seeing many of you at the Roundball Tournament throughout the week. We will be posting updates and schedules on social media. Stop by the gym for some SPC FUN! See below for more details. 

Resources on Talking to Your Kids about Ukraine:
The crisis in Ukraine is challenging for adults to process, let alone children. While we pray for the people of Ukraine and an end to the conflict, here are some resources for talking to your children about the war:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/parenting/2022/03/01/kids-ukraine-facts-parents/

https://www.pbssocal.org/education/how-to-talk-to-kids-about-the-ukraine-invasion

https://theconversation.com/how-to-talk-to-children-about-the-invasion-of-ukraine-and-why-those-conversations-are-important-177983

https://www.verywellmind.com/how-to-talk-to-your-kids-about-ukraine-5220914

Lenten Almsgiving:
Each Lent, we encourage students to practice Almsgiving. Please talk to your kids about things they can do around the house to help Legendary Lodge. This year, their donations will go to support Legendary Lodge so that children in the Diocese of Helena Montana can grow in their relationship with Jesus. Yesterday your child was sent home an envelope and a flyer with all the information about the Almsgiving Project. Please encourage them to contribute their donations earned from helping around the house. They can return the envelope to the main office before Easter Break.

Click here for a video.

Click here for the flyer.
In partnership with Catholic Extension, St. Paul of the Cross is helping Legendary Lodge in the Diocese of Helena, Montana grow. Your efforts will ensure that many more generations of Catholic campers can come to know Christ at the summer camp at Legendary Lodge.
Legendary Lodge offers a robust youth ministry program that is "connecting the dots" between small, rural faith communities and the universal Church. Locals often refer to legendary Lodge as "the jewel of the diocese."

The beautiful campground is located on a pristine river valley nestled between Montana mountains. Nearly 900 children travel to the campsite for a unique Catholic experience each summer. The mission of Legendary Lodge has remained constant - to guide and accompany young disciples as they encounter Christ in prayer, sacrament, community, and the beauty of God's creation. The camp focuses on faith formation and provides a week of prayer, fellowship, adventure, and joy. These cherished experiences persist as building blocks of faith, service, and generosity that last long into adulthood.
All camps are staffed by outstanding Catholic young adults who express their faith and personally model examples of knowing and serving Christ for the campers. A time-honored tradition at Legendary Lodge is that each night a camp counselor tells an interesting story or a testimony about their personal faith. Based on the impactful camp experience, parishes see their youth continue church involvement year-round.
The dream at Legendary Lodge has always been to expand the camp to increase the number of campers they can accept each summer. You can help make that dream come true for Legendary Lodge! Let's help more Legendary Lodge campers grow in their faith!

Cell Phones in the UGC:
OK Parents, we need your help. Please do not text your child in the middle of the day. If your child texts you in the middle of the day, please respond with something of the following message: "It is good to hear from you, BUT you are not supposed to be using your phone in the middle of the day. Please go to the main office, and Mrs. Foy will help you. Mrs. Foy will call me if you need to go home."

Save the Date! March 11th, Go to the Movies With Dr. M!
On March 11th, join Dr. M at the Pickwick at 10:00 am to watch Encanto! All proceeds will benefit Our Lady of Charity Catholic School in Cicero. We hope to help give the gift of Catholic education to others. We are blessed with many gifts at SPC and hope to share the gift of Catholic education with others. Please click here to buy tickets! Popcorn and a drink are provided!

Save the Date VIP DAY! (Very Important Person Day) May 6, 2022
Each student will be able to bring 1 VIP to school. We will host activities in the classrooms for the times below. VIPs will report to the classrooms at the assigned time for some refreshment and activity. We will send more details in April and an RSVP form. Given our enrollment growth, we had to re-envision Grandparents Day; we will continue to celebrate VIP day moving forward. It will be a full day of school; students will return to class after the VIP activities.
Schedule:
8:15-9:00 Early Childhood Classroom Activity (preschool, PreK, Multiage, Kindergarten)
9:20-10:20 1st, 2nd, 3rd Grade
10:30-11:15 4th-8th Grade

Parent-Teacher Conferences March 10th and 11th
Mandatory parent-teacher conferences are coming up! Conferences will be available via Zoom and in-person, depending on parent preference. Please remember to sign up via Pick a Time.

Eucharistic Ministers Needed:
Fr. Nick and the SPC Scheduling Team invite you to a training session on Wednesday, March 23rd at 6:30 pm for EM's and 7:30 pm for lectors in the Upper Church. This is for both new candidates and experienced ministers as a refresher. Please spread the word to others to join our ministry. You are our best evangelists for these ministries! Anyone who is confirmed is eligible, including high schoolers and adults. Thank you for your service, and we look forward to seeing all who can attend.

COVID DASHBOARD
March 3, 2022
NO NEW CASES AS OF FEBRUARY 6, 2022! (Fingers Crossed we keep it up)
Covid Dashboard 3 3 22

Peace,
Dr. Erika Mickelburgh


Roundball 2022 Logo
The Roundball tournament games (a boys’ tourney and a girls’ tourney) will be held Saturday, March 5th through Saturday, March 12th. For those of you new to SPC, the SPC Roundball Tournament consists of two separate basketball tournaments for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade boys and girls. Our high school-aged SPC alumni return to their alma mater to coach the teams. More than 70 alumni participate each year and have just as much fun and friendly competition as the SPC students! Members of the SPC Men’s Club serve as announcers, and professional referees officiate. Awards are given for the champions, school spirit, and leadership. 

The Roundball Cafe will be open every evening, so put those dinner worries to rest and let our Roundball Cafe team take care of it for you. We look forward to seeing you! 
Click here for more information about SPC Roundball. 
Click here to download the brackets to keep track of the tournament.


 

SPC Athletic Board Members Wanted for 2022-2023 School Year
Please click here to download all the details. 


 

Home & School Association 

Back to school 1V1


Daddy Daughter Dance! Save the Date for April 30th
Calling all dads, uncles, or grandfathers: The Daddy Daughter Dance will be on April 30th in the gym. There will be 2 time slots; 5:30 pm-7:00 pm and 7:30-9:00 pm. Stay tuned for sign-up information.


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


From the Community

Fesl Volleyball Camp at SPC June 13-17, 2022 
Visit the website here. 
Click here to download the flyer.
 

High School Spring and Summer Sports Camps & Academic Enrichment Programs

Loyola Academy Jr. High Summer  Enrichment Courses

Loyola Academy Jr. Rambler Spring Sports Camps
Please click here to download the Spring Sports Flyer.


Notre Dame
ND Summer Photo
2022 ND Summer Camp Registration is now OPEN! Join us this summer at Notre Dame College Prep! Learn from our coaches, current Dons, and have some fun! We offer various sports and band camps for all different age levels throughout the months of June and July.
Check out the full schedule and sign up at http://nddons.org/summercamps2022.


 

St. Patrick's High School - Summer Camps for All Ages
Summer Camps SPHS
Please click here to go directly to the St. Patrick's High School Summer Camp webpage

Edison Park Youth Volleyball – Girls 4th – 8th Grades
Please click here for the details.

Park Ridge Baseball - Boys and girls who will be age 5 or above, on or before August 31, 2022
Registration is now open. Please see flyer for the details!

Park Ridge Hawks Lacrosse Club - Spring Boys Padded Lacrosse Instructional League 8U-14U
Registration is now open. Please see flyer for the details. 

 

Dear SPC Families,
Please pray for our 8th grade as they receive the Sacrament of Confirmation this Saturday! Thank you to Mrs. Donahue, who has prepared them to receive the Sacrament. We are so proud of the Class of 2022 as they prepare to fulfill their new roles as adults in the Church!

Bitty Basketball Parking This Weekend
This Saturday, our 8th graders will be confirmed. This is such a wonderful time for our 8th graders. We ask you to park in the FM global lot (across from the church) or the Tiger Lot for Bitty Basketball. Thank you for allowing the families and 8th graders to have priority parking in the main lot on Saturday.

Preparing for Lent
Palm Burning Prayer Service in the Safe Zone: March 1st
Safe Zone
We will gather in the Safe Zone for a Palm Burning Prayer Service. Please have your children bring in their palms from last year's Palm Sunday to their classroom by February 25th. We will use those Palms in the prayer service.

March 2nd: Ash Wednesday Mass
10:00 am K-8
School Mass Only
After Mass, ashes will be distributed in the classrooms, and we will also distribute ashes to PS, Multi, and PK.

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Thank you to everyone for your generosity! As of today, we are at 53% of our $90,000 goal. Please keep those pledges coming. We will send out the next full update on Sunday. To make your gift directly online, click on the Celebrating the Spirit web page. Don't forget to see if your employer will match your gift; it can double your donation.

Parent Teacher Conferences March 10th and 11th
Mandatory parent teacher conferences are coming up! Conferences will be available via zoom and in person depending on parent preference. Please look for an email coming regarding sign up via pick a time!

Save the Date! March 11th, Go to the Movies With Dr. M!
On March 11th, join Dr. M at the Pickwick at 10:00 am to watch Encanto! All proceeds will benefit Our Lady of Charity Catholic School in Cicero. We hope to help give the gift of Catholic education to others. We are blessed with many gifts at SPC and hope to share the gift of Catholic education with others. Please click here to buy tickets! Popcorn and a drink are provided! 

Daddy Daughter Dance! Save the Date for April 30th
Calling all dads, uncles, or grandfathers: The Daddy Daughter Dance will be on April 30th in the gym. There will be 2 time slots; 5:30 pm-7:00 pm and 7:30-9:00 pm. Stay tuned for sign-up information.

SPC Summer Camps 2022
We will be opening up the SPC Summer Camp to the public soon. If you still want to sign up, please sign up before February 27th. Some of the camps are already filled.
https://www.spc-school.net/parents/summer-camp

Parent Feedback Needed: 5Essentials Survey
The 5Essentials Survey will be administered online by UChicago Impact at the University of Chicago. The survey gathers data related to five indicators that can predict important student outcomes, including improved attendance and larger test score gains. These five indicators that affect and predict school success are:

  • Effective Leaders
  • Collaborative Teachers
  • Involved Families
  • Supportive Environments
  • Ambitious Instruction

Prior research has shown that schools that were strong on at least three of these "5Essential" indicators were 10 times more likely to improve student learning gains in math and reading than those that were weak on three or more Essentials.

All teachers and 4th through 12th-grade students will be responding to this survey. 5Essentials Reports will be generated for schools if their teachers and/or students meet the response rate threshold of 50 percent. These reports will be sent to schools and districts in May 2022.

Additionally, the Archdiocese has chosen to provide the 5Essential parent survey. A parent supplement report will also be generated if at least 20 percent of St Paul of the Cross parents complete this survey.

Your participation in the parent portion of the survey will help us understand the conditions at your child's school and guide improvement. Your identity and survey responses will be kept entirely confidential and will never be connected to you or your child.

The 5Essentials Survey will be conducted from February 15 through March 18, 2022. To take the survey, please visit https://survey.5-essentials.org/archchicago/survey/parent/.

COVID DASHBOARD
February 24, 2022
Covid Dashboard 2 24 22

Peace,
Dr. Erika Mickelburgh


SPC Athletic Board Members Wanted for 2022-2023 School Year
Please click here to download all the details. 

Home & School Association 

TRIP (our gift card tuition reimbursement program) rebates were processed earlier this week. Some families earned over $500 in rebates to their FACTS account by purchasing gift cards they use on a daily basis. For example, Lands End provides a 15% rebate back to families by purchasing e-gift cards from the site before they process their order. 
 
Moving forward, "TRIP" will be transitioning to the RAISE RIGHT app where you can order physical gift cards shipped directly to your home.  More information about the app can be found here E-cards and additional gift cards can still be found on the website, but SPC will no longer have physical gift cards in stock for purchase. SPC's access code for the app is C21ELFAD426. This will link directly to your family's account.
 
We are also looking for 2 parent volunteers to help to manage the RAISE RIGHT program moving forward. If you are interested in becoming more involved in this program, please email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 

Please Keep This FACTS Tuition Summary Information Handy For Tax Time!

Question: How Do I Find My Payment Summary In FACTS?

Answer: This report will show the total paid for each of the accounts (i.e. Tuition, Extended Day Care, Technology, Book fees, etc.). Parents can select a year or a date range for this summary. This will also include the Schools Federal Tax ID and address. Please see directions below.
FACTS Tax Summary Directions 2021 1 1 5


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Don't forget to order your 2021-2022 SPC Yearbook!

The deadline to order a St. Paul of the Cross yearbook is Friday, April 8th. If you are not sure if you ordered a yearbook, please contact Mrs. McCallister at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before ordering a second one since they are nonrefundable. After you purchase a yearbook, you will receive a confirmation email from TreeRing.

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.


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


From the Community

Fesl Volleyball Camp at SPC June 13-17, 2022 
Visit the website here. 
Click here to download the flyer.
 

High School Spring and Summer Sports Camps & Academic Enrichment Programs

Loyola Academy Jr. High Summer  Enrichment Courses

Loyola Academy Jr. Rambler Spring Sports Camps
Please click here to download the Spring Sports Flyer.


Notre Dame
ND Summer Photo
2022 ND Summer Camp Registration is now OPEN! Join us this summer at Notre Dame College Prep! Learn from our coaches, current Dons, and have some fun! We offer various sports and band camps for all different age levels throughout the months of June and July.
Check out the full schedule and sign up at http://nddons.org/summercamps2022.


 

St. Patrick's High School - Summer Camps for All Ages
Summer Camps SPHS
Please click here to go directly to the St. Patrick's High School Summer Camp webpage

Edison Park Youth Volleyball – Girls 4th – 8th Grades
Please click here for the details.

Park Ridge Baseball - Boys and girls who will be age 5 or above, on or before August 31, 2022
Registration is now open. Please see flyer for the details!

Park Ridge Hawks Lacrosse Club - Spring Boys Padded Lacrosse Instructional League 8U-14U
Registration is now open. Please see flyer for the details. 

 

Dear SPC Families,

This is a jam-packed Thursday mailing with events that indicate many of our loved activities are returning to our schedule!

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Our Parent Appeal is going strong and off to a great start! Thank you to everyone for your generosity! Please keep those pledges coming. Please click on the Celebrating the Spirit web page to make your gift online. Don't forget to see if your employer will match your gift; it can double your donation.

PLEASE READ BELOW FOR THE FOLLOWING:

  • Yellow for Lucas
  • Palm Burning Prayer Service & Ash Wednesday
  • Going to the Movies with Dr. M–MARCH 11th at the Pickwick!
  • Uniforms for the rest of the year
  • Haircuts!
  • Daddy Daughter Dance Save the Date
  • Summer Camp
  • Parent Survey
  • COVID DASHBOARD—LOOKING GOOD!

Yellow for Lucas!
Thank you for everyone's support for Lucas. We will have yellow ribbons on campus until Tuesday, showing support for Lucas at Mary Seat of Wisdom. We have collected about $2000 for his family. Please keep Lucas and his family in your prayers!

Preparing for Lent
Palm Burning Prayer Service in the Safe Zone: March 1st
Safe Zone
We will gather in the Safe Zone for a Palm Burning Prayer Service. Please have your children bring in their palms from last year's Palm Sunday to their classroom by February 25th. We will use those Palms in the prayer service.

March 2nd: Ash Wednesday Mass
10:00 am K-8
School Mass Only
After Mass, ashes will be distributed in the classrooms, and we will also distribute ashes to PS, Multi, and PK.

Save the Date! March 11th, Go to the Movies With Dr. M!
On March 11th, join Dr. M at the Pickwick at 10:00 am to watch Encanto! All proceeds will benefit Our Lady of Charity Catholic School in Cicero. We hope to help give the gift of Catholic education to others. We are blessed with many gifts at SPC and hope to share the gift of Catholic education with others. Please click here to buy tickets! Popcorn and a drink are provided! 

Uniforms Until June
As I mentioned in previous Thursday mailings, we will continue the spirit wear uniform policy for the rest of the school year, given the supply chain disruption. For the 22-23 School year formal dress code will resume.

Haircuts: Grades 6th-8th
Per our SPC Handbook (page 82), "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."
Please see that your child's hair is aligned with the school policy. I believe some UGC students are in need of a haircut.

Daddy Daughter Dance! Save the Date for April 30th
Calling all dads, uncles, or grandfathers: The Daddy Daughter Dance will be on April 30th in the gym. There will be 2 time slots; 5:30 pm-7:00 pm and 7:30-9:00 pm. Stay tuned for sign-up information.

SPC Summer Camps 2022
We will be opening up the SPC Summer Camp to the public soon. If you still want to sign up, please sign up before February 27th. Some of the camps are already filled.
https://www.spc-school.net/parents/summer-camp

Parent Feedback Needed: 5Essentials Survey
The 5Essentials Survey will be administered online by UChicago Impact at the University of Chicago. The survey gathers data related to five indicators that can predict important student outcomes, including improved attendance and larger test score gains. These five indicators that affect and predict school success are:

  • Effective Leaders
  • Collaborative Teachers
  • Involved Families
  • Supportive Environments
  • Ambitious Instruction

Prior research has shown that schools that were strong on at least three of these "5Essential" indicators were 10 times more likely to improve student learning gains in math and reading than those that were weak on three or more Essentials.

All teachers and 4th through 12th-grade students will be responding to this survey. 5Essentials Reports will be generated for schools if their teachers and/or students meet the response rate threshold of 50 percent. These reports will be sent to schools and districts in May 2022.

Additionally, the Archdiocese has chosen to provide the 5Essential parent survey. A parent supplement report will also be generated if at least 20 percent of St Paul of the Cross parents complete this survey.

Your participation in the parent portion of the survey will help us understand the conditions at your child's school and guide improvement. Your identity and survey responses will be kept entirely confidential and will never be connected to you or your child.

The 5Essentials Survey will be conducted from February 15 through March 18, 2022. To take the survey, please visit https://survey.5-essentials.org/archchicago/survey/parent/.

Covid Dashboard February 17, 2022
LOOKING GOOD SPC!
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Peace,
Dr. Erika Mickelburgh


Counselors Corner for website

Parents, here are some free seminars you may want to check out.

February 18:
COACHING FOR THE PARENT OF AN ADHD CHILD with Cindy Goldrich & Cathy Liska
FREE 1-Hour Live-Interactive Webinar for Parents
Register Here

February 15 - 25:
ADHD – WHAT NOW? with Cindy Goldrich and many more!
Free Online Summit airs online from February 15 - 25, 2022, with new speaker interviews released each day.
Register Here

February 22:
ADHD/EXECUTIVE FUNCTION CHALLENGES© Session 1 of Calm and Connected©
2-Hour Live-Interactive Webinar for Parents
Register Here
Spanish ADHD/EF Challenges - Click Here for more information en Espanol

Begins February 22:
CALM & CONNECTED© PARENTING CHILDREN & TEENS WITH ADHD/EXECUTIVE FUNCTION CHALLENGES© 7-Sessions via Live-Interactive Webinar for Parents
Register Here


 

Home & School Association 

 

TRIP (our gift card tuition reimbursement program) rebates were processed earlier this week. Some families earned over $500 in rebates to their FACTS account by purchasing gift cards they use on a daily basis. For example, Lands End provides a 15% rebate back to families by purchasing e-gift cards from the site before they process their order. 
 
Moving forward, "TRIP" will be transitioning to the RAISE RIGHT app where you can order physical gift cards shipped directly to your home.  More information about the app can be found here E-cards and additional gift cards can still be found on the website, but SPC will no longer have physical gift cards in stock for purchase. SPC's access code for the app is C21ELFAD426. This will link directly to your family's account.
 
We are also looking for 2 parent volunteers to help to manage the RAISE RIGHT program moving forward. If you are interested in becoming more involved in this program, please email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 

Please Keep This FACTS Tuition Summary Information Handy For Tax Time!

Question: How Do I Find My Payment Summary In FACTS?

Answer: This report will show the total paid for each of the accounts (i.e. Tuition, Extended Day Care, Technology, Book fees, etc.). Parents can select a year or a date range for this summary. This will also include the Schools Federal Tax ID and address. Please see directions below.
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Don't forget to order your 2021-2022 SPC Yearbook!

The deadline to order a St. Paul of the Cross yearbook is Friday, April 8th. If you are not sure if you ordered a yearbook, please contact Mrs. McCallister at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before ordering a second one since they are nonrefundable. After you purchase a yearbook, you will receive a confirmation email from TreeRing.

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.


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


From the Community

High School Spring and Summer Camps

Loyola Academy Jr. Rambler Spring Sports Camps
Please click here to download the Spring Sports Flyer.


Notre Dame
ND Summer Photo
2022 ND Summer Camp Registration is now OPEN! Join us this summer at Notre Dame College Prep! Learn from our coaches, current Dons, and have some fun! We offer various sports and band camps for all different age levels throughout the months of June and July.
Check out the full schedule and sign up at http://nddons.org/summercamps2022.


 

St. Patrick's High School - Summer Camps for All Ages
Summer Camps SPHS
Please click here to go directly to the St. Patrick's High School Summer Camp webpage

Edison Park Youth Volleyball – Girls 4th – 8th Grades
Please click here for the details.

Park Ridge Baseball - Boys and girls who will be age 5 or above, on or before August 31, 2022
Registration is now open. Please see flyer for the details!

Park Ridge Hawks Lacrosse Club - Spring Boys Padded Lacrosse Instructional League 8U-14U
Registration is now open. Please see flyer for the details.