Dear SPC Families,

What a roller coaster of a week! This is a week of transition for all of us, and I appreciate the supportive notes and emails! Thank you for all your patience with all the emails as we navigate the always-changing situation! 

ST. VALENTINE'S DAY: February 14th
All students may come out of uniform if they wear pink or red!

CELEBRATING THE SPIRIT PARENT APPEAL 2022
CTS 2022Invite Draft5 FNL 2

February 14–March 3, 2022
GOAL: $90,000

The CTS Parent Appeal helps bridge the “gap” between tuition and the actual cost of an SPC education. Our 3-week Parent Appeal kicks off on February 14th, and your oldest/only will be bringing home your invitation and parent pledge card on Monday. So be sure to check those backpacks! Our goal is for every family to participate – 100% participation. Parent gifts add up to a large sum each year, and every gift makes a difference. Thank you, in advance, for your generosity!

PRAYERS FOR LUCAS: February 16th-
Please join me in praying for Lucas, a 3rd grader at Mary Seat of Wisdom, who is in critical condition at Lurie Children's Hospital from complications of covid with a pre-existing illness. Lucas' favorite color is yellow. The student council will have yellow ribbons on campus from Wednesday through Friday. Please consider having your child wear yellow on Wednesday and bring $2 to donate to Lucas' family. Thank you for supporting our Catholic school family at MSW.

CALENDAR REMINDERS 
No School February 21st!
No School March 4th 
March 5th-ROUNDBALL STARTS! 

PARENTS TEACHER CONFERENCES: March 10th & 11th
Conferences will be available via Zoom and in person. They are mandatory. 

Covid Dashboard
February 10, 2022

Covid Dash Feb. 10

Peace,
Dr. Erika Mickelburgh


Counselors Corner for website

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

February 14;
SKILLS FOR SUCCESS: Help Your Child or Teen Develop a Growth Mindset
FREE 1-Hour Live-Interactive Webinar for Parents
Register Here

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


 

Update from Home & School Association 

Paninos

TONIGHT, February 10th - Panino's Pizzeria! Home & School Association SPC Gives Back!
Please click here to download the flyer.

The H&S fundraiser will be at Panino's Pizzeria for dine-in or carry-out TONIGHT, Thursday, February 10th. If you participate, students may come out of uniform tomorrow, Friday, February 11th. Panino's will not have out of uniform passes, so please send your receipt to school with your child. Thank you for your support!


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.. 

CHESS ED
Register NOW for the Spring Session of Chess-Ed’s Chess Enrichment Program

Registration for the Spring Session of the after-school chess program is underway!  The 10-week program takes place on Tuesdays from 2-3 pm and runs from 2/22/22 to 5/3/22. 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 www.2021-2022spcchess.eventbee.com. For more information about the program, please see the program flyer.  Chess-Ed is looking forward to seeing your CHESS ENTHUSIAST this Spring!

Please download the flyer here. 

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


yearbook image

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 Summer Camps
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,

Happy Catholic Schools Week! Even though our week was cut short by the weather, our students enjoyed a fun-filled Catholic Schools week celebrating St. Paul of the Cross School!  

We were able to restock our parish food pantry with generous donations and bring joy to Veterans with Valentine's Day Cards. Tomorrow we will celebrate Mass together and hopefully end the week with a Faculty Victory in the 8th grade vs. Faculty Volleyball game. This year, we get to introduce our team's new secret weapon –– Fr. James!

Today we celebrate our amazing volunteers! Thank you to everyone who gives of their time to make sure our school community has many hearts and hands available to help! Click here for a fun thank you video.

A Gentle Reminder About the UGC KISS AND GO LANE IN THE AM
Please remember to stay in the drop-off lane once you drop your children off. Do not cut out of the kiss and go lane to merge into the passing lane. This is an unsafe situation; merge only at the end of the kiss and go lane. 

BABY BOTTLE CAMPAIGN 
I received a note from the Women's Center that, together with the parish, we raised $26,113.26 from all the change collected. Thank you for supporting women in crisis pregnancies!

COVID DASHBOARD
February 3, 2022
Covid Dash Feb.3

Peace,
Dr. Erika Mickelburgh
Principal


Counselors Corner for website

A big thank you to our January Parent Speaker, Dr. Caroline Adelman, who returned to speak on January 25, 2022 at the Open Board Meeting. We received great feedback on her presentation and the attendees were emailed a copy of her presentation.

Here are some additional resources she shared. 

Managing Pandemic Burnout podcast: https://www.chicago-psychotherapy.com/cp-blog/2021/10/19/p4drzkggu10p5avq5al0cumqmmhcoc

Coping in the time of COVID (outdated title but still all relevant content): https://www.chicago-psychotherapy.com/cp-blog/copingin2020

Raising Resilient Children and Teens: https://www.chicago-psychotherapy.com/cp-blog?offset=1584072421451

The ABCs of Child and Adolescent Anxiety: https://www.chicago-psychotherapy.com/cp-blog?offset=1571851288625


 

Update from Home & School Association

Paninos

Home & School Association Restaurant Fundraiser - Panino's Pizzeria, Thursday, February 10th
Please click here to download the flyer.

The H&S fundraiser will be at Panino's Pizzeria for dine-in or carry-out on Thursday, February 10th. If you participate, students may come out of uniform on Friday, February 11th. Panino's will not have out of uniform passes, so please send your receipt to school with your child. Thank you for your support!


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.. 

CHESS ED
Register NOW for the Spring Session of Chess-Ed’s Chess Enrichment Program

Registration for the Spring Session of the after-school chess program is underway!  The 10-week program takes place on Tuesdays from 2-3 pm and runs from 2/22/22 to 5/3/22. 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 www.2021-2022spcchess.eventbee.com. For more information about the program, please see the program flyer.  Chess-Ed is looking forward to seeing your CHESS ENTHUSIAST this Spring!

Please download the flyer here. 

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


yearbook image

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

Junior Ramblerettes Friday, February 11, 2022 
1st – 8th Grades
4:00 – 8:00 pm 
Please download the flyer here.

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 week was quite eventful at SPC!  

  • Our second graders celebrated the Sacrament of Reconciliation and are now looking forward to preparing for First Holy Communion.  
  • We began our Bitty Basketball this past Saturday, and the gym was filled with over a hundred Bitty basketball players, thus ensuring the success of SPC basketball for future generations.
  • If all this excitement was not enough, we are so proud of Dr. Ochsner and the team of 5 girls who won (and were the only team from Illinois) the NASA Tech Rise Challenge. They will begin working with a NASA scientist and Dr. O to build their SPC Magnetic Space Junk Collector that will be blasted into space next Spring! Congratulations to Lily D, Mary G, Keira D, Abby B, and Renata M! They were one of only 57 teams out of nearly 600 teams, representing 5,000 sixth through 12th-grade students from across the country who applied to the challenge!

Catholic Schools Week 2022!

This is the week when we celebrate everything outstanding about Catholic Education, and my goodness, SPC has a lot to celebrate! A very special thank you to the Catholic Schools Week Committee Mrs. Spanos, Ms. Whalen, Mrs. Dohr, Ms. Lewandowski, Mrs. Zimmerman, Mrs. Pecoraro, Mrs. Archer, Mrs. Neigo, and Mrs. Gregorek. They have planned a week of wonderful activities and themes for the students. Please see below for details and links to grade-level projects/assignments. This will also be included in the weekly grade-level newsletters. Since we canceled the Sunday Open House, we are excited to let you know that a special surprise is being sent home with your child (it will be given to the oldest or only in the family) on Monday. So be sure to check those backpacks on Monday!

Please click here to download the Catholic Schools Week Schedule that I've included below.

CSW Schedule

Re-enrollment for the 22-23 School Year!

Thank you to all the families who have completed the re-enrollment. Tomorrow, we will begin sending acceptance letters to the new families who will become part of the SPC community for the 22-23 school year. I am pleased to report that our enrollment is stable and projected to remain above 700 students for the 2nd year in a row. SPC continues to be the PLACE TO BE!

COVID DASHBOARD
January 27, 2022

Per last week’s Thursday Mailing–we have amended the Dashboard. Please note we continue to maintain all the previously detailed data should the need occur to revert to our previous Dashboard.

Covid Dash Jan. 27Peace,

Dr. Erika Mickelburgh


ballet shoes Adobe Stock Converted

Spring 2022 Ballet - Preschool - Kindergarten
March 8 – May 17
Tuesdays 2:15 – 3:00 pm
Please click on the flyer with sign up link here.


 

CHESS ED
Register NOW for the Spring Session of Chess-Ed’s Chess Enrichment Program

Registration for the Spring Session of the after-school chess program is underway!  The 10-week program takes place on Tuesdays from 2-3 pm and runs from 2/22/22 to 5/3/22. 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 www.2021-2022spcchess.eventbee.com. For more information about the program, please see the program flyer.  Chess-Ed is looking forward to seeing your CHESS ENTHUSIAST this Spring!

Please download the flyer here. 


Update from 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


Empower Illinois / Tax Credit Scholarship 2022-2023 Application Resources

As a reminder, families can make a reservation for a 2022-2023 Empower Illinois tax credit scholarship. It opened on January 12, 2022. For all of the details and resources, please go to empowerillinois.org/apply.


 

 

Invest in Kids
There is an amazing opportunity for you to support Catholic education right here at SPC and significantly reduce or eliminate your state tax bill at the same time. Please click here for Illinois Tax Credit Scholarship Opportunities and also how to take advantage of a 2:1 match available to donors right now!!

The Archdiocese of Chicago has a matching opportunity available – each can school match up to $50,000 until February 28, 2022 or until the matching funds are depleted.


yearbook image

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

Junior Ramblerettes Friday, February 11, 2022 
1st – 8th Grades
4:00 – 8:00 pm 
Please download the flyer here.

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,

I hope you are all staying warm during these frigid temperatures. I know getting up on these cold mornings is not easy, but I will ask everyone to be a bit more mindful of getting to school before 8:00 am. Students are considered tardy if they arrive after 8:00. They should be in their classrooms getting ready for the day by 8:00, not arriving at school at 8:00. Thank you for your consideration!

Next week we will outline the fun activities scheduled for Catholic Schools Week! Please stay tuned for classroom newsletters that detail the dress-down day themes and classroom activities.

Please keep our 2nd-grade students in your prayers as they prepare to make their 1st Reconciliation on January 25th and 26th!

OPEN SCHOOL BOARD MEETING: TUESDAY

We hope you can join us for next week’s open board meeting and parent speaker!
Dr. Caroline Adelman (Dr. Adelman’s bio) will be returning to discuss Managing Anxiety and Determining Worthwhile Risks in Times of Uncertainty. Dr. Adelman is an expert in treating child anxiety and fostering resilience. She will be sharing evidence-based strategies for coping with prolonged periods of stress during the pandemic.
When: Tuesday, 1/25/21 at 7:30 pm via Zoom (Open School Board Meeting).
Register in advance for this meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0vd-6qrj0pE9xaxJNT4N8xZRJNHlDR-lY6

EDP REGISTRATION FOR 22-23 School Year
2022-2023 School Year EDP Information Form
2022-2023 School Year EDP Registration Form - Please download and complete this form and submit it to the main office.
2022-2023 School Year Registration Form - Please click on the link to register your family for EDP.
Extended Day Program sessions will begin the first full day of school in August and end with the last full day of school in June. Monthly payments will be made for nine months (September through May.)
Preschool – 8th Grade students may enroll for before or after school EDP for 2, 3, 4, or 5 days per week, with the days being the same each week.
Extended Day Program registration forms are available in either school office. Please note a deposit of $75 per family will be charged to your FACTS account. Extended Day Program spaces will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.
Please contact the Extended Day Program director, Mrs. Mary Rinaldi, at 847-825-6366 x3619 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions you might have.

SPC SUMMER ENRICHMENT CAMPS!
We are excited to announce a variety of enrichment summer camps hosted this summer at SPC. We will open registration up to non-SPC families after March 15th.
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
https://www.spc-school.net/parents/summer-camp

CHANGE IN CALENDAR-NO SCHOOL ON HOLY THURSDAY.
The Office of Catholic Schools has allowed schools to take up to 4 “mental health” days for teachers. Holy Thursday was originally a ½ day of school. It will now be a full day off as part of the mental health days. To alleviate the stress of having another day off for our families, the original Professional development day on March 4th is now a day off for the teachers. The other days will be taken at the end of the school year after the last day of school during the teacher PD week. Please make a note of Holy Thursday in your calendar.

SECURITY PROGRAM: VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
As you are probably aware, St. Paul of the Cross has a volunteer security program staffed by active and retired police officers. The program is always looking for more volunteers. If you are an active or retired police officer interested in volunteering (even once a month for a few hours), please contact Tim Hawkins at 773-301-1789 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Thank you.

COVID DASHBOARD JANUARY 20, 2022
Beginning next week the dashboard sections in yellow will no longer be part of our dashboard. We will continue to collect the data so if there becomes a need to include it again we will be able to.
Covid Dash 1 20 22

Peace,
Dr. Erika Mickelburgh


 

Update from 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


Empower Illinois / Tax Credit Scholarship 2022-2023 Application Resources

As a reminder, families can make a reservation for a 2022-2023 Empower Illinois tax credit scholarship. It opened on January 12, 2022. For all of the details and resources, please go to empowerillinois.org/apply.


 

Counselors Corner for website

Parent Speaker: 1/25/21

Dr. Caroline Adelman (Dr. Adelman’s bio) will be returning to discuss Managing Anxiety and Determining Worthwhile Risks in Times of Uncertainty. Dr. Adelman is an expert in treating child anxiety and fostering resilience. She will be sharing evidenced based strategies for coping with prolonged periods of stress during the pandemic.

When: Tuesday, 1/25/21 at 7:30 p.m. via Zoom (Open School Board Meeting).

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0vd-6qrj0pE9xaxJNT4N8xZRJNHlDR-lY6

Grief Groups: Mrs.Quinn will be facilitating two Grief Groups (Middle School and 1st/2nd Grade group) beginning Feb 2. There is still room. If you have any questions or are interested in your child joining please email her This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


 

Invest in Kids
There is an amazing opportunity for you to support Catholic education right here at SPC and significantly reduce or eliminate your state tax bill at the same time. Please click here for Illinois Tax Credit Scholarship Opportunities and also how to take advantage of a 2:1 match available to donors right now!!

The Archdiocese of Chicago has a matching opportunity available – each can school match up to $50,000 until February 28, 2022 or until the matching funds are depleted.


yearbook image

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

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,

Thankfully the bitter cold has left us, and we can return to outdoor recess! A reminder that tomorrow is a Home and School Voucher Out of Uniform Day! Also, remember there is no school on Monday. 

SPC SUMMER ENRICHMENT CAMPS! 
We are excited to announce a variety of enrichment summer camps hosted this summer at SPC. We will open registration up to non-SPC families after Mar. 15. 
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Click here to download the Summer Camp Brochure: www.spc-school.net/parents/summer-camp

AND JUST LIKE THAT, THE COVID GUIDELINES CHANGE AGAIN….
FROM THE OFFICE OF CATHOLIC SCHOOLS ON 1/12:
Last night, the Illinois Department of Public Health and Illinois State Board of Education released updated guidance for schools, addressing many issues related to the CDC’s Dec. 27 guidance on 5-day quarantine and isolation. This new guidance also addresses some issues that had not been clearly addressed by state officials, including the use of masks outdoors. Therefore, we are updating our guidance to reflect those clarifications:

  • Masks can be removed outdoors, including during outdoor athletics and recess (as long as individuals are not in crowded spaces).
  • Anyone returning from a 5-day isolation or quarantine must still wear a mask at all times (indoors and outdoors) on days 6 - 10, during outdoor athletics and recess.
  • Following any required 5-day isolation/quarantine, families have the option to either:
    1. send a student back to school on day 6 with the understanding that the student will need to distance 6 feet at lunch and remain masked at all times, indoors and outdoors through day 10, or
    2. keep a student home for the full 10 days and send the student back to school on day 11

As we have done from the start, we will conform our guidelines to those of our local public health departments and will make adjustments as necessary. It is challenging but important for all of us to keep up with changing conditions and guidance. Our priority remains the health of the whole student and providing exceptional, uninterrupted, in-person instruction and extracurricular activities.

NO CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK OPEN HOUSE:
Given the current Covid surge, we are not hosting a Catholic Schools Week Open House on Sunday, Jan. 30. We will continue to have fun activities to celebrate Catholic Schools during the week. 

CHANGE IN CALENDAR-NO SCHOOL ON HOLY THURSDAY
The Office of Catholic Schools has allowed schools to take up to 4 “mental health” days for teachers. Holy Thursday was originally a ½ day of school. It will now be a full day off as part of the mental health days. To alleviate the stress of having another day off for our families, the original Professional development day on Mar. 4 is now a day off for the teachers. The other days will be taken at the end of the school year after the last day of school during the teacher PD week. Please make a note of Holy Thursday in your calendar.

SECURITY PROGRAM: VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
As you are probably aware, St. Paul of the Cross has a volunteer security program staffed by active and retired police officers. The program is always looking for more volunteers. If you are an active or retired police officer and you are interested in volunteering (even once a month for a few hours), please contact Tim Hawkins at 773-301-1789 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Thank you.

COVID DASHBOARD 
January 13, 2022
Covid Dash Jan. 13


Peace,
Dr. Erika Mickelburgh


Update from 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


Empower Illinois / Tax Credit Scholarship 2022-2023 Application Resources

As a reminder, families can make a reservation for a 2022-2023 Empower Illinois tax credit scholarship. It opened on January 12, 2022. For all of the details and resources, please go to empowerillinois.org/apply.


 

Counselors Corner for website

What is Mindful Parenting? (And How Can You Get Started Today?!) 

January Parent Speaker: Dr Caroline Adelman will be returning to speak on January 25, 2022 at the Open Board Meeting. We received great feedback on her presentation last year. We

will be sharing more information on her presentation in the coming weeks. Dr. Caroline Adelman will be returning to speak on January 25, 2022 at the Open Board Meeting. We received

great feedback on her presentation last year. We will be sharing more information on her presentation in the coming weeks.

Check out these videos and tips on preparing your child for the vaccine.videos and tips on preparing your child for the vaccine.

ADHD and Executive Functioning Free Webinar Parent Series: Staring in January: Staring in January

Coping with Grief During The Holidays

Snowman Stress Ball Craft: I enjoyed making these with some students this past week.  Here is a quick tutorial if looking for an easy fun activity to do with your child over break.

Grief Groups will begin in February. I will be co-facilitating with Kelsey Hoeper from Willow House.

We have a few spots still in the 1st/2nd and 6th-8th grade groups. Please email me This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you feel your child would benefit from this group. Students are eligible if they have experienced the death of an immediate family member (parent/step parent, sibling, grandparent).1st/2nd and 6th-8th grade groups.  


 

Invest in Kids
There is an amazing opportunity for you to support Catholic education right here at SPC and significantly reduce or eliminate your state tax bill at the same time. Please click here for Illinois Tax Credit Scholarship Opportunities and also how to take advantage of a 2:1 match available to donors right now!!

The Archdiocese of Chicago has a matching opportunity available – each can school match up to $50,000 until February 28, 2022 or until the matching funds are depleted.


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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

Edison Park Indoor Youth Soccer Pre-K (4) - 8th Grade 
Registration begins January 8th. Please click here to download all of the details.