Dear SPC Families,
Happy New Year! I hope you all enjoyed a wonderful Christmas break! I'm dedicating much of my Thursday Mailing letter to the delightful January Chicago weather.

It's hard to believe our first Celebrating the Spirit Gala since 2020 is three short weeks away! The committee has been working hard in preparation for this exceptional community-building party for all of us! It's great to have all the RSVPs coming in! Remember, the ticket prices go up next week, January 19th. Click here to purchase your tickets. 

FREEZING COLD WEATHER NEXT WEEK!
Next week, the bitter cold arrives; therefore, we will do our best to limit the EGC students to the UGC. Mrs. Dohr will come over for Library for grades preschool-2. However, since we will most likely have indoor recess, we plan to walk over for gym time so the students can run around! We will make that decision based on the specific day's temperature.

Drop off: We will continue the kiss-and-go at drop-off next week, but I am instructing the helpers to go inside right at 8:00 am; if you are late, you must walk your children inside.

SNOW DAY DECISIONS!
December was such a joy with mild winter temperatures and inclement weather, but it does not look like January will treat us the same way! Making the call to close school for weather is my least favorite decision because unless there is a blizzard that shuts everything down, the decision will always result in some people being unhappy. While there is no exact science to calling a snow day, I evaluate the following: Can students and teachers get to and from school safely?

WHEN DO I MAKE THE DECISION?
I make the decision the night before so that families can plan accordingly, but I won't call the day if there is no snow falling from the sky. Given that teachers must travel to school, the latest I will decide is by 5:00 am the day of. If you have yet to hear by 5:00 am, consider us open!

HOW WILL I BE NOTIFIED?
Gone are the days of sitting by the TV watching for the school name to scroll across the bottom. We will send an email blast, text message, and robo-phone call! We will also post it on Instagram. We will also notify the Emergency Closing Center.

IF THERE IS A SNOW DAY, WILL THERE BE REMOTE LEARNING?
I am a believer that there is childhood joy in hearing the news of an impromptu snow day. Therefore, the first "snow day" is always a good old-fashioned day, a surprise day off. If there is a need for more emergency closing days, then we will likely have asynchronous learning days.

SNOW DAY COOKIES:
This is a friendly reminder that you should have these ingredients on hand to bake if we do have a snow day!
Here is Dr. M's SnowDay Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe...
Ingredients:
2 1/2 Cups Flour
1-teaspoon baking soda
1 Cup Butter (softened)
1/4 Cup White Sugar
3/4 Cup Brown Sugar
1 Small Package Instant Vanilla Pudding (secret ingredient)
1/4 Cup Love (secret ingredient)
1/3 Cup "It's a snow day" excitement (secret ingredient)
1-teaspoon Vanilla Extract
2 Eggs
1 Package (12 oz) Chocolate Chips
Directions:
Preheat oven to 375
Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
Mix flour with baking soda in a separate bowl. Set aside.
In a different bowl: Combine butter, white sugar, brown sugar, vanilla pudding, and vanilla extract. Beat until smooth and creamy. Add eggs.
Add flour to the mixture and combine.
Add chocolate chips, 1/4 Cup love, and 1/3 Cup "it's a snow day" excitement!!
Drop onto the baking sheet.
Bake at 375 degrees for 8-10 minutes.
Enjoy while watching a favorite movie or playing a family board game!


Welcome, Mr. Jay Torrens, Music Teacher!
Hello, my name is Mr. Torrens, and I will be the new music teacher for the rest of the year! I studied K-12 Music Education with a Vocal Emphasis at Millikin University and am excited for the many fun activities I'll be doing with the students.

JANUARY SAVE THE DATES (please remember to sync your calendar to the school calendar from the website)
January 15th: NO SCHOOL
January 17 & 18th: Iready Winter Testing
January 19th:
Re-enrollment ends for current families
Home and School Out of Uniform
January 28th Catholic Schools Week Open House (10:00 am-12:00 pm)
January 28-February 2 CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK! More fun details to follow next week.


Re-ENROLLMENT for 2024-2025

If you still need to complete your re-enrollment, please do so by January 19th! Beginning the week of January 22nd, we will start the process of reviewing and accepting new applications for the 24-25 school year. Current families' enrollment is only guaranteed through January 22nd!

THANK YOU NOTE FROM THE WOMEN'S CENTER:
Congratulations! In collaboration with the parish, we raised over $23,000 from the baby bottle project! Click here for the letter 

Peace,

Dr. Erika Mickelburgh

Celebrating the Spirit 2024

We can't wait to Celebrate the SPC Spirit on February 2nd!
Purchase tickets here, and don't forget that the ticket prices go up next week on January 19th!

 CTS 2024 Invite
Click here for tickets!

Thank you! 
CTS 2024 Co-Chairs
Kelly Bontempo, Amy DiGregorio, and Megan Weber


SPC Home & School Association

Home & School Association Restaurant Fundraiser - Lou Malnati's, Tuesday & Wednesday, January 16th & 17th
The H&S fundraiser will be at Lou Malnati's on Tuesday & Wednesday, January 16th & 17th. If you participate, students may come out of uniform on Thursday, January 18th.  They will not have out of uniform passes, so please send your receipt to school with your child. Thank you for your support!
Lou Malnatis Thurs Mailing


 SPC Bowling with the Boys Invitation
Please click here to register for Bowling with the Boys.

Sweetheart Dance Save the Date 2024
Please click here to download the flyer.


 

chess
Chess Ed - Chess Enrichment Workshop 
NO SCHOOL MLK DAY 1/15/24
Please click here for all the details and to register.


 

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

From the Community

Park Ridge Hawks Lacrosse Boys and Girls Spring Registration
Lacrosse 24 Spring


Edison Park Indoor Youth Soccer Spring Registration Information 
Click here to download the flyer with all the details. 


 Pre-K Social Skills Therapy Groups in January at Assential Therapy

 

Dear SPC Families,

Last week, you received your Celebrating the Spirit Invitation in your oldest/only student's Thursday takehome folder. As you can see from the invitation, it will be quite an amazing evening! A very big thank you to all of our CTS Event and Ad sponsors!! 

I know it's a busy time of year, but you will definitely want to get a head start and purchase your tickets. Also, be sure to plan for your Well Wish so you don't miss the deadline which is MONDAY, December 18th. You can visit the CTS website to order your well wish, and simply email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. your well wish photo! Tickets and Well Wishes can be purchased by going to the Celebrating the Spirit 2024 website here. 

In Today's Thursday Mailing: 

  • EDP on 12/21 & 12/22
  • GERMS
  • BAND REGISTRATION IS LIVE
  • RE-ENROLLMENT IS IN PROCESS!
  • SAVE THE DATE: CHRISTMAS PRAYER SERVICE & CONCERT GRADES PS-3 (updated parking options)
  • DECEMBER SAVE THE DATES

EDP Next Week:

A reminder of the following changes for the EDP schedule next week:
THURSDAY 12/21: All students in EDP must be picked up by 4:00 pm.  
FRIDAY 12/22: NO afternoon EDP!

Germs:

The urgent care cases in the main offices keep climbing! I know this time of year is particularly busy with coughs, sore throats, etc. However, if you have to give your child medicine in the morning to "get them through" the school day, that is an indicator to keep them home! Kids are very candid, and it is frustrating when we hear, "I took medicine this morning (cold medicine and Tylenol), and I said I was sick," and they were still sent to school. We know it is often difficult, but we must do our best to keep the germs away from the classroom; strep, flu, COVID, RSV, and other viruses are going around. If your child throws up, they must stay home for 24 hours. If they have a fever, they must stay home until fever-free without fever-reducing medicine for 24 hours before returning to school. I appreciate your cooperation.

 

Adopt A Family Donations–Thank you!

Thank you for your generosity! We have collected almost $5000 for the Adopt a Family gift cards! We've sent the donations over to the Social Service Ministry Office!

 
Band and Piano Registration is Now Live
We are excited to announce that registration for band (4-8) and piano (K-3) is now live! Be sure to register before January 1st to allow us time to create the schedule. 

If you have questions about band and music lessons, please email Jim Jozwiak at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. *Please see Band and Piano Registration information below in the School News section.

Re-ENROLLMENT for 2024-2025
Re-enrollment is in FULL SWING! You will need to complete re-enrollment (we are using the same process as last year through FACTS) to secure your child's space for the 24-25 school year. All families should have received the link for their student packet(s). If any family accidentally created a new student application, please contact Mrs. Waldeck immediately so she can deactivate that application and reverse the fee.  

 

CHRISTMAS PRAYER SERVICE & CONCERT GRADES PS-3 December 21st

WHERE: Church

WHEN: Thursday, December 21 at 10:00 am

GUESTS ALLOWED: We will Livestream so friends and family can watch it. Please be mindful of the number of guests you bring; we have limited capacity. 

PARKING:  Parking will be a challenge; please utilize the public parking in Park Ridge. There is also parking available along the tracks for a fee. I STRONGLY RECOMMEND carpooling! YOU MAY NOT PARK IN FM GLOBAL or RYAN PARKE FUNERAL HOME.  

PARKING OPTIONS:

  • Tiger Parking Lot—small parking lot off of Ridge Terrace next to the Kinnane Center. Teachers will not be parking there on concert day. 
  • Pay for Metra Parking along the tracks
  • Park Ridge Public Works will extend a courtesy parking on Summit Ave on the day of the event (12/21) from 9:00 a.m. to Noon. 
    The courtesy parking will begin at the point where the street sign says "bus parking only" and extend to Ridge Terrace. ***The part from S. Washington Ave up to door B7 is still off limits. 
  • Uptown Park Ridge Public Parking

CAN I BRING MY OLDER STUDENTS TO THE CONCERT? No, the older students will see the concert during the practice on Wednesday, December 20th, allowing for more room in the church.

WHY DO WE DO THE SERVICE DURING THE DAY? Excellent question; the truth is when we host the concert at 6 or 7 at night for these little ones, it can be a challenge. Asking them to perform when they should be unwinding for the day and getting ready for bed does not make for ideal circumstances, especially during the excitement of the holiday season. We understand that it isn't always the best for parent schedules, but we appreciate your understanding that this decision is focused on what is best for the kids. We will livestream the performance so that you can still see your child perform if you can't be there.

DECEMBER SAVE THE DATES:
December 21- Preschool-3 Christmas Concert (see above for details)
December 22 - Last day of school before Christmas break – 3:00 Dismissal!

Peace,

Dr. Erika Mickelburgh


Celebrating the Spirit 2024

We just want to have fun with you at CTS!
Purchase tickets here, and don't forget to submit your well wishes by this MONDAY, December 18th!

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Thank you! 
CTS 2024 Co-Chairs
Kelly Bontempo, Amy DiGregorio, and Megan Weber


SPC Home & School Association

Happy December!  
With the holidays right around the corner, the Home and School Association (HSA) will once again host the SPC Faculty Christmas Gift Fund.  This is a school-wide collection of monetary gift donations which is then equitably divided among all SPC full and part-time faculty, administration, and support staff as a demonstration of our appreciation during this holiday season. 

In previous years, families have donated $40-$50 per student (an average of $6-$10 per faculty or staff member with whom your child interacts depending on grade level), however, the FACTS form allows for you to contribute any amount with which you are comfortable.

This donation is in lieu of individual gifts. The last names (only) will be added to the Christmas card that will be given to each faculty and staff member with the check enclosed on Friday, December 22nd.

Donations can be made by clicking this link. The final date to donate is Tuesday, December 19th at 5:00 pm.
Thank you in advance for your generosity! 
Home and School Association


Teacher Cookie Exchange!

Teacher Cookie Exchange

Please click on the flyer above for the Sign Up Genius.
Please click here to download the flyer directly.


 

Thanks Book Fair
Dear Parents and Families,

Thank you for making our Book Fair amazing and creating memories that will last a lifetime, and for making our Book Fair an outstanding success! We are so grateful to all the Book Fair volunteers from our school community! Please click here for a letter from the Book Fair Chair, Mrs. Sue Dohr. 


More School News 

re enrollment reminder
St Paul of the Cross School - Enrollment - Log In (renweb.com)


Roundball 2024
Save the Dates for the 2024 Roundball Tournament, March 3rd – 9th! Practice will begin on March 2nd. Look for player, coach, and sponsor forms soon! 

Band and Piano Registration is Now Live
We are excited to announce that registration for band (4-8) and piano (K-3) is now live! Please click below for all the details and the registration link. If you have questions about band and music lessons, please email Jim Jozwiak at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

SPC Band Registration Flyer
SPC Piano Registration Flyer


Hot Lunch
The January-April hot lunch link will be open till Dec 22nd at 11:59 pm. This link is for registration for the 2nd trimester, and If you want to just register for January alone.

 


SPC Athletic News

SPC Athletic News Dec. 11th-17th

Information that can be found in the newsletter
Volleyball
Player call up protocol
Bitty basketball
Football
Signup genius for our home game volunteers

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

From Our Catholic High Schools

boyvipbball

From the Community

Park Ridge Hawks Lacrosse Boys and Girls Spring Registration
Lacrosse 24 Spring


Edison Park Indoor Youth Soccer Spring Registration Information 
Click here to download the flyer with all the details. 


 Pre-K Social Skills Therapy Groups in January at Assential Therapy

 

 

Dear SPC Families,

Happy Thursday! This weekend, SPC is a busy place! The gym will be packed for the Spotlight Basketball game extravaganza on Friday and Saturday. Games on Friday begin at 5:30 pm and end at 8:30; on Saturday, the basketball games start at 9:00 am and end with the last game at 7:00 pm!   

Sunday, please pray for the 8th graders who will complete their Confirmation retreat. We will also host the 6th-grade family Mass at 10:30 in the Holy Family Chapel.

Today you will be receiving your Celebrating the Spirit Invitation in your oldest/only student's Thursday takehome folder, so be sure to check those backpacks! The committee has been hard at work behind the scenes getting everything ready, and this is sure to be an amazing evening! I know it's a busy time of year, but you will definitely want to get a head start and purchase your tickets. Also, be sure to plan for your Well Wish so you don't miss the deadline of December 18th. You can visit the CTS website to order your well wish, and simply email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. your well wish photo! Tickets and Well Wishes can be purchased by going to the Celebrating the Spirit 2024 website here. 

THIS IS ANOTHER JAM-PACKED THURSDAY MAILING:

  • Adopt A Family Donations–CHRISTMAS DONATIONS FOR SOCIAL SERVICE MINISTRY Last Call!
  • BAND REGISTRATION IS LIVE
  • Re-enrollment is in process!
  • SAVE THE DATE: CHRISTMAS PRAYER SERVICE & CONCERT GRADES PS-3 (updated parking options)
  • DECEMBER SAVE THE DATES

Adopt A Family Donations–CHRISTMAS DONATIONS FOR SOCIAL SERVICE MINISTRY-LAST CALL!

Thank you to everyone who has donated; so far, we have raised close to $4000 for gift cards for our food pantry families, which will enable us to purchase 80 gift cards!

Adopt A Family Donations–CHRISTMAS DONATIONS FOR SOCIAL SERVICE MINISTRY

SPC has a long-standing tradition of partnering with the parish social service ministry to ensure that needy families in our community have a wonderful Christmas. The Adopt-A-Family program will collect funds and purchase gift cards so families can buy their own gifts. Given the timeline, we ask that funds be collected by December 10, 2023. Please consider donating to the Adopt-A-Family program so our school can continue this Advent tradition. 100% of these proceeds will go towards the Adopt-A-Family program in Social Service Ministry. CLICK HERE TO MAKE A DONATION

BAND AND PIANO LESSON REGISTRATION IS NOW LIVE!
We are excited to announce that registration for band (4-8) and piano (K-3) is now live! Please see below for information and registration.

Tomorrow, we will welcome Band for Today to campus, who will give demonstrations for students in grades 4-8! Please register before January 1st to allow us time to create the schedule.

Re-ENROLLMENT for 2024-2025
Re-enrollment is in FULL SWING! You will need to complete re-enrollment (we are using the same process as last year through FACTS) to secure your child's space for the 24-25 school year. All families should have received the link for their student packet(s) last Friday. If any family accidentally created a new student application, please contact Mrs. Waldeck immediately so she can deactivate that application and reverse the fee.  

SAVE THE DATE: CHRISTMAS PRAYER SERVICE & CONCERT GRADES PS-3

WHERE: Church

WHEN: Thursday, December 21 at 10:00 am

GUESTS ALLOWED: We will Livestream so friends and family can watch it. Please be mindful of the number of guests you bring; we have limited capacity. 

PARKING:  Parking will be a challenge; please utilize the public parking in Park Ridge. There is also parking available along the tracks for a fee. I STRONGLY RECOMMEND carpooling! YOU MAY NOT PARK IN FM GLOBAL or RYAN PARKE FUNERAL HOME.  

PARKING OPTIONS:

  • Tiger Parking Lot—small parking lot off of Ridge Terrace next to the Kinnane Center. Teachers will not be parking there on concert day. 
  • Pay for Metra Parking along the tracks
  • Park Ridge Public Works will extend a courtesy parking on Summit Ave on the day of the event (12/21) from 9:00 a.m. to Noon. 
    The courtesy parking will begin at the point where the street sign says "bus parking only" and extend to Ridge Terrace. ***The part from S. Washington Ave up to door B7 is still off limits. 
  • Uptown Park Ridge Public Parking

CAN I BRING MY OLDER STUDENTS TO THE CONCERT? No, the older students will see the concert during the practice on Wednesday, December 20th, allowing for more room in the church.

WHY DO WE DO THE SERVICE DURING THE DAY? Excellent question; the truth is when we host the concert at 6 or 7 at night for these little ones, it can be a challenge. Asking them to perform when they should be unwinding for the day and getting ready for bed does not make for ideal circumstances, especially during the excitement of the holiday season. We understand that it isn't always the best for parent schedules, but we appreciate your understanding that this decision is focused on what is best for the kids. We will livestream the performance so that you can still see your child perform if you can't be there.

DECEMBER SAVE THE DATES:
December 21- Preschool-3 Christmas Concert (see above for details)
December 22 - Last day of school before Christmas break!

Peace,

Dr. Erika Mickelburgh


Celebrating the Spirit 2024

Today you will be receiving your Celebrating the Spirit Invitation in your oldest/only student's Thursday takehome folder, so be sure to check those backpacks! Our amazing committee has been hard at work planning the amazing Party Boards, Auction, entertainment, and we are so excited for February 2!

We know it's a busy time of year, but it's not too busy to plan a fantastic night with out celebrating our school community! Also, a reminder to get your well wishes in by December 18th! These are such a fun and heartfelt CTS tradition, you won't want to miss. Just visit the CTS website to order your well wish, and simply email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. your well wish photo! Tickets and Well Wishes can be purchased by going to the Celebrating the Spirit 2024 website here. Click on the menu for the different tabs.

CTS FAQ sheet

Thank you! 
CTS 2024 Co-Chairs
Kelly Bontempo, Amy DiGregorio, and Megan Weber


SPC Home & School Association

Happy December!  
With the holidays right around the corner, the Home and School Association (HSA) will once again host the SPC Faculty Christmas Gift Fund.  This is a school-wide collection of monetary gift donations which is then equitably divided among all SPC full and part-time faculty, administration, and support staff as a demonstration of our appreciation during this holiday season. 

In previous years, families have donated $40-$50 per student (an average of $6-$10 per faculty or staff member with whom your child interacts depending on grade level), however, the FACTS form allows for you to contribute any amount with which you are comfortable.

This donation is in lieu of individual gifts. The last names (only) will be added to the Christmas card that will be given to each faculty and staff member with the check enclosed on Friday, December 22nd.

Donations can be made by clicking this link.  The final date to donate is Tuesday, December 19th at 5:00 pm.
Thank you in advance for your generosity! 
Home and School Association


Teacher Cookie Exchange!

Teacher Cookie Exchange

Please click on the flyer above for the Sign Up Genius.
Please click here to download the flyer directly.


More School News 

BAND AND PIANO LESSON REGISTRATION IS NOW LIVE!
We are excited to announce that registration for band (4-8) and piano (K-3) is now live! Please click below for all the details and the registration link.

SPC Band
SPC Piano


SPC Athletic News

Pack the gym Saturday, December 9th-Come see your favorite SPC basketball team play. Games will take place from 9am-7pm. We will be honoring our 8th grade athletes later in the day. We will be selling hotdogs, pretzels, popcorn and candy from our concession stand all day. Come check it out, you just might get to see our Mascot, Stripes!

Weekly Athletic Newsletter-Week of Dec 4th-Dec 10th
You will find information about the following in our newsletter
-Signup genius for our home games
-Bitty basketball
-Volleyball
-Football


 
Hot Lunch Registration January-April 2024
The January-April hot lunch link is now open till Dec 22nd at 11:59pm. This link is for registration for the 2nd trimester and If you want to just register for January alone.
 

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

boyvipbball

Dear SPC Families,

I pray you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! This week, we are excited to begin the much-anticipated Book Fair! A special thank you to Mrs. Dohr and her team of book fair elves, who make our Book Fair a HUGE success! Please see below for more details! We hosted two parent mingles this week for preschool and 1st-grade families at Harp and Fiddle. Thank you to Mrs Waldeck and our CTS chairs, who helped with the event! I look forward to the next parent gathering—VIVA LasSPegas! Please see below for updated information. Tomorrow, we begin re-enrollment for the 24-25 school year; please be on the lookout for that email!

THIS IS ANOTHER JAM-PACKED THURSDAY MAILING:

  • ADVENT
  • Adopt A Family Donations–CHRISTMAS DONATIONS FOR SOCIAL SERVICE MINISTRY
  • Re-enrollment Begins Tomorrow!
  • Change in 3-8 Music & Band
  • Save the Date Christmas Prayer Service and Concert Grades PS-3
  • December Save the Dates 

ADVENT
I often find the season of Advent more challenging than Lent. It is easy to get carried away in the hustle and bustle of Christmas preparations as the commercial Christmas can very quickly overshadow the anticipation and prayer asked of us during Advent. Advent calls us to slow down, to be countercultural. Each week, as we sit in the darkness, the light of each week is revealed to us as we light the candles representing hope, peace, joy, and love, which helps prepare our hearts for the Christ Child.

Full confession: it is hard for me to remain in the quiet darkness of Advent while my Christmas to-do lists dance around in my head. December is chaotic! School activities, baking, lists, parties, more baking, and shopping to plan that “magical” Christmas are no easy tasks as a parent. Each year, I challenge myself to sit longer in the darkness…to wait...to pray, and to reflect. As I light the advent candles or sit in the darkness and enjoy the Christmas tree lights, the commercial chaos diminishes, and I find myself focusing more on preparing my heart for the birth of Jesus.  

During the three weeks of Advent that we are in school, the teachers will help the children prepare their hearts for Jesus; we will light the Advent candles, discuss the meaning of Advent, and wait in eager anticipation for the birth of the Christ Child! Our early childhood children will have an Advent Prayer Service each week, and our older students will attend Mass and reconciliation during this time. In classrooms, you will not see Christmas decorations or activities until the last week before the break to help children understand the Advent Season. Each Monday, we will light our classroom Advent Wreaths with a school-wide prayer over the PA led by the Student Council. Student Council and NJHS will lead the school in a service project. I hope some resources below can help your family reflect and honor the Advent season!

ADVENT REFLECTIONS

ADVENT RESOURCES

Adopt A Family Donations–CHRISTMAS DONATIONS FOR SOCIAL SERVICE MINISTRY
SPC has a long-standing tradition of partnering with the parish social service ministry to ensure that needy families in our community have a wonderful Christmas. The Adopt-A-Family program will collect funds and purchase gift cards so families can buy their own gifts. Given the timeline, we ask that funds be collected by December 10, 2023. Please consider donating to the Adopt-A-Family program so our school can continue this Advent tradition. 100% of these proceeds will go towards the Adopt-A-Family program in Social Service Ministry. CLICK HERE TO MAKE A DONATION

Re-Enrollment for 2024-2025
We will hold our re-enrollment from December 1st through January 18th. You will need to complete re-enrollment (we are using the same process as last year through FACTS) to secure your child’s space for the 24-25 school year. We will email all families the link for their student packet(s) tomorrow. If any family accidentally created a new student application, please contact Mrs. Waldeck immediately so she can deactivate that application and reverse the fee.  

ANOTHER CHANGE IN 3-8 MUSIC AND NEW ON BAND:

Unfortunately, the new music teacher has a family tragedy and is unable to come to SPC to teach for the rest of the year. We are looking for her replacement and hope to welcome a new teacher soon. 

FUTURE PLANS FOR BAND:
We will welcome Band for Today to campus on December 8th to begin the registration process. Stay tuned for more information. Lessons will start in January.

We are partnering with Band for Today to continue the band program! On December 8th, all students in band and in the 3-8 will receive information on registering for band and lessons. One small change to the program is that all lessons will take place during the school day. We hope this change will encourage more students to participate in the program as it will not interfere with afterschool activities! Students will take their weekly lessons on a 5-week rotating basis so that they are not pulled at the same time each week. We will also begin offering piano instruction for K-8 students during the school day.  

Looking to Volunteer?
A reminder that all volunteers at school must be in full compliance with our safe environment protocols!  Please click here if you think you would like to volunteer in the future.  This includes coaching, room parents, lunch parents, SPC Olympic volunteers etc..

Save the Date Christmas Prayer Service and Concert Grades PS-3
WHERE: Church

WHEN: Thursday, December 21 at 10:00 am

GUESTS ALLOWED: We will Livestream so friends and family can watch it. Please be mindful of the number of guests you bring; we have limited capacity. 

PARKING:  Parking will be a challenge. Please utilize the public parking in Park Ridge. YOU MAY NOT PARK IN FM GLOBAL or RYAN PARKE FUNERAL HOME.

CAN I BRING MY OLDER STUDENTS TO THE CONCERT? No, the older students will see the concert on Wednesday, December 20th, during the practice, allowing for more room in the church.

WHY DO WE DO THE SERVICE DURING THE DAY? Excellent question; the truth is when we host the concert at 6 or 7 at night for these little ones, it can be a challenge. Asking them to perform when they should be unwinding for the day and getting ready for bed does not make for ideal circumstances, especially during the excitement of the holiday season. We understand that it isn't always the best for parent schedules, but we appreciate your understanding that this decision is focused on what is best for the kids. We will livestream the performance so that you can still see your child perform if you can't be there.

DECEMBER SAVE THE DATES:
December 21-  Preschool-3 Christmas Concert (see above for details)
December 22  Last day of school before Christmas break!

Peace,

Dr. Erika Mickelburgh

SPC Home & School Association

Home & School Association Restaurant Fundraiser - Raising Cane’s Chicken- Wednesday, December 6 from 4pm to close

The H&S fundraiser will be at Raising Cane’s Chicken on Wednesday, December 6th. If you participate, students may come out of uniform on Thursday, December 7th. Please mention the SPC fundraiser when placing your order.  They will not have out of uniform passes, so please send your receipt to school with your child. Thank you for your support!

Raising Cane Chicken


Celebrating the Spirit 2024

Nov. 30 CTS Thursday

Keep those amazing Well Wishes coming! See below for all the details.

CTS FAQ sheet
Please click here for our flipbook packet on Celebrating the Spirit 2024!

Or, click on the individual links below. 
Parent Letter 
Well Wishes 
Sponsorships
Auction
Party Boards

Thank you! 
CTS 2024 Co-Chairs
Kelly Bontempo, Amy DiGregorio, and Megan Weber


Scholastic Book Fair - November 30th - December 5th
Please click here to download all the details!

More School News

SPC Athletic News
Athletics has a lot going on and this is just a preview of what you can find in the newsletter below.
-Last call volleyball registration-Links in newsletter
-Football Update 5TH/6TH and 7th/8th graders 
-Bitty Basketball update
-Pack the gym-Dec 9th-SPC vs SPC all day come cheer on your favorite Tiger
-Signup Genius for volunteers at our games-Dec/Jan games 

 
Hot Lunch Registration January-April 2024

Registration is now open for Hot Lunch January - April 2024. This registration will close Friday, December 22nd at 11:59pm. You will have the option to order month to month if you do not want to register for the full trimester. Please use this registration form even if you are just registering for the month of January. If you have any questions please let me know.

Hot Lunch Registration Jan-April


 
Violinandbow
Smiling Strings Violin AND Guitar Winter Season Begins on December 5th. Please click here for the details and flyer.

FROM THE PARISH

We have an active and vibrant parish and encourage everyone to read the weekly bulletins for Fr. James' weekly letter and stay informed about all upcoming events and programs. 

Please click here for the latest bulletin. 
Please click here for Fr. James' "The Daily" - Daily Mass Readings and Reflections

Apostolat Logo
Please click here for the Apostolate of Women Registration Form.

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St. Nick’s Party:  St. Nick’s is back! Last year we were able to bring part of the event back and this year we will have the full event (including the children’s shopping area!). The event will be 10 am to 12:30 pm on Sunday, December 3 in the Morello Parish Life Center – Gym. Please mark your calendars to attend and consider volunteering! See sign up links for adult and student volunteers below.  

Adult volunteer link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/409094DA9AC23AAFA7-45604041-stnicks 

Student volunteer link (service hours available): Students: St. Nick's Party - Student Volunteers (signupgenius.com)

Click here to download the flyer.


 

 

Dear SPC Families,

I pray you all have a Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving! We had an exciting week, complete with the tradition of the early childhood feasts; thank you to all the parents who helped with the celebrations! I look forward to seeing everyone when we return to school on November 27th. There will be no Thursday mailing next week.  

Tomorrow marks the end of Trimester 1; the first third of the school year has flown by. I am so proud of our hardworking students and faculty! I hope you see how your children are learning and growing each day! Report cards will be emailed home on November 30th. 

THIS IS ANOTHER JAM-PACKED THURSDAY MAILING:

  • Coming Soon Re-enrollment
  • Change in 3-8 Music & Band
  • Looking to Volunteer? 
  • Uncle Pete's Ministry Bagged Lunches-Dropoff Tomorrow Morning
  • Save the Date Christmas Prayer Service and Concert Grades PS-3
  • November/December Save the Dates
  • Preschool-1st Grade Parent Mingles!
  • Book Fair Save the Date and Information
  • Adopt A Family Donations–CHRISTMAS DONATIONS FOR SOCIAL SERVICE MINISTRY

Re-Enrollment for 2024-2025
Coming soon! We will hold our re-enrollment from December 1st through January 18th. You will need to complete re-enrollment (we are using the same process as last year through FACTS) to secure your child’s space for the 24-25 school year. A detailed re-enrollment letter will be sent the week of November 27th. 

Change in Grades 3-8 Music and Band
I regret to inform you that Mr. Angus is leaving St Paul of the Cross to return home to attend to family matters. We thank him for his service and wish him well in the future. St Paul of the Cross partners with RISE education for the music program and they have secured a new teacher who will begin after Thanksgiving break!  

Welcome Mrs. Giusti!
My name is Jenilca Giusti, a Mother of 2 young boys living in Brookfield, IL. I have been teaching music to children for over 10 years and went to school for Audio Engineer at Columbia Flash Point in Chicago. I grew up in Florida where I attended Catholic School throughout my school years and was always involved in band, theatre and choir. I also started in Music young at the age of 17 touring the world with many artists where I took breaks to also study Music Theory. Now I keep myself busy between Mom life, teaching and writing and recording music. I look forward to meeting everyone and I’m excited to have a fun rest of the year!

Future Plans for Band:
I am committed to ensuring that SPC continues to provide band! We are partnering with Band for Today to continue the band program! When we return from Thanksgiving all students in band and in the 3-8 will receive information on registering for band and lessons. One small change to the program is that all lessons will take place during the school day. Our hope is that this change will encourage more students to participate in the program as it will not interfere with afterschool activities! Students will take their weekly lessons on a 5 week rotating basis so that they are not pulled the same time each week. We will also begin offering piano instruction for K-8 students during the school day. 

Looking to Volunteer?
A reminder that all volunteers at school must be in full compliance with our safe environment protocols!  Please click here if you think you would like to volunteer in the future.  This includes coaching, room parents, lunch parents, SPC Olympic volunteers etc..

Uncle Pete's Ministry Bagged Lunches!
Tomorrow, Friday, November 17th, Uncle Pete's Ministry and our NJHS students will be collecting meals for those in need. These bags will be collected as students enter the building tomorrow morning. Thank you everyone for your support of this mission to feed the hungry.

Save the Date Christmas Prayer Service and Concert Grades PS-3

WHERE: Church

WHEN: Thursday, December 21 at 10:00 am

GUESTS ALLOWED: We will Livestream so friends and family can watch it. Please be mindful of the number of guests you bring; we have limited capacity. 

PARKING:  Parking will be a challenge. Please utilize the public parking in Park Ridge. YOU MAY NOT PARK IN FM GLOBAL or RYAN PARKE FUNERAL HOME.

CAN I BRING MY OLDER STUDENTS TO THE CONCERT? No, the older students will see the concert on Wednesday, December 20th, during the practice, allowing for more room in the church.

WHY DO WE DO THE SERVICE DURING THE DAY? Excellent question; the truth is when we host the concert at 6 or 7 at night for these little ones, it can be a challenge. Asking them to perform when they should be unwinding for the day and getting ready for bed does not make for ideal circumstances, especially during the excitement of the holiday season. We understand that it isn't always the best for parent schedules, but we appreciate your understanding that this decision is focused on what is best for the kids. We will livestream the performance so that you can still see your child perform if you can't be there.

NOVEMBER/DECEMBER SAVE THE DATES:

  • November 20-24 - THANKSGIVING BREAK
  • Book Fair November 30 - December 5
  • December 21 - Preschool-3 Christmas Concert 
  • December 22 - Last day of school before Christmas break!

Scholastic Book Fair - Thursday, November 30th through Tuesday, December 5th. Please see the information below. 

Adopt A Family Donations–CHRISTMAS DONATIONS FOR SOCIAL SERVICE MINISTRY
SPC has a long-standing tradition of partnering with the parish social service ministry to ensure that needy families in our community have a wonderful Christmas. The Adopt-A-Family program will collect funds and purchase gift cards so families can buy their own gifts. Given the timeline, we ask that funds be collected by December 10, 2023. Please consider donating to the Adopt-A-Family program so our school can continue this Advent tradition. 100% of these proceeds will go towards the Adopt-A-Family program in Social Service Ministry. CLICK HERE TO MAKE A DONATION

Preschool-1st Grade Parent Mingles! Please see the information below. 

Peace,

Dr. Erika Mickelburgh


SPC Home & School Association

Home & School Association Restaurant Fundraiser - Raising Cane’s Chicken- Wednesday, December 6 from 4pm to close

The H&S fundraiser will be at Raising Cane’s Chicken on Wednesday, December 6th.  If you participate, students may come out of uniform on Thursday, December 7th.  Please mention the SPC fundraiser when placing your order.  They will not have out of uniform passes, so please send your receipt to school with your child. Thank you for your support!

Raising Cane Chicken


Celebrating the Spirit 2024

ONE OF THESE LEGENDS WANTS TO PARTY WITH YOU ON 2/2/24!
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Keep those amazing Well Wishes coming! See below for all the details.

CTS FAQ sheet
Please click here for our flipbook packet on Celebrating the Spirit 2024!

Or, click on the individual links below. 
Parent Letter 
Well Wishes 
Sponsorships
Auction
Party Boards

Thank you! 
CTS 2024 Co-Chairs
Kelly Bontempo, Amy DiGregorio, and Megan Weber


Scholastic Book Fair - November 30th - December 5th
Please click here to download all the details!

More School News

Preschool-1st Grade Parent Mingles!
November 28 and 29 parent night out 2

Calling all preschool- first-grade parents... it's time for a fun parent night out! We hope you can join your grade-level night to sip, mingle, and enjoy a fun time! Appetizers, wine, beer, and mixed drinks will be served. This is a parent-only event. There will also be a fun raffle as we look forward to SPegas CTS on February 2, 2024. All parents who attend will be entered into a raffle to win a fun CTS surprise. Please click the link to RSVP. Payment Forms (nelnet.net)

SPC Athletic News
Some information you can find in the newsletter (link below):
  • Parent/Student volunteers sign up form at our home games. Signup Genius
  • Volleyball Registration (Closes tomorrow, Nov 17th.)  
 
December Hot Lunch
Hot lunch Registration for December is now open and will Close Friday, Nov 24th at 11:59pm (This is over Thanksgiving break).  If you need to order December lunches please do so.
 
 
Violinandbow
Smiling Strings Violin AND Guitar Winter Season Begins on December 5th. Please click here for the details and flyer.

CHESS ED
Register NOW for the Fall Session of Chess-Ed’s Chess Enrichment Program
Registration for the Fall Session of the after-school chess program is underway!  The 10-
week program takes place on Tuesdays from 2-3 pm and runs from 12/05/23 to
02/20/24.  

The chess program is taught by Chess-Ed instructors and is open to students in
1 st through 8 th 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 https://2023-2024stpaulofthecrosschess.eventbee.com.  For
more information about the program, please see the program flyer. Chess-Ed is looking
forward to seeing your CHESS ENTHUSIAST!
Click here to download the flyer.


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Registration for Ballet with Ms. Rio Winter 2024 Session is Now Open!
Please click here for all of the details and the registration link. 

 

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

Apostolat Logo
Please click here for the Apostolate of Women Registration Form.

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St. Nick’s Party:  St. Nick’s is back! Last year we were able to bring part of the event back and this year we will have the full event (including the children’s shopping area!). The event will be 10 am to 12:30 pm on Sunday, December 3 in the Morello Parish Life Center – Gym. Please mark your calendars to attend and consider volunteering! See sign up links for adult and student volunteers below.  

Adult volunteer link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/409094DA9AC23AAFA7-45604041-stnicks 

Student volunteer link (service hours available): Students: St. Nick's Party - Student Volunteers (signupgenius.com)

Click here to download the flyer.