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October 27, 2022

Hi SPS Families,

I hope everyone is having a good week and it has been great to see the kids and staff take part in the "Red Ribbon Week" out-of-uniform days!

We have our rescheduled lockdown drill tomorrow in the school building. Teachers have gone over procedures and expectations with the kids and I know they will do a great job tomorrow when the Hickory Hills Police Department is here to assist in the drill. 

Please remember that all Spiritwear orders are due by this Sunday, October 30th.  Orders can be placed online and will be delivered to the school.  See below for the link!

I am making a schedule change that I want you to be aware of and to help you plan ahead: Tuesday, November 22nd, was originally scheduled to be a half day of school and also parent/teacher conferences. I am making that a full-day off of school for the students in order to add a morning time slot for conferences. There are also several changes to the structure of parent/teacher conferences and it will be all explained to you in a letter going home on Monday. 

We hope to see everyone at our Halloween Trunk-or-Treat event on Saturday! There has been a great group of people "behind-the-scenes" organizing the event and the event would not be made possible without their help and guidance! Not only will we have our trunk-or-treat event, we will also have a "haunted hallway" in the school and then two short movies that will be projected on an inflatable projector outside in the parking lot. The weather looks like it is going to cooperate as well! The event starts at 6:30 pm.

With Halloween on Monday, we mentioned to the kids that they can wear facepaint/makeup to school on Monday, if they have a mask they can bring it for pictures, but won't be wearing them the whole day, and to leave any "accessories" that come with the costumes at home. I am looking forward to experiencing Halloween once again at SPS! 

Next Tuesday, November 1st, is a 1:30 dismissal for the students. The teachers and I will be meeting after that to discuss I-Ready and our Continuous School Improvement Plan. 

As always, if you need anything, please do not hesitate to contact me.


Erick Passarelli '04


Important Dates

  • 10/29 - Trunk or Treat - Drive-in Movie - Haunted Hallway
  • 10/31 - Halloween Parties
  • 11/1 - All Saints’ Day
  • 11/1 - All School Mass 8:30 am
  • 11/1 - Early Dismissal 1:30 pm
  • 11/1 - Take Out Tuesday Pizza Hut
  • 11/2 - All Souls’ Day
  • 11/8 - Election Day
  • 11/8 - Parent’s Club Meeting 7 pm
  • 11/11 - Veteran’s Day
  • 11/11 - All School Mass 8:30 am
  • 11/11 - End of Trimester
  • 11/16 - Thanksgiving Feast - Primary 
  • 11/18 - Report Cards 
  • 11/22 - NO SCHOOL
  • 11/22 - Parent Teacher Conferences
  • 11/23-11/27 - Thanksgiving Break
School Calendar
November 2022 Calendar

Dear Parishioners,

This week I offer you a little reflection on the Sunday Liturgy. Sunday can be a wonderful break from the “rate race” of daily life!  

Liturgy is “the participation of the People of God” in “the work of God.” It is the “exercise of the priestly office of Jesus” in which God is worshiped and adored and people are made holy. God begins the work of sanctifying people in time and space and brings that work to completion. Those who respond to God in worship and service are given the privilege of becoming co-workers in the divine plan. (We are co-workers in God’s plan!)...

Continue reading Fr. Meany's Letter - 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time: October 30, 2022
SPS Good News

In the Classroom

In Mrs. Scheckel's Art Class our PreK students have been busy working on spooky projects this month!  The children created a Frankenstein paper craft and watercolor Monsters.  Excellent job PreK, we love seeing your creativity!

STEM Challenges

In Mrs. K's Technology class the 6th, 7th, and 8th graders had a STEM Challenge called "Boat Building" and Buoyancy. Any object will float when the buoyant force is large enough to counter the object's weight. So a large hollow object might float because large means more water displaced. We also researched Archimedes' Principle for more information on this topic.  

The teams were given a 12" x 12" piece of aluminum foil and told to mold/shape their "boat" however they thought would best float and hold the most coins. The challenge was to have their "boat" float as they added coins to it for weight. The winner would have the most coins in their boat.  This challenge focused on developing critical thinking, teamwork, design, analysis, and innovation. 

The 4th and 5th Graders learned about the importance of a strong foundation for any structure. Foundation design is the creation of a construction plan for a building foundation primarily; however, in our classroom it was the base for our book stack challenge. The students were taught that the main role of any foundation is to structurally support the building or items by transferring the load of the building or items onto the foundation.  

The students were given 5 sheets of copier paper and some tape. They had to create the foundation that would hold the books as they were stacked up on top of each other. Awesome job utilizing Teamwork, Design, and Critical Thinking!

Important Information

Spiritwear Online Store - Now Open!

Order Online

SPS Poinsettia Sale

Help us raise money for St. Patricia Athletics – Boys Basketball and Girls Volleyball and brighten up your home with beautiful holiday flowers!

The sale has been extended!  All pre-orders need to be submitted by Friday, November 11th and should be picked up on Friday, December 9th in the Church Gathering Space between 9:00a – 3:00p.

Please submit all orders via the online order form or download a copy and return with your payment. You may pay online or send payment into the school office. All checks can be made to St. Patricia School. Your support is very appreciated! Please contact Danielle at with any questions.

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CAAP November Session

Deadline Extended until Tuesday, November 1st!

Please note that the 11/22 CAAP session has been rescheduled to 11/21 due to No School on 11/22. Reminder - if session is on an early dismissal date, CAAP will take place immediately following dismissal for an hour and a half.

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November Queen of Hearts Sales Volunteers

St. Patricia's Queen of Hearts 50/50 Raffle is going strong! Our Parish’s largest ministries will rotate selling Queen of Hearts tickets before and after weekend masses in the gathering space. St. Patricia School Parents are scheduled for November 12th-13th. Please sign up below, volunteer hours will be earned! Thank you for your support!

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Upcoming Events

Halloween Fun at SPS!

The SPS Parents Club is hosting an evening of spooky fun on Saturday, October 29th. Trunk or Treat will be taking place from 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm, with a drive-in double feature following. We will be showing 2 shorts- Scared Shrekless and Toy Story of Terror. New for 2022 - we will be featuring a Haunted Hallway at Trunk or Treat!

Click below to sign up to help setup the Hallway on Friday 10/28 from 6pm-10pm and earn Volunteer Hours. We are also looking for Halloween decoration donations or loans to make our displays awesome! Please send into the school office by Friday 10/28

Please RSVP to register to attend! Registration for St. Patricia School families is required for this event, as there will be no vehicles allowed to enter once trunk or treating begins. Only registered families may participate.  Please arrive in the parking lot by 6:00 pm to ensure the safety of our trick or treaters!

RSVP via Sign Up Genius
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Take Out Tuesday - November 1st

Parent's Club November Meeting

Join us on Tuesday, November 8th at 7:00 pm for a Parent's Club meeting! The meeting will be available on Zoom and in person at Prime Time Restaurant located at 7750 95th St, Hickory Hills, IL 60457. Hear updates on planned events and activities and learn more about how you can get involved at St. Patricia School! Parents will receive 1 volunteer hour for attending the meeting.  Questions? Email

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Kruse's Krew Annual Veterans' Day Christmas Card Signing

Sat. and Sun., November 12th & 13th

During card signing weekend, Kruse’s Krew would request that homemade cookies and fudge be dropped off to send to our troops stationed overseas. Halloween candy is also accepted! Thank you for all your help and God Bless You All!


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As a reminder, Virtus training is mandatory for all wishing to volunteer at St. Patricia School. This program is required by the Archdiocese of Chicago. If you have any questions, please direct them to the school office. Thank you for your support!

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