SPB Family Newsletter

Week of October 21, 2019

Mission Statement

The Eucharistic community of Saint Paschal Baylon Catholic School

focuses on Christ-centered values and develops the unique potential of each student

through a rigorous and engaging curriculum.

Calendar of Events




Grade 4--National Park System Presentation--1:00 pm

Starry Knight Art Club--2:30-3:30 pm


Individual Picture Re-take Day

Grades 7/8 Choose Life Program

Altar Server Training--2:30-3:30 pm

Student Council Meeting--2:30-3:30 pm


All School Mass--9:00 am

Grade 4--Connections Program

Mad Science--Kindergarten-Grade 4--2:30-3:35 pm

Geography Bee Practice--2:30-3:30 pm

Robotics Club Meeting--2:30-3:30 pm

Grade 8 Washington, DC Trip Parent Meeting--7:00 pm


Grade 4 Field Trip--Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad

Grades 7/8--Choose Life Program

Spelling Bee Study Session--2:30-3:30 pm

Preschool Mom-ster Mash


End of the First Quarter

Young Rembrandts--2:30-3:40 pm


Grade 8 Flash Mass--10:00 am

A Note from the Principal

Dear SPB Families,

Tomorrow is the BIG DAY....Walk-a-thon 2019: Continuing Forward in Faith, Hope & Love! Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU to our amazing PTO for all of the work that went into preparing for this special day! We hope to see a peek of sunshine, but no matter what the weather is, it will be a great day for the SPB community! The Walk-a-Thon kicks off at 1:00 tomorrow.

I hope that your children have been sharing with you the special Only One You project in which the entire school is participating. Older buddies are reading the book Only One You by Linda Kranz to younger buddies and presenting the book as a keepsake to them. Perhaps some of your children have brought home the book and shared it with you. The book contains many life lessons and stresses how everyone is unique and that each of us has something to contribute to the world. It ties in nicely with our Year 1 Catholic Identity goal for accreditation to promote solidarity and appreciate the differences of others. Our younger students are presenting their older buddies with a bookmark that includes one of the important messages from the book: "There's only one you in this great big world. Make it a better place." Buddies are working together to design their unique "rock" fish to add to our "river" just outside of our entrance. Buddies will be painting their unique fish at the end of October, and we hope to have our river teeming with fish by the first night of parent-teacher conferences. You will definitely want to keep an eye out for it!

All of this was made possible through the generosity of the Blessed Sacrament Ladies Guild. We cannot thank them enough for supporting this school-wide project and seeing the value of the positive messages and life lessons for our students found within this book. The Ladies Guild purchased over 200 books for our younger students, bookmarks for our older students, painting supplies for the rocks, and landscaping supplies for the river. It has been touching to see our buddies reading, working, and learning together, and our river will be a reminder to all of us that each of us is unique and that each of us has something important and special to share with the world. Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU, Ladies Guild!


Diane Raguz, Principal

Walk-a-thon Attire for tomorrow

Our Walk-a-Thon is tomorrow, Friday, October 18, and it looks like the weather is going to be a little chilly! Students who have an official 2019 Walk-a-Thon t-shirt may wear the shirt with jeans, sweatpants, or windpants and tennis shoes. Students should not wear shorts or torn/ripped jeans. If your child does not have the 2019 Walk-a-Thon shirt, he/she may dress in his/her gym uniform with tennis shoes on Friday. Please note: The Walk-a-Thon committee does not sell t-shirts. They were only available by participating in one of the fundraising options of the Walk-a-Thon.

Recess Lap Walking Medals will be distributed to students before the walk on Friday. Students can proudly wear them during the Walk-a-Thon. An awards ceremony to recognize top walkers will be held at 2:00 pm on Friday.

Look for the final earnings report and sponsor thank you letters in your communication folder soon.

Congratulations, Brain Brawlers!

This past Saturday, two teams of our 7th & 8th graders headed to St. Ignatius High School for this intense academic competition. Twenty-four teams from the Cleveland area competed in head to head question sessions. Both of our teams did well and made it to the 5th level of competition. with the 8th grade team ultimately losing to the team from St. Raphael that won the entire competition. Thank you to Mrs. Krogman for serving as the coach and working with the students to prepare for this academic adventure!

School Picture Re-take Day

Picture re-take day is Tuesday, October 22. If your child missed picture day, please call or email the school office to request a picture flyer. Should you wish to have your child's picture re-taken, please return the entire packet on October 22 with the reason for the re-take. Thank you.

Wizard of Oz 8th Grade Tryouts

Wizard of Oz 8th Grade Tryouts are October 30th in the Music Room and Obrien Hall – If you sing “Happy Birthday” you will get an ensemble role. For a main role sing a show tune, church song or pop music. Our Director, Mrs. Monaghan handles all aspects of the tryouts and selection of roles based on your abilities. Call backs are Friday, November 1st – all students who tried out should attend. Save the performance dates March 6, 7, 8. Questions email spb8thgradeplay@gmail.com
Gr. 4-6-Bowling Party Permission Slip sponsored by pto

Click here to view additional information and to print a copy of the parent permission slip.

Looking Ahead to Halloween

There are so many opportunities for our students to enjoy Halloween including the Parish Trunk or Treat on Sunday, October 20. As a school community, we are asking that parents do not send in any candy treats for Grades K-8. We are aware that your children will receive candy in many other places. Should a teacher need help with a Halloween celebration, he or she will give room captains a call for whatever is needed. Check next week’s Family Newsletter for information about Student Council activities for students in Kindergarten-Grade 2.

In previous years, we shared the following list as a way to focus on values at Halloween and feel it is worth repeating. Enjoy.

Halloween Attire

Students in grades K, 1, & 2 may dress down in orange and black on Thursday, October 31 in order to participate in Student Council Halloween activities taking place in the Jette Gym. Please, no Halloween costumes. Students in grades 3-8 may add orange and black to their uniforms that day.
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Veterans Day

CELEBRATING OUR VETERANS: The First Grade cordially invites Veterans and their spouses to celebrate Mass on Monday, November 11 at 9:00 a.m. (This is not a school Mass). Following Mass, we hope you would join us in the Parish Life Center for a light breakfast in appreciation for your service. Please RSVP as soon as possible to the school office by calling 440-442-6766 or emailing office@saintpaschal.com.

Grade 8 Class Play

Hello SPB Families!

One of the highlights of Eighth Grade at SPB is the Class Play. This year the students will present The Wizard of Oz the weekend of March 6, 7, and 8. This play is a parent-run production, and we need your support. The students are selling Yankee Candle products to raise money for all of the costs associated with production.

The profits from the sale will go to defray play expenses- Let's give the 8th graders a fantastic experience!

  • Yankee Candle offers two ways to sell: catalog and online. 40% of every sale goes directly to the play budget!
  • Here is the link for online catalog and online purchasing: www.yankeecandlefundraising.com . The group number for the SPB 8th grade is 999995461.
  • This link is already active and you can shop whenever you'd like!
  • Over 500 quality products available online and new items through the season from Yankee Candle, Calphalon, Coleman, CrockPot, Oster and many more. Name-brand home products you know and use!
  • Our catalog sale is open now, until October 29.
  • Share the link to the catalog with friends, family, and neighbors! These items make great Christmas gifts and host/hostess gifts. There are products for Fall, Winter, and all year long!
  • Great Products for a Great Cause- The 8th Grade Play!
  • See Beth Mennel for more information, or if you have any questions. 440-759-4694 or bsmennel@gmail.com

Thank you very much for your support!

Direct link:

St Paschal 8th Grade YANKEE CANDLE STORE

Playground/Lunchroom Volunteer Sign Ups

Thank you, Grade 7 Parents/Guardians, for signing up for October! Most of the beginning of the month is full, but many days at the end of the month are still waiting for volunteers!

The links for November for Grade 6, and December for Grade 5 can be found below. With the holiday season just ahead, we know that you will want to get the dates that work for your busy schedule!

We are asking that each family (mom, dad, grandma, etc.) choose at least two days to volunteer each time slot being 11:00-1:00. We are so grateful for the help!

This is a great way for you to interact with your child and his/her classmates during the school day! Lunch/Recess Volunteers should arrive to school at 11:00 and check in at the office. Duties will include supervising students at recess, escorting students to the cafeteria from recess, and supervising in the cafeteria. Volunteers will be with one teacher and two "core" volunteers each day to help direct. Remember that after your two volunteer time slots, you are done for the year, as each month is assigned to a different grade.

Thank you again for your time and service to the students and teachers of SPB! Simply click on the grade level link to pick a time convenient for you: Grade 7, Grade 6, Grade 5.

Athletic Association News

St. Paschal Baylon Athletic Association Meeting is tonight, October 17 in the Eymard Room at 8:00 PM. We are looking for involvement from parents with athletes in grades 2 - 4. We encourage you to join us, and listen what we are all about.

Basketball Sign-Ups: St. Paschal CYO Basketball Sign-Ups are now open for the 2019-2020 season. We are taking registrations for grades 3 - 8. For details please visit the registration link on the athletics page on the school website https://reg.sportspilot.com/106269/leagues

Deadline for Registration is tomorrow, Friday, October 18.