SPB Family Newsletter

Thursday, October 22, 2020

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



Individual Picture Re-Take Day


School Mass-Grades 5/6--9:00 am



End of First Quarter

A Note from the Principal

Dear Families,

Enclosed in today's communication folder, you will find your child’s (K-8) Student Progress Report listing his/her MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) Growth test results. These tests determine your child’s instructional level and measure academic growth throughout the school year, and from year to year, in the areas of Math and Reading. Please note that Language Usage and Science were not administered this year.

MAP Growth tests from NWEA are unique in that they are adaptive tests taken on a computer, Chromebook, or iPad. The term “adaptive” means the test became more difficult when your child answered a question correctly. When your child answered a question incorrectly, the test became easier. Ultimately, your child took a test specifically targeting his/her learning level.

Your child’s MAP Growth results are represented as RIT scores. Like inches on a ruler, the RIT scale measures in equal intervals, regardless of a student’s grade—and it remains stable over time. As a result, we can accurately measure students’ growth in between tests and understand if they are performing on, above, or below grade level. RIT scores enable teachers to recognize where to focus attention to optimize your child’s learning and to monitor their progress. These scores will serve as a good baseline so that teachers can align instruction to meet each child's individual needs.

In addition to the Student Progress Report, you will also find a Quick Reference guide. This sample report is meant to help you better understand your child's Student Progress Report and MAP test results. The guide includes a legend which shows each testing term included on your child’s report as well as his/her growth in each area.

We hope that these reports will be a means for parents and teachers to better understand your child’s level of learning and be a springboard for discussion at conferences and throughout the school year. It would be helpful to bring your child’s Student Progress Report to virtual conferences as well. If you have questions, please reach out to your child's teacher.

For more information about MAP Growth, visit: NWEA.org/Parent-Toolkit.

Grace and peace,

Ms. Diane Raguz, Principal


We are asking for your cooperation with our car rider pick up policy. After school, students are not to walk to the parking lot by themselves. Parents should wait for them in the coned area while maintaining physical distance with other families. It is imperative that you arrive on time and leave our campus as soon as you have your child. We ask that you do not gather at the playground, around the doors, or in the parking lot. Do not allow the children to play together on the grassy areas or around the church windows. Please work with us as we need to make sure all our students are safe at all times.

In the morning, if you choose to park your car to drop off your child, please be sure that you walk your child across the driveways all the way to the walkway under the overhang. Please do not let your child cross by themselves. Those in cars may not see them. Drivers, be sure to look in front of you before proceeding after dropping off your child.

School Picture Re-takes

Picture re-take day is Tuesday, October 27. If you wish to have your child's picture re-taken, please return the entire picture packet on that day with a note as to why you are dissatisfied with the pictures.

Students who are simultaneous learners and wish to have their pictures taken may order online at mylifetouch.com using our Picture Day ID: EVTFBQVVQ. Please take your child directly to the Eymard Room of the Parish Life Center between 8:30 am-10:00 am to meet the photographer.

Mrs. Fatica

Our Extended Day supervisor, Mrs. Dawn Fatica, had surgery earlier this week and will be recovering at home for the next several weeks. During the time of her absence, school staff members will be filling in for her. Please keep Mrs. Fatica in your prayers for a speedy recovery!

Don't forget to sign up for Parent-Teacher Conferences! Click here!

Looking Ahead to Halloween

While parents will not be coming in to help with Halloween this year, teachers are still planning activities for the day. As a school community, we are asking that parents do not send in any candy treats for grades K-8. Should a teacher need help with something for Halloween, he or she will reach out to parents for whatever is needed. We will also play the always popular Halloween Bingo using our broadcast booth Friday afternoon.

Halloween Attire

All students may dress down in orange and black on Friday, October 30. Please, no Halloween costumes.

Student Education Plan for Quarter 2

As we approach the end of the first quarter on October 30, we would like to once again offer you, if interested, an opportunity to change your child’s schooling option. If you are comfortable with the learning option you have chosen for your child and do not want to change, there is nothing that you need to do. If you would like to change your child's learning option, PLEASE NOTIFY US OF YOUR INTENT BY FRIDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2020. You can do this by completing this form.

Students who wish to change their schooling option will begin their new schooling option on Monday, November 2, 2020 which is the start of the second quarter. We do ask that this commitment be made until the middle of the quarter.

Please know that we are committed to doing what is best for our students and SPB families and that we know this is a very challenging time for all of us. If you have any questions, please feel free to email or call the school office.

After Care Position Available

We are looking for an individual to work in our Extended Day program. The candidate will assist with the daily routine of after-school childcare, including, but not limited to check-in, prep, clean-up, homework assistance, monitoring children’s playtime. Position requires BCI and FBI background checks as well as Virtus training. The candidate must be available to work from 2:30-6:00 p.m. Monday-Friday. If you are interested, contact Sheila Klepcyk at sklepcyk@saintpaschal.com.

Virtual Open House for Prospective Families

If you know of a family who may want to join our school community, please share information with them about our upcoming Virtual Open House for prospective families on Thursday, November 19 at 6:30 p.m. Please SHARE and invite a new family to join us this evening. They can use this link to register: https://forms.gle/wPr1nKDC97hnPT6j7
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A Message from Father Lane

NEW MUSIC TO PREPARE: Please listen to our new music for the Mass, a setting by Fr Ricky Manalo, CSP called Mass of Spirit & Grace, found on our Paschal Life email so that you’ll be comfortable in participating in the Mass. Also this Saturday night, in the Paschal Life email there is a prayer/song, written by Saint Teresa of Avila, to help us during these challenging times.

RAFFLE TICKETS: Please sell our 65th Anniversary of the School Raffle Tickets for a chance at $5,000 - free tuition! If you need more tickets from those that were mailed home, please go to the FIckel Narthex of the Church or the parish office to increase your chances of winning the grand prize. All proceeds benefit the school and our award-winning teachers! Congratulations to our first Early Bird Winner: Aldo Canzona. Our drawing is November 15 at the end of the 7:00 PM Mass.

SPB Youth Group Sponsors Halloween Parade

Special Halloween Announcement! Even though Trunk or Treat in our traditional way is canceled for 2020, our Youth Group will be hosting a Halloween Parade on Sunday, October 25th beginning at 12:30 pm! The teens will be in Halloween costumes and parishioner cars would line up as we did for the teacher parade. The cars would be all decked out in Halloween decorations and kids will get to wear their costumes! They can go “trick or treating” to the Youth Group kids all the way from the entrance at Colony, around the church, and down the big hill. Parishioners are encouraged to donate money, candy, and Halloween goodies. This is our Youth Group fundraiser, so FREE WILL OFFERING will be greatly appreciated! Drop off donations at our parish rectory! CLICK HERE for our poster. For more information please contact Evamarie Mickol at emickol@saintpaschal.com

Hot Lunch Menu Update

On Friday, October 30th the hot lunch will be Master Pizza. They are located on Mayfield Road In Mayfield Heights. Going forward, we will be alternating Pizza Roma and Master Pizza each week.

6th & 7th Grade Parents-We Need YOU!

We are asking that each family (mom, dad, grandma, etc.) choose at least two days to volunteer each time slot being 11:15 am-12:50 pm. There are many, many time slots open! 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! Recess Volunteers should arrive to school at 11:10 and check in at the office. Duties will include supervising students at recess, escorting the students to and from the school doors. Volunteers will be with one school staff member 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.

COVID-19 Volunteer Protocol: all recess volunteers are required to wear a mask and complete the Visitor Self-Screening form when they arrive at school.

Thank you again for your time and service to the students and teachers of SPB! Simply click on the following links to sign up: Grade 7, Grade 6

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