SPB Family Newsletter

Week of March 2, 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


Box Tops Dress Down Day


Box Tops Dress Down Day


All School Mass--9:00 am

Grade 2 Field Trip--Playhouse

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

Lego University--2:30-3:30 pm

You're the Balm--2:30-3:30 pm


Grades 5/6--Lake Erie Ink

Grades 3/4 Catholic Math League-Test 4--2:30-3:15pm

Grades 7/8 GCCTM Practice--2:30-3:15 pm

Grade 2 Girl Scouts Meeting--2:30-4:00 pm

Grade 3 Brownie Meeting--2:30-4:00 pm


No School--Diocesan Inservice

A Note from the Principal

Dear Families,

I want to take this opportunity to congratulate four of our teachers (pictured below) who reached milestones in their careers as Catholic educators in the Diocese of Cleveland. They were recognized at Mass recently, and each received a pin marking their years of service as well as a letter from Dr. Frank O'Linn, Superintendent of Education and Catechetical Formation. Congratulations to Ms. Evamarie Mickol (20 years), Mrs. Kristen Polantz-Miller (20 years), Miss Kristian Martinson (25 years), and Mr. Paul Martin (25 years). We are truly blessed to have them at our school, and it is my privilege to work beside them each day.

Just a reminder that the deadline to complete the online application for Diocesan Tuition Assistance (DTA) is quickly approaching. The deadline for Round 1 consideration is March 15. In order to be eligible for the Saint Paschal Baylon G.I.F.T.S. Program, the online application for DTA must be completed. The application deadline for the Kotoch scholarships is March 16. You can find specific information about DTA as well as the Kotoch scholarships further down in this newsletter.

The picture on the right is of Mrs. Longano's second graders. Last Thursday, the class sent me an email asking me various questions, and it said that they were learning about sending an email. Later that morning, they surprised me with a visit and took over my office. Rosie loved taking over my chair, Trey was tapping away at my computer, and they were all full of giggles and smiles. I am blessed to work at SPB and with these students!

Peace and blessings,

Diane Raguz, Principal

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Catholic Relief Services Rice Bowl

During Lent, the Saint Paschal Baylon parish community will participate in Catholic Relief Services Rice Bowl, a faith-in-action program that invites us to reflect on the challenges of global hunger—and our responsibility to respond to the needs of our global human family. Since the Catholic social justice teaching of solidarity is part of the focus of our school improvement plan, we feel the CRS Rice Bowl collection is a perfect way for our students to live out the theme of solidarity. The Rice Bowls were sent home in your child’s folder today. We ask that families give generously to this program. Please send collected money in cash or check, no change please, to the school office from April 6-9. Checks should be made out to Saint Paschal Baylon Church. Thank you for participating in CRS Rice Bowl with your family.
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Gr. 5 & 6 GCCTM Problem Solving Tournament

Our fifth and sixth grade teams made an impressive showing at the GCCTM (Greater Cleveland Council of Teachers of Mathematics) Problem Solving Tournament held Saturday, February 22 at St. Gabriel School. Fifth graders Demetrius Latham, Alex Metz, Daniel Pang, and Josh Vogley received the Trophy award earning the highest award for scoring in the top 20% of the competition as did sixth graders Luke Carlton, Thomas Kerns, Andrew Metz, and Danilo Scaffidi. Fifth graders Lillian Apelt, Maddie Mailer, Grade Taricska, and Sierra Terman won the Champion award as did sixth graders Lynn Dulzer, Brendan Healy, Ellie McAndrew, and Kaitlyn Pak. Congratulations, mathematicians! Thank you, Mrs. Herald, for serving as the coach.
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Congratulations, Winning Artists!

Congratulations to 25 of our students who won awards in the Lake Catholic Elementary Art Show 2020. Five Catholic elementary schools participated in this art show, and Miss Babin submitted the artwork of 61 students. The Artist Reception and Awards night is Tuesday, March 3 at 6:30 p.m., but artwork in the show will be displayed until Monday, March 9th. Thank you to Miss Babin for completing the projects with our students and for organizing the submissions! The winners are listed below:

First Place: Andrew Pak (Kdg.), Brianna Esperon (Gr.1), Abby Cogan (Gr.2), Elle Bauman (Gr.3), Talia D’Astolfo (Gr.6), Emily Chiu (Gr.7), and Megan Mennel (Gr.8)

Second Place: Lillian Pietrefese (Kdg.), Stella Cikra (Gr.2), Miranda Andru (Gr.3), Athan Willis (Gr.4), Maddy Herberth (Gr.5), and Olivia Myers (Gr.7)

Honorable Mention: Claire Kern (Kdg.), Noah Murphy (Kdg.), Penny Patyk (Gr.1), Lily Metz (Gr.2), Avery Gaghan (Gr.2), Taylor Kluk (Gr.4), Joey Treibatch (Gr.4) Carla Grossner (Gr.5),

Bella Jarc (Gr.6), Ellie McAndrew (Gr.6), and Kayla Angel (Gr.8)

Judge’s Choice Award: Carla Grossner (Gr.5)

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The Wizard of Oz is Coming to SPB!

Please join the eighth grade class, as they are off to see the Wizard! This engaging and colorful play will surely entertain. Do not miss this opportunity to see Dorothy, the Lion, the Tin Man and the Scarecrow as they find their way to the Wizard of Oz! Please join us on Friday, March 6th at 7:00pm, Saturday, March 7th at 7:00pm or Sunday, March 8th at 1:30pm! All tickets are $8.00 and can be purchased at the door or pre-purchased by emailing allisoncarbone@hotmail.com. An order form can be found in your oldest child's communication folder today!

NEW VIDEO! Do you know how to get to the Wizard of Oz?

Do You Know How To Get To The Wizard Of Oz?
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New Student Referral Program-$100 Tuition Credit

It's that time of year! Registration for the 2020-2021 school year is taking place now, and we have already heard from some prospective families. Be sure you and they are aware of our New Student Referral Program. See the details below.
New Student Referral Program


Kotoch Scholarship Applications

We are happy to announce that we are now accepting applications for the Kotoch Scholarship! Five families will each be awarded $1,000 in tuition assistance for the 2020-2021 school year. Please note that these scholarships are need-based, and families who receive them cannot accept Diocesan Tuition Assistance or GIFTS. You can find the application below or under the "Parents" tab on our website. Applications are due Monday, March 16, 2020. Please contact Kelly Ericsson in the Advancement Office with any questions at kelly@saintpaschal.com.

Diocesan Tuition Assistance

The application process for Diocesan Tuition Assistance (DTA) and the Saint Paschal Baylon G.I.F.T.S. Program is now open.

  • The application may be accessed online at: www.online.factsmgt.com/aid.
  • Applications for DTA officially open in January of 2020.
  • To be considered for diocesan tuition assistance, families must update their application with 2019 tax documentation when available.
  • To be eligible for the Saint Paschal Baylon G.I.F.T.S. Program, the online application must be completed.
  • As of 2019, paper applications are no longer available, and applications must be completed online.
  • Deadline for Round One consideration is March 15, 2020.
  • Deadline for Round Two consideration is June 1, 2020.

Click on the links below for additional information:

Diocesan Tuition Assistance Brochure

Diocesan Tuition Assistance Timeline 2020-2021

Diocesan Tuition Assistance FAQs

FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment-2020-2021 (FInancial Aid ONLY)

Ohio’s 529 Savings Plan to Pay for K-12 Catholic School Tuition FAQs

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You are invited to join us for our annual Education Fair on Thursday, March 19 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. in O'Brien Hall and the Jansky Learning Center. View student projects from across grade levels and subject areas, speak to our teachers and administrators, catch up with other families, and enjoy this celebration of learning. In the spirit of March Madness and showing support for our school, you are encouraged to wear green and gold or to sport your basketball shooting shirts!

Grade level contest: Help your grade score the most points by exploring all that SPB has to offer. Bring your Basketball Card and earn sticker “points” by visiting the different grade level exhibits in O’Brien Hall, all our extracurricular activity tables, and by checking out the Jansky Learning Center. Awesome prizes await the grade levels who have the greatest participation! So don’t forget those cards!! See you on March 19! It's sure to be a slam dunk!

Grades 6-8 Volunteer Opportunity

ATTENTION 6th, 7th, and 8th GRADERS: The Ladies Guild is in need of volunteers during the Spring Craft and Trade Show. Shifts are Friday, and Saturday morning, lunchtime, and afternoon (March 13-14)! Thank you in advance for your time! * 6th and 7th graders, you will receive a Box Top Day Dress Down Pass, but may NOT submit this activity for Confirmation Service Hours next year. No dress down for 8th graders, unless you don't need Service Hours. Sign-up with paper form found in this week's communication folder or online at: https://signup.com/go/mQdamzd Contact Colleen Grossner with questions (colleen@fresh-you.com or 440-655-1433).

Primary Grades Parents/Guardians-We Need You!

The links for March for Grade 2, April for Grade 1, and May for Kindergarten can be found below.

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. 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! 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 2, Grade 1, Kindergarten.

Our sincere thanks to the Grade 3 moms and dads who helped us in February: Mrs. Beth Velotta, Mrs. Tammy Oley, Mrs. Jaime Mance, Mr. Fred Mance, Mrs. Gina Quagliata, Mrs. Meghan Soriano, Mrs. Kate Herberth, Mr. David Fitzwater, Mrs. Iveta Fitzwater, Mrs. Ruth Pak, Mrs. Kristie Krebs, Mrs. Erica Majernik, Mrs. Megan Baco (and Sean and Jack!), Mr. Bob Patyk, Mrs. Iryna Yarovitskiy, and Mrs. Colleen McHugh.

Athletics News

Basketball City Playoffs -

Great opportunity to show your school spirit this weekend! On Saturday, our Grade 8 Boys are in the Semi-Final of the city basketball championships.

Game Details:

Saturday - 11:30 am at Holy Name High School

Championship games are Sunday.

St. Paschal Baylon Athletics Association is in need of new members. We are calling for parents or interested people to join us for our March Meeting on Thursday, March 26 from 7:30 - 9:00. This will be a longer meeting as we discuss open roles, and ways to improve the experiences for our athletes. Questions, please contact Joe Carlton - joe.carlton@gmail.com

Spring Fling Program Art Contest

Calling all artists! Would you like to see your original artwork on display at Spring Fling? We are looking to fill the Spring Fling Program book with FUN designs of our carnival. You can draw rides, games, the church, etc., but please do not include any words like SPB or Spring Fling. Submit your entry on an 8.5"x11" sheet using any medium you choose. All entries are due March 9 (note the extended deadline). Winners receive a ride voucher! Click here to download the entry form and see the official rules. If you would like more details, email Kathy@saintpaschal.com or Kelly@saintpaschal.com. Good luck and we can't wait to see your design!

Summer Solutions Ordering Portal Now Open!

Summer learning loss puts students at a serious disadvantage. This is when skills and knowledge are lost over the summer months, causing students to move backwards instead of progressing. By spending just minutes a day with Summer Solutions, students get the practice they need to keep moving forward. It was designed to help students return to school after summer break confident in the skills they’ve already learned and ready to master new ones. Your child worked hard all year. Make sure that progress sticks. Give your child the advantage of Summer Solutions. Click here to order your child's Summer Solutions books for delivery directly to your home!

Camp Invention June 2020

Do you love to sketch, create, and design? Do you like using your imagination to come up with new ideas? Check out the all-new Camp Invention 2020 program, where you will bring your designs and ideas to life, explore hands-on activities with friends, and take apart and personalize your own robot. St. Paschal's is excited to host Camp Invention again this summer the week of June 8-12 from 9:00-3:30 pm with an option to add Extended Day. Secure your spot today by visiting invent.org/camp. Register by March 31st using the promo code ELEVATE25 to save $25 off your registration. Contact Mrs. Popelka, mpopelka@saintpaschal.com, with any questions.