SPB Family Newsletter
Thursday, November 5, 2020
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.
A Note from the Principal
Dear SPB Families,
After a successful first quarter, we have unfortunately had to deal with COVID cases among members of our school community. First and foremost, we hold those who are ill in our prayers each day and pray for their recovery. It is up to each of us to do what we can to prevent even further spread. We must do things within our control to keep everyone in our school community safe. We have put numerous safety measures and protocols in place here at school to keep our students and staff safe, but we cannot control what is done outside of school. What you do has an impact on our school community.
We sincerely urge you to use caution in allowing your child to participate in social gatherings outside of school where prevention strategies (i.e. social distancing, wearing of masks, etc.) may not be practiced as carefully as they are at school. We understand the need to balance school and social activities. However, your actions play a major role in determining how long we are able to remain in school in person. If you child has any COVID symptoms, please keep them at home. Please also be reminded that Cuyahoga County remains at Level Red with very high exposure and spread, which warrants heightened vigilance.
We have also made the decision to not use midquarter and the end of quarter as an entry/re-entry point for students. We do ask that you give your child's teacher as well as the office some advance notice of his/her transition. If your K-4 child needs a device, this form must be completed prior to taking the device home.
Finally, we want to continue to ensure the safety of our students, and we feel it is best to continue the suspension of academic clubs and activities for the second quarter. Our Responsive Return Plan stated that we would reevaluate at the end of first quarter, and we feel that this is the best route considering the current COVID-19 statistics within our school and in the state of Ohio.
Again, let us keep those who are ill in our prayers. We also want to thank so many families who have reached out to offer support and help. It is very much appreciated.
Diane Raguz, Principal
Report Cards Available Online
First quarter report cards have been published as of today. To avoid the exchange of more papers, there will be no report card envelopes sent home for you to sign. You have the ability to access grades and print a report card to keep for yourself. Directions for accessing report cards can be found below. Please note that there are two pages to the report cards. You don't want to miss the second page which includes teacher comments. We will send a hard copy of report cards at the end of the school year only. Remember that parent-teacher conferences take place next week, and our teachers are eager to meet with you.
You may access your child’s final grades for the quarter on Gradelink following these directions:
1. Log into Gradelink.
2. Click on the Grades tab on the left hand side.
3. The option to download the report card will appear on the right side of the screen. You
can then download it to view or print.
Don't forget to sign up for Parent-Teacher Conferences! Gr. 5-8 Parents Can Now Sign up for additional Teachers. Click here!
Walk-a-Thon 2020 Update
Thank you to all the families (and friends, relatives, coworkers, etc.) who raised over $20,000 for Walkathon to date! Donations are still coming in, so stay tuned for our final fundraising total and further details of next Friday's Walk-a-Thon 2020 events!
Students in grades K-4 who have earned an official 2020 Walk-a-Thon t-shirt may wear the shirt for the Walk-a-Thon on Friday, November 6 with jeans, sweatpants, or windpants and tennis shoes. Students should not wear shorts or torn/ripped jeans. If your child does not have the 2020 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.
Keep sending in your minutes of activity! Those numbers are being tallied and will be announced on the day of the Walkathon.
We will plan a rescheduled day for our students in grades 5-8 grade to walk and wear their Walk-a-Thon shirts. We will let you know as soon as the day is determined.
Walk-a-Thon 2020 T-shirt Dress Down Days
Friday, November 6 (Walk-a-Thon 2020 Day)
Monday, December 14
Tuesday, January 19
Thursday, February 18
Wednesday, March 24
Friday, April 16
Wednesday, May 12
Tuesday, June 1
COVID-19 Travel Advisory
With the holidays quickly approaching, we know that families may be traveling out of state. Our hope is to maintain in-person learning for as long as possible, and we need your help to do so. If your family travels to a state that is on the Ohio Department of Health's COVID-19 Travel Advisory List, it is recommended by ODH that your child quarantine for 14 days upon return. The states on the list have a positivity rate of 15% or higher. The list of states is updated every Wednesday. The most recent one can be found here. Thank you!
Virtual Open House for Prospective Families
A Message from Father Lane
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. This week’s early bird winner is M/M David Knudson. Thanks for getting in your tickets and next weekend you may begin the auction. Please also notice the flyer in this family newsletter for the take-out meal at LaVera on Friday, November 13, 4 - 5:30 PM. What a deal - a meal for 4 -6 to family members for $50! All proceeds benefit the school and our award-winning teachers! Our drawing is November 15 at the end of the 7:00 PM Mass.
5th & 6th 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.
Romeo's Pizza on November 4
5th Avenue Deli and Grill on November 21
Moe's Southwest Grill on January 19 (info coming soon)
Five Below from November 27-December 3 (info coming soon)
Spirit Gear is BACK!
Heinen's Teaming Up for Education
Last year, St. Paschal Baylon PTO earned over $2,000 from Heinen’s Teaming Up for Education Program. Heinen’s donates 1% of your purchases from September to April back to SPB; all you have to do is sign up and use your Tasteful Rewards card each time you shop. Remember, each year every family needs to re-sign up and select St. Paschal Baylon. You can select SPB a few ways: by entering your rewards number or email at https://www.heinens.com/schools/, stopping by the Customer Service Counter in store, or calling Customer Relations at 1-855-475-2300 ext 2337. Please sign up and encourage your family and friends to do the same so that PTO can continue to provide funding for technology and other resources for our students. This is an easy way to earn money for our school while you do your regular grocery shopping. Thank you!
What's in Today's Folder?
Communication folders will not be sent home this week.
Amazon Smile is a simple and automatic way for you to support SPB every time you shop on Amazon, at no cost to you! When you shop at www.smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com. On your first visit to AmazonSmile, you need to select "St. Paschal Church Parochial School" as your charitable organization before you begin shopping. Every eligible purchase you make at smile.amazon.com will result in a donation to SPB (0.5 percent). Why not give it a try the next time you shop online?