SPB Family Newsletter

Week of August 26, 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.

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Calendar of Events

Staggered Entrance for Preschool Students this Week


First Full Day for Kindergarten Students

Chromebook Distribution and Mini-Bootcamp (Gr. 5-8)


Grade 4 Band Instrument Try-Out

Grade 4 Band Meeting--8:30 am


Returning Band Members Meeting--8:15 am

All School Mass--9:00 am


Parent Open House--6:45 pm


what a great first day!

Welcome, New Families!

We extend our warmest welcome to the new families and students entering grades 1-8 this year! They are:

  • Mr. and Mrs. Aaron Sutton and son Isaac (grade 1)
  • Ms. Brittany Gardner and daughter Madison Krajcar (grade 2)
  • Mr. and Mrs. Tom Cutwright and children Colton (grade 4) and Haeli (grade 6)
  • Mr. and Mrs. Philip Franco and children Thomas (grade 4) and Fredericka (grade 6)
  • Mr. and Mrs. Giovanni Luciano and children Carmine (grade 4) and Sophia (grade 6)

We also welcome Tristan Lee (grade 2) who will be joining his older brother at SPB this year! We are all very happy that you are a part of the SPB family!

Welcome, Mrs. Braun!

Mrs. Vanessa Braun is a new addition to our second grade team! She has taught in Catholic schools before, most recently as a Title I tutor at St. Benedict in Garfield Heights. Mrs. Braun is a mother of two girls and lives with her husband and children right here in Highland Heights. Mrs. Braun shared, "Thank you to the SPB faculty, students and families for the warm welcome! I can already see why Saint Paschal Baylon is such a beautiful community focused in faith, hope and love!"

Opening School Reminders

Have you remembered to:
  • Complete your Back to School Forms, print them, and return to homeroom teacher?
  • Replenish or set up your child's hot lunch account?
  • Send in your child's Milk Fee of $45.00?
  • Grades 5-8: send in a check for $30.00 for Chromebook insurance?
  • Mark your calendar to attend Parent Open House (Grades 1-8) on Thursday, August 29 at 6:45 pm?
  • Send in registration forms and fees for Before Care and/or After Care?

Parent Open House (Grades 1-8)

Thursday, Aug. 29th, 6:45pm

5360 Wilson Mills Road

Highland Heights, OH

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Governor's Thomas Edison Award

On August 14, we received the exciting news that Saint Paschal Baylon Catholic School was selected, for the EIGHTH straight year, as one of the 2018-2019 Governor’s Thomas Edison Award for Excellence in STEM Education and Student Research. SPB was one of only 54 schools in the state of Ohio selected to receive this award. We are honored that The Ohio Academy of Science has recognized our school and teachers who have not only provided a strong STEM curriculum, but who have also encouraged participation in many other activities to stimulate student interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Here is the official press release.

Playground/Lunchroom Volunteer Sign Ups

The links to sign up for playground/lunchroom supervision for parents/guardians of students in Grades 7-8 are now live!

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 8 or Grade 7

Robotics Team Parent Volunteer

Do you have experience with robotics? We are looking for a parent volunteer to help with our robotics team (grades 6-8) that competes in the diocesan X-STREAM Games on April 4, 2020. Last year was our first year having the team, and we would like to see it continue and thrive. The team uses VEX IQ Robotics kits, and we will be ordering the new challenge set for this year. The team plans to meet after school from 2:30-3:30 p.m. on Mondays or Tuesdays twice a month beginning in October and concluding with the X-STREAM Games in April. If interested, please email Mrs. Iryna Kulick, our junior high science teacher, at iklulick@saintpaschal.com or Ms. Diane Raguz, Principal, at draguz@saintpaschal.com.

Band Parent Information Meeting-Tuesday, September 3

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Blessing and Dedication of the Jansky Learning Center

Tech Twitter

Mrs. Leffler started a tech twitter @spbtechnology. She plans on adding pictures and tweets daily of what’s going on in the Jansky Learning Center. Follow us to see everything happening in technology at SPB!

Spirit Wear Online Shop

Our Spirit Gear PTO Online Shop will be open from August 21 - September 4!! Did you miss our table at Meet the Teacher Night?? Did we not have your size??? Now’s your chance to grab some gear for fall sports season and the rest of the year! Fan favorites are in stock as well as a few new items including our first ever joggers! You can shop online here or in Quick Links on the SPB website. The online shop closes September 4th and orders will be delivered to SPB around the last week of September. If you ordered one of our new headband designs at Meet the Teacher Night, those are made separately from the online store and will be delivered to your child by next week. Have any questions? Feel free to contact Kristie Krebs, Sarah Reynoso, or Katie Terman. **Remember that our online shop only opens three times a year (August, November, and March) so that we can bring you the best deals on merchandise! You’ll also see our Pop-Up Shop at some of the events during the school year, but stock is limited during those events so plan accordingly!

NEW Box Tops Information

The Box Tops for Education program is changing the way SPB can earn cash for our school.

Over the summer, participating brands have begun to change their packaging from the traditional Box Tops clip to the new Box Tops label.

Going forward, instead of clipping from packages and checking expiration dates, all Box Tops will be earned digitally by scanning your receipt. The Box Tops for Education team has worked hard to build a NEW-and-improved, user-friendly Box Tops mobile app, available now.

The new app features state-of-the-art technology that allows you to scan your store receipt, find participating products and instantly add Box Tops to our school's earnings online.

If you still have traditional Box Tops clips at home, make sure to send them to school on the 1st Monday & Tuesday of each month (watch the calendar for exact dates). These will still earn cash for SPB until they expire. Better yet, you can “double dip” during the packaging transition by clipping traditional Box Tops AND scanning your store receipt containing participating products!! We have already earned $12 by scanning receipts!!! THANK YOU!!

Maria Patyk

SPB Box Top rep



Heinen's Teaming Up for Education

Last year, Saint Paschal Baylon PTO earned $2,304 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 logging into your online Tasteful Rewards account, stopping by the Customer Service Counter at Heinen’s, 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!

Altar Server Training

Students in grades 3-8 are invited to become an altar server by attending the training sessions on the following Tuesdays: October 15, 22, 29, & November 5 with installation on Sunday, November 10 at the 10 a.m. Mass.

Sessions will be after school until 3:30 p.m. in the church. All in training should watch the video:


Please register with our coordinator, Kathryn Mailer <solonkat@yahoo.com>

The Writers' Fellowship at SPB Parish

The Writers’ Fellowship brings together writers with a variety of strengths, skills and needs in a supportive environment to encourage thoughtful, written expression. Through discussions and readings from the writings of St. Peter Julian Eymard, Thomas Merton, St. Augustine and others, writers will find inspiration and the means to express those ideas from the well-spring of fellowship with others.

St. Augustine wrote: “Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe.”

Through writing, we will see what we believe.

Can you make a grocery list?

Can you make a list of things to do?

Can you email a friend? Or can you send a card with a note?

Can you write what you did today?

If you said yes to any of these questions, there’s a place for you at the table. Be not afraid. Remember, you answered one of the questions with a ‘yes.’

THE DETAILS: We meet on Saturday mornings from 9:45 to 11:00 in the St. Paschal Baylon rectory – Arkins Room on OCTOBER 5, 12, 19, 26, November 2, and 9. Park in the horseshoe lot off Wilson Mills Rd.

For any inquires contact Joe McCormack through the SPB Parish Office – 440-442-3410

Please note the Writers’ Fellowship is limited to TEN participants.




√ Prayer

√ Reading of Participants’ work

√ Discussion

√ Excerpted spiritual readings and/or guest-speaker

√ Discussion of next assignment