SPB Family Newsletter

Thursday, December 17, 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.

Merry Christmas from our family to yours!

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A Note from the Principal

Dear SPB Families,

We are so thankful that we were able to offer in-person learning these two weeks for those who chose to be here while simultaneously offering remote learning for those who chose that plan. I am so grateful to our teachers who have been working tirelessly to meet the needs of ALL of their learners whether in school or at home. It has not been an easy task, but they have once again stepped up to the challenge and have executed the plan so well.

Our students and teachers are working hard to keep one another safe by wearing masks, washing hands, maintaining distance between one another and, when necessary, staying home. Thank you to our families who are communicating with us and monitoring symptoms daily. COVID-19 poses many new challenges for all of us. By practicing health and safety protocols, we are protecting our students and educators as well as supporting our community’s efforts to slow the spread of the virus.

Throughout the holiday season, it will be more important than ever to bear in mind that our actions outside of the classroom determine when, if and how students are able to be inside the classroom. As public health recommendations for COVID-19 continue to evolve and new scientific evidence becomes available, we will keep you informed about the changes this may mean for our school. We need to work together, practice social distancing, wear masks, and wash our hands to keep schools and communities safe. We are all in this together.

On behalf of the faculty and staff of Saint Paschal Baylon Catholic Schools, I want to wish all of you a MERRY CHRISTMAS! Thank you for sharing the gift of your children with us and for your continued support this school year. What a blessing it is to be surrounded by 347 amazing learners and to have parents who value Catholic education. May you and your family enjoy a blessed Christmas filled with God's peace and may you find His peace, love, and joy today and in the coming New Year!


Diane Raguz, Principal


Please note: A family newsletter will be sent out the last week in December

COVID-19 Travel Advisory

With the holidays approaching, we know that some families may travel out of state. We need your help to ensure that we can offer in-person learning safely. If your family traveled 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. Your child can move to online learning during this period. We need families to take this responsibility. 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!

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4th 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 4

Join Bishop Malesic for Televised Christmas Masses

Join the Most Rev. Edward Malesic, bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland, as he celebrates Masses from the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day that will be livestreamed or broadcast on local television.

The bishop will be the celebrant for the 4:30 p.m. livestream of Christmas Eve, Dec. 24 Mass. The Mass will be streamed live via the internet on the diocesan website, dioceseofcleveland.org. It also will be available on demand on the diocesan website after the broadcast.

On Christmas Day, Dec. 25, Bishop Malesic will celebrate Christmas Mass from the cathedral on WOIO – Channel 19 -- at 9 a.m. The Mass also will be available on demand on the diocesan website at dioceseofcleveland.org.

For a schedule of weekday and Sunday livestreamed Mass from the cathedral, which is in downtown Cleveland, visit the diocesan website, dioceseofcleveland.org.

PTO Fundraisers

Out SPB PTO has several on-going fundraisers during which you can order and pick up a great meal for your family while supporting their mission for our school. Please click on the link below for information on November dates:

Romeo's Pizza on January 6

5th Avenue Deli and Grill on December 19

PTO is trying a new Taco Tuesday at Moe’s Southwest Grill on January 19th. It’s a locally owned restaurant and they are offering taco kits that feed 4-6 people. It’s an online form you fill out in advance and on January 19th between 6:00-6:30 pm you can pick up the kit at our very own Saint Paschal parking lot.

Thank you for your overwhelming support this year!