SPB Family Newsletter

Week of March 16, 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.


Dear Families,

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work through this unprecedented situation surrounding the coronavirus pandemic. The goal of our administrative team is to keep our students safe and healthy and to keep our families informed with accurate information. We have just learned of Governor DeWine's announcement for all schools to close for three weeks from March 16 to April 3. We are awaiting for specific guidance from the diocese. Tomorrow is a regular school day, and students will be informed by their teachers of which materials they should take home. Learning will continue using online options available to our teachers and students. Teachers will meet on Monday to prepare for distance learning. Instructions for how to access assignments will be emailed to parents once we have more specific information to share. Again, thank you for your understanding and patience in this time of uncertainty.


Diane Raguz, Principal

Bravo, Eighth Graders!

What an amazing weekend for our eighth graders as they performed "The Wizard of Oz" in front of huge crowds each evening! The sets looked amazing, the acting was outstanding, and the singing was delightful! Thank you to Kelly Monaghan (director), Jack-Anthony Ina (stage manager), and Nathan Hoty (choreographer) who devoted hours of time to prepare our students. We also want to thank the eighth grade parents who gave selflessly of their time in so many different capacities, especially Amy Goff, Kelly Keefe, Tricia Slemc, and Amy Wright for taking the lead and producing the show. Finally, thank you to seventh graders Kieran Bickar, Rachel Paulett, Elizabeth Paulett, Lincoln Hill, and Carly Guy who stepped up to help with the crew team during tech week and each performance. This was truly a group effort. Well done!
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Gr. 7 & 8 GCCTM Problem Solving Tournament

Our seventh and eighth grade teams made an impressive showing at the GCCTM (Greater Cleveland Council of Teachers of Mathematics) Problem Solving Tournament held at Beachwood Middle School on Saturday, March 7th. Eighth graders Jacob Mennel, Matt Mennel, and Anna Grossner brought home Rising Star awards. Eighth graders Brady Barker, Zoltan Kotrebai, and Nick Speyer and 7th graders Jonathan Anthony, Olivia Myers, Eva Ko, Zach Swiderski, Caitlyn Morton, and Zac Titas earned Champion Awards. Congratulations, mathematicians! Thank you, Mrs. Peko, for serving as the coach.

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S-P-E-L-L-I-N-G Bee!

Congratulations to seventh grader AJ Lowery for representing our school at the Cuyahoga County Spelling Bee held at Cuyahoga Community College’s Metro Campus this past Saturday. He was one of 34 spellers from across Cuyahoga County competing. Way to go, AJ!

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

School Advisory Council

The School Advisory Council (SAC) welcomes you to apply for a spot on the SAC for the 2020-2021 school year. The SAC is a consultative group that serves as a sounding board and advises the Principal and Pastor on various areas related to the school. Members of the Council must be parishioners of the Church and/or parents of children enrolled in the school. The SAC is looking for three new members. Applications are available on the school website under the Parents tab or HERE and are due by Monday, April 20. Applicants will be voted on during the April meeting and will be announced following selection. Thank you for your interest! All questions should be directed to Kelly Kunchik at kkunchik@gmail.com or Nicole Waggle at nicole.waggle10@gmail.com.
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Ladies' Guild Retreat

The Ladies Guild welcomes all ladies of the SPB community to attend our Ladies' Guild Women's Retreat on Sunday, March 15 from 9:30 to 4:30 at the Jesuit Retreat Center in Parma. Contact Nancy Dulzer at 216-856-9249 to register.

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.

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.

2020 Camp Invention Program – Elevate