SPB Family Newsletter

May 25, 2023

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

Monday, May 29

No School--Memorial Day

Tuesday, May 30

Kindergarten Graduation--10:00 am

Finance Council Meeting--6:30 pm

Captains Reading Program Baseball Game--7:00 pm

Wednesday, May 31

Field Day

Thursday, June 1

Grade 8 Graduation--7:00 pm

Friday, June 2

Last Day of School

End of Fourth Quarter/Second Semester

Pass it On Mass--9:00 am

Dismissal--11:30 am


A Note from the Principal

Dear SPB Families,

What a great weekend for Spring Fling! Thursday's Family Night was filled with lots of smiles and great music as our school band performed under the big tent. Band students in grades 4-8 thrilled the crowd on Family Night, and it was the perfect way to kick off Spring Fling. Thank you to Mr. Frank Adams for working with our students all year and for all the behind-the-scenes tasks he completed to make it happen from set up and tear down to ordering t-shirts and so much more. Our band continues to be one of the strongest bands in the area with the greatest number of students participating.

Today marks the last day for our preschoolers! It has been a true pleasure to see our youngest students learn and grow this year under the guidance of their teachers. Every time I visit the preschoolers they put a smile on my face. May God bless each one of them and keep them safe this summer!

On a different note, I am sad to share that Ms. Margevicius will not be returing next year. She is taking a full-time position at another school. She is very sad to leave, but this position is more in line with her love which is the dramatic arts. We certainly wish her all the best!

Enjoy the extended Memorial Day weekend. Take time to relax and spend time with your family before we wrap up the final week of our school year. We are almost there!

Peace and blessings,

Diane Raguz, Principal

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Congratulations to our final Green Knight of the Quarter!

Jilliana Puntel is a third-grade student at Saint Paschal Baylon who is our Green Knight for the fourth quarter! Teachers were quick to share that Jilliana was the perfect choice as our Green Knight. Jilliana was nominated by Miss Catalano. Miss Catalano shared, “Jilliana is a natural leader both inside and outside of the classroom and always puts others before herself. Jilly is thoughtful, loving, responsible, and hardworking. Jilly is sure to always include others and is truly a great friend to everyone. I am so lucky to have Jilly's big, beautiful smile light up my classroom every day.”

Mrs. Longano shared, “I was lucky to be Jilliana’s second grade teacher. She has such a kind heart and she is everyone’s friend. She is always worried about everyone in the class and making sure everyone is included. She definitely leads by example. Mrs. Klepcyk wrote, “Jilliana is a ray of sunshine and the sweetest girl. She has the best personality and never misses an opportunity to chat with us any time we see her. We enjoy Jilliana so much, and I couldn't think of anyone who is more deserving of this honor. Ms. Margevicius said, “She cares about her classmates and always makes a point to include others. She has a wonderful sense of humor and can always be seen smiling.”

Jilliana’s family consists of her mom, dad, brother Vincent, and sister Isabella, and two very proud grandmothers. The Puntel family enjoys spending time together by attending sporting events, going to see Christmas lights, and vacationing in Michigan and Florida. In her free time, Jilliana likes to do Wordle, build with LEGOS, and play sports such as softball, basketball, and soccer. Her favorite subject is math because her dad taught her tricks, and now she is really good at it. In the near future, Jilliana would like to attend NDCL and hopefully play softball and soccer, and in the distant future, Jilliana would like to be an engineer.

When asked about Jilliana, her brother Vincent said that she is always nice to him and is the best at LEGOs. Her sister Isabella shared that Jilliana is very helpful and always includes her when her friends are over. Grandma Lou Lou shared that Jilliana is helpful and loving to all while Grandma She She said that Jilliana is like a little mother who always jumps right in to help. Mrs. Puntel shared that ever since she was little, Jilliana has had the biggest heart, and Mr. Puntel said that Jilliana has a great drive to succeed and always does her best.

Thoughtful, responsible, helpful, and kind were words repeatedly used to describe Jilliana. Mrs. Uzzo said, “Jilliana’s smile is contagious, and I admire the friend that she is to others.” Mrs. Sarosy commented that Jillian brings her quiet confidence to class with her every day. She is a good friend and encourages those around her. Mrs. Cross said, “Jilliana has a heart of gold. She truly exemplifies what it means to be of service to others." It is a pleasure to have Jilliana as a student at SPB, and we are blessed that she is part of our community. Congratulations, Jilliana, on this well-deserved honor!

Field Day Information


Date: Wednesday, May 31

**Games and activities will mostly be outdoors in the morning and indoors in the afternoon for the Faculty vs. Grade 7 volleyball game

Dress: Students should wear their gym uniforms and tennis shoes

Lunch: A McDonald's lunch will be graciously provided by our awesome PTO

Water: Students should bring their own water bottles. Please label them.

Sunscreen: If you want your child to wear sunscreen, please apply it AT HOME.

Field Day Volunteers Needed!

We are still in need of some volunteers to help with lunch on field day!

Miss Martinson - one more volunteer needed
Mrs. Herald - 2 volunteers needed
Mrs. Peko - one more volunteer needed
Mr. Martin - one more volunteer needed

Please see the sign up genius to sign up. Thank you for your help!

Dress Code for May 30-June 2

Tuesday, May 30 - Regular uniform

Wednesday, May 31 - Gym uniform for Field Day

Thursday, June 1 - Gym shirt or spiritwear shirt and gym shorts

Friday, June 2 - DRESS UP on Friday for our Pass it on Mass at 9:00 a.m.

Extended Day Announcement

Please mark your calendars with the following dates when Extended Day WILL NOT be in session.


June 2, 2023 (last day of school)

Clinic News-Medication Pick-up

Attention all parents: Kindly pick up all medications, supplies, and epi-pens from the clinic on Thursday, June 1 from 8:00 am-2:00 pm or Friday, June 2 from 8:00 am-11:00 am. If you need to make alternative arrangements, please contact the school office, and we would be happy to do so. Unfortunately, any medications not picked up will be discarded.

Attention: Current Sixth Grade Parents

The Ohio Department of Health requires a Tdap Booster and Meningococcal Vaccines be administered before a student enters the 7th grade. Therefore, your student will need to provide proof that these two vaccines were administered. The required form was sent home on May 22. Please return the form to school before the start of the 2023-2024 school year. Thank you!

Your Student's Bible

Just a reminder that in the beginning of 5th grade each student was gifted a Bible from The Ladies Guild that will be used through their 8th grade year. Please remind your student to bring them home for summer and remember to return them for use for next school year. Thank you!

SPB is Hiring!

Are you looking to work with children and have a positive impact on their future? If so, SPB is the place for you. Check out the current openings we have below. Feel free to share them with your friends!


Whether you are going to the local pool, taking a quick trip out of state, or boarding a plane to Europe, show us your SPB pride! Snap a picture wearing your SPB spiritwear wherever your travels might take you this summer and let us know where you are visiting. Send pictures to Ms. Raguz at draguz@saintpaschal.com, and we will share them with our SPB community on social media. We can't wait to see how our Green Knights are celebrating summer! #SPBproud

Important Dress Code Reminders for 2023-2024

We want to highlight some dress code reminders, especially as you make purchases over the summer:

  • Shoes: School shoes are defined as good, sturdy, supportive shoes. They must have non-marking soles. Shoe color must be basic black, brown, navy blue, tan, or grey. WHITE SHOES ARE NOT PERMITTED. Tennis shoes, sandals, backless shoes, moccasins or ballerina slippers are not part of the basic uniform. Heels of shoes may not be higher than one inch. Saddle shoes are acceptable. Tennis shoes, track shoes, hiking shoes, moccasins or boots are not part of the basic uniform. **Note: Kindergartners have the option to wear tennis shoes with Velcro closings. No laces, please.
  • Polo Shirts: Polo shirts MUST have the SPB logo. These can be purchased at Schoolbelles. K-4 girls SHOULD NOT wear polo shirts under their jumpers.
  • Socks: Solid-colored black, brown, navy, khaki, or white crew socks without logos. The uniform sock is a full crew sock. No-shows and Elites are NOT PERMITTED.
  • Skirts: The length of the skirt must be just above the knee. This summer would be a good time for hems to be let out to make them the correct length.
  • K-4 Girls Blouses: White, short- or long-sleeve, either broadcloth with Peter Pan rounded collar, broadcloth with tailored pointed collar, or oxford with button-down collar should. be worn under the uniform jumper. Girls SHOULD NOT wear polo shirts under their jumpers.
  • 7-8 Boys: All 7th and 8th grade boys are required to wear a white or light blue dress shirt to school with a tie. The 7th and 8th grade boys can wear polo shirts with shorts with their seasonal uniform- from May 1st to October 1st.
  • Hairstyles: Trendy and radical hairstyles are not permitted. No dyed, streaked, flashed, bleached, tipped, or highlighted hair is permitted for either boys or girls. Boys’ hair length should be to the collar and above the eyes.


From the Pastor’s Perspective.

Dear Saint Paschal Baylon Family:

I hope that this last note for the Family Newsletter from me finds you well. Many things happen in May and wanted to share a few.

Thank you so much for your support of our 14th Spring Fling Festival! We appreciate your support of our Catholic School thru the raffle, thru your volunteering and through your support our 4-day event. It was truly spectacular and the weather awesome! We really appreciate the support of all our teachers who served in so many capacities to make this a special event. Wasn’t the band concert amazing with the talent of our students? And great to hear our band teacher, Frank Adams, first ever arrangement of our school spirit song. Truly a memorable evening! THANK YOU! (A full report will be in the bulletin in the middle of June after all the bills are paid and donations received.)

Some of you may be following the statehouse bills trying to improve funding for education. Each day there is a new bill, theory, funding amount, etc. It has been dizzying and we do not know where it will end up. Our diocese, through the Keeping the Faith Catholic School initiative and our own parish Pastoral, Finance and School Advisory Councils, are keeping tabs and studying this issue. Once the dust settles in Columbus and we actually have a governor-signed bill, we will see how this affects the administration of our parish’s finances and the opportunities we may have. Meanwhile, stay tuned and let’s hope that the bills proposed become a reality. Please also note: we will not change our strict admission policies, ensuring that students who qualify for funding are a good-fit for our school and our strict academic standards. Like we do now, we have a screening and testing policies in place that each of you have participated in to measure if students qualify for our standards. This will continue no matter what Columbus decides.

It is time for a change of leadership in the altar server ministry. I am so grateful to Kathryn Mailer for leading this ministry for 6 years. What a blessing she has been for us and our youth ministers! We wish her well and also Maddie who is going off to high school now. Christine Verdone will now assume the leadership and scheduling and we really appreciate her stepping forward to continue the great leadership for this ministry. Through the summer we will continue to train new servers by watching the video, shadowing with our existing servers and on the job ministry training. Contact Christine to register and her children will work in training your children. Contact: Christinezak@hotmail.com

Also for the School Advisory Council (SAC), the team leaders of Sarah Echan, ’96 and Allison Carone Spinos, ’88 have completed their great 3 years of service. They assist Principal Raguz and I in very valuable ways! Lisa Kane is also moving over to the Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) for leadership there - and we are grateful for this. Brent Pietrafese and Jacquline Sweeney will now be the co-chairs of SAC.

We are also planning our next big annual fundraiser: Green Knight to Remember Gala. I am grateful to Chris Hart who has led this for so long and is not stepping back to continue serving on the committee while Brent Pietrafese and his wife Cheryl lead this event with more committee members than ever. Thank you for this fundraising effort!

Lastly, we have had small focus groups and parish leadership groups dreaming about the future of Father O’Brien Hall and the master plan of the campus. We are pursuing some of these thoughts and looking forward to engaging an architect and fundraising company to assist us with these efforts thru the summer. If you know anyone who would like to apply - please do so for the diocese we need at least three candidates.

Every single one of you is a valuable asset to our parish’s life and especially our parish Catholic school. I am so grateful how you contribute to our success, and we look forward to a safe, happy and healthy summer.

PS 2nd Graders and Families - Please plan on continuing the tradition and being part of the special procession with the Blessed Sacrament on Sunday, June 11 at 10:30 Mass. We have Bishop Michael G. Woost coming to lead us in the Mass and process. 2nd Graders - we hope- will be in their First Communion outfits and lead, with the Children’s Choir, the process outside around the property. Thanks for making the time to honor the Eucharist and keep alive a custom from the 14th Century, honoring the Blessed Sacrament!

Easter blessings & prayers -

-Father Lane, SSS

Summer Tutoring

The following teachers have expressed an interest in tutoring students during the summer. Listed are their names, the grade level/s, subject/s, and their email addresses. Please contact the individual teachers for details.

Miss Felice Ferrante, Grades 3-6



Mrs. Katie Klick, Kindergarten-Grade 2

All Subjects


Mrs. Moira Popelka, Grades 1-6

Reading, English, Study Skills


Mrs. Beth Uzzo, Kindergarten-Grade 5

All Subjects


Ms. Amanda Woletz, All Grades, K-8

Speech, Language, Social Skills


Yearbook Ordering

Yearbook sales for the 2022-2023 school year are open!

The standard package starts at $23 and you can order online.

The deadline to order is June 17th.

To order your yearbook visit:


School ID 11585723

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Spiritwear Sale

Spiritwear Year-End Summer Sale


May 22 - June 5

25% off all merchandise

Free shipping on orders over $60

No discount code needed

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SKIP THE LINES-Order your school supplies now & save!

Kits will be delivered via FedEx two weeks before the start of school.

Our PTO is offering the 1stDaySchoolSupplies program for 2023-2024. Enjoy hassle-free, pre-packaged, name brand school supply kits filled with the exact supplies requested by your child’s teacher. These kits are a cost effective and convenient way of purchasing your back-to-school supplies. Need a bookbag? Be sure to check out the add on items available!

Order Now --> https://1stdayschoolsupplies.com/kits.php?sid=83582

Questions? Contact Colleen Ockenden at CMOckenden@gmail.com.

We listened: no more hauling big boxes around at Meet Your Teacher...orders will be shipped directly to you so that you may bring your students labeled supplies at Meet Your Teacher on August 21. Orders are due by June 30.

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Hot Lunch Accounts

If your child is in Kindergarten through Grade 7, any balance left in your child’s hot lunch account will be available next year. 8th grade students with younger siblings will have their balance transferred to the younger sibling’s account. If your 8th grader does not have younger siblings in the school, please notify the school office by email at office@saintpaschal.com if you wish to have their balance transferred to another student in our school, or if you would prefer to have their balance returned to you by check at the end of the school year. Thank you for your cooperation.

Playground Volunteers Needed-Kindergarten & All Grades

We are asking that each family (mom, dad, grandma, etc.) choose at least two days to volunteer each time slot being 11:10 am-12:55 pm. There are many, many time slots open! We are so grateful for the help!

Kindergarten and anyone who would like to help is welcome to sign up for May/June.

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.

Thank you again for your time and service to the students and teachers of SPB! Simply click on the following link to sign up: Kindergarten

SPBAA Basketball Camp

The St. Paschal Baylon Athletic Association (SPBAA) will be hosting their first ever basketball camp this summer - July 24-28th, 2023.

We would like to invite all students entering 3rd through 7th grades to attend. Admission for 8th graders is free, as we are looking for volunteers to help with the younger grades and earn service hours.

This camp is a great opportunity for your son or daughter to begin to learn and/or reinforce some of the fundamentals of basketball. Please see the attached flier outlining all the particulars and a link to signup.

If you or your child is interested, please do not hesitate to register! Here is a flyer with complete information

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns please do not hesitate to contact Brian Herberth at 440-821-1956 or email Kate Herberth at kateherberth@gmail.com.

Go Green Knights!


Camp Invention 2023

Confidence, creativity and friendship are what @CampInvention is all about!

Register for exciting STEM fun at Saint Paschal Baylon Catholic School this summer from June 12-16.

Use SUM15 to save $15! invent.org/mylocalcamp

Bus Transportation for 2023-2024 School Year

Families of students in Kindergarten-Grade 8 are asked to check the various district links below regarding bus transportation for the 2023-2024 school year. In some cases, parents/guardians are required to REQUEST transportation for their child through their district.

Mayfield Transportation (Saint Paschal Baylon Catholic School will provide a list of enrolled students to MAY; however parents MUST request transportation using the link.)

Richmond Heights Transportation (Saint Paschal Baylon Catholic School will provide a list of enrolled students to RH; however, parents MUST request transportation using the link.)

South Euclid-Lyndhurst (Saint Paschal Baylon Catholic School will provide a list of enrolled students to SEL.)

Willoughby-Eastlake Transportation (Saint Paschal Baylon Catholic School will provide a list of enrolled students to W-E; however, parents MUST request transportation using the link.)

Community News

Beaumont Summer Enrichment & Athletics Camps

Beaumont Fine Arts Review

Benedictine Summer Football Camps

Gilmour May 16 Information Session

Gilmour Friday Night Lights Camp

Lake Catholic Cougar Cubs Club

Lake Catholic Junior Cougar Marching Band Program

NDCL Youth Football Camps

St. Edward Opportunities for 7th Grade Boys

St. Ignatius ACE Provider Status

St. Ignatius Summer Enrichment Program

St. Ignatius Summer Camps

St. Ignatius Math Enrichment Camp

St. Joseph Academy Summer Camps

VASJ Football Camp for 8th Graders-April 29

VASJ Youth Basketball Camps

VASJ Women's Basketball Camp

VASJ Girl's Basketball Camp:

I'm Brad Sutton, Junior Varsity head coach of the Lady Vikings at Villa Angela Saint Joseph High School. I wanted to notify you about our girls basketball camp. The camp will be June 19th to the 22nd from 10am to 2:30pm. If any young ladies want a discount, they can use my name (Coach Brad) as a reference and they'll receive $50 off their entry fee. To register, send an email to womensbasketball@vasj.com and fill out this form:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfVgqAaVFQ0JT6quYfc8A_Ik94Pp0trrBd-s8QhWn6LsDJxJw/viewform (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfVgqAaVFQ0JT6quYfc8A_Ik94Pp0trrBd-s8QhWn6LsDJxJw/viewform)

Also, any 7th or 8th grade girls are welcome to come to our Monday open gyms from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. Please email Coach Brad at the above email address with any questions.

Mayfield Rookie Sports Baseball

Mayfield Baseball Flyer & Registration

Mayfield Safety Town

Classroom Antics Summer Program

Camp Christopher Open House

Mayfield Lady Wildcats Sports Camp

Mayfield Fundamental Basketball Camp

Mayfield Stroke Clinic for Swimmers

Mayfield Summer Volleyball Camp

Mayfield Wildcat Football Camp

Mayfield Teen Camp

Xavier Summer Reading Enrichment Program

Cleveland NFL Alumni Summer Football Camps

Eastside Volleyball Club--Boys Volleyball

Lyndhurst Safe Sitters Class

Lyndhurst Safety Town

Eastside Kickers is excited to announce that tryouts for the 2023-24 season will be on Friday, May 19th at Denison Field.

  • Players born between 2016 and 2013 begin at 6 PM
  • Players born between 2012 and 2010 begin at 7 PM

Current players do not need to register for tryouts but are encouraged to attend during their age group slot.

The registration link is below and a flyer with complete information can be found HERE; encourage interested friends and family to register for tryouts and come see what ESK is about!

Eastside Kickers Tryouts 23-24