SPB Family Newsletter
Thursday, December 10, 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,
The pink candle on the Advent wreath will be lit on Sunday, Gaudete Sunday, marking the third week of Advent. Gaudete is the Latin word for "rejoice." The pink candle represents joy--we wait in joyful anticipation for the birth of Christ.
We were filled with joy to welcome our students back to school on Monday. They have done a wonderful job making the transition back to in-person learning, and our online learners are already pros at it. It’s hard to believe that it is almost time for Christmas break, but I know our students (and teachers, too!) are looking forward to Christmas and some time away from school.
On Tuesday morning, we had a School Environment inspection completed by a representative from the Cuyahoga County Board of Health. We were delighted to hear some of the feedback he provided to us. He shared that we are doing a “phenomenal job” with the COVID-19 protocols we have in place as well as our communication with the Cuyahoga County Board of Health. It is so reassuring to hear that our hard work is not going unnoticed, and that we are doing all that we can to keep our students and faculty/staff safe.
Thank you for continuing to monitor for symptoms and keeping your children at home if they present with even one symptom. Your attention to this and concern for all is greatly appreciated. Let us all rejoice as we anxiously await the birth of Christ!
Peace and Blessings,
Diane Raguz, Principal
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!
Ladies Guild Advent Service Calendar
Advent Wreath Blessing
adapted from the Book of Blessings, 1528
Lord our God,
we praise you for your Son, Jesus Christ:
You are Emmanuel, the hope of the of the peoples.
You are the wisdom that teaches and guides us.
You are the Savior of every nation.
let your blessing come upon us,
and this wreath,
as we light the candles during this Advent Season.
May the wreath, its light, and our faith
be a sign of Christ’s promise to bring us salvation.
May Christ come quickly and not delay
to bring peace, joy, hope, and love to our world
and those most in need.
Through Christ our Lord.
(for meals and other times)
Come Lord Jesus! Maranatha!
look kindly on us
as we await the coming of the Christ.
Bless our homes,
and unite us to all people everywhere
who wait for the coming of your Son Jesus Christ.
Help those who will go hungry this day.
May this season bring peace, comfort and joy
as we share our love with everyone.
Come Lord Jesus! Maranatha!
4th & 5th 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.
LaVera Party Center Curbside Breakfast with Santa and His Elves
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.
Romeo's Pizza on January 6
5th Avenue Deli and Grill on December 19
Moe's Southwest Grill on January 19 (info coming soon)
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?