SPB Family Newsletter

Thursday, December 10, 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.

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

Calendar of Events


Walk-a-Thon 2020 T-shirt Dress Down Day



Ugly Sweater or Christmas Colors Dress Down Day



Last Day of School Before Christmas Break

Ugly Sweater or Christmas Colors Dress Down Day

As an extra treat for our in person and online learners, Wednesday, December 16, will be a dress down day with an Ugly Christmas sweater or Christmas colors theme. We can't wait to see you donning your red and green attire! Merry Christmas!

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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Ladies Guild Advent Service Calendar

The Ladies Guild has created an Advent Service Calendar for you to use with your family to help prepare for Christmas. Though we can't all be together for a Family Service Night this year, we hope this calendar will give you ideas for ways to serve with your family from home. Please share pictures of your activities on our Facebook page "SPB Ladies Guild" or on instagram at "spb.ladies.guild."

Advent Prayers

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.

Lord God,

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.

Advent Prayer

(for meals and other times)

Come Lord Jesus! Maranatha!

All-powerful God,

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.

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 5, Grade 4

LaVera Party Center Curbside Breakfast with Santa and His Elves

Hurry and get your order in for LaVera's Curbside Breakfast with Santa and His Elves, this Sunday, December 13. LaVera has generously offered to donate $5.00 from each order to SPB, so please enter #SPB in the notes section of your order.

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

Moe's Southwest Grill on January 19 (info coming soon)

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