SPB Family Newsletter

Week of December 2, 2019

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


First Sunday of Advent


Box Tops Dress Down Day

Advent Reconciliation--1:15 pm


Box Tops Dress Down Day

We Give Catholic Day


All School Mass--9:00 am

Robotics Club Meeting--2:30-3:30pm

Grade 6 GCCTM Practice--2:30-3:15 pm

PTO Meeting--7:00 pm


Grade 5--Honor & Harmony Program

Grade 2 Girl Scout Meeting--2:30-4:00 pm

Grades 3-4 Catholic Math League Test #2--2:30-3:15 pm

Ladies Night Out--7:30 pm


Young Rembrandts--2:30-3:40 pm

Grade 6 GCCTM Practice--2:30-3:15 pm


Second Sunday of Advent

A Note from the Principal

Dear SPB Families,

Sunday, December 1 marks the start of the Advent season. Advent is a time of new beginnings. It is a time of quiet, joyful preparation for the celebration of Jesus’ birth and also a time to remember that we wait for Christ to come again at the end of time. The faculty, staff, and students will be busy making ourselves ready for the celebration of Christ’s birth by receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation, celebrating Saint Nicholas Day, supporting the Helping Hands Ministry, working together with our buddies, and preparing joyful music through our choirs and bands.

As parents of Catholic school students, there are ways to keep Advent traditions alive and celebrate the hope and joy of the season. The latest NCEA Parent Newsletter is filled with activities and resources to help families celebrate Advent and prepare for Christmas. I encourage you take a moment to check out the newsletter and perhaps rekindle an old family tradition or start a new one.

As we approach Christmas, let us take advantage of the moments when Jesus calls us in simple ways. Together, let us give thanks for His presence among us and be the bearers of His light to the world as we go forward in faith, hope, and love.


Diane Raguz, Principal

Thank You!

Our second annual Green Knight to Remember Gala was held on Friday, November 8. Thank you to everyone who attended, donated or supported this event! Attendees enjoyed a fun night of food, raffles of all sorts, and honoring two of our own. We were able to raise $16,600 at the event. Profits go toward enhancing the school. Next year's event will be held on Friday, November 13, 2020!

Our Anniversary Raffle netted $6,900 for the parish.

Thank you for your generosity!


Christmas Concerts

Band and Junior High Christmas Concert

Coming soon! The Band and Junior High Choir Christmas Concert is on Thursday, December 12th at 1:00 and 7:00 pm, both in the Church (new location!). Performers should wear school uniforms for the daytime concert and dressy black and white outfits (khaki pants are also ok!) for the evening performance. ALL Junior High students are expected to perform in both concerts. Junior High students not involved in Band are asked to arrive at 6:30 pm and go to their homeroom before the concert. Hope to see you there as we celebrate the sights and sounds of Christmas in song!

Here are a few reminders for all band members for the upcoming weeks:

  • Band Students will meet at O’Brien Hall for instrument case storage and tuning. Students should arrive at 6:30 pm.
  • We will also have an in-school concert on Thursday, December 12th, 2019 at 1:00 pm in the church. You are welcome to attend. Please make sure that your child has his or her instrument and music on this day.
  • All band members must ensure that their instrument is in working condition and have extra reeds (as needed) at hand as well as their band folders with all their sheet music prior to the concert day.
  • Feel free to invite your friends and family to our concert.
  • Encourage your son or daughter to practice their concert music! Band students who store their instruments at the school are strongly encouraged to take the instruments home to practice their concert music. A great concert is more likely the result of deliberate practice, not talent.
  • Feel free to email me at emandujano@musicallianceinc.org if you have any questions.

Primary Grades Christmas Concert

Save the date for our annual Primary Grades Christmas Concert! This year's concert is on Wednesday, December 18th, with performances at 1:15 and 7:00 pm, both in the Church! All Kindergarten, First Grade, Second Grade, and Third Grade students have a role in our show, so please make sure they are in attendance! Performers should wear school uniforms (or gym uniforms if it's a gym day) for the daytime performance and dress up for the evening performance! (Sunday best as some like to call it!) Performers should arrive for the concert at 6:30 pm and find their class and teacher in the Eymard Room. Hope to see you there as we ring in the Christmas Season and celebrate the birth of Jesus in song!

Seeking Distinguished Graduate Award Nominations

Do you know a “Distinguished Graduate” of Saint Paschal Baylon Catholic School? If so, please nominate him or her for the Distinguished Graduate Award to be announced at the closing Mass for Catholic Schools Week on Friday, January 31, 2020. To be eligible, the nominee should have graduated from Saint Paschal Baylon Catholic School at least ten years ago. The award recipient will be selected based on his or her contributions to the community, society, and the Catholic Church. Our school will accept nominations until December 15, 2019. The nomination form can be found below or on our school website under Quick Links.

Save These Dates!

Preschool Open House: If you are interested in enrolling your child/ren in our Saint Paschal Baylon Preschool, mark Thursday, January 23 on your calendar! The preschool team will be presenting information on all of our preschool programs beginning at 6:30 pm in the Eymard Room of the Family Life Center. The opportunity to see the classrooms will be available to all. Our preschool fills up fast, so you won’t want to miss this event. You may call the school office or email us at office@saintpaschal.com to register for the meeting.

All School Open House: All are welcome, seasoned parents and prospective parents, to our Catholic Schools Week Open House on Sunday, January 26 after the 10:00 am Mass. Information for new families will be available during this open house. For answers to your questions call the school office or email us at office@saintpaschal.com. New families will be entered into the free registration drawing taking place on Thursday.

Kindergarten Sneak Peek & Grades1-8 Grade 8 (new enrollment) Q&A: On Thursday, January 30 at 8:30 am, new families interested in our kindergarten or in transferring child/ren to our school are invited to our Sneak Peek event with our Kindergarten staff and a Q&A session with our administrative team. Join us for a light brunch, a tour of the school, and an opportunity to win a free registration worth $225. Please call the school office or email us at office@saintpaschal.com.

Spirit Gear Holiday Pop-Up Shop

Our annual Spirit Gear Holiday Pop-Up Shop will appear at Ladies Night, December 5th, and Basketball Picture Night (date TBD). New this year are LIMITED EDITION items! These items (like the B-ball and Science headbands shown) are only available at the Pop-Up Shops and quantities are limited - once they're gone, they're gone! Check out the SPB PTO Facebook Group for pictures of Limited Edition gear.

Want to be one of the first to grab the Limited Edition gear? Volunteer to help us work the Pop-Up Shop at Ladies Night! Link here ---> https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0a4babae28a7f94-spirit1

Our online shop will be open from Thanksgiving until December 8th with delivery of items to the school by Christmas break. *Please note that LIMITED EDITION gear will not be available through the online store.

Have any questions? Feel free to contact Katie Terman, Kristie Krebs, or Sarah Reynoso.

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The link for December for Grade 5 can be found below. With the holiday season just ahead, we know that you will want to get the dates that work for your busy schedule!

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. 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 5.

Thank you to the Grade 6 moms, dads, and grandparents who volunteered during the month of November: Dr. Leigh Ann Kerns, Mrs. Heather DiIulio, Mr. Jason Willis, Mrs. Amy Franco, Mrs. Elaine Cutwright, Mrs. Ewa Scaffidi, Mr. Adrick Barnes, Mr. Frank Pak, Mrs. Nancy Dulzer, Mrs. Paula Metz, Mrs. Iveta Fitzwater, Mrs. Kristie Krebs, Mrs. Molly Kane, Mr. Mark Ellis, Mrs. Elena WIllis, and Mrs. Kerrie Cotturo.

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.

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