SPB Family Newsletter

May 4, 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

MAP Testing--April 24 through May 12

Sunday, May 7

First Communion--1:00 pm

Monday, May 8

Grade 5 Honor & Harmony Program--9:40 am & 10:20 am

Rugrats Track--2:30-3:45 pm

Art & Soul Club--2:30-3:30 pm

Tuesday, May 9

Junior High Spring Concert--1:30 pm

New Altar Server Training--2:30-3:30 pm in Church

Wednesday, May 10

All School Mass & May Crowning--9:00 am

Romeo's Pizza Fundraiser--4:00-8:00 pm

Thursday, May 11

Faculty Meeting--2:30-4:00 pm

Children's Choir Rehearsal--3:30 pm

Rugrats Track at MHS--5:45 pm

Friday, May 12

A Note from the Principal

Dear SPB Families,

Congratulations to our eighth graders who celebrated their Confirmation this past Sunday! Although there was some rain that day, there was such joy inside the Church. We look forward to this Sunday when our second graders celebrate their First Holy Communion.

May Crowning will take place next week on Wednesday, May 10 at the 9:00 a.m. Mass. I invite our students and families to bring in flowers to be placed on the altar around the statue of Mary. Thank you in advance. May Crowning is one of those traditional events that so many of us look forward to each year.

Peace and blessings,

Diane Raguz, Principal

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map testing-april 24-may 12

From April 24 to May 12, students in grades K through 8 will complete the third and final MAP® Growth test from NWEA®. We give students MAP Growth tests to determine their instructional level and to measure academic growth throughout the school year (and from year to year) in Math (K-8), Reading (K-8), and Language (3-8). There is no preparation for these assessments besides making sure your child has plenty of rest and a good breakfast throughout the testing period of April 24 to May 12. As in the past, following the testing period, you will receive a report showing your child’s growth throughout this school year.

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LifeWorks Ohio Respect Life Art and Essay Contest Winners

This year’s LifeWorks Ohio Respect Life Art and Essay Contest had over 1,200 entries. We are very happy to announce that six of our students are winners in this year’s contest. Congratulations to the following students:

  • Nora Spellacy (Gr. 7) - First Place in the Essay category
  • Jaida Zeigler-Williams (Gr. 7) - Second Place in the Essay category
  • Caleb Gianzero (Gr. 8) - Second Place in the Poetry category
  • Colton Cutwright (Gr. 7) - Third Place in the Poetry category
  • Carla Grossner (Gr. 8) - Third Place in the Art category (missing from picture)
  • Sydney Swiderski (Gr. 7) - Honorable Mention in the Art category

These students are invited to an awards ceremony in Parma on Sunday, May 21. Thank you to our teachers for encouraging their students to take the time to reflect upon God's precious gift of life, and to Mr. Martn who is the Religion teacher to all of these students. We are proud of our Respect Life winners!

Jesus Day-Grade 2

The Eymard Room in the Family Life Center was abuzz with activity for Jesus Day on Wednesday! Jesus Day is a time for our second graders to grow as a faith community in preparation for their First Communion on Sunday. The theme was "We Are the Light of Christ." Students made rosary keychains, tried different types of bread, received a ceramic cross, listened to Father Lane, read letters from their parents, wrote a letter to Jesus, and MUCH more! We want to extend a HUGE thank you to all of the parents and SPB staff members who organized this day and made everything so SPECIAL for our second graders!

Spring Fling Festival Ride Presale Tickets!

Spring Fling Festival is just a few days away and the ride presale tickets are available now! Please CLICK HERE to print your order form. You don't want to miss this opportunity to get your discounted tickets today!

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!

SPB Talent Show

Attention all SPB Stars! We will hold a special TALENT SHOW on Wednesday, May 24th! Each homeroom will choose one act to be part of our school-wide TALENT SHOW. (Grades 4 and 8 can choose two acts!) Talent acts include singing, dancing, playing a musical instrument, comedy, juggling, and anything that makes you stand out! Each act should be no longer than 5 minutes and can be a solo or a group act. Auditions will be held during an assigned date decided by your homeroom teacher the week of May 1st - May 12th. There will be a MANDATORY DRESS REHEARSAL on MONDAY, MAY 22nd from 2:30-4:00 pm if you’re chosen to be part of the show. GOOD LUCK!

Talent Show Information

  • Talent Show auditions will be held by homeroom. Each homeroom teacher will choose a date between May 1st - 12th to hold auditions during the school day. Anyone is eligible to audition. One act per homeroom must be chosen. Grades 4 and 8 will pick two acts because of only having one homeroom. Your child's homeroom teacher will announce when auditions will be held in their classrooms.

  • Acts can be solo or in a group. There is no limit to how many students can be in a group.

  • Acts include singing, dancing, playing a musical instrument, juggling, or anything that makes a student stand out. If singing a song or dancing to a song, be sure that the music chosen is APPROPRIATE! If you are singing, you need to provide karaoke music and not a song with someone already singing on it or have an accompanist. Students will bring whatever props/music is necessary. *A digital copy must be sent to Mrs. Cross. If a digital version is not available, please create your own CD.

  • Acts should not be longer than 5 minutes.

  • Students must sign up before auditions are held. Students must submit the “Audition Form” to their homeroom teacher so teachers can plan accordingly. A parent's signature is required.

  • Costumes or a special appropriate outfit should be worn during auditions. Make sure you are PREPARED!

  • There will be a MANDATORY DRESS REHEARSAL on MONDAY, MAY 22nd from 2:30-4:00 pm if you’re chosen to be part of the show.

  • Those who are chosen to be part of the show may invite their parents and grandparents to see the show on Wednesday, May 24th at 1:00 in O’Brien Hall.

New Altar Server Training

Training of new altar servers began on Tuesday, April 18, 2:30 pm in church. Also on April 25 (student led with parents), May 2, 9 & 16. Installation of new servers is during Spring Fling Mass, Sunday, May 21, 10:30 am. Contact Kathryn Mailer to register: katmailer416@gmail.com

SPRING FLING....WE NEED YOU! Earn a dress down pass!

Our annual Spring Fling is right around the corner, and we need your help! The success of our festival depends greatly on our volunteers. This is our time to shine as a parish community. Please commit to work for 1 to 2 shifts over the May 18th-21st weekend. We promise you will have a ball! A DRESS DOWN PASS WILL BE GIVEN TO ANY STUDENT WHOSE PARENTS SIGN UP AND WORK A SHIFT THAT WEEKEND. The dress down passes can be used on any ONE day the week following Spring Fling, May 22-26. CLICK HERE!
spring fling volunteer sign-up

Work a shift at Spring Fling and earn a dress down day for your child/ren to be used any one day during the week of May 22-26.

Faculty Room Snack Cart

LAST snack cart hurrah!

Let us show our appreciation for all the wonderful teachers and staff at SPB by stocking the snack cart for the staff lounge. The Ladies Guild started this tradition in 2021, and it was a huge success thanks to all of you. Let's do it again ONE more time, before we call it a wrap for this school year! Please CLICK HERE to sign up!

Thank you for your support of this tradition during this school year!

Field Day Volunteers Needed

Field day is almost here! We are asking for 2 volunteers per class to meet in O'Brien Hall at 11:50am. You will collect the class' McDonalds lunch, distribute it to the class, and stay with them for lunch.

Please CLICK HERE to sign up! Thank you for you help!

PTO News

Please click here for a flyer with discount ticket information for Waldameer Park.

Our monthly Romeo's Pizza Fundraiser is May 10.

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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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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

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)

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.)