SPB Family Newsletter

Thursday, March 19, 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.


Dear Families,

We all made it through two days of distance learning! Well done! I want to thank our students, parents, caregivers, and teachers who are navigating these waters for the first time and doing a great job. You are ROCK STARS! We realize things may not have been perfect, but I am amazed by so many positive things I have seen or heard that are evidence of the strong community we have. Also, thank you to so many of you who have offered words of encouragement to me and to our staff, who have bought us coffee or treats, who have shared valuable information as we made plans, and more. We are blessed to have this community of faith in such uncertain times!

I will try to post morning announcements similar to what we do here at school on Facebook at 8:00 a.m. each day. This might be a nice way to feel connected to SPB and start off your day of learning. Click HERE to see today's announcements. Our plan is to also publish our weekly Family Newsletter every Thursday afternoon to share important information with you and to keep the home/school connection strong. Of course, should there be anything that we need to communicate with you sooner, you can expect us to utilize our Gradelink system to send email blasts or texts and phone calls, if necessary. Please contact us at office@saintpaschal.com if you need to update any of your contact information.

Finally, a parent shared this resource with me provided by the NCTSN (The National Child Traumatic Stress Network), and I thought it was a valuable document to pass on to you: Parent/Caregiver Guide to Helping Families Cope With COVID-19. This resource will help you think about how an infectious disease outbreak might affect your family—both physically and emotionally—and what you can do to help your family cope.

Let us continue to pray for all those affected by this virus and let us pray for the medical professionals who are examples of compassion and strength in caring for those in need. Tomorrow, enjoy a well-deserved day off! Back at it on Monday.


Diane Raguz, Principal

Day One of Distance Learning

Day 2 of Distance Learning

Extended Day/Before Care Invoices

Extended Day and Before Care invoices (Kindergarten-Grade 8) have been mailed to the homes of families who use these services. If you have any questions about your invoice, please email Mrs. Lipstreu at klipstreu@saintpaschal.com. A school-addressed return envelope has been included for your convenience. You may also drop your payment off at the parish office. Thank you.

New Student Referral Program-$100 Tuition Credit

It's that time of year! Registration for the 2020-2021 school year is taking place now, and we have already heard from some prospective families. Be sure you and they are aware of our New Student Referral Program. See the details below.
New Student Referral Program


Diocesan Tuition Assistance

The application process for Diocesan Tuition Assistance (DTA) and the Saint Paschal Baylon G.I.F.T.S. Program is now open.

  • The application may be accessed online at: www.online.factsmgt.com/aid.
  • Applications for DTA officially open in January of 2020.
  • To be considered for diocesan tuition assistance, families must update their application with 2019 tax documentation when available.
  • To be eligible for the Saint Paschal Baylon G.I.F.T.S. Program, the online application must be completed.
  • As of 2019, paper applications are no longer available, and applications must be completed online.
  • Deadline for Round One consideration is March 15, 2020.
  • Deadline for Round Two consideration is June 1, 2020.

Click on the links below for additional information:

Diocesan Tuition Assistance Brochure

Diocesan Tuition Assistance Timeline 2020-2021

Diocesan Tuition Assistance FAQs

FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment-2020-2021 (FInancial Aid ONLY)

Ohio’s 529 Savings Plan to Pay for K-12 Catholic School Tuition FAQs

School Advisory Council

The School Advisory Council (SAC) welcomes you to apply for a spot on the SAC for the 2020-2021 school year. The SAC is a consultative group that serves as a sounding board and advises the Principal and Pastor on various areas related to the school. Members of the Council must be parishioners of the Church and/or parents of children enrolled in the school. The SAC is looking for three new members. Applications are available on the school website under the Parents tab or HERE and are due by Monday, April 20. Applicants will be voted on during the April meeting and will be announced following selection. Thank you for your interest! All questions should be directed to Kelly Kunchik at kkunchik@gmail.com or Nicole Waggle at nicole.waggle10@gmail.com.

Primary Grades Parents/Guardians-We Need You!

The links for March for Grade 2, April for Grade 1, and May for Kindergarten can be found below.

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. 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! 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 2, Grade 1, Kindergarten.

Our sincere thanks to the Grade 3 moms and dads who helped us in February: Mrs. Beth Velotta, Mrs. Tammy Oley, Mrs. Jaime Mance, Mr. Fred Mance, Mrs. Gina Quagliata, Mrs. Meghan Soriano, Mrs. Kate Herberth, Mr. David Fitzwater, Mrs. Iveta Fitzwater, Mrs. Ruth Pak, Mrs. Kristie Krebs, Mrs. Erica Majernik, Mrs. Megan Baco (and Sean and Jack!), Mr. Bob Patyk, Mrs. Iryna Yarovitskiy, and Mrs. Colleen McHugh.

Summer Solutions Ordering Portal Now Open!

Summer learning loss puts students at a serious disadvantage. This is when skills and knowledge are lost over the summer months, causing students to move backwards instead of progressing. By spending just minutes a day with Summer Solutions, students get the practice they need to keep moving forward. It was designed to help students return to school after summer break confident in the skills they’ve already learned and ready to master new ones. Your child worked hard all year. Make sure that progress sticks. Give your child the advantage of Summer Solutions. Click here to order your child's Summer Solutions books for delivery directly to your home!

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.

2020 Camp Invention Program – Elevate