SPB Family Newsletter
Thursday, January 7, 2021
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.
RETURN TO IN-PERSON LEARNING-MONDAY, JANUARY 11
Calendar of Events-January 11-15
MAP Testing-January 11-29
Box Tops Dress Down Day
Box Tops Dress Down Day
School Mass--Grades 7-8
PTO Fundraiser--5th Avenue Deli & Grill
A Note from the Principal
Sadly, the events of yesterday at our Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. were difficult to witness and hard to comprehend and explain, especially to our children. There is no doubt that the actions of the people involved are unacceptable and appalling. Some of the students, especially the older ones, may have some questions or want to discuss the disturbing events. Here are a few resources that might be helpful:
- From the National Education Association: Talking to Kids About the Attack on the Capitol
- From WKYC (Video-12 min.): Chaos at the Capitol: A Child Psychologist on How to Talk with Your Kids About Today’s Events
- From Common Sense Media: How to Talk to Kids About Violence, Crime, and War
- From Kids Health: How to Talk to Your Children About the News
My hope is that we as a nation restore calm and peace and that there is a smooth transition of power so that together we may move forward. We also need to pray for our nation to bring an end to the anger, hatred, division, and chaos and restore love, reconciliation, and healing.
On a more positive note, it was great to get back into the swing of learning this week! I have been able to meet with or sit in on several classes, and it was so nice to see the smiling faces of students. On Monday, January 11, we welcome back those who have chosen to continue or return to in-person learning. Thank you to all who completed the Student Education Plan Form that was needed if you want to change the learning plan for your child from what he/she was doing during the two weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas. This form was due yesterday so that our teachers could plan accordingly. The next opportunity to change from remote to in-person learning is the beginning of the third quarter which begins on Monday, January 25.
The Cleveland Browns have provided us some hope for 2021 by making it to the playoffs for the first time in 18 years. While we are not in the school building, we encourage our students to show their support for the Browns on Sunday by wearing Browns gear or orange and brown tomorrow during their online classes. We can't forget about our Ohio State Buckeyes either who take on Alabama in the National Championship game on Monday.
GO BROWNS!! GO BUCKEYES!! GO GREEN KNIGHTS!!
Diane Raguz, Principal
Some Important Reminders Regarding COVID-19
If your child exhibits even one symptom on the list of common COVID-19 symptoms, please keep him/her at home. Children and adults who are only experiencing what they would normally consider to be a minor symptom are testing positive. Please don’t brush it off as nothing. We want to keep all of our students and faculty/staff members safe, but we need everyone to closely monitor their symptoms and consider the common good.
If someone in your home is being tested for COVID-19, please keep your child at home until you know the final results. Also, if a family member tests positive, everyone in the household is considered a close contact and should quarantine for the 14 days recommended by the CDC.
Please inform us as soon as possible should your child test positive so that we can begin contact tracing immediately and identify high risk close contacts. This is an essential step in helping to slow the spread.
The boards of health in different counties are overwhelmed with cases; therefore, you may or may not receive a phone call from them should your child be identified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive. Should your child be identified as a close contact in school, we will communicate this to you. Your child should quarantine for 14 days as recommended by the CDC. While they have put out new guidance for a shorter quarantine, we will remain with 14 days of quarantine which is what was recommended to us by the Cuyahoga County Board of Health during their visit.
Masks need to be worn by K-8 students at all times during the school day except for lunch. Masks need to be worn during recess and gym. Please make sure your child’s mask fits properly, that they have an extra or two in their bookbags, and that they are washed regularly.
If your family traveled to a state on the advisory list or if you spent time with those outside your family bubble, please remain at home for the 14 days recommended by the CDC.
MAP Testing Revised Dates-January 11-29
At home, you can help to prepare your child by ensuring that he/she gets plenty of sleep each night and eats a nutritious breakfast each morning. Encourage your child to do his or her best on each test. The goal is for the testing to provide a detailed picture of what your child knows and is ready to learn--whether it is on, above, or below grade level--and to plan instruction accordingly.
Important Milk Information
Preschool Virtual Open House
Kindergarten Virtual Sneak Peek
3rd & 4th 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.
Box Tops Dress Down Days
Our January box tops days will be Monday, January 11th & Tuesday, January 12th. You can submit box tops to dress down by:
1. Pasting 10 paper box tops on a sheet of paper & turning them into your child's teacher.
2. Printing out a total of your earnings from the box top app & writing how many you will use & turning it into your child's teacher.
3. Sending a screenshot of your total earnings on the box top app to email@example.com & sharing how many box tops you will be using.
4. Turning in a dress down pass to your child's teacher on dress down day.
Participation in this program is completely optional. If you have any questions please let me know, firstname.lastname@example.org or 216.577.8014.
5th Avenue Deli and Grill on January 16
PTO is trying a new Taco Tuesday at Moe’s Southwest Grill on January 19th. It’s a locally owned restaurant and they are offering taco kits that feed 4-6 people. It’s an online form you fill out in advance and on January 19th between 6:00-6:30 pm you can pick up the kit at our very own Saint Paschal parking lot.
Also, our monthly Box Tops Dress Down Days have been moved to MONDAY, JANUARY 11 and TUESDAY, JANUARY 12, when we return to in-person learning!
Thank you for your overwhelming support this year!
February PTO Virtual Meeting
A Message from our Parish Business Office
Dear Saint Paschal Parent Parishioners:
A friendly reminder! As a parishioner, when you signed your application and enrollment agreement earlier this year, you were offered a discounted rate of tuition for Saint Paschal Baylon Catholic School.
The parish counts on you to tithe in order for the parish to maintain our award-winning school. As you read in the bulletin, the parish supports the school in many ways, but especially financially. Our budget is based on each family’s status as having either the parishioner rate or the non-parishioner rate.
Instead of dropping an envelope in the basket each week, why not consider joining MyEoffering? It is a secure, web-based platform in which donors may privately and prayerfully make their weekly tithing donations. Prayerful consideration of giving to God first enables you to witness a powerful sense of stewardship. What a great way to donate and not have to worry about it each week. You can sign up by visiting www.church.saintpaschal.com and click on the myEoffering button.
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?