SPB Family Newsletter

Thursday, January 7, 2021

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-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

Dear SPB Families,

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:

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.


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

The second MAP testing window of the year will be from January 11 - 29. We have pushed back the testing window by one week. MAP Growth tests are administered to determine a student's instructional level and to measure academic growth throughout the school year (and from year to year). Students will once again only be tested in Math and Reading. Testing schedules will vary depending on the grade level. Following the end of the testing window, you will receive a report showing your child’s growth.

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

Milk will not be available with lunch on Monday and possibly Tuesday, January 11-12. Please send a drink or water bottle with your child for lunch on those days. We are happy to let you know that all of our water bottle filling stations in the school have been installed and are operating! Students will have the opportunity to fill their water bottle for lunch. Thank you for your cooperation.
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Preschool Virtual Open House

If you are interested in enrolling your child/ren in our Saint Paschal Baylon Preschool, mark Thursday, January 28, 2021 on your calendar! The preschool team will be presenting information on our four different preschool programs beginning at 6:30 pm on Zoom. The Virtual Open House will include a welcome from our administrators, a chance to meet our preschool team, a virtual tour, and an opportunity to ask questions. Our preschool fills up quickly and space is limited in our programs, so you won’t want to miss this event. Please register for the event HERE. Once you register, a Zoom invitation will be sent to you the day prior to the Virtual Open House.
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Kindergarten Virtual Sneak Peek

Are you interested in a "sneak peek" of our kindergarten? Be sure to mark Thursday, February 4, 2021 on your calendar! Our kindergarten team will present information on our kindergarten program beginning at 6:30 pm on Zoom. The virtual Sneak Peek will include a welcome from our administrative team, a chance to meet our kindergarten teachers, a virtual tour, and an opportunity to ask questions. Please register for the event HERE. Once you register, a Zoom invitation will be sent to you the day prior to the Virtual Sneak Peek. We encourage you to share this event with others who might be interested in enrolling in our school.

New Student Referral Program

It's that time of year! Registration for the 2021-2022 school year will take place soon, 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


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.

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 4, Grade 3

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 majdihp@gmail.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, majdihp@gmail.com or 216.577.8014.

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 January dates:

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

Join us February 3, 2021 for "A Conversation About Helping Our Kids Sort Through Current Times," with Linda Page M. Ed our very own SPB psychologist. In a time when so much is changing how can we help keep our children strong and engaged. If you prefer to submit a thought or question prior to zoom please do so in this form https://forms.gle/TUMB8Pfc8gWH6qAz6
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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.