SPB Family Newsletter

Thursday, May 28, 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.

Calendar of Events

  • Thursday, May 28 and Friday, May 29 - These two days will be used for students to finish any remaining work and for teachers to meet with students as needed.

  • Monday-Wednesday, June 1-3 - These three days will be used for drive by pick up of items left in classrooms and drop off of textbooks, devices, instruments, etc.

  • Tuesday, June 2 - Eighth Grade Graduation

  • Wednesday, June 3 - Virtual Pass It On and Promotion Blessing


Dear Families,

Today I had the pleasure of watching our kindergartners graduate via Zoom and become first graders, and next week our eighth graders will graduate and prepare for the next step in their educational journeys. While the celebrations are different this year, the pride is even stronger among parents and faculty/staff. While our traditional Pass It On Mass won't take place in Church, Mrs. Leffler has figured out another creative way for this special event to happen along with the promotion blessing for each grade level by Father Lane on Wednesday, June 3.

Yesterday was the last day of instruction and online meetings with students. Today and tomorrow are days for our students to finish any remaining work. All work should be completed and submitted by tomorrow. Please read further on in the newsletter to review information regarding curbside pick up and drop off of materials, medication pick up, etc.

As we look to next year and what it may look like, we are forming a committee of various stakeholders to make plans for different scenarios based on directives from the state and governor as well as recommendations from the Ohio Department of Education, the Ohio Department of Health, the Centers for Disease Control, and the Diocese of Cleveland. Please know that this committee will include members from a broad spectrum of our community and will work diligently over the summer to prepare for whatever scenario may be necessary. Our first meeting will take place in mid-June following information that will be shared with diocesan schools on June 10. You can expect a few more emails than what is typical over the summer so that I can keep you updated.


Diane Raguz, Principal


Fourth quarter report cards will be mailed in early June. Please note that the fourth quarter report cards will be different than previous report cards. In order to adjust the grade weights of each quarter, our only option was to format it differently. There is an extra column on the far right that is intentionally left blank. This column had to be added so that teachers could include narrative comments for the fourth quarter.
Curbside Pick Up and Drop Off of Materials

Click here to see the letter sent home last week.

Teacher Appreciation Parade Video

Thank you to Katie and Matt Murphy and Erica Majernik for putting together all of the pictures families shared from our Teacher Appreciation Parade into the awesome video below! Enjoy!
SPBS 2020 teacher appreciation slideshow/parade

Clinic News-Medication Pick Up

Attention all parents: Please call or email the school office to arrange for a time to pick up all medications, supplies and Epi-pens from the clinic by Friday, June 5. Unfortunately, any medications not picked up will be discarded.

Prevent the Summer Slide with Exact Path

Prevent the summer slide with Exact Path from Edmentum! This program will continue to build your child’s skills in mathematics, reading, and language arts – all summer long! With our school's subscription, students can continue to work on their individual learning paths over the course of the summer. Students can simply use the same login information they have been using this past school year. Let's continue the learning and prevent the summer slide!

Summer Learning Opportunity that Integrates Religion and Science

The Saint Kateri Conservation Center offers their habitat ministry to inspire Catholics and others to restore yards, gardens, schools, farms, parks, forests, rivers, and wetlands into healthy habitats for people and wildlife.

Our habitat ministry encourages individuals, parishes, schools, religious orders, and working landowners to restore their homes in a way that praises God and fosters a greater connection between people and nature.

With a focus on God and the Catholic faith, the Saint Kateri Habitat Program provides living, sacred spaces for people to engage directly in the care of God’s creation at home and in their communities. By restoring habitats with reverence for our Creator, the program draws people closer to God and his Church while protecting the integrity of creation.

Anyone can transform their buildings and land into healthy habitats. It can be as simple as planting a tree or growing wildflowers for bees and butterflies. Click here for more information.

Camp Invention/Camp Connect

Camp Invention is returning to St Paschal Baylon School!

In partnership with the National Inventors Hall of Fame® (NIHF), St Paschal Baylon School is pleased to offer Camp Invention Connect™ — the all-new, at-home version of the nationally acclaimed Camp Invention® program! Camp Invention Connect™ reinvents distance learning for children entering grades 1st through 6th with an exciting, weeklong summer adventure exploring science, technology, engineering and innovation. Four activity kits packed full of materials are sent directly to each participant, so they can go outside, get active and stretch their imaginations with engaging hands-on activities. The week begins on July 6, 2020 with Moira Popelka serving as Lead Coach to offer the all-new 2020 curriculum, Elevate!

During this program, young innovators will:

  • Explore the principles of flight, pilot paper airplanes and hand-copters, and experiment with two flight simulation robots — one to take apart and investigate, and one to personalize!

  • Learn the value of their creativity and bring their biggest ideas to life as they sketch and build prototypes, design logos, market their invention and protect their intellectual property.

  • Go outdoors to take on environmental challenges, exploring bioluminescence by creating glowing LED flowers and building parachutes to safely airdrop animals in their habitats.

  • Discover the great inventors behind their favorite sports and apply their own game-changing ingenuity to build the ultimate sports complex, and then head outside to play their new games.

Camp Invention Connect is dynamic, flexible program. It can be screen-free and self-led, or it can be enhanced through online collaboration sessions with Coaches and fellow campers.

While screen time and the need for parental involvement are kept to a minimum, inspiration, exploration and creativity are unlimited!

Register using promo code SUM15 to save $15 (expires 6/30) off the $175 registration fee. Visit invent.org/connect or call 800-968-4332 to secure your child’s spot today! Please click here for further information.

Young Rembrandts FREE Summer Program

Young Rembrandts is an after school drawing program that has taught classes after school for many of our students in the past. They have put together a series of free and low-cost creative activities your child can do alone or as a family this summer. No Schedule. No Expiration time. Click the link for details and access. https://conta.cc/2TsnRuQ

Psychologist's Corner

I can’t believe we are at the end of another school year. At least it is starting to feel like summer. Needless to say, this is unlike anything we could have anticipated. I am amazed at the way our SPB teachers have pulled through and I am so proud of our students.

Congratulations to all the 8th grade graduates. Best of luck in high school.

Although the school year will officially be over, I want you to know that I am available if you need help with anything during the summer months. I will check my email often so please reach out if you need me: lpage@saintpaschal.com

I found some fun activities that you may want to do with your family.

· Make a water balloon pinata by hanging water balloons from a string

· Build a fairy garden, either in your garden or in a container

· Spend some time bird watching- set out some feeders and keep a list of the birds you attract

· Have fun with bubbles

· Make crafts from items found outside (rocks, sticks, twigs, leaves, etc.)

· Camp out in your yard – maybe even make s’mores

· Have picnics in your yard

· Plant a “salad” garden – lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers

· Make a backyard obstacle course

· Visit our beautiful Metroparks and keep a list of different animals that you see

· Keep a journal of your summer activities

· Keep reading!!!!! (you can read about the birds/ animals that you see)


Linda Page, M.Ed.

School Psychologist

Hot Lunch Accounts

If your child is in Kindergarten through Grade 7, any balance left in your child’s hot lunch account will be available next year. 8th grade students with younger siblings will have their balance transferred to the younger sibling’s account. If your 8th grader does not have younger siblings in the school, please notify the school office by email at office@saintpaschal.com if you wish to have their balance transferred to another student in our school, or if you would prefer to have their balance returned to you by check at the end of the school year. Thank you for your cooperation.


2019-2020 yearbooks will be available in the fall. The cost of a standard yearbook is $20.00. There are options to upgrade your yearbook at an additional cost if you choose this option. If you would like to purchase a yearbook use the link below. The link will be open until approximately Friday, July 3. Please order your yearbook today!


Yearbook ID code: 11585720

Bible Camp 2020: The One We Did Virtually!

Welcome to the first-ever virtual Bible Camp 2020: The One We Did Virtually! Because we have so many great role models who did great things in quarantine, why should our kids do anything differently! St. Paschal Baylon Catholic Church is committed to continuing our mission of spreading God's love for His children, and nothing will hold us back! For more information, click here: https://forms.gle/LuoM4h5KSZttGc4t6

Bible Camp is open to anyone in Preschool through Grade 4. IF YOU HAVE A CHILD IN GRADES 5-8 AND ARE INTERESTED IN A MIDDLE SCHOOL BIBLE CAMP, PLEASE LET MS. MICKOL KNOW! If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Ms. Evamarie Mickol at emickol@saintpaschal.com.

Summer Tutoring

The following teachers have expressed an interest in tutoring students during the summer. Listed are their names, the grade level/s, subject/s, and their email addresses. Please contact the individual teachers for details.

Mrs. Dani Alan

Kindergarten/Grade 1



Mrs. Kathleen Battaglia

Wilson Reading Program


Mrs. Katie Klick


All Subjects


Ms. Evamarie Mickol

Pre-K to Grade 3

All Subjects


Mrs. Moira Popelka

Grades 1-6

Reading and Writing


Mrs. Elizabeth Uzzo

Grades 1-5



Mrs. Amanda Woletz

All Grades



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 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

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!

Athletic Association News

St. Paschal Baylon Knights Athletics – Fall Sports

We hope everyone is doing the best they can in this new environment. For St. Paschal Baylon sports, we are preparing for a fall season to take place. However, we are in a lot of unknown. We prefer to not charge for registration at this point, as we understand the impact of COVID-19 is different across families. Currently, we are asking for a level of interest for all fall sports in the form of pre-registration. Once we get better details from our governor, and CYO we can open up for formal registration, and collect fees.

As you know, a lot of work goes into prepping for the fall season. We would like to know the level of interest for your child(ren) in fall sports by filling out the form here: https://forms.gle/CVnLKnLatQPxCArt7

You will need to fill out the form for each child independently.


  • Coaches - We will need coaches for third grade volleyball, and first grade flag football. Anyone interested please reach out

  • Athletic’s Leadership - We have a lot of parents of our graduating 8 graders who are leaving their positions within SPBAA. Open roles include:

    • Cross Country Commissioner

    • Track Commissioner

    • Flag Football Commissioner

    • Football Commissioner

    • Girls Basketball Commissioner

Question on any of this, please reach out to Joe Carlton - joe.carlton@gmail.com

A reminder from John Wooden as we go through these times - “Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.”

Go Green Knights!

Schoolbelles Uniforms Needs Your Feedback

We received the following information from Schoolbelles:

I hope you and your families are healthy and safe.

We are discussing the changes to how orders will be placed later this summer, anticipating that our stores are not going to be utilized as much, or maybe not even at all. To help us prepare for the new "normal", here is a link to a survey to ask our customers how they are planning to order uniforms for the back-to-school season. If our stores are not going to be used as much or at all, we will be prepared to increase our phone order and main warehouse shipping capacity.

Please use this link, https://conta.cc/2Z8IbF9 , to give your feedback.

Thank you for your help in this matter, stay safe.

Bruce Carroll