SPB Family Newsletter
Thursday, January 21, 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.
Calendar of Events
MAP Testing-January 11-29
Virtual Open House for New Students-Grades 1-8--6:30 pm
School Mass--Grades 7-8
Virtual Open House for Preschool--6:30 pm
A Note from the Principal
In a little over a week, we will kick off Catholic Schools Week 2021! Unfortunately, some of the events we regularly plan for we cannot do this year, but our committee has worked diligently to still make this a special week celebrating Catholic education. The new theme this year is: “Catholic Schools: Faith. Excellence. Service.” We have three Open House events for prospective students, so please invite a family member or friend who might be interested in our school. Don't forget we have a New Student Referral Program where you can earn a $100 tuition credit next year for new students who enroll. Thank you to those who have already filled out a referral, and we look forward to sharing what makes SPB such an amazing school and parish community with prospective students and families!
Catholic Schools Week (CSW) is a busy but exciting week for our students, faculty/staff, and families. It is an opportunity for our school as well as Catholic schools across the country to celebrate our students, our families, and our school. Be sure to check out the CSW Calendar of Events. Be sure to mark your calendars for the evening of Sunday, January 31. We have planned for a Family Kahoot Night on Zoom. You don't want to miss it!
I am very thankful to be a part of a faith community that values Catholic education, and Catholic Schools Week will be a celebration of it!
Peace and blessings,
Diane Raguz, Principal
More Catholic Schools Week Information
We will be Celebrating our Nation during Catholic Schools Week on Thursday, February 4. One way we would like to do this is by honoring our active military members during morning prayer.
Please send us the names of friends or family members who are currently serving our country in the United States Armed Forces so that we can honor them. Our broadcast booth announcers will read these names during prayer, and we will also have them displayed on our green screen.
Names can be sent to Mrs. Klepcyk at firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday, February 1.
Q: I don't believe I have a log in for Gradelink; how can I get one?
A: Email or call the school office and we will email it to you.
Q: Where can I find the "Re-enroll" tab?
A: Once you log into Gradelink, the "Re-enroll" tab appears along the left side. If it does not appear, be sure you are logged in under your parent account rather than the student account. Also, based on parent feedback, it may not appear if you are on a mobile device. We recommend you use a desktop device to complete the process.
Q: Once clicking on "Submit," are parents able to access the information to edit or to print documents?
A: If you believe you made an error, please email the school office and we will review the submitted information and make changes for you. Printing of documents is not an option for parents at this time.
Q: Is my child's (grades 1-8) enrollment complete once I click on "Submit?"
A: Enrollment is not considered complete until the $225 registration fee is received by the office.
Q: Is my kindergartener's enrollment complete once I click on "Submit?"
A: The enrollment process is complete once you submit the $225 registration fee; however, all incoming kindergarteners must go through kindergarten screening before final acceptance.
Q: Is my preschooler's enrollment complete once I click on "Submit?"
A: The application process is complete once you submit the registration fee for the particular program in which you are interested; however, your enrollment is not complete until you receive an official acceptance (a hard copy) from the school office.
Q: Can I send one registration check for my preschooler and my K-8 students?
A: Please send one check for all students in K-8, and a separate check for preschool. You may submit them in the same envelope, but put the student name/s on each check.
Q: What if I change my mind about my tuition payment plan after submitting my enrollment?
A: Please email the school office and we will make changes for you.
Q: I have a new student to enroll at SPB; how do I add them?
A: Existing families that have children already in the school can add other children not currently enrolled. Because they are enrolling a new student, they will need to create a temporary registration account for registering the new student as the information for the new student is not yet in Gradelink. This is the same process that prospective families go through when enrolling their children. Keep in mind that the login credentials used to log into their Parent Portal will not work here.
Parents will log-in to their Parent Portal using their Gradelink login username and password.
They will then click the Re-Enroll tab on the left sidebar.
They will click the Have a new student to enroll? link at the top right of the page.
They will then follow the steps outlined in Enrolling a New Student.
Diocesan Tuition Grant & Aid through FACTS
FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment will be conducting the financial need analysis for Saint Paschal Baylon Catholic School for the upcoming 2021-2022 school year. Families applying for financial aid will need to complete an application and submit the necessary supporting documentation to FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment by March 15, 2021. Applicants can apply online by clicking this FACTS link. Once an online application has been completed, the following information will need to be sent to FACTS to complete the application process:
Copies of your most recent Federal tax forms including all supporting tax schedules.
Copies of your 2020 W-2 forms for both you and your spouse.
Copies of supporting documentation for Social Security Income, Welfare, Child Support, Food Stamps, Workers’ Compensation, and TANF.
All supporting documentation can be uploaded in pdf format online.
Documentation can also be faxed to 866-315-9264 or mailed to the address below. Please be sure to include the applicant ID on all faxed or mailed correspondence.
FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment
P.O. Box 82524
Lincoln, NE 68501-2524
If you have questions or concerns about the application process, you may speak with a FACTS Customer Care Representative at 866-441-4637.
The Diocese of Cleveland has provided a flyer explaining the FACTS Grant & Aid Application process. Remember that you must apply for Diocesan Tuition Assistance and complete the FACTS Grant & Aid application to be eligible to receive any assistance from the Saint Paschal Baylon GIFTS Program. The deadline to apply for first round consideration is March 15, 2021.
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.
Virtual Open House for Prospective Students (Gr. 1-8)
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.
Thank you to our parents who were able to help us during the months of November and December: Mrs. Amy Wright, Mrs. Janelle Washington, Ms. Kimberley Munn, Mrs. Colleen Grossner, Mrs. Emily Quinn, Mrs. Natalie Treibatch, Mrs. Carolee Doerner, Mrs. Lisa Smiley, Mrs. Kelly Keefe, Mr. Alex Slemc, Mr. Mike Metz, Mrs. Paula Metz, and Mrs. Christine Verdone.
Romeo's Pizza on February 3
5th Avenue Deli and Grill on February 20
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?