SPB Family Newsletter
Thursday, November 12, 2020
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.
An Important message from the Principal
Dear SPB families,
Thank you for all that you are doing to help your child’s transition to remote learning. We knew that this was a possibility, and I am grateful to our teachers for preparing our kids in advance for this scenario. Our students have demonstrated their adaptability and resilience as well, and I am so proud of their efforts. We continue to keep all those affected by COVID-19 in our prayers every day.
With the surge in positive cases as well as the significant increase in the positivity rate in our local community, we have made the decision to extend our closure and continue remote learning through Thanksgiving break with a tentative return of Monday, November 30. We met as an administrative team and consulted with physicians on our Responsive Return Plan Committee who have a pulse on what is happening in our community, in their offices, and in hospitals. All felt strongly that this was the best decision based on what is happening with COVID. We will continue to monitor the situation just as schools and administrators are throughout Ohio and the country. Please know that this closure may have to be extended depending on how the virus is progressing. We know that this is challenging for families, but the health and safety of our students and faculty/staff is our greatest priority.
Diane Raguz, Principal
COVID-19 Travel Advisory
With the holidays quickly approaching, we know that families may be traveling out of state. We need your help to ensure that we can offer in-person learning safely. If your family travels to a state that is on the Ohio Department of Health's COVID-19 Travel Advisory List, it is recommended by ODH that your child quarantine for 14 days upon return. The states on the list have a positivity rate of 15% or higher. The list of states is updated every Wednesday. The most recent one can be found here. Thank you!
Virtual Open House for Prospective Families
A Message from Father Lane
Please sell our 65th Anniversary of the School Raffle Tickets for a chance at $5,000 - free tuition! If you need more tickets from those that were mailed home, please go to the FIckel Narthex of the Church or the parish office to increase your chances of winning the grand prize. This week’s early bird winner is M/M David Knudson. Thanks for getting in your tickets and next weekend you may begin the auction. Please also notice the flyer in this family newsletter for the take-out meal at LaVera on Friday, November 13, 4 - 5:30 PM. What a deal - a meal for 4 -6 to family members for $50! All proceeds benefit the school and our award-winning teachers! Our drawing is November 15 at the end of the 7:00 PM Mass.
Blood Drive-Sunday, November 22nd
St. Paschal Baylon will have its next blood drive on Sunday, Nov. 22nd, from 8:00am to 1:30pm in the Eymard Room. Blood donors are always ESSENTIAL . . . and the American Red Cross makes this an opportunity to earn money for our school, as well! SPB School will receive $10 in grant money for every unit of blood collected at this drive.
Because of the restrictions on gathering size (due to COVID precautions), all donors are asked to schedule appointments in advance. This can be done online at: www.redcrossblood.org/give (sponsor code: stpaschal), or by calling 1-800-RED-CROS. Walk-in donors may be taken if there are time slots available, but you may be asked to return at a later time. Face masks and social distancing will also be required.
All donated blood is tested for COVID-19 antibodies, and results will be available to you via your donor account. (Please note this is NOT a diagnostic COVID test! Anyone who feels ill or thinks they may have been exposed to the virus should stay home!)
Donating blood is a great way to help both our community and our school. Please give blood if you can!
5th & 6th 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.
Romeo's Pizza on November 4
5th Avenue Deli and Grill on November 21
Moe's Southwest Grill on January 19 (info coming soon)
Five Below from November 27-December 3. You MUST present the flyer for SPB to receive 10% of your total purchase. Since we are not able to provide our annual Jingle Bell Shop this year, this is a great alternative for your children to shop while still supporting the fundraiser!
Spirit Gear is BACK!
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?