SPB Family Newsletter

Thursday, March 26, 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.


Dear Families,

It seems as if we are all getting into the groove of distance learning. I had the chance to sit in on some Zoom meetings with classes which has been wonderful! It is so great to see our students' smiling faces and to hear their giggles. Thank goodness that we have this technology available to us so that we can still feel connected. Our teachers continue to make adjustments just as our families are doing in order to make this learning transition as smooth as possible. Please look for a survey from your child’s teacher in a separate email, and you are asked to complete it by Friday, March 27 by 5:00 p.m. You will receive one for each child in K-8. We will send one for our preschool families next week. Thank you for sharing feedback yet being patient and understanding as we put things in place.

One question that I have been asked multiple times is whether this closure will extend through the end of the year. At this time, I still do not know. My thinking is that it will be based on hints from the governor, but nothing has been confirmed by him. When I have this information, be assured that I will share it with you in a timely manner.


  • Our distance learning will be extended into Holy Week, April 6-9. We will not return to school on April 6.
  • Our Easter break will remain as scheduled for April 10-17. The earliest we would return to school would be Monday, April 20; however, that remains a tentative date based on future mandates by the governor.

Third quarter report cards have been published as of today. You have the ability to print a report card to keep for yourself. Please note that there are two pages to the report card. You may access your child’s final grades for the quarter on Gradelink following these directions:

1. Log into Gradelink.

2. Click on the Grades tab on the left hand side.

3. The option to download the report card will appear on the right side of the screen. You

can then download it to view or print.

Let us continue to pray for all those affected by COVID-19 and let us pray for the medical professionals who are examples of compassion and strength in caring for those in need. Please know that all of you are in my daily prayers.


Diane Raguz, Principal

Mrs. Page's Psychologist Corner

As we travel through these uncharted waters together I would like to provide some helpful information. Over these next few weeks I will try to share some tips which may be useful. If you would like specific information regarding your child please feel free to email me, Linda Page, at lpage@saintpaschal.com

Children & teens often react to what they see from adults around them. It is important to deal with this virus and quarantine calmly and confidently in order to support our children.

  • Take time to talk with your child about the COVID-19 outbreak. Answer questions and share facts in a way your child will understand. This will vary by age of your child.
  • Reassure your child that they are safe. Closing schools and quarantine are ways to protect them. Let them know that it’s okay to feel upset and be open to talking with them. Share with them how you deal with your own stress
  • Limit exposure to news and even social media. Children may misinterpret what they hear and can be frightened about things they don’t understand
  • Try to keep regular routines. Create a schedule for online learning or fun activities.
  • Be a role model. Take breaks, get plenty of sleep, and eat well. Connect with outside family and friends by phone or online. Be careful what you might say, even jokingly, about having your children at home.
  • Try to find something positive every day.

Distance Learning-Week 2

The Million Mask Challenge

The Terman family is participating in the Million Mask Challenge hosted by a local sewing store--making masks that local hospitals, nursing homes, etc. can use. Mrs. Terman shared, "We’ve used this as a real-life opportunity to act upon Father Lane’s messages of staying connected and stewardship. I’m sure there’s plenty of sewers in the SPB community that may be interested in participating (if they aren’t already!)" What a true testament to living the Gospel values and the social justice teaching of solidarity. Perhaps this is one of the greatest lessons. Thank you for sharing. Let's get our sewing on! If you are interested in participating, click on the button below.
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Extended Day/Before Care Invoices

Extended Day and Before Care invoices (Kindergarten-Grade 8) have been mailed to the homes of families who use these services. If you have any questions about your invoice, please email Mrs. Lipstreu at klipstreu@saintpaschal.com. A school-addressed return envelope has been included for your convenience. You may also drop your payment off at the parish office. Thank you.

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

School Advisory Council

The School Advisory Council (SAC) welcomes you to apply for a spot on the SAC for the 2020-2021 school year. The SAC is a consultative group that serves as a sounding board and advises the Principal and Pastor on various areas related to the school. Members of the Council must be parishioners of the Church and/or parents of children enrolled in the school. The SAC is looking for three new members. Applications are available on the school website under the Parents tab or HERE and are due by Monday, April 20. Applicants will be voted on during the April meeting and will be announced following selection. Thank you for your interest! All questions should be directed to Kelly Kunchik at kkunchik@gmail.com or Nicole Waggle at nicole.waggle10@gmail.com.

Primary Grades Parents/Guardians-We Need You!

The links for April for Grade 1 and May for Kindergarten can be found below.

We are asking that each family (mom, dad, grandma, etc.) choose at least two days to volunteer each time slot being 11:00-1:00. 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! Lunch/Recess Volunteers should arrive to school at 11:00 and check in at the office. Duties will include supervising students at recess, escorting students to the cafeteria from recess, and supervising in the cafeteria. Volunteers will be with one teacher and two "core" volunteers 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.

Thank you again for your time and service to the students and teachers of SPB! Simply click on the grade level link to pick a time convenient for you Grade 1, Kindergarten.

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!

Camp Invention June 2020

Do you love to sketch, create, and design? Do you like using your imagination to come up with new ideas? Check out the all-new Camp Invention 2020 program, where you will bring your designs and ideas to life, explore hands-on activities with friends, and take apart and personalize your own robot. St. Paschal's is excited to host Camp Invention again this summer the week of June 8-12 from 9:00-3:30 pm with an option to add Extended Day. Secure your spot today by visiting invent.org/camp. Register by March 31st using the promo code ELEVATE25 to save $25 off your registration. Contact Mrs. Popelka, mpopelka@saintpaschal.com, with any questions.

2020 Camp Invention Program – Elevate