SPB Family Newsletter

Week of January 13, 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

MAP Testing January 6-January 24, 2020


Grade 5 Flash Mass--10:00 am

Ladies Guild Mass--10:00 am


Signing Angels Practice--2:30-3:45 pm


Grade 1 Daisy Scouts Meeting--2:30-4:00 pm

Ski/Snowboard Club

STEM Club Meeting--2:30-3:30 pm

Grade 6 GCCTM Practice--2:30-3:15 pm


All School Mass--9:00 am

Signing Angels Practice--2:30-3:45 p

Grade 2 Reconciliation Parent Meeting--6:45 pm


2019 Walk-a-Thon T-shirt Dress Down Day

Grades 7/8 GCCTM Practice--2:30-3:15 pm

Faculty Meeting--2:30-4:00 pm


End of Second Quarter/First Semester

Grade 5 GCCTM Practice--2:30-3:15 pm

A Note from the Principal

Dear Families,

Welcome to 2020! The new year is off and running and so are our students! I am always surprised by the changes in our students in just a couple of weeks--some have really grown! While we all enjoyed the extended break, I am sure that many of you are happy to see a return to a daily routine. In just over a week, our first semester will come to a close marking the end of the first half of the school year.

I am keeping this brief as our newsletter is packed with information this week, so be sure to read through all of it. I just had to share the picture to the right because it brings a smile to my face every time I look at it! I was casually walking by the library the day before Christmas break, and this is the picture I snapped of some of our third graders at a moment's notice. JOY! Happy New Year!

Peace and blessings,

Diane Raguz, Principal

MAP Testing - January 6 through January 24

The second MAP testing window of the year will be from January 6 - 24. 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) in Math, Reading, and Language in all grade levels. We add MAP Science testing in grades four through eight. 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 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.

Green Knight of the Quarter

Joe Goff is a fourth grader at Saint Paschal Baylon who was selected as our second Green Knight for the year! As many teachers shared, Joe seems to be the perfect choice as our next Green Knight. His thoughtfulness and willingness to help others certainly stands out. Miss Martinson wrote, “I would like to nominate Joe Goff for the next Green Knight. Joe has always been a kind and courteous young man. When Joe was in first grade, he was a thoughtful and positive student. He was quick to include others and a friend to everyone. He continues to share this positive trait. He has a pleasant disposition and is always quick with a smile and greeting when I see him. He is a great example of the four qualities we look for in a Green Knight-Compassion, Courage, Civility, and Character centered around Christ.”

Joe lives with his parents, Amy and Bob, and his three older sisters, Maggie, Ellie, and Annie.

When asked what kind of things he enjoys doing with his family, Joe responded, “We like to go on vacations to Michigan together, and we like to look at Christmas lights.” Joe has many activities that he enjoys. His interests range from sports such as soccer, baseball, golf, and basketball to drawing and playing the trombone. Joe enjoys playing computer games as well. When asked what his favorite subject is, Joe shared that it was math because it comes easily to him. It is no surprise then to hear that Joe is interested in pursuing a career in engineering in the future if a professional baseball career doesn’t work out. When asked why Joe is the perfect Green Knight, his sister Annie responded by saying, “Joe is always smiling, encouraging, and laughing. He is so nice.” Ellie explained that Joe is very funny and that it is always nice to have him around. Maggie commented that Joe is a peacemaker who is very honest. Mr. Goff agreed with his daughters when he said, “Joe is very compassionate, thoughtful and concerned about others.” Mrs. Goff shared that Joe is attentive and thoughtful and will often do things at home without being asked.

Kind, helpful, polite, and a true gentlemen were all words used to describe Joe. Mrs. Curtis believes that Joe is respectful to teachers and other students and that he is a good example to his classmates. Ms. Raguz said, “Joe regularly greets me with a smile and has proven to be an honest young man and a positive example in the classroom and school community.” Mrs. Longano agrees and explains that Joe’s compassion for others makes it easy for him to help his peers. Mrs. Sarosy explains that Joe is a leader that anyone can model themselves after, and Mrs. Uzzo states that Joe is an excellent example of an SPB Green Knight. Congratulations, Joe, on this well-deserved honor!

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Scholastic Writing Award of 2020

Saint Paschal Baylon School is quite proud of the creative writing talents of our junior high students. Three eighth graders have won recognition in the Scholastic Writing Awards of 2020. Since 1923, this national contest presented by The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers has recognized the creative talents of young adults in grades seven through twelve in 29 categories.

Brady Barker, Jimmy Lawless, and Rachel Paulett earned Honorable Mention recognition for their poetic entries. Honorable Mention awards are given to writing demonstrating creative potential.

These junior high students will be invited to a reception held at the Cleveland Institute of Art on Saturday, January 18, 2020 where their works will be displayed and awards given out. What a gift these talented Saint Paschal Baylon students possess--the ability to delight with poetry!

Science Fair News

The annual SPB science fair will take place on Friday, January 24, 2020, in the Father Peter Julian Eymard Room. We are in need of judges for this fair. Judges can be teachers and professionals in all areas of health and science. If you are interested in helping, please let Mrs. Kulick know at ikulick@saintpaschal.com Judging is expected to begin at 5 PM.

New Student Referral Program

It's that time of year! Registration for the 2020-2021 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


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Save These Dates!

Preschool Open House: If you are interested in enrolling your child/ren in our Saint Paschal Baylon Preschool, mark Thursday, January 23 on your calendar! The preschool team will be presenting information on all of our preschool programs beginning at 6:30 pm in the Eymard Room of the Family Life Center. The opportunity to see the classrooms will be available to all. Our preschool fills up quickly, so you won’t want to miss this event. You may call the school office or email us at office@saintpaschal.com to register for the meeting.

All School Open House: All are welcome, seasoned parents and prospective parents, to our Catholic Schools Week Open House on Sunday, January 26 after the 10:00 am Mass. Information for new families will be available during this open house. For answers to your questions call the school office or email us at office@saintpaschal.com. New families will be entered into the free registration drawing taking place on Thursday.

Kindergarten Sneak Peek & Grades1-8 Grade 8 (new enrollment) Q&A: On Thursday, January 30 at 8:30 am, new families interested in our kindergarten or in transferring child/ren to our school are invited to our Sneak Peek event with our Kindergarten staff and a Q&A session with our administrative team. Join us for a light brunch, a tour of the school, and an opportunity to win a free registration worth $225. Please call the school office or email us at office@saintpaschal.com.

Communication Folders and Assignment Notebooks-Sponsorship Opportunity

For many years, we have been fortunate to have enough paid advertisers to provide student communication folders and assignment notebooks to all of our students at no cost to parents. You have the opportunity to sponsor or place an advertisement on our new official communication folders and assignment notebooks for the 2020-2021 school year. This is an outstanding way for both students and parents to see your message on a daily basis. Your help is needed in sponsoring these folders and books with an ad so that they may be offered once again at no cost to our students. Please see the flyer in today's communication folder.

Christmas Surprise!

Our Christmas was made even brighter with a special surprise from brothers Lou Colombo, SPB Class of 1961, and Gene Colombo, SPB Class of 1962. Lou and Gene made a donation just after Christmas to cover the cost to replace the lockers of an entire classroom! Here they are in one of the classrooms during our tour. We sincerely appreciate their thoughtfulness and generosity! Lou and Gene said they hope this inspires other graduates to do the same. THANK YOU!! #SPBproud

The Scholastic Book Fair is Coming!

Our annual Scholastic Book Fair will be Tuesday, January 21 through Sunday, January 26. This is always a great event at Saint Paschal Baylon, and parent volunteers help to make this book fair a success. If you are interested in volunteering, please click on the button below to sign up. Thank you in advance for your help!
Scholastic Book Fair Volunteer Link

Click here to sign up for one or more time slots.

Ladies Guild Mass

The Ladies Guild cordially invites all women to attend our annual Past, Present, and Future Mass this Sunday at 10:00 am followed by a reception in the Eymard Room.

Track Coaches Wanted

CYO spring sports season is right around the corner. We are looking for coaches to support our 3rd-8th grade Track program. We typically practice 2 or 3 evenings per week with meets usually Sunday afternoons at 1pm. If interested or know anyone interested please email Kim Weybrecht at jayandkim25@sbcglobal.net.


The link for January for Grade 4 and February for Grade 3 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 4, Grade 3.

Our sincere thanks to the Grade 5 moms, dads, and grandparents who braved the December cold to help in December: Mrs. Kristi Apelt, Mrs. Kathy Andru, Mrs. Michelle Selby, Mrs. Paula Metz, Mrs. Molly Kane, Mrs. Erica Majernik, Mrs. Clare Taricska, Mrs. Sarah Link, Ms. Julie Tragon Mr. Sean Vogley, Mrs. Janelle Keifer, Mr. Tom Smiley, and Mr. Dan Reginelli.

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.

Save the Dates from Father Lane

BLESS OUR CANDLES AT ALL THE MASSES – February 1/2 – Feast of the Presentation of the LORD (Bring your candles to Mass, keep them in the bags, then we will sprinkle and bless them during the Introductory Rites of the Mass.)

THROATS BLESSING – Monday, February 3:

o 8:30 a.m. with the school students around the baptismal font

o 9:00 a.m. during the Mass

o 11:30 a.m. during the Mass (in the Saint Ann Shrine)

o 12:15 p.m. during the Mass (in OLBS – Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Chapel)

o 6:30 p.m. to begin PSR in the narthex of the Family Life Center (FLC)

WORLD DAY OF PRAYER FOR THE SICK: Tuesday, February 11 – During the Masses we will anoint those who wish and prayer for sick people around the world on this special day and Our Lady of Lourdes.

NEW ALTAR SERVER TRAINING BEGINS: Tuesday, February 11, 2:30 p.m. in the church until 3:25 p.m. Watch the video online https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-2kYrNeuzX4&app=desktop

Register with Kathryn Mailer: solonkat@yahoo.com