SPB Family Newsletter

Thursday, May 21, 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

  • Monday, May 25 - No school - Memorial Day

  • Tuesday, May 26-Friday, May 29 - Optional Virtual Field Day activities available all week (see information further down in this newsletter)

  • Wednesday, May 27 - Last day of instruction

  • Thursday, May 28 - Virtual Kindergarten Graduation

  • 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,

We are completing our last full week of distance learning, and I believe I am hearing a collective sigh of relief. This is certainly not the way we would have predicted our school year to end when we began back in August, but I am grateful for everyone pulling together to make it as successful as possible. On Monday, you should have received an email from the office regarding the pick up and drop off of materials at the beginning of June. Please email or call the school office if you have any questions.

I know that you have questions about next school year. The Diocese of Cleveland established a Fall 2020 Task Force comprised of the diocesan leadership team as well as principals from various schools across the diocese. They have been meeting regularly to provide guidance based on directives from Governor DeWine and information from the Ohio Department of Education. They are preparing for different scenarios based on how things progress in terms of the virus. They hope to have recommendations soon.

Thank you for all that you are doing for your children and working with us during this time!


Diane Raguz, Principal

Academic Awards 2020

Although we were not able to hold our Academic Recognition Program for grades 6-8 this year, we still want to recognize those students who excelled in one or more areas. You will be impressed by the large number of students who appear on this list. Their hard work, diligence, and motivation are to be applauded. Congratulations to each one of these students!


Clinic News-Medication Pick Up

Attention all parents: Kindly pick up all medications, supplies and epi-pens from the clinic by on Tuesday, May 26 from 9:00-1:00 or Wednesday, May 27 from 9:00-1:00. If you need to make alternative arrangements, please contact the school office, and we would be happy to do so. Unfortunately, any medications not picked up will be discarded.

Science Fair News

We are proud to announce that three of our students were able to participate in the Ohio Academy of Science's District 5 Science Fair this year despite the cancellation of public gatherings. These students presented their science fair projects digitally for the virtual District 5 Science Day judging. Ella Slemc for her project entitled "Don't Sugar-Coat It - Analyzing Glucose Content in Common Drinks" received an Excellent rating, Nick Speyer for his project entitled "Off With Their Heads - Studying the Effect of Magnetic Force Fields on Regeneration in Planaria" received a Superior rating as did Zoltan Kotrebai for his project entitled "Energy Efficiency of LED Lighting - Investigating Reasons for LED Light Efficiency and Savings in Energy Costs". Additionally, Zoltan was awarded 1st prize in his category of Physics and Astronomy and Best in Category (Middle School) by the Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers. Finally, the Ohio Tuition Trust Authority awarded Zoltan with an alternate gift certificate. Best wishes to Nick and Zoltan who have qualified for State Science Day. They will be participating in this event virtually as well.

Field Day/Spirit Day 2020

Diocese of Cleveland Sponsored
Field Day/Spirit Day 2020 - #docletsfielddaytogether

The PE Teachers from over 40 schools across the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland have put together a fun event for all school families to participate in. Field Day/Spirit Day 2020 will be held May 26-29, 2020. All activities are available at dioceseofcleveland.org/fieldday.

If you want to participate, please go to the website above and pick out one (or more) field day type activities from different schools across the diocese. Please wear Saint Paschal Baylon gear and take pictures or short videos of you and your families participating in these activities.

Send your pictures/videos to Mrs. Sarosy at ksarosy@saintpaschal.com.

You can also share your pictures/videos with the Diocese of Cleveland social media accounts (@doccatholicschools) using the hashtag #docletsfielddaytogether.

Have fun!

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