SPB Family Newsletter

Thursday, January 14, 2021

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 11-29


No School--Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day


Walk-a-Thon T-shirt Dress Down Day

PTO Fundraiser-Moe's


School Mass--Grades 1-2



End of the Second Quarter/First Semester

A Note from the Principal

Dear SPB Families,

Priority registration/enrollment for the 2021-2022 school year has begun! Be sure to complete your registration/enrollment using our new online system through Gradelink by Friday, February 5. We are so pleased by the number of families who have already taken advantage of online enrollment. Don't forget about our New Student Referral Program offering a $100 incentive to families who refer a new family to our school.

We want to show our support for our Cleveland Browns once again this week as they take on the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday! We encourage our students to show their team spirit with a Browns dress down day. Students may wear Browns gear or orange and brown tomorrow whether they are in school or learning from home.


Diane Raguz, Principal

EnrollMe Q&A

Thank you for beginning the process of registration for the 2021-2022 school year by using EnrollMe through Gradelink. We have been working out the little glitches and have been presented with questions that we are bringing to our Gradelink reps. Here are some of the answers we have received thus far:

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.

  1. Parents will log-in to their Parent Portal using their Gradelink login username and password.

  2. They will then click the Re-Enroll tab on the left sidebar.

  3. They will click the Have a new student to enroll? link at the top right of the page.

  4. 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.

Scholastic Writing Awards of 2021

Saint Paschal Baylon Catholic School is once again quite proud of the creative writing talents of our junior high students. Four eighth graders have won recognition in the Scholastic Writing Awards of 2021. 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.

Evangeline Ko earned a Gold Key Award for her Short Story entry. This award is given to writing that demonstrates the highest level of achievement in originality, personal voice, and technical skill. Her work will be forwarded to New York for national consideration.

Evangeline Ko, Katherine Moore, and Caitlyn Morton earned Silver Key Awards for their Poetry and Flash Fiction entries. This award is given to writing that demonstrates achievement worthy of regional recognition.

Caitlyn Morton and Jessica Mance earned Honorable Mention for their Poetry and Flash Fiction entries. This recognition is given to writing that demonstrates creative potential.

These junior high students will be invited to a celebration hosted by the Cleveland Institute of Art on Saturday, January 30, 2021 where their works will be displayed and awards given. What a gift these talented SPB students possess--the ability to delight with the written word!

Gold Key:

Evangeline Ko “Pancakes” Short Story

Silver Key:

Evangeline Ko “A Return to Nature” Poetry

Evangeline Ko “Magic in the Garden” Poetry

Katherine Moore “The Lesson of a Lifetime” Flash Fiction

Caitlyn Morton “One Simple Act” Flash Fiction

Honorable Mention:

Caitlyn Morton “To Get Lost in a Book” Poetry

Caitlyn Morton “Her Momma” Flash Fiction

Caitlyn Morton “Sylvia” Flash Fiction

Jessica Mance “Anxiety” Flash Fiction

Jessica Mance “The Girl With the Long Brown Hair” Poetry

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Creative Communications Poetry Awards

Saint Paschal Baylon Catholic School has some published poets! Twenty-six of our junior high students have won the Creative Communications Poetry Award for poems created in English class and submitted to the national contest this past autumn. They will now be published in an anthology entitled A Celebration of Poets. Congratulations to our creative writers!

Gr. 7: Gr. 8:

Aaron Cotturo, Julia Fitzwater, Anthony Fritzgerald, Brendan Healy, Isabella Jarc, Thomas Kerns, Gweneth Kozelj, Elizabeth McAndrew, Arabella Mellenthin, Andrew Metz, Elizabeth Selby, Noah Spinos, Lauren Uzzo

Grade 8:

Adriana de Caris, Abigail Detzel, Ashley Kluk, Evangeline Ko, Luke Lipold, Jessica Mance, Margaret Moisio, Katherine Moore, Caitlyn Morton, Kyle Phillips, Zachary Swiderski, Zachary TItas, Concetta Yormick

MAP Testing Revised Dates-January 11-29

The second MAP testing window of the year will be from January 11 - 29. We have pushed back the testing window by one week. 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). Students will once again only be tested in Math and Reading. 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 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.

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Preschool Virtual Open House

If you are interested in enrolling your child/ren in our Saint Paschal Baylon Preschool, mark Thursday, January 28, 2021 on your calendar! The preschool team will be presenting information on our four different preschool programs beginning at 6:30 pm on Zoom. The Virtual Open House will include a welcome from our administrators, a chance to meet our preschool team, a virtual tour, and an opportunity to ask questions. Our preschool fills up quickly and space is limited in our programs, so you won’t want to miss this event. Please register for the event HERE. Once you register, a Zoom invitation will be sent to you the day prior to the Virtual Open House.
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Kindergarten Virtual Sneak Peek

Are you interested in a "sneak peek" of our kindergarten? Be sure to mark Thursday, February 4, 2021 on your calendar! Our kindergarten team will present information on our kindergarten program beginning at 6:30 pm on Zoom. The virtual Sneak Peek will include a welcome from our administrative team, a chance to meet our kindergarten teachers, a virtual tour, and an opportunity to ask questions. Please register for the event HERE. Once you register, a Zoom invitation will be sent to you the day prior to the Virtual Sneak Peek. We encourage you to share this event with others who might be interested in enrolling in our school.

New Student Referral Program

It's that time of year! Registration for the 2021-2022 school year is now well underway, 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


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 again for your time and service to the students and teachers of SPB! Simply click on the following links to sign up: Grade 4, Grade 3

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.

Ladies Guild Meeting TONIGHT!

Please join us for our virtual Ladies Guild meeting online tonight at 7:30 p.m. We hope you can join us!


PTO Fundraisers

Out SPB PTO has several on-going fundraisers during which you can order and pick up a great meal for your family while supporting their mission for our school. Please click on the link below for information on January dates:

5th Avenue Deli and Grill on January 16

PTO is trying a new Taco Tuesday at Moe’s Southwest Grill on January 19th. It’s a locally owned restaurant and they are offering taco kits that feed 4-6 people. It’s an online form you fill out in advance and on January 19th between 6:00-6:30 pm you can pick up the kit at our very own Saint Paschal parking lot.

Thank you for your overwhelming support this year!

February PTO Virtual Meeting

Join us February 3, 2021 for "A Conversation About Helping Our Kids Sort Through Current Times," with Linda Page M. Ed our very own SPB psychologist. In a time when so much is changing how can we help keep our children strong and engaged. If you prefer to submit a thought or question prior to zoom please do so in this form https://forms.gle/TUMB8Pfc8gWH6qAz6
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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.