SPB Family Newsletter

April 27, 2023

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--April 24 through May 12

Monday, May 1

Box Tops Dress Down Day

Grade 5 Honor & Harmony Program--9:40 am & 10:20 am

Rugrats Track--2:30-3:45 pm

Tuesday, May 2

Box Tops Dress Down Day

New Altar Server Training--2:30-3:30 pm in Church

Wednesday, May 3

Grade 2 Jesus Day

All School Mass--9:00 am

PTO Meeting--7:00 pm

Thursday, May 4

Children's Choir Rehearsal--3:30 pm

Rugrats Track at MHS--5:45 pm

Academic Recognition--7:00 pm

Friday, May 5

Grade 8 ACRE Testing

Grade 3 Field Trip--Hale Farm

Sunday, May 7

Grade 2 First Communion--1:00 pm

What can I find in today's Communication Folder?

Folders are only being sent home with Grade 5 (Holden Arboretum Field Trip Permission Form) and Grades 7-8 (Operation Keepsake Letter/Permission Form)

A Note from the Principal

Dear SPB Families,

Please keep our eighth graders in your prayers this weekend as they receive the sacrament of Confirmation on Sunday at 1:30 p.m., being sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit and strengthened for service to the Body of Christ.

On May 7 at 1:00 p.m., our second graders will celebrate the sacrament of Holy Communion. We hold them in prayer as they prepare their hearts to receive Jesus for the first time.

Finally, on Monday, May 1 you will see a new face in the office working alongside Mrs. Lipstreu. I want to officially welcome Ms. Angela Pucella who will serve as our Administrative Assistant next school year. She will be us through the end of the year as Mrs. Lipstreu shows her the ropes. Be sure to introduce yourself to her when you visit the office.

Peace and blessings,

Diane Raguz, Principal

A Spring Camping Concert (Gr. 4-6)

map testing-april 24-may 12

From April 24 to May 12, students in grades K through 8 will complete the third and final MAP® Growth test from NWEA®. We give students MAP Growth tests to determine their instructional level and to measure academic growth throughout the school year (and from year to year) in Math (K-8), Reading (K-8), and Language (3-8). There is no preparation for these assessments besides making sure your child has plenty of rest and a good breakfast throughout the testing period of April 24 to May 12. As in the past, following the testing period, you will receive a report showing your child’s growth throughout this school year.


Beginning on May 1st, students are permitted to wear the optional seasonal uniform. We have included it below.

Walking Shorts: Navy or khaki walking shorts purchased from Schoolbelles; no more than 2” above the knee

Shirt: Navy blue, hunter green, or white polo shirts with school logo

Shoes: Uniform shoes (grades 1-8) or tennis shoes (kindergarten)

Socks: Plain white or navy crew socks

SPB Talent Show

Attention all SPB Stars! We will hold a special TALENT SHOW on Wednesday, May 24th! Each homeroom will choose one act to be part of our school-wide TALENT SHOW. (Grades 4 and 8 can choose two acts!) Talent acts include singing, dancing, playing a musical instrument, comedy, juggling, and anything that makes you stand out! Each act should be no longer than 5 minutes and can be a solo or a group act. Auditions will be held during an assigned date decided by your homeroom teacher the week of May 1st - May 12th. There will be a MANDATORY DRESS REHEARSAL on MONDAY, MAY 22nd from 2:30-4:00 pm if you’re chosen to be part of the show. GOOD LUCK!

Talent Show Information

  • Talent Show auditions will be held by homeroom. Each homeroom teacher will choose a date between May 1st - 12th to hold auditions during the school day. Anyone is eligible to audition. One act per homeroom must be chosen. Grades 4 and 8 will pick two acts because of only having one homeroom. Your child's homeroom teacher will announce when auditions will be held in their classrooms.

  • Acts can be solo or in a group. There is no limit to how many students can be in a group.

  • Acts include singing, dancing, playing a musical instrument, juggling, or anything that makes a student stand out. If singing a song or dancing to a song, be sure that the music chosen is APPROPRIATE! If you are singing, you need to provide karaoke music and not a song with someone already singing on it or have an accompanist. Students will bring whatever props/music is necessary. *A digital copy must be sent to Mrs. Cross. If a digital version is not available, please create your own CD.

  • Acts should not be longer than 5 minutes.

  • Students must sign up before auditions are held. Students must submit the “Audition Form” to their homeroom teacher so teachers can plan accordingly. A parent's signature is required.

  • Costumes or a special appropriate outfit should be worn during auditions. Make sure you are PREPARED!

  • There will be a MANDATORY DRESS REHEARSAL on MONDAY, MAY 22nd from 2:30-4:00 pm if you’re chosen to be part of the show.

  • Those who are chosen to be part of the show may invite their parents and grandparents to see the show on Wednesday, May 24th at 1:00 in O’Brien Hall.

New Altar Server Training

Training of new altar servers began on Tuesday, April 18, 2:30 pm in church. Also on April 25 (student led with parents), May 2, 9 & 16. Installation of new servers is during Spring Fling Mass, Sunday, May 21, 10:30 am. Contact Kathryn Mailer to register: katmailer416@gmail.com

SPRING FLING....WE NEED YOU! Earn a dress down pass!

Our annual Spring Fling is right around the corner, and we need your help! The success of our festival depends greatly on our volunteers. This is our time to shine as a parish community. Please commit to work for 1 to 2 shifts over the May 18th-21st weekend. We promise you will have a ball! A DRESS DOWN PASS WILL BE GIVEN TO ANY STUDENT WHOSE PARENTS SIGN UP AND WORK A SHIFT THAT WEEKEND. The dress down passes can be used on any ONE day the week following Spring Fling, May 22-26. CLICK HERE!
spring fling volunteer sign-up

Work a shift at Spring Fling and earn a dress down day for your child/ren to be used any one day during the week of May 22-26.

Faculty Room Snack Cart

LAST snack cart hurrah!

Let us show our appreciation for all the wonderful teachers and staff at SPB by stocking the snack cart for the staff lounge. The Ladies Guild started this tradition in 2021, and it was a huge success thanks to all of you. Let's do it again ONE more time, before we call it a wrap for this school year! Please CLICK HERE to sign up!

Thank you for your support of this tradition during this school year!

PTO News

Our May Box Top Dress Down Days are Monday, May 1st & Tuesday, May 2nd. Please submit 10 paper box tops to your child's teacher the day your child would like to dress down or use 10 scanned box tops to dress down. Scanned box tops can be "submitted" via email at majdihp@gmail.com or text 216.577.8014 or a paper print out via your child's teacher. Thank you for supporting the box top program at SPB. Dress down passes can also be used.

Please click here for a flyer with discount ticket information for Waldameer Park.

Our monthly Romeo's Pizza Fundraiser is May 10.

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SKIP THE LINES-Order your school supplies now & save!

Kits will be delivered via FedEx two weeks before the start of school.

Our PTO is offering the 1stDaySchoolSupplies program for 2023-2024. Enjoy hassle-free, pre-packaged, name brand school supply kits filled with the exact supplies requested by your child’s teacher. These kits are a cost effective and convenient way of purchasing your back-to-school supplies. Need a bookbag? Be sure to check out the add on items available!

Order Now --> https://1stdayschoolsupplies.com/kits.php?sid=83582

Questions? Contact Colleen Ockenden at CMOckenden@gmail.com.

We listened: no more hauling big boxes around at Meet Your Teacher...orders will be shipped directly to you so that you may bring your students labeled supplies at Meet Your Teacher on August 21. Orders are due by June 30.

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Family Kindness Festival

Experience the Magic of Kindness at the Family Kindness Festival sponsored by Senders Pediatrics! The Family Kindness Festival will be held on Sunday, April 30 from 1:00-4:00 p.m. at Beachwood High School. Please refer to the information below. Advanced registration is encouraged by clicking here or scanning the QR code. Join other families for a magical afternoon that brings kids and parents together to have fun, do good, and be kind—all at the same time!

Playground Volunteers Needed-Kindergarten & All Grades

We are asking that each family (mom, dad, grandma, etc.) choose at least two days to volunteer each time slot being 11:10 am-12:55 pm. There are many, many time slots open! We are so grateful for the help!

Kindergarten and anyone who would like to help is welcome to sign up for May/June.

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.

Thank you again for your time and service to the students and teachers of SPB! Simply click on the following link to sign up: Kindergarten

We are grateful for the following parents and grandparents who were able to help during the month of April: Mrs. Janelle Washington, Mrs. Rene Guzik, Mrs. Maggie Cavelli, Mr. Jim Ross, Mrs. Donna Ross, Mr. Dan Holzheimer, Mrs. Meghan D'Angelo, Mr. John D'Angelo, Mrs. Nicole Lesinski, Mrs. Angela Sebesy, Mrs. Mahle Killian, Mrs. Rachel Cahill, and Mr. Fred Mance.

Extended Day Announcement

Please mark your calendars with the following dates when Extended Day WILL NOT be in session.


June 2, 2023 (last day of school)

Camp Invention 2023

Confidence, creativity and friendship are what @CampInvention is all about!

Register for exciting STEM fun at Saint Paschal Baylon Catholic School this summer from June 12-16.

Use SUM15 to save $15! invent.org/mylocalcamp

Bus Transportation for 2023-2024 School Year

Families of students in Kindergarten-Grade 8 are asked to check the various district links below regarding bus transportation for the 2023-2024 school year. In some cases, parents/guardians are required to REQUEST transportation for their child through their district.

Mayfield Transportation (Saint Paschal Baylon Catholic School will provide a list of enrolled students to MAY; however parents MUST request transportation using the link.)

Richmond Heights Transportation (Saint Paschal Baylon Catholic School will provide a list of enrolled students to RH; however, parents MUST request transportation using the link.)

South Euclid-Lyndhurst (Saint Paschal Baylon Catholic School will provide a list of enrolled students to SEL.)

Willoughby-Eastlake Transportation (Saint Paschal Baylon Catholic School will provide a list of enrolled students to W-E; however, parents MUST request transportation using the link.)