SPB Family Newsletter

Week of November 11, 2019

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


New Altar Server Installation--10:00 am Mass


Veteran's Day

Grade 1 Veteran's Day Celebration (after Mass)

Starry Knights Art Club--2:30-3:30 pm


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

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

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


All School Mass--9:00 am

Grade 4--Connections Program

Grade 6--D.A.R.E. Graduation (after Mass)

KDG-Grade 4--Mad Science--2:30-3:35 pm

Geography Bee Practice--2:30-3:30 pm


Grade 2 Girl Scout Meeting--2:30-4:00 pm

Grades 3-4 Catholic Math League Test 1--2:30-3:15 pm

SPB Spelling Bee--2:45 pm

Ladies Guild Meeting--7:30 pm


Grade 8--Washington, D.C.

Grade 6 Field Trip--CSU

Young Rembrandts--2:30-3:40 pm


Grade 7 Flash Mass--8:00 am

A Note from the Principal

Dear SPB Families,

Our faculty/staff as well as our Safety Committee are constantly discussing the safety of our students. Please be sure to read the letter enclosed in today's communication folder regarding upcoming ALICE training. Our Safety Committee met a couple of weeks ago to discuss various topics related to student and campus safety. As a result of that meeting, I am happy to share that, when possible, a Highland Heights police officer will be present at our school Masses. You may have noticed one at last week's Mass. I am very grateful to Sergeant Brian McCallister who is serving on our Safety Committee who helped to make this happen, and to Police Chief James Cook and the Highland Heights Police Department. We are blessed to have such a positive relationship with them.

The state of Ohio and Attorney General Dave Yost also remain committed to student safety. I am pleased to tell you that we have qualified for a safety grant for $2,500 from the state of Ohio once again this year. Last year we used the grant money to fund a portion of the installation of a new PA/intercom system in our school. This was a definite need as our previous system was old and failing quickly. Our Safety Committee discussed some different options for this year's grant, but no decision has been made yet.

Finally, I hope you have had the chance to see the culminating activity of our Only One You project--our river teeming with fish--just outside the entrance to the school. Many of the students have already spotted their fish! It serves as a great reminder to our students that, "There is only one you in this great big world. Make it a better place!" Thank you again to the Blessed Sacrament Ladies Guild for providing the funding for this project.


Diane Raguz


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Girls on the Run this Sunday!

Please come run, walk, or cheer as the SPB Girls on the Run team completes their big 5k this Sunday, November 10th at 9:30 am! Over fifty schools from all over northeast Ohio will come to Mayfield High School to participate in this exciting celebration event! Thanks for your support! To register, click FALL GOTR 5K. Thank you very much to Mrs. Mary Sustar, Mrs. Kelly Miller, Mrs. Colleen Grossner, Mrs. Katie Terman, Mrs. Mary Curtis and Mrs. Karen Sarosy for championing our young ladies!
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Socktober was a hit! Thank you!

During the week of October 21, the kindergartners and fifth graders sponsored SOCKTOBER, a service project to collect warm socks for the homeless. The students of SPB collected an AMAZING 422 pairs of socks to be distributed to those in need. The K and 5 buddies met this past Thursday to estimate and count the socks, and then they made little "love" notes to include with each pair. We hope that this will help to warm the feet and hearts of those less fortunate. Thank you to our kindergartners, fifth graders, and their teachers for leading this service project!

Veterans Day

CELEBRATING OUR VETERANS: The First Grade cordially invites Veterans and their spouses to celebrate Mass on Monday, November 11 at 9:00 a.m. (This is not a school Mass). Following Mass, we hope you would join us in the Parish Life Center for a light breakfast in appreciation for your service. Please RSVP as soon as possible to the school office by calling 440-442-6766 or emailing office@saintpaschal.com.

Holiday Craft Show-Saturday, Nov. 23

Please mark your calendar and plan to join us for our Annual Holiday Craft Show benefiting the Blessed Sacrament Ladies Guild on Saturday, November 23, 2019 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. This is the largest fundraiser for the Guild and is a wonderful way to kick off the holiday season. There will be over 150 craft tables so you'll be sure to find unique gifts for yourself or for that special someone on your holiday shopping list. Please consider volunteering some of your time to help make the day a success. Volunteers also get free admission to the show! Please contact Beth Juelich-Velotta at bethjuelich@yahoo.com with any questions. The following link will take you to our sign up page on SignUpGenius.com


Seeking Distinguished Graduate Award Nominations

Do you know a “Distinguished Graduate” of Saint Paschal Baylon Catholic School? If so, please nominate him or her for the Distinguished Graduate Award to be announced at the closing Mass for Catholic Schools Week on Friday, January 31, 2020. To be eligible, the nominee should have graduated from Saint Paschal Baylon Catholic School at least ten years ago. The award recipient will be selected based on his or her contributions to the community, society, and the Catholic Church. Our school will accept nominations until December 15, 2019. The nomination form can be found below or on our school website under Quick Links.

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

The 2019 Walk-a-Thon T-shirt Dress Down Days have been added to the school calendar. They are:

  • Tuesday, November 12
  • Wednesday, December 11
  • Thursday, January 16
  • Monday, February 24
  • Friday, March 13
  • Tuesday, April 21
  • Thursday, May 21

If your child has the 2019 Walk-a-Thon t-shirt they may wear the shirt with appropriate dress down clothes. If they do not have the 2019 shirt, they are to wear their regular uniform (gym uniform or dress uniform) on these days. Thank you.


The links for November for Grade 6, and December for Grade 5 can be found below. With the holiday season just ahead, we know that you will want to get the dates that work for your busy schedule!

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. 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 6, Grade 5.

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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.