SPB Family Newsletter

Wednesday, November 25, 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.

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A Note from the Principal

Dear SPB Families,

Thanksgiving is the perfect time to say THANK YOU to all of our families for sharing the gift of your children with us and for your steadfast support of our school. What a blessing it is for me to see 350+ students participate in our learning community whether in person or online and to have parents who see the value in Catholic education. We have all been challenged in so many ways these past nine months, but our faith is what sustains us in those tough moments.

I have always said that the sense of community that surrounds SPB is what makes it such a special place, and I truly feel blessed and lucky to be a part of it. Thank you for all that you do, big or small, to make SPB a loving and vibrant community of faith, friendship, and love!

Please take a moment to watch the video below of some of our kindergarteners, first graders, and second graders courtesy of Miss Margevicius and her virtual music lessons. It will warm your heart!

On behalf of the faculty and staff of Saint Paschal Baylon Catholic School, I wish you and your families a blessed Thanksgiving filled with God's peace!


Diane Raguz, Principal

I'm Thankful For Singalong!

Remote Learning Option for December

We know that there are some families who would like to continue remote learning between Thanksgiving and Christmas which is certainly allowed. We simply ask you to notify the office and your child’s teacher/teachers of your desire.

Calendar of Events




We Give Catholic


Romeo's Pizza Fundraiser

PTO Virtual Meeting



COVID-19 Travel Advisory

With Thanksgiving tomorrow, we have heard that families may be traveling out of state. We need your help to ensure that we can offer in-person learning safely. If your family travels to a state that is on the Ohio Department of Health's COVID-19 Travel Advisory List, it is recommended by ODH that your child quarantine for 14 days upon return. Your child can move to online learning during this period. We need families to take this responsibility. The states on the list have a positivity rate of 15% or higher. The list of states is updated every Wednesday. The most recent one can be found here. Thank you!

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Save the Date for We Give Catholic

After Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday, it will be time to kick-off a season of giving. On Tuesday, December 1, starting at 12:00 a.m., visit www.wegivecatholic.org and make a donation to Saint Paschal Baylon Catholic School to continue our replacement of classroom lockers. You will have 24 hours to make donations, and all giving will end at 11:59 p.m. on December 1. Your generous donations last year helped us to replace lockers in two classrooms! With your help, we will reach our fundraising goals on #weGiveCatholic giving day!
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Tutor Available

We received the following information from Mrs. Elizabeth Souers, mother of SPB students Christina and Daniel:

I want to offer my services as a tutor to all K-8 SPB students FOR FREE until we return to in class learning (and should we ever go remote again later in the year as well). Availability is first come first served (and that may change as students may not need a tutor on a "regular" basis). I can tutor any subject and any grade level (I am a certified teacher; and, while my certifications are P-12 Music and 7-12 Integrated Mathematics, I can tutor all subjects). If you would like more information, please let me know (elizabethm.souers@gmail.com). I created a SignUp Genius "page". Here is the link:

SPB Free tutoring

PTO Christmas Gift Program

PTO Christmas Gift Program

We are happy to be able to coordinate the Christmas Gift program again this year. This program provides an opportunity to participate in a group monetary gift for individual teachers and staff. This year we recognize, more than ever, how hard the teachers and staff are working to keep our kids learning.

You may give a gift of any amount starting at $1 to as many teachers and staff as you want. Family contribution amounts are confidential. The total amount is combined into a single check.

Each teacher or staff member will receive a personalized letter with a list of all the family names that contributed to their gift.

To Participate

Go to www.saintpaschal.net, click on PTO Christmas Gift Program.

Enter gift amounts by the corresponding recipient name and submit.

Send in one check payable to St. Paschal Baylon PTO for the total amount of your gifts.

Mail/drop off options:

  1. Parish office, in an envelope labeled PTO Christmas Gift

  2. Kim Brandich (I will have a labeled bin by the front door for drop off)

2977 Gatsby Ln.

Willoughby Hills, OH 44092

Any questions, give me a call or text. 216-375-4917

Payment Due by: Monday December 4th

*Late submissions cannot be included.

* Any other cards or individual gifts may be mailed to the school for teachers and staff to pick up*

Ladies Guild Advent Service Calendar

The Ladies Guild has created an Advent Service Calendar for you to use with your family to help prepare for Christmas. Though we can't all be together for a Family Service Night this year, we hope this calendar will give you ideas for ways to serve with your family from home. Please share pictures of your activities on our Facebook page "SPB Ladies Guild" or on instagram at "spb.ladies.guild."

Advent Prayers

Advent Wreath Blessing

adapted from the Book of Blessings, 1528

Lord our God,

we praise you for your Son, Jesus Christ:

You are Emmanuel, the hope of the of the peoples.

You are the wisdom that teaches and guides us.

You are the Savior of every nation.

Lord God,

let your blessing come upon us,

and this wreath,

as we light the candles during this Advent Season.

May the wreath, its light, and our faith

be a sign of Christ’s promise to bring us salvation.

May Christ come quickly and not delay

to bring peace, joy, hope, and love to our world

and those most in need.

Through Christ our Lord.

Advent Prayer

(for meals and other times)

Come Lord Jesus! Maranatha!

All-powerful God,

look kindly on us

as we await the coming of the Christ.

Bless our homes,

and unite us to all people everywhere

who wait for the coming of your Son Jesus Christ.

Help those who will go hungry this day.

May this season bring peace, comfort and joy

as we share our love with everyone.

Come Lord Jesus! Maranatha!

5th 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 5

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 November dates:

Romeo's Pizza on December 2

5th Avenue Deli and Grill on December 19

Moe's Southwest Grill on January 19 (info coming soon)


Five Below from November 27-December 3. You MUST present the flyer for SPB to receive 10% of your total purchase. Since we are not able to provide our annual Jingle Bell Shop this year, this is a great alternative for your children to shop while still supporting the fundraiser!