SPB Family Newsletter

Week of March 9, 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


Grade 8 Musical--The Wizard of Oz


Grades 7/8 GCCTM Competition--9:00 am


Stations of the Cross-Junior High this week

Lenten Reconciliation--1:15 pm

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

Northeast Ohio Science & Engineering Fair


Northeast Ohio Science & Engineering Fair

Grade 1 Daisy Girl Scouts--2:30-4:00 pm

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

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


All School Mass--9:00 am

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

You're the Balm--2:30-3:30 pm


Northeast Ohio Science & Engineering Fair Awards

Grades 5/6--Lake Erie Ink

Grades 7/8 GCCTM Pizza Party--2:30-3:15 pm


2019 Walk-a-Thon T-shirt Day

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


Science Olympiad at John Carroll University

Spring Craft & Trade Show--9:00 am-3:00 pm

A Note from the Principal

Dear Families,

The excitement is building as our eighth graders are putting in the final hours of rehearsal as they prepare for opening night of The Wizard of Oz tomorrow, Friday, at 7:00 p.m. Don't worry if you can't make it tomorrow night because there are additional performances on Saturday at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday at 1:30 p.m. The students have put in hours of practice after school, and I can guarantee you won't be disappointed. I would be remiss not to thank the director, Mrs. Kelly Monaghan, and the team of parent volunteers who have made this all happen led by Mrs. Amy Goff, Mrs. Kelly Keefe, Mrs. Tricia Slemc, and Mrs. Amy Wright. To put on a musical such as this truly takes a team effort--THANK YOU to all those involved! Break a leg, eighth graders!

Peace and blessings,

Diane Raguz, Principal

Grade 8 CYO City Champs

Congratulations to our 8th grade basketball team on winning the Tier 1 CYO City Championships on Sunday! The boys beat a tough team from St. Barnabas 36-30. Congratulations to Sean Fioritto, Jimmy Lawless Tim Lee, George Minello, Nick Speyer, and Donte Whitner. Thank you to their coaches, Mr. Smith, Mr. Lawless, and Mr. Hollis, for preparing them and guiding them to victory!
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The Wizard of Oz is Coming to SPB!

Please join the eighth grade class, as they are off to see the Wizard! This engaging and colorful play will surely entertain. Do not miss this opportunity to see Dorothy, the Lion, the Tin Man and the Scarecrow as they find their way to the Wizard of Oz! Please join us on Friday, March 6th at 7:00pm, Saturday, March 7th at 7:00pm or Sunday, March 8th at 1:30pm! All tickets are $8.00 and can be purchased at the door or pre-purchased by emailing allisoncarbone@hotmail.com. An order form can be found in your oldest child's communication folder today!

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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


Kotoch Scholarship Applications

We are happy to announce that we are now accepting applications for the Kotoch Scholarship! Five families will each be awarded $1,000 in tuition assistance for the 2020-2021 school year. Please note that these scholarships are need-based, and families who receive them cannot accept Diocesan Tuition Assistance or GIFTS. You can find the application below or under the "Parents" tab on our website. Applications are due Monday, March 16, 2020. Please contact Kelly Ericsson in the Advancement Office with any questions at kelly@saintpaschal.com.

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 One consideration is March 15, 2020.
  • 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

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You are invited to join us for our annual Education Fair on Thursday, March 19 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. in O'Brien Hall and the Jansky Learning Center. View student projects from across grade levels and subject areas, speak to our teachers and administrators, catch up with other families, and enjoy this celebration of learning. In the spirit of March Madness and showing support for our school, you are encouraged to wear green and gold or to sport your basketball shooting shirts!

Grade level contest: Help your grade score the most points by exploring all that SPB has to offer. Bring your Basketball Card and earn sticker “points” by visiting the different grade level exhibits in O’Brien Hall, all our extracurricular activity tables, and by checking out the Jansky Learning Center. Awesome prizes await the grade levels who have the greatest participation! So don’t forget those cards!! See you on March 19! It's sure to be a slam dunk!

Check out our Video Invitation to the Education Fair


Education Fair Signs

We want to get the word out about our Education Fair on March 19! Would you be willing to display a sign like the one on the left in your yard the week of the Education Fair? Signs can be posted Friday, March 13 and displayed throughout the week. When you come to the Education Fair, just return the sign to school so that we can reuse them in the future. If interested, please stop by the office to sign one or more out. Thank you in advance!
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Grades 6-8 Volunteer Opportunity


The Ladies Guild is still in need of volunteers during Craft & Trade Show next Saturday (3/14) all day, especially in the early morning! Thanks so much! * 6th and 7th graders will receive a Box Top Day Dress Down Pass, but may NOT submit this activity for Confirmation Service Hours next year. No dress down for 8th graders, unless you don't need Service Hours. Sign-up with paper form or online at: https://signup.com/go/mQdamzd Contact Colleen Grossner with questions (colleen@fresh-you.com or 440-655-1433).

Ladies' Guild Retreat

The Ladies Guild welcomes all ladies of the SPB community to attend our Ladies' Guild Women's Retreat on Sunday, March 15 from 9:30 to 4:30 at the Jesuit Retreat Center in Parma. Contact Nancy Dulzer at 216-856-9249 to register.

Primary Grades Parents/Guardians-We Need You!

The links for March for Grade 2, April for Grade 1, and May for Kindergarten can be found below.

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. 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! 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 2, Grade 1, Kindergarten.

Our sincere thanks to the Grade 3 moms and dads who helped us in February: Mrs. Beth Velotta, Mrs. Tammy Oley, Mrs. Jaime Mance, Mr. Fred Mance, Mrs. Gina Quagliata, Mrs. Meghan Soriano, Mrs. Kate Herberth, Mr. David Fitzwater, Mrs. Iveta Fitzwater, Mrs. Ruth Pak, Mrs. Kristie Krebs, Mrs. Erica Majernik, Mrs. Megan Baco (and Sean and Jack!), Mr. Bob Patyk, Mrs. Iryna Yarovitskiy, and Mrs. Colleen McHugh.

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!

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.

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