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*HPS Restaurant Night, This Thursday Feb. 25 from 5-9 pm:
Buffalo Wings & Rings*
Upcoming Events
February 15 from 5-9 pm: HPS Restaurant Night, Buffalo Wings & Rings, 4615 Factory Colony Lane (Oakley Station)
February 25 at 6:30 pm: Kindergarten Virtual Information Night via Google Meets
March 1: First Day of Women's History Month
March 3 at 6:30 pm: 3rd Grade Virtual Information Night via Google Meets
March 8: No School for Students
March 12: End of 3rd Quarter
March 22 - March 29: Spring Break, No School
Black History Spotlight: Bass Reeves was the Real "Lone Ranger."
From PBS.org: "One in four cowboys was Black, despite the stories told in popular stories and movies. In fact, it's believed that the real “Lone Ranger” was inspired by an African American man named Bass Reeves. Reeves had been born a slave but escaped West during the Civil War where he lived in what was then known as Indian Territory. He eventually became a Deputy U.S. Marshal, was a master of disguise, an expert marksman, had a Native American companion, and rode a silver horse. His story was not unique however. In the 19th century, the Wild West drew enslaved Blacks with the hope of freedom and wages. When the Civil War ended, freedmen came West with the hope of a better life where the demand for skilled labor was high. These African Americans made up at least a quarter of the legendary cowboys who lived dangerous lives facing weather, rattlesnakes, and outlaws while they slept under the stars driving cattle herds to market. While there was little formal segregation in frontier towns and a great deal of personal freedom, Black cowboys were often expected to do more of the work and the roughest jobs compared to their white counterparts. Loyalty did develop between the cowboys on a drive, but the Black cowboys were typically responsible for breaking the horses and being the first ones to cross flooded streams during cattle drives. In fact, it is believed that the term “cowboy” originated as a derogatory term used to describe Black 'cowhands.'" Stay tuned for another Black History Spotlight in next week's HPS PTO Weekly Update! 
HPS Restaurant Night: This Thursday Feb. 25 from 5-9 pm at Buffalo Wings & Rings!
Dine & Donate this Thursday February 25 from 5-9 pm at Buffalo Wings & Rings located at 4615 Factory Colony Lane in Oakley Station. 20% of all sales will be donated to the HPS PTO, just mention this fundraiser at your time of purchase. Let your Facebook friends know you're going by joining the FB event here. Thank you for your support!
HPS Athletics is Live Streaming Basketball Games and Tech Savvy 5th & 6th Graders are Needed to Form the First HPS Broadcast Crew!
HPS Athletics has launched a Live Stream service for basketball games! This service, made possible by the Booster Board, allows parents, friends, and family to watch live events, chat, and comment from anywhere with an internet connection! It will also save and store video for later viewing with your little Eagles. Follow this link to find schedules and archives.

And with this live streaming service comes a new HPS Athletics opportunity! We are searching for five to ten 5th and 6th Grade tech-savvy students to become the first ever HPS Broadcast Crew! These students will work with an assigned adult to schedule and broadcast a variety of HPS Athletic events during the Spring season. Please email Mike Brugh at michaelbrugh@outlook.com to learn more about this exciting opportunity! Go Eagles!
Spring Celebration is on the Horizon: Check out the Volunteer Opportunities!
The Spring Celebration is Hyde Park School's largest fundraiser of the year, and it will take place virtually again this year. With a year's experience of the virtual style under our belts, Spring Celebration 2021 promises to be a fun way to raise a lot of money! All proceeds directly benefit our children by bridging the gap between CPS funding and our students' needs. As always, our volunteers are the driving force, and there are volunteer opportunities available to suit the many talents and time constraints of our HPS community. Please take a look at this Sign-up Genius Link to explore the opportunities and volunteer! Thank you!
Girls on the Run Sign-ups Open Tomorrow, Feb. 22 for Girls in Grades 3-5.
Registration for the new Girls on the Run club at HPS opens Tomorrow, February 22 for girls in Grades 3-5! In Girls on the Run, team members will run and become more physically active, but Girls on the Run is about so much more than running. Its mission aims to inspire every girl to be healthy and joyful; to dream big, activate her full potential, and embrace differences; to become more confident, problem solve, and learn how to positively handle adversity. This group will meet directly after school and is open to 16 girls. A lottery will take place for random assignment on the team if all 16 guaranteed spots are filled. Register here!
Kindergarten Info Night is This Thursday, February 25 at 6:30 pm via Google Meets.
HPS Kindergarten Information Night is set for this Thursday February 25 at 6:30 pm (join or share the Facebook Event here). With the lack of opportunities for new families to do in-person tours, this information night is more important than ever. So please spread the word through your network of families with preschoolers! Use Google Meet ID: bgs-nxtx-hzr to join the meeting. And if you're in the incoming Kindergarten Community, please join the Incoming Kindergarten Facebook Group here!
3rd Grade Info Night Scheduled for Wednesday, March 3 at 6:30 pm via Google Meets.
HPS 3rd Grade Information Night is set for March 3 at 6:30 pm (join or share the Facebook Event here). Come prepared with your questions and ready to hear about what the school day looks like for 3rd Graders at HPS. Use Google Meet ID: rak-ofkr-mpq to join the meeting.
Need Your Car Serviced? Check out Don's Auto Repair on Delta Avenue and Raise Money for HPS all through February and March!
If your car is in need of an oil change, a winter tune-up, or other service, swing by Don's Auto Repair at 410 Delta Avenue. Mention the Hyde Park School Fundraiser, and Don's will donate 5% of all service and repair costs to HPS! This fundraiser lasts throughout the months of February and March!
Vintage HPS Spirit Wear is Calling Your Name!
Vintage HPS Spirit Wear by our spirit wear partner, Koch Sporting Goods, is on sale, and it's calling your name!
Click here to find the limited sizes and styles, still available now but not for long! Local orders from the vintage catalogue will be delivered to your porch free of charge.
And while you're at it, check out the expanded assortment of high-quality HPS Spirit Wear, shoppable year-round. Purchases outside official spirit wear sale windows can always be shipped directly to your home or picked up at Koch's for no charge. A portion of all sales directly benefits HPS PTO. Please contact Leah Wyrabkiewicz (leahnally@yahoo.com) with any questions.
CPS Launches Possip Surveys Asking for Parent Feedback
Cincinnati Public Schools has launched a new program that will give parents a chance to submit feedback regarding their child's school on a weekly basis. It is their hope that the use of this program will further support student learning across the district. Please be on the lookout for emails referencing a Possip survey. You can follow this link and get a preview of what Possip is all about: https://possip.com/welcome-cps-families/
Future Enrollment Survey
We are collecting data for future Kindergarten enrollment at Hyde Park School. Please fill out this Google form if you are planning to send your child/children to HPS in the coming years. This includes families who already have children enrolled but will have additional siblings entering the school soon. Please help us spread the word!
Join the Hyde Park Athletics Boosters and get your very own, highly-coveted, blue foam finger! Then, there's more! With foam finger in hand, remove the foam finger from your hand every Friday and place it in a window of your house for Foam Finger Friday. Every Friday, neighborhood drive-throughs will take place noting addresses where Hyde Park Athletic Foam Fingers have been spotted. All those addresses will be eligible for a weekly prize drawing.

By becoming a Booster Club member, you are directly contributing to the support and growth of the HPS athletic programs. Hyde Park Athletics are privately funded, and your annual membership will be used to reduce the overall registration cost of these programs, fund new programs not currently available, and ensure that our student athletes have the appropriate equipment and facilities to compete effectively.

Please visit the Hyde Park Athletics website for more information or contact Mike Brugh at michaelbrugh@outlook.com with any questions.
Amazon Smile
AmazonSmile is a simple way for you to support Hyde Park School every time you shop at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to HPS. Please choose Hyde Park School PTO Inc. as your recipient.

AmazonSmile customers can now support Hyde Park School PTO in the Amazon shopping app on iOS and Android mobile phones! Simply follow these instructions to turn on AmazonSmile and start generating donations.

  1. Open the Amazon Shopping app on your device
  2. Go into the main menu of the Amazon Shopping app and tap into 'Settings'
  3. Tap 'AmazonSmile' and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the process
Kroger Community Rewards
Earn 4% of your purchase for Hyde Park School. Don't worry...you still keep all of your points. Register online at www.krogercommunityrewards.com and select “Hyde Park School PTO Inc” from the list.
Box Tops for Education
Many people don't even realize just how easy the Box Tops for Education Program is now that it has gone virtual. No more clipping and collecting a pile of Box Tops. Just download the Box Tops App, scan your grocery receipt, instantly identify Box Tops products, and automatically add cash to our school’s earnings online. You can also email your online receipts to earn credit. Box Tops are still worth 10¢ each for your school. This may not sound like much, but it adds up to hundreds of dollars!
Remke Rewards Caring Neighbor
With Remke’s Caring Neighbor program, sign-up and they will donate up to 2% to Hyde Park School for every purchase made when you use your Remke Rewards card. Register online at www.remkes.com and select “Hyde Park School PTO”.
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