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*No School Tomorrow- Monday, February 15: Presidents' Day*
Upcoming Events
February 15: No School, Presidents' Day
February 15: Return to 1-2-2 Hybrid Learning Model, Grades 4-6
February 16-17: Group A Students in Grades 4-6 Return In-Person
February 18: Parent/Teacher Conferences Conducted Virtually
February 18-19: Group B Students in Grades 4-6 Return In-Person
February 25 at 6:30pm: Kindergarten Virtual Information Night via Google Meets
March 1: First Day of Women's History Month
March 3 time TBA: 3rd Grade Virtual Information Night
Black History Spotlight: Before Rosa Parks, There Was Claudette Colvin.
From PBS.org: "Most people think of Rosa Parks as the first person to refuse to give up their seat on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama. There were actually several women who came before her; one of whom was Claudette Colvin.
It was March 2, 1955, when the fifteen-year-old schoolgirl refused to move to the back of the bus, nine months before Rosa Parks’ stand that launched the Montgomery bus boycott. Claudette had been studying Black leaders like Harriet Tubman in her segregated school, those conversations had led to discussions around the current day Jim Crow laws they were all experiencing. When the bus driver ordered Claudette to get up, she refused, “It felt like Sojourner Truth was on one side pushing me down, and Harriet Tubman was on the other side of me pushing me down. I couldn't get up."
Claudette Colvin’s stand didn’t stop there. Arrested and thrown in jail, she was one of four women who challenged the segregation law in court. If Browder v. Gayle became the court case that successfully overturned bus segregation laws in both Montgomery and Alabama, why has Claudette’s story been largely forgotten? At the time, the NAACP and other Black organizations felt Rosa Parks made a better icon for the movement than a teenager. As an adult with the right look, Rosa Parks was also the secretary of the NAACP, and was both well-known and respected – people would associate her with the middle class and that would attract support for the cause. But the struggle to end segregation was often fought by young people, more than half of which were women." Stay tuned for another Black History Spotlight in next week's HPS PTO Weekly Update! 
Parent-Teacher Conference Day is this Thursday, February 18: Sign-up to Bring Appreciation Snacks!
Parent-Teacher conferences are being held on this Thursday, February 18th. In appreciation of our teachers, the PTO will cater a lunch for the staff. We are asking volunteers to provide individually packaged light snacks and treats to help our teachers stay energized through the late hours. Please sign-up here to donate a snack. The Sign-up Genius link includes suggestions, but feel free to decide on your own treat. Please indicate in the comment section what specific items you will provide. Items can be dropped off either on the table outside the main office doors or by handing items to the staff in the car line on both Wednesday, Feb. 17th and Thursday, Feb. 18th. 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!
Spread the Word: Kindergarten Info Night is Set for February 25 at 6:30 pm via Google Meets.
HPS Kindergarten Information Night is set for 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!
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!
CPS is Hiring Substitute Teachers, Special Needs Professionals, Substitute Paraprofessionals, & Nap Aids
CPS is hiring substitute teachers, special needs professionals, substitute paraprofessionals, and nap aids to help facilitate the return to in-person school. You can scan the QR code below or use this link to register, apply, and learn additional information. CPS is hosting Virtual Walk-In Wednesday Open Interviews for these positions every Wednesday from 1-2:30 pm through February 24. The basic requirements for substitute teachers and paraprofessional substitutes are respectively listed in the blue boxes on the left and right sides of the graphic. HPS Parent Lee Sellinger (leesellinger@gmail.com) is gathering further details about these positions and is available to answer questions about the process; but please note, she does not work for CPS and is offering her help not to provide official CPS information but just because she's that good of a person!
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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