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*Happy Holidays! Enjoy Your Winter Break!*
Upcoming Events
December 21-January 1: Winter Break
January 4: Classes resume online
January 11: No School for Students (Staff PD day)
January 12: Quarter 2 Grades Submitted in Power School
January 18: No School, MLK, Jr. Day
Warm Your Hearts with this Merry & Bright Teacher/Staff Appreciation Video
Thank you for your generosity to our teachers and staff! We had over 240 families contribute to the Teacher & Staff Holiday gift fund! As an added thanks to our teachers and staff, we collected videos and pictures from HPS students and compiled them in the video below. It is sure to warm your heart and brighten your day. Happy Holidays!
Join New Leaf's 2020 Fundraiser and Contribute to Youth Cooking and Food Education.
New Leaf Kitchen, a local Cincinnati non-profit organization, has been a strong partner of Hyde Park School by offering the beloved cooking club as one of HPS's extracurricular programs. New Leaf Kitchen's mission is to nourish young minds and bodies through cooking and food education, and now is your chance to support the New Leaf Kitchen 2020 Fundraiser as COVID-19 has put a hold on its hands-on programs for nearly a year. Click this link to donate!

Director and Founder Annie Streitmarter writes:
Many of you have participated in our programs throughout the last couple years, and we truly appreciate you embracing the New Leaf Kitchen mission. Because of your participation and support, we have been able to offer our programs to many underserved schools across Cincinnati, and continued through the pandemic by donating cooking kits - encouraging children to cook healthy at home with their families. This holiday season, Covid-19 still has our hands-on programs on hold, but we are working hard to continue our mission. It is more important than ever to eat healthy and have the ability to cook at home. We are a passionate organization with an important mission, and we will be back soon in full operation to accomplish our goals! This year, we are asking for a little extra help through our 'End 2020 Fundraiser'. Any donation over $50 from 12/18 - 12/31 will be sent a free gift! Please include the address where you would like the free gift sent on the donation message. 100% of your donation goes toward our mission, and every dollar truly helps this year. Please spread the word about our organization, donate if you can, and stay healthy this holiday season. Thank you so much for your continued support!

For more information, please contact info@newleafkitchen.org or 513-399-9996.
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/
Judging Continues This Week in the Light Up Hyde Park & Oakley Contests
The Light Up Hyde Park and Light Up Oakley contests have entered the judging phase, and YOU can be the judge as judging continues through this week.

Here's what to do:

Light Up Hyde Park!
1. Check out contestants' photos at the Light up Hyde Park Facebook page.
2. Drive or walk around Hyde Park before the end of December to cast your vote! (A link for voting will be posted on the Facebook page once entries are received). Voting started December 16 and runs through December 31. Winners will be announced after New Year's Day!

Light Up Oakley!
1. Contest Categories include:
Residential categories: Best traditional, Best themed, Griswold award.
Business categories: Best outdoor display, Best window display.
Best street/block
2. Drive or walk around Oakley to find your favorites display, and cast your vote online between December 18 and January 1. Winners will be announced on January 2!
For more details, visit the Light Up Oakely website or the Light Up Oakley Facebook Page!
All About Kids of Oakley Offers Winter Break Childcare
If you're searching for childcare over Winter Break, All About Kids of Oakley may have your solution. To enroll or learn more information, please contact Director Audrey Beaver at 513.631.KIDS (that's 513.631.5437) or visit their website.
City Survey to Improve Traffic Safety at HPS
Please take a few minutes to complete this traffic survey to improve the safety of the intersection of Observatory and Edwards.

The Department of Transportation and Engineering (DOTE) has received several complaints about eastbound vehicles on Observatory Ave not yielding to pedestrians in the crosswalk when turning left (north) onto Edwards Rd. DOTE is considering modifying the traffic signal to include a “left turn on green arrow only” for eastbound vehicles turning left (north) on Edwards.

Adding a “left turn on green arrow only” will eliminate the conflict between pedestrians crossing Edwards in the north crosswalk and vehicles turning left on Edwards. When pedestrians have a “walk” signal for the north crosswalk, eastbound vehicles on Observatory will not be allowed to turn left on Edwards.

Adding this “left turn on green arrow only” will increase wait times for all users at the intersection. Vehicles traveling through the intersection will have a longer red light, vehicles turning north onto Edwards will have a longer wait, and pedestrians will have a longer wait for the “walk” signal. This change will also require the loss of a few parking spots on all legs of the intersection.

Please use the feedback form to let the City know if you prefer the existing traffic signal timing, or the addition of the “left turn on green arrow only.”
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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