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*Basketball Registration Opens Today*

*No School Tomorrow, Monday September 27*

*Thursday September 30: Bengals Primetime Spirit Day*
Upcoming Events
September 26: Basketball registration opens today
September 27: No School/Staff Professional Development
September 28: BJ's Restaurant Night (5-8 PM)
September 30: Bengals Primetime Spirit Day
October 2: 6th Grade Parent Social
October 4: HPS Read-A-Thon Begins
October 9: 4th Grade Parent Social
October 11-24: HPS Book Fair at Joseph Beth (virtual and in-store)
October 16: 1st Grade Parent Social
October 19: Bronte Bistro Restaurant Night
October 23: 5th Grade Parent Social
November 6: The HPS Pumpkin Chuck
Basketball Registration is Now Open
Basketball registration is now open here: https://hydeparkschoolathletics.sportngin.com/. Basketball is open to all grades K-6. The program is instructional for Grades K and 1, which means that the K and 1 groups will practice once per week and will not participate in games. The program is competitive for Grades 2-6 and involves practice twice per week and a game on the weekend. Please sign up as soon as possible if you plan to participate to make the volunteers' jobs of organizing teams easier. =)
The List of Themed Spirit Days is Here!
As promised, we're rolling out a list of themed spirit days just to add some extra pep in everyone's step. All Fridays not listed below will remain HPS School Spirit Day where students are encouraged but not required to wear the school colors (blue and white) or some item of HPS Spirit Wear:
Thursday, 9/30: Bengals Primetime Spirit Day (or Orange & Black)
10/20: FC Cincinnati Spirit Day (or Blue & Orange)
11/5: Bengals Spirit Day (or Orange & Black)
11/23: College Football Spirit Day
12/10: Crosstown Shootout Spirit Day
3/16: March Madness/College Basketball Spirit Day
4/4: Cincinnati Reds Spirit Day (or Red & White)
HPS Restaurant Night: This Tuesday, Sept. 28 at BJ's Brewhouse from 5-8pm
Mark your calendars for some BJs! It's the next HPS Restaurant Night THIS Tuesday September 28 from 5-8pm at BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse. Last month's restaurant night brought in $575 all of which is used for student field trips! So on September 28 from 5-8pm, let's take over BJs! You can order dine-in, online, or carryout. If ordering online, use the online code SEP930 at the time of checkout. *Please note: this fundraiser does not apply to DoorDash orders.* If dining in or ordering in person for carryout, please present the flyer below at the time of checkout.
The HPS Pumpkin Chuck Returns on November 6: Sponsorships are Available!
The Countdown to the Pumpkin Chuck has begun! The Pumpkin Chuck is one of HPS's biggest school-wide events of the year! It is AWESOME! It is the definition of a FUNdraiser, and YOU can help make it happen! If you're new to HPS or haven't participated in the past, just imagine it's a crisp November day right after Halloween. You pluck your now semi-rotting but beautifully carved pumpkin from the squirrels who had been feasting on it. Close your eyes now, and imagine that same pumpkin being chucked through the air via a professionally-engineered catapult (we like to call it a trebuchet) across the HPS parking lot and splatting into pumpkin mush on said parking lot, perhaps even hitting a target on its way through the air. Wipe the tear from your eye and further imagine some music, baked goods, and other cool booths to complete the surrounding ambiance--and that is the HPS Pumpkin Chuck in a nutshell (or a pumpkin seed). Still not sure what the pumpkin chuck is? Check out this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YgKRMn673rg

To add to the fun and fundraising, the PTO added sponsorships ($100/ea) this year for the games and targets! This means individuals or groups can sponsor a target for pumpkins to hit or a game at the surrounding festival for $100. Targets can be provided by the PTO or created by the sponsor, and the games are in the process of being established by a committee. Sponsoring a game does not obligate you to work the game booth or create the game. With each sponsorship, you will receive 10 game tickets and a ticket to chuck your pumpkin! Not sure what a “target” is? Watch this Minion get crushed by a flying pumpkin: https://www.dropbox.com/s/1kb2ct682w513j0/227966795_559129775243753_113357543273837645_n.mp4?dl=0

To sign up for a sponsorship, go to the PTO website here and follow the prompts:

If you'd like to volunteer to help with a booth, please contact Ashley Tolokonsky at ashleymat@yahoo.com. If you're good with gadgets and want to learn how to work the catapult, please contact Matt Sample at hokiebird2@gmail.com.
The HPS Read-A-Thon Starts Next Week, Get Ready!
This year's Read-A-Thon is right around the corner. The Read-A-Thon will begin October 4th and end on October 29th. Look for Read-A-Thon information to come home in your child's Tuesday folder on September 28th.

The Read-A-Thon will include the Joseph Beth Book Fair, which will be BOTH in-store and virtual between October 11 and October 24. The HPS PTO will receive 20% of all proceeds of the book fair, so if you have books on your wish list, if you could...how to put this subtly??...maybe just keep wishing a few weeks longer and hold off on those purchases until the book fair window??...that would be awesome! Then, by all means, go hog wild! All money raised will go directly to student and classroom needs at HPS including field trips and enriching classroom materials. Stay tuned for more information. Until then, keep reading!
Need a New HPS Mask Lanyard?
As we hang on to our masks a little longer for safety's sake, do you need a safe place to hang yours during a mask break? If so, you can purchase a HPS mask lanyard from the HPS PTO website!
Stay Tuned for Breakfast & Lunch Menus for 9/28 Through 10/1
Due to a change in Lunchroom Directors at HPS, we have not received a menu to publish in today's newsletter. If the information becomes available, we will send it out in an email and post it to the HPS PTO social media sites. Apologies for the inconvenience!

Cincinnati Playhouse is Offering Covid-Safe Acting Classes for All Ages
Beginning this week, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park is offering Covid-safe acting classes for all ages. Classes focus on social and artistic development and are designed to build confidence, strengthen communications skills, and develop a sense of ensemble and community. To register, visit www.cincyplay.com/learn. See the graphic below for all details.
Parent Volunteer Needed to Assist the Positive Behavior Intervention Support (PBIS) Team
The Positive Behavior Intervention Support (PBIS) Team needs your help! This school year HPS is passing out paper bucket tickets that students can enter into a raffle for prizes every Friday. Students earn these tickets by showing Hyde Park School expectations such as respecting self, respecting others, and respecting property. We are trying to get as much student buy in as possible, which translates to a high need for printed bucket tickets! We need a parent volunteer to come in on a Monday, Wednesday, or Friday per the signup link below to print and cut bucket tickets using a template. More bucket tickets means more opportunities to recognize students for all the awesome things they do during the school day! Please use this link to sign up as a volunteer: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050b4aa8a722a4f58-bucket
HPS Parent Socials Have Begun!
The 2nd and 3rd Grade Parent Socials continued the Social Season with moms and dads alike reliving their youth in an Adult Field Day and a College Party. Your Giant Jenga towers reached soaring heights and your flip cup touch somehow still rivals that of 21 year olds in their prime, even after all these years! But best of all, you raised more than $1000 this weekend alone! Way to go, 2nd and 3rd Grade Parents!
Here is the remaining schedule of HPS Parent Socials; see graphics below for details (Thank you Ashley Tolokonsky for the graphics!):
1st Grade Parent Social: October 16
4th Grade Parent Social: October 9
5th Grade Parent Social: October 23
6th Grade Parent Social: October 2

After sorely missing out on these opportunities last year, attending your Grade Level Parent Social is a great way to mix, mingle, and have fun with other parents and families - all while raising money for our school! All proceeds go to the HPS PTO, which uses all funds to directly support our students and teachers. For more information or to host a social, contact us at socials@hydeparkschoolpto.org. Thank you for supporting Hyde Park School! Please note: All HPS Socials will have outdoor space available. If you are unable to attend a fundraiser and would prefer to make a donation, we have also provided that option on the ticket page.

Purchase tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/o/hps-socials-9236187888

Seeking Kindergarten Lunch & Recess Volunteers
Our youngest students are in need of some assistance during lunchtime! Tasks like opening cheese sticks, yogurt lids, and even putting straws in drink boxes can be challenging to little hands! If you could spare an hour of your time, please join our lunch and recess period to help make the most of this important hour of their day. And while the added bonus of visiting your special Kindergartener is undeniable, please make sure you assist and monitor all the Kindergarteners in the cafeteria and on the playground. You can sign up using this link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/508084CA4AE2FA3FB6-20212022
Vintage HPS Spirit Wear is Calling Your Name!
Vintage HPS Spirit Wear is on sale, and it's calling your name! Everything is now only $5!! 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 child's homeroom. Please contact Leah Wyrabkiewicz (leahnally@yahoo.com) with any questions.
Follow HPS PTO on Instagram & Facebook
Make HPS PTO part of your daily feed on Instagram @HydeParkSchoolPTO and Facebook (facebook.com/HydeParkSchoolPTO). Just another way to make communicating ideas and keeping track of HPS events more convenient!
HPS PTO Linktree: The Link to All Links!
No more FOMO! This HPS PTO Linktree is the link to all important links! So if you'd rather have one link to check than many (hmmm, it's a real toss-up), just check this link: https://linktr.ee/hydeparkschoolpto.
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!
If you have information that you would like included in a future newsletter, please send to president@hydeparkschoolpto.org (content included at PTO discretion).