We develop compassionate, engaged students who are HAPPY to be at school
*Wed. October 2nd, 8 am: PTO General Meeting in the Teacher's Lounge... ALL ARE WELCOME!*
Upcoming Events

Wed. Oct 2: International Walk to School Day
Wed. Oct 2, 8am : PTO General Meeting- Teacher's Lounge
Fri. Oct 4: Read-a-thon Opening Rally
Mon. Oct 21: NO SCHOOL (Conferences Comp Day)
Sat. Nov 2: Pumpkin Chuck (They're coming...) #smash
Walk to School Day - October 2, 2019
 
International Walk to School Day is a global event that involves communities from more than 40 countries walking and biking to school on the same day. It began in 1997 as a one-day event. Over time, this event has become part of a movement for year-round safe routes to school and a celebration – with record breaking participation – each October. Today, thousands of schools across America – from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico – participate every October.
 
Staff, students and parents are encouraged to make signs (ie. - "Our students walk this route, please drive carefully!" or "Keep our kids safe - SLOW DOWN!") and line Edwards Rd. and Observatory Rd. around 7:30am
 
For a social media presence, we will be using the #visionzeroCPS  - please make sure to include the hashtag on your media posts!!
Extracurricular Activities

Remember to double check dates and times of your child's activities .

*NEW* Cooking Club is offering two new 5 week sessions: a new class for grades K-2 on Thursdays beginning 10/17 from 3:30-4:30 and a new class for grades 3-4 on Mondays beginning on 10/14 from 2:15-3:15. Registration links are available on the PTO website:
  

Questions? Contact Dawn Wolfe at ec@hydeparkschoolpto.org
GET READY FOR READ-A-THON!
 
From  October 4th through the 22nd , the PTO will be sponsoring the HPS Read-a-thon. The previous Read-a-thons have been a huge hit, and we know none of it is possible without the help of parents. On  October 4 th , we will be sending home a packet with your child, which consists of a letter of explanation, a reading log to keep track of minutes read, a pledge form to gather monetary pledges from friends and family for reaching their goal, and a halfway to goal form.
 
Thank you so much for your enthusiasm and effort, which makes the Read-a-thon so successful!
Kindergarten and 1st Grade Author Visit

As part of our October Read-a-thon, New York Times Best-Selling Author Sherri Duskey Rinker will be visiting the Kindergarten and 1st grade classes of Hyde Park School to promote her new book, "Three Cheers for Kid McGear". You can use this order form if you would like to pre-order a signed copy of the book, or one of her earlier works. The deadline to order is tomorrow, Monday September 29th .

You can also order online at:  https://www.bluemanatee.org/event-orders/   
Event Password: rinker
Pumpkin Chuck- 11/2/19

Check out our new Pumpkin Chuck Countdown- it will tell you exactly how much longer you have to wait for Pumpkin Chuck 2019... down to the SECOND! You can also find t-shirts for the whole family here! #smash
Second Grade Cross Over

Volunteers are needed to help with the cross over to the bank each morning and afternoon. If you can help, please sign up here:

THANK YOU!

Thanks to everyone who provided food and snacks for the teachers on Parent/Teacher Conference Day. Your donations, along with the lunch catered by the PTO, helped make the day a success!
Sports Spotlight
Eagle of the Week- Kaitlyn Belcuore
This week we recognize Kaitlyn Belcuore. Kaitlyn embodies what it means to be a HPS Eagle. She has been determined over the last two seasons to improve her skills, her upbeat attitude is contagious, she always has a smile on her face, she encourages her teammates and is an example of good sportsmanship. She comes to practice every week excited to learn! She has a positive attitude on and off the court. She works hard in the classroom, is compassionate to others and is a leader. Her teacher, Mrs. Casteel describes Kaitlyn as a true leader in the sixth grade! She is able to do the right thing in all circumstances and chooses to respect self, others and property at HPS. She is kind, hard-working and helpful. It is an understatement to say that we appreciate her positive attributes and her beautiful smile every day! Great job Kaitlyn!!!

Simply email  hps.athletics@outlook.com  by Thursday afternoon with your Eagle of the Week submissions.
HPS Athletics Website
If you haven’t take a moment to browse our new site, you are missing out! Please bookmark  https://www.hydeparkschoolathletics.org/  and visit often. New information regarding registration, events and booster info is added regularly. I am always willing to answer your questions, but most information can be found at a click of a button. Check it out now!
 
Support Your Eagles
Don’t forget, each weekend there are soccer and volleyball games throughout the area. Each schedule can be found on our website under the individual sport tabs. Whether your child participates in an athletic program or not, encourage them to cheer on their peers. It is a great family event and an excellent way to promote school spirit and a sense of community.
 
Booster Membership
I hate to say it, but Booster membership has halted and we are far off from our goal. Please consider supporting HPS Athletics today by heading to our website to become a member. It only costs $30 per year and allows us to do so much for the kids and our athletic programs. If you have questions, please feel free to contact me directly ( hps.athletics@outlook.com ) .
HPS Spirit Wear

The Hyde Park School Spirit Wear site is shoppable year-round. Any purchases made outside of the official sale windows can 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 ) or Tracie Sauer ( tracielynesauer@gmail.com ) with any questions.
School Directory

Hyde Park School PTO will be providing an electronic school family directory this year. Included in the directory will be parent and children names, grades and homerooms, phone numbers, street addresses, and email addresses.

If you wish to have your family’s information provided in this directory, please submit your information through this webform:  https://tinyurl.com/HPSPTODirectory
Fundraising Opportunities

T here are several SUPER EASY ways to earn money for our school.

BOX TOPS
When you download the NEW and improved Box Tops App, you’ll be able to scan your receipt, instantly identify Box Tops products and automatically add cash to our school’s earnings online. Box Tops are still worth 10¢ each for your school. This may not sound like much, but it adds up to hundreds of dollars!

AMAZON
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. To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to  smile.amazon.com  from the web browser on your computer or mobile device. You may also want to add a bookmark to  smile.amazon.com  to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at AmazonSmile. Purchases through the mobile app and amazon.com do not qualify. Please choose Hyde Park School PTO Inc. as your recipient.

You can now support Hyde Park School PTO Inc. in the Amazon shopping app on your Android device! Simply follow these instructions to turn on AmazonSmile and start generating donations.
1. If you have the latest version of the Amazon Shopping App, open the App on your Android device.
2. View Settings and select AmazonSmile.
3. Follow the in-app instructions to complete the process.
If you do not have the latest version of the Amazon Shopping App, update your App. Click here for instructions:  https://smile.amazon.com/b…
AmazonSmile is not currently available for iOS users. We will notify AmazonSmile charities when it becomes available.

KROGER COMMUNITY REWARDS
Earn 4% of your purchase for Hyde Park School. Don't worry... you still keep all of your points.

*You must have a Kroger Plus Card to register. If you don’t have a card you can get one at the customer service desk at any Kroger store.
1) Register online at  www.krogercommunityrewards.com
2) Click on Sign In (if you are a new online customer, click “Create an Account”, make sure you have your Kroger Plus Card)
3) From a newly created or existing account, click on “My Account”, then “Account Settings” and then click on “Community Rewards” information and search for “Hyde Park School”.
4) Select “Hyde Park School PTO Inc” from the list.

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.
1) Register online at  www.remkes.com
2) Go to My Account in the top right corner of the page (or create an account if you don’t have one already, entering your Remke card number and pertinent personal info).
3) In the drop-down menu labeled “Caring Neighbor”, select “Hyde Park School PTO”.
4) Click “Update”
If you have information that you would like included in a future newsletter, please send to  president@hydeparkschoolpto.org (content included at PTO discretion).