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*HPS Restaurant Night: THIS THURSDAY
December 10 at Hyde Park Currito*

*Deadline to Contribute to Teacher & Staff Holiday Gift Fund: THIS FRIDAY, December 11*
Upcoming Events
December 9 at 6 pm: Virtual Suzuki Strings Concert
December 10: HPS Restaurant Night at Hyde Park Currito (3654 Edwards Rd.)
December 11: Deadline to Contribute to Teacher & Staff Holiday Gift Fund
December 16: Deadline to Donate Gifts to HPS Holiday Hope Tree
December 18: Last day of School before Winter Break
December 21-January 1: Winter Break
January 4: Classes resume online
'Tis the Season to Thank Our Teachers & Staff: Deadline to Contribute to School-Wide Gift Fund is THIS FRIDAY, December 11
If you have not yet contributed to the school-wide teacher and staff holiday gift fund, please consider a donation by this Friday, December 11 (donation link, here). Your contribution can help us reach our goal!

With families at the center of our children's distance learning, appreciation for what teachers and staff do on a daily basis is at an all-time high. In this season of thanks and giving, we want to make sure our HPS teachers and staff really feel our love through school wide holiday gifts. It is more well-deserved than ever before! They've been upbeat, resilient, and generous; organized, cheerful, and calm, giving our children a positive learning experience no matter what obstacles have been thrown their way.

So this year, we are trying a new, streamlined approach to teacher and staff holiday gifts. In the past, teacher gifts have been handled by each individual homeroom's room parent. But this year, because distance learning will continue through the time when gifts would be distributed and because the circumstances have humbled us all to the devotion of our teachers and staff, we're collecting cash donations from the whole school. These donations then will be split among ALL teachers and staff to ensure that EVERYONE knows how much we appreciate them, and no one is overlooked.

Thank you!!
HPS Restaurant Night at the Hyde Park Currito: This Thursday, December 10
Spice up the cold night with Currito of Hyde Park (located at 3654 Edwards Rd.) this Thursday, December 10 for the next HPS Restaurant Night. HPS will earn 20% of all proceeds! To have your order counted in the fundraiser, simply inform the Currito employee that you are with the HPS fundraiser PRIOR to ordering.
HPS Gives to Families in Need: Holiday Hope Tree Donations are Due by December 16
The holidays can be a challenging time for many families in an ordinary year, but this year, the holidays are bringing an even greater struggle to families in need. This year, HPS is keeping its tradition of hosting a Holiday Hope Tree, but rather than a tree in the Main Office, the Tree is virtual through Amazon Smile. Please have a look at the different wishes and needs from families in our community found on this Amazon gift registry link, and help us spread a little hope. All gifts must be donated by December 16. Please further help us by having your gifts sent already wrapped when possible. However, if the gift wrapping is not possible, we will take care of it for you. **PLEASE NOTE the letter/number code in the gift message box and choose HPS c/o Emmy Ellis's Gift Registry Address for the mailing address. Thank you for your generosity!
HPS Students Light Up the Basketball Court
The Basketball Season is underway for HPS Students in all grades. To everyone who had their first game this weekend, way to make HPS proud! And an excellent job by all abiding by Covid-19 protocol. Job well done, Eagles!
HPS Students Take the Stage in Virtual Strings Concerts
Soham Gudsookar and other HPS students will perform in a Virtual Strings Concert this Wednesday December 9! Flash Gordon Godsey completed his performance this past week. The Suzuki Strings program is an excellent way to have fun, build confidence and discipline, and make beautiful music! Any new or returning students interested in online private strings lessons for violin, viola, or cello; or in joining the Suzuki Strings Program this summer can contact the Program Director, Dr. Joyce Grabell at chanjy@ucmail.uc.edu. Any parents who want information about the program from the student or parent perspective can contact Michele Berry Godsey at mberrylaw2007@gmail.com.
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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