We develop compassionate, engaged students who are HAPPY to be at school!
** Happy Thanksgiving!!! **

Upcoming Events
Nov 22 - 24: Thanksgiving Break
Nov 24 : Last day to order Spirit wear to arrive before the holiday break!
Nov 26 - Dec 2: Kendra Scott Virtual Fundraiser (more info below)
Dec 5: Winter Concert grades k-2 6pm at Withrow High School
Dec 6: Winter Concert grades 3-6 6pm at Withrow High School
Dec 13: Read-a-Thon Winners' Pizza Parties!
Dec 15: Winter Classroom Parties
Dec 18: Winter Break Begins
Jan 2: School Back in Session!
Spirit Wear Makes the Perfect Christmas Gift!
What's the perfect gift for grandparents, parents, kids and Hyde Park Eagles Sports Superfans?? Spirit Wear of Course! Who wouldn't want to represent their Eagle in a soft tshirt or hoodie all year??

Any orders that are in by NOVEMBER 24 can be delivered to your child's homeroom by the week of December 12. Just in time for Christmas break!

We have been experiencing an ongoing problem with student drop off and pick up as it relates to families using Edwards Rd and Observatory Ave.  

Dropping off and picking up students on these two roads is not only a logistical problem, it is more importantly a safety issue. Although the car line gets backed up and moves more slowly, it is the safest way to take care of your children at arrival and dismissal.  

You MAY NOT drop off or pick up your students on these two roads. Please find a legal parking spot in the neighborhood if you are not using the carline. Walk your students to the crosswalk and use the crosswalk to get them to school safely. 

Additionally, we have received numerous calls from neighbors and business owner about our families using their business parking lots, or blocking driveways to drop off and pick up their child. Please extend the courtesy of being a good neighbor to those who live and work near HPS.

Finally, I want to stress the importance of NOT turning left out of our parking lot, especially during drop off and pick up times. It slows our line down considerably, and creates a risk of having an accident with an oncoming car, which actually occurred a couple of weeks ago.
Thank you for keeping safety a priority at Hyde Park School.

Principal Jill Sunderman 
With 21 basketball teams this season (most teams to date!), we are looking forward to supporting our Eagle athletes on the courts.

New warm-up shirts this season will keep our teams looking sharp. Home games will be at Silverton so if you are in the neighborhood on Saturdays, you can usually find a great game to watch.

Reminder for those that attend games, we do have an entry fee that helps support our Athletic Boosters. See you all on the court!
It's Time to Register For High School!
Spencer Open House is Dec 2
Please join us for an Open House with the WolfPack!
Saturday, December 2, 2023 from 11:00am - 1:00pm
Spencer Center for Gifted and Exceptional Children 
2825 Alms Place, Cincinnati, Ohio 45206
Hyde Park Holiday Giving Tree
The Hyde Park School Giving Tree is now up on Amazon.
This year we have 15 families that will benefit from your generosity this holiday season.
When you select items, you can choose the HPS Hope Tree Registry as the recipient.
Thank you!

Kendra Scott Holiday Fundraiser
Kendra Scott has beautiful pieces that would make great Holiday gifts.
Even better when they offer 20% back to our school for buying the beautiful gifts!

Go to www.kendrascott.com and put the code "GIVEBACK-FLHDB" in the "promo code" box in the cart at check out. 

You can also shop in the Kenwood store for the giveback as well while the code is open,just mention Hyde Park PTO at Checkout!

Winter Break Art Camp (December 18 – 21, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.)
On this guided art adventure, children are introduced to a wide range of art materials. They are encouraged to discover and create using various media like painting, pastels, sculpture, and printmaking, with plenty of artwork to take home at the end of camp. Don’t miss this week of extraordinary art-making that will get us in the holiday spirit!

We are looking for a permanent Crosswalk attendant, but in the mean time we really need some parent help to keep everyone safe crossing the street! It will only take 20 minutes of your time in the morning or afternoon.
If you have a little extra time before or after school, please sign up for a spot here
Stop Sign and sweet neon vest will be provided :)

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 30 minutes of your time, please join our lunch period to help make the most of this important time! You will need to check in at the main office at 10:00am and will then be directed to the cafeteria.
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion:

Happy Hyde Park School is committed to fostering a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment that values, embraces, and supports all members of the school community. Our LSDMC is in the process of forming a DEI (Diversity Equity & Inclusion) subcommittee for our school and would love to hear from you! Do you have feedback about your children's and your own experience at HPS, dreams, or ideas around this important work? Please connect with Lisa Nolan (lisa.m.a.nolan@gmail.com), a current 1st grade parent and founding chair of the committee, and/or Alyse Averdick (averdia@cpsboe.k12.oh.us), School Resource Coordinator, to share!
Make Life Easy: Upload All HPS Events to Your Own Calendar
Streamline your life by using this link to upload all HPS Events to your calendar: HPS Events Calendar. Throughout the year, this link will be updated with other events like socials, movie nights, family swims, playground dates, and more!
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/happyhydeparkschool
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!
Meet the HPS PTO Board Officers for 2023-2024
Here are the HPS PTO Executive Board Officers for the 2023-2024 school year:

President: Hilary VanderMolen
Vice President: Michele Berry Godsey
Treasurer: Kevin VanderMolen
Vice Treasurer: Chuck Hamman
Secretary: Jen Eisenstein
LSDMC Representatives: Ed Paff, Amy Lovelace & Rachel Harrison
If you have information that you would like included in a future newsletter, please send to president@hydeparkschoolpto.org (content included at PTO discretion).