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*HPS PTO General Meeting: This Wed., March 3 at 7:30 pm
via Google Meets*

*3rd Grade Virtual Information Night:
This Wednesday March 3 at 6:30 pm via Google Meets*
Upcoming Events
March 1: First Day of Women's History Month
March 3 at 7:30 pm: HPS PTO General Meeting via Google Meets
March 3 at 6:30 pm: 3rd Grade Virtual Information Night via Google Meets
March 8: No School for Students
March 12: End of 3rd Quarter
March 22 - March 29: Spring Break, No School
Black History Spotlight: Ruby Bridges: the First African-American Student to Integrate Elementary School
From womenshistory.org: "At the age of six, Ruby Bridges advanced the cause of civil rights in November 1960 when she became the first African American student to integrate an elementary school in the South. Born on September 8, 1954, Bridges was the oldest of five children for Lucille and Abon Bridges, farmers in Tylertown, Mississippi. When Ruby was two years old, her parents moved their family to New Orleans, Louisiana in search of better work opportunities. Ruby’s birth year coincided with the US Supreme Court’s landmark ruling in Brown v. the Board of Education of Topeka Kansas, which ended racial segregation in public schools.
Nonetheless, southern states continued to resist integration, and in 1959, Ruby attended a segregated New Orleans kindergarten.

A year later, however, a federal court ordered Louisiana to desegregate. The school district created entrance exams for African American students to see whether they could compete academically at the all-white school. Ruby and five other students passed the exam. Her parents were torn about whether to let her attend the all-white William Frantz Elementary School, a few blocks from their home. Her father resisted, fearing for his daughter’s safety; her mother, however, wanted Ruby to have the educational opportunities that her parents had been denied. Meanwhile, the school district dragged its feet, delaying her admittance until November 14. Two of the other students decided not to leave their school at all; the other three were sent to the all-white McDonough Elementary School.

Ruby and her mother were escorted by four federal marshals to the school every day that year. She walked past crowds screaming vicious slurs at her. Undeterred, she later said she only became frightened when she saw a woman holding a black baby doll in a coffin. She spent her first day in the principal’s office due to the chaos created as angry white parents pulled their children from school. Ardent segregationists withdrew their children permanently. Barbara Henry, a white Boston native, was the only teacher willing to accept Ruby, and all year, she was a class of one. Ruby ate lunch alone and sometimes played with her teacher at recess, but she never missed a day of school that year.

While some families supported her bravery—and some northerners sent money to aid her family—others protested throughout the city. The Bridges family suffered for their courage: Abon lost his job, and grocery stores refused to sell to Lucille. Her share-cropping grandparents were evicted from the farm where they had lived for a quarter-century. Over time, other African American students enrolled; many years later, Ruby’s four nieces would also attend. In 1964, artist Norman Rockwell celebrated her courage with a painting of that first day entitled, “The Problem We All Live With.” Ruby graduated from a desegregated high school, became a travel agent, married and had four sons. She was reunited with her first teacher, Henry, in the mid 1990s, and for a time the pair did speaking engagements together. Ruby later wrote about her early experiences in two books and received the Carter G. Woodson Book Award. A lifelong activist for racial equality, in 1999, Ruby established The Ruby Bridges Foundation to promote tolerance and create change through education." Stay tuned for a Women's History Spotlight in next week's HPS PTO Weekly Update as we begin Women's History month on March 1. 
The Next HPS PTO General Meeting is This Wednesday, March 3 at 7:30 pm via Google Meets
Join us for the next HPS PTO General Meeting this Wednesday March 3 at 7:30 pm via Google Meets. All are welcome! Use this link https://meet.google.com/jvd-cgvw-wdi to participate in the meeting, and join the Facebook Event here to spread the word to your friends!
The Spring Celebration is Coming Soon: Consider Sponsoring our Largest Fundraiser!
Hyde Park School will be hosting our 9th Annual Spring Celebration as a virtual event this year. This event is our largest fundraiser, and it provides an opportunity for HPS families, staff, and community supporters to celebrate our successful and growing school. At Hyde Park School, we are proud to provide a personalized learning environment that supports academic achievement and social-emotional development for children in grades K-6. We are proud to serve nearly 550 students primarily from the Hyde Park and Oakley neighborhoods.

We invite your family or business to participate as an event sponsor. Your contribution will help our PTO bridge the Cincinnati Public School funding gap by covering the costs of field trips, classroom supplies, technology upgrades, and enrichment opportunities for our students. By making a donation, you will also receive recognition in all Spring Celebration communications and enjoy the amenities our sponsor packages have to offer. If you are donating as a family, don’t forget to check with your employer as many companies have matching programs. The HPS PTO is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit. Sponsors will be provided with a donation acknowledgment for their records. Thank you in advance for your support! Visit the Spring Celebration website here to see the levels of sponsorship available.
Kindergarten Info Night Follow-up: Links for Registration & More
After a successful Kindergarten Info Night, here are four important follow-up links:

2) Find the documents shared about a Day in the Life of a HPS Kindergartener here.
3) If you're in the incoming Kindergarten Community, please join the Incoming Kindergarten Facebook Group here.
4) Finally, please take a moment to fill out the Future Enrollment Survey here!
HPS Athletics is Live Streaming Basketball Games and Tech Savvy 5th & 6th Graders are Needed to Form the First HPS Broadcast Crew!
HPS Athletics has launched a Live Stream service for basketball games! This service, made possible by the Booster Board, allows parents, friends, and family to watch live events, chat, and comment from anywhere with an internet connection! It will also save and store video for later viewing with your little Eagles. Follow this link to find schedules and archives.

And with this live streaming service comes a new HPS Athletics opportunity! We are searching for five to ten 5th and 6th Grade tech-savvy students to become the first ever HPS Broadcast Crew! These students will work with an assigned adult to schedule and broadcast a variety of HPS Athletic events during the Spring season. Please email Mike Brugh at michaelbrugh@outlook.com to learn more about this exciting opportunity! Go Eagles!
Girls on the Run Sign-ups Continue through March 3 for Girls in Grades 3-5.
Registration for the new Girls on the Run club at HPS continues through March 3 for girls in Grades 3-5! In Girls on the Run, team members will run and become more physically active, but Girls on the Run is about so much more than running. Its mission aims to inspire every girl to be healthy and joyful; to dream big, activate her full potential, and embrace differences; to become more confident, problem solve, and learn how to positively handle adversity. This group will meet directly after school and is open to 16 girls. A lottery will take place for random assignment on the team if all 16 guaranteed spots are filled. Register here!
3rd Grade Info Night: This Wednesday, March 3 at 6:30 pm via Google Meets.
HPS 3rd Grade Information Night is set for March 3 at 6:30 pm (join or share the Facebook Event here). Come prepared with your questions and ready to hear about what the school day looks like for 3rd Graders at HPS. Use Google Meet ID: rak-ofkr-mpq to join the meeting.
Need Your Car Serviced? Check out Don's Auto Repair on Delta Avenue and Raise Money for HPS all through February and March!
If your car is in need of an oil change, a winter tune-up, or other service, swing by Don's Auto Repair at 410 Delta Avenue. Mention the Hyde Park School Fundraiser, and Don's will donate 5% of all service and repair costs to HPS! This fundraiser lasts throughout the months of February and March!
Vintage HPS Spirit Wear is Calling Your Name!
Vintage HPS Spirit Wear by our spirit wear partner, Koch Sporting Goods, is on sale, and it's calling your name!
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 porch free of charge.
And while you're at it, check out the expanded assortment of high-quality HPS Spirit Wear, shoppable year-round. Purchases outside official spirit wear sale windows can always 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) with any questions.
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/
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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