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*No School Tomorrow- Monday, February 8*
Upcoming Events
February 8: No School, Teachers' Learning Teams Session
February 15: No School, Presidents' Day
February 15: Return to 1-2-2 Hybrid Learning Model, Grades 4-6
February 16-17: Group A Students in Grades 4-6 Return In-Person
February 18: Parent/Teacher Conferences Conducted Virtually
February 18-19: Group B Students in Grades 4-6 Return In-Person
February 25 at 6:30pm: Kindergarten Virtual Information Night via Google Meets
March 1: First Day of Women's History Month
March 3 time TBA: 3rd Grade Virtual Information Night
Black History Spotlight: Did You Know Inoculation was Brought to America by a Slave?
Little known fact: we owe the Covid-19 vaccine and all others before it to a slave named Onesimus who brought to America the concept of inoculation from which vaccination evolved. From PBS.org: "Few details are known about the birth of Onesimus, but it is assumed he was born in Africa in the late seventeenth century before eventually landing in Boston. One of a thousand people of African descent living in the Massachusetts colony, Onesimus was a gift to the Puritan church minister Cotton Mather from his congregation in 1706. Onesimus told Mather about the centuries old tradition of inoculation practiced in Africa. By extracting the material from an infected person and scratching it into the skin of an uninfected person, you could deliberately introduce smallpox to the healthy individual making them immune. Considered extremely dangerous at the time, Cotton Mather convinced Dr. Zabdiel Boylston to experiment with the procedure when a smallpox epidemic hit Boston in 1721 and over 240 people were inoculated. Opposed politically, religiously and medically in the United States and abroad, public reaction to the experiment put Mather and Boylston’s lives in danger despite records indicating that only 2% of patients requesting inoculation died compared to the 15% of people not inoculated who contracted smallpox. Onesimus’ traditional African practice was used to inoculate American soldiers during the Revolutionary War and introduced the concept of inoculation to the United States." Stay tuned for another Black History Spotlight in next week's HPS PTO Weekly Update! 
Parent-Teacher Conference Day is February 18: Sign-up to Bring Appreciation Snacks!
Parent-Teacher conferences are being held on Thursday, February 18th. In appreciation of our teachers, the PTO will cater a lunch for the staff. We are asking volunteers to provide individually packaged light snacks and treats to help our teachers stay energized through the late hours. Please sign-up here to donate a snack. The Sign-up Genius link includes suggestions, but feel free to decide on your own treat. Please indicate in the comment section what specific items you will provide. Items can be dropped off either on the table outside the main office doors or by handing items to the staff in the car line on both Wednesday, Feb. 17th and Thursday, Feb. 18th. Thank you for your support!
Spring Celebration is on the Horizon: Check out the Volunteer Opportunities!
The Spring Celebration is Hyde Park School's largest fundraiser of the year, and it will take place virtually again this year. With a year's experience of the virtual style under our belts, Spring Celebration 2021 promises to be a fun way to raise a lot of money! All proceeds directly benefit our children by bridging the gap between CPS funding and our students' needs. As always, our volunteers are the driving force, and there are volunteer opportunities available to suit the many talents and time constraints of our HPS community. Please take a look at this Sign-up Genius Link to explore the opportunities and volunteer! Thank you!
Spread the Word: Kindergarten Info Night is Set for February 25 at 6:30 pm via Google Meets.
HPS Kindergarten Information Night is set for February 25 at 6:30 pm (join or share the Facebook Event here). With the lack of opportunities for new families to do in-person tours, this information night is more important than ever. So please spread the word through your network of families with preschoolers! Use Google Meet ID: bgs-nxtx-hzr to join the meeting. And if you're in the incoming Kindergarten Community, please join the Incoming Kindergarten Facebook Group here!
The University of Cincinnati's "Saturday Art" Program is Open to All! Register by This Saturday, February 13
The School of Art at UC (within DAAP, UC's College of Art Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning) is offering a community-based art program called "Saturday Art" which will span six Saturdays in February and March. UC's DAAP programs are, year-after-year, ranked among the very best in both the world and national class, so this is an unmatched enrichment opportunity for students with a strong interest in visual arts. Click here to register by this Saturday, February 13. The $60 fee covers all six Saturdays of Art (From February 20 through March 27), but sibling discounts and scholarship discount opportunities are available with a support letter from your student's art teacher. Student Art will be displayed online at the DAAP website from April 3-10. Please contact Whitney Cox at coxwy@mail.uc.edu with any questions.
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 searing 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!
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!
CPS is Hiring Substitute Teachers, Special Needs Professionals, Substitute Paraprofessionals, & Nap Aids
CPS is hiring substitute teachers, special needs professionals, substitute paraprofessionals, and nap aids to help facilitate the return to in-person school. You can scan the QR code below or use this link to register, apply, and learn additional information. CPS is hosting Virtual Walk-In Wednesday Open Interviews for these positions every Wednesday from 1-2:30 pm through February 24. The basic requirements for substitute teachers and paraprofessional substitutes are respectively listed in the blue boxes on the left and right sides of the graphic. HPS Parent Lee Sellinger (leesellinger@gmail.com) is gathering further details about these positions and is available to answer questions about the process; but please note, she does not work for CPS and is offering her help not to provide official CPS information but just because she's that good of a person!
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/
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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