We develop compassionate, engaged students who are HAPPY to be at school!
*May 6: HPS PTO General Meeting (Elections take place)*

*May 7: Deadline to Submit a Video for the HPS Talent Show*
Upcoming Events
April 28, 6pm: Spring Suzuki Strings Concert via Zoom
May 6 at 7:30pm: HPS PTO General Meeting (Elections take place)
May 7: Deadline to submit a video for the HPS Talent Show
May 12: Debut of the HPS Talent Show Video
May 13 from 11am to 9pm: HPS Restaurant Night at MOD Pizza
May 27: Last day of school for students
Spring Celebration Slideshow: Cuteness Alert!! Bask in the Warm Fuzzy Feelings
Thank you for supporting the Spring Celebration! Aside from being our largest fundraiser, the Spring Celebration is just that--it's a celebration of our Hyde Park School Community. And this year, you deserve a standing ovation! What better way to bask in these positive vibes than with this sweet photo montage of our kids throughout this school year. Thank you, Mrs. Hughes, for your time and talent in creating it.
*Please note* This is an unlisted YouTube link; please do not share it on social media because some families do not wish their child's photo shared beyond Hyde Park School families.
Seeking Clorox Disinfecting Wipes
The staff ever-diligent with the COVID-19 health and safety protocol, HPS is close to exhausting its supply of Clorox Disinfecting Wipes! If you're out and about and are in the position to buy some extra, the HPS staff would greatly appreciate your donation, which you can drop off to the Main Office or in the car rider line in the mornings. Thank you for your support!
HPS PTO Elections to Take Place at the Next PTO General Meeting on Thursday May 6 at 7:30 pm
If you've been wanting to take on a more active role in HPS, here's your chance! The HPS PTO Board is holding elections at our next meeting on May 6 at 7:30 pm via Google Meets. A number of positions are open, most notably, Vice President. All open positions are described below.

Every parent on our current PTO board juggles work, kids, life, and was once a first-time volunteer. So you will not walk alone--this is your opportunity. We welcome all candidates to come forward and join the team!! In order for the PTO to exist and to evolve, it requires new parents every year who want to engage and effect change. We seek a broad reach so that we can incorporate the opinions and desires of the entire Hyde Park School Community. There are absolutely no requirements to volunteer in a PTO position, and you will be mentored by the person currently serving in that role. So, if this sounds intriguing to you, have no fear, we welcome you!

SLATE OF ELECTED POSITIONS- Voted on May 6, 2021, @ 7:30 pm during our last meeting of the year.

Here is the list of PTO Officers and general duties: If you have an interest in one of the below positions please send an e-mail to president@hydeparkschoolpto.org by May 2nd. All candidates will be announced prior to the meeting.

Vice President - Assist the President with the basic operations of the PTO. Learn the schedule of events and regulations required to lead as the President the following year. Following his/her initial term of office, the Vice President shall automatically, and without a vote, fill the office of President for the following year. Perform such other duties as are pertinent to the office. Position as described in PTO Regulations available upon request.

Vice Treasurer- Assist the Treasurer with the basic financial operations of the PTO. Train on our financial management platform (Quickbooks) and become familiar with the regulations and policies established by the Board. Following his/her initial term of office, the Vice-Treasurer shall automatically, and without a vote, fill the office of Treasurer for the following year. Position as described in PTO Regulations available upon request.

LSDMC Representatives (2) - The Local School Decision Making Committee (LSDMC) is the primary governing body for Hyde Park School. This committee gives insight and input into important decisions that greatly impact students’ lives and shape their educational experiences. The committee is comprised of community members, parents, support staff, teachers, and administration. Each of our representatives must be a parent, grandparent, or legal guardian of a student at Hyde Park School, and CPS employees may not serve as parent representatives. You must commit to a two-year term ending in June 2023. Candidates should also be able to attend all, to the extent practicable, of the LSDMC meetings. Meetings are typically held on the third Tuesday of each month at 2:30 pm.
HPS Students Take the Stage in Virtual Strings Concerts Wednesday April 28
"Flash" Gordon Godsey, Soham Gudsookar, and other HPS Students will perform in a Virtual Strings Concert this Wednesday April 28 at 6pm. 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 parents perspective can contact Michele Berry Godsey at mberrylaw2007@gmail.com.
Give Us The Ole' Razzle Dazzle at the 2021 HPS Talent Show: the May 7 Submission Deadline is Approaching!
You may have been wondering, "Will there be a Talent Show this year?" Of course!! We’re Hyde Park School, and we always find a way. Here’s what it will look like:
Format: Virtual
Submission Deadline: May 7th
Show Premiere: May 12th
How to Participate: Students will submit a video of their act to Mr. Messerly's Google Drive. Click on this link when you are
ready to upload: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1J05426L4F3NfwhGM2gRXQZJEbdxM2TT2?usp=sharing
What Mr. Messerly needs in your video:
1. Your performer should announce their name and the title of the piece they are
performing before beginning.
2. Or if there is no title a brief description of what they’re doing.

All acts should be no longer than two minutes, but shorter is fine!
Depending on how many acts submit, Mr. Messerly will break the show up into smaller grade bands. For example, we typically have two shows: one with K-2 and the other with 3-6. The show will debut online May 12th, but will then remain up for several days. Mr. Messerly will then post it on the Happy Hyde Park YouTube channel. Anything your child is proud of they should feel free to share! They could hold up a picture they made, or a unique Lego structure they created. Music, dance, poetry, juggling, Taekwondo forms, etc. If you have questions send Mr. Messerly an email at messerm@cpsboe.k12.oh.us.
Thank you and we look forward to seeing you shine!
Give Tennis a Swing this Summer with the Cincinnati Tennis Academy
The Cincinnati Tennis Academy is hosting kids' tennis lessons this Summer at Withrow High School on Wednesdays from 5:30-6:30 pm and Fridays from 9:30-10:30 am. To see if this might be a good fit for your child, don't miss the Introductory Clinic on May 23 with times by grade level. Please scan the QR Codes below to Register and for details about the Introductory Clinic & Summer Lessons.
HPS Athletics: Happy Kids, It's What We Like to See!
The Spring Sports are off to a great start! So many happy kids, parents, and coaches. Congratulations, Eagles! Click here to view videos of our featured HPS Athletic events LIVE or at our Channel 10 archives. To all our student athletes and crew members, way to make us proud this weekend! Go Eagles!
Glow Golf is Back on September 17: Space is Limited & Registration is Open
Registration for Glow Golf 2021 is now OPEN! Space is limited, so don't wait. Register as a twosome, play as a sixsome, have a ton of fun! This event is on September 17th @ 8:00 PM at Reeves Par 3 Golf Course. There is nothing like drinking adult beverages, playing golf in the dark, and watching lit up balls fly through the air, all in the name of HPS Athletics! See below for more details. Click here to Register.
Save the Date: HPS Restaurant Night at MOD Pizza, Thursday, May 13
The next HPS Restaurant Night is set for Thursday, May 13 from 11am to 9pm at MOD Pizza in Oakley at 3208 Vandercar Way! MOD Pizza will generously donate 20% of all proceeds, so be sure to save the date!
You can participate in this fundraiser by take out, delivery, or pick up, and MOD Pizza will accept your in the following ways to count toward the fundraiser:
  • By phone (513.351.0064): Mention that you're with the Hyde Park School PTO before placing your order
  • MOD Pizza Website (https://modpizza.com/locations/oakley/): Use promo code GR187352H
1st Day School Supply Kits for the 2021-2022 School Year are On Sale Now!
It's hard to think about school supply shopping; it seems to always creep up on you! That's why we're excited to announce our continuing partnership with 1st Day School Supplies! This year, 1st Day School Supplies is going to help parents and teachers get the exact supplies needed for next school year without the headache of shopping at busy stores. 1st Day School Supplies is convenient, easy, and hassle free! Plus, they have guaranteed competitive prices on the highest quality brands, including the germ fighting brands like Purell and Lysol. Why not check school supply shopping off your list now? You can get ahead of the game, and make your purchase right now, by clicking this link: https://1stdayschoolsupplies.com/kits.php?sid=81412. Happy Shopping!
Kindergarten Info Night Follow-up: Links for Registration & More
With Hyde Park School (and all Cincinnati Public Schools) having announced its return to 5-day in-person learning for the 2021-22 school year, with the option for 5-day distance learning, now is the time to enroll for Kindergarten. For more information about CPS's plans for the return to 5-Day In-Person Learning for the 2021-22 School year, please click here.

Here are four additional follow-up links from Kindergarten Information Night:
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!
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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