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*Enjoy Spring Break! Classes Resume March 31*
Upcoming Events
March 29- April 7: HPS Spirit Wear Sale
March 31: Return to 5-Day In-Person School Schedule (with choice for 5-day distance learning)
April 5: No School for Students
April 13: HPS Restaurant Night at Chipotle on Paxton Ave. from 4-8pm
April 22-24: HPS Virtual Spring Celebration 2021
Women's History Spotlight: Anna May Wong: the First Chinese American Hollywood Movie Star.
From womenshistory.org: "Appearing in over sixty movies throughout her career, Anna May Wong was the first Chinese American film star in Hollywood. In addition to her roles in silent films, television, and stage, Wong landed a role in one of the first movies made in Technicolor. Internationally recognized, her legacy continues to influence entertainers around the world. Anna May Wong was born on January 3, 1905 in the Chinatown area of Los Angeles, California. The second child of eight children, her birth name was Wong Liu Tsong which means “Frosted Yellow Willows.” She was given the English name Anna May by her family. Her family was originally from Taishan, China, but her grandfather emigrated to the United States in the 1850s. He opened a store in California near the area that gold was discovered in 1848. When Wong was born, the family lived in a diverse neighborhood and the children attended California Street public elementary school. However, Wong and her older sister were teased and bullied because of their race. Wong’s parents later moved them to the Chinese Mission School in Chinatown where they were welcomed.

Growing up, Wong worked in her family’s laundry mat and attended Chinese language classes after school. When film production moved from New York to California in the 1910s, Wong started visiting movie sets. She would often skip school and use her lunch money to go to the movies. At the age of nine, she decided she wanted to become a movie star. She came up with her stage name, Anna May Wong, at the age of eleven by combining her English and Chinese names. In 1919, a casting call went out for Chinese women in the new film called The Red Lantern. Without her father knowing, Wong asked her father’s friend to introduce her to the assistant director of the movie. She was then cast as an extra and was asked to carry a lantern in one of the scenes. This was Wong’s first movie role, but it would not be her last.

Wong continued to work as an extra in many movies while still attending school. In 1921, Wong dropped out of Los Angeles High School to become and actress full-time. That same year, she landed a role as Toy Ling’s wife in the film Bits of Life. At age seventeen, Wong landed her first leading role in The Toll of the Sea (1922). This movie was a silent version of a movie called Madame Butterfly, and one of the first movies made in Technicolor. She continued to try out for lead roles, but she was always cast as a supporting character or as typical “Asian characters.” Anti-miscegenation laws in the United States at the time prevented inter-racial marriages and even prevented inter-racial actors to kiss on-screen. This prevented Wong from landing some leading roles in romantic movies. In March of 1924, she created her own production company called Anna May Wong Productions, so she could make her own films about her culture.

After many years trying to work in American films, Wong left Hollywood due to the constant discrimination. She moved to Europe where she starred in many plays and films including; Schmutziges Geld in 1928, Piccadilly in 1929, and her first talking film in 1930 called The Flame of Love. She also starred in the operetta Tschun Tschi in fluent German, and in the play A Circle of Chalk with Laurence Olivier. In the 1930s, Paramount Studios in the United States contacted Wong and promised her leading roles upon her return. Wong returned to the United States and starred in the Broadway production of On the Spot. She later appeared in one of her most famous films, Shanghai Express, and became the first Asian American to lead a US television show for her work on The Gallery of Madame Liu-Tsong. Wong died of a heart attack at the young age of 56 before she was able to return to American movies as she had planned to do. To this day, Wong has annual awards named after her by the Asian-American Arts Awards and the Asian Fashion Designers group."
The Spring HPS Spirit Wear Begins Tomorrow, March 29!
The Spring HPS Spirit Wear Sale is here! The sale window begins tomorrow, March 29, and runs through April 7. Orders will be delivered to your child at school or to your porch the week of April 19. Peruse the Koch Sporting Goods website to see all the choices, and get ready to make your Spring wardrobe on point, HPS style. Though you can order all year long, HPS PTO will receive a portion of all sales placed during the sale window. Please contact the Spirit Wear Coordinator Leah Wyrabkiewicz with any questions
The Spring Celebration is Set for April 22-24: Consider a "Family Sponsorship" of our Largest Fundraiser!
Hyde Park School will be hosting our 9th Annual Spring Celebration as a virtual event taking place on April 22-24. 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: 5-Day In-Person Learning Plans Announced for Spring & Fall; Links for Registration, & More
If you were waiting to enroll your child in Kindergarten at HPS for the 2021-22 school year until plans concerning in-person versus distance-learning were announced for the Fall, that decision now has been made. Hyde Park School (and all Cincinnati Public Schools) will return to 5-day in-person learning for the remainder of this year and for the 2021-22 school year, with the option for 5-day distance learning. For more information about CPS's plans for the return to 5-Day In-Person Learning for this Spring (beginning March 31) and 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!
Save the Date: HPS Restaurant Night at Chipotle, Tuesday April 13 from 4-8 pm.
The next HPS Restaurant Night will take place at Chipotle on Paxton Ave. on Tuesday April 13 from 4-8 pm. Chipotle will donate 33% of all proceeds to the HPS PTO so save the date for this crowd-favorite restaurant night!
HPS Athletics Update: Bring on the Spring Sports!
Baseball/Softball, Soccer, Volleyball, Running Club, Lacrosse, and Flag Football are in full swing with practices and games starting after Spring Break! Stay tuned for more Spring Sports news and broadcasts from News Channel 10 and the first-ever HPS Broadcast Crew. Please email Mike Brugh at michaelbrugh@outlook.com with any questions. 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!
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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