We develop compassionate, engaged students who are HAPPY to be at school!
*TODAY IS THE LAST DAY
to Register for Spring Sports*

*No School This Friday, January 27*
Upcoming Events
January 22, 8pm: Deadline to Register for Spring Sports
January 27: No School, Staff Professional Development Day
January 27: Holocaust Remembrance Day
January 28, 2pm: HPS Day at the UC Lady Bearcats Basketball Game (Fifth Third Arena)
January 29 (12-2pm): HPS Family Swim (UC Rec. Center, $5/person)
January 30-February 3: HPS Spirit Wear Sale
February 3 (6:30-8:30pm): Mom Prom!! (HPS Gym)
February 13: No School for Students
February 16, 6pm (Gym): Kindergarten Info Night (for Parents of Incoming Kindergarteners)
February 20: No School, Presidents' Day
March 2 (5:30-7:30pm): HPS International Night (at HPS)
March 13: No School, Staff Professional Development Day
March 27-31: No School, Spring Break
April 14: Spring Celebration (Details to Come!)
Just Come Swimming, Just Come Swimming: HPS Family Swim Is Next Sunday January 29 (12-2pm)--Perfect Timing to Be Home for the AFC Championship!
HPS PTO is hosting a Family Swim at the University of Cincinnati Rec. Center on next Sunday January 29 from 12-2pm. And don't worry, we've got you covered-- the AFC Championship game starts at 3pm, so the timing works! The cost is $6/person, and space is limited to the first 60 people to sign up. Register here to join the fun!
TODAY Is the LAST DAY to Register for Spring Sports!
If you plan to still register for Spring Sports, please do so by today at 8 pm! Here is the list of options: Volleyball (Grades 3-6), Soccer (Grades K-6), Running Club (Grades K-6), Baseball (Grades K-6), and Softball (Grades 3-6).

In each sport, volunteers are needed to coach and manage the teams. Please consider signing up during the registration process to assist with planning! Click here to register for 2023 Spring Sports!
Registration Is Open for After School Mini-Classes on First Aid for Kids Staying Home Alone & Creating Pottery
Two after school mini-courses to take place in January (beginning this week) and February are being offered by Enriching Kidz. To register for either of the classes in the graphic below, please visit www.enrichingkidz.com.
Announcing the 11th Annual Spring Celebration: April 14 at MadTree Brewing! Volunteer & Sponsorship Opportunities Are Available!
Planning is underway for the 11th Annual Spring Celebration! If you're new to HPS, Spring Celebration is a large-scale adults-only party that serves as our biggest fundraiser for the year! The Spring Celebration provides an opportunity for HPS families, staff, and community sponsors 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 600 students primarily from the Hyde Park and Oakley neighborhoods.

What better way to get the most out of Spring Celebration than by volunteering and being part of the team that makes this spectacular event happen! Links to various volunteer and sponsorship opportunities will be posted in this Newsletter in the coming weeks. But in the meantime, we are seeking volunteers to help solicit donations from area businesses to stock Raffle Baskets and the Silent Auction. If you are interested in helping, please contact Ashley Hammond at president@hydeparkschoolpto.org.

One of the highlights of the Silent Auction is the student art that will be up for grabs! Each grade creates a project, which will be featured in the Silent Auction. And the student art projects are already underway! Here's a sneak-peak at Kindergarten making headway on what is sure to be an adorable piece of art!
Gauging Interest in Cheerleading at HPS....
Do you have kids interested in being part of a Hyde Park School cheerleading team? We are in the initial phase of gauging interest. We are also seeking interested adults (parents, family, friends) or even mature teenagers with cheer experience. Do you know someone who might like to invest in coaching little cheerleaders? If you have any interest or ideas contact HPS parent Tina Hubert who is collecting information to explore this possibility: tinaleehubert@gmail.com. 
Congratulations to the December Hyde Park Heroes!
Congratulations to the December Hyde Park Heroes who were chosen by HPS Staff for demonstrating Forgiveness! We are so proud of you, and we love seeing your signs around the community!

James Anderson
Sarah Harman
Hannah Hubert
Noah Hillenmeyer
Hadley Wolfer
Frances Cummings
Serene Carson
Dahlia Altman
Bea Cummings
Maxwell Best
Xzavior Donald
Harlow Merritt
Marie Shaffer
Nora Dockery
Lila Hughes
Cameron Middleton
Eva Shaffer
Rayden Goldsmith
Keira Wasson
Grace Copley
Elise Seevers
Hannah Eisenstein
Christian Flagg- Ellison
Declan Wilson
The January Hyde Park Hero Trait is Self-Control
Self-control is the ability to recognize and manage one’s own emotions, emotional responses, and behaviors. This set of skills may be the most important ones that children learn at school and at home. Here are some children's books that focus on self-control. Recent studies find that a child’s emotional intelligence, or “EQ”, is even more important than their “IQ” for future success and happiness. People learn better, feel better, and act kinder when their emotions are regulated. When humans feel strong emotions like anger or fear, the amygdala (part of the brain responsible for decision-making, memory, and emotional response) sends out a signal in the form of a neurochemical that throws our brains into survival mode. The higher-level, rational-thinking part of our brains shuts down, and reasoning, logic, the ability to plan, choose, or empathize all become inaccessible in that moment. But life is oh so much smoother and sweeter when we can control our emotions! People learn better and act kinder when their emotions are regulated. And the good news is, self-regulation skills can be learned at any age! (Resource: sounddiscipline.org).
Clearing Out Unwanted Board Games? Can HPS Be Their New Home??
With colder temperatures hitting here and there throughout the Winter, indoor recess is inevitable. HPS is seeking to create several Board Game Carts that will travel to classrooms and provide good old-fashioned entertainment for the indoor recess days. If you have extra or otherwise unwanted board games and/or extra plastic containers to store games/game pieces when the cardboard boxes become too torn and weathered, we'd put them to good use at HPS! Please bring them to the Main Office or send them to school with your child (along with a note/post-it that the game is being donated to the school's indoor recess supply). Thank you!!
Mom Prom Is Back on February 3 (6:30-8:30)!!
We've been waiting since 2020, and now, MOM PROM IS BACK!! This awesome event, Open to All of HPS, returns on February 3 from 6:30-8:30pm in the HPS Gym. And February 3 just happens to be National Bubble Gum Day! So break out your dancing shoes, and grab a pack of Bubblicious-- it's going to be a popping good time!! Tickets are $45/guardian & child with $5 for each additional child, or $35/guardian & child with $5 for each additional child for HPS Athletics Boosters members. Click here to buy tickets or scan the QR code in the graphic below!
International Night at HPS is Back: Mark Your Calendars for March 2 (5:30-7:30pm)
Thursday, March 2 from 5:30-7:30pm marks the long-awaited return of International Night at HPS!
International Night is a fun and exciting event of exploring different countries, cultures, religions, and traditions. Parents and students have the opportunity to create exhibits displaying flags, maps, traditional dress, artifacts, sports, music, art, games, traditions, food/drink, or any other aspect of their heritage or a country/culture of interest. Or, if you don't want to create a display, you can travel from country to country through the halls of HPS experiencing the different cultures and traditions along the way!

If your family is interested in participating in International Night, click here to sign up as a presenter by February 1. If not, that's okay! Please save the date, and plan to attend! We'd love to have you explore the world with us at HPS! 
HPS Spirit Wear Sale, January 30-February 3
The next HPS Spirit Wear Sale will take place from January 30 to February 3. Click here to browse the options, and make your purchase! Orders placed during the sale window will be delivered to your child's homeroom free of charge in time for Spring Sports Games!
Kindergarten Info Night for Parents of 2023-2024 K-Students is Set for February 16
HPS Kindergarten Information Night is set for February 16 at 6:00 pm in the HPS Gym. This meeting is for Parents of Incoming Kindergarteners for the 2023-2024 school year, so please spread the word through your network of families with preschoolers! *Please Note* in order to keep the meeting focused on informing the parents, this meeting is for parents/guardians only, not the incoming Kindergarteners. Socials for incoming families to meet one another and for the children to meet their teachers will take place in the Summer.
A Call for Paper Towels!
The school supply of paper towels is running low, and a restock is needed before we reach E. If you're in a position that you can bring a roll or two to the Main Office (or send some to school with your student), it would be a great help! Thanks for your generosity!
Eagles Youth Girls Lacrosse Registration Is OPEN!
Eagles Youth Girls Lacrosse is a non-profit girls lacrosse program for CPS children primarily. While it isn't a Hyde Park School program, lots of students have participated in the past. The Walnut Hills Varsity team is coached by a Hyde Park parent, so this program is very close to home!

The Eagles Girls Youth Lacrosse program site (eaglesyouthlacrosse.com) is the best way to learn more about the program (and to register for the 2023 season, which is OPEN NOW), but you can also check out the Facebook (Eagles Girls Youth Lacrosse), Twitter (@eaglegirlslax) and Instagram (eaglesgirlsyouthlacrosse) accounts.
HPS Athletics is Seeking Volunteers to Fill Positions Held by Parents of Soon-to-be-Graduating HPS Students
Leo says it simply and most eloquently: "We Want You!!" But what's more, We Need You!! Sad but true, reality is setting in: our longstanding leaders of the HPS Athletics Program will be retiring from the ranks as their students near the end of their careers at HPS. The positions of Athletic Director, Head and Assistant Sports Coordinators, Equipment & Uniform Managers, Booster Positions (Presidents, VP, Secretary, Communications Director, and Fundraising Chair) are some of the many volunteers positions held mostly by Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Grade Parents. The same holds true for coaches. So the time has come for the fresh faces of the K-3 Parents to come forward to learn the ropes. To learn more about the positions and to volunteer, please contact Mike Brugh at michaelbrugh@outlook.com
Seeking Kindergarten Lunch & Recess Volunteers
Lunch time involves a learning curve, and 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 an hour of your time, please join our lunch and recess period to help make the most of this important hour of their day! Click here to sign up. This signup link will be included in this Newsletter each week for you to access.

*IMPORTANT NEW INFORMATION*: To allow for more eating time, Kindergarteners now will be having recess BEFORE lunch. This means if you are the Lunch/Recess Duty Volunteer, you should check-in at the Main Office, then report to the Playground instead of the Cafeteria. Then, following recess, you will help escort the Kindergarteners to the Cafeteria where you will assist them as they eat lunch. Please act as the Caboose for the line, ensuring that the very last students and any stragglers make it safely into the Cafeteria.

*Please note (and, yes, it goes without saying, but) by signing up for this opportunity, you will be signing up to assist ALL Kindergarteners with their lunch and to help monitor ALL students on the playground during recess, not just your child.*
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/hydeparkschoolpto.
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!
Meet the HPS PTO Board Officers for 2022-2023
Here are the HPS PTO Executive Board Officers for the 2022-2023 school year:

President: Ashley Hammond
Vice President: Hilary VanderMolen
Treasurer: Emily Ricciardi
Vice Treasurer: Kevin VanderMolen
Secretary: Michele Berry Godsey
LSDMC Representatives: Ed Paff and Amy Lovelace
If you have information that you would like included in a future newsletter, please send to president@hydeparkschoolpto.org (content included at PTO discretion).