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*HPS Restaurant Night This Thursday, March 18, 11am-10pm: Fusian in Hyde Park Plaza (3780 Paxton Ave)*
Upcoming Events
March 18: HPS Restaurant Night at Fusian in Hyde Park Plaza (3780 Paxton Ave.), 11am to 10pm
March 19: Deadline for Distance Learning Commitment form, only if you are choosing 5-Day distance learning
March 22 - March 30: Spring Break, No School (Spring Break extended to include March 30 to prep classrooms for in-person return)
March 31: Return to 5-Day In-Person School Schedule (with choice for 5-day distance learning)
April 5: No School for Students
Women's History Spotlight: Louisa Ann Swain: One of the First Women to Cast a Legal Ballot.
From womenshistory.org: "On September 6, 1870, 70-year-old Louisa Ann Swain, a grandmother with white hair peeking out from beneath her bonnet, stepped up to the ballot box in Laramie, Wyoming and cast her vote in the general election. In doing so, she became the first woman to legally cast a ballot since 1807, the year New Jersey took away a woman’s right to vote. Born in Norfolk, Virginia in 1800 or 1801 into a Quaker family, Swain’s father was a sea captain. When he did not come home from a voyage, 7-year-old Swain and her mother moved to Charleston, South Carolina to be closer to her mother's family. Shortly after the move, Swain’s mother died when Swain was around 10 years old and she moved into The Charleston Orphan House. At the time, there was a fine line between apprenticing with a family in exchange for shelter and food and adoption, and Swain seems to have had to navigate both worlds as a child. Swain was first sent to a woman who promised to teach her needlework, spinning, and weaving, provide a little schooling, and decent living conditions. Swain stayed with this woman until 1818 when, for an unknown reason, she was sent back to the orphanage. She was immediately sent to another woman who was in the needle trade. Swain stayed with her for a year. Shortly after she left the orphanage, sometime around 1821, she met and married Steven Swain, the owner of a chair factory. The two lived in Baltimore for a time and had four children. Swain and her husband then began moving west, first to Ohio and then Indiana. After one of her son’s moved to Wyoming, Swain and her husband followed and settled in Laramie, WY to be close to him. 

Wyoming was still a territory when Swain arrived. Granted territorial status in 1869, Wyoming’s law allowed certain women over the age of 21 to vote, own property, and serve in office. Women who wanted to cast a vote needed to prove they were seeking citizenship, a requirement that barred Native American and Chinese women from casting votes since at the time they legally could not become U.S. citizens. Black women were able to vote under this law, but it is unknown if any did and Wyoming had very few Black residents at the time. Wyoming’s territorial government had different reasons for granting women the right to vote: some thought it would attract more women to the sparsely populated territory while others thought that women played an important role on the frontier and had a right to decide how the territory should be run.  
According to Laramie and Cheyenne newspapers, Swain became the first woman to legally cast a ballot since 1807 by 30 minutes. Swain’s vote beat that of Augusta C. Howe, the 27-year-old wife of the U.S. Marshall Church Howe of Cheyenne, Wyoming. No one at the time disputed Swain’s status. 

Shortly after casting her historic ballot, Swain and her husband moved back to Baltimore to live near their daughter. Swain died in 1878 and is buried in Friends Burying Grounds on the Old Harford Road in Baltimore. The Louisa Swain Foundation, founded in 2001 in Laramie, is dedicated to celebrating and preserving her legacy. In October 2008, Congress passed a resolution making September 6, 2008 “Louisa Swain Day.” The day was celebrated for the first time in 2009 and continues to be celebrated annually in Laramie. There is also a statue of Swain in downtown Laramie. 
Swain may have been one of the first women to legally cast a ballot but she certainly was not the last. When Wyoming received statehood in 1890, it continued to allow women to vote. After decades of work, protest, marches, advocacy, and lobbying, the United States ratified the Nineteenth Amendment in 1920. The Nineteenth Amendment states, “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.” While the Amendment opened the door for women to legally vote across the United States, many women were still barred through other means such as: intimidation, violence, poll taxes, literacy tests, criminal convictions, their race, denying their citizenship, and their immigration status." Many groups in the United States today still face disenfranchisement and cannot cast a vote without serious complications, road blocks, and voter suppression. "Louisa Ann Gardner Swain serves as one woman in a long line of women who have and will continue to cast their vote." Stay tuned for another Women's History Spotlight in next week's HPS PTO Weekly Update. 
HPS Restaurant Night: This Thursday, March 18 at Fusian in Hyde Park Plaza, 11am to 10pm!
Raise some money for HPS at the next Restaurant Night on This Thursday March 18 from 11am to 10pm at Fusian in Hyde Park Plaza (3780 Paxton Ave). This Fundraiser is valid for all sales including delivery through the Fusian App or the Fusian website (order.fusian.com). Just be sure to add Hyde Park School PTO as your Takeover Night Group on all online carryout and delivery orders to get credit for the sale!
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: 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!
Deadline to Submit Distance Learning Commitment Forms: This Friday, March 19
If you prefer your child to finish the 2020-21 school year in 5-day distance learning through Hyde Park School (not through Cincinnati Digital Academy), please fill out this Distance Learning Commitment Form and return it to the Main Office via salzbra@cpsboe.k12.oh.us by this Friday, March 19. This commitment to distance learning encompasses only the remainder of the 2020-21 year.
HPS Athletics Update: Bring on the Spring Sports!
After a successful season of HPS Winter Sports--racking up an 80% win percentage across all teams including two undefeated teams (5th Grade Boys and 3rd Grade Girls Basketball)--the time has come for Baseball/Softball, Soccer, Volleyball, Running Club, and for the first time ever, Flag Football! More than 340 students have registered for Spring Sports at HPS! Baseball uniforms have been picked up, some volleyball teams already have started practicing, and the playing fields are doing their darndest to dry out. And when game time comes, as with Winter Sports, News Channel 10 will continue to broadcast games. Any student who would like to be a part of the first ever HPS Broadcast Crew is still welcome to join! Students on the HPS Channel 10 Crew 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! Stay tuned for more Spring Sports news and be on the lookout for an email from your child's coach if you have not yet received one. Go Eagles!
Seven Star Dragons is Offering COVID-safe Karate Classes
Karate classes after school at HPS are still on hold, but Seven Star Dragons is offering classes at North Avondale Recreation Center and registration is still open. (Click here to register). The facility is double or more the size of the HPS gym, and spacing of 6-8 feet, masks, sanitation, and temperature checks will all be observed. All CPS Dojos are training together until the school programs are able to return. For more information, visit the Seven Star Dragons website.
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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