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*HPS Read-A-Thon Begins Tomorrow, Oct. 4!*

HPS PTO General Meeting this Thursday, Oct. 7, 6:30 pm
In-Person & Via Google Meet
Upcoming Events
October 4: HPS Read-A-Thon Begins (runs through 10/29)
October 4 & 7: Parent-Teacher Conference Days
October 6 & 7: Teacher Appreciation Snack Drop-Off Days
October 7: HPS PTO General Meeting at 6:30 pm (In-person & via Google Meet)
October 9: 4th Grade Parent Social
October 11-24: HPS Book Fair at Joseph Beth (virtual and in-store)
October 16: 1st Grade Parent Social
October 19: Bronte Bistro (at Joseph Beth) Restaurant Night
October 23: 5th Grade Parent Social
November 6: The HPS Pumpkin Chuck
HPS PTO Meeting This Thursday October 7 at 6:30pm
Join us for the next HPS PTO General Meeting this Thursday October 7 at 6:30. The meeting will take place both in-person (at the picnic table area of the school parking lot, weather permitting) and via Google Meet at meet.google.com/waw-msuc-zcu. Hope to see you there!
Parent-Teacher Conference Day is October 7th: Sign-up to Bring Appreciation Snacks!
Parent-Teacher conferences are being held on Thursday, October 7. 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 snackThe 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.

Item Drop-off
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, October 6th and Thursday, October 7th. Thank you for your support!
The Read-A-Thon Begins Tomorrow, October 4!
This year's Read-A-Thon begins tomorrow and runs through October 29. Now is the time to grab your favorite books and read, Read, READ!

The Read-A-Thon is one of our school's largest fundraisers. But first and foremost, we strive for 100% participation by every child logging reading time. Pledges and fundraising are not required to participate, and any funds raised are designated to student's homeroom total and never reveal the individual student's name. The amount of money a student raises is never revealed in order to keep the students' primary focus on reading rather than money.

Prizes are awarded for students’ participation!
• The homeroom with the most minutes read by all students in the class and the homeroom with the highest minutes read per student (averaged among the number of students) will win a classroom pizza party.
• The top reader in each homeroom will receive a Joseph Beth gift card and a ‘Fast Pass’ to chuck their pumpkin at this year’s Pumpkin Chuck.
• Homerooms that have 100% participation (classroom reading logs submitted, pledges are not required to win) will earn a pajama day & extra free reading time in class.
• Simply for turning in their forms in person or online October 27th through the 29th, students will also receive game tickets to be used at the November 6th Pumpkin Chuck.

The Joseph Beth Book Fair
The Read-A-Thon will include the Joseph Beth Book Fair, which will be BOTH in-store and virtual between October 11 and October 24. The HPS PTO will receive 20% of all proceeds of the book fair, so if you have books on your wish list, if you could...how to put this subtly??...maybe just keep wishing just a tiny bit longer and hold off on those purchases until the book fair window??...that would be awesome! Then, by all means, go hog wild!

All money raised in the Read-A-Thon and the Book Fair will go directly to student and classroom needs at HPS including field trips and enriching classroom materials.
FACE It: We Love Mrs. Best! Show Her the Love by Bringing Magazines with HUGE FACES!
When FACED with a request, we rise to the challenge! Our beloved Art Teacher, Mrs. Best, has a very specific request, and surely, we can FACE the task: bring her magazines. BUT... NOT just ANY magazines. Magazines with pictures of HUGE FACES! Yes, big, whopping, colossal, gigantic, extra large FACES like the ones shown in the pics below. Why the obsession with massive FACES? It's the Halloween Season and all, but it's nothing freaky. She's hoping to make adorable FACE projects like you see in the example below. Any donations can be dropped off to the Main Office with Mrs. Best's name on the bag or stack of magazines. Thank you! And just one more thing..... A horse walked into a bar, and the bartender asked, "Why the long FACE?" (Ok, ok, I'll see myself out....)
Save the Date: The Next Restaurant Night is October 19 at Bronte Bistro
To conjunction with the Read-A-Thon, the next HPS Restaurant Night is October 19 at Bronte Bistro in Joseph Beth Bookstore. A portion of all proceeds will go to the HPS PTO, so please, save the date!
The HPS Pumpkin Chuck Returns on November 6: Sponsorships are Available!
The Countdown to the Pumpkin Chuck has begun! The Pumpkin Chuck is one of HPS's biggest school-wide events of the year! It is AWESOME! It is the definition of a FUNdraiser, and YOU can help make it happen! If you're new to HPS or haven't participated in the past, just imagine it's a crisp November day right after Halloween. You pluck your now semi-rotting but beautifully carved pumpkin from the squirrels who had been feasting on it. Close your eyes now, and imagine that same pumpkin being chucked through the air via a professionally-engineered catapult (we like to call it a trebuchet) across the HPS parking lot and splatting into pumpkin mush on said parking lot, perhaps even hitting a target on its way through the air. Wipe the tear from your eye and further imagine some music, baked goods, and other cool booths to complete the surrounding ambiance--and that is the HPS Pumpkin Chuck in a nutshell (or a pumpkin seed). Still not sure what the pumpkin chuck is? Check out this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YgKRMn673rg

To add to the fun and fundraising, the PTO added sponsorships ($100/ea) this year for the games and targets! This means individuals or groups can sponsor a target for pumpkins to hit or a game at the surrounding festival for $100. Targets can be provided by the PTO or created by the sponsor, and the games are in the process of being established by a committee. Sponsoring a game does not obligate you to work the game booth or create the game. With each sponsorship, you will receive 10 game tickets and a ticket to chuck your pumpkin! Not sure what a “target” is? Watch this Minion get crushed by a flying pumpkin: https://www.dropbox.com/s/1kb2ct682w513j0/227966795_559129775243753_113357543273837645_n.mp4?dl=0

To sign up for a sponsorship, go to the PTO website here and follow the prompts:

If you'd like to volunteer to help with a booth, please contact Ashley Tolokonsky at ashleymat@yahoo.com. If you're good with gadgets and want to learn how to work the catapult, please contact Matt Sample at hokiebird2@gmail.com.
Feeling Like a Million Bucks!
Thanks to your generosity and support of PTO events--including restaurant nights, spirit wear sales, class socials, the Read-A-Thon, Pumpkin Chuck, and more--the HPS PTO is able to pay for class field trips. We just received this lovely stack of Thank Yous from the Second Grade for their trip to the Cincinnati Nature Center! Thank you for the Thank-Yous, Second Grade! You know how to make someone's day!
HPS Parent Socials Continue: Prost to the 6th Grade Parents!
The 6th Grade Parents held their Social this past Saturday with an Oktoberfest theme. (Pics of HPS dads in Lederhosen excluded due to graphic nature). Throughout the night German sentence fragments like "Ich spiele Fussball" and "Eins, Zwei, Drei Gsuffa!" were sputtered in best efforts to stick with the theme. But in the end, everyone just loved each other's company! Prost to you, 6th Grade Parents!
Here is the remaining schedule of HPS Parent Socials; see graphics below for details:
1st Grade Parent Social: October 16
4th Grade Parent Social: October 9
5th Grade Parent Social: October 23

After sorely missing out on these opportunities last year, attending your Grade Level Parent Social is a great way to mix, mingle, and have fun with other parents and families - all while raising money for our school! All proceeds go to the HPS PTO, which uses all funds to directly support our students and teachers. For more information or to host a social, contact us at socials@hydeparkschoolpto.org. Thank you for supporting Hyde Park School! Please note: All HPS Socials will have outdoor space available. If you are unable to attend a fundraiser and would prefer to make a donation, we have also provided that option on the ticket page.

Purchase tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/o/hps-socials-9236187888

Delayed Distribution of Spirit Wear
The HPS Spirit Wear was expected to be delivered to classrooms September 29, but our vendor is held up 1-2 weeks due to supply chain delays. We will announce a new delivery date very soon. Thank you for your patience!
Parent Volunteer Needed to Assist the Positive Behavior Intervention Support (PBIS) Team
The Positive Behavior Intervention Support (PBIS) Team needs your help! This school year HPS is passing out paper bucket tickets that students can enter into a raffle for prizes every Friday. Students earn these tickets by showing Hyde Park School expectations such as respecting self, respecting others, and respecting property. We are trying to get as much student buy in as possible, which translates to a high need for printed bucket tickets! We need a parent volunteer to come in on a Monday, Wednesday, or Friday per the signup link below to print and cut bucket tickets using a template. More bucket tickets means more opportunities to recognize students for all the awesome things they do during the school day! Please use this link to sign up as a volunteer: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050b4aa8a722a4f58-bucket
Cincinnati Playhouse is Offering Covid-Safe Acting Classes for All Ages
Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park is offering Covid-safe acting classes for all ages. Classes focus on social and artistic development and are designed to build confidence, strengthen communications skills, and develop a sense of ensemble and community. To register, visit www.cincyplay.com/learn. See the graphic below for all details.
Seeking Kindergarten Lunch & Recess Volunteers
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. And while the added bonus of visiting your special Kindergartener is undeniable, please make sure you assist and monitor all the Kindergarteners in the cafeteria and on the playground. You can sign up using this link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/508084CA4AE2FA3FB6-20212022
Need a New HPS Mask Lanyard?
As we hang on to our masks a little longer for safety's sake, do you need a safe place to hang yours during a mask break? If so, you can purchase a HPS mask lanyard from the HPS PTO website!
Vintage HPS Spirit Wear is Calling Your Name!
Vintage HPS Spirit Wear is on sale, and it's calling your name! Everything is now only $5!! 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 child's homeroom. Please contact Leah Wyrabkiewicz (leahnally@yahoo.com) with any questions.
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!
If you have information that you would like included in a future newsletter, please send to president@hydeparkschoolpto.org (content included at PTO discretion).