We develop compassionate, engaged students who are HAPPY to be at school
*Restaurant night this Thursday - Buffalo Wings & Rings*
Upcoming Events  
April 25th 5-9pm : Buffalo Wings & Rings Restaurant Night
May 1st, 8am : HPS PTO Elections
May 14th & 15th: HPS Talent Show
May 17th : HPS field day
May 23rd : Last day of school & picnic
Buffalo Wings and Rings Restaurant Night - Thursday 5-9pm
Eat your wings and rings and they give 20% back to the school, just mention HPS to the servers!
Spring Celebration


The Spring Celebration was a huge success! Thank you to everyone who attended, or bid from home to support our largest fundraiser of the year.
The event wouldn't have been possible without the large team of parent volunteers to make it all happen. Your efforts are so appreciated.


As announced at the SC, we're are aiming to fund the student designed Harmony Park Musical installation to add another interactive element to our amazing play yard. 

If you pledged your support at the Spring Celebration but have not yet made your monetary contribution, please do so on  our website . Everyone is invited to consider making a donation to ensure the vision of the children, Mrs. Hughes, and Mr. Messerly is fully realized. Thanks once again for supporting Happy Hyde Park School!

Check out the video Mrs. Hughes prepared for more information on the project:  https://animoto.com/play/hcJ6yTCv9GJqrvG4eZneVQ


Still need to pick up a winning item? Please contact  fundraising@hydeparkschoolpto.org  to schedule a pickup of your item.

There were a few items that did not receive any bids in the silent auction. We will reopen the bidding page until Wednesday at 9pm.

Still need to complete payment of any silent or live auction items? Please pay through the Bidr.com website or contact

SPRING CELEBRATION 2020 Leader needed! Did you LOVE the Spring Celebration? Have ideas to make it better? We need a volunteer(s) to lead it next year. Email president@hpspto.com right away so you could get lots of good info from the current team while it's fresh in their minds!

We have seen a lot of growth in our student enrollment here at Hyde Park School, a testament to the high quality education and wonderful community. The PTO organization exists primarily to support these students with financial, community, and infrastructure needs that are not provided by the district. For us to continue our success, we NEED volunteers to fill positions for the 2019-20 school year. 

In order for the PTO to exist and to evolve, it requires new parents every year who want to engage and effect change. Our reach needs to be broad 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 position and you will be mentored by the person currently serving in that role. Every parent on our current board was a first-time volunteer who juggles work, kids, life and service to our school. So this is your opportunity; We welcome all candidates to come forward and join the team!!
SLATE OF ELECTED POSITIONS- Voted May 1, 2019 @ 8:00 am

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@hpspto.com   by April 28th. All candidates will be announced April 30th.

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. 

Secretary-  The Secretary keeps all records of the organization, takes and records minutes of all Board meetings and Member meetings, and handles e-mail correspondence. S/he is responsible for compiling the weekly newsletter emailed to HPS families, as well as posting on Facebook.  It’s a great position to know everything going on in the HPS community! Position as described in PTO Regulations available upon request. 

Extracurricular Coordinator - Responsible for researching and coordinating the after-school enrichment activities for HPS. S/he will work with established, and new vendors to schedule class options into our biannual extracurricular sessions. Much of this position is done through email communications to vendors.

LSDMC Representatives (1   )   -   Each representative must have a child enrolled at Hyde Park School. Can commit to a two year term ending in June 2020. Must commit to attend all, to the extent practicable, of the LSDMC meetings (1 meeting per month). Primary focus of the LSDMC will be a new 5-year strategic plan for the school and facilities. If interested, or have additional questions, please contact Jason Wilcoxon at  wilcoxjd@gmail.com   by April 28th. 

Many of our wonderful teachers volunteer their time and talents to organize special events with students in the spring and summer! Tickets sold for these events support the PTO budget. Buy a ticket and your child can spend special time with an HPS teacher.

The Besterly Experience: Join the two wackiest teachers at HPS for a night of fun and mischief! We'll eat pizza and popcorn, watch a movie, perhaps engage in a dance off ... and who knows what else! Ever imagined what it would be like to play hide-and-seek in our school? Us too! *insert mischievous laughing here. Hosted by Mrs. Best and Mr. Messerly

Spa Party : Kindergartners , 1st graders, and 2nd graders to sign up and enjoy a bit of pampering and light refreshments compliments of Miss Hebert, Miss Reyna, and Mrs. Pierce.

Let's Do Lunch: HPS students in 3rd through 6th grade are invited to cook alongside world-renowned chefs, Ms. Fischer and Ms. Bidlingmeyer.

Pizza Party with Mr. Brown: Join Mr. Brown and other HPS friends for some after-school pizza fun!

A Graeter's Afternoon : First Graders! Walk to Graeter's after school to enjoy some tasty treats with Mrs. Boada and Ms. Martin

Ultimate STEAM Camp: Calling all current 1st through 5th graders! Come enjoy a day of STEAM fun with your favorite HPS teachers! Spend the day working on your favorite activities from the year and learn some new ones too! We’ll be coding, programming robots, flying drones, and doing some awesome experiments outside .... and no STEAM camp is complete without PIZZA!!! Hosted by Mrs. Hughes, Mr. Cassidy, and Mrs. Mendelson

Carousel and Picnic Fun at Smale Park : Kindergarten kids, join Mrs. Forman and Mrs. Crawford for a day of riverfront fun.


A few more teacher experiences are still rolling in, including the always popular Amazing Race event planned by Mrs. Chambers and Ms. Martin - except it’s for adults only this year! It’s about to get real! 
There are still a few opening for hosts for the grade-level social parties (often adult only). These are usually held in the fall (August-October) so the dates will be locked down soon. Please email  socials@hydeparkschoolpto.org  if you’re interested in hosting or co-hosting. We also have other exciting adult events planned like a spa night and various theme parties. Stay tuned for ticket opportunities! 
Sports Spotlight
New Registration System
Last week we announced more exciting changes are coming and today we are one step closer! We have decided on and approved a new registration platform that will make everyone’s lives easier. Sports Engine will provide a modern registration system that is mobile friendly, offers enhanced reporting and fully integrates with an improved website, a coaches site for team management and a phone based app to communicate to parents. And the best part, integration is fully automated through the registration process. This means less hassle for you, better communication and one website for all your athletic needs. More details to come on how to create your new profile soon!
Eagle of the Week
This week the honor goes to Luke Greiner! Luke started this volleyball season as a novice, but he works incredibly hard and has quickly picked up important skills. He listens to feedback, asks questions and has continued to improve. He never gives up and is always hustling to make plays on the court. He is a team player - encouraging his teammates and cheering them on. Luke is a valuable player on and off the field. His teacher Ms. Fischer commented that “Luke has a great sense of humor that he shares with the school. It can be seen in the student council videos he edits. He is always up for an academic challenge and is willing to help wherever needed. His zest for learning and fun is contagious.” 
Luke is wonderful example of what it means to be an HPS Eagle student and athlete!
HPS Soccer Camp with Jack Hermans Returns!
For the last several years HPS has partnered with Jack Hermans to host an HPS only, summer soccer camp. We are proud to once again offer this exciting experience to our kids. The camp is scheduled for August 5 th  – 9 th  and will be available as both half day and full day options. Registration will open next week on April 29 th  via Blue Sombrero (sorry, new registration site still in development!). A flyer will be distributed in Tuesday folders, or contact me directly with questions. To learn more about Jack Hermans and his camp, click here:  http://www.osysa.com/camps/soccer_unlimited_camps/

HPS family fun night at Great American Ballpark on June 17, 2019
Another awesome family event brought to you by HPS Athletics, the Cincinnati Reds and the Kids Glove organization. The Reds allow the Kid Glove program to print 40,000 ticket vouchers over the course of 5 summer games. The ticket voucher price for 2019 is $12.00 each and can be exchanged for a View Level Seat at Great American Ball Park. HPS Athletics will receive $10.00 back for every voucher sold in 2019 to be used for athletic equipment and field maintenance next year!

Head to the HPS Athletic website for all the details and purchase your tickets today:
Staff Appreciation Week is May 6th - May 10th

We have the absolute best staff here at Hyde Park School and this is the week to show our appreciation! For all they do for our children, let's pitch in and make this a wonderful week full of our gratitude.

There are many ways you can participate and volunteer. Please follow the link to see how you can be a part of this week's events.

Monday, May 6th- Continental Breakfast

We need lots of breakfast item donations to make this a success. Please use the below link to sign up to bring something in.

Tuesday, May 7th- Flower Gifts

Bring in a bouquet to support our staff! Flowers and bouquet fillers are needed as donations from our parents! Flower collection will take place the morning of Tuesday, May 7th at drop off. All donated flowers will be arranged into bouquets and delivered to each staff member. 
The below signup link is for the resources to help collect flowers and create the flower arrangements out of the donations. We ask that all HPS families consider donating flowers. 

We are also requesting a call out for any unused and unwanted vases that people would like to donate for staff appreciation week. They can be dropped off to the office between now and Tuesday May 2nd by 8:15am.

Wednesday, May 8th- Staff Luncheon

A PTO-sponsored catered lunch will be presented to all staff members. On this day, we will need a couple volunteers to help setup before the lunch and cleanup after the lunch. Dessert donations are also being requested. Time slots are listed on the link below. 

Hyde Park Student Wins Essay Competition
Anna Kunkel, a sixth grader at Hyde Park School, recently participated in the Investwrite Challenge, a national essay writing competition. This year’s theme was to select an entrepreneur and recommend an investment strategy for that company's financial growth. Anna wrote her essay on HTC Corporation inspired by the accomplishments of it's founder Cher Wang.
Anna was awarded first place honors in the state of Ohio, and finished fifth in the nation. Congratulations Anna!
Two Teams from Hyde Park School Take Top Honors at Competition

T wo sixth grade teams from Hyde Park School finished in first and second place in region 8 in a competition sponsored by Ohio History Day, which is a program that encourages historical research and rewards students for scholarship, initiative and cooperative learning. Yhe team of Leslie Gimbert and Anna Kunkel was awarded first place in the region 8 competition with their in-depth investigation of NATO’s involvement in the Kosovo Conflict.
The team of Sarah Wilson, Emma King and Ella Nugent was awarded second place. Their engaging documentary focused on the Japanese internment camps which were established at the outbreak of World War II. They credit Ms. Fischer with inspiring them to study history in depth, and to use critical thinking when investigating topics. They say, “She’s always there to guide us when we are struggling.” Inspirational teachers, passionate students, a great learning experience at Hyde Park School. 
Have you heard? We’re going to Peru!

We are thrilled to announce that we (EF Educational Travel/Ms. Fisher) will be traveling to Peru during the Summer of 2020. Do you or your child have friends that don’t know about this yet? Help spread the word and forward them this email!  Everyone attending the meeting must RSVP  to ensure we have enough materials and we want to make sure everyone has the opportunity to learn more about this!

**Eligible students must be in 7th, 8th, or 9th grade in the fall of 2020**

At the meeting we’ll discuss:

·          What we’ll see and do
·          Travel logistics
·          How to earn high school/college credit
·          Affordable payment options
·          And more

To learn more about the where/when details for the upcoming meeting and attend ,  please click the following link below. This meeting is  MANDATORY  for all interested students and parents.
May 14 & 15. Dates have been set...start practicing your act...more info to come!