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*Bengals Spirit Day This Friday, September 24*
Upcoming Events
September 24: Bengals Spirit Day
September 24: 2nd Grade Parent Social
September 25: 3rd Grade Parent Social
September 27: No School/Staff Professional Development
September 28: BJ's Restaurant Night (5-8 PM)
October 2: 6th Grade Parent Social
October 4: HPS Read-A-Thon Begins
October 11-24: HPS Book Fair at Joseph Beth (virtual and in-store)
October 16: 1st Grade Parent Social
October 19: Bronte Bistro Restaurant Night
October 23: 5th Grade Parent Social
November 6: The HPS Pumpkin Chuck
The List of Themed Spirit Days is Here!
As promised, we're rolling out a list of themed spirit days just to add some extra pep in everyone's step. All Fridays not listed below will remain HPS School Spirit Day where students are encouraged but not required to wear the school colors (blue and white) or some item of HPS Spirit Wear:
9/24: Bengals Spirit Day (or Orange & Black)
9/30: Bengals Primetime Spirit Day (or Orange & Black)
10/20: FC Cincinnati Spirit Day (or Blue & Orange)
11/5: Bengals Spirit Day (or Orange & Black)
11/23: College Football Spirit Day
12/10: Crosstown Shootout Spirit Day
3/16: March Madness/College Basketball Spirit Day
4/4: Cincinnati Reds Spirit Day (or Red & White)
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.
HPS Restaurant Night: Next Tuesday, Sept. 28 at BJ's Brewhouse from 5-8pm
Mark your calendars for some BJs! It's the next HPS Restaurant Night on Tuesday September 28 from 5-8pm at BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse. Last month's restaurant night brought in $575 all of which is used for student field trips! So on September 28 from 5-8pm, let's take over BJs! See the graphic below for all details.
HPS Read-A-Thon is on the Horizon, Get Ready!
This year's Read-A-Thon is right around the corner. The Read-A-Thon will begin October 4th and end on October 29th. Look for Read-A-Thon information to come home in your child's Tuesday folder on September 28th.

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 a few weeks 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 will go directly to student and classroom needs at HPS including field trips and enriching classroom materials. Stay tuned for more information. Until then, keep reading!
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), check https://linktr.ee/hydeparkschoolpto. We will keep it at the end of the HPS PTO Weekly Update along with the Rewards Programs so you don't even have to keep track of the link!
Stay Tuned for Breakfast & Lunch Menus for 9/20 Through 9/24
Due to a change in Lunchroom Directors at HPS, we have not received a menu to publish in today's newsletter. If the information becomes available, we will send it out in an email and post it to the HPS PTO social media sites. Apologies for the inconvenience!

Cincinnati Playhouse is Offering Covid-Safe Acting Classes for All Ages
Beginning on September 27, 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.
New Leaf Kitchen's Saturday Classes, Still Open
New Leaf Kitchen's Saturday Lunch Club still has openings! The club meets one more time from 11:30 am to 1 pm Saturday September 25. The cost is $30/class. Click here to register. Please see the graphics below for more information.
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
HPS Parent Socials Have Begun!
The Kindergarten Parent Social kicked off the season with an Olympic theme. Intense, dare I say, grueling games of Rock, Paper, Scissors were played by newbie and veteran parents alike who shared the HPS Eagle "go for the gold" mentality. They left it all on the field, had no regrets, and lots of fun as you can plainly see in these pictures. Way to go, Kindergarten Parents! Take your place on the podium to the tune of Olympic Fanfare & Theme!
Here is the remaining schedule of HPS Parent Socials; see graphics below for details (Thank you Ashley Tolokonsky for the graphics!):
1st Grade Parent Social: October 16
2nd Grade Parent Social: September 24
3rd Grade Parent Social: September 25
4th Grade Parent Social: October 9
5th Grade Parent Social: October 23
6th Grade Parent Social: October 2

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

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
Save the Date & Consider Volunteering: the HPS Pumpkin Chuck Returns on November 6!
The Countdown to the Pumpkin Chuck has begun! The Pumpkin Chuck is HPS's biggest school-wide event 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).
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.
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.
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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