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*Thanksgiving Break: November 24-26*

*Happy Thanksgiving!*
Upcoming Events
November 24-26: No School, Thanksgiving Break
December 14: HPS Restaurant Fundraiser at MOD Pizza
December 18- January 2: Winter Break/No School
January 3: School Resumes

*Stay tuned for information about the Annual Giving Tree and other Winter service projects*
'Tis the Season to Thank Our Teachers & Staff: The School Wide Gift Fund is Open
In this season of thanks and giving, we want to make sure our HPS teachers and staff really feel our love through school wide holiday gifts!  We are collecting cash donations from the whole school (find the donation link here), which then will be split among ALL teachers and staff to ensure that everyone knows how much we appreciate them, and no one is overlooked. This streamlined school-wide approach to teacher and staff holiday gifts has proven fruitful in the past, and we are hoping to reach our goal of gifting at least $200 to every teacher and staff member. Please follow the steps in this link to donate any amount you'd like. Thank you!!
Hyde Park Heroes: Bringing Home the Message
It has filled us with pride to see the Hyde Park Hero signs placed in the yards of those who demonstrated the character trait of bravery in October!
The November character trait is gratitude.  And with Thanksgiving this week, what a perfect time to talk about gratitude. Here is a list from Huffington Post of children's books focusing on gratitude to help start conversations about what this trait means: 
Laundry Baskets Needed for Food Drive Delivery
In true HPS Eagle form, we supplied a bounty of food for the HPS Student Council Food Drive! Thank you!! Now it is time to prepare all the goods for delivery. The HPS Student Council is seeking 20 laundry baskets to distribute food to families. If you would like to donate, please bring a laundry basket to the Main Office in care of Monica Scott. Thank you for your support!
The Cincinnati Police Department is Hiring Paid Civilian School Crossing Guards: Here is How to Apply
With HPS at the corner of busy intersections, the need for a crossing guard is evident and notorious. And the need exists throughout the city with 44 current openings including one at HPS. The Cincinnati Police Department is seeking to fill these important paid part-time positions. Pay is monthly, and no prior experience is needed. The crossing guard position involves observing traffic and nearby pedestrians, grouping pedestrians, and stopping and restarting traffic as needed to move pedestrians safely across the street. Please see the graphic below for more details including the number and contact for interested applicants and the application.
New Leaf Kitchen Cooking Club: Registration for the Next Session is Now Open!
This super popular extracurricular is OPEN for registration. The next session will take place after school on Tuesdays from 2:15pm-3:30pm from November 30th- March 22nd.

Seeking Disinfecting Wipes!
The staff ever-diligent with the COVID-19 health and safety protocol, HPS is close to exhausting its supply of Disinfecting Wipes! If you're out and about and are in the position to buy some extra, the HPS staff would greatly appreciate your donation, which you can drop off to the Main Office. Thank you for your support!
Save the Date, December 14 (11am to 9pm): HPS Restaurant Fundraiser at MOD Pizza
The next HPS Restaurant Day/Night is at MOD Pizza in Oakley Station ALL DAY on December 14, beginning at 11 am all the way through close of business at 9 pm. Be sure to save the date and warm up the night with some delicious MOD pizza or salads; 20% of all proceeds go to the HPS PTO. Orders through 3rd party delivery services (DoorDash, Uber Eats, Grub Hub, etc) do not qualify. Further details are here: https://www.groupraise.com/events/212504-hyde-park-school-pto-at-mod-pizza
HPS Athletics: Booster Membership Drive
The Hyde Park Athletic Boosters is open to and seeking new members. Here is a note from them highlighting their mission and significant accomplishments:
The Hyde Park Athletic Boosters was founded in 2018 and has some amazing accomplishments due to your donations:
  • Reduced registration costs for all sports
  • Introduced 3 new programs –Volleyball, Softball, and Running Club
  • Supplies for the Gym facelift in the Summer 2020
  • Bought new uniforms at no cost to participants
  • Provided gym space for basketball
  • Donated to Mr. Schwab to purchase equipment
  • Bought new basketball hoops for the gym
Did you know that the School District and our School DO NOT provide any funding for your HPS sports programs? So…if your little athlete is playing basketball, softball, volleyball, football, or soccer – all the expenses related to those sports (balls, goals, nets, referee fees, pinnies, jerseys, goalie gloves, league fees, tournament fees, court time, etc…) are ALL paid exclusively with your DONATIONS and from the various Booster fundraisers throughout the year.
This annual membership is important to keep our programs affordable for families and allows us to provide financial scholarships to Hyde Park students and families. You will also receive early access and discounts for our fun events.
Please join us in supporting athletics for another year by donating at HERE!
Join our Facebook Group at HPS Athletic Boosters to keep up with the news and timelines for registrations!
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).