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***Hyde Park School is CLOSED beginning Monday March 16 through Friday April 3. Classes resume Monday April 6. Any further changes will be sent from the Cincinnati Public School District, via this HPS Weekly Newsletter, and social media.***
Thank you Hyde Park School community as we sacrifice to control the spread of the coronavirus in our community and give doctors, nurses, and hospitals the best chance to treat those in need. Many of you may be feeling isolated as public health officials order us to distance ourselves from others and community events are canceled. We encourage you to still find ways to connect with your loved ones. The great outdoors indeed are great, and technology is our friend! Create new memories in this time of temporary new normal. And remember that even while we are apart, we are in this together.
Cincinnati Public Schools Closure
On Monday March 16 at 5:30 p.m. CPS officials will gather for a press conference to outline the district’s plan during the three-week school closure ordered by Ohio Governor Mike DeWine to control the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). At the press conference, school board members and administrators will address meals for eligible students, minimizing disruption of specialized services, volunteer opportunities, and accepting of donations.

Parents are encouraged to continue to monitor the district’s website for more information and updates,  cps-K12.org .
CPS Student Dining Services
The Cincinnati Public Schools Student Dining Service program will provide an opportunity for families to drive thru or walk up and pick up meals for the children in their family between the ages of 1 and 18 at a number of school sites. Per USDA regulations, children must be present in order for meals to be provided. Meal distribution sites will be set up outside in the parking lot or bus lane at each school. If driving, please stay in your car and meals will be passed through to the driver based on the number of children in the car.

Meals will be served March 17–April 3 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays each week with an additional serving day of Tuesday, March 17. All meals will be served between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. On Mondays and Wednesdays, children will receive two breakfast meals and two lunch meals. On Fridays and Tuesday, March 17, children will receive one breakfast meal and one lunch meal. All meals will exceed USDA nutritional requirements.

This program will be solely for the pick-up of meals, and meals will not be consumed on site. We encourage families to continue to be proactive in reducing the risk of COVID-19 by not congregating at the school site once meals have been distributed, continue to wash your hands often, sneeze or cough into a tissue, and stay home if you are sick. Click the image above for a full listing of locations.
UMC Food Ministry
The Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church has partnered with UMC Foods and plans to serve free lunch to children (18 and under) while school is out of session. This will take place every day from 12-1:00 p.m. starting Tuesday, March 17.

Volunteers are also needed to help with the distribution. More information can be found here .
Give HPS that Virtual Razzle Dazzle!
Just because school isn't physically in session doesn't mean we have to miss seeing our students' talents performed. We encourage any student who wants to submit a video of their Talent Show performance to upload it to this shared Google Drive so that we can post it on our Facebook page. We can't wait to see you shine! https://www.facebook.com/HydeParkSchoolPTO/
Spring HPS Spirit Wear Sale from March 10 to March 24
Hyde Park School's Spirit Wear partner, Koch's Sporting Goods, is hosting a Spring HPS Spirit Wear Sale from March 10 to March 24. You can have items shipped directly to your house, or delivery directly to your child's homeroom will be coordinated once school is back in session. Though items are available year-round, if you purchase items in this sale window, HPS will receive a generous portion of the proceeds! Check out the vast assortment of high-quality items available from brands including Under Armour at Koch's website .
Spring Celebration: Silent Auction Donations
The HPS Spring Celebration Committee is still collecting items, services, or experiences for donation to the 2020 Spring Celebration Silent Auction. Please consider donating! Every donation, big and small, is much appreciated!

While school is out you can drop items on Ed Paff's porch at 1345 Cryer Avenue or email us at auction@hydeparkschoolpto.org to arrange a pick-up if necessary.
Spring Celebration: Raffle Basket Donation Collection
Each Classroom is co-sponsoring a basket that will be raffled at the 8th Annual Spring Celebration . All proceeds from the raffle baskets are consolidated and equally distributed among the teachers for use in their classrooms.

Please donate items related to the raffle basket theme assigned to your child's homeroom as indicated on this flyer . Donations can be dropped off at Sarah Aubrey's house at 3409 Paxton Avenue (black house with white porch). Please leave them on the front porch and give her a text that you are doing so at 513-693-7098. You can also order directly from our suggested Amazon Gift Lists and have items shipped directly to her. Those links are also found on this flyer .
HPS Eagles Sports
All HPS athletic events have been suspended until further notice in alignment with the state and CPS officials. We are in close contact with the CPS Athletic Director and officials from the various leagues. Cincinnati Premier Youth Volleyball has already pushed the start of the season to April 17 th  and will plan to condense the season to just 4 weeks, consisting of eight games. SAY Soccer has not made an official announcement, and Knothole baseball will be meeting on Monday to review and discuss the most up to date information. But expect a delay to the start of the official seasons for both SAY Soccer and Knothole. If you have any questions regarding athletics, please do not hesitate to contact HPS Athletic Director Mike Brugh at hps.athletics@outlook.com.
Remember- just because we do not have official practice doesn’t mean your kids can’t go outside in the backyard and work on their own. Sports is a great way to release energy in a time where things may be a bit chaotic. Even if your kids are alone, there are plenty of drills and ideas online for all sports. Stay active, stay healthy!
HPS Field Day: Save the Date
HPS Field Day is currently set for Friday May 15. If the current circumstances cause this to change, we will communicate a new date accordingly.
Send Us Your Photos

The yearbook staff needs your help! In an effort to streamline the process of collecting photos for the yearbook and end of the year video, please load all of the great photos you've taken this year in this Google Drive . When you upload your pictures, please create a folder and make sure to include the grade level, homeroom teacher and if applicable, the event where the photo was taken.
Fight With Gina

A member of the HPS family needs our help fighting cancer. We would like to make this fight as easy as possible on the family. As little or as much as you can give will be put to use to keep this family comfortable during the fight of their life. The GoFundMe page can be found here .
Fundraising Opportunities

There are several SUPER EASY ways to earn money for our school. Additional information can be found on our website .

These waterproof, personalized labels go safely in the laundry, dishwasher, and microwave. They are perfect for all of your belongings – from water bottles to coats to lunchboxes and more. Labeling everything is a great way to keep items out of the lost and found! They even have address labels and cute holiday items. To start shopping, go to  campaigns.mabelslabels.com  and choose “Hyde Park School PTO (Cincinnati)” 20% of every sale will be donated to HPS!

We have teamed up with the Shutterfly school fundraising program! Simply place an order using our link  http://hpspto.shutterflystorefront.com  and Shutterfly will donate a percentage of each sale. You are still able to use any coupons or promo codes as you normally would! Great for extra school pictures, gifts, invitations, holiday cards, and more!

When you download the NEW and improved Box Tops App, you’ll be able to scan your receipt, instantly identify Box Tops products and automatically add cash to our school’s earnings online. Box Tops are still worth 10¢ each for your school. This may not sound like much, but it adds up to hundreds of dollars!

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. To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to  smile.amazon.com  from the web browser on your computer or mobile device. You may also want to add a bookmark to  smile.amazon.com  to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at AmazonSmile. Purchases through the mobile app and amazon.com do not qualify. Please choose Hyde Park School PTO Inc. as your recipient.

You can now support Hyde Park School PTO Inc. in the Amazon shopping app on your Android device! Simply follow these instructions to turn on AmazonSmile and start generating donations.
1. If you have the latest version of the Amazon Shopping App, open the App on your Android device.
2. View Settings and select AmazonSmile.
3. Follow the in-app instructions to complete the process.
If you do not have the latest version of the Amazon Shopping App, update your App. Click here for instructions:  https://smile.amazon.com/b…
AmazonSmile is not currently available for iOS users. We will notify AmazonSmile charities when it becomes available.

Earn 4% of your purchase for Hyde Park School. Don't worry... you still keep all of your points.

*You must have a Kroger Plus Card to register. If you don’t have a card you can get one at the customer service desk at any Kroger store.
1) Register online at  www.krogercommunityrewards.com
2) Click on Sign In (if you are a new online customer, click “Create an Account”, make sure you have your Kroger Plus Card)
3) From a newly created or existing account, click on “My Account”, then “Account Settings” and then click on “Community Rewards” information and search for “Hyde Park School”.
4) Select “Hyde Park School PTO Inc” from the list.

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.
1) Register online at  www.remkes.com
2) Go to My Account in the top right corner of the page (or create an account if you don’t have one already, entering your Remke card number and pertinent personal info).
3) In the drop-down menu labeled “Caring Neighbor”, select “Hyde Park School PTO”.
4) Click “Update”

Do you have a drawer full of unused gift cards? Donate them here! The Hyde Park School PTO is now accepting gift cards as donations in addition to other payment forms. We accept new or partially-used gift cards. Just enter your card info to check the gift card balance and submit your donation. https://www.braandz.net/#/give/YfFqlCiA  
If you have information that you would like included in a future newsletter, please send to  president@hydeparkschoolpto.org (content included at PTO discretion).