We develop compassionate, engaged students who are HAPPY to be at school!
*No School Tomorrow: Monday, March 8*
Upcoming Events
March 8: No School for Students
March 12: End of 3rd Quarter
March 18: HPS Restaurant Night at Fusian in Hyde Park Plaza (3780 Paxton Ave.), 11am to 10pm
March 22 - March 29: Spring Break, No School
April 5: No School for Students
Women's History Spotlight: Josephine Baker: Performer, World War II Spy, Activist.
From womenshistory.org: "World renowned performer, World War II spy, and activist are few of the titles used to describe Josephine Baker. One of the most successful African American performers in French history, Baker’s career illustrates the ways entertainers can use their platforms to change the world.
On June 3, 1906, Freda Josephine McDonald was born in St. Louis, Missouri. Her parents, both entertainers, performed throughout the segregated Midwest often bringing her on stage during their shows. Unfortunately, their careers never took off, forcing the young Baker to look for odd jobs to survive. If she was unable to find work she would often dance on the streets, collecting money from onlookers. Eventually, her routine caught the attention of an African American theatre troupe. At the age of 15, Baker ran off and began to perform with the group. She also married during this time, taking her husband’s last name and dropping her first name, becoming Josephine Baker.

Baker flourished as a dancer in several Vaudeville shows, which was a popular theatre genre in the 20th century. She eventually moved to New York City and participated in the celebration of black life and art now known as the Harlem Renaissance. A few years later her success took her to Paris. Baker became one of the most sought-after performers due to her distinct dancing style and unique costumes. Although her audiences were mostly white, Baker’s performances followed African themes and style. In her famed show Danse Sauvage she danced across stage in a banana skirt. Baker was multitalented, known for her dancing and singing she even played in several successful major motion pictures released in Europe. 

When Adolf Hitler and the German army invaded France during World War II, Baker joined the fight against the Nazi regime. She aided French military officials by passing on secrets she heard while performing in front of the enemy. She transported the confidential information by writing with invisible ink on music sheets. After many years of performing in Paris, Baker returned to the United States.

Her return home forced Baker to confront segregation and discrimination that she had not experienced since she was a child in St. Louis. She often refused to perform to segregated audiences, which usually forced club owners to integrate for her shows. Her opposition against segregation and discrimination was recognized by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). In 1963, she was one of the few women allowed to speak at the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Her speech detailed her life as a black woman in the United States and abroad:
"You know, friends, that I do not lie to you when I tell you I have walked into the palaces of kings and queens and into the houses of presidents. And much more. But I could not walk into a hotel in America and get a cup of coffee, and that made me mad.

Baker continued to fight racial injustices into the 1970s. Her personal life was a testament to her political agenda. Throughout her career, she adopted 13 children from various countries. She called her family “the rainbow tribe” and took her children on the road in an effort to show that racial and cultural harmony could exist. Baker remained on stage late into her life and in 1975 she performed for the last time. The show was sold out and she received a standing ovation. Baker passed away on April 12, 1975."
Stay tuned for a Women's History Spotlight in next week's HPS PTO Weekly Update. 
The Spring Celebration is Coming Soon: Consider Sponsoring our Largest Fundraiser!
Hyde Park School will be hosting our 9th Annual Spring Celebration as a virtual event this year. This event is our largest fundraiser, and it provides an opportunity for HPS families, staff, and community supporters to celebrate our successful and growing school. At Hyde Park School, we are proud to provide a personalized learning environment that supports academic achievement and social-emotional development for children in grades K-6. We are proud to serve nearly 550 students primarily from the Hyde Park and Oakley neighborhoods.

We invite your family or business to participate as an event sponsor. Your contribution will help our PTO bridge the Cincinnati Public School funding gap by covering the costs of field trips, classroom supplies, technology upgrades, and enrichment opportunities for our students. By making a donation, you will also receive recognition in all Spring Celebration communications and enjoy the amenities our sponsor packages have to offer. If you are donating as a family, don’t forget to check with your employer as many companies have matching programs. The HPS PTO is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit. Sponsors will be provided with a donation acknowledgment for their records. Thank you in advance for your support! Visit the Spring Celebration website here to see the levels of sponsorship available.
HPS Athletics Update: Bring on the Spring Sports!
After a successful season of HPS Winter Sports--racking up an 80% win percentage across all teams including two undefeated teams (5th Grade Boys and 3rd Grade Girls Basketball)--the time has come for Baseball/Softball, Soccer, Volleyball, Running Club, and for the first time ever, Flag Football! More than 340 students have registered for Spring Sports at HPS! Baseball uniforms have been picked up, some volleyball teams already have started practicing, and the playing fields are doing their darndest to dry out. And when game time comes, as with Winter Sports, News Channel 10 will continue to broadcast games. Any student who would like to be a part of the first ever HPS Broadcast Crew is still welcome to join! Students on the HPS Channel 10 Crew will work with an assigned adult to schedule and broadcast a variety of HPS Athletic events during the Spring season. Please email Mike Brugh at michaelbrugh@outlook.com to learn more about this exciting opportunity! Stay tuned for more Spring Sports news and be on the lookout for an email from your child's coach if you have not yet received one. Go Eagles!
Seven Star Dragons is Offering COVID-safe Karate Classes
Karate classes after school at HPS are still on hold, but Seven Star Dragons is offering classes at North Avondale Recreation Center beginning on Tuesday, March 9, and registration is still open. (Click here to register). The facility is double or more the size of the HPS gym, and spacing of 6-8 feet, masks, sanitation, and temperature checks will all be observed. All CPS Dojos are training together until the school programs are able to return. For more information, visit the Seven Star Dragons website.
Last Call for Class Composite Photos!
If you haven't already but would still like to include your child's pic in the Class Composite Photos-- here is your last call! We would love to include all children who are permitted to be pictured as a way to memorialize this year and everyone who persevered. Please either text or email your child's photo (a head and shoulders shot; cell phone quality is A okay) to your Room Parent, or download it here under the link for your child's homeroom teacher. Students who do not submit a photo and who are not on the Do-Not-Picture List will have their picture taken by HPS staff during one of their in-person learning days.
HPS Restaurant Night: March 18 at Fusian in Hyde Park Plaza, 11am to 10pm!
Raise some money for HPS at the next Restaurant Night on Thursday March 18 from 11am to 10pm at Fusian in Hyde Park Plaza (3780 Paxton Ave). This Fundraiser is valid for all sales including delivery through the Fusian App or the Fusian website (order.fusian.com). Just be sure to add Hyde Park School PTO as your Takeover Night Group on all online carryout and delivery orders to get credit for the sale!
Kindergarten Info Night Follow-up: Links for Registration & More
After a successful Kindergarten Info Night, here are four important follow-up links:

2) Find the documents shared about a Day in the Life of a HPS Kindergartener here.
3) If you're in the incoming Kindergarten Community, please join the Incoming Kindergarten Facebook Group here.
4) Finally, please take a moment to fill out the Future Enrollment Survey here!
Need Your Car Serviced? Check out Don's Auto Repair on Delta Avenue and Raise Money for HPS all through February and March!
If your car is in need of an oil change, a winter tune-up, or other service, swing by Don's Auto Repair at 410 Delta Avenue. Mention the Hyde Park School Fundraiser, and Don's will donate 5% of all service and repair costs to HPS! This fundraiser lasts throughout the months of February and March!
Vintage HPS Spirit Wear is Calling Your Name!
Vintage HPS Spirit Wear by our spirit wear partner, Koch Sporting Goods, is on sale, and it's calling your name!
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 porch free of charge.
And while you're at it, check out the expanded assortment of high-quality HPS Spirit Wear, shoppable year-round. Purchases outside official spirit wear sale windows can always be shipped directly to your home or picked up at Koch's for no charge. A portion of all sales directly benefits HPS PTO. Please contact Leah Wyrabkiewicz (leahnally@yahoo.com) with any questions.
CPS Launches Possip Surveys Asking for Parent Feedback
Cincinnati Public Schools has launched a new program that will give parents a chance to submit feedback regarding their child's school on a weekly basis. It is their hope that the use of this program will further support student learning across the district. Please be on the lookout for emails referencing a Possip survey. You can follow this link and get a preview of what Possip is all about: https://possip.com/welcome-cps-families/
Future Enrollment Survey
We are collecting data for future Kindergarten enrollment at Hyde Park School. Please fill out this Google form if you are planning to send your child/children to HPS in the coming years. This includes families who already have children enrolled but will have additional siblings entering the school soon. Please help us spread the word!
Join the Hyde Park Athletics Boosters and get your very own, highly-coveted, blue foam finger! Then, there's more! With foam finger in hand, remove the foam finger from your hand every Friday and place it in a window of your house for Foam Finger Friday. Every Friday, neighborhood drive-throughs will take place noting addresses where Hyde Park Athletic Foam Fingers have been spotted. All those addresses will be eligible for a weekly prize drawing.

By becoming a Booster Club member, you are directly contributing to the support and growth of the HPS athletic programs. Hyde Park Athletics are privately funded, and your annual membership will be used to reduce the overall registration cost of these programs, fund new programs not currently available, and ensure that our student athletes have the appropriate equipment and facilities to compete effectively.

Please visit the Hyde Park Athletics website for more information or contact Mike Brugh at michaelbrugh@outlook.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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