Holiday Cheer


Tis' the Season

Tis' the Season to spread a little extra joy, something not in short supply around Cincinnati Public Schools. A special THANK YOU to all those who shine around our schools and community. Happy Holidays!

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Holiday Happenings at Frederick Douglass

Submitted by Ife Bell, Resource Coordinator

Students at Frederick Douglass School will visit Duke Energy Co. on December 19   for a special event, “Toyful Joyful.”  The students are treated to a special lunch, entertainment and gifts.  Thank you, Duke Energy, for making the holidays so special for these students!

Snowing on Walnut Hills

Submitted by Ife Bell, Resource CoordinatorSnowflake

Frederick Douglass School’s after-school program students blanketed the Walnut Hills community with special snowflakes during the 2nd annual “Frederick Douglass is Snowing on Walnut Hills” event on December 12 and 13. These special, handmade snowflakes are reminders to the community that Frederick Douglass students appreciate their support and want to be good citizens. As they proudly displayed these snowflakes (tied to trees, and delivered to residences and businesses), the students sang songs and wished residents a very joyous holiday. The students visited the Walnut Hills Library, Kroger’s, McDonald’s, Thomson-MacConnell Cadillac, PNC Bank, Talbert House, United Dairy Framers (UDF), the Walnut Hills Area Council and other community organizations, delivering their handmade snowflakes. If you see a special snowflake displayed anywhere in Walnut Hills, think of the Frederick Douglass students and their quest to be successful in school and responsible citizens of the community.

Western Hills High School Students bring Holiday Joy to Younger Students

Submitted by Eboni Bonner, Resource Coordinator

The students of Westwood School will receive a special holiday treat when students from Western Hill University High School's Key Club visit the school on Tuesday, December 17. The high school students will provide gifts for the younger students and host a party that includes Santa, face-painting, games and other activities.  What a great way for our high school students to give back to younger students in their community!  Thank you, Western Hills University High School Key Club!

Breakfast with Santa at Sayler Park School

Submitted by Corrie Guilfoyle, Resource CoordinatorGifts

On Thursday, December 19, Dater High School’s National Honor Society and Student Council will host their annual “Breakfast with Santa” for a CPS elementary school.  This year, Dater chose to provide this special event for the kindergarten classes at Sayler Park School. The Sayler Park students will take a bus to Dater High and eat a special breakfast there prepared by the students in Dater’s Culinary Arts program. Following breakfast, the Dater High and Sayler Park students will make crafts and sing carols together. Santa has been notified and plans to visit the Sayler Park students during their time at Dater. Now a tradition at Dater High School, this event is a great way for high school students to give back to their community using their own special abilities.

Generosity of Partners Brings Joy to Roll Hill Academy

Submitted by Shelley Mokas, Resource Coordinator

St. Dominic Church is donating gifts to all the young students at Roll Hill Academy this year, making a special holiday celebration at the school. The Coca-Cola Co. will be providing gifts to all students in the after-school program and providing a party at the school that will include games, cookie decorating, ornament-making and other surprises. Thank you, St. Dominic and Coca Cola for your generosity!

Holiday Celebrations Brighten Sayler Park School

Submitted by Corrie Guilfoyle, Resource Coordinator Candy Canes
Holiday Celebrations abound in Sayler Park. The school drill team performed at the Delhi Christmas Parade on Dec. 7 and the downtown parade on Dec. 14.  A “Santa Shop” was held on December 11, 12 and 13. This shop was hosted by the school’s PTA, and students enjoyed selecting gifts for others.  

A special Holiday Program, with performances by the Sayler Park Choir and Drill Team, will be held at the school on December 18 at 7 p.m. for students, families and community members.

Rothenberg Preparatory Academy Says ‘Thank You’

Happy Holidays, Barbara Bell, Resource CoordinatorHoliday Cookie

'Tis the season, and Rothenberg wants to thank all our community partners and parents who have made this year one to celebrate.

Through our relationships with Summit Country Day School, Hyde Park United Methodist Church and Miami University, we provided 160 families with Thanksgiving meals, and baskets of food and necessities for over the Winter Break.

Our students are soaring this school year, and they have the backing of their parents, staff and the community. Our Be The Change tutors are tutoring our first- and second-graders non-stop, and Books Alive has come online to also work with literacy.

This holiday season, we experienced Santa Cop, thanks to the Cincinnati Police Department. Santa Claus visited again with Crossroads Church. P&G also visited Rothenberg’s students. Through our long-standing relationship with Kroger, several of our students were “adopted.” E.H. Greene made sure all staff were nourished to continue the wonderful teaching taking place inside our classrooms. We have connected with students from the School for Creative and Performing Arts (SCPA)  and several of our families have been helped by the Salvation Army.
Through Whiz Kids, our students and families attended a free screening of "The Awaited Play'" at Crossroads Church on December 17. Our students visited Duke Energy Center on December 19. We have wonderful new relationships that are supporting schoolwide efforts with coats, hats, gloves and classroom support through Pendleton Community Council, Government Strategies and Revive Church.
Thank you, too, to our Rothenberg parent-driven tutoring team that is working with our Kindergarten students this year. During Winter Break, all of our students will go home with new books to read.

We could not do this great work without our community — Thank you!

At John P. Parker School, Holiday Cheer Abounds

Happy Holidays, Pamela Knox
, Resource Coordinator

John P. Parker School’s students, in preschool, kindergarten, first and second grades, were treated to a trip to Cinemark theater December 17 to see the movie “Frozen.”
On December 19, grades 3-6 traveled to the Aronoff Center to see “The Nutcracker” ballet. Afterward, one of our partner resources, Pure Gospel Church, hosted a catered lunch for students.
Seeing “The Nutcracker” will put dance and movement in perspective for our third- and fourth-grade students. Our fourth-graders were active last fall in dance and movement with our partner, the Cincinnati Ballet. Our current third-graders will experience the exploratory program next semester.
Students in the Boys and Girls Club’s after-school program traveled December 19 to Meijer to do a little holiday shopping.

Thankful for ThanksgivingBasket

submitted by Richara Richardson, Resource Coordinator at Hays-Porter

Fifty Thanksgiving baskets filled with non-perishable foods were donated to Hays-Porter School’s families by Helping Hands of Hope. The Hays-Porter staff, FamiliesFORWARD, and other partners/volunteers donated additional funds to purchase a frozen turkey for each basket so that each family received a complete holiday meal. Jerriel Baptist Church, a community partner to the school, donated an additional 20 baskets of prepared meals along with turkeys. Due to the generosity of so many community partners, 70 Hays-Porter families received food baskets for Thanksgiving Day. The families who received the baskets were all very grateful, and the school deeply appreciates the tremendous community response to the needs of their families!

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