Home & School Association
Welcome to Our Home and School Association! Here are just a few of the things we do to benefit St. Mary’s School:
- Provide parents, teachers, and parishioners opportunities to work together for the benefit of the students
- Serve as a vehicle of communication between the home and the school
- Organize school volunteer programs
- Sponsor academic projects and various activities
- Raise funds to meet school needs and educational materials and equipment
President Sue Cisar
Treasurer Rebecca Haller
Secretary Denise Ayes
How Can You Help?
We welcome the involvement of student families and our parish family! Please consider giving your time and talents to one of our many activities or fundraisers.
Fundraisers like fall and spring flower sales, Santa Shop, Magical Night of Giving, and the book fair provide much needed funds for the school, which means improved educational materials and equipment for your child’s classroom. We even try to fund teacher wish lists when possible! Volunteering to organize one of these fundraisers or encouraging friends and family to participate in them is a great way to get involved in your child’s education.
Home and School also sponsors fun and educational activities around events like Catholic Schools Week, TV Turnoff Week, and Right to Read Week—all of which enrich the academic experience. Without parent involvement and committees to run these events, they would not happen.
By participating in Home and School activities and fundraisers, you’re making St. Mary’s School the best environment it can be for your child.
Working parents can help too! There are many things that can be done to help with Home and School functions behind the scenes at home. See any Home and School officer for more details!
What Does Home and School Contribute to St. Mary’s School?
In recent years, the dollars raised by the Home and School Association has provided funding for :
- New playground equipment
- Accelerated Reader Computer Program
- New Public Address System
- Mimeo boards
- Library books
- Supplies and equipment for classrooms according to teacher requests
- Kitchen items including popcorn machine, refrigerator and roasters
- School bus fees and field trips
- Entry fees for competitions (spelling bees, Power of the Pen Tournament, State Science Fair)
- BCI Background Checks for volunteers
- Catholic Schools Week Luncheon
- Family Math Night
- TV Turnoff Week Activities
- Right to Read Week Activities
End of school celebration
Home and School Association Activities
Catholic Schools Week Luncheon
Catholic Schools Week is a week dedicated to paying tribute to Catholic Schools. Our entire parish family is invited to partake in this luncheon that celebrates this special week. Averaging 750 participants, volunteers are needed to plan and hold this event.
Carnegie Science Day
Carnegie Science Center brings some of its exhibits from Pittsburgh to our school for this special day. Volunteers staff exhibits and help students learn through hands-on fun.
Home Room Volunteers
Organize and hold Halloween, Christmas and Valentine’s Day parties for your child’s classroom.
Hot Lunch Program
Volunteers are needed to prepare and serve hot lunch. Raise money for your child’s class or for Home and School by volunteering to participate on a hot lunch team!
Spring and Fall Flower Sale
Volunteers are needed to unload flowers and sort orders.
Home and School sponsors bus fees and field trips for all classes.
Magical Night of Giving
Enjoy an evening of special sale shopping and holiday music with friends and family at the Grand Central Mall in November. 100% of ticket sales benefits St. Mary’s.
Two parents per playground needed each day from 11:30-12:30pm to supervise students during lunch recess. A fun way to spend your lunch break!
Scholastic Book Fair
Held in September and Spring, work during the morning or afternoon assisting students in picking out books and other goodies.
Secret Santa Shop
Volunteer elves help students shop for unique and inexpensive gifts for parents and family. Then help wrap and label the gifts.
TV Turn Off Week
Held in April each year. Students refrain from watching television and the school plans fun activities to keep them busy! Volunteers needed to plan and run events.
Right to Read Week
Promotes reading achievement through various organized activities funded through Home and School. Volunteers are needed to run activities.
Exchange your child’s outgrown uniform clothing or just pick up a needed item. No donations needed to use it, and it is open to everyone. Excellent assortment of styles and sizes.
Accelerated Reader (AR) Computer Program
Students work throughout the year to achieve an established number of AR points and take tests using this system. Those who meet their AR goals are entered into a drawing for a prize sponsored by Home and School.
Home and School provides concessions for Saturday night bingo and refreshments for special events.
Family Math Night
Provides math-oriented activities and games that families can participate in to foster academic growth and promote a love for math.
Offers St. Mary’s athletic gear to promote school spirit and raise funds.
End of School Picnic
A day of fun in the sun on the last day of school for students and their families provided by Home and School.