St. Mary’s Prep Home & School Association provides an interactive relationship between the home and school. All parents are part of the Home and School Association. Many successful financial, social and enrichment programs have been sponsored so as to benefit our students. To continue its success, full cooperation and support of all parents is essential. This can be accomplished by attending all Home and School general meetings and by active participation in fundraising projects. Although fundraising is a major function of the Home and School Association, this group also works to enhance the learning experiences of the students and to build community. The Home and School Association exists to:
Encourage communication and collaboration.
Encourage parents’ participation and involvement in the total life of the school.
Advocate for Catholic school education.
Nourish the spiritual development of the total school community.
Promote all school-sponsored activities.
Cultivate traditional and non-traditional sources of funding to meet the financial and physical resource needs of the school.
Provide an opportunity for parents to become acquainted with one another.
The St. Mary’s Prep Home and School Association (HSA) is run by a Board that consists of a President, two Vice Presidents, a Treasurer, and a Secretary. These are volunteer positions, filled by parents/guardians. The purpose of the HSA is to organize fundraising events to ensure SMP meets its financial obligations, provides the school with the skills and talent of the parents in volunteer service, and organizes social activities for the parents and students.
HSA offers a great opportunity for parents to become acquainted with each other through the many fundraising and volunteer events. Not only will you be providing an invaluable service to our school and its children, but it’s also a way to have fun at the same time.
There are three HSA meetings held during the school year, and you are encouraged to attend all three meetings so you will be aware of everything that is happening at SMP. Meetings are held in the church at 7:00 p.m. (see calendar of dates)
Who To Contact
HSA: Rose Yannotti, Veronica Steele. Kevin Gopon, Danielle Roman, and Christie Vergalito firstname.lastname@example.org
Athletics Cross Country/Spring Track: Parents are needed to drive/supervise the children and sell snacks at these various sporting events. Ski Club: Parents are needed to drive/supervise the children at Mountain Creek Ski Resort (5 days in Jan/Feb). Basketball: Parents are needed to assist at home basketball games (season runs from November to March). This includes helping at the snack stand, operating the time clock or keeping the game book. Cheerleading: Parents are needed to oversee the girls JV and Varsity cheerleading squads. Athletic Committee: E-Mail: email@example.com
5K Run Parents are needed to assist in planning the event and managing activities on the day of the event. E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Box Tops/Labels for Education “Clip and Save” box tops and soup labels are collected from families to earn money and products for school. Parents are needed to help cut, count, and submit box tops and soup labels. SMP participates in many loyalty programs (Shoparoo, Target Red Card, Stop & Shop, etc.). Contact SMPHSA@gmail.com for information on how to sign up.
Building & Grounds Committee Parents are needed to assist with seasonal improvements to SMP’s grounds.
Cub Scouts/Girl Scouts Parents are needed to either lead a troop or assist troop leaders. Questions for Girl Scouts E-Mail: email@example.com
Cash Cards Parents are needed to assist the cash card committee in selling cards after all weekend Masses and at SMP, market the pro- gram, produce marketing material and fulfill orders during busy selling times. E- Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Class Parents Parents are needed to coordinate class parties, chaperone class trips and coordinate Teacher Appreciation Week activities (NOTE: class parents have already been determined for this school year). Coordinators: Christina Gorri: email@example.com
Drama Club Parents are needed to assist with ticket sales, stage crew, cast party and backstage (costumes/hair/makeup).
Field Day Parents are needed to assist the children with the games. Setup/ Cleanup
Lunch Duty Parents are needed to assist at lunch time (11:00 AM to 1:00 PM) to hand out lunches and milk, sell ice cream and help clean up.
Marketing/ Blog / Social Media Parents are needed to write articles about school events, take photos at school for submittal to local newspapers, manage SMP’s blog, manage SMP’s website, Set-up and maintain Social Media and seek out new marketing opportunities for the school.
Scholastic Book Fairs Held in the fall and spring, this popular fundraising event gives children the opportunity to shop for books for them- selves or their classrooms. All proceeds go directly to SMP; and parents are needed to help set up the book fair, assist the children in selecting books, and pack up after the fair.
Social Committees HSA, will email all families to request volunteers for each event.
Technology Committee Parents with IT backgrounds are needed to assist with changes in technology at school. Tricky Tray Committee This “basket auction” is held in April and requires months of planning and organizing. All families are required to volunteer on one of the many Tricky Tray committees.
We ask each family to consider volunteering their time for at LEAST one opportunity. Thank You! SMP Home & School Association
The Paterson Diocese mandates that volunteers over the age of 18 must undergo a background check and attend a workshop entitled “Protecting God’s Children”. Before you volunteer, please contact the school office for information. Register at: www.virtusonline.org