HSA President's Letter

July 2014

Dear St. Thomas More School Families,

On behalf of the St. Thomas More Home and School Association (HSA), I would like to welcome you to the 2014-2015 school year!

I would like to welcome back our returning families and warmly welcome the large number of new families to our school community.   We are so pleased to have you with us!  STM School is truly a community and, as such, we all need to work together to create the best experience possible for our students, teachers, staff, and parents.  That is the where the HSA comes in.  I have prepared a short “orientation to the HSA” document included with this letter.  For new families, I hope it will answer your general questions about the HSA.  For returning families, I hope it will provide a “refresher” on the role of the HSA within the STM School community.

In an effort to be “green”, the HSA no longer provides a printed Home and School Association Guide to parents.  Instead, the guide can be found on the HSA webpage (www.stmhsa.org).  If you do not have access to the Internet, please contact the school office and I will provide you with a paper copy.

Please refer to the guide for a list of the HSA officers and committee chairs as well as information about the committees and their volunteer opportunities.  Volunteering is a great way to meet other parents, your child’s classmates, teachers, and school staff.  It also helps you become more invested in your child’s education.  As a Catholic institution, giving back is at the core of our mission.  I encourage you to provide a good example to your children by giving back to their school.  I promise that you will receive far more than you give!

Please feel free to contact me with any questions by clicking on the Contact Us tab on the HSA webpage.

Wishing you and your children a happy and blessed school year,

Michele O’Donnell
President, STM Home and School Association

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HSA Overview HSA Parent Guide HSA Goals

 

New and improved: Uniform Resale!!

The school has a long history of selling used uniforms as an HSA fundraiser, and that tradition continues this year better than ever!
 
As children outgrow their uniforms, they are washed and donated to the school office - ready for other kids to wear them with pride! The HSA Used Uniform committee has volunteers who maintain the inventory of clothes and prepare for sales held periodically throughout the year.
 
This year, the uniforms have a new permanent home in the "Chair Room," which is next to the kitchen in the lower school dining hall. Shopping is easier than ever with the clothes now hung up and sorted for the Middle and Lower schools. Each item costs $2.00, and payment may be made by cash or check payable to STM School, noting "Used Uniforms" in the memo line. Please use the 'honor system' when purchasing, as every dollar goes directly to the HSA to fund your child(ren)'s activities at the school! Donations beyond the $2-per-item minimum are accepted and greatly appreciated by all.
 
Dates for 2014-15 used uniform resale
  • August 16, 6-8 pm following the Ice Cream Social
  • August 19 during Meet the Teacher activities
The chair room will be open all day for your convenience on these Fridays*:
  • September 5, 7:30am-5:30pm
  • November 7, 7:30am-5:30pm
  • January 9, 7:30am-5:30pm
  • March 6, 7:30am-5:30pm
  • May 1, 7:30am-5:30pm
  • There will also be sales during the parent-teacher conferences. Details will be provided closer to the events.
* Note: after 3:30pm, office staff may not be available to receive payments. In that case, please remit payments to Mary Vandergraft in the Aftercare program located next to the stage in the lower school hall.
 
Thanks, and enjoy your shopping!
Jane Gaillard and Kelli Baquero, co-chairs, Used Uniforms.

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