Message from the President
Welcome to a new school year for the Basilica School of Saint Mary! As you know, The Basilica School of Saint Mary’s volunteer, parent-run Home & School Association (HSA) was founded in 1944 in a continued effort to:
- Host engaging and community-building events and gatherings for school families and students,
- Support the school’s faculty and administration through the Families in Service Program (FIS),
- Strengthen school families’ connection to St. Mary’s parish and its sacramental and temporal offerings, and
- Play a key role in raising annual operating funds for the school.
As in previous years, the 2019-2020 school year will offer you many opportunities to participate in events and activities that represent the above HSA mission. We are pleased to share that the HSA will continue to host parent and family-oriented programs such as the Back to School Night and Fall Social, Pancakes with Santa, the Father/Daughter Dance, and new co-hosted activities with the parish such as the Blessing of the Pets, Oktoberfest, Bingo Night with the Catholic Daughters of America and a fun-filled Saturday celebrating the school’s 150th Anniversary and welcoming back school Alumni and friends on Saturday, October 19th.
In addition, the HSA is once again organizing and hosting a select number of fundraising events including our Annual Gala and Auction, Colin Casey Faculty/Student Basketball Game with a new 3v3 Basketball Tourney to follow, and Trivia Night.
Along with the above entertaining fundraising activities, the school relies on the great generosity of school families each year to make a meaningful pledge/gift to support its ongoing operations, school funding assistance for families in need, academic curriculum enhancements, and faculty training programs. For the 2018-2019 school year 209 families generously contributed a total of $76,000. The participation rate in supporting the Annual Fund was 50%.
We know that parents appreciate understanding how the funds raised through HSA fundraising events and the Annual Fund Program are used by the school in benefit to students and faculty. In upcoming communications with parents we will be sure to share an accounting of how previous year funding was utilized and offer an understanding of how funds raised in this new school year will be leveraged. For the 2019-2020 school year our goal will be to encourage all families to participate at a level that is most appropriate for them so that we can be proud of attaining 100% participation in supporting the Annual Fund and raising a minimum of $85,000.
Our Families-In-Service (FIS) program has been designed to emphasize the investment we make back into our school. Each family is asked to contribute their time to the school in the form of “shares.” There are many great volunteer opportunities to be involved in this year. While most FIS positions will be assigned a pre-determined amount of shares, there are also "hourly" positions available where 1 hour worked will equal 1 share.
The HSA Board will meet with Mr. Cinalli and Fr. Hathaway monthly, and these meetings are open to all parents. We invite you to attend! It is a great way to understand what the HSA, in partnership with all school parents, does to support our school, and to know where help is needed and how we can be involved as parents.
The HSA Board and I look forward to seeing you all throughout the year at school. God bless and we look forward to another excellent school year!
Susan Lutz, HSA President and Proud Parent to Gwen, Jack, Kate and Drew