TGS Family Association

August 8, 2015

2015-2016 Family Association Welcome!

Filed under: FA Updates — Family Association @ 3:35 pm

August 7, 2015

Dear Gregory School Families,

The Family Association would like to welcome all of you to the 2015-16 school year at The Gregory School!

The Family Association (“FA”) has been assisting the students and faculty of the school for many years, and you as families attending The Gregory School are automatic members of this great association.  Each family at The Gregory School contributes $75 annually to support our many efforts throughout the year.  With your annual contribution, the FA is able to take on the following activities and events that benefit the entire student body:

Back to school events and spring family BBQ

Parties and community building activities for each grade

Athletic support through the Hawks nest, Homecoming and end of season team parties

Fine arts support for concerts, plays, musicals, art and photography shows

Staff appreciation luncheons and happenings throughout year

Fundraiser events, Annual Fund and Tax Credit support

School recruitment and retention events

Student events such as MS Rome Day, birthday celebrations, and US Winter Formal

Helping on campus with the  library and special academic events

We are looking forward to meeting new families and getting re-acquainted with returning families.  Stop by the FA table during Registration days on August 10 (8am-noon) and August 11 (1pm-5pm) to sign up for a committee or ask questions about upcoming events.  If you are unable to stop by during Registration Days, feel free to e-mail questions, or volunteer interest, to any of the Executive Committee members listed below.   You will find being involved with the FA, in any capacity, is a rewarding experience.  Working with our great TGS students, parents and faculty in new and meaningful ways creates a well-rounded community that is not only an important factor of the entire TGS experience, but so appreciated by the students and faculty.  Our students and faculty work hard throughout the year, and some of the fun events, for which the FA is responsible, are a refreshing break from the daily routine.

Our first event of the new school year will be an ice cream social featuring Isabella’s delicious homemade ice cream!  The social takes place on August 11, 5-7pm, by the theatre.  Join us!

Also, mark your calendars for the first FA meeting of the year on Thursday, August 20, at 8:50 in the El Mirador Boardroom, located on campus.  Coffee and baked goods will be served and Dr. Sherrill will be passing along some details about the upcoming school year.

2015-2016 FA Executive Committee and e-mail addresses:

Co-President – Christina Maher (acamaher@q.com)

Co-President – Alicia Saposnik (aas517@msn.com)

Vice President – Laura Swenson (swensurfers@aol.com)

Treasurer – Valerie Deitch (ValerieDeitch@aol.com)

Secretary – Paula Allen (pcallen4@gmail.com)

Nominating Chair – Gabrielle Gonzales (gonzalesclan@comcast.net)

Visit the Family Association web pages at www.gregoryschool.org for information about the association, meeting minutes and correspondence.

Check out shopandgive@gregoryschool.org for reward programs that benefit our school.  Office Depot gives TGS a generous 5% on in-store and on-line purchases when you use The Gregory School ID# 70005110.

Thank you for your anticipated support….it is going to be a great year at The Gregory School!

Go Hawks!

August 13, 2012

2013-2014 Family Association Calendar

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FA meetings are  held on the first Wednesday of each month. Please join us for delicious snacks, amazing door prizes and fascinating speakers.

Meeting reminders with speaker information, and updates will be sent through email and the weekly eView. Everyone is welcome!

Please visit the FA webpages found by clicking on the button on the upper left corner of the school website at www.stgregoryschool.org for other updates and meeting minutes.

During each FA membership meeting, we will:

*  Share a brief report of all committee activities

*  Encourage new ideas or suggestions for supporting STG

* Hear from Dr. Sherrill about the state of the school.

* Listen to speakers from the faculty and administration.

 

Meeting Day/Date/Description/ Location

Come to our table at registration to learn about the FA and sign up for committees July 30th, 31st and August 1st.

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2013-2014 Welcome Letter

Filed under: FA Updates — troessler @ 4:55 pm

July 18, 2013

Welcome to the 2013-2014 school year,

We hope that everyone had a relaxing and fun filled summer and we look forward to seeing everyone at school this August.

We hope that every family will become involved with the Family Association (FA) this year.  Volunteering for the school and working with our students and faculty is a rich and rewarding experience. I promise that you will never regret the time you spent helping with dress rehearsal for the musical, selling burgers at homecoming or taking pictures of the soccer team.

The purpose of the FA is to support the mission of St. Gregory. We strive to enhance the school experience for the entire school community. Our main focus is to foster school spirit and community participation. Each family is automatically a member of the Family Association. Dues are $75.00 per family and are billed through your student account in the beginning of the year. Every student benefits from this financial commitment we all incur together.

Some of the activities your Family Association has planned this year include:
o Family events such as the Back-to-School Ice Cream Social and Spring BBQ
o Pot lucks, parties and community building activities per grade
o Athletic program support with Homecoming activities, Booster Club, end of season team parties
o Fine Arts performance support & refreshments
o Staff appreciation luncheons and treats
o The SIP for St. Gregory’ Event
o Annual Fund & tax credit & shop and give support
o Grad night for our seniors.
o Recruitment & retention events
o School apparel & merchandise sales
o Shop & Give Program
o Student events such as MS Rome Day & birthday celebrations, US Winter Formal & Prom
o Grad Night for seniors
o Supporting staff in college counseling, the library, lunchroom or on campus as needed.
o Helping to plan special academic events and campus improvements throughout the year

 

Please stop by our table at registration days July 30th, 31st and August 1st to meet some of our members and sign up for activities that interest you. Also please plan to attend our back to school events.

-All school ice cream social Monday, August 5th 6:30 – 8 pm.

-Our first meeting of the year at 2:30 pm Thursday,August 8th.  Our speaker will be our new head of school Dr Sherrill. See the monthly meeting schedule on the FA pages of our website.

-Middle school family and student pot luck Friday, August 23rd 6-8pm.

-Upper school family and student pot luck Sunday, August 25th 6-8pm.

Throughout the year, please visit the Family Association section of the school website at www.stgregoryschool.org. We will be updating the Family Association webpages this Fall to provide you with current information on volunteer opportunities and events. We will also communicate through the eView you receive each week.

Our family association officers for the year are:

President: Andrea Mainman 870-9233 andreamainman@msn.com

Vice President: Suzan Costich 490-9115 scostich@msn.com

Treasure: Naomi Weiner 615-2230 naomiweiner@mac.com

Secretary: Jennifer Cassius 232-9599 cassiusfamily@comcast.net

Nominating Chair: Laura Swenson 907-0664 swensurfers@aol.com

 

Please feel free to contact us with questions or concerns or just to say hello.

Here is looking forward to a great year!

Sincerely,

Andrea Bozzo Mainman

Samantha class of 2013, Madison class of 2015 & Max class of 2018

May 11, 2012

2011-12 Family Association Accomplishments

Filed under: FA Updates — troessler @ 9:26 pm

1. Enhanced monthly meetings: Presentations and discussions were held with speakers on a wide variety of school related topics;  meetings were scheduled to accommodate all schedules including early morning, noon and evenings.

2. Targeted volunteer opportunities created & communicated: New “occasionals” list introduced for those interested in volunteering once in awhile; new volunteer solicitation forms distributed in summer mailing; volunteer open house held in August.

3. Improved communications about meetings, updates and recognitions:
Both eView and email were strategically employed; monthly meeting notes posted to FA website for easy access and reference; increased volunteer recognitions included a celebratory lunch in April, as well as personal notes and emails.

4. Enhanced FA activities: New boosters club raised over $2,000 to support athletics, staff appreciation committee connected with each grade resulting in consistently supported events throughout the year;  new librarian, Laura Calverly, was supported with outreach to volunteer community; new Fall planning and networking event held for MS Class Reps.

5. Some of the many events and activities the FA has been a part of this year include:
·      Back to School Ice Cream Social
·      Hawk Family Fest, a free family BBQ
·      Pot Lucks and parties per grade
·      Homecoming
·      Rome Day
·      Team Parties for each sport
·      Fall Ice cream party for all athletes and coaches
·      Fine Arts, Band and drama performances
·      College Guidance support
·      Grad Night
·      Winter Formal
·      The SIP for St. Gregory
·      Annual Fund support
·      Tax Credit support
·      St. Gregory recruitment and retention events
·      Staff Appreciation Monthly luncheons and treats
·      School Apparel Fall sale
·      Shop & Give Program, which underwrites mini grants for advisories
·      Monthly meetings & speakers

THANK YOU FOR ALL OF YOUR SUPPORT!

November 10, 2011

2011 Fall Spirit Sale!

Filed under: FA Updates — troessler @ 7:06 pm

New St. Gregory items for sale at the school circle!  Get a jump on holiday shopping!

  • Fri. Nov. 18 from 8-9 AM, 2:45 -3:30 PM
  • Tuesday Nov. 22 at the starting the Fall Family Gathering, starting at 7:45 AM

See Photos of Fall 2011 Spirit Sale Items

Review Prices below (bookbill & checks only – no cash):

Boys short sleeve t shirt (grey only) $16.00

Girls short sleeve t shirt (white only) $16.00

Boys & Girls long sleeve t shirts (grey and white) $20.00

Sweatshirt hooded pullover (grey only) $30.00

Boys sweatpants (grey only) $22.00

Girls fitted sweatpants (blue only) $29.00

Structured baseball hat $20.00

Unstructured baseball hat $20.00

Large gym duffel $28.00

Small gym duffel $17.00

October 6, 2011

October Monthly Committee Reports

Filed under: FA Updates — troessler @ 7:50 pm

Athletics: Chair Gabrielle Gonzales (gonzalesclan@comcast.net)

HUGE thank you goes out to all of the wonderful volunteers, families, students, faculty and staff who made Homecoming 2011 a success. It was truly a wonderful event, and could not have happened without your amazing support.

Thanks go to:

  • Hawks Grill volunteers
  • Ticket sellers
  • Student athletes, coaches, managers, student council, choir, clubs, cheering fans, alumni and alumni parents
  • Homecoming Committee: Executive Student Council members Coco Tirambulo, Tess Carter, Yee Su and Tariq Samji; Fred Roberts, Rachel Villarreal, Kathy Ross, Lee Babis, Stan Kissinger, Laurie Kassman, Christina Maher and Nancy Strong
  • Linda Naifeh and her amazing group of Middle School parents for their decorations and pep rally organization
  • Abel Herrera, Don Goetz, Carol Baranowski, Rick Belding, Vic Acuña, Alex Shawn, Lorie Heald, Susan Heintz, Jonathan Martin and Heather Faircloth for all of their hard work
  • Bob and Joe, Kavo & Tunzi
  • Alumnus Demion Clinco for his help at the Alumni booth
  • All of the teachers who organized a booth, took a pie in the face or supported the effort in countless ways
    • The champion Faculty Soccer Team and the Runner-Up Alum Soccer Team, for their great half-time show

Booster Club: Chair Laurie Kassman (drkas@mindspring.com)

The Booster Club is now official! We will begin having the Hawks Nest open during all home games and we were proud to help with the grilling activities during Homecoming festivities. All funds raised will support the Athletic Dept.  To volunteer at the Hawks Nest or get involved with Boosters, please email me!

Spirit Sales: Chairs Cindy Cole (cindycole@theriver.com) and Julie Sligh (jdsligh@hotmail.com)

Plans are underway for a Fall Spirit Sale.

Grad Night: Chairs Stan Kissinger (smkiss@aol.com), Tina Roesler (pbstorm@aol.com), Mark Berman (MARK@benjaminsupply.com) & Judy Riley (gyneriley@aol.com)

Plans are underway for the 2012 Grad Night event.  Volunteers are needed, especially from 11th & 12th grades! A 50-50 raffle at Homecoming helped kick off our fundraising efforts.

Parent Representatives: MS Chair Linda Naifeh (naifehnaifeh@msn.com).  See Indiv Parent Reps for US grades.

  • Upcoming Middle School Event – Cookie Baking  11/20 Save the date!
  • Participation in Upcoming Staff Appreciation Events include:

Grade 6 –  Jan 18th Soup & Chili Comfort Food theme

Grade 7 – Oct 19th Picnic Theme

Grade 9 – April 18th Salad Bar Luncheon

Grade 10- March 14th Sandwich Bar Luncheon

Grade 11 – Feb 14th – Special Treats

  • Parent Get-Togethers:

6th, 7th & 8th grade parents have had great events during the month of Sept.

9th  & 10th – Grades scheduled for 10/9

11th Grade – Scheduled for 10/20

12th Grade – TBD

Fine Arts: Chairs Andrea Mainman (andreamainman@msn.com) & Marvis Sylvers (msylvers@aol.com)

Request: Mrs Bodden is seeking military-like footlocker trunks, Army green drabs, and white medical uniforms for the M*A*S*H play November 11 & 12.  She is also looking for veterans of the Korean war to speak with the kids.  We are having a fine arts committee meeting October 18th at 8 am in the Mirador board room to finalize plans for the play. All are welcome to attend!

Fall/Winter Fine Arts Schedule 2011-12:

  • Nov. 11 & 12 @ 7pm – Fall show – M*A*S*H. Needs: Pre-show music and Art Showcase Needs: program help, baking and selling intermission refreshments and merchandise.
  • Dec. 8 @ 6pm & 7pm- Winter Fine Arts Festival and Music Concert – Starry Night. Needs: decorating, baking refreshments, assisting teachers during event & clean-up.
  • Jan. 21 – All day – St. Gregory Music Day – possible music festival with St. Michael’s andnd 3 other schools. Needs: snacks, assisting Dr. Shawn, assisting during event, clean-up

Staff Appreciation: Chairs Lydia Purdom (lydpurdom@comcast.net) and Amy Jobst (avjobst@gmail.com)

Thanks to everyone that helped, including the 8th grade parents, with the September Italian luncheon, it was a big success!  The committee is busy planning and working on the October lunch.  Seeking bakers and those with gardens willing to donate to the November Harvest Fest.  Please contact Lydia or Amy to volunteer.

October 19th –     Picnic theme luncheon

November 16th –  HARVEST FEST

December 7th –    Catered Holiday luncheon

January 18th –      Soup/Chili Comfort Food theme luncheon

February 14th –    Special Treats – No luncheon

March 14th –        Sandwich Bar luncheon

April 18th –         Salad Bar luncheon

May 7-11th –       Teacher Apprec. Wk.  Treats/ Catered Mexican luncheon on 5/9

Development

Chair: Suzan Costich (sbuie@att.net)

This committee will support St. Gregory development efforts in helping to establish a committee for The Sip: a spring fundraiser, the Tax Credit program and the Annual Fund Gift Campaigns. The committee is currently working with Rachel Villarreal on exploring ways to better illustrate the importance of fundraising within our community of St. Gregory families.

Shop & Give: Chair Cathy Chavez

Please visit e-scrip.com to register your Safeway Card with St. Gregory (ID 6611027) and a percentage of your purchases will be donated to St. Gregory!  Target credit card holders can also select St. Gregory to receive 1% of total red card purchases and when you shop at Office Depot – if you give them St. Gregory’s code (70005110) at checkout, the school receives credits for free supplies!

St. Gregory has 126 people who have signed up on eScrip and the August contribution after fees was $151. Last year $1,700 was raised.

Occasionals: Coordinated by Kathy Ross, President (kathyross84@gmail.com)

Volunteers that can help occasionally, but aren’t able to commit to long term or leadership positions, are very important volunteers. Here are some activities that were supported by this group over the past month:

  • Homecoming Grillers & Ticket Sales
  • College Fair Support for the Wed. Oct. 5th event

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September 21, 2011

Spring 2011 FA Survey Report

Filed under: FA Updates — troessler @ 5:48 pm

The mission of the St. Gregory College Preparatory School Family Association (FA) is to advance the general welfare of the School and foster a spirit of participation among all members of the School community.   In an effort to enhance these efforts, a survey was emailed to all St. Gregory parents & guardians in the spring of 2011. Approximately one-third of St. Gregory families responded.

Summary of Results:

1)   Participation: When asked to identify FA activities/events that they, or a family member, had participated in during the year (15 activities were listed), all but three respondents (96%) identified a minimum of 3 activities and the large majority of respondents identified 5 or more activities.  The Back-to-School Dessert Party and Grade Potlucks were identified most often as having participated.

2)   Volunteering: Of the respondents, 56% indicated that they had volunteered, or helped plan an FA activity in the past year.

3)    Future Volunteer Interest: When asked about intent to volunteer for FA activities/ events in the future, 72% indicated an interest in doing so.

4)    Increasing Volunteerism: The following options were selected by the participants as ways to make volunteering easier or more rewarding, multiple answers were allowed:

  • Short term or single event volunteer opportunities: 66% of respondents (55)
  • Better communication about current opportunities: 43% of respondents (36)
  • More opportunities for working parents: 37% of respondents (31)
  • Working more closely w/parents in grade: 36% of respondents (30)
  • A program I am passionate about: 29% of respondents (24)
  • More opportunities for Dads: 10% of respondents (8)
  • A leadership role: 3.5% of respondents (3)
  • Working w/ students (write in) (1)

5)    Communication: When asked to identify preferences for receiving information about FA activities and volunteer opportunities, 87% of respondents listed email as their preferred primary communication method, with many also listing eView, FA website posts or personal contact in combination with email.

6)   Monthly Meetings: In an effort to identify ways to encourage attendance at the monthly meetings, an open ended question allowed participants to provide suggestions or identify conflicts.  The overwhelming majority indicated either early morning scheduling conflicts due to work schedules, or a greater interest in discussions & meeting topics in place of extensive committee reports.   Individual comments included:  better understanding of the FA mission, enhancing the FA image to be more inclusive rather than exclusive, greater attendance/ participation (“if more people came I would too”), and more involvement/participation by Bd. of Trustee members.

7)   Meeting Topics: In 2010-11, the FA hosted Headmaster Jonathan Martin for ‘Town Hall Style’ discussions immediately following the monthly meetings.  Participants were asked to share topics they would be like to see covered in the future.  Here is a summary of the responses:

College Readiness/Academic Comparisons:

  • Comparisons of how we rank nationally. Explanation of test scores.
  • A discourse on the problem that the school is relatively non-participatory in preparing the Upper School students for the SAT/ACT in terms of test taking preparedness

Technology:

  • A forum on social media and texting
  • Bring in experts to talk about how this generation of students lives more in a virtual world than a face to face one
  • Computer usage at SG and how the 100% laptop approach is going, as well as other internet issues, e.g. privacy rights, internet dangers, future of internet in educational settings, pitfalls of online learning as well as the many advantages
  • How different learning styles interact w/ a primarily computer based education
  • The net book incorporation into the coursework and how that can be improved for the second year of the program

Curriculum:

  • A review of the advisory program after the first year
  • Adding electives that involve the social sciences
  • Putting more emphasis on issues of diversity/class/privilege
  • Future goals for the school’s new academic programs

Culture:

  • The evolution of “green” sustainability models on campus
  • Feedback from the teachers about their quality of life as employees and enhancements needed to the corporate culture
  • Discipline Issues, how to handle alcohol and sex in HS
  • Teachers and students working more closely together with mutual respect
  • Discuss a more thoughtful approach to what kids eat at school: a more healthful meal selection– no sugary drinks, salad bar, etc.
  • How our kids can get involved in the community in a real way -more than just 15 hours a year

Misc.:

  • Topics should be fluid and reflect the ideas that the Admin. is considering at the time
  • A “state of the school” held 2x a year w/sharing of the current issues facing the Board of Trustees

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September 8, 2011

FA First General Membership Meeting of the 2011-2012 Year: Tues., 9/13, 2011 from 8 -9 am

Filed under: FA Updates — troessler @ 6:22 pm

Location:  Mirador Board Room

Get up-to-date information on issues & participate in discussions with the school’s administration, faculty, family association committee chairs and outside speakers. This month:

  • Head of School, Jonathan Martin, will explain changes in curriculum requirements with regard to electives for MS & US Students;
  • Laura Calverly, new Librarian/ Director of Information will discuss her vision for the StG library of the future;
  • Gabrielle Gonzales, FA Chair for Homecoming, will tell us all about the schedule for September 23rd – you won’t want to miss a minute of all the fun that is planned for this annual school-wide event.

Family Association meetings are a great vehicle for sharing your ideas and becoming involved with the school. Meetings are also a good opportunity to connect with other parents and the staff.

Coffee & refreshments will be served. Win a door prize!

August 15, 2011

Filed under: FA Updates — admin @ 5:40 pm

Dear St. Gregory Families,

Welcome to the new school year! It doesn’t seem possible that the summer could be coming to an end, yet here we are with a new school year ready to begin. I hope you have had a fun and relaxing summer.

Your Family Association has several exciting things in the works. Please mark youor calendar for these two back to school events:

o Back-to-School Ice Cream Social, August 9, 6:30 – 8:30 pm. Continuing a new FA tradition, this is a great way for students and families to see each other again and reconnect after the summer! Please see the enclosed flyer with all the details.
o Family Association Welcome & Volunteer Sign Up Coffee, Tuesday, August 16, 8 am in the school cafeteria. We encourage all of you to come and get involved!

The purpose of the FA is to support the mission of St. Gregory. We strive to enhance the school experience for the entire school community. Our main focus is to foster school spirit and community participation. Each family is automatically a member of the Family Association. Dues are $75.00 per family and are billed through your student account in the beginning of the year. Every student benefits from this financial commitment we all incur together.

Some of the activities your Family Association has planned this year include:
o Family events such as the Back-to-School Ice Cream Social and Spring BBQ
o Pot lucks, parties and community building activities per grade
o Athletic program support with Homecoming activities, launch of a new Booster Club, end of season team parties
o Fine Arts performance support & refreshments
o Staff appreciation luncheons and treats
o The Spring ‘SIP for St. Gregory’ Event
o Annual Fund call-a-thons & support
o Tax Credit call-a-thons & support
o Recruitment & retention events
o School apparel & merchandise sales
o Shop & Give Program
o Student events such as MS Rome Day & birthday celebrations, US Winter Formal & Prom
o Grad Night for seniors
o Supporting staff in college counseling, the library, lunchroom or on campus as needed
o Helping to plan special academic events throughout the year

Throughout the year, please visit the Family Association section of the school website at www.stgregoryschool.org. We will be updating the Family Association webpages this Fall to provide you with current information on volunteer opportunities and events. We will also communicate through the eView you receive each week.

Please feel free to contact me anytime if you have any questions or concerns at kathyross84@gmail.com or 520.299-9142.

Fondly,
Kathy Ross
St. Gregory Family Association President

February 22, 2011

February Meeting Minutes

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