TGS Family Association

April 13, 2018

March 8, 2018 FA Meeting Minutes (with Attachments)

Filed under: FA Updates — Family Association @ 12:54 am

In Attendance: Rose Schneider, Claudine Messing, Paula Allen, Gema Ornelas, Marcela Arizpuro, Connie Aaronson, Dinah Dabdoub, Rebecca Knope, Patti Wisnom, Jessie Zhou, Lori Patton, Gabrielle Gonzalez, Andrea Mainman, Emeka Onuoha, Dianna Williams, Julie Sherrill, Marie Maloney, Valerie Deitch, Jim Evans, Elizabeth Goodwin, Mary Babbitt, Sarajane Trier, Darcy Nagel-O’Brien, Kate Spaulding (guest speaker).

• Welcome and Introductions
FA President, Darcy Nagel-O’Brien, called the meeting to order at 9:01 a.m.

Guest Speaker Kate Spaulding, Pima County Teen Court Program
“Juvenile Law: Poor Choices Good Kid Make” Ms. Spaulding introduced the participants to Pima County Teen Court Program which focuses on the sentencing phase of teens arrested. She welcomed participation of students aged 12 or older to participate as defense, prosecutor, or jury. All participants will be trained, including mock trial participants. More information could be found at http://www.pcteencourt.com/ Please also see a copy of the quiz Ms. Spaulding shared.

School Update Julie Sherrill, Head of School
The school was seeing increased enrollment for the upcoming year. There were 20 students above what was expected. The school anticipated growth in the Freshmen class next year, retaining 80% of 8th graders and meeting the 60-student target. Next year’s junior class would be the smallest. With the increase, the school looked to more hiring of science and math faculty.

The Board of Trustees assigned an ad hoc committee to review the security protocol and evaluate resource issues. An information session was planned for April. Parent feedback would be sought.

The school welcomed feedback from students and parents on Friday Exploration. The school would set aside some resources for the faculty to plan and tie Friday Exploration to curriculum. Community service learning would also be planned for next year.

Dr. Sherrill also shared exciting updates on Spring musical, food services, world competition in Tel Aviv, state championship, and science night.

• Board of Trustees Report Patti Wisnom, Trustee
Patti briefly mentioned a Board meeting would be scheduled for spring break.

• Treasurer Report Valerie Deitch, Treasurer
Valerie updated on the FA budget and encouraged more shopping at Barsha. She also mentioned the donation bin from Big Brother Big Sister, which would give 5% of the proceeds to FA.
Paula Allen moved to approve January 2018 FA meeting minutes and Becky Knope seconded.

Committee Reports:
• Hawks Pride (Amber Adil): Banquet next month to recognize the US athletes.
• Fine Arts (Leslie Heros, Marie Maloney, Darlene Buhrow): Funny Girl is coming up. 4/5-7
• Middle School Rep (Paula Allen): A parent gathering was scheduled for the night of the Middle School Dance. The 6th and 7th grades would join for the end-of-year party, possibly at Skate County. The 8th grade would host party with expenses paid by the Hazen family. A fundraising night would be held at Lotaburger on 4/30 during US musical and basketball tournament.
• Upper School Rep (Elizabeth Goodwin): US is very busy. There would be 9-10 grade year-end parties. A few fun things, such as goodie bags for 100 days to graduation, were in planning.

• Reminder about parent volunteers for lunch program: Shifts are MS/US lunch are 11:25am to 12:45pm. Choose as many or as few days as you like. Any questions or link to sign-up genius, please contact Amie Bergersen (abergersen@gregoryschool.org)

The meeting ended at 9:56 a.m.

NEXT FA MEETING: Thursday, May 3, (9 – 10:00 a.m.), El Mirador Board Room

February 28, 2018

January 18, 2018 FA Meeting Minutes

Filed under: FA Updates — Family Association @ 2:34 am

Family Association
Meeting Minutes

Thursday, January 18, 2018
El Mirador Boardroom

In Attendance:  Gabrielle Gonzales, Patti Wisnom, Anne Jie, Darcy Nagle-O’Brien, Andrew Messing, Claudine Messing, Emeka Onuoha, Rose Schneider, Valerie Deitch, Jim Evans, Kathrine Pew, Natalie Gruenstein, James Robertson, Nansol Martinez Campa, Julie Sherrill

  • Welcome and Introductions

FA President, Darcy Nagel-O’Brien, called the meeting to order at 6:39pm

  • Guest Speaker        David Schindel, College Counseling

Mr. Schindel shared an article from the New York Times that summarized what elite colleges were seeking in candidates, “What Colleges Want in an Applicant (Everything)”, Education Life, The New York Times, Nov. 5, 2017.  In Q&A, Dr. Sherrill and Mr. Schindel both credited the school for its emphasis in challenging courses for students.  Both encouraged parents and students to speak to Mr. Schindel for further questions.

  • School Update        Dr. Sherrill

Both Middle School and Upper School have improved the Friday Exploration Programs based on feedback from students and parents. Students can now sign up for seminar-like classes, such as the Religions Around the World series. Dr. Sherrill encouraged parents to talk to their children’s advisors about Friday choices and check out what their children have signed up for.

Dr. Sherrill also said that thanks to a generous donation the school has completed a comprehensive security assessment. The report with recommendations was presented to the Board of Trustee. The high priority for implementing the recommendation was “low cost, do now”, such as repairing the fence around the campus and being able to lock classroom from inside. One other recommendation was to put anti-shattering film on glass windows.

Dr. Sherrill also reported that enrollment was positive. There are 60 seats in the incoming Freshmen class. The lists for 5th and 8th grades, as well as the Freshmen class, have closed. The school will continue its small-class philosophy, but having more students will help strengthen the athletic programs. Dr. Sherrill also mentioned that the goal for the annual fund is $150K and $115K was collected.

  • Board of Trustees Report        Patti Wisnom

Patti Wisnom said that the focus of 2018 continued to be financial strength. She thanked parents for their support.

  • Treasurer Report        Valerie Deitch

Valerie Deitch gave her Treasurer’s report. Although income is slightly below expectation, certain actual expense items were reasonable and within expectation.

Committee Reports:

  • Hawks Pride        Amber Adil

o   The committee is seeking sponsors for Hawk Walk on Saturday, February 11, 2018. We are also seeking items to be put in goody bags and will need about 350-400 pieces per item.

o   From Coach Earnhart:  Hawk Walk website has a link for volunteers. There are also on The Gregory School’s web page under “event.”

  • Fine Arts        Leslie Heros, Marie Maloney, Darlene Buhrow

o   Middle School Play will be on February 16. Upper School Play will be on March 1-3, followed by Musical, the Funny Girl, in April.

  • Winter Formal                                   Lisa Wiedebush

o   Winter Formal will be at the brand new Truly Nolen Leadership Center. The dance is chaperone by both parents and faculty. Tickets ($30) are available in the office from Ms. Mogul and will available Friday night at Basketball game.

  • Middle School Rep        Paula Allen

o   The 5th grade reps are planning a class Valentine’s day party for students and teachers. The 6th and 8th grades will host the Staff Appreciation lunch on Thursday, March 8th. Sixth and 8th grade parent reps will be receiving a planning email soon. There will be a MS parent gathering during the MS dance on Friday, February 9th. Details to follow.

 

The December minutes was approved.

The meeting was adjoined at 7:44 p.m.

 

November 29, 2017

October 12, 2017 FA Meeting Minutes

Filed under: FA Updates — Family Association @ 12:35 am

NEXT FA MEETING: Thursday, Dec. 7, 8:50 am – 10:00 am, El Mirador Boardroom

 

Family Association
Meeting Minutes

Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017
El Mirador Boardroom

 

In Attendance: Becky Knope, Emeka Omeha; Cynthia McDaniel; Ilene Quander, Amber Adil, Darcy Nagle-O’Brien, Amy Bauland, Paula Allen, Monika Gloesslein, Patti Wisnom, Andrea Mainman, Mary Babbitt, Sarajane Trier, Lori Patton, Rose Schneider, Valerie Deitch, Anne Jie, Dinah Dabdoub, Julie Sherrill

  • Welcome and Introductions

 

FA President, Darcy Nagel-O’Brien, called the meeting to order at 8:56 a.m.

 

  • Guest Speaker                                                      Coach Angela Earnhart

 

Coach Earnhard introduced the Hawk Walk to be held by the Athletic Department on February 11, 2018. She said that Jimmy Johns would be the $1,500 title sponsor and the event needs more sponsors. Any sponsorship of $250-300 would be recognized on local iHeart Radio station. All sponsorships require paperwork in hard copy or online. Amber Adil generously offered to be the $400 pancake sponsor. Coach Earnhart said that since the race is before Valentine’s Day there will be a Crazy Cupid one-mile race on campus with other activities. She also encouraged promotion of the event outside the school community.

 

  • School Update                                                     Dr. Sherrill

 

Ms. Lori Patton made a presentation of the upcoming Interim Week and was well received. The same presentation was also made to the Board of Trustees. Ms. Patton also presented the Friday Exploration, which was designed to have flexibility and choices. Choices are made based on surveys of parents and students. For example, American sign language and Arabic were chosen by student. For upper school, the Friday Exploration also included internships for seniors and community service (e.g. Cyber Senior).

 

  • Treasurer Report                                                 Valerie Deitch

Valerie Deitch gave her Treasurer’s report. Although income is slightly below expectation, certain actual expense items were reasonable and within expectation. She encouraged the promotion of Barsha Cards left from last fiscal year.

 

  • Board of Trustees Report                                    Patti Wisnom

 

Patti Wisnom, Andrea Mainman, and Monika Gloesslein were three trustees present at the meeting. Before Patti spoke and upon Dr. Sherrill’s request, Sarajane Trier gave an update on enrollment. The school has received 11 applications for 5th grade and early admission is December 8th. If all current 8th graders advanced to 9th grade, there would only be six spots available for next year’s 9th grade. For the current school year, the retention rate is 92% and 96 students were new. Dr. Sherrill said that given the tuition had been kept the same for the past four year there would be a small tuition increase of $575 at each grade and the enrollment fee (creditable against tuition) would also be increased to $1500 from $500. Patti concurred that the Board has given its approval for the tuition and fee increases.

 

Committee Reports:

  • Homecoming                                                        Gabrielle Gonzales, Darlene Twiss

Gabrielle said that all preparation was going well and encouraged all to bring friends and relatives.

  • Hawks Pride                                                         Amber Adil

Amber said that one of her committee’s goals was to help out Hawk Walk. She hoped to secure prizes and raffle tickets. The committee also tried to find creative ways to recognize student athletes throughout the year.

  • Fine Arts                                                              Leslie Heros, Marie Maloney, Darlene Buhrow

Upper School plays are scheduled for Oct. 26 and 27. The committee will be selling dinner tickets for use before the Thursday night play.

  • Membership Committee                                     Ginger Hunt

Ginger was not present, but Darcy said that the committee still planned to meet for coffee between 7:30 and 8:45 the first Tuesday of the month starting November.

 

  • Staff Appreciation                                               Andrea Mainman, Tamar Bergantino

Farmer’s Market has been planned for November. The committee is working on two events next Spring.

 

  • Shop & Give                                                          Becky Knope

Becky planned to have Mr. Car Wash passes and Barsha cards for sale at Homecoming.

 

  • Winter Formal                                                      Lisa Wiedebush

The committee inspected the venue and was satisfied. The formal is on schedule for January 20th.

 

  • Middle School Rep                                               Paula Allen

The 5th grade welcome party in October went well with 18 out of 24 families attended. The reps met and had good discussion. Seventh grade had its fall decoration event. Middle school dance is planned for 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on November 9th. Elizabeth Goodwin will host the parents gathering in her house.

 

  • Upper School Rep                                                  Elizabeth Goodwin

Elizabeth had reached out to all US reps. Not much activities have been planned other than Homecoming and Farmer’s Market. Given how busy high school students are, the key role for US Reps is to keep the students and families informed and keep the communication open.

 

 

The August minutes was approved with Becky Knope moved and Elizabeth Goodwin seconded.

The meeting was adjoined at 10:21 a.m.

 

Important Upcoming Dates:

Homecoming, Friday, October 13, 4 – 8:30 p.m.

US Homecoming Dance, Saturday, October 14, 8 – 10:30 pm

Interim Week, Oct 16 – 19/ Rotary Show – no classes on Friday, Oct. 20

US Art Show/Fall Play, Thursday, Oct. 26 & Friday, Oct. 27, 6:30 (art show) /7:30 (play)

Middle School Dance, Thursday, November 9, 6:00 pm        (should be 6:30)

Veteran’s Day Observed, no classes, Friday, November 10

FA-sponsored Staff Appreciation Farmer’s Market, Tuesday, November 21

Thanksgiving Holiday, November 22-24

All School Art Show/Music Program, Wednesday, November 29, 5:30 (art show)/6:30 (music)

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

Filed under: FA Updates — troessler @ 5:02 pm

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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