TGS Family Association

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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February 5, 2011

Community Building Luncheon

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January 21, 2011

December Meeting Minutes

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November FA Meeting Minutes

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December 14, 2010

October Meeting Minutes

Filed under: FA Updates — troessler @ 4:44 pm

St. Gregory’s School
Family Association
Meeting Minutes
October 5, 2010

In attendance: Kathy Stern, Kathy Ross, Nancy Strong, Amy Jobst, Maria Grainger, Andrea Mainman, Cathy Chavez, Cynthia Feig, Nancy Goodman, Lydia Purdom, Elaine Sosnowski, Nina Klinkenberg, Susan McGinnis, Jonathan Martin

Meeting was called to order @ 8:10 a.m.

The minutes from the September 14, 2010 St. Gregory FA meeting were approved.

Headmaster Report: Jonathan Martin reviewed some of the books that teachers were assigned to read over the summer: Teaching for Tomorrow and Reinventing Project Based Learning. Jonathan also reviewed the results from the College Readiness tests wherein St. Gregory students achieved a grade of 97%. The purpose of the test is to establish more accountability amongst students in terms of college readiness.
The middle school will be taking the MAP test to measure adaptability.
Jonathan also discussed the Annual Fund and encouraged all families to make their donation. Jonathan also encouraged everyone to contribute his or her tax credit to St. Gregory.

Treasurer’s report: Nancy Strong explained why the FA needs to raise $ for the FA events, because their seems to be some confusion about the various requests for monetary donations to the school. All funds generated through FA fundraising go to a program that benefits St. Gregory students.

Class Reps: Susan McGinnis reported that all the middle school events are done as of October 2. There was a low turnout @ the 6th grade event, however there was very positive feedback from those that attended. The 7th grade pool party was 9/17/10 and was a big success. The 8th grade party was the biggest turnout ever.
Kathy Stern reported for Susie Ward that the 9th grade party that was held on 9/26/10 had 75 people in attendance and there was a lot of positive feedback from parents and new students. The 10th grade party was held 9/24/10 and had approximately 75 people in attendance.

Athletics: Elaine Sosnowski reported that Homecoming will be this week, and events will be held all week long during lunch or after school. Friday, 10/8/10 there will be a pep rally and it will be spirit day. The Booster Club still needs some parental organization. Please contact Kathy Stern if you know of anyone who may be interested.

Fine Arts: Pam Bass announced the fall play will be “The 12th Night” and will be performed November 12 – 13, 2010. The fall concert will be held on November 19, 2010. There will be a request for snacks for the students during the performances and there will be a need for volunteers to help.

Community Building: Nancy Goodman announced they will be meeting @ the River Park on Tuesday, 10/12/10 @ 8:15a.m. for anyone who would like to walk the Rillito path. Following the walk they will be meeting for coffee @ “Spill the Beans” coffee shop. They will be trying to plan an event one time a month on Tuesdays. They also hope to do an event in the spring at the end of the school year.

Staff Appreciation: Kathy Stern reported that next week (Wed) there will be a chili luncheon for the teachers/ staff. In November there will be a Farmers Market for the teachers.

Grad Night: Gabrielle Gonzales reported there has been a meeting with parents. They will be doing some fundraising for Grad Night and would like to do a 50/50 raffle and would like to sell St. Gregory blankets @ Homecoming.
Gabrielle made a motion to sell blankets @ Homecoming and Paula Babis second the motion. There was a vote taken and the motion passed.
Blankets can be book-billled.

Development: Kathy Ross discussed E-Scrip and the shop and give program and that it seems to be expanding. Please let Kathy know of any other ideas to help encourage people to sign-up for the shop and give program. Kathy Stern suggested arranging a prize for the class that has the most sign-ups.

Kathy Ross also announced that anyone needing St. Gregory merchandise should be communicated to her and they plan on ordering a lot of various St. Gregory apparel, etc.

Pam Bass was recognized for heading up the Annual Fund Drive. She discussed where the donated funds go and how the Arizona tax credit works.

Communications: (Tina Roesler) Kathy Stern reported that Tina is doing a great job facilitating all communications from the FA. It was reiterated that the FA need to first approve any planned FA activities.

Technology: No Report. Andrea Waters will be stepping down as the Technology committee liaison. It has not been determined as to whether the committee needs to continue.

Parent Ambassadors: Cathy Rosenberg reported that the second Parent Ambassador meeting will be held 10/6/10. They are currently working with admissions and recruitment for the next school year. Adult Spanish classes will be starting Wed; 10/6/10 and French classes will soon be available as well.

Old Business: Kathy Stern mentioned there were no donations for the college gift bags so the FA spent $127.00 for items to be put in the bags for visiting college reps. Dinner was provided by St. Gregory for the reps prior to their departure for the Tucson Convention Center. The reps really appreciated the dinner and hospitality.

Meeting was adjourned @ 9:15 a.m.

Next FA meeting is scheduled for November 9, 2010 @ 8:00 a.m.

Minutes approved by majority vote at General Meeting on ____________________

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Amy Jobst, St. Gregory FA Secretary Kathy Stern, St. Gregory FA President

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