Back to School Picnic Rescheduled for Friday, September 21!
The St. Elizabeth Home and School Association (HSA) serves as the communication liaison between home and school life. We promote open communication, goodwill and cooperation among parents, faculty and administration. The HSA manages fundraising efforts and community building events that foster parent engagement and support our school’s vision in creating a community rich in Faith, Tradition, Scholarship, and Service.
The HSA is an all-volunteer organization led by a (6) officer executive board that supports event Co-Chairs in managing school activities, social functions and fundraisers as well as integrating new parents into the St. Elizabeth Community.
The HSA board officers: (2) Presidents, (2) Vice Presidents, (1) Secretary and (1) Treasurer.
Officers are appointed for a two year term; four year maximum. Each officer appointment is approved by the Principal with nominations from outgoing HSA officers and input from school administration. Officers must have served a minimum of three years as an event Co-Chair in order to be eligible for the board. Appointments are confirmed in late spring and terms begin the summer of the new school year. The HSA Board meets once a month during the school year, typically the third Friday of every month. Meetings are held in the Church Commons office beginning in August and ending in June.
The HSA oversees approximately 30 school events. Each event is managed typically by two Co-Chairpersons. Event Co-Chairs will serve a two year term with the option to continue on annually after fulfilling their initial commitment. The HSA Board will host an orientation meeting for Co-Chairs in September. This meeting is to inform Co-Chairs of their roles and responsibilities as well as explain operating procedures and budget expectations.
Each Co-Chair is responsible for maintaining an event binder containing the event history and logistics. Co-Chairs are asked to keep their binders current and ready to pass on after their two year commitment.
There are two teams that comprise the HSA: the Blue Team and The White Team. The teams are determined for ease of event management purposes. Each team is led by a President and Vice President who support their respective team of Co-Chairs in managing events. The team Vice Presidents will reach out to event Co-Chairs 6 weeks prior to the start of each event to begin communication and manage logistics.
The HSA Board will publish two newsletters each school year highlighting all events and informing the parent community of fundraising efforts. Each spring, the HSA board will propose an event calendar to include any fundraising initiatives, social events, school speakers, volunteer and outreach for the next school year.
All school events managed by HSA are made possible due to fundraising efforts. Some popular annual events and ongoing activities include the Back to School Picnic, Teacher Appreciation, Santa’s Workshop, Catholic Schools Week, Family Bingo Night, an annual Father-Daughter Dance and Mother-Son event. The HSA is also committed to collaboration with faculty, parents, and administration in order to provide additional financial support for a variety of important community needs. Recent funding has supported classroom & technology enhancements, middle school appreciation, building security cameras, and parent-education series speakers.
We are grateful for our parent community and can not be successful without your support. Should you have any questions, concerns, creative ideas or general feedback; we encourage to contact one of the HSA Officers. We welcome your feedback and value your input.