HSA: Supporting St. Francis de Sales
Bringing Parents, Teachers And Students Together
At St. Francis, our Home and School Association (HSA) plays a vital role in supporting our teachers and staff. The HSA organizes several major fundraisers that provide funding for academic and athletic programs, including field trips and other events. They also host a number of free events for the entire school community, bring together volunteers, and organize teacher and volunteer appreciation events.
The HSA helps us create a more dynamic, supportive community of parents, teachers, and students. Follow us on the HSA Facebook Page.
What is the HSA?
The St. Francis HSA is a formal body staffed by St. Francis parents, which supports the school and the students. HSA dues are $15 per child, but we have capped it at $30 per family. So if you have more than 2 children at the school, you will only pay a maximum of $30. You can send your payment in an envelope labeled HSA, with your child to school. Cash or check is accepted (payable to SFDS HSA). We also accept credit card payments at the Open House and Back to School Night in the beginning of the year. For a copy of the constitution, click here.
Why is it important?
The HSA organizes several major fundraisers throughout the school year that help fund important school projects, support the athletic program at St. Francis, as well as providing funding for field trips and other free family/student events. The overwhelming support of our parents and the St. Francis community is integral to the success of the HSA and the school.
HSA Officers and Communications
The HSA Officers for the 2023-2024 school year are:
- President: Susan Goebel-Nolan, email@example.com
- Vice President: Jennifer Rebok, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Secretary: Jennifer Turnbull, email@example.com
- Treasurer: Elizabeth White, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Volunteer Coordinator: Cate Trego-Cordrey, email@example.com
HSA communications are sent out in the weekly St. Francis newsletter, as well as through the HSA Facebook Page and ClassTag. You can join our Facebook page here, SFdS HSA Penguin Pride. For the security of our students this is a closed group. So requests to join will be verified with the school before you are added.
We will hold three open meetings during the school year. We invite you to join us to hear about what the HSA is doing and give us your valuable feedback. The meeting schedule is listed below:
October 17, 2023 at 6:30pm – Parish Center
January 11, 2024 at 6:30pm – Parish Center
March 14, 2024 at 6:30pm – Parish Center
Ways To Support SFdS
In addition to our major fundraising events, we also offer these ways to support St. Francis all year long:
- Target (SFDS ID #17886)
- Giant Card A-Plus Bonus Bucks designated for SFDSCS
- BoxTops for Education
Use the app to simply scan your receipts after you go to the grocery store. The app automatically identifies eligible purchases and adds them to the school’s account. The school then receives a check twice a year with the earnings we’ve helped raise. Friends/family can participate.
Get tuition credits and volunteer hours by purchasing gift cards for restaurants, grocery stores and many other items. You can purchase gift cards for places you’re already going to be spending money (like Land’s End for uniforms!). The school then earns money for each purchase made, you earn tuition credits, and 5 volunteer hours for every $2,000 spent. You can purchase SCRIP as outlined below:
- Send in a completed SCRIP form along with a check in an envelope to the school office. We will send the cards home with your child.
- Purchase from the church business office in person.
- Use the Raise Right app.
Every family is required to volunteer at least 30 hours each year. Volunteer opportunities are available at all HSA fundraising events.
While we encourage everyone to get involved, we also recognize that for some families, meeting the required volunteer hours can be a struggle. If you are unable to meet the requirement, you may apply for the Sunshine Fund, which is a pool of hours donated by other SFdS families for those in need. Information about the Sunshine Fund, including applications and forms to donate hours can be found below: