Home and School Association

Supporting the Students and Faculty of Faithful Shepherd

The Home and School Association provides opportunity to become more involved in our school community.  Faithful Shepherd has a rich and inviting community of parents and families, teachers, administration, and parishes. Our goal is to not only support the extras that are so often displaced at other schools, such as art programs, junior achievement, the library, sports, music and other extracurricular activities, but also to strive to bring the community together at events that are fun for the kids and that bring our Faithful Shepherd family closer together.  Please consider joining us and supporting our efforts to strengthen and promote the one of greatest things FSCS offers –  our excellent community of families!

The Mission of the Home & School Association

  • Promoting collaboration among families, the school and parish communities
  • Supporting the educational goals of the school and assists with attaining those goals through parent and community volunteerism
  • Leading fundraising activities to support and fund programs and projects that will enrich the curriculum, educational programs and extracurricular activities of the school
  • Recruiting volunteers and coordinates volunteer efforts to staff HSA functions and assist with school programs – Click here to volunteer

Who is a member of HSA?

Members of the Home and School Association are any parents or guardians of children attending Faithful Shepherd Catholic School. Please feel free to contact any of the HSA board members for more information or to volunteer!

Home & School Association Board

When does the HSA meet?

The Home and School Association meets at least once a school year. The meeting for the school year is in September at Parent Back to School Night. This includes an overview of the Home and School calendar for the year. The HSA Board meets monthly.

HSA Events, Fundraisers and Programs

This is a comprehensive listing of all HSA sponsored activities at Faithful Shepherd Catholic School. Success of these activities relies solely on our volunteers.

Becoming a volunteer is an easy and rewarding way to become familiar with your child’s school and its educational program. Parent volunteers send the message to their child that they care – about them and about their school.

To learn more about each of the HSA sponsored events, programs, and fundraisers click on the links below. To learn more about Chairperson opportunities or to volunteer for ANY event or program contact the FSCS HSA Board.

Upcoming Events & Fundraisers

Check HSA Facebook or Instagram pages at:

https://www.facebook.com/FaithfulShepherdHSA

  @FSCS_HSA

All Events & Fundraisers

  • New Family Orientation and Expo
    Each summer, the Home and School Association hosts an Ice Cream Social for the incoming new families. This is a wonderful event for new FSCS families to gather together and for students to meet their fellow classmates! Volunteers are needed to help plan and organize the event.
  • Social Gatherings
    Each Year HSA hosts a variety of fun social gatherings. Some favorites are Pizza Bingo, Fish Fry, Moms Night Out, Dads Day, and The end of year picnic. Watch HSA Facebook and Instagram for information on all the upcoming events.
  • Concessions
    It is the goal of HSA to help promote school spirit and attendance at many co-curricular activities. In order to do this, concessions will be sold for one game of each sport and other co-curricular activities as identified. Volunteers are needed to make popcorn, sell candy, etc.
  • Grandparent’s Day
    This is a special celebration for 5th grade students and their grandparents or special friends. A group of non-fifth grade parents are needed to work with the teachers and staff to plan this memorable event.
  • Scholastic Book Fair
    The purpose of the book fair is to sell books as a fundraiser for the school library. For more information, click here.
  • Catholic Schools Week
    This is an annual celebration of our faith-filled educational opportunities at Faithful Shepherd. Volunteers are needed from each parish to plan and participate in the celebration of Catholic Schools Week at the parishes.
  • Teacher Appreciation Week
    This committee coordinates a celebration for our dedicated teachers and administrative staff during the Catholic Schools Week.
  • Restaurant Night
    Join us at a local restaurant on select days and let them know you are with Faithful Shepherd. A portion of the night’s proceeds go back to the school. Check HSA Facebook and Instagram for the most up to date information.
  • First Communion Celebration
    In honor of the 2nd graders that have made their First Communion, the 3rd grade parents provide a reception after their special Mass. Volunteers are needed to plan and host the reception (3rd grade parents).
  • Graduation
    After the 8th grade graduation ceremony at one of the parishes we provide a reception of cookies, juice, and coffee. Volunteers are needed to prepare and serve at the reception.

HSA Programs

  • Art Adventure
    This is an enrichment program for grades K-5, brought to us by the Minneapolis Institute of Arts (MIA). It brings volunteers into the classroom, working with teachers to provide art education to the students. All Art Adventure volunteers are trained at the MIA on the pieces in that year’s themed group. The pieces are shown to the class during 4-5 sessions in November.
  • Box Tops for Education (ELECTRONIC ONLY)
    Download the Box Tops for Education app. and start earning dollars for the school.
  • Classroom Representatives
    Representatives help with recruitment and coordination of classroom volunteers. They are the classroom liaison for holiday parties, field trip volunteers, and any other grade-level projects or responsibilities. This is a one year commitment.
  • Copy Center
    A centralized copy center handles the clerical need for all teachers. This includes copying, cutting and binding. Centralizing the clerical duties makes more productive use of and is more respectful of volunteers’ time. You can work as many or as few hours as your schedule permits.
  • Junior Achievement
    Junior Achievement (JA) educates young people to value free enterprise, business and economics. The program brings volunteers into the classroom, working with the teachers, to present basic economic and business concepts through a well organized course. All JA volunteers attend an orientation session and provide 5-8 lessons during the school year.
  • Parents in Prayer & Prayer Chain
    Parents In Prayer is a group of parents that get together to pray for the needs and concerns of the students, staff, and school environment at Faithful Shepherd Catholic School. Parents in Prayer meets weekly in the Chapel and also finances the tabernacle candles and other Chapel needs.The Prayer Chain is about the power of prayer and is comprised of FSCS parents and friends who offer prayers for special intentions. The commitment is flexible – based on the needs of families and is a wonderful way to get involved and touch people’s lives in a direct way. You don’t have to volunteer during the day and it doesn’t require any meetings. All communication is handled through email.
  • New Family Welcome Committee
    Welcome new families to FSCS and make them feel comfortable (answer questions, provide additional information, etc.) – be a ‘buddy’ to help them navigate their way; and secondly help make the children feel comfortable by introducing them to a few classmates before school starts.
  • Teacher Conference Meals
    Looking for a great way to meet the faculty? Consider helping with conference meals. Twice a school year the FSCS teacher/staff are school bound with conferences and the HSA brings a meal to the teachers. As a volunteer you have a chance to help set-up/prepare and or serve the faculty—a great way to meet the faculty in a social setting.

Class Reps

Classroom representatives help with recruitment and coordination of classroom volunteers, and serve as a communication focal point for the parents within each class. They are the liaison for holiday parties, field trip volunteers, class-specific clerical help, teacher thank-you group gifts, grade-level projects or responsibilities, and serve as a conduit to families for extra-curricular information that needs to be disseminated to parents.  All classroom volunteers, including Class Reps, must have VIRTUS training from the Archdiocese before they volunteer with the children.

This is a one-year commitment.  We are looking for one parent per classroom  And generally operate on a first-come, first-served basis.  Please email Tonya Brost,  (tmaebee@gmail.com) HSA Enrichment Coordinator, if you have any questions.

HSA Donated/Sponsored (In the last 5yrs)

STEM Lab/Media Center

  • HSA made a $10,000 contribution to get the STEM lab and Media Center going.

Smart Boards: $3,000+

  • HSA recently purchased 2 smartboards for an upgrade to the second grade classrooms. Other smart boards have been purchased in previous years by HSA.

Alternative Seating for classrooms:$5,000

  • HSA purchased wobble chairs and stand-up desks for classrooms.

Water Drinking/Bottle filling Stations:$7,984

  • HSA purchased 5 water drinking stations that provide filtered,cold water for the FS students.

Stem lab Items: $1,000

  •  HSA  donated several items to kick start the STEM Program at FS. “Each of the classrooms are regularly using those STEM supplies to keep kids engaged and busy.”-Sarah Meier, FS K-5 Technology specialist

Rock Climbing Wall: $11,000

  • HSA outfitted the FS gym with a large rock climbing wall for all Ages to enjoy.

Science Museum Residency:$2,200/year

  • These courses allow for someone from the science museum to come to FS, giving the kids a hands on learning experience right in the classroom.

Library Substitute :$2,700

  • HSA paid the hourly rate for a Library Substitute

Teacher/Staff Lounge:$4,000+

  • HSA gave the lounge a total redo with fresh paint, a new larger refrigerator, new microwaves, a functioning coffee station and lots of elements to add warmth and organization.

  • HSA stocks the lounge with coffee pods and other treats throughout the year

Classrooms/Curriculum:

HSA has been able to purchase and donate the following materials to enrich the learning environment at FS:

  • Smartboards

  • Books to classrooms

  • Books for the library

  • Teacher Manuals

  • Text books for classrooms

  • A microscope and slides for MS Science Class

  • Classroom supplies (paper, paints,chalkboards,whiteboards,step stools,pencil sharpeners, stand up desks,shelves,art supplies, and furniture)

  • Wobble Chairs

  • Sewing Machine for Art Class

  • Temperature Probes for MS Science Class

  • Ukuleles for Music Class

  • Robotic Kits

  • Thousands of dollars in Teacher requests

  • Art Adventure Program(partnership with the MIA)

  • Science Museum Residency(partnership with the Science Musuem)

  • Junior Achievement(economic and financial concepts)

  • NET retreat for all MS students

Teacher/Staff:

To help boost the morale and show our support for the teachers and staff-HSA

  • Distributed back to school care packages

  • Catered several lunches

  • Dropped off sunshine boxes to all teachers

  • Snack attacked the staff/teacher lounge

  • Planned and executed special events and

  • Items for Teacher/staff appreciation week.

Families:

HSA has

  • Supported Parents in prayer weekly

  • Given out prayer blankets/shawls

  • Given support and made financial contributions to FS families in their times of need.

  • Hosted Kahnversations (speaker)

  • Screenagers (viewing and discussion follow-up)

  • Dr.Nolan (Speaker)

Other:

HSA has sponsored/provided

  • Bussing to Masses, and MIA field trip

  • Be The Nice Kid (Interactive speaker)

  • Donut Man (Speaker)

  • STEM field trips

  • Receptions for Kindergarten Masses, First Communion Mass, Grandparents Day Mass,8th Grade Graduation

  • Kindergarten Ice Cream Social

  • End of year picnic lunches

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