Dear Parents and Families of The Cathedral School,
I am thrilled to write to you today and excited for you and your family as we are about to begin our 2019-2020 school year together at The Cathedral School. We anticipate adding events as the school year goes on, but for now, I would like to notify you about some of our signature programs and celebrations coming up over the next few months.
We always appreciate the help of parent volunteers, who are truly the lifeblood of our school. From ongoing commitments to day-of help, every contribution is greatly valued. Volunteer opportunities include: class parents (from Pre-K3 through 8th Grade), pizza/pasta Fridays, the Halloween Party, and our December book fair. We also hold a monthly PA meeting, where you can learn about plans for both the school curriculum and special events, make suggestions, and speak to administrators. You can read more about each opportunity below.
You can find our dues sheet as well as sign-up sheets for volunteering and for pizza/pasta Friday participation on our website, https://www.cathedralschoolny.org/apps/form/form.THECS.qKjyT85.2pX.
Whether this is your first or tenth year at the Cathedral School, the PA warmly welcomes you and your family as we prepare for what we hope will be the best year ever.
Parents’ Association Monthly Meetings
Unless otherwise stated, the PA holds a monthly meeting on the third Friday of every month. Please find the meeting dates below. Meetings usually last 30 minutes, will be held in the boardroom when available, and take place immediately after drop off. All parents and family members are encouraged to come.
Class Parents are individuals who graciously volunteer to be an extension of the PA to their class(es) and are vital in the communication of information. The help and support Class Parents provide allows parents, teachers and the PA to maintain a two-way conversation between all involved parties throughout the school year. Other responsibilities of a Class Parent include:
- Sending out emails from the PA to your class to inform them of parities, dues reminders, events, volunteer opportunities, Christmas Fund collection, etc.
- Organizing class events and get-togethers amongst children and parents, to build and enhance a sense of community. Class parents will have access to their class directories to make this task easier.
- Regularly attend PA monthly meetings and email parents of any updates and/or news.
- Coordinating end-of-year gifts and teacher acknowledgments.
- Working with their teachers to get out any communication and coordination they may
need in the class.
Class Parent need not be the responsibility of one parent. The duties can be split naturally if two or more parents would like to be Class Parent. Please speak to the PA Secretary to coordinate your involvement in this role.
One of Scholasticʼs best-known and best-loved businesses is the book fair which is an in-school event that brings the joy and excitement of reading right to students. Scholastic provides the books, planning tools and display cases for the event but it is run by volunteers of the PA. Traditionally, the book fair runs for a week and classes are given an opportunity to shop the fair with their teachers during a specific day. This year the book fair will be held December 2nd through the 6th. Families can also purchase books before and after school at their leisure. The highlight of the book fair is visiting the wish bins that the teachers set up. Families can buy a book from the bin and donate it to the classroom with a sticker of their child’s name right inside the book showing that they bought the book.
It’s almost that time of year again, when we start calling all ghosts and goblins to our annual Halloween party. There will be music and dancing, light refreshments, DJ contests and much, much more. Volunteers are needed for setting up, working and breaking down the party at the end. The Halloween party runs from 3:30 to 5:30pm at school on Halloween and there is a discount on admission tickets for any family who has paid the dues. So join us if you dare for this Halloween scare! We will notify you as to the exact date.
Teachers’ Christmas Fund
As a service for every Cathedral School family, the Parents’ Association collects money for the Teachers’ Christmas Fund beginning after the Thanksgiving break up until the last day before Christmas break. All money collected is redistributed to every teacher to ensure that full-time teachers as well as special teachers and part time teachers receive a thoughtful holiday bonus. Participation is entirely voluntary and any family who participates will have their child(ren)’s name included in all distributed Christmas cards.
Parent Teacher Conference Lunch
On parent teacher conference days, the PA buys lunch for all the teachers who are often too busy talking to parents that they don’t have time to run out and grab a bite to eat. It is our pleasure to do this for our hard working and dedicated teachers.
Pizza or Pasta Friday
What’s baked in a circle, cut into triangles, and delivered in a square? PIZZA of course!!! Every Friday beginning September 20st and ending June 5th, the PA will provide pizza or pasta for lunch for a fee. The addition of pasta is new for this year and will be delivered hot and fresh from the neighborhood restaurant, Bigoi. The pasta is served “al dente”. Ingredients include durum wheat semolina from a selected Montana mill, non GMO Italian wheat flour, specifically milled for fresh pasta, salt, and water. No egg or dairy products. Pasta is delivered lightly coated with Italian extra virgin olive oil with pomodoro sauce on the side. In addition to the pasta, grated Italian Grana Padano cheese will be provided. Volunteers are always needed every Friday to help feed our hungry students who participate in these yummy programs. Additionally, families who have paid their dues receive a discount on their entree choice. Please note that the PA offers a juice option add-on to their child’s meal. Please see the order form in this packet for more information and pricing.
The most significant impact you can make as a member of the PA is your commitment to pay your family’s dues. This payment should be paid by Monday, September 23rd.These dues are a fundamental part of our operating budget and it is important for the PA to be able to rely on every family paying its dues in a timely manner. The PA provides a great deal of social and financial support to our school and the PA dues are a big factor in enabling the PA to continue its support of programs, classroom enhancements and teacher development programs. EVERY child benefits from the dues so it only makes sense that EVERY family pays its dues.
Thank you so much for taking the time to peruse this packet. It is my great hope that after reading through these pages, you will be inspired to support the PA in any way or in your own unique way and by paying your dues. We all have much to offer and I look forward to meeting you and your family to discuss how you want to contribute to this wonderful community.
Very truly yours,
The Cathedral School Parents’ Association