May 30th HSA Minutes

Monsignor Belford –

  • The Arch Care facility in the convent is in the process of interviewing potential candidates for occupancy. Move in dates are scheduled for the Fall.
  • The facility will have 2 facilitators that will be available to assist the residents.

Air Conditioning Update:

The gym air conditioners were installed successfully

-We would like to move onto Phase 2, which consists of installing air conditioners in the classrooms. We are looking to raise $250,000 for the project. We are in need of large donations for completion.

  • Principal Azzopardi –
    • Light Ceremony & School Mass 6/4 at 8:30am in Church
    • 8th Grade Dance / June 5th 7-10pm / Nansen’s Lodge / Parent Drop Off
    • 8th Grade Graduation / June 7th / 1:30pm/ 10 Tickets Per Family – Arrive by 1:15 pm
    • 8th Grade Breakfast / June 10th / 9:30am
      • The Graduates will receive their diplomas
      • Graduates are allowed to Dress Down for this event
    • Pre-K 3 Graduation / June 11th / 9:30am in Church / Drop Off in Classroom
    • UPK Stepping Up Ceremony / June 12th / 9:30am in Cafeteria / Drop Off in Classroom
    • Kindergarten Graduation / June 13th / 9:30am in Church / Drop Off in Classroom
    • Last Day of School June 14th – N.U.T Card Dress Down
    • 2019 Yearbooks are available for purchase In the office for $55. Limited Supply!
    • We are implementing a new policy – If your child’s overall 4th Quarter Average is 70 or Below they will be mandated to attend a summer school program.
      • We will assist families with providing resources to support that student in finding extra help over the summer to help him/her prepare for the upcoming school year.
      • You will be notified soon if your child falls in this category.

-First Day of school next year is September 5th, 2019.

  • Look Back
    • STS Basket Auction / Event raised over $15,000
    • Used Clothing Fundraiser / over 1000 lbs. of clothing collected / earned $295 – Board & Brush Event / Great turn out / Will be doing again next year
  • Upcoming
    • Friday, May 31st – Spring Fling (for Parents in grades K-8) at Liberty Tavern from 7-10pm!
    • Monday, June 3rd – Field Day (rain or shine). Dress Down Day. Grade specific colors should be worn if possible. They are as follows: K & 6th – Blue, 1st & 4th – Yellow, 2nd & 7th – Green, 3rd & 5th – Red and 8th may wear their Graduation T-Shirt. This is your last opportunity to earn your Strive for Five hours. All families that did not meet the Strive for Five requirement will receive a bill for $75.00 from the school office.
    • Soccer Registration for the Fall ‘19/Spring ‘20 Season – June 6th 7:30-8:30pm in the school Gym or online at Contact ​ for more information
  • Treasurer Update
    • Christmas Fair – $17,000
    • Basket Auction – $15,000
    • Overall, We Collected $50,000 with our Fundraisers!

On behalf of the entire HSA Board, I would like to personally thank everyone who helped make our first year a success! We will be working hard all summer to make the 2019/2020 school year a fun one and as always, we welcome your thoughts and ideas. You can reach us anytime by emailing ​​.

Enjoy your summer!

March 7th Meeting Minutes

St. Teresa Home and School Association

  • Principal Azzopardi’s Updates
    • Join us on March 24th, for the Golden Cross Awards. Monsignor Belford will be honoured. Please contact the school for more information.
    • Bricks 4 Kidz- Signup sheet has been sent home for grades K- 4
    • The Cooking Class registration is now full
    • ELA Test Prep Flyers were sent home
    • Yearbook Ads are available
    • Lost and Found is located in the cafeteria – please come in and check it out!
    • 3K program registration is now open – visit
      • This is a free program for 3 years olds that is modelled after our UPK program.
      • It is a five full day program
    • The tuition – based PK 3 with Ms. Simon will also still be available.
  • HSA Correspondence
    • If you have not been receiving our regular weekly emails from HAS, please be sure our emails are not in your JUNK folder. If you think we may have the wrong email address – please reach out and send us the correct one. Email us at
  • Penny Wars- Another successful Penny Wars! We raised over $1500 for STS. 2nd Grade came in 1st 5th Grade came in 2ns and UPK 1 in 3rd. 2nd grade will celebrate with a pizza party! 5th grade will receive No Homework Passes!
  • Scholastic Book Fair
    • We raised over $2000 in Scholastic Dollars which benefits each and every classroom at STS
  • Basket Auction
  • Upcoming
    • Sunday, March 24th -Miller’s Ale House Dine Out (11am – 12 Midnight)
    • No HSA meeting in April
    • Saturday, April 13th – Mother/ Daughter Roller-skating
    • Thursday, May 9th – Plant Sale
    • Wednesday, May 15th – Used Clothing Drive
    • Parent’s Night Out – TBA


January HSA Meeting Minutes

Minutes from 1/7 & 1/8:

Welcome and opening prayer from Monsignor Belford –

  • Gave an update on the Archcare/ Convent- Archcare is a Non-profit organization.
  • There will be a solid fence surrounding the building with 4 parking spaces allotted to the facility.  If you have any questions, please contact Monsignor in the rectory.
  • We are still raising money for Air Conditioning- if any family member, friend or parishioner would like to make a considerable donation, please contact the school
  • The new units will provide both heating and cooling in the classrooms

Rita Azzopardi – Principal

  • Catholic School Week was a HUGE success!
  • We had a wonderful turn out for Grandparents Day.
  • We are in the process of starting After School Programs – if you have any suggestions or activities that you would like to present, please call the school office
  • Registration for September opened on Thursday.
  • Yearbooks are now available to be ordered. Each class is featured in the yearbook!

Christmas Fair

  • Thank you to all who participated, volunteered, donated, baked, cooked and set up.
  • We raised over $17,000



  • Father/ Daughter Brunch was held on Saturday, February 9th at Snug Harbor
    • It was a wonderful success and all who attended, had a great time!
  • Valentine’s Day Cookie Gram was due on Thursday, February 4th. The cookies will be distributed on February14th
  • Valentine’s Day Dress Down- Thursday, February 14th (pink or red)- $3.00
  • HSA Meeting NUT card dress down – Friday, February 15th
  • February 18th – Presidents Day – NO SCHOOL followed by Winter Recess – Feb. 19th and 20th – School Resumes on Thursday, February 21st
  • Friday, February 22nd, PENNY WARS BEGIN for the entire week!!!
  • Wednesday, February 27th – SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR – we have a new payment option. Details will be sent home with the Book Fair Flyer


  • Show your School Pride and March with us on Sunday, March 3rd in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade down Forest Avenue. Flyer will be going home this week
  • 3/7 HSA meeting
  • 3/29 Mother/ Son Bowling event
  • 3/29 BASKET AUCTION – in need of donations (wine, lotto scratch offs, volunteers) GREAT Wat to earn STRIVE FOR FIVE

Please come and support our school – it is important for all of our families and friends to attend our events.


  • NO HSA meeting scheduled
  • 4/13 Mother/ Daughter Roller Skating Breakfast at Roller Jam (10-12)
  • School Talent Show


  • 5/10 Plant Sale (TBD)
  • 5/15 USED clothing drive
  • 5/ 30 LAST HSA meeting for the school year
  • 5/31 FIELD DAY


  • 6/5 8th Grade Graduation Dance
  • 6/7 8th Grade Graduation
  • The 8th Grade Dance will be coordinated by the 7th Grade parents
  • The event coordinator is Camille Ianiello


HSA Meeting Minutes, 11/6/18


Rita Azzopardi – Interim Principal

  • Congratulated our Students For The Superintendent Award For Most Improved Test Scores in ELA
  • 2017-2018 Yearbooks are on sale for $20 in the office if you are interested
  • No School – Friday, November 9th and Monday, November 12th
  • Tuesday, November 13th – Touring Tuesday – Spread the Word to Family and Friends
  • Wednesday, November 14th – HSA Dress Down if you received a N.U.T card
  • Tuesday, November 20th – Parent/ Teacher Conferences (1-2:30 & 5:30- 7:00)
  • Wednesday, November 21st – Join us at our Thanksgiving Mass and School Show (TBA)

Trunk or Treat- Thank you to all who participated! Turned out to be a beautiful day and the kids had a great time trunk or treating and celebrating at the Halloween Party.

1st Place – Angelopoulos Family

2nd Place- Heffernan-Wilcox Family

3rd Place – Bilotti Family

Outlet Shopping Trip/Fundraiser- If you’re interested in attending, please have payments in no later than this Thursday – November 8th.

Pie Orders- Pick up on Monday, Nov 19th in the school yard 2:45pm-3:30pm OR 7:00pm-7:30pm. All pie orders must be picked up on this day!

Dine Out – TGI Friday’s- Please Join US and Remember to Bring Your Flyer – Thursday, November 8th 11am-11pm

School Spirit Dress Down – Day has been changed back to Monday’s!! First dress down will be on Monday, Nov 19th.

Mother/ Son Event – Looking for feedback – continue with Bowling or change to a Dave & Busters event. Please let us know your thoughts!

Father/ Daughter Event – Saturday, Febraury 16th – Snug Harbor Cultural Center

Christmas Fair- In addition to our Wish List which was handed out at the last HSA Meeting – we have also set up an online Amazon Wish List as well. You can access it by visiting:

-If purchasing/donating from this Wish List – please make sure to ship the items directly to the school – or we can always arrange for a pick up. Link will be sent via email as well.

-Still in need of smaller donations; lotto scratch offs, wine, spirits and smaller prizes for the straw game. Remember all donations big and small are appreciated & welcome !

-NY Jets donated an autographed replica lithograph to us. We’d love to build a raffle/basket around it so if you come across anything Jets related and would like to donate it – we’d greatly appreciate it. If anyone has a ticket connection – that would be great too !

-If you have any extra holiday wrapping paper or would like to donate any – we can use it!

-Still in need of items for our Made From The Heart table

We are Having a Baked From the Heart Table this year.

  • If you are a Baker or Would like to donate some suggestions are:                           Cookies, Brownies, Cupcakes, Cakes, Cake Pops, Donuts, Rice Krispy Treats, etc
  • We Will Also Have an Allergy Friendly Baked Goods Section as well (Gluten, Peanut, Tree Nut, Dairy Free) – PLEASE LABEL BAKED GOODS IF THEY ARE ALLERGY FRIENDLY
  • Please contact Stefanie LoPinto – if you would like to donate any baked or bought goods for our table!


– Strive for Five – lots of ways to earn over the next few weeks – stuffing straws, soliciting donations, cooking a dish for the kitchen, baking – just check in with Ana Santiago for more details.

-For those willing to solicit donations – please see myself or Stephanie – we have donation request letters ready for you.

– Please donate your brown shipping boxes – we will be wrapping them in Christmas Paper to decorate our Holiday Fair!

***We are still accepting any Christmas decorations, Wrapping Paper, Clear Cellophane Rolls and Boxes***

 *Our Christmas Fair wouldn’t be as successful as it is if it weren’t for our families ! So we thank you for all that you do !

 Holy Name Society –

On behalf of the Holy Name Society, I would like to extend my sincere thanks for your generosity in previous years by purchasing a Christmas Tree for our annual “Christmas Tree Remembrance.”  We hope that you will again consider participating in this event, as we usher in the Christmas season in grand style. A Christmas Tree Order Form is available in our school office and at the rectory. If you are interested, please fill out the form and send it along with your payment to the Rectory.  Given the high demand and limited supply, we ask that all forms be submitted by no later than Friday, November 16th.
This year’s Christmas Tree lighting will occur on Saturday, December 8th, immediately following the 4pm Mass.


HSA October 11th Meeting

We Welcomed Our New Principal, Mrs. Rita. Azzopardi

  • For the past four years, Mrs. Azzopardi has been our 3rdGrade Teacher
  • Her three daughters all attended St. Teresa’s
  • Azzopardi shared that Catholic School Values are Very Important for All Our Children
  • Brianne Winters is our New 3rd Grade Teacher


-Mr. Territo will be providing our lunch program once again.  He was not able to make the online ordering system start up again this coming week but will hopefully have it for the following week.  Stay tuned!


School Spirit

-The School Store is currently Closed. We will try to re-open in Spring.

-if you have placed an order, they will arrive on/before October 29th.

-Mrs. Azzopardi will inform us when School Spirit Fridays will begin

Family Fun Run

-We had a great turn out and Our So Grateful To Our St. Teresa Families for coming and supporting our school

All In One Payment

-Accepting partial and full payments until November 1st

-The Money will be allocated for various celebrations, parties and activities for the


Participation is not mandatory, but is much appreciated !

There are two options for you to consider:

Option 1- $50.00 full year payment. This payment is due by November 1st and covers all class parties (Thanksgiving, Christmas, Valentines Day, Easter and End of Year). It also covers the class donation to the schools Christmas Fair and Gift for Teacher as well as the class donation to the Basket Auction and End of Year Teacher gift.

Option 2- $25.00 partial payment. The first installment of $25.00 is due by November 1st. It covers the Thanksgiving and Christmas Party, the class donation to the Christmas Fair and the Gift for Teacher. The second installment of $25.00 is due by February 1st. It covers the Valentine’s Day, Easter and End of Year party as well as the class donation to the Basket Auction and End of Year Teacher gift.


-Father Son Event – Sunday, October 14th

Chili’s Dine Out – Wednesday, October 17th – **PLEASE BRING SCHOOL FLYER**

Box Tops – Submit before October 26th

Trunk Or Treat – Wednesday, October 31st.

-the 5th Grade will be participating in our celebrations and parties this year

-Please sign-up with the HSA is you would like to participate with decorating your trunk

for the event.

-We are also accepting Candy donations for the event

November- Coming Up

Holiday Pies – Delicious Orchards – November- More info TBA

Jersey Shore Outlets Shopping Trip – November- Poll on Facebook coming soon for interest.

5 Below Shopping Fundraiser – November- More info TBA



-We are still in need of Christmas Decorations – if you have any at home or would like to donate, please send into the school

-Set- UP – Thursday, December 6th – Please Sign-Up with HSA to volunteer –

***Great for Strive for 5 Hours***

-Fair Dates- Friday, December 7th, Saturday, December 8th & Sunday, December 9th

Fair Hours – Friday 8-3pm, Sat. 12 – 7pm & Sun. 10-3

HSA Wishlist – Please Donate Any Items on Our Wish List.

From the Heart Table – If you are crafty, Can knit/ crochet or make ornaments please donate your time and crafts to our Holiday Tables


HSA Meetings

All HSA Meetings begin at 7pm and are held in Lower Church Hall (lunchroom). For your convenience, there will be a morning meeting in November and again in February. Be sure to attend in order to receive credit towards your Strive For Five hours and to earn a N.U.T. card (no uniform today) for your child. Obtaining a N.U.T. card entitles your child to a dress down day on the date specified. This dress down is a full dress down, not a gym uniform only dress down like School Spirit Days. Nut card must be brought to school on the day of the dress down.

Next meetings:

November 6th OR Wednesday, November 7th (morning)

No December Meeting

No January Meeting

Thursday, February 7th OR Friday, February 8th (morning)

Thursday, March 7th

No April Meeting

Thursday, May 30th (last HSA Meeting of the Year)

Earn 3 hours towards your Strive For Five by attending all HSA meetings during the year !

  • Upcoming Events

Trunk or Treat/Upper Grades Halloween Party- Wednesday, Oct 31st

November Jersey Shore Outlet Shopping Trip- Saturday, Nov 17th (TENTATIVE) Holiday Pie Fundraiser / Delicious Orchards – Date to be Announced

December STS Christmas Fair- Friday, Dec 7th, Saturday, Dec 8th & Sunday, Dec 9th

There are many other events that take place during the school year which we are still in the process of planning. Events like our Mother Daughter Day, Father Daughter Day, Plant Sale, Grandparents Day, Mother Son Day and many more ! Keep an eye on your child’s folder and on our Facebook page for more information.


Minutes from the 9/10/2018 HSA meeting

Welcome Back

Mrs. Simione welcomed us all back for another school year.

  • There is a new drama club (2 shows for the year, new techniques)
    • On Monday, September 17th there will a drama club meeting to discuss lowering the fees
  • Spoke about our new school store (school spirit apparel)
    • Fridays will now be School Spirit Day (You can wear STS Spirit T- Shirt, Pull over Sweatshirt, Zip – Up Sweatshirt)


  • Please send in all school forms that were sent home.
  • Friday, September 14th at 8:30, is our First School Mass in the Church
    • Friday is a ½ Day with 12:00 dismissal
    • Try to attend and participate as much as you can for school activities, fundraisers and events

HSA Board Introductions:

Our New HSA President, Allison Cuddy thanked our past HSA members

  • President Allison introduced our new Board Members:

Stephanie DeSimone – Vice President

Donna Harkins & Jennifer Costello – Treasurers

Ana Santiago – Volunteer Coordinator

Tara Mineo – Class Parent Liaison –

Stefanie LoPinto – Recording Secretary

Christine LoPorto – Media/ Communications

  1. Join us for our Welcome and Breakfast Announcement on Friday, September 28 at 9:30 in the Lower Church Hall- Lunchroom
  2. Holy Name Society – Joseph Patella –
  3. John Tuohy spoke about our YAA sports programs at St. Teresa:  We offer: Baseball leagues, Swimming, Track program (fall registration,) basketball clinic and teams and Soccer.  For more information or to register, please contact John at 917- 417-7782 or (
  4. Cub Scouts – Mike Boyle –
  5. Boy Scouts – Rob Pfuhler – (917) 803-6970
  6. Girl Scouts – contact school office
  7. STS Yearbook – Cheryl Pfuhler- there are a few remaining Yearbooks from last school year for $25 located in the school office for purchase.  Cheryl asked the parents to please submit photos for this year’s yearbook. You can upload them to  Ex: school activities, field trips, classroom festivities, sports teams.  You can place an ad in the back of the yearbook for either your business or a personal ad Congratulating your child’s achievements.

Strive for Five:

-Increase from $75 to $100 if you do not participate or donate your time for 5 hours this school year

– Ana Santiago, presented Ways to Earn Your Hours

  • Each HSA meeting will earn you ½ Hour
  • You can send out emails for the HAS
  • Solicit or collect donations for events
  • Stuff straws for games
  • Volunteer for school events

Christine LoPorto created VolunTieirs:  The more a parent volunteers or participates, the more you get rewarded. If you earn Platinum Status you will be gifted 2 FREE tickets to any of our Parent/ Child events

Looking Forward:

  • We currently have a #hashtag contest running till September 14th, for each grade to create a new slogan for our STS Spirit apparel.
  • -the winning class will have a pizza party and earn credit to our school store

HSA Meeting Reminders:

October 11th – 7:00 pm

November 6th – 7:00 pm and November 7th – 8:15 am

February 7th – 7:00 pm and February 8th – 8:15 am

March 7th – 7:00 pm

May 30th – **Last Meeting ** – 7:00 pm

Calendar Events:

Family Fun Run – Midland Beach – Saturday, September 29th (please wear your STS Apparel)

Father/ Son Event – Dave & Busters – Sunday, October 14th

Trunk or Treat / Upper Grades Halloween Party – Wednesday, October 31st

Christmas Fair – Friday, December 7th, Saturday, December 8th and Sunday December 9th

** Due to a Flood in our basement, we need New or Gently Used Christmas/ Holiday Decorations**


– Visit our online School Store

– Solicit or collect Donations

– Donate gift cards

– Send in Box TOPS for Education

– Scrip/ Gift Card Purchasing Program

– Dine Out Events (Dates will be Posted Soon)

Tentative Fundraising and Fun Activities and Ideas:

Jersey Shore Premium Outlets Shopping trip

Thanksgiving Pies from Delicious Orchards

Radio Bingo

Family Movie Night

Pinot’s & Pizza

Liberty Tavern Trivia Night

Five Below Shopping Fundraiser

Please Share Your Ideas with Us –

Staying Connected:

  • Follow us on Facebook
  • Check to make sure you are receiving our emails

Class Parents:

-Parents were chosen by placing their names in a bucket to represent each grade.

– Class Parent Responsibilities include:

– attending HSA meetings

– organizing class parties for celebrations and holidays

– shop for teacher gifts and class basket auction donation

– money will be supplied for purchases

– call or email parents for class trips

– Be an active resource for parents and teachers


N.U.T (No Uniform Today) cards were distributed for HSA Meeting Attendees

– your child must bring their N.U.T card in with them on Monday, September 17th

– they can dress down on the date posted




Save The Date


We can’t believe its almost that time again- BACK TO SCHOOL!

The Home and School Association board has already met this summer to go over ALL of the fun and exciting events and activities we have planned for the 2018/2019 school year!

Please be sure to Save the Date for our first HSA meeting which will take place on Monday, September 10th at 7pm in the St. Teresa Gym.

For all the new parents to STS, welcome to STS!  This first meeting is very important and we hope you can attend!  This meeting is where you will get to meet all the HSA board members, receive tons of information on the events and activities like the 3 day Christmas Fair, the Parent/Child events, and more!  Also, this is where you will get a chance to mingle with other parents in your child(rens) class as well as nominate or run for Class Parent!

So enjoy the last bit of summer and we hope to see everyone on the first day of school at the HSA Welcome table and at our HSA meeting!



Last HSA Meeting, May 2018

HSA Meeting, Tuesday, May 29th, 2018

Monsignor Belford- Welcome to Seminarian Robert Carolan, whom you can call BROTHER BOBBY, who will be with us at STS for a ten week internship at our parish. Brother Bobby has just finished his first year at Saint Joseph Seminary, in the Dunwoodie section of Yonkers.

President Brian Lyons: Last meeting for the year so thank you to all those that have attended.

Financial statement- shows that we have had a decent year- we matched our numbers from last year for a total of $52k with all the HSA fundraising events – this does not include any of the school fundraising.

The school years Dine Out’s brought in around $2k in fundraising!

Basket auction- we raised $15k in one night- it was a lot of work but was a great time and it raises a lot of money for the school!

Two events coming up-

Field Day, Friday, June 1st

We need volunteers – let us know ASAP, we can use all the help we can get.  All 240 students will be coming out to participate! Colors- wear your color from head to toe.

Send in water and towel with your child.  Lunch provided by Holy Name Society- usually hamburgers, hot dogs, etc.  We will be providing the DJ, an Ice Cream truck, and all field day activities.

If you can arrive by 8am to start with setting up, we would appreciate it.

This year, the winning team will get the chance to duct tape the principal to the wall! We hope to finish at 1:00pm/1:30pm- with the winning team who will line up and duct tape Principal Simione to the wall.

Last event- this Saturday at 7pm in the gym is the Spring Luau – Free event for all STS Parents which includes- Band and food! BYOB

We will be reaching out to all those that have signed up for field day for this Friday, with their assigned station and instructions. If you would like to sign up to volunteer, contact us at and we will assign you an area for Friday.


Looking Forward- Soon to be President Allison Cudy thanked everyone and is looking forward to starting this new school year as president with her team. They are looking forward to working with everyone, having fun and lots of great ideas.

Final acknowledgments- Monsignor- Very special thank you to Brian who was a great leader for the past two years.


Asked all 8th grade parents – to stand for recognition!

“Thank you to Monsignor- you always listened and were available to help with discussing ideas.”

“Thanks to Principal Simione, always willing to try new ideas and never said no!”

“Thanks to the HSA board members for all their help these past two years!”

“Lastly, thanks to my wife Kathleen, for doing a lot of the work behind the scenes, couldn’t do it without her!”

“The last two years have been good, and sometimes not so good but overall we tried to add new things like grandparents day and father/son event; great time had by everyone. Penny wars was a major success. Spring Sale was a complete disaster.”

“Good luck to the new board. I will be here at STS since the Lyon family has a long way to go and we will be here to help as needed!”