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!”

HSA Board Meeting April


Principle Simione-

Front two tables are filled with student items- lost and found

Yesterday a St. Jude Medallion was found and no one has claimed it.

This coming Monday – Report cards will be released for Quarter 3- so be sure to log into the system and check them. Contact the office if you have any issues.

Thank you to those who have agreed to run for the upcoming new HSA board.

Thank you to the HSA board for all their hard and all they have done for the school, especially President Brian Lyons. Everyone please congratulate him for winning the Golden Cross award for his dedication and hard work to the school and sports teams.

HSA Order of Business- Brian Lyons

We have official board nominations for 3 of the 4 executive board member positions.

President- Allison Cuddy

Vice President- Stephanie DeSimone

Secretary- Stephanie LoPinto

Thank you for running.

All others wishing to run for these or the position of Treasurer, which is still needed so please consider submitting your name, will have until Friday, April 20th. If no other nominations are entered, then all positions listed above will be officially elected and a notice will be sent out.   Anyone interested should email us at

Strive for Five

We will be submitting a list to Principal Simione of the families that have yet to provide the 5 volunteers hours. If you still want to sign up to volunteer, contact Jennifer via email for opportunities. You can email Jennifer at to sign up or find out how many hours you need to fulfill. If you cannot physically volunteer we have other options:

We need people to bundle raffle tickets for the Basket Auction– 1 hour per roll
Box of Straws- 1 box = 2 hours
Wrapping of Baskets on 4/19- after 4pm= 1 hour
Set Up on 4/19 at 4pm

Volunteer for the evening on 4/20= 6pm till end of basket auction- over 5 hours

We need baked goods- so for anyone that can bring trays of cupcakes, brownies, cookies, for 4/20 you can earn 1 hour of volunteer time.
Contact us at stteresahsa@gmail to reserve a table for 6 or more people!

Looking back-

Penny wars- $3,374.00 raised

Mother and Son bowling- great time pictures are on the site.

Dine out nights- have been going well-

Jimmy Max- $530 they gave 50% of all food purchases. We have about $1200 raised from dine out events.

Spring Raffle started this week- we will be sending out notifications on winners weekly.

Looking forward-

Thursday, April 19th– Buffalo Wild Wing Dine Out.

Thursday, May 17th – Manor Restaurant – Must make reservations

Basket Auction- Friday, April 20th

Theme- CandyLand – If anyone has decorations they can donate, please do.

We will be accepting donations- up until 4/19. We need and will take all new items.

Wish list on Amazon-

May 11th– Plant sale

May 22nd– Scholastic Book Fair- Buy one get one free

May 24th– Father/Son event- Indoor Extreme Sports- Laser Tag

May 29th – Last HSA meeting

June 1st– Field Day- during school hours- 10am-2pm

Color Wars, Rock Wall, DJ, Ice Cream Truck

Anyone has ideas for games and activities? Events to keep the kids busy

June 2nd– Spring Raffle Luau in Gym – 7pm start

FREE- admission was part of spring raffle fee!

BYOB- Music- DJ or Band

$250, $500 & $1000 prizes called- winner need not be present.

Minutes from the 3/1/18 Meeting

HSA Agenda- March 1st, 2018

Monsignor Belford- Starts with Opening Prayer

Update on air conditioning:

Newest estimate states that the project will need another $600k to complete air conditioning renovation.

The Renew Rebuild Campaign provided $450k to St. Teresa’s. Those funds have fixed the roof, parts of the gym, paid for surveys, some planning and funds to con ed.

$200k remains that will be used in stages- 1st we will bring electric power into building. Fundraising for the gym air conditioning $100k, then wiring for $100k.

Next phase would be the school air conditioning.

We will apply for grants as well as traditional fundraising activities.


2018 Yearbook- Linda Katz, Representative 

All grades are included in this yearbook.  Headshots of all students will be included.

Recognition space is available for anyone who wants to put an ad in the yearbook.

Ads are due March 16th. You can do online-

Bryan Lyons, President-

Board nominations – All positions are open for the new school year starting this June 2018.

Strive for Five- Contact Jenn Costello,, if you need to know how many hours you have left.  We have easy ways to complete those hours- volunteer at upcoming events, stuff straws for Basket Auction.  If you do not complete the 5 hours by the end of April, the charge will be applied to your May tuition. If you do end up volunteering after that date, then your account will be refunded.

Looking back-

Grandparents day- This year was better then last year but minor things can still be improved.

Father daughter dance was another success. Pictures are available and will be sent out to all classes.

Penny Wars- was a very successful fundraising event- a bit chaotic, but overall worthwhile. We raised over $3k from this event.

Looking forward-

Check the newsletter out to see all upcoming events:

Basket Auction- April 20th– 2nd Biggest Fundraiser for us.  We need donations- Lotto tickets, gift certifications, wish list items, etc.  Volunteers are needed to sign up for that evening as well as for set up which normally takes place the day before and the day of.  Straws need stuffing.  Tables of 6 or more can be reserved now by emailing us at StTeresaHSA@GMAIL.COM

Spring Raffle- You were already charged a $100 Spring Raffle fee.  Beginning on or around April 9th until June 1st, every day a winner is called and that monetary amount is awarded to the family. Range from $25-$100.

Then, come June 2nd to the Spring Fling Hawaiian Luau! No admission cost!  BYOB we provide the DJ and Light Fare. Grand raffle prizes will be called-  $250, $500 and $1000 winners. Winner need not be present.

End of HSA Meeting

Request for HSA Board Nominations

On behalf of the 2016-2018 HSA Executive Board:
As you may be aware, this June will conclude the term of the current Executive Board and Committee Members. We are officially requesting nominations for the
2018-2020 St. Teresa Home and School Association Executive Board and Committee Members.
See below for more details. All those interested can contact us at with any questions, concerns, comments, etc.

Who is eligible to become an official Executive Board Member or Committee Member?
In order to hold a position on the HSA, nominate someone for office or cast a ballot to vote an HSA member , you must have attended at least two regular meetings from September through the March meetings of the year of the elections as well as volunteered at least 5 hours.
What are the open positions that are available?
The President shall preside at all regular HSA meetings, appoint committees, call special meetings and gives the approval of the Executive Committee. The HSA President oversees all events, fundraisers and is the main communicate with the principal of St. Teresa School.
The Vice-President shall act in the President’s absence and assist the President in the discharge of his/her
duties as outlined above.
Recording Secretary shall prepare and send out the notices of regular HSA meetings. He/She shall keep a rec-ord of all meetings. Additionally, the secretary will submit the minutes to the Communications and Marketing coordinator who will disseminate through the website and online networking sites.
The Treasurer shall be the liaison between the HSA and the region/school. They shall receive and disburse all monies of the association and shall keep an accurate account of all receipts and expenditures, and report the current status of the Treasury at each HSA General Meeting. All checks will require the approval of the President. There will be an annual audit for the purpose of reviewing the current financial records of HSA. The Treasurer will act as liaison between the Executive Board and all committees regarding
money related to their events.
What is the process of election:
-A notification of nominations of open office positions will be declared before the March meeting.
-An official request for nominations will be presented at the March meeting.
Nominees will be posted on the website and social media networking sites.
-A closed ballot will provide the selection of the officers at the May/June meeting with results published on the website, social media sites, via email and letter to all families of St. Teresa Catholic School.
-Transition of officers will take place during the June-August time period.In addition to the executive board, there are openings for the Executive Committee Member positions.

The Executive Committee Members can be chosen/nominated/elected each school year. Committee members can serve for more than one school year if no other parent/guardian volunteers for that selected position. All executive committee members are expected to attend all events, activities, meetings and board meetings throughout the year.
Current position titles include-
Class Parent Liaison, Volunteer Coordinator, Media Coordinator and Special Events Coordinator, and Communications and Marketing Coordinator.
1. Class Parent Liaison – Coordinates and assists the class parents with their correspondence and overall duties. They liaison with the officers and attend board meetings to relay information to the class mothers regarding events and activities. Assists with the purchase of the teachers gifts, raffles for Christmas fair and Basket auction as well as the in room class parties.
3. Volunteer Coordinator – Responsible for staffing volunteers for all activities and events hosted by the HSA. Additionally, the volunteer coordinator takes attendance at meetings and tracks the points awarded to the volunteers for the hours served towards the Strive for Five.
4. Media Coordinator– Responsible for providing promotion of the events and activities to the print, online and televised media channels. Also responsible, when applicable, for providing photography.
5. Special Events Coordinator- Responsible for assisting the chair people of the events and activities with guidelines, answers to questions, proposal procedures, etc. Provides snapshot of events success to board.
6. Communications and Marketing Coordinator– Responsible for maintaining the social media sites as well as the web page for the HSA. To post and email all upcoming activities as well as market and promote all news, current events and announcements in various media outlets.

What are some of the events and fundraising activities that the board works on throughout the school year?
– Christmas Fair
– Basket Auction
– Plant Sale / Book Fair, Eighth Grade Graduation Party (7th Grade parents)
– Trunk or Treat
– Family events like Father/Son, Father/Daughter, Mother/Son, Mother/Daughter and Grandparents day
Other events and fundraising activities can be added to the school year as decided by the executive board.

If you are interested or have questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to us at