What is Home & School?

The Home & School Association is an integral part of the success of St. Francis Xavier School. The Home & School Association provides assistance to the school in many areas and helps support it through fundraising efforts and volunteerism. The Home & School Association is a parent organization that takes pride in our school and in providing a helping hand to teachers, staff and administration. 


Officers

Stacey Zierak
Home & School Co-President
zieraks@comcast.net

Emily Richards
Home & School Co-President
erichards520@gmail.com

Jami Daigle
Home & School Co-VP
mrandmrsd77@yahoo.com

Johanna English
Home & School C0-VP
johanna_english@comcast.net

Sue Lajeunesse
Home & School Treasurer

Becky Wetzel
Home & School Secretary
homeandschool@sfxvt.org

Volunteering

As a small school community, St. Francis Xavier relies on parent volunteers in many ways.  Accompanied by the devotion of our wonderful teachers and staff, parents are a much needed resource both in and out of the classroom.  St. Francis strives to keep tuition affordable. To this end, each family is required to provide a minimum of 15 hours of service to the school per year.

Throughout the year, there are many opportunities for parents to become involved and support their students and the school. From large community events such as the craft fair and Calcutta, to more daily happenings like book fairs, field trips, and lunchroom help.  As parents ourselves, we understand the demands of daily life, and we welcome and appreciate any amount of time each family can give to the school, big or small.  Every hour adds up, and the results can be amazing.  Not only is volunteering a great way to help our students and the school, but it's also a great opportunity to meet new people.  Many life long friendships have developed at St. Francis and they all started from volunteering at school.

To sign up for a volunteer opportunity click here:

Online Signup Forms

Click on the "Show More Sign Ups" drop down menu to see the "Events - Volunteer Opportunities" too.

Community Support

Helping Hands: We all need a helping hand now and then.  Please consider joining this group of volunteers who provide a home-cooked meal or a ride when someone in our school community experiences a death or exciting (but exhausting) birth. 

Dorothy Day Fund: As we know, things don’t always go as planned.  Sometimes, due to unforeseen events, there are competing demands on our limited resources that we need a little something to tide us over.  The Dorothy Day Fund is a small fund established a couple years ago by the Home and School Association to help families meet some financial obligations. 

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Scholarship: This scholarship is in honor of the many volunteers who help St. Francis Xavier School every day. It is our hope that their efforts are mirrored in our children. The Our Lady of Perpetual Help Scholarship will be awarded two students, one Pre-K through 2nd and one 3rd through 7th, who have demonstrated helpfulness throughout the school year. Each scholarship is $200 towards next year's tuition to SFX.

School Events

Opening Day BBQ: There’s no better way to start off another great school year than with a lunch time barbecue.  Join the Home and School Association chefs for fresh-off-the-grill hamburgers and hot dogs.  Parents – you are welcome to join us and… no need to pack a lunch on day one!

Halloween Party: Calling all goblins and ghouls.  Come join the committee for this spooktacular event.  Students and parents enjoy dressing up for the costumes contest, participating in the pumpkin carving contest and playing fun games.  To make this party successful we need volunteers to help plan the event and chaperon the party. 

Bowl-A-Thon: Every year we reward our students with a half-day trip to Spare Time for some bowling, a costume contest, dancing and trivia.  It's a fun way to come together as a community.  A great time is had by all.

Daddy Daughter Dance: Ties and Tiaras 

Teacher Appreciation Week: We are blessed to have wonderful and dedicated teachers educating our children.  This is the week to acknowledge their hard work and sacrifice.  Each day has a different theme – dessert day, luncheon, breakfast, books given to our library in their honor, to name a few.

Yearbook: Thanks to the incredibly talented Becky Wetzel and Stacey Zierak, Saint Francis Xavier School has one of the best yearbooks around.  Please consider helping out by taking pictures of different events or by selling sponsor pages to keep the production costs low. 

Fun Day: We finish the school year off with a bang!  Students are divided into multi-age teams and rotate through fun and creative stations brought to you by Mr. Elderton.  This event also features a BBQ and home made desserts from parent volunteers.

Fundraising

Craft Fair: November 18, 2017 from 9am - 4pm.


This great community event features wonderful crafts, a huge raffle table and a bake sale full of homemade pies and other baked goods.  This fundraiser generates over $8,000 for the Home and School Association but can’t be done without help.  We have lots of volunteering opportunities to choose from.  You can work just a couple of hours or all day.  Any help is greatly appreciated. 
Calcutta: Enjoy a night out with fellow parents and friends.  This fun-filled event raises over $10,000.  It features a traditional Calcutta with the grand prize winner taking home $1,500!  There are also great silent auction, live auction and class projects on which to bid. 

Box Top Competition: Once again this year, we will be participating in the Box Tops for Education program. My name is Sue Lajeunesse and I’m the Program Coordinator for SFX.

Box Tops for Education is a great way to support our wonderful school and the programs and events provided for our kids. Each Box Top is worth 10¢ cash for the school, and that can quickly add up.  Last year’s collections brought in more than $1,000, which helped fund a new milk cooler in the lunchroom.

So how can you help? Just look for Box Tops on products, clip them, and send them to school. It’s quick and easy, and they can be found on hundreds of products that you probably already use. I've included with this letter a list of participating products, or you can visit the website at www.btfe.com for more information.

Kids love to get involved, and are excellent Box Top seekers. So put them to the task and see what they can collect! Our first Box Top class competition will run from October 3rd through October 20th, so bring in those Tops that you’ve hopefully been collecting all summer. Place them in a bag or envelope, and be sure to label with your child’s grade.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me, Sue Lajeunesse, at lajeunessefamily@comcast.net. I hope you’ll help make this program a huge success for SFX this year. Thank you.

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  • Box Tops do expire – don’t delay!
  • Clip carefully – the expiration date must be legible.

SFX Stampede 5K and Children's Fun Run:
 

Scholastic Book Fair: The Home and School Association hosts a week-long Scholastic Book Fair each school year. We rely heavily on volunteers to ensure that the book fair is a success. Volunteering consists of helping setup/breakdown and cashing out customers. The book fair is open during the school day and one afternoon per week so parents can shop too. The money raised from the Scholastic Book Fair is converted into "Scholastic Dollars" and used to purchase needed equipment for our library and classrooms.