Parents Association 2019-2020 Assignments

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Parents Association
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2019-2020 School Year
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This is the hub for all weekly PA news. Our "assignments" are weekly information posts to keep parents up to speed on all of our activities and events.

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PA Update - March 5th

  • Friday 3/6 -
    • $5 Superhero Fundraiser
    • Used Uniform Flash Sale
    • Early Dismissal
    • Father-Daughter Dance
  • Saturday 3/7 - Family Mass
  • Sunday 3/8 - Daylight Savings begins
  • 3/9 - 4/3 - Pennies for Patients
  • Tuesday 3/10 - Spring Photos - Dress UP day (no uniform)
  • Friday 3/13 - Pennies for Patients "Chuck your Change"
  • Tuesday 3/24 - Pizza Lunch
 
  • Pennies for Patients
    • Reminder: the first fundraiser for Pennies for Patients will take place on Friday, March 6th. Students can donate $5 to dress up like their favorite superhero or in any superhero clothing (no masks please) OR in The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s colors (Blue and Gold).

    • Students can create their own online fundraising pages. Click Here and then click on “Join Your Classroom Team” to set up a page and have your fundraising tallied in the class totals.

    • Next Week is “Crazy for a Cure” - if we raise $4,000 in donations by Friday, March 13th, Ms. Genova-Hall will dress up next week in a costume voted on by students.

    • Friday, March 13th is “Chuck your Change” day. We will have buckets in Church and in the Auditorium for parents and students to toss their extra change to support the campaign.

  • Father-Daughter Dance: Volunteer slots still available to assist with the Father-Daughter Dance on Friday, March 6th. Click Here to sign up. 

  • Family Mass will take place on Saturday, March 7th at 5:30pm at St. Monica’s. Donations for the Pizza Party following mass are needed and much appreciated - especially bottled water.  We also need help with setup, serving and cleanup. If you can volunteer, please Click Here to sign up.
     
  • Spring Photos: On Tuesday, March 10th, Lifetouch Photographers will be at St. Stephen School to take spring pictures of all students.  This is a DRESS UP day – NO JEANS OR SNEAKERS. Please see the Parents’ Page for more information on ordering photos.

  • Foundation: The St. Stephen of Hungary Annual Auction will take place on March 27th at Gustavino’s. Buy your tickets before they sell out, as they did last year! For more information Click Here

  • SAVE THE DATE - Our annual BOOK FAIR will be held on Tuesday, March 31st!!! Details regarding e-wallet and volunteers to come in the next few weeks.

  • Other dates to put on your calendar
    • Field Day - Monday, May 18th
    • School Musical - "Into The Woods Jr.”-  Friday, May 8th & Saturday, May 9th
 
Auction Invitation

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PA Update - March 1st

  • Monday 3/2 - Pennies for Patients boxes will go home
  • Tuesday 3/3 - PA Meeting
  • Friday 3/6 -
    • Used Uniform Flash Sale
    • Early Dismissal
    • Father-Daughter Dance
  • Saturday 3/7 - Family Mass



  • Once again, St. Stephen of Hungary School will be supporting The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Hero Squad by participating in the Pennies for Patients campaign. Pennies for Patients is a science-based philanthropy program designed to give children the tools to make a difference by supporting blood cancer patients and their families throughout New York City. Last year, our school raised over $17,500.  This year the campaign will take place from March 2nd through April 3rd. Our school fundraising goal is $20,000. Further details to come.

  • The first fundraiser for Pennies for Patients will take place on Friday, March 6th. Students can donate $5 and dress up as their favorite superhero or in any superhero clothing (no masks please). Larger donations are always welcomed!

  • Volunteers and donations needed for the pizza party following Family Mass on 3/7. Most needed donations include paper plates, napkins, bottled water (8oz or 12oz) and nut-free packaged cookie supplies are low. For those willing to donate we will have a collection bin in the back of the auditorium, or donations can be left at the Parish Center (408 E. 80th). Cash Donations always welcome! Please reach out to Jennifer Sileo for more information. jennifertheresa1@hotmail.com Thank you for supporting Family Mass.

  • Thank you to Adele Ganly, Julie Meta and Michelle Dresser and all the volunteers for a wonderful Middle school dance! Fun was had by all!

  • Also thank you to Julie Meta and Michelle Dresser and all volunteers for the lovely Cupcake event. It was a great day and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves.

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PA Update - February 6th

 
  • Friday, 2/7 - Middle School Dance
  • Monday, 2/10 - Lost & Found Purge
  • Wednesday, 2/12 - Valentines Cupcakes
  • Thursday, 2/13 - No School
  • 2/15 - 2/22 - No School Winter Break
  • Wednesday, 2/26 - Ash Wednesday
  • Tuesday, 3/3 - PA Meeting
  • Friday, 3/6 -
    • Used Uniform Flash Sale
    • Early Dismissal
    • Father-Daughter Dance
  • Saturday 3/7 - Family Mass
 

  • The Father/Daughter dance will be held on Friday, March 6th for the 3rd, 4th & 5th-grade girls and their fathers/special friends. Invitations will be emailed shortly. Volunteer spots will be posted online: https://parentsassociation.online/volunteer

  • The Lost & Found will be purged on Monday, February 10th. All unlabeled and unclaimed items will be donated. Please take a moment this week to reclaim any lost items. You can purchase labels online and a portion of the proceeds will help support our school: https://parentsassociation.online/mabelslabels

  • Open Roles: Please click here to review the PA email that was sent outlining the open roles and if you are interested, fill out the accompanying form. Completing the form does not commit you to the role - it provides us a means of following up with you 1:1.

  • What a terrific Catholic Schools Week! Family Mass at the conclusion of CSW was particularly moving. Check out the Church's Facebook post to see all of the great pics: - Facebook - Link to 2/1 Family Mass Photos
  • We're updating the PA pages on the school website to help provide more information for parents. Looking for specific PA information? Start here: https://parentsassociation.online/Home
 
  • Congrats to our basketball teams who have play-off games this weekend! All are welcome to come and support our teams. $3 admission at the door supports CYO:
    • Girls JV - Sunday 2/9 - 1pm at Cathedral HS (350 East 56th Street)
    • Girls Varsity - Saturday 2/8 - 12:30pm at Cathedral HS (350 East 56th Street)
    • Boys Varsity - Sunday 2/9 - 3:30pm at Xavier HS (30 West 16th Street)

  • Thank you to our volunteers for a fantastic Family Event at Wollman Rink. Save the Date for our next Family Event: May 17th - Family Day at the Mets Game
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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PA Update - January 23rd

 

Key Dates

  • Saturday 2/1 - Family Mass
  • Sunday 2/2 - Ice Skating Event
  • Monday 2/3 - Middle School Dance Permission Forms Due
  • Tuesday 2/4 - PA Meeting
  • Friday 2/7 - Middle School Dance
  • Wednesday 2/12 - Valentines Cupcakes

  • Volunteer Signup for Family Mass (2/1), the Middle School Dance (2/7), the Valentine’s Cupcakes Event (2/12) and Pizza Lunch (3/24 & 5/19) are available for signup. Click on Volunteer in the sidebar of the Parents Association section of the website, or visit https://parentsassociation.online/volunteer

  • Catholic Schools Week runs from 1/27 - 2/2. Additional details for daily events are available on Ms. Burke’s Parents Page. Please note: students are requested to wear their winter uniform to Family Mass on 2/1 in honor of Catholic Schools Week.

  • Volunteers and donations needed for the pizza party following Family Mass on 2/1. Most needed donations include paper plates, napkins, bottled water (8oz or 12oz) and nut-free packaged cookie supplies are low. For those willing to donate we will have a collection bin in the back of the auditorium, or donations can be left at the Parish Center (408 E. 80th). Cash Donations always welcome! Please reach out to Ed Butler for more information. ed.m.butler@gmail.com. Thank you for supporting Family Mass. 

  • The St. Stephen of Hungary Strings, Chamber Ensemble, and Show Choir will be performing on Thursday, February 6th at 6:30 in the church. Students should arrive at 6pm. See the attached flyer for more information.


  • Yearbook layout has begun. If you have any photos from events and activities such as the Halloween carnival, field trips, Thanksgiving Lunch, etc. to share, please email them as attachments to yearbook@saintstephenschool.org.

  • The PA meeting on Tuesday, February 4th will be held in the STEAM lab instead of the auditorium to give the basketball teams additional practice time. The STEAM lab is located on the lower level of the Francis Building.  Enter the auditorium and use the door on the east wall, adjacent to the elevator to access the Francis Building. Walk past the 7th-grade cubbies and turn right. The STEAM lab is at the end of the hallway.

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PA Update - January 16th

 

Key Dates

  • Tuesday 1/21 - Pizza Lunch
  • Friday 1/24 - Used Uniform Flash Sale
  • Saturday 2/1 - Family Mass
  • Sunday 2/2 - Ice Skating Event
  • Tuesday 2/4 - PA Meeting
  • Friday 2/7 - Middle School Dance
  • Wednesday 2/12 - Valentines Cupcakes
 
  • All volunteers must check in with the security desk and pick up a nametag in the kitchen upon arriving for their shift. The names of all volunteers will be shared with security in advance of the event. No parents who are not volunteering for an event should attend. There are security and space concerns that stem from having non-volunteers randomly show up for school events/

  • The 3rd pizza lunch of the year will take place on Tuesday, January 21st for those students enrolled prior to the deadline. Please send your student to school with a drink and snack to go along with their pizza if needed. If you have not signed up for pizza lunch please be sure that your child comes to school with lunch.  Students without a lunch and who have not signed up for pizza lunch WILL NOT be served pizza.
 
  • Friday, January 24th: Used Uniform Flash Sale - 7:45 AM to 8:15 AM in the School Store

  • Saturday, February 1st: Family Mass

    Please consider volunteering or making a donation to support the family mass pizza party. At morning drop-off on the days leading up to Family Mass, we will have donation boxes to collect the following items:

    - Disposable Table covers
    - Water (8 oz or 12 oz)
    - Oreo's or other similar nut-free packaged cookies
    - Paper Plates
    - Napkins

    Cash Donations always welcome! Please click here to email Ed Butler for more information.



  • Sunday, February 2nd is our 5th annual Ice Skating Event at Wollman Rink. Tickets must be ordered no later than January 23rd. Please see the attached flyer.
 
  • Volunteer Signup for the Valentine’s Cupcakes Event (2/12) and Pizza Lunch (3/24 & 5/19) are available for signup. Click on Volunteer in the sidebar of the Parents Association section or click the link above.
 
  • Box Tops for Education now has an App available for download from their website (https://www.boxtops4education.com/).  Please consider downloading and scanning your receipts to support our school. We will still continue to collect box tops outside of the kitchen.  
 


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PA Update - November 14th

 
Key Dates: 
  • Monday 11/18 - Used Uniform Collection
  • Tuesday 11/19 - Volunteers needed to help with our Giving Thanks lunch. Click Here to sign up.
  • Thursday 11/21 & Friday 11/22 - Used Uniform Sale - Volunteers needed to assist with setup and sale day.  Click Here to sign up


Additional Information:

  1. Ronald McDonald House: Thank you to all for bringing in pantry donations, and to our 55 runners who raised a total of $7,460!

  2. Giving Thanks Lunch: Volunteers Needed. Please sign up! For additional details, please Click Here to review the PA email sent on November 11th.  

    As a reminder, this year, in lieu of food donations, we are asking for a suggested donation of $5 (or more) to support Cabrini Immigrant Services, a Catholic charity that works closely with immigrants to assist with housing, food, clothing, job placement, ESL and job skills.
     
    Any amount big or small would be most appreciated. Donations (check or cash) will be collected on November 19th.
  3. Used Uniform Sales: We have added a red lockbox on the wall in the school store.  If you are in need of a uniform item between our monthly sales you are now able to purchase as necessary.  All blazers are $20 and everything else is $5. Please drop the correct amount in the box so we are able to continue this service.

  4. Family Mass: Please consider volunteering or making a donation to support the family mass pizza party.  At PA meetings and at morning drop-off the days leading up to Family Mass we will have donation boxes for collecting the following items:

    - Disposable Table covers
    - Juice Boxes
    - Water (8 oz or 12 oz)
    - Oreo's or other similar nut-free packaged cookies
    - Paper Plates
    - Napkins

    Cash Donations always welcome! Please reach out to Ed Butler for more information. ed.m.butler@gmail.com. Sign up to volunteer at family mass here (donation/setup/serving): https://saintstephen.online/FamilyMassVolunteer

    The next Family Mass is on Saturday, December 7th. 

  5. December PA Meeting Cancelled - at the November PA meeting, there was a unanimous vote to cancel the December meeting due to the Foundation holiday party on 12/4 and the limited time between Thanksgiving & Christmas Breaks.

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PA Update - November 7th

 
Date Detail
Thursday 11/14, Friday 11/15 & Monday 11/18
Used Uniform Collection
Tuesday 11/19
Volunteers needed to help with our Giving Thanks lunch. Click Here to sign up.
Thursday 11/21 & Friday 11/22 Used Uniform Sale - Volunteers needed to assist with setup and sale day.  Click Here to sign up.


Additional Information:

 
  1. Halloween Carnival: Congratulations to all of our winners in the pumpkin carving contest! Everyone who participated did a great job! Thank you to all of our volunteers before, during and after the Halloween carnival! It was a great success and we appreciate all the help!

  2. Operation Gratitude: Thank you to everyone for all of your candy and letters! We collected 41 boxes of candy and 300 letters to send to our troops. We also delivered a large bag of candy to our local firehouse.  Thank you Cheri DiCerbo and to all our volunteers for making Operation Gratitude such a success.

  3. Giving Thanks Lunch: Volunteers Needed. Please sign up!

  4. Used Uniform Sales: We have added a red lockbox on the wall in the school store.  If you are in need of a uniform item between our monthly sales you are now able to purchase as necessary.  All blazers are $20 and everything else is $5. Please drop the correct amount in the box so we are able to continue this service.

  5. Family Mass: Please consider volunteering or making a donation to support the family mass pizza party.  You can reach out to Ed Butler for more information. ed.m.butler@gmail.com or sign up to donate items here: https://saintstephen.online/FamilyMassVolunteer

  6. Speaker Follow-Up: Dr. Anna Levy-Warren gave a great talk at the November PA meeting on the topic of Executive Functioning Skills and how to strengthen them at home. Please check out Ms. Genova-Hall's page on the website for more information.

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PA Update - October 31st

 
Date Detail
Friday 11/1 &
Monday 11/4
  • Operation Gratitude Candy & Card Collection
Monday 11/4 - Friday 11/8
  • Ronald Mc Donald House Pantry Drive (details below)
Tuesday 11/5
  • Volunteers needed to help box our Operation Gratitude donations. Click Here to sign up.

  • Fall Picture Day (see info below)

  • PA Meeting - 6pm in the Auditorium
Wednesday 11/6 No School

 

Additional Information:

  1. Tuesday 11/5 is Fall Picture Day. You can order pictures and make selections online If prompted, enter Picture Day ID: OV389100Q0

  2. PA Meeting on Tuesday 11/5 with a guest speaker - Dr. Anna Levy-Warren, who will be speaking about Executive Functioning. Please Click Here to RSVP

  3. The Ronald McDonald House Fun Run is Saturday, November 9th.  Click Here to register and search for St. Stephen's when signing up for a team.

  4. Ronald McDonald House Service Project: 

    While their children are being treated at New York City Cancer Centers, the Ronald McDonald House of New York is a home away from home for families from around the country and around the world.  These families are faced with many expenses including the cost of food, paper goods, and other products while they are staying there; and some of the children’s illnesses require them to be there for months at a time.  The Parents Pantry Programs was created to alleviate some of these costs. Schools throughout Manhattan are asked to help to support these families in need by providing food and pantry staples.
     
    As a kick-off to the November 9th Fun Run, St. Stephen School will support the Parents Pantry Program by hosting our annual collection from November 4th - November 8th.  We have been asked to focus on pantry items listed in the attached file, but it is not meant to restrict you if you have other pantry items you wish to donate. Eighth graders will be helping with the collection during morning prayers.  The families and staff of the Ronald McDonald house thank you in advance for your generosity.
     
  5. Families that signed up for pizza lunch will be billed through the SMART system in November. Those that signed up late will likely see the charge in the December billing. If you made changes to your pizza order after the initial lunch, please send in cash or a check (made out to St. Stephen of Hungary School Parents Association) for the difference.

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PA Update - October 24th

 
Date Detail
Wednesday 10/30
  • Halloween Carnival Setup. Volunteers needed. Click Here to sign up
Thursday 10/31
  • Halloween Carnival. Volunteers needed. Click Here to sign up.
Friday 11/1 &
Monday 11/4
  • Operation Gratitude Candy & Card Collection
Monday 11/4 - Friday 11/8
  • Ronald Mc Donald House Pantry Drive (details below)
Tuesday 11/5
  • Volunteers needed to help box our Operation Gratitude donations. Click Here to sign up.

 

Additional Information:

  1. Thank you to our Pizza Lunch chairs, Vita Iacovone and Shane Black, and the entire team of volunteers who made our first Pizza Lunch of the school year a huge success!

     

  2. The Ronald McDonald House Fun Run is Saturday, November 9th. If you would like your T-shirt and run packet delivered to the school please register by October 31st.  Click Here to register and search for St. Stephen's when signing up for a team.

  3. School spirit t-shirts were sent home with students this week. They will be worn throughout the year for various school events, including field day in the spring. Please keep track of your child’s shirt as we have limited extras!! Thank you to 8th graders Christopher Ganley and Sophia Toscano for designing this awesome shirt!

  4. An email with details on the Halloween Carnival and Pumpkin Carving Contest was sent out to all families on our email distribution list.  Click Here to view a copy of the email. 

    Note: Classes will be visiting the carnival according to the following schedule. PreK-3 students must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver. 

    8:30am - 9:15am PK 3A and PK 3B (+ caregivers) and 2B
    9:15am - 10:00am KA and 1A
    10:00am - 10:45am PK4A, 6B and 4B
    10:45am -11:30am 5A and KB
    11:30am - 12:15pm 2A and 1B
    12:15pm - 1:00pm 3B and 3A
    1:00pm - 1:45pm 5B and Grade 8  
    1:45pm - 2:30pm Grade 7 and PK 4B
    2:30pm - 3:15pm 6A and Grade 4A
  5. Ronald McDonald House Service Project: 
While their children are being treated at New York City Cancer Centers, the Ronald McDonald House of New York is a home away from home for families from around the country and around the world.  These families are faced with many expenses including the cost of food, paper goods, and other products while they are staying there; and some of the children’s illnesses require them to be there for months at a time.  The Parents Pantry Programs was created to alleviate some of these costs. Schools throughout Manhattan are asked to help to support these families in need by providing food and pantry staples.
 
As a kick-off to the November 9th Fun Run, St. Stephen School will support the Parents Pantry Program by hosting our annual collection from November 4th - November 8th.  We have been asked to focus on pantry items listed in the attached file, but it is not meant to restrict you if you have other pantry items you wish to donate. Eighth graders will be helping with the collection during morning prayers.  The families and staff of the Ronald McDonald house thank you in advance for your generosity.

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PA Update - October 17th

 
Date Detail
Friday 10/18
  • Uniform Flash Sale in the School Store - 7:45 am-8:15 am
  • Early Bird Registration Deadline for the Ronald McDonald House Fun Run
Tuesday 10/22
  • Auction Committee Meeting - 8:30 am
  • Pizza Lunch
Wednesday 10/30
  • Halloween Carnival Setup. Volunteers needed. Click Here to sign up
Thursday 10/31
  • Halloween Carnival. Volunteers needed. Click Here to sign up.
Friday 11/1 &
Monday 11/4
  • Operation Gratitude Candy & Card Collection
Wednesday 11/6
  • Volunteers needed to help box our Operation Gratitude donations. Click Here to sign up.

 

Additional Information:

  1. Tuesday, October 22nd is our first Pizza Lunch for those students who were enrolled prior to the deadline. Reminder: only pizza will be served. Please send a drink and a snack (if desired) with your child.

  2. The Ronald McDonald House Fun Run is Saturday, November 9th.  Early Bird registration/pricing ends TOMORROW (October 18th) at 5:00 PM.  If you would like your T-shirt and run packet delivered to the school please register by October 31st.  Click Here to register and search for St. Stephen's when signing up for a team.

  3. Library Volunteers Needed. Please contact Clare Keenan (keelan1040@gmail.com) and Therese DeMarco (dondmrc@aol.com) if you would like to volunteer during your child’s library time.

  4. School spirit T-shirt’s have arrived and will come home in backpacks soon.

  5. Catholic Charities Volunteer Event: 2019 Family Volunteer Day.  Saturday 11/23 10 am - 1 pm Click Here for More Information