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:   http://a.co/cXo4qVa

-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 – stefanie8680@hotmail.com- 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 – tsantore@gmail.com

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 – saintteresasi.org/holy-name-society
  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 (www.saintteresasi.org/youth-activities-yaa)
  4. Cub Scouts – Mike Boyle – cubmaster.pack37@gmail.com
  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 Pictavo.com  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 – Stteresahsa@gmail.com

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 stteresahsa@gmail.com 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 sttteresahsa@gmail.com

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 puca112@verizon.net 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- http://a.co/boDiwiP

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.