Welcome to the 2016-2017 School Year!
Dear SJA Families,
On behalf of the SJA Parent School Organization (PSO), it is my pleasure to welcome you to the 2016- 2017 school year. I hope you had a wonderful summer and you are excited for the new school year. I also hope you are interested in learning more about the impact PSO has on your child’s educational experience at SJA.
What is PSO? PSO is an organization designed to coordinate opportunities for the SJA administration, faculty, parents, and parish community to work cooperatively to provide our school with additional resources that support a comprehensive Catholic education for every student.
What initiatives does PSO financially support? Over the past three years, through PSO’s fundraising efforts and your generosity, the school has been able to implement several important initiatives including: 1:1 technology, a stronger STEM curriculum, and install a new gym floor. In addition, PSO supports many “behind the scene” projects including teacher stipends & requests, student awards, bus fare for Camp Storer, and a significant donation to the school’s general operating fund. Did you know that PSO also contributes half the proceeds from our Winter fundraiser to the athletics department?
This year the PSO fundraising initiative is to help shift the school from “STEM” to “STEAM” by introducing a greater support of the arts. The school administration has many ideas planned to introduce STEAM to St. Joan of Arc.
How does PSO obtain its funding? PSO’s funds primarily come from our two main fundraisers: the Fall Raffle and La Soiree Rouge (previously known as Snowball).
Does PSO do anything beyond raise funds? Yes, PSO also organizes activities including the Father Daughter Dance; the Mother Son Event; Brunch with Santa, Trunk or Treat, and the Uniform Swap Shop. PSO also manages our TRIP, Kroger, and Box Top programs, offers SJA Spirit Wear, and coordinates the Teacher Appreciation Meals, Teacher Christmas Gift Cards, and the Advent Family donations.
Is PSO presenting any new activities this year? Yes, to name a few, we are excited to announce:
1. A new format to the Fall Raffle…more prizes and chances to win plus a special student’s raffle
2. A revamped Snowball starting with a new name…La Soiree Rouge
3. Hero’s Bounce House Night on December 1, 2016 (stay tuned for details)
How can I help PSO to fulfill its mission? There are three easy ways:
1. Join us for PSO meetings the second Monday of each month from 7pm-8pm
2. Support the Fall Raffle and attend La Soiree Rouge
3. Earn your volunteer hours by joining a committee.
Again, on behalf of PSO, I welcome you to the new school year and hope to see you at the meetings. If you have any questions, please feel to reach out to me.