HSA Athletic Coordinator Team

HSA Athletic Coordinator Team

In response to concerns expressed by parents, the HSA has established the HSA Athletic Coordinator Team, specifically to improve communication between parents, coaches, and students with regard to the sports program at St. Mary’s School. The chairpersons for this team are Dr. Tarsha Cavanaugh and Tonya Wilson (parent volunteers). Policies and processes are currently being implemented that we hope will improve the sports experience for all involved with St. Mary’s Sports.

If you have any questions or concerns about the sports program.

A Note from the HSA President

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I know everyone is in the midst of their Lenten journey and anticipating the joy of Easter. Safe travels to those of you traveling, and for those staying home, enjoy. Fortunately, we live in an area that has many places to explore with little or no cost. Whatever your plans, have fun and an attitude of gratitude for all of our blessings.

I hope those of you that made it to our last HSA General meeting had as much fun as I had. I watched Father Evelio pick up four pieces of macaroni with a spaghetti stick in less than a minute. I even challenged Mr. Garcia (father of Michael and Anthony) to a duel to the finish!
Needless to say, I lost. But we had plenty of laughs with all of the foolishness! I think the parents had as much fun as the children. While the games were going on in the gym, we had tours of the refurbished Science Lab. If you weren’t able to make our fun night, be sure to make some time to visit the new Science Lab. You’re going to like what you see. I want to take the time to thank our teachers for running the games while Mrs. Maier provided answers to the questions in the Science Lab. As always, we couldn’t do any of this without Mr. Buchleitner’s help. Thanks to Mrs. Burneston, Mrs. Williams, and the many HSA parent volunteers that so graciously give of their precious time. I hope we can have more interactive meetings in the future so we can get to know each other and have some fun.

For those of you still needing volunteer hours, we have a couple of events in May that can help you out. May 3, Field Day, is a fun event that lasts all day. We cook hot dogs on the grill and the children participate in various outdoor activities. We’ll need quite a few volunteers; information is forthcoming. The annual Car Raffle is on May 20; volunteers are needed to staff activities. This is another fun filled day with many events for the entire family to participate.

One last note. We are planning a Career Day for May 30. Please consider coming to talk to the students about your particular career. This is such an enriching
experience for the children. It opens their world to many possibilities and helps them focus and set goals for their own career path. Don’t let shyness hold you back; these children are so very eager to hear all that you have to say about your career. You’ll be amazed at all of the questions they will ask you!
Have a wonderful break everyone!

Nancy Ferguson
HSA President

A note from the HSA President

Dear Parents, 

I just had a sneak peek of the new science lab! I’m elated. There’s a new ceiling, new lighting, new paint on the walls, and the new floor was laid. There are still a few things to be done, but wait until you see it. It’s an unexplainable feeling to look at such a vast transformation in that room and realize that transformation is the culmination of the prayers, hopes, and dreams of every student, teacher, and parent at St. Mary’s. Take a bow because all of you are amazing people that can accomplish anything when you put your heart and soul to the task. I can still see in my mind’s eye all of your beautiful children walking, running, laughing, smiling, and drinking plenty of water during the walkathon. Such a fun day! And radio station WPGC made the day so much more fun! They were a great group of people that all of us thoroughly enjoyed and we thank them from the bottom of our hearts. I’m looking forward to the day we can invite each of you to come and take your peek! And be ready…your children are going to talk your ears off when they start their projects! 


Nancy Ferguson, 

HSA President

You Spoke, The HSA Heard…

Thank you to all the parents who attended the Nov. 17 HSA Meeting. The feedback you provided in each of the focus groups was invaluable. The below information is a compilation of your thoughts from several of the groups. Please send any additional feedback or ideas to fergienl@verizon.net

“Extracurricular Activities and Clubs” Focus Group

You Said: The school needs to provide more non-athletic after school activities for students. You suggested activities such as a science club, Lego/engineering club (to work in tangent with the science club), debate club for older grade levels, vocational clubs, and an adventurer/excursion club which would meet to visit local educational sites on the weekends. There was also a great interest in extending club meeting times to Saturday mornings to accommodate student/parent schedules.

HSA Response: Plans are underway to begin a science club in the second half of the school year. Parent volunteers are greatly needed to assist with the implementation of new and existing clubs. If you have an interest in starting a club in a particular area of interest please contact (fergienl@verizon.net). A survey will be sent out to gather information

“Future Topics” Focus Group

You Said: Try changing the time of school related meetings to increase parent involvement/attendance

HSA Response: We will create a survey to gather this information

You Said: Have an assembly on Internet safety for all kids

HSA Response: An assembly is planned in January for grades 4-8 on Internet safety; additional details forthcoming

You Said: We need to increase school spirit. We should have more pep rallies and an additional spirit week in the spring

HSA Response: The HSA is in discussion with school staff to try to arrange a spirit week in April

You Said: We should have more school dances

HSA Response: We need a parent committee to help organize this (HSA would seek permission to have service

“Athletics” Focus Group

You Said: An athletic coordinator is needed to organize parents and students for all sports offered at St. Mary’s

HSA Response: The HSA has recruited coordinators to help organize teams, parents, and coaches; the team is currently in place

You Said: Coaches need training; should receive full set of service hours

HSA Response: The newly formed coordinator team is researching training opportunities for coaches; The HSA is seeking permission to have full service hours granted to coaches (there will be conditions that have to be met by the coaches to receive all of their service hours)

You Said: Players, parents, and coaches need to sign a commitment form prior to participating in a sport to ensure maximum participation by all

HSA Response: The coordinator team is putting together an agreement form and will present it to the HSA for review

Science Lab is underway

Dear Parents,

I want to congratulate you on your response to the Walk-A-Thon request for a new Science Lab. Absolutely amazing! I am so proud of your commitment to improving our science program. On Grandparents’ Day, I was able to witness the 7th graders using a “science kit” conducting electricity. Every single student was 100% engaged and having fun learning. It was so much fun that I, as well as a few other Grandparents, joined them in the learning fun! That is what Science is all about. Renovations are currently under way for the lab. We will keep you updated with the progress. On behalf of the HSA, Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! 

Nancy Ferguson, 
HSA President