January 29, 2012
Dear Parents of Queen of Heaven,
I would like to start out by thanking all of the parents who have participated either by volunteering or attending the fundraisers we have had this year that have supported the Home School Guild. I would also like to thank the teachers, Miss Ryan and especially Father Tom for their support and encouragement of everything we, as a group, have tried to do to better the school. A little over a year ago, I attended my first HSG meeting, even though my children had been in the school for about 6 years. I always had the feeling that whatever needed to get done would get done and my wife and I just put in the minimum required hours of time. Now after getting more involved, I realize what I had been missing. I have met more great people, have renewed old friendships and have had a lot of fun working different events at the school.
Since becoming President of HSG I have started looking into other Catholic schools in our surrounding area as far as their volunteer hour requirements and their tuition. We have one of the lowest tuitions in the area and by far the least amount of volunteer hours required at fundraising events. Even with this, we are still one of the strongest Catholic schools around. However, we still need to do a lot more and get more people involved if we want our school to remain one of the best in the region. Another key issue that we must work on is enrollment. We need to start talking up the school to other people we come in contact with, in the hopes that they might consider Queen of Heaven for their children.
As most of you are aware, changes will be made in the next few years within the diocese in regards to the number of Catholic schools that will remain open. This is why it is important that we all pull together as a family of Queen of Heaven in order that our school will remain as strong as ever. This involves everyone working together and keeping a positive outlook for the school’s future. I truly understand that families are very busy and schedules sometimes make it difficult for people to attend some meetings or volunteer at certain events. I would like to request, that if possible, one parent from each family attend this week’s upcoming HSG meeting (Thursday at 7:00 in the Church Hall). The meetings are only ½ hour to 1 hour and we discuss our fundraising activities in a very positive and open forum. It is vital that all families partake in bringing ideas to the table and participate in upcoming events.
For those of you that I have never met before or will not be able to attend the meeting, I, or one of the HSG officers, will be contacting you so that we could meet at your convenience. We would like to discuss with you the goals and needs of Queen of Heaven and how you are a big part of making our future strong. As always, please feel free to contact me with any ideas or concerns you may have regarding the Home School Guild (652-2540 or firstname.lastname@example.org). Thank you for your time and I look forward to seeing you on Thursday.