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HSA Introduction Letter

Dear fellow St. Joseph’s- Yorkville families,

On behalf of the Home School Association (HSA), we are very excited to welcome you to a brand new school year!  We wanted to take the opportunity to introduce ourselves and give a quick overview of HSA and its role at St. Joseph’s, as well as, introduce some upcoming activities and volunteer opportunities for parents.

We are Michelle Bissell, mother to Ava in Kindergarten 1 and Ella in Grade 5, and Nicole Casey, mother to Colette in Grade  2-2, and Michael Bohan, father to Michael in Grade 3-1, Kate in Grade 2-1, and Nora in Pre-K 4B. We represent the presidents of the HSA and the Dad’s Club, and we sincerely look forward to working with all of you to make this unprecedented school year the best it can be!

The Home School Association at St. Joseph’s is a parent-run organization that supports the students, faculty and administrators of the school. We are also a resource for parents through which you can ask questions and become more a part of the school community. In a traditional school year, we host multiple events that promote family relationships, offer the children fun experiences and assist in fundraising for the school. For new families joining the school this year (welcome!), our traditional school year includes a Back-to-School Picnic, the Halloween Social, Breakfast with Santa, Book Fairs, Street Fairs, Ice Cream Socials, Appreciation Events for our teachers, our annual Gala...the list goes on. For all of these, parents are welcomed and encouraged to be as involved as you are able.

But as you are all aware, the nature of this school year is making it necessary for us to navigate change and think outside the box. We are excited for the challenge of bringing together the St. Joseph’s community within safe social distancing guidelines. We are going to start off slowly and focus on a fall event that is near and dear to the families at St. Joseph’s— the Halloween Social. For those new to the school, the Halloween Social is an age-based celebration of the season with fun  games and treats.  Because of restrictions, the Social will be held remotely this year, and although it will look a little different, we are confident that we can still maintain our spirit of community and show our children fun celebrations. But we need your help!  Do you know a talented virtual DJ to spin some spooky songs, have ideas for games/activities or love a good scary story?  We would love to hear your creative ideas to make this event fun and engaging for the children!  Please sign up to volunteer at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/sjsyhalloweensocial. Once we have volunteer information, we will have a zoom roundtable to brainstorm ideas for the event.

The Home School Association also serves as a bridge between home and the classroom. In the coming couple of weeks, each class will be assigned designated class parents. The duty of the class parents is to communicate school or classroom news from the administration and/or teacher to other parents.  We are planning a virtual happy hour for each class to introduce class parents, get to know fellow class families and answer questions. More details to follow.

The HSA works closely with the school administration to publish a weekly notification of important information including upcoming events and important dates.  Please read these communications thoroughly to stay up-to-date.  We will also have monthly virtual HSA meetings- everyone is welcome to attend. The dates are still to be determined and you will be notified of the first meeting once confirmed.  In the meantime, please don’t hesitate to email with any questions and we will do our best to answer them for you. All of our contact information can be found in the signature below.

Again, we are excited for a new school year and are looking forward to doing everything we can to make it a memorable one for you, your children and our St. Joseph’s community. We are grateful for any time and talents you can share with the HSA this year!

 Warm Regards,

 Michelle Bissell and Nicole Casey, St. Joseph’s Home School Association Presidents





Michael Bohan,  St. Joseph’s Yorkville Dad’s Club President