Category: Home and School Association News

A Letter from HSA

Home and School Association November was a great month to be thankful for our SFXP community! The First Quarter Honors Breakfast was a moving event for students, parents and all who attended. Our guest speaker, Mother Olga, shared the story of her life, and calling, with us. As the founder of the Daughters of Mary of Nazareth, she shared their motto “Passion for God–Compassion for Humanity” in a way all the students could understand. Her presence, and that of the sisters from the order who joined us for the morning made for a wonderfully joyful event for all. Thanks to Colleen Lotuff for chairing this event, and all those who donated food, coffee, and water. Bingo night was a huge success! The cash prizes were eagerly claimed in the traditional manner, and a small take of proceeds will benefit the students through HSA funds. HSA dues and funds help to reduce the costs of field trips, fund monthly Enrichment programs, and more. Thanks to Deb Barnes for organizing this event and the volunteers who helped make it fun. We look forward to many festive events in December in preparation for Christmas! The Book Fair is December 1st. Every year, the students look forward to singing Christmas Carols (in uniform) and spreading Christmas cheer to shoppers at Barnes & Nobles Bookstore. Students may wear festive Santa hats, and other modest decorations, to get in the spirit of the season. Parents love the opportunity to shop with a purpose as the donated portion of the sales benefit the Arts programs at SFXP. The Live Nativity is on Sunday, December 3rd, immediately following the 9:00 A.M. Mass at St. Francis Xavier Church. After the Nativity, stay to shop at the Church Fair and enjoy Breakfast with St. Nicholas. Thanks to Julie Milczanowski, Kristin Komar, Pamela Egan-Walsh and Patrice Czapski for helping this year. This year’s cast includes Sofia McManus 8P, Nico Traykovski 7K, Jade Biliouris 6DU, Michelle Kramer 6DE, Claire Komar 7G, Natalia Traykovski 5B, Joe McManus 6DU, Christian Egan-Walsh 5H, Jake McFarland 5H and Flynn Kayajan 6DE. The Christmas Dance is December 15th and is sponsored by Student Council.   Another way the students celebrate Christmas is with traditional Lessons and Carols on December 22nd. The students are invited to be out of uniform and wear their holiday finest to celebrate Christmas with their homerooms in the morning. At 10:30, students, and their families enjoy Christmas music and scripture at Lessons & Carols in the St. John Paul II High School Auditorium. At 11:30, everyone is welcomed to Monsignor Thomson Hall for a reception. Thank you to Anke Rudy and Karen Wilson for chairing this event. Please plan to join us for our December Meeting, Wednesday, December 6th at a special time, 6:30 P.M. We are pleased to welcome back Barnstable Police Detective Kevin Connolly who will share with us an important presentation on Internet Safety. This is a great opportunity to learn the latest trends online impacting middle-school students.    … Read More

Happy Fall from HSA!

Happy Fall! Thank you to all who support the HSA! We are so grateful to those who volunteer their time and talent to help make SFXP a special place for students and their families. EarthView visited SFXP on October 24th. Miss Walsh shared with our students that Geography is a dynamic discipline at the intersection of STEM education and global education. Earthview is a 20 foot inflatable globe that travels to school gyms throughout the United States. This teaching tool allows students not only to get a close up view of the exterior of the globe, but also to step inside and understand the world from its interior. If learning more about Geography is of interest to your student, follow EarthView at their blog: Your HSA dues helped fund this valuable Enrichment program. HSA co-President Anke Rudy will host the first ever Parent Social on Thursday, November 2nd! If you are a parent who would like to get to know some other parents in a very relaxed, casual environment, join the fun! 7-9 P.M., 255 Crystal Lake Road, Osterville. Please RSVP to Anke at Thank you to Colleen Lotuff who will be chairing the Quarterly Honors Breakfast again this year. The first Honors Breakfast will be held on Tuesday, November 14th, at 8:30 A.M. in Monsignor Thomson Hall. This is a wonderful time for everyone to celebrate the hard work of all the students. We will be looking for volunteers so please watch the Sunday Email for a SignUp. The Friends and Family Bingo will be on Friday, November 17th, 7 – 9:00 P.M., Monsignor Thomson Hall. Bring your friends, bring your family! The Stop & Shop A+ Rewards program offers an easy way for SFXP to earn CASH that can be used for a wide variety of purposes that benefit our school. Every time you use your Stop & Shop card you earn points that translate into funding for the school. Remember, even if you registered your card last year, you must re-register this year for SFXP to receive credit. Registration is easy and makes a HUGE difference to our school. We need your support. You can register online at using ID #06960. Please encourage friends and relatives to register. Cards can be registered to two schools. Thank you! As always, December will be very busy at SFXP. Friday, December 1st: the SFXP Bookfair at Barnes and Noble, Cape Cod Mall. Sunday, December 3rd:  the Live Nativity will follow the 9:00 A.M. Mass at St. Francis Xavier Church Thursday, December 7th: Students will have a presentation from Barnstable Police Detective Kevin Connolly on Web Safety. Detective Connolly will also attend the December HSA Meeting, December 6th, to educate parents, starting at 6:30pm Wednesday, December 13th: SFXP Christmas Concert and Art Show, 6:30 P.M. Friday, December 15th: Christmas Dance for Grades 6-8, from 7-9:30 P.M., sponsored by the Student Council Details and volunteer opportunities for all of these events will follow. Yours in Faith, Deb Barnes, President,… Read More

Home and School Association

HSA is You! And you deserve a big Thank You for helping start this academic year strong! Thanks to everyone who helped donate food, drinks, and their time, on the first day of school at the Welcome Back Breakfast! Thank you to the volunteers who helped make 5th Grade Games Night a fun-filled evening for our fifth graders! Thanks to those who brought in ice cream toppings, and scooped up the good stuff at the Welcome Back Ice Cream Social! Thanks to everyone who made the Seaside Dance one to remember for the students of our sixth, seventh and eighth grades! And thank you to all the parents who stopped by for a cookie, and to sign up for Stop & Shop’s A+ Rewards at the Mini Class Night. The first HSA meeting was very informative! Deb and Anke welcomed everyone to the meeting and shared upcoming event information. Mrs. Kelley shared her notes, encouragement, and thoughts on the positive start to the year. Mrs. Philbin-Crockett, the teacher representative to HSA, shared her notes from teachers reminding parents to send in a note after a student returns from an absence, as well a reminder from the Nurse that if your child needs to receive prescription medication, please make sure to bring it into the nurse, as students should not be carrying medication into the building. Our HSA treasurers, Kristen and Marianne, were happy to report families have been sending in dues to help HSA defray the cost of many school events. Kellie, our Volunteer Coordinator, thanked those who completed the Volunteer Sign Up Form from the August mailing. The opportunities to help continue through the school year as HSA sponsors many events where you can get involved. Volunteers who have completed CORI training are always welcome. Good Times! Rob Surette returned to SFXP on September 18th and shared his speed painting talent and inspirational message with our students.  Rob last visited SFXP in the fall of 2013. Dr. Mallory Bagwell worked with the Class of 2018 on September 22nd, facilitating games of problem solving, communication, cooperative learning, and leadership techniques. Ongoing! Please consider signing up to become a lunch volunteer! For more information and to sign up, please click here to visit the SignUp Genius page. The SFXP Used Uniform Store (UU) is always here to help. We know our students are growing, and play hard, so uniform items often need replacement. If we can help, email Kristin and Donna at Donations to the UU can be left in the blue hamper in the school lobby. Upcoming! The HSA will sponsor a Halloween Costume Party & Dance for grades 6-8 on Friday, October 27th, from 7:00-9:30. Mark your calendar to join our next meeting, Wednesday, October 4, at 7:00 P.M, in the Art Room.  

Parent Open House – Mini Class Night

Thursday, September 21 The annual St. Francis Xavier Preparatory School Parent Open House is Thursday, September 21, at 7:00 P.M. The meeting will be held in the school gymnasium, which is named for Monsignor William D. Thomson, pastor of St. Francis Xavier Church when the building was first constructed. This meeting is for parents of current students. This Home and School Association sponsored event will begin with a welcome from HSA co – presidents, Anke Rude and Deb Barnes and introduction of fellow board members. Middle School Principal, Mrs. Elizabeth Kelley, will introduce the faculty. Following the assembly, parents will get a sense of a typical school day as they follow classes according to their children’s daily schedules. Parents will attend “classes” that are about eight minutes in length. Teachers will introduce themselves and explain their course content, class expectations for the subjects and provide their general grading guidelines. Following a run-through of the schedule, parents and teachers are invited back to the gymnasium for a social.