Though fundraising the Parents’ Association participates in and enriches the school experience for our children. In the past these efforts have included music and theatre performances, library materials, field trips, playground and gymnastic equipment, community projects and more. This year, in addition to our social events, our fundraising will go towards supporting our children’s sports teams as well as cultural programs for all students both within and outside of the school.
“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”
The HMPA supports many events throughout the year. Check them out below!
Welcome BBQ: This drop in event is a new venture intended to allow new and returning families to meet and share in the excitement of the start of the school year. Co-leads would organize and facilitate the event. Event volunteers would help with grilling, and serving food, and refreshments.
Friday Drop-in Coffee Hours: These drop in events are a new opportunity for parents to meet informally and get to know other HMS parents. Co-leads plan and organize these events. Volunteers participate in planning, set up and clean up.
Meet & Greets: These drop in events are scheduled as an opportunity for parents to mingle and grab a coffee/tea immediately prior to selected school workshops. Level Representatives lead these events and volunteers to help with set up are appreciated.
Parent Socials: These drop in events are a new opportunity for parents to get to know other parents in the HMS community. These events will be held at a local pub following the October, January, and June PA meetings. Co-leads plan and facilitate the events, and a couple of volunteers could assist in welcoming parents.
Pumpkin Carving: This is drop in event for parents and children. Pumpkins and carving tools & patterns are provided. Attendees bring snacks to share. The Co-Leads organize and facilitate this well attended, family centered event. Event volunteers would help with tasks such as set-up, monitoring the food table and hot drinks, cleaning up, etc.
Silent Auction Donation Drive: Parents assist in procuring donations from the shops and restaurants that they feel comfortable approaching. Silent Auction occurs at the Gala Fundraiser. Co-Leads co-ordinate the donation drive and help organize the items for auction. Volunteers participate in various aspects including planning, getting donations, preparing them for the auction, pricing, and with item pickup after the event.
Gala Fundraiser: The Gala Fundraiser is an evening event for parents. It provides an opportunity to socialize with other parents, and to take part in fundraising activities and the silent auction. Tickets are sold for this event to ensure adequate space and catering. The co-leads would organize and facilitate this large parent-centered fundraiser. Volunteers participate in with planning, set up, and clean up at the event.
Teacher and Staff Holiday Gift Contributions/and End of Year Gift Contributions: This optional activity is organized by the PA as an alternative for Holiday and End of Year gift giving for Teachers and HMS staff. The contributions have been used to purchase gifts (e.g., Cadillac Fairview Mall Gift Certificates) for each teacher/staff. Cards for each Teacher and Staff member are purchased by the PA. At Holiday time and End of Year the co-leads organize the individual cards and contribution envelopes for each teacher/staff, and purchase the gift cards after contributions have been collected. Volunteers help to facilitate the donations during drop-off and pickup times to avoid congestion in the front office.
Family Movie Night: This drop in event is hosted by the PA. Movies (under license) are screened at the school for family entertainment. Popcorn and a small treat are provided to the kids, and a small kitchen party is held for the parents. Co-Leads plan and facilitate the event. Volunteers help with planning, advertising, preparation, set up and clean-up.
Storytelling: This drop in event is hosted by the PA. At our first event, a professional storyteller and a musician were hired to entertain children and their families. They ran two sessions, one for Casa aged-children, and a second for at Elementary aged children. A small treat was provided to the kids. Co-Leads plan and facilitate the event. Volunteers help out with planning, advertising, preparation, set up and clean-up.
Fun Fair Caravan: This jointly run event (School & PA) includes a BBQ, inflatables, face painting, tattoos, crafts, and live music. Tickets are sold for this event to ensure adequate space and catering. All families in attendance are asked to contribute a ½ hour of volunteer time to allow all parents and volunteers the opportunity to enjoy the event. Co-leads oversee the planning and facilitation of the event, with volunteers contributing to planning and facilitate each of the sections of the event, including the food, the bar, snacks & dessert, crafts, face paint, tattoos, and co-ordinate volunteers.
Casa End of Year Picnic: This drop in event is an opportunity for Casa students and their families to enjoy a picnic lunch together following the end of year ceremonies on the last day of school. Families bring their own food and picnic together in a local park. Co-leads organize and facilitate the event. Volunteers participate in planning, advertising, and with set up and tidy up of the picnic area.