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    President – Donna Britt

    Vice President – Alayne Bell

    Past President – Patty Szipszky

    Secretary – Seana Martinelli

    Treasurer – Sloane Davis

    Head of School – Deirdre Cryor

    Director of Institutional Advancement - Kathy Gallagher


    Hospitality/Decorations Coordinator – Melissa Clark

    Volunteer Coordinator - Terri Prendergast

    Marketing Coordinator – Jessica Murdolo

    Event Assessment Coordinator – Kim Palladino

    Online SCRIP Coordinator – Patty Szipszky

    Faculty Bonus Coordinator – Tammy Hart

    Box Tops Coordinator – Dana Mejzak

    Fundraising Coordinator – Elaine DiCocco

    Artistic Coordinator – Heidi Sharkey

    Mission Statement

    The Mothers’ Association seeks to foster a spirit of good will within the school community and assist Country Day School of the Sacred Heart in financial support and opportunity to the faculty and students. The MA would like to continue to deliver high quality school events and maintain a nurturing sense of community. Please join us at the meetings to see how you can make a difference in your daughter's school. Many things can be done from home. Unable to make the meetings? Feel free to open the meeting minutes below to learn more about what great things we are planning.

    Please contact Donna Britt with any questions.

    Get Involved.

    Mothers meet at 8:30a.m. in the Main School House Dining Hall on the following dates. All mothers are invited whether you signed up to volunteer for something or not.

    Meeting Dates and Minutes:

    • Tuesday, September 13, 2016 at 8:30 a.m.
    • Tuesday, October 4, 2016 at 8:30 a.m.
    • Friday, October 21, 2016 6:00-8:00 p.m. Mothers' Association Social
    • Tuesday, November 8, 2016 at 8:30 a.m.
    • Tuesday, January 10, 2017 8:30 a.m.
    • Tuesday, February 7, 2017 8:30 a.m.
    • Tuesday, April 11, 2017 8:30 a.m.
    • Tuesday, May 9, 2016 6:30 p.m. Mothers' Association Social

    Homeroom Mothers:

    Lower School Homeroom Mom Captain: Lisa Wanner

    • Kindergarten: Christy Rodia
    • First Grade: Sloane Davis
    • Second Grade: Marianne Vickers & Meghan Houder
    • Third Grade: Katie Pryma
    • Fourth Grade: Barbara Forte DiGiuseppi & Kim Palladino

    Middle School Homeroom Mom Captain: Mary Lesutis (Fitzhenry)

    • Fifth Grade: Patty Hicks & Nicole Gress
    • Sixth Grade: Jill Thompson & Tammy Hart
    • Seventh Grade: Christine White & Stephanie Krug
    • Eighth Grade: Karen Casale

    Upper School Homeroom Mom Captains: Katie Backe, Monique Dowd, Staci Wilhelm Loranca and Nancy Conway

    • Ninth Grade: Caroline Gagliardi & Carrie Wiemer
    • Tenth Grade: Katie Backe & Monique Dowd
    • Eleventh Grade: Michelle Harris & Zenell Dear
    • Twelfth Grade: Rosanne Terzian & Lisa Brairton

    2016-2017 Events

    Fall Thanksgiving Pie Fundraiser
    November 11-23, 2016
    Chair: Elaine DiCocco

    The Mothers' Association Fall Fundraiser, “Buy a Pie ~ Give a Pie” enables families to purchase Linvilla Orchards pies for their Thanksgiving Feast and at the same time order a pie to be donated to the Thanksgiving Baskets that our school’s Community Service Corp is putting together.

    Volunteers are needed to help distribute pies during Parent Teacher Conference Days Nov 22-23rd.

    Christmas at the Mansion
    Friday, November 18, 2016
    Chairs: Carrie Weimer & Tammy Hart
    Alumnae Liaison Chair: Corinne Benditt

    Christmas at the Mansion is a special holiday evening held in the Schoolhouse Mansion. The Mansion is beautifully decorated for Christmas and attendees are treated to a night of delicious food, drink, raffle prizes and early Christmas shopping. Our very own Choir kicks off the holiday season with a performance of Christmas carols.

    Volunteers are needed for decorations, invitations, registration, beverages and vendors. Volunteers are also needed for taking down decorations at the end of Christmas break.

    Book Fairs
    December 5-9, 2016
    May 1-5, 2017
    Chair: Jill Thompson

    Student Book Fairs are held in the school library in the fall and spring for Lower and Middle School Students.

    Volunteers are needed to help set up the book fair in the library, act as cashiers during the fair and help break down the fair after it is over.

    Secret Santa Workshop
    December 7, 2016
    Chairs: Seana Martinelli & Jill Thompson

    Santa’s Workshop is a special event for our Lower School students. Tables with small gifts are set up on the Sun Porch and each of the lower school classes are given a timeslot for students to come to the workshop and buy Christmas gifts for their family members.

    Volunteers are needed to shop for gifts prior to the workshop, help set up the workshop, assist the students with shopping, wrap gifts purchased by the students and break down the workshop.

    Annual Dinner Dance and Auction
    February 11, 2017
    Chairs: Staci Wilhelm Loranca and Jill Thompson
    Alumnae Liaison Chair: Corinne Benditt '94

    The Annual Dinner Dance and Auction is the Mothers’ Association’s biggest fundraiser of the year and requires the help of many volunteers. This is a themed event held in late winter or early spring, either in the Dooley Gymnasium or an offsite venue. Guests enjoy a delicious dinner, open bar, live music and unique prizes raffled throughout the evening.

    Volunteers are needed for Computer input, Silent Auction Table Captains, Live Auction, Procurement, PR, Set-up, Registration, Check-out and Decorating.

    Mother/Daughter Mass and Luncheon
    April 30, 2017
    Chairs: Christine Bass & Heidi McIntyre

    The Mother/Daughter Mass and Luncheon is a festive, themed event held each year in May. The day begins with Mass and is followed by a delicious lunch, raffle prizes and a little mother and daughter shopping! This event is attended by parents, students, faculty and friends of Sacred Heart.

    Volunteers are needed to help organize the event, establish a theme, invitation design, identify a venue, select a menu, extend invitations to vendors, coordinate the Senior gift and organize gift baskets to raffle.

    Teacher Appreciation Week
    May 1-5, 2017
    Chairs: Jill Thompson & Meghan Houder

    Teacher Appreciation Week is organized to show our appreciation for all that our Sacred Heart teachers and staff do for our daughters. It is held the first week in May and faculty and staff are treated to a special breakfast on Tuesday and special lunch on Wednesday.

    Volunteers are needed to solicit breakfast and lunch food items and organize set-up and clean-up committees.

    Senior Graduation Reception
    June 8, 2017
    Chairs: Melissa Alexander & Liz Magnotta

    The Senior Graduation Reception is held in the Mansion Dining Room immediately following Commencement in the gym. Graduates and families gather to celebrate together while enjoying food that is purchased and homemade by school families.

    10th and 11th Grade Parents and other Volunteers are needed to contribute food, set-up, clean-up. 11th Grade parents train the 10th Grade parents for hosting the following year’s reception.

    BoxTops 4 Education
    All Year
    Chair: Dana Mejzak

    Sacred Heart participates in the “BoxTops for Education” program. BoxTops are collected by Sacred Heart Families from General Mill’s products throughout the year and then they are submitted for money for the school.

    Volunteers are needed to help collecting and keeping counts for Red & White Teams, updating newsletters, managing our account online and encouraging parents to sign-up online.

    Hospitality Committee
    All Year
    Chair: Melissa Clark

    The Hospitality Committee provides food and drink for Mothers’ Association meetings/socials, Back to School Nights and other assistance on an as-needed basis. Hospitality also decorates the entrance to the Mansion for various holidays throughout the year.

    Marketing Committee
    All Year
    Chair: Jessica Murdolo

    The Marketing Committee is a new committee that has been organized to promote events within the Mothers’ Association, our school and into the community. The group will work closely with our Director of Communications, Marketing and PR, Mrs. Lisa Brairton.

    Volunteers are needed to attend and photograph MA events, write articles and submit them to newspapers and other marketing outlets.

    Updated 10-23-16/DB

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