Support HTS When You Shop
Here are some ways to support Holy Trinity School when you do your usual shopping, at no extra cost to you:
Amazon Smile. Choose Holy Trinity School as your charity through the Amazon Smile program and 0.5% of the amount of your purchases will be donated by Amazon to our school.
Boxtops for Education. Please clip and save your Boxtops for Education from products ranging from Kleenex to Cheerios! Each one is worth 10 cents for HTS. Send them to school in your child’s Tuesday folder or drop them in the box in the upper school office. Send one or send 100 — every Boxtop counts! We submit the Boxtops in baggies in sets of 50.
Giant A+ School Rewards Program. Please register your Giant card to earn cash rewards for HTS when you (or your family members) shop at Giant Food store – at no cost to you. If you don’t have your Giant card anymore, you can re-register and get a new number. Choose Holy Trinity Elem School – School Code 00080. That’s it! And rewards come to HTS every time you shop at Giant from October to March.
Target. Please register your Target Red Card and link to Holy Trinity School so that 1% of the amount of your purchases will be donated to HTS at no cost to you. This program ends forever in May 2016, so shop now!
The HSA provides a caring outreach to school families experiencing a life event, such as births or deaths in the family. Mass cards and assistance are provided when a school family experiences an illness or death in the family or otherwise is in need. This is in addition to the family support that happens at the class level, which is often coordinated through the room parents.
The Holy Trinity Fathers’ Club is a parent service organization made up of dedicated fathers of the school. All current HTS School fathers are members of the HTS Fathers’ Club. There is no cost for membership and no need to sign up or register for membership.
The purpose of the HTSFC is to support our sons and daughters, in a spirit of volunteerism through various events held throughout the calendar year, as well as provide our time and talents in support of various fundraising and social events at the school. The HTSFC enriches the Holy Trinity experience for our sons and daughters and serves as a vehicle for fathers to be more active in school life. Throughout the year, you will receive notices for specific events and volunteer opportunities. As you receive these notices, you will need to sign up and/or RSVP to these individual activities.
GRACE Art: Art in the Schools Program
Holy Trinity School is proud to participate in a parent-run art appreciation program organized by the Greater Reston Arts Center (GRACE) in Reston, Virginia. GRACE Art in the Schools program provides us with the tools we need to educate our school’s young students about great art- from the Lascaux Cave Paintings to Georgia O’Keefe and everything in between.
Each month features a different artist and we focus on six artists per year in the kindergarten through 5th grade classes. GRACE Art provides us with a detailed portfolio for each month so you do not need any special training or an art background. All that is required is your time and enthusiasm!
If you have a child in kindergarten through 5th grade, please consider presenting a portfolio this year. It is a unique opportunity to be in the classroom, and you will get to know your child’s classmates. As an added bonus, your child will be so proud to have you there!
Each Wednesday, all students are encouraged to bring in an extra sandwich for Martha’s Table to feed the area needy. In addition to the weekly sandwich contribution from all students, individual classes are periodically assigned a specific Wednesday to work as a class making sandwiches. On those assigned Wednesday, students will be asked to bring in the materials needed for making the sandwiches. These sandwiches are collected by an HSA committee member and driven to Martha’s Table for distribution.
New Parent Orientation
HSA partners with the school to help orient new parents to the HTS community. Beginning with the New Parent Cocktail Party in the spring, the HSA is committed to welcoming its newest members.
Parent and Teacher Coffees
The HSA Coffees are held informally once a month on the school’s front sidewalk. Please stop by after drop off for coffee and fellowship with other parents and guest teachers.
Volunteers are needed to pickup and setup the monthly coffee. Our goal is to have at least one volunteer each month.
Room Parents are an important part of the HTS community. Room Parents offer needed support to the teachers and communicate information from the teachers, school, and Home School Association to the parents. Responsibilities of Room Parents include:
- provide support to the teachers
- attend room parent meetings and communicate essential information to parents in your class
- create a welcoming and inclusive class community
- coordinate parent potluck socials, and
- perform specific duties of classroom teacher, grade and the HSA
Our Boosters work with the Arts, Music, PE, and Specials teachers as well as the Aftercare Program. As a Booster you help support all the outstanding work of the staff at HTS. You will provide much needed horsepower that allows HTS to offer more “curriculum nights” such as Family Math Night and Music & Arts Night, as well as CYO sports, and after school programming.
Scoop It! Parent Education
Do you have a hard time keeping up with the latest literature on raising children? Do you have a stack of “parent education” books on your nightstand which you have been meaning to read? Do you sometimes feels like as soon as you solve one issue, another is around the corner? Well, if so, HSA Parent Education is here to help.
In addition to the speakers we offer each semester, and our membership in the Parents Council of Washington, starting this week we are working with school guidance counselor, Bridget Tansey and technology teacher, Mary Beth Morell to bring you the latest news on parenting in this rapidly changing culture. The HSA is adding to the newsletter weekly links to articles, stories, book reviews that come across out desks that we think are worth sharing. These articles will cover a variety of topics and will be archived for later use. We also really want you to share information you encounter. IF you come across a great piece you think we all could benefit from, please send it to Parent Education Coordinator Jenny Smulson at firstname.lastname@example.org
So, check out this week’s installment and let us know what you think!
The Social Justice committee is a vibrant group that strives to develop service projects that the whole family can join in. Opportunities, occurring throughout the year, include Christmas Giving Tree, Easter Adopt-a-Family, Fall & Spring Gleaning, Walk for the Homeless Mini-Walk-a-Thon, Thanksgiving Food Drive, Family Support, McKenna Sandwiches, and Senior Citizen Luncheon.
Uniform Exchange is a voluntary program whereby members of the HTS community donate gently used uniforms. The clothing is washed and made available in the theater lobby for members of the HTS community. Dates are published in the Tuesday newsletter. The uniform exchange is available during the first week of school and about six times per year thereafter. Shirts, skirts, jumpers, pants, sweatshirts, and PE apparel are available in various sizes. This is a great volunteer opportunity for parents who only have short amounts of time to stop by and fold during the week of each exchange. For families with nothing to donate, a donation to the HSA is greatly appreciated.
For more information, please contact Julia Torrey.