Home & School Association (HSA)
The school works hand-in-hand with parents to build a home/school partnership. Parents are the constant force behind many, many projects that enhance the school and help nurture the SEES experience.
The HSA works diligently to plan and execute community events that provide family fun, while raising funds to defray the cost of tuition. Students reap the rewards of parental commitment!
Mission of the HSA is to
- Provide spiritual opportunities and fellowship that develop a strong and meaningful Christian community among school families, faculty and administration.
- Provide a vehicle of communication between parents and the school.
- Plan and coordinate fund raising activities.
- Provide interesting and informative programs relevant to the needs of the school community.
The HSA Board has 22 members
- Vice President
- Recording Secretary
- Corresponding Secretary
- Fundraising Coordinator
- Faculty Representative
- School Principal
- Parent Representatives from each grade
“Parental effort is consistently associated with higher levels of achievement, and the magnitude of the effect of parental effort is substantial. We found that schools would need to increase per-pupil spending by more than $1,000 in order to achieve the same results that are gained with parental involvement.” This research is reported in “Parental Effort, School Resources, and Student Achievement” Journal of Human Resources (Spring 2008).
The primary purpose of our Parental Involvement Program is to maximize the success of our students by parental involvement at school, as demonstrated by studies such as the one cited above.
The secondary goal is to keep tuition to a minimum by drawing on the many talents of our families. The time and services donated to the school by our generous parents provide benefits and improvements that would otherwise incur expenses to the school.
The third goal is to promote community. Many friendships have roots in working together as parent volunteers.
Our Parent Involvement Program requires each family to spend 15 hours per year working for St. Edward-Epiphany School.
Just a few ways that parents earn their Parent Involvement Hours
- School Library volunteer
- Serving Lunch once a month
- Working at the Chick-Fil-A monthly fundraiser
- Going on class field trips as a chaperone
- Helping with the school fundraising auction
- Being on a school committee
- Acting as a parent representative for your child’s grade
- Helping out in Art classes
- Being a coach for a SEES sports team
- Being part of the 5K Eagle Challenge planning team
- Working at the Fall Festival
- Helping at the Used Uniform Sale
- Being a Mystery Reader or Desk Fairy
- Helping set up laptop computers for classroom use
- Being an Ambassador Family
- Serving at Family Dinner Nights
- Helping with the Secret Santa Christmas Sale
- Preparing or serving at teacher luncheons held on days of parent-teacher conference and teacher appreciation week
- Being a room parent
- Being a leader for a Cub Scout den or Girl scout troop
- Helping with the graduation luncheon and dance
- Assist the PE teacher by timing or refereeing games during the SEES Olympics
- Staffing the “Eagle’s Nest” school shop
- Setting up for the annual book fair
St. Edward-Epiphany School’s unique Ambassador Family Outreach Program makes new students and their families and feel like part of our community, right from the beginning.
Many SEES families volunteer to be ambassadors because it feels good to welcome others into our school community. Current Ambassador Families meet their “new” families before the beginning of each new school year, get to know each other, and share valuable information about the school. For many, particularly those who are new to the Richmond area, an ambassador family can really make the assimilation into our school much easier.
Even better, ambassador family relationships often grow into long term friendships, as ambassador families are matched with new families who have children of similar ages, immediately giving them something in common.
“Coming to a new school always involves quite a few changes. We feel lucky to be given the opportunity to help make that transition a little easier.”