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Home School Association

HSA Monthly Meeting Schedule: January 19, February 16, March 16, April 20, and May 18. Meetings run from 7-8 p.m. and are held on the first floor of the school (Room 113).

The HSA performs two primary functions: fundraising and enrichment. HSA’s fundraising efforts account for 17% of the school’s budget. Those funds provide support for ski club, athletic teams, sports night and more. HSA also puts on the events at the school that provide a sense of community and fellowship like the Back to School BBQ, Special Persons Lunch, Halloween Party, and other family events.

Our annual events are listed below. As we finalize the chairs, details and dates for these, we’ll update them here. Please check back often!

Please watch your email for opportunities to volunteer for all the events that make a Nativity education more fulfilling for our students.


Elves’ Magic Workshop (Co-chairs: Cheryl Zak, Kelly Friedman, RJ Friedman)

  • Held during the school day, students can shop and purchase Christmas gifts for family and loved ones. Most items run between $3 and $10.

Holiday Teacher & Staff Luncheon (Chairs: Homeroom Parents)

  • Prior to Christmas break, the homeroom parents organize a luncheon to show our appreciation.


School Open House (Co-chairs: Tara Hart-Nova and team)

  • Nativity opens its doors to prospective parents to show them what we’re all about. We need parents to act as tour guides and answer questions prospective families have. Light refreshments and decorations are also needed.

Special Persons’ Lunch: Held during Catholic Schools Week. Students can bring a special person (mom, dad, grandma, grandpa, aunt, uncle, neighbor, etc.) to their regular lunch period. Students and guests can bring lunch or order from a special menu.


Casino Fun Night: February 10th (Co-Chairs: Pam Weislo & Mary Lou Notaro)

  • Join us at the school for a fun evening of games played with chips and the chance to win prizes.  There will also be auction items, food, music and more.  Everyone in the community is invited!

Easter Candy Sales


Father/Daughter Dance: March 24 (Co-Chairs: Kati Krol & Nicole Crossman)

  • This nice evening for dads and daughters features a DJ, decorations, some snacks and a photo booth. It’s not to be missed!

Living Art Show or Talent Show

Fish Fry Dinners (Fridays in Lent; Easter is April 16, 2017)


Meat Raffle: April 29th (Chair: Colleen King)

  • More details to follow!


Teacher Appreciation Week, including an end-of-year luncheon given by the Homeroom Parents

Winter or Spring Events (timing can be flexible):

Mother/Son Bowling (Chair: Janet Griffin)

Father/Son Field Day (Chair: Kati Krol)

Mother/Daughter Day


Chase the Sun 5K Run (Chair: Chris Hart-Nova)

This 5K race occurs on or close to the summer solstice. Planning begins approximately 6 months in advance. The race is followed by a family-friendly party including food, drinks, and prizes for top finishers.

Year-round Activities

Scrip: Gift cards to major national and local retailers are sold year-round. When you buy one, you receive the full value of the card, and a percentage of the value is donated to Nativity. Gift cards may be purchased online at, in person at the school on Tuesday mornings, or sent home with your children.

Box Tops: Save all of those Box Tops! We collect Box Tops throughout the school year.

Snack Shack: We work to run the concession stand in the gym for most sporting events. Co-chairs are responsible for stocking the stand with donated food and beverages, setting prices, and scheduling volunteers.

Athletic Directors: These parent volunteers teach skills, teamwork, and good sportsmanship while promoting school spirit. In addition to organizing the coaching staff, the Athletic Directors assist with the organization of the Joe DeMarco Basketball Tournament (January-February), which funds our sports teams. The Athletic Directors also help with the year-end sports banquet.

Homeroom Parents: Homeroom parents work with their respective teachers to plan support for field trips, classroom activities, and special events for the school year. Elementary grades have two homeroom parents; junior high grades have one. Homeroom parents also coordinate gifts for teachers during the holidays and at the end of the school year.

EmbroidMe Nativity Gear: You can order official Nativity sweatshirts, sweaters, hats, bags and more from EmbroidMe. They give 5% of the proceeds back to the school! Any items ordered will be delivered to the school office within 2-3 weeks and sent home with your student. Other delivery arrangements can be made (if, for example, the item is a gift for your student) by contacting EmbroidMe directly at (716) 842-2600.

Past Events


Oktoberfest Gift Gathering, Back to School BBQ


Oktoberfest: September 17

Our biggest fundraiser includes a traditional Oktoberfest meal and beverages, live music, and basket and silent auctions. This adult-only event is a lot of fun for the school and parish.

Meet the Teacher Night: September 27 6:30-8 p.m.

Parents, come tour the school, check in with your child’s teacher and see what the students have been working on. Note: this is a parents-only event.

Questions?  Please email


Halloween Party: October 28, 6-9 p.m.

  • Elementary Student Party in the gym (Co-chairs: Jessica Croce, Robin Jovic)
    This party is for students in K-5 and their families. There will be music, games, crafts, pizza, snacks, prizes and a costume contest.
  • Junior High Party in the cafeteria (Chair: Debbie Chimes)


Fall Sale (Co-chairs: Sharon Beres, Lynn Connors)

From October 12-26, Nativity families and friends can purchase wrapping paper, cookie dough, and other gift items. Purchases will be delivered to the school on December 1. With a successful sale, we’ll be able to bring a trick bike riding show to Nativity in March!

Poinsettia/Wreath Sales (Chair: Joy Kaminski)

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