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Home School Association

2020-2021 HSA Calendar

Schedule of Special Events and Fundraisers

Welcome Nativity families, new and old!  We hope you had a fantastic summer and are looking forward to this year as much as we are.

Below, is a brief outline of special events held throughout the year as well as volunteer opportunities and committee chairs.  Together, with our faculty and staff, it is through teamwork at events like these, that Nativity has built such a strong family community.  The success of each event is 100% dependent upon involvement from families like you.  We encourage you to reach out to any of the committee chairs and ask how you can become involved.  Any amount of time you can offer will be greatly appreciated.

Our HSA (Home and School Association) plays an important role in facilitating many of these events.  HSA is comprised of a group of parents who help perform two primary functions through school events: fundraising and community enrichment or “fun”raising.  HSA’s fundraising efforts account for 17% of the school’s budget, contributing directly to your student’s experience and the cost to educate. The HSA Co-Chairs for 2020/21 are Liz Kontrabecki, Kim Ignatius  and Treasurer, Maura Seibold.   Meetings will be held the first Monday of each month, all are welcome!

This year has proven to be unique at the very least.  With that in mind, please know that events listed may change as necessary.   Please be attentive to emails and our Nativity Facebook page, both will keep you up to date with the latest information.


Fall Meet the Teachers Night 9/17
Meet the Principal, school staff, teachers and your HSA Co-Chairs for the year.  A brief overview of the year ahead and important information will be shared.


Halloween Party (PK-5) 10/23

Trunk or Treat! Nativity school parking lot. A night of trick or treating from car to car. Decorate your trunk and bring candy to pass out.
*Danielle Cujalj –  senecaserb@gmail.com

Middle School Halloween Outing (off campus – to be determined) 10/30
*Scheris Rydzewski –  scheris1212@gmail.com 


Thanksgiving Feast 11/18
The spirit of Thanksgiving is truly alive during this whole-school feast, created entirely by our students,  Pre-K through 8.
*Kara Bestpitch  – kbestpitch@yahoo.com

Nativity Gala    11/21
The Nativity Gala held at Orchard Park Country Club  is our largest sponsorship-driven fundraiser for the school.  This themed event will include a full sit-down dinner, beverages plus live and silent auctions.  Dress up and join our Nativity family for a fantastic night out!
*Joy Kaminski  – joyful722@gmail.com
*Sue Basil – srbasil@hotmail.com
*Jessica Croce –  jesscroce@gmail.com


Christmas Cookie Decorating *12/18
Our students will have a chance to get creative, decorating cookies and singing Christmas songs together in the school cafeteria.
*Kara Bestpitch – kbestpitch@yahoo.com

Elves’ Magic Workshop 12/3 & 12/4
Children can shop for and wrap Christmas gifts during the school day. Older students and volunteers will be on hand to assist the little ones.
*Kelly Mack – kelly.mack@gmail.com

Faculty and Staff Christmas Luncheon 12/18
On this special day, we host a lovely luncheon at school catered by a local restaurant, as a way to show our appreciation for all of our devoted teachers and staff.
*Liz Kontrabecki – ekontrabecki@gmail.com


Catholic Schools Week 1/31 – 2/6
This is an annual celebration of Catholic education and the value that our students bring to society.  We kick off the week with mass and hold a number of fun events throughout the week!  Details to come in the new year.

Joe DeMarco Tournament *dates to come
This is the largest grammar school basketball tournament in WNY.  It is held each winter and pays tribute to a beloved Nativity science teacher and basketball coach who passed away in 2006.
*Jermaine Johnson – jermaine.m.johnson@baml.com


Snowball Dance *date to come
This dance is sponsored and funded by the Diocese of Buffalo and is held at one of our local Catholic Schools.  There will be two dances; one for 5th and 6th graders and a second for 7th and 8th graders. Location of the dance will be named later in the year.


Fish Fry Dinners 3/5, 12 & 19th
Nativity will host fish fry dinners during Lent.  Tickets are sold in advance and at the entrance of Cafeteria and open for all to attend.  Share with friends and neighbors and take a night off from cooking while supporting our school.
*Colleen King – librarian1225@gmail.com
*Tara Kerwin – henderson_tara_ruth@hotmail.com

Mother-Son Bowling 3/6
This is a great time for our boys and their special gal.   Bowling, pizza and treats makes for a fantastic date!
*Janet Griffin – janeterese14075@gmail.com

Father- Daughter Dance 3/20
This themed dance is a long standing tradition for our girls and their special guy. Held at our school during Winter or early Spring, there will be dinner, music, dancing and pictures.
*Katie Krol – katiedelmonte@yahoo.com


Teacher Appreciation Week 5/3- 5/7
This week- long celebration is our way of expressing gratitude for our teachers.  Each day we will acknowledge our teachers in a new, thoughtful way.  Details will be shared later this year!
*Kim Ignatius – kimberlyignatius@gmail.com

Mother-Daughter Night 5/6
A special evening of fun activities that will create lasting memories.
*Melissa Burke – melissabertini@yahoo.com

Fellas Day Out 5/22
This is a great time for our boys and their special guy to spend a fun afternoon together. Details to come!
*Committee Chair VACANT*


Chase the Sun Run 6/17
Please join us for our annual 5K year-end celebration!  This is a great community wide event where walkers and runners are welcome.  Starting at Nativity School, our race course winds through nearby Orchard Park neighborhoods and Green Lake. The event features official timing for race enthusiasts, after race party, and a family-friendly atmosphere.
*Maura and Tim Seibold – maura3917@gmail.com


Concession Stand
We have a goal of running the concession stand in the gym for all sporting events during the school year.  Using donated food and beverages, the concession stand raises funds for various projects.
*Jermaine Johnson – jermaine.m.johnson@baml.com

Bakers Club
This group of fantastic bakers provides baked goods for school events throughout the year. If your great-grandmother’s blueberry pie is to die for, or you simply know your way around a Betty Crocker mix, you could easily hop on board this group!
*Liz Kontrabecki – ekontrabecki@gmail.com

If you find yourself snapping pictures at school events, please take a moment to share them!  Social media is one way we can share the success of our school, both academic and extracurricular, with the community.
* Melissa Potzler – mpotzler@nativityschool.net

SCRIP is a major fundraiser for our school that allows ANYONE (family, friends) to purchase gift cards to over 50 retail establishments and restaurants, both local and chains. A percentage of each gift card purchased goes directly to our school!!!!  Gift cards may be purchased online (www.shopwithscrip.com / enrollment code: EFF1F1FF3795), as well as through our school. It has never been easier to give!!
*Gina Cirasunda – gina_cirasunda@yahoo.com

Box tops
This year, getting school credit for boxtops has become easier than ever.  You’ll be able to download an app and scan your boxtops and receipts!!  No cutting, bundling or stacking necessary! Additional details coming soon.
*Committee Chair VACANT*

Amazon makes it easy to give directly to our school by choosing Nativity as your charity of choice when shopping on their site.  By doing so, they will give a percentage of your sale directly to our school.  As you can imagine, this adds up very quickly. Details will be shared in September.


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