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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 2021/2022 are Kristina Lighten (klighten03@gmail.com), Erin Riker (erinlcody@gmail.com), and Treasurer, Liz Ragan (echendel@hotmail.com).  


This year we are hoping to bring back the events you know and love, with some new experiences added into the mix, while keeping the health and safety of our school community at the forefront.  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 – 9/16 

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. 



Fall Spaghetti Dinner – date TBD – stay tuned!

This fantastic, homemade meal is open to our entire community! Plan a night off from cooking and join your friends at Nativity.  A baking contest will be held during this event as well!  Tickets will be sold in advance and at the door.  

*Maura and Tim Seibold     (maura3917@gmail.com)


 Halloween Trunk or Treat (PK-5) – 10/29

A night of Halloween fun with music, crafts, food and spooktacular decor! Held in the evening at school.

*Chair Position VACANT – contact Erin, Liz or Kristina if you’d like to help!


Middle School Halloween Outing (off campus – to be determined) – 10/29

*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. 

*Molly Cullinen (mjknhbf@yahoo.com)

*Liz Kontrabecki (ekontrabecki@gmail.com)




Elves’ Magic Workshop – 12/2  &  12/3    

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 – 12/17

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)


Christmas Cookie Decorating – 12/22

Our students will have a chance to get creative, decorating cookies and singing Christmas songs together in the school cafeteria.

*Kristina Lighten (klighten03@gmail.com)




Nativity Gala – date TBD – stay tuned!

The Nativity Gala 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.  This year we’re moving the Gala to January and recruiting several committee positions to help lighten the load for this big event. Dress up and join our Nativity family for a fantastic night out!

*Chair and co-chair VACANT – contact Liz, Erin, or Kristina if you’d like to help out!

*Venue subcommittee chair: Kristina Lighten (klighten03@gmail.com)  

*Gift gathering, raffle and auction subcommittee chair:  Erin Riker (erinlcody@gmail.com)

*Sponsorship and featured speaker subcommittee chairs VACANT – contact Liz, Erin or Kristina if you’d like to help out!


Catholic Schools Week – 1/31 –  2/4

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 – date TBD – stay tuned!

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 TBD – stay tuned!

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 – Fridays during Lent, stay tuned for dates!

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)

*Co-chair VACANT – contact Erin, Liz or Kristina if you’d like to help out!


Fowler’s Easter Chocolate Sale – ongoing during March/April

Help your family and friends fill those Easter baskets and raise money for Nativity at the same time – it’s a win-win!  The Easter Chocolate Sale offers a convenient online sales platform and shipping options for your out-of-town friends who need a little taste of Buffalo in their basket.  Pick a cute picture for your sales website, set your goal, and watch the orders roll right in!

*Kim Ignatius (kimberlyignatius@gmail.com)


Mother-Son Bowling – 4/30

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)




Teacher Appreciation Week – 5/2 – 5/6

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 – date is TBD – stay tuned!

A special evening of fun activities that will create lasting memories.

*Melissa Burke     (melissabertini@yahoo.com)


Father- Daughter Dance – date is TBD – stay tuned!     

This themed dance is a long standing tradition for our girls and their special guy.   Held at our school during Spring, there will be food, music, dancing and pictures.

*Kati Krol      (katidelmonte@yahoo.com)

*Kristina Lighten (klighten03@gmail.com)


Fellas Day Out – date is TBD – stay tuned!

This is a great time for our boys and their special guy to spend a fun afternoon together.  Details to come!

*Committee Chair VACANT – contact Erin, Liz or Kristina if you’d like to help out!*




Chase the Sun Run – date is TBD – stay tuned!

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)


Lunch Monitors

This is a great way to visit with your little ones during the school day, and gives our wonderful Nativity teachers a well-deserved lunch break!  This year we hope to return to going outside during lunch periods (from 11am to 1pm) so we need your help more than ever. 

*Molly Cullinen (mjknhbf@yahoo.com)


New Family Mentor Program

Do you remember your family’s first year at Nativity? Learning the ins and outs of our school community takes time, and you can help new families feel welcome and at home by volunteering to be a New Family Mentor.  Mentors take new families under their wing and serve as a resource for any questions they might have.  What better way to fulfill your volunteer hours than to help new families find their place in our school community?

*Janet Griffin     (janeterese14075@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 – contact Erin, Liz or Kristina if you’d like to help out!*



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. 

*Erin Riker (erinlcody@gmail.com)


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