Volume 1, Issue 1
August 2017
Home & School Club
Message from our President

Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year! We are looking forward to a great year ahead.

The Leigh Home and School Club supports the entire student body at Leigh. Our focus is on the academic and social/emotional needs of every student. We encourage you to donate your time, talent, and treasure so that we can continue to support important programs that benefit all of our children. Please click here to join our mailing list, donate, or sign up to volunteer:

I am very grateful to serve alongside a dedicated and enthusiastic team and I thank each of them for being so generous with their time and talents. Board members and committee chairs for 2017-18 are:

  • Vice President - Aine O'Donovan
  • Parliamentarian - Francine Chou
  • Recording Secretary - Cindy Schultz
  • Corresponding Secretary - Jenny Green
  • Treasurer - Cindy Smith
  • Auditor - Doug Evans
  • Membership - Marina Murray
  • Fundraising - Jennifer Sarmento
  • Positive School Climate - Marina Murray
  • Communications - Aine O'Donovan & Narendra Reddy
  • Hospitality - Carol Hofheimer& Susan Lovelady
  • Campus Beautification - Krista Gaudie & Meghan Burton
  • District Parent Rep - Krista Gaudie & Meghan Burton
  • District Rep Facilities - Krista Gaudie & Meghan Burton
  • District Rep Finances - Tamara Strachman & Paula McHugh Jack
  • Grad Night - Kristina Williams
  • Spirit Boosters Rep - Karen Clark
  • Sports Boosters Rep - Kristina Williams
  • Principal - Kara Butler
  • Teacher Rep - Celeste Smiley
  • ASB Rep - Anika Bhattacharjya
  • Parent Ed -TBD

Each of the Board and Committee Chairs oversees a team of volunteers. Thank you to ALL of the parents who have put their name forward to be on a team. Your support is very much appreciated. Additional parents are always welcome to join our teams and we do need your help! We particularly need people to join our fundraising team. We are also in need of 1-2 people to chair the Parent Ed team. Please contact me or any of the committee chairs if you would like to help out. 

I also encourage you to get involved by attending our monthly meetings (our next meeting is September 18th at 7pm) and staying connected with our Home & School Club. Please also consider making a donation to Home & School Club. Our Annual Giving is our biggest fundraiser of the year and we appreciate any donation you can make.

Warmest wishes,
Doug Carlen
Home and School Club President
Stay Connected

We invite you to connect with the Home & School Club and be a part of this great community.  Here are a few ways you can do this...

  • Subscribe to our mailing list to receive monthly newsletters and stay up to date with Home & School Club happenings.
  • Become a member and donate to Home & School Club.
  • Attend our monthly meetings. Our next meeting is September 18th at 7pm.
  • Volunteer your time by signing up to help when needed (sign up sheets included in this newsletter and posted to our mailing list as needed).
  • Join a committee/team. We have lots of opportunities, big and small! Send an email to Home & School Club President, Doug Carlen, at president@leighhsc.org.
  • Check out our website (we are in the process of building a new site so please be patient as we work through the details!)
  • Follow us on Facebook
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Help Home & School Club reach our Annual Membership Goal of $25,000

T hank you to everyone who has donated to our membership drive to date! It is very much appreciated. Our membership drive is our largest fundraiser of the year and as of August 31st  we have raised $19,512. Please help us reach our goal of $25,000! Donate here

We encourage you to donate your time, talent, and treasure so that we can continue to support important programs such as those listed below:

        • Classroom supplies
        • Staff grants
        • Club support grants
        • College and Career Center
        • Staff Appreciation
        • Positive School Climate programs
        • Capital Improvements
        • Campus Beautification  
        • Parent Education Speakers 

        • Event Hospitality

It takes a Village... this is YOUR Village! Thank you for making a difference at Leigh!

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Recent programs/activities supported by Home & School Club

The following were funded during the month of August:
  • Welcome baskets for teachers - $350
Help us Appreciate our Staff!

Please consider being a part of the Home & School Club's "Hospitality and Staff Appreciation" team! During the year, we help with a few parent and student activities but mostly we make sure our wonderful teachers feel appreciated. We do this by providing them with staff lunches and holiday treats every month.

If you are interested in helping, please sign up to volunteer. For each event we will send out a sign up email with information on what we need. You can participate in just one or as many as you like. Our next event is a  Back To School Luncheon for the teachers and staff on Wednesday, September 6th. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Carol Hofheimer at prettypopcorn@aol.com or Susan Lovelady at susanlovelady@yahoo.com. Thank you again for being a part of our team. We are grateful for all of your help.

Volunteers Needed for Home & School Club Board and Committees

Fundraising Team
We need people to join our fundraising team! Jennifer Sarmento is chairing this team and has some wonderful ideas, but she needs support in order to be able to make them happen. If you would like to help in any way, big or small, we would very much appreciate it. We promise it will be fun! If you are interested, or would like to learn more about this role, please contact Jennifer at fundraising@leighhsc.org.

Parent Ed Team
We do not yet have a Chair for our Parent Ed position. This is a very important role on the board and is a key means to build community and a positive school climate. This role can be undertaken by one person or it can be shared with others. Here is a description of the role. Please note that we have a team of parents ready and waiting to support the Chair(s). 

Plan a series of evening education events that offer topics of interest to parents of high-school students; Typically four to six events are sufficient for each school year. Solicit topics of interest by surveying parents. Invite/hire guest speakers: source/select speakers by working with Leigh administration and parent-ed teams of local high schools, as well as through research and personal connections. Schedule presentations with consideration to speaker's availability, venue availability and school-wide sports and event calendars. Announce and promote events. Host events; includes coordination of set up and wrap up.

If you are interested or would like to learn more about this role, please contact Doug Carlen at president@leighhsc.org or Aine O'Donovan at vice_president@leighhsc.org. 

Take our Home & School Club Survey

Would you like to share your thoughts with the Home & School Club Board on the programs we fund? On our Mission? On our Communications? Click here to complete the Home & School Club survey.

Your feedback is critical to helping us improve, and this is your chance to share your opinions and preferences.  Thank you!

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