St. Dennis School Home & School Association
The Home & School Association is the liaison between the school and parents. It is governed by a board of elected parent volunteers and includes at-large members supporting a variety of Home & School functions. Meetings are held once monthly, and all parents are invited to attend. In addition, we bring in guest speakers several times a year to discuss issues affecting our school and our children. Past topics have included topics such as internet safety and deep dives into extracurricular curriculum.
The Home & School Association also oversees three major fundraisers each year, which help fund activities, such as Field Day, the Halloween Dance and Catholic Schools Week, and also provides financial support to help enhance the school, including technology upgrades, facilities improvements and special event support. For more information, download our bylaws.
St. Dennis Home & School Association Fundraisers
Families are required to participate in Scrip, a gift card program that kicks back a percentage of each purchase back to the school while also providing a deduction on tuition costs. A true win-win that ultimately costs you nothing!
In September, we hold our annual magazine sale. Students sell magazine subscriptions, food items and other goods to raise money for the school. Students with the highest sales are awarded special gifts at our annual Prize Fest.
Teams of adults compete in a challenging game, held in early March in the school gym. Raffles, a silent auction, food and drinks make this a can’t-miss event. And don’t forget, there’s a prize for the best costume, too!
St. Dennis Home & School Association Events & Activities
St. Dennis School is known for its many traditions that bring our students and families together for enrichment and fun. Funds raised by the Home & School Association support the following events:
Kick off the school year by reconnecting with old friends while meeting new ones over refreshments in the cafeteria.
Our annual 7th & 8th Grade retreat to Camp Gray gives our students the opportunity to build relationships with one another, with teachers and most importantly God.
A dance, costume contest, haunted house and fun activities for all ages make this can’t miss event.
Each class creates a craft to celebrate the holiday season. The result is the best homemade gift you’ll ever get.
Teacher Appreciation Night
This adult-only event brings together parents and teachers to thank them for all they do to make our school so special.
Catholic Schools Week
A week of special activities and dress up days that helps us reflect and celebrate the great gift we have in Catholic Education.
Our biggest fundraiser of the year, featuring big prizes, a silent auction and a whole lot of fun.
In conjunction with Prairie Fire Children’s Theater, students audition, rehearse and perform a play—all in one week!
On the final day of school, students compete in games and activities as they enjoy one last day of camaraderie.
Equipment, Service and Support
In addition to our annual events, Home & School supports many efforts that help make our school stronger. In the past, our grant program has contributed to school counselor fees, teacher pin money, Forensics, spelling bee, safety patrol, bus fees for field trips, computers, iPads, carpeting, gym floor resurfacing, books, musical instruments, school assemblies, and building and environmental upgrades.
If you have an idea of how Home & School can further benefit St. Dennis School, its students, teachers and/or families, please submit your proposal to the Home & School Grant Coordinator.
How to be an Active Part of Your Child’s Parochial School Education
Our school runs on volunteers. The extra hours put in by parents and teachers make St. Dennis School our school. When you volunteer, you don’t just give back. You give to yourself—and your child. Become an active part of your child’s formative years by helping to make a difference at our school.
Current Volunteer Opportunities
Home & School Board Representatives
Home & School board members are elected annually in May. Board members are expected to attend all meeting and participate in Home & School sponsored events. If you are interested in joining the board, please contact the current president or the school principal.
Volunteer Coordinator Elect
At-Large Board Members
At-Large Board Members are a liaison between the board and the various stakeholders within the St. Dennis family. To learn more about each position please click on the position title. If you’re interested in becoming an At-Large Board Member, contact the current president or the school principal.