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2017 / 2018 Committee Descriptions and Chairpersons

 
BEAUTIFICATION
Co-Chairs:    Truman Curtis trumancurtis@optonline.net 
                       Meg Caraher megcaraher@aol.com  
 
This committee, with the help of volunteers, helps to enhance the beauty of our school year round starting with the first day of school. The Beautification Committee decorates the front entrance to the school with a back-to-school theme welcoming our new and returning students and families. Over the course of the school year, they will continue to create a warm and welcoming environment with seasonal and holiday decorations.
 
BOOKFAIR
Co-Chairs:      Pilar Quartarolo  mquartarolo@hotmail.com
                        Zaira Mahon  zejuarez@yahoo.com 
                        Jen LaPietra jenlapietra@gmail.com
                        Brigid Futch, brigidsfutch@hotmail.com
                        Katherine Blanding katblanding@gmail.com   
                        Sarah Gengo roisin130@gmail.com
 
The Book Fair Committee runs two Book Fairs throughout the year, in the fall and the spring.  With the help of Scholastic Books, and potentially other sources, the committee offers age appropriate, best-selling books as well as puts together teacher wish lists and required reading lists.  The Book Fair is open for four days to the entire GCS community.
 
BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION
Chairperson: Wendi Smith wendijsmith1908@gmail.com

This committee counts all box tops turned in throughout the school year and turns them in for money back to GCS.
 
COMMUNITY OUTREACH
Co-Chairs:      Mike Ballengee  mballen1@optonline.net 
                        Kimberly Garcia graciesmom77@yahoo.com
 
This committee organizes charitable drives to support various organizations in our community and communicates community service opportunities for our upper school students.  Charitable drives include the Inspirica Women's Shelter, St. Raphael's School, Nathaniel Witherell Nursing Home and the United States Military Troops deployed in various locations.
 
CULTURAL
Co-Chairs:   Michelle Hopson  michellehopson@gmail.com 
                     Colette Lesperance  colettelesp@optonline.net     
 
This committee works with the administration and plans enrichment programs for the students of GCS.  Enrichment programs are designed for each grade level as well as the entire student body and are geared toward promoting the students' awareness of different cultures, their own health and safety, kindness and understanding among themselves, arts and sciences, and nature.
 
DIRECTORY
Chair:          Pilar Quartarolo  mquartarolo@hotmail.com
 
This committee is responsible for collecting faculty, parent and student information, formatting, editing, and publication of the annual School Directory.  In addition, this committee creates online event and volunteer sign-ups, and monitors the online school store, which allows for the purchase of various entities including, but not limited to, Pizza Lunch, Spirit-Wear, and HSA Event Tickets. 
 
FACULTY LIAISON
Co-Chairs:  Nina Balestriere girliesmom@hotmail.com
                    Diane Mannello  dcnyitray@aol.com

This committee runs the Apple Program, which provides teachers with donated gifts throughout the school year. On a monthly basis, this committee, with the help of volunteers, puts together gift baskets which are handed out through a lottery amongst the teachers. In addition, this committee is in charge of putting together, with volunteers, 2 teacher luncheons during the year – one during Catholic Schools Week in late January/early February, and the other during Teacher Appreciation Week in early May. The committee also provides goodies each day for our teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week, as well as a gift for each teacher/staff.
  
 
LIBRARY
Co-Chairs:  Kristin Galvin  kmaygal@hotmail.com 
                     Zaira Mahon  zejuarez@yahoo.com 
 
The committee organizes both the library volunteer schedule for the library classes and the general volunteers for the Librarian. These volunteers assist the Librarian in stacking and examining books. When needed, they go online to find replacement books. They also assist with special projects, curriculum support, help teachers with research, support children during class time, and check books in and out.
 
MARKETING
Chairperson:  Pilar Quartarolo  mquartarolo@hotmail.com
 

The Marketing Committee provides creative and technical/ graphic arts expertise to compose materials that promote HSA events and initiatives.

 

 
PARENTING WORKSHOPS
Co-Chairs:   Kerstin Osterberg  kosterberg@neibartgroup.com 
                     Joanne Cavaliere  joannecavaliere@gmail.com 
 
This committee arranges workshops on timely parenting and family issues (internet safety, health and wellness, etc.) for parents and students.
 
PIZZA LUNCH
Co-Chairs:    Kim Higgs  kimjhiggs@hotmail.com
                      Meghan Novack  meghan.novack@gmail.com 
 
This committee organizes pizza hot lunch service that the students enjoy on Wednesdays throughout the school year. Committee chairs are responsible for distributing and keeping track of student signup sheets, ordering pizza and ice cream for Wednesday’s Pizza days and organizing volunteers to help with the distribution and cleanup.
  
PREVIEWS
Chair:            Michelle Hopson  michellehopson@gmail.com 
 
This committee puts together and publishes a weekly HSA newsletter (Previews) to keep all families informed of upcoming school events and programs.
 
 

SPIRITUAL ENRICHMENT
Chair:         Zaira Mahon, zejuarez@yahoo.com

This committee coordinates three family prayer nights, usually in October, January, and May encouraging spiritual growth and fellowship for all families of GCS. Also coordinates 1 or 2 Mother’s masses during the year.
 
SPIRIT WEAR
Chair:          Meghan Novack  megan.novack@gmail.com 
 
The Spirit Wear Committee offers merchandise for purchase with Greenwich Catholic School name or logo.  Items vary from year to year and timing/availability will be announced.
 
UNIFORM EXCHANGE/LOST AND FOUND
Chair:          Len Plantemoli  len.plantemoli@yahoo.com 
 
This committee coordinates the collection of gently used GCS uniform clothing throughout the year.  Uniform Exchange is maintained in the designated closets in the cafeteria and parents are encouraged to drop off gently used outgrown items or to help themselves to items they may be in need of.  In addition, this committee manages the collection of the Lost & Found items throughout the year contacting, when possible, the rightful owner for return.  During teacher conference days,  items are often set out in the lunchroom. Parents are encouraged to drop off gently used outgrown items or to help themselves to items they may be in need of. Unclaimed items at the end of the school year are usually donated to charity.
 
WELCOME
Chair:           Jennifer LaPietra  jenlapietra@gmail.com 
 
This committee, with the help of volunteers, welcomes new families to GCS.  "Buddies" are assigned to new families over the summer months to assist with any questions and to help make new families and students feel welcome to our community.  Additionally, the Welcome Committee hosts a New Parent Cocktail Party on the first Thursday after Labor Day.  Invitees are the parents of new students, the HSA Board, the Advisory Board and the Administration.