School Home Association
At St. Philip’s we understand that parental involvement is integral to the success of our students. We consider parents as partners in our efforts to educate each child intellectually, physically and spiritually. St. Philip’s provides a wide range of opportunities for families to become involved in the school lives of their children. From reading a story in PK-3 class to acting as a chaperone on the Fifth Grade trip to Washington D.C. we encourage parents to engage in a meaningful way with St. Philip’s students throughout their child’s tenure at St. Philip’s.
The St. Philip’s School Home Association (SHA) is a voluntary association comprised of St. Philip’s parents. SHA is responsible for planning and organizing many social, educational and fundraising events for students, parents, and faculty and staff at St. Philip’s. The SHA is an important part of the St. Philip’s community that encourages and welcomes each parent’s involvement and participation.
Meet the SHA executive board for the 2018-2019 school year:
- President: Ellie Rodriguez
- 1st Vice President: Betsy Harper
- Treasurer: Karin Motoki
- 2nd Vice President: Isabella Marquez
- Secretary: Jen Montoya
Room Reps are the classroom ambassadors and help organize field trips as well as other class functions.
2018-2019 Room Representatives
|1st grade||Alejandra Vadia
|2nd grade||Wendy Adams
|3rd grade||Candace Falsetto
Cristina Ortega Meehan
|4th grade||Michelle Bethal
Ana Cristina Ramirez
|5th grade Washington D.C. Trip||Vivian de las Cuevas-Diaz
|Graduation Party & 5th Grade Dance||Cristina Feetham
|5th Grade Weekly Emails & Fundraisers|| April Nunez
St. Philip’s Gala
The St. Philip’s Gala is the most anticipated St. Philip’s social event of the year! It is also the primary School Home Association fundraising event. Each year, the event is held at a different venue and includes a fine dining experience, wonderful music, and dancing. The event also includes both silent and live auctions. With guidance from the Gala Committee, it is the St. Philip’s families that make this event a success.
- Dinner Dance: Essie Altaba, Arlene Asselone, Jessica Hernandez & Andrea Penzini
- Auction: Danielle Milota
- Auction: Administrator: Ashley Thornburg
- Gala Program Administrator: Catalina Perez Cohn
- Gala Program Underwriters: TBD by Gala Team
- Gala Tuition Raffle: Elena Freyre
- Back-to-School Cocktail: Tara Kunkel-Bergaz & Carleen Cass Smith
The School-Home Association kicks off the new school year every September with the Back to School Dinner. Held at the St. Philip’s campus, this event is an opportunity for families to get together and reconnect. It is also a chance to welcome new families to the St. Philip’s community. Each year the Back to School Dinner has a different theme and includes cocktails and a catered dinner. It is a wonderful way for families, faculty, and administration to begin the school year in a spirit of unity and community.
Charleston Wrap is the first fundraising opportunity of the year. Families can purchase a variety of items including high-quality gift wrap, gourmet edibles, and gifts through their on-line store. Students are encouraged to sell items to friends and family. There is a friendly competition among classes to see who sells the most! Proceeds from the sale of Sally Foster products go to benefit the School Home Association.
The Halloween Extravaganza is one of the highlights of the St. Philip’s school year. On the last Saturday of October, Andalusia Avenue is blocked off at Columbus and Cordova Streets so that the School Home Association can turn our block into a Halloween extravaganza! All St. Philip’s families are encouraged to put on their best costumes and come and enjoy an afternoon of games, rides, food, and fun. SHA keeps the ticket sales as nominal as possible and underwrites the remaining costs associated with this family fun event. Volunteers, however, are always welcome.
Committee Chair: Annie Quesada and Sisi Quintero
The St. Philip’s tennis tournament, held in the fall, is a favorite fundraiser for the entier family. This event includes both parents & children and is held at Salvadore Park Tennis Center.
Committee Chairs: Ana McDevitt & Carolina Ramirez
Here at St. Philip’s we celebrate and encourage reading at every turn! Every fall, Sewanee Hall is transformed into a children’s bookstore filled with books for every age and interest, from pre-school to middle school, fiction and non-fiction. All St. Philip’s classes attend the book fair with their teachers. They are also encouraged to attend with their parents before and after school. Each student makes a wish list of books they are interested in. Teachers also create their own “class wish list” so that parents are able to donate books to their child’s classroom. Thanks to the tireless efforts of the book fair coordinators, our Library is able to purchase new books annually.
Committee Chairs: Melissa Dominguez, Maura Kobusch and Kathryn Mustad
The holidays are an exciting time at St. Philip’s. Among the many holiday events, is the Christmas Bazaar, organized by the School Home Association. The Christmas Bazaar makes holiday shopping easy by bringing the stores right to our families! During this event, specially selected vendors from all over South Florida set up tables in Sewanee Hall to highlight their unique, high-quality gifts. From scented candles to gourmet gifts and jewelry, there is something for everyone at the Christmas Bazaar. To become a vendor or for more information, contact one of the three chairs listed above.
Committee Chairs: Maxine Earle and Liliana Quintero-Sideris
Upcoming SHA Events
Please click here to visit our 2019 Gala page.