School Home Association

School Home Association (“SHA”) is our parent organization that acts as a liaison between the school and its families. Every parent and legal guardian is a member of SHA. Given that we are the “small school with a big heart,” we rely on participation from our parent volunteers to help raise funds and organize activities for our community. SHA meets one time every month after drop-off in Sewanee Hall. The first meeting of the year is Tuesday, September 10th, 2019. All are invited and welcome to attend.

Below are some of the ways you can get involved this year. Please feel free to reach out to any of the people listed below if you are interest in assisting. You can also contact Ellie Rodriguez, President of SHA:

Meet the SHA executive board for the 2019-2020 school year:

  • President: Ellie Rodriguez
  • 1st Vice President: Marcia Hansen
  • Treasurer: Betsy Harper
  • 2nd Vice President: Isabella Marquez
  • Secretary: Jen Montoya
  • 2nd Vice President: Isabella Marquez

Room Representatives

Pk-3: Wendy Adams and Jen Montoya

Pk-4: Melissa Dominguez and Ena Pereda

Kindergarten: Tara Kunkel-Bergaz and Carleen Smith

First Grade: Ana McDevitt and Alejandra Vadia

Second Grade: Denise Font and Isabella Mendoza

Third Grade: Karin Motoki and Paola Nieto

Fourth Grade: JJ Hansen and Andrea Samayoa

Fifth Grade: Fundraising: Essie Altaba and Arlene Asselone

Washington DC Trip: Vicky Hucks, Jenny Lopez-Gottardi, Andrea Moo-Young

Graduation Party: Essie Altaba and Arlene Asselone

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.

GALA DINNER DANCE CHAIR: Maria Clara Burbano, Lucia Marin, Anshu Motwani

GALA AUCTION CHAIR: Lucy Lopes Diaz, Annie Quesada



GALA RAFFLE CHAIR: Melissa Dominguez

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

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.

GIFT WRAP CHAIR: Veronica de la Vega, Katie Pedroso

Halloween Carnival

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.

HALLOWEEN CARNIVAL CHAIR: Carlene Smith, Lori Dunnigan

Tennis Tournament

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.

SPORTING EVENT: Ana McDevitt, Carolina Ramirez

Book Fair

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.

BOOK FAIR: Kathryn Mustad, Jessica Hernandez, Jenny Ruiz

Holiday Bazaar

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.

HOLIDAY BAZAAR CHAIR: Candace Falsetto, Liliana Quintero-Sideris, Maxine Earle