Jun 26

A Note From Fr. Tom

Dear Parents,

            It is hard to believe that we have been out of school for almost two weeks already. Hopefully you and your child/children are enjoying a well deserved break and all that summer has to offer.

            I also want to remind you that our Family Fest and Carnival starts this Thursday. I hope that you are planning to join us for four days of fun, entertainment and great food. All funds raised at the carnival directly benefit our school. The monies raised are used to close the gap between the actual cost of educating your child/children and the tuition that you pay for your child’s education. Funds that are raised are used to underwrite some of the costs of the day to day operations of the school.

            By supporting the carnival and inviting your family members, friends, neighbors and co-workers you are directly helping to ensure that we will continue to offer a quality Catholic Education for all the students that attend our school. So I hope we can count on your support.

            We are still in need of additional volunteers for our upcoming carnival. We are especially in need of volunteers on Saturday and Sunday. If you can help, please call the parish office.

            Enclosed in this mailing is your contract for the 2014-2015 School Year. Putting a budget for a school is no easy task. While there are many fixed budget items, there are also many items in the budget that are more fluid and more susceptible to change due to a variety of factors, many of which we cannot control. A perfect example of this would be this past winter when we experienced many weeks of the Polar Vortex. No one could predict the many days of sub-zero weather partnered with the higher costs of natural gas.

            But in order to maintain the fiscal responsibility of our parish and school, we need to do our best in bringing everything to the table in order to put together a budget that meets the needs of our school and our students. In order to balance the budget we need to always look at ways to increase our income while better managing our costs. We need to be good stewards of what has been entrusted to us.

            I am aware that our parents often make many sacrifices to send their child/children to our school. Catholic Education is truly a special gift that you have chosen to give your child. There are many educational options out there for your child, but there is no substitute for a quality Catholic Education. You should be commended for the choice you made.

            As you review the attached contract you will find that we did not raise the tuition rates for the upcoming school year. In conversations with the archdiocese and others, I felt that we needed to take this bold step in an effort to try and lessen the burden that parents are faced with in funding their child’s education. This was not an easy decision to make.

            Since the school is a ministry of the parish, it is the responsibility of the parish to cover any shortfall in the operating budget of the school. The parish is struggling to pull ourselves out of debt and because of the hard work and generosity of so many of our parishioners like you; we are making process at eliminating our parish debt. But that does not mean that we are out of the woods. Once the debt is eliminated, there are a variety of major projects, like a new roof on the church, which will need to be explored and funded.

            But all this can only happen with everyone coming together. I have taken a leap of faith with this decision not to raise out tuition rates and I hope that I can count on your support to make this work. Together we can make a difference. There are many examples of parish and school communities coming rallying together, doing whatever is necessary; to see the school grow in what it has to offer and in numbers. With a greater number of students we can offer more and have the funds available to do more.

            We have a great parish and a great school. Mrs. Maurer has laid the foundation to make our school even better. Whoever follows Mrs. Maurer will have a road map in place to assist them in continuing to make our school the best it can and should be. It will take the coming together of parents, teachers, students, staff and the parish to make this vision a reality. We will need to be willing to roll up our sleeves and work together to provide what is necessary to continue this transformation. This means we will all have to work together to raise additional funds, recruit additional students, and become active in assisting the school in a variety of ways. I hope we can count on your support. Together we will succeed, divided we will fail.

            I encourage you to read the enclosed contract. To help our families with budgeting, the first tuition payment for the 2014-2015 School Year is due on July 18th. There will be no tuition payment due in August. Only the book and supply fees will be due in August. We ask that you return the signed contract with your payment on July 18th. Payments can be made in person at the parish office or they can me made electronically online at givecentral.org.

            We also need your help in recruiting additional students for our school. Many decisions impacting scheduling and day-to-day operations for the upcoming school year rely on the number of students enrolled. So we need you to invite your friends, neighbors and co-workers to consider sending their child/children. We would be glad to meet with them at a time convenient for them. Having children registered early helps us be prepared for the new school year.

            I want to thank you once again for allowing us to partner with you in the education of your child/children. We are looking forward to starting another wonderful year.

 Looking forward to seeing you at the Carnival!

Fr. Tom Bernas, Pastor

School PS contract Tuition Rates 2014-2015