What is Home and School?
The Home and School Association is our "Parent Organization" here at St John School. As a parent, you are automatically part of St John Home and School Association. Our purpose is to create a successful partnership between parents and school, so together we can help provide a quality education for all children. While St John Home and School Association is a vehicle to mobilize parental efforts in support of the school, it also seeks to create and enrich a sense of community and school family. Any questions you may have regarding our Home and School Association or special events may be directed to HomeandschoolSJS@gmail.com.
St John Home and School Association meets every third Wednesday at 6:30pm in the Teachers’ Lounge at St. John School during the school year. We also host a kick off the school year meeting in late August, which is typically held off site.
There are four officer positions that are held in the Home and School Association. They are two year terms. Each officer can serve a maximum of four years. The positions are as follows: Chair, Co-Chair, Treasurer and Secretary. The Chair, Co-Chair and Treasurer are midway through their first terms. Our secretary is midway through her second two year term.
Jenn Vanden Hogen is the Chair of St John Home and School Association. Jenn has been a SJS parent since 2012 and has been Chair since 2017. She and her husband Mike have one daughter who is a student at SJS. Before becoming an officer, she volunteered for the St John Craft Sale, Teacher Appreciation Week and Cheesefest. Jenn is also works part time for St John School in the cafeteria and volunteers within the parish.
Bobbie Jo VandenHeuvel is the Co-Chair of St. John Home and School Association. Bobbie Jo and her husband Jay have daughters Caroline (6th grade) and Anna (4th grade), and a son Leo (1st grade) all attending SJS. Bobbie Jo has been volunteering for Home and School’s Hot Dog Day the last couple years and has also been the contact parent for class raffle baskets at the craft sale. In the past, Bobbie Jo has also been a leader for the St. John’s Little Flowers Girls Club.
Paula Willey is the Treasurer of the St John Home and School Association. Paula is an SJS parent of two sons. Prior to joining Home and School, she has helped out with many of its various annual activities throughout the years.
Shannon Verboomen is the Secretary of St. John Home and School Association. She and her husband Phil have three children, two that attend SJS. Before becoming an officer, Shannon volunteered in various school activities the last few years. She also works part time at a nearby hospital.
It takes a tremendous amount of volunteers to help with special events and fundraising. All profits from these events are used to fulfill the extra needs of the school and teachers. We would love to have you join us in our efforts, even if you only have a small window of time to volunteer! Opportunities to volunteer are available during the day, evenings or even during the weekends. Watch for a Volunteer Interest Form at the Parent Meeting early in the school year or contact Jenn Vanden Hogen at HomeandSchoolSJS@gmail.com for more information or sign up through the Sign-up Genius links we send out throughout the year. We appreciate all our volunteers because without you this could not be done!
In order to provide support for the school, St John Home and School Association participates or organizes events to raise money.
St John Home & School Association organizes a Culver’s Night twice a year. Families are able to enjoy food and fellowship as we usually pack the Culver’s in Little Chute from 5:00-8:00pm. 10% of sales are donated to St John Home & School Association. Teachers volunteer to be food runners and our students enjoy seeing their teachers outside of the school setting.
Hometown Christmas Craft Sale
The Hometown Christmas Craft Sale is an annual fall event held in early November which is our largest fundraiser for the year. This event includes vendors, bake sale, turkey luncheon, and the very popular Theme Basket Raffle and Silent Auction. Each classroom and groups of staff members are assigned a theme. We ask for parent volunteers to assist with the collection of basket items and to participate in the basket assembly night to arrange the collections. All facets of the St. John Nepomucene Catholic Community come together for this great community event. Please join us for this wonderful event! The 35th Annual Hometown Christmas Craft Sale will be held Sunday, November 8, 2020. * Please note, due to COVID-19, we have canceled the 2020 Christmas Craft Sale for November 8th. We anticipate returning on November 7, 2021!
St John Home & School Association runs a successful food booth at Cheesefest (annual festival held at Doyle Park the first Friday to Sunday in June). We serve burgers, brats, hot dogs, etc. to raise money. Parents volunteer to help run the booth.
Sponsored School Events
Each year St John Home & School Association sponsors events for students, parents and staff of St. John School. Below are all the events in which we provide funding or volunteer support.
Open House: We provide greeters to welcome families into school during the Open House, which is held in late August. We also have an informational table and provide refreshments during the event.
Pastries for Parents: Held on the first day of school, parents are invited to stay after dropping off their students. We serve coffee and pastries in the Gathering Space of church. It is a way for parents to meet each other or get caught up after the summer break. No cost to attend the event and younger siblings are welcome to join us.
Beginning of the Year Staff Gifts: St John Home & School Association offers a reimbursement to each teacher to purchase any additional school supplies needed for the year. Reimbursement is valid at any point during the school year.
Birthday Gifts for Staff: All school and parish staff receives a gift box during their birthday month as a “Thank You” for being part of our school community.
New Students’ Gifts: Each new student to SJS receives a SJS tote bag, car decal and SJS Dutchman t-shirt at the beginning of the school year.
SJS Spirit Wear: During various times during the school year, St John Home & School Association provides spiritwear for purchase.
School Directory: The All School Directory is published in October. Families are given a form to be included in the directory if they wish. It is distributed by St John Home & School.
Hot Dog Day: It is typically held on the third Friday of each month unless there is a half day or no school, and it is a fun day for all the students. Hot Dog Day is a long standing tradition at St John School, spanning over 40 years. It is an opportunity for little buddies and big buddies to share lunch and recess together. It is put on by the parents/grandparents of the students. Watch for a Sign Up Genius to volunteer! The lunch includes a hot dog, chips, soda/water/milk, and a dessert for $2.00. There will be pizza instead of hot dogs in November, March and April. Cost is the same. An extra hot dog or slice of pizza is available on that day for $1.00. Participation in Hot Dog Day is for the scheduled nine days in the school year. This is a Complimentary Event for all School & Parish Staff.
Field Trip Fund: St John Home and School is proud to be able to offer complimentary or reduced costs field trips for all grades at SJS. This Field Trip Fund does not include the Catholic Schools Week bus transportation or 8th grade Madison trip that St John Home & School provides.
Art Budget Funding: Each year, St John Home & School offers funding for art supplies.
Band Budget Funding: Each year, St John Home & School offers funding for band supplies.
MAP Testing Snacks in Fall & Spring: St Home & School Association provides snacks and water to students on MAP testing days, twice per year.
Staff Dinner during First Conferences of the Year: St John Home & School brings in a catered meal for staff to eat during their dinner breaks on both nights of Parent/Teacher conferences.
Trunk & Treat: St John Home & School sponsors a Trunk & Treat Event. It is free for families of SJS and Faith Development. Pizza, chips & beverages are served. Parents provide a trunk for kids to go trick or treating. Families are asked to bring a donation to the St John Food Pantry.
Christmas Craft Day: This was a new event for St John Home & School. We provide monies for the materials needed for each student to make a Christmas gift for their family. Each grade makes a different craft. Teachers come up with their own craft ideas. Christmas cookies and hot chocolate are served. Parent helpers help assemble crafts. The Christmas Craft Day is held on a morning of a half day, after Mass in December.
Christmas Luncheon for Staff with Gifts: Each year, Home & School provides the Christmas Luncheon for all staff.
Book Fair Volunteers: Home & School sets up the Sign Up Genius for the January Book Fair, which is held before Catholic Schools Week, in conjunction with Parent/Teacher Conferences.
Pizza and Ice Cream Social: The Pizza and Ice Cream Social is a way for parents to connect during Parent/Teacher conferences and the Book Fair. A small fee is collected to pay for pizza, beverages & ice cream. Staff is not charged for this event.
Catholic Schools Week: Home & School provides bussing and bowling during CSW. Home & School also provides Mr. Reynebeau Cookies for all students that week.
Movie Night: This is a fun event for families of SJS and the parish. We show a family friendly movie complete with popcorn in the gym. There is no cost to attend this event.
Peek Into Preschool: This is an annual event that St John Home & School assists preschool with.
Donuts for Dad: For 1st and 2nd grade Dads or Special Guys. Home & School provides the donuts and refreshments for this event and works with staff to organize.
Teacher Appreciation Week and Luncheon: St John Home & School hosts Teacher Appreciation Week during the first week in May. Several special treats and surprises are given out during the week. We end the week with the Teacher Appreciation Luncheon on Friday in the Fellowship Hall.
Mother’s Day Tea: For 1st and 2nd grade Mothers or Special Women. Home & School provides the refreshments for this event and works with staff to organize.
8th Grade: Home & School sponsors the coach bus for their end of the year field trip, along with the food and beverages for their lock in. We also provide a last special hot dog day.
Field Day: Home & School sponsors the end of the year field day, which is held at Doyle Park. Snacks are provided.