St. Joseph Montessori School strives to be a community where teachers, staff, and parents work together to create an environment of high moral and academic values for our students. Parents are a vibrant part of the academic, personal, and social development of students. As a parent/guardian, you are automatically a member of the Family Association, the school’s volunteer support group. Faculty and staff are also members of the organization.

The school relies on Family Association members to help with special events and programs. Whether it is assisting in your child’s class, becoming a room parent, volunteering with the Winter Festival, or chaperoning a field trip or school dance, the possibilities are endless! Held on the last Monday of the month, Family Association meetings are open to all members. There are opportunities for leadership within Family Association as an Executive Council member or committee chair.

Volunteering will help you get to know the school better and will also give you the opportunity to meet other parents. Even if you can't come to Family Association meetings, please get in touch with the Family Association President or your room parent to find out how you can help. We look forward to having you share your time and talents in making a difference in the lives and education of our children. Your support and enthusiasm for the Family Association is greatly appreciated. Your impact on students’ educational experiences is immeasurable. Ready to volunteer? Get in touch with FA Volunteer Coordinator, Liza Paul.

NOTE: Per the Catholic Diocese of Central Ohio, all adults who have care, custody, or control of students must have Protecting God's Children certification and a background check on file with the school. We encourage ALL parents to obtain the proper requirements. Protecting God's Children  seminars are held throughout the year at local Catholic schools and churches. Please visit virtus.org to register for a session near you. Click here to find a WebCheck background check facility near you.

Officers:
Becky Keglewitsch, Co-President
Holly Shaver, Co-President
Lisa Jolley, Secretary
Polly Mapes, Treasurer

Members at Large:
Robyn Caples
Tiffany Cooper
Sara Crosby
Margaret Gibson
Megan Snyder

Appointed Committee Chairs:
Liza Paul, Volunteer Coordinator
Kathy Yannucci, Enrichment Chair
Shayne Caples, Revenue Committee
Tiffany Cooper, Revenue Committee
Terry Gore, Revenue Committee
Bill Myers, Revenue Committee
Stephanie Tresso Celebrezze, Room Parent Committee
Gretchen Clark Hammond, Book Fair Coordinator
Jen Brello, Back-to-School Celebration
Anne Berring, Winter Festival Committee
Kristin Mutchler, Winter Festival Committee
Sarah Sutton, Winter Festival Committee

Family Association Events

Here are a few highlights the FA has planned for the 2016-2017 school year:

Back-to-School Kick-Off Celebration - August 21, 2:00-4:00pm
Meet the families and staff that make SJMS such a great community. Enjoy frozen treats and fun-filled activities for all ages. A great way to start the year!

Spaghetti Dinner - September 23
Join us for great food and conversation in our Ryan Hall Italian Bistro!

Skate Night @ Skate Zone 71 - October 6, 2016 and April 6, 2017, 6:00-8:00pm
Who doesn't need a day to just go out and roller skate with your friends??

Second Annual Winter Festival Pancake Brunch - December 3, 9:30am-1:30pm
Our Winter Festival has been a tradition for many years, but only recently have we implemented the immediately appealing pancake breakfast! Ryan Hall will be transformed into a delicious winter wonderland thanks to Chris Cakes, the Guinness World Record holder for Fastest Pancake Flipper (no kidding!). Winter Festival is the biggest fundraiser for the Family Association, and we need your help to make it a success. It's an "all hands on deck" kind of day, filled with excitement to start off the holiday season. Activities include Gingerbread Houses, Photos with Santa, Children's Raffle, and Secret Shopping. Plus, the Box Maze will be back in the Middle School classroom!

Interest Fair Dinner - February 23
The Family Association provides dinner for the Interest Fair judges.

Grandfriends' Day - April 28
The Family Association provides coffee and a light breakfast for grandparents and special friends who come to enjoy the day with our students.

Family Association Meetings - 5:30pm
The FA Meetings are open to all and are usually help on the last Monday of each month. Free childcare is always provided for SJMS students. The first FA Meeting will be Monday, August 29, 2016, at 5:30pm. Please come and see how you can support our school!