St. Joseph Montessori School could not exist without support from our entire community – parents, alumni, faculty, staff, grandparents, board of trustees, volunteers and friends – who enrich the lives of our students through contributions to our school. At SJMS, we value all the ways our community members give. Whether a gift is a monetary contribution or the gift of time and talent, there is no gift too small to be valued and make an impact. It is with that spirit that we are able to do so much while still keeping tuition affordable.

Each year, St. Joseph Montessori School offers a variety of philanthropic opportunities. We take care to create opportunities that consider our community's diverse financial capabilities and time commitments. Please take a look below at our "Year in Philanthropy" to see how you can best support SJMS this year. 

As I head into my third year as Director of Development and my ninth year as an SJMS parent, I continue to be inspired by and thankful to our wonderful caring and giving SJMS community. I truly feel grateful every day because I get to see how your gifts benefit our students and our exceptional Montessori curriculum. Please take the time to peruse our Supporters Page to see how gifts, big and small, made an impact on our students' daily lives this past year. I cannot wait to see what we can achieve this coming year! 

"From a little spark may burst a flame." - Dante Alighieri
What will your spark be this year? Can't find your spark? I can help! My door is always open. 

Heather Zerbi
Director of Development
(614) 291-8601 ext 103

The Year in Philanthropy 2017-2018

SJMS Annual Fund Campaign
September 22 - November 10, 2017
The SJMS Annual Fund is the cornerstone of our fundraising each year. It serves the important purpose of going beyond what tuition covers to facilitate exceptional experiences for our students.  Gifts to the SJMS Annual Fund make an immediate positive impact on the daily lives of SJMS students - from programming enrichment to faculty support to facilities improvement. We strive for 100% community support of our annual fund. Annual fund contributions may be made as a one-time payment or by setting up monthly gifts. Cash, check or credit cards are accepted.  We also offer the option to donate through the tuition payment system.  

4th Annual Spaghetti Dinner
Friday, September 22, 4:00-7:00pm
We will kickoff our the SJMS Annual Fund Campaign by joining together for a family community event full of food, friends, and fellowship!  For 2017, the Spaghetti Dinner will benefit faculty and staff professional development.  

SJMS Book Fair
October 9-13
Be sure to stop by the multi-purpose room to support our book fair featuring selections from Cover to Cover Books. Sponsored by the SJMS Family Association. All proceeds benefit the SJMS Library and the SJMS Family Association.

SJMS 50th Anniversary Celebration
Saturday, October 21, 2017
Join us for a day of community fellowship to celebrate our 50th Anniversary.  The SJMS playground will be transformed into a fun, fall festival complete with catering by Barrel & Boar and live music by Pat Buzzard.  The SJMS Family Association will be entertaining the students with great fall activities.  This event will be great fun for all ages.  Check back often for more details!

Pancakes with Santa
Saturday, December 2, 2017
The SJMS Family Association will transform SJMS once again into a winter wonderland! All proceeds benefit the SJMS Family Association. This is a family community event open to all. Returning this year are the flying pancakes from Chris Cakes!  

SJMS Book Fair
April 23-27, 2018
Be sure to stop by the multi-purpose room to support our book fair featuring selections from Cover to Cover Books - our guests on Grandfriends' Day are sure to enjoy perusing with students on Friday! Sponsored by the SJMS Family Association. All proceeds benefit the SJMS Library and the SJMS Family Association.

Techno Trek
Friday, May 4, 2018, 12:30-2:30pm
Our Techno Trek Walk-a-thon provides students K-8 an opportunity to do their part to contribute to SJMS. All proceeds will benefit technology for students.  Students collect pledges from community members such as neighbors, friends, and family leading up to the walk-a-thon.

Spring Gala
Friday, March 9, 2018
The Spring Gala is our largest annual fundraiser and a great party for our entire community! Proceeds from the event go directly to the SJMS general operating fund, with a special Fund-A-Need event at the end of the evening solely benefiting our tuition assistance program.

SJMS Spirit Wear -  throughout the school year
Check out all the new SJMS swag and gear available for order anytime! All proceeds benefit the SJMS Family Association.

Store Rewards - continues throughout the school year
Support the SJMS Family Association at no cost to you! Simply select SJMS as your chosen charity with Kroger, Giant Eagle, and's Amazon Smile programs and SJMS will begin to benefit from the purchases you make every day.

Erdkinder Fundraising - throughout the school year
Erdkinder students will be sponsoring Pizza Fun Fridays, bake sales, and other events throughout the school year to raise money for their annual class trip. These fundraisers also provide practical life skills opportunities for our oldest students.