Volume 1, Issue 7
June 2018
Home & School Club

Please join us at our first Home & School Club meeting of the new school year on August 20th at 7pm in the Leigh Library. All are welcome!

Read the minutes from past meetings  here


Thank you to our 2017-18 Board and Committee members...

  • President - Doug Carlen
  • Vice President - Aine O'Donovan
  • Membership - Marina Murray
  • Treasurer - Cindy Smith
  • Auditor - Doug Evans
  • Corresponding Secretary - Jenny Green
  • Recording Secretary - Cindy Schultz
  • Parliamentarian - Francine Chou
  • Campus Beautification - Krista Gaudie & Meghan Burton
  • Staff Appreciation - Carol Hofheimer & Susan Lovelady
  • Communications - Aine O'Donovan
  • Parent Ed - AnaMaria Guevara, Amy O'Hehir & Janae Pierre
  • Grad Night - Kristina Williams
  • District Rep, Facilities - Krista Gaudie & Tamara Strachman
  • District Rep, Finance - Tamara Strachman & Paula McHugh Jack
  • District Parent Rep - Krista Gaudie & Meghan Burton

And we extend a warm welcome to our 2018-19 Board and Committee members...

  • President - Aine O'Donovan
  • Vice President - Tamara Strachman
  • Membership - Kristi Haftorson
  • Treasurer - Amy Hogg
  • Auditor - Doug Evans
  • Corresponding Secretary - Carmel Lynch
  • Recording Secretary - Jenny Green & Ann Auld
  • Parliamentarian - Gretchen Gabriel
  • Campus Beautification - Kelly Masini
  • Staff Appreciation - Carol Hofheimer & Susan Lovelady
  • Communications - Aine O'Donovan, Elif Albuz & Amy Gardner
  • Fundraising & Community Building - Jayme Monroe & Bella Sorich
  • Parent Ed - AnaMaria Guevara, Amy O'Hehir & Janae Pierre
  • Grad Night - Kristina Williams
  • District Rep, Facilities - Tamara Strachman
  • District Rep, Finance - Paula McHugh Jack
  • District Parent Rep - Susan Dahl

Where did we spend our money this year?

Thank you for your generous donations that allowed us to fund the following:

  • Classroom Consumables/Supplies ($100 per teacher)
  • Parent Ed Speaker Series
    • January - Surviving the High School Transition: Raising a Neurodiverse (ADHD, ASD, LD, mood disorders) Student & Preparing Them for Life After High School
    • February - Teen Driving: What do you consider lethal? A talk for parents to attend with their teen driver
    • March - Teen Anxiety & Building Resilience
    • April - The Well-Balanced Student - Strategies to address cheating and academic integrity, sleep, media use, and more
    • May - Emotional Intelligence: More Important than GPA and SAT scores combined for your student's success
  • Campus Beautification
    • Supporting garden club - purchased planting boxes
    • Planted 30 trees/shrubs on the front lawn and in front of the gym
    • Purchased hoses and storage bench
    • Purchased graduation plaques for front walkway
  • Positive School Climate
    • Funded Challenge Day - an experiential one day program for students to increase awareness and empathy
  • Staff Grants
    • Spanish - Online videos, posters, photo library and stamps to support the curriculum
    • Project Lead The Way - Registration for 6 teams at Tech challenge
    • Journalism - Two editions of The Eleight student newspaper
    • US History/World History - Whiteboard Projector to enhance multimedia presentation capabilities
    • World History - mini-poster sets
    • AP Macroeconomics - Individual whiteboards for students to practice graphing
    • AP Lit and English 4 - 55 Books to add choice-reading, supplement the curriculum and build a classroom library
    • Physics/Chemistry - Class supplies: rulers, compasses, scissors
    • Psychology - Posters to help the student visualize concepts, a brain model, a DVD set and books to supplement lesson plans
  • Club Grants
    • Science Olympiad - Registration for 1 of the 2 Science Olympiad teams.
    • Music With A Mission - Piano Accompanist for benefit concert
    • International Thespian Society - Chaperone for students attending International Thespian Festival
  • Grad Night Scholarships
  • ASB Grant-A-Wish donation
  • Ten pop up canopy tents for ASB activities/Graduation/Athletics
  • Staff Appreciation
    • Monthly treats for teachers (breakfasts, lunches, flowers, tokens of appreciation, cards, letters and more!)
  • Communications
    • Community outreach via Constant Contact
    • New website 

Thank you again for your generous donations and thank you so much to all of the volunteers who coordinated and/or supported the above activities and projects!

Where else do our volunteers share their time and talents?

  • Grad Night
    • A dedicated team of volunteers coordinated what promises to be an amazing night for our seniors on June 7th. Countless hours were spent planning, communicating, selling tickets, fundraising and, oftentimes, losing some sleep!
  • College & Career Center
    • 32 volunteers support the CCC which is headed up by staff member Nathalie Goricanec
    • Volunteers assist students in locating information regarding colleges and universities, in finding SAT and ACT dates and registration information, in discovering scholarship and financial aid opportunities, and by answering questions about the college preparation and application processes. Also provide resources for students who may be looking at vocational and job opportunities after high school.
    • Hosted Career Spotlight Series
    • Hosted mock ACT and SAT testing
    • Planned College Fairs and a Career Pathway Expo with the District
    • Share a bi-monthly newsletter
    • Hosted 90+ college representatives at Leigh
    • Matched 30 students with Job Shadow opportunities in the community
    • Offered numerous Workshops to Junior and Senior students regarding the College Application process
    • Hosted several Parent Information Nights
  • Registration Day support
    • A team of volunteers, coordinated by our Membership Team, supported registration days

  • Book Room Support
    • A team of volunteers, coordinated by our Membership Team, supported the Book Room at the beginning and end of the school year.

Take our Home & School Club Survey

Would you like to share your thoughts with the Home & School Club Board on the programs we fund? On our Mission? On our Communications? Click here to complete the Home & School Club survey.

Your feedback is critical to helping us improve, and this is your chance to share your opinions and preferences.  Thank you!

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Grad Night Tickets - time is running out!

Grad Night at the Beach Boardwalk promises to be an unforgettable night for our seniors as they spend one last time together as a class. Ticket Price is $155.  Charter buses will collect the students from Leigh at 9:00 pm and return them by 3:00 am the next morning. This ultimate Graduation Party brings together the class of 2018 for a celebration of their four years together. Click here for more info and to purchase tickets.

Thank you to our amazing Grad Night team - Kristina Williams, Ann Auld, Ron Blumstein and Jen Petroff - for all of the time and energy they are putting into making this such a wonderful event for our students!

Do you have a Senior?

Purchase a custom lawn sign for your favorite Leigh graduate - $15. Click here to order. All profits go towards Grad Night.

Why Do Parents Volunteer at Leigh?

We asked our Board and Committee parents why they volunteer at Leigh. Here are some of the responses...

"I volunteer because I want the school to run well and efficiently, and the more people that help, the better a school will be."

"To be the change we want to see."

"I am a huge supporter of public schools and the role they play in bringing our community together. Leigh Home & School Club plays a vital role by allowing parents to provide further support for our school's mission. As a Board member I get to help direct and focus this parent support to provide maximum benefit to the students. I also get to be involved in the community and meet all of the amazing administrators, teachers, students and parents."

"I volunteer to serve as a role model for my children so they will see the value of volunteering in our community and want to do the same when they are older, and to learn more about Leigh from the teachers' and administration's perspective."

"I volunteer because I believe there is a direct correlation between parent engagement and student success. It is important to show all of our students that we care. This can include anything from being aware of what is happening on campus, to showing up for an hour to help on a task, to organizing an event in it's entirety. If I only make a difference in the life of just one student, then I am happy!"

"I volunteer because I want to make a difference in our community, and be a part of creating a positive environment for all of our students, parents and teachers.

"Home & School Club is a non-profit, volunteer organization whose main focus is to foster a healthy, positive school environment for all students. Volunteering allows me to make a contribution to the school and stay aware of what is happening at the school and in my students' academic lives. It also allows me to hang out with some really wonderful people."

"I volunteer because I enjoy giving back to my community, supporting our amazing staff and making Leigh a better place for all our students. I enjoy knowing what is going on in the school, because my students don't always communicate everything with me!"

"I volunteer because I want to have a positive influence on the school and because sometimes we have the option to complain or do and it's always better to 'do.' I volunteer because I want to role model for my children (if you want change, make it happen), and because it's rewarding to give back to the community - and it's appreciated!"

We would be delighted to have you volunteer with us next year! We will be sharing a membership/volunteer form with all of our incoming parents in the weeks prior to the new school year. We welcome you to share your information with us and join in the fun!

Stay Connected

We invite you to connect with the Home & School Club and be a part of this great community.  Here are a few ways you can do this...

  • Subscribe to our mailing list to receive monthly newsletters and stay up to date with Home & School Club happenings.
  • Become a member and donate to Home & School Club.
  • Attend our monthly meetings.
  • Volunteer your time by signing up to help when needed (sign up sheets included in this newsletter and posted to our mailing list as needed).
  • Join a committee/team. We have lots of opportunities, big and small! Send an email to Home & School Club President, Doug Carlen, at president@leighhsc.org.
  • Check out our website 
  • Follow us on Facebook
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