Working together for our community & beyond
Every parent in the school is a member of the St. Francis Solano Parents’ Club. The purpose of the organization is to bring about a closer relationship between the school, the home and the parish and to give all of us the spiritual and material support without which we could not function efficiently and effectively. Your active involvement in the fun fundraising activities of this organization will have its own reward, concurrently showing your child that you are vitally interested in him or her and the school.
The Officers of the Parents’ Club for the 2019-2020 calendar year are:
President: Catarina Landry
Vice President/Gala co-chairs: Andrea McGinty & Connie Sangiacomo
Secretary: Katie Lawrence
Treasurer: Mary Jane Broderick
Room Parent Coordinator: Jessica Padgett
Hospitality: Kim Subaie
Social Chairs: Whitney Stoner & Erin Rogina
Parents’ Club meetings are held monthly (usually the first Wednesday) at 8:15 AM in the school library and all are welcome to attend.
Parents’ Club Events
The St. Francis Parents’ Club raises funds for both the students of the school and for people in need throughout the Sonoma community. We also create fun events throughout the school year where we can come together as a school community.
The Buddy Picnic is held during the week before school starts and is a great way for new families to meet other members of the school community. We have a brief presentation to get everyone acquainted with the school, followed by a usually hilarious fashion show of uniform and free-dress “do’s and don’ts,” dinner on the lawn and cake. Everyone brings their own meal and snacks (pizza is a big hit) and the incoming students play and get to know each other.
Back to School Coffee
On the first day of school, after we have sent the kids off into their new classrooms, we get together for coffee and pastries in Father Roberts’ Hall. We have booths set up to help showcase various ways to volunteer, such as an Art Docent or Gala committee member, Dad’s Club member, or Hot Lunch volunteer. We also have a table set up to buy upper and lower division uniform sweatshirts and another to help explain volunteer hours at the Church Mouse. It is a great way to get the scoop on St. Francis on the first day.
In October, while the weather is still lovely, we have a family movie night on the lawn. Everyone brings blankets and chairs and cuddles up to watch a family favorite under the stars.
The Family Carnival is an annual family favorite – an evening of fun with bouncy houses, a dunk tank, a cake walk, a raffle, jelly bean count and even a “Big kid” lounge. The Dads’ Club barbeques a delicious dinner of hot dogs and tri tip, which is included in the price of admission.
We join forces as a school to take some pressure off of those in financial need and supply these families with holiday gifts and a delicious meal for Christmas night. We “adopt” up to 10 families and supply additional “needs bags” to those in need. We set up an Amazon wish list of each family’s specific needs and our community logs in to purchase items. We then have a “Wrapping Party” to make the gifts extra special and share a bit of Christmas cheer with a holiday movie, treats and cookie decorating. This means a great deal to everyone involved and is a lovely way to deepen the understanding of the true meaning of the holiday season to our children.
The Annual Gala
St. Francis knows how to throw a great party! Every year, the Vice President of the Parents’ Club chairs our biggest annual fundraiser, the auction gala. With the help of a volunteer auction committee, the chair selects a theme, venue and an event date, gathers spectacular silent and live auction items, and creates an enchanting evening of fun and giving. Often sold out, these galas are as fun to work as they are to attend.