ST. MICHAEL PARISH SCHOOL 

FORMING DISCIPLES OF CHRIST
Giving & Events
 
Annual Fund 
 
 
Dear Friends and Family,

In case you haven’t heard it today…”you are amazing!” Thank you for all the time and resources you give to support our school! Time and again, our community has poured forth care for our students, for our mission and work, for our facilities, for our staff and teachers, and for the future of Catholic education by giving to our Annual Fund. The costs of education are significant, and we rely on others’ generosity. This year, as you consider where your dollars can make a difference, I am here to make a plea to give those dollars here at home to our Parish School. We passionately believe in our work, and are doing everything we can to make good on the mission and legacy of the St. Michael community…to give the gift of our faith to our children through the unique experience of “Catholic education.” As our school motto says, we are “forming Disciples of Christ.”

We are a mission-based, non-profit school. I don’t feel it is bragging to state honestly that it is incredible what we do and on how little we do it. Being “good stewards” of our dollars makes sure that every dollar we spend literally goes twice as far as our public school counterparts. But, we need the dollars to begin with, and that is where you can really make a difference. Community contributions are critical to what we do, and we are so grateful to have extremely generous families and friends. Fundraising fulfills nearly 25% of our school budget…every dollar helps; every dollar is meaningful. Please give to our Annual Fund for 2019-2020. You can print and fill out this form and return it to our school office with a check or go online to make a payment through our WeShare site, selecting "St. Michael School Annual Fund #GivingTuesday". If you wish to pledge now and pay later, that is great, too. We sincerely appreciate your commitment and your generosity. We thank you!

This year we are feeling especially thankful for what we have, for the families we love, for the friends we cherish, and for the blessings that will come. May God bless your kindness and generosity! We are thankful for YOU .

With deep gratitude,

Mr. Adam Ferguson

St. Michael Parish School Principal  

 
 

 
 
"TOP 5 QUESTIONS
ANSWERED ABOUT
THE ST. MICHAEL ANNUAL FUND"
 
Question 1: What is the "Annual Fund?"
The "Annual Fund" is the first priority of all our fundraising efforts. These dollars come from parents, grandparents, alumni, parents of alumni, parishioners, family, staff and friends. As unrestricted funds, they go directly to the operating budget. Our budget is sourced first by tuition, second by the Parish subsidy, and third by the Annual Fund. Until we collect these dollars for the budget we cannot move on to funding new initiatives, updates or projects for the school. 
 
Question 2: Why Is My Participation Important?
Your support is critical to St. Michael's financial health. Annual Fund dollars have immediate impact on the experience of our students and the education at St. Mike's, funding our most essential expenses. St. Michael is ambitious in our provisions academically, spiritually, and communally, and must be so to continue to be competitive. Your support is deeply meaningful, and we are so grateful to all those who contribute. Thank you!
 
Question 3: Where Do My Dollars Go?
Your gift reaches every aspect of life at St. Michael Parish School. 
  • Security Updates
  • Teacher & Staff Salaries & Professional Development  
  • Classroom Resources, Supplies & Upgrades 
  • Math, Science, Language, Culture & Arts Resources 
  • Tech for Necessary Upgrades to a Modern Digital Learning Environment
  • Faith Development & Faith in Action
  • Learning Resources for Student Needs, Differentiation & Enrichment
  • Overall School Facilities Updates 
Question 4: How Can I Give?
 
1. Give ONLINE.  Simply click and follow the directions to give with a credit card on our secure Parish giving site to the "St. Michael School Annual Fund #GivingTuesday."
 
2. A check to "St. Michael School" can be sent to our Office , memo line "#GivingTuesday" or "Annual Fund" at any time. 
 
3. Donate at Mass over the Thanksgiving holiday and subsequent weekends, or during Catholic Schools Week (the last weekend of January). Donate in the collection basket using the envelopes in the pews, or by writing a check to St. Michael School, memo line "School Annual Fund."
 
4. Current school families can make a gift to the Annual Fund with their tuition arrangements, set via letter/form in the Spring, as well.  
 
5. Attending and/or contributing to the Blue & Gold Gala also first fulfills our Annual Fund, so please consider attending. The Gala is for anyone connected to the school currently, in the past, or as a parishioner, and we hope you'll join us! The 2020 Gala is just after we celebrate Catholic Schools Week, on Friday, February 14th 2020.
 
Question 5: How Much Should I Give?
Given the importance of the Annual Fund at St. Michael, we hope you will give as generous and meaningful a contribution as possible. Your dollars ensure excellent Catholic education now and in the future at St. Michael Parish School. Gifts of every size have significant impact on our students, and we hope you consider making the school a priority in your charitable giving. If your family is hoping to have a major impact through giving, we hope you will consider a gift of $600 or more. Your support plays a huge role in how "we teach more," and provides a formational education for our students. 
 
  
Thank you. 
May God bless you for your generosity!
 
 

 
 
Make a difference!
 
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