A Message From Our President
My name is Christopher Greenspan, I have two children at St. Paul The Apostle School in 6th and 3rd grades and my oldest graduated last year. I have been part of the SPA community for more than 10 years and have many more to go.
The Foundation is an independent not for profit, parent run organization created almost 40 years ago by Sr. Stella. For those that don’t know, Sr. Stella was the principal of St. Paul for an incredible 47 years. Sr. created the Foundation to fundraise for the sole purpose of providing additional educational resources for our children that are outside of the school’s operating budget. We are really a very unique organization. The Foundation board is made up of 15 school parents with diverse personal and professional backgrounds.
Traditionally, our focus is on STEAM, Cultural Enrichment, Technology, Health and Wellness and Community Outreach enhancements for our children. Funds raised by the Foundation are spent directly on each and every student at St. Paul's and we carefully ensure that all grades benefit equally. I can't stress enough that not only does every child at school benefits from the Foundation efforts, but their collective SPA experience would simply not be the same without it.
During a typical year the Foundation supports numerous projects including:
Support for the 6th, 7th and 8th grade overnight field trips
Numerous teacher requests to support in classroom learning
Live off campus theatre experiences for lower grades.
Multiple on and off campus cultural enrichment presentations and events
Digital Citizenship education for parents and students through Common Sense Media
Technology for the classroom including iPads and Laptops for Teachers and Students
Recent Touchless water bottle filling stations and drinking fountains
Access to the adjacent LDS field which includes parking for our faculty and staff and athletic fields for our kids.
The needs of the school continue to evolve in light of the continuing pandemic. Since the start of the pandemic our board has been closely working with the school administration and community stakeholders to understand the new needs and resources necessary to safely educate our children. In 2020, we were proud to contribute over $200k to purchase the hard goods requested by the school administration that allowed our children to return to campus.
Last year over 50% of school families donated to the Foundation – our goal 100% participation - but this year that goal takes on more significance. The Foundation is diligently working to ensure our school and children can thrive during these challenging times and we cannot do it without your generosity.
In late fall, Foundation board members will be contacting all school families to discuss our mission and fundraising efforts. Without your continued generosity the St. Paul’s experience we so greatly value would not be possible. Thank you, I wish you all a successful and healthy school year.