Dear Parents and Guardians of Saint Mary’s Students,

We would like to tell you a little bit about our organization. The Saint Mary’s Parents Association (SMPA) is about men and women working together to create a better school and a better educational experience for our children. We strive to present activities that bring St. Mary’s families together for fun and fellowship. We focus on building community, teacher appreciation, student recognition and service to the school. Every Wednesday at 8:25 a.m. before our 9:00 a.m. Mass, we pray the Rosary. We offer up our Rosary for our Students, Staff and our Parishioners of Our Lady of Belén and any special intention you'd like to add. We welcome you to join us!

There have been more than 500 independent research studies about parent involvement. The results are astonishing! When parents/guardians get involved in their children’s education, grades go up, test scores go up, children become more likely to pass and to attend better schools after high school, they have fewer discipline problems, and they’re less likely to use drugs and alcohol. Furthermore, students who see their parents working together in an organized manner and toward a common goal often develop into a more unified group of students themselves.

We can use your help! Volunteering doesn’t mean a huge time commitment. An hour or two a semester makes a significant difference. We have jobs to fit your time schedule and interests. We even have tasks that don’t involve coming to the school at all! We coordinated several successful events throughout the year and have plans to do the same this year. We need fresh ideas in making these activities a success. We would appreciate your input on future programs. Every parent/guardian is a member and welcome to join us at any, and all of our events. If you have any questions or want to get involved feel free to contact me via email or by calling the school.

Thank you for taking the time to consider assisting us with our already amazing school!

Sincerely,

Missy
Melissa Jolene “Missy” Sánchez
Chairwoman, St. Mary’s Parents Association