Home School Association—Update


It’s time ….

Clean out those closets and make room for summer clothes!

Our Spring Clothing Drive is Wednesday, May 3rd!

Remember …. it’s not just clothing …. shoes, boots, stuffed animals, toys, linens, coats, etc, etc

Help your house while supporting our school!  It’s a WIN-WIN fundraiser!

Last fall I challenged everyone to ONE BAG …. well the goal is increased … TWO BAGS EACH FAMILY!  Who can’t rustle up two bags of “goods”?? Come on!

Drop off anytime between 7-10 am in church parking lot … we will even empty the bags from your car … DRIVE THRU SERVICE!


Volunteers, please contact Diana Gray directly at 201-240-8932 or dianagray2@verizon.net



In an effort to “Pay It Forward” and help the underprivileged, we have found a home for our “old” Sacred Heart School uniforms!

The blue uniforms, which are being replaced, will be donated with love to a Catholic orphanage and school in the Philippines.

To that end, we are asking that you launder and bag any “gently used” uniforms.  They will be able to use all sizes and types.  Dresses, pants, tops, vest, sweaters, shorts, polos, gym shorts/pants, tee shirts, sweatshirts ….. EVERYTHING!

I will send out information about collection after Easter Break.  We will continue to collect through the early summer before we ship out.

The children at this orphanage and school are very excited and thrilled to receive our school’s uniforms.  They have very little clothes and school uniforms will be a first for them!

It’s humbling and heartwarming to be able to help such grateful children.

I sincerely appreciate the efforts you’ll make to help our “uniform drive” a success!

Wishing everyone a blessed and peaceful Easter!


There’s still time ….


Help support our school and enjoy a dinner out (or take home to enjoy in your house)!

Ticket forms on Thursday Folder!

Don’t miss out on all the fun and delicious food!  Chicken is also available  for you landlubbers:)

Send your form in tomorrow morning!!

Looking forward to seeing everyone on Friday night!


Great News !!!

How many of you are cooking dinner right now? Or shopping aimlessly in the grocery store looking for “What to cook”? Or calling the local take out for delivery?

GUESS WHAT???  You won’t be doing ANY of that this friday, April 7Th!

Get your tickets for our Lenten Fish Fry and ….. LEAVE IT TO US!!  Eat in (no mess to clean up) or Take Out (eat in PJ’s in front of TV)!

Tickets still available!!  Food is delicious …. The Thistle Inn is cooking for us!  Cheaper than going out OR ordering out!

Support our children’s school!  Please help us to reach our goal!

Enjoy a family night!

And if you need it ….. fundraising points are still able to be earned … call me! (973-800-9601)


Ticket forms on Thursday Folder!

Request ….

Good Morning!

Spring is springing …. and our school year is ticking down.

Most of you who still owe points should have received a letter with your tally YTD.

To that end, we have many more opportunities to earn those points!  Don’t be left with a bill at the end of the year 🙁

I will post a total list of remaining opportunities next week.  However, I am reaching out today for help with our Lenten Fish Fry.

The event is Friday, April 7th in the cafeteria.  The flier and form are in the Thursday Folder.

I am in need of help to set up, serve and clean up at the event.  We would need you between the hours of 4-8 or 5-9 on that Friday. (Anyone already signed up will receive a text this weekend)

Additionally, WE NEED BAKERS!  Cakes, cupcakes, cookies, etc.  If you can please find the time to bake an item and/or purchase one, please text me (973-800-9601).  Items can be dropped off to the main office anytime during the school day on 4/7 or they can be delivered to the cafeteria from 3-5pm.

Lastly, please support this event by purchasing tickets and talking it up outside of school.  We have advertised in most church bulletins, the senior centers and the local supermarkets.  This can be a very successful fundraiser if supported.  It’s an opportunity to make this a family event.  Bring your extended families and friends …. enjoy an evening out ….. cheaper than a restaurant …. and help OUR SCHOOL!

Thanks!  (and don’t forget the BUNNY is hopping his way to SHS … get your tickets!)


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The Easter Bunny is on his way … THIS SATURDAY, APRIL 1ST …. at SHS cafeteria!

Decorations, food, volunteers and bunny are all ready!

HOWEVER …. very few tickets have been sold:(

PLEASE print the flier off the Thursday Folder and get your ticket requests in.

The Bunny will be very sad if we need to cancel his trip to SHS!!



Happy Spring Everyone!

Just a quick reminder that tonight is our HSA Meeting at 7pm in the school cafeteria.

There will be a fashion show of the new uniforms, fundraising point opportunities and many updates!

Don’t forget …. FREE TAG DAY for all children of parents who attend:)

Babysitting will be available!

Coffee and sweets!

What more could you want? LOL

See you there …. Lois


Support Our Track Team!


We are all hoping that winter is in our rear view mirror …. finally!

To that end, let’s get into Spring and support our Track Team!

Please come out and enjoy some family fund while helping to fundraise for our team!

Please support our school!

Please read (CLICK) the below message from Chris Guanci.
It would be very much appreciated if you could support this fundraiser. In addition to showing support for your child/children, it is a source of advertising for our school. The signs are extremely resilient. Ours has been on our lawn all winter, through rain, snow and wind… it’s still standing strong!


Lois Kosc

last call lawn signs

Please Support Our School!

Please read (CLICK) the below message from Chris Guanci.
It would be very much appreciated if you could support this fundraiser. In addition to showing support for your child/children, it is a source of advertising for our school. The signs are extremely resilient. Ours has been on our lawn all winter, through rain, snow and wind… it’s still standing strong!


Lois Kosc

last call lawn signs

Find your tiaras and crowns!!


The Sacred Heart Cafeteria will be transformed into a majestical castle THIS FRIDAY, MARCH 10TH!!

Don’t miss out on the fun!

Calling all Pre-K through 2nd grade Pirates and Princesses!  Come dance the night away and make all your dreams come true!

Crafts, Food, Dancing, Photos by the Castle!

***SPECIAL PRIZE OPPORTUNITY FOR PARENTS DRESSED AS PIRATES OR PRINCESSES*** (Win a magical night out donated by Luna Restaurant in Nutley!)

Tickets available through Bridget Saoud (6A)  ;  see thursday folder for order form

Don’t let your little one miss out on their first magical dance …. send forms in ASAP!


Last minute …

Good evening and THANK YOU!!

From the very bottom of my heart, I thank our SHS Family!  Today’s event was a HUGE success!  I have yet to count our profits and find out “bottom-line” but regardless of the finances, I was inspired and heart warmed to experience the love and fun and spirit today!  The kids were inspiring as they danced and sang …. and I saw many parents going in!  It was truly a great day with our SHS family!  It was a rousing success from a spiritual and community perspective!  THANK YOU!!!

My “Last Minute” alert tonight is that we will hold an impromptu CUPCAKE SALE TOMORROW!!  Fifty cents … sold at lunches!!

If anyone is around during lunchtime to help me, I’d appreciate it!  Good news is our cupcakes are baked and all ready! (973-800-9601)


reminder … tomorrow is LAST CHANCE to order Hot Pretzel and Soup for Thursday Lunch! (Dips cost money …. many people aren’t sending money for them, check your order …. no money, no dip!)


Last Minute ….

It’s almost here!  ARRAY OF HOPE 2017!

We will be selling tickets at the door so don’t let that stop you from joining your Sacred Heart Family on Sunday, January 29th, 4-6:30pm in the Auditorium!

Ticket sales have soared and we are expecting over 350 people!!

Food, drinks, fun, music, dancing and tons of great prizes ….. signed sports memorabilia, tons of kids toys and games, gift certificates and even a drone!

Don’t miss out on the fun …. and remember, every family ticket purchased gets u into the raffle for 2 FREE family school registrations!

We can still use some help on Sunday during the event so please consider earning a fundraising point while helping us with this large fundraiser (973-800-9601).  It would be most appreciated.

Lastly …. our HSA hot pretzel and soup lunch in celebration of Catholic Schools Week will extend its order date until Monday, January 30th.  Last chance …. NO HOT LUNCH will be provided that day …. so order from us!  Order form in Thursday Folder!

Thanks for all your support … looking forward to seeing everyone on Sunday!!


Earn Your Points!

Hello All!

Our “Array of Hope” concert is quickly approaching!  This is the grand kickoff to our Catholic Schools Week 2017!  It is an interactive family event filled with music, comedy, food, raffles, sports memorabilia, games and tons of FUN!!

Organizing and presenting an event of this magnitude takes a huge amount of work.  I was lucky enough to have a very dedicated and hard – working committee at my side over these past months.  However, we cannot set up, run and break down this event without more dedicated and kind volunteers.

We will be awarding Fundraising Points for your hours “worked”.  Basically, 4 hours = 1 point.

So …. below is a list of “holes” which we need filled in order to run this event smoothly.  We are striving to be very organized and efficient so things should move quickly as long as we have people helping.

I would very much appreciate if willing volunteers contacted me, directly, via text @ 973-800-9601.  This will expedite things and improve rapid communication.

Get those points out of the way …. the opportunities to earn them dwindle as the school year progresses!!



  • 8-10 volunteers needed to set up chairs in auditorium and place tables in hallway (no carrying on stairs to be done)


  • 6-8 volunteers needed to assist with tricky tray, 50/50, hallway patrol, etc (during event)


  • 8-10 volunteers needed to put chairs away, break down tables, take garbage out, sweep and mop gym floor


I truly appreciate any and all help you can assist with.  Many hands can make these tasks go extremely quickly!

Ticket sales are increasing …. the Praybill has gone to print with over 25 ads …. food vendors are ready to cook ….. tricky tray items are being wrapped and will appeal to all the kids (child and adult! LOL)  … the entertainers are coming from across several states …. our Instagram contest is rocking the internet tonight …. and if my prayers for volunteers are answered, all will be successful!!

Hoping to hear from you soon …. Lois







Middle School Contest

Good Morning!

I met with the school assembly this morning to announce an HSA contest for the middle school students.  I fully explained it to them but would like to share the details with you.

Grades 5-8 are welcome to participate in an Array of Hope Instagram Contest.

Contest runs from 6pm today, January 23rd through 6pm Friday, January 27th.

Students participating need to go to the SHS website and screen shot the Array of Hope flier with the details of the concert.  Then they will post it to their Instagram Account with a “#arrayofhopeshs”.  They can post as often as they like throughout the five days of the contest.

At the conclusion of the contest (Friday, 1/27, 6pm), the number of posts and “likes” will be tabulated per grade.

The middle school grade (not class) with the most amount of “likes” will win a free pizza, drink and ice cream lunch!

Good luck and happy posting!


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Sacred Heart School will be on the radio!

Friday, January 20th @ 10:05am, The SHS Array of Hope Concert will be advertised on the Catholic Radio Station, “Relevant Radio” !

Tune in …. 1430 AM WNSW …. 10:05 AM …. Friday, January 20th!

What’s for Dinner?

Do you dread that question?  I know I do!!

Well guess what?  On Sunday, January 29th, nobody has to cook!!

Come out to the SHS ARRAY OF HOPE CONCERT ….. we will have available for purchase the following menu items (and maybe more):


-hot dogs, hamburgers


-fried chicken


-candy, chips



Make it a fun filled family night … and leave the cooking to someone else!

Tickets available ….. see thursday folder or contact me directly 973-800-9601

Thanks for supporting our school and instilling Christian values into our families!

Lois Kosc



Hello again !

It’s me …. talking about “Array of Hope” …. again!

Our deadline for Praybill ads is fast approaching.  I need all ads (via pdf or jpeg file) but THIS FRIDAY, JANUARY 20TH.

Many of you took forms at the HSA meeting but I’ve only received one ad from that.

The Praybill will be widely distributed and will be seen by potential “customers” from all of Bergen County and parts of Hudson.  It is a rather inexpensive opportunity to advertise for businesses, corporations, physicians, restaurants, high schools, etc.  There is also an opportunity for a coupon to be built into the ad which should, in fact, increase the likelihood of receiving a return on the investment.  Encourage the potential advertisers to utilize this option when designing their ad.

We have secured a decent amount of sponsors for the Praybill.  However, with ticket sales at a lower number than expected, this book has the potential of securing a successful fundraiser.

I would humbly ask each of you to try to solicit at least one ad before Friday.  Your employer? Dentist? Dry Cleaners? Pizza place? Bakery?

I appreciate any and all assistance!

Forms are available, if necessary, text, call or email me!



Many thanks,  Lois

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On behalf of the entire HSA, I would like to send out a huge shout out and a heartfelt thank you to Patty Pavlica!

Once again, she pulled off a spectacularly successful Tricky Tray 2017 !!

I am most humbly announcing that Patty’s Event raised a whopping $34K !  Actually, it was dollars away from $35K!!!

Patty, your tireless efforts and endless work is much appreciated!

This financial winner has put us over $50K YTD raised ……and halfway to our yearly goal!

Thank you Patty, and thank you for all the volunteers, attendees and supporters!

Lois Kosc



2 FREE giveaways ….

  1. FREE TAG DAY tomorrow, January 12th (Thursday) to all children whose parents attended the HSA meeting last night!  Attendance sheets will be provided to teachers for compliance.
  2. FREE SCHOOL REGISTRATION FEE for two lucky families who have purchased ARRAY OF HOPE tickets by 1/27/17.  Raffle to be picked at event.

I received several Praybill ads today and I am most grateful!  Many of you took forms last evening so please, try to solicit some ads over the weekend.

Ticket sales are still floundering.  Father Jim and Mrs Durocher are supporting this event.  This was their wish to bring a family centered, Christian event to our school.  Please help this event succeed.  It’s success is synonymous with our school’s success.  A family ticket is $30.  Forms are on the Thursday Folder.

Looking forward to lots of ticket sales, Praybill ads and enthusiasm!

**Special shout out to the 6th grade parents ….. a record number of attendees from this class at last night’s meeting …. more than 40 parents:) Thank You!!!



Tomorrow, January 10th is our HSA meeting at 7pm in school cafeteria.  Free tag day will be awarded for children of all attendees.

Our Agenda will include feedback to the school survey which was completed on-line prior to the holidays.  Mrs. Durocher will be addressing every issue raised, suggestions and criticisms.  This will be the ONLY source of feedback.  You need to attend meeting to hear the school’s responses.  In addition, this is the time and place to address any concerns you may have with tuition, fundraising, etc.  Parking lot and social media discussions do not reap answers.  Come and let your voice be heard and listen to the feedback.

In addition, presentation of the remaining fundraisers for the year will take place.  You will have the opportunity to secure your chance to earn fundraising points.

I am looking for help with coffee service, if possible, please contact me via cell (973)800-9601.

Lastly, more Spirit Wear orders went home on Friday, January 6th.  These were orders placed after December 1st.  They contained all items which we had “in stock”.  The remaining items were ordered and will be delivered within 2 weeks.  Hence, many of you received partial orders.  We are aware and will deliver the rest upon receiving.

Thanks you for your ongoing support.  I am eagerly awaiting ticket orders for our “Array of Hope” fundraiser.  Your children will be watching DVD’s and listening to CD’s of the musical program from now until concert.  They will be excited and eager to come.  Please support this family event.



CORRECTED: Happy New Year!

Good evening and Happy New Year!

I am hoping that each of you and your families had wonderful and memorable holidays!

January is a time of renewed hope, goals and dreams!

To that end, I am hoping and praying that this special month of “new” things can bring the Sacred Heart Family together for a common purpose and goal.

Our fundraiser set for January 29th is “Array of Hope; Awakening Hearts”. It is a family oriented, Christian based musical program. It is interactive, modern, lively and professional. The singers and entertainers are coming from all over the country and have followings among the Christian music community. This is a quality, proven event which is designed to bring families and communities closer under Christian values.

I am reaching out to each and everyone of you this evening with multiple requests (don’t I always… LOL)

First, and most importantly, I am pleading with you to consider purchasing a family ticket to this event for your “crew”. The cost of a family ticket is $30 ($10 individual) and I dare say that it is quite cheaper than a night out at the movies for ANY family?!  How can we not feel good about spending 2 hours with our SHS family?  This is our “kick off” event for Catholic Schools Week 2017.  All of us send our children to SHS and struggle to do so financially for a reason.  Hopefully, that reason is the Catholic, Christian atmosphere they experience.   That atmosphere and philosophy carries beyond the school day and weekday.  It needs to be carried out at home and in our community.  SHS is our community.  Let’s strengthen those values outside the classroom, among our Catholic family.

Secondly, I am asking each and every one of us to approach our bosses, companies, businesses we frequent (restaurants, dry cleaners, doctors, etc) to take an ad out in our “PRAYBILL”.  This is a booklet which will be distributed at the event, similar to a Broadway Playbill.  This is a prime source of fundraising for this event.  Our community expands much farther than Lyndhurst these days, so please, bring the attached paperwork to all your “favorite” vendors and companies.  You would be surprised at the people who are willing to advertise.  You can assure them that the exposure will be vast and spared to people all over Bergen County.

Lastly, I ask that you try to solicit items for our Silent Auction as well as items to be used in Tricky Tray baskets.  I am proud and thrilled to advise you that we have already secured the following items which will be auctioned off that night:

–  Kicks mini basketball signed by Kristaps Porzingis

–  Rangers hockey stick signed by Mats Zuccarello (and a signed picture)

–  Signed pictures of Khris Kreider, Derek Stepan, Rick Nash (Rangers, all with stats on back, 5X7)

–  Signed picture of Walt Frazier (Knicks)

–  Rangers golf shoe bag, golf balls

–  Rangers practice shirt

–  Knicks practice shirt

–  Red Bulls jersey signed by entire team

–  Devils memorabilia

So, thanks for sticking with this long email, thanks for helping, thanks for supporting!

The forms for tickets, Praybill ads and a video about the event are all attached for your perusal and action!

I know we can pull this event off ….. nothing is beyond the capability of a determined group of Sacred Heart families, teachers, administrators!

I sincerely thank you from the bottom of my heart!

Lois Kosc





Happy Monday Everyone!

Lots of things going on this time of year!

A few important reminders and requests:

  1.  Tomorrow, December 6th is our Annual Barnes and Noble Book fair.  It is held at the Clifton store all day and evening.  Shoppers can also use online options, details in Thursday Folder.  We have the potential to raise a decent amount of funds for our school.  This is a great opportunity to do your holiday shopping AND help our school.  PLEASE take advantage of this opportunity.  Remember …. Barnes and Noble not only has a huge variety of books but they carry toys, board games, Legos, puzzles, electronics, CDs, DVDs, vinyl records, etc.  Start and finish your shopping in one trip:)
  2.  Our Annual Snack With Santa is right around the corner (12/17)!  However, we are very short on volunteers:(   While more than a full page of parents signed up to assist with this event, almost all are MIA!  Please …. we CANNOT hold this event without assistance.  Points are given for your time.  We need people to set up on Friday (12/16) and work the event (12/17).   The chairperson is Jamie Mays and she can be reached at jamiedel419@gmail.com.  This is urgent and we need responses.  If you are among the original volunteers, please reach out to Jamie and honor your commitment.
  3. Any and all Spirit Wear orders received after 12/2/16 will be delivered AFTER the holidays.  Orders received prior tho that date will be delivered prior to 12/22/16.

Thanks for your attention to all these matters!

Hoping to see everyone at Barnes and Noble tomorrow …. make your lists tonight!!

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Help Needed

Good Morning!

We are in need of a portable photo printer for our Snacks with Santa event.

If you have one and would let the committee borrow it, please contact Jamie Mays at jamiedel419@gmail.com

Help us make the day special for our children!


they are here!!


Lawn Signs are here!

Anyone who placed an order may pick up their Lawn Sign on this Thursday,  December 1st, from 2:45-3:30 pm in the school cafeteria.

Anyone who did NOT order a sign but would LOVE to pick one up, may also show up Thursday!

If you or a designee are unavailable Thursday, please call Chris Guanci @ 973-979-4104 to make other arrangements.

Signs would look cute under the Christmas Tree for your Sacred Heart student ….. and they would also make a great grandparents’ gift ….. who isn’t proud to brag??

See you Thursday!

Time is running out …..


We have extended the sale of Lawn Signs until December 1st.  However, there are limited supplies so please get your order in ASAP!

Support your Sacred Heart basketball player, track runner, cheerleader, 2017 graduate or SHS student!  Make your child proud by advertising their accomplishments!

Details in Thursday folder!

Be Advised

A few reminders ….

  1.  SOME Spirit Wear orders went home today with children.  Anything which needed personalization or any items we did not have “in stock” will be ordered at the conclusion of the sale.  Therefore, many of you DID NOT RECEIVE complete orders.  You will receive the remainder of your order in the second delivery.
  2. HSA meeting is THIS Thursday, November 17 at 7:00 pm in the cafeteria.  Attendance shows your support for our school … and it also gives your child/children a free tag day. Please show your support!  A small group of volunteers cannot raise $100,000 alone. Come and find out how far we are ……
  3. Please check out our newest fundraiser … Lawn Signs!  Show your support for your child who plays basketball, runs track, cheers, graduates this year …. or simply attends SHS!  See details in Thursday Folder.  More information at HSA meeting.

Thank you for all your support!

Lois Kosc


LAST CHANCE … to clean out those closets, drawers, attics, basements and toy chests!  Clean out before Christmas!!  Our Annual Clothing Drive is TOMORROW … 7-10am in church parking lot.  Simply drop off bags of clothing, shoes, coats, stuffed animal, etc!  If EVERY Sacred Heart family dropped off ONE (1) bag, we would surpass our record!  All clothing and items are donated to local shelters first, then nationally.  Proceeds support OUR SCHOOL!  Now who doesn’t have ONE bag of purging to do??? Please …..

And once you feel good about cleaning out the house …. treat yourself to a night our with ELVIS!  Tickets still available …. this Saturday, November 12th  Details in Thursday Folder!

good luck purging …. and a word to the wise,  pack up those stuffed animals AFTER the kids are in bed … shhhhh!


Saturday Night Fun!

THIS Saturday, November 12th is our annual “ELVIS NIGHT” featuring our very own Deacon Anthony Liguori!

EARN FUNDRAISING POINTS!  We are in need of 3-4 volunteers to help at the event.  Hours will be 6:30-10:30 and one (1) fundraising point will be earned for your volunteer efforts!  

ATTEND THE EVENT ... and “Get All Shook Up!” or dance like a “Hound Dog”!!

PLEASE contact our Chairperson, Susan DeFrancesco, to volunteer your time OR to purchase tickets!

Its not too late …. or else you may be “Lonesome Tonight”!

susan_defrancesco@yahoo.com  or  (201)438-8218


Saturday Night Fun!

THIS Saturday, November 12th is our annual “ELVIS NIGHT” featuring our very own Deacon Anthony Liguori!

EARN FUNDRAISING POINTS!  We are in need of 3-4 volunteers to help at the event.  Hours will be 6:30-10:30 and one (1) fundraising point will be earned for your volunteer efforts!  

ATTEND THE EVENT ... and “Get All Shook Up!” or dance like a “Hound Dog”!!

PLEASE contact our Chairperson, Susan DeFrancesco, to volunteer your time OR to purchase tickets!

Its not too late …. or else you may be “Lonesome Tonight”!

susan_defrancesco@yahoo.com  or  (201)438-8218