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Family & School Association (FSA)

The FSA was established to utilize the combined talents of the parents and teachers of the students of Our Lady of Peace School to:

  • Promote the social, intellectual, moral and spiritual welfare of the students
  • Enhance relationships between parents and teachers
  • Provide financial aid to the school in order to assure continuing educational activities
  • Promote family-centered activities for the school

The FSA was renamed in Fall 2010 to be more inclusive of today's families. The family does not just include the parents. It also includes grandparents, aunts, uncles and anyone else who helps care for our students.

All OLP famillies are part of the Family and School Association. We all have a role to play. All families are included in the school directory unless they request not to be. FSA coordinates the publication of the school directory which serves as a resource for OLP school which continues to grow and get better each year. Directories are ordered at the start of the school year.

Elections are held every spring for FSA Board positions. The board members meet monthly and ensure the fulfillment of the FSA objectives. Every FSA member is eligible for these elections.

The FSA performs a variety of functions for the school:

Fund raising

The FSA contributes the majority of all funds raised to the school to be used for a variety of needs, such as technology, the Parent Broadcast System (the automated calling system for messages to all school families’ homes), Edline (the website used for parent and faculty communication), field trip funding, Playground Fund, Arts' Day and other areas as needed. Any remaining funds are used for the family activities sponsored by the FSA.

  • Save Around Erie Coupon Book Sale
  • Easter Candy Sale
  • “Free” Money:
    • Giant Eagle Apples for students: usually runs November through March. Your Giant Eagle advantage card must be registered to OLP (school ID 0804) in order for the school to collect points on your purchases
    • Box Tops for Education: October through April
    • Funding Factory: Inkcartridge and cell phone recycling: year round
    • Target School Fund Raising: Target cards linked to OLP
    • Tyson ProjectA+: labels from specially marked Tyson products

We also have a project that is done mainly for the service to the school families, and is not a major source of funds:

  • The Used Uniform Sale

Family Activities

These activities are designed to promote parents and students spending time together, along with other school families. Most of the programs are held at the school, and are highly dependent upon parent volunteers to be successful. These include: Fall Family Fun Night, Lunch with Santa and The Caring Tree.

Student Activities

In addition to the family activities, the FSA holds special activities for the students during school hours for certain holidays:

  • Halloween and Christmas parties
  • Santa Shop: students are able to purchase Christmas gifts for immediate family members

Teacher Support

All of the teachers, including the support staff, receive gift cards from the FSA at the beginning of the year and then again during Catholic Schools week, for use for any classroom supplies. The FSA also sponsors a Staff Appreciation Dinner at the end of the year with gift certificates for the teachers’ personal use as our way of saying thank you for caring for our children all year. We also try to support special requests for library, A/V and science materials, or any other need that may arise during the year that was not in the school budget.