The Saint Stephen of Hungary School Foundation was established in 2013 to enhance the educational and teaching environments for both the students and the faculty of the Saint Stephen of Hungary School through fundraising efforts including an annual appeal, special events, and special initiative campaigns. The Foundation is incorporated as a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization under the Internal Revenue Service Guidelines and exclusively supports Saint Stephen of Hungary School.
AWARDED GRANT REQUESTS
During the 2015-16 school year, 100% of the grants the Foundation received were awarded to the School. More than $550,000 has been transferred to the School to supplement capital improvements, student programming and curriculum, technology, teacher professional development, and scholarships. Based on the support the Foundation gives to the School, the School is able to enrich the lives of our students.
Total Amount Raised as of June 1, 2016: $610,351
Total Expenses as of June 1, 2016: $153,049
AWARDED GRANT PROPOSALS
Each year the Head of School works with the Leadership Board sub-committees, faculty and
administration to create grant proposals. 100% of the grants received this year have been awarded.
Currently, the school has requested and received immediate use of $157,000* in funding. These funds have been used in the following ways:
VIOLIN PROGRAM ($4,000)
To support our robust violin program, we created a designated violin classroom, which includes orchestra style chairs, violin storage, and a flat screen television for students to be able to watch teaching videos and violin performances.
FATHER ANGELO SCHOLARSHIP FUND ($5,000)
This winter, the Father Angelo Scholarship Fund was established to honor Father Angelo's dedication to children, education, and his belief that quality Catholic education should be accessible to all. The first scholarship has been awarded to a student to allow them to continue their Catholic education.
MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS ($8,000)
This spring, we introduced Orff instruments into the music classroom. The Orff curriculum connects music instruction with movement, dance, and speech. By using instruments such as glockenspiels and xylophones, students are engaged in meaningful, active participation in music class, as they create their own music.
FACULTY PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT ($15,000)
Faculty members have been able to attend weeklong institutes, multi-day conferences, and one-day seminars to advance their teaching. Teachers across all grade levels have attended professional development on teaching math, reading, writing, social studies, science, music, and technology integration.
GYMNASIUM ENHANCEMENTS ($20,000)
This summer, the gym will receive necessary safety updates. Padding will be added to the walls behind both basketball hoops to ensure that our students can run and play safely. We will also be updating gym equipment, storage solutions, and addressing spectator seating.
TECHNOLOGY IMPROVEMENTS ($30,000)
Throughout the school year, we have been working on some “behind the scenes” technology improvements including updating our server and Internet filter to increase Internet speed and functionality. We have also done the initial work
to run wireless Internet to the auditorium and Pre-K classrooms. The final steps will take place in June once the
stairwells are clear of daily student use.
ENGINEERING CURRICULUM (75,000)
The Engineering Curriculum, which will launch in the 2016-2017 school year, will develop our students as creative, innovative, collaborative, problem solvers. In our Early Childhood classrooms, we will create block areas so our students can test designs. In the Elementary classrooms, our students will engage in Engineering is Elementary curriculum units, where they will get hands-on solving real world engineering challenges. In the Upper Grades, littleBits Steam Sets introduce snap circuits and turn creations electronic, empowering our students to think creatively and design increasingly complex solutions.
*As of May 31, 2016
PROJECTED GRANT REQUESTS
Several additional grant requests totaling in excess of the Foundation’s present distributable cash are
under development for approval and funding in the next two months.
These significant and necessary requests for funding are contingent in part upon the Foundation reaching the goals and targets identified above and before the end of the Foundation’s FY on August 31, 2016. The school’s projected requests may be summarized thusly:
Including exterior maintenance and boiler updates.
Including providing vital financial assistance to families experiencing hardship.
STEAM LAB/MAKER SPACE
We are currently collaborating with an architect to create a state-of-the art STEAM Lab/Maker Space this summer in
the basement of the former rectory. This space, utilized by students in all grades, will support the new Engineering curriculum and encourage hands-on creativity and problem solving. With the additional use of this classroom and creative scheduling, we will be able to accommodate our second 3rd grade classroom with the original school building. We look forward to sharing more detailed plans in the coming weeks.