VISITATION ACADEMY MOTHERS’ CLUB
ALL mothers and female guardians of Visitation students are members of the Mothers’ Club.
The purpose of this organization is to promote the welfare of Visitation Academy by:
- Acting as a liaison between home and school in a collaborative, cooperative and cohesive spirit with the Administration.
- Fostering a closer union among students, parents, and faculty.
- Providing a structure through which various projects to benefit students, parents, faculty, staff, and Sisters may be implemented and fulfilled.
- Promoting the ideals of Salesian spirituality through service, sociability, and the perpetuation of the Visitation Academy communal identity as conveyed in the school’s mission statement.
The Mothers’ Club Board consists of six officers – President, Vice-President, Treasurer, Recording Secretary, Corresponding Secretary and Historian – as well as an administrative liaison.
A yearly dues fee of $40 is optional, but greatly welcomed, as this is how we are able to subsidize the various opportunities that we provide for our parents, students and Visitation community throughout the year.
The numerous social and service events and activities provided by the Mothers’ Club are listed below:
YEAR-ROUND PROJECTS & SERVICES
Fundraising – We hold two fundraisers per school year: one in the fall and one in the spring. Aside from the collection of voluntary yearly dues and the proceeds from Viz Station (see below), these are the only other avenues the Mothers’ Club has for revenue.
Service Projects – There are typically two or three service opportunities during the school year, organized and coordinated by the Service Committee chair(s).
Social Events – Occurring at various times throughout the school year, and as the school schedule permits, these are organized and coordinated by the Social Committee chair(s).
Viz Station – This is a school store fully funded, stocked, and run by Mothers’ Club volunteers. It is open during school hours and during special school events.
EVENTS (IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER)
Baccalaureate Mass & Reception – Mothers’ Club provides special floral arrangements for the reception. (Usually held in May.)
Christmas Boutique – an evening shopping event at the beginning of the holidays with many vendors and refreshments. (Usually held in mid-November.)
Christmas Tea – a holiday luncheon, usually hosted in a Visitation mother’s home, and featuring an accompanying service project or collection. (Usually held in early December.)
Faculty/Staff Christmas Appreciation Luncheon – a much-loved event at which all Visitation faculty and staff are served a gourmet lunch and treated to fun entertainment before the holiday break. (Usually held in mid-December.)
Field Day T-Shirts – Mothers’ Club provides all Visitation students with their t-shirt for Field Day. (Usually held in late April.)
Junior Ring Mass & Reception – Mothers’ Club provides beautiful keepsake boxes for all junior girls’ class rings. (Usually held in April or May.)
Lower School Family Night – A fun, themed, dress-up evening for all Lower School families. Refreshments, DJ music, and dancing are provided. Themes are subject to change, depending upon the committee chair(s). (Usually held in October.)
Lower School Father/Daughter Event(s) – Over the years these have included a dance for Montessori through 3rd grade and a separate 4th/5th grade event. Themes are subject to change, depending upon the committee chair(s). (Usually held in late April/May.)
Middle School Father/Daughter Night – A more casual evening of fun and refreshments. Themes are subject to change, depending upon the committee chair(s). (Can be held anytime during the school year.)
Senior Lock-In – The Mothers’ Club organizes and contributes a budgeted portion of its funds for this fun end-of-the-year overnight for the graduated senior class. (Usually held in late May.)
Spring Luncheon & New Officer Installation – A lovely off-campus luncheon with vendors for shopping and a ceremony to celebrate both the retiring and the new Mothers’ Club officers. (Usually held in late April.)
St. Nick’s Nook & Café Noël – Two events on the same day, the St. Nick’s Nook is a holiday gift shopping opportunity for the Lower School children and the Café Noël is a bake sale available to the Middle and Upper School girls. (Usually held in early December.)
Uniform Recycling – The Mothers’ Club arranges a day for the buying and selling of used uniform items. (Usually held in April.)
Upper School Mother/Daughter Mass & Brunch – The Mothers’ Club organizes and funds this very special morning for mothers and their high-school daughters. The Mass is in the Visitation Chapel and the brunch is hosted off-campus. The brunch includes a keepsake gift for all senior girls. (Usually held in September.)