Annual Fund Drive

The St. Mark Parish School Annual Drive is a direct appeal running September - June requesting donations from parishioners and school families to help offset the costs of Catholic education for children in our parish. 

Our current drive, September 2018 - June 2019, is coming to a close, so please look at your payment history to see if your pledge balance has been paid in full.  Use https://www.osvonlinegiving.com/149/DirectDonate/2105 to make a payment online or drop off payments at the Front Office.  

March 31, 2019

Dear Friends of St. Mark Parish School,

 

Our School Commission partners with us to maintain the sustainability and availability of Catholic education at our Parish.  Part of that volunteer responsibility is to be a parent voice for the school, providing feedback and suggestions for its ongoing well-being.  The tuition fees offered our Catholic parents are around 75% of the actual cost of education, which is comprised of funding teacher salaries and health benefits, utilities, property maintenance and insurance for the school building, so that choosing which child to enroll is not a decision that has to be made, but sending all of their children, together as a family, is the available option.  The funds received from the School Annual Drive make up the difference in tuition, bridging the gap of the remaining 25% needed to keep the school operating and Catholic Education available for children.  As public schools receive tax payer funds, St. Mark Parish School serves to educate our children relying only on the funds from your financial support.

 

“Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.” And he took them in his arms and blessed them, laying his hands on them. – Matthew 10:14-16.

 

Please join us in providing a financial gift to this year’s School Annual Fund Drive.   You will be supporting a school dedicated to teaching the gospel message of Jesus Christ and forming Disciples of the Lord to serve God’s people and our community.   As our hallway sign says, “Jesus is the reason” for our school.  St. Mark’s is the cornerstone for academic excellence and leadership, boasting a truly balanced curriculum with foreign language, robotics, professionally taught arts program, band, choir, speech and math teams.  With students arriving each day from 17 different zip codes, our vision of “Catholic to the Core” is maintained by your gift, allowing St. Mark Parish School to be the star of Bethlehem, guiding their futures. The children here at St. Mark Parish School are an extension of your grace. 

 

Thank you for your support!

 

God Bless You,

 

 

Kathryn Palmquist-Keck         

Principal      

 

Rev. Joseph Mitchell       

Pastor  

 

Todd Chapman

Parish Administrator                                                                                                          

 

St. Mark Parish School Commission

Heather Vasquez

Katie McCoy

Kelly Cline

Ted Brown

Chris Ramos

Clare Pugun

Eyvette Trujillo

 

Donate online at https://www.osvonlinegiving.com/149/DirectDonate/2105

www.stmss.org

 

Annual Drive Schedule

March

  • Annual Drive letters are sent to parishioners/alumni as a reminder of the June 1 deadline for the 2018 - 2019 Drive, plus a reminder for the upcoming year Sept - June 2019 - 2020 Drive.
  • School families make pledge commitment at registration
  • All school parents are required to give to the St. Mark Parish School Annual Drive
 

Please Remember

  • Tuition does not cover the actual cost of educating each student and the gap is at least $2,200 per student
  • The Annual Drive provides one of the best means to close that gap
  • You may contribute on a monthly basis from September through June 
  • Your gift to St. Mark Parish School is 100% tax deductible
  • Many employers will match your gift, through your company Workplace Giving Program
 
Parent volunteer opportunities include helping with bulk mailing, phoning for pledges and writing thank you notes.