• FAHSA Committees

    Our volunteer-led FAHSA committees raise funds for our school, plan activities to supplement our children's education, and help foster a sense of community. We welcome everyone’s time and talent and encourage you to join us – no commitment is too small!

    If you are interested in learning more about any of our committees, please reach out to Co-Presidents Colleen and Jill (faspresidents@gmail.com).

    Our annual Book Fair fundraiser is scheduled for March 2022.  Our Book Fair Committee is starting to make plans for this fun-filled event!  Each FAS class gets its own visit during the school day, and the fair will hopefully be open to parents and caregivers after school.
     
    Get ready for the holidays with a gift wrap, sweet treats and housewares fundraiser that starts in early October. 
     
    Class Parents
    Class parents help distribute communications from teachers, organize class parties, and recruit parent volunteers for field trips and other class events.  Look for more information on this right when school begins!
     
    Communications/Marketing &  Publicity
    This committee helps prepare the Friday Flash newsletter, other email announcements, and helps publicize all the great things happening at FAS. 
     
    The Community Service committee plans family service projects like Neighbors in Need, the Mitten Drive and our Thanksgiving Food Drive.
     
    Discovery is an after-school enrichment program and major FAHSA fundraiser! It offers classes in subjects ranging from computer programing to cooking to performing arts.
     
    Dr. Seuss Day
    Celebrate reading with a fun week of in-school activities, capped with a visit from the Cat in the Hat! 
      
    This committee plans a few in-school enrichment programs during the school year.  Programs featured in the past have been sifting for seashells, mining, musical performances and recess yoga.  The annual STEAM fair is the largest program with multiple exhibits and the most parent volunteers!
     
    Get everything you need to create a lovely autumnal outdoor display at home and help support FAS in the process! We are partnering with O'Boyle Landscaping to provide beautiful mums, pumpkins and other festive fall decor.
     
    Prepare to be spooked! This annual outdoor evening event displays Jack O'Lanterns carved at home by each family, as well as by each class. Festive music fills the air, and a sweet treat fundraiser tops it off. 
     
    Food Days are catered lunches provided by local restaurants and served by parent volunteers. This major fundraiser makes your life easier too!  We expect this program to start in October one day per week and expand as the year goes on.
     
    Hour of Code is a worldwide project in December and FAS is proud to be a part of it! Our students will participate in a one-hour introduction to computer science led by parent volunteers during the school day. 
      
    Learning Garden
    Our Learning Garden maintains the beautiful fruit and vegetable garden on the FAS grounds and leads environmental science enrichment programs for the students.  
     
    This community assists the FAS librarian with class visits. Volunteering here is a great way to get a peek into your child's school day! 
     
    Nominations
    This committee helps ensure the fairness of FAHSA Board elections. 
     
    Pancake Breakfast
    This fundraising committee hosts a Saturday morning pancake breakfast in the winter with teacher-led entertainment for the students. Come warm up inside at FAS! 
     
    Say cheese! This committee organizes the annual FAS Picture Days in early October. 
     
    Our Social Fireflies plan fun parent and family social events to help foster a sense of community and raise funds for FAS!  Events include:  1) Welcome Back Pizza Party in September; 2) Parents' Night Out at Glen Ridge Country Club; 3) Holiday Centerpiece Event; 2) Bi-Annual fundraiser in March 2022:  80's Night!
     
    School Supplies for Grades K-2
    Don't want to drag your kids to Staples over Labor Day Weekend? No problem! Our School Supply fundraiser organizes bundles of school supplies, catered to each classroom. Log on in June and with one click, your children will have everything they need delivered to their desks by the first day of school.  You will be helping raise money for classroom instructional materials too!  Order deadline is mid-July.  
     
    This committee raises funds throughout the year for the 2nd grade yearbooks and a fun graduation celebration.  There is also a Glow Dance, typically in February.
     
    Soccerthon and Family Fun Night is a winter family social event and fundraiser open to students throughout Glen Ridge, from preK to 2nd Grade. It features student soccer scrimmages, concessions, and other fun activities and entertainment. 

    The Spiritwear committee selects and designs items including t-shirts, sweatshirts, hats, magnets and more, and sells them at a fall sale and various other times throughout the year at FAS events. 
     
    Spring Carnival
    Spring Carnival is a beloved annual fundraiser on the FAS field featuring bounce houses, fun games, treats, and a raffle. 

     
    Help us show our teachers how much we appreciate them during Teacher Appreciation Week! We'll plan events and treats to thank them for all their hard work.   This is typically done during National Education Week in November and Teacher Appreciation Week in May.
     
    Visiting Author Day
    Each year, we work closely with the FAS Librarian to identify a notable children’s book author to visit FAS for a day! The visiting authors make a series of age-appropriate presentations to each grade level. They also sign and personalize copies of their books for the children. Books are sold in advance to help cover costs of visiting author fees. 
     
    We organize and deliver baskets full of sweet treats and gift cards to show our appreciation for the FAS staff, which includes our crossing guards, custodians, school nurse, Principal, teachers and school secretary.