Dear St. Michael Families,
Welcome to our “family of families” ! Registration for the 2020-2021 school year is now open for new and current school families.
I am blessed to report that this has been a fruitful budget season for the school and we now have a healthy balanced budget for the upcoming 2020-2021 school year-praise God! Next year’s budget allows us to fairly compensate our teachers and staff for their expertise and dedication to each of our students while also limiting the annual tuition rate increase. Additionally, the budget allows us to keep moving forward instructionally by purchasing new classroom materials for the school while also continuing to grow our educational technology.
As an outcome of our parish strategic plan and our P.A.C.E. (Providing Access to Catholic Education) tuition task force’s work towards fully funding school tuition by 2026, we will be taking initial steps towards this goal in the upcoming school year. We are limiting the amount of next school year’s tuition increase to a 1.5% increase in order to provide greater access to Catholic education for more families. Please see Fr. Jim’s letter below for more information about this exciting news. Thank you for your faithful financial stewardship in enabling us to take this important step for next year!
All tuition assistance applicants will receive their 2020-2021 tuition assistance award letters in the green envelopes today. These letters contain the tuition assistance amounts that applicants have received from the Fulcrum Foundation and/or St. Michael Parish School tuition assistance. Providing tuition assistance to all families demonstrating need is a major priority of our school and parish. If you applied for tuition assistance, please complete and return the bottom of your award letters by March 16th.
A Message from Fr. Jim,
Dear Parents of Saint Michael Parish School,
For over 125 years Saint Michael Parish and School have met the spiritual and educational needs for generations. As a stewardship parish recognizing that we are disciples of Jesus Christ and all that we have has been given to us by our generous God, we have embarked upon a bold task. Our parish strategic plan challenges us by 2026 to seek ways to provide access to Catholic education (P.A.C.E.) for all active and participating parish families who make this choice.
Through wise and prudent budget management and through an increased parish grant to the school due to parishioners’ commitment to financial stewardship, I am pleased to announce that we are taking the first steps toward achieving this goal in the 2020 – 2021 school year. Rather than our historically 3% – 6% annual tuition increase, we are increasing tuition 1.5% with a balanced budget. It is our goal to continue to decrease tuition as our participation in Sunday stewardship giving increases.
Pray for the guidance of the Holy Spirit as our tuition task force (P.A.C.E.) continues to chart a course towards our 2026 goal of fully funding Saint Michael Parish School education through stewardship. Pray also for how you will be a part of this incredible endeavor.
Sincerely in Christ Jesus,