Home School Association

Mission Statement
The COHS Home School Association's (HSA) purpose shall be to promote communications between COHS and parents on matters of mutual concern, to sponsor events and to foster involvement of parents in the life of the school for the betterment of COHS and its administration, students, faculty, and staff while upholding the true spirit of the Franciscan traditions.  Click here for a HSA appication.
Meetings are held on the 1st Monday of each month for the 2018-2019 school year.
September 12 October 3 November 5
December 3 January 7 February 4
March 4 April 1 May 6
June 3    

*All meetings start at 6:30 pm and are held in the cafeteria.

HSA Events/Programs

Bingo & Bingo Kitchen
Sunday bingo is sponsored by HSA. Profits from bingo are given back to COHS. HSA sells food and refreshments during bingo, with profits used for the graduation reception and other events as needed. Working HSA bingo qualifies you to participate in the Franciscan program*.

Black & Gold Store
The COHS bookstore is run by volunteer alumni, parents, grandparents, and special friends. The bookstore offers COHS logo apparel, snacks, beverages, school supplies, and books. Summer reading materials are stocked as well, all with reasonable prices, often below 'list' prices. Gift certificates are available and make great birthday presents or stocking stuffers! During the holiday season, stop by the Black & Gold Store to purchase gifts for family and friends. More volunteers for the store are always welcome.

Phone Tree
HSA parent volunteers form the phone calling tree. The tree is utilized on an "as needed" basis to call family homes as the need arises by COHS and/or HSA. This is a great tool for reaching all COHS families. Volunteers are always welcome to be a caller for your child's class**.

Open House
HSA answers parent questions, serves refreshments, and operates the Black & Gold Store for prospective students during the Fall and Spring Open House events.

Freshman Orientation and Freshman Family Night
HSA offers a presentation that helps inform new COHS families about the school, in addition to HSA events and activities**.

Christmas Decorating Party
HSA purchases trees, ornaments, garland, tree skirts, and other Christmas decorations for placement across campus. During a special evening party, volunteers decorate the school and enjoy snacks and beverages. Celebrating the birth of Christ while decking the halls and spreading the holiday spirit throughout COHS is the goal of this fun evening. Bring the whole family!

Junior Ring Ceremony - December 6, 2018
Each year, COHS holds a Mass to celebrate the achievements of the Junior Class and to issue class rings. The sophomore class is responsible for a reception that follows the ceremony and Mass. HSA supplies decorations, paper goods, and beverages; prepares trays and serves hors d'oeuvres, with help from sophomore class families. The sophomore class supplies all hors d'oeuvres and workers**.

Theme Tray - February 1, 2019
The premier HSA fundraiser of the year, this fun event involves the sale of donated baskets supplied by COHS families, and the sale of dinners and refreshments. This one fundraiser supplies the majority of funds needed to pay for the many traditions HSA supports, as well as other COHS events. EACH FAMILY IS ASKED TO DONATE A THEMED BASKET (OR $20)**.

Meat Raffles- October 12, 2018 and Spring 2019                                                                                  
 HSA hosts two meat raffles each year.  Join us for a good time with family and friends and take some great meat packages.

Father Merrick Scholarship
Each year, HSA gives one male and one female student a scholarship, as chosen by the Guidance Department, per the scholarship guidelines, in the memory of Father Merrick.

Post Prom Party - May 3, 2019
To assist COHS senior class families, HSA financially supports this drug- and alcohol-free post prom event. Keeping our students safe is the responsibility of the entire COHS family. All senior parents should encourage their students to attend this safe and fun event.

Senior Picnic - May 21, 2019
On the Wednesday preceding graduation, HSA sponsors and facilitates the Senior Picnic. HSA supplies the hot dogs, rolls, condiments, paper goods, and volunteers. Senior students and families supply pop, chips, salads, and desserts.

Graduation Reception - May 23, 2019
HSA works with the junior class, and families, to plan and implement the graduation reception. HSA supplies decorations, paper goods, and beverages, while preparing the snack trays and serving hors d'oeuvres with help from the junior class and families. The junior class supplies all hors d'oeuvres and workers**.

For more information about HSA, please contact the school at (716) 695-2600.