Activities and News
Why send your child to a Catholic school? Santa Clara Elementary School has a tradition of academic excellence where faith and knowledge come together. We offer the following:
Better Academic Quality:
Safety, Structure, and Discipline:
Msgr. Charles O'Gorman Scholarship Fund
The staff, students and parents of Santa Clara Elementary School thank parishioners and many others for their generous memorial donations to the Msgr. Charles O’Gorman Scholarship Fund. Santa Clara held a special place in Msgr. Charlie’s heart, so much that he assisted in establishing the scholarship fund three short years ago. (He even allowed us to name it in his honor.) As of June, 2012, the charitable fund has provided tuition support for 68 deserving students at our parish school. We are grateful for Msgr. Charlie’s generosity and many years of priestly service to our school, and we are proud to continue his legacy of sharing his Catholic faith with Santa Clara’s students.
To make your donation to the Msgr. Charles O’Gorman Scholarship Fund and make an immediate impact on the life of a student, please use the envelopes provided in the pews or contact the school office @ 805-483-6935.
Consultative School Boards and Parent Organizations
It is expected that each Catholic elementary school will establish a Parent Teacher Organization and a Consultative School Board. Both groups exist to support the school and are critical to the school’s viability, but they have very different functions.
The main functions of the Parent Teacher Organization are to raise funds for the school’s current operational expenses, to promote parental support for the school program, and to increase mutual understanding between school and parents. The membership of the parent teacher organization shall include the pastor, the principal, the parents or legal guardians, and the faculty of the school.
Financial operation of a parent teacher organization shall be governed by the regulations for financial operations as found in the Parent Teacher Organization Bylaws (see Administrative Handbook).
Consultative School Council
The general responsibilities of the Consultative School Council are in the following areas: strategic planning; policy development; resource development; institutional advancement; advice and counsel with regard to financial planning, management and reporting; marketing of the school and evaluation of the board’s goals and activities.
The membership of the Consultative School Council should include the pastor, principal, parents (no more than one-third of the total membership), alumni parents, parishioners, members of the civic and local business community, and area educators. Under Canon Law and Archdiocesan guidelines (See Administrative Handbook for Bylaws), the members advise the administrative team (pastor and principal) and cannot make decisions binding for the parish education program without the approval of the administrative team (A Primer on Educational Governance in the Catholic Church, the CACE/NABE Governance Task Force, NCEA, 1998).
The regional supervisor of the Department of Catholic Schools is available to assist and guide schools in the implementation of a Consultative School Council.