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The Home School Association, the parent association at OLMA, is the social and fundraising center of the school. Parents are an integral part of daily life at OLMA and without their assistance the student experience would not be as fulfilling. Parental involvement is vital for a Catholic school to thrive.

In order for the HSA to be effective in its role of providing support to the faculty and staff and enhancing the students' experience it relies on the participation of its members - the parents. As a parent of a student of OLMA you are automatically a member of the Home School Association.

The HSA registration is separate from school registration and requires a service commitment and a financial commitment, independent of tuition. There is also a $50.00 annual dues payable at the time of school registration.

Service Commitment

Each school family is asked to volunteer for one event from each category listed below:

  • 1 School Service/Fundraising Event

  • 1 Lunch Monitoring Date

If you are unable to fulfill any or all of the obligations, there is a fee for each service you are unable to perform. The amounts are as follows:

  • School Service/Fundraising Event or $100.00 payment

  • Lunch Monitoring or $100.00 payment

Note - The Newark Archdiocese has mandated that all volunteers who work with or near children in a parish or school setting need to take the Protecting God's Children Workshop. Volunteers may take the Protecting God's Children Workshop at OLM or at other locations throughout the Archdiocese if the scheduled times are more convenient. Go to www.virtusonline.org to register for a workshop. Select "Newark, NJ - Archdiocese" as your location. In addition to the workshop, volunteers must complete three forms: an acknowledgement of Archdiocesan policy, a volunteer application and authorization for OLMA to do a criminal background check.

Fundraising Commitment

The fundraising commitment may be satisfied in two ways: raising $800 through HSA sponsored events and initiatives or paying a $650 opt-out fee. The opt-out fee may be paid in its entirety at the time of registration. The opt-out payment of $650 does not negate the service commitment. A school family may elect to opt-out of service responsibilities for an additional payment of $200.

Why We Fundraise

The Newark Archdiocese mandates that all Catholic Schools in the diocese derive 10% of the school’s operating expenses from fundraising.  The reason OLMA mandates fundraising is to ensure all school families participate equally.


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