Dear Holy Comforter Families,
Welcome to a new school year at Holy Comforter Episcopal School! A big welcome to all the new families that now get to call HCES “home!”
By enrolling your child at HCES, you have become a member of the Parent Association (PA) and we hope that you will use the PA’s resources to get involved. It can be overwhelming, however, I encourage you to engage in our volunteer opportunities to help the school, while meeting other parents that make up your HCES family! The PA has many wonderful activities/events planned for our HCES community this year.
One of the many outstanding things about our school is that there is no shortage of parents when it comes to volunteering – we are truly blessed. Volunteering with the PA gives you the chance to see just how unique our campus and families are - it truly is a special place, like no other!
I encourage all families to explore the many different events and committees listed below.  Whether you work full time, part time, or stay home with your children, there is something for everyone!
Thank you for your support and I am excited to work with you this year.  Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions or suggestions.
Warm Regards,
Katherine Boland, 2016-2017 PA President

Parent Association Events

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  • Angels Committee

    HCES is blessed with a network of faithful volunteers who serve those within our school community who are in need of additional support. The Angels quietly provide prayer and care behind the scenes. If you have a prayer request, please contact Amy Hollingsworth.

    Amy Hollingsworth, Chair
    Email Amy
  • Back to School Ice Cream Social: August 15, 2016

    Each year HCES kicks off the new school year with a family oriented Back-to-School event on campus in the courtyard. This is a very casual event, offering an opportunity for students and families to reconnect and socialize. Additionally, this evening presents the students with the chance to discover teacher and classroom information.

    Please RSVP to

    Katherine Boland, PA President
  • Back to School Coffee: August 16, 2016

    Time for Mom and Dad to celebrate!

    After dropping your children off on the first day of school, stop by and enjoy a cup of coffee with fellow parents in the school courtyard. Coffee will be served from 8:00 - 9:00 a.m. We look forward to seeing you there!

    Katherine Boland, PA President
    Email Katherine

    Lisa Umana, PA President Elect
    Email Lisa
  • Book Fair

    Twice each year, in the Fall and in the Spring, HCES experiences the literary excitement of the week long Scholastic Book Fair! During these two weeks the HCES Library is transformed into a reader’s dream, and the children race to make their selections. Volunteers are needed to help set up and take down the book displays, as well as serve on shifts in the Library during the week.

    This school year the Fall Book Fair will be held Monday, October 17th - Saturday, October 22nd, 2016 (during Fall Festival hours) and the Spring Book Fair will be held on Monday, March 27th, 2017- Friday, March 31st, 2017. 

    Michelle Hewitt, Chair
    Email Michelle
  • Box Tops & Easy Money

    There are several ways HCES can receive easy money!
    Box Tops for Education
    Holy Comforter receives 10¢ for every Box Tops coupon. Box Top labels can be found on hundreds of products such as Cheerios®, Betty Crocker®, Juicy Juice®, Ziploc®, Kleenex®, Hefty® and more! Just cut off the Box Top label and turn them into the front office.

    Campbell’s Soup Labels for Education
    Labels for Education has been awarding free educational equipment to schools in exchange for proofs of purchase from the Campbell family of brands for over 30 years. Turn in your Campbell’s Soup labels to the front office so that Holy Comforter may benefit from this program.
    Did you know that Holy Comforter can benefit when you shop online?! When you register with iGive and name Holy Comforter as your school of choice, a portion of the proceeds from your purchases will be donated back to the school. There are over 700 stores on the iGive network, and below is a list of some of the stores currently participating. Register today ad start shopping!

    A Pea in the Pod
    Ann Taylor
    Apple Store and iTunes
    Babies ‘R Us
    Best Buy
    Delta Airlines
    Discover Card
    ESPN Shop
    Flower Store
    Harry and David
    Hilton Hotels
    Kate Spade
    Land’s End
    Linen’s n Things
    Motherhood Maternity
    Office Depot
    Old Navy
    Pottery Barn
    Pottery Barn Kids
    Saks Fifth Avenue
    Toys ‘R Us
    Verizon Wireless
    West Marine
    William Sonoma

  • Faculty/Staff Appreciation Week: April 18-21, 2017

    Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week is held each year in the Spring, and it is an opportunity for the HCES families to show our love, admiration and respect for our incredible teachers and staff. During this week a variety of meals and treats are planned for the faculty and staff, and volunteers are needed to assist with food, decorations and set up.
    Sandi Chason, Chair
  • Fall Festival: October 22, 2016

    Fall Festival is a treasured family favorite on the HCES campus, and each year hundreds flock to this festive event! The HCES courtyard is transformed with games, bounce houses, face painting, arts & crafts and much, much more! It is an outstanding afternoon of family fun and we hope you will join us this year in the HCES courtyard!

    Join us Saturday, October 22, 2016 from 3 to 6 p.m.! Family passes are $25 in advance or $30 on the day of the event.
    Karen Haber, Chair
    Email Karen

    Stephanie Ellis, Co-Chair
    Email Stephanie

    Lisa Barton, Chair-Elect
    Email Lisa
  • Father Daughter Dance: January 20, 2017

    Fathers grab your daughters and get ready to hit the dance floor! The HCES Father/Daughter Dance is a whirl-wind of activity, and a precious opportunity for the dads to trip the light fantastic with their girls...if they can catch them...on the dance floor! Volunteers are needed to help with decorations, set up and chaperoning. This year the dance will be held on Friday, January 20th.

    Jennifer Powell, Co-Chair
    Katina Clay, Co-Chair
    Email Katina
  • Food Committee

    Throughout the year, the HCES community may have a need for additional food to be provided outside of the normal parameters of the other PA committees. This is where the Food Committee jumps into action. This committee also at times may work closely with the Angels Committee. Volunteers are needed to be “on call” for providing various food.

    Katherine Boland, PA President
  • Gala: March 4, 2017

    The annual Gala is the PA’s largest fundraiser of the year and consists of an evening of dinner, dancing, silent & live auction and more. The event would not be possible each year without our gracious sponsors and donors. Numerous volunteers work countless hours to make the night a success.

    Gala will be held Saturday, March 4, 2017

    All proceeds from Gala 2017 will benefit new campus facility projects and endowment funds.
    Heather Brown, Chair
  • Gardening Committee

    It has been a long standing tradition on our HCES campus to have parent volunteers assist in maintaining the beauty of our school environment. Volunteers on the School Gardening Committee assist the facilities staff by caring for the aesthetics of the various planters and flower beds around campus.
  • Grandpeople's Day: November 22, 2016

    Grandpeople’s Day 2016 will be Tuesday, November 22. Invitations will be sent home for the LS students to give to their “grandperson” for this very special event!

    Grandpeople are special at HCES and students look forward to having these individuals visit campus each year. Students in grades PK3-8th grade welcome the special visitors for a day of student performances and classroom visits for refreshments and special activities with the students.

    Schedule of Events
    PK3-Grade 1: 9:00-10:00AM Program in the Student Center
    Grades 2-5: 10:00-11:00AM Program in the Student Center
    Middle School (Grades 6-8): 11:15-11:45AM Chapel Program in the Student Center

    Brandi Brown, Co-Chair
  • Homeroom Parents

    Each individual classroom in the Lower School has Homeroom Parents to assist and support the teachers. Opportunities for signing up for this position occur during Open House. Look for sign up sheets in your child’s classroom.
    Courtney Whitis, VP of Volunteers & Homeroom Parent Coordinator
  • Low Country Boil & Blues: November 4, 2016

    Join us for a “parent’s night out” at Holy Comforter’s Low Country Boil & Blues on November 4, 2016! This evening welcomes adults 21 years and older to a traditional low country boil with live music under moonlit skies in the courtyard. Enjoy a night of boil, blues, brews, oysters and more at HCES! Feel free to invite your non-HCES friends, too!

    HCES Parents: $35 each
    HCES Friends: $25 each

    Click here to purchase tickets. 
    • Bring your friends (non-HCES families)
    • Adults 21 years and older
    • Casual dress
    Allison Harrell, Co-Chair (Logistics)
    Email Allison

    Meghan Kennedy, Co-Chair (Decor)
    Email Meghan

    Rian Meadows, Co-Chair (Food & Beverage)
    Email Rian
  • May Day Celebration: May 12, 2017

    In the beginning of May, the HCES courtyard comes alive with billowing colorful ribbons streaming from May Poles! If you pass by the courtyard in these beginning May days you will spot 5th graders practicing for the traditional May Day celebration. Volunteers are needed to assist with practices, as well as providing and serving refreshments during the May Day event.
    Jen Rackley, Chair
  • Middle School Events

    Middle School Dances
    1/27/17(sponsored by NJHS)

    Middle School Cookouts

    Spring date to be determined

    Please contact Patty Durham, MS Vice President, with any questions or if you would like to volunteer. 
  • Mother/Son Night of Fun: April 21, 2017

    Get ready boys, because HCES has a fun event for the mothers and sons of our school! Volunteers will be needed for set up and take down of the event, decorations, refreshments and chaperoning.

    Maria Hurst, Co-Chair
  • New Family Shepards

    HCES provides our new families with their own “Shepherd” to guide them through their first year on our campus. The Shepherd will be responsible for making contact with their assigned new family throughout the year, in order for this family to feel they are becoming a successfully integrated part of the Holy Comforter community.

    Sara Bayliss, Chair
    Email Sara
  • Praying Parents

    Praying Parents is a program at Holy Comforter Episcopal School established to support our school by lifting up our children, families and school community in prayer together. Praying Parents will meet two Mondays each month at 8:10 am in the Library Conference Room. The sessions will last approximately 30 minutes. 

    Please join us Monday, September 12th at 8:10 am to learn more about HCES Praying Parents! A schedule of the 2016-2017 meetings will be distributed or contact Sara Beth Shippen.
  • Spring Fling: April 1, 2017

    The annual Spring Fling is an evening of relay races, family games and food on the athletic fields. At dusk, families gather on quilts to watch a movie on the big screen. Join us for this year’s event on April 1st.

    If you have any questions or if you would like to volunteer at this year’s event, please contact Meredith Wilson.

    Meredith Wilson, Chair
    Email Meredith
  • Faculty and Staff Luncheons

    Members of the Faculty and Staff Lunches Committee hosts the three lunches held during Teacher Planning Days during the year, as well as the holiday Cookie Exchange for the faculty and staff. Volunteers are needed for set up, clean up and some food preparation.

    Teacher Luncheon Chairs:

    Eva Fernandez and Farra Noel, August 10, 2016 Chairs 
    Email Eva
    Email Farra

    Jennifer Brookins and Christina Cronin, October 14, 2016 Chairs
    Email Jennifer
    Email Christina

    Jennifer Marks, Chair, January 3, 2017
    Email Jennifer
  • Uniform Exchange

    HCES families have the opportunity to donate their “like new” uniforms, as well as swap and/or purchase for $1 other previously donated uniforms through the seasonal Uniform Exchange.

    Frances Merritt, Chair
    • PA President, Katherine Boland with her husband Jamie and 3 children, Everett (3rd), Eva (1st) and Eliza

      PA President, Katherine Boland with her husband Jamie and 3 children, Everett (3rd), Eva (1st) and Eliza

2016-2017 Parent Association Officers

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