Mission

The Immaculate Conception Catholic Academy Home Academy Association (HAA) is a group of dedicated parents, staff and teachers working together to support and enrich the educational endeavors of the academy. Through volunteer and fundraising efforts, HAA members support school staff, help promote student self-esteem and, most importantly, maintain an open line of communication between Academy administration and ICCA families.

The HAA is a great way to support Immaculate Conception Catholic Academy students and our community.

HAA Committee Members (2020/2021)

Shaun Caruana – [email protected]
Karla Chong-DiChiara – [email protected]
Tommy DiChiara – [email protected]
Victoria Jibaja – [email protected]

Please Click Here to Read Our 2020-21 Introduction Letter

Meetings

HAA and Class Parent meetings occur the second Tuesday of every month (via Zoom) unless otherwise indicated.

Volunteer Opportunities

Many events at Immaculate Conception Catholic Academy depend on our parent and extended family volunteers. Over the course of the school year, volunteers may be needed during school hours, as well as outside the academic day, to help organize and staff our various fundraisers and special events:

NOTE: The diocese requires all parents who help at the school be VIRTUS trained. The VIRTUS workshop is designed to give adults a greater awareness of their role in helping to protect children. If you are not VIRTUS trained you need to attend a workshop.  Please go to www.virtusonline.org to locate and register for a workshop. Remember to select Immaculate Conception Catholic Academy in Astoria as your source so the school gets updated on your training. You will need to be VIRTUS trained in order to participant in any Academy events where children are present

Fundraising

To keep tuition increases modest, Immaculate Conception Catholic Academy (ICCA) and HAA holds three mandatory fundraisers and a variety of special events throughout the school year to supplement the Academy’s income.

These events not only raise monies to help the school’s budgetary needs, but many also:

  • Provide school spirit
  • Provide a social aspect that allow Academy families and others (friends, neighbors, alumni, and local businesses) to get together
  • Involve our community
  • Provide fun all year long!

Below is a list of upcoming fundraising endeavors and special events. We invite you to mark your calendars and be assured that we greatly appreciate your support, generosity and cooperation in our fundraising efforts.

Virtual “commUNITY of Gratitude” Walk-a-thon
September 28, 2020 – November 20, 2020

This annual event is being reimagined to keep you, your child and those around you safe and healthy – while being socially distant! Our annual Walk-a-Thon is an active and healthy fundraiser that raises awareness about our school and its programs, provides school spirit, and teaches our children the importance of daily activity at school and at home. You can walk the neighborhood, a local hiking trail, your backyard – the options are endless – all at your own pace!

Please note: ICCA families must participate and raise a minimum of $60.00 for each child enrolled in the Academy.

World’s Finest Chocolate Sale: Winter 2021
TBD

Each winter, our academy hosts the most delicious fundraiser of the school year – our World’s Finest Chocolate Sale! These truly delicious chocolate bars have been sold by schools and organizations for years and have proven, time and time again, to be an effective fundraiser. Every box sold will benefit our school and help keep tuition increases to a minimum. One taste and you will know why they earned their name and you are sure to find people in our community who have been World’s Finest fans for years.

Please note: ICCA families must participate and sell at least ONE box of chocolate ($60.00) for each child enrolled in the Academy.

Annual Auction: Spring 2021
TBD

Traditionally held in the Fall, our Academy will hold its premier fundraising event of the year, our Annual Auction, in the Spring (pending NYS Social Distance guidelines). This is ICCA’s largest fundraiser of the year! The annual auction is a night to mix, mingle and celebrate! It is an evening for ICCA families and friends to enjoy each other and celebrate community – all while helping raise funds for our kids’ school! The event includes food, drinks, and endless bidding opportunities.

Please note: ICCA families must participate and purchase a ticket ($60.00) for each child enrolled in
the Academy.

HAA hosts various special events throughout the school year. Although your participation is optional, we encourage you and your children to join us for these fun-filled social events. In previous years, our ‘fun-raisers’ typically included: Bake Sales, Autumn & Spring Picture Days, Fall Harvest Flea Market, Christmas Boutique AND SO MUCH MORE! However, as we begin to navigate our “new normal,” the HAA committee is coming up with innovative ways to keep our students and families active and connected … both in-person AND virtually! Stay tuned as we introduce these exciting new events.

Upcoming Events:
Saturday – December 12, 2020: Santa Visit/Winter Wonderland

In addition to our mandatory fundraisers and optional special events, ICCA offers you the opportunity to contribute in many different ways. See the list below for more information.

AmazonSmile

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support Immaculate Conception Catholic Academy – Astoria! Instead of simply visiting amazon.com, plan to use AmazonSmile. Every time you shop via www.smile.amazon.com, at no cost to you, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection, Prime shipping options, and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com … with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to ICCA!

  1. Visit https://www.smile.amazon.com
  2. Select “Immaculate Conception Catholic Academy in Astoria” as the group you would like to support.
  3. Every time you plan to make an Amazon purchase be sure to start at
    https://www.smile.amazon.com

BJ’s Wholesale – Fuel Your Fundraiser

BJ’s Fuel Your Fundraiser is a great way for you to get a discount on BJ’s membership, and BJ’s will donate $5 for each application. Feel free to share this opportunity with family and friends! Member applications do not need to have an address in Framingham nor in Massachusetts! Please share this opportunity with your colleagues, too!

Box Tops for Education

For over 20 years, Box Tops for Education has given families an easy way to earn cash for their school, with products they already buy. Now you can simply scan your store receipt with the Box Tops mobile app to identify participating products and INSTANTLY add cash to our school’s earnings online. Support our school today and see what a difference you can make! Visit https://www.boxtops4education.com/ for more information and to download the app!

Dress Down for Charity Days

Each month, ICCA offers our students the opportunity to have some fun and do some good. Students who donate to the “Charity of the Month” can ‘dress down’ for the day and not wear his/her school uniform. We want the students to learn that a small sacrifice on our part can benefit people whose need is much greater than ours. Each month we will make an announcement regarding the “Dress Down for Charity” day, the charity chosen, as well as let you know how much money was collected and donated the previous month.

Matching Gift Program

Matching gifts can double—or even triple—the value of your gift to ICCA. Many companies will match their employees’ charitable donations and some companies even match gifts made by retirees and/or spouses. A matching gift is an excellent way to increase the impact of your generosity.

How to Double your Donation in Three Easy Steps:

  1. Make a donation to Immaculate Conception Catholic Academy and make sure to keep your receipt. Many corporate matching gifts programs will give you up to one year after your donation to make a gift.
  2. Contact your HR department to find out if it has a corporate matching gift program.
  3. Send your completed form to ICCA and we’ll do the rest:
    Attn: Matching Gifts Program
    Immaculate Conception Catholic Academy
    21-63 29th Street
    Astoria, NY 11105