About the HSA

Our Mission

Our mission on the HSA is to support the school mission by:

  • Communicating and addressing the needs of our students through faculty/parent engagement, community outreach, and fundraising efforts.
  • Teaching our children about service and support of their communities.
  • Maintaining a strong network of volunteers who are aligned for the benefit of the school.

Dear Saints Peter and Paul Families, 

On behalf or our Home & School Association, I would like to extend a warm Welcome to our new families and a Welcome Back to those of you who are returning.  

Saints Peter and Paul is a vibrant school community with staff who are committed to the growth and education of our children, parents who give so much of their time and energy in support of our cause, and students who love coming to school ready to learn!  Over the years, the SSPP community becomes a second home, a place where students want to be each day and a place they want to come back to visit when they graduate. 

Our HSA is a volunteer-based organization that funds many programs and activities that enhance the learning experience for our students, including learning how to serve others. We do this with clear, frequent communication on school happenings and fundraising opportunities along the way.  We also plan a variety of activities and events throughout the year so that we may come together as a community to enjoy some social time with our families and friends.  

Our main fundraising event for the year is the annual SSPP spring fundraiser.  This fundraiser has taken many forms over the years but the one consistent factor is that it is an opportunity to unite and show our pride in and support of SSPP!  We look forward to the participation of every Saints Peter & Paul family, parishioner and friend for this event!  

The Home & School Association is lucky to be able to work with a dedicated and professional group of administrators, teachers, staff and Board members.  However, family involvement is pivotal to the HSA’s success. There are many opportunities to volunteer or donate your time and talents, either for a one-time event or on an ongoing basis.  I encourage you to get involved and play a role in the educational and social experiences of our children.

The HSA Board is looking forward to working with our principal, Mrs. Chandler, the teachers and staff, and all of you to make every year a memorable and positive year for our children.  Once again, welcome to SSPP and best wishes for a successful school year!

Sincerely,

Kelly Smith, Courtney Zentz, Erin Oschell, Stephen DiOrio

     

    Meet the Board

    The HSA Board works in tandem with the administration, faculty, and Board of Limited Jurisdiction to achieve our common goals of supporting our children, the school and the entire Saints Peter and Paul School community.

    My name is Kelly Smith and my husband Ted and I are busy happily raising our two children, Gavin and Melanie, here in West Chester, PA.  We have been blessed to be a part of the SSPP community since 2014.

    I am originally from Northeast Philadelphia and grew up attending and supporting Catholic Education at St. Christopher’s, Archbishop Ryan High School, and the University of Scranton.

    In my professional life, I have worked in various facets of healthcare. Currently, my skill set is being used to support my family and co-lead seventeen fantastic 2nd grade Girl Scouts!

    I have been involved at SSPP for many years and love this school!  I enjoy volunteering my time and talents to important causes and what’s more important than helping a school that is developing future leaders with hearts to love and hands to serve?  I look forward to working with this amazing community to further that goal and have some fun in the process!

    My name is Erin Oshell, and I am the parent of a third and first-grader, this is our fourth year at SSPP.  When we toured the school in early 2017, what we loved most was the warm sense of community that the students and faculty showed us.  That sense of family and community is what we continue to love most about Saints Peter and Paul. 

    My husband Greg and I grew up in the West Chester area and were members of the Sts. Peter and Paul parish.  After attending Villa Maria Lower School and High School, I graduated from Villanova and began a career at QVC. 

    I enjoy my work at QVC and have been fortunate to meet incredible people and work in a variety of areas.  Over the past 18 years at QVC, I have had experience in managing businesses, people, and projects. 

    I look forward to supporting the school community as a member of the HSA and getting to know many of the wonderful families who are a part of this wonderful school! 

    My name is Stephen DiOrio and I first joined SS Peter & Paul School in September 2020.  My wife and I, Sarah, have been blessed with three children Luke (6), Luciana (4), and Stephen (1), and love our experience here at SSPP school.

    We currently reside in the Bow Tree neighborhood in West Chester with many other SSPP families and parishioners of Ss Peter and Paul. 

    I grew up close to our community in Malvern and am a graduate of both St. Aloysius Academy and Malvern Preparatory School for boys.

    Our family owns and operates DiOrio Insurance and Financial Services Inc which opened in December 2010 in Malvern and happily serves the surrounding community. 

    As a family, we are excited to be part of our school community and are eager to help and be a part of many school events, activities and  service opportunities for years to come in this unique and close-knit community!

     

    My name is Courtney Zentz and my husband Adam and two children, Max, first-grade and Sovella, Pre-K 4, are new members of the Parish and School community.

    My husband Adam and I grew up in the area, Allentown for me, and Spring City for Adam. After I graduated from West Chester, I began a corporate career in Malvern and completed my MBA at Penn State. After the birth of my son Max, I launched a career as a Pediatric Sleep Specialist and own Tiny Transitions Sleep Consulting and enjoy supporting families around the world with better sleep and coaching new budding entrepreneurs on how to do the same.

    I want to be involved, support the school, help the community and be proud to help serve and support with other dedicated parents of the SSPP community. It’s been quite the year, and despite it all,  I love the smiles I can see on our children’s faces and after a crazy year, we have a lot of time to make up for!

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