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“There’s No Place Like John Paul II” Auction

Dear John Paul II Families,

My name is Amy Abels Owen. My son Jack graduated from JPII this spring and begins his freshman year at Bishop Miege in a few short days. My sons Wyatt and Stephen are entering 7th and 2nd grades at JPII. This is going to be an exciting year of firsts and transitions for us. A major first for me is that I am serving as the Chair of the annual school Auction on November 9th. Our theme this year is “There's No Place Like John Paul II”.

There truly is no place like John Paul II. I have seen over and over again that JPII, the St. Pius X and the Queen of the Holy Rosary communities provide a rich, nurturing environment for our children, and are fully committed to the school mission to "help our students reach their full potential so they can serve God and others". 

I have thought about taking a larger part in the auction for a long time but I was afraid of the responsibility and the time commitment. I could no longer continue to ignore God's voice telling me it was time for me to do my part to help our school and our students reach their full potential. Listening to God's voice, I spoke up and joined Katie Jo Kirk as Co-Chair of the 2018 auction. Listening to his voice throughout that process let me know it was time to take another step and serve as Chair in 2019.

Guided by my faith, and with a heart full of gratitude for what the John Paul II community has given to and done for my family, I am asking for your help. I ask that you prayerfully consider joining me as I navigate our largest fundraiser of the year. The greatest thing we can do as parents is to help our children reach their greatest potential so they can serve God and others.   Areas you can help:

  • Bake Sale: The Bake sale is September 14 & 15 at both SPX and QHR. We need someone to oversee what items go to each parish, assist with set up/tear down, and make sure all monies are turned in to the front office. 
  • Cashiers: We would love to have 4 parents join the cashier pool the night of the auction. This would involve entering winning bids into the Auction Tracker computer system, taking payments, and making sure patrons leave with the correct items. 
  • Class Donations: It would be very helpful to have one or two parents help us keep track of incoming class donations. 
  • Decadent Desserts: This is a fun table to oversee. I would love to have two parents help identify and organize donations for the Decadent Desserts table as well as staff the table throughout the evening. (Each year we have seen additional desserts arrive the night of the auction. Items go quickly!)
  • Donations Management Team: This is a group of 3 or 4 parents who take turns spending about 30 minutes in the office a few days each week filling out donation forms and attaching them to incoming items before they make their way down the auction room for Data Entry. This step will make the Data Entry job much easier for our Data Entry Manager Annie Barney!
  • Events Follow Up: After the auction is over, this individual will make sure special events (wine tasting party, bowling party, etc.) get on the calendar and receive support/follow up. 
  • Grab Bags: We are looking for someone to identify organizations who would donate items for our grab bags, as well as organize the Grab Bag Stuffing Party the day before or the morning of the auction.
  • Individual Student Projects: This individual would identify and organize a project for all the students to create. Past projects include soap bottles, Christmas ornaments, book marks.
  • Penny Wars: This fun student event launches the night of Trunk-Or-Treat and runs through the night of the auction. Each class works to raise the most money. Of course there is a catch; Coins earn points (1 point per cent) and bills take away points (1 point per cent). The class to raise the most money earns a prize. 
  • Set up/Tear Down: We need to identify a few individuals who will help organize and get everything set up, and torn down. As with all projects like this, many hands make light work. Having a few people to implement a plan makes the process run more smoothly, and much more quickly!

Auction meetings will be held on Mondays at 7:00 pm in the school cafeteria. 

  • August 26
  • September 9
  • September 30
  • October 7
  • October 14
  • October 21
  • October 28
  • November 4

If you have questions, I am happy to discuss any of these areas with you. Thank you so much for your consideration.

God's Blessings,

Amy Abels Owen

913.579.3209

abelsam@aol.com