Saint Mary Catholic School welcomes the opportunity to have you as a volunteer.
Webster defines volunteer as “one who serves or acts of his or her own free will.” Most students will define volunteer as “a person who does something without pay.” Fortunately for SMCS we have many supportive parents, grandparents, and parents of former students who serve of their own free will without pay to help our students and teachers. Passing out milk, decorating the hallways, assisting with supervision at recess, organizing parties, chaperoning field trips, being active members of the HSA, and helping in the classroom are just some of the many valuable services volunteers perform at Saint Mary Catholic School. As a school we really appreciate those people who are so caring to make time in their busy schedules to be SMCS volunteers.
Throughout the Year
Bulletin Board Volunteers
These volunteers work under the supervision of Mrs. Eberhart, decorating the bulletin boards that line the hallways of the school.
These volunteers help their children’s teachers with planning and assisting activities such as parties, field trips and the teacher’s requests. Other activities may come up throughout the year at the discretion of the teacher. The time commitment ranges from 2-3 hours per month on average; exact times may vary.
Once every trimester, the HSA serves theme lunches for the students, including a special Grandparent Luncheon during Catholic Schools Week. Volunteers send flyers to parents, collect RSVPs and monies, shop for supplies, prepare and serve the lunches, and clean up afterward.
The Marketing Committee is a group of parents and teachers who work with Mrs. McDermott to promote Saint Mary Catholic School in the Community.
Middle School Dances
The Student Council sponsors a Middle School Dance each trimester. Middle school parents are needed to chaperone at the dances. Ideally, interested parents will be invited to chaperone at least one dance while their child is in middle school.
Middle School Social Hours
On select Fridays during the year, Middle School Students are welcome to attend an after school social in the Bosco Room. Students can socialize, play pool or games, watch movies, or play basketball. Parent chaperones are needed to oversee the activities.
Occasionally during the year, movie nights are held for groups of students (K-1, 2-3, 4-5, and 6-8). Volunteers are needed to send out flyers to the parents, choose the movie with the approval of the principal, help with snacks, and provide supervision the evening of the movie.
Playground Supervision & Cafeteria Coverage
These volunteers are needed each day that lunch is served. The volunteers will assist the cafeteria staff by preparing lunch trays as needed, distributing milk, and selling drinks, ice cream and snacks. The volunteer will then accompany the children outside for recess. Parent volunteers wear a bright orange vest for ease in identifying them on the playground. The teacher and volunteer have Two-Way radios for immediate communication with the office should an emergency arise. Volunteers can work any of the three daily lunch shifts. Volunteers may choose to work once a month, twice a month, weekly, or any schedule that suits. The first lunch shift volunteers will be needed from 11:35 until 12:25. The second lunch shift will run from 12:00 until 12:50. The third lunch shift will run from 12:30 until 1:15.
This committee handles the purchase of Scrip cards. Volunteers are needed to tally forms, compute profits, and fill orders. The committee meets twice a week when Scrip orders are due (see calendar). The time commitment is four hours on processing days and two hours when the orders are filled.
Once a Year
Saint Mary Catholic School is preparing to host a Bonanza on November 7, 2009, at the Elks Lodge 378. Volunteers are needed to organize and work the event.
This committee organizes a Golf Tournament fundraising event for May 2010. Volunteers are needed to raise funds by getting sponsorships from businesses, getting ads for the program, getting prizes donated from local businesses, and working the day for the Tournament.
Saint Mary Catholic School kicks off Catholic Schools Week with the annual Pancake Breakfast, held the Saturday before Catholic Schools Week. Volunteers are needed to set-up the cafeteria, prepare and serve the breakfast on Saturday, and clean-up afterward. Parent and teenage volunteers are welcome.
Scholastic Book Fair
This committee coordinates the Book Fair that occurs during Catholic Schools Week each year. The fair begins during the Pancake Breakfast on Saturday and continues Monday through Wednesday. Volunteers are needed to check in the order upon its arrival, open and set up the book cases, display items on tables, assist the children with their shopping, help with totaling and payment of purchases, take inventory after the sale, and box up items for return shipping.
Each April or May, the HSA sponsors a Spaghetti Dinner for students and their families. During the evening, the middle school science or social studies fair projects (alternating years) are on display and the winners are announced. Volunteers help with sending out flyers, collecting monies, purchasing foods, preparing the meals, set-up, serving and clean-up.
This Saint Mary Catholic School tradition takes place during a lunch time in November. Families are invited to join their students for a catered lunch in the cafeteria. Volunteers are needed to collect reservations and payments, set-up, decorate, assist during the lunch itself, and clean-up.