Volunteer Opportunities

WAYS IN WHICH YOU CAN GET INVOLVED AT SPES

At St. Pius Elementary, we encourage all parents to get involved with their child’s education in any way they feel they can. We see how important it is to our children to see their parents involved. Whether it is working in our Dining Hall every once in a while when schedules permit, assisting with planning our Annual Spring Gala or working a shift at one of our major events, volunteering helps our parents get to know other SPES families AND helps them to learn more about how we live our school mission in everything we do!

Below are areas in which you can help out at SPES this coming school year! If you have questions, please contact Jamie Nelson-Hebert, Director of Advancement, at jamie_hebert@stpiuselementary.org for more details. Note that the opportunities listed here are for school-wide functions, events and activities only. After school begins, you will receive a letter from your room parent detailing classroom volunteer opportunities. Remember…SAFE ENVIRONMENT certification is a must when volunteering at SPES.

Contact Jamie Nelson-Hebert, SPES Advancement Director, to find out how YOU can get involved!

 

SCHOOL HOSPITALITY COMMITTEE: We believe that part of living our mission is making everyone who visits SPES feel welcomed. Hospitality is very important to us whether it involves classroom events such as our PreK parent breakfasts, the Kindergarten Mardi Gras breakfast, quarterly Breakfasts with the Principal, our Eighth Grade Farewell luncheon, our ever-popular Grandparents Days or any of the numerous events we host. We would love to have volunteers to help us spread the SPES Hospitality throughout the year!

DINING HALL VOLUNTEER: Have an occasional day off or extended lunch hour? Come to school during any of our lunch periods and help our Dining Hall staff serve lunch. You will have an opportunity to see your child(ren) and their friends while helping the lunch ladies!

LIBRARY ASSISTANT: At SPES we love to read and instill the love of reading in our students. Be a part of that by assisting our librarians, Mrs. Judice and Mrs. Margaglio, whenever you have some free time.

PARENT SPIRIT COMMITTEE: This subcommittee of the PTO assists in boosting participation in school events, preparing for our annual Homecoming celebration, helps promote family “tailgating” – the SPES Way – during football season and helps out in promoting SPES SPIRIT for all of our extracurricular competitions!

MISSION/MINISTRY MOM (OR DAD): Whether called to pray for those members of the SPES family in need, asked to be present for an hour one month at Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, called to assist with a school-wide service project or assist Mr. Hebert, our Assistant Principal of Mission and Ministry, with the Seder Meal or other religious celebration, our Mission and Ministry Moms and Dads will have the opportunity to become more active in living our mission and helping our children to understand what “bringing the presence of Christ to others” really means!

ROOM PARENT: In the old days this was called “Room Mom” but times have changed and our dads love to volunteer for this too! The Room Parent must attend an early morning September “Room Parent Training” (Dates TBA) which will give all the information needed in helping your child’s homeroom teacher coordinate class activities which require parental support and/or volunteerism. Room Parents will also serve as the communications liaison between the SPES PTO and the families of their homerooms. Though it sounds like a big job you will be communicating primarily via e-mail with other parents in your class so time away from work and/or family is not required….just an ability to organize, email and meet deadlines.

COUGAR CLASSIC GOLF TOURNAMENT: Held in late-March or early-April, this is a great day for golfers and non-golfers alike! Our dads spearhead the planning but both moms and dads are needed on the day of the tournament to help with registration, set-up, tear down, hospitality on the course and food stations at various holes. With the amount of fun our volunteers have each year you can hardly call it a day of “work!”

Parent Volunteer Opportunities (cont’d)

ANNUAL CRAWFISH BOIL: Each spring the PTO hosts this event from 5-7 p.m. on a weekday evening and offers tasty, perfectly seasoned boiled crawfish and potatoes to SPES families and friends. The drive-thru set-up allows those who have purchased tickets to pick up their dinners after work and enjoy them at home with the family. As we continue to increase our outreach and ticket sales, we are in need of people to assist in the area of sales and promotions. We also welcome volunteers who are willing to help between 3 and 7 p.m. on the day of the boil to help with plating and serving.

JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT: Come to school once a month and teach a class about basic business practices, free enterprise and entrepreneurialism. This program provides age-appropriate grade level lessons so all you have to do is commit to come to your assigned class for six consecutive weeks, put your personal touch on the lesson plans and help our children develop their business acumen!

RESTAURANT NIGHTS: Each month, for our SPES Restaurant Spirit Nights, we need a helper to either put out the reminder signs the evening before our Restaurant Night, helper to deliver the homeroom flyers to the restaurant before Restaurant Night begins, someone to pick up the homeroom flyers the day after our event and someone to handle the logistics of making the homeroom winner party happen! Sign up here if you feel you might be able to help out …. Even if it is only one month of the year!

ONGOING CAMPAIGNS: We are close to earning $10,000 each year on our BoxTops for Education, Community Coffee Labels, Restaurant Nights and other ongoing campaign programs. Though very simple programs, they require a little man/womanpower to organize, clip, count, package, mail, etc. Much of what is needed can be done at home (sort, count and bundle a bag of labels) or even by offering 10-20 minutes once a quarter (move the collection bins from the Advancement House to school at the beginning of the week and back at the end of the week). These things may seem so small but they make a huge difference.

GALA PLANNING COMMITTEE: The SPES PTO’s largest fundraiser takes place each spring. An online auction in April which features SPES family-offered items, services and trips is the kick-off function of the gala. The Spring Gala is a casual yet grand end-of-year celebration for SPES parents, grandparents and friends featuring fun and frolic and the popular SPES Lip Sync Challenge. This, too, is one of those SPES PTO functions that is so much fun to help plan that it really cannot be called “work!” A mid-September breakfast will be held for all interested in learning more about the gala and ways to get involved. The 2018 theme is “SPES IN THE BIG EASY” so imagine yourself enjoying an evening in New Orleans with SPES families who love a good “laid back” party and any opportunity to celebrate their children … THAT is what the 2018 SPES Spring Gala will be!

St. Pius Elementary does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, national or ethnic origin.

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