In order to ensure the well-being of students and enhance the educational opportunities available to children at SS. Simon & Jude School, volunteer assistance is welcomed and encouraged. All volunteers who wish to be involved at the school or parish must take the Diocesan Safe Environment Training. The program is updated annually, and parents will be informed throughout the school year about specific requirements and seminar dates.
We do not mandate volunteer hours at Ss. Simon & Jude School, as the philosophy from our Principal, Sister Raphael, is that giving should come from the heart.
The following are some areas in which parent volunteers may wish to help:
Under the direction of the teacher, the homeroom planner helps to plan parties, field trips, and special activities appropriate to the grade level. All activities are designed to further the development of the child within the educational program, and therefore require the approval and supervision of the teacher or principal.
Parents and SSJ alumni are invited to participate as coaches for the after-school athletic teams. All coaches must take the Diocesan Safe Environment Training and be approved by the administration.
Volunteer Classroom Assistance
Under the direction of the teacher, the volunteer may assist students in the learning process or may perform functions specific to the needs of the teacher. Volunteers may assist the teacher in the preparation of classroom projects and activities, record keeping, small-group and individualized student programs.
This organization is for all SSJ mothers. There are no annual dues, and every mother is considered a member. There are many opportunities for social interaction, fellowship, spiritual development, and service to SS. Simon & Jude and the community at large.
The Dads’ Club is a vehicle for SSJ dads (grandfathers, uncles, or brothers, also) to:
- Continually improve the school and its environment by committing time, abilities, resources and fund raising
- Provide positive male role models at SSJ school and sporting events
- Create a network of involved and active dads at the school
- Promote social and professional networking
- Engage in community service
The cafeteria helper assists the cafeteria staff during lunchtime by supervising children, cleaning tables, replenishing silverware supplies, filling dispensers and performing other tasks as needed. Anyone assisting in the kitchen must acquire a Food Handler’s License.
A Clinic volunteer assists the School Nurse with annually scheduled health screenings. R.N. and L.P.N. substitutes are also needed from time to time to help staff the Clinic.
A library volunteer assists the librarian by helping students check out books, re-shelving books, reading stories to primary grade classes, helping with the annual A.R. promotion, and performing other tasks as needed.
Playground Supervisors help school staff monitor the safety of students during lunch recess.
Art Masterpiece Guide
The Art Masterpiece program introduces children to the works of great masters and gives them the opportunity to develop a knowledge of art history. Art Masterpiece guides do not need to have prior experience in art or art history; training is provided for prospective guides at the Phoenix Art Museum during the fall, and presentations to classes take place every other week, beginning in January.
Volunteers man the sales desk assisting the SCRIP coordinators to service parents placing orders in the mornings.
From time to time, help is needed in the upkeep of school facilities through routine tasks such as washing windows, painting classrooms, and the execution of other basic maintenance requirements. Parents who are willing to donate time and/or supplies should contact the office.
Various short-term projects also arise during the year that rely heavily on parent volunteer assistance: Jog-A-Thon, the auction, and other special events are all dependent upon the organizational and leadership skills of parent volunteers. Parents who are interested in donating their time and talents to such special events should contact the School Office.
Parent chaperones are needed for field trips, dances, etc. Sign-up for chaperones can be done for each event through the teacher or on School Speak.
There are numerous opportunities to volunteer for our fundraisers throughout the year. You can help with the Jog-A-Thon, Auction, and Box Tops for Education.