In order to follow the policy established by the bishops in the state of Florida, all adults who will come in contact with the students of our school must first be fingerprinted, fill out a volunteer application, and submit the necessary paperwork for a criminal background check. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement must return the volunteer's paperwork marked "CLEARED" before any visits to the campus may begin. This includes visits to the classroom, lunchroom, chaperoning on field trips, and attendance at any class party. The background clearance is valid for 7 years.
The bishops of Florida have taken yet another step to insure the safety of our children by establishing the Protecting God's Children program. This program requires attending a class, but it should be attended only by those adults who will have consistent contact with students in a supervisory capacity. That means that the volunteer will be in charge of one or more students without a school employee present.
We appreciate the many volunteers who work in our cafeteria, art room, learning center, classrooms, etc. All our volunteers will be asked to fill out character reference forms and must be fingerprinted so the Diocese of St. Augustine can complete a criminal background check. Volunteering may begin only after the fingerprinting process is complete. (This process may take several weeks.)
PLEASE SIGN IN AT THE OFFICE EACH TIME YOU COME TO VOLUNTEER. All parents are expected to wear a badge while on campus, whether they will be in a classroom for just a few minutes or an extended period of time. This will be of great assistance to the office.
Listed below are the many committees and activities where all of us could help St. Joseph's be a wonderful environment for our children to learn and grow. Our children thrive with the help of all the parents who volunteer at school. We have activities for all parents. Whether you work in the home or out, you can lend a loving hand. COMMITTEE DESCRIPTIONS
Art Education - Please indicate your choice(s) on the volunteer form.
1. Hands-on artwork helping art teacher with grades K-2 in class, any grade parent welcome to volunteer.
2. Hands-on artwork helping art teacher with 3rd grade projects in Nov. & Dec.
3. Filing student artwork and changing student artwork in cafeteria, once monthly.
4. Help with quarterly and end-of-year art room clean-up.
Booster Club - Operates separate from Home & School. Need volunteers to help support school athletic programs including concessions, fund raising, team moms, etc.
Catholic Schools Week - Plan and coordinate the celebration of Catholic school education one week a year with fun activities. A variety of events and programs are planned for the education and spirituality of the students. January 29 - February 2, 2007.
Eucharistic Adoration - Gather students in Chapel for prayer service and meditation. Four times a year, two-hour increments.
Fund Raising - Assist on fundraiser turn-in day once during the year. One morning of your time required in September.
Health Awareness Week - Assist with four events: vision screening, drug awareness, safety week, and field day.
Homeroom Mom - Assist teacher with field trips, classroom parties and phone calls. Coordinate special events during the year. Lower grades are more involved time-wise. You must sign up for this position on Student Orientation Day; the sign-up sheets will be posted on each teacher's door.
Hospitality - Please indicate your choice(s) on the volunteer form:
1) Bring in food items for Home & School (H&S) meetings 3-4 times a year. Specify bought or homemade. Can use lots of volunteers.
2) Let us know if you have a homemade specialty finger food or if your company can donate food items.
3) Substitutes to assist with setup, serving and cleanup at various functions are always needed.
Jr. High Dances - Assist to chaperone, decorate or clean-up at the dances.
Labels for Education - Help cut, sort and count soup labels, which can be done at home (2-3 hours once a month).
Library/Reading Incentive (Accelerated Reader) - Please indicate your choice(s) on the volunteer form.
1) Be a library class aide.
2) Help children with book checkout (1 hour bi-weekly).
3) Help shelve books weekly/bi-weekly (45 minutes - 1 hour).
4) Assist with Book Fair
5) Decorate bulletin board and displays monthly.
6) Help with end-of-year inventory
7) Assist with Accelerated Reader (1 per month).
Lunch Ticket Sales - Sell lunch tickets one day a week before school (Mon, Wed, or Fri / 7:40am - 8:05am), four times per month, every other month.
Lunchroom Helpers - Collect lunch tickets and assist students once a week for a month, alternating every other month (11:10am - 12:45pm).
Math Superstars - One day a week, 30 minutes in class. Time is determined between teacher and volunteer. Math-minded parent who must correct papers, tally chart progress, and present material. K-6
Mentoring Program - The mentoring program is designed to asist new families and students to St. Joseph School. If you would like to become a family ambassador for a new family, please sign up. Note: if you signed up in the Spring of 2006, there is no need to sign up again.
Paper Packets - Assist teachers each week with the assembly of the students' Friday paper packets. This requires filing and sorting papers and it takes 1-2 hours per week. If more than one volunteer signs up, they can alternate Fridays.
Parent Education - Help present topics of interest to parents. Involves contacting speakers, selling tickets, event set-up.
Public Relations - Get the school in the news! Pick up photos and materials supplied by teachers and parents fro articles. Help write and deliver articles to community papers and the Florida Times Union.
School Pac - Ordering and distributing the School Pac school supplies. Also order student Bibles and book covers.
School Pride - Work around your schedule, improving the landscape and taking pride in our school grounds. No green thumbs needed!
Scrip - Input orders on Monday mornings in computer (8-9:30am). Fill orders on Thursdays (8-9:30am), or pick up certificates from local vendors.
Used Uniform Sales - Assist with the annual sale of used uniforms at the end of the school year. Sell "lost and found" items for Home & School.
Yearbook - Volunteers with an interest and skill in digital photography are needed to cover daytime school events and after-school activities, such as sports competitions. Schedule flexibility is key, and the ability to shoot great photos is appreciated. If you have experience in Adobe InDesign software, this committee can use your help