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The seasoned staff of St. Jude Regional Catholic School is supported both inside and outside of the classroom by a cadre of parent volunteers. Although families are required to volunteer a minimum of 30 hours per year in some capacity to support the school, many exceed that number and have become an integral part of the school’s day-to-day operations. These volunteers assist during morning drop-off, outdoor recess, hot lunch, bingo, and other school events. In addition, they often help to coordinate academic and social activities for students. Parents and alumni are also heavily involved in fundraising endeavors such as the bi-annual gala, which supports school development in critical areas and provides financial assistance to St. Jude families in need. The sense of community fostered by the collaborative efforts of parents, grandparents, alumni, and school representatives is truly commendable.

 

December 29, 2018

May 28, 2019

Total   Hours Completed

Multi-Family Household

15 hours or $225 ($15 per incomplete hour)

15 hours or $225 ($15 per incomplete hour)

30 hours or $450 ($15 per incomplete hour)

Single   Parent Household,

7.5 hours or $112.50 ($15 per incomplete hour)

7.5 hours or $112.50 ($15 per incomplete hour)

15 hours or $225 ($15 per incomplete hour)

**Half of the hours must be completed December 31st.  There will be a $15 fee assessed per each uncompleted hour.  Once the fee has been assessed there can be no refund. 

School Support Program Overview and Information

As a way to involve our families in the day-to-day operations of the school as well as to save the school money where we can, St. Jude Regional Catholic School requires that all families complete 30 hours of volunteer/school support hours (15 hours for single-parent households) throughout the school year.  Because of the critical need of support, this program is considered part of tuition, and report cards or school transcripts will be withheld if the obligation is not met. The program runs from July 1 through June 30, although the activities run at different times. The activity starting and ending dates are noted in the job descriptions below. All required hours are to be earned within this time frame. If you are a parent with a child in 8th grade, your required hours must be met prior to the last day of school.  All parents are required to enter their own hours into the database prior to the end of the school year. If a family is unable to fulfill its obligation with service, a $15 fee will be assessed for each hour not worked.  Please note that Religious Education and Scouting are not included in the school support program.

Parents are urged to volunteer their own time in obtaining their required school support hours; however, relatives may assist by volunteering for school activities. Please note that St. Jude school students will not be allowed to work in the school support program to earn hours. Hours earned are based on the time spent in the activity only. Travel time to and from the school for the activity does not count. There are a few exceptions: field trips, shopping for supplies for the activity, or baking time for the activity. Additionally, hours may not be automatically donated from one family to another. If you would like to donate some of your earned hours to another family in need, please contact the school principal for prior approval.  No one may sell, trade, or — in any fashion — give their school support hours to another family for money. No children are allowed to accompany a parent working at a school activity or function, unless otherwise noted in the job description.

All parents/volunteers must be Virtus certified by the Archdiocese of Washington. Please visit www.virtus.org and/or contact the Main Office to register for classes and schedule your background check. 

If you have any problems, questions or are unsure of School Support Program activities, you may contact the School Support Program coordinator (listed in the school directory), or contact the Main Office. 

   

Community volunteers pose for a photo in between working on monitoring the playground

   

SCHOOL-BASED ACTIVITIES

ADMINISTRATION
Jobs include typing, computer work, errands, weekly copying, or any job as indicated by the school office for the school office only. Contact: Ellen Donnelly, Main office

BABYSITTING
Babysitting is done for other families
whose parents are working a specific activity at or for the school. This does not include babysitting for your own children if your spouse is working a specific activity at or for the school. When signing the log book for babysitting, include the family name for whom you babysat and the activity in which they participated or the hours will not be counted. This is an occasional activity. Contact: TBA

ST. FRANCIS BINGO
Contact: Donna Zezzo, 301-840-1407

BOOK FAIR
The focus of our annual Book Fair is to promote reading by offering new, high-quality and award-winning paperback and hardback books to readers of all ages.  The Book Fair is organized by the librarian and staffed by parent volunteers. All profits from the Book Fair benefit our school library. Contact: Maureen Richter, Librarian

BOXTOPS FOR EDUCATION
This program is offered by General Mills/Betty Crocker. For each boxtop submitted, a percentage  will be donated to St. Jude Regional Catholic School. All proceeds from this program will go toward the purchase of gym equipment for St. Jude Regional Catholic School.  Contact:  Main Office

CARPOOL CONNECTION
St. Jude tries to assist you with the names of other families in your area who are looking for a car pool. Contact:  Main Office

CHILDREN’S CARNIVAL
Children’s Carnival for children ages 2-7 is held in either March or April of every school year on a Saturday from 11:00 am-1:00 pm. Volunteers are needed to help set up and clean up as well as with the many activities during the event. Volunteers are also needed to help bake and donate a finger-food dessert (brownies, cookies, cupcakes, rice crispy treats, etc). Contact: Ms. Anna Cheng, Kindergarten teacher

CLASSROOM ASSISTANTS
Volunteers are needed based on teachers’ needs. If you are accompanying and assisting on a class field trip (scheduled and approved by the school), trip time is acceptable and will be counted toward required school support program hours. Aides are needed from September through June on school days only. Contact: Your child’s teacher

COMPUTER LAB / TECHNOLOGY
Helping hands are needed to assist the K – 4 classes in the Computer Lab. No experience necessary. Other positions: IT, planning for future technology implementation, grant writing and infrastructure updates. Contact: Rebecca Sella, Technology Coordinator

DRAMA CLUB
Contact: Ms. Rebecca Sella, Technology Coordinator

HALL MONITORS
To ensure the safety of our students and maintain security for the school, volunteers are needed as Hall Monitors to patrol the hallways and classrooms of the school on a daily basis between the hours of 8:20 am and 3:00 pm. This is an extremely important job and should be taken very seriously. Contact: Main Office

FAMILY DIRECTORY
Contact: Main Office

FIELD DAY
Volunteers are needed to assist with the various sports activities during the two Field Days held in May, one for the Middle School (5-8) and one for K-4. Siblings are welcome at teachers’ approval only. Duties include arriving on time to scheduled event, having a basic understanding of station as per packet instruction, assisting students in performing activity required at each station, making sure group stays intact and on task, assisting coordinator with set up and break down of all stations, assisting coordinator as needed, and keeping children safe at all times. Contact: Mr. Frank Miller, PE teacher

GIVE YOUR WAY CAMPAIGN CHAIR/CO-CHAIR
Give Your Way is the annual fund campaign at St. Jude that runs from October - April.  It is designed to encourage giving at the school, parish(es) and community level. The GYW Chair manages a master mailing list, coordinates the Fall mailing, marketing (school newsletter & periodic school-wide emails), tracks donations on Excel spreadsheet, organizes thank you letters, writes honor roll of donators, updates Website. Additionally, the chair is the HSA campaign liaison, attending HSA meetings to provide updates and encourage program participation. The chair works closely with the school principal regarding donation categories. Contact: Main Office

GROCERY RECEIPTS PROGRAM
Each year Giant, Harris Teeter, and Safeway sponsor a school program for computer equipment. It is based on accumulated grocery receipts which are donated by the St. Jude parents. Volunteers are needed to highlight receipts, tabulate and batch the grocery store receipts. Training will be provided. This work may be done at home. Contact: Karen Sanders

GYM AIDE
Volunteers are needed to assist the gym teacher. Aides are needed at all grade levels. No siblings. Contact: Mr. Frank Miller, PE teacher​​​​​​​

HOT LUNCH PROGRAM VOLUNTEERS
Volunteers are needed to work each Monday through Friday serving lunch to the students, from 11:15 am. to 1:30 pm. Each volunteer is needed to help in setup, kitchen work, cleanup etc. Teams are formed to cover each week of the month. This program runs from October to May.

LIBRARY ASSISTANTS
Volunteers are needed to assist the librarian in daily activities. Includes shelving books, checking out books, storytelling. No siblings. Contact: Maureen Richter, Librarian

LUNCHTIME PLAYGROUND MONITORS
Volunteers are needed from 11:30 am to 1 pm Monday through Friday to monitor classrooms during lunch period, and to monitor all playground/parking lot areas and adjoining fields during recess.  Duties include overseeing and disciplining children, and diverting vehicles and strangers from areas where children are playing. Lunchtime Playground Monitors have the option of receiving a stipend of $15.00 per day after they have fulfilled their 40 hours. The stipend is paid once a month, and the monitor must work at least twice a week to qualify. Contact: Otis Sangster 

SCHOOL-BASED ACTIVITIES (continued)

MILK PROGRAM COORDINATOR
A volunteer is needed to coordinate our Milk Program. Over the summer months, the coordinator will need to contact the chosen dairy for prices and delivery days; write a letter to parents giving price, choice of flavors, and date to have monies paid before school starts (this should be done twice a year as the milk prices change); tally orders; deposit checks; mark those receiving milk on class lists and make copies for teachers, office, and yourself;  make hall list for the milk counters showing the number of milks sent to each class room;  make monthly calendar  to place on the refrigerator to show the daily consumption (this count is very important as you need it to do the monthly report); collect this calendar along with milk order sheets (in office) from dairy each month so you can fill out the monthly report and call in your report to MD State Dept. of Education; and pay Milk Company monthly. Additionally, you will need the daily absentee number each month (obtained from Cathrine Cruz) for your annual report from the State, which is due after the milk delivery is finished in June; and clean milk crates weekly and refrigerator as needed, usually 5 times a year. Contact: Main Office

OUTDOOR EDUCATION CHAPERONE (open to 6th grade parents only; 25 hours if staying overnight)
6th grade students go overnight to Accokeek, MD, to learn about nature and the importance of working on a farm.  Students stay at a lodge that has two separate bunkrooms. Parents are needed to drive students both ways and to chaperone the trip. Contact: Main Office

PLAYGROUND MONITORS (early morning)
Volunteers needed as morning monitors from 7:50 am to 8:20 am, Monday through Friday, on the blacktop overseeing student activities, ensuring safety, and diverting traffic. In case of bad weather, parents will monitor the school hallways. Siblings welcome.  Contact: Otis Sangster

REPAIR WORK
Volunteers may be needed to do repair work in the school as requested or deemed necessary by the Principal. Contact: Main Office

SCHOOL ADVISORY BOARD
The purpose of the School Advisory Board (referred to as the Board or Advisory Board) is to provide advice and assistance to the school's administrative team (Pastor and Principal) in the governance of the school. Contact: Main Office

SUPPORT HOUR LOG ADMINISTRATOR
Contact: Main Office

TUTORING
Contact: Main Office

8TH GRADE FUNCTIONS
There are many 8th grade traditions that require an abundance of volunteers. Look for more details as each event draws nearer. Activities include, but are not limited to, the annual 8th grade students vs teachers/parents basketball game; 8th grade dance, and many fundraisers to help keep the cost of 8th grade events to a minimum. Contact: Main Office 

HOME AND SCHOOL ASSOCIATION (HSA) ACTIVITIES
The Home School Association is the organization that serves the parents of the school and is the fundraising arm of the school. There are many opportunities to earn school support hours through the many HSA-sponsored events each school year. Watch the Bulldog Brief newsletter for more details or contact any member of the HSA board. Additionally, hours can be obtained by attending HSA meetings as scheduled or serving on the HSA board (elections are held each spring for the two vacant positions).  All parents are considered members of the HSA and are encouraged to attend the meetings. This is where your voice can be heard about OUR school. Contact: Sandra Cortez, HSA president

CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK
This event is usually held at the end of January/beginning of February each year. At this time we celebrate Catholic education.  Volunteers are needed to assist with the many activities held during the week, such as community service projects, lunch for the teachers, open house for the community, and much more. Contact:  Sandra Cortez, HSA president

FAMILY BINGO
Volunteers are needed to plan and run Family Bingo Nights a few times each school year. Contact Sandra Cortez, HSA president

FUNDRAISING
Volunteers are needed to help with the many fundraising efforts led by the HSA each school year. Contact: Main Office

GALA COMMITTEE CHAIR  
St. Jude Regional Catholic School has a silent auction/dinner every other year (even-numbered year). If you are interested in chairing the event, please contact the principal.  Volunteers are needed in many capacities prior to the event, including serving on the committee, soliciting ad sales, soliciting donations, etc. Volunteers are needed the day before and the day of the event to set-up, decorate, and clean-up. Volunteers are also needed to check-in and check-out attendees. Contact: Kim Lora

GIFT WRAP FUNDRAISER PROGRAM
This program takes place at the beginning of the school year and is one of the biggest fundraisers. Volunteers are needed to assist totaling, unpacking and distributing orders. Contact: Main Office

HOSPITALITY COMMITTEE 
Volunteers are needed for assistance with the preparations of various school functions (i.e., food/drinks, decorations, etc).  Contact: Kristy Mashburn

NEW PARENT SPONSORS
Sponsors for new families entering the school are essential. Volunteers will be responsible for assisting new families to acclimate themselves to the policies, procedures, activities and events of the school. Sponsors must attend New Parents Night in August. Contact: Kristy Mashburn

ROOM PARENTS
Room Parents assist teachers with projects, parties, or any teacher-approved activity. Room Parents are assigned at the beginning of the school year and will need the assistance of other parents for baking, telephoning, setup, cleanup, etc. Room Parents also help with Catholic Schools Week activities. Contact: Kristy Mashburn

USED UNIFORM STORE
Volunteers are needed to sort, tag, fold, and/or hang donated uniform items. In addition, we need volunteers to "man" the store during busy times (start of school, change of uniform in Spring) and during the regular monthly open hours. Contact: Tricia Young