***The online program is not active at this time. Please submit your Support Hours on the School Support Hours form. Print the form located on the FORMS link on the left column. Thank you.
St. Jude Regional Catholic School requires that all families complete 40 hours of volunteer/school support hours (20 hours for single-parent households) throughout the school year. 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 graduation day. All parents are required to provide documentation of their hours prior to the end of the school year. Please note that Religious Education, Coaching, and Scouting are not included in the school support program. If a family is unable to fulfill its obligation with service, a $15 fee will be assessed for each hour not worked.
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 a 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 hours are to be submitted to the Main Office on the School Support Hours form located in the Forms link to the left. (www.stjuderockville.org). Hours must be entered prior to the end of the school year. It is each family’s responsibility to submit the form with all hours recorded.
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.
School Support Activities
Typing, computer work, weekly folders, errands, weekly copying or any job as indicated by the school office for the school office only. Contact: Melanie Corless, 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
The Bingo program at our school is a very important program and one in which parents can get involved. Contact Cathy Royster, 301-461-3560, or Mary Kay Gibbons, 301-929-9366.
Bingo Baking: Volunteers are needed for the baking of cakes, pies, cookies etc. Each Sunday afternoon between 3:30 pm and 4 pm, homemade desserts are delivered to the Thaddeus Room Kitchen. The number of hours earned is based on number of desserts that the baker brings. Four desserts per baker will earn 4 support hours.
Bingo set up: Join Sunday morning teams for set up. Contact Cathy Royster, 301-461-3560, or Mary Kay Gibbons, 301-929-9366.
Bingo night: Contact Cathy Royster, 301-461-3560, or Mary Kay Gibbons, 301-929-9366.
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
CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK
This event is usually held at the end of January/beginning of February each year. It is a time when we celebrate Catholic education. Volunteers are needed to assist with the many activities held this week, such as community service projects, lunch for the teachers, open house for the community, and lots more. Contact: Clare Kuzma, HSA president.
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 Durfee, Computer l
Lab Instructor. Rebecca.Durfee@stjuderockville.org
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 A.M. and 3:00 P.M. This is an extremely important job and should be taken very seriously. Contact: Debbie Craven.
HOME and SCHOOL ASSOCIATION (HSA)
The Home School Association is the organization that serves the parents of the school. There are many opportunities to earn school support hours through the many HSA-sponsored events each school year. Watch the Wednesday Folder for more details or contact any member of the HSA board. Hours can be obtained by attending HSA meetings as scheduled or serving on the board. 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: Clare Kuzma, President, HSA.
EARLY MORNING PLAYGROUND MONITORS
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.
Volunteers are needed to assist classes of children in the various sports activities during Field Day, usually held at the end of May for the Middle Schoolers and early June for K-4. Contact: KayKay Joseph, PE teacher.
GIFT WRAP 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: Jennifer Gardner.
Volunteers are needed to assist the gym teacher. Aides are needed at all grade levels. No siblings. Contact: KayKay Joseph, PE instructor.
HOMECOMING/ COME HOME TO ST. JUDE
Volunteers are needed for parade preparation, event set up and clean up, and working the day of the event (Oct. 16). Contact: Teresa Barnes.
HOSPITALITY COMMITTEE Volunteers needed for assistance with the preparations of various school functions. Contact: Terri Frassetto.
HOT LUNCH PROGRAM
Volunteers are needed to work each Tuesday (cold lunch), Wednesday (hot lunch) and one Thursday per month (Dollar Menu) serving lunch to the students, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. 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. Contact: KayKay Joseph.
Volunteers are needed to assist the librarian in daily activities. Includes shelving books, checking out books, storytelling. No siblings. Contact: Maureen Richter, Librarian.
Volunteers are needed in each classroom to 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.
LUNCHTIME PLAYGROUND MONITORS: Volunteers are needed from 11:50. to 1 p.m. Mondays through Fridays to monitor classrooms during lunch period, and to monitor all playground/parking lot areas and adjoining fields during recess.
The monitors' job includes overseeing and disciplining children, and diverting vehicles and strangers from areas where children are playing. Lunchtime Playground Monitors have the option of earning school support hours or receiving a stipend of $15.00 per day. The stipend is paid once a month, and the monitor must work at least twice a week to qualify. If a monitor elects to receive the stipend, the hours worked as a lunchtime playground monitor are not eligible to be included in your required school support hours. Contact: Otis Sangster.
Upcoming Events for Volunteers
October 17: Sally Foster Fundraiser
October 22: St. Jude Tot Sale — www.stjudetotsale.com (contact Liz Welton)
Please keep posted on these events on the HSA Web page of the school Web site — www.stjuderockville.org — and check the Bulldog Briefs for up-to-date information