HSA | Committees
The Art Show, held each spring, showcases the artistic talent of St. Jude students through a variety of projects that were created throughout the year. Volunteers are needed to help hang artwork.
Battle of the Books
Children in 4, 5 and 6 grade at St. Jude School may choose to participate in this program which encourages a love of reading and teamwork through friendly competition. Students form teams and are assigned 45 books to read. Competition begins in spring with students being quizzed orally. Top teams eventually compete against other area schools. Adult volunteers are needed to conduct the battles during the students’ lunch period. Battles take place in the spring, over a period of 4-6 weeks, usually on Thursdays, from 11am -1pm.
Speaker series where area professionals sit down with students over a brown bag lunch and share their work and personal experiences. Volunteers are needed to share their career experiences.
Every August, parents and students come together to kick-off the new year. While children find out their new teacher and classroom, parents verify information for the school directory and child's heath history, enroll for playground duty and volunteer for our January fundraiser, Winterfest. In addition, representatives from the many extracurricular activities and parish events are available to answer questions and sign you up. Volunteers are needed to help organize the events for new and existing families, guide parents through the required paperwork, and make Coordination Day a great start to the new school year. Youth volunteer opportunities available for new parent night.
Destination Imagination/Rising Stars
DI is a world-wide educational program where student teams solve open-ended Challenges and present their solutions at local tournaments. In working to solve one of seven Challenges that they choose, DI teams learn important life skills like time management, collaboration, conflict resolution, and creative and critical thinking while building friendships. Open to kids in grades 1-8, DI begins in late Fall and ends in early Spring. Each team can have up to 7 members. Kids in 1st and 2nd grade participate in DI's younger challenge program called Rising Stars! Parent Volunteers needed to lead each of the DI/ Rising Stars groups.
Held once a year during Lent, the HSA Fish Fry is a fun social event featuring delicious food. Volunteers are needed to help coordinate and serve at the event.
Eighth Grade Graduation
In a great tradition, 7th grade families volunteer to coordinate the 8th grade graduation ceremony and events surrounding it. Events include a prayer service, dinner and dance.
As a Christian community, we support each other especially in times of need. The Helping Hands committee helps school families in need through a coordinated effort with the families. Volunteer opportunities are publicized in the school newsletter and church bulletin.
High Interest Day
St. Jude students from K4 through 8th grades participate in a fun-filled day the second last Thursday in May taking short courses in arts & crafts, cuisine, science, and sports. Needed: Between 30 and 50 volunteers are needed for each of the classrooms on High Interest Day. One volunteer is needed in each classroom in addition to the leader. One can volunteer for the entire day on High Interest Day or for part of the day. Qualifications: Adult parish members or high school students age 16 and older.
Provide set up, decorations, food, and clean up for St. Jude school meetings and special events such as Halloween Parade concessions, Friends & Family Day reception and open houses.
A new initiative underwritten by the Home & School Association will produce a play with the students of St. Jude. This children’s theater group needs volunteers for all aspects of a theater arts production. Volunteer for a few hours or a specific set of responsibilities such as publicity, (tickets, programs, posters, flyers) costumes, (sew), sets (build) or stage manager (lights, sound)
Lunch Hour Supervision
To help with cost savings and to encourage parents involvement, the playground supervision at St. Jude School is mandatory for all families. Each family signs up for 3-4 lunch supervisions. Volunteers are needed to help coordinate schedules, substitute lists, and handle questions throughout the year.
Room Parent Coordinators
To support our excellent teachers, every classroom has one or two room parents. Room parent volunteers work to involve all parents in the many classroom activities and parties throughout the school year as well as coordinate the teacher's classroom and birthday gift.
Each year, St. Jude School welcomes many new families to our community. Our committee helps coordinate the New Parent Coordination night and community building activities. Volunteers are needed to work at the new parent night and/or serve as a resource for new families in the school.
8th Grade Fundraising
8th graders come together at the end of the school year for a celebratory, friendship building field trip to commemorate the end of their time at St. Jude School. Family volunteers with an 8th grade student help spearhead fundraising activities for the field trip. Ideas encouraged!