St. Thomas School welcomes parent involvement! Parent volunteers enrich daily school life, advance the mission of the school, build community, and enable teachers to focus on their most important jobs – teaching. Below are some of the ways in which parents support STS.
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- Admissions Events
- Book Fair
- Field Day
- Friends of the Arts
- Friends of the Falcons
- Friends of the Library
- Green Team
- Jennifer Winter Photography Assistant
- Office Help
- Room Parent
- School Pictures
- Science on Wheels
- Uniform Closet & Lost and Found
Next year STS will host a fall Open House and a winter Open House. In addition to those events there are school fairs and other opportunities to support the Admissions Office during the school year. These events are designed to attract potential new families to St. Thomas School. Time commitment will involve one Saturday and one mid-week event or participation at an evening school fair, one organizational meeting in advance of the actual event, and writing a follow-up thank you card to open house visitors. Volunteers do not need to attend all events, but many volunteers are needed in order to cover events and share a variety of tasks to support those events. Volunteers are also invited to attend the New Family Ice Cream Social to help welcome new families.
St. Thomas School holds a significant community and fundraising event each spring. The committee includes volunteers interested in party planning, procurement, graphic design, audio/visual and logistics. Working on this event offers an opportunity for all parents to participate in numerous ways in school life, and is an excellent way to get involved and meet other parents.
An all-school “Games Day” held on the second to the last day of school. This is an event that allows children to work together on teams to complete physical challenges and have fun. Requires 1-6 hours the day of the event, depending on the job and there are many opportunities to help with the planning of this day as well.
The Friends of the Falcons Committee supports our Athletics Department throughout the school year. Activities include spreading the word about team signups, helping to organize pep rallies and end-of-season celebrations, seasonal family outings (i.e. to a Mariners game) to build community and connection, and supporting school events such as Walkathon, Field Day, Health Fair.
The Friends of the Library Committee supports our librarians in various project throughout the year. Some volunteer projects may take place on an on-going basis such as processing new books, sorting and shelving books, while other projects may occur on a monthly basis such as creating themed displays/bulletin boards for both the main and middle school libraries. The Friends of the Library committee also assists with special events such as Book Fair, Global Reading Challenge, Young Author’s Day and D.E.A.R. Day. Join a wonderful group of volunteers who enjoy working behind the scenes of the STS library.
The Green Team works to enhance STS's compost/recycle/garbage program, developing ways to communicate to community members and visitors how our school is environmentally sustainable, maintaining and planting the school garden in partnership with Chef Van Rooyen, and connecting with the community about environmental stewardship opportunities.
Room parents serve an important function, providing support for the classroom teacher and as a communications liaison between the PA, committees, teacher, and parents. This position requires several hours in the fall to organize the class parents to volunteer for duties throughout the year, as well as time during other events. Room parent responsibilities tend to vary slightly within each division of the school.
This committee will schedule classes for pictures and help escort the students/classes to the photographers. The volunteers will also help with prepping the children. This is a two-day commitment in early fall, and includes coordinating the all-school photo which will take place on one of the two picture days.
TAG (Teacher Appreciation Group) is the committee dedicated to showing our teachers and staff how much they are appreciated throughout the year and is a fun team builder for parents as well. There are various events throughout the year, as well as helping with a week of Appreciation in May. TAG is also responsible for celebrating any St. Thomas School staff birthday that is not taken care of by the classroom. The time commitment for TAG varies. It can be as little as one hour or up to several hours depending on your availability.
Organize and maintain the Parents’ Association Used Uniform sales closet. This committee is responsible for collecting used uniforms (some light repairs may be needed), organizing, and maintaining the STSPA uniform closet. Lost & Found duties include placing items in a lost and found bin and donating unclaimed items every few months. Overall, the job requires a few days of preliminary organization before the school year begins, 2-4 hours of work at peak donation times (about 3 times a year) and up to ½ to 1 hour of maintenance a week.
This annual fundraiser is conducted by the Parents’ Association in mid-May on a Friday. This is the only fundraiser specifically designed to raise money for the Parents’ Association. The time commitment to this committee varies, 5-10 hours prior to the event and about 5 hours on the day of the event.