Volunteer Opportunities


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

STS will host a fall Open House (November) and a winter Open House (January). These events are designed to attract potential new families to St. Thomas School. Time commitment will involve one Saturday and one mid-week 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 (May) to help welcome new families.

Auction

St. Thomas School holds a significant community and fundraising event each March. The committee includes volunteers interested in party planning, procurement, and securing sponsorships. 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.

Book Fair

Have fun and help with our annual Book Fair. This is a weeklong event in early November with opportunities for planning, set up, and clean up. Volunteer time ranges from 1-5 hours the week of the event, with a fair amount of flexibility.

CampFair

Campfair is a February gathering of camps to promote their services. There are various volunteer opportunities available requiring differing amounts of time. This is also a good volunteer opportunity for weekend participation.

Field Day

An all-school “Games Day” held on the second-to-last day of school. This is an event that allows children to work together on teams to complete physical challenges and have fun. Volunteer time of 1-6 hours the day of the event, depending on the job.

Friends of the Arts

This committee works closely with the visual arts teachers. You will offer support in the setting up and taking down of children’s art that will be displayed around the school throughout the year and before the Spring Arts Evening in May.

Friends of the Falcons

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 uniforms, and seasonal family outings (i.e. to a Mariners game) to build community and connection.

Friends of the Library

The Friends of the Library Committee supports our librarians in various projects throughout the year. Some volunteer projects may take place on an ongoing basis, such as processing new books or sorting and shelving books, while other projects may occur on a monthly basis, such as creating themed displays and 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 at the STS library.

Halloween

This committee decorates the school the week prior to Halloween. This is a creative and fun event to volunteer for. Time requirement for this committee is flexible.

Office Help

This committee helps with office tasks such as stuffing envelopes and preparing mass mailings. The time commitment varies depending on your availability.

Room Parent

Room Parents serve an important function, providing support for the classroom teacher and as a communications liaison between the Parents’ Association, 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.

School Pictures

This committee will schedule classes for pictures, assist in prepping students for their photographs, and escort students to the photographers. This is a two-day commitment in September, 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. It 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. The time commitment for TAG varies depending on your availability.

Uniform Closet & Lost and Found

This committee is responsible for raising funds for the Parents' Association through sales of gently used uniforms. Duties include sorting and laundering donated uniforms, keeping the uniform closet clean and organized, coordinating volunteers to tidy the Lost & Found bins on a weekly basis during the school year, and setting out tables with Lost & Found items several times a year. Volunteers should expect to spend about 1 hour over the course of the month for which they volunteer.

Before school begins and over the first 2-3 weeks of school, co-chairs should expect to spend roughly 10 hours processing donations, organizing the closet, and preparing racks of uniforms for sale. During the school year, duties will require 1-3 hours a month, depending on the volume of donations and whether sale racks are set out.

Walkathon

Walkathon is St. Thomas School's one and only all school community event. It is the primary fundraiser for our Parents' Association, and donations support school community events like Halloween and Book Fair, and special gifts to Faculty and Staff such as TAG and Teacher Appreciation Week. In addition, approximately 15% of the proceeds will go to charity selected by the students. Many volunteers are needed in a variety of roles on Walkathon day: at the snow cone table, to count laps walked by students, and to help with set up and clean up.