The SJNRCS Home and School Association and the School Advisory Sub-Committees offer a wide variety of volunteer opportunities. While classroom help is often needed, we realize this is not always practical for all families. There are many other ways you can volunteer your time, whether it be administrative, event planning, providing translation services, or putting together mailers. You may even have a special skill or job that you think would help our school in marketing, promotions, technology, or community fundraising. No gift of time or talent is too small.
Our HSA and Advisory sub-committees handle many events throughout the year. It takes a lot of team work and time to be a success, but most importantly, it takes helping hands. The more people that use their gifts and skills, the more fun it is for everyone. If you are interested in volunteering for any of the activities below, please contact a Home and School Representative.
♦ Volunteer opportunities great for nights and weekends.
⊕ Some positions available offer small time commitments.
♥ Volunteer and spend time with your kids while you do it.
Student Centered Events
Fall Festival: Help coordinate or run the Fall Festival. Scheduled in late October, we convert the SJN gym into a small carnival complete with games, face painting, and our famous haunted house created by a real set designer. Parents and eighth grade students wear costumes. Eighth graders escort their Kindergarten buddies through the festival. The luncheon for all of the Fall Festival volunteers is planned and served by this committee. ♥
Neulympics: Two days are set aside in May for students to have a day of fun and games. Parent volunteers, in conjunction with the P.E. teachers, coordinate and run the varied contests and prepare and serve a grilled lunch for students. ♥
Lenten Retreats: Kindergarten through Eighth graders reserve one regular school day during the Lenten season and are given time for quiet reflection, peer interaction, and self-evaluation. During the retreat each grade level expands on an essential and specific principle of the Catholic faith. Parent volunteers are paramount in the successful coordination and execution of the retreat. Volunteers are needed to help coordinate the event, be group leaders, activity leaders, lunch service helpers, and much more. Each year this promises to be memorable and rewarding for students, as well as, parents. ♥
Founders Day Picnic: The picnic, scheduled in the fall, invites all SJNRCS families to attend mass and enjoy dinner at Lilburn Park. ♦⊕
Breakfast with Santa: On the first Saturday in December, the cafeteria is transformed into Santa’s workshop with the help of the SJN Knights of Columbus Council # 7923. In addition to breakfast, a visit to Santa, holiday gift shop, bake sale, and a cake walk are available. Middle school students also help with the activities. ♦
Deck The Halls at SJNRCS: Decorate the school lobby and cafeteria for Christmas the first week of December. More volunteers will be needed after the holidays to take everything down and pack it up. ⊕
Social Events – Help plan one of our fun social events like Bingo Night, Game Nights and more. We’d love to hear your great idea. ♦⊕
Breakfast with Mom and Dad – Help coordinate with the development committee or serve at our Doughnuts with Dads and Breakfast with Moms once a year. ⊕♥
School Wide Service Projects – Help coordinate one of our family service projects where everyone is invited to participate. Past events have included sandwich making for the homeless and care packages for the military that have no family. ⊕♥♦
Annual Fund – Help collect Annual Fund donations and hand out doughnuts on our Annual Fund Collection day. ⊕
Fall and Spring Fundraisers: Help plan and execute our fall and spring HSA fundraisers like selling chocolate bars and wrapping paper. ⊕♦
The Crusader Party: Our bi-annual crusader party is adult only fun and one of our major fund-raising events. The proceeds from this event benefit our annual fund. Parents plan the theme and coordinate the event with the Development Committee. ♦
Business Directory and Sponsorship Volunteer: Maintain and update the private online SJNRCS Family Business Directory each school year to help promote our family owned businesses to our community. Solicit local businesses for business sponsorships in exchange for advertising their business at events and in our newsletters. ♦⊕
Grant Writers: Each year the Development Office applies for grants to fund specific educational initiatives and capital improvements at the school. Grants and projects vary from year to year. Volunteers are needed to help develop and implement a plan to increase grant and foundation funds. Experienced volunteers can help provide training and resources to members of the school community who are interested in grant writing. ♦
Teachers and Classrooms
Room Parents: Assist the classroom teachers in the planning and organizing of volunteers for the annual Christmas and end of year parties as well as a few more fun treats. ♥
Spiritual Life Committee Representatives: Work with the Religion Coordinator and teachers to plan spiritual retreats and special projects, such as the Thanksgiving and Christmas Food Drives. ♥
Faculty/Staff Luncheons: Twice a year help plan and serve a yummy luncheon to honor our faculty and staff and show them how much we appreciate them. ⊕
Staff Appreciation: Plan fun treats and surprises for our teachers and staff on a regular basis throughout the year. ♦⊕
Uniform Resale, Spirit Wear Sales and Lost and Found: Help coordinate our consignment sales, spirit wear sales and organize our uniform store. Gather all lost and found bins and hang unlabeled items in a special section of the school store to be reclaimed. Return all labeled items to student’s classrooms. At the end of the school year, all unlabeled items are either donated to St. Vincent de Paul or the uniform resale.
Marketing and New Families
Book Day Helpers: Student and parent volunteers are needed on the day before school starts each year to help staff and new parents.
Hospitality Committee: Our open houses and other events need your home baked goodies. A parent is needed to coordinate our school bakers and send in baked goods. ♦⊕
Welcoming Committee: Our Buddy Family program welcomes new families to a new SJNRCS family. During the summer they plan the new family pizza party and help coordinate with our admissions director the buddy family volunteers and new family contacts. ♦⊕
Open Houses – Help host our two open houses to show prospective parents your St. John Neumann Regional Catholic School Pride. ♦⊕
Parish Ambassadors – Help be a liaison with your parish to inform parishioners and your priest about things happening at SJNRCS. You can also host an information table during Catholic School’s Week or just before open houses after mass to spread the word about how great our school is. ♦
Media Center Parents: Parents may volunteer to assist in the Media Center with sorting and shelving books and other library needs. Also volunteers are needed during the fall and spring book fairs. ♥
Front Office Volunteer: Special projects in the SJNRCS office sometimes require help from parent volunteers from mailers to laminating we can use your help. ♦⊕
Copy Room Parents: Assist faculty make copies of student worksheets and assignments. ⊕
Religion Coordinator Helpers: Assist our Religion Coordinator with special projects connected with our religion program. ⊕