Parents

A major difference between a good school and a great school are the parents. This is certainly true at St. Mark. Our school has great parents! St. Mark parents have been extremely generous in donating their time as volunteers in numerous ways.

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Volunteerism makes our school a better place and benefits our children. Time spent with the children and the school community is infinitely more valuable than money. St. Mark School requires that each family donate 30 hours of service time each school year. All hours should be recorded on the Volunteer Reporting Form and should be submitted to the Main Office or emailed to volunteerhours@stmarkschool.org. Donated items for parties and school activities such as paper goods, crafts, etc. may count towards volunteer hours. Please save your receipts for these items. Items that total $10 are counted as one service hour.

The deadline to submit volunteer hours is June 1. If families do not donate the full 30 hours of service during a school year, parents will be billed for uncompleted service hours. The fee is $10 per service hour.

Service hours are not transferable. Student service hours do not count toward family hours. Service hours performed for St. Mark Church or the St. Mark basketball program do not count toward your service requirement. 

Please remember that in order to volunteer your time with our school children, you must be Virtus trained. After completion of the training, your Virtus card must be registered with the school office. In addition, volunteers are expected to follow the same standards of behavior as any employee of the Diocese of Bridgeport. Volunteers may be removed from school positions by the Principal or Office of Superintendent if they breach professional decorum or compromise the best interests of the School or the Diocese.

Each family will receive volunteer forms that will go home with the oldest sibling. You will be responsible for completing the form and submitting them. 

Volunteer hours must exclusively benefit St. Mark School and/or its students. 

Breakdown of hours and events: 

     

Event               

 Hours Earned

Room Parent (see description below)

20 hours

Chairperson of a major event/fundraiser

actual hours worked + 5 hour bonus

Serve on Home School Association

actual hours worked + 5 hour bonus

Hot Lunch Distribution

actual hours worked

Holiday/class party

actual hours worked

Chaperone field trip/help teacher in classroom with special project

actual hours worked

Bake for an event

one hour

Set up/clean up at event

actual hours worked

Library volunteer

actual hours worked

Event volunteer

actual hours worked

Scout volunteer for a troop/pack * Note: at least 50% of the troop/pack must be St. Mark School children


actual hours worked

Any volunteer hours accumulated in excess of 30 hours are greatly appreciated. They cannot be carried over to the following school year.

ROOM PARENTS 

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Mothers and fathers are needed to serve as room parents. At least two parents are needed per grade to assist the teacher with large projects, host holiday classroom parties, celebrate the teacher's birthday and inform the class parents of family emergencies. The room parent will serve a term beginning July 1st and ending June 30th . Room parents will be expected to meet with the Room Parent Coordinator and Principal before the school year begins. The Room Parent Coordinator will provide a detailed list of expectations / responsibilities to each room parent.