Parent Volunteering

The Archdiocese of Baltimore is committed to providing quality, healthy ministry for all persons, particularly for our children and youth.

All those who wish to work or volunteer in our school must be appropriately screened and trained and provide three written references to the school. All who wish to do so must go to virtusonline.org. You will register by clicking "First-Time Registrant." Select: "Begin the registration process," and then "Baltimore Archdiocese." You will create a login-ID and password. 


Volunteer Opportunities

The mission of St. Joan of Arc School is to work with the parents in order to educate the students. To this end, parents should be involved on a daily basis in the education of their children, including monitoring their schoolwork.

There are also numerous areas and activities where parents may volunteer to help the school. Parents are required to commit to twenty hours of volunteer time a year or pay a $200.00 fee ($10.00 for each hour). Volunteer opportunities exist both during the school day and outside of school hours. It is hoped that each family can find some area or activity to meet this need.

The following are descriptions of the various ways families can volunteer at St. Joan of Arc School.

Home & School Opportunities

~The following are descriptions of the various opportunities for families to volunteer at St. Joan of Arc School. If you chair any event, it will satisfy your volunteer requirement for the year.

HSA OPPORTUNITIES

Back to School Family Picnic (9/6/19) Nina Colon coloni1231@gmail.com; Jessica Zamora jessica.rae.zamora@me.com
Volunteers are needed to setup for this well-attended event, to man sign up tables during the evening, and to cleanup at the conclusion of the evening.

Designer Handbag Bingos (10/18/19; 2/7/20: Jamie Ayd theayds@verizon.net
Volunteers are need for the evening of the Bingo to sell cards, help with refreshments, and check winners. They would also help prior to the date to obtain door prizes and gift baskets for raffles.

Boohoo/Yeehaw Breakfast:
PreKindergarten and Kindergarten parents are invited to coffee after dropping off their children on the first day of school. It is an opportunity for new families to meet one another and socialize while learning more about the community.

Boxtops: Sarah O’Toole otooles51@yahoo.com
Volunteers are needed to promote the collection of Boxtops for Education, to clip them, and send them in. The check from Boxtops will be donated directly to the school.

Derby Night: (3/28/20) Michelle Magness-Hill michele9442@yahoo.com /Michelle Cross Lerch mcross219@gmail.com
This event is an enjoyable evening for adults of food, fun and dancing. There are also cake wheels, raffles and a putting green. Volunteers are needed for planning, for selling sponsorships to businesses, and for soliciting auction and door prize items. Many volunteers are needed the night of the event to help in the betting room, to set up and clean up, and to work the wheels and raffles. Planning meetings are held in the evenings.

Parades:
Students walk with the banner in the Havre de Grade Christmas Parade on Friday evening. SJA will enter a float in the Aberdeen Town parade. We would also like to have a float in the Havre de Grace 4th of July parade. Volunteers are needed to design and register our school float, recruit students and parents to walk in the parades, and serve snacks and hot chocolate. A coordinator is needed.

Crab Feast : 9/20/19 Henry Bahr bahrauto@hotmail.com
A Family Crab Feast will be held in the Church Hall on Friday evening. Volunteers are needed to set up, run the money wheel and raffle, as well as clean up. This will be a fun event for all.

Easter Candy Sale (March): Anya Philbert  Anya.Philbert@gmail.com
Flyers are sent out from Log Cabin Candies and orders collected. Volunteers will help with pick-up and delivery of orders.

Family Game Night (11/16/19):
Families meet after the 5PM Family Mass to enjoy dinner and play games which they bring to share. A Coordinator is needed and volunteers are needed to set up, serve, and clean up.

Father-Daughter Dance (6/6/20): Kerry Davidson pypersmom2010@gmail.com
Daughters and Dads/special friends attend a dance complete with a DJ for a special evening. Volunteers are needed to plan the event, setup, serve refreshments, and clean up.

Grandparents’ Day (11/22/19):
Help is needed to coordinate and serve snacks for our visitors and help direct the traffic to and from Liturgy, classrooms, and the Church hall.

Fall Festival (10/26/19): Michelle Cross-Lerch  mcross219@gmail.com
The Halloween Trunk or Treat is a fun event for school families, parish families, and friends. Games and Crafts are offered, snacks are provided, children wear costumes and trick or treat at several “trunks” in the parking lot. Volunteers are needed to prep crafts, to donate a trunk and candy, to run craft and game stations, and clean up. 

The Hospitality Committee: Kelly Rhodes kellybean215@gmail.com
Hospitality provides baked goods for many events throughout the year. Volunteers are needed to provide baked items to be sold or served at these events. (Up to 5 volunteer hours may be earned by providing refreshments for events + extra hours for Derby Night desserts.)

Ice Skating Party: Beth Ferry
Students will meet at Ice World in Abingdon to skate with their friends. Coordinator will advertise the event and help out at Ice World.

Jingle Bell Shop: 12/18/19:  Nina Colon nitobiz@comcast.net
This is an opportunity for students to purchase reasonably priced gifts for friends and family. Gifts are wrapped to help students enjoy giving. A coordinator and volunteers are needed to make gifts and help the day of the event.

Mother/Son Mini Golf & Lunch:
Mothers and their sons enjoy mini-golf and lunch at Churchville Golf and Arctic Circle following early dismissal on Field Day. A coordinator is needed.

Outreach:
Projects are completed throughout the year for members of the larger community in need (cards for seniors, Christmas caroling for Catholic Charities housing, care packages for deployed soldiers, etc.).  A coordinator is needed and volunteers are needed to help out on a monthly basis.

Restaurant Nights:
Families are invited to local restaurants on specific evenings during the school year. A portion of the total bill is donated back to the school. A coordinator is needed to contact restaurants, send out information, and follow up on donations.

Shop with Scrip: Meghan Whitehead hpucup9@hotmail.com
This fundraiser which allows parents to earn funds for the school and dollars towards tuition for items they purchase every day. A contest will be held prior to Christmas to boost sales. Volunteers are needed to sell and distribute gift cards throughout the year.

SJA Apparel: Jackie Parks jackienparks@gmail.com
Volunteers will sell and take orders for SJA apparel at events throughout the year. Coordinator will order and advertise as necessary.

Winter Fest (1/25/20):
After a family liturgy at 5PM, families enjoy refreshments, dancing, and activities in the church hall. A coordinator is needed to organize food, decorations and activities.

Uniform exchange: Sandra Fink sfink@stjoanarc.org
Gently used uniforms are offered three times per year to school families. Volunteers are needed on three dates (summer, end of summer uniforms (10/31/18, end of winter uniforms 3/30/19).

SCHOOL RUN OPPORTUNITIES

Annual Fund (Mrs. Maid) emaid@stjoanarc.org
Help the Advancement Director, Elisa Maid, by mailing letters, maintaining donor database, and preparing thank you letters. This work may be done at home.

Book Fair (November 18th-22nd): Mrs. Cosgrove scosgrove@stjoanarc.org
The Librarian schedules a Book Fair in November. Volunteers are needed to help all week at this sale.

Career Day (10/11/2019): Roxanne Robin Roxxyfdr@yahoo.com
A Co-Coordinator is needed--Teachers invite parents and others to visit students and share highlights of their careers. Volunteers are needed to help with this event.

Classroom Assistants: ask teachers
Parents may volunteer to help in classrooms as teachers need them. Please contact the teacher if you are willing to help. (Classroom parties do NOT count as volunteer hours.)

Lunch/Recess Assistants: Homeroom teachers; Ms. Cochran ccochran@stjoanarc.org
Parents are needed to distribute lunches from Good Taste Catering during lunch. Parents can also help at recess times in Grades PreK through 5. Please contact the teacher if you are willing to help.

Field Day: Ms. Blackburn mblackburn@stjoanarc.org
This is a fun end of year day for our kids.  Parents are needed to help run games and supervise the children along with serve a picnic lunch to the kids.

Race for Education: Mrs. Maid emaid@stjoanarc.org
Students solicit sponsors for this activity who pledge an amount based upon the student’s participation in this walk/run. Volunteers are needed to help the Advancement Director prepare for the event and teachers as they monitor the students on that day.

Room Parents: contact homeroom teachers
Parents are needed to volunteer to help the teacher organize activities for students in their classes. The Room Parent will serve as a liaison between teacher and families. They also coordinate help for families in the class in times of need (birth, death, or illness). Interested parents should submit their name to the homeroom teacher.

STEM Parent Committee: Mrs. Tokarski ttokarski@stjoanarc.org
Help with STEM project ideas, securing speakers/presenters, advise STEM coordinator, run the after school STEM Club for students. A chairperson and members are need to help. Anyone with a background or interest in a STEM field is welcome to join.


Volunteer and Visitor Procedures

All visitors must follow the procedures listed below:

  • Upon entering the building, visitors present a picture ID to the secretary to be scanned. A visitor badge will be printed.
  • Any non-registered children are also signed in on the visitor's log.
  • Before leaving, visitors return badges.