Volunteering at LFS
The strength of a school community relies heavily on the support and involvement of all the families that the school serves. Each family of Little Flower School should be involved in at least one of the many Parent Programs that serve our students. Every child benefits from the commitment, interest, and assistance given by involved mothers and fathers.
All persons who have contact with children are required by the Archdiocese of Washington to attend an awareness workshop entitled Protecting God’s Children and to complete an electronic background check. This policy is for all Archdiocesan personnel, including priests, deacons, religious, employees, contract workers and parent volunteers. This policy extends to all of our parents who volunteer here at school in any capacity where the children are present. Parents who do not fulfill these requirements may not assist at school.
The school office has all of the information for proceeding with the electronic background check. The Archdiocesan Website, www.adw.org, has all the current information regarding the required workshop, Protecting God’s Children.
We invite all of our families to participate in Little Flower School’s Parent Volunteer Programs. There is some way for every family to be actively involved in these important LFS Programs.
Please note that Archdiocesan policy requires that all adults must complete the following requirements before they may be actively involved in any of the school’s programs where children may be present: To begin this process - request a Volunteer Packet from the School Office.
1. Complete Archdiocesan Volunteer Application Form (on the "Volunteering" page) and return to LFS.
2. Register for and attend the Archdiocesan Workshop, “Protecting God’s Children” (schedule available at www.adw.org under the “Protecting God’s Children” link).
3. After you have attended a workshop complete the online background verification at the school office (takes 5 minutes).
PARENT VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
After School Programs – work with the school to plan and coordinate after school programs that can be offered throughout the school year.
Career Day – volunteers would be willing to give presentations to the Jr. High students on their areas of expertise.
Fathers’ Club – Our fathers are invited to join in community with one another to provide a male presence in our parish and lend support to the varied activities of our school and church. The Fathers’ Club is open to all men in the parish.
Fundraising – volunteers are needed to assist with the following fundraising events that are scheduled to benefit the school: Auction & Gala, Boxtops for Education, Christmas Wreath sales, Golf Tournament, Mulch Sale, Rummage Sale, etc.
Home and School Special Events – volunteers are needed to assist with set-up, food service, clean-up, etc. at family events hosted throughout the year. Many events are held in the evenings and you would be contacted prior to each event.
Homeroom Parent – volunteers are needed from each grade to serve as the liaison between homeroom teacher and class parents with special events and field trips. A meeting of all Homeroom Parents and the Coordinators will be held in the fall with specific details of responsibilities for the year.
Hospitality – volunteers are needed to assist with set up, planning, and providing refreshments at selected school functions. Functions may include Open House events, Home and School Association meetings, and other special events.
Hot Lunch – volunteers and substitutes are needed to prepare and serve hot lunches, which are offered every Tuesday & Thursday. Volunteers are asked to be here from 11:40 to 1:00 pm. The Hot Lunch program runs from late September to May.
Library Aides – volunteers are needed to help the Librarian with class groups on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. On these days, volunteers assist with book selection, checkout, the shelving of books as well as reading to children in the lower grades. In addition, there are special projects throughout the year for which assistance is needed.
Morning Arrival – volunteers are needed to assist with morning arrival from 8:00 am to 8:10 am. This involves directing cars at drop off to assure the safety of our students.
Open House Guides – volunteers are needed to serve as guides at the school’s Open House events in November and February. The parent guide takes visitors on tour of the school and answers questions that the visitor may have regarding LFS. Our parent guides are our best PR people.
Playground – volunteers are needed to assist the school in providing adult supervision during the noon recess from 12:10 pm to 1:00 pm. At least six (6) volunteers are needed each day. (Some working parents arrange to come several times a year during their lunch period.)
PreK Playground/Lunch– volunteers are needed to assist in providing adult supervision during lunch and recess from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm. Parent(s) can come for lunch, recess or both depending on their time availability. The PreK teacher will provide a monthly schedule. While there are many opportunities for younger siblings to visit school, we do ask that parents make arrangements to not bring them during this volunteer time.Uniform Exchange – volunteers are needed to assist in this program which offers parents the chance to purchase and trade gently used uniforms at a reasonable price. Assistance includes gathering and storing uniforms and conducting sales at school several times a year.
Yearbook – volunteers are needed to take pictures throughout the school year and help with the layout of the book.
Other – other areas of assistance in which to volunteer might include classroom presentations, photography, videotaping, publicity, website, technology.
Thank you for all that you do to make our school a very special place. Your presence in these programs is a blessing for every member of our Little Flower School Community for you enrich the lives of us all.
God bless your generosity and your spirit of selflessness.