1. What are the volunteer requirements if I choose this tuition option? And how are hours documented?
Families who choose the volunteer tuition rate (service scholarship families) are expected to contribute 35 volunteer hours and participate in one of our three biggest fundraisers (Auction/Social, Golf Tournament or Italian Dinner). There are many ways to help including assisting teachers with various in school and out of school tasks as well as getting involved in our community events and fundraisers. After completing your volunteer service, be sure to record your time on the online volunteer log found on our website HERE. It is recommended to keep a personal log of hours as well. Quarterly reports will be sent home of your family’s volunteer hours.
2. What is the protocol to volunteer at school and attend field trips?
The Archdiocese of Washington Child Protection Policy requires volunteers to set up an account at virtus.org, complete a volunteer application, be fingerprinted, and attend a training session. Please ask in the main office for the application packet.
3. What is SCRIP and what is required?
SCRIP is a program in which gift cards are purchased for face value and the school receives a percentage of the gift card amount. Each family must earn $50 for the school per year. More information can be found at this link.
4. What school day events should parents plan to attend?
The school calendar can be found HERE. There are some school days in which a parent(s) should plan to be at school including Fall Fun Day and the Thanksgiving Luncheon. The first Friday of each month, families are invited to attend Mass at 9 AM. There are field trips and volunteer opportunities during the school day, but these do not require a parent’s attendance. Most other school functions are in the evening or do not require a parent to attend.
5. What is the HSA and when are meetings?
HSA is the Home & School Association and the officers are parent volunteers. This group is responsible for raising funds for the school and also plans events to build community among the school families. There are many committees within the HSA for the various events and fundraisers. If you wish to join one of these, reach out to the chair or coordinator of the event. Throughout the year, there are a few HSA meetings for all parents to attend, some in the evening and some following 1st Friday Mass. These meetings will be announced in the Weekly Announcements.
6. How is bus services requested?
Bus transportation is free for St. Mary’s County residents. Services can be requested by submitting the form at this link.
7. How is Hot Lunch ordered?
Hot Lunch is ordered typically a week in advance. There will be a notification through email providing the deadline for ordering. Lunches can be ordered for all full days of school at a cost of $4/lunch. More information can be found HERE.