Parent Fundraising Commitment
Families are required to purchase $400 (40 tickets of $10) in fundraising raffle tickets and cash prizes will be awarded through monthly drawings during the school year. For families with only a half-day Pre-K student enrolled at PFGA, the mandatory annual fundraising is $200 in raffle tickets (20 tickets at $10 each.) As the July FACTS bills will include the family's total payment for raffle tickets, each family may then keep monies from the raffle tickets sold to friends and family.
Raffle drawings will be held on the third Thursday of the Month at Parents' Club meetings between September, 2017 and April, 2018.
Parent Service Hours Commitment
VOLUNTEER HOURS FOR 2017-18 MUST BE LOGGED BY MARCH 31, 2018.
LOG YOUR HOURS ON THE PURPLE FORM BELOW.
The goal of the parent service challenge is to encourage a spirit of shared commitment among all families for the benefit of the school, students and community of Pope Francis Global Academy. Each family is asked to complete 20 hours of service between April 1st of the current school year and March 31st of the following year. After March 31, a final tally will be made of logged hours and any unmet hours will be billed at $15/hour on or near April 30. Families will have until June 30 to pay that bill on FACTS.
We prefer to not have to bill anyone, so we encourage you to pace yourself and do several hours each month so you do not come up short. Opportunities for daytime, nighttime, weekend, at-school, at-home, in the neighborhood, etc. are available. Please keep an eye out for opportunities.
ONGOING Service Hours Opportunities
There are, on occasion, projects that require extra help in the offices. Look for those to be posted, or call the school office when you have time to see if there are current needs.
PARENT AMBASSADORS – Throughout the year (current needs…sign up on Volunteerspot.com…look for links on home page and below.)
We are always in need of people to help get the word out about our school. Posting flyers in the neighborhood is one way to help. Parent Ambassadors also help to plan Admissions Events (Open House, Informational Coffees, School Tours, etc.) They can help with the Wolf Pups program. They can also help to make follow up phone calls to prospective parents and speak after Masses at our founding parishes. Contact Jodi Thyen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Summer Volunteers Needed for Promoting the School - All hours count toward your volunteer commitment! (Clickbelow to sign up to volunteer)
- Jefferson Park Farmers Market, July 9 - Sign Up Here!
- School Tour at North Campus - July 19 at 9 am - Sign Up Here!
- School Tour at South Campus - July 20 at 9 am - Sign Up Here!
- Ice Cream Social at South Campus - July 26 at 6:30 pm - Sign Up Here!
- Ice Cream Social at North Campus - July 27 at 6:30 pm - Sign Up Here!
- Portage Park Farmers Market - July 30 - Sign Up Here!
PARENTS' CLUB – Throughout the year (events being planned now)
Helping with any Parents’ Club activities (planning, set up, clean up, whatever they need help with) will count toward your service hours. From taking a position on their board, to heading up a committee, to working on a committee or even, or just taking a shift at the book fair or Holiday Market, they need lots of man-hours from any and all parents to get their wonderful special activities accomplished. Attending meetings does not count as hours unless you are a board or committee member or planning a specific event.
Room Parents, who organize holiday parties and more, are a subcommittee of Parents’ Club. If you are interested, contact email@example.com.
(Many of these positions VIRTUS is required.)
ATHLETICS – Fall, Winter, Spring (In planning now)
Coaching; planning schedules, ordering uniforms, or other logistics with the Athletic Director and/or coaches; helping with concession stands; helping to plan the banquets or award ceremonies; set up or clean up after events, etc. Speak with a team coach to see what they need help with. Contact Frank Monaco at firstname.lastname@example.org. (VIRTUS required.)
SCOUTS – Ongoing – Check with your parish to find out who you should contact
If you are the leader of a troop of Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts or Boy Scouts, which serves a significant number of students from PFGA, you may count up to 10 hours of your service to the troop for school service hours. Hours that may be counted would be hours directly helping to plan or execute a specific meeting/badge-work, service project or school-related project. Attending a scout event as a guest or chaperone would not count. (VIRTUS is required.)
FUNDRAISERS, COMMUNITY OUTREACH AND SPECIAL EVENTS - Ongoing
Festivals and School Fairs – Summertime and throughout the year (Volunteers needed now!)
Parent Ambassadors and others are invited to help on certain weekends (primarily in the nice weather) specifically to promote the school at booths at local festivals and farmers’ markets. There is also a preschool fair in the fall where we need help. There are many hours of help needed in this area. These opportunities will be published in the Howler and on the school website. Contact Jodi at email@example.com.
Haunted House – Fall (in planning now)
Our largest fundraiser of the year, and the one with the most volunteers needed is the Catacombs Haunted House. This requires hours and hours of planning and many, many people to run it every night ( it runs for 9 nights over the 4 weeks leading up to Halloween!) You can be heavily involved or you can sign up for a simple shift to take tickets, dress as a ghoul or monster, or work as a monitor. Contact Jason Yedlinski at firstname.lastname@example.org. (Many of these positions VIRTUS is required.)
Howl at the Moon – Fall (in planning now)
Our biggest social event and auction fundraiser of the year, this is held in the spring and requires lots of volunteers for planning, securing auction items, arranging food and drink, etc. It also requires lots of time working with the kids on their auction projects, promoting the event, setting up the event, running things on the night of the event, and cleaning up after. Contact Darlene Duggan at email@example.com. (Some positions VIRTUS is required.)
Wolf Run - May
This is a school fundraiser planned and run by the PFGA Parents’ Club which will happen in May. Contact parents’ Club to sign up to help. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
service hours form
Fill out the form below to have your service hours counted towards the 20 hour requirement for the 2017-18 school year. You must complete this form regardless of whether you told someone you did the work or someone else was writing down the information. Information will be verified with the committee heads. Log your work as soon as possible after you've completed it so you remember all the details. You should be logging throughout the year.