We need you and your energy, creativity, enthusiasm, time, involvement! At Saint Thomas Aquinas, there are numerous ways to meet other parents and form friendships, keep up with your student’s activities and in some cases work along with him or her through volunteer opportunities with the Parent Guild, Advancement Office, Mothers Club and other Special Projects.
Please take a moment to consider your interest, talents and time and how they would benefit the Saint Thomas Aquinas school community. Non-academic activities are important contributors to a student’s life. We want you to be there with us as positive role models of service in action.
Sign up today to volunteer. Your student(s) and faculty need and appreciate your time and talent! Volunteering provides a great atmosphere to meet other parents. Committee chairs or a Saint Thomas Aquinas staff member will contact you as the events approach.
New Family Committee (Chairs: Mary Sue & John Goza and Denise & Dan Ketelle)
Back to School Night (Wednesday, August 29, 2012, 7:00 p.m.)
Provide hospitality during an evening function to introduce parents to their student’s teachers and schedules
Freshman Picnic (Sunday, August 26, 2012, 4:30 p.m.)
Organize, set-up, serve and clean up for the Freshman Picnic.
Parent Ambassadors (Chairs: Lisa & Mike Raunig and Catherine & Dale Romme)
Volunteer to engage and enlighten our community about the good news of our school community. You will be contacted regarding the training forum by September 15th.
Mom-to-Mom Mentoring Program (2012-13 school year Event Chairs: Carol Whitney, Carol Cawdry, Mary
Sue Goza, Janet D’Adamo)
Volunteers are needed to contact new families to answer their questions and inform of upcoming events.
8th Grade Open House (Sunday, October 21, 2012: 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.)
Volunteers will coordinate a reception that includes beverages and snacks for our incoming 8th graders and their families. This is our chance to really shine for our newest Saints! Please call Diane Pyle at 913-319-2423.
Spiritual Life Committee (Chairs: Gina & Clark Sehon)
Mother’s Club Bible Study (2nd Tuesdays, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. in STA Library, August – April)
Led by Gina Sehon and Terri Kern, “Courageous Virtue” by Stacy Mitch – a study on moral excellence for women.
Faculty/Staff Prayer Sponsor
Be responsible for sending non-monetary special occasion remembrances (birthday and Christmas cards, etc.) and providing spiritual and moral support to a faculty or staff member
Be available, on an as-needed basis, to provide assistance to STA families in need. This could involve helping prepare meals for the sick, when there is a death in the family, or donating household items, clothing, etc. to a family who has had a disaster in their home. We hope to provide comfort and consolation to members of our STA family who are suffering and in need of our help.
Social Committee (Chairs: Cathy & John Downey, Clare & John Geiger, Kristy & John Meyers and Dana & Scott Vena)
Parent Mixer (Friday, October 12, 2012)
Mother-Son Dance (Saturday, January 5, 2013)
Following Varsity Football Game all parents are invited into the auxiliary gym. Assistance needed with beverage and snack setup and cleanup.
The dance encourages mothers and sons to celebrate a special evening together with other school friends and their mothers. Committees include: Decorations, Setup and Cleanup.
Father-Daughter Dance (Saturday, May 4, 2013)
Description and Committees are basically the same as for the Mother-Son Dance.
Mothers Club (Chairs: Jo Anne Dondlinger and Sally Teahan)
Freshman Mom’s Night (Wednesday, August 8, 2012– Event Chairs: Lynn Kruse, Jo Anne Dondlinger & Sally Teahan)
Book Club (Monthly, 2012-13 school year – Event Chair: Linda Bentler)
Freshman Cookies (Tuesday, August 14 at orientation-Event Chair: Suzan Gampper)
Volunteers are needed to provide home baked cookies
Meet once a month at various homes or restaurants for book discussion over lunch.
Octoberfest Wine and Beer Tasting (Wednesday, October 10, 2012– Event Chair: Terri Geller)
Volunteers are needed to coordinate setup and provide light snack.
Teacher Appreciation Breakfast/Luncheon ( Wednesday, October 17, 2012 and Friday, May 17, 2013–Need Chair)
Volunteers are needed to coordinate, setup and provide homemade food items.
Ornament Exchange (Tuesday, December 4, 2012– Event Chairs:, Dana Vena and Marie Schmidt)
Volunteers are needed to setup and provide food items.
Spring Fashion Show and Luncheon (March 2012– Event Chair: Lindie Victor-Need Co-chair)
Volunteers are needed to coordinate the fashion show, secure door prizes and oversee luncheon reservations.Saint Thomas Aquinas High School
Walk for Life BBQ (Saturday, April 27, 2013– Event Chairs: Kathryn Burditt, Sally Kutney, Mary Pyle)
Volunteers are needed to distribute t-shirts and water and to help setup for the BBQ following the Saints Walk for Life.
Used Uniform Sale (May 2013– Event Chairs: Carol Whitney & Molly Johnson)
Volunteers are needed to sort incoming clothes, setup and run sale.
Parent Guild Steering Committee
Be available to attend monthly meetings, plan and chair programs and activities and prepare progress reports for the steering commitee. If you are interested in any of the above positions or have questions, please refer to www.stasaints.net/parentguild
for email addresses or telephone #’s.
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES WITH THE ADVANCEMENT OFFICE
Blue & Gold Tailgate (Friday, August 31, 2012)
Trivia Challenge (Saturday, February 2, 2013)
Volunteers are needed from 3:30 – 6:30 p.m. to assist the Advancement Office with set-up and cleanup before the first varsity football game, field dedication and blessing.
Tailgate/Homecoming Volunteers (Friday, September 28, 2012)
Volunteers are needed from 4:30 – 7 p.m.to assist with decorations, set-up, check-in and to serve dinner in the Commons and then assist with cleanup prior to the Homecoming football game. This is STA’s biggest social event with lots of family fun.
Extravaganza 2012 (Saturday, November 10, 2012)
Many volunteers are needed for STA’s premier event of the year. Extravaganza is our annual elegant dinner with silent and live auctions. Volunteers are needed NOW for steering committee support, invitation addressing and general office tasks. This is a great way to meet new friends and help prepare for this important fundraiser. An Extravaganza specific volunteer signup form for opportunities during the week of November 5 (setup and decorations) and Extravaganza evening tasks (silent auction assistanc), will be available on October 1. For additional information, please call the Advancement Office: 913-319-2475.
Saint Thomas Aquinas’ annual Trivia Challenge has become a huge success in bringing current parents, alumni parents and alumni together to compete and test their knowledge in a fun, informal setting. Volunteers are needed to organize, implement and staff the event. For additional information, please call the Advancement Office.
Magazine Volunteers (February 13 – 22, 2013)
Volunteers will assist the Advancement Office and Great American by processing student magazine orders. Training is provided. This is a wonderful way to get to know STA parents and interact with students. For additional information, please call the Advancement Office at STA: 913-319-2475.
Golf Tournament Monday, June 10, 2013)
Volunteers will assist golf committee chair people with registration, lunch, contests and beverages. Don’t miss your chance for fun in the sun benefiting the Coach Mirocke Memorial Fund and the STA foundation. For additional information, please call the Advancement Office.
Advancement Office Assistance (August 2011 – May 2012)
Frequently the Advancement Office needs assistance with mass mailings, document preparation, data input or special event staffing. If you are available on short notice, please consider joining us.
Alumni Parent Events
Are you a current and alumni parent? Alumni parent volunteers are needed to bake and assist with Saints Mass at KU or Saints Mass at KSU, serve as committee members for other alumni or alumni parent functions.
On call, as needed, to provide baked goods for events throughout the year.
Volunteers are requested by the Attendance Office, Admissions Office & Principal’s Office throughout the school year to help with various tasks or projects.
Teens for Life
Assist in Pro-Life activities at STA (i.e. March for Life, Life Chain, Trip to Washington, D.C., etc.) For additional information, please call Cathryn Radiel at Saint Thomas Aquinas at 913-319-2486.
Assist with judging during events held at Saint Thomas Aquinas.
NHS Christmas Project
Each Christmas, the National Honor Society coordinates the STA adopt-a-family project. Last year, STA students and staff provided Christmas gifts for over 50 different families. For many of these families, this is the only Christmas they will receive. This project is coordinated through STA Seminar Period and there are a couple of different ways that parent volunteers make this project run more smoothly.
“Seminar Moms” (or Dads):
We need approximately 50 different parents to volunteer to partner with seminar groups. These parents should be able to come up to school over several dates in late November and early December during seminar (10-11 a.m.), work with their group, collect the gifts brought in and take the gifts home with them. This eliminates any concern for the storage and security of the items. The Seminar Parent would also need to help keep track of what has been purchased for the family and what still needs to be done. We will need all gifts delivered back to the school on a designated date. We could use someone to help coordinate and communicate with the other Seminar parents.
Wrapping Party Helpers:
On the designated date, seniors will wrap all of the gifts purchased as a class service project. This will take place during seminar. We need parents to help with the wrapping, labeling and bagging of the gifts. We’ll have lots of teenagers there, but it always helps to have some adults there as well. We could use someone to help coordinate with the other wrapping helpers.
The gifts need to be delivered a few days after the wrapping party. We will need lots of drivers with vans or trucks to drive a load to Wyandotte County. In the past, we have worked with between 1-5 different elementary schools, and we deliver bags of gifts to the school each family is connected with. We could use someone to help coordinate this aspect of the project.
Parent Class Leaders/Volunteers
Parents are needed to provide lunch and/or desserts for each of the class retreats. There are other opportunities to assist the faculty and staff for individual class events (i.e. Project Graduation, yearbook signing party for graduated class, class homecoming activities)
Thank you for your consideration of these volunteer opportunities. We hope that you will find an area or two in which you would like to make an impact on the future of Saint Thomas Aquinas High School.