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Volunteering & Virtus

  • SIGN UP TO VOLUNTEER – Visit St. James online ‘SIGN UP GENIUS’ website to make volunteering extra easy!

 

Parents and other friends and relatives of our students are invited to fully participate in school life.  Your child’s education is founded on a collaborative partnership and we strongly encourage parents to find some way to be present in our school and the possitive benefits are many:

  • Spiritually: Demonstrate your committment while sending students a strong message about the power of service to community and the importance of education.
  • Academically:  There is a demonstrated link between parental involvement and student achievement.
  • Socially:  Establish connections with other parents, making potentially life-long friendships and keeps you connected to the students and families of the friends your child makes and who are part of his/her life.
  • Financialy: Keeps tuition increases down when fundraisers are successful — more parent involvment equals more successful fundraisers and less need to raise tuition.

We have a large range of areas where parents and other family members can give service to our school.  Click  the link at the top of the page to see a detailed listing of opportunties.

However, every adult over t he age of 18 must meet certain criteria designated by the Diocese of Bridgeport before he/she may do so.   These requirements were put into place in order to help protect students from potential abuse.  The parental requirements are implemented in conjunction with student workshops to teach students, in an age appropriate format, what they can do to be safe from predators.

Below are  the requirements plus the corresponding documents that must be turned-in.  All three requirements must be met in order to be allowed to volunteer in the classroom or to participate in any school-sponsored activitity with the children.

Note:  When completing your required forms, if your name is not the same as that of our student (i.e., a maternal grandparent or an aunt or uncle), please make sure to note the student’s name on the form so we may provide the appropriate teacher with the correct information.

VOLUNTEER/VIRTUS REQUIREMENTS

1.  Provide the School with a signed copy of the “Acknowledgement of Receipt Form,” which simply states that you have been made aware of the Diocesan Policy.

Sexual Abuse Policy Statement of the Diocese of Bridgeport, CT  – To be reviewed.

Acknowlegement of Reciept Form - To be signed and given to school.

2.  Every parent must also provide a copy of a signed consent form to conduct a criminal background check.  These are processed by the school directly.  You must provide one even if you have had a background check done elsewhere.

Diocesan Policy regarding Criminal Background Checks for Volunteers and Employees – FYI

Volunteer_Release-Criminal Check - This Form must be completed and signed and turned-into the school office.

3. The third and final requirement is to attend a  “Protecting God’s Children” workshop.  The workshops are offered throughout the Diocese at various times.  You must register online as follows:

  • Go to  http://www.virtus.org/
  • On the left-side click on “Registration.”
  • In this window, select, View of List of Sessions
  • From the pull-down arrow menu box, select your organization, which is “Bridgeport CT (Diocese)
  • Scroll through the list and once you found a class you can attend, select the “Start Registration” tab at the top of the screen and follow the step by step instructions.

If you are unable to register online, you can call the Diocesan Office of Safe Enviornments for assistance, contact Erin Neil, Director of Safe Environments, at (203) 416-1406, or e-mail eneil@diobpt.org. For information on background checks, contact Louise Stewart-Spagnuolo, Director of Support Services, at (203) 416-1405, or e-mail lsspagnuolo@diobpt.org.

To learn more about the Diocesan Safe Environments Program, visit the website at http://www.bridgeportdiocese.com/safe_environment.shtml.

VOLUNTEERING AT ST. JAMES SCHOOL

We have a great need for volunteers each day and throughout the year for many events that take place.  If you would like to volunteer, but do not know in what capacity you can be of service, please call or email the school, (203) 375-5994 or info.sjschool@gmail.com.  The following is a partial listing, in no particular order, of activities or events that require parental assistance/volunteers:

  • Bingo – all year on Friday
  • Hot Lunch Program Kitchen Help – all year
  • Hot Lunch Program Tally Crew – all year/1x per month
  • Office Helpers/Certificate Sales Crew – all year
  • Library Helpers – all  year
  • Classroom Aids (certain grades/teachers) – all year
  • Room Parents – all year
  • Box Top Clippers – all year
  • Friday Italian Ice Sales – all year (not during Lent)
  • Walkathon – October
  • Pie  Sale – October/November
  • Christmas Fair -  November
  • Book Fair – October and January
  • Children’s Christmas Fair – December
  • Basketball Tournament – January/February
  • Spring Auction and Social – April
  • Grandparents & Special Friends Day – April

We also have a very active Home and School Association (HSA) which meets monthly.    Please visit their webpage  for meeting dates and more information from the pull-down menu at the top of our website.