“Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it”
(Proverbs 22:6 NKJV)
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The Saint Bernadette PTU provides volunteer and financial support for the enrichment of the children at our school. By working closely with the administration, as well as the teachers, we are able to provide supplementary educational programs, purchase additional equipment, and help fulfill classroom needs. We hope that you are willing to join and share your time with us!
Who is involved…..
The PTU “General Membership” is made up of ALL parents of children currently enrolled at Saint Bernadette School. There is no fee to belong and every member is eligible to serve on any committee or be an officer.
Frequently asked questions:
What are the Buzz Book and monthly calendars?
The Buzz Book is a directory of parents, students, and teachers at Saint Bernadette School. It shows class lists, gives information about PTU Executive Board and Council members and committees, lists addresses and phone numbers of families, and gives important dates throughout the year. A Buzz Book is sent home in September. The monthly calendar (on our website: http://www.stbern.net) gives you a quick look at what is going on at the school for the entire month. It lists programs, field trips, etc. for all grades.
How do I purchase a school uniform?
There are a couple ways to purchase your school uniforms:
Schoolbelle’s: http://www.schoolbelles.com You can order online or in their store. Please see the Parent/Student Handbook, the Schoolbelle’s catalog or the KRH order form you receive from school for details regarding uniform specifics. You may also purchase uniform pants/shorts through any department store that carries uniform lines such as; JC Penny, Land's End (located in Sears), and JC Penney.
How do I purchase a gym uniform?
Gym uniforms can be purchased at: Hometown Threads located at: 4636 Great Northern Blvd. 440-779-6053
They not only carry the gym shirts, shorts and sweat pants; they also have ALL of our Saint Bernadette Spirit Wear too! Sweatshirts, Hoodies, Jackets, and winter skull cap, etc… Please note: Hoodies are not permitted to be worn during school.
What is Spirit Wear and when can students wear it?
Spirit Wear consists of apparel with the Saint Bernadette logo on it. All Spirit Wear can be purchased at: Hometown Threads located at: 4636 Great Northern Blvd. 440-779-6053. Please note: Hoodies are not permitted to be worn during school.
What is Uniform ReSale?
A uniform ReSale is held three (3) times throughout the school year to give all parents an opportunity to get gently worn shirts, blouses, pants, shorts, skirts, jumpers, gym uniforms and Spirit Wear at a discounted price! If you are not in need of anything but would like to donate, we will gladly accept items for the exchange.
What is VIRTUS and VIRTUS compliance?
Any and all parents or volunteers that work or are in the school or coaching any sport with children must have a finger print report on file along with an application. Volunteers are also asked to partake in the national VIRTUS program, an awareness program for identifying sexual abuse in children. This includes room mothers, art helpers, lunch room, field trips supervision, library aides, and any other help given to our school. Please contact the Religious Education Office for VIRTUS training. There is also an ongoing computer program with VIRTUS updates as well as a manual and guidelines to follow. (Click on Volunteer link for more detailed information). http://www.virtus.org
What is AfterCare/Beyond the Bell?
After Care is a school day care program available to students that provides a safe and secure environment for your children during the after-school hours of 2:30-6:00pm. Snacks and homework helps is provided. You must register and pay for this service in order to have your child attend. Children may use this service on a part-time basis, as long as it is known ahead of time so the office may notify teachers maintaining this service. *All day Aftercare will be provided during the four (4) scheduled teacher in-service days. There is more information plus a registration form that will be posted soon.
What is Catholic Schools Week?
It is the end of January and there is a whole week of activities to celebrate catholic education. It begins with an open house after mass on Sunday. Parents are welcome to attend many of the events, including classroom observations. Watch for information on our website: http://www.stbern.net our s,chool newsletter, and the church bulletin. (Click on Volunteer link for more detailed information)
What is Open House/Parent Teacher Conferences?
Good first impressions make a difference ~ Open House is held on the last Sunday in January and is an event held to the general public to attract prospective students and allow them to become familiar with the school and meet others. It is also for Saint Bernadette families to meet their upcoming year teachers and see the school in a more casual setting. Parent-teacher conferences are in November and provide another opportunity to discuss how your child is doing. You will receive a note home to schedule a conference
What are some ways I can help in my child’s classroom?
You can volunteer to become a Room Parent and help the teacher with various classroom functions. Coordinate holiday parties, field trip drivers, Market Day duty and Basket Raffle assembly. 6th grade room parents will coordinate the trip to Camp Christopher. The 7th grade room parent will coordinate the 8th grade Fun Day and Graduation Reception. (Click on Room Parent link for more detailed information)
What are some ways I can volunteer at Saint Bernadette’s?
There are many areas to volunteer at Saint Bernadette! Please click on the Volunteer link for more detailed information on these programs to volunteer at: Library Volunteer, Adopt-A-Family, Book Fair, Science Fair, Catholic Schools Week, Holiday Shoppe, Bulldog Café, Market Day, Box Tops, Saint Bernadette Heart & Harvest Festival, Labels for Education, Host Family, Uniform ReSale…. Just to name a few!!!! Please see more detailed information down below.
What is Camp Christopher?
Please check back. The information will be posted soon.
What is the BINGO responsibility?
Saint Bernadette families will be assigned dates throughout the school year to work approximately two (2) to three (3) - four (4) hour BINGO session. Twelve (12) families will be assigned per every Thursday night. Shifts are split between 5:30-8:30pm and 8:30-11:30pm with six families working each shift.
Walkathon: Responsible for developing a theme and logo, ordering t-shirts (obtaining quotes), distributing t-shirts, obtaining community sponsors, developing student/teacher incentives, creating and distributing packets, receiving and record-keeping of funds. May be split up in to several jobs: Sponsors, t-shirts, accounting, advertising.
We have many volunteer opportunities throughout the year. The links below will display details about every project along with contact info for the committee chairs. Please lend a hand and help us make Saint Bernadette’s even better. To volunteer please email us at email@example.com
Adopt-A-Family: “Adopt-A-Family” is a special Christmas project that is a tradition at Saint Bernadette’s. Each classroom “adopts” a family in need to help them celebrate Christmas! Volunteers will shop, wrap and deliver the gifts to the corresponding churches. Chairperson: TBD
Back To School Picnic: Join fellow Saint Bernadette families for an evening of food, folks and fun!
Volunteers will help coordinate grills, food/beverages, entertainment for the event. Chairperson: TBD
Basket Raffle: The annual basket raffle is a major fundraiser for the PTU. The baskets are raffled off at the Nite@the Races event. Volunteers will sell tickets after all Masses and during one lunch period.
Book Fair: All proceeds benefit or school’s library. Volunteers will man the sales of books in one (1) hour shifts during Parent/Teacher Conferences and during school hours for one day.
Box Top/Campbell Soup Label Collection: We all shop for groceries, just look for the Box Tops logo on hundreds of products like Cheerios®, Hamburger Helper® and Kleenex®, etc.. All you need to do is clip and send them to your school’s Box Tops coordinator —- each one is worth 10¢ for your school. Volunteers will help to count and cut out the labels.
Buzz Book: The Buzz Book is a directory of parents, students, and teachers at Saint Bernadette School. It shows class lists, lists addresses and phone numbers of families, and gives important dates throughout the year. Volunteers will create and input current information for the upcoming school year.
Catholic Schools Week: A whole week of activities to celebrate catholic education. Volunteers will help plan the events of Catholic Schools Week along with the teachers. They may be asked to seek out speakers, plan children's activities and help out during the week in whatever capacity may be needed.
Family Events: These events are to keep the “Saint Bernadette Family” alive! Donuts w/Dad’s, Grandparents Day, Muffin’s w/Mom’s & 8th grade graduation reception. Volunteers will coordinate the event, set-up/clean-up, assist with any activities that are needed.
Fundraisers: There are additional expenses required in order for Saint Bernadette School to fulfill it’s mission that tuition does not cover and the school’s fundraising fills this gap. Volunteers will promote the fundraiser, coordinate the sale, tracks sales, coordinate delivery of product, separate product accordingly (if necessary) .
Holiday Shoppe: Students in grades K– 5 may purchase small Christmas goodies for their relatives(and themselves). Volunteers will coordinate the sales, create flier and a fun holiday shopping experience and help students with their purchases for this 2 day event in December.
Hospitality: How do we keep our Saint Bernadette teachers happy? By treating them to Teacher Luncheons and first day back school muffins! Five (5) times a year, this committee will create themes and host luncheons for our Saint Bernadette faculty and staff to show our appreciation for their dedication to our students. Volunteers will assist in baking or providing items for these luncheons. Volunteers will coordinates the refreshment,, set up/clean up at for various school functions throughout the year, including Catholic Schools Week, Teacher/Staff Breakfasts, Student Appreciation Treats, Secretaries and Teacher Appreciations.
Host Family: Host families provide helpful tips, a friendly voice of experience and a more personalized welcome to St. Bernadette School. Volunteers will make a phone call or email to the new family and answer is any questions the new family may have and encourage the new family to come to an event at school, and through such introductions join a wider circle of friends.
Jump Rope for Heart: The "Jump Rope for Heart" event is held annually in the month of February to raise money for the American Heart Association. The Volunteers for this event distributes the blank posters for students to decorate, plans the activities for the day with the gym teacher, helps run the actual contest and completes all the appropriate paper work.
Kindergarten Events: Saint Bernadette know that starting kindergarten can be very stressful for children, so we try to ease the transition with a kindergarten a meet-n-greet, play dates and pizza day in our cafeteria! Volunteers will help with welcoming new kindergarteners and coordinating the said events.
School Supply Kits: The PTU offers our Saint Bernadette families the option of pre-ordering back-to-school supplies from SchoolKidz which provides quality school supplies at a competitive cost without the hassle of shopping. Volunteers will promote and coordinate the School Supply Kits’ sales and on-line orders, distribute order forms & fliers, facilitate delivery and coordinate kit separation in the month of August.
Science Fair: Saint Bernadette is very proud of it’s ‘students’ curiosity & enthusiasm for science. Students will present their projects to a panel of judges and classmates. Volunteers will be needed to coordinate the Science Fair with the teachers and secure the panel of judges for the daytime (grades 1-3) and evening (grades 4-8) for this one day event in January.
Summer Solutions: Volunteers will promote and coordinate the Summer Solution sales and on-line orders, distribute order forms & fliers, facilitate delivery and coordinate kit separation in the month of June before the last day of school.
Sunshine: The Sunshine committee provides assistance (may be confidential) to Saint Bernadette families and staff in time of emergency or celebration (i.e. new baby, illness, death in immediate family, staff weddings) Volunteers will coordinate meals, send cards, flowers and shop for gifts when needed.
Uniform ReSale: We collect gently used school uniforms and give someone else the opportunity to purchase them at a discounted price! Volunteers will organize and sell the items three (3) times throughout the school year.
Yearbook Committee: A wonderful way to remember the days at Saint Bernadette’s! Volunteers will assist researching and evaluating yearbook vendors, collecting, taking and processing pictures for the yearbook, advertising the yearbook, receiving/managing yearbook orders, creating, and distributing the yearbook.