The IHM Home and School Association is an enthusiastic group of parents, teachers and staff that support the school and enhance the educational opportunities of the students. Committees range from Hospitality to Homeroom Coordinators, from Host Families to the Annual Autumn Auction Fundraiser.
“When parents are involved in their children’s education at home, they do better in school. And when parents are involved in school, children go farther in school and the schools they go to are better.” — A New Generation of Evidence: The Family Is Critical to Student Achievement.
The Fall Fundraiser is the primary fundraiser for IHM’s Home & School Association, and needs volunteers to help with many jobs, including set up the day before the event, working shifts for various jobs during the event (check-in, check-out, raffle tickets, drink tickets, social sign-up tables, etc.), and clean up the morning following the event. To get involved, please contact this year’s Fall Fundraiser Committee Chairs at email@example.com and check out the fall fundraiser website for more details – https://ihmparish.ejoinme.org/auction19.
IHM school families host the parish’s Munch ‘n Mingle (donuts and coffee) along with the team from the Adoration Chapel one Sunday a month after both the 8:30 a.m. and the 11:00 a.m. Masses. Volunteers plate donuts, make coffee, set up the buffet, replenish donut trays and clean up in the Hearts & Hands Room. You will be able to attend Mass between set up and clean up and are only responsible for covering one of the two Masses. Please visit our SignUpGenius page to sign up.
Reading Enrichment is a program in which volunteers to listen to students in grades K-3 read aloud in order to strengthen the student’s literacy skills. Volunteers will come into the school on selected days to work with an individual student. Ideally, volunteers spend 45-60 minutes with their student two times per week. Students enjoy this fun and informal opportunity to develop and share their reading skills with a caring adult. For more information, please get in touch with the Reading Enrichment Volunteer Coordinator(s).
The Spiritual Growth Committee is dedicated to putting the Lord first in our school, our lives, and our community. There are many opportunities for parents to get involved with recurring tasks, such as “Caring for Mary” (see below), by assisting with the Divine Mercy Kids Club one day per week during lunch, by coordinating the IHM traveling Blessed Mother statue (see below), or by helping to facilitate classroom Adoration. In addition, Spiritual Growth also needs volunteers to help teachers monitor students during the all-school confession service during Advent (1-2 hour commitment) and to help set up Luminaries for Life in January. Please contact the Spiritual Growth Committee for more information — firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fresh flowers are needed at the Blessed Mother statue inside the school. All school families are welcome to reserve a week to bring flowers for the provided vase – Sign Up Genius – Caring for Mary.
We are looking for families to commit to one week of hosting our Traveling Mary statute in your home with a promise to pray the rosary together as a family each day or night during that week. A large family rosary, details of how to say the rosary and a youth-oriented video comes with the three-foot-tall statue. A journal is also included for you to read from the families who have taken part in the devotion and the graces that have come from Our Lady, dispenser of all God’s graces! Write your own as they are revealed. Prayerfully consider signing up – Traveling Blessed Mother Sign Up.
The Hospitality Committee is involved in many events throughout the year and needs volunteer help with preparation and serving. Main events include the Back to School Parent Coffee, Staff Appreciation Luncheon, VIP Day, and Teacher Appreciation Week. Areas of assistance include providing food or treats for events, supervising students in the classrooms during staff luncheon, setup, cleanup, and serving. If you are available to help or are interested in joining the Hospitality Committee, please contact the committee chairs.
The IHM Winter Carnival is a fun and popular community-building event! The Winter Carnival will be held in the evening in the school gym, and all ages are invited. Volunteers are needed to help with various games and events the night of the carnival.
Typically held on a Saturday during the second semester, the Guys and Dolls Dance is an opportunity for the girls to enjoy a special night out with their favorite guy, be that Dad, Grandpa, Uncle, etc. Volunteers are needed to help set up prior to the event (from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.), assist during the event (from 6:15 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.), and clean up after the dance from (8:30 p.m. to 9:15 p.m.). Please contact the Guys and Dolls Dance coordinator for more information and to sign up.
Volunteers are needed to help provide meals for our teachers during Parent Teacher Conferences in the fall (November) and winter (February). Please contact the Conference Meals organizer if you are interested in contributing to the meal.
7th and 8th-grade socials are usually held in the fall and spring of the school year. Assistance is needed with setting up, chaperoning, and cleanup. Dates will be determined at a later time. Please contact the Socials Chair(s) for more information on how you can help!
During Lent, a school-wide food drive is held, and collected items are packed into lunch kits by young student volunteers after school. Eight adult volunteers are needed to help supervise, organize, and lift and carry filled boxes. Date to be determined; 1-hour commitment. Contact the Service Projects coordinator for more information.
Field Day is held during the last week of school. Each K-3 classroom needs two volunteers each to help assist with fun Field Day activities from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. In addition, lunch is provided for the ALL STUDENTS in grade K-7. Two volunteers per classroom are needed to assist in preparing food, from 10:30 a.m. through lunch and clean up afterward. Please contact the Field Day coordinator for more information and to volunteer.
The Second Best Sale is a popular rummage held each year in April. Money is raised for the benefit of the school through the sale of donated items. Volunteers are needed to help with large item donation pick-ups, help set up the sale on Wednesday and/or Thursday prior to the sale dates, work the sale on Friday and/or Saturday, and clean up after the sale closes on Saturday. Please contact the Second Best Sale Volunteer Coordinator to sign up.
Bakers and workers are needed to fill the Second Best Sale Bake Sale with cakes, cookies, quick-breads, bars, candy, and treats of all types! Please plan to deliver baked goods to the gym lobby on Thursday prior to the event. Volunteers are also needed to work the Bake Sale on Friday during the Second Best Sale. Contact the Second Best Sale Bake Sale Coordinator to volunteer.
Interested in volunteering or want to contact the Home and School Committee directly? Email us at email@example.com.