Saint John Paul II Volunteer Positions and Events

We take pride in the fact that our parents and extended family are VIPs at St. John Paul II. Our partnership is central to our mission. Our Home and School Association (HSA) plays a vital role of support to the school, creating a welcoming atmosphere, and promoting the value of a Catholic education. They sponsor many student and family events, run our hot lunch program, and fundraise.
The following positions and events give you an overview and sampling of the opportunities for your family to be involved in JPII. We have provided descriptions of the positions and events to help you decide how you might like to volunteer. Your 20 hour commitment can be filled through any of these ways. Events are not limited to these. They may changed or added according to the creativity and enthusiasm of our parents and staff!
Volunteers working directly with students must have the SAFE ENVIRONMENTS certification and submit to a background check. This can be arranged through the school office. The cost is $41.
Please get involved and support JPII!

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Home & School Association Positions

HSA executive officers - (see HSA Bylaws)
The Executive Committee shall conduct the HSA’s business affairs; provide general meeting programs of interest; form committees as deemed necessary and appropriate; review all committee recommendations and report on their final disposition; and review and recommend disbursements of money collected from fund raising events and contributions after discussion with the administration of JPII.

  • President or Co-Presidents
  • Vice-President
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer

Room parents – One per grade (or may be shared by two parents per grade) HSA Liaison to classroom teacher and parents. Assist teacher for in-class events, HSA fundraising, arranging field trip chaperones, etc.  Attends HSA monthly meetings. Fulfills 20 hour commitment.

Parish Liaisons – provide school news, events to the volunteer’s local parish and inform Director of Communication of upcoming events at the parish. Assist with coordinating Open House marketing and School Masses with the parish. Help build School-Church relationship.

Parent Ambassadors – Contact new families in the school community to welcome, answer questions, assist in their first year at the school. Need lower (preK-2), middle (3-5) and upper (6-8) grade ambassadors.
Volunteer Coordinator – Train volunteers, answer questions, keeps log of volunteer hours.

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Events Led or Supported by HSA

Chairing an event fulfills the twenty hour commitment!

Children’s Christmas Shopping Day – Held in the middle of December. An event where students can purchase small Christmas gifts for family and friends. It is held at the school during school hours. Chairperson and three to four volunteers to help the students make their purchases, wrap the gifts and collect the money.  

Father-Daughter Dance – All ages, PreK – 8th grade. Usually held on a Saturday evening during Catholic Schools week. Chairperson and volunteers needed for this popular event. Includes invitations, shopping, decorating, set up, clean up, etc.   

Field Day – An end of the year event of field activities and sporting competitions and lunch. This event requires a Chairperson and the efforts of many volunteers. Coordinates events with the gym teacher.

Grandparents’ Day – Wonderful open house event for grandparents to visit the school and attend a special luncheon in their honor with their grandchild(ren). Requires Chairperson and several volunteers to plan, set up, prepare, serve, and clean up the luncheon. Others are needed to donate food items. Usually held during Catholic Schools Week.

Grocery Store Card Fundraising – Contact for Big Y; Stop &Shop; and Price Chopper school fundraising programs. Promote usage; order items from points, etc.

Halloween Party – A family event for all grades with costumes, dance and a DJ. Chairperson and volunteers set up, serve, clean up, and donate desserts. A fan favorite!

Hot Lunch Program – Numerous volunteers are needed to shop, set up, order, and serve for hot lunch. GREAT hit with students and parents, but requires volunteers to run.   

Ice Cream Social – “Meet and greet” activity usually an end of summer get together for new and returning families.  

Labels for Education & Box Tops – Volunteer coordinators needed to advertise, count, and submit. Programs earn items and money for school. Great to do at home.

Library – All volunteer Requires coordinator and volunteers. Maintain library, check books in/out, supervise weekly class library times, read stories, etc. Coordinates with the principal. See Mrs. Pelletier or Mrs. Milardo with questions.   

Scholastic Book Fair – Weeklong event during/after school where students may purchase books and other items. Fundraiser for school library. Requires Chairperson and several volunteers.

Turkey Bingo – Family event with Bingo, raffles, and a concession stand. Usually held before Thanksgiving. Fun night fundraiser!   

Uniform Exchange - Chairperson and volunteers to collect, label, and store used uniforms. School families may locate used uniforms in the exchange. Helps our families save $$$$!

Winter Blues Family Dance – Family dance for all ages with DJ. Needs coordinator and several volunteers.

Fall Fundraiser – headed by a volunteer coordinator. Can be a variety of sales related fund raisers.

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Schoool Events Led by Staff, with Volunteer Assistance

After School Clubs – We offer a variety of short term after school clubs. If you have an idea or would like to sponsor assist with a club, contact the principal.   

Athletics - Volunteers needed to coach cross country, basketball, or soccer, assist the coaches, track uniforms, assist with booster club activities. Coordinated by the Athletic Director.

All Saints Celebration – An in-school event run by student council on or near All Saints Day. Students dress as a favorite saint. Games, contests, food and information to celebrate the Saints of the Church.

Back to School Night – September event put on by the administration and faculty. HSA volunteers help host, provide refreshments, and present HSA news. Great night to promote upcoming events.

OPEN HOUSE – The last week of January.  Many volunteers are needed to plan, advertise, and run the OPEN HOUSE.

Drama – Drama director needs several volunteers during the performances and throughout the drama season (October – April). Contact Ms. Lynch for information.  

Eighth Grade Awards Banquet – Seventh grade parents are responsible for the dinner portion of this May event. Students and parents plan, set up, serve, and clean up.

Eighth Grade Semi-Formal Dance – Eighth grade event planned and run by 8th grade parents and students.

Eighth Grade Breakfast – Held on the morning of graduation rehearsal. Requires Chairperson, volunteers and food donations.

Facilities -  Maintenance and improvements of the building and grounds. Coordinated with the Facilities Chairperson and School Custodian. A variety of volunteer opportunities throughout the year, from cleaning to skilled labor.

Junior Robotics – Our technology coordinator advises our Junior Robotics club. We are in need of  mentors  for  the  team. If you have an interest in technology and can be involved as a student mentor, please contact Mrs. Hoover.

Marketing – Volunteer specialists assist the Director of Communications with social media, graphic design, news releases, parish bulletins, advertising, flyer & brochure distribution, and other tasks to promote the school.

Mystery Readers and “Professors” – Volunteers sign up as mystery readers to read a favorite book to a class or as mystery professors to share about a career or special expertise.

If you have a special skill or talent, such as plumbing, carpentry, sewing, painting, etc. we would greatly appreciate your donation of your time and talents!