Dear Augustinian Academy Families,
Welcome back to school for the 2018-2019 school year and welcome to the new families that have joined the Augustinian Academy family this year. We are excited about the upcoming school year and all of the great things the Saint Joseph Volunteer Organization (SJVO) has planned. The SJVO is Augustinian’s Parent Volunteer Organization and parent involvement is extremely important to the success of our school year. Our work supports and strengthens Augustinian Academy by providing opportunities for parents to work with the school by implementing programs, events, and fundraisers for the benefit of all Augustinian students. This is a GREAT way to be involved in the school, get to know the school staff and other families. This is a great community to be a part of, don’t miss out!
How do I join the SJVO?
The SJVO is different than most parent teacher organizations. All families of registered students are members of the SJVO. Family Involvement provides opportunities for parents to work together to build a strong community spirit at Augustinian Academy and is integral in our school community. We also have several committees that plan our various events throughout the year. Due to a large number of our dedicated volunteers departing in the last few year, we are in great need of parents willing to jump right into these committees.
How do I find out more about the SJVO?
We meet once a month and all parents are welcome to attend. It's a great way to stay informed about upcoming events at school! Also, check Facebook for volunteer opportunities and events.
What is the expected commitment to the SJVO?
All families are asked to donate a minimum of 10 hours for the school year and 3 hours for the St. James Fair, but you don't have to stop there! Your level of involvement is up to you!There are many opportunities to volunteer from home, in the evenings, or with younger children. If you have any questions regarding volunteering, please contact the SJVO at SJVO@augustinianacademy.org.
I want to volunteer, but.....
We have a need for every type of volunteer! Let us know and we will find a place for you:
Night/Weekend Volunteer (After school hours is easier for you): Set up, clean up, working activities, and food service at monthly Sunday Pancake Breakfasts and Family Fun Nights.
Daytime Volunteer (You want to volunteer during the school day): Set up and sell items at the Book Fair or Santa’s Workshop. Track laps at the end of the year Walk-a-thon!
Behind the Scenes Volunteer (You work full-time or can't be at school during the day): Donate goods for Bountiful Baskets. Send in sweets and potluck items for the Family Fun nights, Winter Gala, and Teacher Appreciation Days.
Independent Operator Volunteer (You like to work at your own pace/schedule or from home): Help Organize the Uniform Closet, plan the Yearbook, or sell Friday Ice Cream!
Major Event Planner/Volunteer (You thrive in the thick of it!): Help plan and solicit community donations for the Annual Winter Gala, Jingle Bell Run, and St. James Fair.
How do I find out about SJVO opportunities?
Due to the success of SignUp Genius last year, we will continue to use the program for contacting families for many of our volunteer opportunities. If you are not getting Sign-up Genius email notifications, please let the front office know or email firstname.lastname@example.org. This year we are also going to use the Remind App for smartphones. This will be used for communication and meeting reminders. Occasionally last minute volunteer needs are listed in the school’s weekly newsletter.
Is there any mandatory training?
This diocesan sponsored abuse prevention and awareness training is mandatory for volunteers who work directly with our students. Please go to the VIRTUS website to sign up for their next training date. For more information please visit www.virtus.org.
We look forward to working with all of the wonderful Augustinian parents this year.
The SJVO Board
The SJVO is Augustinian Academy's Parent/Teacher Volunteer Association. The SJVO supports the school through fundraising, volunteering in the school and organizing fun events for families. All families of registered students are members of the SJVO. Our very active volunteer community is part of what makes Augustinian Academy so special.