Parent Commitments

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 â€‹Parents volunteer at the parish festival



Parent participation is vital to a successful school program. A sense of joint responsibility shared by parents and teachers forms the basis of the Faith Community in which the child will be nurtured and will grow into a happy, responsible Catholic adult. A program that brings about successful parent-teacher interaction assures that the task of educating the child is a cooperative responsibility.  In addition to fulfilling mandatory parent participation requirements, the parents are encouraged to participate in the social activities of the Parent Association.  We, at St. Barbara Catholic School, encourage all our students' parents to be actively involved members of our school family.

Parent Participation Requirements
As a requirement of student enrollment in St. Barbara Catholic School, parents must participate in the following:

  • Service Hours: Two parent families must complete 25 service hours per year; single parent families must complete 15 service hours per year.  At least 5 of these hours must be completed at the Parish Festival in September.  Additional hours may be completed by helping in the office or classroom, chaperoning field trips, donating office and health room supplies, and providing other needed services. Numerous opportunities are available to allow parents to complete their service hours. You may opt to buy out service hours at $25 per hour.
  • Parent Association: Every parent of students enrolled in St. Barbara Catholic School is a member of the Parents Association.  At least one parent from each family must attend August Back to School Night and September and May Parent Association meeting, and other mandatory meetings.  The Parents Association meetings are usually held on the third Tuesday of the month at 7:00 PM.   These meetings are an important means of communication between the school and parents. Meetings include information on current issues, updates on fundraisers and special events, and presentations pertinent to religion, social issues, and parenting.
  • Fundraising: Fundraisers are an important source of financial support for St. Barbara Catholic School. Each family is required to raise $500 in profit to meet the needs of the school.  Once this profit is met, additional profit will be credited to school approved expenses or educational trips. You may opt to buy out of fundraising at a cost of $50 per month. Profit can be raised in the following ways: 
    • Parents Association Fund Raisers: Parents Association sponsored fundraisers are a great way for family, friends, and co-workers to help raise funds for our students.  Parents Association holds chocolate and gift wrap drives, cookie dough sales, and spring fundraisers. 30-40% of sales (depending on event) will be credited to your account.
    • Festival Raffle Tickets: Parents are offered the opportunity to invite friends and family to help with their child’s tuition through the Fall Festival Raffle ticket sales. 100% of all tickets you sell will be applied to your fundraising account.
    • SCRIP Program: Profit can be raised through the SCRIP program. Grocery, gasoline, retail store, and restaurant gift certificates or debit cards are purchased through the school office for face value. The difference between the face value and the discounted price the school purchases the certificates for is applied to your fundraising account. This is an easy way to keep tuition costs down while making your usual grocery, restaurant, gift, and gas purchases. Family and friends can also help you meet your fund raising goal. Ask the school office about setting up separate accounts for their use. CLICK HERE to go to ShopWithScrip.com.