PTO Activities and Sponsored Programs
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This system provides blast information to parents via email and phone messages such as school closures/delays, upcoming events and other information that needs to get to the school families quickly.
After School Clubs
PTO coordinates the After School Club program at St. Jude. In 2019-2020 this included educational and fun after school clubs such as St. Jude Theater, Engineering Club, Pottery, Better Babysitters, Kids Home Alone Safety, Bulldog Fit (similar to Crossfit).
Breakfast at the North Pole
A fun family event in December that includes games for kids, breakfast with Santa and other characters and raffle baskets.
This event involves all the students in Grades 1 through 6 and is a hands-on learning science program. Volunteers can help with the set-up, presentation, or clean up. The set-up occurs the day before the program is scheduled and consists of setting up tables in the gym and unloading the COSI truck. Presentation involves sitting at a station to show displays and discussing them with groups of students (information is provided to the volunteers). Clean up occurs the day of the program and consists of taking down displays and loading the COSI truck.
Field Day is a fun day where students participate in various field events. The students dress in their assigned team color for the day. PTO provides lunch for all students, teachers, staff, and volunteers. Parent volunteers assist in setting up events, scoring and running field events, serving lunch and dessert, and clean up.
Grandparents' / Special Friends' Day
This special day is held usually in March or April to honor the students, grandparents or other special family members or friends. The day begins with an all-school Mass with students and guests and then a breakfast is served consisting of doughnuts, bagels, coffee, juice, and milk. After breakfast, the honored guests are invited back to the classrooms of their family members. They can view the students work and talk to their teachers. St. Jude School is one of the only schools in the area that still includes the whole student body in this special day. It truly is an awesome sight to see the two different generations brought together at Mass. Volunteers are needed to help set-up the day before the event and are needed to help serve our special guests.
Lenten Penny Race
This fundraiser kicks off each year on Ash Wednesday and continues throughout Lent. Each homeroom is encouraged to collect loose change and donations towards a charitable organization. Past recipients have included building a home in Haiti, Children’s Hospital Brain Cancer Research, and St. Jude families who have experienced personal tragedies.
Room Parents are responsible for organizing and working the Christmas and any end-of-year parties. Any other parties are at the request of the teacher. The different PTO organizations may also contact the Room Parents to help with phone chains or miscellaneous all-school parties throughout the year.
PTO offers the parents the chance to order prepackaged supplies for the upcoming school year. Orders are taken at the end of the current school year. Packages include most of the items that the teachers in each grade requests on the school supply list found in the end-of-year registration folder. The supplies are then prepackaged during the summer and are available for pick up after the Church Masses on a designated weekend. If the supplies are not picked up after Mass, the package is placed on the students desk on the first day of school.
School Spirit Wear
PTO purchases and sells "official" St. Jude school spirit wear such as sweatshirts or 1/4 zip pullovers that can be worn with the school uniform.
Trunk or Treat
This event is a fun way for the children of St. Jude to show off their Halloween costumes and “trick or treat” with their fellow St. Jude friends. Families bring candy to pass out and decorate their cars. Prizes are given for best costume, scariest costume and funniest costume, as well as, best decorated car. A parade of costumes is followed by “trick or treating” from car to car. The event is usually held on a Sunday in October.