FAQs

  1. What is my Service Program obligation?
  2. What if I can’t fulfill my obligation?
  3. Why are there so many jobs to be done during the weekday?
  4. We both work full time.  What do we do?
  5. I read in my child’s classroom every week.  Does that count?
  6. Who decides what qualifies as a Service Program job?
  7. Why don’t all jobs require the same the amount of time?  Isn’t that unfair?
  8. Coaching is a big time commitment.  Why doesn’t it fulfill my Service Program obligation?
  9. I have a Service Program job.  Is there anything else I can do?

 

What is my Service Program obligation?

All school families are required to fulfill at least one Service Program job per school year.  Only approved service jobs fulfill the requirement.

What if I can’t fulfill my obligation?

Any family unable to fulfill the service obligation by the first day of school incurs a fee of $1,000.

Why are there so many jobs to be done during the weekday?

We have our greatest need for help during the day while the students are here at school.  Your help during the school day improves our safety, enriches our classrooms and enhances the overall experience at school.

We both work full time.  What do we do?

We understand many of our families have two parents working full-time outside the home, and we try to provide as many opportunities as we can for evening, weekend, and special-project Service Program jobs.  Some jobs can be done from home  or in the evening such as Social Logistics, designated parent side positions and designated auction jobs.

I read in my child’s classroom every week.  Does that count?

That depends.  If you mean, “Does my contribution matter?” Absolutely!  We need you.  Your contribution makes a difference to the teacher, the students, and your child.  If you mean, however, “Does that fulfill my Service Program obligation?” the answer is no.  Only approved service jobs fulfill the requirement.

Who decides what qualifies as a Service Program job?

The Service Program is a school program, so school staff have the primary responsibility for determining the number and types of jobs in the Service Program.  They work closely with faculty members to determine their needs and identify areas where parents can make the greatest contribution.  They also work closely with parents, soliciting feedback and suggestions annually from Service Board members.

Why don’t all jobs require the same amount of time?  Isn’t that unfair?

You are right when you notice there is great variability in the amount of time required by different Service Program jobs.  No job is small, but there are jobs that require a significantly greater commitment than others.  We designed the program to provide the greatest benefit for the school with the greatest flexibility for you.  No two families are the same.  Within a family, no two years are the same.  If there is a new baby, a job change, or an illness in the family, this may be a year when you need a job with a smaller time commitment.  On the other hand, we need you!  If you can help us with one of the bigger jobs, we are thrilled to have your help.  Over many years we have found this set-up works well.  Families sign up for bigger jobs when they can and smaller jobs when they have to.  We rely on your generosity.

Coaching is a big time commitment.  Why doesn’t it fulfill my Service Program obligation?

Go Spartans!  We love our coaches!  The CYO athletic program is a fundamental part of school life; for the athletes, the parents, and the community.  CYO seems to require more and more of coaches each year.  Unfortunately we have more Service Program jobs than we have families, and there is not room in the program to add 40 or more jobs for coaches.  The result would be vacancies in the health room, in the classroom and on the playground.  We trust that coaches will volunteer as they have in the past for the kids and the love of the game. This year we are running a test program that will include 9 coaching position for the 1st through 3rd grade soccer coaches that will count as service jobs.  We continually evaluate feedback from parents and hear this is something you have all wanted.  We hope we can add more coaching service jobs, but need to make sure this does not impact our ability to fill all our other service job positions.

I have a Service Program job.  Is there anything else I can do?

Yes! And thank you!  There are many, many more opportunities to serve at Sacred Heart School that cannot be included in the Service Program.  Sacred Heart School could not provide the same high-quality education and formation of young people without your contribution.  Please consider being a coach, hosting an auction party, or working at Field Day.  Look for appeals for help in the weekly school newsletter, From the Heart, and contact your child’s teacher or any staff to offer your help in other ways.

What do I do next?

Sign up will be on May 12th, 2016 online. We’re glad to have you on board!