Getting to Know the PA
The purpose of the Parents Association (PA) is to support and strengthen the St. Thomas More Collegiate community and to enhance the relationship between parents, staff and students both educationally and spiritually. The PA plans and supports various school and social events that take place throughout the year.
Every parent and guardian is a member of the PA. Participating and volunteering in PA events is a great way to stay involved and meet fellow parents.
Our major fundraising events take place during the first half of the school year. All of the money raised by the PA goes back to the school to improve the educational experiences and learning environments of our children.
Please mark these important event dates on your calendar and take advantage of the many opportunities for involvement throughout the year.
Grad Activities - May & June 2020
Join in the fun, food and festivities as our Gr. 12 students and their families celebrate their graduation from STMC 🙂
GRADE 11 PARENTS are strongly urged to sign-up as the MAIN VOLUNTEERS for all Grad Events–next year, it will be your turn to enjoy the festivities!
SUGGESTION (for those Gr. 11 parents who’d like to help plan and organize the grad events next year): sign-up to volunteer at any of the events this year in order to see what happens, to ask event leaders questions and to get some ideas and plans flowing for next year!
Volunteer sign-up link: volunteersignup.org/XMRJW
Remembrance Day - Nov 6, 2019
Remembrance Day (RD) – Parent volunteers needed to assist with a reception held for specially-invited guests in November following the Remembrance Day mass. Be a part of this fine and long-standing tradition at STMC!
For more information, please contact Trish Leptick at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Or sign-up here to volunteer:
Knights Christmas Market - Nov 23 & 24, 2019
The KNIGHTS CHRISTMAS MARKET (KCM) is just around the corner! The Parents Association’s largest annual fundraiser will take place on Saturday, November 23 and Sunday, November 24, 2019, from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM at STMC. This is a wonderful opportunity to purchase artisan merchandise, baked goods, poinsettias and craft items, as well as to participate in exciting gift-basket raffles. Get a head start on all of your Christmas shopping here!
For more information or to register as a vendor check out the Knights Christmas Market web page.
Parent volunteers are needed to assist with event set-up, concession services, hosting and clean-up. Please mark your calendars and sign-up with a friend to help us spread some holiday cheer!
To volunteer for this event, please sign-up here:
Parents – https://www.volunteersignup.org/TRYP9
Students – https://www.volunteersignup.org/CM34T
or contact Jocelyn Hernandez or Ronnie Jeng at: email@example.com
For more information, about the event itself please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Open House - Jan 14, 2020
The school will host its Open House (OH) on January 14, 2020 @ 6:30PM.
Approximately 600 visitors are expected to walk through our hallways and classrooms as students and staff showcase their talents and hard work at the school. Parent volunteers are needed at this evening event to welcome guests, serve refreshments and hand out information pamphlets.
Please contact Jocelyn Hernandez at: email@example.com for more information or sign up here to volunteer: https://volunteersignup.org/78QYL
Parent-Teacher Interviews - Nov 7, 2019/Apr 8, 2020
Parent-Teacher Interviews provide a wonderful opportunity for parents to meet with STMC school teachers. In particular, if a child is experiencing any difficulties or if there are concerns, Parent-Teacher Interviews should not be missed.
Session Dates for the 2019 – 2020 School Year:
Thursday, November 7, 2019
Wednesday, April 8, 2020
Appointments are available in 5-minute time slots with an option of choosing 2 concurrent appointments (to a max of 10 minutes) between 11am-1pm, 2pm-4pm and 6pm-8pm.
All appointments should be scheduled online, starting one week before the scheduled date.
Important Note: All accounts will be removed from the booking site following each session, so parents will be required to re-register prior to booking new appointments for subsequent Parent-Teacher Interview sessions.
Questions or Comments?
For more information on volunteering in this area, please send an email to Michelle Kully: STMC.ParentTeacher@gmail.com
Or click on this link to sign-up as a volunteer (Note: BOTH STUDENTS & PARENTS CAN SIGN-UP HERE): http://volunteersignup.org/CRPH7
Walkathon - May 1, 2020
This year’s Walkathon (WA) will take place on May 1, 2020.
Parent volunteers are needed to help serve a free lunch to students and to monitor various checkpoints and intersections along the route.
Please sign up here to volunteer: http://volunteersignup.org/PCEYR
or contact Jocelyn Hernandez at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Baking Committee (BC) – Homemade baking is needed for various school events and fundraisers throughout the school year. Any baked goods brought into the school must be prepared nut-free. Gluten-free and sugar-free baking is also welcome and should be clearly labelled.
BAKING COMMITTEE EVENTS
Homecoming – September
Knights Christmas Market – November
Open House – January
Plant-A-Row, Grow-A-Row (Spring Gardeners Party) – March
Please contact Susie Doiron for more information: email@example.com
To sign-up as a baking volunteer for any of these events, please click on the following link.
(Please note: Baking donations may be requested ONE DAY PRIOR to a scheduled event, so please mark your calendars accordingly!):
The STMC Student Council usually organizes 2-3 dances during the school year, beginning with the September Gr 8 & 12 Mixer, followed by a dance for all grades in the Fall and another dance in the Spring. Parent volunteers are needed to ensure the kids not only have fun, but stay safe.
Please sign up to volunteer as a Dance Chaperone here:
For more information, contact Evangeline Jonasson: firstname.lastname@example.org
Decorating the school is a great way to raise school spirit and to spread some cheer throughout the school year.
If you’ve got some flair and interest in decorating with arts & crafts, florals, Christmas decorations, and tree lights, then please join the team!
Sign up to volunteer: http://www.volunteersignup.org/CXB4B
or contact Marie Takacs: email@example.com
Drama Department (DD) – Parent volunteers are needed to help out with preparations for the drama or musical stage production presented in early February. Volunteer areas include: stage and prop set-up, concessions, etc.
Please contact Jocelyn Hernandez at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on volunteer opportunities and timing in this area.
Knight Club Uniform Store
Knight Club (KC) – The STMC Uniform Store is run by a dedicated group of volunteer parents. Volunteer support is needed during monthly sales, but especially during the bigger sales held in June (for new incoming students) and in late August (for all returning students).
For more info, please contact Amelia Crarer: email@example.com
Or sign-up here to volunteer:
Music Department (MD) – Over the course of the school year, the Music Department hosts on a number of Music Knight performances showcasing the progress of STMC’s various school bands and choirs.
Parent volunteers are needed to help out with the collection of tickets at the door, distribution of event programs, sale of 50/50 tickets and set-up of food and drink concessions.
Please contact Victoria De Guzman at pavolunteers @stmc.bc.ca for more information or sign-up here to volunteer:
Sports Program (SP) – Any parents with a student on a school sports team are asked to provide some added assistance to the team and coaches. Please volunteer to help out with team communications, driving to/from games, jersey distribution/collection, game admissions, special tournament or game meals and snacks, clock-timing and other activities as requested by the Athletics Program Director.
For more info, contact Jocelyn Hernandez at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Plant a Row Grow a Row
Every Sunday morning over the summer months, up until Thanksgiving, members of our gardening community gather together at STMC to collect fresh, garden-grown fruits and vegetables to share with those in need through the Union Gospel Mission in New Westminster.
This community outreach project has had tremendous success over the years and new volunteers are always welcome to help share in the work and spread the love.
Our annual Spring Gardeners’ Party is held in March at the school, where gardening experts including Brian Minter, share helpful gardening advice. Guests enjoy each other’s company while learning new gardening skills! The evening is topped off by lovely refreshments, complete with home baking and fun raffle prizes! You definitely won’t want to miss the annual Spring Gardeners’ Party!
For more info, please contact Andrea Buonassisi, Deb Padron or John Spanjers: email@example.com