Research shows that students of involved parents receive higher grades, have better social skills and behavior, and are more likely to go on to postsecondary education (NCEA.org). Volunteering is also an important and fun opportunity to get to know other parents and work closely with the staff members.
An effective school is a partnership between parents, school and students. Volunteering your time can be very rewarding and it is a wonderful way to have a positive influence on your child’s life and build our school community. We are grateful for, and dependent on parent volunteers who enhance the quality of education we are able to provide all students through their gifts of time, talent, and treasure.
The volunteer opportunities at CTK are endless. It takes many dedicated parents and guardians to volunteer their time and efforts to run a successful and financially sound school.
CTK encourages (and rewards) 30 volunteer hours from each school family and successful completion helps you qualify for Tier 1 tuition. These hours are tracked through HelpCounter at www.volunteeratschool.com. It is the family’s responsibility to enter their hours throughout the year. The administration will run a report in the Spring and inform each family of the status of their commitment. Signing up for an event through SignUp Genius does not track your hours. You must enter your hours on the HelpCounter website, the link is at the top of every Friday Flash and at the top of this page.
Christ the King Catholic School requires that all parents and adult volunteers participate in Safe Environment Training and Screening. The knowledge you gain from this program allows us to protect our children from harm. We require that your training is up-to-date prior to volunteering in any capacity with children. This foundational course is offered all over the valley, at all different times. Every parent should make a special effort to be involved in their child’s educational experience. Christ the King welcomes and appreciates the involvement of parents in the volunteer program. Volunteers who can give a half of a day a week to come and work with teachers are invaluable. Parents who make available their time and vehicles to transport students on field trips are a very important part of the school program. Volunteers are always needed for playground supervision during the lunch recess.
We hold the safety of our students in the highest priority! The Diocese of Phoenix insists that anyone who wishes to volunteer in any capacity in a Catholic school or church must FIRST attend a Safe Environment Training class presented by diocesan personnel.
There are numerous volunteer opportunities throughout the year both during the day and in the evening and on weekends. Specific events will be advertised through The Friday Flash. SignUp Genius is handy when volunteers are needed for shifts at specific events. When volunteering during school hours, parents sign in at the school office and wear a volunteer badge; this does NOT document the hours work but helps identify you as a volunteer on campus.
SCHOOL ACTIVITIES & VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
Holy Hour! Here is something that benefits everyone! Spending an hour in Adoration before the Blessed Sacrament fills our lives with innumerable graces. Jesus desires us; our love, our time, our praise. One hour a week is such a small gift to give back to Him. Your time in prayer honors Our Lord, and serves the greater community in a very special way.
Please email the Adoration Coordinators, email@example.com if you would like more information or would like to schedule a weekly hour.
This is our big chance to raise extra funds for our school and have a ton of fun in the process! The event is typically held in the spring and includes dinner, silent and live auctions and casino gaming. The annual fundraiser provides a way for everyone to get involved: helping with the organizing ahead of time, selling raffle tickets, buying raffle tickets, collecting donations from local businesses, mailing letters, doing research for donations, buying or selling advertising or sponsorships, decorating, hosting a table, inviting friends and family to attend, or working the night of! Many hands make light work! Contact the school office or email firstname.lastname@example.org for volunteer opportunities. Christ the King is always in need of a new Chair – consider it now for the best mentors.
Art Masterpiece Program
The Art Masterpiece Program is a program in which volunteers expose students to fine art. Volunteers may participate in the classroom by preparing presentations, assisting with art instruction, or at home by preparing items for art class. Volunteers are also needed to set up and remove art at the school art show. Please contact Pam Looker by email at email@example.com, and/or your homeroom classroom representative.
Back to School Bash – PTO
This event is a way to see old friends and make new friends. It is held in the courtyard on a Friday evening in September as a way to welcome back our returning school families and welcome our new families. Volunteers are needed for set up, check in, security, serving dinner, and clean up. Contact PTO
Baptismal Certificate Preparations and Baptism Recording
Updating and reformatting sacramental records to meet new guidelines of the Diocese. Contact Deacon Tom in the Parish Office
The Book Fair is held twice a year. Volunteers are needed to help with book sales, Dads and Donuts, Moms and Muffins early morning events. Contact Mrs. Dennett
Within the walls of our St. Peregrine Shrine, there are various volunteer possibilities that will count toward service hours at school. We need big and little hands to fill prayer packets with bookmarks, rosaries, and other beautiful reminders of the prayers coming from our community to those who desire support. There is also a need for anyone skilled in the art of crocheting and knitting to create prayer shawls to share with patients who contact our cancer ministry. There are thank you notes to get out to our donors, as well. As our ministry grows, our need for extra loving hands will grow as well!
Catholic Education Arizona Campaign
Catholic Education Arizona (CEA) is the diocesan tax credit program that helps about 70% of our families afford Catholic education. Volunteers will market and solicit CEA donations to Christ the King School by speaking at CTK and other East Valley parishes during Mass and/or by passing out brochures after Mass. Assistance is also needed in coordinating speaking engagements, pulpit announcements, and bulletin inserts at other parishes. This opportunity gears up in the Fall and ends in April. Please contact Mrs. Conner for more information.
Catholic Schools Week
During the open house, volunteers are needed to take open house attendees around the school on a tour and explain the benefits of Christ the King. Parents also host the Teacher Luncheon on Friday of that week which includes serving food and light clean up. Other volunteers may be needed for events throughout the week. Contact the School Office
Whether it’s for Atrium, art projects, reading help, or technical assistance, teachers always enjoy an extra set of hands in the classroom. There are also field trip driver and chaperone opportunities. Please contact your child’s teacher for more information.
Coaches – After School Sports
Without volunteer coach we are unable to have sports teams at our school. This need is for an entire season and your dedication is greatly appreciated. Grades 5th through 8th can compete in basketball, flag-football, baseball, softball, and volleyball. Please contact the Athletic Director for more information.
This is a Parish and School family event scheduled for October 20, 2018. There are things to do for all ages, food, a beer garden, bounce houses, petting zoo, cake walk, and games. School families help run the games and donate items for the cake walk. Please contact the Parish Office for more information. 480.964.1719
This is an annual event held in March sponsored by the Student Council. There are numerous events ranging from three-legged races, egg on a spoon race, water balloon toss, obstacle course, and others. Volunteers are asked to work at a particular event and/or help with set up/clean up. Contact Miss Brown.
Fish Fry (Every Friday during Lent) – PTO
This event is put on the by Knights of Columbus. Volunteers are needed to wash potatoes, donate desserts, serve desserts, and wash dishes. Volunteers will be solicited from each class via the Room Rep and SignUp Genius.
The CTK Scrip Program provides an opportunity for families to earn rebates when they purchase Scrip gift cards. These rebates can be used as a credit to your tuition account, cash back to you, and/or a gift to the school. Volunteers are needed to sell before/after school, after Masses on the weekend, office help and more. Email scrip
Grandparents are welcomed to the school in the Fall to tour their grandchildren’s classrooms, see their work, attend Mass with them and enjoy the book fair. Volunteers are needed for set up, refreshments, and clean up. Contact PTO Social Chair.
Generate graphics for slides for Church, newsletters for the school and parish, and design and create print and web marketing materials including the annual reports, and brochures. Contact the school office.
Help at H.O.P.E.
HOPE is our parish outreach ministry to all those in need within our parish boundary, and sometimes beyond. HOPE stands for Helping Other People Emerge and is located at the Church property on Broadway between Gilbert and Stapley. Assistance is needed Mondays – 7:00 AM to 9:00 AM to help with picking up food donations at locations within Mesa and on Tuesday mornings (10:30 AM-12:00 noon) and Thursday afternoons (3 PM to 6:30 PM) to help with food boxes, bagging, pantry help and interviewing the needy. Contact the Parish Office for more information on how to get involved.
The reception for the Kindergarten Celebration is put on by the 1st-grade parents. Contact the 1st grade Room Rep.
Lunch Room Volunteers
Our lunch volunteer group is responsible for supervising during lunch and helping the children as needed. Lunch is served in Presentation Hall. Contact Peggy Brusca or call the school office.
Marketing & Communications Team
This team will assist the school board in developing and implementing the marketing and communications plan designed for the school. Volunteers with the following experience are desired for this team but not required: public speaking, marketing, web development and/or design, graphic design, and communications. Contact Mrs. Conner or the School Board President.
Work alongside a dedicated gathering of volunteers to keep the church ready for others, this involves cleaning and polishing on Friday mornings after the daily Mass. Please contact the Parish Office for more information. 480.964.1719
New Parent Orientation and/or be a Buddy Family
The PTO helps new families adjust to CTK by providing each new family with a buddy family. The buddy families are established CTK families that can help the new family navigate their way through their first school year at CTK. Volunteers are needed to coordinate the buddy families or be a buddy family. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or a PTO member
Assist the front office with copying, typing, filing and stuffing Family Envelopes. Contact the School Office.
Office Help with the Parish
There is a need for ongoing assistance with: scanning of financial and HR records to be retained, weekly money counters and leadership for money counter teams. There are a variety of specific projects that arise. Training is provided. Contact Pam Reid. We have occasional needs in the parish office: stuffing of envelopes, putting together bulletin inserts, placing collection envelopes in the pews, etc. This is another way to help that can be a one time or on-call basis as our needs arise.
Preparation of RE materials
Work with the RE Director to prepare materials for RE classes. Work as a Catechist or an aide in the RE and Atrium classrooms. Contact Mrs. Brender or the RE Office
Remodel project coordinators
Work with the Facility Committee to vision, plan, implement, or work on projects around the parish and church campus. Some projects will require specific talents or training, others will not. Contact the Parish Office.
Parent Teacher Organization – Leadership Positions
The Parent Teacher Organization at CTK is responsible for encouraging community amongst the school families, teachers, staff and parish. There are numerous leadership positions within the PTO that are elected. They include President, President elect, Secretary, Treasurer, Hospitality Chair, Spirituality Chair, Social Committee Chair, and Lunchroom Volunteer Coordinator. Contact parent Maria Zeimet
Playground volunteers are needed during the lunch recess from 11:30 to 12:45 each day. Volunteers monitor the playgrounds and ensure the safety of the students. Contact your Room Representative or the school office.
Room Parent Volunteers – PTO
This is a great way to get to know your teacher and families. Room Parents offer communication to their respective classroom families, organize classroom parties, and help schedule volunteers as needed (for lunch duty, fish fry, etc). They also oversee and organize volunteers for the creation of the classroom basket that is auctioned at the Annual Fundraiser. Other needs vary depending on the grade. Contact PTO President
The annual sports banquet is held in the spring. Coaches and Team Parents coordinate the hospitality and awards. Contact the Athletic Director
St. Nick’s Gift Shop – PTO
This event is where the kids are able to shop in the gift shop for Christmas presents for their families. Volunteers are needed to set up, assist the kids with shopping and wrapping gifts. Contact PTO Gift Shop Coordinator.
The CTK School Board is an advisory board to the principal and the pastor. The board helps develop policy, marketing strategies, and oversees the annual fundraiser. We have numerous subcommittees that include Finance, Marketing and Policy & Planning. Meetings are usually held on Monday evenings. Members make a 3-year commitment to the board and there is an application process. Contact CTK School Board President.
The mission of the Technology Committee is to provide our students with the knowledge and skills to meet the challenges of a changing, global society and ever-advancing. technology-enhanced world. With input from parents, students, staff, the Diocese and community members, the committee focuses efforts to acquire and maintain a positive and productive Catholic learning environment that promotes academic excellence, instills values and provides essential technology resources. Technical skills, as well as able hands are needed. Contact Roy Regalado
Used Uniform Exchange/Sale – PTO
The PTO holds used uniform exchange and sales where you can bring in your used uniforms that your students have outgrown and exchange them. Or you can buy extra uniforms. This sale is usually held twice a year. Volunteers are needed to coordinate, advertise the event and help with setup and cleanup. Contact PTO at UsedU@ctk-catholicschool.org
8th Grade Graduation
The reception for the 8th grade graduation ceremony is primarily put on by the Kindergarten parents. Contact the Kindergarten Room Rep
7th/8th Grade Graduation Dance
Seventh grade sponsors the graduation dance honoring our eighth graders in May of each year. Parents are essential to the success of this annual event for fundraising, planning, decorating, and then tear down following the dance. Historically it has been Seventh Grade parents who run this, but it’s always wise to have participation from upcoming grades to see how this event comes together. Planning starts soon. Volunteer today by contacting the 7th Grade Room Rep
Parish and School Committee Opportunities
Parish opportunities include all the different ministries of the parish that occur outside of weekly Mass attendance, i.e. Parish Council, Finance Council, Buildings, and Properties. Contact the Parish Office