It’s official… the 2020-2021 school year is upon us!
We are changing things up a little bit and have some fun, new things for this year. Like all of you, we are hoping to return to campus and be together again. We also want to say ”Thank You” for all of the help and support you gave last year! We didn’t get to do everything we planned due to COVID-19, so we really want to make this upcoming year extra awesome.
What is the Parents’ Guild? All parents are members of the Parents’ Guild. The St. Luke’s Parents’ Guild serves the school in many important ways by providing volunteer and financial support for the school and students. Member volunteers plan and lead some of our most special days of the year.
This year’s committees include:
1958 Day and Annual Fund: 1958 is an important year for St. Luke’s because it is the year we had our first ever academic school year. We started with a small group of children in a kindergarten class and then blossomed into the school that we are today. This committee will help with decorating for 1958 Day, helping with fun activities that day, and helping to encourage annual giving throughout the year. Annual giving is our biggest fundraiser of the year. Without these funds, we would not be able to make St. Luke’s the amazing school we are today.
Auction: The Parents’ Guild Annual Auction is an evening event that combines great food, music, and unique live and silent auction items. You won’t want to miss this evening of fun, fellowship and fundraising. It may look a little different from previous years, so if you love to plan parties this is the committee for you!
Bayou Bash and Top Shark Cook-Off: Bayou Bash is St. Luke’s largest annual event and one of our most successful fundraisers. It is a fun-filled day of fellowship, food, and games for the entire family, and it’s not unusual to see St. Luke’s faculty, alumni, and parishioners joining in on the fun. Bayou Bash will surely be one of your child’s fondest St. Luke’s memories! We are adding a new, fun element this year…a cooking contest.
Homeroom Parent: As the Homeroom Parent for your child’s class, you will be the liaison between the teacher and the other families in your classroom. You will oversee the classroom sign-up list of volunteer opportunities for your child’s class, help delegate the organization of activities throughout the year and purchase the teacher’s birthday and end of year gift.
Teacher Appreciation Week: This committee organizes and implements special recognition from students and parents to the teachers and staff for their dedication and hard work. Sample activities could include breakfasts, coffee bars, snack stations, personalized gifts and luncheons. We have amazing teachers and staff… join this committee and tell them how much you care!
Gumbo-to-go: Every Friday during Lent, families can order seafood gumbo and rolls to-go for dinner. This committee will help with promoting the sale of gumbo orders and distributing orders on Fridays.
Meals-on-me and staff birthdays: This committee will work largely with our guidance counselor to coordinate meals for St. Luke’s families and staff in times of celebration, loss, or sometimes “just because”. Additionally, this team will help with staff birthday gifts.
Shark Shop and Used Uniforms: Our Shark Shop has St. Luke’s logo items for sale such as hats, tees, and sweatshirts as well as shark-related goodies and spirit items. Used Uniforms offer gently used uniforms, all under $10. This shop is open throughout the year and this team will work in the shop.
Grandparents’ Day: Grandparents and other Grand “guests” are invited to visit the campus for this special St. Luke’s event. Honored guests begin the morning with refreshments and a video of our students’ cherished moments before visiting the students in their classrooms. This day takes involvement from the entire Parents’ Guild, but we need a committee to help us plan the day.
Moms’ Night and Dads’ Night: These are great nights to join other St. Luke’s Moms and Dads for fun evenings getting to know each other better. This committee will help plan socials to foster relationships between St. Luke’s parents.
Open Houses: Each fall, we have open houses for families that are interested in attending St. Luke’s Episcopal School. This committee will be working with our Admissions Director, Barbara Simmons, to help prepare for the Open Houses, welcome families, give tours and help with follow up outreach.
Father-Daughter Dance: This committee will help with decorating for the dance, assisting with refreshments, and selling tickets.
Virtual Events: New this year, we are adding a committee to help plan virtual events. In this period of social distancing, we still want to be a St. Luke’s family. Do you have some ideas for virtual events? Have you done some virtual events in the last few months that were fun? Virtual 5k? Virtual golf tournament? Virtual Bingo night?
Parent Pool: Maybe you just aren’t sure if you are ready to join a committee and that is okay! Parent Pool is for parents that want to volunteer but not on a specific project. This parent pool will be contacted when we need some extra hands on deck, or if we have a special project that has come up that needs volunteers.
Below is the sign-up for the committees. You can sign-up for one committee or multiple committees. We know you have busy schedules, and we appreciate your willingness to volunteer your time. Let’s make 2020-2021 the best school year ever!
Mary Raines – Parents’ Guild President
Shea Needham – Director of Advancement