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Parent Guild Committees

St. Mark’s Volunteers:

The success of Parent Guild and school activities and events depends on parent involvement, and we thank you in advance for the gift of your time. Please click on the activities to learn more about the various opportunities. We are always looking for volunteers to help on Parent Guild committees. If you have an interest in a particular committee, please click here to fill out the volunteer form, or email


Scarborough Fair

An annual fall fair (amusements, food, bouncers) for St. Mark’s families in October. This is the Parent Guild’s primary fundraiser of the school year.

Chairperson - Parent Guild Officers

Sub-Committees include:

  • Decorations
  • Ticket and T-Shirt Sales
  • Underwriting
  • Food, Set Up, and Break Down
  • Responsible for attending planning meetings and assisting sub-committee chairperson as needed

Breakfast with Santa

Enjoy breakfast and a visit with Santa on a Saturday in December at St. Mark’s.


  • Plan event
  • Order food
  • Organize decorations
  • Must be available Friday before and day of


  • Attend planning meetings in the fall
  • Set up event on Friday before the event
  • Attend event and work a shift
  • Break down event

Grandparents and Friends Day

A day in which Grandparents and Friends are invited to share a morning classroom visit and chapel service with students. The event will be held in November.


  • Plan and organize the day, including chapel service, reception, food, invitation and logistics
  • Work closely with school administration


  • Assist chairperson in planning and volunteering day of event

Cocktails and Conversations Greeters

Cocktails and Conversations are evenings in the Headmaster's Residence for parents from one or two grade levels. These events traditionally happen in September or October and represent a wonderful opportunity to interact with other parents and learn more about the future of St. Mark’s Episcopal School.


  • Arrive early to Cocktails & Conversations to greet attendees

Father-Daughter Dance

A dance for the fathers or father figures and daughters held in January.


  • Plan event
  • Order food
  • Organize decorations
  • Must be available Thursday before event and Friday, day of event.


  • Attend planning meetings in the winter
  • Must be available Thursday before event and Friday, day of event.
  • Attend event and work food table, photography, or floater
  • Break down event

Parent Education

A group that organizes and promotes speakers, book clubs, and fellowship opportunities focused on parent education.


  • Plan and lead quarterly meetings
  • Organize bi-annual book study and speaking events
  • Work closely with administration and Parent Guild officer for major speaking event


  • Assist chairperson in selecting potential speaking events and book study
  • Attend quarterly committee meetings
  • Volunteer at speaking events

Used Uniforms

A group that organizes, prices and sells used uniforms at annual sales


  • Organize and coordinate summer sales
  • Manage donation sorting process


  • Monthly sorting of new donations
  • Staff annual summer sales

St. Mark’s Spiritwear

The Lion’s Den Spiritwear Store sells St. Mark’s branded clothing and gear available.


  • Select, order and promote items to sell in the Lion’s Den Spiritwear Store
  • Continually assess opportunities for St. Mark’s branded items


  • Monthly staffing of the Lions Den to sell products (Friday from 7:30-8:45 AM)

Parent Angels – New committee for 2015-16

This committee with help care for the St. Mark’s community as needs arrive. This includes celebrating joyous event such as welcoming new babies and assisting families in a time of need.


  • Work with family to gain permission to offer assistance, whether it be creating a meal sign-up or help providing transportation.
  • Gathering volunteers to assist.


  • Assist with providing meals or delivery of meals, sending cards as needed.
  • This committee works on an as needed basis thought the school year.

Helping Hands

Volunteers meet each Wednesday morning at the school to help teachers with cutting, gluing, coloring, and laminating projects.


  • Send weekly email reminder to teachers and committee
  • Attend Wednesday morning sessions


Attend Wednesday morning sessions (for approximately one hour after drop off) to assist teachers with projects

Teacher Appreciation

A group that recognizes and provides monthly treats for staff member birthdays, as well as teacher appreciation treats throughout the year.


  • Coordinate all staff birthday and teacher appreciation efforts
  • Plan teacher appreciation treats


  • Plan and organize at least two treats a year
  • Assist chairperson as needed
  • Assist with Teacher Appreciation luncheon in May

Dads and Donuts and Muffins with Moms

Bi-Semesterly Dads and Students breakfast on the first or second Friday of each month. One Moms and Students event in May in honor of Mother’s Day


  • Coordinate donut or muffin delivery
  • Pick up milk and juice and deliver to school the day before event
  • Schedule volunteers to assist with set up and milk and juice delivery


  • Set up at least twice a year
  • Assist chairperson as needed

Spirit Nights at Restaurants

A monthly family dinner event at a local restaurant, in which a portion of the proceeds are donated to our school.


  • Visit neighborhood restaurants to schedule monthly restaurant nights
  • Create flyers to be posted on St. Mark’s website


  • Assist chairperson as needed with flyers, or restaurant scheduling

Loyalty Programs Marketing

A collection of Loyalty Programs that provide supplemental funding to the Parent Guild.

Organize and promote participation in the Loyalty Programs that provide supplemental funding to the Parent Guild. Loyalty programs include Box Tops, Labels for Education, Randall’s Good Neighbor and Target’s Take Charge of Education.


  • Organize bi-annual box top drives
  • Assess opportunities to increase programs


  • Less than 1 hour a month, preparing Box Tops and Labels for Education for redemption and working on drives

Boo Hoo Breakfast

A breakfast reception for parents immediately following drop-off on the first day of school.


  • Order food
  • Set up event
  • Attend event
  • Break down event


  • Assist Chairperson as needed

Field Days

A collection of annual student Field Days.


  • Coordinate with teachers
  • Manage volunteer schedule
  • Organize snacks


  • Assist chairperson on day of event with snacks or scoreboard

School Hospitality

Help create a welcoming, warm environment at the school by working with administration to help organize and plan Welcome Coffees, any evening events for parents or families, the New Family Ice Cream Social, as well as additional events.


  • Work closely with administration and Parent Guild officers to ensure proper hospitality at school events

Room Parent Liason

Works as a liaison between, Parent Guild and Room Parents. Distribute communication to room parents to provide important notifications as needed.

Middle School Parent Liason

Works as a liaison between Parent Guild and Middle School Administration. Assists with gathering middle school student volunteers for various Parent Guild events throughout the year.


Room Parents

Parent representatives for each class which support Teachers, Administration and Parent Guild through communication and volunteer coordination


  • Coordinate communications and volunteer requests with Administration, Parent Guild officers and Room Parents


  • Under direction of chairperson, provide communications from Administration and Parent Guild to classroom parents

Assist teachers with classroom-specific communication and volunteer needs.

Buddy Family Program

Buddy Families serve as partners of the School helping new students and their families integrate into the St. Mark’s community.

  • Buddy Families reach out to new families and provides them with support, resources, social opportunities, and familiar faces to help foster a living connection to the school.

The Buddy Family assists new families in understanding the significance of school events throughout the year.

Annual Fund Class Representative

Annual Fund Class Representatives contact fellow class parents to encourage Annual Fund participation.

Gala / UnGala Committee

A yearly event, held in the spring, to celebrate St. Mark’s Episcopal School. Typically includes a silent auction.

Chairpersons - Opportunity to Chair


  • Assist Chairperson as needed with event logistics, decorations, silent auction organization
  • Work closely with school administration

Friends of the Library

A group that assists in planning special events in the library and also volunteers during classroom visits

Chairperson and Committee:

  • Volunteer at book fairs, author visits, and other special events
  • Volunteer in the library during classroom visits
  • Assist chairperson as necessary

Fine Arts Friends

Parents volunteering in this area would assist the music, theatre, and visual art areas of the school, and work at the direction of these teachers. Volunteers might be asked to help with behind the scenes work for school musicals, hanging artwork or creating gallery spaces on campus, as well as assistance choral concerts, or music classroom needs. Volunteers can expect to work throughout the year for a few hours a week, and more during peak times.

Where can I help out?

Evening and Weekend Opportunities
Scarborough Fair Sub-committees: Underwriting, Decorations, Setup/Breakdown, Food
Loyalty Marketing Programs
Breakfast with Santa Sub-committee: Event Volunteer
Family Restaurant Nights
Father Daughter Dance

Weekday Opportunities
Boo Hoo Breakfast
Used Uniforms
Helping Hands
Dads & Donuts (set up one Friday morning a month)
Muffins with Moms
Poinsettia Sale
Grandparents and Friends Day
Friends of the Library
Breakfast with Santa Subcommittees: Decorations
Scarborough Fair: Underwriting, Decorations, Food, T-shirt and Ticket Sales
Field Day
Parent Education
Teacher Appreciation

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