Our parents are committed to the school community, and are involved in many facets of St. Lucy School. Students love seeing and knowing that their parents and families are doing something special at school, and we thank our parents for completing this commitment to making St Lucy Parish School a strong community! Our parents regularly comment that they feel welcome on campus, and that their help is clearly valued by faculty and staff.
Each family is required to volunteer 40 hours per year (20 hours per single parent household) and 10 hours of volunteer service for Pre-Kindergarten families. Many families choose to go well over their requirement because they’re having fun! There is the feeling of “It takes a village” in the St. Lucy School community.
School Advisory Board
The purpose of the School Advisory Board shall be to work with the pastor and principal in establishing goals and defining policies which govern the operation of St. Lucy Parish School, within the guidelines provided by the Bishop of San José and Diocesan Department of Education. The Board functions as an advisory body to the principal on such topics as finance, capital improvements, safety, marketing and strategic planning. Members of the School Board serve a three year term.
Parent Teacher Group (PTG)
The Parent Teacher Group Board was formed to provide dedicated services to enrich the Catholic school lives of students, parents, teachers and school administrators. With parent help and participation, PTG fundraisers raise over $100,000 every year to significantly offset tuition costs. PTG focuses on three main areas to support the school:
- Enrichment Guest Speakers, Teacher Appreciation Lunch
- Fundraising Gift Wrap, Fun Fest, Community Dinners, Gym Signs, Walkathon, etc.
- Communication Kick Off Dinner, Uniform Exchange, Lenten Soup Dinner, Parish Hospitality
The primary function of the Booster Club is to raise funds for the athletic program by overseeing various fundraising events such as the Bocce Ball tournament, volleyball and basketball tournaments, pancake breakfasts and by selling uniform sweats. Monies raised are used to upgrade sports uniforms, replace sports and classroom equipment, and pay tournament fees. All students (not just those in the athletic program) benefit from the activities of the Booster Club.
The Finance Committee is an advisory committee to the principal as a subcommittee of the School Advisory Board. The group focuses on high level analysis of financials in order to ensure that adequate funds are available to cover annual school expenses, provide insight and recommendations in response to unforeseen circumstances, provide assistance to the principal in developing the annual budget and tuition structure, provide expert advice regarding the funding of school program plans and projects determined by the principal, and support the principal’s communication with the school community regarding financial matters as needed.
The committee is chaired by a designated (appointed) member of the School Advisory Board, and membership includes volunteers who have been selected by the group based upon a background in finance, the ability to support the unique nature of the school as a Catholic nonprofit educational enterprise, a philosophical alignment with the principal coupled with a willingness to offer honest feedback and opinions, and an unimpeachable practice of confidentiality with regard to committee discussions.
The Advancement Committee is a sub committee of the School Advisory Board. It meets monthly and consists of a dedicated group of parent volunteers who specialize in marketing, public relations, graphic design, strategic planning, and writing. The Advancement Committee works with the Director of Advancement to help bring news about our school to others, maximize financial support for SLS, and promote the mission of the school through internal communication and external outreach. The Advancement Committee is also responsible for coordinating various activities throughout the year such as Open Houses, Welcome Coffee, and Community Appreciation Day.
The Room Parents work under the direction of their grade level teachers to support classroom activities such as field trips and special events, and to coordinate with the teacher to implement fundraising programs such as the class auction item for Fun Fest.
The Scrip Committee commits to raising funds for the school through the management of the Scrip Program. The profit earned through scrip is used to pay for school operating expenses and helps maintain a low tuition structure.