Parent Participation

School Advisory Council (SAC)

The School Advisory Council is a ministry of the parish school. Its role is to promote participation in the ministry of Catholic education. The SAC consists of no more than nine members. These members are parents and one or two parishioners. The Pastor and the Principal are ex-officio members. There is a three-year term limit for SAC members. Duties of the SAC are as follows: to develop ownership and stability for the school, to offer financial advice, to help develop and defend policy, to serve as a good public relations source, to enable the Principal to spend adequate time as an educational leader, to provide parents/guardians with a voice in their child’s education, to encourage strategic planning. The SAC is responsible for assisting in planning, policy formation, finances, selection of Principal, and development, including public relations and marketing.

The SAC meets monthly. The president prepares the agenda in conjunction with the Principal and sends it out before the meeting. Parents wishing to have an item put on the agenda should contact the Principal.

The School Advisory Council does not function as a grievance board so members should not be contacted regarding your grievances. Discussions and gossip with persons who cannot resolve the issue are destructive to the Catholic school community, and are in direct conflict with the values being taught and modeled for the students.

Final decisions for all school policies rest with the Pastor. Implementation of these policies is the duty of the Principal.

Parents in Education (PIE)

The PIE Committee (Partners In Education) is in place to help with the coordinating of volunteers. Each year there will be one parent for each grade acting as the classroom representative. It will be that parent’s job to coordinate and help with field trips, class parties, teacher appreciation luncheons, family get-togethers to promote school community, art and music education, property beautification and other opportunities that may develop. A $25 per student fee has been established to fund all PIE monetary obligations.


Families must contribute 20 hours of volunteer service to the school/parish throughout the course of the school year. There are many opportunities for such service. Families are responsible for tracking their hours through School Speak. New families will be given log in information at the start of the school year. 

Volunteer Opportunities

There are many opportunities to volunteer throughout the school year. 

The PIE Committee (Partners In Education) is in place to help with the coordinating of volunteers. Each year there will be one parent for each grade acting as the classroom representative. It will be that parent’s job to keep families aware of volunteer opportunities. School Speak email is the primary source for relaying such information.

Fund-Raising projects provide many opportunities for families to complete their required 20 hour volunteer service. The primary fundraising events are the Mardi Gras Ball, the St. Clare Raffle, Swing for the Spirit Golf Tournament, Autumn Wine-Tasting, Fall Book Fair, and Christmas Tree Sale.

Other volunteer opportunities include daily lunch monitors, field trip drivers, assisting teachers in the classroom and during our Christmas Pageant and Spring Concert. As volunteer opportunities arise, families will be notified through School Speak email.

Parents wishing to fulfill their volunteer hours through direct participation with students are required to complete Praesidium training and complete a background check. Background check forms should be completed in the school office. This is at no cost to volunteers. Praesidium training will be offered twice yearly. Dates for training will be scheduled in August annually.

Parents wishing to fulfill their volunteer hours as field trip drivers must complete a driver safety course. This is a 1 hour online course which must be completed 1 week prior to volunteering. Drivers must also provide a valid driver’s license and insurance 1 week prior to volunteering.

We invite you to get involved! Your help really does make a difference!