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Parent Involvement Program

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Parent Involvement Program (“PIP”) is a program designed to involve our families in daily school activities. Every family is required to volunteer their time for the benefit of the school at a minimum of 8 hours per child; 16 hours for families with two children, and families with three or more children have a maximum requirement of 20  per year. All hours must be completed by the end of the school year.  PARENTS WILL ENTER THEIR OWN PIP HOURS ON THEIR PARENTSWEB ACCOUNT. To enter your hours:

 
  1. Sign in to your ParentWeb account.
     
  2. Click on “family” information on the left.
     
  3. Highlight your name and go to the service hours tab.
     
  4. Click “add service hours” at the top and it will take you to a screen where you can enter the date and number of hours.
     
  5. There is a drop-down menu where you can choose a category for the type of volunteer activity where you have logged hours. There are only a limited number of categories available, so choose the closest you can find and fill in the “Note” field to add more specific information.
     
  6. Click “Save.”
For those unable to meet the yearly requirement, PIP hours may be exchanged for a $20.00 per hour cash donation payable to the OLPH Annual Fund. 
However, it is not our desire to turn the PIP program into another fundraising activity. We are seeking family participation, which not only helps to make the cost of Catholic education more equitable but allows more of our community to participate in our mission of “Academic Excellence in the Sacred Tradition”.  Research shows that when parents are involved,  schools improve and student performance increases.
A list of activities that qualify as service for the PIP program is available in the registration packet. Opportunities may also come from the teachers, and parents will continually be made aware of opportunities through emails from the Development Office. Your child’s teacher is always an excellent source of information. Make plans to meet with your teacher at an open house or a parent-teacher conference to see how you can help.
Some opportunities include:
  • Become a member of the School Committee’s sub-committees such as finance, facilities, curriculum, and technology.
  • Offer services that are not currently available to the school.
  • Share your field of expertise as enrichment to students i.e. career day or teaching a middle school elective class.
  • Put your gardening skills to work by helping to keep our Nature's Place Outdoor Classroom maintained.
  • Chaperone field trips & activities such as dances, field days, etc. during the day, at night, and weekends.
  • Attend Home and School Committee meetings—1 PIP hour earned for each. Get involved with a fundraising event such as the OLPH Fall Festival, Paddy & Pints or other fundraising activities.
  • Work from home entering Coke Rewards Codes, clipping Box Tops for Education, or other tasks.
  • Join the school Booster Club; Help out with Basketball tournaments and with other sporting events.
  • Assist the Athletic Director by volunteering time to coach, work in the concession stands, collect gate money, be a scorekeeper or help maintain the facility.
  • Bake or cook for a bake sale, or help plan and cater special events like Teacher Appreciation Week and Grandparents' Day.
  • Help plan and execute  dances, graduation, or First Communion receptions.
  • Act as a Homeroom Parent, or assist them with class parties and other events
  • Mentor or tutor students during school or after school, as a classroom helper or take things home to work on. (Virtus training required for on-campus activities.)
  • Volunteer time in the teacher workroom making copies and preparing tests and other projects requiring collating and assembly.
  • Work as a library assistant helping to shelve books.
  • Watch the Friday Fanfare for the P.I.P. Corner: Announcements for needed help from our teachers. This is a prime opportunity to help when it is most needed.
  • Volunteer for monthly duties with a church cleaning crew.
  • Organize a group of parents to work on the school grounds to help with landscaping, pruning bushes, planting and maintaining flower gardens, etc.
  • Substitute for a teacher who is attending on-campus professional development.
A word about Virtus:
What is Virtus training, and why does the Diocese of Knoxville require it before I can help with some in-school projects?
The word Virtus derives from Latin and means valor, moral strength, excellence, and worth. The Virtus program assists the Church in being a safe haven for children and a messenger for preventing child sexual abuse within the Church and society in general.*
Virtus training is available on an ongoing basis throughout the Diocese of Knoxville. The 3-hour course entitled “Protecting God’s Children” is offered in seminar format, and schedules are posted regularly in the East Tennessee Catholic. More information about Virtus training can be found on the Diocesan website www.dioceseofknoxville.org, and www.virtus.org.
*Source: www.virtus.org

Virtus Training

 
In order to volunteer in the classroom, chaperone a field trip, or work in any other capacity where you are working with or in the presence of students, the Diocese of Knoxville requires that you be Virtus trained. For more information on Virtus training, go to www.virtusonline.org.
CLICK HERE to register or to see the list of upcoming sessions
You will need to search on ” Knoxville, TN (Diocese)”
In addition to the certificate showing completion of the 3-hour Live Training Virtus class, the diocese requires volunteers to fill out and submit the following forms: