1. How do I know "what's going on" at St. Catherine's?
Every Tuesday, Sister will write a letter to the parents. In the Siena Scribe, she will put a calendar of events coming up. In our efforts to be "green", these are sent via email. However, if you would prefer a hard copy, simply write a note into the office.
2. How do I get on a committee to try to help volunteer?
You can sign up on the first day of school in the gym. Each committee will have a table with sign up sheets on them. If you miss that day, or feel too overwhelmed, you can simply email the co chairs of the committee that you are interested in helping with.
3. I work full-time, can I still do things to help?
Yes! As everyone knows, there is so much work that goes in behind the scenes, don't let that deter you from getting involved. Many volunteer opportunities (ie: box tops or soliciting donations for the gala) don't require you to be at the school and can be done on your own time.
4. Can I have lunch with my child?
Due to limited space in the cafeteria, we are not able to invite parents or guests to join our students for lunch. However, you are invited to volunteer for either lunchroom or playground duty!
5. Do I need to do anything before I can volunteer?
Yes. TheArchdiocese of Atlanta created a Safe Environment program for volunteers in the Archdiocese of Atlanta. This includes, but is not limited to, school personnel, parish employees, Catholic Center employees, and all volunteers in the Archdiocese.
In order to complete your Safe Environment Clearance, please click on the link below and make sure to complete all the following steps:
Step 1: Read all Safe Enviornment Material
Step 2: Pre-register to attend and attend a live Virtus session
Step 3: Complete & Sign Paperwork
Step 4: Send in all signed forms to St. Catherine of Siena Catholic School
6. Do I need to do anything to get my child prepared for the school year for the school nurse?
Yes, each year every child must get a physical and a doctor to say they are in good health. The Archdiocese Student Health Form 5320 (click here to obtain the form) needs to be filled out and signed by a doctor. This must be completed prior to your child starting school. You will also need to have your child’s immunization forms turned into the school as well. These are forms you can get from your child’s pediatrician. They are the 3231 and the 3300.
7. How do I find a carpool? What does HOV mean?
On the first day of school in the gym, there will be a carpool sign-up station for families that are still in need of finding carpool buddies. If you miss the sign-up station, please simply tell Ms. Franco at our front office. A list of all families interested in finding a carpool will be sent home by the second week of school. Families can use the list to contact other families in need of carpool buddies. HOV has priority pickup after school. If you are carpooling or have 3 or more kids, your children are let out first at dismissal and get to leave the parking lot first.
8. Do I get to help in my child's classroom?
Depending on the needs of the teachers, you can sign up to help your child's teacher at the Back to School night. Also, the room moms will keep you informed of upcoming events and things you can send in to help the class.
9. Is there a program for before/after school care?
Yes, it is called Snack N Yak. It starts at 7:00 a.m. in the morning (enter by side entrance of gym) and ends at 6:00 p.m. in the evening.
10. Is there a hot lunch that the kids can buy, do they have to buy?
Yes, there is a hot lunch served everyday. Hot lunch orders will be placed online (https://chefadvantage.orderlunches.com). Students are welcome to pack lunches daily as well.
11. If my child forgets his/her homework, lunch, or P.E. uniform, can I drop it off?
You can drop off the lunch and coats and these will be delivered to your child. As an effort to teach personal responsibility, homework or P.E. uniforms can't be dropped off for students in 2nd grade and up.
12. How do I find out about clubs/sports that my child can participate in?
As different seasons approach, Sister will send out all of the information in the Siena Scribe for different activities your child can participate in.
13. How do I know my child's academic schedule (tests, projects)? How do I know what my child is studying each week?
SCS uses an online class webpages to assist parents in monitoring their child's studies, schedule, and in some cases, even grades. Your child will have a personal page where you can view available information. You will be given a login and password information to access it at the beginning of the year. Some teachers will also send home a weekly packet with graded assignments and tests for parents to review.
14. Where do I get uniforms? How do I know the amount of items to buy, and what I will need?
There are two approved uniform stores for SCS students- Academic Fashions in Woodstock and Uniform Depot in Kennesaw. Both keep a list of all required uniform items. If you are interested in speaking with a parent before you buy, please contact your SCS buddy who can help guide you in stocking uniforms that are right for your lifestyle and budget.
15. Is there a way to purchase previously owned uniforms?
Yes! We have a large uniform swap sale each year on the second to last day of school. There are two smaller sales in the fall and spring to fill in with seasonal change uniform needs.
16. What fundraisers can I expect to be required to participate in?
At SCS there are NO required fundraisers. Our largest fundraiser is the yearly auction held in the spring. Other fundraisers include the Fun Run in the fall (where children get sponsors and run laps), Wingo Bingo, and Book Fair.