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Viking Parents' Organization

Viking Parents' Organization

Mission Statement

The VPO is a social and volunteer organization. The VPO serves as a resource to the SJCP community under the direction of the Head of School, Will Knotek. Parent involvement is an important and beneficial part of school life. The VPO sponsors events, and offers volunteer opportunities to promote fellowship, pursue interest, and share expertise with the SJCP community. All SJCP parents and guardians are automatically members of the VPO and are welcome to attend the quarterly VPO leadership meetings.

VPO COMMITTEES

The VPO has established committees to help support the efforts of enhancing the SJCP community. The committees are open to all parents/guardians/grandparents etc. as we are soliciting volunteers to help in any capacity. Committee members are able to participate in all or just a part of the planning and organizing, volunteering at events, or donating whether it be monetarily or providing items needed.

PARENT SOCIAL COMMITTEE

Committee Chair: TBD

Parents will take the lead on organizing social adult gatherings. These will mostly consist of informal gatherings for parents to get to know and support one another. A few examples are gathering for Alive at Five in downtown Frederick, Happy Hours at local restaurants or bars, and possibly a couple on the SJCP campus throughout the year. If you like to plan parties or gather people together this is the committee for you! If you are interested in hosting a gathering please let us know by completing the interest form.

VIKING HOMECOMING WEEK

Committee Chair: May-Lin Adams & Kate Clark

Parents will play a supportive role with Head of School, Will Knotek’s guidance on Homecoming spirit week in supporting the SGA for class competitions throughout the week and preparing for Homecoming. Some projects planned this year are class hallway decorating competitions, class banner competitions for the Homecoming Parade and car preparation for Homecoming Court prior to the game. If you have artistic talent and school spirit we would love to have you join us.

SCHOOL HOSPITALITY

Committee Chair: TBD

Parents will provide or set up refreshments and/or play a role as a warm welcome to new visitors and current families at different events per the request of the school throughout the year. i.e. Opening Mass, Senior Mass, Back to School Night, Grandparent’s Day, New Student Orientation, Holiday themed gifts for the students or assisting in preparing for other events throughout the year.

END OF YEAR CELEBRATION

Committee Chair: TBD

Parents will organize an end-of-the-year celebration. The goal of the event is to bring the community together for games, prizes, celebrate our athletes, arts, and music students and other items. The event is to be similar to the 2021 Finish Line Fair held in June 2021.

CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK

Committee Chair: Patty Scherer

Parents will coordinate with SJCP a serving event for the week and work to formulate a plan to highlight this special week for our SJCP community. There will be a special day to focus on our STUDENTS with a special treat for them, a special day for our STAFF & PARENTS, and a special day for our school to SERVE the community together. Stay tuned for more details if you are interested in assisting and planning this special week please contact the committee chair.

SCHOOL BEAUTIFICATION

Committee Chair: TBD

Our parents play a supportive role in the care of our campus. This team will assist with curb appeal by keeping fresh the gardening planters, decorating the school for the holiday seasons, and other items in need to bring warmth and beauty to our campus. If you are interested in seasonal decorating and gardening please let your committee chairs know.

TEACHER APPRECIATION

Committee Chair: TBD

Throughout the year VPO plans to provide special treats and positive encouragement with small gestures, special refreshments, and other gifts at various times and the holidays in order to thank and encourage our teachers and staff. This committee will also assist in organizing our special Teacher & Staff Appreciation Week, providing a gift/snack each day, and a large luncheon one day of the week. If you enjoy hosting and encouraging this is the committee for you.

SENIOR SEND-OFF / GRADUATION

Committee Chair: Patty Scherer & Kate Clark

Celebrating our Seniors and their families is a very special time at SJCP. Graduation week is full of celebration and the VPO will support with special decorating for the Senior Dinner held off-campus and for the Graduation Ceremony that takes place on campus. This committee will be organized by Freshman, Sophomore, and Junior parents.