The Parent Board represents the leadership of the St. Joseph Marquette Parent Club, which is made up of each member of our school community. The Board’s primary function is the development and oversight of the fundraising and social events for the school community. In addition, the Parent Board helps to facilitate communication among members of the school community. The Parent Board meets once a month in the Marquette Library at 7p.m. Each year three new members are elected to the Board to serve a three year term. To facilitate communication, the Parent Board has a mailbox located in the Marquette Building, and any suggestions or questions can be directed there or to the Parent Board email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fundraising is a big part of what keeps tuition affordable at St. Joseph Marquette. Our Parent Board is committed to raising $240,000 annually, and is proud to say that they have accomplished this goal every year. This success would not be possible without the continual support from our families here at St. Joe’s. Not only do these fundraisers help raise money for our school, but getting involved is a great way to meet and connect with other families. Below is a list of our annual fundraisers, their requirements, and the ways you can get involved. More information about each is sent home in the weekly Wednesday Letter, or via OptionC as the dates approach.
Car Raffle (Kick-off in September, drawing in early December)
Requirement: Each student is responsible for selling a minimum of $100 worth of raffle tickets
Win a car for only $5! At that price, these tickets sell themselves, especially if you sign up to sell with the car. Sign-up sheets are sent out in the Wednesday envelope, and there are opportunities to sell tickets early starting in May. Volunteer opportunities include stuffing raffle packets, collecting raffle money Mondays & Fridays, towing the car and separating tickets. There are lots of fun incentives for the kids and you can also earn volunteer hours for selling over the $100 per child minimum.
Fresh Catch Dinner & Auction (November 6th, 2021; Online or at La Salle High School)
Requirements: 4 volunteer hours per family (see Promissory Note for details)
This is the 17th year for our largest annual fundraiser. It is a fun evening filled with great food/beverages, live and silent auctions, a dessert dash & dancing. There are many ways to support this event, including joining a committee, donating auction items or desserts, attending the event, sponsoring a table, becoming an event sponsor, picking up donations, helping the evening of the event, heading up a classroom auction project, etc. Auction planning starts in the Spring, so be sure to look for ways to get involved early!
Magazine Drive (November-December)
This fundraiser and is 100% online, making it easy for out-of-town family and friends to support our school. Magazine subscriptions make great Christmas gifts!
Fish Frydays (First 6 Fridays of Lent)
Fish Frydays take place every Friday during Lent (except Good Friday). This is our 14th year for this fun, family-friendly event that has become something the whole community looks forward to. Fish & Chips or Mac ‘n Cheese dinners are sold and served in the St. Joe’s cafeteria, as well as in the “To-Go Tent” outside. There is also a great selection of local beer and wine. This event requires a lot of volunteer hours to run smoothly, including weekly fish prep, set-up, frying fish, serving food/beverages & clean-up. There are also sponsorship opportunities for local businesses, where their banners will be displayed in the gymnasium all 6 weeks.
Jog-A-Thon (May 6, 2022)
Requirement: Each student is responsible for collecting a minimum of $50 in pledges
This year marks the 46th St. Joe’s Jog-a-Thon. This is the one fundraiser where the kids get to really shine and take the lead on fundraising. Each student collects pledges, either in person or online during the weeks leading up to the event. The day of the event, the entire school heads to La Salle High School, where the kids run as many laps as they can in one hour. There are fun incentives for the kids for both dollars raised and most laps run. The students also enjoy being able to wear their Jog-a-Thon shirts to school, in place of their uniform shirts during the weeks leading up to the event. There are sponsorship opportunities that will get your business’ name on the back of the shirts, and volunteer opportunities collecting money weekly, as well as the day of the event.
Golf Tournament (May)
Last but not least, get a team together for a great day of golf! Lots of wonderful prizes and an incredible dinner afterwards. This event is another great way to get your business recognized by sponsoring a hole.
Once a year in January, all parents are asked to attend a mandatory meeting. The reason for the meeting is to bring all parents together as a community to hear plans for the upcoming school year. Reports from the finance committee, Parent Board, and the Sister Rebecca Berghoff Foundation are given and members are available to answer questions.
The St. Joseph Marquette School Commission is an advisory board that works in collaboration with the Principal to develop policies, along with short and long range plans for the betterment of the school. In addition, Commission members may volunteer to serve on the Finance Committee and/or Personnel Committee. The School Commission meets once a month in the Marquette Library at 7pm.
Meeting dates are set for the third Thursday of each month beginning in August and ending in June (with no meeting in December). Each year three new members are elected to the School Commission to serve a three year term.
The Personnel Committee assists the principal in interviewing, hiring and terminating personnel. Teachers are hired according to the philosophy and objectives of the school, as well as their academic preparation, and according to federal, state, and diocesan guidelines.
The Finance Committee works together for the financial stability of the school. They are involved in the approval of major expenditures. They research and suggest better ways of putting the financial needs of the school before the public. They work closely with the Parent Board officers, who are the chief fundraising group of the school. The Finance Committee also prepares and presents a budget to the School Commission for its approval each year.