Area schools share important dates, ways parents can get involved

As the summer days draw to a close, the thoughts of most students and parents might turn to the school year ahead.

As students begin to prepare for the new year, area educators are offering parents important dates and information on how to get involved so the whole family can eat properly in the new school year.

Jefferson City School District

Start date: Monday August 22

Open House: Open house for high schools, Jefferson City Academic Center, Nichols Career Center, and sixth-graders at both middle schools from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on August 17; elementary school open house is from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, August 18; and the seventh and eighth grades of both colleges are from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 18.

How to Get Involved: Every school in the district provides opportunities for parents, families and the community to get involved. These include parent-teacher organizations, school sports and activities, and other opportunities. To find out how to get involved, parents should contact the school directly. A directory is available at https://www.jcschools.us/Page/9381. The district also has a foundation for those wishing to contribute to grants, scholarships, or other areas of need. The foundation’s website is jcschoolsfoundation.org.

Blair Oaks School District

Start date: Monday August 22.

Open House: The Meet the Teacher party will take place on Wednesday, August 17 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

How to get involved: Deputy Superintendent Kimberley Walters said parents can get involved with the Home and School parent-teacher organization, which allows them to plan annual teacher appreciation incentives, organize extracurricular events and to support teachers and students. Events include Back to School Bash, STEAM Night, Little Ladies Dance, Falcon Fellas Hoopin’ it Up, Family Fun Night, Homecoming Dance, Thanksgiving Dinner, and Eighth Grade Graduation Dance. Elementary meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month and quorum meetings on the last. For more information about the Elementary and Middle Home and School organization, check out the school newsletters, the Home and School Facebook page, or contact Elementary Principal Tara Bishop at [email protected] or middle school principal Tracey Burns at [email protected] For more information on the college home and school organization, see the school newsletters or contact [email protected]

Parents can also get involved with Group Boosters, which raise funds for the group program and meet once a month. Meeting dates are advertised on the group’s website and in newsletters. To get involved, contact Jim Brentlinger at [email protected]

The Choir Boosters support the choir’s program and chaperone trips. To get involved, contact Kari Sullivan at [email protected] or 573-291-1313.

Helias Catholic High School

Start Date: Half-day start for seniors and juniors is August 16, half-day start for sophomores and freshmen is August 17, and first full day for both is August 18.

Open House: Student schedule pickup is 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on August 10 and parents visit classes in the evening at 6:30 p.m. on August 31.

How to get involved: Kristen Boyer, president of the Helias Catholic Parents’ Club, said students and parents who want to get involved can sign up for several events throughout the year. The Parents’ Club oversees concessions, uniform resale, evening dress resale, and poinsettia sales, all of which raise funds for Helias Catholic. For more information, visit heliascatholic.com/parents-club/. Parents can also get involved with the Athletic Booster Club; more information can be found at https://heliascatholic.com/athletic-booster-club/.

Calvary Lutheran High School

Start date: Wednesday August 17.

Open House: Back-to-School Night is 4:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, August 11.

How to get involved: Executive director John Christman said the parent-run Booster Association supports teachers, sports teams and students. The organization covers everything from arts to athletics to graduation. Parents can also offer their skills and gifts as needed when projects arise. To get involved in the booster association, contact Christman at school.

Lighthouse Preparatory Academy

Start date: Wednesday August 17.

Free visit: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Monday, August 15.

How to Get Involved: LPA’s learning model involves teaching in the “central classroom,” or school, on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays and working from home in the “satellite classroom” on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Parents who want to get involved should help students at home by teaching them skills such as time management, work ethic, goal setting and perseverance, said the lighthouse administrator, Karen Crawford. Additionally, it encourages parents to get involved in a sport, fine arts or other activity in which they are good – for example, parents have been involved as volunteers in coaching, teaching and costume design. If a parent would like to get involved in character education, they should contact Dean of Family Ministries JoDonn Chaney and Kirsten Chaney at [email protected] For involvement in track and field or a booster club, contact Athletic Director Rebecca Brooks at [email protected]and for participation in extracurricular activities, contact Dean of Student Life Amy Doolittle at [email protected]c.com.

St. Peter’s Interparochial School

Start date: Wednesday August 17.

Free visit: 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday August 15.

How to get involved: St. Peter’s Facebook page shows that the Home and School Committee has been involved in planning back-to-school events in the past. The church is also holding a block party from 5 to 9 p.m. on August 12 and is looking for volunteers and donations for this event.

Immaculate Conception Catholic School

Start date: Wednesday August 17.

Free visit: 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday August 15.

How to get involved: Principal Heather Schrimpf said parents can help through the Home and School Association, serve on committees, serve in the cafeteria, coach a sport or help with the aftercare program school. Home and school help with events such as open house, first day of school, spring festival, father/daughter dance, mother/son event, donuts with dad, muffins with mom and field day. Parent volunteers are required to complete online “safe environment” training to ensure the safety of students and staff. Parents interested in volunteering should contact the school secretary at 573-636-7680.

St. Joseph’s Cathedral School

Start date: Wednesday August 17.

Doors open: 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, August 11.

How to get involved: The St. Joseph’s Cathedral School website lists a family and school organization. According to the SJCS Home & School Facebook, parents and volunteers have been involved in teacher appreciation events, carnivals, teacher and student treats, lunch service and classroom activities. for more information contact [email protected]

Trinity Lutheran School

Start date: Wednesday August 17.

Doors open: 5:15-6:15 p.m. for new families, 6:30-7:30 p.m. for returning families, Monday August 15.

How to get involved: Principal Jonathan Sprengel said parents can serve as a ‘bedroom parent’ by planning and attending classroom parties and coordinating with other parents for games, activities and food . Parents may also assist room parents or serve as a member of the Monday Treats Committee to provide snacks to staff and teachers each Monday on a rotating basis, normally no more than three times per school year. Parents can also help prepare meals for teachers and staff four times a year (back to school, fall, winter and spring), help as a volunteer in the dining hall, read to a class and help children to browse books in the library, help set up the book fair, and volunteer with SCRIP, which meets a few times a year to process and distribute certificates and orders. SCRIP allows the school to receive a portion of gift card purchases from local retailers.

The school also has a parent-teacher league, which is a collaborative effort to support school activities financially and through volunteer work. A new event this year will be a Student Entrepreneurship Showcase, where students who have started a business, such as making jewelry or soap or selling produce, can show off their products and learn how to run a business. This event will take place in the fall. Parents can find out about participation in this activity and more through the weekly newsletter and other school communications.

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