The Parents Club is an organization for all moms, dads, and guardians of USJ students. The organization provides volunteer and financial support to our school in many ways – in the classroom and through fundraising. Governed by a Board of Parent Volunteers, we offer assistance in each classroom via room parents and class representatives.
Our major fundraiser, the Holiday Mart, provides a significant amount of revenue that is given directly back to USJ. Through such fundraising, we support USJ's Annual Fund and Technology Fund, Arts Guild, US/MS and Lower School libraries, Boys and Girls State, Capital Campaign, workshops for teachers, and many other areas. The Parents Club also supports teachers throughout the year in various school activities, celebrates teacher birthdays, and observes "Teacher Appreciation Week."
Relationships are important to the Parents Club. That's why we work side-by-side with parents, teachers, and administration through class volunteerism and with other student support groups.
The USJ Mothers Club was created in 1970 to foster relationships and volunteerism among USJ families. We exist to: (1) Promote the academic life of the school, (2) provide an avenue for parents to become involved in the school, (3) volunteer our time and talents as needed, (4) raise funds for tools for a quality education, and (5) promote the school in our community.
The Holiday Mart was introduced to the Greater Jackson area in the early 1970s and has become a well-known annual community event. Growing each year, the Holiday Mart provides a great opportunity for community members to "shop" at the Civic Center from a vast array of exceptional merchants. In 2012, for example, the Parents Club raised $150,000+ and was able to support many USJ needs.
In August 2013, the USJ Board allowed us to change our name to the Parents Club. We wanted our name to reflect that all parents are members of the Parents Club.
This group of parent volunteers serve as the governing body and planning team for all the Parents Club activities and events. The president works closely with the board to ensure that families are aware of special events and campus life activities throughout the year. The Board meets the first Tuesday of each month at 8:15 a.m. in the Middle School Conference Room. Please refer to the school calendar to verify meeting date, time, and location.
Each year, the Parents Club Board appoints parent volunteers to represent each grade level. These individuals attend Parents Club Board meetings and are the direct liason between each room parents, parents, and the Board. The Class Representatives work with the Board to organize and plan school wide events and to communicate the Board's goals and plans to all parents.
Each class, from JInfants to 12th Grade, have room parents that work closely with the teacher(s) to meet the needs of the classroom. Examples of Lower School activities include holiday parties and events, reading with younger students, special art/music projects, teacher birthday celebrations, Teacher Appreciation Week, Fall Festival/Special Friends and Grandparents Day, and coordinating volunteers for Holiday Mart. Middle and Upper School Room parents assist with activities including class trips, field trips, teacher birthdays and Teacher Appreciation Week, proms, special events, end-of-the-year events, and graduation. The room parent(s) work with the class teacher and student parents to plan and organize class events throughout the school year.
For every special event we do, such as the Holiday Mart, there are special people "behind the scenes" to help. Our Project Coordinators or Chairpersons work to organize areas of the events and create teams of wonderful parent volunteers to help plan and work the event.
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