The PTO is the Parent Teacher Organization at La Salle Academy. The PTO partners with the school to provide some of the extras our students enjoy! PTO hosts many of the socials held in conjunction with LSA family events. Here are some of the fun events PTO is involved with:
Halloween – this event includes fun snacks, a parade complete with goblins, ghouls and ghosts! Parents welcome!
Holiday Shop – Each December LSA PTO hosts a Holiday Shop and Santa visit at La Salle. Students can shop for family members, friends and even pets at Holiday Shop. Most items are reasonably priced ($1 to $3). Students enjoy shopping, wrapping and visiting with Santa at this fun event. Volunteering at the Holiday Shop is a great way to get into the Holiday Spirit!
Catholic Schools Week Social at Open House – Each year in January, Catholic Schools throughout the country celebrate Catholic Schools Week. At La Salle, we kickoff this week with an Open House on Sunday. The PTO provides snacks for the social and may be involved with other events during the week as requested by LSA staff. Additionally, La Salle activities include Science Fair, Book Fair, Hoops & Jump Ropes for Hearts, a Penny Walk and other fun activities during Catholic Schools week. La Salle welcomes current families to invite a friend considering LSA to events like Open House.
Fun Fridays -Each quarter the LSA PTO hosts a “FUN FRIDAY.” These designated Friday afternoons include fun activities such as movies, game stations, ice cream treats, dances, bingo, art and music activities! We have also incorporated assemblies with visitors such as bald eagles, police dogs, and inspirational people! If you enjoy being creative join us for a PTO meeting and help with a Fun Friday!
In accordance with the guidelines of the Diocese of Allentown protocol, any parent or volunteer who plans to volunteer at school events as well as PTO events needs to attend the Protecting God’s Children class. Upon completion of the class please submit a copy of your certificate to the LSA office. Click here for more information on Protecting God’s Children.
FUNDRAISING – PTO fundraising efforts contribute to many activities and benefit the La Salle students. Fundraising efforts may vary from year to year. Past efforts have included crab cake sales, nutroll sales, raffles and events such as bingo.
There are many ways to become involved in the PTO at La Salle. The PTO coordinates volunteer homeroom helpers for each classroom. Homeroom helpers serve as liaisons between teachers and parents as class events occur. Monthly PTO meetings are open to all parents and we welcome grandparents. Check out the PTO page for meeting dates. Watch for more details communicated by PTO via email and the weekly take home folder. All parents are members of the PTO by virtue of belonging to the La Salle Community and are encouraged to attend and participate in any way they can.
In addition to volunteering via PTO there are daily opportunities to volunteer at La Salle. Parent and grandparent volunteers are a great asset to La Salle Academy. There are opportunities in the cafeteria, the library and at recess in which to volunteer. Please contact the office to let them know of your interest. Parents are sometimes needed for field trips. You may let your child’s teacher know if you are available. La Salle Academy does require attendance at a “Protecting God’s Children” program in order to work with the students.
*2016-2017 Updated Volunteer Requirements
The United States Conference of Bishops’ Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People mandates that every diocese implement Safe Environment programs for all children, parents, and adults. The principal purpose of this Charter is to ensure a safe environment for the children of each diocese.
Here in the Diocese of Allentown, a number of steps have been taken in order implement these guidelines pertaining to reconciliation, healing, accountability, and prevention of future acts of abuse. Below is a list of the requirements necessary to volunteer at La Salle Academy. Your patience in obtaining the proper certifications in order to keep our students as safe as possible when you volunteer is greatly appreciated!
Requirements for La Salle Academy Adult Volunteers
As of July 1, 2016, the following documents must be on file in the correct format with the La Salle Academy School Office before Volunteering for school or CYO functions may occur. Many of our volunteers from this last school year will need to update one or more of the documents listed below. If you are unsure if all of your clearances are in order, please contact the school office for verification at 610-777-7392.
(Please note: This policy applies to anyone 18 years and older who will be volunteering while minors are present, which includes, Grandparents, Aunts and Uncles, etc.)
THE DEADLINE TO HAVE YOUR UPDATED INFORMATION TURNED INTO THE SCHOOL IS WEDNESDAY, JULY 6TH, 2016 so that we will be able to process and record everyone’s updated information which will include all new volunteers from among those new families joining us in Pre-K, Kindergarten and throughout other grades within the school.
State Required Clearances (will need to be updated every five years)
- #1 Submit a PA State Police Background Check
- #2 Submit a PA Department of Welfare’s Child Abuse Clearance
- #3 Submit the Diocese of Allentown Background Check and Fingerprint Authorization Form.
- Completion Process: Once submitted to the school for processing, an FBI Fingerprint authorization to be finger printed form is generated and sent to the school. The school will contact the volunteer to pick up his/her Fingerprint Authorization form. The Volunteer takes the Authorization form and makes an appointment to be fingerprinted at a fingerprinting location. Once the FBI Clearance comes to the volunteer’s home via Postal Mail, (in approximately 10-14 business days), the volunteer turns in the FBI verification forms mailed to them into the school office to add to his/her file.
- #4 Read and sign the Policy Regarding the Sexual Abuse of Minors acknowledgment form
- #5 Read and sign the Code of Conduct policy acknowledgment form
Free Required Trainings
- #6 Submit a Protecting God’s Children workshop certificate of attendance
- #7 Submit a Mandated Reporting Training certificate of completion**. (3-hour course) The most commonly accepted version can be obtained at the following web address, www.reportabusepa.pitt.edu. However, there is a list of others that may be acceptable. Please bring your completion certificate to the school office for verification.
Motor Vehicle Report – If you will be driving students other than your own child in a motor vehicle for a School Activity.
- #8 Submit a Motor Vehicle Safety Training certificate of completion