Welcome Waldron Mercy Academy families!
After the unusual 2020-2021 school year, we are thrilled to be back in-person and together this fall! We especially welcome the new families and look forward to including you in our community. We are also excited to see each other, especially those who were virtual or hybrid (and all the parents who haven’t been on campus in what seems like forever!).
The Parents Association’s mission is to build community. WMA is a community of friendship, collaboration, and support, where the Catholic faith and Spirit of Mercy are alive in our school and our families, and extend beyond into the world around us. We have events for kids, parents and families. Please consider volunteering. The more, the merrier! There is a role for anyone interested and we are always interested in new ideas.
Last year, we started some new events that we will continue, such as Winter Wonderland. Of course, we are planning old favorites as well, like Bingo, Parents’ Quizzo, and the Linvilla Hayride. Our PA meetings will be held in-person and via zoom. I look forward to seeing you at the Back to School Picnic!
As always, feel free to reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions, comments, or ideas.
Maryellen Feehery Hank
PA President, Parent '23 and '25
Promote collaboration, communication & cooperation among the WMA parents, faculty and administration;
Actively encourage and coordinate parental aid to WMA faculty & administration in developing spiritual, academic, creative, emotional and physical growth of Waldron Mercy Academy students;
Provide an opportunity for parents, faculty and administration to share ideas, information and talents, and to listen and share in an atmosphere that is open and encourages collaboration;
Enhance the reputation of Waldron Mercy Academy in the community; and
Assist and promote Waldron Mercy Academy's athletic program and other sports related extracurricular activities.
GRADE COORDINATORS & HOMEROOM PARENTS
AID TO FACULTY
This committee organizes and runs our monthly Grab 'n Go event, which is held once a month after Community Gathering. Grab 'n Go events feature coffee and refreshments and are a wonderful way for members of the WMA community to meet and talk. Committee members may also be asked to assist with Open Houses and other functions throughout the year.
MERCY OUTREACH & FAMILY-TO-FAMILY
This committee organizes families to prepare and serve dinner to the men residing at St. Columba's shelter in West Philadelphia. This committee also responds to Waldron Mercy families during times of need by providing meals, transportation, childcare, etc. They also organize and run MLK Day of Service, the WMA Giving Tree, and the Thanksgiving Food Drive
MUSIC & PERFORMING ARTS
This committee organizes parent involvement with musical theatre and the choral music program at Waldron Mercy throughout the academic year. Whatever your interests or talents may be, such as costumes, sets, ticket sales, refreshments, there is opportunity for involvement.
SCHOOL STORE / SPIRIT WEAR
The Parents Association is proud to run the Waldron Mercy school store. The store offers the latest athletic apparel for students, parents and faculty, as well as accessories like duffel bags, jackets and magnets. Spirit Wear can be used on any gym uniform day. The school store is located in the lower level and is open every morning from 7:30-8:05am, or by special request. Spirit Wear is also sold at many school events, including the Back to School Picnic, Homecoming and Winter Carnival. Please contact Suzanne Mullen, email@example.com, if you would like to shop or have any questions.
MORE PARENT ASSOCIATION LINKS:
Several times a year, parents of first, second and third graders attend math classes from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. to help with the students’ math explorations. Guided by parents, students work in small groups and “explore” different math concepts with the use of manipulatives and games. Please note that signing up does not guarantee specific Exploration dates. We will do our best to accommodate all requests.
Under amendments to the Pennsylvania State Child Protective Services law, all teachers, staff, administrators, contractors, and volunteers who come into contact with students must obtain criminal background checks and child abuse clearances from the FBI, Pennsylvania State Police, and Department of Human Services every five years.
Beginning July 1, 2015, any adult applying for an unpaid position as a volunteer responsible for the welfare of a child or having direct contact with children needs clearances. This law affects all of our parent volunteers who come to school to help with classroom parties and activities, Math Explorations, chaperoning field trips, helping with the school musicals, etc. Any parent who could potentially be left alone with a student will have to obtain background clearances.
The following clearances are needed:
Pennsylvania Child Abuse Clearance – no fee
FBI Fingerprints– $27 fee, required if a parent-volunteer has not been a Pennsylvania resident for the past 10 years. Service code for volunteers is 1KG6Y3
In accordance with Pennsylvania Law, no volunteer who would be responsible for the welfare of a child or have direct contact with children would be permitted to do so where the department has verified that the applicant is named in the statewide database as the perpetrator of a founded report committed within the five-year period or if an applicant’s criminal history record information indicates the applicant has been convicted of an offense listed in 6344C (see link above).
Please provide a copy of all clearances to WMA. No parent will be permitted to volunteer in the school in any capacity without the proper clearances and paperwork on file at the school. Please understand that we are not trying to deter parents from being involved in the school life of their child, rather, we are abiding by the law and helping to create a safe environment for our students.