Welcome new and returning Waldron Mercy Academy families!
The tumultuous ride of 2020 continues as we start a new school year. The Parents Association (PA) Board and I are thrilled to be back and are looking forward to working with you and our fantastic faculty and staff on what will be a unique year, to say the least! While the school experience this year may look and feel unlike any other, I think we have all seen in our own lives over the last several months the possibility for community and connection to thrive in new and myriad ways. Whether your student is in-person, mixed model, or distance learner, the PA is here to support and connect the WMA community!
Throughout the year, we’ll be reassessing the formats of our usual events and activities, and if you have an idea for a virtual or socially-distanced event or project-- let us know and we’ll see if we can make it work! We are also always looking for volunteers for our PA subcommittees. Creativity, flexibility, and inclusivity will be our guiding principles this year. While we continue to focus on our children’s academics, we also know that what is special about WMA extends beyond the classroom and our physical building -- WMA is a community of friendship, collaboration, and support, where the Spirit of Mercy extends to our entire school community and beyond into the wider world.
I hope you will join us this year! As always, feel free to reach out to email@example.com with any questions, comments, or ideas. I’m looking forward to connecting with you!
PA President, Parent '23
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, if you would like to shop or have any questions.
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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.