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Parents Association 

Greetings WMA Families.

The start of a new school year is upon us and we couldn’t be more excited. This year will be filled with an abundance of activities and events for students and families to enjoy!

Please see below for some important information to help you navigate the school year as it pertains to the Parents Association:

Parents Association Meetings: PA meeting dates are posted within the school calendar, so please check the website for the most up to date information. Meetings will be held in-person, with the option to Zoom offered occasionally. Links to those Zooms will be sent out prior to the meeting via email.

A monthly newsletter will be sent out from the Parents Association highlighting the previous month's happenings, upcoming events, and volunteer opportunities to keep you informed.

PA Committees: Most events run by the parents are organized through one of the following Committees:

Aid to Faculty

Athletics

Clothesline/School Store

Events

Hospitality

Mercy Outreach

If you are interested in joining a committee, please reach out to me at parentsassociation@waldronmercy.org.

In addition, keep an eye open for numerous opportunities to participate (or volunteer!) at events such as Bingo, Homecoming, St Columba’s Dinners, Trunk or Treat, Linvilla Hayride, Quizzo, Winter Classic, Spring Fling, and many more.

Clothesline Uniform Swap: At several PA events throughout the year, you will find gently used uniforms and spirit wear (WMA athletic wear) laid out for the taking! Clothesline is a "give or take" offering - so take what you need and donate good condition items for the next family's use. Clothesline will be available at the following events: Back to School Nights, Homecoming, Winter Classic, and Spring Fling.

Other Ways to Connect:

1. Join the Waldron Mercy Parents Association Facebook Page! Our meetings, events and news will be shared on this page as frequently as possible so please join to stay connected!

2. Email me directly at parentsassociation@waldronmercy.org.

I want to personally extend a very warm welcome to all of you as we enter into the 2023/2024 school year. I hope to see you at upcoming PA meetings/events!

 

Warmly,

Michelle Newcomer

PA President, Parent '24 and '28

PARENTS ASSOCIATION

OBJECTIVES​

  • 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.

COMMITTEES

Math Explorations

Math Explorations

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.​

Parent Clearances

Parent Clearances

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:

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.

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