Ronald Knox is governed by a volunteer board of parents who have children enrolled in the school. In addition, we highly depend on all of our parents to be committed and involved by contributing volunteer time, talent and/or financial resources. There are several events throughout the year that require co-chairs to lead in the planning and coordination, however each event does have a committee with more parent volunteers to help the designated co-chairs in either the planning process or day of responsibilities.
Opportunities for Classroom Involvement
Parents have several opportunities to be involved in their child's classroom experience throughout the year. Parents of children in the Primary Program are invited to visit the classroom on their child's birthday, and bring along photos of each year of their child's life as well as a snack to share with their classmates. Other opportunities include sending in flowers for flower-arranging and fresh fruits or vegetables for food preparation by the children. Two times per year, parents are also invited for Parent's Day. This gives children a unique opportunity to share the RKMS experience. Sitting side by side their parents, the children do their works and offer insight on a typical day at school. Additionally, parents are invited to observe their children on an annual basis through our one way windows into the classrooms.
Volunteer Opportunities: Each classroom has one room parent. Their main role is to coordinate parental activity in the classroom. At the beginning of the school year, room parents coordinate the classroom calendars. They also help with classroom communication throughout the year by sending monthly reminders and/or messages from the directresses. Additionally, they are instrumental in organizing the class potluck meals that occur in the beginning of the year as well as any other class get-togethers.
New Family Mentor Program
Volunteer Opportunities: A chairperson works with the school administration to pair new families with returning volunteer families. This is a great way to welcome new families to our school community. To help in facilitating connections and ongoing relationships, the school tries to match families up who might have a similar schedule, live in the same neighborhood, or have children of the same age. They also co-chair the Fall Parent Social with the Fall Parent Social co-chair and send reminders to the mentors throughout the year.
Annual Pumpkin Run
The Pumpkin Run takes place during October and allows families an opportunity to socialize and have fun together while enjoying the beautiful Fall weather. Activities include races, games, and arts & crafts for the children as well as snacks and refreshments for the whole family.
Volunteer Opportunities: Co-chairs secure a local venue for the event, plan the activities and refreshments, and publicize the event within the Ronald Knox Community.
Fall Parent Social
This popular Ronald Knox event takes place each Fall, giving parents an opportunity to meet new parents and visit with old friends. The event takes place in the lovely home of one of our families.
Volunteer Opportunities: A volunteer co-chairs the event with the New Family Mentor Program co-chair. They coordinate logistics, which include identifying a host family and sending out invitations to the Ronald Knox community. They also coordinate food and beverages as well as help set-up before and clean-up after the event.
Sharing With the Sisters
This much-loved event gives the third-year children and their parents the opportunity to interact with and say "thank you" to the Sisters of Christian Charity, who have supported our school since its inception. The retired Sisters reside at the Sacred Heart Convent, just a short walk from our school. The school's music teacher prepares a delightful program of holiday musical entertainment by the children.
Volunteer Opportunities: The chair for this event provides snacks and refreshments for the Sisters and children.
This event is one of the highlights of the year for Ronald Knox families. Parents (grandparents too!) and children gather in holiday attire to share in the spirit of the holiday season. Families are treated to a musical performance by the children enrolled in the Primary program, and the children enjoy the chance to visit with Santa. Children are also given an opportunity to cultivate generosity and compassion by donating a new or gently used toy for our annual Toy Drive at the event. The toys are then donated to the children at the Lloyd Barbee Montessori School, our “sister school”, which is part of the Milwaukee Public School System.
Volunteer Opportunities: The chair for this event helps coordinate the logistics of the event, including decorations, refreshments, and a visit from Santa.
Annual Benefit “Knox Night”
This is a fun night to spend with friends and raise funds to support and enhance the educational resources of our beautiful school and additional training of our amazing faculty. The evening generally consists of food, a live band, and an auction.
Volunteer Opportunities: Two co-chairs and several committees plan every detail of the event from logistics, securing a location/band/caterer to working on gaining commitments of items for the auction.
Teacher appreciation week takes place during the last month of school each year, and gives our families a chance to thank our wonderful Directresses and Assistants for all they do for our children. Different events take place each day of the week, including neck/shoulder massages, small gifts, special meals and flowers.
Volunteer Opportunities: The chair coodinates the activities for the week, including requesting food items from parents for a breakfast buffet and luncheon, purchasing/wrapping small gifts, and hiring a masseuse