What is PAC?
St. Mark School Parent Action Committee (PAC)
What is PAC and what do they do?
The Parent Action Committee of Saint Mark School "the PAC" is a group of parents from the school community who are united in:
- Promoting education and welfare of children and youth in the home, the school and the community
- Developing an environment where St. Mark and the community will work together to ensure that St. Mark students enjoy the best in physical, social and academic educational opportunities
- Providing support to St. Mark School as it relates to providing enrichment and building community amongst its members and students.
Every parent of St. Mark School is a member of this essential committee! The Parent Action Committee is dedicated to facilitating so many of the fundraising and spirit-filled events that sustain and define Saint Mark School! Room Parents help to coordinate the volunteer and service activities at the classroom level to facilitate such events as our annual Halloween Parade, the Lion Olympics (a day of games, competitions, team- and spirit-building), hospitality, Grandparents’ Mass, Mission Night, socials, and more!
PAC volunteers also manage the Auction as the main fundraising endeavor of the School Year. As with other non-profit schools, tuition alone cannot fully cover the cost of expenses at SMS. To help meet the actual cost of education, we rely on a variety of fundraising activities for operating, capital and extraordinary expenses, and for special acquisitions that will enhance the children’s educational experiences at St. Mark School. Our annual auction and The Annual Fund are the only two major fundraising endeavors and are important to the operations of the school.
Parental involvement is essential to the mission and the success of the school. Parents of St. Mark School agree to support the school by participating in endeavors undertaken by the Parent Action Committee (PAC) and by volunteering to assist with these endeavors and projects. Community building is a shared responsibility and one that we embrace and support.
St. Mark School Parents agree to commit to 10 service hours per family to be completed by May 31 each year. St. Mark School prefers that parents be involved in the school, but if for some reason a parent cannot fulfill this 10 hour commitment, we ask for a minimum donation of $100 be made to the school by June 10 of each year.
When and Where does the PAC meet?
PAC meetings are held once a month, on the third Monday of each month. PAC meets in the morning, after drop off, on campus. Locations can vary due to the dynamic nature of our school. Attendance at these monthly meetings is required by all members of the Executive Committee and during planning/execution periods for Committee Chairs. Meetings are open to any interested parents, unless a closed door session is called by the Executive Committee.