Parent Participation

The Parent Participation Program at St. Catherine’s is an important and fundamental aspect of our school. It assists in keeping operational and tuition costs down, and enhances the educational objectives, achievements, and experiences for our students. The Parent Participation Program is task-based, giving parents the opportunity to choose a task group that best fits their skills, interests, talents and time.

Parent Participation is not optional, it is a commitment required of all registered families.

COVID Adjustments 2020-2021


Parent Participation for Oct 5, 2020 – Jan 15, 2021


For the first half of the 2020/21 school year, we are requiring families to complete 4-6 parent participation hours by January 15th, 2021. This is a reduction from the 18 hours that are required normally.  Families who do not complete and log a minimum of 4 hours will have their first post-dated parent participation cheque ($400) cashed Jan 31, 2021.  (Please remember, logging hours is the responsibility of each family – you will not be notified prior to the cheques being cashed).

Parent Participation for Jan 16, 2021 – June 30, 2021


For the second half of the year families will be required to complete 18 additional Parent Participation hours for a total of 22-24 hours for the full school year.

The sign-up sheet for tasks is available here.

In an effort to ensure Parent Participation hours cover tasks essential to our school operation, the sign-up sheet will include work in the following areas:

  • Parking Supervision (daily 8-9am)
  • Lunchtime Playground Supervision (daily from 12-1pm)
  • Classroom & Library Cleaning Work Bees (last Sat. of the month from 9am – 12pm)
  • Maintenance Work Bees (last Sat. of the month from 9am-12pm)
  • Classroom Take-Home (pick-up Fri. after school and return Mon, at drop off)


  1. Important Note: Families may only claim parent participation hours for tasks listed on the signup sheet.  If you chose to help a teacher with additional work not posted on the signup sheet, those hours DO NOT count towards your 18 required Parent Participation hours.    
  2. A priority is to ensure that 2 people are on Parking Supervision daily.  This task is essential to ensure the safety of our students.  We will credit families with 1.5 parent participation hours for each 1 hour worked as a bonus to the families committing to this daily task.
  3. Families who complete more than 6 hours between Sept. – Jan. can carry forward additional hours worked (IE: completed 8 hours = carry 2 hours forward)

For fundraising this year, families will not be required to complete 4 fundraiser hours. Please consider directing your support towards the online fundraising initiatives that our dedicated PFA have rolled out this year.

Please email the Parent Participation Administrator if you have any questions, difficulty using the signup sheet or challenges finding a task that works for your family.

We thank you all for your continued support of Catholic education and are proud to be part of this wonderful community at St. Catherine’s!


Frequently Asked Questions regarding our Parent Participation Program. 


Please note that many of the questions relate to our usual program and as such many answers/situations will not be in effect for this COVID 20-21 school year.


How many hours do I need to complete?
What if I cannot commit to all 36 hours?
Who can assist me in completing my hours?
What are the different task groups?
Where do I record my completed hours?
Can I claim extra hours from the fundraisers?
What hours can I claim on a field trip?
How many hours can I claim if I am requested to do a task from the school using my own materials?
What if I am not getting enough hours?
Can I complete hours if it is passed the deadline?
Can I collect hours for work that I do in the summer?
Can I carry my extra hours over to the next school year?
My family is in a crisis situation. Can I get relief from our hours?