In addition to the executive committee, the Parents Council is comprised of 12 standing committees, and offers many opportunities to become involved at JBS. A brief description of each follows.
ANNUAL DINNER AND AUCTION
The Annual Dinner and Auction is held each spring. The evening brings together JBS parents, faculty, and staff. The Auction committee organizes a "low-key" silent auction where the emphasis is on fun vs. achieving a specific financial goal. The Dinner subcommittee organizes volunteers to help with invitations, publicity, table decorations, programs, set-up/clean-up, entertainment and planning the menu. The evening ends with a brief meeting of the John Burroughs School Association. Click HERE for more information.
Volunteers sell books and supplies to students and faculty in the bookstore, as well as cookies, supplied by all parents at JBS (once a year per child). Each volunteer works one 2½ hour shift per month. Volunteering in the bookstore provides a great way to meet the kids and feel connected to what's going on at school. Click HERE for more information.
The Family Network promotes communication and the exchange of ideas on adolescence and parenting among JBS parents. Programs focus on family relationships, teen development, peer and academic pressures and substance abuse prevention. Subcommittees include:
Parenting Together (aka Brown Bags/Coffee Connections): Grade specific presentations and discussion for parents. Typical speakers include JBS principals and counselors and outside professionals. Two parents per class organize two or more meetings per year.
Book Clubs: Parents work with faculty to plan six book presentations/discussions per year and with the JBS counseling department to schedule an ongoing monthly book discussion. The parents also work with the librarians to organize a meeting on summer readings.
Health Days: For 10th-12th grades. Parents work with the counseling department to provide snacks and greet presenters.
Parent-to-Parent: Parents coordinate and host evening and educational events for JBS parents.
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Although not a standing committee, the grade chairs coordinate activities for their respective classes. Two sets of parents are selected to serve as chairs for 7th, 8th, 9th, and 10th grades. Three sets of parents are selected to serve as chairs for 11th and 12th grades. Activities vary depending upon the class represented. The faculty sponsor and principal for each class will verify grade-specific jobs and help orchestrate these activities.
This committee provides food and decorations for faculty/staff appreciation luncheons or events throughout the school year. The first luncheon is held in August, the week before school begins. In the spring, the committee provides food and decorations for the Parents Council Luncheon/Annual Meeting. In addition, Hospitality provides breakfast or treats once a month for the faculty. This committee provides a great way for parents to let the faculty and staff know how much we appreciate their dedication!
INTERNATIONAL STUDENT EXCHANGE
This committee helps to oversee the hosting process at Burroughs and promotes cross-cultural exchanges within the Burroughs community. Volunteers plan and organize international week events that culminate in an International Dinner in March, and support the JBS international student club. While hosting is not required of this committee, hosting opportunities (both short and long term) are offered to members before being made available to other JBS families. Six to eight meetings are held during the year.
Volunteers assist the library staff in a wide variety of jobs, including processing books, repairing and shelving books and magazines, computer input, and bar-coding. Training is provided. Volunteers generally work a 2-3 hour shift during the school day once a week or twice a month, but hours are flexible. Click HERE for more information.
LOST & FOUND
This committee organizes the Lost & Found Room and helps students reclaim lost or misplaced books, supplies, and clothing. Volunteers work from 7:45 to 8:30 am (timing is flexible) on their assigned mornings. Click HERE for more information.
This long-standing Burroughs tradition brings the JBS community together and provides the greater St. Louis community with the opportunity to shop for bargains at a 500-family garage sale held in the spring. Subcommittee chairs oversee sorting, bake sale, clothing, books, restaurant, cashiers, raffle, plant sale, etc. In the week preceding the sale, JBS students experience many fun-filled activities (daily assembly raffles, snow cones, and cotton candy to name a few). The busiest time is one week in April — from Saturday Move-In to the following Saturday Sale Day. Four full committee meetings are held.. Click HERE for more information.
STUDENT PARTIES AND ACTIVITIES
Committee members provide ice cream during book sale days in August and work with students to organize the Blue & Gold Picnic and the Blue & Gold Dance in the fall. This committee also secures chaperones for on-campus student parties and events, such as Movie Night, Commons Café, and Dance Marathon.
SUMMER OPPORTUNITIES FAIR
Each year, parents and students from Burroughs, MICDS, and Whitfield work together to sponsor this event, which provides the St. Louis community with information about summer educational, recreational, leadership and volunteer opportunities. The Fair's location rotates among the three schools. Click HERE for more information.
Committee members create interest in and provide assistance for the performing, visual and practical arts at JBS. Committee members assist with set design and building, publicity, create t-shirts, place fliers around town to boost sales, and sponsor pre-show receptions and concession sales for selected events. Click HERE for more information.
Held the weekend before Thanksgiving, Unique Boutique features the sale of quality gifts, fine art and hand-crafted items. Parents coordinate several JBS booths (Café, Holiday Plants, Incredible Edibles and Signatures). Subcommittees include admissions, decorations, marketing & public relations, set up & take down, treasurer, volunteers, and more. Volunteers can attend Signatures crafting parties throughout the fall, help Incredible Edibles by baking on your own or attending an organized baking party, wrap baked goods at school the week of the event, and work 2-hour shifts the weekend of the event. All are welcome to attend and shop!. Click HERE for more information.