Gesu Parent Teacher Organization

All parents and faculty members of the school are members of the Gesu Parent Teacher Organization.  P.T.O. Meetings are held on the second Monday of each month at 8:15 AM in the Sacred Heart Room at the Madonna della Strada Pastoral Center.  Communications from the Gesu P.T.O. are emailed home each week through the Constant Contact system.

Members of the P.T.O. are involved in many different facets of the school. The P.T.O. Board  lists a variety of volunteer opportunities at the beginning of the school year to enlist the help of parents in activities that take place during school, after school, and on the weekends.  Online sign-up is encouraged through the weekly Constant Contact communication system.

The PTO sponsors select fund raising endeavors to provide a variety of enrichment opportunities for the children at Gesu.  The P.T.O. also sponsors activities for Gesu families which are intended to build relationships within our school community.

Room Parents

Early in the school year the P.T.O. determines volunteers to serve as room parents for each homeroom.  These parents work with the classroom teachers to prepare for a variety of events.  Our volunteers help the teachers communicate with other parents to procure holiday treats, arrange celebrations, and help families in time of need.

The list of the room parents is published in the P.T.O. Directory which is published in the early fall.

Volunteer

Each year the PTO invites Gesu parents to sign up for a variety of volunteer positions.  Some positions involve a one-time commitment whereas others are longer in scope.  Gesu School also asks for volunteers to help in the library, cafeteria, playground and more.

In order to do all we can to keep children safe, Gesu Parish and School complies with the requirements of the Virtus Program. This program seeks to safeguard our children by educating school and parish staff, volunteers, and parents. Please refer to PTO forms for more information.

If you did not respond to the request for volunteers at the beginning of the year, then it is still not too late to join.  Early in January, is an additional request for volunteers to help with events in the second semester.  Contact PTO Presidents, Kim Bigelow and Mary Beth Soeder, or Assistant Principal, Mary Carol Jones and let us know how you would like to help.

Volunteer Requirements

Protecting God’s Children™

Information for Volunteers Serving the Youth of Gesu Parish

 

In 2004 the Diocese of Cleveland began implementing Protecting God’s Children™, also known as Virtus, a program aimed at the prevention of child sexual abuse. This program seeks to safeguard our children by educating school and parish staff, volunteers and parents about ways to prevent sexual abuse, methods of properly reporting suspicions of abuse, and the proper way to respond to allegations of abuse.

In order to do all we can to keep children safe, Gesu Parish and School comply with the requirements of the Virtus Program.  Thank you for your generous service to the families of Gesu.

The Gesu Parish Staff:

For the purposes of Protecting God’s Children, a volunteer is anyone who interacts with youth more than once a month and/or more than four hours a month.

Examples include (but are not limited to): Cafeteria Aides, Playground Monitors, those who routinely assist in the Library, Art Room or Technology Lab, Coaches, Team Managers, Scout leaders, Children’s Liturgy of the Word volunteers and PSR teachers.

Volunteer Requirements

The following information must be submitted to and approved by the Gesu Parish Business Manager or Gesu Principal before an individual will be allowed to serve in parish/school activities involving minors:
1. Volunteer Application Form. Submit completed application to parish office.
2. Personal References – All volunteers must provide contact information for 3 personal references on the Volunteer Application. The parish will contact your references.
3. Virtus Training Certification – verification of your attendance is sent directly to Gesu after you have completed this three hour training.

For information about where Virtus training sessions will be held and to register, click here.

Once you have completed the Virtus Training, you will receive periodic email lessons which you will need to read. These are very brief articles which require answering only one question. A record of your ongoing progress will be kept with your files.

4. Background Check – Please contact the Gesu Parish Office (216) 932-0617 to obtain information about the requirements for your fingerprinting and criminal background check.
5. Acknowledgement Forms – Return forms to parish office to acknowledge that you have read the three required policy booklets.

Diocese of Cleveland

Policy for the Safety of Children in Matters of Sexual Abuse

published June 2016

You will find the Acknowledgement Form at the end of the document. Print that page and return.

Gesu Parish

Guidelines for Adults Working with Youth of Gesu Parish published September, 2004

You will find the Acknowledgement Form at the end of the document. Print that page and return.

Diocese of Cleveland Standards of Conduct for Ministry published June 2016

You will find the Acknowledgement Form at the end of the document. Print that page and return.