In addition to the executive committee, the Parents Council is comprised of 12 standing committees which offer many opportunities to become involved at JBS. A brief description of each committee is listed below:
The Annual Dinner & Auction is held in May. 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 the menu. Click HERE for more information.
Volunteers sell books and supplies to students and faculty. Each volunteer works one 2-½ 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.
Parenting Together Programs: Grade-specific presentations/discussions are led by JBS principals and counselors as well as outside professionals. Two parents per class organize two or more meetings per year.
Book Clubs: Parents work with faculty to plan six faculty-led book presentations/discussions per year and a year-long discussion of one book, led by a member of the Counselling & Wellness Department. Parents also work with the librarians to organize a meeting on summer readings.
Health Days for 10th-12th Graders: Parents work with the Counselling & Wellness Department to provide snacks and greet presenters.
Parent-to-Parent Events: Parents coordinate and host evening and educational programs for JBS parents.
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. The faculty sponsor and principal for each class will verify grade-specific jobs and help orchestrate these activities.
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.
This committee organizes the lost & found room and helps students reclaim 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. There are large and small opportunities to volunteer, from chairing a subcommittee to working a few hours the weekend of the event. Click HERE for more information.
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/building and 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, Burroughs Bakery 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 Burroughs Bakery 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.