Get Involved

There are many ways to get involved at Saint Teresa of Avila School! By volunteering at your child’s school, they see that you value their education.  Your help, whether on a weekly, monthly, or ad-hoc basis, sends a positive message that helping at school is worth your time.  

Volunteering at school or parish events will also let you meet fellow students, parents, and staff.  Some volunteer activities can be done along with your child.  

Saint Teresa of Avila School uses (formerly Volunteer Spot) to coordinate assistance.  The school does not require a set number of volunteer hours but we ask you to review what is requested and help as you can.

Volunteer Opportunities

To coordinate volunteers for various activities throughout the school year, the school uses VolunteerSpot.   Signing up with VolunteerSpot gives you an easy way to see how you can help out and allows coordinators to better track who will be coming and when.   VolunteerSpot keeps your information private and will not solicit you in any way.

Click to View Volunteer Opportunities on VolunteerSpot

You can become a room parent, cafeteria helper, playground monitor or more! Fall is time for the craft show, and spring brings field trips and the busy field day.  During July and August, school parents can help prepare for the parish festival. Your children will love seeing you at their school!

To volunteer at Saint Teresa of Avila School, if you will be working with the students, you must apply for Diocesan clearances.  Additionally, clearances need to be renewed every 2 years.

Steps to attain clearance to volunteer at the school:

Complete your registration on the Diocese of Pittsburgh website

  • Visit the Diocese of Pittsburgh website
  • Under “Protecting God’s Children”, select “Safe Environment Database”.
  • Choose a username and password.
  • When it asks where you would be a volunteer, choose St. Teresa of Avila School as your primary location
  • Select and register for a Protecting God’s Children Workshop

After attending the workshop, you will receive a completion sheet.  You will also receive links for two documents to complete.

The documents will be mailed in, and clearances will take 6-8 weeks.

Parents & Teachers Group

PTG Board Members

President: Susan Ciaramella
Treasurer: Brian Weismantle
Secretary:  Tasha Wheeler

PTG Committee Chairs & Members

Assemblies:  Teresa Flaherty, Cathy Haring, Beth Baskinger

Betsy Ann Easter Sale:  Jen Giunta

Bingo:  Laura Taschner

Bonus Bucks:  Laura Taschner

Book Fair:   Rebecca Bopp

Box Tops:  Amanda Kernan

Cafeteria Volunteers:  Jeff Jezerc

Campbell Soup Labels:  Ellen Agostino

Craft Show:  Liz Easley

Hospitality:  Susan Ciaramella, Carrie Lucas

Italian Night:  Liz Easley

Room Parents:  Tasha Wheeler

Secret Santa:  Missy Wozetek, Portia Miller

Social Committee:  Antonette Farrah, Dan McSorley

Spirit Wear:  Jen Baker

Spiritual Enrichment:  Kara Mosbacher

Student Special Events:  Kerri Joyce

Uniform Resale:  Kara Mosbacher

Our annual PTG meeting will be September 16 at 6:30 PM in the library.  We hope to see you there.

During the year, if you have comments or suggestions please contact Susan Ciaramella.

Welcome to the St. Teresa PTG! Every parent of a child enrolled at St. T’s is already a welcomed member of this fun group! You are welcome to attend our meetings, call any committee member with questions and of course to participate in any activity of interest to you! We are a friendly group of parents who have a common goal of making our school a wonderful place to learn, live and grow in our Catholic faith through all of the activities & services we provide. Parents are vital to these items being a success, creating experiences to last a lifetime for students & parents as well. We realize that every parents’ time is a precious commodity and our goal is to ultimately have many helping hands to lighten the load.  WELCOME! WE ARE HAPPY TO HAVE YOU BE A PART OF OUR ST. TERESA SCHOOL FAMILY!

Many school families work together with the Saint Teresa of Avila School PTG to create great events that our children enjoy and that help the school.  PTG is involved in a lot of school activities! Look at what we have going on and please join us.  Time commitments vary, and we’d be happy to have you involved.


Assemblies committee is responsible for organizing and scheduling school assemblies appropriate for all grade levels. This committee also handles the Shop n’ Save receipts which help contribute financially.


Bingo is a fundraiser held once a week on Thursday evenings at the school.  The Bingo Coordinator solicits school families to work the Saint Teresa of Avila Parish Bingo.  Workers assist in the kitchen serving snacks and drinks.

Book Fair

The Book Fair is held once in the fall and once in the spring.


Volunteers help out in the cafeteria and during recess from 10:45 A.M. – 12:30 P.M. daily.

Catholic Schools Week

The theme for the National Catholic Schools Week 2016 is “Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service.” Schools typically observe the annual celebration week with Masses, open houses and other activities for students, families, parishioners and community members. Through these events, schools focus on the value Catholic education provides to young people and its contributions to our church, our communities and our nation.


The largest fundraiser for the parish, volunteers work with parish-led committee to staff booths during a week in August. Funds raised from the flea market at the festival go toward the Angel Fund tuition assistance program.

Field Day

An end-of-year celebration where students participate in a variety of outdoor athletic activities.

Fish Fry

During Friday nights in Lent, volunteers work with parish-led committee to cook, serve, and clean.   


The Hospitality Committee organizes refreshments for Open Houses and coordination of volunteers to assist in the faculty Christmas breakfast, Administrative Assistant Day, food donations for teacher luncheon during parent/teacher meetings, and any faculty retirement/recognition needs.

Open House

Volunteers are needed for three open house events to meet prospective families and lead tours of the school. The EMT also helps with recruitment and marketing.

Room Parents

Room parents run the classroom parties (with other parent helpers) for celebrations throughout the year.

Secret Santa Shop

The students love to attend our Secret Santa Shop every December where they can purchase small gifts for family or friends. Volunteers help students choose and wrap gifts, and act as cashiers.

Social Events

Social events, such as the Fall Hayride and Winter Skate Date and family nights out at Monte Cello’s and Sir Pizza are organized for the entire family.

 Uniform Resale

As children outgrow their St. Teresa uniforms and spirit wear, they can donate them to the uniform consignment.   Other parents can then purchase this clothing at periodic sales held during year.

Various Fundraisers

Various fundraisers are held throughout the school year to pay for school field trips, school supplies, school improvements and teacher and staff appreciation events.

School Committees

Mission Statement

The mission of the Saint Teresa of Avila School Advancement Council is to communicate with and engage our constituents in order to foster relationships as leaders, ambassadors and investors of Saint Teresa School. By providing information to alumni, parents, grandparents, parishioners, business leaders and friends, the Advancement Council encourages the involvement of the school’s constituents and the greater community for the purpose of meeting the current and future needs of Saint Teresa of Avila School, and to build the Kingdom of God through Catholic education.

 The Saint Teresa Advancement Program is a strategic and integrated approach to advancing the mission of the school. Advancement…

  • Is centered on the school mission
  • Focuses on building relationships
  • Offers long-term, sustainable support for the school

The cornerstone of the Advancement Program is the Second Century Fund, our annual giving program. The Second Century Fund provides tuition assistance, helps to finance facility improvements, and contributes to the overall operating budget of the school. We encourage you to support St. Teresa School through the Second Century Fund! You can make a donation at any time via PayPal.


How to Get Involved

If you believe in the mission of Catholic education, we invite you to share your time, talent, or treasure for the ongoing success of St. Teresa School. Current and former school parents, parishioners and alumni who would like to ensure that St. Teresa School remains vibrant for its second century are encouraged to email Sr. Karen Brink, OSB, principal, or call the school office.


Core Components of Advancement

Strategy and Operations

  • Constituent Relations (donors, alumni, school families, prospective families, parishioners, grandparents, etc.)
  • Communications/Branding
  • Strategic Planning
  • Research
  • Stewardship
  • Volunteer Management

Revenue Components

  • Second Century Fund (annual fund)
  • Grants
  • Special Events
  • Major Gifts/Planned Giving
  • EITC

2016-17 Advancement Committee Members

Sr. Karen Brink, OSB, Principal

Gretchen Cetti

Gretchen Cetti
Marcy Davis
Michael Downey
Joe Frank
Erin Karsman
Georgiann Schaefer
Joann Zagorski

The Enrollment Management Team and Public Relations/Marketing are subcommittees of the Advancement Committee.

Mission Statement

Our history began many years ago under the name Charitable Committee. We focused on donations to various causes. We evolved to become the Service Committee and focused on service initiatives, which led to our school officially including in the Middle States plan a need for additional meaningful activities involving our students and families. We have now grown into the Spiritual Enrichment Service Team. Today, we see our ministry going beyond actions—the doing just because it is a good thing—to making connections and understanding that what we do as individuals, a student body, and a school family truly can enrich the mind, body, soul, and spirit of those we touch and of ourselves.

Our goal has always been to help our school make a difference in someone’s life or situation through some activity, whether it be sending a smile via cards, serving a meal, or bringing awareness and action to issues facing those less fortunate or those experiencing hardships. Our goal is to make connections and to learn from one another what it means to be the Body of Christ.

Our hope is to raise the bar when it comes to putting our faith into action. The call is to be active! Now is the time to lay the foundations for a long-standing relationship with volunteerism. No better is the reward than to hear a student say how good it felt to help someone or for them to realize that they really are the hands and feet of Christ through which they can do good. Our students, both young and old, are continuously being ambassadors for Christ and learning that in giving, they receive . . . rewards that are intangible.

Our Activities

Make a Lunch for the Homeless, Red Door, St. Mary of Mercy Church

  • 160 lunches
  • Students make/pack a lunch for the recipients of the Red Door Lunch Program during Catholic Schools Week (or other times): PB &J with fruit, snacks and drinks in decorated bags.
  • Different grades perform different tasks.

Halloween Treats for the Homeless – Red Door, St. Mary of Mercy Church

  • Student donation of candy from their own bags for distribution (carload amt. of generosity)

Baby Bottle Campaign, Pregnancy Care Centers

  • Baby bottles filled with spare change/checks – student or family donation for local centers

Rosalia House for moms and moms-to-be and their children (Catholic Charities of Pittsburgh)

  • Baby care items, cards of support and congratulations, small token a mom might like

Respect Life Certificates, Balloons and Collages –  student display of written statements on the importance of respecting life

  • Life certificates and collages, pink and blue cutout paper balloons lining the halls

Shoes (and Coats) for Appalachia

  • Gently worn shoe collection to benefit Fr. Beiting’s Mission in KY
  • 6 years, close to 5,000 pairs of shoes and 100s of coats collected over the span

Lenten Projects

  • Good Deed Bead construction – St. Therese the Little Flower
  • CANSTRUCTION – artistic expression building w/ donated canned goods and local distribution
  • G.A.S.P.  Themes – what’s it mean (Good Deeds – Almsgiving – Sacrifice – Penance)

World Hunger Awareness Day, Ash Wednesday – RICE BOWL PROJECT

  • Lenten Kickoff – students participate voluntarily in a witnessing act of solidarity against hunger. A lunch of a scoop of rice, piece of white bread, 2oz. cheese, and a cup of    If packing, students are asked to pack a less bountiful lunch.

8th Grade Day of Caring Visit

  • Light of Life Missions, Jubilee Soup Kitchen, Red Door and St. Joseph’s House of Hospitality

Class of…Tee Shirt Fundraiser for Fr. Scott Seethaler Mission

  • ST. TERESA LIGHTING THE WAY on the front
  • CLASS OF with all first name signatures of that specific class on back              

Catholic Charities (Diocese of Pittsburgh), Refugee Program

  • House wares/linens/bedding/toiletries, Child & SM adult-sized sweaters, jackets, coats, gloves/hats

 Bulk Head Banners – use of school bulkhead in main hall/others for monthly/seasonal messages

All School Rosary

Buckets/Cleaning supplies for Haiti disaster

Resident BingoVincentian Home

  • Voluntary service to aid residents in marking cards/playing bingo/awarding small prizes (15 total max students, 6-8 graders)

 St. Cyril’s Food Bank

  • Emergency donations: canned fruit, canned soups, Ramen noodles, tuna, soap products, etc.
  • Service volunteers, 1x/month, set-up, organize, stock tables & pack client grocery bags (5 volunteers)

Veteran’s Day Service Program                                                                                          

  • Invitation to any student family member, relative, or friend of family who served or serves to a program honoring these brave men/women – vets and active. Students assemble to sing patriotic songs, honor veterans and those serving currently, and presentation of a thank you scroll to each service man/woman in attendance.

Friendship Bracelet Making – goodwill for soldiers overseas to share with children

Soldier Care Pack overseas – cards, cds, sm games, mag, flip flops, etc

Valentines for Veterans

St. Nick’s Day Student Project

  • Students cut and decorate a paper shoe outline with sayings, pictures, words, that depict helping, sharing, or caring (things like St. Nicholas) and leave cutouts out on desks over weekend in hopes St. Nick will leave a small treat. According to legend.

Christmas CarolingLittle Sisters of the Poor

  • “Gift of Song” voluntary performance (all grades – 30+ volunteers)
  • Students bring residents to performance and escort them back to their rooms.

 Christmas Toy Drive – Genesis House

  • Collection of gently used and new toys by school students (3 van loads)

Book Drive Catholic Charities of Pittsburgh – (Thanksgiving or Christmas) gently-used children’s books chosen from their own collections for recipients

Santa Breakfast/Easter Bunny lunch – Oaxaca Mission (Mexico)

  • Voluntary student service to aid in crafts and where needed at breakfast and/or lunch

Love Walk – 1 mile Sunday in February Sacred Heart Parish – Shadyside 2pm Mass w/ Bishop.

  • Participants carry donated food, infant clothing and baby formula they brought to East End Cooperative Ministries soup kitchen. Shows hardships of homeless who carry their possessions.

Athletic Shoe Drive & Scarves, Hats, and Mittens Collection for the children of Greene County

  • New athletic shoes, winter accessories (as above), and monetary donations collected

 Won’t You Be My Neighbor Day?

  • Honoring the values & work of Mister Fred Rogers by celebrating what it means to be a neighbor!

 How to Get Involved

Our plan is to grow our group by inviting parents to accept our call to become part of an important and rewarding team. The extent to which individuals are able to participate is up to them. We meet monthly to share ideas and plan activities/projects but also communicate through email regularly.  We are excited and believe everyone has great ideas to contribute as well as prior experiences to share that will only help make the Saint Teresa experience more complete.

Spiritual Enrichment Service Committee

Kara Mosbacher, Chair
Cathy Haring
Leah Lindenfelser
Susan Noker
Kathy Tonery
Missy Wozetek