DO GOOD THINGS FOR KIDS
Please direct all questions to Monserrath Trujillo, Room Parent Coordinator
It is our goal to have at least one room parent for each class. The room parent works closely with the teacher to coordinate classroom volunteers and special events through the year.
A general room parent job description is outlined below. Please note that the job responsibilities vary with each teacher and grade level. Generally, room parenting needs at the higher grade levels are much less than in the lower grade levels.
If you like to be a room parent volunteer please contact Monserrath Trujillo. The Room Parent Coordinators will compile a list of available room parent volunteers for each classroom in place early in September. A Successful Room Parent:
- Meets with the Teacher* and other room parents to establish the needs of the teacher
- Coordinate with the teacher for important class dates: field trips, special projects, class parties and communicate with parents about these things with approved communication*
- Checks in with the teacher to see if they are getting sufficient volunteers in the classroom
- Plans (or follow the teacher’s plan) and communicates with parents regarding class parties
- Encourages parents to attend school events by PTA as this strengthens our educational community
- Partner with PTA and communicate with parents for Teacher Appreciation Week in May
- (optional) Coordinate optional donations* for class gifts at holidays/teacher birthdays/end of year/teacher appreciation week
- Downloads the school calendar and contacts onto their phone or has a link on their computer
- Is accessible to other parents in the class.
Room Parents should request a Room Parent Meeting with the teacher.
Suggested Topics to cover when meeting with Teacher:
- What parties and classroom events you will be responsible for (dates, time, length)
- What/how many activities and/or crafts you should prepare for
- What food the teacher prefers (they have experience with what works)
- Are there any children with food allergies
- Give your teacher an opportunity to express his/her expectations
- Share any ideas you may have for the upcoming year.
- Ask what is the method the teacher will be using to solicit classroom volunteers and how you can help with recruitment
*Class parties: Usually classes have 2 to 3 a year, speak with your teacher directly to see what they have planned and how you can help.
- All sheets that go home must be a) approved by the teacher and/or come from our pre-approved flyer templates off the PTA website but if you are contacting parents directly via email, that does not need to be approved.
- If you need with translating into Spanish and English, write to Juana Alverez our Community Liaison
- Include the School Calendar to send reminders for important dates.
Teacher Appreciation Week
- Coordinate with PTA plans regarding daily gifts, teacher posters/door decor, arrange for your classroom poster to get put up and taken down before and afterwards, coordinate extra treats/gifts for your teacher (optional).
- Never make families feel like they are required to give money to the school. This is against the law. All donations for parties, gifts, events must be optional and the wording must make this clear on any flyers sent home. If you are collecting for a group gift, PLEASE consult the Teacher's Favorites List.
*Promote PTA and ALL events to the families in the class