I am very passionate about being involved in my kids school. Many years ago, I went to school to be a teacher. I ended up going a different direction from there but teaching is still embedded into my heart. I absolutely love being able to volunteer at my kids school one day a week. I’ve been the reading mom for several years for my kids classes along with the room mom /parent for each of their classes. It’s great getting to know all of the kids in the class so you know who the kids are telling a story about at the dinner table, and fun to have them say hello to you at lunch in the cafeteria. Some people just cringe over the thought of being a room parent, but it truly is rewarding! One of my Kinder’s last year told me that our holiday party was the best party he’d ever been to!
Here are some duties you may be asked to do to help your teacher:
- Stay in constant communication with the teacher
- Communicate with the teacher on classroom needs
- Keep in touch with all of the classroom parents by preparing and sending handouts and/or email messages as necessary.
- Communicate with the parents regarding classroom needs, upcoming class events/parties
- Send volunteer requests for different events (parties, etc.), including PTO/PTSA sponsored events
- Help in the classroom as needed
- Contact parents of new students to welcome them
- Prepare and distribute a class list
- Obtain a profile on the teacher so you know his/her likes and dislikes, birthday, etc.
- Organize class gifts
- Spoil the teacher!
Over the years, I’ve come up with my own forms to send out to the class at the beginning of the year to make contact with the parents and today I’m sharing them with you! I’m attaching the items you need to get started this year. There is a sample letter for you to make contact with the parents to get the class directory started. When you get all of the papers back from the parents, I’ve attached an editable class directory to put in all of the students information. Next there is a cover sheet for your class directory. I made a color sheet along with one that has the graphics in black and white to save on ink. There is also a questionnaire for the teacher to fill out with all of their favorite things that you can send home to the parents along with the class directory. Keep an eye out because throughout the school year I’ll be sharing a bunch more room mom ideas! In return for printing these for free, all I ask if for you to “Like” me on Facebook so you can find out when I add more printables!