Roles of a Room Parent

1.       Establish a rapport with the teacher.

It is important to establish a good relationship with your teacher at the beginning of the school year. Set up a meeting to speak with the teacher. Find out if there are any specific needs in the classroom. This might include school supplies, materials for special projects, volunteers, assistance with copying among many other things. Ask the teacher to fill out a “Getting to Know You” questionnaire. This will be helpful when recognizing the teacher’s birthday and celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week.

 

2.       Introduce yourself.

Introduce yourself right away to the parents of other students by sending a letter home (approved letter can be found on our PTSA website under the Room Parent Resource tab). Let them know that you are the Room Parent and reassure them that they will be called upon to volunteer in the classroom. Let them know that there are many ways that they can contribute to the classroom's success. Some of these may include sending in supplies, volunteering their time and raising funds for the classroom.

 

3.       Make a Class List.

Make a class list and distribute it to the parents. Gather a list of telephone numbers and email addresses of the students in your class and put together a classroom directory. If your teacher prefers to do this, that’s ok.

Create a group e-mail list that gives you the ability to promptly forward e-mails to all parents within your classroom, when needed.   When emailing groups please make sure you use the BCC line when sending all emails.

 

   4.    Communicate!

When communicating with teachers, please be considerate of their time. Many teachers prefer setting up an appointment. E-mail is another great option for communication. Most teachers will let you know the method of communication they prefer. Classroom needs are constantly changing. Make sure you speak with your child's teacher regularly to meet the classroom's changing needs.

 

   5.       Support Your Teacher.

Since this is the "meat" of your job, we have created a special section on this topic. Click   on the "Support Your Teacher" link on the left side of the page.