Support Your Teacher!

 

The majority of Room Parent duties lie within the classroom and revolve around supplying support to the classroom teacher.

 

1.    Organize classroom events and parties and get them on a calendar 

·         Most times, class events and parties are planned by the Room Parents. After discussing the plan with your teacher, you will need to send correspondence to parents requesting help with refreshments, paper goods, crafts, etc. Remember to ask for volunteers if needed. Many parents are happy to help with classroom activities if asked to do so. Don’t forget to send party notices/requests with enough time to get things planned. If need be, send out reminders.

 

·         Each teacher has different expectations. Some will give you a party plan or craft idea laying out all the details for you to execute. Others will await the event as anxiously as the children to see what fun you have prepared for them.

  

·         Remember, when planning a class party or craft, get as many helpers as you can. Don’t try to do it alone.  The other parents want to be involved. If someone has expressed an interest in participating or helping plan a party or craft, please include him or her.  Your phone call may be just the encouragement and confidence-builder that they need to get more involved.

 

·         And don’t forget to request a parent to act as photographer, so pictures can be included in the yearbook.

 

2.    Teacher Appreciation Week 

Teacher Appreciation Week usually takes place in May. This is a great time to let your teacher know how much your class appreciates her or him.  Room Parents coordinate the class efforts for this week. Try to plan something small for your teacher for every day of the week. Ideas will be posted on our PTSA website.

 

3.    Teacher’s birthday 

Plan a birthday celebration for your teacher. The kids enjoy this, and it should be very simple (i.e. cupcakes and a card signed by the kids).  Please see your teacher “Getting to Know You” form to get an idea of what she or he likes.