St. Paul School Room Parent Job Description
What is the job of a Room Parent?
You are the main conduit of communication between the teachers and parents. You will interact with the teacher, on a weekly basis, to determine what classroom messages need to be sent to the parents. You will also send school-wide messages to your parents, as requested by the lead room parent. You will help to organize events for the classroom. You do not have to do everything by yourself, but you do need to find the parents to help. You will also help the PTG disseminate information about volunteer needs and try to rally the parents in your class to help. Even if parents volunteer for 10 minutes, it all helps the children in the end.
What am I in charge of Organizing?
You will organize any celebration events that the teacher would like to have for any of the seasons or celebrations throughout the year. Once you find out what the teacher would like to do for the celebration, you will recruit other parent volunteers to send in items and help serve if necessary.
You will most likely also be asked to help the teacher with recruiting volunteers for field trips, science fair, or the spring carnival both your classroom runs. To make your job of keeping parents in the loop easier, the lead room parent will provide you with the email addresses for the parents in the class. This list is to be used only for those in the class and only for class purposes or helping to round up volunteers. Don't forget to include the teachers in your emails. Check and see which parents may need to have paper notes to be sent home - we don't want to leave anyone out. Some Room Parents organize group gifts for the holidays and the end of year This is up to you and the class (If you're stumped on what to get, most teachers love gift certificates.)
Remember that all information and observations about the children and parents are confidential.
What should I do first?
If your teacher filled one out, there is a form from your teacher that lists some of their preferences for birthdays, celebrations, etc. Completed form or not, I recommend talking with your teacher so they can provide specific information about her/his preferences regarding parent participation. When meeting with the teacher be sure to do the following:
- Set the dates for teacher-requested classroom parties, if possible (so you won't be surprised when the teacher asks you for assistance during the year).
- Ask the teacher to keep you informed of any new students in the class and any who leaves so you may update your mailing list.
- Determine if any children have a special diet. (For example, food allergies or diabetes.)
- Find out what kinds of snacks the teacher would like to serve at the celebrations.
- Find out how much parent participation the teacher would like at the celebrations.Do they welcome any parents who want to come or do they prefer only one or two parents to serve?
- Find out what time the teacher likes to do special celebration snacks.
- You may want to talk about including a craft or a game.
- Is there anything else my teacher expects from me?
- Most teachers love volunteers, but it will vary among teachers. Some teachers like to do a special birthday snack once a month for all the children who have had birthdays that month and may ask that you coordinate that with parents.Teachers may need help with stuffing the student folders.While you are in the classroom don't forget to bring your camera to capture some classroom memories.These pictures can make a great year-end gift to give the teacher.Your teacher may also appreciate help in soliciting for supplies. Be sure to ask.
Some things to keep in mind:
Celebrations and Birthday Snacks are snacks, not necessarily parties. Some teachers let the atmosphere be more relaxed. Respect the teacher's preferences. Focus on the children and the children's needs in the class. Include all children in your planning. Include the teachers and the classroom assigned staff members when serving snacks. They enjoy treats too!!