What Does A ROOM PARENT Do?
The primary responsibility of a Room Parent is to help your child’s teacher with classroom support and community building.
In a normal year, there is a lot of activity at the beginning of the year with the Walkathon & Silent Auction (WATSA), but this year being a Room Parent should not be a time consuming job, and we expect it will be done from home. And it’s even less work if you share the role among two or more Room Parents per class. The more the merrier! Having a small group of Room Parents helps to divide the work and add to the creativity. It's doable on your own, but more fun and much easier with a group!
Each teacher and grade uses Room Parents and volunteers differently, so please consult your child's teacher for specifics about your classroom. This year we will be more flexible, but here is a general idea of what a Room Parent would do:
Start of school: Room Parents are “Room Leads” on Konstella, our tool for communicating, organizing events, and creating signup sheets. Invite all parents to your Classroom. Sometimes the teacher takes the lead with collecting parent emails and then shares the list with the Room Parents. A brief Konstella training will be provided at a Virtual Room Parent Meeting on Wednesday, September 2nd at 8:00 PM via Zoom.
Teacher Support: Liaise with the teacher, and communicate teacher support needs to the class via Konstella as they arise.
Class/Grade Activities: Create community by coordinating with other grade level room parents to plan grade-wide events or class events (some examples are online pajama storytimes, art walks, etc.)
Parent/Family Support Building: this is up to the class needs, and could include coordinating Zoom/House Party Parent Nights, or other parent/family support activities.
Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week: During this week in early May, coordinate special gestures for your teacher from the kids and parents, such as chalk art displays, virtual cards, and personal notes.
Teacher Gifts: Coordinate a year-end teacher gift from the classroom. Generally this entails some type of memento of the school year (a photo montage, virtual scrapbook, or other gift in which the kids can participate virtually) and a gift card from the class parents.
Thanks for considering being a Room Parent. It’s an important job that makes a huge difference to your child's teacher, the PTA, and most importantly, all our kids!
If you'd like to sign-up, or have any questions
please contact Vinita Alwyn, at firstname.lastname@example.org
and join us at the
Room Parent Meeting on Wednesday, September 2nd, 2020 at 8:00 PM on Zoom.