Académie Lafayette room parents facilitate communication between parents and the teacher, school administration and/or parent teacher student organization (PTSO) and support the teacher in needs that may arise.
Room parent responsibilities
This facilitation may vary in different classrooms, based on teacher/classroom needs.
These are the general expectations of a room parent:
Meet with the teacher to discuss the responsibilities.
Send home a letter with children in order to collect the names and contact information of all the parents in the class, if complete information is not provided by the teacher.
Recruit other parents to help in the duty of room parents, i.e., start a telephone chain or maintain an email database.
Meet with other room parents occasionally.
Attend or send a class representative to all Parent Teacher Student Organization (PTSO) meetings.
Distribute information provided in PTSO meetings to classroom families
Organize class parties and events. This may include planning, shopping for, and hosting the event.
Call or email parents to obtain donations of supplies for the classroom parties and events.
Call or email parents to restock classroom supplies (i.e., tissues, pencils, etc.), if needed.
Collect donations for and purchase gifts for the teacher for special occasions. These might include holidays, teacher birthday and/or Teacher Appreciation Day, end of the school year, etc. (This should be done at the discretion of the classroom parents.)
Call or email parents to line up chaperones for field trips, if requested by teacher.
Find volunteers to help in the classroom, if requested by teacher.
Send out reminders, via email, phone, or notes that go home with the kids, about upcoming events, meetings, field trips, and needs for donations or volunteers.
Act as a resource by answering questions for parents new to the school or class.
Solicit donations for the classroom Evening in Paris basket and organize a class project.
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