Room Parent Guide

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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