posted Sep 8, 2016, 5:41 PM by Rebekah Folsom
updated Oct 3, 2016, 2:30 PM by Rebekah Folsom
Here's an example list of what a Room Parent coordinator ~might~ do:
Make a list of which classroom / grade-level parents are available and what their skills / interests are so you know on whom to call and for what
Ask the teacher what their in-classroom needs are, for example:
Do they want established in-classroom volunteer hours?
Are there at-home / off-hour volunteer options (book repair, typing, editing, etc.)
Field Trip volunteers?
Class plays or other presentations that require volunteers?
Would it help if you created a calendar / schedule for volunteers?
Do they want content placed on their grade-level / classroom website?
Email your classroom parents regarding school-wide events:
Staff holiday appreciation gifts (these are gifts for people like the Principal, secretary, librarian, janitorial staff, and non-homeroom teachers like Spanish, Music, Art, etc.)
Spring auction donations
Spring carnival booths or volunteering
Request a classroom parent attend 1 PTSA board or community meeting (these are held every alternating month, September - June - alternating board / community)
Request a classroom parent attend 1 Coffee Chat (these are held monthly right after drop off)
Gather consensus from the teacher / parents regarding any classroom financial / material needs to post on the Teacher Wish List
Organize teacher recognition / holiday gifts / teacher appreciation day, etc.
This might look like a lot, but once you get an email list going and familiarize yourself with who in the room is able to do which services / events, it really supports itself pretty well. However, I do think a shared 2-3 person per-grade role minimum is ideal.