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Room Mom Ideas

Prepping for your Back to School Room Mom – Teacher Meeting

Are you planning on being a room mom or room parent this year?  Congratulations!  Back to School time lays the groundwork for planning out a fun and exciting year with the teacher (as well as nailing down exactly what to expect when it comes to your room parent duties).  Don’t miss our staple know-hows from our Essential Room Mom Check List:

  • Teacher Contact Information: How you prefer to be contacted by the room parent & by the other class parents
  • Class Parent Communication: 
    • Creation and/or distribution of class roster/contact list following school communication policies
    • Is there a class web page, online group or facebook page?  Who keeps it up to date?
    • Policies/expectations for onging communication with parents
    • Click here for sample Room Mom Letters to class parents
  • Parent Involvement/Volunteer Needs:

    • Ongoing parent support needs: weekly table-time helpers, readers, science lab & materials prep, recess supervisors etc
    • One-time parent support needs: field trips, parties, special days (e.g open-house, career day, talent show)
    • Special talents needed: E.g. music, gardening, animals, cooking that parents might like to share with the kids or in volunteer roles
    • At-home involvement needed: E.g. Class project prep, organizing field trips, class website
  • Materials and Supplies:
    • What do you need that you would have to pay for out of your own pocket?  Can parents help? E.g. kleenex, antibacterial wipes, art supplies, dry-erase markers, glue
    • Tip: create a no-date online signup sheet on VolunteerSpot to ask for donations of materials and supplies.
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  • Class Party/Celebration Dates and Plans:
    • How many?
    • Who plans (teacher or parents)?
    • Food requirements (healthy or sweets)
    • Allergy considerations
    • Timing and activities/games/crafts
    • Special ‘treat’ days & recognition parties
    • School celebration policies
    • Poicies about photographing or videotaping kids
    • Tip: Don’t sweat class parties. Use an online signup sheet to ask parents to help with party stations and to bring supplies.  See class party planning tips in the Room Mom’s survival guide.
  • Class Calendar

    • Create a paper and online calendar of all events and volunteer needs for the year
    • Tip: Ask parents to sign up to help at the start of the year for ongoing support and class events throughout the year. It’s much easier to make commitments in September than it is to recruit parent helpers in May when parent schedules are extra busy.

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