What is a Bowman Room Parent?
Room Parents are an essential part of the Bowman Parent-Teacher Association, supporting teachers and linking the school community. Being a Room Parent does not mean you have to be in the classroom or at Bowman all the time. Most of the work involves relaying information to the class and coordinating parent volunteers, both of which can be done by phone or email.
Typically most classrooms have one Room Parent who is the primary liaison to coordinate and communicate with the Teacher and PTA and several other Room Parents to assist with activities throughout the year.
The following is a typical list of responsibilities to be shared among all Room Parents. The specifics will need to be agreed upon with the teacher.
- Assist classroom teacher with the following:
- Class Parties
- Class Email and phone list
- Coordinating Classroom volunteers as needed
- Coordinating Field Trip Chaperones as needed
- Organize a Fall parent social event
- Keep families informed of Bowman activities
- Coordinate one class project for Teacher & Staff Appreciation Week in the Spring (such as cards, bouquet, etc.) for your classroom teacher
- Coordinate one class raffle basket to benefit Bowman PTA
- Collect classroom donations for class needs and gifts
If you are interested in getting involved or have any questions, please contact the PTA Room Parent Coordinator, Justine Cohen, at email@example.com or simply click here to print out an information sheet and sign up form.
The following is an example of what you may expect for the upcoming year:
- Meet with your Teacher
- Your class Room Parent volunteers meet
- Send Welcome/Information Letter from Room Parents
- Collect Class Contact Information/Volunteer Sign-up sheets and class donations
- Compile Class Roster & Distribute to Class
- Welcome New Families to Bowman with Personal Note as needed
- Plan/organize Parent Social event
- Use Class Funds for Classroom Holiday Gift
- Plan/Assemble Class Basket for Fundraising Raffle
- Recruit volunteers for Teacher Appreciation Lunch
- Coordinate end-of-year Teacher Gift
- Click for info on Lexington Education Fund STAR (Staff Teacher Appreciation and Recognition) Awards.
Throughout the Year:
- Initiate emails/phone requests for volunteers (in-class, field trips, BBY, etc.)
- Organize Class parties
- Send out monthly email updates to keep Class informed and excited about what’s happening at Bowman
- Keep Class Roster updated and distributed as new students arrive or changes occur
- Keep Class updated on spending of Class Funds on materials, supplies, etc.
For more helpful information, tools and templates for Room Parents, click here.
BECOME A ROOM PARENT
For more info please contact firstname.lastname@example.org