What is a classroom parent representative?
The classroom parent representative acts as a liaison between the Friends of SW Charter and the parents in your classroom. The class rep also works with the teacher on things he or she may need in the classroom.
Being a room parent/Friends of SW Charter rep is a very rewarding experience and an excellent way to get to know the parents in your classroom. You can feel great knowing that you are alleviating some of the burden for your teacher.
- Identify yourself to parents by email sent either through your teacher or, if you have one, through the classroom Shutterfly website.
- Let parents know you will be their point of contact for questions and, if you don’t know the answer, reassure them you will do your best to find out! We have many new families this year and they need to know they can turn to you with questions.
- Keep a close eye on your email; Friends of SW Charter will contact you via email with order forms, notices and information to be forwarded to your community.
- Give your parents a heads up that you will be organizing collective gifts for your teacher such as birthday gifts, holiday gifts and an end of the year thank you and will give them plenty of advance notice of how and when to contribute if they are able.
- Let your classroom know, at least one week in advance, when it’s your turn to fill the snack chest. Create a sign up sheet asking for a minimum of three to four volunteers a week to bring nut free snacks in for the staff. The snacks are to be delivered to the office; there is a bright pink treasure chest near the fridge. Perishable snacks or drinks can be put into the fridge, leave a note if you do so the staff knows that they can help themselves! The snack chest schedule is posted on https://friendsofswcharter.com/staff-snack-box-refill-schedule/
- Let your teacher know that you are able to help seek out and organize field trip chaperones, cleaning rotations, returning library books, filling homework folders, filing or copying worksheets. Work with your teacher to identify the best way to notify parents when help is needed.
- Look for opportunities to get your classroom together outside of school. Organize park play dates, plan to go to a Valley Cinema showing together or out to Chapman School to watch the swifts. Ask your teacher if they’d like an end of the year party and help plan that with them.
If you’re interested in becoming a room rep for either Kristina or Sarah, please let them know or contact Christina Cartwright at (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The 2013/2014 Classroom Reps are:
Amanda- Christina M
Mike- JoLea/Melissa A.