Understand the teacher’s needs and expectations
- Meet with the teacher frequently to understand plans and help needed
- Communicate with the teacher on a regular basis
- Stay informed about upcoming school events to help the teacher plan
Communicate clearly and frequently with parents
- Forward emails to the classroom promptly from the teacher
- Compose emails to inform parents of the upcoming events for your classroom specifically (parties, field trips, testing, and celebrations for teacher and aides birthdays)
- Inform parents of all school events
- Inform parents when and how Classroom Funds are being used
Solicit volunteers to help support the teacher, the class and you
- Understand the big in-class projects and celebrations for the year and create teams to accomplish them. You can’t do it all yourself!
- Learn how to create a sign up using the communications/directory platform Fresh Schools
- Be persistent when help is needed! I repeat, you can’t do it all yourself!
Maintain good accounting for funds throughout the year
- Solicit and collect Classroom Funds according to the guidelines set by the APT Board of Directors
- Track all income and expenses for the classroom
- Keep the teacher informed of income and expenses so he/she can plan for projects throughout the year
- Send the income/expense form to the Director of Room Parents twice a year when due
- Don’t pay for your classroom activities out of your pocket. Teachers create the Classroom Support Fund document to figure out what is needed from the whole class to make the year successful. Help your teacher get an accurate number.
Coordinate Volunteers for School Wide Projects
- Communicate with volunteers for Art Masterpiece, Yearbook and the Spring Gala to ensure projects are being completed. If no one has volunteered you are responsible for the project.
- Keep parents aware of volunteer opportunities throughout the school as requested by the APT Board