Room Parents

Thank you for your interest in being a Room Parent! Helping out in your child’s classroom is a great way to get involved at school. You’re able to get to know the other students in your child’s class, as well as teach your own children that being involved at school is important to you, and in turn, it will be important to them. Many students also get excited when they see their parent in their classroom!

Kindergarten – Grade 4 will have Room Parents assisting in each classroom. These classrooms will have a Room Parent Team, complete with a Primary Room Parent Contact. This person will act as the main communicator with the Teacher.

Grades 5-8 will have a Room Parent Team for the entire grade. Each grade will have a Room Parent Team, complete with a Primary Room Parent Contact, as well as a Primary Teacher Contact. The Primary Room Parent Contact will act as the main communicator with the Primary Teacher Contact.

RESPONSIBILITIES
Each Primary Room Parent should communicate with their assigned teacher to determine their responsibilities throughout the school year. Potential parties/involvement include:

  • Halloween Party
  • Winter Sing Snacks
  • Winter Break Party
  • Valentine’s Day Party
  • Splash Party Snacks
  • Help Teachers coordinate Parent Volunteers as needed
  • Halloween Party
  • Winter Break Party
  • Valentine’s Day – check with teacher, some have parties and other don’t
  • Help Teachers coordinate Parent Volunteers as needed
  • Grade 3: PAARC Test Party – includes lunch
  • Halloween Party
  • Winter Break Party
  • Valentine’s Day – check with teacher, some have parties and others don’t
  • Snacks during Testing
  • Help Teachers coordinate Parent Volunteers as needed

All Primary Room Parent Contacts are asked to send an email to Special Service Teachers (Spanish, Art, Music, Band, Orchestra, Gym, etc) to introduce yourself and let them know to reach out if any help is needed. Teacher info can be found online at www.sunsetridge29.org under Teacher Pages.

BUDGET
The PTO works to collect as many dues from families as possible. To ensure all classes/grades have sufficient funding, collected dues are equally distributed based on class size. Monies will be given to the Primary Room Parent Contact who can determine if s/he wants to keep track of things or pass the duty to another Room Parent. Please work ahead to ration out your Budget – the goal is to use the money during these parties and not send home a gift card at the end of the year. Monies are not to be used toward a teacher gift.

SNACKS/GAMES/CRAFTS
The focus of celebrations/parties should be FUN – not food. Crafts and Games are a way to get the kids enjoying themselves. As a reminder, teachers are in the classroom to help with children’s behavior, not act as a helper for the party. Please make sure you have enough parent volunteers to run a successful party.

FOOD OPTIONS

For the safety of allergies, MFS Room Parents are restricted in the snacks they are permitted in bringing into school. As of September 1, 2016, the ONLY snacks permitted are:

  • Fresh Fruit
  • Fresh Vegetables
  • Dole Fruit Cups
  • Dole Raisins
  • Sun-Maid Raisins
  • Motts Applesauce products
  • Welchs Fruit Snacks
  • Original Cheerios (yellow

SRS Room Parents should consult with their teachers to determine if there are restrictions to what food/beverage they can bring.

Questions for the Room Parent Coordinator

Financial Questions for the Treasurer?