"the info is helpful
"11/10/09 I'm sorry you felt unappreciated with the amount of work you put
forth in your child(rens) school. Welcome to the profession of teaching I
rarely feel appreciated from anyoe, especially parents. 11/26/09
Welcome to the profession of teaching, spending $85 out of my own pocket
to do a project is common, I probably do it on a weekly basis."
"Very good article. At the beginning of each school year it is great to make a list of things to accomplish with the school. Check your list several times a month to make sure you are on track.
Also, when possible band together with other parents and volunteers. Share ideas freely, and accept criticism as a means to improve your performance.
I especially like the idea of coordinating work online
12/4/2007 and 11/20/2007
Thanks for the great ideas!
Now I am going forth better armed with these ideas.
"Also delegate! Seriously, there are so many things to do, use the parent network. Send out sign-up sheets (either paper or Qlubb.com) and get parents to help, buy supplies, contribute, etc.
Delegating is a good way for you to meet other parents too."
"Thanks for all the advice, as a first-time room parent, I was pretty intimidated by the whole process. So far it has been a fun experience.
We are going to create a photobook for the holiday gift - snapfish also has a picture book service. And we decided to use Googlegroups and Qlubb.com to manage the communication, as you suggested!"
"As a veteran head room parent, I advise parents to utilize the Internet as much as possible. The must haves for me have been:
1) Yahoo/Google Groups (www.yahoogroups.com) for shooting off email of announcements
2) Qlubb (www.qlubb.com) for managing the day-to-day classroom issues (roster management, sign-up sheets, event calendar, blogs, photo sharing, etc..) Online sign-up sheets are SOOO much easier!
3) Picture book services (www.blurb.com or www.shutterfly.com) because the best gifts (holiday, end of year) are picture books of the kids throughout the year. In the past, we have made a page for each child, and had the child create some art work and copy that are scanned and printed in the book."
"Every since my son started school I've signed up and attended every party bringing snacks and drinks. He in the 2nd grade now and really enjoys me being there. I have 2 smaller children and now plan on volunteering an hour or more to his school every week since my daughters are older. My school sends a sign up sheet home at the beginning of each school year and I'm going to turn mine in next week."
"I am about to volunteer in my child's kindergarten class as well. This really helped!"
"Thanks for the wonderful ideas. I have volunteered in my sons school for 2 years now and I am now the Volunteer Coordinator!! LOVE IT, LOVE IT!!!! I absolutly love the kids, the hugs, the smiles, the thank you's and the great satisfaction of knowing that I am helping not only the kids but the staff. So to all moms and dads, PLEASE take the time to volunteer because not only will the kids enjoy it but you as a parent will have 999% satisfaction of knowing that you have helped a child. Gina Brack, Coordinator for Franklin Elementary"
"If you work outside the home you can still help"
"I USED TO VOLUNTEER AT MY CHILD'S SCHOOL(S) WHEN SHE WAS IN SCHOOL. SHE HAS SINCE GRADUATED, BUT I ENJOYED EVERY MINUTE OF IT. WHEN SHE WAS IN THE SIX GRADE AT GLENWOOD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, PRINCETON, WV, SOME MOTHERS, INCLUDING MYSELF, TOOK IT ON OURSELVES TO MAKE A 'MEMORIES' BOOK FOR THAT GRADE, SINCE IT WAS THE FIRST YEAR THEY DID NOT HAVE A YEAR BOOK. WE WORKED HARD. GETTING ADVERTISMENTS, DONATIONS, ETC., AND THEN GETTING IT PUT TOGETHER BEFORE THE END OF THE YEAR, BUT WE DID IT AND WE WERE REALLY PROUD OF IT AND SO WERE THE KIDS! I'VE ALWAYS BEEN THERE FROM KINDERGARDEN THROUGH THE TWELVE GRADE.
MY CHILD WS AN 'OUT CAST', SHE WAS PUT DOWN A LOT AND FROM THAT SHE ATTEMPTED SUCIDE THREE TIMES AND WAS ADMITTED TO THE HOSPITAL. WE THOUGHT WE HAD LOST HER IN THE NINETH GRADE, BUT THANK THE GOOD LORD AND WITH HELP OF HER DOCTOR, SHE PULLED THROUGH, SHE WAS HOME SCHOOLED FOR THE REST OF THAT YEAR. SOMEONE AT THE HOSPITAL OVERHEARD HER CONDITION AND THEY KNEW HER AND WENT TO THE SCHOOL THE NEXT DAY AND SPREAD IT AROUND LIKE WILD FIRE! THAT HURT WORSE. SO YOU SEE, I HAD MY REASONS FOR VOLUNTEERING BESIDES HELPING OUT AND OTHER THINGS. I WANTED TO BE NEAR MY CHILD, ALSO. STILL I COULDN'T PROTECT HER FROM THE CRUELTY OF OTHERS. SHE WAS AN A-B STUDENT ALL THRU SCHOOL, ON THE HONOR ROLL ALL THRU SCHOOL DESPITE HER CONDITION. SHE STILL SUFFERS FROM LOW SEFL-ESTEM AND YET, IS UNDER A DOCTOR. YOU CAN'T KNOW HOW SOMETHING LIKE THIS CAN HURT UNTIL IT HITS YOU!"
"I found this very helpful.. Self explanatory.. All parents should know these tips for Classroom Volunteers..."
"Very helpful information as I prepare to begin volunteering in my daughter's kindergarten class. Thanks!"
"The article is very helpful and I hope to read more like it."
" I have 3 children ages 16, 13 and 11.I have never volumteered for school activities so I thought I would do a fun Christmas project in my daughters 5th grade class.I also decided to buy all of the supplies for the project myself.I had no idea that a simple beaded candle project for 28 children would turn into such a costly excursion on my part.At this point in the supplies purchase I have spent over $85.Yikes!! Before volumteering your time, energy and MONEY, do your homework. : )"
"I liked your article on classroom volunteering.I have been volunteering for 4yrs. now.(preschool through 1st grade).I have tried alot of the techniques you suggested. My favorite part about volunteering is the look on the kids faces when they see me come in. They are so excited to see me.Some even have hugs for me.I have learned most of there names and try to talk to all the children a little bit.It is so rewarding. thanks Mrs.Dawe "
"Really helpful. I read the school rules on volunteering before entering the classroom, and it's made the experience much more enjoyable. I think every one of the points you make is important, especially 'Don't gossip.' Kids don't need to see parents behaving badly."
"Great article. One thing I will say to the commentor from Pennsylvania 11/10 - Are you volunteering for your child or for you? If you need acknowledgement it sounds like you are volunteering for the wrong reasons. My oldest of 3 is now in 4th grade and I have done everything from room parent to PTA secretary, you have to volunteer because of the need. You help where needed and you try to improve things. Maybe next year you should volunteer on the volunteer luncheon committee so you can make sure you have a seat."
"As a classroom teacher, I can only say Amen and right on to this article. It was well put and so true. I have grandchildren in school and am a first grade teacher myself. Volunteers are the backbone of our school but I know many teachers would rather not bother with the extra 'help' and bother. Several years ago I developed a program that trains volunteers to coach beginning readers on a one/one basis using techniques and strategies we use in class. Its been very sucessful and honors the volunteers by respecting their abilities. Plus our test scores have improved dramatically. Yeah, volunteers! "
"I enjoyed this article. I volunteer once a week at my children's school and have been volunteering for about 4 years. There suggestions really do help!"
"Excellent article. As a former teacher(now I'm a full-time mom, I find it hard not to assist the teacher in controlling the class. I'm glad to hear your thoughts on letting the teacher make those discipline decisions."
"Some teachers should learn to appreciate the help parent volunteers provide and not take them for granted. Volunteers should be honored, with at least a note EVERY year regardless of whether they are able to make the volunteer 'tea' at the end of the year. I volunteered for 8 years, and was only ever invited to two luncheons and later found out they spend $1000s yearly on volunteer gifts but only those who had time to come to the luncheons received gifts. My last year volunteering, I was there every week, and averaged 10 hours a month, yet did not receive even a note acknowledging my time. The administration knew because I signed in EVERY TIME and the Home and School Officers knew because they logged the hours in their book....I felt very unappreciated. ALl kinds of special things were done during teacher appreciation week...and gift certificates and dinners, etc. were done....yet the teachers/staff didn't show any such courtesy to some of their most loyal volunteers. I!
t's very discouraging and then the ADMINISTRATION was wondering why they were having trouble recruiting parents to help!"