Room Mom Survival Guide & School Party Ideas

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We love class parents (room moms and dads) and are thrilled to present this free eBook to help get the year off to a great start! It's chock full of organization tips, ideas for working with the teacher and parent volunteers, school party ideas throughout the year, class party sign up sheets, and special offers for our most active parents. Happy School Year and Thanks for all you do!!

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  • Need DreamSakes logo added. I will forward logo. –Delia
  • Swap out page with new 2 nd page vs image?
  • Place BIG applesa Thought the 2 slides could be condensed into one.
  • Center tip and logo – swap lime green for cw green Perhaps a longer/narrow graphic ** match green font to classwish green Cutout the image so there is no offwhite/gray background The tip can always be highlighted in a different way – classwish’s green chalkboard and white font Delia: I like the idea of green with white font VERBIAGE CLASSWISH WANTS “ Ask about any supplies the teacher needs but has not been provided by the school. Suggest a Wish List on http://ClassWish.org”
  • CONSOLIDATE WITH NEXT – format bullets
  • See carnival ebook for side by side month and day Delia: Can we show the new monthly calendar with the drop down list where you can switch from event to event? Since we show daily view later we could just do monthly view with verbiage about how easy it is to setup the yearly calendar and switch on the pull down from class reader to holiday party to lunch helper. I do think we need to suggestion they put “Mrs. Teacher Lunch Helper”. Parents will hopefully have multiple teacher calendars setup.
  • Pdf page – check for dirty paper on top of white
  • Center tip and logo – swap lime green for cw green Perhaps a longer/narrow graphic ** match green font to classwish green Cutout the image so there is no offwhite/gray background The tip can always be highlighted in a different way – classwish’s green chalkboard and white font Delia: I like the idea of green with white font VERBIAGE CLASSWISH WANTS “ Ask about any supplies the teacher needs but has not been provided by the school. Suggest a Wish List on http://ClassWish.org”
  • Add logo and artwork Delia: Yes, if you can do it quickly. I think it will give them a good starting point. If you it will take you a long time then NO because they may change it.
  • Delia: Delete OrderLunches from here since there is a plug later. Karen will give info on CallVine.
  • Intro page for makes&takes? Content not permanent – still waiting on images
  • There are no photos available to pull from dreamsakes . . . Unless there is a link i’m missing
  • Marie: What qualifies “younger grades” and “older grades”? K – 4, 5 – 8? I think we need a blurb on dad’s night.
  • Delia: Could we do a two column tip list (like the teacher meeting list) Karen: Format prettier – needs a cool picture Format bullets, mini titles, image change – check lightbox
  • Add quote Karen: Need a new sign up list. Needs formatting. New sign up should have these items: To Do: Setup 8:45-9am 1 needed To Do: Party Volunteer 9-9:30am 4 needed, To bring: Table Decorations 1 needed (note: tablecloths & balloons) To Bring: Treat for 18 kids 1 needed , To Bring: Craft for 18 kids 1 needed (ask room mom for details)
  • Room Mom Survival Guide & School Party Ideas

    1. 1. Class Parents Room Mom) Survival Guide  & School Party Ideas A FREE VolunteerSpot eBook  Tips for class parents  Room parent letters  Teacher checklist  Classroom party ideas  Class party Sign-up  Class party games Inside this eBook:
    2. 2. © 2014, VolunteerSpot, Inc. Copyright holder is licensing this under the Creative Commons License, Attribution 2.5. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.5/ Spread the word! Forward, share, and embed this eBook to save other room parents time too! Click in viewing tray to view full-screen and share. VolunteerSpot for Room Parents We know the most time- consuming part of being a room parent is coordinating class volunteers and organizing parties and conferences. It’s our goal at VolunteerSpot to save you time {and sanity} and make it easy for you to get the help you deserve this coming school year! Please check out our FREE online signup sheets and volunteer calendars. Simple signups (even on- the-go from smartphones) make it easy for more parents to get involved! Take a live demo or tour today at www.VolunteerSpot.com
    3. 3. What I love about being a Room Mom . . . “I get to develop a personal relationship with the  teacher and I get a window on my child’s daily  world at school.” ~ Cindy Hopper,  Crafty mom of 3 http://www.skiptomylou.org “I was able to get to know all the children and  they became so comfortable with me that they  would run and hug me as soon as I walked  through the door!” ~ Andrea Fellman, Volunteer addict & Mom of 2  http://savvysassymoms.com “Getting to know my child's teacher,  classmates, and class parents while using my  creative party planning juices to make the  class events fun and memorable." ~ Jenna Dunlop, Teacher & Room Mom of 6 years, Mom of 2 http://www.simplefunkidparties.com/roommomcorner
    4. 4. Class Parents are Awesome!  Congratulations on becoming a leader and stepping forward in your child’s class! Whatever you’re called ‐ a room mom, class parent, room parent ‐ we know you are AWESOME! You’re the critical liaison between the teacher and fellow parents. Responsibilities vary from collecting money and classroom supplies, to recruiting parent volunteers and coordinating classroom parties. Class parents build relationships with teachers, connect with their children and build life‐long relationships with other families. This e‐book includes ideas on how to organize, delegate and communicate with parents and teachers. We also provide tips for using VolunteerSpot’s free online tool to quickly and easily organize your classroom parent volunteers.
    5. 5.  Ongoing parent support needs: e.g.  table‐time helpers, readers, science lab &  materials prep, recess supervisors  Special dates and support needs: e.g.   career day, open‐house, field day,  celebrations, field trips  Teacher contact info:  How (s)he prefers  to be contacted by you & by the other  parents  Teacher “favorites,” a parent’s gift  guide: favorite meal,  restaurant, store,  treat, charity, candy, sports team, etc  Party dates and plans  How many?  Who plans (teacher or parents)?  Food requirements (healthy or  sweets)  Allergy considerations  Timing and activities/games/crafts  Special ‘treat’ days &                    recognition parties  School communication                          & volunteer policies Kickoff Teacher Meeting Meet with the teacher near the start of school to clarify needs and expectations for  parent support.  Bring this checklist to make the most of your time together. Class Parent Room Mom Survival Guide / www.VolunteeSpot.com DOING GOOD just got easier!
    6. 6. Parent Communication Tips   Get support by asking parents to sign up to help at the  start of the year for activities throughout the year. Offer options so working parents or those with young  children can pitch in from home (e.g. sending snacks or  treats, preparing and purchasing supplies). Welcome parents with a letter including your contact  information, important dates, and instructions about  how to sign up to help. See examples on  RoomMomSpot.com Delegate! Be specific about what jobs need doing and  when, and invite other parents to participate in  organizing parties and activities.  Be professional and cautious to NEVER release contact  information without permission or share sensitive  information you may be privy to as a room parent. Organization Tip: Create a group contact list on your  mobile device for class party or field trip helpers using  an app like Remind. Class Parent Room Mom Survival Guide / www.VolunteerSpot.com DOING GOOD just got easier!
    7. 7. VolunteerSpot’s free, online sign up sheets makes it easy to get the help you need for  ongoing activities and one‐time classroom events.  Save Time! Coordinate Parents Online with VolunteerSpot! "Volunteering in my son's  kindergarten class every  week, I grew an  appreciation for exactly  how hard the students,  teachers, and hand  sanitizer had to work to  accomplish their goals.” 
~Ann Imig,  Stay‐at‐home Humorist  www.annsrants.com Class Parent Room Mom Survival Guide / www.VolunteerSpot.com DOING GOOD just got easier!
    8. 8. What I wish every Room Parent knew:  • Don't play with the kids; I know they're  cute, but this is school!  • You are welcome to enforce the  classroom rules and please ask if you  don’t know what they are ‐‐ you are not  stepping on my toes.  • I'd love a Room Dad or Grandpa, as so  many children don't have a male role  model in their lives.  • How very valuable you are, and what a  great role model you are for the children! OrderLunches.com gives your school the control and flexibility to create or maintain a high quality lunch program, available to parents 24/7. Teacher Love www.orderlunches.com
    9. 9. Ask class parents to save reusables for class art projects:  Paper tubes  Egg cartons  Wrapping paper Room Mom as Art Mom In pre‐school and early grades, the Room Mom is often an Art Mom – preparing  supplies, helping with projects, and packaging masterpieces to take home.  Fabric and felt scraps  Colorful wire  Beads and buttons  Milk cartons (rinsed)  Catalogs and magazines  Frozen juice containers Volunteer Tip: Prepping art kits for class projects is a good job for  extra busy or working parents who can’t help in the  classroom.  With a little planning, parents can  volunteer from home and involve their kids in  helping out too! Room Mom Survival Guide / www.VolunteerSpot.com DOING GOOD just got easier!
    10. 10. Classroom Organizational Tips  from Mabel’s Labels Helping kids stay organized in the classroom means teachers  can stay on task leading learning. When everyone has a full set of school supplies, they are less  likely to get lost when borrowed or shared. Label school  supplies so kids can get straight to work instead of searching  for missing items.  Crayons     Glue     Markers      Scissors Help kids return from school with the stuff they bring to  school. Encourage class parents to clearly label: Clothing (especially outerwear like coats & mittens) Backpacks (Just inside the top zipper is a great place so they  can easily be identified without letting strangers know your  child’s name.) Lunch Containers can easily get lost, but have no fear, you  can use labels that are dishwasher safe so you don’t end up  with a sticky mess when you wash them! www.mabel.ca Class Parent Room Mom Survival Guide / www.VolunteerSpot.com DOING GOOD just got easier!
    11. 11. The School Auction Room parents often organize class contribution to  the school auction.  Here are some popular  options:  A Unique Class Creation A collective craft designed by all the kids, e.g.: a quilt, a  bookcase with all the students’ handprints or a canvas  picture made from the kids’ thumb prints. A Themed Basket Each parent donates one small item to the class basket.  Fun themes include board games, birthday parties,  kitchen, crafts, spa, kid’s books, parent’s night out, etc. Craft Items Children make an individual item  to auction (to their parents), e.g.:  painted mugs, decorated greeting  card sets or a framed self‐portrait Fundraising Tip from our  sponsor: Online Auctions are a  PROFITABLE and FUN  way to improve your  fundraising efforts.  Raise More Money and enhance your next  fundraising event.   www.biddingforgood.com Room Mom Survival Guide / www.VolunteerSpot.com DOING GOOD just got easier!
    12. 12. Class Party Planning Enjoy the following fun class  party craft ideas by  www.makeandtakes.com Class Parent Room Mom Survival Guide / www.VolunteerSpot.com DOING GOOD just got easier! Memorable class parties share similar key ingredients:  Simple decorations  Fun music  Craft activity  Story  Game  Snack or treat Make and Takes gives you ideas and crafty tidbits for  class and home. They aim to bring fun and learning into  your classroom or just about anywhere. We are sure  you’ll find something to Make and Take today!
    13. 13. Crunchy Leaf Pictures • Collect dried leaves, crunch the leaves. On heavy  cardstock paper add white craft glue (form a design or image),  sprinkle the crunched up leaves on the glue, shake off the excess leaves and allow dry time. • For Older Kids: Crunch the leaves finely to create   intricate designs ‐ spell out fall themed words or  their names. Fall Party Ideas Apple Prints • Have a few colors of paint poured out onto a paper plate. Cut  the apples in half (vertically or horizontally will make a fun  print) Dip the exposed apple halves onto the paint. press the  the apple onto paper. You will see the fun shape that comes to  life from the pressed apple.  • For Older Kids: Let each apple print dry and turn them into  greeting cards. They can be given to friends or their teacher.  Find more fun craft ideas at  www.makeandtakes.com Class Parent Room Mom Survival Guide / www.VolunteerSpot.com DOING GOOD just got easier!
    14. 14. Snowball Obstacle Course • Take a spoon or toothpick of “snow” (marshmallows or  cotton balls) through an obstacle course around the room  and try not to drop the snowball. Make it through to add the  item into a bucket, Santa hat, snow boot, etc. Team up or  take turns. • For Older Kids: Make it challenging, extend the distance, add  obstacles, or have them hold their "snow" in on their head. Winter Party Ideas Chocolate Dipped Spoons  • Melt chocolate (careful to avoid burns), dip a plastic spoon  into chocolate and place on a paper plate to decorate. Line up  mini marshmallows for a snowman, mini chocolate chips for  eyes, coconut for a scarf, crushed peppermint for snow or dip  in peanut butter for decor and flavor. Once it is close to being  firm, place plastic wrap over the spoon and tie with a bow.  It’s now ready to stir up some hot chocolate! Find more fun craft ideas at  www.makeandtakes.com Class Parent Room Mom Survival Guide / www.VolunteerSpot.com DOING GOOD just got easier!
    15. 15. Flower Frisbee Toss:  • Cut paper or foam petals about 3‐5  inches round, use hot glue or glue  dots to place the petals on the outer  edge of a frisbee to form a flower.  Let the glue set before tossing  around for fun.  • For Older Kids: toss the flowers in a  pot or bucket to see if they can  "plant" their flower. Spring Party Ideas Ladybug Cupcakes:  • Make cupcakes for each child. Let them  decorate their cupcakes to look like  ladybugs. Frost,  add red licorice for the  edges of two wings & antennae, place  chocolate candy for spots, two  gumdrops for eyes and enjoy! Find more fun craft ideas at  www.makeandtakes.com Class Parent Room Mom Survival Guide / www.VolunteerSpot.com DOING GOOD just got easier!
    16. 16. Decorate Sunflower Cookies  • Bake or buy sugar cookies beforehand. The kids can frost  them with yellow or white frosting, add chocolate chips  or chocolate candy to the center of the cookie to make a  sunflower. Eat and enjoy! • For Older Kids: Bring different colors of  frosting so they  can make different types of flowers. Bubble Blowers • Use an empty paper towel roll to place a small 3x3 inch  paper towel piece over one end with a rubber band to  keep in place. Have the children dip the paper towel side  into some bubbles, lift out and blow. This makes fun  bubble shapes and snakes.  • For Older Kids: Create all kinds of shapes from items  around the classroom for added bubble fun. Party Ideas: Year End Find more fun craft ideas at  www.makeandtakes.com Class Parent Room Mom Survival Guide / www.VolunteerSpot.com DOING GOOD just got easier!
    17. 17.  Siblings: Ask the teacher before inviting  Craft Projects: Ensure the craft parent  volunteer has EVERYTHING needed – e.g.  a trash bag for clean up. Don’t assume the  teacher will provide all items.   Kids under 10: Divide them into small  groups, rotate them through activity  “stations” (10‐15 min each) and have at  least one parent per station.  Successful Class Party Tips  Decorations: A colorful tablecloth adds festivity  and plastic ones are inexpensive. Balloons,  streamers, and curled ribbon also go a long way  to transforming a classroom into a party room.   Memories: Pick a volunteer to take photos or  videos of the party and share with the parents  who could not come.  Remember: Relax and have fun! The  elementary years go by quickly. Celebrate these    moments with your children.  Prizes: Hand out pencils  or other school supplies  as favors.  Snacks: Plan extras  for the teacher, staff     and parent helpers.   Wagon: Hands‐down the best way to tote  party supplies to/ from the classroom Find these ideas and more  great birthday,   classroom and  fun party ideas at SimpleFunKidParties http://www.simplefunkidparties.com Room Mom Survival Guide / www.VolunteerSpot.com DOING GOOD just got easier!
    18. 18. Class Party Sign‐Up Example “Do not be shy about giving  parents specific jobs or  asking them to bring party  supplies and treats.  Most  are relieved you’ve made it  so easy to help and asking  with VolunteerSpot’s sign‐ up sheets makes it extra  easy!” ~Lori R Room Parent & Mom of 2 Roswell, GA Class Parent Room Mom Survival Guide / www.VolunteerSpot.com DOING GOOD just got easier!
    19. 19. Helping parents, teachers and volunteer leaders coordinate  activities and events simply and easily all year round! • Soccer Snacks • Scout Campouts • Walk‐a‐Thons & Fun Runs • Swim Meets • Sports Tournaments • Vacation Bible School • Girl Scout Cookie Booths • Neighborhood Cleanups • Coat, food and toy drives and more . . . Simplify ALL Parent Volunteering Class Parent Room Mom Survival Guide / www.VolunteerSpot.com DOING GOOD just got easier!
    20. 20. Click here for Sample Class Parent Letters:  vols.pt/back‐to‐school See our other free eBooks with ideas and best‐practices for: • School Carnivals • Teacher Gifts • Family‐Friendly Volunteering • Fundraising with Kids • Bake Sales • Talent Shows and more . . .  www.VolunteerSpot.com/ebooks Additional Resources Class Parent Room Mom Survival Guide / www.VolunteerSpot.com DOING GOOD just got easier!
    21. 21. www.Pinterest.com/VolunteerSpot Room Mom Ideas on Pinterest Class Parent Room Mom Survival Guide / www.VolunteerSpot.com DOING GOOD just got easier!
    22. 22. Start planning now! www.VolunteerSpot.com/Room‐Parent Take a live or video tour at www.VolunteerSpot.com Check out our BLOG for ideas,  tips and stories about  volunteering http://RoomMomSpot.com Follow us on Twitter @VolunteerSpot Like us on Facebook www.facebook.com/VolunteerSpot Room Mom Survival Guide / www.VolunteerSpot.com DOING GOOD just got easier!

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