Volunteering to be a Parent Representative in your child’s classroom is a great way to get to know other families and contribute in a meaningful way to the King Open community.
Being a parent rep can mean different things in different classrooms. Teachers are happy to have any help, including part time parent reps. The main reason we have parent reps is to build community — to make sure that people feel welcome, to inform families about school events and encourage their attendance, and to serve as a resource for families when they have questions.
We are delighted to share a brand new Parent Rep handbook, which provides more information about the Parent Rep role.
If you are interested in serving in this role, please let your child’s teacher know or contact Sarah Christopher (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Here are different aspects of our role:
- Meet with the teachers at the beginning of the school year
- Share your enthusiasm for the KO curriculum with the parents in your class
- At the beginning of the year, make a list of families in your classroom, and make sure that each family has one. Sample Class Directory Template
- Remind parents of class events and make sure that each family can attend
- Send out announcements to the class via email, text, or phone
Other ways you may help:
- Volunteer in the classroom
- Chaperone on class trips
- Work with teachers to manage the snack list and send out reminders to families when it is their turn
- Connect with parents who speak the same language as you
- Encourage informal support networks among families who share similar experiences (culture, language, children with allergies, etc)
Any family member may be a parent rep—you don’t need to speak English or have email, and it is fine if your family is new to King Open.