There are many ways of getting involved at the Sustainability Academy:
- Attend and/or volunteer at the many events at school .
- Be a reading mentor via the Everybody Wins! program
- Serve as a Room Coordinator in your child’s class (see more below)
- Contact the staff to see what else is needed and customize something that works for you
- Many of these roles can qualify for City Market Member Worker hours.
Overview of our Room Coordinator Program
Room Coordinator Role
A room coordinator’s basic responsibility is to assist their classroom teacher in promoting caregiver/family involvement in class and school-wide activities. Much of what a room coordinator will do depends on the needs articulated by the classroom teacher, along with the room parent’s time and talents. Every room coordinator and teacher combination will be unique.
The level of involvement of room coordinators can vary widely, but most room coordinators spend less than 15 hours per school year supporting the classroom.
Promoting communication—Depending on the level of communication from teachers to room coordinators, it can be helpful if room coordinators periodically remind families of upcoming school/class activities or resource needs. Room coordinators can encourage family involvement via email, phone, and in-person contacts.
Acting as a resource—A room coordinator can be a point person for school activities, ways to get involved, who to talk to about what, etc. Therefore, it is important for room coordinators to read newsletters, emails, and other communications from classroom teachers, the principal, and the PTO.
Coordinating classroom assistance—Depending on the needs of individual teachers, room coordinators can help with—
- class parties (coordinating refreshments, coordinating set up and clean up, help with games or other activities),
- field trips (help find chaperones),
- finding volunteers to assist with class projects/displays of student work or daily activities as requested by teachers, or
- getting classroom supplies or other technical assistance (e.g., sewing or building something) from families or others.
Staff appreciation—Many room coordinators offer to coordinate a holiday and/or end-of-year gift for their teacher, student teachers, or classroom aides if families are interested in this.
Interested in helping or want to know who your Room Parent is? Contact our Room Coordinator Team Lead, Erin Malone: [email protected]