Room Reps and Parent Volunteers Needed for Your Child’s Classroom!
Classroom Room Representatives play an important role at Lowell as they serve as the liaison between the teachers, the PTA, and other classroom parents. Room Reps not only keep teachers and parents informed and involved, but also help drive attendance and participation in a number of school activities.
Examples of Room Rep responsibilities include:
Head Room Rep*: Person responsible for ensuring that all room rep responsibilities for the classroom are taken care of, acts as the main point of contact for room rep communications, encourages attendance at PTA meetings and school events, and encourages parents to read the Lowell Log and stay informed. Responsibilities are ongoing throughout the school year.
Room Finance Rep*: Assists head room rep with setting a class budget and handling class money for class parties, teacher gifts, and other expenses such as carnival basket. Responsibilities are ongoing throughout the school year.
Special Education Support Committee Liaison: Provides VIP (Volunteers in Public School) support as needed in the Special Ed classrooms. Time commitment: 1 hour per month and 1 meeting per quarter.
Class Roster: Creates a class roster with parent contact information (inclusion on the list is strictly voluntary). Initial task is done in September and only requires future action if there are changes during the school year.
PTA Rep: Attends all PTA meetings and reports back to the class. Meetings are once a month.
Class Historian: Responsible for memorializing special events for the classroom throughout the year. With teacher and parent permission, photographs classroom celebrations or presentations, field trips and special dates. Works with Head Room Rep to determine way to distribute photos to class at the end of the year. Responsibilities are ongoing throughout the school year.
Pizza Night: Helps set-up, serve and/or clean-up on pizza night. You will be contacted by the Pizza Night Chair prior to event.
Jog-A-Thon: Responsible for creating class spirit banner to be displayed around the Jog-A-Thon track. Needs to be available to help the day of the event. You will be contacted by the Jog-A-Thon Chair prior to the event.
Book Fair: Participates in and ensures that other parents participate in the book fair. There are two book fairs during the school year: one in December and one in April. You will be contacted prior to the events by the Book Fair Chair.
Holiday Party: Coordinates a classroom holiday party with the teacher and other parents. Holiday parties are typically held during the week prior to winder break.
Open House: Assists teacher as needed with Open House preparations. Assists Carnival representatives to make sure carnival shifts are covered and assists with final sign-ups.
Carnival Basket: Solicits funds or items from parents for the classroom Carnival basket donation, selects a basket theme, assembles basket and delivers basket to the cafeteria the day before the Carnival for auction.
Carnival Booth: Circulates Carnival booth sign up sheet, encourages parents to sign up for a booth shift, sends out reminder flyers for booth shifts, posts game booth assignment sheet, assists with set-up and clean up of classroom booth, if possible, or solicits others for assistance with these tasks.
Teacher Appreciation Week: Coordinates Teacher Appreciation Week activities (e.g., thank you notes, tokens of appreciation) for the teacher on behalf of the classroom.
End of Year Party: Coordinates classroom end of year party with teacher and other parents.
If you are interested in taking on any of these Room Rep responsibilities, there will be a sign-up sheet in your child’s classroom at Back To School night. The more parents who volunteer for different room rep positions, the fewer burdens left to the Head Room Rep! These are wonderful ways to be involved with your child’s class – please consider taking on a role this year!
In addition to these duties, our Garden Team and Meet the Masters Programs will need classroom representatives to assist with the classrooms’ programs during the year. Separate sign-up sheets will be available for those programs during Back to School Night as well.
Finally, additional events or programs may come together during the school year that will need additional classroom helpers. Please read your weekly Room Rep email blasts and keep your eyes open for other ways to help!
Head Room Representative