The class parent is a designated parent volunteer in each class who coordinates all other parent volunteers for that class. The class parent often organizes classroom learning experiences or field trip needs. Volunteering to be your child’s class parent is a great way to contribute to the class while also getting to know other parents. For more information about becoming a class parent please contact your child’s teacher or the current Class Parent Coordinator. Also, see our Class Parent Resources for more information.
class parent resources
This area of the PTA web site is designed to be a resource for our Class Parents. The class parent is the designated parent volunteer who coordinates all other parent volunteers for that class. The class parent often organizes classroom learning experiences or field trip needs. Volunteering to be your child’s class parent is a great way to contribute to the class while also getting to know other parents.
sample class letters
Below are links to sample letters and forms Class Parents can use to recruit volunteers to help out with classroom events such as learning experiences, their class Unicornicopia booth, teacher appreciation week, or teacher group gifts. These documents are in PDF format as our web software would not allow us to upload Word docs of these letters and forms. However, this gives you a good idea of what these letters and forms could say and how they can be formatted.
Mazes, Word Searches, Coloring Sheets, Anagrams (word scrambles) in the season’s theme
Discovery School Puzzlemaker – Ask for a class list from teacher of first names. Make a word search with all the kids names. Lots of fun – good for 2-5th grade. All you have to do is enter the names, specify the size, and it will make it up for you. Can also do one with holiday words, vacation words, etc! You can have a prize for each child as they complete it- like a fun pencil, whatever!
Food Ideas – I usually offer a sweet snack (themed cupcakes or cookies), a salty snack (pretzels or crackers), a healthy snack (apple slices or grapes), drinks (juice box or mini water bottles) and paper products (plates, napkins).
Below are some specific ideas for things to do at LEs. But don’t let this list limit you. These are just a few ideas for those that don’t know where to start. Please check out the web sites above to come of up with your own creative crafts & games!
Fall Learning Experience
Scarecrow Relay Race — Make 2 teams – you will need 2 sets of items to dress the scarecrow (hat, bandana, plaid shirt, vest, and gloves). Put 2 chairs at the end of each row (leaving room for the team to run a bit) where there is a scarecrow from each team. The scarecrow can’t help put the items on (have the kids imagine a real scarecrow made of hay!) and demonstrate for them. The kids have to dress the scarecrow with each child in the relay bringing a different item. First team to have the scarecrow dressed wins. Play it a couple of times.
Thanksgiving Feast – We did a Thanksgiving Feast where we collected a few dollars from the students (got about $70 in all) and pooled it together to then buy warm sliced turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, yams, green beans, rolls, drinks and desert. I think we also offered sliced apples and grapes. We served this all up at lunch time, then did a small craft afterwards. It was great and the kids really enjoyed it.
Winter Learning Experience
Craft – Ask parents in the class who have little ones to save jars of baby food (the larger 6 oz size works the best), remove labels and sterilize by running thru your dishwasher. At one station, have the kids decorate the jars with a label (eg to mom and dad, love from Sam) with some sticky hearts. Buy a yard of fabric – cheap at Joann’s type places – and cut out circles that are slightly larger than the lids – one per child. At the second station put a dot of glue on the lid, fabric circle around it and tie it on on with a narrow ribbon. Third station – make hot cocoa mix ( a bunch of recipes on line). Let children measure and stir in ingredients, then load into the baby jars and put on lids.
Spring Learning Experience
SPRING BREAK Relay – All you need to do is write each letter on an index card or small piece of paper to say “SPRING BREAK”. Split the group into 2 teams and line them up. They each get a letter (not in the correct order). They will run 10 yards to so, drop their card on the ground, then run back to their team. Once they tag their next teammate, that person runs down, drops their card, then runs back, and so on. When they are done running, they get in the back of their team line to go again. They all go until all the letters are gone. Then the whole team runs down to their group of letters and puts them in the right order to spell “SPRING BREAK”. The first team done WINS.
End of Year Learning Experience
Outside Games – Water Balloons, Limbo, Hoola Hoops, Beach Ball Basketball
Maybe collect money from students for a pizza or ice cream party!