The Ben Franklin PTO seeks parents to help out in the classrooms each fall. Parents/guardians may volunteer to be a Homeroom Coordinator or Homeroom Helper for their child’s class. Based upon information you submit in your PTO Welcome Packet, each classroom will be assigned one Homeroom Coordinator. If there is more than one volunteer, a lottery will be performed. Each classroom will also be assigned one or more Homeroom Helpers. A detailed description of both the Homeroom Helper and Homeroom Coordinator can be found below.
If you have any questions or would like to volunteer to be a Homeroom Helper or Homeroom Coordinator, contact the Ben Franklin PTO 2nd Vice President, Donna Erichsen.
Homeroom Helper Information
Parents/guardians may sign-up to be a Homeroom Helper for their child’s classroom. Homeroom Helpers assist the Homeroom Coordinator with activities and parties throughout the year. Every parent/guardian who volunteers to be a Homeroom Helper will be utilized at some point during the year. Please note, if there are many Homeroom Helpers in a classroom, a teacher may request that they not all attend each classroom event.
Homeroom Coordinator Information
The responsibility of the Homeroom Coordinator is to be the liaison with the teacher and the classroom’s other parents,guardians, and Homeroom Helpers throughout the school year. The Homeroom Coordinator will help organize classroom activities, parties, and assist the teacher with classroom needs. The Homeroom Coordinator may also choose to collect donations from the other parents/guardians for a gift to be given to the teacher from the students in the class.
Guidelines for Homeroom Coordinator
Attending PTO meetings is mandatory for Homeroom Coordinators. The PTO provides free childcare for the meetings. Attendance of these meetings allows Homeroom Coordinators to speak on behalf of their designated classroom regarding any questions or issues raised by fellow classroom parents, guardians or the teacher, as well as ensuring Homeroom Coordinators stay informed as to specific upcoming events at the school that they need to organize for their class.
Meet, email or call the teacher and identify yourself as the “Homeroom Coordinator” as soon as you are notified by the PTO that you have been selected as the class Homeroom Coordinator and prior to Back-to-School Night.
- Talk with the teacher and find out how many parties that they would like to have for the year. (Examples: Halloween, Thanksgiving, Winter, Valentine’s Day, Spring and End of the Year).
- Ask the Homeroom Helpers to take a party to be in charge of/sign-up to bring in specific items for each party, perhaps at Back to School Night, this will give all parents a chance to participate in their child’s classroom.
- Make a spreadsheet that lists all the parties, the parent in charge, and what everyone signed up for.
- Distribute the list to the teacher and the parents/guardians.
- The person in charge of the party should email or call all parents/guardians who signed up the week before the party to remind them of what they signed up for.
- **Please Note: The teacher may request that not all the Homeroom Helpers attend every party. Please communicate your teacher’s wishes to the Homeroom Helpers.
- OTHER CELEBRATIONS:
- In January, the PTO will contact you and request you solicit a parent volunteer to send in cupcakes for the class to celebrate Benjamin Franklin’s birthday.
- In February, the PTO will contact you and request you contact your teacher and inquire if he or she would like you to arrange for a special treat brought in for the class to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday.
- National Teacher Appreciation Week is in early May. The PTO will contact you and ask that you do a little something special that week for your teacher. You may have the students create a craft with pictures/handprints, a class book, a gift card, fruit bouquet, baked treat or anything that will make your teacher feel special.
- CONTACT INFO:
You will be given all parent contact information including the parent email address. It is the understanding that this information will not be distributed by the Homeroom Coordinator and only used for coordinating class parties and class gifts. If a fellow parents requests this information, please ask them to contact a PTO Board member to request the information.
- CLASS GIFTS:
If you should choose to organize a classroom gift, and are asking for monetary donations from families, please be conservative in your requests (maximum of $10.00). Many families have multiple children in the school and/or may not have the financial means to participate. Be sure to let families know that participation is voluntary and you will include all children’s names on the gift. Seasonal organized gifts are optional.