The 5 People at School that Every Mom Should Know
By Marissa Rodriguez
As any mom of school children can tell you, young students interact with dozens of adults at school every day. From teachers to coaches to staff, there are so many grown ups guiding your child to have a successful day.
The more people parents know, the better connected they are to their child’s school experience. So it always helps for parents to know as many people at school as they can. But, since life is busy and not all parents are able to invest a lot of time at their child’s school, here are the handful of people I recommend every mom or dad get to know.
Teacher: Obviously, parents should be well acquainted with their child’s teacher. After all, he or she will spend many hours of the day with your child, and they’ll have the most intimate relationship of anyone on school staff. Getting to know them and encouraging open communication can help keep the flow of information going. What’s even better is that thanks to technology, connecting with your child’s teacher has never been easier. Today, many teachers offer ways for parents to subscribe to email newsletters or text lists with the latest information. Sometimes schools or districts offer parent portals or websites where they may view grades, progress reports, attendance and more.
Room Mom: A room mother, or room parent, is usually a parent of one of your child’s classmates who volunteers in the classroom. Usually, they are a valuable helper and manage social events, some special activities and fun extras. Getting to know the room mom will give you great insight into events in the classroom and what fun things are coming up that your child can participate in.
A Friend’s Parent: Get to know who your child’s friends are early in the year and introduce yourself to one of their parents at school events, drop-off or pick up. If you get on well with them, it’s a great idea to stay in contact. Consider this person your ally. They can be your sounding board, your second set of eyes and ears and you can always reach out to them when you’re unsure of a homework assignment or a date to remember.
Activities Leader: For many kids, school doesn’t end at the 3 PM bell. Instead, they head to sports, clubs, scouts, tutoring or after-school care. If this is your child, get to know the activities leader and you’ll gain insights that you can’t from teachers and others. Activities leaders can tell you about their other interests, how they make friends outside of class and about their new talents and skills.
Individual Care/Instruction Provider: Many children see instructors other their primary class teachers for specialized education. These professionals may include speech coaches, counselors, intervention specialists, teaching assistants and many others. If your child requires additional health support (for instance, they need to have medicine administered during the school day) this may include the school nurse. Getting to know these professionals can help give you insight into their development and/or health at school.