It is back to school time! My sweet little man is going into first grade and I learned a lot about school involvement during his first year in kindergarten. As a working mom, it is tough to ALWAYS know what is going on at his school, but I have found there are ways to stay in the loop.
Here’s 5 ways working moms can get involved at their kids school:
- Email your kids teachers: This is huge. Teachers offers up their info at the beginning of each year, use it. Send them an email introducing yourself. (It is tough for teachers to remember everyone they are introduced to during that brief meet & greet before school starts) For me, I let the teacher know that while I work full-time, I like to be involved when I can & that they are welcome to email me when they need something. Once the homeroom teacher is announced, I do the same thing. Since they probably won’t be seeing me around as much as other moms, I like to make myself known.
- Join the PTA: I don’t have ANY time to help with the PTA. None. Zero. But I joined anyway. Just go to the big PTA volunteer breakfast at the beginning of the year and introduce yourself. Last year, I got the contact info for dozens of fabulous moms who use their free time to make your children’s school experience a better one. I made it clear, that while my direct involvement would be limited, I could help in other ways. (make phone calls, donate money for parties, etc) That way I was included in some of those email lists and I always felt like I knew what was going on at the school, beyond my sons’ class. Since I was a PTA member, I was able to sign up as a school volunteer, which meant I got a background check and official badge with my picture. This made being able to visit the school much easier, especially when it was last minute.
- Speak Up: I can’t make it to many classroom events that parents are invited to. (there are a lot) I go to what I can. However, when I know I have a day off during the week I email the teacher & homeroom mom to see if there is any help they need on that day. Since they already know my situation, they will usually just offer to have me come in to help with a craft or something. Right now, this is easy since my son is in a younger grade. So if you have a day you can come into the school, just ask.
- Have a lunch date: Many schools, my son’s included, will allow parents to join their children during lunchtime. I did this ONCE last year, and Hudson still talks about it! It was a lot of fun, too! I got to sit with all the kids from his class and hear the 5 year old gossip! Also, since this is an occasional thing, Hudson was very excited that his mom came to see him and I could tell he felt very special. (esp since I totally surprised him) I will definitely be doing this a few times this upcoming year.
- Try to make your kids school functions: As a working mom, I know this is not always possible. But I do make a note of special events and if there is a way to fit it in with just a little re-shuffling, I do it. School plays, mini-graduations, book fair, and science fairs… they are important and special to your child. I may not make them all, but I will never just write them off simply because I work. If I have to go in late so I can see the Holiday Show, then be it. I find it works best to be honest with your bosses. I simply tell them “I have a thing to go to for my son, I will be in late, call me if you need me.” Done & done.
|Some fun school events from last year!|