Classroom Coordinators

Hardy caregivers volunteer as Classroom Coordinators for their student's class to facilitate communication with classroom families on behalf of the PTO, and help connect caregivers to each other and the class teacher. They help to build the strong community that makes Hardy so special.

 

What do Classroom Coordinators do?

  • Assist (or recruit volunteers) when the classroom teacher needs parent/guardian help.
  • Communicate with class families on behalf of the teacher and PTO.
  • Collect and manage donations from class families for teacher gifts (such as winter holiday, Teacher Appreciation Week, and end-of-year).

 

How does it work?

 

Each classroom ideally has two coordinators. Together, you collaborate to split tasks and support the teacher, classroom, and PTO. Classroom Coordinators function as an extension of the PTO.

 

Ideally at least one coordinator attends each monthly PTO meeting. This is one of the best ways to learn about schoolwide events and news that may be relevant to your classroom.

 

You’ll communicate with the teacher and other coordinators early in the year to learn how you can support the class. Each teacher has specific needs for their classroom. The PTO will provide you with a questionnaire for your teacher to get to know them better.

 

 

What are the requirements?

 

You do NOT need to be available during the school day. Some Classroom Coordinators are and some are not.

 

The time commitment varies from classroom to classroom. At a minimum you need to be able to:

  • Communicate regularly by email with the teacher and classroom families.
  • Attend monthly PTO meetings as often as possible, or have a coordinator partner who can attend.

 

When are selections made?

 

You’ll be contacted by October 4th. If more than two volunteers sign up for a specific classroom, preference will be given to individuals who did not serve as a coordinator last year. If necessary, two coordinators will be selected a blind drawing. If you want to co-coordinate with a specific caregiver, please indicate this when you sign up.

 

I want to do it! What's next?

 

Please fill out and submit the Classroom Coordinator Google Form by October 1st. Thank you!

 

Resources:

Please see our Guidance for Classroom Coordinators.

 

Review the Massachusetts guidance on gift-giving for public school teachers and staff, available here.

 

Use this Questionnaire to learn your teacher's preferences for teacher appreciation activities.