They have all kinds of resources, but the thing I found most helpful is their Classroom Party Guide eBook. They’ve got ideas for all kinds of parties, including Halloween, and I’m swiping several of their suggestions for games.
I actually found that site on a post from TeachMama.com , which also had all kinds of helpful information. I completely and totally ripped off her Classroom Parent Letter . Because despite the fact that I routinely write letters for work that are sent to tens of thousands of people, I seriously could not come up with a letter asking for help with the parties all by myself.
This is basically a site that allows you to organize volunteers and events electronically. You build a “sign up” with one of their templates (they have a theme for every event you could imagine) and say what you need people to do or bring, and then send out a link to your volunteers. They just check off what they want to sign up for, and the site sends you an email alert. It’s very simple and pretty brilliant. The thing I love MOST about it is that it doesn’t require volunteers to register for the site or log in or anything. They just click what they want to bring and type their name – easy peasy. I sent sign ups out for both my parties yesterday and the volunteer spots are almost full already.
Plus, it prevented me from having to actually pick up the phone and call people. WIN.
So, that’s what I’ve learned about being a room mom so far. Oh, I have also learned one more thing – parents of kindergartners are very eager to help. Parents of fourth graders are pretty much over it.
I shall report back after the actual parties take place – I’m sure I’ll have many more lessons learned by that point!