I still don't want to go through all the ins and outs of it, but suffice it to say that we ended up in a class that has a permanent sub assigned until February. Only one other kid from Hank's T-K class is in his kindergarten class, and the remaining distribution seems a bit skewed towards certain teachers. Despite a letter going out from the principal last school year letting parents know they should not bother writing a letter to indicate class preference, I feel like I missed a secret memo about the placement process.
I spent a couple of days fretting, but have since come to terms with everything. The sub taught for an extended amount of time at the school last year as well (albeit at a higher grade). She is very nice and enthusiastic, and Hank likes her a lot. She is getting up to speed with all of the extra activities at the school. She let me know that most of the families in the class are new to the school, and that nobody had approached her (except me) to find out about room parent duties.
So -- what does that mean? I don't think I can do all that is required of the room parents at our school, but I can help get info out about extra activities, plan a class holiday party, and put together something nice for Teacher Appreciation Week. And -- I can help the new parents feel more comfortable at the school. We were fortunate last year to have a good percentage of families who are involved with PTA activities in our class last year, including the PTA president. They are all super friendly and down to earth, and always appreciative for anything we participate in -- Trunk or Treat, bake sales, Jog-a-Thon, etc.
We hosted a get together this past Friday night at Chuck E. Cheese for Hank's kindergarten class. I think 11 families showed up, about a third of the class, which was great. It was cool, as even the young, shy moms came up to ask -- how do I get involved at the school? Especially nowadays, it seems we all want to be part of our kids' schooling. People want to feel part of a community, as evidenced by the parents waiting at the gates after school, versus sitting in the car to wait for their kid. There were a good number of families at the get together that use the same after school program as us. We are not often there at the gate, but again want to get to know each other, and be a part of things as much as we can. So, yeah -- still not sure the extent of my involvement with the class this year, but now know 11 more families to connect with :)