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- Make a Class List. Often, school directories aren’t available until the second month of school. In the first week, pass a clipboard around, type it up, and let the teacher send it home. Offer to add new students if they arrive midyear. Send out a new draft, with an extra copy for your teacher.
- Share Photos. If you photograph a field trip, give your teacher extra copies, or even make a class display. If you videotape a class play, check with the teacher: there is almost always some parent who couldn’t make it, and whose kid is miserable. Offer an extra copy—and you’ll have made a family’s day. The next time you can’t make it to an event, maybe someone else will help you out, too.
- Team up on teacher gifts. Before winter holidays and at the end of the year, parents often like to give a gift to the teacher. Instead of an individual gift, consider pooling resources. That way, people need only contribute a few dollars; but they add up fast and build unity.
- Keep an ear out for family transitions. Families can be overwhelmed by a new sibling, or by serious illness. Classroom parents can make all the difference with a meal, a play date, or with rides to school.
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