Parent Support Organization (PSO)
What is the PSO?
Parents are an integral part of the Concordia community, and their involvement is highly valued. At any time, on any school day, we hope to have a dozen or more parents on campus — watching a class presentation, helping out in the classroom, meeting with a committee, or just delivering lunch to a child.
Involved parents enhance learning at the school when they lend a hand in a math or reading group, chaperone a field trip or travel, or work in the library.
Concordia parents enrich student life when they host class celebrations for holidays like Christmas, chaperone a Friday night lock-in, or host out-of-town students. The school believes everyone wins when parents are involved, and the opportunities for involvement are as limitless as the combined talents, experiences and enthusiasm of the parents at Concordia.
A Classroom parent facilitates communication between parents and the teacher, school administration and/or Parent Support Organization (PSO) and supports the teacher in needs that may arise. This facilitation can take many different forms and can require anything from a minor volunteer commitment shared with other parents to a large responsibility
A Classroom Parent aids the teacher in organizing other parents in events and activities that may be relevant to that grade level. The responsibilities of a room parent vary from teacher to teacher and grade to grade. If you are considering becoming a class parent, these are some things a room parent may (but may not) be asked to do:
- Meet with the teacher to discuss the role she or he would like the room parent to play.
- Attend and/or organize activities for "Back to School Night."
- Recruit other parents to help in the duty of room parents, i.e., start a telephone chain or maintain an email database.
- Meet with other room parents and/or the school’s room parent organizer on a regular or occasional basis.
- Attend all or most of the meetings of the Parent Support Organization (PSO).
- Organize class parties and enrichment opportunities. This may include planning, shopping for and hosting the event.
- Call or email parents to obtain donations of supplies for the classroom and/or events (i.e., boxes of tissues the classroom or cupcakes for class parties).
- Find volunteers to help in the classroom, if needed.
- Act as a resource by answering questions for parents new to the school or class.