Back to School Means, well, Back to School. For All of Us.


My kids go back to school in a few short days.  This is the first year that all of my children will be going to school full day.  {Gulp!}  It’s also the only year that ALL of my children will be at the same school.  I could do cartwheels over this fact alone, if you know, I was actually able to do cartwheels. But, since I can’t, I’ll have to settle with telling you how wonderful it will be to have only one school to drop off and pick up from.

I both rejoice at the thought of having my children at school all day, and at the same time worry about the way my children are spending their days, and who they are spending them with.  I literally have nightmares about my children getting terrible teachers, and since I refuse to send my children to school without knowing what their teachers are like, who their principal is, and who their friends are, I volunteer at their school.

#I Support my School my way!

I’ve been volunteering both in my children’s classes and at their school since #1 first went to Kindergarten.  I make it a rule of thumb to volunteer in my children’s classroom every week when possible through the second grade.  Then, starting in third grade, I volunteer with class parties and field trips.  I’ve done the room mom gig a few times, and if my twins get put in the same class this year, I just *might* volunteer to do that again.  Last year I chaired a committee charged with the task of putting on the biggest party of the year complete with catered dinner, hired entertainment and games.  This year I just might do that again.  *If I don’t find my sanity before then.*

Now, my intent in telling you these things is not to list the ways that I volunteer hoping you’ll give me a pat on the back, but to illustrate ways in which regular old moms like me take advantage of opportunities to interact with their children at school and hopefully enhance the programs that they are in with extra man power.

When my kids go back to school, I go back to school too.  Just not in the same capacity.  My kids have to go to school.  I go there because I want to.

If you are like me and go back to school when your children do, I’ve found a great, free resource that I’d recommend you checking out. VolunteerSpot is a free online coordination tool.  It simplifies the volunteer experience and makes it easier for more parents to get involved.

If you, like me are contemplating being a room mom, then you might appreciate the Room Mom’s Survival Guide on Volunteer Spot.  If you are a glutton for punishment {ha} and take on a task requiring a sign up sheet, try the Free School Sign Up Sheets, and here are a few reasons why.

6 Great Reasons to Use VolunteerSpot’s Free Online Signup Sheets

Easy to set up ‒ schedule jobs, shifts and things to bring like food and supplies
More parents sign up to help ‒ online 24/7 and smartphones too!
More parents show up to help ‒ thanks to auto-reminders
Clipboard compatible ‒ make assignments for parents without email
Flexible ‒ invite by email or a speedy link in a newsletter, website, or facebook
Time saver ‒ VolunteerSpot does the busy-work, you do the meaningful work

Do YOU go back to school when your children do?  If you find time to volunteer at their school, what do you do to lend a hand?


free online sign up sheets with volunteerspot

I SUPPORT MY SCHOOL.. MY WAY! And I’m joining VolunteerSpot’s sponsored Back To School campaign to help raise visibility for parent involvement in schools.

Save time {and sanity} and get more parents involved at school with!

VolunteerSpot’s FREE online signup sheets make it easy to organize parents and signup to help for just about anything: classroom helpers, snack schedules, carnivals, library volunteers, parent-teacher conferences and more….  No more ‘Reply-All’ email chains or clipboard sign up sheets! Please share with your room mom, teachers and parent leaders…

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About Angie

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  1. Here’s hoping you find your sanity quick! LOL Kidding….I love that your kids will all be in the same school, very cool. I’ve never had all of mine in one school. Enjoy!

  2. Wow, how fun to all be in the same school. And, thanks for the info on Volunteer Spot, I will have to introduce it into the little cow town.

  3. Rachelle Brancato says

    As you know, I volunteer at my kids school. I think it’s so important. I’ll definitely use this since I’m a room mom this year.

  4. Tracey Brown says

    My kids are in 3 different schools this year. I do most of my volunteering in the elementary school….

  5. Ruthie Dennis says

    I’m room mom this year, so this looks great!

  6. Is that Barbara’s porch? Are those flowers real? We had an (older) neighbor with a porch similar to that in Cedar. Small town old people thing? Hmmm.

    I *used* to volunteer too, same theory and approach. Now my mom does it for me. Just one of the many perks that come from living *so* close.

    BTW, you ARE a glutton for punishment. Seriously, repeat after me, “NO!”
    Better yet, “HELL NO!”

  7. You nailed it with the being INVOLVED!!! Having a great community & getting to know what’s going on is so important. I hope everyone has a wonderful school year 🙂