One of the great ways to get involved as a volunteer at school is as a room parent. It’s a nice way to get to know your child’s teacher and classmates. It also really helps out the teacher. Some room parents volunteer alone, and some with another parent. Some volunteer for a semester, and others for the year.
What do room parents do? Different teachers look to their room parents for different things, but typically room parents help coordinate snacks and activities for classroom parties, such as a Harvest Party in late October, a Christmas party, and a celebration for the teacher’s birthday. Like all our volunteers, room parents need to take the Safe Environment training.
Working behind the scenes is the Room Parent Coordinator. This year, our Room Parent Coordinator is Melissa Vorpagel. We thought you might like to get to know her.
Melissa is fairly new to Cabrini. She grew up in Random Lake and went to St. Mary’s school. She lives in West Bend now, thanks to her husband David, a West Bend native. As Melissa says, “I was lucky to have some college friends from West Bend,” because it was during a visit to those friends that she met David. They’ve been married for eight years, and have two children. Their oldest will be in 1st grade at Cabrini.
Last year, as a new parent, Melissa wanted to get involved, and to meet other school families, so she volunteered. She served as both a room parent and a lunch room helper. She loved both experiences. Then she learned that we had a need for a new Room Parent Coordinator. After nine years in the role, Colleen Davis was stepping down (thank you Colleen!), and we’re grateful that Melissa stepped up.
So, what does our Room Parent Coordinator do? Melissa will be recruiting this year’s room parents, answering their questions, organizing the teacher appreciation lunch, helping with Grandparents’ Day, and organizing teacher dinners during parent-teacher conferences. She’s going to be busy. In addition to her Room Parent Coordinator role, she works full-time as a Regional Director for Anesthesia at Envision Healthcare. And in the summer, you can find her family boating on Big Cedar Lake, and hiking at local parks.
We love for families to get involved as volunteers at the school. It’s good for the kids, good for the families, and good for our strong spirit of community. Please consider becoming a room parent, or volunteering in other ways. You can contact Melissa at any time, or look for her in the Multi-Purpose Room at the Open House on Monday, August 27.