I am WAY involved!
I've got three kids at the same school for about 8 hours a day. If that is where they are going to be - then that's where I am!
I love it. I chair several committees. I'm an executive officer on the board. I volunteer in the kid's classrooms every week. I publish the PTO newsletter. I help administer the vision and hearing tests at the school each year (I actually have a certificate to work the audiometer - I attended the class and everything) I volunteered about 300 hours one year and around 200 + last year.
I make sure I get my vote in the Ways and Means committee so that we don't have ANY fundraisers. My kids won't sell anything. Ever. Our PTO has an Invest-In-A-Kid program. The PTO gets 100% of the money and there is no work. No passing anything out or taking orders. It's easy......
My idea is that if the staff and administration know me, they tend to treat my kids better. Last year I coordinated a monthly breakfast for the teachers. I don't think for one second that anyone would be unfair to my children. It's just that it is human nature to be kind to people when you reallly know them. And if you are my kid's teacher and I bring you breakfast every 3rd Wednesday, call you when ds is goofing off and tell you I support you, bring you treats for your treasure box, coordinate a gift cert at Christmas so you get $200, take your class to lunch once a month so you get to eat with your peers, hand out gift certificates to restaurants, tutor students who are behind, help laminate and grade papers and just generally make myself useful, then you know that I am a very involved parent and you're probably going to give my kid the benefit of the doubt - especially when they really need someone on their side. That's it! I was trying to get my point across and not doing a very good job. I want to make sure the school is really on my/the kids side......
I am WAY involved. Just because I turn my kid over to someone for 8 hours doesn't mean I'm not still concerned with how they are being shaped. OH - and lord help the teacher who messes with one of my kids!!!!!
Goodness gracious - that turned out pretty long!