I'm kinda shocked by the lack of parent involvement at my school. I teach at a lower income district, but (for those of you familiar with NJ) it's not like it's Newark, Paterson, or Camden. There are many middle-class families there. However, many or most of the parents speak little or no English so that might be a factor. Some examples of the lack of parent involvement: The PTA board is almost exclusively school employees - teachers and paras some of whom have children enrolled in the school, but many of whom do not. There are almost no "class parents." If the teachers want to do something for the kids like a holiday party, we are on our own. This can get really expensive, BTW. We had an event a few weeks ago, like a "meet and greet" for parents and teachers to talk and plan class events. We have about 600 students in our school. At most, 20 parents showed up - none from my class. I don't know if the language barrier is the reason. Many of the teachers in my school are bilingual. I'm even gifting myself with a Rosetta Stone set. It does make me sad, though. One of my kids told me that she asked her mom if she could buy a holiday card to give me and her mom said no. This is the same mom who doesn't return any of my phone calls (or more accurately speaking, the secretary's Spanish translation of my messages) when I'm basically saying to her that I want to tell her how well her daughter is doing since mom didn't show up to parent-teacher conferences. What's it like at your school?