I seem to have this problem every year. I thought it would go away moving from kindergarten to second grade. But it hasn't. We had Open House last night. I had about 4 moms who were very kind, very welcoming (I'm at a new school), and very willing to volunteer and help with anything that I may need help with. My problem is that I do not know how to use parent volunteers. Last year I did not use parent volunteers at all, and it was fantastic. I want to get parents involved, BUT I only want to use volunteers if it will make my life easier. I do not want to spend time organizing things or training volunteers when I could just spend the time doing the task myself. Here are my problems with the things that "typical" parent volunteers do: -They cannot make photo-copies. We are allowed only 5 copies per day. Everything else is sent to the district print center. -Our laminating is very limited, so I laminate very little. -I do not do very many art projects, so I do not need help with organizing those materials. -My bulletin boards contain anchor charts, so I do not need anyone to change them for me. -I am an organization freak, so I never have piles or things that need to be sorted or filed. I take care of things/put them away right when they come to me, so my work very rarely stacks up. -I do not feel comfortable having parents work with students. I worry about the confidentiality, and I do not want students missing out on what we are doing in the classroom. Plus, I am the professional. I went to school to learn how to teach children and I feel like parents with even the best intentions may not know what they are doing (even with my guidance). PHEW! So, how can I use parent volunteers?