Many American parents love to volunteer in school. They can see what is going on with their students; they can assist small group instructions; they can help classroom's celebrations; they can help with many errands at school.
However, there is no English allowed in Immersion classrooms. If parents can't speak Chinese (or any target language), how can they help? Parents can sharpen pencils; organize paperworks; take flashcards home to cut and separate them into bags for students to use; cut and paste children's books (I have translated some simple children's books that we received for free. Parents pasted the cut out translations onto books.) Parents can correct homework and quizzes. School will need to agree before letting parents correct quizzes because students' grades should be private. Unless there are no names on the quizzes.
Since teachers can't use English to communicate with parents in classrooms, they will need to prepare ahead. Anything that needs to be done should have a clear note attached to it. An email can be sent home first to require help and with instruction on certain tasks.
Email is one way to communicate with parents. Some parents can come volunteer at school but some can't make it. They will appreciate any kind of communication that let them see the progress of students, aware of school activities, and be notified about students' behaviors.
1. Remind: 这是智慧手机的app，方便好用而且免费，老师需要先注册，然后上面会有说明如何设定班级，可以设定不同的班级，家长按照指示加入。老师可以选一个或全部的班级来发通知和提醒。如果是要个别通知，也有这个选项。
Remind is a nice and free APP. Download it then register. There will be clear instruction on how to set up classroom(s). Parents can follow direction to join your texting group. Teachers can reach out individual parent as well.
2. Newsletter: 把学习进度和目标打印寄给家长，可以用电子邮件，也可以打印出来，有些家长可能比较习惯读纸上的信息，可以打几分给这些家长就行。
Newsletter can be sent via email. Some parents prefer reading actual letters, so maybe few can be printed for the parents.
Classroom videos can be used to show parents the progress of the students. Parents will need to sign agreement to allow their kids to be filmed. When school and parents agree, the film can be uploaded to Youtube, however the setting should be on unlisted to avoid public searching. If school district has their own channel for film, then just use the District one to save troubles.
Blog or teaching website. Teachers can use blog to show learning objectives, embed the films, school activities, and homework help. Some school Districts provide blogs and teachers should take advantage of that.
Sometimes a printed note is inevitable. A note can be printed multiple times on a paper then cut apart. Fold the cut out paper many times, thread through the loop on student's backpack. Staple the two ends together. Make sure to print on colorful papers. Students' backpacks often become blackhole. To have a note hanging this way can ensure parents to read the note.